Over the past few years, Korean entertainment has taken the world by storm, bringing in millions of new fans. Whether it’s an event like “Squid Game” or record breaking actions like BTSthere are many reasons why the Hallyu wave continues to rise.
But have you ever wondered what goes on behind the camera? Or even how actors and idols become famous? Well there are K-Dramas out there that can answer those questions!
We all know that K-Drama includes a variety of settings, from Joseon palaces to cubicles in offices. Some dramas even give their viewers an insight into the lives of trainees, idols, and actors.
So with that in mind, here are 8 K-Dramas that provide an in-depth look at the entertainment industry.
Starting from this list, we have “Sh**ting Star” which premiered on April 22 this year. This drama takes us into the day-to-day operations of Star Force Entertainment and the people who work behind the scenes to make their celebrities shine as bright as the stars above. Lee SungKyoung plays the hardworking and competent leader of the public relations team, Oh HanByeol. Beside him is Kim YoungDae as Gong TaeSeong, a famous actor and face of Star Force. The two of them, together with the support from Yoon Jong Hoon, Kim Yoon Hye, Girl’s Day SoJinand Lee Jung Shin CNBLUEMake each moment brighter than the last, bringing lots of smiles and laughter to its viewers.
From scandals that make headlines to the uncertainty of being a trainee, and even behind the scenes of failed entertainment companies, “The Best Hit” covers various aspects of the industry. While the drama’s theme may be serious, the many comedic elements used (pun intended, slapstick, etc.) make it light and fun for everyone to enjoy. “The Best Hit” directed by and starring Chae TaeHyun; he joined Yoon Shi Yoon, Kim Min Jae, Lee SeYoung, Dong HyunBae, Cha EunWoo ASTROand WJSNBoNa. With such an amazing cast, this drama is sure to be the next big hit on your list.
While this drama may center around the world of actors, it gives viewers a glimpse into two very unique parts of the entertainment industry: makeup artists and models. “Record of Youth follows the life of Sa Hye Joon (played by Park BoGum), a successful model who dreams of becoming an actor, and Ahn JungHa (played by Park So Dam), a make up artist who strives to be recognized for his skills. With his friends, played by Byeon WooSeok and Kwon SooHyun, the four navigate the rough waters of the entertainment industry to achieve their dreams and recognition from peers and family. This drama will surely give you hope and inspiration to never give up!
4. “The Producers”
“The Producers” made its original run from May 2015 to June 2015 and has established itself as a classic ever since. Originally filmed in a mockumentary style, this drama not only has a star-studded cast in Cha TaeHyun, Kong Hyo Jin, Kim Soo Hyunand IU, but also featured many cameos from various celebrities. In addition to looking into the world of broadcasting and the tireless crew that brings it all together, “The Producers” is special because it focuses on the behind-the-scenes look of popular Korean television shows.”2 Days 1 Night ”. This drama shows the difficulty of saving the show from poor ratings and what needs to be done to do so. “The Producers” is one of a kind and should definitely be added to your watchlist.
This drama is a touching story that looks at the hardships of idols and their lack of success. “IDOL: The Coup” doesn’t deviate from its goal by adding a romantic storyline. Instead, it’s all in the failed journey of the Cotton Candy girl group and their attempt to achieve one final victory before their disbandment. This realistic approach was strengthened due to the actual casting of girl group members featuring EXID’s HaNi, WJSNExy, SolBin LABOUM, Green REDSQUAREand actress Han So Eun. This drama teaches many lessons about failure and encourages the audience to keep going despite the difficulties.
6. “Liar And His Lover”
An adaptation of the Japanese manga and drama of the same name, “The Liar and His Lover” revolves around Yoon SoRim (played by Red Velvetkegembiraan) and Kang HanKyeol (played by Lee Hyun Woo) as they pursue their musical dreams and aspirations while also falling in love. This depicts two sides of success: an amateur band looking for a big break and an established songwriter. From stepping into the recording studio for the first time to composing a song for the public to love, “The Liar and His Lover” gave us plenty of reasons to support the character. It’s really a fun drama that you don’t want to miss!
Based on the popular webtoon of the same name, “Imitation” follows several idols as they forge their way through the entertainment industry. While the drama doesn’t cover mundane topics like chasing your dreams and being positive despite failure, it also touches on themes of bereavement and loss. The cast of “Imitation” includes Jun U-KISS, Jung JiSo, JiYeon T-ARA, YunHo ATEEZand SF9Chani, among many others. So if you are looking for a drama with a cast filled with K-Pop idols, then this is for you.
8. “Dream High”
It may be an older drama, but “Dream High” is still an icon and is remembered by many. It tells the story of a group of young men who attend the High School of the Arts to pursue their dreams of becoming stars. The main student cast includes Kim SooHyun, Suzy, Ok TaecYeon & WooYoung 2PM, EunJung T-ARA, and IU. This drama combines the hardships of the entertainment world and life as a student. It also adds moments of heartwarming romance that will make your heart flutter and beat. With its theme music and amazing chemistry from the cast, this drama is sure to have you singing in no time.
Have you watched any of these dramas? Which one did you add to the list? Let us know in the comments!