K-Drama Couch Tip: What To Watch After “The World Of The Married”
Are you feeling the emptiness now that The World Of The Married is over? Fret not! Just take a look at our recommendations.
It was an intense ride with The World Of The Married as it presented a story that has many emotional highs and lows. In its 16-episode run, The World Of The Married consistently surprised viewers at every moment.
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Cleverly written, The World Of The Married is not just about an extramarital affair or retribution. It harrows further into the depth of love, complexities in relationships and societal hypocrisy.
A multitude of plot twists, cliff hangers and questionable actions by the characters, added a spicy seasoning to the drama; thus making it an enjoyable watch.
So, here we have created a list of K-Dramas that evoke similar feelings as The World Of The Married.
The Good Wife
Adapted from the US television series of the same name, The Good Wife narrates the tale of a housewife who returns to the workforce as a lawyer after 15 years.
When her prosecutor husband, Lee Tae Joon (Yoo Ji Tae) gets arrested for receiving sexual favours and bribes, Kim Hye Kyung (Jeon Do Yeon) has to go back to work to take care of her family.
Hye Kyung joins MJ Law Firm which is managed by her old friend, Seo Joong Won (Yoon Kye Sang) and his older sister, Seo Myung Hee (Kim Seo Hyung). As someone who has no work experience, she has to compete against another new joinee, Lee Joon Ho (Lee Won Geun) for the permanent position at the firm.
Trailing on the court room cases, the drama outlines the picture on how Hye Kyung grows as a person overcoming both her personal and professional problems. Lots of complex and gray characters are a part of the ensemble whose motivations are difficult to assess.
Parallels between The Good Wife and The World of the Married
- Female lead has to deal with the act of infidelity of her husband
- Representation of strong and powerful women
- Twisted characters
VIP focuses on the stories of Sung Un Department Store’s team who works for VIP clients. Their job involves catering to the needs of the top 1% of the clientele who bring them massive profits.
Na Jung Seon (Jang Na Ra) is the Deputy Head of the section that deals with the store’s VIP customers. While her husband, Park Sung Joon (Lee Sang Yoon) is the team leader of Sung Un Department Store and also the right hand man of the store’s Vice President.
Jung Sun has been living a comfortable life with her husband and at work too, she is well-received for her competency. However, everything crashes down when she receives an anonymous text from an unknown number stating that her husband is having an affair with someone from her team.
As Na Jung Sun begins her quest to uncover the truth about her husband’s infidelity, she discovers even more malicious lies that involves the members of the VIP Management team. The drama proceeds to entail the cycle of events which occurred due to the news of the affair.
Set on the premise of an extramarital affair, VIP narrates the chaotic after-events caused by it. While on the surface it looks like the story of a broken marriage, the drama consists of much greater elements. The affair only functions as a catalyst which sets forth to unveil the web of lies.
Parallels between VIP and The World of the Married
- Female lead go on an inspection mode to find the identity of the mistress
- Hateful husband and mistress
- Successful career women
- Highlights that revenge is not the answer
On the Way to the Airport
Choi Soo Ah (Kim Ha Neul) is a flight purser, who is married to pilot Park Jin Suk (Shin Sung Rok). Together, they have a daughter Park Hyo Eun (Kim Hwan Hee). Being the dominant one in the relationship, the husband decides to send their daughter to study abroad.
Though, Choi Soo Ah was not happy with her husband’s decision, she relented. Fortunately, Hyo Eun was lucky in terms of a roommate as she rooms with Seo Annie (Park Seo Yeon) and they become fast friends.
Annie is the daughter of Seo Do Woo (Lee Sang Yoon) with whom she has a loving relationship. But, one day, she meets an accident and ends up dying.
After that, the fates of Choi Soo Ah and Seo Do Woo gets intertwined and they form a camaraderie with each other. As they learn about each other and open their hearts to each other, they start realizing that they have been living a loveless life with their cold partners.
The beauty of On the Way to the Airport is that it gives a realistic outlook towards marriage and relationships. Both the main leads succumb to cheating, but the series throws a light on their perspectives and gives a reasoning behind their actions.
Parallels between On the Way to the Airport and The World of the Married
- Portrays the depth of relationships
- Explores on why people still cling on to unhappy relationships
Love Affairs in the Afternoon
A remake of the Japanese drama of the same name, Love Affairs in the Afternoon portrays the point of view of a cheating couple.
Son Ji Eun ( Park Ha Sun) lives a quiet and lonely life with her husband. After living a repetitive routine everyday, she gets tired and seeks some kind of comfort. Oblivious to Ji Eun’s needs and wants, her husband does not bother to bat an eye for her sake.
However, one day, she has a fateful encounter with Yoon Jung Woo (Lee Sang Yeob), a biology teacher. After that, Ji Eun’s boring life starts to change and she starts to feel the thrill of living again.
Just like Ji Eun, Jung Woo is also already married to someone else. He has been in a long distance marriage relationship for three years and has been craving for happiness. After meeting Ji Eun, he starts feeling the sparks. Thus, begins a story of forbidden love between the two.
Though, acts of disloyalty towards a spouse is always wrong, Love Affairs in the Afternoon depicts that sometimes people tend to cross the line because of circumstances. In this drama, both main leads were only married with their significant other as a formality and not out of love.
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Parallels between Love Affairs in the Afternoon and The World of the Married
- Showcases emotions involved in a failed marriage
- Highlights importance of understanding from both sides in a relationship
My Wife’s Having an Affair this Week
A husband who faces a crisis in his marriage seeks advice from strangers on the internet. Based on the Japanese series of the same name, My Wife’s Having an Affair this Week trails on the agonizing anecdote of a man who believes that his wife is cheating on him.
Do Hyun Woo (Lee Sun Kyun), a ten-year producer of a television program, has been living in contentment with his sweet wife, who was also his college sweetheart, Jung Soo Yeon (Song Ji Hyo) and their adorable son. Inspite of all the trouble at work, he forgets all his troubles at home because his wife takes care of everything without any complaints.
Things were going smoothly until one day, Do Hyun Woo accidentally discovers some weird text messages in his wife’s phone. This leads him to suspect that his wife is having an affair. The newly discovered news haunts Hyun Woo as his mind keeps lingering on whether his wife was unfaithful or not.
Not having the courage to confront his wife or confide on his friends, Hyun Woo seeks the help from netizens and outlines his thoughts online. Now, with the suggestions of these anonymous messengers, he must figure out the truth of his wife’s affair.
Though, My Wife’s Having an Affair this Week takes a comical approach in its narrative, it does not overshadow the serious and mature elements in the story. Also, the drama leaves behind a thought-provoking question about what actually holds the foundation of a marriage.
Parallels between My Wife’s Having an Affair this Week and The World of the Married
- One of the spouses were under the impression that they are living a perfect life until everything breaks lose
- Chase for the mystery lover of the spouse
- Explores the meaning of love and marriage
- Flawed characters
My Rosy Life
One of the old classics, My Rosy Life has a pitiful female lead who is inflicted with many sufferings. The drama paints the numerous troubles that shakes a married life including an affair by the husband.
Throughout her life, Maeng Soon Yi (Choi Jin Sil) has always made sacrifices for others. Abandoned by her mother at a very young age, she had to take care of her father who resorted to drinking as well as her younger siblings. Despite her good deeds, she gets trampled by everyone.
As she grows up into a middle-aged woman, she is married to Ban Sung Moon (Sun Hyun Joo), with whom she had two daughters. Unknown to Soon Yi, her husband is engaged in a relationship with another woman. Therefore, she receives a huge jolt when one day, her husband asks for divorce.
Making things worse, Soon Yi gets diagnosed with stomach cancer. Realizing that her innate kindness has been fruitless, she finally decides to start living for herself.
Reeling for quite a tear-jerker ride, My Rosy Life, incorporates a great character development in the story.
Parallels between My Rosy Life and The World of the Married
- Emotionally consuming narrative
- No one is on female lead’s side and she had to take matters on her own hands
- Female lead has an unhappy childhood
- Awful characters who take advantage of female lead’s kind heart
Secret Love Affair
Another adultery-themed drama starring Kim Hee Ae, Secret Love Affair tells the tale of a relationship between a married woman in her 40s and a young man in his 20s.
Oh Hye Won (Kim Hee Ae) is a director of planning at Seo Han Arts Foundation and has a fulfilling career. Though her world looks elegant, she is bonded by a loveless marriage. While at work, she is surrounded by unscrupulous people, ready pounce on her at every chance they get.
But, when Hye Won meets a young promising pianist Lee Sung Jae (Yoo Ah In), who moves her in more ways than one, her life starts changing. Thus, begins a stirring story about a passionate love affair.
Sketching two different spheres of societal classes, the two main leads belong to different worlds. Hye Won comes from the upper-class society that emanates a perfectly sophisticated and flawless appearance.
On the other hand, Sung Jae is someone who seems like an outsider trying to penetrate in Hye Won’s social bubble. He belongs to a place that is poor, dark and hopeless. However, inspite of these differences, Hye Won and Sung Jae drawn to each other.
More than just an extramarital relationship, Secret Love Affair is about learning the value of oneself and choosing to live for one’s own happiness.
Parallels between Secret Love Affair and The World of the Married
- Intense plot
- Selfish and crazy characters
- Female lead does not have a happy married life
The plot of Misty revolves around Go Hye Ran (Kim Nam Joo), a competent yet conniving prime news anchor. Hated by many because of her popularity as well as her ostentatious behaviour, she uses whatever means necessary to stay at the top.
Although, Hye Ran has a successful career, her marriage is on the rocks. Her husband, Kang Tae Wook (Ji Jin Hee) is a former prosecutor who now works as a public defender.
Meanwhile, at workplace, there are people who are try to sabotage Hye Ran’s position as a news anchor by replacing her with a fresh face, Ha Ji Won (Jin Ki Joo). To save her position, Hye Ran offers a deal to her boss that she will secure an interview with Kevin Lee (Go Joon), a famous golfer who is being chased by various media outlets for an exclusive content.
As it turns out, Kevin Lee is actually Go Hye Ran’s former lover. Seemingly, Kevin Lee ends up dying and Go Hye Ran ends up being the prime suspect of his murder. Now, putting their personal differences aside, Tae Wook chooses to defend his wife.
Directed by Mo Wan Il who was also in-charge for The World Of The Married, this drama is excruciatingly intense with complicated characters and multi-layered plot twists. Misty keeps the suspense unending with introduction of new unexpected developments in every episode.
Parallels between Misty and The World of the Married
- The main couple are living an unhappy married life
- Complex female lead who does things independently
- Thrilling storyline
One of the most popular dramas in Korea as well as the former crown holder of the cable drama with the highest viewership ratings, SKY Castle illustrates a satirical view of the materialistic ambitions of a high-class society.
Set in a luxurious residential area, the drama taps on the lives of four rich families comprising of doctors and a professor. Obsessed with success and status, the parents are determined to send their children to the top universities and would gather any means to do so.
Han Seo Jin (Yum Jung Ah), has been grooming her daughter, Kang Yeh Suh (Kim Hye Yoon) to get into Seoul National University (SNU). On learning that Park Young Jae (Song Hein Hee), one of the kids from the area has made it to SNU, Seo Jin and others tries to find out the secret.
Apparently, it turns out that the Park family had hired a renowned tutor, Kim Joo Young (Kim Seo Hyung). Now, all these families battle each other as they attempt to get the coach for their kids.
What follows is a series of unfortunate events that rocks the life of these families. However, the families persistently keep going on with their lives as they work their way to get their kids admitted to their dream college, while consistently clashing with each other.
SKY Castle stresses on many difficult issues such as the ugly truth of the competitive education system, the pressure that young children face and much more. Most of the characters lack conscience and would do anything for personal benefits, making viewers wonder if there is any character worth rooting for.
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Parallels between SKY Castle and The World of the Married
- People from the high-class society who go through any lengths to get what they want
- Selfish and hateful characters
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