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5 Must-Watch K-Dramas That Tackle the Dark Reality of Bullying

5 Must-Watch K-Dramas That Tackle the Dark Reality of Bullying
IMAGE (LEFT TO RIGHT) The Glory/Netflix, Revenge of Others/Disney+
These dramas aren’t afraid to get real.

K-dramas aren’t a one-trick pony. While the uninitiated might be more familiar with its lovey-dovey side, Hallyu series can get gritty–and sometimes, unabashedly real.

In the case of darker dramas, school violence (a.k.a. bullying) is a topic known to take some inspiration from real-life cases that have plagued Korean campuses. With that in mind, we’ve compiled below a selection of series that don’t sugarcoat these issues. Caution: Viewer discretion is advised!

LIST: 5 Dark K-Dramas That Tackle School Violence and Bullying

1. The Glory

Where to watch: Netflix

Young architect aspirant Moon Dong-eun (Song Hye Kyo) finds her dreams dashed when she’s targeted by a group of students, afflicting her with great pain that forces her to drop out of school. Years on, Dong-eun is out for her revenge as a school teacher, who discovers that her new student is the child of her former tormentor.


Starring: Song Hye Kyo, Lee Do Hyun, Lim Ji Yeon, Yum Hye Ran, Park Sung Hoon

2. Extracurricular

Where to watch: Netflix

On paper, straight-A high-schooler Oh Ji-soo (Kim Dong Hee) is the model student. But when he finds himself making ends meet for his university tuition, the young student gets pulled into a seedy life of crime with consequences bound to put his life on the line.

Starring: Kim Dong Hee, Park Ju Hyun, Jung Da Bin, Nam Yoon Soo

3. Save Me

When Im Sang-mi (Seo Yea Ji) and her family move to the suburbs of Muji County, strange and dark occurrences start to plague their family. All blame points to the town’s growing threat, a religious cult by the name of Goseonwon, whose past and present are riddled with torture, violence, and murder.

Starring: Ok Taec Yeon, Seo Yea Ji, Jo Sung Ha, Woo Da Hwan

4. Class of Lies

Where to watch: Viu

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Money-obsessed lawyer Gi Moo Hyeok (Yoon Kyun Sang) gets an assignment that becomes his biggest challenge yet, as he goes undercover in an elite private school as a substitute teacher. A mystery unravels in its halls when a popular student is found stabbed at her bed, with her classmate spotted at the scene of the crime.

Starring: Yoon Kyun Sang, Keum Sae Rok, Choi Yu Hwa

5. Revenge of Others

Where to watch: Disney+

In the teen revenge thriller, 19-year-old Ok Chan-mi (Shin Ye Eun) is on a one-woman mission to uncover the truth about her twin brother’s death. Meanwhile, another story unfolds with her fellow student Ji Soo-heon (Lomon), whose terminal illness and impending death prompt him to take revenge on the bullies that haunt their school.

Starring: Shin Ye Eun, Lomon

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