With Korean romantic dramas or comedies, you can be sure they’ll either be emotional rollercoasters or aegyo-fests and cuteness overload. There are rare opportunities when they are both with an added bonus of actually being realistic, grounded and structurally sound enough to be a worthwhile experience.
tvN’s I Need Romance 2012 is one of those rare opportunities. It is sexy, sweet and smart. A well-written, wonderfully acted series that goes beyond what the usual network dramas care to deliver and a romance that fully engages even the most cynical of hearts.
For simple American comparisons (and probably an injustice to the series), I Need Romance 2012 and its predecessor are a cross between Sex and the City and Friends. But for what it was and how it related to typical Korean drama, I Need Romance 2012 was a great success.