Sometimes you want to sink your teeth into something crazy that will keep you hooked and possibly binge it within a day or two. These are the shows that I’ve watched that are super dramatic and kept me hooked for days. Get your ramyun and shrimp chips ready, you’re going to be in front of your TV for a while.
World of the Married
- Starring: Kim Hee Ae, Park Hae Joon, Han So Hee
- Episodes: 16
The ratings of the show speak for themselves. It is a remake of a British show Dr. Foster. It’s the story of how a family has been ripped apart because of an affair. It goes through what goes on through a woman’s mind during an affair and how it destroys everything around them. This show is so well made and first on my list for a reason.
- Starring: Lee Ji Ah, Kim So Hyun, Eugene
- Episodes: 48
If you’re looking for a crazy rollercoaster ride, this show is for you. There is murder, cheating, beautiful people, beautiful homes, brief comedic breaks, and so much drama! It’s about the residents of Hera Palace and their children attending a prestigious music school. Most of the residents are struggling for money and power and everyone is struggling to survive. There is plenty of character development and switching of alliances. You will not be bored while watching this.
- Starring: Ha Ji Won, Joo Jin Mo, Ji Chang Wook
- Episodes: 52
Yes, you read that right. It’s 52 episodes and I watched it in 4 days while working full time during the day. Everything about this show is amazing it has everything and it’s set in the Joseon era when Korea had a weird incestuous relationship with China. The story is very creative with many plot twists and character development. You get to see veteran actors like Ha Ji Won, Joo Jin Mo, Choi Moo Sung, Kim Seo Hyun, and so many more put on one of the best performances. All of the women are badasses, even the villains. This is easily one of my top 5 kdramas and definitely must watch for all kdrama fans.
- Starring: Lee Bo Young, Heo Yool, Lee Hye Young
- Episodes: 16
I looked it up and this show had shockingly low ratings when it first aired. I’m not sure if there were competing shows at the same time slot or it could have been the ugly topic of child abuse and neglect that people avoided. This is not a typical romantic love story but the different types of relationships between a mother and her child. This show was beautifully done and still able to highlight the ugliness of child abuse and the broken system that works against the well-being of these children. This show is definitely hard to watch but healing at the same time. I did a separate post for this show and if you want to read more about it here.
- Starring: Yum Jung Ah, Lee Tae Ran, Yoon Se Ah,Kim Seo Hyung
- Episodes: 20
The shit parents will do to get their kids into a top university is unreal. I always knew the pressure for high school students was bad and this show I guess can be called a dark comedy/ satire about it. The show goes into the scheming of the parents and how it affects their children. This show was also really well made with great acting as well. This is worth binging and most kdrama lovers already have. I may be the last person to have watched this show.
- Starring: Lee Jong Suk, Jin Se Yeon, Kang So Ra, Park Hae Jin
- Episodes: 20
Okay! This was 100% Lee Jong Suk’s best performance. This show came out in 2014 but I’ve watched his other kdramas before this one and I can honestly say this was his best performance. He is a good actor regardless but his performance in this show killed me. It’s about a boy and his father who were taken to North Korea and subsequently abandoned by the South Korean government. The boy grows up in North Korea but after a chain of events ends up defecting and ends up a surgeon in South Korea. I was hesitant to watch this because, well, the poster is ugly (see below). This show has lots of drama, action, romance, and likable characters. Add this one to your list if you haven’t watched it yet.
- Starring: Kim Young Kwak, Jung So Min, Ha Seok Jin
- Episodes: 20
I would not recommend binging this one if you like sleeping. There is not a restful moment in this show. It’s about a massive earthquake that took place in Seoul and all of the hospitals collapsed except one. It’s about the struggle between the doctors and the director for resources. There are a lot of politics and disasters. A lot of times it feels like you’re looking into a tunnel with no light at the end. This is an excellent show and worth watching.
Usually, these types of shows can easily become cheesy because the storyline can be super ridiculous. Also, these shows only cast the best actors to make it work. A lot of times when the story is too ridiculous, it’s best not to analyze it and just sit back and enjoy the ride.