Kdrama for Newbies : 10 Must Watch Popular Korean Drama of 2020

Kdrama for Newbies : 10 Must Watch Popular Korean Drama of 2020

 

Wrap up for the best and most popular Korean drama in 2020 is here! Yes yes, I know, it’s already February 2021 why am I just doing it right now? Well to answer your question, I only have one answer: procrastination.

It gets to the best of us sometimes, seriously. But, your girl is here now with the long-awaited wrap up of must-watch Korean dramas of 2020. If you are a newbie into a Kdrama scene, then this list will definitely help you decide on which one to watch instead of having to sift through so much information on the World Wide Web.

And if you’re an avid Kdrama viewer, how many of these have you watched? Or, have you watched them all?

 

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1. Itaewon Class (이태원 클라쓰)

 

Genre : Drama, Slice of Life, Romance 

Starring : Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Yoo Jae-myung

Aired : January 31, 2020 – March 21, 2020

Episodes : 16

 

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Park Saeroyi’s life has been turned upside down after he gets expelled from school for punching a bully and his father is killed in an accident. Following his father’s steps, he opens a pub named “DanBam” in Itaewon and, along with his manager and staff, strive towards success and reaching greater heights.

 

 

popular kdrama 2020

 

2. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (사이코지만 괜찮아)

 

Genre : Psychological, Comedy, Romance 

Starring : Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Yea-ji, Oh Jung-se

Aired : June 20, 2020 – August 9, 2020

Episodes : 16

 

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Moon Gang Tae is a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who was blessed with everything including a great body, smarts, ability to sympathize with others, patience, ability to react quickly, stamina, and more. Meanwhile, Ko Moon Young is a popular writer of children’s literature who, due to suffering from an antisocial personality disorder, seems extremely selfish, arrogant, and rude.

Moon Gang Tae denies love and Ko Moon Young doesn’t know it. The two defy fate and fall in love, finding their souls and identities in the process.

 

 

popular kdrama 2020

 

3. Crash Landing on You (사랑의 불시착)

 

Genre : Drama, Comedy, Romance 

Starring : Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Kim Jung-hyun

Aired : December 14, 2019 – February 16, 2020

Episodes : 16

 

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It tells the story of two star crossed lovers, a South Korean heiress and a North Korean elite who also happens to be an army officer. One day, while paragliding, Yoon Se Ri has an accident caused by strong winds, leading her to crash land in North Korea, where she meets Ri Jung Hyuk, a North Korean army officer, who agrees to help her return to South Korea. Over time, they fall in love, despite the divide and dispute between their respective countries.

 

 

popular kdrama 2020

 

4. Start-Up (스타트업)

 

Genre : Youth, Comedy, Romance 

Starring : Bae Suzy, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim Seon-ho

Aired : October 17, 2020 – December 6, 2020

Episodes : 16

 

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Set in one of the world’s most advanced tech sector, “Start Up” tells the tale of the razor-thin margins between ultimate success and abject failure. The story takes place in the fictional Sandbox Company, where the journey of four unique people is told. After a revolving door of unfulfilling retail jobs, Seol Dal Mi is unsatisfied with the current trajectory of her life.

Her soul longs for a grand adventure that sees her at the top and managing her own company. Although she does not have much to offer, she has big dreams, red hot ambition, and the soul of a pioneer. A constant source of his family’s pride as a child, Nam Do San as an adult is the founder of Sam San Tech, a fledgling start-up company that is looking to transition into bigger endeavors. But a vague dream and limited ambition see his company flounder. Unknown to him, the tailwinds of fate has begun to fill up SST’s sails.

A man, who does not want to owe anyone anything, owes a large debt to one special person who helped him greatly in the past. His role in the start-up world sees him as Judge, Jury, and Executioner, as his pragmatic advice sees the futures of start-ups either rise into greatness or fall into obscurity.

Tired of doing all the work, but seeing the credit go to someone else, Won In Jae yearns to prove herself in a male-dominated industry, as a capable woman who can succeed without the advantages her privileged childhood has given her.

 

 

popular korean drama 2020

 

5. The World of the Married (부부의 세계)

 

Genre : Melodrama, Family, Romance 

Starring : Kim Hee-ae, Park Hae-joon, Han So-hee

Aired : March 27, 2020 – May 16, 2020

Episodes : 16

 

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Everything seems perfect in the life of the successful family doctor and the associate director, Ji Sun Woo. She lives happily in Gosan with her handsome husband, Lee Tae Oh, and their teenage son, Joon Young. However, when she discovers that her husband; whom she helped financially to establish an entertainment company, is having an affair and even their mutual friends are helping him conceal it, the perfect image of the happy family life shatters, and she sets on a path seeking revenge and recollecting her broken self.

 

 

popular korean drama 2020

 

6. Flower of Evil (악의 꽃)

 

Genre : Thriller, Mystery, Psychological, Romance 

Starring : Lee Joon-gi, Moon Chae-won, Jang Hee-jin

Aired : July 29, 2020 – September 23, 2020

Episodes : 16

 

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Although Baek Hee Sung is hiding a dark secret about his real identity and the fact that he has an antisocial personality disorder, he establishes a family where he is seen as a loving husband and father with a successful career in his own metal workshop studio. However, Hee Sung’s perfect façade begins to crumble when homicide detective Cha Ji Won, Hee Sung’s wife, is assigned a murder case related to previous serial murders dating fifteen years back, and she starts to suspect that her husband might be hiding something from her.

 

 

popular korean drama 2020

 

7. Hospital Playlist (슬기로운 의사생활)

 

Genre : Friendship, Drama, Romance 

Starring : Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyung-ho

Aired : March 12, 2020 – May 28, 2020

Episodes : 12

 

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A drama depicting the stories of people going through their days that are seemingly ordinary but actually special, at the hospital, a place known as the microcosm of life – where someone is being born and someone’s life meets their ending. The five doctors are long time friends of 20 years who started their undergrad in 1999 in the same medical school, and now they are colleagues in the same hospital. The drama will also deal with a story of a band formed by the group of doctors.

 

 

popular korean drama 2020

 

8. Mystic Pop-up Bar (쌍갑포차)

 

Genre : Mystery, Comedy, Fantasy

Starring : Hwang Jung-eum, Yook Sung-jae, Choi Won-young

Aired : May 20, 2020 – June 25, 2020

Episodes : 12

 

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“Mystic Pop-Up Bar” is based on a popular webtoon of the same name and tells the story of a mysterious pojangmacha (outdoor drinking establishment) run by a prickly woman and an innocent part-timer who visit customers in their dreams to help resolve their problems.

 

 

 

 

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