6 Highly Rated Korean Dramas I Dropped

6 highly rated Korean dramas I dropped.

The title says it all. For this article I considered only standard length Korean dramas aired on broadcast TV (no shorts, specials or web dramas) rated an 8 or above on MDL.



The order of adjectives people.

Eps completed: 10 of 16

What I liked: The friendships and the beautiful cinematography. This story had good bones. The writer had a strong opening. Reaper Kim was amazing. Whenever he and the goblin were being all out of touch bro’s of the cosmos it was extremely entertaining. *Most* of the historical flashbacks were perfect. That’s a story I would have loved to watch in more detail.

What I didn’t like: The biggest issue for me was that I never believed the Goblin and Ji Eun Tak were in love. They meant a lot to each other, yes but even after he confessed his romantic feelings for her their romance was tepid at best and felt more like a friendship. The second biggest issue was the Goblin himself. This is a very flat character. He had his moments when he was funny but any time emotion was involved he almost always froze up. Gong Yoo’s delivery during emotional scenes was largely monotone. Sunny’s character suffered from the same fatal stoicism. This disappointment is amplified because if you’ve ever seen Gong Yoo or Yoo In Na in anything else you know they are both excellent actors who could have pulled off a thousand times more. I was also disappointed in Kim Go Eun’s character. She was not nearly as interesting as she should have been. She hangs with celestial beings and ghosts for Pete's sake. After seeing the actress in Cheese in the Trap where she played a real person it almost hurt to watch her play the stereotypical too young acts even younger pure innocent barely exists except in relation to a man drama heroine.    

Final thoughts: I would have loved a story just about the Goblin and Reaper Kim. And FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY; Lonely and Great is not proper English. It should be Great and Lonely.  

It’s Okay, That’s Love


Do you think they could have all fit in the tub? I think they could.

Eps completed: 6 of 16

What I liked: This show had a balance between the dark and the funny that is rarely seen in Kdramas. Normally the best you can hope for is that they manage to balance the transition from funny act one to heartbreaking act two. IOTL crosses the streams so well that you find yourself laughing at times when as a decent person you probably shouldn’t be. The beginning of the show found the humor in our tragic humanity. The performances were all great.

What I didn’t like: It didn’t take long for this show to start to buckle under the weight of its own complexity. The story shot out in all directions leaving the viewer to try to slough through a whole lotta plot.  What had been a refreshing look at interesting people quickly became a bland retelling of tragic pasts and tropes I could see coming a mile away. Yawn. The show sold itself as a mature look at love but I didn’t get that vibe. Just more gimmicks.

Final thoughts: I didn’t make a conscious choice to drop this. I watched episode 6 and just never went back.

Oh My Venus


Dimples do not pop. Eeeeewwwww. 

Eps completed: 10 of 16

What I liked: So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah could both muster chemistry with a fricking door so that was fantastic to watch. I loved that they showed Kang Joo Eun as a viable and serious love interest for Kim Yeong Ho even before she was skinny. Her character, though a little turned up for dramatic effect, is pretty realistic and very relatable. In fact, most of the characters were really great. The humor was spot on.

What I didn’t like: The story.  When the plot focused on the characters and their relationships all was well. Just after the halfway mark, they decided to dig DEEP into the basic chaebol BS starter kit and that’s where they lost me. it took over the plot and that’s no fun. Also. the little blowing kisses cheek pop thing they did made me imagine giant pimples every time and it was gross.

Final thoughts: I’m not mad at it. I really enjoyed the episodes I did watch, have it rated at an 8 and I am happy to know I didn’t waste six hours of my life on something that wouldn’t have entertained me.



If only the plot could have been as simple as this color palette.

Eps completed: 5 of 20

What I liked: Umm…Park Shin Hye can act. Who knew? Lee Jong Suk is pretty….uh… I liked the family dynamic…kinda? Yea. That’s it. I got nothin’.

What I didn’t like: Everything else. And I do mean EVERYTHING else. In five short episodes, this drama tried to be ten different shows. Seriously this show has SEVEN different tags. It’s almost as if the writer had a handful of unfinished scripts laying around and needed to sell something so it got stitched together into this Frankenstein’s monster of a way too much going on for it’s own good drama. It’s all very contrived. The editing was atrocious too. Flashbacks in the middle of flashback? Oh my god, please stop.

Final thoughts: I tried to watch it twice. Stalled out at the same spot both times.

Shut Up: Flower Boy Band


BRO! I know!

Eps completed: 4 of 16

What I liked: There were a lot of pretty boys and Byung Hee is hilarious and awesome. The music was great too.  

What I didn’t like: Pretty much everything else. I didn’t look too hard at the MDL page and didn’t realize Lee Min Ki’s role was a guest spot and he was only in two episodes. I was unhappy when his character left the show. This was way back before I realized that despite his dashing good looks and hypnotic voice, Sung Joon is not an actor I enjoy. Maybe it’s because I knew a guy like this when I was in high school. I knew a dozen guys like this character and Sung Joon did not capture the raw energy of a troubled talented teenager. There were scenes where he did well but overall I felt he kept missing the mark. Most of the other cast were little more the set dressing. The villains were vanilla and the female lead didn’t have a discernible personality. She was pretty and nice but that’s not a personality.

Final thoughts: I didn’t give this one much of a chance but I was so bored by it that I honestly doubt I ever will.

Bride of the Century


Eps completed: 8 of 16

What I liked: The first 8 episodes. Despite being pretty standard fare it was well done and enjoyable. The characters were fun the story was ridiculous but engaging. It was a solid first half. Even Lee Hong Ki was turning in a good performance which at the time was sort of surprising.

What I didn’t like: My enjoyment of this drama came to a screeching halt with just one line. Don’t worry I’m not posting spoilers. I had rather liked the female lead and I respected her about as much as one could respect a person who allows themselves to be treated poorly and even falls for one of the people treating them poorly. Not a lot, but it was there. Then she said something that robbed me of that little bit respect I did have for her and made my inner feminist rage. Not only that but it was a bit much for what had happened in the story up to that point. After that, I just could not watch it.

Final thoughts: Boo. BOOOO!!!!!

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    PrinceMicky 1 day ago

    Goblin, Pinocchio, Oh My Venus for me they are such a over rated dramas, I did finish watching them but I really don't get why people are going gaga about them!
    It's ok, it's love and Bride of the Century still on my to watch list.

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    Rana 13 days ago

    I agree, pretty much dropped all of them too (except for goblin), I really tried to watch them over and over but they couldn't keep my interest

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    mavnio May 15, 2017

    I was surprised to see these dramas in your list...... you have to give them another chance they're really good...... i dropped a lot of dramas but not these ones........ specially its okay thats love and goblin are one of the best's i've seen...... just try watching it aimlessly...(i do it sometimes when i get disappointed with the story) and mostly i get hooked again

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    Kiromenanz Apr 19, 2017

    i'm the same with almost all of those shows, although I'm still pretending i'll pick some of them up again. I also struggled with Kill Me Heal Me a lot, and I just don't know why! But I started it on three different occasions and never made it past the 6ep mark :/

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    JannetMcGruder Apr 11, 2017

    I loved Goblin, Pinocchio, Oh My Venus, and It's Okay, That's Love. It is hard for me to understand why someone would not like them. I was not a huge fan of Bride of the Century and never have gotten around to watching Shut Up: Flower Boy Band. My mom almost didn't finish watching Pinocchio because she thought the episodes when they were young sucked. She later came in on me watching later episodes and loved it. I wonder if you actually finished any of the shows you mentioned would your opinion change?

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    Saranghaeyo_ Apr 11, 2017 - edited

    wow! I thought I was the only one who dropped Goblin.. LOL

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    vs_meghana Mar 31, 2017

    Oh this article was brilliant! And I actually dropped all these dramas too except Pinocchio. (Flower boy band is on hold for almost 3 years now). I disliked almost everything about Goblin, it was just pretty without any substance. It's okay, It's love had a really strong start but lost its momentum midway. Thanks for writing!

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    Mayasha Saeed Mar 25, 2017

    Same here i don't like goblin chemistry with lead female....lotbs is far better than goblin i love that kdrama so muchh it was just amazing

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    Rigby Mar 25, 2017

    I dropped Pinocchio too, not meaty at all!, sorry for PSH and LJS fans..but they are not really stunning here, just my two cents...

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    Rigby Mar 25, 2017

    by the way, this is a great article, an honest to goodness way of looking at those dramas we thought are great but actually not at all!

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    Rigby Mar 25, 2017

    I agree with you on Goblin... I almost dropped it if not for LDW and YIA. I can't seem to feel the love between the lead stars and boy, I see them as uncle/niece relationship...and their characters are indeed flat, monotonous...though I gave it an 8 rating...

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    Elisa Mar 21, 2017

    I thought I was the only one that disliked goblin :') I mean, yep, it's very funny and the scenes are beautiful and all, but it's true I didn't feel any love, + Totally agree for the acting/ emotion parts. I was enjoying it (++ for the bromance xD) but then I just didn't want to watch any more episode; I felt like I knew what would happened and now that it's finished I see I had it right. I haven't seen the others except bride of the century (and I totally agree with your comment) and Shut up flower boy band, which I didn't disliked but that didn't really, you know, convince me. Actually you have to watch it while doing something else or be into that kind of dramas, but it really wasn't the worst that I've watched ^^

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    KMR Mar 18, 2017

    I agree for the first two. I still finished them though. The rest...lol..I didn't even bother starting.

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    LuvK Mar 17, 2017

    Wow, I thought I was the only one, most of them started out great, but somehow the story along the way didn't grab me at all. @.@.....

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    Aryael Mar 17, 2017

    Agree to all and finally someone spoke up against Goblin! The strength of that drama is in the funny interaction between goblin and reaper. They could be the hosts to a variety show together and the ratings would be phenomenal. The chemistry between female lead and goblin is exactly as you said - friendship or even an older bro and younger sis. No romance there. The story is simple and straightforward but dragged out. It's like ordering peanut butter sandwich and when it arrives you realise that the peanut butter is spread so thinly that you hardly get to taste it! They made it as a drama all thanks to the bromance between Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook. I didn't watch Pinocchio and Flower Boy Band and I don't plan to. I finished Bride of Century and IOTL but I had forgotten the stories. I remember thinking that I was bored and wasn't impressed with them. OMV was okay but the story is not amazing - just okay to pass the time with if there's nothing better on offer.

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