1.) Tree with deep roots
2.) Protect the Boss
For me, not only the best period drama(basically one of my most favorite genres) i´ve ever watched but clearly the best drama 2011. Starting from the great performances of Jang Hyuk, Han Suk Kyu , Yoon Je Moon and, despite her young age, even Shin Se Kyung, followed by the great suspense story, the constellation of the characters, the soundtrack, and also the fighting, everything was superb, but what intrugued me most was the fact that the series, despite the fate of the characters being very important, mainly focused on portrait of how history is written and how decisions made by few people influences the fate of many. The ending was kind of bittersweet for me. Although i really would have liked to see a happy ending for Chae Yun and So Yi, for this drama it made much more sense to sacrifice themselves for the "great cause" and it basically illustrates how history takes its course. Maybe their should really be more novel adaptions among k-dramas, seeing how well tree with deep roots worked.
3.) City Hunter
Despite being very funny and having very lovable characters, the thing that intruged me most was the fact that protect the boss doesn´t use almost none of the typical Rom-Com stereotypes. Starting from the slighty manly and strong female lead, the weak male lead who needs protection, the female, love rivals becoming friends and so on. The actor´s performances was also impressive and the story had enough twists to keep it exciting.
Most of the time, revenge stories work very well because the audience can sympathize with the main character from the start and also develops a hatred for the villains early in the series but City Hunter exceeds most of the revenge stories i´ve seen. It has a great story with plausible twists and a great connection and chemistry between the male and female lead.