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50 Best Korean Dramas to Binge-Watch in 2022

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What is it about Korean dramas that makes us so addicted to them?

Me: Because the male and female leads are so damned attractive? Don’t you think so? They act in the drama in such a pleasant and professional manner.

I can really feel the feelings they portray because they are so strong. It never occurs to us that this is just acting because it appears so real.

The main lead and female leads love are so pure, there are no nudity scenes, but that cute little kiss scene and cute little hand-holding are just totally adorable.

Best 50 Korean Drama That Every Korean Drama Lovers Should Binge-Watch

I’m sure you’re here for finding some excellent k-dramas right? You can trust me because I’m a big k-drama lover and I’ll recommend some pretty nice ones to you. Here’s a list of not only 10, 20 but 50 Korean Drama.

1. It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

This is a really well-known one. It tells the narrative of Moon Gang-tae (Kim Soo-Hyun), who lives with his autism-affected older brother Moon Sang-tae (Oh Jung-Se).

Since Sang-tae witnessed their mother’s murder, they had often moved from town to town. Everywhere they go, Gang-Tae works as a caretaker at a psychiatric ward.

While working in a hospital, he meets Ko Moon-young (Seo Yea-Ji), a well-known children’s book author who is suspected of having an antisocial personality disorder.

I like how they didn’t just depict Sang Tae (the older autistic brother) as a side character. I like how they showed his character’s evolution, which helped Kim Soo-character Hyun grow as well.

The three’s relationship gave me all the feelings, including happiness, devotion (particularly when Moon-Yong and Sang Tae used to argue cutely), melancholy, and so on.

You’d think it’d be a heavy show, but it’s actually a wonderful balance, and I promise it’ll make your heart sing.

2. Crash Landing On You

The characters were superbly represented, and the plot was flawless. As a result, waiting for the next episode was essentially another type of death for viewers. Especially because the last episode of each week always concluded with an exciting or devastating event.

A love story between two people from different worlds is being told. We have a South Korean Heiress on one side and a North Korean Captain on the other.

Despite the fact that they originated from such diverse backgrounds, they were brought together by chance.

Daily living in North Korea, glamorous CEO life in South Korea, and a lot of planning in both countries define the plot.

3. Goblin The Lonely And Great God

Goblin narrates the story of Kim Shin, a Goryeo general who was assassinated due to jealousy and therefore became a Goblin with immortal life.

He needed to find a Goblin’s wife to pull a sword from his chest and turn it into dust in order to die.

He saves a dying pregnant woman one night, and she gives birth to Ji Eun Tak, a baby girl. Ji Eun-Tak, confesses to him one day that she is the chosen one.

You will both laugh and cry as you watch this show. The bromance between Goblin and Reaper is as spectacular as the romantic story. Even the imperfections faded into nothing obvious for viewers.

This drama has an ethereal, everlasting beauty. The closing scene was heartwarming, joyful, and nice.

Everything had this one-of-a-kind, exquisite, enticing quality to it, from the tale to the photography, from the individuals to their relationships.

According to some viewers, the logic has several flaws, so while it builds beautifully and parts of the past are intriguing, it feels a little artificial at times.

4. Descendants Of The Sun

Soldiers are referred to as ‘descendants of the sun’ (a phrase that refers to the nation’s virtuous children) in any country, particularly in Asia, because they protect the country.

The drama is named from the fact that it focuses on the lives of soldiers and their sacrifices.

D.O.T.S is what you mean when you say a drama is nearly perfect. I can’t convey how much I adore it.

The four lead roles’ cuteness and wit (SJK& SHK) (KJW& JG), the ironic romance story of a soldier and a doctor.

Just like ‘life and death,’ the sacrifice made by humanity to help others, the bond between comrades Yoo Shi-Jin and Seo Dae-Young, every angle you want to look at the plot from just catches your eye, and the rest of the cast just grabs your attention.

5. All Of Us Are Dead

All of Us Are Dead is one of my favorite films since it doesn’t try to be cerebral or smart. It’s everything a good classic zombie drama should be: heart-pounding action throughout, relatable people, and some truly dramatic and tragic scenes towards the conclusion.

Despite the fact that the film was directed by a mostly young cast of high school students, everyone did an excellent job in their roles.

And you could really feel their emotions as they navigated through the endless waves of zombie attacks.

Dealing with the sadness of losing friends/loved ones, and struggling to remain hopeful in the face of such dire circumstances.

It’s a 2022 series that’s currently on Netflix’s top drama lists.

6. Squid Game

Green Light Red Light! (Go run for your life or for $38M).

Who hasn’t heard of the squid game? Do you have any idea? If you haven’t already, go watch it right now.

A narrative about cash-strapped contestants participating in children’s games with only two possible outcomes: $38 million in cash or instant death. It is enough to pique anyone’s interest.

An insane plot that was first conceived in 2008 but was repeatedly rejected before eventually becoming a worldwide phenomenon is enough to pique anyone’s interest.

7. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim

It’s always entertaining to see a romantic relationship between an egotistical executive and his secretary.

If you’re searching for a lighthearted drama, this is the drama for you. Min Young and Seo Joon’s chemistry is off the charts, and it’s dead on.

You would assume it to be like other romcoms, but the entire team has taken a unique approach to the genre that will undoubtedly hook every audience.

Park Seo Joon’s character may come across as narcissistic at first, but you’ll gradually find yourself wishing for a man like him.

8. Heirs

When compared to ‘Wattpad’ storylines, the cliched and overused rich male falls in love with a poor girl may have irritated viewers at the start of the series.

Yes, it had that cliche plot, but it stood out on its own, and I can say that it is the best on its chosen path (the story about teenage life, the drama between rich and poor).

I love that the story, while tackling the obstacles between the two leads, also tackles the love of family and friends. And, most importantly, how we, as teenagers, would face the challenges of our age and youth, but be able to overcome them.

The plot of this drama is based on the tale of a lonely elderly woman who makes the decision to find a worthy heir to her huge five-room residence. As word gets around town, a slew of kids shows up at her home.

9. Vincenzo

When I hear the words ‘dark’ and ‘k-drama,’ I know I shouldn’t anticipate much from the genre in that regard, but what I just witnessed, what I just endured for about a month.

The show’s major theme is ‘un diavolo scaccia l’altro’ (one devil drives out the other). The drama has a lot of suspense as well as a lot of fun and humor.

The message is serious, as the drama exposes the corrupt world of power-hungry leaders and the horrible ways they use money and physical power to wipe off hapless victims.

The play delivers a realistic and satisfying glimpse into the world of the twenty-first century, which seeks the involvement of morally upright and decent persons to join hands to clean up the mess left by the previous century.

10. Hotel Del Luna

Hotel del Luna is the namesake hotel that only serves to ghosts; the gorgeous but irritable CEO is doomed to run the hotel as a result of a heinous act she can’t remember committing.

Each scene began with intrigue, and the plot develops in such a way that you are left wondering what will happen next.

The plot is fairly similar to Goblin, so it’s hard to call it unique, but it was still entertaining.

Jang Man-(IU) Wol’s performance is a joy to witness; she is stunning and portrays a powerful heroine; her expressions, attire, and everything else were flawless.

The chemistry between the two protagonists was flawless. Both their comedic and tragic scenes beautifully depicted every feeling.

Ost is incredible. The ending is so terrible to watch that it takes a long time to recover from this beautiful but heartbreaking conclusion.

11. Tale of the Nine-Tailed

This is not your cup of tea if you’re hoping for a stereotypical dream k-drama. The twisted yet heartbreaking brotherhood melts your heart as well, especially at the end.

It’s a fictional love story about a human girl who falls in love with a fox! It also depicts their prior lives, like how FOX spends 1000 years searching for his first love.

For a fantasy series, the acting is outstanding… The performers’ chemistry is off the charts, not just between Lee Dong-Wook and Jo Bo-Ah, who play the lead roles, but between each other as well.

Nine-Tailed definitely has that dark fairytale vibe that mixes almost seamlessly with the modern world that we all know and yet is so hard to get in everyday shows.

From my point of view, It has a Goblin flavor to it, especially when Lee Dong Wok dressed very identically to Grim Reaper and Jo Bo-ah wears like the girl from Goblin.

12. Sweet Home

This drama is about a depressed man named Hyun Soo who moves to a new neighborhood just for the purpose of committing suicide! Destiny, on the other hand, has other ideas.

His neighbors begin to transform into violent monsters, and Hyun soo and the other survivors must fight to stay alive.

 

My favorites are the sword guy and the guitarist (he’s such a scene-stealer), the nurse and his Daa, Eun Hyuk the survival leader, and, of course, Cha Hyun Soo, the main character.

13. Mr. Sunshine

This is a show in which you never know what will happen next! This series demonstrated that intimate scenes aren’t required to feel a Deep and Passionate Love.

The soldier’s and rebels’ love for each other was heartfelt, pure, raw, and beautiful. A soldier who adored her and stood by her side to the end.

A yakuza who has been madly in love with her for a long time. A wealthy man who put her happiness ahead of his own.

And a noblewoman who deserves all the love and sacrifices of those around her, for her passion for her nation is unrivaled, like a never-ending flame.

14. Vagabond

Dal-gun is watching a report on a jet crash that killed over 200 citizens owing to a structural breakdown on a drama set. When he finds it’s the same jet his nephew took to Morocco, he’s absolutely taken aback.

Dal-gun, whose world has been turned upside down, travels to Morocco to attend the funeral for all of the plane crash victims, lamenting the loss of his nephew.

As the issue becomes more complicated, he is compelled to team up with Go Hae-Ri (Bae Suzy), a National Intelligence Service clandestine spy vying for a promotion.

Dal-gun and Hae-ri begin on an inquiry to discover the truth behind the disaster, which takes them deeper and deeper into a complex web.

Instead of “Vagabond,” the title should be “Vagabomb” because this drama is a bomb!

15. Start-Up

This drama demonstrates well how to be a successful entrepreneur who makes the right decisions and inspires his or her employees by conquering all obstacles and failures.

The inclusion of female characters (Dal – mi and In – Jae) as CEOs serves as a powerful motivator for women considering or presently operating their own enterprises.

16. Strong Girl Bong-Soon

The CEO of a gaming firm hires a lady with superhuman strength to be his bodyguard.

I put off watching Strong Girl because of the plot, which I thought was confusing and immature, but after the first episode, I was hooked.

Strong Girl isn’t at all what you’d expect it to be.

17. Kingdom

Kingdom, set in the Joseon Era between the 15th and 16th centuries, depicts how a massive empire’s foundation can crumble and cause havoc among the people in the wake of a terrifying plague.

What makes Kingdom so special is its ability to keep viewers enthralled until the very end of not one, but two seasons.

18. Legend Of The Blue Sea

The incident occurred in his former life, and Joon Jae wishes to rectify it from the present and save Cheong (the Mermaid).

Anyway, if you’re looking for a drama with superb performers, a fairytale theme, and stunning locales, this is the drama for you.

People, you will not be disappointed. Please let me know whether you agree with me or not after seeing the drama.

19. Something In The Rain

No, there isn’t anything in the Rain; it’s just a romance between a woman and her best friend’s brother after he returns from abroad to work.

It depicts real-life struggles with dating and family life. It’s a lovely narrative that will stay with you for a long time; needless to say, I’ll be watching it again.

20. Hospital Playlist

The show’s story follows the life of Five doctors who work at the same hospital and have been friends since high school has a passion for music.

There are so many different personalities among the characters. However, they are all remembered for their incredibly powerful performances.

Sometimes you just can’t believe they aren’t living that life but portraying it so convincingly.

21. The King: Eternal Monarch

Time travel and parallel worlds aren’t something you see in every drama. And there’s a good chance you’ve never seen a Korean drama with this plot.

It’s a fantasy with drama, betrayal, the wicked deeds of man’s quest for power, and the desire to triumph against evil, as well as the romance aspect, which is at the heart of the story.

Touching on the true essence of true love between two people from two different worlds.

22. W

A surgical resident is drawn into her father’s webtoon world of W, where she becomes engaged in a murder mystery.

This drama is a thriller- based and would probably blow your mind away.

23. The Uncanny Counter

The narrative of demons who work in a noodle shop is told in this drama. You may be asking why devils are employed at a noodle store.

It’s because they’re attempting to capture demonic spirits in the hopes of finding eternal life.

24. Her Private Life

This show is about a woman who is a huge fan of White Ocean’s Cha Shi-an, but no one knows about her extreme love for White Ocean’s Cha Shi-an.

This drama is a breath of fresh air since it deviates so much from the norm. The fantastic ensemble grabbed me in first, but the intriguing plot will most likely keep you watching.

25. Romance Is A Bonus Book

The storyline goes as A bright writer who is the company’s youngest editor-in-chief ever finds entangled in the lives of a former copywriter looking for work.

In any case, it wasn’t emotionally exhausting, despite some extremely poignant and devastating parts.

26. Angel’s Last Mission: Love

An angel get’s a task to find a lover for a furious ballerina, however, he thinks it’s impossible but little did they know they both were the true love of each other.

This is the sweetest k-drama narrative I’ve ever heard, and I’m sure going to watch it.

The primary characters have terrific chemistry on screen and do an excellent job portraying their roles. Shin Hye Sun and Kim Myung Soo performed an excellent job of capturing the innocence of their characters while preserving their central qualities.

Even when the protagonists are at their most desperate, the characters are believable and sympathetic (and very human, despite the fairy tale setting.)

27. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

First and foremost, these characters are fantastic. Miss Yoon Hye-jin, the main character, develops dramatically during the drama. She is still a wonderful person at the start.

But she is a little selfish and has a hard time admitting when she makes a mistake. From the beginning until the end of the show, the main character, Mr. Hong Du-Sik, assists her in her development.

He teaches her how to prioritize others and love her neighbors. Hye-jin is, without a doubt, the most likable female main character I’ve ever seen, not just in dramas, but in books, movies, and any television show.

28. Mr. Queen

The story portrays the story of a modern cook who finds himself locked within the body of a Joseon Dynasty queen, causing turmoil for everyone concerned.

There are no dull moments or sections. The transition between medieval and modern switches was incredibly clean and seamless.

Even in the thick of the political tensions, there was plenty of amusement.

29. My Mister

A man in his forties is able to bear the burdens of life. A lady in her twenties goes through a variety of events while simultaneously bearing the weight of her existence. Both the man and the woman come together to assist each other.

Trying to convey a story about a man and a woman who are two decades apart in age. But can still share and experience a greater human love link.

That cannot be classified or branded as a typical romance is a massive task in and of itself.

30. Familiar Wife

This is the story of a guy who is given the unusual opportunity to travel back in time and discovers that everything, including his wife, has changed.

31. Nevertheless

This is a story about two people who are complete opposites and have opposing views on love.

The main heroine wants to date but doesn’t believe in love, whereas the main guy dislikes relationships but enjoys flirting.

32. Pinocchio

Dal-Po, whose family was destroyed by a news station, and In-ha, his buddy who suffers from the Pinocchio Syndrome, both become journalists and battle for justice.

If you’re not sure what a ‘Pinocchio’ is, it means ‘one who lies frequently; a liar.’

33. My Name

So I liked that it wasn’t just a simple cliche about a woman kicking butt… the action (for the most part) serves the story.

The physical hazards in the fights feel real (she gets hurt a lot) rather than cartoonish (except for the excessive lacerations in the last fight).

If you believe her physical and emotional dangers are real, it adds to the suspense.

The director and writer avoided having her do unnecessary action dialogue or head-cocking attitude gestures since the character (and the audience) would find them unimportant.

34. My Love From The Star

Do Min-Joon is a four-hundred-year-old alien who became stuck on Earth. He is skeptical about mankind at first, but when he becomes connected with a juvenile actress, he gradually changes his mind.

It has an extremely breathtaking plot. Doh Min-Joon and Chun Song-trip Yi’s are fascinating and worth seeing. Kim Soo-portrayal Hyun’s of an alien was flawless.

35. Love Alarm

Kim Jojo explores young love while struggling with personal obstacles in a world where an app tells people whether someone in their neighborhood likes them.

I really encourage everyone to watch this drama because it is far more realistic than other K-Dramas and defies many clichés.

36. My Girlfriend Is An Alien

This was my first Korean drama, and I absolutely adored it!

I adore the characters, particularly Fang Leng, who has the most endearing and delicate attitude and is highly protective of his love. Fang Lee is likewise a stunning figure with an innocent and imaginative spirit.

I was very amazed by Fang Lee’s affection for his brother. Now let me introduce you to Chai Xiao Qi, my favorite character. She is the sweetest, most innocent girl with a plethora of superpowers, which is my fantasy.

Xiao Qi’s character demonstrates that love knows no boundaries. She loves a guy from Earth because she is an Alien, and she was willing to give her life for Fang Leng.

One thing I’ll warn you about this drama is that the ending will have you crying.

37. Extracurricular

This series will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. You won’t be able to stop once you get started. It’s difficult to stop, just as the protagonists strive to maintain control.

The four adolescent high school students, each with a unique history and motivation for performing those activities. They have different perspectives on the world, yet they deal with it in similar ways.

Let’s be honest about it. Extracurricular is Extraordinary!

38. 18 Again

“18 Again” reflected the problems of people from all walks of life when it came to family relationships, making future decisions, overcoming self-trust.

The struggle of displaying true sentiments and sharing thoughts with your opposite partner, and the effort to open up and speak up.

This drama is deserving of more attention! Even if it’s a little unrealistic for a middle-aged adult to turn 18, it’s still a sweet scene!

It was depicted, for example, how the father could not comprehend his children well in the past owing to the age gap and, more importantly, because of a job, which left him with little time to devote to them.

When he became 18, though, he became friends with his kids and began to understand them better! This made him realize how much they all needed a father, just like they needed a friend.

39. The Girl Who Sees Scents

As the title suggests, the story is based around a girl who has the ability to detect scents. She gains these skills as a result of an accident that killed her parents.

She uses her abilities to seek down a serial killer alongside a detective who is dealing with his own personal issues.

40. Put Your Head On My Shoulder

This is a story that begins at the end of their college careers and the start of their professional careers.

Gu Wei Yi is an intelligent science student, and So Tu Mo is an accounting student who aspires to work at an advertising firm.

When these two meet, they find up living together under the same roof. Their lives began to shift and entwine at that point.

Wei Wei is the shy and possessive one, while MoMo is always bubbly. His efforts for MoMo are so funny and cute. It’s beautiful to see how they tolerate each other despite their differences.

41. Because This Is My First Life

Because This Is My First Life This drama is without a doubt, the most intelligently written and flawlessly executed romantic comedy k-drama ever produced.

It’s a sophisticated and civilized rom-com that addresses serious problems without being overly confrontational.

Our protagonists aren’t the sort to believe in love enough to fall in love so readily, thus they viewed marriage as more of an arrangement than a love story until their feelings got in the way.

The main characters were layered to give them depth, and it was easy to observe how they changed as the episodes proceeded.

One of the best things about this drama is that the love story isn’t centered on the two leads; instead. Other supporting cast members have their own love story that is well detailed and progressed throughout the episodes.

So you won’t get bored with our main characters who aren’t as outspoken as the supporting cast members.

42. That Winter, The Wind Blows

So the plot revolves around a gambler (Oh Soo) who owes someone a large sum of money and wants to defraud a blind woman (Oh Young) by pretending to be her long-lost brother.

Oh, Soo gradually develops feelings for Oh Young. I’m not spoiling the rest lol.

43. Flower Of Evil

From the outset, the plot was engaging and thrilling. It worked great in the initial phase when the killer’s identity was unknown, and I enjoyed it much more once the real evil was introduced.

His plot to catch Hyun-Su (Joon-gi) was brilliant…Ji-Won (Chae-won) breaking the case felt *slightly* odd here and there, with the addition of coincidences and the like – but no one would notice because one is absolutely immersed in the drama.

44. Find Me In Your Memory

A news anchorman who recalls every detail of his life develops a strong bond with a model-turned-actress who has lost her memories.

The narrative is well-tied together. Despite the fact that there was a lot going on in the center of the plot, it wasn’t overpowering.

It touches on a few hard issues, yet it doesn’t come across as unappealing or inappropriate. At least, I don’t believe it does. As a result, I don’t believe it would be a problem.

45. You Are My Spring

While becoming engaged in a confusing murder case, a hotel concierge and a doctor with terrible childhoods build a profound friendship.

46. Awaken

An exciting story involving injustice, redemption, forgiveness, and revenge unfolds (as expected!) – it does not contradict itself, is not gratuitous, does not toy with the audience, and is paced at just the right speed per episode.

Like a slow and steady crescendo… thus it makes tentative introductions to the main characters and does not really gain traction until 3-4 episodes in.

47. I Hear Your Voice

I had no idea how the show would evolve to be so wonderful when I first started watching this series; the leads as well as the supporting performers have all done an outstanding job.

The concept of being able to listen in on someone’s thoughts was fantastic and intriguing.

48. The Innocent Man

I thought this was going to be boring at first, but as the episodes progressed, I realized that finishing them all would be a challenge.

Deception, passion, greed, hatred, fatal attraction, the indecisiveness of action/feelings, but most importantly, genuine love triumphed in this drama!

I’m delighted there’s an unexpected happy conclusion to this story. It’s well worth your time to watch.

49. Sisyphus: The Myth

So yet, there’s no indication if people are traveling through time or from an alternate universe, so it appears to be an intriguing story that has to be unraveled.

The dramatic substance is interesting and well-played as always, and Park Shin-Hye is excellent from the outset. To be honest, the first four episodes were fantastic.

50. I’m Sorry, I Love You

This drama is a terribly sad love story in which the world seemed completely unfair to the main character. It shattered my heart and filled it with sadness.

Nonetheless, I can’t seem to stop watching it in the hopes of a miracle. The plot is a little cliched and old-fashioned, but I suppose it was the norm in 2004.

Prepare your box of tissues to wipe away the tears if you wish to witness this drama. The conclusion is heartbreaking, but if you believe in heaven, all will work out in the end.

I hope you find anything to binge-watch in our suggested dramas; additionally, we haven’t rated these dramas; we’ve simply given them to you.

So don’t base your decision on the numbers; instead, base it on the stories. In the comments section below, k-drama enthusiasts can suggest some more Korean dramas.

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