2019 In Review – Series – Best to Worst
This year I scored each series by averaging the score for the episodes. Here are the empirical results:
Do I agree with the scores? Would I rank the dramas differently now that I’ve got the advantage of time and comparison?
I’d bump up Arthdal Chronicles and take down Smile Has Left Your Eyes a notch. Otherwise, I agree with the hard numbers.
What did I love about each series?
My Country: The New Age – Superb historical with gripping episodes, top notch production, excellent ensemble acting, a villain that everyone worked to defeat, a male friendship that had it downs, lower downs, then ups and Jang Hyuk as the shining star character Bang Won, the man that would be King but had a hard road to get there.
Touch Your Heart – Sweet, smart, and steadfast romance between an actress and lawyer. Yoo In Na and Lee Dong Wook demonstrated once again they have the chemistry to create a memorable couple.
Smile Has Left Your Eyes – The mystery caught me and wouldn’t let me go until I knew the truth. The reason I watched the drama, Seo In Guk’s acting, didn’t disappoint. He transformed his character from a user into a person I rooted for.
Welcome 2 Life – Rain as a cocky selfish lawyer gets thrust into a parallel universe and learns what really matters in life.
Arthdal Chronicles – Ancient times historical that dealt with the quest for power, suppression and discrimination of races, with an ensemble cast that delivered. The series ended on a cliffhanger. Will there be a second season?
Haechi – Writer Kim Yi Young crafted a series chock full of events, surprises and cliffhangers that kept you coming back episode after episode. This was Jung Il Woo’s “comeback drama” after his military service. He still has “it”.
Kill It – The first half of the series was murky, then Writers Son and Choi focused on the key questions – what is the mystery of the leading man’s past, why were there numbered children, was history repeating itself, etc. yielding an excellent second half of the series.
Romance is a Bonus Book – An easy enjoyable watch with a couple you wanted to work and individual characters you’d want to be friends with. This drama was quiet but said important things about the power of the written word, perseverance, honoring your promises, etc.
Melting Me Softly – Romance with different challenges from most series. The chemistry between the lead actors Ji Chang Wook and Won Jin Ah made the couple likable. The sci-fi aspect of the story was uneven.
Level Up – Writer Kim Dong Kyu didn’t pen a compelling drama. The initial episodes were just okay. Thankfully the series improved as it went.
Blogging timeline of each series in 2019: