It’s almost halfway through the year, and now is the ideal moment to reflect on all of the fantastic scripts that K-dramaland has provided us with so far. There was something in the air in 2022 because there was no lack of amazing K-dramas. For so many dramas, the storylines, performances, OSTs, and cast all came together flawlessly, making them all worth watching. Here are the top 11 K-dramas of 2022 thus far.
Please keep in mind that this list only contains K-dramas that were ended airing by June 31st. Also, the list is not in any specific sequence!
1. “Through The Darkness”
“Through the Darkness” stars Kim Nam Gil as Song Ha Young, a police officer whose smart thinking leads to his recruitment into the Criminal Behavior Analysis Unit. Based on the real tale of South Korea’s first profiler, the series takes viewers on a trip through the different murder cases that he assisted in solving.
This series’ tone and vibe are all you could want in a crime/mystery K-drama. You are continually attempting to figure out who the perpetrators are and are eager to learn the outcome. It’s an exciting screenplay with excellent performance by Kim Nam Gil, which comes as no surprise. You’ll also like the fact that the series is based on actual events, which makes it much more compelling to watch! The way the cases develop is so engrossing that it’s a must-see for every K-drama fan!
2. “All Of Us Are Dead”
This zombie tale starts when a virus spreads across a high school as a consequence of a science teacher’s failed personal project. The infection begins with one kid and quickly spreads to the other classmates. Before they know it, they realise that the whole nation, and even the entire planet, is in risk.
This is an apocalyptic story that has taken the globe by storm. People were captivated to these kids’ distinctive connections and tales, which only made them cheer for their well-being. And it’s about much more than survival and zombies. It’s about love, human nature, and real friendship, with some villains you just can’t stand. The series hits on so many levels, and watching these new actors shine, along with the announcement of a second season, is incredible!
3. “Twenty Five, Twenty One”
“Twenty Five, Twenty One” stars Kim Tae Ri as Na Hee Do, a high school student who aspires to be the best fencer in the world. She meets Baek Yi Jin (Nam Joo Hyuk), a reporter whose family falls bankrupt but finally finds work. They rely on one another for happiness and wisdom.
“Twenty-five, twenty-one” was one of the 2022 dramas that managed to captivate the hearts of many people. People were enthralled by Na Hee Do’s developing, innocent relationship with her first love, Baek Yi Jin. Fans want for nothing more than for the two to be together and were entirely cheering for them to be happy. The finale sparked quite a debate among K-drama fans, and it will most likely stay a talked-about K-drama for many years to come.
4. “A Business Proposal”
Ahn Hyo Seop portrays chaebol Kang Tae Moo, who falls in love with Shin Ha Ri (Kim Sejeong) on a blind date. What he doesn’t realise about Ha Ri is that she’s filling in for her closest friend, who didn’t want to go on the blind date in the first place. When he realises he has been duped, he gives Ha Ri the option to be his phoney girlfriend for the time being.
Nothing beats witnessing Kang Tae Moo show his emotions on his sleeve for Shin Ha Ri. We see him fully captivated with Ha Ri from the start, which adds to the series’ warmth and romance. His continuous pursuit of her and her emotions is the series’ focus, but with the additional bonus of a passionate and steamy second coupling, portrayed by Kim Min Kyu and Seol In Ah, the series is bound to be worth watching!
This drama, starring Kim Min Ha, Lee Min Ho, Youn Yuh Jung, and Jin Ha, is based on Min Jin Lee’s book of the same name. The series follows three generations of people.
“Pachinko” did not disappoint despite all of the anticipation and expectations surrounding its debut. The narrative strikes on many levels, inspiring empathy and sympathy for what many Koreans had to face in the past. Lee Min Ho’s acting abilities were outstanding given his character’s ambiguity, but it was Kim Min Ha who really stole the show. Through her depiction, she was able to reveal the powerful and confident Sunja, and it was riveting. I’m excited to see her again in season two!
6. “Our Blues”
“Our Blues” features Han Ji Min, Kim Woo Bin, Lee Byung Hun, Shin Min Ah, Cha Seung Won, Lee Jung Eun, Kim Hye Ja, and many more well-known actors. It is situated on the lovely Jeju Island and depicts the different real-life concerns and issues that the people face.
With its exposure of several significant societal concerns that are present not just in South Korea, but all around the globe, this wonderful series was able to touch the hearts of many. The bond that is shown between families in a small community offers a feeling of comfort and belonging. And the tales of the numerous families, which deal with issues such as adolescent pregnancy, mental health, the loss of loved ones, and disabilities, combine to produce a K-drama that heals and demonstrates that we are not alone. It’s a must-see for people of all ages!
7. “My Liberation Notes”
Son Suk Ku, Kim Ji Won, Lee Min Ki, and Lee El appear in Park Hae Young’s latest screenplay. The story follows the regular lives of three brothers as they strive to find their place in the world.
No one could have predicted the roaring popularity of this slice-of-life series, in which Son Suk Ku rose to fame as the drunken and lovesick criminal Mr. Gu. The series was realistic, dramatic, and therapeutic all at the same time, which is very difficult for a screenplay to achieve, but Park Hae Young accomplished it all. It is one of the year’s most successful and talked-about series!
8. “Semantic Error”
Jaechan from DONGKIZ plays Chu Sang Woo, and Park Seoham plays Jang Jae Young in this university romance. When the two students first meet, they are very different in attitude and are irritated with one other. However, this leads to a shift in their relationship, complete with deep emotions and romance.
There’s something about this BL drama that has captured many people’s hearts. Because the series is based on the famous online book, webtoon, and animation series, the stakes were quite high! The agony between Jae Young and Sang Woo was palpable, and there was a constant hope that the two would recognise their emotions. The genuine highlight of this series was seeing rookie actors Jaechan and Park Seoham show so much passion via their parts – it makes you want to see their next endeavour!
9. “Bloody Heart”
This historical serial, starring Lee Joon as King Lee Tae and Kang Han Na as Yoo Jung, is about their love for one other despite their incapacity to be together. A political conflict between Park Gye Won (Jang Hyuk) and Lee Tae is also at the heart of the series.
This series’ vehemence and misery are so intense that it’s almost difficult not to binge watch it. There is a lot going on, which keeps viewers thoroughly immersed in the plot and result. On the one hand, Park Gye Won and Lee Tae are constantly at odds inside the king’s gates. On the other side, Lee Tae and Yoo Jung have a lovely and heartbreaking love tale. The two tales combine to create a gem of a story that you won’t be able to put down.
10. “Kiss Sixth Sense”
Seo Ji Hye portrays Hong Ye Sool, a lady who can predict the future with a kiss. She chances to slip and kiss her boss Cha Min Hoo (Yoon Kye Sang), and the two fall in love. The only issue is that she despises her employer!
Based on Gatnyeo’s popular online book, the performers did an excellent job of bringing the story to life. Seo Ye Ji and Yoon Kye Sang’s personal and passionate sequences created some tremendous butterflies, making the fact that the series is only 12 episodes all the more disappointing! The love triangle involving Kim Ji Suk is also one of the year’s greatest. He was able to win over audiences with his unwavering heart and love for Ye Sool. This is an absolute must-see!