Number of episodes: 32 (note: on Netflix, its 16).
Staring: Ji Sung, Lee Se-Young, Hwang Hee, Lee Kyu-Hyung
의사요한, Doctor John is a Korea Medical drama that talks about the story of a doctor who specializes in Pain Management, Cha Yo-Han (Ji Sung). He returns back to work at a hospital after 3 years of being in jail and with his team, they try to diagnose the reasons why their patient are feeling pain and how to help their patients ease the pain.
The story kicks of with Oh Ye-Jin (Im Soo-hyang) teaching in a high school while she was an university teacher. From there, she got to know Seo-Hwan (Ji-soo), whom like her on first sight.
While Ye-Jin and Seo-Hwan continued to develop their relationship as teacher/student, Seo-Hwan’s elder brother, Seo-Jin got discharged from the army and returned home. Coincidentally, on his very first day back, he bumped into Ye-Jin and after knowing Ye-Jin’s situation at home, decides to protect her by wooing her.
The story continued with both brothers turning against each other as a result of Ye-Jin.
Starring: Kim Hee-Ae, Park Hae-Joon, Han So-Hee, Park Sun-young, Kim Young-min etc.
Number of episodes: 16
Ji Seon-Woo, an associate director who works in a hospital found in the Gosan district used to think that her life was perfect. She had a loving husband Tae-Oh, and they had a son named Jun-Young. However, her life spiralled out of control when she discovered that Tae-Oh was having an affair with another woman.
Unable to tolerate the fact that Tae-Oh was having an affair, deceiving her and using their family funds behind her back, she set out to obtain evidence for her husband’s infidelity and to get her revenge.
Starring: Hwang Jung-Eum, Choi Won-Young, Yook Sung-Jae, Joon Hyuk Lee etc.
Number of episodes: 12
Mystic Pop-Up Bar (MPB) is a drama that centers around Wol-Joo (Hwang Jung-Eum), who is the owner of a street stall. While the stall appears to be normal, Wol-Joo, together with her partner Chief Gwi (Choi Won-Young) are spirits whom are in the human realm working to help 100,000 grievances/grudges in the dream realm- the punishment that Wol-Joo had to complete for the crimes that she have committed before her death.
As Wol-Joo almost complete her goal, she found that increasingly, it was difficult to get people to open and talk about their troubles so that she could help them in the dream realm. Just as she was troubled, she crossed paths with Han Kang-Bae (Yook Sung-Jae), whom have a special ability that allow people to confide in him upon physical contact.
Realising Kang-Bae’s ability would be helpful in completing her goals, Wol-Joo recruited Kang-Bae as a part timer, while promising him that she will cure him.
The trio then started to work together in listening to the stories of others, and devise ways to help them solve their problems for Wol-Joo to achieve her goal.
Starring: Jang Na-Ra, Go Joon, Park Byung-Eun, Jung Gun-Joo, Baek Seung-hee, Park Soo-Young etc.
Number of episodes: 16
Oh My Baby is a romance drama focusing on Jang Ha-Ri’s (by Jang Na-Ra) life. She is a 39 year old single woman, whom have been working as the deputy manager of a parenting magazine named “The Baby”. Despite the fact that she is working at a parenting magazine, she had been single for the past 10 years.
While she had given up entirely on marriage, she wants to have a baby. As she searched for a potential father, she set her sights on the following 3 men: Han Yi-Sang (by Go Joon), Yoon Jae-Young (Park Byung-Eun) and Choi Kang Eu Ddeum (Jung Gun-Joo).
Casts: Lee Dong-gun, Jeon Hye-bin, Kim Sae-Ron, Kim Kwon and Yeo Hoe-hyun
Note: Leverage is a remake of the American TV series with the same name.
Leverage is a drama series that anchors around Lee Tae-Joon (Lee Dong-gun), who used to be an insurance investigator. When his son was in critical condition due to health issues, he had resorted to stealing a medicine produced by a biomedical company in hopes that the medicine could help his son’s life. However, what he did not expect that his thieving act was a plot schemed by someone with status and power.
With the quest to avenge for his son, he had recruited four other criminals, Hwang Soo-Kyung (Jeon Hye-bin), Ko Na-Byeol (Kim Sae-Ron), Roy Ryu (Kim Kwon) and Jung Eui-Sung (Yeo Hoe-Hyun) to form a elite fraud team that targets those with status and power.
Author’s note: In terms of the story plot, I realised it was pretty similar to some of the other Korean dramas that I have watch previously (I.e. the player). Despite the similar story plot, I still enjoyed the show.
Starring: Jang Nara, Choi Jin Hyuk, Lee Elijah, Shin Sung Rok, Shin Eun Kyung
Number of episodes: 52 (each episode is approximately 30+ minutes)
Initially, the Last Empress wasn’t on my to watch list when it first started to air last year. However, with the recommendation from my colleague and realizing that Choi Jin Hyuk was in the show (whom I started to like after watching emergency couple that he co-stared with Song Ji Hyo), I started watching the drama. And I am extremely thankful for not missing out on this drama, but this drama turned out to be one of the best Kdramas that I had watched thus far.