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10 Must Watches As A Korean Drama Newbie –– Korean Drama Recommendations

10 Must Watches As A Korean Drama Newbie –– Korean Drama Recommendations

 

Honestly, when I first started watching Korean dramas, I wished someone would have shoved a list of must watch my way. When I first started dipping my toes into Korean Drama land, I spent so much time stumbling and bumbling around the world wide web looking for a good KDrama to watch. But still somehow managed to be bored midway and ended up disappointed in the end.

Which is why today, your girl wanted to give a helping hand to all my ladies and gents out there who are just starting to get into Korean drama land. I know first hand how staggering and confusing it can be, trying to find the ones you really enjoy, all the while not wanting to miss out on the hidden gems. 

Worry not, dear friends, your girl gotchu. In dire times when you’re trying to decide on what to watch, I’ll always have your back.

 

10 korean drama must watch

 

 

 

 

10 korean drama must watch

 

1. Coffee Prince 

 

Genre : Romance, Comedy, Drama

Starring : Gong Yoo, Yoon Eun-Hye, Lee Sun-Kyun

Status : Completed

Episodes : 17

 

 

BLURB : 

 

An irresponsible bachelor pretends to be gay so he can avoid blind dates arranged by his grandma. He hires Eun-chan to be his lover, not knowing that she is actually a female.

 

 

10 korean drama must watch

Click here for the full review 

 

2. Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (Goblin)

 

Genre : Romance, Fantasy 

Starring : Gong Yoo, Kim Go-Eun, Lee Dong-Wook, Yoo In-Na

Status : Completed

Episodes : 16

 

 

BLURB : 

 

Kim Shin was once an unbeatable general in war who died a sad death. He now possesses immortality but is tired of living whilst everyone else around him dies. For 900 years, Kim Shin has searched for his bride, a mortal who can pull out the sword that binds him to the living. One day, he encounters Ji Eun Tak, a positive, upbeat high school student who can see the dead and has gone through tragic things, yet still stays strong. She claims to be the Goblin’s bride who can end his immortal life, but what appears to be an easy task only gets complicated as the two fall into requited love.

 

 

 

10 korean drama must watch

 

3. My Mister

 

Genre : Family, Drama

Starring : Lee Sun-Kyun, IU, Lee Ji Ah

Status : Completed

Episodes : 16

 

 

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A man in his 40’s withstands the weight of life. A woman in her 20’s goes through different experiences, but also withstands the weight of her life. The man and woman get together to help each other.

 

 

 

10 korean drama must watch

Click here for the full review 

 

4. Healer 

 

Genre : Romance, Action, Thriller, Mystery 

Starring : Ji Chang Wook, Park Min Young, Yoo Ji-Tae

Status : Completed

Episodes : 20

 

 

BLURB : 

 

Seo Jung Hoo is a special kind of night courier, known only as “Healer”. For the right price and with the help of a genius hacker, he gets his clients whatever they want, as long as it doesn’t involve murder. His latest job leads him to a second-rate tabloid writer, Chae Young Shin and the successful reporter, Kim Moon Ho. He begins to uncover the mystery of a shared past with the two reporters, putting them all in danger.

 

 

 

10 korean drama must watch

 

5. Age of Youth

 

Genre : Romance, Comedy, Mystery, Drama 

Starring : Han Ye-Ri, Han Seung-Yeon, Park Eun-Bin, Ryu Hwa-Young, Park Hye-Soo

Status : Completed

Episodes : 12

 

 

BLURB : 

 

Five girls in their twenties come to live together in a house called “Belle Epoque,” which means “a beautiful time” in French. Each girl has a particular personality, background, and issues. In addition to the five girls, they believe there is a sixth presence – a ghost living in the house, but each sees the ghost differently. As the girls feel a bond of sympathy and become closer, they also deal with their personal issues as they live out their eventful twenties. The drama follows their struggles and incidents dealing with relationships – within their circles, with dating, and with each other – and a variety of events they are experiencing including credits, part-time jobs, drinking, hopes and dreams.

 

 

 

10 korean drama must watch

click here for the full review

 

6. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

 

Genre : Romance, Comedy, Coming of Age, Sports

Starring : Lee Sung-Kyung, Nam Joo-Hyuk, Kyung Soo-Jin

Status : Completed

Episodes : 16

 

 

BLURB : 

 

Bok Joo is a weightlifter who is pursuing her dream of winning the gold medal but she then finds romance for the first time in her life. While she is a woman who trains with heavy steel weights, she is also very feminine when it comes to relationships. To focus solely on weightlifting would jeopardize her relationship but leaving her weightlifting career for love would keep her from attaining her dreams. Can she find a way to have love as well as glory at the age of 20? 

 

 

 

10 korean drama must watch

 

7. Chicago Typewriter 

 

Genre : Romance, Comedy, Supernatural, Drama 

Starring : Yoo Ah-In, Lim Soo-Jung, Ko Gyung-Pyo

Status : Completed

Episodes : 16

 

 

BLURB : 

 

Writers that lived under Japanese rule in the 1930’s are reincarnated into a bestselling writer who is in a slump, a mysterious ghostwriter and a devoted fan of the bestselling writer.

 

 

 

10 korean drama must watch

 

8. Reply 1988

 

Genre : Friendship, Comedy, Coming of Age

Starring : Hyeri, Ryoo Joon-Yeol, Ko Gyung-Pyo, Park Bo-Gum, Lee Dong-Hwi

Status : Completed

Episodes : 20

 

 

BLURB : 

 

Five childhood friends, who all live in the same Ssangmundong neighborhood of Seoul, lean on each other to survive their challenging teen years and set a path for their futures.

Sung Deok Sun struggles for attention as the middle child in her poor family while also carrying the burden of her 989th ranking in school.

Kim Jung Hwan only has a one-track mind for soccer, even after his family becomes rich overnight.

Sung Sun Woo is the perfect student, student council president and a caring and dependable son in his family.

Ryu Dong Ryong is a geek who knows more about girls and life than the rest of his friends, but his poor academic score prevents him from being able to go to college.

Choi Taek is a genius baduk player who dropped out of school to go professional.

As the group of friends gets into and out of mischief around the neighborhood, what experiences from these memorable times together will they carry with them into their future lives?

 

 

 

10 korean drama must watch

 

9. Descendants of The Sun

 

Genre : Action, Medical, Melodrama, Romance 

Starring : Song Joong-Ki, Song Hey-Kyo, Jin Goo, Kim Ji-Won

Status : Completed

Episodes : 16

 

 

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This drama tells of the love story that develops between a surgeon and a special forces officer.

Kang Mo Yeon is a beautiful and assertive woman who works as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Haesung Hospital. She isn’t afraid to admit her mistakes and believes that capability overrides whatever connections you have. However, she is soon faced with reality that she cannot advance with just capability. Her life is forever changed when she encounters Yoo Si Jin, the Captain and team leader of Alpha Team who cares more about protecting anybody who needs help as well as his country, even if it goes against the order of his superiors. This drama will tell of how they both band together in a time of war and overcome the odds against them.

 

 

 

10 korean drama must watch

click here for the full review

 

10. Moon Lovers : Scarlet Heart Ryeo

 

Genre : Historical Romance, Political, Drama, Tragedy

Starring : Lee Joon-Gi, IU, Kang Ha-Neul 

Status : Completed

Episodes : 20

 

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When a total eclipse of the sun takes place, a 21st century woman, Go Ha Jin, is transported back in time to the Goryeo Dynasty of Korea.

She wakes up in the body of 16-year-old Hae Soo, an aristocrat living with Lady Hae, her cousin who happens to be married to one of the sons of King Taejo. She soon befriends several of the princes, who find her carefree and exuberant attitude refreshing. Although she knows she should not get involved in palace intrigues over the succession to the throne, she inadvertently becomes a pawn in the struggle, as several of the Princes fall in love with her.

 

 

 

 



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