Korean content continues to rise in popularity and reign the global charts on Netflix, the biggest and most popular streaming platform in the world.
As Netflix releases its Top 10 most watched films and TV series weekly, we have collected the Korean titles that entered and exited Netflix’s global charts from July 2021 to March 2022 in the non-English category.
Since the provided data from Netflix starts on June 28, 2021, there are no available record on weekly performances of the following popular Korean shows: Crash Landing On You (2019-2020), Kingdom series (2019-2020) Itaewon Class (2020), It’s Okay To Not Be Okay (2020), Start-Up (2020), The King Eternal Monarch (2020), and Vincenzo (2021). These shows are surely among the top list if data is available.
As of March 30, 2022, here are the Top 7 longest Korean titles on Netflix Global Top 10:
19 Weeks: Squid Game (2021)
Date on Netflix charts: September 2021 to January 2022
Total viewership: 2,282,020,000 hours
Genre: Survival Drama, Thriller, Fiction
Synopsis: Hundreds of cash-strapped contestants accept an invitation to compete in children’s games for a tempting prize, but the stakes are deadly.
No of episodes: 9
Starring: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung
Written and directed by: Hwang Dong-hyuk
Date: September 17, 2021
16 Weeks: Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021)
Date on Netflix charts: August 2021 to December 2021
Total viewership: 300,580,000 hours
Genre: Romantic comedy, Slice of life Synopsis: At a crossroads, a dentist moves to a seaside village where she meets a handyman intent on helping his neighbours.
Based on: 2014 Mr. Hong film by Kang Seok-beom and Shin Jung-goo
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Shin Min-a, Kim Seon-ho and Lee Sang-yi
Written by: Shin Ha-eun
Directed by: Yu Je-won
Date: August 28 – October 17, 2021
Network: tvN, Netflix
10 Weeks: The King’s Affection (2021)
Date on Netflix charts: October 2021 to December 2021
Total viewership: 138,540,000 hours
Genre: Romantic-comedy, Fiction, Sageuk
Synopsis: During the Joseon Dynasty, the Crown Princess Consort gives birth to twins but sends the girl away to spare her life. Years later, the twin son dies in an accident and his sister must assume his identity and throne, all while hiding her true self.
Based on: Yeonmo by Lee So-young
No. of episodes: 20
Starring: Park Eun-bin, Rowoon, Nam Yoon-su, Choi Byung-chan, Bae Yoon-kyung, and Jung Chae-yeon
Written by: Han Hee-jung
Directed by: Song Hyun-wook
Date: October 11 – December 14, 2021
Network: KBS2, Netflix
9 Weeks: All Of Us Are Dead (2022)
Date on Netflix charts: January 2022 to present
Total viewership: 641,950,000 hours (as of March 27, 2022)
Genre: Coming-of-age; Zombie apocalypse
Synopsis: A high school becomes ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak. Trapped students must fight their way out — or turn into one of the rabid infected.
Based on: Now at Our School by Joo Dong-geun
No of episodes: 12
Starring: Yoon Chan-young, Park Ji-hoo, Cho Yi-hyun, Park Solomon and Yoo In-soo
Written by: Chun Sung-il
Directed by: Lee Jae-kyoo and Kim Nam-su
Date: January 28, 2022
8 Weeks: Our Beloved Summer (2021-2022)
Date on Netflix charts: December 2021 to February 2022
Total viewership: 128,890,000 hours
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Synopsis: Years after filming a viral documentary in high school, two former lovers get pulled back in front of the camera and into each other’s lives.
No. of episodes: 16
Starring: Choi Woo-shik, Kim Da-mi, Kim Sung-cheol, Roh Jeong-eui
Written by: Lee Na-eun
Directed by: Kim Yoon-jin
Date: December 6, 2021 – January 2022
Network: SBS, Netflix
7 Weeks: Hospital Playlist (2021)
Date on Netflix charts: July 2021 to September 2021
Total viewership: 72,060,000 hours
Genre: Romance, Medical drama, Comedy, Slice of life
Synopsis: Friends since undergrad school, five doctors remain close and share a love for music while working at the same hospital.
No of episodes: 12
Starring: Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Kim Dae-myung and Jeon Mi-do
Written by: Lee Woo-jung
Directed by: Shin Won-ho
Date: June 17 – September 16, 2021
Network: tvN, Netflix
7 Weeks: Nevertheless (2021)
Date on Netflix charts: July 2021 to October 2021
Total viewership: 59,360,000 hours
Synopsis: The story of a romance between a man who is annoyed with relationships but likes to flirt and a woman who wants to date but does not believe in love.
Based on: Nevertheless by Jung Seo
No. of episodes: 10
Starring: Han So-hee, Song Kang and Chae Jong-hyeop
Written by: Jung Won
Directed by: Kim Ga-ram
Date: June 19 to August 21, 2021
Network: JTBC, Netflix