Have you finished streaming The King: Eternal Monarch? Wondering what to watch next?
Well, fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle of having to try and find something similar with our top 10 picks for alternate viewing.
To keep things simple for skim-readers we’ve added what similarities these have.
Of course for all the shows we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link so you can check out our full thoughts on that series and see if it’s something you want to invest your time with.
So without further ado, we present 10 TV shows that should whet the appetite when you’ve finished streaming The King: Eternal Monarch.
Stranger (Secret Forest)
Similarities – Politics & Thriller Elements
tvN’s first Saturday/Sunday night drama is an absolute firecracker of a show. Blending excellent characterization, lots of twists and some believable detective work, Stranger is a must-watch Korean drama. A winner of 3 Baeksang Awards, Stranger earns those accolades with a story that keeps you guessing right to the very end.
What’s particularly impressive with this show though is just how much chemistry the lead duo have without a single ounce of romance.
The catalyst for all of this drama is the death of Moo-Sung Park. Found dead in his apartment, prosecutor Si-Mok rushes to the scene and begins piecing together what really happened. With a TV repairman scrambling from the scene, Si-Mok joins police detective Yeo-Jin in chase and bring the suspect to custody.
What seems like a simple crime soon reveals layers of shocking corruption at both the police station and the prosecution office.
I won’t spoil anything here but suffice to say this is a cracking drama and well worth a watch.
Similarities – Time Travel
Dark is thought provocative, regularly surprising and full of interesting characters to keep you watching until the final scene. Across its 3 season run, Dark shows exactly how to craft a compelling and complicated web of time travel.
The story begins in the (at time of broadcast) near future of 2019 Germany in a small town called Winden. This tight-knit community is rocked by the sudden disappearance of two young children who seem to be connected with a cave there.
I won’t spoil more but suffice to say, this is one story you’ll probably need to revisit numerous times to catch all the clues along the way.
Using a distinctly dark tone and a gorgeous, atmospheric score, Dark is easily one of the best time travel series ever created and easily a top contender to add to your watch-list if you haven’t already.
Similarities – Story & Complicated Time Travel
When it comes to under-rated sci-fi, 12 Monkeys must be near the top of the list. This incredibly thrilling show completely surpasses its big screen brother to produce something really special.
The story itself is relatively unchanged from the film; a time traveler jumps back to stop a plague from wiping out Earth. Only, the lore and ideas go so much deeper than that.
After an enjoyable first season, 12 Monkeys introduces a shadowy group called the Army of the 12 Monkeys. What ensues from here is an incredible journey that’s about as close as you’ll get to substituting Dark.
Similarities – Time Jumps
Based loosely on true events that took place in Korea, Signal is quite simply an incredible thrill-ride. This police procedural blends a shocking string of crimes with a time-bending idea that sees a walkie-talkie able to communicate with the past – 1989 to be precise.
With both Hae-Young and Soo-Hyun working together, they team up with Jae-Han from the past and together set out to catch the killer. With the gift of hindsight and foresight at their disposal, they work to try and prevent these atrocious crimes from ever taking place.
While not an outright sci-fi proposition, the crime drama elements work really well with the timelines to make for a really engaging watch.
W: Two Worlds
Similarities – Parallel Worlds
Armed with a creative premise and leaning in hard on the sci-fi/fantasy vibes, W is a series whose strengths lies in its unpredictability. The “W” to which this drama pertains comes from the clash between two worlds, the real world and an alternate universe inside a web-toon.
As the action turns toward the fantastical web-toon world, this Korean drama really starts to come into its own and deliver something wholly original.
While the rules of this world are explained, the characters grow with each passing episode and each chapter adds something new and interesting to the fold. It’s an unpredictable thrill ride from start to finish that will have you guessing right the way through to the end.
Although the final few episodes are a little rushed and wobbly, it’s easy to look past that in the wake of such great writing done prior to that. If you’re looking for one of the best sci-fi k-dramas out there, look no further.
Similarities – Parallel Worlds
The interesting thing with Counterpart is just how normalized its sci-fi elements are. There’s echoes of J.J. Abram’s sci-fi flick Fringe here, especially with the main plot line which revolves around a parallel-reality.
At the centre of this lies Harvey Silk inadvertently winds up entangled in a big cover up and face to face with his doppelganger from a parallel reality.
With the company he works for keeping the gateway between worlds hidden from the public, the 10 episodes see Harvey and his double trade places and grapple with a plot line involving powerful forces intent on disrupting the natural flow of both worlds.
It’s a well written thriller and although only running for 2 seasons, is a decent jump across parallel worlds worth checking out.
Flower Of Evil
Similarities – Romance & Thriller Elements
Flower Of Evil is one of those shows that completely catches you off-guard. This slow-burn thriller is a very cleverly written show that not only subverts expectations, it also hops across various genres effortlessly without ever losing sight of its main premise.
The story itself plays out as a combination of both a procedural crime drama and a cat and mouse thriller. Baek Hee-Sung is a man with a very dark past. Hee-Sung is seemingly happy in his marriage to police detective Ji-Won, with a loving daughter Eun-Ha offering up a semblance of normality for him.
Only, a string of unexplained murders point to Hee-Sung being the culprit behind this.
I won’t spoil much more but suffice to say, this one subverts expectations beautifully and delivers a solid story in the meantime.
Crash Landing On You
Similarities – Romance & Thriller Elements
One of the best things about Korean Dramas is how well they’re able to tell a story and how they manage to do so without too much sex, violence or swearing.
The series has managed to nail its story, character development and soundtrack while offering up some stunning imagery throughout. With plenty of heart-wrenching and powerful scenes, along with hilarious and romantic moments, CLOY has been quite the emotional roller coaster, one that I dare anyone to watch without shedding a tear or two.
Crash Landing is an incredibly well written series that completely quells any doubts despite its silly premise to deliver one of the best Korean dramas of 2020.
Similarities – History & Romance
Despite it’s generic title, Mr. Sunshine is a beautifully written 24 episode series balancing historical drama with a realistically depicted romance. Juggling deep characterization, breathtaking cinematography and an exquisite eye for visual design, Mr. Sunshine boasts an amazing technical talent to match its equally impressive storyline.
As the episodes progress, so too does the evolving romance that takes centre stage, working harmoniously with the tense feud between the U.S. Embassy and Japanese in the heart of Korea where this tale unfolds.
If you like slow-burn romances or historical epics, Mr. Sunshine blends these two genres together effortlessly.
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (Goblin)
Similarities – Fantasy & Characters
Undeniably one of the biggest and best Korean dramas ever created, Goblin is quite simply incredible. It’s a show that manages to juggle so many different genres and ideas but do so effortlessly while wrapping everything up in a simple but incredibly effective format.
At the heart of this one lies Dokkaebi, a 939-year-old guardian of souls who meets a grim reaper and a student with a tragic past. Off on a quest for a bride to break his immortal curse, the story takes many twists and turns along the way.
In doing so, Guardian kicks up quite the storm, delivering some of the best Korean drama content seen on TV. It’s a show that manages to nail every single part of its production while delivering a historically great drama in the process. When it comes to gold-standard K-Dramas, this one sets a very high bar.
So there we have it, our 10 TV show picks to check out when you’re done watching The King: Eternal Monarch.
What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!