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8 Must-Watch Cha Tae Hyun Shows You Can Stream Right Now

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Veteran actor Cha Tae Hyun became a household name after the success of the film, My Sassy Girl, with Jun Ji Hyun in 2001 (the Philippine adaptation is in the works!). With his comedic timing and heartfelt acting, he has consistently landed roles over the years, working with other big stars, among them Song Hye Kyo and Son Ye Jin. A man of many talents, Tae Hyun can sing, act, and do variety shows. If we did a rundown of all his work, we won’t have enough space on this list, so we’ll settle for giving you a primer of his dramas, films, and variety shows available for streaming on Netflix, Viu, and iQiyi. Enjoy!

K-Dramas Starring Cha Tae Hyun

The Producers (2015)

Who else is in it: Gong Hyo Jin, Kim Soo HyunIU

Where to watch it: Netflix, Viu

This comedy-drama was initially set up as if the characters were being filmed for a documentary, giving it a unique and realistic feel. It gives an insider look at how the world of variety shows works, following the story of two veteran PDs, Joon Mo (Tae Hyun) of 2 Days & 1 Night and Ye Jin (Hyo Jin) of Music Bank. Fresh face Seung Chan (Soo Hyun) shakes things up with his innocent ideas as a new PD, while frosty idol star Cindy (IU) starts thawing as she ventures into variety.

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Matrimonial Chaos (2018)

Who else is in it: Bae Doona, Lee El, Son Seok Hoo

Where to watch it: Viu

A remake of the Japanese drama, The Best Divorce, this paints a practical and often painful picture of marriage on the rocks as it explores the lives of two flawed couples. Fussy Seok Moo (Tae Hyun) thrives on alone time, while his more laid-back wife, Hwi Roo (Doona), looks messy in comparison. Seok Moo’s first love, Yoo Young (El), appears cold, while her husband, Jang Hyun (Seok Hoo), gets attention from women other than his wife. Tae Hyun won a Top Excellence Award for his nuanced performance in this drama.

Police University (2021)

Who else is in it: Jung Jinyoung (B1A4), Krystal Jung (f(x))

Where to watch it: Viu

Police University comes after Tae Hyun’s foray into crime dramas with Team Bulldog: Off-Duty Investigation in 2020. But while this new drama revolves around the police, the story centers on the youth and the mentor relationship that unfolds between teacher and students. Tae Hyun plays Yoo Dong Man, a professor at the National Police University, who meets his match in two freshman students: Seon Ho (Jinyoung), a former hacker, and Kang Hee (Krystal), a student who has always aspired to be an officer.

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Variety Shows Starring Cha Tae Hyun

2 Days & 1 Night (2012-2019)

Who else is in it: Various, Kim Jun Ho, Kim Joo Hyuk, Defconn, Yoon Shi Yoon

Where to watch it: 2018-2019 on Viu

Tae Hyun showed off his variety chops as a former member of long-time running variety show, 2 Days & 1 Night, which has the cast going to different places in South Korea and accomplishing all sorts of missions. With his addictive laughter and natural flair for variety, Tae Hyun became a pillar of strength for his castmates, especially in the show’s third season. He has won Top Entertainer and Top Excellence Awards for his work on the show, and was even nominated for the Grand Prize (Daesang).

 

Where Is That? (2018)

Who else is in it: Ji Jin Hee, Jo Se Ho, Bae Jeong Nam

Where to watch it: Viu

Under the direction of PD Yoo Ho Jin (also of 2 Days & 1 Night), this unique survival show has its cast members traveling all around the world to explore the most unexpected places. Their first expedition takes them to the Arabian Desert in Oman, where they’re tasked to navigate on their own and travel the desert on foot. It’s a battle against heat and thirst! Don’t even get us started on the hardships (and accomplishments) they experienced on their mountain trek in the Isle of Sky in Scotland.

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Hometown Flex (2020)

Who else is in it: Lee Seung Gi

Where to watch it: Viu

This show is a meeting of two variety pros as Tae Hyun shares the spotlight with fellow multihyphenate Lee Seung Gi. The two stars are Seoul natives, and with the help of Hometown Flex, they head to other parts of South Korea, guided by local celebs returning to their respective hometowns. The guest stars show Tae Hyun and Seung Gi the best sights and engage in fun missions. They also get a chance to reminisce and have touching reunions.

Unexpected Business (2021)

Who else is in it: Jo In Sung

Where to watch it: Viu

Tae Hyun teams up with another star actor, Jo In Sung, in this relaxing show, where they run a small mart in the countryside while the owner is on vacation. The two actors are forced to do everything on their own with no help from the PD, only relying on the owner’s letters to figure out how to handle the business. The initial results are hilarious, but the duo shines in their roles as chef and cashier with time. Charming part-timers also show up to help them, including actors Park Bo Young, Nam Joo Hyuk, and Yoon Shi Yoon.

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Movies Starring Cha Tae Hyun

My New Sassy Girl (2016)

Who else is in it: Victoria Song (f(x))

Where to watch it: Netflix

In this joint production by South Korea and China, Gyun Woo (Tae Hyun) is trying to get over The Girl from My Sassy Girl. In the new movie, he meets his childhood sweetheart, Sassy (Victoria), and they end up getting married. When Gyun Woo starts working for a company in China, things go awry and he ends up being bullied at work. What happens when feisty Sassy finds out?

Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds (2017)

Who else is in it: Ha Jung Woo, Ju Ji Hoon, Kim Hyang Gi, Do Kyungsoo (EXO)

Where to watch it: Netflix

This award-winning box office hit is the first in a series of movies. It’s based on a webtoon of the same name and tells the story of firefighter Kim Ja Hong (Tae Hyun). After his death, he travels to the underworld with three guardians tasked to defend him as he undergoes seven trials in seven hells. If he succeeds after 49 days, he earns the chance to get reincarnated. The film has won accolades for just about everything, from directing and acting to cinematography and visual effects.

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