New to Korean Dramas? Watch This First!

This post is authored by guest blogger Lynndee Theson! Scroll to the bottom of the article for her biography and contact info!

Korean dramas have been around for decades…

…but now with popular streaming applications like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu more and more people are taking notice.  I discovered this genre a few years ago on Netflix.  I was instantly hooked.

City Hunter was the first Korean drama I ever watched and is also my #1 pick.  It is a show I  have recommended to lots of people.  Some of them hadn’t watched a Korean drama before, but like me were quickly addicted.  It was from a friend who I recommended the show to, that I found out the show is based on a manga series by the same name.  I haven’t read the manga so this overview and review is only based on the TV show.

City Hunter aired in 2011.  There are 20 episodes and each episode is over an hour long.  That may seem like a lot of watching time but I chain watched this show so it only took me about five days.  I have since watched it many times, gotten friends to watch it, and even bought a DVD of it because I liked it sooo much!

Lee Yoon-sung has been training for years to avenge the father he never knew.  In order to get his revenge, he moves to Seoul and gets a job in the IT department at the Blue House (it’s like the White House of South Korea).  There he hunts down and exposes the corruption of the five men responsible for the death of his father.  

What I Love About City Hunter

Forbidden Love

Yoon-sung isn’t suppose to fall in love.  He is actually told by his adoptive father not to fall in love because it will put the people he loves in danger.  

Hidden Identity

Yoon-sung keeps his identity secret from everyone covering his nose and mouth.  It’s totally not believable that no one recognizes him for so long.  I still like the mystery it creates and the added story line as the characters try to figure out who is that masked man.

Protect the Girl

Call me old fashion but I like the idea that a man takes care of the woman he loves.  Even while trying to hide his love for Kim Na-na, Yoon-sung makes certain choices that have no benefit to him except to protect Na-na.


As the story progresses the audience learns more and more about both Yoon-sung and Na-na.  The show has lots of twist, if you like that sort of thing.  I love it!

Lee Min-ho

I personally have a crush on this actor.  Or maybe it’s the character he plays.  Maybe I really have a crush on Yoon-sung.  It doesn’t really matter since they have the same face.

What You May Not Like If You Are New To Korean Dramas…


This is a Korean show, shot in Korea, therefore, someone has to add subtitles.  I was teased a lot while watching this show because I would pause it if anyone was making noise.  Yes, I know I don’t hear subtitles but you have to concentrate to read and it’s hard to concentrate when people are making noise.

The First Episode

The first episode is kinda hard to get through.  It is basically the back story for the entire show though so you really need to watch it.

To watch City Hunter for free online, CLICK HERE.  Since it is free, there will be commercials.

I can’t recommend this show enough.  Watch it!!!

Lyndee Theson

Lynndee isn’t your traditional geek. She doesn’t know anything about anime or gaming. She doesn’t sew or dress up. She is more of a behind the scene person. In high school she was part of the drama department as the Stage Manager. She revisited the role of stage manager years later for Tollberry Theater's production of The Three Musketeers. Her stage manager career was put on hold when she became pregnant with her first child. That is when she discovered Korean Dramas. She was immediately hooked. She also is a fan of Doctor Who, Firefly, Dark Matter, Gilmore Girls, and The Real Housewives of everywhere. Lynndee also enjoys reading. Her favorite genre is young adult but she also likes fantasy, sci fi, and romance. Some of her favorite authors are Sarah Fine, Piers Anthony, and Janet Evanovich. Lynndee currently writes for Dystopian Shuffle and her personal blog Real Housewife with Kids.

43 thoughts on “New to Korean Dramas? Watch This First!

    • 10 December, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Yeah, I am super intrigued by it! Planning on watching it through this weekend!

  • 9 December, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Sounds like a really cool series! I have seen quite a few Korean movies but not shows, will have to check it out.

    • 10 December, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Korean manga, dramas and pop music are getting sooooo big in the USA recently.. I need to jump on this bandwagon for sure!

  • 10 December, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Thanks for sharing! I like to hear the show even if I’m reading subtitles as well! I love this British soap opera called Hollyoaks, and I’ve watched another one from Germany – so it had the subtitles. I haven’t tried a Korean drama yet though, so I should!

    • 10 December, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      This seems like it would be right up your alley (judging by your book interests!! hehe!) Let me know what you think of the series, yeah? <3

  • 10 December, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I will give a chance to this tv show, thank you for recommendation 🙂

  • 10 December, 2016 at 11:03 am

    We don’t have TV any more. We got rid of cable years ago, and don’t miss TV at all.

    Looks like an interesting program tho.

    • 10 December, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      I dont watch TV anymore either… when we do, it is usually isolated marathons of shows on Netflix or Crunchyroll! haha…

  • 11 December, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Sounds interesting. I am into k-pop but not watching any of the Korean shows. Happy holidays, Gingi.

    • 11 December, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      I am JUST starting to get into K-Pop… it is so similar to J-Pop, and I am really into that, just havent really crossed over into that genre yet!

  • 11 December, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I will definitely watch it, thank you for sharing! Baci, Valeria – Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

    • 12 December, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      I tried watching it yesterday and it wouldnt load! Boo! Gonna try again today.. lemme know what you think of it!

  • 12 December, 2016 at 12:22 am

    I love watching foreign TV. I’m going to check this out! Thanks for sharing Gingi

    • 12 December, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      This was the work of a guest blogger, I think she did a great job! Def got me to watch it!

  • 12 December, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Emmy and ROwena watch a lot of these and they are bookmarked for the holidays to watch,.

    • 12 December, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      I really do need to get into Korean drama.. it seems like it would be right up my alley!

  • 12 December, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I love K-dramas but this is one I haven’t watched yet. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • 14 December, 2016 at 2:56 am

      Which ones have you seen?? Do you have any recommendations?

  • 13 December, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    This sounds amazing, I need to see it!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • 14 December, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Interesting post my dear, thank you for sharing 🙂

  • 14 December, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Never heard of this before so thanks for the write-up! I have like only watched Naruto.

    • 18 December, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Naruto is Japanese manga.. I watch that too, but I seriously do NOT get the whole big hype of it all haha

  • 15 December, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    To be honest, I have never watched Korean dramas, so your post was really interesting and useful, thank you for sharing 🙂

  • 17 December, 2016 at 6:50 am

    I love Kdramas! Lee Minho is one of my favorite actors. 🙂

    • 18 December, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      I still cant get this dang show to play!! You guys are really making me want to watch it!!

  • 19 December, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    OMG, LMH is my favourite Korean actor! I’m watching his latest drama now. Have a wonderful week, dear! xoxo

  • 1 January, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    What’s not to love about Dramas?:D That’s pretty much all I watch these days. I haven’t see City Hunter yet, but will add it on my to-check out list. Just finished That Winter The Wind Blows…freaking awesome!

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