5 ~Heartwarming~ K-Dramas That Will Make You Appreciate Your Family Even More

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by Hanna Tamondong for Cosmo.ph   |  Jun 29, 2022
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Once you get *so* immersed in a K-drama, there are moments when you associate yourself with a certain character. Maybe it's an only child who was raised by a single mom or the second child who isn't the favorite—either way, there's bound to be someone that you can relate to. Pair that with family scenes that will have you sobbing in a corner and you have a series that will make it your list of all-time favorites.

If you're looking for shows that will touch your heart, check out these family-oriented K-dramas:

1. Reply 1988 (2015)

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

The Reply series installment has family as its theme but Reply 1988 will always be the most memorable for us. It's nostalgic as it is heartwarming, and the families featured here are ones we can all resonate with. Like siblings who are constantly at each other's throats, or friends who are like family. The last few episodes will tug at your heartstrings, and they're a beautiful reminder that although we don't often see or feel it, our parents are always looking after us.


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2. Hi Bye, Mama! (2020)

Where you can watch it: Netflix

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In Hi Bye, Mama!, you'll get to meet people who are yearning for their family members who have passed away. Expect to cry a river when you watch this K-drama that revolves around Cha Yu Ri (Kim Tae Hee), a woman who's loved by everyone because of her warm personality. One day, Yu Ri got into a tragic accident and she died. But she was given a chance to be with her family again for 49 days. In this short period of time, she learned that her daughter can see ghosts, her husband has already remarried, and more.

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3. Move To Heaven (2021)

Where you can watch it: Netflix

Han Gu Ru (Tang Joon Sang) is a 20-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome and he lives with his dad. They have a trauma cleaning business, which is clearing out the belongings of a person who died. Due to an unfortunate reason, Gu Ru's dad passed away and he was left under the care of his uncle (Lee Je Hoon), an ex-convict and martial artist. It was so hard for Gu Ru to adjust to his new life and he was initially against the idea of living with his samcheon, but he later on realized that family will always be family. In this heartbreaking drama (you'll cry in every episode), death is told in the most comforting way.


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4. When The Camellia Blooms

Where you can watch it: Netflix

Although When The Camellia Blooms is fifty percent thriller, the other half is a mix of kilig and waterworks. Oh Dong Baek (Gong Hyo Jin) is a single mom who moved to the village of Ongsan to open her bar called Camellia. She wasn't liked a first since there's a stigma around single moms in her new place. Eventually, she was loved, cheered on, and protected by her neighbors. You'll adore Dong Baek's son, Pil Gu, who considers her as his best friend. On the other hand, Dong Baek and her own mom doesn't see eye to eye because she was neglected as a child but later on, she found out the reason behind this and began to appreciate her more.

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5. 18 Again (2020)

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

A remake of the Zac Efron-led Hollywood movie, 18 Again is more than just a Korean adaptation. The drama is about Dae Young (Lee Do Hyun), a father who's going through the worst in his life. As he relives his glory days, he's brought back to his high school selfexcept that he's still living in the present. 18 Again will move you with its storyline that hits right in the heart, no matter what life stage you're at. It shows the efforts and sacrifices of parents, and how they'll willing to risk everything for the happiness of their children.

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This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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