Pachinko - Critics Choice Awards nomination© Apple TV+

Critics Choice Awards Pack Big Surprise For K-Drama Fans

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

The nominations for the 2023 Critics Choice Awards are here and fans of Korean TV shows have something to celebrate.

Popular K-dramas Extraordinary Attorney Woo and Pachinko have earned nominations at the prestigious awards in the Best Foreign Language Series category.

In 2021, Netflix’s Squid Game won the award in the category and lead actor Lee Jung-jae won the top honour in the Best Actor in a Drama Series category.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo, a heartwarming show about an autistic lawyer, was one of the most popular shows from the country, with even several BTS members in its fan club.

Pachinko, a show about inter-genrational trauma and the scars of displacement, became hugely popular in the West because it was produced by Apple TV+ in three languages and starred K-drama heartthrob Lee Min-ho.

The K-dramas will be up against shows like 1899 (a multilingual German show), Borgen (Danish), Garcia! (Spanish), The Kingdom Exodus (Danish), Kleo (German), My Brilliant Friend (Italian-Neopolitan), and Tehran (Israeli).

Aside from this, comedy drama Abbott Elementary scored the most number of nominations with six across major categories, including Best Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Quinta Brunson), Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (both Chris Perfetti and Tyler James Williams) and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (both Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph).

Last month, The King’s Affection became the first Korean TV show to win an International Emmy.

Which K-drama is more deserving of the award?