Currently Airing Korean Dramas And How To Watch Them — Legally

Nineteen (19) prime time Korean dramas are airing these days in South Korea. If you’re living in Korea, you can simply watch these shows on television. But if you’re residing in other parts of the world, watching the original telecast is almost always impossible, which is why we have created this list of currently airing Korean dramas and the LEGAL streaming services you can use to watch the series in the Unites States, the Philippines, and India.

NOTE: This article will always be updated. You can visit this page again to find out which major Korean dramas are airing and their availability on the top Korean drama streaming sites. More countries will be included in our next updates (e.g. Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Australia, and Canada).

1. Perfume

Perfume Korean Drama
  • Synopsis: A middle-aged woman’s misfortune makes her furious at the whole world, but her life changes when she transforms into a young, gorgeous lady and gets to work as a model through the power of a magical perfume. Plus, she meets a neurotic fashion designer who might just give her another shot at love.
  • Genre: Fantasy Rom-com
  • Starring: Shin Sung-rok & Go Won-hee
  • Reason to watch: This is Shin Sung-rok’s most recent drama in which he’s portraying the male lead role, plus you can’t get enough of him in The Last Empress.
  • How to watch in the US: Kocowa, OnDemandKorea (Premium), Viki (Plus)
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Viu
  • How to watch in India: not available

2. Investigation Couple 2 (Partners for Justice 2)

Investigation Couple 2/Partners for Justice 2 Korean drama
  • Synopsis: Forensic doctor Baek Beom has doubt about Oh Man-sang’s death, so he continues to team up with prosecutor Eun Sol to find the truth and solve other cases.
  • Genre: Crime Procedural
  • Starring: Jung Jae-young & Jung Yoo-mi
  • Reason to watch: You just wanted a sequel to Investigation Couple and here you have it!
  • How to watch in the US: Kocowa, OnDemandKorea (Premium), Viki (Plus)
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Viu
  • How to watch in India: not available

3. The Secret Life Of My Secretary (Recently Ended)

The Secret Life Of My Secretary
  • Synopsis: A snarky boss at a mobile media company heavily relies on his sharp-tongued secretary. After being involved in an accident, he gets diagnosed with facial dysmorphic disorder. The only person he sees is his secretary, whom he mistakes for someone else. Because of his condition, she is forced to lead a dual life.
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • Starring: Kim Young-kwang & Jin Ki-joo
  • Reason to watch: You want more of Jin Ki-joo as the female lead. There is more to its seemingly “typical office romance” story than meets the eye.
  • How to watch in the US: Kocowa, OnDemandKorea (Premium), Viki (Plus)
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Viu
  • How to watch in India: Viki

4. The Wind Blows

The Wind Blows Korean drama
  • Synopsis: After learning that he has early-onset Alzheimer’s, a man decides to divorce his wife and end their relationship. Six years later, they meet again and realize they have made the wrong decision.
  • Genre: Romantic Melodrama
  • Starring: Kam Woo-sung & Kim Ha-neul
  • Reason to watch: Melodrama is your cup of tea, and a love story of a middle-aged couple is something you’re craving for.
  • How to watch in the US: Viki (Standard)
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Viu
  • How to watch in India: Viki

5. Designated Survivor: 60 Days

Designated Survivor 60 Days korean drama
  • Synopsis: Following a terrorist attack in the National Assembly that has killed South Korea’s President and other high-ranking government officials in the presidential line of succession, the Minister of Environment is suddenly sworn as the Acting President. Can he find the culprit and solve the nation’s other most pressing issues within 60 days?
  • Genre: Political Thriller
  • Starring: Ji Jin-hee, Kang Han-na, Heo Joon-hoo, Bae Jong-ok, & Lee Joon-hyuk
  • Reason to watch: Huge plot, just like in the original version of this remake. You could really feel the suspense in episode 2.
  • How to watch in the US: Netflix
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Netflix
  • How to watch in India: Netflix

6. Angel’s Last Mission: Love (Recently Ended)

Shin Hye-sun and L in Korean drama Angel's Last Mission: Love
  • Synopsis: An angel desperate to return to heaven accepts a mission. He is tasked with finding the true love of a ballerina who does not believe in love, but ends up the one who falls for her.
  • Genre: Fantasy Romance
  • Starring: Kim Myung-soo (L) & Shin Hye-sun
  • Reason to watch: The superb performance of the leads, period.
  • How to watch in the US: Kocowa, OnDemandKorea (Premium), Viki (Plus)
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Viu
  • How to watch in India: Viki (from July 6)

7. One Spring Night (Recently Ended)

Jung Hae-in and Han Ji-min in Korean drama One Spring Night
  • Synopsis: When a couple starts talking about marriage, they begin to reconsider the future of their relationship and contemplate if the love they have for each other is true. But they eventually break up, and she meets another man who might teach her what true love is about.
  • Genre: Romance
  • Starring: Han Ji-min & Jung Hae-in
  • Reason to watch: The story, plus the fact that the writer-director pair worked previously together in Something In The Rain.
  • How to watch in the US: Netflix (from July 12)
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Netflix
  • How to watch in India: Netflix

8. My Absolute Boyfriend

Absolute Boyfriend Korean Drama
  • Synopsis: A special effects makeup artist who has experienced many heartbreaks gets a humanoid robot designed to act as her ideal boyfriend. She meets a top actor who is serious about her, and they get caught up in a love triangle.
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy, Science Fiction
  • Starring: Yeo Jin-goo & Bang Min-ah
  • Reason to watch: This is a completely pre-produced Korean remake of a popular Japanese manga of the same English title.
  • How to watch in the US: Viki (Standard)
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Viu
  • How to watch in India: Viki

9. Save Me 2 (Recently Ended)

Save Me 2
  • Synopsis: A small town is in a state of chaos as members of a mysterious cult take over the place. When a former judo athlete who has just been released from prison goes back home, he feels that something is not right. As he learns more about the things that have changed in his absence, he finds the will to fight against the cult and expose its evil.
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • Starring: Uhm Tae-goo & Esom
  • Reason to watch: Save Me 2 is based on the 2013 animation film The Fake and it deals with an unusual topic in K-dramaland—religious cult.
  • How to watch in the US: OnDemandKorea
  • How to watch in the Philippines: not available
  • How to watch in India: not available

10. Search: WWW

Search WWW Korean drama
  • Synopsis: A trio of career women at two of Korea’s top portal sites have become successful thanks to their smarts and dedication to their work. But what about their love life? One of them meets a computer music company CEO who attracts her in more ways than one.
  • Genre: Romance
  • Starring: Im Soo-jung, Jang Ki-yong, Lee Da-hee, & Jeon Hye-jin
  • Reason to watch: Strong female characters who work at Korea’s top portal websites.
  • How to watch in the US: Viki (Standard)
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Viu
  • How to watch in India: Viki

11. Nokdu Flower (Recently Ended)

Nokdu Flower korean drama
  • Synopsis: Two sons of a famous government official—one of noble birth and the other born out of wedlock—go against each other as they fight for a brighter future for their country. The story features the real-life Donghak Peasant Revolution in 1894, when religious leaders and the peasants from Jeolla province joined forces against the government in calling for social reforms.
  • Genre: Historical Drama
  • Starring: Jo Jung-suk, Yoon Shi-yoon, & Han Ye-ri
  • Reason to watch: It is directed by the PD of Six Flying Dragons.
  • How to watch in the US: Kocowa, OnDemandKorea (Plus)
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Viu
  • How to watch in India: not available

12. Chief of Staff (Recently Ended)

Chief of Staff korean drama
  • Synopsis: A detective left his job to enter the National Assembly. Now a successful political aide to a high-profile lawmaker, he wants to achieve more and further climb the political ladder.
  • Genre: Political Drama
  • Starring: Lee Jung-jae & Shin Min-ah
  • Reason to watch: Lee Jung-jae has returned to the small screen through this drama after a decade-long absence. Why this show?
  • How to watch in the US: Netflix
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Netflix
  • How to watch in India: Netflix

13. Different Dreams (Recently Ended)

Different Dreams
  • Synopsis: A Korean woman who was raised by a Japanese couple becomes a known surgeon. While doing her job as a medical practitioner, she also works as an intelligence agent for the Provisional Government of Korea that is based in Shanghai and meets the leader of a secret society that is fighting for Korean independence.
  • Genre: Historical Melodrama
  • Starring: Lee Yo-won & Yoo Ji-tae
  • Reason to watch: It is penned by one of the writers of the award-winning 2009 series Iris.
  • How to watch in the US: Kocowa, OnDemandKorea (Premium), Viki (Plus)
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Viu
  • How to watch in India: not available

14. Mother of Mine

Weekend family drama 'Mother of Mine' off to a good start
  • Synopsis: The series focuses on the relationship between a single mother and her three daughters and deals with the social and family issues that discourage women to get married.
  • Genre: Family Drama
  • Starring: Kim Hae-sook & Kim So-yeon
  • Reason to watch: You love serial dramas, and this one has 100 episodes.
  • How to watch in the US: Kocowa, OnDemandKorea (Premium), Viki (Plus)
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Viu
  • How to watch in India: not available

15. Watcher

Watcher (Korean Drama)
  • Synopsis: Connected by a gruesome event in the past that changed the course of their lives, a senior detective, a patrol officer, and a prosecutor-turned-lawyer join hands to form an anti-corruption team within Seoul’s police force.
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • Starring: Han Suk-kyu, Kim Hyun-joo, & Seo Kang-joon
  • Reason to watch: Solid cast and PD who was behind the Baeksang award-winning thriller Secret Forest.
  • How to watch in the US: Viki (Standard)
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Viu
  • How to watch in India:

16. Hotel del Luna

Hotel del Luna Korean Drama starring IU and Yeo Jin-goo
  • Synopsis: An MBA graduate from Harvard obviously boasts of an excellent educational background and stellar work qualifications. He becomes the youngest assistant manager of a huge hotel chain but unexpected circumstances lead him to manage a strange hotel that only caters to ghosts.
  • Genre: Fantasy Romance
  • Starring: IU and Yeo Jin-goo
  • Reason to watch: Talented leads, an out-of-the-box concept, and a director-writer team with impressive TV credits.
  • How to watch in the US:
  • How to watch in the Philippines: Viu
  • How to watch in India:

17. Joseon Survival

Joseon Survival korean drama
  • Synopsis: A member of the Korean national archery team has failed to win a Gold medal and ends up working as a parcel delivery man. A strange incident then sends him all the way to Joseon Dynasty, along with his younger sibling and first love.
  • Genre: Fantasy Romance
  • Starring: Kang Ji-hwan & Kyung Soo-jin
  • Reason to watch: The cable network (TV Chosun) on which it is airing barely broadcasts dramas. You’re curious to see what kind of dramas they tend to pick and show to their audience.
  • How to watch in the US: OnDemandKorea
  • How to watch in the Philippines: not available
  • How to watch in India: not available

18. Love Affairs In The Afternoon

Love Affairs In The Afternoon Korean drama starring Park ha-sun and Lee Sang-yeob
  • Synopsis: A woman relocates to a small town due to her husband’s job as a civil servant and begins working part-time at a mart. She then meets a teacher and gets involved in an extra-marital affair.
  • Genre: Romantic Melodrama
  • Starring: Park Ha-sun & Lee Sang-yeob
  • Reason to watch: This is a remake of a popular Japanese TV series, plus it offers a mature but sensitive premise with a lot of steamy scenes.
  • How to watch in the US: OnDemandKorea
  • How to watch in the Philippines: not available
  • How to watch in India:

19. Level Up

Level Up Korean drama starring Sung Hoon & Han Bo-reum
  • Synopsis: A corporate restructuring expert is sent to a dying gaming company as its new CEO. The difficult process of saving the company becomes all the more complicated when he meets and fall in love with the firm’s head of game development.
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • Starring: Sung Hoon & Han Bo-reum
  • Reason to watch: This is a series of MBN, one of the lesser-known cable channels in South Korea which airs five or less prime time Korean dramas in a year.
  • How to watch in the US: Viki (Standard)
  • How to watch in the Philippines: K-PLUS
  • How to watch in India:
  • How to watch in Malaysia: K-PLUS
  • How to watch in Indonesia: K-PLUS

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Samfann

Samfann is a writer and editor for Kdramapal. He works closely with other writers to produce and publish online content. At the age of 21, he founded a Korean entertainment blog that went on to become a major player in the industry. He spends most of his free time watching American and Korean TV series and doing volunteer work for an online initiative that provides underserved students with grants and scholarships. He's also passionate about unique and revolutionary ideas that make the world a better place.

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