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The Best Korean Dramas Of 2018

Updated December 4, 2020 251.3k votes 56k voters 1.7m views74 items

List RulesOnly Korean dramas that premiered in 2018.

UPDATED: Check out the best Korean dramas of 2019!

Trying to catch up with the latest Korean series? Here are the best Korean dramas of 2018. Including romantic comedies, legal thrillers, medical dramas, and more, this list of new South Korean TV shows features top stars and famous K-pop idols who act. What are the most popular 2018 Kdramas? 

Some good 2018 Korean dramas are What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, Wok of Love, Something in the Rain, and Mr. Sunshine.

Vote up the best Kdramas of 2018, and add your favorites if they're missing from the list. 

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  • 1
    Park Seo-joon, Park Min-young
    21,052
    5,054

    GenresRomantic comedy

    What's Wrong with Secretary Kim (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series, based on the 2013 novel by Jung Kyung-yoon. Misunderstandings arise when a highly capable secretary...  more
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    #2 of 13 The Best Korean Dramas On Hulu Right Now#22 of 37 The Best Romance Shows On Hulu

  • 2
    Im Soo-hyang, Cha Eun-woo
    15,707
    4,779

    GenresRomantic comedy

    My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (JTBC, 2018), also known as Gangnam Beauty, is a South Korean romantic comedy television series, based on the 2016 webtoon by Gi Maeng-gi. Kang Mi-rae, a timid and insecure...  more
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  • 3
    christinesomera addedSeo Hyun-jin, Lee Min-ki
    4,859
    1,464

    GenresFantasy, Melodrama, Romance

    The Beauty Inside (JTBC, 2018) is a South Korean television series based on the 2015 film. Known as a troublemaker and the object of many rumors, top actress Han Se-gye (Seo Hyun-jin) suffers from an...  more
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    #135 of 158 The Best New Series That Have Premiered In The Last Few Years#328 of 418 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time#143 of 379 The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years

  • 4
    Joanne Ballard addedSo Ji-sub, Jung In-sun
    3,667
    1,117

    GenresRomantic comedy, Mystery, Crime

    My Secret Terrius (MBC, 2018), also known as Terius Behind Me, is a South Korean romantic comedy mystery television series. After losing her husband, a woman and her NIS agent neighbor discover the...  more
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  • 5
    Kyla Nicole Maloles addedPark Bo-gum, Kim Yoo-jung
    4,991
    1,580

    GenresHistorical, Romantic comedy, Drama

    Love in the Moonlight (KBS2, 2016) is a South Korean historical romantic comedy television series, based on the 2013 novel Moonlight Drawn by Clouds by Yoon Yi-Soo. A crown prince begins to fall in...  more
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  • 6
    Shin Hye-sun, Yang Se-jong
    7,201
    2,324

    GenresParanormal

    Still 17 (SBS, 2018), also known as Thirty But Seventeen, is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. An aspiring violinist must adjust to a new world and an adult life after emerging from a...  more
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  • 7
    Do Kyung-soo, Nam Ji-hyun
    7,418
    2,406

    GenresHistorical, Romantic comedy

    100 Days My Prince (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean historical romantic-comedy television series. After losing his memory from a failed assassination attempt, Lee Yool wanders for 100 days under a new...  more
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    #3 of 66 The Best Historical KDramas Of All Time#26 of 102 The Best Romantic Comedy K-Dramas Ever

  • 8
    Seo Kang-joon, Gong Seung-yeon
    9,684
    3,196

    GenresSci-fi, Romance, Politics, Mystery

    Are You Human? (KBS2, 2018) is a South Korean television series. Former MMA fighter Kang So-bong (Gong Seung-yeon) becomes the bodyguard of Nam Shin (Seo Kang-joon), who is heir to a conglomerate and...  more
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  • 9
    Kim Jung-hyun, Lee Yi-kyung
    5,776
    1,958

    GenresComedy

    Welcome to Waikiki (JTBC, 2018) is a youth South Korean television series. Three men who are struggling with their careers run a failing guesthouse....  more
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  • 10
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    The Last Empress (SBS, 2018) is a South Korean television series created by Park Young-soo. Set in an alternate universe, in which Korea is a constitutional monarchy in 2018, Oh Sunny (Jang Na-ra) is...  more
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  • 11
    Yum Jung-ah, Lee Tae-ran
    3,094
    1,142

    GenresSatire, Drama, Black comedy

    Sky Castle (JTBC, 2018) is a South Korean drama television series. In an apartment building in the suburbs of Seoul, ambitious mothers try to make princes and princesses out of their sons and...  more
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  • 12
    CherylDodds addedSeo In-guk, Jung So-min
    2,527
    1,097

    GenresMystery, Thriller, Romance, Drama

    The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean mystery thriller television series, based on the 2002 Japanese television series Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi. A veteran homicide...  more
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  • 13
    Lee Joon-gi, Seo Ye-ji
    3,919
    1,738

    GenresLegal, Thriller

    Lawless Lawyer (tvN, 2018) is a legal thriller television series. Driven by his desire to avenge his mother, a former gangster turned lawyer (Lee Joon-gi) uses both his fists and the loopholes in law...  more
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  • 14
    Go Ara, Kim Myung-soo
    3,206
    1,483

    GenresLegal drama

    Ms. Hammurabi (JTBC, 2018) is a South Korean television series based on the novel by Moon Yoo-seok. The series tells the story of the life of judges and the various disputes that they have to settle....  more
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  • 15
    Son Ye-jin, Jung Hae-in
    4,149
    2,039

    GenresRomance, Drama

    Something in the Rain (JTBC, 2018), also known as Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food, is a South Korean romance drama television series. When a single career woman reunites with her best friend's younger...  more
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  • 16
    Jung Kyung-ho, Park Sung-woong
    1,536
    735

    GenresPolice procedural, Crime, Sci-fi, Mystery

    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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    #139 of 234 The Best Korean Dramas of All Time#15 of 94 The Best Korean Crime Dramas Ever#67 of 88 The Best Fantasy & Supernatural K-Dramas Ever

  • 17
    Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri
    3,561
    1,791

    GenresDrama, Drama, Romance

    Mr. Sunshine (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean historical action drama television series. After returning to Korea as a United States Marine Corps officer, Choi Yoo-jin falls in love with an aristocrat's...  more

    #20 of 55 The Best Historical Shows On Netflix To Watch Now#6 of 32 The Greatest Period TV Shows Set in the 1900s

  • 18
    Jang Ki-yong, Jin Ki-joo
    3,030
    1,518

    GenresRomance, Melodrama, Mystery

    Come and Hug Me (MBC, 2018) is a South Korean romance drama television series. A police officer and an actress with tragic pasts try to overcome their painful wounds and find renewed love with each...  more
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  • 19
    emily.haslemore addedWoo Do-hwan, Park Soo-yeong
    4,473
    2,305

    GenresThriller, Romance, Melodrama

    Tempted (MBC, 2018), also known as The Great Seducer, is a South Korean television series based on the French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Rich young men and women in...  more
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    #55 of 153 The Best K-Dramas To Watch On Viki#45 of 123 The Most Romantic Korean Dramas Ever

  • 20
    Joanne Ballard addedSong Hye-kyo, Park Bo-gum
    3,120
    1,661

    GenresMelodrama, Romance

    Encounter (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean romance drama television series. Brought together by fate, a woman who seems to have everything and a young man who seems to have nothing decides whether to...  more
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  • 21
    Lee Dong-wook, Cho Seung-woo
    1,216
    637

    GenresMedical, Drama

    Life (JTBC, 2018) is a South Korean medical drama television series. At South Korea's premier university hospital, ideals and interests collide between a patient-focused emergency physician and the...  more
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    #25 of 151 The Best Korean Dramas To Watch On Netflix#18 of 52 The Best Medical KDramas Of All Time#55 of 66 The Most Tragically Beautiful Korean Dramas Ever

  • 22
    Ji Sung, Han Ji-min
    1,865
    1,020

    GenresRomance, Fantasy

    Familiar Wife (tvN, 2018) is a romantic fantasy South Korean television series. A married couple suddenly finds themselves living entirely different lives after their fates magically change through...  more
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  • 23
    Lee Sun-kyun, Lee Ji-eun (IU)
    2,504
    1,411

    GenresDrama

    My Mister (tvN, 2018), also known as My Ahjussi, is a South Korean drama television series. Three middle-aged brothers, who are enduring the weight of their lives, and a strong, cold woman, who has...  more
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  • 24
    Yoon Doo-joon, Kim So-hyun
    3,791
    2,206

    GenresRomance

    Radio Romance (KBS2, 2018) is a South Korean television series. An ambitious radio writer tries to save her show from cancellation by casting a top star actor....  more
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  • 25
    Lee Jun-ho, Jang Hyuk
    2,493
    1,453

    GenresDrama, Romance, Comedy

    Wok of Love (SBS, 2018) is a South Korean television series. A former top chef and a bankrupt heiress get a chance at redemption when they meet a gangster-turned-restaurant owner....  more
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