Dive Into The World of K-Dramas With These 25 Shows on Netflix

K-dramas on Netflix come in all shapes, sizes and genres: sci-fi dystopias, romances, political thrillers, period pieces and more. Netflix has been investing heavily in its original Korean content, and there’s something for every K-drama fan.

So while you’re waiting for the next season of Squid Game, you can dig through this list for your next must-watch. Or if you want to search for even more titles, use this special hidden code: 68699. 

For more recommendations, check out 11 of the best anime series to stream and the best streaming services for K-dramas.

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Follow the story of Baek Hyun-woo and Hong Hae-in as they fall in love, marry and weather “dizzying crises” that just may break them — or bring them back together. New episodes drop weekly, and you can watch the first season now.

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This rom-com series follows two doctors, former medical school rivals, who are now brilliant in their fields. When each faces career setbacks and burnout, they end up at the same house trying to put their lives back on track. And they realize there’s more to each other than they realized.

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Captivating the King (2024)

This period piece follows the royal and political drama as a cruel king falls for a woman focused on revenge. The first few episodes are available now, with new ones dropping this year.

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See You in My 19th Life (2023)

This limited series has two of the swooniest tropes: childhood friends-to-lovers with a touch of magic. Ban Ji-eum can reincarnate limitlessly, but in her 19th life, she decides to find her childhood crush, now all grown up.

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In an experiment gone wrong, Choi Min-ah steps into a scientific machine as a woman and steps out a chicken nugget. No, seriously. In this new absurdist series, follow along as Min-ah and her friends try to revert her back.

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Demonlike unearthly beings invade Earth in this dark fantasy series, delivering prophesies that doom people to dark futures. And it’s up to one group, the New Truth religious order, to try to stop it. Season one is available now, and the next season is expected this year.

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When it comes to critics’ praise, Mr. Sunshine is one of the most highly rated K-dramas in the genre. A period drama, the story is set in the early 1900s during the Joseon period. It centers on Eugene (once known as Choi Yoo Jin) who fled to America from Korea as a young servant child and later returned to his homeland as a Marine. His budding romance with Ae-shin, a noblewoman who’s fighting for Korean independence, is marred by friction over the reigning class system, jealousy and politics. If you like historical dramas, stream all 24 episodes in season 1 of the popular series.

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Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022)

This charming show follows Woo Young-woo, a sharp young attorney who is on the autism spectrum. The series blends legal drama with romance, family plots, comedy and life lessons that will keep you glued to the screen. You can stream season 1 of Extraordinary Attorney Woo now, and Netflix has renewed the fan-favorite for a second season, expected to air sometime in 2024.

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Corporal Han Ho-yeol, Private An Jun-ho and the D.P. unit must face another tragedy in the latest installment of the military drama that touches on bullying, hazing and toxic hierarchies. You can watch seasons 1 and 2 now.

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Crash Landing on You (2019)

A paragliding mishap lands South Korean heiress Yoon Se-ri within North Korean borders. She meets Ri Jeong-hyeok, a soldier who wants to help her stay safe. The two find themselves in love, but this story is steeped in complicated family relationships, political drama and crime. The full first season is on Netflix now. 

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Twenty Five Twenty One (2022)

As a prodigy fencer, Na Hee-do is determined to continue her fencing education when she transfers schools, where she meets the curious Baek Yi-jin. Told in dual timelines, this series follows Hee-do as a teenager in 1998 and as a mother in the present, showing how our coming of age can change everything.

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After a crisis, Cha Jeong-suk finds herself back in the medical career she had left some 20 years earlier. She contends with new colleagues, mystery diagnoses and lots of drama. You can watch the complete limited series now.

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Divorce Attorney Shin (2023)

Based on the webtoon of the same name, Divorce Attorney Shin follows Shin Sung-han as he fights for his clients in and out of the courtroom. His tragic past catches up to him and causes trouble. You can watch the limited series now.

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Based on the namesake webtoon and web novel, this workplace romance starts when Shin Ha-ri stands in for a friend on a blind date — with her CEO, Kang Tae-moo, who comes up with an interesting plan. You can watch the entire first season now.

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Netflix describes this show as the “K-drama spin” on its hit series Orange Is the New Black. Up-and-coming baseball star Kim Je-hyeok (played by K-pop star Krystal Idol) unexpectedly lands in prison rather than on the pitching mound. You can watch the entire first season now. 

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Black Knight is a dystopian series that takes place in 2071. In this world, everyone must wear face masks due to severe pollution. Adapted from a webtoon where the surviving human population stands at 1%, the story follows 5-8, a “delivery man” who’s skilled at fighting. His job is to help refugees find settlements in a society where a single corporation controls access to clean oxygen. Watch as the story unfolds as 5-8 meets a little boy named Sa-wol, an aspiring delivery man. You can watch all six episodes available now.

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Based on a webtoon of the same name, Bloodhounds unites two opposing boxers — Geon-woo and Woo-jin — when they need to contend with loan sharks. While paying off a debt is one obstacle, the pair must dive into an underworld filled with greed, violence and one boss who’s surprisingly altruistic. Not everything goes smoothly. Watch all eight episodes on Netflix now.

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A revenge story, The Glory centers on teacher Moon Dong-eu. She endured terrible bullying during childhood and seeks retribution against her tormentors. Then things get complicated. You can watch the complete show, 16 episodes total, available now.

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The Good Bad Mother (2023)

Young-soon raised her son, Kang-ho, alone after becoming a widow at a young age. She gives him tough love to ensure he’s able to thrive and not live in poverty when he’s an adult. Kang-ho grows up and becomes a successful lawyer, but an accident causes him to lose his memory and revert back to his 7-year-old self. The series is a journey through their recovery and Young-soon’s role as a “bad mom” to help her son heal. You can watch all 14 episodes available now.

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With action, soul-swapping magic, intrigue and a love story rolled into the plot, Alchemy of Souls treats viewers to a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Jang Uk is a nobleman who doesn’t have the most stellar reputation or fighting skills. Then comes along the warrior Nak-su — who’s trapped in another woman’s body — and opens him up to what’s been missing in his life, including love. You can watch Part 1 and Part 2 now on Netflix.

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Dong Hoon (played by Parasite star Lee Sun-kyun) is unhappy in his career, his wife Kang Yoon Hee is cheating and he gets caught up in illegal activity. His co-worker Lee Ji-an has the power to ruin everything for him, but will she? Their dynamic shifts as they both learn about each other’s struggles. You can watch all 16 episodes now.

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All of Us Are Dead (2022)

If zombie thrillers are your jam, then you must watch the Netflix original series, All of Us Are Dead. High school students find themselves trapped at school during a zombie outbreak, and it becomes an all-out race for survival. Not everyone is down to help one another, so keep your eyes on who’s willing to do their classmates dirty. You can watch the first season now, with season 2 confirmed by Netflix.

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In a supernatural thriller, Sweet Home journeys into an apartment building named Green Home. The show follows Hyun Soo, a lonely high schooler who has tragically lost his family in an accident. Moving into Green Home, he finds himself surrounded by neighbors who turn into monsters when their darkest desires surface. To survive, he and other residents must work together to fight the monsters and their inner turmoil. Seasons 1 and 2 are available now, with season 3 expected to be released in summer 2024.

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Crash Course in Romance (2023)

Rom-com fans should stream this series about a celebrity private school teacher who gets involved with a former athlete. Scandals, nosy parents and assorted hijinks keep the story interesting for season 1 of this Netflix original. 

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Queenmaker introduces viewers to Hwang Do-hee (played by Kim Hee-ae), a PR fixer who is hired at the Eunsung Group and tasked with working on an election campaign for Oh Kyung-sook, a resilient human rights attorney. You can check out the full first season of this political thriller that shows how the race for mayor is no cakewalk. 

For more recommendations, check out 11 of the best anime series to stream and the best streaming services for K-dramas.


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