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The Best Korean Dramas of All Time

Updated September 17, 2021 1.8m votes 147.6k voters 3.1m views234 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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    Crash Landing on You

    Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin
    20,097
    2,175
    Crash Landing on You (tvN, 2019), also known as Love's Emergency Landing, is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. While paragliding, a wealthy South Korean heiress accidentally lands in...  more

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    Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

    Lee Joon-gi, Lee Ji-eun
    30,908
    5,720
    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 25-year-old...  more
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    Guardian: The Lonely and Great God

    Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun
    43,366
    8,342
    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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    Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

    Park Bo-young, Park Hyung-sik
    42,911
    6,247
    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 bodyguard of...  more
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    What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?

    Park Seo-joon, Park Min-young
    30,792
    5,333
    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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    While You Were Sleeping

    Lee Jong-suk, Bae Suzy
    28,533
    5,169

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    My Love From The Star

    Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun
    40,912
    9,610
    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 400...  more
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    Descendants of the Sun

    Song Joong Ki, Song Hye-Kyo
    43,304
    8,590
    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

    Ji Chang-wook, Park Min-young
    28,779
    6,490
    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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    W: Two Worlds

    Lee Jung Suk, Han Hyo-Joo
    32,150
    6,440
    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 her...  more
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    Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo

    Lee Sung-kyung, Nam Joo-hyuk
    30,509
    5,063
    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 the...  more
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    Hotel del Luna

    Lee Ji-eun, Yeo Jin-goo
    8,106
    957
    Hotel del Luna (tvN, 2019) is a South Korean fantasy romantic comedy television series. Forced to run a hotel for ghosts due to a past curse, Jang Man-wol meets the new manager....  more

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    Mr. Queen

    Shin Hye-sun, Kim Jung-hyun
    5,225
    664
    Mr. Queen (tvN, 2020), also known as Queen Cheorin, is a South Korean historical romantic-comedy television series. When a modern day chef gets trapped in the body of a queen in the Joseon era, chaos...  more
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    Itaewon Class

    Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi
    9,903
    1,824
    Itaewon Class (JTBC, 2020) is a South Korean television series based on the webtoon by Gwang Jin. Park Sae-roy (Park Seo-joon) decides to follow in his father's footsteps by opening up a restaurant...  more
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    Oh My Venus

    So Ji Sub; Shin Min Ah; Henry Lau; Sung Hoon
    17,512
    4,352
    Oh My Venus (KBS2, 2015) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. A disgraced Hollywood personal trainer helps a once-beautiful woman get back in shape only for both to develop feelings...  more
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    It's Okay to Not Be Okay

    Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Ye-ji
    15,481
    1,956
    It's Okay to Not Be Okay (tvN, 2020) is a South Korean romance drama television series. An extraordinary road to emotional healing opens up for an antisocial children's book writer and a selfless...  more
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    The Legend of the Blue Sea

    Lee Min-ho, Jun Ji-hyun
    29,252
    5,350
    The Legend of the Blue Sea (SBS, 2016) is a South Korean fantasy romantic-comedy television series. A magistrate's plan to release mermaids into the ocean backfires when they're caught by fishermen....  more
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    I'm Not A Robot

    ‎Chae Soo-bin, Yoo Seung-ho
    22,341
    5,421
    I Am Not a Robot (MBC TV, 2017) is a South Korean romantic-comedy television series. Kim Min Gyu, a wealthy man who is allergic to people, meets and falls in love with a girl who is pretending to be...  more
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    The Heirs

    Lee Min-ho, Park Shin-hye
    30,083
    8,802
    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 an...  more
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    Pinocchio

    Lee Jong-suk, Park Shin-hye
    26,369
    7,912
    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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    Fight My Way

    Park Seo-joon, Kim Ji-won
    17,059
    3,062
    Fight My Way (KBS2, 2017), also known as Fight For My Way, is a South Korean romantic-comedy television series. Two childhood best friends confront the change in their feelings towards each other as...  more
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    Kill Me, Heal Me

    Ji Sung, Hwang Jung Eum
    17,895
    5,464
    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 with...  more
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    Flower of Evil

    Lee Joon-gi, Moon Chae-won
    5,643
    869
    Flower of Evil (tvN, 2020) is a South Korean mystery romance television series. A homicide detective discovers her husband's dark secrets while working on a strange case....  more

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    Oh My Ghostess

    Park Bo-young, Jo Jung-suk
    13,875
    4,106
    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 girls...  more
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    She Was Pretty

    Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon
    17,500
    5,523
    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