The year of boy love: All the 2020 BL dramas you need to binge now
Boy love dramas, also referred to as BL dramas for short, are taking the entertainment industry by storm. It’s impossible to watch these and not become obsessed with them – the characters, plotlines, themes of boy love – are all created with a lot of empathy. And this year, we needed more & more of it. No wonder, then, that we found comfort & solace in BL dramas.
If you’re already aboard the BL drama express, here are some recommendations to dip your feet further.
2gether: The Series
Available for you to binge on Netflix, 2gether: The Series stars Win Metawin Opas-Iamkajorn & Bright Vachirawit Chivaaree in an LGBTQ love story that does not shy away from unconventional expressions & depictions of love. The show was one of the biggest hits in 2020 in the Thai boy love drama genre.
Based on the eponymous novel by JittiRain, 2gether: The Series follows the story of Tine and his misadventures as he heads to college. It’s not a perfect show, but like every BL drama, it has feel-good moments that make the viewing experience worth it.
Why R U?
Released in January 2020, Why R U?: The series follows the story of Zon, played by Tommy Sittichok Pueakpoolpol, better known as Tommy, who finds out that his sister is using him for her writing. Let us explain: his sister is basing one of the protagonists of her boy love story on him and he doesn’t want that. There are promises made & broken.
Why R U? stars Saint Supapong Udomkaewkanjana as Tutor, Zee Pruk Panich as Fighter, Tommy Sittichok Pueakpoolpol as Zon, and Jimmy Karn Kritsanaphan as Safiah.
Oxygen is a fairly recent addition to our favorite boy love dramas. Adapted from an eponymous novel written by Chesshire, Oxygen follows the story of an orphaned student in the final year of his college degree who also works part-time at a cafe as he meets his polar opposite – a rich freshman.
With Nut Supanut Lourhaphanich as Solo – the rich freshman & Petch Chanapoom Thenwong as Gui – the guy with a smile, Oxygen brings a simple love story to life. Love is viewed through a very simple definition.
Oxygen’s description on MyDramaList says, “For a cup of hot milk and a warm smile, Solo returns to the cafe every night. And Gui finds himself waiting for his late-night visitor. Night after night, the young men continue meeting at the same spot and at the same time. As they see each other more frequently and their lives overlap, the two become one another’s breath…a necessity, just like oxygen.”
Across fourteen episodes of this Thai BL drama, we’re taken across a soulful love story that’s also cheesy. With Cooper Patpasit Na Songkhla as Bohn, “Poy” Kritsanapong Soonthorn Chatchawit as Duen, their love flourishes when Duen has to buy a rose for Bohn every day.
MyDramaList describes the plot of My Engineer as follows, “When Bohn, the popular engineering student, starts a revenge plan on Duen, the innocent first-year medical student, their feelings slowly start to grow through roses that Duen has to buy for Bohn every day for a month.”
En of Love: This is Love Story
A playboy falls for and tries to impress a high school senior – what could be more exciting to watch? En of Love: This is Love Story stars Prom Ratchapat as Nuea, Benz Natthapong Pathong as Praram/Pralak.
En of Love is only three episodes long, so there isn’t a lot of detail to dive into, but the series will still leave you blushing. If you’re interested, there are also two prequels you can watch, namely En of Love: TOSSARA & En of Love: Love Mechanics.