I’m pretty sure all of us who watched Misaeng had to go through a period of mourning that nothing would ever be as good. :p
And I commend your current choices. Valid Love and Heartless City are so good and two of my favorite dramas that got, I think, high ratings for me on mydramalist (which, btw, I have no idea how to use beyond my feeble attempt to keep myself organized. But yay, friends!).
Of the other five you mentioned (and I’m not even going to say how long it took me to realize that TWTWB is That Winter The Wind Blows), yeah… I never watched HITTG (aka Heard It Through The Grapevine in case anyone’s befuddled by acronyms, too) or Orange Marmalade and I don’t plan to start. But I did watch the others until completion. While TWTWB will forever get high marks for some of the most beautiful cinematography I’ve seen in a drama, the story was so frustrating and by the end I was flipping tables.
The other two… sigh… if only tvN didn’t have such ridiculously long – unnecessarily long – episodes, those two dramas could have been so much better. I’m still bitter about the fake-out with Bingguere, and then there’s the frustrating part where they made Chilbongie to be, like, a total sweetheart and a perfect boyfriend, but of course the first love wins, of course, why did we even think it would be any different in Dramaland. But at least it gave me Haitai (HAITAI 5EVAH) and the perfect pairing of Samcheonpo and Yoon-jin, so it wasn’t a total loss.
And we all know how I feel about Producer. WTF Dramaland – you give me a show where Cha Tae Hyun plays the 1N2D PD but then go absolutely nowhere with it in favor of storyline involving what’shisprettyface in an unnecessary attempt to toy with a noona romance plot that ended up being pointless. Grrrrr.