Doramas or Dramas Koreans are quite successful around the world, so much so that there are dozens of them on Netflix. In this article, we will try to share a complete list of Korean dramas and the best ones we found on the platform.
There are a lot of dramas available on Netflix, but I can't recommend many because I watched few. For this reason, I will recommend 7 main dramas and end with one with genre, grade and number of episodes.
What are Korean dramas?
Dorama it is a Japanese word, but it is also used in Korean dramas exactly to romanize the word Drama. There is no plural for word drama, but I prefer to add a [s] to make more sense in Portuguese phrases.
Drama is practically the same as a series or novel. The difference is in the way it is displayed on Asian channels. Usually one episode a week is shown, just like Japanese anime. The themes are also lighter and more dramatic.
Asian dramas also tend to have 13 to 24 episodes just like Japanese animations. Usually an Asian drama can address any genre, so I don't agree with the term Asian soap opera, I prefer to categorize it as a series.
We recommend that you also see our list of Japanese dramas available on Netflix.
Why are Korean dramas the best?
I personally believe that dramas are among the best Netflix series. Since Asian culture still has common sense, it does not force you to cliché scenes of sex, betrayal, making out or use vulgar language like many American series.
As much as some Korean dramas try to portray adult life, we can see that their culture as well as Japanese culture has a little more morality, both in terms of romantic themes and themes of crime and violence.
I recently heard my mom saying just that, she recently entered the world of dramas and said that it is much more comfortable to watch than the American mind-twisting series that we usually watch.
Another advantage of Asian dramas is that they are usually finished within one season. While American series go on for several seasons inventing unnecessary stories as in the case of the CW series.
I also realize that Korean dramas have been more successful than Japanese dramas here in the West. I can't say why, since I have a preference for Japanese culture, I believe that Koreans do much better than Japanese.
Holo - My First Korean Drama
That was the first drama Korean I watched, so I believe he should be first on the list. I always had a certain fear of dramas Koreans because of the language which is a big shock for those who study Japanese.
Luckily this drama is available in Portuguese and is a topic of my interest. AI Artificial intelligence, holograms, romance, persecutions, murders, hacking and conspiracies. There are 13 exciting 50-minute episodes from beginning to end.
The series tells the story of an AI present in glasses called Holo that will end up in the hands of a girl who suffers from facial blindness. While another organization tries to steal the glasses and its creator tries to keep it safe by testing.
First time love
This Korean drama available in Portuguese follows the story of five friends who, for different reasons, end up living together. Throughout the series they will discover friendships, love and go through real life situations.
The series is known for great cliffhangers, scenes with great consequences that leave the viewer looking forward to the following episodes. The series so far has a total of two seasons.
One of Netflix's original Korean top-rated dramas. It is a 24-episode action novel that tells the story of Korean who is brought to the USA in 1871 on board a warship.
Years later, he returns to Korea as an American soldier and falls in love with a noblewoman who trained to be a sniper. Eugene Choi's return is also marked by the discovery of American conspiracies to colonize Korea.
Misaeng - Incomplete Life
In this 20-episode Slice of Life, Jang Geu-rae devoted his youth to trying to become a professional game player Baduk. After failing, even without academic training, he gets a job as an intern at a stock company.
His journey is not an easy one, where he faces accusations of nepotism and incompetence, he will need to prove his worth within the company. But new friendships will also help you to overcome the challenges of the present and the traumas of the past.
Live - A Police Drama
The drama Live is a police drama that follows the story of Korean police officers from different divisions showing their roles. Especially from the point of view of two young people who try to help society, in the midst of injustices, corruption and risks.
Netflix's Original Drama with 18 episodes earned a good rating according to IMDB for treating complex characters and social themes of great relevance to society in a complex and well-constructed manner. One of the favorite dramas of the genre.
Memories of the Alhambra
Yoo Jin-woo CEO of an investment company specializing in optical devices, receives an email about an innovative game, he decides to go to Granada, Spain, to meet the game's creator, Jung Se-joo.
There, he discovers that Se-joo is missing, and ends up getting involved, along with the game creator's sister, in mysterious incidents. This game addresses the theme of virtual reality and games, a very interesting topic for otakus.
The cold prosecutor, Hwang Shi-mok, teams up with fervent policeman Han Yeo-jin to capture a serial killer. But the corruption that surrounds them is more dangerous than the killer they don't know.
The 16-episode series was a success with national and international viewers, and obtained favorable reviews for its tight plot, exciting sequences and strong performances.
Full list of Korean dramas on Netflix
The list has all the Korean dramas that Netflix has purchased to air. It may be that any of the dramas below are unavailable due to the end of the contract or the Brazil location. The Ranking is ordered by grade of IMDB.
The list is not complete, as new things arrive on the platform daily. The names of the dramas are in English, but can be found in the Netflix search.
|8.8||Mr. Sunshine Netflix Original||Romance||24|
|8.7||Misaeng||Slice of Life||20|
|8.7||Stranger Netflix Original||Crime||16|
|8.4||A Korean Odessey Netflix Original||Romance||20|
|8.4||My Love from the Star||Romance||21|
|8.3||Hello my Twenties Netflix Original||Romance||26|
|8.3||It's Okay That's Love||Romance||16|
|8.3||Live Netflix Original||Crime||18|
|8.3||Prison Netflix Original Playbook||Crime||16|
|8.3||Strong Girl Bong-Soon||Romance||16|
|8.3||The Master's Sun||Romance||17|
|8.2||Black Netflix Original||Fantasy||18|
|8.2||I Hear Your Voice||Romance||18|
|8.2||Oh My Ghost||Romance||16|
|8.2||Something in the Rain Netflix Original||Romance||16|
|8.2||Welcome to Waikiki||Comedy||20|
|8.1||Boys Over Flowers||Romance||25|
|7.9||Don't Dare to Dream||Romance||24|
|7.9||Love in the Moonlight||Time||18|
|7.9||My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho||Romance||16|
|7.9||Oh My Venus||Romance||16|
|7.9||You Are Beautiful||Romance||16|
|7.8||Let's Eat 2||Romance||18|
|7.8||Who Are You||Romance||16|
|7.7||In Need of Romance 3||Romance||16|
|7.6||12 Years Promise||Romance||26|
|7.6||Life Netflix Original||Doctor||16|
|7.6||Man to Man Netflix Original||Thriller||16|
|7.6||Sassy, Go Go||Romance||12|
|7.6||The Royal Gambler||Period||24|
|7.6||This is My Love||Romance||16|
|7.5||You're All Surrounded||Romance||20|
|7.4||Love and Marriage||Romance||16|
|7.4||Strongest Delivery Man||Slice of Life||16|
|7.4||YG Future Strategy Office||Comedy||8|
|7.3||Beautiful Gong Shim||Romance||20|
|7.3||Lie to Me||Romance||16|
|7.3||My Horrible Boss||Romance||16|
|7.3||My Only Love Song||Romance||20|
|7.3||The Girl Who Sees Scents||Romance||16|
|7.2||Birth of a Beauty||Romance||21|
|7.2||Hi! School - Love On||Romance||20|
|7.2||Temperature of Love||Romance||20|
|6.9||K-POP Extreme Survival||Romance||14|
|6.9||White nights||Original Netflix||20|
|6.8||One More Time Netflix Original||Romance||8|
|6.7||Can we Get Married||Romance||49|
|6.4||I Need Romance 2012||Romance||16|
|7||Busted Netflix Original||Mystery||10|
|7||In Need of Romance||Romance||16|
|6||Miss Panda and Mr. Hedgehog||Romance||16|
Below I will paste another list less complete with other Dramas and with some names in Portuguese:
- 12 Years Promise
- Age of Youth
- Bad guys
- Beating Again
- Beloved Eun-dong
- Can We Get Married?
- Chicago Typewriter
- Cinderella and Four Knights
- Chronicles of Arthdal
- Designated Survivor: Korea
- Hae-Ryung, the historian
- Heaven's Garden
- Hi Bye, Mama!
- Hospital Playlist
- Itaewon Class
- K-POP Extreme Survival
- Love Alarm
- Man to Man
- Memories of the Alhambra
- Misaeng: The Incomplete
- Mr. Sunshine: A Ray of Sun
- Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog
- My Country: The New Age
- My Holo Love
- My Only Love Song
- Nightmare Teacher
- One Spring Night
- Part-Time Idol
- Because This Is My First Life
- Landing in Love
- First time Love
- Prison Playbook
- Cheese in the Trap
- Reply 1988
- Reply 1994
- Reply 1997
- Romance is a Bonus Book
- Secret Affair
- Something in the Rain
- The Heirs
- The Hymn of Death
- The K2
- A Korean Odyssey
- When the Camellia Blooms
- YG Future Strategy Office