5 Best K-dramas that will keep you completely hooked

The best 2023 Korean dramas that you should watch right now
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Attention readers! Here are the top five K-drama series that you should unquestionably watch this weekend on Netflix if you haven’t already!

If you’ve never seen or been introduced to any K-dramas and aren’t sure where to begin or what to binge-watch from this massive and ever-growing television series category, Then, you’ve come to the right place, as we have made it easier for you to find some of the top-rated original shows that you’ll definitely enjoy streaming in the year ahead, and we can assure you won’t be disappointed.

We have compiled a list of some of the top picks and our favorite series that are also available on Netflix in the majority of regions for streaming from the comfort of their homes around the world. This is a great chance for international viewers who will get to watch something new and explore unique stories with memorable characters if they haven’t been able to catch up yet, rather than watching something they’ve seen hundreds of times.

Here are the five series that we have especially picked for you to get a head start on some of the best K-Dramas on the streaming platform:

The Glory

The Glory | Special Trailer | Netflix

Plot: Dong-eun is a meek and reserved teenager who lives in poverty with her mother and has no friends. At school, she’s relentlessly bullied – both physically and mentally – by a group of privileged kids whose wealth and connections enable them to never see the consequences of their actions. Even her mother would rather accept bribery than hold anyone at her school accountable. Though Dong-eun eventually escapes the brutal abuse, she still lives with the scars – and vows to make each of her bullies pay for what they did. 

Stream It or Skip It: The Glory ranked ninth globally in Netflix’s TV shows category two days after its release. On its third day, it ranked fifth among the top Netflix shows in the world. The series debuted at number three on Netflix’s Weekly Global Top 10 in the non-English tv show category for the week of December 26-January 1, with 25.41 million hours viewed, and rose to number one the following week, January 2-8, with 82.48 million viewing hours.

The Silent Sea

The Silent Sea | Official Trailer | Netflix

Plot: The Silent Sea is a South Korean streaming television series set to premiere in 2021. With the assistance of writer Park Eun-kyo, which is an adaptation of his 2014 short film, “The Sea of Tranquility.” The title The Silent Sea is derived from the moon’s Sea of Tranquility; the story follows a crewed mission to retrieve samples from a lunar research base. It is primarily science fiction, but it also incorporates elements of thriller and mystery. The plot of the series also elaborates, “During a perilous 24-hour mission on the moon, space explorers try to retrieve samples from an abandoned research facility steeped in classified secrets.” 

Stream It or Skip It: The show received generally positive reviews from critics and audiences. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 73% of 11 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.40/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “The Silent Sea marks one small step for man, one overlong leap for television, but it delivers enough intrigue and menace to satisfy patient viewers.” On IMDb, the series has an overall score of 6.9 out of 10 with ‎21,789 votes. 

Mr. Sunshine

Mr. Sunshine | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Plot: A Korean boy from a poor family who ends up in the United States after the 1871 Shinmiyangyo incident returns to his homeland during a historical turning point. Now an officer in the American military, Eugene falls in love with Ae-sin, an aristocrat’s daughter, and discovers a dark scheme to colonize the country from which he once fled. Ae-sin tries to figure out if Eugene is a friend as they wonder what the English word “love” means.

Stream It or Skip It: It is the third highest cable television ratings at the time, with its final episode reaching 18.129% and netting an average rating of 12.955%, the highest average rating ever recorded for cable television until the release of The World of the Married in 2020. The critics praised the drama for its “deep storytelling” and its ability to raise viewers’ awareness of history. According to the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has a score of 95% from the audience. On the other hand, the series has an overall score of 8.7 out of 10 with approximately 8,270 votes on IMDb. 

My First First Love

My First First Love | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Plot: Due to various personal reasons, some of Yun Tae-o’s friends move into his house, where they experience love, friendship, and everything in between. The drama follows five teenagers and their tumultuous encounters with the concept of first love. Yun Tae-o is a college student whose friends – a college dropout, a runaway family friend, and a long-time childhood friend – decide to move into his house unexpectedly for their own reasons. They must now learn to live together and love one another.

Stream It or Skip It: The series has received a fairly good reception from audiences around the world. According to the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has a score of 86% from the audience. On the other hand, the series has an overall score of 7.5 out of 10 with approximately  ‎2,475 votes on IMDb. 

Sweet Home

Sweet Home | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

Plot: Locked in and surrounded by monsters, the residents of Green Home apartments have no choice but to work together to stay alive. But when people start to turn into monsters themselves, fear begins brewing among them, and they must decide: who stays, and who goes? Cha Hyun-soo leaves his home and moves into an apartment after an unexpected family tragedy. Monsters begin to appear soon after. People inside the apartment are trapped inside the building, unaware that monsters lurk outside. Hyun-su and the other residents take cover inside the building in the hope of surviving as long as possible.

Stream It or Skip It: The show was viewed by 22 million paid subscribers worldwide in the first 4 weeks of its release and appeared in the Netflix top 10 in more than 70 countries. It was praised by viewers for its “high-quality visual effects” and “the deep human connections among the characters.” On Rotten Tomatoes the series has a score of 83% with  85% as the average audience score. On IMDb, the series has an overall score of 7.3 out of 10 with approximately 23k votes. 

Check out the above-mentioned series and let us know which one you liked best in the comments section.