Previously, VJ Sunny shared her list of must-watch K-Dramas! But there are still a lot of Korean TV series that will surely pierce through your hearts! Add these Koreanovelas to your watchlist!
It's Okay, That's Love (2014)
Coming from That Winter The Wind Blows writer Noh Hee Kyung, It's Okay, That's Love has a solid quirky story! Not your typical sappy romance, its core theme revolves around mental illnesses and dysfunctions which the team executed realistically. The main characters also have natural chemistry which makes the drama more appealing.
Psychiatrist Ji Hae Soo (Gong Hyo Jin) and radio DJ Jang Jae Yeol (Jo In Sung) clashed immediately when they met. But soon, the complex personalities realized they complement each other. Together, the two endured many challenges - including Jae Yeol's serious mental illness and Hae Soo's negative attitude towards love and relationships - for their love to work.
W blurs the line between reality and fantasy with its storyline of two overlapping worlds! Oh Yeon-Joo (Han Hyo-Joo), a surgeon, gets dragged inside a webtoon and becomes the love interest of the main character Kang Chul (Lee Jong-Suk) who she only read about back in her world.
Based on a popular webtoon in Korea written by Yoon Tae Ho, Misaeng wholly captures the essence of office life - the stresses, failures, frustrations, improvements, successes, and all. This very relatable series will inspire you to persevere and do better at work.
Jang Geu Rae (Siwan) dreamt of becoming a professional baduk (a board game) player but failed. Now, he needs to face the real world and work in a trading company instead. Being a high school graduate only, he was looked down upon by his colleagues - but he applies his knowledge of baduk to be successful in his job and gain the respect of his co-workers.
She Was Pretty (2015)
She Was Pretty has the usual romantic comedy formula but with a handful of surprises on the side. It features a charming cast, beautifully shot scenes, cool soundtrack, and a message of self-worth.
Despite the differences in their physical appearance and status, Sung-Joon (Park Seo-Joon) and Hye-Jin (Hwang Jung-Eum) were childhood friends until the former moved to the United States. 15 years later, their fortunes have reversed. Being unemployed and unattractive, Hye-Jin asks her bestfriend Ha-Ri (Koh Joon-Hee) to pretend to be her during their supposed reunion. But destiny makes its way when Hye-Jin becomes an intern at a fashion magazine where Sung-Joon is the editor.
Cheese In The Trap (2016)
This is mostly told in the perspective of the female character. With voiceovers narrating all her emotions and thoughts in first-person point of view, the audience becomes the lead character themselves so they get more engrossed with the story. It has unique characters who deal with real-life problems.
Cheese In The Trap depicts the university life, zooming in on the relationship of Hong Seol (Kim Go Eun) and the mysterious, straight A guy Yoo Jung (Park Hae Jin) who has a dark side. Their relationship makes them question the motives of everyone including themselves.
There are many medical dramas in Korea but Doctors is more than tackling the life of doctors and their relationships with their patients - it is the success story of a badass female lead. Its first episode became viral for the impressive fighting scenes of Park Shin Hye. Girl power!
High-school delinquent Yoo Hye Jung (Park Shin Hye) was passed on by her father to live with her grandmother, who eventually became the reason why she wanted to change and be a determined doctor. In the medical field, she meets Hong Ji Hong (Kim Rae Won) who will teach her to open up and overcome challenges so she can achieve her personal goals.
Emergency Couple (2014)
Emergency Couple is a fun, light drama that has a quite ordinary but lovable plot on top of a medical theme. It realistically portrays the problems of a modern woman, adding a layer of female empowerment to the show. Even though it has flaws, it is a complete package with great actors and actresses.
Divorced couple Jin-Hee (Song Ji-Hyo) and Chang-Min (Choi Jin-Hyuk) are both medical interns at the same hospital. Unexpectedly, they meet again in the emergency room where they'll need to work together. The two soon find themselves rekindling their romance.
Cinderella And The Four Knights (2016)
A show that has a cliche story patterned after Boys Over Flowers but viewers will still be hooked because of its refreshing and cute pairings. Although predictable, the drama will still leave a mark on anyone who has finished it. It's perfect for teenagers and young adults who like cheesy, sweet, and *kilig* moments.
Eun Ha Won wants to be a veterinarian but lacks money for her education. One day, she helped an old man who lets her pursue her dream and suggests that she lives in Sky House, a mansion where three cousins live: the playboy Kang Hyun-Min (Ahn Jae-Hyeon), the soft yet wild rebel Kang Ji-Woon (Jung Il-Woo), and the popular singer-songwriter Kang Seo-Woo (Lee Jung-Shin).
Another Oh Hae Young (2016)
A mistaken identity story works for Another Oh Hae Young. It has an exceptional and complex plot with a good pace. The side characters add to the enjoyment of audience because of their funny quirks and antics.
The life of two women are entangled because of their similar names. They went to the same school and now work for the same company. The two will be associated with a man who sees the future but does not want to be involved with them.
Reply 1988 (2015)
The third part of a series, Reply 1988 displays the Korean culture and politics back in the 80s. It centers on family and friendship with characters who are carefully interconnected to each other.
Five friends namely Jung-hwan (Ryu Joon-yeol), Sun-woo (Go Kyung-pyo), Dong-ryong (Lee Dong-hwi), Taek (Park Bo-gum) and the only girl in the group Deok-sun (Hye-ri) live on the same block with their families. Soon, the four guys will be Deok-sun's suitors and her answer will be of great importance.
Which of these Korean dramas have you watched? Tell us in the comments!