Being a korean drama fan is not a piece of cake especially when you’re a new recruit in the kdrama world as it has always been hard to know if you really didn’t miss any solid television series.
If you love the ‘romantic comedy genre’ or you are just looking for a series that will keep you awake at night, here are 15 romcom kdramas aired in 2018 that you might have missed:
1. Welcome to Waikiki / Eulachaha Waikiki
Welcome to Waikiki is a 20 episode+2 special commentary Korean drama with a length time of one hour each episode.
This stars Kang Dong Gu (Kim Jung Hyun), Lee Joon Ki (Lee Yi Kyung) and Bong Doo Sik (Son Seung Won) who decided to run a guesthouse called Waikiki to finance them as they continually struggle in life but the guesthouse later on failed. Everything turned upside down when Han Yoon Ah (Jung In Sun), who is a single mother with a baby (Sol), suddenly appeared in the guesthouse.
This drama will surely make you laugh so hard in every episode without a miss; surely is a perfect series to relieve your stress. Not to mention the encouraging “gwaenchana gwaenchana” line trademark of Lee Joon Ki. This K-drama will show you the hardships that the youth have come to face which can be relatable for you at some point. The plot and its messages became much effective because of the great application and acting skills of the actors and actresses. One more thing about Welcome to Waikiki that will catch your attention is the overload cuteness of Sol!
What’s more exciting? Its second season is around the corner with confirmed casts already as per JTBC.
2. Radio Romance
This romantic comedy Korean drama consists 16 episodes with an hour running time per episode. This stars Ji Soo Ho (Yoon Doo Joon) being the top star who was recruited by Song Geu Rim (Kim So Hyun) to be her radio program DJ for her not to lose her job as the assistant program writer.
Radio Romance will serve you various funny scenes wherein you will be able to witness the jolly side and the passion of Song Geu Rim for her job, the smiling but a totally cold top star, and Jason (played by Kwak Dong Yoon) as the clingy high school psychiatrist friend of Ji Soo Ho.
Truly is, you will ride the roller coaster of emotions while watching this drama, being swayed by the well-portrayed roles of the characters. As it is the first adult role of Kim So Hyun in the kdrama field, you wouldn’t want to miss how she looks with her new appearance and how she wonderfully acts as a mature character.
3. Rich Man
Rich Man is a 16-episode Korean drama with a length time of one hour each airing. This stars Lee Yoo Chan (Kim Jun Myeon) who is an arrogant genius programmer and CEO of the IT company Next In, diagnosed with facial recognition disability wherein he can’t even recognize the face of his first love; and Kim Bo Ra (Ha Yeon Soo) who is a college student with an inborn ability to memorize things, afterwards hired by CEO Lee Yoo Chan to help him with a project.
This series have inevitable conflicts which you might’ve seen many times from other K-dramas but the way things and scenes were executed here became enough to leave important life lessons, such as to live happily, laugh, forgive and don’t be greedy. Get ready to fall in love with Next In CEO and laugh about the jokes of the lovely Kim Bo Ra.
4. My ID is Gangnam Beauty
This Korean drama has a total of 16 episodes of one hour running time each, and one of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history.
This stars Kang Mi Rae (Im Soo Hyang) who decided to get plastic surgery after being bullied because of her looks which isn’t good enough to the beauty standards of society, but she’s still being bullied at university labeling her as “Gangnam beauty”; and Do Kyung Seok (Cha Eun Woo) who is handsome and intelligent but a distant classmate of Kang Mi Rae, later on helped Kang Mi Rae to gain self-esteem.
My ID is Gangnam Beauty will teach you how powerful words can be to either hurt or uplift someone; one or the other, smart use of words is really important. This series isn’t just for the youth but for the whole society to watch as well due to the fact that it can open one’s mind and heart towards the setting of beauty standards issue and insensitivity problems. Other than that, you will surely enjoy every scene of it as it has its own ways to make you laugh, cry, and feel in love at the same time.
5. What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim is a 16-episode Korean drama with a duration of one hour and five minutes each episode, which is among the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television.
The series tells the story of Lee Young Joon (Park Seo Joon) who is the narcissistic vice chairman of a major company run by his family, who was suddenly got anxious after knowing that his competent secretary named Kim Mi Soo (Park Min Young) will resign from her position after nine years of working for him.
The hilarious predictions and opinions of both Lee Young Joon and Park Yoo Sik (director of Yumyeon Group and best friend of the vice chairman, played by Kang Ki Young) about the sudden resignation of Kim Mi So are really funny because it doesn’t make sense sometimes. This is a different role for Park Seo Joon compared to the other K-dramas he starred in, so it adds up to the confusion and excitement on how he will take care of it. The other matters you shouldn’t miss in this are the exceptional portrayal of Park Min Young, the kilig moments of course, and the incomparable performance and humorous side of Kang Ki Young.
6. The Undateables
This Korean drama consists 32 episodes with a run time of 35 minutes each. This stars Namkoong Min as Kang Hoon Nam who is called as “relationship expert” but doesn’t like to commit in romantic relationship, and Hwang Jung Eum as Yoo Jung Eum who wants to fall in love and get married yet she gave up on it because of the circumstances she’s in.
The Undateables will leave you the impression that everyone deserves to be loved sincerely whoever one might be. However, taking time and balancing things first are both really important before you enter into serious relationships.
7. Clean with Passion for Now
Clean with Passion for Now has a total of 16 episodes with an hour duration per airing. This Korean drama stars Gil Oh Sol (Kim Yoo Jung) a cheerful woman who doesn’t care about dirtiness; she’s working at the company of Jang Sun Kyul (Yoon Kyun Sang) who unfortunately was diagnosed with mysophobia (pathological fear of germs). As they met each other, Gil Oh Sol became a help to Jang Sun Kyul to face his mysophobia.
This series has its own way how to highlight various issues and problems of different people with their actual experiences about it which can sometimes be funny yet it’s totally hard for them to deal with. The background story of some of the characters may seem to be overused but it will surely not stop you from watching this K-drama. Expect the quirky and terrific sides of the main and supporting leads of this series!
8. The Sound of Your Heart: Reboot
This Korean drama is a sequel of The Sound of Your Heart, consists 10 episodes of 35 minutes each. The story revolves around the following life and events adventures of the popular webtoonist Cho Seok (Sung Hoon) with his girlfriend Ae Bong (Kwon Yuri), family and friends.
The Sound of Your Heart: Reboot has slice-of-life scenes unveiling the family problems of Cho Seok which viewers can relate to. Although it has new cast members, the point of the story is still there which you cannot surely get enough of. What’s exciting about this series are the delightful, heart-fluttering charm, and great acting skills of the actors and actresses.
9. Feel Good to Die
Feel Good to Die is a 32-episode Korean drama with a duration of 35 minutes each episode. This series tells the story of the arrogant boss Baek Jin Sang (Kang Ji Hwan) and team leader Lee Roo Da (Baek Jin Hee) who tried to transform his boss Baek Jin Sang into a better person. One night of November 7th, Lee Roo Da dreamed about her boss being hit by a truck; when she wakes up the next morning, it’s still 7th day of November and she’s stuck in a time loop with his boss.
The series will give you the surreal feeling while watching it as it has different twists which will surely make you love it! What you will even like about this are the eagerness of Baek Jin Sang to change and improve himself, the strong personality of Lee Roo Da, the chemistry of the main leads, and the comedy scenes of course!
10. Matrimonial Chaos
This Korean drama has a total of 32 episodes which consists 35 minutes running time each episode. This stars Jo Seok Mo (Cha Tae Hyun) and Kang Hwi Roo (Bee Doona) who have been married for three years, then Jin Yoo Young (Lee El) and Lee Jang Hyun (Son Seok Goo) as another married couple; Jin Yoo Young being Jo Seok Moo’s first love.
Matrimonial Chaos depicts the issues about love, marriage, and divorce which men and women at thirties usually have come to face. The characters here have their different quality and personality from each other that you will either like or hate; one or the other, you cannot surely resist their uniqueness especially the charisma of the actors and actresses here. This is a good K-drama that will teach its viewers how to accept their partner’s flaws and grow with each other along the way.
11. Devilish Joy
Devilish Joy consists 16 episodes with an hour running time each episode. This tells the story of Gong Ma Sung (Choi Jin Hyuk), a successor of the Sunwoo Company, also known as an expert in the field of cranial nerves who unfortunately got involved in a car accident while trying to help a woman. He suffers from short-term memory loss which causes him to remember things for only one day. His life started to change after meeting Joo Gi Bbeum (Song Ha Yoon) who was once a popular star.
This drama has both striking schemes and overused scenes but it becomes more fun as it progresses. The chemistry of the leads, the bromance, and the comedy parts of this series will surely capture your heart and attention. Additionally, if you’re an Inspirit or a Holy, you wouldn’t want to miss the appearance and cuteness of Hoya here!
12. My First Love
This Korean drama consists 10 episodes of 55 minutes duration each. This stars Kang Shin Woo (Lee Jung Shin) as a high school mathematics teacher who cannot forget his first love Han Ji Soo (Seo Ji Hoon) from 10 years ago and was given the opportunity to travel to the past when he was a high school student, but he struggles to win the love he wanted.
My First Love is a perfect series for you if romance genre really has a special space in your heart. This will surely move you with its happy, funny and sad scenes although it’s too short for a K-drama you’re used to watch. However, it will be enough to entertain, impress, and make you think about the past and the future while watching it. Take note that the portrayal of the actors and actresses here are really relatable!
13. That Man Oh Soo
That Man Oh Soo is a 16-episode Korean drama with one hour duration each episode. This series revolves around the life of the future guardian of a magical tree Oh Soo (Lee Jong Hyun), an IT engineer who plays cupid to make people fall in love using his magical tree’s pollen. Due to that pollen, he falls in love with the police officer See Yoo Ri (Kim So Eun).
This series has a powerful plot but this one is much recommendable for K-drama fans who are fond of slow-moving romantic comedy fantasy story. This will surely hook you through its amazing funny scenes and lovely main leads. If you have seen Kim So Eun’s performance before, you know how much she continually grow as an actress here. Additionally, if you love Lee Jong Hyun, don’t anticipate to watch this and support him!
14. Secret Queen Makers
This Korean drama consists seven episode with 15 minutes of running time per airing. This tells the story of the geeky travel agent Ahn Gong Joo (Go Won Hee) who has confidence issues with her appearance, but will later on be helped by six men at Lotte Duty Free stores.
Secret Queen Makers will send you the chills of happiness and kilig at the same time! The total episodes and duration of it are enough to teach you a lesson that other people sometimes just need the confidence about their physical appearance to look gorgeous on their own eyes as everyone is totally beautiful with their own ways, and you might get this confidence either from self-reflection or from the help of other people.
15. Coffee, Do Me a Favor
Coffee, Do Me a Favor is a 12-episode Korean drama with an hour length time each episode. This stars the overweight assistant Lee Seul Bi (Kim Min Young) who becomes beautiful after sipping a magical coffee, and a webtoon artist Im Hyun Woo (Yong Jon Hyung) who apparently doesn’t think love is true.
This K-drama’s plot may seem so predictable but the theme and messages of it is not that easily foreseeable wherein you really need to think deeply and explore its main points. Additionally, it will really challenge you to think the true meaning of beauty. What’s exciting about this is the energy of the main leads which will not disappoint you!
Are y’all ready, mga bes, to watch these romantic comedy dramas that will surely tickle your funny bone and will make you fall in love all over again? Find time to watch each of these and share your thoughts below!