2015 Drama Picks

Angry Mom

Angry Mom

As soon as this drama ended I knew this would be one of my favorite dramas of the year. Airing in the first half of the year, Angry Mom has still stuck with me (and with many other people, for that matter) and will probably hold up for a long time. This drama wasn’t just about a mother going undercover to stop bullying, it was representing real problems and real emotions that were happening in Korea, especially after the wake of the Sewol Tragedy. First time drama writer Kim Ban Di has definitely got my vote for her next drama. Every actor in here is great. Kim Hee Sun was made for that role, and of course this is the drama that introduced everyone to Ji Soo aka the adorable love-struck Bok Dong.

Ho-Goo’s Love

Ho Goo's Love

This one came as a real surprise. I just casually watched the first episode and then fell right into it. Some people have qualms about Uee’s acting but I wasn’t bothered by her at all and enjoyed her character as a 20-something, new, single mom who was fiercely independent and confident. Of course, it is because of Ho-Goo’s love that she is able to withstand anything, and there is where the real love and magic of the drama is seen.

Let’s East S.2

Let's Eat 2

I admit, I was one of those people who was a bit turned off by the fact that there would be a new leading lady for the second season. But by the end of the first or second episode I quickly changed my mind. Seo Hyun Jin is great at comedy and played her food and weight obsessed character perfectly. Of course, there are plenty of food porn shots to be seen too.

Oh My Ghostess

Oh My Ghostess

Let’s face it, there was no way I was not going to watch this drama, since it comes from the writer of one of my favorite dramas ‘King Of High School’. And, as expected, it was a fun ride. Park Bo Young and Kim Seul Gi equally have great acting talent in playing two (and one) of the same character. Applause to the ladies. Our male lead actor Cho Jung Suk  is not a disappointment either, and made me laugh to the very end.

Last

Last

Now, I put ‘Last’ instead of ‘Awl’ because though ‘Awl’ is very well done I felt it was a bit anti-climatic. ‘Last’ however, is not. The fight scenes alone are worth watching and the characters played by Yoon Kye Sang and Lee Bum Soo make for perfect rivals. I also appreciate that though there are love lines, nothing goes all the way through, it’s put in the background and not the main focus of the drama. It’s not full blown and over dramatic like in some action dramas which can be a real downer.

Reply 1988

Reply 1988

I usually group dramas by year from looking at when the first episode premiered whereas others will label it by its last episode. Since most of the ‘Reply’ episodes were released in 2015, I think it’s safe to say that it belongs in that year. ‘Reply 1988’ may arguably be the best of the ‘Reply’ trilogy and it’s not because of the love lines or the who’s-the-future-husband guessing game; it all about the families and the friendships. This drama gave tremendous heart thanks its characters, but really, thanks to all the parents – to me, they were the highlights of the show, heck their relationships had me more invested than the kids did. And I swear I cried at the end of every episode.

Others:

Awl

Awl

Great story and acting by everyone especially by Ji Hyun Woo and Ahn Nae Sang; they really brought their characters to life with their backstories and friendship.

Heart To Heart

Heart To Heart

In comparison to ‘Ho-Goo’s Love’, ‘Hear To Heart’ was just as good, and with amazing chemistry to boot thanks to Choi Gang Hee and Chun Jung Myung.

Because It’s The First Time

Becaue It's The First Time

This small drama hardly got noticed but trust me, its worth a look at. Just when you think this is about romance you realize in the end that this is more about friendship and loyalty and having to test those boundaries. Their friendship may just be better than the kids in ‘Reply 1988’.

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