Fahlanruk is a Thai BL series about two university students who become friends with benefits. Both protagonists are campus playboys, gaining an infamous reputation for their commitment issues. They meet at a bar and hook up in a steamy one-night stand. Their casual fling isn't supposed to be long-term. Yet, they settle into a routine of sleeping together as their relationship becomes ambiguous.
An irredeemably bad BL series, Fahlanruk turns a sexy premise into a boring snoozefest. This series is atrocious in every aspect, from incoherent storytelling to pitiful acting. It's impossible to root for either protagonist, who are charmless scumbags. Their dysfunctional relationship drama is a vicious cycle of rage, jealousy, and disrespect.
Around 9 hours
Dark and toxic
Around 40 to 45 minutes
Fahlan is a senior university student in the Economics department. This campus stud is known for his handsome looks and athletic prowess. He is a skilled tennis player whose matches draw many adorers. Fahlan is currently dating Tle, his boyfriend. However, he also flirts with other women and men. Fahlan has the reputation of being a playboy.
One night, Fahlan attends an indie show at a bar. The performer is Sher, an aspiring musician. He is also a junior student in the Architecture department. Like Fahlan, Sher is a campus heartthrob whose love life receives much attention. He is rumoured to be in a relationship with his best friend, Prince. However, Sher has a reputation for switching different romantic partners and never committing to anyone.
Fahlan and Sher flirt after the show, signalling their mutual attraction. They have a raunchy hookup in the washroom stall. Later, they take their passions to the bedroom and engage in a steamy one-night stand. The following day, Sher makes it clear this is a casual fling. He doesn't want to have a romantic relationship. However, his rejection provokes Fahlan, who feels determined to sleep with him again. Fahlan aggressively pursues Sher, making his courtship public. Sher rejects him and maintains his no-dating policy.
As their flirting continues, Fahlan suggests they can be friends with benefits. They don't need to be official boyfriends. Instead, they'll enter a modern arrangement of sex buddies. Sher is intrigued by the idea. After being pestered by Fahlan, Sher eventually agrees to the FWB dynamic. However, he still doesn't plan to date Fahlan. Their physical relationship is only meant to fulfill sexual desires, but Sher isn't looking for a committed romance.
Fahlan and Sher's recent intimacy has attracted attention from their peers. Fahlan's friends Ping and Tap are curious about this romance, offering their observations or critiques throughout the courtship. In addition, an online fan page teases the idea of Fahlan and Sher being a couple. Another student, Mint, secretly runs the page. She is a hardcore shipper who wants the two campus hotties to fall in love, fulfilling her wildest fantasies. She stirs public interest in Fahlan and Sher's flirtation, making many others notice their interactions.
As Fahlan and Sher become famous, each receives temptation from other suitors. Fahlan also hides his flirtation from his boyfriend Tle. Meanwhile, others gossip about whether Sher will choose Fahlan, Prince, or neither. Fahlan sees Prince as a love rival and believes he is why Sher won't settle down for a romance. Another student, Gear, shares the same theory. Despite harbouring a secret crush on Prince, Gear won't confess his feelings. He assumes Prince and Sher are in love. Meanwhile, Ping struggles over his one-sided love for Tap. However, Tap only sees Ping as a platonic friend.
Tonkhao Chayuth Nitichakorn (ชยุตม์ นิติชาคร)
Fahlan is a university student. He also competes in tennis matches. Known for his good looks and athletic achievements, Fahlan is popular around campus. He is currently in a relationship with his boyfriend Tle. However, Fahlan continues flirting with others and having one-night stands.
James Thanaboon Wisrungroj (ธนบูรณ์ วิศว์รุ่งโรจน์)
Sher is a university student. This aspiring musician performs songs at bars as a gig. He is a popular heartthrob on campus whose love life receives much public speculation. Sher is rumoured to be in a relationship with his best friend Prince. However, Sher also has a reputation as a playboy who won't commit to long-term romances.
Ryu Danudol Suranapornchai (ดนุดล สุรณาภรณ์ชัย)
Ping is Fahlan's friend. He has a nosy personality and seems unusually curious about Fahlan's love life. Ping is roommates with his best friend Tap. Unbeknownst to Tap, Ping has secret feelings for him and harbours unrequited love.
Kao Sirawit Suwannarat (สิรวิช สุวรรณรัตน์)
Tap is Fahlan's friend. He is also roommates with Ping and shares a close bond. However, Tap is clueless that his best friend has a secret crush on him. He assumes their relationship is strictly platonic. Instead, Tap is interested in picking up girls at bars and relies on Ping as his reluctant wingman.
Tong Piroonwat Wannasorn (พิรุฬห์วัฒน์ วรรณสอน)
Ping is Sher's best friend. They have a close bond and confide everything in each other. Due to Sher's popularity, many students assume Ping is his boyfriend. However, the pair has never clarified their relationship. Ping recently befriends Gear, who has a secret crush on him.
Win Kittiphon Chotijiranan (กิตติพนธ์ โชติจิรนันท์)
Gear is Prince's friend. They recently started hanging out around campus. Although Gear has a secret crush on Prince, he doesn't confess his feelings. There are persistent rumours Prince may be in a relationship with Sher. Gear seems discouraged and doesn't act on his feelings.
- Nam's actress (Aya) has a supporting role in the 2023 Thai BL romantic comedy Wedding Plan. She plays the lead character's fiancée.
Drama Review Score: 4.4
Fahlanruk is about two university playboys who become friends with benefits. Their casual hookups sound like a sexy premise for a BL series, highlighting erotic passion and conflicted desires. However, the actual story is a dull snoozefest. The narrative drains all the exciting energy from sex and replaces it with joyless relationship drama. Instead of flirting, the characters constantly whine, throw tantrums, or rehash the same arguments. Fahlanruk is dominated by repetitive conversations and pointless interactions.
Beyond many tedious scenes, the story is jumbled nonsense. Fahlanruk doesn't know how to structure a cohesive narrative, from clunky plots to awkward exchanges. The series becomes an unintentional comedy since the writing is so laughably amateurish. It's hard to believe anyone approved this dire script with cringy dialogue, blatant exposition, and embarrassing cliches. Each episode tries to sound profound with a philosophical quote about love. Yet, it's impossible to make sense of the muddled themes, which get lost between dumb conflicts and overblown theatrics.
Both protagonists have rotten personalities. Fahlan exhibits disturbing behaviours, including control issues, disregard for boundaries, and entitled arrogance. Even though the actor (Tonkhao) is physically attractive, his character's appalling antics make him undesirable. Fahlan harasses his love interest until Sher agrees to be with him. Once together, they form a dysfunctional couple with a toxic dynamic. Worst of all, the sex doesn't even look great. The performers interpret their intimate encounters clumsily. They think passion equates to frenzied, reckless movements.
The supporting cast is obsessed with Fahlan and Sher's boring relationship. All the characters gossip, meddle, and offer inane love advice, making it seem like they have nothing better to do. Pink, the BL fangirl, is the worst offender. She's far too invested in a romance that doesn't involve her. Ironically, Pink breaks up the fantasy couple she is shipping in a ridiculous love triangle storyline that nobody wants. The series also introduces pesky rivals who try to seduce the protagonists. Instead of creating drama, these unimaginative plots perpetuate jealousy and trust issues.
There is little attempt to expand on Fahlan and Sher's characterizations beyond their sex lives. Every storyline revolves around their sordid love affairs, hammering the same few points throughout the twelve episodes. Likewise, the secondary couple is just as shallow. Ping and Tap take forever to admit their feelings for each other. Their unresolved sexual tension is increasingly annoying without making progress. By default, Prince and Gear are the most tolerable pair in Fahlanruk. This cute side couple proves less is more, benefiting from their lack of screen time.
Fahlanruk has cast newbies with no screen experience. I don't need to point out the worst because everyone is dreadful, especially during dramatic moments. Their forceful attempts to cry or emote are agonizing. Neither the acting nor the storytelling improves over time. Fahlanruk remains a terribly written BL drama with nonsensical plots and insufferable romances. At least it's awful from the start, so you can quit early without committing to the rest of the series. I watched all the episodes and felt mentally drained by the end, like experiencing a traumatic nightmare.
Fahlanruk has a dull story with clunky plots, cringy dialogue, and cliched conflicts. There are many repetitive scenes as the annoying characters whine, throw tantrums, or argue incessantly.
The dysfunctional couple has a toxic dynamic. The disturbing relationship drama drains away all the excitement from sex. Also, the performers approach the intimate encounters clumsily.
This newbie cast gives embarrassingly amateurish performances. They can't cry or emote during dramatic scenes. I don't need to point out the worst actor because they are all terrible.
Fahlanruk has a happy ending after Fahlan and Sher resolve their aggravating conflict in the last episode. The rest of the finale is dedicated to gratuitous sex and forgettable fluff.
I enjoy the abundance of BL-friendly visuals. Fahlan's actor shows lots of skin, which is appreciated. However, there's a slightly tacky feel to the series. It doesn't look sleek or modern.
Fahlanruk is a terribly written BL series with muddled plots, pointless scenes, and cringy acting. I hate both charmless protagonists who whine, argue, and perpetuate toxic relationship tropes.
Fahlanruk has a total of 12 episodes. Each episode is around 40 to 45 minutes long. The last episode is around 45 minutes long. It is a long BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in under 9 hours. Fahlanruk started on September 11, 2022 and ended on November 27, 2022.
What a terrible first episode that introduces the plot haphazardly. I'm confused. I have no idea who the characters are and can't keep track of their messy relationship dynamics.
At least I understand who the characters are now. However, I don't enjoy their annoying personalities or aggravating behaviour. I thought sex would be a selling point, but the intimate scenes feel clumsy.
OMFG. Fahlan is such an asshole. He's a sleazy scumbag who can't take no for an answer. The actor is hot, but his character's behaviour makes him completely unattractive.
Fahlan's partner was cheating on him the whole time!? Why does he pretend to be a couple? So ridiculous. However, I appreciate that the actors show a lot of skin. Fahlan looks hunky!
LMAO. I love the irony of the BL fangirl coming in between the couple she is shipping. The couple's conflict is super annoying. The actors' dramatic performances are also cringy.
I'm over Fahlan & Sher's boring relationship drama. Ping & Tap's scenes are also increasingly annoying. Only Prince & Gear are cute. They don't have enough screen time to annoy me yet.
LOL. Ping "takes care" of his sick friend by unbuttoning his shirt and wiping his body. Only in BL does this scenario happen. Surprisingly, I like Prince's character. He is sensible and behaves maturely.
Did Namwan change her hair colour in between the scenes? The exposition in the flashback is hilariously absurd. The terrible writing goes beyond my imagination. OMG, Ping's emoting is dire!
Ugh, Fahlan is such an awful character. I can't believe Fahlanruk would turn the BL fangirl into a love rival. Not even the worst BL dramas would come up with this nonsensical storyline.
Finally, Tap's girlfriend dumps him! I like that she's the one who initiates the breakup. That annoying supporting character, Pie, is so desperate! First, he hits on Fahlan. Now, he makes moves on Ping.
OMFG. Fahlan is such an awful douchebag. I want to say Sher deserves better, but I don't like his whiny character either. I hate watching this dysfunctional couple and their toxic drama!
Finally, the nightmare is over! Ugh, too much Fahlan and Sher. I wish we saw more of Gear and Prince instead. They make a sweet couple. Also, a few shots in this finale are quite pretty.
Chik Sakon Tiacharoen (สกล เตียเจริญ) and K Chainarong Tampong (เค ไชยณรงค์ แต้มพงษ์) are Thai directors. They worked on the 2022 drama, Fahlanruk.