my thoughts on Coffee Prince | Thoughts on TV

coffee princeCoffee Prince (2007)
Country: South Korea
I watched it on Netflix
Episodes: 17
Rating: ★★★★.₅ – loved it

Choi Han-kyul is the grandson of chairwoman Bang of Dongin Foods, a company that has a thriving coffee business. He has never had a job and does not care for responsibility. Han-kyul is hung up on his first love, Han Yoo-joo, who only sees him as a friend. Go Eun-chan is a 24-year-old tomboy who is often mistaken for a guy. Her father died when she was 16 years old and since then she has taken over as the breadwinner in her family. When Han-kyul and Eun-chan meet, he, not knowing that she is a girl, decides to hire her to pretend to be his gay lover so that he can escape the blind dates arranged by his grandmother.

After getting an ultimatum from his grandmother, Han-kyul takes over a rundown old coffee shop, later renamed “Coffee Prince”, to prove that he’s capable, both to his grandmother and to Yoo-joo. In order to attract female customers, he only hires good-looking male employees. Eun-chan, desperate for money, continues to hide her gender to get a job at Coffee Prince.

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I was kind of afraid to watch this incredibly famous Korean drama. Why, you ask? Mostly because it’s 12 years old at this point in time. The last time I watched an ‘older’ show, I ended up thinking it was okay, but I didn’t love it. However, I couldn’t just skip watching Coffee Prince either… When it appeared on Netflix a while ago, I decided to just give it a try. I’m so glad I did, because I ended up loving this show.

Let’s talk about all the reasons you should watch Coffee Prince if you haven’t yet!

⭐️ girl disguises as boy trope. I promise I’ll get into the details of this trope in the second point, but the fact that this show revolves around a girl having to pretend to be a boy to keep her job was more than enough to make me want to watch it. I’ve loved this trope for years, and I’m not ashamed of it.

⭐️ more than just a trope. Often, with the girl-disguises-as-boy trope, she ends up falling in love with a straight guy who never sees her as anything more than a friend, because he thinks she’s a guy. Did that make sense? It made sense in my head… Anyway, Coffee Prince is the first show I’ve watched that actually addresses gender and sexuality in this trope. Han-kyul thinks Eun-chan is a guy, and he has always thought of himself as heterosexual. Yet he knows he likes her in a way that isn’t very platonic. He spends days questioning his sexuality, and ends up deciding that Eun-chan’s gender doesn’t really matter to him. THANK YOU FOR THIS! Even though she actually isn’t a guy, I loved that the show made the main male character question his sexuality and think about what gender really means.

⭐️ found family. Yes, both leads to have actual family members in the show as well. Eun-chan lives with her mom and sister, and loves them very much. Even if her sister doesn’t really deserve it the majority of the time, let’s be honest. But the group of people who start working at Coffee Prince become a kind of family too. I loved getting to know the side characters, and seeing how they slowly started to care about one another.

⭐️ each side character has their own story. Like I mentioned earlier, I started to become attached to every character in this story, which was partly because they all have their own story as well. Someone who has been looking for a specific person for years, someone who can’t seem to go past date 1, someone who has been pining after a girl for ages but is being treated badly, etc. I was equally invested in all of them.

⭐️ a show that stay entertaining and relevant. Some shows that are more than a decade old don’t really hold up to today’s standard. Yes, I’m aware that 12 years isn’t that long, but the technology keeps improving so quickly and the viewers’ expectations keep growing higher and higher. There’s so much content to be consumed every day that it has become difficult to keep our attention. If I don’t like a show after 1 or 2 episodes, I won’t keep watching. There are way too many others on my to-watch list for that. Even though this show is one of the ‘older’ ones I’ve watched lately, I was immediately intrigued by it. The fashion, while a tad odd at times, didn’t bother me or make me laugh. (Yes, that definitely happens in other shows!)

I don’t really have anything negative to say about Coffee Prince at all! I love the girl-disguises-as-boy trope, but I adored the fact that this show didn’t implement it at the surface level. We actually get a main character who has to reconsider their sexuality, and has to determine whether gender matters to them or not. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated that. If you’ve watched this show, please DM me on Twitter so we can talk about it! I don’t want to leave any spoilers here, but I’d like to gush about it, to be honest…

I assume that a lot of you have already watched Coffee Prince but if you haven’t, please give it a chance! It’s definitely worth your time. If you have seen the show, what did you think of it?

what’s wrong with secretary Kim? | thoughts on TV

what's wrong with secretary kimWhat’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? (2018)
Country: South Korea
I watched it on Viki
Episodes: 16
Rating: ★★★★★ – a new favorite

The series revolves around the narcissistic Lee Young Joon, the vice president of a company run by his family. He is very self-absorbed and thinks highly of himself, so much that he barely acknowledges the people around him. Lee Young Joon has a capable and patient secretary in Kim Mi So who has remained by his side and worked diligently for 9 years without any romantic involvement. However, Mi So now want to set her life & focus on herself so when she decides to resign from her job, hilarious misunderstandings ensue. After 9 years of their strictly-workplace relationship, can it now develop in something more?

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I’m back with another ‘thoughts on TV’ post, which are my mini reviews on movies or TV shows. So far, they’ve mostly been K-drama reviews because a) I love them and have been watching more and more of them in the past year and b) they tend to only have one season which makes it easy to watch and review them. Today, I’m talking about a show I watched in January but was released in 2018, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? 

Let’s start with everything I liked about this show!

⭐️ the reason Mi So decided to quit her job. I know that seems like a weird thing to love about a show, but it’s the first thing that struck me about this series. The reason is revealed pretty early on, and it’s just so wholesome. I love that it’s not about her being in love with her boss, or any other romance-related reasons. She did what she had to do for the past decade, and now she’s doing what she wants to do.

⭐️ the ridiculous level of narcissism. Young Joon was so narcissistic it became hilarious. It’s absolutely ridiculous, and made me laugh out loud so often. He just couldn’t fathom she left for reasons that didn’t revolve around him. I mean, everything revolves around him, right?

⭐️ the chemistry between the leads. I loved this ship. Honestly, both Park Seo-joon and Park Min Young are incredibly attractive, and they seem to work well together. They didn’t seem uncomfortable with one another (as I’ve seen in other TV shows), and I found their fictional romance quite believable.

⭐️ the fact that they’ve known each other for so long before falling in love. Can I just say thank you for another drama that isn’t a I-just-met-you-but-love-you one? I do love watching shows with meet-cutes, but I have an intense appreciation for couples with backstories. Yes, their relationship was professional in this case, but you can’t work so closely together with someone for 9 years without getting to know the person.

⭐️ literally everything. Yes, you heard it right. I loved What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, and know it’ll end up on my favorite dramas list.

Have you watched this K-drama? What did you think of it? Do you have any recommendations for me? This was my first time seeing Park Seo-joon or Park Min Young as leads in a show, but I’ll definitely be watching some of their other dramas and movies since I really enjoyed their performance in this one. 

My thoughts on Tidying Up With Marie Kondo | Thoughts on TV

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Tidying Up With Marie Kondo (2019)
Country: U.S.A./Japan
I watched it on Netflix
Rating: 9/10 – loved it!

In a series of inspiring home makeovers, world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo helps clients clear out the clutter — and choose joy.

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I watched this show days after its release on Netflix before someone broke down on Twitter over Marie Kondo’s thoughts on decluttering/tidying up your books. I’m not even going to go into that whole debacle, because I think it’s utterly ridiculous. I’ll get into that later, I promise.

If you don’t know Marie Kondo, she is a Japanese organization expert. She’s been helping people tidying up and decluttering their houses for years, and is quite famous for her KonMari method. 2 years ago, I read her well-known book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I even wrote a small review on it. While I didn’t think it was life-changing at the time of reading it, I’ve been a huge advocate of decluttering and organizing your home ever since. When I discovered her new show on New Year’s, I knew I had to watch it.

As usual, I will keep my ‘Thoughts on TV’ posts organized through bullet points. Let’s talk about what I loved about this show.

⭐️ Marie Kondo. I know it sounds ridiculous to mention her as one of the best aspects of her own show, but I truly feel like she deserves to be praised. She’s an absolutely adorable woman, and a big part of the reason I loved Tidying Up so much. Why? Because she’s such a kind, warm, and respectful person. The amount of respect she shows for every person and inanimate object is wonderful to see. She introduces herself to a home every time, never tells anyone they should get rid of something they don’t want to throw away, and understands everyone’s journey towards finding that spark of joy is different. She never tells someone they didn’t do a good job, or didn’t get rid of enough. She simply gave them the tools to decide what they needed and wanted in their lives.

⭐️ the amount of belongings everyone keeps is different, and that’s okay. I love the fact that this show doesn’t try to whittle down people’s belonging’s to a certain amount. They stress that every person is different, and so is their attachment to things. Someone might have a love for fashion, and clothes might bring them heaps of joy. If so, it’s perfectly okay for you to have a big wardrobe! Others might be avid readers and decide to keep a lot of books, and that’s okay too! The point is to hold your things, determine whether the make you happy or not, and act on that feeling. Marie Kondo highlights that it’s impossible for her to decide those things, and lets the owners choose for themselves.

⭐️ instead of organizing their home for them, she teaches people how to do it on their own. That’s one of the things I appreciate most about this show. Often in these type of self-improvement shows, a crew will come in and help the people improve their homes or lives. That’s nice, don’t get me wrong, but what will they do once the crew leaves? Will they be able to keep it up on their own? Here, that’s not the case. Marie gives people a plan to give structure to the process, and helps them get started. She gives them tips and encourages them to ask for her help when needed but she never actually did it for them.

⭐️ portrays a number of different home situations. Tidying up is different for everyone, and the show does a good job of portraying that. There’s a couple with two children, a couple who feel like they still live like college bachelors, a couple with their first child on the way, a couple whose children have left home, a woman who lost her husband, and more. It’s wonderful to see them explore the different homes and situations, and how her approach can help everyone. I’m also happy to see that they showed solutions for a family who can’t afford to buy new furniture to store things in or doesn’t have much space.

⭐️ all the wonderful families. I loved seeing how these people transformed their house, and made it a home again. An oasis of joy and peace, instead of a place that causes stress. Each person had different reasons for their need for organization, and it’s really nice to see. One woman lost her husband, and wanted to go through their stuff but didn’t know where to start. Another couple had just settled down, and needed to find a way to store their items to benefit both women best.  There were just so many different types of families showcased, and I loved that.

⭐️ Iida. Shoutout to the lovely woman who translated for Marie and the people she helped! She was so kind as well.

I have to admit that there’s one thing I didn’t really love about the show. Maybe this bothered me so much because I’m not a native English speaker, or maybe it’s simply my personality. Anyway, here’s what I didn’t like.

💥 they dubbed the show. I really, really dislike it when they dub foreign languages. If you’re unaware of what that means, when Marie was speaking in Japanese to the people around her, they layered someone’s voice translating her words over Marie’s voice. I can’t tell you how much I hate that. In Belgium, only children’s movies and shows are dubbed. The other shows are simply subtitled. I understand that for blind people or a disability relating to their vision, dubbing is fantastic because it allows them to understand what’s being said. So in a way, I do understand it. But I’d so much rather read subtitles and actually hear Marie’s words. A translator never brings the enthusiasm and inflections across in the same manner, and it really affects my watching experience. Trust me, as people whose first language is not English we are used to reading subtitles. We do it all the time. It’s really not that hard! (unless you have a disability that makes doing so impossible, of course)

I would highly recommend watching the show. I love Marie Kondo’s approach to decluttering, which is to get rid of things that aren’t serving you, and aren’t bringing you happiness and joy. She’s such a sweet, kind and respectful person, and the show really reflects that. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is uplifting, and does not put people down for the amount of stuff they own, or (don’t) want to get rid of. 

2018 ranked | TV shows I watched

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?

Movies I want to watch in 2019

Last week I made a list of 11 TV shows I want to prioritize this year, inspired by Destiny at Howling Libraries’ list. She also made a list of movies she wants to watch in 2019, and I decided to make one too. I love movies, but they are the form of media I tend to procrastinate most with. For some reason, whenever I do have some time I end up watching a TV show rather than a movie. There are so many classics and incredibly popular movies I haven’t watched yet… Please don’t judge me for not having seen these!

Black Panther
I’ll start with probably one of the most popular movies of 2018, Black Panther. No, I haven’t watched it yet. Yes, I’m SO far behind on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I promise I’ll watch this soon.

Get Out
Another incredibly popular one. I’m so sorry. I have no excuse either! I do want to watch this movie as soon as possible. Especially since Us will be released in March 2019, and I’d like to watch it in theaters.

The Lion King
I couldn’t make this list without including The Lion King. One of my favorite movies growing up being remade? Yes, please. The trailer looked absolutely epic, and I honestly can’t wait for July.

More Disney on this list! In May, the new ‘live action’ version of Aladdin will be released. I think Aladdin might have been my favorite animated movie as a child. I loved it even more than I did The Lion King. The only one that could compete with Aladdin was Anastasia. I’m so excited to watch this in May!

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
I absolutely loved the book this movie is based on, and I’ve been waiting for ages to watch this movie. Was it even possible to watch this movie? I feel like it was only played at film festivals… Anyway, I’ll be seeing whether there’s a DVD release and going from there. I will watch this movie, mark my words.

One that’s a little bit easier to access this time. Battle is a Norwegian dance movie that was recently released on Netflix. I was first interested in it because of Lisa Teige, who played Eva in Skam. But the trailer looked really wonderful, and I can’t wait to watch it.

The Hate U Give
I’ll finally be able to watch the movie adaptation of The Hate U Give! I believe the Belgian release date is stated to be January 23rd, and I’ll be there. One of my favorite books of 2018 on the big screen? I won’t say no to that.

A Quiet Place
I added this to the list quite late, because of a pattern I discovered when looking back at the movies I watched in 2018. Some of my favorite movies of last year were horror, which I never would have expected. So I’m including more horror this time! This one seems like an incredibly interesting one. Besides, I love Emily Blunt.

Another incredibly popular one I haven’t watched. Sigh. I don’t think I have to explain this one, right? A linguist trying to communicate with aliens? Amy Adams? Jeremy Renner? Sign me up.

A Belgian movie on this list, finally! I actually wanted to watch this in theaters when it came out in 2015 but I’m a procrastinator like that and never actually did it. This is the movie adaptation of Dirk Bracke’s novel called Black, which I have read.

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Ashes in the Snow
I haven’t actually read Between Shades of Gray, the novel this is based on, but I do have it on my shelf at home. I really want to watch this WWII story focused on a young girl who’s been deported to Siberia with her family.

The Nightingale
There’s no news on this movie yet, but Letterboxd has marked this as a 2019 release. I sure hope it is. This is an adaptation of one of my all-time favorite novels, and I need to see it on the big screen. It follows two French sisters during WWII: one trying to survive and take care of her daughter, the other hell-bent on joining the rebellion.

Someone hold me accountable here. I am going to watch these movies. I AM! Have you watched any of these? Which movies do you want to watch in 2019?

My thoughts on Boys over Flowers | Thoughts on TV

boys over flowersBoys over Flowers (2009)
Country: South Korea
I watched it on Netflix
Episodes: 25
Rating: 6/10 – I liked it

Set at a famous high school for the super-wealthy, this is a puppy love story centered on a poor girl and the F4 gang of rich kids headed by the rough and fearless Jun-pyo Koo.

Geum Jan-Di (Hye-seon Ku) is a girl from a poor family but has an unrivaled sense of optimism and drive and is by chance admitted to a prestigious private high school.

There she meets the infamous group of four astonishingly good looking and rich boys who are known as F4. The group’s leader is Koo Jun-Pyo (Min-ho Lee), who is a spoiled heir to world-leading conglomerate Shinhwa. He is joined by mysterious and breathlessly handsome Yun Ji-Hu (Hyeon-jung Kim), So Lee-Jeong (Kim Beom), and Song Woo-Bin (Kim Jun). Their love story moves from Seoul to New Caledonia to Macau.

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Please don’t kill me for this review. I know this is one of the most loved K-dramas out there! I know that so many people adore it. I’m already scared to write this review since I gave it 6/10. However, as you’ll see in my review the reasons I didn’t end up loving it are mostly circumstantial. If I had watched this drama under different circumstances or in a different situation, I might have loved it.

Here’s what I liked about the show!

⭐️ the story itself. I know it may seem like a dumb bullet point, but I don’t care. In itself, I love the story. It’s filled with tropes and cliches I happen to adore. Girl from a poorer family gets in to a private school and ends up pissing off the most popular and rich guy in school – the leader of the so-called F4. Obviously, they end up falling in love. I’m a sucker for hate-to-love stories.

⭐️ backstory of the side characters. If you’re unaware, this is not the only adaptation of the shojo manga that exists. In fact, there are many. I liked that this one had a more elaborate backstory for Yun Ji-Hu.

⭐️ enemies-to-lovers. Like I mentioned before, this is one of my absolute favorite tropes in romance stories. I’m such a sucker for it, and this show is no exception.

Now, on to what prevented me from loving this show.

💥 it wasn’t the first adaptation I watched which means I already knew what would happen. One could argue that you can always tell what’ll happen in these dramas, which is true. Most of them have a HEA-type ending. However, I knew most details of the story already so nothing ever surprised me.

💥 an ‘older’ version of the story. No, I’m not saying that you can’t love older shows. After all, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars are some of my favorite TV shows still. However, the remake of Boys Over Flowers I had seen prior to this one was released in 2018 which means that it’s an extremely modern and relatable take on the story. That’s not this show’s fault at all but it did leave me less connected to it. Like I mentioned at the start, the reasons I didn’t end up loving this are mostly situational. If I had watched this when it first came out, or even before watching Meteor Garden, I would have loved it more.

💥 the acting. I wasn’t a huge fan of the acting in this show. It felt a little bit over-the-top, especially Hye-seon Ku’s portrayal of Jan-Di. I’ll definitely try more of her shows in the future, just wasn’t a big fan of her in this one.

There you have it, my slightly controversial opinion on Boys over Flowers. As I mentioned a few times, I didn’t end up loving it due to the circumstances I watched it in. I’m sure I would have loved it more if I had seen it in 2009 – or simply before watching the most recent remake. Have you watched this show? Is it a nostalgic one for you? Let me know (and please don’t kill me)!

TV shows I need to watch in 2019

I saw Destiny at Howling Libraries make a list of 10 TV shows she wanted to watch in 2019 last December, and thought it was a great idea. There are so many TV shows on my to-watch list, whether that’s on Netflix or the tracker I use. Sometimes it gets overwhelming, and I can’t decide on a show to watch when I finally have some time. In order to get rid of that overwhelming feeling, I thought it a good idea to create a list of 10 shows I want to prioritize this year. Let’s take a look at my to-watch list for 2019!

iZombie season 3 & 4
I have recently rediscovered my love for iZombie through a rewatch of season 1 and the majority of season 2. I was obsessed with this TV show sometime in the past few years, but never actually made it far into season 3. Since this is the only zombie-related show I’ve ever truly loved, I want to actually catch up with it. So this year, I’m planning on watching the third and fourth season.

Stranger Things season 3
They just announced that Stranger Things will be returning for its third season on July 4th, and you best believe I will be there to watch it as soon as possible. Probably binge-watch it, to be honest.

La Casa de Papel season 1
I have heard nothing but amazing things about this TV show, and it’s one I want to watch in the upcoming months. It’s a Spanish show about a group of robbers who carry out the most perfect robbery in the history of Spain and steal 2.4 billion euros. I adore heist stories, and I’ve been wanting to watch some more foreign shows so this one is right up my alley.

Dark season 1
I started watching Dark a while ago, but never actually made it past the first episode. It’s a German show about a boy who goes missing, and whose disappearance may be linked to one of another boy decades ago. Something about it all happening again? I have no idea what that means, but I’m eager to find out.

The Good Place season 1, 2 & 3
I did watch the first season of The Good Place when it first came out, but I think I should rewatch it before continuing on. I do remember the big reveal at the end as well as some minor details, but I feel like that’s not enough to truly enjoy the second season. So many people are obsessed with this show, and I need to be added to that list. Besides, I love Kristen Bell.

You season 1
I guess I have a head start here because I’ve already completed 5 out of the 10 episodes so far. I watched them at the end of December, when the show released on Netflix. This is one I do want to finish soon, especially because I’m already halfway through the season.

This is one of the most well-loved and famous K-dramas yet, and I haven’t watched it. I think I’ve been intimidated by it, simply because so many people adore the show. I want to get over that irrational fear in 2019, and finally watch this.

(Hotel) Beau Séjour
I find it embarrassing how many Belgian shows I haven’t watched yet, considering I am Belgian. This seems to be one of the more famous ones, which Stephen King really seemed to like. From what I can tell, it’s about a girl who wakes up to discover she’s been murdered, and her struggle to find her killer.

De Ridder season 1 (maybe 2 & 3)
Another Belgian TV show I have never watched. All I know about this one is that it follows Helena De Ridder who is a pubic prosecutor in Gent. I know, so many details, right? I’ll give it a go and watch season 1! If I like it, I want to watch the second and third seasons too.

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? 
Another K-drama on the list! If you’re curious why I don’t include seasons here, it’s because Asian dramas rarely have more than 1 season. This one doesn’t appear to be an exception. It’s the story of Kim Mi-so who decides to resign as the secretary to Vice Chairman Lee Young-Joon after working for him for 9 years.

100 Days My Prince
The last show (and last K-drama) on this list. I don’t tend to watch Korean period dramas, and I’m not entirely sure why. I’ve mostly stuck to ones that play out in a modern setting. The reason this is on my list? EXO’s Kyungsoo.

I want to prioritize these 11 shows and watch them throughout 2019. If I happen to have more time and watch others as well, great! If not, these are the ones I need to focus on. Have you watched any of these? Do you have some shows you really need and want to watch?