Old but Gold: Must Watch Dramas from the 1990s

Poll Start Date: 20 April 2022

This is a spin-off from "Old but Gold: Must Watch Dramas Aired in 2013 and Before" to discover more hidden gems from the 1990s (1991-2000). 

What are some older dramas that aired in the 1990s that you highly recommend and are must watch dramas that new viewers have been missing out on?
Recommend your "Old but Gold" dramas from the 1990s to fellow MDL users, so they don't miss a gem!


  1. Each user may list up to 5 dramas.
  2. Please only include dramas that are aired only in the 1990s (i.e. 1991-2000).
  3. There is a separate list for dramas from the 2000s.
  4. Dramas that are not aired in the 1990s will be deleted from this list. 
  5. You may also include in the comments why an older drama is a must watch.
Wish Upon A Star Apr 20, 2022
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  • Long Vacation

    1. Long Vacation

    Japanese Drama - 1996, 11 episodes
    1,697 points by 17 voters
    Sena is a college music graduate who dreams of becoming a professional musician and a world-class pianist. Unfortunately, he has not been able to find any breakthrough opportunities and has to settle ...more
  • GTO

    2. GTO

    Japanese Drama - 1998, 12 episodes
    792 points by 8 voters
    Onizuka Eikichi is a graduate of a third-rate University and the leader of a motorcycle gang, whose lifelong dream is to become a teacher. After being hired by a seemingly eccentric director, ...more
  • Sandglass

    3. Sandglass

    Korean Drama - 1995, 24 episodes
    692 points by 7 voters
    The Sandglass is a story of two men whose friendship is tested through the 1970s and 1980s, one of Korea's politically tumultuous periods. Park Tae Soo, tough and loyal, grows up to ...more
  • Autumn Tale

    4. Autumn Tale

    Korean Drama - 2000, 16 episodes
    498 points by 5 voters
    Yoon Joon Suh and Yoon Eun Suh grew up as siblings but Eun Suh was in fact from a different family as there was a mix up at the hospital where she ...more
  • Kou Kou Kyoushi

    5. Kou Kou Kyoushi

    Japanese Drama - 1993, 11 episodes
    494 points by 5 voters
    The life of the lead character has been a series of embarrassing events beyond his control. Yet his fate is sealed when he falls in love with one of his students, with ...more
  • Princess Pearl

    6. Princess Pearl

    Chinese Drama - 1998, 24 episodes
    393 points by 4 voters
    Xiao Yan Zi met Xia Zi Wei, a poor girl who marched a long way to find her father, the Emperor, but nobody took her seriously. Xiao Yan Zi decided to sneak ...more
  • Love Generation

    7. Love Generation

    Japanese Drama - 1997, 11 episodes
    393 points by 4 voters
    Katagiri Teppei is a promising creative agent, but whose attitude gets him transferred to the sales department. He has to learn to adapt to the new working environment, which includes cutting his ...more
  • Beautiful Life

    8. Beautiful Life

    Japanese Drama - 2000, 11 episodes
    392 points by 4 voters
    Kyoko, a young woman with an unhindered spirit despite being physically bound to a wheelchair due to illness, and Shuji, a stylish and popular fashion magazine hairstylist, are brought together in a ...more
  • Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake

    9. Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake

    Japanese Drama - 1998, 12 episodes
    391 points by 4 voters
    High-school student, Kano Masaki, found herself falling into the practice of selling her body in order to earn money. When she heard that her favourite music composer, Ishikawa Keigo was holding a ...more
  • Beach Boys

    10. Beach Boys

    Japanese Drama - 1997, 12 episodes
    297 points by 3 voters
    Upon getting thrown out of his girlfriend Fujiko's apartment, Hiromi decides to head for the ocean. En route, he crosses paths with Kaito, an elite employee of a large multinational trading company ...more
  • Kono yo no Hate

    11. Kono yo no Hate

    Japanese Drama - 1994, 12 episodes
    294 points by 3 voters
    Maria, struggling financially, juggles a low-paying day job with nighttime shifts at a cabaret to fund her sister Nana's eye operation. Tragedy struck their family when a young Maria accidentally caused a ...more
  • Aishiteiru to Ittekure

    12. Aishiteiru to Ittekure

    Japanese Drama - 1995, 12 episodes
    291 points by 3 voters
    In the middle of a bustling metropolis, how could it be that there is only one apple tree? No matter how much Hiroko jumps to try to pluck the apple, she cannot ...more
  • All About Eve

    13. All About Eve

    Korean Drama - 2000, 20 episodes
    199 points by 2 voters
    This drama is about two girls, Jin Sun Mi and Heo Young Mi. Sun Mi had a nice childhood and grew up with lots of love from her father. Young Mi's mother ...more
  • Tokyo Love Story

    14. Tokyo Love Story

    Japanese Drama - 1991, 11 episodes
    198 points by 2 voters
    When Kanchi first came to Tokyo to work, he is full of uncertainties. He is 'lost' in his work and his love relationship is in a mess. During those times, Rika, his ...more
  • Majo no Jouken

    15. Majo no Jouken

    Japanese Drama - 1999, 11 episodes
    198 points by 2 voters
    Michi, a 26-year-old high school math teacher, tentatively accepts her boyfriend's proposal of marriage, uncertain of her love for him, but feeling pressure from her father and society to do what is ...more
  • Furuhata Ninzaburo

    16. Furuhata Ninzaburo

    Japanese Drama - 1994, 12 episodes
    196 points by 2 voters
    This series is different from past detective stories. "Furuhata Ninzaburo" is a collection of true mystery stories in which the detective, Furuhata Ninzaburo, must solve ingenious crimes and outwit elusive criminals. Although ...more
  • Star in My Heart

    17. Star in My Heart

    Korean Drama - 1997, 16 episodes
    194 points by 2 voters
    Lee Yun Hee is an orphan who is adopted into a hostile family environment. She harbors an undiscovered artistic talent, which helps to catapult her into the lives of two men: a ...more
  • Happy Together

    18. Happy Together

    Korean Drama - 1999, 16 episodes
    100 points by 1 voters
    The love, conflicts, and reunions of 5 siblings. A drama about 5 children who were separated at the death of their parents. They meet again as adults and have all gone their ...more
  • Jang Hee Bin

    19. Jang Hee Bin

    Korean Drama - 1995, 63 episodes
    100 points by 1 voters
    It is a drama depicting the life of Jang Hee Bin, who was raised as a royal concubine in the midst of a political struggle during the reign of King Sukjong (Joseon). ...more
  • Ao no Jidai

    20. Ao no Jidai

    Japanese Drama - 1998, 11 episodes
    99 points by 1 voters
    Abandoned by his mother and having had to fend for himself, Ryuu is one of many Japanese youths that have turned to a life of petty crime in order to survive in ...more
  • West Palace

    21. West Palace

    Korean Drama - 1995, 52 episodes
    98 points by 1 voters
    A drama based on a popular portrayal of the events during the time of Prince Gwanghae in early 17th Century Joseon. Queen Inmok is depicted as a virtuous lady who fell victim ...more
  • Shomuni

    22. Shomuni

    Japanese Drama - 1998, 12 episodes
    97 points by 1 voters
    The stories revolve around the Office Ladies of General Affairs department 2 (Shomu ni, or GA-2) in a large multinational company called Manpan Corporation. GA-2 is called "the graveyard for female office ...more
  • Aoi Tori

    23. Aoi Tori

    Japanese Drama - 1997, 11 episodes
    96 points by 1 voters
    A train station attendant falls in love with the wife of the son of a powerful community leader. When Yoshimori sees how unhappy Kahori is in her new marriage, he impulsively runs ...more

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