This pandemic takes its toll on our daily lives. Many have changed but that doesn’t stop us from living the life we wanted. Most of us prefer to stay and work from home because of the health issues that might take upon us.
So while we’re dealing with the stress this 2020 has been giving us, let me give you a list of KDrama to binge-watch on Netflix that might give you the relaxation you needed.
1. Fight for My Way
It aired from May to July 2017 with 16 episodes.
If you’re up for a comedy-drama about striving for success in a career you really wanted even though there are trials up ahead, then this one’s for you.
This is a mixture of light romance, comedy and friendship. If you want to cry, laugh and fall in love at the same time, then check this out on Netflix.
You’ll definitely fall for the charms of “The Crazy Fantastic Four” and how the childhood friendship of Ko Dong Man and Choi Ae-ra blossomed into romance.
2. Prison Playbook
Actor Park Hae-soo played the role of Kim Je-hyeok who is a star baseball pitcher who became convicted overnight after being sent to a prison in defending her sister who was sexually assaulted. It happened days before the big break in his career, he was about to fly to the US and join a major league group, but because of what happened, he needs to adapt to prison life.
Prison Playbook is a slice of life drama that will give you a roller coaster ride of emotions. It will not just make you laugh, cry, but it will also make you question your worth in this life.
In the end, you will learn that not all people are as bad as they might seem.
3. Hospital Playlist
First Season aired on TvN from March 12 to May 28, 2020 with 12 episodes
Hospital Playlist is the installment of Wise Life Series by screenwriter Lee Woo-jung and director Shin Won-ho following the Prison Playbook.
It depicts the life of the Doctors, nurses and patients at Yulje Medical Center in Seoul. The main characters are played by Jo Jung-seok, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyoung-ho, Kim Dae-myung and Jeon Mi-do.
The story revolves mainly around the five doctors who are long time friends for 20 years from the same medical school and now colleagues in the same hospital.
Though there are plenty of Medical Korean Dramas out there, Hospital Playlist differs because it tackles how simple, crucial, tiresome, and rewarding all the life of the Doctors is at the same time. It has a touch of romance but it mainly evolves on the life of the people inside the hospital, whether you’re a patient, the family of the patient, a nurse or a Doctor.
Even before ending, Hospital Playlist became the ninth highest rated Korean Drama in cable television history by the end of its first season. Second season will be aired in 2021.
4. Reply 1988
Reply 1988 aired from November 2015 to January 2016 with 20 Episodes.
Reply 1988 is the third installment of TvN’s Reply Series by Director Shin Won-ho. It differs from the other two mainly because it tackles the life and friendship of five childhood friends and their families who lived together for years in the same neighborhood in Ssangmun-dong, Dobong District, Northern Seoul. It marks their teenage years between 18 and 19 years old and fast forward to the years where they are already an adult.
Actors Park Bo-gum, Lee Hye-ri, Ryu Jun-yeol, Go Kyung-pyo and Lee Dong-Hwi played the role of the main protagonist of the story.
What I like the most is that the story line focuses on how their families help each other when the other one’s in need. They all became the backbone of one another, and that’s the sweetest. Their neighborhood is something to look up to.
Is your neighborhood the same?
Well, if you’re up to a drama that tackles the real flow of life without the sugar coating, then check Reply 1988. It will give you all the emotions you need to feel at the moment.
5. Itaewon Class
Aired on JTBC from January to March 2020 with 16 Episodes.
Itaewon Class is based on a webtoon with the same name.
Park Seo-joon played the part of Park Sae-royi who was an ex-convict drop out. He got expelled from school because of punching a school bully who then turned out to be the one who accidentally killed his father.
After making his way out of prison, Sae-royi followed his father’s path and started making his way in founding a Restaurant-Bar in Itaewon named Danbam (Honey Night). With the help of his manager Jo Yi-seo (Kim Da-mi) and his friends, he succeeded in being on top of his career and business.
What I like most in this story is how the character changes from being rags to riches. From being an ex-convict drop out to owning a small restaurant-bar and to having his own company.
Focusing solely on the business plot, you will learn that anything is possible if you strive hard. Every little thing is as much as important as the big ones. You’ll never know, those little things might be the reason for your success. Push harder to achieve your dreams.
6. It’s Okay Not to be Okay
Aired on TvN from June to August 2020 with 16 episodes
It’s Okay Not to be Okay is a romance series that tackles mental health issues.
Kim Soo-hyun played the role of Moon Gang Tae, an orphaned caregiver who works in a psychiatric hospital. He has an older brother who is psychologically disturbed because he’s the sole witness of his mother’s murder.
Seo Ye-ji played the role of Ko Moon-young who develops a romantic obsession with Moon Gang Tae. She’s a known children’s book author who had a troubled childhood because of her mother.
Moon Gang Tae and Ko Moon-young developed an unusual romance towards one another. They ended up healing each other’s emotional and psychological wounds.
It’s Okay Not to be Okay is such a strong and meaningful phrase. For me, it just means that no matter what happened to you in the past, there is still someone who can accept you wholeheartedly, with all your flaws and such.
You don’t need to hide your true self just because there has been an emotional damage within you. You can be each other’s strength in the long run.
7. Hi Bye, Mama!
Aired on TvN from February to April 2020 with 16 episodes
Hi Bye, Mama! is a supernatural-family drama starring Kim Tae-hee, Lee Kyu-hyung, and Go Bo-gyeol.
Kim Tae-Hee played the role of Cha Yu-ri who died in a tragic accident five years ago and begins a 49-day reincarnation project. Lee Kyu Kyung, who played the role of Jo Kwang Hwa, her husband is a surgeon.
He has been working as a single father for years since her wife died, and then remarried after two years.
Hi Bye, Mama retains its title up until the ending. Without sugar-coating life and death, it tackles our what ifs, regrets, and might have beens.
Watching it will give you thoughts that will make you rethink things in your life.
Are you happy?
Do you make your life worthwhile?
Do you have regrets?
Have you imparted good values?
Do you genuinely love the people around you?
Do you take risks for the sake of you being happy?
Well, life is all about taking risks.
So, if you want to cry and need to reflect about your own life, then, Hi Bye, Mama is the KDrama for you.
8.Something in the Rain
It aired from March to May 2018 with 16 episodes.
‘Something in the Rain’ tells the story of Yoon Jin-ah (Son Ye-jin), a 30-something supervisor of a coffee chain and Seo Jun-hee (Jung hae In), a 20-something animator, who were once acquaintances then developed their relationship as genuine lovers. Jun hee reconnects with Jin-ah, who happens to be the best friend of his older sister since childhood.
They started dating secretly because an older woman dating a younger man is considered taboo in some circles in Korea.
The storyline revolves on love, their struggles with their age differences, and on being open in public with their relationship.
9. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
It aired on MBC from November 2016 to January 2017 with 16 episodes.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is a coming-of-age sports drama which is inspired by the life of Olympic gold-medalist, Jang Miran.
Lee Sung Kyung played the role of Bok Joo who has an out-going personality. She will later on fall in love with her childhood friend, played by Nam Joo-hyuk. This coming-of-age sports drama is about the goal-oriented young athletes who push harder to reach their dreams.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joon has a very healthy and genuine kind of story that tackles friendship, family, love, heartaches, goals and careers.
10. Record of Youth
Record of Youth started airing its first episode last September 7, 2020 on TvN and Netflix. It has 16 episodes in total.
This would be Park Bo-gum’s comeback drama since Encounter and his last drama series while serving his military duties. He entered the military last August 31, 2020.
Record of Youth is about the life, trials, and friendship of three people who perseveres as they try to make it to the modeling and make-up industry.
Do you have any favorites among this Top 10 list on Netflix? Share it on the comment section!