Top 10 Korean Dramas of 2022 on Netflix

IIf you ask a friend which Korean drama series to recommend, it’s probably last year. Squid Game It would be high on the charts.

The series not only broke the record for 1.65 billion hours watched in its first 28 days on Netflix, but also won multiple prestigious awards. . But most importantly, it showcased the creativity of the South Korean entertainment industry and its ability to innovate on the small screen on a global scale.

This year has been another stellar year for K-drama and general Korean content on Netflix, after $500 million invested in South Korean production stages and content over the past two years. The streaming platform reported that over 60% of its users watched Korean content in 2022. Last year, Korean content was featured on Netflix’s Weekly Top 10 in over 90 countries and three of its top 10 non-English lists. shows so far from South Korea (Squid Game, We Are All Dead, and Extraordinary Lawyer Woo).

Whether you’re a totally newbie looking to step into Netflix’s pool of Korean dramas or a seasoned fan looking to expand your to-watch list, here are the 10 best shows falling this year. All content is available to watch on Netflix US and is not listed in any particular order.

Extraordinary Lawyer Woo

Legal dramas are nothing new, but Extraordinary Lawyer Woo It breathes new life into the genre, featuring an autistic rookie lawyer as the lead character. Park Eun-bin sensitively portrays Woo Young-woo, who uses his savant-like abilities (including photographic memory) to represent his clients and help solve legal cases. Many viewers praised the series for its nuanced portrayal of workplace accessibility issues and the various prejudices that people with disabilities face in society. The 16-episode drama became Netflix’s sixth most popular non-English series of all time and remained on the Global English Non-English Top 10 list for 20 weeks, making it the only show to do so since. Squid Game.

we all died

Fans of the zombie genre will love this series about a group of Korean teenagers who find themselves trapped in a school amid a mysterious virus outbreak that turns its victims into angry, flesh-eating monsters. Based on a webtoon, Now at Our School By Joo Dong-geun, we all died It is a bloodstained, emotional roller coaster with compelling performances by rookie actors. The plot is mainly driven by adolescents’ usual anxiety and worries about the future, but what sets this hormone-fueled teen drama apart from other shows is the drama fueled by how far one person—especially someone who has been bullied—will go to seek revenge.

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juvenile justice

Veteran actor Kim Hye-soo is returning to the small screen. juvenile justice, a procedural legal drama. Kim plays Sim Eun-seok, a newly appointed juvenile court judge who has made it clear that she doesn’t like young offenders and that she believes the law should punish them severely. Balancing his temper is assistant judge Cha Tae-joo (played by Kim Moo-yeol), who believes he should be given a second chance. The drama covers topics such as murder and sexual harassment, and viewers are encouraged to ask themselves whether Eun-seok’s sentence fits the crime. The drama is particularly fascinating in developing Eun-seok’s curve, as it gradually uncovers the reasons behind Eun-seok’s disdain for young criminals and his years-long pursuit of justice.

twenty five twenty one

twenty five twenty one A coming-of-age story set in the late ’90s, when the IMF crisis crashed the South Korean economy. The plot focuses on Na Hee-do (played by Kim Tae-ri). Mr. Sunshine Fame) is her burgeoning romance with Baek Yi-jin (played by Nam Joo-hyuk), a high school student who dreams of becoming an Olympic fencer one day, and a college dropout when her family loses their fortune. of the financial crisis. Their relationship is told through the eyes of Hee-do’s 15-year-old daughter, Kim Min-chae (played by Choi Myung-bin), who accidentally sees her mother’s diary in modern-day South Korea. The 16-episode series is filled with sad moments that touch on the relatable experience of growing up in a society undergoing major changes.

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Business offer

The series turned from webtoon to drama Business offer A carefree romantic comedy that checks all the boxes for a relaxed weekend fun. Shin Ha-ri (played by K-pop singer Kim Se-jeong) is a young food researcher who takes her place on an arranged date for an arranged marriage at the behest of her best friend, with the goal of chasing potential suitors. . However, it turns out that the man who emerged was none other than Kang Tae-moo (played by Ahn Hyeo-sop), the CEO of the company Ha-ri works for. But instead of being scared, he finally offers a business deal; A fake engagement to save his grandfather from his back in exchange for paying money to Har-ri, who is supposed to take care of his family. The misadventures that follow are usually cute and funny, even if they border on the weird.

Narcos-Saints

to support their children, noraebang (karaoke) owner Kang In-gu (played by Ha Jung-woo) joins his friend’s business importing skateboard fish from Suriname to South Korea. After opening a factory in Suriname, In-gu is introduced to Pastor Jeon Yo-han (Hwang Jung-min), a Korean church leader with a reputation as a Good Samaritan who helps protect local businesses from gangs and corruption. authorities. But when In-gu is wrongly accused of committing a crime, he realizes it’s a cover: the skateboard fish he imported is found stuffed with cocaine, which is later traced back to Pastor Jeon. Choi Chang-ho (played by Park Hae-soo), an agent from the National Intelligence Service (Korean CIA), who is looking for someone to infiltrate Pastor Jeon’s inner circle, approaches In-gu. With no other choice, In-gu teams up with Chang-ho to bring down the priest’s drug empire. Loosely based on true events, the show was not spared controversy: the portrayal of Suriname as a narcotics state prompted its government to take legal action against the show’s producers.

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Thirty nine

Get your textures: Son Ye-jin (Crash Landing Upon You) returns to the small screen crying about the lifelong friendship between three women who are about to turn 40. The trio – Cha Mi-jo (played by Son), Jeon Chan-young (Jeon Mi-do) and Jang Joo-hee (Kim Ji-hyun)) – realize their friendship is put to the test when someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness. The lows these women face are offset by the highs of finding little moments of joy while supporting each other through the pain of inevitable loss. The show is a balm for the soul and the audience can’t get enough: Thirty nine has been on Netflix’s Global Weekly Top 10 for five weeks this spring.

Sound of Magic

This six-part musical drama, annarasumara, A webtoon by Ha Il-kwon. Yoon Ah-yi (played by Choi Eung-sun) is a high school student who falls into a desperate situation and tries to make ends meet for herself and her sister. One day, he crosses paths with Ri-eul (Ji Chang-wook), who claims to be a magician and lives in an abandoned old amusement park. Ah-yi is initially wary of Ri-eul, but soon finds herself wondering if magic is real. As they spend more time together, Ah-yi discovers that there may be something darker in Ri-eul’s spell than she is willing to admit. Could he even commit murder? Sound of Magic a somewhat unpredictable journey: she deals with sensitive issues like abandonment and sexual abuse, but somehow successfully balances the darkness with soft acoustic duets and carefully choreographed numbers.

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Once a Small Town

Han Ji-yul, a Seoul-based veterinarian (played by Chu Young-woo), is tricked by her grandfather into temporarily moving to the quaint rural Huidong Village and running an elderly animal clinic while her grandparents are enjoying a belated honeymoon. At first eager to return to Seoul, Han is like a fish out of water and is cold towards local residents. But in the end, he softens up towards An Ja-young, a particularly curious local police officer (played by Joy from K-pop group Red Velvet). The underrated romantic comedy has 12 episodes, and each episode is only 30 minutes long, making it a carefree weekend fun and requires no serious viewing commitment.

Our Blues

Lee Byung-hun (Red 2, Squid Game), Shin Min-a (Hometown of Cha-cha-cha), Cha Seung-won (An ordinary day), Uhm Jung-hwa (dancing queen), Han Ji-min (A Spring Night) and Kim Woo Bin (heirs), this slice-of-life drama brings together multiple separate narratives of the inhabitants of South Korea’s idyllic Jeju Island. Each episode focuses on a different relationship dynamic and presents themes from friendship in the reunion of two former high school sweethearts to forgiveness in the story of a mother and her estranged son. The show manages to give each of the characters time to breathe into their story and connect them in a way that enlivens the island community on screen. Our Blues It spent nine weeks on the Global Non-English Top 10 list, reaching the second most-watched position worldwide.

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