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5 Things Guaranteed to Be in (Almost) Every Korean Drama TV Series

2 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Time travelers from the 22nd century. Freshly made kimchi as a weapon. Ancient aliens who have lived on earth since 1609 but just happen to look like supermodels. If you've ever watched "Healer," "Everybody, Kimchi!," or "You Who Came from the Stars," you have witnessed these wonders.

No one's saying Korean drama isn't a strange place. In fact, K-drama brings the cray more than just about anything on TV. But because K-drama is also a contradiction -- and a ridiculously watchable one, at that -- it balances its are-you-kidding-me insanity with familiar tropes and plenty of recurring themes. Within all the chaos, these five common factors are more comforting than Umma's famous bulgogi.

1. A Focus on Food

Never watch K-drama on an empty stomach. Food is a huge part of Korean culture, and K-drama's luscious framing makes its eats just as attractive as its stars. On any given episode of any given show, »

- Dan Ketchum

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