Our criteria for rage inducing dramas are dramas that are absolutely FANTASTIC in the beginning and all of the middle and then – something happens. I’m talking, the shows that you wish you could recommend if it wasn’t for that @$^% ending or that &%#$ twist that ruined it all forever!
I’m talking shows where the opening episodes are masterfully made, they have you gripped by the collar the hour they come on, your emotions are on your sleeve, your attention is rapt on the screen, and you rearrange your schedule to gush about it afterwards. But then, *sniff*, the ending comes….and completely F-A-I-L-S. It fails enough to have burning rage when you think about it even months (years!) later.
Or maybe it starts to kind of fail around episode 11 but you don’t believe that it can happen, it can’t really be going in this direction, right? So you hold on to hope until the God awful ending that makes you wish you had a time machine to tell your former self to never start this drama to begin with. Well, now is the time to pay it forward.
So, without further ado, here are the shows that many people in the drama watching community wish they never started watching. Of course, these shows do remain faves for some people, which is why they are watch at your own risk. If you have any others that we missed (and believe me, we asked the question on twitter and got so many responses, so we know there are others out there), just leave it in the comments to warn any other drama newbies not to start with that Kdrama.
7 RAGE INDUCING KOREAN DRAMAS TO WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK
1. Misty (Suspense-Drama)
I mean, what the micky ficky fic was that ending? Misty is one of those absolutely riveting, amazing, life changing, dramas that you had to watch because a woman in her late 30s early 40s was killing it in a man run environment.
She wasn’t just grabbing balls, she was ripping them out and using them as her Chanel bag strap. Absolutely amazing, and the one drama that I wish I could recommend for people to watch – if it wasn’t for that ending. Why, ending! Why-y-y-y-y-y-y. I am still upset.
I think the most messed up part about the ending is that they took this fierce heroine, this fierce re-love story and … sigh…just ruined the show. Argh, I loved this show so much, why did they do that to meeeeeeee. Literally the bad endings of every show to come since then are compared to the ending of Misty. We got Misty’d!
Verdict: I wish I could recommend it but, honestly – just avoid. Don’t get your heart ripped out like the rest of us.
Rage you say? Read about it all right here. I feel like my comments don’t really show my true distaste because it was all so sudden. But the readers comments do!
2. The Third Charm (Romance)
Just shoot me now. The ending of this show possibly tops Misty for me in my rage. Or at least equals it.
Why did I get so invested in this show in the opening to only be dragged through the depths of hell in the last 4-6 episodes.
The beginning of this drama is what romantic comedies are made of, y’all. It was all about first love. Being awkward. Liking someone. Growing up. Getting your first break up. Meeting again when you are both cool and capable, and falling in love again….then part 3 came and made you want to bury yourself underground and stay there.
Verdict: Absolutely avoid this show at all cost.
The rage is real, read it here.
3. He is Psychometric (Suspense-Drama)
Speaking of burying yourself. He is Pychometric was so great and charming in a spooky suspenseful way as we watched the story of this apartment complex unfold piece by piece.
Every clue was delivered so nicely and the mystery stayed compelling all the way until what we all thought might be happening was actually happening, and yet we didn’t think it could be happening because the show was so smart, so far, but then it happened and I threw my computer into the ocean and cursed obscenities for days. WHY-Y-Y-Y-Y.
Verdict: Avoid this show unless you enjoy pain.
You can read about all the rage right here.
4. Something in the Rain (Romance)
One of those amazing openings that have a film like quality from days gone by that make you either love it right away or you might think it is a bit slow.
I loved it and was pulled right into this love story. But then the mother from HELL showed up and turned it into a straight up horror movie. You have to sit through several episodes of her scaring the daylights out of our duo and fuming alone.
On top of that, the female lead starts to make dumb decisions that might drive you crazy. If you can get past those things, then you might enjoy this show. In fact, it could be a fave.
Verdict: Watch at your own risk.
Read the reader comments to guage the confusion, right here.
5. Memories of the Alhambra (Fantasy-Romance)
We did a live watch with The Kthree on this show and everyone was absolutely RIVETED by the opening. It was the comeback drama of Hyun Bin to dramaland and opened with a huge bang. Absolutely amazing.
It followed that gripping opening for the next three episodes well and then had a calm episode at episode 5. That is when things started to kind of fall apart…but not really….but maybe….but no….but wait…..why?…..just no…~. Until the ending which was a big fat WTF.
This is one of those shows where if you love the love story then you will continue loving it. If you are here completely for the story of the video game and wish the heroine would either disappear or be more active, then you might be driven to rage.
Also, everything stopped making any kind of inkling of sense in the end.
Verdict: Watch at your own risk
Read the first 6 episode recaps here. I still need to move the rest from patreon over. But this show annoyed me so much so that might not ever happen.
6. W: Two Worlds (Fantasy-Romance)
I did not watch W, but I heard the rage burning through the internet about it, so I will either most likely never watch it, or I might watch to see what caused all the rage. The rage is all related to the ending episode (episodes?).
I heard seriously weird stuff started to happen that made people go, um….what am I watching? Someone did tell me that it was her absolute favorite drama ever and I had to watch it though, so the lovers of this show have their camp also. It is one of those shows that divides the fandom.
Verdict: Watch at your own risk.
7. Cheese in the Trap (Romantic-Comedy)
I did not watch this show but I still hear rage about it which is mostly because the comic book was so good and the drama just messed it up. Especially the last half.
But on twitter someone did say that they hated the show even more after they read the comic and saw how great the comic was. So, it seems like this drama was universally rage inducing for the people who loved the comic and for the people who never even heard of the comic.
Verdict: Stay away
I have gotten recommends on this show but they all tell me to stop watching at the last episode because nothing makes sense in the end. And I mean like the last ten minutes?
Everyone recommends it with that caveat and wish themselves that they just stopped watching at like episode 14. If you watched this show and have anything to say about it then let us know in the comments!
Verdict: Watch at your own risk
We kept our list relatively current to new shows and definitely rage swarming, but there are some devastating dramas, both old and new, on this list that ripped people a new one upon seeing the finale episode (I’m looking at you Something Happened in Bali and Lovers in Paris) or were just disappointing in general.
I also went through the twitter post and tried to group all the other shows here that people mentioned drove them to curse while watching. Though in some of these cases it could have happened from episode one. I feel like we need to get another list going of the most disappointing dramas. The kind that don’t make you rage, but they do make you shake your head.
I added comments in parenthesis on only the shows that we watched or know about.
- Big (the ending…seriously?)
- Are You Human, Too (the ending…wtf?)
- Where Stars Land (the ending!)
- School 2015
- The Great Seducer (everything *snort* ha!)
- Something Happened in Bali (the ending! OMG!)
- Lovers in Paris (the very very end!)
- Dr. Stranger
- Hyde, Jekyll, Me
If you want to include any more to this list then add them to the comments because we need to warn people, for real. At least then they will know going in that it is a watch at your own risk.