Female Relationships In K-Dramas: A Couch Kimchi Roundtable


Last week, the Couch Kimchi team talked about bromances, and this week’s roundtable is dedicated to the ladies! Join us for a fun discussion about common female relationships in dramas and how we feel about them.


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Friends vs. Rivals

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Women Hating Each Other

Mean Girls

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The Evil Mother-in-law

The Best Friends

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The Romantic Rivals

Mothers & Daughters

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Favorite Female Relationships

Worst Female Friends

Female Character You Wished Were Your Friend



Tessieroo: I’m most likely in the minority on this one, but I always prefer dramas that show strong female friendships, the kind where the women support each other. I’m not talking about the norm, with an intelligent female lead with her ditzy best friend or vice versa. I mean the type where the main girl and her friends are strong, smart, and have each other’s back. The relationship between the females in the “I Need Romance” series is a perfect example. These women all had their own careers and love lives, but they were there for one another even if they didn’t necessarily agree with the choices being made. Nobody was being sanctimonious and judgmental; at the most, there were teasing disagreements, but even then, the love and support was evident.

I loathe most of the female rivals that are shown in K-dramas because they’re usually life-sucking psychos. LOL. The only rival I can think of who didn’t go way over-the-top was Na Yoon (Wang Ji Hye) in “Protect The Boss. There were quite a few comments made during that drama about how nice it was to have a second lead who wasn’t a horrible, manipulative bitch.

Clockwatcher: I’m with you there, sister! For starters, we spoke about bromance last week, and if I’d realized this topic was coming next, I would have saved my comments then for this round table. LOL. But yeah, I think the female experience is vast and varied, and as a woman, I would much rather watch girlfriends who love each other which is probably why I enjoyed American shows like “Girlfriends” and “Sex and the City.” However, I think we are so accustomed to the two female leads being antagonistic that when they aren’t, shipper wars erupt, or was that unique to “Coffee House?

Rinchan: “Coffee House” is a bit of an anomaly. At first, it appeared as though Seung Yeon (Ham Eun Jung) was the lead, then almost suddenly, the focus and the love line solidified and developed between Eun Young (Park Si Yeon) and Jin Soo (Kang Ji Hwan). What I liked was that it wasn’t a real love triangle, and Seung Yeon didn’t act like a scorned lover.

It doesn’t seem very common, but there are dramas that spotlight female friendships like “The Legendary Witch.” I am, however, expecting that there will be some clashing between some of the other female characters who are outside their click.


Tessieroo: Yes, the women in “The Legendary Witch” are bonding while in jail, but it’s interesting that they are all different ages, from different backgrounds, etc. Even though things started off a bit rocky, I love how they’ve begun looking out for each other. I’m looking forward to the long-lasting friendships that will form.

Rinchan: I also think its great because they have developed a family unit for the female protagonist, Soo In (Han Ji Hye), who is an orphan. Bok Nyeo (Ko Du Shim) is her mother figure and the other two cellmates assume the roles of the younger and older sister.