Imitation is leaving our screens this week… but that doesn’t mean we have to keep that hole in our hearts! These 5 K-Dramas will have the music and drama flowing right back through you!
1. Dream High
Go Hye Mi (Bae Suzy) is a student who had majored in classical music but must give up her dream by entering Kirin Art High School to pay off her father’s debt. However, she needs to get two other students to join the school for her to enroll. These two students are Song Sam Dong (Kim Soo Hyun), who lives in the countryside, and Jin Guk (2PM‘s Taecyeon), whom she accidentally meets while trying to escape from a loan shark. Yoon Baek Hee (Ham Eun Jung), formerly Hye Mi’s sidekick, becomes her rival in school because Hye Mi betrays her during an audition to enter the school.
Similarities: music, idol industry, idol actors, love triangle, made by KBS2
2. Hit the Top
Lee Ji Hoon (Kim Min Jae) and Choi Woo Seung (Lee Se Young) are two childhood friends who are preparatory students for the civil service exam (even though Ji Hoon has a secret dream to be a singer). One day, they meet Yoo Hyun Jae (Yoon Shi Yoon), the problematic member of a popular idol group, who accidentally traveled through time to the year 2017 from the year 1993.
Similarities: music, idol industry, comical, shows the dark sides of the industry, made by KBS2
3. So I Married an Anti-Fan
Hoo Joon (Choi Tae Joon) is a top celebrity, and Lee Geun Young (Choi Soo Young) is a magazine reporter who both attend a club’s opening night. There, Geun Young witnesses Joon’s violent behavior and accidentally vomits on him. She then loses her job and is convinced that Hoo Joon is behind it. She protests in front of Hoo Joon’s company which gains her attention and the anti-fan label. A producer asks her about participating in a reality TV show where a celebrity lives with their anti-fan. Unemployed, she immediately jumps at the opportunity. Meanwhile, Hoo Joon accepts being a member of the show, thinking that it could only improve his image. When filming begins, they try to give each other a hard time, only to fall in love.
Similarities: idol industry, revealing the hardships idol’s must endure in daily life
4. One Fine Week
Jung Da Eun (Lovelyz’s Jisoo) works part-time, and Kim Byul is an idol in her 5th year since her debut. These two girls who look identical decide to change each other’s lives just for 7 days.
Similarities: idol actors, idol industry, music, discusses topics about the idol industry such as sasaengs, scandals, etc.
5. Persevere, Goo Hae Ra
Goo Hae Ra (Min Hyo Rin) is an aspiring musician seeking stardom. She dreams of releasing her deceased father’s music but faces numerous obstacles. Hae Ra is then joined by twin brothers, Kang Se Jong (Kwak Shi Yang) and Kang Se Chan (Jung Jin Young), in her quest for fame on the musical competition show Superstar K2.
Similarities: music, idol group, competition