In the last year or so, it has been almost impossible to scroll through our social feeds without encountering at least one trending element from the Korean culture. BTS, Parasite, South Korean skincare and mukbangs have taken over the global trending lists. Korea’s pandemic-proof media and culture industry has also been churning out TV shows that are rapidly gaining cult status.
Known for their compelling storytelling and binge-worthy cinematography, shows like Squid Game and Crash Landing On You have seen record-breaking numbers. Here is a round-up of 6 Korean TV shows from various genres to stream on Netflix right now:
Squid Game (Action, Thriller)
Squid Game is a dystopian thriller with a viewer obsession that can only be matched by Money Heist. The plot revolves around a group of people on the brink of poverty, brought together to participate in a series of deadly games with a high cash prize.
It’s Okay to Not be Okay (Romance, Comedy)
This K-drama portrays the healing journey of an antisocial children's book writer and a selfless psych ward caretaker. Together they find love, solace and remedies to their emotional wounds.
Vincenzo (Crime, Thriller)
Vincenzo is the story of its namesake, an Italian mafia/lawyer that has to come to South Korea after an intra-organizational conflict. There he gets entangled with a rival conglomerate and tries to exact justice.
Sky Castle (Drama, Family)
Sky Castle is a gated community within which reside upper-class parents of South Korea with just one goal- to get their children in the Seoul National University by hook or by crook. This satirical drama takes us through the lengths these parents are willing to go through to secure their children’s future within Sky Castle.
Mine (Crime, Mystery)
Mine is a reflection of the life and lies of Korea’s elite. Revolving around a murder, this show will take you through the plight of two women in a conglomerate family that strive to make their place in the world.
Kingdom (History, Action)
Set in the late 1800s, Kingdom follows the story of a crown prince who becomes prematurely responsible after the king is taken ill by a mysterious plague.