8 More K-Dramas Of 2019 That You Shouldn’t Miss
The year is already coming to an end and as the holidays are fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to get cozy by the fireplace and binge-watch K-dramas. If you haven’t been keeping up with K-dramas that have been released in the last bit of this year, this feature is perfect for recommending a few that might be up your alley. You can also have a look at part one of the recommendations from the first half of K-dramas that aired this past year. Here’s a look at eight more K-dramas to add to your list!
Note: K-dramas that aired after December 1st, 2019 were not included on this list.
1. Angel’s Last Mission: Love
“Angel’s Last Mission: Love” was a gem and pleasant surprise in 2019, not only for the amazing acting skills of Shin Hye Sun and the visuals of INFINITE’s L, but also because of its unique storyline involving an angel who is trapped on earth.
“Angel’s Last Mission: Love” tells the story of an angel named Kim Dan, played by L, who is sent on earth to carry out certain tasks. He’s a bit of a black sheep in the angel world and it’s not until he meets and falls in love with a blind woman named Lee Yeon Seo (Shin Hye Sun) that he starts to change.
The series was touching on many levels, but it was mostly heartwarming to see Shin Hye Sun, who becomes a heartless and angry woman with shattered dreams, turn into a warm and loving person. Her transformation and love story with the angel is a story about healing and how the power of love can overcome so many trials in life. They had amazing chemistry that was so uplifting to watch.
Watch “Angel’s Last Mission: Love” here:
2. When the Camellia Blooms
“When the Camellia Blooms” stars Kang Ha Neul and Gong Hyo Jin as two lovers with a lot of baggage as a result of broken families. Hwang Yong Sik (Kang Ha Neul) finds solace and joy out of his everyday life and basically swears his life to Dong Baek (Gong Hyo Jin). In the midst of this heartfelt love story, there’s a serial killer on the loose whom Yong Sik is trying to hunt down.
“When the Camellia Blooms” is a story about love, community, family, and hope. Just when Dong Baek thought she had hit rock bottom, there were people, who she least expected, helping her up and being there for her.
But the biggest reason as to why this series is a must-watch is because you get to see the unadulterated way in which Yong Sik loves Dong Baek. His love for her is loud and he proclaims it throughout the streets. He doesn’t play games and always makes sure that Dong Baek knows his feelings for her. It’s so inspiring and heartwarming to see, especially during this cold season!
“FAILing in Love” stars Song Sang Yeon as Kang Pa Rang, a high school boy who’s just trying to get through life while having separation anxiety disorder. He has two best friends, a girl named Lee Shi Won (Yang Hye Ji) and a “psychopath” named Lee Shi Eon (Shin Yoon Seop), who basically help him through his disorder by literally sticking by his side at all times.
Although this drama may not be a mind-blowing series, it’s definitely worth a mention. One of the main reasons why this drama is so memorable is that it has characters who are all relatable and are all going through something that they don’t necessarily always talk about in the open. And at the end of the day, they have friends to lean on. It’s a story that is realistic, and with the impressive acting as well as the emotionally charged soundtrack, it’s a sure win.
Watch “FAILing In Love” now:
“Hotel Del Luna” was a very highly anticipated K-drama as it starred two megastars, IU and Yeo Jin Goo. The series was also written by the Hong sisters, which gave viewers another reason to be excited as they’ve written a lot of other successful K-dramas. “Hotel Del Luna” stars IU as Jang Man Wol, the CEO of a hotel that has ghosts as guests. Yeo Jin Goo stars as Goo Chan Sung, an assistant manager who was promised to the hotel by his father.
“Hotel Del Luna” has all your favorite K-drama love tropes. If you can get past the grotesque and scary looking ghosts, the series is very enjoyable to watch. It’s got all the cliffhangers and love triangles that keep you coming back for more. Not to mention seeing the gorgeous IU in all her beautiful costumes and seeing Yeo Jin Goo in a suit is pretty worth the watch in itself.
Check out the first episode of “Hotel Del Luna” here:
“Extraordinary You” is an MBC K-drama that is based on the hit webcomic written by Moo Ryoo, In Ji Hye, and Song Ha Young. This series takes viewers into the world of comic books and what it would be like for the characters to discover that they are characters stuck in a comic book, left helpless at the will of the writer.
The world of “Extraordinary You” is a world that’s so easy to get sucked into. When you’ve got the likes of SF9’s Rowoon, Lee Jae Wook, Kim Young Dae, and Jung Gun Joo all starring in the series, you’re pretty much guaranteed to fall for at least one of them, if not all of them. This series was so good at encapsulating the emotions that come with falling in love as well as fighting against the fate that is already determined for the characters. The series evokes sadness, laughs, and it really makes you invest emotionally in the life of the characters. It is without question one of the best series of the year!
Watch “Extraordinary You” now:
“Vagabond” is Lee Seung Gi’s first K-drama this past year, as he’s been pretty busy in the variety show world, so it’s great to see him on the small screen. The series was highly anticipated mainly because of the fact that he’d be starring alongside Suzy, whom he had already starred with previously in the K-drama “Gu Family Book.”
“Vagabond” is the spy action K-drama that we didn’t know we needed in 2019. The story was fully engaging from the first episode and it kept viewers on the edge of their seats until the very end. The hot and heavy romance between the cop Cha Dal Geon (Lee Seung Gi), who is trying to get vengeance on the death of his nephew, and Go Hae Ri (Suzy), who plays a secret agent, was enjoyable to watch and it was worthwhile seeing the two reunite.
You can watch Lee Seung Gi and Suzy in “Gu Family Book” here:
7. Search: WWW
“Search: WWW” stars Im Soo Jung and Jang Ki Yong in a series about believing in true love and second chances. It doesn’t only involve three heartbreaking and beautiful love stories, but it also touches on friendship and loyalty. The part that was especially memorable in the series was seeing Park Mo Geon’s (Jang Ki Yong) relentless love for Bae Ta Mi (Im Soo Jung).
This series also marked Lee Jae Wook’s big performance as a rookie actor named Seol Ji Hwan. Seeing Lee Jae Wook shine and take on being the love interest of Lee Da Hee was perfection and he’s been making his way to the top ever since.
“Search: WWW” was one of those K-dramas that I didn’t expect to like, but totally fell in love with after watching it. If you love these kinds of romance stories and seeing women stick up for each other, this series is a definite must-watch!
Start watching “Search: WWW” here:
One of the newer series on this list, “Chocolate” stars Ha Ji Won and Yoon Kye Sang in a story about first love and enduring the hardships of life. Ha Ji Won plays Moon Cha Young, a chef struggling to get by, who falls in love with a neurosurgeon named Lee Kang, played by Yoon Kye Sang. The two are separated as a result of various circumstances and meet again by chance when they are older. Cha Young discovers that the man she is dating, is best friends with the love of her life, Kang.
Although the series has not ended yet, the first few episodes are enough to really captivate hearts. If you’re a fan of either of the main leads, it’s worth the watch, especially because they really are such great actors and their chemistry together seems so effortless. The cinematography and soundtrack make it the perfect K-drama to watch especially during this holiday season!
Hey Soompiers, which of these must-watch K-dramas was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
binahearts is a Soompi writer whose ultimate biases are Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG. She is also the author of “K-POP A To Z: The Definitive K-Pop Encyclopedia.” Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!