Ever since 2008, I’ve been a hardcore fan of Korean dramas. Now, everyone I know from family to friends to complete strangers seems to be watching them! The stunning visuals, the heart-warming, tear-jerking stories, the unforgettable soundtracks, and the FEELS make Korean dramas so addicting.
But, I think what REALLY makes Korea dramas so addicting is that they have characters we can ALL relate to. I mean, it beats watching almost anything on American TV, which I don’t watch– ever!
Some of my friends have watched hundreds of Korean dramas, but I’m a lot pickier about my dramas– maybe because I’m an avid reader and obsessive writer. I really care about everything from the acting to the story-line to the soundtrack. Cinematography matters, too, and having strong leads AND strong supporting roles might be what separates a great drama from a good one.
So, I’ve only seen about 50 (or 60) Korean dramas ranging all the way back from those made in 2004 to those made now; and, you can find the long list of Korean dramas that I’ve watched and loved over the years HERE! Thankfully, its turning out to be another year full of “must-watch” Korean dramas, so here are some of mine.
1. I Can Hear Your Voice
A bad little girl turns into a big, bad prosecutor, but when the little boy she saved a long time ago finally finds her again, her whole world is turned upside down as he reads her mind and her heart.
(Best Drama of The Year!)
2. The Master’s Sun
“A selfish CEO meets an insomniac with the ability to see ghosts in this dark romantic comedy by the famed screenwriting duo, the Hong Sisters.”
(Best Couple of The Year!)
3. Good Doctor
An autistic little boy dreams of becoming a doctor, and as he overcomes his disabilities, he also overcomes his painful past and finds success and love in the present.
(Best Acting of The Year!)
4. Marry Him If You Dare
What would you do if the future “you” suddenly showed up and forced you to wake up in order to keep you from making mistakes only she knows about? Find out as Mirae meets her future self and is forced to change her present!
(Craziest Drama of The Year!)
5. Unemployed Romance
“An aspiring drama writer living off her unemployment checks bumps into her first love, who just so happens to be the one issuing her checks.”
(Cutest Drama of The Year!)
“Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho star in this trendy high school drama about chaebols as they form friendships and fall in love for the first time.” That’s Lee Minho, Park Shinae, and Kim Woo Bin!
(The Must-Watch Drama of The Year!)
7. Let’s Eat!
One of my favorite actresses– Lee Soo Kyung, in a really fun, down to earth story about a divorced woman living alone, and LOTS of (Korean) food porn….
(Best Story of The Year!)
8. The Queen of Office
The amazing Kim Hye Soo stars in this Korean drama about an independent contractor who jumps from job to job until she starts working in one office where she meets people who become more than coworkers but friends and family.
(Funniest Drama of The Year!)
So, what are some of your must-watch Korean dramas?
And, you can find more of your favorite Korean dramas on Kdrama.com, the site that offers 1080p video quality and the best, most accurate subtitles EVER!