Catty second female leads, revenge, friends-turned-enemies, and traitors; what would K-dramas be without the drama in relationships? However – in between heartbreak and emotional roadblocks – sometimes the best part of a K-drama is the friendships that are formed as characters band together to fight the problems life throws their way. What’s life without friends, anyway? Here are five K-dramas (in no particular order) that feature some amazing friendships:
1. “Dream High”
The friendships in “Dream High” are created when four students of Kirin Art School, all dreaming of a career in music or dance, get demoted to the remedial class and are cast aside as failures by the school. Under the leadership of their warm-hearted mentor and teacher, Kang Oh Hyuk, the teenagers form a tight bond with each other as they climb their way to the top of the music world.
While the friendship between these four is fun to watch, what’s most amusing are the interactions between three of our characters: Hye Mi (Suzy), Sam Dong (Kim Soo Hyun), and Jin Guk (Taecyeon). As special case students, the three live together in one house with their teacher Oh Hyuk, which leads to a lot of bickering and cute moments. Through the four characters, “Dream High” features some pretty empowering lessons; while the other Kirin Art School students devolve as they compete in a vicious and petty world for the top spot, our cute misfits become better characters through their friendships.
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There are two awesome friendships in “Doctors,” one of which is the relationship between Yoo Hye Jung (Park Shin Hye) and Kim Soo Chul (Ji Soo). Kim Soo Chul is a former “2nd male lead-turned-friend”; the two knew each other in high school but remained close pals (even with a cool handshake) as adults.
On the other hand, Cheon Sun Hee (Moon Ji In) and Hye Jung have an incredibly cute and quirky relationship as long-term best friends. Both are unwaveringly supportive and loyal to each other, having been friends through thick and thin, and watching them have constant fun together is both amusing and heartwarming.
The relationship between Lee Bo Na (Krystal) and Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye) in “Heirs” is fun and cute to watch as they move from fake frenemies to fast friends. Bo Na’s constant jealousy over her boyfriend, Chan Young (also Eun Sang’s friend; played by Kang Min Hyuk) only complicates the dynamic in more adorable ways. Without Bo Na and Eun Sang’s friendship, our high school team in “Heirs” would only be half of what it is.
Who can forget our gang in the popular drama “Goblin“? There are so many friendships in this K-drama, and the tight knit group that forms as a result is one of the best parts of “Goblin.” Our grim reaper (Lee Dong Wook) and goblin (Gong Yoo) had the best bromance of the year, while Sunny’s (Yoo In Na) protectiveness of Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) was tearfully sweet to watch. The bond between our three roommates, Grim Reaper, Kim Shin, and Eun Tak, was my personal favorite – just look at them!
Watch “Goblin” on Viki exclusively in Europe!
5. “Fight My Way”
“Fight My Way” is a new K-drama, but it has already reached high ratings. The whole focus of the plot revolves around four best friends who grew up together: Dong Man (Park Seo Joon), Ae Ra (Kim Ji Won), Joo Man (Ahn Jae Hong), and Seol Hee (Song Ha Yoon). As these natural born troublemakers struggle to make their lives work as young adults, they also remain fiercely protective of each other. You can tell each knows the other to a T, and it’s impossible not to cheer them on as they defend each other. The extra flashbacks of their past is an extra bonus which provides the perfect background story to our underdog heroes.
“Fight My Way” airs every Monday and Tuesday. Watch the latest episode at Viki!
There you have it! What are your favorite K-drama friendships, and do any of them remind you of your best friends? Tell us in the comments below!
Ariana K. Welsh is a college student who spends most of her time obsessing over K-dramas with her sister, dancing to loud music, and writing into the wee hours of the night. Her current fave things in life are: snow, Waldeinsamkeit by R.W. Emerson, and Butterbeer.