Korean web dramas

If you’re a K-drama enthusiast but lack the time to sit down and watch an entire series, then Korean web dramas are the perfect solution for you. Think of a web series as a compact version of dramas – while their episodes are relatively short, ranging from 5 to 30 minutes, they pack just enough action to keep you hooked. 

In recent years, the quality of Korean web dramas has improved immensely and their popularity has grown enough to rival that of network TV dramas. As such, we have compiled a list below of popular Korean web dramas that will keep you entertained. 

1. Bad Girlfriend 

Korean web dramas - Bad Girlfriend
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Main Cast:

  • Byeon Seo Yoon as Yang Ji Soo
  • Park Young Woon as Yoon Tae Oh
  • Yang Hyuk as Moon Ji Ho

Yang Ji Soo is the epitome of a Bad Girlfriend – she’s a walking red flag who isn’t in a committed relationship. She has an affair with Moon Ji Ho while maintaining her relationship with her boyfriend Yoon Tae Oh, who happens to work at the same company as her. 

Just when she believes that she has gotten the best of both worlds, Ji Ho applies to work at Ji Soo and Tae Oh’s company. His entrance marks the start of a messy love triangle, and Ji Soo struggles to keep up with her 2 lovers.

2. I Have A Secret

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Main Cast:

  • Kim Nu Ri as Woo Ji Soo
  • Kim Seo Yeon as So Mi Ji
  • Lee Jin Sol as Ha Da Som
  • Jung Su Bin as Jo Ah Sung
  • Kim Min Chul as Lee Yoo Jae

A spinoff of #15 on our list, I Have A Secret might just be your cup of tea if you enjoy watching light-hearted K-dramas set in high schools.

17-year-old high school student Woo Ji Soo is Ha Da Som’s ride or die. A part of Ji Soo cherishes her friendship, but another part of her says that she’s in love with her best friend’s boyfriend, Jo Ah Sung. 

Ji Soo keeps this secret to herself and cautiously makes sure that her best friend doesn’t find out about it. However, her days become increasingly exhausting when Ah Sung turns to her for relationship advice.

Desperate to wear her heart on her sleeve, she divulges her secret to So Mi Ji, a fellow high school student who attends a different school. Ji Soo treats her like a close confidante, but things get complicated when Mi Ji transfers to Ji Soo’s school. 

3. One Fine Week 

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Main Cast:

  • Seo Ji Soo as Jung Da Eun / Kim Byul 
  • Shin Jun Seop as Han Jung Woo
  • Park Geon Il as Yoo Ji Han

If given a week to live a different life, would you do it? 

One Fine Week alternates between Jung Da Eun and Kim Byul’s contrasting lives. Da Eun works as a part-timer at a coffee shop, while Byul is a famous K-pop idol with years of experience in the entertainment industry.

These 2 decide to live each other’s lives for 7 days, and they embark on an unforgettable journey that involves love and loss while forging new friendships with people they’d never expect to meet. 

4. Best Mistake 

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Main Cast:

  • Kang Yul as Ji Hyun Ho
  • Lee Eun Jae as Kim Yeon Doo
  • Yoon Jun Won as Seo Joo Ho
  • Park E Hyun as Ryu Seol

If you’re all for the bad-boy-turned-good trope, Best Mistake is a must-watch. 

Kim Yeon Doo is sick and tired of being pursued by a guy who just doesn’t know how to take no for an answer, and this leads her to impulsively post a picture of a good-looking stranger on her social media account. What’s more, she claims that he’s her boyfriend.

It turns out that the stranger is Ji Hyun Ho, a notorious bad boy whose name is on the no-fly list of many teachers and students alike. But as she gets to know him better, Yeon Doo learns that there truly is more to Hyung Ho than meets the eye, and one shouldn’t be too quick to judge a book by its cover. 

5. User Not Found 

Korean web dramas - User Not Found
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Main Cast:

  • Bae Jin Young as Shin Yi Joon
  • Shin So Hyun as Yoo Min Jae
  • Han Ye Ji as Yoo Min Jae

What are the odds of transferring to a new high school with a fellow student who shares the same name – including your family names – as you? Highly unlikely, we reckon.

In User Not Found, there isn’t just 1 Yoo Min Jae, but 2. Although their names are identical, their personalities are completely different. One is timid and reserved, while the other is an it girl.

Sick and tired of their current lives, the pair decide to swap their identities. But they soon regret it when Shin Yi Joon, a seemingly frivolous and nonchalant guy who actually possesses a warm and gentle soul, comes into the picture. 

6. Twenty-Twenty 

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Main Cast:

  • Han Sung Min as Chae Da Hee
  • Kim Woo Seok as Lee Hyun Jin

The title says it all – Twenty-Twenty revolves around a group of 20-year-olds who enter adulthood together, and they explore what it means to shoulder their responsibilities while learning to have fun.

More importantly, these young adults embark on a journey of finding out more about their own individuality and identity. 

7. Mimicus 

Korean web dramas - Mimicus
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Main Cast: 

  • Yoo Young Jae as Han Yoo Sung
  • Jo Yu Ri as Oh Ro Shi
  • Kim Yoon Woo as Ji Soo Bin
  • Nana as Shin Da Ra

Mimicus follows Han Yoo Sung, a high-flying student who gets accused of mimicking Ji Soo Bin, an idol trainee from an affluent family. 

On the surface, Yoo Sung seems like a hostile and stuck-up snob, but watch a little longer and you’ll see that there’s more to his personality. On the other hand, Soo Bin remains mysterious with unfathomable sides that he never displays in public. 

8. The Temperature of Language: Our Nineteen

Korean web dramas - The Temperature of Language: Our Nineteen
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Main Cast:

  • Jin Ji Hee as Woo Jin Ah
  • Kang Min Ah as Han Yu Ri
  • Nam Yoon Su as Lee Chan Sol
  • Park Se Hyun as Seo Eun Bin
  • Yoo Jung Woo as Kim Do Yoon
  • Joo Eo Jin as Shin Kang Wook

You know what it’s like for high school students in their final year – endless exams, frequent burnouts, and baseless gossip.

Woo Jin Ah is one of the many senior high school students whose daily routine is as follows: sleep, eat, study, and repeat. Now that she’s running the final lap before taking her college entrance exam, she’s overcome with distress.

She decides to anonymously vent her negative emotions on a social media platform as a coping mechanism. But what started as something light-hearted soon becomes the talk of the town in her school, and everyone is eager to find out who’s behind the account. 

9. Wish Woosh 2

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Main Cast:

  • Song Ji Eun as Min Ji Woo
  • Shin Jeong You as Lee Min Woong

Wish Woosh season 2 is a workplace drama that follows the complicated relationship between Min Ji Woo and Lee Min Woong.

Ji Woo is a tenacious and diligent employee who prioritises her career above everything else. She keeps her life under control until she meets Min Woong, a newcomer at her workplace who turns her world topsy-turvy.

Season 1, which follows the love triangle entangling the lead characters Sun Ah, Tae Woo, Kwak Woong, and Do Woo, is another must-watch if you like stories about office romances.


Korean web dramas - IN SEOUL
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Main Cast:

  • Min Do Hee as Kang Da Mi 
  • Jang Young Nam as Song Young Ju 
  • Ryeo Un as Yang Sung Hyun 
  • Jin Ye Ju as Lee Ha Rim

You might recognise the lead characters in IN SEOUL Min Do Hee from Reply 1994 and My ID is Gangnam Beauty plays Kang Da Mi, whereas veteran actress Jang Young Nam from Find Me in Your Memory and It’s Okay Not to Be Okay plays her mum. 

This web drama has received largely positive reviews due to the strong on-screen chemistry between mother and daughter. 

Season 1 sees Da Mi as a high school student and avid fan of idols and celebrities. Her mum thinks that it’s a complete waste of time, resulting in several huge face-offs. Da Mi then resolves to apply to “In Seoul” – a Konglish term that refers to good universities in Seoul –   in order to move out of her home and achieve independence. 

A somewhat more youthful take on Park Min Young’s Her Private Life, the drama explores Gen Z fangirling and how a generation gap affects mother-daughter relationships. It also introduces the concept of “In-Seoul” universities and the struggles high school students face, especially if they’re from outside the capital. 

11. Pop Out Boy!

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Main Cast:

  • Kim Min Kyu as Chun Nam Wook
  • Kim Do Yeon as Han Sun Nyeo

Pop Out Boy! received a lot of attention – its main cast consists of Kim Min Kyu and Weki Meki’s Kim Do Yeon, who both participated in Produce 101

Based on a webtoon called Comic Book Boy Girl, it sees Nam Wook as a manhwa (comic book) character who suddenly finds himself in the real world. There, he meets Sun Nyeo, who looks exactly like the female protagonist in his manhwa universe

Like W and Extraordinary You, the show deals with the breaking of the fourth wall in their universe. That said, it is way less intense and focuses on Min Kyu’s character awkwardly trying to adapt to his new environment. 

12. The World of My 17

Korean web dramas - The World of My 17
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Main Cast:

  • Arin as Oh Na Ri  
  • Hwang Bo-Reum-Byeol as Im Yu Na
  • Kim Do Ah as Lim Seon Ji
  • Chae Hae Kyung as Seo Mi Rae
  • Ryeo Un as Yoo Jin Hyuk 
  • Kwon Hyun Bin as Jung Woo Kyung

Na Ri is looking forward to a fresh start after getting teased and compared to the school’s goddess and her supposed close friend, Im Yu Na, all through elementary and middle school. However, they end up meeting again as schoolmates. The story follows them and two other girls with whom they navigate the high school social jungle. 

This show was highly anticipated due to the casting of Arin from OH MY GIRL, Do Ah from FANATIC, and rapper VIINI, in addition to rising actors like Extraordinary You’s Han Chae Kyung and Doctor Prisoner’s Ryeo Un. 

13. Top Management

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Main Cast: 

  • Seo Eun Soo as Yoo Eun Sung
  • Ahn Hyo Seop as Hyun Soo Yong 
  • Cha Eun Woo as Woo Yeon Woo
  • Jung Yoo Ahn as Kim Tae Oh
  • Bang Jae Min as Jang I Rip

Based on an original novel of the same name, Top Management premiered on YouTube Premium with a total of 16 episodes. 

ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo is joined by rising stars Ahn Hyo Seop from Dr Romantic 2, and Seo Eun Soo from Dr Romantic.

The plot follows a former girl group idol trainee who becomes the manager for a struggling idol boy band. The newly minted manager has visions of the future, although they aren’t set in stone.

The drama shows viewers how an idol group comes into being and how the final products in the industry make the cut. Each episode is also named after a well-known K-pop song, such as SNSD’s Into the New World, BTS’s Blood, Sweat and Tears, and BLACKPINK’s As If It’s Your Last. 

14. XX 

Korean web dramas - XX
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Main Cast: 

  • Ahn Hee Yeon (Hani) as Yoon Na Na 
  • Hwang Seung Eon as Lee Roo Mi
  • Bae In Hyuk as Park Dan Hee
  • Lee Jong Won as Wang Jeong Deun 

XX is a driven, intense web drama with beautiful cinematography, powerful music, and a stellar cast to boot. 

The show sees EXID’s Hani in her official acting debut, starring opposite actress Hwang Seung On from When I Was Most Beautiful. They are joined by rising star Bae In Hyuk, who is a younger doppelganger of HIGHLIGHT’s Yoon Do Joon. 

The series follows Yoon Na Na, the head bartender at the ultra-famous but ultra-exclusive speakeasy, XX, and what happens when her former best friend comes back into her life as the new owner of the bar. 

Romance takes a backseat in this web drama – it instead works to unpack friendships between women and the impact romantic relationships have on them. 

15. A-TEEN

Korean web dramas - A-TEEN
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Main Cast: 

  • Shin Ye Eun as Do Ha Na 
  • Lee Na Eun as Kim Ha Na 
  • Shin Seung Ho as Nam Shi Woo
  • Kim Dong Hee as Ha Min
  • Kim Su Hyun as Yeo Bo Ram
  • Ryu Ui Hyun as Cha Gi Hyun
  • Choi Bo Min as Ryu Joo Ha (Season 2)
  • Kang Min Ah as Cha Ah Hyun (Season 2) 

A-TEEN is another web drama produced by PLAYLIST Studio. It made waves on the Internet in 2018 thanks to its relatable and fresh storyline centred on teenagers in their 2nd and 3rd years of high school

Despite each episode only being 6 to 10 minutes, the drama manages to explore individual challenges faced by the characters. Some themes include the outgoing overachiever versus the quiet average student, as well as sibling dynamics. 

Korean web dramas - Joshua’s cameo in A-TEEN 2
Joshua’s cameo in A-TEEN 2.
Image adapted from: PLAYLIST Global

The series has its fair share of star-studded cameos that include NCT’s Jaemin and Jeno, as well as Seventeen’s Joshua.

16. Sweet Revenge 

Korean web dramas - Sweet revenge
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Main Cast: 

  • Kim Hyang Gi as Ho Go hee (Season 1) 
  • Park Solomon as Shin Ji Hoon (Season 1) 
  • Kim Hwan Hee as Jung Deok Hee (Season 1) 
  • Cha Eun Woo as himself (Season 1) 
  • Ahn Seo Hyun as Oh Ji Na (Season 2) 
  • Kim Samuel as Seo Robin (Season 2) 
  • Ji Min Hyuk as Seo Jae Yi (Season 2) 

Sweet Revenge is a web drama that was produced by Hidden Sequence, the same studio behind Love Alarm

The story is reminiscent of Death Note – the main protagonist downloads a mysterious app after being continuously bullied and uses it to exact “revenge”, but things start to unravel. While seasons 1 and 2 are completely unrelated, they roughly follow the same storyline. 

The cast for Season 1 included actress Kim Hyang Gi from Along With the Gods and Innocent Witness fame, as well as Park Solomon and ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo. Season 2 saw Ahn Seo Hyun from The Housemaid and Okja, Produce 101’s Kim Samuel, and Tempted’s Ji Min Hyuk

17. The Boy Next Door 

Korean web dramas - The Boy Next Door 
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Main Cast:

  • Choi Woo Shik as Park Kyung Tae 
  • Jang Ki Yong as Sung Ji Jae 
  • Jang Hee Ryung as Kim Min Ah

With each episode only taking 5 to 10 minutes, The Boy Next Door is probably the easiest on the list to binge-watch. 

The drama is an adaptation of a webtoon about 2 university students who are initially neighbours, but end up living together due to unexpected circumstances. Somehow, they often land themselves in misleading situations that cause people around them to think that they’re in a relationship. 

While the drama is lighthearted and comedic, it does touch upon sensitive issues that LGBTQ youth may experience and the misperceptions others might have of them. 

Aside from that, the chemistry between the two male leads is great and their awkward interactions adds to the show’s humour. Both actors have come a long way since this series – Choi Woo Shik went on to star in shows like Fight for My Way, Train to Busan, and Parasite, whereas Jang Ki Yong has acted in Come and Hug Me and Search: WWW.

18. Gaduri Restaurant 

Korean web dramas - Gaduri Restaurant
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Main Cast: 

  • Lee Joo Bin as Ga Doo Ri 
  • Hyuk as Cha Woo Bin 

Gaduri Restaurant revolves around a young, beautiful, and charismatic owner of a huijib (Korean sliced raw fish restaurant). She’s known for giving relationship advice through tarot card readings. She clashes head-on with her new, mysterious neighbour, who does what he wants without caring what others think of him. 

19. Falling For Challenge 

Korean web dramas - Falling For Challenge 
Image adapted from: Naver TV 

Main Cast: 

  • Xiu Min as Na Do Jeon
  • Kim So Eun as Ban Ha Na

Falling For Challenge is an older web series that stars EXO’s Xiu Min and actress Kim So Eun – the same one from Boys Over Flowers and The Scholar Who Walks the Night – for a short but sweet romantic comedy.

Xiu Min’s character, Do Jeon, works part-time as a clown while trying to become a comedian, while Kim So Eun’s Ha Na is saving up in order to achieve her lifelong goal of owning a food truck. The two characters grow closer together as they work together to prevent the closure of the “One More” club in their university. 

20. Be Positive 

Korean web dramas - Be Positive
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Main Cast: 

  • D.O. as Kim Hwan Dong 
  • Chae Seo-jin as Bang Hye Jung 
  • Lee David as Hwang In Guk 

Be Positive follows Hwan Dong, who is preparing for his graduation project as a film major and aspiring director. However, he faces difficulties so he ends up asking his ex-girlfriend to play the lead in his project. 

EXO’s D.O. continues to deliver in this drama after a solid performance in It’s Okay, That’s Love. The show contributed to the popularity of other cast members – Chae Seo-jin went on to star in Girls’ Generation 1979, while Lee David landed roles in Cheese in the Trap, Hotel Del Luna, and Itaewon Class

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Video adapted from: Naver TV 

Be Positive’s aim was to send a message of support to the younger generation through an accessible platform.

21. Love Playlist 

Korean web dramas - Love playlist
Image adapted from: @playlist_studio 

Main Cast: 

  • Kim Hyung Suk as Lee Hyun Seung 
  • Choi Hee Seung as Kim Min Woo 
  • Im Hwi Jin as Kwak Jun Mo
  • Lee Yoo Jin as Han Jae In

No Korean web drama list would be complete without LOVE PLAYLIST. Produced by PLAYLIST Studio, it is one of the most successful web dramas in Korea. In fact, the series marked a turning point for such shows, with the total number of views over 4 seasons exceeding 350 million. 

The plot revolves around a group of university friends and school, romances, and friendship. 

While the show may have started off with rookie actors and actresses, many of them have gained popularity through its success and received larger offers afterwards. For instance, Park Jung Woo – who plays Kang Yoon from Seasons 2 to 4 – received an offer to sign with BH Entertainment, which is home to names such as Lee Byung Hun and Kim Go Eun

Korean web dramas - A Love Playlist-themed water bottle and phone strap
A Love Playlist-themed water bottle and phone strap.
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To cater to their growing fanbase, the studio has started selling merchandise such as water bottles, notebooks, phone cases, and phone straps. 

Korean web dramas that are short & sweet

Web dramas have grown in popularity over the years, carving out a niche of their own. Despite being short in length, these shows deliver, be it in terms of plot, cast, music, or production. Next time you need something quick to watch, web dramas are the way to go. 

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