Way before Parasite swept all the major awards, Korean culture spread its popularity wave (Hallyu Wave) through dramas and music. With the increasing demand for Korean dramas, Netflix is catering interesting and original dramas for all K-drama enthusiasts. In recent years, K-pop and K-drama have taken over the world with their exciting and fascinating approach. Netflix K-dramas like Squid Game and All Of Us Are Dead, in fact, made history on the streamer, with the former becoming the streaming platform’s biggest series launch of all time. Meanwhile, other titles are making sure to keep the viewers entertained.
K-dramas emerging from South Korea initially are short, sweet, and some even promise to heal you from the inside. A little different from the west, K-dramas have their magic, which needs to be experienced by everyone. Moreover, the soaring increase of K-drama viewers has also resulted in Netflix producing more original content and leasing out more studios in the country. With Netflix building its Korean library every day, we are here to share the best K-dramas you can binge-watch right now on Netflix.
8 Twenty-Five Twenty-One
The recent Netflix hit Twenty-Five Twenty-One became a favorite as soon as it premiered on the streaming giant. Starring Nam Joo-hyuk and Kim Tae-ri in leading roles, the K-drama tells the story of a young fencer who pursues her dream in an era where ambitions seem unreachable. During her quest to fulfill her goals, she meet a young man who is busy rebuilding his life. Although the two are constantly facing hurdles, their love story and the nostalgic setting of the series calms the audience. Twenty-Five Twenty-One could be perceived as one of the best K-dramas of 2022 so far. As per the viewers, it’s straightforward, heart fluttering, and emotional, summing up as a complete package.
7 My Name
Love revenge and mystery thrillers? My Name is the K-drama for you. Starring Han So-hee as the revenge driven femme fatale, My Name follows the journey of Yoon Ji-woo (Han) who joins police force under the directions of a criminal boss to avenge her father’s murder. My Name can easily satisfy the thirst in an action thriller lover with its engaging plot, remarkable fighting scenes, and emotional depth. Moreover, the chemistry between Ahn Bo-young and Han So-hee is to die for.
6 Our Beloved Summer
Our Beloved Summer is a feel-good romantic comedy that is bound to take you to a whole new world with its aesthetics, beautiful OSTs, cute romance, and fantastic acting. It stars Parasite actor Choi Woo-sik and actress Kim Da-mi in the leading roles. Choi Woong (Choi) and Kook Yeon-soo (Kim) are ex-lovers who are pulled back into each other’s lives after the documentary they shot in high school blows up on internet. Now adults, the two are forced to sit down in front of the camera again. In between the process, the two revisit their love, understand each other better, and give love another try.
5 Itaewon Class
Another Kim Da-mi starrer K-drama you must watch on Netflix is Itaewon Class. Starring Kim and Park Seo-joon in the leading roles, Itaewon Class is a story about Park Se-ro-yi (Park) and his determination to reach his goals after facing social injustice and discrimination. Along with his crew, Se-ro-yi builds his street bar and transforms all his dreams into reality. The K-drama will leave you with so much energy and hope as you reach to the end. More than that, Itaewon Class is inspiring, bold, heartwarming, and checks all the ticks of a great drama.
4 All of Us Are Dead
After Squid Game, All Of us Are Dead became the next big thing on Netflix. All Of Us Are Dead is a zombie thriller series about students looking for ways to escape from their high school, which has become the new breeding place for a zombie virus. The drama stars Park Ji-hoo, Chan Young-yoon, Cho Yi-hyun, Lomon, and Lee Yoo-mi in the primary roles. All the young stars did an amazing job to elevate the quality of plot and direction. According to Decider, the K-drama topped the charts on Netflix in 25 countries, including the United States, making it a commercial success. Hence, we had to include it on our must-watch K-dramas on Netflix list. Moreover, the series was so popular that fans have wondered if there will be a season two.
3 Business Proposal
Business Proposal is another K-drama on Netflix you should definitely watch. The romantic-comedy is the latest release and stars Ahn Hyo-seop and Kim Se-jeong in leading roles. Shin Ha-ri (Kim), on her best friend’s request, disguises as her and shows up at a blind date to scare away the respective suitor. However, when Ha-ri’s boss, Kang Tae-moo (Ahn), shows up at the date, things get out of hand. Things get crazier when Tae-moo offers a Business proposal to her. Business Proposal is a binge- and swoon-worthy, and a fluff that will make you watch all 12 episodes in one go.
2 Sky Castle
Sky Castle gets the second spot on our must-watch K-dramas on Netflix list, and it is for multiple reasons. The breakout South Korean series is psychological dark comedy taking a satirical angle on Korea’s strict education system. The plot is extremely engaging with a murder mystery in the bag, making Sky Castle more likable and engaging. The drama showcases the lives of four housewives living at the exclusive neighborhood, Sky Castle, who would go to any lengths to get their children into Seoul National University. Sky Castle is, according to Forbes, the second-highest rated drama in the history of Korean cable television history. Luckily, it can now be streamed through Netflix globally.
1 Squid Game
Many of you must have guessed it right: Squid Game is at the top of our list, and we all know why it deserves to be. The K-drama follows a story where 456 people, drowning in financial debt, take part in a contest of deadly children games, and risk their lives to win ₩45.6 billion (US$38 million). Squid Game became a smash hit, and also broke Bridgerton‘s record by bringing more than 140 million member households within 28 days. The K-drama is also the first Korean-language drama to enter Netflix’s top ten lists globally, topping the charts in 94 countries, including the USA and the UK. Due to its extreme popularity, the creator of the drama has also announced Squid Game season 2. However, until it arrives, binge-watch season 1.