7 pleasantly distracting K-dramas that have nothing to do with politics
This last year has been quite the roller coaster ride in the U.S., and whether or not you were pleased with last night's election results, it's pretty likely that you're tired of politics. One of the best things about Korean dramas is that you can completely immerse yourself in a fantasy world and momentarily give yourself an escape from the craziness of reality. Here are 7 pleasant K-dramas that are the perfect distraction because they are lighthearted, ready to binge, and have nothing to do with politics!
1. Age of Youth- You may have missed out on one of the most underrated dramas of the year, but it's not too late! This refreshingly relatable drama immerses you in the coming-of-age experience of five college women with vastly different personalities.
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?
2. Ex-Girlfriend Club- A fun romcom featuring hilarious, strong women may be just what you need if you weren't pleased with last night's results. This chick flick has girl power and a side of simmering romance.
Kim Soo Jin (Song Ji Hyo) is a career-oriented producer at a film company that is quickly sinking into the abyss of bankruptcy. In order to save her company, she must take drastic measures -- and perhaps the most drastic of them all is adapting a film version of a webtoon by a popular but divisive writer. Bang Myung Soo (Byun Yo Han) is a young artist who has based his comic entirely on his ex-girlfriends. The intimate details of his personal life, that he has now made nationally-known household facts, has made Myung Soo something of a cross between beloved heartthrob and public enemy. It is this controversy the film company hopes to cash in on. There’s just one problem: Kim Soo Jin happens to be one of those ex-girlfriends. Now, in order to make the movie, our beloved filmmaker must put her feelings aside and interact with not just her increasingly irritating ex, but also those former exes he is writing about that have once again popped up. These ladies, all former girlfriends of Myung Soo’s, are older wealthy divorcee Na Ji Ah (Tree With Deep Rootsactress Jang Ji Eun), the very chic and successful investment firm member Jang Hwa Young (Dream High alum Lee Yoon Ji), and airhead C-lister actress Ra Ra (Age of Youth and Descendants of the Sun’s Ryu Hwa Young). Can Soo Jin make peace and learn what makes those characters tick in time to save her sinking ship of a company, or will this battle of the exes become a real-life fight club?
3. Let's Eat 2- For those who prefer to eat their feelings, whip up a delicious feast and watch this hilarious foodie drama for good company!
Goo Dae Young (Yoon Doo Joon), the slick insurance salesman, food blogger, and incurable gourmand from the original Let’s Eat, has suffered quite a few career setbacks. As a result, he decides to move back to his hometown and quickly starts buttering up his neighbors in an attempt to rebuild his insurance business. While there, he also realizes that his next-door neighbor is actually Baek Soo Ji (Seo Hyun Jin) a freelance writer who used to be his classmate. In her childhood days, Baek Soo Ji was tremendously overweight and all the other students called her a pig. And Koo Dae Young, always the slick salesman that he is, used to be nice to her just so she would eat at his mother’s restaurant. Now, Baek Soo Ji has worked hard at losing the weight and only eats once a day. She also still resents Koo Dae Young over his manipulation of her feelings and, feeling guilty because of that, the insurance salesman agrees to help Baek Soo Ji win over the heart of Lee Sang Woo (Kwon Yool), a vegetarian public officer and Baek Soo Ji’s client on a writing assignment, who is often admired by women. Can these three singles, along with all the delicious foods this side of the Asian peninsula, come together and eat as new friends? Adding to the drama are Hwang Hye Rim (Sweden Laundry and Madame Antoine actress Hwang Seung Eon), a part-timer and beauty blogger, and Hong In Ah (Oh My Venus and Personal Taste alum Jo Eun Ji), Soo Ji and Sang Woo’s colleague.
4. Fantastic- This drama provides big laughs and along with a few big cathartic tears. The characters are totally lovable and you are guaranteed to become immersed in their world.
So Hye (Kim Hyun Joo) is a popular TV drama series writer with a natural talent for writing. Hae Sung (Joo Sang Wook) is a popular actor, although despite his reputation as the “Great Star of the Universe, Foot-Caprio,” he’s not very good at acting. When forced to work together, the two begin to butt heads, and after some time, they also start to care for each other. However, fate has something bitter in line for them, as So Hye learns she only has 6 months to live. Now, every plan they had for the future must be readjusted. But when time is so quickly running out, will there be any left for love?
5. Cinderella and Four Knights- Sometimes we're in the mood for something melodramatic and serious, and sometimes all we want is a fun drama with lots of hot oppas to choose from! This drama fits the bill, but don't underestimate the moving moments.
Park So Dam (Because It’s the First Time) and Jung Il Woo (Flower Boy Ramen Shop) star in a steamy spin on a classic fairy tale that is sure to make you believe in love again. Eun Ha Won (Park So Dam) is a bright college student who dreams of becoming a veterinarian. Unfortunately, she loses her mother in a car accident, moves in with a cruel stepmother, and has no money for her education. One day, she helps an old man and as fate would have it, moves into a gorgeous mansion with three equally gorgeous men, who also happen to be billionaire cousins and heirs to the Kang family fortune. Between the rebel-minded loner Kang Ji Woon (Jung Il Woo), playboy money machine Kang Hyun Min (Bloodlead Ahn Jae Hyun) and the super-sweet singer Kang Seo Woo (Sword and Flower alum Lee Jung Shin), Eun Ha Won finds herself in the middle of the hottest love quadrangle to ever befall a modern fairy tale princess. Rounding out the mansion’s chaebol lifestyle are Lee Yoon Sung (Pasta star Choi Min Sung), who serves as the cousins’ handsome bodyguard, and Park Hye Ji (Apink member and Twenty Again actress Son Na Eun), a gorgeous girl who has her own interests in the Kang family and isn’t above manipulating one cousin to get closer to another.
6. Another Oh Hae Young- This sleeper hit proved that it takes nothing more than two leads with incredibly sizzling chemistry and a talented supporting cast to create an addictive drama that makes you forget all your troubles!
Not only do two women share the same name — Oh Hae Young (Seo Hyun Jin, Jeon Hye Bin) — they also share a destiny with the same man: Park Do Kyung (Eric Moon). However, fate gets sticky when Do Kyung, a clairvoyant, discovers visions of both Hae Young's in his future. Not liking what he sees, Do Kyung tries his best to avoid contact with both women, but can he outrun fate?
7. Boys Over Flowers- If all else fails, take it back in time to a fail-proof drama that is guaranteed to suck you in and lift your spirits no matter how many times you've seen it!
At the prestigious Shin Hwa High School in Seoul, four boys comprise the group known as the Flower Four. The crème de la crème of the most powerful families from Korea, these spoiled, rebellious, flirtatious and cruel boys rule the school. Enter Jan Di, a girl of humble upbringing who is accepted into Shin Hwa on a swimming scholarship after accidentally saving the life of a Shin Hwa student. Not one for following the rules blindly, Jan Di faces immediate scrutiny from the entire school and in particular the boys of the Flower Four and their leader, Goo Jun Pyo, who dislikes her instantly. Through her charm and undying optimism, she slowly begins to capture the hearts of those around her, even the icy boys of the F4.
Which drama are you going to marathon as a pleasant distraction this week?