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 really 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 (as of February 1, 2020) 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 February 1, 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. Hymn Of Death
  31. Immortal Classic
  32. Inheritors (The Heirs)
  33. Iris
  34. Itaewon Class (ONGOING DRAMA ON JTBC)
  35. Jumping Girl
  36. K-pop Extreme Survival
  37. The K2
  38. Kingdom
  39. A Korean Odyssey (Hwayugi)
  40. Last
  41. Let’s Eat
  42. Let’s Eat 2
  43. The Liar And His Lover
  44. The Lies Within
  45. Life
  46. Live
  47. Live Up To Your Name
  48. Love Alarm
  49. Love For Ten: Generation Of Youth
  50. Love Rain
  51. Magic Phone
  52. A Man Called God
  53. Man To Man
  54. Memories Of The Alhambra
  55. The Miracle
  56. Misaeng
  57. Miss Panda & Mr. Hedgehog
  58. Momo Salon
  59. Mr. Sunshine
  60. My Country: The New Age
  61. My First First Love (2 seasons)
  62. My Little Baby
  63. My Only Love Song
  64. My Runway
  65. My Sassy Girl
  66. Nightmare High
  67. Oh My Ghost
  68. One More Time
  69. One Spring Night
  70. Operation Proposal
  71. Part-Time Idol
  72. Persona
  73. Possessed
  74. President
  75. Prison Playbook
  76. Reply 1988
  77. Reply 1994
  78. Reply 1997
  79. Romance Is A Bonus Book
  80. Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung
  81. Save Me
  82. Second 20s
  83. Secret Affair
  84. Signal
  85. Something In The Rain
  86. The Sound Of Your Heart
  87. The Sound Of Your Heart Reboot
  88. Spark
  89. Stranger (Secret Forest)
  90. Strong Girl Bong-soon (Strong Woman Do Bong-soon)
  91. Suits
  92. That Winter, The Wind Blows
  93. This Is My Love
  94. Tomorrow With You
  95. Tong: Memories
  96. Tunnel
  97. Under The Black Moonlight
  98. Vagabond
  99. What In The World Happened
  100. When The Camellia Blooms
  101. White Nights

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

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16 Comments

  • 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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