If Squid Game Has Ignited Your Love of K-Drama, Try These Netflix Shows Next

If Squid Game Has Ignited Your Love of K-Drama, Try These Netflix Shows Next
Sweet Home. Image: Netflix

Netflix is one of the few streaming services that has reach all around the world. While we’re often taken with Netflix’s English-language offerings like Stranger Things or Bridgerton, the platform has seen plenty of success with its foreign-language shows as well, in particular its Korean drama series.

We’re at a point now where audiences are more open to shows in languages other than their own, and nothing has proven that more than the success of Squid Game.

Netflix’s new South Korean drama Squid Game has shot to the number one spot in 90 countries since its release and as a result, it’s generating plenty of interest in K-dramas more broadly.

If you’re looking for more shows in the same vein as Squid Game or are keen to devour more Korean drama series, here are some you can find on Netflix right now.

All synopses are provided by Netflix

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Squid Game

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Squid Game – Korean Drama Series on Netflix. Image: Netflix

First thing’s first. If you haven’t seen Squid Game get on it. The superviolent thriller TV show is not only on track to become Netflix’s biggest Korean drama series of all time but its most-viewed series ever.

Here’s what you can expect.

A mysterious invitation to join the game is sent to people at risk who are in dire need of money. 456 participants from all walks of life are locked into a secret location where they play games in order to win 45.6 billion won. Every game is a Korean traditional children’s game such as Red Light, Green Light, but the consequence of losing is death. Who will be the winner, and what is the purpose behind this game?

Start watching here.

Signal

For some more suspenseful action go no further than Signal, which tackles crime, time travel and murder.

A cold-case profiler in 2015 and a detective in 1989 work together to solve a series of related murders spanning three decades using a special walkie-talkie to communicate with each other.

Start watching here.

Sweet Home

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Sweet Home – Korean Drama Series on Netflix. Image: Netflix

Horror fans will love Sweet Home which is chock-full of terrifying monsters.

As humans turn into savage monsters and wreak terror, one troubled teen and his apartment neighbours fight to survive – and to hold on to their humanity.

Start watching here.

Kingdom

Kingdom takes us into a new fictional medieval world and is full of action, politics and adventure.

While strange rumours about their ill king grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.

Start watching here.

Extracurricular

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Extracurricular – Korean Drama Series on Netflix. Image: Netflix

Teenagers. High School. Secrets. If that all sounds good to you give Extracurricular a shot.

A modern high school student who’s steeped in a world of serious crime finds his double life upended when a classmate takes an interest in his secret.

Start watching here.

Romance is a Bonus Book

Moving away from Squid Game and into some lighter K-dramas, Romance is a Bonus Book takes us into rom-com territory.

A gifted writer who’s the youngest editor-in-chief over at his publishing company gets enmeshed in the life of a former copywriter desperate for a job.

Start watching here.

Because This is My First Life

Because This Is My Life – Korean Drama Series on Netflix. Image: Netflix

If you love the fake marriage to real love trope you might want to check out Because This is My First Life on Netflix.

Two housemates get married for financial convenience, but discover nothing is simple when it comes to demanding in-laws, or facing their growing bond.

Start watching here.

Hometown Cha Cha Cha

You might need a feel-good K-drama after some of the titles on this list and that’s when you turn on Hometown Cha Cha Cha.

A big-city dentist opens up a practice in a close-knit seaside village, home to a charming jack-of-all-trades who is her polar opposite in every way.

Start watching here.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay – Korean Drama Series on Netflix. Image: Netflix

Another heartfelt and emotional Korean romance series on Netflix is It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.

An extraordinary road to emotional healing opens up for an antisocial children’s book writer and a selfless psych ward caretaker when they cross paths.

Start watching here.


If you’re just after some more suspenseful stories, like Squid Game, to watch on Netflix, check out our list of the best thrillers.