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The Best Korean Dramas on Netflix Right Now

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Here’s your go-to guide for jumping into the Korean drama craze. 

The world of Korean dramas is a strange and beautiful place. The South Korean entertainment industry is slowly growing to worldwide dominance, as Kpop, Korean movies like Parasite and Minari, and Korean television series take the world by storm.

The term Korean drama, or Kdrama, refers to almost any South Korean fictional television series, no matter the subject or genre. That includes comedy, romance, sci-fi, horror, you name it. Most of these television series are based on webcomics, a form of storytelling similar to comics that originated in South Korea. You should generally expect a love story no matter the genre (save maybe horror), and the same actors are in pretty much everything. Fair warning, almost all Korean dramas have quite outlandish premises, but that’s honestly what makes them so good. You just have to learn how to accept the strange and unexpected and go along for the ride.

Recently, Netflix has become the go-to place to find the best Kdrama offerings for US audiences, with many shows being labeled as Netflix Originals. This partnership, as well as the overall shift to streaming, has also changed the business and structure of Kdramas, as previously, pretty much all Kdramas were around 16 episodes long and one season only. Although Korea and their media is still generally conservative, the international audience is definitely shifting perspectives to be more inclusive and representative of all types of people.

In order to help you jump headfirst into this new and expanding area of television, here are 28 of the best Korean dramas available to watch on Netflix, both original and not.

Editor's Note: This list was most recently updated on October 7.

Newly Added: Squid Game

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Squid Game

Creator: Hwang Dong-hyuk

Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon

You’ve definitely heard about this one, in fact, there’s a good chance it’s the show that brought you here! Netflix’s 2021 original Squid Game charted an immediate and unprecedented climb to the top of Netflix’s most-watched lists, becoming a social media sensation and water cooler talking point. And for good reason, it’s a clever spin on familiar genre archetypes with an exceptional cast that makes for an irresistible binge-watch. Set across nine episodes, the series follows 456 debt-ridden contenders through a series of deadly children’s games for the promise of a life-changing jackpot for whoever survives. Action-packed, horror-tinged, and threaded through with rich character drama, Squid Game can be a bit of a bleak bummer, but in a series exploring the pitfalls of capitalist excess and the people it leaves behind, that’s kind of the point. And like all great genre allegories, it never forgets to lace those themes into its endlessly engaging thrills. - Haleigh Foutch

Crash Landing on You

Writer: Park Ji-eun

Director: Lee Jung-hyo

Cast: Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Seo Ji-hye, Kim Jung-hyun

Probably the most popular Korean drama on Netflix to date is a love story between a North Korean soldier and an heiress from South Korea called Crash Landing on You. Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye-jin) is a young, beautiful, and supremely wealthy woman who decides to go paragliding one weekend. She gets caught in a tornado that brings her over North Korea, where she lands. Trying to escape getting caught by North Korea, Se-ri is protected and hidden by Captain Ri Jeong-hyeok (Hyun Bin).

While Jeong-hyeok attempts to help Se-ri and smuggle her back to South Korea, the two can’t deny their growing feelings for one another. As the ultimate Romeo and Juliet, Jeong-hyeok and Se-ri’s chemistry is amazing, and considering the actors started officially dating after shooting the drama, this isn’t a surprise. Crash Landing on You is the quintessential Korean rom-com series, so it’s definitely a great series to introduce you to the genre.

Vincenzo

Writer: Park Jae-bum

Director: Kim Hee-won

Cast: Song Joong-ki, Jeon Yeo-bin, TaecYeon

In Vincenzo, Song Joong-ki plays a Korean man who was adopted by an Italian family as a child and raised in Italy as part of a mafia family. After his adoptive father dies, the man’s biological son attempts to kill Vincenzo, leading him to flee back to Seoul, South Korea, where he has a stash of gold hidden under an old apartment building. Unfortunately, Vincenzo has no easy access to the gold unless he tears down the building, and there’s a community of people who live there.

At the same time, a corrupt business called Babel Group illegally takes over the building, leading Vincenzo to team up with the talented, strong-willed lawyer, Hong Cha-young, played by Jeon Yeo-bin, who wants to take down the company for personal reasons. Vincenzo is part action, part drama, and part romance, and altogether a can’t-miss show.

Record of Youth

Writer: Ha Myung-hee

Director: Ahn Gil-ho

Cast: Park So-dam, Park Bo-gum, Byeon Woo-seok, Kwon Soo-hyun

One type of series that South Korean television excels at is the coming-of-age drama, or any story centering around a group of young adults finding their place in the world. Record of Youth is a great choice for new fans of K-Dramas, especially given the fact that the cast is led by none other than Park So-dam, who many will recognize for her role as Kim Ki-jung in Parasite, the daughter of the scammer family who pretends to be an art teacher.

Record of Youth centers around three young people, two models and a make-up artist, involved in the modern fashion industry in Korea. The show follows the general storyline you’ll find in most romance Korean dramas, but the actors in the cast help elevate the series and create characters that you want to stick around with.

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Itaewon Class

Writer: Jo Gwang-jin (webcomic and show)

Director: Kim Sung-yoon

Cast: Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Yoo Jae-myung, Kwon Na-ra, Ahn Bo-hyun

The first drama on this list based on a webcomic (although don’t worry, there will be more), Itaewon Class is a drama based in the hipster, super-popular area of Seoul called Itaewon (think Soho or the East Village in Manhattan). Park Seo-joon plays Park Sae-Ro-Yi, the owner of an up-and-coming restaurant in Itaewon called DanBam. When he was in high school, Sae-Ro-Yi got expelled for punching a privileged kid named Jang Geun-won (Ahn Bo-hyun), whose father owns a powerful company called Jangga Group. This kickstarts a series of events that lead to Sae-Ro-Yi’s father’s death, followed by a seven-year plan for revenge.

Itaewon Class is an extremely popular drama both in South Korea and internationally, and it accurately depicts the diverse experiences of young adults right now. It is also the first mainstream K-Drama to feature a transgender character, played by Lee Joo-young, signifying a major shift in attitudes for the historically conservative country.

Law School

Writer: Seo In

Director: Kim Suk-yoon

Cast: Kim Myung-min, Kim Beom, Ryu Hye-young, Lee Jung-eun

A newer Netflix series, Law School focuses on a group of students and professors at Hankuk University Law School. When a law professor is found dead and former prosecutor and professor Yang Jong-Hoon (Kim Myung-min) is arrested for the crime, the other characters work together to uncover the truth of what really happened and prove Professor Yang’s innocence.

You can certainly draw similarities between Law School and How to Get Away with Murder, as the Korean drama focuses on law students putting their schooling to the test to help out their professor. At the same time, there are plenty of smaller storylines happening as well, like a mysterious connection between a top-tier student named Han Joon-hwi (Kim Bum) and the professor who is killed. If you want a serious drama with a central mystery, Law School is a great option.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Writer: Jo Yong

Director: Park Shin-woo, Jung Dong-yoon

Cast: Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Ye-ji, Oh Jung-se

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is a modern romantic drama that stands out from the crowd due to its portrayal of an adult on the autism spectrum. The series stars Kim Soo-hyun as Moon Gang-tae, an orphaned young man who works as a caregiver at a psychiatric hospital. He spends most of his life taking care of his older brother, Moon Sang-tae (Oh Jung-se), who has autism. The two brothers have lived a lonely life, constantly moving around, ever since Sang-tae witnessed their mother’s murder years earlier.

One day, Gang-tae meets a woman named Ko Moon-young (Seo Ye-ji), a children's author who has antisocial personality disorder. After realizing that the two have crossed paths before in the past, Moon-young develops a small obsession with Gang-tae and follows him around. As Moon-young, Gang-tae, and Sang-tae spend more time together, they begin to open up about their trauma and heal. The series features a general romance story, but it shines through its portrayal of Sang-tae and his relationship with his brother. Sang-tae exhibits typical “spectric” traits, as they are called, and the show presents a relatively accurate and compassionate portrayal of an individual with autism.

The Uncanny Counter

Writer: Yeo Ji-na, Yoo Sun-dong, Kim Sae-bom, Jung Do-yoon

Director: Yoo Sun-dong

Cast: Jo Byeong-gyu, Yoo Jun-sang, Kim Se-jeong, Yeom Hye-ran

If you want a superhero-style story, look no further. The Uncanny Counter is the story of So Mun (Jo Byeong-gyu), a kind, intelligent boy who has a walking disability as a result of a tragic car accident he was in as a child, which killed both of his parents. One day, So Mun is possessed by a spirit that grants him the power to banish demons that escape the afterlife. He joins a team called the Counters, which includes Mo-tak (Yoo Jun-sang), Ha-na (Kim Se-jeoung), and Mae-ok (Yeom Hye-ran), who fight together against a rising threat of evil in the area. It gets even more complicated for So Mun when he finds out that his parents’ deaths weren’t accidents after all, and an evil spirit was involved.

Another series based on a webcomic, The Uncanny Counter is a stylish, action-packed thrill ride that doesn’t pull any punches. With a dark, threatening villain that keeps the team on edge, the show maintains a quick pace, while the fantastic acting by the cast adds a deeply emotional side to the story. Despite being advertised as an action fantasy show, you should still be ready to shed some tears when you watch.

Start-Up

Writer: Park Hye-ryun

Director: Oh Choong-hwan

Cast: Bae Suzy, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim Seon-ho, Kang Han-na

Start-Up is set in a fictional Korean version of Silicon Valley, where Bae Suzy’s character Seo Dal-mi dreams of being the Korean Steve Jobs. Following her passion, Dal-mi gets involved with a start-up business and quickly becomes entangled with a complicated love triangle. One young man named Han Ji-pyeong (Kim Seon-ho) is her first love, now a successful venture capitalist, while Nam Do-san (Nam Joo-hyuk) is a young man down on his luck, who Dal-mi thinks is her first love. This gives Do-san the motivation to give his start-up another try, while also attempting to make Dal-mi’s mistake a reality. Like Itaewon Class, Start-Up presents a new style of life for young people. While taking on the modern industry of start-ups, the show also gives everyone the classic romance they know they want.

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Memories of the Alhambra

Writer: Song Jae-jung

Director: Ahn Gil-ho

Cast: Hyun Bin, Park Shin-hye, Park Hoon, Chanyeol

A true amalgam of genres, Memories of the Alhambra takes place mainly in Granada, Spain with a Korean cast. A science-fiction drama of sorts, the series follows the CEO of an investment company, Yoo Jin-woo (Hyun Bin), who travels to Spain in search of the creator of an AR game in development that feels way too real. When game and reality start to blur and someone is killed, Jin-woo, with the help of the developer’s sister, Jung Hee-joo (Park Shin-hye), must find the bug in the game and fix it before more people die.

Memories of the Alhambra is a breath of fresh air for Kdramas due to its setting and innovative premise. While at times the story lacks sense, the concept and execution are spot-on, and honestly, you can’t help but fall in love with Hyun Bin.

Sweet Home

Writer: Hong So-ri, Kim Hyung-min, Park So-jung

Director: Lee Eung-bok, Jang Young-woo, Park So-hyun

Cast: Song Kang, Lee Jin-wook, Lee Si-young, Lee Do-hyun

Based on the webtoon of the same name, Sweet Home is an energetic, thrilling apocalyptic horror story about monsters trying to kill everyone and take over the world. No big deal, right? Song Kang makes a rare appearance in a horror show, as the actor usually sticks to romantic dramas (which you will see later on in this list). Kang plays a character named Cha Hyun-soo, a traumatized high school student who moves into an apartment by himself after his parents are killed in a car accident. Unbeknownst to Hyun-soo and the other residents, their apartment building happens to be ground zero for a species of monsters hoping for world domination.

Sweet Home is a great example of the crazy stories that come out of webcomics, which somehow work so well when adapted to the screen. The series is dark, bloody, and unpredictable, and a definite win for Netflix.

Run On

Writer: Park Shi-hyun

Director: Lee Jae-hoon

Cast: Im Si-wan, Shin Se-kyung, Choi Soo-young, Kang Tae-oh

Run On is an effortless romance that focuses on the relationship between Oh Mi-joo (Shin Se-kyung), a hardworking movie translator who takes pride in her work, and Ki Seon-gyeom (Im Si-wan), a former sprinter for the national team who wants to become a sports agent. The drama is light-hearted, with not too much action, but it works well with the story. There’s also a major plotline revolving around gender inequality in the workplace, as another character is disregarded despite being the natural heir of her father’s company and becoming the CEO of a sports agency all on her own.

With the main two characters, Run On also provides a close look at some unique and interesting professions that aren’t normally portrayed on-screen. While it might not be as exciting and heart-pounding as some others on this list, Run On is a must-see for the acting and the soft chemistry between the two lead characters.

Navillera

Writer: Lee Eun-mi

Director: Han Dong-hwa

Cast: Park In-hwan, Song Kang, Na Moon-hee, Hong Seung-hee

If you want to watch something that will pull at your heartstrings, Navillera is the show. Released in 2021 and one of the newest Netflix Original Korean dramas, Navillera stars Park In-hwan as Shim Deok-chul, a retired mailman who just turned 70. Feeling unfulfilled, Deok-chul decides to try and fulfill his dream of becoming a ballet dancer. But aside from his late start, another obstacle he faces is his worsening Alzheimer’s disease. One day, he comes upon a young man named Lee Chae-rok (Song Kang) practicing ballet for an upcoming competition. While Chae-rok is a talented dancer who loves what he does, he is in a bad financial situation and his father is in jail. His mother, who passed away, was a ballerina, and it’s one of the few remaining connections he has with her.

When Chae-rok and Deok-chul meet, they become friends and learn from one another, encouraging the other to continue pursuing whatever makes them happy. Navillera is another example of the shifting perspectives in the Korean entertainment industry, with the series exploring tough topics of death, old age, Alzheimer’s, and the challenges people can face regarding gender, class, and age when trying to achieve their dreams.

The King: Eternal Monarch

Writer: Kim Eun-sook

Director: Baek Sang-hoon, Jung Ji-hyun, Yoo Je-won

Cast: Lee Min-ho, Kim Go-eun, Woo Do-hwan, Kim Hyung-nam

The King: Eternal Monarch is written by Kim Eun-sook, the writer of Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, also known as Goblin. This 2016 series is probably one of the most beloved Korean dramas in South Korea, and the one many people use to introduce their friends to this world. The newer series, The King: Eternal Monarch, shares a star with Guardian in Kim Go-eun, who plays the character Jeong Tae-eul, a police officer in the violent crimes squad. In this fantasy drama, there are two alternate realities — one, the Korea we know today where Tae-eul lives, and the Kingdom of Corea, where Lee Gon (Lee Min-ho) rules as Emperor.

When Lee Gon discovers that he can pass over to the parallel universe, he meets Tae-eul, and you can probably guess what happens next. While The King: Eternal Monarch isn’t as good as Guardian, the series is a unique, ambitious story with fantastic acting from the main cast, and a great choice for fantasy fans.

Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung

Writer: Kim Ho-soo

Director: Kang Il-soo, Han Hyun-hee

Cast: Shin Se-kyung, Cha Eun-woo, Park Ki-woong

A historical romantic comedy that still manages to explore very serious topics, Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung centers around the title character Goo Hae-ryung (Shin Se-kyung), a noblewoman who becomes one of the first four women historians of the Joseon Dynasty. Still single at 26, Hae-ryung already challenges the intense gender roles of the era, and she continues to encourage the independence of ideas and choices for women everywhere. She soon meets Yi Rim, a.k.a. Prince Dowon, (Cha Eun-woo) the heir to the throne whose true passion lies in writing romance novels under a pseudonym.

Through the romance between the two main characters and their story, the show further explores and challenges historical topics of Catholic persecution, censorship, and sexism. Overall, Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung is a hilarious and truly romantic series that manages to feel modern despite the older setting.

My Mister

Writer: Park Hae-young

Director: Kim Won-suk, Kim Sang-woo

Cast: Lee Sun-kyun, Lee Ji-eun (IU), Park Ho-san, Song Sae-byeok

A truly unique Korean drama, My Mister tells the story of a cold woman who has suffered many hardships in her life, who finds sympathy and comfort in the company of three brothers who are healing from their own trauma. The series is deeply profound and addresses a number of serious topics. The cast is led by Lee Ji-eun, also known by her stage name IU, who plays Lee Ji-an, a woman who will do anything to support her ailing grandmother. She encounters the middle brother, Park Dong-hoon (Lee Sun-kyun), when she is hired as a temp worker at his company. A coworker instructs her to find out Dong-hoon’s secrets, but soon enough she’s falling for the man, who seems to understand more about her than anyone she’s ever met.

Although it’s definitely a slow-moving story, the astounding acting and remarkably written characters will drag you in and keep you enthralled until the last episode. My Mister is a must-watch, especially if you are a fan of serious dramas.

100 Days My Prince

Writer: No Ji-sul

Director: Lee Jung-jae, Nam Sung-woo

Cast: Do Kyung-soo, Nam Ji-hyun, Kim Seon-ho

100 Days My Prince is a period drama about Crown Prince Lee Yul (Do Kyung-soo), who finds out a secret that ignites a fight for the throne, making him a target for assassination. Running for his life, Lee Yul gets shot by an arrow and hit his head, which causes him to lose all of his memories. Nursed back to health by a commoner who finds him in the woods and choses to take advantage of the situation, Lee Yul is told that he is the betrothed of the commoner’s daughter, Yeon Hong-shim (Nam Ji-hyun), and so the two get married to save her from becoming the wife of a man she hates. For the next 100 days, Lee Yul lives as a commoner, relatively useless with the day-to-day chores, as Hong-shim slowly warms up to this strange man that shows up out of nowhere.

100 Days My Prince is a charming and well-acted drama, and very light-hearted despite the initial premise. If you’re looking for a cute, pick-me-up romance, this is it.

Love Alarm

Writer: Seo Bo-ra, Lee Ah-yeon

Director: Lee Na-jung

Cast: Kim So-hyun, Jung Ga-ram, Song Kang

A lot of Korean dramas feel like fanfiction made real, and considering many are stories taken right out of webcomics (like this one), they practically are. With Love Alarm, another Netflix Original, the series is set in a world where there is an app that notifies you whenever someone in a 10-meter radius has romantic feelings for you. Kim So-hyun plays Kim Jo-jo, a diligent high school student who finds herself in a love triangle with two best friends. The boys in question? Hwang Sun-oh (Song Kang), a handsome teenager from a rich family who is intrigued when Jo-jo doesn’t naturally want to date him, and Lee Hye-young (Jung Ga-ram), a normal boy who doesn’t use the Love Alarm app at all.

Love Alarm takes on the hypothetical question of what would happen if technology evolves to be able to read our feelings, and how people would deal with being unable to hide attraction or the lack thereof. The series is also one of a handful of shows here that have more than one season.

Stranger

Writer: Lee Soo-yeon

Director: Ahn Gil-ho

Cast: Bae Doo-na, Cho Seung-woo, Lee Joon-hyuk, Yoo Jae-myung

Stranger stars Bae Doo-na, arguably one of the best Korean actresses working right now. If you watch a lot of Netflix shows, you may recognize her as Sun Bak from Sense8, the 2015 sci-fi drama that ended way too soon. In Stranger, Doo-na plays Police Lieutenant Han Yeo-jin, who helps Prosecutor Hwang Si-mok (Cho Seung-woo), a man who lacks empathy and social skills after having a surgery to address sound hypersensitivity, solve an important murder case.

Unsurprisingly, their investigation uncovers intense corruption in the system, particularly with the other prosecutors, and well, you’ll see what happens. Like Love Alarm, Stranger also has two seasons right now on Netflix. The series was a huge hit, both in South Korea and internationally, with many praising the cast’s performances and the tight plot.

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Boys Over Flowers

Writer: Yoon Ji-ryun

Director: Jeon Ki-sang

Cast: Ku Hye-sun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Bum, Kim Joon

Based on Japanese manga written by Yoko Kamio, Boys Over Flowers joins the ranks of many other different adaptations, including the very popular Chinese drama, Meteor Garden. Made in 2009, this follows a group called F4, the name of four privileged and popular boys who rule over others at the prestigious Shinhwa High School through bullying. Through a series of strange events, a girl from a working-class family named Geum Jan-di (Ku Hye-sun) gets a full scholarship for swimming to the same high school, and after finally meeting F4, she really doesn’t understand everyone’s fascination with them.

After the leader of F4, Gu Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho), tries to bully Jan-di and she stands up to him, he starts to fall in love with her. Cliché, but the series is from 2009, so bear that in mind. Soon enough, Jan-di is involved in a twisted story that goes places you’d never expect. Mainly, if you are interested in seeing what more classic Kdramas look like, Boys Over Flowers is definitely the one to pick, and it’s still highly recommended over a decade later. Expect plenty of melodrama, outdated fashion and hairstyling, and a lot of fun.

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7 Best Korean Drama Of All Time

7 Best Korean Drama Of All Time
In these last few years we have seen an ever growing fanbase for Korean dramas. And the lockdown has only increased it. From cliffhangers in each episode to dramatic separations and love triangles there are a lot of things K-dramas have to offer. In these recent years we have seen Korean filmmakers bringing in a whole new narrative for every genre, from rom-coms, to crime thrillers. And as popular OTT platforms are introducing more and more shows it can be quite tricky as to which ones to add to your watchlist. Here we have listed some of the best Korean drama of all time from the lot which will make you a fan too. So overcome the subtitle barrier and watch these shows now!

1. Best Korean Drama Of All Time - Crash Landing On You (2019)

Starring Son Ye-Jin and Hyun Bin, Crash Landing On You revolves around Yoon Se-Ri (Son Ye-Jin) a successful entrepreneur and heiress from South Korea who crash lands in North Korea while paragliding because of a tornado. She then finds herself stuck in a tree in the Korean Demilitarized Zone above Korean officer Ri Jeong-Hyeok (Hyun Bin). What follows then is a heart-warming romance between Jeong-Hyeok who attempts to hide Se-Ri and send her back to South Korea. This show will take you through a rollercoaster of emotions Itaewon Class starring Park Seo-Joon, Yoo Jae-Myung, Kim Da-Mi is a one of a kind show. The story and the chemistry between the main leads is inevitable. You will seriously do a favour to yourself if you watch this show.

Best Korean Drama Of All Time Crash Landing On You

2. Best Korean Drama Of All Time - Itaewon Class (2020)

y revolves around Park Sae-Ro-Yi (Park Seo-Joon) who after his father’s sudden death decides to bring down a powerful restaurant CEO, Jang Dae-Hee (Yoo Jae-Myung) of Jangga Group, who was behind Park Sae-Ro-Yi’s expulsion from school and his three-year prison sentence. Despite being a convict Sae-Ro-Yi opens up his own bar and restaurant and aims to make it a top franchise in Korea. He then hires a group of misfits who are led by Jo Yi-Seo (Kim Da-Mi) who becomes the restaurant’s manager and competes against CEO Jang.  Itaewon Class keeps you hooked to your screens and is worth the watch. The cast’s performance in this show is brilliant.


Best Korean Drama Of All Time Itaewon Class

3. Best Korean Drama Of All Time - Kingdom (2019)

This show is one of the best horror series ever made. Starring Ju Ji-Hoon and Bae Doona the show revolves around how after a king collapses rumors suggest that he is no more. Then his son Crown Prince Lee Chang (Ju Ji-Hoon) sets on a journey to investigate the truth about his father’s condition. He then goes on to discover that a contagious virus is spreading which is turning the living into undead. One side, the battle is with the infected people and on the other hand it is with people who are hungry for the power of the throne. Both the seasons of the show are fresh and intriguing. From the direction, costumes to cinematography and acting, the whole cast and crew has done a brilliant job. This show is perfect for all the horror thriller lovers out there.


Best Korean Drama Of All Time Kingdom

4. Best Korean Drama Of All Time - Mr. Sunshine (2018)

Mr. Sunshine is all things emotional, funny, educational and passionate. Starring Lee Byung-Hun and Kim Tae-Ri the show revolves around a young boy Eugene Choi (Lee Byung-Hun) who is born into slavery but escapes from Joseon to America in 1871. After a few decades Eugene Choi (Lee Byung-Hun) who becomes a captain of the U.S. Marine Corps, returns to his home country for a mission. He then falls in love with Go Ae-Shin (Kim Tae-Ri), a noblewoman who is secretly connected to a group of Korean independence fighters. Set in the early 1900s the show portrays an amazing love story. The makers of Mr. Sunshine did a marvelous job showcasing the clash of cultures, honors and values.  This show is an eye candy for all the history romantic buffs.


Best Korean Drama Of All Time Mr Sunshine

5. Best Korean Drama Of All Time - When the Camellia Blooms (2019)

When the Camellia Bloom is a rom-com with a twist. Starring Gong Hyo-Jin, Kang Ha-Neul, Jung-Ga-Ram and Kim Ji-Seok, the series revolves around the life of Dong-Baek (Gong Hyo-Jin) who runs a restaurant-bar called Camellia in Ongsan, and is always the target of gossip because she’s a single mother and serves liquor to men. Regardless of all the unnecessary gossip in town, police officer Hwang Yong-Sik (Kang Ha-Neul) falls madly in love with Dong-Baek. Meanwhile Kang Jong-Ryeol (Kim Ji-Seok) Dong-Baek’s ex boyfriend who is a basketball player returns to her life. While Dong-Baek tries to find happiness, there is a serial killer in town and Dong-Baek might be his next target.  What we loved about this show is the chemistry between the actors and how the makers have combined rom-com and suspense thriller.


Best Korean Drama Of All Time When the Camellia Blooms

6. Best Korean Drama Of All Time - Prison Playbook (2017)

If you’re into comedy shows then Prison Playbook is the perfect show for you to binge watch. Starring Park Hae-Soo and Jung Kyung-Ho the show revolves around Kim Je-Hyeok (Park Hae-Soo) a superstar pitcher in Korea, who gets sentenced to one year imprisonment for attacking a man who tried to sexually assault his sister. The story continues as he tries to settle into prison life and reconnects with his childhood friend Lee Joon-Ho (Jung Kyung-Ho) who is now an officer at the correctional facility. The story, characters and intensity of the series fit perfectly. Prison Playbook examines corruption in prison with parts of dark comedy which is exactly what we love about this show.


Best Korean Drama Of All Time Prison Playbook

7. Best Korean Drama Of All Time - Stranger (2017)

Stranger is the perfect thriller suspense show. Starring Cho Seung-Woo and Bae Doo-Na the series revolves around a prosecutor named Hwang Shi-Mok (Cho Seung-Woo) who lacks empathy after undergoing a brain surgery as a child. He then teams up with a soft hearted police lieutenant Han Yeo-Jin (Bae Doo-Na) who teams up with him to solve a murder. As the two investigate to find the culprit, they discover the corruption taking place within the system. The show is well made, the plot is quite gripping, and is very well written. So If you’re a sucker for good murder mysteries then you need should definitely watch this. 


Best Korean Drama Of All Time Stranger

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Here’s a post I probably first drafted at the beginning of this blog (aka five years ago) and then let sit in the blackhole of my drafts folder: the best Korean dramas I recommend to anyone who will listen!

I have been a watcher of Korean dramas for a decade and an Asian drama watcher for even longer. For years I suffered through bad kiss scenes, questionable fashion choices, and frustratingly conservative romances complete with aggressive wrist grabs. You guys don’t know how good you have it these days!

Anyway, I completely missed the first Hallyu (Korean Wave), so I never got sucked into “Winter’s Sonata” and its contemporaries. Instead, my introduction came because one of my favorite Taiwanese dramas, “It Started with a Kiss,” was turned into a Korean one called “Playful Kiss” in 2010. The drama was cute but forgettable. What it really introduced me to was how much better quality K-dramas were.

I went from “Playful Kiss” to “Boys Over Flowers” since it was based off my favorite manga. Considering “Boys over Flowers” helped launched the second Hallyu, you can see how quickly I was sucked in!

Now, ten years later and I feel like a seasoned pro! Keep in mind, I’ve watched significantly less dramas than a hardcore fan. I probably average a few a year and walk away loving even less.

Before I tell you my favorites, here are some quick tips for viewing!

My Best Korean Drama Tips

I know what you’re thinking. It’s easy TV, why the heck do I need tips for watching? Trust me, friend, as any K-drama watcher knows, there’s a certain art to enjoying them, especially if you don’t speak Korean.

1. Korea is much more conservative than you might be used to.

Socially, Korea is like… the US in the 1950s and 1960s. Trust me, it’s progressed a lot in the last decade, but it’s still got a ways to go. The fact that “Itaewon Class” had a trans character is like the most risk-taking I’ve ever seen.

This means the restrictions for dramas are crazy high, and why if you get a love scene, it’s like the most PG love scene known to man. It’s also probably why kiss scenes back in the day were so, so, SO bad.

2. The best stations these days are tvN and JTBC.

You know how HBO and Netflix can get away with all sorts of tawdry things ABC, NBC, and CBS in the US can’t? Same with TvN and JTBC. Keep in mind this is still Korea, so add about ten more layers of conservative restrictions.

Anyway, I’m not super sure when tvN and JTBC became the phenomenons they are today, but they far outperform KBS, SBS, and MBC in terms of cultural relativity. I’m sure regular network dramas still get higher numbers, but you don’t hear people talking bout them nearly as much as you do about tvN or JTBC dramas.

3. Never watch a drama live

Of all the times I’ve watched a drama lives, I’ve been satisfied once. Every other time I’ve wanted to throw my laptop at a wall. There’s this curse most dramas face because of how they produce them. Without fail, the second half of most dramas do two things: 1) dragggggg and 2) begin to make no sense and go off the walls. If you’ve ever experienced this, I’m sorry. It’s caused a lot of distrust in me. After two back-to-back betrayals, I actually stopped watching them for a year and a half!

Why does this happen, you ask? Well, the problem is when a show goes live in Korea, it’s actually only been pre-filmed for the first six or so episodes. Which means after those six, everyone is on set trying to pump out at least two episodes a week. That’s minimum an hour a week but usually it’s closer to three with the big dramas. With 30-minute episodes, you’re looking at a minimum of an hour/week but most dramas wind up being 90 minutes, which means it’s more like three. Movies half that long take months to film and edit, so imagine how hectic and crazy drama sets are.

This also means drama teams get realtime feedback on their plots and couples and it can really affect how the plot goes towards the end. It drives me NUTS.

For example, one drama I kind of liked but am not recommending below is “The Producers.” Initially it was like a mockumentary-type show and I thought the premise was so fun! Sadly, Koreans apparently did not find the style interesting, so PDs scrapped the whole thing before it got going and it became paint-by-numbers drama that not even the charm of the main cast could make unique.

4. Remember, K-dramas take more concentration than regular TV.

This kind of a “duh” tip, but I do think it’s important to note. With a K-drama, you need to focus 100% because otherwise you won’t understand a thing going on. I feel like when we watch shows in our native language, we can do ten other things simultaneously and still know what’s happening, but unless you speak fluent Korean, this will not ring true.

And you know how I said many dramas suffer from the second part curse? Yeah, imagine having to sit through minutes of just staring without playing Candy Crush on your phone.

5. The best places to watch are Netflix and Viki.

*Puts on bifocals* Back in my day, we had to find all sorts of way to watch our favorite Asian dramas. I remember downloading a special video player just to get subtitles to work or scrounging Youtube for bits and pieces.

These days, it’s so easy to watch any of these K-dramas! Most of them are on Netflix but if you can’t find them there, then head over to Viki, which has been around forever.

Bonus: I also like going over to Drama Beans to read recaps and comments after I’ve finished an episode.

6. Don’t sleep on the OSTs

So unlike US shows, which typically use songs that already exist, Korean dramas create brand new original soundtracks (OSTs). Yes, every single drama gets its own score and original songs. And if a drama does well, those songs usually dominated the digital charts. I highly recommend getting into the OSTs; you’ll have songs you still listen to years later.

The Best Korean Dramas I Tell Friends to Watch

Alright, now what you came here for! My picks for the best Korean dramas; aka the ones I tell all my friends to watch.

1. Crash Landing on You (2019-2020)

QUICK PLOT

When Yoon Seri falls into North Korean territory after a freak accident, she must rely on a group of soldiers to keep her safe all while falling in love with their leader, Ri Jeong Hyuk.

WHY I LOVED IT

Remember when I said of all the dramas I’ve watched live, I was satisfied once? This was that one exception! I still can’t believe I watched it live after all the betrayal I’ve suffered, but between Hyun Bin’s cheek bones, Son Ye Jin, and the plot, I just had to.

The premise honestly sounds ridiculous but “Crash Landing on You” turned out to be SO GOOD. It’s just the right amount of funny, sweet, and utterly heart-wrenching. Two dramas have made me cry at the end, and this was one of them. Every character was so well done, from the duckling soldiers (got that term from Drama Beans) to the funny ahjummas and more, our lead couple was so well supported.

On a bigger scale, I think this did a LOT to humanize the typical North Korean. One of the things I’ve heard is that the longer the peninsula remains split, the more foreign North Koreans seem to the south (and the world), and I think this show and its popularity has done a lot to combat that.

2. Hotel del Luna (2019)

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Jang Man Wol runs a peculiar hotel right in Myeongdong. Hotel del Luna isn’t just any old luxury hotel, it’s a luxury hotel for ghosts, and Man Wol has been running it for over a millennium. After meeting Goo Chan Sung’s father, she makes a deal with him that Chan Sung will come work for her hotel as their human manager in return for his father’s life and financial security.

WHY I LOVED IT

It’s always fun to watch IU play a feisty character because what got her famous was being the Nation’s Little Sister! I’m definitely a fan of where she’s taken her career the last decade, and “Hotel del Luna” is one of her many amazing decisions.

The mystery of why Man Wol is made to be the hotel CEO is interesting, and the blossoming romance between she and Chan sung is hilarious. Plus I love the secondary characters so much! Quite the crush on Block B’s PO after this and his variety stuff.

A big thing that makes “Hotel del Luna” unique is how it handles death, and we see it throughout the whole show. I feel like it’s actually been very cathartic for me watching the different ghost plot lines of each episode.

Oh, and Man Wol’s fashion is incredible.

3. Hello My Twenties! (2016 & 2017)

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This drama follows five girls who wind up rooming together at a house called Belle Epoque while attending the nearby university. Throughout the show you get to know each of their personalities and follow their different trials and tribulations. There are two seasons, and one of the girl is swapped out for a new character while one of the original characters changes actresses. It’s done really well, don’t worry. I’m still mad we don’t have a Season 3.

WHY I LOVED IT

This drama! I love it so much and I just want to hug all the girls and make sure they get through life okay. You’ll be rolling with laughter and then wishing you too lived with a group of girls in a city like Seoul.

It also has SO MANY good messages for women, especially in Korea, and I’ve never seen a show that so casually references things we all go through. Sex? Periods? Adult diapers? Female sexuality? It has it all. Plus, it also goes into a lot of heavier material incredibly well: work harassment, stalking, domestic abuse, childhood trauma… I promise it doesn’t feel forced.

4. Reply 1997 (2015)

  • Korean Name: 응답하라 1997
  • Best OST Song:“All for You” Cover by Eunji & Seo In Guk (org. by Cool); Did you know there’s actually no official OST for Reply 1997? This cover was done after the fact!

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Turn back the clock to 1997 and experience what it was like to be a Korean teenager in the late nineties during the First Generation of K-pop stars! In the present day (2012) our cast meets up for a high school reunion and we must guess who the main character’s husband is based on the story that unfolds 15 years prior.

WHY I LOVED IT

You know, maybe “Reply 1997” was what started the cable channel storm. It seriously did SO much in its run:

  • 7.5% viewing at a time when successful cable dramas got 1 to 2%
  • filmed mostly in Busan, complete with the satoori dialect, at a time when nearly all dramas were filmed in Seoul
  • featured an LGTBQ character in a satisfying way
  • sparked the retro trend that is still very much a thing today

I binge-watched in college at some point during my junior or senior year because I liked APink and Eunji. It immediately became my favorite drama. The pacing is perfect as all 16 episodes are under 30 minutes, so you can watch this in a day or two.

Even if you have no relation to Korea in the nineties and won’t get 80% of the pop culture references, you’ll enjoy the ride. Just the pure fact they managed to get Eun Ji Won, a First Gen idol, to convincingly play a high school student in 2012 is a joke goldmine. By the end, you’ll have all the feels for this rowdy group of friends and wish you had twice as long with them.

5. Reply 1988 (2015-2016)

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Turn back the clock another nine years to Seoul in 1988! This is the year of the Seoul Olympics and takes place right in the middle of Korea’s rapid growth from a war torn country of the 50s to the technological behemoth it is today. In a little Seoul neighborhood, lives a handful of families whose kids are all teenagers navigating the late eighties.

WHY I LOVED IT

As you might guess, the success of “Reply 1997” spawned two more spinoffs with the Sung Dong Il and Lee Il Hwa playing the main parents in every iteration. While there’s a “Reply 1994,” I didn’t love it and thought it got a bit draggy towards the end, which why it’s not on this list.

By the time “Reply 1988” premiered in 2015, the show’s team knew what to do to make the perfect drama. While the first two relied more heavily on the main romance, they must have realized the real reason Korean audiences loved them was more for the accurate nostalgia and cast camaraderie. So what to do they do with a bigger budget? Amp up the scenery and the cast!

More than 1997 and 1994, which are in the past but still somewhat resemble the present, 1988 really does feel like we’re seeing a whole different Korea. Not only do you care about the main teen crew, you care about each and every one of their families and their individual plot lines. If you got nostalgic watching the first two, you’re going to be sobbing by the time Duk Seon warns her friends not to try to revisit their old neighborhood because too much as changed in the last 30+ years.

Guys, I loved this drama so much that I’m not even mad about the romantic ending. It’s so much more of an ensemble cast than any other drama on this list, so it softens the blow. I watched it semi-live, so I was pretty ticked off at how shoehorned the romance ending was, but looking back, in a 90 minute episode, that was maybe 5 minutes of disappointment versus 85 minutes of happiness.

6. She Was Pretty (2015)

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Kim Hye Jin wants her childhood friend, Ji Sung Joon, to remember her as the pretty preteen she once was, so she gets her friend, Min Ha Ri, to pretend to be her when they reunite as adults. The only problem is he’s now her superior at The Most magazine.

WHY I LOVED IT

Listen, if you developed a crush on Park Seo Joon from “Itaewon Class,” you’ll adore him in “She Was Pretty,” and he has better hair. This has to be one of my favorite “realistic dramas” as the cast is so damn charming and the plot is fun and light. Super Junior’s Siwon absolutely steals the whole show as the goofy, eccentric senior feature editor, and I still haven’t looked at danmuji the same way since.

Of all the “makeover” dramas, this one does the best job. A reviewer pointed this out, and I agree, one of the best things about the male lead is that he never once comments on her appearance, no matter what changes she goes through. And I love that her makeover is temporary and more of a confidence boost than a complete lifestyle change.

7. The Last Empress (2018-2019)

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What if Korea still had a monarchy? Pretty much the premise of this drama as Emperor Lee Hyuk marries commoner Oh Sunny, and she must go from being a silly girl with a crush to the Empress of the Korean Empire.

WHY I LOVED IT

I watched this drama in 3 days. THREE DAYS. Sure, the episodes are around 35 minutes, but there are FIFTY-TWO episodes and I watched it on Viki, which meant commercials! From the initial scene where they’re exhuming the body of the first empress to the very last scene, this is the most bonkers K-drama train I’ve ever ridden. I struggled to even give you a quick plot because there’s SO much going on every episode!

Let us all take a moment to appreciate Jung Nara who is a national treasure who manages to go through so many different emotions in one drama. Also honorable mention to Princess Ari, who is hilarious, and Sunny’s family, who have the best reactions to everything.

8. Fated to Love You (2014)

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A remake of the Taiwanese drama, Lee Gun and Kim Mi Young find themselves in a shotgun marriage after their accidental one night stand ends up with a pregnancy.

WHY I LOVED IT

This was another K-drama where I’d seen the original first, so I knew how much heartache I was asking for. I do feel like they sanitized things a lot (this is where I learned that pounding rice cakes is a euphemism for sex) and added a lot more plot elements the Taiwanese omitted, but it’s still a lot of fun and pulls at your heartstrings. Plus we’ve got Jung Nara again, this time with Jang Hyuk, and the two are just perfect in their roles.

9. I Need Romance 3 (2013-2014)

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A noona romance! Heh heh. Shin Joo Yeon is 33 and committed to her job at a home shopping network. Her love triangle includes the 26-year-old Joo Wan who she used to babysit until he went abroad 17 years ago, and her sunbae, Kang Taeyoon, who’s still hurt by his ex-girlfriend, Oh Se Ryung.

WHY I LOVED IT

There are three “I Need Romance” series, but the third is the only one I really liked (more on the others below). Of all of them, this one balances the romance with the workplace and friendships the best. The main romance is really sweet, and at the time there weren’t a lot of shows where the woman was the older, more established one in the relationship.

10. Secret Garden (2010-2011)

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Gil Ra Im is a tough stunt woman whose only weak spot is her fan love for Oska, a Hallyu idol, while Kim Joo Won is a prickly department store CEO and also cousin of Oska. While the two initially clash, they develop feelings for each other. Toss in a case of body swapping, you’ve got the biggest drama of 2011!

WHY I LOVED IT

I’m honestly not sure how this drama would hold up today because technically it’s pretty full of cliches. However, it was my favorite drama for a long time even though the second half just barely avoids the curse. I think it’s a lot because Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin were so good in it and their chemistry was off the charts. I remember I used to have the finale saved to my iTunes, and I’d watch it for a pick-me up!

2 Drama’s I’m in the Process of Finishing or Need to Start

11. Mister Sunshine (2018)

I’m about halfway through this historical drama and it’s just utterly breathtaking. The shots of the Korean countryside are something else. It focuses on the Korean Empire in the late 1800s as Eugene Choi returns to his homeland as an American soldier.

It feels more like a complete movie production than it does a drama, especially with names like Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Ri attached. The only things I don’t love is the massive age gap (luckily romance is like 1/100th of the drama), and the English acting, which is the best I’ve seen in an Asian drama but not great.

12. Kingdom (2019 & 2020)

Autumn has been telling me to watch this for a year, and she is the pickiest person I’ve ever met when it comes to pop culture, so I’ll take her word. It sounds kind of ridiculous: zombies in Joseon, but it’s supposed to be amazing. And Autumn says the cinematography is some of the best she’s ever seen of Korea!

4 Dramas Not to Waste Your Time On

1. Cheese in the Trap (2016)

This drama starts off SO good. Like the webtoon is incredibly clever and nuanced, and the show seems to do a good job taking that on and then…. the main guy disappears half way through the show! Turns out there was drama behind the scenes that we’ll never know the details of, but it makes the show go from clever to bad in a matter of episodes. I don’t even think I watched the finale once I read the recap!

2. 12 Years Promise (2014)

I could not get through this drama. It was so drawn out and boring, and the characters made no sense. Even how they wind up sleeping together is weirdly forced and awkward. I started skipping through it to see what would happen, and when I realize the way they reconcile in the end was crappy too, I gave up altogether.

3. I Need Romance

Cho Yeo Jeong (who you guys might recognize as the rich mom from Parasite), is one of my favorite actresses. However, this drama was a mess. Her character was insanely annoying (like you know Cho is an amazing actress when you realize she was doing Concubine and Bangja around this time). The whole relationship between In Young and Sung Soo is weird and toxic, and I don’t really think he ever did anything to deserve being forgiven for cheating on her.

4. I Need Romance 2012

So… I didn’t hate this one as much as I disliked the first one. But it didn’t really do anything for me. I remember thinking Ji Hoon and Yeol Mae got way too serious way too fast for the plot, and Yeol Mae was just kinda whiny.

Phewww! If you just read nearly 4,000 words on my K-dramas, I’m sorry haha, But also, I hope it was helpful! Now I have a proper list to send my friends when they ask me for recs!

What do you think are the best Korean Dramas to watch?

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Long before Parasite created a worldwide sensation and swept up nearly every important award in film, including the top prizes at the Oscars in 2020, Korean culture had been steadily gaining global popularity. With this Korean Wave, also known as Hallyu, you may have heard of the boy band BTS. Or perhaps you've developed a taste for haute Korean cuisine thanks to Michelin-starred restaurants like Cote and Atomix. Or maybe you have a shelf lined with Korean beauty products for your nightly 10-step skincare routine. Korean television dramas, though they may not have as much critical clout as the country's cinematic output, are an indispensable part of the cultural fabric—and several of the best ones are on Netflix. Below are the most entertaining K-dramas to watch on the streaming service, from a charming romantic comedy-slash-thriller to a stunning period piece.

Squid Game

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Mr. Sunshine

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Crash Landing on You

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Korean dramas best

If you're not watching Korean dramas, better known as K-dramas, then you're missing out in several ways. First, there's the big-picture, cultural impact to consider: K-dramas have become a worldwide phenomenon, and if you're going to be a pop culture connoisseur/productive denizen of the entertainment-loving internet—and you're here, so you obviously are both of those things—then you need to be versed in all things K-drama. And then there's the more important reason to watch K-dramas: They are addictive and amazing, and you'll thank yourself for adding them to your pop culture diet.

Known for their interesting storylines and intense (if sometimes predictable) plot twists, Korean dramas can go from super sappy to incredibly heartbreaking to "WTF, what was that?" in a heartbeat. That variety is exactly what keeps viewers coming back for more. Here, we've listed the best K-dramas to watch.


Squid Game

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If you haven't yet checked out Squid Game, which is set to become Netflix's most-watched show ever, then here's one more recommendation: This edge-of-your-seat Korean thriller is definitely worth a look. In the viral hit, a group of people in serious debt sign up to play a series of children's games for a chance at 45.6 billion won (about $38 million). The catch? If the players loose at Tug of War or Red Light, Green Light, they die.

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Crash Landing on You

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A South Korean heiress, Yoon Se-ri, gets caught in a storm while paragliding and finds herself blown off course into North Korea. Se-ri then runs into Ri Jeong-hyeok, Captain of the North Korean Special Forces and a member of the North Korean elite family. Captain Ri eventually hatches a plan to get Se-ri back to South Korea with the help of his squad, but not before they all tackle the obstacles that come their way—and then some. This drama mixes romance with comedy and ultimately tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers. It's currently the highest rated tvN drama and the second-highest Korean drama in cable television history.

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Goblin (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God)

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This series, written by Kim Eun-sook, is the fourth highest-rated Korean drama of all time. The fantasy romance is about a modern day goblin, Gong Yoo, who needs a human bride (Kim Go Eun) to end his cursed immortal life. His life then becomes intertwined with a grim reaper, Lee Dong-wook, who is unable to remember his past. The story evolves as all these strangers lives intertwine.

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Sky Castle

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This series follows the journeys of four women and their families as they try to maintain the status quo among the upper crust of South Korean society. The drama revolves around one mother's obsession with getting her daughter into an elite university by any means necessary...sound familiar? This one is a nice mix of romance, soapy drama, and comedy, so if you enjoy human-interest stories, Sky Castle is definitely the K-drama for you.

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Vincenzo

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If you're looking for something in the middle of the Venn Diagram of "K-Drama" and "Mafia Drama," then Vincenzo is the show for you. In it, Song Joong-ki stars as a Korean man named Vincenzo who was adopted by an Italian mafia family and raised in the mob life in Italy. When his adoptive father dies, his adopted brother sets out to kill him, forcing Vincenzo to flee back to Seoul.

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Law School

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How to Get Away With Murder fans are sure to love Law School, which focuses on students and professors are prestigious Hankuk University Law School. The show's plot kicks off when one law professor at the school is found dead and another, Professor Yang (played by Kim Myung-min) is arrested for the crime, forcing the students to team up to prove Yang's innocence.

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100 Days My Prince

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In 100 Days My Prince, Prince Lee Yul is forced to flee the palace after he discovers a secret that puts his life at risk. After an accident causes him to lose his memory, he's nursed back to health by a commoner and told he's betrothed to their daughter, Yeon Hong-shim. The story focuses on their next 100 days together, with Lee Yul living life as a commoner and their love story growing in the process.

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Boys Over Flowers

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Boys Over Flowers is an old-school teen drama, focused on a group of popular/privileged/not-so-nice boys at the prestigious Shinhwa High School. The group, known as F4, bully others to get their way—until a working class girl named Geum Jan-di arrives at the school on scholarship and stands up to the boys.

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Navillera

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Fair warning: Navillera is the kind of show that is best watched with a full box of tissues at your side. The series focuses on Shim Deok-chul, a 70-year-old retired mailman who dreams of being a ballet dancer. As Deok-chul pursues his dream, he also battles advancing Alzheimer’s.

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The Penthouse

If you thought Big Little Lies and Sky Castle laid the melodrama on thick, just wait until you take a bite out of this rollercoaster of a series. Penthouse follows three wealthy families vying for power in the exclusive Hera Palace community–a luxurious 100-floor high-rise that juts out of the Seoul skyline. Like its forebears, the series centers on three women who hide behind their various secrets and traumas with piles of money and their boundless ambitions for their children. Their world begins to crumble after a mysterious girl falls to her death and the trio attempt to cover up the location of her death to protect the reputation of Hera Palace. It’s messy, and I am living for it.

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The Uncanny Counter

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This show loosely reminds me of Ghostbusters, but with an eclectic group of characters who each possesses special abilities. The five-person group, called "Counter," work at a noodle restaurant by day and at night, hunt down evil spirits who have escaped from the after life to go after humans. (Their red tracksuits in the show are iconic and honestly would make for great group Halloween costume in 2021—just putting the idea out there.) This K-drama has been very well received by the audience and will have you binging all the episodes in one weekend.

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Sweet Home

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If you enjoyed Korean movies like The Call and Alive, you'll be able to stomach and love Sweet Home. The show follows a guy who moves into a new apartment complex after the death of his family. Depressed and a loner, he starts witnessing frightening things in the building from some of his odd neighbors. If you're a peek-over-the-blanket-type person when watching horror shows like I am, then I'd advise you to tune into this during the day time. (I made the mistake of starting this show at night—never again.)

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Run On

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The storyline: Ki Seon-gyeom, a popular sprinter turned sports agent, meets Oh Mi-joo, who writes subtitle translations for movies, and Mi-joo believes they were destined for each other. The story centers around their budding romance alongside some strong secondary characters. Mi-joo is played by actress Shin Se-Kyung (from Rookie Historian) while Seon-gyeom is played by Im Si-Wan (from Strangers From Hell), so if you're familiar with both famous faces then give this show a chance.

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Start-Up

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Suzy Bae and Nam Joo-hyuk stans will want to tune into this drama, which mixes comedy with romance. The show centers around a group of young individuals who are all eager to start their own businesses. When Bae and Nam's characters, Seo Dal-mi and Nam Do-san respectively, are chosen to join Sandbox (a tech accelerator for entrepreneurs), along with Seo's sister Won In-jae, the three are pitted against one another in a contest to be the best. Little does Dal-mi know, however, someone important from her past (Han Ji-pyeong, played by Kim Sun-ho) has her back throughout this start-up journey. Viewers will be rooting for Dal-Mi to end up with Do-San or Ji-pyeong. Personally, we are team Ji-pyeong.

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Tale of the Nine Tailed

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You might want to keep the lights turned on for Lee Dong-wook's new show because it's a little scary (think scenes with ghosts and a water well à la The Ring). Aside from some minor scenes that make you shudder, however, the story largely revolves around his character Lee-yeon, a mythical fox known as gumiho, and a documentary filmmaker Nam Ji-a (played by Jo Bo-ah) who were once lovers in the past. (The foxes adopt human appearances, but have special powers.) Circumstances in the present bring the two on a treacherous journey that involves solving Ji-a's parents mysterious deaths and the two rediscovering their love for each other.

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Record of Youth

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New to Netflix, this show centers on three ambitious individuals from different social classes working in the cut throat world of show business and fashion. Sa Hye-joon (played by Park Bo-gum) and Won Hae-hyo (played by Byeon Woo-seok) are models who aspire to be actors. They end up becoming friends with makeup artist An Jung-ha (played by Park So-dam) and together the trio must face a variety of obstacles that threaten to stop them from achieving their dreams in the entertainment industry.

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Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung

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In a Romeo and Juliet-esque storyline, this show revolves around a romance between an aspiring palace historian and a lonely prince. Together, they go on a journey to break societal norms and uncover secrets from their pasts that could have consequences on their present day lives. This show is suited for those seeking sweet, heart-fluttering moments and will have you rooting for the couple until the very end.

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It's Okay to Not Be Okay

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The story centers around a caretaker at a psychiatric ward, Moon Gang-tae, who crosses paths with a children's book writer Ko Moon-young. Gang Tae has lived life on the run while taking care of his older brother, Sang Tae, who is autistic and suffers from reoccurring nightmares of the day their mother was murdered. He is a big fan of Ms. Ko, who is known to be antisocial and has a difficult personality. After a series of events, all three lives become intertwined and their dramatic back stories are revealed. Gang-tae, Sang-tae, and Ms. Ko share more in common with one another than they think. Aside from the fact that the two leading romantic pairs are both gorgeous, this show will keep viewers glued to their seats thanks to Gang-tae and Ms. Ko's push-and-pull dynamic.

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Mother

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When substitute teacher Soo-jin (played by Lee Bo-Young of When My Love Blooms) discovers one of her students Hye-na (played by the brilliant Heo Yool) is being abused by her mother and her boyfriend, she impulsively decides to run away with the little girl. Soo-jin sets out to travel from South Korea to Iceland (she is a bird researcher and has been given a grant to work at an institution there), but before she can make it to Iceland so many unexpected events happen. Viewers will discover why Soo-jin is so drawn to Hye-na and they will grow into the quite unexpected mother-daughter pair we're all rooting for. This show will ask viewers to think about what it means to be a mother/who gets to be one and will leave your eyes puffy from sobbing after every episode. Mother is one of South Korea's most highly-rated series.

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Love Alarm

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In a world where an app lets you know whether or not someone is in love with you within a 10-meter radius, feelings are transparent even when you don't want them to be. The story centers around a hardworking and studious student Kim Jo-jo who catches the eye of two guys (who just so happen to be best friends and basically are like brothers) in her school: Hwang Sun-oh and Lee Hye-yeong. Sun-oh is a model from a rich family and could not be any more different from Jo-jo but they fall for each other. As time passes, the two drift apart and Hye-yeong sees this as a chance to finally confess his feelings for Jo-jo. At the end of season one we're left with a cliffhanger: who will Jo-jo choose to be with?

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Strangers From Hell

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If you're looking for a creepy, pull-blankets-up-to-your-eyes kind of drama, watch this show. It follows a young man in his 20s, Yoon Jong-woo, who moves to the countryside to Seoul after his friend offered him a job. He needs a place to live and ends up finding Eden Gosiwon, an unkempt but inexpensive apartment with a communal kitchen and bathroom. He decides to stay for six months until he has enough money to move out, but starts noticing weird behaviors and strange happenings in the apartment building. One of his neighbors, played by Goblin's Lee Dong-wook, is a dentist by day and serial killer by night. We'll stop here and let the other suspenseful events shock you to your core.

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The King: Eternal Monarch

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This Korean drama has it all: parallel universes, time travel, a handsome king, a strong female detective, tragedy, and romance. The show tells the story of Lee Gon (played by one of South Korea's most popular actors: Lee Min-ho), a Korean emperor who rules The Kingdom of Corea (the North and South are still unified in this world) and discovers a portal opening in the bamboo forest that leads him to a parallel universe—the world that we know today. He meets, and falls in love, with detective Jung Tae-eul (played by Goblin's Kim Go-eun) in this world and they have to work together to close this time portal before their two worlds collide and freeze in time forever. Will they succeed in their journey and will their love be able to transcend time?

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Hospital Playlist

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Grey's Anatomy and other medical drama stans will want to dive right into this drama that depicts the stories of people working at a hospital. The five doctors have been friends for 20 years (they all went to the same medical school) and now they're colleagues navigating through a career centered around life and death. This show is currently one of the highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history and a second season is set to premiere in 2021!

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Extracurricular

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Sky Castle's Kim Dong-hee stars in a lead role as Oh Ji-soo in this show. The drama centers around three high school students who commit crimes to earn money and along the way encounter dangerous enemies and obstacles. It will take an episode or two for you to fully grasp what is happening before you appreciate the intricate storytelling that is being told by director Kim Jin-min. Hang in there for the journey.

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Mystic Pop-up Bar

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This show checks off the boxes for drama, fantasy, and mystery. The storyline centers on Ssanggab Cart Bar, which is only open at night on the rooftop of a building. Wol-Ju (played by Hwang Jung-eum) runs the mysterious food cart and customers who visit her consist of the living and dead. While drinking and eating, they converse with Wol-Ju about themselves and their internal struggles.

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Memories of the Alhambra

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This fantasy drama is perfect for Hyun Bin and Park Shin-hye fans (you may remember her from the popular show The Heirs). The two actors play each other's romantic interest in Memories of the Alhambra, which is set between Spain and South Korea. (Fun fact: Park Shin-hye learned Spanish for the show, so her voice is not dubbed!) They encounter each other in Spain when Hyun Bin's character, Yoo Jin-woo, arrives to the hostel owned by Park Shin-hye's character, Jung Hee-joo, because he wants her to sign over the rights to develop her brother's augmented reality game. (The brother, meanwhile, has vanished into thin air). Jin-woo starts playing the game and eventually realizes it is causing those around him to die. If he wants to save himself and Jung Hee-joo's missing brother, he has to complete the dangerous quests.

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Hyena

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Yoon Hee-jae is a handsome attorney who's confident in crushing his opponents in court. He has a "chance" meeting at a laundromat with a mysterious woman and ends up falling for her only to later discover that the woman, Jung Geum-ja, is actually an attorney representing the opposite side. She had strategically won Hee-jae's heart (and his case files) because she really needs a win to save her struggling business. Despite being wronged, Hee-jae is attracted to Geum-ja and the pair duke it out in court. If Yoon Hee-jae looks familiar to you it's because the character is played by Ju Ji-hoon, who also plays the dazzling Crown Prince in Kingdom.

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Hi, Bye Mama

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If you like a little supernatural pizazz with your drama, this show is for you. Cha Yoo-ri is a ghost who died five years ago, leaving behind her husband, Jo Kang-hwa, and their child. In a move to become a living human again, Cha Yoo-ri carries out a reincarnation project for 49 days. When she reappears to Jo Kang-hwa, however, she finds that her husband has changed a lot since she died.

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Itaewon Class

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Where to start with this one? This series tells the story of Park Sae-roy, who opens a restaurant in Itaewon after having spent a few years in prison for beating up Jang Geun-won, the son and heir to Jangga Group. The two have a rough history and now, with a fresh start, Park Sae-roy wants to not only franchise his restaurant DanBam, but have it overtake Jangga Group as a household name. (His ultimate goal is to get revenge for his father's death, which was caused by the Jangga family.) The CEO of Jangga Group is a self-made man of success and he will not let Park Sae-roy defeat him or his son. The two engage in a power struggle throughout the entire series that's filled with juicy plot twists and turns.

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The Heirs

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This drama tells the story of a group of rich, privileged high school students who will one day take over their families businesses. The coming-of-age themes explored in the drama include identity, wealth, and relationships. One of the main characters is Kim Tan, a chaebol heir to Jeguk Group, who hasn't had the easiest relationship with his older half-brother Kim Won because he thinks Tan is trying to steal their father's company from him. To make Tan's life even more difficult, he ends up falling in love with his housekeeper's daughter, Cha Eun-sang, much to his father's disapproval and he has to compete with classmate Choi Young Do's sudden interest in Eun-sang too when she transfers into their elite school. Tan seeks to overcome all the obstacles to be with Eun-sang no matter what his family or friends at school say.

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Legend of the Blue Sea

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This fantasy romance show explores the relationship between a con artist and a mermaid who meet and fall in love. The mermaid, Shim Cheong, (played by the talented and beautiful Jun Ji-hyun) follows her lover Heo Joon-jae (Lee Min-ho) to land unbeknownst to him that she is a mer person. Juxtaposed against present day, the storyline also focuses on the two's Joseon-era incarnations, town head Kim Dam-ryeong and the mermaid Se-hwa. That pair met a tragic fate, so what does this mean for their current counterparts? Will Shim Cheong and Joon-jae meet the same bad fate?

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Autumn in My Heart

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This 2000 South Korean drama's legacy and popularity is the equivalent to that of Titanic. The show is considered a pioneer in Korean melodramatic series and helped launch the "Korean Wave." The plot: Two girls are born in October and an accidental switch of their name tags at the hospital leads them down very different paths. Eun-suh has a happy life with her loving parents and brother, Jun-suh, while Shin-ae is raised by a single parent in poverty. One day Eun-suh gets into a car accident and a blood test reveals Eun-suh and Shin-ae were swapped at birth. The girls go back to their original parents. Years later, Eun-suh and her "brother" Jun-suh meet again, the start of a love story. Make sure to have some tissues on hand because this show is a major tearjerker.

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Touch Your Heart

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I'm somewhat biased because I am an unabashed Lee Dong-wook stan, but Touch Your Heart is really, really fun to watch. Things take place in a high-powered law firm, where a washed-up actress works as a secretary for a cranky attorney. The two leads have great chemistry—they've played star-crossed lovers in another drama, Goblin—and they're both extremely good-looking. Plus, it's another workplace love story! Is the universe trying to send me a sign?

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Angel's Last Mission: Love

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In this KBS drama, a tough as nails former ballerina tries to regain her prima donna status with the help of her mischievous guardian angel. Blinded in a tragic accident, Lee Yeon-seo is desperate to get back to the stage, but the scheming and conniving of the people around her prevents her from making her return. Dan, a guardian angel just one mission away from completing his duties on earth, gets suckered into yet another assignment and falls in love on the job.

(True k-pop stans will immediately recognize the lead character in Angel's Last Mission: Love—it's L from the iconic group Infinite! Sadly, I don't think we'll be getting much singing in this drama...but you can stream "The Chaser" on all platforms.)

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Perfume

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Fans of Shin Sung-rok (The King's Face, The Last Empress), rejoice—your second lead syndrome is over! The actor finally snagged a leading role in the KBS romantic comedy Perfume as Seo Yi-do, an eccentric fashion designer plagued with endless phobias. He's known for often playing the villain (he's really good at being bad), but in this drama, you can actually root for him to get the girl!

The premise is simple, at least for a Korean drama: A depressed housewife on the brink of a breakdown receives a magic perfume that makes her into an entirely new person. With her new face and identity, she decides to pursue a modeling career, and ultimately clashes with the prickly self-proclaimed god of fashion.

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Chief of Staff

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Remember House of Cards? The Netflix original series followed the complex and super sheisty lives of politicians and journalists in Washington, D.C. The show was nothing short of a hit, but it came to an unfortunate end once its star became embroiled in a very serious, very disturbing controversy.

Chief of Staff is a lot like House of Cards, but rest assured, the drama is maintained within the show. There's scheming, manipulation, illicit affairs, serious criminal activity, and a whole lot of lying to the general public by the voters by the very people they put in office—sounds appropriate for the day and age we're living in, no?

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Something in the Rain

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Although we love outrageously plotted k-dramas, Something in the Rain is a more straightforward and realistic look into an ill-fated romance and workplace discrimination. Yoon Jin-ah is a single career woman who begins a romance with her friend’s little brother after he returned from a stint abroad. But their relationship draws an immense amount of scrutiny from their families, who don’t approve. Jin-ah also faces a sexist workplace, where she and her female co-workers are demeaned by their male colleagues.

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Because This Is My First Life

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Does broke millennials working underpaid jobs and dealing with today’s high cost of living sound familiar? The characters in Because This Is My First Life are just like us–following their dreams, working in high-powered industries, all the while just barely reaping the benefits. Nam Sae-hee (Lee Min-ki) is a software developer working for a start-up who suffers from a mortgage that eats up all his disposable income. Yoon Ji-ho (Jung So-min) is a struggling screenwriter who dreams of developing her own k-dramas, but she’s relegated to being a highly underpaid writer’s assistant on mediocre shows. After she’s forced to move out of her apartment, she ends up renting out a room in Sae-hee’s house. When they realize that a fake-marriage would be mutually advantageous for both their precarious financial situations and societal expectations, they decide to tie the knot. Obviously, one thing leads to another and they’re unable to separate their contractual marriage from the real feelings that they begin to develop.

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My Mister

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My Mister tells the story of two people struggling with financial troubles, family drama, and loneliness. Park Dong-hun (Lee Sun-kyun) is a middle-aged engineer working under a boss who is younger than him, all the while providing for his two unemployed brothers and their mom. To make matters worse, Dong-hun’s wife is having an affair with his boss (yikes). Meanwhile 20-something Lee Ji-an (K-pop star IU) is in a mountain of debt and will do just about anything to get the loan sharks off her back. After she catches Dong-hun accepting a bribe, she decides to steal gift certificates he received in an attempt to pay off her loans. Heart-wrenching and hopeful, the show tells the story of two people developing a sweet kinship while trying to dig themselves out of trouble.

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Dear My Friends

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Featuring a star-studded cast of industry veterans–most notably Oscar-winner Youn Yuh-jung (!)–this heartwarming slice-of-life drama follows elderly friends who are just vibing in their last years of life. After Park Wan (Go Hyun-jung) decides to write a novel about the life of the elderly at the behest of her mother, she gets close to her mother’s group of lifelong friends and learns their small but significant life stories. The series is a love story about friendship and lifelong connections that looks through time at old memories and the ways those moments thread into our twilight years.

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    K-Drama Guide: 20 New and All-Time Favorite Shows That Will Get You Hooked

    best kdrama to watch
    By Cielo FernandoJuly 9, 2021

    If you haven’t been already consumed by any KDrama, first of all, are you living in a cave? Okay, we won’t judge you. But seriously, why? 

    Korean Drama, also known as K-Drama, is not like any other show. They are interesting, satisfying us with amazing storylines and unpredictable plot twists, and…addicting in so many ways. Because of its big hit across the world, we can’t deny its cultural impact on the world as they have become a worldwide phenomenon. 

    If you’re looking for a good laugh, an ugly cry, an intense scare, or a good dose of kilig, one Kdrama (or probably 10) will give you your fix. 

    Best KDrama to Watch This 2021

    From over-the-top kilig vibes to incredibly heartbreaking in a heartbeat, this Kdrama list will have you staying up until 3am. Here are the new and all-time recommended Kdrama you must watch!

    1. Penthouse
    2. Start-Up
    3. Fight For My Way
    4. Mine
    5. Taxi Driver
    6. Law School
    7. Descendants of the Sun
    8. So I Married An Anti Fan
    9. Mouse
    10. Crash Landing on You
    11. It’s Okay Not to Be Okay
    12. The World of the Married
    13. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
    14. Pinocchio
    15. Full House
    16. Reply 1988
    17. The Uncanny Counter
    18. Sweet Home
    19. Love Alarm
    20. Hospital Playlist

    What’s inside this blog?

    1. Penthouse

    The Penthouse Kdrama is Korea’s newest and most talked-about series. It follows the stories of three wealthy families vying for power in the exclusive Hera Palace community–a luxurious 100-floor penthouse apartment–putting the spotlight on three women who have many secrets and hidden ambitions. Sim Su Ryeon, who was born into wealth, a loving wife and mother who would do anything for her children, is the queen of the penthouse apartment. Cheon Seo Jin, the prima donna of the residence, does all she can to give everything to her daughter. Oh Yoon Hee, the one who comes from a poor family, but strives so hard to enter high society by becoming the queen of the penthouse. Their world begins to collapse after a mysterious girl falls to her death and the three attempt to cover up the location of her death to protect the reputation of Hera Palace. The Penthouse Kdrama is intense, messy, and we’re 

    You can watch this Korean Drama on Viu.

    2. Start-Up

    If you’re a fan of Bae Suzy and Nam Joo-hyuk, this Korean drama will get on your nerves, in a good way of course. Start-Up is a series that revolves around a group of young individuals who are in their late 20s and early 30s, aspiring to launch their dreams into reality through the tech accelerator for entrepreneurs called Sandbox. Suzy and Joo-hyuk’s characters Seo Dal-mi and Nam Do-san were chosen to join the famous Sandbox along with Dal-mi’s older sister Won In-jae who has everything society respects: a strong educational background, beautiful appearance, and money. The three of them will compete in a contest to be the best. Little does Dal-mi know, someone important from her past has her back throughout this start-up journey. The main characters will compete for success and love, and throughout the series, you will be rooting for Dal-mi to end up with Do-san or Han Ji-pyeong, played by Kim Sun-ho. Personally, we are team Do-san. If you feel like the world is against you and you’re close to giving up, Start-Up is the best Korean drama for you as it will inspire you to follow your dreams whatever challenges you.

    You can watch this Kdrama this 2021 on Netflix.

    3. Fight For My Way

    Fight For My Way is a drama about a former taekwondo champion (Ko Dong-man played by Park Seo-joon) and an information desk worker (Choi Ae-ra played by Kim Ji-won) who aspire to chase their dreams in a world that is rude to those with mediocre credentials, or those who don’t fit in the society’s “standards.” But even if the world isn’t kind to Dong-man, Ae-ra, Joo Man, and Sul Hee, they will not stop fighting for their way towards their dreams. This RomCom Kdrama just gets us and totally inspires us to never stop fighting for your dreams.

    You can watch Fight for My Way on various Kdrama sites like Netflix, Viu, and Viki.

    4. Mine

    If you liked the Penthouse Kdrama or the Korean film Parasite, the Mine Kdrama will pass your taste and will definitely keep you up all night. The story revolves around two women who are strong and ambitious, played by seasoned actresses Lee Bo Young and Kim Seo Hyung, who each married a son of the Hyowon Group, a multi-billion won company. Although the two are rich and successful in their own rights, they struggle to find their place in the world of the Chaebol family they married into. Their lives get more complicated when a murder occurs and everyone does everything to keep their names clean. 

    You can watch Mine Kdrama on Netflix.

    5. Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver is one of the newest Kdrama in 2021 adapted from a webtoon of the same name. The Taxi Driver Korean Drama is about a mysterious taxi service taking revenge against criminals on behalf of victims. The three main characters of the Taxi Driver Korean Drama are Kim Do-gi played by Lee Je-hoon, who is one of the drivers for the company whose mother was murdered. Kang Ha-na played by Esom is a lawyer while Ah Go-eun (Lee Na-eun) is an IT specialist and a hacker. This series is a good mix of action, horror, crime, drama, and a lot of chills.

    You can watch Taxi Driver on Viu.

    6. Law School

    Curious about what law schools are like? The newest Kdrama Law School presents a deeper view of what it’s like in Korea. This series follows the story of a group of students unraveling an unusual case. When a professor is found dead on their campus, everyone becomes a suspect. And the group of students discovers a web of secrets where the main suspect emerges—their “devil” professor. It has a compelling storyline that will hook the moment you laid your eyes on its first episode. This Korean Drama 2021 features young and seasoned actors including Kim Myung-min, Kim Bum, and Ryu Hye-young.

    You can watch Law School Kdrama on Netflix.

    7. Descendants of the Sun

    Despite the differences and challenges, some relationships are really destined and this RomCom Kdrama shows you just that. The story centers on Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki), the leader of a Special Forces unit and the surgeon Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) who face battles of war, crime, and love giving you everything in one: romance, action, drama, adventure, and tons of comedy. While this is not a new series, Descendants of the Sun is one of the classics and a game-changer in the scene. This drama 

    You can watch Descendants of the Sun on various KDrama sites like Netflix, Viu, and Viki.

    8. So I Married An Anti Fan

    The Kdrama So I Married An Anti Fan follows the story of one of South Korea’s biggest stars Hoo Joon (Choi Tae Joon), and the aspiring young magazine reporter Lee Geun Young (Choi Sooyoung). The two meet at an event where Geun Young inadvertently witnesses some rough and rude behavior from Hoo Joon, and accidentally throws up all over him. Geun Young gets fired thinking it was Hoo Joon behind it. So, she decided to mount a one-woman protest outside the star’s agency building and immediately gained media’s attention and later was labeled as Hoo Joon’s number one anti-fan. But then, she was offered to participate in a reality TV show where she has to live with Hoo Joon. When filming begins, the two try to give each other a hard time on set, only to fall head over heels for one another. But how can this romance bloom?

    You can watch So I Married An Anti Fan Kdrama on Viki.

    9. Mouse

    The Mouse Kdrama is something that will have your breath taken away with its nail-biting suspenseful scenes. The story focuses on Jung Ba-Reum (Lee Seung-Gi), a rookie police officer working at a police substation. He feels fulfilled and happy with his work until the nation is rocked by the ruthless murders of a psychopath serial killer who is always one step ahead of the authorities. Determined to find this killer and bring them to justice, Ba Reum and his partner track him down. Ba Reum comes face to face with the killer. Although he manages to survive the dangerous encounter, their meeting would change his life forever. The Mouse Kdrama is your best bet if you want solving mysteries.

    You can watch Mouse on various Kdrama sites like Viu, and Viki.

    10. Crash Landing on You

    If there’s one Kdrama that took the Internet by storm when the pandemic started, it’s Crash Landing on You. The drama follows the story of a chaebol heiress (played by Son Ye-jin) who made an emergency landing in North Korea because of a paragliding accident and a North Korean special officer (played by Hyun Bin) who finds her and helps her eventually. The two struggle to hide while they slowly fall for each other. With its enticing synopsis, Crash Landing on You is considered the best Kdrama that brought on a ton of new fans of the genre and is now among the highest-rated dramas in Korean TV history.

    After a paragliding accident, young heiress Yoon Se-ri accidentally lands in North Korea, where a military officer finds her and decides to help her. The two struggle to hide while they slowly fall in love with one another.

    You can watch this on Netflix.

    11. It’s Okay Not to Be Okay

    Another series to add to your Kdrama list is It’s Okay Not to Be Okay. It’s about Moon Gang Tae (played by Kim Soo-hyun) who is a community health worker at a psychiatric ward. He is the epitome of true beauty, inside and out. He’s attractive, smart, patient,  has the ability to sympathize with others and many things you’d ever hope for in your ideal guy. Meanwhile, Ko Moon Young (played by Seo Ye-Ji) is a popular writer of children’s literature who, due to suffering from an antisocial personality disorder, seems extremely selfish, arrogant, and rude.

    Gang Tae is desperate to escape from his emotional baggage and the heavy responsibility he’s had all his life and begins to heal with help from the woman who writes fairy tales but doesn’t believe in them.

    You can watch this on Netflix.

    12. The World of the Married

    Game for a scandalous drama? The World of the Married is the best Korean drama for you as it will turn your world upside down and will give you all the feels you wouldn’t want to experience in real life. This series follows the story of family doctor Ji Sun-Woo (Kim Hee-Ae) and her husband Lee Tae-Oh (Park Hae-Joon). Sun-Woo seems to have a perfect life—a successful career and a happy family—until she finds out her husband is cheating on her, and her friends betrayed her. The couple finds themselves trapped in dangerous affairs that could cost them their lives. This smashing hit Kdrama is currently the top 1, highest-rated series in Korean TV history. Because of its success, a top TV Station in the Philippines is doing a remake of the drama. If this doesn’t convince you yet, we don’t know what else will.

    You can watch this on Netflix and Viu.

    13. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

    This RomCom Kdrama centers around Kim Bok-Joo (Lee Sung-Kyung), a promising collegiate female weightlifter, and the free-spirited Jung Joon-Hyung (Nam Joo-Hyuk) who is a collegiate swimmer plagued with numerous false start disqualifications. Romance, comedy, drama…Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo will make you laugh, cry and fall in love so hard with the story and characters. 

    You can watch Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo on Netflix and Viu.

    14. Pinocchio

    Pinocchio Kdrama revolves around two reporters Choi In Ha (Park Shin-hye) and Choi Dal Po (Lee Jong-suk). In Ha suffers from a condition called “Pinocchio syndrome” which makes her break into hiccups whenever she tells a lie.

    They both pursue the field with different intentions: one is to follow her mother’s footsteps while the other to prove his family’s innocence, and show reporter Song Cha-ok what being a true reporter means.

    You can watch Pinocchio Kdrama on various Kdrama sites like Viu, Viki, and Netflix.

    15. Full House

    One of the most classic series to binge-watch is Full House. The story follows two people with diverse personalities: an ordinary, caring, patient girl (Song Hye-kyo) with values and a famous star (Rain) who is her total opposite. If seeing each other is not enough to annoy them, what more if they’d have to live in the same house as a married couple? This is a recommended Kdrama because it gives you a dose of kilig vibes, a good laugh, and a good cry. 

    You can watch this on Netflix.

    16. Reply 1988

    Take a nostalgic trip back to 1988 through the lives of five families and their five teenage kids living in a small neighborhood in Seoul. Reply 1988 follows the story of five friends dealing with different types of hardship: from being uncertain for the future, being pressured to be perfect, and feeling neglected by parents. This drama and the other Reply series are worthy to stay up all night for as they will get you from the roots of your hair to the very tip of your toes. Just a warning though, you might be needing a bucket to catch all the tears you’ll cry for joy and sadness while watching this.

    You can watch it on Netflix, Viu, and iQiyi

    17. The Uncanny Counter

    If you love Ghostbusters, The Uncanny Counter will get you hooked! It’s sort of the same concept except that this Kdrama features an eclectic group of characters who each possess special abilities to chase down spirits that prey on humans. They are noodle shop employees by day and demon hunters by night. Since it’s airing, The Uncanny Counter was well-received by so many people, giving it high ratings. That being said, there must be a good reason why many Kdrama lovers put an all-nighter for this show!

    You can watch this on Netflix.

    18. Sweet Home

    Tired of dramas and romcoms? Consider watching Sweet Home, one of the most talked-about Kdramas on the Internet. Don’t let the title fool you though as this series is based on a cult favorite webtoon of the same name. Sweet Home follows a high school guy who moves into a new apartment complex after the death of his family. It is set in a unique world in which people turn into monsters that reflect their internal desires. 

    You can watch this on Netflix.

    19. Love Alarm

    What if an app could tell you when someone likes you? A perfect way to know if your crush also feels the same way as you…or not. Love Alarm revolves around a hardworking student Kim Jo-jo who captivates the hearts of two guys—who just happen to be best friends and basically are like brothers—in her school: Hwang Sun-oh and Lee Hye-yeong. At the end of the first season, we’re left with a cliffhanger: who will Jo-jo choose to be with?

    You can watch Love Alarm on Netflix.

    20. Hospital Playlist

    Hospital Playlist tells the day-to-day stories at the hospital following the 20-year friendship of five doctors who all went to medical school together, and share a love for music. The show tells the story of these five friends as they go through the challenges of working in a hospital with a career centered around life and death, dealing with patients, and living their own lives outside of work.

    You can watch Hospital Playlist on Netflix.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Kdrama

    Q: What is the best Kdrama to watch this 2021?
    A: Whether you want romcoms, heavy dramas, or thrillers, Korean dramas got you covered. Here are the must-watch series that are worth your time:

    1. Penthouse Kdrama
    2. Start-Up
    3. Fight For My Way
    4. Mine Kdrama
    5. Taxi Driver Korean Drama
    6. Law School Kdrama
    7. Descendants of the Sun
    8. So I Married An Anti Fan
    9. Mouse Kdrama
    10. Crash Landing on You
    11. It’s Okay Not to Be Okay
    12. The World of the Married
    13. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
    14. Pinocchio
    15. Full House
    16. Cheese in the Trap
    17. Vincenzo Kdrama
    18. 18 Again Korean Drama
    19. It’s Okay, That’s Love
    20. Reply 1988
    21. The Uncanny Counter
    22. Sweet Home
    23. Record of Youth
    24. Love Alarm
    25. Hospital Playlist

    Q: Where can I watch new Kdrama 2021?
    A: There are many Kdrama sites that allow you to watch classic and new series. These include Netflix, Viu, Viki, and iQiyi.

    Q: How many episodes are there in a Korean Drama?
    A: Usually, there are 16 episodes per season in one KDrama.

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