*Inspired by Dramabeans
Because I’m productive with unnecessary things, like this list!
My only criteria is that a favorite drama of all time** should be rewatchable through the years, because what for is an excellent drama if you can’t get yourself to sit through it for another 16 hours?
- Sweet 18 – A sentimental favorite. This got me watching Korean dramas at a time when all I cared for were Taiwanese dramas and Rainie Yang.
- Coffee Prince – No sweeter romance has graced my screen yet than Han Kyul and Eun Chan’s. The drama that made Gong Yoo my ultimate actor bias and my #boyfriendgoal.
- Healer – I rewatch this drama every Christmas season, which means I’ve watched it at least 3 times already, but the action still gets me holding on to my seat, and the romance still knocks me off my feet.
- My Girlfriend is a Gumiho – Many fantasy romance dramas have come and gone, but none of them have captivated my heart as much as this drama did. I remember falling in love with it as soon as the first episode ended, because what’s not to love about Mi Ho yaaaaa? Hoi hoi!
- School 2013 – Probably the best school drama in my book because a good drama doesn’t always have to have a romance at the center of it. Sometimes, just a good ol’ bromance will do 😉
- Arang and the Magistrate – My first love from the fantasy sageuk genre. Here, Shin Min-a does spunky heroine like it’s second nature, and Lee Jun-ki shows he’s not just a pretty boy but an amazing actor as well. All their scenes together had me glued to my screen.
- Marriage Not Dating – This drama hits all my romantic comedy sweet spots: the OTP’s palpable chemistry, the witty banter, the honest conversations, and the fast-paced storytelling. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, but heartwrenching at the same time.
- I Hear Your Voice – Intense from beginning to end, with a villain who actually felt life-threatening, and a strong heroine who kept pushing the limits even when much was at stake. Lee Jong-suk is just a bonus, but what an amazing noona-romance bonus.
- It’s Okay It’s Love – You know you’re old(er) when you like your adult romance sexy but also unsexy, real, messy, and all over the place. Because it’s only true love when a relationship survives even after all that.
- Wonderful Life – An old favorite, this show brings nothing new to the table, but its strength is in its amazing dialogue and an even more amazing chemistry of leads Eugene and Kim Jaewon. This drama is all about unrequited love (I actually learned the term in the drama) and how one can find family amid the most unusual circumstances.
**As of February 11, 2017
BONUS: My top 10 favorite Taiwanese dramas of all time! I’ll try to write a separate post about this list soon:
- Why Why Love
- Devil Beside You
- In Time With You
- In A Good Way
- Life Plan A & B
- Hi My Sweetheart
- Autumn’s Concerto
- They Kiss Again