Below are 6 famous K-dramas that excited many viewers with the topic of love developed from friendship.
“Is it possible for a friendship to exist between a man and a woman?”. The heated debate over the terms “male friend” and “female friend” has been raised since a long time ago. Some agree that friendship does exist in the relationship between a man and a woman, while others insist on the position that “it is absolutely impossible”.
Amidst this heated topic, let’s look through six dramas in which the main characters have their relationships developed from friends into lovers, which support the opinion that men and women cannot be friends.
1. MBC’s “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo”
“Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo” depicts the romance between a 21-year-old weightlifting athlete Kim Bok-joo (Lee Sung-kyung) and Jung Joon-hyung (Nam Joo-hyuk), whom she has been friends with for a long time.
In the drama, Kim Bok-joo and Jung Joon-young drew excitement from the viewers by expressing the freshness of a college student couple after becoming lovers.
In addition, “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo” was also praised for its content that captures both dreams and love of young people at the same time by portraying the passionate growth in the life of physical education students trying to run towards their dreams and goals.
2. tvN’s “Reply 1997”
This drama, which contributed to the foundation of tvN channel, is famous for its story that tells about the love of childhood friends, Sung Si-won (Jung Eun-ji) and Yoon Yoon-jae (Seo In-guk).
“Reply 1997” attracted the viewers with the vibe of a high-teen drama with its meaningful lines and scenes.
The OST “All For You” sung by Jung Eun-ji and Seo In-gik is still one of the most well-loved duet songs, more than a decade since its release.
3. KBS2’s “Fight For My Way”
“Fight For My Way” depicts a love story between two 20-year-old friends who live in the same neighborhood. It drew many positive reviews for how realistically the romance was portrayed.
When “Fight For My Way” was broadcast, the kiss scenes and filming location became a big topic among viewers. It was picked by many as their “lifetime drama”.
Viewers sympathized with the story of Ko Dong-man (Park Seo-joon), who dreams of becoming a Taekwondo player representing South Korea, and Choi Ae-ra (Kim Ji-won), who dreams of becoming an announcer.
4. SBS’s “Our Beloved Summer”
”Our Beloved Summer”, which successfully wrapped up this January, depicts the friends-to-lovers romance between two high school classmates, Kook Yeon-soo (Kim Da-mi) and Choi Woong (Choi Woo-shik).
Choi Woo-shik and Kim Da-mi showed their convincing and heart-fluttering chemistry in a youth rom-com drama, receiving great love from viewers.
“Our Beloved Summer” being produced with the motif of a documentary filmed by high school students also made the drama stand out.
5. tvN’s “Hospital Playlist”
Lee Ik-jun (Jo Jung-seok) and Chae Song-hwa (Jeon Mi-do), the main characters of “Hospital Playlist”, were classmates at Seoul National University’s medical school in 1999.
Despite being best friends, the two had a strange romantic tension in season 1. They developed into lovers after confirming their feelings for each other in season 2.
Viewers cheered on the narrative of Lee Ik-jun and Chae Song-hwa eventually going from friends to lovers after about 20 years.
6. SBS’s “Dr Romantic 2”
“Dr Romantic 2” is about the love between college classmates Cha Eun-jae (Lee Sung-kyung) and Seo Woo-jin (Ahn Hyo-seop).
As second year residents in thoracic surgery and general surgery, respectively, the two depended on each other and became each other’s strong support.
Many viewers gave favorable reviews to “Dr Romantic 2” for realistically capturing the busy life of doctors and their love stories.