From legendary dokkaebi goblins to trickster gumiho fox spirits, Korean mythology gives these dramas a supernatural edge.
"Zombie Detective" and "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God" meld ghostly intrigue with dark comedy.
Netflix's zombie thriller "Kingdom" draws parallels with modern society.
From dark rom-coms to gruesome period dramas, these shows combine paranormal intrigue with romance and action.
For fans of "Parasite" and Netflix's "Stranger Things," read on for some of the best spooky Korean series to binge-watch right now.
"Zombie Detective" gives the crime genre a supernatural twist.
On the KBS2 comedic crime drama, an unidentified man (Choi Jin-hyuk) wakes up alone with no memories — he also discovers he's undead.
Determined to make the best of his strange new existence as a zombie, he tries to fit in by improving his elocution and speeding up his slow, stiff movements. When he succeeds in passing as human, he becomes a detective in the hopes of figuring out how he died.
But it's not long until experienced investigative journalist Gong Sun-Ji (Park Joo-Hyun) suspects something is off about him.
"Zombie Detective" is available to watch on Viki.
An ordinary man takes a job at a fancy retreat for wandering spirits on "Hotel Del Luna."
TVN's "Hotel Del Luna" is a spooky, slow-burn mystery that's full of beautiful sets and costumes.
The titular hotel is a gateway between the living world and the realm of the dead. To most people, it appears as a crumbling hovel, but when Goo Chan-sung (Yeo Jin-goo) is hired as the new manager, he can see its true splendor.
It's Chan-sung's job to cater to the ghostly clientele. Unfortunately, he's easily spooked, and the ghosts have fun frightening him until his boss, Jang Man Wol (Lee Ji-eun), steps in.
As the new manager grows closer to his boss, he learns that she's been cursed to run the hotel for 1,000 years and that secrets from her past might come back to haunt them.
"Hotel Del Luna" is available to watch on Viki.
A bored exorcist and a lonely phantom team up to fight evil spirits on "Bring It On, Ghost."
TVN's "Bring It On, Ghost" (also known as "Hey Ghost, Let's Fight") is a supernatural buddy comedy with a touch of romance.
Park Bong-pal (Ok Taec-yeon) has always been able to see spirits, so in an effort to raise enough money for a medical procedure to rid him of this gift, he starts performing exorcisms.
While on assignment at a haunted high school, he runs into Kim Hyun-ji (Kim So-hyun), a lonely ghost who's been haunting her neighborhood since she died in a mysterious accident.
With Hyun-ji's help, Bong-pal is able to take on more powerful phantoms, and the two team up to protect Seoul from evil spirits. But as they grow closer, neither realizes they're being watched by someone who wants them both destroyed.
"Bring It On, Ghost" is available to watch on Netflix.
"Game of Thrones" meets "Train to Busan" on Netflix's "Kingdom."
Netflix's satirical zombie thriller "Kingdom" turns a twisted mirror on modern society.
Set in a medieval dynasty on the cusp of a revolution, the show centers on an undead king who's feasting on unsuspecting courtiers. Crown Prince Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon) suspects something is amiss, but his father's aides conspire to cover up the king's sickness and protect their political agenda.
Driven by his determination to claim the throne, Chang discovers the terrifying truth about the mysterious plague. As the prince races to outrun the undead revolutionaries, the nobles doom themselves to a violent siege as they attempt to deny the disaster.
"Kingdom" is available to watch on Netflix.
The Grim Reaper and an immortal soldier become reluctant roommates on "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God."
On TVN's time-hopping drama "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God," military general Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is framed as a traitor and killed by the young king of the ancient Goryeo Dynasty.
As divine retribution for the violence he committed as a warrior, he's cursed to wander the Earth as an immortal dokkaebi — a mythical figure that can be both a dangerous trickster and a loyal guardian
Fast-forward to modern-day Seoul, Shin meets the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong-wook), who has grown weary of his morbid work. The two immortals meet as unwilling roommates and gradually become unlikely partners in crime.
But their exile is interrupted when they meet Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun), a student who can see the supernatural.
"Guardian: The Lonely and Great God" is available to watch on Viki.
"Oh My Ghost" is a romantic comedy with a supernatural twist.
TVN's "Oh My Ghost" is funny and irreverent, with a creepy mystery underlying its romantic hijinks.
Shin Soon-ae (Kim Seul-gi) is a ghost who died a virgin, and she's not happy about it. Determined to live her undead existence to the fullest, she finds unsuspecting women to possess and uses them to haunt handsome men.
Meanwhile, Na Bong-sun (Park Bo-young) is a talented chef with big dreams of impressing her boss, and secret crush, superstar chef Kang Sun-woo (Jo Jung-suk). But Bong-sun can see wandering spirits, and this paranormal awareness leaves her constantly nervous and distracted — it also makes her a perfect target for Soon-ae.
After the mischievous ghost jumps into Bong-sun's body, her colleagues find her unexpectedly charming and confident, so the two women make a deal to help each other fulfill their ambitions.
"Oh My Ghost" is available to watch on Netflix.
A crooked con man meets a mysterious mermaid on "The Legend of the Blue Sea."
SBS' "The Legend of the Blue Sea" melds star-crossed romance with a haunting conspiracy to create a compelling paranormal drama.
Heo Joon-jae (Lee Min-ho) is a con artist who's built a career scamming the rich. After one particularly high-stakes job, he decides to lie low at a beachfront house in Spain. That night, the mermaid Shim Cheong (Jun Ji-hyun) washes ashore and breaks into his villa.
After a clifftop run-in with some hit men on Joon-jae's tail, he reunites with the mysterious woman in Seoul. Cheong wants to explore the human city and Joon-jae wants to know more about this fabulously wealthy young woman who seems strangely familiar.
The show interweaves the characters' modern world with a fragmented mystery surrounding the doomed love story between a man and a mermaid in the Joseon Dynasty.
"The Legend of the Blue Sea" is available to watch on Viki.
"A Korean Odyssey" is a modern-day adaptation of an ancient Chinese legend.
With a sharp satirical streak and epic action sequences, TVN's "A Korean Odyssey" is a clever parody of more serious supernatural shows. This high-concept series relocates the cast of the classical Chinese novel "Journey to the West" to modern-day Seoul.
Son Oh-gong (Lee Seung-gi), an immortal monkey spirit with a taste for elaborate coats and causing trouble, is exiled from the spirit realm. The secret to breaking his curse lies with Jin Seon-mi (Oh Yeon-seo), a woman with the second sight and a heavenly mandate to protect Seoul from evil spirits.
To gain his freedom, Oh-gong must destroy her. But the vengeful deities working against him pull the strings of fate to make the pair fall in love instead.
"A Korean Odyssey" is available to watch on Netflix.
"My Girlfriend is a Gumiho" melds supernatural folklore with a fairy-tale romance.
SBS' "My Girlfriend is a Gumiho" is a quirky romantic comedy with a chilling twist.
Cha Dae-woong (Seung-gi) is a college student who dreams of becoming an action star. He gets his wish when he accidentally lets a gumiho — a cunning fox spirit — out of the ancient painting she's been trapped inside.
The mythical creature, Mi-ho (Shin Min-ah), saves Dae-woong with her fox bead talisman, which imbues him with supernatural strength. In return for her gift, he agrees to help the spirit become human.
But Mi-ho is following orders from the malevolent spirit-hunter Park Dong-joo (No Min-woo), and the pair soon discovers that her fox bead is cursed to slowly destroy Dae-woong's soul.
"My Girlfriend is a Gumiho" is available to watch on Viki.
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