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8 Crime And Thriller K-Dramas You Absolutely *Need* To Watch Right Now

These exciting series are perfect for binge-watching!
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Hi, fellow K-drama fans! We’re back with a new batch of crime and suspense dramas that will have you biting your nails as you try to guess whodunnit. Everyone loves a good rom-com, but if you’re looking for a different genre to get your blood pumping, these shows are guaranteed to give you *chills and thrills*. Most of these dramas are already complete, so if you’re like us and you can’t bear the thought of cliffhangers, you can just stream the next ep right away!

Here you go, a list of recent crime thriller K-dramas that you can watch on Netflix and Viu:

1. The Good Detective (2020)

Who’s in it: Son Hyun Joo, Jang Seung Jo, Lee Elijah, Oh Jung Se

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

If you miss Son Hyun Joo, Park Saeroyi’s dad from Itaewon Class, check him out in this crime thriller that lets him flex his acting chops. He plays Do Chang, a veteran detective who conducts investigations using instinct and connections. He becomes partners with the younger Ji Hyeok (Seung Jo), an elite detective who’s rich as well as skilled. Do Chang has a different investigation style: He leads with profiling. When a murder case resurfaces and old investigations are questioned, the two are forced to join forces to figure out the truth. 

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2. Train (2020)

Who’s in it: Yoon Shi Yoon, Kyung Soo Jin, Shin So Yul

Where you can watch it: Viu

This drama combines mystery and fantasy as we follow relentless detective Seo Do Won (Shi Yoon) as he investigates a series of murders. He’s in love with prosecutor Han Seo Kyung (Soo Jin), a woman whose fate became connected to his when both their fathers died on the same night when they were young. When she gets involved in the case and things go awry, he discovers there’s a parallel universe where another version of everyone exists—including a pricklier, less righteous version of himself. And that’s just the beginning! Shi Yoon does a great job of making sure each version of Do Won is unique, and we’re in love with both of them.

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3. Missing: The Other Side (2020)

Who’s in it: Go Soo, Heo Joon Ho, Ahn So Hee, Ha Joon

Where you can watch it: Viu

It’s just another day in con artist Kim Wook’s (Go Soo) life when he witnesses a kidnapping and becomes the target of bad guys. He ends up stumbling upon Duon Village, home to the spirits of the dead whose bodies haven’t been found yet. Only spirits can enter the village, but a confused Wook can see it and interact with everyone in it despite being alive. He ends up solving crimes with Jang Pan Seok (Joon Ho), an old man who can also see the village. As he spends more time with the villagers, Wook also starts to learn more about himself.

4. Times (2021)

Who’s in it: Lee Seo Jin, Lee Joo Young, Kim Yeong Cheol, Moon Jeong Hee

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Where you can watch it: Viu

In 2020, reporter Jung In (Joo Young) gets the shock of her life when she “wakes up” and realizes her father and president of the country, Seo Ki Tae (Yeong Cheol), is dead. What’s worse is, he was assassinated as a presidential candidate, and history as Jung In knows it has changed. When she gets a call from another reporter, Lee Jin Woo (Seo Jin), and finds out he’s in 2015, she enlists his help. Can they save Seo Ki Tae and return everything to normal? What complications will happen in the future when they change the past?

 

5. Beyond Evil (2021)

Who’s in it: Shin Ha Kyun, Yeo Jin Goo

Where you can watch it: Viu

Intelligent and well-connected Detective Han Joo Won (Jin Goo) gets transferred from Seoul to a police substation in Manyang. There, he meets quirky Sergeant Lee Dong Sik (Ha Kyun), a former detective who got demoted. Their personalities clash, but they find themselves working together to catch a serial killer who might have resurfaced from old cases. Both leads hide mysterious pasts, and each ep makes you wonder if anyone is actually innocent in the town of Manyang. The drama features a great cast, especially Shin Ha Kyun, whose enigmatic portrayal of Dong Sik had us riveted until the very end.

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6. Mouse (2021, ongoing)

Who’s in it: Lee Seung Gi, Lee Hee Joon, Park Ju Hyun, Kyung Soo Jin

Where you can watch it: Viu

In a world where science has made it possible to detect if a person has the Psychopath Gene, the “nature vs. nurture” debate comes into play. Does anyone with the gene eventually become a serial killer? Can they develop empathy? Seung Gi returns to the drama world with this exciting series as kind police officer Ba Reum, whose life takes a turn for the worse when he encounters a psychopath. To catch a new serial killer, he starts working with brash detective Moo Chi (Hee Joon), a man hell-bent on entering prison and killing the psychopath responsible for his parents’ deaths. But as more people die, surprising truths come to light (and we also get more headaches as we try to solve the case!).

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7. Taxi Driver (2021, ongoing)

Who’s in it: Lee Je Hoon, Esom, Kim Eui Sung, Pyo Ye Jin

Where you can watch it: Viu

After his mother’s murder, special forces captain Kim Do Ki (Je Hoon) starts working for Rainbow Taxi Company. Ran by Jang Sung Chul (Eui Sung of W: Two Worlds fame), the company secretly helps victims of injustice get revenge on their assailants. With the help of the rest of the taxi gang, Do Ki often goes undercover to make sure justice gets served. We love how Je Hoon’s personality changes depending on the case! But there’s more to the company than just catching baddies, and as the rest of the mysterious story unfolds, all we can do is enjoy the ride.

8. Law School (2021, ongoing)

Who’s in it: Kim Myung Min, Ryu Hye Young, Kim Bum, Lee Jung Eun

Where to watch: Netflix

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When a murder happens at Hankuk University Law School, professors and students alike become suspects. At the forefront is criminal law professor Yang Jong Hoon (Myung Min), a former prosecutor with a motive that makes him vital to the case. But things aren’t always what they seem, and as the investigation deepens, more and more people become suspects. Bigger issues become public knowledge, and the search for truth gets complicated. The drama also stars Tale of the Nine-Tailed’s Kim Bum as top student Joon Hwi, and Reply 1988’s Ryu Hye Young as righteous student Sol A.