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The 25 Best Korean Dramas, Part II

Ma-re is an enthusiastic writer about Korean and Japanese culture.


Another List of Exciting K-Drama Recommendations!

After seeing tens and hundreds and even thousands of episodes, the feeling of watching more is just irresistible. Not to worry though, Korean entertainment productions are very enthusiastic about making new series, and we have plenty of new stories, characters, and plot twists to enjoy. In the previous list, we have included the highest rating dramas such as My Love From the Star and Descendants of the Sun. In this new list, we will see which among the hottest series today is the most remarkable, touching, memorable and popular, mostly from 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Are you ready for the new recommendation list? Here we go!

25. "Yong Pal"


It started off with a very grand entrance, packed with hyped action, a car chase, and ends with an intense cliffhanger. The first episode won't definitely disappoint you. It's pretty easy to hook on something exciting and challenging, and that is exactly what Yong-pal is. It is the story of a talented underground surgeon named Kim Tae-hyun, who uses the code name 'Yong-pal' for his illegal use of medical skills. Then, he meets Han Yeo-jin, a daughter who is actually an heiress, but placed in a coma state. The beginning is grande, but there's only one problem - there's no closure in the conclusion. But overall, it's a thrilling series you shouldn't miss.


  • Joo Won as Kim Tae-hyun
  • Kim Tae-Hee as Han Yeo-jin
  • Jo Hyun-Jae as Han Do-Joon

24. "Warm and Cozy"


A very light and funny rom-com that is perfect to watch whenever you feel like taking a break. As the title implies, Warm and Cozy brings a relaxing feeling through its cutesy romantic story. Written by the famous Hong sisters, it is about Lee Jung-joo's journey to start a new life away from the city. She meets Baek Gun-woo, the owner of the "Warm and Cozy" restaurant near the seaside. As the two meet, they started to fight each other like a cat and dog, but it gradually changed over time. It also features the beauty of Jeju Island - from the crystal sea down to its delicious seafood cuisine. It's actually a perfect invitation for us to go to the island paradise!


  • Kang So-ra as Lee Jung-joo
  • Yoo Yeon-seok as Baek Gun-woo
  • Jinyoung as Jung Poong-san
  • Kim Sung-oh as Hwang Wook

23. "Pinocchio"


This drama teaches us the best policy in life - honesty. Pinocchio is about Choi In-ha who has 'Pinocchio Syndrome', where she hiccups when she lies, and Choi Dal-po who is an actual genius. It is a 2015 series, but it gives a pretty nice feeling that you still can't get over with. Park Shin-hye and Lee Jong-suk's bonding is perfection, you can't get enough of them from their 'childhood days' until they enter the adult world and the media world. They nailed that 'sibling relationship' that slowly transitioned into a romantic one. Besides the main cast, the other supporting characters also did well!


  • Park Shin-hye as Choi In-ha
  • Lee Jong-suk as Choi Dal-po / Ki Ha-myung
  • Kim Young-kwang as Seo Beom-jo
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22. "Angry Mom"


Not everyone is aware of bullying, but it is a serious thing. Angry Mom raised awareness about its terrifying effects and leaves a lesson that nothing good comes out of it. Violence, harassment, and discrimination against her daughter Oh Ah-ran made Jo Kang-ja a tough mother, who enrolled herself as a student in order to protect her in the classroom. Through the undercover, she is disappointed to learn that the problem lies not only within the classroom but deep within the educational system. Though it gives a heavy and mysterious feeling, still, it's an enjoyable K-drama you wouldn't want to miss out on, especially the cute, hot, and handsome boys!


  • Kim Hee-sun as Jo Kang-ja / Jo Bang-wool
  • Kim Yoo-jung as Oh Ah-ran
  • Ji Hyun-woo as Park No-ah
  • Ji Soo as Go Bok-dong
  • Baro as Hong Sang-tae

21. "Hello Monster" ("I Remember You")


Looking for some thrill, mystery, and suspense? Another good recommendation is the 2015 police-themed Hello Monster. Never mind the low ratings, this actually deserves more praises for its exceptionally good cast and marvelous plot. We have Seo In-guk playing as Lee Hyun, a genius crime profiler who investigates with detective Cha Ji-an. As it goes on, you'll find out that this is more than just investigating crimes, because the mastermind behind the crimes is actually around the corner. I can't say more about the acting - especially the villains. Park Bo-gum's twisted character is too perfect to love and hate, and Do Kyungsoo (EXO) really fits his wicked and devilish role!


  • Seo In-guk as Lee Hyun / David Lee
  • Jang Na-ra as Cha Ji-an
  • Choi Won-young as Lee Joon-ho / Lee Joon-young
  • Do Kyungsoo - young Lee Joon-young
  • Park Bo-gum as Jung Sun-ho / Lee Min

20. "Empress Ki"


Empress Ki is a multi-awarded sageuk that became an international hit and aired in many different countries across the globe. There may have been many new Korean dramas out there, but there's no denying the fact that Empress Ki is a legendary classic. It is about the account of Ki Seung Nyang, a brave Goryeo-born woman who made her way into power despite the restrictions of the era's class system. Because of ambition, she chose to marry the Mongolian Emperor over her true love, Wang Yoo. A moving tale about love, trust, and ambition, this 51-episode series is truly a must-seen.


  • Ha Ji-won - Empress Ki / Ki Seung Nyang
  • Joo Jin-mo - Wang Yoo
  • Ji Chang-wook - Toghon Temür

19. "Bridal Mask"


A hero wearing a white mask will teach you the most important things about family, friendship, and freedom. This is a popular period drama that took place in the 1930s, and recognized in 2012 for its high viewership record throughout its 28 episodes. It's about the Bridal Mask, a well-crafted series, which features the tragic story in the life of Lee Kang-to, who was labeled as a traitor for serving the Japanese government. But his life turned a complete 360 degrees as he becomes the masked rebel, Gaksital. Trying his best to conceal his identity, he learned that he had to betray his friend in order to carry out the mission. It has a well-written plot, great shots, and a terrific performance from Joo Won, so make sure to include this in your binge watching!


  • Joo Won as Lee Kang-to
  • Jin Se-yeon as Oh Mok-dan
  • Park Ki-woong as Kimura Shunji

18. "Tomorrow, With You"


Attention all fantasy lovers, it could be the most fantastic love story you'll ever see! Tomorrow, With You is a 2017 series that revolves around the time-traveling ability of Yoo So-joon, and his wife Song Ma-rin. So-joon is a rich CEO who can see the future, while Ma-rin is a photographer. It has pretty decent writing and the couple are sweet and lovely. What makes them amazing is that their forced marriage turned into selfless and unconditional love. Those scenes are purely heartwarming! However, some scenes are slow-paced so you might skip that. But everything else is done greatly, so, prepare yourself to feel inspired and fall in love!


  • Lee Je-hoon as Yoo So-joon
  • Shin Min-ah as Song Ma-rin

17. "Cheese in the Trap"


Based on the webtoon series of the same name, Cheese in the Trap is a romance, comedy series about a group of university students, particularly Hong Seol and Yoo Jung, who has a complicated relationship towards each other. Jung is an ideal guy - handsome and rich except for one thing: he has psychopathic tendencies. He and Seol began dating, but things became extremely complicated for them, especially when twisted characters try to break their relationship. It has a pretty good flow, but let's be truthful: the ending is quite a letdown. Anyway, this is a well-done show, with great OST, cinematography, and amazing actors!


  • Park Hae-jin as Yoo Jung
  • Kim Go-eun as Hong Seol
  • Seo Kang-joon as Baek In-ho
  • Lee Sung-kyung as Baek In-ha

16. "Legend of the Blue Sea"


A fantastic fairy tale that features two of the greatest Korean drama stars - Lee Min-ho and Jun Ji-hyun, Legend of the Blue Sea is a 2016 drama with a nice rating record. It is a romantic fantasy that tells the legend of a beautiful mermaid Se-hwa and the love of her life, Dam-ryung. It maintained the first place ranking for its timeslot and surpassed 20% viewership ratings. The popularity of the show has also reached worldwide, and many LMH fans are excited to see him together with the famous My Love from the Star actress. But it is also criticized for cliche plot and lack of chemistry. There's no question about the main casts' talent because they are really talented actors, however, there's a feeling of unexplained awkwardness between them. (I hope I'm not the only one who noticed) But overall, it is pretty decent and fun to watch!


  • Jun Ji-hyun as Se-hwa / Shim Chung
  • Lee Min-ho as Kim Dam-ryung / Heo Joon-jae

15. "Signal"


Emotionally deep story with unpredictable plot and outstanding cast, Signal is made for clever and sharp viewers who enjoy watching the elusive ones. It depicts the life of a detective from the year 2000 who works with a criminal profiler and police lieutenant in the 2015 using a mysterious walkie-talkie. Yes it's fictional, but it has a solid script that you will enjoy. With its sophisticated direction, cinematography, and music, it also enjoyed success in China and Japan, and in Korea it became one of the highest rated TV series in cable history. This is not the typical lovey-dovey which is already a cliche, so if you're looking for something unique, Signal is a good recommendation.


  • Lee Je-hoon as Park Hae-young
  • Kim Hye-soo as Cha Soo-hyun
  • Cho Jin-woong as Lee Jae-han

14. "Remember: War of the Son"


Injustice won't do any good, but revenge won't do any better. Not your ordinary drama, because the core of this beautiful yet sad story is a genius attorney with hyperthymesia (the ability to remember everything). Remember is a brilliant work of art that deserves more than it gets. It will hook you up without colorful fantasy or cheesy love lines, but by pure script. If you have an appreciative mind for some social issues and you're always curious as to how dirty and dark the judicial system is, you'll definitely won't forget this one. And of course, we have here the best actors - Yoo Seung-ho gave justice to Jin-woo's lonely character, and Namkoong Min who might become your most hated villain ever. However, if you're the type that easily gets bored through long dialogues, you might not appreciate the mature feeling of it.


  • Yoo Seung-ho as Seo Jin-woo
  • Park Sung-woong as Park Dong-ho
  • Park Min-young as Lee In-ah
  • Namkoong Min as Nam Gyu-man
  • Jung Hye-sung as Nam Yeo-kyung

13. "Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo"


Another refreshing slice of life that doesn't brag of strong fantasy is Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. This is a great coming-of-age story about a group of college athletes who are reaching for their dreams. Together, they experience hardships in life and slowly grow with every step of the way. But the spice that makes it exciting is the progress of their love lives as they find themselves truly caring for one another. Light, fun, but melancholic as well. It touches your heart in a way that you feel happy and calm. Though it doesn't have high ratings like the other dramas, the simplicity of it is enough to entertain you. Everyone should see it out!


  • Lee Sung-kyung as Kim Bok-joo
  • Nam Joo-hyuk as Jung Joon-hyung
  • Lee Jae-yoon as Jung Jae-yi
  • Kyung Soo-jin as Song Shi-ho

12. "W - Two Worlds"


W is superb and outstanding - it has a strong impact and that is so hard to forget. It will also try to twist your mind as you think deeper to figure out the mystery. Beautiful concept made like never before. It features Kang Chul, the handsome, calm, and the charming main character of the popular web comic series "W", and his encounter with the daughter of the comic artist, Oh Yeon-joo. They met not in an unusual way, as Yeon-joo was pulled inside the monitor and brought in Kang Chul's world. Now, it gets harder and harder to know what's real and what's not, but the love between the two main leads is not hard to see. They matched perfectly and Han Hyo-joo is so gorgeous while Lee Jong-suk is like a prince!


  • Lee Jong-suk as Kang Chul
  • Han Hyo-joo as Oh Yeon-joo

11. "Reply 1988"


All of Reply series are definitely good, but if we have to choose one, that would be Reply 1988. Everything is simply amazing and totally great - the script, the actors, and the set-up. It deserves all the positive acclaims and the high rating of the show, with its final episode recording an 18.8% nationwide audience share, making it the highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history. Talented young actors proved their superb skills in this last Reply series, especially Hyeri who is not only a talented K-pop idol and member of Girls' Day, but also a terrific actress with so much potential. All of the boys are so good as well!


  • Hyeri as Sung Duk-seon/Sung Soo-yeon
  • Park Bo-gum as Choi Taek
  • Go Kyung-pyo as Sung Sun-woo
  • Ryu Jun-yeol as Kim Jung-hwan
  • Lee Dong-hwi as Ryu Dong-ryong

10. "Hwarang: The Poet Youth Warrior"


An extremely popular K-drama that captured the hearts of the viewers (and girls - let's admit it) through the beautiful visuals of the actors. Hwarang is about the elite group of young men who has passionately studied together in order to become the strength of the nation and break the power of the nobles. The setting took place in the turmoil of the Silla Kingdom, where the real king goes into hiding, and secretly becomes one of the Hwarang warriors.

To be honest, nothing can give us a chance to see these beautiful men with handsome faces together, so it's like a dream come true! There are many eye candy scenes between the Hwarang boys that are so funny to watch! And, if you're an Army or a Shawol, you'll enjoy this to the fullest, because V from BTS and Minho from Shinee are working together! If you want to feel inspired with some hot and cutie actors, you'll really going to love this one!


  • Park Seo-joon as Moo-myung / Kim Sun-woo
  • Go Ara as Kim Ah-ro
  • Park Hyung-sik as Sammaekjong / Kim Ji-dwi / King Jinheung
  • Choi Min-ho as Kim Soo-ho
  • Do Ji-han as Park Ban-ryu
  • Jo Yoon-woo as Kim Yeo-wool
  • Kim Tae-hyung as Suk Han-sung

9. "Love in the Moonlight"


A simple love story about a beautiful woman disguised as a eunuch in order to make a living and pay her debts. Also known as Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, this features the cute and sweet rom-com tale between Hong Ra-on and Lee Young, the Crown Prince. Admired for its artistic production, acting, and OSTs, it became a worldwide hit and awarded as Best Drama Series at the 22nd Asian Television Awards. The press described its cultural influence as "Moonlight Syndrome" as it dominates all programs for its unbeatable high ratings in that time-slot, and some merchandise have been sold such as the famous 'couple bracelet'.

The storyline gives you a nostalgic feeling for other historical serials, such as Sungkyunkwan Scandal, but it is more sassy and carefree in a way. The vibrant youth feeling gives a refreshing vibe to each moment, and that's probably the reason why it became a big hit with the entertainment industry.


  • Park Bo-gum as Lee Yeong
  • Kim Yoo-jung as Hong Ra-on
  • Jinyoung as Kim Yoon-sung
  • Chae Soo-bin as Jo Ha-yeon
  • Kwak Dong-yeon as Kim Byung-yeon

8. "Fight for My Way"


We live in an unfair world where everything is cruel, harsh, and tough. So, what does it mean to become "successful"? Is it enough being wealthy and famous? Let's follow the story of 'crazy fantastic four' friends, who struggle everyday to achieve their dreams in a highly-competitive world. They are considered as 'third-rate' individuals for not being productive with their lives, but later they slowly develop into responsible and mature adults.

The main focus is the romance between Ko Dong-man and Choi Ae-ra, who are childhood friends who likes teasing each other a lot. (Park Seo-joon and Kim Ji-won makes a cute couple!) But apart from the sweet rom-com side, what actually makes it praiseworthy is the realistic plot and the real difficulties in life which everyone can relate to. It's not a Cinderella-type drama which gives a dreamy aura, but rather prank, blunt, and honest. No wonder why it topped the TV popularity index for three consecutive weeks and has maintained a good rating record.


  • Park Seo-joon as Ko Dong-man
  • Kim Ji-won as Choi Ae-ra
  • Ahn Jae-hong as Kim Joo-man
  • Song Ha-yoon as Baek Seol-hee

7. "Healer"


This is probably the greatest action-thriller drama of all time. "Healer" has the perfect mixture of exciting story lines, cool dialogues, and hyped action, with the right amount of romance to fit in the story. This is about three people who try to uncover the truth behind a certain incident. Seo Jung-hoo, an illegal night courier with the alias "Healer" has a duty to protect the beautiful yet peculiar tabloid news reporter, Chae Young-shin. The man behind this mission is Kim Moon-ho, who wants Young-shin safe, so he paid the skilled fighter Jung-hoo.

The good thing about Healer is that it is clearly spot on - the scenes looked so realistic and the acting is so natural. The suspense, extraordinary villains and well-crafted scenes will never disappoint you!


  • Ji Chang-wook as Seo Jung-hoo / Park Bong-soo / Healer
  • Park Min-young as Chae Young-shin / Oh Ji-an
  • Yoo Ji-tae as Kim Moon-ho

6. "Strong Woman Do Bong Soon"


Who would've thought that the Wonder Woman of Korea is a passionate gamer with a petite figure and cute face? Yes, the heroine born with a superhuman strength is Do Bong Soon. She looks like an ordinary woman whose dream is to become a video game creator and marry her one and only childhood crush, In Gook-Du. But her dream slowly faded away when she met Ahn Min-Hyuk, the CEO of her favorite gaming company. A bright and funny story about love, it's guaranteed to make you laugh and cry. It's one of the best shows to re-watch, because you'll love every single moment of the episode.


  • Park Bo-young as Do Bong-Soon
  • Park Hyung-sik as Ahn Min-Hyuk
  • Ji Soo as In Gook-Du

The best thing about Do Bong-Soon's story is the comedy. It's the happy feeling of the drama which makes us attracted to it. Everyone likes how the love and hate relationship of CEO Ahn and Bong-Soon turned into something so sweet. Though other fans would ship Bong-Soon with Gook-du, it's a cheesy love triangle that always amuses us. Apart from romance, there's also an element of mystery which makes every episode anticipating. The big question mark about who the serial killer in Dobong-dong area is, added some thrill and excitement.

The series itself was a huge hit and became one of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history. Overall, this is an absolutely enjoyable program with great casts, good script, and satisfying ending (and bromance as well).

5. "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo"


Moon Lovers has become an international hit, and is known for being the most heart-wrenching drama of in 2016. Based on the original Chinese novel "Bu Bu Jing Xin" by Tong Hua, it unfolds the life of Go Ha-jin, who later became Hae Soo after she transported back in time to the Goryeo Dynasty. She later fell in love with Wang So, the mysterious and fearsome 4th Prince. For Ha-jin, there's no time for confusion as she found herself caught in the middle of political issues, rivalries, love, and war.


  • Lee Joon-gi as 4th Prince Wang So
  • Lee Ji-eun as Go Ha-jin / Hae Soo
  • Kang Ha-neul as 8th Prince Wang Wook
  • Hong Jong-hyun as 3rd Prince Wang Yo

This is a very nice period show which proved that not every tale has to be a happy ending. If you love dramatic tales that will tear your heart into the tiniest pieces, then you definitely won't regret watching this. But if you're not very brave to cry and feel sad for a couple of days, please don't watch the last episode until you're ready.

Don't worry, there are many other things to enjoy here - IU is so beautiful and Lee Joon-gi is an ideal prince! Why can't they stay together until the very end? Because many of us aren't satisfied with the closure, we hope for some season two in the future!

4. "Goblin"


Prepare yourself for a long K-drama recovery, because you might not be able to move on easily after watching this. Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (also known as Goblin), is a popular series that set a record-breaking hit as it reaches an 18.68% audience share and became the second highest rated drama in Korean cable television history. Who wouldn't be attached to a story that was perfectly executed and has all the eye-catching elements? We don't have to deny it, Goblin is a challenge for all the future series to come.


  • Gong Yoo as Kim Shin / Goblin
  • Kim Go-eun as Ji Eun-tak
  • Lee Dong-wook as Wang Yeo / Grim Reaper
  • Yoo In-na as Sunny
  • Yook Sung-jae as Yoo Deok-hwa

How do we describe Goblin in a simple phrase? "A stunning masterpiece." No other drama will give you the feeling of being in a neo-fantasy world. The cinematography is so good - it perfectly features the beautiful spots and location. Together with the visual effects and catchy soundtracks, it is truly impressive.

And what's more, the actors are extremely talented. Can anyone else play the role of the goblin the same way as Gong Yoo did? Not only he is charming and handsome, but he totally nailed it. We also have Lee Dong-Wook, the hottest grim reaper ever, and Yook Sung-Jae as the ultimate crush! Kim Go-Eun is so cute too! Her innocent look made the character of Ji Eun-tak more interesting.

It's not totally a big surprise why this is a huge success. After all, the series was written by Kim Eun-Sook, who also wrote the most popular series in Korean TV history, such as The Heirs (2013) and Descendants of the Sun (2016). We might not find another great drama as this, which was praised as one of the 'most phenomenal series' ever.

3. "Kill Me, Heal Me"


So, which among the 7 personalities of Cha Do-hyun is your favorite?

Whether you agree or not, it's true that no other concept can be as brilliant as Jin Soo-wan's 'Kill Me, Heal Me'. Even after many years, it is still one of the best out there. Mind-twisting, intense, and never boring. This is a truly magnificent story about a rich man named Cha Do-hyun and his unique self - who developed multiple personality disorder. As a result of his early traumatic and life-threatening experiences, seven different personalities are created inside him. He's screaming inside for help, and a psychiatric doctor named Oh Ji-rin tries to help him.


  • Ji Sung as Cha Do-hyun
  • Hwang Jung-eum as Oh Ri-jin
  • Park Seo-joon as Oh Ri-on

Psychological genre is one of the best type of dramas you can watch. Surely, you also love those mind-tricky games that make you think deeper and harder, and Kill Me, Heal Me is one of them. Park Ji-Sung made a splendid portrayal of Do-hyun, and his performance is just legendary that it's almost impossible to forget his character. The tandem of the couple is so genuine, and that's a given since they both starred together in the 2013 series, Secret Love.

Honestly, it's really hard to find a serial that is similar to this. Kill Me, Heal Me is truly rare in terms of the script - it is tough to beat and solid, but packed with all the emotions from funny and hilarious down to melancholic and nostalgic. It received numerous awards and nominations for being an excellent show, and it also became internationally famous, especially in Asia. It is a 2015 series, but it's a great drama to watch and re-watch. If you're having doubts with this, I must say that don't let your doubt block your way to experience a great masterpiece.

2. "It's Okay, That's Love"


This will teach you three important things in life: acceptance, love, and trust. A lot of fans fell in love with it, since it is one of the most realistic dramas ever, delivered in the most interesting way. The plot has a comedy side which will make you smile, and it also has a heartbreaking truth to unfold which will surely leave you in tears. The story is about the love life of Ji Hae-soo, a psychiatrist who meets Jang Jae-yeol, a best-selling author and a popular radio DJ who secretly suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder.


  • Jo In-sung as Jang Jae-yeol
  • Gong Hyo-jin as Ji Hae-soo
  • Sung Dong-il as Jo Dong-min
  • Lee Kwang-soo as Park Soo-kwang
  • Do Kyung-soo as Han Kang-woo

This is so beautiful and well-polished. The casting is brilliant and it features the great chemistry between the main characters, Jo In-sung and Gong Hyo-jin. The supporting characters are so lovable as well - we have Sung Dong-il (Reply 1997), Lee Kwang-soo (Running Man), Do Kyung-soo (EXO), and Lee Sung-kyung (Weightlifting Fairy). The production has also produced wonderful OSTs that you will surely love. But the best thing about IOTL is the balance - it is sad and sympathetic, but the comedic element is blended just in the right amount to make you feel better.

It's kind of similar to Kill Me, Heal Me, since they're both psych in genre. They're good and promising, but there's this feeling that IOTL is a bit serious. There's this issue of schizophrenia in Jae-yeol, Tourette syndrome in Soo-kwang, and Coitophobia in Hae-soo, and all the actors have portrayed them well.

Yes, this series is not really new (it's a 2014 drama), but it's an all-time favorite. It has a great start and it all ends well. You wouldn't need to ask for a season 2 just to achieve a satisfying conclusion. It's simple, realistic, and not complicated, but definitely heart-touching and surprisingly good. So, if you haven't watched it, you have to watch it "now".

1. "Chicago Typewriter"


Original, unpredictable, and definitely one-of-a-kind. The freshness of the concept makes it more anticipating as you finish a single episode. Not as popular as Goblin, though, but probably the best 2017 series that deserves more love and fame is "Chicago Typewriter". It is about the lives of three unique individuals whose past lives are already intertwined back in the 1930's. Get your feels ready for this intense drama that will not fail to catch your attention until the very end.


  • Yoo Ah-in as Han Se-joo / Seo Hwi-young
  • Im Soo-jung as Jeon Seol / Ryu Soo-hyun
  • Go Kyung-pyo as Yoo Jin-oh / Shin Yool
  • Kwak Si-yang as Baek Tae-min / Heo Young-min

It's hard to make a successful plot that has romance, mystery, and friendship, but Chicago Typewriter does it perfectly, without loop holes. And of course, if you're fond of watching history, you'll be delighted to see the flashback part where the costume, make-up, and the setting is to die for!

The performance of the actors will leave you speechless - you'll probably forget that they are just acting. What else can we expect from the multi-awarded actor, Yoo Ah-In? He's perfect in every role he's given. Plus,this is Im Soo-Jung's small screen comeback from 2004 tragic melodrama, I'm Sorry I Love You, so you must have missed her so much! And if you still can't get over Sung-Woo in Reply 1988, Go Kyung-Pyo is back to catch your hearts. These finest actors are the main reasons why you can really feel the writers' frustration in Han Se-Joo, the fear in Jeon Seol, and the empathy in Yoo Jin-Oh.

I hope I'm not the only one who thinks this is well-written than Goblin. Though it is fictional, it is not hard to relate yourself in, so if you're looking for something interesting, I strongly recommend this to you.

Closing Thoughts

I hope you enjoy this new recommendation list! Please share us your thoughts about these wonderful dramas in the comments section below, or leave a vote for your favorite in the poll section.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can you recommend some light drama that can make me feel good?

Answer: Yes. You can watch "Hit the Top", "My Father is Strange", and "I'm Not A Robot". These will make you feel warm and happy, though I wouldn't guarantee that these won't give you tears, but it's guaranteed to make you laugh.

Question: I've seen most of these, and agree with many of your picks. How many K-dramas have you watched?

Answer: I'm glad that you liked most of the listed dramas. I honestly can't count how many have I watched, but I've seen all of the listed ones here. I can't recommend unless I've seen it (it would be the same as giving a prescription to an unknown medicine). Recently, I've watched Strongest Deliveryman, and I'm Not A Robot, both of them are good as well.

© 2018 Mare-sensei


Jasper on February 16, 2020:

Moon Lovers

Faith on October 12, 2019:

Kill me heal me and Goblin is my best moive

A friend on May 04, 2019:

I think school 2015,school 2017, 49 days, faith, let's fight ghost, the beauty inside also really good as dramas in this list

your friendly neighborhood on April 20, 2019:

If you guys like Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo,

then you guys should try to watch the Chinese version of it.

For me personally, I like the Chinese version better even though the actors are bald and the drama is quite old.

Nevertheless the Chinese version, they add more depth and feeling to each character for them to develop.

KdramaUnnie on September 26, 2018:

I've already watched half of the dramas in this list. Since you put Chicago Typewriter in the number 1 slot, I will immediately give it a shot!

Also, I love these 2017-2018 dramas, what do you think of these?

Whats Wrong With Secretary Kim

Romantic Dr, Teacher Kim

Because This Is My First Life

NickSJ on March 06, 2018:

These lists are great ! A couple of excellent modern dramas not on either list are Secret Love Affair, which has an unusual plot and fantastic piano playing, and My Love, Eun Dong, starring the beautiful and under-utilized Kim Sa Rang in a very touching love story.

Two excellent Sageuks not on these lists are Yi San and Dong Yi. They're in a class with Empress Ki and Jewel in the Palace.

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