Korean Dramas aren’t new to the world, especially not in Asia. Pioneers like Winter Sonata, Lovers in Paris, Full House and Coffee Prince have been around since the early 2000s, paving the way for the Hallyu wave that stormed the globe.
While every good show is a must-watch for a K-Drama addict, here are some of our more recent picks to help introduce the amazing Hallyuniverse.
1. My Love From The Star
Do Min-joon is an alien whose been living on earth for centuries. Just as he’s had enough of humans, he meets Cheon Song-yi and discovers a good reason to stay.
There’s so much to love about this show. But it’s Song-yi’s hilarious transition from a selfish actress into a fierce and resilient woman that will win you over. Her wacky antics perfectly complement Do Min-Joon’s serious persona.
2. Reply 1988
Set in the 1980’s, it follows five friends as they come of age, exploring their families, school, careers, friendship, and love lives.
Poignant, insightful and real. Instead of introducing a fictional world, it simply reflects our own. The entire cast’s authentic and stellar performances make watching ordinary life an extraordinary viewing experience.
3. Descendants Of The Sun
Military Captain Yoo Shi-Jin and Doctor Kang Mo-Yeon are both assigned to the same military base in Uruk. Problems arise when his duty as a soldier conflicts with her oath as a doctor.
She’s feisty, stubborn and brave. She stands up to thugs and armed men. It’s exciting to watch Captain Yoo finally meet his match. You’ll swoon when they spar, sigh when they fight and smile when they finally get together.
4. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Weightlifting prodigy Kim Bok Joo and swimmer Jung Joon Hyung are college athletes struggling to pursue their dreams while trying to figure out love.
She’s strong, funny and quirky. She’s also insecure about being too strong in a world full of delicate women. This makes it even more fun to watch her finally embrace it. It helps that the leads have amazing chemistry. Joon Hyung plays her supportive love interest flawlessly. Prepare for cuteness overload.
5. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Do Bong-Soon is supernaturally strong. Ahn Min Hyuk needs a bodyguard. It’s the perfect mix. Until you add a serial kidnapper, reckless gangsters, a second lead and a pushy family.
Light, easy and fun to watch. It’s refreshing to see CEO Ahn fall head over heels and act giddy every time Bong Soon comes to his rescue. In between police chases and kidnappings, an incredibly charming and sweet love story unfolds. It will leave you smiling and giggling for days.
A Goblin and a Grim Reaper are forced to live together. Ji Eun Tak is a high school student who coincidentally finds herself in the middle of this random household. As their stories unravel, we see that there is no such thing as coincidence.
The soundtrack and cinematography are exceptional, but the bromance between Goblin and Grim Reaper is even better. Ji Eun Tak delivers all the feels the deeper she’s involved in their story. You’ll feel a rollercoaster of emotions, but it’s so worth it in the end.
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