The 14 Worldwide Hit Korean Dramas On Netflix

Check out these 14 worldwide hit Korean dramas based on weeks on Netflix’s Global Top 10 rankings and viewing hours achieved:


Based on weeks on Netflix’s Global Top 10 rankings


20 weeks: Netflix original series, Squid Game (2021) dominated Netflix’s global rankings for 19 consecutive weeks from September 2021 to January 2022 and re-entered Top 10 list on the 3rd week of June 2022. It reached Top 10 in TV in 94 countries and most popular in India for 28 weeks.

16 weeks: tvN’s Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021) successfully achieved a record of 16 consecutive weeks on Global Top 10 in non-English TV category, becoming the no.2 most popular Korean title on Netflix in 2021. It reached Top 10 in TV in 40 countries and most popular in Thailand for 31 weeks, followed by Indonesia for 20 weeks.

13 weeks: SBS’ A Business Proposal (2022) became the third most popular Korean title on Netflix in 2022 that entered Global Top 10 non-English TV category for 13 consecutive weeks. It reached Top 10 in TV in 58 countries and most popular in Bangladesh for 17 weeks, followed by Thailand, Indonesia, and India for 15 weeks.

11 weeks: Netflix original series, All Of Us Are Dead (2022) stayed for 11 weeks on the global rankings and landed at no.1 spot for five consecutive weeks. It reached Top 10 in TV category in 94 countries and most popular in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan for 21 weeks.

10 weeks: tvN’s Alchemy Of Souls Season 1 (2022) has remained on the Global Top 10 rankings, showing a record of 10 consecutive weeks as of September 4th. It reached Top 10 in TV category in 37 countries and most popular in Hongkong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam for 11 weeks so far.

10 weeks: tvN’s Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022) entered Top 10 in TV in 33 countries, landed at no.2 spot for three consecutive weeks in non-English TV worldwide, and stayed on the global rankings for 10 weeks. It was most popular in Taiwan for 17 weeks, followed by Indonesia and South Korea for 15 weeks. 

10 weeks: KBS2’s The King’s Affection (2021) became the third most popular Korean title on Netflix in 2021 that entered and stayed on the Global Top 10 rankings in non-English TV category for 10 weeks. It reached Top 10 in TV in 34 countries and most popular in Japan for 17 weeks, followed by Thailand for 15 weeks. 

9 weeks: ENA’s Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022) has remained on the Global Top 10 rankings for 9 consecutive weeks as of September 4th. The series also pulled in several international audiences across the globe, reaching Top 10 in TV in 57 countries so far and most popular in Hongkong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand for 10 weeks.

9 weeks: tvN’s Our Blues (2022) entered and stayed on Global Top 10 in non-English TV category for 9 weeks. It reached Top 10 in TV in 12 countries and most popular in South Korea and Taiwan for 15 weeks, followed by Hongkong and Indonesia for 14 weeks.

8 weeks: SBS’ Our Beloved Summer (2021-2022) entered and stayed on Global Top 10 in non-English TV category for 8 weeks. It reached Top 10 in TV in 18 countries and most popular in South Korea and Vietnam for 15 weeks, followed by Indonesia for 14 weeks.

8 weeks: JTBC’s Forecasting Love And Weather (2022) entered and stayed on Global Top 10 in non-English TV category for 8 weeks. It reached Top 10 in TV in 24 countries and most popular in Thailand for 13 weeks.


Based on viewing hours worldwide


2.2 billion: Netflix original series, Squid Game (2021) remains the no.1 Korean show on Netflix that has acquired a whopping 2.2 billion viewing hours for 20 weeks. It also landed at no.1 spot on the Top 10 list of most popular TV series worldwide based on hours viewed in the first 28 days, surpassing Spain’s Money Heist and America’s Stranger Things.

659.5 million: Netflix original series, All Of Us Are Dead (2022) holds the no.1 spot for the most watched Korean title on Netflix in 2022 (so far) with a viewing record of 659.5 million hours. It also took 4th place on the Top 10 list of most popular TV series worldwide based on hours viewed in the first 28 days, alongside Squid Game and Spain’s Money Heist.

506.7 million: ENA’s Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022) has been watched so far for 506.7 million hours for 9 weeks. It has also entered the Top 10 list of most popular TV series worldwide based on hours viewed in the first 28 days, taking 6th place and overtaking France’s Lupin (2021) and Spain’s Elite 3 (2020). 

300.5 million: tvN’s Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021) recorded a viewing total of 300.5 million hours for 16 weeks, from August 30, 2021 to December 19, 2021.

279.1 million: SBS’ A Business Proposal (2022) achieved 279.1 million viewing hours for 13 weeks, from March 7, 2022 to June 5, 2022.

198.1 million: Netflix original series, My Name (2021) recorded 198.1 million viewing hours for 5 weeks, from October 11, 2021 to November 14, 2021.

183.4 million: tvN’s Alchemy Of Souls Season 1 (2022) has achieved so far 183.4 million viewing hours for 10 weeks, from June 27, 2022 to September 4, 2022.

171.6 million: tvN’s Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022) has been watched for 171.6 milliom hours for 10 weeks, from February 21, 2022 to May 1, 2022.

142.8 million: Netflix original series, Hellbound (2021) achieved 142.8 million viewing hours for 4 weeks, from November 15, 2021 to December 12, 2021.

138.5 million: KBS2’s The King’s Affection (2021) recorded 138.5 million viewing hours for 10 weeks, from October 18, 2021 to December 26, 2021.

134.5 million: Netflix original series, Juvenile Justice (2022) achieved a viewing record of 134.5 million hours for 7 weeks, from February 21, 2022 to April 10, 2022


Source of data and images: Netflix Top 10