KDrama Series for Beginners


You're missing out on life, if you haven't watched a RomCom KDrama Series! We all know that the romantic-comedy genre of dramas alwa...
You're missing out on life, if you haven't watched a RomCom KDrama Series!

We all know that the romantic-comedy genre of dramas always has those cliche moments and storylines, like those dates at amusement parks, the enemies to lovers plot, or the employee and CEO relationship—but these storylines and plots are the best kinds of series that can only give us the overload kilig feels and free from stressful plots!

If you are currently a KDrama enthusiast who has mostly watched KDrama series, this list of KDrama Series for Beginners will bring back memories of when you were just a low key series viewer who enjoyed these kinds of storylines and who later became hooked on all KDrama series. But what is THAT Korean drama series that ultimately hooked you on the KDrama World?

But if you are just a beginner who is curious about the world of KDrama and wants to watch a stress-free series, light and fun storyline, and perfect chemistry of the cast, then this list of KDrama Series is perfect for you!

Here’s a few list you might want to consider to watch if you are new and a beginner to the KDrama World!

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Really, you haven't watched this yet?

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo may have been the nation's first ever KDrama series, hooking people from all over the world into the KDrama World!

The ultimate factor in this series' success was the perfect chemistry between Lee Sung Kyung (Kim Bok Joo) and Nam Joo Hyuk (Jung Joon Hyung), who were once in a relationship in real life as well. Their love story has those cliche moments, but it can still give you the ultimate kind of kilig– especially their not-so-date moments in an amusement park!

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (MBC TV)

Who could possibly forget this KDrama with perfect casting, a romantic comedy theme, and the best Original Soundtracks that will have you playing the soundtrack over and over again?

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo centers on the lives of athletes, particularly weightlifters and swimmers from universities, and has humorous yet profound storylines! Although this series first aired in 2016 on MBC TV, it is still available to stream on VIU, iFlix, Netflix, Rakuten Viki, and Disney+.

Legend of the Blue Sea

From the name alone, we can tell that this series is legendary!

For those new to KDrama, this is a must-watch series! Legend of the Blue Sea stars Jun Ji Hyun (Shim Cheong) and Lee Min Ho (Heo Joon Jae), who are both versatile and iconic in the film industry of South Korea. These two are excellent catches who delivered an outstanding acting performance in this series!

Legend of the Blue Sea (SBS)

The life of a mermaid who fell in love with a human is the subject of this love story. Many of the side characters' backstories have lessons to impart that will move the viewer and inspire them throughout the series. This series also has the most iconic OSTs!

Online streaming of this series is available on VIU, Netflix, Rakuten Viki, and Disney+.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Looking for a romantic comedy series to relieve stress and make you laugh? This KDrama series is for you!

The plot of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon centers on a young woman named Do Bong Soon who possesses great strength and a crush on a fellow student who grew up to be a police officer. But as she dealt with issues that required her abilities, An Min Hyuk, who had the fortune to witness her startling talents, fell in love with Do Bong Soon at first sight– this is how their love story began.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (JTBC)

Park Bo Young, who portrayed Do Bong Soon, and Park Hyung Sik, who played An Min Hyuk, are the Park-Park Couple, and they truly have the best chemistry! There is no way you won't become addicted to the series after watching the two in one frame!

This drama is still available on VIU, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Rakuten Viki, and Disney+.

Fight For My Way
Park Seo Joon (Ko Dong Man) and Kim Ji Won (Choi Era) have a sizzling on-screen chemistry, and who can resist that? If you like Park Seo Joon or Kim Ji Won, this is the series for you!

This romantic comedy series is one of the most talked-about in town! It has excellent casting, a colourful OST, and a compelling plot that centers on the experiences of four childhood friends who grew up together and fell in love.

Fight For My Way (KBS2)

In Fight For My Way, Ko Dong Man, who wants to be a well-known boxer, and Choi Era, who wants to be a broadcaster, are the two main characters. The two leading couples, one of whom wants to be a mother and the other of whom works for an organization, each have a straightforward but significant dream.

Watch it right now on WeTV, Netfix, VIU, and Rakuten Viki to see the most famous love confession in KDrama history.

My ID is Gangnam Beauty

A girl who underwent surgery to change herself as a result of being bullied is the subject of the story My ID is Gangnam Beauty. Although a handsome boy fell in love with her after she transferred to a different school, she continued to be teased for her looks by others.

My ID is Gangnam Beauty (JTBC)

The visuals in this My ID is Gangnam Beauty series starring Cha Eun Woo as Do Kyung Seok and Im Soo Hyang as Kang Mi Rae are absolutely stunning! The best upbeat Original Soundtracks are included as well!

You can watch this series on Netflix, iQIYI, VIU, and Rakuten Viki.

True Beauty

Can't get enough of Cha Eun Woo's good looks? You must watch True Beauty after watching his My ID is Gangnam Beauty series!

The three main figures in True Beauty are Cha Eun Woo (Lee Suho), Moon Ga Young (Lim Joo Kyung), and Hwang In Youp (Han Seo Joon). True Beauty's webtoon-based plot revolves around Lim Joo Kyung's transformation into a more beautiful woman after she began learning how to apply makeup.

You really can't choose between the two dashing actors who have both fallen in love with the beauty inside and out of Lim Joo Kyung in this must-watch love triangle between the three!

True Beauty (tvN)

If you enjoy sitcoms about romantic relationships and friendship, this one is for you. Catch this on  Rakuten Viki, and VIU.

Extraordinary You

Extraordinary You is the best choice for you if you enjoy high school romance and two actors falling in love with the same girl.

No one could ever get over the second lead syndrome it produced, but after watching this series, you might think differently! You absolutely must watch this series due to its captivating storyline and gorgeous characters.

Extraordinary You (MBC)

Rowoon (Ha-Ru), Lee Jae Wook (Baek Kyung), and Kim Hye Yoon (Eun Dan Oh) are the main characters in Extraordinary You, and they have perfect visuals and chemistry. You can watch it right now on VIU, Rakuten Viki, and Netflix.

Backstreet Rookie

Backstreet Rookie, a romantic comedy drama, is a must-see if you want to escape the demanding yet iconic roles played by Ji Chang Wook and Kim Yoo Jung in various KDrama series.

The story of a convenience store owner who was strangled with a girl he had previously met when she was a student is the subject of this lighthearted series. Choi Dae Hyun, who played Jung Saet Byul, and Kim Yoo Jung fell in love at first sight (Ji Chang Wook). Their story begins when she decides to apply for a job as a helper in Dae Hyun's convenience store.

Backstreet Rookie (SBS)

You must watch this series to see Kang Ji Wook (Kim Min Kyu), a handsome boy with adorable puppy eyes, fall in love with Jung Saet Byul, his best friend from childhood.

You should watch it on VIU, Rakuten Viki, iQIYI, and Netflix because it also has the funniest side character backstories.

Run On

This one is definitely a catch! It is an underrated series, but seriously, you are missing out on life if you do not watch it!

This one might soon become overrated due to the non-toxic relationship between the main characters and their undeniable high chemistry. A man who is an athlete with wealthy parents and a girl with an average life who works in the film industry and does scriptwriting, transcripting, subtitling, and translating are the subjects of the series Run On.

Oh, to have a green flag man and woman named Ki Seon Gyeom played by Im Si Wan, and Shin Se Kyung as Oh Mi Joo– a perfect series!

Run On (JTBC)

Run On has one of the best second lead couples ever; it features Sooyoung as Seo Dan Ah and Kang Tae Oh as Lee Yeong Hwa. Lee Yeong Hwa studies the arts while Seo Dan Ah runs a talent agency. These two's complex yet humorous relationship adds flavor to the series' beauty.

Through this show, these four actors discovered their friendship, which continued in real life as well as on the show.

Kim Seon Ho made a cameo appearance in this series as a man discussing film and script with Oh Mi Joo.

You can watch it right now on Netflix.

Business Proposal
The KDrama series Business Proposal is last but certainly not least on the list of must-watch shows for newcomers.

This recently aired and completely dominated the entire world as it provided uncontrollable kilig moments throughout its entire run!

A clich├ęd but endearing love story involving a worker and the CEO is unquestionably worth watching; you'll laugh so hard while watching it. The employee, Shin Ha Ri, played by Kim Seo Jeong, develops a complicated bond with Kang Tae Moo, the CEO of her company (Ahn Hyo Seop).

Business Proposal (SBS)

Even though this tale of a CEO and employee falling in love is cliche, it still has a lot of kilig, and you might want to have a relationship like that with a dashing boss!

Seol In Ah and Kim Min Kyu, who play the second lead couple Jin Young Seo and Cha Sung Hoon, each have their own unique charms and chemistry that help draw viewers to the show.

You must watch this series for its stunning visuals, best OSTs, and hilarious yet superb plot. It's available now on Netflix.

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Written By: Rinalyn Manlangit
Rinalyn Manlangit is a Digital Marketing Intern at PS Media Enterprise, and an incoming fourth-year BA Broadcasting student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines- Manila.



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