A K-drama is a type of Korean-language TV show starring South Korean actors. The term is short for “Korean drama.” K-dramas have been popular in Asia since the 1990s, but they recently took off in the United States. That’s thanks to online streaming services such as Netflix, which introduced Americans to the addictive limited series Squid Game.
K-drama as a TV genre, along with K-pop music, is part of the Korean Wave, or “Hallyu.” The term is a reference to South Korean culture’s growing popularity worldwide.
- Top K-dramas: 100 Days My Prince, Boys Over Flowers, Crash Landing on You, Descendants of the Sun, Dae Jang Geum, Goblin (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God), Hometown Cha Cha Cha, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, Law School, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Sky Castle, Squid Game, Vincenzo, The World of the Married
- Famous K-drama actors: Cha Eun-woo, Gong Yoo, Hyun Bin, Ji Chang-wook, Kim Soo-hyun, Kim Woo-bin, Jun Ji-hyun, Lee Jong-suk, Lee Jung-jae, Lee Min-ho, Lee Seung-gi, Park Bo-gum, Park Seo-joon, Park Shin-hye, So Ji-sub, Song Hye-ko, Song Joong-ki
- Where to watch K-dramas: Hulu, Netflix, YouTube