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MsLatté’s Daebak Cybercafé (Kdrama addicts #28): The Lord gives and He takes away. Lee Jong Suk & Park Hyung Sik return from the army; Seo Kang Joon departs.
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boatyardblues · 09/11/2021 12:09

A quiet corner of MN for serious addicts of Kdrama, or the K-curious. Most of our viewing is drawn from Netflix and Viki, with a sprinkling of AmazonPrime. There are also platforms streaming content illegally if you go looking. We don’t promote them as they are peppered with pop-ups of “Olga” and friends offering a good time, which gets in the way of the drama. We also dip into Japanese, Taiwanese & Chinese drama as & when.

The previous thread is here but our ‘Addicts Recommend’ list below is cumulative so includes recommendations and favourites from all previous threads.


Shows marked with an asterisk are more uniformly loved or admired. In categorising series, its important to note most Korean dramas have multiple strands - e.g. supernatural, romance and a thriller; crime series with fantasy elements. Genre-busting mash-ups are normal. Series that are tagged as dark may also have moments of comedy or the absurd, likewise fluff can have heavier moments. View the categories below as best approximate & ask if you need guidance, eg about suitability for younger teens.

Comedy (with a side order of absurd)
I picked up a celebrity on the street (Viki)
My Fellow Citizens (Viki/Netflix)
The Fiery Priest (Netflix)

Crime/Thriller

Come and Hug Me (Dramafast)
Graceful Family (Viki)
Healer (Netflix)
Heartless City (Viki)
He is Psychometric (Viki)
I Hear Your Voice (Netflix /Viki)

Life on Mars (classy remake of BBC series, no major site yet)
My Name (Netflix)
My Secret Terrius (Netflix)

Signal (Netflix)
Stranger - 2 seasons (Netflix)
Suspicious Partner (Netflix)

The Lies Within (Netflix)
Tunnel (Netflix)


Historical/Period drama (“sageuk”)
100 Days My Prince (Viki/Netflix)
Crowned Clown (Viki/Netflix)
Mr Queen (Viki)

Mr Sunshine (Netflix)
Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung (Netflix)
Tale of Nokdu (Viki/Netflix)
The King’s Affection (Netflix)

Romance - lighter & fluffier
Beating Again (Netflix)
Coffee Prince (Netflix)
Don’t Dare to Dream (Netflix, or as Jealousy Incarnate on Viki)

Gogh, The Starry Night (Viki)

Happy Once Again (Netflix)
Her Private Life (Viki)*

His Master’s Sun (Netflix)
Hometown Cha Cha Cha (Viki)
Love from a Star (Netflix)

Lovestruck in the City (Netflix)
Monthly Magazine Home (Viki)
Pinocchio (Netflix)
Radio Romance (Netflix)

Romance is the Bonus Book (Netflix)
Run On (Netflix)

She Was Pretty (Netflix)

The Beauty Inside (Viki/Netflix)
The Secret Life of My Secretary (Viki/Netflix)
Thirty Not Seventeen (Viki) or as Still 17 (Netflix)
To My Star [BL] (Viki)
True Beauty (Viki)
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (Netflix/Viki)

What’s Up With Secretary Kim (Viki)
Where Stars Land (Viki)

You are my Destiny (Netflix)
You Make Me Dance [BL] (Viki)


Romance - heavier weight/more grown up themes
Another Miss Oh (Netflix)
Because This Is My First Life (Viki/Netflix)

Chicago Typewriter (Viki/Netflix)
Crash Landing on You (Netflix)**
Descendants of the Sun (Viki/Netflix)
Doctors (Netflix)
Doom At Your Service (Viki)
Fight For My Way (Viki/Netflix)

Go Back Couple (Viki)/Couple on the Backtrack (Netflix)
I’ll Go To You When The Weather is Nice (Viki)
It’s OK Not To Be OK (Netflix)

Just Between Lovers (Viki)
Mad For Each Other (Netflix)
Melo is my Nature (Viki)/Be Melodramatic (other sites)
My Strange Hero (Viki)
One Spring Night (Netflix)
Red Carpet - film (Netflix, very adult content)
Romantic Dr Kim - seasons 1&2 (Viki)
Search: WWW (Viki, Netflix)

Something in the Rain (Netflix)
The Handmaid (film, Netflix - content warning: explicit sexual content)
The Package (Viki)

Straighter ‘Slice of Life’ dramas on universal themes
Hospital Playlist (Netflix)
Hospital Playlist 2 (Netflix)

Into The Ring (Viki)
Itaewon Class (Netflix)
Live (Netflix)
Misaeng (Netflix)
Move to Heaven (Netflix)
My Mister (Viki/Netflix)

My Unfamiliar Family (Viki)
Navillera (Netflix)

Prison Playbook (Netflix)*

Once Again (Viki)
Stove League (Viki)/Hot Stove League (Netflix)
Racket Boys (Netflix)

Supernatural/zombies/vampires/fantasy/sci-fi - lighter & fluffier
Extraordinary You (Netflix)
Goblin (Viki)*

I am not a Robot (Netflix)
Legend of the Blue Sea (Viki/Netflix)
Kiss Goblin (Viki, webdrama)
My Holo Love (Netflix)
Orange Marmalade (Netflix)
While You Were Sleeping (Viki)




Supernatural/zombies/vampires/fantasy/sci-fi - darker/more grown up themes
#Alive (Netflix)
Ashin of the North (Netflix)
Black (Netflix)
Hotel del Luna (Viki/Netflix)

King: The Eternal Monarch (Netflix)
Kingdom (Netflix)*

Mystic Pop-up Bar (Netflix)
Peninsula - film, Train to Busan sequel (Amazon Prime, iMovies)
Sisyphus (Netflix)
The Guest (Netflix)
Train to Busan - film (Amazon Prime)

W: Two Worlds (Viki & Netflix)
Zombie Detective (Viki/Netflix)


Guilty Pleasures (for the joy, not the quality)
Bride of Habaek (Netflix)
Hwarang (Viki/Netflix)
My Secret Romance (Viki)
The Last Empress (Viki/Netflix)
Sassy Go Go (Netflix)



Mad as a box of frogs/uncategorisable

Strong Girl Bong Soon (Netflix)
School Nurse Files (Netflix)

Not Korean ‘You May Also Like’
Regulars also branch out into Japanese, Taiwanese and Chinese drama. The Chinese & Taiwanese stuff is much more variable quality-wise, so we’ve noted anything decent here:

Before We Get Married (Viki - Taiwanese)
Find Yourself (Netflix - Chinese)
Go Go Squid (Viki - Chinese)
Instead of Tipsy Why Not Get Drunk (Viki, Chinese)
Lost Romance (Viki, Taiwanese)
Love O2O (Viki, Chinese)
Morning Call (Netflix, Japanese)
My Little Happiness (Viki, Chinese)
Put Your Head on My Shoulder (Netflix, Chinese)
Some Day or One Day (Viki, Taiwanese)
The Romance of Tiger & Rose (Viki, Chinese)
Tientsin Mystic (Netflix, Chinese)
You Are My Hero (Viki, Chinese)


AVOID, AVOID, AVOID aka “the shit list” 💩

Melting Me Softly
The Birth of a Beauty
Well-Intentioned Love season 1 (S2 is fine)

Thread Regulars’ Top Scoring Dramas of 2020
Courtesy of Hello’s kdrama spreadsheet, updated by/for thread regulars. Marks out of 10.

1 - Mr Queen - 9.4 (5 votes)
2 - Parasite - 9.05 (10 Votes)
3 - It's Okay To Not Be Okay - 8.88 (9 Votes)
4 - The Uncanny Counter - 8.50 (4 Votes)
5 - Once Again - 8.42 (6 Votes)

2019’s top scoring dramas:

  1. Her Private Life - 9.40 (5 votes)
  2. Melo is My Nature - 9.00 (5 votes)
    3.= Crash Landing On You, The Crowned Clown, The Lies Within, and The Tale of Nokdu - 8.75 (4 votes)
  3. Hotel del Luna - 8.50 (4 votes)
    5.= Romance is a Bonus Book, and Search: WWW - 8.17 (6 votes)

    We are generally fans of all things Korean, so equally happy to talk about Korean cookery, language, film and music when the mood takes us. A few of us are learning Korean, Japanese and/or Mandarin (some more diligently than others admittedly), so we swap tips and links to language resources. Basically, anything topical goes.

    We have a few frequently used acronyms:

    FL/2FL = female lead/2nd female lead

    ML/2ML = male lead/2nd male lead
    🥾🍑 (boot, peach) = kick up the bum to go to bed


    We also abbreviate titles if they’re long, but explained or with an obvious abbreviation. Some favourite actors & actresses have been abbreviated for speed/efficiency, eg Park Min Young (PMY). Don’t be afraid to ask for help/clues if we’re not making sense or have descended into acronym soup.

    If you want to join us down the kdrama rabbit hole, welcome! Pull up a chair, say goodbye to early nights and get stuck in!
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LarryUnderwood · 09/11/2021 12:25

Whoop! Thanks @boatyardblues.

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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 09/11/2021 12:56

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Rowdythree · 09/11/2021 17:37

Thanks for the new thread Boaty! Brilliant title 😂

Hope you're doing well Briiiiick!

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BrambleyHedge · 09/11/2021 18:03

Sorry if this has been discussed but has anyone seen the ridiculously awful Young lady and Gentleman on Viki. It had a reasonable rating (Viki scale) so I started it. Like some terrible soap from the nineties with costume and set seemingly from that era. The storyline is absurd even by Kdrama standards and rather ick.

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boatyardblues · 09/11/2021 18:30

Is it one for the shit list when I do the next OP Brambly?

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BrambleyHedge · 09/11/2021 19:09

Yes @boatyardblues I think it may be. Even the ML is shit.

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BrambleyHedge · 09/11/2021 19:12

It is still live so not sure yet if the young girl from the dysfunctional (and very stupid - the father doesn't recognise his deserter ex wife) family will end up with the older man she fell in love with when she was 13 and he looked like Richard Gere in an officer and a gentleman getup.

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Rowdythree · 09/11/2021 19:54

Is anyone else looking forward to Hellbound, the trailer looks brilliant!

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Andante57 · 09/11/2021 19:56

Thanks Boaty - you’re a star.
Fedup, how are you and the family feeling? I hope the worst is over for you all.

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Dontwanttobeyourmonkeywench · 09/11/2021 19:59

Hi guys! Having sent in my timesheet, it's hardly surprising that I've had no drama time...200+hrs in October 😱 Major stepping back now as I'm getting burnt out, so will have to try and catch up on my viewing 😁

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Bea · 09/11/2021 21:26

@BrambleyHedge

Sorry if this has been discussed but has anyone seen the ridiculously awful Young lady and Gentleman on Viki. It had a reasonable rating (Viki scale) so I started it. Like some terrible soap from the nineties with costume and set seemingly from that era. The storyline is absurd even by Kdrama standards and rather ick.

I've mentioned in last thread! And am now caught in it's awful soap opera dramaramaing! It's soooo awful its compelling! The cringey over the top hammy acting of the older ladies! It's Dynasty level complete with Alexis and Krystal screeching! And the obvs inside wooden sets! It's horrific!... But I can't stop watching!! 🙈🙈🙈
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Bea · 09/11/2021 21:28

@BrambleyHedge

It is still live so not sure yet if the young girl from the dysfunctional (and very stupid - the father doesn't recognise his deserter ex wife) family will end up with the older man she fell in love with when she was 13 and he looked like Richard Gere in an officer and a gentleman getup.

Ex wife had plastic surgery after the car accident!! She's got a new face!!.... 😖😖😖🤣🤣🤣🤣
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sakura06 · 09/11/2021 22:59

Rowdy I've only seen the poster but Hellbound looks great!^
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I'm absolutely in love with Yumi's Cells. Grinning from ear-to-ear. I hope it stays good as am only on Episode 4.

My last K drama was Secretary Kim which I was a bit disappointed by as I thought I would love it but found it just ok. I was more invested in the side characters 😳

12 days of Binmas would be fantastic pol!

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LarryUnderwood · 09/11/2021 23:04

Oh wow Search WWW is FANTASTIC! Just finished ep 2 and I love it, yes the long close ups of facial expressions is a bit much but the fab characters more than makes up for it. BOOM and my evenings for the next 2 weeks are gone!

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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 10/11/2021 07:05

@Dontwanttobeyourmonkeywench

Hi guys! Having sent in my timesheet, it's hardly surprising that I've had no drama time...200+hrs in October 😱 Major stepping back now as I'm getting burnt out, so will have to try and catch up on my viewing 😁

Oh monkey take care of your self!
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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 10/11/2021 07:11

I filled the last thread for you @boatyardblues :-)

My gift to you all for your kind words x

We are doing ok, seem to be over the worst of it, but still feel super fatigued and have nasty cold. DS is faring well which is the main thing.

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boatyardblues · 10/11/2021 08:03

Thanks FedUp. Everything is shipshape and squared away. 👍

And off we go again…

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AesopsMables · 10/11/2021 08:17

Place marking. Busy with work so slowly progressing WWW.

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TheGirlWithTheArabStrap · 10/11/2021 08:27

Ahh Monkey you must be knackered! Hopefully you can manage a bit more relaxing drama time this month.

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polkettle · 10/11/2021 08:35

Looks like we're getting MORE frisky Park Morganish white shirt unbuttoning in Now We Are Breaking Up
And I am Team can Take More.

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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 10/11/2021 11:46

@polkettle

Looks like we're getting MORE frisky Park Morganish white shirt unbuttoning in Now We Are Breaking Up
And I am Team can Take More.

The man has a talent, let's not deny him

#teamyeshecan
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Bea · 10/11/2021 16:02

Kim Ga On (The Kings Affection) seems to have attended the Kim Byung-yeon (Love In The Moonlight) Bodyguard Style Training School!... 😍🤣😍💪... Kwak Dong Yeon never looked finer! 😍😍😍

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Rowdythree · 10/11/2021 16:26

That's piqued my interest Bea! 😍

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Bea · 10/11/2021 16:33

It's getting good! 👍👍😍

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polkettle · 10/11/2021 17:40

I do admire how committed all Korean bad guys are to keeping a paperwork ledger detailing all their misdeeds. They never let their admin slip.

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