Looking for Your Next K-Drama After Start-Up? Start With These

Five Korean drama recommendations to fill that Start-Up-shaped void in your life

Watch, finish, then ponder on the question, what do I do with my life now?—it’s a vicious cycle K-drama fans know all too well. For 8 to 12 weeks, we clear up our schedules once or twice a week to make time for the drama we’re obsessing over. And then, when the finale rolls around, we wallow in the emptiness of having a companion pulled straight out of our grip.

Now that Start-Up, the show that made us all laugh, cry and laugh and cry some more, is over… we need a rebound. Thankfully, there are more than enough binge-worthy K-drama options online to fill that Start-Up-shaped void in our lives. Dive into our picks up ahead!

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True Beauty

We’ve only just said goodbye to Han Jipyeong, but it looks like there’s already another second lead ready to steal our hearts in True Beauty. Starring Moon Ga Young, ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo, and Hwang In Yeop, the webtoon-based series tells the story of a high schooler with an inferiority complex due to her appearance. Somehow, she gets involved with the top two heartthrobs of her school and well, you’ll find out the rest.

Stream True Beauty on Viu.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol

Who doesn’t love a quirky rom-com? Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol orbits around Goo Ra Ra, a pianist and heiress who goes from riches to rags. Despite the circumstances, she remains optimistic, bringing light into the lives of the aloof Sunwoo Joon and the rest of the La La Land piano institute.

Binge-watch the full season of Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol on Netflix!

Tale of the Nine-Tailed

The nine-tailed fox (gumiho) is a creature often mentioned in fantasy-themed K-dramas. The newest one is Tale of the Nine-Tailed. Released earlier this year, this drama stars Kim Dong Wook of Goblin and Kim Bum of Boys Over Flowers—two good reasons to start streaming!

Stream Tale of the Nine-Tailed on Viu Philippines!

Hospital Playlist

Like the Reply series or your favorite feel-good show, this is one of those shows that keeps you coming back. Aired earlier this year, Hospital Playlist isn’t your typical medical drama. Following five best friends with a shared love for music, it’s a medical-meets-musical series with laughs, nostalgia and lots of heart.

Stream the first season of Hospital Playlist on Netflix.

Private Lives

Not to be mistaken with Her Private Life, this series puts Girls’ Generation’s resident maknae, Seohyun, in a new light. Private Lives gives viewers a peek into the careers of pro-swindlers and con artists. What happens when they come across top-secret data that could put the nation at risk?


Discover what happens on Private Lives on Netflix!

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Ready to give into another K-drama? Go all out over the holiday break by subscribing to Netflix and Viu subscriptions!

Words Cessi Trenas

Art Matthew Fetalver

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