7 Korean Dramas on Netflix That Also Deserve Your Time

Nope, I’m not gonna recommend Mr. Sunshine or Crash Landing On You because this article is all about the relatively not-so-popular Korean dramas on Netflix that you might have missed out but deserve your attention. They’re the ones that generally received positive reviews but didn’t generate buzz as much as let’s say, Hotel del Luna or When The Camellia Blooms, did.

The following seven Korean dramas are available on Netflix in at least two countries—the US and the Philippines. You can also find below the complete list of Korean dramas streaming on the platform in both countries.

1. Because This Is My First Life (Romantic Comedy)

Because This Is My First Life Poster 1

I went into this drama without expectations since I’m not a fan of both leads and the writer. But the first episode blew me away, so I ended up loving the show to pieces. Starring Lee Min-ki (The Lies Within) and Jung So-min (Hundred Million Stars From the Sky), Because This Is My First Life (2017) revolves around two thirty-something individuals who end up living together in one house and getting married for financial convenience. What started as a simple symbiotic relationship between the two becomes complicated when they begin to have feelings for each other. Dramabeans gave the series an honorable mention in the Best Drama category of its 2017 Editors’ Picks.

2. Chicago Typewriter (Fantasy Period Drama)

official poster of Korean drama Chicago Typewriter

If you’re looking for an underrated drama right now, Chicago Typewriter (2017) is a choice you won’t regret making. It tells the story of three independence fighters who lived during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s and are reincarnated into the present time as a famous writer in a career slump, a ghostwriter, and a veterinarian—played by Yoo Ah-in, Go Kyung-pyo (Cross), and Im Soo-jung (Search: WWW), respectively. I watched this almost three years ago, so I couldn’t exactly remember what transpired in the story but trust me, it’s a great drama (numerous comments online also say it’s one of the best of 2017). And as always, Yoo Ah-in gave an amazing portrayal of his character!

3. Prison Playbook (Black Comedy)

Wise Prison Life Poster 3

Prison Playbook (2017-2018) is one of the highest-rated Korean dramas in 2017 but in terms of popularity, it pales into insignificance compared to Reply 1988. The two dramas were directed by the same PD, so his signature directorial style is apparent in both works. Unfortunately, Prison Playbook being a black comedy set in a correctional facility is probably one reason why it didn’t become as famous as Reply 1988. But it did deliver and gave everyone a satisfying experience just as Reply did. The drama follows the everyday prison life of a star baseball player, played by Park Hae-soo, who ends up in jail after attacking a man who tried to sexually assault his sister.

4. The Sound Of Your Heart (Comedy)

The Sound Of Your Heart (2016) is a perfect choice when you want to relax and just have fun while watching a series. Based on a popular webtoon, it centers on a cartoonist, played by Lee Kwang-soo (Live), as he goes about his daily life with his family and girlfriend, played by Jung So-min (Hundred Million Stars From The Sky). The show is quite hilarious, which is why so many fans loved it and wanted a sequel. KBS2 did broadcast a reboot, which is also on Netflix, but it features a different cast and has been criticized for being “not even half as funny as the first season” (well, this is just a random viewer’s opinion I read online).

5. That Winter, The Wind Blows (Romantic Melodrama)

I couldn’t believe a love story involving a blind person could be successfully told on screen for 16 hours, but That Winter, The Wind Blows (2013) happened. Song Hye-kyo (Encounter) took on the role of a visually impaired heiress who lives alone in her mansion after her parents got divorced when she was a child. She also got separated from her elder brother named Oh Soo and didn’t hear from him for a long time. When she decides to find and meet him, she ends up crossing paths with another man also named Oh Soo, played by Ju In-sung (Dear My Friends). A high-stakes gambler, this man ends up pretending to be the real Oh Soo for the sake of the money. I can’t drop spoilers here, so watch the show to find out what happens next when they fall for each other. The series was penned by award-winning screenwriter No Hee-kyung, who also wrote Live, Dear My Friends, and It’s Okay That’s Love.

6. Tomorrow With You (Fantasy Romance)

Official poster of Korean drama Tomorrow With You

Tomorrow With You (2017) centers on a CEO of a real estate company, played by Lee Je-hoon (Where Stars Land), who can travel through time via a subway—a special ability that has helped him succeed in his business. One day, after foreseeing that he will die soon, he decides to marry an amateur photographer, portrayed by Shin Min-ah (Chief Of Staff 2), thinking it’s the only way he could save himself. However, their marriage seems to be not the answer to his problem and he becomes desperate to defy his fate when he falls in love with her. The director of this series also helmed Oh My Ghost, Hundred Million Stars From The Sky, Abyss, and most recently, Hi Bye, Mama!

7. Tunnel (Fantasy Crime Thriller)

Official poster of korean drama Tunnel

OCN is home to most of the crime thrillers in K-dramaland so there’s really a lot to choose from when you’re in the mood to indulge yourself in this genre. Tunnel (2017) is one of those that stood out, telling the story of a detective, played by Choi Jin-hyuk (Justice), who mysteriously disappeared in 1986 and appears in 2016 while chasing after a serial killer. After learning that the killer hasn’t been caught yet even after 30 years, he sets out to put an end to the case and hopes that by doing so, he can also return to where he came from. Yoon Hyun-min (My Holo Love) and Lee Yoo-young (The Lies Within) also star in the series as a detective and a criminal psychology professor, respectively.

Korean dramas on Netflix US (as of March 24, 2020):

  1. 12 Years Promise
  2. 28 Moons
  3. Abyss
  4. Another Miss Oh (Oh Hae-young Again)
  5. Argon
  6. Arthdal Chronicles
  7. Bad Guys
  8. Bad Guys: Vile City
  9. Beating Again
  10. Because This Is My First Life
  11. Black
  12. Boys Over Flowers
  13. The Bride Of Habaek
  14. Bring It On Ghost
  15. Cain And Abel
  16. Can We Get Married
  17. Cheese In The Trap
  18. Chicago Typewriter
  19. Chief Of Staff (2 seasons)
  20. Chocolate
  21. Cinderella And The Four Knights
  22. Color Of Woman
  23. Crash Landing On You
  24. The Cravings
  25. Designated Survivor: 60 Days
  26. Goodbye My Wife
  27. Happy And
  28. Heaven’s Garden
  29. Hello My Twenties (Age Of Youth, seasons 1 & 2)
  30. Hi Bye, Mama! (ONGOING DRAMA ON tvN)
  31. Hospital Playlist (ONGOING DRAMA ON tvN)
  32. Hyena (ONGOING DRAMA ON SBS)
  33. Hymn Of Death
  34. Immortal Classic
  35. Inheritors (The Heirs)
  36. Iris
  37. Itaewon Class
  38. Jumping Girl
  39. K-pop Extreme Survival
  40. The K2
  41. Kingdom (Season 1-2)
  42. A Korean Odyssey (Hwayugi)
  43. Last
  44. Let’s Eat
  45. Let’s Eat 2
  46. The Liar And His Lover
  47. The Lies Within
  48. Life
  49. Live
  50. Live Up To Your Name
  51. Love Alarm
  52. Love For Ten: Generation Of Youth
  53. Love Rain
  54. Magic Phone
  55. A Man Called God
  56. Man To Man
  57. Memories Of The Alhambra
  58. The Miracle
  59. Misaeng
  60. Miss Panda & Mr. Hedgehog
  61. Momo Salon
  62. Mr. Sunshine
  63. My Country: The New Age
  64. My First First Love (2 seasons)
  65. My Holo Love
  66. My Little Baby
  67. My Only Love Song
  68. My Runway
  69. My Sassy Girl
  70. Nightmare High
  71. Oh My Ghost
  72. One More Time
  73. One Spring Night
  74. Operation Proposal
  75. Part-Time Idol
  76. Persona
  77. Possessed
  78. President
  79. Prison Playbook
  80. Reply 1988
  81. Reply 1994
  82. Reply 1997
  83. Romance Is A Bonus Book
  84. Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung
  85. Save Me
  86. Second 20s
  87. Secret Affair
  88. Signal
  89. Something In The Rain
  90. The Sound Of Your Heart
  91. The Sound Of Your Heart Reboot
  92. Spark
  93. Stranger (Secret Forest)
  94. Strong Girl Bong-soon (Strong Woman Do Bong-soon)
  95. Suits
  96. That Winter, The Wind Blows
  97. This Is My Love
  98. Tomorrow With You
  99. Tong: Memories
  100. Tunnel
  101. Under The Black Moonlight
  102. Vagabond
  103. What In The World Happened
  104. When The Camellia Blooms
  105. White Nights

Korean Dramas on Netflix Philippines (as of March 24, 2020):

  1. 12 Years Promise
  2. 2 Weeks
  3. 28 Moons
  4. 49 Days
  5. Abyss
  6. Angry Mom
  7. Another Miss Oh (Oh Hae-young Again)
  8. Are You Human
  9. Argon
  10. Arthdal Chronicles
  11. Bad Guys
  12. Bad Guys: Vile City
  13. Beating Again
  14. Beautiful Gong Shim
  15. Beautiful World
  16. Beauty Inside
  17. Because This Is My First Life
  18. Beethoven Virus
  19. Big
  20. Birth Of A Beauty
  21. Black
  22. Black Knight
  23. Blood
  24. Boys Over Flowers
  25. Bridal Mask
  26. The Bride Of Habaek
  27. Bring It On Ghost
  28. Cain And Abel
  29. Can We Get Married
  30. Cheese In The Trap
  31. Chicago Typewriter
  32. Chief Of Staff (2 seasons)
  33. Chocolate
  34. Cinderella And The Four Knights
  35. Clean With Passion For Now
  36. Coffee Prince
  37. Color Of Woman
  38. Crash Landing On You
  39. The Cravings
  40. Cunning Single Lady
  41. Defendant
  42. Descendants Of The Sun
  43. Designated Survivor: 60 Days
  44. Diary of A Night Watchman
  45. Discovery Of Love
  46. Distorted (Falsify)
  47. Doctor Stranger
  48. Doctors
  49. Don’t Dare To Dream (Jealousy Incarnate)
  50. Dr. Romantic (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim)
  51. Dream High
  52. Dream High 2
  53. The Emperor Owner Of The Mask
  54. The Empress Ki
  55. Extraordinary You
  56. The Fiery Priest
  57. Fight For My Way
  58. Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency
  59. Full House
  60. The Girl Who Sees Scents
  61. Goblin
  62. Good Doctor
  63. Good Manager (Chief Kim)
  64. Goodbye My Wife
  65. The Greatest Love
  66. The Guardians
  67. Haechi
  68. Happy And
  69. He Is Psychometric
  70. Healer
  71. Heaven’s Garden
  72. Hello My Twenties (Age Of Youth, seasons 1 & 2)
  73. Her Private Life
  74. Hi Bye, Mama! (ONGOING DRAMA ON tvN)
  75. Hi! School – Love On
  76. Hit The Top (The Best Hit)
  77. Hospital Playlist (ONGOING DRAMA ON tvN)
  78. Hospital Ship
  79. Hotel del Luna
  80. Hwarang
  81. Hyde, Jekyll, Me
  82. Hyena (ONGOING DRAMA ON SBS)
  83. Hymn Of Death
  84. I Do, I Do
  85. I Hear Your Voice
  86. I Am Not A Robot
  87. Immortal Classic
  88. Inheritors (The Heirs)
  89. Iris
  90. Itaewon Class
  91. It’s Okay That’s Love
  92. Judge Vs. Judge
  93. Jumping Girl
  94. The K2
  95. Kangchi, The Beginning (Gu Family Book)
  96. Kill Me Heal Me
  97. The King 2 Hearts
  98. The King In Love
  99. Kingdom (Season 1-2)
  100. A Korean Odyssey (Hwayugi)
  101. Last
  102. The Last Empress
  103. Legal High
  104. Legend Of The Blue Sea
  105. Let’s Eat
  106. Let’s Eat 2
  107. The Liar And His Lover
  108. Lie To Me
  109. The Lies Within
  110. Life
  111. The Light In Your Eyes
  112. Live
  113. Live Up To Your Name
  114. Love Alarm
  115. Love And Marriage
  116. Love For Ten: Generation Of Youth
  117. Love In The Moonlight (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds)
  118. Love Rain
  119. Lucky Romance
  120. Magic Phone
  121. A Man Called God
  122. Man To Man
  123. Marriage Contract
  124. The Master’s Sun
  125. Memories Of The Alhambra
  126. The Miracle
  127. Misaeng
  128. Missing 9
  129. Misty
  130. Moment Of Eighteen
  131. Momo Salon
  132. Money Flower
  133. Moon Embracing The Sun
  134. Moorim School
  135. Mr. Sunshine
  136. Ms. Hammurabi
  137. My Contracted Husband Mr. Oh
  138. My Country: The New Age
  139. My First First Love (2 seasons)
  140. My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho
  141. My Golden Life
  142. My Holo Love
  143. My ID Is Gangnam Beauty
  144. My Little Baby
  145. My Love From The Star
  146. My Only Love Song
  147. My Runway
  148. My Sassy Girl
  149. Nice Guy
  150. Nightmare High
  151. Oh My Ghost
  152. Oh My Venus
  153. One More Happy Ending
  154. One More Time
  155. One Spring Night
  156. Operation Proposal
  157. Orange Marmalade
  158. The Package
  159. Part-Time Idol
  160. Pasta
  161. Persona
  162. Pinocchio
  163. Possessed
  164. President
  165. Pride And Prejudice
  166. Prison Playbook
  167. The Producers
  168. Queen For Seven Days
  169. Radiant Office
  170. Radio Romance
  171. The Rebel
  172. Remember
  173. Reply 1988
  174. Reply 1994
  175. Reply 1997
  176. Reunited Worlds
  177. Romance Is A Bonus Book
  178. Rooftop Prince
  179. Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung
  180. The Royal Gambler
  181. Saimdang, Memoir of Colors
  182. Sassy, Go Go
  183. Save Me
  184. The Scholar Who Walks The Night
  185. School 2017
  186. Search: WWW
  187. Second 20s
  188. Secret
  189. The Secret Life Of My Secretary
  190. Shopaholic Louis
  191. Signal
  192. Six Flying Dragons
  193. SKY Castle
  194. Something In The Rain
  195. The Sound Of Your Heart
  196. The Sound Of Your Heart Reboot
  197. Spark
  198. Still 17 (Thirty But Seventeen)
  199. Stranger (Secret Forest)
  200. Strong Girl Bong-soon (Strong Woman Do Bong-soon)
  201. Strongest Deliveryman
  202. Suits
  203. Suspicious Partner
  204. Tale Of Arang
  205. Temperature Of Love
  206. That Winter, The Wind Blows
  207. The Third Charm
  208. This Is My Love
  209. Tomorrow With You
  210. Tong: Memories
  211. Touch Your Heart
  212. Tree With Deep Roots
  213. Trot Lovers
  214. Tunnel
  215. Two Cops
  216. Uncontrollably Fond
  217. Under The Black Moonlight
  218. Vagabond
  219. W-Two Worlds Apart
  220. Warm And Cozy
  221. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo
  222. Welcome To Waikiki
  223. Welcome To Waikiki 2
  224. What In The World Happened
  225. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim
  226. When The Camellia Blooms
  227. Where Stars Land
  228. While You Were Sleeping
  229. Whisper
  230. White Nights
  231. Who Are You: School 2015
  232. The Wind Blows
  233. Wok Of Love
  234. Yong-pal
  235. You Are Beautiful
  236. You Are My Destiny
  237. You’re All Surrounded

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19 Comments

  • Angelyn Angcla

    April 6, 2020 - 9:55 pm

    Arthdal Chronicles 🙂

  • Gael

    April 1, 2020 - 1:01 pm

    Itaewon Class ❤

  • Reene

    February 25, 2020 - 9:56 am

    My Country A New Age is an amazing drama. Excellent acting by all the cast, great chemistry especially the two lead males, directing, production and writing also excellent. I highly highly recommend it!!!

  • Mikey

    February 4, 2020 - 6:39 am

    Second 20’s was funny and made me cry multiple times.

  • Maria Novendra

    February 2, 2020 - 5:30 pm

    Tomorrow With You is very good.I fell for the lead characters.I had no idea why it is not popular.I agree, those dramas you mentioned deserve more attention.

  • Mirah

    February 2, 2020 - 3:00 pm

    This inheritors the heirs is season or before

  • Marie Manog

    February 2, 2020 - 10:44 am

    I have watch all of those dramas where song joong ki is a part of it

  • Kay

    February 2, 2020 - 4:24 am

    Lots of good dramas on this list! So glad to see that Netflix is picking up more and more dramas these days 🙂

  • Priya

    February 2, 2020 - 12:50 am

    I clicked on this article after just looking at LEE KWANG SOO😍😍

  • Wells

    February 2, 2020 - 12:14 am

    I watched most of these Kdramas
    I loved Vagabond, Black, K2 and Chicago typewriter.
    I will continue with the others since I just finished Chicago typewriter 😊

  • Cath A.

    February 1, 2020 - 9:59 pm

    I had finished watching “Because This is My First Life” just last year and currently in progress with “Temperature of Love”. I have to check further the other Kdramas written on this list of yours that I haven’t watched yet.

  • Susan Donato

    February 1, 2020 - 8:41 pm

    I have watched most of the Kdrama in your list!

  • Susan Donato

    February 1, 2020 - 8:39 pm

    I’m a Kdrama fan that’s the reason I subscribed to Netflix. However,. I’m a bit frustrated since up to now Netflix has not uploaded the Kdrama entitled Moon Lovers, Scarlet Heart Ryeo. It’s available in YouTube but some series are missing. I hope I can watch it soon.

  • shry

    February 1, 2020 - 4:07 pm

    Prison playbook is a must watch, already binge watched so many times. Live the story and all the actors, everything about it!!!

  • Jill

    February 1, 2020 - 8:01 am

    Kind of sad that the Philippines has so many more great Kdramas available to them to watch compared to the United States.

    • Samfann

      February 1, 2020 - 9:38 am

      Yeah, and I think the difference has something to do with licensing issues in certain countries.

  • Janine

    February 1, 2020 - 6:38 am

    I’m definitely watching some on this list because you chose ‘Because this is my first life’ is on the list, that series is one of my favorite the story is so great and relatable specially for those who are in a relationship

    • Samfann

      February 1, 2020 - 12:07 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Janine!

  • Katalin

    January 31, 2020 - 9:58 pm

    Tunnel was great. Did you know they made a Philippine copy of it? By mistake I watched 2 minutes of it. Such bad acting.
    Sound of your heart is genius but Prison Playbook is the jewel of the 👑.

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