Top 14 Realistic Slice Of Life Korean Dramas Of All Time

If you want to watch the daily life, struggles, and hardships of the main characters, here are some recommended slice of life dramas.

Korean dramas are one of the perfect examples of the depiction of the daily life of people. They help us realize the excitement, joy, sorrow, and enjoyment that life has and make us live happy life.

Kdramas are available to watch on various streaming sites and apps like Netflix, Viki, Disney+, YouTube, Viu, and more. You can now watch your favorite dramas in other languages too with subtitles.

Korean dramas are categorized into different genres like romance, thriller, suspense, comedy, sports, mystery, historical, and many more. One of them is slice of life that talks about the character’s life.

Slice Of Life Kdramas

According to Wikipedia, the term slice of life refers to a naturalistic representation of real life. They tell a character’s story and everyday life in a very natural narrative that appeals to the normal person.

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Slice of life dramas may not consist of the extraordinary storyline, plot twists, climaxes, action scenes, or any other elements of other dramas but they are relatable and realistic.

If you’re looking for some good slice of life dramas to watch with your family or friends, here are the best ones. Let the comfort of these dramas sink into your heart.

1. Reply 1988

The drama follows the lives of 5 families living on the same street in a neighborhood. A nostalgic look back at the year 1988. As the group of friends gets into and out of mischief, what experiences will they carry with them into their future lives?

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Cast –

  • Lee Hye Ri as Sung Deok Sun
  • Go Kyung Pyo as Sung Sun Woo
  • Ryu Joon Yeol as Kim Jung Hwan
  • Park Bo Gum as Choi Taek

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

2. Age Of Youth

Five girls in their twenties come to live together in a house called “Belle Epoque.” Each girl has a particular personality, background, and issues. The drama follows their struggles and incidents dealing with relationships – within their circles, with dating, and with each other.

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Cast –

  • Han Ye Ri as Yoon Jin Myung
  • Ryu Hwa Young as Kang Yi Na
  • Park Eun Bin as Song Ji Won
  • Han Seung Yeon as Jung Ye Eun

No. Of Episodes – 12

Watch On – Netflix

3. Fight For My Way

Hangul: 쌈 마이웨이

Year: 2017

Dong Man wants to be a taekwondo star when he grows up. Ae Ra wants to be a news anchor on TV. Joo Man and Seol Hee face a new threat to their relationship. Even though they don’t have much education, can they still reach their goals?

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Main Cast (Characters):

  • Park Seo Joon as Ko Dong Man
  • Kim Ji Won as Choi Ae Ra
  • Ahn Jae Hong as Kim Joo Man
  • Song Ha Yoon as Baek Seol Hee

No. Of Episodes: 16 (60 min. each)

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4. My Mister

The drama tells us the story of three middle-aged brothers, who are enduring the weight of their lives, and a strong, cold woman, who has been living a hard life of her own, as they come together in healing each other’s past scars.

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Cast –

  • Lee Sun Kyun as Park Dong Hoon
  • IU as Lee Ji Ahn
  • Park Ho San as Park Sang Hoon
  • Song Sae Byuk as Park Gi Hoon

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

5. Dear My Friends

The drama revolves around the friends’ twilight years as they tell their stories about the struggles they face due to their old age, and their life journey that they share with a translator in the hope she would write a novel about them.

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Cast –

  • Go Hyun Jung as Park Wan
  • Kim Hye Ja as Jo Hee Ja
  • Na Moon Hee as Moon Jung Ah
  • Go Doo Shim as Jang Nan Hee

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

6. Misaeng

Geu Rae played the board game go since he was a child. But he failed to become a professional go player. By an acquaintance’s recommendation, he begins working in a company. He does his best at his new job while trying not to lose his humanity along the way.

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Cast –

  • Im Shi Wan as Jang Geu Rae
  • Lee Sung Min as Oh Sang Shik
  • Kang So Ra as Ahn Young Yi
  • Kang Ha Neul as Jang Baek Ki

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

7. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

Hye Jin, a dentist moves to the seaside village of Gongjin. She meets Du Shik and becomes curious about him. He is known as Mr. Hong around town. He is unemployed officially, but he is a master of odd jobs who appears to help everyone with any situation.

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Cast –

  • Shin Min Ah as Yoon Hye Jin
  • Kim Seon Ho as Hong Doo Shik
  • Lee Sang Yi as Ji Sung Hyun
  • Lee Suk Hyeong as Kang Do Ha

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

8. Be Melodramatic

Three 30-year-old best friends, Jin Joo, Eun Jung and Han Joo each pursue different paths in both career and love. Despite life’s difficulties, the three friends can always return home at the end of the day and support each other.

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Cast –

  • Chun Woo Hee as Im Jin Joo
  • Jeon Yeo Bin as Lee Eun Jung
  • Han Ji Eun as Hwang Han Joo
  • Ahn Jae Hong as Son Beom Soo

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki, MX Player

9. Prison Playbook

A captivating drama revolving around the lives of convicts behind bars, their families, and duty officers working in the correctional facilities. A superstar baseball pitcher, Kim Je Hyuk, is convicted of assault after he saves his sister & lands in prison.

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Cast –

  • Park Hae Soo as Kim Je Hyuk
  • Jung Kyung Ho as Lee Joon Ho
  • Krystal Jung as Kim Ji Ho
  • Im Hwa Young as Kim Je Hee

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

10. Our Blues

The drama revolves around the sweet & bitter life of different people who are somewhat interconnected, in one way or the other, and depicts their stories in an omnibus format against the backdrop of Jeju Island.

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Cast –

  • Lee Byung Hun as Lee Dong Seok
  • Shin Min Ah as Min Seon Ah
  • Cha Seung Won as Choi Han Soo
  • Lee Jung Eun as Jung Eun Hee

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Netflix

11. My Liberation Notes

Set in Sanpo Village, a place where usually the influx of people leaving is higher than the ones moving in. The drama depicts three Yeom siblings, Chang Hee, Mi Jung, Ki Jung, and a stranger who want to escape from their dead-end life.

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Cast –

  • Lee Min Ki as Yeom Chang Hee
  • Kim Ji Won as Yeom Mi Jung
  • Lee El as Yeom Ki Jung
  • Son Seok Koo as Mr. Goo

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

12. Because This Is My First Life

Nam Se Hee, an IT employee and socially awkward marries Yoon Ji Ho, a homeless writer by signing a contract of two years. Both agree to the terms and conditions of being just landlord and tenant. They plan to share the flat without any feelings involved.

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Cast –

  • Jung So Min as Yoon Ji Ho
  • Lee Min Ki as Nam Se Hee
  • Esom as Woo Soo Ji
  • Park Byung Eun as Ma Sang Goo

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

13. Run On

The drama tells the love story of Seon Gyeom, a former sprinter who is working to become a sports agent, and Mi Joo, a subtitle translator. Dan Ah is the CEO of a sports agency. Young Hwa, a university art major who enjoys movies and drawing soon enters her life.

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Cast –

  • Im Shi Wan as Ki Seon Gyeom
  • Shin Se Kyung as Oh Mi Joo
  • Choi Soo Young as Seo Dan Ah
  • Kang Tae Oh as Lee Young Hwa

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

14. Lovestruck In The City

A realistic portrayal of young people who pursue romance and happiness, while struggling to get by in a busy, competitive urban environment. The storyline of the drama is in interview format talking about their dating life.

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Cast –

  • Ji Chang Wook as Park Jae Won
  • Kim Ji Won as Lee Eun Oh
  • Kim Min Seok as Choi Kyung Joon
  • So Ju Yeon as Seo Rin Yi

No. Of Episodes – 17

Watch On – Netflix

Wrapping Up

So, these were some of the best slice of life Kdramas that are recommended to watch. These dramas will definitely make you happy and understand the importance of life, and what life has got in for you.

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1. What are slice of life Kdramas?

Slice of life Korean dramas depict the daily lives of ordinary people and their hardships, relationships, and how they manage to get through their life.

2. Which are the best slice of life Kdramas?

There are a few dramas like Run On, Our Blues, Misaeng, My Mister, that are the best slice of life depiction.

3. Where can I watch slice of life Kdramas?

You can watch Korean dramas on online streaming platforms such as Netflix, Prime Video, Kocowa, Viki, and many more.

Hi! I'm Lily Park from USA. I started watching dramas as a hobby & now I'm addicted to them. Just can't stop watching them. My favorite drama is Business Proposal.

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