This article was originally published in Reader’s Digest Magazine.
21 Best Korean Dramas You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now, January 20, 2022
“Have you watched Squid Game?” It’s the question on everyone’s lips. The Netflix Korean drama exploded in popularity this fall, with a whopping 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and over 100 million viewers, making it the streamer’s biggest TV series launch ever. It’s safe to say Korean dramas (colloquially known as K-dramas) have come a long way since the low-budget, formulaic soap operas I fell in love with in the ’90s.
Many Korean American families like mine used to have to rent pirated K-dramas on VHS from the nearest Korean supermarket, and even then, we only had two or three options to pick from. Fortunately, over the past decade, the advent of streaming services and the recognition of Korean filmmaking in Hollywood—with films like Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite paving the way—have changed the game. Now we have the world’s best TV shows and movies easily streamable just a single click away.
No longer just a subcategory under the international section, K-dramas have carved out their own genre and are quickly becoming some of the best shows on Netflix. So why not take a break from your true crime documentaries on Netflix and classic TV shows, and try something new instead? Of all the Korean dramas to watch, these 20 make the must-watch list for their high ratings, award wins, and stellar storytelling. Whether you’re into crime shows, zombie thrillers, sci-fi and fantasy epics, or romantic comedies, you’ll find a Netflix Korean drama to fall in love with tonight.
Read the whole list here.
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