My Kdrama Recommendations

One of the first questions I ask when someone wants me to rec them a kdrama is what genre they’re in the mood for. So here are my 3-5 favorites by genre, plus my top 10 overall favorites. This list will be updated when the mood strikes me or when a show comes along and deserves a place on this list. Additional categories may be forthcoming.

(Updated 30 August 2015)


Top Ten

  1. Queen In-hyun’s Man
  2. Healer
  3. White Christmas*
  4. I Hear Your Voice
  5. Secret Love Affair
  6. City Hunter
  7. Heard It Through the Grapevine
  8. Arang and the Magistrate
  9. Shut Up: Flower Boy Band
  10. Two Weeks

Action/Adventure

  1. Healer
  2. City Hunter
  3. The Three Musketeers

Contemporary/Slice-of-Life

  1. Flower Boy Next Door
  2. Coffee Prince
  3. Can We Get Married?

Drama/Melodrama

  1. Secret Love Affair
  2. Scent of a Woman
  3. Punch
  4. Nice Guy/The Innocent Man

Ensemble

  1. Heard It Through the Grapevine
  2. What’s Up!
  3. Can We Get Married?

Romance/Romantic Comedies

  1. Secret Love Affair
  2. Queen In-hyun’s Man
  3. Dalja’s Spring
  4. Coffee Prince

Sageuk/Historical

  1. Arang and the Magistrate
  2. Sungkyunkwan Scandal
  3. The Three Musketeers

School

  1. Shut Up Flower Boy Band
  2. School 2013
  3. What’s Up!
  4. Dream High

Speculative Fiction (Fantasy/Sci-fi/Horror)

  1. Queen In-hyun’s Man
  2. I Hear Your Voice
  3. Arang and the Magistrate
  4. Nine: Nine Times Time Travel
  5. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho

Thriller/Psychological Thriller

  1. White Christmas*
  2. Two Weeks
  3. Heartless City
  4. Bad Guys
  5. Liar Game

*Technically a drama special, but I don’t care, I love it.

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