22 K-Drama Superlatives From 2018

With 2018 now in our rear-view mirror, it’s time to look again on the yr we’ve had, and have fun all of the ups-and-downs of Okay-dramaland. It doesn’t appear to be 2018 has been a very robust yr for Okay-dramas, with fairly a number of exhibits beginning out robust however dropping the plot midway via or simply being a let down generally.

Regardless of so, there are nonetheless some actually good gems on the market, with just a little one thing for everybody. So with a view to honor the multitude of dramas which have (for higher or worse) accompanied us by way of our personal ups-and-downs, right here’s the superlative type spherical up for 2018.

This record (in no specific order) is extra enjoyable than authoritative, and goals to unfold the love and embrace as many dramas as attainable. So be happy to provide you with your personal classes and nominations and share them with us within the feedback part under!

Disclaimer: The article solely consists of dramas that began airing between December 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018. Additionally, minor spoilers forward!

Greatest origin story

The origin of espresso, “Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter”

Aired on: tvN
Air date: November 5 – December 25, 2018 (16 eps.)
Starring: Moon Chae Gained, Yoon Hyun Min, Search engine optimisation Ji Hoon, Jun Soo Jin, Kang Mina, Hwang Younger Hee, Ahn Kil Kang, Kim Min Kyu

Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive spider. Superman got here from the planet Krypton. And occasional was formally launched when an Ethiopian fairy went for an trade program to the fairy realm. The remaining is historical past.

But in addition, dancing goats. Always remember the dancing goats.

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Most probably to scare the pants off of viewers

“The Guest”

Aired on: OCN
Air date: September 12 – November 1, 2018 (16 eps.)
Starring: Kim Dong Wook, Kim Jae Wook, Jung Eun Chae

OCN spins a spooktacularly horrifying story full of demons and gore proper in time for Halloween. Every part about “The Guest” — from the filming angles to the eerie sounds — intensifies the creepiness. Be sure you verify this one out for those who love this style. However even should you don’t often like getting your pants scared off, give it a attempt (in broad daylight), as a result of general, it’s an actual doozy!


Greatest marriage counselor

The bizarre man with the cash, “Familiar Wife”

Aired on: tvN
Air date: August 1 – September 20, 2018 (16 eps.)
Starring: Ji Sung, Han Ji Min, Kang Han Na, Jang Seung Jo

It’s in all probability not a stretch to say all couples undergo their ups and downs, which makes this drama wholly relatable particularly to married couples. It’s straightforward to lose sight of who we as soon as have been once we begin taking new roles in a wedding, and earlier than we all know it, we now have fallen out of affection with one another.

This rings very true to the central couple in “Familiar Wife,” as Cha Joo Hyuk (Ji Sung) and Search engine optimisation Woo Jin (Han Ji Min) have slipped right into a rut and constantly take one another as a right, a lot in order that Joo Hyuk regrets the wedding. With slightly supernatural assist by way of a mysterious man with time-traveling cash, Joo Hyuk and Woo Jin are capable of rediscover themselves, in addition to their love for one another.

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More than likely to induce intense ache

“My ID is Gangnam Beauty”

Aired on: JTBC
Air date: July 27 – September 15, 2018 (16 eps.)
Starring: Im Soo Hyang, Cha Eun Woo, Jo Woo Ri, Kwak Dong Yeon

To start with, you’ll want sun shades to guard your retinas from Cha Eun Woo’s obtrusive magnificence. Not solely that, you’ll additionally want a visit to the dentist to get your tooth checked after watching this drama as a result of there are such a lot of candy moments between fundamental couple Kang Mi Rae (Im Soo Hyang) and Do Kyung Seok (Cha Eun Woo) that you could be simply find yourself with cavities or worse — Cha Eun Woo-withdrawal (a really actual sickness!)


Most up to date piece of jewellery

Geum Gang Go, “Hwayugi”

Aired on: tvN
Air date: December 23, 2017 – March four, 2018 (20 eps.)
Starring: Lee Seung Gi, Cha Seung Gained, Oh Yeon Search engine optimization, Lee Hong Ki

The bangle sort jewellery used to regulate Son Oh Gong (Lee Seung Gi) in “Hwayugi” didn’t all the time belong on the wrist. Within the unique Chinese language story, it was a golden circlet that went across the head, and when a mantra is chanted, it tightens itself, thus giving it’s wearer insufferable ache. I’m positive we’re all respiration a sigh of aid that Oh Gong will get to put on a way more trendy model, which can also be used as a illustration of his devotion in the direction of Sam Jang (Oh Yeon Search engine marketing).

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Position most deserving of commendation

Kim Hae Sook, “Room No.9”

Aired on: tvN
Air date: October 6 – November 25, 2018 (16 eps.)
Starring: Kim Hee Solar, Kim Hae Sook, Kim Younger Kwang, Lee Geung Younger, Oh Dae Hwan

“Room No. 9” itself is a solidly entertaining drama, however what makes it such a rarity is that it not solely facilities round two ladies, however ladies of a sure age. It’s straightforward to relegate Kim Hae Sook, who’s in her sixties, to minor mom and even grandmother elements when her expertise is clearly meant for extra than simply these peripheral roles. So an enormous thanks to the writers for figuring out that these fantastic actresses deserve extra meaty roles, and right here’s to hoping for a lot, far more!

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Greatest actor (mini human)

The scene-stealing child, Sol, “Waikiki”

Aired on: JTBC
Air date: February 6 – April 17, 2018 (20 eps.)
Starring: Kim Jung Hyun, Lee Yi Kyung, Jung In Solar, Go Gained Hee

“Waikiki” itself is a hoot and a half, with tons of comedic beats and earnestness simply as a very good youthful comedy ought to. However what utterly stole the present for me because the very first episode, was the tremendous cute child who performs Sol. The cutaway photographs to Sol’s expressions all the time get to me, both as a result of they’re hilariously deadpan or simply so cute they’ll make you go googoogaga too!


Most coveted means

Aji three’s “power down” mode, “I Am Not a Robot”

Aired on: MBC
Air date: December 6, 2017 – January 25, 2018 (32 eps. of 35 minutes every)
Starring: Yoo Seung Ho, Chae Soo Bin, Uhm Ki Joon, Kim Min Kyu

A robotics professor (Uhm Ki Joon) fashions an android after his ex-girlfriend, Jo Ji Ah (Chae Soo Bin). When the robotic, Aji three, malfunctions, they recruit the ex-girlfriend to be a stand in till they will repair the precise robotic. Profiting from the state of affairs, every time Ji Ah is feeling flustered or cornered, she simply claims she’s run out of battery and “powers down.” Now, if solely we might all escape from awkward conditions like that!

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Most hardworking character

Hardworking Cow, “What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim”

Aired on: tvN
Air date: June 6 – July 26, 2018 (16 eps.)
Starring: Park Search engine marketing Joon, Park Min Younger, Pyo Ye Jin, Kang Ki Younger, Chansung

Positive, “What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim” is deserving of many different superlatives, like “Most hilarious narcissist” for Park Search engine optimisation Joon’s character, or “Most envious locks” for Park Min Younger’s hair. However typically, we should always simply handle the elephant within the room (or on this case, the cow), and provides the superlative award to the obvious selection, and on this case, it’s the one who’s most hardworking — “The Hardworking Cow.” C’mon, it’s actually within the identify!

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Most hardworking character (precise human)

Yoon Shi Yoon

Yoon Shi Yoon has actually been on our TV screens the entire yr, what with him headlining saeguk “Grand Prince” within the first half of the yr, authorized drama “Your Honor” within the second half, an outing on “Law of the Jungle in Sabah,” and to not point out “2 Days & 1 Night” each Sunday night time. Now, to be truthful, I didn’t truly take attendance of each single actor/actress within the enterprise, however he sounds fairly hardworking to me!

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Most hardworking character (adolescent human)

Nam Da Reum

Nam Da Reum is one other actor who appears to be in all places (and the go-to flashback actor). This yr alone, you’ll be able to see him in “Radio Romance,” “Come And Hug Me,” and “Where Stars Land,” all enjoying youthful variations of the primary leads. Many baby actors have gone and achieved nice success within the enterprise, and little question Nam Da Reum might be headlining his personal drama within the close to future!

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Earliest EXO-L in historical past

Hong Shim’s Dad, “100 Days My Prince”

Aired on: tvN
Air date: June 6 – July 26, 2018 (16 eps.)
Starring: EXO’s D.O., Nam Ji Hyun, Kim Seon Ho, Jo Sung Ha, Han So Hee, Jung Hae Kyun

Simply by the best way Hong Shim’s Dad (Jung Hae Kyun) is mesmerized by D.O.’s attractiveness, you understand he’s an EXO-L (or a minimum of one within the making!) Listening to how he describes Gained Deuk’s (D.O.’s character) beautiful facial options, and the way he’s adamant in marrying his daughter off to Gained Deuk regardless of barely figuring out him, is one thing any EXO-L can relate to!

Drama with probably the most quotable poignant strains

“Should We Kiss First”

Aired on: SBS
Air date: February 20 – April 24, 2018 (40 eps. of 35 minutes every)
Starring: Kam Woo Sung, Kim Solar Ah, Oh Ji Ho, Park Si Yeon

“There are some sadnesses that no person or thing can provide comfort for.”

“Should We Kiss First” is a drama that explores how a person and a lady of their forties, who’ve supposedly given up on love, strategy their burgeoning relationship. The drama takes on a sensible and introspective strategy which thus delivers many memorable strains, and it’s these quiet, human moments that basically contact our hearts and souls.

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Most deliciously makjang drama

“The Last Empress”

Airing on: SBS
Air date: November 21, 2018 – February 7, 2019 (48 eps. of 35 minutes every)
Starring: Jang Nara, Shin Sung Rok, Choi Jin Hyuk, Lee Elijah, Shin Eun Kyung

Okay, fact time: “The Last Empress” isn’t probably the most delicately written drama. The twists and turns typically simply crash into you want a five-ton truck, with none rhyme or purpose. It’s not precisely billed as a makjang, however the entire thing watches like a makjang playbook, in that no matter state of affairs you possibly can assume up of, will more than likely unfold on display! And that’s precisely what makes this such a deliciously and ridiculously enjoyable watch!

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Greatest firm identify (regulation agency class)

Kang and Ham, “Suits”

Aired on: KBS
Air date: April 25 – June 14, 2018 (16 eps.)
Starring: Jang Dong Gun, Park Hyung Sik, Chae Jung An, Jin Hee Kyung, Go Sung Hee

“Suits” gave us a really trendy drama with snazzy outfits, slick modifying, and a pleasant bromance between Choi Kang Seok (Jang Dong Gun) and Go Yeon Woo (Park Hyung Sik). On prime of all that, we even have probably the most awesome-est identify for a regulation agency — “Kang and Ham.” I can’t assist however crave ham each single time I see the identify, and sure, I’m solely 5 years previous! Sue me. (Pun absolutely meant).

Greatest firm identify (ever)

“The Miracle We Met”

Aired on: KBS
Air date: April 2 – Might 29, 2018 (18 eps.)
Starring: Kim Myung Min, Kim Hyun Joo, Ra Mi Ran, Go Chang Suk, Joseph Lee, EXO’s Kai

One of many major characters works at a financial institution referred to as… Shinhwa Nationwide Financial institution. That alone wins all of the brownie factors on the earth. Barring my timeless love for Shinhwa (the group, not the fictional financial institution), the drama itself is a full-on tearjerker that explores love, household, and sacrifice, and is led by a robust staff of veteran actors.

More than likely to trigger viewers to scream in frustration

“Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food”

Aired on: JTBC
Air date: March 30 – Might 19, 2018 (16 eps.)
Starring: Son Ye Jin, Jung Hae In

Ah, “Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food,” what on earth occurred to you? The drama debuted robust and remained buzzy all through its run, however sadly not all the time for the proper causes. The primary half of the drama was completely enjoyable and heart-fluttering, bolstered by the robust chemistry between the 2 leads. Sadly, the second half was simply exhaustingly miserable, evoking a wave of disappointment and complaints from viewers.


Greatest remake of the yr

“Life On Mars”

Aired on: OCN
Air date: June 9 – August 5, 2018 (16 eps.)
Starring: Jung Kyung Ho, Park Sung Woon, Go Ah Sung, Oh Dae Hwan

We do have fairly a couple of remakes this yr (“Suits,” “Matrimonial Chaos,” “The Beauty Inside” and so forth.) however it seems that “Life On Mars” is the one which greatest caught its touchdown by retaining the essence of the unique, whereas including in relatable Korean parts! It was achieved so nicely that even the unique BBC producers praised this specific remake, and is simply an throughout nice watch with an fascinating investigative-centered story line and strong actors (together with the underrated Jung Kyung Ho)!

Almost definitely to elicit flashbacks to Zac Efron

“30 But 17”

Airing on: SBS
Air date: July 23 – September 18, 2018 (32 eps. of 35 minutes every)
Starring: Shin Hye Solar, Yang Se Jong, Ahn Hyo Seop

Wait, do younger ‘uns today even know who Zac Efron is? Goodness I suddenly feel so old! *shakes fist and yells: Get off my lawn!*

Somewhat similar to Zac Efron’s 2009 film “17 Again” (however with out the supernatural aspect), Woo Search engine optimization Ri (Shin Hye Solar) wakes up from a 13 yr coma, and finds herself nonetheless with a 17-year-old mindset however in a 30-year-old physique. “30 But 17” will make you giggle one second and cry the subsequent, and regale you with tender moments of therapeutic and hope in between.

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Most cheeky product placement

Sulwhasoo lipstick, “Encounter”

Airing on: tvN
Air date: November 28, 2018 – January 24, 2019 (16 eps.)
Starring: Track Hye Kyo, Park Bo Gum, Jang Seung Jo, Kim Hye Eun, P.O

Provided that Track Hye Kyo is the face of cosmetics model Sulwhasoo, it shouldn’t be a shock to anybody that considered one of their merchandise would make it on the present. However what turns a blatant PPL right into a memorable one is when Kim Jin Hyuk (Park Bo Gum) presents Cha Soo Hyun (Music Hye Kyo) a lipstick from Sulwhasoo, and tells her she’s extra lovely than the model’s mannequin. Ha!

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Most buzzy return to the small display

Lee Byung Hun, “Mr. Sunshine”

Aired on: tvN
Air date: July 7 – September 30, 2018 (24 eps.)
Starring: Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri, Yoo Yeon Seok, Kim Min Jung, Byun Yo Han

Lee Byung Hun’s final lead position on TV was in 2009 (“IRIS“), thus when information of him starring in “Mr. Sunshine” began spreading — a Kim Eun Sook car no much less — it generated main buzz. The epic storytelling, coupled with Lee Byung Hun’s fascinating efficiency, stored the drama on the listing of most buzzworthy dramas for a lot of consecutive weeks. The gifted actor himself additionally gained a Daesang for this position on the 2018 Asia Artist Awards.


Most all-around lovely drama

“My Ahjussi”

Airing on: tvN
Air date: March 21 – Might 17, 2018 (16 eps.)
Starring: Lee Solar Kyun, IU, Go Doo Shim, Park Ho San

This drama isn’t just aesthetically beautiful — and the cinematography is significantly nothing in need of a masterpiece — but in addition carries a message that’s simply as lovely: Love can heal us when even nothing else can. This is among the most critically acclaimed dramas of the yr, with particular reward given to the heart-tugging story line and the superbly layered performances from the robust forged, and drama itself has even gone on to win a Daesang at The 2nd Seoul Awards.

Which of those dramas have you ever watched or can be including to your watch record? And what different superlatives will you be bestowing in your favourite dramas? Share your nominations and different feedback with us under!

Belinda_C has written 54 articles/quizzes in 2018, and needs to thank all of the readers and allow them to know she appreciates each considered one of them! She’s additionally ecstatic she labored in each Shinhwa and SEVENTEEN in a non-Okay-pop associated article! Share your love for them together with her on Twitter!

At present watching: “Memories of the Alhambra“
All-time favorite: “Kill Me Heal Me”
Wanting ahead to: A extra spectacular yr of Okay-dramas in 2019!