Who here agrees that 2019 has been filled with numerous roller-coaster rides particularly from the South Korean entertainment scene? K-drama is no exeception.

Avid fans of Korean TV series have been blessed with tons of good shows ranging from various genres like romance, comedy up to horror as well as thriller, just to name a few.


However, not all K-dramas this year have managed to win the hearts of audiences’ growing demands for something fresh. Some were heavily criticised by critics and viewers alike for several reasons.

For those who are curious, we’ve compiled a list of South Korean mini-series that were deemed as disappointing throughout the year 2019:

1. Melting Me Softly (날 녹여주오)

Many K-Drama fans jumped with joy knowing that actor Ji Chang Wook was set to lead the 16-episode for the first time ever since completing his military service. Though fans were initially thrilled with its out-of-the-box narrative, the plot failed to make sense as the story progressed.

Everyone started to point their fingers at writer Baek Mi Kyung for her lack of ideas. Not only that, most of them have came out with speculations that the tvN drama only depended on the 32-year-old’s “star power”. 

2. Perfume (퍼퓸)

Main lead Shin Sung Rok has beenbusy for the past 2 years; starting from his antagonist role in “The Last Empress”, the 37-year-old also made his appearance in “Vagabond” and also “Perfume”.

It is unfortunate that the latter drama couldn’t follow the hype that “Vagabond” achieved. The failure of this drama was apparently due to its typical storyline. According to Jazmine, there’s no doubt that the 32-episode TV series can be named as one of Shin Sung Rok’s most disappointing one so far.


3. Encounter (남자친구)

Park Bo Gum and Song Hye Kyo – two of the hottest names in the Hallyu scene came together for the 16-episode drama that was aired on tvN.  Even though the series garnered attention internationally, some viewers have slammed this drama for “playing safe” in terms of the scripts as well as its storyline, which they found too boring. The “Love In The Moonlight” actor has also received backlash for his lukewarm performance as Kim Jin Hyuk.

4. The Secret Life Of My Secretary (초면에 사랑합니다)

The 32-episode TV series has received massive criticism from K-drama fans for its cliche storyline. The plot was predictable but despite that, the main cast of Kim Young Kwang, Jin Ki Joo as well as Rainbow member Kim Jae Kyung were praised for bringing their respective characters to life.

5. Abyss (어비스)

Are you even surprised that “Abyss” is in the list? As Jazzmine Media pointed out, the drama was “disappointing due to its incoherent and dumb plot that viewers wondered if the writers think they were stupid enough to fall for it”.

Despite the fact that the 16-episode drama was lead by Hallyu megastar Park Bo Young as well as rising actor Ahn Hyo Seop, it couldn’t shed the fact that the overall plot was just a mere failure.


6. I Wanna Hear Your Song (너의 노래를 들려줘)


The drama starred gugudan’s Kim Sejeong and Yeon Woo Jin as the main characters, with T-ara’s Jiyeon as well as model-turned-actor Song Jae Rim joining in as the supporting casts.

Even though Woo Jin and Jae Rim are great actors, many were not really keen with the show’s draggy storyline. Many gave up halfway instead of waiting for its long-overdue finale. Nevertheless, we applaud the series for its heart-racing plot as well as Sejeong’s acting as a person who suffers from insomnia.

Do you agree with this list above? Share with us your thoughts.

Sources: KimchiDaily, Jazzmine Media.

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