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1988 Answer, Hospital Reading List, and More

Opening the door to the K-drama universe is nothing less than opening a treasure chest. Ask a Korean culture buff if international blockbusters squid game and Hell remain their favorite shows, and a majority of them would flatly refuse.

Before the two shows burst onto the West, ardent fans around the world had already experienced K-dramas that left their mark on them forever.

Known for their new take on life, romance, comedy, and friendship, K-dramas series are the best way to enjoy weekends or vacations. The best part about them is that they end in a limited number of episodes, around 20 on average.


5 timeless series in the history of K-dramas

You don’t have to think twice before starting a K-drama. These shows don’t require a lot of commitment, unlike others that span 5 or 10 seasons and even have multiple spinoffs. They end pretty quickly, which means viewers get the closure they need in just one season.

Take a look at five evergreen K-dramas that ardent fans swear by.

(Note: This article reflects the views of the author. The list is unranked. Numbers are used only to present the dramas in order.)

1. Answer 1988

All of this kdrama talk brings me back to Reply 1988. It’s been 6 years since it last aired, but it’s still my favorite kdrama. With a plot about friendship, family, and romance, this coming-of-age series definitely left an indelible impact on me. 🥺🤍https://t.co/j781y0MRtN

The 2015 series, with a multi-star cast consisting of Park Bo-gum, Hyeri, Ryu Jun-yeol, Go Kyung-pyo, Sung Dong-il, Ra Mi-ran, Lee Mi-yeon and many more, remains unavoidable. -watch (and re-watch) dramas of all time.

Answer 1988 takes viewers back to a long lost time – without the internet. It shows the connection between families who stay in a neighborhood and children who grow up together. It spotlights life, friendship, youth, dreams and parental support, taking viewers on an emotional and fun roller coaster ride of several equally important characters.

The millennial desire to escape and cocoon in Reply 1988 rewatches. https://t.co/705HK7m2SH

In the To respond trilogy, this one is forever etched in the minds of K-drama fans. It also has the second highest viewership rating in tvN history as of March 2022.


2. Hospital Playlist – 2 seasons, 12 episodes each

Look up Baby, don’t be afraidThings that could go wrong along the way…With a smile – A lack of 5 FMV fluffTheir wholesome friendship brightens up my darkest days. So I hope this brings joy to all of you too, the friends I made through Hospital Playlist❤️ https://t.co/hRf2skQcFf

hospital reading list was a hit as soon as it aired on Netflix in 2020. It features a range of famous and talented actors such as Jo Jung-suk, Jeon Mi-do, Jung Kyung-ho, Yoo Yeon-seok, and Kim Dae-myung .

The story focuses on a group of doctors whose friendship began in college and follows them as they go through ups and downs. Despite the extreme pressure and non-stop nature of their jobs, they dedicate one day of the week to doing the one thing they all love: playing music.

With an incredible lineup of OSTs, the show is hailed for its realistic depiction of the lives of medical professionals.

It’s funny how our brains and hearts work. how passionate we are about the hospital playlist, about their history, about their friendship, and one day we will wake up, suddenly realize that we are moving on… 💔 #HospitalPlaylist https://t.co/dZFwMTLJyP

The show never loses its focus on friendship and by mixing it with emotional and funny stories, it remains one of the best friendship K-dramas of all time. Although Season 2 gave fans a heartwarming ending, their demand for Season 3 continues.


3. Sweet home

by Netflix sweet home served as the rise of Song Kang, who is now often referred to as Netflix’s son. Based on a webtoon of the same name, the doomsday drama has drawn global audiences into the world of K-drama thrillers.

The show also stars Lee Do-hyun, Go Min-si, Lee Jin-wook, and Lee Si-young, among others. It revolves around the protagonist, Cha Hyun-soo, who puts his nerd knowledge into practical experience when humans begin to transform into bloodthirsty monsters and vicious creators attack humanity.

It gives fans an adrenaline rush and always keeps them on their toes while thinking about the next steps.

On November 19, 2020, Netflix released the first Sweet Home teaser. https://t.co/4ayVm8q0Ze

sweet home ended with a cliffhanger in 2020 but unfortunately there has been no news regarding its sequel yet.


4. Fight for my way

A List Of Evergreen K-Dramas Without Park Seo-joon And Kim Ji-won fight for my way is incomplete. Aegyonic’s iconic battle between Ko Dong-man and Choi Ae-ra remains a classic moment in K-drama history.

The 2017 drama tells the story of four underdog friends who dream big despite being underqualified in a fiercely competitive South Korean society.

Never losing sight of what they want, even when reality overwhelms them, and growing up with close friends is the show’s premise.

Because of what happened yesterday. Dong Man & Ae Ra feels so real right now. Their friendship is legitimate! FIGHT FOR MY WAY will always be the best thanks to them!!! 💘(excuse me with the watermark, I took the screenshot of one of my edits on IG) 😂 https://t.co/yN6CBfqmtD


5. Full house

FULL HOUSE – 5/10 one of the first kdrama i watched but i literally can’t remember any scene so let’s give it a half (╥﹏╥) https://t.co/DCsE9lKJXv

A true classic from the 2004s Full house stars K-pop legend Rain and actress Song Hye-kyo in the lead roles. The show became one of the first to be of the romantic comedy genre, propelling the Hallyu wave globally.

The series has the age-old “opposites attract” trope, bringing nostalgia for the straightforward drama of the 2000s. A naïve screenwriter and popular actor fell in love after signing a prenup for live under the same roof.

The screenwriter’s friends take advantage of his innocence and resell the property to the actor. Having nowhere to live, they begin to live together and thus brew a romantic comedy.


Other honorable mentions for evergreen K-dramas include Secret garden with Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won, Healer with Park Min-young and Ji Chang-wook, It’s okay, it’s love with Gong Hyo-jin and Jo In-sung and Moon Lovers: Scarlet-Hearted Ryeo with Lee Joon-gi and IU.


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