Cozy KDrama(s) to Watch During Cuddle Weather –– Winter Is Here!
Winter has arrived! And you know your girl could not be any happier to be cozy with KDrama during wintertime. The past week I have been hiding under my blanket like a fat cat. Anything that could be done from under the blanket, I am doing it under the blanket.
As much as I love the winter season, when it gets cold it gets really freaking cold. Now with more time spent indoors, might as well knock out some Korean dramas while we’re at it #Productivity
These days, the KDramas I have been watching have been quite heavy and greasy on brainpower and emotion side (mostly on the emotion side really) that I have been craving for something light that I can turn on and watch mindlessly. I am sure a lot of you avid Kdrama binger also feels the same way. Sometimes it really is nice to just watch something easy and fluffy without it being too taxing on our emotional wellbeing (read: crying our eyes out every episode). Especially for those of you who have been crying your swollen eyes out, your girl is dedicating this blog post of cozy Kdramas to binge-watch to you.
Genre : Comedy, Romance, Sports
Starring : Lee Sung-kyung, Nam Joo-hyuk, Lee Jae-yoon
Aired : November 16, 2016 – January 11, 2017
Episodes : 16
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. Focusing 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? The characters within this drama are elite athletes in weightlifting, swimming and rhythmic gymnastics who work hard to reach their goals in life. It covers their coming-of-age stories and relationships through hectic life.
Genre : Comedy, Romance
Starring : Park Seo-joon, Park Min-young, Lee Tae-hwan
Aired : June 6, 2018 – July 26, 2018
Episodes : 16
The series revolves around the narcissistic Lee Young Joon, the vice president of a company run by his family. He is very self-absorbed and thinks highly of himself, so much that he barely acknowledges the people around him. Lee Young Joon has a capable and patient secretary Kim Mi So who has remained by his side and worked diligently for 9 years without any romantic involvement. However, Mi So now wants to set her life & focus on herself so when she decides to resign from her job, hilarious misunderstandings ensue. After 9 years of their strictly-workplace relationship, can it now develop into something more?
Genre : Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Starring : Lee Hyeri, Ryoo Joon-Yeol, Ko Gyung-Pyo
Aired : November 6, 2015 – January 16, 2016
Episodes : 20
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 999th 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?
Genre : Romance, Melodrama
Starring : Jung Hae-in, Chae Soo-bin, Lee Ha-na
Aired : March 23, 2020 – April 28, 2020
Episodes : 12
An innovator in the world of artificial intelligence programming, Moon Ha Won has made quite a name for himself in the AI industry. The founder and brain behind the popular portal site, M&H, Ha Won is a man everyone knows. A man devoted to his work, everyone knows he doesn’t take what he does lightly and expects his employees to follow suit, but he’s also known as a kindhearted, rational thinker, who never gets angry and never loses his cool. An ideal man, with a soft heart, Ha Won believes that when it comes to love, having even a small fraction of his love’s heart is enough to sustain him. But that theory is put to the test when Han Seo Woo wanders into his world.
A classical music recording engineer, Seo Woo hasn’t had the easiest life. With no family to support her, and no place to call home, Seo Woo has spent the majority of her life wandering and alone. Despite her difficulties, Seo Woo has managed to keep an open and optimistic mindset, believing that all things happen for a reason. Wandering down the path life has laid before her, Seo Woo soon finds herself crossing paths with Ha Won. As the two begin a journey together, they come to find that sometimes two different halves really can make a whole.
Genre : Melodrama, Romance
Starring : Seo Kang-joon, Park Min-young, Moon Jeong-hee
Aired : February 24, 2020 – April 21, 2020
Episodes : 16
A story about forgiveness, healing, and love taking place around a small book store in the countryside. Hae Won is an ordinary woman with good character. She has played the cello since she was a child. Hae Won began her social life with her ability to play the cello but, during that time, she was hurt emotionally by others. Due to that, Hae Won does not trust people and she has closed her heart to others. Hae Won becomes sick and tired of her life in Seoul and decides to move back to her hometown Bookhyun Village.
There, Hae Won meets Eun Seob who runs a bookshop named “Goodnight Bookstore.” Eun Seob’s daily life is simple; wake up, drink coffee, read a book, and write on his blog. However, Eun Seob’s daily life begins to change after he meets Hae Won.
Genre : Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life
Starring : Kim Jung-hyun, Lee Yi-kyung, Son Seung-won
Aired : February 5, 2018 – April 17, 2018
Episodes : 20
Three very different young men – Dong Goo, the bad luck incarnate who dreams of becoming a film director, Joon Ki, an eccentric actor who performs to make a living, and Doo Shik, a freelancer writer who fiddles around doing nothing most of the time – open a guest house named “Waikiki” in Itaewon where many foreigners come to stay. Although they have no clue how to run it, they’re eager to earn money to pay for the production of their upcoming film.
Joined by Dong Goo’s younger sister Seo Jin, who actually manages the household in Waikiki; single mother Yoon Ah, who has made an unexpected landing in the guest house with her mysterious baby; and Dong Goo’s ex-girlfriend Soo Ah, they all start living together in an uncomfortable and suspicious atmosphere.
Genre : Comedy, Romance
Starring : Ha Seok-jin, Jeon So-min, Joo Jin-mo
Aired : October 5, 2016 – November 24, 2016
Episodes : 16
Growing up in a wealthy family, Lee Jae In had the best of everything. As an adult he was smart, good looking, had a well-paying job, in short, it seemed like he had it all together. There was just one problem, he was an arrogant jerk.
Annoyed with his grandson’s arrogance, Jae In’s grandfather came up with a plan to humble his haughty grandson and maybe even teach him a lesson. In order to inherit everything his grandfather was going to leave for him, Jae In would have to enter into an engagement contract with Kim Da Hyun, a lovely school teacher with one of the sweetest of personalities in the world.
Forced to agree with his grandfather’s terms, Jae In and Da Hyun have no choice but to endure the next few months as best they can. Total strangers, with nothing in common and only a contract to connect them, things start out rough. But time brings about many changes and even the hardest of hearts can be made to soften, when given a chance.
Genre : Fantasy, Romance, Fantasy
Starring : Kim Hye-yoon, Rowoon, Lee Jae-wook
Aired : October 2, 2019 – November 21, 2019
Episodes : 32
What would you do if you found out that you were, in fact, a character in a comic? And an extra character on top of that? Change the course of the story, obviously!
Eun Dan Oh is a 17-year-old high-school student from a wealthy family who suffers from a lifelong heart condition that inevitably means she will not live past her teenage years. However, when Dan Oh realizes she is experiencing long gaps in her memory as well, she comes into the unhappy inheritance of another fact in her life: she is a character in a Korean webtoon and all of her actions are predetermined by the artist who draws her. To make matters worse, she discovers she is only a supporting character in the cast. With her newfound understanding of the world she inhabits, she is determined to find true love in her own plot-line and circumvent the author’s plans for her character by utilizing the flashes of storyboard she alone is able to see.
Genre : Slice of Life, Romance, Medical
Starring : Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyung-ho
Aired : March 12, 2020 – May 28, 2020
Episodes : 12
The stories of people going through their days that are seemingly ordinary but actually special, at the hospital, a place known as the microcosm of life, where someone is being born and someone’s life meets their ending. The five doctors are long-time friends of 20 years who started their undergrad in 1999 in the same medical school and now are colleagues in the same hospital and have a band together.
Genre : Slice of Life, Romance, Drama
Starring : Lee Min-ki, Jung So-min, Esom
Aired : October 9, 2017 – November 28, 2017
Episodes : 16
A house-poor man and homeless woman become housemates in a drama that examines the institution of marriage and the problems that young people face today.
Nam Se Hee is a single man in his early 30’s. He has chosen not to marry. He owns his home, but he owes a lot on his mortgage. Meanwhile, Yoon Ji Ho is a single woman in her early 30’s. She does not own a home and envies those that do. She has given up on dating due to her financial struggles. Yoon Ji Ho begins to live at Nam Se Hee’s house. They become housemates.
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