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.

My Country: The New Age

my country new age

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


Title: My Country: The New Age / 나의 나라 / Naui Nara
Episodes: 16  
Genre: Historical
Broadcast Period: October 4, 2019 JTBC
Starring:
Yang Se Jong as Seo Hwi 
Woo Do Hwan as Nam Sun Ho
Kim Sul Hyun as Han Hee Jae
Jang Hyuk as Lee Bang Won

Synopsis:
A story set during the fall of Goryeo and the founding of Joseon follows two former friends who find themselves on opposite sides of conflict.

Vagabond

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


Title: Vagabond / 배가본드 / Baegabondeu
Episodes: 16  
Genre: Action
Broadcast Period: September 20, 2019 SBS
Starring:
Lee Seung Ki as Cha Gun 
Bae Suzy as Go Hae Ri 
Shin Sung Rok as Ki Tae Woong

Synopsis:
Cha Gun is a stuntman who dreams of becoming an action star. He gets caught in the middle of a conspiracy after a plane crash that killed many passengers including his nephew. Cha Gun chases after the truth and receives the help of NIS agent Go Hae Ri. 

When the Camellia Blooms

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


Title: When the Camellia Blooms / 동백꽃 필 무렵 / Dongbaekkkot Pil Muryeop
Episodes: 40  
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Suspense
Broadcast Period: September 18, 2019 KBS2
Starring:
Gong Hyo Jin as Dong Baek 
Kang Ha Neul as Hwang Yong Shik
Kim Ji Suk as Kang Jong Ryul

Synopsis:
A story that follows Dong Baek, single mom who runs a bar called Camellia while taking care of her son. Hwang Yong Shik is a police officer in love with Dong Baek whilst Kang Jong Ryul is an ex who returns to her life. 

Extraordinary You

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


Title: Extraordinary You / 어쩌다 발견한 하루 / Eojjeoda Balgyeonhan Haru
Episodes: 32 
Genre: School, Fantasy, Romance
Broadcast Period: October 2, 2019 MBC
Starring:
Kim Hye Yoon as Eun Dan Oh 
Ro Woon as Ha Roo 
Lee Jae Wook as Baek Kyung

Synopsis:
A story that follows a student from a wealthy family who has an unrequited crush on her fiancee. She discovers that she is a mere extra in a book that's meant to be written off. One day, she meets another student who makes her heart flutter.

The Tale of Nokdu

the tale of nokdu

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


Title: The Tale of Nokdu / 조선로코 녹두전 / Joseonroko Nokdujeon
Episodes: 32   
Genre: Historical, Romance
Broadcast Period: September 30, 2019 KBS2
Starring:
Jang Dong Yoon as Jun Nok Doo 
Kim So Hyun as Dong Dong Joo

Synopsis:
Set in the Joseon era, the story follows a man who crossdresses as a woman and enters a village full of women in order to investigate the assassins after his family. He then meets an unwilling gisaeng trainee.

Class of Lies

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


Title: Class of Lies / 미스터 기간제 / Miseuteo Giganje
Episodes: 16  
Genre: Legal, Crime, School
Broadcast Period: July 17, 2019 OCN
Starring:
Yoon Kyun Sang as Ki Moo Hyuk / Ki Kang Je 
Geum Sae Rok as Ha So Hyun 
Choi Yoo Hwa as Cha Hyun Jung

Synopsis:
A lawyer who lost everything due to a murder case that he took on goes to school as a teacher to conduct his own investigation. 

Hotel Del Luna

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


Title: Hotel Del Luna / Hotel Delluna / 호텔 델루나 
Episodes: 16  
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Broadcast Period: July 13, 2019 TvN
Starring:
IU as Jang Man Wol 
Yeo Jin Goo as Goo Chang Sung

Synopsis:
A hotel in the middle of soul holds an unusual clientele. It is run by an ill-tempered CEO and her new GM whom she has scared into helping her.

Doctor John

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


Title: Doctor John / Uisayohan / 의사요한 
Episodes: 32  
Genre: Medical
Broadcast Period: July 19, 2019 SBS
Starring:
Ji Sung as Cha Yo Han 
Lee Se Young as Kang Shi Young 
Lee Kyu Hyung as Son Suk Ki 
Hwang Hee as Lee Yoo Joon

Synopsis:
A story about a medical team that specializes in pain management. Cha Yo Han is a genius anesthesiologist with an egotistic side while Kang Shi Young is a resident in the same department.

Arthdal Chronicles

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


Title: Arthdal Chronicles / Aseudal Yeondaegi / 아스달 연대기 
Episodes: 18  
Genre: Costume, Fantasy
Broadcast Period: June 1, 2019 (Part 1), June 22, 2019 (Part 2), Sept. 7, 2019 (Part 3) tvN
Starring:
Jang Dong Gun as Tagon
Song Joong Ki as Eunseom / Saya
Kim Ji Won as Tanya
Kim Ok Bin as Taealha

Synopsis:
A fantasy drama set during ancient times in the fictional land of Asadal. Clans and tribes battle each other to gain ultimate control of the city.

Angel's Last Mission: Love

angel's last mission
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Angel's Last Mission: Love / 단, 하나의 사랑 / Dan, Hanaui Sarang
Episodes: 32 
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Broadcast Period: May 22, 2019 KBS2
Starring:
Shin Hye Sun as Lee Yun Seo / Choi Sul Hee
L as Kim Dan / Yoo Sung Woo

Synopsis:
A former ballerina who suffers terrible tragedies has grown into a cold and arrogant heiress. She meets an Angel who is tasked with finding her true love.

Voice 3

voice 3

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


Title: Voice Season 3 / Boiseu 3 / 보이스 3
Episodes: 16   
Genre: Crime, Suspense
Broadcast Period: May 11, 2019 OCN
Starring:
Lee Ha Na as Kang Kwon Joo 
Lee Jin Wook as Do Kang Woo / Matsuda Kosuke

Synopsis:
Kang Kwon Joo and the the hot-tempered detective Do Kang Woo team up again, this time to fight against a crime syndicate with activities in the dark web.

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. 



4 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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