Secret Love Affair in Critics Year End Reviews

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Journalists and critics continue the tradition by writing their last reviews on the 2014 K-dramas roundup. Secret Love Affair might be one of the most reviewed dramas of this year~ in addition to the most parodied drama of the year ๐Ÿ˜€

Being the everlasting parody in their segment during 2014, the KBS2 Gag Concert closed the curtains by having a special Secret Love Affair Christmas parody last Sunday by presenting Lee Seon Jae’s high school version. Secret Love Affair parody has become the most favorite among viewers, and the Gag Concert artists are getting more popular as well.

There are so many year-end reviews for Secret Love Affair, it would be impossible for us to cover them all. Therefore we just gather the interesting ones. Now here are they are~


โ€ป Top 3 Most Captivating Dramas in China for the First Half of 2014

Newsen chirped in by showing a list of popular dramas in China during 2014.ย  One of the biggest media in China, Sina, released the list of Korean dramas that aired during the first half of 2014 which captivated Chinese audiences. The survey among the audience revealed that Secret Love Affair is #2 after You Who Came From Another Star, as the most captivating Korean drama in the first half 2014.

Secret Love Affair was broadcast under an exclusive contract with the biggest online media Sohu TV. While the drama was still on air in Korea, it was picked up by Sohu China and the online broadcasting of the drama boosted popularity.

In particular, playing the role of Lee Seon Jae who is a young 20 year old with an intense love toward one woman and who transforms because of that love, Yoo Ah In has excited Chinese women viewers with his emotional and delicate acting.ย 

The unusual love story of Secret Love Affair and Yoo Ah In’s delicate emotional acting as Lee Seon Jae made Chinese women viewers flutter, and created a “mania” while on air.


โ€ป Naver Journalist Awards 4 Stars Rating

melodramatic tone blooms on the ugly desire โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… – Goo Sung Hee

pulls the material into art, the acting and the power of directing propel the drama โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… โ˜† – Jung Jin Young

Secret Love Affair is a drama that creates persuasive material out of infidelity to become a masterpiece. The power of directing and acting have kept viewers gluing eyes on the TV screen to even watch the taboo beautiful scenes. In addition, Secret Love Affair has become one of the “best lines” dramas of this year with its most famous phrase, “This is a top praise”, which caught viewers attention.

Secret Love Affair is a work that represents a breakthrough in the most striking phenomenon created by the TV cable. On the 50th Baek Sang Arts Awards it was awarded Best Director in a TV drama and Best Screenplay in a TV drama. We are sure everyone agrees that they deserve it.


โ€ป Best Characters of The Year

Ohmynews picks the pairing in Secret Love Affair as one of the best characters in a drama.

The cable drama managed to create fresh and unique characters Lee Seon Jae and Oh Hye Won. Secret Love Affair, which ended on May 13th on JTBC, is a fated love story between a piano prodigy (Yoo Ah In) and a woman (Kim Hee Ae) who is 20 years his senior and has everything but happiness. Despite its controversial theme it drew a lot of sympathy by bringing up the society issue, which shaped this up as a powerful drama.


โ€ป 2014 Entertainment’s Top 10 Buzzwords

Enews24 and a lot of other news outlets concluded that Secret Love Affair has created a 2014 buzzword through its unique phrase. “This is a top praise”, uttered by Oh Hye Won, is #7 of 2014 Entertainment Top 10 Buzzwords.


โ€ป Best 2014 Drama Produced by Cable TV With High Ratings

Everyone agrees that this year is the cable channel’s year. Many high quality dramas were produced by the cable channels. Not only did they make a good story, they earned high viewerships as well. According to Dailian, Secret Love Affair is #1 Best 2014 Cable Drama based on its quality and the ratings it got.


โ€ป Couple of The Year: Kim Hee Ae – Yoo Ah In

10Asia published a list of the best things an entertainment industry has made during 2014. One of them is Couple of The Year in a drama.

Despite the social status and age gap, two people go beyond the desire to reach the fullness of love. Acting in a passionate romance Secret Love Affair, couple Yoo Ah In and Kim Hee Ae delivered the complexity of emotions, even through their eyes alone. Kim Hee Ae and Yoo Ah In pairing in Secret Love Affair is the Ten Asia’s Couple of The Year.


And lastly, let’s watch MBC SectionTV year-end episode with a special review on Secret Love Affair couple chemistry~


Congrats for the recognitions, team SLA!


A lot of things happened during 2014, and Master Sik has been doing so well. We are so grateful for his achievements so far, and that we got to know him more and even saw him in person! We hope that 2015 will be even a brighter year for Sik and us all.

Yoo Ah In International Community/Sikseekland Team Facebook, Twitter and Website is wishing YOO all a happy YOO Year! Success and more power to Yoo Ah In!

9 Responses to “Secret Love Affair in Critics Year End Reviews”
  1. judy swierkosz says:

    Secret Love Affair, the best of the best! Happy and wonderful new year to Yoo all!

  2. Laura says:

    Happy YOO Year to you all SIKseekers!! โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

  3. Phuong nguyen says:

    Secret love affair is the best of all drama and i want to say thank you to SLA team. You are so wonderful. Best wishes to YAI in new year.

  4. Jen says:

    Dramabeans picks SLA as Best Melodrama of 2014 ๐Ÿ‘ Finally they could appreciate it after leaving it behind.

  5. I’m wondering why are people so blind. here were very interesting reveals about corruption in this drama in 2014 , yet only one critic says:” Despite its controversial theme it drew a lot of sympathy by bringing up the society issue, which shaped this up as a powerful drama.”(Ohmynews). There wer a very big transformation in the lead actress’ well. she took the responsibility of her wrong-doings and went to jail for it. This should made the viewers to think about their own wrong-doings and taking responsibility and become free.And should made the politicians and lawmakers digging deeper and doing their jobs better. But even the “critics” tells about the surface , they usually don’t dig deeper in “society isuues”. So they are not real critics.
    In my country there are a lot of corruption as well, but we don’t have such good dramas and movies about it. Koreans should be happy, that they have this possibility at all.

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