The Best Korean Dramas on Netflix Right Now

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Korean culture had been progressively gaining global recognition even before Parasite became a worldwide success and won practically every major film award, including the top honors at the Oscars in 2020. You may have heard of the boy band BTS as part of the Korean Wave, often known as Hallyu. Perhaps Michelin-starred restaurants like Cote and Atomix have given you a taste for high-end Korean cuisine. Perhaps you have a shelf full of Korean beauty items for your nightly 10-step skincare routine? Korean television dramas, while lacking the critical clout of the country’s film production, remain an essential element of the country’s cultural fabric. Several of the best are available on Netflix. From a magnificent period piece to adorable romantic comedies to more than a few zombie thrillers, here are the most enjoyable K-dramas to watch on the streaming service.

Twenty Five Twenty One

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A lovely, nostalgic coming-of-age tale set across a decade is the newest romantic comedy everyone can’t stop talking about (or watching). Beginning in the late 1990s, Twenty Five Twenty One depicts how the Asian financial crisis impacts the lives (and ultimate love story) of its key protagonists, high school fencing prodigy Hee-do (Mister Sunshine’s Kim Tae-ri) and erstwhile chaebol scion Yi-jin (Start-Nam Up’s Joo-hyuk).

Thirty-Nine

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Thirty-Nine is a melodramatic remake of Sex and the City that follows three closest friends as they deal with life, love, job, and grief as they approach their forties. Mi-jo (Crash Landing on You’s Son Ye-jin), acting coach Chan-young (Jeon Mi-do), and department store cosmetics manager Joo-hee are the members of the trio (Kim Ji-hyun).

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