10 K-Dramas Like King the Land to Watch Next

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The year 2023 was filled with exciting releases in the K-drama space, with new shows exceeding expectations in every major genre — from the high school superhero action in Moving to the world of power and politics in Queenmaker. Among trendsetting new releases, the series King the Land won hearts with its superb depiction of classic K-drama tropes.

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The show portrayed an office romance between a rich heir and a female lead, who happens to work at the same company. King the Land ticked all the boxes with a cold male lead, gossipy comedic foils, corporate machinations, and tons of soapy romance — enough to pick up a number of coveted awards. If you’ve just finished the delicious K-drama combo offered by the show, then you must be craving something similar to top off your watch list. Well, here are 10 K-dramas that are like King the Land for you to watch next.

10 What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018)

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? is one of the most well-known K-dramas featuring a love story with a boss and employee angle. Park Seo-joon stars in the leading role as Lee Young-joon, the highly competent Vice-Chairman in a major company with a comically narcissistic streak. Walking along every step is Park Min-young as the titular Kim, his dedicated secretary of the past nine years. The series begins when Secretary Kim suddenly announces her resignation one day, citing personal reasons. The normally composed Young-joon is unable to take this news well, revealing hidden feelings and taking the two down a romantic path.

How It’s Like King the Land

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim and King the Land are shows based on boss-employee romances, with some very similar qualities. Both series have a relatively stoic male lead, who happens to be the heir of the company, with the female lead as a hardworking professional working the lower rungs of the corporate ladder. Making the best of such a character dynamic, you will find many satisfying instances of humorous banter between the unlikely pair. Later on in the show, you will get many moments that are sure to give you butterflies in your stomach. Stream on Hulu

9 Strong Girl Bong-soon (2017)

A classic K-drama with a supernatural premise, Strong Girl Bong-soon is a must-watch for any fan of Korean romances. Superheroes, crime-fighting, and love triangles make for tons of fun and engaging drama in this series. Park Bo-young stars as the titular character, born in a family whose women are endowed with superhuman strength. The superpower helps her score a job as the personal bodyguard to Min-hyuk, the CEO of a gaming company, played by Park Hyung-sik. As the two grow close, Hyung-sik helps her hone her strength, and the two also investigate a series of kidnappings taking place in the district.

How It’s Like King the Land

While Strong Girl Bong-soon starts off on the same leg with a boss-employee relationship, the series charts its own path with brilliant character chemistry between its two leads. Affectionately called Min Min and Bong Bong by the series fandom, the two are considered an iconic couple in all of K-drama. During the course of the series, though, the tons of comedy and the slow-burn romance between its lead, should make for a compelling watch if you are looking for a series like King the Land. Stream on Viki

8 Crazy Love (2022)

The 2022 K-drama Crazy Love has thoroughly entertained viewers with its comedic takes on many K-drama tropes, and you will surely enjoy it as well. The show has a thoroughly complicated premise that takes nearly two episodes to set up. Once the pieces are set in place, the series follows an insufferably demanding math genius as he navigates through amnesia. Meanwhile, her secretary sits in for the ride pretending to be his fiancée, while secretly nursing a hatred for him.

How It’s Like King the Land

As the series is primarily based around the fake dating trope, Crazy Love comes with the same enjoyable awkwardness and the slow-burn romance as King the Land, multiplied a few times over. The series loves to make fun of every trope that it brings into the plot, except that it’s less of a dry parody and more of a kind of humor where you’re in on the joke.

Whether it’s the ridiculously inflexible boss in the role of male lead, or the love-hate feelings that the female lead has the for him, everything is turned up a notch. Crazy Love, like its name suggests, goes all over the place with its ridiculousness, including dark storylines along the way like any good K-drama. But it never lets go of the romance, nor does it ever make fun of it. Stream on Hulu

7 See You in My 19th Life (2023)

Shin Hye-sun as Ban Ji-Eum and Bo Hyun Ahn as Moon Seo-Ha next to a carousel in See You in My 19th Life
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See You in My 19th Life adds a touch of fantasy to further enhance the romance. This series takes a more dramatic tone, unlike most of the other shows on this list. However, it remains influenced by a corporate setting. Shin Hye-sun appears in the leading role as Ban Ji-eum, a unique individual with the ability to remember all her past lives. When her 18th life sees an untimely end due to an accident, she decides to dedicate her next life to fulfilling her unfinished love story. In doing so, she ends up working at MI Hotel, which is run by her past life lover.

How It’s Like King the Land

The fantasy plot of See You in My 19th Life is a truly engrossing one that only gets more interesting as the series progresses. Although this K-drama doesn’t really paint its romance in comedic highlights, its storyline closely blends romance with the fantasy as well as some riveting corporate drama. You get backstories and secrets that go back all the way to Ji-eum’s first life, as well as an evil step mother that recreate the competitive environment of King the Land. Stream on Netflix

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6 Shooting Stars (2022)

Shooting Stars moves the business setting from the hospitality industry to the world of glamor and entertainment. Oh Han-byul (Lee Sung-kyung) is the head of public relations at a major talent company. One of her major clients is the star actor, Tae-sung, played by Kim Young-dae. Amid the hectic behind-the-scenes life of the glamor industry, the two have a close working relationship. But as one thing leads to another, they gradually find themselves developing feelings.

How It’s Like King the Land

The cast of Shooting Stars give a sense of close familiarity with each other, and this is the best quality about the show that sets it apart. Every episode is full of conversational banter, and it is amid these conversations that the series reveals its storylines and draws out its laughs. The style works excellently for the love-hate relationship between the leads characters, which is portrayed as a playful enmity that drives much of the show early on. Later in the series, you get many peak moments of K-drama romance between the two, and this progression is reminiscent of the best features of King the Land as well. Stream on Viki

5 My Secret Romance (2017)

Sung Hoon as Cha Jin-wook stops Song Ji-eun as Lee Yoo-mi from falling backwards during a formal event in My Secret Romance
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My Secret Romance takes off with an odd beginning as its events are prefaced by a first meeting between its romantic leads, set three years before the rest of the series. Cha Jin-wook (Sung Hoon) is the rich heir, who is forced by his father to get some hands-on experience at one of their resorts. Lee Yoo-mi (Song Ji-eun) happens to be attending a wedding at the resort the same day. After a series of comedic encounters, the two end up spending the night together. Three years later, Jin-wook is still besotted with the memory of her, and has gotten his life back on track. But his life takes an interesting turn when Yoo-mi comes back into his life as an employee in the same company.

How It’s Like King the Land

This K-drama is a more simple romantic comedy, and draws most of its drama and humor from the boss-employee relationship between its lead characters. There is a lively set of supporting characters who sprinkle a unique color to the show with their banter. Between awkward misunderstandings and humorous attempts to keep the relationship secret, the series plays on much of the same tropes as King the Land. On top of that, the series also includes a secondary plot featuring the family issues of the leading characters, which makes for some intrigue and tension as well. Stream on Viki or Roku

4 Love to Hate You (2023)

Love to Hate You is another enemies-to-lovers romance drama with an enjoyable twist to its characters, making it a unique watch. The series stars Kim Ok-vin as a confident and outspoken lawyer with an open hatred for predatory men. Adept at martial arts, she never hesitates to use her fighting skills to exact justice from such men. She meets the star actor, Nam Kang-ho (Teo Yoo), through professional circumstances and is immediately suspicious of his aversion towards women. But as they grow to know each better, they are surprised to learn that neither of them fit their experience with the opposite sex so far.

How It’s Like King the Land

The personalities of the leading characters make Love to Hate You a unique romance K-drama experience. Ok-vin’s character isn’t merely a quirky-cute female lead, but also a genuinely outspoken woman who isn’t afraid to seem brash or loud. Her unique character leads the way for many changes in the narrative throughout the series. Beyond these differences, though, you get similar elements as King the Land including the hidden romance, the public scrunity, and the friction in personalities driving the plot. Stream on Netflix

Related: The 10 Best Enemies-To-Lovers Korean Dramas

3 Business Proposal (2022)

Kim Sejeong as Shin Ha-ri looks startled when Ahn Hyo-seop as Kang Tae-moo places a hand on her shoulder in Business Proposal
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If you want to enjoy a show like King the Land with the humor amped up to the max, then Business Proposal is the best choice. The series sets itself apart with hysterically funny plotlines and memorable side characters, including a second lead couple whose story is as endearing as that of the lead couple. The series begins with a blind date being attended by Ha-ri, played by Kim Se-jeong. Unbeknownst to her date, she is actually pretending to be her best friend, and is fully intent on sabotaging the meeting on her friend’s behalf. But things take an unexpected turn when the blind date turns out to be her boss and CEO, Tae-moo (Ahn Hyo-seop).

How It’s Like King the Land

Business Proposal is everything that King the Land is, with a greater focus on the comedy and with added classic K-drama tropes executed to hilarious perfection. There is an assertive female lead that Kim Se-jeong plays to fun and exaggerated effect. You also get an enjoyable mix of stakes with family drama and a fake dating arrangement all working together to give an endless series of comedic circumstances, much more than you would get with any other K-drama. Stream on Netflix

2 The Secret Life of My Secretary (2019)

Jin Ki-joo as Jung Gal-hee, leading a group of women office workers, in The Secret Life of My Secretary
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The Secret Life of My Secretary brings an endearing romance between a company director (Kim Young-kwang) and his secretary (Jin Ki-joo), after an accident causes the director to lose his ability to recognize faces. Dealing with the shock of such a strange ailment, the director finds solace in his secretary, who is the only person he can recognize due to her quirky and unchanging fashion sense. Making things interesting are the power struggles at the company board, and the secretary’s decision to start dating her own boss posing as someone else — something that is made possible by his unique condition.

How It’s Like King the Land

The Secret Life of My Secretary thrives on the bubbly performances of its lead characters, from the boisterous but adorable Jin Ki-joo and the secretly needy character of Kim Young-kwang. The business power struggle is also a major part of the plot in this series, and it does a good job of intertwining this plot with the romance. At the same time, the secret romance aspect of King the Land finds a different, more intriguing take in this series due to the female lead posing as two different individuals. Stream on Viki or Kocowa

1 Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021)

One of the most beloved and timeless Korean dramas ever, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha is different from all the other items on the list. For one, it’s a peaceful village romance featuring a city girl and a village boy. However, the heartwarming chemistry between its romantic duo makes it a must-watch if you enjoy King the Land. The show features Shin Min-a as Yoon Hye-jin, an accomplished dentist from Seoul facing a personal crisis. One day, she decides to make a drastic change in her life and move to the village of Gongjin, where she used to vacation as a kind.

There, she meets the village handyman Hong Du-sik, played by Kim Seon-ho. Known to everyone in the village as a jolly, helpful man, he strikes Hye-jin in an odd way: the two develop an uneasy relationship, filled with enjoyable banter.

How It’s Like King the Land

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha makes its character chemistry its biggest draw to viewers. It has a similar set-up between its leading characters as in King the Land: they get off to a rocky start and seem to have completely opposite personalities. However, underneath the surficial differences the two have an undeniable attraction towards each other, making every encounter between them riveting. Stream on Netflix

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