Hello friends and soon-to-be friends! Are you or is someone you know interested in trying out the Korean Drama waters, but don't know where to start? Well, I've got you covered. As someone who has introduced many people to their first Kdrama, I am well-qualified to provide you a list of 10 starter dramas from different categories.
Answer me 1997
You Are All Surrounded
Flower Boy Next Door
It's Okay That's Love
Baker Kim Tak Gu
King 2 Hearts
From an American standpoint this drama might seem a bit controversial, which is part of what makes it compelling. It's about a fictitious South Korean prince and a North Korean spy who are forced to form a joint military team in an effort to unite their two countries, but things don't ever go smoothly when you're talking about two "frenemy" nations. This is another good action drama, but this one also has a heavy romantic element and a lot of tragedy. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes action and doesn't mind a bit of heaviness.
*All 10 dramas can be found both on DramaFever and Hulu. You're Beautiful, You Are All Surrounded, and It's Okay, That's Love can be found on Netflix.
**Because most drama titles are a translation from Korean, some dramas have multiple English titles and may be referred to by similar, but different names, on different view platforms (ie Answer me 1997 is also called Reply 1997).