If The King: Eternal Monarch has taught me anything, it’s that time and space are relative. Humankind has made great scientific strides over the last hundred years, but there’s still a lot we don’t know.
For all I know, there could be another Adri somewhere who’s a world-famous author and raises miniature ponies in her spare time. Nothing is certain, but there is one thing I know for sure: If there’s another Adri out there, she watches Korean dramas. And loves Lee Min-ho.
Here are 6 dramas starring Lee Min-ho that’ll make the week waiting for the next episode of The King fly by.
Lee Min-ho plays a gifted MIT grad who gets a job at the Blue House (Korea’s White House) to get revenge on the politicians responsible for his father’s death.
It’s an action classic, and remains one of my favorite Lee Min-ho dramas!
The Legend of the Blue Sea
In this drama that feels like a cross between the Little Mermaid and You Who Came From The Stars (same screenwriter), Lee Min-ho teams up with veteran actress Jun Ji-hyun to tell the story of lovers from two different worlds. Literally. One’s a con man and the other’s a mermaid. They fall for each other and try not to repeat a tragic history.
This drama was beautifully shot, and the alternating past and present timeline means we get to see Lee Min-ho in traditional Korean garb.
Boys over Flowers
Ah…the drama that spearheaded the second Hallyu Wave and launched Lee Min-ho’s career.
In this fan-favorite, he plays a rich bully who falls for a poor, but spunky girl aptly named after a weed for her resilience. It’s your classic rich boy/poor girl, enemies to lovers scenario, and it could not be any more of a guilty pleasure.
Plus it’s fun to look back and see what was considered glamorous and fashionable in 2009.
If you’re a fan of the aforementioned rich boy/poor girl dynamic and would like to re-live certain aspects of Boys Over Flowers, then Heirs is the drama for you.
Lee Min-ho plays a rebellious chaebol who unwittingly falls in love with the family housekeeper’s daughter. He ends up struggling to choose between love and his family’s expectations.
Faith (Alternate Title: The Great Doctor)
If you didn’t get enough of Lee Min-ho wearing traditional Korean clothing in The Legend of the Blue Sea, check out this drama about a warrior from the Goryeo era who travels to the future and kidnaps a doctor to treat his injured Queen.
Faith has a little bit of everything: romance, action, time travel, and history. And Lee Min-ho with long hair wielding a sword. Whoops! I think I just drooled on my computer.
Personal Taste (Alternate: Personal Preference)
In this romantic comedy, Lee Min-ho channels his inner gay BFF when Son Ye-jin’s character Gae-in mistakes his sexual orientation. He ends up becoming her new roommate and hilarity ensues.
Would a drama like this fly now? Probably not. Was it ridiculous enough to garner a few laughs? Definitely.
So, there you have it! Choose which Lee Min-ho universe you’d like to visit, and have a nice trip! See you in time for the next episode of The King: Eternal Monarch.