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The Best Korean Dramas of All Time

Updated May 7, 2021 1.7m votes 135.5k voters 2.9m views222 items

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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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    28,230
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    Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

    Lee Joon-gi, Lee Ji-eun
    Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (SBS, 2016) is a South Korean historical romance television...  more
  • 2
    40,621
    7,714
    Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (tvN, 2016), also known as Goblin, is a South Korean...  more
  • 3
    40,771
    5,696

    Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

    Park Bo-young, Park Hyung-sik
    Strong Woman Do Bong-soon (JTBC, 2017), also known as Strong Girl Bong-soon, is a South Korean...  more
  • 4
    14,682
    1,268

    Crash Landing on You

    Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin
    Crash Landing on You (tvN, 2019), also known as Love's Emergency Landing, is a South Korean...  more

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  • 5
    27,423
    4,775

    While You Were Sleeping

    Lee Jong-suk, Bae Suzy
    While You Were Sleeping (SBS, 2017) is a South Korean romance fantasy television series. A...  more

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  • 6
    41,427
    8,197

    Descendants of the Sun

    Song Joong Ki, Song Hye-Kyo
    Descendants of the Sun (KBS2, 2016) is a South Korean romance drama television series. Finding...  more
  • 7
    39,656
    9,349

    My Love From The Star

    Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun
    My Love from the Star (SBS, 2013), also known as You Who Came from the Stars, is a South...  more

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  • 8
    28,753
    4,720

    Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo

    Lee Sung-kyung, Nam Joo-hyuk
    Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo (MBC, 2016) is a South Korean romantic comedy sports...  more
  • 9
    27,955
    6,398

    Healer

    Ji Chang-wook, Park Min-young
    Healer (KBS2, 2014) is a South Korean action thriller romance television series. A fighter...  more
  • 10
    30,794
    6,098

    W: Two Worlds

    Lee Jung Suk, Han Hyo-Joo
    W: Two Worlds (MBC, 2016), also known as W, is a South Korean romantic comedy television...  more
  • 11
    28,707
    4,969

    What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?

    Park Seo-joon, Park Min-young
    What's Wrong with Secretary Kim (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean romantic comedy television...  more

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  • 12
    29,094
    8,434

    The Heirs

    Choi Jinhyeok, Jeon Sujin
    The Heirs (SBS, 2013), also known as The Inheritors, is a South Korean romantic comedy...  more
  • 13
    16,908
    4,025

    Oh My Venus

    So Ji Sub; Shin Min Ah; Henry Lau; Sung Hoon
    Oh My Venus (KBS2, 2015) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. A disgraced...  more
  • 14
    2,610
    295

    Mr. Queen

    Shin Hye-sun, Kim Jung-hyun
    Mr. Queen (tvN, 2020), also known as Queen Cheorin, is a South Korean historical...  more
  • 15
    25,712
    7,866

    Pinocchio

    Lee Jong-suk, Park Shin-hye
    Pinocchio (SBS, 2014) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. A reporter with a...  more
  • 16
    7,712
    1,287

    Itaewon Class

    Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi
    Itaewon Class (JTBC, 2020) is a South Korean television series based on the webtoon by Gwang...  more
  • 17
    21,630
    5,182

    I'm Not A Robot

    ‎Chae Soo-bin, Yoo Seung-ho
    I Am Not a Robot (MBC TV, 2017) is a South Korean romantic-comedy television series. Kim Min...  more
  • 18
    17,473
    5,428

    Kill Me, Heal Me

    Ji Sung, Hwang Jung Eum
    Kill Me, Heal Me (MBC, 2015) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. Having...  more
  • 19
    27,910
    5,239

    The Legend of the Blue Sea

    Lee Min-ho, Jun Ji-hyun
    The Legend of the Blue Sea (SBS, 2016) is a South Korean fantasy romantic-comedy television...  more
  • 20
    16,999
    5,390

    She Was Pretty

    Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon
    She Was Pretty (MBC, 2015) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. After a...  more
  • 21
    29,669
    9,502

    Boys Over Flowers

    Hye-yeong Lee, Kim So-Eun
    Boys Over Flowers (KBS2, 2009) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series, based on...  more

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  • 22
    3,587
    608

    Flower of Evil

    Lee Joon-gi, Moon Chae-won
    Flower of Evil (tvN, 2020) is a South Korean mystery romance television series. A homicide...  more
  • 23
    12,104
    1,421

    It's Okay to Not Be Okay

    Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Ye-ji
    It's Okay to Not Be Okay (tvN, 2020) is a South Korean romance drama television series. An...  more

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  • 24
    3,818
    810

    Dr. Romantic

    Han Suk-kyu, Yoo Yeon-seok
    Dr. Romantic (SBS, 2016), also known as Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim, is a South Korean...  more
  • 25
    4,057
    1,212

    Welcome to Waikiki

    Kim Jung-hyun, Lee Yi-kyung
    Welcome to Waikiki (JTBC, 2018) is a youth South Korean television series. Three men who are...  more