Kmuse’s Musings: Dramathoning in the Fall

Fall. The time of year where leaves turn colors, the air becomes crisp, and the days begin to shorten. It is also my favorite time of the year to do a really good binge watch. But just as the season is unique and has distinctive attributes, so do the dramas I choose to rewatch. Come join me as I discuss my favorite shows to dramathon in the fall.

What makes a good Fall binge drama?

  • Lots of character depth – When I am watching a drama in the fall I want a show that gives me comfy feels.  That means I need something with a lot of plot and growth by the various characters.  No fluffy brainless dramas for me this time of year.
  • I need some angst.  Not necessarily romantic angst (surprisingly, the majority of the dramas I am recommending don’t focus on the romantic aspect.) but just really meaty emotions that pulls at the heartstrings.
  • The story has to be EPIC!  I am not talking just a smile and nod kind of good.  I am talking about being on a diet for 9 months and you finally give in and have that one favorite food and it tastes fantastic type of epic.

So now that you know what I look for in a drama let’s take a look at which dramas I recommend for the all-important fall binge watch. I have to admit that I was so tempted to start watching all of these again. The temptation is real.

Because This Is My First Life

I know that this one is still airing, but the plot and characters have been so strong that I can’t imagine that it will crash and burn in the last few episodes.  #KnockOnWood

Se Hee and Ji Ho have that special “it” factor. Their chemistry explodes off the screen. That, combined with the really solid writing, makes this drama a must watch. Especially if you need the perfect romance to binge on a stormy fall day.


Last is a wonderful hidden gem of a drama. Back when it aired I sub stalked it to the nth degree and couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Who knew that a show about the hierarchy of the homeless could be so exciting?

I have been trying to get my co-bloggers and kbesties to watch this since it aired and sadly, I rarely convince anyone that this drama is so much cooler than its synopsis indicates.  I promise that if you enjoy action dramas with loads of character development, this is the show for you.

Nirvana in Fire

Best Chinese drama EVER! And I do mean ever. There is no Chinese drama of any genre that has kicked this show of its #1 pedestal. Which means there is never a bad time to binge this show. Not only is this drama perfect but it is the perfect time to give it a shot since Nirvana in Fire 2 is set to begin next month! With the same writer and director, I can only pray that it is as amazing as the original.  If you still need convincing, go check out my spoiler free review post HERE.

Secret Love

If you are one of those kaddicts that love some serious makjang in their dramas than this is the show for you. It takes the definition of the word drama and runs with it. But if you can look past the stalking, abuse, and all around crazy pants storyline, there is a sliver of depth at the very end. Ha. Just kidding. This show is straight up crazy but crazy in a very binge-worthy way.

Six Flying Dragons

There are very few historical dramas that show the good, the bad, and the ugly of their leads. They are almost always softened to show historical events in a way that shows the historical characters in the best light. Six Flying Dragons ignored that concept and showed its lead warts and all. All six of the leads were flawed and all six made hard decisions that shaped Joseon. Strong character development combined with talented actors made this one of the best dramas of 2016 and my pick as most bingeable Korean historical to date.

So this concludes my list of must watch fall binge watching dramas.  Do you find yourself watching a certain type of show in various seasons of the year?  Let me know in the comments and be sure to watch out for all our end of year reviews.

Til next time,


4 thoughts on “Kmuse’s Musings: Dramathoning in the Fall

  1. I too cannot bring myself to watch Last. I tried – I watched the first 2 episodes. But, just can’t for some reason. Possibly because I worked at DSS most of my working life? Know lots of street punks? I don’t know. I love both male leads. But just, too much head-butting, possibly.
    However, I have watched ALL the others (except Nirvana in Fire, which I may binge watch THIS fall, although I’ve promised myself to watch Empress Ki, cause missing JCW).

  2. Apparently Because This Is My First Life is heavily inspired by the J-drama Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu, which explains its current strong run. The J-drama was a sleeper hit.

  3. Last is truly amazing and sadly under rated. Yoon Kye Sang chooses interesting projects.

    If you liked Last, check out Full Sun/Beyond the Clouds. It is another hidden gem.

  4. I have seen Nirvana in Fire and Six Flying Dragons, and they are wonderful shows. I showed this article to my husband and we started watching Last. He really enjoys it; I am pretty sick of the fighting but the character moments and the friendships are great. We will be watching the whole thing.

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