The months of 2019 have breezed on by so quickly that it’s hard to believe we’re already in May. The (almost) first half of the year brought with it lots of memorable binge worthy dramas and great talent. With a plethora of shows to choose from, and multiple sources of entertainment content, viewers might be a little hard-pressed to knuckle down a choice as to what to watch next.
Worry not for here are the top five dramas viewers have been gorging on for 2019. If you’re keen to find something to replace your Game of Thrones habit and if you’ve already marathoned reruns of all the GoT seasons, here’s a nice list to tick off your “Shows To Watch” plate.
Top 1. Put Your Head on My Shoulder
In the top spot is a fun campus romance adapted from the novel of Zhao Qianqian, a senior finds herself at a crossroad as she approaches graduation. Her orderly life is tossed upside down with the entrance of a brilliant physics student into her life. Love blossoms between the two in this sweet and funny love story.
The series stars Xing Fei of Master Devil Do Not Kiss Me fame and newcomer Lin Yi.
Top 2. All is Well
All is Well has been a firm favourite in China as it brings to light real issues (typical of Chinese families) within the traditional family unit in a rapidly modernizing China. The always trending series follows the dysfunctional Su family as they struggle to go on with their lives after the loss of their mother, the family matriarch. The three Su siblings find their lives disrupted as their father imposes himself on them with his unreasonable demands.
The series stars Yao Chen, Ni Dahong, Guo Jingfei, Tony Yang Youning, Li Nian and Gao Xin.
Top 3. Goodbye My Princess
To solidify a political alliance between their countries, the beloved princess of the western Liang kingdom is affianced to the crown prince of the Central Plains. In his efforts to be declared as the new crown prince, fifth prince Li Chengyin purposefully deceives the princess to make her fall in love with him and gain the upper hand. After discovering Li Chengyin’s duplicity, Princess Xiaofeng jumps into the river of forgetfulness with Li Chengyin following suit.
A few months later, Li Chengyin is now the crown prince of the Central Plains and the two end up married to each other. As they navigate the treacherous court of the Eastern Palace where intrigue and betrayals are rife in its halls, can they survive the tribulations thrown at them and still find love again?
Goodbye My Princess stars Cheng XingXu as Li Chengyin and Peng Xiaoran as the innocent and kind Princess Xiaofeng.
Top 4. Le Coup de Foudre
It’s love at first sight indeed for viewers as Le Coup de Foudre has been doing brilliantly well to place fourth in the top 5. The series is a youth drama chronicling the story of love the second time around. You know the story – girl meets boy, they like each other, they make promises to study together overseas. But, for unseen circumstances, that doesn’t happen and the two lose contact. Fast forward to four years later and they see each other once again in their class reunion.
Girl decides to pursue the guy and moves to be near him only to find out that he already has someone. Will they finally have their chance to be together this second time around?
Le Coup de Foudre features Zhang Yu Jian, Janice Wu, Zhao Zhi Wei and Ma Li.
Top 5. Exclusive Memory
Another campus romance, the series typifies the “thin line between love and hate” sort of story between a physics PhD candidate and a third year student.
Things start off with the wrong foot as third year student Xue Tong is wrongfully accused of cheating in an exam by PhD candidate Mu Chenghe who is proctoring the exam. The two despise each other at first but over time, further interactions with each other bloom into a mutual attraction.
The series stars Zhang Chao and Li Tingting.
Those of you who are observant might note that many of the dramas in the line up have a romantic story line. I guess this goes to show that viewers are looking for something sweet and positive to come home to amidst all the negative stories trending in the daily headlines.
Moreover, fluffy youthful romances seem to be gaining in popularity these days (as evidenced in the list) – simple and sweet being the key characteristic that seems to capture viewers fancy. Despite not being adapted from a big name novel and not having big name stars in the cast line up, these type of shows are continuing to do well in the viewer ratings.
What do you guys think? Have you already watched any of the dramas in the list? What are your favourites? Do tell do tell!