Quarantine Binge Options: These are the top K-Dramas to Watch in Isolation
Written by: Trina Dong – April 2nd 2020, 9:27am pst
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Quarantine would be a whole different ball game if I didn’t have access to K-dramas. Netflix is a great place to binge past dramas, but did you know there are shows they release in time with when they air in South Korea? Oh yes, it’s true, and they’re not the only ones. Viki is another app that has endless amounts of Asian TV shows and movies to watch.
I know the word “K-drama” seems as if it’s one specific genre, but it’s definitely not. You can find shows from any of your favorite genres. Here are eight of my picks for you to find a show that fits your taste!
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Itaewon Class (Netflix) Genre: Drama
Itaewon Class follows ex-convict Park Saeroyi (Park Seo-jun) and his friends as they fight to avenge his father’s death by conquering the restaurant business. Every episode has action, emotionally charged negotiations, heartbreak and incredible cast performances. The characters are an eccentric group that we haven’t seen teaming up together before including an ex-con, a social media influencer, a transgender chef, an African Korean, a single dad and a black sheep heir. Of course, with Park Seo-jun leading the pack, you can’t go wrong. The finale of the 16-episode series was released on March 21, 2020. Binge away!
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He Is Psychometric (Viki) Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Lee Ahn (Park Jinyoung) has the ability to see people’s memories by just touching their skin. He hasn’t fully figured out how to control his powers, but he decides to use them to fight crime. He starts with attempting to solve murders by making contact with dead bodies at the morgue. It slowly becomes unclear to him who the good guys in his orbit really are. The fantasy element of this show is more grounded rather than magical, which makes his powers totally believable. This is the first leading role for Park Jinyoung, GOT7’s smooth vocalist and dancer, and he plays it perfectly. You can binge all 16 episodes of the series now!
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Love Alarm (Netflix) Genre: Romance Love Alarm follows Kim Jojo (Kim So-hyun), Hwang Sun-oh (Song Kang) and Lee Hye-yeong (Jung Ga-ram) as they try to survive in a technology driven world that enables users of an app to get notified when someone within a 10-meter radius has feelings for them. We watch as hearts are broken within an instant, hope is gained in seconds and anxiety is constant. Maybe the anxiety was just me. I would never want to be anywhere near this world, but it’s really fun to watch it from afar. Season 1 is available to binge and season 2 production is underway!
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A Piece of Your Mind (Viki) Genre: Rom-Com
Ha Won (Jung Hae-in) is an artificial intelligence programmer and founder of his own company. He is devoted to his work and has high expectations for the future of his inventions. He’s currently developing a device that can answer questions about his life in his voice and the next step is to get it to think with his heart. In order to do so, he needs to hear from his only love and Han Seo-woo (Chae Soo-bin) gets stuck in the middle trying to help. Ha Won is portrayed to be the ideal type of mate. Coincidentally, Hae-in is a fan favorite leading man, making this rom-com exactly what we need. New episodes come out every Monday and Tuesday!
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Dr. Romantic 2 (Viki) Genre: Medical Drama Dr. Romantic 2 follows Master Kim (Han Suk-kyu), the genius Chief Surgeon at Dolam Hospital. He recruits troubled general surgeon Seo Woo-jin (Ahn Hyo-seop) on a trial basis until he proves himself. When Cha Eun-jae (Lee Sung-kyung) gets suspended from a major hospital, she shows up for a job with Master Kim. This is by far the best medical drama I’ve ever seen. I said it and I meant it. It’s very melodramatic and graphic (weak stomachs beware!), drawing you into the storylines even more. I won’t lie, I’m one of those weak stomachs that I was referring to, but I just couldn’t stop watching. The finale episode to the series aired on February 25. Time to catch up!
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Vagabond (Netflix) Genre: Action
Cha Dal-fun (Lee Seung-go) has set out to find out the truth behind a mysterious plane crash that killed his nephew. Along the way, he teams up with Go Hae-ri (Bae Suzy), a covert operative for the NIS. This drama is completely different than what I usually watch. It’s full of suspense and twists every episode. The tension that’s built throughout the series between the situations and the characters truly drove me crazy in the best way. You go from being shocked to laughing to being mad to afraid over and over again. If you love a good emotional rollercoaster with a lot of action, this one is definitely for you. Go binge every episode right NOW!
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Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency (Viki) Genre: Historical Flower Crew is the most successful marriage agency in Joseon. The agency is led by Ma Hoon (Kim Min-jae), the best matchmaker of the crew. He is joined by Go Young-soo (Park Ji-hoon), the youngest and most fashionable, and Do Joon (Byeon Woo-seok), the informant. Their business and personal lives end up getting intertwined with the new King and his enemies.
I had no idea I was into historical shows, but it’s one of my favorites from 2019. The show is packed with deep storylines for every main character, so you can’t look away. Not to mention, the fashion is on point. The entire series is waiting for you to watch!
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Matching Survival 1+1 (Viki) Genre: Reality Dating
This isn’t actually a K-drama, it’s considered a Variety Show. The show takes place in a grocery market. In each set of 2 episodes, four women and four men, often celebrities, are matched up on small dates based on their tastes and interests. Through conversation and activities, they figure out who they are most interested in. By the end of the episode, each contestant is given the chance to call the person they would like to find love with. If the feelings are mutual, they will say “Yes”. If not, they will say “I’m sorry” and hang up the phone. Savage! The hosts are hilarious and it’s very low stakes for the contestants because it all takes place over one day. You can watch all 20 episodes featuring all 20 contestants now!
These are just examples of all of the incredible international content that you can add to your streaming lists while you have the time in lockdown. Take a chance and watch something you never thought you would before! You’ll be glad that you did.
About The Author:
Trina Dong is a host and writer at AfterBuzz TV. She’s also an actress and screenwriter that can likely be found binge watching anything from the latest K Drama to Floribama Shore.
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