Korean dramas had caught the heart of its viewers all around the world. Some people may be wondering why a lot of people could not stop watching K-dramas, and it is because of the way these series convey relate-able stories to their viewers. Aside from the fact that Korean actors and actresses are outstanding in acting, many watches series Korean dramas because of the way it uniquely connects, tugging the heart of everyone.
If you haven’t tried watching K-dramas, you have missed half of your life. So to help you find the perfect drama to watch, we listed down the highest-rated Korean dramas you will surely love.
Best rated Korean dramas
K-dramas have become a worldwide phenomenon because of its exciting storylines and surprising plot twists. Whenever you hear the term K-drama, the first thing that might come to your mind is romance dramas, featuring two people in search of love, but there’s a lot more than that K-dramas could offer. There are also other genres, such as action, conspiracy, historical, and more.
Are you excited to watch your first Korean drama series? Heads up, it is addicting.
1. Crash Landing on You
IMDb rating: 8.9/10
If you want to watch a unique love story and have a good cry, this is great love, comedy, and drama (rolled into one) series to watch. It is one of the highest-rated Korean dramas now of tvN drama.
The story starts when South Korean heiress, Yoon Se-ri, gets caught in a storm while paragliding and finds herself blown off course into North Korea. Se-ri then runs into Ri Jeong-hyeok, Captain of the North Korean Special Forces, and a member of the North Korean elite family.
Captain Ri eventually hatches a plan to get Se-ri back to South Korea with the help of his squad, but not before they all tackle the obstacles that come their way—and then some. This drama mixes romance with comedy and ultimately tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers.
2. Hi Bye, Mama!
IMDb rating: 8.3/10
If you are a sucker for family-related stories, this K-drama series is for you. This heart-wrenching drama is a real tear-jerker.
It's the story of a mother who died in a tragic accident and begins a 49-day long project of reincarnation in which she will be given the possibility to become human again if she succeeds. It is also a story of a husband who has barely begun to live a new life after overcoming the pain of losing his wife.
Jo Kang Hwa is a skilled thoracic surgeon. After losing his wife four years ago, he had been working as a single father until he got married again two years ago. While he seems like a caring person, he does not offer a hand nor intervene when needed.
You might not want to miss this series as this is one of the best Korean dramas 2020 has.
3. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim
IMDb rating: 8.1/10
This K-drama series was aired in 2018 and instantly became a part of most rated Korean dramas ever. Both lead actors are pretty good and adorable at portraying their characters. It’s a perfect drama for those who are into a light romance that is thoughtful and with a substance.
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim centers on a narcissistic and ambitious company vice president and his capable secretary. They find themselves getting into an awkward situation when she suddenly offers her resignation letter after working for him in the last nine years.
4. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Jo
IMDb rating: 8.4/10
This 2016 hit is one of those heart-warming series ever produced in the history of K-drama and is considered as one of the highest-rated Korean dramas of all time. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Jo will bring you so much laughter as it is a comedy-romance drama; not only it will bring you joy, but also life lessons.
Kim Bok-Joo, played by Lee Sung-Kyung, is a promising collegiate female weightlifter. Her father runs a small chicken restaurant, and her uncle wants to become an actor. She has a bright personality and a strong sense of justice.
Meanwhile, Jung Joon-Hyung, played by Nam Joo-Hyuk, is a collegiate swimmer plagued with numerous false start disqualifications.
Kim Bok-Joo and Jung Joon-Hyung realize where they have seen each other before. When they were both children, Kim Bok-Joo saved Jung Joon-Hyung's life by catching him before he fell to the ground. Kim Bok-Joo and Jung Joon-Hyung's relationship then begins.
5. Romance is a Bonus Book
IMDb rating: 8.1/10
If you are looking for a series that will make your heart flutter and inspire your soul, this is the K-drama for you. It talks about new chances in love, career, and life in general.
After Kang Dan-i's marriage falls apart, she decides to rejoin the workforce to provide for her daughter. But the job market has become even more cutthroat in her absence, and nobody will take her on. So when a high-school-grad-only temp job opens at Gyeoroo, the book publishing company where her childhood friend Cha Heun-ho is the youngest editor-in-chief, she pretends to have less experience than she does to get her foot in the door.
At Gyeoroo, Kang Dan-i flourishes, rekindling her childhood love for books, and drawing inspiration from her coworkers' passion for their jobs. Her new position also allows her and childhood friend Cha Heun-ho to grow closer, and perhaps explore what else they could be to one another. And slowly, it dawns on her that he may be more than just a dongsaeng (little brother) to her after all.
6. Itaewon Class
IMDb rating: 8.3/10
This 2020 K-drama series is an inspiring story about reaching for your dreams, and many people relate to it. If you are looking for a light-hearted Korean drama that’s not too heavy on the romance side, Itaewon Class is the one for you.
The series is based on the webtoon of the same title by Kwang Jin that started in December 2016. The story follows Park Sae-ro-yi, a kind-hearted boy who dreams of becoming a police officer. His teachers describe Park as socially inept because he doesn’t interact much with other people, much less have friends.
This worries his father, an employee at a large food corporation called Jangga. Park’s kind-hearted nature turns on him as he saves a classmate from being bullied by Jang Geun Won. Little does he know, Jang’s father is the CEO of Jangga. Park’s school expels him, and Jangga fires his father. Adding to Park’s miseries, an accident happens, leaving Park an orphan.
He receives prison time for assaulting Jang, killing his dream of becoming a police officer. Park swears revenge on Jangga — by continuing his father’s dreams of starting a business.
IMDb rating: 8.6/10
Goblin is one of the highest-rated dramas of all time. The K-drama series became a hit not only in Korea but all around the globe.
It is an epic tale and a fantasy romance about a modern-day goblin, played by Gong Yoo, who seeks to end his cursed immortal life and needs a human bride, Kim Go Eun, to do so. His life then becomes intertwined with a grim reaper, played by Lee Dong Wook, who is unable to remember his past. But when the goblin finally finds his bride, he suddenly realizes he wants to live and be with her.
8. Hotel del Luna
IMDb rating: 8.4/10
If you enjoy grand world-building, beautiful cinematography, great storytelling, exceptional acting, rollicking humor, and a female lead who’s not the nicest girl in town, this is the drama for you.
IU, who is a renowned Korean singer, plays the role of the main character, Jang Man-wol. Jang Man-wol is an eternally young woman who’s been cursed with running a hotel for ghosts called the Hotel del Luna for the past 1300 years. Through some subterfuge, Jang recruits a young man named Koo Chan-sung, played by Yeo Jin-goo, to become her hotel’s new manager. Throughout the show, Koo must deal with Jang’s fickle whims and assist ghosts with unfinished business in the mortal world.
9. When the Weather is Fine
IMDb rating: 8.2/10
This K-drama series tells the healing and heart-warming romance of Hae Won, played by Park Min-Young, who goes back to her hometown (a village called Buk Hyeon Ri) because she experienced some unfortunate events in Seoul. There, she meets her former classmate and neighbors again, Eun Seob, played by Seo Kang-Joon, who runs an independent bookstore.
10.Descendants of the Sun
IMDb rating: 8.4/10
Descendants of the Sun is a classic K-drama series that captured the hearts of many viewers. It became a major hit, not only in Korea but also in other countries in Asia, including the Philippines.
It tells the story of a special forces captain (Song Joong Ki) and a doctor (Song Hye Kyo) who fall in love while providing aid in a country dealing with a natural disaster and civil strife.
Korean dramas truly bring their A-game in the film industry; no wonder that a lot of people are now certified K-drama fans. The K-dramas listed above are just a tip of the iceberg of Korea’s produced films, and just like you, we are also waiting for the upcoming series that will surely capture our hearts. For now, why don't you start watching the recommendations we listed for you?
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