From “Reply 1988” to “Hello, My Twenties!” , here’s a list of 7 K-dramas with strong friendship themes

There is a genre of Korean dramas that stands out for its portrayal of enduring friendships, rather than sexual drama or complicated storylines. These dramas depict familiar characters and inspiring stories, creating a world where friendship conquers adversity.

Join me on a journey through 7 K-dramas that beautifully showcase the strength and importance of true friendship.


1) “Reply 1988” (2015-2016)
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“Reply 1988” tells the story of five friends facing the obstacles of youth and maturity in the charming neighborhood of Ssangmun-dong. The series not only portrays the nostalgia of the 1980s, but it also emphasizes the unwavering support and understanding that good friends bring.

2) “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo” (2016-2017)
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (TV Series 2016–2017) - IMDb
This drama, which defies stereotypes, depicts the life of a female weightlifter, Kim Bok-joo, and her close-knit circle of friends at a sports institution. The series is a great mix of comedy, romance, and, most importantly, the unbreakable ties built between people following their aspirations together.

3) “Age of Youth” (2016)
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“Age of Youth” is a one-of-a-kind depiction of the lives of five female housemates that explores the varied personalities and backgrounds that come together under one roof. The drama beautifully depicts the power derived from sharing pleasures and overcoming trials together as the protagonists travel through the obstacles of maturity.

4) “Hospital Playlist” (2020-2021)

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This hospital-set drama takes a novel approach by focusing on the enduring friendships of five doctors. “Hospital Playlist” not only digs into the complexity of the medical sector but also highlights the deep-rooted companionship that develops as these friends face life’s ups and downs together.

5) “Fight for My Way” (2017)
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This slice-of-life drama follows four friends as they pursue their aspirations in the bustling city of Seoul. “Fight for My Way” emphasizes the value of having friends who encourage and support each other as they traverse the trials of maturity.

6) “Itaewon Class” (2020)

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“Itaewon Class” is a story about resilience, dedication, and the unbreakable relationships created in the face of adversity, following the journey of an ex-convict and his pals as they struggle to establish a successful restaurant. The drama depicts the strength that emerges when friends work together to achieve a common objective.

7) “Hello, My Twenties!” (2016-2017)
Hello, My Twenties! (Korean Drama) - AsianWiki“Hello, My Twenties!” is a charming coming-of-age drama that follows the lives of five unique female roommates. The series addresses the transforming impact of friendship during the key years of early adulthood via laughter, tears, and shared experiences.