Have you ever had that awkward moment when you’re watching TV with family and a steamy make-out scene pops up out of nowhere? It seems to go on for ages and you wish you had turned on a PG-12 show instead. Allow us save you from the embarrassment! Here are seven clean, family-friendly Korean TV shows for all ages!
1. ‘The Prime Minister and I’
At 42-years-old, Kwon Yool (Lee Bum Soo) is South Korea’s youngest prime minister ever. On top of his reputation of being an honest man of the utmost integrity, he’s also a widower who raises his three children alone. But what the public doesn’t know is that despite his perfect image, Prime Minister Kwon is actually a struggling father devoid of even the most basic of parenting skills. Nam Da Jung (Girls Generation’s Yoona) is a journalist who resorts to writing trashy tabloids to support her ailing father, but when she chases Prime Minister Kwon for a lucrative exposé, she ends up scooping a whole lot more than she bargained for.
2. ‘Baker King Kim Tak Goo’
“Baker King Kim Tak Goo” is a powerhouse blend of underdog tale, family saga, and romance. One of the highest rated dramas of the past decade, the show follows one young man’s quest to overcome his past and, against all odds, overcome and find happiness. Hoping for a better life for her son, a struggling mother sends her street-smart son to live with his father and then mysteriously disappears. He winds up out on the streets and twelve years later, he’s a cocky ruffian in a desperate search for his lost mother. While searching for his mother he winds up at a bakery run by his father’s former mentor and, after revealing a natural flair for baking, becomes a young apprentice. But that is just where the story begins.
3. The ‘Reply’ series
The latest of the three, “Reply 1988,” also known as “Answer Me 1988,” is the story of a group of teenagers who come of age just as South Korea is catapulted into international spotlight with the excitement of the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. It was such a hit in Korea in 2015 that The New Yorker published a story about it. Also be sure check out the first two seasons: “Reply 1997” and “Reply 1994,” which are equally feel-good, clean Korean TV shows.
4. ‘Pretty Man’
The prettiest man (Jang Keun Suk) in the world is on a mission to seduce 10 different rich and powerful women for his own ambitions. But one adorable and poor girl with a huge crush on him just might change all of that.
5. ‘Brilliant Legacy’
Fans of a Cinderella story will love “Brilliant Legacy,” a.k.a. “Shining Inheritance.” A young girl lives a charmed life with her wealthy, adoring father and the only difficulty in her life is her younger brother’s struggle with autism. Despite all her good fortune, everything changes when her father dies of mysterious circumstances. After the family discovers that he left behind a tremendous amount of debt, her stepmother promptly throws her and her brother out of the house. Homeless and penniless, she takes a job as a waitress at a nightclub to support herself and her brother. But when she hits rock bottom, something unexpected happens.
6. ‘Smile, You’
Seo Jung In is the kind-hearted, but spoiled daughter of a wealthy family. When the family’s financial bubble bursts, her fiancé dumps her at the altar and her family is forced to rely on the kindness of their former chauffeur’s family. While adjusting to life in their crowded, two-family home, Jung In and the Kangs’ son, Hyun Su, begin to clash. Will these two find a way to get along, or will their initial irritation with one another blossom into something more?
7. ‘Creating Destiny’
Completely delightful and charming, this lighthearted romantic comedy tells the story of two people who are destined to be together in childhood and end up star-crossed as adults. Main actors Eugene and Ki Tae Young fell in love on set of “Creating Destiny” and tied the knot two years later. Their daughter Rohee is the most adorable thing.
Clean Korean TV shows: Your pick?
Which of these clean, feel-good Korean TV shows have you watched? What are your thoughts? Let us know below!