The end of 2020 is around the corner and it has been a rough year so far, yet if we step back a little and retrace back the memory-lane we will find few things to cherish. We don’t know how accurate ‘when life gives you lemon make lemonade’ is but we believe when life gives you good internet connectivity you watch some good dramas!
This season has offered us some intriguing work that ranged in different emotions (comedy, thriller, romance, family, etc.), acted with sharp lines and was filmed brilliantly. Keeping all of this in mind our team sat down to debate and produce the year-end’s top picks of Korean Dramas. The chosen K-Dramas are listed in alphabetical order instead of ranks as each drama is a fine specimen of work.
Curious to find out what we have in store for you? Read ahead to find out the best Korean Dramas of 2020!
Are you into crime dramas? Then this drama is for you. Knitted around the life of a teen brilliant student who dreams of entering university but does not have enough money to pay for his basics like school fees, he has no other option but to opt for a quick mode of income- by running illegal activities. Oh Ji-soo is a model student until his mask falls off as he falls into the trap set by his classmate Bae Gyu-Ri.
Stuck in her own chaos, Bae Gyu-RI strikes gold upon uncovering her classmate’s duplicity. Extracurricular has you biting your nails with its twists and turns of each episode. This drama is a mirror of how easily teens can be absorbed into the trap of quick currency. In contrast to the clean image that dramas have, Extracurricular is a bold creation that looks closer into illegal topics of Korea like prostitution. Will Oh Ji-soo lead his normal life again after getting exposed? will he be able to fulfill his dreams and lead to normal teen life?
The main leads include Kim Dong-hee, Jung Do-bin, Park Ji-Hyun, Nam Yoon-soo. Kim Dong-hee is well known for his good boy repute from dramas like Sky Castle but with this drama, he proved that he can be rough if the script demands. With an excellent cast and script, this drama does not fail to weave its viewers into its own web!
Flower of Evil (악의 꽃)
Spun with lies and living under the constant terror of being exposed, life was not easy for Oh Hyun-Soo. He is an exemplary husband and the most loving father and an excellent craftsman with his own metal studio. He has lived his life under disguise as Baek Hae-sung to survive the world and bury his murky past. His true identity remains buried from everyone even his beloved wife, who is a detective by profession. Intrigued yet?
Everything was as still as water until a case of a missing female knocks on the door of the detective causing heavy ripples in the still life of Oh Hyun-soo. Oh Hyun-soo’s wife Cha Ji-won is the detective in this case and as her investigation proceeds she might come to the conclusion- she’s married to a serial killer?
Lee Joon-Gi is well known for his exemplary acting skills and deep voice. Moon Chae-Won with her feminine looks and tremendous acting skills indeed nailed her role in this drama. With many emotions running high and plots getting higher, this drama is bound to have you on your edge!
Hospital Playlist (슬기로운 의사생활 )
This medical drama is directed by Shin Won-Ho is a classic concoction of friendship, memories, struggle, and just life, leaving you nostalgic and yearning. The story revolves around five friends who grow to become doctors working at Yulje Medical Center. Each character is portrayed well and the drama will leave you both happy and emotional. Lee Ik-Joon is an obnoxious and pretentious general surgeon. His playful side is quite evident but at the same time, he is well aware of how to be there for his family and friends.
Chae song-hwa leads a very focused life and she is a binding element of the quintet. Ahn Jung-won has a very gentle and kind nature. Yang Seok-Hyung is a mama boy but the narrative will change as the story progresses. Kim Jon-wan is quite different from his outer persona of a flirtatious guy. This diversification in nature of each character when bonded in a relation called friendship just makes them seem like one soul.
The drama casts Jo Jung-Suk as Lee Ik-Joon, Yoo Yeon-Seok as Ahn Jung-won, Jung Kyung-ho as Kim Jon-wan, Kim Dae-Myung as Yong Seok-Hyung, Jeo Mi-do as Chae Song-Hwa as main leads.
Itaewon Class (이태원 클라쓰)
Life in the heart of Seoul was not easy for Park Sae-ro yi when he lost his father in an accident caused by the son of a business tycoon. After surfing the wildest tides of life in form of prison, Park Sae-ro yi finally reaches a calm state of life, and he invests in his own business shop in Itaewon. As he starts his business he meets Jo Yi-seo who will be the biggest turning point for him!
As soon as he feels his life is falling in place, he again encounters the person who was behind all his hardships. Alongside Jo Yi-Seo Park Sae-ro yi faces all the turbulence only to conclude that life is better when you have someone walking with you through it all. Questioning the issues usually shushed down in Korean society from rights for the LGBTQ community, racism, and opportunities for people who were once criminals, this drama has debunked many stigmas.
The cast includes Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Kwon Nara, Lee Joo-young, Kim Dong-hee, Chris Lyon, Yoo Jae-myung, Ahn Do-hyun. This drama was based on a webtoon that was released with the same name. Park Seo-Joon indeed left us shook yet again with his timing and calm yet composed performance. Kim Da-Mi is the most versatile actress and after this drama, you are bound to love her for her phenomenal acting skills. Kwon Nara the heartthrob of millions has proved that apart from her angelic voice she is well acquainted with acting too.
Its okay to not be okay (사이코지만 괜찮아)
Life can be daunting at times and there are times when you don’t feel things are quite right, but at those moments you need someone who could hold you at your downfall. Ko Moon-young met Moon Gang-tae at the hospital where Moon Gang-tae works as a nurse. Ko Moon-young is a children’s book author and leads a life that can make anyone envious of her, only she knows how dark her life is behind all the glory. Started as an infatuation Ko Moon-young starts having real feelings towards Moon Gang-tae.
Is the female lead the only one who has problems in her life? No, Moon Gang-tae has his share of things to worry about. With an elder brother who has autism and is the witness of their mother’s murder. When his world clashes with the woman with an antisocial personality disorder, he has a whirlpool of emotions as he finds out that both of their pasts have collided before and now they have to hold each other and walk through the storm to end this whirlwind journey.
What will happen when they find out that their dark past is connected? The drama casts Kim Soo-hyun, Seo ye-ji, Oh jung-se, Park Gyu-young. “Its Okay To Not Be Okay” is a brilliant take on mental health and its awareness with a mystical yet raw storyline!
Record of Youth (청춘기록)
Fame, money, luxurious apartments, cars, everything seems just picture perfect but is it the same behind the scene story too? This drama is the answer. The life of celebrities seems perfect from the start, but they did not get it any easy.
Sa Hye-Jun, a model who aspires to become an actor, is determined and driven but his family has other plans for him. Ahn Jung-Ha is a budding make-up artist, who is a fan of Sa Hye-Jun since his modeling days and always supports him despite having her own mount of worries to take care of. Won Hae-Hyon is an actor who started his career in modeling and is friends with Sa Hye-Jun. Chasing the dreams and tolerating snags will they surmount the peaks of their dream?
With the eye-catching cameos from Park Seo-Joon, Kim Hye-Yoon, Seo Hyun-Jin, Kang han-na, Lee sung-Kyung, and Hyeri this drama is a bling dive into the personal lives of celebrities.
In this age of cut-throat competition, it is not too easy to get things as planned especially if you want to be an entrepreneur in Seoul. Seo Dal-Mi has a gazillion stars in her eyes, in her childhood, she was accompanied by the warmth of letters signed as Do-San. Nam Do-San is a wise, witty investor and a business insider, and founder of Sam San Tech. Fifteen years later Seo Cal-Mi and Nam Do-San meet and the two start working to achieve their dreams and supporting each other.
Seo Dal-Mi helps Nam Do-San revive his sinking business and help it grow. With the witty brain and never-ending support from Nam Do-San Seo Dal-Mi slowly starts thriving for her dreams to start her own business. But only if life was that easy and lovely, Seo Dal-Mi finds out that the letters that provided her warmth were actually written by Han Ji-Pyeong. Han Ji-Pyeong is everything a girl can dream of and he admires Seo Dal-Mi. Her life starts giving her whirlpools of emotions for both the men.
Caught up in the middle of the love triangle where will Seo Dal-Mi tilt her head to lean on for the rest of her life? Will the dreams of these three young individuals be achieved?
The Uncanny Counter (경이로운 소문)
An ongoing drama has made it to our list, yes it’s that good! ‘Counter’ is a term referring to a vehicle in which a soul can enter, these counters are mostly COMA patients. They are created by the people of the afterlife to bring justice to the evil spirits on earth and admonish them to the afterlife. Counters are capable enough to fight any notorious spirit that hampers the peace and justice of earth and the spiritual world!
Go Mo-Tak, Do Ha-Na, and Choo Mae-Ok work at a noodle shop to hide their identity as counters from other spirits. Do Ha-Na can sense and track evil spirits by her powers. Ga Mo-Tak owns hulk-like strength he can withstand it all. Choo Mae-Ok is the healer of the group. These three when combined can achieve anything they think of, but they encounter an evil spirit and that’s when their Superpowers are questioned. Upon losing their senior teammate, they discover the newest member of their clan- a scrawny highschool boy So Mun played by actor Jo Byung-gyu. The drama stars a promising cast like Yoo Jun-sang, Kim Se-Jeong, Yeom Hye-ran and Jo Byung-gyu. This drama based on the occult theme and has all flavors of comedy, suspense, and thrill unlike other dramas of the same genre, thus making its way to our top recommendations.
There you have all our top picks from this year’s drama aisle, so get ready with your favorite snacks and comfy pajamas and hop onto our wagon for more such interesting feeds. Which Korean drama is your 2020 favourite?