Historical epics. Fantasy tales. Romantic comedies. Novela-style sitcoms. K-dramas do it all, and they do it flawlessly. But long before big streamers like Netflix tapped into the cultural phenomenon to create original Korean dramas for its platform, there were certain staples of this specific section of television that drew early fans in. Marked by wild plot lines, Hallyu hearthrobs, and sweeping OSTs, these titles set the tone for many of the dramas that would follow.
I mean, you could settle for watching the modern projects, but personally? I suggest taking a look at the classics. The high-level production quality of today's new dramas is even sweeter when you know how they got here.
Ahead, the staples in the Korean drama archives that you need to be watching.