Top 10 Best Korean Dramas (K-Dramas)

If you haven't ventured into the world of K-dramas yet, you're seriously missing out. Forget everything you think you know about television - these shows are packed with captivating storylines, heart-fluttering romance, and enough plot twists to keep you glued to the screen. From historical epics to modern-day rom-coms, there's something for everyone.
The Top Ten
1 Boys Over Flowers

Though it was my second drama, and even after that, I have watched many more series and am still watching, the impact of Lee Min Ho's acting cannot be erased. I think anyone who has even a little bit of knowledge about natural acting and perfect directing would surely like it. Lee Min's related field of studies made his drama worthwhile.

I think it is rightly placed at number one, as every department of the drama (including story, directing, music, set, etc.) was honest with their work. If Lee Min's acting is not praised specifically, then it would be a total unfair thing.

2 My Love from the Star

I love the story. This is the only drama I've seen yet where it becomes a comedy because the actress intentionally makes it so, not just because the scene is hilarious. While all Korean actresses play cute roles, Cheon Song Yi does hers in a sexy manner. It's definitely the top one on my list.

The story itself is a masterpiece. The transitioning between scenes and the prologue-epilogue of every episode are really very amusing. It's the only drama that does this that I've seen. The end of episode one makes you want to continue watching it until the end.

There are no dull scenes, and no perpetual drama scenes. Every dramatic scene is followed by a comedy scene. The best!

3 Inspiring Generation

I loved seeing Kim Hyun Joong take on something more substantial. It was a wonderful story filled with triumph and sorrow. It shows how the underdog can overcome obstacles with desire and purpose. I would highly recommend this drama.

I loved the drama but was flustered by the pain he had to go through. I felt everything he felt. Why is this so low on the list? Maybe because word hasn't gotten around. I think it will soar up to the top 10.

This drama is underrated. I don't understand why. It's a great drama with a good story, great actors, great fights, and a fantastic Kim Hyun Joong. Perfect.

4 Secret Garden

Loved it! I love it more than Boys Over Flowers and Playful Kiss because the chemistry between the leads is just brilliant. The male protagonist's expressions are worth a million dollars. To top it all off, it's a delicious mix of fun and cuteness that makes you giggle and smile.

The romance makes you go aww, and the sad moments leave you teary-eyed with heavy breaths. The other shows are good too. High school romances are always fun, but this show is an amalgamation of mature comedy and the lightness of a high school romance.

I wish they had been more careful with the subplot dealing with the reason and method of the magic used in the story. They could have been less ambiguous, but overall, I would give it a thumbs up!

5 Emergency Couple

I watched it by accident, really, and I'm not regretting it! It was funny, cute, and a medical drama that gives you hope in the renewal of love and learning from mistakes. It's another drama that gets a thumbs-up from me.

I seriously loved this drama. It has a hot cast, great romance, and it's even funny. I'd recommend this to everyone. I could watch it ten times over, and I'd still be sad it ended.

The first few episodes are a bit slow, but it's worth the build-up. A delightful series about second chances. The cast is great all around.

6 I Hear Your Voice

As it is a legal drama (of sorts), there are some very unrealistic moments. However, this doesn't take away from the incredible quality. The writing is impeccable. The female lead challenges the stereotypical image of the media's Asian woman.

There's an interesting dynamic between the main protagonists that you won't find in any other drama. It's full of twists and turns, tragedies, comedy, and heart-wrenching romance. I'll tell you it ends in a happy ending, but if you can't handle anything too realistic or hard-hitting, and you hate crying, this drama might not be for you.

Otherwise, definitely give it a go. Even though it has weird pacing, you'll likely be hooked within the first 30 minutes.

7 You're Beautiful

Starring Jang Geun Suk and Park Shin Hye, they are not exactly the dream couple, but they make it work. The concept is rather new. A.N.JELL features Jang Geun Suk, Jung Yong Hwa, and Lee Hong Ki - a great cast choice!

Park Shin Hye would make a great couple with either of them. The romance is A++, as it expresses brotherly love, boyfriend love, and goofy love. Pure and true, it captures the essence of first love and honesty. The music is also A++ with great song choices at the right moments. This is a great drama if you like musicals, romance, and idols.

Absolutely amazing drama. The characters, plot, and especially the music are just perfect. It's adorable to see Tae-kyung care for Go Mi-nam, especially given his tough attitude.

When I finished watching it, I felt like there was a hole in my heart - happiness that it was so good, and sadness that it was over. I 100% recommend watching it. Amazing drama!

8 Master's Sun

When I first read the description of Master's Sun, I was kind of skeptical, but this drama is addictive. It's suspenseful, romantic, funny, and thoughtful. The writing is excellent, and the actors perfectly match their roles.

I loved these characters! Both the main and secondary characters are charming and developed with care. I enjoyed watching them interact, seeing them gradually transform each other in deep and compelling ways. They heal each other's scars, making each other stronger and more whole.

I especially enjoyed watching the heroine, Tae Gong Sil, find her courage and power. Watching the cold-hearted hero break down and fall head-over-heels in love with her, against his better judgment and despite all his defenses, is always fun.

9 The Heirs

The Heirs is an ongoing show and it's one of the most popular shows this year. This is thanks to the profusion of accomplished cast members and the strong plotline. The script is written by the screenwriter of Secret Garden, and it features an abundance of talented cast members, such as Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye, who are the main characters.

In the latest episode, it ranked really high, more than 20%. The show's popularity keeps on increasing each week. Even before the show started, tons of fans were waiting for this upcoming drama.

The Heirs is seriously such a good drama. I'm sure it's one of the best. You won't have any regrets watching it. Plus, it's addictive too!

10 Rooftop Prince

I love this story for its blending of historical and present moments. A prince from the past meets a girl from the present on a rooftop. In the end, it turns out they were destined to meet 300 years ago but missed that opportunity.

The chance comes again when they are reincarnated as lovers once more. I wanted the past prince to be with the present girl, but alas, you can't stop time. I would have loved to see more love scenes and kisses, but there weren't many. There was a lot of hugging, though.

Last but not least, one of the cutest actors who can really cry, shout, and play historical roles is none other than Mickey Park Yoo Chun! He's a charming guy, I must say.

The Contenders
11 Healer

#16? Are you kidding me? Healer should be number 1. There's no other K-drama that can compare to it. Everything about it is perfect: the leads' acting is excellent, and so is the supporting cast. Besides, both are eye candy.

This drama has everything you want: comedy, action, and romance. The pace is fast, and the main characters handle any "relationship issues" in a mature way. The OST is catchy. The plot and dialogue are unforgettable. Once you watch it, you can't get over it even after many months. It's as if you're under its spell. You can't help but tell each friend or family member about it. Healer will indelibly be etched in your mind and heart.

12 Prime Minister and I

This brings a new light to politics and offers great laughs. Aside from that, the idea of a not-so-good father but a very good politician is strikingly unique. The fact that he tries so hard to bring them all together is heartwarming. Yoona's character, Nam Dae Jeung, is so loving and caring that it reflects true beauty.

Yoona is amazing. I wish there were more intimacy toward the ending, but it's kind of like a promise to a good start, so it's okay.

I really enjoyed watching this drama. It's full of imagination and humor. Yoona did a great job, as did the whole cast.

13 Playful Kiss

This was a good adaptation of the manga version. The Korean drama adaptation was certainly, in my opinion, better to watch quality-wise than the Taiwanese or Japanese versions. The Korean version showed a lot more development in the quality of how the drama was filmed, including casting and location.

This drama was full of good feelings. It was a bit cliché with the storyline, but if you like that sort of thing, then this is for you. It was definitely a more laid-back and comedic love story. The chemistry between the main actors was quite good. Acting-wise, the drama consistently shows how the main characters change throughout the story, both as individuals and in their relationship with each other.

Also, the supporting characters in this drama fit well with the story. There wasn't too much screen time wasted with unimportant side characters. Overall, this drama followed a pretty cliché foundation but became very original. If you are into romantic comedies, then "Playful Kiss" is for you!

14 Love Rain

I have never been so addicted to a Korean drama except for this one. I've watched it four times over on Netflix, and my heart still flutters during every Seo Joon and Hana scene. I'm so in love with this series.

The songs and how the actors play their characters are phenomenal, especially my oppa, Jang Geun Suk. He portrayed two characters with different personalities and nailed it. I got so addicted that I've memorized the song Because it's You. I'm really hoping to see them work together again in the future.

15 City Hunter

Kim Nana was awesome. I wish they had given her more fighting scenes. She still rocked, but Lee Min Ho... wow, what can I say? I love his acting. Anything he's in, I'm going to watch.

Personal Taste is a good one too. Lie to Me, Healer (like City Hunter but with a great supporting cast), It's Okay, That's Love, Secret Garden, Gu Family Book, Boys Over Flowers, You're So Beautiful, Heal Me, Kill Me, 49 Days, Greatest Love, Master's Sun, To the Beautiful You, Fated to Love You, Emergency Couple, Rooftop Prince, Dream High, My Love from Another Star, and Modern Farmer are the shows that stick in my mind the most. Sorry it's more than ten, but I hope the list will be welcomed. Oh, and I just look up an actor if I like his acting and check out his shows or movies.

16 It's Okay, That's Love

It's Okay, That's Love is one of the best Korean dramas I've ever watched. The characters feel so real and human compared to other romance dramas. I love how it breaks away from the stereotypical romance where there are two guys fighting for one girl, and the girl can't make up her mind. The acting from the lead cast is amazing! The chemistry between Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin feels realistic.

I also love how the kisses are so casual and passionate, unlike other dramas where kiss scenes make the girl look like she's been frozen in place. This drama is perfect! Other dramas may only rank highly because of young actors like Kim So Hyun, Park Shin Hye, and Lee Min Ho. I'm not hating on them, though. It's Okay, That's Love is perfect for anyone looking for an interesting, passionate, and realistic drama.

17 Pinocchio

To say I loved this drama is an understatement. It was amazing! The storyline was unique, and both the drama and romance kept you at the edge of your seat, sometimes even getting you off your seat. I loved it so much that I watched it all in three days.

Truth be told, I even re-watched it! The drama takes an excellent spin on the Pinocchio story, presenting it in an extremely modern and more believable way. I will be bluntly honest: you won't just like this drama, you will absolutely fall in love with it!

This drama was so good and it actually made me cry a lot. The chemistry between the two leads was amazing, so it was really exciting for me when I found out that they are dating. The storyline is unique and sad.

It made me look at things differently, and I was more careful about what I said to avoid spreading rumors that could hurt anyone. This drama is one of my favorite K-dramas and comes highly recommended. You won't regret watching it.

I just don't get how people can act this well. They literally blew me away with their skills. I am just amazed and I'm still thinking about this drama. -E

18 Blood

This is an awesome drama! It's worth watching, and it becomes even more romantic knowing that the leads are already married in real life. The characters are great, and the plot is exceptional. It's definitely on my best list of Korean dramas.

This is so incredibly good. Ahn Jae Hyun is so handsome, and the girl from Boys Over Flowers has matured a lot! The ending was a bit open-ended, but the drama was perfect. They look good and cute together!

I watched it all the way through! I loved the characters' personalities and appearances. The plot is good as well, of course.

19 Oh My Venus

Very cute and entertaining. Made me laugh and want to exercise. The main actor and actress were believable in their acting. Both are good-looking, so it was a pleasure to watch.

The lead actor is so manly, and his eyes are kind. You can't help but be drawn to him, wishing he were your boyfriend. Meanwhile, the lead actress is adorable with those dimples. Don't miss this. It is a delight!

I've watched this countless times! The characters' chemistry is fantastic. I wish it never ended. I fell for So Ji Sub's character and love him even more now. The story isn't heavy at all. It's very entertaining, which is why I love it so much.

The TV drama sprinkles some life lessons and hard facts here and there. I only have the best words for this drama. It's the best Korean rom-com I've ever seen.

20 Reply 1997

Definitely one of the best K-dramas I've watched, and probably the best out of the Reply series (thus far). Jung Eun Ji does an incredible job portraying a down-to-earth, sassy character that we can all relate to as a growing adolescent, friend, and daughter. The chemistry between Jung Eun Ji and Seo In Guk feels very real and adds to the amazingly written story.

The parents, Song Dong Il and Lee Il Hwa, are incredibly talented as well. Personally, I think this drama deserves to be within the top five K-dramas.

21 My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox

Upon seeing the title, I wondered what this would be like. But Shin Min Ah - my God! Wow! The best part is that she gives everything to Cha Dae Woong, which clearly highlights what people are lacking in today's life. She is so selfless, and giving everything to a selfish person turns him into someone like her.

I loved the way the bead moved between them, increasing the anxiety about what the final outcome would be. Again, it was a great happy ending, yet she still had a tail left. Great to watch!

I really like it, and I cried and laughed a lot. I enjoyed watching every episode. This is the first drama where I recognized Lee Seung Gi. Wow, I realized he's cute when he smiles, and he's really a good actor. He is also a good singer and has a friendly face. Shin Min Ah is beautiful. I also like the way she acts. More power.

22 Marriage, Not Dating

It's really interesting. When I watch a movie, there are certain things I look out for, which I got from this movie. The first Korean movie I watched was Love Me Again.

I love the lead pair, especially Han Groo. Extremely enjoyable drama. It will make you laugh and cry. I agree that this has one of the best chemistries of all K-dramas. If you like rom-coms, you can't miss this one. I just watched it a second time and have decided it's a perfect 10/10.

Best Korean Drama I've ever watched. Every episode is worth it and entertaining. If you decide to watch this, you'll be in for something great. Good drama, awesome ending.

Other good ones are:
- Personal Taste
- Fools Love
- Discovery of Romance

23 Full House

Awesome! I was reluctant to watch this drama at first since it was an old one. I just gave it a shot because it was top-picked in most of the polls and reviews. When I started watching it, I was completely hooked.

Song Hye Kyo and Rain are the best couple ever. They have fantastic chemistry and are the cutest pair. This couple is the main factor that led this drama to success. I can't believe I was reluctant to watch this miraculous drama at first.

For all those who love Korean romantic comedies, I suggest this drama. Don't miss this one. Full House will make you smile, laugh out loud, and at the same time, cry. I guarantee that you will definitely fall in love with Hye Kyo and Rain.

24 Angel Eyes

Great story and great acting. The main actor is attractive, as well as the actress. What bugged me was the heroine running away. I hated that. I felt so sad for the hero, as he cried for quite a bit. Hence, I rate this 3 out of 5 stars.

Heartwarming love story. The two leads have undeniable chemistry. This one is going to be on my all-time favorite Korean drama list.

This is the best drama I have ever watched. So much heartbreak and so much love. It's a tear-jerker for sure!

25 Coffee Prince

Coffee Prince was the first K-Drama I watched, and I was hooked within the first ten minutes. I binge-watched the entire series in a few days because I couldn't wait to see how it ended. My husband and I have watched it three times and will probably watch it a fourth time soon.

I'm so impressed with the storyline and acting. Yoon Eun Hye was amazing as Eun Chan. This show was my gateway into watching nothing but Korean Dramas, and it's the one that has left me the most satisfied. The acting and storyline were great, without the cheesiness that most other shows I've watched have.

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