Korean dramas, also known as K-dramas, are series from South Korea that, despite existing since the 1960s, have become popular internationally at the beginning of the new millennium to the present day with hits such as Squid Game on Netflix, one of the most important streaming platforms of the moment.
With formats different from those of Western television series and soap operas, K-dramas usually last a few chapters, about 16 episodes on average and no sequelsalthough in the last year, after the success of several titles, Netflix has announced the production of second seasons such as Woo, an extraordinary lawyer; Squid Game, Dead States, and more.
Korean dramas include a endless themes and in the same title, for example a school genre K-drama, you can find action, romance, psychology, comedy, mystery, fantasy, suspense, terror, among others.
Given the recent popularity, streaming platforms have opted to produce them, as is the case with Netflix, which has even released its own ranking of the most watched series in South Korea.
Here are the top 10 most popular K-dramas for the week of August 29 to September 4:
1. Alchemy of souls
11 weeks in the ranking
A powerful sorceress trapped in the body of a blind woman meets a member of a prestigious family who needs her help to change her destiny.
Starring: Lee Jae-wook, Jung So-min, Hwang Min-hyun
2. Woo, an extraordinary lawyer
10 weeks in the ranking
Brilliant attorney Woo Young-woo, a woman on the autism spectrum, faces challenges in and out of court after starting a law practice.
Starring: Park Eun-bin, Kang Tae-oh, Kang Ki-young
3. The Good Detective
5 weeks in the ranking
An old murder conviction comes into question. Nothing like the experience of a veteran and the drive of a rookie to unravel the most hidden truths.
Starring: Son Hyun-Joo, Jang Seung-Jo, Lee Elijah, and more.
4. I’m Alone – Part 9*
5. An exemplary family
4 weeks in the ranking
After unknowingly stealing money from a cartel, a struggling professor discovers that the only way to save his family is to work as a drug dealer.
Starring: Jung Woo, Park Hee-soon, Yoon Jin-seo
6. Days of Change – Season 2
12 weeks in the ranking
In a romantic destination, couples about to end their relationships have two options: make amends or find a new love.
Starring: Jang Do-youn, Yang Se-chan, Code Kunst.
6 weeks in the ranking
Kim Yo Han works as a judicial trainee, is deliberate in his actions, and has a poker face. Kim Yo Han conducts an internal investigation and finds himself involved in an unexpected case. This leads to him becoming a prisoner and his fighting to hold a chance to change his fate in prison.
Starring: Kang Haneul, Lee Yoo Young, Sung Yi Roo, and more.
8. Love After Divorce Season 3
9 weeks in the ranking
Newly single and ready to mingle, divorced men and women enter Dolsing Village looking to date, cohabit and find love again.
Starring: Sung Hoon, Park Joo-Mi, Kim Eung-Soo, and more.
9.Legend of Fuyao*
10. The best baseball*
Note: Titles marked with an asterisk
They are not K-dramas but foreign productions or reality shows, but they enter the list of the most watched in South Korea. Some of these titles are also foundwithin the top 10 of the most viewed rankings in other regions as is the case with Alchemy of Souls,
which is in the ranking of 35 countries, including Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.
Likewise, Woo an extraordinary lawyer is in the top 49 countries, being number 1 in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, and appearing in the first 10 in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala , Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay.
Poster for the K-drama “Alchemy of Souls”. (Netflix) To find out why series titles like Goblin, Boys Over Flowers, Moon Lovers, You Are Beautiful and other titles have been so successful you can’t stop talking about the
origin of hallyu This phenomenon was first named in the late 1990s when the Chinese newspaper The People’s Daily
he used the term to refer to the good reception of Korean culture in countries such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia. Hallyu is nothing more than the consolidation of television dramas, movies, K-pop, celebrities or idols, gastronomy, makeup among other aspects
that have increased their consumption globally. A wave that has jumped oceans and has touched the farthest corners of the planet, even in those nations where barriers have been put up against what is foreign, such as North Korea. The K-dramas are different from Hollywood productions,
Arab soap operas or even Mexican soap operas, because after the war with Japan and North Korea they have provided an opportunity for Korean society to reconfigure itself before the eyes of the world.
Last but not least, there is also the Korean pop (K-pop) industry that is intrinsically related to the television industry since the original soundtracks (OST) are also one of the bases to publicize the productions and gain more viewers. .
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