• Diane Gomez

My Top 5 recommended K-Dramas

1. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay:

The series is one season with a total of 16 episodes and was released on June 20, 2020.

"It's Okay to Not Be Okay" follows two characters, Go Moon Young and Moon Gang-Tae, whose paths cross. Kim Soo-Hyun beautifully carries out mental health issues within its very powerful storyline, in which he plays Moon Gang-Tae, who is struggling to keep up the whole act of being okay. He acts okay with being the selfless guardian for his older brother who has autism, but even though he wants to take care of his brother, Moon Gang-Tae doesn't see he is self-sacrificing his life to take care of his brother.

Seo Ye-Ji plays Ko Mun-Yeong, who is a children’s book author but is also a perfectionist with a very dark personality. Gang-Tae's autistic older brother, Sang-Tae, Oh Jung-Se portrayed his character very well; it was exceptional the way he portrayed the older brother who doesn’t want to be a burden.

This show is one of my favorites because the storyline is unique and special. I love the way they explain the character's feelings and actions. Right from the very first episode, I was instantly hooked and didn't want it to end. I loved the growth they showed amongst each character because it helped all the characters develop and change for the better. The relationship between all three of the characters was absolutely phenomenal. The reason I recommend watching this show is that it deals with mental healing and love, and it has a very unique plot. Overall, it was an amazing show which everyone should watch.


2. Itaewon Class:

The series is one season with a total of 16 episodes and was released on Jan. 31, 2020.

"Itaewon Class" tells the story of Park Sae-ro-yi played by Park Seo-Joon, who's an orphaned teen who is seeking revenge for his father's death. His father died due to an accident, but Park Sae-ro-yi attempted to kill Jang Geun-won the son of Jangga Group's founder, who is played Ahn Bo-Hyun. He is imprisoned for a couple of years but after his release from prison, Park Sae-ro-yi decides to open Danbam in Itaewon. He wants to become successful and seeks revenge towards Jangga Group. However, he is not that good at managing his business in which he meets Jo Yi-seo played by Kim Da-mi. The woman he loved, Oh Soo-ah played by Kwon Na-ra, was offered a university scholarship by Jang Dae-hee and later became the Strategic Planning Head of Jangga Group.

I really enjoyed the way the series talks about poverty, transphobia, and racial discrimination not many K-Dramas do that. The show was a roller coaster but I loved seeing Park Sae-ro-yi's growth and determination despite losing the most important person in his life and being betrayed by the woman he loved he never gave up and always strived to become great. Definitely worth watching if you love romance/action shows.


3. Crash Landing On You:

This series premiered on December 14, 2019, it was just one season with 16 episodes.

"Crash Landing On You" follows the story of a South Korean heiress who accidentally lands in North Korea and is helped by a North Korean officer at the risk of his own life.

Yoon Se-ri gets caught in a storm while paragliding and finds herself into North Korea. Se-ri runs into Ri Jeong-hyeok, Captain of the North Korean Special Forces and a member of the North Korean elite family. Captain Ri eventually thinks of a plan to get Se-ri back to South Korea with help from his comrades.

This drama made me laugh, cry, scream; basically this show made me feel every emotion. It was an emotional rollercoaster but it was definitely worth it in the end. There are many funny moments but there are also some sad scenes that will make you cry. This show was very interesting and once you watch the first episode you will be hooked. Definitely watch this drama if you are a sucker for romance shows.


4. The King: Eternal Monarch:

"The King: Eternal Monarch" was released on April 17, 2020, with a total of 16 episodes. The show follows Lee Gon, played by Lee Min-ho.

When he was younger his father was murdered by his uncle. He was injured trying to help his father. His Uncle Lee Lim played by Lee Jung-jin, tries to seek possession of the Manpasikjeok, which is a legendary flute that holds the power to be able to travel to another universe.

A mysterious figure comes and helps Lee Gon in which Lee Lim runs away with half of the broken flute. The young Lee Gon holds onto a police badge he grabbed from the mysterious person. The next day after the incident, Lee Goon is appointed the next ruler of the Kingdom of Corea. 25 years later, Lee Gon mounts his horse Maximus into the forest. Soon, he realizes he has crossed over from the Kingdom of Corea into the parallel world called the Republic of Korea.

This show was a perfect romantic thriller and never failed to keep me on my toes. I loved the casting for the show all the actors were so perfect. The storyline was complex but it was definitely worth watching. I enjoyed the different concepts they had for this drama especially the different parallel worlds.

5. True Beauty:

"True Beauty" was released on December 9, 2020, with a total of 16 episodes. The show is about a high school female student, Lim Ju Gyeong, played by Moon Ga Young, who is being bullied because she is being labeled as ugly by other students.

After she comes to a turning point, she tries to commit suicide, but before she can do it, a boy, Lee Su-ho, played by Cha Eun-woo, saves her from jumping off the building. They start to grow when they meet each other, sharing their secrets, and secretly start to fall in love; it turns into a love triangle when Han Seo-Joon and Lim Ju Gyeong meet. Han Seo-Joon played by Hwang In-youp, starts to slowly fall in love with her, but he knows that Lee Su-ho likes her as well.

I enjoy watching Rom-Coms and this one was my favorite so far. I enjoyed the way they used the Webtoon story to create this amazing show. This show made me cry, laugh, and scream at my T.V. and if you enjoy romance you should check this show out.


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