5 Best Korean Dramas Of The Past Decade

5 Best Korean Dramas Of The Past Decade
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Here’s what you missed by not giving them a chance.

While it wasn't until the success of the thriller Squid Game in 2021 that the majority of U.S. audiences realized the great appeal of Korean dramas, K-dramas have been dominating the industry for many years. And they have been as good as you can imagine.

So, if you are ready to dive deep into the world of Korean dramas of the 2010s, you can start with the ones from the list below.

Good Doctor (2013)

If you feel like you already know the title, you are right. The story of this K-drama was used as the basis for the American TV show of the same name, with a slightly less happy production. However, try to forget every meme you know about this version, as you will enjoy the experience much more.

Reply 1988 (2015)

1988 isn't the only era the Reply show has done, but it's the most successful of them all, and it's definitely worth your attention if you're interested in the foreign life of the 80s. The show focuses more on the people and their development than on an active plot, so it's your choice if you don't need much action.

Stranger (2017)

This Korean procedural drama would be right up your alley if you enjoyed shows like Bones or Castle, but now want to shake things up with a different approach. Stranger tells the story of a cold-blooded prosecutor who is forced to work with a compassionate police officer to save the city from a brutal serial killer on the loose.

Misaeng: Incomplete Life (2014)

Incomplete Life is one of the most popular Korean dramas of its time, known for breaking all records for its network in the days of airing. If you're not tired of corporate settings and enjoy watching people with strict dress codes fight each other for a place under the sun, you should definitely give it a try.

Love Alarm (2019)

One of the dramas that blew up Netflix at the end of the decade. Love Alarm is an 8-episode promise of how technology will affect our love lives in the very near future. Or a warning from the creators to try to keep the two separate for as long as we can, until technology complicates things even further.