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10 K-Dramas to Help You Get Through the Midweek Blues

By Anandi Makhija

Updated - Sept. 7, 2023 7 min read

Korean dramas are not always all about slow-motion kisses and over-the-top drama. Sometimes, they're just about the everyday moments that make life worth living. And that's why I love slice-of-life K-dramas. They're like a warm hug for your soul, and they always know how to make me laugh, cry, and feel understood.

So what are you waiting for? Start streaming today!


1. Reply 1988 (2015) 

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Five friends from the same neighborhood navigate the ups and downs of life in the 1980s. There's Deok Sun, the middle child who's always trying to get attention. Jung Hwan, the quiet and observant one who's secretly in love with Deok Sun. Sun Woo, the poor kid who's always studying to get into medical school. Choi Taek, the genius baduk player who's clueless about everything else. And Dong Ryong, the troublemaker who just wants to be loved. Together, they experience first love, family drama, and the challenges of growing up. But through it all, they have each other's backs.


Main Cast: Lee Hye Ri, Ryu Joon Yeol, Park Bo Gum, Ko Kyung Pyo, Lee Dong Hwi 

Where to watch: Netflix




2. Fight For My Way (2017)


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Ko Dong Man and Choi Ae Ra have been besties since they were knee-high to a grasshopper. They've been through thick and thin together, and nothing seemed to be able to break their bond. But as they got older and their dreams started to slip away, they found themselves leaning on each other more and more. And in the process, they started to see each other in a whole new light.


Main Cast: Park Seo Joon, Kim Ji Won, Ahn Jae Hong, Song Ha Yoon 

Where to watch: Netflix



3. Be Melodramatic (2019)

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Three women in their 30s are all about the drama. Im Jin Joo is a playwright who is always working on her next masterpiece, even if it means sacrificing her personal life. Lee Eun Jung is a documentary filmmaker who is always getting into trouble, but she always finds a way to make it out in one piece. And Hwang Han Joo is a single mom who is always juggling her career and her child, but she never gives up. Together, these three women bring the heat as they navigate the ups and downs of life. They'll make you laugh, they'll make you cry, and they'll make you feel all the feels. So if you're looking for a show that is real AF, then Be Melodramatic is the perfect choice for you.


Main Cast: Chun Woo Hee , Jeon Yeo Been, Han Ji Eun, Ahn Jae Hong, Gong Myung 

Where to watch: Netflix



4. Move To Heaven (2021) 

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Move to Heaven is a drama that takes a deep dive into the lives of trauma cleaners, the unsung heroes who clean up the homes of the deceased. Inspired by a true story, this heartwarming and thought-provoking series won 3 awards at the 2021 Asia Contents Awards. So if you're looking for a show that will make you laugh, cry, and think, then Move to Heaven is definitely for you!


Main Cast: Lee Je Hoon, Tang Jun Sang, Hong Seung Hee

Where to watch: Netflix



5. Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022) 

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A grown-up fencing prodigy's daughter finds her mom's diary from 1998, and gets sucked into the past through the power of literature. She witnesses her mom's journey from a hopeful young athlete to a struggling adult, and along the way, she meets a charming reporter who helps her mom find her way back to her dreams.


Main Cast: Kim Tae Ri, Nam Joo Hyuk

Where to watch: Netflix



6. Thirty-Nine (2022) 

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Three 39-year-old besties who have been through it all, from high school crushes to bad breakups, are back at it again in this hilarious and heartwarming drama. With Son Ye-jin from Crash Landing On You and Jeon Mi-do from Hospital Playlist, you know you're in for a good time. So grab your popcorn and get ready to laugh, cry, and relate to these women as they navigate life, love, and friendship in their 40s.


Main Cast: Son Ye Jin, Jeon Mi Do, Kim Ji Hyun 

Where to watch: Netflix



7. My Liberation Notes (2022)

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In a sleepy town where nothing ever happens, three siblings are searching for their own versions of liberation. They find an unlikely ally in Mr. Gu, a mysterious stranger who has also come to Sanpo looking for a way out. Together, they embark on a journey of self-discovery that is both funny and heartwarming. Along the way, they learn to embrace their quirks and flaws, and to find joy in the simple things in life. They also learn that liberation is not about escaping from your problems, but about finding the courage to face them head-on. My Liberation Notes is a refreshingly honest and relatable drama that will make you laugh, cry, and think. It's a reminder that it's never too late to find your own liberation.


Main Cast: Son Su-kku, Kim Ji-won, Lee Min-ki, and Lee El

Where to watch: Netflix



8. Our Blues (2022)

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Our Blues is a tearjerker of a show that will make you laugh, cry, and think about your own life. It's like a museum of human sorrows, but it's also a reminder that we're all in this together. The characters are all interconnected in unexpected ways, and the show does a great job of exploring the different ways that people cope with life's challenges. The acting is top-notch, the scenery is beautiful, and the message is heartwarming. If you're looking for a show that will stay with you long after you've finished watching it, then Our Blues is definitely worth checking out.


Main Cast: Lee Byung-hun, Shin Min-a, Cha Seung-won, Han Ji-min, Kim Woo-bin, Lee Jung-eun, Kim Hye-ja

Where to watch: Netflix



9. Summer Strike (2022)

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A young woman named Lee Yeo-reum is so stressed out from her life in the big city that she decides to go on a strike from life. She quits her job, breaks up with her boyfriend, and moves to a small village in the countryside. There, she meets a bunch of quirky characters who help her to slow down, relax, and find her true self. Along the way, she learns to let go of the past, heal her wounds, and find happiness in the simple things in life.


Main Cast: Yim Siwan, Seolhyun

Where to watch: Netflix


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10. Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022)

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This courtroom drama is a wild ride, from the cases that will make your head spin to the characters that will make your heart soar. Woo Young-woo is a brilliant lawyer with ASD, and she's here to shake things up. She's not afraid to speak her mind, even if it means stepping on a few toes. She's also not afraid to show her emotions, even if they're not always socially acceptable. But through it all, she's always fighting for what's right. So strap in and get ready for a wild ride with Extraordinary Attorney Woo!


Main Cast: Park Eun-bin, Kang Tae-oh, Kang ki-young

Where to watch: Netflix



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