Korean dramas, widely known as K-dramas, are becoming extremely popular worldwide as K-pop and Korean culture rapidly dominate the hearts of many worldwide. K-dramas can go from sappy and romantic to heartbreaking to gut-wrenchingly gory and thrilling. So, no matter what genre you like, be it comedy, horror, action, or sci-fi, you will have plenty to choose from the list of amazing K-dramas.Recently, Netflix has become a home of K-dramas and, here are the top 10 K-dramas available on the OTT platform.
1. Squid Game (2021-2023)
'Squid Game' is by far one of the best K-dramas that has ever been created in history - the first episode of the thriller drama aired on September 17, 2021. The drama follows a group of 456 people knee-deep in debt, accepting a strange invitation to compete in a bunch of children's games. The prize for the winner is 45.6 billion won (280 crore rupees). But what awaits inside the playground is much more horrifying than it seems to be. Netflix has announced that the next season of 'Squid Game' is coming this November 22.
2. The Sound Of Magic (2022)
'The Sound of Magic' is a psychological musical drama that focuses on a depressed high schooler, Yoon Ah-Yi (played by Choi Sung-Eun), who one day finds a mysterious magician named Ri-Eul (played by Ji Chang-Wook), living in an abandoned theme park. Ri-Eul tries toget Ah-Yi to hope again for her dreams with his magic. This drama is based on a webtoon called "Annara Sumanara" by Ha Il-Kwon. Directed by Kim Seong-Yoon, 'The Sound of Magic' first aired on May 6, 2022. If you like to watch stuff that tugs at your heartstrings and makes you emotional, 'The Sound of Magic' is the perfect drama for you!
3. The Silent Sea (2021-)
Set in a future where the Earth suffers from extreme pollution and the lack of food and water due to desertification, 'The Silent Sea' follows a crew of space explorers trying to retrieve crucial samples from a deserted research base on the moon. The dystopian sci-fi drama debuted on December 24, 2021. Based on the 2014 film "The Sea of Tranquillity," the drama reminds us to stop pollution and save Mother Earth while we still can. Although there is no news of another season, the ending of the first season makes us think that there is a possibility of season 2.
4. The Good Bad Mother (2023)
Starring Ra Mi-Ran, Lee Do-Hyun, and Ahn Eun-Jin, 'The Good Bad Mother' tells the story of how, after a tragic accident, a cold-hearted and ambitious prosecutor, Choi Kang-Ho, loses his memories and reverts back to his 7-year-old self. Kang-Ho moves to his hometown which gives him and his mother another chance to mend their relationship. 'The Good Bad Mother' is a highly heartfelt slice-of-life drama that has captured the viewers’ hearts even though it took some time to get to the list of trending shows. The first episode of the K-drama aired on April 26, 2023.
5. The Glory (2022-2023)
There are plenty of revenge K-dramas. But there is none like 'The Glory'. Years after being a victim of high school bullying, Moon Dong-Eun becomes a primary school teacher. She embarks on a journey to take revenge on the bully that tormented her in her high school years. 'The Glory Part 1' started airing on December 30, 2022, with the promise of part 2 coming on March 10, 2023. The psychological thriller is one of the most successful K-dramas of 2023. School violence is a very concerning matter in South Korea, and 'The Glory' has shown it perfectly.
6. All Of Us Are Dead (2022-)
'All of Us Are Dead' is another K-drama adapted from a webtoon of the same name. The Coming-of-age horror K-drama is a typical zombie apocalypse series. Still, its engaging plot and fantastic character developments, along with mind-blowing acting, make it different from other zombie shows. Released on January 28, 2022, 'All of Us Are Dead' follows students trapped inside their high school trying to fight their way out when the said high school becomes the center of a zombie virus outbreak. Although the show has been renewed for another season on Netflix, the date has yet to be announced.
7. Little Women (2022)
'Little Women' tells the story of three sisters with a strong bond who grew up in poverty, getting entangled in a case that leads them to face off against the wealthiest and most influential family in South Korea. This K-drama is a reinterpretation of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel of the same name. The first episode of the mystery drama aired on September 3, 2022. The Cast of the drama includes a lot of well-known actors such as Kim Go-Eun, Park Ji-Hu, Wi Ha-Joon, and many more.
8. Alchemy Of Souls (2022)
Set in a fictional land called Daeho, 'Alchemy of Souls' is the tale of a powerful sorceress, Nak-Su, who accidentally shifts her soul into a blind woman's body, thus making her unable to access her magic. That is when she meets Jang-Uk, the young master of the Jang family and an aspiring mage who wants her help to unlock his full potential. The first episode of the fantasy romance K-drama aired on June 18, 2022. This series was divided into two seasons. 'Alchemy of Souls Season 2: Light and Shadow' started airing on December 10, 2022.
9. My Name (2021)
'My Name' is a crime drama that revolves around Yoon Ji-Woo (played by South Korea's well-known actress Han So-Hee), who joins the gang of a powerful crime lord to avenge her father's death. Ji-Woo sneaks into the police as an undercover agent to find the truth about her father's death. The incredible acting of the actors, the action scenes, and the plot itself have brought in a lot of praise from its viewers. The first episode of 'My Name' aired on October 15, 2021.
10. Sweet Home (2020-)
Based on the webtoon of the same name, 'Sweet Home' tells the story of Cha Hyun-soo, a loner high school student who rarely leaves his room. After a tragic accident that takes the lives of everyone in his family, Hyun-Soo moves into an apartment. Soon after, humans all around turn into monsters, and Hyun-soo, along with his neighbours, fights against them to save the human race that the monsters try to wipe out. 'Sweet Home' has been renewed for two more seasons, and the second season is rumored to be out this December, though there have not been any official announcements.