Every year, a considerable number of K-Dramas are released. However, only a handful are able to leave a lasting impression. On the other hand, a drama that is immensely popular in South Korea might not do so well internationally and vice versa. As such, it all comes down to a matter of opinion.
With that said, here are 5 K-Dramas that fans were excited about but ended up being forgettable. This is not to say that these dramas were not good but rather that they simply didn’t live up to the hype.
‘Record of Youth’
Before he enlisted in the military, Park Bo Gum’s latest drama was highly anticipated, especially with the female lead being Park So Dam, fresh off Oscar fame. Despite the amazing cast and their brilliant characters, some unbelievable cameos, and a fresh plot, the writing could not do justice to the most vital points of the drama, especially in the second half.
‘Melting Me Softly’
Ji Chang Wook and Won Jin Ah are two of the most versatile and talented actors in the Korean entertainment industry. When news about them being cast together in a sci-fi romance broke out, fans could not have been more excited. However, considering the expectations fans had for the drama, it did not entirely deliver.
‘Bride of the Water God’
The cast of ‘Bride of the Water God’ was star-studded, to say the least. With Nam Joo Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung in the leading roles and Krystal Jung, Gong Myung, Lim Ju Hwan as colorful supporting characters, there was no way that fans wouldn’t tune in. However, the plotline proved a little confusing, and it did not garner as much attention as it was expected to draw.
‘Sisyphus: The Myth’
One of the biggest productions of 2021, starring the inimitable Park Shin Hye and Cho Seung Woo, had too many plot complications to retain casual viewership. In addition, the pace of the drama definitely makes it more suitable for binge-watching. At the time of its airing, however, it definitely fell short in terms of expectations.
‘More Than Friends’
The only reason this drama faded into the background at the time of its airing was that slow-burn romances are simply not everyone’s cup of tea. This story requires patience from both its characters and its viewers. Even though Shin Ye Eun, Ong Seong Wu, and Kim Dong Jun played their parts with poignance and grace, the second half of the drama, in particular, could not live up to fans’ expectations.