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5 Binge-Worthy K-Dramas You Need to Add to Your Netflix Watch-List ASAP

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Whether you're a newbie to K-dramas or have been a long-time fan, you're undoubtedly looking for new shows to binge-watch. Thank heavens, Netflix's got us covered with plenty of newly released and forthcoming K-Dramas to indulge in.

Here are 5 of my favorite *romantic* Korean dramas that I binged-watched and absolutely loved. Don't worry, I'll try to keep it spoiler-free!

1. Business Proposal, 2022

(based on a webtoon, The Office Blind Date by HaeHwa)

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Season(s): 1

Episodes: 12

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First aired on February 28, the TV show "Business Proposal" follows the love story between a boss, Kang Tae-Moo, and an employee, Shin Ha-Ri. Cliche right?! However, despite the show being super cheesy and not to mention the heart-fluttering moments between the 'archaeopteryx couple' during their office romance, this one's plot is a bit different and, trust me, you'll want to watch the next episode right away and won't even realize it's already 5 am the following day, at least this is what happened to me!

2. Love Alarm, 2019

(based on a webtoon by Chon Kye-young)

Genre: Romance

Season(s): 2

Episodes: 8 episodes (season 1), 6 episodes (season 2)

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In a more advanced world, a developer creates an app called "Love Alarm" which notifies the user if anyone within a ten-meter radius has feelings for them. This app, however, causes problems for Kim Jo-jo when she finds herself trapped in a love triangle with two best friends. Yet, Love Alarm isn't all sunshine and rainbows. From a murder in a nearby park caused by the app to gay rights, privacy concerns, and suicide, the show explores some pretty dark topics throughout its episodes in a surprisingly mature and thought-provoking way.

Anyhow, I'm sure you will stick to the end of the show thanks to the hottie Hwang Sun Oh, portrayed by Song Kang.

3. Nevertheless, 2021

(based on a webtoon by Jeongseo)

Genre: Romance

Season(s): 1

Episodes: 10

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Obviously, we can't get enough of Song Kang!

"Nevertheless" follows Yoo Na-bi, an Art student at Hongseo University's Sculpture Department who has given up on love due to an abusive relationship, but still wants to go out on dates. She falls for the charming Park Jae-eon, also a student at Hongseo University's Sculpture Department, who avoids relationships but *nevertheless* enjoys flirting. Although the second half of the season was a bit slow-paced, the sizzling chemistry between Yoo Na-bi and Park Jae-eon made it worth watching till the end.

4. My Holo Love, 2020

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

Season(s): 1

Episodes: 12

"My Holo Love" is not your typical romantic K-Drama, yet you'll be hooked from the first episode itself. It follows the story of Han So Yeon, an assistant manager at a glasses company, who suffers from face blindness (Prosopagnosia). She accidentally finds a pair of glasses that allow her to see a holographic AI named 'Holo' who she quickly grows fond of.

The show is quite unpredictable with twists and turns tying the whole series together. The ending was satisfying for sure and really cleared out all the confusion about how the two protagonists were connected.

Fascinated by AI, My Holo Love certainly didn't disappoint. It's totally worth streaming, and did I mention how cute and charming 'Holo' is?!

5. My First First Love, 2019

Genre: Romance, Coming of age

Season(s): 2

Episodes: 8 episodes per season

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"My First First Love" is a character-driven romantic drama series that tells the story of five youths who must deal with love, friendship, and their own dreams when they are forced to move in together. It is definitely fun to watch since the characters are so endearing. I remember this drama as being quite entertaining with some comedy scenes. The plot twists did turn this drama into a binge-worthy one.

Korean dramas are addictive for sure, to say the least, and with the amount of K-Dramas coming to Netflix, we will undoubtedly be entertained.

Hritika Kowlessur
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Hritika is a freshman in college who is deeply passionate about AI and machine language. While her major is not journalism-related, she enjoys writing as a hobby. Hritika also loves reading and binge-watching Netflix shows. She can easily get lost in a book and often ends up getting too attached to fictional characters.