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12 Of The Most Nakakastress (But Actually Enjoyable) K-Dramas That You Should Watch

The frustration is real with these series!
Stressful k-dramas

Isn't it wonderful how K-dramas serve as an escape from reality for us fans? They have the ~*power*~ to change how we feel: One moment you're laughing non-stop, and the next thing you know, you're already crying buckets because of a plot twist! Some series, however, have the ability to make our blood boil and stress the hell out of us. Despite this, we still can't stop binge-watching them, right? That's how addictive they are, LOL.

If you're looking for new shows to watch, we gotchu! Here are 12 K-dramas with the most irritating characters, stressful scenes, and frustrating endings that are *actually* worth your time.

1. A World Of Married Couple (2020)

Who’s in it: Kim Hee Ae, Park Hae Joon, Han So Hee

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

The short plot: A doctor finds out that her husband is having an affair with a younger woman and she's the last person to know about this. 


Why it will stress you out: Nakakagigil silang lahat. Period.

2. Sky Castle (2018)

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

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu, iQIYI

The short plot: A bunch of wealthy families who live in the same elite neighborhood has the same goal: To make sure their children are admitted to the country's top university no matter what it takes. Watch out for a different kind of *terror* tutor!

Why it will stress you out: It shows how money can easily corrupt and change people.

3. The Penthouse (Ongoing)

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

Where you can watch it: Viu, iQIYI

The short plot: Another story about well-off families and their great ambitions for their children but this time, it involves singing and murder. Put A World Of Married Couple and Sky Castle together and you have The Penthouse.

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Why it will stress you out: There's literally no *chill* moment in this series. Every scene is stressful! It also shows how the rich can get away with almost anything.

4. Lovers In Paris (2004)

Who’s in it: Kim Jung Eun, Park Shin Yang, Lee Dong Gun

The short plot: Starcrossed lovers Kang Tae Young and Han Ki Joo meet in the city of lights and have to pretend to be an engaged couple when they return to South Korea.

Why it will stress you out: It's a great love story BUT the ending will leave you upset for days. Scratch that, the ending will leave you upset FOREVER.

5. Extracurricular (2020)

Who’s in it: Kim Dong Hee, Park Ju Hyun, Jung Da Bin, Nam Yoon Su 

Where you can watch it: Netflix

The short plot: How far are you willing to go for your dreams? In Extracurricular, the after-school activities of some students are far from the usual (read: illegal).


Why it will stress you out: You'll be torn between "Maaawa ba ako sa mga batang 'to" or "Bakit kasi ganyan sila mag-desisyon???"

6. Who Are You: School 2015 (2015)

Who’s in it: Kim So Hyun, Nam Joo Hyuk, Yook Sung Jae

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

The short plot: According to Netflix: "After losing her memory in an accident, a bullied high school orphan finds herself in the place of an identical-looking girl who's gone missing."

Why it will stress you out: The bully is one of the most annoying K-drama antagonists you will ever *meet.*

7. Start-Up (2020)

Who’s in it: Bae Suzy, Nam Joo Hyuk, Kim Seon Ho, Kang Han Na

Where you can watch it: Netflix

The short plot: Young people, in hopes of becoming tech entrepreneurs, will not let anyone or anything get in their way to succeed.

Why it will stress you out: Don't get me wrong, Start-Up is arguably a K-drama that will motivate you in life but the last few episodes left us with SO. MANY. QUESTIONS.


8. Itaewon Class (2020)

Who’s in it: Park Seo Joon, Kim Da Mi, Kwon Nara, Ahn Bo Hyun, Yoo Jae Myung

Where you can watch it: Netflix

The short plot: The lead character, Park Saeroyi, spends his life trying to seek revenge for his father who was victimized by his former employer. 

Why it will stress you out: The kontrabidas—who are blood-related—are some of the worst ones we've ever seen in K-dramaland. We're also presented with so many societal issues that it will frustrate the hell out of you.

P.S:: Itaewon Class is a personal fave but seeing Saeroyi suffer because of those antagonists will just, ugh, I can't even.

9. Strangers From Hell (2019)

Who’s in it: Im Siwan, Lee Dong Wook

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

The short plot: After getting accepted as an intern in a company in Seoul, Yoon Jong Woo transfers to the city and ends up living in a sketchy apartment complex because of his financial situation. Later on, he realizes that he's neighbors with...strangers from hell.


Why it will stress you out: It's the shock from all the revelations that will have you staring blankly into space and muttering "WTF" under your breath.

10. My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2019)

Who’s in it: Cha Eun Woo, Im Soo Hyang, Kan Dong Yeon, Jo Woo Ri

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Viu

The short plot: Because of her insecurities and low self-esteem, Kang Mi Rae decides to undergo plastic surgery before she heads off to college. When she gets into university, she's faced with the challenge of how to be herself despite the disapproval of others.

Why it will stress you out: Sometimes, it's the ones who play nice that irritates us the most, 'no? That's exactly what happened throughout this drama.

11. Mouse (2021)

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

Where you can watch it: Viu, iQIYI


The short plot: Are psychopaths born or bred? The thriller drama Mouse has an answer to that and will show it in the most brutal possible (hint: there's something ~unusual~ inside a snowman).

Why it will stress you out: You will NEVER guess who the real villain is, even if you come up with 123456789 theories. The meaning behind the drama's title will also blow your mind. 

12. Nevertheless (2021)

Who's in it: Han So Hee, Song Kang

Where you can watch it: Netflix

The short plot: Two art students from the same university have an unconventional (and very intimate) relationship—one vows to never fall in love again because of a toxic ex, while the other is a big flirt.

Why it will stress you out: Jae Eon is clearly a walking red flag but Na Bi doesn't really mind. And so they continue with ~what they have~ with no strings attached. My current cause of headache = Nevertheless.


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