In-depth reviews of the latest and hottest South Korean television series, also known as K-dramas, on cable and streaming services.
In this Netflix romantic comedy, Shin Hye-sun plays a photographer and Ji Chang-wook a weatherman; they grew up together on Korea’s Jeju island until Sam-dal left to follow her dream. Now she’s back.
Netflix’s Sweet Home season 2 doesn’t hold a candle to the successful first season of the horror hit. It has lost the indoor setting that gave the monster action focus, and is swamped with new characters.
Castaway Diva, starring Park Eun-bin, comes to an end – but not before an element of thrill is introduced to the K-drama through the unresolved history of the family Mok-ha (Park) has been staying with.
Jung Woo-sung plays a deaf artist visiting Korea’s Jeju Island, who keeps crossing paths with a struggling actress (Shin Hyun-been), until they are thrown together after a fire at a cafe.
Vigilante, Disney+’s K-drama with Nam Joo-hyuk as a murderous police recruit, adds characters along the way to thrilling effect, and ends in a showdown between embodiments of different sides of justice.
This Netflix Korean drama follows the fortunes of a demon, played by Song Kang, and a young executive (Kim Yoo-jung) whose lives become entwined after a chance meeting in a restaurant.
The story of Strong Girl Nam-soon starts with a child separated from her mother, then reunited. After that the Netflix drama series goes downhill, its narrative incoherent and its characters unconvincing.
In Netflix K-drama Castaway Diva, Park Eun-bin’s titular protagonist returning to society after 15 years on a deserted island and saving her idol, a washed up K-pop star (Kim Hyo-jin) is what excites.
From Boys Over Flowers to The Heirs, Weak Hero Class, Extracurricular and Twenty-Five Twenty-One, we rank the best among the many Korean drama series set in high schools.
In this Netflix action comedy Lee Yoo-mi plays Gang Nam-soon, a young woman who sets out to rid Gangnam in Seoul of addictive designer drugs. The inane plot is riddled with fat shaming.
Park Bo-young stars as a psychiatric ward nurse in Daily Dose of Sunshine, a Korean drama series on Netflix that offers an empathetic exploration of mental health in the country.
Kim Young-dae and Pyo Ye-jin are highly watchable in Korean drama series Moon in the Day, which pits a general’s daughter and his killer against each other in the past and present.
K-pop singer Rowoon and All of Us Are Dead breakout star Cho Yi-hyun lead this stodgy romantic comedy set in Korea’s Joseon era as a handsome, high-flying scholar and a recently widowed noblewoman.
Castaway Diva stars Park Eun-bin (Extraordinary Attorney Woo) as a girl from the Korean countryside with an amazing singing voice, who falls off a ferry bound for Seoul and lands on a desert island.
Romance slows down Disney+’s crime K-drama The Worst of Evil starring Ji Chang-wook and Wi Ha-joon. When it returns to its original gangland premise, the show recovers in time for a satisfying end.
Real-life K-pop star Bae Suzy of Miss A plays a K-pop star suffering burnout, who becomes attracted to a new neighbour, played by Yang se-jong, in this drawn-out K-drama romance.
Park Gyu-young, Cha Eun-woo and Lee Hyun-woo star in K-drama A Good Day to Be a Dog, a fantasy romcom about a young woman who turns into a dog when she kisses someone on the lips.
Netflix’s Strong Girl Nam-soon starring Squid Game’s Lee Yoo-mi is a cartoonish spin-off that looks set to fall short of Strong Girl Bong-soon, the classic K-drama it is based on.
Starring Esom and Ahn Jae-hong, this Korean black comedy about a frigid couple who ease their money woes by blackmailing people who cheat on their partners is expertly scripted and directed.
Parasite co-writer Han Jin-won makes his directing debut with high-school comedy I Am a Running Mate, starring Yoon Hyun-soo as a student who becomes a coveted running mate in a school election.
Starring Yoo Seung-ho, Kim Dong-hwi, Yoo Su-bin and Lee Joo-young, The Deal is a new Korean drama about a pair kidnappers who get in way over their heads that premiered at Busan 2023.
Lee Sung-min plays a permanently smiling taxi driver who picks up Yoo Yeon-seok’s serial killer in this new Korean drama series with hints of 1986 classic The Hitcher.
This Disney+ Korean drama stars Nam Joo-hyuk as a police recruit who goes after his mother’s killer, then starts a spree of revenge killings, which sees him dubbed the ‘Vigilante’.
From Crash Landing on You to Crash Course in Romance, there have been some classic romantic K-dramas over the years. We rank our 15 best ever, and why they deserve a spot in the list.
Brutal and immersive K-drama series about an undercover cop trying to take down a crime gang gets off to a terrific start, even if its story is formulaic. Can it add something new before exhausting the gangster clichés?
This Coda copy stars Ryeoun as Ha Eun-gyeol, a student whose parents and brother are deaf. Time travel is introduced to the romantic fantasy series early on, with possible Back to the Future plotlines.
Song of the Bandits, a Netflix series starring Kim Nam-gil and Seohyun, mixes the violence of a Western with the melodrama of a Korean TV series. While promising, it ultimately sings a hollow tune.
Disney+ K-drama Moving gets a perfect score for lifting comic-book pulp to epic and emotional heights in a soaring superhero saga whose grand five-episode climax is truly unforgettable.
The team behind The Penthouse return with K-drama The Escape of the Seven, a gleefully over-the-top high- society melodrama that follows seven miscreants after the disappearance of a teenage girl.