We have compiled a concise list of great Korean drama recommendations for beginners because, let’s face it: entering the world of k dramas can be a pretty daunting task. Maybe a friend gushes over them every time you see her, or maybe your Netflix queue keeps recommending them to you, but you just don’t know where to begin. These suggestions will help get your feet wet and prepare you for a lifetime of addiction!
Attention, all k-drama newcomers: Watch at least two episodes of a show before you give up on it. The first episode will possibly be confusing, boring, or cheesy. K-dramas need time. Trust me………
This one has a cute love story and just enough basic cliches to get you hooked for eternity. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll add “matching sparkling jumpsuits” to your list of requirements for true love. The body switching is a little random, but what’s a good k-drama without some crazy magical plot twists?
2.)BOYS OVER FLOWERS
A classic. You can’t say that you watch k-dramas if you have never seen BoF. I would recommend watching this second or third on your list instead of starting with it so that you have something to give it some balance. There are parts of it that are absolutely absurd, but you won’t be able to stop, and once you’re done, you will understand 2/3 of k-drama jokes on the internet. Welcome to our club! Coco: I am with ViVi on this one. Despite it being over the top and ridiculous, I could not stop watching it. I even became a pretty hardcore fangirl of Kim Hyun-Joon for a good week, complete with internet stalking and fantasizing about how I would run into him somewhere in America.
I feel like this is a good place to start for the magical/time travel genre. The flashbacks will help you get a feel for full-fledged historical dramas without the commitment of an entire series set in the past, and the plot keeps moving at a pretty fast pace. Comas! Murder! Reincarnation! Love! More funny track suits! I will be writing a more in-depth review of this drama soon, but it has a lot going for it, and it
has a dash of everything.
4.)Dream High/Prosecutor Princess
I put these together because they’re both great introductions to pure “fluff” dramas. Both of them are mostly lighthearted and fun and make you feel good. They have a side of drama, but they’re upbeat overall. Dream High has a catchy soundtrack, and Prosecutor Princess has one of the better kissing scenes I’ve seen (though Lie To Me and the Cola kiss wins hands-down overall). Take your pick, sit back, and enjoy the fun!
5.) Lie To Me
This was the first Korean drama I ever watched, so it will always have a special place in my heart. It’s one of the kdramas most similar to American romantic comedies, but also has all the great kdrama plot points, so it’s a perfect introduction and pretty relatable for beginning kdrama fans. It’s fun and lighthearted, but there are some pretty great dramatic moments. Plus, like I mentioned earlier in my Introduction post, Kang Ji-hwan is a hot Mr. Darcy-esque character and Yoon Eun-hye is one of my favorite Korean actresses.
I’ve also already established why you must watch City Hunter in my City Hunter Review, including the eye candy that is Lee Min-Ho and the girl power awesomeness of Park Min-Young. It’s a fantastic introduction to the kdrama action genre. It still has a lot of the romantic elements of other kdramas we love, along with some pretty great action and suspense scenes. Watch it!