2020 In Review – Couples – Best to Worst

I scored each couple by averaging the leads score. Here are the empirical results:

Would I adjust the rankings based on each couple’s chemistry?

I was a bit surprised to find I agree with the hard numbers.

What did I love about each couple?

Crash Landing on You – Yoon Se Ri (Son Ye Jin) & Ri Jung Hyuk (Hyun Bin) – She was stranded in North Korea and needed help to survive. He found her and risked everything to shelter, protect, and return her to South Korea. He was the perfect knight in shining armor for this damsel in distress. They fell in love. Their tenderness with each other, their romantic gestures, and their past connection made this couple the top couple of 2020. They fiercely supported each other. They were willing to risk it all for the other. An added bonus was the supportive tribe formed from Junk Hyuk’s men and the village ladies. This tribe rooted for them just like we the audience did.

Psycho But It’s Okay – Ko Moon Young (Seo Ye Ji) & Moon Kang Tae (Kim Soo Hyun) – She was bold, damaged, and desired love and family above all. He was careful, not open, and afraid to grasp a life where he was fulfilled beyond a caretaker role. She wanted him and was delightfully direct about this. He politely then directly evaded her advances. During the series she was forced to deal with her own demons born out of a destructive cocoon forged by her mother and cold distance from her father. He was forced to deal with his right to want personal happiness, to allow his brother to grow away from his protective shelter, and accept that family means togetherness and supporting individual needs. Their hot flash sexuality, witty banter, and wariness at believing in love made this couple watchable.

The King: Eternal Monarch – Jung Tae Eul (Kim Go Eun) & Lee Gon (Lee Min Ho) – Once they overcame the hurdles and awkward one-sided start, this couple’s devotion and faith in each other was a pleasure. He was from a parallel world and had the talisman of her police badge from a coup when he was a boy. She was a police officer who didn’t believe his story. But the evidence was there and time travel to his world made it irrefutable. He was smart, strategic, regal and romantic. She was a friend, lover, and perfect professional & personal partner for him. She was willing to fight for him. He was willing to fight for her. This couple overcame the unusual logistical challenges and found a path that worked for them.

Tale of the Nine Tailed – Nam Ji Ah (Jo Bo Ah) & Lee Yeon (Lee Dong Wook) – Talk about history. This couple’s initial relationship was 600 years ago. They sacrificed for each other and he could only wait for her promised reincarnation. He waited 600 years. Finally she returned. She didn’t know him. But circumstances intwined them. He helped find her parents who were kidnapped by the big bad. He proved his support and love in doing this. She loved him for it. Who wouldn’t? This fated couple replayed certain dynamics from their first relationship, once again were forced to separate. Thankfully fate didn’t make them wait another 600 years to rejoin.

Flower of Evil – Cha Ji Won (Moon Chae Won) & Do Hyun Soo (Lee Joon Gi) – This married couple went through the wringer and made it to the other side. She was a detective who learned her husband was pretending to be someone he was not. He was suspected of being a murderer. She had to investigate the man she loved. He had heavy emotional baggage from his serial killer father who groomed him. He was desperate to find the truth about the past. Needless to say, there were forces that wanted to silence him. He refused to stop and vowed to protect his family. He became someone to root for. She doubted her faith and love though she still wanted to believe in them and their family. Were they the more tested couple in 2020?

The World of the Married – Ji Sun Woo (Kim Hee Ae) & Tae O (Park Hae Joon) – This couple’s path through betrayal and brutal revenge was hard to watch but oft riveting. He was an adulterous leech to women who loved him. She was a compelling imperfect woman who fought to extract herself and her son from the shrapnel of an imploded marriage. She wouldn’t allow him to build a new life in town. And still they had a dependency and could not easily quit each other. They were better off without each other. It was a bumpy road that stripped them and their son to the foundation and forced them to rebuild.

Backstreet Rookie – Jung Saet Byul (Kim You Jung) & Choi Dae Hyun (Ji Chang Wook) – This couple had a sweetness. He was in love with his girlfriend. She was in love with him and had been for years. She worked for him. They clicked though not romantically. His girlfriend saw the chemistry and was jealous. She wanted to dissolve their working relationship. Things got ugly between the families of he and his girlfriend. Once freed from the relationship, he finally saw her. This time she stepped back and considered. The series ended with the promise of a romance between this couple.

Sweet Munchies – Kim Ah Jin (Kang Ji Young) & Park Jin Sung (Jung Il Woo) – This couple was felled by his lies. Desperate for money, he pretended to be gay to win the role of chef on a cooking show she produced and recruited him for. That lie undermined their stability. They made a go at romance once she learned he wasn’t gay. Complicating matters, a friend to both of them, a wonderful man, was attracted to him. She felt bad. He felt bad. Finally he owned up to his lies and confessed. The consequences were swift. She lost her job. He left town. The wonderful man had a connection moment with his father, a positive. The series ended with the possibility of rekindling romance between this couple.

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8 comments on “2020 In Review – Couples – Best to Worst
  1. snow says:

    Among the shows that I watched in 2020, I loved It’s Okay To Not Be Okay couple from your list. They were sizzling together.
    I also enjoyed CLOY couple a lot and the chemistry.
    I didn’t like the couple from The King: eternal monarch much as I found their romance very fast paced and found it too melodramatic in writing but didn’t feel emotional connection. I’m glad you enjoyed them though..


  2. Snow Flower says:

    Crash Landing, It’s Okay, anf Flower of Evil couples were my 2020 favorites.


  3. Jane Tilly says:

    Crash Landing on You couple had the best give and take and would have been my favorite, except I had a problem with them meeting only 2 weeks out a year. That makes a long term relationship difficult.

    I really liked the couple from King, the Eternal Monarch … but like CLOY couple, they limited to some weekends due to living in different worlds.

    It’s Okay Not to be Okay couple were unbalanced … Moon Young was much too needy and Kang Tae had too much on his plate already.

    I think I’ll have to go with the Tale of the Nine-Tailed for my winner … they had the best give and take with being able to spend time together.


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