Squid Game to Love Alarm: 50 Best KDramas to watch right now

Right from Crash Landing on You and Alchemy of Souls to Squid Game and Goblin, keep scrolling for a comprehensive list of the best KDramas to watch ASAP!

Updated on Apr 03, 2023  |  02:05 PM IST |  1.9M
Best K-dramas of all time
Best K-dramas of all time

It’s good news for all the entertainment-loving audiences out there, because this time we have curated an ultimate list to guide you through the world of Korean entertainment. In fact, right from interesting cast to addictive plots, we have hand selected only the best Kdramas to watch right now. Apart from an interestingly intense and unpredictable storyline we have made sure to list down incredibly binge-worthy shows that will definitely make you a K-drama fanatic.

Ahead, find the best Kdramas to watch right away, along with their IMDb ratings and OTT platforms. 

50 Best Kdramas to watch ASAP!

 

1. Crash Landing on You


  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Drama
  • Cast: Hyun Bin, Son Yejin, Seo Jihye
  • Director: Kim Huiwon, Jung Hyo Lee
  • Writer: Ji Eun Park
  • Year of release: 2019 
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.7/10

Crash Landing on You features the story of a Korean heiress. We highly recommend this show for anybody looking for a show that features both romance and comedy with a beautifully addictive plot. The show is available on Netflix to stream and features a stellar cast that includes, Hyun Bin, Son Yejin, and Seo Jihye among others. 

2. While You Were Sleeping


Another one of the Kdramas to watch right now, highly recommended by us has to be While You Were Sleeping. The 2017 show features the story of reporter Nam Hongjoo played by Bae Suzy who can see the future in dreams. Watch the show if you like elements of fantasy, comedy, drama, and lots of plot twists. The highly rated show is available on Viki to stream.

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3. Squid Game 


  • Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery 
  • Cast: Lee Jungjae, Park Haesoo, Hoyeon
  • Director: Hwang Donghyuk 
  • Writer: Hwang Donghyuk
  • Year of release: 2021
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8/10

One of the most hyped-up shows of all time, Squid Game is definitely worth all the hype. In fact, Netflix's most-watched K-drama was certainly a viral hit, and for good reason. The Korean show features a group of people all stuck in serious debt, all of them who sign up for a game to win 45.6 billion won. 

4. Extraordinary Attorney Woo


  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast: Park Eunbin, Kang Taeoh, Kang Kiyoung
  • Director: Yu Insik
  • Writer: Moon Jiwon
  • Year of release: 2022
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Another hit K drama that we highly recommend watching right now is Extraordinary Attorney Woo. The Korean drama features the story of Woo Young played by the beautiful Park Eunbin. Woo is a young lawyer who has autism spectrum disorder which impacts her social skills. The Netflix show features the best of her professional and love life. 

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5. SKY Castle 

 


  • Genre: Drama, Mystery
  • Cast: Yum Jungah, Taeran Lee, Yun Seah
  • Director: Hyun Tak Jo
  • Writer: Hyeonmi Yu
  • Year of release: 2018
  • OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video
  • IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

This Kdrama features the tale of four families in posh Korean society. The storyline of the drama mainly features how a woman is obsessed with getting her daughter into an elite university at any cost. Watch the show on Amazon Prime Video to witness the perfect mix of comedy, romance, and drama.

6. Itaewon Class


  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Cast: Park Seojoon, Kim Dami, Yoo Jaemyung
  • Director: SungYoon Kim
  • Writer: Gwang Jin
  • Year of release: 2020
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

Itaewon Class is a romantic drama that features the tale of Park Saeroyi and his restaurant in Itaewon. Interestingly, Park was in prison before he got out and opened his own restaurant. The Netflix show features the complications between Jang Geunwon and Park Saeroyi. Watch the show to witness the best of revenge tales, power struggles, plot twists and so much more.

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7. Pinocchio


  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
  • Cast: Lee JongSuk, Park ShinHye, Kim Young Kwang
  • Director: SooWon Jo
  • Writer: Park Hyeryeon
  • Year of release: 2014
  • OTT Platform: MX Player, Viki
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

For people who are even a tiny bit interested in journalism and reporting, this is your show. The show features the tale of Choi Dalpo played by Lee Jongsuk and how misreporting affected his family. Along with that the show also features a character named Choi Inha played by Park Shinhye, a rookie reporter who has "Pinocchio" syndrome which makes her hiccup whenever she is lying. 

8. Alchemy of Souls


  • Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
  • Cast: JaeWook Lee, MinHyun Hwang, JoonSang Yoo
  • Director: Joon Hwa Park
  • Writer: Jeongeun Hong, Miran Hong
  • Year of release: 2022
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

We highly recommend watching this show for anyone who loves grand period fantasies. The show is set in a fictitious country called Daeho and features the story of nobles and warriors. Watch the show to understand more about the forbidden spell called "alchemy of souls," which enables switching bodies. It is available on Netflix to stream. 

9. Signal


  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Cast: Kentarô Sakaguchi, Michiko Kichise, Kazuki Kitamura
  • Director: Akira Uchikata
  • Writer: Eunhee Kim, Masaya Ozaki
  • Year of release: 2018
  • OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video
  • IMDb Rating: 7/10
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Another show we highly recommend is this thriller show titled Signal. It is indeed one of the best Kdramas to watch right now. The show features multiple timelines and storylines following a Criminal profiler named Park HaeYoung played by Lee Je Hoon. The story also features Cha Soohyn played by Kim Hye Soo and Lee Jaehan played by Choi Jinwoong who are both detectives in different timelines. The Korean show is available on Amazon Prime Video to stream. 

10. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon


  • Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama 
  • Cast: Park Boyoung, Park Hyungsik, Ji Soo
  • Director: Lee Hyungmin
  • Writer: Baek Mikyung
  • Year of release:  2017
  • OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Viki
  • IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

This K-drama can be the perfect pick for thriller lovers, romance fans, and crime drama enthusiasts. The show features the tale of Do Bongsoon played by Park Boyoung who dreams to build a video game. Watch the show to witness how a famous CEO notices Bongsoon to create a storyline that keeps you glued to the screens. One of the best Kdramas to watch with your pals the show is available on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Viki. 

11. Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area


  • Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
  • Cast: Yoo Jitae, Yunjin Kim, Jeon Jongseo
  • Director: Hongsun Kim
  • Writer: Álex Pina, Kim HwanChae, Choi SungJoon, Ryu YongJae
  • Year of release:  2022
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 5.6/10
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You have got to watch Money Heist for the thrilling Korean plot of all time. The K-drama is set in a fictional timeline and features a time when North Korea and South Korea are on the verge of reuniting. The show features a world where the rich get richer but the poor get poorer as a result of inequality. Watch the Netflix show to witness an interesting tale of a few charismatic thieves in the scenario. 

12. Vincenzo


  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
  • Cast: Wyatt Bowen, Song Joongki, Jeon Yeobin
  • Director: Kim Huiwon
  • Writer: Park Jaebeom
  • Year of release:  2021
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Another K-drama we highly recommend is this action-crime comedy drama. Watch the show to witness the best of Vincenzo. The show features stars Wyatt Bowen, Song Joongki, and Jeon Yeobin and is available on Netflix to watch. 

13. Descendants of the Sun


  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
  • Cast: Song Joongki, Song HyeKyo, Jin Goo
  • Director: Eung Bok Lee
  • Writer: Kim Eunsook, WonSuk Kim
  • Year of release: 2016
  • OTT Platform: Netflix, Hulu
  • IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

Another Korean show that we highly recommend is Descendants of the Sun. This action comedy K-drama features the best of Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo, and Jin Goo among others. The show is a legendary Korean show that features the story of Captain Yoo Sijin and how he falls in love with Kang Moyeon played by Song Hyeko.

14. Happiness


  • Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror
  • Cast: Han Hyojoo, Park Hyungsik, Jo Woojin
  • Director: Gil Ho Ahn
  • Writer: Sang Woon Han
  • Year of release: 2021
  • OTT Platform: Viki
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

Happiness is one of the most interesting shows you must stream right away. The show is a modern action fantasy drama that features an intriguing storyline featuring the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the show for the story of Yoon Saebom played by Han Hyojoo. The show is available on Viki to stream.

15. All of Us Are Dead


  • Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
  • Cast: Park Jihu, ChanYoung Yoon, YiHyun Cho
  • Director: J.Q. Lee, Kim NamSoo
  • Writer: Seongil Cheon
  • Year of release: 2022
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

This zombie thriller K-drama titled All of Us Are Dead is as interesting as its name. We highly recommend this show to witness a tale of a few high schoolers and how they end up amidst a zombie apocalypse.  Watch the show to entertain yourself with a survival storyline integrated with a brilliant thrilling plot. It is one of the best Kdramas to watch on Netflix. 

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16. Move to Heaven


  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast: Adam McArthur, Lee Je Hoon, Tang Joonsang
  • Director: Sungho Kim
  • Writer: Yoon JiRyun
  • Year of release: 2021
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

For anyone who loves emotional dramas, this show is for you. The K-drama features a tale that features the best of life, love, and death. The iconic drama features the best of Adam McArthur, Lee Je Hoon, and Tang Joonsang. Trust us, the show has the power to shift your perspective about family and grief. It is one of the best Kdramas to watch on Netflix ASAP. 

17. Sweet Home


  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
  • Cast: Song Kang, Lee JinWook, Lee Siyoung
  • Director: So Hyun Park, Eung Bok Lee, Youngwoo Jang (co-director)
  • Writer: Kim Hyungmin (screenwriter), Kim Kanbi (original story), Park SoJeong (screenwriter)
  • Year of release: 2020
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

Sweet Home is one legendary Netflix show that follows the tale of a man who moves to a new place after he loses his family. The show is perfect for people who like horror fantasies. Watch the show to witness this iconic horror K-drama of all time.

18. My Name


  • Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
  • Cast: Heesoon Park, Ahn BoHyun, Han Sohee
  • Director: Jinmin Kim
  • Writer: Bada Kim
  • Year of release: 2021
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

With an IMDb rating of 7.8, this intense thriller will certainly make you peep through your blanket. The Korean action crime drama follows the story of a woman named Jiwoo played by Han Sohee and how she gets pulled into the criminal underworld. The show is available on Netflix to stream. 

19. Healer


  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
  • Cast: Ji ChangWook, Park MinYoung, TaeMi
  • Director: Kim Jin Woo, Lee Jungseob
  • Writer: Ji Na Song
  • Year of release: 2014
  • OTT Platform: Netflix, Viki
  • IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

Another extraordinary K-drama that features the best elements of action, comedy, and crime is Ji Changwook starrer Healer. The K-drama follows the story where Changwook portrays the character of the "Healer." Healer works to deliver any kind of illegal items with a genius hacker’s support. Stream the show on Netflix to witness an intricate interesting plot with just the right amount of romance.

20. Flower of Evil


  • Genre: Crime, Mystery, Romance
  • Cast: Lee Joon gi, Moon Chae Won, Seo Hyunwoo
  • Director: Cheolgyu Kim
  • Writer: Jung Hee Yoo
  • Year of release: 2020
  • OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video
  • IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Starring Lee Joon Gi, Moon ChaeWon, and Seo Hyunwoo, Flowers of Evil is one of the best mystery shows with just the right blend of romance and crime thriller. The storyline follows the tale of Cha Jiwon, a detective played by Moon Chaewon with the cutest family. The story takes an interesting turn when it is revealed that Baek Heesung, the detective’s wife played by Lee Joongi has some pretty dark secrets she is hiding.  Watch the show on Amazon Prime Video to witness how their world crumbles with plenty of twists and turns. 

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21. D.P


  • Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
  • Cast: Harrison Xu, Jung Haein, Sukku Son
  • Director: Junhee Han
  • Writer: Junhee Han
  • Year of release: 2021
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

D.P. is one of the best realistic K-dramas on Netflix. The show features stars like Harrison Xu, Jung Haein, and Sukku Son. Jung Haein plays the role of An Junho who enlists in the South Korean army, the show features how he struggles in the "survival of the fittest" army culture. The highly-rated show is available on Netflix to stream. 

22. Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce)


  • Genre: Drama, Romance 
  • Cast: Sung Hoon, Lee GaRyeong, Taegon Lee
  • Director: Yoo JeongJoon, Lee SeungHoon
  • Writer:  Sunghan Im
  • Year of release: 2021
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

This romance-drama features the best of stars like Sung Hoon, Lee GaRyeong, and Taegon Lee. The storyline of the show follows the stories of three working women and slowly reveals the inner workings of their unique marriages. This 2021 K-drama is one of the best Korean dramas to watch on Netflix.

 23. Kingdom


This highly-rated K-drama titled Kingdom is another complete entertainer we highly recommend. It is one of the best Kdramas to watch on Netflix that features the best of iconic historical tales along with engaging zombie horror. The show has been an international hit and features a storyline that will definitely keep you hooked to your screens. 

24. Business Proposal


  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Cast: Ahn HyoSeop, SeJeong Kim, Seol Inah
  • Director: Park Seonho
  • Writer: Seol Hee Han, BoHee Hong, Hae Hwa
  • Year of release: 2022
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

This highly-rated K-drama is a masterpiece for anyone who loves romantic dramas. One of the best Kdramas to watch that was released in 2022, this show has been a massive success. Featuring stars including Ahn HyoSeop, SeJeong Kim, and Seol Inah the show features the best of romance. It is available on Netflix to stream. 

25. Hometown ChaChaCha


  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Cast: Shin Mina, Kim SeonHo, Gina Su
  • Director: Je Won Yu
  • Writer: Ha Eun Shin
  • Year of release: 2021
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Another K-drama that’s highly rated as well as highly recommended is Hometown ChaChaCha. The show features a tale of how a country boy falls in love with a city girl in the most beautiful way. The show is available on Netflix to stream. 

26. 100 Days My Prince


  • Genre: Action, Comedy, History
  • Cast: Kyungsoo Do, Nam Jihyun, Jo Sungha
  • Director: Jong Jae Lee, SungWoo Nam
  • Writer: No Ji Seol
  • Year of release: 2018
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
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100 Days My Prince will definitely be a treat to your eyes. The show features a star cast that includes, Kyung soo Do, Nam Jihyun, and Jo Sungha among others. Watch the show on Netflix to get acquainted with the story of Prince Lee Yul and his intriguing tale. 

27. Hospital Playlist


  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Cast: Jo JungSuk, Yoo YeonSeok, Jung Kyungho
  • Director: Won Ho Shin
  • Writer: Woojung Lee
  • Year of release: 2020
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

Anyone who has already binged watched Grey's Anatomy and is looking for an equally epic medical drama, this medical K-drama is for you. The show follows the story of the personal and professional lives of five doctors working at a hospital. The show is available on Netflix to stream. 

28. Coffee Prince


  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance 
  • Cast: Aljur Abrenica,Kris Bernal, Max Collins
  • Director: Ricky Davao
  • Writer: John Kenneth De Leon, Des GarbesSeverino, Des GarbesSeverino, Marlon Miguel, Rona Lean Sales
  • Year of release: 2012
  • OTT Platform: Viki
  • IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Anyone who has still not watched this classic Korean drama is missing out on the best of television. The show follows the story of Choi Hangyul played by Goblin's Gong Yoo and how he encounters Ko Eunchan played by Yoon Eunhye. The iconic Korean romantic comedy is available on Netflix to stream. 

29. Boys Over Flowers


  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Cast: Ku HyeSun, Lee MinHo, Kim Hyunjoong
  • Director: GiSang Jeon
  • Writer: Yôko Kamio, Jiryun Yoon
  • Year of release: 2009
  • OTT Platform: Netflix, MX Player
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Another romantic comedy that we highly recommend is Boys Over Flowers. The show is available on Netflix to stream and features a stellar cast that includes,  Ku Hye sun, Lee MinHo, and Kim Hyunjoong. This iconic teen drama follows the story of a few privileged boys at the Shinhwa High School. It is definitely one of the best Kdramas to watch right now. 

30. True Beauty


  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Cast: Moon Gayoung, Cha EunWoo, Hwang InYoup
  • Director: Sanghyub Kim
  • Writer: Lee ShiEun, Yaongyi
  • Year of release: 2020
  • OTT Platform: Viki
  • IMDb Rating: 8/10

Another highly rated K-drama that we highly recommend is True Beauty. The show features a star cast that includes, Moon Gayoung, Cha Eun Woo, and Hwang In Youp. Watch the show to witness an engaging love triangle. This coming-of-age K-drama features a romantic tale of the cutest high schoolers and is available on Viki to stream. 

31. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bokjoo


  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Cast: Lee SongKyoung, Nam Joohyuk, Jaeyoon Lee
  • Director: Hyun Jong Oh
  • Writer: HeeSeung Yang
  • Year of release: 2016
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.3/10
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Another show that we highly recommend for Korean fandom out there is Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bokjoo. The K-drama features Lee Song Kyoung, Nam Joohyuk, and Jaeyoon Lee and follows the story of a weightlifter who trains for the Olympics and soon falls in love. Stream the show on Netflix to watch the best of romance and comedy. 

32. Her Private Life


  • Genre: Comedy, Romance 
  • Cast: Ahn BoHyun, Park JinJoo, Bora Kim
  • Director: JongChan Hong
  • Writer: Hye Young Kim
  • Year of release: 2019
  • OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video
  • IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Another romantic comedy K-drama that’s honestly a dream come true for romance lovers is Ahn BoHyun, Park JinJoo, and Bora Kim starrer Her Private Life. The 2019 show is just the perfect rom-com. The show features a story of love and Sung Deokmi played by Park fan girls over her idol Shian. Watch the show on Amazon Prime Video for the best time of your life. 

33. Our Beloved Summer


  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Cast: Choi Woosik, Kim Dami, Kim Sungcheol
  • Director: Kim YoonJin
  • Writer: Lee NaEun
  • Year of release: 2022
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

Our Beloved Summer is indeed a beloved K-drama that you shouldn't miss out on. The 2022 K-drama features the story of a few high school friends after ten years. The show is one of the best K dramas and stars Choi Woosik, Kim Dami, and Kim Sungcheol among others, and is available on Netflix to stream and is indeed a cute romantic show. 

34. Run On


  • Genre: Drama, Romance 
  • Cast: Siwan Yim, Shin Se Kyung, Sooyoung Choi
  • Director: Jae Hoon Lee
  • Writer: Park ShiHyun
  • Year of release: 2020
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

Another Korean show with an epic romantic storyline is Run On. The 2020 show features the best of Siwan Yim, Shin Se Kyung, and Sooyoung Choi among others. Watch this show to witness the best of Ki Seongyeom and how she meets Oh Mijoo and falls in love. 

35. StartUp


  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance 
  • Cast: Bae Suzy, Nam Joohyuk, Kim SeonHo
  • Director: Choong Hwan Oh
  • Writer: Park Hyeryeon
  • Year of release: 
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8/10

This highly-rated show is a romantic comedy showcasing a tale that’s definitely worth watching. Stream this show on Netflix right now to watch the best of  Bae Suzy along with Nam Joohyuk. We promise you’d binge-watch the show in one sitting. 

36. Love Alarm


  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Cast: Kim Sohyun, Song Kang, Garam Jung
  • Director: Lee NaJeong, Kim Jin Woo, Yu Yeong Park
  • Writer: Yeon Su Cha, KyeYoung Chon, Seo Hui Kim, Ji Yeong Kwon, AhYeon Lee (screenwriter), Kim Saebom, Bora Seo
  • Year of release: 2019
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

This cutest romantic comedy show features a love story with a unique twist where a mobile application actually beeps to tell you someone in your affinity within a 10-meter radius is “in love” with you. Watch the show to witness a love story that starts with an alarm. One of the best Kdramas to watch on Netflix right now. 

37. What's Wrong With Secretary Kim


  • Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance 
  • Cast: Park MinYoung, Park Seojoon, Lee Tae Hwan
  • Director: Ji Yeong Choi, Joon Hwa Park  `
  • Writer: Jung EunYoung, KyungYoon Jung
  • Year of release: 2018
  • OTT Platform: Netflix, Hulu
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

You’ve got to watch What's Wrong With Secretary Kim on Netflix or Hulu if you are serious about having a good time. The show features the best stars including  Park Min Young, Park Seojoon, and Lee Tae Hwan among others. It is a genuinely sweet romantic show with a pinch of comedy and drama. 

38. Nevertheless


  • Genre: Drama, Romance 
  • Cast: Han Sohee, Song Kang, Cheska Aguiluz
  • Director: Kim Garam
  • Writer: Jung Seo, Jung Won
  • Year of release: 2021
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Better than any Western romance shows out there, this romantic K-drama is absolute perfection. Directed by Kim Garam the 2021 show features the best steamy romance that features stars like Han Sohee, Song Kang, and Cheska Aguiluz among others. If you are looking for one of the popular Kdramas to watch with your bae, this is the one. 

39. Touch Your Heart


  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Cast: Lee Dongwook, Sangwoo Lee, Sung Yoon Son
  • Director: Ji Yeong Choi, Joon Hwa Park
  • Writer: BoRim Choi, Myeong Suk Lee
  • Year of release: 2019
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

This show takes the cake for being the sweetest romantic comedy. The show titled Touch Your Heart will definitely manage to hit the chords. The workplace romance features impressive performances by Lee Dongwook, Sangwoo Lee, and Sung Yoon Son among others. The 2019 K-drama is available on Netflix to watch. 

40. Goblin (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God)


  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • Cast: Gong Yoo, Kim Goeun, Lee Dongwook
  • Director: Eung Bok Lee
  • Writer: Kim Eunsook
  • Year of release: 2016
  • OTT Platform: Netflix, MX Player
  • IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

The show titled Goblin is one of the best fantasy-based romance dramas. The 2016 Korean drama is available on Netflix to stream and features the best of Gong Yoo, Kim Goeun, and Lee Dongwook among others. The highly-rated show features a modern romance with just the right blend of fantasy and plot twists and we highly recommend you watch it right away.

41. Hotel de Luna


  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
  • Cast: Jieun Lee, Yeo Jingu, Shin Jeonggeun
  • Director: Choong Hwan Oh
  • Writer: Jeongeun Hong, Miran Hong
  • Year of release: 2019
  • OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

This K-drama is one of the best Kpop dramas to watch when you are looking for something to take your blues away. The show is actually created to make your soul smile. It is available on Amazon Prime Video to stream. 

42. The Uncanny Counter


  • Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror
  • Cast: Byeonggyu Jo, JoonSang Yoo, SeJeong Kim
  • Director: SeonDong Yu
  • Writer: Sebom Kim, Sebom Kim, Ji Na Yeo (screenwriter), SeonDong Yu
  • Year of release: 2020
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

The Uncanny Counter is a 2020 show that features an intriguing tale of a group of interesting characters with extraordinary abilities. The group consists of five members and is called "Counter." Watch the show on Netflix to witness how these guys live an ordinary life in the day and an extraordinary one during the night.

43. The King: Eternal Monarch


  • Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
  • Cast: Lee MinHo, Kim Goeun, Woo DoHwan
  • Director: Baek SangHoon
  • Writer: Kim Eunsook
  • Year of release: 2020
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

For anyone who is fond of fantasy, time travel, and parallel universes, with just the right blend of tragedy and romance, this is your show. The K-drama is definitely a must-watch and features a tale of good-looking and strong characters. Watch the show on Netflix to witness the best of Lee MinHo, Kim Goeun, and Woo DoHwan. 

44. Mystic Popup Bar


  • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery 
  • Cast: Hwang Jeongeum, Yook Sungjae, Choi Wonyoung
  • Director: Chang Geun Jun
  • Writer: Ha Yoon Ah
  • Year of release: 2020
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8/10

Another fantastic Korean drama we highly recommend is Mystic Popup Bar. The 2020 K-drama is directed by Chang Geun Jun and written by Ha Yoon Ah. Whether you are looking for any mysterious drama or a fabulous fantasy, the storyline of this epic show is bound to satisfy you. Watch this show on Netflix when you are in the mood for some iconic K-drama.

45. Memories of the Alhambra


  • Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-fi
  • Cast: Park Shin Hye, Hyun Bin, JinWoong Min
  • Director: Gil Ho Ahn
  • Writer: JaeJeong Song
  • Year of release: 2018
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

With a star cast including, Park Shin Hye, Hyun Bin, and Jin Woong Min, this show is everything you need if you love romantic sci-fi dramas. The show features a romantic story that’s set in an augmented reality game filled with dangerous quests. It is indeed one of the best Kdramas to watch on Netflix

46. Legend of the Blue Sea


  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • Cast: Jun Jihyun, Lee MinHo, Lee Heejoon
  • Director: Hyuk Jin
  • Writer: Ji Eun Park
  • Year of release: 2016
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Another fantasy romance K-drama that will definitely, make you go, ‘Why didn’t I know about it earlier?’, is Legend of the Blue Sea. This 2019 Korean drama is another highly-rated show that showcases a storyline of how a con artist and a mermaid meet and actually fall in love with each other. The show is directed by Hyuk Jin and features amazing performances by Jun Jihyun, Lee Min Ho, and Lee Heejoon.

47. W


  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
  • Cast: Lee JongSuk, Han Hyojoo, Jeong EuGene
  • Director: Dae Yoon Jung
  • Writer: David Bannon, JaeJeong Song
  • Year of release: 2016
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8/10

This contemporary action comedy-drama is made for people who like coming-of-age romance dramas. The show features a story of a cardiothoracic resident and a webtoon artist and he mysteriously goes missing. The highly-rated show features the best of  Jun Jihyun, Lee MinHo, and Lee Hee Joon among others, and is available on Netflix to stream. 

48. My Love from the Star


  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
  • Cast: Lee JongSuk, Han Hyojoo, Jeong EuGene
  • Director: Dae Yoon Jung
  • Writer: David Bannon, JaeJeong Song
  • Year of release: 2016
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

One of the must watch Korean dramas that feature romance, comedy, and aliens, My Love From The Star is indeed a complete entertainer. Directed by Dae Yoon Jung the Korean show features the best of Lee JongSuk, Han Hyojoo, and Jeong Eu Gene among others. Watch the show on Netflix to witness one of the most intriguing storylines that features a gorgeous-looking alien on earth. 

49. It's Okay to Not Be Okay


  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance 
  • Cast: Kim Soohyun, Seo YeJi, Oh Jungse
  • Director: Park Shin Woo
  • Writer: Jo Yong
  • Year of release: 2020
  • OTT Platform: Netflix
  • IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Directed by Park Shin Woo and written by Jo Yong, the story features outstanding acting performances by Kim Soohyun, Seo YeJi, and Oh Jungse among others. In fact, for anyone who has been looking for the best of intense drama with bits of comedy and romance, this 2020 show should be your pick. The storyline of Park Shin Woo’s It's Okay to Not Be Okay features the story of a psychiatric ward caretaker who meets a writer. The show follows a series of events with plenty of romance, drama, and plot twists. This highly-rated show is available on Netflix to stream and is indeed one of the best Kdramas to watch with your bae. 

50. It's Okay, That's Love


  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance 
  • Cast: Dongil Sung, KwangSoo Lee, Jin Kyung
  • Director: Kyootae Kim
  • Writer: Hee Kyung No
  • Year of release: 2014
  • OTT Platform: Viki
  • IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Another highly rated and highly acclaimed K-drama that we highly recommend is It's Okay, That's Love.  It's Okay, That's Love is directed by Kyootae Kim and is written by Hee Kyung No and includes a star cast featuring Dongil Sung, KwangSoo Lee, and Jin Kyung among others. When it comes to the storyline, the show is one of the most engaging Korean dramas that will definitely keep you glued to the screens. 

 

Whether you like to watch romance, thrillers, comedy, or intense dramas, the world of Korean entertainment has something for everyone. Yes, Korean shows are explicitly famous for their gorgeous-looking cast members and cute romance dramas but we assure you every K-drama enlisted above is so much more than that. In fact, we made it our goal to enlist only Korean dramas that are cinematic masterpieces. For anyone on a journey to explore the best of Korean dramas, we highly recommend you to bookmark this extensive list of best Kdramas to watch for the next time you watch something perfect to binge-watch. 

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FAQs

Which is the No 1 Korean drama?
Squid Game is one of the most-watched K-dramas and was certainly a viral hit, and for good reason. The Korean show features a group of people all stuck in serious debt, all of them who sign up for a game to win 45.6 billion won.

What is the highest-ranked Kdrama?
With an 8.8/10 IMDb rating, While You Were Sleeping is one of the highest-ranked K-dramas. The 2017 show features the story of reporter Nam Hongjoo played by Bae Suzy who can see the future in dreams. Watch the show if you like elements of fantasy, comedy, drama, and lots of plot twists. The highly rated show is available on Viki to stream.

What Kdramas do BTS like?
BTS's Jungkook really likes Twenty Five Twenty One while Suga likes Sky Castle.

Where to watch Extraordinary Attorney Woo?
Extraordinary Attorney Woo is available on Netflix to stream.

Which is the best kdrama of all time?
Alchemy of Souls is one of the best K-dramas of all time. The period fantasy show is set in a fictitious country called Daeho and features the story of nobles and warriors. Watch the show to understand more about the forbidden spell called alchemy of souls, which enables switching bodies. It is available on Netflix to stream.

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