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10 Best Korean Dramas of 2022 (FIRST HALF)

THE DRAMA PARADISE | 10 Best Korean Dramas of 2022 (FIRST HALF)

Don’t have any more Korean dramas to watch? Tired of watching Crash Landing on You or Squid Game again and again? Check out this list of the best new Korean dramas of 2022, ranked by K-drama fans everywhere.

This list has a lot of different kinds of shows, like romantic comedies and fantasy series with top Korean actors and actresses and even famous K-pop idol actors and actresses. Also, from horror shows about zombies like All of Us Are Dead to comedies like Ghost Doctor, there are many great 2022 shows to add to your list.

Only dramas that began and ended in the year’s first half, from December 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, are included.

1. Business Proposal

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Ahn Hyo-seop and Kim Se-jeong work together on this romantic comedy about an office worker who takes her friend’s place on a blind date with the CEO of her company. But, unfortunately, she has to keep her real name a secret from him even though they work at the same place.

Cast: Ahn Hyo-seop, Kim Se-jong, Seol In-a, Kim Min-kyu, Lee Deok-hwa

2. Twenty-Five Twenty-One

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Twenty-Five, Twenty-One revolves around the story of two people who meet when they’re 22 and 18. The drama will show how fun it is to be young, grow, and make friends.

Cast: Kim Tae-ri, Nam Joo-hyuk, Choi Hyun-wook, WJSN’s Bona, Lee Joo-myung

3. Our Beloved Summer

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After making a documentary in high school that went viral, two arguing ex-lovers end up in front of the camera and back in each other’s lives.

Choi Woong seems to be a simple, free-spirited man, but he wants something for the first time in his life. By doing that, he shows what he thinks.

Kook Yeon Soo wanted to be the best student in her school, but now that she is an adult, she lives fiercely and adjusts to what is happening around her.

Cast: Choi Woo Shik, Kim Da Mi, Kim Sung Cheol, Roh Jeong Eui

4. Tomorrow

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Tomorrow is about Choi Joon-wong, who has been unemployed for three years. Because he is tired, he tries to kill himself. He was about to do it when he saw someone else do the same thing. He tried to stop the other person from falling off the bridge, but they both did it simultaneously.

Choi falls into a coma and stays there for three years. During that time, his soul is half alive and half dead. Then, he wakes up and gets a job in crisis management, where he helps people who are very likely to kill themselves.

Cast: Rowoon, Kim Hee-sun, Kim Hae-sook, Lee So-hyuk,  Yoon Ji-on

5. My Liberation Notes

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The story occurs in Sanpo Village, where more people leave than stay. Chang Hee, Mi Jung, and Ki Jung Yeom want to leave their uncertain life behind.

A mysterious man, Mr. Goo, moves into their neighbourhood. He is a drunk and seems to have many problems and secrets. Because he is cautious and likes to keep to himself, he is often the subject of rumours. So the youngest and shyest Yeom sibling, Mi Jung, decides to go up to him.

Cast: Lee Min Ki, Kim Ji Won, Lee El, Son Seok Koo

6. Sh**ting Stars

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A look at the PR teams, managers, and reporters in the entertainment industry as they try to clean up the messes made by their stars.

Oh Han Byul is in charge of the PR team at an entertainment agency. Star Gong Tae Sung, who can do no wrong, is one of her best clients. They went to high school and college together, where he became her sworn enemy. They always argue, but soon they start to like each other.

Cast: Lee Sung Kyung, Kim Young Dae, Yoon Jong Hoon, Kim Yoon Hye, Park So Jin, Lee Jung Shin.

7. All of Us Are Dead

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When a zombie virus breaks out, it starts in high school. Students who are trapped have to fight their way out, or they will become one of the rabid infected.

Cast: Yoon Chan-young, Park Ji-hoo, Park Solomon, Jo Yi-hyun, Yoo In-soo

8. The Sound of Magic

THE DRAMA PARADISE | 10 Best Korean Dramas of 2022 (FIRST HALF)

The Sound of Magic is about Yoo Ah-yi, who is trying to support herself and her younger sister. Yoo’s parents left her because they were in debt, but she works part-time, goes to school, and is still a top student.

But she wants to get older quickly to find a stable job. Yoo is desperate for a change, so she tells the magician Lee Eul about her dream, and her life begins to change.

Cast: Ji Chang-wook, Hwang In-yeop, Choi Sung-eun, Nam Da-reum, Hong Seo-hee

9. From Now On, Showtime!

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Cha Cha Woong is a famous stage and TV magician who likes to put on a show. He is a bit sarcastic and has a taste for the spectacular. Most people don’t know that he has a secret group of people who help him with his tricks. But these aren’t just any magician’s assistants; they are ghosts.

But Cha Cha Woong doesn’t fear beings from the spirit realm. In fact, he treats them like his employees, and they think of him as their “boss.”

Cast: Park Hae Jin, Jin Ki Joo, Jung Joon Ho

10. Our Blues

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“Our Blues” is a drama in the style of an omnibus. It tells the stories of different characters connected in some way or another.

Lee Dong Suk, born on the beautiful island of Jeju, sells goods from the mainland in his truck for a living. Then, he meets Min Sun Ah, a girl who has a mysterious past and has come to Jeju to escape it.

Park Jung Joon, the ship’s captain, falls in love with Lee Young Ok, a bubbly diver.

Jung Eun Hee, who owns a fish shop, sees her old lover, Choi Han Soo. They meet again on Jeju Island when he returns after deciding that city life is not for him.

Cast: Shin Min-a, Lee Byung-hun, Kim Woo-bin, Han Ji-min, Lee Jung-eun, Uhm Jong-hwa, Cha Seung-won

Final Thoughts

There you go, above were the top best Korean drama of 2022 (First half). They all are completed now and are available on Netflix or Viki.

We will be back with more Drama recommendations and Top lists.

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Neha Garia is the founder and Editor at The Drama Paradise. She is a long-time K-Drama addict and K-Pop lover. Her favorite K-Pop artists are BTS, SF9, ATEEZ, and INFINITE but there are many more groups she is having a look at. Her favorite actors include Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim GoEun, and Kim TaeRi, to name a few. She hopes to share her love for Korean culture with people across the globe.

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