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7 K-Dramas To Watch On Netflix And Viu If You Love 'Start-Up'

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Still experiencing post-Start-Up sadness? Same! We haven't completely let go of the Netflix series, tbh. Kayo din ba? *insert teary-eyed emoji*

If you're in the mood to watch K-dramas similar to Start-Up, here's a list of other series that circle around the theme of technology and work. These will also give you the motivation you need to get through the toughest days! 

1. The Producers (2015)

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

In this drama, you will see what happens behind the limelight and what the work system is like when you're a part of the Korean entertainment industry. Starring Kim Soo Hyun, Gong Hyo Jin, and IUThe Producers records the life of, well, TV producers in KBS.

2. Itaewon Class (2020)

Where you can watch it: Netflix

The Park Seo Joon and Kim Da Mi-led K-drama tell the story of Park Saeroyi, a young entrepreneur who knows how to get back up when life pushes him down. This is probably the best series to watch if you're feeling unmotivated. The best takeaway you can get from Itaewon ClassWhen you have grit, there is no reason for you to quit.

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3. Shopaholic Louis (2016)

Where you can watch it: Netflix

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Seo In Guk transforms into a rich AF chaebol named Louis who's lived a sheltered life and is dubbed as the king of shopping. One day, he met someone who teaches him how to adjust his spending habits. In this series, you will see how vital technology is, and how it makes the world go round with just a tap or a click.

4. My Holo Love (2020)

Where you can watch it: Netflix

If you want another K-drama centered on Silicon Valley, My Holo Love is definitely your next must-watch. It discusses AI and robotics, and presents them in the form of extraordinary glasses that allowed the female lead to actually see her AI assistant. Noongil, where you at?

5. Misaeng (2014)

Where you can watch it: Netflix

Chronicling the *real* life of office workers, Misaeng topped TV ratings in South Korea during the year it was aired for its detailed portrayal of the corporate world. In an article by The Korea Herald, a 30-year-old office worker shared why the K-drama hit so close to home: “When I watch Misaeng, I feel like I am not alone in suffering office hardships like long hours, a mountain of work and workplace politics. I empathize with the characters in the drama. Their struggles feel like my own.”

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6. I Am Not A Robot (2018)

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

If you're thinking this K-drama is about a clump of metal figures, you're wrong. Soompi describes I Am Not A Robot as "...humanoid robot Ah Ji 3 is made to replicate a human and is programmed to understand humans. Ah Ji 3 deviates from the clunky, metal computers from past dramas and presents viewers with a humanoid with artificial intelligence." Tech enthusiasts, this one is for you!

7. Fight For My Way (2017)

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

It seems like Park Seo Joon and motivational K-dramas are inseparable because in Fight For My Way, he reminds us again that it's never too late to chase after your dreams. This series tells the tale of four friends who go through the pains of adulting, but managed to come out stronger because they're together—much like the solid Samsan Tech boys!

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