[Ishani's Picks] Top 10 Short Form K-Dramas Perfect For A Weekend Binge
By Ishani Sarkar | Published on
One of the reasons why K-Dramas have become as popular as they are all over the world is their bite-sized format. The standard number of episodes in a K-Drama is 16 and while it is shorter than most TV shows, sometimes it's just not short enough. Here are 10 short K-Dramas, with 12 episodes or less, that you can binge watch over the weekend!
Note: The dramas below are arranged in no particular order of ranking.
With 6 episodes jam-packed with intense action, excellent storytelling, and rather impressive special effects, "Hellbound" tells the story of ungodly beings who prophesize death upon unassuming humans who are later condemned to hell. Starring Yoo Ah-in, Kim Hyun-joo, Park Jung-min, and Won Jin-ah, "Hellbound" is peak fiction that you do not want to miss.
"D.P" or "Deserter Pursuit" is not only a gripping watch but also holds quite the social import in real life as it portrays the inherently Korean experience of men who have to mandatorily enlist in the military when they come of age. The riveting narrative of runaways or "deserters" in the military will have you hooked. "D.P" stars Jung Hae-in and Koo Kyo-hwan in the leading roles, who make the experience thousand times more entertaining and engaging.
One of the most well-made and highly anticipated short-form dramas of 2021, "The Silent Sea", starring Gong Yoo, Bae Doona, Lee Joon, and more definitely lives up to its hype. When astronauts and field experts are sent to an abandoned research station on the moon without any clear directions or information, only to retrieve a mysterious sample, strange revelations ensue that open a controversial discourse about research ethics and extraterrestrial life. If you love stories of outer space, "The Silent Sea" is the perfect drama for you.
Back on Earth, the cycle of human life is given the center stage on "Move to Heaven". Featuring incredible performances by Lee Je-hoon and Tang Jun-sang, this 10 episode drama will have you questioning the way you or those around you are living their lives. It evokes compassion and an undeniably renewed zest for life. Without a doubt, "Move to Heaven" is a must-watch.
Song Kang's mastery of his art, his versatility, and range are on full display in "Sweet Home". With the drama being adapted from a hugely popular horror/survival webtoon by Kim Carnby and Hwang Young-chan, viewers had high expectations from the same, and needless to say, it delivered! It apocalyptic thrillers are your cup of tea, "Sweet Home" will not disappoint you.
A psychological thriller starring Im Si-wan and Lee Dong-wook that will chill you to the bones, "Strangers from Hell" is a blood-curdling drama about a young man who moves to Seoul and find a cheap dormitory to stay in. Unlike its name, Eden Studio is as hellish as it gets, with perverts, serial killers and more. This drama will convince you that hell is, in fact, other people.
A drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the very first second to the end credits, "One Ordinary Day" is simply a masterpiece. Brought to life with brilliance by Kim Soo-hyun and Cha Seung-won, "One Ordinary Day" tells of the sheer failure of the criminal justice system that can not only take away an innocent person's freedom but also the very essence of his being, changing his life forever. If you only pick one drama from this list, I hope you pick "One Ordinary Day".
A step away from the harshness of reality, "The School Nurse Files" brings you a colourful world of fantasy. When ectoplasmic jelly monsters born of human emotions threaten peace and safety at a high school, gifted nurse Eun-young (played by Jung Yu-mi) and charming teacher In-pyo (Nam Joo-hyuk) risk it all to defeat them. If you're looking for something fun and exciting yet meaningful, "The School Nurse Files" is the drama for you!
A 4 episode stunner, "You Drive Me Crazy" tells the story of Kim Rae-wan (Kim Seon-ho) and Han Eun-seong (Lee Yoo-young), friends of 8 years, who spend a night together and suddenly find themselves teetering on the line between love and friendship. With a heart-fluttering romance and electric chemistry between the leads, this drama will leave you with butterflies in your stomach.
When soulmates break up, can circumstances bring them back together? Ex-couple Ha Song-i (Bang Minah) and Park Do-gyeom (Kwon Hwa-woon) pretend to be lovebirds on a vacation they had signed up for long ago and discover each other in new ways as they navigate fear and dishonesty in relationships. A short but sweet 4 episode series, "Check Out the Event" has all the tropes we love and none of the drama we hate. If you're looking for a rom-com but cannot afford to invest your time in a 16-episode K-Drama, "Check Out the Event" should be perfect for you.
By Ishani Sarkar
Ishani Sarkar is a Writer, Editor and Hallyu journalist with years of experience in writing about Korean art, entertainment and culture, editing and managing content as well as interviewing Korean artists and celebrities. Ishani Sarkar can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.