Xhyniie has been a K-pop fan since 2010 and a K-drama fan since 2000. She enjoys writing about the Korean entertainment industry.
52. Penthouse: War of Life (Season 1 and 2)
This drama is about the story of the wealthy families living in Hera palace and their children that goes at Cheong-ah Arts School.
All of them aim for the success of their children but everything changes when Min-seol-a, a talented but mysterious young lady died during a party at Hera Palace.
51. Tale of the Nine-Tailed Fox (2020)
Lee Yeon is a gumiho who undertake his responsibility as the mountain spirit of Baekdudaegan to look for the reincarnation of Ah-reum, the woman he loved. He gave her the fox bead as her mark when she is reborn.
Thousand of years and Lee Yeon is still looking for Ahreum. He then meets Nam Ji-a, a woman who looks like Ahreum.
50. The World of Married Couple (2020)
This is not your typical Kdrama with an affair. It portrays the story of a woman on a revenge mission with her ex husband. Sun-woo is a successful doctor by profession and is known for having a perfect life. But everything changes when her husband cheated on her with a younger woman. Their life will turned upside down when the ex wife becomes the mistress and the mistress is now the wife.
49. The King: Eternal Monarch (2020)
This drama tells the story of a modern day Emperor of the Kingdom of Corea, Lee Gon. He tries to cross the barrier into an alternate reality wherein the Republic of Korea exists in the Kingdom's stead.
48. Itaewon Class (2020)
This drama depicts the story of an ex convict whose life has been turned upside down when he was expelled during his high school after punching a bully and later on his father is killed in an accident. He follows his father's steps and open a restobar in Itaewon. Together with his manager and staff, they did their best to reach success while battling against a food conglomerate.
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47. The Tale of Nokdu (2019)
This drama centers the story of a man who covers up himself as a woman in order to live among a community of women and resolve the mystery surrounding his past. During his stay, he falls in love to a hot tempered woman hesitantly training to be a gisaeng while finding a way to get revenge with the King.
46. Angel's Last Mission (2019)
It is a fantasy romance drama about a trouble maker angel whose mission is helping the blind heiress Hye Sun to find love after she lost her dream of being a ballerina. But later on, he finds himself falling in love with that woman.
45. Hotel Del Luna (2019)
This drama depicts the story of Man-wol, the CEO of Hotel Del Luna. The hotel that only accommodates ghost as a special guest. Because of a committed sin million years ago, she is trapped at the hotel to entertain the dead before they pass o to the cycle of reincarnation. The only way for humans to come across the hotel is during a lunar eclipse.
44. Crash Landing On You (2019-2020)
Also known as CLOY, this drama tells the story of two crossed lovers, Se-i who is a from the South and a well-known chaebol heiress. And Jeong-hyeok, from the North Korean elite family and a captain in the North Korean Special Police Force. They met when the parachute of Se-ri accidentally landed on the land of the North.
43. Arthdal Chronicles (2019)
This drama takes place in a mythical land called Arth, the native of the ancient city of Arthdal is in difficulty of power struggles. While some of them encounter love along the way. Eun-seom who's fate is to bring disaster to Arthdal goes through hardships to bring his tribe back to life. He later learns his true origins in the process.
42. The Last Empress (2018)
This depicts the life of an aspiring musical actress with a bright personality who becomes Cinderella after marrying the Emperor of the Korean Empire. In her stay in the palace, she uncovers the wrongdoing's of the imperial family and the truth behind the death of the Grand Dowager Empress.
41. Radio Romance (2018)
This is a drama that revolves on the life of a top actor who becomes a famous radio DJ but cannot do anything on his own without a script. And the struggle of the program's writer to succeed with her passion in writing. This follows a stories of healing through their show as the two of them falls in love.
40. Encounter (2018)
This is a beautiful and sad destined love story. It is the accidental encounter of the daughter of a politician and an ordinary man that have different ways of living. Cha Soo-hyun is a divorcee and a CEO of a hotel. While Kim Jin-Hyeok is an ordinary young man. The two of them had a brief encounter while in Cuba. Upon returning to South Korea, they are destined to meet again.
39. Love in the Moonlight (2016)
This drama tells the story of a sharp-witted Hong Ra On who has to moonlight as a man named Sam Nom fo safety reasons. She is forced to live in the palace as a man. This is her punishment for being unable to repay a debt. There she meets the bright mischievous Crown Prince Lee Yeong.
38. Are You Human? (2018)
This is a sci-fi melodrama that narrates the story of a robot that is made to impersonate a chaebol heir who is in a coma during a corporate power struggle. Soon he develops a close bond with his bodyguard as he learns about humans and discovers who he is. Seo Kang Joon plays a dual role in this drama as a robot and a human Nam Shin.
37. My ID is Gangnam Beauty (2018)
This drama tells the story of a woman who is living a new life after going through a plastic surgery. Inside the university wherein appearance is the most important, she meets Do Kyung-suk who thinks differently from everyone. She will eventually learn the real meaning of beauty.
36. What's Wrong With Secretary Kim? (2018)
The story is about an ambitious Vice Chairman of a major corporation, Lee Young-joon and his secretary Kim Mi-so. Misunderstandings begins when Mi-so announces that she will resign from her position after working there for nine years. Young-joon will do everything to make sure that Mi-so will stay on his side.
35. Hwarang: The Poet Warrior (2017)
It is a drama that stars Park Se-joon, Go A-ra and Park Hyung-sik. The story depicts the life around an elite group of young men called Hwarang who discovers their passions, love and friendship during the Silla Kingdom (57 BC-AD 935).
34. Go Back Couple (2017)
This drama tells about the story of a married couple Choi Ban-do and Ma Jin-Joo who are both 38 years old. They are once in love but now hate each other. In addition, they regret marrying each other at a young age. This causes them to travel through time and find each other as a 20 year old university students. Will their love for each other came back?
33. Queen for Seven Days (2017)
This is a political romance drama about the love story of the Grand Prince Lee Yeok and the daughter of a prominent politician who became queen for seven days before being dethroned on her position. She becomes unexpectedly involve between the rivalry of the grand prince and his half brother Yeonsangung.
32. The Bride of Water God (2017)
This drama tells about the romance between Ha Baek, a narcissistic water God and So-ah a psychiatrist. Ha Baek is a god of water who will become the king of the water country and emperor of the realms of god who loses his powers temporarily but gains it when he saves So-ah.
31. Chicago Typewriter (2017)
This drama depicts the lives of the three main characters and how they are intervened together which starts to unveil after an old typewriter is delivered to our writer main lead. The three of them lived during the 1930s Japanese occupation of Korea and are reincarnated into the present as a best-selling writer in a slump, a fan, and a ghostwriter. This drama beautifully depicts sacrifices and love. It can make you laugh and even make you cry hard.
30. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Book Joo (2016-2017)
It is a romance comedy drama that tells the story of a promising weightlifter named Kim Book Joo. Her father runs a chicken restaurant. She is described as having a bright and strong personality. Meanwhile, Jung Joon-hyung is a famous swimmer in their school. The two of them bumps while Joon-hyung was riding on his bicycle. Their relationship now begins.
29. Legend of The Blue Sea (2016-2017)
This is the 2016 much-awaited and comeback drama of Korean heartthrob Lee Min Ho to small screen after almost three years. He is known to paired with the most popular and highest paid actresses in the industry. This time, he will act opposite to Jun Ji Hyun which means a big deal for the viewers. The drama is all about a mermaid from the Joseon dynasty who follows he one true love to the modern day Seoul. Will she survive in the modern society?
28. Fight For My Way (2017)
This drama centers on the life of two lifelong friends, Choi Ae Ra and Ko Dong Man. Their status in life causes difficulties in their success as individuals. It starts when Ae Ra works as an information desk employee at a department store instead of her dream job as a TV anchor. While Dong Man works as a pest control employee instead of being a famous athlete in the country. The two of them have always been dependent on each other while slowly realizing that what's between them is more than friendship.
27. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017)
This is a 2017 drama that stars Park Bo-young in the lead role. It tells the story of a woman with a supernatural strength. This drama became a commercial hit and one of the Highest rated Kdramas in cable television history. It is a mix of comedy, romance, suspense and thriller that strengthen the story of the lead character.
26. Happy Home (2016)
This is a family drama that tells the life and struggles of Bong family who run the Chinese restaurant Gahwamansasung. It stars Kim So-yeon, Lee Sang-woo, and Lee Pil-mo. Happy Home is the first K-drama of Kim So-yeon in which she plays the character of a housewife.
25. Pied Piper (2016)
Pied Piper is K-drama that centers on the story of a police negotiation team as they take their journey on solving cases without using any force. The team works on different cases such as suicides, homicides, hostage situations, and terrorist attacks. So if you love a drama related to police and crimes then watch it now!
24. Neighborhood’s Hero (Local Hero) (2016)
Neighborhood’s Hero starred Park Si-hoo, Lee Soo-hyuk, and Kwon Yuri. This is the comeback drama of Park Si-hoo after he starred in Cheongdamdong Alice (2012) with Moon Geum-young. In his three-year hiatus from the small screen, Park had focused on doing movies such as Scent (2014) and After Love (2015).
This drama is about an ex-secret agent who buys and runs the bar “Neighborhood.” Bek Shi-Yoon was once a human weapon. He hides his past from other people and lives a normal life. But when he meets a young man who dreams of becoming a police officer, he trains this man, and together they fight against evil.
23. Mask (2015)
This drama stars Soo Ae and Ju Ji-hoon playing the lead role. It is another must-watch drama that centers on romance and revenge. Upon hearing that Soo Ae will play the lead role, it really makes me excited. She is the best actress who can portray the protagonist-antagonist role at the same time in a drama.
Of course, this drama is not complete without the other cast. Ju Ji-hoon plays the role of Choi Min-woo, and you watch out for the character of Choi Mi-Yeon played by actress Yo In-young. I’ve known In-young in the drama My Love From The Star wherein she played the character of Han Yo-ra. And she is also good in portraying evil roles.
22. Remember You (Hello Monster) (2015)
I Remember You is a mind-blowing romance-thriller-comedy-mystery drama that stars Seo In-guk and Jang Na-ra. Jang’s skill in acting really showed in this drama. Truly, is one of the most bankable and award-winning actresses in this generation. Furthermore, Seo In-guk also portrays his character well in it. It is a combination of well-chosen celebrities whom I considered as talented and has the skills.
The plot is unique that never get you bored and will make you excited for the next episode. What makes this drama worth-watching is that you will always be puzzled on what will happen in the next scenes. Unlike others that you can guess, this drama will make you think and think again.
21. Healer (2014)
This drama is one of the best dramas in 2014-2015 and most recommended by K-drama lovers. I know that you are familiar Ji Chang-Wook as he stars in Empress Ki. Honestly, EK is also a recommended drama if you want to know the other side of Jang-wook. Also, if you like historical dramas, then this is for you.
On the other hand, Park Min Young plays the counterpart of Chang-Wook. I don’t have any doubt on Park’s acting since she is good especially on her latest drama A New Leaf. Although it didn't receive high ratings, it is one of my favorite legal dramas.
Healer is an action-romance-thriller drama that would surely satisfy your hungry imaginations. This is an absolutely fantastic drama of the year that is filled with thrills in every episode. Furthermore, the chemistry between the leads is not cheesy but heart-warming that will make you believe that they might be in a real relationship.
20. Pinocchio (2014)
This was my favorite Korean-romantic comedy-drama of 2014. Simply because of the two lead stars and how their characters communicate with their fans. I'm not biased if that's what you are thinking, but I really like how PSH and LJS acted on this drama. You might say that PSH characters in drama's never changed, but for me, it's not the issue. I think the question should be, did PSH acting on this drama is good or very good?
What about the story? Some might say that it's cliche, but for me it's new, and I should support this two lead stars. I support them not just because I am a fan but because I can see that the two of them had improved in acting. After all, some k-pop fans consider the cast as the main factor of watching a Korean drama.
19. Birth of a Beauty (2014)
Should I tell you that I'm also a fan of Han Ye-seul? Yes, I've been a fan since the first time I've watched her in the drama Myung Wol The Spy with Eric Mun. I even downloaded the soundtracks of that drama. Her acting is good, and she's beautiful.
Birth of a Beauty is another drama of Lee Sang-wook and Han Ye-seul. And of us are still doubtful whether to do things just like Ye-seul's character did. Well, plastic surgery is still and issue in our country (Philippines). What will you love in this drama? I guess, it's about the beauty of Han Ye-seul. And how plastic surgery helps her to find true love instead of the revenge that she is planning together with Lee Sang-wook.
18. Discovery of Love (2014)
To be honest, before watching the full drama online I first watched its trailer. Though I'm a fan of Eric Mun (he is my crush, and I always say to my friends that one day I'm gonna marry him) I first searched for the trailer of this drama. Because we all know that the trailer is the evidence whether this drama will be a good one or an epic fail.
My first reaction was "Oh, who's that girl? I don't know her, and this is the first time I see her on dramas." Yeah, that was my first reaction. Then, I realized that she is one of the leads of this drama. After watching the trailer, I ask myself, "what's the reason I watched the trailer? Do I enjoy this trailer?" I never asked myself of how the actors and actresses acted on this drama.
The next day, I type this drama on a website, and after three days I'm done. What can I say about this drama? Well, it's good. It's the right drama for those who happened to met their ex again after their breakup. And I guess, if you want some signs whether your ex is the one for you then you should watch this drama.
17. The Greatest Marriage (2014)
I'm not that familiar with the cast, but I like the story itself. It's the first time that I never considered whether the cast is very popular or not because after watching the trailer it made me want more.
Why did I decide to watch this? Because of how the lead star handles her pregnancy. And I was also thinking about the contract between Jo Eun Cha And Gi Young that saying Gi Young has to be his wife if he lost in the election. It's an interesting part of this drama. How come he come up with this kind of idea? And what's really great about marriage?
16. My Secret Hotel (2014)
Its the third time I watched how Yo In-na acts in Korean dramas. The first one, to mention was when she was cast in the lead role of the drama Queen Inhyun's Man and the second time was in the drama My Love From The Star. Though I'm not a fan of her's, I watched Secret Hotel is because of its story.
I've mentioned before that I love romantic-comedy drama plus the suspense it has. It's not just about love story but a mystery that the audience is trying to solve. Yes, some of us are guessing who the killer is? Is it true? How did it happen? What's his/her purpose? How will the director and the writer end this story? Will it be the same as Wild Romance ending? Or it will be different from other dramas? What about the actors?
Regarding Namgoong Min acting, I can see that there's an improvement compared to the last time I saw him in a drama. That was during, Unemployed Romance days. And I am very surprise of Jin Yi-han, I watched him before in Master's Sun and A New Leaf. And yes, he has the potential to become the next best actor.
15. Emergency Couple (2014)
For my many years of being a drama addict, this is really my first time I enjoyed watching a medical drama. Emergency Couple does not focus on the characters life drama but on how each character face different problems while on the hospital. So why is it entitled as Emergency Couple?
Emergency Couple is about a divorced couple Oh Jin Hee and Oh Chang Min who met again and worked as an intern in one hospital. What makes it different from other Korean dramas is that how the story started and ended.
Yes, it started when a medical school student, Oh Chang Min and dietician student Oh Jin Hee fall in love and marry despite Oh Chang Min strong family opposition. Chang Min comes from a family of good doctors that they think marrying Oh Jin Hee is not good for him, after their marriage, his family cut ties with him and stop supporting him. He then decided to give up his dream as a doctor and works as a pharmaceutical salesman. Just like any other couple, after a year of marriage, the two began to fight constantly and ended their relationship.
Chang Min returned to his family and decided to study again to pursue his dream, while Jin Hee put herself through med school. For those six years, the two didn’t have any communication. Until, they meet again in one hospital whereas they will work together as an intern in an emergency room for three months. Those three months will cover different problems inside the hospital that the couple will be facing. Problems related to their works, family and themselves.
What I like about this drama are the different medical related issues that the two will solve together. The scenes are factual and realistic. The scenes in the emergency room, the scene wherein Chang Min and Jin Hee did a throat surgery to a patient when they were locked inside the elevator. And that was the most intense part of this drama that you should really watch. This drama really teaches about life and love.
14. Cunning Single Lady (2014)
Cunning Single Lady is a 2014 South Korean romantic drama TV series featuring Lee Min-jung and Joo Sang-wook as a separated couple who revives their sentiment. It aired on MBC from February 27 to April 24, 2014, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.
13. Plus Nine Boys (2014)
Plus Nine Boys is another Korean drama that you will surely enjoy watching. It is a romantic comedy about four males who each confront different challenges in love and work at the cusp of a new decade in their lives.
The first main character is Gu Kwang-soo who is 39 years old and once the brilliant production director of the nation’s top live music program. But his fall from grace occurs when members of an indie band he'd cast drop their pants onstage and flash the entire country during a live broadcast (based on a real-life incident on MBC in 2005). He loses his position and gets shunted to another program, spending the rest of his professional life in obscurity. He is desperate to get married, but his workaholic ways leave him little time to date. He has three nephews, Kang Jin-gu, Kang Min-gu, and Kang Dong-gu, who are sons of his superstitious older sister.
Kang Jin-gu is 29 years old, tour planner for a large vacation travel agency, and he's self-assured, good at his job, and popular with women. But he starts having to re-evaluate his whole future when he falls into a one-sided love for the first time in his life.
Kang Min-gu is 19 years old, hot-tempered high school senior and judo athlete. Min-gu dreams of going to his dream college on a judo scholarship, which means giving his all to win a gold medal in his competitive matches. But an upset stomach during a semi-finals match causes him to lose and poop in his pants, and after that embarrassing episode, his judo ranking drops.
Kang Dong-gu is nine years old. He is a child who got famous doing food commercials because of his healthy appetite. Dong-gu suddenly feels threatened when during a movie audition, he loses the role to a new rival child actor named Do Min-joon. He soon finds himself in a career slump, with the other stage parents whispering that he's growing less cute as he gets older.
So far, the kids have the cutest love story. Maybe because it is really cute, seeing these kids in a drama and dating. But then, of course, it's just puppy love.
12. You're All Surrounded (2014)
A 2014 South Korean TV series featuring Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won, Go Ara, Ahn Jae-hyun, Park Jung-min,Oh Yoon-ah, and Sung Ji-roo. It was aired on SBS from May 7 to July 17, 2014 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 scenes.
11. Marriage Not Dating (2014)
This drama is about a wealthy plastic surgeon Gong Ki-tae has no interest in getting married; while Joo Jang-mi is a woman who wants nothing more than to be married. Ki-tae, in an effort to get his parents off his back about the constant string of blind dates and marriage prospects, purposely brings Jang-mi home to meet his parents posing as his girlfriend, certain that they'll never approve of her What happens to the lead characters of the drama is that they enter into a contractual relationship so that Ki-tae can bide his time in singledom.
The first time I watched episode 1 of this drama made me think of Full House. Though the two dramas have different plots but they were the same in entering a contract relationship. Maybe the story is very cliché, but the first episode is really different from other dramas that I’ve watched. For a fan like me, I see that there is a "bang" in the first episode.
10. I Need Romance 3 (2014)
This drama is about Shin Joo-yeon is a 33-year-old fashion marketing director at a home shopping channel company. She's developed a tough, prickly outer shell in order to succeed in the workplace, and has almost given up on the idea of true love after countless failures in the relationship department. She becomes involved in a love triangle with two very different men.
And Joo Wan is a 26-year-old songwriter and carefree spirit who returns to Korea after seventeen years living abroad. Up until the age of 9, he was practically raised by his mom's friend and her daughter, Shin Joo-yeon.
Another character is Kang Tae-yoon is Joo-yeon's senior colleague and mentor, a workaholic perfectionist who does whatever it takes to meet his goals. He's smooth and refined, but inwardly he doesn't really believe in love after getting his heart broken by his last girlfriend.
The reason why I include this drama on my list because I'm a fan of Kim So-Yeon since I saw her in the drama All About Eve and Prosecutor Princess. Well, of course, a fan will always support his/her idols. Teasers of this drama will make you decide whether to watch it or not. After all, if you like romance and comedy at the same time, then you should include this drama on your list.
9. Witch Romance (2014)
Okay, here we go. Number 4 on my list is Witch's Romance. I know not all of you here will agree on me that's why there is a poll below for you to support what drama you like. Actually, I am not familiar with any of the casts. But when I watch the teaser video of this drama, it made me think again to watch the whole drama. I like romance, I like comedy, and this drama has it all.
The story is all about Ban Ji-yeon is a 39-year-old investigative news reporter at Troublemaker. Her job is the most important thing in Ji-yeon's life, and she's so passionate about it that colleagues call her a "witch" behind her back. Ji-yeon focuses all her energy on work because she stopped believing in love after her last boyfriend, 41-year-old war photographer Noh Shi-hoon disappeared before their wedding day.
And Yoon Dong-ha is a 25-year-old guy who runs a small errand center with his friend. Their store will do pretty much anything for a customer, including dressing as Santa Claus, or providing security for an idol star. Dong-ha seems happy-go-lucky, but he hides a secret sorrow, having lost his girlfriend to a fatal heart problem. Since her death, he's lost all his ambition and drive, with his career plans sidelined.
After watching this drama, all I can say is that I never waste my time. It's such a wonderful drama, a nice story plus compatible lead stars that made me hope that someday the two of them would work again in a new drama. Why must you include this on your list? Because of the romance wrapped with comedy scenes it has. It will make you laugh, cry and you will think of what if? To answer those what if's, surf the net now and watch Witch Romance.