8 Incredibly Refreshing K-Dramas That We Want To See More Of (2022)

K-dramas are known for their clichés, with which we have a love/hate relationship with. From wrist-grabs (ouch!) to love triangles (second lead syndrome, am I right?), you’ll be hard pressed to find a drama that doesn’t include at least one of these tropes. Butfor thetimes when that good ole’ evil stepmothercliché getsjust a tad too old, here’s a collection of refreshingly non-cliché dramas that’ll make you wantto see more of these kinds ofstories in the future!

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

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While this drama does have its share of clichés (wrist grabs are a staple), it also subverts some tropes as well. For example, Do Bong Soon, though tiny, is mighty: rather than the guy swooping in to save her, she not only saves herself, but more often than not, savesthe main lead as well!

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I also thought it was super refreshing how the main hero is the nice guy, and the tsundere (cold on the outside, warm on the inside) is the second lead. Usually, it’s the other way around!

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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

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It was super refreshing to see how healthy most of the relationships (from romantic to family) are in this drama.

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I loved Jung Joon Hyung’s family dynamics. Even though his aunt and uncle aren’t his biological parents, they still raised him like he was their own, subverting the usual cliché of evil step-parents. He’s also on super good terms with his older cousin, who is honestly both the sweetest and most clueless guy ever.

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I also loved how healthy Joon Hyung’sand Bok Joo’s relationship is. They actually communicate with each other and give each other space when the other person needs it. When Jung Joon Hyung is dealing with his mother coming back, Bok Joo is very supportive but also very firm with him on what his priorities are. Shedoesn’t baby him nor patronize him, but is realistic while being sensitive.

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And of course scenes like this:

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arealso pretty far from conventional!

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Age of Youth

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Girl power? Yes please!

Thisdrama is absolutely lovely in its portrayal of strong relationships between women. There are no “catty” fights just for the sake of catty fights, and the conversation isn’t ALWAYS about boys.

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Women supporting women is always my aesthetic!

There are also few dramas out there that portray college life (off the top of my head, I can only think of “Reply 1994,” “Cheese in the Trap,” and “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo”), and for people who want to relive those glory days or are currently struggling through them, dramas like these are a fresh breath of air. Sure, sometimes we want to escape into a world full of chaebols and mythical monkeys that are actually Lee Seung Gi, butfor other days, it’s the quiet simplicities of slice-of-life dramas like these that touch us the most.

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Cheese In The Trap

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There is one particular scene that is forever etched into my mind: the group project scene where Hong Seol has to do allllll the work.

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It gives me war flash backs to my own past group projects LOL.

From dealing with tough professors to worrying about paying for college to sleeping through alarms for morning classes, this showis relatable AF for every college student. It isalso so refreshing to see a school drama that actuallyshows students studying!

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Because This Is My First Life

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Man, where to start with this show? As a whole, this drama is just a bigbreath of the freshest air, taking familiar tropes and spinning them ontheir heels. With three different relationships to follow, it could have gone messy, but with skilled acting and solid writing, this show touches hearts with its realistic portrayals of different relationships and all the ups and downs that come with it.

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There are so many non-cliché moments I could mention. For example, Su Ji and Ji Ho have to deal with workplace sexual harassment. This isn’t something that’s addressed often in K-dramas, and like Ji Ho, many women are driven out of certain work fields because of it. But unlike Ji Ho’s situation, there is oftentimes no justice, especially for women who live in more conservative areas. Then there are other women who stay, like Su Ji, becausethey can’t afford to leave.

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But one of the most refreshing thing about this show is the parallel between Ho Rang and Su Ji, and how they each define their identity as a woman.

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Ho Rang has everything that Su Ji had wanted (respect in the work place and, in a sense, the boss of her own team), but she would give it up in a heartbeat to be a stay-at-home wife. Su Ji can’t understand that about Ho Rang, who would stake her worth on marrying (and in her eyes, on a man).

I thought this touched on societal pressures for the women of today, something that’s also rarely addressed so straightforwardly in dramas, like the expectation of marriage for women before a certain age, or the view that a woman who prefers a more “traditional” path in life is somehow less than a woman who decides to pursue a career (and vice versa).There are no definite answers or judgment, and the writer of this drama never pushes a certain agenda to her viewers; she merely portrays things as they are, and, perhaps, as she’s experienced them as well.

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Fight My Way

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It’s never too late to start pursuing your dreams, and the Crazy Fantastic Four is the prime example of that!

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In particular, I really loved this scene, where Baek Seol Hee talks about how her dreamis to be a mom. In a similar vein to Ho Rang and Su Ji in “Because This Is My First Life,”it feels refreshing because it addresses topics that aren’t often touched upon.

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Dear My Friends

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Writer Noh Hee Kyung is known for her beautiful and gritty portrayals of humanity, and this drama is no exception. This is a story about life from all walks of it, and even if you’re almost at the end, there’s still more and more to be lived. I thought it was so refreshing for these veteran actors and actresses to have a chance to portray roles other than the standard mother-in-law character or friendly next-door grandpa.

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Dear Fair Lady Kong Shim

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Two sweetie pie main leads means double the pain, but also twice the sweetness!

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In a love triangle, it’s usually standardto have one nice guy and one tsundere-like character, but I thought it was awesometo watch a drama that finally has two really nice male leads – even if it does lead to some anguish at the end!

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8 Incredibly Refreshing K-Dramas That We Want To See More Of? ›

8 Incredibly Refreshing K-Dramas That We Want To See More Of
  • Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.
  • Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo.
  • Because This Is My First Life.
  • Fight My Way.
  • Dear Fair Lady Kong Shim.
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Here are some of the most popular Korean dramas for you to binge-watch
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  • Crash Landing on You (2019-2020) Image Credit: Netflix. ...
  • Goblin (2016-2017) Image Credit: Netflix. ...
  • Mr. Sunshine (2018) ...
  • Mr. Queen (2020-2021) ...
  • Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) 2 (2021)
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1. Best Korean Drama Of All Time - Crash Landing On You (2019) Starring Son Ye-Jin and Hyun Bin, Crash Landing On You revolves around Yoon Se-Ri (Son Ye-Jin) a successful entrepreneur and heiress from South Korea who crash lands in North Korea while paragliding because of a tornado.

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Crash Landing on You (2019-2020)

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What is the highest rated Kdrama of 2021? ›

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Here are some of the highest-rated K-dramas of 2022
  • Business Proposal. ...
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The Best Korean Dramas to Stream on Netflix Now
  • Twenty Five Twenty One. The Swoon. 3.11M subscribers. ...
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Which is the best Korean Drama Top 10? ›

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  • of 27. Thirty Nine (2022) ...
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  • of 27. The Sound of Magic (2022) ...
  • of 27. Squid Game (2021) ...
  • of 27. It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) ...
  • of 27. Sweet Home (2020)
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Why is K drama popular? ›

Addictive Properties - Korean dramas successfully create emotional connections with viewers. Characters are developed and brought through trials and tribulations in such a way that the audience relates to the characters and feels the same emotions.

What K-drama does Jungkook like? ›

BTS's Jungkook had a hard time picking between K-dramas 'Twenty-Five Twenty-One' and 'Business Proposal' The hottest and most-talked K-drama of the year goes to Netflix and tvN's Twenty-Five Twenty-One.

Is any BTS member in K-drama? ›

In the caption, V aka Taehyung, dubbed the show as the drama of his life. The singer's love for the drama is also a shoutout to his bandmate Park Ji-min (Jimin) who made his OST debut with this show.

What are the top 10 Kdrama 2020? ›

Top Korean Drama 2020
  • Itaewon Class (2020) TV-MA | 70 min | Drama, Romance. ...
  • Hi Bye, Mama! ( 2020) ...
  • The World of the Married (2020) 80 min | Drama, Romance. ...
  • Nobody Knows (2020) ...
  • The King: Eternal Monarch (2020) ...
  • Hospital Playlist (2020–2021) ...
  • 365: Repeat the Year (2020) ...
  • It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020)

What is the best Chinese Drama 2020? ›

The most popular Chinese drama in 2020 was The Untamed, other popular Chinese dramas are Love O2O, Ode to Joy and Go Go Squid.

Where can I watch Korean dramas? ›

Best Streaming Services for K-Dramas
  • Rakuten Viki. Best overall with the most K-drama titles for cheap. ...
  • Netflix. Home of Squid Game and a variety of Korean content. ...
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Some are subtle and some are more noticeable, but whenever a common K-drama cliche is executed with the roles switched between the female and male characters, it feels like a breath of fresh air.. Here are seven moments when K-dramas executed common cliches but with the roles reversed between the female and male characters!. And these days, whenever female characters are seen doing wall slams, the emphasis is usually on how funny or cutely romantic it is, and we always expect the male character to follow up with a “real” wall slam.. And while the wall slam cliche gives us mixed feelings overall (as it can be kind of aggressive), it’s refreshing to see a scene where the girl is the one doing the wall slam.. It’s no secret why so many of us love Bong Bong ( Park Bo Young ) and Min Min ( Park Hyung Sik ) as a couple: they’re not your typical combo of the helpless female character and brooding male lead.. “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” doesn’t shy away from portraying Minhyuk as the “damsel in distress” who needs saving, so while there are many moments when Bong Soon is there to help her male lead, this moment is quite possibly the funniest.. Most of these gender-bender type of dramas feature a female character who pretends to be a boy, but have you ever seen a drama where it’s the other way around?. Most noona romances have a successful woman falling in love with a younger man who isn’t necessarily in the same workplace, but this drama is refreshing in that Hwang Ji Ahn ( Kim Sun Ah ) is actually a director at the company where Park Tae Kang ( Lee Jang Woo ) ends up working.. If you’re feeling frustrated by the current events that are going on in the Korean entertainment industry or just want to see some truly badass female characters, then you’ve got to check out “Witch’s Court.” Ma Yi Deum is smart, ruthless, and quick on her feet, which is a combination that’s not commonly seen in female K-drama characters.. Criminal chasing scenes are pretty common in legal and crime dramas, and many K-dramas feature a male detective demonstrating their “genius” smarts to catch the criminal while the female characters are more in supportive roles.. It’s cool to see female characters in K-dramas be more outspoken and honest about how much they love their leading men and it definitely makes Ae Ra that much of a boss character.

Whether it’s singing OSTs for his dramas, stealing hearts in rom-coms, or unsettling nerves in mystery thrillers, Seo In Guk can do it all, and more!. Moving past that, however, is Seo In Guk as Kang Woo, the second male lead who has a crush on Tae Gong Sil (Gong Hyo Jin), and who always looks incredibly dapper in his suit.. Seo In Guk is back in the leading seat with “King of High School,” which contrary to what the title may suggest, is actually notset in high school.. Start watching “King of High School”:. In you want to see Seo In Guk in a period setting, then this is the drama for you.. Seo In Guk dips his toes into a much darker fare for “I Remember You,” a psychological thriller that gives us chilling performances all around (a creepy Park Bo Gum , anyone?).. After stretching his acting chops by trying out a few different genres, Seo In Guk returned to rom-com in 2016 and gave us the much beloved “Shopping King Louie.” It has everything you want in a memorable rom-com — a believable romance, light-hearted fun, a heart-warming storyline with poignant moments, and… amnesia.. Seo In Guk takes a left turn and dives into another darker role with “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes,” where he plays Kim Moo Young, a somewhat unhinged bad boy that you just can’t stay away from.. In his latest drama, Seo In Guk plays Myul Mang, a god who brings forth doom and destruction wherever he goes, and is frankly tired of it.

In the meantime though, here are eight slice of life K-dramas about growing up that you’ll totally be able to relate to.. “ Because It’s The First Time ” is a K-drama centered around six friends dealing with the ups and downs of being young adults, complete with the difficulties and mix ups of love.. With a bittersweet and comedic feel, “Because It’s The First Time” is the perfect summer K-drama to watch while you reminisce about the past and look forward to new changes in your life.. Catch the first episode of “Because It’s The First Time” below:. The characters – and the relationships with their families and friends – will make you laugh, cry, and dream along with them as you experience the hardships of being young.. Yet the vigor and fighting spirit they have as they go after their dreams and fight against these problems is both contagious and hard not to cheer for.. “ School 2013 ” is a popular K-drama that captures the lives of several high school students in one of the worst ranking schools in Korea.. “School 2013” also brings up many of the problems with the present school system as the students fight to survive against the injustices of school politics, stress, and exams.. Catch the first episode of “School 2013” below:. It’s a high school drama with an artistic spin – Kirin Arts High School is an academy for aspiring singers, dancers, and songwriters; the remedial class of Kirin High holds, essentially, the failure students.. “Dream High” is a K-drama full of hope – it says that, at the end of the day, if you work hard and keep enduring, then your dreams are reachable.. Catch the first episode of “Dream High” below:. “ Sassy Go Go ” is a bubbly and cute high school drama about two opposing clubs in Sevit High School – the low-ranking street dancers and the top-ranking elite students.. Ariana K. Welsh is a college student who spends most of her time obsessing over K-dramas with her sister, dancing to loud music, and writing into the wee hours of the night.

2022 is already shaping up to be an incredibly exciting year for K-Dramas on Netflix, and below we’ll be keeping track of all of the new K-Dramas coming to Netflix in 2022 and beyond.. Café Minamdang (Season 1) N Seasons: 1 | Episodes: 16 Genre: Comedy, Mystery| Runtime: 60 Minutes Cast: Seo In Guk, Oh Yeon Seo, Kwak Shi Yang, Kang Mi Na, Kwon Soo Hyun Netflix Release Date: June 27th, 2022. Extraordinary Attorney Woo (Season 1) N Seasons: 1 | Episodes: 16 Genre: Drama | Runtime: 60 Minutes Cast: Park Eun Bin, Kang Tae Oh, Kang Ki Young, Jeon Bae Soo, Baek Ji Won Netflix Release Date: June 29th, 2022. Money Heist (Season 1) N Episodes: 12 Genre: Crime, Thriller Cast: Yoo Ji Tae, Jeon Jong Seo, Park Hae Soo, Lee Won Jong, Kim Ji Hoon Netflix Release Date: June 24th, 2022. He struggles to have a normal life.. In her high-school days, Moon Dong Eun had dreams of becoming an architect.. Queen Maker (Season 1) N Seasons: 1 | Episodes: 12 Genre: Drama | Runtime: 60 Minutes Cast: Kim Hee Ae, Moon So Ri, Ryu Soo Young, Kim Tae Hoon, Ki Do Hoon Netflix Release Date: 2023

8 Adorable Idol Dramas Everyone Needs To See As we all know, K-Pop idols keep themselves busy with numerous projects, including forays into drama.. GOT7 in “Dream Knight” The members of GOT7 play the roles of mythical protectors in “Dream Knight,” a sweet mini web drama that shouldn’t be taken too seriously.. However, instead of playful knights appearing to help her, Seo Young (Kim Ga Eun) suddenly finds herself surrounded by vampires as she tries to attend school.. It seems like school themes are nearly impossible to escape in these idol dramas, as we once again follow a girl who encounters a strange group of boys while she is in school.. Even Kai is cheering for us in this fun series!. A sweet drama that’s all about love, we get to watch the different romances of members of KARA.. This might seem overwhelming, but you only have to watch the episodes that follow the member of NEOZ SCHOOL that you want her to end up with.. NEOZ SCHOOL certainly has many attractive members, and they definitely make our hearts flutter in this cute series.


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