These top 12 K-dramas for beginners are perfect for those who only start their journey in K-drama world! Choose your first series here! If you want to start watching Korean dramas but don’t know where to begin, check out this list! It will help you choose your first series to fall in love with the Korean drama world! Also, make sure you vote on the poll at the end of the article and leave a comment.
Top 12 K-Dramas for Beginners:
- Goblin (16 episodes)
- Moon Lovers (20 episodes)
- My Love From the Star (21 episodes)
- The Master’s Sun (17 episodes)
- The Moon that Embraces the Sun (20 episodes)
- Healer (20 episodes)
- Pinocchio (20 episodes)
- Descendants of the Sun (16 episodes)
- Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (16 episodes)
- Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (16 episodes)
- Uncontrollably Fond (20 episodes)
- Crash Landing On You (16 episodes)
12. Crash Landing On You
Crash Landing on You doesn’t follow the usual K-drama norms. Here, the female lead is an heiress (not a poor, dying girl), and the male lead is a sweet guy (not a cold-hearted jerk). These star-crossed lovers happen to be from different worlds (let’s say so): the South and the North. One day, they meet each other by accident. Yoon Se Ri (an heiress from South Korea) crashes land in North Korea after an accident. There, she meets an army officer, who promises to help her come back home.
This K-drama is written by the author who is famous for her another work, – You Who Came from the Star. She knows how to write a well-balanced drama to keep a viewer interested until the very end. So, give it a go if you are looking for a good series with star-crossed lovers theme!
- Hyun Bin as Ri Jung Hyuk
- Son Ye Jin as Yoon Se Ri
- Seo Ji Hye as Seo Dan
- Kim Jung Hyun as Goo Seung Jun
11. Uncontrollably Fond
The K-drama Uncontrollably Fond tells the story of two inseparable childhood friends. They are forced to separate their ways one day. As adults, they cross each other’s paths again. One of them is a famous actor and singer, and the other one is the producer of documentaries. Now they discover that people can drastically change over time. Is there any chance they can develop their relationship into something more than friendship?
Do you love (or at least have nothing against) slow-paced, over-dramatic melodrama? Can you handle a whole bunch of heart-wrenching family drama, sadness, tears, and dimensional characters? Then give it a try!
- Bae Suzy as Noh Eul
- Kim Woo Bin as Shin Joon Yeong
- Im Joo Hwan as Choi Ji Tae / Hyun Woo
- Im Ju Eun as Yoon Jung Eu
10. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
This Korean rom-com centers on Do Bong Soon – an ordinary, small girl at first sight. But don’t be mistaken, she has super strength that she has gotten from her mother. The girl decides not to reveal this fact since she wouldn’t be well accepted in society then. The CEO of a game company discovers the truth one day. That’s when an interesting twist begins.
If you think you will love a K-drama where dark crime elements are mixed with rom-com, check out Strong Woman Do Bong Soon!
- Park Bo Young as Do Bong Soon
- Park Hyung Shik as Ahn Min Hyuk
- Ji Soo as In Gook Doo
9. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
The Korean drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is all about the life of weightlifter athletes and their adventures on a college campus. Kim Bok Jo has dedicated her whole life to weightlifting. However, many things change when she falls for a doctor. Kim Bok Joo tries to hide the fact who she is by all means.
If unexpected plot twists and some big conflict aren’t the things you are looking for in a K-drama, check out this one!
- Lee Sung Kyung as Kim Bok Joo
- Nam Joo Hyuk as Jung Joon Hyung
- Lee Jae Yoon as Jung Jae Yi
- Kyung Soo Jin as Song Shi Ho
8. Descendants of the Sun
The Asian series Descendants of the Sun is set in a fictional country where war takes place. You will get to know two main characters here – a woman who heads a medical team saving the lives and a captain of special forces who is in the midst of a secret mission. Not only they witness the fight of life and death, but they also have to master how to deal with their feelings.
This K-drama will show you not only romance. It demonstrates all the sacrifices faced by doctors, volunteers, and those who protect the country.
- Song Joong Ki as Yoo Shi Jin
- Song Hye Kyo as Dr. Kang Mo Yeon
- Jin Goo as Seo Dae Yeong
- Kim Ji Won as Yoon Myung Ju
It is a gripping K-drama that follows the story of a man whose reputation gets damaged because of one reporter. He is thinking about revenge. Yet, one day he falls for his enemy’s daughter. Here you will see an interesting thing – the girl has developed Pinocchio Syndrome. Because of it, she can’t lie without a hiccup.
If you want to see a complex Korean series, you will be glad you’ve stumbled upon Pinnochio! You will love the character’s development and unexpected turns of events! Besides, there are many thought-provoking themes!
- Lee Jong Suk as Choi Dal Po / Ki Ha Myung
- Park Shin Hye as Choi In Ha
- Kim Young Kwang as Seo Beom Jo
- Lee Yoo Bi as Yoon Yoo Rae
If you are getting tired of love triangles, you will enjoy the love story in Healer. This drama series reveals around a famous reporter who asks a spy (named Healer) for the help. He will help the journalist in revealing the true story behind the people who have been ruling for a decent amount of time. Choose this one if you are into romantic, action, and political dramas!
- Ji Chang Wook as Seo Jung Hoo
- Park Min Young as Chae Yeong Shin / Oh Ji An
- Yoo Ji Tae as Kim Moon Ho
5. The Moon that Embraces the Sun
Are you missing historical dramas set in the Joseon era? Here’s the one for you! With The Moon that Embraces the Sun, you will embrace yourself into a historical fantasy world full of dark magic. You will follow the story of a fictional king (interesting, ha?) and a shaman. They are divided by many things, – either by politics or the power of magic, but destiny pulls them together. The moon should embrace the sun – the title speaks for itself, doesn’t it?
This is not your typical sageuk (period K-drama). I mean you won’t see a lot of political scenes here. It’s quite light on politics. So, if you like romance more than long and sometimes difficult to follow period series, this is for you!
- Han Ga In as Heo Yeon Woo / Wol
- Kim Soo Hyun as Lee Hwon
- Jung Il Woo as Yang Myung
- Kim Min Seo as Yoon Bo Kyung
4. The Master’s Sun
The Master’s Sun has quite an interesting storyline to offer. It develops the story of two main characters – a greedy CEO and his female employee. She has the strange supernatural power to see ghosts! One day they discover an interesting thing. Once they touch each other, the ghosts disappear! However, the employer will allow her to stay by his side only under one condition: if she helps him to get him back a fortune stolen from him.
So, you check out this Korean series if you want to see romance, horror, comedy, and mystery mixed together!
- Gong Hyo Jin as Tae Gong Shil “Tae Yang”
- So Ji Sub as Joo Joong Won “Joo Goon”
- Seo In Guk as Kang Woo
- Kim Yoo Ri as Tae Yi Ryung
3. My Love From the Star
Why My Love From the Star (You Who Came from the Star) took the world by storm? Why it had such huge popularity at the time it was airing? The plot of this K-drama may somehow resemble the previous series in this list! An alien who badly wants to return home, but isn’t willing to when meets his love. The main idea is somehow similar, ha?
So, to be precise, this story revolves around an extraordinary alien. He is stuck on Earth and is currently working at university. How his mind changes about returning home once he meets a popular actress? That you will reveal only diving into the series!
- Kim Soo Hyun as Do Min Joon
- Jun Ji Hyun as Cheon Song Yi
- Park Hae Jin as Lee Hee Kyung
- Yoo In Na as Yoo Se Mi
2. Moon Lovers
Still deciding on which K-drama to choose? Well, if you have nothing against historical series, if you love fantasy genre, look no further! Pick this one and you won’t regret it (but actually, there are not that many fantasy elements in the series besides the main idea of time traveling).
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo will capture your attention from the very first episode! A woman living in the 21st-century Korea travels a thousand years back during a solar eclipse. The real magic, ha? More twists coming! She wakes up in the body of Hae Soo who is living in the Royal Palace. The thing is, she looks identical to that woman. So, she is living the life of that woman since now. You will be even more surprised and even somewhat heartbroken when you will realize a love triangle is forming! The girl falls for two princes: the badass 4th and the rightful 8th.
- Lee Joon Gi as Wang So
- IU as Go Ha Jin / Hae Soo
- Kang Ha Neul as Wang Wook
- Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Yo
The K-drama Goblin will become an unforgettable one for you if you are into the fantasy genre and like romance. It follows the story of a goblin living in today’s world. He is the protector of souls who can’t end his immortal life. He has been cursed to not be able to end his life until the moment he finds a bride. Yet, the thing is that when he does find her, he is not willing to end his life.