They’re oldies but goodies, cultish and classic, here are the ones you must watch if you’re legit on your iconic kdramas.
Autumn In My Heart (2000): iconic, I mean iconic, like the first icon of iconic kdramas. The drama that put Won Bin (!) and Song Seung Hoon on the map. By modern standards, slow pacing and et cetera, but if a newbie, this is the one with whom you should start your journey through kdrama classics. 16 episodes.
Writer: Oh Soo Yeon
My Lovely Samsoon (2005): drama from Hyun Bin’s baby-faced days; Kim Sun Ah is brilliant. 16 episodes.
Writers: Kim Do Woo, Ji Su Hyeon
Coffee Prince (2007) : The cross-dressing is ridic, but let it go and enjoy the ride. Lee Sun Kyun in one of his earlier roles, and how could I have forgotten that the Goblin (Gong Yoo) was in such an iconic show?! 17 episodes.
Writers: Lee Jung Ah, Jang Hyun Joo
Boys Over Flowers (2009): iconic, but not without insufferable moments (check out my grievances here). If you can get past extreme cheese and that ridiculous perm, or find the humor in it and you’ll be golden. It put its stars Lee Min Ho, Gu Hye Sun, Kim Hyun Joong, and the two other pretty boys on the map. I apologize to you in advance for that theme song, the most unforgettable, stuck-in-your-head kdrama OST song ever. If you skip around a bit, I won’t tell anybody. 25 episodes.
Writer: Yoon Ji Ryeon
Secret Garden (2010): I could watch Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won in this one over and over. Great dialog, iconic scenes, well-drawn characters. Watch while wearing a matching tracksuit – if covered in sequins, even better. 20 episodes.
Writer: Kim Eun Sook
That Winter, The Wind Blows (2013): the one where you fall in love with Jo In Sung and his wardrobe. 16 episodes.
Writer: No Hee Kyung
School 2013 (2012-2013): arguably the drama that put Lee Jong Suk and Lee Jong Suk on the map, especially with the masses raving. Overall there were undeveloped sideplots and some unfortunate pacing. Found the teacher scenes to be a big bore when the real story was the Lee Jong Suk-Kim Woo Bin bromance. Also, couldn’t help but get the vibe that there was a side of romance between Park Se Young and Lee Jong Suk’s characters that was supposed to, but never really got developed. 16 episodes.
Writers: Lee Hyun Joo, Go Jung Won.