BL recommendations 2020

I know it is already the beginning of January but tbh like this it’s better than when I post it in fall 2019, since a lot of shows are not set by then yet – most of the release dates are not even out now, so yeah…read on and find out what is coming in 2020 for all the BL fans out there.

Note: It’s already quite hard keeping up with all the shows coming out, so I’m only mentioning TV series here and skipping the movies. Sorry. I have a job.

ENDING IN 2020

TharnType

One of the biggest BL shows in 2019 and definitely the front runner in discussion in 2019, was TharnType. The production value, the chemistry, the acting…a lot of this series is top notch. It had kind of a controversial edge at the beginning but turned out quite well and when this post is released we will already have the finale on our hands but still I wanted to include it here. Tharn and Type kept turning our exhausting Mondays into the favorite day of the week and I’m definitely hoping for a second season! To support this, please watch it on the official LINE links, they even released it with English subtitles and for international fans HERE.
Side note: I will definitely write a review on TT.

Until We Meet Again The Series

Another show ending in 2020 is Until We Meet Again The Series. It started of slow and I still think the series is like 20 times better if you have read the novel (which I actually did) but otherwise there are also a lot of non-novel fans out there who appreciate our cute romance series. Different from TT, UWMA does have more than one episode left for 2020 and I’m curious what the next episodes look like ^.^ This definitely is a series that keeps getting better and better. Do not be fooled by the apparently slow story-telling. In that regard it has a lot in common with Love By Chance. It seems slow while there’s actually a lot of stuff happening. It’s from the same studio, so no surprise there ๐Ÿ˜€ You can watch it on the official Youtube channel with English subtitles HERE.
Side note: Also another review coming after the show ends. Definitely.

Hotel Stars The Series

I’m not actually sure if this show is ending in January of if it already ended in December. It has 10 episodes in total and I haven’t watched it til now, so I cannot really tell you anything about it. You can find some info about it HERE.

COMING UP 2020
These shows have been announced for 2020, they already shot some scenes if not the whole series, maybe there’s already a release date or trailer out. These shows are quite sure to come in 2020.

Why R U? The Series

Why R U The Series was kind of happening in the background until suddenly it wasn’t. I had heard the name and that they were doing some auditions and suddenly we got more casting news and a teaser and ever since then we have been getting more and more behind the scenes and music content. So this one is pretty much set in stone to come in 2020. The release date is January 17th and I really hope they are either releasing it on Youtube or on LINE TV so international fans can watch it. Considering the teaser had already English subtitles included, I hold high hopes.
The story includes multiple BL couples with at least one recognizable actor, Saint Suppapong Udomkaewkanjana (Pete in Love By Chance), but the other cast is really cute and likable too, so I’m curious. The story seems to revolve around a bunch of college students who don’t really know or like each other suddenly starting to get closer and develop some bond. Sounds boring but the production and chemistry seems to be good enough to liven up the story and make it interesting. Find the teaser HERE.

Love By Chance Season 2

Another big news announcement was the release of Love By Chance Season 2. The story is set at the same college and with mostly the same actors. Only exception being Saint (see above) whose character Pete is studying abroad for some time (the same as in the novel, as far as I know). In reality it was more of a scheduling conflict though, but maybe if season 2 does well we will get a third season with all the couples complete. So this time it is mainly about the Tin x Can couple everyone fell in love with. I am curious about it but I also have to admit, I loved the dynamics between Ae and Pete the most, so I’m not expecting to much. I always look forward to being pleasantly surprised though, so I’ll definitely watch it. You can find the trailer on Youtube with English subs. Find more information HERE.

A Tale Of Thousand Stars

So now, let’s start with the 2020 GMMTV line up. In October, GMMTV made every BL fan’s heart beat faster when they released their 2020 line up and it included multiple BL series. Starting it off on my list here is A Tale Of Thousand Stars. It stars some unknown faces for the BL world, like Mix Sahaphap Wongratch as lead character Tian, and some faces we already know and love, namely Earth Pirapat Watthanasetsiri (Aun/Un in Theory of Love).
The story revolves around Tian, who got a heart transplant from a volunteer teacher after she died in a tragic accident. Wishing to fulfill her promise to a military officer she fell in love with, he goes the same path as her and meets the officer in a war-ridden country. While still on the edge about each other in the beginning, they slowly start growing closer.
I am definitely watching this one, even if the story line sounds like a set-up for a sad ending. I believe in GMMTV though to give us an ending fitting the series and making us happy and not cry for multiple days in a row (yes, I’m looking at you HIStory3: Make Our Days Count – it was amazing, but it destroyed me). I’m definitely curious to see Earth in another lead role!

Check out the trailer HERE.

The Shipper

The second series in the GMMTV’s 2020 line-up is The Shipper. Let me be honest now. I do not think this is gonna be a BL series at all. I do think it’s gonna include some BL scenes but mostly it’s a teaser I think and there won’t be much else. But I’m happy to be wrong about that one.

The cast includes mostly recognizable faces, starting with Ohm Pawat Chittsawangdee (Thun in He’s Coming To Me), Prigkhing Sureeyaret Yakaret who has been starring as a support or guest role in some other shows and First Kanaphan Puitrakul (Jim Bae in Blacklist) who is starring in his first kind of BL series, I think.
The story revolves around a BL fan girl who one day drives home with one of the boys from her fantasies, Kim, and they end up in a traffic accident. When she wakes up she switched souls with Kim and starts to live as him and maybe even fulfill some fantasies of her. But not everyone is oblivious to the sudden change in behavior of Kim, starting with his own brother.
If you have problems knowing who to ship, well…the series is called The Shipper and this series could either end with 1 or with I don’t know how many couples. There are so many possibilities. But it seems like an upbeat and nicely produced series, so I will check it out and decide then. Check out the trailer HERE.

2Gether The Series

A total surprise for 2020 is 2Gether. This show seems different from the usual GMMTV BL, mainly because it stars some pretty unknown BL faces as the leads and the two main leads are both portrayed as tough characters and not giving in to easily.
The main character, Tine, wants to get rid of a male fan of his and decides to get a fake boyfriend – another college student named Sarawat. After the latter declines multiple times, he finally gives in and they start to pretend date. Though soon jealousy and real feelings start to develop.
It stars multiple side couples and supporting actors with known faces from shows like Theory of Love, Dark Blue Kiss, ‘Cause You’re My Boy and Water Boyy The Series. I will definitely check it out because this could be different from the normal shows and as long as they produced it well and the chemistry is there, this could be a total gem. I’m curious! Check out the trailer HERE.

Friend Zone 2: Dangerous Area

And finally the last segment for the GMMTV line-up we know about, Friend Zone 2: Dangerous Area. It is the second season and to be honest, I’ve only skipped through the first one, so I don’t really know what it is about but it does feature A LOT of known faces. And I mean a lot – if the capital letters on the words haven’t already told you. The trailer is quite fast and action packed and does actually make me quite interested in the show, so maybe until it airs, I’ll check out the first season after all.
Check out the trailer HERE. Also not, that this series is not just BL but features multiple couples and multiple orientations.

En of Love

This one was originally announced for 2019 but has now been delayed to 2020. Some may think of this as some sign of “maybe” it will air but I still decided to include it under “pretty sure” since the whole cast has been determined and there are behind the scenes photos, so I guess even if it comes out around the end of 2020, it would surprise me if it wasn’t coming this year.
The story sound quite bland: It tells the story of multiple engineering and medical students and their romantic relationships. Well, depending on whether the characters are interesting and have good chemistry, this could turn out pretty good. Find out more HERE.

My Engineer The Series

This show has been announced since when? I think it started around SOTUS times and has been teased ever since then. Well, 2019 we finally got more news and some updates about it. Considering the trailer released in November, I guess it is pretty much set in stone it is coming to us. I really hope there will be no problems and we will get it in 2020. There is no specific release date yet but I’m keeping my eyes peeled for it.
As for the actors, I only recognized Cooper Patpasit Na Songkhla (Golf in My Bromance The Series) but everyone else seem interesting and the acting seems stable and somewhat experienced as far as I can judge from the trailer.
The story features multiple couples, or future couples to be exact. It is set in college and the character design seems pretty interesting…also, why so many animals???? Watch the trailer HERE to find out what I mean XD

2 Moons 3: The Series

So while there haven’t been many photos or videos or anything else for this third or second, depending on how you count them, season but it has been announced by the production team and the actors multiple times and they did say it’s gonna air in 2020, so I’m gonna include it in this part of the list, after all. I am one of those fans who watched the original 2 Moons but wasn’t really against the new cast I guess and when it finally aired I fell in love with them, so I cannot wait for the new season, especially because the team behind it was so nice to release all the episodes with English subtitles. 100 points for them!

MAYBE, MAYBE, MAYBE
These may have been announced for 2019 but because of some changes it didn’t come out. There are set photos or some other kind of proof something is happening though. So maybe we’ll get them in 2020.

Gen Y The Series

So this series totally flew by me, like totally. I only noticed it when I did some research for this post. Yes, I have to do research and I don’t know every BL show coming in 2020 by heart…well, maybe after this post I do XD
So, they already released somewhat of a trailer so I guess it is not totally open whether it’s coming or not but compared to other shows it’s been on the down low.
Apparently it stars some known faces, especially from 2 Moons The Series (first season. No I didn’t forgot the second “2”). Though considering I cannot see them in the trailer, I guess they are keeping them hidden for now. Or maybe I just didn’t really look close enough. I don’t really know. I only watched the trailer while writing this, so I only glanced at it.
I do think it features a lot of new faces, so I don’t expect much from the acting though. The production looks legit and good though, so let’s see what and especially when we will get the series ๐Ÿ˜‰ HERE is the teaser.

My Ride, I Love You / My Ride The Series

So, first off, I have not idea what this series is called EXACTLY. Either the first one or the second one. But other than the title it seems at least the cast is pretty set on this one.
This series features a lot of actors who have been acting in other works before, some of them have even been nominated at some awards, namely Fame Chawinroj Likitchareonsakul (Guide in My Dream: The Series), so yes, I expect a lot from the acting in this one. We have not behind the scenes yet, I think because they haven’t actually started shooting the series yet but maybe we will get the series around fall or the end of the year? It looks pretty promising though and I haven’t heard any trouble yet, so as long as everything goes smoothly we get another BL series later on.
Also Mild Suttinut Uengtrakul (Techno in TharnType) is acting as a support role. I just think he is so adorable.

My Bromance 2: The Series / 5 Years Later

Haaaa…another series that has been teased for years now. I mean I actually think it has been teased since 2018 but we haven’t heard much.
So to clear some stuff up…no, actually it might confuse you more: There has been a movie called My Bromance (2014) and a standalone/remake TV series My Bromance The Series (2016) featuring new cast and actually telling a story set after the movie plot. Then they originally named the new thing My Bromance 2: 5 Years Later and it was announced it would feature Fluke Natouch Siripongthon (Pharm in Until We Meet Again The Series). Since he only acted in the movie and not the TV series it was clear we would get a continuation of the movie. Since they are renaming it and there have been multiple news articles, it’s not really clear any more if it will be a continuation of the movie or whether we get some things from the TV series too. So yes, everyone is confused. Also we don’t really know whether this will be a series or like a mini-series/special.
There have been some more recent news especially because it has been pretty much confirmed Fluke was gonna reprise his role as Bank. Since he is currently starring in UWMA, the shooting for My Bromance 2 has been delayed. Considering this, I guess we can expect My Bromance 2 either at the end of the year or maybe next year, I guess.

IN THE DISTANT FUTURE
No idea if they are coming in 2020 or not. Some have been announced for 2019 and now 2020, so who knows when they will come out. Not much known about these shows.

HIStory2: Boundary Crossing 2

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The HIStory franchise, if I can call it that, has been going quite strong for some time now. Most recently HIStory3: Make Our Days Count where we all cried our eyes out. They gave everyone a big and joyful surprise when they announced there would actually for the first time ever be a continuation for one of their story arcs. Boundary Crossing has been one of their most loved arcs and at first they announced a series, apparently now it turned into a movie? I don’t know and that is why it is still featured on this list.
The reason why it is still unclear when it is coming, mainly because there haven’t been many updates on this one. We know it’s coming somewhen in the future but apparently the producers are still discussing the script so we might only get it in 2021 or later. Check out the first season if you want to know what it is about and how great the series is!

Fhalanrak

There is only one reason I’m even mentioning this here: New Siwaj Sawatmaneekul. The beloved-by-BL-fans director behind master works like Make It Right, Love By Chance and most recently Until We Meet Again. He is also the director for this one.
Other than that, there is pretty much no information released on this one.

Heart by Heart

There’s been some casting news and some rough updates on the story but there’s no real news yet. Usually that means there won’t be any releases until 2021 at least but let’s keep hoping.

Oxygen

Another series where I’m quite sure, I’ve been featuring it in the previous recommendations 2019 post? Well, in October we got a teaser and it seems they have actually been shooting some scenes, so I guess we might finally see a release of the series in 2020.
The story is quite simple but sweet about two boys who meet and meet and meet and soon cannot imagine separating. The trailer though, seems more dramatic, so I don’t know what to believe now. I do hope it’s coming in 2020! Check out the trailer HERE.

Your Voice, My Heart

Since we are on the subject of shows I have mentioned on recommendations 2019, this is another one. I don’t know why it takes so long to release it but apparently there has been some kind of issue and no idea whether it will be released or not.
The story seems quite unusual for a BL but that’s what makes it so interesting for everyone I guess. Oh and this one is not Thai, keke. I really hope they can resolve all the issues and release it in 2020.

WHO KNOWS??

Motor-Cycle The Series, That’s My Umbrella, In My Mind, Your Star, Puppy Love

So that’s it for BL recommendations 2020. Maybe you will notice that most of these are from Thailand. This time that isn’t actually on purpose. We all know the ban going on in China and tbh I doubt we will get another master piece like The Untamed. Or let me say it like this: I wouldn’t even know where to get the info for that. Taiwan normally has the HIStory series going on but even they have only announced the second installment for Boundary Crossing so other than that we don’t have any news there. And as for Japan, we will get some movies but otherwise it looks quite blank. So we end up having mostly Thai shows on this list, sorry. If you know of any others, please comment down below so I can add it to the list, so we can all keep up to date ^.^ …wow, is this post long…so much scrolling…

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