Crime K-Dramas: Stranger and Kairos

8 Crime K-Dramas Worth Adding To Your Lists

If you're one who's always been wanting to branch out to crime K-dramas, but don't know which to watch first, we got you covered!

Aside from rom-coms that don’t fail at giving our stomach butterflies, another kind of story that South Korea pulls off so well in their K-dramas is of the crime genre. These dramas are guaranteed to get your mind boggled and your adrenaline pumping, especially with the cases they have to solve and the twists that come along with it.

If you’re one who’s always been wanting to branch out to crime K-dramas, but don’t know which to watch first, we got you covered! Here are 8 crime dramas you can add to your lists right now:

Signal

Signal follows criminal profiler Park Hae Young who works on cold cases alongside his senior, detective Cha Soo Hyun. After stumbling upon a walkie-talkie, he is able to communicate with Lee Jae Han, a detective from the past who’s working on the same cases. Through this connection, the three work together to solve cases, in the past and in the present.

The 16-episode drama stars Lee Je Hoon, Jo Ji Woong, and Kim Hye Soo.

Where to Watch: Netflix

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Stranger

Stranger centers on Hwang Shi Mok, a rational prosecutor who’s known for his cold personality and for being one of the only non-corrupt prosecutors. While investigating a murder case one day, he meets Lieutenant Han Yeo Jin, and they start working together to eradicate corruption at the prosecutor’s office. This is also while trying to solve the ongoing serial murder case.

The drama, which stars Cho Seung Woo and Bae Doona, currently has 2 seasons.

Where to Watch: Netflix

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Memorist

Memorist stars Yoo Seung Ho as Dong Baek — a “superstar” detective who can see the memory of whoever he touches. Lee Se Young, on the other hand, plays Han Sun Mi. She is a genius profiler famous for solving five cold cases even someone with extraordinary ability couldn’t solve. The two characters then team up to find the suspect of a serial murder case and prevent further deaths.

Where to Watch: Viu

Tunnel

Tunnel follows Park Gwang Ho, an excellent detective from 1986 whose life changes after he passes through a time portal while investigating a serial homicide case. He finds himself in present-day Seoul, where he meets his new partner Kim Sun Jae — an eccentric but highly-skilled investigator — and the psychology professor Shin Jae Yi.

Choi Jin Wook, Yoon Hyun Min, and Lee You Young star in this drama.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Voice

In Voice, detective Moo Jin Hyuk and voice profiler Kang Kwon Joo work together to chase the serial killer responsible for the deaths of their family members. The drama currently has three season, with the fourth seasons slated to air this 2021.

The first season stars Jang Hyuk, Lee Ha Na, Baek Sung Hyun, and more. Lee Ha Na also stars in season 2 and 3, alongside Lee Jin Wook.

Where to Watch: Netflix

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Kairos

Kairos centers on Kim Seo Jin, who has a good job and lives a wonderful life with his family. That is until his young daughter is kidnapped and his wife commits suicide. He then receives the opportunity to fix things, with the help of Han Ae Ri, a woman living one month from the past, who also needs his help after her mother mysteriously disappears from the hospital.

Shin Sung Rok, Lee Se Young, Ahn Bo Hyun, and Nam Gyu Ri star in this drama.

Where to Watch: Viu

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Life on Mars

Life on Mars is a remake of a UK TV series. It is about Han Tae Joon, leader of the crime investigation team, who finds himself in the winter of 1988 after he gets caught in an accident while investigating a murder case. Now a detective tasked to work at a police station in a small city, he must solve the case so he can go return to the present day.

Jung Kyung Ho, Park Sung Woong, Go Ah Sung, Oh Dae Hwan, and Noh Jong Hyun star in this drama.

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Hello Monster

Hello Monster follows a genius profiler Lee Hyun who returns to Korea after a case makes him remember a long-forgotten memory. What he doesn’t know when he returns is that one of his team members has been investigating him, and is also seeking the same criminal who he is searching for. 

This drama stars Seo In Guk, Park Bo Gum, Jang Na Ra, and Choi Won Young.

Where to Watch: Viu

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Which of these crime dramas have you seen or are you planning to see? Let us know in the comments!

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TV Show Info

Stranger
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Signal
Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Memorist
Crime, Mystery, Fantasy
Tunnel
Crime, Fantasy, Thriller
Voice
Action, Crime, Mystery

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