Okay maybe it doesn’t have to be with ME, per se, and I’m not here to tell you how to live your life. But if you’d like to take a walk with me through a wonderland of dizzingly beautiful people, lust-worthy fashion, tropes that warm your heart with twists that will excite you, please do consider reading.
I LOVE K-drama, which is basically movies produced by Korea’s film industry. While the story lines will be familiar to most audiences, the genre has really created a feeling and set of expectations of it’s own. So, if you’re into that, this thread is to geek out together and share recs.
If you’ve never seen K-Drama, maybe you want to give it a shot but don’t know where to start? Well, I just so happen to have a list of some of the best K dramas on Netflix!
The list I’ve put together meet some simple criteria; 1) I bothered to finish the series and 2) I was happy about it. That may NOT seem like high praise, but Netflix is a graveyard of my abandoned pastimes, so I’d say it’s noteworthy.
Without further ado, my recommendations for taste testing (or savoring) Netflix’s selection of K Drama are below by genre.
KINGDOM (Meowkins Hall of Fame)
Good for people who like: zombies, period pieces, excellent costuming, fast paced action
Oh my fucking God I loved this series. It is the Korean take on zombie plagues and ALSO A PERIOD PIECE you guys. It was an incredibly well done (and almost prohibitively expensive) series for Netflix to put out. Beyond it’s genre bending, it’s genuinely entertaining and enjoyable to watch for the plot, pacing, and acting.
Good for people who like: paranormal, strong female leads, getting their heartstrings pulled, MYSTERIES
The guest comes from the east sea and takes control of people via the dark desires of their hearts. Three kids that experience a horrible tragedy have their lives intertwined as they reunite in adulthood and try to unravel the mystery of what happened to them. I binged this; if was really good to the end.
Familiar Wife (Meowkins Hall of Fame)
Good for people who like: romance, comedy, intense bromance, slice of life, amazing fashion
IF YOU ARE A PARENT WITH A SMALL CHILD, AT LEAST WATCH THE FIRST EPISODE. And then post and laugh about it with me because it is so real.
Basically, this story is about a beleaguered salary man with two small children and a wife who has turned into a monster. Some twists later, he’s thrown into an alternate timeline where he’s married instead to The One That Got Away and life is great…or is it? The show is a belly laughing romp through the male leads journey to understand what real partnership means.
Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung
Good for people who like: strong female leads, pretty people, period pieces, excellent costuming
Political intrigue! Comedy! Science! Heart wrenching back stories! Basically, the emperor is forced into letting women into the court as scribes (an all dude job) and one of them happens to find out that the prince is secretly a romance writer (such embarrassing) and they become friends and save the kingdom. This series has it all, complete with romantic scenes that will make you catch your breath and/or squeal in delight at least once.
Romance Is A Bonus Book
Good for people who like: strong female leads, second chances, romance, underdog takes on the man, bibliophiles
Ok straight up this series is majorly corny and I was attracted to only one person (DEMERITS ALL AROUND). BUT it features a mother in her mid life reinventing herself from stay at home mom into the professional she would have been if she stayed in the workforce. And sometimes that’s the story you need in your life.
When the Camellia Blooms
Good for people who like: romance, family, comedy, mysteries, slow burns, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MAN ON EARTH
Okay so this is actually a hard sell. It’s SLOW. And the main characters speech affects confused me until my husband explained that it’s a super cultural korean thing.
Anyway. It’s a romance between a bumbling but loveable cop and a single mom. There’s baby daddy, mother in law, and maybe a murder issues, but overall super quirky and heartwarming.
You guys. There are moments in this romance that will make you melt into a puddle. I rewatch scenes sometimes and they are still so. Good.
Also Haneul Kang was incredible in this and is just omfg so gorgeous and sweet and charming and delightful and JUST KWBDIDNEOADJIDJEJE.
Good for people who like: beautiful men, thrillers, cop shows, time travel
A cop finds a time bending walkie talkie that connects him to a cop in the past. Thing is, that past cop went missing mysteriously while uncovering a big case. Future cop vows to help. DRAMA ENSUES.
Also the lead is beautiful. BE - YOO - TI - FUL.
Good for people who like: thrillers, strong female leads
This is a movie about a girl who keeps getting mysterious phone calls from another girl claiming to be living in her house… Except, almost 30 years in the past. As they both change the past together, their friendship turns into something darker and more than either of them bargained for.
Misnaeng (Meowkins Hall of Fame)
Good for people who like: coming of age stories, fighting the system, underdog takes on the man, slow burns, complex character work
A Korean chess playing prodigy burns out before he can qualify to play professionally. Having dropped out in highschool, he now faces having to build a career with only a GED. He gets sponsored by a top companies President to intern and has to find his way to rise in the ranks while competing with colleagues from the best pedigrees money can buy. I cannot tell you how many times I cried while watching this. It is so funny and heartwarming and good.
Also, it is one of the first breakout movies for Haneul Kang who is one of the most beautiful men on earth and Meowkins all time bae.
This list should get you started! But it’s not exhaustive. There are so very many wonderful k dramas on Netflix right now. I hope I find some k drama geeks here to chat with! Or even just some of you giving it a shot
… And if not I will just chatter into the void about great k drama and tell myself I’m doing it FOR THE LURKERS!