Netflix’s Extracurricular is the kind of K-Drama that leaves you with major withdrawal symptoms when it’s over. The show dropped in April this year, and tons of viewers are still struggling to find another K-Drama that embodies the clever and intriguing darkness that hooked them. If you’re craving that feeling you got while watching Extracurricular, here are 5 dramas that could fill the hole in your heart.
1. Heartless City
If you found Oh Ji Soo’s double life in the escort industry intriguing in Extracurricular, you’ll probably enjoy JTBC’s Heartless City (also known as Cruel City).
The series focuses on two characters with double lives in the criminal world. Jung Shi Hyun (played by Jung Kyoung Ho) is an orphan who became a drug courier to earn a living. Meanwhile, Yoon Soo Min (played by Nam Gyu Ri) is an undercover agent who is sent to investigate Jung Shi Hyun after her older sister and fellow agent is murdered on the case.
2. The World of the Married
If you got hooked on Extracurricular because of those crazy and unpredictable “WTF?!” moments, check out JTBC’s The World of the Married—the highest rated cable drama in Korean history.
In The World of the Married, successful and fulfilled doctor Ji Sun Woo (played by Kim Hee Ae) suddenly finds herself betrayed when her husband, Lee Tae Oh (played by Park Hae Joon), cheats on her. Their previously happy lives are plunged into a frenzy of revenge, leading to some shocking moments that will have you on the edge of your seat.
3. How to Buy a Friend
If you enjoyed the high school setting and plot of Extracurricular but you want a slightly less dark drama to sink your teeth into next, go for KBS2’s How to Buy a Friend.
In this series, everyday student Park Chan Hong (played by Lee Sin Young) finds himself finds himself starting up a contractual friendship with fist-fighting Heo Don Hyuk (played by Shin Seung Ho). Don Hyuk promises to serve as Chan Hong’s bodyguard against bullies if Chan Hong will help him discover the truth behind his girlfriend’s suicide.
4. Strangers from Hell
If the characters of Extracurricular getting dragged into a world of darkness dragged you in to the drama, try watching OCN’s Strangers from Hell.
In this drama, Yoon Jong Woo (played by Im Si Wan) moves into an ominous yet cheap dormitory after moving to Seoul. Stuck there thanks to his low funds, the aspiring crime fiction writer soon becomes plagued by the studio’s mysterious, dark, and shady neighbours.
5. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
If you fell for the anti-hero characters in Extracurricular, tVN’s ongoing drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (which is already streaming on Netflix) has an equally dark yet likeable anti-heroine lead.
In this drama, Moon Kang Tae (played by Kim Soo Hyun) is a low-income health worker at a psychiatric ward who finds himself falling for Go Moon Young (played by Seo Ye Ji), a children’s book author with antisocial personality disorder. Moon Young is selfish, arrogant, and troubled, but viewers are already obsessed with her.
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