We can’t even count how many iconic K-dramas dropped across this year. From thriller series like The Worst of Evil and Mask Girl to rom-coms like King The Land, it seems like there was something for everyone.
But as the year draws to a close, there seems to be a last wave of K-dramas available for fans to catch. Here are seven K-dramas you should tune in to; to end off the year on a high note.
1. Sweet Home 2
The second season of fighting off mysterious creatures is back.
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Sweet Home 2 sees the surviving residents of Green Home trapped once again even after leaving the derelict apartment complex. Frontman Song-kang plays high school student Cha Hyun-soo. Lee Jin-wook takes on the role of contract killer Pyeon Sang-wook while Lee Si-young reprises her role as former fighter Seo Yi-kyung.
Together with the other remaining residents, they battle for their lives as monster mayhem ensues in this apocalyptic-themed drama. Sweet Home 2 dropped on 1 Dec and is now streaming on Netflix.
2. My Man is Cupid
Amazon Prime Video draws 2023 to a creative close with its very first original production My Man Is Cupid.
This fantasy romance series casts Jang Dong-yoon as Cupid Cheon Sang-hyuk, who makes women fall for him effortlessly. His wings were burnt in a fire 500 years ago. To get them back Sang-hyuk transformed 27 times. On his 28 metamorphoses, he meets veterinarian Oh Baek-ryun, played by Na-na.
She is popular among men, but all her suitors face fatal encounters and eventually run away from her. Her bad luck is why she is not in a relationship though she direly wants this unlucky streak to end.
The drama dropped on 1 Dec and is now available on Amazon Prime.
3. Welcome to Samdal-ri
Yet another seaside village-centric drama has arrived this December.
Following the release of Hometown Cha Cha Cha (2021) and Our Blues (2022), Welcome to Samdal-ri is 2023’s slice-of-life romance drama in a coastal setting. The story is set on Jeju Island and stars big names like Ji Chang-wook and Shin Hye-sun.
Jo Yong-pil (Ji Chang-wook) became a weather forecaster after his mother died because of inaccurate weather reports. His childhood friend Jo Sam-dal (Shin Hye-sun) is a fashion photographer with big dreams who moved to Seoul. She leaves Seoul after her professional life comes crashing down, and their paths cross as she follows Yong-pil to work.
The drama dropped on 2 Dec and is available on Netflix.
4. Night Has Come
Another thriller revolving around high school students, Night Has Come tells of students from Yooil High School trapped in a real-life mafia game gone awry.
While on a school trip, the students are pitted against each other in psychological warfare as they fight to identify the killer and avoid a grisly death. Class President Kim Jun-hee (Kim Woo-seok) possesses a strong sense of justice and starts to formulate an elaborate yet dangerous plan. Lee Jae-in plays highly observant student Lee Yoon-seo who uses her sharp acumen in her attempts to escape.
Academically inclined Oh Jung-won (Choi Ye-bin) is the school’s outcast who must join forces with her fellow schoolmates to survive. Night Has Come dropped on 4 Dec and is available on Viu.
5. Maestra: String Of Truth
Adding to the list of suspenseful K-dramas is Maestra: String Of Truth. Inspired by the French drama Philharmonia (2019), this 12-episode nail-biter depicts the difficulties and growth of a brilliant female orchestra conductor.
Cha Se-eum (Lee Young-Ae) is a professional violinist turned renowned orchestra conductor. After her orchestra gets embroiled in suspicious cases, Se-eum sets out to uncover the truth while hiding her skeletons in the closet. She discovers a secret that could potentially threaten her prospering career. Joining her are Lee Mu-saeng and Kim Young-jae.
This gripping drama will be available on Disney+ from 9 Dec.
6. Death Game
An adaptation of the webtoon Ije God Jukseubnida, Death Game tells the tale of Choi Yi-jae (Seo In-Huk) who is still agonisingly in search of a decent job after seven years. Despondent and thinking he would be at peace after death, he decided to end his life.
After his demise, he meets Death (Park So-dam) at the gates of hell. Yi-jae is punished and made to live life 13 more times via various bodies. In this reincarnation drama, Yi-jae must find his desire to stay alive if he wants to avoid this punishment.
Look forward to appearances by Lee Do-hyun, Go Youn-jung, Kim Jae-wook, and more as you stream the drama on Amazon Prime from 15 Dec.
7. Gyeongseong Creature
Gyeongsong Creature is another addition to action-horror K-dramas, and it takes place in 1945 in Gyeongseong (Seoul’s name under Japanese rule).
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This production stars two of South Korea’s most popular actors. Park Seo-jun plays Jang Tae-sang, the wealthy and conceited owner of Golden Jade House, and Han So-hee is the bounty hunter Yun Chae-ok. The highly anticipated pairing is something to keep a lookout for as the duo embarks on a journey in search of missing people in the compounds of the eerily enigmatic Ongsung Hospital.
Tae-sang and Chae-ok encounter monsters that stem from human greed and must go all out in their fight for survival. The battle begins on Netflix on 22 Dec.