The Most Popular K-Dramas of 2023

February 12, 2024 | 595 Visits

2023 was an amazing year for K-Dramas. From undercover cops to pig farms, here are some of the most popular dramas of the year!

 

The Good Bad Mother (Netflix)

 

The Good Bad Mother (Netflix)

The Good Bad Mother, available on Netflix, centers around a grown man and his estranged mother. As a lawyer in the city, he stays far away from his hometown village where his mother is a pig farmer. However, after being in a terrible car accident, the man’s memory reverts back to when he was a child. Now, his mother cares for her adult son as he struggles to heal from the accident.

With heartwarming scenes, plenty of humorous moments from the villagers, and even action sequences, The Good Bad Mother won many hearts in 2023!

 

Twinkling Watermelon (Viki)

 

Twinkling Watermelon (Viki)

A model high schooler with a passion for music suddenly travels back in time to 1995! And it’s here in the past that he encounters his father as a high schooler. Through these interactions, he realizes that his father has a crush on someone other than his mom. Trying to put things right, he joins a band led by his father, in order to help redirect him. Can his get his parents together before time runs out…and will he be able to get back to the future!?

This cute and heartwarming drama is still being talked about quite a bit online! Don’t miss out on the buzz!

 

My Dearest (Viki)

 

My Dearest (Viki)

A hard-hearted man, Jang Hyun, opens himself up to love in the 2023 historical drama, My Dearest. With a complex love triangle, Gil Chae’s first love is engaged to her best friend. Her first love still has feelings for her, but cannot break off the engagement. Meanwhile, Jang Hyun falls for Gil Chae and her feelings start to waver for her first love. As all of these emotions are swirling, so is war. Will love conquer all, and will all survive?

If you’re ready to be on the edge of your seat from an intense love triangle, this is your show!

 

Death’s Game (Amazon)

 

Death’s Game (Amazon)

After seven years of job hunting and no hope of for the future, Choi Yee-Jae is tired of living. Though he is kind and has a bright mind, life’s cruelties have proven too much. He couldn’t see any way out except for death. After he ends his life, he finds that death is not the peaceful state he hoped. He encounters the being Death at the gates of hell. His punishment? To experience death through different bodies–twelve times. To avoid going to hell, Choi Yee-Jae has to find a way to survive!

Based on the web comic Yije Got Jookseummida, Death’s Game is an intense drama!

 

Tell Me That You Love Me (Disney +)

 

Tell Me That You Love Me (Disney +)

Airing in late 2023 and continuing into 2024, Tell Me That You Love Me might also end up on the most popular 2024 list! This series is based on the 1995 series Aishiteiru to Itte Kure which aired in Japan. Tell Me That You Love Me focuses on a deaf artist, Cha Jin-woo, who lives a secluded life due to his hearing impairment but nonetheless has a positive outlook. His love interest, Jung Mo-eun, is a woman who lives boldly as an aspiring actress.

What happens when these two passionate souls meet? Find out by watching Tell Me That You Love Me!

 

The Worst of Evil (Disney +)

 

The Worst of Evil (Disney +)

Undercover cops in the ‘90s infiltrate a crime ring responsible for illegal drug trade between Korea, Japan, and China. Filled with suspense, action, and drama–The Worst of Evil is perfect for anyone who enjoys crime shows. With characters trying to gain self-respect and pride, it’s so much more than a high action thriller. Be prepare to care deeply about the characters and click “next episode” with your heart pounding!

If you’re ready for a show set in the 1990s with drug rings and undercover cops, The Worst of Evil is for you!

 

Daily Dose of Sunshine (Netflix)

 

Daily Dose of Sunshine (Netflix)

Daily Dose of Sunshine might not exactly be the cheery K-drama you imagined! Based on the Kakao webtoon, Daily Dose of Sunshine, this drama is actually taken from the author’s real life experiences! The series focuses on a skilled nurse in a university hospital’s department of psychiatry. As she interacts with patients who are suffering from mental challenges, she goes out of her way to bring them a daily dose of sunshine.

Dramatic, and guaranteed to pull at you emotionally, Daily Dose of Sunshine is not for the faint of heart!

Choosing from any one of these dramas is sure to be a good choice. Whether you love suspense or romance, there’ something here for everyone!

 

—-Ellie Boyd

 

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