The world of k-dramas can be daunting for beginners. What do you watch? How has everyone seen the same ones? The lead actor looks strangely similar to my bias. Welcome to dramaland. You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.
Let’s start with the basics. You will often hear the term Hallyu which stands for the Korean cultural wave. Many dramas only consist of a single season which is usually around 20 or so episodes. Part of the reason these dramas are so popular are because they are so short. Many Korean dramas have several titles for the same shows, but this is mostly because of translation within different countries.
Top left to right: Emergency Couple and My Love From Another Star
Bottom left to right: Heirs and Birth of a Beauty
Where to watch:
DramaFever is a free mobile app, but they also offer a subscription that allows you to use a device like Apple TV to stream directly to your television. You can even choose what language you would like for subtitles.
Soompi also offers free shows or premium service.
There are more sites, but I listed these because they are legal & will be virus free.
While some dramas may be deemed cheesy or just plain bad it seems like everyone has seen certain ones. So let’s give into peer pressure and join in!
10 Cult favorites:
My Love From Another Star
Boys over flowers
The Moon Embracing the Sun
5 Personal favorites:
Birth of a Beauty
To the Beautiful You
A Gentleman’s Dignity