( Here’s a list of the Korean Dramas I’ve watched with its pros and cons.)
1. Goong 10/10
Pros: Really good story. The characters suit their roles (really good casting). Amazing production and setting. The main characters has “chemistry”. It has a strong storyline with a good “side-story”.
Cons: Stereotypical (cold prince loves kind and poor girl). The episodes become less striking towards the end. The ending is not as grand compared to the beginning.
2. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho 10/10
Pros: Amazing story!!! Unique and solid storyline. The character portrayals are also amazing. Relaxing, funny and cute. There is chemistry among the main characters. The audience could really relate to it. The supernatural touch is amazing and seems realistic!!
Cons: The setting is limited (action school, campus, rooftop home). There is no good supporting story among other characters. The almost ending is really heartbreaking. The ending is unexplainable……..
3. Queen In-hyun’s Man 8/10
Pros: Good plot and storyline. Good casting. The Joseon timeline is grand (It gives you a bit of Korean History). The main characters are a good match. Many good sub-plots! Versatile drama (History, Action, Romance). It has mystery throughout the drama. The ending is really, really unpredictable!
Cons: It becomes repetitive towards the middle. The modern timeline is less impressive than the Joseon timeline. It lacks life in the modern timeline…
4. Bride of the Century 8/10
Pros: Solid storyline and superb plot. Good portrayal of characters. Good combination of modern and traditional things. There is attraction between the characters. Versatile drama (romance, comedy, drama and horror). Nice ending.
Cons: Stereotypical (chaebol cold guy loves kind poor girl). It indeed is unrealistic. Some parts are vague and unclear.
5. The Heirs 7.5/10
Pros: Star-studded cast! All characters portray the role effectively. Grand setting. The audience could relate to atleast one of the characters. Good sub-plots. Grand production and setting.
Cons: Stereotypical (Chaebol guy loves poor girl). Common Love-triangle. It lacks a solid storyline.
6. The Master’s Sun 7.5/10
Pros: Unique plot. Really good side stories. It is full of mystery. Versatile drama (Romantic-comedy, horror)
Cons: Stereotypical (Chaebol cold guy loves kind and poor girl). It lacks chemistry among the main characters. It lacks focus on the main plot. Viewers might lose interest towards the end (when the kidnapping plot is finally revealed.
7. King2Hearts 7.5/10
Pros: Grand production and setting. Unique storyline. Star studded cast. The characters portray their roles well. It has many symbolisms. The villain is really good too. It has really good sub-plots. The supporting love story is outstanding. The viewers could really feel all the emotions.
Cons: It lacks focus. The major theme is unsure (Is it peace? Love? Fear? Or unity?). The plot is too complex for the common audience to understand. It has a unsatisfactory ending.
8. Rooftop Prince 7.5/10
Pros: The characters portray the role well. Versatile drama (History, Romance, Comedy, Love). Many hilarious parts. The events in the story are written well. The Joseon timeline is splendid.
Cons: The setting is limited (company, rooftop apartment). The main characters lack chemistry. Many things are unclear (How did the Joseon people come to the present time? How did the comma guy wake up? How did the prince know the truth?…) Even the ending is unclear.
9. My Love From the Star 7/10
Pros: Unique story. Star studded cast! The characters portray the role effectively. Solid and well written storyline. The main characters have chemistry. Good sub plot. The Joseon flashbacks really add up to the story.
Cons: The main actress could be annoying. Limited setting (condo, university, artist studios). It becomes dragging towards the end. Vague and unclear ending. The mystery part took too long for the main characters to know.
10. City Hunter 7/10
Pros: Unique and solid story. Action packed! Grand setting and production. The story is written well. Versatile drama (love, action, mystery). Many symbolisms. There is attraction between the main characters. Good casting.
Cons: It sometimes lacks focus on the main theme. It has an open ended finale. It has more action than romance.
11. Cheongdamdong Alice 7/10
Pros: Star studded cast! Really grand setting and production. The characters portray the role effectively. There are hidden symbolisms. Viewers could relate to the characters and scenes. The starting episodes really catches the viewer’s interest. Cute and Relaxing… All the characters have chemistry.
Cons: Stereotypical (Chaebol guy loves poor girl) It becomes boring towards the middle.
12. Full house 7/10
Pros: Good casting! Cute story and characters. The main characters has chemistry and they complement each other. The story is light and cute. There are many funny moments.
Cons: There is no good subplot. The ending is not quite good. Limited setting (Company, House)
Pros: Good story. Characters portray the role well. All of the characters have chemistry. Realistic plot. Viewers could relate to the events. The sub plot is good. The music theme is really interesting..
Cons: Normal plot. Limited setting. Many clichés
14. 49 Days 6/10
Pros: Light story. The audience could relate to it. Tearjerker drama! The ending is good in its own way.
Cons: The setting is limited (Room, Heaven, Company) The characters lack chemistry. Somewhat sad ending. The drama has too much coincidence.
15. Emergency Couple 6/10
Pros: Many lessons in life. Realistic plot. Good Characters. The casting is good.
Cons: Stereotypical. There is no mystery or plot twist. It lacks a good subplot. The ending is vague.
16. You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin 6/10
Pros: Light storyline. A good family drama. The characters portray the role well. Every character has a crucial role and own story. Realistic events. A good drama for learning Korean culture
Cons: Normal plot. Some scenes are really boring. It becomes repetitive towards the middle. You have to research who is Lee Soon Shin before you get the story.
17. Personal Taste 6/10
Pros: Light and unique storyline. Realistic storyline. The viewers could relate to it. Star Studded Cast!! Satisfying Ending
Cons: The main characters lack chemistry. The setting is limited (hanok, company) Many clichés
18. I Hear Your Voice 6/10
Pros: Good storyline. Unique characters. Good subplot and supporting stories
Cons: Main characters lack attraction. The ending is unclear. The portrayal of the characters is not so convincing.
19. Goong S 6/10
Pros: Good Production ans Setting. The characters have chemistry. Good subplot. Good portrayal of characters. Unique Storyline.
Cons: Less better than Goong. Becomes boring towards the end. The drama can be less grand compared to the original Goong.
20. Sungkyunkwan Scandal 7/10
Pros: Requires viewers to think. Good storyline. The characters portray their roles effectively. Good production. Grand Joseon Era portrayals.
Cons: It’s like ancient Hana Kimi. It gets repetitive and boring.