All Time Favourites
These may be flawed, but they have my heart, and nobody can convince me otherwise.
Korean Drama - 2015, 16 episodes
The cast? Brilliant, from the main to the support. The plot? Great progression, asks the right questions - very thought-provoking. Now add that to a slow-burn, organic romance, with a heart-wrenching bromance, a badass and empathetic female lead, and you get a recipe for the k-drama that hits the right spots. Nothing quite like this out there, I swear.
Korean Drama - 2019, 48 episodes
Simply legendary, and criminally underrated. Think you have already seen the best saeguk? Watch this, and think again. It had everything: brilliant character arcs, a compelling narrative, powerful commentary, and so much I cannot write down into words. Thinking about it even now makes my heart race.
Korean Drama - 2018, 52 episodes
I will be the first to admit this drama was mental; I will also admit I had shut down a part of my brain while watching this. But the intensity! The suspense! The illegal cliffhangers! Also, I may or may not have discovered that there is nothing quite pleasing to the eye as a fierce, wronged Jang Na-Ra. My bias towards her aside, the actors really made you care about what happened to them - I swear, it was the wonderful, wonderful cast. And the excitement of knowing who is crazier than who. And who could reach the highest level of insanity - the characters, or the audience (people had the craziest ships sailing)? (And the behind the scenes of this drama. *laughs nervously*)
Korean Drama - 2019, 40 episodes
The action scenes? Top-notch. The comedy? Gold. And, wait, is that social commentary? *peers closer* And character development? Oh, oh, oh, and great chemistry between the characters?! Yes, yes, and YES! I loved it, the whole of S.Korea loved it, so you will love it too!
Korean Drama - 2017, 12 episodes
What's not to love? Moving OSTs, a severe case of second-lead syndrome, great life lessons, lots of laughs and tears, a severe case of second-lead syndrome, hits the right spots, brilliant cast, a severe case of second-lead syndrome, simply beautiful in its realism and emotions. Did I mention a severe case of second-lead syndrome? Jokes aside, it is incredibly powerful and wholesome.
6. Good Doctor
Korean Drama - 2013, 20 episodes
It made me cry. The ugly, snotty cry. It was so full of heart, with so much to learn from. It is an older production so has older k-drama tropes that I dislike, but the theme honestly overpowers that weakness.
Korean Drama - 2019, 32 episodes
It was not happy, but who needs happy when the story is so engrossing, the struggles so realistically etched, and, most importantly, womanhood given respect? There is a lot of food for thought in this, as it is so honest about life and relationships. The music, again, was so well-integrated throughout the narrative, it gave a life to the story.
Korean Drama - 2019, 16 episodes
Fast-paced, suspenseful, open-ended (in the best possible way), with such an intricately woven plot and elements that make you ponder over what is right, wrong, and who should police our morality. Another powerful thriller I had the pleasure of watching. It also happens to have a brilliant BGM, one of the most memorable ones ever. (I am guilty of shipping the younger two investigators and that also added to my viewing pleasure but that's besides the point because it's fortunately and unfortunately OCN *cries*.)