7 Best Korean Dramas You Should Watch
7. Kill Me, Heal Me
Now South Korea is the home of great romantic comedies, but up there as one of the all time great that’s ever aired on screen is Kill Me, Heal Me. It’s such a hilarious and yet touching romantic comedy that you will love. From a tragic event, the main antagonist suffers from multiple personality disorder, and is a third generation business heir.
To help with his recollections, and his mental illness, Oh Ri Jin (Hwang Jung-eum) offers to help the troubled Cha Do Hyun (Ji Sung). As their therapy sessions continue, they start to fall in love with each other. Do Hyun’s twin brother starts snooping around and looking for clues about his extravagant lifestyle. Will he catch up to him and end the romance that blossoms on screen? You’ll have to check it out, especially the trailer.
The healer is an action packed drama sprinkled with a taste of love and romance, and ran for 20 episodes. The script is great, and will have you on the edge of your seat, and the case is great with Ji Chang-wook, & Park Min-young, who are the young couple at the centre of this love story. There is great onscreen chemistry between the two lead actors.
There is a dark secret too at the center of everything, and maybe a conspiracy cover up. It’s up to the illegal night courier with the codename healer, a tabloid news website journalist, and a famous TV journalist at a major broadcasting station. They come together to form a team to uncover the secrets, in this gripping love drama. If you also enjoy the word of backhand deals in the boardroom, and politics, then you’ll love this.
5. The Heirs
With a run of 20 episodes, The Heirs, also known as The Inheritors, is a romantic drama with some of South Korea’s biggest names in film and TV. The series was produced with American digital distribution platform known as DramaFever, and the production company Hwa & Dam Pictures, and was the first series to do so, probably also due to the fact some of the series is set in the USA.
The wealthy heir to the large Korean conglomerates known as Jeguk Group is Kim Tan (Lee Min-ho). He is currently exiled to the United States, and it is while he is there he meets Cha Eun-sang (Park Shin-hye) who comes to look for her sister. Even though he is engaged to a fellow heiress, he falls in love with Eun-sang, and must soon choose between holding together the future of the family business, or following his heart towards the one he loves.
4. My Love from the Star
My Love From The Star also known as it’s literal translation of You Who Came from the Stars. This drama is a fascinating romantic drama that aired for quite a few seasons due to its popularity. There were a total of 21 episodes. At, its heird, it’s a cute take on the fantasy science fiction genre too.
The series follows the adventures of an alien Do Min-joon (Kim Soo-hyun), who crashlands on the planet in 1609, and misses his trip back to his home planet while saving a girl. He has superhuman like abilities, including speed and hearing. He has to change his identity every 10 years, since he never ages. However as he plans his exit of planet earth, he starts to fall in love with his next door neighbour, Cheon Song-yi (Jun Ji-hyun) superstar.
The relationships between the two is sometimes tense, but it is always loving, and playful, with a touch of sarcasm. The two actors portray their rules beautifully, and you will be impressed with the production of the sets in this drama.
3. Goblin - The Lonely and Great God
Fantasy romances are some of my favorite takes on this popular genre. The great thing about this drama is that it spans centuries, with the story revolving around a 939 year old immortal goblin, servant of the Grim Reaper. It’s a fresh take on the romance drama with Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) as the goblin, and Ji Eun-tak (kim Go-eun) as a highschool student that accidentally summons him.
The goblin wants to end his cursed life, but when he finds who could be his bride, things change, and he realises he doesn't want his life to end. He has a magical sword in his chest, and he needs his bride to pull it out.
Goblin will have you laughing at the cuteness with the storyline, in the way the girlfriend of the goblin loves him, but also empathizing with the difficult positions that both characters find themselves in. It’s another of the popular 16 episode productions with 3 specials afterwards.
2. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
A fun Korean drama that mixes romance with comedy, and a bit of thriller crime action, then you should definitely check out Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. There is amazing levels of affection and cuteness in this series, where the heroine, Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) plays a girl with superhuman strength powers, that can only use them for good. If she uses them for evil, she will lose them, like what happened to her mother.
Bong-soon sounds find herself beating up a bunch of criminals, before being spotted and hired by a wealthy gaming company owner. Here she learns more about the ways of her power, and their friendship and romance beings to grow and blossom. WIll the two of them become and item? Well, you’ll have to checkout the series to find out. Get a taste of the trailer below.
1. Descendants of the Sun
Although quite a short series, running only 16 episodes, with an additional 3 special episodes, Descendants, has remained hugely popular. The audience share was a massive 38.8% of viewing figures while it was being broadcast. It went on to receive a number of special awards including winning the much disputed Grand Prize in television at the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards. It was named the Most Popular Show of the year.
In Descendants of the Sun the storeline centers around 2 people in the military. Yoo Si Jin (Song Joong-ki) and Dr. Kang Mo-yeon (Song Hye-kyo). Joong-ki plays the captain of a South Korean Special Forces Unit, while Hye-kyo is the leading Dr behind a medical team that saves lives on the front row. The story features the discovery of love between the two and how they face the battle of not only the frontline and going to battle, but also time apart, and admitting your love someone.
Joong-ki has to end dates early and go on a mission, and is then called to a fictional country called Uruk. They start to be argumentative, and have fallouts with the realization that one kills, while the other tries to save lives, and this causes tension for Hye-kyo. Does this cause tension in the relationship? You’ll have to watch to find out. The two became married in real life, but have split up June 2019.
Descendants of the Sun Series One Trailer
That's the round up of all 7 of the very best Korean drama's that have been on TV and streaming services. Erase your watchlist, and put all 7 of these on it right now and binge watch.