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8 Must-Watch K-Dramas With Multiple Seasons

This list is perfect if you think 16 episodes feel bitin and you’re looking for a series to obsess over.
K-dramas with multiple seasons

Have you ever wondered why most Korean dramas end their story arc at one season? While Korean variety shows run for years and some for decades, dramas usually stop after the pilot season. TBH, 16, 20, or even 24 episodes don’t feel enough most of the time. Imagine if we finally get a sequel to Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Crash Landing On You, and other dramas that deserve a season two (and three, four, five…) 

If the typical K-dramas feel bitin for you, you’ll be glad to know there *are* wildly entertaining dramas that have two or more seasons. Some of these simply have recurring characters or themes, while others are legit continuations of the pilot season’s story. Take your pick and start binge-watching these series:


1. Welcome To Waikiki (2018, 2019)

Who’s in it: Lee Yi Kyung (recurring), Kim Jung Hyun, Son Seung Won, and Jung In Sun, Kim Seon Ho, Shin Hyun Soo, Moon Ga Young, and Sohee

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Where to watch them: Netflix, Viu, Viki, iflix 

Three men attempt to run a bed and breakfast while pursuing their own dreams. Funny guy Lee Yi Kyung is the only recurring main character in both seasons. He plays a struggling actor whose friends help him run the Waikiki guesthouse. It’s more like a sitcom with hilarious scenarios vs. rom-coms that are puro kilig, which makes it the perfect series to watch if you want to recover from a devastating drama or if you simply want to laugh out loud.

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2. The Sound Of Your Heart (2016, 2018)

Who’s in it: Lee Kwang Soo, Jung So Min, Sung Hoon, Kwon Yuri

Where to watch them: Netflix

Here’s another sitcom that might be hard to watch in public because you’ll most likely end up giggling like a fool. Based on a webtoon, the story centers around a webtoon artist named Jo Suk and his everyday life, family, and girlfriend. None of the first season actors reprised their role in the reboot, but both installments are so fun to watch.

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3. School (since 1999)

Who’s in it: Lee Jong Suk, Kim Woo Bin, and Jang Nara (2013), Kim So Hyun, Nam Joo Hyuk, and Yook Sungjae (2015), Kim Sejeong,and Kim Jung Hyun (2017)

Where to watch them: Netflix, Viu, Viki, iQiyi 

There have been seven seasons since this beloved series premiered, and another one is slated to premiere at the end of this year! The common denominator: The story revolves around high school students. Many take place in Korean public schools, while a few were in private or art high schools. During the earlier seasons, it starred (or launched) big names in Hallyu like Bae Doona and Ha Ji Won—plus, some of our favorite ahjussis: Lee Dong Wook, Jo In Sung, and Gong Yoo.


4. Dr. Romantic (2016, 2020)

Who’s in it: Han Suk Kyu (recurring), Yoo Yeon Seok and Seo Hyun Jin, Ahn Hyo Seop, and Lee Sung Kyung

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Where to watch them: Netflix, Viu, iQiyi 

The main hero of the series is Teacher Kim, a “romantic” doctor with compelling surgical and mentoring skills. The setting is a small town hospital called Doldam, and young surgeons are recruited by Teacher Kim to learn from the cases that crash through their emergency room. It’s one of those medical dramas that make you want to be a doctor. And, it gives you a good dose of kilig, too.


5. Reply 1997, 1994, and 1988 (2012, 2013, and 2015)

Who’s in it: Jung Eun Ji and Seo In Guk, Go Ara, Jung Woo, and Yoo Yeon Seok, Hyeri, Park Bo Gum, Ryu Jun Yeol, Go Kyung Pyo, and Lee Dong Hwi, Sung Dong Il and Lee Il Hwa (recurring)

Where to watch them: Netflix, Viu, iQiyi 

If you’re looking for a heartwarming drama, this series is probably one of the top recommendations of avid K-drama fans. Aside from the romance, you’ll enjoy the nostalgia and family themes in the series. Each season has its own charm—’97 for fangirling, ‘94 for college dorm life, and ‘88 for different family structures and the bond among neighbors. You learn a lot about Korean culture across those years, too. Warning: it’s hard not to get attached to the characters here… and crave all the food they feature.

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6. Kingdom (2019, 2020, 2021)

Who’s in it: Ju Ji Hoon, Bae Doona, Ryu Seung Ryong, Jun Ji Hyun

Where to watch them: Netflix 

Zombies during the Joseon Dynasty era of Korea—now that’s something any apocalyptic fiction fan can’t miss. See what happens when a disease that turns humans into cannibals affects the kingdom. On top of the plague, the people have to deal with political issues among those in power, too. It’s definitely not a world you want to find yourself in but it’s something so interesting to watch! Each season is short with just six episodes, but they’re packed with action and bloody excitement.



7. The Penthouse (2020, 2021)

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

Where to watch them: Viu, iQIYI 

Murder mystery, betrayals, extra-marital affairs, school drama, and more—those are what to expect from this series. Unlike the next series on the list, every character here seems like a villain. You really never know when they’ll show their dark side. But some of them, it’s like there’s a bottomless pit of darkness within their souls—ganoon kalala! All these make the drama such an entertaining thriller with plot twists we hopefully never experience IRL.

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8. Hospital Playlist (2020, 2021)

Who’s in it: Jo Jung Suk, Yoo Yeon Seok, Jung Kyung Ho, Kim Dae Myung, Jeon Mi Do

Where to watch them: Netflix 

Five doctors who have been friends since medical school work in the same hospital and get together weekly to practice songs as a band. Like any solid barkada, they know each other to the core. But they still keep secrets from each other and try to find the best time to share them. There are no villains in this beautiful drama, and the medical cases are bound to tug at your heartstrings. Not to mention, every member of Mido and the Falasol (the band) is crushable and they serve up good vibes in each episode. Like The Penthouse, the show’s current season airs just once a week and will be 12 episodes long. It might feel bitin, but think about it: that means we share the gang’s joy for three months. YAY!

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There are several other dramas with multiple seasons, BTW. Here are a few more to check out:

  • Voice
  • Love Alarm
  • Chief of Staff
  • Hello My Twenties
  • Stranger
  • Vampire Prosecutor
  • Ugly Miss Young-Ae (17 seasons!)

Which of these are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!