If you’ve ever watched a Korean drama, you know what all the fuss is about. You take in all the good, the bad, and the ugly moments, and you're stuck watching all night until the early morning. For newcomers however, it can be a tricky road to walk as there are so many K-dramas out there just waiting to be watched. To help all newbies, I've decided to create a list of the best jumping off point K-dramas for those looking to get into the genre.
Here are the top 7 K-dramas (in no particular order) for beginners to start off with!
7. Boys Over Flowers
Boys Over Flowers is the number one go to drama for newbies. It was the very first K-drama I watched and while it may be somewhat old since it first aired way back in 2009, it is regarded as a K-drama classic among fans and critics.
The drama features a rich-meets-poor high school love story, and it stars a number of famous actors such as Lee Minho, Ku Hye-Sun and Kim Hyun-Joong. Couple all that with an unforgettable theme song, Boys Over Flowers is a definite must-watch for new K-drama fans. ALMOST PARADISE!~ (That song will never leave my head haha)
6. My Love From Another Star
My Love From Another Star is a refreshingly original story where Kim Soo-Hyun plays an alien that has lived for hundreds of years, and is packing some special powers. Starring alongside him is Jun Ji Hyun, who portrays a superstar actress living next door. As one may imagine with a premise like that, trouble is bound to follow.
The drama was a huge success not only in Korea but also in China, where the show was sold into syndication for $35,000 per episode. With remakes have been planned for America, the Philippines, and Thailand, you know My Love From Another Star has got to be good!
5. Descendants of The Sun
There are just so many reasons to watch Descendants of the Sun.
First of all, it’s the drama that made Song Joong Ki a household name; secondly, it had a peak viewership of 38.8% nationwide (meaning 38.8% of all Korean households with TVs tuned in); and finally, it’s just an amazing military drama.
Descendants of the Sun gained popularity all across Asia, with a Chinese version being made and a sequel set to be released later this year. This drama is also notable for being the thing that ignited the flames between Song Joong Ki and Song Hye-Kyo, who are getting married later this year. I guess they weren’t really acting during all those love scenes!
4. The Heirs
The Heirs is similar to Boys Over Flowers in that it is a drama that tells the story of a rich male high schooler falling in love with a regular girl. Don’t let that put you off though because The Heirs is filled with household names, such as Lee Minho, Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin, and Kim Ji-won.
The viewership for the drama was actually quite low during its early days, registering at just a 9.9% rating across the nation. But by the final episode, The Heirs peaked with a whopping rating of 23.5%, which shows how popular it became during its run on air.
IRIS is an espionage drama which stars huge names such as Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae Hee, and BIGBANG’s very own T.O.P. The drama has a quite serious tone that revolves around the South Korean black ops, featuring twists and turns all the way throughout to keep you hooked onto every episode. The success of the original drama has led to a feature film, as well as a 2013 sequel series.
2. Coffee Prince
Coffee Prince may have initially aired way back in 2007, but it is yet another classic in the Korean drama library. The story follows Gong Yoo as the male lead working for an all-male coffee shop when he crosses paths with Yoon Eun-Hye, a female posing as a male worker. The drama put Gong Yoo in the spotlight, dominated ratings in Korean, and now remakes are in production in Thailand, the Philippines, China and Malaysia. A must watch!
1. Secret Garden
Secret Garden is another rich-meets-poor romantic drama with a twist - body swapping! Starring Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-Won, they start to learn more about each other when they switch bodies, making for some interesting and hilarious scenes. The drama was so popular that BIGBANG made a parody of it, which only added to the positive acclaim accumulated by the drama over the years.
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