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7 Coming-of-age K-Dramas That Will Inspire You To Conquer Adulting

7 Coming-of-age K-Dramas That Will Inspire You To Conquer Adulting
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Adulting, as cliché as it seems, can be intimidating. You have to let go of your carefree self and learn to embrace bigger responsibilities. Even though we really don’t have any choice, it greatly helps to find hobbies that can make us feel less alone. And since we find comfort in activities that offer a quick escape from reality, here are 7 coming-of-age K-Dramas you can watch that will inspire you to conquer adulting!

Start Up (2020)


With family problems and financial constraints in the mix, chasing your dreams might feel impossible. But through passion and determination, this show proves that despite the roadblocks and challenges, you can be whoever you want to be.

This hit drama was streamed on Netflix in October 2020, a couple of months into the coronavirus pandemic. It served as a glimmer of hope during a difficult time, while still managing to be realistic and relatable.

It stars famous Korean actors Bae Suzy, Nam Joo Hyuk, and Kim Seon Ho.

Fight For My Way (2017)

Park Seo Joon and Kim Ji Won were as playful as ever in this comedy-drama! It centers on four best friends (called “The Crazy Fantastic Four”) who are navigating their way in the adult world.

These underdogs struggle to survive, striving for success in their dream careers that they’re underqualified for. And though fate wasn’t always kind to them, their friendship remained through it all.

This show is a reminder that when situations become difficult, having a genuine support system to carry them with you will keep you strong.

Seo Joon and Ji Won acted alongside their on-screen best friends, Ahn Jae Hong and Song Ha Yoon.

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Hello, My Twenties! / Age Of Youth (2016)

If you miss dorm rooms, late nights, and lunch dates with your college barkada, watching “Hello, My Twenties!” might be nostalgic.

The show revolves around 5 roommates who somehow manage to vibe well despite their extremely different personalities. They go through first times together, comfort one another, and go through difficult times side-by-side. It is a slice-of-life comedy-drama that will make you miss your days in university, but will also help you realize how much you have grown since.

This K-Drama, starring Han Ye Ri, Han Seung Yeon, Park Eun Bin, Hwa Young, and Park Hye Soo, first aired on the Korean channel JTBC in 2016, but has been available on Netflix since 2018.

Record of Youth (2020)

This highly anticipated K-Drama stars Park Bo Gum and Park So Dam, playing two young adults with big dreams.

Sa Hye Joon (Park Bo Gum) is a runway model who wants to become a famous actor, but he keeps failing auditions. An Jung Ha (Park So Dam), on the other hand, is an aspiring makeup artist.

With each other’s help, they find confidence within themselves to continue reaching for their dreams. Little did they know that they would find romance too!

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Because It’s The First Time (2015)

Being in your twenties means that you are bound to experience a lot of firsts. You will be making mistakes, and you are going to learn valuable lessons from them as well. “Because It’s The First Time” captures that gray area between new changes and old memories that young adults face when growing up.

The show’s cast is led by SHINee’s Choi Min Ho and “Parasite” star Park So Dam.

Misaeng (2014)

We don’t see a lot of shows that truly encapsulates the struggles of the working class, but Misaeng is a realistic take.

At first glance, watching this show might seem slow and disheartening (especially because of the main character’s constant struggles), but it simply shows how unsympathetic the corporate world can be.

Jang Geu Rae, portrayed by Yim Si Wan, does a great job in setting a darker tone for the show, as compared to other K-Dramas that seem to be all butterflies and glitter. The 90-minute episodes on Netflix also allow the audience to fully connect with the character, to witness every inch of growth, to the point that it would actually be painful to say goodbye when the show ends.

Dream High (2011)

Like most coming-of-age dramas, Dream High emphasizes the importance of friendship, loyalty, and passion. It tells the story of 6 art school students who do everything they can to become famous stars in Korea’s highly competitive music industry.

Even though high school did not serve as the kindest place for these students, they prove that through passion and hard work, your dreams are one extra push away from coming true.

Catch the star-studded cast Bae Suzy, Kim Soo Hyun, Ham Eun Jung, IU, Ok Taec Yeon, and Jang Woo Young on Netflix.

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