From the classic debuts of the industry’s top actors to the shocking story lines that have now become cliche, these classics are absolutely essential for all Korean drama fans.
1. Boys Over Flowers
Based on the original Japanese manga and television series Hana Yori Dango this teen drama was an instant hit and launched its stars to new fame including actor Lee Min Ho.
2. Coffee Prince
The classic drama stars Goblin‘s lead actor Gong Yoo, who plays a rich heir who runs away from his family business. The classic romance between a woman mistaken for a man and her boss makes this series a must-watch.
3. Secret Garden
Secret Garden follows the love-hate romance between a rich heir and a stunt woman who switch bodies. The drama launched its stars Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won to new-found fame back in 2010.
4. Full House
Full House is the classic family drama from 2004 starring Rain and Song Hye Kyo. The classic drama follows the relationship between a top actor and a bubbly young woman who agree to a fake marriage.
5. I’m Sorry, I Love You
I’m Sorry, I Love You is the classic Korean drama that launched now fan favorite actors So Ji Sub and Jung Kyoung Ho onto the screens. Airing originally in 2004, the drama follows the love triangle between a con artist, a fashion coordinator, and a top singer.