[HanCinema's News] Top 10 K-Dramas To Watch With Your Family
By Ishani Sarkar | Published on
There's nothing better than spending some quality family time, cuddling up with your loved ones and watching some good old television. In the age of the internet and OTT platforms, this usually means Netflix and with the popularity of Korean entertainment, K-Dramas are a go to! With that said, here are our top 10 picks for K-Dramas that you can watch with your family!
The entire "Answer Me" series is a celebration of love, friendship and family. There are no unnecessary complications that will leave you on the tenterhooks of uncertainty. At the same time, the drama isn't the least bit boring. There's always a sweet little affirmation that the world isn't that bad after all, right around the corner.
Coming from the genius makers behind "Answer Me", it was obvious to fans even before this drama aired that it was going to be nothing short of a masterpiece once again. "Hospital Playlist" tells the story of a group of close-knit friends who also happen to be brilliant doctors in their respective fields. Against the backdrop of one of the noblest professions, the drama explores the intricacies of daily life even when these individuals quite literally have life and death in their hands. Every single episode will leave you with something to ponder upon as well as a wide smile on your face.
If you're in the mood for romance but don't want it to get too unrealistically cheesy, this is the perfect drama for you. Starring Kang Ha-neul and Gong Hyo-jin, "When the Camellia Blooms" showcases love in its purest and most sincere, selfless form. Admittedly, it gets corny at times but it is lovely to see a realistic relationship be so filled with affection. The murder mystery plot is a bonus too!
If you don't mind long term commitments, clear out your schedule and grab your snacks because "Father is Strange" will have you hooked all the way till the end. This drama offers a mirror to any and all modern families, who see themselves in and identify with all the colourful characters on screen. There's not a dull moment in the whole narrative and you'll find yourselves clinging to your family even more by the end of it.
"Once Again" makes a strong statement against the stigma of age in society and pushes back against the same with the beautiful story of four siblings who give life another go and their family that supports them endlessly. If you ever need a pick-me-up, this is the drama you should turn to. It stars Lee Min-jung and Lee Sang-yeob, supported by a host of amazing actors, who bright the drama to life.
Navillera is an unconventional take on the teacher-student trope where a young boy becomes the teacher and guide of an old man with big dreams. With the help of each other, they both soar. Starring Park In-hwan and Song Kang, this short drama is perfect for a weekend binge. Beyond anything else, it'll be a gentle reminder for you to be attentive to your loved ones and not forget to give them a hug once in a while.
One of the most underrated gems in K-Drama history has to be "The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop". Featuring a star-studded cast of Lee Dong-gun, Cha In-pyo, Jo Yoon-hee, Ra Mi-ran and Choi Won-young, this drama delves deep into all that goes into reviving a family business. Hint: it's a lot of smarts but even more love. You'll find yourself tuning in to this drama every moment that you're free.
"My Little Baby" is the perfect concoction of chaos that arises from a young detective being thrusted into parenthood and the delicate excitement of first love. Humour, romance, suspense, angst, this drama has it all. The adorable little eponymous baby brings it all together beautifully too. Starring Oh Ji-ho, Lee Soo-kyung and Kim Min-jae-I, this drama is a must-watch, especially with your family.
If you just want to de-stress and let laughter wash away all your blues, look no further. "Welcome to Waikiki", especially the first season, is a blessing for the heart and the soul. Comedy is one of the hardest genres to nail and this drama is the epitome of perfect in that respect. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that there has not been a better comedy than "Welcome to Waikiki" till date. Even its own second season couldn't top the first one. Kim Jung-hyun and Lee Yi-kyung in particular, are so brilliant that it is hard not to be in awe of their talent.
Bring a little bit of magic into your life with this incredibly wholesome modern fairy tale. The premise of this drama is based on the foundational notion that fate doesn't just bind lovers but also brings together family. Afterall, soulmates aren't just romantic partners. Heaven, earth, rebirth, this drama will take you on the perfect rollercoaster ride of emotions that you need for a cathartic experience. By the end of it, you'll be refreshed and above all, grateful.
By Ishani Sarkar
Ishani Sarkar is a Writer, Editor and Hallyu journalist with years of experience in writing about Korean art, entertainment and culture, editing and managing content as well as interviewing Korean artists and celebrities. Ishani Sarkar can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.