Within one week of compiling the ultimate list of best Korean drama series of all time since the Hallyu Wave, I realized that I’d gone so much, and watching them prompted me to become a full-time writer. This year, I’m working on a huge project of my life, publishing my book. Fighting!
the ultimate list of best Korean drama series
Table of Contents
- the ultimate list of best Korean drama series
- 2. School 2013 (2012)
- 3. The Prime Minister And I (2013)
- 4. Nail Shop Paris (2013)
- 5. Monstar (2013)
- 6. Miss Korea (2013)
- 7. Marry Him If You Dare (2013)
- 8. 7th Level Civil Servant (2013)
- 9. Let’s Eat (2013)
- 10. King’s Family (2013)
- 11. I Hear Your Voice (2013)
- 12. The Heirs (2013)
- 13. Good Doctor (2013)
- 14. Golden Rainbow (2013)
- 15. Flower Boy Next Door (2013)
- 16. Empire of Gold (2013)
- 17. Dating Agency: Cyrano (2013)
- 18. Basketball (2013)
- 19. Reply 1994 (2013)
- 20. Master’s Sun (2014)
- 21. High School King of Savvy (2014)
- 22. Birth of a Beauty (2014)
- 23. Tomorrow’s Cantabile (2014)
- 24. Doctor Stranger (2014)
- 25. Emergency Couple (2014)
- 26. Fated to Love You (2014)
- 27. Gap Dong (2014)
- 28. God’s Gift – 14 Days (2014)
- 29. Golden Cross (2014)
- 30. Healer (2014)
- 31. Hi! School – Love On (2014)
- 32. I Need Romance 3 (2014)
- 33. Blade Man (2014)
- 34. Liar Game (2014)
- 35. Marriage Not Dating (2014)
- 36. Misaeng (2014)
- 37. Modern Farmer (2014)
- 38. My Secret Hotel (2014)
- 39. A New Leaf (2014)
- 40. Pinocchio (2014)
- 41. Secret Love Affair (2014)
- 42. She’s So Lovable (2014)
- 43. Cunning Single Lady (2014)
- 44. Surplus Princess (2014)
- 45. Three Days (2014)
- 46. Trot Lovers (2014)
- 47. A Witch’s Romance (2014)
- 48. Wonderful Days (2014)
- 49. You’re All Surrounded (2014)
- 50. Hotel King (2014)
- 51. Angry Mom (2015)
- 52. The Awl (2015)
- 53. Bubble Gum (2015)
- 54. The Girl Who Sees Smells (2015)
- 55. Heart to Heart (2015)
- 56. Hyde, Jekyll, Me (2015)
- 57. I Remember You (2015)
- 58. Kill Me, Heal Me (2015)
- 59. Let’s Eat Season 2 (2015)
- 60. Mask (2015)
- 61. Oh My Ghostess (2015)
- 62. Oh My Venus (2015)
- 63. Persevere, Goo Hae-Ra (2015)
- 64. The Producers (2015)
- 65. Sassy Go Go (2015)
- 66. The Superman Age (2015)
- 67. Twenty Again (2015)
- 68. The Village: Achiara’s Secret (2015)
- 69. Warm and Cozy (2015)
- 70. School 2015: Who Are You? (2015)
- 71. Yong Pal (2015)
- 72. She Was Pretty (2016)
- 73. Queen of the Ring (2016)
- 74. The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016)
- 75. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)
- 76. W – Two Worlds (2016)
- 77. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (2016)
- 78. Cheese In The Trap (2016)
- 79. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (2017)
- 80. Because This Is My First Life (2017)
- 81. Guardian: The Lonely And Great God (2017)
- 82. Descendants Of The Sun (2017)
- 83. Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon (2017)
- 84. Chicago Typewriter (2017)
- 85. Still 17 (2018)
- 86. I Picked Up A Celebrity On A Street (2018)
- 87. ID: Gangnam Beauty (2018)
- 88. My First Love (2018)
- 89. The Beauty Inside (2018)
- 90. Tempted (2018)
- 91. Welcome To Waikiki (2018)
- 92. My Mister (2018)
- 93. Mr. Sunshine (2018)
- 94. Sky Castle (2018)
- 95. Clean With Passion For Now (2019)
- 96. Touch Your Heart (2019)
- 97. He Is Psychometric (2019)
- 98. Kill It (2019)
- 99. Fiery Priest (2019)
- 100. The Crowned Clown (2019)
- 101. Romance Is A Bonus Book (2019)
- Recap of the Ultimate List of Best Korean Drama Series (1st & 2nd)
See my Part 1 and Part 2 lists of the Best Korean Drama Series:
- Best Korean drama series of all time since the Hallyu Wave (Part 1)
- What are the best Korean drama series of all time? (Part 2)
Today, I’ll share with you the 3rd batch of the ultimate list of best Korean drama series, along with the 120 dramas published in the first and second blog posts. I know this will be a very long post (again). So, bear the length as I put up the last batch of the list.
Are you ready now? Let’s get into the whole list of the ultimate list of best Korean drama series and have a quick recap towards the end. Shall we?
1. Lights and Shadows (2011)
The storyline covers periods from the 1960s to the present day. Various historical incidents like the Vietnam War, May 16 military coup d’etat and the assassination of Korean President Park Chung Hee.
Ki Tae, described as Korea’s first entertainer. Ki Tae debuted at an American military base stage and worked in the show business during the 1960s. Ki Tae is the son of the richest man in Soonyang.
He works at a cinema, which is one of several businesses owned by his father, but he is more interested in having fun than work. Ki Tae is just a troublemaker to his father.
One day his father checks his account book and finds that some numbers are missing. Ki Tae explains that he invested 10,000,000 won on making a movie to show in the cinema on Korean Thanksgiving Day. His father stipulates that this is the last chance for Ki Tae. (Source: MyDramaList)
2. School 2013 (2012)
Seungri High School ranks as one of the worst of the 178 high schools in Seoul based on academic scores. Seungri High School is now busy preparing presentations for its new students.
Class 2 is at the bottom of grade 2 at Seungri High. Nam-Soon is elected class president for grade 2, thanks to the support of Jung-Ho, who is a member of the school gang.
Se-Chan is the top Korean language teacher at a famous institute in Gangnam. In order to improve the student’s scores at Seungri High School, the school hires Se-Chan. When Se-Chan appears at the school’s opening presentation, Nam-Soon becomes embarrassed. (Source: AsianWiki)
3. The Prime Minister And I (2013)
At 42-years-old, Kwon Yool is South Korea’s youngest prime minister ever. On top of his reputation of being an honest man of the utmost integrity, he’s also a widower who raises his three children alone.
But what the public doesn’t know is that despite his perfect image, Prime Minister Kwon is actually a struggling father devoid of even the most basic of parenting skills.
Nam Da Jung is a journalist who resorts to writing trashy tabloids to support her ailing father, but when she chases Prime Minister Kwon for a lucrative exposé, she ends up scooping a whole lot more than she bargained for. (Source: IMDb)
4. Nail Shop Paris (2013)
Yeo-Joo writes a love story on the internet about a fox with nine tails (“gumiho”). The story becomes a hit and Yeo-Joo becomes somewhat of an internet celebrity.
Then, Yeo-Joo is caught in a plagiarism scandal. For her next story, Yeo-Joo decides to write about something completely new. For inspiration, Yeo-Joo decides to observe real people for her story.
Yeo-Joo goes to the subway station. There, she sees a man save a woman from a drug addict. The hero is Alex. Yeo-Joo thinks Alex would make for good material in her next story. She follows Alex to his place of work, which turns out to be a nail shop named “Paris”.
Yeo-Joo decides to work at the nail shop, but it appears the shop only hires men. Yeo-Joo then disguises herself as a man with the help of her friend Ji-Soo. (Source: AsianWiki)
5. Monstar (2013)
Seol Chan, a member of Korea’s most popular K-pop boy band Men in Black, is provoked into pushing one of his crazy fans, and when that goes viral, his reputation plummets. As damage control, his agency tells him to quietly attend school for a while.
Meanwhile, Se Yi, a new transfer student from New Zealand, draws attention in the school for both her talent and oddness. Misunderstandings occur between Seol Chan, Se Yi, and their other classmates.
But in the midst of all the chaos, these students find a common interest which connects them to each other: music. As they gather together to sing and play the music they love, they learn to soothe the pain inside them and to open each of their souls. (Source: MyDramaList)
6. Miss Korea (2013)
Set in the year 1997, a cosmetics company is in bad financial shape. To save the company, Hyung-Joon and other employees try to make Ji-Young into Miss Korea. Back in their high school days, Ji-Young was the most beautiful student. She now works as an elevator girl. (Source: AsianWiki)
7. Marry Him If You Dare (2013)
32 years old for woman is an age which may be a little too late to start something new or a little too early to give up something. The ‘future-self’ comes to ‘me’ today and gives advice about life and marriage. The future-self is trying to bring a better life by helping her to meet a perfect spouse.
This drama will tell the story about a 57-year-old woman named Na Mi Rae from 2038, a television broadcast writer, travels back in time to meet her 32-year-old self from 2013 with the goal of preventing her marriage to Kim Shin and thus send her past self down a different path in life. (Source: DramaWiki via KBS World)
8. 7th Level Civil Servant (2013)
Two exes break up reconcile several years later. Both end up being spies working for different units, so they have to keep their covers up in real life.
The hero Gil Ro decided in his youth that he wanted to be a spy after watching a Bond movie. His father became rich practically overnight, so he grows up in wealth and comfort, with a generous spirit toward others and a chic, refined appearance.
He gets accepted as a secret agent, but he’s not your usual veteran agent; he thinks and acts like the new generation he belongs to, and he makes mistakes and causes conflict. (Source: MyDramaList)
9. Let’s Eat (2013)
Let’s Eat depicts the daily life and romance of a single woman and a murder case occurs in her neighborhood.
Lee Soo-Kyung is a 33-year-old single woman. She divorced when she was in her 20’s and now lives alone. She always wants to carry herself with dignity, but she loses self-control when she is near gourmet foods.
Koo Dae-Young is a gourmet, especially talented with describing the taste of foods. He often lies when he opens his mouth, but he is usually considerate to others. (Source: AsianWiki)
10. King’s Family (2013)
The Wang family faces a number of challenges: elitism; discrimination; children moving back home after living on their own during colleges; the power dynamics between husband, wife, and family; and decisions about when to marry and have a baby given the financial difficulties in today’s Korean society.
The first daughter had married into a well-off family, but after they went bankrupt she and the family had to move back to her parents’ home. The second daughter is also having financial difficulties as her husband is jobless, while the third daughter suddenly decided to quit her job. (Source: MyDramaList)
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11. I Hear Your Voice (2013)
After overcoming poverty and difficult childhood, Jang Hye-sung becomes a lawyer, specifically a public defender. But she is pragmatic, self-preserving and jaded.
Her life changes when she encounters Park Soo-ha, a high school senior with the supernatural ability to read other people’s thoughts by looking into their eyes. Soo-ha gained his mind-reading ability when witnessing his father getting murdered ten years previously.
His father’s death had initially been dismissed as a car accident until Hye-sung, then a high school girl gave a decisive testimony in court despite the killer’s threats. Soo-ha has been searching for her ever since.
As Hye-sung works with Soo-ha and a cop-turned-lawyer Gwan-woo, she gradually lets go of her pursuit of money and glory. Together, this unlikely team uses unconventional methods to solve their cases, proving that while sometimes justice is blind to a fault, she can still hear your voice. (Source: Wikipedia)
12. The Heirs (2013)
Kim Tan is the heir to Empire Group who has been sent to study abroad in the U.S. In reality it’s a form of exile, as his elder half-brother back home schemes to take over the family business.
While in the States, Kim Tan meets Cha Eun Sang, who arrived from Korea in search of her older sister. He feels himself falling for her, never realizing that she’s the daughter of his family’s housekeeper. When his fiancée Rachel Yoo arrives to bring him back to Korea, his heart is torn between love and duty. (Source: MyDramaList)
13. Good Doctor (2013)
A man named Park Shi On is a doctor with autistic savant disorder who has the mentality of a 10-year-old. He overcomes bias and discrimination by society and workmates and becomes a pediatrician by utilizing his exceptional abilities that the illness brings. (Source: MyDramaList)
14. Golden Rainbow (2013)
Seven orphaned brothers and sisters who have closer ties than blood family are compared to a blood-tied family that is being broken by its own greed to think about the true meaning of family and happiness.
The story mainly revolves around Jang Ha Bin/Kim Baek Won, a girl who grows up to be a policewoman and Do Young, a boy who grows up to be a prosecutor. He falls in love with her again after she broke his heart in the past. (Source: DramaWiki via MBC)
15. Flower Boy Next Door (2013)
Also known as “My Cute Guys,” the Korean drama series talk about Go Dok-mi (in Korean, literally “lonely beauty”) is a shy, frugal freelance copy editor who refuses to leave her apartment or interact with people as much as possible.
Every day, using a pair of binoculars, she steals peeks at her neighbor across the street, Han Tae-joon, as he goes through his daily morning routine. She had fallen in love with Tae-joon at first sight, after witnessing him pick up a puppy in a box and taking it home. When she looked out her window and saw him living in the apartment opposite hers, she thought of it as fate.
Webtoon artist Oh Jin-rak lives in the same apartment building as Dok-mi. He has been in love with Dok-mi for ages, and anonymously leaves a carton of milk with a post-it attached by her door every day.
He created a webtoon with his drawing partner Oh Dong-hoon, titled “Flower Boy Next Door”, based on Dok-mi’s life as well as his desire to draw her out into the world.
Enrique Geum, a genius video game developer, arrives in Seoul from Spain. His reason for coming is “cupid’s arrow.” Though he’s in love with his best friend Yoon Seo-young, she has feelings instead for his older cousin, Han Tae-joon, so he intends to play cupid for the two. That same day, a new neighbor Watanabe Ryu moves into the apartment across to Dok-mi and Jin-rak.
When Enrique comes to stay at Tae-joon’s apartment, he catches Dok-mi in the act. Naturally curious and inquisitive, Enrique decides to find out the reason why Dok-mi is living in recluse.
Meanwhile, Jin-rak is threatened by Enrique’s sudden intrusion into Dok-mi’s life. With all these new men suddenly entering her life, Dok-mi’s solitary and orderly world is turned upside down. (Source: Wikipedia)
16. Empire of Gold (2013)
The series is a multi-generational saga that covers a twenty-year span from 1990 to 2010 and follows one chaebol family as it arises out of the ruins of the 1990s IMF financial crisis that wreaked havoc on the Korean economy, becoming one of the top conglomerates in the nation. Three people become locked in a power struggle for control of this chaebol empire. (Source: Wikipedia)
17. Dating Agency: Cyrano (2013)
A team for hire helps those who are having troubles in their love lives. The team employs elaborate stagings to help their clients snag the ones they love.
Seo Byung-Hoon, who is the leader of the Cyrano Agency. Seo Byung-Hoon was regarded as a genius like theatrical director. He then lost his best friend in an accident and suffered from heavy guilty. Seo Byung-Hoon then decides to save his late friend’s theatre troupe and forms “Cyrano Agency”.
Kong Min-Young is a romanticist. She is a member of the Cyrano Agency. She has conflicts with Seo Byung-Hoon due to their opposite personalities.
Cha Seung-Pyo is a mysterious man. He is the chef for his own modest restaurant, which resides next to the office for the Cyrano Agency. (Source: AsianWiki)
18. Basketball (2013)
Drama series is set within the turbulent period between the Japanese colonial era and the division of Korea into North and South. Kang San is from a poor family. He struggles to get away from poverty. Through the game of basketball, he becomes successful and meets a girl from the upper class. He dreams of their love overcoming the disparity in their social standing. (Source: MyDramaList)
19. Reply 1994 (2013)
Set in 1994, six university students from various provincial areas live together at a boarding house in Sinchon, Seoul, which is run by a couple with a daughter named Na Jung.
The timeline moves back and forth between the past in 1994 and the present in 2013, making the viewers guess who will become Na Jung’s husband among the male characters. (Source: MyDramaList)
20. Master’s Sun (2014)
Joo Joong-won is the cold and distant CEO of Kingdom, a conglomerate that includes a major department store and hotel. He meets the gloomy Tae Gong-shil, who started seeing ghosts after an accident.
Their lives take a new turn as they discover whenever Gong-shil touches Joong-won the ghosts that surround her disappear; after much pleading from Gong-shil to allow her to stay by Joong-won’s side in return she must help him recover a fortune that was stolen from him during a kidnapping attempt. (Source: Wikipedia)
21. High School King of Savvy (2014)
Lee Min-Seok is a high school student who plays ice hockey for his school. One day, he suddenly begins works as a company director instead of his older brother. At work, he meets Jung Soo-Young who is a temporary employee there. (Source: AsianWiki)
22. Birth of a Beauty (2014)
Han Tae-Hee is the heir of a large company. He is suffering from broken heart syndrome due to a psychological shock.
To get the woman he loves back, he completely changes an unattractive and overweight Sa Geum-Ran to beautiful Sara. In the process, Han Tae-Hee falls in love with Sara. (Source: AsianWiki)
23. Tomorrow’s Cantabile (2014)
Also known as “Naeil’s Cantabile,” it’s a South Korean adaptation of the famous Japanese manga and series “Nodame Cantabile” by Tomoko Ninomiya.
In this series, the story revolves around Cha Yoo Jin, a third-year student in a school of music majoring in piano and dreaming of becoming a world-renowned conductor.
He seems to be perfect with his good looks, natural born musical talent, and his father, who is a world-renowned pianist. He is unable to travel to Europe due to a childhood trauma which gave him a fear of flying. Meanwhile, Seol Nae Il (meaning: Seol Tomorrow) is a free-spirited and 4-dimensional character who is also a genius pianist.
Due to her unpredictable personality, She causes all kinds of trouble, but when it comes to piano, she boasts exceptional talent. She constantly annoys perfectionist Cha Yoo Jin with her unique mental world but her lovely charms make her irresistible. (Source: MyDramaList)
24. Doctor Stranger (2014)
As a child, Park Hoon and his father were kidnapped in North Korea, where he was trained to become a doctor by his father, who was already a doctor. Park Hoon became a genius like a chest surgeon. He then flees to South Korea.
Park Hoon begins to work as a doctor in South Korea’s top hospital Myungwoo University Hospital, but he feels like a complete outsider. To bring his love from North Korea, he does anything to make money. (Source: AsianWiki)
25. Emergency Couple (2014)
While in their early twenties, a medical school student, Oh Chang-min, and a dietitian, Oh Jin-hee, falls in love and marries despite his family’s strong opposition.
Chang-min comes from a family of wealthy, successful doctors who believe Jin-hee isn’t good enough for him, which thus prompts them to cut him off financially after he marries her.
In order to earn money right away, Chang-min gives up his dream of becoming a doctor and instead becomes a pharmaceutical salesman. He is miserable at his job, while Jin-hee’s inferiority complex deepens as her husband’s family continues to look down on her. They begin to fight constantly and eventually get a divorce.
Six years later, Chang-min has gone back to med school to pursue his dream, while Jin-hee has also put herself through med school. They end up as interns at the same hospital, where they’ll have to work in the emergency room together for three months. (Source: Wikipedia)
26. Fated to Love You (2014)
Also known as “You Are My Destiny,” it revolves around the life of Lee Gun, who is the successor to a large company run by his family. Kim Mi Young is an average-looking secretary in a law firm who earned the nickname “Post-It” for her inability to say no to her colleagues who dump work on her.
When the two cross paths one night after separately having drunk a drugged liquid a comedy of errors occurs. Kim Mi Young goes into the wrong hotel room because the hotel door number accidentally changes, and the door is propped open by the mischief-making drugged liquid makers. She ends up sleeping with Lee Gun.
When Mi Young finds out afterward that she is pregnant, what will become of them? And will Kang Se Ra and Daniel just stand by and let Gun and Mi Young deal with the situation in their own way? (Source: Wikipedia)
27. Gap Dong (2014)
In 1996, the (fictional) city of Iltan in Gyeonggi Province: A young girl gets brutally murdered by an unknown person on a dark night. As the city is gripped by a succession of serial killings, a total of nine murders within a twelve-kilometer radius since 1993, the police conclude that a man they’ve nicknamed “Gap-dong” is behind the crimes.
Detective Yang Cheol-gon is convinced that the actual killer is Ha Il-sik, a resident of the town who is intellectually challenged. His attempt to arrest the suspect fails as Ha commits suicide to prove his innocence. His death inspires his son Moo-yeom to become a police officer to clear his father’s name and restore his honor.
Seventeen years later, Moo-yeom is a police detective who spends his career chasing dead ends and helping juvenile delinquents. After the statute of limitations on the case expires, Moo-yeom becomes resigned to the belief that Gap-dong is dead.
But then a series of incidents occur in the town that bears an eerie resemblance to Gap-dong’s crimes. Cheol-gon, now a well-decorated officer, has recently transferred back to Iltan, and to his dismay, Moo-yeom joins his investigation team to catch Gap-dong once and for all. (Source: Wikipedia)
28. God’s Gift – 14 Days (2014)
Kim Soo Hyun travels back in time to bring her dead child, Han Sa Byul back to life. Han Ji Hoon is her husband, a human rights lawyer who’s passionate about his work.
Meanwhile, Ki Dong Chan is a private investigator who helps her when she goes back in time. Hyun Woo Jin is Kim Soo Hyun’s first love, a detective in the violent crimes division. (Source: IMDb)
29. Golden Cross (2014)
A shadowy society as known as “Golden Cross” dominates the Korean economy and marketplace with its deep connections and financial power. Prosecutor Kang Do-yoon gets entangled into their dealings when one of their plots gets his beloved sister murdered, a crime for which his father then gets framed.
Do-yoon vows revenge on Seo Dong-ha, the powerful man behind the organization, but complications arise when he learns that Seo is the father of the woman he loves, his colleague Seo Yi-re.
Yi-re is a righteous and truth-seeking prosecutor; she grew up respecting and obeying her father, and her life is thrown into disarray when she discovers his dark side.
Meanwhile, Seo nurtures a protegee, businessman Michael Jang, whose greed and ambition soon makes him challenge his mentor for the top spot. A clash of wills, fortunes, and egos commences. (Source: MyDramaList)
30. Healer (2014)
Kim Moon-Ho is a popular reporter at a major broadcasting company. One day, he learns the truth of a case that took place in the past. He intentionally approaches people who are related to the case and helps them. While doing so, he agonizes over the truth and beliefs.
Meanwhile, with the help of Kim Moon-Ho, internet reporter Chae Young-Shin and Seo Jung-Hoo, known as “Healer,” grow into real reporters. (Source: AsianWiki)
31. Hi! School – Love On (2014)
Lee Seul Bi is an angel who is sent to Earth to look after Shin Woo Hyun, who lives with his grandmother and carries emotional scars from being abandoned by his parents.
Despite his cold demeanor, Woo Hyun is popular in school because of his good looks and singing ability. When his best friend, Hwang Sung Yeol, finds out a secret that ties them together and also develops feelings for Seul Bi, who is posing as a fellow student at their school, the best friends turn into rivals. (Source: MyDramaList)
32. I Need Romance 3 (2014)
Shin Joo Yeon is a 33-year-old fashion marketing director at a home shopping channel company. She’s developed a tough prickly outer shell in order to succeed in the workplace and has almost given up on the idea of true love after countless failures in the relationship department.
Joo Wan is a 26-year-old songwriter and carefree spirit who returns to Korea after seventeen years living abroad. Up until the age of 9, he was practically raised by his mom’s friend and her daughter, Shin Joo Yeon.
She only remembers him as a kid she was forced to play with him when her mom was busy, while all his early memories from bath time, to play time, to learning how to tie his shoe, include her. Upon meeting again, he aims to heal Joo Yeon’s jaded sense of romance. (Source: MyDramaList)
33. Blade Man (2014)
Joo Hong Bin, the CEO of a game company, has got everything. He is capable, rich and even good-looking! However, this perfect guy lacks in one thing. He is so ill-tempered. The worst guy on the planet.
One day, this supercilious guy turns into a monster. When it rains, he becomes furious and some blades are coming out from his body. Moreover, Se Dong, a woman with a bright personality and Chang, his first love’s son appear making him confused.
This drama is about a love story between a man whose anger and pain become swords that shoot out from his body and a warm-hearted woman who overly cares about others. She slowly heals his painful heart and turns him into a real grown man. (Source: KBS World)
34. Liar Game (2014)
Various contestants take part in a game show with a prize of 10 billion won. The contestants who can cheat the others wins the prize. Contestants include genius swindler Cha Woo Jin and naive college student Nam Da Jung. (Source: MyDramaList)
35. Marriage Not Dating (2014)
Before Joo Jang Mi can propose to her boyfriend, he has his best friend, Gong Gi Tae, helps him break up with her. Meanwhile, Gi Tae is eager to remain single, but as his family insists he marries, he proposes a fake engagement to Jang Min. (Source: IMDb)
36. Misaeng (2014)
This a Drama series about a group of co-workers in their twenties who started their job at a big multinational company. This is a story about their everyday life, about their journey each day at the office. (Source: IMDb)
37. Modern Farmer (2014)
There is a rock band called “Excellent Souls.” The band consists of Lee Min-Ki, Kang Hyeok, Yoo Han-Cheol, and Han Ki-Joon. The band decides to move to the countryside. There, the drama series follows their dreams, loves, and friendships. (Source: AsianWiki)
38. My Secret Hotel (2014)
This drama will be about a woman who runs the wedding planning division of one of the country’s top 1% wedding destination hotels.
And while planning perfect weddings for the elite, she’ll be caught in a love triangle between her ex-husband and a new man while a murder at the hotel turns things topsy-turvy. (Source: MyDramaList)
39. A New Leaf (2014)
A lawyer goes by fair play or foul methods to win his cases. An accident though leads to the lawyer losing his memory. He then goes up against the very law firm where he works at previously. (Source: AsianWiki)
40. Pinocchio (2014)
A young boy, whose life and family has been destroyed by new media, gets adopted by a family in a rural area after being found lost at sea. He tries to conceal his past for everyone’s sake for 13 years.
But when the girl he loves enters the world of news reporting, the truth about his family pours out. However, the girl’s mother (being a news reporter) seem to be the cause of the plight of his family. (Source: IMDb)
41. Secret Love Affair (2014)
Oh Hye-won is a woman in her forties who feels that she’s leading a fulfilling life. Elegant, sophisticated and excellent at dealing with people, she spares no effort in her quest for success as the director of planning for the Seohan Arts Foundation.
But then she meets Lee Sun-jae, a twenty-something genius pianist from an impoverished background, who is unaware of his ability and works as a quick delivery guy.
Hye-won experiences for the first time what truly falling in love is like, and she and Sun-jae begin a passionate affair which they must keep secret because it threatens to unravel both their lives. (Source: Wikipedia)
42. She’s So Lovable (2014)
Also known as “My Lovely Girl,” the story is about Lee Hyun Wook is the composer & producer of an entertainment company. After losing his girlfriend in an accident, he then meets and falls in love with his girlfriend’s younger sister, Yoon Se Na, who dreams of becoming a music producer. (Source: MyDramaList)
43. Cunning Single Lady (2014)
Ae-Ra is focused on her appearance as she believes it will lead her to a better life. She then meets Jung-Woo, who studied engineering. They eventually get married, but they also get divorced.
After their divorce, Ae-Ra goes through difficult times. Unlike Ae-Ra though, Jung-Woo becomes a successful IT developer and very wealthy. Now, Ae-Ra tries to seduce Jung-Woo to marry her again. (Source: AsianWiki)
44. Surplus Princess (2014)
Ha-Ni is a mermaid. For a man she is in love with, she becomes a human being and begins to live at the Ingyeo House.
The house is for people who are preparing to land their first jobs. To permanently become a human being, Ha-Ni must make the man love her within 100 days. (Source: AsianWiki)
45. Three Days (2014)
The President of South Korea goes on holiday at a private villa. In the middle of the night, three gunshots are fired, and the president goes missing. His bodyguards, led by elite agent Han Tae-kyung, have three days to find the president and escort him safely back to the Blue House.
Three Days follows the intertwining fates of those sworn to protect the president, the president himself, his political staff, and the true power players in the shadows who decide whether he lives or dies. (Source: Wikipedia)
46. Trot Lovers (2014)
Also known as “Lovers of Music,” this South Korean drama talks about a girl’s journey to become a successful singer in the old-fashioned musical genre trot, with the help of a songwriter and music producer who detests trot. (Source: Wikipedia)
47. A Witch’s Romance (2014)
Also known as “A Witch’s Love,” the story revolves around Ban Ji-Yeon is a single 39-year-old woman. She works as a reporter and is very enthusiastic about her work.
So much so that she is often called a “witch” at work. She doesn’t believe in true love, because of her past experience when her boyfriend disappeared prior to their wedding.
Yoon Dong-Ha is a 25-year-old young man who runs a small errand center with his friend. The errand center will do pretty much anything including sending out someone dressed as Santa Claus or provide security for an idol star. He looks like a happy guy, but he lost his girlfriend by an accident.
No Shi-Hoon is a 41-year-old war photographer. He was Ban Ji-Yeon’s boyfriend. (Source: AsianWiki)
48. Wonderful Days (2014)
Dong Suk grew up as a smart young boy but came from poor family background. He is now a successful prosecutor and comes back to his hometown for the first time in 14 years. There, he happens to meet his first love Hae Won and falls in love with her all over again. (Source: MyDramaList)
49. You’re All Surrounded (2014)
The 4 rookie detectives are Eun Dae-Koo, Eo Soo-Sun, Park Tae-Il, and Ji Kook arrive at the Gangnam Police Station for their first day of work. None of the rookie detectives dreamed of becoming a detective.
They then meet Seo Pan-Seok for the first time. Seo Pan-Seok is the Chief Investigator for the #3 team. Meanwhile, Eun Dae-Koo recognizes Seo Pan-Seok. He hasn’t forgotten him in 11 years. (Source: AsianWiki)
50. Hotel King (2014)
An heiress struggles to keep her 7-star hotel afloat with the help of the general manager who attempts to take revenge on his father.
While the relationship of the two deepens into love, they also gradually learn about secrets surrounding the death of the late chairman which lead to a shocking revelation. (Source: MBC)
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51. Angry Mom (2015)
A mother and wife who has a past that her husband and mother-in-law are unaware of. A TV series that addresses school bullying where parents of the victims are helpless to stop the constant bullying.
She’s a mom who prefers watching TV soap operas over the news and has zero interest in politics. Without much of an education, she’s ignorant about most matters. But she once was a gang member in her high school days and will wield a long knife to protect her child.
When her daughter is bullied at school, she goes to meet the school principal and guess what happens? The school bullying was just the tip of the iceberg of myriad problems at the school that was rotten from the very top.
The corruption among the private school board members has created a dangerous environment for the kids. What should be done? (Source: MBC)
52. The Awl (2015)
Lee Soo-In has the kind of temperament where he has to do the right thing no matter what. After his discharge from the military, he has worked at a large retail market.
One day, his boss orders him to fire temporary employees at the store. Lee Soo-In refuses to do so and decides to join the labor union. He and the temporary employees struggle against unfair dismissals. (Source: AsianWiki)
53. Bubble Gum (2015)
Park Ri-hwan comes from a wealthy family and he now works as an oriental medical doctor in his own clinic. He grew up with his best friend since childhood, Kim Haeng-ah, who works as a radio producer.
Haeng-ah’s parents both died when she was young and she was taken care of by Ri-hwan’s mother after her father’s death. Both Ri-hwan and Haeng-ah had feelings for each other but Haeng-ah is taking things slowly due to Ri-hwan’s mother who does not want them to be together.
The story also involves a chaebol, Yi-seul, who has feelings for Ri-hwan and Haeng-ah’s ex-boyfriend, who is also her senior/director of the company she works in, who wants her back. (Source: Wikipedia)
54. The Girl Who Sees Smells (2015)
Also known as “The Girl Who Sees Scents,” it’s an adaptation from the famous webtoon “Naemsaereul Boneun Sonyeo” by Man Chwi.
Officer Choi Moo Gak lost his younger sister to a barcode-murder case and lost his ability to taste, smell, and feel pain. He then meets a girl named Oh Cho Rim, who is the only witness to the murder case and possesses a special sixth sense, which is the ability to see smells. (Source: MyDramaList)
55. Heart to Heart (2015)
Cha Hong-Do suffers from social phobia and has a problem with severe blushing. She does have a strong sense of curiosity and learns from books and the internet. One day, Cha Hong-Do’s grandmother dies. Her grandmother was her only contact with the outside world.
Cha Hong-Do then begins doing housework as a maid but disguises herself as an elderly woman. Through an incident, she meets a psychiatrist, Ko Yi-Seok. (Source: AsianWiki)
56. Hyde, Jekyll, Me (2015)
Koo Seo-Jin has two different personalities. One of his personalities is cold like Hyde and the other is sweet like Jekyll. He works as the director of theme park Wonderland.
Jang Ha-Na works as the master and actress of a circus at Wonderland. Koo Seo-Jin tries to kick the circus out of Wonderland and Jang Ha-Na reorganizes the circus to stay. In the process, Jang Ha-Na falls in love with Koo Seo-Jin. (Source: AsianWiki)
57. I Remember You (2015)
Also known as “Hello, Monster,” it’s a South Korean drama series revolving around the story of Lee Hyun, who is an excellent criminal profiler. But he possesses a spiteful tongue.
Cha Ji-An is an elite detective. She observes Lee Hyun. They work on solving cases and develop a romantic relationship. (Source: AsianWiki)
58. Kill Me, Heal Me (2015)
A love story between the son from a wealthy family who has 7 personalities and a 1st-year female resident who becomes a secret doctor for him. (Source: AsianWiki)
59. Let’s Eat Season 2 (2015)
Koo Dae-Young moves to a new area and meets his new neighbors including Baek Soo-Ji, a freelance writer who eats once a day and Lee Sang-Woo, a public officer and often admired by women. (Source: AsianWiki)
60. Mask (2015)
Byun Ji-sook is working as a sales clerk at a department store when she suddenly comes across her doppelgänger Seo Eun-ha. Whereas Ji-sook’s family is hounded by loan sharks because of her father and brother’s crippling debt, Eun-ha is the daughter of a congressman and fiancée of chaebol heir Choi Min-woo.
Min-woo is the illegitimate son of the chairman of SJ Group and the company’s presumptive heir, to the bitter resentment of the chairman’s wife and her daughter, Min-woo’s half-sister Mi-yeon.
Despite his wealthy background, Min-woo had grown up without the love and warmth of family and friends, and his and Eun-ha’s future marriage is understood by both parties to be a mutually beneficial business arrangement.
He also doesn’t know that the man Eun-ha is having an affair with is Mi-yeon’s husband, the manipulative and ambitious Min Seok-hoon. Seok-hoon will stop at nothing to prevent his brother-in-law from being named successor, including conspiring with the latter’s psychiatrist into gaslighting Min-woo and making him think he’s going insane.
But his plans go awry when Eun-ha ends up dead, so Seok-hoon threatens and blackmails Ji-sook into taking Eun-ha’s place. As Min-woo begins to live in close quarters with Ji-sook, he is puzzled and intrigued by his new wife and how different she is from what he expected. (Source: Wikipedia)
61. Oh My Ghostess (2015)
Na Bong-Sun works as an assistant chef. Because of her timid personality and low self-esteem, she doesn’t have any friends. Since she was a child, she has been able to ghosts because of her shaman grandmother. One day, she becomes possessed by seductress ghost Shin Soon-Ae.
Kang Sun-Woo is a star chef. Na Bong-Sun has a secret crush on him. He is good looking and confident as a chef. Even though he is popular with women, he has yet to get over his ex-girlfriend. He begins to notice Na Bong-Sun after her sudden change. (Source: AsianWiki)
62. Oh My Venus (2015)
Kim Young-Ho is a personal trainer for Hollywood stars. Even though he comes from wealthy family background, he suffered a devastating injury during his childhood days. Now, he overcomes his problems with patience and stubbornness.
Kang Joo-Eun is a 33-year-old lawyer. She has struggled to support her family. Now, Kang Joo-Eun is overweight and not so attractive. (Source: AsianWiki)
63. Persevere, Goo Hae-Ra (2015)
Perseverance, Goo Hae Ra will focus on the title character, Goo Hae Ra, who is an aspiring musician who is seeking stardom.
Hae Ra wishes to release the music of her deceased father but faces numerous obstacles. She is joined by twin brothers in her quest for stardom, on the musical competition show Superstar K2. (Source: MyDramaList)
64. The Producers (2015)
The drama is set in the backstage world of the broadcasting industry. The story revolves around the dynamic work and life of people who work in the entertainment division of the television network.
Ra Jun Mo, a 10-year veteran PD of variety shows, is described to have a long list of variety shows credit but without a notable program under his name.
10-year veteran music show PD, Tak Ye Jin, is described to have started out as an innocent and smart young rookie but the harsh working competition has changed her personality. She now becomes a sharp and prideful woman who says whatever is on her mind even in front of her bosses.
Rookie variety show PD, Baek Sung Chan, leaves a bright path as a prosecutor for a career in the broadcast industry because of love. Diva-like top celebrity singer, Cindy, began as a trainee at the age of 13 and has been in the industry for 10 years. She’s known as an ice princess because she never lets herself feel deep affection for anyone.
She experienced a lot of betrayal in the past that causes her to keep everyone at a safe distance. The story will leave various deep messages about friendship, family, fame, support, bullying, and betrayal in the broadcast industry. (Source: MyDramaList)
65. Sassy Go Go (2015)
Also known as “Cheer Up,” this South Korean drama series revolves around the set in a highly competitive school that emphasizes achievement and scores above all else.
The drama will lay bare the absurdities and hypocrisies of the education system while also featuring the growth stories of the students who struggle to move forward, one step at a time. (Source: MyDramaList)
66. The Superman Age (2015)
Byung-Jae is a 25-year-old university student and he has never had a girlfriend in his life. He also keeps failing to get a job. Byung-Jae does have supernatural power. He tries to get a girlfriend and a job by using his supernatural power. (Source: AsianWiki)
67. Twenty Again (2015)
38-year-old Ha No Ra dreamt of becoming a dancer in her high school years but met her husband Kim Woo Chul when she was 19. After having a child, she focused on taking care of her family and had to give up her dreams.
In hopes of becoming a proud wife and mother to her college professor husband and her son Min Soo, she strives to enter college and ends up getting accepted into the same college as her son. (Source: MyDramaList)
68. The Village: Achiara’s Secret (2015)
Achiara is a small and peaceful village with nearly zero crime. One day, So-Yoon arrives in Achiara. She will teach English at the local school.
On her first day at work, she finds a buried body. So-Yoon and Police Officer Woo-Jae attempt to find the truth. As they get closer to the truth, the ugliness of the village is revealed. (Source: AsianWiki)
69. Warm and Cozy (2015)
Lee Jung-joo has struggled and worked hard all her life, but has never caught a break, leaving her perpetually grouchy. In her five years as an administrative employee at a clothing company in Seoul, she has never missed a day of work.
But that doesn’t stop her from losing her job, her house and her boyfriend in quick succession, so she unwillingly sets off to start a new life in Jeju Island. There, she meets Baek Gun-woo, chef and owner of the restaurant “Warm and Cozy.”
Jung-joo met Baek Gun-woo previously during their eighteenth birthday and mistaken that they are twins. Jung-joo first mistakes him for a con artist, because he can’t seem to help himself from telling charming lies left and right.
Gun-woo is a laid back romantic from a wealthy family who only does what he feels like doing, including opening a restaurant on Jeju simply because that’s where his crush lives.
Jung-joo and Gun-woo clash over their different personalities and priorities, then gradually fall in love with each other. (Source: Wikipedia)
70. School 2015: Who Are You? (2015)
Set at a prestigious private high school in Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea. Eun-Byeol is a popular student at the private high school. She goes missing and returns, but she has lost her memory. She tries to find out the truth. (Source: AsianWiki)
71. Yong Pal (2015)
Kim Tae-hyun is a talented surgeon. Desperate for money to pay for his sister’s medical bills, he adopts the code name Yong-pal, offering his medical skills to those in need of medical attention but who cannot do so publicly, dealing with criminals and corrupt plutocrats.
Joining a team of corrupt physicians Kim rescues “sleeping beauty” Han Yeo-jin, a chaebol heiress, from a medically induced coma, leading to unintended consequences. (Source: IMDb)
72. She Was Pretty (2016)
A romantic comedy, based on a true story, about two past acquaintances who meet again after they’ve gone through a reversal of fortunes and appearances, set in the backdrop of a fashion magazine’s publishing office.
Kim Hye-jin was a beautiful girl from a rich family, aka the “Cha’s”. After her family’s publishing company went bankrupt, she experienced hardships then lost her beauty too. Ji Sung-joon was an unattractive boy with low self-esteem but grows up as a handsome and successful editor.
The two decided to meet again as adults, but Sung-joon was unable to recognize Hye-jin. Ashamed to meet her first love and ruin his perception of her, Hye-jin asks her attractive best friend, Ha-ri, to appear in her place.
Things, however, soon get complicated as Hye-jin was assigned to work at The Most magazine publishing office where Sung-joon is the deputy chief editor. He openly mistreats and belittles her for her clumsy nature, not knowing that she was his real childhood friend.
Ha-ri also continues to meet Sung-joon, and soon develops feelings for him. On the other hand, Hye-jin finds a good friend in her workplace, Shin-hyuk, who slowly falls in love with her. (Source: Wikipedia)
73. Queen of the Ring (2016)
A story about a girl Nan-hee, who does not believe in herself because she feels she does not look as pretty as others.
One day she receives a ring which holds a family secret. Due to the magical ring, she gets Se-gun, who’s a handsome guy but has a cold-blooded personality to see her as his ideal type. (Source: Wikipedia)
74. The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016)
The television series centers on the love story of Heo Joon-jae, the son of a rich businessman who becomes a handsome and clever con-man after his parents’ divorce, and a mermaid named Shim Cheong.
Focusing on rebirth, fate, and unrequited love, their tale is juxtaposed with the parallel story of their Joseon era incarnations, town head Kim Dam-ryeong and the mermaid Se-hwa. (Source: Wikipedia)
75. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)
During a total solar eclipse, a 25-year-old 21st-century woman, Go Ha-jin, is transported back in time to the Goryeo Dynasty. She wakes up in the year of 941 in the body of Hae Soo, among the many royal princes of the ruling Wang family.
She initially falls in love with the gentle and warm-hearted 8th Prince Wang Wook, and later Wang So, the fearsome 4th Prince who hides his face behind a mask and is given the derogatory label of “wolf dog.”
As the story develops, Hae Soo finds herself unwittingly caught between the rivalry and politics among the princes over the fight for the throne. (Source: Wikipedia)
76. W – Two Worlds (2016)
A romance takes place between Kang Chul, who is super rich and exist in the webtoon “W,” and Oh Yeon-Joo, who is a surgeon in the real world. (Source: AsianWiki)
77. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (2016)
Bok Joo is a weightlifter who is pursuing her dream of winning the gold medal but she then finds romance for the first time in her life. While she is a woman who trains with heavy steel weights, she is also very feminine when it comes to relationships.
To focus solely on weightlifting would jeopardize her relationship but leaving her weightlifting career for love would keep her from attaining her dreams. Can she find a way to have love as well as glory at the age of 20?
The characters within this drama are elite athletes in weightlifting, swimming and rhythmic gymnastics who work hard to reach their goals in life. It covers their coming-of-age stories and relationships through hectic life. (Source: MBC)
78. Cheese In The Trap (2016)
Having returned to college after a year-long break, due to her family’s poor background, Hong Sul, a hard-working over-achiever, inadvertently got on the wrong side of Yoo Jung, her senior who is athletic, good looking, gets good grades and has a kind personality, but also a hidden dark side.
From then on her life took a turn for the worse and Sul was almost certain it was all Yoo Jung’s doing. So why is he suddenly acting so friendly a year later? (Source: MyDramaList)
79. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (2017)
Revolves around the ambitious Vice Chairman of a major corporation, Lee Young-joon, and his highly capable secretary, Kim Mi-so.
Misunderstandings arise when she announces that she will resign from her position, after working for Lee Young-joon for nine years. (Source: Wikipedia)
80. Because This Is My First Life (2017)
Nam Se-Hee is a single man in his early 30’s. He has chosen to not marry. He owns his home, but he owes a lot on his mortgage.
Yoon Ji-Ho is a single woman in her early 30’s. She does not own a home and envies those that do. She has given up on dating due to her financial struggles. She begins to live at Nam Se-Hee’s house. They become housemates. (Source: AsianWiki)
81. Guardian: The Lonely And Great God (2017)
Popularly known as “Goblin,” this epic South Korean drama revolves around Kim Shin was once an unbeatable general in the war who died a sad death. He now possesses immortality but is tired of living whilst everyone else around him dies.
For 900 years, Kim Shin has searched for his bride, a mortal who can pull out the sword that binds him to the living.
One day, he encounters Ji Eun Tak, a positive, upbeat high school student who can see the dead and has gone through tragic things, yet still stays strong.
She claims to be the Goblin’s bride who can end his immortal life, but what appears to be an easy task only gets complicated as the two falls into requited love. (Source: MyDramaList)
82. Descendants Of The Sun (2017)
A love story develops between Captain Yoo Shi Jin, from South Korean Special Forces and Doctor Kang Mo Yeon, who works as a Surgeon at Haesung Hospital in Seoul.
They will find themselves in the middle of great events and deadly dangers, both in their Motherland and in the fictitious, war-torn country of Urk. (Source: IMDb)
83. Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon (2017)
Do Bong-soon was born with superhuman strength. Her strength is hereditary and passed along only to the women in her family. Her dream is to create a video game with herself as the main character.
She desperately wants to become a delicate and elegant woman, which is the ideal type of her crush, In Guk-doo, a police officer. Thanks to her strength, she gets a job as bodyguard to rich heir Ahn Min-hyuk, the CEO of a gaming company, Ainsoft.
In contrast to Guk-doo, Min-hyuk is an eccentric man who is playful, a little spoiled, has no regard for rules, and dislikes policemen.
He has recently received anonymous threats and has even been stalked, leading him to hire Bong-soon as his bodyguard after seeing her beat up a bunch of men after they threatened an old man who was an elementary school bus driver.
A series of kidnapping cases happen in Dobong-dong, the district Bong-soon lives in, and she is determined to catch the culprit, who targeted her best friend.
With help and training from Min-hyuk, she manages to control her strength to use it for good causes. Min-hyuk and Bong-soon find their relationship growing into something more. (Source: Wikipedia)
84. Chicago Typewriter (2017)
Writers that lived under Japanese rule in the 1930s are reincarnated into a bestselling writer who is in a slump, a mysterious ghostwriter and an anti-fan of the bestselling writer. (Source: AsianWiki)
85. Still 17 (2018)
A 17-year-old violinist wakes up in a 13-year comatose only to find out she’s already a 30-year-old woman. She struggles to live as an adult, resenting her failed dream, having herself skipped her 20s.
Shortly after, she meets with a 30-year-old man, struggling with self-blame and depression, only to find out he’s her childhood crush living as an immature adult stuck in the past he couldn’t let go. See more of my review of this Korean drama series here.
86. I Picked Up A Celebrity On A Street (2018)
Also known as “I Picked Up A Star On The Road,” this short rom-com Korean drama series is about the contract worker Lee Yeon Seo daydreams about teaching her manager a lesson.
But accidentally acts out her fantasy on none other than top Hallyu star Kang Joon Hyuk. Thinking she killed him but afraid to be labeled a murderer, she takes him home and prepares to get rid of the body.
But Joon Hyuk wakes up and seeing her preparations thinks he has been kidnapped by a murderous psychopath.
Seeing no other option, she keeps him hostage so he doesn’t turn her into the police. How long can she keep him hidden and can she ever convince him she’s not an evil person? (Source: MyDramaList)
87. ID: Gangnam Beauty (2018)
Kang Mi-Rae had a timid personality due to her ugly appearance. She was teased by people and even bullied when she attended school.
Now, she is beautiful after undergoing plastic surgery, but she still has her timid personality. She starts her first year at a university. People are still mean to her and call her “Gangnam Beauty” in a derogatory manner.
Meanwhile, Do Kyung-Seok attends the same university. He does not judge people by their appearance. He cares about what’s on the inside rather than outside. Do Kyung-Seok begins to like Kang Mi-Rae. (Source: AsianWiki)
88. My First Love (2018)
The story of a man who cannot forget his first love from ten years ago and is given the chance to redo history as he returns to the past. (Source: Wikipedia)
89. The Beauty Inside (2018)
Han Se Kye is a top actress, also known as a troublemaker, with many rumors around her. To others, her life appears as a mystery, when in fact she is faced with a strange occurrence where she must change into a different body and new identity for one week a month.
She encounters Seo Do Jae, a brilliant man who is an executive at an airline company. He seems to have it all: a perfect appearance, knowledge, and a good job; but he has a secret too.
He suffers from Prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces. However, he manages to hide this from the world, every day he makes an effort to remember people by their personalities.
Seo Do Jae’s life begins to change when he meets Han Se Kye. She is the only person whose face he can recognize. But with Han Se Kye’s constant disappearance and change, how long can she keep her secret? (Source: MyDramaList)
90. Tempted (2018)
A romantic melodrama that depicts the lives of rich young men and women who begin to discover their true feelings whilst playing the dangerous game of love.
In an act of revenge, wealthy heir Kwon Shi-hyun makes a bet with his friends to seduce Eun Tae-hee, a hard-working college student who no longer believes in love after watching the demise of her parents’ marriage.
After Eun Tae-hee meets Kwon Shi-hyun her views on love begin to change. As Shi-hyun’s secret deepens, his feelings for Tae-hee become real. (Source: Wikipedia)
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91. Welcome To Waikiki (2018)
Kang Dong-Goo dreams of becoming a movie director, but he is cynical due to bad luck.
Cheon Joon-Ki wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an actor, but he is now just a minor actor.
Bong-Doo-Sik came to Seoul to become a scenario writer, but things have not been easy for him.
These 3 men run the guest house Waikiki in Itaewon, South Korea. Their guest house is facing bankruptcy and then a mysterious baby and single mother appear at Waikiki. (Source: AsianWiki)
92. My Mister (2018)
My Mister tells the story of three middle-aged brothers, who are enduring the weight of their lives, and a strong, cold woman, who has been living a hard life of her own, as they come together in healing each other’s past scars. (Source: Wikipedia)
93. Mr. Sunshine (2018)
During the United States expedition to Joseon (South Korea) in 1871, a boy from Joseon boards an American warship and goes to America. As an adult, he returns to his home country as an American soldier stationed in the country. (Source: AsianWiki)
94. Sky Castle (2018)
The focus of this Korean Drama is on the life of housewives who are living a luxurious life in the residential area which is called the Sky Castle which is located in suburban Seoul.
Their aim is to help their husbands in becoming highly successful and also raising their children like royalty. They want to build real Sky Castle for their husband and children. (Source: DramaWiki)
95. Clean With Passion For Now (2019)
Jang Sun-Gyeol has mysophobia (fear of germs) and runs a cleaning company. He meets Gil O-Sol. She has a bright personality and she doesn’t mind getting dirty. With the help of Gil O-Sol, Jang Sun-Gyeol faces his mysophobia and also falls in love with Gil O-Sol. (Source: AsianWiki)
96. Touch Your Heart (2019)
Oh Yoon-Seo is a popular actress. She is famous for her beautiful appearance, but her acting is bad. She gets involved in a scandal with the son from a chaebol family. Her acting career declined precipitously.
Oh Yoon-Seo hears that a famous screenwriter wants her to play the lead female role for a drama series. The character works as a secretary for a lawyer. To gain experience for the role, Oh Yoon-Seo is required to work as a lawyer’s secretary for a few months.
Meanwhile, Kwon Jung-Rok is an attorney for a law firm. He is arrogant and cold-hearted. One day, his boss asks Kwon Jung-Rok to let actress Oh Yoon-Seo work as his secretary for 3 months. He is not happy about the situation, but he has to accept. (Source: AsianWiki)
97. He Is Psychometric (2019)
A boy who is able to read the secrets of those whose skin comes into contact with him, and a girl who does everything she can to hide her pain.
In the drama, the boy and girl will meet and try to fix, heal, grow, and love from the small and big occurrences that happen in their lives. (Source: Soompi)
98. Kill It (2019)
Kim Soo-Hyun is an elite assassin. He kills his targets and disappears. His identity like race, age or name is unknown to others. Individuals, gangs and organizations from all over the world hire Kim Soo-Hyun. Deep within his mind, he wants to have affection from people. Now, Kim Soo-Hyun has to kill to find his family.
Do Hyun-Jin graduated at the top of her class from a police university. She is an excellent detective who is also arrogant. She is usually dressed fashionably. Do Hyun-Jin comes across as cold-hearted, but she sympathizes with those in painful situations.
Now, Do Hyun-Jin chases after Kim Soo-Hyun to reveal a mystery related to her lover’s death. (Source: AsianWiki)
99. Fiery Priest (2019)
Kim Hae-Il is a Catholic priest. He makes spiteful remarks and he can be rude to others. Koo Dae-Young is a detective. He talks a lot and he is also timid. Park Kyung-Sun is a prosecutor. She is smart and beautiful. She is also ambitious as a prosecutor and good at her job.
Catholic Priest Kim Hae-Il, Detective Koo Dae-Young, and Prosecutor Park Kyung-Sun work together to solve a murder case involving a senior Catholic priest. (Source: AsianWiki)
100. The Crowned Clown (2019)
An adaptation from the earlier work “Masquerade,” rooted from Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper,” this South Korean drama series revolve the story around Joseon in a state of disorder due to uprisings and a power struggle surrounding King Yi Heon.
To avoid assassination, a clown named Ha Sun is brought to the palace to take the place of King Yi Heon. Ha Sun looks almost identical to King Lee Hun.
When Ha Sun was a child, his parents died during an epidemic. Ha Sun almost died from starvation around that time, but he was saved by a group of clowns. He grew up with the clowns and became one of them.
During their performance, Ha Sun would play King Yi Heon due to their similar physical appearance. Now, Ha Sun is nervous that someone in the palace will find out he is not the real king. He falls for beautiful Queen Yoo So Woon. (Source: MyDramaList)
101. Romance Is A Bonus Book (2019)
Cha Eun Ho is a successful author and a senior editor at a book publishing company. Kang Dan-i is a mother and former successful advertising executive.
When Cha Eun Ho was a child, Kang Dan-i saved him from an accident and was injured. Cha Eun Ho helped her recuperate and they have been close friends ever since.
When Kang Dan-i goes through a major life change and tries to re-enter the professional world, their lives become even more connected. They face personal and professional challenges as they slowly start to realize their true feelings for each other. (Source: Wikipedia)
Recap of the Ultimate List of Best Korean Drama Series (1st & 2nd)
1. Autumn in my Heart (2000)
2. Hotelier (2001)
3. Winter Sonata (2002)
4. My Love Patzzi (2002)
5. Summer Scent (2003)
6. Rooftop Room Cat (2003)
7. All In (2003)
8. Full House (2004)
9. Sweet 18 (2004)
10. Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy (2005)
11. Sassy Girl Choon-Hyang (2005)
12. Green Rose (2005)
13. My Girl (2005)
14. My Name is Kim Sam Soon (2005)
15. Couple or Trouble (2006)
16. Goong (2006)
17. One Fine Day (2006)
18. Soulmate (2006)
19. Unstoppable High Kick (2006)
20. Vineyard Man (2006)
21. What’s Up Fox? (2006)
22. Bad Family (2006)
23. 9 End 2 Outs (2007)
24. Coffee Prince (2007)
25. Dal Ja’s Spring (2007)
26. Flowers for My Life (2007)
27. Goong S (2007)
28. Hello! Mis (2007)
29. Que Sera Sera (2007)
30. Witch Yoo Hee (2007)
31. The World That They Live In (2008)
32. Who Are You? (2008)
33. Star’s Lover (2008)
34.My Sweet City (2008)
35. Love Marriage (2008)
36. The Last Scandal of My Life (2008)
37. Gourmet (2008)
38. East of Eden (2008)
39. Boys Over Flowers (2009)
40. Shining Inheritance (2009)
41. Iris (2009)
42. My Fair Lady (2009)
43. The Sons of Sol Pharmacy House (2009)
44. Story of a Man (2009)
45. Triple (2009)
46. Will It Snow for Christmas (2009)
47. You’re Beautiful (2009)
48. Cinderella’s Sister (2010)
49. Coffee House (2010)
50. Dr. Champ (2010)
51. God of Study (2010)
52. I am Legend (2010)
53. Mary Stayed Out All Night (2010)
54. My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho (2010)
55. Oh, My Lady (2010)
56. Pasta (2010)
57. Personal Taste (2010)
58. Playful Kiss (2010)
59. Prosecutor Princess (2010)
60. Fugitive: Plan B (2010)
61. Secret Garden (2010)
62. Wish Upon A Star (2010)
63. The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry (2010)
64. Bad Buy (2010)
65. Heartstrings (2011)
66. White Christmas (2011)
67. Vampire Prosecutor 1 (2011)
68. A Thousand Day’s Promise (2011)
69. Scent of a Woman (2011)
70. Queen of Reversals (2010)
71. Poseidon (2011)
72. Ojakyo Brothers (2011)
73. Myung Wol The Spy (2011)
74. My Princess (2011)
75. Miss Ripley (2011)
76. Me too, Flower! (2011)
77. Manny (2011)
78. Lie To Me (2011)
79. I Need Romance (2011)
80. High Kick! The Revenge of the Short Legged (2011)
81. Girl K (2011)
82. Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (2011)
83. Dream High (2011)
84. City Hunter (2011)
85. Can’t Lose (2011)
86. The Greatest Love (2011)
87. Baby Faced Beauty (2011)
88. Athena: Goddess of War (2011)
89. 49 Days (2011)
90. Reply 1997 (2012)
91. Big (2012)
92. The Chaser (2012)
93. Dream High 2 (2012)
94. Haeundae Lovers (2012)
95. I Do, I Do (2012)
96. I Miss You (2012)
97. I Need Romance 2 (2012)
98. King 2 Hearts (2012)
99. The King of Dramas (2012)
100. Ma Boy (2012)
101. Innocent Man (AKA Nice Guy) (2012)
102. Panda and Hedgehog (2012)
103. Ohlala Couple (2012)
104. Rooftop Prince (2012)
105. Shut Up Flower Boy Band (2012)
106. Standby (2012)
107. To The Beautiful You (2012)
108. Twelve Men In A Year (2012)
109. Vampire Idol (2011)
110. Vampire Prosecutor 2 (2011)
111. You’re Her, You’re Here, You’re Really Here (2011)
112. You Are The Best Lee Soon Shin (2013)
113. Two Who Came From The Stars (2013)
114. Who Are You? (2013)
115. Unemployed Romance (2013)
116. Two Weeks (2013)
117. That Winter The Wind Blows (2013)
118. The Suspicious Housekeeper (2013)
119. Shark (2013)
120. Secret (2013)
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After days of compiling the ultimate list of best Korean drama series of all time since the Hallyu Wave in the early 2000s, I realized that I’ve watched a lot of them as a kid.
For me, having them listed here is a reminder of how my childhood had been. No wonder I had filled my thoughts with stories – including the crazy ones – and prompted me to pursue my writing career.
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