The Most Popular K-Dramas That Have Become Global Sensations

Here are some of the most-talked about K-Drama titles for newcomers and established fans alike…

Squid Game

Stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Jung Ho-yeon, Wi Ha-joon

A runaway hit, the Korean drama-slash- horror series debuted on September 17 and became an instant sensation, rocketing to the top of Netflix’s most-viewed releases. The story starts when Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung- jae), a divorced father and indebted gambler who lives with his elderly mother, is invited to play a series of children games for a chance at a large cash prize. The players soon discover that losing a game results in their death, with each death adding KRW 100 million to the potential KRW 45,6 billion grand prize. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo (Park Hae-soo), to try to survive the physical and psychological twists of the game.


Stars Song Joong-ki, Jeon Yeo- been, Ok Taec-yeon

At the age of eight, Park Joo-hyung (Song Joong-ki) was adopted by an Italian family. He later joins the mafia and is adopted by Don Fabio, head of the Cassano family. Renamed Vincenzo Cassano, he then becomes a lawyer, a consigliere for the mafia and Don Fabio’s right-hand man. After Fabio dies, Paolo (Salvatore Alfano), Fabio’s biological son and the new leader of the Cassano Family attempts to kill Vincenzo. This thriller Korean drama is now streaming on Netflix.

Crash Landing on You

Stars Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Kim Jung-hyun, Seo Ji-hye

One of the highest rated South Korean dramas in the history of television, “Crash Landing on You” presents a modern Romeo and Juliet story. As if brought together by destiny, South Korean billionaire Yoon Se-ri crash lands in the North Korean DMZ after her encounter with a hurricane while paragliding. This is where she meets North Korean Captain Ri Jeong-hyeok. Over time, they fall in love, despite the divide and dispute between their respective countries.

My Name

Stars Han So-hee, Park Hee-soon, Ahn Bo-hyun

This Netfix series revolves around Yoon Ji-woo (Han So-hee) who joins a gang to avenge her father’s death then goes undercover as a cop. Following her father’s untimely passing, Ji Woo works for powerful crime gang led by Choi Moo Jin (Park Hee-soon) who helps reveal the murder of Ji Woo’s father. Meanwhile, Ji Woo joins the police department under Moo Jin’s instruction. As the story develops, she works for a drug investigation unit with Detective Jeon Pil Do (Ahn Bo-hyun) as her partner.