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Veteran actor Kim Hye-soo returns to the small screen for Juvenile Justice, a procedural legal drama. Kim plays Sim Eun-seok, a newly appointed judge at a juvenile court who has made it abundantly clear she dislikes young offenders and believes the law must severely punish them. Balancing her temperament is associate judge Cha Tae-joo (played by Kim Moo-yeol) who believes in giving second chances. The series tackles issues like murder and sexual abuse, and viewers are encouraged to ask themselves whether the punishment that Eun-seok metes out fits the crime. The series is particularly captivating in developing the arc of Eun-seok as it slowly unveils the reasons behind her disdain for juvenile offenders and her years-long pursuit of justice.

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Upholding a slice of life genre in Korea, showing the splendid corners of the country and depicting its life and times, Korean dramas have made a special place for themselves in the hearts of television buffs. Such is their popularity that Korean television actors are regarded as some of the most noted celebrities across the globe. But what makes them so appealing to such large audiences?

The answer is fairly simple. Intriguing plots and out-of-the-box themes and concepts come out as star ingredients in making a successful K-drama. Whether it is a deadly reality game show, a zombie apocalypse or even a simple office romance and chance situationships, the gripping plots and phenomenal performances by the actors make every drama quite an interesting watch. They are also packed with punchlines and twists, which makes them all the more addictive.

Nominated at the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards, Extraordinary Attorney Woo is a much-loved Korean drama series that aired on ENA Channel. The series follows the daily works and cases of a 27-year-old lawyer Woo Young-woo (Park Eun-bin). Despite being on the autism spectrum, Woo has an extremely high IQ of 164, tops her class and joins a prestigious law firm.

It is difficult to resist a Korean drama featuring the enigmatic Kim Hye-Soo. Her brilliant performance makes Juvenile Justice one of the best K-dramas of 2022 as the series gets more intense with every passing minute.

Sim Eun-seok (Kim) has a particular dislike for juvenile criminals. And, when a senior and elite judge like her is appointed to head a juvenile court, a lot of legal drama and thrill unfolds. While handling serious and sensitive juvenile cases, she has to keep her distaste aside and pass proper verdicts as per law.

This K-drama tells a heart-warming and relatable story. It brings back Crash Landing on You star Son Ye-Jin as Cha Mi Jo, with Hospital Playlist actress Jeon Mi-Do as Jeong Chan Young and Kim Ji-Hyun as Jang Joo Hee.

The story revolves around the life and journeys of three best friends who have been together through thick and thin. While approaching middle age (40), they experience love, loss and laughter in this much-loved K-drama series.

The effort to portray the upheavals and changes in society, culture and economy and a gripping storyline make Twenty Five Twenty One not only one of the best series but also an extremely addictive Korean drama.

Made half human and half spirit by accident, Choi Jun-woong (Rowoon) meets grim reapers Goo-Ryeon (Kim Hee-Seon) and Lim Ryung-gu (Ji-On Yoon). They take Choi in and make him a part of their crisis management team. What happens next makes Tomorrow one of the highest-rated K-dramas.

This Korean drama is based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by Min Jin Lee. It chronicles the story of a Korean immigrant family across four generations set against the backdrop of the Japanese invasion of Korea, and its devastating effects that continue to influence lives even today.

Arguably one of the best K-dramas of this year, Pachinko stars Lee Min-Ho, Soji Arai and Jin Ha. The series depicts the journey of the family that fights all odds to survive and leave their roots with hopes and dreams.

The impeccable performances by lead actors Park Min-Young, who plays Jin Ha Kyung, and Song Kang, who portrays Lee Shi Woo, became a major reason for all the praise it received. The way the two balance their work life and romance makes it an interesting watch.

Sometimes you just need an immersive drama, and thankfully, Netflix delivers. From what are now TV classics (like Breaking Bad) to Peak TV gems (Hap and Leonard, Mindhunter), Netflix is home to some of the most wonderfully crafted and engaging television of our time. This list will continue to grow, but for now, check out our list of the best drama shows on Netflix below, and let us know some of your other favorites in the comments.

Historical fiction isn't an easy genre to get right but if you want to see a series that does pull it off, look no further. Peaky Blindersis a BBC series that takes a fictional approach to the story of the real-life gang whose name the show bears. Featuring a star-studded cast, including actors like Tom Hardy and Anya Taylor-Joy in recurring roles, this show is for those who enjoy a good crime series that also is shaped and informed by real historical events. Beginning shortly after World War I, the show follows the rise of Tommy Shelby (played by the incomparable Cillian Murphy) and his family as they lie, cheat, and kill to claw their way to the top. But Peaky Blinders isn't just about the crime element either. It artfully portrays complicated human beings in all their tenderness and pain. Come for the great cast and the dramatic storyline, stay for the relationships and emotional weight. Either way, this series is a must-watch.- Remus Noronha

If you're in the mood for a good political drama, check out the Danish series Borgen. The show follows the story of Birgitte Nyborg Christensen (Sidse Babett Knudsen), a minor politician who climbs up the ladder to become the first female prime minister of Denmark. As with any political series, there are conspiracies and betrayals aplenty. Audiences get to follow Birgitte's career through its ups and downs and see how her idealism frays in the face of practical politics. - Remus Noronha

Netflix has invested heavily in Korean dramas recently and it seems to have paid off. All of Us Are Dead, based on the webtoon Now at Our School by Joo Dong-geun, is a zombie horror series with a strong coming-of-age theme. Set at a high school overrun by zombies, the show has some smart storytelling, tons of gore, and intense interpersonal relationships. The story kicks off when a zombie virus is unleashed at a high school in South Korea. With no supplies and cut off from the outside world by the government, the students of the high school are forced to rely on whatever resources they can find to protect themselves from the infected. It's a thrilling show that's spent weeks on Netflix Top 10 lists worldwide since its release on January 28, 2022. - Remus Noronha

One of Netflix's biggest hits of 2021, Squid Game is an intense South Korean survival drama. The show revolves around an underground tournament where everyday people compete in deadly games in order to win a huge cash prize. Squid Game has received widespread acclaim for its story, performances, and especially for the themes of inequality and greed that lie at the heart of the series.

Money Heist(Spanish: La Casa de Papel) is easily one of the most influential shows on Netflix's catalog. Over the course of its three seasons on the streaming service, the heist drama series has managed to become a global phenomenon. Set in Madrid, Money Heist revolves around a group of eight people brought together by a mysterious man known only as "the Professor" (Álvaro Morte). In the first season, the Professor and his crew set out to rob the Royal Mint of Spain, using a complex plan that's decades in the making. Over the course of the story, we learn more about each of these people as the full extent of the plan slowly unfolds. Seasons 2 and 3 show the group taking on another heist, this time targeting the Royal Mint of Spain. It's a show about rebellion and bravery against insurmountable odds. And, perhaps more importantly, it's a story about a group of people and the relationships they build with each other, all while pulling off two of the most ingenious heists ever imagined. - Remus Noronha

Lucas receives an unlikely visitor, Nathan and Dan battle guilt, and Brooke and Peyton attempt to patch up their differences. What will everyone learn? The recap of this episode gets into deep feels, as Hilarie, Joy and Sophia admitting that rewatching this one made them all fall in love with the show again.

While we tried to ensure that participants did not watch the film with friends, it was not possible to ensure that they were wholly unfamiliar with the other members of their assigned group. Of the 169 participants in the experimental group, 74 (44%) stated that they did not recognize anyone in their group and only 13 (8%) recognized more than two other people in their group (and all but one of these were in large groups).

One participant chose not to perform the wall-sit task and one participant failed to complete the IOS task after watching the film in the experimental condition. Because of the time required to do the wall-sit tests, we randomly sampled only half of the participants in large groups (47 out of the 92 subjects in groups larger than 20) in the experimental condition. This also helped balance sample sizes across groups of different size. All participants in the control group were sampled. 041b061a72


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