Whether you’re an entertainment enthusiast who consumes copious amounts of OTT content or a seasoned Hallyu fan on the lookout for their next watch – there’s a Korean series out there for you. Here’s our go-to guide to shows on Hotstar that excite, terrify, charm, educate, and etherall – in order of their IMDb ratings.
The advent of OTT platforms has changed viewing habits significantly over the past few years. For better or worse, lounging on the couch – with a packet of crisps, of course – while streaming entire seasons of shows in just a few hours has now become a time-honoured ritual for many. Combine this with the variety Korean series bring with them – action thrillers, romantic comedies, historical sagas, the works – and you’ve got yourself the perfect recipe for several sleepless nights. And if you’ve subscribed to Disney Plus Hotstar, the choices only get that much more eclectic. Here’s a list of titles we’ve got on our watchlists.
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Korean series on Disney Plus Hotstar that will keep you hooked
Directed by: Yoo In-Shik
Cast: Han Suk-kyu, Yoo Yeon-seok, Seo Hyun-jin, Ahn Hyo-seop, Lee Sung-kyung
Release date: 7 November 2016
Synopsis: Boo Yong-Joo (played by Han Suk-kyu) is a board-certified surgeon who’s at the top of his game with a position at a revered centre. However, a traumatic incident leads him to change his name and leave his former life to practise in a small hospital in Gangwon province instead. There he teaches a set of young doctors to navigate different aspects of the job – especially power and money – to focus on what’s most important: saving lives.
IMDb Rating: 8.3
Rain Or Shine
Directed by: Kim Jin-won
Cast: Lee Jun-ho, Won Jin-ah, Lee Ki-woo, Kang Han-na
Release date: 11 December 2017
Synopsis: Lee Kang-doo (played by Lee Jun-ho) and Ha Moon-soo (played by Won Jin-ah) are survivors of a building collapse. For the former, the tragedy took away his father while leaving him with an injury that crushed his aspirations of being a football player. The latter, meanwhile, copes with survivor’s guilt, having lost her younger sister to the disaster. Years later, the two cross paths, healing each other as they discover love.
IMDb Rating: 8.2
Directed by: Jo Hyun-tak
Cast: Jung Hae-in, Jisoo, Yoo In-na, Jang Seung-jo, Yoon Se-ah, Kim Hye-yoon, Jung Yoo-jin
Release date: 18 December 2021
Synopsis: Against the backdrop of the 1987 Democracy Movement in South Korea, a blood-soaked graduate student Lim Soo-ho (played by Jung Hae-in) is discovered by another student Eun Yeong-ro (played by Jisoo). She hides him from the authoritarian government in her dorm room, at the risk of her own life. The two fall in love as the world around them falls apart. However, one of them appears to harbour a dangerous secret.
IMDb Rating: 8.1
Call It Love
Directed by: Lee Gwang-Young
Cast: Kim Young-Kwang, Lee Sung-Kyung, Sung Joon, Ahn Hee-Yeon, Kim Ye-Won
Release date: 22 February 2023
Synopsis: Sim Woo-Joo’s (played by Lee Sung-Kyung) life falls apart when she discovers her father’s mistress. This was followed by his untimely death after which she is kicked out of the house by the former partner. With no roof over her head, she begins plotting revenge. This involves Hang Dong Jin (played by Kim Young-Kwang), the mistress’ son. A workaholic who keeps to himself– Don Jin’s life alters when he meets Woo-Joo. On her part, Woo-Joo struggles to keep her emotions in check as well.
IMDb Rating: 7.9
One Dollar Lawyer
Directed by: Kim Jae-hyun, Shin Jung-hoon
Cast: Namkoong Min, Kim Ji-eun, Choi Dae-hoon, Lee Deok-hwa, Park Jin-woo
Release date: 23 September
Synopsis: Cheon Ji-hoon (played by Namkoong Min) is one of the most skilled lawyers in the business. Interestingly, he charges only KRW 1000 (INR 60 approx.), taking up cases against the rich and influential for clients who don’t otherwise have the money or means.
IMDb Rating: 7.9
Directed by: Oh Choong-hwan
Cast: Lee Jong-Suk, Im Yoon-ah, Kim Joo-hun, Kwang-Jae Park and Yoo Su-bin
Release date: 29 July 2022
Synopsis: Park Chang-ho (played by Lee Jong-suk) is your everyday, unimpressive lawyer who’s called Big Mouth by his colleagues for his propensity to speak before acting. While solving a murder case, he gets entangled with and mistaken for a con artist called ‘Big Mouse.’ The story revolves around the efforts of the protagonists to get out of the tricky situation. To save his family, he needs to dive into the murky world of the privileged upper class and the controversies that surround them.
IMDb Rating: 7.9
Directed by: Kim Hee-won
Cast: Park Hyung-sik, Han So-hee
Release date: 23 March 2022
Synopsis: Photographer Han Seon-woo (played by Park Hyung-sik) and lyricist Lee Eun-soo (played by Han So-hee) have been best friends for nearly twenty years. The lines between friendship and romance begin blurring when they start living together and collaborating on music.
IMDb Rating: 7.8
Directed by: Kim Byung-soo
Cast: Kang Daniel, Chae Soo-bin, Lee Shin-young, Park Yoo-na
Release date: 26 January 2022
Synopsis: The story follows new recruits at the Korean National Police University (KNPU) – one of the most exclusive campuses in the country. This includes Wi Seung-hyun (played by Kang Daniel) who aspires to be like his father (the head of Gyeonggi Dongbu Police Agency) and Go Eun-kang (played by Chae Soo-bin) who has a troublemaker reputation and is at the academy to chase after an unrequited love. The two navigate love and ambition, gaining valuable life experience in the process.
IMDb Rating: 7.5
Which of these Korean series do you most look forward to streaming on Hotstar ?
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answer: There are several K-dramas on Disney Plus Hotstar like Rookie Cops, Soundtrack #1, Snowdrop, and Big Mouth.
Answer: New titles are consistently added to Disney + Hotstar’s slate of options. Later this year, dark drama Vigilante is set to launch on the platform.