The AKPF Crew has come together for another Pssst! This time we put together a list of our All-Time Favorite K-Dramas, where we revealed our favorite tearjerkers, love triangles, cross dressers, action-packed moments, and acting idols.
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This is the first K-Drama I ever watched. Actually, it was the first K-anything I ever watched. This show is not only stellar, but it was my gateway drug into K-dramas, K-films, and ultimately K-Pop! It’s touted as the Korean version of ‘Friends,’ but it’s really quite a bit more racey than that. If you’re looking for a grown-up k-drama, Soulmate is a great one.
Another drama for the viewer over 14. Coffee Prince is one of the rare k-shows that does not have a horrible villain whose only goal is to ruin the lives of our protagonists. What I love about this dynamic is that all the characters are equal parts, likable, relatable, well-meaning, idiotic, and ridiculous. In short, they’re realistic. Even the interactions are realistic. It’s a mature show for a mature viewer, with some silly comedy thrown in for good measure. Also Gong Yoo. Just… Gong Yoo.
Not only is IRIS the most expensive K-drama ever made, it’s also one of the nicest to look at. The direction, cinematography, and special effects are all exceptional. More important than all that, though, is that Lee Byunghun is in it. And he is perfection. Visually, he is flawless. And the cherry on top of it all is that he’s actually a remarkable actor, who has some really high quality material to work with in this drama. It truly is the Lee Byunghun show and he more than delivers. BONUS: BIGBANG’s T.O.P. plays an assassin.
커피프린스 (Coffee Prince)
I loved this drama and thought it was so well done. I loved the way they portrayed Eun Chan and Han Kyul’s relationship and how they didn’t back away from realistically portraying Han Kyul’s conflict over how to feel about Eun Chan as a guy. This drama made me laugh, smile and cry and that’s saying a lot, because I’m really not all that sentimental. I ended up crying every time Eun Chan shed a tear, and that’s a lot of crying.
R.I.P Lee Eon
I guess I have a thing for dramas about cross-dressing girls because I really enjoyed You’re Beautiful. I thought the first two episodes of this drama were super boring but I’m glad I stuck with it, because it became one of my faves. The story line and characters really sucked me in, especially Hwang Tae Kyung and Jeremy. I’ll watch anything starring Jang Geun Suk.
This was the first K-Drama I ever watched and it really made me fall in love with the genre. I started watching this because of Rain and continued watching because him and Song Hye Kyung were utterly adorable in it.
I originally started watching this drama because of Lee Min Ho. Then I continued until the end because it was just THAT awesome. I’ve watched other revenge shows and movies before, so I expected it to follow a certain script but it really didn’t. I cannot tell you the number of times this show surprised me. Oh, and there were tears. Tons and Tons of tears. So over all? A 10/10.
I know there are SO many people who don’t like this show or think the acting was bad, but this show was the first K-Drama I ever saw. Without this show, I never would have seen What’s Up and would never had been drawn into K-Pop, so it has a special place in my heart. That aside, I can’t help but love it. Sure, its over the top, cheesy, and sometimes makes absolutely no sense, but it always tugs at my heart strings. Not to mention Lee Min Ho and Kim Hyun Joong give me butterflies, so it gets an 8.5/10.
UGH SO MANY FEELS! I honestly cannot describe this show, except to say that it is made of pure awesome. The only thing I wish had been different? Suzy’s acting seemed flat. Besides that? So perfect. The songs, dancing, and multiple storylines just blew me away. When I tried watching Glee after this show, I almost cried. Glee is absolutely icky compared to this show. Therefore I am happy to say that its a 9/10.
Crying. Tears. So many tears. Also laughter. Oh, and Daesung. I am a sucker for musical shows, I really am, and this one sucked me in. Sometimes the story line confused me, and good lord I keep holding my breath that there is going to be a second season because that ending? UGH! Can we say unfinished business? Yes we can. But the characters and the fond memories I have of it leave me giving this show an 8.5/10.
Originally my last spot was a toss up between this show and Shut Up Flower Boy Band, but when I thought back, all I could remember was how the ending made me feel. Both were okay endings, not the best, but this one tugged at me more than SUFBB did, so I had to choose it. I mean holy cow. The progression of the characters’ personalities, their relationships, and the actual story line all had me caught up and itching for the next episode. I give it a 9/10.
바보 엄마 (Dummy Mommy)
I finished this drama just recently, and it could be the best drama I’ve ever watched. I can usually guess everything that is going to happen in a drama but this this one caught me off guard a few times. I loved, I hated, I cried, and I definitely laughed. The thing that I loved most was that it wasn’t dragged out. There was not one episode that I could have skipped without it throwing me off from the story.
The love story between Dan Saran, and Ah Da Mo was so beautiful, it was complicated and the relationship between the main characters was on a roller-coaster, but the ending wouldn’t have been as satisfying without it. After watching I became a huge Im Soo Hyang fan girl. I admit there were times I thought some parts were random, but it is still one of my favorite drama.
This was the 1st drama to make me cry. It was just so good, it had a story line I hadn’t seen before, and there wasn’t a dull moment. It didn’t have the best ending, but it introduced me the wonder that is Ju Won so I can over look it.
This was one of the funniest dramas I’ve ever watched. Kim Hee Jung, and Oh Dae Gyu were my favorite characters, this is the 2nd time I’ve seen them in a drama as a couple, and they are perfect together.
There was almost never a moment I wasn’t mad at most of the characters, but that made it more fun to watch.
Ah, my first K-Drama. I came for T.O.P, and stayed for the greatness (and T.O.P). I loved everything about this drama, the cast, the storyline, and T.O.P.
시티헌터 (City Hunter)
Just like Niki, and probably most people who watched this drama, I started watching for Lee Minho. The secrets that were revealed towards the end threw me for a loop! I really enjoyed every thing about this drama, the secrets, the butt kicking, the love lines!
꽃보다 남자 (Boys Over Flowers)
This drama introduced me to Lee Minho which is enough for it to make my list, but I loved it because it was really fun to watch. I’ve seen it twice now, and I can watch it a 3rd or 4th time, and it will feel like the 1st each time.
That does it for or K-Drama picks! Did you like the same dramas as us, do you have a favorite me missed? Comment below, or follow us on Twitter and tell us your picks.
You’ll notice that we’re missing lists from some of your favorite writers, Arnold, Robert, and Britt, but they will definitely be joining in on our next collaboration list. Stay Tuned.