Mum’s The Word: 7 K-Dramas With Strong And Inspiring Mothers

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Staying home with mum and the rest of your family this weekend? A Netflix session with them seems like a lovely way to unwind. Here’s a list of K-dramas with powerful, inspirational mothers that will remind you of the value of parenthood.

Ever since the pandemic happened, K-dramas have been consuming our lives. We’ve had to endure sleepless nights, hours of delaying our meals, and that feeling of emptiness whenever the series we’re currently watching comes to an end. Our houseplants have died, and our other hobbies we picked up from TikTok videos (think crocheting, rollerblading, birdwatching etc) have long been forgotten — but it is all worth it when we find out that the two protagonists eventually get together in the finale, as they almost always do in these kinds of shows.

Suffice to say, binge-watching K-dramas is an enjoyable way to pass the time — and it’s even more fun when you’re doing it with friends or family. So if you have no weekend plans lined up, why not bond with mum over a riveting new TV series? Without further ado, here are our picks of the best k-dramas featuring strong, inspirational mothers — just like ours.

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Remarriage & Desires

Remarriage & Desires
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Remarriage & Desires is about a matchmaking agency that only deals with the ultra rich elite. Seo Hye-seung, played by Kim Hee-seon, is a K-drama mother unintentionally involved in the business, who made it an opportunity to seek retribution against her ex-husband’s scheming mistress. That ex-husband? He also committed suicide. We all love a good scandal, and we’re suckers for a good revenge story—here it is.

Watch the show here

A Model Family

A Model Family
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The story begins with Eun-joo, played by Yoon Jin-seo, finding out that her husband has stolen money from a cartel, and the only way to save everyone is for her to be a drug courier for the business. With her family strapped for cash, husband living in constant anxiety, and children to provide and care for, it’s up to Eun-joo to keep this family from falling apart, with all limbs still intact.

Watch the show here

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Green Mothers’ Club

Green Mothers' Club
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This story has no heroes nor villains—just five competitive Asian mums enrolling their kids into the same highly sought-after grade school. Okay, now we see how it can get interesting. Follow the commitment and wits of these mothers as they fight in pursuit of getting the best possible futures for their children, and see relationships develop in ways you might not expect. After all, it’s best to keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

Watch the show here

Sky Castle

Sky Castle
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What happens when you mix Asian mums with the façade of class and luxury of the upper-middle class? A full-on psychological warfare. Only the most flawless, most luxurious families are selected to live inside the “Sky Castle,” an elite residential neighbourhood for aristocrats and influential families. As you might expect from Asian families, the children’s successes are reflective of their own successes, and they spare no expense in trying to get the best tutors, the best institutions, the best of everything for their young ones.

Watch the show here

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The World of the Married

The World of the Married
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It all began with Ji Sun-woo, played by Kim Hee-ae, discovering a suspicious strand of hair on her husband’s scarf. A once-happy marriage becomes a catastrophe as the owner of the strand is discovered to be a young heiress of a billionaire empire. Sun-woo has to fight back against her marriage in ruins, protecting her son from the worries, as well as journey through lies, deceit, and many betrayals.

Watch the show here

Hi Bye, Mama!

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Mother Cha Yu-ri, played by Kim Tae-hee, died in a tragic accident five years ago. However, she was allowed to come back and finish her goodbyes for 49 days on earth. To her surprise, her husband has already found new love and remarried, with her young daughter now in a new home. This series will make you feel warmth of a mother’s love, laugh, and cry, while pondering on questions about life and death. After all, if you’re allowed to come back to your family again, what would you do?

Watch the show here

Twenty Five Twenty One

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During the 1990s, South Korea experienced a large economic crisis. Many dreams were cast aside in pursuit of a more stable future, and parents were struggling to properly support their children. This series examines those relationships. Shin Jae-kyung, played by Seo Jae-hee, is a famous news anchor and a single mother who engrossed herself in work to support her family. Her daughter, Na Hee-do, played by Kim Tae-ri, is a fencing athlete who feels hurt by the lack of support and belief in her dreams by her mother. They both will have to balance between dreams and possibility.

Watch the show here

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This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok