5 Korean dramas that start off strong but get worse towards the end

The following Korean dramas had great potential, but ended up disappointing almost every viewer. 

1. Something in the Rain 

From the first episodes, Something in the Rain attracts the audience with its compelling “noona” romance and a charming cast led by Son Ye Jin and Jung Hae In. Originally a “slice-of-life” series, but later on, Something in the Rain wastes too much time on dramatic, tragic details of romance, not to mention the supporting cast’s complicated stories. As a result, regardless of the sizzling chemistry between Son Ye Jin and Jung Hae In, the drama fails to keep the audience hooked until the final episode.

 Something in the Rain Son Ye Jin and Jung Hae In
 Something in the Rain Son Ye Jin and Jung Hae In

2. Penthouse

Without a cast lineup filled with A-listers, Penthouse still became a major hit across Asia through three epic seasons with a thrilling plot that centers on the elite. Despite being one of the highest-rated dramas in 2021, Penthouse still faced fierce controversy over the “downgraded” script towards the end. The ratings and impact of Penthouse saw a gradual decline after 3 seasons. This is due to the fact that Penthouse constantly killed then revived characters, exaggerated various details without focusing on the drama’s logical flow. 


3. Itaewon Class

Itaewon Class ranks 6th place in the list of Korean cable dramas with the highest ratings of all time with 11.8% after 16 episodes. Although Itaewon Class premiered to a good start thanks to its exciting plot about the revenge and start-up journey of Park Sae Ro Yi (Park Seo Joon), the drama was later criticized by many viewers as it ended on a bad note, as the characters’ storyline and loveline went downhill and became awkward.

Itaewon Class
Itaewon Class Park Seo Joon

4. Cheese In The Trap

One of the most regrettable Korean dramas in recent years is Cheese In The Trap. Cheese In The Trap has attracted audiences since its debut, thanks to the webtoon’s large fan base. Thought it would give the melodrama genre a new lease, but as the story progresses, the film’s content becomes increasingly out of sync with the original. Even the male lead, Park Hae Jin, gets less screen time than Seo Kang Joon‘s piano.

Cheese In The Trap
Cheese In The Trap

5. The Legend Of The Blue

The Legend Of The Blue owns two famous actors, Lee Min Ho and Jeon Ji Hyun. However, for a long time, the success or failure of Korean dramas has not been determined by the main actor’s reputation. The audience had high expectations for the strange love story between a mermaid and a scammer in the first episodes of the drama. However, as the drama progresses, Legend of the Blue Sea becomes increasingly tedious.

The Legend Of The Blue Lee Min Ho Jeon Ji hyun wedding
The Legend Of The Blue Lee Min Ho Jeon Ji hyun
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