I watched my first Korean Drama on the Ides of March, 2013. Here are some I’ve watched, with favorites listed first. (You’ll have to scroll past the lists of future and in-progress titles to see the KDrama’s I’ve already watched.)
Ideas for Possible Future Viewing
- Queen of Office
- Answer Me 1988
- The Man Living in Our House
In Progress (11/25/2016)
- Tree with Deep Roots
- The Legend of the Blue Sea
- One Percent of Something (2016)
Favorites (6 Stars?)
These were previously on my 5-star list. Over time, they have stood out as my all-time favorites (as of 8/23/2015–these may change over time):
- Healer = 힐러. A courier who went by “Healer” fights a crime syndicate while finding his childhood girlfriend. In the process found the murderers of his father and his girlfriend’s father. Every episode moved along; happy ending.
- Kill Me, Heal Me = 킬미, 힐미. Man with seven personalities is healed by a psychiatrist who (it turns out) was his childhood girl friend. Superb acting, great plot, wonderful ending. Never a dull moment in this one!
- You from a Star (aka My Love from the Star) = 별에서 온 그대. An alien who has lived on earth for 400 years falls in love with a Korean actress. Brilliant ending that reconciled seemingly impossible conflicts. Superb screenwriting, acting and plot. 21 episodes. Watched last episode 27 Feb 2014.
- Six Flying Dragons = 육룡이 나르샤. Before watching this I vowed never to watch a KDrama of more than 20 episodes. Hearing great recommendations about this, however, I decided to watch a few episodes. There wasn’t a single boring episode. It’s a historical drama about Korea in the late 1300’s as it was transforming to Joseon. Finished 1 Oct 2016.
- Oh My Ghostess = 오 나의 귀신님. Possibly the best acting I’ve seen in a Korean Drama–from all actors, from lead actors down to the last supporting actor. The first half of the final episode was powerfully touching. (Unfortunately, the last half of that episode lost momentum.) All other episodes were superb!
- Misaeng (An Incomplete Life) = 미생 (末生). A Go player with a GED is hired as a 2-year temporary employee by a big company that otherwise hires only college graduates. Riveting. Still trying to figure out the Jason Bourne-like scenes at the beginning of episode 1 and end of episode 20 (the last episode). Originally gave this a 4.5, but I can’t get it off my mind. A KDrama like no other.
- Signal = 시그널. Like Back to the Future, Frequency, and the KDrama 9 Time Travels, this was very tightly written–a real attention holder. We saw the future change as all three main characters died at some time during the series, but ended up alive at the end. Yet there was no resolution [sigh].
- Jealousy Incarnate = 질투의 화신. An SBS news anchor and a weather announcer are part of several love triangles in a very tight plot (not a single “filler” episode among all 24). Superb acting, writing and directing.
- Shining Inheritance = 찬란한 유산 aka Brilliant Legacy. A father “dies,” splitting up his family and leaving a daughter and autistic son to fend for themselves. Intrigue and fortune follow.
- Bride of the Century = 백년의 신부. It appears that the first wife of the first son of each generation on a wealthy Korean family line dies immediately following her wedding. The fiancée of the oldest son is in luck–another girl looks exactly like her and can take her place.
- City Hall = 시티홀. A secretary at city hall runs for mayor. Well, I like this one better than Rooftop Prince. 20 episodes. Watched on DramaFever.
- Couple or Trouble (aka Couple Fantasy) = 환상의 커플. A rich hotel heiress has to choose between her uncommunicative husband and the blue-collar man that rescues her and takes care of her when she gets amnesia. On DramaFever and Viki.
- Fall(ing) in Love with Soon Jung aka Falling for Innocence = 순정에 반하다. Female lead Soon Jung’s fiancé dies. His heart is transplanted into an obnoxious cutthroat investor. The investor falls in love with Soon Jung. (Remember Return to Me, anyone). Watched final episode 3 Jun 2015.
- Ghost (Phantom) = 유령. Two police academy buddies are are badly burned in an explosion. One dies; the other is made to look like the dead buddy by plastic surgeons. The survivor brings down a cyber corruption ring. Very tight plot!
- I Hear Your Voice = 너의 목소리가 들려. After a childhood accident, a boy (now a grown teenager) can hear the thoughts of others around him. Superb acting, screen writing and directing from the first minute of episode 1 until the last minute of the final (18th) episode–a stunning accomplishment. Much food for thought throughout. The chemistry between the two leads is electric and ever present. Watched last episode 29 Nov 2013.
- I Miss You = 보고싶다. Superb acting, directing and screen writing! 21 episodes. Engaging throughout. Very satisfying ending. (Some violence in early episodes.) Watched on DramaFever.
- Imaginary Cat = 상상고양이. A cat is the object of affection of an aspiring webtoon creator and a same-aged girl. Gentle, cute, tastfully done. Cat’s voice well done. 8 double episodes. (16 short, about 15-minute, episodes.
- IRIS = 아이리스. Two best friends are inducted into the top-secret National Security Agency NSS) by a woman whom they both fall for. It turns out that some members of NSS are also members of the anti-government IRIS organization. If you like Jason Bourne, you’ll like this. Spoiler alert: You might be disappointed with the end of the final episode (20).
- King of Dramas aka Lord of Dramas = 드라마의 제왕. A stone-faced director (producer), formerly a legend in producing kdramas, returns five years after having been shunned. He teams up with an inexperienced writer, and they create a wildy successful kdrama. No boring episodes. Great ending. 18 episodes; watched last on 30 Oct 2015.
- King of High School = 고교처세왕. A high schooler fills in for his big brother as a director of a large corporation. Until the last episode or two, this was in line to be at the very top of this list of favorites. Still highly recommended. The first 15 episodes were absolutely entertaining and unpredictable. Finished 11 Aug 2014. On Kdrama.com
- Miss Korea = 미스코리아. In the last year of high school, she was the girl every boy was in love with. She became an elevator girl at a department store. Her favorite boy graduated from university and started up a cosmetics company. To help the company succeed, he challenged the elevator girl to run for Miss Korea. Finished 27 Nov 2015. On Viki.
- Ms. Temper & Nam Jung Gi = 욱씨남정기. Reminiscent of Misaeng but with a better ending. Takes place in the office of a small company trying to make it big.
- Nine: Nine Time Travels = 나인: 아홉 번의 시간여행. More space/time continua than “Back to the Future,” ending as unexpectedly as “Sixth Sense.” Masterful screen writing; intricate plot; superb directing and acting. Finished 5 Jan 2014.
- Oh! My Lady = 오! 마이 레이디. (4.5 stars) A divorced Ahjumma convinces a rock singer to be in a musical.
- Page Turner = 페이지 터너. Two pianists–a boy and a girl–compete … and turn pages for each other. A high jumper helps them resolve their differences.
- Please Come Back, Mister = 돌아와요 아저씨. Two men, having just died, are given more time to return (in others’ bodies–one of them female) to tie things up. Although over the top at first, the series ended with rock solid episodes. Finished 14 Apr 2016.
- Queen In-hyun’s Man = 인현왕후의 남자. Another time-warp series (with multiple space-time continua). A contemporary of the real Queen In-hyun (in the Joseon era) finds himself in a filming of a modern movie about Queen In-hyun. Excellent acting. Great ending. Watched on Viki.com (now advertisement-free with $3.99 monthly charge!). Finished 25 Oct 2013.
- Secret Love Affair = 밀회. A 20-year-old piano prodigy Lee Sun-jae (of lower class heritage) falls in love with his 40-year-old piano teacher. The music is absolutely stunning. Yoo Ah-in (Lee Sun-jae) has obviously had piano training. If you like classical music, you’ll like this drama! 16 episodes. Watched last episode 13 May 2014.
- W = 더블유. A surgeon from the real world saves the life of her future husband who lives in the webtoon world. Watched last episode on Viki 14 Sep 2016.
- City Hunter = 시티헌터. 28 years after some South Korean special forces are murdered, a story of revenge and intrigue. Riveting cliff-hangers at the end of every episode. 24 episodes. My investment of 24+ hours didn’t justify the ending. NetFlix.
- Faith = 신의 (信義). 1300’s Korea warrior travels to 21st century for a doctor. Paradoxes reministent of Back to the Future. 24 episodes. On DramaFever and Hulu plus.
- I Am Sam = 아이 엠 샘. Sam, a high school teacher, tutors the daughter of a gangster boss. Somehow it works out in the end!
- Miss Granny = 수상한 그녀. Rare Korean movie that I actually liked. (Single episode.)
- My Girl = 마이 걸. A rich single young man hires a young single woman to impersonate his cousin. Very pleasant actors.
- My Girlfriend is a Gumiho = 내 여자친구는 구미호 (我的女友是九尾狐) . Gumihos are foxes with nine tails that look like girls (a cute one in this case). Magical. Great chemistry. 16 episodes. NetFlix.
- My Name is Kim Sam-soon = 내 이름은 김삼순. Kim Sam-soon is 29 years old with no breaks: No college, car, boyfriend…
- Plus Nine Boys = 아홉수 소년. Three brothers and an uncle (ages 9, 19, 29, 39) seek love. 14 episodes.
- Rooftop Prince = 옥탑방 왕세자. A prince from the Joseon Era suddenly appears in a woman’s rooftop apartment. Definitely my favorite. Ever [well, of the first five I saw]. Tight, intricate plot and screen writing. Fast start (episode 1); ends happily. 20 episodes. On DramaFever and Hulu.
- Secret Garden = 시크릿가든 (秘密花園). The spirits of a guy and a girl end up in the other person’s body. (Watch to find out what else happens.) Resolved nicely at the end. 20 episodes (each episode 61-65 minutes). NetFlix.
- Sungkyunkwan Scandal = 성균관 스캔들 (成均館 스캔들). Joseon-era girl dresses up like a boy to attend Sungkyunkwan University. (Sungkyunkwan is still a prestigious university in Korea.) Engaging from episode 1 through the end (episode 20). Great ending! Watched on DramaFever.
- Who Are You? (2008) = 누구세요. Similar to 49 Days, a person who died has 49 days to clear up affairs before departing. Very engaging. Good chemistry, very satisfying ending. DramaFever. Finished 17 Feb 2014.
- Arang and the Magistrate = 아랑사또전 (阿娘使道傳). Reminded me of Sixth Sense (“I can see dead people.”) Became tiring towards the end. The ending left something to be desired. My favorite character was Mu-young, the head ghost reaper.
- Bad Family = 불량가족. A bunch of unrelated misfits pretend to be a family to a young girl whose parents have died in a car accident. 16 episodes. DramaFire. In spite of bandwidth problems and a somewhat annoying first two-thirds of the series, the ending was wildly satisfying and very touching. Finished 8 Feb 2014.
- Flower Boy Ramen Shop = 꽃미남 라면가게. A rich kid falls for his student teacher. Fun. Doesn’t drag. 16 episodes. (45-minute episodes.)
- 49 Days = 49일. Following death, spirits have 49 days to clear up loose ends before departing to the great beyond. Very engaging. Never a dull moment. Draining. 20 episodes.
- The K2 = 더 케이투. Great acting by many actors, including the star of Healer. Great ending. Slow middle. High action adventure.
- Let’s Eat = 식샤를 합시다. If you like Korean food, you need to watch this one. It’s 16 episodes are mostly stress free.
- Let’s Fight Ghost = 싸우자 귀신아. A college student guy can see ghosts, both weird and not so weird. Interesting plot. Not for kids. 16 episodes on Dramafever. (Episode 15 was the best.)
- Personal Taste = 개인의 취향. A straight guy poses as gay to rent a room from a famous architect’s daughter. Tight, great resolution at the end. 16 Episodes (each episode about 65 minutes). DramaFever.
- Prosecutor Princess = 검사 프린세스. Reminiscent of “Legally Blonde.” 16 episodes. DramaFever. Nice surprises.
- Punch = 펀치. Corrupt prosecutors in the highest levels of government look like they will avoid justice … until the last episode, when they all get what they deserved. 19 episodes.
- She Was Pretty = 그녀는 예뻤다. Childhood lovers meet years later in The Most magazine’s editorial office. Though he “didn’t get the girl,” the second lead (“TEN”) definitely stole the show!
- Splash Splash Love = 퐁당퐁당 LOVE. Almost too short to rate (only 2 episodes). A high school student steps in a puddle and finds herself in Joseon at the time of King Sejong (?). She inspires him to create Hangul, teaches him math, etc. Could be more than 4? Short and cute.
- Squad 38 = 38사기동대 (aka Task Force 38). Some con artists con rich tax evaders out of their tax money. Great at first; not quite as good toward the end.
- The Three Musketeers = 삼총사. Joseon crown prince and two friends are the Three Musketeers. They are joined by a fourth. 12 episodes in season 1.
- Two Outs in the Ninth Inning = 9회말 2아웃.
30-year-old guy and gal, best friends since birth, finally decide they each other. Why didn’t the girl accept the marriage proposal at end? Bad writing, I guess. Except for the lame ending, it could have been 5 stars. 16 episodes. SoompiTV
- Blade Man (Iron Man) = 아이언맨. Like the X-Men, Hong Bin sprouts sharp blades when he is angry and it rains. He falls for the kind Se Dong, who is nice to everyone. They fly away. 18 episodes (truncated from the originally planned 20 because of poor reception by Koreans). Light-hearted. Finished 13 Nov 2014.
- Coffee Prince = 커피프린스. 17 episodes. DramaFever. A 24-year-old girl poses as a boy to be employed at an all-male coffee shop.
- Dalja’s Spring = 달자의 봄. 33-year-old career girl meets younger disillusioned former attorney. Unsure how it would end until the very end of the last episode. Had closure! DramaFever. Watched last episode 31 Mar 2014.
- Drama World. Outsiders (not of the “Drama World”) step inside the fantasy of a KDrama series. The last 2 or more (of 10) episldes were definitely 5 stars. But the last two episodes can’t make up for hos much I disliked the first episodes.
- Jeju Island Gatsby (Warm and Cozy) = 맨도롱 또똣. Initially gave up on this one, but returned and gave it a second chance. A girl goes to Jeju Island for a fresh start, runs into her first love who runs a little-known restaurant. The two renew their friendship. Several other side boy-girl relationships. No violence. DramaFever
- The Master’s Sun = 주군의 태양. Son of rich parents meets a girl who sees dead people. Excellent until the last two episodes. 17 episodes DramaFever.
- Pinocchio = 피노키오. Fire chief’s family is ruined because of dishonest news reporters bribed by woman who heads large corporation. Junior reporters expose the corruption.
- Reply 1997 = 응답하라 1997. At a recent high school reunion, former students reflect on their lives since 1997. Viki.com.
- Scent of a Woman = 여인의 향기. A woman gets cancer and goes through her bucket list. Viki.com. Finished 14 Mar 2014.
- School 2013 = 학교 2013. Slow for first 11 episodes, then picked up. Became attached to characters’ caring for each other at the end. (Really didn’t end, however.) 17 episodes.
- Surplus Princess (The Mermaid) = 잉여공주. A mermaid becomes human for 100 days. If she fails to fall in love 100%, she will vanish and be gone forever. 10 episodes (reduced from 16 by management). The shortening was handled masterfully.
- The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry = 아직도 결혼하고 싶은 여자. Two female friends in their thirties look for love. A third friend has already given up. One of the two friends marries; the other might, eventually. Required 10 episodes to become interesting. Resolved in last two minutes of final episode. DramaFever.
- Baby Faced Beauty = 동안미녀. A 34-year-old woman pretends to be her 27-year-old sister in a clothing design company.
- Bong Soon: A Cyborg in Love = 사랑하면 죽는 여자 봉순이 (3 stars). 12 short episodes about a female cyborg and the team that programmed her. The team leader gets Alzheimers.
- A Gentleman’s Dignity = 신사의 품격. Four “gentlemen” and four “ladies.” (Only one gentleman really was a gentleman.) 21 episodes. (Last is bloopers and commentary.) DramaFever.
- Go Ho’s Starry Night = 고호의 별이 빛나는 밤에. 20 15-minute episodes about 5 guys that like the same girl in a Korean advertising office. Finished 7 Nov 2016.
- Greatest Love = 최고의 사랑. Movie star Dokko Jin says he loves a girl. Very satisfying ending.
- Heard It through the Grapevine = 풍문으로 들었소. (3 stars). Rich son marries poor daughter. Fascinating music, but ran out of gas at the end. 30 episodes.
- Heartstrings = 넌 내게 반했어. Reminds me of the Japanese high school kids I observed in Japan years ago. 15 episodes. NetFlix.
- I Remember You (Hello Monster) = 너를 기억해. A psychopath murders parents that treat their children unkindly, turning the children into killers themselves. The writers had no clue how to end a story. No resolution whatever; it just ended after 16 episodes.
- King’s Face = 왕의 얼. Historical drama. Almost quit watching it after 17 episodes. Fortunately resumed after 2-3 week hiatus. Watched 23rd (final) episode 7 Feb 2015.
- The Moon Embracing the Sun = 해를 품은 달. The Sun is the emperor, the Moon is the empress. Good eventually wins over evil. Some violence at the beginning. Another Kim Soo Hyun triumph. Watched last episode 28 Feb 2014.
- Pasta = 파스타. After studying cooking in Italy, a new head chef at the Spera restaurant in Seoul turns the cooking staff upside down.
- Sly and Single Again = 앙큼한 돌싱녀. Could have been higher on the list if the ending had been more convincing. Na Ae Ra hasn’t “figured things out” at the end–too argumentative. (Is this a Korean “thing”?) Watched last episode 18 Jul 2014.
- Three Days = 쓰리 데이즈. First eight episodes were as exciting as Jason Bourne. The last eight episodes were lame and frustrating because of irrationally lax security and ignoring obvious solutions (like shooting the bad guys). Finished 27 Jun 2014.
- Thumping Spike = 두근두근 스파이. After a wildly popular volleyball star injures her foot (ankle?), she decides to coach the last-place high school volleyball team. The team wins first place. On DramaFever. 20 “web drama” (i.e. short) episodes.
- When a Man Loves = 남자가 사랑할 때. Abandoned by their mother, two brothers are left to fend for themselves. Loan sharks befriend the older brother, Han Tae Sang. When extorting money from a bookstore owner, Tae Sang falls in love with the owner’s daughter, Seo Mi Do. Tae Sang becomes CEO of a large company. Many love triangles, reuniting of families, etc. Great plot. Finished 25 Nov 2014.
- Another Parting = 어떤 안녕. An alien (not of this world) guy is assigned to spend a day on earth to find out why earthlings cry. He finds a woman who is about to commit suicide (and doesn’t). She cries. Very short 5-episode (10 minutes each) Kdrama on YouTube. Watched all 5 episodes 10/16/2016.
- Dr. Champ = 닥터챔프. A new physician blows the whistle on a professor’s medical malpractice and is forced to work at a national sports center, treating athletes’ injuries. 16 episodes. Finished 8 Nov 2015.
- He Who Can’t Marry = 결혼 못하는 남자. An 40-year-old loner who is an architect and a 40-year-old female physician try to fall in love for 16 episodes. Finally–at the end of the 16th episode–it seems like they MIGHT have married? Actually, the architect is a mentally ill jerk. Any marriage would be short-lived. Finished 24 Apr 2016.
- Last Scandal of My Life = 내 생애 마지막 스캔들. Two first-love teenagers meet again 20 years later. The woman, divorced, finds herself keeping house for her old flame, now a movie star. 16 episodes. DramaFever. Watched last episode 20 Jan 2014.
- Lie to Me = 내게 거짓말을 해봐. A girl gets a rich bachelor to lie that he’s married to her. Wildly entertaining through the ending of episode 14–this looked like 5+ star material. It completely lost momentum during the last two episodes [sigh]. DramaFever.
- Marriage, Not Dating = 연애 말고 결혼. A faked engagement goes on and off, around and around … and around … and around. The marriage occurs in the last 5 seconds of the last episode, amidst a tumultuous ceremony. Was this a Korean soap opera? Finished 24 Aug 2014.
- Protect the Boss = 보스를 지켜라. Great at first, slowing towards the end. All lived happily ever after. 18 episodes. On Viki. Watched last episode 10 Mar 2014.
- Shopping King Louie = 쇼핑왕 루이. At first looked like maybe a 5? Then downhill from there (especially the last 8 episodes). A Chaebol son loses his memory. He’s a great shopper. Finished 11 Nov 2016.
- Take Care of the Young Lady a.k.a. My Fair Lady = 아가씨를 부탁해. Father of a rich heiress hires a gangster to control his daughter. Great acting. Engaging throughout. 16 episodes. Finished 4 Nov 2013.
- What’s Up! = 왓츠업. A pick-pocket, a masked singer-idol, a singer who can’t sing in front of people, a drunk professor, and others attend a musical arts university. DramaFever. 20 episodes. Finished 6 May 2015.
- You’re Beautiful = 미남이시네요. A nun joins a rock band. Improves as it progresses. Nice ending. 16 episodes. On DramaFever and NetFlix.
- Another Oh Hae-young = 또! 오해영. (2 stars). Park Do-kyung is a Foley (motion picture) sound professional who becomes involved with two women named Oh Hae-young. The first half of the series had great chemistry and was headed for 5 or 6 stars. Then it was extended from 16 to 18 episodes, and they added far too much filler. Also it became too “honeymoon-before-marriage” for my taste. It crashed and burned at the end.
- Boys over Flowers = 꽃보다 남자 (꽃보다男子). Interestingly enough, I watched the first 3-4 episodes several months ago (as my third Korean drama), and gave up. I was bored and couldn’t deal with the rude interactions. After reading so many rave reviews of the series, I ventured back. Very engaging after episode 5. 25 episodes.
- Heirs = 왕관을 쓰려는자, 그무게를 견뎌라-상속자들. A bunch of rich kids attend a high school for rich kids. Not all it was hyped to be. 20 episodes.
- Lovers in Prague = 프라하의 연인. 18 episodes, the first of which takes place in Prague. Two guys and two girls meet there, then all return to Korea. By the end of the soap opera, they all live happily ever after.
- My Princess = 마이 프린세스. The 16th (final) episode was unable to convincingly resolve the conflict between the two main characters. Except for the final episode, this could have had 5 stars. NetFlix.
- Twenty Again = 두번째 스무살. (2 stars). Unhappily married for 20 years, a 38-year-old woman rediscovers her first love, whom she had left 20 years before. 16 episodes. It was disastrous episode 15 and the subsequent unconvincing final episode that resulted in 2 stars. It could have easily been 4 otherwise.
- King 2 Hearts = 더킹 투하츠. About modern (fictional) king of S. Korea and a girl from N. Korea. The two main leads were superb (worth 5 stars). Unfortunately, the plot and the script were severely deficient. Why in the world do writers overlook it when the villain is a known murderer of the king? The last half of the 20-episode series could have been eliminated by arresting the murderer.
- The Prime Minister and I = 총리와 나. A girl pretends (?) to marry a candidate for Korea’s prime minister. Superb acting by the two main characters. Great until last episode. The final episode was a dud. (With a better ending, this could have been 5 stars.)
- Doctor Stranger = 닥터 이방인. Don’t waste your time on this one. Although Lee Jong Suk is one of my favorite actors of all kdrama time, it couldn’t make up for the complete lack of reason in the script. Nothing that happened in this kdrama would have happened in the real world. I hope Lee Jong Suk finds another good kdrama sometime. Watched last episode 11 July 2014.
- Dream High = 드림하이. This was (barely) bearable through episode 9. In episode 10 the plot evaporated … just like our interest evaporated. Watche episode 10 on 2/27/2015.
- Full House = 풀하우스. When a girl goes on vacation, “friends” sell her house. Stupid. The 16 episodes could have been condensed into one. The same thing happened over and over again in each episode. I couldn’t help but feel that they shot a bunch of scenes in a handful of locations, then strung together 16 episodes worth.
- My Secret Hotel = 마이 사크릿 호텔. A marriage is interrupted when a corpse falls through a light fixture. One-sided love polygons, inability to communicate, and other weaknesses are finally resolved during the last two minutes of the final (20th) episode. Finished 14 Oct 2014.
- The Pirates = 해적: 바다로 간 산적 (movie). Dozed most of the way through this single episode.
- Playful Kiss = 장난스런 키스. Amateur hour. Acting is terrible; story is terrible; boring, a waste of time.
0 Stars: Series I gave up on, chronologically
- Gu Family Book = 구가의서. (Too much sex, violence, repetition.) Went nowhere after 10 of 24 episodes.
- Joseon X-Files aka Secret Investigation Record = 기찰비록. Although this received good reviews by many viewers, I never quite came to understand what was going on after three full episodes.
- Flower Boys Next Door = 이웃집 꽃미남. After four episodes, I just couldn’t stay awake. We put it on hiatus after three episodes, hoping it might pick up. I slept through most of episode 4 and gave up.
- Hong Gil Dong. Watched quite a few episodes, but never “connected.”
- Inspiring Generation. Had high hopes for this one. The cinematography was great, the setting (Shanghai, Osaka, Korea in the early 20th century) was great, and Kim Hyun-Joong was the best I’ve ever seen him. However, the script went nowhere. It was all about gang fights and relationships that just didn’t make sense. Gave up after eight (of 24) episodes.
- Beethoven Virus. Gave up on this one about 3/4 of the way through the second episode. The musicians’ “faking” skill were pretty lame; the first run-through of a bunch of amateur musicians playing an orchestral piece sounded like a professional orchestra (what reason is there to practice? Who needs a conductor?) Gave up on 18 May 2014.
- Gaksital aka Bridal Mask.
- Tamra the Island (Director’s Cut)
- Joseon Gunman. (We might try this again?)
- Vampire Prosecutor. Watched two episodes.
- Modern Farmer. It passed the point of no return in episode 3, where it lived up to its nickname “King of Bathroom Humor.”
- Tomorrow Cantabile. Watched three episodes. (See Beethoven Virus above)
- Princess’s Man. Fell asleep several times in the first episode (the only one I watched).
- A Witch’s Romance. Gave up on this one after dozing through 5 episodes.
- Bad Guys. Ultra violent. Watched only two episodes. On DarkSmurf.com.
- The Girl Who Sees Smells. Gave up after 5 episodes in Apr 2015
- History of a Salary Man. Fountain of youth drug kept chicken alive
- Ex-Girlfriend Club. Even less plot
- Orange Marmalade. Really wanted to like this. Vampires.
- Producer. Never quite got it. (Maybe only Koreans can appreciate it?)
- Masked Prosecutor. Too much violence in this one.
- The Time That I Loved You, 7000 Days. The description says the two main characters have loved each other platonically for 17 years, yet throughout the first episode Choi Won tells Jang Ha Na repeatedly that he will never love her. What? I just don’t have patience with this one.
- The Scholar Who Walks the Night. Watched two episodes. Another vampire drama
- The Virtual Bride. Like Modern Farmer (above), this focuses on flatulence. Watched only one episode.
- Jewel in the Palace. Slow moving. Supplanted by more interesting Twenty Again and Heard It through the Grapevine
- Yong Pal. Might watch more of this one–as we finish Twenty Again and Heard It through the Grapevine.
- Liar Game. A young woman helps a grandma carry her suitcase across the street. The grandma leaves the young woman with the suitcase full of money.
- Sweden Laundry. Gave up after two episodes.
- Oh My Venus. Gave up after 10 3/4 episodes. No plot. Writers keep talking about sex.
- Reply 1988. Watched only episode. OD’ed on domestic violence.