10 dramas that K-drama beginners should start with

10 Beginner Kdrama

Welcome to the Korean drama world where you will understand that there are more to offer in the package apart from triangle relationships or in-law problems. Of course, if you love the family kind of genre it is still available.

For the adventurous souls and new to the K-drama scene. Here’s the updated version of the ‘must-watch’ dramas.

#1 Goblin (2016)

Native title: 도깨비
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy

The drama is about an unbeatable general Kim Shin (Gong Yoon) who died in a tragic death and became immortal aka Goblin. However he is tired of seeing people he treasure dies and he can’t. 900 years later, he found his Goblin bride which is the only one that can help him end the misery. Both of them fell in love which makes it harder to leave earth.

#2 W – Two Worlds (2016)

Native Title: 더블유
Genre: Thriller, Fantasy, Romance

A surgeon mysteriously went into the comic (webtoon) world “W” written by her father and saved the male lead, Kang Chul (Lee Jong Suk) who was bleeding on the rooftop. She realized that she can only leave “W” depending on Kang Chul’s feeling. “W” became uncontrollable and she became one of the character in the comic world.

#3 While You Were Sleeping (2017)

Native Title: 당신이 잠든 사이에
Genre: Thriller, Fantasy, Romance

Three individuals that has the ability to predict the future based on their dreams. Hong Joo (Suzy) cannot alter anything even it is a bad dream. Jae Chan (Lee Jong Suk) and Woo Tak (Jung Hae In) can alter and prevent bad things from happening.

#4 Love in the Moonlight (2016)

Native Title: 구르미 그린 달빛
Genre: Historical, Romance

Hong Ra On (Kim Yoo Jung) disguises herself as a man and a letter she wrote behalf of a client led her to the Crown Prince (Park Bo Gum). Ra On was sent into the palace and unknowingly became the Crown Prince’s eunuch.

#5 Dream High (2011)

Native Title: 드림하이
Genre: Kpop, Romance, High School, Friendship

Kirin Art High School is a top notch school that helps student achieve their dream of becoming an idol. Go Hye Mi (Suzy) who majored in classical music did not have a choice but to give up and join Kirin Art High. Follow the stories of Hye Mi and other 5 students. (Including 2PM’s Ok Taecyeon, Jang Woo Young, IU, Kim Soo Hyun and Ham Eun Jung)

This drama happens during the 2nd Generation of Kpop and now the idols are shining so bright.

#6 Crash Landing on You (2020)

Native Title: 사랑의 불시착
Genre: Romance, Military, Political, Comedy

The drama is a hit and the title will not surprise you.

The story of two star crossed lovers, a chaebol Yoon Se Ri (Son Ye Jin) from the South landed in North Korea where she met the elite army officer Ri Jung Hyuk (Hyun Bin). While trying to help her escape back home, they fell in love despite the dispute between their countries.

#7 Rooftop Prince (2012)

Native Title: 옥탑방 왕세자
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Historical, Time-travel

Everything started when the Crown Princess died and while finding the truth, Crown Price Yi Gak (JYJ’s Park Yoo Chun) transported to the modern day Seoul from Joseon Dynasty.

#8 Because This Is My First Life (2017)

Native Title: 이번 생은 처음이라
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Friendship

I love how this drama did not focus on only one couple. 3 friends and their three different perspective in life and their romantic life. Nam Se Hee (Lee Min Ki) is a single man in his 30s living with his cat, to pay off his monthly mortgage, he rent out one bedroom. Yoon Ji Ho (Jung So Min) also in her 30s rented a room thinking her roommate is a female.

#9 Goong (2006)

Native Title: 궁
Genre: Romance, Palace, Friendship

No need to say too much, but it is a classic kdrama that you should watch. Bubbly and no-nonsense Chae Gyeong (Yoon Eun Hye) is an ordinary student until a will decides her husband. She marries the unendurable Crown Prince Lee Shin (Joo Ji Hoon) and her life as a Crown Princess begins.

#10 Good Doctor (2013)

Good Doctor

Native Title: 굿 닥터
Genre: Romance, Medical

A man with autistic savant disorder who has mentality of a 10 year old became a doctor. How he overcomes all the discrimination and bias by his exceptional ability and the way he look at the world.

Jump in your PJs and have a huge glass of water before you binge watch any!

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