from the plan to watch that u shouldn't bother is: master devil do not kiss me
from the plan to watch that u really should try to watch is : orange ( it's beautiful) bromance ( the otp is LIFE) because this is my first life ( it's deep and amazing), d-day ( it's like a drug.. you can't stop) , eternal love ( my favorite cdrama... the second part of the drama is the best ) ,shopping king louie ( very fuffly and romantic) and splash splash love ( A-M-A-Z-I-N-G).
My Amazing Boyfriend- The FL is adorable and it can be pretty funny but it dragged like a bitch and had a terrible inconclusive ending. They changed all of the actors for the second season which really put me off, I wouldn't recommend jumping into it.
Master Devil Do Not Kiss Me- The male lead's a douche. Another case too where they changed the actors in the third season.
Princess Weiyoung- Scheming. So much scheming. Scheming to the point of it getting ridiculous. Also the one of the leads ends up unconscious every single episode. I swear my blood pressure has never been higher than when I was watching this show.
The Black Devil and the White Prince- Just bad. The acting, the story, everything was terribly cringey imo.
Here are my absolute must-watches.
The Story of Ming Lan- This is a realistic chinese historical drama set during the Song Dynasty. There are a lot of names, and ancient chinese sayings which can be a little confusing at first but it's totally worth it. This is the only drama I've ever rated 10/10. All of the actors are seasoned and it was made by one of the best production companies in China. It's definitely slow burn and there's not really any action but the dialogue is so incredible that even after 73 episodes I still wanted more. The female lead is so strong and intelligent without being obnoxious. The ending is extremely satisfying so I definitely recommend this.
A Love So Beautiful- It's the best school drama I've ever seen. Also it's on Netflix which is a plus.
Eternal Love- This is the most beloved c drama and for good reason. It's fantastic.
Goodbye My Princess- To preface, this is a tragedy. But it's such a beautiful journey with the most enchanting visuals and OST I've seen/heard in a drama. The ending had to be what it was and it would have felt wrong otherwise. I hate bad endings too, but this one was worth watching.
For a must watch? Nirvana in Fire. ASAP -it's rated 9.1 for a reason. It is long, but not drawn-out. Not a second of time is wasted in this show (even if you think so in the beginning). Romance is there, it's minimal but as above, every second they spend together is meaningful + Mu Ni Huang is a strong female lead.
For slightly less must-watch, but you should still prioritize it: Signal
Bromance (only if you like cheese. This show is extremely cheesy, but also cute and well-made)
I'd say Cruel City is overrated and you shouldn't watch it, but majority of MDL seems to think otherwise so decide for yourself
Emergency Couple-a lot of people like this show though but not only did I suffer fr second lead syndrome, but the couple had a toxic relationship, the ML character was just sexist and just verbally cruel to the female lead. "if you can't handle me at my worst, you don't deserve me at my best" is how I would describe this show.
Based on your stipulations above, You should not bother:
My husband Oh jakdoo -
Jealousy Incarnate - a
one more time
the secret message
Are You Ready? Hey You Girl!
The Black Devil and the White Prince
High school king of savvy
Masterdevil do not kiss me
You'd most likely enjoy:
Another oh haeyoung
Touch you heart
Go back couple
One spring night
One week friends
My lucky star
scent of a woman
Shup ut flower boy band
Splash splash love
a werewolf boy
Boss and me
My little bride
Beacuse its my first life
Based on you ratings and the elements/points you prefer, these dramas would most likely be in your not to watch list but i still suggest and highly recommend to try and watch cause they are some of the masterpieces dramas. Or MUST WATCH DRAMAS:
Cruel city - tragic or open ended ending. Very ehavy thriller drama
Incomplete Life - no romance and feels like a melodrama but one satisfying drama ever
My golden life - very long family drama. Not totally melo yet not comedy. Very awesome character development of FL
Nirvana in fire - no romance, more like an over achieveing and brilliant character journey and plot narrative is very awesome. Best drama ever!!!!
Nine Times travel - tragic or open ended ending.
Signal - open ended yet so satisfying character developement and plot narrative
arthal chronicles - open ended, need to wait for season 3 in afew months
Chugakusei Nikki - super melodrama and taboo plot, but really interesting overall
I think you should avoid makjang/melodrama because you may find them upsetting (they’re either a hit or a miss for viewers) and probably try the female centric dramas for a strong FL. I second Signal because of the tough lady cop heroine.
If you don’t mind watching something longer (50-60 eps) I’d go for Eternal Love and Dae Jang Gum/A Jewel in the Palace :)