Let’s not lie. As much as we all claim to love all the other K-drama genres, the romantic ones are our faves because they help reinforce our unrealistic expectations for love. Not these dramas though, because the situations these characters find themselves in hit too close to home and will have you shouting, “God when?”
1. Descendants of the Sun
One thing about romantic K-dramas is if the lead actors have insane chemistry, they will end up married in real life— nevermind that they’ve split up.
Descendants of the Sun is about Yoo Si-jin, a captain of the special forces, and a doctor, Kang Mo-yeon, who fell in love despite their conflicting occupations — one having to load a gun to kill enemy forces, the other wielding a scalpel to save lives, but they overcome it and that’s what matters.
2. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo
Kim Bok-joo, a college swimmer, and Jung Joon-hyung, a weight lifter, used to be childhood friends, but neither of them recognised each other when they met again at Haneul Sport University. The series did a whole U-turn from friends to enemies to lovers.
It’s a pretty unconventional cast that doesn’t follow the usual K-drama beauty standards, which makes them even more relatable. Watch WFKB for the sappy romance and every single one of Joon-hyung’s cute sweaters.
3. Forecasting Love and weather
This is an ongoing romantic drama about two employees at the Korea national weather service, Jin Ha-Kyung and Lee Shi-Wo, who fall in love after finding out that each other’s former partners cheated on them. It’s a really soft love story about navigating the complicated drama of dating and breaking up with a co-worker and how it can affect your work life. If you enjoyed Healer, City Hunter and What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? You’ll enjoy this series because Park Min Young absolutely killed the role.
4. Crash Landing On You
CLOY follows the story of Yoon Se-ri, the heiress of one of South Korea’s largest chaebols who lands in North Korea after her paragliding trip went wrong, and meets Ri Jeong-hyeok – a North Korean military man. This series will have you rooting for a love that really shouldn’t work, but love is foolish like that. The best part? The characters are now married in real life. It doesn’t get any more “God when” than that.
5. When the Camellia Blooms
A story about a single mum navigating life in a small town where people gossip about her because she runs a restaurant called Camellia, where most of the men in town frequent. Despite all the gossip, a local police officer, Dong Baek, falls in love with her, which is convenient because there’s a serial killer after her life. The cutest thing about the series is her young son Pil-Gu. He did such an amazing job for his age. If you end up liking him — and you will — you should see him in Racket Boys.
6. Hotel Del Luna
IU did a madness with this drama. From the cinematography to the cast, and then the sound track.. In Hotel Del Luna, Jang Man-wol kills an innocent person and gets cursed with immortality to manage Hotel Del Luna, a rest stop for the dead, until her curse is lifted.
While ghost staff run the hotel, it needs a human manager to help with taxes and administrative work, which is where our male lead Ku Chan-song comes in. Get ready to laugh at all Man-wol’s antics and cry too — because come on, it’s a K-drama.
7. Mr Queen
In the present, Jang Bong-Hwan works as a chef at the president’s Blue House. He is a flirt with a big ego and a a great sense of humour He gets framed for poisoning the president and goes on the run. While fleeing the police, he falls from the top of a building into a pool, and his spirit finds its way into the body of Queen Kim So-Yong who was drowning in a pond in the Joseon period in 1849. A man in a woman’s body, what could go wrong?