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There’s something that constantly gets me hooked when it comes to television shows. If it’s mysterious, suspenseful, out of this world, and puts me in an emotional roller coaster ride, then I’ll definitely watch it. One of the most fascinating stories to watch is one that deep dives into a serial killer’s mind. It’s always interesting to learn about the different theories of what makes a serial killer. It could be genetic, it could be due to an abusive environment, it could be a mental disorder. Whether serial killers are a product of nature, nurture, or a certain illness, it’s a topic that never fails to get me on the edge of my seat. And out of all the series I’ve watched, there are three that had the most thrilling storyline, most intriguing characters, and most mind-boggling twist. In this article, I’d like to share the most binge-worthy K-Drama series about serial killers that you should watch.
Mouse is a crime mystery suspense thriller and science fiction South Korean series that aired from March 3 to May 20, 2021 on tvN. It has a total of 20 episodes, followed by 3 special episodes, and 2 spin-offs. The show stars Lee Seung-gi, Lee Hee-joon, Park Ju-hyun, and Kyung Soo-jin. This is by far, not just the best serial killer series, but the best Korean series that I’ve watched and couldn’t stop watching when I started.
In this series, the serial killer always leaves the victims pointing at a cross to show his hatred towards God, with a shocking basis and pattern in identifying his next victim. But what really blew me away was the fetal genetic testing that could identify if the mother’s unborn child has a ‘Psychopathic Gene.’ If the result turns out positive, the mother has a choice to abort her baby to avoid more serial killers from killing in the future. Imagine how mothers could handle this situation! If they let their child live, they bear the burden of anxiously watching their child grow up as a serial killer, but on the other hand, what kind of mother would abort a child based from that certain percentage of possibility that her child is bound to be a serial killer?
2. Flower of Evil
Flower of Evil is a suspenseful melodrama and mystery thriller that aired on tvN from July 29 to September 23, 2020 with a total of 16 episodes. Before I watched Mouse, this South Korean series was my best pick for a television show with a serial killer theme. The show stars Lee Joon-gi, Moon Chae-won, Jang Hee-jin, and Seo Hyun-woo.
The story revolves around a husband and wife. Baek Hee-sung is a husband who hides his true identity and has a dark past. He is incapable of feeling and expressing. To live a normal life, he practices how to fake his emotions and simple gestures such as smiling. His wife, Cha Ji-won is a detective. When she and her colleagues investigate on a series of unexplained murders, she begins to suspect that her husband is hiding something from her. What pulled me into this story was not knowing how long before Cha Ji-won uncovers her husband’s real identity, and how she’s going to accept him, given the fact that she loves him so much. It was either she gives up the perfect family she has and deprive her daughter of that seemingly perfect family, or accept her husband for what he is and turn away from her career as a detective.
3. Come and Hug Me
Come and Hug Me is a romantic melodrama and mystery thriller starring Jang Ki-yong, Jin Ki-joo, and Heo Joon-ho. It is a South Korean series that aired from May 16 to July 19, 2018 on MBC with a total of 32 episodes, and a running time of 35 minutes per episode.
The story begins with two young people who find themselves caring deeply for each other; they are each other’s first love. The girl is the daughter of a famous actress, and the boy is the son of a serial killer who has a twisted affection for his son. When the girl’s parents are murdered by the boy’s father, their world falls apart, and that separates them. After many years, they find each other again as adults, both still living in that traumatic past that the man’s father has created. I think what sets this apart from the others is that the identity of the serial killer is already known. What pulled me into the story is whether the serial killer will come back to finish what he started, and how his son would be able to stop him.
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