K-Dramas I Have Finished

Singing in the Rain 13 days ago

Korean dramas I have finished so far with a brief commentary on what to expect (no spoilers).

  • The Master's Sun
    The Master's Sun
    9.0

    Korean Drama - 2013

    Quirky rom-com with a little bit of spookiness and heart-wrenching moments. Expect some frustration over main romance and second lead syndrome, and the attitude of the male lead. Final episodes were very poor in terms of plot and character decisions and the ending, while positive, was more or less written as a cliffhanger (for a second season that may never happen).

  • Stranger
    Stranger
    10

    Korean Drama - 2017

    Political thriller set in South Korea's judicial system and how the influence and ambition of certain individuals ultimately corrupts the spirit of justice and law. The story is very well paced, grounded in the technicalities of law and investigation, and the characters are believeable and human. No major flaws, ending is a cliffhanger which leads into season two (releasing in 2019).

  • That Winter, The Wind Blows
    That Winter, The Wind Blows
    7.5

    Korean Drama - 2013

    Romance melodrama with a bit too much of back-and-forth with the main plot dragging on later episodes.  Mid season has a set of episodes that might make some viewers feel uncomfortable due to the nature of the story itself and the relationship between leading characters. The ending is a happy one but very brief compared to thhe buildup of 15 episodes, leaving a sensation of emptiness.

  • Your House Helper
    Your House Helper
    9.0

    Korean Drama - 2018

    A slice-of-life drama that focuses on women and the daily issues they face in the heavily patriarchal society of South Korea. Many topics including the #metoo movement are an important part of the main plot, though some of the conclusions to the problems faced by the leading women may feel as insufficient or still restrained by conservative aspects of south Korean society.  The show is well paced, there are no villains (other than life's problems), and the ending is fulfilling and gives the drama a proper conclusion.

  • I Hear Your Voice
    I Hear Your Voice
    8.0

    Korean Drama - 2013

    A Law Drama Romance playing on the dynamics of an older woman/younger man relationship, their past connection, their different personalities, and they mutually help each other grow. Main plot concerns South Korea's judicial system, public defence attorneys versus prosecutors. Later episodes suffer from erratic pacing and slowness,  but overall bearable. The ending is sweet but short of content after 18 episodes.

  • Live Up to Your Name
    Live Up to Your Name
    8.0

    Korean Drama - 2017

    A time travelling drama where contemporary medicine versus traditional medicine becomes a battle of minds and hearts with the leading characters clashing with each other until realising that together they can achieve wonders and look cute. I personally know little about acupuncture and generally dislike medical themed stories but this one was entertaining but some episodes mid season may strike as filler or just stalling the main plot. The ending, while a positive one, was time constrained and not as developed as I had hoped for.

  • Familiar Wife
    Familiar Wife
    10

    Korean Drama - 2018

    This is the story of a chaotic, unhappy marriage where the husband believes he has every right to go back in time to change his present as he is unable to recognise that he is the main culprit and expects his wife to bear with most of the house chores and emotional labour. His selfishness results in a chain of consequences he did not expect. The plot is well paced with good character growth, and the ending is satisfying.

  • You Who Came from the Stars
    You Who Came from the Stars
    8.5

    Korean Drama - 2013

    A romantic out-of-this-world drama where south Korea's top movie star becomes entangled with a very particular individual who may or may not be an extraterrestrial.  Throughout the story their relationship is fleshed out and certain connections are revealed through flashbacks in between a side story involving a very shady stereotypical killer figure. For 21 episodes the general plot has a normal pacing, but expect an ending that's happy but rather inconclusive (in words it feels not very satisfying).

  • Love for a Thousand More
    Love for a Thousand More
    8.0

    Korean Drama - 2016

    A ten episode (20 minutes each) complicated romance story between a woman who has been alive for centuries and disconnected herself from the world and literally a man who moved into the floor above her. Despite being a very short k-drama the story is surprisingly well written and acted, and really deserved to have been adapted to the usual 16 episodes bloc. The ending is sweet.

  • I’m Not a Robot
    I’m Not a Robot
    9.5

    Korean Drama - 2017

    A techno-romance story between a young man with a mysterious health issue, a young woman who is passionate about tinkering, and an android. You can expect an emotional trip of cute silliness, love, a few scenes that may make you cringe, and much angst as the story draws closer to the end. The ending is gentle and sweet.

  • Terius Behind Me
    Terius Behind Me
    8.5

    Korean Drama - 2018

    007 meets rom-com shenanigans! A rough, tough, on the run NIS agent becomes embroiled in a major conspiracy that manages to draw the attention of a peaceful neighbourhood, a group of neighbours who love gossip, a single mother with two children that never quits and is a fortress of love. The ending is okay but you will probably feel like not much effort was put into it, especially after all the emotional and relationship development between the main characters.

  • Bring It On, Ghost
    Bring It On, Ghost
    8.5

    Korean Drama - 2016

    Should you fall in love with a ghost? Maybe. This sweet bubblegum experience does not shy away from darker undertones, and exploring the spiritual/ghost world in a manner that is both entertaining but also carries a message to anyone paying attention. The drama bears some similarities to "The Master's Sun" but the leading female character is more assertive and knows how to kick ass. It has a cute 'n' sweet ending.

  • Heart to Heart
    Heart to Heart
    8.5

    Korean Drama - 2015

    Therapy matters! This is a story about how the lead characters deal with their flaws and traumas in a healthy manner, and the relationship that develops between them. There is no romance without pain and angst, and there is some struggle with second lead syndrome which can be frustrating to some. However, the ending is very fulfilling and nothing is left unanswered.

  • The Happy Loner
    The Happy Loner
    10

    Korean Special - 2017

    An unfortunately short story drama about a woman's struggle with mental illness, an exploitative family, and her turn to toxic coping mechanisms as means to survive against the harshness and carelessness of the world she lives in. It is a rare gem of a story that warranted the traditional 16 episodes bloc, but these two episodes alone are very special.

  • My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
    My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
    7.5

    Korean Drama - 2010

    A cute and quirky romantic story between a human and a gumiho, and the ups and downs of falling in love with a supernatural being with a grim reputation.  While it is filled with many sweet moments, the Hong sisters went a bit over the top with angst, and there a few aspects of MGG which did not contribute much to the story overall such as the random comedy relief moments, and the "adult" romance between Sung Dong Il and Yoon Yoo Sun's characters. The story ends well.

  • Ho Goo's Love
    Ho Goo's Love
    10

    Korean Drama - 2015

    At first glance "Ho Goo's Love" may appear as yet another youth romance story charged with the usual tropes of oblivious boy chases the pretty girl in class but fails miserably (initially) -- this couldn’t be farther from the truth when it comes to this drama. While "Ho Goo's Love"  is mainly a story about love between two young adults from very different worlds, it is also an emotionally charged exploration of a young woman's fight against a heavily patriarchal, misogynistic society, and her perseverance against the violence exercised against her and her dreams. This is something the writer behind this drama should be heavily commended for: they faithfully depicted a very serious issue without ever idealising it or automatically fixing it.  Good ending.

  • Feel Good To Die
    Feel Good To Die
    9.0

    Korean Drama - 2018

    South Korea's corporate culture hell meets a different use of the time travel trope and two leading characters from different positions in hierarchy that nonetheless complement each other in such a magnetising manner that they can't really stop thinking about each other for better or worse. Blended in with humour and light romance, this k-drama manages to deliver a social commentary on how awful and manipulative corporate culture is, and how it shapes the people who work in it. The ending feels very short but it ends on a positive note.

  • Less Than Evil
    Less Than Evil
    7.5

    Korean Drama - 2018

    Although not as impacting as the original series "Luther", the main plot of "Less Than Evil" is an adaptation of BBC's hit that remains more or less faithful to the core elements, its main characters, and some of the stories and plot lines featured in "Luther" but altered to match the south Korean underworld. For new fans this will be an interesting experience, at least the first half, while for older fans who have watched all the seasons of "Luther" you are not going to be surprised by anything in particular. "Less than Evil" meets its conclusion in a very vague manner that may suggest a second season but knowing how things go in south Korea it's hard to say whether it will happen or not.

  • Another Miss Oh
    Another Miss Oh
    8.0

    Korean Drama - 2016

    A mature story where rivalry and a key misunderstanding flourish into a rollercoaster romance full of angst, physical intimacy, and the leading characters constantly shifting between loving and hurting each other out of their own insecurities. All of this combined with a series of odd premonitions that cast a grim future for the lead male character. In the end it all works out and the leading romance meets a proper, happy ending after all that angst. This is a slow ride.

  • W
    W
    8.0

    Korean Drama - 2016

    What if you could enter the universe of your favourite comic and fall in love with your favourite character? This is essentially the plot of "W". But there is no love without constant adversities, changing cross world travel rules, and someone learning how to exploit these for nefarious purposes. Standing at 16 episodes, they are not hard to watch and the main story ends well, albeit with a somewhat short ending.

  • Best Chicken
    Best Chicken
    7.5

    Korean Drama - 2019

    Do you love fried chicken? Then this might be a drama for you: the main story revolves around the setting up and development of a chicken restaurant where the main leads go from fierce opponents to sweet, innocent love birds. Not the drama of the decade, but an enjoyable story that remains consistent from start to finish, and ends on a light, happy note.

  • Shopping King Louie
    Shopping King Louie
    10

    Korean Drama - 2016

    Do you believe in fairytales? Shopping King Louie is a Disney-like contemporary fairytale on the undying, strong as steel love between the leads, and how they face common problems together and their own personal issues without ever surrendering or abandoning each other as the usual k-drama cliches. This is a sugar packed punch that finishes happily ever after.

  • Queen In Hyun's Man
    Queen In Hyun's Man
    8.0

    Korean Drama - 2012

    Your secret lover from the Joseon kingdom beckons you, my lady.  Thanks to the magic of time travelling, a period drama actress has the opportunity to meet with a scholar from several centuries ago, and a romantically angst filled love quest for friendship and happiness. Against all odds, these two manage to find a suitable ending however this is a drama that cranks up the emotional suffering of the viewer after a few episodes of respite. Enjoy carefully.

  • The Crowned Clown
    The Crowned Clown
    9.5

    Korean Drama - 2019

  • Romance is a Bonus Book
    Romance is a Bonus Book
    8.5

    Korean Drama - 2019

  • Touch Your Heart
    Touch Your Heart
    9.0

    Korean Drama - 2019

  • Spring Turns to Spring
    Spring Turns to Spring
    10

    Korean Drama - 2019

  • Legal High
    Legal High
    7.5

    Korean Drama - 2019

  • I Picked Up a Star on the Road
    I Picked Up a Star on the Road
    9.5

    Korean Drama - 2018