2020 Chinese Drama Recommendations

Starting another ongoing list of c-drama recommendations. It includes dramas that achieved high viewership ratings along with some of our own picks.

Go Ahead

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Go Ahead / 以家人之名 / Yi Jia Ren Zhi Ming
Episodes: 46
Genre: Family, Modern, Romance 
Broadcast Period:  August 10, 2020 Hunan TV, MGTV
Starring:
Seven Tan Songyun as Li Jianjian
Song Weilong as Ling Xiao
Steven Zhang Xincheng as He Ziqiu

Synopsis:
The story revolves around three troubled youths who find solace in their common experiences to become the best family that they can be for each other.


Love and Redemption

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Love and Redemption / 琉璃 / Liu Li
Episodes: 59
Genre: Costume, Fantasy, Romance
Broadcast Period: August 6, 2020 MGTV, Youku 
Starring:
Cheng Yi as Yu Sifeng
Crystal Yuan Bingyan as Chu Xuanji
Liu Xueyi as Hao Chen
Zhang Yuxi as Chu Linglong
Bai Shu as Teng She

Synopsis:
According to legends, the god of war saved the heavens in a deadly battle against the demon a thousand years ago. Both fell from the heavens and disappeared from the world. Chu Xuanji was born to the world lacking in the six senses which makes her rather clueless and inept. She befriends Yu Sifeng, the outstanding head disciple of Lize Palace who falls for her, thus beginning a xianxia romance that is entangled with the conspiracies from the past.


Reunion: The Sound of the Providence

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Reunion: The Sound of the Providence Season 1 / The Lost Tomb Reboot / 盗墓笔记重启之极海听雷 / Dao Mu Bi Ji Chong Qi Zhi Ji Hai Ting Lei
Episodes: 32 (Season 1), 30 (Season 2)
Genre: Adventure, Tomb Raiding
Broadcast Period:  July 15, 2020 iQIYI, Youku (Season 1), September 13, 2020 iQIYI (Season 2) 
Starring:
Zhu Yilong as Wu Xie
Rachel Mao Xiaotong as Bai Haotian

Synopsis:
The iron triangle Wu Xie, Pang Zi and Zhang Qiling restart their adventure after receiving an unusual text from Wu Sansheng.


The Song of Glory

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: The Song of Glory / 锦绣南歌 / Jin Xiu Nan Ge
Episodes: 53
Genre: Historical, Palace Politics, Romance
Broadcast Period:  July 1, 2020 Tencent
Starring:
Li Qin as Shen Changge
Qin Hao as Liu Yilong

Synopsis:
Set in Nan Song, a young emperor Liu Yilong works hand-in-hand with his true love, a woman named Changge, to bring back a prosperous nation.


The Bad Kids

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: The Bad Kids / Cat’s Cradle / 隐秘的角落 / Yin Mi De Jiao Luo
Episodes: 12
Genre: Suspense, Crime
Broadcast Period:  June 16, 2020 iQIYI
Starring:
Qin Hao as Zhang Dongsheng
Wang Jingchun as Chen Guansheng

Synopsis:
A story that follows three children from a coastal town who unintentionally film a murder scene. As the kids become involved with the suspect, it opens up a case that is far more complicated than it looks and entraps several families into an unpredictable outcome.


Love in Between

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Love in Between / 少年游之一寸相思 / Shao Nian You Zhi Yi Cun Xiang Si
Episodes: 43
Genre: Costume, Romance, Wuxia
Broadcast Period:  June 8, 2020 Youku, Tencent 
Starring:
Gala Zhang Yao as Zuo Qingci
Zhang Yaqin as Su Yunluo
Zou Tingwei as Wen Siyuan
Deng Yuli as Shen Manqing

Synopsis:
In the dark times of the martial arts world amidst turbulent mountains and rivers, Zuo Qingci is a young man who comes out of seclusion in search of a lost treasure of the imperial courts. Along the way, he encounters the bandit Fei Kouer who wears a disguise.


Love Designer

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Love Designer / Love Advanced Customization Chinese Title: 幸福触手可及 / Xing Fu Chu Shou Ke Ji
Episodes: 51
Genre: Modern, Romance, Workplace
Broadcast Period: May 19, 2020 Hunan TV, iQIYI, Tencent, Youku
Starring:
Johnny Huang Jingyu as Song Lin
Dilraba Dilmurat as Zhou Fang

Synopsis:
It tells the love story between a fashion designer and a man in the e-commerce industry.


The Romance of Tiger and Rose

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: The Romance of Tiger and Rose / 传闻中的陈芊芊 / Zhuan Wen Zhong De Chen Qian Qian
Episodes: 24
Genre: Time Travel, Romance, Comedy 
Broadcast Period: May 18, 2020 Tencent 
Starring:
Zhao Lusi as Chen Qianqian
Ryan Ding Yuxi as Han Shuo

Synopsis:
Since since birth, a screenwriter finds herself becoming a character in the script of her own creation. However, she is not meant to live past three episodes!


Serenade of Peaceful Joy

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Serenade of Peaceful Joy / Held in the Lonely Castle / 清平乐 / Qing Ping Yue
Episodes: 70
Genre: Costume, Romance
Broadcast Period:  April 7, 2020 Hunan TV, Tencent 
Starring:
Wang Kai as Song Renzong
Maggie Jiang Shuying as Empress Cao
Ren Min as Zhao Huirou
Eric Yang Le as Han Qi
Bian Cheng as Liang Huaiji

Synopsis:
A story that follows Emperor Renzong of Song as he struggles between maintaining his ideologies of governing the country and his love for his daughter.


Winter Begonia

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Winter Begonia / 鬓边不是海棠红 / Bin Bian Bu Shi Hai Tang Hong
Episodes: 55
Genre: Republican
Broadcast Period:  March 20, 2020 iQIYI
Starring:
Huang Xiaoming as Cheng Fengtai
Andrew Yin Zheng as Shang Xirui
Charmaine Sheh as Fan Xianger

Synopsis:
A story that revolves around a Peking opera performer and a wealthy businessman who are brought together by their love for Peking opera.


Skate into Love

skate into love kiss
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Skate Into Love Chinese / 冰糖炖雪梨 / Bing Tang Dun Xue Li
Episodes: 45
Genre: Sports, Romance
Broadcast Period:  March 19, 2020 Jiangsu TV, Zhejiang TV, Youku
Starring:
Janice Wu as Tang Xue 
Steven Zhang Xincheng as Li Yubing 
Zhou Lijie as Yu Yan

Synopsis:
A speed skating girl crosses paths with the ice hockey god of their school. Despite starting off on the wrong foot, they start on a journey to chase after their dreams.


I Will Find You A Better Home

i will find you a better home

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: I Will Find You a Better Home / 安家 / An Jia 
Episodes: 53
Genre: Modern, Romance, Workplace
Broadcast Period:  February 21, 2020 Dragon TV, Beijing TV, Tencent
Starring:
Betty Sun Li as Fang Shijin 
Luo Jin as Xu Wenchang

Synopsis:
It tells the story of Fang Sijin, a regional manager of a real estate company who is entrusted with the task to save a business that is close to bankruptcy.


Handsome Siblings

handsome siblings

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Handsome Siblings / 绝代双骄 / Jue Dai Shuang Jiao
Episodes: 53
Genre: Costume, Wuxia
Broadcast Period:  January 16, 2020 CCTV-8 iQIYI
Starring:
Hu Yitian as Hua Wuque 
Chen Zheyuan as Xiao Yuer 
Liang Jie as Su Ying 
Liang Jingxian as Tie Xinlan

Synopsis:
A story about twin brothers unaware of each other’s existence and their journey to become martial arts heroes.


Eternal Love of Dream

pillow book xianxia

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Eternal Love of Dream / Three Lives Three Worlds The Pillow Book Chinese Title / 三生三世枕上书 / San Sheng San Shi Zhen Shang Shu
Episodes: 56
Genre: Costume, Xianxia, Romance
Broadcast Period:  January 22, 2020 Tencent
Starring:
Dilraba Dilmurat as Bai Fengjiu 
Vengo Gao Weiguang as Dong Hua 
Baron Chen as She Yan 
Dylan Kuo as Su Moye 
Liu Yuefei as Ji Heng 
Wayne Liu Ruilin as Yan Chiwu

Synopsis:
Two thousand years of enduring love and obsession between the female monarch of Qing Qiu and the ancient god of the Heavenly Kingdom.


Find Yourself

find yourself hunan tv series

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Find Yourself / 下一站是幸福 / Xia Yi Zhan Shi Xing Fu
Episodes: 40
Genre: Romance
Broadcast Period:  January 26, 2020 Hunan TV, Mango TV
Starring:
Victoria Song Qian as He Fanxing 
Song Weilong as Yuan Song 
David Wang Yaoqing as Ye Luming 
Esther Yu Shuxin as Cai Minmin 
Zhang Yujian as He Canyang

Synopsis:
A love story between an accomplished career woman and a man who is ten years her junior.


iPartment 5

ipartment 5 chinese sitcom

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: iPartment 5 / 爱情公寓5 / Ai Qing Gong Yu 5
Episodes: 36
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Broadcast Period:  January 12, 2020 iQIYI
Starring:
Loura Lou Yixiao as Hu Yifei 
Li Jiahang as Zhang Wei 
Sean Sun Yizhou as Lu Ziqiao 
Li Jinming as Chen Meijia 
Chen He as Ceng Xiaoxian

Synopsis:
When it comes to the residents of the apartment, some have gotten married while some mysterious residents have moved in. A new story detailing their lives begins.


Under the Power

Under the Power

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Under the Power / 锦衣之下 / Jin Yi Zhi Xia
Episodes: 55
Genre: Costume, Romance, Detective
Broadcast Period:  December 28, 2019 Mango TV, iQIYI
Starring:
Allen Ren Jialun as Lu Yi 
Seven Tan Songyun as Yuan Jinxi
Han Dong as Yan Shibo 
Julia Ye Qing as Shangguan Xi

Synopsis:
In the final years of the reign of Jiajing Emperor during the Ming Dynasty, Lu Yi of the Jingyiwei is commissioned to investigate the disappearance of funds that have been set aside for river repairs in Yangzhou. He is assisted by Yuan Jinxia of the Liushanmen. The two accidentally become involved in a conspiracy.


Ming Dynasty

ming dynasty
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Ming Dynasty / 大明风华 / Da Ming Feng Hua
Episodes: 60 
Genre: Historical, Palace
Broadcast Period: December 17, 2019 Hunan TV, Youku 
Starring:
Tang Wei as Sun Ruowei 
Zhu Yawen as Zhu Zhanji

Synopsis:
A story revolving around Empress Sun Ruowei who lived through six dynasties and spent 50 years governing the inner palace.


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