Superstar Male Leads And First Loves: K-Dramas To Watch After “Radio Romance”

There’s a lot to miss about “Radio Romance” now that it has come to an end. We no longer get to see the adorable chemistry between the OTP, Ji Soo Ho (Yoon Doojoon) and Song Geu Rim (Kim So Hyun). And for those of you who endured second-lead syndrome, it’s pretty heartbreaking that we will no longer be able to see the free-spirited Lee Gang (Yoon Park) sticking up for Geu Rim and being so sweet on the weekly.

To help ease the pain of not being able to watch “Radio Romance” anymore, here’s a list of K-dramas to watch based on things we loved most about the series!

Childhood first loves

Ji Soo Ho and Song Geu Rim first meet and fall in love when they’re young. After separating, they meet again when they’re older, and fall right back in love. It’s a popular K-drama trope, but one we never get sick of! The idea of first loves lasting forever and standing the test of time is just so romantic and sweet.

If you’re looking for a K-drama with a similar first love storyline where first loves meet again as adults, make sure you check out the sweet rom-com “She Was Pretty” starring Park Seo Joon and Hwang Jung Eum. Park Seo Joon plays a cold and selfish deputy chief editor, Ji Sung Joon, who can’t stand his clumsy employee, Kim Hye Jin (Hwang Jung Eum). What he doesn’t know is that she is the girl he fell in love with many years ago.

You’ll get a kick out of the laughs and romance in this K-drama and especially enjoy the chemistry between the two main leads!

Catch the first episode of “She Was Pretty”:

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If you’re looking for a drama that will give you all the butterflies like “Radio Romance” did, then you should check out “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo.” This K-drama also has the premise of the two main leads having met when they were young kids to them meeting again when they are older. The relationship that develops between Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung) and Jung Joon Hyung (Nam Joo Hyuk) is so innocent and charming that you’ll want to watch it over and over again!

Catch the first episode of “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo”:

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A baggage-filled famous male lead who falls in love

One of the most endearing aspects of this script is the tortured soul that is Ji Soo Ho. The main lead in this particular drama has a heavy past and bears the emotional repercussions of having gone through so much in his life. Even though he’s got the fame and fortune, he is unhappy. Seeing his character slowly open up and fall in love is hopeful to watch and makes the drama that much more romantic!

If you loved this premise, you’ll enjoy the very short series, “The Universe’s Star” starring EXO’s Suho and Ji Woo. Suho plays a famous idol named Woo Joo who can’t seem to shake the depression and slump that he is in. He’s loved by many but is unhappy with his life, and like Ji Soo Ho in “Radio Romance,” he has trouble sleeping. He eventually meets a fan by the name of Byul and they embark on a very unique romantic relationship.

The series is only six episodes long, so you really have nothing to lose!

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The charmer, Yoon Park

Yoon Park has made appearances in many dramas and it’s safe to say that all of his roles always leave an impression. His presence and charm on-screen really draws viewers in and he’s got some amazing acting skills! His role as the hard-headed but also free-spirited PD in “Radio Romance” is swoon-worthy and enough to evoke some serious second-lead syndrome.

If you already miss seeing Yoon Park and his quirky ways in “Radio Romance,” make sure you check out the series, “Age of Youth.” Yoon Park stars as the charming chef, Park Jae Wan. You’ll love seeing him on his romantic journey with Yoon Jin Myung (Han Ye Ri), and you might just fall in love with him all over again!

Watch the trailer here:

The adorable Kim So Hyun

It’s always a delight being able to see Kim So Hyun grow on the small-screen. Every drama she graces her presence with is guaranteed to be a success. You can really see her maturity in her role as Song Geu Rim in “Radio Romance,” and it really shows that she has what it takes to continue to become a huge success in the Korean entertainment industry.

If you loved her in this drama as the strong and willing radio writer, make sure you check out her role as the sweet and innocent Lee Eun Bi/Lee Eun Byul in “Who Are You: School 2015.” Kim So Hyun plays identical twins who are separated at a young age. Eun Byul mysteriously disappears one day and Eun Bi attempts suicide, which causes her to lose her memory. People begin to mistaken Eun Bi for Eun Byul and herein lies the complicated web of relationships and love that will have you totally entertained.

The series is an entertaining watch, especially if you are fans of a star-studded cast!

Catch the first episode of “Who Are You: School 2015”:

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The epic love triangle

What’s a romantic K-drama without the love triangle? It’s so easy to get sucked into the romantic gestures of the second-lead but at the same time be totally head over heels for the main lead. In “Radio Romance,” there are two very strong male contenders in this love triangle as Yoon Park and Yoon Doojoon both fight for the affections of Song Geu Rim. In a K-drama love triangle, the main lead usually ends up with the girl while the second lead is left with his heart torn to shreds.

If you’re looking for another K-drama with a solid love triangle, you must watch “Reply 1988.” In this K-drama, Park Bo Gum and Ryu Jun Yeol respectively play genius Go player Choi Taek and Jung Pal, who both fall in love with their childhood friend, Sung Deok Sun (Girl’s Day’s Hyeri). It’s a heartwarming but also heartbreaking story as the two friends try to show their love for Deok Sun while trying to maintain their friendship with each other. Talk about drama!

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Happy K-drama watching!

Hey Soompiers, what are you watching now that “Radio Romance” is over? Let me know in the comments below!

binahearts is a Soompi writer who can be most often seen singing her heart out at karaoke, walking her dog, or indulging in dessert. Her ultimate biases include Song Joong Ki, BIGBANG and BTOB. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes! 

Currently watching: Radio Romance” and “Tempted

All-time favorite dramas: “Secret Garden,” “Goblin,” “Because This Is My First Life” and “Star In My Heart

Looking forward to: “Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food” and Won Bin’s return to the small screen