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The Best Korean Dramas of All Time 

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As seen in the new and latest Korean dramas, there are always things to expect from K-dramas: The boy that you love and think is your soulmate? Long lost brother. Oh, you grew up so poor and had to take any and all dirt jobs? Turns out you are the kidnaped daughter of the richest family in Korea. The "plain" girl always gets the hot rich guy and his hot rich fiance always ends of crying. This list can go on and on, but one thing is for sure, Korean drama TV series are full of these tropes and this list ranks the best of these Korean television shows.

From shows like My Love from the Star and I Hear Your Voice, there are tons of great dramas coming from Korean television and the entertainment industry in Korea. However ridiculous the plot twists may be, Korean drama lovers know to expect this kind of juice from these best Korean dramas. Featuring your favorite Korean stars like Gong Yoo, Kim Soo-hyun, Park Shin-hye, Song hye-ko, Song Joong-ki, Jun Ji-hyun, and more, these must watch K-dramas include Korean comedies, romance fantasy shows, and crime thrillers.

The good Korean dramas on this list feature actors from Korea and some of the best Korean actors and actresses on television. Do you have a favorite from this list of top Korean dramas? Find it below and vote it up.

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Guardian: The Lonely and... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
jinxiecat added Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-wook

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Romance, Drama, Fantasy

Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (tvN, 2016), also known as Goblin, is a South Korean romance fantasy television series. Goblin and protector of souls, Kim Shin, seeks a human bride to end his ...more

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My Love from the Star is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun, Park Hae-jin

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Romantic comedy, Drama, Fantasy

My Love from the Star (SBS, 2013), also known as You Who Came from the Stars, is a South Korean fantasy romantic comedy television series. An alien who has been stranded on Earth for more than ...more

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Descendants of the Sun ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Song Joong Ki, Song Hye-Kyo

Premiered: February 24, 2016

Genres (Tv): Romance, Drama, Medical, Action

Descendants of the Sun (KBS2, 2016) is a South Korean romance drama television series. Finding themselves in the middle of great events and dangers in a war-torn country, Korean Special Forces ...more

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Healer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
yasssjessyasss added Ji Chang-wook, Park Min-young, Yoo Ji-tae

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Romance, Action, Thriller

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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The Heirs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Park Shin-hye, Krystal, Lee Min-ho

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Romantic comedy, Drama

The Heirs (SBS, 2013), also known as The Inheritors, is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. After a chance encounter in LA, two teens from different social backgrounds reunite at ...more

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W: Two Worlds is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Trishnadahal added Lee Jung Suk, Han Hyo-Joo

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

W: Two Worlds (MBC, 2016), also known as W, is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. When her comic artist father goes missing, a surgeon gets pulled into the fictional world inside ...more

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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Lee Jong-suk, Park Shin-hye, Kim Young-kwang

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Romantic comedy, Drama

Pinocchio (SBS, 2014) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. A reporter with a secret past and an ambitious journalist with an unusual syndrome put their differences aside after ...more

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Boys Over Flowers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Ku Hye-sun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Romantic-comedy, Drama

Boys Over Flowers (KBS2, 2009) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series, based on the Japanese manga series Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio. Unassuming high school girl Jan-di stands ...more

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Oh My Venus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
sweetsomethingblah added So Ji Sub; Shin Min Ah; Henry Lau; Sung Hoon

Kim Young-ho, a.k.a. John Kim, is a personal trainer to Hollywood stars. Despite his family's wealth, Young-ho suffered a devastating illness in his childhood. But he believes living a healthy lifestyle and exercise is the only way to survive. He uses this to run from his family issues. His fear of his father and pity for his grandmother. A Hollywood scandal with an actress has him on the run back to Korea.

Kang Joo-eun was once an ulzzang in her teens, semi-famous for her pretty face and enviable figure. Now a 33-year-old lawyer, she has gained a lot of weight since. She passes out on a flight from the U.S. back to Korea and John Kim is the only medical personnel on the flight who takes charge. He watches out for her even after they arrive home. After getting dumped by her boyfriend, Im Woo Shik, she finds that she has the press pass for John Kim and proceeds to (blackmail) convince him to help her lose the weight.

She discovers that Young Ho has a weakness for being a knight in shining armor. She moves in with him, Ji Woong and Joon Sung (Korean Snake), after a stalking incident causes her to sell her apartment. As they work on her physical transformation, both discover they feel more for each other than what they will admit. As they grow closer they heal each other's emotional wounds and fall in love

 

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Kill Me, Heal Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
anjseu added Ji Sung, Hwang Jung Eum, Park Seo Joon

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Medical, Melodrama, Mystery, Romance

Kill Me, Heal Me (MBC, 2015) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. Having developed dissociative identity disorder, business heir Cha Do Hyun tries to regain control over his life ...more

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Moon Lovers: Scarlet Hea... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
armie-hp added Lee Joon-gi, Lee Ji-eun, Kang Ha-neul

Premiered: August 29, 2016

Genres (Tv): Romance, Historical, Drama

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (SBS, 2016) is a South Korean historical romance television series, based on the Chinese novel Bu Bu Jing Xin by Tong Hua. During a total solar eclipse, a ...more
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While You Were Sleeping ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Olivia1114 added Lee Jong-suk, Bae Suzy, Jung Hae-in

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Romance, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

While You Were Sleeping is a 2017 South Korean television series starring Lee Jong-suk, Bae Suzy, Lee Sang-yeob, Jung Hae-in and Ko Sung-hee. The series is directed by Oh Choong-hwan and written by Park Hye-ryun. It aired on SBSfrom September 27 to November 16, 2017 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST) time slot for 32 episodes. A young woman with bad premonition dreams meets two people who suddenly develop the same ability. Nam Hong Joo (Suzy) lives with her mother, Yoon Moon Sun (Hwang Young Hee), a widow who runs a small restaurant. Jung Jae Chan (Lee Jong Suk), a rookie prosecutor, and his younger brother, Seung Won (Shin Jae Ha), move in across the street. Since she was young, Hong Joo has had the ability to see bad events before they happen, but she is often unable to do anything about it.

 

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Strong Woman Do Bong-soo... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Shaiy Samantha added Park Bo-young, Park Hyung-sik, Ji Soo

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Romantic comedy

Strong Woman Do Bong-soon (JTBC, 2017), also known as Strong Girl Bong-soon, is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. Born with superhuman strength, Do Bong-soon becomes the ...more

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Weightlifting Fairy Kim ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
hailie added Lee Sung-kyung, Nam Joo-hyuk, Lee Jae-yoon

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Romantic comedy, Sports

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo is a South Korean television series starring Lee Sung-kyung, Nam Joo Hyuk.

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo (MBC, 2016) is a South Korean romantic comedy sports television series. A group of college athletes who are fighting for their dreams experience and find love in ...more
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City Hunter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Lee Min-ho, Park Min-young, Lee Joon-hyuk

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Romance, Action, Drama, Thriller

City Hunter (SBS, 2011) is a South Korean romance action thriller television drama series, based on the 1985 Japanese manga by Tsukasa Hojo. Lee Yun-seong is trained by his father's best friend ...more

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Fated to Love You is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Jang Hyuk, Jang Na-ra, Choi Jin-hyuk

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Romantic comedy

Fated to Love You (MBC, 2014), also known as You Are My Destiny, is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. A chance encounter turns everything upside down for wealthy CEO Lee Gun and ...more

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She Was Pretty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Alinaire Panergo added Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon, Go Joon-hee

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Romantic comedy

She Was Pretty (MBC, 2015) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. After a complete reversal of fortune and looks, childhood sweethearts reunite for the first time in 15 years as ...more

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Master's Sun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
wowww added Gong Hyo-jin, So Ji-sub, Seo In Guk

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Horror, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Mystery

Master's Sun (SBS, 2013) is a South Korean horror-romantic comedy television series. A young woman who can see ghosts finds a safe haven when she touches the hand of a pompous CEO; in return for ...more

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I Can Hear Your Voice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Lee Bo-young, Lee Jong-suk, Yoon Sang-hyun

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Romance, Drama, Mystery, Comedy, Fantasy

I Can Hear Your Voice (SBS, 2013), also known as I Hear Your Voice or The Voice You Can't Hear, is a South Korean fantasy romance television series. A sharp female lawyer with no filter teams up ...more

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Oh My Ghostess is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
cloe-97 added Park Bo-young, Jo Jung-suk, Kim Seul-gie

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Romantic comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

Oh My Ghostess (tvN, 2015), also known as Oh My Ghost, is a South Korean fantasy romantic comedy television series. When timid assistant chef gets possessed by a lustful virgin ghost, the two ...more

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Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Ha Ji-won, Hyun Bin, Yoon Sang-hyun

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Romantic comedy

Secret Garden (SBS, 2010) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. A wealthy young man and a poor stunt woman fall for each other, but when their souls swap they soon learn how ...more

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Song Hye-kyo, Rain, Han Eun-jung

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Miniseries, Drama, Romantic comedy, Comedy

Full House is a 2004 South Korean television series starring Song Hye-kyo, Rain, Han Eun-jung and Kim Sung-soo. Based on the manhwa Full House by Won Soo-yeon, the romantic comedy series aired ...more
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What's Wrong with Secret... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
jadescar2142 added Park Seo-joon, Park Min-young, Lee Tae-hwan

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Romantic 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 ...more

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I'm Not A Robot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
CzarinaQuerubin added ‎Chae Soo-bin, Yoo Seung-ho

Kim Min-kyu (Yoo Seung-ho) lives an isolated life due to a severe allergy to other people. He develops extreme rashes that rapidly spread throughout his body once he makes any form of skin contact. Jo Ji-ah (Chae Soo-bin) is a woman who is trying to make it in life by creating her own businesses. However, after an encounter with Min-kyu, she ends up pretending to be a robot in place of the supposed Aji 3 robot. The Aji 3 robot was developed by Ji-ah's ex-boyfriend, professor Hong Baek-kyun (Um Ki-joon) and his team. The robot was meant to be tested by genius Min-kyu, however an accident caused the robot's battery to malfunction. As Baek-kyun modeled the robot after Ji-ah, the team ends up recruiting her to take the place of Aji 3.

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Coffee Prince is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Yoon Eun-hye, Gong Yoo, Lee Sun-kyun

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Romantic comedy

Coffee Prince (MBC, 2007), also known as The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince, is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. Pretending to be gay so he can avoid blind dates arranged by his ...more

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