The Best Korean Dramas of 2018 (So Far)

So here is the list of Korean Dramas for the first half of 2018 that I really enjoyed. Dramas in K-drama land just keep coming one after another but not all of them stays with you. So here are few that I would highly recommend for you to enjoy.

The Best Korean Dramas of 2018 (So Far)

Welcome to Waikiki

 

The Best Korean Dramas of 2018 (So Far)

Plot Synopsis:

3 men run the guest house Waikiki in Itaewon, South Korea. Their guest house is facing bankruptcy and then a mysterious baby and single mother appear at Waikiki.

Cast: Kim Jung-Hyun, Lee Yi-Kyung, Son Seung-won, Jung In-sun

Network: Jtbc

Episodes: 20

Rating: 3.7/5

Reason to Watch: Because it’s Funny

What’s It about:

It’s a light comedy about six people who are facing different problems and I mean quite “different” (One of the girls have to shave her beard every day). It’s quite light and entertaining from start to finish.

Why I enjoyed it:

Acting, cast and other shenanigans are great but only reason I enjoyed it was because it was really funny. So, if you are not into comedy than skip it and move onto my next recommendation.

My Mister

The Best Korean Dramas of 2018 (So Far)

Plot Synopsis:

A man (Lee Sun-Kyun) in his 40’s withstands the weight of life. A woman (IU) in her 20’s goes through difficult experiences, but also withstands the weight of her life. The man and woman get together to help each other.

Cast: Lee Sun-Kyun, IU, Song Sae-Byuk, Lee Ji-Ah, Chang Ki-Yong

Network: tvN

Episode: 16

Rating: 4.4/5

Reason to Watch: Best of the Year

What’s it About:

Lee Sun-Kyun is a salaryman whose wife (Lee Ji-ah) is having an affair with his boss and his boss used to be his junior. His new employee is IU, who takes care of her bedridden grandmother while running away from loan shark Chan Ki-Yong. IU who has been suffering all her life despises other human beings and only care about earning money either by hook or crook.

But after working with Sun-kyun she starts to enjoy her life and changes her views about humanity. All the while she is trying to get him fired and while falling in love with him.

Why I enjoyed it:

This one is all about Lee Sun-Kyun, he is amazing as always. He was flawless from start to finish and this his is the best performance. IU although still lacking in the acting department, gave far better performance than in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. So if you are her fan like me it’s a must watch.

Another great thing about the drama was conversations between Sun-kyun, his two brothers and gang of middle-aged ahjussi friends. Their personal stories were also quite interesting and not used just a filler to keep the pace of the drama.

Live

The Best Korean Dramas of 2018 (So Far)

 

Plot Synopsis:

Drama series contains the joy and sorrows of police officers at a precinct office. They try to uphold values in everyday life and maintain justice. Jung-O (Jung Yu-Mi) meets fellow cadet Sang-Soo (Lee Kwang-Soo) at the police academy and start working in the same precinct.

Cast: Lee Kwang-Soo, Jung Yu-Mi, Bae Sung-Woo, Bae Jong-Ok, Lee Si-un

Network: tvN

Episode: 18

Rating: 3.8/5

Reason to Watch: Bromance

What’s it About:

The journey of new police recruits from their training days and then their actual fieldwork. Kwang-soo meets Yu-mi during her training days at the police academy and also their strict instructor Sung-woo. Later all of them join the same police precinct. Sung-woo becomes Kwang-soo new mentor unwillingly of course.

It’s not just about the romance and friendship between characters or intense crime scenes but the other little things in their daily work (dealing with drunks, bureaucrats) takes the toll on the characters and how they deal with these, is the show’s total premise. In reality, its an office drama just that office workers happen to be police officers rather than simple salarymen.

Why I enjoyed it:

The bromance (or the lack of it between) Kwang Soo and Bae Sung-woo was the highlight of the show. It’s a must watch for all fans of Asian Prince Kwang Soo. He shows why he is a very good actor and not only a variety TV star as Yoo Jae-seok would have you believe.

Come and Hug Me

The Best Korean Dramas of 2018 (So Far)

Plot Synopsis:

A boy and a girl were high school students, they were each other’s first love. Boy’s psychopathic father kills girl’s parents and they get separated afterward. Now, working as a detective atoning for his father’s act, the boy meets the girl who is a famous actress just like her mother.

Cast: Chang Ki-Yong, Jin Ki-Joo, Heo Jun-Ho, Kim Kyung-Nam

Network: MBC

Episode: 32

Rating: 4.1/5

Reason to Watch: Romeo and Juliet with Serial Killer Twist

What’s it About:

Imagine young Romeo and Juliet as their love is blossoming, Romeo’s psychopathic serial killer father kills Juliet’s parents. Our Romeo turns from a lover boy into a self-loathing policeman who wants to do good for other people. Juliet turns into a famous actress just like her mother.

Both meet again as adults and starts to have feelings for each other after much self-restrained. Happiness doesn’t last long as the crazy killer comes back in their life. He wants to turn his son into just like himself and the best way for that is to kill the Juliet in front of him.

Why I enjoyed it:

Watching and loving Ki-yong in My Mister and Go Back Couple, I was very excited to see him in lead role for the first time and he didn’t disappoint at all. He played the character of a boy who has become tormented and broken by acts of his psychopath father very well.

Heo Jun-Ho plays the character of a psychopath very well and his looks give him an extra edge. Meeting him in person would give you the creeps, after watching this.

Romance is also epic and doesn’t feel forced or full of K-drama cliches. The chemistry between the couple is just off the charts and they look really cute together.

The Miracle We Met

 

The Best Korean Dramas of 2018 (So Far)

Plot Synopsis:

A man dies in a car crash but awakes with his spirit in another person. He becomes the head of two families and he agonizes over his two different wives. – KBS World

Cast: Kim Myung-min, Kim Hyun-Joo, Ra Mi-ran, Kai (EXO)

Network: KBS2

Episode: 18

Rating: 4.0/5

Reason to Watch: Mystery for a good cry

What’s it About:

Two men of different background who have the same name, are involved in two different car crashes. One of them dies and his soul enters in other one’s body. His new family and co-workers get surprised by the change in his personality and attitude. His real family members who are saddened by his death are not able to recognize him in his avatar. Stuck between two families he also finds out that the same person is responsible for both of the car crashes.

Why I enjoyed it:

Assembled cast of veteran actors and excellent performances by supporting actors and junior actors doesn’t disappoint. Myung-min’s chemistry with both leading ladies is amazing and makes it harder to choose sides. His transformation from scary, blunt and no-nonsense banker into a family love, a romantic nice guy was really believable.

Comedy and romantic tensions caused by a change in spirit and body are really enjoyable. These happy moments though turn into tears when dealing with family issues in both families. So, if you don’t enjoy tear-jerking drama it’s not for you guys. In the middle, it does get slow paced and draggy but that’s because it’s building up to an unpredictable mystery. Myung-min’s search for the real “killer” is the main plotline in the second half and it’s as exciting as the romance between the characters.

If you are a fan of Kai and/or EXO, his handsome face and acting performance is cherry on the top of a cake.

So these are my top series for the first half of the year, I am really excited about a few others that are coming in the second half.  Did you guys agree with the list or did I miss something? Let me know in the comments.

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