6 Heart-Fluttering ~*Friends-To-Lovers*~ K-Dramas to Stream on Netflix RN

For all the hopeless romantics out there!
by Malcolm Angoya   |  Feb 13, 2023
Image: (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo/MBC TV, Romance is a Bonus Book/tvN
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When you’re in the mood for a good ol’ love story, nothing hits better than the friends-to-lovers trope. Having a solid foundation such as friendship truly gives the couple a heart-fluttering chemistry. We all love screaming at our screens when characters are being in plain denial about their feelings!

That said, it’s no surprise that the friends-to-lovers plot is quite popular among some of the most iconic K-drama series. If you’re looking another drama with this trope to add to your list, here are six shows that will have you kicking your feet in the air and squealing 24/7 from all the *kilig*:

6 Heart-Fluttering  ~*Friends-To-Lovers*~ K-Dramas to Stream on Netflix RN

  • Reply 1988

One of the best aspects of the friends-to-lovers trope is just how natural and easy the chemistry between the leads are, and Reply 1988 exhibits  exactly that kind of bond! It follows five childhood best friends who are there for each other through thick and thin—from their embarrassing moments to celebrations of their successes.


  • Hospital Playlist

For those craving that slow-burn romance, Hospital Playlist is the medical drama for you! It tells the romance of two doctors who have been best friends for decades, suppressing each other’s feelings and missing out on countless chances to be together. The payoff in the ending is extremely gratifying, so make sure you don’t miss out on this drama!

  • My First First Love

My First First Love is every bit as adorable as you could have hoped. This coming-of-age drama follows the journey of five young adults who live under one roof due to various odd circumstances. Together, they find themselves, chase their dreams, and fall in love with unexpected people (not-so-spoiler alert: it’s with their childhood friend).


  • Romance is a Bonus Book

If you're already a lover of this trope, Romance is a Bonus Book will surely rise the ranks in your favorites list! This heartfelt story is about rekindling an old friendship while embarking on a journey of discovering one’s true selves.



  • Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo

This sports-centric drama has us clutching our chests for its endearing story of college athletes fighting for their dreams and finding love in the process. Aside from its romance, the coming-of-age stories in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo will also leave your heart feeling charmed.


  • Fight For My Way

We cannot even begin to discuss the friends-to-lovers trope without mentioning Fight For My Way! Two best friends work to overcome various challenges while trying to become an announcer and an MMA fighter, and their friendship begins to develop into something more along the way.

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