The Best High School Romance K-Dramas to Watch For All the *Kilig* Feels

Need a feel-good pick-me-up?
by Leika Golez   |  Apr 1, 2022
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Our go-to cure for a bad day? A high school romance K-drama. Sure, they may not be the “best shows” objectively speaking, but they’re certainly the winners when it comes to lifting your spirits. Packed with cheesy lines and swoon-worthy leads, these comforting shows radiate only ~good vibes~ with the gentlest touch of kilig

So the next time you feel stressed, take a chance on one of the high school romance K-dramas in our list below: 

1. Extraordinary You 

THE CAST:  Kim Hye Yoon, Kim Ro Woon, Lee Jae Wook, Lee Na Eun, Jung Gun Joo, Kim Young Dae, and Lee Tae Ri

THE PLOT: A wealthy girl with congenital heart disease attempts to find true love upon realizing that she’s a side character in a cartoon world. 

AVAILABLE ON: Viu, Viki

2. The Heirs

THE CAST: Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, and Kim Woo Bin

THE PLOT: At an exclusive high school for privileged teens, a chaebol heir falls in love with his housekeeper’s daughter. 

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AVAILABLE ON: Netflix, Viu, Viki

3. Moment of 18 

THE CAST: Ong Seong Wu, Kim Hyang Gi, Shin Seung Ho, and Kang Ki Young

THE PLOT: An aloof loner, a student overachiever, and a level-headed gentleman come together to find their place in the world. 

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AVAILABLE ON: Netflix, Viu, Viki

4. Cheer Up! 

THE CAST: Jung Eun Ji, Lee Won Keun, Cha Hak Yeon, Ji Soo, and Chae Soo Bin

THE PLOT: Students from different backgrounds are pushed to form a cheerleading squad at a highly competitive boarding school. 

AVAILABLE ON: Viki

5. School 2017 

THE CAST:  Kim Jung Hyun, Kim Se Jeong, Jang Dong Yoon, Han Sun Hwa, and Han Joo Wan

THE PLOT: When an aspiring web artist faces expulsion for a false accusation, the school director’s son inspires her to fight for her innocence.  

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix, Viu, Viki

6. Dream High 

THE CAST: Bae Suzy, Ok Taec Yeon, Kim Soo Hyun, Ham Eun Jung, Jang Woo Young, IU

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THE PLOT: As six students train to become K-pop idols, they develop feelings for one another and overcome personal adversities. 

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix, Viu, Viki 

7. True Beauty

THE CAST: Moon Ga Young, Cha Eun Woo, Hwang In Youp, and Park Yoo Na

THE PLOT: Following a traumatic bullying experience, an insecure girl transfers to a new high school and seeks comfort from an aloof classmate. 

AVAILABLE ON: Viu, Viki

8. Love Alarm

THE CAST: Kim So Hyun, Jung Ga Ram, and Song Kang

THE PLOT: An orphan discovers love in a world where a cellphone app detects if someone in the vicinity has romantic feelings for them. 

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix

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