Top 16 Korean Dramas With Less Episodes (Not More Than 10 Eps)

Korean dramas are the best to relieve stress & have some fun. They are addicting because of their great storyline, heart-melting romance & funny moments. Kdramas are fun to watch.

Almost 90% of the Kdramas are of 16 episodes. Some of them may go up to 20 episodes. While daily shows tend to go more than 100 episodes. Kdramas normally runs for an hour per episode.

Korean Dramas With Less Episodes

While some dramas fill out all the 16 episodes, some of them are better off with a few episodes. Slow-moving dramas are likely to get dropped. There may be some dramas that are stretched to more episodes.

Korean Dramas Having Less Episodes

If you are tired of watching long dramas or if you don’t have many days to complete them, here are some Kdramas that have less than or equal to 10 episodes. You can finish watching them within a few days.

This list comprises dramas that have 10 or fewer episodes. The runtime of all the dramas is more than 20-30 min. Some of them extend to an hour per episode. Don’t forget that you will get entertained even if they have only a few episodes.

1. Move To Heaven

Geu Roo works for his father’s business “Move To Heaven.” One day, his father dies. His uncle now becomes his guardian. They work as trauma cleaners, clearing out the possessions of dead people, uncovering the stories they left behind, and telling them to loved ones.

move to heaven

Cast –

  • Lee Je Hoon as Cho Sang Gu
  • Tang Jun Sang as Han Geu Ru
  • Hong Seung Hee as Yoon Na Mu

No. Of Episodes – 10

Watch On – Netflix

2. Sweet Home

Cha Hyun Soo decides to leave his home & stays in an apartment. Strange incidents start occurring in his apartment & throughout Korea & his quiet life is disturbed. As people start to turn into monsters, Hyun Soo and the other residents try to survive.

sweet home

Cast –

  • Song Kang as Cha Hyun Soo
  • Lee Jin Wook as Pyeon Sang Wook
  • Lee Shi Young as Seo Yi Kyung
  • Lee Do Hyun as Lee Eun Hyuk
  • Park Gyu Young as Yoon Ji Su
  • Go Min Si as Lee Eun Yoo

No. Of Episodes – 10

Watch On – Netflix

3. Birthcare Center

Hyun Jin is the youngest executive at her company. She gives birth to a baby and stays at a postnatal care center. She is the oldest guest at the center. While staying there, she meets another woman, Eun Jung, and they grow together as adults.

birthcare Center

Cast –

  • Uhm Ji Won as Oh Hyun Jin
  • Park Ha Sun as Jo Eun Jung
  • Choi Ri as Lee Roo Da
  • Jang Hye Jin as Choi Hye Sook

No. Of Episodes – 8

Watch On – Viki

4. Special Affairs Team TEN

“Special Affairs Team TEN” is a criminal investigation unit that tackles the most violent crimes in South Korea. They chase criminals who attempt to commit the perfect crime, facing some of the most twisted criminals they have encountered.

special affairs team ten

Cast –

  • Joo Sang Wook as Yeo Ji Hoon
  • Choi Woo Shik as Park Min Ho
  • Kim Sang Ho as Baek Do Shik
  • Jo An as Nam Ye Ri

No. Of Episodes – 9

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

5. The Most Beautiful Goodbye

An ordinary middle-aged woman has devoted her life to her family. She is diagnosed with terminal cancer and prepares to say goodbye to her family. Her illness brings her family together for the first time, to support her at the very end of her life.

the most beautiful goodbye

Cast –

  • Won Mi Kyung as Kim In Hee
  • Yoo Dong Geun as Jung Cheol
  • Choi Ji Woo as Jung Yeon Soo
  • Choi Min Ho as Jung Jung Soo

No. Of Episodes – 4

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

6. Extracurricular

This drama is about three high school students Ji Soo, his partner Gyu Ri & school bully Min Hee who start committing crimes to earn money & pay for their college and the unpredictable dangers they face as a result.

Read Extracurricular Review

Cast –

  • Kim Dong Hee as Oh Ji Soo
  • Park Joo Hyun as Bae Gyu Ri
  • Jung Da Bin as Seo Min Hee
  • Nam Yoon Su as Kwak Ki Tae

No. Of Episodes – 10

Watch On – Netflix

7. The Hymn Of Death

During the Japanese colonial period, Woo Jin, a married stage drama writer falls in love with Shim Deok, the first Korean soprano. She records the song “Praise of Death” which becomes the first Korean pop song in 1926. There is a tragedy.

the hymn of death

Cast –

  • Lee Jong Suk as Kim Woo Jin
  • Shin Hae Sun as Yun Shim Deok
  • Park Seon Im as Jung Jum Hyo

No. Of Episodes – 6

Watch On – Netflix

8. God’s Quiz

Jin Woo, Korea’s top medical examiner, leads a team in conducting a medical crime investigation after mysterious deaths occur in a hospital. He is later joined by Kyung Hee, a detective with excellent skill in martial arts and a sense of justice.

gods quiz

Cast –

  • Ryu Deok Hwan as Han Jin Woo
  • Yoon Joo Hee as Kang Kyung Hee
  • Choi Jung Woo as Jang Kyu Tae
  • Kim Gun Woo as Nam Joo Nam

No. Of Episodes – 10

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

9. Strangers From Hell

Jong Woo moves from the countryside to Seoul after his friend, Jae Ho, offers him a job. While looking for a place to live, he comes across a cheap hostel. He decides to live there for 6 months. But strange things start to happen with him.

Read Strangers From Hell Review

strangers from hell

Cast –

  • Im Shi Wan as Yoon Jong Woo
  • Lee Dong Wook as Seo Moon Jo
  • Lee Jung Eun as Eom Bok Soon
  • Ahn Eun Jin as Seo Jung Hwa

No. Of Episodes – 10

Watch On – Netflix

10. Missing Noir M

Su Hyeon returns to Korea after working in the FBI for 10 years. He now works as the leader of the Special Missing Persons Unit. Detective Dae Young who has worked for 20 years joins the unit. They get together to catch criminals.

missing noir m

Cast –

  • Kim Kang Woo as Gil Soo Hyeon
  • Park Hee Soon as Oh Dae Young
  • Jo Bo Ah as Jin Seo Jun
  • Kim Gyu Chul as Park Jeong Do

No. Of Episodes – 10

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

11. Argon

Baek Jin is a popular anchor, reporter, and leader of the investigative reporting program Argon. The team goes through many trials as they struggle to tell true and meaningful news stories that the public needs to hear while the company tries to undermine its goals.

argon drama

Cast –

  • Kim Joo Hyuk as Kim Baek Jin
  • Chun Woo Hee as Lee Yun Hwa
  • Park Won Sang as Shin Chul
  • Shin Hyun Bin as Chae Soo Min

No. Of Episodes – 8

Watch On – Netflix

12. Live On

High school student Ho Rang is popular on social media for being pretty and classy. She decides to join the broadcasting club. A story of love and friendship unfolds where social media is a defining force and everybody is judged according to one’s looks & popularity.

Live On

Cast –

  • Jung Da Bin as Baek Ho Rang
  • Hwang Min Hyun as Go Eun Taek
  • Noh Jong Hyun as Do Woo Jae
  • Yang Hye Ji as Ji So Hyun

No. Of Episodes – 8

Watch On – Viki

13. Kingdom

Set in the Joseon period, the deceased king rises and a mysterious plague begins to spread. The crown prince must face a new breed of enemies to unveil the evil scheme and save his people. It has season 2 as well.

Read Kingdom Review

kingdom

Cast –

  • Joo Ji Hoon as Lee Chang
  • Ryu Seung Ryong as Jo Hak Joo
  • Bae Doo Na as Seo Bi
  • Kim Sung Gyu as Young Shin

No. Of Episodes – 6

Watch On – Netflix

14. Search

Search is a military thriller drama that takes place in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), the area between North and South Korea, and tells the story of a specialized search party that forms to find the truth behind mysterious disappearance and murder cases.

search drama

Cast –

  • Jang Dong Yoon as Yong Dong Jin
  • Krystal as Son Ye Rim
  • Yoon Park as Song Min Gyu
  • Lee Hyun Wook as Lee Joon Sung

No. Of Episodes – 10

Watch On – Viki

15. Girls’ Generation 1979

Jung Hee is the second daughter of a family that owns a lingerie factory. She leads a group of teenage girls, with whom they have chaotic adventures together. It’s the story of a growing friendship, as the heroine and the new girl starts to bond despite the initial rivalry.

girls generation 1979

Cast –

  • Bona as Lee Jung Hee
  • Chae Seo Jin as Park Hye Joo
  • Lee Jong Hyun as Joo Young Chun
  • Seo Young Joo as Bae Dong Moon
  • Yeo Hoe Hyun as Son Jin
  • Min Do Hee as Shim Ae Sook

No. Of Episodes – 8

Watch On – Viki

16. My First First Love

The drama tells the story of five youths and their messy encounters with the concept of first love. A group of Tae Oh’s friends suddenly move into his house for their reasons, where they experience love, friendships, and struggles.

my first first love

Cast –

  • Kim Ji Soo as Yoon Tae Oh
  • Jung Chae Yeon as Han Song Yi
  • Jung Jin Young as Seo Do Hyun
  • Choi Ri as Oh Ga Rin
  • Kang Tae Oh as Choi Hoon

No. Of Episodes – 8

Watch On – Netflix


Wrapping Up

So, these were some of the best Korean dramas that have a few episodes & can be completed within a day (binge-watching). Even if you watch just one episode per day, you can complete these dramas within 10 days.

If you are bored of slow-paced long dramas, watch these fast-paced short dramas. You will never get bored of these Kdramas as they have got great reviews from the audience & are recommended by a few of them.

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