Rather than sighing out the arrival of summer, it’s more appropriate to think of summer landing on us like rogue bricks at a construction site. The sweltering heat is keeping you inside and when done contemplating global warming and the impending apocalypse, you’re bored out of your mind. Game of Thrones isn’t about to be released anytime soon, you’ve watched all other popular TV shows, and now you’re aimlessly surfing through the web.
Fret not, for the author is here to recommend a list of foreign dramas everyone should be watching. Besides, it isn’t as if you’re willing to switch to Pakistani dramas; way too many unrequited-love triangles, rich guy – poor girl, and Sajjal Ali crying on screen.
Fazilet Hanim Ve Kizlari
Genre: Drama, Romance
An ongoing Turkish series, Fazilet Hanim and Her Daughters follows the lives of Fazilet Hanim, a woman living in one of Istanbul’s less fortunate districts and her two daughters Hazan and Ege. Hazan, the tomboyish sports coach has been neglected by Fazilet, who chooses to focus on the beautiful Ege, and her modeling career. Enter the Egemen family, Turkey’s elite connected to the three females in a cruel twist of fate, forming an excellent plot. If you have an inclination towards romance, betrayal and character development, this series is for you. The series is available with English subtitles over the internet.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
This South Korean show will draw you in with its complex plot, and interesting characters. The story revolves around a woman who can see death and a grim reaper who is punished for falling in love with a mortal woman. There’s crime, mystery and intrigue with quite a few plot twists thrown in balanced with comedy and darkness.
General and I
Genre: Historical Romance
This show is meant to be binge-watched, and you will no doubt love the characters. Bai Pingting was raised in Princess Yan’s household, and befriends the young master Hexia, son of the Princess. Bai Pingting’s intelligence led to Hexia winning a war against Chu Beije, who turns out to be Pingting’s childhood sweetheart. A tug of war is being played with Pingting; Chu Beije, the enemy who loves her and Hexia, her master who’s a little too infatuated with her. 10/10 recommended to readers.
Genre: Romance, Psychological Thriller
Season 2 of Fi has been released too, with all the characters in some sort of turmoil. The story began with Duru, a ballet dancer being pursued by the accomplished Can Manay, a well-known therapist in the industry. Can’s unhealthy obsession with Duru affects almost every character directly or indirectly. The show has various subplots, such as the homosexual reporter trying to unearth Can’s past, with the help of Can’s own boss.
Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossom
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
If you’re looking for a happy romantic ending, this Chinese drama will meet your demands. A story that transcends time and becomes a legend; two deities Ye Hua and Bai Qian fall in love. One thing about these historical Asian dramas is their clothes, and OST; both entrance the audience.
Age of Youth
Genre: Romance, Comedy
The show depicts the lives of five young women sharing the same apartment. Lots of hilarious and heart-touching moments for whoever is into this genre; the quiet yet blunt one who likes challenged, the cute and cheerful one with self-esteem issues, the expressive and creative one, and the new addition to the family. The story focuses on the bonds of family and friendship, and will have you in tears from both laughter, and sadness.
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
Genre: Historical Romance
A Korean adaptation of the Chinese Scarlet Heart, this show is one of the best Korean dramas I have seen. After a searing betrayal by her best friend and boyfriend, a 21st Century Woman drowns whilst saving a child underneath a solar eclipse. She wakes up as a 16 year old girl in the Korea’s Goryeo Dynasty. Surrounded by Princes fighting for the throne, another shaky love triangle, Hae Soo the protagonist tries to find her own place in the dynasty. The ending was not similar to the Chinese version, and the clothes and music are to die for. Besides, one of the actors is a part of the popular boy-band EXO. 100/10 recommends watching as soon as possible.