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8 K-Dramas To Watch On Netflix And Viu If You Love 'Mine'

Binge-watch these for all the drama and intrigue you didn’t know you wanted!
PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) SKY CASTLE/JTBC, WOMAN OF 9.9 BILLION/KBS2
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We’ve got a new K-drama obsession, and it’s called Mine! If you’re not watching it yet, you should. Mine begins with a dark murder scene, then backtracks to tell the story of the high society Hyowon household—and all their *secrets and lies*. With each new ep, a new revelation unfolds, and we can’t help getting riveted. We’ve got more than just cheating husbands this time around. It doesn’t hurt that the cast features powerhouse actresses Lee Bo Young and Kim Seo Hyung, too.

Mine got us in the mood to watch more shows filled with gossip and intrigue, so we put together this list to help other Cosmo readers who might feel the same way. Let the binge-watching begin!

1. The Penthouse: War in Life 1, 2, and 3 (2020-2021)

Who’s in it: Lee Ji Ah, Kim So Yeon, Eugene, Um Ki Joon

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Where to watch it: Viu

This drama has us tearing our hair out. It’s about as makjang as a drama can get (A makjang drama usually has over-the-top elements, to the point that they’re often unbelievable), but, boy, is it addicting! The Penthouse tells the story of different families living in the prestigious Hera Palace complex. Only the wealthiest and most respected can live at Hera Palace, and the parents go all out to give their kids a leg up in their education at Cheong Ah Arts High School. It’s a bloody race to the top—literally—as a murder occurs and disrupts their daily lives. The show got such high ratings in Korea that it spawned a second and a (still airing) third season. 

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2. Lie After Lie (2020)

Who’s in it: Lee Yoo Ri, Yoon Jung Hoon, Lee Il Hwa

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Where to watch it: Viu

Ji Eun Soo (Yoo Ri) gets imprisoned for allegedly murdering her abusive husband. She was pregnant at the time and had to give up her baby. Ten years later, she’s out of prison, and she’s on a mission to find her child. Enter journalist Kang Ji Min (Jung Hoon). He once tried to interview Eun Soo when she was in jail because he found her case suspicious. He unknowingly adopted Eun Soo’s daughter, and she will do everything in her power to get close to her child—even if it means becoming Ji Min’s wife. As their relationship deepens, secrets start getting revealed.

3. Chip In (2020)

Who’s in it: Oh Na Ra, Kim Hye Jun

Where to watch it: Viu

Every family hides a secret; it’s just a matter of when things will fall apart. Chip In tells the story of a murder in a combination of video interviews and flashbacks. Painter Yoo In Ho is terminally ill, and he invites everyone in the family, ex-wives and mistresses and all, on his 58th birthday so that he can share his last will and testament with them. But before he can, he’s found dead, and the will reveals whoever has read it beforehand won’t get their part of the inheritance. Now everyone’s a suspect, and more dirty laundry gets aired as the mystery of who killed him unfolds.

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4. Woman of 9.9 Billion (2019)

Who’s in it: Cho Yeo Jeong, Kim Kang Woo, Jung Woong In, Oh Nara, Lee Ji Hoon

Where to watch it: Viu

Jeong Seo Yeon (Yeo Jeong) has her hands full with an abusive husband and a clingy lover. She is all kinds of miserable until she finds 9.9 billion won in a crashed car one night and decides to keep it. Now’s her chance to change her life, she thinks, but this becomes the beginning of even more misery. She commits crime after crime to keep up with her lies, and a new complication occurs when Detective Kang Tae Woo (Kim Kang Woo) starts investigating the death of his brother. Our hearts were in our throats for pretty much most of the drama, and there are crazy twists until the very end.  

5. The Lies Within (2019)

Who’s in it: Lee Min Ki, Lee Yoo Young, Lee Joon Hyuk

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Where to watch it: Netflix

After Seo Hui’s (Yoo Young) father dies, her husband, Sang Hoon, (Joon Hyuk) mysteriously disappears. She’s forced to join the National Assembly to accommodate his kidnapper’s whims, while well-meaning detective Jo Tae Sik (Min Ki) does his best to solve the case. It’s a race against time as cut off parts of Sang Hoon’s body start appearing one by one. How far is Seo Hui willing to go for her husband? This drama had us on the edge of our seats. Watch until the end: The last ep is a rollercoaster of emotions you won’t forget.   

6. The Last Empress (2018-2019)

Who’s in it: Jang Na Ra, Shin Sung Rok, Choi Jin Hyuk

Where to watch it: Netflix, Viu

This drama is built on the premise that the monarchy in Korea still exists in modern times. Musical actress Sunny (Na Ra) gets married to Emperor Lee Hyuk (Sung Rok), making her the empress of the nation. Written by Kim Soon Ok, the same author behind The Penthouse, The Last Empress is another fascinating makjang drama we can’t help falling in love with. Just make sure to suspend disbelief, and you’ll definitely enjoy this drama. Sunny finds herself caught in a power struggle and a revenge plot. She’s initially unaware of the emperor’s villainous nature, but slowly but surely, she starts uncovering the corruption going on in the palace.

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7. SKY Castle (2018-2019)

Who’s in it: Yum Jung Ah, Lee Tae Ran, Yoon Se Ah, Oh Na Ra, Kim Seo Hyung

Where to watch it: Netflix, Viu

Meet the women of the exclusive SKY Castle residences, wives to the wealthy and mothers to only the best children. They’re hard at work, building their children’s portfolios to get them into prestigious universities. The women do everything in their power to secure a bright future for their kids, whether they like it or not, and when a student is found dead at SKY Castle, certain truths start coming out of the shadows. While this drama might feel reminiscent of The Penthouse, its setup is a lot more satirical. Mine’s Kim Seo Hyung is in the cast too as a no-nonsense tutor with a hidden past.

8. The Lady in Dignity (2017)

Who’s in it: Kim Hee Sun, Kim Sun Ah, Jung Sang Hoon, Lee Tae Im, Lee Ki Woo

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Where to watch it: Netflix, Viu

If we’re talking about mind-blowing dramas, we just have to mention Woman of Dignity. The story throws you into a loop with a mysterious murder in the first episode, and it doesn’t get solved until the last episode! You might know Kim Sun Ah as the lovable protagonist of My Lovely Sam Soon. Here, she gets to show off her acting range as she gives us one of the craziest, most antagonizing characters ever, Park Bok Ja, a caregiver who worms her way into a wealthy family by making her ward marry her. Playing the foil to her ambitious character is veteran actress Kim Hee Sun as Woo Ah Jin, an optimistic woman enjoying high society life. Everything changes when Bok Ja arrives.