8 Throwback Taiwanese Dramas to Binge-Watch
Recently, Rainie Yang (楊丞琳) posted a photo of her and good friends Michelle Chen (陳妍希), Ariel Lin (林依晨), Joe Cheng (鄭元暢) on social media. It immediately became a hot topic online, as many fans were super excited to see the actors reunited. Netizens expressed they reminisced their younger days of when they were binging Taiwanese idol dramas. The group photo evoked a lot of memories for many people, and fans expressed they missed seeing Ariel and Joe in the same frame again. Have you seen the following eight Taiwanese dramas? If you haven’t, it’s time to binge-watch these series.
It Started With a Kiss <惡作劇之吻>（2005), They Kiss Again <惡作劇之吻2>（2007）
This set of series, adapted from the Japanese manga Itazura na Kiss, should be a classic memory for many people. It Started With a Kiss and They Kiss Again are said to be the representative works of Taiwan idols, Ariel and Joe. Their characters were outstanding, especially the heroine with her relentless spirit. Many viewers thought she was adorable, while a lot of girls saw Joe as their dream lover. Ariel also won the 43rd Golden Bell Awards with her performance in They Kiss Again.
Devil Beside You <惡魔在身邊>（2005）
“Ambiguity makes people feel wronged, they can’t find evidence of love…” This lyric from Rainie’s song “Ambiguous” is well known by many of her fans and fans of the drama, Devil Beside You. The series became a hot topic due to the many steamy kiss scenes. Mike He‘s (賀軍翔) role as a bad boy was very memorable, and Rainie’s popularity exploded during the airing of Devil Beside You.
Hi My Sweetheart <海派甜心>（2009）
In the blink of an eye, Hi My Sweetheart aired over ten years ago. Rainie and Show Luo (羅志祥) both dropped their idol baggage to play quirky characters. Rainie portrayed a tough girl, while Show’s mushroom hairstyle really penetrated the hearts of viewers. The plot was very comedic and cute, and it was a very popular idol drama.
Miss No Good <不良笑花>（2008)
Rainie successfully became an idol drama goddess because of her ability and willingness to switch up her image. In Miss No Good, she played a girl with a very bad fashion taste. She meets fancy stylist Wilber Pan (潘瑋柏), and a lot of funny events ensue.
The Prince Who Turns Into a Frog <王子變青蛙>（2005)
After Ming Dao’s (明道) wonderful performance in La Robe De Mariee Des Cieux <天國的嫁衣> as the second male lead, he was immediately cast as the male protagonist in The Prince Who Turns Into a Frog. He starred alongside Joe Chen (陳喬恩), and they made the drama a great success. It achieved an average rating of 5.8, and it launched the peak period of Taiwanese idol dramas.
Fated to Love You <命中注定我愛你>（2008)
Starring Joe and Ethan Ruan (阮經天), this drama is considered as the top representative of Taiwanese idol dramas. It tells the story of two people who experienced an unwilling marriage and realized their fateful love story. It even reached a high rating of 13 and the average rating was 7.44.
KO One <終極一班>（2005)
This sci-fi idol drama opened a magical door for Jiro Wang (汪東城), Calvin Chen (辰亦儒), Aaron Yan (炎亞綸), Wu Chun (吳尊). They became so popular that they formed Fahrenheit (飛輪海). And the drama was so well-received that there were five seasons.
Hanazakarino Kimitachihe <花樣少年少女>（2007）
Wu Chun and Jiro also participated in this film adaptation of the Japanese manga, For You in Full Blossom. At the time, the theme of a woman disguised as a man caused a heated discussion. However, S.H.E.’s Ella Chen (陳嘉樺) had an adorable performance, so it was loved by the audience.
This article is written by MelodyC for JayneStars.com.