8 Fun, Lighthearted K-Dramas to Watch When You Want to Turn Off Your Brain

by Leika Golez   |  Sep 8, 2022
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo/MBC, True Beauty/tvN
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There are plenty of ways to distract yourself when the real world gets a little too harsh. Most times, however, we rely on a lighthearted comfort show to lift our spirits and whisk us away from reality. We know you already have your list of go-to faves, so why not try out a new feel-good K-drama?

If you’re looking for some recs, we’ve compiled the best shows to watch when your brain’s just completely fried from the hustle and bustle of life: 

1. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo

THE CAST:  Lee Sung-kyung, Nam Joo-hyuk

THE PLOT: A collegiate weightlifter begins to develop feelings for her childhood friend as she work towards her dream of being a gold medalist. 

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix, Viu, Viki

2. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

THE CAST:  Shin Min-a, Kim Seon-ho, Lee Sang-yi

THE PLOT: A hard-nosed dentist grows tired of the busy city life and moves to a seaside village with a neighborly community. 

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AVAILABLE ON: Netflix

3. True Beauty 

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

THE PLOT: An insecure student forms an unlikely bond with an aloof classmate at her new high school.  

AVAILABLE ON: Viu

4. Business Proposal 

THE CAST: Moon Ga-young, Cha Eun-woo, Hwang In-youp, Park Yoo-na

THE PLOT: A heartbroken woman attends a blind date in disguise as her friend, only to realize that the prospective suitor is her company’s CEO. 

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix

5. Hospital Playlist 

THE CAST:  Ahn Hyo-seop, Kim Se-jeong, Kim Min-kyu, Seol In-ah

THE PLOT: A group of five doctors strengthen their friendship as they passionately work towards their aspirations together.  

WATCH ON: Netflix

6. Fight For My Way 

THE CAST:  Park Seo-joon, Kim Ji-won

THE PLOT: A high school Taekwondo champion and an aspiring announcer help each other pursue their dream careers despite coming from a mediocre background. 

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WATCH ON: Netflix, Viu, Viki

7. Welcome to Waikiki

THE CAST:  Kim Jung-hyun, Lee Yi-kyung, Son Seung-won

THE PLOT: Three men who run a bankrupt guest house suddenly cross paths with a mysterious baby in Waikiki. 

WATCH ON: Netflix, Viu, Viki

8. Touch Your Heart 

THE CAST: Yoo In-na, Lee Dong-wook

THE PLOT: In an attempt to recover from a recent scandal, a renowned actress pretends to be a lawyer’s secretary to bag her next big role. 

WATCH ON: Netflix, Viu

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