Andante (1/16)

Network: KBS1


Summary: High school student Lee Shi-kyung has earned his antisocial and computer nerd reputation. He’s far more interested in what’s going on in his neighborhood PC room than his family, so his life gets turned upside down when they suddenly move to the countryside. He and his younger sister, hot-tempered cosplay nerd Lee Shi-young, end up being sent to a really weird high school. There they meet Park Ga-ram, a top student who wants to become a doctor, and Kim Bom, a mysterious and shy girl. Shi-kyung will have to force himself out of his comfort zone in order to survive and thrive in this new place.

Girls’ Generation 1979 (1/8)

Network: KBS 2


Summary: Daegu, 1979. High school student Lee Jung-hee has a one-sided crush on fellow student Son Jin, who works part-time at a pharmacy. Her life gets more complicated when a transfer student arrives at school. Park Hye-joo is from Seoul, and she instantly catches the attention of a lot of people, including Son Jin. As the school year goes by, Jung-hee and Hye-joo will need to figure out their budding friendship and what they both want out of life.

This coming-of-age drama is based on a 2009 novel Lingerie Girls’ Generation (란제리 소녀시대) by Kim Yong-hee.

School 2017 (1/16)

Network: KBS2


Summary: High school student and webtoon artist Ra Eun-ho is determined to keep her sixth-place class ranking in order to get into the same college as a boy she has a crush on. But her academic future gets thrown into uncertainty when school officials believe she is a delinquent student. Meanwhile, the wealthy and rebellious Hyun Tae-woon gets transferred to Eun-ho’s school after being kicked out of his U.S. high school and immediately begins causing problems. Song Dae-hwi is a handsome student who gets good grades,. stands up for the weak, and often butt heas with Hong Nam-joo, another student. Eun-ho and the others will try to figure out how to survive a school system that puts their academic rankings above all other aspects of their lives.

Solomon’s Perjury (1/12)

solomon-perjuryNetwork: JTBC


Summary: Bae Joon-young stumbles across the body of his friend Lee So-woo on Christmas morning, and the police quickly rule it a suicide. But on the day of the funeral, fellow student Go Seo-yeon receives an anonymous note claiming that So-woo was actually murdered. When the school administrators and police refuse to look into So-woo’s death any further, Seo-yeon and her classmates decide to take matters into their own hands,. Their investigation threatens to unearth information that others would prefer be kept secret. Solomon’s Perjury is a remake of two 2015 Japanese films, which were in turn based on the novel Solomon’s Perjury by Miyuki Miyabe.

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

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