The Best Romantic Comedy Korean Dramas from 2010-2017
Through the years, Rom-Com Korean dramas never failed to make us laugh, cry, and feel so in love. The mixture feeling of romance and comedy is just perfect to bring out countless laughs and butterflies in our stomachs. If you're a big fan of watching Rom-Com dramas, see for yourself if you're familiar with these dramas.
In this article, check out the best romantic comedy K-dramas from the previous years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, including this year's best and the upcoming 2017 drama lineups that we all look forward to see.
Best of 2010
1. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
The Best Folktale Drama of 2010
Brought to us by the famous Hong sisters (Jung Eun and Mi Ran). This is a cute tale of half human-half gumiho (nine-tailed fox) girl and her entertaining, mythical, fantastic, and romantic, story. Shi Min Ah's portrayal of the innocent protagonist, Mi Ho shows her brilliant acting skills, and Lee Seung Gi is just the perfect image of Dae-woong.
2. Playful Kiss
The Cutest Teen Rom-Com of 2010
Based on the Japanese manga, Itazura Na Kiss written by Tada Kaoru. The Korean series is the third television adaptation of the manga. It features the story of a clumsy high school girl named Oh Ha-ni (Jung So-min) and her crush towards the popular and genius male student called Baek Seung-jo (Kim Hyun-joong). So-min is such a cute little angel playing the role of Ha-ni, and the cold-heart Hyun-joong is just so cool!
3. Prosecutor Princess
The Funniest Female Transformation Drama of 2010
From being an overweight child to an extremely sexy woman, is the story of Ma Hye-ri (Kim So-Yeon). Besides her beauty and great sense of fashion, she has an incredible memory and ability to focus which helped her to eventually pass the bar exam. But her love of fashion interferes with her ability to carry out her duties a public prosecutor. She then is being disliked by her seniors, especially the handsome but strict Seo In-woo (Park Shi-hoo). Simply funny, entertaining, comical, and romantic.
4. Sungkyunkwan Scandal
The Historical F4 Drama of 2010
Sungkyunkwan Scandal is about the smart and beautiful lady, Kim Yoon-hee (Park Min-young) and her disguise as a male scholar inside Sungkyunkwan University. While hiding her true identity, she became one of the most popular students, along with the upright Lee Sun-joon (Park Yoochun), the rebellious Moon Jae-shin (Yoo Ah-in), and the playboy Gu Yong-ha (Song joong-ki). Their life as rightful and honest scholars makes the story interesting, funny, and romantic (the romance between Yoon-hee and Sun-joon, and the bromance of Jae-shin and Yong-ha).
5. Secret Garden
The Most Popular Drama of 2010
One of the most successful K-drama ever is Secret Garden, which features a rationalizing Cinderella story between Gil Ra-im (Ha Ji-Won) a stunt woman and Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin) a high-end department store CEO (a modern-day prince charming). This drama is simply amazing and is famous for making the viewers laugh, cry, and simply feel warm inside.
Best of 2011
1. The Greatest Love
The Funniest Fake Love Drama of 2011
Pretending to be in love when you're not is not funny in reality, but in drama, it is. This series is about finding true love in the fake world of entertainment. Starring Cha Seung-won, Gong Hyo-jin, Yoon Kye-sang and Yoo In-na, this drama will make you laugh right at the start, but as you watch further, you'll also feel sad. Don't worry, this is not a sad drama, and seeing the queen of romantic comedy, Gong Hyo-jin makes the best funny scenes along with the hot Cha Seung-won.
2. Dream High
The Best Teenage Love and Dreams Drama of 2011
A drama that was most popular among teenagers, Dream High features our favorite K-pop idols, miss A's Bae Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun, T-ara's Eunjung, IU, and 2PM's Taecyeon and Wooyoung. In this drama, they are students who have the dream of becoming idols. During their school years, they learn how to develop their singing, songwriting and dancing skills while undergoing personal growth. They also go through their love life and start to develop feelings for each other.
3. Lie To Me
The Cutest 2011 Romance Drama About Lying
The series revolves around a civil servant named Gong Ah-jung (played by Yoon Eun-hye) who pretends to be the wife of the wealthy hotel heir, Hyun Ki-joon (played by Kang Ji-hwan) to impress her former friend. Things became more complicated when gossip spreads and more lies are created in order to cover their pretensions. It is directed by Kim Soo-ryung and Kwon Hyuk-chan, produced by Jo Sung-won and written by Kim Ye-ri.
The Most Romantic Music Drama of 2011
When music meets love, it creates a wonderful sound. Heartstrings is a romantic story about love, friendship and dreams, set against the backdrop of a performing arts college. It is simply heartwarming, cute, and fun. The drama reunited Jung Yong-hwa of CNBLUE and Park Shin-hye who both starred in the TV series You're Beautiful (2009). Yong-hwa is so handsome in this drama, and Shin-hye's acting is brilliant as ever.
5. Protect the Boss
The Best Role Reversal Drama of 2011
The story of No Eun-Sul (Choi Kang-Hee) who struggles to find a career, but finally lands a job as a secretary. She then falls in love with her handsome boss Cha Ji-Hun (Ji Sung) who seems to be the perfect guy. However, he is not actually the perfect guy. The role reversal begins here. Rather than the woman being a pitiful person who draws the attention of a powerful, arrogant, confident man, the man here is the object of pity by the woman, because of his family situation and his sometimes-crippling anxiety.
Best of 2012
The Biggest Body Swap Drama of 2012
Another drama written by the Hong Sisters, this romantic comedy body-swap drama features the story of Gil Da-ran (Lee Min-jung) and her life-changing experience when she met a student named Kang Kyung-joon, who eventually swapped bodies with her fiance, Seo Yoon-jae (Dong Yoo). Gong Yoo acting like an immature 18-year old teen is something to die for!
2. Rooftop Prince
The Funniest Historical Drama of 2012
Rooftop Prince is about Prince Lee Gak (Park Yoochun), a Joseon crown prince who, after his wife dies mysteriously, time travels to the future where he encounters familiar faces, modern-day devices, and corporate intrigue. Being innocent in the future world, he can't survive the huge difference of time without the help of Park-ha (Han Ji-min). A very funny and happy story at first, with a heavy drama in the ending.
3. To The Beautiful You
The Best F4 Drama of 2012
Based on the Japanese shoujo manga series, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e written by Hisaya Nakajo starring Sulli (f(x)), Minho (Shinee), and Lee Hyun-woo. It started with Kang Tae-Joon (Minho) as a gold medalist in the high jump, but he has been mired in a slump due to an injury. In order to help her idol, a girl named Koo Jae-Hee (Sulli) disguises herself as a boy and enrolls at the same all male high school.
4. Full House 2
The 2012 Rom-Com Drama with the Most Colorful Cast
Colorful, not just in terms of their characters, but with their fashion styles as well. Full House Take 2 is about a hapkido teacher named Jang Man-ok (Hwang Jung-eum) who poses as a stylist for top idol group TAKE ONE and moves into the band's luxurious house, which superstar musician Lee Tae-ik (No Min-woo) inherited from his father. A love triangle emerges as Lee vies against fellow band member Won Kang-hwi (Park Ki-woong) for Jang’s affection
5. Ohlala Couple
The Most Hilarious Gender Bender Drama of 2012
This drama features the story of Na Yeo-ok (Kim Jung-eun) and Goo Soo-nam's (Shin Hyun-joon) marriage which is on the verge of collapsing after Yeo-ok catches her hotelier husband cheating on her with another woman. One day, they find that their souls have swapped bodies, and begin to understand each other by experiencing each other's lives. Shin Hyun-joon's acting is so funny and hilarious!
Best of 2013
1. The Heirs
The Most Popular Drama of 2013
A drama with 'rich and poor' theme, The Heirs became a major hit after gaining popularity across the Asia. The series follows a group of rich, privileged, and elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families' business empires. Kim Tan (Lee Min-ho) is a handsome and wealthy heir to a large Korean conglomerate, while Cha Eun-sang (Park Shin-hye) is a poor girl struggling to help her family.
2. I Hear Your Voice
The Funny Yet Dramatic Series of 2013
A thriller courtroom drama with fantasy and romantic comedy elements. It depicts the story of Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young), a bold, sassy, thick-faced, comical, and materialistic public defender who becomes a lawyer after overcoming poverty and painful memories from her childhood, comes to realizations about society and justice after meeting Park Soo Ha (Lee Jong Suk), a 19-year-old boy who reads other people’s thoughts.
3. The Master's Sun
The Best Horror Romantic Comedy Drama of 2013
This is about the life of Joo Joong-won (So Ji-sub), a stingy and greedy CEO of Kingdom, a conglomerate that includes a major department store and hotel. He meets the gloomy Tae Gong-shil (Gong Hyo-jin), who started seeing ghosts after an accident. Their lives take a new turn as they work together to deal with the terror and sadness brought about by the spirits, while delving into a kidnapping incident in Joong-won's past.
4. Marry Him if You Dare
The Craziest Time-Travelling Drama of 2013
Set in the world of television broadcasting, Na Mi-rae (Yoon Eun-hye) travels back in time to prevent her 32-year-old self from marrying news anchor Kim Shin (Lee Dong-gun), thus sending her past self down a different path and enabling her to pursue the things she really wanted in life. Simply funny, with fantasy, romance, and comedy elements that you'll surely love to see.
5. Unemployed Romance
The Cutest Rom-Com Drama of 2013
This drama depicts the story of Seung-Hee (Lee Young-Ah) who became unemployed. Then she meets her first love Jong-Dae (Namgung Min). They first met during her freshman year at college and dated for 7 years before breaking up. Since then, they have become hostile to each other. While they argue with each other like old times, they begin to feel their love for each other rekindle.
Best of 2014
1. Emergency Couple
The Funniest Medical Drama of 2014
This romantic comedy medical drama is about a divorced couple named Oh Jin-hee (Song Ji-hyo) and Oh Chang-min (Choi Jin-hyuk) who become reunited years later as interns at the same hospital. Though the two fight constantly because of their bitter past, they eventually developed the same feeling when they still love each other. A funny and hilarious drama inside a hospital starring our angry couple.
2. Fated to Love You
The Biggest Love Mischief Drama of 2014
A fantasy drama which started after each of them separately drinks a love potion and everything changes. Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk) is the successor to a large company run by his family, while Kim Mi Young (Jang Nara) is a nerd-looking secretary in a law firm. When the two cross paths one night after separately having drunk a love potion, a comedy of errors occurs.
The Sad But Cute Drama of 2014
Pinocchio is a very-well crafted story about just how much the media negatively affects people, as seen through the eyes of Choi Dal-Po (Lee Jong-suk). It also features the 'Pinocchio syndrome' of Choi In-ha (Park Shin-hye). An entertaining drama balancing the mellow scenes with comedy that will make you giggle, especially with the supporting characters.
4. It’s Okay, That’s Love
The Sweetest Rom-Com Drama of 2014
Jang Jae-yeol (Jo In-jung) is a mystery writer and radio DJ. He suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Ji Hae-soo (Gong Hyo-jin) is going through her first year fellowship in psychiatry at a University Hospital. After she meets Jae-yeol, her life goes through big changes. At first, there is much contention between them caused by their strong personalities and refusal to give in to each other. But slowly their bickering turns into love and they begin to learn how compatible they are.
5. My Love From Another Star
The Most Popular and Most Phenomenal Drama of 2014
It is a romantic fantasy story about an alien named Do Min-joon (Kim Soo-hyun) who landed on Earth in the Joseon Dynasty and, 400 years later, falls in love with a top actress in the modern era, named Cheon Song-yi (Jun Ji-hyun). A drama with simple story, yet intense drama, hilarious comedy, and romantic love scenes. This is one of the most successful Korean drama ever made.
Best of 2015
1. Kill Me, Heal Me
The Best Romantic-Comedy, Suspense Medical Drama of 2015
A drama that reunited Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-eum, who previously starred together in Secret Love, the series incorporates dissociative identity disorder and child abuse elements as pivotal topics. Cha Do Hyun (Ji Sung) is a third-generation business heir who developed dissociative identity disorder. He tries to regain control over his life with the help of Oh Ri Jin (Hwang Jung-eum), a first-year psychiatric resident who helps him secretly.
2. Fool's Love
The 2015 Drama With the Cutest Love
The timid, bullied Kang Ho-gu (Choi Woo-shik) had a crush on Do Do-hee (Uee) in their teens, when her beauty and sports cred made her the most popular girl in high school. She's the only reason he goes to their high school reunion, and when they meet again, he's surprised to learn that she remembers him. Ho-gu grabs the chance to spend time with the girl of his dreams, not knowing that Do-hee has a secret, that she'd been impregnated by her ex-boyfriend.
3. Oh My Ghostess
The Most Comical Supernatural Fantasy Drama of 2015
Na Bong-sun (Park Bo-young) has an extremely timid personality and low self-esteem, doesn't have any close friends, and is constantly getting reprimanded at her job as an assistant chef at Sun Restaurant. Bong-sun's boss is arrogant star chef Kang Sun-woo (Jo Jung-suk), whom she secretly has a crush on. The story is much more interesting and funny because she occasionally sees ghosts.
4. She Was Pretty
The Funniest Workplace Drama of 2015
A romantic comedy about two past acquaintances named Kim Hye-jin (Hwang Jung-eum) and Ji Sung-joon (Park Seo-joon) who meet again after they've gone through a reversal of fortunes and appearances, set in the backdrop of a fashion magazine's publishing office. A funny drama about life struggles, beauty transformation, and romance.
5. Oh My Venus
The Best Fitness Drama of 2015
Kim Young-Ho (So Ji-Sub) is a personal trainer for Hollywood stars. Even though he comes from a wealthy family background, he suffered a devastating injury during his childhood days. Now, he overcomes his problems with patience and stubbornness. Kang Joo-Eun (Shin Min-Ah) is 33-years-old lawyer. She has struggled to support her family. Now, Kang Joo-Eun is overweight and not so attractive.
Best of 2016
1. Reply 1988
The Best Family Drama of 2016
In 1988, Duk-Sun (Hyeri), Jung-Hwan (Ryoo Joon-Yeol), Sun-Woo (Ko Gyung-Pyo) and Dong-Ryong (Lee Dong-Hwi) are high school students and Taek (Park Bo-Gum) is a go player. These five people have been friends since they were little kids. They all grew up together and are neighbors to this day. Their families are also very close to each other. They always hang around Taek's room and spend time together. Simply entertaining, funny, dramatic and packed with slight romance.
2. Cheese in the Trap
The Sweet and Funny Drama of 2016
This drama depicts the delicate relationship between female university student Hong Seol (Kim Go-Eun) and her senior Yoo Jung (Park Hae-Jin). Hong-Seol works part-time due to her family's poor background. Yoo Jung is good looking, gets good grades, athletic and has a kind personality, but he has a dark side.
3. Uncontrollably Fond
The Most Dramatic Romance of 2016
When Shin Joon-Young (Kim Woo-Bin) and No Eul (Bae Suzy) were children, they were separated and became heartbroken. As adults they meet again. Shin Joon-Young is now a top actor and singer. He is intelligent and attractive. No Eul is the PD of documentaries. She values money over justice and kisses up to those with more power than her.
4. Moonlight Drawn By Clouds
The Best Historical Teenage Love Story of 2016
Also called 'Love in the Moonlight', it is a coming-of-age story and youth romance set during 19th-century Joseon Dynasty based on the novel Moonlight Drawn by Clouds which was first serialized on Naver in 2013 and consequently published as a five-part series of books in 2015. Starring Park Bo-gum and Kim Yoo-jung with Jinyoung, Chae Soo-bin and Kwak Dong-yeon, it received praise for its direction, performances and music.
5. Oh Hae Young Again
The 2016 Comical Drama About a Same Name
Also called 'Another Oh Hae Young', it is a romantic comedy supernatural drama which follows two women with the same name of Oh Hae Young (Seo Hyun-jin and Jeon Hye-bin) and a man named Park Do-kyung (Eric Mun) who has the ability to see the future and tries to get away from the two Oh Hae Young.
Upcoming Romantic Comedy Korean Dramas this 2017
Yes, there are more upcoming dramas to come! Here's some of the most anticipated romantic-comedy Korean Dramas for 2017.
1. Tomorrow With You
Air Date: January 2017
Plot: A story about a time traveler and his wife as they go on an adventure against time.
- Lee Je-Hoon - Yoo So-Joon
- Shin Min-A - Song Ma-Rin
- Kang Ki-Doong - Kang Ki-Doong
- Park Ju-Hee - Shin Se-Young
2. Introvert Boss / Sensitive Boss
Air Date: January 2017
Plot: The personal growth of introverted Eun Hwan-ki as he slowly takes steps to come out of his shell, and his romance with his extroverted employee, Chae Ro-woon.
- Yeon Woo-jin as Eun Hwan-ki
- Park Hye-soo as Chae Ro-woon
- Gong Seung-yeon as Eun Yi-soo
- Yoon Park as Kang Woo-il
3. Missing 9
Air Date: January 11, 2017
Plot: Seo Joon-O used to be a popular singer, but he isn't popular anymore. Now, he works as a reporter for a TV entertainment show. He and his stylist Ra Bong-Hee land on a deserted island.
- Jung Kyoung-Ho - Seo Joon-O
- Baek Jin-Hee - Ra Bong-Hee
- Oh Jung-Se - Jung Ki-Joon
- Choi Tae-Joon - Choi Tae-Ho
4. While You Were Sleeping
Air Date: 2017
Plot: A woman can see accidents that place in the future through her dreams. A prosecutor struggles to stop those dreams from becoming real.
- Lee Jong-Suk
- Bae Suzy
5. My Sassy Girl
Air Date: May 2017
Plot: A drama remake of the 2002 hit movie, My Sassy Girl, with a different twist and setting. Set in the Joseon Dynasty period, a romance takes place between cold-hearted Gyun-Woo and Princess Hyemyung who causes troubles.
- Joo Won - Gyun-Woo
- Oh Yeon-Seo - Princess Hyemyung
- Kwak Hee-Sung - Park Chang-Whi
- Lee Jung-Shin - Kang Joon-Young
- Shim Hyung-Tak
- Jung Da-Bin - Gyun-Hee
Which upcoming 2017 Rom-Com drama is the most exciting?
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