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THE Korea entered the radar of the Netflix! In 2019, the streaming service closed a partnership with cable TV station JTBC and Studio Dragon, supplying its catalog with several Korean dramas. Check out a selection of 15 successful Korean original Netflix series that show the versatility of oriental productions.

1. Kingdom

With two seasons of six episodes each, Kingdom was the second original Korean series Netflix. Its plot takes place in the Joseon Dynasty, when the Crown Prince tries to save his kingdom, which is plagued by a mysterious plague that turns people into zombies.

  • Direction: Kim Seong-Hun
  • Year: 2019
  • Episodes: 12 (2 seasons)
  • Actors: Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Doona and Ryu Seung-ryong

2. Rugal

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Inspired by a manga of the same name, Rugal is one of the few Korean Netflix series of action and science fiction. His story shows the thirst for revenge of a policeman who had his life destroyed by a criminal organization.

  • Direction: Kang Cheol-woo and Lee Jung-soo
  • Year: 2020
  • Episodes: 16 (1 season)
  • Actors: Choi Jin-hyuk, Park Sung Woong and Jo Dong Hyuk

3. Landing In Love

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Landing in love it became the third most watched series in the history of Korean TV. Its plot moves between both Koreas, when a young South Korean heiress finds herself involved with a North Korean village captain.

  • Direction: Lee Jeong-hyo
  • Year: 2019
  • Episodes: 16 (1 season)
  • Actors: Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin

4. First Time Love

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With two seasons available on Netflix, First time love shows the personal transformations and conflicts that a group of friends face when deciding to live together.

  • Direction: Oh Jin-seok
  • Year: 2019
  • Episodes: 16 (2 seasons)
  • Actors: Ji Soo, Jung Chae-yeon and Jung Jin-young

5. Hospital Playlist

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Yes, Korea also has medical productions! Hospital Playlist shows the tensions, dramas and happiness experienced by a group of five friends, during their work routine at Centro Médico Yulje.

  • Direction: Shin Won-ho
  • Year: 2020
  • Episodes: 12 (1 season)
  • Actors: Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-seok and Jung Kyung-ho

6. Mystic Pop-up Bar

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Based on a webcomic, Mystic Pop-up Bar mixes genres ranging from fantasy to comedy. In its plot, we meet the owner of a bar that needs to resolve the hurts of its customers, until a young man with special powers changes his story.

  • Direction: Jeon Chang-geun
  • Year: 2020
  • Episodes: 12 (1 season)
  • Actors: Hwang Jung-eum, Yook Sung-jae and Choi Won-young

7. Holo, My Love

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2020 sci-fi kdrama, Holo, My Love tells the story of a lonely woman with a disease that makes it difficult to see people’s faces. When wearing special glasses, however, she knows a hologram with whom she gets emotionally involved.

  • Direction: Lee Sang-Yeob
  • Year: 2020
  • Episodes: 12 (1 season)
  • Actors: Yoon Hyun-min and Ko Sung-hee

8. Chocolate

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Produced in South Korea and Greece, Chocolate tells about the reunion of childhood friends, who followed different paths in life. Despite time and distance, they connect again, with food as their great link.

  • Direction: Lee Sang-Yeob
  • Year: 2020
  • Episodes: 12 (1 season)
  • Actors: Yoon Hyun-min and Ko Sung-hee

9. Extracurricular

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For people over 18, Extracurricular it has as its protagonist a student considered to be an example, but who actually heads a prostitution scheme. His business, however, goes out of control when a girl decides to join him in the criminal world.

  • Direction: Kim Jin-min
  • Year: 2020
  • Episodes: 10 (1 season)
  • Actors: Kim Dong-hee, Jung Da-bin and Park Joo-hyun

10. Was It Love?

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Looking for a romantic series? Was It Love? tells the story of a single mother who has not been dating for 14 years, but when she comes across four completely different suitors, she is in doubt with which one to relate to.

  • Direction: Kim Do-hyung
  • Year: 2020
  • Episodes: 16 (1 season)
  • Actors: Song Ji-hyo, Son Ho-jun and Song Jong-ho

11. A second chance

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2020 drama, A second chance tells the story of Cha Yu RI, a woman who at her best in life suffers a tragic accident and dies. She follows her family like a ghost, until she gets the chance to return to Earth for 49 days.

  • Direction: Yoo Je-won
  • Year: 2020
  • Episodes: 16 (1 season)
  • Actors: Kim Tae-hee, Lee Kyu-hyung and Go Bo-gyeol

12. It’s OK Not Being Normal

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It’s okay not to be normal deals with a very delicate topic: mental health. In this series, we follow the transformations that took place in the life of a children’s book writer and of a young man who takes care of psychiatric patients, as they crossed paths.

  • Direction: Park Shin-woo
  • Year: 2020
  • Episodes: 16 (1 season)
  • Actors: Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji

13. Memories of the Alhambra

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Korean series with alternative realities? We also have! In Memories of the Alhambra, a South Korean businessman and the sister of the creator of an augmented reality game meet in Spain, where they transit dangerously between the real and virtual world of the game.

  • Direction: Ahn Gil-ho
  • Year: 2018
  • Episodes: 16 (1 season)
  • Actors: Hyun Bin and Park Shin-hye

14. Itaewon Class

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Itaewon Class accompanies a young man who sees his life turn upside down when facing a high school bully. In search of revenge and the fulfillment of his father’s dream, he joins other characters in Itaewon, a neighborhood where excluded from society are welcome.

  • Direction: Kim Sung-yoon
  • Year: 2020
  • Episodes: 16 (1 season)
  • Actors: Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Yoo Jae-myung and Kwon Nara

15. Love Alarm

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With the second season confirmed, but still without a release date, Love Alarm is set in a world where an app warns you if someone within 10 meters is in love with you. In this scenario, a girl finds herself involved in a love triangle.

  • Direction: Lee Na-jung
  • Year: 2019
  • Episodes: 8 (1 season)
  • Actors: Kim So Hyun, Song Kang and Jung Ga-ram

Did you like the suggestions? Know that in addition to the original Korean Netflix series, the platform’s catalog of dramas is immense. It is worth checking!

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