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15 Best Korean Dramas You Should Watch
Are you addicted to Korean dramas? Well, this list will help you to increase your addiction! This top 15 list is composed of some of the best Korean dramas according to viewership ratings and their popularity overall. You can also watch trailers for some of the series here and vote in the poll for your favorite!
15. Emergency Couple
If you are looking for an immediately gripping and fast paced medical drama, this one should be your choice. Emergency Couple tells us the story of med school students Oh Chang-min and Oh Jin-hee, who fall in love while studying in school in their twenties. But unfortunately, they end up divorcing because of family and financial pressure. They both don’t know yet that there’s no escape from love. They will meet once more, only six years later, interning in the same hospital.
14. Doctor Stranger
Do you love some action, romance, and medical thrown into a drama? Then chances are you will be highly addicted to Doctor Stranger throughout all twenty episodes! This series isn’t as typical as some Korean dramas are: you will understand that once you know the plot.
As a young lad in South Korea, Park Hoon gets kidnapped by North Korea. Not alone though but together with his world-famous surgeon father Park Cheol, who was brought to North Korea to operate on the “Dear Leader” dictator. Even though the patient is saved, father and son can´t return to the South easily. Park Hoon grows up in the North, training to become a doctor by his father. Soon he falls deeply in love with a beautiful girl, but of course, North Korea puts a big target on his back. To find out how Park Hoon will escape the country he doesn´t belong to, and whether he will succeed in the search for his first love, you need to watch the drama!
13. Liar Game
If you like tricksy mathy games and dark manga, this drama is worth checking out. Liar Game will more likely make you curious enough about all the questions and non-answers in the show, so you will stick to the series to know the final answer.
Liar Game is based on the Japanese manga of the same name. The drama revolves around contestants that take part in a reality game show called “Liar Game”, where regular people are given a chance to earn millions of dollars. The one who manages to cheat others wins the prize. A naïve girl, who wants to pay off her father’s debt, is one of the contestants. After she gets betrayed, she gets help from a genius swindler and former psychology professor to win the show. The show itself perfectly illustrates how it ruins morals of a person, how far people will go in order to earn money.
12. City Hunter
If a drama with action, martial arts fights, well-thought revenge plot and a nice romance is what you are looking for, give this one a shot. “City Hunter” is the secret identity of Lee Yoon Sung, a man who has been raised for one purpose only: to get revenge on those who betrayed his father’s army and killed his father many years before. Yoon-Sung has been training for vengeance since the very childhood. The young man distances himself from anyone who distracts him from his task. Despite his best efforts, it gets harder to do so, as he develops feelings for a woman he works with.
Here’s one more action drama to choose from. Actually, it has a little bit of everything: drama, action, romance, and mystery. Healer is a drama that you should have in a to-watch list even just because of its decent performances and storyline. The drama is about a star reporter who seeks the help of a spy who goes by the name Healer to help unveil a dark truth involving people that have been ruling for too long. The mysterious man is going to discover what is behind the disappearance of the ones he loved.
10. Kill Me, Heal Me
Heart-wrenching. Heartwarming. Unforgettable. These are the words that probably will be spinning in your head after you finish watching the show. Kill Me, Heal Me is a comedy drama about a man who suffers memory lapses and multiple personality disorder, which were caused by a traumatic experience in his childhood. A third-generation billionaire's personality scatters into seven different identities. Secretly, he asks for a help of a first-year psychiatry student in treating his disorder. And eventually, she falls in love with one of his personalities.
9. Moonlight Drawn by Clouds / Love in the Moonlight
Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, or Love in the Moonlight, as it’s also often called, is a historical romance with a light melodrama. Charismatic, lovely cast; set, costumes, writing, all well done. Also, with a bit of modern humor in it, the drama is fun and playful.
This series is a wonderful youth historical. It tells us the story of a prince that falls deeply in love with a girl disguised as a eunuch. The story tells us about many challenges they face in order to protect their secret relationships and overcome threats to the throne. The first half is focused on the romance mainly; it is a lot of fun with the great dynamic between the couple. The second half is more centered on the politics.
8. Prison Playbook
Each story this show tells you will touch you in some way or another and you will love each of the main characters. This drama has many things to offer to the viewers, and amongst all those things, one is the most wonderful portrayal of heartwarming friendships, and not just between prison mates.
Prison Playbook is set in a prison and tells the story about a baseball player that is sentenced to jail. You will understand how he and some of the other characters ended up that way, as you will see flashbacks from the past. The personal stories of many characters are absolutely beautiful! But keep in mind that this is not a crime/law drama. It’s more of a comedy drama.
If you think you would like a fantasy romance with a heavy fantasy concept and a story that spans centuries, you should give this one a try. Goblin (also known by other names including Goblin: The Lonely and Great God/Guardian: The Lonely and Great God) is quite an interesting ride with a fresh and unique story told beautifully throughout every episode. The drama is also is absolutely visually stunning.
Goblin is a fantasy drama about a modern-day goblin, protector of souls, who needs a human bride to end his cursed immortal life. Then, his life becomes intertwined with a grim reaper, a life taker, which is completely opposite to goblin. Once the goblin finds his bride, he realizes he should live to be with her.
Are you looking for a drama with a complex story? Watch this one and you will realize how much is packed into 20 episodes of this drama! Pinocchio is a story about a man and his family who was terribly wronged by a cold hearted reporter who made unethical reporting for high ratings. The man and his brother want the revenge. But suddenly he develops feelings for the daughter of the reporter he hates. The girl has Pinocchio Syndrome, so she always has to tell the truth, as every time she lies she hiccups. Watch the drama and learn more about the revenge for past injustices and family and personal love.
5. Woman of Dignity
If you are looking for an intense fast-paced mature drama with excellent acting, dialogues, and comedic flourishes, you should give this melodrama a go. The story of Woman of Dignity is centered on the life of a rich family. The comfortable life of an elegant woman Woo Ah-jin, who lives a luxurious life due to her wealthy father-in-law, slowly comes to shutters with the arrival of the new caretaker for a wealthy man. The new caretaker is a poor woman named Park Bok-ja deliberately enters into the household of the wealthy family: her motive is to become part of the family and lift herself out of the low class she has been in all her life.
4. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
If you are still looking for a fun drama that mixed in a romantic comedy along with darker crime elements and which features adorable leads with unreal levels of Cute, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon should be your next watch. This show has got a strong heroine and an appreciative, dreamy hero.
On the outside, Do Bong Soon seems to be small and fragile but actually, she is a woman with super strength that has been handed down to her from female members of her family. She wants to keep it secret as she is afraid of being considered a weirdo, but one day Ahn Min Hyuk, the CEO of a game company, witnesses her powers. A man becomes attracted and intrigued by her. Soon he faces a threat to his life, so he decides to hire a girl as his bodyguard.
3. The Heirs
The Heirs is a satisfying drama that tells the story of star-crossed lovers. You will definitely enjoy the romance between the lead characters. Kim Tan is the rich heir to the Empire Group, who comes to the US to attend school. While living in the states, he meets Go Eun Sang, who came to the country with her sister in hope of a better life. Tan first meets the girl when she is at a low moment of her life. His heart breaks for her and he decides to take her in his home in Korea. But it turns out that Eun Sang’s mother is a housekeeper in Tan’s home. And there are even more surprises ahead…
2. My Love From The Star
If you are a fan of fantasy melodramas, you definitely should check this out. This drama took the world by storm at the time it was airing! So why its popularity in Korea and internationally was so huge?
My Love From Another Star (also called You Who Came from the Stars) tells the story of a centuries-old alien with superpowers who has been trapped on Earth and is working as a university professor. All he could think about was about getting back home, but he changes his mind when he meets a popular actress.
1. Descendants of the Sun
Descendants of the Sun was a mega hit when it was on TV with ratings of over 40% and winning several KBS drama awards. Since the drama was produced before it was aired, storylines couldn’t change depending on viewer ratings. Apparently, that’s why it is only 16 episodes long, even despite its huge popularity.
This melodrama is the love story of a female leading the medical team saving lives and the captain of special forces unit that carries out secret missions. The actions are set in Uruk, a fictitious country in the war. They both are dealing with life and death situations every single day. So will they take risk of heart break or not?