There have been some amazing adaptations!
30 Aug 2018 - 4:39 PM  UPDATED 13 Feb 2020 - 12:24 PM

There's nothing quite like a K-drama: there's a specific style of filming and acting that is very particular to it. So even when they adapt American or British tv shows into Korean versions, there's always something that makes them stand out and worth watching, even if you've seen the original shows.

Here's seven shows we recommend you check out, especially if you enjoyed the English versions.

1. Life on Mars

Based on the 2006 UK series of the same name, this 2018 adaptation stars Jung Kyung Ho, Park Sung Woong and Go Ah Sung. This time travelling story is slightly different in the Korean version, with the lead getting into an accident and ending up in 1988 instead. The plot of solving a case to get back to the present is the same though.

2. The Good Wife

The US version of this show may have aired for close to 7 years, but Korean dramas only run one season so 16 episodes it is! This story of a woman who returns to her attorney career after 15 years to defend her husband accused of corruption was a ratings hit in South Korea when it aired.

3. Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds has been on for so long in the US it's hard to remember when it wasn't on tv, but the Korean version was only 20 episodes long! Perfect for people who enjoy crime stories but want to move on after getting their fill.

4. Entourage

A much tamer version of the US original, Entourage gave actor Seo Kang Joon one of his most recognisable roles as he played the equivalent of Adrien Grenier's Vincent Chase. Admittedly the show wasn't a huge hit in the ratings, but if you like looking at handsome faces, there's nowhere better to start than with Seo Kang Joon.

5. Suits

A remake of the American series of the same name, Suits stars drama acting veteran Jang Dong Gun alongside the much-loved Park Hyung Sik as the mismatched pairing of a distinguished lawyer who recruits a young man with an incredible memory but no law degree.

6. Missing 9

This one isn't an official remake but it's basically Lost. A plane crashes on an island causing widespread panic because a number of the passengers are famous. With murders occurring and some being saved, it's non-stop action for 16 episodes. Btw it also features EXO's Chanyeol!

7. Less Than Evil

This show is based on UK series Luther and stars Shin Ha Kyun as a lonely veteran detective who befriends a female psychopath, played by Lee Seol, who in turn helps him solve other cases.  


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