Korean dramas, also known as Kdramas, have become popular lately thanks to Netflix. Netflix has many Korean dramas available for streaming. You can watch them free on Dramafever too. You might be tempted to try one out. Be warned, you will become hooked. That is, as long as you watch the right ones. Here is my beginners guide to Kdramas.
What to Watch First: ”Boys Over Flowers”
“Boys Over Flowers” is probably the most famous Korean drama out there. If by the end of the show, you are gushing and happy and smiling, then you’ll be hooked on them for life. Everything that happens in “Boys Over Flowers” happens in nearly every other Kdrama. Every other drama will contain at least one theme or scene that mimics BOF.
The show is about how a poor girl changes the lives of spoiled rich boys. It is also your first look at Lee Min Ho. No, the curls are not real.
When You Want to Cry: ”Baker King, Kim Tak Gu”
With dramas comes tears. The shows have lots of melodrama and love to tug at your heartstrings. The one show that does this the best is “Baker King, Kim Tak Gu.” It’s the story of an illegitimate boy on the search for his lost mother. Actor Yoon Shi Yoon’s overdramatic emotions will get to you even if it is a bit melodramatic. The show will also make you want to bake bread.
When You Want Action: ”City Hunter”
“City Hunter” is a great Kdrama choice if you want to persuade a manly man to watch with you. It has a great plot that makes it very difficult to pick a villian. It’s one of those stories where you understand everyone’s point of view and the reasons for their actions. It’s got martial arts, gun fights, car chases, and romance. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you talking long after it’s over.
When You Want History: ”Iljimae”
There are many good historical dramas, but I chose “Iljimae” for beginners because it has a familiar theme: Robin Hood. A rich boy ends up on the other end of the social spectrum, his family betrayed, and his father killed. He gets his revenge by becoming Iljimae and stealing from the rich to give to the poor. It’s corny at times, but enjoyable. It’s fun watching him transform from a bumbling idiot to the stealthy Iljimae.
Because I said so: ”You’re Beautiful”
“You’re Beautiful” is my favorite Kdrama. For that reason alone, you should watch it. It’s silly, it’s funny, it’s cute, and it’s sweet. It also has pig-rabbit and some great songs. You will not regret it. It’s the story of a naïve girl pretending to be her twin brother and living with three guys. I do recommend you only watch this on Netflix as the Dramafever translation is off and ruins some important moments and jokes.