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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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8,378 3,715
Master's Sun is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
wowww added Gong Hyo-jin, So Ji-sub, Seo In Guk
Master's Sun is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Gong Hyo-jin and So Ji-sub. The horror-romantic comedy is written by the Hong Sisters, and aired on SBS from August 7 to October 3, ...more
2
6,304 2,991
Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Ji-won Ha, Hyun Bin, Sang-Hyun Yoon
Secret Garden is a 2010 South Korean television drama, starring Ha Ji-won, Hyun Bin, Yoon Sang-hyun, and Kim Sa-rang. It aired on SBS from November 13, 2010 to January 16, 2011 on Saturdays and ...more
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13,830 3,129
My Love from the Star is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun, Park Hae-jin
My Love from the Star (SBS, 2013) is a South Korean television series directed by Jang Tae-yoo. The show follows an alien (Kim Soo-hyun) who landed on Earth in the Joseon Dynasty and, 400 years ...more
4
8,524 1,944
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
Healer (KBS2, 2014) is a South Korean television series directed by Lee Jung-sub and Kim Jin-woo. A decades-old incident involving a group who ran an illegal pro-democracy broadcasting station ...more
5
8,710 2,682
Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Lee Jong-suk, Park Shin-hye, Kim Young-kwang
Pinocchio (SBS, 2014) is a South Korean television series directed by Jo Soo-won and Shin Seung-woo. A reporter with a secret past (Lee Jong-suk) and an ambitious journalist with an unusual ...more
6
5,163 2,349
I Hear Your Voice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Lee Jong-suk
I Can Hear Your Voice is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Lee Jong-suk, Lee Bo-young, and Yoon Sang-hyun. It aired on SBS from June 5 to August 1, 2013, on Wednesdays and Thursdays ...more
7
11,194 3,847
Boys Over Flowers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Kim So-eun, Ku Hye-sun, Kim Hyun-joong
Boys Over Flowers is a 2009 South Korean television series starring Ku Hye-sun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Bum, Kim Joon and Kim So-eun. It aired on KBS2 from January 5 to March 31, 2009 on ...more
8
4,773 2,356
The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Yoon Eun-hye, Gong Yoo, Lee Sun-kyun
The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince is a 2007 South Korean television drama, starring Yoon Eun-hye, Gong Yoo, Lee Sun-kyun, and Chae Jung-an. Based on the novel of the same name written by Lee Sun-mi, ...more
9
4,598 2,498
Moon Embracing the Sun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Han Ga-in, Kim Soo-hyun
Moon Embracing the Sun is a 2012 South Korean television drama series, starring Kim Soo-hyun, Han Ga-in, Jung Il-woo and Kim Min-seo. It aired on MBC from January 4 to March 15, 2012 on ...more
10
5,554 1,937
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
Kill Me, Heal Me (MBC, 2015) is a South Korean television series directed by Kim Jin-man and Kim Dae-jin. Having developed dissociative identity disorder, business heir Cha Do Hyun (Ji Sung) ...more
11
4,665 2,425
It's Okay, That's Love is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
In-seong Jo, Hyo-jin Kong, Ha-ra Goo
It's Okay, That's Love is a 2014 South Korean television series starring Jo In-sung, Gong Hyo-jin, Sung Dong-il, Lee Kwang-soo and Do Kyung-soo. It aired on SBS from July 23 to September 11, ...more
12
5,371 2,848
You're Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Park Shin-hye, Jang Keun-suk, Lee Hong-gi
You're Beautiful is a 2009 South Korean musical romantic comedy television drama series, starring Park Shin-hye, Jang Keun-suk, Lee Hong-gi of F.T. Island and Jung Yong-hwa of CN Blue. The ...more
13
2,457 2,065
Sungkyunkwan Scandal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Park Min-young, Yoochun, Song Joong-ki
Sungkyunkwan Scandal is a 2010 South Korean fusion historical drama about a girl who disguises herself as a boy while attending Sungkyunkwan, the Joseon Dynasty's highest educational institute, ...more
14
9,118 1,409
Guardian: The Lonely and Great... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
jinxiecat added Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-wook
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (tvN, 2016), also known as Goblin, is a South Korean television series. Goblin and protector of souls, Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) seeks a human bride to end his ...more
15
5,470 2,162
City Hunter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Park Min-young, Lee Min-ho, Lee Kwang-soo
City Hunter is a 2011 South Korean television drama series based on the Japanese manga series City Hunter written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo, starring Lee Min-ho, Park Min-young, Lee ...more
16
8,433 1,883
The Legend of the Blue Sea is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Angelica Gie added Lee Min-ho, Jun Ji-hyun
The Legend of the Blue Sea (SBS, 2016) is a South Korean television series directed by Jin Hyuk and Park Seon-Ho. Inspired by a classic Joseon legend from Korea's first collection of unofficial ...more
17
5,162 1,832
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
She Was Pretty (MBC, 2015) is a South Korean television series directed by Jung Dae-yoon. Once pretty and popular, Hye-jin (Hwang Jung-eum) is now poor and homely, and working under the handsome ...more
18
6,880 1,447
While You Were Sleeping is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Olivia1114 added

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.

 

While You Were Sleeping is a 2011 South Korean television series starring Lee Chang-hoon, Choi Won-young, Oh Yoon-ah and Lee Young-eun. The daily drama aired on SBS on Mondays to Fridays at ...more
19
11,182 1,436
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Shaiy Samantha added Park Bo-young, Park Hyung-sik, Ji Soo
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon (JTBC, 2017) is a South Korean television series directed by Lee Hyung-min. Born with superhuman strength, Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) becomes the bodyguard of a rich, ...more
20
6,037 1,437
I'm Not A Robot is listed (or ranked) 20 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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12,244 1,780
Descendants of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Song Joong Ki, Song Hye-Kyo
Descendants of the Sun (KBS2, 2016) is a South Korean television series directed by Lee Eung-bok and Baek Sang-hoon. Finding themselves in the middle of great events and dangers, Captain Yoo ...more
22
9,589 2,677
The Heirs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Park Shin-hye, Krystal, Lee Min-ho
The Heirs, also known as The Inheritors, is a South Korean television series starring Park Shin-hye, Lee Min-ho, and Kim Woo-bin. Written by Kim Eun-sook, the trendy drama is set in a high ...more
23
4,400 2,276
Dream High is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Bae Suzy, IU, Park Ji-yeon
Dream High is a South Korean television series broadcast by KBS2 in 2011. It features miss A's Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun, T-ara's Eunjung, IU, and 2PM's Taecyeon and Wooyoung. The drama was popular ...more
24
4,795 1,226
What's Wrong with Secretary Ki... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
jadescar2142 added Park Seo-joon, Park Min-young, Lee Tae-hwan
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean television series based on the novel by Jung Kyung-yoon. Misunderstandings arise when a highly capable secretary announces that she ...more
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3,651 1,496
Fated to Love You is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Wang Ji-won
Fated to Love You is a 2014 South Korean television series starring Jang Hyuk, Jang Na-ra, Choi Jin-hyuk and Wang Ji-won. It aired on MBC from July 2 to September 4, 2014 on Wednesdays and ...more