In a year where almost everything was overrated.....
  1. Persevere Goo Hae Ra (칠전팔기 구해라)
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    While it certainly wasn't one of the talked about dramas of the year, there was a distinct quiet burn to PGHR. Rather obviously a story about perseverance, the drama showed us that there are many things we have to deal with in life that are difficult, whether large or small. The lovelines did take a big role in many of the storylines but weren't the central focus. Great acting, great plot, great perseverance. And singing!
  2. Hogoo's Love (호구의 사랑)
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    On the surface, Hogoo's Love was a weird and slightly poorly speeded drama about a dork who encounters his beautiful high school love. But everyone's facing issues. Hogoo is an unsuccessful webtoon artist. Dohee (a pro swimmer) won silver and (spoiler) is pregnant. The show deals with darker things than it suggests. Failure. Success. Hardship. Sexual assault. Love. While it clearly wasn't a perfect drama, this was a realistic approach to life today for young people and their issues.
  3. Let's Eat 2 (식사를 합시다 2)
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    Although the first season of Let's Eat will ALWAYS be my favourite drama EVER, Let's Eat 2 reminded us that life doesn't always go the way we want it to and that even better things may await us. Life can be hard, but by accepting who we are and not trying to be anyone else, we can be content and happy. The lovelines were more prominent in this season but more realistic. Cute and self assuring.
  4. Falling For Innocence (순정에 반하다)
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    One of the many corruption/murder-centred dramas, yes. But so subtly funny and adorable (mostly by the always amazing Jung Kyung Ho) that despite the commonness to the plot, I never could stop watching. Secondary characters were fun and enjoyable, while the acting (even by the antagonists) was always superb. Worth watching.
  5. Pride and Prejudice (오만과 편견)
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    Even though P&P finished on Jan 13 2015, let's pretend it's a 2015 drama. The acting. The subtle love lines. The friendship. The found families dynamic. The crimes. Everything about this drama was great, and even though quality petered off a little near the end, P&P was beyond fantastic and deserved way more recognition.