Korean dramas have always had a cult following, and now they have started taking the world by storm. We have compiled 15 of the most popular k-dramas on Netflix that are a combination of intelligent storylines, cinematography, and genius acting, and are extremely impressive overall. Read on to find out!
One of the most popular k-dramas on Netflix and in the world right now, All of Us Are Dead is a South Korean zombie apocalypse horror streaming television series about a group of teenagers dealing with the zombie apocalypse. Yoon Chan-young, Cho Yi-hyun, Lomon, Yoo In-soo, Lee Yoo-mi, Kim Byung-chul, Lee Kyu-hyung, and Jeon Bae-soo star in the film. The majority of the series takes place at a high school in South Korea where a zombie apocalypse has unexpectedly broken out, posing a threat to the kids’ survival. It’s based on Joo Dong-Naver Geun’s webtoon Now at Our School, which ran between 2009 and 2011. Netflix released the series on January 28, 2022. In its first 30 days on the service, the series was watched for a total of 362.64 million hours. The series got renewed for a second season on June 6, 2022.
Vincenzo is a South Korean television series set to premiere in 2021 and starring Song Joong-ki, Jeon Yeo-been, Ok Taec-yeon, Kim Yeo-jin, and Kwak Dong-yeon. The first episode received a 7.7% (AGB national) rating, making it the fourth highest-rated tvN drama launch ever. At the time, the finale had a 14.6 percent rating, making it the tenth highest-rated drama on Korean cable television. It also made the series tvN’s sixth highest-rated drama ever. The series was also popular with overseas audiences via Netflix, where it has been in the top 10 TV shows on the platform from its inception, rising to fourth place on April 26. In 2021, it was placed fourth on Forbes’ list of the most-watched Korean series on Netflix, and therefore is an undeniable mention in every list combining the best and the most popular Korean dramas on Netflix.
Business Proposal is a South Korean romantic comedy television series based on HaeHwa’s webtoon of the same name, which she wrote and illustrated. It stars Ahn Hyo-seop, Kim Se-jeong, Kim Min-kyu, and Seol In-ah and is directed by Park Seon-ho and written by Han Seol-hee and Hong Bo-hee. It’s about Shin Ha-ri, an employee who agrees to go on a blind date in place of a buddy, only to discover that her date is actually her boss.
Crash Landing on You is a South Korean television series starring Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Kim Jung-hyun, and Seo Ji-hye that will air from 2019 to 2020. It was written by Park Ji-eun and directed by Lee Jeong-hyo. It’s about a successful South Korean businesswoman and chaebol heiress who is carried up in an unexpected storm while paragliding near Seoul, South Korea, crash-lands in the North Korean sector of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and encounters a Korean People’s Army army captain who decides to help her hide. Despite the gap and conflict between their countries, they grow in love over time. It is the highest-rated tvN drama in cable television history, as well as the third-highest-rated South Korean TV drama.
Nonetheless is a South Korean television series starring Han So-hee, Song Kang, and Chae Jong-hyeop that will premiere in 2021. It depicts the narrative of two people who are attracted to each other yet hesitant about love because of their previous relationships, based on a popular webtoon of the same name that was initially published on Naver Webtoon. Following its debut on television, each episode was published on Netflix in South Korea and globally.
Park Seo-joon and Park Min-young star in the 2018 South Korean television series What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim. It is based on Jung Kyung-novel yoon’s of the same name, which was first published in 2013 and subsequently serialised into a Webtoon comic by KakaoPage in 2015. It showcases how after nine years of working connection, a narcissistic executive becomes emotionally entangled with his secretary.
Lee Min-ho, Kim Go-eun, Woo Do-hwan, Kim Kyung-nam, Jung Eun-chae, and Lee Jung-jin appear in The King: Eternal Monarch, a 2020 South Korean romantic fantasy television series. The series follows Emperor Lee Gon of the Kingdom of Corea, who discovers access to an alternate reality after crossing a mythical door opened by his half-uncle, Lee Lim, where the Republic of Korea exists in the Kingdom’s place, and sets out to put an end to Lee Lim’s atrocities and retrieve the other half of Manpasikjeok, which was used as a portal between two worlds. The series made a record for SBS’s highest 2020 Friday-Saturday drama debut ratings, making it one of the most anticipated series in the first half of 2020.
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is a South Korean romance-drama series directed by Park Shin-woo and written by Jo Yong. Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Yea-ji, Oh Jung-se, and Park Gyu-young star in the film. A selfless psych ward attendant and an antisocial children’s book writer star in the series. From June 20, 2020, until August 9, 2020, the series was broadcast on tvN and Netflix for 16 episodes. According to Nielsen Korea, it had a 5.4 percent average nationwide TV audience rating. In South Korea, it was the most popular k-drama on Netflix in 2020. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay was selected as one of the “Best International Shows of 2020” by the New York Times.
Shin Min-a, Kim Seon-ho, and Lee Sang-yi star in the 2021 South Korean television series Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. It’s a remake of the South Korean film Mr. Handy, Mr. Hong, which came out in 2004. The show was a commercial success, and it went on to become one of the highest-rated cable television shows ever. It was number one for the whole eight-week run, with the final episode receiving a 12.665 percent nationwide rating and over 3.2 million views. It was also one of Netflix’s most popular non-English television shows, as well as one of its longest-running hits, spending 16 weeks in the top ten worldwide.
10. Love Alarm
Kim So-Hyun, Jung Ga-ram, and Song Kang feature in the South Korean streaming television series Love Alarm. It chronicles the lives of a high school girl in a society strongly impacted by a smartphone app capable of telling whether someone within their vicinity has romantic affections for them, and is based on Chon Kye-Daum young’s webtoon of the same name. Love Alarm is the first Korean series to be confirmed as a Netflix original. On August 22, 2019, Netflix released the first season of the series. It was one of Netflix’s most popular shows, and it was renewed for a second season in October 2019, with the second season premiering on March 12, 2021.
11. Start Up
Bae Suzy, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim Seon-ho, and Kang Han-na feature in the South Korean television series Start-Up. The series follows a woman who aspires to be an entrepreneur like Steve Jobs, as well as her love triangle with a man who is secretly her first love and another man who is posing as her first love, and the show is definitely one of the most popular Korean dramas on Netflix.
Twenty-Five Twenty-One is a South Korean television series directed by Jung Ji-Hyun that premiered in 2022 and stars Kim Tae-ri, Nam Joo-hyuk, Bona, Choi Hyun-wook, and Lee Joo-myung. From the year 1998 until 2021, the series chronicles the romantic lives of five characters. The show was a commercial success, and it went on to become one of the most popular Korean dramas in cable television history.
Lee Ji-ah, Kim So-yeon, Eugene, Um Ki-joon, Yoon Jong-hoon, and Park Eun-seok star in The Penthouse: War in Life, a South Korean television series. The series, directed by Joo Dong-min and written by Kim Soon-ok, tells the narrative of a real estate and education war in which the goal to be number one is paramount. It illustrates the camaraderie and vengeance of mothers who went to evil in order to defend their children and themselves. On October 26, 2020, it premiered on SBS TV. With 5.354 million viewers at the end of the first season, the series is ranked 9th in the Top 50 Korean television series by countrywide viewers. Since its first airing, the series has held the top spot in all-channel mini-series 21 times in a row.
Our Beloved Summer is a romantic comedy television series from South Korea. It is directed by Kim Yoon-jin and stars Choi Woo-shik, Kim Da-mi, Kim Sung-cheol, and Roh Jeong-eui, and is billed as “Studio N’s first original series.” The show is a coming-of-age drama about a former couple who are compelled to reunite after a documentary they made in high school becomes viral.
15. Squid Game
Squid Game is a Netflix original South Korean survival drama series developed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, HoYeon Jung, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung are among the cast members. The show centres on a competition in which 456 contestants, all of whom are deeply in debt, risk their lives by playing a series of lethal children’s games in the hopes of winning a reward worth $45.6 billion (US$38 million, €33 million, or GB£29 million as of a broadcast). The series’ title is based on a Korean children’s game of the same name. Hwang had devised the idea based on his own early economic problems, as well as South Korea’s class gap and capitalism.
With this compilation of the 15 most popular Korean dramas on Netflix, we hope we delivered you some amazing content to catch up to and binge on over the weekend.