25 Best Korean Dramas to enjoy on Netflix

Carolina

Carolina

Carolina, a resident of Argentina is a movie buff through and through. She enjoys nothing more than binge-watching the latest Netflix series and is a big fan of their 'Originals' line. Her favourite movie is Frozen and she's a big fan of The Good Place & The Dragon Prince.

Some years ago, watching Korean dramas wasn’t easy like it is now. And Netflix has helped a lot to globally spread several series made in South Korea that otherwise would have never had an international release.

In this article, I’ve chosen 25 K-dramas available on Netflix around the world that are worth binge-watching or watching one-by-one depending on your schedule.

But, since not all of them are in all countries, in the next section, I’ll quickly explain to you how you can access every one of these, even if they’re not ‘officially’ available in your country.

How to watch K-dramas that aren’t available in your country

As you might know, Netflix doesn’t offer the same content in all countries. However, your account is able to access every country if you physically travel there.

Several K-dramas mentioned on this list aren’t available globally, but, luckily there’s a solution to this: a VPN like ExpressVPN.

By using ExpressVPN, you can unblock certain regions and access the Netflix catalogue as if you were in that country.

Apart from ExpressVPN, you can also try Surfshark and NordVPN, which are great options as well, you’re free to choose.

Just following these easy steps, you’ll be able to watch all the K-dramas that aren’t available in your country.

Step 1

Go to the ExpressVPN website and choose the plan you want to subscribe to.

Step 2

Create your account and provide your payment details.

Step 3

Get the app from the Products section, or download it straightforwardly from the Google Play or Apple Store if you already are on an Android or Apple mobile device.

Step 4

Log in with the account credentials you created in step 2 or the activation code supplied depending on what device you’re using.

Step 5

Once the app is running, log into your account and go to VPN Locations, look for the recommended locations I mention on each series, press the Connect button, and now you can access Netflix as if you were in the region you choose.

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Unblock all these movies using ExpressVPN.

The recommended VPN locations in this article have been tested with different VPN services, so I can guarantee you they work.

1. It’s okay to not be okay (2020)

16 episodes – Comedy, Drama, Romance – Available Globally

Moon Gang-tae is a nurse working at the OK Psychiatric Hospital.

He’s a kind and empathic young man that closed himself to love, and he only lives to take care of his autistic older brother. Due to his brother’s traumatic experience in the past, they are moving from place to place every year.

Ko Moon-young is a successful children’s book author with antisocial personality disorder and a traumatic and troubled past.

When both meet, a complex and tense relationship begins to develop, diving through the turmoil waters of mental illness and traumatic childhoods.

2. Crash Landing on You (2019)

16 episodes – Comedy, Romance – Available Globally

The story is about a rich heiress, Yoon Se-ri, who is swept up in a sudden storm while paragliding in Seoul and crash-lands in the North Korean portion of the DMZ.

There, she meets Ri Jeong-hyeok, a captain in the Korean People’s Army who is stationed along the North Korean DMZ.

He hides and protects Yoon Se-ri and tries to get her back to South Korea, falling in love with her in the meantime.

3. Itaewon Class (2020)

16 episodes – Drama, Romance – Available Globally

Based on the webtoon of the same name, Itaewon Class was aired on the South Korean JTBC cable network and worldwide on Netflix.

Park Sae-ro-yi is an ex-convict whose life turns 180 degrees when he’s expelled from school for punching a bully and his father dies in a car accident.

Following his father’s steps, he opens his own restaurant in Itaewon and now he must battle against a food conglomerate.

4. Hi Bye, Mama! (2020)

16 episodes – Comedy, Drama, Fantasy – Available Globally

Originally aired on tvN in South Korea and available worldwide on Netflix, Hi, Bye Mama! is one of the most successful K-series of this year.

Cha Yu-ri died five years ago in a tragic car accident, and since then she has remained as a ghost. Now, she’s given a chance to reincarnate as a human again if she successfully goes back to her place for 49 days.

The only little problem is her husband is now remarried.

5. My Love From the Star (2013)

21 episodes – Comedy, Drama, Fantasy – Available in selected countries

Recommended VPN Locations: Italy, Spain, Singapore, and United Kingdom

An alien, Do Min-joon, arrived on Earth in the year 1609 during the Joseon Dynasty in South Korea.

He saves a girl from falling off a cliff, missing his trip back to his home planet, and he gets stranded on Earth for four centuries.

In the modern era, Do Min-Joon has only three months to go back to his planet when he meets Cheon Song-yi, an actress who is his next-door neighbour and for whom he will fall in love.

6. Mystic Pop Up Bar (2020)

12 episodes – Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery – Available Globally

Based on the Daum webtoon Twin Tops Bar by Bae Hye-soo, the series tells the story of a mysterious bar run by a woman named Wol-joo.

A new part-time employee named Han Kang-bae, and an afterlife detective known as Chief Gwi who can visit their customers in their dream and help them to solve their problems.

7. Dream High (2011)

16 episodes – Comedy, Music, Romance – Available in selected countries

Recommend VPN Locations: Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom

Six students at Kirin High School work hard to achieve their goal of entering the Korean music industry and becoming K-pop idols.

During their years at the school, they train in singing, dancing, and acting, and they also start to develop feelings for each other.

A second season, Dream High 2, it’s also available on Netflix in the same regions.

8. The Producers (2015)

12 episodes – Comedy, Drama, Romance – Available on selected countries

Recommended VPN Locations: Italy, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom

A rookie producer joins KBS to be near to his secret crush, finding himself trapped in the crazy world of network TV, where competition and ratings are the rules of the game.

9. Coffee Prince (2007)

17 episodes – Comedy, Drama, Romance – Available in selected countries

Recommended VPN Locations: Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom

Choi Han-kyul decides to give a fresh turn to his family coffee business by changing its name to Coffee Prince and hiring only good looking male employees to attract female customers.

Go Eun-chan is a 24-year-old androgynous-looking girl desperate to get a job.

Eun-chan hides the fact she is a girl so Han-kyul hires her to his coffee shop. Things will get complicated when Han-kyul starts developing feelings for Eun-chan without knowing she’s a woman.

10. When the camellia blooms (2019)

20 episodes – Comedy, Drama, Romance – Available Globally

Oh Dong-baek is a single mother who moves to a new town and opens a bar named Camellia. Later, she meets Yong-sik, who declares his love for her, but Donb-baek doesn’t reciprocate him.

Yong-sik doesn’t give up, but now he must face his family’s opposition to his love interest due to Dong-baek being a single mother.

Things got more complicated when her past lover and father of her son appears trying to win her back.

11. Clean with passion for now (2018)

16 episodes – Comedy, Romance – Available in selected countries

Recommended VPN Locations: Italy, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom

Based on the popular webtoon of the same name, the series aired on JTBC cable network in South Korea, and then, in some countries on Netflix.

Gil Oh-sol is an employee at a cleaning company who meets her boss, a mysophobic young man. Both are totally opposed when it comes to their personalities, but in this big difference, they will find love.

12. Save me (2017)

16 episodes – Mystery, Thriller – Available Globally

A young woman moves with her family from Seoul to a suburban town. A religious cult called Goseonwon has control of the town disguised as a peaceful church that hides torture, violence and murder.

Through a tragic event, this newcomer family gets involved with this evil cult.

13. Something in the rain (2018)

16 episodes – Romance, Drama – Available Globally

The series tells the story of how two people go from just acquaintances to lovers defying all the social taboos.

Jin-ah is a woman in her 30s, working as a district supervisor at the coffeehouse franchise Coffee Bay, and Joon-hee is a young man in his 20s, working as an animator at the video game developer Smilegate.

Both of them share a friendship until they fall for each other dealing with their age difference while looking for the courage to take their relationship to everyone around them.

14. Hotel del Luna (2019)

16 episodes – Drama, Fantasy, Horror – Available in selected countries

Recommended VPN Locations: Italy, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom

Hotel del Luna is a supernatural place not visible during the day, and humans can only see it in special circumstances such as an invitation or a lunar eclipse.

The staff and clients are all ghosts and souls who have unfinished business in their former lives before going to the reincarnation cycle.

Only one human can work at the hotel as a general manager, and this post is inherited from a human passerby to another.

One of the most successful K-dramas from 2019 which aired on tvN and the twelfth-highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history. With a perfect balance between drama, fantasy and horror, Hotel del Luna has become a classic from the genre.

15. Angry Mom (2015)

16 episodes – Comedy, Drama – Available in selected countries

Recommended VPN Locations: Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom

Jo Kang-ja used to be a tough girl in high school, now she’s an adult woman and the mother of a girl who is bullied at school.

When Kang-ja finds out her daughter is a victim of bullying, she enrols to the school as an undercover student to teach the bullies a lesson and at the same unrevealing the issues of the educational system.

16. Marriage contract (2016)

16 episodes – Drama, Romance – Available in selected countries

Recommended VPN Locations: Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom

Kang Hye-soo is a single mother struggling to raise her daughter alone while paying the debts from her late husband.

Han Ji-hoon comes from a rich family who runs several companies, he seeks a marriage contract to save his mother from liver cancer.

When Hye-soo is diagnosed with a brain tumour, she accepts to marry Ji-hoon to secure her daughter’s future and she offers to donate her liver to his mother.

17. You’re beautiful (2009)

16 episodes – Comedy, Drama, Music – Available only on Netflix Singapore

Ko Mi-nyeo lived in an orphanage with her twin brother Ko Mi-nam since they were children and their father passed away.

Now, she’s living in a convent to fulfil her dream of becoming a nun, while her brother is the vocalist of the musical band A.N.Jell.

When Mi-nam goes to the US for some months, Mi-nyeo is asked to join the band disguised as her twin brother.

18. I hear your voice (2013)

18 episodes – Comedy, Drama, Fantasy – Available in selected countries

Recommended VPN Locations: Italy, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom

Jang Hye-sung is a bold lawyer working as a public defender. When she meets Park Soo-ha, a high school senior, her life changes.

Soo-ha has the supernatural ability to read people’s minds by looking to their eyes.

Now, together they solve cases by hearing people’s inner voices.

19. Reply (2012, 2014, 2015)

57 episodes in total split into three series – Comedy, Drama, Romance – Available Globally

Reply 1997, Reply 1994, and Reply 1988 are three unrelated series that follow the same type of narrative: back and forward in time, telling two timelines with the same characters.

Reply 1997 centres on a group of six friends living in Busan, who in 2012 meet at their high school reunion dinner and remember their youth years in 1997.

The series also portrays the beginning of the pop idols bands and the fanaticism culture around them.

Reply 1994 tells the story of six university students living in a boarding house in Sinchon, Seoul, which is run by a couple with a daughter.

Following the series style, the narrative is non-linear and mixes the events with the present time in 2013.

Reply 1988, it’s the final instalment of the Reply series.

The series revolves around five friends and their families living in the same neighbourhood of Ssangmun-dong, Dobong District, Northern Seoul.

A story about greed and influential people, who are never satisfied and they are always looking for more.

A cold-heart heiress, the rich man who loves her, and a woman from a poor background who wants to take her place, all entangled in a war for power and money.

21. Voice (2017)

S1 (16 episodes) S2 (12 episodes) – Action, Crime, Thriller – Available Globally

Moo Jin-hyuk is a detective whose wife was murdered while he was working.

Kang Kwon-joo is a policewoman gifted with perfect psycho-acoustics skills specialized in voice profiling. While working at the call centre, a brutal murder case happens and in the middle of the investigation, her father was killed.

Three years later, Jin-hyuk and Kwon-joo join forces to solve cases together while following the tracks of the serial killer who murdered their loved ones.

22. Saimdang, Memoir of Colors (2017)

28 episodes – Drama, History – Available in selected countries

Recommended VPN Locations: Canada, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom

Seo Ji-yoon is a lecturer in art history at Hankuk University about to finish her PhD, when one day she discovers the long lost diary of the famous Joseon-era artist and calligrapher Shin Saimdang.

From there on, the story takes place in two timelines: the present timeline with Seo Ji-yoon struggling with her problems, and the past timeline telling the story of Shin Saimdang 500 years ago.

23. Goedam (2020)

8 episodes – Short, Horror, Mystery – Available Globally

Park Si-on is an autistic savant who was discovered to have a genius-level memory and spatial skills when he was a child.

In adulthood, he enters the field of paediatric surgery as a resident, counting with only six months to prove himself capable.

In the hospital life, he must face conflicts with his peers and patients alike due to his atypical mental and emotional condition.

25. One More Time (2016)

8 episodes – Fantasy – Available Globally

One More Time is an indie band whose members are all childhood friends.

The leader and vocalist, Yoo Tan, suddenly gets swept up in a mysterious event: unwillingly travelling in time to save his girlfriend from a dark fate.

Summary

South Korea makes a lot of drama series with high-quality production, mainly showing impressive writing and acting. Now, thanks to Netflix, we can enjoy these series around the world with subtitles in many languages.

But, since not all of these series are available globally, on this list, you can find 25 Korean dramas and the regions where they’re available.

Also, the most important thing: you can unlock them using a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

You’re just a step away from getting access to great K-dramas by using your Netflix account around the world without moving from your home!

What’s your favourite Korean drama and is it on this list? I would love to know so drop me a comment below.

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