Are you new to Korean dramas also called K-Dramas? You might need some advice to choose your first dramas. Be aware that when you enter K-Dramas sphere, it is hard to stop watching afterward.
If you are an international fan then follow international fans advice and popularity online. Korean drama’s ratings are not always matching the international viewers’ taste.
It is also a hard task to advise only some dramas when there are plenty of diverse genres and so many amazing dramas. For this article, we will try to recommend recent dramas. Dramas such as “Secret Garden” (2010), “The Moon That Embraces the Sun” (2012) and “You Who Came From the Stars” (2013) are just amazing but may be considered old for some. Of course, such legendary dramas cannot be forgotten but for a first look into dramas the old phone and the lack of high quality might not be appealing.
This list will recommend some recent dramas (after 2015) that seem perfect for a K-Dramas beginners. If you love K-Dramas, you can also recommend other dramas in the comment section.
1- Romantic Comedy
“Strong Woman Do BongSoon” is a funny and cute drama that will get you addicted from the first episode. To put it short, the main leads are amazing in acting and the plot is funny and well thought.
Summary: Do BongSoon (Park BoYoung) is born with super-strength. She got hired by the CEO (Park HyungSik) of a gaming company to be his bodyguard. In her neighborhood kidnaping cases happen and she wants to find out the culprit.
If you prefer a university setting instead, you might also like “Weightlifting Fairy Kim BokJoo”.
2- Romance Thriller
“While You Were Sleeping” is a fantasy romance thriller drama, it is also linked to law. Lee JongSuk, the main male actor, is very popular for his great acting skills and amazing visuals. The plot of the drama is also touching and romantic while having some creative fantasy elements.
Summary: It is the story of a reporter (Suzy), a prosecutor (Lee JongSuk) and a police officer (Jung HaeIn) that have the special ability to foresee the future.
3- Historical Melodrama
“Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo” is a romantic historical melodrama. It might be hard to enter the universe of historical drama for the first time but this drama will be perfect. The main male actor, Lee JoonGi’s acting is great for historical drama. Moreover, the supporting characters are also good. The overall drama moves on perfectly.
Summary: A woman from the present (IU) is send to the past. She wakes up in Goryeo Dynasty and she encounters several royal princes. It tells her love stories.
4- Fantasy Romance
“Are You Human Too?” is a fantasy romance drama on the theme of robotic. The drama is kind of ‘cliche’ with Korean conglomerates that fight between them. However, this love story is also one of the cutest and with plenty of heart fluttering moments. The story is warm and the chemistry between the actors is great. The production also spent much money on it so the drama is also very cool.
Summary: An heir of a conglomerate family (Seo KangJoon) falls into a coma after an accident. His mother created a robot that looks just like him. The bodyguard (Gong SeungYeon) is assigned to him and follows him all the time.
If you prefer the theme of mermaid you can also check “The Legend of the Blue Sea”.
5- Less Romance, More Tragedy And Drama
“Remember: War of the Son” is a thriller suspense drama. The drama started to air in 2015 and finished airing in 2016, we decided to include it in the list. If you are looking for a drama with not much romance but that has a thrilling plot with some tragedy, this is for you. All the actors are amazing and they will make you cry and jump out of fear in this story linked to bribery and corruption. The struggle of poor people against the powerful corrupted people.
Summary: The main male lead (Yoo SeungHo) has the special ability to remember almost everything. His father developed Alzheimer and was accused of crimes he never committed. The son became a lawyer to prove the innocence of his father and to put in jail the real criminal.
6- Action Romance
“Descendants of the Sun” is an action romance drama. The drama is already internationally super popular. The love story is set in an imaginary country and with cool and sweet guy from the army. The drama was a hit for good reasons.
Summary: The love story of a captain (Song JoongKi) of the Korean Army Special Forces on a peacekeeping mission and a doctor/surgeon (Song HyeKyo) part of the voluntary medical team.