On a Saturday night or any ordinary night, you lay yourself down on couch switching channels on TV to look for the best dramas to watch. You’re searching for something new but just sighed and told yourself, “Oh my, what should I watch?”. If that’s what you always end up to, then you must have missed something – Korean dramas! Truly, Korea cradles some of the best dramas in the world!
Once you started with the first episode, you surely won’t skip the next one and the next one up to the very last. That’s how addictive these dramas are; impeccably unique and entertaining! But, the Korean world of dramas offer hundreds of dramas or even thousands. So, how would you know the best ones? Well, every year, popular Korean channels such as KBS, SBS, KBS2 TV or TvN, release several dramas which, most of them, become a hit and even much more popular than what you think. They capture not only Korean audiences but also international viewers.
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Need not to worry because these dramas are always watchable online through reliable websites. And, oh, English subtitles are always available! What we included here are the dramas that have recently ended in Korea so if you want to watch them, the full episodes have already been completed.
Top 10 Best Korean Dramas & Romantic Korean Dramas
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Top 10 Best Korean Dramas in 2016
10. Imaginary Cat – Best Korean Dramas
This webtoon-based Korean drama is all about a young guy, Hyung Jong Hyun who dreams to be a successful webtoon writer someday. But that dream seems far-fetched because of his self-centered personality and emotional issues. His life changed when, one day, he found a stray cat and named him Bok Gil.
Due to struggles in life, Jong Hyun found comfort and support from his cat Bok Gil despite of it being not able to communicate. Bok Gil has become his confidant. So, why was it called an imaginary cat? You should watch it and know why! Korean actor Yoo Seung Ho takes the lead role featuring Han Ye Ri, the voice of Bok Gil.
9. Moorim School – Best Korean Dramas
The drama focuses on two young men, Yoon Shi Woo (Lee Hyun Woo) and Wan Chi Ang (Lee Hong Bin) who at first, were rivals and eventually founded a good friendship. Their rivalry started when both of them were sent to Moorim Institute, a special school they believed hides a mystery. As they live their lives in the school, they uncover secrets and mysteries. The rivalry and competition rises again as they both try to pursue one girl, Soon Deok (Soo Ye Ji).
8. Reply 1988 – Best Korean Dramas
There had been previous series namely Reply 1997 and Reply 1994 which were all released in the same network but these are not prequels of this year’s Reply 1988.
Reply 1988 focuses on the lives of five people – Duk Sun, Ryoo Joon Yeol, Ko Gyung Po, Lee Dong Hwi, and Taek – who have been friends since they were young and are now in high school. Their families are close with each other and have been neighbors till they get older. They drama depicts how love, friendship and family trials are shared together as they go through their different lives. The main characters are played by Lee Hyeri, Park Bo Gum, Go Kung Pyo, Ryu Jun Yeol and Lee Dong Hwi.
7. Six Flying Dragons – Best Korean Dramas
Korea’s always at its best with its historical dramas. Among all those popular historical dramas, Six Flying Dragons is one of them. Behind the identities of these six people are the portrayals of Shin Se Kyung, Kim Myung Min, Byun Yo Han, Yoo Ah In and Yoon Gyun Sang. They have their own stories of ambitions and success. However, the drama centers on Yoo Ah In’s character as Lee Bang Won who plays a huge contribution onto the establishment of Joseon Dynasty.
6. Come Back Mister – Best Korean Dramas
Down to the 7th spot is Come Back Mister which is starred by Rain and Lee Min Jung for the lead roles. This fantasy, comedy and romantic drama is all about two lives of men who had died in different accidents on the same day and time. However, they both couldn’t accept the fact that they had just died and felt like they have to come back to resolve some issues.
So they were given a chance to go back to the living world and accomplish whatever they have to do. But they’ve got to abide with the three rules: They can’t reveal their true identities, no revenge, and shouldn’t be involved with the affairs of the living. Do you think they can abide with these rules? You have to find out! Watch it!
5. Goodbye Mr.Black – Best Korean Dramas
Some of the popular and biggest stars in Korea are all teamed up in the drama Goodbye Mr. Black. Starring, Lee Jin Wook, Moon Chae Won, Song Jae Rim, Kim Kang Woo and Yu In Young, the drama emphasizes and thriller-romantic drama that depicts betrayal, revenge and love. Cha Ji Won (Lee Jin Wook) was a member of Underwater Demolition Team but then betrayed by his best friend and was even called a traitor.
As he comes back, he carries a new identity and even plotted a fake marriage with Swan (Moon Chae Won) to make his identity even real. Was he successful with his revenge? You’ll know it when you watch this!
4. Jang Youngsil: The Greatest Scientest of Joseon – Best Korean Dramas
Song Il Kook, in real life, is a great father with his famous triplets, Daehan, Minguk and Manse. But you’ll see him as a great, the greatest scientist, in the drama Jang Youngsil: The Greatest Scientist of Joseon.
Based on the real events of Korean history, the drama focuses on the life of Jang Youngsil (Song Il Kook) as he started his life as a slave and later on became the greatest scientist ever lived. He was renowned as the greatest scientist when he unleashed his incredible passion and talent in astronomy. In the midst of Joseon Dynasty, Jang Youngsil had contributed useful inventions such as the sundial, the water clock, the astronomical instruments and many related in weaponry.
3. Oh My Venus – Best Korean Dramas
Oh my, oh my so hot and sexy! Oh my Venus is indeed a combination of these hot stars Shin Min Ah and So Ji Sub! The main stars are also co-models of the brand Giordano and if you’ve seen how striking their chemistry is, then you should watch this drama. It focuses on a beautiful woman who had been very popular in her university back then because of her appealing body image and beautiful face.
But when she got older and became too busy working, she didn’t have so much time for herself and eventually became a bit heavy. She then meets this famous trainer, Kim Young Ho, and desperately asks him to help her lose weight. Little did they know that their business deal leads them closer and closer to each other.
You’d be surprised what their ending is. Want to know? Watch it!
2. Cheese in the Trap – Best Korean Dramas
On our second spot is Cheese in the Trap! Although the drama had a lot of issues and controversies, this webtoon-based drama still took off to popularity. Starring Kim Go Eun, Park Hae Jin and Seo Kang Jun, the story revolves on the lives of these three on how they started friendship, rivalries and love.
Hong Seol (Kim Go Eun) is just an ordinary girl who gets involved into the mysterious life and identity of Yoo Jung and the jolly personality of Baek In Ho (Seo Kan Jun). It was set on their lives as students in university and how they deal with different kinds of people. A lot of young viewers, mainly students, loved this drama as they could relate their student lives in the situation Hong Seol was in.
1. The Descendants of the Sun – Best Korean Drama in 2016
Seems like you know what’s the first on the list! You got it right! The best and the most popular drama of the year is The Descendants of the Sun.
With the total average of 41.6% of ratings, it is undeniably the best Korean drama of 2016! Everyone was excited as this will be the actor Song Joongki’s comeback after his release from the military. It was a double surprise when the renowned Korean actress, Song Hye Kyo, takes the lead and love interest!
The drama is about the roller coaster love story of Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki) and Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) on how they fall in love and be torn apart. Due to their busy schedule at work, they had to go on their own pathways and pursue their careers. As they go along with the struggles of life, destiny seems to always find a way to make them meet again.
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Top 10 Best Korean Romantic Dramas
Drama has been a popular entertainment which people watch to kill their time, to deal with their boredom, or to have fun. Dramas sometimes make people laugh and sometimes also make them drop their tear. Some dramas end up with happy endings, while the other some end up with tragic endings. The reconciliation ending usually leaves the audiences delight, whereas tearing apart usually remains the audiences with dissatisfactions. That’s why most people seem to prefer happy ending drama. People who are more likely to watch emotional romantic dramas are recommended to take a look on these 10 romantic reconciliation dramas.
is a kind of romantic, comedic and medical Korean drama which has been very popular in 2014. This drama is mainly starred by Song Ji-hyo known as Oh Jin-hee and Choi Jin-hyuk known as Oh Chang-min. Jin hee and Chang min fell in love with each other, then they got married in spite of family’s strong opposition. Their love didn’t last so long; they began to fight constantly and finally got divorced. Eventually, this romantic drama ends up by letting Jin-hee and Chang-min as interns in the same hospital.
2.Sly and Single Again
or Cunning Single Lady is a 2014 romance and comedy Korean drama starred by Lee Min-jung and Joo Sang-wook. Na Ae-ra (Lee Min-jung) was a pretty-but-not-smart lady who fell in love with an engineering graduate Cha Jung-woo (Joo Sang-wook). They got married, but because of some tragic events, they divorced. Three years later, Jung-woo became a successful man, while Ae-ra fought with debt. They planned for revenge, but finally rekindled their romance.
3.I Need Romance
also known as In Need of Romance is a 2011 South Korean drama. This drama is about adventures of three thirty-something female best friends who were looking for love in Seoul. “I Need Romance” mostly focused on the back-and-forth relationship between In Young’s (Jo Yeo Jung) and her boyfriend of ten years Kim Sung-soo (Kim Jeong-hoon). Another adorable man came; he was Bae Sung-hyun (Choi Jin-hyuk) who also vied for her affection.
4.I Need Romance 2012
is the second season of “I Need Romance”. “I Need Romance 2012” is a 2012 romance, comedy drama starring Jung Yu-mi, Lee Jin-wook and Kim Ji-seok. Jung Yu-mi known as Joo Yeol-mae and Lee Jin-wook known as Yoon Seok-hyun had been in an on-and-off relationship for 12 and later broke up. However, they still remained friends. Then jealousy started when a stunningly handsome guy, Kim Ji-seok known as Shin Ji-hoon, came and made a triangle love.
is a 2011 drama starring Choi Ji-woo and Yoon Sang-hyun. Lee Eun-jae (Choi Ji-woo) and Yeon Hyung-woo (Yoon Sang-hyun), who played role as lawyers, quickly fell in love and got married. No longer, both of them found out differences in their personalities, home and workplace habits, which could possibly lead to the brink of divorce.
known literally as “Unemployment Benefit Romance” is a romance and comedy Korean drama in 2013. This drama stars Lee Young-Ah (Seung-Hee) and Namgung Min (Jong-Dae). Seung-Hee was a drama writer who was looking for a job at employment center service. At there, she met her first love Jong-Dae who worked as a temp. Having broken up after 7-year dating since her freshmen year at the college, Seung Hee and Jong Dae were hostile to each other but then started to rekindle their love.
is a romance drama starring Lee Yeon-hee as Oh Ji-young and Lee Sun-kyun as Kim Hyung-joon. In 1997, there was a cosmetic company which was in a bad financial crisis. Also, they had to find a contestant to join in Miss Korea pageant. In order to save money, Hyung-joon decided to choose his first love, Oh Ji-young who was the most beautiful and popular girl in their high school time.
8.You Are All Surrounded
is a 2014 South Korean action drama starring Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won, Go Ara, Ahn Jae-hyun, Park Jung-min, Oh Yoon-ah, and Sung Ji-roo. This drama is included in this list because of the reconciliation between Cha Seung Won and Oh Yoon Ah after getting divorced because of grief and anger she had over their son’s death. Their love resurfaced and started to rekindle once they were forced to work at the same police station.
9.Discovery of Romance
is an upcoming romance and comedy drama which stars Jung Yu-mi, Eric Mun, and Sung Joon. It will be set to air on KBS2, beginning on August 18th 2014. Han Yeo-reum (Jung Yu-mi) is a furniture designer who has been dating with a plastic surgeon Nam Ha-jin (Sung Joon) for these last three years. Simultaneously, her ex-boyfriend Kang Tae-ha (Eric Mun) suddenly reappears. There is no exact telling whether they will reconcile or not, but it is a definite possibility.
10.Say I Do Again
is an upcoming Taiwanese drama which will be premiered on August 24th. Say I Do Again is much similar to Emergency Couple, which a divorced couple Lin Yo Wei and Wei Man reconcile at their work in a hotel.
After all, reconciliation usually happens in many dramas after the main characters break up or get divorced. Have you known other reconciliation dramas? Well, let us know by providing comment.
Top 10 Best Korean Drama for 2015
Nowadays, South Korea is a well-known country for its musical genre K-pop. Besides K-pop, reputation of K-drama has also spread to many other regions in the world. K-drama may have been born since 1960s, and it has risen to fame for these last few decades. A wide range of K-dramas has been produced; some are set in contemporary setting, while the other some are set historically. Some are sort of romantic comedies drama, whereas some features science fiction.
How about you? Are you a fan of Korean drama? If so, which Korean drama do you think is the best? You guys may come up with different opinion. Whatever, these ten dramas are considered as the best Korean dramas ever.
1. Boys Over Flower
is a 2009 Korean drama based on the Japanese shōjo manga series Hana Yori Dango by Yoko Kamio. Boys Over Flower stars Ku Hye-sun (Geum Jan-di), Lee Min-ho (Gu Jun-pyo), Kim Hyun-joong (Yoon Ji-hoo), Kim Bum (So Yi-jeong), Kim Joon (Song Woo-bin) and Kim So-eun (Chu Ga-eul). It consists of 25 episodes talking about a spunky schoolgirl and a group of 4 rich, handsome and arrogant schoolboys known as F4 having Jun-pyo as a leader.
Boys Over Flower, in 2009, was rewarded with Seoul International Drama Awards as Popular Drama. Also, Boys Over Flower was broadcasted to many countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and many other countries.
2. Secret Garden
is sort of romantic comedy drama but also features fantasy and action, starring Ha Ji-won (as Gil Ra-im), Hyun-bin (as Kim Joo-won), Yoon Sang-hyun (as Oska) and Kim Sa-rang (as Yoon Seul). This 2010 K-drama contains 20 episodes, talking about a love square of these four main characters. Then something confusing happened. Ra-im and Joo-won began switching bodies.
Secret Garden is one of the successful K-drama to receive numerous awards in some awards ceremonies. Secret Garden itself won Netizen Popularity Award – Drama in SBS Drama Awards, Best Drama in 47th Baeksang Arts Awards and Grand Prize (Daesang) in Korean Drama Awards.
3. The Heirs
is a 2013 K-drama which stars Lee Min-ho (as Kim Tan) and Park Shin-hye (Cha Eun-sang), consisting of 20 episodes. This K-drama mentions about a handsome, wealthy heir Kim Tan and a daughter of Kim Tan’s family’s housekeeper Eun-sang. They firstly met each other in United States, and later fell in love with each other. However, things happened to split them up.
The Heirs got a big success to have its broadcast right sold to 13 countries and get the highest-selling price in Japan among all the 2013 K-dramas. Additionally, The Heirs was awarded with Best Modern Drama in 2014 Asia Rainbow TV Awards and Outstanding Korean Drama in 2014 Seoul International Drama Awards.
4. My Love From The Star
This drama features not only romance and comedy but also science fiction. My Love From The Star, or You who came from the star, is one of the popular K-dramas, starring Kim Soo-hyun (as Do Min-joon) and Jun Ji-hyun (as Cheon Seong-yi). It consists of 21 episodes which talk about an alien who came to the earth during Joseon Dynasty, and 400 years later met a top actress. Then they started to fall in love with each other.
My Love from the Star was nominated for “Best Drama” in the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards. Moreover, it won “Silver Award, Best Foreign TV Series” in the 20th Shanghai Television Festival Magnolia Awards and “Excellent Korean Drama” in the 9th Seoul International Drama Awards.
5. Rooftop Prince
is a 2012 South Korean drama starring Park Yuchun, Han Ji-min, Jeong Yu-mi, Lee Tae-sung, Lee Min-ho, Jung Suk-won and Choi Woo-shik. Rooftop Prince, or known as Attic Prince, contains 20 episodes. It is kind of fantasy drama which shows the time travel from Joseon era to modern day in Seoul where the Joseon crown prince encounters familiar faces, high-tech devices, and corporate secret plan.
Rooftop Prince won an award for Best Korean Drama in 7th Seoul International Drama Awards and in 1st Remarkable Awards (Germany) in 2012. Furthermore, in 2014, Rooftop Prince was awarded with Students’ Choice Award for Best Foreign Drama in USTv Students’ Choice Awards (Philippines).
6. The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince
or usually known as Coffee Prince, is a 2007 K-drama which stars Yoon Eun-hye, Gong Yoo, Lee Sun-kyun, and Chae Jung-an. Having 17 episodes, Coffee Prince is a K-drama about a tomboy Eun-chan (Yoon Eun-hye) and a young food empire scion Han-kyul (Gong Yoo) who didn’t know about the real gender of Eun-chan.
In 2007, Coffee Prince was nominated for Best Drama in MBC Drama Awards. In 2008, this drama was nominated again for Best Drama in Baeksang Arts Awards. In 2008 the same year, Coffee Prince finally won Best Drama in Korea PD (Production Director) Awards.
7. Moon Embracing the Sun
is a 2012 period K-drama starring a popular actor Kim Soo-hyun and a beautiful actress Han Ga-in. This fantasy, historical drama comprises of 20 episodes, showing a poignant love between the crown prince of Joseon Dynasty and a female shaman who previously was chosen as the crown princess.
Moon Embracing the Sun, or The Moon That Embraces The Sun, won a number of awards including Best Drama (48th Baeksang Arts Awards), Silver Award for Best Foreign TV Series (18th Shanghai Television Festival Magnolia Awards), Drama of the Year (MBC Drama Awards) as well as Special Jury Award (46th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival).
8. Full House
I believe that most of you know Han Ji-eun and Lee Young-jae, don’t you? “Full House” is the K-drama which features these two main characters, Song Hye-kyo and Rain. This romantic comedy series was made in 2004 and consists of 16 episodes. Full House is the name of Ji-eun’s house which was later sold to Young-jae because of Ji-eun friends’ trick. To get her house back, Ji-eun married to Young-jae and signed a marriage contract. They eventually started to fall in love with each other and got a real marriage.
Receiving a massive support, each of the episodes was high-rated,. Full House won a number of awards in KBS Drama Awards. Also, the broadcast of this K-drama has spread to many countries including China, Thailand, Japan, Cambodia, Malaysia, İndonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Australia, Singapore, A.B.D, India and Sri Lanka.
9. Dream High
is a 2011 South Korean drama which features Kim Soo-hyun and a number of popular K-pop stars including Miss A’s Suzy, 2PM’s Taecyeon, T-ara’s Eunjung, 2PM’s Wooyoung and IU. Dream high got many supports from teenagers as it showed about the six Kirin High School students who dreamed to be K-pop idols.
Remarkably, Dream High experienced such a strong success to win a wide range of awards such as Grand Prize (SKY PerfecTV! Awards), Special Award for Foreign Drama (Tokyo International Drama Festival Awards), Golden Rose (Children & Youth) Award (Rose d’Or Awards) and Best Foreign Soap Opera (USTv Students’ Choice Awards).
10. You’re Beautiful
somehow known as He’s Beautiful, is one of the best K-drama which was aired on SBS in 2009. You’re Beautiful is a musical romantic comedic drama, starring Park Shin-hye, Jang Keun-suk, F.T. Island’s Lee Hong-gi and CN Blue’s Jung Yong-hwa. It is a 16-episode K-drama which follows a fictional musical band named A.N.JELL and the relationship between the members when a girl posed as her twin brother.
You’re Beautiful is one of the best K-dramas ever which got positive reviews. It was awarded with Best Foreign Soap Opera in USTv Awards in 2011 and brought several awards to its actors and actress.
On the whole, these 10 K-drama are the best K-dramas which you should try it once if you have not watched it yet. Since there are a lot of popular K-dramas, you may have your own favorite one. Feel free to let me know by commenting the K-drama you feel that it should have been listed!