My Top Korean Dramas of 2020

Its safe to say that Nigerians really tuned into Korean shows this year once the pandemic hit, and we were all locked down at home with nothing to do except make videos for tiktok challenges or stay browsing on twitter. For some unusual reason I didn’t watch a lot of ongoing dramas so this list is going to be weird for a person really in Korean dramas

  1. Hospital Playlist
Starring: Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Kim Dae-myung and Jeon Mi-do 

Hospital Playlist is a medical drama which focuses on five doctors who have been friends since they entered medical school in the same year.

If there’s a 2020 kdrama I’d recommend to anyone, this is it. I love watching medical dramas but I was going to skip this because at the start of the drama there was a hint of power struggle which I hate, but I persevered and it paid off- it definitely did. It proved to be a very comic drama, not as heavy on the medical as I like, but lots of mukbangs to make up for it. Season 2 is already in the works which really makes me happy.

2. Was it love

Song Ji-hyo, Son Ho-jun, Song Jong-ho, Kim Min-joon, Koo Ja-sung and Kim Da-som

Single mother + four love interests + who is the father? + independent woman + romance = Was it Love.

I personally watched it because of goddess Song Ji-hyo and I liked the simplicity of the drama. It was a bit drawn out to find out who the father is, but the antics of the male leads and general comic relief made it worthwhile. If you’re looking for something simple, here you go.

3. Record of Youth

Starring: Park Bo-gum, Park So-dam and Byeon Woo-seok

Just like the title suggests, the drama revolves around young adults trying to achieve their dreams in the fashion and entertainment industry whilst thinking about their love lives.

You have Oscar winning Park So-dam starring in this drama, but no it was Park Bo-gum’s smile that drew me in. I really enjoyed seeing the main couple progress from friends to being lovers- none of that bad guy treats girl like trash then falls in love with her. This was full of maturity and addressed family dynamics of parents favouring a particular child over the other.

4. Itaewon Class

Starring: Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Yoo Jae-myung and Kwon Nara

Itaewon Class is a coming of age revenge drama based on the webtoon of the same name. We see the characters grow from high school, with one going to jail and meeting up as adults later in life.

If there’s anything that I can say about Itaewon Class, it will be that the Original Sound Track was the best I’ve heard this year. The drama was very refreshing because the female lead- Kim Da-mi was not the typical poor helpless girl which has become the troupe of so many Korean dramas.

5. Dr. Romantic 2

Starring: Han Suk-kyu, Ahn Hyo-seop, and Lee Sung-kyung

This is a sequel to the 2016 series Dr Romantic. A talented but ostracized Doctor working at a small hospital recruits talented but troubled young doctors to work with him and along the way teaches them how to fight injustice alongside perfecting their skills.

Like I earlier said I love medical dramas and this was as excellent as the first part. This had a different feel to Hospital playlist as it was more hands-on experience and not a comic relief kind of drama. The main leads as well as supporting characters did a great job of keeping entertaining the viewers.

Honourable mentions: Hmm, remember how I mentioned that I just wasn’t into dramas? Yeah, my list has ended. Next up are dramas that I didn’t watch for one reason or the other but nevertheless seems really interesting.

6. Extraordinary You

Starring: Kim Hye-yoon, Rowoon, and Lee Jae-wook

Don’t laugh oh, but I didn’t watch this drama because my fave wasn’t going to get the girl. I wasn’t ready to be heartbroken but I did get a very useful meme from the drama.

It’s a high school drama based on a webtoon about a girl who discovers she’s living in a comic and is about to be killed off- she looks for ways to change the story-line to save herself.

7. Flower of Evil

Flower of Evil (2020) - MyDramaList
Starring: Lee Joon-gi, Moon Chae-won, Jang Hee-jin, and Seo Hyun-woo

If you love thrillers or suspense filled dramas, this is your bus stop. I don’t do well with suspense, so I had to give this a pass. A police woman is happily married to her husband with a child, only for her to stumble on a case that she traces back to her loving and devoted husband.

8. Hyena

Starring: Kim Hye-soo and Ju Ji-hoon

Hyena is a legal drama that revolves around the lives of lawyers and how they’d do anything to win cases for their rich clients. This is still on my to watch list on Netflix. I usually don’t watch legal dramas but from the few clips I’ve seen on social media its going to be quite enjoyable.

There you have it, my top Korean dramas of 2020. Looking forward to what year 2021 Korean dramas have in store for us.

Happy Holidays.

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