My “Must-Watch” Korean Dramas: 2013 Edition

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

ihyv

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

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

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

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

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!)

6. Heirs

Heirs~

“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!

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

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?

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20 responses to “My “Must-Watch” Korean Dramas: 2013 Edition

  1. Secret garden is really boring in the beginning.Like SERIOUSLY ! I end up rewatchinh the first 4 ep over and over again because I stopped watching it but gave it a new chance…. again and again. but after this really first part of the drama it gets better!!!! The story is kinda fictional fantasy and at first you are like:” oh my gawd this would never happen its so unrealistic” but in the end you will find yourself crying like a baby in the corner because of the heartwarming storyline T3T so its really worth watching !!!! Another drama you didnt mentioned as your favorite is 49 days. Its ABSOLUTELY on of the most awesome dramas. The actors, the storyline, the ending EVERYTHING was A M A Z I N G and its one of my favorite dramas!

    • at first I thought the story idea for Secret Garden was preposterous. But it had 5 stars rating on Netflix. So I tried it. and it made me laugh, and there was one episode where I had tears throughout the whole time.

      There was great chemistry.
      I enjoyed watching how the male lead, Kim Joo-won found himself strongly drawn to Gil Ra-im, the stunt woman. It was fun to watch him chase her all the while he denied having any attraction.

      I really liked Gil Ra-im because she is a strong person and didn’t whine. She also wasn’t intimidated by Kim Joo-won.

      The comedy poked fun at Kim Joo-won and I guess other sterotypical wealthy males, with the track suit. You have to see to appreciate.

      Also in the story you see fate takes its hand.

      K2Hearts – I’ve watched alot of Korean dramas, but so far this is my favorite, after that comes K2Hearts , with another preposterous story line that ends up being fascinating.

      49 Days was awesome too.

  2. OMGGG Heirs is my LIFE right now! (I mean put Kim Woo Bin~~~ in anything and I’ll watch it tbh, hahahaha, but it’s actually good!) I really liked I Hear Your Voice as well! My friend who got me into Korean stuff’s favorite drama is Secret Garden but I’ve never watched it.. Right now (as I wait for more Heirs episodes) I’m watching School 2013 (starting BOTH Lee Jong Suk AND Kim Woo Bin *SWOOOONNNSSS*) it’s pretty decent, if you don’t have anything to do and is feeling for some eye candy, I recommend!! Good Doctor sounds good but I feel like it’ll make me cry T-T is it on Hulu?

  3. OMG I <3 'my love from another star' (or 'you who came from the star' I don't really care). I AM TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH KIM SOOHYUN!!!!!!! THEIR ACTING IS SUPERB!!! Gonna watch 'secretly, greatly' and 'the thieves' now.

  4. That Winter, the Wind Blows is amazing (watching that now). I loved The Heirs too – but Lee Min Ho is good in everything he does. I’ve only watched half of Marry Him If you Dare – it’s kind of all over the place (I like Lie to Me better). Master’s Sun though is my favorite drama so far. So Ji Sub rivals Lee Min Ho in excellence!

  5. People are going to get annoyed with me for this one, but Heirs was so disappointing for me. The cast, the directors, the budget – they had it all. But then they just kind of went and ruined it with the story line of and characterization, as well as the over hyped up publicity. Eun Sang’s whiny and constantly dependent character made me cringe, and Lee Min Ho was a bit of a possessive jerk. Only reason I watched was because of Woo Bin’s (admittedly douchebagy) badass character and Choi Jin Hyuk’s excellent portrayal of an older brother. Kang Ha Neul’s role was great too – but I never liked the main pairing.

    Otherwise, I love all your drama’s (IHYV, TMS… SO GOOD). I read a couple of comments about Secret Garden (okay) and School 2013 (loved it’s realistic approach) on here, but I’d like to recommend Reply 1997 if you haven’t watched it.

    How is Good Doctor in terms of pacing btw?

    • I agree with you on Heirs, though. I didn’t finish it. Stopped before the last two episodes again, which always happens with that writer…!

      I heard about Reply, but I just don’t know the cast yet or like the story enough.

      Good Doctor has excellent pacing. I can’t recommend it enough whether or not you like medical dramas! Sooo heart-warming, fun, and romantic:)

  6. my favorite series are :
    49 days
    secret garden
    The Innocent Man/Nice Guy
    That Winter The Wind Blows
    Two Weeks
    My Love From Another Star
    I Miss You/Missing You {was ok}
    Arang and the Magistrate
    My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
    I Hear Your Voice
    Love Rain
    City Hunter
    Can You Hear My Heart
    Shining Inheritance / Brilliant Legacy
    Gu Family Book
    Rooftop Prince
    Flower Boy Next Door
    Coffee Prince{slow but watchable}
    Iljimae
    Playful Kiss
    Time Between Dog and Wolf
    School 2013
    Boys Over Flowers
    You’re Beautiful
    Queen In Hyun’s Man
    Who Are You
    Personal Taste
    Shut Flower Boy Band
    Big {slow , not sure if others like it …. i didn’t }
    Faith {boring}
    The Heirs
    The Suspicious Housekeeper
    Her Legend
    King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo
    pretty man
    The Master’s Sun

    if you know of other series that are good, please let me know . The list above is what I have watched.

  7. How can playful kiss be the best drama of anyone?????,,, playful kiss is the WORST k-drama I have ever watched!!!… Storyline is crap,, the acting is crap,,, chemistry crap,,, and it was sooo boringgggg,, gosh… Big waste of time!!!

  8. My K drama list:

    Boys over flowers
    citu hunter
    personal taste
    prime minister n i
    love from the star
    full house
    my girl
    masters sun
    last scandal
    u r beautiful
    protect the boss
    the greatest love
    heir
    sly n single
    witch yoo hee
    coffee prince
    lie to me
    flower boy ramen sop
    shining inheritance
    my gf is a gumiho
    faith
    oh my lady
    playfull kiss
    my name is sam soon
    big
    you’ll surrounded
    I hear your voice
    emergency couple
    Mary stayed out
    angel eyes
    doctor stranger
    secret garden

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