2019 Korean Drama Recommendations

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

Her Private Life

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


Title: Her Private Life / Geunyeoui Sasaenghwal / 그녀의 사생활
Episodes: 16  
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Broadcast Period: April 10, 2019 TvN
Starring:
Park Min-Young as Sung Deok-Mi  
Kim Jae-Wook as Ryan

Synopsis:
A well-respected art curator leads a double life as a closet fangirl who fawns obsessively over her idol. A new art director comes onboard and discovers her secret.

Doctor Prisoner

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


Title: Doctor Prisoner / Dakteo Peurizeuneo / 닥터 프리즈너
Episodes: 32  
Genre: Medical, Drama
Broadcast Period: March 20, 2019 KBS2
Starring:
Nam Goong Min as Na Yi Je 
Nara as Han So Geum 
Kim Byung Chul as Sun Min Shi

Synopsis:
An excellent surgeon gets involved in a medical accident that he did not cause and finds work as the chief doctor of a prison. 

The Light In Your Eyes

The Light In Your Eyes kdrama
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: The Light in Your Eyes / Nooni Booshige Hangul / 눈이 부시게
Episodes: 12  
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Broadcast Period: February 11, 2019 JTBC
Starring:
Han Ji Min as young Kim Hye Ja 
Kim Hye Ja as old Kim Hye Ja 
Nam Joo Hyuk as Lee Joon Ha / Kim Sang Hyun

Synopsis:
An aspiring announces suddenly becomes a 70-year-old woman while a reporter lives life aimlessly.

Liver or Die

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


Title: Liver of Die / What's Wrong, Poong Sang / 왜그래 풍상씨 / Waegeurae Pungsangssi 
Episodes: 40 
Genre: Family, Comedy, Drama
Broadcast Period: January 9, 2019 KBS2
Starring:
Yoo Joon Sang as Lee Poong Sang
Oh Ji Ho as Lee Jin Sang 
Jun Hye Bin as Lee Jung Sang
Lee Si Young as Lee Hwa Sang
Lee Chang Yup as Lee We Sang 

Synopsis:
Poong-sang has never lived a day of his life for himself because he is too busy with the affairs of his four younger siblings. Stuck in the same cycle even now that he is in his middle ages, will he ever find happiness? 

Fiery Priest

the fiery prist kdrama Kim Nam Gil
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Fiery Priest / Hot Blooded Priest / 열혈사제 / Yeolhyeolsaje
Episodes: 40  
Genre: Crime, Comedy
Broadcast Period: February 15, 2019 SBS
Starring:
Kim Nam Gil as Kim Hae Il 
Kim Sung Kyun as Goo Dae Young 
Lee Ha Nui as Park Kyung Sun

Synopsis:
A priest with a bad temper teams up with a detective and a prosecutor to find the killer who murdered an elderly priest.

Touch Your Heart

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


Title: Touch Your Heart / 진심이 닿다 / Jinsimi Data
Episodes: 16  
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Legal
Broadcast Period: February 6, 2019 tvN
Starring:
Yoo In Na as Oh Jin Shim / Oh Yoon Seo 
Lee Dong Wook as Kwon Jung Rok 

Synopsis:
A love story between a secretary and a hotshot lawyer begins when a Hallyu actress desperate to resuscitate her career after being caught in a scandal does research for a role by disguising herself as a secretary.

Romance Is a Bonus Book

Romance Is a Bonus Book kdrama

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


Title: Romance Is a Bonus Book / 로맨스는 별책부록 / Romaenseuneun Byeolchaekburok
Episodes: 16  
Genre: Romance Comedy
Broadcast Period: January 26, 2019 tvN
Starring:
Lee Na Young as Kang Dan Yi
Lee Jong Suk as Cha Eun Ho 

Synopsis:
A noona-dongsaeng romance between two people working at a publishing company. When a woman with high credentials falls into bad luck and has to pretend to be under-qualified to secure employment, she crosses paths with a young writing prodigy. 

Kingdom 

Kingdom kdrama Joo Ji Hoon
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Kingdom / 킹덤 / Kingdeom
Episodes: 6  
Genre: Historical, Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
Broadcast Period: January 25, 2019 Netflix
Starring:
Joo Ji Hoon as Crown Prince Lee Chang 
Bae Doo Na as Seo Bi

Synopsis:
Suspecting the King to be dead, the Crown Prince takes up arms against the zombie apocalypse that plagues Joseon while navigating the political intricacies among those in power.

The Crowned Clown

the crowned clown yeo jin goo

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


Title: The Crowned Clown / Gwanghae, The Man Who Became King / 왕이 된 남자 / Wangi Doen Namja
Episodes: 16
Genre:  Historical
Broadcast Period: January 7, 2019 tvN
Starring:
Yeo Jin Goo as Ha Sun / King Lee Hun 
Lee Se Young as Queen Yoo So Woon 
Kim Sang Kyung as Lee Kyu

Synopsis:
In order to protect himself from assassination attempts, the King commissions a clown who looks exactly like him to become his impostor. Meanwhile, the clown learns what it means to become a King.

The Last Empress

The Last Empress kdrama

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


Title: The Last Empress / An Empress's Dignity / Hwanghuui Pumgyeok / 황후의 품격
Episodes: 48 
Genre: Fantasy, Suspense, Drama, Romance
Broadcast Period: November 21, 2018 SBS
Starring:
Jang Na Ra as Oh Sunny 
Choi Jin Hyuk as Na Wang Shik / Chun Woo Bin
Shin Sung Rok as Lee Hyuk

Synopsis:
In a fictional Korea under a constitutional monarchy, a musical actress gets pulled into political struggles after becoming an empress. 

SKY Castle

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


Title: SKY Castle / SKY Kaeseul / SKY 캐슬  
Episodes: 20 
Genre: Drama, Satire
Broadcast Period: November 23, 2018 JTBC
Starring:
Yum Jung Ah as Han Seo Jin
Lee Tae Ran as Lee Soo Im   
Yoon Se Ah as Noh Seung Hye  
Oh Na Ra as Jin Jin Hee

Synopsis:
A dark staire that follows the lives of four women living in the luxurious neighborhood of SKY Castle.

Help spread the K-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. 



3 comments:

  1. Sky Castle, the drama that broke all Cable records, and is now the highest rated program on Cable TV, is not even on your list. Why?

    Other Kdrama that aired or are currently airing and missing from your list:
    Haechi, Item, Trap, Spring Turns to Spring, My Only One, My Healing Love, Children of Nobody. I am sure there are others too.

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    1. sky castle in 2018 list.. considering it aired till Feb, i can move it here too.

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  2. The fiery priest checked out all the other dramas for me. I seem to be bored with romantic dramas these days and fiery priest was what I was looking for. From the humour to the actions its perfect. And leehoney is my ultimate bae!

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