I’m like a proud momma and would be if ANY K-drama made this list because the entire industry and genre has its unique appeal that it’s validating to see it get broader and broader exposure. It’s been nearly twenty years since Hallyu spread around first Asia and then the rest of the world but it’s still a niche market. Netflix has made a huge push into buying the rights to stream K-drama and also paying to produce original K-dramas, and I actually personally know folks working at Netflix in the K-drama side and it’s genuinely been nonstop work for the last three years to get the produce to the streaming market.
This March 2020 the runaway tvN romance hit Crash Landing on You made it on the Netflix top 10 streaming shows for the month, coming in at #3 woohoo! Kingdom 2 also premiered in March but didn’t have quite the widespread appeal and honestly Crash brought back so many good vibes from a drama that should never have worked (chaebol fashion designer from South Korea crash lands in North Korean on a parachute and falls in love with a captain, c’mon!) yet worked so well by virtue of great lead chemistry, warm memorable and well-acted supporting characters, and a deft PD paired with a great OST. Kudos to Crash and a nice way to wrap up its run. April just ended so hopefully the streaming numbers will be out soon and maybe another K-drama can make the list.
Top Netflix Shows in March (streaming views):
- Love is Blind
- Crash Landing on You
- Sex Education
- Stranger Things
- I Am Not Okay with This
- The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez
- Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness Money
- Better Call Saul