20 Best Korean Dramas of 2022 (2023)

So much more drama, so little time. International audiences had more Korean dramas to choose from in 2022 and they were available on more streaming platforms. Which dramas stood out? The variety of Korean dramas of 2022 offered plenty of fun, but the dramas that followed offered something special, be it a distinctive storyline, a fresh take on the inevitable albeit popular tropes, great action scenes, or entertaining character development.

ghost doctor: K-Dramas are often about two seemingly disparate characters who grow closer - through romance or friendship - and discover that they can learn from each other. In this case, it's a buddy story between two unlikely doctors. Rain plays the arrogant surgeon who can do no wrong. As he falls into a coma, his spirit inhabits the body of a well-born intern terrified of surgery. The hospital is full of coma ghosts, the wandering spirits of trapped bodies. Why see it? Great weird chemistry between Rain and Kim Beom. On Viki.com.

Business Proposal:A description of this drama might suggest it just features the same old rom-com tropes, but sort ofbusiness proposalmakes these tropes fresh and fun. In this story, a food chemist is bribed to go on her best friend's blind date, only to find out the blind date is her boss. How soon can she get out of this predicament? Not fast enough, but she's definitely trying. There is a funny interaction between the characters of the drama and a televised drama within the drama. Ahn hyo-seop and Kim Se-jeong have crazy chemistry. Why see it? Kim is very funny. Everyone in this cast looks like they are having fun filming. On Netflix

Military Prosecutor Dobermanis a campy drama about a military prosecutor, played by Ahn Bo-hyun, and the prosecutor looking to expose his corruption, played by Jo Bo-ah. There are some highly stylized action scenes, including Jo's killer action scenes in killer heels. It's Ahn's best-known role this year, even if his character is initially misguided and money-hungry. Why see it?military prosecutormixes genres - legal military, comedy and action - in its pursuit of K-drama justice. On Viki

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39is a touching story about female friendships and how it helps the main characters survive a tragic reality. Some of the drama's characters grew up without a supportive family, but they developed bonds of friendship that endure and sustain them. Why see it? Son Ye-jin is wonderful at it39and the drama passes the Bechdel test of the female leads talking and prioritizing about something other than men. Netflix

Pachinko: Pachinkomay not technically be considered a Korean drama, but it is a Korean story with major Korean stars. Based on a best-selling novel by Korean-American author Min Jin Lee, it stars Youn Yuh-jung, Lee Min-ho and newcomer Kim Min-ha. Why see it?Pachinkois a sensitive retelling of the novel's moving story of displacement. It's a family saga about surviving in the face of hardship and discrimination. Beautiful graphics, great acting, and Lee Min-ho really ups his game in this role. On Apple

My Liberation Notes:This drama, starring Son Suk-ku, Kim Ji-won and Lee Min-ki, is the very low-key story of three unhappy siblings living in seclusion with their parents. The commute keeps them from enjoying the city they work in, and they blame it on their inability to sustain a love life. Things change when a stranger comes to work for the family. The drama offers surprising twists of fate and an intimate look at family dynamics. Why see it? The impressive portrayal of quiet desperation bySirWriter Park Hae Young. Son's subtle play, the worlds of despair he conveys through his eyes. Netflix

Green Mother Club:This crime thriller about a rival group of mothers asks if such a rivalry is enough to drive someone over the edge. Korea has been described as the most educated country in the world and the pressure can start early.Green Mother Clubwonders how much a mother should sacrifice for her child, how much she should push that child to succeed, and whether female friendships can survive such fierce competition. Why see it? It's an intriguing mystery that simultaneously explores notions of female friendship and competition. Netflix

Sound of Magic: WWould you believe in magic if the wizard turns out to be fake? Ji Chang-wook plays a magician who lives in an abandoned amusement park. When he first meets the schoolgirl played by Choi Sung-eun, he scares her, but she eventually returns to answer his most important question. do you believe in magic She would like to. She must. Why see it? Even if you don't believe in magic, you might understand the magic of bringing hope to a desperate person. Netflix

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Our Blues:This ensemble drama features a star-studded cast at the top of their game. It gets almost cheesy at times, but more often shines in its depiction of very relatable stories of human interaction. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Jeju Island, the hardworking characters - Haenyeo, fishermen, merchants - make misguided attempts to communicate and care for each other. Everyone has their share of the blues. Why see it? The whole cast ofOur bluegives a great performance, but Lee Jung-eun as Eun-ji rules the island with her no-nonsense attitude and generous heart. Netflix

Why she?Seo Hyun-jin rules the screen in this intelligent character study of a lawyer chasing success at all costs. She is a match for the CEO of her law firm, played by Heo Jun-ho. He supports and encourages her, but kicks her to the curb when he has to save himself. The story remains captivating to the end as the law student, played by Hwang In-yeop, helps her remember what it really means to be a lawyer. Why see it? Seo Hyun-jun is an interesting K-drama heroine who sees the light and becomes a force for good. On Viki in the US.

Eve:Though this melodramatic "makjang" drama is so over the top it's practically in orbit, it's hard to take your eyes off it. Seo Yea-ji relaxes wonderfullyeve, as a woman who flirts with madness while seeking long-term revenge. The camera loves Seo and can't get enough of close-ups. The clothes, the sets, and the lingering shots of her face are beautiful. Why see it? Seo Yea-ji is fascinating. Also, gifted actor Park Byung-eun plays the secretly vulnerable chaebol whom she seduces. On Viki.

Associate Advocate Woo:One of the best and most popular dramas of the year,Associate Attorney Wootells the story of a very unique lawyer whose skills, charm and personality traits allow people not only to love her, but also to leave behind their prejudices against those who think a little differently. Park Eun-bin delivers the performance of the year as Woo Young-woo, an advocate on the autism spectrum. Why see it? Lawyer Woo is a lovable character whose love of justice and determination helps her fight discrimination. On Netflix

little woman:Don't let the title fool you. The poor little women in this drama may be inspired by Louisa May Alcott's characters, but they encounter the kind of melodramatic twists that Alcott really wanted to write. Great cinematography, good acting and a fast-paced plot. Why watch it: With director Kim Hee-won, who also directed, you never know what to expectVincenzo,and in the case oflittle womanthe director once again delivers a fresh and original drama. Netflix

Big mouth:Airing on Hulu in the US, this Disney+ drama hits all the high points of classic K-drama, from romantic snowfall scenes to horrifying car crashes, while exploring the dangerous nature of the Force and the delusional pursuit of a charismatic personality. Although the plot ofBig mouthoccasionally tangled in its various threads and some mysteries left unsolved, this thriller leaves viewers guessing. Is Lee Jong-suk really the criminal Big Mouse and if not who is he? Why see it? Lee is far too charismatic an actor to convince viewers that he's an incompetent lawyer, but his transformation into the villainous Big Mouse is nonetheless impressive. On Disney+/Hulu

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Breakdown:The bizarre dramaBreakdownhas slipped under the radar for most K-Drama viewers, but it's well worth watching. While it's a story about alien abduction and a religious cult, it's also about finding your voice and believing what your gut is telling you. InBreakdown Two former BFFs reunite. Jeon Yeo-bin's character's boyfriend is missing and she wonders if aliens have abducted him. The only people who seem willing to help her are part of a crazy UFO club. Why see it? Nana is really entertaining as her sidekick, a dedicated UFO seeker. It's a fun, fast-paced girl power comedy. Netflix

Under the Queen's umbrella: Kim Hye-soo delivers a powerful performance as a queen struggling to protect her sons from the evil intentions of her ruthless mother-in-law. Power struggles between the queen, consorts, concubines, and queen dowager in this Joseon-era court often become vicious and sometimes fatal. Why watch it: Kim Hye-soo's captivating performance as the protective queen and the intriguing details of the court's female hierarchy. Netflix

Curtain up:In this deception story, Kang Ha-neul pretends to be the grandson of a corporate boss, played by Go Doo-shim. Go's character was separated from her husband and son during the partition of Korea. Kang's character plays his role for money, but also ostensibly for a good cause, as the grandmother is desperate to see her North Korean grandson before she dies. Why see:Curtain upfeatures a great cast, an entertaining storyline, and might provide a glimpse into the emotional and psychological wounds caused by the country's division for those outside of Korea. A hilarious performance by Choi Dae Hoon as the second son of Ne'er Do Well. Viki.com

Love is for suckers:While this drama opens with many one-sided love tropes and there's no doubt that Lee Da-hee's character will fall in love with her devoted best friend, played by Choi Si-won, things get interesting when Lee's character is a dating reality show produced. To complicate their relationship, she tricks Choi's character into appearing as a contestant. Why watch it: Viki's original drama uses the dating singles show to consider what love is, what's ethical in love, and what you should actually be looking for in a partner — hint, it's not just good looks . Choi is always endearingly good at depicting devotion. Viki.com

Rich reborn: Hyun-woo, played by Song Joong-ki, is a loyal Conglomerate employee, but despite his loyalty, he is ultimately expendable. The wealthy conglomerate he would kill for eventually decides to kill him. However, he has reincarnated into the body of the youngest grandson of the Conglomerate family and knows everything he knew before. How will he use his knowledge of the future? Will he retaliate, command the company that used him so shamelessly, or perhaps even save his own downfall? Why see it?Rich rebornreflects the meteoric growth of real-life Korean conglomerates spun as a time-travelling tale of reincarnation. Viki.com

Weak Hero Class:Yeon Si-Eun, played by Park Ji-hoon, is a quiet student who just wants to study and mind his own business. If only his school wasn't a battleground or the bullying in his classroom wasn't so vicious and allied to dangerous criminals. There is no escaping violence, especially when it interferes with what matters most - his studies. Why watch: The Wavve drama offers many surprises and interesting character developments. Intense, fast-paced and well-acted, a look at just how devastating bullying can be. Viki.com

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FAQs

Which K-drama is popular in korea 2022? ›

Answer: 'Business Proposal,' 'Forecasting Love And Weather,' ' Ghost Doctor,' 'Twenty Five, TwentyOne,' 'Juvenile Justice,' 'Grid,' and 'All Of Us Are Dead' are some of the best K-dramas that you must watch in 2022.

Which is the No 1 Korean drama? ›

Probably the most popular Korean drama on Netflix to date is a love story between a North Korean soldier and an heiress from South Korea called Crash Landing on You.

What is the top 10 best Korean drama? ›

10 Best Korean Dramas & Series on Netflix in January 2023
  • Squid Game – 1 season (2021 – present) ...
  • My Name – 1 season (2021) ...
  • Mr. ...
  • Crash Landing On You – 1 season (2019 – 2020) ...
  • Our Blues – 1 season (2022) ...
  • Signal – 1 season (2016) ...
  • Kingdom – 2 seasons (2020 – present) ...
  • Single's Inferno – 1 season (2021 – present)
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Which Korean drama won award 2022? ›

The best K-dramas of 2022: Extraordinary Attorney Woo, Little Women and more. This year, the grand prizes went to Joo Sang-woo for the period drama The King of Tears, Lee Bang-Won and Lee Seung-gi for the legal romcom The Law Cafe.

What is the most liked Kdrama? ›

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  • Sky Castle (2018-2019) Rating: 23.779 percent. ...
  • Crash Landing on You (2019-2020) Rating: 21.683 percent. ...
  • Reply 1988 (2015-2016) Rating: 18.803 percent. ...
  • Goblin (2016-2017) Rating: 18.680 percent. ...
  • Mr. Sunshine (2018) ...
  • Mr. Queen (2020-2021) ...
  • Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) 2 (2021)
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What is the highest rated Kdrama of all time? ›

23 Most-Rated K-Dramas Of All Time On Viki
  1. 1. “ What's Wrong With Secretary Kim” (2018) 447,693 ratings / ★9.7. ...
  2. 2. “ True Beauty” (2020~2021) ...
  3. 3. “ While You Were Sleeping” (2017) ...
  4. 4. “ W” (2016) ...
  5. 5. “ Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” (2017) ...
  6. 6. “ Doom at Your Service” (2021) ...
  7. 7. “ Heirs” (2013) ...
  8. 8. “ My ID is Gangnam Beauty” (2018)
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What is the highest rated K-drama on Netflix? ›

Best Korean series on Netflix 2023: Here are the 15 highest rated K drama TV shows on Netflix UK
  1. Twenty Five Twenty One. In an era when teen dreams seem too far out of reach, a young fencer follows her heart and meets a man who is determined to rebuild his life. ...
  2. Sweet Home. ...
  3. The Silent Sea. ...
  4. Extracurricular.
Jan 12, 2023

What is the biggest film award in Korea? ›

The Blue Dragon Film Awards and Grand Bell Awards are the most popular film awards in South Korea.

What is the biggest award show in Korea for actors? ›

The Baeksang Arts Awards (Korean: 백상예술대상; RR: Baeksang yesul daesang), also known as the Paeksang Arts Awards, are awards for excellence in film, television and theatre in South Korea.

How many Oscars does South Korea have? ›

Of this number, 63 countries have received a nomination, with 28 countries ultimately winning the Oscar.
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Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film tally by country.
Submitting countrySouth Korea
Number of winning films1
Number of nominated films1
Number of submitted films35
First submitted1962
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What is the highest rating K-drama in Korea? ›

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This makes it the second highest-rated drama in South Korean cable history, overtaking the 2018-2019 satire series SKY Castle, which had previously achieved a rating of 23.8per cent with its final episode.

What is the most underrated K-drama? ›

10 Underappreciated South Korean Dramas and Where to Stream Them
  • 'The Light In Your Eyes' (2019) Where to stream: Netflix, Disney+, Viu. ...
  • Kill It! (2019) ...
  • Prison Playbook (2017) ...
  • Work Later, Drink Now (2022) ...
  • 'Welcome to Waikiki' (2018) ...
  • 'Chicago Typewriter' (2017) ...
  • 'Navillera' (2021) ...
  • We Are Peaceful Brothers (2017)
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What is the most trending Kdrama 2022? ›

  • Juvenile Justice. Netflix Asia. 1.85M subscribers. Juvenile Justice | Official Trailer | Netflix. ...
  • Twenty-Five Twenty-One. Netflix Asia. 1.84M subscribers. ...
  • Business Proposal. Netflix Asia. 1.85M subscribers. ...
  • Narcos-Saints. Netflix. 25.8M subscribers. ...
  • The Sound of Magic. Netflix Asia. 1.85M subscribers.
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What is the best drama 2022? ›

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  • #1. Happening. 99% #1. ...
  • #2. Till. 98% #2. ...
  • #3. Aftersun. 95% #3. ...
  • #4. No Bears. 100% #4. ...
  • #5. Girl Picture. 99% #5. ...
  • #6. Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. 94% ...
  • #7. Argentina, 1985. 95% #7. ...
  • #8. To Leslie. 97% #8.

Who is the most famous in Korea 2022? ›

As of April 2022, Jennie of Blackpink was the most followed South Korean celebrity on Instagram with approximately 64.91 million followers. The most followed individual male celebrity was V of BTS.

What is Korea's top 10 Netflix today? ›

Top 10 By Country
  • The Interest of Love: Season 1. #3 this week. ...
  • Awaken: Season 1. #4 this week. ...
  • The Glory: Season 1. #5 this week. ...
  • Red Balloon: Season 1. #6 this week. ...
  • I am Solo: Part 9 - #7 this week. ...
  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1. #8 this week. ...
  • Reborn Rich. #9 this week. Watch now. ...
  • Trolley: Season 1. #10 this week. Watch now.

What is the most watched K dramas on Netflix? ›

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  • Extraordinary Attorney Woo.
  • Crash Landing on You.
  • All of Us Are Dead.
  • Business Proposal.
  • Vincenzo.
  • Itaewon Class.
  • It's Okay to Not Be Okay.
  • Squid Game.

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  • Kiss Sixth Sense.
  • Forecasting Love & Weather.
  • Welcome To Wedding Hell.
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  • Bloody Heart.
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