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 July 20, 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!
  31. Hospital Playlist
  32. Hyena
  33. Hymn Of Death
  34. Immortal Classic
  35. Inheritors (The Heirs)
  36. Iris
  37. Itaewon Class
  38. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
  39. Jumping Girl
  40. The King: Eternal Monarch
  41. K-pop Extreme Survival
  42. The K2
  43. Kingdom (Season 1-2)
  44. A Korean Odyssey (Hwayugi)
  45. Last
  46. Let’s Eat
  47. Let’s Eat 2
  48. The Liar And His Lover
  49. The Lies Within
  50. Life
  51. Live
  52. Live Up To Your Name
  53. Love Alarm
  54. Love For Ten: Generation Of Youth
  55. Love Rain
  56. Magic Phone
  57. A Man Called God
  58. Man To Man
  59. Memories Of The Alhambra
  60. The Miracle
  61. Misaeng
  62. Miss Panda & Mr. Hedgehog
  63. Momo Salon
  64. Mr. Sunshine
  65. My Country: The New Age
  66. My First First Love (2 seasons)
  67. My Holo Love
  68. My Little Baby
  69. My Only Love Song
  70. My Runway
  71. My Sassy Girl
  72. Mystic Pop-up Bar
  73. Nightmare High
  74. Oh My Ghost
  75. One More Time
  76. One Spring Night
  77. Operation Proposal
  78. Part-Time Idol
  79. Persona
  80. Possessed
  81. President
  82. Prison Playbook
  83. Reply 1988
  84. Reply 1994
  85. Reply 1997
  86. Romance Is A Bonus Book
  87. Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung
  88. Rugal
  89. Save Me
  90. Second 20s
  91. Secret Affair
  92. Signal
  93. Something In The Rain
  94. The Sound Of Your Heart
  95. The Sound Of Your Heart Reboot
  96. Spark
  97. Stranger (Secret Forest)
  98. Strong Girl Bong-soon (Strong Woman Do Bong-soon)
  99. Suits
  100. That Winter, The Wind Blows
  101. This Is My Love
  102. Tomorrow With You
  103. Tong: Memories
  104. Tunnel
  105. Under The Black Moonlight
  106. Vagabond
  107. Was It Love?
  108. What In The World Happened
  109. When The Camellia Blooms
  110. White Nights

Korean Dramas on Netflix Philippines (as of July 20, 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!
  75. Hi! School – Love On
  76. Hit The Top (The Best Hit)
  77. Hospital Playlist
  78. Hospital Ship
  79. Hotel del Luna
  80. Hwarang
  81. Hyde, Jekyll, Me
  82. Hyena
  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. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
  93. Judge Vs. Judge
  94. Jumping Girl
  95. The K2
  96. Kangchi, The Beginning (Gu Family Book)
  97. Kill Me Heal Me
  98. The King: Eternal Monarch
  99. The King 2 Hearts
  100. The King In Love
  101. Kingdom (Season 1-2)
  102. A Korean Odyssey (Hwayugi)
  103. Last
  104. The Last Empress
  105. Legal High
  106. Legend Of The Blue Sea
  107. Let’s Eat
  108. Let’s Eat 2
  109. The Liar And His Lover
  110. Lie To Me
  111. The Lies Within
  112. Life
  113. The Light In Your Eyes
  114. Live
  115. Live Up To Your Name
  116. Love Alarm
  117. Love And Marriage
  118. Love For Ten: Generation Of Youth
  119. Love In The Moonlight (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds)
  120. Love Rain
  121. Lucky Romance
  122. Magic Phone
  123. A Man Called God
  124. Man To Man
  125. Marriage Contract
  126. The Master’s Sun
  127. Memories Of The Alhambra
  128. The Miracle
  129. Misaeng
  130. Missing 9
  131. Misty
  132. Moment Of Eighteen
  133. Momo Salon
  134. Money Flower
  135. Moon Embracing The Sun
  136. Moorim School
  137. Mr. Sunshine
  138. Ms. Hammurabi
  139. My Contracted Husband Mr. Oh
  140. My Country: The New Age
  141. My First First Love (2 seasons)
  142. My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho
  143. My Golden Life
  144. My Holo Love
  145. My ID Is Gangnam Beauty
  146. My Little Baby
  147. My Love From The Star
  148. My Only Love Song
  149. My Runway
  150. My Sassy Girl
  151. Mystic Pop-up Bar
  152. Nice Guy
  153. Nightmare High
  154. Oh My Ghost
  155. Oh My Venus
  156. One More Happy Ending
  157. One More Time
  158. One Spring Night
  159. Operation Proposal
  160. Orange Marmalade
  161. The Package
  162. Part-Time Idol
  163. Pasta
  164. Persona
  165. Pinocchio
  166. Possessed
  167. President
  168. Pride And Prejudice
  169. Prison Playbook
  170. The Producers
  171. Queen For Seven Days
  172. Radiant Office
  173. Radio Romance
  174. The Rebel
  175. Remember
  176. Reply 1988
  177. Reply 1994
  178. Reply 1997
  179. Reunited Worlds
  180. Romance Is A Bonus Book
  181. Rooftop Prince
  182. Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung
  183. The Royal Gambler
  184. Rugal
  185. Saimdang, Memoir of Colors
  186. Sassy, Go Go
  187. Save Me
  188. The Scholar Who Walks The Night
  189. School 2017
  190. Search: WWW
  191. Second 20s
  192. Secret
  193. The Secret Life Of My Secretary
  194. Shopaholic Louis
  195. Signal
  196. Six Flying Dragons
  197. SKY Castle
  198. Something In The Rain
  199. The Sound Of Your Heart
  200. The Sound Of Your Heart Reboot
  201. Spark
  202. Still 17 (Thirty But Seventeen)
  203. Stranger (Secret Forest)
  204. Strong Girl Bong-soon (Strong Woman Do Bong-soon)
  205. Strongest Deliveryman
  206. Suits
  207. Suspicious Partner
  208. Tale Of Arang
  209. Temperature Of Love
  210. That Winter, The Wind Blows
  211. The Third Charm
  212. This Is My Love
  213. Tomorrow With You
  214. Tong: Memories
  215. Touch Your Heart
  216. Tree With Deep Roots
  217. Trot Lovers
  218. Tunnel
  219. Two Cops
  220. Uncontrollably Fond
  221. Under The Black Moonlight
  222. Vagabond
  223. W-Two Worlds Apart
  224. Warm And Cozy
  225. Was It Love?
  226. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo
  227. Welcome To Waikiki
  228. Welcome To Waikiki 2
  229. What In The World Happened
  230. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim
  231. When The Camellia Blooms
  232. Where Stars Land
  233. While You Were Sleeping
  234. Whisper
  235. White Nights
  236. Who Are You: School 2015
  237. The Wind Blows
  238. Wok Of Love
  239. Yong-pal
  240. You Are Beautiful
  241. You Are My Destiny
  242. You’re All Surrounded

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  • 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 👑.

  • 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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 😊

  • 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.

  • 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!!!

  • Honestly Chicago Typewriter is hands down the best underrated drama out there. From the acting to plot it’s an absolute masterpiece!
    I assure you that there will be no regret watching this!