Whether You Love Zombies or Rom-Coms, These 52 K-Dramas Have You Covered (2024)

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K-dramas have truly become a worldwide phenomenon, because nowadays, you can find them on just about every streaming service. Netflix is home to some of the most viral ones, like "Squid Game" and "Hellbound," both of which are fast-paced series that have their characters facing deadly scenarios. But there's so much to this genre than just these two powerhouse K-dramas.

While there are many more action-packed K-dramas out there just like them, others are coming-of-age stories like "A Love So Beautiful" and "True Beauty," which revolve around teens experiencing their first love, and their first heartbreak. Rom-coms are also another huge category of K-dramas, with shows like "Her Private Life" and "Strong Woman Do Bong Soon" becoming massive hits due to their brilliant writing and comedic timing.

Since there are so many K-dramas available, it can be overwhelming to decide where to start. To take the guesswork out of deciding on which K-drama to start with, we've compiled a list of the best and newest series to help you begin your next binge session. From fantasy and crime to action and romance, there's sure to be a K-drama on this list that sounds appealing no matter what kind of genre you're into. So, without further ado, here are the 52 best K-dramas of all time that you can watch right now.

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"Hellbound"

Based on the webtoon of the same name, "Hellbound," which is directed by Yeon Sang-ho, ("Train to Busan") is a dark fantasy series about supernatural beings that kill people and condemn them to hell. The show, which is only six episodes long, takes viewers on a thrilling ride as they meet characters like Jung Jin-soo (Yoo Ah-In), who's the leader of a cult called The New Truth that rises to prominence amid the chaos, and a detective named Jin Kyung-hoon (Yang Ik-joon), who's trying to find out what's causing the attacks. Filled with mystery, action, and gore, "Hellbound" is a must-watch series for those looking for something scary and fast-paced.

Watch "Hellbound" on Netflix.

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"My Name"

If you're looking for a show with a badass female lead, you won't be disappointed with "My Name." This eight-episode series is about a woman named Yoon Ji-woo (Han So-hee), who is seeking revenge on the cop who killed her father. In an effort to find answers, Ji-woo joins an organized-crime ring, which is led by her father's friend Choi Mu-jin (Park Hee-soon), and becomes their mole for the police force. Each episode will keep you on the edge of your seat as Ji-woo gets closer and closer to the truth behind her father's murder. Besides its intriguing storyline and action-packed scenes, viewers will fall in love with the show's leading star, whose role in "My Name" is nothing like Han has ever done before.

Watch "My Name" on Netflix.

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"Crash Landing on You"

A paragliding accident causes a wealthy South Korean woman, Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye-jin), to make an emergency landing in North Korea, where she encounters Captain Ri Jeong-hyeok (Hyun Bin), a North Korean army officer who tries to hide her from the authorities. After spending time together, Se-ri and Jeong-hyeok fall in love, and viewers are glued to their screens as they watch the couple's relationship grow over the course of the series. Due to the show's beautiful cinematography and the actors' natural chemistry, "Crash Landing on You" is considered one of Netflix's most popular K-dramas. In fact, it was such a huge hit following its December 2019 premiere that it became the second-highest-rated cable drama in South Korea.

Watch "Crash Landing on You" on Netflix.

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"Nevertheless"

In "Nevertheless," Park Jae-eon (Song Kang) and Yoo Na-bi (Han So-hee) are art students who aren't looking to get into serious relationships. Jae-eon is a flirty guy who plays hard to get and has a hard time expressing his feelings to others, while Na-bi vows to never love someone again after her previous boyfriend, Yoo Hyeon-woo (Choi Sung-jae), broke her heart. After meeting at a bar, Jae-eon and Na-bi begin a casual relationship with no labels, but they gradually catch real feelings for each other. Things only get more complicated when Na-bi discovers that Jae-eon has been hanging out with his ex, Yoon Seol-ah (Lee Yul-eum). Na-bi's childhood friend, Yang Do-hyeok (Chae Jong-hyeop), who's always been in love with her, also comes into the picture, further complicating things.

Watch "Nevertheless" on Netflix.

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"My Holo Love"

Fans of "I'm Not a Robot" will also enjoy "My Holo Love" due to its similar premise. In this series, Ko Sung-hee stars as Han So-yeon, a woman who has prosopagnosia, which is the inability to recognize faces. Because of this, she often keeps to herself. However, things change when she finds a mysterious pair of glasses in her purse that allow her to see an AI named "Holo," whom she befriends. Holo assists So-yeon at work, where she's often misunderstood, and even helps her gain confidence in herself. She grows really close with Holo, then Holo's developer, Go Nan-do (Yoon Hyun-min), joins the picture and slowly falls for So-yeon.

Watch "My Holo Love" on Netflix.

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"Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha"

Kim Seon-ho and Shin Min-a star alongside each other in this beloved 2021 rom-com series. The show tells the story of Yoon Hye-jin, a sophisticated city girl who moves to a small, coastal town in order to open up a dental clinic, and Hong Du-sik, the neighborhood handyman. Although Du-sik is technically unemployed, he's still always willing to do odd jobs for those in his community. Despite coming from different worlds, Hye-jin and Du-sik develop feelings for each other and strike up a romance. But of course, what's a lovely romance without a little drama tossed in?

Watch "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha" on Netflix.

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"You Are My Spring"

"You Are My Spring" is a thriller, mystery, romance, and drama all in one. The K-drama focuses on Kang Da-jeong (Seo Hyun-jin), a hotel concierge manager who moves to the Guju building and forms a connection with her neighbor, Ju Young-do (Kim Dong-wook), a psychiatrist. After getting wrapped up in a murder case together, both characters unpack their traumatic pasts as they get to know each other. As the show progresses, Da-jeong and Young-do grow from their shared experiences and are able to finally move forward with their lives. Since this show spans across a variety of dramas, "You Are My Spring" definitely has massive appeal to a broader audience.

Watch "You Are My Spring" on Netflix.

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"Move to Heaven"

A young man on the autism spectrum named Geu-ru (Tang Jun-sang) runs a business with his father called "Move to Heaven." Their job is to collect and organize possessions left behind by people who have passed. When Geu-ru's father dies, his estranged uncle, Sang-Gu (Lee Je-Hoon), becomes his guardian and helps him run the trauma-cleaning company. Together, they uncover untold stories about the deceased. Sang-Gu, a cold and distant man, also learns to deal with his traumatic past involving his brother. The series is inspired by the essay "Things Left Behind," which was written by a real-life trauma cleaner named Kim Sae-byul.

Watch "Move to Heaven" on Netflix

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"Navillera"

"Navillera" is about a retired old man named Shim Deok-chool (Park In-hwan), who always wanted to be a dancer, but gave it up in order to work a quiet job as a mailman to support his family. After turning 70 years old, Deok-chool decides to attend a dance academy to finally fulfill his life-long dream to be a ballet dancer. There, he meets Lee Chae-rok (Song Kang), a 23-year-old prodigy who takes on the role of Deok-chool's teacher, while the old man agrees to be Chae-rok's manager. Through the series' 12 episodes, viewers learn the importance of following your dreams and living life without regrets, making it one of the most inspirational K-dramas Netflix has to offer.

Watch "Navillera" on Netflix.

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"Itaewon Class"

If you enjoy actor Park Seo-joon's works, you'll likely enjoy "Itaewon Class." The 16-episode series follows Park Sae-ro-yi, a man who went to prison after attacking Jang Geun-won (Ahn Bo-hyun), the son of CEO Jang Dae-Hee (Yoo Jae-myung) and the one responsible for Sae-ro-yi's father's motorcycle accident. Following his release from prison, Sae-ro-yi opens up a bar in Itaewon, Seoul, in hopes of becoming a successful businessman and avenging his father's death. Along the way, he makes friends like social-media star Jo Yi-seo (Kim Da-mi), fellow ex-convict Choi Seung-kwon (Ryu Kyung-soo), transgender chef Ma Hyeon-yi (Lee Joo-young), and a Guinean-Korean part-time worker named Kim To-ni (Chris Lyon).

Watch "Itaewon Class" on Netflix..

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"The Silent Sea"

If you're a fan of stories that take place in the dystopian future, "The Silent Sea" should definitely be on your radar. Set during a time when the planet is suffering from a shortage of food and water, the series focuses on a group of space explorers that are sent on an important mission to the moon in order to try to save Earth. Besides its stunning visuals, "The Silent Sea" is praised for its talented, star-studded cast of Bae Doona, Gong Yoo, Lee Joon, Kim Sun-young, Lee Moo-saeng, Lee Sung-wook, Heo Sung-tae, and more.

Watch "The Silent Sea" on Netflix.

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"Hi Bye, Mama!"

"Hi Bye, Mama!" will take you on an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. In the first episode, we learn Cha Yu-ri (Kim Tae-hee) dies in a tragic accident while pregnant with her daughter, who is luckily able to be saved. Yu-ri chooses to remain on Earth as a ghost in order to watch over her family, and over the course of five years, she witnesses her daughter grow up and her husband, Cho Gang-hwa (Lee Kyu-hyung), marry a woman named Oh Min-jung (Go Bo-gyeol). One day, she takes part in a reincarnation project that grants her the ability to become human again for 49 days. However, stakes are added when she learns that she can come back to life permanently — if she can convince her husband and daughter to accept her back in the family over Min-jung.

Watch "Hi Bye, Mama!" on Netflix.

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"All of Us Are Dead"

Based on the 2009 webtoon "Now at Our School" by Joo Dong-geun, "All of Us Are Dead" is a Netflix thriller that centers around a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of students that are trapped inside their high school with their classmates who are infected by a zombie virus, forcing them to brutally fight for their survival. The series is a wild ride filled with action, suspense, and gore. Fans of horror (and, more particularly, zombies) are sure to devour this K-drama without any hesitation — just be ready to witness some pretty gory scenes.

Watch "All of Us Are Dead" on Netflix.

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"Vincenzo"

Park Joo-hyung moves to Italy at eight years old after being adopted by Don Fabio, who is the head of the Italian Cassano family. His adopted family changes his name to Vincenzo Cassano, and he grows up to become a lawyer and a consigliere to the Mafia. When Fabio dies, his biological son, Paolo (Salvatore Alfano), tries to kill Vincenzo, causing him to flee to his homeland of South Korea. While there, Vincenzo tries to recover gold that he hid in the basem*nt of Geumga Plaza. The problem is that a subsidiary of an evil conglomerate known as the Babel Group has illegally taken over the building, making it hard for Vincenzo to get the gold unnoticed.

Watch "Vincenzo" on Netflix.

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"The King's Affection"

"The King's Affection" is a historical romance drama set during the Joseon dynasty when having twins is considered an ominous sign. Because of this, an order is sent out to kill the daughter of the crown princess after she gives birth to twins. The princess ends up sending her daughter, Dami (Park Eun-bin), away in order to save her, but when her son, Prince Lee-hwi, is killed, the Princess asks her to come back and take his place. Dami agrees and tries to distance herself from everybody to keep up the act, but the situation gets complicated when she reunites with her first love, Jung Ji-woon (Rowoon), and starts to fall for him all over again.

Watch "The King's Affection" on Netflix.

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"Squid Game"

"Squid Game," which is Netflix's most-watched series ever, is about 456 people that enter a contest in hopes of winning a hefty cash prize in order to get out of debt. The catch is they must survive a series of deadly children's games like Red Light, Green Light, Tug of War, and more in order to be declared the winner. The show keeps viewers on the edge of their seats as they wonder which of their favorite characters will be able to make it through to the end. Following the show's premiere in September 2021, "Squid Game" director Hwang Dong-hyuk announced in November that the series would be coming back for a second season, so now is a good a time as any to catch up!

Watch "Squid Game" on Netflix.

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"Start-Up"

As you can tell by the title, this series revolves around young entrepreneurs that are trying to navigate the world of startup companies. Singer-turned actress Bae Suzy plays the protagonist Seo Dal-mi, who is a young woman in her 20s that dreams of becoming a CEO like Steve Jobs. She drops out of college and takes up several part-time jobs in order to earn enough money to start her own business. She soon joins the Sandbox, which is a company that helps entrepreneurs turn their innovative ideas into reality. While "Start-Up" is about Dal-mi's journey toward fulfilling her dreams of becoming a successful businesswoman, it also tells the story of her getting involved in a love triangle.

Watch "Start-Up" on Netflix.

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"Mine"

"Mine" is about a wealthy family behind the real estate development firm Hyowon Group, led by Chairman Han Suk-chul (Jung Dong-hwan). His first daughter-in-law, Jung Seo-hyun (Kim Seo-hyung), is a strong and intelligent woman who married Han's first son, while former actress Seo Hi-soo (Lee Bo-young) gave up her career to marry his second son. Together, the two women help each other navigate the money-hungry world of the Hyowon Group while trying not to lose themselves in the process. Their dream is to figure out who they really are and find true happiness, all for the sake of owning something that's theirs.

Watch "Mine" on Netflix.

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"Love Alarm"

This series centers around an app called Love Alarm, which allows users to send a notification to their crush's phone in order to let them know someone nearby has romantic feelings for them. When the handsome and popular student Hwang Sun-oh (Song Kang) arrives at school, his phone is buzzing with notifications from different girls, but he only has eyes for Kim Jo-jo (Kim So-hyun), a pretty and hard-working student that's indifferent to the app. Eventually, the two grow close and begin dating, and Sun-oh's best friend, Lee Hye-yeong (Jung Ga-ram), who's always had a crush on Jo-jo, watches the couple quietly from afar. Jo-jo and Sun-oh's relationship seemed to be going smoothly, but then one day Jo-jo suddenly calls it off, leaving Sun-oh confused about what he did wrong.

Watch "Love Alarm" on Netflix.

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"Romance Is a Bonus Book"

"Romance Is a Bonus Book" deals with the childhood-friends-to-lovers trope. Cha Eun-ho (Lee Jong-suk) and Kang Dan-i (Lee Na-young) met as kids and stayed in touch throughout their adult lives. They hit a bit of a rough patch when Dan-i marries a man that Eun-ho doesn't approve of, but they remain friends. After Dan-i goes through a divorce and is struggling to find a job, she realizes no one will hire her due to a large gap in her work experience. She decides to lie about her background, and eventually lands a job at the same book publishing company Eun-ho works at. Sparks fly when the two reunite and get to know each other again.

Watch "Romance Is a Bonus Book" on Netflix.

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"Vagabond"

"Vagabond" is about a stuntman named Cha Dal-geon (Lee Seung-gi) who dreams of becoming a famous actor. He's the official guardian of his orphaned nephew, Cha Hoon (Moon Woo-jin). They have a good relationship, but one day, before Cha Hoon takes off for a trip to Morocco, the two argue. Not wanting to leave things on a sour note, Cha Hoon sends his uncle a video encouraging Dal-geon to chase his dreams, just before his plane crashes.

Dal-geon goes to Morocco to attend the funeral of the victims, but sees someone in public that is supposed to be dead since he was one of the passengers on the plane. He confronts the man and learns that the plane crash may not have been an accident at all. Determined to find out the truth, Dal-geon teams up with an an agent named Go Hae-ri (Bae Suzy).

Watch "Vagabond" on Netflix.

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"Hello, Me!"

Based on the 2011 novel "Fantastic Girl "by Kim Hye-jung, "Hello, Me!" stars Choi Kang-hee as a 37-year-old single woman named Ban Ha-ni, who is timid and insecure about herself. Just as she begins to lose hope, Ha-ni's 17-year-old self appears before her. Young Ha-ni is full of positivity and optimism, and she encourages her older self to change and learn how to love herself again. "Hello, Me! "will leave you feeling so inspired, making it one of the most feel-good shows to watch right now. For those looking for a wholesome K-drama, "Hello, Me!" certainly is the way to go.

Watch "Hello, Me!" on Netflix.

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"The Uncanny Counter"

"The Uncanny Counter" is a fantasy-thriller about the Counters, a group of hunters who use their special abilities to fight evil spirits that prey on humans. So Mun (Jo Byung-gyu) has superhuman speed and psychokinesis, Mo-tak (Yoo Jun-sang) has super strength, Ha-na (Kim Se-jeong) is a mind-reader that can also sense evil spirits from far away, and Mae-ok (Yeom Hye-ran) has healing abilities. While the Counters hunt demons at night, during the day, they disguise themselves as ordinary humans who work at a noodle restaurant. With such a unique and captivating storyline, "The Uncanny Counter" provides the perfect escape for viewers.

Watch "The Uncanny Counter" on Netflix.

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"Mystic Pop-Up Bar"

Based on the popular webtoon "Twin Tops Bar" by Bae Hye-soo, "Mystic Pop-Up Bar" is a fantasy series that takes place at a mysterious bar that is open to customers that are both living and dead. A woman named Weol-ju (Hwang Jung-eum) runs the establishment with her part-time employee Han Kang-bae (Yook Sung-jae), who has the ability to make people confess what's on their minds with a single touch. We soon realize that Weol-ju and Kang-bae operate the bar in order to help people heal from their troubles. "Mystic Pop-Up Bar" is unlike any series out there, so if you're craving something new and unique, this show is perfect.

Watch "Mystic Pop-Up Bar" on Netflix.

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"It's Okay to Not Be Okay"

"It's Okay to Not Be Okay" is a critically acclaimed series starring Kim Soo-hyun as a caretaker named Moon Gang-tae, and Seo Yea-ji as a famous author named Ko Moon-young. The two meet at a psychiatric hospital and realize they have a shared history together. They grow close after they help each other heal from their past traumas. After its release, "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" received multiple award show nominations, including best TV movie or miniseries at the 49th International Emmy Awards. You definitely don't want to miss this moving K-drama.

Watch "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" on Netflix

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"Our Beloved Summer"

"Our Beloved Summer" is about high school sweethearts that reunite as adults years after graduation, despite promising never to meet again. Of course, fate pulls them together as they are forced to revisit their past through an old documentary they filmed as students. Choi Woo-shik, who you may recognize from hit movies like "Train to Busan" and "Parasite," stars as the free-spirited illustrator Choi Ung, while Kim Da-mi portrays Kook Yeon-soo, a strong and independent PR expert. This heartwarming K-drama is surely one that romance fans are sure to fall deeply in love with.

Watch Our Beloved Summer on Netflix.

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"A Love So Beautiful"

"A Love So Beautiful" is a coming-of-age story about a bubbly girl named Shin Sol-i (So Joo-yeon) who is head over heels for her classmate and neighbor Cha Heon (Kim Yo-han), a quiet boy that appears cold and distant but is actually just a bit awkward. Sol-i tries to confess her feelings to Heon, but it doesn't work out. However, when a swimmer named Woo Dae-seong (Yeo Hoe-Hyun) transfers to their school and falls for Sol-i, things heat up in this love triangle. What's interesting about this show is that it actually takes place in the past, as an older Sol-i narrates the series.

Watch "A Love So Beautiful" on Netflix.

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"Record of Youth"

"Record of Youth" revolves around three young adults in the fashion industry. Sa Hye-jun (Park Bo-gum) is a model who comes from a working-class family. He wants to become an actor and has auditioned for various projects, but has yet to book a role. His best friend, Won Hae-hyo (Byeon Woo-seok), also dreams of becoming an actor. Although he comes from a wealthy background, he wants to find success without relying on his privilege. Meanwhile, Ahn Jeong-ha (Park So-dam) is a makeup artist that wants to open up her own beauty salon. The show follows the ups and downs this trio faces in their endeavors to become successful.

Watch "Record of Youth" on Netflix.

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"D.P."

"D.P." is named after the Deserter Pursuit team, which is a unit of the South Korean military that deals with tracking down soldiers who exit the military without official leave. After a quiet soldier by the name of Ahn Joon-ho (Jung Hae-in) catches the eye of Sergeant Park Beom-gu (Kim Sung-kyun), he's transferred to the D.P. because of his incredible observational skills, which prove to be useful in catching deserters. Over the course of the series, Joon-ho begins to see why some soldiers feel so lost that they think they have no choice but to leave. With its intriguing storyline, it's easy to fly through the show's six episodes in a single day.

Watch "D.P." on Netflix.

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"Beyond Evil"

Lee Dong-sik (Shin Ha-kyun) was once a top detective in the police force, but after he fails to catch a serial killer, he is forced to give up his position and now has to do boring, everyday tasks at the station. However, everything changes when an elite detective named Han Joo-won (Yeo Jin-goo) becomes Dong-sik's boss. Despite being completely different, the two team up in order to solve a murder case they discover is connected to the serial killer that Dong-sik investigated years ago. "Beyond Evil" has been generally well-received for its compelling storyline and characters as well as its brilliant acting from Shin and Yeo.

Watch "Beyond Evil" on Netflix.

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"Her Private Life"

"Her Private Life" may be one of the most hilarious K-dramas ever. Park Min-young stars as Sung Deok-mi, an art curator that spends her free time fan-girling over a K-pop idol named Shi-an. She runs a famous website about him, but tries to keep it a secret from those around her. Deok-mi eventually gets wrapped up in dating rumors with Shi-an, causing his fanbase to send her threatening messages. In an effort to convince everyone she's not romantically involved with Shi-an, Deok-mi and her new boss, Ryan Gold (Kim Jae-wook), pretend to date. Of course, they gradually develop real feelings for each other, making for one cute love story.

Watch "Her Private Life" on Netflix.

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"Hyena"

"Hyena" is about lawyers who only work for the wealthy one-percenters of society. The show follows Jung Geum-ja (Kim Hye-soo), a money-hungry lawyer that runs her own law firm and will do whatever it takes to win her case. She's described as a "true hyena" because she always chases what she wants. Meanwhile, Yoon Hee-jae (Ju Ji-hoon) is a brilliant lawyer working for the Song & Kim law firm who acts as Geum-ja's rival. "Hyena" deals with themes like corruption, greed, and ethics, and is praised for the chemistry between its two leading stars. The show has 16 episodes that you'll easily run through in a single weekend, so it's definitely worth putting on your watchlist.

Watch "Hyena" on Netflix.

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"When the Camellia Blooms"

Six years after Oh Dong-baek (Gong Hyo-jin), a single mother, opens up a bar named Camellia, she meets a police officer named Hwang Yong-sik (Kang Ha-neul), who confesses his romantic feelings for her. Dong-baek doesn't feel the same way, but Yong-sik is determined to change her mind. This doesn't sit well with his mother, since Dong-baek is a single mother whose ex-boyfriend and father of her child, Kang Jong-ryul (Kim Ji-seok), is trying to get back together with her. Eventually, Dong-baek develops feelings for Yong-sik, but just as she's getting comfortable with him, she becomes the target of a notorious serial killer.

Watch "When the Camellia Blooms" on Netflix.

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"Hospital Playlist"

In "Hospital Playlist," viewers follow the lives of five friends who went to the same medical university and begin working at the same hospital. Lee Ik-jun (Jo Jung-suk), Ahn Jeong-won (Yoo Yeon-seok), Kim Jun-wan (Jung Kyung-ho), Yang Seok-hyeong (Kim Dae-myung), and Chae Song-hwa (Jeon Mi-do) make up the group of doctors, who each specialize in a different field of medicine. The series is praised for its chemistry between its leading actors as well as its honest portrayal of some of the hardships doctors face while working in the hospital. "Grey's Anatomy" fans, or lovers of hospital dramas, definitely need to add this K-drama to their watch list.

Watch "Hospital Playlist" on Netflix.

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"Taxi Driver"

Inspired by Carlos and Lee Jae-jin's webtoon, "The Deluxe Taxi," "Taxi Driver" focuses on Kim Do-gi (Lee Je-hoon), a man with a traumatic past. When he was just a young boy, Do-gi's mother is killed, leaving a massive hole in his heart that he hasn't quite processed. After growing up and graduating from the Korea Military Academy, Do-gi begins working for the Rainbow Taxi Company, which is a taxi service that offers "revenge-calls" to its clients — which is exactly how it sounds. The company allows passengers to ask their drivers to help them seek revenge, making for a truly thrilling watch.
Watch "Taxi Driver" on Viki.

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"Flower of Evil"

"Flower of Evil" is another K-drama with a strong female leading character. In the show, Cha Ji-won (Moon Chae-Won) is a detective who's married to a man named Baek Hee-sung (Lee Joon-gi), who seems like the ideal, hard-working husband and father. On the surface, they all appear like a perfect, happy family, but when Ji-won begins investigating a series of murders that happened 15 years ago, she notices Hee-sung starts acting differently around her. Due to his suspicious behavior, Ji-won starts to wonder if Hee-sung has been keeping secrets from her all along. Due to its suspenseful storyline, "Flower of Evil" will instantly draw you in from the very first episode.

Watch Flower of Evil on Viki.

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"Happiness"

Don't let the title fool you, "Happiness" is anything but a lighthearted K-drama. The apocalyptic thriller is about a disease that begins to slowly spread throughout an apartment building, which gets sealed off, forcing its residents to remain isolated from the rest of the world. As you can imagine, the people inside grow terrified about getting infected by one of their neighbors. While some outsiders believe they should help the residents, others think killing them off is their best option in order to prevent the disease from spreading even further. The show gets especially intense when you learn that one of the residents may hold a secret that could potentially save them all.

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"True Beauty"

"True Beauty" is about a high school girl named Lim Ju-kyung (Moon Ga-young) who gets bullied because of her appearance. She learns how to do her makeup by watching YouTube tutorials, and after getting really good at it, she never wants to be seen with her bare face again. When she transfers to a new school, she instantly becomes popular and is considered one of the most beautiful girls in class. Ju-kyung fears someone will discover what she really looks like, and this comes true when she runs into Lee Su-ho (Cha Eun-woo), a handsome boy who she met before while wearing no makeup. Su-ho recognizes her and encourages her to not care about others' opinions of her, however.

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"Yumi’s Cells"

Those who enjoy a good romantic drama will love "Yumi's Cells." The show, which is based on the hit webtoon of the same name, tells the story of an office worker named Yumi (Kim Go-eun), who's looking to fall in love, but has a hard time expressing her feelings to others. Because of this, we learn about her innermost thoughts through the cells in her head (yes, you read that right), which are portrayed as cute animated characters like Riley's emotions in Disney's 2015 film "Inside Out." This series is very wholesome, so if you're looking for something lighthearted to watch, this show is for you.

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"Tale of the Nine-Tailed"

Nam Ji-ah (Jo Bo-ah) is a TV producer that's interested in the world of the supernatural. She seeks anything out of the ordinary to include on her show, which is all about myths and urban legends. One day, she meets a man named Lee Yeon (Lee Dong-wook), who she suspects is hiding a big secret. As it turns out, Lee Yeon was once a mountain spirit, but after sacrificing himself to resurrect the woman he loves, he becomes a nine-tailed fox that is able to transform into a human. Interestingly enough, he thinks Ji-ah could be the reincarnation of his former lover, Ah-eum.

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"A Piece of Your Mind"

In "A Piece of Your Mind," which is also referred to as "Half of a Half "in Korean, Moon Ha-won (Jung Hae-in) is a hard-working AI programmer and founder of the popular site M&H. His latest project involves creating a device that is able to become an extension of a person. Ha-won works with a recording engineer named Han Seo-woo (Chae Soo-bin) to bring the project to life, and during the process, the two grow close and fall in love. The show's title is meant to be a reference to the idea that two different halves can make a whole.

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"When My Love Blooms"

"When My Love Blooms," which is also called "The Most Beautiful Moment in Life" in Korean, is a story about the importance of second chances. Han Jae-hyun (Yoo Ji-tae), a popular law student, and Yoon Ji-soo (Lee Bo-young), a freshman studying music, meet as university students and fall in love. They eventually go their separate ways, and 20 years later, Jae-hyun is a successful businessman and Ji-soo is a single mother going through several hardships in her life. They are reunited by fate and are given another opportunity to be in each other's lives. The series makes you wonder whether love can really stand the test of time.

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"Mr. Queen"

At first, "Mr. Queen" begins in the present with Jang Bong-hwan (Choi Jin-hyuk), a chef who cooks for the most famous politicians at the Blue House — the official residence of the South Korean president. Somehow, he time travels to the past and ends up in the Joseon period. Strangely enough, he also winds up being trapped in the body of a young queen named Cheorin (Shin Hye-sun). The series follows Bong-hwan adjusting to his new reality as well as the customs of the palace and specific time period. The show's wacky premise is sure to entertain viewers as they watch Bong-hwan struggle to adapt.
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"Police University"

"Police University" is full of action, drama, romance, and comedy. The series takes place at the National Police University, where we meet a professor named Yoo Dong-man (Cha Tae-hyun), who has 20 years of experience in various departments. One of his students turns out to be Kang Seon-ho (Jung Jin-young), who is a former hacker that Dong-man met before when Seon-ho got in trouble with the police. Seon-ho only enrolls in the university after falling in love with a first-year student named Oh Kang-hee, played by Krystal Jung. Over time, Seon-ho learns to respect Dong-man and even gets inspired to become a police officer for real.

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"Melancholia"

"Melancholia" is a moving K-drama about a high school teacher named Ji Yoon-soo (Im Soo-jung), who gets wrongly accused of having an affair with one of her students, Baek Seung-yoo (Lee Do-hyun). Yoon-soo is a caring instructor who is passionate about helping her students achieve their full potential. When she sees Seung-yoo, an introverted boy, struggling in school, she takes it upon herself to help him boost his grades. A rumor soon spreads that the two are in a relationship, which results in Yoon-soo getting fired from her job. She reunites with Seung-yoo years later, and together, they hope to clear her name.

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"Doom at Your Service"

"Doom at Your Service," stars Park Bo-young as Tak Dong-kyung, a young woman who spends most of her time working as an editor at a publishing company after her parents die in an accident. One day, she experiences a series of terrible events. Dong-kyung not only learns that she's dying from cancer and only has three months left to live, but her boyfriend has been cheating on her with a woman who's secretly his wife, and they're having a child together. This leads Dong-kyung to get drunk and shout that she wishes for the world to be doomed. Myeol Mang (Seo In-guk), who is a mysterious immortal being, decides to help Dong-kyung make her wish come true.

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"The Devil Judge"

"The Devil Judge" is a legal drama that's set in a dystopian version of South Korea. In this world, there's a head judge named Kang Yo-han (Ji Sung) who has the final say in court and doesn't hesitate to brutally punish those who are dishonest. His courtroom is inside a TV studio, which allows his trials to be broadcast live for everyone to see. Those watching often can't determine whether he's a hero or a devil for having so much power. There's one person who isn't afraid of challenging him, and that's Jung Sun-ah (Kim Min-jung), an ambitious woman who has connections with top politicians and business leaders.

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"Now, We Are Breaking Up"

"Now, We Are Breaking Up" is a show that takes you on a roller coaster of emotions as it depicts the highs and lows of a relationship. The story begins with a woman named Ha Yeong-eun (Song Hye-kyo), who is the leader of a design department at a fashion company. She meets a handsome freelance photographer named Yoon Jae-gook (Jang Ki-yong), and the two develop feelings for each other and begin dating. They experience a few setbacks in their relationship, and seeing all the drama unfold will make you wonder whether their story ends on a happy note, or with heartbreak.

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"Lovers of the Red Sky"

"Lovers of the Red Sky" is a historical romance based on the novel of the same name by Jung Eun-gwol. The show follows a girl named Hong Cheon-gi (Kim Yoo-jung), who is born blind but later gains vision and becomes the first female painter at a prestigious art school. She meets a man named Ha Ram (Ahn Hyo-seop), who was born with vision but then loses his sight in an accident. Ha Ram works as an astrologer who is able to look into the future using the stars in the sky. As the story unfolds, viewers learn that Ha Ram wants to seek revenge on the royal family that destroyed his life.

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"Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo"

"Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo" is a 16-episode series inspired by the life of Olympic gold-medalist Jang Mi-ran. The show follows a group of college athletes with big dreams, including Kim Bok-joo (Lee Sung-kyung), a young woman who wants to become a champion weightlifter, and her friend Jung Joon-hyung (Nam Joo-hyuk), a gifted swimmer who's trying to overcome his traumatic past. Over the course of the series, Joon-hyung slowly falls for Bok-joo, but she has eyes on his older brother, Jung Jae-yi (Lee Jae-yoon), a former athlete turned doctor. This moving series is sure to keep viewers engaged as they fully immerse themselves in the lives of these beloved characters.
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"What's Wrong With Secretary Kim"

"What's Wrong With Secretary Kim" is truly a side-splitting K-drama that you won't forget. The story begins when a hard-working secretary named Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young) tells her arrogant boss, Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-joon), that she's resigning from her position. Since Mi-so has been working for his company for nearly a decade, Young-joon is confused about why she would want to quit so suddenly. After Mi-so reveals it's because she wants to settle down and get married, Young-joon says he'll marry her as long as she stays by his side as his secretary. When she refuses his offer, Young-joon tries to come to terms with Mi-so moving from the company, but things get complicated when they develop real feelings for each other.
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"Strong Woman Do Bong Soon"

"Strong Woman Do Bong Soon" centers on the titular character (played by Park Bo-young) who has superhuman strength. All the women in her family are born with these powers, and although Bong-soon wishes she could be an ordinary girl, she won't hesitate to use her powers for good. She ends up getting a job as the bodyguard of Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-sik), who is the CEO of a popular gaming company. When a series of kidnappings take place in the district where Bong-soon lives, she becomes determined to stop the person behind them and find the girls who went missing. Besides its thrilling mystery, one of the other highlights of this show is seeing Bong-soon and Min-hyuk develop feelings for each other since they're two very different people.
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