Highlights from best BL drama on Netflix

With all its might Netflix has made a strong place for itself in the Asian Markets. Not only it is putting out original content in form of Asian dramas and movies, but Netflix has also aggressively acquired great Asian shows to cater to its worldwide audience.

People across the world are great admirers of Boys Love dramas, so much so that some BL dramas are considered the best among all Asian dramas. That is why Netflix offers tonnes of great BL dramas in its catalog for its viewers. In this post, I’ll be sharing with you a list of the 15 Best BL dramas streaming on Netflix.

NOTE: Depending upon your location, some of these dramas might not show on your Netflix, so you might have to use a VPN or something to resolve this problem.

1. SOTUS: The Series | พี่ว้ากตัวร้ายกับนายปีหนึ่ง

  • Logline: What started off as bickering ended up in a romantic fuss.
  • Country: Thailand
  • Year: 2016 
  • Genre: Friendship, Romance
  • Cast: Prachaya Ruangroj, Perawat Sangpotirat, Chanagun Arpornsutinan 

Sotus is a Thailand boy love drama that puts an entirely different perspective on an LGBTQ genre. I sat watching it without knowing it was a BL. The story kept me guessing from the very beginning and within no time I got hooked to the premise.  

The show sets up in an engineering college where the practice of ragging and fresher abuse was a common scenario. It didn’t stop until Kongpob, a college fresher, stood up against arrogant third-year seniors and their leader- Arthit. This confrontation ignited a spark of resentment between the protagonists Kongpob and Athit. Little did they knew about the drastic outcomes of this dispute.

In a series of conflicts and continuous encounters two of them settled off as friends but at last, ended up as lovers.

2. Love By Chance | รักนี้บังเอิญคือคุณ

  • Logline: Pele’s life transforms when he meets his perfect match.
  • Country: Thailand
  • Year: 2018 
  • Genre: Romance, Friendship
  • Cast: Saint Suppapong, Perth Tanapon

I am sure most of you know, BL dramas are very popular in Thailand and this list will also be featuring a lot of Thai BL dramas. Love by chance is a great BL drama that brings out the complexities of being a young gay male in an orthodox society.

Pete is an intelligent, shy and silent boy. His timidness is caused by the fact that he is gay and chooses not to disclose it. His life went like this until he met Ae, a kindhearted boy of a similar age.

The show is one of the most refreshing and purest Boys Love dramas streaming on Netflix. It is definitely worth your your time.

3. HIStory3: Trapped | 圈套

  • Logline: Tang Yi and Shao Fei are rivals because one is a gang leader and the other is a police officer. But will this rivalry lead to other feelings being born?
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Action, Thriller
  • Cast: Jake Hsu, Chris Wu, Andu Bian, Kenny Chen
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HIStory drama series comprises a total of 3 seasons and all are LGBTQ stories. Every season has 2-3 different stories with a different cast and every single season is worth watching. 

‘HIStory3: Trapped’ revolves around two guys, Tang Yi and Shao Fei. Tang Yi is a leader of a gang/mob and Shao Fei is a Police officer. During investigating a case, some suspicions lead Shao Fei to Tang Yi and both get involved in each other’s lives. Over time this relationship evolves into something more than rivalry.

Even though I have just put one part of HIStory Series in this list. Make sure you check out all the parts on Netflix because all of them are great and binge worthy.

4. Dark Blue Kiss | จูบสุดท้ายเพื่อนายคนเดียว

  • Logline: A accidental kiss ignites the flames of love in the heart of two close friends.
  • Country: Thailand
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Romance
  • Cast: Tawan Vihokratana, Thitipoom Techaapaikhun

Dark blue Kiss is a spinoff story of a famous Thai drama, ‘Kiss Me Again’. The two main characters of this drama were so popular that a separate drama was create for them and I must say it’s worth the watch. Both dramas are on Netflix for you to watch.

The parent story revolved around a group of friends, whereas ‘Dark blue Kiss is an extended version of the romance between Kao and Pete. Both are close friends. One thing leads to another and they accidentally kiss, thus igniting the flames of love in their heart.

 5. Love Sick: The Series | รักวุ่น วัยรุ่นแสบ

  • Logline: A witty plan to fool his father leads to dramatic consequences for Phun.
  • Country: Thailand
  • Year: 2014
  • Genre: Teenage, Romance
  • Cast: Kongyingyong Chonlathorn, Phumphothingam Nawat, Luangsodsai Anupart

For those who look for an all-rounder story that covers love, emotion, melodrama, and comedy, Love Sick is a perfect match for you. Before Netflix, Love Sick aired on television in Thailand and captured the heart of many drama lovers back in 2014 when it was released.

The story follows the chronicles of Phun, his family, and his disguised boyfriend Noh. Phun’s father wants him to date his friend’s daughter, but Phun is reluctant to date a girl because he is obsessed with boy love stories. To get out of this situation, he lays doltish a plan to deceive his father.

Love Sick drama will be remembered for its originality and the impression it leaves behind. If you live n Asia, you may not find this on Netflix yet, but boy love drama viewers from the west can easily stream it on Netflix.

6. Great Men Academy | สุภาพบุรุษสุดที่เลิฟ

  • Logline: A wish claimed from a unicorn will prove useful only if Love’s crush is gay. 
  • Country: Thailand
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Life
  • Cast: New Chanyapuk, James Teerandon, Ice Paris

In my Best Thai bl drama article, I introduced it as the sweetest drama of the BL fantasy world. Since then, I have watched nearly 15-20 BL dramas but my opinion continues the same about this one. If you are searching for some sugary, soft, and comical gay drama to binge on, stop here and search for Great Men Academy on Netflix.

Love is a sassy high school girl who can’t get over her crush Vier who studies at the Great Men Academy. Since it’s a men academy, Love has no chance of making any contact with her crush. The show flips around when she meets a magical unicorn rumored to fulfill wishes. In the excitement of making Vier love her, she wishes for a way to get closer to vier. Unfortunately, her wish is misinterpreted by the unicorn and she gets converted to a boy.

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Great Men Academy is an energetic, fast-paced drama with likable characters. Binge it if you’re looking for a fun fantasy drama and avoid it if you are only looking for sentimental and intense male love drama. 

7. Diary of Tootsies

  • Logline: Tale of three gays and a lesbian in search of love.
  • Country: Thailand
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Life
  • Cast: Petch Paopetch Charoensook, Pingpong Thongchai Thongkanthom

A simple story yet a unique premise. Yes, that’s what it is. A refreshing BL drama for those who enjoy sex comedy, friendship, and romance navigating through teenage life. The trailer projects it much like sexual humor, but it’s more than that and also highlights social evils like homophobia, infidelity, and love complications. 

It follows the lives of 3 gay friends (Gus, Golf, Kim) who (surprisingly) have their breakup on the same day. Natty, their best girlfriend, who is a lesbian, is always there to comfort them for their heartbreaks.

8. 2gether | เพราะเราคู่กัน

  • Logline: Two people decide to get into a pretend relationship but later start growing feelings for each other.
  • Country: Thailand
  • Year: 2020
  • Genre: Romance
  • Cast: Metawin “Win” Opas-iamkajorn, Vachirawit “Bright” Chiva-aree.

When I watched this BL drama on Netflix, I totally loved it but when I looked around some people were not happy with it. It is one of those dramas that either you totally love or hate. But nonetheless, it will surely rile up your feelings. 

Tine is a dashing guy who is chased by Green all the time but Tine doesn’t reciprocate the same feeling. To lose Green from his back, Tine asks Sarawat, a fellow college student to get into a fake relationship with him.

But with time, pretending starts turning into reality as the fake couple becomes closer to each other without even realizing it.

9. Gameboys

  • Logline: A sweet love story between two online game streamers.
  • Country: Philippines
  • Year: 2020
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Life, Drama
  • Cast: Kokoy de Santos, Elijah Canlas, Adrianna So

A story set in a post-pandemic world, when most of the people are confined in their homes, romance has to go online. Gameboys is BL romance drama streaming on Netflix that doesn’t shy away from homoerotism and issues related LGBTQ+.

The show centers Cario, an online streamer who is caught by surprise when he receives a video call from his game rival Gavreel. We don’t need to stress much about what happens next as I have already cited the storyline of Hello Stranger above.

Gameboys bring forth a beautiful representation of gay characters, their emotions, sexuality, fears, and vulnerability. I am sure you’ll love the chemistry between our main leads.

10. Ossan’s Love 

  • Logline: Soichi is left to live on his own by his mother which forces him to move in with his co-worker.
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 2018
  • Genre:  Romance
  • Cast: Saiparn Apinya,Typhoon Kanokchat Big Thongpoom, Joke Akarin, Seo Jin Yeon

While Thai Drama dominates the BL genre, there are few Japanese dramas that deserve to be talked about. In fact, prior to 2020, this was the only BL drama broadcasted in Japan. Ossan’s love is a light drama for those who don’t like to be emotionally invested in a drama.

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Haruta Soichi is an average corporate employee who doesn’t have a good hands-on woman. He lives with his parents who are worried about him being single. His life shook apart when his parents walk away to live him on his own. 

Incapable of doing house chores he is forced to move in with his co-worker Maki Ryota who is an expert at house chores. This creates a climactic situation as Maki is gay and is attracted to Soichi.

11. The Untamed | 陈情令

  • Logline: An inter-clan rivalry running through the years reveals some dark truths from the past.
  • Country: China
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Mystery, Drama
  • Cast: Xiao Zhan, Wang Yibo, Liu Haikuan

It’s less of Boys Love and more of a Bromance but the vibe that we get from the two main leads is totally mesmerizing that I had to put this Chinese drama on this list. It is also one of the most highly rated Chinese Dramas.

The story tracks the adventure of two brave men on a mission to banish the evil enduring in the kingdom. Wei Wuxian who once decided to fight against the ruling Wen sect goes missing and returns after 16 years and joins hands with the righteous Lan Wangji to unveil the real culprits behind prolonged murder mysteries.

I highly recommend you stream it on Netflix if you don’t want to watch too many gay scenes and just like to enjoy the sweet relationship between two guys.

12. Bangkok Love Stories: Innocence

  • Logline: Three thrill-seekers go to Bangkok to satisfy their pursuit for love, money, and thrill.
  • Country: Thailand
  • Year: 2018
  • Genre:  Romance
  • Cast: Saiparn Apinya,Typhoon Kanokchat Big Thongpoom, Joke Akarin, Seo Jin Yeon

Love Triangle is not one of my favorite genres. I find it hard to get over all emotional melodrama and betrayal. 

I found this drama on a Reddit forum. This drama talks about three different bl love triangles and thought of giving it a try. Turns out that it was available on Netflix and I enjoyed every bit of it. 

It follows three parkour enthusiasts who can’t get enough thrill in life. Therefore they decide to flee to Bangkok and find their kick.    

The video quality of this drama is great and isn’t what you normally expect from eastern shows.

13. Like in the Movie

  • Logline: A story of a teenager becoming financially independent while struggling through his sexuality. 
  • Country: Philippines
  • Year: 2020
  • Genre: Life, Romance, Drama
  • Cast: Ian Pangilinan, Paolo Pangilinan, Adrienne Vergara

Like in the movie stands out from the rest of the BL series on Netflix. It highlights real-gay-life circumstances and explores the hardships that one undergo exploring sexuality and identity.

The drama talks about Karl, a 19-year-old architecture student who is forced to learn how to be financially independent. 

However, his job turns him down and he finds it difficult to pay for the rent. Karl‘s only hope is his cocky neighbor Vladwho proposes to share Karl’s apartment. 

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14. Long Time No See |  롱타임노씨

  • Logline: A story of a teenager becoming financially independent while struggling through his sexuality. 
  • Country: South Korea
  • Year: 2017
  • Genre: Action, Romance
  • Cast: Tak Woo Suk, Yeon Seung Ho

15. The Underwear | รักชั้นนัย

  • Logline: A story about a group of people connected by The Underwear Forum.
  • Country: Thailand
  • Year: 2017
  • Genre: Romance, Friendship
  • Cast: Peem Jaiyen, Emika Grant, Mew Chisanusha