Korean television series or K-dramas are television series produced in South Korea. Over the last two decades, K-dramas have become a popular source of entertainment across the globe. The best part about K-dramas is that a show usually runs for one season with 16 episodes (if it consists of one-hour episodes) or 32 episodes (if each episode is thirty minutes long). Sometimes, a drama is even less than 16 episodes. This is exactly what makes it binge-worthy without tiring ourselves.
Compiled below is a list of top-15 K-dramas to make your weekend brighter and exciting.
1. Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung
This K-drama is set in the Joseon dynasty. It falls under the genre of historical series or period drama. The plot revolves around the story of Goo Hae-ryung, a government intern who battles workplace discrimination owing to her gender as a woman.
2. When the Camellia Blooms
This K-drama stands out for creating a space for the representation of an independent single-mother as its protagonist. Dongbaek’s life becomes arduous when a police-officer, Hwang Yong-sik enters her café “Camellia” and falls in love with her.
3. Crash Landing on You
The budding romance between a South Korean business-tycoon who lost her business and a North Korean soldier forms the larger plot of the k-drama. Their love develops against the backdrop of strenuous ties between North Korea and South Korea. The drama balances between state conflicts, family issues and romance. The show also depicts hilarious scenes between the leads and other characters. It is definitely worth a watch.
4. Mr. Heart
Mr. Heart is a short K-drama of eight episodes. It is a Boy Love (BL) mini-series about two male track-athletes who are partnered together but end up discovering more than they had bargained for. This drama is avaikable on Rakuten Viki.
This K-drama is an absolute must-watch for those who enjoy shows about the legal system. It is about two competitive rival attorneys who battle against anything that stands in their path to achieve success.
6. Save Me
It follows the story of a girl who is trapped in a cult, and her subsequent battle to break free from the clutches of its malignant cult-leader. With its incredible cast, astounding direction, marvelous cinematography and remarkable but poignant story-line, this K-drama is a must-watch, but not for the faint-hearted viewers.
This K-drama is set in the Joseon period. It is a political horror-thriller historical drama, which follows the story of a prince as the only hope for his subjects, when a plague hits his kingdom.
It is a romantic fantasy drama about a 939 year-old Goblin who ends up falling for a girl who is destined to end his life. The narrative shifts between the past and the present, showing the connection between different periods. This K-drama is beautifully presented, and it will make you laugh out loud, cry with the characters and feel good about having watched it.
Ever wondered what happens when you discover a walkie-talkie that allows you to communicate with people from the past? Find out through this drama where police lieutenant Park Hae-young communicates with a detective from the past to solve three decades of connected murders.
10. The Crowned Clown
It is a historical drama. The court jester and doppelganger of the king is asked to pretend as the king when rebellion arises. The jester struggles to accept his new role and finds himself in a difficult position as he realizes that he is falling for the queen, Yoo So Woon.
11. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
A lonely health-worker at a psychiatric hospital meets a successful children’s author. The K-drama attempts to reduce stigma around mental health and tries to raise awareness about healing emotional wounds. The cast have beautifully presented their acting skills of trauma, vulnerability and healing.
12. Beyond Evil
A psychological thriller about two men, Lee Dong Sik and Han Joo Won, who chase a raging serial killer in their city. This K-drama is available on Netflix, and it consists of 16 episodes.
13. My Love From the Star
A classic that broke records after its release, this k-drama is a timeless masterpiece. Even thematically the drama is timeless, as it deals with the romance spanning across centuries between a human and an alien. It has been remade into Thai and Filipino languages owing to its popularity.
14. Hey Ghost, Let’s Fight
Would you ever think of the possibility of romance brewing between a ghost and a ghost-hunter? Well, this K-drama revolves around such a plot, where an unlikely friendship turns into a romance between a ghost and a ghost-hunter as they team up to track down malignant spirits in the human realm.
Science and religion cannot coexist? Well, this K-drama says otherwise. It narrates the story of a group of doctors and exorcists who take it upon themselves to protect the people in a hospital.
With a wide spectrum of genres, styles and forms available within the world of K-dramas, you can choose from romance, horror thriller, action, historical or fantasy in order to make your weekend fun. So you may sit back on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and binge-watch your favourite Korean series.