Best Korean Dramas of 2015

Best Korean Dramas of 2015

Wow!  What a year it has been!  As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time to look back at all of the happenings in Dramaland this past year.  As my first year of blogging, it has been a great experience to write about what I love and connect with other kdrama fans.  I look forward to more exciting things in the year ahead.

Now on to the list!  This list includes all of the dramas that I watched which aired in 2015.  This is completely my opinion on these dramas, and it does not reflect Korean or international ratings or the popularity of any particular drama among fans.  This is just my list from least to most favorite.  So here we go!

16.Hidden Identity

Hidden Identity Korean Drama

Hidden Identity was a drama I watched on a whim and ended up very disappointed.  The first couple episodes had such an interesting premise, and I was so excited to see how it was all going to play out, but then everything fell apart around episode three.  Boredom and shoddy police work sum up the rest of this drama.  Of course, Kim Bum was great, as well as the other actors.  It’s the story surrounding them that just didn’t cut it. My Rating: 4/10 (Hidden Identity Review)


Mask Korean Drama

Mask was definitely the go to melodrama of the year, but I was a bit underwhelmed by it.  There was a lot of hype surrounding it, and I was ready for some over the top melodrama.  For me, it didn’t quite live up to the excitement that the rest of the fandom seemed to be experiencing.

It took about six episodes for me to even get into the drama.  After that, Mask was interesting, but I failed to connect with any of the characters on a deep level.  I did enjoy some of the couple moments later on, and it did have some fabulous villains.  I actually do think this drama got better as it went along, and the last third or so was pretty good.

In the end, it always felt like this drama should be amazing, but it seemed to lack something.  So overall, it was a decent watch, but something I probably will not be revisiting. My Rating: 6.5/10 (Mask Review)

14.Sassy Go Go

Sassy Go Go Korean Drama - Jung Eun Ji, Lee Won Geun, Ji Soo, Chae Soo Bin, and N 2

Sassy Go Go was a pleasant watch.  There’s nothing new here, but it’s cute, fun, and heartwarming.  Throughout the drama, we watch our students come together as a team to participate in a cheerleading competition.  We see them struggle, grow, and become closer friends.

Our  main couple played by Lee Won Geun and Jung Eun Ji was pretty darn cute.  And Ji Soo put forth a wonderful performance as a follow up to his earlier drama Angry Mom.  The 12 episodes passed by quickly, and I’m glad I took the time to watch it.  My Rating: 7/10 (Sassy Go Go Review)

13.Oh My Ghostess

Oh My Ghostess Korean Drama - Park Bo Young and Jo Jung Suk

Oh My Ghostess was a nice little drama with lots of laughs and lots of cute.  It had an interesting murder mystery, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more of that particular plot point to carry the drama along.

The drama relied a bit too heavily on the relationships, but luckily, that element was very strong.  Jo Jung Suk, Park Bo Young, Kim Seul Gi, and Im Joo Hwan were all amazing in their roles, and their performances really made up for the lack of a substantial plot.  All in all, there is a lot of fun to be had with Oh My Ghostess! My Rating: 7/10 (Oh My Ghostess Review)

12.Angry Mom

Angry Mom Korean Drama - Kim Hee Sun

Angry Mom was such a surprise!  I hadn’t planned on watching it, but decided to give it a go out of the blue, and I am really glad I did.  This school drama was a bit darker, but it was full of heart.  I loved the intense motherly love that was portrayed, and this world was populated with some interesting characters.

And of course, we all got to see Ji Soo’s amazing breakout performance as the troubled Bok Dong.  He worked his way into the hearts of many fans, and I look forward to his future projects.  Angry Mom is a different kind of drama, and it really was a great find.  My Rating: 7/10

11.Yong Pal

Yong Pal Korean Drama Teaser Trailer - Joo Won

Yong Pal was a fun drama that I found to be a nice change of pace from what else is out there.  If you don’t think to hard about some of the events that occur, the story is compelling with a great pace.

Yong Pal really felt fresh and exciting with a fairly unique story.  Joo Won was brilliant as usual.  It had some action, melodrama, romance, and a bit of humor.  In many ways, it was like a modern day fairy tale.  The episodes flew by, and I was quite sad to see it end. My Rating: 8/10 (Yong Pal Review)

10.Scholar Who Walks the Night

Scholar Who Walks the Night Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi and Lee Yoo Bi

Scholar Who Walks the Night was such an enjoyable drama.  It wasn’t perfect, but it had the feel of an epic fairy tale, and I would love to see more stories like this in kdramas.  Lee Joon Gi was amazing as usual.  I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect tortured vampire.  He immersed himself in the role as did all of the actors.  I thought Lee Yoo Bi was adorable as the young woman who finally captures our vampire’s heart.

I was also introduced to Lee Soo Hyuk as the evil vampire Gwi, and I was thoroughly pleased with his performance.  Overall, Scholar Who Walks the Night hit all the right spots, and I can definitely see myself revisiting this one in the future.  My Rating: 8/10 (Scholar Who Walks the Night Review)

9.Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade Korean Drama - Seol Hyun

Fans were divided on Orange Marmalade, but I’m part of the group that loved this drama.  I haven’t seen the webtoon, so I was easily able to appreciate the drama for what it was.

I really enjoyed the high school romance and connected with the vampires struggle to fit into our society.  I absolutely loved the time jump to the past too.  It was nice to see the original brotherly relationship between our leading guys, Jae Min and Shi Hoo.  The stakes also felt very high with the clash between the classes and the plot for the bad vampires to take over.

I was sad to leave the past, but easily transitioned back into the present.  It’s hard to say which period I liked better.  The visuals and music in this were outstanding.  There was just so much beauty to see along with such a sweet story. My Rating: 8/10 (Orange Marmalade Review)


Producer Korean Drama - Kim Soo Hyun, IU, Gong Hyo Jin, Cha Tae Hyun

This popular drama took a unique approach with an experimental documentary style.  I personally fall in the camp that prefers the classic drama format.  I found the first two episodes with the documentary style a little slow, but luckily the setting and characters intrigued me enough to continue.  But things really got rolling in episode three when the documentary style was scaled back in favor of a more traditional comedy format.

This drama was still unique even after the format change in that it never identifies a concrete main pairing from any of the four characters.  The four characters feelings for each other develop as the show progresses, and in many ways they become more confused.  I loved the multiple relationship interactions and found them hilarious.  It was all so refreshing and fun. My Rating: 8/10 (Producer Review)

7.My Love Eun Dong

My Love Eun Dong Korean Drama - Joo Jin Mo and Kim Sa Rang

This was a sweeping romance that completely drew me in from start to finish.  Also, it boasts one of the best first episodes I have come across.  I fell in love with our main couple, Hyun Soo and Eun Dong, as teenagers and watched them mature into adults.  I loved all three sets of actors who portrayed the couple.

The romance was intense with gorgeous music and visuals to set the mood.  This drama really flew by.  I’m in the group that loved the ending, so for me it was only enjoyable. My Rating: 8.5/10 (My Love Eun Dong Review)

6.She Was Pretty

She Was Pretty Korean Drama - Park Seo Joon and Hwang Jung Eum

She Was Pretty was one of the hit romantic comedies of the year.  It maintained some wonderful charm and comedy all the way through.  Hwang Jung Eum was hilarious and endearing, Park Seo Joon brought his charm, and well, there is nobody quite like Choi Siwon!  I was never bored and laughed so much.

It also pulled at my heartstrings on multiple levels.  Our characters were well developed and all marvelously acted.  It is also a drama filled with so many positive messages and is sure to inspire you.  She Was Pretty is everything I love in a drama. My Rating: 9/10 (She Was Pretty Review)

5.Girl Who Sees Smells

Girl Who Sees Smells Korean Drama - Park Yoo Chun and Shin Se Kyung

Basically, I loved everything about Girl Who Sees Smells.  First, it has the nice romantic comedy vibe between our main couple, and they are just too cute!  For being a bit low on feelings and emotions, Moo Gak (Park Yoo Chun) is a fun one to watch.  And Cho Rim (Shin Se Kyung) was sweet, adorable, and relatable.  This pair had fabulous chemistry, and they were a true joy to watch.

Girl Who Sees Smells isn’t exactly grand or radically different, but it simply gets right what it needs to in order to create an enjoyable ride from start to finish.  There’s comedy, romance, a murder mystery, and a really fun bad guy portrayed by Nam Gung Min.  This drama found its way into my heart, and I only have amazing memories when I think of Girl Who Sees Smells.  My Rating: 9/10 (Girl Who Sees Smells Review)


Healer Korean Drama - Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young

Healer is one of those really solid dramas that has very little to pick apart.  It has a little bit of everything: action, drama, mystery, and romance.  The story is well developed with an interesting mystery to solve and a great cast of characters.

Our leading couple played by Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young were perfect.  They were phenomenal together with too many swoon worthy moments to count.  What a fun ride Healer was! My Rating: 9/10 (Healer Review)

3.Shine or Go Crazy

Shine or Go Crazy Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk

Shine or Go Crazy has romance, humor, action, and drama. I thought the pacing was wonderful with never a dull moment for all 24 episodes.  Wang So (Jang Hyuk) and Shin Yool (Oh Yeon Seo) were such a fun couple, and they really had amazing chemistry.  They had an epic, fated love that brought such touching moments as well as so much joy.

And the intensity of the palace politics truly surprised me.  It takes a lot to keep me interested in those sorts of things, but Shine or Go Crazy kept me glued to the screen during these conversations.  It was a fun and thrilling ride that I will always remember.  And who can forget those lovely words brought to life by Jang Hyuk when calling Shin Yool by her guy name, “Gae Bong ahhh!” My Rating: 9.5/10 (Shine or Go Crazy Review)

2.Ho Goo’s Love

Ho Goo's Love Korean Drama

Ho Goo’s love is an absolutely adorable and heart warming drama.  Choi Woo Shik really nailed Ho Goo’s character.  All of his mannerisms really show how innocent and naïve Ho Goo is.  He was adorable and one of the nicest guys you could ever find.

Misunderstandings abound in this drama, and the relationships are crazy complicated, but this drama did things right and kept it interesting.  Byeon Kang Cheol (Im Seol Ong) was particularly hilarious as he tried to come to terms with who he was and what his feelings were.

I loved all of the characters and only wanted happiness for them.  It was all so much fun with just the right amount of feels.  My Rating: 9.5/10  (Ho Goo’s Love Review)

And the number one drama of 2015 is…

1. Kill Me, Heal Me

Kill Me Heal Me Korean Drama - Hwang Jung Eum and Ji Sung

Kill Me, Heal Me is simply an amazing drama.  Ji Sung’s portrayal of a man with Multiple Personality Disorder was so engaging, and he really brought to life each distinct personality.  I was so touched by Cha Do Hyeon’s struggle, yet I was still able to connect with each personality and see their importance.

I was completely invested in this drama.  I couldn’t wait to see what Cha Do Hyeon’s personalities would do and how he would clean up after them.  I was intrigued by his missing memory and loved watching it unfold.  And his relationship with Oh Ri Jin was hilarious, yet absolutely tender and romantic.  Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum have some sizzling chemistry.  I also shed some serious tears over this drama.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you really need to give it a chance! My Rating: 10/10 (Kill Me, Heal Me Review)

There you have it!  My favorite dramas of 2015.  There were so many great dramas this year!

Older Dramas I Completed in 2015

As a sort of year end review, I thought I would also include a list of those older dramas that I completed this year (I also included one 2015 Drama Special in this list since I am only including full length dramas in the list above).  If a review for the drama is available, the drama title will be blue.  Here they are broken into categories depending on how much I liked them:


Empress Ki

Empress Ki Korean Drama - Ji Chang Wook and Ha Ji Won


Iljimae Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi

Love Rain

Love Rain - Jang Geun Suk and Yoona

Padam Padam

Padam Padam Korean Drama - Kim Bum, Han Ji Min, and Jung Woo Sung


Pinocchio Korean Dram - Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye Winter Street Kiss


Beethoven Virus

Beethoven Virus Korean Drama - Jang Geun Suk and Lee Ji Ah


Heirs Korean Drama - Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye

Time Between Dog and Wolf

Time Between Dog and Wolf Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi

Tomorrow’s Cantabile

Tomorrow's Cantabile Korean Drama - Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung


Bride of the Century

Bride of the Century Korean Drama - Lee Hong Ki and Yang Jin Sung

Dream High

Dream High Korean Drama

Kang Goo’s Story

Kang Goo's Story Korean Drama - Lee Dong Wook and Park Joo Mi

Playful Kiss

Playful Kiss Korean Drama - Kim Hyun Joong and Jung So Min


Secret Korean Drama - Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum


Operation Proposal

Operation Proposal Korean Drama - Yoo Seung Ho

Protect the Boss

Protect the Boss Korean Drama - Ji Sung and Choi Kang Hee

Splish Splash Love

Splish Splash Love Korean Drama - Yoon Doo Joon and Kim Seul Gi

Tree With Deep Roots

Tree with Deep Roots Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk


School 2013

School 2013 - Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin

So combining all dramas, I completed 35 kdramas this year.  Wow!  That really is a lot of dramas.  It certainly was fun, and I look forward to the many offerings 2016 has in store!

How was 2015 for you?  What was your favorite drama of the year?

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15 Responses to Best Korean Dramas of 2015

  1. joybran2015 says:

    My rankings were pretty similar to yours. I was glad to see Hogu’s Love so high on your list because I think it was the most underrated drama of the year. Healer was my favorite, but Kill Me, Heal Me was right up there. As much as I love Lee Jun Ki, I have to agree that Scholar Who Walks the Night wasn’t near the top of the list.

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    • Kay says:

      Ho Goo’s Love really was the underrated gem of the year. So heartwarming, and it had some of the funniest scenes. I totally get why Healer is your favorite. I seriously can’t think of anything negative to say about that drama. It was just fun.

      I really think Scholar was one of those dramas that I just watched at the right time. It was different enough from the other dramas I had been watching recently to really entertain me despite its flaws. And of course Lee Joon Gi didn’t hurt things either🙂

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  2. Mitta says:

    Wow! Great list of dramas! You were busy this year…35 dramas. Hats off to you plus writing reviews and keeping this blog going. Incredible! Happy Holidays Kay!

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  3. D_Angel7 says:

    What really surprises me is that you were disappointed in “School 2013”. For me it was the best of the ‘School franchise series’
    I guess everyone have different opinions and likes, I am interested to hear your thoughts on it.


    • Kay says:

      Yeah, I know I’m in the tiny minority that didn’t care for School 2013. I actually don’t recall ever reading a negative comment about it, lol. Basically, I loved the relationship and storyline involving Lee Jong Suk & Kim Woo Bin’s characters, but it took up way too small of a portion of the screen time. I had heard so much about the awesome bromance and while I enjoyed what was there, it just wasn’t very much.

      The rest of the drama felt very slow and repetitive with a lot of meetings and mundane school stuff. Despite being a fan of Jang Na Ra, I was always bored with her interactions with Daniel Choi. And I failed to connect with any of the other students in the drama. So while I did LOVE the entire story surrounding Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin, it just wasn’t enough to make up for the rest of the drama.

      It is always interesting to see the differing opinions on dramas. That’s one of the reasons I like being involved with the blogging community. I’m glad you were in the majority and were able to enjoy School 2013🙂

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      • D_Angel7 says:

        I deeply respect people having different opinions, and especially ones that don’t force it on others (saying stuff like “how can you…”)
        I value your opinion and thank you for sharing with me your thoughts on School 2013.
        I look forward to discuss more dramas with you🙂

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      • joybran2015 says:

        Now that you mention it, I was also bored by Jang Na Ra and Daniel Choi in that drama, but I have such pleasant memories of the Lee Jong Suk/Kim Woo Bin bromance that I liked School 2013 in my memory more than I liked it at the time.

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        • Kay says:

          Haha, I’ve definitely had the experience where I like a drama a lot more after I’ve finished it. Sometimes the good memories just stick out more. At least looking back, the bromance is a really good memory from School 2013🙂


      • anandhu says:

        kay….i really liked the way you replied last comment….you earned my respect….some bloggers always stay by their opinion even if its hard to digest…glad to know that you respect others criticism in a good kind of way….looking forward for your newer updates my friend……..

        Liked by 1 person

        • Kay says:

          Thank you so much for saying that🙂 We all have different tastes, so I definitely respect the opinions of others and enjoy being able to discuss differences of opinions in a friendly way. I just love kdramas so much and love seeing other people enjoying them too, even if we disagree. I’m glad you found your way here, and thank you again for the comment🙂


  4. Drama Fan says:

    Yayyy you included Shine or Go Crazy, The ending made me mad, but I had so much fun with that drama🙂


    • Kay says:

      I LOVED Shine or Go Crazy! I agree, so much fun to be had with that one. Jang Hyuk was just the way I like him with a nice mix of serious and hilarious. The ending was a bit disappointing, but considering everything other than the last 10 minutes was practically perfect for me, it’s very high up on my favorites list🙂

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