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Have you finished streaming Itaewon Class? 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 Itaewon Class.


Extracurricular

Similarities – Characters & Tone

With lots of flawed characters throughout, Extracurricular offers a slightly different flavour of spice to this teen drama genre, one that increases in pacing and tension across the episodes.

The story itself revolves around Ji-Soo, a model student in the eyes of teachers and other students. He keeps his head down, has no friends and spends most of his days acing exams and staying invisible.

Under this façade however is a darker side to Ji-Soo’s persona which is revealed in the first episode and continues to snowball as his tight-knit operation goes horribly wrong.

Well written and engrossing, this one’s definitely worth watching – and also on Netflix too.

You can read our thoughts on Extracurricular in our full season review here!


Hot Stove League

Similarities – Underdog Tale

Much like the American film Moneyball, Stove League is a show that hones in on what makes the business-side of baseball so fascinating, delivering a really clever, character-driven drama in the process.

At the heart of this story lies a team called ‘Dreams’ who are in complete disarray. Power struggles and bickering in the board-room divide the team. There’s a hierarchy at work too and a megalomaniac star player to boot. Unfortunately, it’s all up to promising manager Seung-Soo to try and change their fate.

With right-hand woman Se-Young by his side, the drama combines a serialized approach to its overarching plot, as episodic chapters sprinkled in helps learn more about the different players.

You can read our thoughts on Hot Stove League in our season review here!


My Strange Hero

Similarities – Underdog Tale

If you’re looking for something resembling Itaewon Class’ storyline, look no further than My Strange Hero. This Korean drama revolves around high school student Kang Bok Soo who’s falsely accused of committing violence and kicked out of school.

With a difficult upbringing, Bok-Soo remains determined to get revenge on Soo Jung and Se Ho, the two students who wronged him beforehand. Returning to the same high school as a student, the environment there has changed.

Well written and settling nicely in that feel-good rom-com genre, My Strange Hero is certainly worth checking out.



Fight for My Way

Similarities – Fighting For Your Dreams

Fight For My Way is a drama about fighting for your dreams and aspiring to great heights. In that respect, this Korean drama already draws parallels to Itaewon Class. It also captures this struggle beautifully thanks to its two lead characters, Ko Dong-Man and Choi Ae-Ra.

Dong-Man has big dreams to become a prolific UFC champion while Ae-Ra wants to become a commentator. She gave up on her dreams though, and now works at a department store.

There’s a wonderful life lesson here about following your dreams and some funny moments here too, making this a solid entry on the list.



Reply 1988

Similarities – Characters & Drama

Highly regarded as one of the better Korean dramas out there, Reply 1988 is a trip down memory lane – the 80’s to be precise. Nicely settling itself into the slice of life genre, this 20 episode drama is quite the ride but for some may be a little slow – especially after Itaewon Class.

Still, the characters are the real driving force here and they’re all nicely written and feature some emotional moments along the way. This one is definitely worth checking out.


Mad Men

Similarities – Characters

Mad Men is a drama revolving around one of New York’s most prestigious ad agencies. Set in the 1960’s, most of the story revolves around talented ad executive Donald Draper at work. This sounds like a recipe for the mundane but despite a slow start, manages to mix comedy with drama beautifully across its 7 season run.

Part period drama, part slice of life ensemble, Mad Men is a compelling and well written series – and even has a conclusive ending too making for a wholesome ride.


Girlboss

Similarities – Being Your Own Boss

Loosely based on the true story of Nasty Gal Founder, Sophia Amoruso, Girlboss is a funny comedy about the fashion industry.

Our protagonist is unsurprisingly a girl called Sophia, who happens to be a misfit who discovers a passion for fashion. As her business grows, Sophia has to grapple with being her own boss and all the trials and tribulations that brings with it.

It’s a simple, breezy series and with 13 episodes clocking in at around 30 minutes or so, this is a pretty quick watch compared to Itaewon Class.



Billions

Similarities – Intense Rivalries

If you’re looking for intense rivalries mirroring that of Sae-Ro-Yi and Dae-Hee, look no further. Billions is a Western series revolving around U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades. He sets his sights on the hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod in a powerful battle between two New York figureheads.

While the later seasons lose sight of what made this initial rivalry so effective, the early couple of seasons do an excellent job showing the trials and tribulations of Wall Street trading.



Empire

Similarities – Characters & Tone

Empire is a series about a hip-hop mogul forced into choosing a successor among his three sons, all of which happen to be battling for control over his multi-million dollar company. Meanwhile, his ex-wife schemes to reclaim what is hers.

It’s certainly an intriguing set-up and much like Billions, sets itself up for some decent drama to follow. Do be aware though that this is another show that loses its way toward the latter seasons. Early on, this musically charged series certainly hits all the right notes though making it worth a watch.



Start-Up

Similarities – Fighting For Your Dreams

Although it’s still early days for this drama, Start-Up is a Korean drama about aspiring entrepreneurs looking to set up their own businesses. It’s a show that manages to balance just enough romance and comedy with this to prevent the show slipping into full-on melodrama.

There’s a sibling rivalry at work, a lingering love triangle and serious second lead syndrome too. Although this one is still airing at the time of writing, it’s definitely worth checking out.

You can read our episode reviews for Start-Up by clicking here!


So there we have it, our 10 TV show picks to watch when you’re finished with Itaewon Class.

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!


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