2015

Top 13 Dramas of 2015 – with GIFs

2015 is almost coming to an end. Here is a compilation of top Korean dramas for 2015 based on CPI.

What is CPI (Content Power Index)?

A content power index for a show is a figure calculated by the combined news subscriptions, searches, and social media buzz for shows that are aired on both network and cable television.

1. MBC She Was Pretty 285.5

“This rom-com is about the relationship between Hye-jin, who lost everything when her father died and his company went bankrupt, and Sung-joon, who grew up to be a successful magazine editor.” – Jennifer from Western Girl Eastern Boy

2. KBS2 Producer 260.6

“A cheeky workplace romantic comedy, The Producers centers around, aptly, the producers working in KBS’s variety department, featuring a bevy of cameo appearances from stars and a cascade of tongue-in-cheek references to showbiz, celebrities, and industry practices.” – DramaWiki

3. SBS The Girl Who Sees Smells 256.1

“Two people are brought together by their connection to a horrible event and work together to solve the case. Choi Moo Gak (Park Yoochun) lost his younger sister, Eun Seol (Kim So Hyun), in a senseless killing known as the “Bar Code Murders” three years ago. Devastated by the loss, Moo Gak becomes a police officer to try to catch the killer, who is still at large. He also lost all of his senses after the tragedy, unable to feel the pain from a scalding cup of coffee or from actually getting hurt. Moo Gak meets Oh Cho Rim (Shin Se Kyung), a woman who survived the event but lost her memory and acquired the unusual ability to visualize smells.” – Viki

4. SBS Pinocchio 250.7

“A drama depicts love, frustration, growth and the competitive process of young people in their 20s becoming reporters as they cry and get hurt by truth but realize that as reporters, they must tell the truth. It will center the story of a man who hides a special talent living under a fake name and a woman who cannot lie due to ‘Pinocchio Syndrome’.” – DramaWiki

5. MBC Kill Me Heal Me 242.8

“Cha Do Hyun (Ji Sung) is a rich heir to a family company with one major problem. Due to suppressed childhood trauma, he suffers from dissociative identity disorder manifested in 7 unique personalities who are out of his control. In order to overcome this disorder in secret, he hires a first year medical resident (Hwang Jung Eum) to help him heal by killing off each personality one by one.” – Drama Fever

6. SBS Mask  232.8

“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.” – Drama Fever

7. KBS2 Who Are You:School 2015  230.5

“Set at a prestigious private high school in Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea. Eun-Byeol is a popular student at the private high school. She goes missing and returns, but she has lost her memory. She tries to find out the truth.” – Asian Wiki

8. SBS Heard it Through the Grapevine 224.2

“A black comedy that satirizes the presumptuous and materialistic ideas by the top upper class in Korea, who are indulged in imperialistic power and thrive on inherited wealth and lineage” – Han Cinema

9. MBC Angry Mom  224.0

“When Jo Gang-Ja attended high school, she was notorious for fighting. She gave birth to her daughter A-Ran (Kim You-Jung) in her late teens and became more responsible. Her daughter A-Ran is now a high school student, but A-Ran is bullied at school. Jo Gang-Ja decides to go back to high school to protect her daughter. Jo Gang-Ja becomes a high school student again.” – Han Cinema

10. tvN Let’s Eat 2  220.0

“Koo Dae-Young (Yoon Doo-Joon) moves to a new area and meets his new neighbors including Baek Soo-Ji (Seo Hyun-Jin), a freelance writer who eats once a day and Lee Sang-Woo (Kwon Yool), a public officer and often admired by women.” – Han Cinema

11. MBC Warm and Cozy  213.9

“A romantic drama of a man and a woman of opposite personalities and different aims gradually fall in love with each other.” – IMDB

12. KBS2 Healer  209.8

” Kim Moon-Ho (Yoo Ji-Tae) is a popular reporter at major broadcasting company. One day, he learns the truth of a case that took place in the past. He intentionally approaches people who are related to the case and helps them. While doing so, he agonizes over the truth and beliefs.

Meanwhile, with the help of Kim Moon-Ho, internet reporter Chae Young-Shin (Park Min-Young) and Seo Jung-Hoo (Ji Chang-Wook), known as “Healer,” grow into real reporters. ” – Asian Wiki

13. SBS Hyde, Jekyll, and I  208.2

“Koo Seo-Jin (Hyun-Bin) has two different personalities. One of his personalities is cold like Hyde and the other is sweet like Jekyll. He works as the director of theme park Wonderland. Jang Ha-Na (Han Ji-Min) works as the master and actress of a circus at Wonderland. Koo Seo-Jin tries to kick the circus out of Wonderland and Jang Ha-Na reorganizes the circus to stay. In the process, Jang Ha-Na falls in love with Koo Seo-Jin.” – Asian Wiki

BONUS: KBS2 Orange Marmalade  207.0

“300 years ago, humans and vampires finalized a peace treaty, but they still do not get along well with each other.

In the present day, Jae-Min (Yeo Jin-Goo) is a popular high school student. He falls in love with transfer student Baek Ma-Ri. Baek Ma-Ri though hides her true identity as a vampire.” – Asian Wiki

That’s it folks. What were your favorites? Let us know by commenting below!

6 replies »

  1. To be honest I really like your list, although I would have added a couple more that I like ( lol but this isn’t my list so it’s okay :P) I personally like warm and cozy because it’s a cute romantic comedy and I’m not gonna lie the leading couple is just so darn cute. I would like to throw a shout out to another one of my favourites that i believe deserves an honorable mention and that’s My Sunshine which is the drama of the novel Silent Seperation by Gu Man. Honestly if you havent had the chance it is an amazing show and book (there are english translations) and the same author wrote Boss & Me or Shan Shan comes to eat. I am also a big fan of the School series, Mask, and Angry Mom. Thanx for the list :)

  2. Could you call watching K-Dramas for 4 months a Newbie? I like watching them better than regular TV, even though I have to read the English subtitles. I like history and romantic stories and with the K-Dramas I get both and also comedy with the romance. I like the The Scholar Who Walks at Night, Master Sun, My Greatest Love and the current one showing is Oh My Venus. For me they are fun movies to watch. I’ve learned somethings about their customs by watching these dramas but there is one thing that that puzzles me? How do they get these actors/actress to cry so hard with real tears. When they get emotional in these dramas the tears start flowing in buckets.
    PS I like your article on What to Expect when Dating a Korean Guy :)

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