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10 TV Shows Singaporeans Binged Watched In 2020

Credit: Netflix /tvN /Vancouver Media

2020 made binge-watching TV normal and binge-watch Singaporeans did. TV streaming companies made a neat pile of cash while bored Singaporeans at home turned to them for entertainment. Whether you’re a K-drama aficionado or whether you watch TV mostly for the plot (read: good-looking people), you’re bound to find something new to watch on this list.

Let’s start from Number 10 and work our way to Number 1, shall we?

10 / Hi Bye Mama

Credit: Studio Dragon/Netflix

A woman returns from the dead 5 years after her passing. Her husband has moved on with a new wife and her daughter is being lovingly cared for by them both. However, her resurrection is short-lived. She has only 49 days to live again, unless she can get her marriage back, because the gods work in mysterious ways.

Cast:  Kim Tae-hee, Lee Kyu-hyung, Go Bo-gyeol and Seo Woo-jin

Pace: ✰ ✰  to ✰ ✰ ✰

Ready your tissues: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Originality: ✰ ✰ ✰

Platform: Netflix


9 / Go Ahead

Credit: Hunan TV/Netflix

Go Ahead centers on three kids, who are not related by blood, who become like family to each other. As one of them puts it quite succinctly , “I… believe those who share the ties of blood aren’t necessarily a family. But those who cherish and love each other, they definitely are.”

The meaning of family is further explored as these kids grow up. Can their makeshift family unit last?

Cast: Tan Songyun, Song Weilong, Zhang Xincheng and Tu Songyan

Pace: ✰ ✰ ✰

Ready your tissues: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Originality:  ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Platform: Netflix


8 / Eternal Love of Dream

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As lavish, high-budget productions go, Eternal Love of Dream looks and feels like a million bucks. Based on the Pillow Book series of novels by Wang Qi, the TV series is just as lengthy as the books, at more than 50 episodes per season. Now imagine if Game of Thrones had 50 episodes for Season 8.

Jokes aside, if you love high fantasy and romance, you need to watch Eternal Love of Dream. The chemistry between the two leads is something that the fans are always on about and for good reason.

Cast:  Dilraba Dilmurat, Gao Weiguang

Pace: ✰ ✰ ✰

Ready your tissues: ✰ ✰ ✰

Originality:  ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Platform: Viu SG


7 / Nothing But Thirty

Credit: Tencent Video/Dragon Television

Nothing But Thirty is about the lives of three Chinese women who have hit the third decade of their lives. This milestone makes them desire something different for themselves, which leads them to some tough decisions. Will the three of them still be the same people at the end of the series? Will they stay true to themselves?

Though they have very different personalities, the three women are good friends. Luckily for them, they’ll have each other to fall back on when life-changing events occur.

Cast:  Jiang Shuying, Tong Yao, Mao Xiaotong

Pace: ✰ ✰ ✰

Ready your tissues: ✰ ✰ ✰ to ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Originality:  ✰ ✰ ✰

Platform: Singtel CAST


6 / The King: Eternal Monarch

Credit: Studio Dragon/ Netflix

One of the most anticipated TV shows of 2020, it was perhaps inevitable that the hype bubble would burst and viewers be left disappointed. Viewers and critics alike found the labyrinthian plot with doppelgangers and parallel worlds hard to follow at times. However, the use of these storytelling devices also gave the actors a chance to showcase their skills. Woo Do-hwan, who played dual roles, received the lion’s share of praise.

Cast: Lee Min-ho, Kim Go-eun, Woo Do-hwan, Kim Kyung-nam, Jung Eun-chae and Lee Jung-jin

Pace: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Ready your tissues: ✰ ✰ ✰

Originality:  ✰ ✰ ✰

Platform: Netflix


5 / It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

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Once again, a Korean TV Show has taken the reins at the top. This is no ordinary K-drama, however as it’s more akin to a modern fairytale. There’s sinister butterflies, severe childhood trauma, an evil Mom and a cursed castle. But what It’s Okay Not To Be Okay is really about is healing and being present for somebody you care about. Whether they be friend or family, being there for them makes both of you stronger.

Definitely a hopeful message we need in 2020.

Cast: Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Yea-ji, Oh Jung-se, Park Gyu-young and Jang Young-nam

Pace:  ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Ready your tissues: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Originality:  ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰  ✰

Platform: Netflix (eventually) | watch the trailer here on YouTube


4 / Emily in Paris

Credit: Netflix

Even if you’ve never watched Emily In Paris, you may have seen clever photoshop edits of the TV show’s screenshots at one point of time. About an American woman who goes to work for a French marketing firm in Paris, the show’s reception seems to be fairly mixed. Almost all critics praised the lead actress, Lily Collins, although some had less than kind words for the TV show herself.

Perhaps Emily In Paris will become the Ally McBeal of our time.

Cast: Lily Collins, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Ashley Park, Lucas Bravo, Samuel Arnold, Bruno Gouery and Camille Razat

Pace: ✰ ✰ ✰

Ready your tissues: ✰ (for drooling on if you fall asleep)

Originality:  ✰

Platform:  Netflix


3 / Money Heist

Credit: Netflix/Vancouver Media

Netflix’s most-watched non-English language TV series is about bank robbers who wear Salvador Dali masks and red overalls. This is technically all true but doesn’t even come close to describing why the show has been such a hit everywhere in the world. Skepticism about The System at large, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, has perhaps played a part in the show’s success.

After all, the 2008 financial crash helped to set the scene for Money Heist.

Cast: Úrsula Corberó, Álvaro Morte, Itziar Ituño, Pedro Alonso, Paco Tous, Alba Flores, Miguel Herrán and more

Pace: ✰ ✰ ✰ to ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Ready your tissues: ✰ ✰ ✰

Originality:  ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Platform: Netflix


2 / Itaewon Class

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Based on a webcomic, this drama features Park Sae Roy, who is on a mission to ruin an evil giant corporation and his loyal friends and employees. It very much falls within the “found family” type of drama. You will find yourself wanting to root for the underdog with the iron determination and his merry band of misfits.

The K-drama has won praise for its inclusion of minority narratives and its tackling of taboo subjects head on.

Cast: Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Yoo Jae-myung and Kwon Nara

Pace: ✰ ✰ ✰  to ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Ready your tissues: ✰ ✰ ✰ to ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Originality:  ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Platform: Netflix


1 / Crash Landing On You

Credit: Netflix

The undisputed winner is Crash Landing On You, which is loosely based on real-life events. When tornados blow in South Korea, they lead not to scarecrows or wizards but into the arms of a good-looking and compassionate North Korean army captain. Such is the life of corporate heiress Yoon Se-ri, as she finds herself having to navigate a newfound love interest, political intrigue and the distrust of strangers.

For fans of Hyun Bin, it’s a predicament they will probably kill for.

Cast: Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Kim Jung-hyun and Seo Ji-hye

Pace: ✰ ✰ ✰ to ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Ready your tissues: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Originality:  ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Platform: Netflix

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