It feels like forever since I’ve gotten to really talk about Taiwanese dramas. A big part of that is because while there are some utterly fantastic Taiwanese dramas they also tend to be really long. Like a ridiculous, I’m probably never going to watch it 70+ episodes. Not only is that a lot of drama for the average Asian drama watcher and this tends to make the dramas slower and easier to drop. But the biggest problem I find is that there’s not as much selection as the seasons run long and they’re not coming out with as many new and exciting dramas every month as say Korea. At this rate I typically only get to talk about them once a season. This season however, I’m really excited for the dramas coming out for two big reasons.


1. There are 4 dramas coming out this summer that are “short” Taiwanese dramas!

2. Mike He is in two dramas coming out this summer! (Love him or hate him.. he’s MY bias.)

I can’t begin to explain how excited I am for “short” Taiwanese dramas. By short, I’m talking less than 25 episodes, which is still really long for most Japanese drama watchers but is totally doable especially if the story is good. And not only are they short, but also some of them look really interesting. ‘Pleasantly Surprised’ is a French food drama about the drama between the sexes both in the kitchen as chefs and outside the kitchen as neighbors. It also stars Kuo Puff who’s recently made quite the name for herself and is one of the hot new stars in Taiwanese dramaland. ‘You Light Up My Star’ stars the smexy Joe Cheng from ‘It Started With a Kiss’ and ‘They Kiss Again’ in a highly dramatic role about the differences of what goes on in front of the camera and behind the scenes with some “idol couples” that we love to watch.

The other two short ones on this list BOTH star Mike He. For those of you who don’t know who I’m talking about, he’s the star of ‘Devil Beside You’ and ‘Bull Fighting’ as well as several others. One of the dramas that he’s in this summer is ‘Say I Love You’ where he transitions to an adorable dad role as an actor into a part who’s going through lifestyle transitions with a new job and new love. It looks cute, and I will certainly be watching it. The second drama he’s in is one that I and I’m sure many other people have been waiting for.. seriously they kept putting off the release date for like a year and a half! But ‘Go Single Lady’ starring Mike He and Ady An is one of the more exciting dramas that I’ve been looking forward to. Having seen the first two episodes I can tell they have skilled actors in the main roles, but due to poor streaming quality am a little bit disappointed that it takes away from it a bit. But regardless, I’m going to watch the rest of it and let you guys know what I think.

I wrote too much.. lol! I love Taiwanese dramas!! Are any of you going to check some of these out?

Happy Drama Watching everyone!

The Full List of dramas from the Video:

5. Pleasantly Surprised – 喜歡·一個人

4. Say I Love You – 勇敢說出我愛你

3. You Light Up My Star – 你照亮我星球

2. Tie the Knot – 妈咪的男朋友

1. Go, Single Lady or My Pig Lady – 上流俗女

the bloopers

  • Arthea Emory

    Jasper Liu plays the next door neighbor/son of the owner. The other guy…plays the ex boyfriend. I’m liking this one. It’s pretty good…and the backstory…I can’t wait for it all to be revealed!!! and the only one other than Pleasantly Surprised (Love Myself or You) that has caught my interest is My Pig Lady. Should you have the time (I don’t know where you find it) check out Fall In Love WIth Me starring Aaron Yan. It’s starting to drag now…but in the beginning it was fun! You keep posting…I’ll keep watching!!!

  • Dina White

    You had me at Sunny Wang! Guess I’ll be finding “You Light Up My Star” to watch. SQUEE!

  • ☠✿ⓜⓐⓡⓒⓘⓐ✿☠

    Definitely gonna watch My Pig Lady. Loved Mike He since his ‘Love Contract’ drama.
    And Ady An was great in ‘Autumn’s Concerto’.