Korean TV Dramas


The Korean Wave

Why Korean Dramas?

Part of the answer lies in the unique strengths of many of these series: Purity, Sincerity, Passion.  The hallmark of Korean dramas (and, to some extent, in many of their feature films) is, especially compared to American offerings, a relative purity of character.  Each character's psychology and motivation is clear, clean, archetypical.  This is not to say they are not complex.  Rather a character is not made complicated arbitrarily.  Psychological insight into the character, as expressed by his or her behavior, is - I judge - often more layered and correctly manifest than what we see on American television series (Dexter Morgan notwithstanding): Character complexity is more convincing when the core self is not concerned with fulfilling the needs of this or that producer, sponsor or target age range or subculture.

On this website, you will find reviews of some of the most popular of these shows - now available with good English subtitles:

Introduction to Korean TV Dramas

All About Eve

Alone in Love

Boys Over Flowers

Country Princess

Dae Jang Geum


Delicious Proposal

Goodbye Solo

The Grand Chef

Green Rose



Inside the White Tower

I Really Really LIke You


The King and I

My Lovely Sam-Soon

One Fine Day



Rondo (TBS)

Ruler of Your Own World


The Snow Queen


Super Rookie

Tamra Island

Time Between Dog & Wolf


Winter Sonata

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