The Best Korean Dramas to Get You Completely Hooked

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If you're not watching Korean dramas, better known as K-dramas, then you're missing out in several ways. First, there's the big-picture, cultural impact to consider: K-dramas have become a worldwide phenomenon.

And if you're going to be a pop culture connoisseur/productive denizen of the entertainment-loving internet—and you're here, so you obviously are both of those things—then you need to be versed in all things K-drama. And then there's the more important reason to watch K-dramas: They are addictive and amazing, and you'll thank yourself for adding them to your pop culture diet.

Known for their interesting storylines and intense (but sometimes predictable) plot twists, Korean dramas can go from super sappy to incredibly heartbreaking to "WTF, what was that?" in a heartbeat. That variety is exactly what keeps viewers coming back for more. Here, we've listed the best K-dramas, from new releases to classics, to watch.


For those who like crime dramas and slow-boiling mysteries, this show is for you. Netflix recently released season two of the show, which focuses on a policeman's death that is ruled as a suicide but things don't add up once Si-mok starts investigating. 

You'll see most of your favorite characters again, including Dong-jae and Geon. You don't need to watch season one to enjoy the second one; however, we highly recommend you binge-watch the first season to get a full taste of all the characters' personalities.

Record of Youth

New to Netflix, this show centers on three ambitious individuals from different social classes working in the cut throat world of show business and fashion. Sa Hye-Joon (played by Park Bo-Gum) and Won Hae-Hyo (played by Byeon Woo-Seok) are models who aspire to be actors. 

They end up becoming friends with makeup artist An Jung-Ha (played by Park So-Dam) and together the trio must face a variety of obstacles that threaten to stop them from achieving their dreams in the entertainment industry.

Was It Love?

If you're in the mood for a romantic drama, tune into this storyline about a single mother who has not had a boyfriend for 14 years, but suddenly four romantic love interests appear in front of her. 

No Ae-Jung works as a producer for a movie company and faces potential courtship by a novelist, actor, CEO, and a PE teacher. Who will she choose from this diverse pool of men?

Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung

In a Romeo and Juliet-esque storyline, this show revolves around a romance between an aspiring palace historian and a lonely prince. Together, they go on a journey to break societal norms and uncover secrets from their pasts that could have consequences on their present day lives. 

This show is suited for those seeking sweet, heart-fluttering moments and will have you rooting for the couple until the very end.

Designated Survivor: 60 Days

For those who love dramas involving the government, politicians, and corruption, you'll enjoy this show. The plot centers on Park Mu-jin who is the South Korean Minister of Environment. After being involved in a scuffle, Park is dismissed from office by President Yang Jin-ma. 

The next day as Yang is about to announce that he is making peace with North Korea, the building explodes and kills all of the South Korean line of succession except Park. He is sworn in as acting president for sixty days and tries to figure out who caused the bombing.