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10 Best Korean Dramas to Watch

10 Best Korean Dramas to Watch

Looking for the best Korean dramas to binge-watch?

Adam and I started watching K-dramas a few years ago, and we’re totally hooked.

There’s just something about the unique storylines and incredible actors that make Korean dramas so addictive to watch!

Here’s a list of some of the best Korean dramas out there to watch, no matter what kind of genres you’re into.

Netflix and Viki are definitely the best places for Canadians to watch Korean dramas!

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Best Korean dramas to watch

Itaewon Class (2020)

Ex-con Park Sae-Ro-Yi fights to make his dreams a reality with the help of his friends.

This series is intense, exciting, emotional, and inspiring – it’s probably one of my all-time favourite Korean dramas.

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The soundtrack is also really good – I have it downloaded on Spotify 😉

There’s one season to the series, and you can watch it on Netflix!

Extracurricular - Korean series on Netflix Canada

Extracurricular (2020)

A gifted high school student turns to a life of crime to help pay for college.

It’s an interesting series with the main character being an anti-hero!

If you liked the Netflix series Baby (I liked it until I found out it was based on true events), you’ll definitely like Extracurricular (which is purely fictional).

The actor who plays the main character, Dong-Hee Kim, also stars in Itaewon Class!

There’s also only one season to this show, and you can stream it on Netflix.

D.P. (2021)

Soon after joining the military, a young private becomes a D.P., hunting down army deserters and bringing them back.

It’s set in 2014, which apparently was a time where a lot of dark things were coming out about military life (according to Reddit).

A heavy theme in this K-drama is bullying and hazing, and it is incredibly heartbreaking to watch knowing that this stuff actually happens.

Apparently they started allowing soldiers to have cellphones sometime in 2019 or 2020, so bullying isn’t as bad as it used to be, which I guess is also why the series is set in 2014 and not today.

I had no expectations going into D.P. and it was such a fantastic drama series.

Everything about this show is absolutely on point: the writing, acting, casting, cinematography – everything.

There’s only 6 episodes to the first season, but a season two is coming on Netflix!

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Crash Landing on You (2020)

Crash Landing on You quickly became one of the most successful Korean dramas of all-time after it was released on Netflix, and it is so good.

This romantic series is about a South Korean heiress and CEO who accidentally paraglides her way into North Korea and meets a handsome soldier.

It’s a love story that has its teary and heartfelt moments.

The production team was advised by actual North Korean defectors for the show, so it’s the closest portrayal to actual life in North Korea out there in the media, which is possibly part of why it’s become so popular!

Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area (2022)

I’ve been meaning to watch the original Spanish Money Heist for a long time, and of course I binged this Korean remake when it was released on Netflix.

It’s set in the near future in a unified Korea, where a group of specialized thieves overtake the mint and stand off against the police.

The cast is incredible, and Park Hae-soo from Squid Game stars in it!

Only 6 episodes are out at the moment, and there’s no word on when the next 6 will come out.

My Name (2021)

After her father is murdered, a young girl puts her trust in a crime boss to get revenge against her father’s killer.

My Name is action-packed and quite bloody, and it kinda reminds me of both John Wick and The Punisher.

Han So Hee from Nevertheless (a great romance Korean drama on Netflix) stars as the lead, and it’s so interesting seeing her in a completely different role (and killing it)!

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Flower of Evil (2020)

Baek Hee Sung seems to live the perfect life with his loving detective wife and young daughter.

When a series of unexplained murders happened, the secrets of his past start to come out.

This story is wild, and will leave you constantly questioning what’s going on.

There’s one season to the show and you can stream it on Viki!

Beyond Evil (2021)

A murder happens in the small town of Munju that’s reminiscent of a cold case from 20 years earlier, and two detectives chase the truth behind it all.

It’s kind of a slower watch, but that just means you get to know the characters a lot better.

The actors are also all amazing and have fantastic chemistry!

I’ve heard the series is even better when you rewatch it a second time and know everything that’s going on, but I haven’t gotten around to that yet.

There’s one season to the show, and you can watch it on Netflix!

Squid Game (2021)

Squid Game is actually the most-watched series on Netflix of all-time, and it’s a fantastic show.

It’s about a group of people who compete in games against each other for a chance to win a large grand prize.

While it’s not scary, it’s got some pretty gory scenes!

A season two has been confirmed, though I personally think it would’ve been great as a single season.

If you enjoy Squid Game, there’s also a great Japanese show that’s quite similar called Alice in Borderland that’s also on Netflix!

Kingdom (2019-2020)

There are endless zombie films and TV series out there, but if we’re being honest, most of them are bleh.

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Kingdom is a South Korean TV series set in ancient Korea, and it’ll have you clutching your blanket over your face.

In Kingdom, a mysterious plague makes its way through the kingdom while the crown prince tries to save his people.

Oh, and the zombies run fast, which is my worst nightmare when it comes to zombie shows.

It was actually the first ever South Korean Netflix Original series, which is wild because there are so many now!

There’s also a movie in the same universe called Kingdom: Ashin of the North, which serves as a prequel to the whole series.

Best Korean dramas to watch:

  1. Itaewon Class
  2. Extracurricular
  3. D.P.
  4. Crash Landing on You
  5. Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area
  6. My Name
  7. Flower of Evil
  8. Beyond Evil
  9. Squid Game
  10. Kingdom

These were some of the best Korean dramas out there to watch, in my personal opinion!

Most Korean dramas have only one season, so they’re basically a really long and extended movie.

Some K-dramas even have hour and a half long episodes, which is pretty crazy!

I guess that’s why they’re so addictive – you really get into the character’s storylines when you watch them for such a long time.

What are some of your favourite Korean dramas that you’ve watched? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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