I love Korean dramas. I’ve only been been an avid watcher for about two years now, but throughout that time I’ve watched some great shows. It’s February so if you’re not an avid romance watcher, you have an excuse this month! These are all romance dramas but there are a lot of aspects that makes them entertaining (other than the dramatic “I like you” scenes 😉 )
Heirs was one of the first k-dramas I ever watched. Hence, its position on this list. This drama is probably to blame for my drama obsession in its entirety. Heirs follows student Cha Eun Sang, whose mother is mute and works as a maid to support her after her sister runs away with their family’s money. The wealthy family she works for allows Eun Sang and her mother to live in their home while she works. Though of course, the teenage boy who’s an heir to the family’s inheritance, Kim Tan, strikes an interest in Eun Sang and things get really complicated.
If you’re a fan of all the drama (think Gossip Girl and The O.C. type dramatic) then I think that you’ll enjoy this kdrama. There’s just something about rich kid banter and scheming that’s so entertaining. Heirs definitely utilizes the rags to riches trope where there’s a stark class difference between the two love interest. That concept mixed with a high school setting is great entertainment.
Also, if the catchy “love is the moment” OST isn’t ringing in your ears afterward, I don’t know what will! (And you’re most likely going to cry a lot. Or maybe that was just me.)
After I finished Reply 1988 (one of my favorite dramas), I needed more of actor Ryu Jun Yeol. I saw that he did a romantic comedy drama and immediately began bingeing. Lucky Romance follows Bo Nui, a woman l who is very superstitious. Her sister has been in a coma for the past two years after a fatal car accident. One day when she is at the hospital crying over her sister, a fortune teller confronts her and knows of her situation. Bo Nui’s sister’s condition worsens over time, and a fortune teller tells Bo Nui that only one thing can save her; she must have a one night stand with a man born in the year of the tiger. Soo Ho is the CEO of a large gaming company, and he meets Bo Nui during a presentation for a new game. The presentation is ultimately ruined from hackers who sabotaged his game. She’s quite the character so when she meets Soo Ho, his first impression of her isn’t the best. And of course, his being born in the year of the tiger makes things very interesting between the two.
I love the fact that the relationship in this drama seemingly is based off of nothing and looks very ridiculous. Though as the drama unfolds, the two of them learn to let the other into their lives and have their heart. It’s caring, it’s fun, and it’ll definitely put a smile on your face.
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Strong Woman is possibly the corniest, yet cutest drama I’ve ever watched. Seriously. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon follows, you guessed it, a girl named Bong Soon who has the power of superhuman strength. All of the women in her family have inherited this power, and now its her turn. Bong Soon’s dream is to create a video game where she is the main character. One day, Bong Soon saves a bus driver that is attacked by a thug. After allowing the bus driver to get away, the thugs begin to attack Bong Soon. They are unaware of her super strength, so she is easily able to beat them. Gaming company CEO Ahn Min Hyuk witnesses Bong Soon’s fight and wants to hire her as a his bodyguard as he’s been getting lots of anonymous threats recently. Bong Soon accepts the job and they’re story kicks off from there.
The dynamic between Bong Soon and Min Hyuk is one that will have you saying “awww” multiple times an episode. They have a very interesting take on the boss and employee trope that’s seen so much throughout Korean dramas. There’s also a small love triangle that buds. The cutesy action scenes, the underlying mystery, and the adorable interactions between Bong Soon and Min Hyuk are enough to keep you watching episode after episode.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Ah, weightlifting fairy. How cute is that title? WLF essentially follows Kim Bok Joo, a collegiate female weightlifter, and Jung Joon Hyung, a collegiate male swimmer. They both endure lots of personal struggles (Bok Joo in her unpopularity because she’s a weightlifter and Joon Hyung in his false start disqualifications during competition). The two meet when Bok Joo runs into Joon Hyung on his bicycle and he drops his handkerchief that he always keeps with him. When Bok Joo returns the handkerchief washed and ironed, Joon Hyung freaks out and Bok Joo falls into the swimming pool. When Joon Hyung saves her, its then that he realizes they’ve met before; they were classmates during their childhood. From there, their new found friendship (turned relationship) begins.
Weightlifting Fairy is such an adorable drama! I’m a Nam Joo Hyuk fan at heart, and I can definitely say that he gave a great performance in this drama. I was also happy to see Lee Sung Kyung in a refreshing role, and playing the female lead! The two have a very cute dynamic in this drama that will probably surprise you (no super shy, modest female lead in this one). Weightlifting Fairy is just a fun, contemporary romance about two college kids. If that seems like your cup of tea, I highly recommend you check it out.
(P.S. Lee Jong Suk makes a super cute cameo in the beginning episode!)
W: Two Worlds
W is probably the coolest drama I’ve ever watched. W: Two Worlds follows Oh Yeon Joo who is a surgeon. Her father is the artist and author of a very popular webtoon called W. When her father starts acting weird, she goes to his house and finds that he is missing. But the place he was sucked into can’t be traveled to by plane. He was taken into the world of his webtoon. Yeon Joo goes into the webtoon to save him and meets the protagonist, Kang Chul. One of the many problems is that Kang Chul exists in the webtoon, while Yeon Joo exists in the real world. From there, the action kicks off and they’re romance begins.
I’m not kidding when I say I’ve never seen a drama like this one. The writing is excellent and kept me at the edge of my seat. I didn’t predict any of the events that took place. Lee Jong Suk is the perfect pick for a super wealthy, kick-butt character. Han Hyo Joo, who plays Yeon Joo also kept me wanting for more after each episode. She wants to save her father and also wants to help Kang Chul. The romance in this one is coated with some awesome scenes, and very heartbreaking ones, The tribulations this pair face in this drama will have your eyes glued to the screen.
Goblin: The Lonely and Great God
Finally, we’ve reached the last drama on my list, Goblin. Also tied for one of the coolest dramas I’ve ever watched. Goblin follows Kim Shin, who is a general during ancient times. Kim Shin is a great general and is praised among the people. The king of the land gets jealous and sentences Kim Shin to death. When Kim Shin dies, he becomes the Goblin, possessing immortal life. He sees it as a blessing at first, but then realizes that is a curse. The only way that he can die is if a human Goblin’s Bride, ends his life. One night, a pregnant woman lay dying after being hit by a car. Kim Shin saves her life and she gives birth to her daughter, Ji Eun Tak. The Grim Reaper is looking for the pregnant woman because she was destined to die that day. Years later, Eun Tak’s mother dies and she meets the Grim Reaper. In the present day, Ji Eun Tak is a high school student and she can see ghosts. She also often hears whispers calling her the “Goblin’s Bride”. On her birthday, she goes by the sea with a birthday cake and blows out the candles. Suddenly, Kim Shin appears in front of her against his will. She finds out that when she blows out a flame, Kim Shin will appear. The next time she tells him that she knows he is the Goblin and that she is the Goblin’s bride.
The concept of Goblin makes it out as a very dark drama. Though there are some dark parts, the drama also has some fun upbeat parts. The fact that the Grim Reaper and Goblin live together, is enough to keep you laughing. They end up striking a friendship that can only be described as odd. And of course the romance because the Goblin and Ji Eun Take grows over time and makes things a lot harder for the both of them. You’ll laugh and cry a lot! The 16 episodes of this drama will be a rollercoaster.
And that’s the list folks! I hope you were able to find some interest in these dramas or fangirl if you’re also a fan.