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When 'Boys Over Flowers' came out, it quickly gained international acclaim. After many years, we're wondering how the K-drama maintains its popularity.

How has ‘Boys Over Flowers’ remained so popular over the years?

Korean culture has gone global thanks to our beloved streaming services many of us couldn’t live without. K-drama Boys Over Flowers was one of the first media productions from Korean culture to lead the Hallyu wave to the West.

In 2009, the K-drama world was taken over by Boys Over Flowers, a South Korean TV show about the high school world, giving the teen romance genre new life. Based on the 90s manga, the series is about a working-class girl who gets tangled up in the lives of a group of wealthy young men in her high school.

Boys Over Flowers aired for 25 episodes on KBS2 from January 5 to March 31, 2009. The show quickly became one of the first K-dramas to gain international acclaim. In fact, the show is credited with launching the career of its lead actor, Lee Min-ho, who previously appeared in a small number of low-budget high school dramas.

After many years, Boys Over Flowers still remains one of the best Korean dramas for newcomers to enjoy. 


Boys Over Flowers attracted high viewership ratings & buzz throughout South Korea during its broadcast in 2009 and created a huge Korean Wave throughout Asia – which eventually led to Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Sri Lanka . . .(Okay, you get the point, it’s POPULAR.)

The K-drama was so successful, cast members held tons of sold-out events across Asia such as concerts & meetings. According to Korea Herald, the enormous success of Boys Over Flowers sparked a fashion & grooming trend among Asian men due to it’s well-groomed metrosexual male characters.

A trip down memory lane

Boys Over Flowers is appreciated for its honest depiction of the high school world. The series reveals how high school is more than just academics; it’s a life full of obstacles one must overcome. 

As stated in Korea Herald, viewers say the show is nostalgic, bringing them back to their own high school days. 

What’s their popularity secret?

It’s 2020 and the show is just as popular as it was when it first aired in 2009. Stars in the K-drama believe the 2009 show is still relevant & popular today. According to K Drama, “With distribution through KBS World, DramaFever, Hulu, and availability on services like Amazon, Boys Over Flowers is an ubiquitous series that has served as the gateway show for many new Korean drama fans.” 

If this show is a gateway to most uninitiated anime viewers, that means that most people who start watching anime will watch Boys Over Flowers. Thus, the show stays popular & relevant with new generations even after a decade.

All hail streaming services

Thanks to Netflix, many hidden movie & TV gems have made their way back to the surface. Since Boys Over Flowers is streaming on Netflix, the show was able to remain popular and expand to western countries such as the United States. 

As stated in Elle Magazine: “Boys Over Flowers was ranked #6 (out of 10) on the October 2020 10 Best K-Dramas To Binge-Watch On Netflix list.” Elle’s popularity could have been influential to anyone reading the magazine. 

With such an expansive reach & impressive cultural mark, it’s no wonder Boys Over Flowers has continued to be popular & relevant since its airing in 2009. 

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  • The movie is fabulous! Wish they would another season.leave everyone who’s together stay like that!But keep the witch out! When she would come on I muted her! Question when lee went to the US why didn’t he call his girlfriend? And also over sea.. it didn’t make sense! I watched it over 100. TimesIm hooked on it!

    October 29, 2020
  • Love this series helped me fall in love with Kdrama. There is no stopping me now. I have just had my first virtual concert, from the one and only Kim Hyun Joong’s A Bell of Blessing. It was amazing and was full of emotion, his and his fans .
    Incidentally I have watched BOF over 40 times !!!!!!!

    October 29, 2020
  • Without Kim Hyun Joong, no BOF. He is the best in this drama, the star, so JiHoo sunbae!

    October 29, 2020
  • Wooooow this was the first Asian drama I watched it made grow into liking kdramas with their savageness and humor. Actually at that time I was still in my primary school… date their is nothing interesting as watching k dramas I loved jandi’s character the most her braveness and IDGAF mannerism was cool it was way too cool hehe I even don’t know how many times I’ve watched it I just love boys over flowers and also due to it being my first Asian drama 😊

    October 29, 2020
  • I enjoyed watching.There where time I would be laughing so hard my boyfriend didn’t knew why.The subtitles is helpful.

    October 29, 2020
  • Kim Hyun Joong’s role was awesome!! My soulmate

    October 29, 2020
  • Boys over flowers is a kdrama that I made most of my family watch with me. The chemistry between Ku Hye Sun and Lee Min Ho was unmistakable. The characters really came to life. I actually went online to buy the dvd set so I would always have it. I have now watched many kdramas, many I truly love. But Boys over flowers beats them all. Lee Min Ho should consider working with Ku Hye Sun, Kim Bum, Kim Hyun Joong, and Kim Joon again. They were all great.

    October 29, 2020
  • we want a season 2 for boy over flowers…the fan waiting for too long for season 2 of this drama…

    October 29, 2020
  • The idea is to savor the success of the production from the talents and skills of the whole crews. We want to retain the legacy of the film that would bring the advancement professionalism of the casts.
    Many younger ones will come into the picture but let us give the credit to thefirst ones. We want Jan di to advance like jun pyo and ji hoo. Ji hoo now is being supported by his Bell of Blessings which is suited at this time of pandemic, the coming
    Of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. People need this kind of antidote. Can we give Jan di another come back performance as Jun pyo has “Panchiko”?

    October 29, 2020
  • I m great fan of Kim bum oppa and Lee min ho oppa
    The things that I like the most is the friendship and unbeatable love of min ho for jandi….
    Lots of my love to oppa from my heart…
    오빠 사랑해

    October 29, 2020
  • Tenho 59 anos , assisti o Dorama por causa da minha neta, e fiquei completamente apaixonada, eu simplesmente volto a minha adolescência. Maravilhoso sem contar que os garotos são um colírio para os nossos olhos. Kkkkkk amoooooo

    October 30, 2020
  • The show is awesome
    I’m currently watching the reboot Meteor Garden😍👍

    October 30, 2020
  • I’m older lady who is a senior and I watched Boys Over Flowers and loved it. It brought back memories of being in High School. I can’t not count how many times I re-watched BOF and even told my granddaughter to watch it. Love K Drama.

    October 30, 2020
  • I loved Boys Over Flowers! This is the Drama where I fell in love with my gorgeous KIM HYUN JOONG! I have seen this drama numerous times just because of him! He is amazing and he is the reason I started watching Kdramas and loving KPop! My forever love Kim Hyun Joong! ♥️

    October 30, 2020
  • Boys over flowers is absolutely wonderful!!! Kim Joon is just so sexy actually they all are!!! I have watched I know about 50 times over a 6 month period!!! It is just marvelous!!!!

    October 30, 2020
    • Been watching it many times. Can’t help but laugh, cry, and fall in love over and over again with this drama. It’s just perfectly perfect!. Hopefully, they will have season 2. Wish to see all the casts working same great drama.

      November 19, 2020
  • Hi .I love boys over flowers .this is one of the best serial in the world. this k series are very popular in tamil nadu. High school and collage students are biggest fans of the k series. The main characters of the bof are so cool. I thank k dramas for giving the best serial……😘😘😘

    October 30, 2020
  • I watched it in 2013 & I loved it; its full of romance & many interesting characters each one with its complications..I loved them especially Lee Min Hoo who was so romantic & sensitive & also reminded me of my late father who by the way was also left handed. This series made me learn to swim which I had been delaying .. it really had a big influence on me..

    October 31, 2020
  • I just love the movie. ….😍

    November 1, 2020
  • I love Boys Over Flowers so much that i couldn’t count anymore how many times i watch it. It’s like a fairy tale drama a rich guy likes a poor girl which is impossible to happen in the present time..maybe this is the reason why it’s still popular these days.

    November 3, 2020
  • I love the series…. More than

    November 4, 2020
  • I can never get enough of dis movie boys over flower.. In fact Lee Minho oppa and jandi unni are d best in dat movie and dier role was more dan perfect. This movie really taught me wah true Iove is and wen ever d ryt person arrives he always sticks to u no matter d situation u both find ur selves.. Fighting my amazing oppa Lee min ho

    November 6, 2020

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