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What are the best Korean dramas?

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Keira Chraiye Ilagan

There is no question that when it comes to entertainment, Korea has upped its game during the past few years. The Hallyu wave as they call it has taken over the hearts and souls of fans not only around Asia but all throughout the world that loves quality entertainment. And it is not only through the much-revered Kpop that Koreans have made their presence very visible but in movies and dramas as well. Kdramas are a trend everywhere and have seemed to replace the fever that the Latino dramas have inflicted during the '90s. During one's downtime, looking for the best Korean dramas on Netflix has proven to be a binge-worthy activity. Who can blame the riders of the Hallyu wave though? Korean content seems to always evolve and excel at its game.

Subtitles or voice dubbing has helped the cause of Korean entertainment, to say the least, as watching foreign content can be a hassle if it weren't for this stuff. And if you've happened to already become a Korean drama fan, it is something totally understandable. The heartfelt acting and superb storylines that these Kdramas bring are a cause of concern to Hollywood series today. So, Keira Chraiye Ilagan, if you are trying to get a grip of the Hallyu Wave, there are loads of the best titles that Korean entertainment has to offer. Check out this list of the best Korean dramas that you can watch and get lost in a world of undeniable entertainment brilliance that will make you fall in love, crying, and laugh at the same time!

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  1. 1Descendants of the Sun

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    Descendants of the Sun is a hit Korean drama that tells the love story between Captain Yoo Shi Jin, Korean Special Forces, and doctor Kang Mo Yeon, a surgeon at Haesung Hospital. It stars top Korean actors Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo.

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  1. 2Boys Over Flowers

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    Boys Over Flowers is a South Korean TV drama based on the manga that was written and illustrated by Yoko Kamio. It is the fifth TV adaptation of the hit manga following Meteor Garden, Meteor Garden II, Hana Yori Dango, and Hana Yori Dango Returns.

  2. 3My Love From The Star

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    My Love From The Star is a hit TV show starring Kim Soo Hyun who portrays an alien who landed on earth 400 years ago. He falls in love with a clumsy actress called Cheon Song-yi, portrayed by Jun Ji-hyun.

  1. 4The Great Queen Seondeok

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    The Great Queen Seondeok is a period Kdrama starring Go Hyun Jung, Lee Yo Won, Uhm Tae Woong, Yoo Seung Ho, Kim Nam Gil, and Lee Hyun Woo. Queen Seondeok's first episode was released on May 25, 2009, on the network MBC.

  2. 5Crash Landing on You

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    Crash Landing on You is a Korean drama about an unlikely romance between a South Korean heiress and a North Korean high-ranking military officer.

  3. 6The Best Hit

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    The Best Hit is a South Korean television series released in 2017 directed by Cha Tae-hyun. The story centers on the entertainment industry particularly pop idol Yoo Hyun-Jae who time traveled in the future and aspiring musician Lee Ji-Hoon.

  4. 7Secret Garden

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    Secret Garden is a Korean romantic comedy television show starring Hyun Bin, Ha Ji Won, Yoon Sang Hyun, and Kim Sa Rang that aired on Seoul Broadcasting System in 2010. It won tv merits at the SBS Drama Awards and Baeksang Arts Awards. 

  5. 8Hotel del Luna

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    Hotel Del Luna is a South Korean fantasy, horror, and romance drama starring singer and actress IU and actor Yeo Jin Goo. The drama began to air on July 13, 2019. This Kdrama is about a hotel in Seoul where clients are actually ghosts.

  6. 9Emergency Couple

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    Emergency Couple alternatively known as Emergency Boy and Girl is a romance Korean drama that aired its first episode on January 24, 2014. The medical drama stars actors Lee Pil Mo, Song Ji Hyo, Choi Jin Hyuk, and Choi Yeo Jin.

  7. 10Doctor Stranger

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    Doctor Stranger or Dr. Stranger is a Korean medical drama starring Lee Jong Suk, Park Hae Jin Jin Se Yeon, and Kang Sora. The drama revolves around a defector from North Korea who is a genius and starts working at South Korea's best hospital.

  8. 11Liar Game

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    Liar Game is a crime and mystery Kdrama which stars actors Shin Sung Rok, Kim So Eun, Lee Sang Yoon, and Cha Soo Yun. The Korean drama directed by Kim Hong Sun was released on October 20, 2014, and had a total of twelve episodes.

  9. 12City Hunter

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    City Hunter is an action and adventure Kdrama that was released in 2011 starring Lee Min Ho, Park Min Young, Lee Kwang Soo, and Lee Joon Hyuk. The SBS drama is about a city hunter who aims to eradicate the evils crawling in society.

  10. 13Healer

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    Healer is a romance Korean drama by KBS that was released on December 8, 2014, and had a total of 20 episodes. The action and adventure drama stars top actor Ji Chang Wook along with Park Min Young and Yoo Ji Tae.

  11. 14Kill Me, Heal Me

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    Kill Me, Heal Me is an MBC medical drama that was released on January 7, 2019, with twenty episodes. The romantic comedy Korean drama mainly stars actors Ji Sung, Hwang Jung Eum, Park Seo Joon, and Kim Yoo Ri.

  12. 15Love in the Moonlight

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    Love in the Moonlight alternately titled Moonlight Drawn by Clouds is a romance Kdrama starring Park Bo Gum, Kim Yoo Jung, along with Jinyoung of B1A4, and Chae Soo Bin. The historical drama has 18 episodes and was released in 2016.

  13. 16Prison Playbook

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    Prison Playbook is a Prison Korean Drama from the network tvN which is directed by Shin Won Ho. The Kdrama stars Park Hae Soo, Chung Kyung-ho, and Krystal Jung who is known to be a member of the Kpop girl group f(x).

  14. 17Pinocchio

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    Pinocchio is a Kdrama that was first released on November 12, 2014, with 20 episodes until January 15, 2015, and directed by Jo Soo-Won. The Kdrama about two reporters who grew up together is starred by Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye.

  15. 18The Lady in Dignity

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    The Lady in Dignity or Woman of Dignity is a 2017 Korean melodrama from the broadcast network JTBC. The drama is directed by Kim Yun-Cheol and is mainly starred by actors Kim Hee Sun, Kim Sun Ah, Lee Ki Woo, and Jung Sang-Hoon.

  16. 19Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

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    Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon is a romantic comedy Kdrama starring Park Bo Young, Park Hyung Sik, and Ji Soo. The Korean fantasy element drama is directed by Lee Hyeong-Min and was released on February 24. 2017.

  17. 20The Princess' Man

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    The Princess' Man is a historical Kdrama starring Song Jong Ho, Moon Chae Won, Park Shi Hoo, and Hong Soo Hyun. The romance Korean drama aired on KBS2 starting from July 20 until October 6, 2011, with a total of 24 episodes.

  18. 21Full House

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    Full House is a romance Korean drama which first aired on July 14, 2004, until its last episode on September 4, 2004. The popular Kdrama about a budding scriptwriter and actor stars Song Hye Kyo, Rain, Han Da Gam, and Kim Sung Soo.

  19. 22Playful Kiss

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    Playful Kiss or Mischievous Kiss is a romantic comedy Korean drama starring Jung So Min, Kim Hyun Joong, Lee Si Young, Lee Tae Sung, and Yoon Seung Ah. The Kdrama aired on MBC starting from September 1 until October 21, 2010.

  20. 23Good Doctor

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    Good Doctor is a Medical Korean drama starring Joo Won, Moon Chae Won, Joo Sang Wook, Kim Min Seo, and Kim Young Kwang. The Kdrama is from the network KBS2 and was first released on August 5 and ended on October 8, 2013.

  21. 24Marry Him if You Dare

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    Marry Him If You Dare is a Korean melodrama which aired on KBS2 from October 14 until December 3, 2013, with a total of 16 episodes. The Kdrama stars Yoon Eun Hye, Jung Yong Hwa, Han Chae Ah, Lee Dong Gun, and Oh Jung Se.

  22. 25The Heirs

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    The Heirs is a Romance Kdrama starring actors Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin, and Kim Ji Won which aired its pilot episode on October 9, 2012. The Korean drama has 20 episodes and is directed by Kang Shin-Hyo and Boo Sung-Chul.

  23. 26Heartstrings

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    Heartstrings is a Kdrama starring Park Shin Hye, Jong Yong Hwa, Kang Min Hyuk, Song Chang Eui, and So Yi Hyun. The Korean drama aired from June 29 until August 18, 2011. This is Park Shin Hye and Jong Yong Hwa's second Kdrama together.

  24. 27Fated to Love You

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    Fated to Love You or You Are My Destiny is the remake of the Taiwanese drama of the same title. The Kdrama stars Jang Hyuk, Jang Nara, Choi Jin Hyuk, Wang Ji Won, and Choi Woo Shik. This is Jang Nara and Jang Hyuk's second drama together.

  25. 28Prosecutor Princess

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    Prosecutor Princess is a crime and romance Korean drama starring Kim So Yeon, Park Shi Hoo, Lee Jong Suk, Han Jung Soo, and Choi Song Hyun. The 16-episode Kdrama aired from March 31 until May 20, 2010, on the network SBS.

  26. 29Endless Love: Winter Sonata

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    Endless Love: Winter Sonata is a Korean melodrama starring Choi Ji Woo, Bae Yong Jun, and Ha Jae Young. The first episode of the romance Kdrama aired on January 14 until March 19, 2002. The series was mainly shot in Seoul and Nami Island.

  27. 30Jumong

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    Jumong, also known as The Book of the Three Hans, is a historical Kdrama starring Han Hye Jin, Song Il Gook, and Kim Seung Soo. The romance Kdrama set in the Kokuryo Dynasty first aired on May 15, 2006, until March 6, 2007.

  28. 31The Greatest Love

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    The Greatest Love is a romantic comedy Kdrama starring Gong Hyo Jin,  Yoon Kye Sang, Yoo In Na, Cha Seung Won, and Ryu Hyoyoung. For this drama, Gong Hyo Jin won the Baeksang Arts Award for Best Leading Actress in TV in 2012.

  29. 32W

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    W - Two Worlds is a sci-fi and romance Kdrama starring Lee Jong Suk, Han Hyo Joo, Lee Tae Hwan, and Jung Yoo Jin. The thriller and suspense Korean drama first aired on July 20 until September 14, 2016, with 16 episodes.

  30. 33Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

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    Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo is a period Korean drama starring Lee Joon Gi, IU, Kang Ha Neul, Hong Jong Hyun, Nam Joo Hyuk, Baekhyun of EXO, and Ji Soo. The Kdrama aired in 2016 from August 29 until November 1 for 20 episodes.

  31. 34Master's Sun

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    Master's Sun is a supernatural Kdrama starring So Ji Sub, Gong Hyo Jin, Seo In Guk, and Kim Yoo Ri. The horror romance Korean drama has seventeen episodes and is written by the Hong Sisters, who also wrote My Girl and You're Beautiful.

  32. 35I Hear Your Voice

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    I Hear Your Voice or I Can Hear Your Voice is an action Kdrama about a government lawyer who meets a person named Sooha who is able to read someone's thoughts. The Korean drama stars actors Lee Jong Suk, Lee Bo Young, and Yoon Sang Hyun.

  33. 36Coffee Prince

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    The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince is a Romance Korean drama starring Gong Yoo, Yoon Eun Hye, Chae Jung An, and Lee Sun Gyun. The Kdrama first aired on July 2, 2007, up to August 27, 2007, with 17 episodes in total.

  34. 37School 2013

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    School 2013 is a coming of age Kdrama starring Lee Jong Suk, Kim Woo Bin, Jang Nara, Daniel Choi, and Park Se Young. The high school Korean drama aired on KBS2 for 16 episodes from December 3, 2012, until January 29, 2013.

  35. 38You're Beautiful

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    You're Beautiful or He's Beautiful is an Idol Kdrama starring Park Shin Hye, Jang Geun Seuk, Jung Yong Hwa of CNBLUE, Lee Hong Ki of F.T. Island, and Uee. The romantic comedy Korean drama aired on SBS on October 7, 2009.

  36. 39Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

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    Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is a sports Korean drama starring Nam Joo Hyuk, Lee Sung Kyung, Lee Jae Yoon, and Kyung Soo Jin. The popular Kdrama was directed by Oh Hyun Jong and written by Yang Hee Seung.

  37. 40Fight for My Way

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    Fight for My Way is a romantic comedy Kdrama starring Park Seo Joon, Kim Ji Won, Ahn Jae Hong, and Song Ha Yoon. The Korean drama aired for 16 beginning on May 22 until July 11, 2017, on the network KBS2.

  38. 41Encounter

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    Encounter or Boyfriend is a 2018 Romance Korean drama. The Kdrama stars Song Hye Kyo who is known for her roles in Full House and Descendants of the Sun and Park Bo Gum who is famous for his roles in Love in the Moonlight and Reply 1988.

  39. 42Romance Is a Bonus Book

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    Romance Is a Bonus Book is a Netflix series starring Lee Jong Suk, Lee Na Young, and Jung Eugene. The Korean drama first aired on tvN starting from January 26 until March 17, 2019. The drama has 16 episodes in total.

  40. 43Rooftop Prince

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    Rooftop Prince is a Kdrama with time travel that mainly stars Lee Tae Sung, Han Ji Min, Park Yoochun, Lee Tae Ri, and Choi Woo Sik. The romance drama aired on the Korean broadcast network SBS on March 21, 2012, until May 24, 2012.

  41. 44Moon Embracing The Sun

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    The Moon Embracing the Sun is a historical Korean drama starring Kim Soo Hyun, Han Ga In, Jung Il Woo, Song Jae Rim, and Im Siwan. The Kdrama is directed by Kim Do-Hoon and Lee Sung-Joon. The pilot episode was released on January 4, 2012.

  42. 45My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho

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    My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho alternatively known as My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox is a romantic comedy Kdrama first released on August 11, 2010. The Korean drama stars Lee Seung Gi, Shin Min Ah, Hyomin, and No Min Woo.

  43. 46Reply 1997

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    Reply 1997 is a teen-oriented Korean drama starring Jung Eun Ji, Seo In Guk, Shin So Yul, Song Jong Ho, and Lee Ho Won. The romantic comedy revolves around 33-year-olds reminiscing their high school days in Busan.

  44. 47The Legend of the Blue Sea

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    The Legend of the Blue Sea is a romantic Kdrama starring Jun Ji Hyun, Lee Min Ho, along with Shin Hye Sun, and Lee Hee Joon. The pilot episode of the SBS drama began to air on November 16, 2016, until January 25, 2017.

  45. 48While You Were Sleeping

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    While You Were Sleeping is a fantasy romance Korean drama starring Lee Jong Suk and Bae Suzy in their first drama as the lead pair. The 2017 adventure Kdrama on SBS is directed by Oh Choong-Hwan and Park Soo-Jin.

  46. 49SKY Castle

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    SKY Castle is a Korean drama that aired on JTBC starting from November 23, 2018, until its last episode on February 1, 2019. The Kdrama has 20 episodes and the story revolves around the lives of the wealthy in the SKY Castle neighborhood.

  47. 50Dream High

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    Dream High is a 2011 music Kdrama starring IU, Kim Soo Hyun, Bae Suzy, Taecyeon, Wooyoun, and Ham Eun Jung with the special participation of Park Jin Young of JYP Entertainment. The Kdrama was released on KBS on January 3, 2011.

  48. 51I'm Not A Robot

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    I'm Not A Robot also known as She's Not a Robot?! is a romantic comedy Kdrama starring Chae Soo Bin, Yoo Seung Ho, and Uhm Ki Joon. The first episode of the Korean drama aired on December 6, 2017, on the network MBC.

  49. 52He is Psychometric

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    He Is Psychometric is a crime and mystery Kdrama that premiered on March 11 until April 30, 2019, for 16 episodes. The romance Korean drama stars Jinyoung of GOT7, Shin Ye Eun, Kim Kwon, and Kim Dasom.

  50. 53Arthdal Chronicles

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    Arthdal Chronicles is a Period Korean drama which is available as a Netflix series and its pilot episode aired on June 1, 2019. The drama stars top actors Song Joong Ki, Kim Ji Won, Jang Dong Gun, and Kim Ok Vin.

  51. 54What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim

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    What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim is a romantic Korean drama directed by Park Joon Hwa and starring Park Seo Joon, Park Min Young, and Lee Tae Hwan. The Korean drama's first episode began to air on June 6, 2018.

  52. 55The Producers

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    The Producers is a romantic comedy Korean drama directed by Seo Soo Min and Pyo Min Soo and written by Park Ji Eun. The Kdrama stars prominent actors namely Kim Soo Hyun, Gong Hyo Jin, Cha Tae Hyun, and IU.

  53. 56Reply 1988

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    Reply 1988 is the third installment of tvN's Reply series. This Korean TV drama stars Lee Hye-ri, Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo, Ryu Jun-yeol and Lee Dong-hwi. Reply 1988 is set in the year 1988 and follows the story of five friends in one neighborhood.

  54. 57Mr. Sunshine

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    Mr. Sunshine is a Korean drama and Netflix series which is created by Kim Eun Suk and starring Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri, and Yoo Yeon Seok. The Kdrama aired with 24 for episodes from July 7 until September 30, 2018.

  55. 58Guardian: The Lonely and Great God

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    Guardian: The Lonely and Great God also known as Goblin is a Korean drama starring Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-wook, Yoo In-na, and Yook Sung-jae. It ranked as the highest rated drama in Korean cable television history, after Reply 1988.

  56. 59Dae Jang Geum

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    Dae Jang Geum or popularly known as Jewel in the Palace is a historical TV drama from South Korea that aired from 2003 to 2004. It was directed by Lee Byung-hoon starring Yeong-ae Lee, Hyeon-shik Lim, and Jin-hee Ji

  57. 60Princess Hours

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    Princess Hours is a 2006 TV series from South Korea. It stars Yoon Eun-hye, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Jeong-hoon and Song Ji-hyo. Princess Hours is based on a Korean manhwa or comic called Goong.

  58. 61Touch Your Heart

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    Touch Your Heart is a romance drama about a famous actress and lawyer. The Kdrama mainly stars Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na, both of which initially starred on Goblin as the second lead pairing. Touch Your Heart aired for 16 episodes.

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SKY Castle is number one on the highest rated top Korean dramas on cable television. Although the show is new to the already growing list of Kdramas to watch, it has become a massive hit to audiences. It was only released in November 2018 and aired until February 2019. The dark comedy-drama took South Korea by storm by highlighting controversial issues. SKY Castle tackles issues in Korean society like privilege and the education system. The story revolves around wealthy housewives who raise their children like royalty. In line with that, the initial working title of the show was Princess Maker. SKY Castle is the name of the luxurious neighborhood where the series unfolds. SKY is also an acronym that pertains to the three top universities in South Korea. The following educational institutions are Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University. Studying in these universities is one way to determine one's social status. An important subject that centers SKY Castle.

SKY Castle is an interesting addition on the list of best Korean dramas. This is because Kdramas are often associated with more mainstream genres. These genres include fluffy romance, action, medical dramas, to name a few. Not to dismiss the fact that Kdramas have become popular globally due to these genres. There are many reasons why Kdramas have gained an international following. Some of these include the actors being both beautiful and talented. Another factor is that these Kdramas open international audiences to a different culture. They learn new things about a culture apart from their own and they can use their knowledge in real life. If you want to immerse yourself in Korean culture, we actually advise you to watch more K-Dramas. there are a lot of Korean drama apps available here anyway!

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  • #1
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    Anonymous
    August 3, 2018
    "For people who binge-watch or are just getting into K-dramas, this is one that every K-drama fan should watch. It will make you laugh and cry plus the actors' chemistry is totally unexpected but they're really sweet"
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    Secret Garden
  • #2
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    Anonymous
    November 3, 2017
    "Nice little show that doesn't really break any molds, but hey, that's ok, it's entertaining, and that's what tv is supposed to be. Cute storylines played by beautiful actors. Gives teens another perspective."
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    Boys Over Flowers
  • #3
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    Anonymous
    June 28, 2019
    "I don't have a personal experience with this, I don't usually watch these kinds of dramas, but I can say that this is a very famous korean drama in Asia and it should be in this list. I hope you agree!!!!!"
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    The Best Hit
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    Anonymous
    November 15, 2017
    "Descendeants of the Sun is one of the bet shows to come out of the Korean TV scene. The story and acting are surprisingly good and it has a real message behind it's story about the horrors of war."
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    Descendants of the Sun
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    Anonymous
    April 9, 2018
    "I think this may be a very good film. Looks like 5 stars out of 28 reviews. If it has subtitles I may even watch it myself. 5 stars it is!!!"
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    My Love From The Star
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    Anonymous
    March 12, 2020
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    Crash Landing on You
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RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Descendants of the SunTV Shows 10 Free
2Boys Over FlowersTV Shows 6 Paid
3My Love From The StarTV Shows 2 Free
4The Great Queen SeondeokTV Shows 1 Paid
5Crash Landing on YouTV Shows 1 Paid
6The Best HitTV Shows 1 Free
7Secret GardenTV Shows 1 Free
8Hotel del LunaTV Shows 1 Paid
9Emergency CoupleTV Shows 0 Paid
10Doctor StrangerTV Shows 0 Paid
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