Mainland China TV Series Worth Watching

Okay, here’s the 3rd list as promised. (Although I sure take my precious time, lol.)


Journey to the West I & II (1986 & 1999) – This is what I call classic. Though Season 2 had some variations but still retained a sense of cleverness from within.

Li Wei’s Resignation – Surprisingly good. I didn’t realize it was that good either. I meant okay, it got random at times too, but it didn’t fall short of quality. The mystery and constant humor kept it going. Not to mention the witty battle between Li Wei and the king.

The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 2013 – Yeah, I couldn’t help putting this in after finishing it. Seriously, it was a surprise for me–as mentioned in the review. But I just had to make an exception because how they did it, which made sense to me more.

The Story of a Woodcutter and his Fox Wife – So unexpected and surprisingly good. I didn’t realize I would become so addicted to it from the start. It was a lovable folktale and a mix of humor here and there. There were frustrating moments but it wasn’t as unbearable as it seemed. Qiao Zhen Yu and Song Jia Ling were so cute and lovable.

Water Margin 1998 – I haven’t watched the new version yet so can’t comment, but this was pretty good. So awesome with the cast and the plot unfolding. They managed to keep most of the stories intact. Though sometimes you felt there were ‘miscast’ here or there regarding ages, but because they were sticking around until later so it wasn’t too bad.


Detective Tang Lang – It was surprisingly good. Usually, trailers are misleading since it only show exciting parts, but this one was consistent throughout. The suspense and witty humor were what kept the series going. The cast was also likable, at least to me. IF you like detective and action dramas, this might be it.


A Chance of Sunshine – Major skipping around but the ending result was good. Not to mention the Lu Yi and Alyssa chemistry was really addicting to watch so it was worth the wait in a way.

Sound of Colors – Soapy and it has its faults with draggy moments and bloopers but it was good overall. And if you don’t mind sad endings.

*NOTE*: This post will be updated from time to time. Therefore, it will be included in the ‘Helpful + Fun Posts’ section to make it easier to locate – IF anyone’s interested in following. Also, keep in mind that I back-watch from time to time, some might NOT be on the list yet. Others, call it a difference of opinions – IF I didn’t put it on there.


A Chance of Sunshine

It is an average series overall. That’s to say the lightest about the whole thing. It seems a bit draggy ’cause of some repetitive scenes and its many flashbacks. The soundtrack was awesome so no complaints there but the plot could improve more. I think putting in the “third wheel” character in here defeats the whole purpose of the series. We have the whole thing about the parents’ past and their current conflict already. No need for such nuisance and more ruptures towards the whole situation to make things worse for Le Ping and Shi Tao.
I think the most dragged out part is how ridiculous it is to make them not meeting each other for like the majority of the series. I mean we, as the audience, get the concept that because of their different habits and lifestyles that they failed to meet up but it gets so dragged out later on that it defeats the whole purpose of it, making it ridiculous. For example, there’s a scene where they’re practically bumping into the each other aka walking like right next to each other or racing past each other but failed to notice. I’m talking about after they meet and exchange numbers at the park–not the beginning ’cause the parts before their real meeting scene is just setting the story up and letting us know the characters more. That part is relevant, but after they know each other, it’s ridiculous not to notice that they’re nearby. If you find people, wouldn’t you look in all directions? It’s common sense even if your typical habit isn’t like that.
The “third wheel”, scheming girl is WAY too annoying and it seems quite lenient to let her off so easily at the end of the series. But lucky she didn’t end up with anyone or it would be WAY too forced. Still, it’s a shame that she wasn’t exposed later on either. Even after they both know she was behind some stuffs but after that? She’s still at it.
Aside from those two things that makes it WAY annoying at times, there are lots of other like factors about this series in general, such as:

  • Their ongoing bickering at the beginning when they were beyond annoyed with each other’s loudness. It’s way too funny since when they meet for real, they get along so well. Then the horn became their little inside joke later to communicate with each other. Also the cat became their little messenger.
  • The chemistry and collaboration between Lu Yi and Alyssa Chia: I must admit that I really like them together–sometimes even more than Vincent and Alyssa. They really hit it off in here with their interactions. It really makes me believe they’re really together.
  • The family of both sides. Although there were moments where it seems annoying or might be frustrating with the parents but later on, they seem to realize the importance of happiness over money and let the kids be that way–and not repeat their past mistakes.
  • The soundtrack. As mentioned many times before, the soundtrack is really nice. Like every song–except for maybe one. It really makes the series flow better than just seeing repeated flashbacks. It makes it less painful since flashbacks are all right once in awhile but every 10 minutes is sort of annoying. So the songs really make it happen for the majority of the drama.
  • Ambrose Hsu as a guest star. It was really fun to see him try to court Le Ping and he was a real gentleman about it too. Not to mention it burst the other girl’s bubble ’cause she thought she was all that, always up to something. Great to see Ambrose play such a clever character and a talented guy as well. Great performance near the end with him and Lu Yi.

I think I actually feel somewhat disappointed that Qiao Zhen Yu’s character shall leave just like that–with people still misunderstanding him and the others never know that he was the one who helped Shi Tao’s sister when she came back to the hospital that one time. I really like Qiao Zhen Yu in here but too bad that he only appear somewhat at the beginning of the drama. It would have been fun to see him still around and maybe find his own happiness later. Things can’t be too gift-wrapped, right? But still a shame.
Overall, if it wasn’t for some really annoying flaws–somewhat unforgivable–it would have been perfect. I think comparing with Jimmy Liao’s other story turned tv series, Sound of Colors with Wallace Huo and Ruby Lin did better, considering how Sound of Colors was shorter in length and even though it was really tragic, we know why it should be that way and the flow was much more fast pace. I rather deal with Yun Xiang’s step-mother than this annoying, scheming girl in here. But maybe ’cause of Lu Yi, Alyssa, Qiao Zhen Yu, and Ambrose–AND the soundtrack–that made this all worthwhile throughout.
Posted (on Xanga): December 22nd, 2008
Re-posted: Tuesday, April 9th, 2010

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