It’s time for my second installment of ‘2018 ranked’, this time focused on TV shows. Now, I’ll set some rules for this edition of ranked. I can only use TV shows I either completed in 2018, or watched a large chunk of last year. I can’t count ones I only watched a few episodes of, because I think that’s a bit unfair. I’ll add whether I’ve completed them or not after the title, so you’ll know. Let’s get to it!
Disclaimer: there are really no shows on this list I didn’t like at all. If I don’t like a show, I won’t continue watching it, and I surely won’t finish it.
Rich Man, Poor Woman – completed
Out of all the TV shows I watched/completed, this might have been my least favorite one. Sorry, Suho! I certainly didn’t hate it, because I gave it around a 3/5 stars. I just didn’t feel much chemistry between the main characters, which is pretty crucial in a drama for me.
Boys Over Flowers – completed
I would have loved this more if I had watched it years ago, like everyone else did. However, years ago I wasn’t even aware of the existence of K-dramas. Instead I watched it in 2018, after watching a modern, Chinese reboot of the story. As I don’t have the nostalgic link, and knew what would happen in the story already, I just didn’t fall in love with this.
I Am Not a Robot – completed
I actually truly enjoyed watching this show. The reason it’s not higher on the list, is that I had genuinely forgotten I watched it in 2018. To be fair, I watched it in January which is a pretty long time ago. I would still recommend it!
Between – still watching
The first show on the list I haven’t actually finished watching. This is a Taiwanese drama about a ‘sandwich girl’. Always stuck in between people and situations. The reason this is quite ‘high’ on the list despite not have watched it in its entirety is because I can relate to the main female character in her work life. The feeling of always being stuck between your boss and colleagues, wanting to do your work well, not really knowing how to say no to more work…
Uncontrollably Fond – completed
Did I ugly cry at the end of this series? You bet I did. I first started watching this because of Suzy, who plays the main character in this show. She’s absolutely fantastic in it, by the way. It’s the story of a famous actor and the producer who is making a documentary about his life. Except there’s way more to the story than that. Of course.
Read my full thoughts on Uncontrollably Fond here.
Something in the Rain – completed
Something in the Rain was one of the cutest shows I’d seen in a long time. It’s about a woman who reconnects with her best friends’ little brother when he comes back from the US. Instead of the little boy she remembers, he’s now a charming and kind adult, and they develop a wonderful relationship. I love the fact that this story focused on their relationship instead of their getting together. It showed a healthy, adult relationship and I can’t praise it enough.
Read my full thoughts on Something in the Rain here.
Meteor Garden – completed
I’m still not sure where to put Meteor Garden on this list. I recognize that it has its flaws, like a lot of TV shows do. But it’s also one of the only shows on this list I’ve gone back and rewatched multiple times? Surely that means I love it, right? Anyway, this is a remake of a remake, and it’s still worth watching. It’s a Chinese drama set in college/university.
Read my full thoughts on Meteor Garden here.
Just Between Lovers – completed
The best way to describe this show, in my opinion, is quietly beautiful. It’s nothing showy or spectacular, but it managed to blow my mind anyway. It follows two people who have lost loved ones in the collapse of a mall – two survivors of the collapse, in fact. There’s so much hurt and grief in their lives, and both of them have so much love to give. I wanted to wrap these characters in a blanket and protect them from the world.
Read my full thoughts on Just Between Lovers here.
Suspicious Partner – still watching
Another show I haven’t finished watching yet! I love it so much already though, that it deserves a top spot on this list. I think it’s the combination of a lawyer drama + murder + conspiracies + romance that drew me in here. I’ll gather my thoughts on the show later when I’ve completed it and write a ‘Thoughts on TV’ post on it, but for now all I’ll say is that I would highly recommend watching it.
Queer Eye – caught up
You knew this would be on the list, didn’t you? I binge-watched this show in about a week – yes, both seasons in a week – because I just couldn’t stop. This is so much more than a makeover show. If you somehow haven’t watched it, please do. I never thought I would end up loving it, because I don’t really watch much reality TV. I ended up giving it a try, binge-watching two seasons, and crying my eyes out.
You – still watching
The last show on this list I haven’t finished watching. I binge-watched the first 6 episodes of the show immediately after its release, because it was one of my most anticipated Netflix releases. I couldn’t really get in to the book this is based on, but the trailer of the show looked epic. The first episodes were incredible, and I can’t wait to see how the season ends.
Sense8 – completed
There’s no doubt in my mind that Sense8 was the best show I watched in 2018. I had seen season 1 before, but binged season 2 and the movie-length episode that finished the series off in 2018. Every single TV show on Earth should see this one as an example to be followed. That’s all there is to say, really.
This was clearly the year of Asian dramas. I’m going to try and balance my TV watching a bit more this year. I’ll still watch a bunch of Asian dramas, but I also want to watch others. There’s a Spanish show that has been on my to-watch list for ages, as well as a German one, and the hundreds of British/American shows on my to-watch list haven’t disappeared either, of course. Have you watched any of these shows? Which shows did you love in 2018?