BEST GL DRAMA

If you are an Asian drama fan, I am sure you’re aware of the popularity of BL dramas. It raised curiosity in my mind, and I wanted to know whether there are any great GL dramas?

In this search, I started watching every Girls Love drama that came by. Unfortunately, there are not many GL dramas made. Most of them are mini-series that end in less than an hour. 

Nonetheless, here’s the list of 10 GL dramas that I liked. In the future, hopefully, Girls Love dramas will get the same appreciation as BL dramas, and we’ll have better women-centric romance stories.

10. Pearl Next Door

  • Logline: Its time for Pearl to get over her heartbreak and find her better half.
  • Year: 2020
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Mini-Series 

Side characters often leave a deeper mark on memories than the main characters. One such beloved character from the popular bl drama “Gameboys”- Pearl gets a drama focused on her story. 

Synopsis:

The story puts in light Pearl Gatdula, a recognizable face from a recent Thai drama. While her previous avatar was focused on issues of friendships, this time she is more focused on finding her true love.

9. Transit Girls

  • Logline: Sayuri and Yui unexpectedly become stepsisters.
  • Year: 2015
  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama

This one may come as a surprise for many drama viewers. We don’t see many Asian dramas except for Thailand and the Philippines that go into exploring less talked sexual beliefs. Transit Girls is the first girl love-themed drama that ever came out of Japan.

Synopsis:

Sayuri and Yui are two opposites who found themself caught up in a complicated situation of family relationships. Their single parents decide to marry each other, forcing Sayuri and Yui to become stepsisters. 

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8. Yuri Dano Kan Dano  

  • Logline: An accidental meet with a childhood classmate brings drastic changes to Yuri’s life.
  • Year: 2019
  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama

Another made in Japan romantic girl’s love story drama that became a hit in Asia is Yuro Dano kan Dano. The story feels realistic and the chemistry between the characters is so good that it is hard to believe that they aren’t lesbians in real life. 

Synopsis

The premise is centered around a University student Yuri. Upon learning that she is being chased by a stalker, she decides to move out of her place. In search for looking for a new place to live she accidentally reunites with her childhood classmate Ninomiya Uri.

7. Out of Breath

  • Logline: Ha Eun finds it hard to get over a heatbreak.
  • Year: 2019
  • Country: Korea
  • Type: Drama

Why watch an overly exaggerated show with 50+ episodes when there are short and amazing shows like Out of Breath. Most dramas that focus on LGBTQ are either drowned in hopelessness or bright colors of love. This show fits right between the two categories. It’s a sweet, realistic, and short gem that every drama lover needs to binge. 

Synopsis

Ha Eun is in her early 20s. She had to go through heartbreak because her ex-girlfriend didn’t want anyone to know about their homosexuality. To get over this heartbreak her best friend forcer her to join a dating app to find herself a match. Luckily Ha Eun finds a match but will it be enough to forget her ex-girlfriend?

6. Dear Uranus

  • Logline: An accidental meet with a childhood classmate brings drastic changes to Yuri’s life.
  • Year: 2021
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Type: Short Drama
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The latest drama on this list, Dear Uranus is a profound effort made to increase the number of GL dramas. Like most drama on the list, this one is too short drama packed in just 3 episodes. But this is not any reason to ignore this as the storyline is decent and justifies why only 3 episodes were required. 

Synopsis

It is hard to give out a synopsis for a total of 32 min drama series. Therefore I decide not to give away anything and leave it a surprise for you to find out what’s great about this latest GL drama.

 

5. Lily Fever

  • Logline: Met by coincidence or its fate?
  • Year: 2015
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Mini-Series 

Lily Fever is a GL Drama that had so much potential of becoming a proper series. But probably couldn’t get enough budget. Nonetheless, it’s a very sweet and humorous short mini-series that you’ll surely enjoy watching.

Synopsis

Kim Kyung Ju is a simple and sweet girl. One day while looking for her lost passport Kyung Ju reaches her friend’s house, where she meets Jang Se Rang, who is openly gay and highly energetic. 

4. Am I The Only One With Butterflies?

  • Logline: A girl falls for her female boss.
  • Year: 2018
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Mini-Series 

Usually, the problem with the GL dramas is that they don’t fully embrace their gay side, but this lesbian drama stayed true to its roots and presented a story that impressed me a lot.

Synopsis

Jung Ah is a young employee who develops a crush on her manager Lee Ji Won. The 3 episode mini-series shows the interaction between two women feeling the butterflies in their stomachs.

3. Legend of Yun Qian

  • Logline: A story of a relationship between two women completely opposite to each other.
  • Year: 2020
  • Country: China
  • Type: Mini-Series 
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Legend of Yun Qian is a Chinese mini-drama with a fantasy-historical theme. The drama is filled with sweet lesbian romantic scenes and an engaging story.

Synopsis

Xiaoqian is a bubbly girl who and Muyun is a dense girl. Both belong to the Lingchuan Sect that has guarded the Fans of Heaven for centuries. Fans of Heaven have the power to allow time travel, and Xiaoqian decides to use it out of boredom.

2. ≥75℃

  • Logline: A sweet story revolving around tea making.
  • Year: 2019
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Mini-Series 

≥75℃ or ‘More than or Equal to 75 Degrees Celsius’ a GL mini-drama with the least bit of romance but the overall chemistry between the characters is so mesmerizing that you’ll still end up enjoying it.  

Synopsis

Hong is the winner of the Winter Course Competition for tea making. But the head of the marketing team, Cha, disagrees with Hong winning. So the two decide to collaborate and create the perfect winter tea?

1. Really Lily?

  • Logline: A story of a lesbian couple that doesn’t shy away from accepting their identity.
  • Year: 2019
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Mini-Series 

One thing that I’ll commend about this mini-series is that it shows us brave and strong lesbian characters that stand up for themselves and don’t take any bullshit. It is really refreshing to watch.

Synopsis

It is a story of two women fighting against the prejudices of society with full power. They love and respect each other and don’t shy away from who they really are and that anyone who objects can just go to hell.