Crash Landing On You is easily one of our favorite Korean series on Netflix. With CLOY ending last week, it’s safe to say that we haven’t found the will to move on just yet. We still find ourselves waiting for that new episode notification to appear, only to cry in vain when no such thing pops up.
There’s this huge void that the DooRi couple left in our hearts. Thankfully, we’ve found a way to fill this gaping hole: binge-watch our other favorite Korean dramas!
Netflix is such a treasure trove of amazing K-Drama titles. Here’s a list of our favorites, written in no particular order, some of which we’ll re-watch, and some we finally found time (and reason) to start watching.
Synopsis: While strange rumors about their ill king grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.
Cast: Joo Ji-hoon (Princess Hours, Antique Bakery, War with the Gods), Bae Doo-na (Sense 8, Matrimonial Chaos), Ryu Seung-ryeong (Miracel in Cell No. 7, Extreme Job)
Why We Love It: With Kingdom being a supernatural thriller drama, we were hesitant to watch it at first. We wanted something light and fluffy, not dark and gory. But once we made the jump, we were all in. Each episode was packed with thrilling scenes that made us jump from our seats. With only 6 episodes for Season 1, this Korean drama felt so bitin too! It’s a good thing that Season 2 is finally coming on March 13, 2020.
Beyond the thrilling zombie chase, we’re also curious to find out how Prince Yi-chang will overcome the political conspiracies and reclaim the throne that is rightfully his. This is definitely one of those Korean TV shows that you shouldn’t miss..
Descendants of the Sun
Synopsis: After a chance meeting in a hospital, an ardent soldier falls for a gifted surgeon. Opposing philosophies tear them apart, but fate has other plans.
Cast: Song Joong-ki (Sungkyungkwan Scandal, Running Man, Arthdal Chronicles), Song Hye-kyo (Full House, That Winter the Wind Blows, Encounter), Jin Goo (Legal High, Mother), Kim Ji-won (The Heirs, Fight for my Way, Arthdal Chronicles)
Why We Love It: The chemistry between Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo was simply amazing that you can’t help but be drawn into the drama almost instantly. Moreover, the DOTS story was refreshing in that it revolved more about saving people from force majeure events rather than the typical drama tropes of rags to riches or evil mothers finding ways to stop the marriage between her son and her son’s betrothed. And the scenery too! WeI can still recall that bright blue Aegean Sea even though it has already been 4 years since we’ve watched the drama.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo
Synopsis: A competitive swimmer crosses paths with his childhood friend, a rising weight lifting star, and realizes that she has a secret crush on his cousin.
Cast: Lee Sung-kyung (Cheese in the Trap, The Doctors), Nam Joo-hyuk (Who Are You: School 2015, The Bride of Habaek)
Why We Love It: The quirky chemistry between Nam Joo-hyuk and Lee Sung-kyung was cute and lovable, and the way they are playful around each other added so much life to the characters they portrayed. We love this drama mainly because it taught us, once more, that beauty is more than what the eyes can see. As athletes, the characters also taught us the value of perseverance and that success—no matter how elusive—is within reach, most especially if you have the right support system.
Synopsis: In his quest for a bride to break his immortal curse, a 939-year-old guardian of souls meets a grim reaper and a sprightly student with a tragic past.
Cast: Gong Yoo (Coffee Prince, Train to Busan), Kim Go-eun (Cheese in the Trap, Tune in for Love), Lee Dong-wook (My Girl, Touch Your Heart), Yoo In-na (My Love from the Star, Touch Your Heart)
Why We Want to Watch It: We love to kick our Korean-drama-loving asses for not watching this sooner. From our friends who kept on raving about this drama, Gong Yoo is good enough a reason to start watching it already. It’s his first appearance on the small screen in four years (in 2016 when the show first aired) after all. The Goblin plot, they say, revolves around how fleeting life can be and how, despite life being unfair, we find people who will make our journey in life worth living for. We were told to have tissues at the ready too so if you’re just about to start on this one like we do, don’t forget this tip.
Hotel Del Luna
Synopsis: When he’s invited to manage a hotel for dead souls, an elite hotelier gets to know the establishment’s ancient owner and her strange world.
Cast: Lee Ji-eun / IU (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Persona), Yeo Jin-goo (Moon Embracing the Sun, My Absolute Boyfriend)
Why We Want to Watch It: First of all, it stars IU! Second of all, the story is written by the Hong Sisters whose previous works have also been chart-toppers. Third of all, friends tell us that Hotel Del Luna teaches a lot of lessons in life, especially about living one with no regrets. With a stellar cast, veteran writers, a cinematography that enchants, and a soundtrack that adds life to the story, we’re well on our way to binge-watching this in the next couple of weekends.
What are your favorite Korean Netflix series? Let us know in the comment section below.