[in no particular order]
Oh My Ghostess
Starring: Park Bo-Young, Jo Jung-suk, Kim Seul-gi, and Lim Ju-hwan
For all of those who watched and loved the hit 2013 drama, Master’s Sun, Oh My Ghostess is the perfect mix of a ghostly thriller and romantic comedy. The main protagonist Na Bong-sun is a timid ghost-seeing sous chef who has a one-sided crush on her charming celebrity chef boss, Kang Sun-woo, for as long as she can remember. And then there’s Shin Soon-ae, a quirky, charming ghost who believes that if she relieves grudge of dying a virgin, she can pass on to the next world. Soon-ae strikes a deal with Bong-sun to allow her to possess her body to help Bong-sun develop a romantic relationship with Sun-woo, while trying to relieve her virgin grudge through their relationship. However, Soon-ae finds herself developing feelings for the chef as well; all the while clues have begun to arise surrounding Soon-ae’s untimely death.Unlike other 2015 dramas, Oh My Ghostess brought a forgotten yet refreshing fantasy element to the drama scene this year. The production crew did not hold off on the scariness of the many ghosts shown throughout the drama, but also balanced that terror aspect with a lighthearted relationship between the three main protagonists. One would think that choosing who Sun-woo should end up with should be easy, but the electrifying chemistry between him and both Bong-sun and Soon-ae and their adorable antics are just too much to handle.
She Was Pretty
Starring: Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon, Go Joon-hee, and Choi Siwon
Life is a crazy journey, full of twists and turns; Kim Hye-jin knows that better than anyone else. She used to be beautiful, smart, and wealthy but as the years went on, her family became bankrupt and through a series of hardships, her beauty and wits faded as well. Now an adult, she finds herself as an intern at The Most magazine under the devastatingly handsome deputy chief editor Sung-joon, who also happened to be her childhood friend and first love...just slightly different from how she remembered him. Back then, he was chubby and helpless without her, but now he stood before her, confident, successful and completely unaware of who she is. Hye-jin now finds herself in a dilemma between revealing herself and keeping the past in the past.Earlier this year, Hwang Jung-eum and Park Seo Joon played siblings in the drama Kill Me, Heal Me, but did a complete 180 and became onscreen lovers for She Was Pretty. The pair carried their childish teasing from their “sibling days” over to this drama, gifting fans with a nostalgic feeling.
Sassy, Go Go (AKA Cheer Up!)
Starring: Jung Eun-ji, Lee Won-keun, Cha Hak-yeon, Ji-soo, and Cha Soo-bin
Although it didn’t gain a huge following in Korea itself, overseas fans found its storyline very relatable. Set in the competitive Sevit High School, “Real King” dance crew leader Kang Yeon-doo finds herself head to head with Sevit’s corrupt school administrators while teamed up with an unlikely partner, Kim Yeol, elite study club “Baek Ho” President. The two and their groups are forced together through the newly established cheerleading team meant to improve the specs of the “Baek Ho students” to help them get into top-rated universities. Although they all began with a rocky start, they grew into a real team, learning that friendship can help them overcome anything.2015 was a big year for high school themed dramas, as writers were not shy when approaching subjects such as abuse, self harm, and suicide. Sassy, Go Go followed through with this trend, targeting all three of the previously mentioned topics. Despite having a few dark moments, the drama mainly consists of a happy-go-lucky vibe, providing fans with a feel-good drama.
Kill Me Heal Me
Starring: Ji-Sung, Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon, Kim Soo-ri, and Oh Min-suk
This drama dabbles in the much debated topic of the psychological disorder Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Male lead Cha Do-hyun has suffered from it since the age of seven for unknown reasons. Being the son of a rich chaebol family, he is expected to take over the family business, but his DID hinders his ability to fulfill his duties, resulting in him being sent overseas to seek treatment for eleven years. Upon his unwilling arrival back in Seoul, he finds himself fatedly tied to psychologist Oh Ri-jin, getting her mixed up in a series of scenarios with each of his six personalities. With his strong and dangerous personalities threatening to take over, Do-hyun is in a race against time to find out what happened when he was seven to unlock the mysteries behind his DID and how he came so broken.
Starring: Lee Hyeri, Ryu Jun-yeol, Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo, and Lee Dong-hwi
Much like the prior installments of the reply series, the story follows a female protagonist, Sung Duk-sun, who lives in a close-knit neighborhood where all the families are practically like one big family. She’s been childhood friends with all the boys on her street and now all five of them are in their late teens, on the way to adulthood. The series features these families experience various struggles, as they go through growing pains and life’s unpredictable surprises.The Reply series truly is a blast to the past. The production team has done wonders in replicating life in the 80s and doing what they do best: hitting fans hard with a case of nostalgia.
Let’s Eat 2
Starring: Yoon Doo-joon, Seo Hyun-jin, Kwon Yool
Carrying on from where its first season left off, Let’s Eat 2, follows the same main protagonist Koo Dae-young, who is fresh out of a breakup from his relationship in season one. Now he is temporarily relocating to his hometown, renting out an apartment from a cheap landlord. Out of his many quirky neighbors, he find the woman across the hall, the most odd. She seemed to really go out of her way to avoid him and before long, it’s brought to light that they were childhood “friends” while in reality, he used her to buy food from his snack shop because she was chubby. Although she still loves to eat, Baek Soo-ji managed to shed all of her excess weight. Now with her only problem being her love life, she enlists Dae-young to help her get with her boss Lee Sang-woo, a lonely, cold-hearted public officer.It is an absolute K-drama must to have a few food porn scenes in any series, but Let’s Eat brings this to a whole other level, making the entire show basically about food porn. The show is based off of food and the enjoyment of sharing meals with people around you. For all of those on a strict diet, do not watch this drama, as you might find yourself reaching for the closest edible thing to eat while watching. As for all the foodies out there, this is a must see.
Starring: Song Ji-hyo, Byun Yo-han, Lee Yoon-ji, Ha Ji-eun, Ryu Hwa-young, and Do Sang-woo
Whoever said keeping the past in the past had the right idea. Webtoon artist Bang Myeong-soo has done the exact opposite of that by making a webtoon based off all of his past girlfriends. This may have started as an innocent project but after gaining fame, his former friend and current potential romantic interest Kim Soo-jin who works at a film production company approaches him in hopes of getting the copyrights to his comic to remake it into a movie. One thing led to another and Soo-jin and Myeong-soo find themselves face to face with his three ex-girlfriends. What was supposed to be a simple exchange of signatures granting them the right to make the movie turns into a whirlwind of past emotions and memories, causing everyone to face reality and come to terms with their feelings.
The Time We Were Not In Love
Starring: Ha Ji-won, Lee Jin-wook, Yoon Kyun-sang, and Choo Soo-hyun
34 year old Oh Ha-na and Choi Won have been best friends for their entire lives. They have watched each other fall in and out of love, always staying by each other’s sides. Many people have misunderstood their relationship for something more than friendship and even their families believe they are destined for one another. However, the combination of bad timing and unwillingness to acknowledge each other as man and woman has prevented their relationship to become romantic. It is only with the reappearance of Ha-na’s ex-fiance does Won realize that he needs to fight for the woman of his dreams.With the drama’s star-studded cast, fans have been long waiting for the drama’s release. Ha Ji-won and Lee Jin-wook did a flawless job, portraying a timeless friendship turned romantic relationship, making fans wish that they too had a best friend/fated lover to grow up with living right next door.
Starring: Oh Jung-se, Ryu Hyun-kyung, Jung Joon-yung, Jung Joon-young, Choi Yeo-jin, Park Jong-hwan, Ha Eun-sol, Takuya Terada, Lee Jae-joon, Sung Kyu-chan
The drama follows the tumultuous love life of four couples who live together: voice actor Oh Do-si and blogger Ryu Doo-ri, singer Jung Young-joon and Choi Jin-yeo, young engaged couple Park Hwan-jong and Ha Seol-eun, and young men Lee Joon-ja and Takuya. Each of the couples have their own unique issues from age gaps to discovering one’s own sexuality, but everything revolves around the modern couple, which challenges the traditional Korean idea that only married couples live together. The drama is not as conservative as others, featuring a more eccentric and suggestive theme.
Starring: Kim Hee-Seon, Ji Hyun-woo, Kim Yoo-jung, Baro, Ji-soo, Kim Hee-won, and Kim Tae-hoon
Jo Gang-ja got pregnant in high school and had to give up her fighting mentality to raise her daughter on her own. Flash forward a few years and Gang-ja’s daughter Ah-ran is in high school herself. Rather than doing the bullying, Ah-ran is on the receiving end of this exchange, to the dismay of her mother. In order to get to the bottom of it, Gang-ja disguises herself as a high schooler and manages to uncover secrets about unknown forces behind the scenes of the school’s administration. This particular drama has a dramatic twist on the classic high school tale viewers may be accustomed with.