Long before Squid games created a worldwide sensation and swept up nearly every significant award in film circles, Korean culture and Korean dramas were already creating waves in Asia.
With this Korean Wave, also known as Hallyu, we are sure you have heard of the boy band BTS or maybe you have a shelf lined with Korean beauty products for flawless skin, or perhaps you might have developed a taste for Korean cuisines. A lot of these are the influence of K-pop and k drama.
Two years on and the pandemic is still growing strong but fret not the best Korean dramas, or K drama as they are popularly known, have found a way to bring escapism right to our TV screens. There is a lot of binge-worthy Korean drama 2022 that will enthrall audiences for years to come.
Korean dramas have most certainly been given the green light by audiences across the globe. But K-drama seem to have had their biggest breakthrough moment in India, during the ongoing pandemic
Here’s a list of 8 amazing and highest rating Korean dramas of all time that will keep you glued to OTT platforms:
1. Crash Landing on You
Directed by Lee Jeong-hyo, Crash Landing on you is a South Korean drama that was first released in 2019. This Korean drama is the Olive Garden of romances which revolves around the star-crossed love story of a South Korean heiress and a North Army officer. Apart from the good-looking actors, their on-screen chemistry between the lead couple naturally piqued fan interest.
Nevertheless was one of the most-watched k-dramas of 2021. Starring Han So-hee and Song Kang, the unofficial “son of Netflix”, the Korean drama tells us the story of a blossoming romance between the two art mates, Yu Na-bi (Han), who’s pessimistic about love, and Park Jae-eon (Song), who enjoys flirting but has the concept of dating is bothersome. But what grabbed more attention is, their chemistry depicts a realistic side to what modern dating looks like.
3. My Roommate Is a Gumiho – a fantasy Korean drama
This Korean drama first graced the screens in 2021 which is adapted from webtoon. The storyline centers around a mystical creature ‘Gumiho’ that resembles a nine-tailed fox who accidentally loses his fox bead to a college student.
4. My Love from Another Star
If you are new to the K-drama land, My Love from Another Star is a must-watch. This romantic fantasy drama revolves around the story of an alien who landed on earth in the Joseon Dynasty. After 400 years of his existence, he falls in love with a leading actress in the modern era.
5. What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim
Directed by Park Joon Hwa, this series is a romantic-comedy Korean drama. What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim is based on the novel by Jung Kyung Yoon. The major success of this k-drama series is the chemistry between Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young. Initially, it opens as a platonic boss-employee relationship but later it develops into a romantic relationship.
6. Descendants of the Sun – a brilliant Korean drama
Featuring Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-Kyo, Descendants of the Sun is a romantic South Korean drama television series that was first aired in 2016. The drama was a hit because of its unique love story involving a soldier and a doctor. It gained more attention because both the lead actors are brilliant and the awe-struck performance of Joong-ki as a soldier while courting a beautiful doctor.
7. Fight for my Way
While most K-dramas tend to showcases closer to an idealized picture of reality, Fight for My Way gives us a fresh take on the struggles of normality. This Korean drama series assures you to melt your heart with Ae Ra and Dong Man’s relationship. The storyline is about the two best friends who bicker, fight, make up, annoy each other turns into lovers.
8. Strong Girl Bong-Soon, a complete Korean drama entertainer
Initially aired in 2017, Strong Girl Bong-Soon still holds up as being one of the best K-Drama. From romance to thriller and action, this series has it all. One of the major reasons why this Korean drama gained popularity is the steaming love triangle and the protagonist’s backstory.
In a recent development, Netflix has announced that they are launching more than 25 Korean originals in 2022. Looking forward to watching new k-dramas?
Here’s a list that will have you glued to the screen:
- All of Us are Dead
- Money Heist: Korea Joint Economic Area
- Seoul Vibe
- Thirty, Nine
- The Sound of Magic
- Remarriage and Desires,
- Model Family,
- Business Proposal,
- Legal drama Juvenile Justice,
- Love to Hate You and
- Forecasting Love and Weather
- Fantasy show Tomorrow,
- The Fabulous,
- Rromance drama Twenty Five, Twenty,
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I don’t like any of these series. That’s only women loved series, not men
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