Dao Kiao Duean was my first introduction into the world of Thai dramas. While there's nothing super groundbreaking about it, the show manages to stay entertaining despite the long run time (at almost 2 hours an episode, it runs longer than most Asia shows do).
The storyline is unique enough as in, tackling ideas such as IVF and being a single mom by choice; ideas that are usually looked down upon in a society that values family. And the show doesn't skirt around the issues, it goes head-long into them, asking the uncomfortable questions. And while some of it is handled via comedy, the fact that it takes on such matters is good enough. And, to keep it comfortable, there are the typical romance ideas, which play out in typical romantic comedy ways, which allows for the show to stay light and entertaining among the more modern views. Sadly, the show does fall prey to the trappings many do towards the end but the good outweighs the bad for a large time.
A great bonus is that I loved all the characters. Even the ones that were annoying either became sympathetic or were comedic, so you were less inclined to fast-forward. If anything, I found many of the side characters to be more fascinating then the leads, who themselves are entertaining. A female lead who isn't a doormat and a male lead who is cold but also quite snarky when he wants to be? Yes please.
Dao Kiao Duean is a good show for those new to the Thai drama scene and are more used to Korean or Japanese dramas. Fun, entertaining with that hint of comfort, I'm glad this is the one I started with.