K-Drama List + Ratings

Random Ratings
+ = Watch at least first episode/required watching.
heartthrob= Heart throbs
$= Popular in the US ONLY
₩= Popular in Korea

Dramas:
위대한 유산/ Great Inheritance Rating: ★★★★☆
하이에나 / Hyena Rating: ★★★★★ (19+)
일지매 / Iljimae Rating: ★★★★☆
밤이면 밤마다/ When It’s Night Rating: ★★★★★
대~한민국 변호사 / The Lawyers of South Korea (See review for translation reasoning) Rating: ★★★☆☆
홍길동 / Hong Gil Dong Rating: ★★★★★
칼잡이 오수정 / Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung/Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung Rating: ★★★★★
9회말 2아웃 / 9 End 2 Outs Rating: ★★★★★
대장금/Dae Jang Geum Rating: ★★★★★ $
황진이 /Hwang Jin Yi Rating: ★★★★★ $
여우야 뭐하니/yeouya mo hani/What’s up Fox Rating: ★★★★★ $
포도밭 그사나이 / Podopat Geusanai/The Vineyard Man Rating: ★★★★★ $
환상의 커플/Fantasy Couple Rating: ★★★★★ $ (My pick for 2006)
18 v. 29 Rating: ★★★★★
낭랑18세 / Nang Rang 18 Seh/Sweet 18 Rating: ★★★★★
춘향 / Kwae-geol Choon-hyang/My Sassy Girl Chun Hyang Rating: ★★★★★
마이걸 / Mai geol/My Girl (kind of a sequel to the former) Rating: ★★★★★ $
내 이름은 김삼순 / Nae I-reum-eun Kim Sam-soon/My Name is Kim Sam Soon Rating: ★★★★★ $ (Worth the hype)
명랑소녀 성공기 / Myung-rang So-nyu Sung-gong Gi/Bright Girl’s Success Story Rating: ★★★★★
불량가족 / Bulryang Gajok /Bad Family Rating: ★★★★★
경성스캔들 / Capital Scandal Rating: ★★★½☆ (I couldn’t finish, review explains why)
궁 (宮)/Goong Rating: ★★★★★ + heartthrob $
이산/Yi San Rating: ★★★★☆
진짜진짜좋아해 / Jinjja Jinjja Joahae/I Really Really Like You (Not to everyone’s taste) Rating: ★★★★☆
커피프린스 1호점 / Coffee Prince 1hojeon/The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince Rating: ★★★★☆ $ heartthrob
불량커플 / Bad Couple Rating: ★★★½☆ (Starts out well, loses steam).
불량주부 / Bulryang Jooboo Bad Housewife Rating: ★★★½☆
연애시대 / Yeon-ae-si-dae/Alone in Love Rating: ★★★½☆
백설공주 / Baekseol Gongju/Taste Sweet Love Rating: ★★★½☆
フレンズ / 프렌즈/Friends (2002) Rating: ★★★½☆ (learn about Korean and Japanese relations first–not a first drama)
파리의연인 / Pari eh Yunin/Lovers in Paris Rating: ★★★½☆
내 사랑 팥쥐/Ne Sarang P’at’zzi/My Love Patzzi Rating: ★★★½☆
1%의 어떤 것 / 1% eh uh ddun gut/1% of Anything Rating: ★★★½☆
봄의 왈츠 / Bom-ui Wal-cheu/Spring Waltz Rating: ★★★½☆ $ (Mostly for sets)
달콤한스파이 / Talcoman Supai/Sweet Spy Rating: ★★★½☆
Auction House Rating: ★★★½☆ (Good filler drama)
Legend of Hyang Dan Rating: ★★★½☆ (Good 2 episode filler drama)
서동요 / Seodongyo Rating: ★★★☆☆
불꽃놀이 / Bool-kkot-nol-i/Exhibition of Fireworks Rating: ★★★☆☆
웨딩 / We-ding/Wedding Rating: ★★★☆☆ (Filler drama)
옥탑방 고양이 / Oktapbang Goyangee/Attic Cat Rating: ★★★☆☆
오! 필승 봉순영/Oh! Pil Seung, Bong Soon Young Rating: ★★★☆☆
러브스토리 인 하버드 / Leobeu Seutori in Habeodeu/Love Story in Harvard Rating: ★★★☆☆
풀하우스 / Pool Hawooseu/Full House heartthrob $ Rating: ★★★☆☆
온리유 / On-ri Yu/Only You Rating: ★★★☆☆
지금은 연애중 / Jigeumeun Yeonaejung/We’re Dating Now Rating: ★★★☆☆
백만장자와 결혼하기 / baekmanjangjawa gyeolhonhagi/To Marry a Millionaire Rating: ★★★☆☆
넌 어느 별에서 왔니 / Neon Eoneu Byeoleseo Wassni?/Which Star Did You Come From? Rating: ★★★☆☆
신입사원 / Shin-ip Sa-won/Super Rookie heartthrob Rating: ★★★☆☆
형수님은 열아홉 / Hyung-soonim eun Yeolahhop Yego/My Sister in Law is 19 (Get past the first 2 episodes) Rating: ★★★☆☆
외과의사 봉달희/Surgeon Bong Dal Hee (Cut the family crap and it’s a good drama) Rating: ★★★☆☆
게임의 여왕/Queen of the Game heartthrob(God, why oh Why) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
오버 더 레인보우 / Obeo Deo Reinbou/Over the Rainbow (the dance one) heartthrob Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
황태자의 첫사랑 / Hwang taeja ui Cheot Sarang/Prince’s First Love (pretty faces, no story)heart throbRating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Movies:
내생애 최악의 남자/The Worst Guy Ever Rating: ★★★★★
무영검 (無影劍)/Shadowless Sword Rating: ★★★★★
여선생 vs 여제자/Love Rivals Rating: ★★★★★
영어완전정복/Please Teach Me English Rating: ★★★★★
도마뱀/domabaem/Love Phobic Rating: ★★★★★
빈집/Bin-jip/3 Iron Rating: ★★★★★
친절한 금자씨/Sympathy for Lady Vengeance Rating: ★★★★★
야수와 미녀/The Beast and the Beauty Rating: ★★★★★
여고과담/Yeogo goedam/Whispering Corridors Rating: ★★★★★
아라한 장풍 대작전/Arahan Rating: ★★★★★
번지점프를 하다 Beonjijeompeureul hada/Bungee Jumping of Their Own Rating: ★★★★★
왕의 남자/Wangeui Namja/The King and The Clown Rating: ★★★★★
늑대의 유혹/Temptation of Wolves Rating: ★★★★★
내 여자친구를 소개합니다 Nae yeojachingureul sogae hamnida/Windstruck Rating: ★★★★★
내 사랑 싸가지/Nae sarang ssagaji/100 Day With Mr. Arrogant Rating: ★★★★★
에스다이어리/S Diary Rating: ★★★★★
내 남자의 로맨스/How To Keep My Love Rating: ★★★★★
역전에 산다/Reversal of Fortune Rating: ★★★★★
미녀는 괴로워/200 Pounds of Beauty Rating: ★★★★☆ (mainly degraded due to the message about plastic surgery)
키스할까요/Kis-hal kkayo/First Kiss Rating: ★★★½☆
청춘만화/Youth Comic Rating: ★★★½☆
그 놈은 멋있었다/He Was Cool Rating: ★★★½☆
시월애/Si-wol-ae/Il Mare Rating: ★★★½☆
클래식/The Classic Rating: ★★★½☆
신부수업/Love, So Divine Rating: ★★★½☆
연애소설/Lover’s Concerto Rating: ★★★½☆
B형 남자친구/My Boyfriend is Type-B Rating: ★★★☆☆
어린신부/Eolin Sinboo/My Little Bride Rating: ★★★☆☆
4인용 식탁/The Uninvited Rating: ★★★½☆
기다리미쳐/Going Crazy Waiting Rating: ★★★½☆
백만장자의 첫사랑/Millionaire’s First Love Rating: ★★★☆☆
황진이/Hwang Jin Yi (movie 2007) =(

Banjun:
DBSK Banjun Drama TheaterRating: ★★★★★
Bi/Rain Banjun Rating: ★★★★★

Ditched
New Heart (I know I ditched it halfway through the first episode… but I knew where it was going.) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Lovers (Lagged and then some more. quit three times.) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
러브홀릭/Loveholic (lagged, disappointing since I like Kangta’s music.) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
I’m Sorry I Love You (Unrealistic treatment of adoption.) +$ Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
겨울연가/Winter Sonata (Couldn’t stomach it.) +$ Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Diary of June (Yawn) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Bodyguard (lagged) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Damo (lagged) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Love that Will Not be Stopped by Anyone (lagged)Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Stairway to Heaven $ (There were jokes in the NG that the actors had to cry at least 3 times a day… uhh… no) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Thorn Birds Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

How I Judge Dramas

1. Story over Hormones.
2. Story over Hype.
3. Originality of Ideas and Inspiration.
4. Characterization.
5. Pretty Face, No Story = DITCH!!
6. No judging until ditched or seen through.
7. I will not gage other dramas by Full House, Goong, or actors by the faces they have. Dramas will be judged by story and actors by acting.

I like comedy over the melodramatic dramas. I find the melodramatic ones frustrating. That said there are a few I do like. (Crying Out Love in the Center of the Earth–awesome [J-drama though])