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MsLatté’s Daebak Cybercafé (Kdrama addicts #34): July brings internal conflict. Make the most of sunshine and the long days, or keep on top of your kdrama? 🤔
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boatyardblues · 28/06/2022 23:05

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, AppleTV and Disney+. 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, but we can point you in the right direction. We also dip into Japanese, Taiwanese & Chinese drama as & when.


The previous thread is here but our list is cumulative so includes recommendations and favourites from all previous threads.


Shows marked with a star 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. Writer/actor Simon Pegg referred to it fondly as “tonal chaos” - it’s part of kdrama’s charm. View the categories below as best approximate & ask if you need guidance about suitability for younger viewers.

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)🌟
Snowdrop (Disney+)
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)
Pachinko (AppleTV)
Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung (Netflix)
Tale of Nokdu (Viki/Netflix)🌟
The King’s Affection (Netflix)
The Red Sleeve (Viki)🌟

Romance - lighter & fluffier
Beating Again (Netflix)
Business Proposal (Netflix)
Coffee Prince (Netflix)
Dali & the Cocky Prince (Viki)
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)
Twenty-five Twenty-one (Netflix)🌟
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)
Yumi’s Cells (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)/Rain or Shine (Netflix)🌟
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)🌟
My Liberation Notes🌟
Move to Heaven (Netflix)
My Mister (Viki/Netflix)🌟
My Unfamiliar Family (Viki)🌟
Navillera (Netflix)🌟
Prison Playbook (Netflix)🌟
On The Verge of Insanity (Viki)
Once Again (Viki)
Our Blues (Netflix)🌟
Stove League (Viki)/Hot Stove League (Netflix)
Racket Boys (Netflix)
Would You Like a Cup of Coffee (Viki)🌟

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)
Black (Netflix)🌟
Happiness
(Viki)
Hotel del Luna (Viki/Netflix)🌟
King: The Eternal Monarch (Netflix)
Kingdom (Netflix)🌟
Kingdom: Ashin of the North (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)
In House Marriage Honey (Viki, Japanese)
In Time With You (Viki - Japanese)
Instead of Tipsy Why Not Get Drunk (Viki, Chinese)
Lost Romance (Viki, Taiwanese)
Love O2O (Viki, Chinese)
Million Yen Women (Netflix, Japanese)
Morning Call (Netflix, Japanese)
My Little Happiness (Viki, Chinese)
Put Your Head on My Shoulder (Netflix, Chinese)
Rinko Wants To Try (Viki)
Some Day or One Day (Viki, Taiwanese)
The Romance of Tiger & Rose (Viki, Chinese)
To Fly with Me (Viki, Chinese)
Tientsin Mystic (Netflix, Chinese)
You Are My Hero (Viki, Chinese)


AVOID aka “the shit list” 💩

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

Posters’ Top Scoring 2021 Dramas
Courtesy of Hello’s kdrama spreadsheet, updated by thread regulars. Marks out of 10.

The Red Sleeve - 10
Happiness - 9
Devil Judge - 8.75
Squid Game - 8.63
Navillera - 8.57

2020’s top scoring dramas
Mr Queen - 9.4
Parasite - 9.05
It's Okay To Not Be Okay - 8.88
The Uncanny Counter - 8.50
Once Again - 8.42

2019’s top scoring dramas:
Her Private Life - 9.40
Melo is My Nature - 9.00
Tied 3rd: Crash Landing On You, The Crowned Clown, The Lies Within, and The Tale of Nokdu - 8.75
Hotel del Luna - 8.50
Tied 5th: Romance is a Bonus Book, and Search: WWW

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 sometimes resort to acronyms and/or abbreviations of show titles or favourite actors’ names. 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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Andante57 · 29/06/2022 07:54

Thank you Boaty for new thread.
Aesops I hope you feel better soon.

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TheGirlWithTheArabStrap · 29/06/2022 08:15

Thanks for the new thread boaty 🌟

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LarryUnderwood · 30/06/2022 09:26

Thanks @boatyardblues !

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Bea · 30/06/2022 13:31

After being sniffy and disdainful about Extraordinary Attorny Woo on the last thread! .. i watched the first ep and although it makes me slightly uncomfortable about the portrayle of Autism - the usual stereotypes etc... i was actually quite taken by it... it was quite nice to watch and hopeful...even FL didn't make my teeth itch as much as she did in Bloody Brahms and Kings Affection ....well well well.. will wonders never cease!!!!...........😱

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ladydoris · 30/06/2022 13:38

Thanks !

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Rowdythree · 30/06/2022 13:46

Bea · 30/06/2022 13:31

After being sniffy and disdainful about Extraordinary Attorny Woo on the last thread! .. i watched the first ep and although it makes me slightly uncomfortable about the portrayle of Autism - the usual stereotypes etc... i was actually quite taken by it... it was quite nice to watch and hopeful...even FL didn't make my teeth itch as much as she did in Bloody Brahms and Kings Affection ....well well well.. will wonders never cease!!!!...........😱

These are my thoughts too Bea, it made me slightly uncomfortable but i did enjoy the first episode and I'm looking forward to watching more. I found the FL to be quite charming, I haven't seen that actress in anything before so, I've nothing to compare her to. I do like Kang Tae Oh though, and so far he's been lovely in it. I hope it continues to be enjoyable.

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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 30/06/2022 20:43

Ahhh that last thread fill I did was satisfactory

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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 30/06/2022 20:45

Yes I am enjoying Extraordinary Attorney Woo so far, in spite of the stereotyping and unrealism. But hey, isn't that par for the course in kdramas? 😄

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FedUpWithBriiiiick · 30/06/2022 20:45

Thanks for the new thread, Boaty. Much appreciated.

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boatyardblues · 30/06/2022 21:05

FedUpWithBriiiiick · 30/06/2022 20:43

Ahhh that last thread fill I did was satisfactory

Very nicely done FedUp.

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Metheven · 30/06/2022 21:36

Thank you for the new thread boaty

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polkettle · 30/06/2022 22:11

Completely absorbed by Lost now which has built beautifully after its long haul of melancholy. Can't do another tonight as off to pick up my very long not seen big sis from airport at crack o dawn o clock 🐓🎉 but will finish tomorrow.
Did first episode of Thai nonsense Kin Porsche with DH and it's quite a hoot. No one can leave a shirt with fewer than five buttons undone. Think it unlikely a woman will speak a full sentence in the entire show.

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boatyardblues · 30/06/2022 22:33

Think it unlikely a woman will speak a full sentence in the entire show.

The trailer and your comments make me think there is fair compensation being offered. 🤣 MOAR ABS!!!!

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boatyardblues · 30/06/2022 22:35

I’m caning Perfect Marriage Revenge (manhwa) on Webtoons. It would make a cracking kdrama. 👌 Great set up and reveals.

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bettys · 30/06/2022 22:41

boatyardblues · 30/06/2022 22:35

I’m caning Perfect Marriage Revenge (manhwa) on Webtoons. It would make a cracking kdrama. 👌 Great set up and reveals.

It would! Also reading There Must Be Happy Endings on Webtoons which has a similar theme so it gets a bit confusing between the two but neither the less enjoyable for that!

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LarryUnderwood · 30/06/2022 23:22

KinnPorsche is quite something I have to say. I just finished Sweat and Soap and I can't quite believe it, but I think it's my favourite jdrama ever. It started out completely looney tunes and then became this really sweet love story with the added bonus of them obviously having lots of intimate, fun sex where they really liked and fancied each other. It was just great. I wholeheartedly recommend!

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AesopsMables · 01/07/2022 07:19

Thanks for the thread Boaty

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boatyardblues · 01/07/2022 09:39

bettys · 30/06/2022 22:41

It would! Also reading There Must Be Happy Endings on Webtoons which has a similar theme so it gets a bit confusing between the two but neither the less enjoyable for that!

I find the artwork in There Must Be Happy Endings a touch flat and amateurish. ML is also not as playful than the ML in Perfect Marriage Revenge, actually rather stuffy and cold. I know which one I’d choose to be trapped on a desert island with!

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Bea · 01/07/2022 09:57

just been posting my comments and scores on the Drama Eurovision spreadsheet... haven't done it in a while... still lots of catching up to do but it surprises me how many i've forgotten... so much so i had to go and do a quick read up to remind myself!!! 😂

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Bea · 01/07/2022 10:09

@polkettle it's fun to read your notes on the dramas... i'm glad i'm not the only one "inserting Notes"... though you are much mmych more eloquent then me!!!!

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polkettle · 01/07/2022 10:18

You know me - never short of words 😂 🤣. I try and always add a note chiefly because other's notes have been the most help for me in deciding whether to watch something or not. And also to try and remember myself!

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LarryUnderwood · 01/07/2022 17:01

I have been inspired to finally go into the sheet and add my scores @polkettle and am now slightly flabbergasted at how many I've watched in the last 18 months 😳

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boatyardblues · 01/07/2022 20:09

I’m doing a Boaty Shuffle (TM) to match my viewing mood. I’ve paused Marigold in 4 Minutes (Viki) to come and comment about the backboard/neck support the paramedics are using about a minute in. The patient is a seriously injured cyclist following a traffic accident and it looks like the frame of it clips in around the patient in sections so you don’t have to move them to steady them for transfer to the stretcher & into the ambulance. It looks ingenious and now I am dying to see the omitted steps before the scene started. 😄 I will have to google and see if I can find a manufacturer-type demo video. /nerdingout

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polkettle · 01/07/2022 20:21

Transfixed by Kinn's Captain Scarlet eyebrows. Porsche has a certain Thai young Patrick Swayze charm. It's all very good value.

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boatyardblues · 01/07/2022 20:25

Do you need an iQiYi account to watch it Pol?

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