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.

Mr. Sunshine

Mr. Sunshine top k-drama
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Mr. Sunshine / Miseuteo Syeonsyain / 미스터 션샤인 
Episodes and Genre: 24, Historical, Romance
Broadcast Period: July 7, 2018 tvN
Starring:
Lee Byung Hun as Choi Yoo Jin 
Kim Tae Ri as Go Ae Shin

Synopsis:
In 1905, a Korean American U.S. marine officer returns to his homeland on a diplomatic assignment. Coping with his painful past in Korea as an orphaned servant boy, he finds himself in a complicated relationship with an aristocrat’s daughter.

What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim Best Korean Dramas 2018

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


Title: What's Wrong With Secretary Kim / Gimbiseoga Wae Geureolkka / 김비서가 왜 그럴까
Episodes and Genre: 16, Romance, Comedy
Broadcast Period: June 16, 2018 tvN
Starring:
Park Seo Joon as Lee Young Joon
Park Min Young as Kim Mi So 
Lee Tae Hwan as Lee Sung Yun

Synopsis:
A romantic comedy between the cocky yet capable vice-president of a large company and his trusted secretary who decides that she wants to quit her job.

Are You Human Too

Are You Human Too Best Korean Dramas 2018
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Are You Human Too? /  Neodo Inganini? / 너도 인간이니?
Episodes and Genre: 36, Science Fiction
Broadcast Period: June 4, 2018 KBS2
Starring:
Seo Kang Joon as Nam Shin / Nam Shin III
Gong Seung Yun as Kang So Bong

Synopsis:
Nam Shin is the heir to a rich family who falls into a coma. His mother has created an android that pretends to be Nam Shin.

Life on Mars

Life on Mars 2018 Best K-Dramas
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Life on Mars / Laipeu On Maseu / 라이프 온 마스
Episodes and Genre: 16, Crime, Supernatural
Broadcast Period: June 9, 2018 OCN
Starring:
Jung Kyung Ho as Han Tae Joo
Park Sung Woong as Kang Dong Chul

Synopsis:
A story that follows a modern-day detective who travels to the year 1988 to solve a murder case.

Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food

Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food Korean Drama Best 2018
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Something in the Rain / Bap Jal Sajuneun Yeppeun Nuna / 밥 잘 사주는 예쁜 누나
Episodes and Genre: 16, Romance
Broadcast Period: March 30, 2018 JTBC
Starring:
Son Ye Jin as Yoon Jin Ah
Jung Hae In as Seo Joon Hee 

Synopsis:
A story that follows a noona-dongsaeng relationship when a woman in her thirties falls for her bestfriend's younger brother.

Miss Hammurabi

Miss Hammurabi best drama 2018
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Miss Hammurabi / Miseu Hammurabi 미스 함무라비  
Episodes and Genre: 16, Legal
Broadcast Period: May 21, 2018 JTBC
Starring:
Go Ah Ra as Park Cha Oh Reum 
L as Im Ba Reun 
Sung Dong Il as Han Se Sang

Synopsis:
A rookie judge who believes in an eye for an eye tackle cases using the letter of the law.

Lawless Lawyer

Lawless Lawyer Korean Drama Recommendations

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


Title: Lawless Lawyer /  Mubeop Byeonhosa / 무법 변호사
Episodes and Genre: 16, Legal
Broadcast Period: May 12, 2018 tvN
Starring:
Lee Joon Ki as Bong Sang Pil 
Seo Ye Ji as Ha Jae Yi

Synopsis:
A former gangster turned lawyer uses both his fists and the letter of the law to exact justice to those that deserve it. 

Come and Hug Me

Come and Hug Me Best Korean Drama 2018

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


Title: Come and Hug Me / Iriwa Anajwo / 이리와 안아줘 
Episodes and Genre: 32, Romance, Melodrama, Mystery
Broadcast Period: May 16, 2018 MBC
Starring:
Jang Ki Yong as Chae Do Jin / Yoon Na Moo 
Jin Ki Joo as Han Jae Yi / Gil Nak Won
Heo Joon Ho as Yoon Hee Jae

Synopsis:
A twisted love story between two people haunted by a past that is tied to a murder case.

My Mister

My Mister Best Korean Drama 2018
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: My Mister / Naui Ajussi / 나의 아저씨 
Episodes and Genre: 16, Drama
Broadcast Period: March 21, 2018 tvN
Starring:
Lee Sun Kyun as Park Dong Hoon 
IU as Lee Ji Ahn 

Synopsis:
A story revolving around Park Dong Hoon, a man in his 40's and Lee Ji Ahn, a woman in her 20's who find comfort in each other despite the dire straits that they are in. 

Suits

Suits Korea

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


Title: Suits / Syucheu / 슈츠  
Episodes and Genre: 16, Legal
Broadcast Period: April 25, 2018 KBS2
Starring:
Jang Dong Gun as Choi Kyung Suk 
Park Hyung Shik as Go Yun Woo

Synopsis:
A Korean remake of the American TV show of the same name where a top-notch lawyer hires a down and out young man with a photographic memory.

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. 



2 comments:

  1. go go Waikiki is awesome... It is a must watch drama 😍😍

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  2. Are you human too is both interesting and entertaining.....

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