8 Ways to Cure a Korean Drama Slump and Keep Your Kdrama Fire Burning

Entertainer Korean Drama - Kang Min Hyuk

It’s something that almost every Korean drama fan has to deal with it at some point in their lives: the dreaded Kdrama Slump.  Things have been going along just fine and then suddenly things begin to change.  The dramas you’re watching just aren’t as interesting as they used to be, and new dramas aren’t catching your eye.  You’ve fallen into a Kdrama Slump!

Well, never fear!  I’m here to offer 8 tips to curing your Kdrama Slump.  While there are plenty of fans who have been watching longer than me, I have a pretty decent sized list of dramas under my belt.  I’ve seen more than enough to relate to many of the experiences we drama fans have.

And while there is no full proof way to avoiding or getting out of a Kdrama Slump, there are a few tips I would recommend to hopefully minimize them in your life:

1. Re-watch Favorite Dramas

Healer Korean Drama - Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young

There’s nothing like revisiting one of your favorite dramas to stir up your passion again.  Re-watching your favorite characters and stories can help you reminisce and remember exactly why you love kdramas.

2. Alternate Genres

Empress Ki - Ji Chang Wook and Ha Ji Won

This is something I do to prevent a drama slump from even beginning, but it can definitely be useful if you’re in the middle of one.  Try to vary the genres you are watching.  Just watched a couple comedies?  Switch it up and watch a melodrama, action, or saguek drama.  Vary things as much as possible so that you’re not always watching the same types of stories back to back.

This tip is especially important if you’ve just watched an amazing drama that has left a giant void in your life upon its conclusion.  Our gut reaction is usually to search after something just like the awesome drama to produce the same wonderful feeling.  But many times this sets us up for failure.  By switching to a completely different genre, you avoid that direct comparison.

3. Alternate Live Watching vs. Marathoning

Modern Farmer Korean Drama - Lee Hong Ki, Kwak Dong Yeon, Lee Shi Eon, and Park Min Woo

No, I’m not saying you should go back to your early days of drama watching and stay up all night watching a show.  But if you typically watch your dramas week to week, consider choosing a completed drama or two and watch those during your regular drama hours for a few weeks.  I prefer to do this anyway since I stay more engaged in a drama when watching it in a shorter time period.

Alternatively, if you usually do this, try switching to live watching.  Maybe the anticipation of waiting week to week will make things a bit more exciting for you.

4. Check Out Variety Shows

Running Man - Lee Kwang Soo, Gary, Kim Jong Kook, Ha Ha, Song Ji Hyo 2

Switch things up by focusing more on some of the wonderful Korean variety shows out there.  Shows like Running Man, 2 Days 1 Night, and Return of Superman can offer a much needed break from the serious dramas by giving you plenty to laugh about.  There are also a lot of good music shows out there such as King of Masked Singer.  Find something that interests you.

5. Branch Out to Dramas from Other Countries

My Little Lover Japanese Drama - Nakagawa Taishi and Yamamoto Maika

If you’re primarily a kdrama watcher, give Japanese, Chinese, or Taiwanese dramas a try.  They’re similar to kdramas, but they have their own unique aspects to them.  It can also introduce you to another culture and language which can definitely be an interesting experience.

You can even try dramas from other non-Asian countries.  Bollywood dramas from India are extremely popular.  Maybe check out Spanish, British, or American dramas.  Anything to change things up.

6. Take a Break

Heartstrings Korean Drama - Jung Yong Hwa and Park Shin Hye

Sometime absence makes the heart grow fonder.  Kind of relating to the tip above, you can either take a break from just kdramas and branch out to other countries, or you can take a drama break completely (Gasp!).  Find other things or hobbies to do for a while and then revisit kdramas later.  Sometimes a break is all that is needed to get things going again.

7. Avoid Negativity

Remember - Nam Gung Min 2

We’ve all been there.  You’re loving your latest drama and eagerly anticipate it each week when suddenly it goes off the rails.  For whatever reason, the drama you were just in love with now has you enraged that you just wasted so many hours of your life on it.  Sometimes that happens and you just need to vent about it with other fans. We all understand.

But other times it feels like it is some people’s mission in life to steal away your drama happiness.  Some people are on the hunt for drama flaws from the moment a plot is announced, all the way through casting, trailers, and then throughout the drama.  I tend to avoid certain forums and comment sections that are particularly negative.

Negativity breeds negativity.  And while it is 100% your right to your own tastes and to voice your opinion in whatever way you choose with whoever you choose, this sometimes sets up negative drama expectations right from the get go as well as makes minor flaws seem bigger than they are.  If you come to a point where all you are doing is looking for flaws in a drama, that’s not a fun place to be in.

Find people online or in real life who are excited about dramas and chat with them.  Let their excitement spill over to you.  Sometimes this can make a huge difference in recreating the excitement.

8. Manage Expectations

Moorim School Korean Drama - Lee Hyun Woo

I consider this a big one for any drama fan who wants to stay a lifelong fan.  For most fans, kdramas are shiny and new in the beginning.  They are something completely different from what we are used to, and that is exciting.  But eventually that first love wears off, and it boils down to this: do you like Korean dramas for what they actually are?

One thing I’ve noticed that many kdrama fans seem to forget is that dramas follow a certain pattern or formula.  Korean drama storytelling typically involves clichés, tropes, cookie cutter plots, and even angst in comedy dramas.  They have been this way for many, many years.  While there are always dramas that will rise above the rest in terms of minimizing some of these things, they are not the norm.

King of Baking Koran Drama - Joo Won

I know all of us are always on the look out for the next amazing, fantastic drama that blows us away.  But these are not typical.  They never have been and never will be.  And this applies to dramas and shows from every country.  Most shows are not hits, and only the best of the best are usually remembered.

Every country has a way it generally tells stories and has certain tropes it likes to use.  Something that happens with many kdrama fans is that we seem to start getting annoyed with many of the things that cause conflict in a drama be it amnesia, trouble-making mothers or second leads, rich guys, poor girls, not communicating with each other, noble idiocy, incompetent police officers, or a comedy taking a more dramatic and angsty turn later in a drama.  Even staples of kdramas like wide-eyed kisses, innocent romance, childhood loves, etc. can start to annoy some fans.

But the purpose of these things is to further the story, create conflict, and some are just part of what makes a kdrama a kdrama.  They are meant to cause problems and make you root for the hero.  And just because a drama makes use of cliche plot devices, it doesn’t automatically make a drama bad.  A drama can still be wonderful even when using these things.

If you want to avoid disliking kdramas or falling into a slump, try to manage your expectations and accept these elements for what they are.  They are a large part of what makes a Korean drama, and they should be embraced.

In Conclusion

No one should ever be miserable in their drama watching.  If none of these things work for you, it may be time to re-evaluate and look for a change.  Find something else you can love and enjoy.  As wonderful as kdramas and the community that comes with them are, it’s okay to move on and find other things you can love.

Reply 1997 Korean Drama - Seo In Guk, Jung Eun Ji, Hoya, Shin So Yool, Eun Ji Won, and Lee Shi Eon

But hopefully, if you employ some of these tips, you can minimize drama slumps or dig your way out of one that’s currently happening.  You’ll be back to that drama obsessed fan who suffers from serious addiction to their latest drama. And there’s no better place to be.

I am passionate about Korean dramas and love sharing that passion with others.  I hope this article can help you keep your kdrama fire burning.  Best of luck in your drama adventures.

Happy drama watching to everyone!

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15 Responses to 8 Ways to Cure a Korean Drama Slump and Keep Your Kdrama Fire Burning

  1. Timescout says:

    I guess nbr 5 is my main way of getting some distance from kdramas when I feel like taking a brake.🙂

    Managing expectations doesn’t always work anymore, sadly. I’ve become “allergic” to certain tropes so I don’t have much patience with them these days. All I can do is hope there won’t be too many of them in any one drama.

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    • Kay says:

      Luckily, you’ve had some good success with dramas from the other Asian countries🙂

      That’s completely understandable. Sometimes there are certain things we just don’t like, plain and simple. I do think there are more kdramas coming out these days that really do minimize a lot of the tropes so many people dislike. Hopefully, you find success with some of them soon. But at least you have found some strategies that work for you in enjoying dramas🙂


  2. Beautiful. So well articulated! I definitely agree on #7, sometimes I’ll stop bringing up a certain drama with people or won’t go to site because I know it will just dampen the flames of burning love for the show. #2 and #3 are my go to ways, other than that. Thanks for the post!

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    • Kay says:

      Thank you! Alternating genres is probably my best personal strategy. It really helps keep things varied and interesting🙂

      And the avoiding negativity. I like reading differing opinions about dramas, but I’ll usually limit how much I read and try to focus on more well rounded discussions. And yes, if I absolutely love a drama, I usually know what places to avoid so my drama love won’t be dampened🙂


  3. joybran2015 says:

    Great post! I have so many other things going on right now, I haven’t been spending as much time watching dramas as I usually do, and it feels like a slump. As much as I love the drama I’m currently watching (Entertainer), it feels like a chore to find the time to finish it. I’ve done most of the things on your list at some time in the past, but re-watching favorite dramas is my normal strategy. Yet I have avoided that because I just have so many dramas on my “plan to watch” list and so little time. Thanks for the reminder that re-watching favorites is a great strategy to rekindle my passion for kdramas.

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    • Kay says:

      Aww, you’re welcome🙂 It’s terrible when you don’t have enough drama time. Dramas are my main “hobby” (with the blog as an extension of that), so I try my best to make lots of time for them. And I’m a true addict in the sense that just one episode in a day doesn’t feel like enough, and if I miss a day, well that’s horrible! lol

      I had one period where I had to go a month without watching a single episode, and it was terrible. But I made sure I was reading about dramas even if it was only for a few minutes here and there. Such a miserable period, hehe

      Glad you’re liking Entertainer though! I really hope once things settle down you find some nice time to watch it and maybe sneak in a few episodes of some of your favorite dramas🙂


      • joybran2015 says:

        I’m determined to watch the last three episodes of Entertainer today. Then I’m going to re-watch Queen Inhyun’s Man because I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much I enjoyed it. That doesn’t give me more hours in the day, but at least it makes sure I will thoroughly enjoy the hours I can give to it. Then I can get back to my list.

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        • Kay says:

          Now that sounds like a good plan! Wrapping up a new drama and then revisiting a favorite with the time you have. I still haven’t seen it yet, but Queen In Hyun’s Man should get you nice and excited for W – Two Worlds🙂


          • joybran2015 says:

            I’m already excited for W — Two Worlds, partly because it’s the same writer as QIHM, but also because Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo are two of my favorite actors. I’m also excited about Wanted because QIHM made me a fan of Ji Hyun Woo. Too many great dramas coming up and not enough time to watch them all.

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            • Kay says:

              I knew you were, just like I am! W is one of those dramas that pretty much has everything right from the get go, so I can’t help but be excited for it🙂

              Wanted is on my list too. I’m mostly interested in the suspense story. Surprisingly, I’ve only seen Ji Hyun Woo in Angry Mom where I did really like him. But I’ve heard what a great nice male lead he is in QIHM. So many reasons I want to check that out. It’s high on my watch list for older dramas. But yeah, so many dramas, when to fit them all in!


              • joybran2015 says:

                I’ve seen almost all of Ji Hyun Woo’s dramas. I liked him in most of the older dramas, but none of them were particularly good dramas until QIHM. Unfortunately, Trot Lovers and Angry Mom sort of dropped him off my favorite actors list because I didn’t like him much in either. If you liked him in Angry Mom, you will LOVE him in QIHM. From what I’ve heard about Wanted, I think it will be a good role for him, but after being burned by Vampire Detective, I’m going to wait until Wanted finishes airing. However, W — Two Worlds is one I can’t wait for and will have to watch while it airs.

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                • Kay says:

                  Haha, I remember after watching Angry Mom I realized that a lot of people didn’t really like him in it. I was so surprised since I liked him quite a bit. I mean Ji Soo was the one who got most of my attention, but I really enjoyed Ji Hyun Woo’s character. So I’m optimistic about liking him in QIHM🙂

                  Yeah, W – Two Worlds is another one of those that is going to be absolute torture waiting for while everyone is buzzing about it on blogs and social media. Beautiful Mind is one that is being talked about all over the place right now, and I’m trying my best to avoid spoilers, but they’re seriously everywhere, lol.

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  4. AidaZen says:

    I never get the slump thing ever!!

    Maybe because, I’ve already been practicing the pointers you preach. First, I mix my viewing with dramas from other lands (I especially love Chinese Historical dramas!!! For example, now watching Chinese Paladin 5)…

    Also, I rewatch my faves all the time (such as Angel Eyes, Heart to Heart and Empress KI of recent) whenever I start to feel nostalgic for them. I notice, that after all these steps, I feel invigorated to continue with my ongoing drama addiction.

    So, I’ll say your Kdrama Slump fix-it theory holds more than enough water! Other shows I keep myself busy with during the nail-biting wait for new kdrama episodes, are US shows like Masterchef and Keeping Up with the Kardashians (guilty pleasures, lol). So yep, I think I’m covered for as long as feasible. Your tips are great, for sure!

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    • Kay says:

      That’s great! Another passionate kdrama addict🙂 I’m actually like that too in that I’ve never experienced a complete drama slump. I love my kdramas too much! I have had a few mini slumps where I had a string of dramas that were okay but not great. But that was more just bad luck in which dramas I chose to watch at the time.

      But I’ve always found that there are so many great dramas out there that it doesn’t usually take long to find one I love again. I practice many of these tips regularly too which I’m sure helps a lot. And honestly, my kdrama love just keeps growing🙂

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