Nothing beats a show that will keep you on your toes with its surprising plot twists. Far from predictable, this list of K-dramas that feature many unanticipated turn of events will be deeply satisfying and just might make your jaw drop.
1. “Beyond Evil”
Having snagged three awards from the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards including Best Drama, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor, “Beyond Evil” is definitely worth watching. What might seem like a simple cold case murder mystery is actually a story full of intricately woven plot points and intriguing red herrings. Policemen Lee Dong-sik (Shin Ha-kyun) and Han Joo-won (Yeo Jin-goo) chase after the truth while harbouring their own secrets and becoming suspicious of one another. You’ll find yourself questioning everyone’s innocence while watching the characters search for the culprit.
“Awaken” centres on police officers who investigate a series of murders that are mysteriously linked to a tragic event that happened 28 years ago. Do Jeong-u (Namkoong Min) leads a special police task force in charge of investigating deaths that are more than what they appear to be. His team is later joined by former FBI profiler Jamie Leighton (Lee Chung-ah) and they work to crack the code created by the mastermind of the murders. An unconventional detective and lots of creepy twists are some of the highlights of the series.
“Stranger” has two seasons packed with mind-bending mystery. Prosecutor Hwang Si-mok (Cho Seung-woo) and police leftenant Han Yeo-jin (Bae Doona) work together to unravel complex mysteries. While they pursue justice, they discover hidden and dangerous truths. There are big thrills and many twists without feeling overdramatic. Like entering a forest full of secrets, you’ll enjoy the cerebral journey as revelations are unveiled. It’s a gripping series for those who like to play detective and keep getting surprised.
4. “The Lies Within”
“The Lies Within” is a suspenseful thriller following Kim Seo-hui (Lee Yoo-young) whose whole world turns upside down when her father passes away in an accident and her husband goes missing around the same time. She teams up with detective Jo Tae-sik (Lee Min-ki) to figure out the truth behind these puzzling events. Gruesome and curious occurrences take place, leading Kim Seo-hui to join the National Assembly in a desperate attempt to save her husband’s life.
“Signal” features profiler Park Hae-young (Lee Je-hoon) from 2015 communicating with detective Lee Jae-han from 1989 through a walkie-talkie that transcends time. They start exchanging information and work together to solve and prevent crimes. Many twists take place as reality begins to change as a result of their teamwork.
What sets “Extracurricular” apart from the other shows on this list is the fact that none of the main characters are detectives. This series is about model student Oh Jisoo (Kim Dong-hee) who lives a double life filled with serious crime. His carefully managed secret is at risk of being exposed when his classmate Bae Gyuri (Park Ju-hyun) takes an interest in him. Everything quickly spirals out of control, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats with multiple cliffhangers. Check it out for a rollercoaster ride as you try to anticipate what happens next.
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