6 K Dramas you should watch to get started on your K journey

Looking to venture into the world of K-dramas? Here'a a curated list of the best Kdramas to watch as a beginner.
6 K Dramas you should watch to get started on your K journey
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K-Dramas are taking over the world’s entertainment scene and that too for a good reason. Their authenticity, bite-sized format, wholesome narratives and sometimes their equally enticing exploration of darker themes make up just the right formula for success.

Looking to venture into this whole new world but not quite sure where to begin? We have the perfect guide for you. From classic favourites to underrated gems, you’ll find it all in our list and rest assured that by the end of this K-Drama binge-fest, you’ll be ready to talk like a pro about K-Dramas, Korean actors and maybe even learn a few words of the language!

Here are 6 K-Dramas you should definitely watch to get started on your K-journey:

1.       Legend of the Blue Sea

Starring Lee Min Ho as both a King and a con artist, Heo Joon Jae and Jun Ji Hyun as Shim Chung, a mermaid, Legend of the Blue Sea is the perfect first K-Drama. Packed with as much humour as it is with action and emotion, there is not one single boring moment in this drama. For fans of time travel, this fantasy romance has it too! What are you waiting for? Hop on to Netflix and start bingeing now!

 

2.       Strong Girl Do Bong Soon

This drama screams female empowerment and subversion of stereotypes. If you’re looking for something light but meaningful, comedic but suspenseful, Strong Girl Do Bong Soon would be your best bet. With a serial killer on the loose and a planet to save, a petite girl with her heart on her sleeve will exercise the strength of her fist to right all wrongs. Featuring Park Hyung Shik and Park Bo Young in the lead roles, accompanied by the handsome Ji Soo on the side, the cast is simply marvellous. Now, it truly doesn’t get better than that.

 

3.       Reply 1988

There is an unsaid rule in the K-Drama community that dictates that Reply 1988 (the entire Reply series for that matter) makes for some of the best K-Drama content ever. This is something you can watch together with family and friends and share a warm hug with once it’s over. Rife with some of the best comedy as well as the most touching scenes, a painful love triangle but a beautiful resolution, Reply 1988 will keep you on your toes with anticipation and giddy joy. With a star studded cast including GIRL’S DAY’s Hyeri, Ryu Jun Yeol, Park Bo Gum and Go Kyung Pyo in some of the lead roles, half of the show is actually stolen by the rest of the cast. Fortunately, this show is also available to stream on OTT platform so grab some snacks and cosy up for this is going to be a smooth ride.

 

4.       Goblin

Another unforgettable classic, you simply cannot skip over Goblin if you want the full flavour of K-Dramas. Featuring the star couple Gong Yoo and Kim Go Eun as well as the other star couple Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na as star-crossed lovers, Goblin will leave you feeling all types of ways. Longing, memories, eternity, solitude and love are some of the themes touched upon by this drama, topped off with just the right amount of humour. If you don’t mind transforming into a Gong Yoo fangirl for life, Goblin is definitely the drama for you.

 

5.       Fight For My Way

Featuring Park Seo Joon at his best and Kim Ji Won at hers, Fight For My Way is the story of 4 friends who persevere against all odds to find their happiness and achieve success in the meantime, doing what they truly love. Man’s true passion is an indomitable spirit and that is the message this drama sends across along with the cutest romance ever!

 

6.       Shopaholic Louis

An underrated K-Drama featuring Seo In Guk and Nam Ji Hyun in the lead roles, Shopaholic Louis is a treat for the eyes! The two have the most interesting chemistry and the quirkiest romance that transcends time and will make even the most certain non-believer into a romantic. Taking the most overused trope of amnesia and turning it on its head into the cutest romantic comedy, Shopaholic Louis is a must-watch!

 

ALSO READ: Can’t wait for Park Seo Joon’s new movie? Here are 5 KDramas featuring the actor that you can watch instead!

What do you think about these dramas? Share your thoughts with Pinkvilla in the comments section below!

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Healer is a definitely to watch out for.

Anonymous 2 months ago

‘Healer’ is a must watch! Fabulous!

Anonymous 3 months ago

Crash Landing On You is my #1 K-drama.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Agree..

Anonymous 3 months ago

I am surprised how come Crash Landing on You is included in the list...

Anonymous 3 months ago

I've watched all of these

Anonymous 3 months ago

Something in the rain.

Anonymous 3 months ago

I would suggest Manhole too. One of my favorite in Kdrama. I started watching 2016 and I have watched 200 plus Kdramas. One of my stress reliever.

Anonymous 3 months ago

You should also watch W two worlds. It is full of suspense

Anonymous 3 months ago

I have watched goblin.legens of the blue sea , fight for my way,strong woman do bong soon too..even i suggest all of these including what's wrong with secretary kim! -Rakuten Viki(app)

Anonymous 3 months ago

You all should watch my love from the star and it is my favourite Korean drama

Anonymous 3 months ago

I even watched My ID of Gangnam Beauty

Anonymous 3 months ago

I have watched Goblin, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, Legend of the Blue Sea, Crash landing on you, World of the Married, What's weong with Secretary Kim and Tale of the Nine-Tailed

Anonymous 3 months ago

Oh my Ghostess and While you were sleeping.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Hi all ,Korean superstar LEE Min Ho dramas Heirs, Legend of the Blue sea,King eternal Monarch..are ultimate wonderful dramas,u I'll nt get over them,am sure.n dnt forget Park Hyung Sik dramas Strong women Do bongo soon and what happens to my family.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Agreed Lee Min Ho is what attracted me to K-Drama.

Anonymous 3 months ago

REPLY 1988 ❤️...MUST WATCH everyyyyyone

Anonymous 3 months ago

How can you not include Boys Over Flowers to the list!! I bet it is the very first drama of most of the die hard Kdrama fans (including me)..

Anonymous 3 months ago

Heck Yeah for females. It is a bit too soapy for guys. I am an old AfricanAmerican woman in the United States and I just discovered Kdramas this year. I have watched BOYS OVER FLOWERS twice!

Anonymous 3 months ago

I agree that there needs to be a sequel to BOYS OVER FLOWERS because it ended strangely with the female character not accepting the proposal or ring from Lee Min Ho’s character. That was really a strange ending.

Anonymous 3 months ago

I have watched Boys Over Flowers probably 50 times I can't get enough of it I so wish they would make us equal it's still a lot of unanswered questions

Anonymous 3 months ago

Yes it is .... I guess that drama made most of the people into Kdrama..

Anonymous 3 months ago

Is boys over flowers worth watching ??

Anonymous 3 months ago

Legend of the blue sea is a kdrama classic

Anonymous 3 months ago

Goblin (Romance, fantasy,, comedy, emotional) u would cry nd at the same u would laugh they will not make u feel bored Reply 1988 (friendships,comedy, rommance, neighborhood) u would not stop laughing Strong women do bong go (comedy, rommance , fantasy ) u would luv to see the chemistry between the lead actors nd u wouldn't stop laughing ....u would not regret to watch these drama Many comedy like *Laughter at Waikiki (both season ) highly recommend drama u should not regrate to watch... *Prison playbook (Comedy, little bit rommance, friendship , teamwork ) recommend drama u would luv each nd evry cast of this drama .... *Hospital playlists (comedy, little bit rommance , friendship, team work) shows the relationship between the 5 friends who works in same hospital *The fiery priest ( comedy ,no rommance, teamwork, friendship)

Anonymous 3 months ago

I haven't seen this one but I so want to I love these kdramas I'm from the states and I enjoy these movie series so much they have so much love and compassion comedy they're amazing they're better than what we make over here I watch him all the time even though I don't understand I have to read them it's worth it to me to the point now I'm even some of the leaving learning some of the words but I I just enjoy him so much I watch him over and over especially my absolute favorite is Boys Over Flowers I still think she shouldn't got with jihoo he loved her so much and he needs is love so badly my heart broke for him it was so sad because he was satisfied just to be with her even though he's so long to have her in his arms as well as in his heart you should have worked out somehow too bad you couldn't have them both because I know she loved them both

Anonymous 3 months ago

Watch Reply 1988, you will not regret it.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Laughter at Waikiki the best comedy drama ever

Anonymous 3 months ago

Crash Landing on You

Anonymous 3 months ago

They've all phenomenal. I only need to get into the Reply series

Anonymous 3 months ago

Same

Anonymous 3 months ago

Legend ho f the blue sea , Goblin , strong woman do bong soo

Anonymous 3 months ago

U should watch Prison playbook it's a awesome drama

Anonymous 3 months ago

Strong girl do bong doon, shopoholic louis, legend of the blur sea i have watched these there... These 3 are ultimate drama must watch

Anonymous 3 months ago

Hahhahah

Anonymous 3 months ago

U should watch Prison playbook it's a awesome drama

Anonymous 3 months ago

Everyone should watch legend of the blue sea and strong woman do bong soo

Anonymous 3 months ago

Thet are reallllly good.

Anonymous 3 months ago

beautiful amazing love story it would be great if that could really happen to come back after this life and have your love all over again a beautiful story

Anonymous 3 months ago

Yeahh they are amazing

Anonymous 3 months ago

Watched Goblin and strong woman do bong soon .... loved it ❤

Anonymous 3 months ago

I also would like to watch Goblin but I don't know where to go to find it please share

Anonymous 3 months ago

On viki app

Anonymous 3 months ago

Netflix

Anonymous 3 months ago

Rakuten viki

Anonymous 3 months ago

Watch it on Viki

Anonymous 3 months ago

It's on Netflix

Anonymous 3 months ago

Can you please tell me where did you watched goblin?