If you’re a fan of Korean dramas, then you’re in for a treat. We’ve compiled a list of the best K-dramas released in 2022 so far. These are some truly amazing productions, and we can’t recommend them enough. Whether you’re into romantic comedies or dark thrillers, there’s something for everyone here. So what are you waiting for? Start watching!
- #1 Reborn Rich
- #2 Extraordinary Attorney Woo
- #3 Big Mouth
- #4 Again My Life
- #5 Remarriage and Desires
- #6 Our Blues
- #7 It’s Beautiful Now
- #8 Business Proposal
- #9 Ghost Doctor
- #10 Bad and Crazy
- #11 Love in Contract
- #12 The Law Cafe
- #13 Thirty Nine
- #14 Cafe Minamdang
- #15 Let Me Be Your Knight
- #16 The Sound of Magic
- #17 Forecasting Love and Weather
#1 Reborn Rich
After more than a decade of service to the powerful Soonyang Conglomerate, Yoon Hyeon-Woo (Song Joong-Ki) is falsely accused of embezzlement and shot while on an overseas business trip. Miraculously, he wakes up in the body of the Soonyang chaebol family’s youngest grandson, Jin Do-Jun (Song Joong-Ki). Bent on revenge, Yoon Hyeon-Woo embarks on a mission to takeover the company.
#2 Extraordinary Attorney Woo
Extraordinary Attorney Woo is a unique story about an impressive intellect paired with autism spectrum disorder lawyer. Woo Young-Woo (Park Eun-Bin) is highly capable yet socially challenged. As a trainee lawyer in a large law firm, she is met with skepticism and bias but she overcomes these obstacles through her unconventional approach to problem solving and matures as a professional.
#3 Big Mouth
Park Chang-Ho (Lee Jong-Suk) is a lawyer with a merely 10% success rate. In an attempt to become better off financially, he ends up tangled up in a murder and believed to be the master swindler knowns as’Big Mouse’. This experience, thrusts him into a life-threatening situation. His wife Go Mi-Ho (Lim Yoon-A) is a courageous nurse that helped Chang-Ho over the year in becoming the lawyer he is today. When she hears of her husband’s dubious accusation, Go Mi-Ho takes action to clear his name.
#4 Again My Life
When Kim Hee-Woo (played by Lee Joon-Gi) was in high school, his grades were at the bottom of the class. Despite this, he never gave up and went on to university to become a lawyer. Now working as a passionate prosecutor, Kim See Woo finds himself in the center of an investigation into possible corruption related to politician Jo Tae-Seob (Lee Kyoung-Young). In the midst of it all, he is killed. Miraculously, Kim See Woo wakes up alive once more – although just how remains a mystery.
#5 Remarriage and Desires
Rex is a matchmaking company catering to the most affluent and elite customers. From Lee Hyung-Ju (Lee Hyun-Wook) looking for love to Seo Hye-Seung (Kim Hee-Seon) seeking revenge, clients from all walks of life rely on Rex to help them reach the pinnacle of society.
#6 Our Blues
Our Blues is a K-Drama that covers the story of multiple characters from Lee Dong-Seok to Lee Yeong-Ok and everyone in between. The dram has a unique structure and the epodes alternate between characters.
#7 It’s Beautiful Now
Lee Yoon-Jae (Oh Min-Suk), Lee Hyun-Jae (Yoon Si-Yoon) and Lee Soo-Jae (Seo Bum-June) are three brothers who have no interest in pursuing romance or marriage, leaving their parents and grandfather concerned.
To entice the brothers to tie the knot, Lee Kyung-Cheol (Park In-Hwan), Lee Min-Ho (Park Sang-Won) and Han Kyung-Ae (Kim Hye-Ok) offer them an apartment. Each brother takes on the challenge of finding a partner for marriage.
#8 Business Proposal
Shin Ha-Ri (Kim Se-Jeong) has a crush on her male friend. When she discovers he already has a girlfriend, she agrees to go on a blind date on behalf of her chaebol friend Jin Young-Seo. Unbeknownst to Shin Ha-Ri, the man she meets is Kang Tae-Moo (Ahn Hyo-Seop), CEO of the company where she works.
Annoyed at being interrupted from his work by his family that insists on him getting married, Kang Tae-Moo decides to marry the next woman he meets on the blind date, which turns out to be Shin Ha-Ri in disguise. The drama covers the ups and downs of this unexpected and unusual arrangement.
#9 Ghost Doctor
Cha Young-Min (Rain) is an arrogantly selfish genius doctor, but due to an accident he ends up in a coma and his spirit is now able to inhabit another doctor’s body. The differences between him and the new host are stark, from their personalities to their medical expertise.
#10 Bad and Crazy
Soo-Yeol (Lee Dong-Wook) is a determined police officer who works at the Mooui Police Department and has achieved success through questionable ethical practices. His life takes an unexpected turn when he meets K (Wi Ha-Joon), a righteous but crazy person determined to be a hero by any means necessary.
Hee-Gyeom (Han Ji-Eun) is a police lieutenant on the drug squad at the Mooui Police Department, who is just as righteous and passionate about her job as Soo-Yeol. She was once dating Soo-Yeol prior to his meeting K.
#11 Love in Contract
Choi Sang-Eun (Park Min-Young) is a talented and charming woman who works as a contract marriage master. Her task is to help her clients secure the perfect single life. To do this, she must become different people for each of them. For Jung Ji-Ho (Ko Gyung-Pyo), her client for five years who she sees on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, she must take on a mysterious persona. Her other client is Kang Hae-Jin (Kim Jae-Young), a popular actor whom she meets on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Due to developing closer relationships with both of these men, Choi Sang-Eun finds herself into an unexpected love triangle.
#12 The Law Cafe
Kim Jung-Ho (Lee Seung-Gi) is an intelligent and unemployed man who lives off the rent from a building he owns. He has had a crush on Kim Yoo-Ri (Lee Se-Young), a beautiful and driven woman, since high school. Kim Yoo-Ri leaves her job as a lawyer at a big firm and opens up Law Cafe in the same building owned by Kim Jung-Ho. The cafe offers both coffee and legal advice to anyone who stops by.
#13 Thirty Nine
Cha Mi-Jo (Son Ye-Jin) is a 39-year-old woman with a privileged upbringing. She runs her own dermatology clinic in Gangnam, Seoul. This is her story and that of her two good friends – a shopping assistant and an acting coach. The drama covers their journey as to how they tackle this stage of their lives and how they find the courage to move ahead despite their fears and doubts as well as obstacles that life throws as them.
#14 Cafe Minamdang
Nam Han-Jun (Seo In-Guk) is a former criminal profiler turned fraudster. He runs a fortune teller shop called Minamdang and lures customers in with his attractive physical appearance and smooth talking skills. To help him scam customers, he partners with Su-Cheol, who owns a private detective agency, and Nam Hye-Jun, an elite hacker. Han Jae-Hui (Oh Yeon-Seo) is a passionate detective who somehow gets wrapped up in Nam Han-Jun’s dealings.
#15 Let Me Be Your Knight
Yoon Tae-In (Lee Jun-Young) is the leader of the popular K-pop group Luna. He suffers from sleep walking, and to help him with his ailment a mysterious fake doctor moves in with him. Concurrently, In Yoon-Joo (Jung In-Sun), a tour guide who dreams of owning her own house, gets dragged into an incident that causes her to move in as the fake doctor along with Tae-In and other four members of Luna.
#16 The Sound of Magic
Yoon A-Yi (Choi Sung-Eun) is a hardworking high school student who balances her studies and part-time jobs to support herself and her younger sister. Despite the absence of her parents due to debt collectors, Yoon A-Yi excels both academically and physically. Meanwhile, her classmate Na Il-Deung (Hwang In-Yeop) develops feelings for her. During a visit to an abandoned amusement park, Yoon A-Yi meets Magician Ri-Eul (Ji Chang-Wook), who encourages Yoon A-Yi’s belief in magic with his magical performances and comforting words.
#17 Forecasting Love and Weather
The k-drama follows the love and work lives of two employees at the Korea Meteorological Administration—Jin Ha-Kyung and Lee Shi-Woo—as they navigate their professional duties as well as their personal relationships with each other.
Safe to say, 2022 was definitely a good year for Korean drama series and this list does not even begin to cover all the dramas that were released. With so many different genres, stories and characters to explore, there truly is something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a romantic comedy or an intense thriller, these dramas are sure to keep you captivated until the very end! So grab some snacks and get ready for a marathon of your favorite K-dramas!
For those looking for specific genres and troupes, here are my top recommendations for various genres:
- Best revenge drama: Reborn Rich.
- Best romantic comedy: Business Proposal.
- Best fantasy drama: The Sound of Magic.
- Best idol drama: Let Me Be Your Knight
- Best lawyer drama: Again My Life
- Best police drama: Cafe Minamdang
Hope you enjoyed this list of K-dramas for 2022! There are still plenty more dramas to explore and I wish you all a happy drama marathon! Happy watching and enjoy!
What other k-drama from 2022 do you think should have made the list? Which was your favourite 2022 k-drama?
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