My Year in Review: 2018 TV Edition

We have barely just left 2018, and now, we are at the start of the second week of 2019. However, before we truly say goodbye to 2018, I’m hitting the pause button in order to review how my year was in terms of tv shows & movies.

For this particular installment, I’ll be looking at the Western shows and all the Korean dramas I managed to watch this year. For the Korean dramas, I’m doing this in the order I watched them this year, and I must say that it is a very mixed bag indeed. I still have yet to come out with my comprehensive rankings of 2018 & 2017 Korean dramas, but I hope to be able to put that out before the first half of the year is over, as I still do have a lot to catch up on.

Just a bit of a warning, this post will be MASSIVE, and everything is spoiler free.

I was determined to start catching up in terms of Korean dramas, and I think that I did well this year. In total, with dramas I reviewed here and didn’t review, I watched 40 Korean dramas- 1 each from the years 2010,2011,2014 and 2016; 12 from 2017; and 23 from this year, 2018. I also got into one Korean variety show. It was a drama year filled with me trying out different genres and falling back on the ones that I loved, and a year that had disappointments that were more than made up for the ones I ended up loving.

Korean Variety: Running Man

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I started watching Running Man for Song Ji Hyo, then ended up falling in love with the ensemble cast and all the fun hijinks that happen during the missions they embark on. I also get to learn more about Korean culture and pop-culture through this show, and it is a lot of fun when I actually know who the guests are. I’m determined to watch every single episode of this show in existence. I love it a lot as some episodes cause me to just keep on laughing until I can’t breathe anymore.

Kdramas

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I started out my drama year w/ a bang, with tvN’s 2017 hit, “Stranger/Forest of Secrets“. Well made in every aspect, from acting, to directing, to pacing, it is no wonder that this drama landed on the New York Times’ list for best TV shows in 2017. It starred Bae Doo Na, Cho Seung Woo, Yoo Jae Myung, Lee Kyu Hyung, Lee Joon Hyuk, Shin Hye Sun, etc. It was written by Lee Soo Yeon and directed by Ahn Gil Ho.

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While “Black” had an interesting premise, and an interesting concept, nothing can redeem that horrible, horrible ending that they gave us. I have never felt as burned by an ending in a drama than in this 2017 OCN offering. It starred Song Seung Heon, Go Ara, Lee El and Kim Dong Jun. It was written by Choi Ran and directed by Kim Hong Sun.

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Circle“, a 2017 tvN scifi drama proved that you can make a well-made and thought provoking high concept drama. They were able to pull off an ambitious concept, while giving us a satisfying ending that still left it open for a second season. This drama starred Yeo Jin Goo, Ahn Woo Yeon, Gong Seung Yun, Lee Ki Kwang, Jung In Sun, and Kim Kang Woo. It was directed by Kim Soo Jin; and was written by Ryu Moon Sang, Kim Jin Hee, Yoo Hye Mi and Park Eun Mi.

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Hailing from the director of the “Reply/Answer Me” series, Shin Won Ho, “Prison Playbook” is a well made slice of life drama that successfully manages to pull of that premise in order to talk about life in a prison, from the wardens and guards to the inmates. I was surprised at how much I loved this drama, and is definitely one of my favorites of the 2018 drama year. (I count dramas that started airing in December 2017 but finish in 2018 as a 2018 drama.) It starred Krystal, Park Hae Soo, Jung Kyung Ho, Lim Hwa Young, Lee Kyu Hyung, Jung Hae In, Sung Dong Il, Jung Woong In, Choi Moo Sung, Park Ho San, Joo Suk Tae, Kang Seung Yoon, etc. It was written by Jung Bo Hoon.

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My interest in Jung Hae In led me to the SBS 2017 drama “While You Were Sleeping“, which had a lot of buzz last year thanks to its interesting premise, and as Suzy and Lee Jong Suk were in the lead roles. While I did like the premise, and I love seeing Kim Won Hae anywhere, it was a fun supernatural romantic mystery drama where the fantastical elements weren’t as thoroughly explained as I hoped it would be, but still worth the watch. It was directed by Oh Choong Hwan and Park Soo Jin, and written by Park Hye Ryun.

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As Junho has been on my radar ever since I watched “Chief Kim” last year, I decided to take a leap of faith and watch my very first melodrama with “Just Between Lovers/Rain or Shine“. This drama, which tells the story of two wounded souls finding healing with each other was well made in every aspect, including the secondary characters, making it one of my favorites of the 2018 drama season. This was a perfect watch for the winter season, and it introduced the world to a fresh new talent in Won Jin Ah. It was written by Yoo Bo Ra and was directed by Kim Jin Won.

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Just like “Circle”, OCN was able to pull of a great action packed mystery thriller in “Duel“, which also pulled off an ambitious scifi concept. It also was a great way to showcase the talent of Yang Se Jong, who managed to pull of portraying multiple characters at the same time. It also starred Jung Jae Young, and Seo Eun Soo. It was directed by Lee Jong Jae, and written by Kim Yoon Joo.

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Featuring an ensemble cast of relatively new faces with Jung In Sun, Lee Yi Kyung, Son Seung Won, Kim Jung Hyun, Go Won Hee and Lee Joo Woo, this ensemble slice of life comedy, “Laughter in Waikiki“, won the hearts of audiences immediately. It told the story of three struggling artists who run a guesthouse whose lives are overturned after a baby and its single mother enter their lives. One of my favorites for 2018, this drama is just as relatable as it is hilarious, especially with all the great cameo appearances from celebrities they manage to squeeze in. It was written by Kim Ki Ho, Song Ji Eun and Song Mi So; and was directed by Lee Chang Min.

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Choi Kang Hee was wonderful as the housewife detective Yoo Seol Ok, and had a wonderful partner in Detective Ha Wan Seung (Kwon Sang Woo), however, everything that was great about “Queen of Mystery” was undone in the lackluster second season. My advice- watch the first season of the KBS2 comedy mystery drama, and pretend that it ended there. The first season was written by Lee Sung Min; and directed by Yoo Young Eun. The second one was directed by Choi Yoon Suk and written by Lee Sung Min.

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I am glad that my first ever experience watching a 50 episode long family drama was with this quirky and adorable family in KBS2’s 2017 family drama “My Father is Strange“. I kept on coming back for more of the their family dynamics, and this introduced me to Jung So Min, Lee Joon, and Lee Yu Ri. The series follows the Byun family as they go about their daily lives and how their world gets overturned when an idol turned actor turns up claiming to be the family’s long lost oldest son. It also starred Kim Young Chul, Kim Hae Sook, Ryu Soo Young, Kang Seok Woo, Song Ok Suk, Min Jin Woong, Lee Mi Do, Ryu Hwa Young, Ahn Hyo Seop, Lee Joon Hyuk and Jang So Yeon. It was directed by Lee Jae Sang and written by Lee Jung Sun.

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A modern classic in its own right, “Fight For My Way” is the drama, in my opinion, that MADE Park Seo Joon the bankable star he is now. This KBS 2 drama explores two different kinds of relationships- best friends turned lovers and what happens when a couple gets too complacent with each other in a long term relationship. Aside from Park Seo Joon, it starred Kim Ji Won, Ahn Jae Hong, Song Ha Yoon, Lee Elijah, Kwak Si Yang, Pyo Ye Jin, Jin Hee Kyung and Kim Sung Oh among others. It was directed by Lee Na Jeong and written by Moon Joon Ha.

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tvN’s “Live” gave us an ensemble drama that was raw and cut deep, as it gave us a glimpse into the harsh realities of what police officers, specifically patrol police go through everyday, including all the office politics that play into it as well. Made almost like a documentary at times, this drama is well made through and through, and may be difficult for some to actually get through watching it as it was a bit brutal, gritty, all to real, and depressing. It starred Jung Yu Mi, Lee Kwang Soo, Bae Sung Woo, Bae Jong Ok, Sung Dong Il, Jang Hyun Sung, Lee Eol, Lee Si Un, Lee Joo Young, Shin Dong Wook, Kim Gun Woo, Jo Wan Ki, Baek Seung Do, Lee Soon Won, and Kim Jong Hoon, among others. It was directed by Kim Kyu Tae and was written by No Hee Kyung.

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I love anything that involves heists and cons, especially if they are pulled of well, and “Switch:Change the World” delivered exactly that in this fun roller coaster of a ride. A fun watch all the way until the end, this show showed me that I had been underestimating Jang Geun Suk as an actor as he pulled off portraying two different roles convincingly, and gave us such a fun villain in Jung Woon In’s Geum Tae Woong. It also starred Han Ye Ri, Jo Hee Bong, Shin Do Hyun, An seung Hwan, Seo Young Soo, Park Won Sang, Song Won Seok, Choi Jae Won, and Lee Jung Kil, among others. It was directed by Nam Tae Jin and written by Baek Woon Chul.

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While the acting and cinematography was on point, “Something in the Rain/Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food” started out as a great romance that got frustrating towards the middle because of the problems they ran into thanks to societal, familial, and cultural norms. The ending did nothing to improve the intense middle portion of the drama for me, and I was a bit disappointed in it, as I had been looking forward to it given the talent involved in it. It starred Jung Hae In, Son Ye Jin, Jang So Yeon, Oh Ryong, Yung Jong Seok, Gil Hae Yeon, Kim Jong Tae, Park Hyuk Kwon, Lee Hwa Ryong, Seo Jung Yeon, Lee Chang Hoon, Lee Joo Young, and Jung Euguene, among others. It was directed by An Pan Seok and was written by Kim Eun.

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tvN had a hit on their hands with 2016’s “Signal“, as it was a solid murder mystery drama that involved time travel in an interesting way, that they were able to pull off and be consistent with all the way until the end. It had a solid main cast with Lee Je Hoon, Kim Hye Soo and Cho Jin Woong, and the script and direction were great. Aside from that, this drama had an extra chill factor as most of the cases they tackled were based on actual cases, and it all paid off well in the well, while keeping things open for a potential sequel. As long as they get the same creative team and main cast, I’m totally down for that. It was directed by Kim Won Suk and written by Kim Eun Hee.

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As a fan of the early days of the original “Suits“, I wondered if the Korean version would be any good, and interestingly enough, after watching it, I ended up preferring this version compared to the original. Around two seasons worth of the original’s storylines were neatly compressed into just one season, and I liked how they tackled the character of Go Yeon Woo, the Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) of this version. I also liked the different dynamic between the Yeon Woo’s love interest , Ko Sung Hee’s Kim Ji Na; and it showed me that Park Hyung Sik has a lot of potential as an actor. It also starred Jang Dong Gun, Jin Hee Kyung, Chae Jung An, and Choi Gwi Hwa among others. It was directed by Kim Jin Woo and written by Kim Jung Min.

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This unexpected MBC romantic comedy, “I’m Not A Robot“, completely won my heart over with its interesting concept, script, characters and actors. The ensemble of friends that the leads had were so much fun to hang out with, and Chae Soo Bin and Yoo Seung Ho played their characters to perfection, while still allowing them to be very much vulnerable. This is one of the first few robot themed dramas of the year, and is just as heartwarming as it is ridiculous, while also tackling the ethical issues about AI and how far it can go, as well as a drama all about trust and humanity. This drama also starred Uhm Ki Joon, Park Se Wan, Kang Ki Young, Hwang Seung Un, Kim Min Kyu, Song Jae Ryong, Seo Dong Won, and Lee Min Ji, among others. It was directed by Jung Dae Yoon and written by Kim Seon Mi.

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tvN’s “Lawless Lawyer” wasn’t a perfect drama, but it was a fun revenge drama that knew exactly what it was, and gave us two wonderful villains and a fun performance from both Lee Joon Gi and Seo Ye Ji. Aside from this, what I loved about the drama is that it succeeded in pointing out how idol worshiping and blind worshiping political leaders is never a good thing. It also starred Lee Hye Young, Choi Min Soo, Kim Byung Hee, Soo Ye Hwa, Yum Hye Ran, Cha Jung Won, Jeon Jin Ki, Shin Eun Jung, Park Ho San, Baek Joo Hee, and Ahn Nae Sang among others. It was directed by Kim Jin Min and written by Yoon Hyun Ho.

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“Partners for Justice/Investigation Couple” was one of my guilty pleasures that I didn’t review on this blog. Episodic in nature with an overarching theme, this show follows a newly minted prosecutor who ends up teaming up with a detective and an eccentric forensic doctor to solve the cases that come their way. Definitely not a perfect drama, but a perfect guilty pleasure show that allowed me to enjoy watching them solve the cases in front of my eyes without thinking about it too much. It starred Jung Jae Young, Jung Yu Mi, Lee Yi Kyung, Park Eun Seok, Stephanie Lee, Park Hee Jin, Park Jun Gyu, Joo Jin Mo and Song Young Kyu among others. It was directed by No Do Cheol and written by both Min Ji Eun and Won Young Sil.

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My love for both Junho and Jang Hyuk led me to this quirky underdog food related drama by SBS called “Wok of Love/Greasy Mello” that made me crave sweet and sour pork and jjajangmyon the entire time. This drama had a solid cast and premise, with wonderful food and cooking shots, and a quirky charm to it that unfortunately got lost towards the very rushed ending. However, this romantic comedy is still worth your time, if you are alright with the quirky humor that the show serves up. It also starred Lee Mi Sook, Park Ji Young, Jung Ryeo Won, Lim Won Hee, Kim Sa Kwon, Jo Jae Yun, Oh Eui Sik, and Tae Hang Ho, among others. It was directed by Park Sun Ho and Ham Joon Ho, and written by Seo Sook Hyang.

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MBC’s “Come Here and Hug Me” told the story of a star crossed couple that wasn’t meant to be, as his father murdered her family years ago. It was also a study on whether a person’s evil nature is nurture or nature, and how one terrible crime affects both the victim’s family and the family of the criminal. The entire cast of the drama, cinematography and direction was great, and the ending paid off everything well. Kim Kyung Nam, however, did steal most audience’s hearts as the wayward older brother who only wanted to please his crazy father who was portrayed by Heo Jun Ho. It also starred Seo Jung Yeon, Nam Da Reum, Ryoo Han Bi, Choi Ri, Kwon Hyuk Soo, Yoon Jong Hoon, and Kim Seo Hyung. It was directed by Choi Joon Bae and written by Lee A Ram.

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This JTBC drama, “Miss Hammurabi“, was a Jdrama like slice of life drama that gave us an inside look at the life of a judge. What made things even more interesting is that the screenplay of this drama was written by a former judge named Moon Yoo Seok, who also wrote the novel the drama was based on. Starring Go Ara, Infinite’s L, Sung Dong Il, Lee Elijah, Ryu Deok Hwan, and Ahn Nae Sang, among others; this drama was an underrated gem that tackled a subject matter most don’t really know about. It was directed by Kwak Jung Hwan.

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Having seen the original BBC version, I can fairly say that I love the Korean version just as much as I loved the BBC version, although both might not be everyone’s cup of tea. One of the best of the year, OCN’s version of “Life on Mars” shows us what a good remake is- using the original concept and breathing new life into it in a way that stays true to the spirit of the original, but is also unique in itself. This show keeps you guessing even after the final credits and post credits scene comes around, making you hope for more. A well made drama with an all star cast led by Jung Kyung Ho, Park Sung Woong, Go Ah Sung, Oh Dae Hwan, and Noh Jong Hyun. It was directed by Lee Jung Hyo.

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KBS’ robot drama “Are You Human Too?” was ridiculously absurdist and was the type that you had to throw a lot of logic out the window, but despite all of that, and the disappointment in most that the strong female lead’s role was reduced towards the end, it gave us an interesting discussion on how androids should be treated especially when they start to develop a personality and a conscience. Seo Kang Joon stole the show in the dual roles of portraying Nam Sin and the robot version of Nam Sin, and proved that he is more than just a pretty face. It was also great to see Lee Joon Hyuk not portraying a villain this time around. It also starred Gong Seung Yeon, Kim Won Hae, Kim Hyun Sook, Kim Hye Eun, Choi Duk Moon, Yu Oh Seong, Park Young Gyu, Park Hwan Hee and Kim Sung Ryoung. It was directed by Chan Young Hoon and written by Jo Jung Joo.

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While there are many redeeming moments in this show as a romantic comedy, if you remove the trappings, “What’s Wrong w/Secretary Kim?” is pure romantic comedy fluff that was carried by the sheer power of Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young. Despite that, I did have fun watching it. I loved the couple that was formed within the general affairs office, Kang Ki Young was great, and both 2PM’s Chansung and Pyo Ye Jin did well in this drama. It also starred Lee Tae Hwan, Hwang Bo Ra, and Kang Hong Suk. It was directed by Park Joon Hwa and written by Jung Eun Young.

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Your House Helper“, which was also based on a webcomic, was a slice of life romantic comedy that focused on a man who owns a housekeeping and housecleaning service, who ends up touching the lives of four girl friends. This drama didn’t really focus on its plot but on the character’s relationships with each other, and the character journeys that each of them went through as they all did end up facing their own demons over the course of the drama. I liked it as it was still a fun and very thought provoking watch. It starred Ha Seok Jin, Cosmic Girls’ Bona, Go Won Hee, Seo Eun Ah, Lee Ji Hoon, and Jeon Soo Jin. It was directed by Jeon Woo Seong and Lim Se Joon and was written by Kim Ji Seon.

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I fell deeply in love with tvN’s 2017 drama “Chicago Typewriter” as soon as I finally realized that this show was truly about. It follows a popular novelist and a fan of his who end up discovering thanks to a mysterious ghost writer, that they are reincarnations of freedom fighters against the Japanese in 1930s Joseon. This drama not only boasted an interesting script and solid performances, this was also my gateway drama to more historical kdrama fare. It starred Go Kyung Po, Yoo Ah In, Im Soo Jung, Kwak Si Yang, Jo Woo Jin, Yang Jin Sung, and Jeon Soo Kyung. It was directed by Kim Cheol Kyu and written by Jin Soo Wan.

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Penned by “Stranger/Forest of Secrets” writer Lee Soo Yeon, the JTBC drama “Life” is almost akin to a political thriller but set in a hospital. Throughout the drama, the direction and the script pulled me in as the doctors and nurses of a prestigious university hospital must deal with internal political intrigue after a new and more business minding hospital director is appointment to them. Definitely a must watch drama, and is almost as good as “Stranger/Forest of Secrets”. It was directed by Hong Jong Chan. It starred Lee Dong Wook, Lee Kyu Hyung, Won Jin Ah, Cho Seung Woo, Yoo Jae Myung, Moon So Ri, Moon Sung Geun, Cheon Ho Jin, Yum Hye Ran, Tae In Ho, Kim Won Hae, Choi Yu Hwa, Jung Hee Tae, Lee Sang Hee, and Eom Hyo Seop.

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This was the drama I was most excited for as I have been waiting for it since the first season of “Voice” ended. The second season gave us new cases, and old and new faces alike, with a new overarching mystery and villain for our Golden Time Team to tackle. However, the jury is still out for me as to how much I liked this show, as it will depend on whatever they want to do with our characters for the third season based on that awful cliffhanger they ended the season on. It starred Lee Ha Na, Lee Jin Wook, Kwon Yul, Son Eun Seo, Ahn Se Ha, Kim Woo Suk, Yoo Seung Mok, Kim Joong Ki, Song Boo Gun, etc. It was directed by Lee Seung Yeong and was written by Ma Jin Won.

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Charming, quirky and relatable, SBS’ “30 but 17/Still 17” is a wonderful coming of age story that reminds us that growing up and maturing doesn’t have a particular age. The show follows a thirty year old former violin prodigy who wakes up after being in a coma since she got into an accident when she was 17 years old. After waking up, she stumbles into her old home, now occupied by an eccentric female housekeeper, an optimistic high school student, and his eccentric uncle who also suffered due to the same incident the female lead was in. Together, they learn how to cope with their problems and learn how to grow up, even though it will take some time. Yang Se Jong and Shin Hye Sun were brilliant as the lead characters, but is was Ahn Hyo Seop who stole the show as the teenaged Yoo Chan as his acting got light years better since “My Father is Strange”. Definitely one of my favorites of the year, it was written by Jo Sung Hee and directed by Jo Soo Won.

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KBS 2’s 2017 drama “Mad Dog” is a revenge drama meets a heist drama, as insurance investigators, a hacker, and a con artist team up in order to bring to justice those responsible for a particular airplane crash. This drama had fun villains, fun schemes, and a wonderful performance by Woo Do Hwan that almost stole the entire show. It also starred Yoo Ji Tae, Ryu Hwa Young, Jo Jae Yoon, Kim Hye Sung, Hong Soo Hyun, and Jeong Bo Seok. It was written by Kim Soo Jin and directed by Hwang Yu Kyung.

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Despite it having similarities to tvN’s “Signal” due to the time travel premise, OCN’s 2017 drama “Tunnel” is very much different, with our trio of leads mostly focused on one overarching mystery that connects them altogether, and with the other cases they solve being somewhat connected to their major case. Aside from being able to pull off the time travel premise, this show had great characterization and character journeys, and relationships that were established within the show. It starred Choi Jin Hyuk, Yoon Hyun Min, Lee Yoo Young, Jo Hee Bong, Kang Ki Young, Kim Byung CHeol, Lee Si A, VIXX’s N, Kim Min Sang, among others. It was written by Lee Eun Mi, and directed by both Shin Yong Whee and Nam Ki Hoon.

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With a script written by rookie writer Jung Hwe Hyun, this MBC 2017 office drama was an underrated gem. “Radiant Office” follows three people who were down on their luck who meet by chance who all end up getting hired as interns in a huge company. Office politics and hijinks ensue, but along the way, the three grow up, and even teach their mentor a thing or two about the value of hard work over output. Not a perfect drama, but is a gem that you shouldn’t miss. It starred Go Ah Sung, Ha Seok Jin, Lee Dong Hwi, Kim Dong Wook, Hoya, Kim Byung Choon, Han Sun Hwa, Kwon Hae Hyo, Oh Dae Hwan, and Jang Shin Young. It was directed by Jung Ji In.

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OCN’s “Player” is big on camaraderie and characterization, but sometimes falls short as a good heist drama as some of the schemes aren’t as slick as you’d want them to be, and as the pacing can get off at times, but nevertheless, a fun ride all the way until the end. It also left things open ended for a potential second season, which I would like to see if they had the same cast, and improve on their shortcomings. It starred Seong Seung Hoon, Krystal, Lee Si Eon, Kim Won Hae, Tae Won Suk, Heo Joon Ho, and Yoo Ye Bin. It was written by Shin Jae Hyung and directed by Go Jae Hyun.

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“Quiz from God” or “God’s Quiz” is the only Korean drama so far that I’ve seen work in multiple seasons, even if some of the seasons aren’t as strong as the others. The show follows a genius doctor who works at Hankook University, which is in charge of doing second autopsies especially if they are dealing with rare diseases. More often than not, each season, although episodic, has an overarching season long mystery. Aside from it being a guilty pleasure watch, it is interesting that a main character rooted in science also has faith in religion. The entire series stars Ryu Deok Hwan, Yoon Joo Hee (Seasons 1,3 & 4), and Park Jun Myeon.

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I was able to end the year on a fun, sweet and heartwarming note with MBC’s 2018 drama “My Secret Terius“. This show follows a former NIS agent who ends up getting involved with a widow and her adorable young twins after he enters her life as her late husband got caught in the crossfire of a mission he has yet to close. Half of the show worked due to how adorable it was to watch So Ji Sub babysit the twins, and half of the show worked because the show knew how campy and ridiculous it should be without overstepping into corny-ville. Jung In Sun did well in her first ever lead role, especially playing off the legendary So Ji Sub. Definitely a fun, sweet and heartwarming show to watch that is consistent with its tone all the way through. It also starred Im Se Mi, Son Ho Jun, Kim Yeo Jin, Kang Ki Young, Jung Si A, Seo Yi Sook, Sung Joo and Eom Hyo Seop. It was directed byy Park Sang Hun and written by Oh Ji Young.

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With regards to Western shows, I started my year off with one of the quirkiest shows I have ever seen- “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” Season 2. Unfortunately, it didn’t attract enough eyeballs to warrant a third season, although I was very much interested in seeing what would happen next if there was a season 3.

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I also finally caught up on SyFy’s “12 Monkeys” by watching the second and third season of the show. I love how everything is beginning to pay off, and I can’t wait to see how they ended the entire show with Season 4.

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Interestingly enough, “Agents of SHIELD” is the only superhero based show that I am still following. I really had fun with what they did in this season, and I cannot wait to see how the journey of our agents continues, and if ever, how they will end everything if it comes to it.

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Two seasons in, and this adaptation of one of my favorite young adult series of novels has never failed to disappoint me. Season two was darker than the first season, and I am expecting for more things to be revealed and things to get even more darker in the third and final season.

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Rebooting a beloved tv show is no easy feat, and while the first season of this new “Lost in Space” does have it pitfalls, it shows good potential, and hopefully they improve on it in the second season.

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Timeless” was still a fun show and improved upon what it had already established in the first season, while upping up the ante with the main antagonists of the season. It’s a shame that the show was cancelled, but I am also very much glad that they were allowed to do a two part special to wrap things up.

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This year, we bid goodbye to a wonderful pocket in the galaxy of “Star Wars” with the final and fourth season of “Star Wars: Rebels“. I’m glad that they knew when to end it, and that they were able to end it in a manner that was satisfactory to the fans of the show and of “Star Wars”, and left some fates open and ready for a comic, a spin-off, or maybe even a novel in the future. I didn’t expect to grow attached to these characters!

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Another great animated show that ended its run was Guillermo del Toro’s “Trollhunters“. It was a wonderful show that was enjoyed by kids and adults alike, and I like all the set up that they laid for the upcoming two new shows that also exist in the same universe. I’m happy with how all the characters’ story lines paid off, and I can’t wait to see crossovers in the future!

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While I really loved the first season, I wasn’t as fond of this season, although I did like that we delved deeper into Jessica’s origin, and we got to see more of Trish Walker. I know that they already filmed the third season, so I’m interested to see in which direction they’ll take these two characters in. I also hope that they’ll be able to wrap up their story lines well as I am pretty sure that the show will get axed by Netflix.

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I was excited for the third season of “Daredevil” as I knew that they were going to base it loosely on my favorite Daredevil run- “Born Again”- and it didn’t disappoint. I’m glad that they ended it in a way that worked perfect as an ending for the series, but I am slightly disappointed that they cancelled it as I really wanted to see Pointdexter go full on Bullseye in Season 4.

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The Hollow” was a very interesting “Lost”-esque animated show that was good for kids and adults alike, with its enigmatic mysteries and clues that the we, the viewers, had to figure out. However, that ending, while suitable for children, was quite cheesy.

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While there are still a lot of kinks to be worked out as the seasons go by, I think that “The Dragon Prince” had a wonderful yet short and sweet first season. Made by the studio behind “Avatar :The Last Airbender”, the first season of this show gives us an entire new world to explore with a fascinating history and culture that I can’t to delve into in the future!

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While many didn’t like the fourth season of RWBY, I loved it. However, the fifth season, although it did have its moments and it picked up momentum in the latter half of the season, I was a little bit disappointed as there was just too much exposition. I’m still holding out hope for a better sixth season!

And there you have it, a complete run down of my past year in terms of tv shows! Thank you for your patience in reading all the way through down to here, and I hope that 2019 will be an even better year for watching tv shows and dramas!

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    1. Which ones in my list did you like? With the exception of Running Man, yes, I watched all of that and completed them. TBH, I have no idea how I did it. I was basically just watching all the time when I had downtime. When it comes to picking dramas, I usually go for genres that I like, and I always make it a good mix. A rom-com then a more crime based drama, and it also really depends on my mood. Also, when I start watching a new drama that I decided to watch because I like the genre, director, actors or writers, or just because it sounds interesting, I give it the 3-4 episode test. If I am not hooked by then, I drop it. I also watch out for reviews and I base it on that as well. I was surprised by how much I loved Just Between Lovers, as I rarely do melodramas, but Junho was what drew me in. I’m Not A Robot and Are You Human Too? surprised in how much I loved them, as well as Waikiki, Prison Playbook and My Secret Terius. I do watch movies too, and I’ll be posting a post like this one this coming Friday. ๐Ÿ˜€

  1. I have watched all episodes of Running man I used to love it so much. But from a month or two, I am getting quite bored with new episodes of Running man. I watch other variety shows like Knowing brothers and New Journey to the west (highly recommended.)
    From your list,
    I loved these dramas – Prison Playbook, Just between lovers( started for Junho as well, I also don’t like melodramas. This one had so many amazing quotes and ost.), I’n not a robot, Come & hug me, 30 but 17. Watched My father is strange, Chicago typewriter on 2017 and loved then as well. I don’t see My mister and My id is Gangnam beauty in your list. Loved those dramas too.
    Dramas I liked/It’s okay- Live, Secret forest, WWYS, Voice, signal, AYHT, YHH, Terius behind me (should have had better second half.) Dropped- wok of love, mad dog, Queen of mystery, fight for my way.
    Haven’t watched rest of the dramas but will like to try out Laughter in Waikiki (not sure if I will like the humour in it or not.) That’s all. https://dramajunkieblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/all-dramas-movies-that-i-watched-in-2018/

    1. Sorry for the late reply! I quite like Knowing Bros. they crack me up a lot. I’ve heard a lot being disappointed in the newer episodes of Running Man, but I haven’t gotten that far yet. I do plan to watch My Mister and My ID is Gangnam Beauty, it’s on my long laundry list of to watch dramas. ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. They still continue to disappoint. After a month or more I tried watching latest running man episode and couldn’t even finish it. Almost all episodes it mystery stuff are extremely boring. They should do something like those dangerous stuff they did in foreign countries with that spinning wheel or something.

      2. Yikes. That’s sad. From around when does it get bad? I guess I’ll only check out the newer ones if a group or celebrity I like is guesting. So far, I’m still in the earlier days, which can be hit or miss, but largely HILARIOUS. I also loved the ten episode Coffee Friends on tvN, it was relaxing plus good food!

      3. Global race from 346 then 1 percent people’s recommendation, half and half tour were all good and interesting. Family package project till episode 408 was decent too. After that there were only very few good episodes in between with mostly boring and bad ones.

  2. I don’t watch western shows but tried watching The walking dead s1 and didn’t like it. Can you recommend me some shows/movies that I will like regardless of the genre? Or should I just watch All the boys I loved before and Crazy Rich Asians?

    1. Hmmmm. That’s kind of hard. For me, because of my interest in tv and film, I would end up gravitating towards those that have won awards or have great reviews in terms of how it was made, the direction, the acting, and the writing. Check critically acclaimed stuff and check if any would interest you. However, in my many years of consuming a lot of media, I’ve always found that watching things based on my mood and on genres that I like best gives me the better experience, with some little experiments on the side. ๐Ÿ˜€

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