Top Dramas

Softy’s:

Korean Dramas

Ojakkyo Brothers

Secret garden

I live in Cheong Dam Dong

You from Another Star

Flower Boy Next Door

Queen In Hyun’s Man

That Winter The Wind Blows

A Wife’s Confidential

Answer me 1997

Faith

Monstar

Coffee Prince

Can you hear my heart

Arang and the magistrate

Moon Embraces the Sun

I Hear Your Voice

Rooftop Prince

Master’s Sun

My girlfriend is a gumiho

Big

Smile You

SKKS

Shut Up Flower Boy Band

Dream High

You’re Beautiful

City Hunter

Gu Family Book

Scent of a woman

Gaksital (Bridal Mask)

Who are you (the one about the deceased father)

You’ve fallen for me

Protect the boss

Spring Waltz

Potato Star QR3

Best Love

49 days

Cinderella’s sister

Coffee House

Bad Guy

To the beautiful you

Japanese Dramas

The flowershop that doesn’t sell roses

Pride

Itazura Na Kiss

I used to think I could spot a great drama a mile away, but then A Wife’s Credentials came along and taught me a surprising lesson. Sometimes you don’t need all the eye candy for a drama to grab your attention. In a way, not having anyone to stare at really makes you focus on the dialogue and story better.  When I first saw trailers for AWC, I said in my head very decisively: “never in a million years would I ever watch that.” Then I ended up giving the first episode a try cuz my sister gave it a unique compliment. Since my sister praised it so highly, I didn’t take AWC seriously at first. You can’t blame me since Winter Sonata is her idea of a great drama so my hesitancy is justified. Next thing I knew, before E1 had finished, I began downloading the rest of them. This is not the kind of drama you wait on pins and needles for nor do you rush home to catch it live, but it is the kind of drama that lingers in your heart. No one has died or anything, but already I think I cried during every episode. There is something about the dialogue that just grips you and squeezes out every emotion you have. It goes beyond just empathy for the characters cuz you feel just as emotionally drained as them as they go through their tribulations. AWC managed to do the impossible and shattered every preconceived notion of what a great drama should be simply by demonstrating that words that ring true can have the power to enthrall and enrich our lives.

I saw “Spring Waltz” for the first time recently and this scene still haunts me. The way the passing countryside and light bathed his face and made it glow is just stunning. While he watched her sleep, just for those few minutes, I bet he was thinking this is what she would have looked like if she had lived. You could tell his heart was at peace after fifteen years of regret and longing. How romantic is it that even when he didn’t know she was the love of his life, he was still drawn to her.

When I first watched QIHM, I wondered why no one bothered to mention that this drama had a righteous sageuk klepto from the past – that’s sort of an important point to leave out when they were trying to sell this drama’s premise from the start. I certainly would have watched it sooner. Forget his photographic memory – the man’s got some serious skill for theft. It cracks me up that he always manages to steal the nicest backpacks and clothes. Did anyone else wonder what would happen if he couldnt steal any outfits and walked around like that – wouldnt he just get locked up. Another first is the drama title – sort of objectifies a guy for a change to call him so and so’s man. How ironic is it that the man being objectified is from 300 yrs ago. Love it. :)

QIHM feels like we are watching two people fall in love for real. Every word, glance, or action seems like we are experiencing every step of their romance. Seeing these two people grow closer together and becoming more intimate as time goes on, it gets harder to look away cuz we are drawn into their plight. Next thing you know we are rooting for them to work out, as if they succeed in solidifying their relationship in their fictional world, it gives us hope in our real ones.

This drama wins hands down for being unprecedented in its originality and carried out an implausible tale and made every moment real. Part of that credit goes to the love these two shared. It didn’t just transcend time and space on its own cuz their love was carried on the wings of hope. That flight was one of the most beautifully executed scenes of all time. The last 20 mins was a nail biter, but I will never forget how this perfect little drama went out with little fanfare on the screen, but fireworks were going off in our hearts.

112 comments on “Top Dramas

  1. melwrp says:

    my top 10 drama list

    1. 49 days
    2. My girlfriend is gumiho
    3.Secret Garden
    4. Delighful Girl Chun Hyang
    5. IRIS
    6. Powerful opponent
    7. Full house
    8. Snow queen
    9. Boys before flower
    10. Shining inheritance

  2. angelpur says:

    my top ten:

    1. Queen Seon Duk
    2. Giant
    3. Dal Jas Spring
    5. Fantasy Couple
    6. Hana Yori Dango 1/2 (jdrama)
    7. Gokusen 1 (jdrama)
    8. Capital Scandal
    9. Liar Game 1 (jdrama)
    10. I Really Really Like You

  3. shiela says:

    mine! mine! hehe.

    1. secret garden
    2. sorry, i love you
    3. sungkyunkwan scandal
    4. love story in harvard

    sigh. i can only think of 4 movies that i will be loving for a very long time, and that i wont get sick of watching again and again >.<

  4. Amber says:

    My top ten are: Coffee Prince, Goong, You’re Beautiful, Coffee Prince, Coffee Prince, Goong, Goong, You’re Beautiful, You’re Beautiful, Coffee Prince!!!!!!!!

  5. k-drama lover says:

    mine are :
    1. You’re beautiful( always will be #1 for me)
    2. My Princess ( damn funny and also emotional sometimes)
    3. Can you hear my heart ( still going on but i fall in love with the drama. love Kim Jae Won and Hwang Jung Eum’s acting)
    4. Prosecutor Princess ( a drama full of suspense)
    5. MSOAN
    6. Coffee Prince
    7. Oh my Lady ( Siwon saranghae!!! )
    8. Greatest love ( still going on but love the couple in the drama)
    9. Sungkyungkwan Scandal
    10. Cinderella’s sister ( thankfully a happy ending)
    8.

    • k-drama lover says:

      i have to rearrange this list now…
      1. Can you hear my heart (KJW saranghae!!!)
      2.You’re beautiful(sorry sukkie, KJW’s drama was simply perfect)
      3.Secret garden(haizzz could not ignore Kim Joo Won’s Kim soo han moo charm)
      4.my princess
      5.Prosecutor princess ( really underrated drama)
      6.Great inheritance(KJW!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
      7.Wonderful life (KJW)
      8. Coffee prince
      9. Oh my lady
      10. Sungkyungkwan scandal

  6. bhuddz says:

    1.COFFEE PRINCE
    2.FULL HOUSE
    3.GOONG
    4.YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL
    5.BOYS OVER FLOWER
    6.SUNGKYUNKWAN SCANDAL
    7.MY PRINCESS
    8.SKKS
    9.SECRET GARDEN
    10.DONGYI
    im looking forward to adding LIE TO ME on my list once it is finished. Im already enjoying watching it!

  7. orchidia2002 says:

    I started watching since 2005 “) And my list are the following
    1. Stairway to Heaven
    2. Jewel In the Palace
    3. Meteor Garden
    4. Winter Sonata
    5. All In
    6. Love in Heaven
    7. Spring Waltz
    8. Song of Love
    Lie to Me (till chapter 9)

    “)

  8. KSHlvr says:

    1. Dream high
    2. Personal taste
    3. My name is kim sam soon
    4. You’re beautiful
    5. 49 days
    6. Hana yori dango (sorry thought the jdrama was better even though the boys were prettier in bof)
    7. Guilty the girl who made a pact with the devil
    8. Hana kimi
    9. Absolute boyfriend
    10. Tokyo dogs
    I didn’t have enough favorites in Kdrama…(sorry Secret G fans but contrary to popular belief it wasn’t great even though the premise was smh…) so I added my fav jdramas too

  9. will says:

    my top ten
    1. stairwy to heaven
    2. jewel in the palace
    3. spring waltz
    4. all in
    5. green rose
    6. dong yi
    7. baker king
    8. smile you
    9. prosecutor princess
    10. iljimae

  10. Beng-beng says:

    i want too say mine too. this is in no particularly order:

    1. Sandglass – it’s a 1995 K-drama, starring Lee Jung Jae and Ko Hyung Jung
    2. Summer Scent (Endless Love series) – for some reason, i like this the best among the 4, maybe it’s because of sohn ye jin
    3. Lie to me – for obvious reason =)
    4. Goong – the OTP is also great here
    5. You’re Beautiful
    6. Queen Seon Duk (but i only watched this till episode 50. I don’t like the extension as Bidam became bad =(
    7. Wish Upon the Star
    8. Coffee Prince
    9. Best Love and City Hall (a tie for me because of Cha Seung Won
    10. Secret Garden
    11. My girlfriend is a Gumiho
    J-Drama
    1. Zettai Kareshi (Absolute Boyfriend)
    2. Hana Yori Dango
    3. Tokyo Dogs
    4. Samurai High School
    5. Bloody Monday
    6. Yanke kun to Megane Chan
    7. Tumbling
    8. Tatta Hitotsu no Koi (what a lovely love story)
    9. Hotaru no Hikari
    10. Ryusei no Kizuna
    11. Orthros no Inu

    oh, they are more than 10 ten, sorry. This might still change, hahaha

    • Anonymous says:

      i will share mine as well
      1.autumn’s concerto
      2.women of the sun
      3.sweet 18
      4.glass slippers
      5.hello!miss
      6.in soon is pretty
      7.autumn tale
      8.my girlfriend is a gumiho
      9.get karl oh so jung
      10.she is nineteen

    • Beng-beng says:

      as i said it will still change, YFFM is gonna be on the top =)

  11. nikesma says:

    I’m curious, softy. Have you watched City Hall?

  12. sweetliar says:

    1. Lie to me ( addictive, the OTP chemistry is the best!!! ) HWANHYE hwaiting!!!!
    2. Goong ( princess hours )
    3. Coffee Prince
    4. Sungkyunkwan Scandal
    5. My girlfriend is a Gumiho
    6. Secret Garden
    7. Playful Kiss
    8. Smile You
    9. You’re Beautiful / BOF
    10. My fair lady / The vineyardman ( love YEH much )

  13. somplaka says:

    I would like to share mine too if that’s okay.:
    kdrama
    1. Dream High( I’m rewatching it at the moment and loving it again)
    2. 49 days
    3. Can you Hear my Heart
    4.Playful Kiss
    5. Full House
    6. My girlfriend is a gumiho
    7.Goong
    8.Lie to Me
    9.Coffee House
    10. City Hall
    jdrama
    1. Hana Yori Dango( my first ever OTP Maotsujun because of their chemistry in this drama)
    2. Juii Dolittle
    3. First Kiss
    4. Absolute boyfriend
    5. Hana Kimi
    6.Yankee Meganechan
    7. Tumbling
    8. Jin
    9 Hotaru no Hikari
    10. My Girl(with Aiba)

  14. goldlilys says:

    My Top dramas in each category can be seen here >> http://gallery.goldlilys-media.com/drama-catalog

  15. Lucy says:

    -Time Between Dog & Wolf
    -Iljimae
    -Can you hear my Heart
    -I’m sorry, i love you

  16. Jomo says:

    Wow! These lists really reflect a variety of tastes.
    I seem to love every drama I just finished, but I guess there are some that float to the top:
    1. What’s Up Fox
    2. Kim Sam Soon
    3. Coffee Prince
    4. Life Is Beautiful
    5. Best Love
    6. City Hall
    7. CYHMH
    8. Secret Garden
    9. Attic Cat
    10. BOF Have to give credit to the one that started it all.

    This list is subject to change…

  17. hartofseeker says:

    1) Can You Hear My Heart
    2) Story of a Man
    3) Capital Scandal
    4) Tamra the Island
    5) 49 Days
    6) City Hall
    7) Smile You
    8) Secret Garden
    9) Cinderella Sister
    10) My Girlfriend is a Gumiho

    I THINK this isn’t a bad representation of my preferences =P

    • hartofseeker says:

      puahahaha! #8 shows up as a smiley face~ nice…. LOL

    • hartofseeker says:

      LOL I think Protect the Boss is definitely going to kick Secret Garden off the list and take it’s place at #2 or 3 =D good job for making an immature/vulnerable man-child WITH INTEGRITY and a spunky female lead with brains that STAYS that way (the series hasn’t end yet but NES has been lasting much longer… sorry– and i hope this declaration doesn’t slap me in the fact later =P ) PTB fighting!!!

  18. Well can I share mine?
    (in particular order)
    1. You are beautiful
    2. Sungkyunkwan Scandal
    3. Full House
    4. Meteor Garden 1
    5. Hana Kimi (TW ver)
    6. Boys over flower
    7. Why Why Love
    8. Itazura na kiss (anime ver.)
    9. Secret Garden
    10. Goong
    Well i watched these series 20+ times

  19. ladida says:

    Yay, sharing! What a great way to find more dramas to watch.
    Here are mine, in no particular order, and including some jdramas: Coffee Prince, OBGYN Doctors, Secret Garden, What’s Up Fox?, Kim Sam Soon, Dal Ja’s Spring, SKKS, Kimi Wa Petto, and Natsu No Koi Wa Nijiiro Ni Kagayaku. These are the dramas that I loved watching the first time around and love to watch over again; I have a thing for dramas where the male leads aren’t particularly cold (KSS and SG are the exceptions, the first ’cause Kim Sun Ah is awesome and the second ’cause Hyun Bin was hilarious and I adore Ha Ji Won, and SKKS I watched for Song Joong Ki – and subsequently fell for Park Min Young), and that’s why I luuurrrrve What’s Up Fox?, even though the second couple is problematic at best and disturbing at worst. I feel like Scent of a Woman, Can You Hear My Heart, and Tamra the Island, once I finish watching them, will be up there, too.

    Honorable mention: Dream High, just for the Milky Couple. IU is so talented!

  20. vasou says:

    Not that it is significant but since anyone shared….
    1.Capital Scandal ( The best Kdrama of all time. I love it . LOVE IT !)
    2.Que sera sera ( Dark but so damn good!)
    3. Coffee Prince ( The best male lead role ever. And.. Gong Yoo, will you marry me?)
    4. Secret Garden ( Funny and adorable, but sad at times.)
    5. My name is Kim Sam Soon ( Addiction)
    6. The Slignshot ( a 10 to 10 drama)
    7. Thank you (So freaking heartwarming)
    8. 9 ends 2 outs (Relatable, cute, must watch this)
    9. Best love (Ha-ha-ha-heartbreaker! Hahaha. Dokko Jin and Ding-Dong the best bromance ever!)
    10. Spring Waltz ( Just love it. Don’t know why)

  21. Anna says:

    Wanna share my list too
    1. The 4 season drama (Autumn in my heart, WInter Sonata (1st k drama I watched and got stuck until now), Summer scent and Spring Waltz
    2. Hotelier
    3. My name is Kim Sam Soon
    4. I am sorry I love you
    5. Cane and Abel
    6. Citi Hall
    7 Pasta
    8. Can you hear my heart
    9. Best Love
    10 You’ve fallen for me ( Heartstring)

  22. Mary says:

    1.Cinderella`s stepsister
    2.Women of the Sun
    3. Mary stayed out all night
    4.He`s beautiful ( You`re beautiful)
    5.Sorry, I love you ( I am sorry I love you)
    6.My princess ( Kim Tae Hee)
    7.You’ve fallen for me ( Heartstring)
    8.A love to kill
    9.Wonderful life
    10.Boys over flowers
    11.Full house

  23. Persophone says:

    Hi. Quiet new to this site.
    Just wanna share mine

    1.Secret Garden
    2. Mary stayed out all night
    3. My name is Kim Sam Soon
    4. Cinderella`s stepsister
    5.City Hunter
    6. Full House
    7. Jewel in the Palace
    8. Memories in Bali
    9. Currently i like Protect the Boss
    10. Ouran Host Club ( live action ) except the guys are not as hot in anime but its FUN to watch

    Ive seen some dramas before just passing but SG is the first that made me love K-drama more ( and later get addicted to it)
    Currently, im into I like Mary stayed out all Night, i know it had many downs but I like seeing MGY and JGS. Don know how many times ive watch this.

  24. eshi says:

    Regardless of actual quality, this is my list of dramas I went crazy over and still love after the hype died down

    1. Protect the Boss
    2. Coffee Prince
    3. Sungkyunkwan Scandal (except for the last 5 minutes of the last episode)
    4. Giant
    5. Best Love
    6. Brilliant Legacy
    7. Time Between Dog and Wolf
    8. Can You hear my heart
    9. Secret Garden
    10. Iljimae

  25. Kaddict4ever says:

    1. Protect the Boss
    2. SSKS
    3. Secret Investigation Record (Joseon X-Files)
    4. Can you hear my Heart
    5. Best Love
    6. Coffee Prince
    7. 49 Days
    8. Scent of a Woman
    9. High Kick thru the Roof (part 2)
    10. Jdrama – The Tempest/Hana Kimi/Meichan etc,,,

  26. Iviih says:

    Hey Softy so nice seeing Pride on your list! Pride is one of my fav doramas (if not my fav)! I like Aki and Halu soooooo much! And the ost too!! ^__^

  27. mini me says:

    Sharing & loving all the dramas ;
    (Meanwhile, all these dramas is base on the dramas that are memorable & gave such an impact to me in certain areas either the story alone @ scenes @ actions @ composition @ its humor @ all of its) v=={^-^}==vv=={^o^}==v So here goes….
    1. Scent of a woman
    2. Save the last dance for me
    3. Sweet Palpitations
    4. Sorry I Love You
    5. Spring Waltz
    6. Time Between Dog and Wolf
    7. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
    8. Lovers
    9. The Devil
    10. Chuno @ The Slave Hunters
    11. Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy

    (PS; I may not agreed with some of the dramas ending but these dramas certainly have the power to capture my mind and soul) :)

  28. Fanderay says:

    Ooh, I just noticed that you’ve seen Pride! I loved that drama! As a Canadian, I admit, some of the hockey stuff really cracked me up, but I’m really happy to see it on your list :)

  29. unnie, i didnt see scent of a woman on ur list.. omo.. i thot u’re really liking it.. ^^;

    • Softy says:

      I was so upset it ended I forgot to update the list – that is how much I loved it :) added it in just now. Before the drama began, I wasn’t sure if I could handle all the sadness, but it turned out to be such a beautiful love story that I was ready to embrace any sort of ending.

  30. ruthabigael says:

    1. SECRET GARDEN
    2. Myung Wol The Spy
    3. Boys Before Flower
    4. Lie To Me
    5. Protect The Boss
    6. 49 Days (even if you said you do not like the end, but for me its a point plus, not same
    with the other k-drama mostly)
    7. My Girlfriend Is Gumiho
    8. Full House
    9. Prosecutor Princess
    10. You’re Beautiful

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