July 7, 2022

South Korean romantic TV series content on Netflix has been proving itself to showcase a strong global presence, thus prompting the streaming services to expand their 2022 slate with romances.

According to Netflix, the romantic comedy “Our Beloved Summer,” starring Choi Woo-shik of “Parasite” and Kim Da-mi, for four weeks in a row has been on the top 10 of its official weekly viewership chart for non-English TV series.

The 16-episode series, which premiered on Dec. 6 on SBS and Netflix has debuted at No. 9 starting Dec. 20 on the chart for the week and rose to No.5 position in its fourth week.

Another historical romance drama broadcasted by KBS’, “The King’s Affection,” had been on the Netflix non-English TV chart for 10 weeks. The show was simultaneously available on Netflix from October-December.

The series in the third week of October made it to the top 10 for the first time and reached second place in the second week of November right after the smash hit “Squid Game.”

While the reigning romantic comedy “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” continued to maintain strong viewership on the streaming services during its TV broadcast from August-October.

The 16-episode series for 16 weeks straight had remained on the Netflix official top 10 chart. In the third week of September it placed second after “Squid Game”.

According to reports, due to the recent upbeat run by Korean love stories on the global stage, Netflix and other global streamers have increased the share of romantic TV series or films in their 2022 lineup dominated by thrillers and crime action pieces.

Among Netflix’s 2022 programs unveiled last week are the romantic TV comedies “The Fabulous” and “Love to Hate You.”

While “Love and Leashes” and “20th Century Girl” will be the streaming company’s first two Korean-language original romantic films.

Rival online streaming service, Disney+, from Walt Disney Co. that launched its Korean service in November, later this week is set to premier the coming-of-age romance drama “Rookie Cops,” starring K-pop star Kang Daniel.