I live for romantic K-dramas even though all they do is make me moan, “God when?” Nothing comes close to their found family/best friend trope, though.
Warning: Watching any of the movies with our favourite K-drama friend groups will have you calling all your friends at 3 a.m. to tell them how much you love and miss them.
The gang from Reply 1988
I wasn’t even born in 1988, nor do I live in South Korea. Still, this series made me nostalgic for the age when kids used walkmans, rocked denim on denim and used dial phones.
In Reply 1988, the gang of four guys and one girl all lived and grew up in the same neighbourhood watching movies together, listening to songs and looking after each other. Even though they sometimes argue, their quarrels never got in the way of their love for each other.
The Reply series is goated and deserves all the love it gets. If you need a good laugh or cry and want to learn what it means to be a good friend, watch this series because these guys understand friendship.
Our favourite five from Twenty Five, Twenty One
One thing K-drama will do is give you a new interest in sports that you never bothered with before. Twenty Five, Twenty One follows the life of Na Hee Doo, who wants to be the world’s best fencer. She meets Baek Yi Jin, a former rich kid whose family went bankrupt, forcing the family to live apart. Hee Doo and Yi Jun become friends and find joy in making the other happy.
How the rest of the squad comes together is messy. But still, things take up shape so beautifully as these kids struggle with their chaotic personalities, financial backgrounds, school and relationship drama, and still find time to show up for each other. The five have such an excellent on-screen connection you’ll find yourself tearing up more often than you’d like.
The doctor squad from Hospital Playlist
If hospital dramas are not your thing, these guys are about to change that. The series follows a group of doctors who have been friends since medical school and somehow end up working in the same hospital. The series follows their friendship, relationship with their patients, romantic lives and, of course, the fact that they’re in a band. Best in time management, innit?
These guys will make you laugh with their easy banter. They always make time out of their busy days to check on each other, also making sure to hang out often enough to have us all in our feels. If there’s any friend group I’m most jealous of, It’s this one.
The Swag Squad from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
You know a friend group is real when they bond over food. This trio are weightlifters in their university, and while their love for food is the only thing they have in common, the friendship still works. Every time they do something they find cool, they say, “swegg!” simultaneously. They fight for each other and always take each other’s side, whether wrong or right.
The girls from Hello, My Twenties
At first, these girls don’t seem like they’ll be good friends because of their different personalities. But, you can’t have six university girls living in a house without butting heads on their road to friendship.
This series did a good job showing what female friendships look like: the stupid dating advice they give each other, their struggles being in school while working part-time jobs, living with slobs and dealing with a stalker, etc. These girls went through it, and all you’ll want to do is give them hugs, but at least they had each other, so you know they can face anything together.
The plaza crew from Vincenzo
This bunch of weirdos are still the most heartwarming found family/ friend groups I’ve seen in K-drama. The plaza crew consists of13 clowns who bonded over their disdain for anyone that tried to buy them out of the plaza that housed all their very different businesses. Until they met Vincenzo Cassano, a Korean-born Italian lawyer and Mafia consigliere who, unknown to them, was the actual owner of the plaza.
At first, they didn’t trust him when he said he didn’t want to break down the plaza because so many people had tried to deceive them. Unknown to them, baba had gold under the building, and that’s all he came for.
This chaotic gang of misfits sha ended up loving Vincenzo and would do anything for him, including acting as zombies to mess with the mind of a witness just to help Vicenzo with his case. The best part is that they get a happy ending and remain friends even after Vincenzo left.