It was only in the last two years that I’ve started watching Friends and How I Met Your Mother. Fortunately for me, I managed to binge these shows in time to catch up on all the references my friends make about them. Now that I’m done with these series, I have been in search of ones that have the same theme. While the cultures are drastically different, seeing squads on-screen work their friendships (and relationships) on K-Dramas just gives me comfort. If, like me, you’re looking for the best friendships on TV, here’s a quick list of series you can binge throughout the holidays. These K-Dramas may not be as wild as Friends or HIMYM but we promise inspiring friendships that will last through a hundred summers.
There are three dramas in the Reply series. It started in 2013 with the premiere of Reply 1997, about a group of friends who hold their high school reunion looking back on the year 1997 at the height of popularity of boybands H.O.T and Sechskies. This was given a second season and a whole new group of friends with Reply 1994, following flatmates survive college with the rise of K-Pop Group Seo Taiji and the Korean Basketball League. In Reply 1988, the third season, a story of childhood friends of the same neighborhood.
The most interesting part about these dramas are the guessing games. You’ll never really know who will end up with who—much like Friends and HIMYM. These series will keep you guessing up until the last episode.
Hello, My Twenties
One of my favorites, this drama revolves around sharehouse tenants with different personalities. While their personalities clash sometimes, the five girls still work their friendship through and find love in between. The series was given a second season with additional and recurring characters. It will remind you of the good old days of college and everything in between.
Welcome to Waikiki
Following the comedic path or Friends and HIMYM, Welcome to Waikiki will get you laughing out loud for its adorable theme. A trio of troublemaking boys become caretakers of a guest house in the brink of bankruptcy while attempting to follow their respective dreams—all while babysitting a mysterious baby they find after a wild night of partying. Add in the baby’s mom, a wolf-like sister, and an aspiring model to the equation and everything is chaos.
My First First Love
Adulting doesn’t come easy for a privileged university student, like Tae Oh (Kim Jisoo). Throw in his troubled friends in a house he believed he’ll have to himself and conflict immediately follows. This series doesn’t only show tests of friendships but will also make you look back and think, “Am I in love?” whilst thinking of that one person you’ve always thought you never did. This series will premiere on Netflix, April 18, in time for the holidays.