Some days, it feels like there will never enough time to watch all of the K-dramas out there. Since Korean entertainment became a worldwide phenomenon, there have been more and more dramas and movies to check out, actors to fall in love with, and articles urging you to watch the latest Korean hit. Luckily for anyone who's caught up (and sorry for those whose lists are just growing), Netflix has already released the beginning of this year's Korean TV lineup.
Following the international popularity of shows like Kingdom, Sweet Home, and Squid Game, Netflix is doubling down on the themes and stars that have put Korean entertainment on the map. From zombie thrillers and heartwrenching romances to the return of Song Joong-ki and Park Hae-soo, here are the Korean shows on Netflix to add to your must-watch list.
'The Silent Sea'
This sci-fi drama did come out in December, but it's worth a reminder if it got lost in the holiday shuffle. Superstars Bae Doona and Gong Yoo lead a team of soldiers and scientists who undertake a space mission to an abandoned lunar base. When they crash land, the group has to discover the mystery of the base and try to survive.
'All Of Us Are Dead'
Combining two of the subjects K-dramas do best—high school and zombies—All of Us Are Dead follows a group of students who get trapped inside their school in the midst of a virus outbreak. The eight-episode season will show the students finding love and friendship amidst the chaos.
'Forecasting Love and Weather'
Rom-com queen Park Min-young and Netflix regular Song Kang star in this drama following the staff at Korea's national weather forecast service. Jin Ha-kyung (Park) prefers to keep her personal and professional life separate, alienating her from most of her co-workers. When the intelligent new hire Lee Shi-woo (Song) impresses her, his free-spirited personality starts to break down her walls.
'Twenty Five Twenty One'
This romance drama is also a bit of a period piece, following two young people whose future plans were derailed by the real-life Korean Financial Crisis of 1997. When the pair, played by Mr. Sunshine's Kim Tae-ri and Start-Up's Nam Joo-hyuk, meet twice at the ages of 21 and 25, they support each other with friendship and affection as they enter adulthood.
Son Ye-jin is back with her first drama since Crash Landing on You, starring alongside Hospital Playlist's Jeon Mi-do and Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha's Kim Ji-hyun. They play a trio of lifelong friends, all on the verge of turning 40, who set out to achieve their goals with their careers, family lives, and love lives.
Based off the popular webcomic The Office Blind Date, this workplace drama stars The Uncanny Counter's Kim Se-jeong and Lover of the Red Sky's Ahn Hyo Seop. After agreeing to go on a blind date pretending to be her wealthy friend, Shin Ha-ri (Kim) discovers that the date is with the CEO of her company, Kang Tae-mu (Ahn). The following day, Kang proposes.
Kim Hye-soo from Hyena will lead another crime show this year. In Juvenile Justice, Kim plays a judge who is infamous for not liking juvenile defenders after she was a victim of a crime in her youth. When she gets appointed to a juvenile court, her experiences shift her perspective and she discovers what it means to be an adult.
Fans of mythical dramas like Goblin should definitely check out this drama about a group of grim reapers. Rather than leading souls to the afterlife, the reapers of Tomorrow are part of a crisis management team meant to save those who want to die. The series' stars include SF9 member and The King's Affection star Rowoon, Alice's Kim Hee-sun, and Doom at Your Service's Lee Soo-hyuk.
Premiere: March 25
Details are largely under wraps about this romance drama, which will follow residents finding love on the island of Jeju. What we do know is that the cast is stacked, including Squid Game's Lee Byung-hun, Hometown Cha Cha Cha's Shin Min-ah, and Parasite's Lee Jung-eun.
Premiere: April 9
'Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area'
Several hit international shows have been remade into stunning Korean dramas. The latest Korean remake will tackle Netflix's Spanish hit Money Heist, which recently aired its fifth season. For this new version, Squid Game's Park Hae-soo will star as jewel thief Berlin, in a story that's similar to the original, but with several twists.
'The Sound of Magic'
This paranormal drama follows Yoon A-yi (Choi Sung-eun), a high school student whose parents abandoned her. She now supports herself and her sister with part-time jobs while studying. One day she meets a magician (Ji Chang-wook) who grants her wish to speed up time so she can grow up. True Beauty breakout star Hwang In-yeop will also star, as Yoon A-yi's love interest.
'Remarriage & Desires'
This interesting workplace drama will show the inner workings of Rex, a matchmaking service for ambitious clients who want to marry into the ranks of the elite. Starring Alice's Kim Hee-seon and Strangers from Hell's Lee Hyun-wook, Remarriage & Desires will focus on the competition between members who want to marry members of the "Black," the company's highest social ranking.
Vincenzo star Jeon Yeo-bin will star in this comedy thriller. When Hong Ji-hyo's boyfriend disappears following a mysterious flash of light, she reaches out to members of the UFO community to help bring him back.
'Queen of the Scene'
Gong Hyo-jin from When the Camellia Blooms will star in this paranormal comedy about a writer who gets stuck in her own story. When Kim Ma Ri, known for the shocking twists in her stories, gets trapped in her own creation, she faces several comedic situations as she tries to get back to reality.
'Suriname: The Accidental Narco'
Park Hae-soo is set to star in another thriller drama this year, this one already drawing comparisons to Narcos. In Suriname, Park will play a businessman who gets involved in an National Intelligence Service (South Korea's version of the CIA) mission to arrest a Korean drug lord in South America.
'A Model Family'
This thrilling drama follows an ordinary family on the brink of bankruptcy who cross paths with a drug organization after one of them stumbles upon a car full of cash. Reply 1994's Jung Woo will play the man who finds the cash, and My Name's Park Hee-soon will play the drug org's second-in-command.
'Love to Hate You'
Arthdal Chronicles actors Kim Ok-vin and Yoo Teo will play two people in a war-like relationship, who both mistrust the opposite sex. Kim plays an entertainment lawyer who hates losing to men, while Yoo plays a top actor who detests the idea of dating. Will their love overcome their suspicions?
This realistic romance drama, starring SHINee's Minho and Strongest Deliveryman's Chae Soo-bin, will follow four young people who have thrown themselves into the fashion industry, depicting their day to day lives.
In this drama from Tune in for Love director Jung Ji-woo, a developer of a popular dating app gets entwined in a murder case involving the app, as she and her friends try to unwind the circumstances around a mysterious man named Yoon-O. On Your Wedding Day actor Kim Young-kwang leads the cast as Yoon-O, with Kang Hae-lim, Kim Yong-ji, and Kim Su-yeon also starring.
This dystopian series takes place in a fictional 2071, where only one percent of the human population has survived the intense air pollution, and delivery drivers, known as knights, play a crucial role within the new social stratification system. It follows the legendary Knight 5-8, and a refugee named Sawol who dreams of following in his footsteps. Kim Woo-bin, Kang you-seok, and E Som star.
Quinci LeGardye is a LA-based culture writer who covers TV, movies and pop culture. When she isn’t writing or checking Twitter, she’s probably watching the latest K-drama or giving a concert performance in her car.
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