For years, South Korea has been producing tons of great TV dramas. Their popularity is so wide that it has reached some neighboring countries such as China, Japan, the Philippines, and even North Korea! As a fan myself, I'd say that South Korea has one of the best romantic comedy shows. A fairy-tale romance liberally sprinkled with comedy is the perfect recipe for a highly entertaining TV series. Some men may even find these dramas fun to watch.
A standard K-drama has about 20 episodes. Even so, many fans can finish the entire show within a couple of days. They are that addicting!
In this page, I have made a list of some of the funniest romantic comedies I have watched. They are sweet, fun, and highly addicting! Don't say I didn't warn you!
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)Credit: Amazon
The story is set during the Joseon dynasty under Emperor Jeongjo’s reign. This is the era when men and women are not equal. Women are not allowed to acquire work or education, but that doesn’t stop Kim Yoon Hee (Park Min-Young) from acquiring both. Since childhood, Yoon Hee loves studying despite her mother’s disapproval. After her father’s death, she disguises herself as a boy in order to support her widowed mother and her chronically ill brother. For many years, people know her as Kim Yoon Shik – a name she borrows from her little brother.
Yoon Hee earns a living by making cheats for scholars. In her attempt to help a rich scholar during an examination, she meets Lee Sun Joon (Park Yoo-Chun), the righteous and upright son of a nobleman. Sun Joon strongly disapproves her money-making schemes. At first, they do not get along well, but slowly, they gain each other’s respect. Sun Joon greatly admires Yoon Hee’s intelligence. He hates to see her talents go to waste so he helps her get into Sungkyunkwan, the most prestigious school in their era.
Yoon Hee doesn’t want to get into Sungkyunkwan. She is a woman after all. This is against the law and she would get herself into trouble. But the offer is tempting and she is in a situation where she has no other choice but to accept it. Her mother is worried but gives her blessings. Yoon Hee leaves home to begin the life that she never had.
As if getting into a school full of guys isn’t risky enough, she becomes roommates with Soon Jun and Moon Jae Shin (Yoo Ah-In) – a rebellious boy with a troubled past. He is reclusive and his only friend is Ku Yong Ha (Song Joong-Ki), the son of a merchant. Jae Shin belongs in the Soron political party; thus, he hates Soon Jun who belongs to the Noron party (Soron’s nemesis and vice versa). For some reason, Jae Shin is allergic to women. He would hiccup every time he is near one. When he and Yoon Hee become a little closer, Jae Shin starts having bouts of hiccups. Soon, he accidentally discovers Yoon Hee's secret.
As the three roommates spend more time together, the two men start to fall for Yoon Hee.
Boys Over Flowers (2009)Credit: Amazon
Geum Jan Di (Ku Hye Sun) is a girl from an average family. After being offered a scholarship, Jan Di reluctantly goes to the exclusive Shinhwa School, something that her parents take pride in. Ninety-nine percent of her classmates are rich kids. The school is dominated by the infamous group F4. Jan Di tries to avoid the group, but she gets on the F4's bad side after defending her friend from their leader Gu Jun Pyo (Lee Min Ho). Jun Pyo is the heir to the Shinhwa Group. After the incident, Jan Di becomes the target of bullying.
Jan Di loathes F4 and finds Jun Pyo the most unbearable. However, she is able to connect with Yoon Ji Hoo (Kim Hyun Joong), the quiet member of F4, and develops a crush on him.
Jun Pyo has never met anyone who is willing to stand against him. He is impressed by Jan Di's headstrongness. Soon, Jan Di earns the F4's respect, especially Jun Pyo's, who is starting to fall for her.
Personal Taste (2010)Credit: Amazon
Park Gae In (Son Ye Jin) works as a furniture designer. She is naive, clumsy, and pretty much has zero fashion sense. She is staying in Songgogae, a traditional Korean house designed by her own father.
On a bus, she encounters Jeon Jin Ho (Lee Min Ho), a perfectionist and antisocial architect. As he is looking disapprovingly at Gae In's visible panty lines, Gae In tumbles, causing Jin Ho to accidentally touch her butt. The two meet again on different occasions. One thing leads to another and Gae In presumes that Jin Ho is gay.
Gae In goes to meet her long-time boyfriend Han Chang Ryul (Kim Ji Seok). He breaks up with her without giving any reason. When she attends the wedding of her friend and roommate Kim In Hee (Wang Ji Hye), she learns that the groom is her ex-boyfriend. To add insult to injury, she goes home learning that her employee has used her house as a collateral for a loan. She is now deep in debt and is in desperate need to find a new roommate.
Jin Ho is also struggling financially in his business. To keep his firm afloat, he needs to win the contract in building the Dam Art Gallery. The head of the museum is a fan of Songgogae, the house which Gae In's father has designed. Jin Ho wants to learn more about the house. When Jin Ho overhears Gae In's desperately looking for a roommate, he takes the rare opportunity and convinces her to rent out a room for him.
Gae In and Jin Ho have now become roommates. The two are poles apart, which leads to their constant bickering. However, as they get to know each other, Gae In and Jin Ho have become really good friends. Despite Gae In's gay presumption, the two roomies start to feel something more for each other.
Fated to Love You (2014)Credit: Amazon
Kim Mi Young (Jang Na-Ra) is an average office worker who is excessively kind and has a hard time saying no. Most of her colleagues take advantage of her kindness. Every day, she gets several requests from her colleagues and she does them without any complaining even if it's inconvenient. For this, she is known as the "post-it girl" at work. As she goes out to buy some lollipops as per request of a colleague, Mi Young trips and collides with Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk), who has just bought a wedding ring for his longtime girlfriend. Lee Gun loses grip of the ring and it falls and rolls to the feet of a nasty dog. With Mi Young's help, they have successfully retrieved the ring.
Back to her office, Mi Young wins a trip to Macau for two and invites a friendly guy colleague whom she likes. They stay in a hotel which coincidentally, is where Lee Gun is staying too. His girlfriend is arriving and he is preparing a romantic proposal. At the hotel, Lee Gun is being stalked by two guys. Both Lee Gun and Mi Young have a drink, which has been spiked by the two suspicious guys.
The next morning, to their horror, Mi Young and Lee Gun find themselves on the same bed without their clothes on. Needless to say, Lee Gun is not happy since he is just about to propose to his girlfriend. However, he ends up helping Mi Young when he sees the guy colleague bullying her. Before they part ways, they agree never to meet again.
It seems that fate likes to play jokes on them. When Mi Young gets back to Korea, she discovers that she is pregnant with Lee Gun's child.
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