If you haven’t been already consumed by any KDrama, first of all, are you living in a cave? Okay, we won’t judge you. But seriously, why? 

Korean Drama, also known as K-Drama, is not like any other show. They are interesting, satisfying us with amazing storylines and unpredictable plot twists, and…addicting in so many ways. Because of its big hit across the world, we can’t deny its cultural impact on the world as they have become a worldwide phenomenon. 

If you’re looking for a good laugh, an ugly cry, an intense scare, or a good dose of kilig, one Kdrama (or probably 10) will give you your fix. 

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Best KDrama to Watch This 2022

From over-the-top kilig vibes to incredibly heartbreaking in a heartbeat, this Kdrama list will have you staying up until 3am. Here are the new and all-time recommended Kdrama you must watch!

1. Squid Game

Squid Game | Official Trailer | Netflix

If you haven’t yet checked out Squid Game, where have you been living? Kidding aside, this is one of the hottest and most-watched K-Dramas ever. The Squid Game is a K-Drama thriller that will leave you at the edge of your seat through its storyline. This Korean series 2022 follows the story of a group of people in serious debt who signed up to play a series of children’s games for a chance at 45.6 billion won (about $38 million). Sounds simple, right? But wait till you know what the catch is! If the players lose, they die. And the winner takes all the money. Squid Game is definitely the best K drama to watch if you love thrillers.

2. Now, We Are Breaking Up

Trailer | Now, We Are Breaking Up | Viu Original

Another new Korean drama 2022 to watch out for is “Now, We Are Breaking Up” starring Song Hye Kyo, Jang Ki Yong, EXO‘s Sehun, Girl’s Day’s Yura, and more. This Korean series 2022 is a story of love and breakups. From its title, it will surely be a tearjerker. The new Korean drama 2022 is scheduled to premiere on SBS TV from November 12, 2022 to January 1, 2022.

3. Cliffhanger

[지리산 1차 티저] 전지현과 주지훈이 만났다! 드라마 ‘지리산’ 1차 티저 공개!

If you love mystery, thriller, and anything suspenseful, Cliffhanger is the best Kdrama to watch this 2022. It is about park rangers who work to rescue people on Mount Jiri. 

This Kdrama 2022 is written by screenwriter Kim Eun-hee, who also wrote Kingdom (2019), Signal (2016), and 3 Days (2014). The director is Lee Eung-bok, who directed hit dramas like Goblin (2016), Descendants of the Sun (2016), and Dream High (2011). So expect a good series!

4. Penthouse

[The PenthouseㅣTeaser Trailer] “I’m willing to sell my soul to let you live here”

The Penthouse Kdrama is Korea’s newest and most talked-about series. It follows the stories of three wealthy families vying for power in the exclusive Hera Palace community–a luxurious 100-floor penthouse apartment–putting the spotlight on three women who have many secrets and hidden ambitions. Sim Su Ryeon, who was born into wealth, a loving wife and mother who would do anything for her children, is the queen of the penthouse apartment. Cheon Seo Jin, the prima donna of the residence, does all she can to give everything to her daughter. Oh Yoon Hee, the one who comes from a poor family, but strives so hard to enter high society by becoming the queen of the penthouse. Their world begins to collapse after a mysterious girl falls to her death and the three attempt to cover up the location of her death to protect the reputation of Hera Palace. The Penthouse Kdrama is intense, messy, and we’re 

You can watch this Korean Drama on Viu.

5. Start-Up

Start-Up | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

If you’re a fan of Bae Suzy and Nam Joo-hyuk, this Korean drama will get on your nerves, in a good way of course. Start-Up is a series that revolves around a group of young individuals who are in their late 20s and early 30s, aspiring to launch their dreams into reality through the tech accelerator for entrepreneurs called Sandbox. Suzy and Joo-hyuk’s characters Seo Dal-mi and Nam Do-san were chosen to join the famous Sandbox along with Dal-mi’s older sister Won In-jae who has everything society respects: a strong educational background, beautiful appearance, and money. The three of them will compete in a contest to be the best. Little does Dal-mi know, someone important from her past has her back throughout this start-up journey. The main characters will compete for success and love, and throughout the series, you will be rooting for Dal-mi to end up with Do-san or Han Ji-pyeong, played by Kim Sun-ho. Personally, we are team Do-san. If you feel like the world is against you and you’re close to giving up, Start-Up is the best Korean drama for you as it will inspire you to follow your dreams whatever challenges you.

You can watch this Kdrama this 2022 on Netflix.

6. Fight For My Way

Fight For My Way | 쌈 마이웨이 [Teaser – ver.2]

Fight For My Way is a drama about a former taekwondo champion (Ko Dong-man played by Park Seo-joon) and an information desk worker (Choi Ae-ra played by Kim Ji-won) who aspire to chase their dreams in a world that is rude to those with mediocre credentials, or those who don’t fit in the society’s “standards.” But even if the world isn’t kind to Dong-man, Ae-ra, Joo Man, and Sul Hee, they will not stop fighting for their way towards their dreams. This RomCom Kdrama just gets us and totally inspires us to never stop fighting for your dreams.

You can watch Fight for My Way on various Kdrama sites like Netflix, Viu, and Viki

7. Mine

Mine | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

If you liked the Penthouse Kdrama or the Korean film Parasite, the Mine Kdrama will pass your taste and will definitely keep you up all night. The story revolves around two women who are strong and ambitious, played by seasoned actresses Lee Bo Young and Kim Seo Hyung, who each married a son of the Hyowon Group, a multi-billion won company. Although the two are rich and successful in their own rights, they struggle to find their place in the world of the Chaebol family they married into. Their lives get more complicated when a murder occurs and everyone does everything to keep their names clean. 

You can watch Mine Kdrama on Netflix.

8. Taxi Driver

TAXI DRIVER Trailer | Lee Je Hoon, Esom | Coming to Viu

Taxi Driver is one of the newest Kdrama in 2022 adapted from a webtoon of the same name. The Taxi Driver Korean Drama is about a mysterious taxi service taking revenge against criminals on behalf of victims. The three main characters of the Taxi Driver Korean Drama are Kim Do-gi played by Lee Je-hoon, who is one of the drivers for the company whose mother was murdered. Kang Ha-na played by Esom is a lawyer while Ah Go-eun (Lee Na-eun) is an IT specialist and a hacker. This series is a good mix of action, horror, crime, drama, and a lot of chills.

You can watch Taxi Driver on Viu.

9. Law School

Law School | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

Curious about what law schools are like? The newest Kdrama Law School presents a deeper view of what it’s like in Korea. This series follows the story of a group of students unraveling an unusual case. When a professor is found dead on their campus, everyone becomes a suspect. And the group of students discovers a web of secrets where the main suspect emerges—their “devil” professor. It has a compelling storyline that will hook the moment you laid your eyes on its first episode. This Korean Drama 2022 features young and seasoned actors including Kim Myung-min, Kim Bum, and Ryu Hye-young.

You can watch Law School Kdrama on Netflix.

10. Descendants of the Sun

Descendants of the Sun – Trailer | Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo’s 2016 New Korean Drama

Despite the differences and challenges, some relationships are really destined and this RomCom Kdrama shows you just that. The story centers on Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki), the leader of a Special Forces unit and the surgeon Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) who face battles of war, crime, and love giving you everything in one: romance, action, drama, adventure, and tons of comedy. While this is not a new series, Descendants of the Sun is one of the classics and a game-changer in the scene. This drama 

You can watch Descendants of the Sun on various KDrama sites like Netflix, Viu, and Viki.

11. So I Married An Anti Fan

Official Trailer: So I Married The Anti-Fan | 所以我和黑粉结婚了 | iQiyi

The Kdrama So I Married An Anti Fan follows the story of one of South Korea’s biggest stars Hoo Joon (Choi Tae Joon), and the aspiring young magazine reporter Lee Geun Young (Choi Sooyoung). The two meet at an event where Geun Young inadvertently witnesses some rough and rude behavior from Hoo Joon, and accidentally throws up all over him. Geun Young gets fired thinking it was Hoo Joon behind it. So, she decided to mount a one-woman protest outside the star’s agency building and immediately gained media’s attention and later was labeled as Hoo Joon’s number one anti-fan. But then, she was offered to participate in a reality TV show where she has to live with Hoo Joon. When filming begins, the two try to give each other a hard time on set, only to fall head over heels for one another. But how can this romance bloom?

You can watch So I Married An Anti Fan Kdrama on Viki.

12. Mouse

MOUSE Trailer #2 | Lee Seung Gi, Lee Hee Joon, Kyung Soo Jin | Now on Viu

The Mouse Kdrama is something that will have your breath taken away with its nail-biting suspenseful scenes. The story focuses on Jung Ba-Reum (Lee Seung-Gi), a rookie police officer working at a police substation. He feels fulfilled and happy with his work until the nation is rocked by the ruthless murders of a psychopath serial killer who is always one step ahead of the authorities. Determined to find this killer and bring them to justice, Ba Reum and his partner track him down. Ba Reum comes face to face with the killer. Although he manages to survive the dangerous encounter, their meeting would change his life forever. The Mouse Kdrama is your best bet if you want solving mysteries.

You can watch Mouse on various Kdrama sites like Viu, and Viki.

13. Crash Landing on You

Crash Landing on You | Official Trailer #1 | Netflix [ENG SUB]

If there’s one Kdrama that took the Internet by storm when the pandemic started, it’s Crash Landing on You. The drama follows the story of a chaebol heiress (played by Son Ye-jin) who made an emergency landing in North Korea because of a paragliding accident and a North Korean special officer (played by Hyun Bin) who finds her and helps her eventually. The two struggle to hide while they slowly fall for each other. With its enticing synopsis, Crash Landing on You is considered the best Kdrama that brought on a ton of new fans of the genre and is now among the highest-rated dramas in Korean TV history.

After a paragliding accident, young heiress Yoon Se-ri accidentally lands in North Korea, where a military officer finds her and decides to help her. The two struggle to hide while they slowly fall in love with one another.

You can watch this on Netflix.

14. It’s Okay Not to Be Okay

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay | Official Trailer #1 | Netflix [ENG SUB]

Another series to add to your Kdrama list is It’s Okay Not to Be Okay. It’s about Moon Gang Tae (played by Kim Soo-hyun) who is a community health worker at a psychiatric ward. He is the epitome of true beauty, inside and out. He’s attractive, smart, patient,  has the ability to sympathize with others and many things you’d ever hope for in your ideal guy. Meanwhile, Ko Moon Young (played by Seo Ye-Ji) is a popular writer of children’s literature who, due to suffering from an antisocial personality disorder, seems extremely selfish, arrogant, and rude.

Gang Tae is desperate to escape from his emotional baggage and the heavy responsibility he’s had all his life and begins to heal with help from the woman who writes fairy tales but doesn’t believe in them.

You can watch this on Netflix.

15. The World of the Married

When your world comes crashing | A World of Married Couple Trailer #2 | Now on Viu

Game for a scandalous drama? The World of the Married is the best Korean drama for you as it will turn your world upside down and will give you all the feels you wouldn’t want to experience in real life. This series follows the story of family doctor Ji Sun-Woo (Kim Hee-Ae) and her husband Lee Tae-Oh (Park Hae-Joon). Sun-Woo seems to have a perfect life—a successful career and a happy family—until she finds out her husband is cheating on her, and her friends betrayed her. The couple finds themselves trapped in dangerous affairs that could cost them their lives. This smashing hit Kdrama is currently the top 1, highest-rated series in Korean TV history. Because of its success, a top TV Station in the Philippines is doing a remake of the drama. If this doesn’t convince you yet, we don’t know what else will.

You can watch this on Netflix and Viu.

16. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

[Mood: LOL] When your guy best friend treats you like a bro | Weightlifting Fairy Ep 6 [ENG SUB CC]

This RomCom Kdrama centers around Kim Bok-Joo (Lee Sung-Kyung), a promising collegiate female weightlifter, and the free-spirited Jung Joon-Hyung (Nam Joo-Hyuk) who is a collegiate swimmer plagued with numerous false start disqualifications. Romance, comedy, drama…Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo will make you laugh, cry and fall in love so hard with the story and characters. 

You can watch Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo on Netflix and Viu.

17. Pinocchio

[피노키오 OST Part 2] 로이킴 (Roy Kim) – 피노키오 (Pinocchio) MV

Pinocchio Kdrama revolves around two reporters Choi In Ha (Park Shin-hye) and Choi Dal Po (Lee Jong-suk). In Ha suffers from a condition called “Pinocchio syndrome” which makes her break into hiccups whenever she tells a lie.

They both pursue the field with different intentions: one is to follow her mother’s footsteps while the other to prove his family’s innocence, and show reporter Song Cha-ok what being a true reporter means.

You can watch Pinocchio Kdrama on various Kdrama sites like Viu, Viki, and Netflix.

18. Full House

Full House (Korean Drama) Full Trailer | Eng Sub

One of the most classic series to binge-watch is Full House. The story follows two people with diverse personalities: an ordinary, caring, patient girl (Song Hye-kyo) with values and a famous star (Rain) who is her total opposite. If seeing each other is not enough to annoy them, what more if they’d have to live in the same house as a married couple? This is a recommended Kdrama because it gives you a dose of kilig vibes, a good laugh, and a good cry. 

You can watch this on Netflix.

19. Reply 1988

Reply 1988 | Trailer with Eng Subs

Take a nostalgic trip back to 1988 through the lives of five families and their five teenage kids living in a small neighborhood in Seoul. Reply 1988 follows the story of five friends dealing with different types of hardship: from being uncertain for the future, being pressured to be perfect, and feeling neglected by parents. This drama and the other Reply series are worthy to stay up all night for as they will get you from the roots of your hair to the very tip of your toes. Just a warning though, you might be needing a bucket to catch all the tears you’ll cry for joy and sadness while watching this.

You can watch it on Netflix, Viu, and iQiyi

20. The Uncanny Counter

The Uncanny Counter | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

If you love Ghostbusters, The Uncanny Counter will get you hooked! It’s sort of the same concept except that this Kdrama features an eclectic group of characters who each possess special abilities to chase down spirits that prey on humans. They are noodle shop employees by day and demon hunters by night. Since it’s airing, The Uncanny Counter was well-received by so many people, giving it high ratings. That being said, there must be a good reason why many Kdrama lovers put an all-nighter for this show!

You can watch this on Netflix.

21. Sweet Home


Tired of dramas and romcoms? Consider watching Sweet Home, one of the most talked-about Kdramas on the Internet. Don’t let the title fool you though as this series is based on a cult favorite webtoon of the same name. Sweet Home follows a high school guy who moves into a new apartment complex after the death of his family. It is set in a unique world in which people turn into monsters that reflect their internal desires. 

You can watch this on Netflix.

22. Love Alarm

Love Alarm | Official Trailer | Netflix

What if an app could tell you when someone likes you? A perfect way to know if your crush also feels the same way as you…or not. Love Alarm revolves around a hardworking student Kim Jo-jo who captivates the hearts of two guys—who just happen to be best friends and basically are like brothers—in her school: Hwang Sun-oh and Lee Hye-yeong. At the end of the first season, we’re left with a cliffhanger: who will Jo-jo choose to be with?

You can watch Love Alarm on Netflix.

23. Hospital Playlist

Hospital Playlist | Official Teaser | Netflix [ENG SUB]

Hospital Playlist tells the day-to-day stories at the hospital following the 20-year friendship of five doctors who all went to medical school together, and share a love for music. The show tells the story of these five friends as they go through the challenges of working in a hospital with a career centered around life and death, dealing with patients, and living their own lives outside of work.

You can watch Hospital Playlist on Netflix.

UPDATED: 2022 KDrama List of Recommendations

Here are more KDramas to add to your watch list! 

1. Twenty Five Twenty One 

Twenty Five Twenty One | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

Twenty Five, Twenty One is a coming of age KDrama that follows the story of a high school student who desperately wants to become the world’s greatest fencer. She then meets a boy whose family went bankrupt, but eventually gets a job as a reporter. The protagonists lean on each other for happiness and advice, and their friendship quickly blossomed into a romantic, innocent love. This KDrama quickly became a popular show among its viewers as the ending caused quite a controversy. 

You can watch this show on Netflix. 

2. A Business Proposal 

Business Proposal | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

This Kdrama tells the familiar story of an ordinary girl and a charming wealthy guy faking a relationship until it becomes real – only the A Business Proposal took it up a notch. The plot begins with an ordinary office girl pretending to be someone else, who then finds herself on a blind date with the rich CEO she works for. The rest, as they say, is history. The enthralling plot, paired with the exceptional chemistry of the main cast, make this show one of the best Kdrama romcom shows to watch in 2022. 

You can watch this show on Netflix. 

3. Tomorrow 

Tomorrow | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

Based on the hit webtoon series, Tomorrow is a fantasy KDrama that follows the story of a team of grim reapers who save lives of the people who are contemplating suicide. 

This is atypical to the usual themes of KDrama where the story is usually about lovers and friends. The show gives light to mental health issues, loss of hope, darkness, and suicide – topics that are heavy and serious, but relatable to a lot of people. 

You can watch this show on Netflix. 

4. Juvenile Justice 

Juvenile Justice | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

Juvenile Justice is a legal KDrama which stars Kim Hye-Soo. As the newly appointed head in a juvenile court with great disdain for juvenile criminals, the main character has to face the complex challenge of examining punishment for young offenders. This series gets more intense the more you watch it, making it one of the best KDrams of 2022. 

You can watch this show on Netflix. 

5. Thirty-Nine 

Thirty-Nine | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

A touching and beautiful story of friendship, love, and loss, Thirty-Nine tells the story of three high school best friends who are approaching their forties. After one of them receives a life-threatening diagnosis, the trio makes the most of their time, including fulfilling each other’s deepest wishes, before parting ways. 

You can watch Thirty-Nine on Netflix. 

6. My Liberation Notes 

My Liberation Notes | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

If you’ve ever broken down in the middle of work, it’s most likely because of the grueling pressure of adulthood and its many responsibilities. My Liberation Notes is a KDrama about three siblings who seek to find fulfillment, meaning, and freedom from their monotonous lives. The intriguing yet moving story is for anyone who feels stuck in a limbo and wishes to see 

You can watch My Liberation Notes on Netflix. 

7.  Forecasting Love and Weather 

Forecasting Love and Weather | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

Yet another KDrama Rom Com, Forecasting Love and Weather is a love story about two budding weather forecasters and how they balance work life and romance. The excellent performances and chemistry between the leading actors are what makes this one of the best KDrama in 2022. 

You can watch Forecasting Love and Weather on Netflix. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Kdrama

Q: What is the best Kdrama to watch this 2022?

A: Whether you want romcoms, heavy dramas, or thrillers, Korean dramas got you covered. Here are the must-watch K Drama series that are worth your time:

  1. Squid Game
  2. Now, We Are Breaking Up
  3. Cliffhanger
  4. Penthouse Kdrama
  5. Start-Up
  6. Fight For My Way
  7. Mine Kdrama
  8. Taxi Driver Korean Drama
  9. Law School Kdrama
  10. Descendants of the Sun
  11. So I Married An Anti Fan
  12. Mouse Kdrama
  13. Crash Landing on You
  14. It’s Okay Not to Be Okay
  15. The World of the Married
  16. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
  17. Pinocchio
  18. Full House
  19. Cheese in the Trap
  20. Vincenzo Kdrama
  21. 18 Again Korean Drama
  22. It’s Okay, That’s Love
  23. Reply 1988
  24. The Uncanny Counter
  25. Sweet Home
  26. Record of Youth
  27. Love Alarm
  28. Hospital Playlist

Q: Where can I watch new Kdrama 2022?

A: There are many Kdrama sites that allow you to watch classic and new series. These include Netflix, Viu, Viki, and iQiyi.

Q: How many episodes are there in a Korean Drama?

A: Usually, there are 16 episodes per season in one KDrama.

Q: Who are the cast of the K-Drama Squid Game?

A: The trending Korean drama 2022 Squid Game stars some of South Korea’s most notable and upcoming actors and actresses. They are:

  • Lee Jung-Jae as Seong Gi-Hun
  • Park Hae-Soo as Cho Sang-Woo
  • HoYeon Jung as Kang Sae-byeok
  • Wi Ha-joon as Hwang Jun-ho
  • Anupam Tripathi as Abdul Ali
  • Oh Young-soo as Oh Il-nam
  • Heo Sung-tae as Jang Deok-su
  • Kim Joo-ryung as Han Mi-nyeo
  • Lee Yoo-mi as Ji-yeong

Q: Who is the North Korean girl in the Kdrama 2022 Squid Game?

A: The North Korean girl Kang Sae-byeok was played by model and actress HoYeon Jung. Before she became famous for her role in the Kdrama Squid Game, she is walking on the runway as one of Korea’s Top Models. 

Why is the Kdrama show called Twenty Five Twenty One? 

The Title, Twenty Five Twenty One, is in reference to the main characters’ ages at the time that they began their romance. 

Is A Business Proposal on Netflix?

Yes, the KDrama is on Netflix, and was the streaming app’s no. 1 non-English series last April 2022. 

Who are the main characters in My Liberation Notes? 

The main characters in My Liberation Notes are Yeom Chang-Hee (Lee Min-Ki), Yeom Mi-Jeong (Kim Ji-Won), and Yeom Gi-Jeong (Lee El).

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