Korean dramas have been steadily gaining popularity in the United States, and with popular streaming services like Viki, Netflix, Hulu, KOCOWA and Amazon Prime, it’s never been easier to watch your favorite dramas. We’ve put together a list of our top five to get you started. Keep in mind, while some of these streaming services offer free content with ads, a few require a paid subscription.
Adriana’s Top Five
I became aware of Korean dramas back in the early 2000s from my younger sister, who used to watch them, though I did not watch my first Korean drama until much later. Now Korean dramas are my main source of entertainment, and I definitely have my favorites that I go back to again and again. It’s easy to get caught up in the stories and fall in love or laugh along with the characters as they overcome the many myriads of obstacles placed before them. What I fell in love with most was the ability to get glimpses into a culture very different from my own, as well as a new language to explore. I put together this list of my absolute favorite dramas. I tend to like shows that make me laugh or showcase creative special effects.
Randi’s Top Five
I am a huge K-drama fan. In a previous post, I mentioned that I have been watching Korean dramas, variety shows and movies since 2010. I stumbled upon dramas while searching for something to screen at our anime club. Now I pretty much only watch Korean content, whether that be variety shows like How Do You Play? or I Live Alone, movies like Miss Granny or Along with the Gods, or all the dramas mentioned below. My favorite dramas usually have elements of fantasy or science fiction, romance and humor. I also appreciate the format. Unlike most western television, the story is completed in a set number of episodes, whether that be 16, 20 or 50. Netflix is sort of changing that model, but there is still a lot of great content out there.