In 2021, international mega-hit Squid Game introduced the power of South Korean storytelling to a broader worldwide audience. K-drama fans have historically streamed content on services like Viki or hoped their favorite TvN or JBTC series would be picked up by Netflix. Even prior to last year Netflix had started making inroads with quality original content, but their recent $500 million dollar investment in series and films produced in South Korea ensures that K-drama fans will have plenty more content to consume in 2022.
Here are some releases to get you through those cold winter nights in January and February, plus a few more we’re expecting in the coming months.
Date: January 3rd
Cast: Boo Seong-cheol Rain, Kim Bum, Uee, and Son Na-eun
Where to Watch: Viki
This medical drama with a twist premiered on Viki on January 3rd. The plot follows a selfish and arrogant doctor (Rain) whose spirit is transferred into a doctor (Kim Bum) with completely different standards and morals. Ghost Doctor marks Rain’s return to K-drama after a three-year hiatus to focus on his music career.
All of Us Are Dead
Date: January 28th
Cast: Yoon Chan-young, Park Ji-hoo, Cho Yi-hyun, Park Solomon, and Yoo In-soo
Where to watch: Netflix
Following in the footsteps of 2021’s hit Sweet Home, All of Us Are Dead is primed to become Netflix’s next big webtoon adaptation. Based on 2009’s Now at Our School, the eight episode horror series will follow trapped high school students battling a horde of their zombie-fied classmates.
Date: January TBD
Cast: Kim Hye-Soo, Kim Moo-yeol, and Lee Sung-min
Where to Watch: Netflix
A legal drama that’s sure to tug at the heartstrings, Juvenile Justice stars Kim Hye-soo (Hyena) as a tough judge who reexamines her own life after being appointed to the juvenile court system. Although the release date has yet to be revealed, Netflix previously announced a January 2022 premiere date for the first episode.
Date: February 16th
Cast: Son Ye-jin, Jeon Mi-do, and Kim Ji-hyun
Where to Watch: JTBC / Netflix (Rumored)
39 follows three friends who met in their second year of high school. Now grown and working as a dermatologist, an acting teacher, and a department-store cosmetics manager, the friends navigate love, loss, and new beginnings as they approach 40. Premiering in February on JTBC, there have been unverified rumors the series will be available for streaming on Netflix.
Beyond January and February: More K-dramas to Look Forward to in 2022
Rookies (a.k.a. Rookie Cops)
Date: First half of 2022
Cast: Kang Daniel, Chae Soo-bin, Lee Shin-young, Go Eun-gang, and Park Yoo-na
Where to Watch: Disney+
Rookies is an ensemble comedy series that follows students at the Korean National Police University as they try to become police officers. The colorful cast of characters includes an honor student following in his fathers footsteps (Kang Daniel) and a troublemaker (Go Eun-gang.) The clever initial marketing campaign has featured the characters’ MBTI (Myers-Briggs) personality types.
Date: 2022 TBD
Cast: Yoo Ji-tae, Park Hae-soo, Jun Jong-seo, Lee Won-jong, Park Myung-hoon, and Kim Ji-hoon
Where to Watch: Netflix
The Korean adaptation of the hit Spanish series Money Heist is perhaps the most anticipated K-drama of 2022. The superstar cast includes Squid Game‘s Park Hae-soo, Flower of Evil’s Kim Ji-hoon, and Healer’s Yoo Ji-tae. There are currently five seasons of the original Money Heist are available to stream on Netflix (the fifth was just released this past December).
The Sound of Magic
Date: 2022 TBD
Cast: Ji Chang-wook, Choi Sung-eun, and Hwang In-youp
Where to Watch: JTBC / Netflix
The Sound of Magic is a musical drama series that tells the story of a hard working high school student and a mysterious magician. Directed by Kim Sun-youn (Itaewon Class) and based on the webtoon Annarasumanara, the series already has a fan following excited to see this story brought to life. Although an official rating has yet to be released, this may be a watch the entire family will enjoy!