The 9 worst Korean dramas of 2016

2018-02-24T14:00:16+00:00 December 27th, 2016|Categories: Kdrama Buzz|Tags: , , |

Since we’ve talked the best Korean dramas of 2016, its time we talk about the 9 worst Korean dramas of 2016.

As I have said earlier, this year has not been a good year in the kdrama land, it was not my favourite year, but there has been some kdramas that I watched that got me scratching my head and wondering how the hell did my oppa or unnie even accept this offer?

“Did they even read the script? “ I have asked myself about 9 times or more.

In most cases all those kdramas I am listing today suffered pretty bad ratings, and was not received well by the Korean audience, you will find out why soon.

So here is the 9 worst Korean dramas of 2016.

  • Moorim school

As much as I had anticipated my first EVER kdrama will Lee Hyun Woo, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed and worried about how well it was going to do.

This was Lee Hyun Woo FIRST ever leading role and it was lacklustre, very difficult to watch and very childish.

It felt like I was watching a kid’s program most of the time, the special effects were not that good in my opinion.

The plot is very repetitive and very cliché, something we had already seen about 100 times already in other American movies, and the end is also very predictable.

Nothing special is going on and it felt like it was ripped off some average kid’s movie from Hollywood.

Not to mention that ori cutie pie VIXX’s Hong Bin had a very bad debut in the drama, watching him hurt my eyes, he is my bae in VIXX but lets just say he is not ready to be an actor just yet.

He needs to work on his expressions, his face didn’t convey the lines he was spitting most of the time, lets have him star in VIXX’s mvs for now, until he gets better.

  • Oh my venus.

This was So Ji Sub oppa first comeback drama in 3 years, which failed miserably.

Again, a rich oppa who is handsome and has everything he ever dreamed of, who is also a heir to a huge company “duh!”, an average girl who is struggling with her job but is clever and has a strong will, they meet through circumstances, and fall in love.

Nothing special in the drama whatsoever, which was kinda shocking to me, because after the huge success of his drama, the master’s sun I had expected him to pick a very good drama, something, that can top his last drama.

Its your average romantic drama, nothing special about it, and nothing new to watch or to add.

The only trick here was that she is fat and struggles with the society perception of her, which I find nice that they’re trying to talk such subjects and shed more light on the impossible Korean beauty standards.

I stopped watching after the 4th episode, but crossed my fingers and hoped for the best of this drama which sadly never happened.

  • Beautiful mind

As much as I loved this drama and rooted for it when every other kdrama fan was tuning in to see Park Shin Hye’s drama “DOCTOR” which aired at the same time, it panned out to be very bad.

You know me guys, I love dramas that are well written and this drama was so far from it. The problem was with the internal production team and they suffered from extreme low ratings because Koreans couldn’t give less shit about the drama.

This was very sad to see, which resulted in the drama being shortened from 16 episodes to 14, and the script writing only got sloppier.

They didn’t finish some things here and there; they gave no clear closure to the cases they were following.

This drama had good potentials, but it fell short, really short, nevertheless it was a good psychological drama with a good plot twist by the end of it.

It was even reported that the cast of the drama was not even paid, which meant our oppas and unnies have been suffering in silence, this made me even more sad and mad at how everything was handled.

It was Park So Dam FIRST drama, EVER, and it had good potentials but was tossed under the carpet.

  • Uncontrollably fond

This was the drama that combines every cliché of romantic dramas in one simple thin plot.

This is the drama that even Suzy and Kim Woo Bin couldn’t save, no one was tuning in, Koreans lost interest and the lead cast ended up apologizing to their fans for the bad reception the drama received.

This drama will bring tears to your face, whether it was the cliché plot, or the bad reception, or the sad sad encounters between Suzy and Kim Woo Bin, this drama was a failure.

Again, the script is poorly written, and features your average tear jerking scenes; the drama does not have a happy ending, which was foreseen since the 3rd or 4th episode I believe.

It was the first EVER leading role for Kim Woo Bin, I felt so sad about the reception it received. This has probably made him feel so bad and so small.

  • Lucky romance.

What can I say about this? And where do I start? And how much hate am I going to receive with this review?

Let’s find out shall we?

Reply 1988 was a HUGE success and it started the year well off, and I am going to admit that I didn’t watch it yet, but it is on my to-watch list.

So now the star of the drama Ryeo Joon Yeol is back, with his second lead in this year alone, and he is back alongside the QUEEN of romantic comedies Hwang Jung Eum

Here is the problem, the drama sucks, big TIME, and if I had to pick a drama that I think shouldn’t have never been made, I would probably pick this drama.

I am going to say it, and be the one who receives all the blame, but there are some moments here and there where I don’t know if Hwang Jung Eum is acting or over-reacting.

Her voice pitch sometimes is too loud, really really loud. You struggle while watching, its like she’s trying to appear funny but falls short.

The whole drama is filled with her screams, make sure you have low volume in your ear plugs, this is going to hurt both your ears ad heart, and brain which cannot begin to fandom the reason this drama was EVER made.

It’s a very basic script, that of a teenage-script writing basic kind of script, that’s how bad it is, its like every other Hwang Jung Eum drama, and she basically plays the same character over and over AGAIN.

A chaebol with lots of money, who has bad temper, hires this simple girl who is clever and a fighter, and he starts liking her but she’s like naaa, but then she starts liking him back, and there is some bickering here and there. There is a third party who tries to ruin things, an ex-gf this time, and someone who think he can be her lover but falls short and does not know when to accept defeat.

So this is the whole script, that’s it, I have watched about 30 kdramas with the same script, so you can probably understand my frustration here.

There is no innovation here, nothing new, I was shocked that Ryeo Joon Yeol picked this as his comeback drama, pretty shocked! I mean he should have the luxury to pick better dramas, and I don’t know what got into his head when he read the script.

He needed something as good as reply 1988 to solidify his position as a renowned actor in the kdrama land, and he ruined it… *for now*

  • Jealousy incarnate.

Don’t hate me, hate the script… 😉

So our dear Jo Jung suk is back, with the lovely actress Gong Hyo Jin and they have reunited and wasted their talents…

The only props I will be giving here is for their courage to talk about breast cancer more openly and the struggle of going in and out from surgery and how much it can hurt to be a victim of cancer.

But that’s all the credit I am giving here, at first I gave it a chance because of course I would, I love the two main leads. But when I saw the first couple of episodes I was like “nop I am out…”

But then because there were no other better dramas, I embraced it again and gave it a shot and liked it, but then fell out of it again, and when I found out that they were stretching the plot for 20 episodes I was like “YUP! That’s not gonna work

The Korean audience agreed with me, so many fans agree with me, first it had high potentials then it fell short, and started getting boring, really really boring.

He ruins her love life with his BFF so he can have her, despite the fact that he had a crush on her, but guess what? Now that he has lost her, he is going to ruin her chance of finding and keeping a good catch because now he wants her.

Its like someone took his toy that he abandoned and now he wants it back, and its like a very tedious push and pull relationship. I thought he was a dick and wondered why people liked him in that part, YES! He is an amazing actor, props to that, but his character is the definition of a JERK!

He draws her in using his breast cancer as an excuse, and he torments her with his very cold attitude, before finding out that being a jerk works very badly with women “surprise, surprise” so he sabotages her relationship with his best friend which I found to be very annoying and disloyal.

Those two sentences you saw above sums up the script of the first 10 episodes, seriously! I am not even joking around.

And the second half is all lovey dovey and them bickering and dealing with breast cancer. Your average Korean drama.

20 episodes is too much for this drama, but I am guessing that they made it this way because they were preparing for lee minho and jun jo hyun comeback drama, legend of the blue sea, and had plans of shooting in some locations outside korea, which usually takes longer time.

Which means that jealousy incarnate needs to cover up the spot that legend of the blue sea will eventually take. Thus the decision of 20 episodes came to happen.

But its just my theory, because I cannot grasp any other theory on why the hell they would extend the drama when it sucks so bad.

Generally speaking when a drama is 20 episodes you need to fill it with something good, otherwise all the audience will move on to something better and more entertaining.

Which they did, and this is why jealousy incarnate lost to shopping king Louis more than a couple of times. Shopping king louis was far more light, entertaining and sweet, and less boring, so this explains the huge popularity of the drama in its second half.

The drama, jealousy incarnate skyrocketed to 16% in ratings and came first, and it was expected to be beat the 20% mark and sadly, when the script started becoming boring, shopping king louis took over.

Despite the fact that shopping king louis started from the bottom of the bottom *it had the lowest rating in its time slot*, but ended up walking its way up the ladder and beating two veteran stars boring drama.

  • entourage 

Now hold up! I know your defence here.

This is an American adaptation of the popular series of the same name called entourage, which is prettttyyy successful, it had 8 seasons in America and garnered many fans.

Some were excited to see it while others who watched the American version knew exactly well of its impending fate.

However I have not watched the American version, so I had no prior expectations whatsoever.

Basically, its about a popular actor with his entourage of useless guys, out and about minding their own business. Its 18+ and has some 18+ shit.

Honestly, in their defence, I don’t think they were targeting the Korean audience to begin with. They sold its rights to 6 Asian countries I think, that’s a lot, they were already banking from selling the rights to each episode to other Asian countries.

But if you’re like me and have watched many kdramas and variety shows and know about the culture, you’ll know well that this type of drama won’t work in korea.

Its too wild for their taste, which I don’t mind, because I have no problem with that.

Some people said they were trying too hard to appear “cool”, and appeared to be unnatural, but honestly in my opinion it was done normally and it was nice, AT FIRST.

It walks you through what its like being a Korean rising star, and what goes on behind the scene, and lets you in on some secrets here and there, but that’s it.

The main character is boring and annoying, played by our lovely Seo Kang Joon, god he is too handsome for his own good. His character is very irritating and was the reason I honestly stopped watching the drama.

There is no plot to it, its just an actor out and about, hanging out with friends who are clearly leeching off of him, which I found annoying rather than finding it funny whether you believe it or not.

Many people knew this was not going to work with the Korean audience and they were right, the ratings started off well and just hit rock bottom from there, and it even had 0,5% rating, which is as you may have already guessed, a very huge disappointment.

And many fans were very disappointed and mad that Sohee was cast in the drama, she has a resting bitch face which really isn’t her fault.

But her very boring performance and cold face which showcases no emotions is very difficult to watch, I think it was also a bad choice to have her in the drama.

  • Cinderella and four knights.

Yup! It is in my opinion one of the worst kdramas of 2016.

It combines all of the clichés of the kdrama world again and sums it up in one drama.

It puts 4 handsome boys out there and one very brave average-looking girl all fighting and caring for her. Its like boys over flowers all again…

I think we can agree that this was not a good year for Park So Dam; her choices of dramas are not nearly as half as good as her choices of movies.

Its literally a copy of boys over flowers, you’d expect they’ll be switching things up here and there, but then you’d be wrong.

Nothing new to add. No creativity with the script, and a purely stupid attempt to score another “boys over flowers” success story recycling the same material over and over again….

  • Madame Antoine.

The director promised something and delivered another.

He said this was going to be a different genre of romantic dramas, and it was going to be something very unusual, but you guessed it… he was lying!

Again, the script is very very bad… I can’t even begin to describe how bad I think it is.

It is about a woman who uses her sense of wit to draw in some very helpless, hopeless people who would believe in basically the stupidest shit you can come up with regarding their future and love life.

She meets a man who is cold-hearted, who believes in logic “yes again, it also has a similar script to that of lucky romance” who tries to prove to the world and to her that love doesn’t exist, but ends up falling in love with her.

It could have been better than average, if the script was manipulated correctly, I kinda hoped that they would not have a happy ending and that he’d continue to be a jerk, but then that rarely happens in Korean dramas.

So this sums up my list of what I think are the absolute 9 worst Korean dramas of 2016.

There could be other dramas here and there; experts have also added “rude miss Ah young” and also “the man living in our house” to their list.

I do agree with their picks and decided to form my own.

I am disappointed with this year overall, so many repetitive Korean dramas that recycles old concepts again and again.

I still do love kdramas, and I love the oppas I just dissed in the article. I have no hard feelings against any of them, its just my opinion.

So what do you guys think? Do you agree with me? Do you think these dramas were bad? What were your least favorite kdrama of 2016?


  1. Kangkung December 30, 2016 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Finally Jealousy Incarnate made the list . Somewhat for unknown reason most protected drama by reviewers/fans . Don’ t care about the scripted lovelorn storyline ( they all look similar to me ). But to the point that made the viewer stupid is unthinkable. Episode 1~3 proof that . Things got unbearable when watching Jealousy Incarnate replacement drama.. Yes Legend Of The Blue Sea. (maybe the future worst drama maybe) don’t hate me hate the scripwriter..etc

    • Jasmine January 24, 2017 5:47 am at 5:47 am - Reply

      hahahahaha, I have to agree with you I couldn’t get through the first 5 episodes of Legend of the blue sea, and it is one of the most overrated dramas of 2016 thats for sure, but when comparing it to other dramas I was choosing it kinda didn’t make the list

  2. Tia January 18, 2017 1:02 pm at 1:02 pm - Reply

    In my opinion, Uncontrollably fond is good. Just a little bit lack of chemistry between woo bin and suzy. The rating is 8.4 well not amazing but not worst too.

    • Jasmine January 19, 2017 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm - Reply

      do you agree with my other choices? or have you just watched Uncontrollably fond?

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  4. Aria May 13, 2017 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Not ‘uncontrollably fond’.
    You’re totally wrong about this one.

  5. luffy July 19, 2017 8:23 pm at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Now, I understand why people don’t really watch your video on youtube and didn’t left any comment on your video. It is totally understanding. I only watch episode 1 for Jealousy Incarnate because it doesn’t attract me to watch it but still I never thought it is the worst drama.. Surprisingly, my favourite dramas like Cinderella and four knights, beautiful mind , moorim school, and lucky romance are worst drama for you. Yeah right, you said that cinderella and four knights is the same storyline like boys over flower? Nope, its not the same. I watched both drama and I had fun when I watched Cinderella and Four knights than boys over flower. I laughed a lot every each episode of cinderella and four night. I watched korean dramas since I was 10 years old until now I am 20 years old but I never made a list of worst korean dramas. Maybe I am too fanatic of korean dramas. To be exact, I really love korean dramas. I finished watching almost all korean dramas aired every year. I even finished watching 20 korean dramas in 2016 and all of them were great.

    • Nari Kim July 19, 2017 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm - Reply

      Just because someone disagrees with you its not excuse for this comment! I respect your opinion, but this is the internet! I am a kdrama fan and I love kdramas, I thought these dramas were the worst of 2017, its just my opinion! but i don’t think its nice of you to mention that no one watches my youtube videos just because I have an opinion that doesn’t match the majority opinion, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch these dramas not at all! this is why so many people are afraid of expressing their own real opinions! its okay to have a different taste in kdramas and its okay to dislike a kdrama!

  6. Arihant July 26, 2017 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Pretty strange list which includes Cinderella and Four knights, Beautiful mind as worst dramas.I personally found Cinderella superb-beautifully shot, acted,directed and with an ost to remember
    Beautiful mind is an amazing drama which conveys in one episode what many dramas fail to show in their entire runs.Jang hyuk played the central character beautifuly.
    In fact, I came to really like Park So dam as a lead actress after both these dramas

    • Nari Kim July 27, 2017 12:01 am at 12:01 am - Reply

      the list has Cinderella and Four knights because the same narrative with the same script and the same idea has been repeated too many times already. the writer didn’t even try to be innovative in this drama and this is why I put it on the list. It doesn’t have to do much with acting because all the cast is talented, its not only about pretty faces but also about good scripts.

      Beautiful mind was an amazing idea for an amazing drama but the drama went up against Doctors (of Park Shin Hye) the writer also did such a poor job and ruined the drama. the drama script just keeps getting worse even when the original idea is so good! its sad but it was one of the worst written and disappointing dramas of 2016. sadly they had such great cast and used it poorly!

  7. napoleon August 7, 2017 4:42 pm at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Uncontrollobly Fond is one of the best korean dramas Ive ever watched,what are you talking about?? lol

  8. nash September 17, 2017 3:00 pm at 3:00 pm - Reply

    i agree with uncontollably fond
    nothing much happen..

  9. emma September 27, 2017 5:53 pm at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Surprisingly I agree with all your choices!!!!….omg, when i watched cinderella and the 4 knights i cringed. It was sooo bad. I like cliches most of the time but this one had the worst writing of them all. So bad. Uncontrablly fond just had a sad and boring storyline, and i totally agree with everything you said about jealous incarnate…the guy was a jackass, amazing acting by all of the actors but just not watchable. I actually liked beautiful mind in the beginning but felt the same as you the writing just got worse and the ending not believable…..I couldn’t wait for oh my venus to come out, i love both the actors that played in it but was soooo surprised at how bad the plot line was, it was a waste of their acting potiental but just kept watching it cause they are so good looking lol….

  10. Ella November 2, 2017 3:29 pm at 3:29 pm - Reply

    The Worst Korean dramas (from what I’ve seen so far) are: 1.My Love from the Star 2.The Legend of the Blue Sea 3.Strong Woman Do Bong Soon 4.The Heirs
    5.Uncontrollably Fond 6.Lucky romance 7.My Lovely Girl 8.Heartstrings 9.Gu Family Book
    10.Cinderella and four knights…and the list goes on and on…I don’t understand why Korean people think that if they put 2 great actors together that drama will be an success, even if the script is very poor 🙁

    • Nari Kim November 2, 2017 6:01 pm at 6:01 pm - Reply

      I agree with the list you made, but I won’t call it the worst, I will simply call it “highly overrated” they’re not especially bad (except heartstrings and my lovely girls and lucky romance) they’re average.

  11. Pee November 5, 2017 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm - Reply

    I think Beautiful Mind is a great drama. It doesn’t deserve to be on this list.

  12. OneofakindG May 4, 2018 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm - Reply

    I agree with u for all the listed drama except lucky romance. Maybe because i’ve fallen for ryeo jun yeol in this drama. Hehe. Btw, what is ur opinion for aarang and the magistrate, innocent guy, hwayugi and the winter that wind blows? Because for me, i’m adding them for my worst ever seen drama.

    • Jazmine K May 7, 2018 11:35 am at 11:35 am - Reply

      thank you for reading, I honestly thought innocent man was great, as for hwayugi i thought it was highly overrated. that winter the wind blows was too gloomy and honestly quit half way through. I never watched aarang and the magistrate because i honestly don’t like historical dramas much.

  13. Videlicet May 30, 2018 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I have watched about 20 korean dramas by now. Most of them were recommended by friends. What i have figured out is that Lee min ho is like Indian actor Salman Khan. Nobody gives a shit about his acting and script of the movie, everybody wants to watch him fight. I think you should include more of his overrated dramas and spare uncontrollably fond.

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