Korean dramas have been popular with Filipinos for decades now—I mean, they were even called Koreanovelas and Asianovelas back in the early 2000s. But we haven't seen this big of a craze (read: obsession) over these dramas before this year. The lockdown brought in hordes of new fans and Hallyu lovers who, out of curiosity, discovered a ~whole new world~ in the variety of genres the Korean entertainment industry has to offer. We anticipated every new release on streaming platforms more fervently than ever—believe me, most of my weekends were blocked off because they were my dedicated K-drama-watching days! And I'm sure, I'm not the only one. Netflix actually released data of the 10 most popular K-dramas Pinoys watched in 2020, and looking through the list you'd notice that they're a mix of big-name titles and Netflix Originals alike. So, which ones did you watch this year? (Personally, I watched seven out of 10!)
The King: Eternal Monarch
Why you should watch it: And the most popular K-drama this year is Lee Min Ho's big-budget fantasy drama, The King: Eternal Monarch. If you're into sci-fi, parallel worlds, doppelgangers, and a sweeping romance unlike any other, then this is for you. Also, Woo Do Hwan is a scene-stealer!
Kingdom Season 2
Why you should watch it: Kingdom is Netflix's first Original series and is one of the most expensive dramas ever produced. The second season explores more of the ~zombie apocalypse~ taking over Joseon-era Korea. You should also look forward to the cameo of Hallyu superstar Jun Ji Hyun.
Why you should watch it: This drama just wrapped up but already made it to the most popular list! Start-Up is a modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac and is set in Korea's fictional version of Silicon Valley, Sand Box. Start-Up second lead and arguably the breakout star of 2020, Kim Seon Ho, is an absolute gem in this show!
It's Okay To Not Be Okay
Why you should watch it: One of the most unique dramas that came out this year is It's Okay To Not Be Okay. The drama is laid out like a fairytale book with each episode acting as a chapter. It also tackles hard and sensitive topics such as mental illnesses, trauma, and personality and mental disorders.
The World Of Married
Why you should watch it: Sex, adultery, revenge, and juicy family drama—what more could you ask for from the highest-rating Korean drama of all time? FYI, The World Of Married is actually a remake of the British show Doctor Foster.
Record Of Youth
Why you should watch it: For those curious to know the ins and outs of the Korean entertainment industry, Record Of Youth chronicles the many highs and lows of aspiring actors, models, and makeup artists. Also, if you're feeling a 'lil bummed out with how your career is going, maybe this drama is the *warm hug* that you need.
Why you should watch it: If you're into dark and twisted and violent shows then Extracurricular is PERFECT for you. Don't let their high school uniforms fool you 'cause this YA drama shows just how far and reckless teens can get just to meet their desires.
The School Nurse Files
Who's starring in it? Jung Yu Mi, Nam Joo Hyuk
Why you should watch it: The School Nurse Files is that quirky palette cleanser if you want something entirely unique! Based on the cult favorite novel of the same name, the series follows two seemingly average characters as they battle out the extraordinary invisible monsters, called Jellies.
Why you should watch it: Need that push to keep you going in life when everything seems to be going against you? Itaewon Class will give you all the inspiration to get you back on track; plus, Park Seo Joon's heart-tugging performance is a MUST-WATCH!
Hi Bye, Mama!
Why you should watch it: If a heartwarming family drama is your cup of tea, then Hi Bye, Mama! is just for you. It tells the story of a ghost who's been in ~limbo~ for the past five years but is given the chance to become human again and find peace with her husband and young daughter.
All K-dramas are available on Netflix.
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