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List of the Top 25 K-Dramas to Watch
Do you like watching Korean dramas? I love them, and this is a list of my all-time favorites—the best and greatest K-dramas ever made! Join me as we count down through my top 25 shows, and be sure to vote in the poll at the bottom for your #1 pick!
25. The Greatest Love
This drama is simply funny, sweet, and sometimes sad. The story focuses on Ku Ae-Jung, the lead vocalist of a former girl group called National Treasure Girls. After the group announces their breakup, Ku Ae-Jung experiences many difficulties in her life. Meanwhile, top actor Dok Ko-Jin, who is arrogant and rude, is being chased by the public. The two are in separate worlds until they meet each other in an unexpected time, unexpected place, and unexpected way.
- Kong Hyo-Jin as Ku Ae-Jung
- Cha Seung-Won as Dok Ko-Jin
- Yoon Kye-Sang as Yoon Pil-Joo
- Yoo In-Na as Kang Se-Ri
Jumong, the son of a royal family, was the founder of Goguryeo in 37 BC. He was raised by King Geum Wa, who took in the boy and his mother when Jumong's father, General Hae Mo Su, was seemingly killed in an ambush by the Han Dynasty. A beautiful merchant's daughter named So Seo No helped Jumong realise his dream to build a new country, and she later became his second wife.
- Song Il Gook as Jumong
- Han Hye Jin as So Seo No
- Kim Seung Soo as Prince Dae So
- Hu Joon Ho as Hae Mo Su
- Oh Yun Soo as Lady Yoo Hwa
23. Endless Love: Winter Sonata
Winter Sonata is the second part of the popular Endless Love series. When it first aired in Korea, it was a modest hit, but then it became very popular in Japan, Philippines, and other countries in Southeast Asia.
The story starts with Joon-sang as he moves to a new high school in search of his biological father. On a trip together with other schoolmates, Oh Chelin, Jin-suk, and Yong-kuk, Joon-sang saves Yu-jin from an accident. They become close, and then they become more than friends. However, circumstances and fate dictate that their love won't last forever, and Joon-sang moves away.
Ten years later, the old high school buddies gather to celebrate Yu-jin and Sang-hyuk's soon-to-be wedding. Yu-jin, who was deeply in love with Joon-sang, still has a fire in her heart for him. At the party, Oh Chelin's new boyfriend arrives—and he looks just like Joon-sang.
- Bae Yong Jun as Kang Joon-sang/Lee Min-hyung
- Choi Ji Woo as Jung Yu-jin
- Park Yong Ha as Kim Sang-hyuk
- Park Sol Mi as Oh Che-lin
- Lee Hye Eun as Kong Jin-suk (Yu-jin's best friend)
22. Prosecutor Princess
This drama is cute, funny, and stylish. Ma Hye Ri is a woman blessed with an excellent memory and ability to focus, which allows her to pass the bar exam with ease. However, she is more interested in fashion than law and dislikes hard work, so she is far from being an ideal prosecutor. She has doubts over whether her job really suits her.
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Because of her childish actions and fashion-obsessed mind, she has frequent conflicts with her senior colleagues and struggles with difficult cases. But as time goes by, our princess gradually matures into a brilliant prosecutor with a sense of duty and justice.
- Kim So Yun as Ma Hye Ri
- Park Shi Hoo as Seo In Woo
- Han Jung Soo as Yoon Se Joon
- Choi Song Hyun as Jin Jung Sun
- Yoo Gun as Lee Min Suk
- Park Jung Ah as Jeni Ahn
- Choi Sung Ho as Chae Ji Woon
21. Fated to Love You
This is a tumultuous but ultimately touching drama. Fated to Love You is about the unexpected relationship that blossoms when a chaebol heir, Lee Gun, and a "post-it girl," Kim Min Young, are forced to marry after their drunken one-night stand results in an unexpected pregnancy.
- Jang Hyuk as Lee Gun
- Jang Na Ra as Kim Mi Young/Ellie Kim
- Choi Jin Hyuk as Daniel Pitt
- Wang Ji Won as Kang Se Ra
20. Boys Over Flowers
Boys Over Flowers features Geum Jan Di as an ordinary girl whose family owns a dry cleaning store. She attends Shin Hwa High School with the elite F4 group and is terrorised by the F4 leader, Gu Jun Pyo. Although Jun Pyo persistently bullies Jan Di, he also becomes attracted to her. However, Jan Di has a crush on Yoon Ji Hoo, who is Jun Pyo's best friend.
When she realises that Ji Hoo is merely a close friend and that she really loves Jun Pyo, the couple are thrown into a dilemma as Jun Pyo's mother sets out to break them up and find a more suitable match for her son.
- Koo Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di
- Lee Min Ho as Goo Joon Pyo
- Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo
- Kim Bum as So Yi Jung
- Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin
- Kim So Eun as Chu Ga Eul (Jan Di's best friend)
19. Jewel in the Palace
Jewel in the Palace is a historical drama based on the true story of Jang-Geum, who was the first woman to become the supreme royal physician during the Chosun Dynasty. Despite being a low-class girl in the male-dominated society, she overcame social discrimination and landed herself a job as a royal cook. Later, she became the royal physician, then ultimately the physician in charge of the king. She was even given the title "The Great Jang-Geum" by the king.
- Lee Young-Ae as Seo Jang-Geum
- Ji Jin-Hee as Min Jeong-Ho
- Hong Ri-Na as Choi Keum-Young
- Lim Ho as King Jungjong
- Yang Mi-Kyeong as Lady Han
- Kyeon Mi-Ri as Lady Choi
This drama, which was originally called Festival, takes place at an art university. It depicts the sweat and tears of the students as they pursue their dreams of love and friendship. The heroine, Kyu-Won, is a bright girl and a highly skilled gayageum player. She is in the Korean traditional music department. Kyu-Won also comes from a family that includes one of the three best pansori singers in the world.
Lee Shin is a cold and refined young man and a highly skilled guitarist. He is in the applied music department. Kyu-Won and Lee Shin come from different family backgrounds, causing them to have frequent misunderstandings, but they start to like each other as time passes by.
- Park Shin-Hye as Lee Kyu-Won
- Jung Yong-Hwa as Lee Shin
- Song Chang-Eui as Kim Suk-Hyun
- So E-Hyun as Jung Yun-Soo
This fantasy drama features the story of 18-year-old Kang Gyung-Joon's spirit, which suddenly finds itself in the body of 30-year-old Seo Yoon-Jae. Seo Yoon-Jae is a successful doctor who is engaged to a high school teacher named Gil Da-Ran. And she just so happens to be the teacher of 18-year-old Kang Gyung-Joon! More problems ensue when 30-year-old Seo Yoon-Jae falls in love with another woman.
- Gong Yoo as Seo Yoon-Jae's body and Gyung-Joon's spirit
- Lee Min-Jung as Gil Da-Ran
- Bae Suzy as Jang Ma-Ri
- Jang Hee-Jin as Lee Se-Young
- Shin Won-Ho as Kang Gyung-Joon
16. Marry Him if You Dare
Marry Him if You Dare focuses on the lives of people who work at a broadcasting station. The female lead, Na Mi-Rae, chases her dream of working in broadcasting. However, a woman who works as a writer at the station goes back in time and meets herself in the past. The woman gives advice to herself in the past in order to avoid repeating her mistakes.
- Yoon Eun-Hye as Na Mi-Rae
- Lee Dong-Gun as Kim Shin
- Jung Yong-Hwa as Park Se-Joo
- Han Chae-Ah as Seo Yoo-Kyung
- Choi Myoung-Gil as future Na Mi-Rae
15. Good Doctor
This is a medical drama about Park Shi Ohn, a man with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who has the mentality of a 10-year-old. He also has the amazing ability to visualise human anatomy in 3D and remembers everything he reads. These exceptional skills lead him to pursue work as a paediatrician specialist. However, he has to overcome a lot of discrimination to succeed.
As a child, he was abused by his father and abandoned by his mother. He also blames himself for the death of his brother. How can he overcome all of these difficulties? Good Doctor is an emotional drama that will leave you in tears, and it's definitely a must-watch.
- Joo Won as Park Shi Ohn
- Moon Chae Won as Cha Yoon Seo
- Joo Sang Wook as Kim Do Han
- Kim Min Seo as Yoo Chae Kyung
14. City Hunter
An action-packed drama full of romance and thrills, City Hunter is one of Lee Min Ho's most popular TV series. He stars as as Lee Yoon-Sung, who works at the Blue House for the National Communication Network Team. He graduated from M.I.T. in the U.S. and possesses elite skills as an I.T. engineer. At the Blue House, he meets Kim Na-Na, who works as a bodyguard there. They fall for each other, even though Yoon-Sung was warned not to fall in love. His ultimate mission is to help his adoptive father get revenge.
- Lee Min-ho as Lee Yoon-sung/Poochai
- Park Min-young as Kim Na-na
- Lee Joon-hyuk as Kim Young-joo
- Kim Sang-joong as Lee Jin-pyo
- Kim Sang-ho as Bae Man-duk/Bae Shik-joong
- Hwang Sun-hee as Jin Sae-hee
13. Playful Kiss
Playful Kiss is a drama based on the Japanese manga Itazura Na Kiss, which was written by Tada Kaoru. The Korean series is the third television adaptation of the manga, following the Taiwanese It Started With a Kiss in 2005 and its sequel, They Kiss Again, in 2007.
It's a romantic comedy covering the romance between Baek Seung-Jo, an arrogant young man with a genius IQ, and Oh Ha-Ni, a ditzy young woman who gets poor grades, but whose heart is as powerful as Seung-Jo's mind.
- Kim Hyun-joong as Baek Seung-jo
- Jung So-min as Oh Ha-ni
- Lee Tae-sung as Bong Joon-gu
- Lee Si-young as Yoon Hae-ra
12. Full House
Full House is one of the most popular K-dramas from the early 2000s. This drama attempts to answer the question of whether two people—a famous actor and an ordinary woman—can learn to love each other in a contract marriage. It also explores the true meaning of family by looking at the brighter side of life.
This drama emphasizes essential characteristics, such as being considerate, caring, frank, and patient, and sticking to life’s basic values. But no matter how different the characters' personalities are, everyone finds happiness in the end.
- Song Hye-kyo as Han Ji-eun
- Rain as Lee Young-jae
- Han Eun-jung as Kang Hye-won
- Kim Sung-soo as Yoo Min-hyuk
11. Secret Garden
This drama tells the story of Kim Joo Won, an arrogant CEO who maintains the image of apparent perfection, and Gil Ra Im, a poor and humble stuntwoman whose beauty and body are envied by famous actresses. They accidentally meet when Joo Won mistakes Ra Im for actress Park Chae Rin, and this marks the beginning of a tense, bickering relationship.
Joo Won tries to hide a growing attraction to Ra Im that both confuses and disturbs him. To complicate matters further, a strange sequence of events results in them swapping bodies.
- Hyun Bin as Kim Joo Won
- Ha Ji Won as Gil Ra Im
- Yoon Sang Hyun as Choi Woo Young/Oska (Joo Won's cousin)
- Kim Sa Rang as Yoon Seul
10. Dream High
Dream High brings you right back to high school life. It tells the story of six students at Kirin Art High School who work to achieve their dreams of becoming pop stars in the Korean music industry. Go Hye Mi is a student who has to switch from classical music to pop in order to pay off her father's debt. In order to conditionally enroll in Kirin Art High School, Hye Mi has to get two other students to also join the school.
These two students are Song Sam Dong, who lives in the countryside, and Jin Guk, whom Hye Mi accidentally meets while trying to escape from a loan shark. Yoon Baek Hee, formerly Hye Mi's sidekick, becomes her rival because Hye Mi betrays her during an audition to enter the school.
- Kim Soo Hyun as Song Sam Dong
- Bae Suzy as Go Hye Mi
- Taecyeon as Jin Gook/Hyun Shi Hyuk
- Ham Eun Jung as Yoon Baek Hee
- Wooyoung as Jason
- IU as Kim Pil Sook
9. Queen Seondeok
This is a historical drama about Queen Seondeok, the first female ruler of the Silla Kingdom. She was a beautiful and excellent queen who had many great achievements despite the struggles she faced.
Deokman was born a twin, but she was sent far away by her father, King Jinpyung, in order to protect her from a royal court lady named Mishil who was trying to snatch away the throne. Deokman was later brought back to the Silla palace, where she joined forces with her twin sister, Princess Chunmyung, to oppose Mishil.
However, Mishil devised a sinister plan to have the two Silla princesses exiled from the kingdom, and, in a secretive battle, Princess Chunmyung was accidentally killed. But Princess Deokman shrewdly enlisted the help of General Kim Yusin and eliminated her archenemy.
- Lee Yo Won as Princess Deokman, later Queen Seondeok
- Ko Hyun Jung as Lady Mishil
- Uhm Tae Woong as Kim Yoo Shin
- Park Ye Jin as Princess Chunmyung
- Yoo Seung Ho as Kim Chun Chu
- Kim Nam Gil as Bi Dam
8. Coffee Prince
Coffee Prince is popular both for its story and its richly woven characters. It focuses on the difficult life of Go Eun Chan, who has to dress like a man to find work so she can pay off her debts. Meanwhile, Choi Han Kyul is the heir of a big food company, but his grandmother wants him to settle down, so she arranges a bunch of dates for him.
After Eun Chan bumps into Han Kyul and gets mistaken for a boy, Han Kyul decides to hire her to be his gay lover so he can avoid the arranged dates. Desperately in need of money, Eun Chan has no choice but to accept. Han Kyul's grandmother also puts him in charge of a filthy coffee shop that is nearing bankruptcy, so Eun Chan begs to work at the coffee shop. Not long after, the two start to develop feelings for each other, and Han Kyul wonders about his sexuality.
- Yoon Eun Hye as Go Eun Chan
- Gong Yoo as Choi Han Kyul
- Lee Sun Gyun as Choi Han Sung
- Chae Jung Ahn as Han Yoo Joo
7. The Princess' Man
We all love Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. But you're definitely going to love the Korean version even more! One of the most romantic period K-dramas, The Princess' Man is a tragic love story between the daughter of Prince Suyang and son of Kim Jong Seo.
The son, Seungyoo, is a handsome, wise, and noble man. Princess Seryeong, a daughter of King Sejo (AKA Prince Suyang), is a cheerful, lively lady with a strong curiosity and a bold personality. They fall in love instantly, but later they find out that their parents are sworn enemies. It sounds pretty similar to the Montague and Capulet families' rivalries, doesn't it?
- Moon Chae Won as Lee Se Ryung
- Park Shi Hoo as Kim Seung Yoo
- Song Jong Ho as Shin Myun
- Hong Soo Hyun as Princess Kyung Hye
- Lee Soon Jae as Kim Jong Seo
- Kim Young Chul as Prince Suyang (later King Sejo)
- Lee Min Woo as Jung Jong
6. The Moon That Embraces the Sun
The Moon That Embraces the Sun tells the story of the secret love between Lee Hwon, a fictional king of Joseon, and Wol, a female shaman. Wol was born as Heo Yeon Woo, the daughter of a noble family who won the love of the then-crown-prince, Hwon. Her enemies, jealous of her family's position in court, schemed against her, took away her rightful place as crown princess, and nearly killed her. Years later, an embittered Hwon meets Wol, now a female shaman who has no recollection of her past.
- Kim Soo Hyun as Lee Hwon
- Han Ga In as Heo Yeon Woo/Wol
- Jung Il Woo as Prince Yang Myung
- Kim Min Seo as Yoon Bo Kyung
5. Rooftop Prince
This is a time-travel, historical, romantic comedy-drama featuring the unique story of Crown Prince Lee Gak, who is transported 300 years into the future to present-day Seoul along with his three retainers. They must solve the murder case of the Crown Princess in order to return to Joseon. They land in the rooftop apartment of Park Ha, a cheerful woman in her mid 20s, who eventually believes the odd quartet's predicament and becomes their guardian.
As Park Ha educates the four on life in the 21st century, Lee Gak comes across Hong Se Na, who seems to be the reincarnation of his wife. Taking on the identity of Yong Tae Yong, Lee Gak slowly begins to unravel the murder of Yong Tae Yong and, in turn, moves closer to solving the murder case of the Crown Princess. As he begins to fall in love with Park Ha, he discovers that maybe the mystery of the Crown Princess is not what he had expected.
- Micky Yoochun (Park Yoochun) as Lee Gak/Yong Tae Yong
- Choi Won Hong as young Lee Gak
- Han Ji Min as Park Ha/Bu Yong
- Jun Min Seo as young Park Ha/young Bu Yong
- Lee Tae Sung as Yong Tae Moo
- Jung Yoo Mi as Hong Se Na/Hwa Yong
- Kim So Hyun as young Se Na/young Hwa Yong
4. My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (Gumiho)
This is a cute love story about a legendary creature called a Gumiho (a nine-tailed fox). One day, after Cha Dae Woong runs away from his grandfather, he accidentally frees a Gumiho who had been trapped in a painting for about 500 years. He doesn't realise what he has done until the fox takes the form of a beautiful woman.
Dae Woong is so frightened that he runs away from her and severely injures himself. The Gumiho saves him by giving him her most precious bead so he can share her mystic fox strength, since she owes him her freedom. The Gumiho then asks Dae Woong to help her become human and teach her how to act like one. As time goes by, their relationship grows deeper as they start to fall for each other.
- Lee Seung-gi as Cha Dae-woong
- Shin Min-ah as Gu Mi-ho/Park Seon-ju/Gil-dal
- No Min-woo as Park Dong-joo
- Park Soo-jin as Eun Hye-in
3. Descendants of the Sun
Descendants of the Sun is a Korean military romance featuring Shi-Jin as the captain of the special forces. After getting injured, he meets Dr. Mo-Yeon and immediately falls in love with her. At first, Mo-Yeon mistakenly assumes that Shi-Jin is associated with a gang of thieves, but he proves to her that he is a soldier with the help of army doctor Myeong-Joo. They begin dating each other, but their dates don't go well due to their jobs. Can they have a stable relationship despite their differences?
- Song Joong-ki as Captain Yoo Shi Jin
- Song Hye-kyo as Doctor Kang Mo Yeon
- Jin Goo as Sergeant Major Seo Dae Young
- Kim Ji Won as First Lieutenant Yoon Myung Ju
2. The Heirs
This is a romantic story about the hardships, friendships, and rivalries of a wealthy young man named Kim Tan. He is not your typical high school student, but a handsome and wealthy Korean heir to a large conglomeration.
The other main character is an 18-year-old girl named Cha Eun-Sang who is in a difficult situation. Eun-Sang lives with her mother, who is mute. Her mother works as a housekeeper, and Eun-Sang also works part-time jobs to help out. Kim Tan and Eun-Sang meet and grow attached to each other—more so than they ever might have imagined.
- Lee Min-ho as Kim Tan
- Park Shin-hye as Cha Eun-sang
- Kim Woo-bin as Choi Young-do
- Kim Ji-won as Rachel Yoo
1. My Love From the Star
Kim Soo Hyun plays Do Min-Joon in My Love From the Star. Min Joon is an alien (possibly the most beloved Korean alien!) who landed on Earth 400 years ago during the Joseon Dynasty. He possesses a near-perfect appearance and enhanced physical abilities, including vision, hearing, and speed. But even though he's nearly perfect, he can't help falling in love with a clumsy actress, Cheon Song-Yi. They begin as strangers, but their relationship becomes so special that they can even conquer the impossible together.
- Jun Ji-hyun as Cheon Song-yi
- Kim Soo-hyun as Do Min-joon
- Park Hae-jin as Lee Hwi-kyung
- Yoo In-na as Yoo Se-mi
Which K-Dramas From This List Have You Watched?
Have you seen all of these K-dramas? If not, which of them are you familiar with? How many have you watched so far? Let me know by leaving a comment below! You can also vote for your favorite drama in the poll.
Wait! Aren't Some Great K-Dramas Missing From This List?
Yes! There are so many wonderful dramas that I couldn't cover them all, and even more have come out since I first made this list. To get even more recommendations, please read my continuation of this list with 25 more amazing K-dramas to watch!
Questions & Answers
Question: What’s the best Korean drama you can recommend to me?
Answer: If you're into romantic dramas right now, I recommend you to check out Tomorrow, With You. It's light, warm, and sweet!
Question: Are there any K-dramas exactly like Boys Over Flowers?
Answer: Honestly, BOF is unique on its own, so finding an exact drama to compare is just impossible. But yes, there are some dramas with the same "Boys Over Flowers" feel, such as:
1. You're Beautiful - A love story of three popular boys and one poor girl. The vibe is exactly like BOF.
2. Coffee Prince - A girl working in a coffee shop while pretending to be a boy.
3. The Heirs - A high school setup. High school romance with a simpler plot, but top-rated actors.
4. Flower Boy Next Door - A sweet and romantic comedy with a lighter feeling.
There you go. These are some of the dramas that I know.
Question: What is your favorite Korean drama that you would recommend?
Answer: My favorite Korean drama that I would want to recommend right now is "Come and Hug Me." I know it's not as high-rated as the other K-dramas, but it's so worth watching, and I hope you'll check it too. It's an ongoing series, and so far we have 20 episodes, which are so great. But make sure you have your tissues ready because this will make you cry a river of tears!
Question: What is a good drama for people who wants horror, but with elements of fantasy and/or romance?
Answer: Some of the creepy, spooky drama with fantasy and romance are Soul (also known as Hon), The Master's Sun, Oh My Ghostess, Suspicious Housekeeper, Let's Fight Ghost, Arang and the Magistrate, and Gu Family Book.
For romantic dramas with supernatural elements, you can check out My Love From the Star, Chicago Typewriter, A Korean Odyssey, Goblin, and My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox.
For dramas with strong suspense and thriller but has a romantic love line, you can watch I Hear Your Voice, Healer, Yong Pal, The K2, Doctor Stranger, and Come and Hug Me.
Question: Why are Korean dramas so lovable?
Answer: There are three reasons why K-dramas are so lovable and addicting:
1. We always look forward to romance, romance, and romance, which is the usual hooking element in a K-drama.
2. It doesn't matter if it's about rich and poor, love triangles, gender-bender female leads, a male lead who is handsome but has a nasty character, and amnesia plots: each series has a unique love line even though the theme is cliched.
3. We simply love Korean actors. We even have the "second male lead syndrome" because we can't afford for our "oppa" to get hurt. We just love them so much.
Question: Can you recommend some good, new Korean dramas?
Answer: Right now I'd really like everyone to watch Chicago Typewriter. It's super amazing and very original. We also have good new dramas, such as Radio Romance, Cross, and Mother. You might also want to check out my latest K-drama list, entitled "The 25 Best Korean Dramas, Part 2".
Question: Is "The Legend of the Blue Sea" a good drama?
Answer: I personally think it's good, but not great. Jun Ji-hyun and Lee Min-ho are both superb actors, and I expected a lot from them. But they lacked chemistry in the drama, which is a bit turn off. The plot is quite cliched and predictable, especially if you have watched too many romantic dramas. But you can still enjoy it if you're looking for a fairy tale or fantasy-themed drama. Hope that helps!
Question: What is the best K-drama that I should watch?
Answer: It's hard to name only one drama, when in fact, there are too many good dramas that I consider the "best" in their own unique way. Maybe you'd like to check out five of the "best" dramas for me, which are:
• It's Okay, That's Love - Best rom-com drama for me
•You're Beautiful - My favorite classic drama
•Chicago Typewriter - Unique, elegant, and the best time-traveling drama
•I'm Not a Robot - Cutest rom-com drama
•Bridal Mask - Best historical-political drama
Question: Is ''Kill Me, Heal Me'' a good drama?
Answer: Yes, it's a very, very good drama. The story is unique and the actors are brilliant!
Question: Why is Goblin not included here?
Answer: I understand that Goblin is a highly popular series that should have made the list, however, this was made before Goblin was aired. I created a new list of best K-dramas, and rest assured that Goblin is there along with the recent hit dramas.
Question: Is "Moon Embracing The Sun" a good drama?
Answer: For me, it's a good drama, especially when you're into historical K-dramas. It has great acting, good story, and beautiful characters!
Question: I've seen almost all of these dramas but wondered why Empress Ki, in particular, wasn't on the list? It's actually one of the best dramas, and the cast showed superb acting skills. That drama was a big hit at that time and won so many awards.
Answer: I agree with you. Empress Ki is an international hit. It's sad that it's not here on the list, so I included it in the "part two" article of this best K-drama list.
Question: When will actor Lee Min Ho star in a new drama?
Answer: Lee Min-ho is currently serving his mandatory military service, so we can't say exactly when his next drama will be. Probably a couple of months after his service, he will make a big or small screen comeback.
Question: What are some new Korean dramas that I can watch?
Answer: Hi there. Here are some of the ongoing dramas that you can check out:
1. The Great Seducer- It's the talk of the K-community right now. The story is based on a novel, so it's good to read the novel and see the drama if you want to dig a deeper analysis.
2. Live - A story about cops who struggle with their everyday lives. If you're looking for a realistic plot with motivational spices, then this one's for you.
3. The Grand Prince - Here is another historical drama with love triangle in it. You might want to see it because the villains here are intense.
4. Switch, Change the World - A hyped, cool, and chilling drama within the action genre that seems enjoyable and not boring at all.
5. Laughter in Waikiki - It's light, comical, and a good one to watch if you want to relieve heavy feelings and relax for a while. Baby Sol will let your stress wings fly away.
I hope this short list will satisfy your K-drama cravings. Some of the dramas that I haven't checked yet are "A Poem a Day" and "That Man Oh Soo." Have you seen it already? Please let me know your thoughts about it!
Question: What's the best Korean drama that you can recommend?
Answer: The best K-drama that I would like to recommend to everyone is "It's Okay, That's Love." Everything is beautiful: the script, the plot twist, the casts, and the OSTs.
Question: Why isn't "You're Beautiful" on the list? I think it's amazing.
Answer: That's what I thought too! I love Park Shin-hye together with the beautiful boys! I am so sorry for not putting it in here, but honestly, there are so many good dramas that I haven't included on the list. There are new dramas that are great which I also wanted to share with everyone, so I am thinking of making a "Part 2" of this list very soon.
Question: I have watched many Korean dramas, and now I do not know what to watch. Can you please recommend a good drama?
Answer: There are many great Korean dramas that I haven't included in this list. The number one drama I'll recommend is "It's Okay, That's Love". The story is beautiful and the characters are great! Other dramas I personally like are Korean Odyssey (it's ongoing), Fight for My Way, Hwarang, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, Kill Me, Heal Me, Warm and Cozy, Remember: War of the Son, Love in the Moonlight, Beautiful Mind, Empress Ki, Healer, and Moon Lovers. That's it for now, I hope you like these dramas, and happy watching!
Question: What are some of 2019 original Netflix Korean dramas to watch?
Answer: So far, we have 3 original Netflix dramas for 2019. First is "Kingdom", a period drama with 6 episodes about Joseon being attacked by zombies. A second season is coming so we'll better watch out. Second is the upcoming rom-com, "Love Alarm" with 8 episodes, starring Kim So-hyun. Third is the highly anticipated campus romance, "Because It’s My First Love" starring Ji Soo, Jung Jin-young, and Jung Chae-yeon with 8 episodes.
Question: Which Korean dramas have a lead actress dressed-up as a male?
Answer: Some gender-bender dramas with female lead in disguise are:
1. You're Beautiful - My all-time favorite, classy drama featuring Park Shin-Hye as a boy member of the K-pop band, A.N.Jell.
2. Coffee Prince - Another great drama to watch. Yoon Eun-hye's acting as a male is totally on point!
3. Sungkyunkwan Scandal - It's a great historical drama, with Park Min-Young playing a male scholar.
4. Love in the Moonlight - Kim Yoo-jung enters the palace as a eunuch, but Crown Prince Park Bo-gum fell in love with her.
5. To The Beautiful You - A cheesy drama where Sulli enrolls in an all-boys school.
Other dramas where girls pretend to be boys are: Ma Boy, Painter of the Wind, Nail Shop Paris, and Queen Seon Deok.
Question: So far, which new Korean drama is today the best and most colorful?
Answer: Many ongoing dramas this April are cool, but the one that I anticipate the most is Switch. The exciting plot twists and characters are so vibrant that I can't hardly wait for next week to see what's next. Unpredictable and no boring scenes at all. Plus, you have to exercise your mind to know what's under the sleeves of each character! The actors are really good as well. Jang Keun-suk perfectly fits the tricky role of a con-man and prosecutor, and Han Ye-ri is just so cool and I don't think her quick-witted character will disappoint you. Jung Woong-in makes the perfect villain, together with Manager Kim and Cho Sung-do.
Question: What was the first series before Winter Sonata?
Answer: Here are the chronology for the Endless Love series:
Season 1: Endless Love: Autumn in My Heart
Season 2: Endless Love: Winter Sonata
Season 3: Endless Love: Summer Scent
Season 4: Endless Love: Spring Waltz
© 2016 Mare-sensei
B crystal kim wol ryung on August 30, 2020:
i cant just wait to meet my korean fans in real life omo! People like lee min ho, kim soo hyun,kim hyun,jung so mi,bae suzy,yoo seung ho,chae soo bin,and other of my zealous k acters.cumaoyo lee min ho And 4sure all dos listed drama i have watch them. I am a korean guru any way
anusha on August 09, 2020:
i love desandant of the sun
sdfghj on July 03, 2020:
moon lovers scarlet heart is the best
Grace on May 27, 2020:
The Liar and His Lover
Gerallyn Jade on April 10, 2020:
Legend Of The Blie Sea where im start watching kdrama also School2017
S deepani on April 09, 2020:
My favorites ;My love from the star & descendants of the sun
sopio.gureshidze on March 19, 2020:
sorry but where is boys over flowers , it was main reason why i started watch k dramas , also it become one of the most important reason , why k dramas become popular , it is really bed that bof is not here :(
Susan on February 12, 2020:
Most of these are all pretty much fluff. Fun watch...but definitely NOT among the best 25.
Jacqueline G Rozell on February 01, 2020:
I'm losing much of the pleasure I used to have in Korean dramas, or rather in the presentation of them. What I liked was being able to watch from beginning to end... now they are soap operas or more like national TV with "seasons" and cliff hangers. I actually pull one up now, go to the very last scene in the series and watch the last ten minutes just to see if it is "continued." If it is I won't watch it. Vagabond made me this way. To think there won't be a sequel is just too insulting.
Palak Bansal on January 18, 2020:
"Legend of the blue sea" is my favorite K-Drama. Its amazing, beautiful, heartbreaking and a complete package. I think everyone should watch it.
SR on January 11, 2020:
My favorite kdramas are goblin, strong woman do bong soon, what's wrong with secretary kim?, who are you: school 2015, come and hug me, suspicious partner, the heirs, healer, weightlifting fairy kim bok joo, a korean odyssey, W: two world apart, city hunter, DOTS, fight for my way, melting me softly, marriage contract
Jacqueline G Rozell on December 18, 2019:
I am still watching Vagabond... over and over... waiting for Season Two..
Monnette Bugawan on December 14, 2019:
SCENT of a WOMAN KIM SUN AH and LEE DONG WOOK..
of course this Descendants of the Sun.. Song-Song couple..
Jacqueline G Rozell on December 06, 2019:
With drama such as Vagabond and Arthdal Chronicals, the Asian productions are really stepping up their game. Let's just hope they don't become so ambitious they get one season done and don't have the energy or resources for a Season Two that will tie up loose ends and answer questions that leave viewers hanging. I no longer watch new series offerings on network TV for that reason. Get involved in something, they cancel it without tying it up. And the staple of Asian drama is the love story. We can't live without love.! Just.... please, please, give us Season Two of Vagabond and Arthdal Chronicals!!!!
Mel on December 05, 2019:
Princess Hours, The Heirs, Boys over Flowers, and Rookie Historian!!!
I started watching Korean Soap Operas not long ago; so far I being watching all the above Dramas and let me tell you...They are the BEST!!!
Sarah on November 15, 2019:
I recommend "Uncontrollably fond" it is the most beautiful drama that I've ever seen. I love Suzy and Kim Woo Bin they show so much emotions in this drama.
Jacqueline G Rozell on November 12, 2019:
Everyone has a favorite, or many favorites. There are so many good and great ones. This past weekend I wasn't feeling well and binged on The K-2... again. I keep checking Netflix and Hulu to see if either has brought back Playful Kiss which is one I could watch over and over. The theme song, "One More Time," is so haunting and beautiful.
Maria on November 02, 2019:
Moon lovers : Scarlet heart ryeo should be on everyone’s list, it’s such and an iconic breathtaking drama that rips your heart out and one of the best
naomacha on October 30, 2019:
Shavana on October 09, 2019:
A must to watch! For rom-com lovers
Touch your heart
Whats wrong with secretary kim
The good doctor
Love is deep
My ID is gangnam beauty
I hear you
I hear your voice
Well intended love
myriam on October 01, 2019:
I love you guyz and everything about ur moviez is more than perfect wish to meet u#lee min ho# in heaven obviously
Ayesha satti on September 21, 2019:
Legend of the blue sea
Decendent of the sun
Kill me heal me
Fight for my way
These all r best dramas
s khan" india" on September 19, 2019:
My love from tha star & sekret gardn. Best drama
Edremah on September 19, 2019:
I also love Legend of the Blue Sea
Chioma adahrah on August 28, 2019:
You list the best korean drama without mentioning JUMONG? get outtta here..pfffft
Agaba Uganda on August 28, 2019:
Queen Seondeok My Best
Emi on August 19, 2019:
Cinderella and Four Knights
EXO Next door
The best hit
4th period mystery
Supriya Ranganathan on July 24, 2019:
For People who like loveand then love that gets hit with fate and practicality.. Watch the Third Charm..
Very well directed Korean series showing lives of people of different ages and up bringing..
And how love and life make them grow
One of my Fav Korean series "The Third Charm"
RDO on July 04, 2019:
Highly recommend "my love from the star" there is no dull moments and you'll fall in love again and again. Also, recommend Hwarang, The poet warrior :)
Isu on June 21, 2019:
If anyone looking for a drama to begin this journey,first of all watch..."Boy's over flowers"you will never able to get out of this kdrama world.♡
Punam on June 21, 2019:
1 Playful kiss
2 My Secret Romance
3 Kill me Heal me
4 Oh my venus
5 Boys Over Flowers
6 The heirs
7 She was pretty
9 Fight my way
11 The coffee prince
12 Strong woman do bong soon
13 Protect the boss
14 To the beautiful you
15 Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bokjoo
16 Strong Woman, Do Bongsoon
17 Another Oh Hae-young (Another Miss Oh)
18 Cinderella and Four Knights
19 Secret Garden
20 W - Two Worlds
21 MY ID IS GANGNAM BEAUTY
22 WHAT’S WRONG WITH SECRETARY KIM?
23 WITCH’S LOVE
24 Suspicious Partner
25 The legend of the blue sea
26 Dream high
27 Hyde, Jekyll and me
28 Master’s sun
29 Jealousy Incarnate
30 Lie to Me
31 Personal Taste
33 Who Came from the Stars
34 Oh My Ghost!
36 Clean with Passion for Now
37 Father Is Strange
38 School 2017
39 WHEN TIME STOPPED
40 You Are Beautiful
41 Big (2012)
42 Descendants of the Sun (2016)
43 EXO Next Door (2015)
44 Fated to Love You (2014)
45 Flower Boy Next Door (2013)
46 Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (2011)
47 Noble, My Love
48 Secret Love (2013)
49 You Are Beautiful (2009)
50 Gogh, The Starry Night
51 shopping king louie
52 SUNGKYUNKWAN SCANDAL (2010)
53 Hwarang: The Poet Warrio
55 He Is Psychometric
56 Her Private Life
57 Marrying a Millionaire
58 Something in the Rain
59 Welcome to Waikiki
snow on May 29, 2019:
I like a Korean Odyssey the most lol
kyle on May 21, 2019:
I like the rebel ( a thief who stole people's heart's
Arti on May 14, 2019:
I like legend of the blue sea the most
Rain on May 13, 2019:
My love from another star is my favorite k drama.
eachjaysea29 on May 06, 2019:
Some of my favorites are:
Spring Waltz, My Girl, Princess Hours, My Princess, Rooftop Prince, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Only You, I Miss You, One Liter of Tears, Angel Eyes, Full House, He's Beautiful, Heartstrings, BOF, City Hunter, Personal Taste, Reply 1997 and 1988, The Heirs, My Love From Another Star, W, The Big Hit, Dream High 1, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, DOTS, The Smile Has Left Your Eyes, He is Psychometric, My ID is a Gangnam Beauty, Shoppaholic King Louie, I am Not a Robot, A Gentleman's Dignity and so much moreeeeeee! ❤️
Tiaquanius Seay on April 14, 2019:
Okay love xoxoxo
Supriya on April 01, 2019:
The third Charm and Are you Human too
Corazon Lambonao II on March 26, 2019:
My Love From The Star forever ❤
rutendo bellarmine on March 19, 2019:
legend of the blue sea
Az on March 17, 2019:
Please.... Empress ki is the most iconic drama ever. This drama should number 1. Very recommend to those who love historical drama
Anchal on March 17, 2019:
I just love w two worlds and pinnochio
Hake Yajit on March 13, 2019:
Why strong woman do bong soon isn't on the list? And moon lovers too
Danny on March 04, 2019:
Spring Waltz (Romantic), Personal Taste (Comedy/Romantic)
Chin chin on February 27, 2019:
for ppl who want pretty recent new Kdramas
(New dramas 2017-2018-2019)
My ID is Gangnam beauty
Touch your heart
Romance is a bonus book
The beauty inside
What’s wrong with secretary Kim
I’m not a robot
Descendants of the sun
The Good witch (this is old one but my all time fav; funny n emotional)
Divya on February 21, 2019:
My all time favourites r boys over flower
Lie to me
Oh my ghost
Kill me heal me
Roof top princes
Lie to me
Little bride - film
Fated to love you
Debbie Ladaga on February 20, 2019:
Why nobody mentioned this drama "Only You?" It's a good drama written by Hwang Sung Yeon. Try watching it and you'll not regret. It really is a good drama.
Joy on February 17, 2019:
Full house (Rain and Song Hye Kyo)
Sojisub fan on February 17, 2019:
Oh my Venus. Watched it many times. My top favorite!
Celine on February 10, 2019:
Who are you, my favorite kdrama
Candice Maphoma on February 07, 2019:
the heirs, playfull kiss and boys overflowers...
Kristina on January 25, 2019:
My love from the star ❤❤❤❤
ES on January 22, 2019:
The legend of the blue sea should be in this list too
Jennie Chao on January 15, 2019:
I haven't watched many Korean dramas but here's my list of good ones:
1. A Gentleman's Dignity (currently my favorite)
2. Cunning Single Lady
3. Beating Again
4. Strong Woman Do Bong-soon (on Netflix, it was Strong Girl Bong-soon)
5. Stairway to Heaven (an old one...the first Korean drama that I watched and cried so much)
hotfire on January 14, 2019:
Why is My Girl not in the list??? It should at least be #2! One of the best Kdramas ever!
ARMY_H on January 14, 2019:
I haven't watched many yet, but here r THE MUST WATCH:
2. While you were sleeping
3. What's wrong with secretary Kim
4. Weightlifting fairy Kim bok jo
4. Moonlight draw by clouds
5. Thirty but seventeen
lol on January 07, 2019:
'W' is my favourite
akyoa on January 05, 2019:
I can hear your voice and pinocchio ARE ONE OF THE BEST KDRAMAS EVER both deserve a spot in top5
Lily on January 03, 2019:
My favorite kdramas: (Not in order)
1. My Love From the Star
2. The Legend of the Blue Sea
3. Dream High
5.To the Beautiful You
6.My ID Is Gangnam Beauty
8. The Moonlight Embracing the Sun
9. Your Beautiful
10. The Mirror of The Witch
11. Hi School Love On
12. I Hear Your Voice
13. Secert Garden
14. Flower Boy Next Door
16. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
17. Revenge Note
18. Rich Man, Poor Woman
19. Witch's Love
20. Morrim School
zhwin on December 29, 2018:
i think empress ki and moon lovers should be on the list too
Preyanka sree on December 29, 2018:
Why goblin is not in the list. It is one of the best fantasy drama. Please add it to the top list
Jay on December 27, 2018:
@Aisha The drama you're talking about is called My Girl, with Lee Dong-Wook and Lee Da-hae
Dilu on December 21, 2018:
Boys over flowers is best
Also don forget hes beautiful on December 15, 2018:
Also don forget hes beautiful
Aisha on December 09, 2018:
i want to know the name of a drama where a girl steals oranges and makes orange jam. I watched long time ago now i cannot find it.
Marie on November 28, 2018:
Moon lovers : Scarlet Heart Ryeo
Kimkai on November 27, 2018:
don't forget "to the beautiful you" ;)
My name is Ally on November 22, 2018:
Some ones I recommend that are ore Netflix
A Korean odyssey
Strong girl bong soon
Hi, love on
Oh my ghost
kdramaconnoisser on November 19, 2018:
Since everyone’s listing their recommendations, I figured I might as well:
Dream High (only suggest season 1 because the second one was absolutely dreadful)
Scarlet Heart Ryeo (forever iconic. even though the drama itself isn’t the most original or outstanding, all the actors bring the story to life)
Hwarang (all in all a masterpiece)
Kill Me Heal Me (I can rave about this one all day: beautifully written, beautifully casted, beautifully portrayed, etc...)
I’m Not A Robot (for all of the Beauty and the Beast fans everywhere)
Black (anyone who loves a mix of comedy, thriller and romance with phenomenal actors buckle up!)
W (can’t say this one didn’t mess me up but only the good dramas do :)
Boys With Flowers (okay I get it. you’re sick of hearing about F4. but you’ve got to trust me on this one! this is definitely the best adaptation of the story in my opinion!)
Reply 1988 (of course i’m biased, but this show provided me with a lot of feels. seriously this show is the best kind of rollercoaster and is a perfect detox for stress)
Suspicious Partner (what? it’s a classic romcom centered around the court. who wouldn’t want to watch it?)
Lawless Lawyers (okay but like fair warning you will never recover from this show. it’s just that good! * also lee joon gi*)
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (one of the dramas that is forever in my heart! you’ll find yourself never wanting to stop watching this drama! it’s a guaranteed laugh and you’ll love the romance. and to top it all off, it also has thriller elements)
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (has to be in my top 10 kdrama list of all time simply because it has a ship even the largest iceberg couldn’t sink)
While You Were Sleeping (you absolutely can’t miss out on this one. it’s one of the rare well rounded kdrama out there and for that reason alone, it should definitely be under your radar)
These are all of the ones I could think of off the top of my head. I’ll add more later :)
Juvy on November 17, 2018:
Strong woman do bong soon should be in the list too..
Mykalokohan on November 13, 2018:
Not sure if it's just me, but I think Empress Ki deserves a spot on this list as well.
Sehun sarangae on October 31, 2018:
My recommendations are
Let's fight ghost
You are beautiful
Boys over flowers
Discovery of love
Micah on October 30, 2018:
2. My love from another star
3. Legend of the blue sea
5. W 2 World
6. Scarlet heart Ryeo
7. Whats wrong with secretary Kim
10. I'm not a robot
12. A korean odyssey
IU on October 22, 2018:
Here I recommend some
1.boys over flowers
3.my girlfriend is a gumiho
7. Strong woman do bong soon
8. Weightlifting fairy kim bok joo
9. Descendents of the sun
10. My love from the star
11. Full house
12. I am not a robot
13. School 2017
14. Legend of the blue sea
17. While you were sleeping
Kate on October 17, 2018:
After I've watched go back couple, i started watching k-drama again. So far, my top on the list are:
Love in the moonlight (park bo gum is sooooo cuteeee ^_^)
Hwayugi ( mawang is soooo funny)
My love from the star
Oh my venus
Whats wrong with secretary kim
She was pretty
Something in the rain (very realistic)
Seeing the list of recommendations here, gosh i can't decide yet what i'm gonna watch first heheh
Basil on October 14, 2018:
IMO a newbie who has never watched a Kdrama needs to watch the old cliche classic dramas that were so sappy you just couldn’t look away. Love the new contemporary ones with more creative plots, but those weren’t the ones that put Kdrama on the map
1. Boys Over Flowers has to be #1 or they won’t appreciate it later cuz this one has EVERY cliche in the book (except gender bender)
2. Coffee Prince
3. Secret Garden
5. My GF is a Gumiho
6. You Are Beautiful
7. Reply 1997
8. My Girl
9. Delightful Girl
10. Dream High
Kuyh on October 08, 2018:
I don't understand why The Heirs is one of the top. The main actress is hopeless. She looks so tortured kissing Kim Tan, who has sacrificed everything for her. I think the casting crew made a mistake in making her the lead actress.
Rathi on October 05, 2018:
Take a look at goblin
Annieho on October 04, 2018:
1. Gu family book
2. Moon embracing the sun
3. Empress Ki
4. My girlfriend is a gumiho
5. Kill me, Heal me
6. Bridal mask
8. Rooftop prince
10. Are you human too?
Grace on October 04, 2018:
Best i have watched so far are:
1. My Id is gangnam beauty
2. Hwayugi/korean odyssey
4. Weightlifting fairy
5. Shining inheritance
6. Gu book family
7. Witch's Love
8. Fight for my way
9. Legend of the blue sea
10. My introverted boss/ my shy boss..
Eeee on October 02, 2018:
I can never moved on from Oh My Venus
ZAHRA on September 27, 2018:
Healer is the best drama ever
Noe on September 14, 2018:
1- The Heirs
2- Uncontrollably Fond ❤️
chase jason on September 11, 2018:
why "the innocent man" is not included in the list.
Rockey Raghu on September 02, 2018:
2.love from another star
3.Decendent of the sun
5.legend of the blue sea
6.strong women do bong soo
10.oh my ghost.
Kalsoom Bilal on August 31, 2018:
My favourite dramas are..
Boys over flowers
Rupa on August 28, 2018:
You missed "the legend of the blue sea"
Audolf on August 27, 2018:
1. Descendants of the sun
2. Full house
3. My love from another star
4. Another ms oh
5. Moon embracing the sun
6. Boys over flowers
7. The heirs
kamila on August 22, 2018:
"W" is such a goood drama omg its beautiful plesae watch it
Sedina on August 11, 2018:
1. The legend of the blue sea
2. The Heirs
3. Boys over flowers
4. My love from another star
5. Strong woman bong soon
6. To the beautiful you
7. Playful kiss
8. You are beautiful
10. Bride of the century
I love the legend of the blue sea
Polish girl on August 03, 2018:
The best one is "What's wrong with secretary Kim"
Mea Herera on August 01, 2018:
Great list of dramas. My favourite is the heirs.
So hyun on August 01, 2018:
My best Korean dramas
1.Kill me heal me
2. Weightlifting fairy Kim Bok Joo
3. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
4. School 2015
Queen's Melody on August 01, 2018:
the best korean dramas:
1. Signal, Reply 1988, Doctor Stranger, Full House, Master's Sun, Kill me Heal Me, Secret garden,
2. School 2015, Princess Hours, She was Pretty, My Love from the Star, Personal Taste, Coffee Prince, Queen Seondeok, Dream High 1 n 2, Come Back Mister.
3. Faith, King of Baking Kim tak gu, My Girlfriend Gumiho, Cunning Single Lady, It's Okay that's Love.
Those are my personal opinion. but You will not regret watching the dramas on my number list. hahahha
Ashi on July 28, 2018:
My favourite koriyan dramas are,
1.strong woman do bong soon♡
2.you are beautiful
My favourite koriyan actors are
1. Park hyung sik♡
2.Lee min ho
3.ji chang wook
Kim on July 23, 2018:
Well I recently watched she was pretty. The romantic comedy is so awesome..... One of the best drama ever
ArmyApple on July 16, 2018:
I am currently watching “W” a Kdrama based on a manhwa, and I definitely would recommend it! The drama had me crying, laughing, and hiding under a blanket in some scenes. Every episode it interesting and your not gonna ant to stop watching until the very end. Anyways, I don’t know why’d you listen to me, but I think you should just this’s once...
k2 on July 05, 2018:
is decendanta of the sun that good
Jasmine on July 04, 2018:
Thank you for the recommendations! I got nosey and peeped the comments section. I noticed that you had shared other dramas.I am currently watching ‘Its okay,thats love’ i have to say i’m loving it the characters are very unique and the acting is outstanding. So thank you and i would absolutely share this with my fellow drama fans
TJ on July 02, 2018:
My favourite dramas are:
1. legend of the blue sea
2. My love from the star
3. Descendant of the sun
4. W two worlds
6. Strong woman do bong soon
7. Weightlifting fairy kim bok joo
8. Bring it on ghost
9. While you were sleeping
10. Kill me heal me