The Glory is a dark revenge-focused K-drama that was actually released on the last day of 2022, but I’m cheating and including it here because most people didn’t watch it until January, and the second half of the show releases in March 2023, so it is technically a 2023 series.
Song Hye-Kyo is a force as the lead character Dong-eun. As a teenager, Dong-eun was brutally abused by a group of bullies at her high school. Since then, she has pledged revenge on each one of them, with a specific focus on the ringleader, Yeon-jin (Lim Ji-yeon).
The first eight episodes of The Glory are out now, and the show has been in Netflix’s Top 10 chart since it premiered. Part 1 can be a little bit of a slow burn at times, but it beautifully sets up an epic Part 2, and we can’t wait to see how Dong-eun will finally execute her revenge.
Ginny & Georgia season 2
I was hesitant to try Ginny & Georgia after some particularly cringeworthy scenes from the show’s first season went viral, but I’m really glad I gave the series a chance. Not only are those moments outliers in an otherwise great show, but Ginny & Georgia season 2 is even better than the first.
It’s one of the few shows I’ve seen approach sensitive topics like mental health, depression, trauma, therapy, and self-harm with genuine care. I’m not too surprised by that because series creator Sarah Lampert recently revealed that they have a licensed psychiatrist look over every script to ensure they’re handling the subject matter with tact and care. It’s miles away from something like the gratuitous and harmful nature of 13 Reasons Why.
If you’ve been on the fence about trying Ginny & Georgia, I recommend giving it a shot. Antonia Gentry, Brianne Howey, and Sara Waisglass are standouts among the cast members as Ginny, Georgia, and Ginny’s best friend, Max. While Max’s personality can be a handful, and some find her annoying, I think Waisglass is excellent and a total scene-stealer. Plus, it’s always nice to see more lesbian characters in teen dramas!