Because It’s the First Time Korean Drama Review

Because It's the First Time Korean Drama - Choi Minho, Park So Dam, Kim Min Jae, Lee Yi Kyung, Cho Hye Jung

Because It’s the First Time follows the love and friendships between a group of twenty year old friends as they embark on many first experiences in life including school, family, jobs, and romance.

Let’s jump right in and meet our group of friends!  Song Yi (Park So Dam) is a bright and cheerful woman, but she has had a lot of difficulties in life. While attending college and working multiple part time jobs, she still struggles to get by.

She often needs help from her friends, especially her long time friend Tae Oh. And I must say how much I absolutely adore Park So Dam! She is such a warm, shining light that makes me smile. She’s beautiful, talented, and just all around wonderful!

Because It's the First Time Korean Drama - Choi Minho

Tae Oh (Choi Minho) is the most well off in our group. But watching his friends struggle causes him a lot of heartache. He’s also been in denial over his feelings for Song Yi. But when she has no place to go and has to live with him, he is forced to start thinking about their relationship. Even more so when Song Yi develops feelings for their friend Ji An.


Ji An (Kim Min Jae) is a sweet and down to earth kind of guy. He likes Song Yi, but he worries that he is not good enough for her. He too struggles with money and creating a better future for himself.

Then we have Se Hyun (Eugene Jung). She’s not part of the core group of friends, but she is another college student that Tae Oh meets.  She’s a bit closed off, but when Tae Oh starts showing a lot of interest in her, she begins to open up.

 Because It's the First Time Korean Drama - Cho Hye Jung 3

Next there’s Hoon (Lee Yi Kyung) who is good natured and humorous. He deals with major issues with his family as he pursues a career in acting.

And finally, Ga Rin (Cho Hye Jung) is sweet and thoughtful. But she struggles with the loss of a family member and being unable to accept reality.

I also just have to make note of the absolutely awesome cameo in this drama by the dynamic duo of Jung Kyung Ho and Yoon Hyun Min as police officers. I was so excited to see them pop up!

This pair is hilarious and oh so good together. Even with just a small part, they definitely left an impression on me! If you haven’t seen them yet, you can check them out in the crime noir Heartless City or the romantic comedy Falling for Innocence.

Because It's the First Time Korean Drama - Choi Minho, Park So Dam, Kim Min Jae, Lee Yi Kyung, Cho Hye Jung

I guess I’m having luck with a few simple but heartfelt dramas these days. Because It’s the First Time is exactly that. At only 8 episodes, it’s an incredibly sweet and easy watch as it explores the love and friendships of six people. Although they did wonderful with the shorter episode count, I certainly would have enjoyed a few more episodes to go even deeper with everyone and to just spend more time with them.

I instantly connected with all of the characters and was genuinely invested in them. They all had different issues they were dealing with in life. But no matter what they were going through, they always had each other for support. They were moving friendships that I greatly enjoyed.

 Because It's the First Time Korean Drama - Choi Minho, Park So Dam, Eugene Jung
Because It's the First Time Korean Drama - Choi Minho, Kim Min Jae, Lee Yi Kyung Because It's the First Time Korean Drama - Choi Minho, Park So Dam, Kim Min Jae, Lee Yi Kyung, Cho Hye Jung
Because It's the First Time Korean Drama - Choi Minho and Park So Dam Because It's the First Time Korean Drama - Choi Minho and Kim Min Jae

There are a lot of complicated relationship dynamics at play in this group. Many are fairly straightforward with one person liking another. But the most complex is Tae Oh who finds himself confused by his feelings towards two girls. He has long had a crush on Song Yi, but he had decided he was ready to move on.

So he is more than excited to start a relationship with the beautiful new girl Se Hyun. She excites him in a way that is completely new. Yet he still finds himself thinking about Song Yi. And when Song Yi embarks on a relationship with their friend Ji An, Tae Oh is left even more torn.

Because It's the First Time Korean Drama - Choi Minho, Park So Dam, Kim Min Jae, Lee Yi Kyung, Cho Hye Jung, Eugene Jung

Although there are a lot of relationship issues going on, the drama is much more than that. All of the characters feel real and relatable. They are living their lives and dealing with all that comes their way. There is joy, there is pain, but no matter what, they always have each other.

Because It’s the First Time was like a cozy blanket. I just felt warm and comfortable with this group of friends. I felt the emotions with them as they experienced many firsts in life. I smiled with them and also felt their pain. It was a sweet and moving journey that left me with warm and happy feelings.

My Rating: 8/10

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10 Responses to Because It’s the First Time Korean Drama Review

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    As I am at work while reading this (I have a break now lol 😂), I can’t see if this one is available for me. But when I am home I will check. It sounds like a real feelgood series and after all the darker Korean dramas it’s nice to have something a bit lighter as well. And at only 8 episodes I might even be able to squeeze this one in for the Korean theme month. Great post as always, you definitely are in luck these past few weeks 😀😀

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    • Kay says:

      Yes, definitely one of those feel good shows with a side of light angst. I agree it would be a good follow up from some of the heavier dramas. And yes, super quick and easy with only 8 eps (plus most of the eps are only like 50 min). And if anything, you might just check out the first couple eps for the Jung Kyung Ho cameo 😉

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      • raistlin0903 says:

        Guess what? It’s available for me! Woohoo 🎉🎉🎉 Going to check it out! I have a pretty busy week ahead of me, as there are a couple of posts that I really want to do (The first issue of bloggers in the spotlight, just reached 1000 followers 🙈🙈🙈 so want to do a post for that as well, and have two other reviews I want to write about….but…I will do my best: fighting! 😀😀😀), and definitely true: Jung Kyung ho, even a cameo really puts this one as a priority. Thanks for pointing this one out to me! 😀😀

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        • Kay says:

          Woohoo! Another one actually available for you 🙂 Really hope you enjoy it. It’s a really easy watch. And congratulations on hitting 1000 followers! You deserve it 🙂

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  2. Kimchi Korner Blog says:

    This sounds like such a heart warming drama! I loved Park So Dam in Cinderella and The Four Knights and Minho, so this must have been a good one. Great review! Your reviews always make me add more to my list 🙂

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    • Kay says:

      It is very heartwarming 🙂 Cinderella is my favorite role of Park So Dam’s! But I love her so much, and I have enjoyed every role I have seen her in. I just think she is really talented and she has amazing chemistry with her co-stars. Minho is really good in this too. Glad I could gift you with another addition to your watch list, lol 🙂

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  3. Kate says:

    Saw this one not too long ago and loved it. Adorable, cute, funny, heartwarming story lines, and the cast was perfect in every way. There are some dramas that run out of plot and have to fill the remaining few episodes with something but this one left me wanting more. Loved spending time with this group of friends!

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    • Kay says:

      Completely agree! Such a sweet and heartwarming series 🙂 And yes, my only complaint is that I would have liked more episodes. But that’s not really a negative, it just shows how nice of a drama it was 🙂


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