If you’re from Korea, K-Dramas are constant. They are on most channels, and you can watch them whenever you want. In America however, they are not as accessible. It is a constant struggle to find websites that have K-dramas and are free. Two things that are really popular and used constantly in the US are Netflix and Hulu. Here are 5 must watch K-Dramas that they have available.
Oh My Venus (Hulu)
Kim Young-ho, a.k.a. John Kim, is a personal trainer to Hollywood stars. Despite his family’s wealth, Young-ho suffered a life-altering injury when he was a kid. But he believes living a healthy lifestyle and exercise is the only way to survive. However, a Hollywood scandal with an actress has him on a plane back to Korea.
Kang Joo-eun was once an ulzzang in her teens, semi-famous for her pretty face and enviable figure. Now a 33-year-old lawyer, she has gained a lot of weight since. While on a flight from the U.S. back to Korea, she passes out and John Kim is the only medical personnel on the flight who takes charge.
After getting dumped by her boyfriend, Im Woo Shik, she finds that she has the press pass for John Kim and proceeds to (blackmail) convince him to help her lose the weight. As they grow closer they heal each other’s emotional wounds and fall in love.
W Two Worlds (Hulu)
Cardiothoracic surgeon Oh Yeon Joo’s father mysteriously goes missing while writing the last chapter of his webtoon “W”. Yeon Joo goes to his office and is shocked to see a scene of the dying Kang Chul, the main character of W, on her father’s computer.
While reading a note left behind by her father, a hand from the monitor pulls her in and she finds herself on the rooftop of a building next to a bleeding man. She manages to save him and realizes that the person she saved was Kang Chul.
Traveling between worlds, and trying to help Kang Chul figure out who killed his family, Yeon Joo begins to fall in love. As the stakes grow higher, will Kang Chul and Yeon Joo get there happy ever after?
Descendants of the Sun (Hulu & Netflix)
Yoo Si-jin is the captain of a South Korean Special Forces unit, as a soldier, kills to protect lives. Kang Mo-yeon is a doctor, who swore to honor the Hippocratic Oath and tries to save lives. Due to this difference in viewpoints on life, how can they ever be together. However, fate has a different idea.
Si-jin receives his orders to be deployed on a peacekeeping mission in the country of Uruk(present day: Iraq). Meanwhile, Mo-yeon is upset because she had been passed over for professorship in favor of a colleague who had familial connections to the hospital management. Eight months later, Mo-yeon rebuffs the sexual advances of the hospital director and as a result is assigned to lead a medical team to Uruk.
There, Si-jin and Mo-yeon reunite. Through their encounters in Uruk, an earthquake and an epidemic, their love for each other grows stronger. But how long can love truly last between a soldier and a doctor? Will there differences tear them apart, or will it bring them closer together?
Oh My Ghost (Netflix)
Na Bong-sun has an extremely timid personality and low self-esteem, doesn’t have any close friends, and is constantly getting reprimanded at her job as an assistant chef at Sun Restaurant. She also occasionally sees ghosts, thanks to her shaman grandmother.
One day, Bong-sun gets possessed by a lustful virgin ghost named Shin Soon-ae. To make up for the lack of romance in her short life and believing that only by losing her virginity will she be able to “resolve her grudge” and move on to the afterlife, Soon-ae is determined to seduce as many men as she can by possessing various women, and she finds the perfect vessel in Bong-sun.
Bong-sun’s boss is arrogant star chef Kang Sun-woo, whom she secretly has a crush on. Sun-woo hasn’t dated anyone since getting his heart broken by his college friend Lee So-hyung, who’s a TV producer. But when Bong-sun seemingly gets rid of her shyness and suddenly changes into a confident, dynamic woman, she finally catches his eye.
Meanwhile, the mystery surrounding Soon-ae’s death involves Sun-woo’s brother-in-law, a kind police officer, Choi Sung-jae, who may not be what he seems. Will Soon-ae finally finish her business on earth and go to heaven, or will she turn into a demon ghost?
Man to Man (Netflix)
A longtime celebrity Yeo Woon-gwang suddenly has a need for a bodyguard and hires Kim Seol-woo, a man trained in special investigations and a mysterious man of many talents.
In reality, Seol-woo is a NIS black ops agent who has his own agenda and the role of bodyguard is only a cover to achieve his goals.
The drama is about the twisty events they encounter and the budding bromance between the star and bodyguard. That’s not the only romance. Seol-woo gets romantically involved with Cha Do-ha, the manager of Woon-gwang. Will Seol-woo leave after he’s finished with his mission, or will he stay behind for Woon-gwang?
Other Must Watch K-Dramas
These K-Dramas aren’t available on Netflix or Hulu, yet. But they are available elsewhere, you just have to know where to look.
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (Now on Netflix!)
Bride of Habaek (Water God)