7 K-Dramas With The Healthiest Romantic Relationships, According To Fans
If there is one thing K-Dramas have nailed down the formula for, it’s the portrayal of love. You can think of any romantic trope off the top of your head, and there will be at least five different shows perfectly fitting the mold. Enemies-to-lovers, friends-to-lovers, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers, historical romance, revenge romance, past life romance—K-Dramas are like an all-you-can-eat buffet if you are hungry for some warmth and affection.
Usually, shows lean towards at least some toxic conflict between the lead characters to make a romance plot even more enjoyable. But there are those few that get you hooked with a straightforward and healthy depiction of love, leaving you on your couch wondering, “God me when??” This type of shows are, however, not easy to come across. So, when a Twitter user asked netizens to list the most healthy K-Drama couples, fans delivered immediately.
If you are looking for a drama like this to binge on, here are 7 of the best options, according to fans:
1. Run On
Run On 🤧pic.twitter.com/PdnFPVafnr https://t.co/VZLVuhRNtW
— Nalice (@nalice8897) May 1, 2023
I want to erase my memories of it and watch this masterpiece all over again for the first time…. pic.twitter.com/HxpaJmgfDE https://t.co/15NZRL5YNr
— Lipsi🌙 (@caramelesso) May 1, 2023
Starring Im Si Wan and Shin Se Kyung, this slice-of-life romance drama has all the necessary elements to be anyone’s comfort show. Si Wan plays the role of track star Kim Seon Gyeom, and Se Kyung plays Oh Mi Joo, a film translator. The two meet and their feelings grow slowly over time as they support each other through life’s curve balls.
Highlight of the show: The “Ramyeon” scene.
2. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
THEM ! https://t.co/gAelgCGwkD pic.twitter.com/ez5pQ71X1c
— ✩ • 𝑨𝒏𝒏𝒆-𝑪𝒂𝒓𝒐𝒍𝒆⁶ (@w_ooodz) May 2, 2023
Them https://t.co/y5LqPjcm67 pic.twitter.com/Ep3VjaijHl
— ⭑ri’𝐅𝐌𝐋🕊️hoshi lover’s (@simriho5hi) May 2, 2023
This is the Holy Grail of K-Drama beginners. Kim Bok Joo (played by Lee Sung Kyung) is a rising weightlifting champion, and Jung Joon Hyung (played by Nam Joo Hyuk) is a star swimmer attending the same university as Bok Joo. The two realize very soon that they had been friends in their childhood, which immediately brings a playful friendship to the surface. But when Bok Joo falls for Joon Hyung’s brother, and Joon Hyung falls for Bok Joo, things change drastically.
Highlight of the show: All the scenes of them bickering, especially the “passing car” sequence.
3. Hometown Cha Cha Cha
“We are so different but maybe our shadows are the same.”#HometownChaChaCha https://t.co/x1Gg00U3Xj pic.twitter.com/3MUmtSgfPi
— Capital Chick (@acapitalchick) May 2, 2023
THEM <33 https://t.co/FCMSbOna5v pic.twitter.com/Bb6ctoQ1st
— Goodboy ◡̈ (@SunshineKSeonho) May 1, 2023
If there is any K-Drama that could qualify for being the media format of a hug, it is Hometown Cha Cha Cha. Kim Seon Ho and Shin Min Ah portray the polar opposite characters of Hong Doo Shik and Yoon Hye Jin, respectively. One left his cushy corporate job in Seoul and lives a content life in a small seaside town. The other is desperate to climb the social ladder and establish herself as a dentist in Seoul but despises having to start from Hong’s small village. When these two worlds collide, they both learn about love, relationships, and overcoming their darkness.
Highlight of the show: When Doo Shik comes sprinting to Hye Jin’s chamber to save her at the slightest hint of danger.
My parents https://t.co/10XlngOglJ pic.twitter.com/RLaVywSvIo
— 잠 🐱 (@enlvs_) May 2, 2023
One of the healthiest couples in Kdrama land. My parents Saebom and Yihyun 🏻pic.twitter.com/SyMtzD4sAo https://t.co/vZXqdHmySE
— 🍀 (@verhaint) May 2, 2023
The idea of finding love in the middle of a zombie outbreak has never looked this good. Starring Park Hyung Sik as Jung Yi Hyun and Han Hyo Joo as Yoon Sae Bom, Happiness is a drama that will have you hoping for a contract marriage that lands you and your best friend sharing the same apartment when the world around you starts to collapse so that you can fight to survive together and ultimately realize your feelings were not so platonic, to begin with.
Highlight of the show: The elevator scene where Sae Bom discovers Yi Hyun’s secret.
5. Extraordinary Attorney Woo
all the healthy lovin ❤pic.twitter.com/yuf1et0fzD https://t.co/GzlzUULzhh
— rue⁷ 🐳| DAESANG WINNER EUNBIN (@ruewritesstuff) May 2, 2023
The titular character, Woo Young Woo, played by Park Eun Bin, is the driving force of this show. Young Woo is an autistic lawyer who challenges the prejudices against people on the spectrum, both in the courtroom and in her daily life. This might not be your typical romance drama, given that the protagonist is only one character. But that is a fitting situation for her relationship with Lee Joon Ho, played by Kang Tae Oh, because he is her personal cheerleader, always supporting her from the sidelines.
Highlight of the show: Young Woo and Joon Ho cha-cha sliding through the giant revolving door!
6. Business Proposal
the first drama i’ll like the main and 2nd lead couple fr fr. https://t.co/EsZYr7ZGhj pic.twitter.com/D0aCqeR9Td
— ..ofHerMothersPot (ìdàmú everybody) (@mumiyo_) May 2, 2023
my most belovedspic.twitter.com/ukt27u0MkG https://t.co/FArMcnpu0b
— ؘ (@godsejeongsz) May 1, 2023
This is probably the only drama listed by the fans where the second lead got as much appreciation, if not more, than the main lead. Ahn Hyo Seop and Kim Se Jeon play the roles of Kang Tae Moo and Shin Ha Ri, respectively. The two characters get entangled in a complicated arranged marriage plan, which ends up tying the fates of their best friends, Young Seo (played by Seol In Ah) and Sung Hoon (played by Kim Min Kyu), together as well. The couples end up happy, but not without going through some comically adverse situations.
Highlight of the show: When Sung Hoon had to take off his glasses in that one scene.
7. Our Beloved Summer
“They failed once, they grew, matured and gave us the most beautiful and healthy love story.”
Our Beloved Summer will always have a special place in my heart 🥺
— 선우 🌻 (@mintmelody0624) May 1, 2023
our beloved summer, my babies 🤍pic.twitter.com/O57IiVeNCU https://t.co/cM9NBnyGME
— quezia (@suzyjjwo) May 1, 2023
From high school nemesis to sweethearts to bitter exes, Yeon Soo (Kim Da Mi) and Woong (Choi Woo Sik) go through a roller coaster ride of love and growth. As their insecurities keep them apart well into adulthood, a documentary shoot heals the wounds to make them realize what really mattered all along.
Highlight of the show: The scene where Woong asks for an apology from Yeon Soo, only to make her realize it would never hurt her pride.