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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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My Love from the Star is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun, Park Hae-jin

Premiered: 2013

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
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Healer is listed (or ranked) 2 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
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Guardian: The Lonely and... is listed (or ranked) 3 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
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The Heirs is listed (or ranked) 4 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
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Descendants of the Sun ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Song Joong Ki, Song Hye-Kyo

Premiered: February 24, 2016

Network: KBS2

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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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 6 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
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Boys Over Flowers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Ku Hye-sun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong

Premiered: 2009

Network: KBS2

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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Kill Me, Heal Me is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
anjseu added Ji Sung, Hwang Jung Eum, Park Seo Joon

Premiered: 2015

Network: MBC

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) 9 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

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: SBS

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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W: Two Worlds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Trishnadahal added Lee Jung Suk, Han Hyo-Joo
W (MBC, 2016) is a South Korean television series. When her comic artist father goes missing, a surgeon (Han Hyo-joo) gets pulled into the fictional world inside a webtoon where she meets the ...more
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Master's Sun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
wowww added Gong Hyo-jin, So Ji-sub, Seo In Guk

Premiered: 2013

Number of Episodes: 17

Network: Seoul Broadcasting System

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, Horror, Romance TV, Korean drama

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
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City Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Park Min-young, Lee Min-ho, Lee Kwang-soo

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 20

Network: Seoul Broadcasting System

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Miniseries, Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller, + more

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
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I Hear Your Voice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Lee Jong-suk

Premiered: 2013

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

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
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Fated to Love You is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Wang Ji-won

Premiered: 2014

Number of Episodes: 20

Network: Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Romance Film

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
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Oh My Venus is listed (or ranked) 15 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

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh_My_Venus

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Oh My Ghostess is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
cloe-97 added Park Bo-young, Jo Jung-suk, Kim Seul-gie
Oh My Ghostess (tvN, 2015) is a South Korean television series directed by Yoo Je-won. When timid assistant chef (Park Bo-young) gets possessed by a lustful virgin ghost (Kim Seul-gie), the two ...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

Network: MBC

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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Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Ji-won Ha, Hyun Bin, Sang-Hyun Yoon

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 20

Network: Seoul Broadcasting System

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Miniseries, Drama, Comedy, Action, + more

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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While You Were Sleeping ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Olivia1114 added

Premiered: 2011

Number of Episodes: 120

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Melodrama

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) 20 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Shaiy Samantha added Park Bo-young, Park Hyung-sik, Ji Soo

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Romance, Comedy

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
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Weightlifting Fairy Kim ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
hailie added Lee Sung-kyung, Nam Joo-hyuk, Lee Jae-yoon

Genres (Tv): Romance, 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 coming-of-age sports drama television series. A group of college athletes who are fighting for their dreams experience and find love ...more
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Doctor Stranger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
nae-nae added Lee Jong-Suk, Jin Se-yeon, Park Hae-jin

Premiered: 2014

Network: SBS

Genres (Tv): Medical, Romance, Drama

Doctor Stranger (SBS, 2014) is a South Korean medical romance television series. A genius defector from North Korea begins working at South Korea's top hospital but is ostracized by the other ...more

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Song Hye-kyo, Rain, Han Eun-jung

Premiered: 2004

Number of Episodes: 16

Network: KBS2

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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The 1st Shop of Coffee P... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Yoon Eun-hye, Gong Yoo, Lee Sun-kyun

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 17

Network: Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, Drama, Comedy, Korean drama

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
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Dream High is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Korean Dramas of All Time
Bae Suzy, IU, Park Ji-yeon

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 32

Network: Korean Broadcasting System

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Drama, Musical, Comedy

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