10 K-Dramas That Will *Change Your Life* According To Pinays

One drama even led a Cosmo girl to propose to her boyfriend!
PHOTO: (LEFT) Princess Hours/MBC, (RIGHT) Hello, My Twenties!/JTBC

Whenever someone asks what a "life-changing" drama is for me, I have a hard time answering. But ultimately I fall back on the 2009 series Boys Over Flowers, just because it made my high school days super memorable and lahat ng classmates ko nagpa-bangs! 

We recently asked Cosmo readers about that one particular drama that mage a huge impact on their lives, and here are their recommendations: 

1. Reply 1988 

Why you should watch it: "I really enjoyed watching the stories of the families unfold. I cried buckets when it came to parent-child confrontations (dami kong issues kasi hahaha). One quote stood out, though, and it had nothing to do with family matters. It helped me finally make a decision. It was a quote about how timing isn't to be blamed if you lost something or someone. It was your hesitations because you did not want it enough to fight for it.Ira 

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Plotline: This slice of life drama tells us the stories of different families in a small neighborhood in Seoul. 

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu 

2. It's Okay, That's Love

Why you should watch it: "I became more understanding towards other people when I first watched this in 2014. It is a refreshing, realistic take on romance, deep-seated wounds, and mental disorders. At first, I only watched the trailer because EXO's D.O. was there (fangirling is life lol), but eventually, I got hooked, became attached to the characters and cried in sheer joy and agony. I love this K-drama so much to the point that I reported about this in class when I was in college and converted my classmates into fans!" Hanna

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Plotline: A mystery novel author with mental health problems and an ambitious psychiatrist who initially hate each other end up falling in love.  

Where you can watch it: Viu

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3. Fight For My Way 

Why you should watch it: "I liked it more than I expected just because everything they showed in the series hit so close to home. Everything was realistic. I related to the main characters talaga, because parang quarter-life crisis! Mapapaisip ka talaga: What am I doing with my life? Am I even doing enough? Am I losing myself to another person? Huhu.Retty 

Plotline: A former taekwondo champion and an information desk worker who have been friends for years "fight for their way" in a world that's not too kind to them.  

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu  

4. Princess Hours 

Why you should watch it: "What really got me hooked (and was my first 'I can't get over it!') K-Drama is Princess Hours. I have warm memories of this drama because I watched this one with my Nanay (grandma) who passed away a few years ago." Trish 

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Plotline: An ordinary girl's life turns upside down when she finds out that she was promised to marry the prince of Korea. 

Where you can watch it: Viu

5. Itaewon Class 

Why you should watch it: "[It teaches us to] focus on people more than profit. Trust before gains. As a leader, it's a reminder to be a good example to your people." —Crissy

Plotline: Park Sareoyi vows to get revenge on the family that caused him misery and builds a restaurant with the aim to take down Jangga Co. with the help of a group of "misfits."

Where you can watch it: Netflix 

6. Hello My Twenties 

Why you should watch it: "It's not [your] typical Korean drama. It taught me how you should always stand up for your own rights, especially for women." —Merryl

Plotline: Five college students with different personalities and backgrounds are brought together when they start living in an all-female boarding house. 

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Where you can watch it: Netflix 

7. Search WWW 

Why you should watch it: "I tend to go for K-dramas full of kilig because they distract me from the stress of real life. I also become super invested in crime shows. But it's Search: WWW that really changed the game for me. The characters aren't stereotypical. The women are smart, witty, tenacious, and layered. They did such a great job at proving that women can be more than one thing.Ysa 

Plotline: It brings us into the lives—love lives included—of three women who work in super competitive web portal companies. 

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu 

8. My Wife Is Having An Affair This Week/Listen To Love

Why you should watch it: "I realized the true value of communication between people in a relationship—how your marriage can really die and how anything can be blown out of proportion if you hide things from each other and depend on other people instead of working out your issues as a team. And how being open with each other and never losing your friendship (aside from your love) can really make relationships last or even save them. Tapos, I realized that I was ready for that kind of commitment. So I decided I was going to propose to my then-boyfriend (of almost 9 years), which I did!" —Ginyn

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Plotline: A man suspects that his wife is cheating on him and starts to ask for marital advice through an anonymous internet community. 

Where you can watch it: Netflix

9. Descendants Of The Sun

Why you should watch it: "It really started the K-drama journey for me. I started learning the language and going to Korean language classes. I went to South Korea for a vacation. I started writing K-drama reviews for Cosmo. Everything started with DOTS.Bea

Plotline: A doctor and a special forces soldier have feelings for each other but there's one thing that gets in their way—their jobs. 

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu  

10. Something In The Rain 

Why you should watch it: "I don't know if it ruined my chances of finding someone kasi ang taas na ng standards ko now hahaha!Krizelle 

Plotline: A woman in her thirties falls in love with someone much younger than her!

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Where you can watch it: Netflix 

*Answers have been edited for clarity. 

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