The Top 10 best K-dramas of Summer 2015
Summer is sadly over, but instead of mourning our loss, let's take a moment to remember the good times! This summer, the K-drama gods gifted us with hours of laughter, tears, romance, and intrigue. Some of my now all-time favorite K-dramas came out this summer, so if you're looking for something to brighten your fall, here are some recommendations from the best K-dramas of Summer 2015.
Three years ago, Choi Moo Gak (Park Yoo Chun) was mysteriously entangled in the "Barcode" murder case, resulting in not only the death of his sister, but also in the loss of most of his senses. While unearthing the cold case, Moo Gak crosses paths with Oh Cho Rim (Shin Se Kyung), a fellow victim who gained the synesthetic ability to see smells, but lost all of her memories prior to the incident. Moo Gak and Cho Rim combine their strange powers to track down the culprit, but are they ready to confront the truth?
Na Bong Sun (Park Bo Young) may be a skilled chef, but she lacks the self-esteem to shine professionally and socially. Beyond her cooking talents, however, is an uncanny ability to communicate with ghosts. One day, her mystic senses go out of control when the seductive ghost of Shin Soon Ae (Kim Seul Gi) possesses her. Imbued with a fiery new "personality," Bong Sun starts turning heads, including that of Kang Sun Woo (Jo Jung Suk), the hottest chef in town and Bong Sun's secret crush!
Brought to the idyllic Jeju Island in the hopes to make a fresh start, Lee Jung Joo (Kang So Ra) runs into her first love Baek Geon Woo (Yoo Yeon Seok), who runs his own restaurant named Warm and Cozy. Will they be able to move past their differing priorities and personalities, or will a dark secret threaten to keep them apart?
4. Twenty Again
Due to an unplanned pregnancy, Ha No Ra (Choi Ji Woo) married young and dropped out of school. But after two decades as a housewife, she finally gets the chance to experience college, alongside her 20-year-old son Kim Min Soo (Kim Min Jae) and his girlfriend Oh Hye Mi (Son Na Eun). Further complicating things, No Ra already has a strained student-teacher relationship, as her husband Kim Woo Chul (Choi Won Young) and her first love Cha Hyun Suk (Lee Sang Yoon) wind up being her professors.
5. Yong Pal
Kim Tae Hyun (Joo Won) is a promising young surgeon, but his finances take a dive when his sister's health condition requires costly dialysis treatments. When Tae Hyun subsequently falls into a vicious cycle of debt, he assumes the alias of "Yong Pal" and begins making house calls for criminals who are willing to pay top dollar. Complicating things further, Tae Hyun gets involved with Han Yeo Jin (Kim Tae Hee), a comatose patient at the hospital.
Desperate to distance herself from her father's crippling debt, Byun Ji Sook (Soo Ae) begins to pose as Seo Eun Ha (Soo Ae), a wealthy socialite with an eerie resemblance to Ji Sook. While playing her new role, she has a chance meeting with Min Woo (Joo Ji Hoon), a cynical CEO desperate to escape his privileged world. Invigorated by her atypical "rich girl" personality, Min Woo quickly falls for "Eun Ha," but how long can Ji Sook keep up the charades before Min Woo discovers she's an impostor?
When Jo Yang Sun (Lee Yoo Bi) is driven out of house and home after her father is framed for a crime, she is forced to crossdress in order to make ends meet as a bookseller, where she meets Kim Sung Yeol (Lee Joon Ki), a handsome, but mysterious scholar who is actually a vampire. Meanwhile, an evil presence at the royal palace stops at nothing to keep the Crown Prince from claiming his rightful throne.
A group of young television producers — Ra Joon Mo (Cha Tae Hyun), Baek Seung Chan (Kim Soo Hyun), Tak Ye Jin (Gong Hyo Jin) –– and K-pop star Cindy (IU) work tirelessly around the clock within the entertainment division of a major broadcasting network. Amidst their dynamic and challenging workloads, serious drama reaches new heights in this backstage glimpse of the people who make television magic happen.
9. School 2015
Lee Eun Bi (Kim So Hyun), a student at Gangnam's top high school, suddenly and mysteriously wakes up with total amnesia. However, when she discovers she was once cruelly bullied, Eun Bi becomes determined to right the wrongs of her past by transforming herself into a popular and glamorous girl. But along the way, she begins to recover fragments of her memories that slowly reveal the insidious truths of Segang High School.
10. EXO Next Door
Ji Yeon Hee (Moon Ga Young) is an offbeat girl living an unremarkable life, but when the K-pop group EXO — (played by EXO members Park Chan Yeol, Do Kyung Soo, Byun Baek Hyun, and Oh Se Hun) — moves in next door, her life suddenly becomes the ultimate "boy next door" fantasy. And to top it off, both Chan Yeol and Kyung Soo develop feelings for their unwitting neighbor. Can Yeon Hee handle a love triangle with two of the hottest boys in the block (and in the world)?
While all the dramas on the list were amazing, my top three favorites of the summer were Mask, Sensory Couple, and Oh My Ghostess. I was surprised that I loved Mask so much because I don't usually like melodramas, but the acting was superb, the chemistry between the cast was amazing, and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. A lot of people doubted Sensory Couple would be good because they didn't like the female lead in previous roles and the plot seemed absurd, but it ended up being funny, endearing, suspenseful, and touching all at the same time. Not to mention the hot serial killer chef! And Oh My Ghostess was the perfect romantic comedy with a twist that had me laughing one moment and crying the next! I'll be adding it alongside the ranks of my ultimate favorite K-drama, Coffee Prince!
What were your favorite K-dramas of Summer 2015? Comment below!