You saw the title and you still decided to click? Well, thank you, and I’m sorry in advance for sucking you into the K-Drama hole if you’re not already in it. I’ve watched a good chunk of dramas over the past few years, so today I’ll recommend you my top five, along with a few others that I’ll be mentioning casually.
Before I get into my list, I must mention Reply 1997 (“응답하라 1997”). I know there’s a “Reply” series, but this one specifically is iconic. It was the first drama I ever watched, so it holds a special place in my heart and it’d be wrong for me to skip over this. This drama is a bit older, but just as entertaining and heart clenching as the others. You’ll definitely fall for Jung Eunji and Seo In Guk if you haven’t already!
Now, for the actual list of my Top 5 Korean Dramas. This list is in no particular order, so keep that in mind!
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (“역도요정 김복주”)
Oh, man. I laughed so hard while watching this drama. It’s funny in the realest of ways, and I even found the characters to be relatable sometimes. I was a bit skeptical about watching it because of how much hype there was surrounding it, but when I pulled the trigger and finally watched, I kicked myself for not watching it earlier. My friends who are pickier with dramas even admitted to loving this one, so that’s saying something! Nam Joo Hyuk was so charming here and Lee Sung Kyung really put on a show for this role. I applaud her for the work she put into this role and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Because This is My First Life (“이번 생은 처음이라”)
Ah.. Now this was a relatable drama. The main character is very meek and awkward and ridiculous. She made me cringe a good number of times, but also warmed my heart just as much. The supporting cast also did such a wonderful job. I really enjoyed the side storylines and issues that were brought up in this drama. I also loved seeing the male lead (Lee Min Ki’s character) warm up over time and really become human throughout the story. I don’t even know what drew me to this drama, but when it ended I remember being so happy I watched it.
What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? (“김비서가 왜 그럴까”)
Oof, this is another kick in the gut. I fell in LOVE with this drama. The chemistry between these two actors is out of this world, oh my! It doesn’t help that both of them are absolutely stunning to look at. I seem to have a soft spot for Park Seo Joon and this drama just doubled that spot in size. I love the many facets of his character, from the protective side of him, to the thoughtful and loving side, to the troubled, emotional side. There’s also a cameo from the couple in the previously mentioned drama, which made this one all the more exciting!
Are You Human Too? (“너도 인간이니”)
This drama was so weird! I watched this rather recently by recommendation of my boss. Oh boy, I really got into it. I watched it day in and day out. I even loved all the science, tech and AI parts of this drama. Even if it’s not real or accurate, it was really interesting and made me think a lot! Overall I found it very entertaining. I also enjoyed that the girl in the drama was the cold one, which was a refreshing change. Strangely, I think I cried a good number of times watching this one.. I wish I could watch it again with fresh eyes. There were so many exciting twists and turns!
Touch Your Heart (“진심이 닿다”) / Goblin (“도깨비”)
I really can’t discuss one without the other. I watched Goblin back in 2017. Cried nearly every episode. Tears streaming, nose blowing, everything. I couldn’t believe it ended. Anyways, these two stars of Touch Your Heart were the second couple in Goblin. So many people can agree that this couple was just as good, and sometimes better than the main couple. Sorry! It’s true though. A few months back, when I heard they were going to star in a drama together, it piqued my interest. Naturally, I forgot about it and the drama started, but right before it ended, I jumped in. I could barely get myself to sleep. I wanted to watch every second of it! Something about Lee Dong Wook is so.. Heartwarming. Maybe it’s his huge eyes and soft, tiny smile. I adore him. His chemistry with Yoo In Na is incomparable, and if you don’t agree, just watch the behind the scenes. I really didn’t want to see these characters and their story come to an end, but alas..
Okay, now that I’ve written an essay about all these dramas, please choose one and get started! I think I’m about to dive into an oldie, She Was Pretty (“그녀는 예뻤다”), because I’m now in desperate need of something to watch. If you do try out any of these, please comment down below and let me know what your thoughts are! And you need someone to gush over these with, I’ve got you covered.