Top Series For Guys Looking For Their First K-Drama To Binge Watch
Fans would agree that they turn to K-dramas for the shows’ light-hearted scenes na tamang pampakilig lang, which is why it’s not as appealing for people who aren’t exactly into romantic themes. Not to mention that there seems to be a misconception that K-dramas are for girls only. (2020 na, fam. You do you!) If you’d had your fair share of binge-watch sessions, though, you’d know that these K-dramas offer more than just heartwarming storylines; they’ve got substance and life lessons, too.
We asked our followers on Instagram about the best series they’d recommend to a guy friend who’s just trying to get into K-dramas, and these are the shows that reigned supreme. #GenerationCandy suggests you start your K-drama journey with these series first:
Starring: Park Seo Joon, Kim Da Mi, Kim Dong Hee, Kwon Nara
Watch it on: Netflix
The recently concluded drama starring the everyone’s favorite oppa Park Seo Joon is a good starting point for K-drama newbies. It’s based on a webtoon and is about the not-so-easy journey to success of Park Saeroyi who opens a restaurant in Itaewon called Dan Bam and competes with top restaurant group Jangga Company. Instagram user @heyitsgeloy says it’s “not too rom-com, but has a lot of lessons in life.” User @lxxreen also says, “It’s not your typical K-drama. [There’s] a lot of inspiring lessons especially if you’re into business.”
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Starring: Park Hyung Sik, Park Bo Young, Ji Soo
Do Bong Soon is a strong and independent woman—literally, because she was born with incredible strength. She gets hired by Min Hyuk, a video game company CEO, as his bodyguard after receiving anonymous threats. Coincidentally, various kidnappings have been popping up in Bong Soon’s neighborhood which are being investigated by her friend-slash-crush, and she and Min Hyuk end up helping out in solving the cases. It’s a good show to suggest to guy friends who believe that women can be equally as powerful as men in every aspect. User @amberapola shares, “I watched this with my younger brother (a K-drama newbie at that time) and he really enjoyed it.”
Crash Landing On You
Starring: Hyun Bin, Son Ye Jin, Seo Ji Hye, Kim Jung Hyun
Watch it on: Netflix
Plenty of people have answered the 2020 hit Crash Landing On You. Everyone has been hyping up CLOY on social media that it’s hard not to get curious! The drama revolves around a South Korean CEO who ends up in North Korea after a paragliding accident. There, she meets a North Korean soldier and convinces him to help her get back home. There are a lot more interesting plot twists and characters along the way, and the characters and cast members are equally lovable.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Starring: Lee Sung Kyung, Nam Joo Hyuk, Kyung Soo Jin
Watch it on: Netflix or Viu
If you’re especially into sports, this 2016 coming-of-age drama about student athletes would totally be relatable. It’s also where the famous line, “Do you like Messi?” came from, ICYDK. User @prestasche says, “’Di pa gano’n ka-complicated ang plot,” while @yukuokirigaya says it has the “cutest couple and plot.”
Starring: Park Bo Gum, Lee Hyeri, Ryu Jun Yeol, Go Kyung Pyo
Watch it on: Netflix or Viu
Set in the ‘80s to ‘90s, Reply 1988 mainly revolves around themes of family and friendship, and will extort all sorts of emotions out of you. If you’re not so much a fan of cutesy rom-coms, Reply 1988 would be a good place to start. User @jeremiah_victoriaa suggests this K-drama, too, saying that it’s a good watch if you’re about improving family ties.
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.