Korean drama (Hangul: 한국드라마; RR: hanguk deurama) or K-drama refers to televised dramas in the Korean language, made in South Korea, mostly in a miniseries format, with distinctive features that set them apart from television series and soap operas made elsewhere.
South Korea started to broadcast television series in the 1960s. Today’s mini deurama format of 12–24 episodes started in the 1990s, transforming traditional historical series to this format and creating the notion of “fusion sageuks”. Korean dramas are usually shot within a very tight schedule, often a few hours before actual broadcast. Screenplays are flexible and may change anytime during production, depending on viewers’ feedback, putting actors in a difficult position. Production companies often face financial issues.
Korean dramas are popular worldwide, partially due to the spread of the Korean Wave, with streaming services that offer multiple language subtitles.