Top 10 Best Boy Romance Dramas, Ranked

Over the past two years, the popularity of dramas originating from Eastern countries has increased exponentially. More and more fans are constantly looking for complex and entertaining stories that should take them to an alternate universe in which they merge with the characters as one and completely revel in the story.

Fortunately, dramas (or soap operas) aim to achieve this exact goal. Given the substantial increase in requests for more LGBTQ+ content, and specifically BL (Boys’ Love), the number of companies emphasizing queerness has grown much more. Popular KPOP groups and celebrities like ACE have also teamed up with television companies to shine a light on this new and unique genre. In light of this expansion and to keep anyone from feeling overwhelmed, here’s a list we’ve compiled with the best BL dramas to watch during Pride Month.

ten. I spoke of you at sunset

Released in 2020, I spoke of you at sunset quickly became extremely popular among BL fans and others. His eclectic production combined with unique dialogue and excellent acting drew people into this coming-of-age drama. Following Teh and Oh-Aew’s tale of childhood friends to high school enemies, this drama features two ambitious main characters aiming to become actors, colliding heads along the way.

Count 2 seasons — the second season titled I promised you the moon – a documentary, music videos and original songs, the Thai drama received fantastic reception and won incredible acclaim for its cinematography, script and performances.

9. We like better: No. 1 for you

Produced and shot in Taiwan, We like better airing in 2021 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Needing a much-needed break, fans quickly turned to this Taiwanese drama for comfort and were certainly not disappointed. Generally not seen as the common cliché romance, especially given the first season’s cliffhanger in We like betterwe get to know Zhou Shu Yi, a student who always finishes in second place behind his nemesis, Gao Shi De.

From enemies to lovers to strangers, this story continues its incredibly aesthetic cinematography and fantastic acting in Season 2 (titled Mr 2nd), where the audience meets a more mature side of the main characters. Season 3 is currently in the works, with a possible focus on a few beloved secondary characters.

8. HIStory 3: Trapped

Part of the The story web series, in which each season receives a new story in the same universe as the previous stories, Trap is the 6th part of the saga. Like its counterparts, Trap is a Taiwanese drama, with an incredibly good budget which is reflected in the magnificent cinematography and top-notch cast.

This story has a much more mature backstory, given that the main characters are enemies according to the book: a policeman and a crime lord. Pursuing themes involving crime, revenge, death, and raw, passionate love stories, this drama is absolutely perfect for an adrenaline rush alongside the beloved trope of enemies to lovers.

seven. Not me

This time involving university students, Not me is a drama that includes revenge, crime and many bureaucratic controversies as a metaphorical form of societal criticism in Thailand. A thrilling and intense story involving two twin brothers and their apolitical friends who attempt to overthrow a powerful, labor-hogging drug lord, Not me aired in 2021 but quickly became one of the most anticipated dramas of 2021.

Considering the cast includes Off and Gun, two popular names in the BL scene who have treasured starring roles in love theorythe intricate plot and intricate storylines had to make up for an incredibly good overall watch.

6. Semantic error

South Korea is surely known for its dramas, but it was only recently that they jumped on the BL bandwagon, releasing a handful of BL dramas. In this case, Semantic error just released earlier this year, but according to the usual K-drama scene, this is absolutely outstanding. Adapted from the Korean manhwa of the same name, Semantic error is a fun timepiece, showing the lives of two college students whose friendship (and later, romance) gets off to a rocky start.

Showing what could be a neurodivergent main character studying computer engineering obsessed with structure, and a chaotic but talented graphic designer, the two decide to join forces and create a video game. Funny, very cute and with a great cast, Semantic error is an 8 episode drama, making it a very fast watch.

5. way of death

Thai BL dramas very often tend to take the form of storylines related to school life, and it can get repetitive over time, but every once in a while, a drama that completely changes the narrative comes along, and in 2020, it was Manner of Death. round. Protagonized by Max and Tul, two famous BL actors previously known for together with methis drama involves a fairly complex backstory that slowly unfolds over the episodes.

full of twists, way of death shows the life of Dr. Bunnakit (Tul), a medical examiner who rules out a woman’s death by suicide. All clues rule out Tan (Max) as the likely murderer, as he denies any involvement and teams up with Bunnakit to find the real culprit. Passion, lust, betrayal and intensity characterize this romantic thriller.

4. bad buddy

Much lighter in terms of themes, bad buddy is a 2021 Thai drama that completely took over the internet as soon as it was released. Passing down their families’ rivalry almost like a relic heirloom, bad buddy introduces the story of Pran and Pat, two children and later teenagers, who are in a constant state of rivalry. Whether it’s grades, achievement, or even looks, these two boys are constantly arguing and trying to outdo each other.

While trying to end their family’s fight, the two decide to become friends, to the point of beginning to develop feelings for each other. In this funny drama, we get to know Nanon and Ohm as the main actors who have completely captured the heart of any fan due to their simple and subtle acting which touches us perfectly.

3. HIStory 3: Make our days count

Like the 7th drama of the The story webseries, Make our days count is a 2019 Taiwanese coming-of-age drama. From the same universe as HIStory 3: Trapped, this story shows a completely different side of the same city. In Make our days count we meet Xiang Hao Ting and Yu Xi Gu, two high school students who don’t look alike.

On the one hand, Hao Ting disobeys teachers and leads a carefree life surrounded by the love of his peers and family, on the other there is Xi Gu, an orphan trying to make ends meet and do their best to support themselves. while remaining a top student. Two sides of the same coin end up going from strangers to lovers, and sometimes fate is not kind, even for young people. In a heartbreaking yet beautiful and comedic drama, everyone will be able to find puppy love, comfort, and reassurance in these characters.

2. KinnPorsche

While it’s still airing, KinnPorsche is probably the only drama that will end up dethroning everyone’s number one choice. In this action-packed story, Kinn and Porsche become involved when Kinn, the son of a mob boss, tries to flee an enemy and meets Porsche, a waiter who offers him to become his bodyguard. Moving from a seemingly safe and stable job at a bar, Porsche now finds himself in a completely unorthodox and borderline violent job that puts his life on the line.

This is perhaps one of the most explicit BL dramas to be released, showing some unmistakably brutal moments as well as some explicitly lustful situations. Although it has only aired about halfway through the season yet, KinnPorsche receives a good reception online, many people even say that it will surely become the BL drama to attract new fans to the BL group, and it will become the main representative of BL as a genre.

1. wire type

At one time or another, everyone has heard of the gist in BL dramas: wire type. Holding two of Thailand’s most coveted actors, wire type is pleased to have Mew and Gulf as the main cast, portraying Tharn and Type respectively. Showing an intense rivalry between these two college roommates, wire type shows a raw and intense struggle with sexual identity, a theme not explored as much in other dramas.

Type is a homophobic jock who shares a college dorm with a sexually ambiguous musician, Tharn. The popularity of this drama is most likely due to the chemistry of the actors, as well as their lustful scenes, leading to wire type being a symbolic emblem in the BL genre. With two seasons, two special episodes and original songs, wire type is the perfect drama for anyone who wants to get attached to perfectly flawed characters who are just trying to find their place in an ungrateful world.

Although very niche and unique, BL and GL (Girls’ Love) are two genres that are slowly but surely growing and opening their wings on the TV scene. With more and more people having access to oriental content on the Internet, we can certainly expect that Thailand, Taiwan, Japan and Korea will continue to try to bring more inclusiveness and diversity to their entertainment content.