The year approaches its end and as I look back at the past drama year I realize that I’m a bit disappointed. The past two years I have raved about the year being a fantastic year for dramas yet this year I can’t. I actually dropped more dramas than I completed… The best series seem to have been reserved for the end of the year so I’ll just list my favorite dramas here even though some of them have not finished airing yet.
Because This is My First Life
Because This is My First Life is without a question the best drama of this year. It was sweet, original and funny. It’s characters were a breath of fresh air and it dealt with some key social issues. Pure gold.
Chief Kim comes as a close second to This is My First Life. Chief Kim was hilarious with his antics and Junho’s bad guy who turned good was heart warming. The duo’s bromance was without a peer and will forever remain as one of the best (odd) friendships in dramaland.
Queen of Mystery
“You fell for my charm. I warned you.
I did. I loved this drama. An unlikely bickering duo solving crimes and the best thing is that we’re getting a second season!
Honorary Mentions (since they’re still airing)
I love the chemistry and story here: they just keep getting better! A rom com that is done right!
Wise Prison Life
Wise Prison Life is amazing with its characters and their stories. It’s touching and captivating, a must watch.
Other Good Dramas from This Year
Whisper deserves some praise because it was interesting right until its last minutes.
— For a revenge melo it’s not easy to keep the plot sane — but Whisper managed to do that and actually delivered twists and turns that weren’t overly done. The sides and schemes changed fast but remained interesting and kept me watching.
The plot was good yet what really captured me here was the characters and acting. Whisper deserves applauds.
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon & Fight for My Way
Both basic rom coms that were enjoyable while I watched them yet they gave nothing special to rave about.
Chicago Typewriter & Missing 9
Chicago Typewriter and Missing 9 both had some good things and bad things. The good things kept me watching until the end but I can’t forget the bad completely either. So mixed feelings with these two dramas.
Some of the Dramas I Dropped…
Now although most of the dramas from this year didn’t excel, a couple of movies captured me completely.
The King immediately entered my favorite movie list. The actors, the plot, the message of it all. The King was perfect.
The Prison is a crazy ride well worth taking.
To trust or not to trust? The Merciless was exceptional with its characters and their relationships.
One Way Trip / Glory Day
One Way Trip is horribly powerful and stirring. A movie almost too honest about human nature.
I admit that I watched this to see Lee Jong Suk play a North Korean but this movie had much more to offer. V.I.P. left me speechless because it address some very real political issues that need to be addressed.
Well, I think I’ve blabbered on for too long again 🙂 Let’s hope 2018 will bring us only great dramas!
Happy New Year to everyone!