2018 Korean Drama Recommendations

Here is our ongoing compilation of k-dramas for the year. It is based on dramas that achieved high viewership ratings in Korea along with a few of our own picks.

The Miracle We Met

The Miracle We Met K-drama Recommendations

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


Title: The Miracle We Met / Uriga Mannan Gijeok / 우리가 만난 기적  
Episodes and Genre: 16, Romance, Fantasy
Broadcast Period: April 2, 2018 KBS2
Starring:
Kim Myung Min as Song Hyun Chul 
Kim Hyun Joo as Sun Hye Jin 
Ra Mi Ran as Jo Yun Hwa

Synopsis:
Some soul switching happens when a man who dies in a car crash wakes up to find himself in the body of another person with his own wife and family.

The Grand Prince

The Grand Prince Korean Drama
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: The Grand Prince / Daegun / 대군
Episodes and Genre: 20, Historical Romance
Broadcast Period: March 3, 2018 TV Chosun
Starring:
Yoon Shi Yoon as Lee Hwi, Prince Eun Sung
Jin Se Yun as Sung Ja Hyun 
Joo Sang Wook as Lee Kang, Prince Jin Yang

Synopsis:
A complicated love triangle as two princes fall in love with the same woman amidst the political machinations that come with vying for the throne.

Misty

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


Title: Misty / Miseuti / 미스티 
Episodes and Genre: 16, Legal, Thriller
Broadcast Period: February 2, 2018 JTBC
Starring:
Kim Nam Joo as Go Hye Ran 
Ji Jin Hee as Kang Tae Wook

Synopsis:
An anchorwoman becomes a suspect in a murder case. Despite their failing marriage, her husband who is a former prosecutor takes the stand to defend her. 

Comments:
This turned out to be a monumental success for JTBC and it's so early in the year too. It is not unexpected from leading lady Kim Nam Joo and another proof that the murder mystery genre is the dominating trend.

Return

K-Drama Top Picks 2018
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Return / Riteon / 리턴 
Episodes and Genre: 32, Legal, Thriller
Broadcast Period: January 17, 2018, SBS
Starring:
Ko Hyun Jung as Choi Ja Hye (ep 1-14) 
Park Jin Hee as Choi Ja Hye (ep 14-32) 
Lee Jin Wook as Dok Ko Young  
Shin Sung Rok as Oh Tae Suk  
Bong Tae Kyu as Kim Hak Bum 
Park Ki Woong as Kang In Ho 
Jung Eun Chae as Geum Na Ra 
Yoon Jong Hoon as Seo Joon Hee 

Synopsis:
A lawyer and an impulsive detective joins hands to take on murder cases committed by the upper class elite.

Comments:
Despite the controversy around top star Ko Hyun Jung's sudden departure and the subsequent addition of Park Jin Hee, Return continues to record high viewership ratings with its masterful portrayal of diabolical villains and unexpected plot twists. 

Go Go Waikiki

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


Title: Go Go Waikiki / Eurachacha Waikiki / Welcome to Waikiki / 으라차차 와이키키
Episodes and Genre: 16, Comedy
Broadcast Period: February 5, 2018 JTBC
Starring:
Kim Jung Hyun as Kang Dong Goo 
Lee Yi Kyung as Lee Joon Ki 
Son Seung Won as Bong Doo Shik

Synopsis:
A story revolving around three grown man who run the Waikiki guest house and the crazy antics that they run into after a baby and a single mother walk into their lives. 

Comments:
For a drama with a simple no fuss premise and no big name stars, Go Go Waikiki has found an audience for its outrageously laugh out loud scenarios. The baby is a scene stealer.

Help spread the k-drama love by turning this into a group effort. If you would like to add a drama to the list or contribute a short review, please contact us with a writeup and we can include it under the comments section above. 



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