Crunchyroll and Hulu offer limited selections of Korean dramas for free viewing online. More Korean drama content is available with subscriptions to these services. These dramas are licensed and fully legal to watch in the United States and are accompanied by English subtitles.Continue Reading
Netflix also offers a selection of Korean dramas with English subtitles, but they are not free to view. Like all other Netflix streaming content, they require a monthly subscription fee to watch. Cable networks, such as Time Warner Cable, offer limited Korean drama programming, primarily in markets with large numbers of Korean viewers.
Most Korean dramas are produced series of 12 to 24 episodes. Korean dramas typically run for a single season instead of broadcasting across multiple seasons. The exception to this is historical drama, which may have 200 or more episodes in a single series. These historical drama programs do not air as multiple seasons; all of the episodes air as one long season.
Korean drama is exported worldwide and is particularly popular in China, India, Singapore and Mongolia. Korean series have been remade in Indonesia and dubbed into Sinhalese, Filipino, Tamil and other languages. Korean drama series also air on broadcast television in Thailand, Nepal, Japan and Taiwan.Learn more about Art & Literature