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    The Couples In These 10 K-Dramas Are So Cute They Might Actually Hurt Your Feelings

    Bong Soon and Min Hyuk are serious couple goals!

    Feeling lonely in quarantine and craving a good love story? Then do I have a list for you — here are 10 K-Dramas with the best on-screen relationships with enough chemistry to make those PG kisses feel rated R.


    But be warned! After watching one of these shows, you might be sad to discover you're cuddling a teddy bear and not Lee Jong Suk. 😭

    1. Strong Girl Do Bong Soon (2017)

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    The plot: Park Bo Young plays a small but outspoken Do Bong Soon, a girl with superhuman strength who is hired by CEO Ahn Min Hyuk (Park Hyung Sik) as his personal bodyguard. We see the cute, romantic, and protective sides of Min Hyuk as he falls for Bong Soon, who is instead crushing on her childhood friend In Guk doo (Ji Soo). Disclaimer: the plot is a bit intense and deals with kidnapping and assault, so be warned.

    My thoughts: One of my favorite k-dramas ever and also one that I tend to recommend to my non-Korean friends. This was a drama that I was hesitant to try at first, but grew on me immensely throughout the episodes. This series packs a powerful punch (all pun intended) and you'll find yourself wishing you were the one that Hyung Sik would dreamily look at...sigh!

    Where to watch: Viki

    2. Dream High (2011)


    The plot: he show centers on a group of teenagers with big dreams at a special performing arts school, is inspiring as hell and will have you bingeing the series to see how they overcome their personal struggles.

    My thoughts: I recently re-watched Dream High and the last few episodes had me bawling like a newborn baby! With an all-star cast including IU, Suzy, and Taecyeon, their talented musical performances moved me to tears. Lastly — and really, the only reason you really need — is the love triangle between Suzy, Taecyeon, and Kim Soo Hyun. The other relationships in this drama will give you feels, but Suzy's decision between the two males will put your heart through the wringer. But I get it — choosing between Kim Soo-hyun and Taecyeon is a pretty hard choice!

    Where to watch: Viki

    3. Jealousy Incarnate (Don't Dare to Dream) (2016)

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    The plot: There is an unmistakable youth to Gong Hyo Jin's character Pyo Na Ri, a weather reporter at a broadcasting network. More importantly, she goes from being rejected in a one-sided crush to being actively fought over by said-crush Lee Hwa Shin (Jo Jong Suk) and rich and kind Go Jung‑won (Go Kyung Pyo).

    My thoughts: Out of all the dramas I've watched, I make sure to rewatch Jealousy Incarnate once a year. It's that good. While I prefer young-adult love stories, the love Na Ri finds can't be found in your average high-school drama; it's deep, unashamed, and so beautiful. It also has a refreshingly unique plot and creative graphics, so if you want to see editing like never done before give it a try!

    Where to watch: Viki (currently unavailable in the States)

    4. My Love from The Star (2013)

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    The plot: This drama has it all. Humor? Check. Lovable female lead that we can all relate to? Check. Unique, supernatural plot with elements of mystery and action that aren't too overbearing because of the light, hysterical scenes of a *literally* star-crossed romance? Check. Also, Kim Soo Hyun? Check!

    My thoughts: I'm not a big fan of fantastical dramas, but this one is very much realistic with the exception of some sexy super powers. I'd highly recommend bingeing this if you haven't already, just to see how Kim Soo Hyun falls slowly (but deeply) for silly star Cheon Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun).

    Where to watch: Viki

    5. Suspicious Partner (2017)

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    The plot: On the surface, Suspicious Partner is a legal drama with twists and turns as the main lead Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) becomes a lawyer under the care of prosecutor and resident hottie Noh Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook).

    My thoughts: The plot is suspenseful and interesting, but the best part of this drama is the unbreakable love between Bong Hee and Ji Wook as they endure tragedy and ultimately find happiness. This isn't a light drama, but it still has its humorous moments as the two very different leads interact. After watching this, you'll definitely find yourself in love with the protective, charming, and brainy Ji-wook! *insert me swooning just thinking of him here*

    Where to watch: Viki

    6. Go Back Couple (Confession Couple) (2017)

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    The plot: Go Back Couple is another adult love story that hits you right where it hurts. In the first episode, you watch as a married couple Ma Jin Joo (Jang Na Ra) and Choi Ban Do (Son Ho Joon) go through tough times and eventually divorce, only to wake up twenty years in the past when they first met. Although Son Ho Joon and Jang Na Ra are determined to change their fate this time around, they rediscover their love for each other.

    My thoughts: This drama is a poignant reminder that while love can be painful, it also gives you the strength to find happiness together. The plot is so unique and well-acted that without a DOUBT you will cry no less than four times an episode.

    Where to watch: Viki

    7. It's Okay, That's Love (2014)

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    The plot: The troubled love story of Ji Hye Soo (Gong Hyo Jin), a psychiatrist with a phobia of sex, and famous novelist Jang Jae Yeol (Jo In Sung). This drama tackles the rare topic of mental illness as it portrays the flawed, but beautiful relationships of Hye-Soo and her friends. Moral of the story? A love that perseveres through sickness is one that ends up being the most healthy.

    My thoughts: "Okay" is not how I would describe my emotional state while watching series. Since the two main characters become a couple early on in the drama there's not much heart-fluttering anticipation between the two, but instead viewers go on a long journey focused on the growth of a love that is vulnerable — and for that reason — strong. Not many can pull off a drama that is both gut-wrenchingly depressing and hysterically entertaining, but this one does because of its amazing acting performances. I'd recommend this drama to anyone who's looking to laugh, cry, and gain hope that love is real.

    Where to watch: Viki

    8. I'm Not a Robot (2017)

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    The plot: Yoo Seung-ho plays Kim Min Kyu, a lonely rich man who has spent his entire life secluded away in his fancy mansion due to his "human allergy." Chae Soo-Bin is Jo Ji Ah, a hopeful inventor who ends up masquerading as the latest version of a robot owned by Min Kyu.

    My thoughts: There's been a slew of robot-romance dramas in the past year (Absolute Boyfriend, Are You Human?) but this one takes the cake. I'm not a fan of robot/human relationships, so I was pretty avoidant of this one when it first came out but I heard good things, gave it a try, and turns out... no one is a robot! To be honest, most of their love story is nothing you haven't seen in the K-Drama world, yet what I fell in love with was the more touching illustration of betrayal and ultimately — learning to trust again. Watch it for its humor, a glimpse into the life of the extremely rich, Soo Bin's realistic acting, and a really tearfully cute relationship.

    Where to watch: Viki

    9. The Best Hit (Hit the Top) (2017)

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    The plot: Yoon Shi Yoon plays Yoo Hyun Jae, a hit singer from the '90s that somehow time-travels to present day and discovers that his son, Lee Ji Hoon (Kim Min Jae) is secretly training to be an idol. He also meets Choi Woo Seung (Lee Se Young), a female friend of his son who is not very fond of him. But, as K-dramas go, their hate quickly turns into a cute romance.

    My thoughts: If you look past the love triangle of a girl, a father, and his son (I know, weird), you'll find yourself smiling at how Hyun Jae casts aside his detached, bad boy image to become a caring, selfless boyfriend to Woo Seung. It's a pretty well-crafted plot with a ton of hilarious scenes for the rom-com lover. Plus, if you're a fan of K-Pop, you might like this one for its glimpses into Korea's entertainment industry, a pretty decent OST, and cameos of well-known idols!

    Where to watch: Viki

    10. Plus Nine Boys (2014)

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    The plot: This drama centers around four males in a family that are all turning "9" (9, 19, 29, 39) this year; unfortunately for them, it's not a very celebrated number in Korea. It follows each of the four main characters (and their love interests) as they try to find happiness despite a fatefully unlucky year.

    My thoughts: Plus Nine Boys is not as internationally-acclaimed like some of the others on this list, but it's one that I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to viewers that are looking for something refreshing, delightful, and hilarious. While every storyline, through their struggles and successes, was entertaining to watch, the most heartfelt romance was that of 29-year old, Kim Young Kwang. Not only is he absolutely GORGEOUS, but his acting transformation from a smirky player to hardcore crushing on his longtime friend is exquisite. Take a chance on this hidden gem!

    Where to watch: Viki