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KDRAMA 101 – Is There A Difference Between Daily Dramas, Weekend Dramas and Weekday Dramas?

OKAY. I HAD to talk about this.

I’ve recently been watching an ongoing daily drama called: “A Man In A Veil” on Viki. I usually stay away from these because they run up to about 100 episodes and that’s way too much for my attention span. However, I’ve been enjoying it.

Is it crazy? Yes. Is it cliche? Yes. But is it enjoyable, yes, to a certain degree. I went over to the review section of the drama and noticed SO many people giving it a bad review. Their reasons? I found out people really don’t know the difference between the different types of dramas that air on TV in Korea. So, I said, why not write a blog about it and explain the difference? Here’s a little KDRAMA 101…let’s get started!

Daily Dramas

These dramas air Monday through Friday for many weeks. They are typically low budget, not very high quality. Filmed in bad lighting studios, where you can absolutely tell it’s NOT a real home, office, etc. They are 30 minutes long per episode and only one episode is released per day.

Daily Dramas are usually about family, revenge, betrayal and they tend to be a bit outrageous! For example, people WILL get into car accidents, MIRACLES WILL happen, characters WILL die, a lot of memory loss will happen, the evil character will get away with a lot of things. Basically, these dramas are the equivalent of Mexican telenovelas (if you know, you know hahaha) where the shows run for way too long, and the writers have to scramble to keep adding more problems to the plot to keep things interesting so you keep tuning in, day after day. So if you think they are crazy and outrageous, dramatic, then the drama is achieving its goal. That’s the point of daily dramas.

Now the cast of these dramas might surprise you, there are actually some really good actors and actresses in these dramas. There are usually some familiar faces too, actors who usually star in your favorite weekday TVN high quality dramas, they are sometimes filming various dramas at the same time, so you might see them in your cheap daily drama on one day, and on the weekend watch them play a completely different role in a high quality highly rated drama.

These dramas are meant to be entertaining for your everyday “What’s on TV?” needs. They don’t really have any substance to them, they are simply made to entertain you briefly. They can’t be compared to your favorite high quality A-list Kdrama, so let’s not compare them but rather embrace them for what they are.

Weekend Dramas

These dramas air during the weekends, and are usually more family oriented. Why? Because weekends are when the family is home together, and what’s better than sitting down in the living room with the family to watch a Kdrama together? It all depends on the drama and their broadcast station but weekend dramas can range from 50 Episode dramas, to your typical 16 Episodes. These dramas achieve some of the largest ratings, but not necessarily because they are phenomenal but rather because more people have time to watch them. They are sweet, fun, and mostly happy dramas.

Examples of highly rated weekend dramas: My Husband Got a Family, You Are The Best, Lee Soon Shin , Crash Landing On You

They can get a little cliche too, but not as bad as daily dramas. They usually feature A-list actors too.

The drama I am currently very much into Start-Up (Check out my review here!) is also a weekend drama. It’s only 16 episodes though, and at the later time slot for TVN. It’s also very family oriented, but given the 16 Episodes, it’s of much higher quality, and features a major A-List cast.

I like a good weekend drama, they are usually more easy and relaxing to watch, and also they air on the weekends, so you always have something good to look forward to! (Especially during this pandemic where there is literally nothing to do on the weekends – 11/04/20)

Weekday Dramas

Last but not least! Weekday Dramas! I can guarantee, most of your favorite Kdramas have been weekday dramas. Usually released as follows: Monday/Tuesday, Wednesday/Thursday, Friday/Saturday. So you only get TWO episodes per week, and they are only 16-24 Episodes long. These dramas are usually at much later time slots, usually air at around 10pm and are perfect for the younger crowd. People in Korea usually get out of work pretty late, then go out for dinner and drinks, so these dramas are perfect for unwinding after a long day before going to sleep. Since they air later, they are also rated 15+, which honestly is just your typical PG-13 here in the States. They allow for more riskier topics and themes. Themes for these weekday dramas include: thriller, melodramas, rom/com, action, crime. KBS, MBC, SBS and TVN always release very high quality weekday dramas with tons of A-list actor/actress favorites.

I love weekday dramas, because they offer escape from the day to day work life. They are usually very intriguing and interesting so they keep your mind busy even after you finish the episodes. Who doesn’t love a good high quality drama?

At the end of the day, I think a true Kdrama addict, loves all types of dramas. I know I do. What about you? Which drama type is your favorite? Have you ever watched a daily drama? Did you love it, did you hate it? Let me know! Thanks for showing up to class, see you next time for another lesson on KDRAMA 101!

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When Your Kdrama Watching Friends Don’t Like The Dramas You Like

I feel blessed to have at least 3 friends now who also watch Korean dramas and yes, I met them all while traveling in Korea last year. I tried getting my local friends into Kdramas but they simply won’t even bother with them. I’ve recommended many dramas to them too and even told them they could now easily watch them on Netflix but nope, they simply don’t have interest in them!

Now my 3 friends who do watch dramas, they are all very different, and with differences in personality come differences in the types of dramas we like to watch! Nothing is funnier and sadder than asking a friend if they have seen a particular drama that YOU LOVED, just to find out they never watched it and don’t plan on!

Some of my friends really like those funny light hearted dramas, and don’t get me wrong I enjoy those too, but I also want my dramas to make me emotional, to have a deeper meaning, and for the characters to be a little more complex. Light hearted romance and comedy is fun but I need scenes like these too:

Dramas like: Strong Girl Bong-soon, Coffee Prince, and Love in The Moonlight, I’ve never bothered watching, just not my style, but I have friends who loved these dramas.

Dramas I’ve loved like: Doctor John, Pinocchio, Faith, Thirty but Seventeen, Rooftop Prince and About Time, haven’t even been watched by many of my friends! It really is just a matter of each individual’s taste, but I think you can all agree with me that when you fall in love with a drama, you wish everyone else loved it as much as you do.

I started this blog to be able to express my love for dramas out-loud. To be able to get more people to love something I love very much. I know that even if my friends did not like the dramas I watched, there has to be at least one person on the internet that did enjoy them as much as I did!

What dramas do you personally love that you feel didn’t get as much hype as they deserved? Do you have any hidden gems? What’s your favorite Kdrama genre? I’d love to know what all of you Kdrama lovers like to watch!

Kdrama OST

Best Kdrama OST Songs from the First Half of 2020

I’ve watched my handful of drama’s so far this year and if you know me personally, you know I LOVE music. I have a different playlist for every month with different songs, and I’ve been doing that since January of 2017. I’m naturally drawn to the Original Sound Tracks of Kdramas. Here’s my list of favorite OST songs so far this year!

  1. Flower – Yoon Mirae
Listen to this song when driving and I kid you not you will feel like the lead actress of a Kdrama who just realized how much she loves the leading man, and she decides to head to the airport to stop her leading man before he leaves forever!

2. But It’s Destiny – 10cm

This song makes me feel like its afternoon in January, it’s cold, but everything is still alright, the year still looks hopeful.

3. Sunset – Davichi

This song makes want to finally fall in love with the right one, and just experience all of the emotions of being there for someone.

4. Special – Yubin

This song feels like a lonely drive in the rain, wishing he hadn’t broken my heart, who? No clue because no one has broken my heart as of recent!

5. Here I Am Again – Yerin Baek

The perfect song for long distance relationships.

6. The Hill of Yearning – April 2nd

Makes me yearn for the North Korean village in this drama, and also for January, when this drama wasn’t yet over, and I still dreamt of running through the hills of Switzerland in 2021.

7. Sigriswil – Kim Kyoung Hee

This song is perfect for going on a walk, and imagining yourself in Switzerland, picture it, you’re happy, there is no corona, the air is clean, life is hopeful.

8. The Song For My Brother – Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee

A beautiful instrumental to calm your heart from anxiety.

9. Slowly Fall – Ha Hyunsang

Perfect background music for a nice Monday afternoon, just lounging on the couch, or for a calm cleaning day.

10. Who I Strolled With – Poetic Narrator

The perfect song to listen to when you miss someone, a place, or just a time period that is now gone.

11. Together Again – Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee, Kim Kyoung Hee

This instrumental song sounds like an absolutely peaceful, perfect morning.

12. All Day Long – Kyu Hyun

A song for those who have someone to love, or to imagine you do (ha!)

13. Orbit – Hwa Sa

A song to play loudly when you’re feeling frustrated and like you’re living those episodes in a Kdrama where its just conflict after conflict.

14. Gravity – Kim Jong Wan

This one is just a good OST song, dramatic, dark and all.

15. Please Don’t Cry – Davichi

The queens are just too good at singing emotional songs.