5 K-Dramas That Primarily Focus On The Importance Of Family

K-dramas speak to the heart. When you watch one centered around family, your whole world becomes just a little brighter. The warm and fuzzy feelings arise when the characters are spending quality time together, putting other’s needs before their own, and even showing tough love. Here are five heartwarming K-dramas that focus on the importance of family.

“Dear My Friends”

Life is just beginning for these mature adults! Translator and writer Park Wan (Go Hyun Jung) starts spending quality time with her mother and her friends. The lives of these senior citizens become personal as their relationships and family connections come into the picture. They hope Park Wan will be inspired to write a novel about them.

“Dear My Friends” allows viewers to witness growing relationships between a mom, her daughter, and her mom’s friends. Mom and daughter form a strong bond by spending more free time together in the midst of her cancer diagnosis. While their relationship strengthens, the daughter sees the kind of bonds her mom’s friends have with their families. Because they are nearing the end of their lives, they plan to make the most of every minute. Whether it be mending broken relationships, cherishing loved ones, and welcoming new babies in the world, they are there for it.

Reply 1988

High school student Sung Duk Sun (Hyeri) remains close with her childhood friends and neighbors throughout her young life. They are her extended family, and Kim Jung Hwan (Ryu Jun Yeol), Sung Sun Woo (Go Kyung Pyo), Ryu Dong Ryong (Lee Dong Hwi), and Choi Taek (Park Bo Gum) are four of her best friends growing up. The friend group comprises of a soccer enthusiast, a model student, the cultured nerd, and an expert go player, respectively. They all have fun and make lasting memories in high school together. An interesting element in the drama is that Sung Duk Sun’s future husband, who is a member of the friend group, remains a mystery until the end of the series.

This show is double the family love! Although each character in Sung Duk Sun’s friend group has their own family, the link between the five friends forms its own unique family all by itself. The fact that the teenage neighbors live near each other and grow up together allows the group to be like close siblings at times. The teens’ guardians also become the best of friend, sharing secrets as well as the good and bad times together.

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Seo Yeong, My Daughter

Twins Seo Yeong (Lee Bo Young) and Lee Sang Woo (Park Hae Jin) have very different relationships with their father Sam Jae (Chun Ho Jin). Seo Yeong gives away all her hard-earned money to pay her father’s gambling debts. Because of her sacrifice, she pauses her college journey and resents Sam Jae. Seo Yeong’s twin Lee Sang Woo continues to pursue a career in the medical field and attempts to form a close relationship with their father.

This K-drama is the perfect father and daughter series. It explores real emotions children can have toward their parents and the steps both can take for restoration. Seo Yeong loves her father, but his poor choices disappoints her. “Seo Yeong, My Daughter” exhibits unconditional love that is hiding under the veil of Seo Yeong’s hurt.

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Marriage Contract

Kang Hye Soo (Uee) and Han Ji Hun (Lee Seo Jin) bind themselves together for the love of their families. Kang Hye Soo, who is dying from cancer, agrees to marry a rich man and donate her liver to his mom upon her death. In return, she requests he care for her daughter until she grows up.

The main couple in “Marriage Contract” shows great examples of true love. Kang Hye Soo is the one suffering from a terminal illness, but she is more concerned with her daughter’s well-being than herself. She plans to give to two people by providing for her daughter and helping her mother-in-law. Han Ji Hun, on the other hand, is desperately trying to save his mother’s life and finds a willing donor in Kang Hye Soo, and he eventually finds love along the way.

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What Happens to My Family?

Widower Cha Soon Bong (Yoo Dong Geun) has dedicated his life to raising his three children. Now in adulthood, he isn’t happy with their ill-treatment toward him. The father decides to use the law to fix the error of their ways. His adult children, Cha Kang Shim (Kim Hyun Joo), Cha Kang Jae (Yoon Bak), and Cha Dal Bong (Park Hyung Shik), are a secretary, oncologist, and an unemployed youth, respectively. They have to brace for the family drama that ensues.

“What Happens to My Family?” illustrates tough love within the family. The father loves his children too much to see them become terrible human beings. Even though they are grown, he gives them life lessons in manners and respect through the law. The entire family is destined to form a lasting bond by this jarring experience. They are the most important people in each others’ lives.

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Hey Soompiers, which family K-drama feels the most like home? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 

KMoody is a Soompi writer who is a longtime Korean drama fan. Her favorite dramas include “Boys Over Flowers,” “Dream High,” and “Love Alarm”! For more information about her personal and professional writing journey, follow her on Instagram at BTSCelebs.

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