Best K-Drama in 2023 – so far

Alchemy Of Souls Part 2 Light And Shadow Lee Jae Wook And Go Yoon Jung

In a blink of an eye, half of 2023 is gone. Have you accomplished what you planned?

There are again, countless Korean dramas airing on National TV or OTT networks. With the tremendously high competition, here is my favorite Kdrama from the first half of 2023.

Alchemy of Souls 2

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Alchemy Of Souls Light And Shadow Dec Kdrama 2022

No. of episodes: 10
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Action, Romance
Native title: 환혼
Original network: tvN, Netflix

Particularly fond of the sequel, but would highly recommend to watch from the first season to enjoy the full experience and storyline. Personally believe that the chemistry between Lee Jae Wook (as Jang Uk) and Go Yoon Jung (as Naksu, Jin Bu Yeon, Cho Yeong) is really high. And I also love the Loveline between Yoon In Soo (as Park Dang Gu) and Arin (as Jin Cho Yeon).

Dr. Romantic 3

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Dr Romantic 3 Full Cast Drama Poster

No. of episodes: 16
Genre: Medical, Romance
Native title: 낭만닥터 김사부3
Original network: SBS, Disney+

The third installment of Dr. Romantic is even stronger than ever! Personally did not catch the first season, so I did not get the impact when one of the lead cast joins the team in the latter half of the drama.

Nevertheless, the scale went bigger and the medical story does not limits to only Doldam Hospital. Now, there’s a trauma center built right next to it and Kim Sa Bu has no intension to run, but to find a successor.

Taxi Driver 2

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Taxi Driver 2 Kdrama 2023 Poster

No. of episodes: 16
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Native title: 모범택시
Original network: SBS, VIU

If you’re one of those who loves watching intense dramas/movies, Taxi Driver 2 is your cup of tea. The sequel of Taxi Driver really lives up to expectations with crazier revenge and big-scale production. Can I say, I really love the fact the entire Rainbow Taxi team is intact from S1 to S2.

Guess what… SBS confirmed that they will be returning for a third season!

Unlock My Boss

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Unlock My Boss Dec Kdrama 2022

No. of episodes: 12
Genre: Business, Life, Drama, Sci-fi
Native title: 사장님을 잠금해제
Original network: ENA

The sci-fi fantasy drama caught me off guard when I watched it to the very end. The message that the drama wants to deliver is so heartwarming. Definitely, one drama that is underrated in 2023.

Under the Queen’s Umbrella

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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No. of episodes: 16
Genre: Historical, Palace, Family
Native title: 슈룹
Original network: tvN, Netflix

Even though the drama was aired in the latter half of 2022, I only had the chance to catch up on it earlier this year. This historical drama about a feisty and smart Queen is really refreshing in a traditional setting. Kim Hye Soon is really the perfect fit as Queen Im Hwa Ryung. Through this drama, Moon Sang Min caught my eye and I really look forward to his future roles.

The Glory

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Glory Kdrama Poster 2

Part 1:
No. of episodes: 8
Premiere: 30 Dec 2022

Part 2:
No. of episodes: 8
Premiere: 10 Mar 2023

Genre: Revenge, Dark, Investigation
Native Title: 더 글로리
Original network: Netflix

I believe you are waiting for this drama to be mentioned here! All K-drama lovers will definitely know about this drama by Song Hye Kyo. I would say, thankfully I started only when part 2 is released. Watching all 16 episodes together will make you feel less frustrated as part 1 seems to be moving slowly but is essential for the story build-up.

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