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Joonni’s Top Ten Favorite Dramas List

Ah, the top ten list. My most recent version was written four years ago and since then, very few recent dramas have been added. I rank my favorite dramas based on my emotional attachment to them and, perhaps because I am getting older, newer dramas don’t strike me hard as the older ones did.

10. Shut Up Flower Boy Band (tvN 2012)- A story about music, youth, and friendship, this drama would have ranked higher if I was younger. A well-written drama through and through and a breath of fresh air in the K-drama landscape, SUFBB was a wonderful surprise for those tired of black and white characters and bipolar dramatics.

9. Star in My Heart (MBC 1997)- Arguably the drama that started the Hallyu wave, this drama has all the classic elements- a Cinderella heroine, a rebel musician with rich parents, a kind-hearted secondary male lead, and a secondary female lead you love to hate. This was the first drama I ever fangirled so until this day, it holds a special place in my heart and it always will.

8. The Devil (KBS 2007)- This drama proved to me that South Korea could do the dark, mystery thriller genre. A story about revenge and redemption, the story is complicated and smart, without ever losing its heart.

7. Save the Last Dance (SBS 2004)- A quintessential Korean drama from its era, it has the Cinderella heroine, the chaebol hero, scheming secondary leads, amnesia, and noble idiocy. Yet, this drama was never annoying. At its core, the drama never forgot it was a love story and that love is beautiful, and its two leads had a warm and gentle chemistry. To me, it was the last of its kind before these types of stories went into makjang territory. It was a ratings success in Korea (hitting 40%) but this drama does not stand out in anyway. If you are in the mood for a easy, traditional K-drama that won’t have you pulling your hair out, I recommend this one. It ranks high on my list because it is so quintessential.

6. Nobuta wo Produce (NTV 2005)- I have watched a spattering of J-dramas and I’m extremely glad that NwP was one of them. About an unlikely friendship between the most popular boy in school, a social outcast, and a oddball, this drama is about growing up and finding your place in the world. Despite the dark humor, there is a lot of hope in this drama and the three main characters are your best friends by the time you are done with the short ten-episode story.

5. Mars (CTS 2004)- I have watched even fewer TW-dramas than J-dramas, but Mars is worth ten, even twenty average dramas. As a love story between an extremely shy art student and a popular motorcycle-driving playboy, this drama shows how two psychologically scarred people find solace and strength in one another. The characters are layered, the story is dark but alive with passion.

4. High as the Sky, Wide as the Earth ( aka By Land and Sky) (KBS 2007)- This is a 165 episode daily family drama and as a story about ordinary people and family, this drama may sound boring but truly, it is worth ever minute you give it. Centered around an adopted hero, this drama is a nuanced portrayal of family relationships. It has a message without being preachy and there are no Cinderellas, cold-hearted chaebols, or evil parents. There is romance, of course, but it shows that romance exists in all forms and in all ages. This drama shows you that there is a tremendous amount of love in the world, as long as you are open to giving it AND receiving it.

3. The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (MBC 2007)- Uhm, who doesn’t know this drama already and what more can I say that hasn’t already been said? With a cross-dressing heroine, a prickly hero, and a coffee shop full of eye-candy, this drama is a joy ride from beginning to end. The soundtrack is to die for and the drama arguably made the careers of its two main stars, Yoon Eun Hye and Gong Yoo. Topped with excellent writing and direction, this drama makes me proud to be K-drama fan.

2. Queen In Hyun’s Man– (tvN 2012)- Ah. Ultimately, I couldn’t give the top spot to QIHM. QIHM is the only drama in nine years that I even considered for taking Damo’s place, which is a testament to how much I love this drama. QIHM is a love story between a time-traveling Joseon scholar and a no-name modern day actress, and the most romantic drama I have ever seen. Yet the romance is perfectly balanced with action, thrills, and tragedy- delivering on everything you would want from a drama in a short sixteen episodes.

This drama is excellently written with painful attention to detail. I could tell that the writer loved her story and characters as much as the fans. She knew what she wanted from her story and never sacrificed narrative to pander to the audience. Yet the writer was not a control freak; she let the story breathe and the characters come alive through the actors. Along with the director who never wasted a shot, she breathed life into the story so that QIHM took on a life of its own and truly became a fantasy, a dream, a story to remain in your heart instead of just moving images on a screen. QIHM broke my heart but it also pieced it together. QIHM, I love you.

1. Damo (MBC 2003)- Ah, this drama has reigned in my heart for nine years and counting. This drama is not for the light of heart. It will leave you devastated, broken, and weeping in a dark corner by the time you are done with the short fourteen episodes. (Don’t worry, I’m not spoiling anything. You know this from the start.) But you will be a better person for it because if you wanted poetry in drama form, that is what you just got. The first fusion sageuk in K-drama history- an epic story of a lowly Joseon era female detective and the two men whom she loved and loved her back- everyone that I know who has watched this drama was dramatically affected by it. I moped for months after this drama ended- the story and its characters lingering in my heart and haunted my dreams.

Everything is top-notch in this drama- the writing, the direction, the acting, the music- I really mean everything. The visuals are sweeping and the dialogue pierces your heart over and over and over and over (people were ripping just the audio of the dialogue and sharing them as mp3’s at the time it was airing). There are two heroes in this drama and both are worthy of your devotion, adoration, and respect. They are just and noble men who fight on opposite sides of society. Both fight for what is right in a battle with no conclusion, only causalities. And both love a girl, who embodies loyalty and strength. No other K-drama heroine will ever come close in comparison to the heroine of this drama- she kicks ass like no other and her intelligence can only be equaled by her sense of justice and courage.

Watch this drama. Watch it! (It’s available on Dramafever.) Don’t be scared by the sad ending or melodrama. It’s hard to describe what you see in Damo as “melodrama” or “angst.” Those words seems too…cheap to describe Damo properly. What you see in Damo is above that. Damo is drama on another level.

I just noticed that my top two dramas are both fusion sageuks. Obviously the genre works with me. So give me more drama gods, you hear!

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  1. I loved your inclusion of Japanese and Taiwanese dramas. I’ve been meaning to expand my horizons, since I’m a Chinese language student (can’t watch Korean dramas all the time), so I’ll definitely take a peek at Mars. Definitely a solid top ten list!

    June 23, 2012
    • There are definitely some worthwhile Chinese/Taiwan dramas! A lot of great ones are “saeguks” in Chinese-terms (so the language is rather harder to understand). Some recent awesome ones are dramas like Bu Bu Jing Xin (Step by Startling Step). Classics would be Huan Zhu Ge Ge (Princess Returning Pearl, I think it is in English?). Fated to Love You was a really popular modern-day Taiwan drama. Corner With Love is a sweet one with a special place in my heart. Black and White is a kind of crime-fighting T-Drama. Next Stop, Happiness (Xia Yi Zhan Xing Fu) I remember well because it’s the last modern T-drama I remembering really good. Not in any particular order, any of them. But some titles to try if you want.

      June 24, 2012
      • Thanks so much for the recs! I have tried Bu Bu Jing Xin (but found it a bit boring) and some modern Taiwanese trendies, but there are definitely titles on the list that I’ll check out.

        June 24, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        I devoured BuBu Jingxin…my sister told me to try it, and I was hooked….I watched it in less than 12 days…I know. Lots of marathoning that one.

        October 1, 2012
  2. cv #

    A very nice list you have here. I’ll give those few I haven’t seen a try…(since I’ve seen quite a lot of dramas already)

    June 23, 2012
    • 6/10 alr watch..glad that MARS make it to ur list…love it too

      June 24, 2012
  3. britener #

    Just a quick background about me: I’ve been watching K-dramas for 6-7 years with breaks here and there. I used to watch melodrama until I got tired of shedding tears and feeling so sad. Now I stay away from anything related to melodrama and mainly devoting myself to rom-com. Watching that genre makes me a happier person and plus, I got tired of going to work with my puffy eyes:). I remember one time when I had to wear my sunglasses to teach because of the bright light in the room and frankly…. I was just too embarrassed to show my crazy eyes to my students. Hehe πŸ˜€

    Although, I am going to try out Save The Last Dance. I try to steer clear of that theme but since you said that it won’t be annoying, I’m going to have to check it out. I don’t really watch sageuk dramas so I donno if I will try out Damo. Although, since you praised it so much, I am QUITE curious! I may just add it to my list of K-dramas to watch. I haven’t thought of my top 10 K-dramas list, but here is my updated top 5 in order: QIHM, City Hunter, Scent of a Woman, Secret Garden, and….number 5 is….still debating.

    June 23, 2012
    • joonni #

      Save the Last Dance is sweet. It’s always good for a rainy day.
      City Hunter, Scent of a Woman, Secret Garden- watched and loved all of those- I think the only reason they are not on my list is because they are so recent.

      June 24, 2012
  4. shl #

    Hi Joonni! as a relative newcomer to kdramas (and with zero experience of j-dramas), i’m very grateful you’ve shared this list. Thanks also for your summary-cum-comment accompanying each one, which gives an idea of the ‘flavour’ to expect. I will definitely look them up, especially ‘Damo’. Any drama that rates higher than QIHM in your eyes is a must-see! Have a blessed weekend πŸ™‚

    June 24, 2012
    • joonni #

      You too. Have a blessed weekend!!! (or whatever is left) πŸ˜€

      June 24, 2012
    • sal #

      Yeah i concur, will watch it since u got such agrea taste jooni

      June 25, 2012
  5. ahora #

    Love that you consider Mars as one of your favorite dramas!! it is a good drama indeed! Love your list!! πŸ˜€

    June 24, 2012
  6. anna #

    l should consider to watch Damo despite its sad ending since u still put it on top spot (even QIHM could replace it). l haven’t watch the Devil and Star in My heart. Glad that you renew your enlist. l dont really like Vic in Meteor Garden but him in Mars really spoilt me. Barbie as always calm and cute. Mars also top spot in my TW Drama. The Devil Beside you also a nice drama. But Jdorama, Hana Yori Dango is my choice. l also prefer Nobuta and with that 3 big stars starring it, who will miss. There’s also a few nice Jdorama e.i Hana Kimi and Gokusen.

    Anyhow Joonni, thanks for your list,

    June 24, 2012
    • joonni #

      I’ve also watched HYD, Hana Kimi and Gokusen (yes, all three Gokusen). Japanese youth dramas always make me so happy. And I’m totally a Oguri Shun fan.

      June 24, 2012
  7. toastergirl #

    Arang and Faith coming up. I am leaning towards Arang.

    June 24, 2012
  8. Drama monster #

    I watch a variety of J and Taiwan dramas on top of the K dramas. These are some of my recommendations:

    From Japan
    1. Pride
    2. Buzzer Beat

    From Taiwan
    1. The Fierce Wife ηŠ€εˆ©δΊΊε¦»
    2. In Time with You / ζˆ‘ε―θƒ½δΈζœƒζ„›δ½ 

    June 24, 2012
    • joonni #

      I’ve watched Buzzer Beat already. I really liked it but in the end, it wasn’t very memorable. I’ve always watched In Time With You. I love Ariel and this drama introduced me to Bolin Chen. I really, really liked the drama and especially the soundtrack.

      A lot of people recommend Pride. I really should go watch it. As for the Fierce Wife…hmm..will look that up.

      June 24, 2012
  9. Meow #

    i think my list of ” future must see ” just expanded.. Will give both DAMO and DEVIL a try!!

    Damo left you moping for months?? Really that good??
    ok since i am an very emotional person.. i think i better stock up lots of tissues!!\

    Thanks for the info!!!

    Good day!

    June 24, 2012
    • joonni #

      My “must see” list is gigantic and unwieldy. I don’t know what to do.

      June 24, 2012
      • I totally know what you mean by a “gigantic and unwieldy” must see list! I think there are some on this list that are on mine, but now I want to watch them even more, Damo in particular!

        June 24, 2012
  10. Ellie Chong #

    Thanks for your list and its a joy to read. Refering to your list. I love Damo too. Left me in tears and my heart torn to bits but still …..hmm. I watched it out of curiosity cos of it having one of my fav actresses (Ha Ji won) in it but got hooked. I will always have a special spot in my heart for Coffee Prince cos when it was shown in Korea I was there and was like the multitude of fans waiting eagerly for the two episodes we got every week!!! Even with no eng subs, I was addicted! ha ha… and of course my current fav is QIHM. Love that they have become a couple in real life too. Looking forward to Arang, hope its good.

    June 24, 2012
  11. NJ #

    Woot woot! Yay! Thanks for the list. I was searching for more dramas to watch and you gave me one just when I was on the brink of wallowing in despair.

    Thank you Joonni!

    June 24, 2012
  12. Really interesting! Will give your list a try! I’ve watched some of these though such as QIHM, Nobuta Wo Produce, Save the Last Dance for Me, and of course, my own top favorite for the past eight years, Mars. ❀

    June 24, 2012
  13. Thanks, for the list and I will watch some of your recommendations. Damo is excellent, QIHM one of my top five favorites but The Great Queen Seondeok has my heart for my number one. Maybe it’s like a first love you remember every moment of when it grabbed your head and heart.. Bidam (Kim Nam Gil) is forever etched in my mind.

    June 24, 2012
  14. anon #

    Like you I will have to mention that the dramas that are close to my heart are those that moved me emotionally and arrested my heart & soul. The King 2 Hearts is a notch higher than Nobuta wo Produce. After watching both of these series it has been/was difficult to move on drama wise. Both these shows had beautiful characters and their development across the series was consistent and believable.

    Despite knowing the sad ending of Damo I’ll give it a go only because of the HJW-PD/writer combo of K2H.

    June 24, 2012
  15. Silk #

    Hi Joonni, I agree with you that everyone has a special place and different take on type of drama according to their age. As you grow older, you may like different type of drama. Just like you, as I grow older, I find little interest in Idol drama. However, I will check out Shut up flower boy band as you point out that this is a refreshing drama with young actors. I start watching kdrama from the 2nd wave of Hallyu. So I havn’t heard about Star in my heart and save the last dance. I will however check out Devil if I have time because I like Umh Tai Hoon – don’t know exact spelling.
    I am really happy that we share the top 2 spot in all time favorite. I really love Damo but I can’t talk about it that much because it wasn’t popular in my circle of family and friends. I love everything you said about it. I download the OST and listned to those beautiful melodies and lyrics. And Damo make me become fan of Lee Seo Jin. His other drama called Lover is also one of my favorite – For those who love Kim Nam Gil should check this drama out because he has a supporting role in it and look cool too. Finally, I just want to shout out the top 2 drama of mine is Lee Byung Hun’s Beautiful Day. He becomes my #1 Male Korean actor ever since then. For most recent broadcasted drama, I highly recommend ” Wife Credential”. It it definitely out of the Kdram box. It reflects a lot of social issue and family value of nowaday society. But also a beautiful subtle love story and lovely sound track music. – But this drama may be more attractive to an older audience like me. One who already married and with children. Lastly, big thanks to Joonni, you stir up my love for kdrama again.

    June 24, 2012
    • joonni #

      Lovers is a very sexy drama and so is Beautiful Days. I see what you like πŸ˜‰ I loved Kim Nam Gil in Lovers. He was so sweet and innocent there.
      Must check out Wife’s Credentials. That sounds lovely.

      June 24, 2012
  16. Timescout #

    Ah, I’m old to begin with so my taste in dramas may not vary much from year to year. *g* The odd thing is that apart from my never ending love for crime procedurals from almost any country, I can never be quite sure what I’ll end up liking. Take this current batch of dramas for instance… the 2 that I wasn’t really considering to begin with are now the ones I’m enjoying the most.

    I can’t truly rank the stuff I like so I’ve never been able to make a list like this. That said, my nbr 1 drama has been The Devil since I first saw it and nothing so far has been able to topple it (Incidentially I’m just rewatching it with my sister, whom I seem to have lured into the dark side). The next faves just come after it in no particular order and I have a feeling there are more than 9 as well. Both QIHM and SUFBB are in there for sure….

    June 24, 2012
    • joonni #

      Me too…actually making this list took forever.

      Since I was bred on crime procedurals from the U.S. (in form of Law and Order), I don’t like it when there is too much focus on the main characters and their lives. I like the episodic format so when Law and Order SVU started getting to deep into Benson and Stabler’s personal feelings/lives…I stopped watching it.

      June 24, 2012
      • Timescout #

        Yeah, I tend to watch crime shows for the ‘procedures’ i.e. clue gathering and puzzle solving etc. I don’t mind if they delve into the lives of the characters on some level but it gets kinda boring if the focus is on that. I think my love for these shows stems from my love for mysteries/cop/crime stores in general as I love that genre in books too and have done so since I was quite young. Crime/mysteries used to be my mother’s favourite genre as well. We often read the same books and watched the shows together, heh.

        June 24, 2012
        • joonni #

          It’s amazing how much childhood experiences shape us.

          June 24, 2012
      • Ooh, I’ve watched My Lovely Kim Sam Soon once. And I gotta say, it’s great. Funny and sweet. I also just fsneihid watching My Girl. That’s also a good one. It’s different than any of the others that I’ve watched. You guys should take that drama into consideration (that is, if you haven’t already). I’d love to watch it again in HD. Hehe, I’m having a good feeling about this site. Thanks a bunch for taking your time out to do this. It’s great. And yes, keep up the fantastic work.

        July 10, 2012
  17. tessieroo #

    LOL! SU: FBB and QIHM are my top 2 right now. My fav TW drama was “In Time With You” but I loved Mars also. And *hangs head in shame* I have yet to watch “Damo” because I don’t deal with sad endings very well. (yea, I’m kinda a wimp that way)

    June 24, 2012
  18. tya #

    **download damo** since its still your no1 drama..i think i should go and watch it..=)
    Anyway have u watch Sad Sonata…until now..this drama still stuck in my head..

    June 24, 2012
    • joonni #

      I tried Sad Sonata but I couldn’t get past episode one. Sad Sonata aired at a time of my life when I just couldn’t stand those type of stories anymore. I have nothing against Kwon Sang Woo and Kim Hee Sun but I have watched too many of their dramas already and I really never want to watch another one unless they play drastically different characters than the one they are used to playing. The only reason I am going to watch Faith is because of the writer and Lee Min Ho.

      June 25, 2012
      • tya #

        Really? that was my first Kdrama..i think im about 13 or 14 years old..i dont remember my age that time..too lazy to remember back..hehehe..anyway..going to watch Damo tonight..=)

        p/s : erm when i think again, i agree with you..SW & HS play quite similar characters

        June 25, 2012
      • tya #

        Joonni ! your site !! cool !! hehehe

        June 25, 2012
  19. Juliesean #

    Hi Jooni, I have been hearing praises about Damo but not sure if I can a sad ending.

    Btw do you watch China dramas? Can I recommend that you watch Bu Bu Jimg Xing? It is another time traveller set in the Qing Dynasty. It reminds me a lot of QHIM except that she cannot travel back and forth.

    It is really beautiful in script, direction and the leads were also fantastic! Highly recommended if anyone is having withdrawal from QHIM.

    June 24, 2012
    • joonni #

      I’ve heard good things about BBJX but I don’t know where I can get my hands on it. I hate streaming dramas so I don’t get to watch a lot of Chinese ones since I don’t know where to get the raws and Eng subs.

      June 25, 2012
      • Juliesean #

        Hi Jooni, try sugoideas. The streaming seems to be fine. I have the avi files but not the subs. Let me do some sleuthing and see if I can get my hands on them. I really hope you have the chance to watch it. I believe you will find it as beautiful as QHIM. And that is the ONLY C-Drama that I liked ! And that is saying a lot.

        June 25, 2012
      • Juliesean #

        Hi Jooni, are you ok to watching on Youtube? These videos are subbed.

        Hope you will watch it cos I am excited to hear your views about this drama. I cried buckets too….

        June 25, 2012
        • joonni #

          Thank you so much!!!!

          June 25, 2012
  20. lidy #

    hi jooni,

    saw your top ten list, and i’m liking that even the taiwan dramas made it on there. when i first got into dramas, j-dramas came first, then came taiwan and last, k-dramas, which stole my heart away. i fluctuate to and fro, from loving taiwan dramas more over k-dramas bc they portray more of the OTP lovey-dovey romance, until QIM, that is πŸ˜€

    for taiwan dramas, you should try Drunken to Love You, Who’s the One, Fated to Love You, My Lucky Star and Corner With Love. For fluff/makjang try Endless Love (CTS) and Smiling Pasta.

    June 24, 2012
    • joonni #

      I’ve already watched Drunken to Love you and I liked it. As for the others you mentioned, I’ve seen them mentioned and I don’t think I was too interested in them. I find that I like the low-key TW-dramas or TW-remakes of Japanese mangas.

      June 25, 2012
    • i grow up watching drama from HONG KONG, JAP, SPANISH, TAIWAN, INDONESIAN, THAILAND, and these past 7 years with KOREAN…

      sorry to say that I have watch all of the taiwan drama that you’ve mentioned above…like it but not love it…they dont really touch my heart..but i LOVE “NEXT STOP, HAPPINESS”. They make me cry…not to forget ‘DOWN WITH LOVE’…

      I have to admit, whist watching MARS, there are a few scene that makes my hair UP..really EERIE..the only drama makes me love/salute VIC as an actor..

      June 25, 2012
  21. lidy #

    oh, also try Love Keeps Going (its get a bit makjang towards the end). but personally i like most dramas featuring Mike He. and there’s also Down With Love

    June 24, 2012
  22. Thank you for your list. Its true that the drama that we like depend on our age. For me the first and forever love is Winter Sonata. The picture of Bae Yoon Jung is on my computer at my office until now. Even though i already have 6 children to my record. Now QIYM’s is my second best. I fall in love with the character and the actors. I am very glad that they continue their relationship even after the drama. The charactor of Yoo In Na so was cute and adorable.
    I don’t like drama with traditional costumes but because of QIYM’s I will try DAMO as you suggested. Thank you Joonni for widening my knowledge and my love for Korean Drama.

    June 24, 2012
    • joonni #

      I loved it when I first saw it and I think I appreciate Winter Sonata more as time passes.
      My favorite Bae Yong Joon dramas are Hotelier and The Legend.

      June 25, 2012
      • Ya, I bought the original DVD of Winter Sonata, First Love, Hotelier (which I watched more than 10 times) and the Legend because Bae Yong Joon act in the dramas.

        June 25, 2012
      • myeve66 #

        BYJ is everybodys’ first love of Kdrama…

        June 25, 2012
  23. Fallensnow #

    Hi Joonni,

    love your top 10 list! Now that you’ve “officially” listed Damo on top, I feel an inexplicable urge to go watch it next πŸ˜› I find that it’s absolutely true about changing viewing tastes as one grows up, at least, personally speaking. In fact, one of the main reasons why I’ve mostly stopped watching TW dramas was my growing distaste and aversion to “idol” dramas. Sagueks now rank quite high on my to-watch list and rom-com, unless it’s something truly special, ranks low. I’m seriously suffering from jerk-chaebol leads fatigue, I tell you. Visual appeal (the actor’s pretty face, not the cinematography) isn’t as important to me as well-out characters, solid acting, smart script and assured directing (which is one aspect I had absolutely no notion of when I first started watching dramas but now I could immediately pick out from the first episode).

    Here’s my top ten. It’s not ranked based on how well acted or highly produced the drama is (although it does play a large part in most cases) but it’s a measure of how much I enjoyed (and still does) watching it and how much I treasure it in my heart.

    1. Coffee Prince (K-drama, 2007). Rom-com with heart. Love it’s sensitive dealing with a touchy subject matter. Forever solidified Gong Yoo in my heart. I was crushed when he left for the army. And now JHW is leaving in almost the exact same way…. ;_________;
    2. QIHM (K-drama, 2012). No words needed.
    3. Bu Bu Jing Xin (C-drama, 2011). Replaced Returning Pearl Princess in my heart as my favorite C-drama of all time. I can’t even begin to tell you how big that is – I grew up on RPP. It has everything: extremely nuianced characters, brilliant script & dialogue and stunning cinematography. I loved the OST. Watch on line on Viki or youtube or download to watch from ancientchinese.net: http://www.ancientchinese.net/index.php?topic=387.0
    4. My Name is Kim Sam Soon (K-drama, 2005). Love her character. There’s no heroine quite like her.
    5. The Princess’s Man (K-drama, 2011). Saguek romance at it’s best. I guess I just have a thing for gutsy, smart female leads
    6. Hana Yori Dango (J-drama, 2005). The only drama that did the manga justice. None of that Meteor Garden and BOF travesty.
    7 & 8. Devil Beside You & It Started with a Kiss (both TW-dramas, 2005). If these two had come out any earlier (or later) or if I hadn’t watched them when I did, they probably wouldn’t have made it onto my top ten list. As it is, they left an enormous and lasting impression on me since my formative years and to this day, I ship those leading couples to death. They are THE breakout dramas that introduced me to TW dramas and led to my appetite for TW idol dramas for the next few years.
    9 & 10. SUFBB (K-drama, 2012), Dream High (K-drama, 2011): Similar genre of high school coming-of-age/romance dramas with obviously a gap in terms of the quality of writing and acting. It might be heresy to rank them together but it’s my list of favorites, not a list based on objectivity so…. πŸ˜›

    June 25, 2012
    • joonni #

      Devil Beside You was cracktastic when I was watching it. Mike He and his hair. It was funny but he was still hot.

      Ah, It Started With A Kiss.
      I’ve tried to watch this so many times because everyone seems to love this drama. But no matter how many times I try, I just can’t seem to like the story. Not even the Korean version. I still love Ariel, though.

      June 25, 2012
      • Fallensnow #

        I understand how you feel about ISWAK. I was completely incredulous throughout ep 1 and most of ep 2. But my best friend was so insistent that I’d love it that I stuck to the drama until the end. And in this case, I’m really glad I did. Although Ariel’s character was nearly insufferably stupid and incompetent, she was incredible in that role and it’s truly a credit to her acting that even though I disliked her character’s complete incompetence, I came to LOVE her as an actress from then on.

        June 26, 2012
        • and when u start to watch the sequel “they kiss again”, u’ll become the fan of Ariel and Joe Chen forevaaaa.. lol..

          June 26, 2012
  24. i’ve watched 6 of 10 from ur list.. no 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 10.
    just wanna share my top list too, hehe..
    for J drama: my boss my hero, gokusen.
    T drama: ofc mars and autumn concerto, they kiss again, fated to love u, devik beside u, meteor garden, and still many others.
    K drama: no 2 & 3, full house, princess hours, iljimae, scent of a woman, creating destiny, smile u, ojakgyo brothers, my princess, baker king kim tak gu, king 2 hearts!!

    June 25, 2012
  25. i’ve watched 6 of 10 from ur list.. no 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 10.
    just wanna share my top list too, hehe..
    for J drama: my boss my hero, gokusen.
    T drama: ofc mars and autumn concerto, they kiss again, fated to love u, devik beside u, meteor garden, and still many others.
    K drama: no 2 & 3, full house, princess hours, iljimae, scent of a woman, creating destiny, smile u, ojakgyo brothers, my princess, secret garden, iris, city hunter, baker king kim tak gu, king 2 hearts!!

    June 25, 2012
    • joonni #

      Oh! My Boos My Hero! That was so good.

      June 25, 2012
      • yup!!!! so u’re agree with me? hahahaa…
        IT WAS REALLY GOOD ^^

        June 26, 2012
  26. britener #

    I don’t have the right place to post this but I just had to tell you right away that I love your (new) site setup/layout! It’s organized and it feels official some how. LOVE IT!

    June 25, 2012
    • Me, too! Very slick, and it moves!

      June 25, 2012
      • britener #

        “..and it moves!” LOL

        June 25, 2012
  27. Niki #

    Oooo………..new layout!
    nice~~β™₯ Love the revamp!

    June 25, 2012
  28. palangga #

    Numero Uno – QIHM (K) and the runner ups in no particular order – The Greatest Love (K), Coffee Prince (K), Sungkyunkwan Scandal (K), Fated to Love You (T), Meteor Garden (T), Hana Yori Dango (J) and Seikei Bijin (J).

    June 30, 2012
    • joonni #

      I recently did a quick rewatch of HYD. Goodness, that drama was good and my Shun is so lovely.

      July 1, 2012
  29. palangga #

    ooops plus What Happened in Bali (K) and Secret Garden (K)

    June 30, 2012
  30. am #

    JOONNI!!!!!!!! I’m so glad to finally see Mawang and High as the Sky on any kdrama list!!! I mean, for years, I’ve had this feeling that I’m the only person aware of the existence of those two dramas!

    July 2, 2012
    • joonni #

      I know a few people who love Mawang even more than me but for High as the Sky…it’s such a good drama but gets ignored because it’s a daily family drama. I love it so much. It’s so warm and beautiful. Also it made me into a huge Park Hae Jin fan too.

      July 2, 2012

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