Best South Korean TV shows

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Best South Korean TV shows
Best South Korean TV shows
TOP TV Shows: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017), Goblin (2016), Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (2016), The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016), It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020), The Heirs (2013), Hotel Del Luna (2019), Mr. Queen (2020), My ID is Gangnam Beauty (2018), Love Alarm (2019), True Beauty (2020), Boys Over Flowers (2009), Kingdom (2019), Descendants of the Sun (2016), Flower of Evil (2020), Tale of the Nine Tailed (2020), Welcome to Waikiki (2018), Dream High (2011), My Love From Another Star (2013), Kill Me, Heal Me (2015).

List of Best TV Shows

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: sweet, exciting, romantic, touching, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: fall in love, love triangle, superhuman powers, heroes, investigation, couple relations, friendship, hidden identity, destiny, crimes, danger, kiss ...
Time: contemporary
Place: korea
Is relevant ?
 8.6
 14K
Goblin (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 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
Plot: immortal, destiny, past life, reincarnation, ghost, grim reaper, demon, supernatural, punishment, supernatural power, fiancee, curse ...
Place: korea
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Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (2016)
Genre: 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: romantic, captivating, touching, romanticism, sweet ...
Plot: love triangle, broken heart, time travel, rivalry, sweetheart, prince, royal family, love, romantic triangle, king, throne, palace ...
Place: korea
Is relevant ?
The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016)
Genre: Comedy, 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: captivating, visually appealing, humorous, entertaining, light ...
Plot: mermaid, star crossed lovers, past life, erased memory, sea, rebirth, con artists, reincarnation, destiny, underwater, supernatural being, supernatural ability ...
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: romantic, humorous, sweet, touching, dorama ...
Plot: friendship, romance, sport, childhood friend, love, father daughter relationship, teen romance, weightlifting, college, college student, mother son relationship, childhood friends ...
Place: korea
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It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 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: psychological, thought provoking, romantic, unusual plot structure, fairy tale
Plot: korean, mental health, anti social, mental institution, childhood trauma, caregiver, healing, mental patient, post traumatic stress disorder, psychiatric ward, psychological trauma, hospital ...
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 9K
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, intense, humorous, romantic, emotional ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: high school, rich and poor, love and romance, rich man poor woman, teenage love, family business, romance, teenage life, youth, social differences, love triangle, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea
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Hotel Del Luna (2019)
Genre: 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, entertaining
Plot: ghost, hotel, korean, past life, man-woman relation, destiny, help, supernatural ability, immortal, ghosts, evil spirit, justice ...
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 8.8
 3K
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: entertaining, touching, sweet, romantic, captivating
Plot: joseon dynasty, gender bending, body swapping, queen, time travel, royal palace, royal family, love, king, husband wife relationship, intrigue, time traveler ...
Is relevant ?
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, light, not serious, uplifting
Audience: girls' night
Plot: plastic surgery, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, youth, romance, rivalry, mother daughter relationship, fall in love, friendship, dishonesty, scheming, frame up, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: korea
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 4K
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, uplifting, feel good, sentimental
Audience: chick flick, teen drama
Plot: love, friendship, love and romance, love affair, reunion, fall in love, internet, youth, hopes, couples, destiny, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south korea
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 3K
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: high school hunk, makeup artist, bullying, love, friendship, unlikely relationship, teenage life, fame, ugly duckling, love triangle, teenage love, high school life ...
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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: touching, sentimental, romantic, sincere, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, teen drama, teens, date night
Plot: opposites attract, high school hunk, cinderella story, rich man poor woman, love triangle, teen romance, teenage love, korean, high school, friendship, teenage life, class differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 35K
Kingdom (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, 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: bloody, suspenseful, twists and turns, scary, bleak ...
Plot: zombie, zombie apocalypse, royal family, medieval, rivalry, prince, palace intrigue, undead, outburst, kingdom, joseon dynasty, crown prince ...
Time: 16th century
Place: korea, busan, seoul
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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, light, scenic, humorous, multicultural
Plot: korean, friendship, medical, military officer, doctor, soldier, army, romance, military, surgeon, hospital, playing footsie ...
Place: korea
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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, unusual plot structure, tense, twists and turns, psychological
Plot: hidden identity, female detective, psychopath, dark secret, romance, husband wife relationship, married couple, dual identity, father daughter relationship, murder, mother daughter relationship, serial murder ...
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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: romantic, funny, light, affectionate, sweet ...
Plot: office romance, secretary, workaholic, childhood trauma, love, narcissism, heir, family conflict, phobia, romance, narcissist, kidnapping ...
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Tale of the Nine Tailed (2020)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: A nine-tailed fox settles down in the city. A female television PD chases after the nine-tailed fox.
Style: urban fantasy, captivating, scary, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: love hate relationship, past life, mythical creature, investigation, lost love, afterlife, magic, brother brother relationship, supernatural, hidden identity, obsession, possessed ...
Time: 21st century
Place: south korea
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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: light, humorous, entertaining, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: teens, family outing, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: friendship, friends, youth, buddies, workplace, multiple storylines, family problems, love, happy ending, brother sister relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love affair ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south korea
Is relevant ?
 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: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: high school, music industry, teenage life, ambition, friendship, against the odds, follow your dream, musician's life, prodigy, music, youth, mastermind ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea
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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, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: danger, adventure, love affair, love and romance, destiny, heroes, alien, fall in love, romance, hopes, immortal, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, 17th century, 1600s
Place: korea
Is relevant ?
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: romantic, captivating, twists and turns, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: split personality, dissociative identity disorder, mental illness, psychiatrist, love, childhood memory, doctor patient relationship, family relations, doctor, friendship, hospital, brother sister relationship ...
Place: korea, south korea
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 8K
Vincenzo (2021)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
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
Plot: korean, mafia, lawyer, gang, italian mafia, mafioso, romancing a criminal, crime boss, pulp fiction, gang war, homecoming, crimes ...
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 8.6
 6K
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, suspense, disturbing, captivating, psychological
Plot: prosecutor, murder investigation, coworker relationship, colleague colleague relationship, police corruption, lawyer, politics, corruption, investigation, police, crimes, friendship ...
Place: korea, seoul, south korea
Is relevant ?
 8.6
 81K
Adventure Time (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, South Korea, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 11 min.
TV show
Story: Told in eight parts, Islands tells the story of Finn, Jake, BMO and Susan Strong leaving Ooo and traveling across the ocean to solve the mystery of Finn's past. During their trip, they unlock secrets, encounter various creatures, make new ...
Style: humorous, exciting, surreal, feel good, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, friends, adventure, talking animals, princess, creature, imaginary, buddies, young heroes, best friends, escapades, monster ...
Time: 2010s
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 2K
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, humorous, entertaining, light
Plot: betrayal, rivalry, fall in love, jealousy, family problems, happy ending, revenge, university, family, friendship, love and romance, dark humor ...
Place: south korea
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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: disturbing, psychological, captivating, sincere
Plot: heiress, romance, soldier, accident, love, escapades, destiny, danger, catastrophe, love and romance, inter-korean relations, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: north korea
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 2K
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, romantic, harsh, multicultural, semi serious ...
Plot: female warrior, empress, love, palace intrigue, chinese emperor, love triangle, historical figure, crown prince, betrayal, culture clash, sword fight, battles ...
Time: 14th century
Place: korea, china
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 2K
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: medical drama, sentimental, captivating, disturbing, thought provoking
Plot: medical profession, medical, romance, doctor, strong female lead, coworker, surgeon, doubts and hesitations, teacher, hospital, prejudice, wedding ...
Place: south korea, korea
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 1K
Dong Yi (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: In 1961, there is a young girl named Dong Yi who lives in a slave village. She then decides to work in the palace as a servant. A few years later, she meets King Sukjong and they fall in love with each other. The King later makes her his concubine. ...
Style: captivating, sentimental, touching, sincere
Plot: joseon dynasty, love, palace, love triangle, king, life turned upside down, revenge, historical character, birth, rich man poor woman, harem, murder ...
Place: korea
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