One of the most popular K-Dramas on air at the moment is Nam JooHyuk and Kim TaeRi’s “Twenty-Five Twenty-One”, which tells the story of young people navigating love and dreams through challenging times. Set largely in the late 90s and early 2000s, the drama is bringing back nostalgia for the good old days that many haven’t even experienced. With the popularity of “newtro”, such a longing isn’t unnatural either.
If you can’t get enough of this retro love either, check out these K-Dramas that will be right up your alley!
1. The “Reply” Series
The “Reply” series consists of “Reply 1997”, “Reply 1994” and “Reply 1988”. All 3 dramas are absolute masterpieces and gems of the Korean television industry. From the deeply evocative writing to the earthy characters and a sense of familiarity, the “Reply” series remains unrivaled to date. If “Twenty-Five Twenty-One” seems relatable to you, you need to watch the “Reply” dramas because there’s a lot more where that came from.
2. “Life On Mars”
If thrillers are more your cup of tea than slice of life dramas, “Life On Mars” would be your perfect match. Starring Jung KyungHo, Park SungWoong, Go AhSung, and more, “Life On Mars” tells the story of a detective who winds up way back in time (more accurately, in 1988) after a strange accident. To go back to the future, he has to solve a serial murder case. The drama perfectly encapsulates the way the world changes over time but also remains the same, in essence.
3. “Girls’ Generation 1979”
You’ve heard of the Nation’s girl group, Girls’ Generation; now get ready for the drama that you’ll love just as much! Starring WJSN’s Bona in the leading role, “Girls’ Generation 1979” is set in Daegu of the 1970s and follows a group of young girls as they come of age and learn to navigate their feelings and emotions. If you’re looking for a wholesome and fulfilling watch, you need to add “Girls’ Generation 1979” to your watchlist.
4. “Go Back Couple”
One drama, a thousand emotions: that is exactly how “Go Back Couple” makes one feel. Starring Jang NaRa and Son HoJun, this story takes you on a rollercoaster ride back to 1999 and follows a campus romance, albeit with a twist. A married yet estranged couple choose to separate but end up traveling back in time to the day they first met. With a second chance at youth, they decide it’s time for a do-over. However, fate has other plans. “Go Back Couple” will make you laugh just as hard as you’ll cry, rooting for each and every character you meet. This one’s a must-watch!
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