2015 Korean Drama Recommendations

I'm an aspiring drama blogger but a month ago I made a conscious decision to quit watching any television. The process required an absurd amount of self-control yet it was a good time for me to focus on other more productive endeavors. Now that the deal is off, I'm on a roll by starting a very ambitious marathon to watch all the new k-dramas in 2015. 

Added a ratings widget so you can now rate your favorite dramas below.

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Young Pal

Yong Pal starring Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?
Episodes and Genre: 18, Medical
Air Date: Aug 2015 SBS
Starring:
Joo Won as Kim Tae Hyun

Kim Tae Hee as Han Yeo Jin

Synopsis:
Kim Tae Hyun is drowning in debt due to his sister's kidney dialysis and he becomes a doctor for hire to all sorts of convoluted clients. 

Oh My Venus

Oh My Venus starring Shin Min Ah, and So Ji Sub,, Best kdrama in 2015, Asian Drama Withdrawals

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?
My Rating: Must Watch (5/5)
Episodes and Genre: 16, Romantic Comedy
Air Date: Nov 2015 KBS2 Mon & Tues 22:00
Starring:
So Ji Sub as Kim Young Ho
Shin Min Ah as Kang Joo Eun

Synopsis:
In her high school days, Kang Joo Eun was the "it" girl who had the looks, intelligence and personality to boot but her path to become a lawyer led to a lot of stress eating and she's now an overweight spinster. 

What's more is her old classmate turned rival has gone from being an outcast to a beautiful accomplished lawyer hell-bent on making Joo Eun miserable. Down in the dumps, she lucks out and meets John Kim, a world class trainer who helps in her battle to lose weight.

Oh My Venus starring Shin Min Ah, and So Ji Sub,, Best kdrama in 2015, Asian Drama Withdrawals


Comments:
The premise sounds bland because how interesting could a weight loss drama be, but it is so much more. It's a quirky rom-com and easily turning into one of my favorite k-dramas. The main characters are likable, their struggles relatable and overall, it's a drama with a lot of heart and hilarious hijinx especially when you put the 3 guys together.

Most of you are probably waiting for the next episode. I'm going against the grain when I say I'm thankful for the wait because otherwise I would be ignoring all the work I have to do and just watching non-stop. At least I found the Oh My Venus mp3 download as a quick fixThe drama is nearing the mid-way point where it's about time for sh** to hit the fan. Sure hope the it doesn't lose the cute.

Oh My Venus starring Shin Min Ah, and So Ji Sub,, Best kdrama in 2015, Asian Drama Withdrawals


Oh My Ghost
Oh My Ghost Poster starring Park Bo Young, Jo Jung Suk (2015 Korean drama)

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?
My Rating: TBD

Episodes and Genre: 16, Fantasy Rom-Com
Air Date: Jul 2015 TVN
Starring:
Park Bo Young as Na Bong Sun
Jo Jung Suk as Kang Sun Woo


Synopsis:
I came across this while watching a 6 minute highlight posted by a fan. Based on my first impressions alone, it's about a ghost, a female lead who works as a waitress and her seemingly mean boss that's bound to mellow down and become the sweetest guy once he falls for the girl.

High Society
High Society 2015 kdrama, best korean drama withdrawals, UEE and Sung Joon

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?
My Rating: Pretty Good (4/5)

Episodes and Genre: 16, Romance Drama
Air Date: Jun 2015 SBS
Starring:
UEE as Jang Yoon Ha
Sung Joon as Choi Joon Ki


Synopsis:
Jang Yoon Ha comes from an elite prominent Korean family. She meets Choi Joon Ki a man so focused on attaining wealth that he will do so by dating rich women. 



Producer
Producer 2015 best kdrama, Gong Hyo Jin, IU, Kim Soo Hyun, Cha Tae Hyun, drama withdrawals

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?
My Rating: Must Watch (5/5)

Episodes: 12
Air Date and Genre: May 2015 KBS2 Fri & Sat, Romance Comedy
Starring:
Cha Tae Hyun as Ra Joon Mo
Kim Soo Hyun as Baek Seung Chan

Gong Hyo Jin as Tak Ye Jin
IU as Cindy

Comments:
The concept draws attention in the sense that most k-drama fans would probably be interested to see what goes on behind the scenes. It is a rom-com about PDs and actors and parallel universe for the Korean entertainment industry where pop star IU pretty much plays a stereotypical version of herself. 

Mask
Mask Kdrama, Korean drama Soo Ae 2015, romance melodrama, Joo Ji Hoon

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?
My Rating: Pretty Good (4/5)

Episodes and Genre: 20, Romance Drama
Air Date: May 2015 SBS
Starring:
Soo Ae as Byun Ji Suk / Seo Eun Ha
Joo Ji Hoon as Choi Min Woo


Synopsis:
Between two doppelgangers, one will die. Due to a series of mishaps, Ji Sook who is constantly in debt was forced to take over wealthy Eun Ha's identity after her death. Can Ji Sook come out of this unscathed?


Blood
blood kdrama, best, asian drama withdrawals, koo hye sun and ahn jae hyun, vampire Korean

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?
My Rating: Just Another Drama (3/5)

Episodes and Genre: 20, Medical / Fantasy
Air Date: Feb 2015 KBS2 Mon & Tues 22:00
Starring:
Ahn Jae Hyun as Park Ji Sang
Goo Hye Sun as Yoo Ri Ta


Synopsis:
A vampire who works in a hospital. A reference to Carlyle from Twilight?


Hyde Jekyll Me


Hyde Jekyll Me kdrama, best romantic comedy, asian drama withdrawals, Hyun Bin and Han Ji Min


Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?
My Rating: Just Another Drama (3/5)

Episodes and Genre: 20, Romance Comedy
Air Date: Jan - Mar 2015 SBS Wed & Thurs 21:55
Starring:
Hyun Bin as Goo Seo Jin
Han Ji Min as Jang Ha Na

Synopsis:
A representation of Jekyll and Hyde in k-drama land where Goo Seo Jin is a man with two very different personas due to a personality disorder. He utterly confuses Jang Ha Na as she meets Seo Jin as a cold and calculating man and in the blink of an eye, turns into the sweetest guy on the planet.

Kill Me, Heal Me


Kill Me Heal Me kdrama, best romantic comedy, asian drama withdrawals 2015, Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?
My Rating: Just Another Drama (3/5)

Episodes and Genre: 20, Medical Rom-Com
Air Date: Jan - Mar 2015 MBC Wed & Thurs 22:00
Starring:
Ji Sung as Cha Do Hyun
Hwang Jung Eum as Oh Ri Jin

Synopsis:
Again with the similarly-themed dramas, Kill Me Heal Me is about a man who suffered immense trauma and has psychologically developed 7 distinct identities.

Healer
Healer kdrama 2015, Korean action thriller, asian drama withdrawals, Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?
My Rating: Just Another Drama (3/5)

Episodes and Genre: 20, Action Thriller
Air Date: Dec - Feb 2015 KBS2 Mon & Tues 22:00
Starring:
Ji Chang Wook as Seo Jung Hoo
Park Min Young as Chae Young Shin

Synopsis:
Some kind of spy drama? I'll have a better idea soon.

For more, see 2016 kdramas.

9 comments:

  1. You didn't include yong pal. It is the highest rated minidrama of this year and pretty darn good too.

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    1. You're right I keep hearing about it but can't find the time to watch.

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  2. tihi, yeah, right XD XD XD

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  3. I HAVE A LOVER --Korean drama SBS is the Bestest Korean Drama 2015...You need to watch it to LOVE it..BRAVO..to Kim Hyun Joo and Ji Jin Hee!! Still having withdrawal syndrome from it !!

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  4. Try entertainer... its a good one..

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  5. i think i don't agree that "healer" is just another drama:)...it's pretty good for me.

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  6. I suggest Signal. Have just finished watching it and I wanna see it again.

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  7. Oh My Ghost's Jo Jung Suk plays the role of Kang Sunwoo and not Choi Joonki 😊😊

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    1. Oops changed it..thanks for letting me know:)

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