Girl Next Room: Richy Rich – This was better than I expected and was actually very funny. Off and Mild are basically the same person so I’m surprised they haven’t worked together before now. It was a bad ending though; they could have easily given Off’s character a romantic-ish confession that was still in character, but instead they went with a really weird, kind of offensive monologue which Mild’s character, for some reason, accepted. It was strange.
Good Casting – This was a comedy spy drama and pretty much did what it set out to do. It was fun, had some romance, some hijinks, some sadness. Ticks all the boxes.
Where Your Eyes Linger – This was 8 episodes of about 10 minutes each, with a 16 minute finale, and it was so cute! There aren’t many Korean BL’s around and apparently this has gained quite a good following in Korea and China as well as other countries. There’s going to be a Director’s Cut at some point, and they’re already doing another series with new actors, similar to the Taiwanese History series.
One Night Steal – This started airing in 2019 but finished in 2020 so I didn’t include it in my 2019 count. I last wrote about it 5 eps in, and we’re only 7 eps in now. I think it took a week off over New Years or something. Anyway, it’s not a bad show, it’s just not great. In ep 7, the main characters got together and then main girl immediately realised she couldn’t be with him because it would ruin him, so then she dumped him by lying to him, and he’s all upset now. The only good thing about this is that Krist acts out upset very well.
I watched a total of 48 dramas this year (and the first week of January 2020, shhhh) from 4 countries, a slight drop from the 59 I watched last year. I travelled a lot this year and I also changed jobs a couple of times, and that, combined with a general disinterest in a lot of dramas that aired this year meant I had times when I was only watching one or two airing dramas at a time (which used to be a rare occurrence). There are quite a few series that I do plan to watch at some stage though, which only went unwatched because I didn’t have time for them.
Jao Sao Jum Yorm – This lakorn had an excellent main pairing (Mik and Pooklook). They were mature, caring, unchanging, had lovely proper kisses, and were very cute and sweet together all the time. Right up to the final episode, they trusted each other and supported each other. I really loved that aspect of the series. The series itself though, was too long. By the end, I just wanted it to hurry up and finish. The secondary couple wasn’t bad once the evil mother-in-law had inexplicably disappeared, but every time the delusional nutjob Lookeaw was on screen, I wanted to slap her. I skipped a good chunk of scenes getting towards the end. The last scene was beautiful though.
Luead Khon Kon Jang (In Family We Trust) – This was on Netflix after it finished airing in Thailand, and I really love how Netflix is getting behind Thai lakorns now. This was pretty popular in Thailand because it stars members of the project group 9X9, but it’s also a solid drama with well known older actors as well. It’s about a family who start to distrust each other when one of the family members is killed. It’s a pretty dysfunctional family, and I blame the mother and father for raising their children the way they did. Everything that happened started because of how the mother treated her children, and the father seemingly went along with it.