[Ishani's Picks] Top 10 K-Dramas That Are Worth Re-watching Again And Again
By Ishani Sarkar | Published on
There are some K-Dramas that are so good that one watch is simply not enough. They evoke such strong emotions in us that we go back to them again and again to relive those moments when we laughed, cried and empathised with the characters of the story. Such dramas are called "comfort dramas" because the sense of familiarity imbued in them is sometimes all you need to feel at ease at the end of a long day. Here are 10 K-Dramas that are so good that we can't help but rewatch them over and over again.
Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-eum's psychological romantic comedy is as timeless as it gets. While its portrayal of dissociative identity disorder is questionable, the world of fiction allowed for creative freedom to be exercised. "Kill Me, Heal Me" is both light-hearted yet impactful, laced with humour and mystery. If you're looking for a feel-good drama that will leave you hooked nonetheless, "Kill Me, Heal Me" is the one for you.
The amount of breathless laughter this drama will bring you is similar in amount to the tears it will have you shedding. "Go Back Couple" is one of those dramas that will linger with you for long after it is over as you find yourself contemplating over the little things in life that people tend to take for granted. Such a drama truly comes once in a blue moon.
When it comes to historical dramas, "Hwarang" is one of a kind. Perhaps owing to the star-studded and youthful cast, there is a bright energy throughout this drama, even when it is rife with political intrigue. In addition, "Hwarang" has one of the best plot structures ever and even when you know all the twists and turns, it never gets old.
Every new K-Drama fan has fallen in love with Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-wook, Yoo In-na and K-Dramas in general after watching "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God". Such universal affection for this drama has good reason for it too. "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God" has gained its iconic status from how beautifully it makes one's heart ache. Without a doubt, this is definitely a drama that gets better every time you revisit it.
Simple and sweet: that is exactly what this drama is. Fate brings two people together who could not have been more different from each other on the surface and similar on the inside. Seo In-guk and Nam Ji-hyun are incredibly charming as Louis and Go Bok-sil. The world seems rosier than it is, at least for these two and it pours over to the viewer's worldview as well, even if it for a short period of time. Whenever you need a little pick-me-up, rewatch any episode of this drama and you'll feel better in an instant.
Kang Ha-neul and Gong Hyo-jin's countryside romance is as good as it gets. A murder mystery and a blooming love story all in one, every single episode of this drama will give you butterflies in your stomach. Young love is undeniably sweet but the sincerity of mature love is incomparable. "When the Camellia Blooms" is a treat to watch, no matter the number of times you have already watched it.
Both Seo In-guk and Jang Nara's second entry on this list, "Remember You" is a complicated nest of feelings and relationships, both romantic and otherwise. However, the conclusion it draws is totally worth the commitment over 16 episodes. Park Bo-gum gives one of the best performances of his career in this drama and that alone, is one of the main reasons why this drama feels new every time you watch it.
If you're ever in a slump and need some motivation to get you through a difficult time, watching "Itaewon Class" would be your best bet. Park Seo-joon is masterful in this drama as Park Sae-roy alongside Kim Da-mi's Jo I-seo, which makes this drama worth binge watching and then rewatching all over again.Ten years down the line, this drama will still remain fresh.
Two of the biggest Hallyu stars in the world, Lee Min-ho and Jun Ji-hyun, come together to bring us the fantasy time-slip romance of a lifetime in "The Legend of the Blue Sea". Mermaids, Kings, con men and more, this drama has it all. No matter how many times you watch it, you'll find something new you love every time.
If you just want to laugh until your tummy hurts, there couldn't be a better option than "Welcome to Waikiki". Sometimes, mindless humour is exactly what you need to lighten up your mood. After all, one cannot always keep up with the intricate plots that most K-Dramas are made of. In addition, Kim Jung-hyun and Jung In-sun's colourful romance couldn't be more heart-warming.
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.