10 Hilariously Funny K-dramas | TheReviewGeek Recommends

K-dramas often end up becoming a perfect comfort watch as most Korean TV shows offer a wide range of genres in one show. These often include various sub-genres like romance, melodrama, fantasy, and comedy among others all packed in one show.

This is why it is difficult to categorize Korean Dramas as explicitly comedy as they do it in the West with Sitcoms. With that being said, there are a plethora of K-dramas that can tickle your funny bones while also including some aspects of melodrama and romance.

Here are our picks for 10 of the funniest K-dramas for you to enjoy!

Welcome To Waikiki

This show is by far the funniest Korean drama and probably the topmost pick of any ‘Funny K-drama’ list. The show follows the life of three very different young men, Dong-goo, Joon-ki and Doo-shik, who all have different dreams, all linked to the movie business. These three men open a guest house named “Waikiki” in Itaewon, where many foreigners come to stay.

Although they have no clue how to run it, they’re eager to earn money to pay for the production of their upcoming film. They are joined by Dong-goo’s younger sister, Seo-jin who is able to get a hang of managing the household in Waikiki. Things turn chaotic when a single mother, Yoon-ah makes an unexpected entrance at the guest house with her baby along with Dong-goo’s ex-girlfriend, Soo-ah.

Mr Queen

Gender-swap roles have been about in comedies as far back as Shakespeare plays and Mr Queen is another classic example of how to get this genre absolutely pitch perfect.

Jang Bong-hwan, a head chef at the Blue House of South Korea, is a sleazy womanizer and receives a rude awakening when he finds himself in the body of So-young, aka Queen Cheorin, in the Joseon Dynasty.

Now, as Bong-hwan tries to adapt to So-young’s female body, he similarly has to find a way to win his mother-in-law, Queen Sunwon’s favour by cooking for her. In the meantime, he also tries to get back to his body as Bong-hwan in modern Korea. His mission sees a setback when he finds the owner of his female body – So-young – falling for her husband, King Cheoljong.

Fight For My Way

Fight For My Way is a light-hearted show based on friendship, love and the many different struggles that a group of four middle-class friends go through in their struggle to make their dreams come true. Ae-ra and Dong-man are childhood friends and neighbors who are both doing odd jobs that is different from what they dreamed of. Ae-ra wants to be a sports announcer but she gives up on her dream to work as a receptionist.

Her childhood best friend and partner in crime, Dong-man, also dreamed of being a Taekwondo player but is stuck in a regular job working as a contractor. This show follows the journey of Ae-ra and Dong-man and their two friends as they each journey to fulfill their dreams in the company of their lifelong friends.

Hit The Top

Hit The Top is a time-travel drama that follows the life of Yoo Hyun-jae, a musician who accidentally travels through time from the year 1993 into 2017. After Hyun-jae learns that he has mysteriously disappeared and is presumed dead, he begins to investigate into the reason for his disappearance while trying to adjust to life in the future.

Meanwhile, Lee Ji-hoon is an aspiring musician and is secretly enrolled as an idol trainee at the agency, Star Punch Entertainment. Ji-hoon struggles to hide this from his parents, who believe he has been studying for his civil service exams. This slice-of-life drama takes a chaotic turn when Hyun-jae discovers that he has a son who is none other than Ji-hoon.

The Sound of Your Heart

Over its 30 total episodes, this slice of life K-drama depicts various stories of real life cartoonist Jo-suk and the people around him including his older brother Jo-joon and his girlfriend/wife Ae-bong. The first season of this web-drama has ten short 25 minute episodes.

The second season of The Sound of Your Heart has a large number of cameo appearances who play the role of the characters from Jo-suk’s web comics.

Reply 1988

Dubbed as one of the most enjoyably fun Korean dramas, Reply 1988 tells the story of five childhood friends who live in the Ssangmundong neighbourhood of Seoul. The five lean on each other to survive their challenging teen years as they set a path for their futures. This group of friends get in and out of mischief around the neighbourhood and hope to carry their experiences from these memorable times together into whatever will become of their future lives.

The five friends include Sung Deok-sun, who struggles for attention as the middle child in her poor family, as well as Kim Jung-hwan who has a one-track mind for soccer. Sung Sun-woo is the perfect student, Ryu Dong-ryong is a geek who knows a lot about girls and life in comparison to his friends, and Choi Taek is a genius baduk player who drops out of school to go professional.

Legend of the Blue Sea

Legend of the Blue Sea centres on the love story of Shim Cheong, a mermaid, and Heo Joon-jae, a witty con-artist. Legend of the Blue Sea is a comedy of errors that narrates the journey of a mermaid in the body of a woman. She finds herself in a time that she does not belong and the unfamiliarity around her results into chaotic interactions between her and the present world.

The show focuses on rebirth, fate, and unrequited love with the parallel story of Shin Cheong and Heo Joon-jae’s Joseon-era incarnations, the mermaid, Se-hwa, and town head, Kim Dam-ryeong.

Love To Hate You

One of the most recent Netflix originals that can be dubbed a comedy is the 10-episode show, Love To Hate You. The series follows the life of Nam Kang-ho, a well-known romance actor who has a problem. He can’t stand pretentious women after suffering from a bad break-up. He meets Mi-ran and is immediately taken by surprise at how comfortable he is around her.

Mi-ran is someone who hates all men after dating multiple men only to discover how shallow they all are. She initially thinks Kang-ho is an evil man too but her doubts are shattered when she learns about his true personality. Kang-ho and Mi-ran end up in a fake-dating relationship that could only go one of two ways for them.

The Tale of Nokdu

The classic plot where a man cross dresses as a woman is very well executed in The Tale of Nokdu. The show is set in the Joseon dynasty where Jeon Nok-du disguises as a woman Lady Kim Nok-soon / Yeon Soo to enter a mysterious women-only village in search of the truth about his birth.

After his father and brother are attacked by female assassins, Nok-du finds himself entering the captial in order to find them. There, he meets a young woman, Dong Dong-joo / Yoo Eun-seo who does not want to become a kisaeng and is in pursuit of revenge for her family.

Strong Woman Do Bong-soon

With a female lead who is petite yet way stronger than the male, Strong Woman Do Bong-soon follows the story of Do Bong-soon. She is a small, unemployed woman who is honest and kind. She appears little and sweet on the outside, but she is in fact very, very strong. For generations in her family, the women have been gifted Herculean strength to use for the greater good.

If abused however, their power will be taken away. After she starts working for Ahn Min-hyuk, the handsome and somewhat childish CEO of Ainsoft, a gaming company, Bong-soon is forced to use her superpowers which could potentially ruin her life but save his.

So there we have it, our 10 funniest K-dramas that you can watch to have a hearty laugh!

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!

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3 thoughts on “10 Hilariously Funny K-dramas | TheReviewGeek Recommends”

  1. if you don’t feel that Welcome to Waikiki is funny, don’t call it overrated. I’ve watched it and find it so funny!

  2. I don’t understand why I’ve never seen Prison Playbook on any top ten comedy list. It’s the funniest k-drama I’ve seen in my opinion. And Welcome to Waikiki is overrated.

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