Korean Drama Ratings

Our rating system is simple: thirty points for the fuzzies, and seventy given to other critical aspects of the drama such as writing, directing, editing, cinematography, soundtrack, acting etc. with weights being according to our own personal preferences of what matters to us most when watching a drama.

And just so you know who's who and what each who has been watching: dewaanifordrama and bustered. So without further ado, here is the list of dramas we've collectively watched. (If you want lengthier reviews, you can check out the reviews page. And here is the link to our Film Ratings. Enjoy!)

A Gentleman's Dignity (2012)
Romantic Comedy - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 51/100
The first half was a lot of shallow, cute fun, but the last half turned for the dramatic, lost its spark, and became pretty boring, with a nice, shiny ending slapped on... too bad I didn't actually care by the end.  There was potential for the relationships/characters to gain some kind of depth, but the drama seemed to straddle between sticking to shallow cute and dipping a bit into interesting relationship complications.  Sloppy writing, and a lot of annoyingly obvious pop culture references and cameos.  However, there were a few extremely sweet scenes, and the vignettes at the beginning of each episode were often priceless.
Angry Mom (2015)
Family/Drama/Human/School - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 94/100
Go Bok Dong. I could leave it at that. Just kidding. Angry Mom manages to satisfy as a compelling story about justice, redemption, forgiveness, and hope, all set in a high school adrift in corrupt schemes and mystery. Kim Hee Sun shines, as do the rest of the cast. Ji Soo makes his breaththrough role (and he certainly wins my heart). This is definitely a must watch. Here are five reasons to convince you that you should. Well edited, beautiful cinematography. Excellent stuff.  
Answer Me 1997/Reply to Me 1997 (2012)
Youth/Sitcom - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 89/100
What a pitch perfect little gem of a drama! It was all heart, and laughs, and heartache, and teenage angst, in this lovely coming of age story. The editing was crisp, fast-paced, and the soundtrack was just fun and spunky. I was really impressed with the idol actors, particularly Hoya, Eunji, and Seo In Guk. Definitely a must see if you want to laugh, cry, and everything in between.
Arang and the Magistrate (2012) Fantasy/Period/Comedy/Romance/Action/Melodrama - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 84/100
I loved this show from beginning to end. It was bright, funny, beautiful, heartfelt, and I really cared about all the characters from beginning to end. Lee Jun Ki *swoon* and Shin Min Ah (how can any one woman be so adorable?!) delivered sparkling performances with plenty of chemistry to boot. I am not sure how the show managed to pull off its fantasy, period, comedy, romance, action, melodrama billing, but it did. Scary at times, hilarious at others, and with plenty of heart (and tugging of heart-strings) this is most definitely one of my favourite dramas from 2012.

A Thousand Kisses (2011-12)
Romance - 50 Episodes 
Personal Rating: 30/100
It was supposed to be a sweet romance that dealt with age differences, but ended up being a makjangy fest, complete with over-bearing, horrible parents.  I started watching for the Ryu Jin/Kim So-eun pairing, but stuck around for Ji Hyun-woo and Seo Young-hee.  Curses on you both for making me forget that I have something called self-control.  If you like makjangy weekend dramas, here's a grand one for you.



A Witch's Romance (2014)
Romantic Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 84/100
Easily one of the better romantic comedies I've seen in K-drama to date. Based off of the Taiwanese drama, My Queen, the plot was fun, cute, and just all round a pleasure to watch. Uhm Jung Hwa and Park Seo Joon had absolutely sizzling chemistry and the supporting cast were all entertaining and quite pleasant. If you're looking for a well-made rom-com, some good laughs, and some lovely romance, this is the one for you. 

Baby-Faced Beauty (2011)
Romantic Comedy - 16 Episodes 
Personal Rating: 59/100
Super cute, and never gets too dramatic as Korean rom-coms tend to do.  Daniel Choi is definitely the highlight, and he's amazingly adorable.  I also enjoyed Ryu Jin.  The let down was Jang Na-ra, who was a little too trodden down for my taste.  The clothes were fabulous, but the plot lines were recycled too often and made circles around the others.  However, the romance is sweet, and it is a fluffy enough drama that goes by quickly.  


Best Love (2011)
Romance/Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 77/100
A light, trendy romantic comedy from the Hong Sisters, light on the angst, big on the meta and humour. Cha Seung Won is brilliant as the completely over-the-top and conceited Dokko Jin, and I rather liked Gong Hyo Jin's performance  as has-been star Gu Ae Jung. Yoon Kye Sang makes for a perfect second lead syndrome candidate, but really he's too perfect for the heroine in some ways (though completely adorable and handsome). The side characters are sometimes rather silly, but all in all rather delightful. This is definitely a drama that is funniest when you have some drama and Korean entertainment industry references and several dramas under your belt. It's also a nice commentary on the lives of idols, and the BTS workings of it all. Fun watch, easy on the eyes, and sure to give you plenty of laughs.

Big (2012)
Comedy/Romace - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 54/100
This drama could have been so much more awesome and so much more emotionally rewarding, but in the end it failed to deliver. Gong Yoo is absolutely fantabulous as the teenager trapped in the body of an older man, and I did love a lot of the drama. There were some really amazingly cute moments, some wonderful moments, some lovely emotionally fulfilling moments, but sadly poor writing killed it. It is not the Hong Sisters best work at all which is so terribly sad because their dramas can be great. If you want some beautiful moments, but you don't mind big disappointment...

Blademan (2014)
Romance/Fantasy/Melodrama - 18 Episodes
Personal Rating: 88/100
Personally I thought this was one of the better drama offerings of 2014 despite its two episode shortening due to low ratings and baseball screening on KBS. The writing was self-assured and excellently paced, with a beauty and nuance of feeling often missing from some K-dramas. Lee Dong Wook charmed with a wonderful range of facial expressions and vulnerability, and Han Jung Soo was absolutely delightful as his secretary cum bodyguard. The real star of the show was Shin Se Kyung though, who made me fall in love with her goodness and spunk. The OST and camera work were also wonderful. This drama crept up and stole my heart completely.

Boys Over Flowers (2009)
Romantic Comedy - 25 Episodes 
Personal Rating: 48/100 ◆ 44/100
I'm happy that this was one of my first dramas, because I don't think that I would watch it now.  It was super fun drama to watch (despite being horrible), but I'm pretty sure that the only good thing that came out of it was Lee Min-ho and Kim Bum appearing on my radar.
I am also glad it was one of my first dramas. Honestly, it almost made me break-up with K-drama, but I will forever be thankful it introduced me to Lee Min Ho and Kim Hyun Joong (who can't act). Watch it because it's a cult classic - but only if you can deal with lots and lots of makjang. 

Brain (2011-12)
Medical Drama - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 60/100
My love for Shin Ha-kyun ensured that I watched this drama... and it's decent enough when the brain surgeons aren't having an argument in middle of a surgery with an exposed brain between them.  Shin Ha-kyun is his usual awesome self, but not enough to elevate this drama into something really good. 





Bride of the Century (2014)
Romance/Fantasy/Melodrama - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 72/100
It's definitely not the best drama out there, and had major pacing and subsequently storyline issues resulting from a cut from 20 episodes down to 16. Yet there was something disarming and completely charming about the story. Lee Hong Ki and Yang Jin Sung stole our hearts with adorableness and some great chemistry to boot. Entirely watchable and enjoyable if not held to carefully to a critical light. 


Can You Hear My Heart? (2011)
Romance - 30 Episodes
Personal Rating: 76/100
Pros: The main couple (and their childhood counterparts), Nam Goong-min, Jung Bo-seok, Yoon Yeo-jung, lovely music, good visuals. Any scene with Ma-roo and his grandmother were golden, and Kim Jae-won and Hwang Jung-eum have good chemistryCons:  Big fat makjangy plot line going on with all the good stuff.  And it doesn't help that Cha Dong-joo's parents are eeeevil... and downright annyoing.  Also, really unfortunate haircuts...

Cheongdamdong Alice (2012/2013)
Romance/Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 59/100
Messy, messy, messy writing - like a roller coaster that goes all over the place with some thrills along the way. It started out well, then lost itself somewhere along the way, and ended up with a reasonable-ish ending. Park Shi Hoo was brilliantly crazy and funny at the beginning, Moon Geun Young can cry really well, and there were some memorable moments with the side characters. It also had an incredibly unrealistic premise that I could never quite buy. More than anything, I am not really sure what the drama was trying to say - I am not sure that the drama was sure what it was trying to say. Maybe watch the first few episodes and read recaps if you want to know what happens at the end?

Chuno (aka Slave Hunters) (2010)
Action/Sageuk - 24 Episodes
Personal Rating: 79/100
Jang Hyuk gives a brilliant peformance, and he, Han Jung-soo, and Kim Ji-seok run around throughout most of the series shirtless, which is not a bad thing by any means.  Sadly, I couldn't care less about Oh Ji-ho's character or Lee Da-hae's.  However, it's a stylish action drama, and if nothing else, the awesome visuals will stick with you. 

City Hall (2009)
Romance - 20 Episodes 
Personal Rating: 64/100

I'm a fan of both Cha Seung-won and Kim Sun-ah, and they have great chemistry in this drama.  The side characters are mostly funny and harmless, though there are a couple of frustrating ones (like that creepy robot fianc√©e).  Most importantly though, the couple grows closer together in a nicely organic way, and that's what I love about this drama.

City Hunter (2011)
Suspense/Revenge/Romance - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 73/100 ◆ 86/100
Pretty much I am in love with this drama. It has solid writing, a lovely score, great directing, and angst in all the right places. If you're not already a fan of Lee Min Ho, you will be after this drama. Kim Sang Joong also puts in a pretty epic performance. Lots of action (LMH did most of his own stunts), and lots of laughs. I admit I also sobbed like a baby in this drama. If you're up for some great emotional beats, action, suspense, and a dash of romance, this is the drama for you. 
I love the score, Kim Sang-joong, Lee Joon-hyuk, and Lee Min-ho.  After rewatching a few episodes though, I realized how much I dislike Park Min-young's acting.  But it was definitely one of my favorites of 2011.


Comrades (2010)
War/Historical - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 95/100
Nearly flawless. Includes solid acting on all fronts (har har), excellent period detail, heart stopping action, awesome directing, a solid screenplay, and a breathtaking score, and it's utterly devastating to boot.  It was often difficult for me to watch, but this drama was a life changer.  P.S. I've never sobbed so hard in my life.  If you care for great K-dramas, watch this now.  You can find my full review HERE.

Crime Squad (2011)
Crime/Action - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 66/100
I love Lee Jong-hyuk and this made a Song Ji-hyo fan out of me.  I love the whole crew, and I really enjoyed the sets, and the criminals, especially Lee Min-woo as a crazed vigilante.  I found the underlying plot line unimaginative, and everything a little too well put together, and the eventual baddies and showdown did nothing for me.  However, I did like the two-episode villain plots.  If you like crime dramas, I'd definitely recommend this one.



Cruel City (2013)
Noir/Action/Drama - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 88/100 94/100
It's flawed, and messy at beginning and end, however, the whole is far greater than the parts. But it still has some great parts including fantastic performances from Jung Kyung-ho, Kim Yoo-mi, and Choi Mu-seong, and above all, it constantly stays true to noir genre.  A real gem of a K-drama.
I love it despite of it's flaws, and perhaps a little because of them. Jung Kyung Ho was amazing, giving the performance of a life time. Choi Mu Seong was another favourite. The soundtrack is amazing, the story compelling, and most definitely one of my all-time favourite dramas. Watch it.
Cunning, Single Lady (2014)
Romantic Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 76/100
Despite its occasional shoddily paced and chaotic storyline, the drama as a whole was a charming, funny and sweet take on exes loving to loathe while falling back in love. Joo Sang Wook will be sure to make you fall in love with his adorkable charm and sheer good looks and Lee Min Jung is as compelling, plucky and lovely as ever. Definitely worth a watch. 
Dal Ja's Spring (2007)
Romantic Comedy - 22 Episodes 
Personal Rating: 74/100
I adore Chae Rim, and for once, I don't hate the workplace antics placed in a drama.  Lee Min-ki is charming, though I was annoyed by his character by the end, and the 2-episode extension drags out the ending longer than what's good for it.  However, this is definitely one of the better K-drama rom coms.





Dating Agency: Cyrano
Romantic Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 55/100
I told myself I would quit this drama after every. single. episode. But I had hope that it would improve.  It didn't.  Lazily done plot, characterization, and direction, but I am happy to report that a member of SNSD actually has the ability to become a good actress: Choi Soo-young is almost the only redeeming thing about this drama.  I hope she chooses better projects.

Dream High (2011)
Musical/Comedy/Romance - 16 episodes
Personal Rating: 68/100 70/100
This is a good intro in the musical drama genre about wannabe idols at a performing arts school. With performances from current idols, and the legend J.Y. Park himself, it's a fun watch. If you're in the mood for a light-hearted, lots of music drama, and some lovely Kim Soo Hyun, you should watch this one. 
Not all that spectacular, but a whole lot of fun.  I think it was a fun watch for me especially because I only knew who Kim Soo-hyun, Uhm Ki-joon, and Ahn Kil-gang were before watching.  Youthful, fun, and sugar-coated inspring.


Emergency Couple (2014)
Romance/Comedy/Medical - 21 Episodes
Personal Rating: 69/100
I started watching it for Choi Jin Hyuk and Song Ji Hyo and stayed for them and the completely gruff and lovable Dr. Gook played by Lee Pil Mo. It had some great moments, but overall nothing really completely amazing and wonderful. The hospital politicking also really annoyed me. Not a complete waste of time, but no great work of art either. 





Ex-Girlfriend Club (2015)
Romance/Comedy - 12 Episodes
Personal Rating: 82/100
The three exes' characters take a few episodes to settle, but by the end I loved the frenemies ensemble rather a lot. If you don't already love Byun Yo Han, this might be the drama that changes your mind. He and Song Ji Hyo just were too funny and cute together. Do Sang Woo is hilarious, the soundtrack is really great and the story is cute and funny. A great rom-com. It's a pity it was shortened by four episodes. 

Faith (2012)
Historical/Romance/Time Travel/Fantasy - 24 Episodes
Personal Rating: 67/100
I soooooo wanted to love this drama, but I'll be honest, I found it rather boring. Don't get me wrong, there were some lovely, lovely moments, some beautiful music, an excellent performance by Ryu Duk Hwan, and Lee Min Ho was also fabulous. (And a very gorgeous flute-playing bad guy) It was definitely a drama of oh-what-it-could-have been. It suffered from lack-lustre writing, camera-work, and directing. It wasn't so very bad, just not so very good. *sigh*

Family's Honor (2008-09)
Family/Melodrama - 54 Episodes
Personal Rating: 73/100
I hold this drama close for personal reasons, and although there's a lot of unneeded drama with the parents, the dead husband, and the pre-wedding accidents, I loved just about every bit of it.  I especially enjoyed the attention and care given to each couple.  If you like long family dramas, I'd say that this is a fairly stress free choice.





Fated to Love You (2014)
Romance/Comedy - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 78/100
Fated to Love You is a rather mixed bag in my opinion with oodles of cute and romantic, but plagued by haphazard pacing, too many episodes (it made the second half of the drama drag too much), and acting that requires a certain level of suspension of belief. The mash up of logic-failing dramatic turns also left me feeling frustrated rather than pleased. There were times I laughed, times I cried, but definitely times I wondered why everyone loved the drama so much. I'm glad I watched it, but it just didn't measure up to the hype for me. Sorry folks. Jang Na Ra and Jang Hyuk were lovely though. Really lovely. 
First Shop of the Coffee Prince (2007)
Romance/Comedy - 17 Episodes
Personal Rating: 65/100
Classic girl dresses up as boy, falls in love with boy who thinks he's gay. It had some fun moments, and Gong Yoo was great, but it felt a bit flat and forced to me. I get cross-dressing conflicts, but this one seemed too contrived. It's a cult classic, but it's not my favourite (please don't hate me drama watchers). Watch it for Gong Yoo and the Japanese chef ;)


Flower Boy Next Door (2013)
Romance/Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 75/100
How do I say this without coming over to harshly? It was my least favourite of the three Oh! Boy series. It started out really well, and spent a wonderful amount of time on fleshing out some realistic characters in a more or less day-to-day sort of life situation. The tone was moody at times, but not too heavy-handed, and there was plenty of cute, and just all round loveliness. Park Shin Hye was really lovely as the recluse Dok Mi, and Yoon Shi Yoon was hilarious (though a little too much on the man-boy side for me). Kim Ji Hoon, Go Kyung Po, and Kim Seul Gi were also delightful. The ending however sort of petered out for me with too much time spent on a silly sideline plot and not enough on the relationships. If the ending hadn't been sort of meh for me, I would probably have rated it higher. 

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (2011)
Romance/Comedy - 16 episodes
Personal Rating: 77/100 ◆ 85/100
I loved how much I laughed out loud at this delightful flower boy fest. Sure, there's a little makjang, but it's all to make fun of itself. The heroine was plucky, quirky, and sassy; Jung Il Woo was hilarious; and Lee Ki Woo so attractive I may never recover. It's just a charming piece. This drama is pretty much pitch perfect if you're in the mood for some over-the-top feel good bromance and romance. You can find my full review HERE.
Heavy on the romantic, heavy on the comedy, and some drama for good measure, with some adorable bromance and gorgeous eye candy on the side.  Plus, there may be a chaebol, but there's no damsel in distress.  Good riddance.

49 Days (2011)
Fantasy/Romance - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 65/100
I love Lee Yo-won.  Against my good judgement, I just adore her. That's all there is to it.  The first episode is a bit rocky, and some of the effects are pretty cheesy, but after the initial set-up, I found the plot quite moving.  Thankfully Lee Yo-won got to play a large part of Nam Gyu-ri's, and Jung Il-woo is as charming as the hype says he is.  There are some missteps in the writing and acting, but I cried buckets at the end, and I didn't mind the ending as much as a lot of other people did.  If you want a tear-jerker with an interesting story, and some romance and fantastical elements thrown in, then I'd recommend this drama.

Full House (2004)
Romance/Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 66/100
The plot gets repetitive and the end fizzles, but Rain's aegyo makes up for it in a BIG way. I understand now why people love Rain (myself now included) and I think Song Hye Go is just delightful. Rain's character was a total jerk, but he was loveable and oh so adorable. That man knows how to rock the aegyo. I wish the writers had finished the drama better though. It's like they just stopped caring towards the end. If you want to fall in love with Rain, (and see him wearing an apron) then this one's for you.

Full House Take 2
Romance/Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 59/100
Well, it started out fun, zippy, cute, hilarious, and addictive...and then half-way through episode 12, it went super, crazy, angsty-melo, and it became almost impossible to finish. Park Ki Woong was adorable, Hwang Jung Eum was likeable, and No Min Woo was just hilariously fantastic. All in all, I liked it better than Full House...sort of, but it disappointed me more because it could have been better. If you want a treat though, you should check out the most fabulous joint recaps on maddinoasylum and Raine's Dichotomy. It was a fun watch, but rather disappointing in that it fell apart. 

Giant (2010)
Historical/Melodrama - 60 Episodes
Personal Rating: 89/100
I turn into an emotional wreck just thinking about this drama. The directing and writing are excellent, the story incorporates modern Korean history well, and the soundtrack is gorgeous.  All the acting is very good with Park Sang-min, Lee Beom-soo, Lee Duk-hwa, Jung Bo-seok, Kim Seo-hyung, and Kim Soo-hyun giving excellent performances.  An incredibly moving epic of a drama.

Girl K/Killer K (2011)
Action/Thriller - 3 Episodes
Personal Rating: 68/100
I don't think I'm the only one that thinks this drama would have benefited from having a few (or several) more episodes.  It never delves too deeply into anything, but there's plenty of sheen to keep it likable, and the plot moves quickly.  I adore Kim Jung-tae and Kim Roe-ha, and Han Groo did well despite her rookie status.  If you want a quick action fix, go for Girl K.




Haeundae Lovers (2012)
Romance/Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 60/100
So it wasn't really what I was expecting, but it ended up being entertaining. The acting wasn't super amazing, but I guess I was in the mood for a slightly off-beat-zany-slapstickish kind of humour when I watched it. The Uncles were just delightful, and Kim Kang Woo is hotte! The leads didn't have the most amazing chemistry, but there was enough cute to keep me somewhat happy. Jung Suk Won is also always nice to look at (his character seemed a tad bi-polar to me though). If you're in the mood for something you don't really need to think about, it's light, it's fluffy - then this might be the drama for you. 

Healer (2014/2015)
Romance/Comedy/Thriller/Action - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 89/100
While a little slow to pick up (initially), the story and drama are high quality entertainment. The chemistry of the leads and the whole cast in general was wonderful and each of the storylines heartfelt and had great depth. Despite its flaws, I quite love this drama and for a knockout performance from Park Min Young. Ji Chang Wook was delightful and couldn't have been cast better, and Yoo Ji Tae is a gem. The writing was excellent, the soundtrack great, and all in all a great watch. It's an easy drama to love. 


Heart to Heart (2015)
Romance/Comedy/Medical - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 91/100
Fresh, quirky, and completely charming, this drama is sure to delight those looking for a more mature take on love and romance. I haven't seen such honest dialogue in a while and for the most part, it was a decent take on managing and overcoming mental illness. Choi Kang Hee does a fabulous job at portraying an agoraphobic patient looking for treatment from an equally messed up psychologist, played by Chun Jung Myung. Well written, great OST, fresh story. Definitely worth a watch. 



Ho Gu's Love (2015)
Romance/Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 86/100
Adorable meets serious in a romantic comedy that was parts melo, parts comedic, and parts just plain adorabubble. Choi Woo Sik stole everyone's heart and UEE and 2AM's Seulong were wonderful. I think the drama tried to address too many intense topics and therefore didn't do them quite the justice they deserved. I think though that they showed that loving family pretty much wins the day and that prejudice really has no place in civilized society. 
Hon/Soul/Possessed (2009)
Horror/Melodrama - 10 Episodes
Personal Rating: 80/100
Even though it was only ten episodes, I can't help but think it would have been better as a 7-episode drama.  The first seven episodes are excellent, due to an excellent Im Joo-eun, an eery and very lovely score, and beautiful directing.  Kim Gab-soo is ridiculously creepy (so is Lee Kyu-han in a smaller role), and the low budget effects are very effective.  I'm not a fan of the horror genre, but this drama is more of a psychological thriller anyways, and I was deeply affected.  It's too bad that it deviates from Ha-na in the last three episodes, because she's the core of this drama.

I Do, I Do (2012)
Romance/Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 58/100
It was a drama that could have been so much better. It suffered from ambitious but unsure writing (and the ending was "meh"). It tried to tackle some important issues, but struggled to articulate them well enough. There were some lovely shoes, and some really great moments, but in the end the only thing that really gave me the warm fuzzies was Lee Jang Woo. He rocked this performance! If you're in the mood for the loveliness of Lee Jang Woo and some beautiful shoes, this drama's for you.


I Need Romance (2011)
Romantic Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 61/100
I have never experienced such a bad case of second lead syndrome.  That being said, I have also never before wanted so badly for a lead female to become independent of her leading men.  The drama definitely gets better as it goes along, since the first couple of episodes felt gimmicky and heartless. 





I Need Romance 3 (2014)
Romance/Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 69/100
Let's be honest, I watched this for Sung Joon. While there were some enjoyable parts, as a whole the drama was not particularly memorable. The pacing of the first two acts was too slow that I just ended up getting really frustrated at the female lead. At least no one was particularly hateful. I also felt a lot more interested and invested in the supporting actors and their plotlines. 


IRIS (2009)
Action/Thriller/Romance - 20 Episodes 
Personal Rating: 56/100
This drama tries to be way cooler than it actually is (though some of the action IS really cool), and it's sleek and shiny, but also ineffective and not at all moving.  I loved Lee Byung-hun, Kim So-yeon, and Kim Seung-woo, but it also reminded me of all the reasons why I don't like Kim Tae-hee or Jung Joon-ho.  It also left me with a "What the #@&(@*%Y" feeling after finishing.  Great action, lots of pretty, not much else.



It's Okay, It's Love (2014)
Romance/Medical - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 86/100
Jo In Sung put in an excellent performance, as did Lee Kwang Soo, Gong Hyo Jin (though she was the least believable to me), Sung Dong Il, and even EXO's Kyungsoo. The drama was serious about seriously talking about mental illness in a compassionate and realistic way. It's definitely quirky, but in my opinion it's one of the best dramas I've seen in a while. And of course, Gong Hyo Jin manages sparkling chemistry with her lead man. She's a pro. Definitely well worth a watch. 
Let's Eat (2013/2014)
Romance/Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 90/100
What a well seasoned and excellently prepared drama! Lee Soo Kyung as Lee Soo Kyung and Yoon Doo Joon as Goo Dae Young are such delightfully quirky and relatable characters, and Yoon So Hee as Attorney Kim might just be one of my favourite characters I've seen in a while. The rest of the cast are wonderful as well. Liberally sprinkled with humour, fun, and a dash of murder mystery make this drama a treat definitely worth indulging in. Just make sure you've eaten before watching, otherwise you might starve. 
Lie to Me (2011)
Romance/Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 40/100
It had some great moments, but I guess Yoon Eun Hye just is not my favourite K-drama heroine out there. Kang Ji Wan was gorgeous, but wooden. All in all - it had some great moments, but the story felt forced and lack lustre. It did however have some of the best K-drama kisses ever (karaoke and cola kiss - google them). If you want some light-hearted and some not so light-hearted high-jinks, some angsty moments, and you don't mind lots of lack of plot progression, or just some pretty...


Life Special Investigation Team (2008)
Crime/Comedy/Drama - 12 Episodes
Personal Rating: 69/100
Uhm Ki-joon is as wonderful as always, and I liked Shim Eun-jin.  Kim Heung-soo is gangly and awkwardly adorable.  Despite not being amazing, it's short, its characters are likable, and the whole show is enjoyable.


Maids (2104/2015)
Historical/Thriller/Action/Romance - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 81/100
Maids never quite got dark enough for me, which might sound like a strange comment. I think it introduced some really interesting themes in a more violent version of Korean Downton Abbey/Upstairs-Downstairs commentary on class and society, but at the end of the day didn't quite make as many interesting points as I wanted it to. Excellent performances from Jung Yoo Mi and Kim Dong Wook. Oh Ji Ho was nice to look at, but still a little lacking in the acting department. The OST and cinematography though were lush and gorgeous and they more than made up for my dissatisfaction with plotlines. That's not to say that the drama was bad; it just wasn't as good as I think it had the potential to be. 


Marriage, Not Dating (2014)
Romance/Comedy/Family - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 90/100
One of the most enjoyably delightful romantic comedies I've watched. While hammy and gimmicky to some degree, the show manages to flesh out a veritable smorgasbord of relationships and portray some lovely, poignant, and romantic emotions and all while asking some important questions about love, life, and family. Yun Woo Jin and Han Groo shine as the leads and have fabulous chemistry. And of course 2AM's Jin Woon is nice to look at too. This marriage-contract cum unintentional romance is a must see if you're in the mood to laugh, cry, and swoon.
Master's Sun (2013)
Horror/Fantasy/Romance/Comedy - 17 Episodes
Personal Rating: 84/100
It is easy to see why so many people loved this drama (though I can see why it wasn't everyone's cup of tea). The writing was solid start to finish, the drama elements never got out of hand, and it certainly redeemed the Hong Sisters in my book. Seo Ji Sub made my heart flutter and it was my favourite performance by Gong Hyo Jin I've seen. The side characters were actually quite pleasant and all in all I grinned like an idiot often enough. It's not the next great masterpiece, but it's a solid and thoroughly enjoyable rom-com, which I am sure to re-watch. 

Midas (2011)
Business/Romantic/Melodrama - 21 Episodes
Personal Rating: 58/100
I can't really remember why I stuck around, especially since the storyline addresses mergers and acquisitions between companies etc., because the only word I have for this drama is boring.  The acting is decent, and in particular, I enjoyed Kim Hee-ae.  This drama had none of the intensity or ferocity that I wanted, and that includes Jang Hyuk's good, but ultimately, unmemorable, performance.


Misaeng (2014)
Drama - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 92/100
An excellent slice of real life in all its aches, pains, and unfairness is the easiest way to sum up this drama. Add to that meaningful and warm friendship, a beautiful teacher-mentor relationship, excellent writing and editing, a great soundtrack, and you'd be hard pressed to complain. It's guaranteed to make your heart hurt, but in all the right places. Im Siwan shines, his office buddies are great, but Lee Sung Min really steals the show. 

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (2010)
Romance/Comedy/Fantasy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 83/100
Beware, you might die of adorableness with this show. Probably my favourite Hong Sisters drama. Shin Min Ah delivers a sassy, spunky, outspoken, adorable performance as a nine-tailed fox in this retelling/redefining telling of the gumiho myth. Lee Seung Gi was also just fabulous in this drama. The makjang was kept to a minimum, yay! And boy oh boy, that hotte gumiho hunter (No Min Woo). Just a fun, laugh out loud, sweet, and lovable drama.


My Name is Kim Samsoon (2005)
Romance/Comedy - 16 Episodes 
Personal Rating: 83/100 ◆ 85/100
Hyun Bin, need I say more? Okay, okay - there are plenty of other reasons to love this drama. It was my first drama, and it got me hooked. Kim Sun Ah delivers an awesome performance as well.  It has some really sweet moments, some beautiful angsty moments, and just all round goodness. It's a great into to the genre, and it's just a pleasure to watch.
My first K-drama.  I have never enjoyed Kim Sun-ah so much as those first couple of weeks that I first sat down to watch a K-drama, laughing and crying with this wonderful heroine, swooning and shaking my fist at Hyun Bin, and angrily experiencing the annoying K-drama ex-girlfriend.  But hey, at least Jung Ryeo-won can speak good English.  

Myung Wol the Spy (2011)
Romance/Comedy - 18 Episodes
Personal Rating: 49/100 ◆ 53/100
It started so well, so darkly funny and comedic about the North/South relationship - and then with the crazy live shoot system, drama with the lead actress leaving the set, and writing that got really lost, the drama just sort of flopped. Lee Jin Wook induced a rather terrible case of second lead syndrome for me. 
I wanted a Dr. Strangelove K-drama... and that's definitely not what I got.  Horrible writing (how many story lines got dropped during its run?), subpar acting, and it completely dived when it lost its funny and adopted a completely dramatic tone.  Grr.

Monstar (2013)
Musical/Romance/Youth - 12 Episodes
Personal Rating: 80/100
What a lovely, pleasant, heartwarming gem! I watched it all in a week, and loved the laid back, yet well-paced storylines. Each of the characters are loveable, and boy are they a talented group. I was really impressed with BEAST's Jun Hyung's Yoon Seol Chan, and Kang Ha Neul was just lovely as Jung Seon Woo - man, that man has a "voice of honey" to quote a friend's mother. Ha Yeon Soo, GLAM's Dahee, and the rest of the Colorbar crew put up heartfelt and moving performances. The OST is one of the best I've heard in a high school drama (and in many others as well). With just enough angst to keep it interesting, lots of happy feels, and a few tears, this one's a keeper for sure!


Nae Il's Cantabile (2014)
Romance/Musical/Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 72/100
The music was fabulous, the storyline not so much. There were some absolutely lovely moments and some great episodes, but in the end, it sort of fell flat. What could have been a charming romance, seemed forced, and the supporting cast of characters and their backstories often eclipsed the main story. I enjoyed watching it, and if you're looking for an unassuming watch, try it. The music mostly makes it worthwhile, just don't expect to be amazed. 


9 End 2 Outs (2007)
Romance/Comedy - 16 Episodes 
Personal Rating: 61/100
It has sparkling moments, but all in all not my favourite drama. They spent waaaay too much time with the love line that was going to not work out, that I feel sort of bad it didn't work out. I just wanted more time with the leads who had great chemistry and some really wonderful moments - I felt sort of disappointed that I had watched the drama - it could have been a lot better.



Operation Proposal (2012)
Romance/Fantasy - 16 Episodes 
Personal Rating: 67/100
I liked the drama, but it really suffered from haphazard writing, and it could really have benefited from a shorter running time. Yoo Seung Ho rocked it, and Lee Hyun Kin was lovely. The side characters were all great, and I loved their stories, it just didn't gel as a cohesive whole. That said, I really did enjoy the drama a lot, loved the OST, and I would probably watch it again. It is definitely worth a watch.

Pasta (2010)
Romance - 20 Episodes 
Personal Rating: 64/100
There were some great moments, some beautiful food (I started craving pasta a lot), and some beautiful pasta boys (No Min Woo - see him in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho), a lovely second lead (Alex), but the drama just didn't hold me. I understand the typical plot device of jerk boyfriend who changes and becomes better, but this just didn't happen. The relationship between the leads was just so abusive, misogynistic, and didn't grow at all, that I became really irritated by it. And the story went absolutely no where. So if you don't mind a story going no where, but want some beautiful food and pasta boys, give it a watch. 

Personal Taste (2010)
Romance/Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 71/100 ◆ 68/100
I watched it because I needed a Lee Min Ho fix. The chemistry between Lee Min Ho and Son Ye Jin was superb, and the "I am in love with him, but he's gay" hijinks and emotional beats were great. The drama however suffered from somewhat weak writing, but for that "Game over" kiss I will forgive the writer a thousand times over. Oh Lee Min Ho, I will watch you any day. 
Funny, sweet, adorable, and a nice treatment of gay, or not-so-gay, characters.  It's an enjoyable watch, but pretty unmemorable.


Playful Kiss (2010)
Romance/School - 16 + 7 Special Episodes (on Youtube)
Personal Rating: 34/100
Hmmm, what to say. Terrible writing, Kim Hyun Joong is absolutely wooden, and I am not so sure I love the message of if you stalk/bully someone long enough, they will fall in love with you. (Jung So Min was rather adorable while doing it though). Ooh, it also has a great umbrella kiss scene as well. Lee Tae Sung was fabulous, and the indie band Bye Bye Sea also make a great cameo appearance throughout the drama.


 
Protect the Boss (2011)
Romance/Comedy - 18 Episodes
Personal Rating: 78/100 ◆ 77/100
I LOVE this drama! It is quirky, laugh-out-loud comedy. The heroine is sassy and spunky, the squabbling-five-year-old-fighting-like-school-girls-bromance between Ji Sung and Jaejoong is spectacularly awesome, and Wang Ji Hye was just wacky and comical. It is a drama that doesn't take itself super seriously, but still delivers a satisfying watch. I would classify it in a feel-good-crack-tastic category if that's what you're in the mood for. 
A strong heroine, pretty boys who cannot act maturely to save their lives, and family members that don't suck.  Hilarious fun and very sweet.

Prosecutor Princess (2010)
Romance - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 73/100
It sort of has a Legally Blonde-esque feel to it. It's quirky and fun, has some good angst, and a nice growing-up to real life feel to it. Park Shi Hoo, you rock my socks right off - I want to marry you. City Hunter has the same PD, so there is a lot of supporting cast cross-over (this is pre-City Hunter though). Random piece of trivia - there is a scene where Kim Na Na is actually watching Prosecutor Princess. Definitely a fun drama to watch, and really if nothing else, watch it for Park Shi Hoo. 

Queen In-hyun's Man (2012)
Fantasy-Fusion-Sageuk-Romance - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 83/100 90/100
Definitely one of my most favourite dramas ever. The first few episodes were a tad slow, but it picked up really quickly, and swept me along for the ride. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with Kim Boong Do *swoon*, and this lovely gem of a drama. The OST was excellent, ah that Boong Do-Hee Jin melody theme *sigh*. I just loved it from beginning to end. Definitely a must see! ♡
Badly directed, but I really rooted for the main couple and I enjoyed the fantastical melding of the two time periods.  Ji Hyun-woo and Yoo Inna aren't the greatest actors, but they sold their characters and have beautiful chemistry together.
Queen Seon Deok (2009)
Historical Melodrama - 62 Episodes
Personal Rating: 67/100
My first "sageuk".  This drama really isn't that good, but I enjoyed it a lot. Most of the performances are fine, but Go Hyun-jung is by far the best thing about this drama. Period.  Her character (and Go's portrayal) is what drives this drama, and without her, it wouldn't be worth much.  The costumes are gorgeous, and if you can get past all of the tangent story lines, and the ridiculous amount of dramatic close-ups, then you might enjoy yourself like I did.

Que Sera Sera (2007)
Romantic Melodrama - 17 Episodes
Personal Rating: 78/100
This drama has a very indie feel to it that I really enjoyed, and while the characters are not often likable, they make sense, and are somewhat sympathetic.  If you're looking for cute romance, this is definitely not for you, and some scenes may really tick off anyone with a feminist streak.  But personally, I was just happy that drama didn't sugar coat the relationships.  Plus, I love Lee Kyu-han.  He's one of my favorites, and it's nice to see him in a bigger role in a drama.


Rebirth/Resurrection (2005)
Revenge/Thriller/Melodrama - 24 Episodes
Personal Rating: 96/100
This is the first (and one of the only) drama I've watched where I have watched every single moment with interest and awe. The cinematography is really wonderful; every image is interesting and innovative. The acting is solid; Uhm Tae-woong is spectacular and really holds everything together. Han Ji-min is lovely, and this has definitely been my favorite role of hers, and the same can be said for Seo Yi-hyun, who plays her part with spunk.  All of the veterans are great as usual.  The weak link though, is Go Joo-won, who's character (and portrayal) gives nothing to the drama.  The music is excellent, and the plot moves and builds gradually and firmly. One of the most perfect K-dramas I have had the true pleasure to watch, and I might add that it's THE revenge K-drama to watch.

Romance Town (2011)
Romantic Comedy - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 56/100
I don't know why I bothered.  All I wanted was some cute romance, but what I got was a lot of stuff about greed and class... which is not a bad thing, but it didn't feel right in what was billed as a romantic comedy.  None of the characters really caught me, the acting is okay, the plot wiggles it way to the end, and there's a lot of annoying side characters.  There are some really cute moments, but I felt that this drama had little to do with romance, and gave little of what it promised.  

 
Rooftop Prince (2012)
Fantasy/Comedy/Time-travel/Romance - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 73/100
The drama suffered from al-over-the-place writing, and a rather makjang side-story, but all in all I really loved it. Yoochun really impressed me with his acting, and the Joseon four were just spectacularly hilarious and lovely. Jung Suk Won, Lee Min Ho, and Choi Woo Shik kind of stole the show I think - every scene they were in was magically funny and just awesome. The ending left me frustrated, and rather mad at the show, but I have since reconciled with it, and I would totally watch it again. 



Scent of a Woman (2011)
Romance - 16 Episodes 
Personal Rating: 68/100 ◆ 82/100
What a lovely piece about living and loving life despite the nasty curveballs it throws us sometimes. Kim Sun Ah was just fabulous, and Lee Dong Wook was poifect. It did a great job of balancing poignant happiness and realistic outcomes without becoming too saccharine. The tango scenes *swoon* reminded me how badly I want to learn Argentinian tango (now to find me a gorgeous Korean man to dance with), and a cameo by Junsu *swoon* just made the drama that much more awesome for me.
As our leading lady got sicker, I did too.  Of this drama.  Kim Sun-ah is lovely, and she has great chemistry with Lee Dong-wook (And Uhm Ki-joon is downright adorable!) but in the end, the drama was both too much and not enough for me.

School 2013 (2012/2013)
School/Youth/Drama - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 68/100
This drama was all heart and bromance, and that's what made it completely worth the watch. Kim Woo Bin and Lee Jeong Seok's real life friendship made all the angsty frenemy drama so much better. Park Se Young also put in a rather nice performance. Daniel Choi and Jang Na Ra also seemed perfectly cast and I enjoyed their dynamic. The drama was certainly not perfect in it's execution, and definitely got better as it went along, but I cared so much about the characters and the conflicts that I didn't mind the technical issues. Definitely another great school based drama that one can't help but love. And one of the best things - bromance done so excellently! 


School 2015 - Who Are You? (2015)
School/Youth/Mystery - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 80/100
One of my favourite watches of 2015. While the drama spent probably too much time drawing out the angsty love triangle, there was plenty else to love (the father-son relationships for one). Kim So Hyun did an excellent job portraying twins, Nam Joo Hyuk and Yook Sung Jae (I heart Sung Jae so much) were incredibly lovable, with a standout teenage performance from Jo Soo Hyang as an awful bully. Lee Pil Mo was also great. It also featured some really lovely OST pieces. 
Secret Garden (2010-11)
Romance/Comedy/Fantasy/Melodrama - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 86/100
So I know that this drama has it's flaws, and at times follows a rather formulaic plot, but Hyun Bin stole the show, and made it fabulous. He's dynamite! It was also one of the first dramas I ever watched, and inspired my first K-pop purchase (Hyun Bin's "That Man"). Ha Ji Won was fabulous, and the supporting cast as well. I dunno, there's just something about the show that I love. And wow, I had no idea I could be so convinced that Hyun Bin could play a woman inside a man's body. 


Shine or Go Crazy (2015)
Historical/Romance/Fantasy/Comedy - 24 Episodes
Personal Rating: 71/100
If you can put up with a fairly mediocre and haphazard third act and a particularly meh ending, there is more than enough to entertain in the first two acts. Jang Hyuk is lovely and gets handsomer and handsomer as the drama progresses, as well as putting in an excellent acting performance. The comedic and romantic aspects of Jang Hyuk and Oh Yeon So are also rather adorable. Lee Han Nui is also a scene stealer and distractingly beautiful. Ryu Seong Soo also had some really great scenes. Definitely light on the historical high on the comedy. That's about it. 
Shut Up: Flower Boy Band (2012)
Coming-of-Age/Romantic/Musical/Melodrama - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 87/100
It's got some measly acting from just about everybody (excluding Lee Min-ki in an awesome cameo), but there's a wonderful raw energy that permeates this whole drama that I love wholeheartedly.  I love the soundtrack, and I love the guys and their fantastic chemistry.


 
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)
Romance/Comedy/Sageuk - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 80/100
The perfect gateway drama intro to the sageuk genre (there's enough modern in it to ease the transition).The bromance between the four friends (well, one of them is a girl, but still) was a delight. The drama had a light, trendy touch, with plenty o' angst, and cute romance to make anyone happy. It was Yoochun's acting debut, Park Min Young was fabulous, and I just loved Song Joon Ki and Yoo Ah In *swoon*. The ending could have been a little stronger, but it was still satisfying. If you're looking for sageuk-lite, this is the one.
TEN (2011-12)
Crime/Thriller/Procedural - 10 Episodes
Personal Rating: 78/100
One reason that I love K-dramas is that there are so few procedurals, but this is a very good example of one. It's technically flawed (the editing...), but the characters are interesting, and mostly well acted with a standout performance from Kim Sang-ho, and best of all is that the crimes are so complex that the viewer actually has to pay attention to the details. 
That Winter, The Wind Blows (2013)
Melodrama/Romance - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 76/100
The tragedy of this drama is that it could have been so much  more. I am not sure what got into writer Noh Hee Kyung's head, but it got mighty jumbled in there I think. The drama started off with a rather addictive quality, and at times continued in that trend. However, it rushed the ending in a rather unsatisfactory jumble of events that I am not sure if I will ever feel closure about. Man I am so confused. It's almost as if Noh got amnesia or something and forgot the story. Jo In Sung and Song Hye Gyeo were absolutely breathtaking to look at though - at times so much so I forgot to read the subtitles. Song Hye Gyeo also put in I think her best performance to date. And of course the lovely Kim Bum and the delightful Jung Eunji are in it as well. Basically, watch it at your own peril, but it really has some lovely parts, so maybe those parts are worth it?


The Devil/Mawang (2007)
Thriller/Revenge/Melodrama- 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 94/100
When I found out that the PD/Writer duo that did Rebirth/Resurrection did this drama, I had to watch it, and I'm certainly glad that I did, since it surpassed by expectations.  Joo Ji-hoon gives a layered performance that is equally charming and frightening, and Uhm Tae-woong is his usual excellent self, while the rest of the cast do equally good jobs.  The cinematography, writing, and soundtrack are all excellent, and all around, this is another near perfect drama.  You can find my full review HERE.



The End of the World (2013)
Thriller/Melodrama - 12 Episodes
Personal Rating: 98/100
One of the best dramas ever.  A tense, well-structured, excellently directed, and fantastically acted tour de force that plays on themes of the good and evil in all of us.  Thank heavens for dramas like this that let magnificent actors like Yoon Je-moon and Jang Hyun-seung shine. They are freaking perfection.




The Girl Who Sees Smells (2015)
Fantasy/Romance/Comedy/Thriller - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 70/100
Yoochun and Shin Se Kyung are absolutely adorable together. The cops are lovable but oh so incredibly incompetent. Despite the dramas many flaws, it was a surprisingly enjoyable watch. When the drama was trying to be really cute and funny was when it was its best. Really just a fun ensemble, plenty of cute. Just forget that it's supposed to have a procedural element and you'll enjoy it a whole lot more. 
The King of Dramas (2012/2013)
Romance/Drama/Comedy - 18 Episodes
Personal Rating: 86/100  82/100
This drama started out with rapid-fire wit, sizzling chemistry, hilarious and clever humour, phenomenal timing, the best used soundtrack I have heard in a while, excellent storytelling, but sadly ended with the sort of coasted in a rush-live-shoot-got-an-extension-drama disappointment. On the bright side, Kim Myung Min's Anthony killed it with his stellar, heartfelt performance, it was Jung Ryu Won at her best, and Siwon, well he was a treat a delight, and all things wonderful. It was a drama that certainly made me more aware of the BTS world of dramaland in a funny and moving way, but it's a pity that it itself fell prey to all the things it was criticizing. 
I bucked down and began this drama when I was in bit of a drama-slump and I loved it to death.  It had been months since I really loved a drama like this one.  It is definitely flawed, with a couple of two-note characters and a few weak episodes at the end--however, most of the characters were wonderful, with Kim Myung-min, Jung Ryeo-won, and Siwon excelling in their roles.  It's a very pleasant and fulfilling ride of a drama.  One of my favorites.

The King 2 Hearts (2012)
Romance - 20 episodes Personal Rating: 84/100
Definitely one of my favourites! It suffered from time to time from not so awesome writing, but at the end of the day the show really pulled some great punches, and had some wonderful emotional moments. More than a romance it is a coming of age story - of how a man becomes a king, and Lee Seung Gi was amazing! Wow! I am officially impressed. Jo Jung Seok was also phenomenal, and just in general the supporting cast was brilliant. The bad guy was weird; let's just leave it at that. If you're in for some great action, romance, fist-pumping heroics, and a whole lot of awesome, this one's for you.

The Moon That Embraces the Sun (2012)
Period Romance/Fantasy - 20 Episodes
Personal Rating: 76/100
I definitely got caught up in the fever of Moon/Sun that gripped Korea. I even watched some raw (which was the first drama I had done that with). The writing was definitely a weak point with this drama (from what I could follow, the drama writer changed quite a lot of the original novel), but somehow something made me want to keep on watching it - Kim Soo Hyun? The OST is pretty fabulous, and there is lots and lots of pretty. Kim Soo Hyun also delivers a stand out performance, wow that man can cry so beautifully. Perhaps not the most amazing sageuk out there, but it is an enjoyable watch. 

The Princess' Man (2011)
Period Romance - 24 Episodes
Personal Rating: 87/100 ◆ 88/100
I was never a fan of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", so I was initially very wary of this drama, but I was pleasantly surprised.  The rest of the drama feels a lot more like one of Shakespeare's histories though, with all the usual saguek political machinations etc.  Wonderful chemistry, great soundtrack, good acting, and a strong female lead make this a great little drama.
LOVE this saeguk! It made me a fan of Park Shi Hoo forever!!! Ah, his smile could light up the darkest corner of hell, and wow, that black Zorro outfit, so hotte right now. The OST was phenomenal and moving - Park Wan Kyu's "One Day of Love" will forever remain one of my favourite ballads. The cinematography was lush and beautiful, the costuming gorgeous. And wow, the chemistry between Park Shi Hoo and Moon Chae Won was so compelling. And one thing I really liked was how layered and complex each character was, with each possessing both flaws and redeeming qualities. A beautiful, beautiful drama.

The Producers (2015)
Romance/Comedy - 12 Episodes
Personal Rating: 78/100
A fun, light-hearted take on the trials and travails of the BTS scenes of Korean variety show production. Cha Tae Hyun is lovely. Gong Hyo Jin is herself. Kim Soo Hyun shows a petty and puppyish side of him. It is IU's story of a tough and rude idol I ended up loving most though. A fun, light watch that will make you laugh out loud with its snide jabs at the industry. Kim Jong Kook features hilariously. 

The Snow Queen (2006)
Romantic Melodrama - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 78/100 82/100
I'm a bit rusty on the details, but I loved this drama so much.  I found it very touching and lovely, and Hyun Bin, and the rest of the cast, were all very effective.  It has a beautiful score, and a nice indie vibe, and overall, I found the drama very moving.
What a beautiful drama. The score/OST was beautiful, the cinematography was gorgeous, Hyun Bin was wonderful (and beautiful of course), and the supporting cast was fantastic. The drama is slow, but well-paced as it tells the story of love, hardship, and forgiveness. If you're looking for a gentle love story, then this is the one for you. Beware, it will probably make you cry.


The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry (2010)
Romantic Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 83/100
My favorite romantic comedy.  Breezy and fun, but never shallow, and never too dramatic that it makes me wonder where the rom com went.  Park Jin-hee and Uhm Ji-won are perfectly hilarious, and the males do their parts nicely as well. The friendship between the girls balances nicely with the romance.  I think my favorite scene is still when Lee Shi-young has to jerk Jung Da-jung's face and hair from drying asphalt.  That's true friendship right there. 
Time Between Dog and Wolf (2007)
Action/Romance - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 74/100 75/100
Despite the completely shoddy ending, the drama is a solid classic. Lee Jun Ki tends to overact, Jung Kyung Ho was for the most part quite decent, and Nam Sang Mi was pleasant enough. Amnesia was used to great effect, the action scenes were fabulous, and the supporting cast were lovely. Of the supporting cast, Sung Jo Roo's Byun Ajhussi was most definitely my favourite. Him and *cough* Giraffe *cough*. I think this is definitely a drama worth watching, but boy am I wishing that bustered and I had really recorded our commentary as we were watching. It would have made for some great entertainment. In the end, the drama failed to reach deep enough with a compelling enough narrative and character conflict.
Solid structure, good direction, excellent supporting players, and the main trio has its moments on both ends of the acting spectrum.  Spoiled by a shoddy ending, but the first fifteen hours are worth the watch.

Vampire Prosecutor (2011)
Fantasy/Mystery/Crime - 12 Episodes
Personal Rating: 87/100
This little crack-tastic drama is definitely worth a watch. Not only is Yun Jung Hoon absolutely gorgeous, but he puts in a stellar his performance with moody-cheeky-vulnerable-sexy-torturedness. Lee Young Ah and Lee Won Jung are also just delightful as his team. With crisp directing, a great soundtrack, solid writing, and all round awesomeness, it would be a shame for anyone to miss it. (If you are not a fan of blood or procedurals, well then, maybe you might want to miss it, maybe...). I just wish I had watched it sooner than I did. 

Vampire Prosecutor 2 (2012)
Fantasy/Mystery/Crime - 11 Episodes
Personal Rating: 79/100
I really did love the second installment of the series, just not as much as the first one. The same lovely rapport was there, the chemistry between Yun Jung Hoon and Lee Young Ah was still there - it just came out in ways we would normally expect a K-drama to deliver. The back story was great, but was unevenly distributed, and instead of the crisper editing of the first season, we ended up with too much recycling, not enough deeper conflict into everyone's pasts, and a sloppy last episode. That said, it was still cracktastic, and I will definitely tune into more vampy hotteness for a season 3 *crosses fingers hoping*.

What's Up! (2011-12)
Musical/Melodrama - 18 Episodes
Personal Rating: 72/100 ◆ 78/100
I just adore Im Joo-hwan, Im Joo-eun, and Oh Man-seok.  Period.  And they, in addition to Jo Jung-seok, are the reasons that I loved this drama.  The writing was sloppy, the acting varied, and I never felt that the ending fulfilled on what it promised, but the music was a lot of fun and there were some really beautiful scenes. 
While there were some issues I had with the writing, I LOVE the characters in this drama! There was also some superb acting by pretty much all the leads. And I LOVE the music! Of course I am a total sucker for musicals/musically themed things. Im Joo Hwan was fabulous, as were Im Joo Eun and Oh Man Seuk, and if you haven't heard about Jo Jung Seuk - well he's fabulous! Daesung, from BIGBANG also puts in a great performance. 

White Christmas (2010)
Psychological/Mystery/Thriller - 8 Episodes
Personal Rating: 68/100
I adore Kim Woo-bin, Lee Soo-hyuk, Kim Young-kwang, Baek Sung-hyun, Sung Joon, and Hong Jong-hyun, and even though none of them are great actors here (however, most of them have improved since), they are definitely some of the more interesting young Korean actors.  However, the direction and cinematography are what truly shine in this drama.  Sadly, I was thoroughly unimpressed with Kim Sang-kyung as the villain (and I liked him so much in Memories of Murder).  Interesting and dark, with stark, gorgeous visuals.  


Wild Romance (2012)
Romantic Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 64/100 ◆ 75/100
I'm still confused about this drama.  I loved most of the characters (and performances) but hated others with a burning passion.  I found much of it hilarious, and sometimes moving, but other parts cringe-worthy.  I wonder what this drama could of been in the hands of a different director, because it felt like the director and writer were going for two different kinds of drama.  I enjoyed Oh Man-seok... well, to be honest, almost everyone in the cast except Jessica.
It started so well with so much funny, and then I'm not really sure what happened. I agree with bustered that the writer and director really seemed to not have the same vision in mind. It's a pity. The side characters had so much character, and I love that! Lee Dong Wook and Lee Si Young put in some fabulous performances, and the Kang Do Ho/Im Joo Eun loveline was just so entertaining. 

Will It Snow at Christmas (2010)
Romantic Melodrama - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 64/100
Go Soo.  Kim Soo-hyun. That's all I've got.  Oh, and sexy ajusshi Chun Ho-jin.







You From Another Star (2013/2014)
Romance/Comedy/Fantasy/Melodrama - 21 Episodes
Personal Rating: 80/100
While it could have been better, it was still a fairly enjoyable watch. The writing isn't its strong suit, and sometimes the story lagged, but overall a decent rom-com. What made it pretty addictive and delightful was the cracktastic chemistry between Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun. Watch it if only to see them light up your screen. 
You're Beautiful (2009)
Romantic Comedy - 16 Episodes
Personal Rating: 70/100 ◆ 69/100
This is the only Hong sisters drama that I've gotten through, and I love it to death.  The whole thing is completely absurd, but it's so enjoyable and I just adore Jang Geun-soek and Jeremy. 
What a fun little Hong Sister's drama about idols. It was delightful and silly and cute and adorable all the way through. It made me a fan for life of both Lee Hong Ki and Jang Geun Seuk (his voice is so yummy!). If you're in the mood for light-hearted, cross-dressing, cute adorableness...

You've Fallen For Me (aka Heartstrings) (2011)
Musical/Romantic/Melodrama - 15 Episodes
Personal Rating: 60/100
I feel like this drama took me on a nice, breezy, aimless, 15-hour ride, with some bumpy spots and some weird turns in the middle.  It's enjoyable, but not particularly fulfilling, and the music is nice in a CNBLUE kind of way.  Park Shin-hye is adorable as usual, and my crush on Lee Hyun-jin has been intensified. 







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