Best South Korean TV shows

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best South Korean TV shows" contains films with the following parameters. Style: dorama, romantic, captivating, humorous, touching and light. Plot: romance, love, korean, friendship, love and romance, strong female character, fall in love, love triangle, family relations and youth. Genre: Romance, Comedy and Drama. Country: South Korea.
Best South Korean TV shows
Best South Korean TV shows
TOP TV Shows: Goblin (2016), Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017), It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020), Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (2016), Hotel Del Luna (2019), Vincenzo (2021), The Heirs (2013), True Beauty (2020), My ID is Gangnam Beauty (2018), Dream High (2011), The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016), Mr. Queen (2020), My Love From Another Star (2013), Boys Over Flowers (2009), Flower of Evil (2020), Crash Landing on You (2019), Empress Ki (2013), Welcome to Waikiki (2018), Love Alarm (2019), W: Two Worlds Apart (2016).

List of Best TV Shows

 8.6
 21K
Goblin (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: Kim Shin is an immortal “goblin,” and has the rather honorable title of being the Protector of Souls. His roommate Wang Yeo also happens to have the equally lofty, if thoroughly opposing, title of Angel of Death, and he acts as the storied grim ...
Style: mysterious, romantic, emotional, humorous, dorama
Plot: past life, immortal, ghost, destiny, romance, fiancee, supernatural, reincarnation, demon, punishment, orphan, supernatural power ...
Place: korea
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Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: South Korea
Duration: 67 min.
TV show
Story: She is no ordinary woman. Do Bong Soon is a woman who possesses Herculean strength. She can crush objects in her bare hands when she holds them too tightly. Although Bong Soon longs to be a dainty, elegant woman that men fall in love with, she ...
Style: exciting, romantic, sweet, touching, humorous
Audience: teens
Plot: love triangle, friendship, fall in love, investigation, superhuman powers, couple relations, heroes, female bodyguard, hidden identity, crimes, police, destiny ...
Time: contemporary
Place: korea
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It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 80 min.
TV show
Story: Desperate to escape from his emotional baggage and the heavy responsibility he’s had all his life, a psychiatric ward worker begins to heal with help from the unexpected—a woman who writes fairy tales but doesn’t believe in them.
Style: dorama, romantic, unusual plot structure, thought provoking, fairy tale ...
Audience: teens
Plot: korean, anti social, mental health, female writer, psychiatric ward, healing, caregiver, psychological trauma, hospital, friendship, mental institution, countryside ...
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Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Scarlet Heart: Ryeo is the remake of Chinese drama Bu Bu Jing Xin that stars IU as a woman who gets time-warped back to the Goryeo dynasty, and becomes involved with a very large family of princes, some of whom are vying for the throne, or her ...
Style: touching, captivating, romantic, sweet, harsh ...
Plot: palace intrigue, sweetheart, love triangle, time travel, broken heart, palace, royal family, rivalry, throne, romantic triangle, mad love, king ...
Time: 10th century
Place: korea
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Hotel Del Luna (2019)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 80 min.
TV show
Story: The Hotel Del Luna, located in Seoul, is not like any other hotel: its client are all ghosts. Jang Man-Wol, stuck in the hotel for the past millennium, meets Koo Chan-Sung, the new manager.
Style: touching, emotional, captivating, semi serious, dorama ...
Plot: hotel, past life, man-woman relation, destiny, ghost, korean, betrayal, romance, supernatural, hostess, curse, multiple storylines ...
Place: seoul
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 8.4
 18K
Vincenzo (2021)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 80 min.
TV show
Story: Vincenzo Cassano is an Italian lawyer and Mafia consigliere who moves back to Korea due to a conflict within his organization. He ends up crossing paths with a sharp-tongued lawyer named Cha-young, and the two join forces in using villainous methods ...
Style: romantic, captivating, dorama
Plot: korean, mafioso, italian mafia, lawyer, mafia, gang, romancing a criminal, gang war, crimes, romantic relationship, criminal, humour ...
Time: 2020s, 21st century
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 7.5
 11K
The Heirs (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Heirs follows a group of privileged, elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families' business empires. These wealthy students seem to have everything under control–except their love lives. Kim Tan is heir to the ...
Style: semi serious, social, uplifting, intense, humorous ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: high school, love and romance, rich and poor, teenage love, heir, romance, family business, social differences, high school life, rich man poor woman, school, love triangle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea
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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A spunky female weightlifter and free-spirited male swimmer meet on campus, only to find out their pasts may be intertwined.
Style: dorama, touching, romantic, sweet, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, weightlifting, college, childhood friend, teen romance, romance, friends, sport, direction and purpose, teenage life, adolescence, follow your dream ...
Place: korea
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 8.0
 7K
True Beauty (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: Lim Ju-kyung is a high school student. Since she was little, she has had a complex about her appearance. To hide her bare face, Ju-kyung always wears make-up. Her excellent make-up skills make her pretty and she hides her bare face in front of ...
Style: dorama, touching, sincere, romantic, sentimental
Plot: bullying, teen romance, makeup artist, love, high school hunk, ugly duckling, love triangle, friendship, teenage life, fame, teenage love, social relations ...
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My ID is Gangnam Beauty (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: This romantic comedy chronicles the life of Mirae, who has always believed that her life would be better if she were born more beautiful. After she goes under the knife, she comes out looking like the beautiful woman she has always dreamed of ...
Style: exciting, romantic, dorama, not serious, light ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: plastic surgery, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, romance, youth, mother daughter relationship, fall in love, dishonesty, rivalry, university, friendship, frame up, mentor ...
Time: contemporary
Place: korea
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 7.6
 3K
Dream High (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: Dream High is a South Korean television series broadcast by KBS in 2011. It features miss A's Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun, T-ara's Eunjung, IU and 2PM. The drama was popular among teenagers, and brought in viewership ratings in the 18 to 20 ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, touching, realistic
Audience: teen drama
Plot: teenage life, high school, youth, music industry, music, ambition, friendship, love triangle, musician's life, follow your dream, against the odds, prodigy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea
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The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: How can a mermaid from the Joseon era survive in modern-day Seoul? Shim Chung is a mermaid who finds herself transplanted to modern times. She is caught by Heo Joon Jae, a charming but cold con artist who is the doppelgänger for Kim Moon, the son ...
Style: humorous, romantic, light, captivating, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mermaid, erased memory, past life, embezzler, magical creature, sea, rebirth, destiny, star crossed lovers, supernatural, crimes, relationships ...
Place: korea, seoul
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What's Wrong With Secretary Kim (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Lee Young-Joon's family runs a large company and he works as the vice-president of the company. He is smart, rich and handsome, but he is arrogant. His secretary is Kim Mi-So. She has worked for him for years and she is perfect for him, but Kim ...
Style: affectionate, romantic, light, sweet, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: secretary, office romance, workaholic, heir, narcissism, love, childhood trauma, phobia, narcissist, romance, family conflict, kidnapping ...
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 8.7
 5K
Mr. Queen (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: In the present day, Jang Bong Hwan works as a chef at the President's Blue House. She has a free spirit, but her spirit somehow finds its way into the body of Queen Kim So Yong in the Joseon period. King Cheol Jong has secrets. He seems like a ...
Style: touching, captivating, romantic, sweet, entertaining ...
Plot: time travel, joseon dynasty, husband wife relationship, gender bending, sent to the past, body swapping, king, queen, historical figure, chef, romance, romantic relationship ...
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My Love From Another Star (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Do Min Joon is an otherworldly beauty, literally. After crash landing on Earth 400 years ago, Min Joon has diligently observed humans for centuries, ultimately coming to cynical conclusions. On top of being a super babe, Min Joon's got enhanced ...
Style: exciting, captivating, romantic, semi serious, sitcom ...
Audience: teens
Plot: fall in love, adventure, destiny, love affair, hopes, heroes, love and romance, romance, supernatural ability, alien, life philosophy, adaptation ...
Time: 17th century, contemporary
Place: korea
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Boys Over Flowers (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: A working class girl winds up at an exclusive prep school. Unassuming high school girl Jan Di stands up to -- and eventually falls for -- a spoiled rich kid who belongs to the school's most powerfu clique.
Style: dorama, touching, sentimental, romantic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: high school, opposites attract, cinderella story, teenage life, teenage love, fall in love, friendship, love triangle, high school hunk, teen romance, rich man poor woman, school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, south korea, asia
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Flower of Evil (2020)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: Baik Hee Sung, an ordinary family man, is actually a psychopath whose past is dotted with crime and violence. His hopeless life changes completely after he meets his wife. He had to falsify everything about himself to marry her. His wife, Cha Ji ...
Style: dorama, psychological, tense, unusual plot structure, suspense
Plot: female detective, dual identity, investigation, murder, married couple, father daughter relationship, hidden identity, serial murder, psychopath, dark secret, romance, husband wife relationship ...
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Crash Landing on You (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: A paragliding mishap drops a South Korean heiress in North Korea -- and into the life of an army officer, who decides he will help her hide.
Style: dorama, captivating, sincere, psychological, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heiress, star crossed lovers, love, fall in love, soldier, accident, romance, forbidden love, destiny, catastrophe, escapades, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: north korea
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 8.4
 3K
Empress Ki (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
TV show
Story: The story of the woman that would become Empress Ki, and her struggles as she worked her way through war, political conspiracies, and the imperial palace to become Empress of China. This Korean Drama re-imagines the historical figure as a fierce, ...
Style: suspenseful, harsh, romantic, multicultural, semi serious ...
Plot: love triangle, empress, palace intrigue, chinese emperor, historical figure, love, crown prince, female warrior, betrayal, sword fight, battles, female protagonist ...
Time: 14th century
Place: korea, china
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Welcome to Waikiki (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 65 min.
TV show
Story: 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 ...
Style: humorous, light, entertaining, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: teens, family outing, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: friends, friendship, youth, buddies, workplace, love, happy ending, family problems, multiple storylines, love affair, romance, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south korea
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 6.8
 6K
Love Alarm (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Love Alarm is an app that tells you if someone within a 10-meter radius has a crush on you. It quickly becomes a social phenomenon. While everyone talks about it and uses it to test their love and popularity, Jojo is one of the few people who have ...
Style: touching, sweet, sentimental, uplifting, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick, teen drama
Plot: high school, friendship, hottie, love, love triangle, love and romance, love affair, couples, hopes, youth, couple relations, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south korea
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W: Two Worlds Apart (2016)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Han Hyo-joo plays a surgeon whose father is a famous comic book creator. One day Dad goes missing and she rushes to his workshop to look for him, and instead finds a strange man bathed in blood. She gets kidnapped by the bloody man, which is where ...
Style: sentimental, captivating, exciting, dorama, tense
Plot: romance, parallel world, fall in love, heroes, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, alternate reality, adventure, investigation, fantasy world, destiny, happy ending, surrealism ...
Place: korea
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 8.5
 8K
Stranger (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Hwang Shi-Mok had brain surgery when he was a child, which caused him to lack emotion. Now, Hwang Shi-Mok works as a prosecutor. He is rational, but cold and lonely. He is also one of the only prosecutors not involved in corruption. One day, a dead ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: prosecutor, female detective, corruption, crimes, murder mystery, murder investigation, police, investigation, serial killer, crime investigation, buddy cop, police corruption ...
Place: korea, seoul, south korea
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Descendants of the Sun (2016)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A drama about the love of people who get closer as they learn to be considerate of each other in desperate times and sacrifices made by people who throw themselves into natural disasters.
Style: romantic, scenic, light, humorous, multicultural
Plot: korean, romance, medical, friendship, soldier, army, love, military, military officer, love affair, doctor, doctors ...
Place: korea
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 8.6
 3K
SKY Castle (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: South Korea
Duration: 75 min.
TV show
Story: The satirical comedy takes place in a four-story apartment building in the suburbs of Seoul inhabited by a number of professionals: doctors, judges, prosecutors, professors, and their wives. The wives are from prestigious and highly educated ...
Style: feel good, dorama, light, entertaining, humorous
Plot: betrayal, rivalry, fall in love, jealousy, family problems, revenge, university, family, happy ending, school, suicide, murder ...
Place: south korea
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Kill Me, Heal Me (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Cha Do Hyun is a rich heir to a family company with one major problem. Due to suppressed childhood trauma, he suffers from dissociative identity disorder manifested in 7 unique personalities who are out of his control. In order to overcome this ...
Style: captivating, romantic, sentimental, psychological, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dissociative identity disorder, psychiatrist, doctor patient relationship, mental illness, split personality, childhood memory, love, friendship, twists and turns, doctor, family relations, duplicity ...
Place: korea, south korea
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 8.3
 47K
Kingdom (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: In this zombie thriller set in Korea's medieval Joseon dynasty, a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak.
Style: suspenseful, bloody, tense, disturbing, sitcom ...
Plot: zombie, medieval, royal family, rivalry, zombie apocalypse, twists and turns, walking dead, family secret, illness, epidemic, mystery, dead man ...
Time: 16th century
Place: korea, busan, seoul
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The Penthouse: War in Life (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: A woman puts everything on the line to achieve her goal of being able to move into a luxury penthouse in the Gangnam District. In the process, she gradually finds herself turning into a monster.
Style: dorama, captivating, uplifting, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: high society, married couple, husband wife relationship, greed, rivalry, bullying, motherhood, family relations, revenge, penthouse, betrayal, direction and purpose ...
Place: seoul
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 7.7
 3K
Doctors (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When Hye-Jung was young, her life was difficult. She was good at fighting, but also studied well. Overcoming her tough situation, she is now a doctor.
Style: captivating, sentimental, thought provoking, disturbing, medical drama
Plot: medical profession, romance, strong female lead, doctor, coworker, surgeon, medical, hospital, doubts and hesitations, wedding, teacher, prejudice ...
Place: south korea, korea
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Fated to Love You (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The hard working, kind and timid Kim Mi Young has little in the way of education, beauty or wealth, but all that changes after a fateful night of accidental passion with the spoiled, rich heir of a family company, Lee Gun. Her insignificant ...
Style: sweet, feel good, funny, light, sentimental ...
Plot: marriage of convenience, happy ending, male female relationship, romance, fall in love, hopes, male female friendship, family, love, parents and children, dishonesty, wedding ...
Place: korea
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