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Best Korean dramas on Netflix and Disney+ in 2022

We round up some of the most talked-about K-dramas this year

Jenny Leung
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Jenny Leung
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The Korean entertainment industry has been hard at work this year. With so many binge-worthy shows begging to be watched in one sitting – from zombie-filled thrillers to light-hearted romcoms to gripping dramas that will likely require a box of tissues in hand – we round up some of the best K-dramas on Netflix and Disney+ that have kept us glued to our screens in 2022. 

RECOMMENDED: If you’re all about local productions, check out our pick of the Top 100 Hong Kong movies.

Best Korean dramas on Netflix in 2022

All of Us Are Dead

There's something ever so intensely terrifying about Korean zombies – but we just can't get enough of them. All of Us Are Dead is a 12-episode series that follows a group of high school students who find themselves trapped and in need of rescue from a zombie invasion at their school. With no food, water, internet, or even a landline, the students must come together and fight for survival – evening if that means killing your friends and throwing them off buildings.

Business Proposal

Shin Ha-ri agrees to go on a blind date in place of her best friend in order to scare away her date by acting – let's just say, rather 'unusual'. Little did she know that her date turns out to be the new CEO of her company. The rest that follows, as I'm sure you can imagine, is a series of hilarious banter, lies and deceit, and of course, plenty of swoon-worthy moments. It's the classic Korean romcom recipe.

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Extraordinary Attorney Woo

"Woo to the young to the woo!" Extraordinary Attorney Woo was perhaps one of the most talked about K-dramas on Netflix this year having spent 17 weeks on the streaming platform's Global Top 10 list. Heart-warming but without a dull moment, the series revolves around Woo Young-woo, a rookie lawyer on the autism spectrum, and her adventures both in and out of the courtroom. With actress Park Eun-bin brilliantly portraying the loveable character on screen, the show nudges the audience to reflect upon various societal issues that might otherwise be overlooked.

Forecasting Love and Weather

Korea's queen of romcom Park Min-young is back with yet another cheerful romance drama. After a brutal breakup with a co-worker, Jin Ha-kyung, who works at the Korea Meteorological Administration, swears to never mix her work and love life together again – until a new colleague joins the team and changes everything.

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Glitch

Jihyo can see aliens, and Bora is obsessed with them. The two pair up to go on a search for Jihyo's boyfriend, who suddenly disappeared without a trace. Along the way, they encounter an 'unidentified' mystery.

Juvenile Justice

Sim Eun-seok is a tough and charismatic judge who has been newly appointed to a district that's known for its high juvenile delinquency. Having been a victim of juvenile crime when she was younger, Judge Sim must set aside her bias and aversion for juvenile offenders as she is presented with complex cases one after another. 

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Little Women

Loosely based on Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age novel of the same name, Little Women follows three sisters who, despite growing up in poverty, have a close bond with one and another. Having only ever had each other, the three sisters' bond is tested when they find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy with the wealthiest and most influential family in South Korea.

Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area

Perhaps one of the most highly-anticipated K-dramas since Squid Games, Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area is a Korean adaptation of the popular Spanish series La Casa De Papel. Premiering on June 24 with six episodes, this Korean remake is set in a world where the Korean Peninsula faces reunification. Led by the Professor, a crew of thieves from North and South Korea head inside the fictional Joint Economic Area, where North and South Korea are divided, and attempt to pull off a history-making heist by stealing from a mint that's printing a new unified currency that will provide the groundwork to build a stable joint economy.

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Narco-Saints

Based on true events, Narco-Saints is a Korean action thriller about an ordinary businessman named Kang In-gu, who, left with no choice, risks his life in a National Intelligence Service (NIS) operation after being framed by a drug lord who runs a major drug-smuggling ring in Suriname.

The Sound of Magic

The Sound of Magic is a fantasy music K-drama that’s all about what it means to become an adult. The enchanting tale tells the unexpected encounter between Yoon Ah-yi, a girl who lost her dreams in face of reality; Na Il-deung, who’s under pressure to pursue his dreams, and Ri-eul, an enigmatic magician who wants nothing but to remain as a kid.

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Thirty-Nine

Star of Crash Landing on You Son Ye-jin returns to our screens with Thirty Nine, a light-hearted drama that follows the lives of three lifelong best friends who are all on the verge of turning 40. From romantic encounters to heartaches, loss, and buried secrets, the trio finds courage in each other as they face life head-on.

Best Korean dramas on Disney+ in 2022

Big Mouth

Plagued by a never-ending streak of bad luck, third-rate layer Park Chang-ho is forced to take on a murder case in an attempt to turn his life around. But it didn't take long for his life to go from bad to worse when he finds himself imprisoned and tangled in a complex conspiracy that threatens more than just his career.

Connect

After being kidnapped by a gang of organ harvesters, Ha Dongsoo awakes on an operating table and escapes with one eye remaining. He later discovers that he can still see out of his missing eye, which is now being used by a twisted serial killer who has been taking innocent lives. Determined to get back what was taken, Dongsoo does whatever he can to pursue the killer and get back what was taken.

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The Golden Spoon

Lee Seungcheonm, an underprivileged high school student, purchased a golden spoon with the promise that it will help him gain a new life full of wealth and riches. But he soon learns that there's more to the expression than meets the eye as Seungcheong and others have their lives completely transformed in unexpected and irreversible ways.

Kiss Sixth Sense

Based on the hugely successful web novel of the same name, Kiss Sixth Sense centres around Hong Yesul, who has been cursed (or perhaps, blessed) with the ability to see her lovers' futures with each kiss. As a result, she throws herself into her work as a means of escape, and yet she still doesn't seem to be good enough for her boss Cha Minhoo and even has nightmares about disappointing him – that is until a workplace accident suddenly triggers her ability, where she sees herself sharing a passionate embrace with Minhoo. Confused and disturbed, Yseul tries to get what she saw out of her head while trying to meet an impending deadline at work.

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One Dollar Lawyer

One Dollar Lawyer is a courtroom comedy about a talented pro bono lawyer named Cheon Jihun, who has made quite a name for himself by helping those in need win cases against some of the biggest law firms for just 1,000 Won per case. Meanwhile, Baek Mari is a hard-headed assistant attorney who was born into 'legal royalty' as her grandfather founded the famous Baek Law Firm. But when she's forced to work with Jihun for two months, his unorthodox ways gradually cause her to question everything she's ever believed in.

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