When you’re bored and feeling down, nothing beats the promise of devoting yourself to a TV show that will finish happily ever after. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of 10 lighthearted rom-com K-dramas to binge-watch that will undoubtedly brighten your spirits.
1. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (2016)
Starring: Lee Sung-kyung, Nam Joo-hyuk, Lee Jae-yoon, Kyung Soo-jin
Who doesn’t enjoy a good college narrative that transports them back to their heyday? This coming-of-age drama follows outstanding college athletes as they pursue their aspirations while discovering life and love for the first time. Kim Bok-Joo, a promising weightlifer, is torn between her ambitions and her suddenly growing love life.
2. Because This Is My First Life (2017)
Starring: Lee Min-ki , Jung So-min, Park Byung-eun, Esom, Kim Ga-Eun, Kim Min-Suk
A house-poor guy and a homeless lady, both in their 30s and struggling singles, devise a scheme to marry in order to save money. They agree to live together, but they quickly discover that marriage comes with challenges and demands that they are both unprepared for.
3. What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018)
Starring: Park Seo-joon, Park Min-young, Lee Tae-hwan , Pyo Ye-jin
Lee Young Joon is the vice president of his family’s business. He is self-absorbed and arrogant, scarcely acknowledging the work of people around him, least of all his loyal and patient secretary Kim Mi So.
Mi So abruptly resigns from her position of nine years, resulting in a sequence of funny misunderstandings that may or may not bring the two opposed personalities closer together.
4. Touch Your Heart (2019)
Starring: Yoo In-na, Lee Dong-wook, Lee Sang-woo, Son Sung-yoon
A prominent actress’s career suffers a deadly blow after being embroiled in a disastrous controversy, leaving her without a project for two years. When she learns that a prominent scriptwriter is interested in recruiting her for a main role in a drama, she seizes the opportunity and prepares for the role by agreeing to work as the secretary of a cold-hearted lawyer who is completely uninterested in her and her antics.
5. I Am Not a Robot (2017)
Starring: Yoo Seung-ho, Chae Soo-bin, Um Ki-joon
Kim Min Kyu, a wealthy shareholder of a financial firm, suffers from a “human allergy” that keeps him secluded and unable to engage in typical human interactions. His carefully guarded existence is thrown into a loop when he becomes interested in Aji 3, an artificially intelligent robot fashioned after its developer’s ex-girlfriend. Hong Baek Gyun, the inventor of Aji 3, presents his invention to Min Kyu in the hopes of receiving funding. The robot malfunctions during the process, and Baek Gyun, unbeknownst to Min Kyu, begs his ex-girlfriend, Jo Ji Ah, to temporarily take its place.
6. Her Private Life (2019)
Starring: Park Min-young, Kim Jae-wook, Ahn Bo-hyun, Jung Jae-won
Sung Deok Mi is a committed gallery curator with a dark secret. She’s a huge fan of White Ocean’s Cha Shi An. She even runs a well-known fansite for him. When reports of her and Shi An’s dating surface, Ryan Gold, a former artist and the new director of the gallery where she works, recommends that they stage a phony date in order to rid Deok Mi of Shi An’s rabid and envious supporters.
7. Strong Girl Bong-Soon (2017)
Starring: Park Bo-young, Park Hyung-sik, Ji Soo
Do Bong Soon, a small and seemingly gentle woman with Herculean power, is recruited by Ahn Min Hyuk, the juvenile CEO of a gaming firm, to defend him from an unknown menace. He falls in love with her, but Bong-soon has already made up her mind on her high school classmate, rookie police officer In Guk Doo. Bong Soon is caught in the middle of a love triangle while trying to protect everyone around her, especially Ming Hyuk.
8. Oh My Venus (2015)
Starring: So Ji-sub, Shin Min-a, Jung Gyu-woon, Yoo In-young
When a 33-year-old lawyer gets deserted by her 15-year lover due to her weight gain, she enlists the services of well-known Hollywood personal trainer Kim Young Ho to help her reclaim her life.
9. Shopping King Louie (2016)
Starring: Seo In-guk, Nam Ji-hyun, Yoon Sang-hyun, Im Se-mi
Louis, a wealthy heir to a big corporate company, sees his life flipped upside down when he becomes homeless due to amnesia. The misfortune leads him to encounter Koh Bok Shi, a modest country girl who teaches him how to subsist on the minimal essentials.
10. She Was Pretty (2015)
Starring: Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon, Go Joon-hee, Choi Si-won
When her now-beautiful first love, Ji Sung Joon, requests a meeting, Hye Jin persuades her attractive roommate to stand in for her and pretend to be Hye Jin. However, things get complicated when she gets a job at Sung Joon’s magazine company, where he openly abuses her with contempt and disgust, despite the fact that she is actually his childhood sweetheart.
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