We all know what the basic plot of most Pakistani dramas is. Either it revolves around married life or there is always one character who is the subject of ridicule, which in most cases is a woman.
A lot of us are bored of those tired old tropes. They offer nothing new, and to be frank, it puts us to sleep. What’s a person to do when they got time to kill?
All this being said, why not switch over to something that covers various genres and is also extensive in terms of themes and story-line? Korean dramas are exactly what the doctor ordered. And if you always wanted to try them out (but were not sure of where to start) this lil guide has got you covered.
We have made a list of Korean dramas that will fill up your palate with so many different, yet interesting plots. From romance to fantasy, action, thriller and even medical, you name it and it’s there. Plus the OSTs are on a completely different level.
Oh, and did we mention how addictive it is? You will find yourself falling down the rabbit hole like Alice and explore a whole new world of fiction.
Shall we begin?
Descendants of the Sun
This 2016 military based drama is still the most talked about topic among K-entertainment fanatics. It’s cute, it’s romantic and there are many scenes where you will find yourself sobbing only because the characters are too cute.
The drama revolves around two South Korean soldiers who are passionate about their work and make the most of every moment. They are buddies for life and always manage to have some fun and drama. And in between this drama, enter our gorgeous doctors.
Descendants of the Sun is like a roller coaster ride where you get to experience the genres of drama, action, military and romance.
Goblin: The Lonely and Great God
Another hit from 2016, this fantasy drama tells the story of a goblin (as the title suggests) who died a tragic death as a young soldier. He now possesses immortality, but is tired of living a life where everyone around him dies. As he searches for his bride (the only person who can end his immortal life), he meets a young energetic girl.
Goblin is all about romance, tragedy and supernatural elements.
There is some historical background as well where we are introduced to his sister. We also get to see the handsome Grim Reaper whose only job is to tease our old Goblin. There are a lot (I repeat, A LOT) of comedy sequences between the two and we love how they are always in a tussle with each other.
This action packed drama serial is all about conspiracies and the thrilling adventures of the ‘best night courier in town’ who goes by the name of Healer. He is a one-of-a-kind hero who chose to disconnect from society, but falls head over heels for a woman who draws him out of his hibernation.
Healer is indeed one of the best shows of 2014 which is still celebrated today. It’s an epic tale of two lovers who find out about their tragic pasts once they get to know each other and with every passing episode we are bound to ask ‘will they end up getting together?’ You will get to experience comedy, action, thriller and romance all at once and we can guarantee that you will absolutely love this masterpiece.
W – Two Worlds
W is another popular fantasy-romance drama from 2016 which centers on the clash between two worlds, the real world and the webtoon (digital comic) world. The story starts with the author of a popular webtoon called ‘W‘ going missing. His daughter, our female lead, starts looking for clues in his room and that’s when the parallel worlds collide.
While searching for his father, she finds herself caught up in the world of webtoons. Next thing she knows, she is on the rooftop of a hotel next to a man bathed in blood. As a doctor, she does everything in her power to save him and rushes to call for help. But, after a few minutes she is back into the real world, where she finds out that a new episode of W has gone up. And the episode describes exactly what happened when she was on the rooftop.
How will the story unfold? The suspense will keep you hooked to this drama and you will eventually fall for our male lead.
If you are into romance and melodramas, this 2016 drama will melt your heart. Uncontrollably Fond is all about tapping into those memories of lost and depressing love that people don’t want to look back in their lives. Our leads met each other when they were students, but circumstances drifted them apart and they were left heartbroken.
The two reunite as adults but this time as a popular celebrity (male lead) and a documentary director (female lead) who is struggling to make ends meet. This drama is not the typical ‘happy-ever-after’ kind of romance, instead it delves to the most shameful, most regretful and most painful things anyone can do because of love.
Where to Watch Korean Dramas?
KissAsian, Dramanice and NewAsianTV are some of the resources for watching these dramas. Some of these are also available on Netflix, so you can binge watch them in no time.
We’ll come back again with another exciting list of K-dramas soon. Have any suggestions? Let us know in the comments section below.