Do you have bags under your eyes? Have you been spouting random Korean words? Are you craving for Tteokbokki or soju? Is your phone wallpaper Hyun Bin?
If you’ve said yes to any of these, you probably have the Korean drama fever. Korean dramas, better known as K-dramas, have been around for decades.
But with streaming sites like Netflix and Viu, it has become easily accessible. Especially for us Pinoys who love our share of drama.
What Makes K-Dramas Appealing?
Unlike Filipino or Spanish telenovelas, K-dramas are short and concise. Most series are limited to 16 episodes with no season 2!
From romantic comedy to crime thriller to supernatural horror, they have it. And the best part? With only 16 episodes, they manage to create a solid plot with unpredictable twists.
They’re simply addictive.
Unfortunately, not all K-dramas are made equal. Some reign superior. But one thing’s for sure, no matter what genre you like, there’s one that’ll hook you right in.
That said, here’s our list of binge-worthy K-dramas that’ll make you say, “One more episode!”
Binge-Worthy K-Dramas To Obsess Over
Number of Episodes: 16
Cast: Lee Joon Gi; Seo Ye Ji
What It’s About: This Korean drama is about a gangster turned lawyer who seeks revenge for his mother. He’ll take advantage of loopholes in the law to bring down a corrupt Judge.
If you can’t get enough of Seo Ye Ji from It’s Okay Not To Be Okay (IONTBO), then this series will definitely fill that burning hole.
Although this series isn’t as in-depth as IONTBO, it’s still worth watching. Perfect for anyone who likes court scenes, Lawless Lawyer adds spunk to a typically boring genre.
In this series, you’ll meet a gangster, a loan shark, and a determined lawyer. Watch as this little, dysfunctional gang oppose a corrupt power.
Touch Your Heart
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cast: Lee Dong Wook; Yoo In-Na
What It’s About: When top actress Oh Yoon Seo gets involved in a scandal, it damaged her career which left her jobless for 2 years. Determined to be in the spotlight again, she begs the scriptwriter of a major upcoming television series to give her a chance. They agreed on one condition: She should work as a secretary to a lawyer named Kwon Jung Rok.
Did you love Lee Dong Wook’s and Yoo In-Na’s chemistry in Goblin? Then Touch Your Heart is definitely a must-watch.
It’s perfect for those looking for a fun, refreshing series with little to no drama. If I could liken a series to a dessert, this would definitely be cotton candy. It’s sweet, fluffy, and oh so good!
Plus, you’ll love the Korean series parodies in the series. If you’ve watched enough k-dramas, you’ll know which series they’re imitating.
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Crime Thriller
Cast: Jang Hyuk; Lee Ha Na
What It’s About: Kang Kwon-Joo is a policewoman with above-average psycho-acoustic skills. This means she can hear even the softest sounds. She went for voice profiling and was working at a call center when her father was killed. Moo Jin-Hyuk, on the other hand, is a detective who spiraled down into a depression after his wife was murdered.
Kwon-Joo and Jin-Hyuk team up to solve cases while looking for the serial killer who killed their loved ones.
This k-drama series focuses on how 911 operators and police officers help save lives. It’s an edge-of-your-seat series with life and death situations. Added into the mix is a serial killer who is not only intelligent but also very brutal.
Voice is perfect for those who enjoy crime thriller dramas. Unlike CSI or Criminal Minds, this series doesn’t just focus on profiling. It’s also full of action, chase, and puzzles that’ll keep your mind working.
Mystic Pop-Up Bar
Number of Episodes: 12
Cast: Hwang Jung-Eum; Yook Sung Jae; Choi Won Young
What It’s About: Wol-Joo is an ill-tempered lady who runs a mysterious pop-up bar. There, customers drink a mysterious soju that’ll make them spill their problems and woes. Hang Kang Bae stumbles into the pop-up bar and ended up helping customers resolve their problems through their dreams.
If you can’t get enough of Hotel Del Luna, you should definitely check this out. Although not as grand-scale as Hotel Del Luna, Mystic Pop-Up bar has similar themes. In fact, it’s very reminiscent of the former that you can’t help but compare them.
But Mystic Pop-Up Bar has its unique charm. It is filled with heartwarming stories of everyday life with a touch of magic. They even touch deep, sensitive subjects like mental health issues.
It’s definitely a fun, vibrant, and touching Korean series. It has a way of making you empathize with the characters. So you can expect a rollercoaster of emotions. But one thing’s for sure, Mystic Pop-Up Bar is definitely a healing series.
With only 12 episodes, you’ll devour this one in no time.
Did any of the K-drama series catch your attention? Tell us what series you want to watch next!