highlights from best korean drama

Korean dramas are probably among the topmost internationally watched content besides Hollywood and Anime. This Korean Wave is taking over the world with a storm.

Every year more than 60 k-dramas are released and watched across the globe. In the past decade, many great shows have been produced that have a huge fan base of their own.

In this post, I’ve specially put a lot of effort to create a list of 30+ Highest Rated Korean Dramas of the Decade. And not just that I’ve also name-dropped 100 highest-rated Korean dramas from 2010-2019.

The statistical data for curating this list has been taken from AGB Nielsen Nationwide Viewership Ratings (South Korea) & TNS Media Korea.

NOTE: The list consists of the highest-rated k-dramas, so chances are that it will not feature many great shows. So please mention your favorite k-drama in the comments below.

Best Korean Drama 2020

1. Crash Landing On You | 사랑의 불시착

  • Logline: A paragliding trip went wrong when Yoon Se-ri wakes up in the North Korea after being hit by a storm in mid-air.
  • Genre: Romance, Drama
  • Cast: Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Kim Jung-Hyun, Seo Ji-Hye
  • Network: tvN, UXN
  • Ratings: 12.150%

Accumulating over 2 billion views within the first 4 months of its release on Netflix, Crash Landing on You has become the third-highest rated Korean Drama after Sky Castle and The World of the Married of all time.

It tracks an intriguing story of a rich woman Yoon Se-ri who gets blown off by a storm during a paragliding ride and crash lands into a tree in the demilitarized zone of North Korea. On gaining consciousness she falls off into the arms of a kindhearted North Korean Army Captain Ri Jeong-hyeok. The later part of the drama follows how the captain helps her return to South Korea.

No matter if you are a serious Kdrama lover or just starting, there is no point in skipping this one. Highly recommended to everyone who reaches this post.

2. Dr. Romantic 2 | 낭만닥터 김사부 2

  • Logline: A reputed doctor decides to move to a countryside hospital leaving his reputation and wealth behind.
  • Genre: Medical, Drama
  • Cast: Han Suk-kyu, Ahn Hyo Seop, Lee Sung Kyung
  • Network: SBS TV
  • Ratings: 18.3%

Dr. Romantic 2 follows the events after three years of its prequel Dr. Romantic which was released in 2016. 

This Korean medical drama portrays a story of an introvert doctor Kim Sa Bu proud of his achievements in the field of medics. All of a sudden he chooses to quit his clinic and disappear to work as a chief surgeon at a Doldam Hospital in the countryside.

A long wait after its first part and a realistic approach to the story made Dr. Romantic 2 a top trending Kdrama of 2020.

3. Itaewon Class | 이태원 클라쓰

  • Logline: An ex-con and his group aim to grow their street bar to reality.
  • Genre: Food, Drama
  • Cast: Park Seo-Joon, Kim Da-mi, Yoo Jae-Myung, Kwon Nara
  • Network: JTBC
  • Ratings: 18.3%

Streaming on Netflix, Itaewon Class is a South Korean Drama based on a webtoon of the same name. 

The show narrates the story of a Park Saeroyi, an ex-convict who is devastated after his father’s death followed by his expulsion from school. Park attempts to take down rich and powerful people responsible for his father’s death.

The Drama broke records when the last episode gained a nationwide mass viewership of 16.548% and thereby making its place in the top ten highest-rated Korean Drama in Korean TV history.

Best Korean Drama 2019

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List of Highest Rated Korean Dramas of 2019 according tAGB Nielsen Ratings

1. The Fiery Priest | 열혈사제

  • Logline: 3 men from distinct professions join together to solve a murder mystery.
  • Genre: Crime, Comedy
  • Cast:  Kim Nam-Gil, Kim Sung-Kyun, Lee Hanee, Go Joon, Keum Sae-rok
  • Network: SBS TV
  • Ratings: 16.1%

This 40 episode mini Korean Series became one of the most-watched KDrama in South Korea in the year 2019.

Catholic priest, a detective, and a Prosecutor join hands to unveil the truths behind the murder mystery of a senior Catholic Priest.

The Fiery Priest was awarded “Excellent Korean Drama” in the 14th Seoul International Drama Awards.

2. When The Camellia Blooms | 동백꽃 필 무렵

  • Logline: A single mother has to choose between her past lover who betrayed her and her new love who is protecting her from an unknown threat of life.
  • Genre: Thriller, Romance
  • Cast: Gong Hyo Jin, Hang Ha Neul, Kim Ji Suk
  • Network: KBS2
  • Ratings: 13.9%

With the highest single-episode rating of 24.03%, The Camellia Blooms became the highest-rated mini-series airing on South Korean televisions in 2019.

Currently, streaming on Netflix the show talks about a single mother- Oh Dong-Baek, who runs a bar named Camellia in a fictional town of Ongsan.

Six years later she is visited by her past lover confessing his love but its too late for him as Dong’s falls for a local police officer Yong-Sik.

A unique combination of romance, comedy, crime, and thrill made this drama gain huge viewership and praise among the critics.

3. Doctor Prisoner | 닥터 프리즈너

  • Logline: A medical mastermind is deceived and now he plans an explosive plan to take revenge against the hospital directors. 
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller
  • Cast: Namkoong Min, Kwon Nara, Kim Byung-Chul.
  • Network: KBS2
  • Ratings: 13.23%

Another Medical Korean drama after Dr. Romantic that crossed charts during the past few years was Doctor Prisoner. 

The drama centers a doctor who has mastered his profession and treats every patient with full devotion and sincerity. However, he is deceived by the Hospital director and is charged with medical malpractice. 

Seeking revenge he starts working as an intern in a Prison so he could make connections with big business persons and gangsters caught up behind the bars.

Redefining a revenge story with continuous mind games and never-ending suspense, this Kdrama is a perfect masterpiece in every sense.

Best Korean Drama 2018

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List of Highest Rated Korean Dramas of 2018 according to AGB Nielsen Ratings

1. Return | 리턴

  • Logline: A detective and a lawyer have a tough time solving a complex murder mystery.
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller
  • Cast: Go Hyun-Jung, Lee Jin-Wook, Shin Sung Rok
  • Network: SBS
  • Ratings: 13.23%

This 34 episode drama is undoubtedly the best Korean mystery drama ever made. The drama spotlights a dead body of a young boy found in a freeway and the prime suspects are 4 friends from the elite class.

Choi Ja-Hye a famous South Korean lawyer takes up the charge to defend Kang In-ho and his friend.

The drama will keep you guessing who the real culprit is until the bigger picture starts unfolding.

This fast-paced crime drama is perfect to get started with a crime drama.

2. Mr. Sunshine | 미스터 션샤인

  • Logline: A young boy born in a slave family escapes to America and returns as an American officer.
  • Genre: Historical Drama
  • Cast: Namkoong Min, Kwon Nara, Kim Byung-Chul.
  • Network: tvN
  • Ratings: 12.955%

While comings of age stories continue to be a hit among Korean Dramas this 2018 Historical Drama was applauded for its brilliant storytelling and amazing depiction of South Korean independence history.

The story centers on a young boy who accidentally boarded an American ship after the 1871 Shinmiyangyo. Later he returns from America as a US Marine Corps officer and falls for an aristocrat’s daughter.

This historical show was awarded as “Drama of the Year” in the 11th Korea Drama Awards of 2018.

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3. Sky Castle | SKY 캐슬

  • Logline: 4 Wealthy families determined to provide the best education for their children.
  • Genre: Satire, Black Comedy
  • Cast: Yum Jung-ah, Lee Tae-ran, Yoon Se-ah, Oh Na-ra
  • Network: JTBC
  • Ratings: 12.500%

Sky Castle sits at the top of Highest rated Korean Drama in Cabel television with a 23.779% nationwide rating.

This satirical drama orbits around 4 wealthy families who live in SKY Castle. The parents being highly possessive about their children’s education they try to provide the best resources available for their education so they can be admitted to esteemed universities.

Although the show focuses on the wealthies the sensitive issues are highlighted smoothly making the drama relevant for all.

Best Korean Drama 2017

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List of Highest Rated Korean Dramas of 2017 according to AGB Nielsen Ratings

1. Innocent Defendant | 피고인

  • Logline: A desperate attempt by a prosecutor to prove his innocence as he has been charged for killing his family.
  • Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller
  • Cast: Ji Sung, Um Ki-Joon, Kwon Yu-ri, Oh Chang-Seok
  • Network: SBS TV
  • Ratings: 17.65%

This South Korean drama is a fast-paced crime thriller that revolves around a prosecutor suffering from amnesia. His life shooks apart when he wakes up to find himself convicted for the death of his wife and his only child. He is frustrated and in anguish locked up in prison unaware of the evil behind the scenes.

2. Chief Kim | 김과장

  • Logline: Willingness to do good takes over an evil plan of embezzling a corporate firm.
  • Genre: Satire, Black Comedy
  • Cast: Namkoong Min, Nam Sang-mi, Lee Jun-ho
  • Network: JTBC
  • Ratings: 14.00%

Also known as Master Kim or Good Manager, this series is one best non-romantic comedy Kdrama ever made. The premise of the show sets up in a corporate world where a man named Kim Sung Ryong sits at the center of the show.

Kim works for the Gangster and has been assigned a task to join a company named TQ Group as a chartered accountant to embezzle a large sum of money. But ironically Kim gets to a position where he fights against corporate corruption and employees’ fundamental rights than complete the mission he originally came to do.

3. Whisper | 귓속말

  • Logline: A female detective and a judge alliance together to uncover the famous scandal of a law firm.
  • Genre: Satire, Black Comedy
  • Cast:  Namkoong Min, Nam Sang-mi, Lee Jun-ho
  • Network: SBS
  • Ratings: 15.58%

The series Whisper has been classified as one of the best Korean crime thriller drama. Shin Young-Joo is an intelligent female detective who is very passionate about her career.

Despite going through the hardship of her life she is good at heart. Lee Dong-Joon is a famous judge who always does justice and hear to poor and needy people. Both of them join hands to uncover the corruption going on in the defense industry Taebaek, the largest law firm.  

Best Korean Drama 2016

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List of Highest Rated Korean Dramas of 2016 according to AGB Nielsen Ratings

1. Descendants of the Sun | 태양의 후예

  • Logline: A love story between a surgeon and a special forces officer.
  • Genre: Romance, Drama
  • Cast: Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo, Jin Goo, Kim Ji Won
  • Network: KBS2
  • Ratings: 28.6%

‘Descendants of the sun’ is one of the best Korean drama ever created. It is not a simple love story but packs some great action too. A compelling story, great acting, and beautiful direction, it is a must-watch for everybody.

Yoo Si Jin is acaptain and team leader of Alpha Team in the Korean military and is very committed to his work. One day on off duty he meets Kang Mo Yeon, a pretty woman who works as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Haesung Hospital. 

After some encounters, they fall for each other but Yoo Si Jin’s work makes them apart. After some time they again meet in a foreign land and old feelings arise. 

2. Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim | 낭만닥터 김사부 

  • Logline: A reputed doctor sets to move to a countryside hospital leaving his reputation and wealth behind.
  • Genre: Medical, Drama
  • Cast: Han Suk-kyu, Ahn Hyo Seop, Lee Sung Kyung
  • Network: SBS TV
  • Ratings: 20.4

Romantic Doctor was one of the first medical drama that created a hype of medical genre among the drama lovers and the creators as well. 

This Kdrama features a medical genius named Boo Yong-Joo who works at a famous hospital in Seoul, Geosan University.

After a discouraging incident, he leaves all his prestige and fame as a top surgeon and chooses to work in a small hospital in the countryside, the Doldam Hospital where he guides two of his ex-students in the art of becoming a competent medic.

3. Doctors | 닥터스

  • Logline: A love story of a doctor couple.
  • Genre: Romance, Drama
  • Cast: Kim Rae-won, Park Shin-hye
  • Network: SBS
  • Ratings: 18.41%

The main reason for this drama to be one of the highest-rated Korean dramas is the cute relationship between the main leads. The audience loved the chemistry of the main couple and the growth of characters as the series continued.

Yoo Hye-jung had an attitude of a tomboy when she was young due to the scars of her past. But all that changed when she met Hong Ji-hong who motivated and supported her and rowdy girl into a compassionate doctor. They both part ways but meet each other after 13 years in the same hospital as doctors.

Best Korean Drama 2015

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1. Yongpal | 용팔이

  • Logline: A reputed doctor decides to give up his morals and ethics in order to save the life of his sister.
  • Genre: Medical, Drama
  • Cast: Joo Won, Kim Tae-hee, Chae Jung-an, Jo Hyun-Jae
  • Network: SBS TV
  • Ratings: 20.4%

Reunifying two of the most loved Kdrama character Kim Tae-hee and Jo Hyun-Jae from the Forbidden love, this coming of age drama broke all popularity records and was extended for by two more episodes.

The show talks about Kim Tae Hyun, a talented surgeon who is in desperate need of money for the cure of her sister. 

His dedication to save her sister takes over his medical ethics and he joins hands with criminals for the sake of money.

The flow of drama is fluid and unpredictable and will keep you guessing till the end. 

2. She Was Pretty | 그녀는 예뻤다

  • Logline: 2 friends from the past decides to meet again.
  • Genre: Romantic, Comedy
  • Cast:  Hwang Jung-Eum, Park Seo-Joon, Go Joon-hee
  • Network: SBS TV
  • Ratings: 13.4%

Based on a real-life story, She Was Pretty is a romantic Kdrama that came out as a global hit. From the main plot to its direction, the drama blasts off as a true entertainer leaving no glitches behind.

The story centers on two past acquaintances who were hysterically reunited by fate. Kim Hye-jin is a wealthy model who has lost her beauty due to financial crisis and on the other hand, Ji Sung-Joon who once was an unattractive boy grew up as a handsome editor in a publishing company. 

The story is filled with moments of sweet and sensual comedy bound with deep romantic essence between the leads.

3. Producers | 프로듀사

  • Logline: A workplace comedy based on the life of TV producers working in KBS building.
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Cast: Kim Soo-Hyun, Cha Tae-Hyun, Gong Hyo-jin
  • Network: KBS
  • Ratings: 12.5%

Based on a not so common theme of the Korean Drama industry, the show relates to the entertainment industry and focuses on the life of 4 young television producers Ra Joon Mo, Baek Seung Chan, Tak Ye Jin — and K-pop star.

The show goes deep in depicting the hectic work style of people working in the television industry. The main plot is concerned with workplace drama happening in KBS’s variety department with producers being at the center of everything that happens around the scenes.

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Best Korean Drama 2014

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List of Highest Rated Korean Dramas of 2014 according to AGB Nielsen Ratings

1. My Love from the Star | 별에서 온 그대

  • Logline: A story about an alien who landed on Earth 400 years ago and later, falls in love with a top actress in modern times.
  • Genre: Supernatural, Rom-com
  • Cast: Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun, Park Hae-jin 
  • Network: SBS
  • Ratings: 24%

Being the highest-rated Korean drama of 2014, it was also voted as the best Korean drama of the year by ‘Gallup Korea’. Not only that, in China it became the most streamed show with over 14.5 billion streams.

Do Min-joon is an alien who arrived on earth 400 years ago in Joseon Era. For the entire time on earth, he waited to get back where he came from and kept his distance from everyone. 

When just three months were left before he could return back, he got entangled with a Song-yi, a famous actress with a narcissistic personality.

2. Three Days | 쓰리데이즈

  • Logline: The President of South Korean goes missing and his bodyguards have three days to find and bring him safely.
  • Genre: Action, Thriller
  • Cast: Park Yoochun, Son Hyun-joo, Park Ha-sun
  • Network: SBS
  • Ratings: 11.8%

If you have seen American series 24 then you’ll know what kind of drama ‘Three Days’ going to be. It is not at all similar to 24 series, that thing that’s common is a man on a mission with very little time on his hand.

Han Tae-kyung is the elite special agent. He is tasked with a top-secret of finding the President of South Korea who went missing from a private villa while on a holiday. He along with President’s elite bodyguards’ race against the time to find and escort him safely back to the Blue House.

The show’s filled with political tension, suspense, and over the top action. A must watch series for all thriller genre lovers.

3. Hotel King | 호텔킹 하이라이트 영상

  • Logline: A love story between a Hotel heiress and the Hotel manager who will go all the way to protect her.
  • Genre: Romance, Melodrama
  • Cast: Lee Dong-wook, Lee Da-hae, Im Seulong
  • Network: MBC
  • Ratings: 10.3%

Hotel King is one of the best Korean dramas that came out in 2014. The show is not a typical love story but has layers of drama, deceit, betrayal, and darkness over it. It surely is capable of making you cry.

The story revolves around  Ah Mo-ne, a spoiled rich heiress of a seven-star hotel called Hotel Ciel. After the suspicious death of her father, she returns from abroad to protect the hotel that her father loved.

She is met by Cha Jae-wan who is the current manager of Hotel Ciel. His objective for joining the hotel was to take revenge but he ends but falling for Ah Mo-ne and decides to protect her and the hotel from every danger.

Best Korean Drama 2013

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List of Highest Rated Korean Dramas of 2013 according to AGB Nielsen Ratings

1. I Hear Your Voice | 너의 목소리가 들려

  • Logline: A love story between a public defender and a young high schooler who can read minds.
  • Genre: Romance, Drama
  • Cast: Lee Bo-young, Lee Jong-suk, Yoon Sang-hyun
  • Network: SBS
  • Ratings: 18.8%

You can imagine the popularity of the show by that it was originally proposed to have only 16 episodes but was extended to 18. It is undoubtedly one of the best Korean drama that came out in the year 2013 and has won many awards across different categories.

When Jang Hye-sung was 15 years old, she gave testimony in a murder case despite the warning of the criminal. Ten years later she becomes a public defender and meets, Park Soo-ha, the son of the victim. He wants to protect Jang Hye-sung and has the ability to read minds. So he helps her in solving cases as a way to stay close to her.

2. The Master’s Sun | 주군의태양

  • Logline: A love story between a cold-hearted CEO and a gloomy girl who can see ghosts.
  • Genre: Romance, Supernatural
  • Cast: So Ji-sub, Gong Hyo-jin
  • Network: SBS
  • Ratings: 18%

The second highest-rated drama of the year 2013 is a horror-romantic drama ‘The Master’s Sun’. A story that just superb from start to end. The production quality is excellent and it’ll definitely give you chills. 

Tae Gong-shil is a gloomy girl who has spent most of her life in fear of ghosts that she started seeing after she had a bad accident. But one day when she meets Joo Joong-won, a cold-hearted CEO, her life changes completely. Every time she touches Joo Joong-won all the ghosts around her disappears. She begs him to let her stay close to him which he agrees for one condition.

3. Good Doctor | 굿닥터

  • Logline: Park Si-on is an autistic guy who becomes a pediatric surgeon despite his shortcomings. 
  • Genre: Medical
  • Cast: Joo Won, Moon Chae-won, Joo Sang-wook
  • Network: KBS2
  • Ratings: 18%

It is one of those Korean Drama that has literally been remade by every major entertainment industry across the world. Good Doctor also received an award from the Disability Awareness Campaign Headquarters in 2013 for shedding light on the struggles faced by an autistic person.

Park Si-on is an autistic guy with far exceeding photographic memory than most human beings. But his emotional quotient is quite low which is why he is ridiculed most of his life. It is the story of his life as a pediatric surgeon and his relationship with his patients and his peers. 

Best Korean Drama 2012

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List of Highest Rated Korean Dramas of 2012 according to AGB Nielsen Ratings

1. My Husband Got A Family | 넝쿨째 굴러온 당신

  • Logline: A story of a woman who finds it difficult to mingle with her husband’s real family whom they both met for the first time.
  • Genre: Family Drama
  • Cast: Kim Nam-joo, Yoo Jun-sang, Youn Yuh-jung
  • Network: KBS2
  • Ratings: 33.1%

In the year 2012, ‘My Husband Got A Family’ was breaking all charts and to this day some of its records are still unbroken. It topped the weekly rating chart for 25 consecutive weeks and is surely among the best Korean drama of the decade.

The family drama revolves around Cha Yoon-hee, a normal working woman who’s living her dream life. She and her husband both are accomplished and she has no in-laws since her husband is an orphan. Until one day when her husband reunites with his biological parents who coincidentally lives in the neighborhood.

2. The Moon Embracing The Sun | 해를 품은 달 

  • Logline: A story is set in the Joseon era where the king falls in love with a shaman but many people try very hard to keep them apart.
  • Genre: Historical-fantasy
  • Cast: Kim Soo-hyun, Han Ga-in, Jung Il-woo
  • Network: MBC
  • Ratings: 33%

The k-drama is inspired by a novel of the same name by Jung Eun-gwol. The show Best Drama and Best Actor awards in the television category at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards which is a very prominent award show in South Korea.

Lee Hwon is the crown-prince in the Joseon era and he fell in love with Yeon-woo, a commoner. The Queen Mother secretly orders to kill Yoon-woo but she’s saved by someone who takes her away. 

Yoon-woo loses her memory due to all of this and Lee Hwon is forcefully married to someone else. After eight years the fate brings both of them together again, Lee Hwon is now the king, and Yoon-woo becomes a shaman. 

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3. A Gentleman’s Dignity | 신사의 품격

  • Logline: A story of four friends in their 40s trying to juggle through love, breakups, success, and failure.
  • Genre: Friendship, Drama
  • Cast: Jang Dong-gun, Kim Ha-neul, Kim Su-ro
  • Network: SBS
  • Ratings: 19.3%

This Korean Drama is one of the very few dramas where you’ll definitely find a character with whom you can relate. It is a story that touches upon many aspects of relationships that people form outside their family.

The story revolves around 4 friends who have been friends since teenage and now are in their 40s. Each one of them is going through different phases of their lives and are dealing with stuff life love, breakup, success, and failure.

Best Korean Drama 2011

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1. Deep-Rooted Tree | 뿌리깊은 나무

  • Logline: A story revolving around a revolutionary Joeson King and people who want to destroy him at all costs.
  • Genre: Historical drama
  • Cast: Han Suk-kyu, Jang Hyuk, Shin Se-kyung
  • Network: SBS
  • Ratings: 19.4%

This Korean drama has one of the most powerful writing in the entire list. The show is heavy and there are hardly any light-hearted scenes in the entire story. The drama is inspired by the life of the 4th emperor of the Joseon dynasty, Sejong the Great.

The story starts with Sejong accidentally causing the deaths of the entire household of his in-laws. Two servants named Ddol-bok and his friend Dam survives but neither knows if the other has. Where Ddol-bol decides to train as a warrior to take revenge from the king, Dam becomes a court lady.

Years later Ddol-bok enters the castle and meets Dam there and he also gets to know the real truth about that accident. Whereas Sejong is focused on creating new Korean alphabets to help the commoners. But there are some people in the country who hates this idea and want to destroy Sejong.

2. The Princess’s Man | 공주의 남자

  • Logline: A love story of a couple whose fathers are each other’s arch-rivals. 
  • Genre: Period drama
  • Cast: Park Si-hoo, Moon Chae-won, Kim Yeong-cheol
  • Network: KBS2
  • Ratings: 18.9%

The Princess’s Man is one of those dramas that will keep you at the edge of your seat at all times. It makes make you laugh, cry, angry, sad, and happy, this show is a rollercoaster of emotions.

The story starts with Grand Prince Suyang requesting Prime Minister Kim Jong-seo to marry his daughter Se-ryung with his son Kim Seung-yoo.

Knowing the bad intentions of Suyang toward the throne, the Prime Minister rejects the offer creating a deep hatred among them. But the problems arise when Se-ryung and Seung-yoo fall in love with each other.

3. Scent of a Woman | 여인의 향기

  • Logline: A story of a woman who has 6 months left decides to live the remaining time on her own terms.
  • Genre: Romance, Melodrama
  • Cast: Kim Sun-a, Lee Dong-wook, Um Ki-joon
  • Network: SBS
  • Ratings: 17.2%

A drama that tries to give the message of living life to the fullest because you never know when its gonna end. Kim Sun-a got the Best Actress (TV) at 48th Baeksang Arts Awards for her lead role in this drama.

Lee Yeon-jae is a 30-year-old single woman with a meek and timid attitude and has no joy in her life. But one day when she finds out that she has cancer and has only 6 months to live, she decides to go on a vacation and live her life to the fullest. 

There she meets Kang Ji-wook and both fall in love with each other and Kang Ji-wook helps her in completing each dream in her Bucket List.

Best Korean Drama 2010

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1. Bread, Love and Dreams | 제빵왕 김탁구

  • Logline: Kim Tak Goo’s journey to prove himself and become the best baker in the industry.
  • Genre: Melodrama
  • Cast: Yoon Shi Yoon, Oh Jae Moo, Joo Won, Shin Dong Woo
  • Network: KBS2
  • Ratings: 36.4%

Kim Tak Goo is an excellent baker, just like his father Goo In Jong. That’s why Kim Tak Goo was considered best to run his father’s company. But he is not given that position because he was born to Goo In Jong’s mistress. Kim Tak Goo’s is still determined to make a big name for himself in the baking industry and rebuild his career, no matter the difficulties.

If you are an emotional person then you’ll be definitely weeping tears after watching this amazing Korean drama. The story is very inspirational and it makes you sad but satisfied at the same time. It is one of those Korean dramas that you’ll not be able to forget for a long time after watching it.

2. The Slave Hunters | 추노

  • Logline: A story revolving around the lives of three individuals, Lee Dae-gil, Kim Hye-won, Song Tae-ha.
  • Genre: Period Drama
  • Cast: Jang Hyuk, Oh Ji-ho, Lee Da-hae
  • Network: KBS2
  • Ratings: 31.7%

‘The Slave Hunters’ is among the best historical k-drama created to this day. The show will immerse you in the beautiful world of the Joseon era. A perfectly balanced story with action, humor, politics, and romance added to appeal the audience.

Lee Dae-gil was a noble who’s life gets destroyed when his house is burnt down along with his family. In hopes of getting revenge, he spends 10 years of his life as a slave hunter meanwhile looking for the love of his life Kim Hye-won. 

Song Tae-ha is a slave on run and along the way, he saves Kim Hye-won who’s left home to avoid an arranged marriage. Dae-gil is given a job to hunt Song Tae-ha down where he meets Kim Hye-won after 10 years of separation.

3. Iris | 아이리스

  • Logline: A story of two NSS agents fighting against an organization called Iris who is a threat to national security.
  • Genre: Action, Thriller
  • Cast: Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee, Jung Joon-ho
  • Network: KBS2
  • Ratings: 28.4%

2010 undoubtedly was the year of KBS Network as it ruled the rating charts with its shows. Iris is among the most expensive k-drama ever produced and the money is definitely well spent. The massive success of the series has led to a feature film, a spin-off, and a sequel series.

Iris is a drama revolving around two NSS agents (National Security Service) Hyun-jun and Choi Seung-hee who fight against an organization called Iris who wants to stop the reunification process of both North and South Korea.

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