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The Best Korean Crime Dramas Ever

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If you need a break from sappy romance, get your heart pounding with the best Korean crime dramas. Featuring action, mystery, and twists, this list of crime K-dramas include sci-fi thrillers and supernatural horror. Some good Korean crime dramas include Signal, Bad Guys, Black, and Criminal Minds: Korea.

Vote up the top Korean crime drama series, and keep checking back as we update the list with new crime Kdramas as they premiere. 

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    Mouse

    Lee Seung-gi, Lee Hee-joon
    Mouse (tvN, 2021) is a South Korean crime thriller television series. A rookie police officer's life changes when he survives an encounter with a psychopathic serial killer....  more
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    Vagabond

    Lee Seung-gi, Bae Suzy
    Vagabond (SBS, 2019) is a South Korean spy thriller television series. Determined to find out the truth behind a mysterious plane crash that took the lives of over 200 civilians, a stuntman embarks...  more
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    Signal

    Lee Je-hoon, Kim Hye-soo
    Signal (tvN, 2016) is a South Korean crime television series. A mysterious walkie talkie allows a detective in the year 2000 to communicate with a cold case profiler from 2015; with the power of fore...  more
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    Flower of Evil

    Lee Joon-gi, Moon Chae-won
    Flower of Evil (tvN, 2020) is a South Korean mystery romance television series. A homicide detective discovers her husband's dark secrets while working on a strange case....  more

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    Tunnel

    Choi Jin-hyuk, Yoon Hyun-min
    Tunnel (OCN, 2017) is a South Korean crime television series. While chasing a serial murderer, a detective ends up 30 years in the future, where he tries to solve the case alongside new partners....  more
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    Stranger

    Cho Seung-woo, Bae Doona
    Stranger (tvN, 2017) is a South Korean crime thriller television series. An emotionless prosecutor ends up teaming with a passionate and warm-hearted female detective to uncover rampant corruption...  more
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    Voice

    Jang Hyuk, Lee Ha-na
    Voice (OCN, 2017) is a South Korean action crime thriller television series. A deft detective whose wife is killed by a serial murderer teams up with a rookie cop, a gifted voice profiler dealing...  more

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    Vincenzo

    Song Joong-ki, Jeon Yeo-been
    Vincenzo (tvN, 2021) is a South Korean crime television series. Vincenzo, a mafia consigliere, comes to South Korea from Italy due to an intra-organizational conflict; and gets entangled with a...  more
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    Tell Me What You Saw

    Jang Hyuk, Choi Soo-young
    Tell Me What You Saw (OCN, 2020), also known as Say What You Saw, is a South Korean thriller television series. An eccentric genius profiler works with a detective with photographic memory and a...  more
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    Memorist

    Yoo Seung-ho, Lee Se-young
    Memorist (tvN, 2020) is a South Korean crime mystery television series, based on the 2016 Daum webtoon by Jae Hoo. After acquiring the power to read people's memories when he was in high school, Dong...  more
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    Partners for Justice

    Jung Jae-young, Jeong Yu-mi
    Partners for Justice (MBC, 2018) is a South Korean crime mystery television series. The forensic scientist with a bad personality and a warm-hearted prosecutor must join forces in order to catch a...  more
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    The Good Detective

    Son Hyun-joo, Jang Seung-jo
    The Good Detective (JTBC, 2020), also known as A Model Detective, is a South Korean crime television series. Veteran detective Gang Do-chang is caught in an ethical dilemma when he discovers he...  more
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    Taxi Driver

    Lee Je-hoon, Esom
    Taxi Driver (SBS TV, 2021), also known as Model Taxi, is a South Korean crime television series based on the webtoon The Deluxe Taxi by Carlos and Lee Jae-jin. A Korea Naval Academy graduate works as...  more
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    Life on Mars

    Jung Kyung-ho, Park Sung-woong
    Life on Mars (OCN, 2018) is a South Korean sci-fi crime television series, based on the 2006 UK series. After an accident, a modern day detective ends up in 1988 where he must solve a serial murder...  more

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    Voice 2

    Lee Ha-na, Lee Jin-wook
    Voice 2 (OCN, 2018) is a South Korean crime thriller television series. The drama follows the lives of 112 emergency call center employees as they fight against crimes using the sounds that they hear....  more
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    Beyond Evil

    Shin Ha-kyun, Yeo Jin-goo
    Beyond Evil (JTBC, 2021) is a South Korean psychological thriller television series. Two fearless men go through extreme lengths and break the law in their pursuit of a returning serial killer....  more
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    He Is Psychometric

    Park Jin-young, Shin Ye-eun
    He Is Psychometric (tvN, 2019), also known as That Psychometric Guy, is a South Korean fantasy romantic comedy television series. Able to read anyone's secrets via physical contact, Lee Ahn decides...  more
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    Healer

    Ji Chang-wook, Park Min-young
    Healer (KBS2, 2014) is a South Korean action thriller romance television series. A fighter posing as a night courier agrees to protect a tabloid journalist whose investigation into a long-buried...  more

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    Voice 3

    Lee Ha-na, Lee Jin-wook
    Voice 3 (OCN, 2019) is a South Korean thriller television series, and the third season of the 2017 OCN TV series Voice. The show follows the lives of 112 emergency call center and dispatch team as...  more
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    Psychopathic Diary

    Yoon Shi-yoon, Jung In-sun
    Psychopath Diary (tvN, 2019) is a South Korean comedy-thriller television series. After witnessing a murder and picking up the killer's diary, a timid man (Yoon Shi-yoon) suddenly loses his memory...  more
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    Criminal Minds: Korea

    Lee Joon-gi, Son Hyun-joo
    Criminal Minds: Korea (tvN, 2017), also known simply as Criminal Minds, is a South Korean action crime television series, based on the American television series Criminal Minds. A group of highly...  more
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    Doctor Prisoner

    Min Namkoong, Kwon Nara
    Doctor Prisoner (KBS2, 2019) is a South Korean medical drama television series. After being accused of medical malpractice, a skilled doctor is forced to quit the hospital, so he starts working in a...  more
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    Bad Guys

    Kim Sang-joong, Park Hae-jin
    Bad Guys (OCN, 2014) is a South Korean action crime television series. Reinstated to eradicate the worst crimes in the city, a detective requests the release of three convicts to enlist their help in...  more
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    The Fiery Priest

    Kim Nam-gil, Kim Sung-kyun
    The Fiery Priest (SBS, 2019) is a South Korean comedy crime television series. Following the mysterious death of an elderly priest, a priest, a detective, and a prosecutor join forces to solve the...  more
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    Train

    Yoon Shi-yoon, Kyung Soo-jin
    Train (OCN, 2020) is a South Korean fantasy crime television series. Detective Seo Do-won crosses universes to catch the criminal who murdered his beloved....  more
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