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With the increasing desire for more streamable Korean shows, Netflix and its Korean partners have not failed to meet these demands. Here are five recently released Korean dramas on Netflix that you are guaranteed to binge watch.

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1. The Start Up

This drama is the most recently hyped about, with its final episode just recently released. The Start Up tells the story of the people in startup companies. It features a strong-willed female lead and two male leads who compete for a spot as her first love. One man is secretly her first love and the other is pretending to be her first love. This drama is highly recommended.

2. It’s Ok to Not be Okay

This Korean drama addresses mental illnesses, which is often overlooked in Korean culture. The main character and his brother who has autism end up back in their home city after moving around for many years. The main character meets a woman in the psychiatric hospital who seems to be obsessed with him, and it is slowly revealed that the two characters have intertwining pasts.

3. Record of Youth

Record of Youth follows three young adults in the showbiz industry as they achieve their dreams in individual fields. With dynamic characters and a relatable, youthful take on jobs, it’s an easy watch for young adults.

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4. The King: Eternal Monarch

The King: Eternal Monarch sets two parallel worlds of the Kingdom of Corea and South Korea. The King of Corea possesses half of the mystical flute that allows the owner to pass through the two worlds. The King tries to revisit a traumatic childhood memory in order to find out the identity of the secret fighter who saved his life. He meets the woman he believes to be his soulmate and crosses between the worlds to be with her. I personally recommend this show, if you can get past the first episode. 

5. Private Lives

Lastly, Private Lives deals with con artists in a public data world. They uncover that the government is working with a private conglomerate trying to use their money and powers to keep people under surveillance. The main characters spy and lie their way through coups. 

There you go, five Korean Netflix dramas waiting for your views. These dramas cover a wide range of settings, character types, and genres. I hope these recommendations helped guide you through some of the new releases of 2020. 

Sandra is a senior at UC Davis who enjoys dancing, cooking, and vlogging. She is currently a statistics and communications double major with a minor in economics. She used to be a writer for the Junior Writer's program at Korea Daily Newspaper, a local Koreatown newspaper in Los Angeles. She has high ambitions with big dreams. You can find her everyday life vlogs and creativity on her Youtube channel, sysandyl and sysandylife.
Drew Watson studies English at UC Davis. She enjoys reading young adult fantasy, listening to old school R&B, and watching cartoons! Drew is interested in a career in education, or editing/publishing after college, and is hoping to explore all of her options while at Davis.