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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Grant

Best Eight Korean Dramas on Netflix

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

The following eight dramas are in no specific order, but to give some context to this list, i must admit to not liking vampire movies, stories about rich privileged Korean families, boy meets girl k-dramas, or story lines with an over abundance of graphic violence. As with any list there is a fair degree of bias, if like me you prefer "feel good" stories, i highly recommend the following eight Korean Netflix shows, i could happily watch all these eight again and again.

Chief of Staff

Behind the scenes in the National Assembly, chief of staff Jang Tae-jun uses his power to influence decisions while following his own ambitions.

The King: Eternal Monarch

Korean emperor Lee Gon tries to close the doors to a parallel world which was opened by demons; a detective tries to protect the people and the one she loves.


A 70-year-old man with a dream and a 23-year-old man with a gift lift each other out of harsh realities and rise to the challenges of becoming ballet dancers.

Stranger or Forest of Secrets

Prosecutor Hwang Si-mok who, as a child, lost the ability to feel empathy joins a police lieutenant to try to uncover the true identity of a serial killer. While looking into the case, he must fight rampant corruption within the police department that continuously undermines the investigation. Si-mok vows to find the perpetrator within two months, but rumors about his violent nature pop up and lead to questions about his ability to lead the case. He eventually sets out to meet the person who he believes is the real murderer.


During a visit to his motherland, a Korean-Italian mafia lawyer gives a conglomerate a taste of its own medicine with a side of justice.

Itaewon Class

An ex-con and his friends fight to make their ambitious dreams for their street bar a reality.


A detective follows the trail of a serial killer 30 years into the future and teams up with detectives in that time period to find the culprit.

The Crowned Clown

The King, a non-rightful heir, suffers insomnia and manic paranoia as he fears the actions he has committed. He concocts a plan to replace himself with an identical jester in order to rid the threat of assassination.


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