My must-watch lists got off to a great start in 2013, but 2014 is looking like a totally hit or miss year for Korean dramas! But, be sure to check out the long list of Korean dramas that I’ve watched and loved in the past right HERE.
(This post is still under major construction, because I’ve been catching up on episodes of Witch Hunt and quit ALL KDramas until then! But, just a few more episodes to go before I get started on my super long watch-list of KDramas.)
1. My Love From Another Star
In this drama starring Jeon Ji Hyun, Kim Soo Hyun, Park Hae Jin, and Yoo Inna, “an alien from another planet lands in Korea and falls in love with a top Hallyu star.”
This is a must-watch because it was heart-felt, touching, and believable thanks to the great cast. There were modern super heroes, Hallyu stars, and sick, scary villains.
There was also friendship and rivalry. It had everything you could ever want in a story, and it was so well told on screen.
2. Secret Love Affair
This drama about an older married woman who falls in love with a much younger boy has me hooked, and I’ve been sharing my favorite scenes and statements– a kind of recap, HERE.
Now, this is a must-watch because of the chemistry between the two leads, played by Yoo Ah In and Kim Hee Ae. It’s a slow burner but it gets HOT. I also loved the music, cinematography, and side stories.
Nothing was wasted; every moment had a point, subtle or strong.
3. A Witch’s Romance
This drama about another older woman who falls for a much younger guy is TONS of fun so far– and also so different from Secret Love Affair even though they are both noona romances!
Be sure to check out their steamy kisses HERE! And, this is a must-watch due to the cute, bubbly relationship between the two leads, played by Uhm Jung Hwa and Park Seo Joon.
Although the pacing could have been better, it still worked. I watched all the way to the end and felt satisfied, too.
4. Yoo Na’s Street
I Love both of these leads and the entire cast– along with the story about a bumbling detective and his sexy pick-pocketing neighbor! This KDrama replaces Secret Love Affair, and you can watch the teaser here until English subs come out:
And, English subs are out, so watch this KDrama right HERE.
5. High School King of Savvy
This Kdrama about a high school boy turned CEO was so good it got it’s own surprise post! Read it right HERE. In addition, this is the first KDrama that I gobbled down in three days this year.
Everything worked thanks to stellar performances from the entire cast. They really pulled off their same old-same old characters and made them feel new.
The story also took all the right twists and turns without making any of the characters do something they wouldn’t do. I was laughing and fan girling the whole time, but I did let out a tear or two, too
6. Fated To Love You
I just started watching this and the first few minutes pulled me in so much that I can finally finish High School King of Savvy (watched it in three days!) and start a new KDrama– this one!
I was skeptical of Jang Hyuk in a role like this one– I last saw him playing a slave in Chuno after all, but I can already tell he’s going to pull Mr. Chaebol off and give him his own unique Jang Hyuk spin.
I’ve heard this is his second KDrama with Jang Bo Ra, so I’m excited to see them both!
7. You’re All Surrounded
This is another one that just made my must-watch list. Read all about it right HERE.
Now, as you’ve seen I’ve decided not to watch any of the divorce dramas (Emergency Couple and Sly and Single Again), medical dramas (New Leaf, Doctor Stranger, and Angel Eyes), or cop dramas (Gap Dong and
You’re All Surrounded) that aired this year.
I also passed on Joseon Gunman, Trot Lovers, and My Secret Hotel
High School King of Savvy as well. It’s Okay, It’s Love just seems cray cray, so even though I love Gong Hyo Jin– I’ll pass on this KDrama.
Now, here are a few KDramas that are on my must-watch list. I’m just waiting for more episodes to air before I watch since I like to binge-watch!
8. Three Musketeers
Starring my love Jung Yong Hwa in what will surely be an action and adventure sageuk, The Three Musketeers promises something different this year. Also, the team behind my favorite fusion sageuk Queen In Hyun’s man is behind this KDrama! Much to anticipate along with what I’m sure will be a stellar performance by YDG.
9. Ironman Lee Dong Wook is my absolute favorite Korean actor, and I’m excited to see him take on a role as a tortured superhero! Now, I think that Lee Dong Wook is the only actor who can pull of the whole knives coming out of my body thing, but let’s be real:
As I said, this drama is going to be either REALLY good or really Really REALLY bad. And, it was really Really REALLY bad…!
9. Bad Boys
Yay, Park Hae Jin, one of my favorite actors and a Busan boy to boot, is finally back! Okay, okay. I know this is his third drama this year, but Doctor “Cuckoo” was not on MY watch list.
Anyway, I’m excited to see him and a bunch of other great– really great, actors and actresses in this crime action thriller with lots of mystery, too. Here’s the trailer!
Watch it HERE, with English subs (finally).
An office drama and cartoon remake with lots of buzz!
11. Liar Game
A JDrama remake with lots of buzz, too!
12. Valid Love
Uhm, my Korean boy bias Lee Soo Hyuk plus my Korean girl bias Lee Shi Kyung plus the writer of My Name is Kim Sam Soon? Yes, this is definitely on my must-watch KDrama watch list.
(What a mouthful!)
13. The King’s Face
… and the list continues, but I’m falling so far behind! I’m watching Witch Hunt now and will watch The Greatest Love again before jumping back to 2014. So stay with me as I update this list and come to the final conclusion at the end of the year.
Just when I was about to give up on KDramas, I’ve been pulled back in!
Finally, you can watch a bunch of new and old dramas on my favorite site where I watch high quality videos (1080p!) with great subtitles that leave nothing out: Kdrama.com!