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Top 10 K-dramas to Watch

For fans of K-dramas, the past several months haven’t been very thrilling, with primarily average programs like Bora! Deborah (on Prime Video) and Black Knight (on Netflix). With releases like Revenant (featuring the outstanding Kim Tae-ri and streaming on Disney+ Hotstar), See You in My 19th Life (on Netflix), and Heartbeat (on Prime Video), things have turned around since the end of June. Additionally, Korean material with a Hindi subtitle will soon be available on Amazon MiniTV.

New series on Netflix will also have Hindi subtitles. Since a few years ago, dubbed K-dramas have been accessible on websites like MX Player, but the dubbing’s technical quality has been subpar. It will be interesting to see if the already popular genre can compete with Hindi analogues now that more established companies are entering the market.

King the Land 

Streaming on Netflix from July 13

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While the ‘cold CEO falls in love with his earnest employee’ trope appears to be a K-drama staple at this point (What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, Business Proposal…), this one relies on the charm of K-pop legends Lee Jun-ho of 2PM and Im Yoon-ah of Girls Generation (the word on the street is that they’re dating off-screen as well, though their agencies have denied the rumours). Lee plays Gu-won, the son of a chaebol who has a strained relationship with his father and whose step-sister is his arch foe. Im plays Sa-rang (Korean for “love”), a dedicated young woman with no posh credentials who is willing to confront all problems with a smile. Along with the clichéd romance, there’s a sweet side story about Sa-rang’s bond with her two best friends.

D.P. (Season 2) 

Streaming on Netflix from July 28

The much anticipated second installment of this drama continues to showcase stories about young men who are required to serve in the military. D.P. stands for Deserter Pursuit (D.P), and this team is in charge of chasing down troops who go AWOL while serving in the military. While Jung Hae-in remains the series’ lead, Koo Gyo-hwan as the irreverent Han Ho-yul was the series’ breakout star in the first season. The series received praise for “its unflinching look at the harsh reality of South Korean military service.”

Not Others 

Streaming on Netflix from July 17

Another Girls Generation member is coming to Netflix this month: Choi Soo-young portrays a police officer in this webtoon-based drama. Jeon Hye-jin, who portrayed the police chief Choi Bit in Stranger’s second season and was one of the protagonists in Search: WWW, which offers one of the most entertaining depictions of female friendships you’ll watch, is also in the cast. The plot of Not Others revolves around a feuding mother and daughter whose lives take an unexpected turn when new males join their lives.

The Uncanny Counter 2: Counter Punch 

Streaming on Netflix from July 29

The inaugural season brought together demon hunters and noodles, which turned out to be a winning combo. The highly awaited sequel, which arrives on Netflix this month, reintroduces the group of “counters” (demon hunters) to our screens under the direction of a new filmmaker. Kim Se-jeong (remember Business Proposal? ), Cho Byeong-Kyu, and Yoo In-soo are among the cast members.

Longing For You 

Streaming on Netflix from July 26

When a formerly crime-free village becomes the scene of a murder, it’s a case for detective Oh Jin-seong, played by Na In-woo (you may remember him from the hilarious Mr. Queen). The detective’s younger brother is among the suspects, and Jin-seong’s first task is to clear his brother’s identity. Jin-seong does this, but sorrow strikes once more as his brother is slain in an unexpected attack.

My Lovely Liar 

Streaming on Netflix from July 31

My Lovely Liar is a mystery/romance novel about a woman who can detect falsehoods and a man who thinks he was wrongfully accused of murder. Kim So-hyun (who was particularly endearing in The Tale of Nokdu and Bring it On, Ghost) and Hwang Min-hyun (who most recently appeared in Alchemy of Souls) lead the cast. And, yes, he is strikingly similar to Cha Eun-woo). A more compelling reason to anticipate this drama is director Nam Sung-woo, whose previous work includes My Roommate is a Gumiho, 100 Days My Prince, Because This is My First Life, and Weightlifting Fairy. Bok-joo, Kim.

Shadow Detective (Season 2) 

Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar from July 5

In the first season of this drama, senior investigator Kim Taek-rok (Lee Seung-min) was framed for a murder he didn’t commit and was suffering from early signs of dementia. Taek-rok was experiencing panic attacks by the conclusion of its run and had to be canceled. Season 2 begins a year and a half later, with Taek-rok returning to find himself transferred to the Women and Juvenile Affairs department. The desk job isn’t what Taek-rok had hoped for, but he believes that it would make his final years with the police force more peaceful. He is, of course, completely incorrect. After all, his blackmailer ‘Friend’ is still alive and well.
Along with the new episodes, these classic dramas will be available on a platform near you.

Meow, The Secret Boy (2020)

Streaming on ZEE5 from July 7

This fantasy rom-com, also known as Welcome, stars a graphic designer in her mid-twenties whose world is turned upside down when she brings home a cat that can take human shape, notably that of a handsome guy named Hong-jo. The pair’s friendship grows in unforeseen ways as he seeks to conceal his identity.Along with the new episodes, these classic dramas will be available on a platform near you.

Extraordinary You (2019)

Streaming on ZEE5 from July 14

When Kim Dan-oh, a high school student, discovers one day that she is only a supporting character in a comic book, she tries to change the narrative and find the love of her life.

Doctor Stranger (2014)

Streaming on ZEE5 from July 21

Park Hoon and his father are kidnapped and sent to North Korea. He finally flees to South Korea, where he becomes a famous physician. In his search for his missing lover, he becomes engaged in a nefarious political plot.

I Am Not A Robot (2017)

Streaming on ZEE5 from July 28

Kim Min-kyu is extremely allergic to people (his skin breaks out in rashes whenever he comes into personal touch with anyone). His world is turned upside down when he meets a young woman dressed as a cutting-edge robot.

Cheer Up (2022) 

Streaming on Amazon miniTV from July 7

Do Hae-yi, a bright young student, tries to make ends meet for her family in this show. She enjoys the joys of student life and meets a slew of interesting individuals when she joins the university cheerleading squad. Is there going to be a romance?

Heart Surgeons (2018)

Streaming on Amazon miniTV  from July 7

This medical drama is set in a hospital’s thoracic surgery department and focuses around Dr. Park Tae-soo, who will go to any length to arrange a heart transplant for his dying mother.

Doctor Detective (2019)

Streaming on Amazon miniTV  from July 7

The show depicts a group of doctors who set out to discover the truth behind industrial mishaps and diseases, especially those that have been kept quiet by the powers that be. It also throws insight on the real-world job threats that South Koreans face.

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