There are plenty of Korean dramas to binge on Netflix, but there are so many that you might not know where to even begin. Don’t worry – we’ve got your back. Here are 11 of the best K-dramas you can watch right now.
Strong Girl Bong-soon
This fun romantic comedy centres around Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young), a woman born with superhuman strength, and her attempts to use her powers for good. Like any good superhero, Bong-soon also has potential love interests. But who will she choose – rich gaming CEO Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-sik), or childhood friend and police officer In Guk-doo (Ji Soo)?
This thrilling series is about a prosecutor named Park Jeong-woo (Ji Sung), who wakes up one day on death row. He must find a way of clearing his name of a crime he can’t remember committing.
Despite the cringey title, romance takes a back seat to the trials and tribulations of what it’s like to be a doctor in this series. The working dynamics of a small-town hospital are changed forever when a doctor calling himself Kim Sa-bu (Han Suk-kyu) turns up. He’s a genius and triple-board certified surgeon – but what secrets is he hiding?
The Moon Embracing the Sun
This 20-episode Joseon dynasty-set drama centres around a fictitious king (played by Kim Soo-hyun) who falls in love with a woman (Han Ga-in) who looks a lot like his first love. There’s plenty of romance, palace-scheming, political power plays, and back-stabbing. No wonder this series is considered one of the highest rated Korean dramas of all time.
This comedy centres around Jang Geu-rae (Im Si-wan), an office worker who failed to become a professional baduk player. He begins interning at a large trading company, where he meets an eccentric team of professionals, all with their own particular quirks. With a strong focus on the character relationships, this drama will make you laugh and cry at the same time.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo
This lighthearted coming-of-age drama story revolves around Kim Bok-joo (Lee Sung-kyung), a female university student that’s on the weightlifting team. Although she faces financial troubles, insecurities, and the pettiness of her other female peers, Bok-joo overcomes these obstacles with the help of her two best friends and a “hot guy” on the swimming team.
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?
This romcom opens with successful CEO Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-joon) facing a predicament: his long-time secretary, Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young), has suddenly decided to resign for unknown reasons. The show follows Young-joon’s attempts to bring Mi-so back under his employment, but also the blossoming relationship between the two.
This whopping 51-episode historical piece is based on the life of Empress Ki, a Korean concubine (played by Ha Ji-won) who lived from 1315 to 1369/70, and who married a Mongolian emperor. This drama focuses on Empress Ki’s political aspirations and how she rises to power despite a class system built to stifle people like her from climbing to the top.
This drama tells the story of Joseon Crown Prince Yi-Chang (Ju Ji-hoon) as he investigates a strange illness that has spread through his country. Is it the disease that’s bringing Korea to its knees, or are a band of palace ministers to blame?
Yes, this series has probably dated a little, but Coffee Prince is somewhat of a K-drama classic. Tomboy Go Eun-chan (Yoon Eun-hye) is often assumed to be a guy because of how she acts and the style she adopts. She meets Choi Han-gyul (Gong Yoo), heir to a successful coffee business, and the two become friends and co-workers. Han-gyul doesn’t know that Eun-chan is a girl – so naturally things become complicated when he starts to fall for her.
This drama is actually an American-Korean production. Dramaworld centres around Claire Duncan, an American student obsessed with K-dramas. One day, she is sucked into her phone and finds herself in the world of her favourite series’. This fun twist on a typical drama storyline will be enjoyable for both newcomers to the genre and experienced watchers after something new.