The Top 10 Most Googled K-Dramas In South Korea This Year

What got the nation Googling?

Google recently launched its “Year In Search 2022” review, showing the key search interests in different parts of the world. According to the general categorization of the data, some of South Korea’s primary interest areas included politics, soccer, game, K-Pop, and dramas. So, what are the top 10 K-Dramas that got the country the most curious this year?

10. Pachinko

Based on the New York Times bestseller with the same title, this series chronicles the hopes and dreams of a Korean immigrant family across four generations. The show follows the journey of the family members as they leave their homeland in an effort to grow and live a better life. Pachinko was nominated for 20 Primetime Emmy awards, and it ended up winning seven. There are a total of eight episodes — the first one premiered on April 1, 2022, and the last one on April 29, 2022. Since the show streams only on Apple TV, the highest search queries related to it were about its Torrent links!

9. Our Blues

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This Netflix series revolves around the life of its multiple characters, either at the end, climax, or the beginning of their lives. All these characters live or work in the Jeju islands, and their stories are intertwined. The show tackled some serious themes, including depression and teenage pregnancy, gaining praise from audiences globally. Starting on April 9, 2022, Our Blues broadcasted a total of 20 episodes every Saturday and Sunday on tvN. It is one of the highest-rated dramas in Korean cable television history, with a nationwide average rating of 9.953%. The highest search queries made under this show’s name were about its OST and ways to rewatch it.

8. Business Proposal

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This romance drama swept everyone off their feet thanks to the incredible chemistry between its lead pair and the second leads! The show follows a hilarious and heart-fluttering trajectory of the love lives of two best friends that somehow get tangled. The first episode aired on SBS TV on February 28, and the 16th and last episode aired on April 5. The show ended with a whopping 9.36% average rating. The most common search terms related to Business Proposal include queries about the Webtoon that it was adapted from and posts on theqoo that discuss the show.

7. Reborn Rich

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This JTBC fantasy series premiered its first episode on November 18 and has aired 11 episodes as of December 12. The story follows the arc of a loyal employee of a conglomerate family who is murdered. He is reborn as the youngest son of the same family and seeks revenge for his unfair death. The most frequent queries for this drama are about how to rewatch its episodes and the novel The Youngest Son of a Conglomerate, on which the show is based.

6. Big Mouth

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The series revolves around the lives of an underperforming lawyer Chang Ho and his wife, Mi Ho. As Chang Ho gets embroiled in a murder case, he digs deeper into a huge conspiracy involving influential people from the upper class in an attempt to protect his family. The drama aired its 16 episodes from July 29 to September 17 on MBC. The highest search terms for this series are “Big Mouth Noo Noo TV” and “Big Mouth Drama.”

5. Twenty-Five Twenty-One

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This bittersweet romance series revolves around the lives of its five characters and their young romance between the years 1998 to 2021. It premiered on tvN on February 12, 2022, and aired every Saturday and Sunday at 21:10 KST for 16 episodes. The drama was a huge commercial hit, with an average nationwide viewership of 9.636%. The most frequently searched terms associated with this show include queries about its OST and ending.

4. All Of Us Are Dead

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This thriller-horror series shows the interpersonal relationships of a bunch of high school students as they fight to survive and escape their school building which suddenly becomes the ground zero of a zombie virus outbreak. It is a Netflix original series, watched for over 474.26 million hours in its first 30 days. The show is set to come back with a season 2. The most common search terms related to the show include queries about the original Webtoon and ways to watch the show online.

3. One Dollar Lawyer

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The story is about a competent lawyer who only charges ₩1,000 KRW (about $0.77 USD) as his fee. Written by Choi Su Jin and Choi Chang Hwan, the show’s screenplay won the Grand Prize at the 2015 SBS Screenplay Contest. One Dollar Lawyer brags an average nationwide viewership of 13% with 12 total episodes. The highest search queries about this series are about its NooNoo TV streams, episode 10 of the show, and ways to rewatch it.

2. Narcos-Saints

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The series is based on actual events and depicts the struggles of an ordinary entrepreneur Kang In Gu, who gets involved in a risky government mission. Kang establishes his business in the South American country of Suriname. But fate thrusts him into an inescapable situation—he must cooperate with the South Korean National Intelligence Service to catch Jeon Yo Hwan, the drug king who runs his smuggling operation out of Suriname. This show is also one of the top 10 most-watched Netflix shows in November in South Korea. The most-searched queries for this drama are about the real story it is based on and Yewon, a cast member from a former girl group Jewelry.

1. Extraordinary Attorney Woo

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The drama follows the life of a rookie attorney Woo Young Woo, who is on the autism spectrum. Young Woo gets hired at one of the biggest law firms in the country, and her unique journey as an autistic lawyer shapes her into a more competent professional. The show aired for sixteen episodes biweekly, from June 29 to August 18. It is the second-highest-rated show on the channel ENA with an average of 10.937% nationwide viewership. All the top 5 search queries for this series are about how to rewatch or stream it online.