My Girl (2005-2006), 16 episodes
“You will be blessed!” – Joo Yoo-rin (Lee Dae-hae)
Cute cute cute. And hot hot hot. The second drama written by Hong Jung-eun and Hong Mi-ran after their popular Delightful Girl Choonhyang, My Girl made the Hong sisters a buzzword and the leads stars. The OTP had amazing chemistry and I loved them to death, but I still had my usual case of second-lead-syndrome.
Starring: Lee Dae-hae, Lee Dong-wook, Lee Jun-ki, Park Shi-yeon
If you don’t get the reference when this quote comes up: Watch some rom-coms!
Fantastic Couple or Couple or Trouble (2006), 16 episodes
“How pathetic.” –Anna Jo (Han Ye-seul)
Veering on the ridiculous (what should I have expected from a Hong Sisters drama?), Fantasy Couple and Jo Anna gave birth to quite a few trendy phrases. It was chosen as the MBC Drama of the Year by fans (overcoming ratings-hit Jumong) and made a star of Han Ye-seul.
Starring: Oh Ji-ho, Han Ye-seul, Park Han-byul
If you don’t get the reference when this quote comes up: I said, watch some rom-coms!
Beethoven Virus (2008), 18 episodes
“A. Piece. Of. Shit.” – Kang Ma-ae (Kim Myung-min)
I personally was not a big fan of this drama about music, community, and love, but no one can deny that Kim Myung-min was a hoot and spot-on. (When is he ever not ‘on’?)
Starring: Kim Myung-min, Jang Geun-suk, Lee Ji-ah
If you don’t get the reference when this quote comes up: Brush up on your Korean pop culture.
Highkick through the Roof! (2009), 126 episodes
“Butthole!” – Jung Hae-ri (Jin Ji-hee)
I refuse to talk about this drama. Period.
Grumpy pinkblossom: This sitcom was the second ‘season’ of the Highkick series, which have been successful in launching the careers of young, aspiring newcomers (Jung Il-woo, Kim Bum, Park Min-young, Yoon Shi-yoon, Shin Se-kyung, Hwang Jung-eum, etc.). Highkick through the Roof’s shocking – and unqualified! – ending is still a sore point among fans.
Starring: Choi Daniel, Yoon Shi-yoon, Hwang Jung-eum, Shin Se-kyung, Jung Bo-suk
If you don’t get the reference when this quote comes up: Come on, gotta keep up with the young ’uns.
Secret Garden (2010-2011), 20 episodes
“Is this your best? Are you sure?” – Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin)
“The Italian master sewed each stitch of this by hand…” – Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin)
“You’ve got a text!” – Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin) + the cell phone
What can I say that hasn’t been said? It was quite possibly the most talked-about drama of 2010/2011 and became synonymous with Hyun Bin, who became even more popular than during his My Name is Kim Sam Soon days. Nearly every scene has been parodied in some form or another, and the tracksuits are still going strong.
Starring: Hyun Bin, Ha Ji-won, Kim Sarang, Yoon Sang-hyun
If you don’t get the reference when this quote comes up: Gimme a break
Best Love or Greatest Love (2011), 16 episodes
“Ding-dong!” – Dokko Jin (Cha Seung-won)
“(Re)chaaaarge.” – Dokko Jin (Cha Seung-won)
“Ooovercome.” – Dokko Jin (Cha Seung-won)
“I’m Dokko Jin!” – Dokko Jin (Cha Seung-won)
The only reason I say Secret Garden was possibly the most talked-about drama of 2011 is Best Love. A huge hit, this most recent Hong Sisters drama brought Cha Seung-won back to the funny (and the limelight) and further solidified Gong Hyo-jin’s status as you-rock-the-kdrama-world. I can’t say I had second-lead-syndrome with this one, but Gong Hyo-jin had more chemistry with Yoon Kye-sang than Cha Seung-won…
Starring: Cha Seung-won, Gong Hyo-jin, Yoon Kye-sang, Yoo In-na
If you don’t get the reference when this quote comes up: I know what you didn’t do last summer.
So there you have it, a quick review of some of the most popular drama quotes. I wonder what new quotations lie in wait for us this year!