The popularity of Korean movies and series continues to grow with shows like Squid game becoming world hits. Netflix added more titles to the mix, including the release of reality shows like Physical: 100. But its K-drama lineup continues to lure audiences to the streaming service for touching science fiction, zombie tales, love stories and more. Are you following?
The streamer has plans to release new shows, documentaries, and six movies in 2023. We’ve compiled a list of a dozen of the best K-dramas on Netflix (besides Squid Game), and in some cases, when to look for new seasons. If you’re still craving more, try searching with this special secret code: 68699.
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A new Netflix release, The Dark Knight is a dystopian series set in the year 2071. In this world, everyone must wear face masks due to heavy pollution. Adapted from a webtoon where the surviving human population stands at 1%, the story follows 5-8, a “delivery man” who is skilled at fighting. His job is to help refugees find settlements in a society where a corporation controls access to pure oxygen. Watch the story unfold as 5-8 meets a little boy named Sa-wol, an aspiring delivery man.
Attorney Extraordinary Waugh (2022)
This charming show follows Woo Young-woo, an insightful young lawyer who is on the autism spectrum. The series combines legal drama with romance, family plots, comedy and life lessons that will keep you glued to the screen. You can stream Season 1 of Extraordinary Attorney Woo now, and Netflix has renewed the fan favorite for a second season.
A revenge story, The Glory centers on teacher Moon Dong-eu. She suffered terrible childhood abuse and seeks revenge against her tormentors. Then things get complicated. Season 2 dropped on March 10, so you can stream both episodes now.
Young-soon raised her son Kang-ho alone after being widowed at a young age. She gives him tough love to make sure he can thrive and not live in poverty when he becomes an adult. Kang-ho grows up to become a successful lawyer, but an accident causes him to lose his memory and revert back to his 7-year-old self. The series is a journey through their recovery and Young-sun’s role as a “bad mother” who helps her son heal. New episodes are released every week on Netflix.
With action, soul-swapping magic, intrigue and a love story thrown into the plot, Alchemy of Souls provides viewers with a rollercoaster of emotions. Jang Uk is a noble who doesn’t have the most stellar reputation or fighting skills. Then Nak-soo, who’s been trapped in another woman’s body, shows up and opens up to him about what’s been missing in his life, including love. Stream two seasons on Netflix.
Dong Hoon (played by Parasite star Lee Sun-kyun) is unhappy in his career, his wife Kang Yoon Hee is cheating and he gets involved in illegal activity. His colleague Li Ji-an has the power to ruin everything for him, but will she? Their dynamic changes as they both learn about each other’s struggles. Although the show hasn’t picked up a second season, you can binge all 16 episodes of Season 1.
If zombie thrillers are your thing, then you should watch the Netflix original series, All of Us Are Dead. High school students find themselves trapped in a school during a zombie outbreak and it becomes an all-out race for survival. Not everyone is willing to help each other, so keep an eye on who is willing to trash their classmates. And stay tuned for season 2.
Crash Landing on You (2019)
A paragliding accident lands South Korean heiress Yoon Se-Ri on the border of North Korea. She meets Ri Jeong-Hyeok, a soldier who wants to help her stay safe. The two fall in love, but this story is steeped in complicated family relationships, political drama and criminal activity. Check out the first season on Netflix.
A supernatural thriller, Sweet Home travels to an apartment building called Green Home. We first meet Hyun Soo, a lonely high school student who tragically loses his family in an accident. But moving to Green Home finds him surrounded by neighbors who turn into monsters when their darkest desires surface. In order to survive, he and the other residents must work together to fight the monsters and their own inner turmoil. Season 1 is available now, with Season 2 coming later this year.
Crash Course in Romance (2023)
Rom-com fans should tune in to this series about a celebrity private school teacher who gets involved with an ex-athlete. Scandals, nosy parents, and various contrivances keep the story interesting for Season 1 of this Netflix original.
Queenmaker introduces viewers to Hwang Do-hee (played by Kim Hee-ae), a PR specialist who is employed by the Eunsung Group and assigned to work on an election campaign for Oh Kyung-sook, a human rights lawyer. Watch the political thriller that shows how electing the tough lawyer as mayor is not easy.
As for critical acclaim, Mr. Sunshine is one of the highest rated K-dramas in the genre. A period drama, the story takes place in the early 1900s during the Joseon period. It centers on Eugene (once known as Choi Yeo Jin), who flees to America from Korea as a young child servant and later returns to his homeland as a Marine. His budding romance with Ae-shin, a noblewoman fighting for Korean independence, is marred by friction over the ruling class system, jealousy and politics. If you like historical dramas, watch all 24 episodes in season 1 of the popular series.