2013 - 2015 Best Korean Historical Dramas

Shine or Go Crazy

Shine or Go Crazy starring Jang Hyuk and Oh Yeon Seo

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


My Rating: Must-watch (5/5)
Episodes and Genre: 24, Historical
Broadcast Period: Jan 2015 MBC
Starring:
Jang Hyuk as Wang So
Oh Yeon Seo as Shin Yool
Lee Ha Nui as Yeo Woon
Im Joo Hwan as Wang Wook

Synopsis:
Prince Wang So was born under the star of Alkaid and his very existence is said to cause countless deaths such that he is shunned and abandoned as a child. When Wang So became of age, his father entrusts him with a mission to rid Goryeo of the corruption plaguing its very foundation.

Only the person born under the North Star can change Wang So's wretched fate and he unwittingly meets her via a contract marriage in Gaebong.

Six Flying Dragons 
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Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


My Rating: Must-watch (5/5)
Episodes and Genre: 50, Historical
Broadcast Period: Oct 2015 SBS
Starring:
Kim Myung Min as Jung Do Jeon
Yoo Ah In as Yi Bang Won
Shin Se Kyung as Boon Yi

Synopsis:
The impending collapse of Goryeo paved way for the Joseon Dynasty, and it focuses on six main characters who are integral to the formation of this very significant period in Korea's history.

Comments: 
Caught a glimpse of the pitting of wits and political strife that usually come in tandem in these type of dramas and I can't wait for more. More Yoon Kyun Sang (the actor who won everyone's hearts as Lee Jong Suk's older brother in Pinocchio) wouldn't hurt either.

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Fun Fact: In The Great Seer, Ji Sung portrayed the seer who played an important role in Lee Sung Gye's ascent to the throne while in Faith, Lee Min Ho acted as General Choi Young.

Scholar Who Walks The Night


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


My Rating: Pretty Good (4/5)
Episodes and Genre: 20, Fantasy
Broadcast Period: Jul 2015 MBC
Starring:
Lee Joon Ki as Kim Sung Yeol
Lee Yoo Bi as Jo Yang Sun
Shim Chang Min as Prince Lee Yoon

Comments:
There are two vampires in the Joseon era - the evil Gwi and a vampire from the Imperial Guard whose sole purpose is to find the secret manuscript needed to defeat Gwi.

Maids

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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, Historical Drama
Broadcast Period: Dec 2014 JTBC 
Starring:
Jung Yoo Mi as Gook In Yun
Oh Ji Ho as Moo Myung

Synopsis:
A sad tale about the daughter of government official who was forced into slavery after her father was falsely accused of treason.

Our heroine encounters the most pitiable situations as she tries to uncover the truth.

The King's Face
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Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


My Rating: Downright Boring (1/5)
Episodes and Genre: 23, Historical Drama
Broadcast Period: Nov 2014 KBS2
Starring:
Seo In Gook as Prince Gwang Hae

Synopsis:
A historical drama deeply rooted in the sanctity of face reading

Secret Door
Secret Door Lee Je Hyun, 2014 kdrama, sageuk drama withdrawals

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


My Rating: Downright Boring (1/5)
Episodes and Genre: 24, Historical, Political Thriller
Broadcast Period: Sep 2014 SBS
Starring:
Han Suk Kyu as King Young Jo
Lee Je Hoon as Crown Prince Sado

Synopsis:
History books depict the untimely death of Crown Prince Sado at the hands of his own father King Young Jo. This drama revolves around the father-son dynamic of a mad king and a hopeful son as political controversies, contradicting ideologies, greed and power tear them apart.

The Night Watchman
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Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


My Rating: Just Another Drama (3/5)
Episodes and Genre: 24, Fantasy
Broadcast Period: Aug 2014 MBC
Starring:
Jung Il Woo as Lee Rin

Synopsis:
Lee Rin is the rightful heir to the throne but a conspiracy has resulted in his older brother gaining the throne. Growing up away from the palace, Lee Rin finds solace in a group of night watchman whose purpose is to rid the world of evil. 

Empress Ki - a ratings powerhouse!
(average tv rating 21%)

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


My Rating: Must Watch (5/5)
Episodes: 51
Air Date and Genre: 2013, Historical
Starring:
Ha Ji Won as Empress Ki
Ji Chang Wook as Emperor Hui Zong of Yuan
Joo Jin Mo as King Wang Yu of Goryeo

Synopsis:
The protagonist Seung Nyang relies on sheer will, intelligence, ambition and vengeance to defeat her enemies and become the Empress of the Yuan Dynasty.

Goddess of Fire

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


My Rating: Just Another Drama (3/5)
Episodes: 32
Air Date and Genre: 2013, Historical
Starring:
Moon Geun Young as Yoo Jung

Synopsis:
A supposedly strong female protagonist who rises up the ranks to become the best potter in Joseon. Forgive me for being biased but I did not like the character Yoo Jung, who was constantly a damsel in distress endangering not only herself but the people around her. Perhaps she was really a formidable female potter in history but not in this drama.

Sword and Flower 
Sword and Flower, historical kdrama 2013, drama withdrawal syndrome

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


My Rating: Downright Boring (1/5)
Title: The Blade and The Petal / Sword and Flower
Episodes: 20
Air Date and Genre: 2013, Romance Drama
Starring:
Kim Ok Bin as Princess Moo Young
Uhm Tae Woong as Yeon Choong

Synopsis:
A drama about a tragic romance between Princess Moo Young and Yeon Choong. The plot strongly resembles that of Princess Man but failed to deliver.

Gu Family Book
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Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


My Rating: Must Watch (5/5)
Title:Gu Family Book
Episodes: 24
Air Date and Genre: 2013, Fantasy Romance

Starring:

Lee Seung Ki as Choi Kang Chi

Bae Suzy as Dam Yeo Wool


Synopsis: Choi Kang Chi is half gumiho and half human. Not fully belonging to either world, Kang Chi has to find his place and he meets Dam Yeo Wool, a skilled archer who accepts him for who he is.


Comments: My kind of drama. It's like a modern rom-com set in ancient Korea but there's action, fantasy and and an amazing cast with great chemistry. 


Very often, the story setup is the least interesting part as I'm always anxiously waiting for the main characters to come out already but not this time. I was so moved by the story of the werewolf and human girl who will become Kang Chi's parents and that's merely the beginning of the story.

For more dramas recommendations:
2003 - 2012 Korean period dramas
2016 K-dramas 



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