Hallyu wave or the rampant spread of South Korean pop culture around the world is taking place whether you like it or not. Whether it’s a 12-step K-beauty routine or the catchy hook of a BTS song, you’ve probably come across some element of Korean pop culture in your daily life. One of the most popular and widespread aspects of the Hallyu wave is the Korean drama, or K-drama, craze. 

Known for their interesting storylines and intense plot twists, K-dramas are popular across the globe. Korean dramas can go from super sappy to incredibly heartbreaking in a heartbeat, and that variety is exactly what keeps viewers coming back for more. 

2018 was a good year for K-dramas across genres (Familiar Wife! Mr. Sunshine! The Undateables!), but 2019 is already coming in pretty hot, and some of everyone’s favorite actors are back on our screens.

The Last Empress

With 52 episodes, this drama is not for the weak of heart; people who prefer a neat plot should probably steer clear because the storyline is highly involved. In an alternate universe, South Korea is still under the rule of a constitutional monarchy, and the royal family has its fair share of dangerous secrets that could be exposed by its new empress – a bright musical theater actress with a one-sided crush on her husband. Throw in a bodyguard with a fake identity and issues and you’ve got yourself a really wild ride.

Romance Is A Bonus Book

A desperate girl needs job – so obviously – she lies about her education and background. She then meets a handsome and super talented boy who also happens to be her boss. Its hate at first sight, but like all good rom-coms, the hate soon turns into love.

In the real world, office romances are a terrible idea. It never ends well and someone will have to leave their job. However, Korean dramas make workplace dating seem fun and even plausible. Romance is a Bonus Book in particular is so good that it almost makes us forget what a bad idea an office romance can be for ones career.

Touch Your Heart

Touch Your Heart is a really enjoyable romantic series to watch. Things take place in a high-powered law firm, where a washed-up actress works as a secretary for a cranky attorney. A predictable rom-com, but enjoyable nevertheless.

The Fiery Priest

A wayward priest, a detective who should have been fired ages ago, and an unscrupulous prosecutor are the ingredients that go into making The Fiery Priest what it is. This 40-episode drama is far from over, but the shenanigans that have unfolded so far have been nothing short of amazing. If you’re into action-packed crime shows that are also really funny, then this is so up your alley.