This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the Korean dramas I’ve watched. Will be updated with older dramas once I finish making my list. I’m including dramas that I watched partially (meaning I watched more than, say, 2-3 episodes) because that also says something about my opinion of that drama.
EDIT: A more up-to-date list of dramas I’ve watched, am watching, and will watch in the future is located here. MyDramaList is more convenient than writing everything out here.
2 Outs in the 9th Inning (9회말 2아웃)
MBC July – September 2007; Sat-Sun
Comments: Such a cute best friend story.
Autumn Tale (가을동화)
KBS September – November 2000; Mon-Tues
Comments: Gah. How many times have I watched this show? I watched mostly for Won Bin (I loved him as the angst-y Taesuk Oppa!).
Bachelor’s Vegetable Store (총각네 야채가게)
Channel A December 2011 – TBA; Wed-Thurs
Comments: This one I have mixed feelings about. The first few episodes involving the child part was reminiscent of melodramas that verge on becoming full-fledged makjang dramas, so I almost gave up on it. The next few episodes have an identity crisis, though: when the focus is on Han Tae Yang and his vegetable store dreams, the drama is refreshing and light and fun, but once we head on to Ga On/Jin Shim’s story, it veers back on to melodrama territory. They could have just dashed the Jin Shim story and I would have been fine with it.
Baker King, Kim Tak Goo (제빵왕 김탁구)
KBS June – September 2010; Wed-Thurs
Comments: Addicting. That’s all. I had to stop about midway through cause I felt it was going to be another East of Eden–addicting, but not really good (for myself, heh). I’m still thinking of finishing this cause it’s Joo Won’s first drama…despite the fact that I hate Ma Joon’s character to death.
Best Love/Greatest Love (최고의 사랑)
MBC May 2011 – June 2011; Wed-Thurs
Currently Watching On Hiatus
Comments: Ridiculously awesome so far. The actors act so well, plus I get my dose of adorable, geeky Yoon Pil Joo (played by my number 1 아저씨 Yoon Kye Sang). EDIT: This drama is listed as ‘on hiatus’ because I’ve stopped watching. And no, it’s not because the show lost its awesomeness; Dokko Jin is still a hilarious leading man, etc. It’s just that…*sigh* the Yoon Kye Sang fan girl in me doesn’t want to see the second guy lose over and over again. D: I’ll probably watch the remaining episodes soon enough, just because it would be a shame to pass up such a good drama for something as ridiculous as a fan’s heart breaking over an actor’s role. XD HAHAHA.
The Birth of the Rich (부자의 탄생)
KBS March – May 2010; Mon-Tues
Comments: I actually liked the first few episodes; however, the story revolving around the necklace got more and more absurd. Will not finish this one in the future, sorry.
Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy (건빵선생과 별사탕)
SBS April – June 2005; Wed-Thurs
Comments: Very cute, but it’s more than just fluff. Gong Yoo plays Tae In beautifully. Gong Hyo Jin is so pretty in this series. :D
Boys Over Flowers (꽃보다 남자)
KBS January – March 2009; Mon-Tues
Comments: Hahaha. I think most drama watchers caught the Boys Over Flowers bug at the time this was being aired on TV. It was so addicting, I didn’t care whether it was actually good or not (it wasn’t that good, to be perfectly honest; I cannot manage to watch a single episode of it now without cringing). Goo Hye Sun overacts in almost every scene and Kim Hyun Joong, pretty as he is to watch on my computer screen, cannot act…but that didn’t really stop me from fawning over Jihoo Sunbae, heh. The good thing about this drama was Lee Minho, clearly the best actor in the F4 pool (followed closely by Kim Bum, who I swear should not have been casted as a playboy). He received so much attention and became a star overnight, so I have Boys Over Flowers to thank for that, because if not for this drama, we wouldn’t have our beloved City Hunter now, right, right?
Cinderella’s Sister (신데렐라 언니)
KBS March – June 2010; Wed-Thurs
Comments: Beautiful start, but the storyline got a little confusing and dragging by the middle. The ending was meh. Probably one of the biggest disappointments, drama-wise, because it could have been a lot more….
City Hunter (시티헌터)
SBS May 2011 – July 2011; Wed-Thurs
Comments: I started this drama very late in the game. Why–I’m not entirely sure, but I guess one of the reasons is that I was also going to watch Lie to Me and Best Love when City Hunter started, and well…City Hunter has its appeal prior to its premiere, but it sounded like one of those dramas that are so hyped but lack much substance when watched. But then I got curious and tried watching it on my phone. Hah, I was much mistaken about the ‘lacking substance’ thing. Great effects, excellent cinematography, just…I really like it. One of the best dramas of 2011, in my opinion. Recommended.
Coffee Prince (커피프린스 1호점)
MBC July – August 2007; Mon-Tues
Comments: There are only so few dramas I can actually watch from start to finish without skipping to my favorite parts, and this is one of them. Recommended.
Crazy for You (사랑에 미치다)
Comments: Another drama I watched for Yoon Kye Sang. XD This one I have mixed thoughts about. The ending, for one, seemed rushed. So he just remembers her, that’s it? What about Jin Young’s surrogate parents accepting their relationship? They said he was already forgiven, so why doesn’t it actually feel like he IS forgiven? D: Also, the lead girl Jin Young is just–irritating. Although the second girl Min Hee was detestable, I actually liked her better than the lead girl, which is saying something, since Min Hee dropped Chae Joon like a hot potato when she realized she wanted a good life, which is something he can’t give her, even though she obviously cares for and loves Chae Joon. And poor, poor Hyun Chul, whose only fault is to fall in love with a woman who can only look at him as a friend.
Creating Destiny (인연 만들기)
MBC October 2009 – January 2010; Sat-Sun
Comments: This was cute, but at times really irritating. I think the only reason why I went on to watch this was because of Eugene and Ki Tae Young (who ends up marrying in real life!).
Crime Squad (강력반)
KBS March 2011 – April 2011
Comments: Don’t know why I started this–perhaps because of Song Il Gook? Lee Jong Hyuk? Song Ji Hyo? It’s not the most engaging series ever, but I like it. Song Il Gook and Song Ji Hyo has some cute chemistry (another reason to finish Jumong!) Oh, and the scene where Song Il Gook’s character (Park Se Hyuk) sees his daughter die at that store? Priceless acting. I couldn’t help but cry. T-T
Dong Yi (동이)
MBC March – October 2010; Mon-Tues
Comments: The first time around I didn’t like it as much, but the second time I watched it was more magical. Don’t know why–maybe it’s the amount of gorgeous hanboks that made me squee, or the fact that Ji Jin Hee is so gorgeous (I only realized it now, heh). The last few episodes were, admittedly, not that good compared to the rest of the series (I missed Lee So Yeon’s Jang Hee Bin! She was so beautiful…), I still enjoyed it.
Dr. Champ (닥터 챔프)
SBS September – November 2010; Mon-Tues
Comments: I never got to finish this due to reading recaps. By the time I wanted to watch a certain episode, I already knew what was going to happen. Normally, I still watch the drama despite being spoiled, but Dr. Champ’s one of the exceptions. Ah well.
The Duo (짝패)
MBC February 2011 – May 2011; Mon-Tues
Comments: I wasn’t actually intrigued by this drama, since the premise is one that’s been used SO many times before: two babies get switched; one gets the good life, the other doesn’t. BUT I watched this for baby-faced Chun Jung Myung (I just realized how many dramas I watch for my favorite actors OMO). What’s surprising about this is that I liked the part of the story when Chun Doong and Gwi Dong were still kids up until their young teens–then when the actors get switched to the adult ones (Chun Jung Myung and Lee Sang Yoon), I actually HATED it. It just wasn’t the same. Chun Doong wasn’t Chun Doong anymore, and neither was Gwi Dong Gwi Dong. Even Dong Nyeo, whom I didn’t like as the young Dong Nyeo, was so different in her adult form. I was disappointed with how the adult actors carried their characters, so I stopped watching.
East of Eden (에덴의 동쪽)
MBC August 2008 – March 2009
Comments: Wow, I actually managed to finish this? Plot gets repetitive a lot of the times, and the plot between Shin Myung Hun and Ji Hyun was frustrating (he rapes her and she ends up marrying him???? Is this for real?). Still, at the time I was watching this, I was super addicted.
Flames of Ambition (욕망의 불꽃)
MBC October 2010 – April 2011; Sat-Sun
Comments: This one’s still ongoing and won’t be finished until next year, but I’ll include it nonetheless. I don’t know why I watched this one, but I did, and although this is too dramatic, and at times even brutal, for my taste, I still enjoy watching an episode every now and then. I still can’t see Yoo Seung Ho as anything but a kid, so seeing him in an adult role feels a bit icky to me.
Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (꽃미남 라면가게)
tvN October – TBA; Mon-Tues
Currently Watching On Hiatus
Comments: So cute! I really think this is the most J-dorama-ish Korean drama I’ve ever watched–it’s so wacky and funny that I like it. And Jung Il Woo and Lee Ki Woo are both so
handsome fun to watch. EDIT: Some people might like FBRS in its entirety, but not me. It sort of lost its charm on me when Chi Soo wouldn’t develop as much as I liked him to, and I lost…interest. I might watch the last two episodes for the sake of finishing the drama, but not now, I guess.
Fugitive: Plan B (도망자)
KBS September – December 2010; Wed-Thurs
Comments: Another big expectation for this one, especially since the Director-Scriptwriter combination that made this one also made this year’s Chuno possible (Also: Rain! Lee Jung Jin!). Anyway, I tried watching the first two episodes but I couldn’t really get into the story as much as I wanted to. Sorry.
Full House (풀하우스)
KBS July – September 2004; Wed-Thurs
Comments: Repetitive plot, but was enjoyable to watch. And how adorable is Rain doing the Three Bears’ song with matching choreography?
God of Study (공부의 신)
KBS January – February 2010; Mon-Tues
Comments: It was okay, but I got a little bored with it. I watched a few episodes of the Japanese Dorama, Dragon Zakura, where God of Study was based on, and I liked the J-Dorama more.
MBC January – March 2006; Wed-Thurs
Green Rose (그린 로즈)
SBS March – May 2005; Sat-Sun
Heartstrings/You’ve Fallen for Me (넌 내게 반했어)
MBC Jun 2011 – August 2011; Wed-Thurs
Comments: Cute. So far. It’s very light, and the music is really pleasant (episode 2′s 그리워서 needs to be mentioned, and the traditional music they used for the Modern versus Tradtional music was just…guh). And I love the director! Err, not the director-director, but Song Chang Ui’s character, Kim Seok Hyun. He’s adorable with the female lead, Gyu Won (played by You’re Beautiful‘s Park Shin Hye). And it’s great to see Park Shin Hye and CNBlue’s Jung Yong Hwa on another drama together, this time with Yong Hwa playing the lead guy. HEE.
Comments after finishing the drama: Heartstrings was cute from the start, but the drama about the show dragged on too much that I started hating it. The cuteness of the two leads was something that got me going, though. ^^
I Am Legend (나는 전설이다)
SBS August – September 2010; Mon-Tues
Comments: Wow, I completed this one after being irritated with Seol Hee’s husband and mistress for so very long. O.O What an accomplishment. This one is a bit disappointing, especially the ending (WHAT? They give up their singing career when they’re only just beginning?!?!).
MBC May 2006 – March 2007; Mon-Tues
Lie to Me (내게 거짓말을 해봐)
SBS May 2011 – June 2011; Mon-Tues
Comments: Cute and fun, although since I’m watching Best Love at the same time this is being released, it gets trumped by Best Love 2948394820 times. There’s just something lacking in Lie to Me–probably the storyline itself, since all they seem to do right now is add more lies to the first lie without much progress between the relationships of the leads. Still watching it for the fun, and because Yoon Eun Hye is just so damn gorgeous in this one (her hair fits her so much).
Comments after finishing the drama: MEH. It wasn’t that good, which is a shame, because the leads have a cute chemistry together.
Love Story in Harvard (러브스토리 인 하버드)
SBS November 2004 – January 2005; Mon-Tues
A Love to Kill (이 죽일놈의 사랑)
KBS October – December 2005; Mon-Tues
Lovers in Paris (파리의 연인)
SBS June – August 2004; Sat-Sun
The Man Who Can’t Get Married (결혼 못하는 남자)
KBS June – August 2009; Mon-Tues
Mary Stayed Out All Night (매리는 외박중)
KBS November – December 2010; Mon-Tues
Comments: I was actually anticipating this show because it’s got a really good actress (Moon Geun Young) a really good actor (Jang Geun Seok) and one of the Coffee Princes (Kim Jae Wook, who also acted in the movie Antique). In the end, I wasn’t pulled into the story. I don’t know why, but that’s just how I feel.
The Moon that Embraces the Sun (해를 품은 달)
MBC January – March 2012; Wed-Thurs
Comments: (Another drama that has a long and quite awkward English title–I like the succinctness of the Korean one.) Loving this one so far.
My Girl (마이 걸)
SBS December 2005 – February 2006
My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox (내 여자친구는 구미호)
SBS August – September 2010; Wed-Thurs
Comments: Love this drama. It’s super hilarious and squee-worthy, but you need to watch it to fully grasp what I mean. Recommended.
My Name is Kim Sam Soon (내 이름은 김삼순)
MBC June – July 2005
My Princess (마이 프린세스)
MBC January 2011 – February 2011; Wed-Thurs
Comments: The first episodes were nothing short of adorable. I never liked Kim Tae Hee as an actress (although she IS gorgeous), since I’ve always felt she doesn’t have great acting chops; the same goes for Song Seung Heon, who is trumped by second lead Won Bin (my other favorite 아저씨 aside from Yoon Kye Sang) in my guilty pleasure drama Autumn Tale. But together, Kim Tae Hee and Song Seung Heon are just CUTE. And that cuteness made the drama work.
My Sister-in-Law is 19 (형수님은 열아홉)
Comments: I watched this because of Yoon Kye Sang, not realizing that I just might like it. XD I liked the relationships between the two brothers and Yoo Min, and the fact that Yoon Kye Sang’s Seung Jae acts like the second guy (his feelings are thought to be unreciprocated) but he’s actually the lead guy! XD The ending was a bit of a let-down, though, and I hated that the two ahjummas didn’t get retribution for what they’ve done. D:< Sure, I like the two boys, but you can’t do something that huge (abandoning a child for the sake of money) and NOT get the tables turned on you. They lived a pleasant life whereas Yoo Min/Hae Won didn’t, and it’s a little frustrating. Alas, it’s a drama.
Myung-wol the Spy (스파이 명월)
KBS July 2011 – August 2011; Mon-Tues
Comments: Funny and a really good drama so far (heh, I always use the words so far). I don’t really like Han Ye Seul–she’s one of those pretty faces that can’t act much–but I actually like her here. Maybe she just needs to pick roles really well. And Eric–ERIC!!! *squeals* Although I’m still disappointed about Poseidon (Eric and Kim Kang Woo together? Argh, I’m still disappointed), his role as Kang Woo in this rom-com is just so…fitting for him.
Comments after finishing the drama: I was disappointed. It started out really well–the wackiness of the characters, the plot…then it just started falling apart. What happened to the NIS father-daughter agents? They just disappeared. And I felt so bad for Lee Jin Wook’s character, Ryu. He was so consistent (and so adorable) that I really wished he got the girl. Alas, another second lead guy I loved more than the leading man.
Oh! My Lady (오! 마이 레이디)
SBS March – May 2010; Mon-Tues
Comments: The story is cute, but the problem is that I’m not really interested with the other characters aside from the leads, so I kept on skipping parts until I watched the leads’ scenes together. In the end, I just dropped this, and I probably won’t watch this again.
Ojakgyo Brothers (오작교 형제들)
KBS August 2011 – TBA
Comments: Eek. What a cute, funny, heartwarming story about family (and love). And having Joo Won as the lead guy is not bad. Not bad at all. He and UEE have so much chemistry, it’s so cute watching them.
Only You (온리유)
SBS June – July 2005; Sat-Sun
…Did I finish watching this?
Paradise Ranch (파라다이스 목장)
SBS January 2011 – March 2011; Mon-Tues
Comments: I never expected that I’d watch this AND actually enjoy it, but I did. Oh yes, the outfits are ridiculous, yes, it doesn’t have a compelling plot, and yes, DBSK’s Changmin isn’t the best actor in the world (but at least he’s better than groupmate Yunho…), but I still enjoyed it.
MBC January – March 2010; Mon-Tues
Comments: The two leads were definitely cute. Apart from that, though, there really is no story. At all. But I couldn’t give up on Lee Seon Kyun and his awesome voice (seriously, his voice should be considered as one of Korea’s national treasures. Such a full and warm voice, gah), so I kept watching him be the grumpy chef until the very last episode, which, I think, shows utmost dedication. XD
Personal Taste (개인의 취향)
MBC March – May 2010; Wed-Thurs
Comments: This drama has some highs and lows for me, but all in all, I mostly enjoyed watching it. Wang Ji Hye’s In Hee was soooo irritating that I loved to hate her. They could’ve made the dad have a bigger role in this one, but that role was just squeezed in at the very last moment, which annoyed me.
Playful Kiss (장난스런 키스)
MBC September – October 2010; Wed-Thurs
Comments: The return of the Goong teddy bears! *ahem* I can’t really say that the reason why I didn’t like this one was because I’ve already watched another version, because the same was the case for Boys Over Flowers (I watched both the Taiwanese and Japanese versions before the Korean one) yet I still enjoyed watching Goo Jun Pyo and Geum Jan Di. Or maybe the reason why I didn’t enjoy this one was because of Kim Hyun Joong’s acting, which did not improve much since his acting debut as Ji Hoo in BOF.
The Princess’ Man (공주의 남자)
KBS July 2011 – October 2011
Comments: There’s something wrong with the Anglicized title, somehow. It just doesn’t…roll as it should. Anyway, I really liked this drama, so much so that I’ve managed to finish this in a matter of days. It’s that addicting–you watch the first episode, then watch the next, then the next…until you find you’ve already finished it. I think the side love story of Princess Kyung Hye and Jung Jong overshadowed the main couple in the latter episodes, mostly because Princess Kyung Hye’s and Jung Jong’s love story was a lot more riveting for me. Recommended.
Protect the Boss (보스를 지켜라)
SBS August 2011 – TBA; Wed-Thurs
Comments: THIS. IS. SO. HILARIOUS. FREAKING HILARIOUS. Since Myungwol the Spy is starting to bore me is starting to lose its wackiness, I decided to try this out. I’m a HUGE fan of DBSK/JYJ, but even so I don’t watch their dramas for the sake of watching them–or to be honest, I don’t have high expectations of dramas they star in. But by golly, this is fantastic. Jaejoong isn’t the lead guy here, but he is making an awesome job as the antagonist-slash-the-other-guy. I like that his first Korean drama role is serious yet wacky (and cute and gorgeous and evil!), which makes him fun to watch even if he’s not the strongest of actors. I don’t like Ji Sung (whose only drama I know of is Save the Last Dance for Me…oh, and Kim Sooro, because I saw him on the poster), but he plays such a crazy and cute character that it’s hard not find him endearing. As for Choi Kang Hee, I’ve only seen her in the movie My Love (내 사랑) and she was awesome there, so I like her here too. She’s not the usual pushover lead that we get to see–she kicks ass literally. I don’t like Wang Ji Hye due to her horrid role as In Hye in Personal Taste, but I find her antics in this drama to be super funny I’m already thinking of forgiving her for picking In Hye as a character to play. XD So yes, I love this drama. If it keeps on doing what it’s doing, that is.
Comments after finishing the drama: And it had soooo much potential. Oh well. The last few episodes were horrible. From being wacky and slice-of-life-y, we get episodes of characters being angst-y. Ugh. I really think the extension killed the momentum.
Scent of a Woman (여인의 향기)
SBS July 2011 – September 2011; Sat-Sun
Comments: The first two episodes WILL make you cry–that is, unless your heart is made of stone, and then you will probably NOT cry. Still, the first two episodes kind of…cleanses the viewers, in a way. I felt lighter at the end of the episode when Kim Sun Ah’s character started redeeming herself and begin living and not just surviving.
Comments after finishing the drama: Great acting, although there are times when the plot gets a little repetitive (can’t Miss Im Se Kyung take a hint?) and a little cliched. Still, recommended.
Secret Garden (시크릿 가든)
SBS November 2010 – January 2011; Sat-Sun
Comments: A really well-made drama. Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won have great chemistry, and they act so well together. The last episodes were a bit disappointing compared to the first episodes, though. Recommended.
Slave Hunters (추노)
KBS January – March 2010; Wed-Thurs
Comments: Beautiful cinematography. Awesome actors, down to the smallest roles (although I might have been a tad irked at Lee Da Hae’s acting once. Or twice. Or in most of the episodes). Recommended.
Spring Waltz (봄의 왈츠)
KBS March – May 2006
Stairway to Heaven (천국의 계단)
SBS December 2003 – February 2004
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (성균관 스캔들)
KBS August – November 2010; Mon-Tues
Comments: Highly enjoyable. I actually had mix feelings about this one. For one thing, I was glad that Micky Yoochun of DBSK gets his acting debut; on the other hand, I never really thought of Chun as an actor, so I was definitely worried. In the end, this “Joseon crack” turned out to be one of my favorites this year…but I’m not sold with the ending. Still, recommended.
A Thousand Days’ Promise (천일의 약속)
SBS October – December 2011; Mon-Tues
Comments: To be added.
Tree with Deep Roots (뿌리깊은 나무)
SBS October 2011 – Dec 2011; Wed-Thurs
Comments: Awesome drama from start to finish. I have to say, while I was a little sad about the ending, it totally makes sense that they did it that way. Everyone acted brilliantly, and it kept me on my toes. Recommended.
MBC June – July 2009; Wed-Thurs
Comments: Song Joong Ki! His first drama that I’ve seen, and really, Joong Ki is the only positive thing about this drama, despite Yoon Kye Sang being in it. Lee Jung Jae was so wasted here.
What Happened in Bali (발리에서 생긴 일)
SBS January – March 2004; Sat-Sun
Comments: The ending. O.O I don’t know if I should recommend this or not, but I swear I loved this when I first watched it. Don’t know if I can stand up to the task of re-watching it.
What’s Up? (왓츠업?)
MBN December 2011 – TBA; Sat-Sun
Comments: I like the dark atmosphere of the plot so far–very fresh, considering how the musical dramas previously shown all had cheery and lively settings (Heartstrings, Dream High, The Musical…).
What’s Up, Fox? (여우야 뭐하니?)
MBC September – November 2006
Comments: Chun Jung Myung having a noona love for Go Hyun Jung? YES, PLEASE. Loved this so so much. Recommended.
Which Star Did You Come From? (넌 어느 별에서 왔니?)
MBC March – May 2006; Mon-Tues
Who Are You? (누구세요?)
MBC March – May 2008
Comments: This is my first Yoon Kye Sang show, and I’m super glad I watched this. It’s got fluff, comedy, and family love and I adore this show
and Yoon Kye Sang. Recommended.
Wild Romance (난폭한 로맨스)
KBS January – February 2012
Comments: Wacky and almost slapstick comedy. It’s fun to watch, but sometimes the overacting gets to me.
Will It Snow At Christmas? (크리스마스에 눈이 올까요?)
SBS December 2009 – January 2010; Wed-Thurs
Comments: Tearjerker. I watched this after being on a Song Joong Ki and Sungkyunkwan phase (even though Song Joong Ki only had a cameo role in this drama). WISAC is really nice, but so sad at times. This one reminds me of earlier Korean dramas that are just so…well, dramatic that you need to have a box of tissues ready at hand.
The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry (아직도 결혼하고 싶은 여자)
MBC January – March 2010; Wed-Thurs
Comments: I really liked this drama, so I don’t know why I never got around to finishing it. Might go and finish it, as there’s only about 3 or 4 episodes left until I finish it.
Wonderful Life (원더풀 라이프)
MBC March – April 2005; Mon-Tues
You’re Beautiful (미남이시네요)
SBS October – November 2009
Comments: Shin Woo Hyung~!