It’s the weekend, or it just so happens that you have a lot of free time in your hands. You ask: What should I watch today?
With so many K-Drama choices online and on streaming sites, choosing something to watch can be overwhelming.
But fear not as we have a list of recommended K-Dramas from trusted sources: moms!
In celebration of Mother’s Day, we at KStreetManila ask two K-Drama-loving moms what dramas you should binge on:
MOM #1: RIA
Ria is a mom of four fully grown kids (two adolescents and two adults) and works as a musical director and teacher. She has been watching K-Dramas since 2006, after being influenced by her only daughter to watch Princess Hours with her. She also happens to bake an amazing french apple pie.
For Kiligs: What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?
The chemistry between the actors is really good, and the writing is very good and fun. I noticed that the stories that came from comics before turned into a good drama series.
Current Fave: Her Private Life
Because my daughter is a fangirl so I can relate to the drama. It’s an accurate depiction of what a fangirl is like, and how it’s like to live with one. It’s amusing to me.
Borderline Legendary: Descendants of the Sun
For me, it’s the most blockbuster of the dramas I’ve watched. If you’re thinking about the perfect combo: The cinematography is nice, the storytelling is good, the acting is above par; it has all the elements of what you would think a good series would have.
Medyo Epic: Goblin
The storytelling is good, the cast is good. Fantasy is completely different because it’s fantasy. I would say in terms of storytelling it’s neck-in-neck with Descendants, but it has that magical aspect to it that makes it epic. AND MY GOSH. GONG YOO’S ACTING. COME ON. IT’S UNPARALLELLED. ANG GALING NIYA. And the second leads are also stars in their own right. How can you go wrong with this cast?? Even the pacing of the story is so good. You don’t get a feeling of bitin with Goblin. Every episode was consistently good.
“Emmy-Pick” Worthy: Encounter
If you want a drama where everything is quite believable, watch Encounter. You actually feel for them when they go through obstacles and challenges.
BONUS! “I Don’t Know Where This Is Going But I’m In For The Ride” Pick: Priest
The story. The “bulaga” factor. There are so many twists, that sometimes you ask yourself “What just happened??”
MOM #2: GISELLE
Giselle has been working with for an investment bank for 10 years and is a mom to two children. She entered the K-Drama watching life in 2017 because all her officemates kept talking about them. Now, she admits to watching more K-Dramas than they do. She also dabbles in videography and photography.
First K-Drama Ever: Goblin
I remember going to work without a wink of sleep because I couldn’t stop watching when I got to Episode 13! When Gong Yoo cried in one of the last episodes, I felt like my heart was being ripped into a million pieces. I had a Goblin hangover for about two weeks after I watched the last episode.
For The Newbie K-Drama Fan: Coffee Prince
After Goblin, I wanted to watch more of Gong Yoo’s dramas. Loved the storyline of this drama.
Para sa K-Pop Fan na Sawi sa Pag-ibig: We Broke Up
I watched this because I’m also a K-Pop fan! Main leads Sandara Park and (Winner’s) Kang Seungyoon star in this one and their acting did not disappoint! Needless to say, after watching this, I felt like I was the one who was going through a break-up.
Unexpected Faves: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo and Prison Playbook
I didn’t think I would like Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. However, one episode in and I was already hooked! Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk’s chemistry was amazing. The story’s funny too.
As for Prison Playbook, I thought this drama would be a bore, but I absolutely loved it. Each prisoner had their own story to tell. [SPOILER ALERT] My favorite was how Kim Min-Cheol, the “long term prisoner” (Choi Moo Sung) and Lee Joo Hyung/Jean Valjean’s (Kang Seungyoon) ‘father-son’ relationship unfolded. Life truly gives us a lot of chances…it’s up to us to decide what to do with them.
Currently Watching: Love in the Moonlight
Because Park Bo Gum [stars in it! Do I need to say anything else?]
We’d like to thank our K-Drama-loving moms for allowing us to interview them. Happy Mother’s Day!
Does your mom love watching K-Dramas? Which shows would she recommend? Let us know in the comments!
Aria Ortega and Clara Palma contributed to this article.