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10 Kdramas That Are Guilty Pleasures to Start Now

Who doesn't enjoy Kdramas of passionate and innocent love?

If Kdrama romances are sometimes similar, some are better than others. They are well executed and have a solid storyline, making the sappy part part of the plot, not the center of attention.

With tear-jerking cute dialogue and exaggerated gestures that prove romance is still strong (at least, fictionally), these Kdramas are guilty pleasures for all generations.

  • 'My Secret Romance'

10 Kdramas That Are Guilty Pleasures to Start Now K-Selection

From the start, My Secret Romance will make you feel all the emotions. Lee Yoo Mi (Song Ji Eun) finds herself, as fate would have it, at one of her mother's many weddings. A stuck-up woman who hates romance, she generally refrains from interacting with men. But after a drinking disaster, she loses her virginity to Cha Jin Wook (Sung Hoon). She runs away the next day, vowing never to see him again.

10 Kdramas That Are Guilty Pleasures to Start Now K-Selection

But when, three years later, she found herself working as her personal nutritionist, she realized there was no escape. With marriage fever and the premise of mistaken identity, My Secret Romance is a sweet Kdrama that you can watch anytime to de-stress.

  • 'Her Private Life'

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Art curator Sung Deok Mi (Park Min Young) has a secret: she's a die-hard Kpop fan. She is so devoted to idol Cha Si An (Jung Je Won) that she heads her first fan club.

But her job prohibits her from pursuing idols, and she must protect her identity at all costs. When a media rumor has her dating Si An, her boss, manager Ryan Gold (Kim Jae Wook), steps in and agrees to pretend to date her, saving her identity.

10 Kdramas That Are Guilty Pleasures to Start Now K-Selection

But distinguishing fake from real is a challenge when the lines start to blur. Her Private Life is a romantic comedy with incredibly sweet scenes and spine-chilling dialogue, especially when Ryan pretends to kiss Deok Mi on the terrace. However, the couple's chemistry trumps everything else.

  • 'Cinderella and Four Knights'

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Eun Ha Won (Park So Dam) had a good life until her mother died. But her death turned Ha Won's life upside down, emotionally and literally. Then, when his father remarried, his stepmother took away his education money and Ha Won had to juggle numerous part-time jobs.

But in a Cinderella moment, Chairman Kang Jong Du (Kim Yong Gun) offers him a ridiculous plan: move into his mansion with his three grandsons, the heirs to the family fortune. 

10 Kdramas That Are Guilty Pleasures to Start Now K-Selection

She would be exceptionally well paid if she could make them civil. Cinderella and the Four Knights is an exciting twist on the love story between a chaebol and a poor girl and one of the sappy Kdramas of all time.

  • “True Beauty”

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Lim Joo Kyung (Moon Ga Young) has always been ugly. Without exaggerating, her friends would even say that she is downright hideous. Oh wait, she doesn't have any friends either. After a humiliating incident in high school, Joo Kyung is given another chance when her family moves and she has to change schools.

Better yet: she learns makeup to make herself look beautiful. But her new classmate, Lee Su Ho (Cha Eun Woo), saw her with and without makeup.

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How long before she realizes her secret and reveals it to the whole school? Romantic, hilarious, and cute, True Beauty will make you experience secondary embarrassment with Joo Kyung's attempts to protect her identity.

  • 'Strong Woman Do Bong Soon'

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In one of the cutest love triangles, Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young) has a crush on his stoic and grumpy childhood friend In Gook Doo (Ji Soo), who doesn't share his feelings, at least at first .

For his part, Ahn Min Hyuk (Park Hyung Sik), a spoiled and selfish video game CEO, is madly in love with Bong Soon. But things are not as simple as they seem. Bong Soon is an extraordinarily strong woman hired by Min Hyuk to protect him, and her police officer friend might disapprove of the shenanigans they get up to.

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With a take on the bodyguard trope reversed, the series will have you dying of laughter. With its season 2 which will be released in 2023, this is the sign that you have to watch Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.

  • 'Touch Your Heart'

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After getting involved with the son of a rich family, Oh Yoon Seo's (Yoo In Na) career took a hiatus that never really ended. With her popularity and hopes for the future dwindling, she must make a comeback before time runs out.

But to get the show that could save her career, she must work as a secretary for six months under Kwon Jung Rok (Lee Dong Wook), a perfectionist who is as grumpy as he is attractive.

10 Kdramas That Are Guilty Pleasures to Start Now K-Selection

Touch Your Heart is a saccharine comedy with high-quality content that will make you laugh and feel wholesome at the same time. And if you like Yoon Seo's monologues, you're going to have a great time.

  • 'What's Wrong With Secretary Kim?'

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Kim Mi So (Park Min Young) has worked as Lee Young Joon's (Park Seo Joon) secretary for over nine years. So when she decides to quit, Young Joon is shaken. He is suddenly struck by the realization that he is incomplete without her, professionally and personally.

In his quest to convince her to stay, Young Joon will realize just how strong his feelings for her are as they uncover secrets from a childhood that neither of them remembers.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim?

A light-hearted Kdrama with fun anecdotes like their first kiss and a heart-stoppingly sweet romance, What's Wrong With Secretary Kim will have you laughing out loud and swooning simultaneously.

  • 'Business Proposal'

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When Shin Ha Ri (Kim Sejeong) agrees to go on a date with Kang Tae Moo (Ahn Hyo Seop), pretending to be and as a favor to her best friend Jin Young Seo (Seol In Ah), she doesn't I have no doubt that the cruel CEO of his company will be the one waiting on the other side of the table.

After she brutally rejects him, Kang Tae Moo discovers her secret and blackmails her into becoming his fake date in order to appease his grandmother. But even though he refuses to accept, Tae Moo has fallen madly in love with her.

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Some of the best scenes in Business Proposal include the boat and the dinner with Tae Moo's grandfather. Based on a webtoon of the same name, Business Proposal is a romantic comedy through and through.

  • “So I Married The Anti-Fan”

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Lee Geun Young (Sooyoung) knows she's a great journalist, even though her boss thinks otherwise. For years, she lost count and let her boss walk all over her while stealing her ideas. But when an interview with Kpop star Hoo Joon (Choi Tae Joon) gives his boss a reason to fire Geun Young, the final straw breaks the camel's back.

Geun Young decides to take revenge on Hoo Joon, which makes him lose all hope of finding a job. Also, when she is asked to participate in a reality TV show in which she virtually marries Hoo Joon, which could allow her to save her career, she accepts despite her suspicions. But it might not end the way she thinks.

So I Married An Anti-fan

Cute, hilarious and unintentionally disgusting, So I Married The Anti-Fan is the best of the best when it comes to very sappy scenes.

10 Kdramas That Are Guilty Pleasures to Start Now K-Selection

In a traditional but beautiful love story between a rich boy and a poor girl, Heirs follows Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho), who falls in love with his maid's daughter (Kim Mi Kyung), Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye ).

When they first meet in America, he thinks she's just an ordinary girl, but something about her enchants him. When they find themselves in Korea, things become complicated when they discover the difference in status that separates them.

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A young adult romance with an even sweeter story and dialogue, Heirs is a guilty pleasure with forbidden love and love triangle tropes.

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Se-ri

For me, these two dramas (Her Private Life and Business Proposal) are not guilty pleasures because they are perfect, with a REALISTIC adult orientation and not silly as is often the case with romance dramas, with couples who remain implausibly chaste from start to finish. This drives me crazy.

We do not need to show explicit scenes (even if I am clearly not against it!) but to suggest that there was indeed a deep physical rapprochement between the two loving characters.
That's all the people are asking for.

Se-ri

Very nice list! There needs to be a second part because there are titles that must also appear there.

I watched BP and Her Private Life.

Her Private Life is one of my favorite dramas, I LOVED it from start to finish. One of the best from queen Min-young. Small negative point that I can't stand/anymore in dramas: the famous crossed destinies as I call them, which imply that the heroes knew each other in the past and that this link is a mark of their future together. I am really fed up.

I see this is also the case with What's Wrong with SK. Hmm…

BP: I liked it, but the scenes where Se-jeon runs away from So-hyop really irritated me because they didn't make sense. She had no reason to run away from him like that since he didn't know it was her. Doing so would, on the contrary, draw attention to herself. In the manhwa, it's not as slapstick.
I found it really stupid and it spoiled the gwiyomi pleasure of the drama a little. Fortunately the side couple was there to make me dream. I really loved them unlike the main couple who I found borderline boring, despite Se-jeon's excellent performance and the chemistry between her and So-hyop.

The rest of the dramas are on my list!

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