10 Most Popular K-Dramas to Binge on Netflix Right Now
An easy way to explore the genre without leaving your favorite streaming platform.
The South Korean entertainment industry is becoming more and more globally successful as the years go by, and there's nothing that can change that. K-dramas are on every platform right next to the Western gems, and frankly, they are getting more and more popular.
The magic of K-dramas is that they are their own genre, and you can expect them to be comedies, horrors, whatever. Netflix is the platform that has the most popular shows, and here are ten best K-dramas you need to check out immediately.
1. Mask Girl
Let's start the list with this 100% Rotten Tomatoes hit that came out this year. As is often the case, the series is an adaptation of another webtoon. It revolves around a young woman who gets so bored with her monotonous office life that she decides to put on a mask and become a famous Internet streamer.
However, she ends up getting the wrong attention and changing her life for the worse. There are also some unexpected casting choices, but you should see for yourself.
If you are a fan of K-dramas with tough female leads, this one is for you. Queenmaker focuses on Hwang Do-hee as she tries to turn a human rights lawyer into another mayor of their city. Do-hee decides to make it her mission after a tragic accident in her life leaves her tougher than ever. The political drama with so many scandals and plot twists definitely deserves your attention.
3. Crash Landing on You
Another 100% Rotten Tomatoes approved K-Drama on Netflix. It was released in 2019 and became an instant hit. Since then it has really become one of the most popular shows on the platform. In the center of the series is a touching love drama between a North Korean soldier and an heiress from South Korea.
After she went paragliding one weekend, she was caught in a tornado and was forced to land in North Korea. While trying to escape from the country, she finds the love of her life. But how will it save her?
4. Squid Game
Well, we are going to go out on a limb here and guess that for a large part of our readers, Squid Game was actually the first K-drama they ever watched. But if that's not your case and you're always following trends years after they're over, then check out this smash hit.
Netflix's original show Squid Game focuses on 456 contestants who are caught in the middle of a deadly game to win the cash prize. But before entering the game, no one thought it would be so dangerous and that they would literally be fighting for their lives.
If you've never watched an action K-drama – well, that's your loss. But we really recommend that you tune into this one, we guarantee you'll become a fan. Bloodhounds is perhaps the best South Korean action crime drama with the most outstanding choreography and acting.
The series focuses on two professional fighters who made a huge mistake when they got money from a vicious loan shark who forces them to use their skills to dip into the criminal world to make them pay their debts. The plot of the series will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
This is an excellent series for fans of unexpected romance stories. Featuring Bae Suzy and Yang Se-Jong, the show revolves around the lives of their characters as they get closer. What fans like about the show is that the director has made the usual K-drama trope less annoying and even compelling. You immediately start rooting for the main couple and wish for them to overcome all the strange obstacles.
When the series was released two years ago, it became an instant hit worldwide. The first thing that contributes to this is that the male lead is played by Song Kang. He portrays the magnetic and charming Park Jae-eon, whose likable personality eventually helps Yu Na-Bi, who is freshly wounded after a breakup, to believe in love again.
However, if you think that there will be a love story right away, don't expect it. Be prepared to go through some awkward stages as these two realize what they really want out of life.
8. The Silent Sea
If you are tired of the endless parade of rom-coms, The Silent Sea is for you. A sci-fi horror series set in space, it tells the story of a crew investigating an abandoned research station that has suffered a tragedy. The new mission is to make sure they can bring water back to Earth. But will the crew survive all the space dangers they will encounter along the way?
9. King the Land
This 2023 series can be described as a dramedy, as it follows hotel manager Goo Won, who is discouraged by his involvement in an inheritance war, only to find new meaning in his life through his unexpected meeting with the always upbeat hotel owner Cheon Sa-rang. The K-drama is easy to watch, but has plenty of intriguing plot twists to keep you hooked.
This mystery thriller will leave you speechless because of the most unexpected plot twists that will follow you from the very beginning. It follows Seo Ah-ri, portrayed by beloved actor Park Gyu-young, as he pursues his dream of becoming a huge star. What he didn't expect, however, is all the negative circumstances that will come along with it.