The media site KingChoice recently unveiled the results of their poll for “Top 20 Best K-dramas of 2022.
2022 is an explosive year for K-dramas, with all sorts of series in different genres all receiving great attention. Recently, the media site KingChoice set out to find out the most favorite K-drama of 2022 among international fans, and the results have finally been unveiled.
Below is a summary of K-dramas in this list:
Despite being selected as the “Worst K-drama of 2022” by industry insiders, “Eve” managed to turn the table and became the best 2022 K-drama according to international fans. With a gripping story of revenge and the gorgeous visuals of actress Seo Ye Ji, it’s hard for the audience to take their eyes off while watching the series.
While some critics felt Seo Ye Ji’s character Lee Ra El to be inconsistent, and questioned her romantic interest, this “star-crossed lovers” troupe managed to thrill many fans. In addition, the chemistry between the main trio Seo Ye Ji, Park Byung Hoon, and Lee Sang Yeob is undeniable, despite the storyline between them receiving mixed responses.
“Pachinko”, which is produced by Apple TV+, is adapted from a novel of the same name. Written by female novelist Lee Min Jin, the series depicts the life of female lead Sunja, who lived during an extremely turbulent period.
Starring seasoned actress Youn Yuh Jung, Hallyu star Lee Min Ho, rising actress Kim Min Ha, and various other talented faces, “Pachinko” delivers a realistic and undecorated story fitting of a cinematic movie. As a result, it received great praises from viewers both in and outside of Korea, both from criticism and the general public.
Fantasy is not a new genre among modern K-dramas. Nevertheless, “Tomorrow” managed to deliver its own charms by featuring “death reapers” who try to save people instead of reaping their souls.
At the same time “Tomorrow” is filled with cruel yet realistic stories, and delivers extremely meaningful messages about life. It is a rather heavy series, and yet the characters and writing are done beautifully.
“Anna” revolves around Lee Yoo Mi (Suzy), who was born in a poor family, yet faked her profile to become someone from high society. She assumed the identity of Lee Anna, a rich young lady from a family she worked for, and did her best to cover up her numerous lies.
The story, pacing, and execution of “Anna” was gripping to the very end, and a lot of fans felt themselves getting so immersed, they felt anxious alongside the main character. At the same time, “Anna” showcased the top-notch acting skill of Suzy, and showed a maturity never seen before from the idol-actress.
With rave reviews from the public and critics alike, it is no wonder “Anna” secured a spot among the best 2022 K-dramas.
5. Business Proposal
In the first half of 2022, “Business Proposal” acquired a “syndrome-like” level of popularity, with its simple and super enjoyable production. Without any plot twists, schemings, or mysteries, “Business Proposal” is a romance-comedy that everyone can enjoy and laugh at, bringing relaxation at the end of the day.
“Business Proposal”, while following the cliché “cinderella story”, managed to deliver its own charm, as well as undeniable chemistry between both the main couple and the supporting couple.
Overall, its simplicity, charming comedy, and tasteful acting have helped “Business Proposal” earn a well-deserved position on the list.
6. “Work Later, Drink Now”
Based on a popular webtoon, “Work Later Drink Now” revolves around the story of three close friends whose belief in life is one drink at the end of the day. In the drama, Lee Sun Bin plays workaholic broadcast writer Ahn So Hee, Han Sun Hwa plays beautiful yoga instructor Han Ji Yeon and Jung Eun Ji plays the stony YouTuber Kang Ji Goo.
The humor and charm of the drama’s everyday stories have touched many viewers’ hearts and help both seasons receive positive responses.
Below is the full list of KingChoice’s Top 20 Best K-dramas of 2022, according to international fans:
- Business Proposal
- Work Later, Drink Now
- Our Blues
- My Liberation Notes
- If You Wish Upon Me
- Alchemy Of Souls
- Semantic Error
- Big Mouth
- Extraordinary Attorney Woo Young Woo
- Love in Contract
- Little Women
- Twenty Five Twenty One
- All Of Us Are Dead
- Yumi’s Cells
- Why Her?