If you read my About Me post, then you know I’m a Kpop fan and naturally, I also watch a lot of Kdramas.
I decided to share with you guys my top 10 all time favorite Korean dramas!
First, everyone has a favorite Kdrama genre. While I’ll watch all different kinds, I have certain genres I’m always more excited to watch than others.
My top favorite Kdrama genres are:
- Fantasy/Folklore Drama
- Crime Drama
- Historical Drama
- “Slice of Life”
- Romantic Comedy Drama
Here we go! ヽ(>∀<☆)ノ Can you guys guess what they’ll be? Go ahead, make a list to see how many you get right!
My top 10 (Click to Jump)
- Coffee Prince
- Crash Landing on You
- Dae Jang Geum
- Can You Hear My Heart
- My Wife Is Having An Affair This Week
- Hello Monster
- The Producers
Making this list was hard. The first few dramas rolled out my fingers easily but as I thought about older dramas, it was hard to pick.
This is a classic! I recently rewatched it and was impressed at the quality; it may be an old drama but it still feels and looks fresh on screen. Some of the scenes, the plot and characters, it’s easy to see that it’s an older Kdrama but overall, I still love this drama because of one of the cliché plots: tomboy girl pretends to be a boy. I think Yoon Eun Hye was perfect for this role, and considering the homosexual concepts, Gong Yoo handled his characterization very well. I was surprised how well this drama was received and how popular it became that even when they celebrated the cast reunion last year, it’s still a beloved Kdrama by many.
During my trip to South Korea, I actually stopped by the Coffee Prince shop. The owner kept the shop exactly like in the drama; really felt like walking through the film set and watching the drama unfold before my eyes.
This is still one of my top 2 or 3 Kdramas and coincidently, Gong Yoo is also a lead actor in this one. One of the big reasons why this is one of my favorite is because it has many of my favorite story elements: travel to a different country, multi language, fantasy, historical, diverse soundtrack, a well put together story, character development and all the actors play their roles really well.
Specifically, if it wasn’t for the soundtrack, the filming in Canada and how well the actors worked together, I don’t think it would be one of my top favorites. Because of it, I even did a little Goblin trip to Canada to find filming spots! Lee Dong Wok & Yoo In Na stole my heart; their story is so sad and yet so lovely. Also as a BTOB fan, I was very happy to see SungJae acting again.
The soundtrack is all amazing, I couldn’t pick just one favorite song.
For similar reasons I had for Goblin, this is one of my top Kdramas because it included the following story elements: travel to a different country, multi language, diverse soundtrack, a well put together story, character development and all the actors play their roles really well.
I honestly cant wait for covid to become manageable so I can travel to Switzerland. I planned a trip to Europe in last year and had to postpone it due to the pandemic; now I want to go even more. It may sound ridiculous but it’s actually a lot of fun going to filming locations. As I watched the drama, I recognized locations in Seoul I walked through; it was so exciting. I absolutely love the soundtrack; all of the songs are perfect. I honestly want to walk around Iseltwald while listening to Sigriswil.
I have to say the soundtrack was perfect in this Kdrama as well; I couldn’t just pick one favorite, but I will say that I’m very glad they had a song by 10CM because his songs would be perfect for so many other dramas.
This is one of the many historical Kdramas that I like. Out of all of them, I always have this one on my top 10 because it’s about the importance of food, medicine & eventually the introduction of surgery in Joseon Dynasty. There’s so much to learn from this drama; it’s one of the few historical Kdramas based on a true story (of course with fiction mixed in). I’m not sure how much of it is true or fiction but it’s easy to look up information about it: Dae Jang Geum. She was known as the first female physician to a King.
This also has another one of my favorite story elements which is the soundtracks. “Onara” is still one of my favorite Kdrama soundtracks and I’ve played it many times while I cooked when I was younger.
This was my first drama with Lee Jong Seok as a leading actor. While this Kdrama is the repetitive rich vs poor cliché story, this Kdrama introduces another one of my favorite story elements: disability awareness. It’s real easy to write a story and make your character blind or force them to live their life on a wheelchair, but it’s hard showing the hardships of their life while also showing how they thrive and how to properly support these types of people. The drama isn’t perfect but this is definitely one of the concepts that made me want to keep watching.
When I first started to watch this drama I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was looking for something simple but somewhat serious. Turns out this drama is pretty serious and it touches on a subject still sensitive in South Korea: a cheating wife, an affair, a failing marriage, collapsing family, and unspoken difficulties of relationships. There’s plenty of comedy relief, although it can be questionable since the majority of the comedy comes from scenes of a cheating husband; it begs the question, are cheating men not held at the same standard or as accountable as cheating woman? I think this Kdrama really makes you think about how you view your own relationships and what you deem as acceptable.
Also some of the cast I’ve seen on other Kdramas & Kvariety, so I was even more excited to watch it. Song Ji Hyo, for example, is a cast member of the Kvariety TV show Running Man. The soundtrack is pretty amazing as well. Because of this drama I became a huge fan of Park Won through the osts: If We, Look At Me & Mistake. He has a beautiful voice and his songs are very deep and meaningful.
Interesting fact if you didn’t notice but actor Lee Sun Gyun (top left corner) is the same actor in Coffee Prince (<–Click to Jump – sitting on the left).
When I first decided to watch this Kdrama, I wasn’t expecting it to be a big deal. I love crime drama & Jang Hyuk. Next thing I knew, I was hooked on season 2 and 3. Honestly I was bummed that Jang Hyuk wasn’t in the other seasons but Lee Jin Wook did an amazing job. I haven’t seen season 4 yet because I’m still upset about season 3 (”’^-^)/ but once I’m ready, I can’t wait to see how this series ends. Overall the story is pretty messed up and complicated.
The opening soundtrack, Voice by Yuna Kim (김윤아), is one of my favorite songs to listen to as well; it’s very meaningful. There’s the soft version & the rock version.
Tunnel is another crime Kdrama that came out around the same time as Voice I believe (2017). I actually ended up watching this one after Voice. It’s a very interesting story where the main character Park Gwang Ho (Choi Jin Hyuk), time travels to the future trying to capture a serial killer from his time. He ends up trapped in the future trying to solve his old case. The drama becomes more complicated every episode so it really kept me watching.
After it was over, I was honestly disappointed there wasn’t more. The drama comes full circle by the end but the idea was interesting enough that I wanted something else to happen, after all, the entire drama is centered on the one case and these characters. Other than that, as a viewer who is used to watching shows like Criminal Minds, leverage, the Mentalist, even Lucifer, I was left wanting a little more.
This was my first Park Bo Gum dramas & it was probably one of the few that made me question my moral compass. In an attempt to not spoil the Kdrama, I will say for the most part, when I feel something is wrong no matter how good it is, I can say it’s still wrong. By the end of the drama, I found myself tilting my head wondering if I could do the “right” thing if I was placed in that situation. If you’ve watched the drama, then you know what I’m talking about.
Nevertheless, the drama is still one of my top favorites. It could do without the romance but compared to how strongly many other feel about it, I didn’t think it was that bad. However, I agree with the fan consensus, that where the main focus of the story should have been was definitely NOT the romance.
Favorite ost is Remember by Dream Cloud! (^///^)
It’s been a while since I last watched this. Out of all the other Kdramas on my list, this one I’ve only watched once. The story is about Kvariety TV producers, in this case, the drama centers around a new season of 2 Days & 1 Night, a real Korean Variety TV show. The actor Cha Tae Hyun, who plays the producer of the new season, Ra Joon Mo, was actually a real cast member of the real 2 Days & 1 Night show. You get to watch his small team work on ideas, problems on set, their employers demands, celebrity demands, concerns about ratings, concerns about being cancelled, and more. It’s really a behind-the-scenes kind of drama.
When this drama came out, I remember watching 2 Days & 1 Night and how producers & the cast would explain how hard they worked on the TV show. Viewers watching so many shows but really, just to produce a show or a movie, it takes so many people, so much work, sleepless nights, trial & error and sometimes no matter how hard you try it just doesn’t work out. So watching this drama, I was pretty excited to see how they were going to showcase these hardships.
That’s all I got for you! The list may change over time, so STAY TUNED! \(^0^\)