In your twenties, you will probably finish school, begin to define your work identity, and maybe even meet the love of your life. In fact, your twenties are so important that Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, calls it the defining decade.

We’ve handpicked seven Korean dramas and films in which you could vicariously explore romance, friendship, and work life of twentysomethings. The Best Hit’s Lee Se Young says her character “represents all twentysomethings who work hard.” Because It's the First Time is the twenties version of the hit series I Need Romance. Scroll down for more show recommendations for twentysomethings!

1. The Best Hit


Drama - 32 Total episodes | KBS2 | 2017

Starring Yoon Si Yoon and Lee Se Young

Yoon Si Yoon (Mirror of the Witch) and Kim Min Jae (Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim and Goblin: The Lonely and Great God) star in a variety drama that shows how growing up means life giving you a few hard hits. When a young idol prone to scandal meets a model student who dreams of singing, their lives will come together to form the perfect kind of musical chaos.

The Best Hit is directed by actor Cha Tae Hyun (Producer) and Yoo Ho Jin (2 Days, 1 Night), both of whom are directing a drama series for the first time.

2. Answer Me 1994

Drama - 21 Total episodes | tvN | 2013

Starring Go Ah Ra and Yoo Yun Suk

Generation Y, meet Generation X: on the heels of the success of Answer Me 1997, ‘90s nostalgia continues with a prequel set in 1994. Journey with a group of college students as they discover the now legendary—then new—K-pop group Seo Taiji and the Boys, as well as the Korean Basketball League, "new" technology, and grungy fashion trends. Sometimes you’ve just got to look to your past in order to appreciate the present. Every generation is sure to find something to love in this field trip back into time!

3. Twenty

Feature Film - 115 Minutes | 2015

Starring Kim Woo Bin and Lee Jun Ho

Kim Chi Ho (Kim Woo Bin), Lee Dong Woo (Lee Joon Ho) and Kang Gyung Jae (Kang Ha Neul) have been best friends since high school, but can their close bonds survive the challenges of growing up? Amidst shifting priorities, these friends learn important lessons in love and life, proving that while girls and work can be confusing at any age, it's especially challenging when you're a 20-year-old guy.

4. Age of Youth

Drama - 12 Total episodes | JTBC | 2016

Starring Han Ye Ri and Park Eun Bin

Han Ye Ri (Six Flying Dragons) and Park Eun Bin (Choco Bank) head an ensemble comedy about friendship, love, and college tuition. University student Yoon Jin Myung (Han Ye Ri) is busy supporting herself both academically and financially, so she understandably has a severe shortage of sleep and little time for drama. Unfortunately, living with four roommates has its share of drama. There’s Song Ji Won (Park Eun Bin), whose drinking habit does nothing to tame her bright personality. There’s Jung Ye Eun (former KARA member and Secret Love star Han Seung Yeon), who is completely devoted to her boyfriend and is very clear on what she does and does not like. There’s Kang Yi Na (Descendants of the Sun actress Hwa Young), whose popularity comes almost exclusively from her stellar good looks. And then there’s Yoo Eun Jae (Yong Pal alum Park Hye Soo), who is rather timid but has a very unique taste in men. Together, they navigate the many challenges that life will throw their way because, well, what else are roommates for?

5. Twenty Again

Drama - 16 Total episodes | tvN | 2015

Starring Choi Ji Woo and Kim Min Jae

Due to an unplanned pregnancy, Ha No Ra (Choi Ji Woo) married young and dropped out of school. But after two decades as a housewife, she finally gets the chance to experience college, alongside her 20-year-old son Kim Min Soo (Kim Min Jae) and his girlfriend Oh Hye Mi (Son Na Eun). Further complicating things, No Ra already has a strained student-teacher relationship, as her husband Kim Woo Chul (Choi Won Young) and her first love Cha Hyun Suk (Lee Sang Yoon) wind up being her professors.

6. One Way Trip

Feature Film - 93 Minutes | 2016

Starring Kim Ji Soo and Kim Jun Myeon (Suho)

Yong Bi (Ji Soo from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon), Sang Woo (EXO’s Suho), Ji Gong (Ryu Joon Yul from Answer Me 1988) and Doo Man (Kim Hee Chan from Radiant Office) are the closest friends you will ever meet. Between university entrance exams and athletic scholarships, they are all busy enjoying their youth. When Sang Woo is about to enlist in the military, his buddies decide to send him off in style by taking a vacation to Pohang together. There, while drinking on the beach one night, they see a man savagely beating his wife. Acting as good citizens, they run in to help her. But these friends don’t realize just how high a cost they will have to pay for doing the right thing. Written and directed by Choi Jung Yul, One Way Trip is a crime thriller and coming-of-age drama. It debuted at the 20th Busan International Film Festival on October 3, 2015, prior to a worldwide release on March 24, 2016.

7. Because It's the First Time

Drama - 8 Total episodes | OnStyle | 2015

Starring Choi Min Ho and Park So Dam

Yoon Tae Oh (Choi Min Ho) is a free-spirited college freshman who hosts his rooftop as a hideout of sorts for his five friends. Amongst this diverse group is his childhood friend, Han Song Yi (Park So Dam). As Tae Oh starts to fall for Song Yi, another friend, Seo Ji An (Kim Min Jae) starts to develop feelings for Song Yi as well. Will this love triangle be the downfall of an otherwise perfect group?

COMING SOON

The Best Hit

Starring Yoon Si Yoon and Lee Se Young

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