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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.


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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. 


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    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.

    WATCH IT ON NETFLIX

    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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    Are you addicted to Korean dramas? Well, I hope you're not trying to kick the habit because the titles on this list will do nothing but fuel your addiction. This top-15 list includes some of the best Korean dramas of all time according to viewership ratings and overall popularity. You can watch trailers for each series here and vote in the poll at the bottom of this article for your favorite!

    Quick List: The Top 15 K-Dramas of All Time

    15. Emergency Couple (21 episodes)
    14. Doctor Stranger (20 episodes)
    13. Liar Game (12 episodes)
    12. City Hunter (20 episodes)
    11. Healer (20 episodes)
    10. Kill Me, Heal Me (20 episodes)
    9. Moonlight Drawn by Clouds/Love in the Moonlight (18 episodes)
    8. Prison Playbook (16 episodes)
    7. Guardian: The Lonely and Great God/Goblin (16 episodes)
    6. Pinocchio (20 episodes)
    5. Woman of Dignity (20 episodes)
    4. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (16 episodes)
    3. The Heirs (20 episodes)
    2. My Love From The Star/You Who Came from the Stars (21 episodes)
    1. Descendants of the Sun (16 episodes)

    Plot summaries, in-depth reviews, and trailers for each title can be found below.

    15. Emergency Couple

    First Aired: 2014
    Episodes: 21
    Director: Kim Cheol-kyu
    Subgenres: Medical, romance

    If you are looking for an immediately gripping, fast-paced medical drama, this one should be your first choice. Emergency Couple tells the story of med school students Oh Chang-Min and Oh Jin-Hee. They fall in love with each other while studying in school but unfortunately end up separating because of familial and financial pressure. Six years later, however, they discover that there's no escape from love when they cross paths once again while interning in the same hospital.

    I loved the whole cast in this series, especially Song Ji Hyo (from Running Man). The show has everything I want in a good drama—a wonderful story, cute and funny scenes, some fighting action, a great cast, and plenty of lessons in morality. This is also one of just a few K-dramas I've seen with a totally satisfying ending (cue bloopers and adorable flashbacks!).

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    14. Doctor Stranger

    First Aired: 2014
    Episodes: 20
    Directors: Jin Hyuk and Hong Jong-chan
    Subgenres: Medical, romance

    Do you love action, romance, and medicine all wrapped into a supremely intriguing drama? Then you will probably obsess over Doctor Stranger for all 20 episodes. But beware—this series isn't quite as formulaic or predictable as some other Korean dramas. You will understand what I mean once you get into it.

    Park Hoon, a young lad from South Korea, gets kidnapped by North Korean operatives along with his father, world-famous surgeon Park Cheol, who is brought to North Korea to operate on the "Dear Leader" (dictator). The patient's health improves, but the father-and-son duo daren't out of the woods yet. Park Hoon grows up in North Korea, training to become a doctor under his father. He soon falls deeply in love with a beautiful girl, but North Korean operatives put a target on his back. Watch the series to discover how Park Hoon will escape the country and whether he will succeed in the search for his first love!

    Doctor Stranger has a unique and satisfying storyline. Its plot is understandable, intriguing, and sufficiently unpredictable. I recommend this series to anyone who is interested in medical dramas, but I certainly don't recommend it to anyone who is squeamish about blood. That said, it definitely made me cry on multiple occasions and kept me glued to the screen until I had binge-watched the whole series.

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    13. Liar Game

    First Aired: 2014
    Episodes: 12
    Director: Kim Hong-sun
    Subgenres: Mystery, thriller

    If you like tricky math games and dark manga, this drama is worth checking out. Liar Gamedoes a great job of posing tricky questions and providing non-answers in a way that had me insatiably curious to finally get to the ending. At 12 episodes, it's a pretty easy series to binge-watch. (If you are looking for even more short and binge-able series, check out this list of K-dramas you can watch in one weekend.)

    The show is based on the Japanese manga of the same name. The drama revolves around contestants that take part in a reality game show called Liar Game in which ordinary people are given the opportunity to earn millions of dollars. The contestant who manages to cheat the others ends up as the winner.

    One of the contestants is a naive girl who wants to pay off her father's debt. She gets help from a genius swindler and former psychology professor to win the show. The show itself perfectly illustrates how greed can upend morals and shows how far some people will go to get money.

    I haven't read the manga or seen the Japanese version, so I can't make any comparisons, but I can say that the story was interesting and the drama thrilled me and kept me guessing throughout all of its tightly plotted 12 episodes.

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    12. City Hunter

    First Aired: 2011
    Episodes: 20
    Director: Jin Hyuk
    Subgenres: Action, thriller

    If you are looking for a dramatic series full of action, martial arts fights, a well-thought revenge plot, and romance, then give this one a shot. City Hunter is the secret identity of Lee Yoon Sung, a man whose only purpose in life is to get revenge on those who killed his father many years before. Yoon-Sung has been training for this vengeance since he was a child, and he distances himself from anyone who distracts him from his task. Despite his best efforts, he faces a tough challenge as he develops feelings for a woman he works with.

    I loved how the director balanced romance with the allure of revenge. There were moments when the tension was just killing me. Just don't watch too many episodes in a row, or you might have a heart attack.

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    11. Healer

    First Aired: 2014
    Episodes: 20
    Directors: Lee Jung-sub and Kim Jin-woo
    Subgenres: Action, thriller, romance

    This one is another action-drama. Actually, it has a little bit of everything—drama, action, romance, and mystery. Healer is a series you should include on your watchlist simply because of its great performances and storyline. The series follows a star reporter who seeks the help of a spy named Healer to help him to unveil the dark truth behind the people who have been in power for too long.

    I loved the acting by the entire cast of Healer. This gripping and intense drama will have you on the edge of your seat and provoke a wide range of emotions as you become attached to its characters. I loved that both the male and female characters were strong. It's a solid love story without any of the clichéd comedic love triangles. If you enjoy good action, romance, and political drama, this series is definitely for you.

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    10. Kill Me, Heal Me

    First Aired: 2015
    Episodes: 20
    Directors: Kim Jin-man and Kim Dae-jin
    Subgenres: Romance, comedy, medical, suspense

    Heart-wrenching, heartwarming, and unforgettable—these are the words that came to mind after I finished this show. Kill Me, Heal Me is a comedy-drama about a third-generation billionaire who suffers from memory lapses and multiple personality disorder caused by a traumatic experience in his childhood. As his personality scatters into seven different identities, he secretly asks for the help of a first-year psychiatry student in treating his disorder. Eventually, she falls in love with one of his personalities.

    What sets this series apart from the average medical drama are its constant twists and turns. It's almost impossible to get bored while watching it since something exciting in every episode. If you are tired of typical dramas with predictable plots, I definitely advise you to watch Kill Me, Heal Me.

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    9. Moonlight Drawn by Clouds/Love in the Moonlight

    First Aired: 2016
    Episodes: 18
    Directors: Kim Sung-yoon and Baek Sang-hoon
    Subgenres: Historical, coming-of-age, romance, comedy

    Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, or Love in the Moonlight as it's also often called, is a historical romance with some light melodrama. It features a lovely, charismatic cast along with fantastic sets, costumes, and writing. Its touch of modern humor gives it a fun and playful feel.

    This historical coming-of-age drama tells the story of a prince that falls deeply in love with a girl disguised as a eunuch. The pair faces a series of formidable challenges as they battle the odds to protect their secret relationship and overcome threats to the throne. The first half of the series focuses primarily on the couple's romance and fun dynamic, while the second half centers primarily on politics.

    This show definitely took me for a ride. I don't think it is an exaggeration to say that Love in the Moonlight is an exceptional coming-of-age drama. If you like this one, consider checking out these other historical K-dramas.

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    8. Prison Playbook

    First Aired: 2017
    Episodes: 16
    Director: Shin Won-ho
    Subgenre: Black comedy

    This series has many things to offer. Each story it tells will touch you, and you will love each of the main characters. Its portrayal of friendships—both in and out of prison—is heartwarming.

    Prison Playbook tells the story of a baseball player who is sentenced to prison time. Flashbacks from the past slowly reveal why he and some other characters ended up incarcerated. The characters' personal stories are absolutely beautiful, but overall, the show feels more like a comedy than a crime/law drama.

    Although it did seem a bit vague and unclear at the beginning, I ended up enjoying this series quite a bit. In the first few episodes, I learned very little about the story and characters, as each episode focuses on one particular struggle that the lead character goes through. As the story continued to unfold, however, I saw more beauty in it and learned more about the characters.

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    7. Guardian: The Lonely and Great God/Goblin

    First Aired: 2016
    Episodes: 16
    Directors: Lee Eung-bok, Kwon Hyuk-chan, and Yoon Jong-ho
    Subgenres: Fantasy, romance

    If you like fantasy romances with stories that span centuries, you should give this one a try. Goblin (also known by other names including Guardian: The Lonely and Great God) is an interesting ride with a fresh and unique story told beautifully across 16 episodes in a visually stunning manner.

    The story focuses on a modern-day goblin, or protector of souls. He needs a human bride to end his cursed immortal life. When he finally finds her, however, he realizes that he doesn't really want his life to end.

    Goblin made me laugh as often as it made me cry. I was blown away by its epic love story, spectacular bromance, heartwarming romance, and unrelenting mystery and suspense! The unique premise blended perfectly with the mystery of the characters and the unexpectedness of the drama.

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    6. Pinocchio

    First Aired: 2014
    Episodes: 20
    Directors: Jo Soo-won and Shin Seung-woo
    Subgenres: Family, romance, comedy

    Are you looking for a drama with a complex story? Watch this one and you will be stunned over how just how much it manages to pack into 20 episodes. Pinocchio tells the story of a man who was terribly wronged by a cold-hearted reporter. All the man can think about is revenge. Suddenly, he develops feelings for the daughter of his enemy. The girl has "Pinocchio syndrome," so every time she lies, she also hiccups. More often than not, this forces her to tell the truth.

    I found this K-drama so gripping and intelligently written that I simply didn't want it to end. Initially, I decided to watch it simply because of its main theme, which is relevant today in the era of fake news and misleading headlines. In retrospect, however, my favorite things about it were the brutal development of the characters, their thought-provoking decisions, and their utterly unexpected actions.

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    5. Woman of Dignity

    First Aired: 2017
    Episodes: 20
    Director: Kim Yoon-chul
    Subgenres: Mystery, thriller

    If you are looking for an intense and fast-paced mature drama with excellent acting, dialog, and comedic flourishes, you should give this melodrama a go. Woman of Dignity centers on the life of a rich family. The comfortable life of the elegant Woo Ah-Jin, who lives a luxurious life due to her wealthy father-in-law, slowly comes apart with the arrival of the new caretaker for the rich man. Park Bok-Ja, the new caretaker, is a poor woman. She enters the household with a singular goal—to become part of the family and lift herself out of the lower class once and for all.

    When I discovered there were two female leads in this series, I was immediately hooked. But there are also many supporting characters that each have their own interesting story. I was glad that the series did not focus entirely on male-female romance (as so many K-dramas tend to do) and instead explored non-romantic interpersonal relationships and relatable societal woes.

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    4. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

    First Aired: 2017
    Episodes: 16
    Director: Lee Hyung-min
    Subgenres: Fantasy, thriller, romance, comedy

    If you are still looking for a fun drama that mixes romantic comedy with some darker crime elements (and features adorable leads with unreal levels of cuteness), then Strong Woman Do Bong Soon should be your next watch. This show is fronted by a strong heroine and an appreciative, dreamy hero.

    On the outside, Do Bong Soon seems to be small and fragile, but she is actually a woman with superior strength handed down to her from female members of her family. She wants to keep this secret, as she has fears of being considered a weirdo. One day, Ahn Min Hyuk, the CEO of a game company, witnesses her powers. The man becomes attracted to and intrigued by her. Soon, he faces a threat to his life, so he decides to hire the girl as his bodyguard.

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    3. The Heirs

    First Aired: 2013
    Episodes: 20
    Directors: Kang Shin-hyo and Boo Sung-chul|
    Subgenres: Teen, romance

    The Heirs is a satisfying drama that tells the story of star-crossed lovers Kim Tan and Go Eun Sang. Kim Tan is the rich heir to the Empire Group. He comes to the U.S. to attend school. While living in the States, he meets Go Eun Sang, who came to the country with her sister with the hope of a better life. Tan meets Sang at the lowest moment of her life. His heart breaks for her and he decides to take her to his home in Korea. Things get complicated when we discover that Eun Sang's mother is a housekeeper in Tan's home. And there are even more surprises ahead.

    The storyline is nothing groundbreaking, but it's a fascinating new take on something everyone has watched a million times. I like that it's modern, youthful, quirky, funny, and equal parts romantic and sad. It's a great show for those days when you want to feel warm and comfortable.

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    2. My Love From the Star/You Who Came from the Stars

    First Aired: 2013
    Episodes: 21
    Director: Jang Tae-yoo
    Subgenres: Sci-fi, fantasy, romance, comedy

    If you are a fan of fantasy melodramas, you should definitely check this one out. This drama took the world—not just Korea—by storm when it aired. My Love From Another Star (also called You Who Came from the Stars) tells the story of a centuries-old alien with superpowers. He is trapped on Earth and is working as a university professor. All he can think of is how to get back home, but he changes his mind when he meets a popular actress.

    This K-drama has everything I could possibly want. It has believable and charismatic leads, an evil villain, romance, comedy, melodrama, and time-travel all blended together in 21 must-see episodes. I definitely recommend My Love from the Star to fans of sci-fi, teleportation, and time stopping. Each of these concepts is presented here in a breathtaking way. The great chemistry between the two leads and the series' unique sense of humor kept me watching until the end.

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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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    Korean Dramas, popularly known as K-Dramas, have blessed us with so many incredible dramas in just a few years. Many youngsters, especially in this pandemic, do watch K-Dramas on a daily basis.

    K-Dramas are TV series that are broadcasted in the Korean language, no doubt, they have been subtitled in English, are popular worldwide. Many K-dramas have been adapted throughout the world, and some have had a great impact on other countries too. Some of the most famous dramas have been broadcast via traditional television channels in other countries.

    Top Korean stars like Lee Min Ho coming back to screen after his military service or storylines from popular webtoons, these dramas will definitely make it easier to spend these pandemic days at home.

    The best thing about these dramas is that most of them have only one season with everything beautifully coming to an end by the last episode. In this article, we bring here a list of 2021 K-Dramas you can watch.

    Here are the top 10 Korean Dramas you should watch:

    1. Start-Up

    Start-Up stars Bae Suzy, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim Seon-ho, and Kang Han-na. The series revolves around a woman who has dreams of becoming an entrepreneur like Steve Jobs, and her love triangle between a man who is secretly her first love and another man who is pretending to be her first love. It is available for streaming on Netflix.

    2. Record of Youth

    Record of Youth stars Park Bo-gum, Park So-dam, Byeon Woo-seok, and Kwon Soo-hyun. It is available for streaming worldwide on Netflix.

    3. Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol

    Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol stars Go Ara, Lee Jae-wook, and Kim Joo-hun. It is available on Netflix. However, KBS postponed its premiere date to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    4. When My Love Blooms

    When My Love Blooms is a 2020 South Korean television series starring Yoo Ji-tae, Lee Bo-young, Park Jinyoung, and Jeon So-nee. Han Jae-hyun (Yoo Ji-tae) and Yoon Ji-soo (Lee Bo-young) met and fell in love when they were university students. Twenty years later, they cross paths once again: Jae-hyun has become a successful businessman who pursues wealth and honor, while Ji-soo is a mother and a contract worker living a difficult life.

    5. Tale of the Nine-Tailed

    Tale of the Nine Tailed stars Lee Dong-wook, Jo Bo-ah and Kim Bum. It has 16 episodes.

    6. Crash Landing On You

    Crash Landing on You is a 2019–2020 South Korean television series written by Park Ji-eun, directed by Lee Jeong-hyo and starring Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Kim Jung-hyun, and Seo Ji-hye. It is about a South Korean chaebol heiress who, while paragliding in Seoul, South Korea, is swept up in a sudden storm, crash-lands in the North Korean portion of the DMZ, and meets a captain in the Korean People's Army. Over time, they fall in love, despite the divide and dispute between their respective countries.

    7. Itaewon Class

    Itaewon Class is a 2020 South Korean television series starring Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Yoo Jae-myung, and Kwon Nara. Based on the webtoon of the same name, it is the first series to be produced by the film distribution company Showbox. It aired on JTBC in Korea from January 31 to March 21, 2020, and is streaming worldwide on Netflix. The series won Best Drama Series at the 25th Asian Television Awards.

    8. It's Okay to Not Be Okay

    It's Okay to Not Be Okay is a South Korean romance drama television series written by Jo Yong and directed by Park Shin-woo. It stars Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Yea-ji, Oh Jung-se, and Park Gyu-young. The series follows a selfless psych ward caretaker and an antisocial children's book writer.

    9. Memorist

    Memorist stars Yoo Seung-ho, Lee Se-young, and Jo Sung-ha. Based on the 2016–2018 Daum webtoon of the same name by Jae Hoo, it aired on tvN from March 11 to April 30, 2020.

    10. Hospital Playlist

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