2019 Chinese Drama Recommendations

Here is our ongoing list of c-drama recommendations. It is based on dramas that achieved good ratings along with some of our own picks.

The King's Avatar

the king's avatar
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: The King's Avatar / 全职高手 / Quan Zhi Gao Shou
Episodes: 40 
Genre: Gaming
Broadcast Period: July 24, 2019 Tencent
Starring:
Yang Yang as Ye Xiu 
Maggie Jiang Shuying as Chen Guo 
Lai Yumeng as Su Mucheng

Synopsis:
A story revolving around a top-tier gamer adored by fans who falls from glory and overcomes many obstacles to make his return.

Novoland: Eagle Flag

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


Title: Novoland: Eagle Flag / 九州缥缈录 / Jiu Zhou Piao Miao Lu
Episodes: 56
Genre: Costume, Fantasy
Broadcast Period: July 26, 2019 Zhejiang TV, Tencent, Youku
Starring:
Liu Haoran as Lu Guichen
Lareina Song Zu'er as Yu Ran 
Chen Ruoxuan as Ji Ye

Synopsis:
A coming of age story that follows the young heroes as they embark on a legendary journey in the fictional universe of Novoland.

Love and Destiny

love and destiny couple

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


Title: Love and Destiny / 三生三世宸汐缘 / San Sheng San Shi Chen Xi Yuan
Episodes: 60
Genre: Costume, Fantasy, Xianxia
Broadcast Period: July 15, 2019 iQIYI 
Starring:
Chang Chen as Jiu Chen
Ni Ni as Ling Xi 
Li Dongxue as Jing Xiu 
Zhang Zhixi as Qing Yao 
Li Jiaming as Yun Feng

Synopsis:
A love story between the God of War and a young maiden whose very existence can bring harm to the world.

Go Go Squid!

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


Title: Go Go Squid! / 亲爱的热爱的 / Qin Ai De Re Ai De
Episodes: 41
Genre: Romance, Gaming
Broadcast Period: July 9, 2019 Dragon TV, Zhejiang TV, iQIYI, Tencent 
Starring:
Andy Yang Zi as Tong Nian 
Li Xian as Han Shangyan 
Hu Yitian as Wu Bai

Synopsis:
A cute romance between an adorable singer who develops a crush on a guy that she is too scared to approach, he is a genius in the field of computer engineering and a legend in the world of professional gaming.

The Untamed

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


Title: The Untamed / 陈情令 / Chen Qing Ling
Episodes: 50
Genre: Fantasy, Xianxia
Broadcast Period: June 27, 2019 Tencent
Starring:
Xiao Zhan as Wei Wuxian 
Wang Yibo as Lan Wangji
Zoey Meng Ziyi as Wen Qing
Xuan Lu as Jiang Yanli
Wang Zhuocheng as Jiang Cheng 
Yu Bin as Wen Ning

Synopsis:
A story that revolves around Wei Wu Xian and Lan Wang Ji, two men who get together to unravel the truths from the past.

The Longest Day in Chang'An

the longest day in chang'an
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: The Longest Day in Chang'An / 长安十二时辰 / Chang An Shi Er Shi Chen
Episodes:  48 
Genre: Costume, Suspense
Broadcast Period: June 27, 2019 Youku 
Starring:
Lei Jiayin as Zhang Xiaojing 
Jackson Yee as Li Mi 
Zhou Yiwei as Long Bo

Synopsis:
A story that takes place on the night before the Spring Festival in Chang An, a death row convict joins hands with a young scholar to save everyone in 24 hours.

Growing Pain

growing pain

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


Title: Growing Pain / 少年派 / Shao Nian Pai
Episodes: 41
Genre: Family
Broadcast Period: June 9, 2019  Hunan TV, iQIYI, Tencent, Mango TV, Youku
Starring:
Zhang Jiayi as Lin Dawei 
Yan Ni as Wang Shengnan
Zhao Jinmai as Lin Miaomiao 
Liu Zi as Pei Yin 
Guo Junchen as Qian Sanyi

Synopsis:
A story that follows four households and how every member of the family braves the rains and basks under the sun in this journey called life.

The Lost Tomb 2: Explore With The Note

the lost tomb 2
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: The Lost Tomb 2: Explore With The Note / 盗墓笔记2: 怒海潜沙 / Dao Mu Bi Ji 2: Nu Hai Qian Sha
Episodes: 40 
Genre: Adventure, Suspense, Fantasy
Broadcast Period: June 6, 2019 Tencent
Starring:
Neo Hou Minghao as Wu Xie 
Cheng Yi as Zhang Qiling
Li Man as A Ning 
Zhang Boyu as Wang Pangzi

Synopsis:
The group of heroes are pulled into another tomb-raiding expedition that takes them beneath the sea. In an ancient Ming Dynasty ship, they encounter monstrous creatures and puzzling traps.

Princess Silver

princess silver poster sophie zhang aarif lee

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


Title: Princess Silver / 白发 / Bai Fa
Episodes: 58 
Genre: Historical, Romance
Broadcast Period: May 15, 2019 iQIYI, Youku, Tencent
Starring:
Sophie Zhang Xueying as Rong Le 
Aarif Rahman as Wu You 
Jing Chao as Fu Chou
Leo Luo Yunxi as Rong Qi 
Maggie Chen Xinyu as Hen Xiang

Synopsis:
A story that follows a princess with amnesia who meets a prince that did not want to marry her and how they find a place for themselves despite the complications of the time.

The Thunder

The Thunder Johnny Huang

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


Title: The Thunder / 破冰行动 / Po Bing Xing Dong
Episodes: 48
Genre: Cop, Crime, Action
Broadcast Period: May 7, 2019 iQIYI
Starring:
Johnny Huang Jingyu as Li Fei
Wu Gang as Li Weimin 
Wang Jinsong as Lin Yaodong
Simon Yam as Zhao Jialiang T
Li Mozhi as Chen Ke

Synopsis:
A story that revolves around a father and son who represent two generations of policemen as they risk their lives in the war against drugs.

Listening Snow Tower

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


Title: Listening Snow Tower / 听雪楼 / Ting Xue Lou
Episodes:  56 
Genre: Costume, Wuxia, Romance
Broadcast Period: May 6, 2019 Tencent
Starring:
Qin Junjie as Xiao Yiqing 
Crystal Yuan Bingyan as Shu Jingrong
Han Chengyu as Jia Ruo 
Angela Yuen as Ming He
Lin Yuan as Chi Xiaotai 
Zhao Dongze as Gao Mengfei
Jessica Hsuan as Hua Lian

Synopsis:
A story that follows the master of Listening Snow Tower and the woman that he loves. He is a martial arts expert known to be a dragon among men and she is known as the blood demon's daughter.

Le Coup De Foudre

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


Title: Le Coup De Foudre / 我只喜欢你 / Wo Zhi Xi Huan Ni
Episodes: 36
Genre: Romance
Broadcast Period: April 29, 2019 Tencent, Youku
Starring:
Janice Wu as Zhao Qiaoyi
Zhang Yujian as Yan Mo 
Eden Zhao Zhiwei as Guan Chao 
Ma Li as Hao Wuyi

Synopsis:
It follows an ordinary girl and her classmate from high school to university, from the workplace all the way to the altar as they tell a sweet love story between two people who grow together as a couple.

From Survivor to Healer

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


Title: From Survivor To Healer / 爱上你治愈我 / Ai Shang Ni Zhi Yu Wo
Episodes: 48 
Genre: Medical, Romance
Broadcast Period: April 17, 2019 iQIYI, Youku, Tencent
Starring:
Shawn Dou as Yan Shuren 
Vivi Miao Miao as Sun Shu

Synopsis:
A story between a psychiatrist and a psychologist who find each other again after breaking up eight years ago.

Put Your Head On My Shoulder

put your head on my shoulder
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Put Your Head on My Shoulder / 致我们暖暖的小时光 / Zhi Wo Men Nuan Nuan De Xiao Shi Guang
Episodes: 24
Genre: School, Romance
Broadcast Period: April 10, 2019 Tencent
Starring:
Xing Fei as Situ Mo 
Lin Yi as Gu Weiyi
Tang Xiaotian as Fu Pei 
Zheng Yingchen as Wang Shan

Synopsis:
A bright young girl and an oddball school genius's accidental encounter brings about a sweet and playful romance.

Investiture of the Gods

investiture of the gods su daji

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


Title: Investiture of the Gods / 封神演义 / Feng Shen Yan Yi
Episodes:  65 
Genre: Costume, Fantasy
Broadcast Period: April 8, 2019 Hunan TV, Mango TV, iQIYI, Sohu, Tencent
Starring:
Claudia Wang Likun as Su Daji 
Luo Jin as Yang Chuo
Allen Deng Lun as Zi Xu

Synopsis:
A story about the investiture of the gods that follows Yang Jian, Ji Fa and Jiang Ziya as they face off against the evil powers led by King Zhou, Da Ji and Shen Gongbao.

The Brightest Star in the Sky

Huang Zitao The Brightest Star in the Sky
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: The Brightest Star in the Sky / 夜空中最闪亮的星 / Ye Kong Zhong Zui Shan Liang De Xing
Episodes: 40
Genre: Romance, Music
Broadcast Period: March 25, 2019 iQIYI, Tencent, Mango TV
Starring:
Huang Zitao as Zheng Boxu 
Janice Wu as Yang Zhenzhen
Niu Junfeng as Yu Zirui 
Cao Xiyue as Xia Yuan

Synopsis:
A story about becoming superstars as it follows three young people with different personalities who chase their dreams of making it big in the music industry.

Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber

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


Title: Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber / 新倚天屠龙记 / Xin Yi Tian Tu Long Ji
Episodes: 50 
Genre: Wuxia
Broadcast Period: February 27, 2019 Tencent
Starring:
Joseph Zeng Shunxi as Zhang Wuji
Yukee Chen Yuqi as Zhao Min
Bambi Zhu Xudan as Zhou Zhiruo 

Synopsis:
The martial arts world is in a state of upheaval during the late Yuan Dynasty. It is said that the person in possession of the Heaven Sword and Dragon Slaying Saber will be the Revered Master of Wulin, thus gaining the power to rule the lands where no one will dare disobey.

All Is Well

all is well chinese family drama
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: All Is Well / 都挺好 / Du Ting Hao
Episodes: 46
Genre: Modern, Family, Romance
Broadcast Period: March 1, 2019 Jiangsu TV, Zhejiang TV
Starring:
Yao Chen as Su Mingyu 
Ni Dahong as Su Daqiang 
Guo Jingfei as Su Mingcheng
Tony Yang Youning as Shi Tiandong 
Li Nian as Zhu Li 
Gao Xin as Su Mingzhe

Synopsis:
Su Mingyu is a gold-collar worker shunned by her family. This is a story about how she picks up the pieces and finds the warmth of family despite growing up in a cold and lonely environment.

Goodbye My Princess

Goodbye My Princess cdrama

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


Title: Goodbye My Princess / 东宫 / Dong Gong
Episodes:  52 
Genre: Romance, Costume, Melodrama, Palace
Broadcast Period: February 14, 2019 Youku
Starring:
Peng Xiaoran as Xiao Feng 
Chen Xingxu as Li Chengyin 
Shawn Wei Qianxiang as Gu Jian

Synopsis:
A love story revolves around the 9th Princess of Western Liang as she journeys to the Central Plains to fulfill a marriage alliance with the Crown Prince.

Unbeatable You

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


Title: Unbeatable You / 逆流而上的你 / Ni Liu Er Shang De Ni
Episodes: 43
Genre: Modern, Family, Romance
Broadcast Period: February 12, 2019 Hunan TV, Youku, Tencent, iQiYi
Starring:
Pan Yueming as Yang Guang 
Ma Li as Liu Ai U
Oscar Sun Jian as Zou Kai 
Li Naiwen as Wang Daquan 
Maggie Huang Mengying as Gao Mi 
Vera Liu Weiwei as Gao Hongqi

Synopsis:
There are three storylines to follow. The main couple are a sales agent and her husband. They go broke after encountering problems at work at the same time. A couple have a shotgun wedding before they learn to fall in love. A couple find love unexpectedly.

The Legends

the legends cdrama

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


Title: The Legends / 招摇 / Zhao Yao
Episodes: 55
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Wuxia, Comedy
Broadcast Period: Januar 28, 2018 Hunan TV, iQiYi
Starring:
Bai Lu as Lu Zhaoyao 
Xu Kai as Li Chenlan 
Dai Xu as Jiang Wu 
Shane Xiao Yan as Qin Zhiyan

Synopsis:
A one of a kind xianxia story with the right amount of action, humor, cuteness and drama that is told from the POV of a demon lord. After her 'death', she is determined to regain her rightful place.

I Will Never Let You Go

I Will Never Let You Go cdrama

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


Title: I Will Never Let You Go / Legend of Hua Buqi / 小女花不弃 / Xiao Nv Hua Buqi
Episodes: 51 
Genre: Romance, Costume
Broadcast Period: January 8, 2019 Zhejiang TV, Tencent, iQIYI, Youku
Starring:
Ariel Lin as Hua Buqi
Vin Zhang Binbin as Chen Yu / Lian Yike

Synopsis:
A beggar with extraordinary talents in business meets the chivalrous hero who saves her, thus beginning a sweet yet painstaking romance that progresses from their first meeting to becoming friends and falling in love.

Spy Hunter

Spy Hunter cdrama 2019
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Spy Hunter / 天衣无缝 / Tian Yi Wu Feng
Episodes: 48
Genre: Republican, Spy
Broadcast Period: January 10, 2019 Zhejiang TV, Jiangsu TV, Youku, Tencent, iQiYi, Mango TV
Starring:
Qin Junjie as Zi Liping 
Xu Lu as Gui Wan
Lu Yi as Zi Liqun 
Hu Haifeng as Gui Yi

Synopsis:
A story revolving around spies who navigate around dangerous powers in a battle of wits and will to defend their country.

The Story of Minglan

Story of Minglan Zhao Liying
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: The Story of Minglan / Zhi Fou Zhi Fou Ying Shi Lu Fei Hong Shou / 知否知否应是绿肥红瘦
Episodes: 76
Genre: Family, Romance
Broadcast Period: December 25, 2018 Hunan TV, iQiYi, Tencent, Youku
Starring:
Zanilia Zhao Liying as Sheng Minglan
William Feng Shaofeng as Gu Tingye 
Zhu Yilong as Qi Heng

Synopsis:
A story of love and family told through the life of a concubine's daughter from a prominent household in the Northern Song Dynasty. It follows her struggles as a young woman in an antiquated era and her colorful journey to become the mother of a household.

Help spread the c-drama love. 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. 



17 comments:

  1. Behind the scenes with Zhou Dongyu and Luo Jin

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  2. I have a few on my to check-out list for 2019 - in no order:
    3L3W The Pillow Book; The Great Craftsmen, Legend of Awakening, Records of Southern Mist House, The Wolf, Miss Truth --- these captured my interest but not sure if I will watch it all. I will watch a few episodes to see if worth to continue etc.

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  3. I am waiting for under the brocade robe or under the power

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  4. Also, Pillow Book - the spinoff from Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms/Eternal Love

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  5. Waiting for under the power, handsome siblings, the untamed and the gods.

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  6. 1. Goodbye My Princess
    2. The Story of Minglan
    3. I Will Never Let You Go

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  7. 1. Goodbye My Princess
    2. Listening Snow Tower
    3. The Story of Minglan
    😍

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    1. Will watch spy hunter because of qin junjie..��

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  8. Awaiting Pillow book!

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  9. The Thunder. Douban rating was 8.3 before the finale. CCTV nationwide ratings averaged 1.57 and hit 3.0 at one point. In its second run/broadcast, it hit surpassed 1.0 on 55 Cities ratings - AMAZING!!!

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  10. Goodbye my princess, i love peng xiaoran and chen xin xu

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  11. 1. The Story of Ming Lan
    2. Ever Night

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