Top 40 Most Popular Korean Dramas of All Time


Top 40 Most Popular Korean Dramas of All Time


Our obsession with all things K-drama is unstoppable. This time, we'll tell you about the cable television Korean dramas with the highest ratings. It's a tried-and-true list of shows that any serious K-fan should watch.

Check out the list below to see if your favorite made the top 40. 

1. The World of the married (2020)

Rating: 28.371 percent.

Television Channel: JTBC (Japan Television Broadcasting Corporation)

When a respected medical doctor learns about her husband's infidelity, her seemingly perfect existence is flipped upside down. A bitter back-and-forth develops between the two as they both seek retribution on the other in her quest to pay back for his betrayal. The World of the Married broke its own record of 24.44 percent with its finale episode, which rated at 28.37 percent, shattering the previous episode's record of 24.44 percent.

2. Sky Castle (2018)

Rating: 23.779 percent.

Television Channel: JTBC (Japan Television Broadcasting Corporation)

This satirical drama follows the lives of four housewives who reside in Sky Castle's posh residential enclave. The women are brutal in their pursuit of getting their children into the educational institution of Seoul National University.

3. Crash landing on You (2019)

Rating: 21.683 percent.

Television Channel: tvN.

A South Korean heiress and a North Korean military meet after a paragliding mishap when the former falls into North Korean territory.

4. Reply 1988 (2015)

Rating: 18.803 percent.

Television Channel: tvN.

As they hit the pinnacle of their difficult teen years, five childhood friends who reside in the same neighborhood of Ssangmundong rely on one another.

5. Goblin (2016)

Rating:18.680 percent

Television Channel: tvN

The series follows a 939-year-old Goblin, also known as the Protector of Souls, as he falls in love with the girl who would put an end to his cursed immortal existence.

6. Mr. Sunshine (2018)

Rating: 18.129 percent 

 Television Channel: tvN.

During the 1871 Shinmiyangyo incident, an impoverished child born into a family of house servants travels to the United States. He grows up to be an American military commander who returns to his hometown and falls in love with the daughter of an aristocrat, all while uncovering a diabolical scheme to colonize Korea by foreign immigrants.

7. Mr. Queen (2020)

Rating: 17.37 percent

Television Channel: tvN.

In modern-day Seoul, renowned chef Jang Bong-hwan of the President's Blue House is embroiled in a scuffle and falls from a skyscraper. When he awakens, he discovers that he has been transferred to the Joseon period and that his spirit has taken up home in Queen Kim So-body. Yong Because he can't get out of this peculiar situation, he sets out to learn more about the queen's life, but he becomes entangled in the Kingdom's political upheaval.

8. Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) 2 (2021)

Rating: 16.582 percent

Television channel: TV Chosun

In the second season of Love, there are more clandestine relationships, turmoil, and betrayal (ft. Marriage and Divorce). As we learn more about their husbands' mistresses, the dramatization further unravels the collapsing marriages of our three primary radio program pros.

9. Itaewon Class (2020)

 Rating: 16.548 percent.

Telivisison  channel: JTBC

Ex-con Park Saeroyi and his misfit bunch of employees work hard to convert their small bar into Itaewon's number one pub. As they deal with the merciless CEO of Jangga Co., a.k.a. the man who set off a chain of events that landed Saeroyi in jail in the first place, they discover that achieving their goal is going to be a hard battle.

10.Vincenzo (2021)

Rating: 14.636 per cent

Television Channel: tvN

After being entangled in a power battle between two competing organizations, Vincenzo Cassano, a South Korean-born Mafia lawyer in Italy, flees to his homeland. Back in Seoul, he teams up with a fiery female lawyer to bring heinous criminals to justice using any means possible.

11. 100 Days My Prince (2018)

Rating: 14.412 percent

Television Channel: tvN

Lee Yul, a crown prince who is suffering from amnesia, is taken into the care of Hong Shim, a smart but single woman, and her father. He weds Hong Shim, believing himself to be a commoner, to spare her from being penalized by a law that he made as a prince.

12. Hospital Playlist (2020)

Rating: 14.142 percent

Television Channel: tvN

Five doctors who have been friends since medical school navigate the ups and downs of their jobs at Yulje Medical Center while also creating a band to share their passion for music.

13. Hospital Playlist 2 (2021)

Rating: 14.080 percent

Television Channel: tvN

The relationship between five college buddies who become doctors is put to the test in yet another season of Hospital Playlist as they cope with life, death, and everything in between at their hospital.

14. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

Rating: 12.665 percent

Television Channel: tvN

Yoon Hye-jin is a picture-perfect woman who works as a well-respected dentist in the series. When her seemingly perfect life breaks apart, she finds herself in Gongjin, a seaside community on the Korean coast. In the midst of striving to relaunch her career, she meets Hong Doo-Shik, also known in the neighborhood as Mr. Hong, and eventually develops an affection for him. Mr. Hong, although unemployed, is a jack of all trades who will take on any odd task to serve the people of Gongjin.

15. Signal (2016)

Rating: 12.544 percent

Television Channel: tvN

In 1989, a police lieutenant and criminal profiler Park Hae-Yeong teams up with a detective to uncover three decades of related crimes after obtaining a remarkable walkie-talkie that can interact with persons from the past.

16. Our Blues (Currently Airing)

Rating: 12.541 percent

Television Channel: tvN

Our Blues is set on Jeju Island and stars a star-studded ensemble cast. As they go through the uncertain motions of life in the province, the lives of multiple individuals connect in unexpected ways.

17. The Lady in Dignity (2017)

Rating: 12.065 percent

Television Channel: JTBC

When a mysterious stranger enters her home as the caregiver for her ailing father-in-law, a wealthy woman's lavish lifestyle is shattered.

18. Hotel del Luna (2019)

Rating: 12.001 percent

Television Channel: tvN

The strange Hotel del Luna, located in downtown Seoul, has been ministering to lost souls for millennia. Jang Man Wol, the company's CEO, has been cursed to oversee it for all eternity as penance for wrongdoing she can't recall. The only way she can get out of her penance is to identify someone who has committed a considerably more serious crime than she has.

19. Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022)

Rating: 11.513 percent

Television Channel: tvN

This coming-of-age drama, set in 1998, follows the teenage characters as they struggle with the fallout from Korea's IMF crisis. The plot revolves around Baek Yi-jin and Na Hee-do, two people who fell in love three years after meeting for the first time at the ages of 22 and 18. Their worlds cross in unexpected ways now that they're 25 and 21.

20. Reply 1994 (2013)

Rating: 11.509 percent

Television Channel: tvN

The series alternates between 1994 and 2013, following six university students who all live in the same boarding house in Seoul, where they meet the owner's daughter, Sung Na-Jung. These seven strangers learn to treat one other like family while witnessing numerous cultural Korean milestones together, such as the rise of the K-Pop boy group Seo Taiji and Boys and the collapse of the Sampoong Department Store.

21. Prison Playbook (2017)

Rating: 11.195 percent

Television Channel: tvN

After rescuing his sister from sexual assault, a top baseball player's bright future finds a hitch when he is sentenced to one year in prison. As he adjusts to life behind bars, he reconnects with a former baseball player and childhood friend who has now become a prison warden.

22. The Uncanny Counter (2021)

Rating: 10.999 percent

Television Channel: OCN

Four demon hunters disguised as employees at a noodle shop restaurant come to Earth to stop wicked spirits from achieving eternal existence.

23. The Crowned Clown (2019)

Rating: 10.851 percent

Television Channel: tvN

The Joseon dynasty hires Ha Sun, a clown and the king's lookalike, to assume his place in the palace to safeguard their king during a period of popular turmoil. Fearful of being discovered, Ha Sun struggles with his new duty, especially when he falls for the lovely Queen Yoo So-Woon.

24. My Kids Give Me a Headache (2012)

Rating: 10.715 percent

Television Channel: JTBC

The story follows three generations of a family, beginning with the eldest daughter Hee Jae, whose secret pregnancy raises a ruckus among her close-knit family when they learn of her nine-month-old belly.

25. Jirisan (2021)

Rating: 10.663 per cent

Television Channel: tvN

Seo Yi-Kang, a talented ranger who has saved countless lives on Mount Jiri, stars in this mystery drama. When weird rumors begin to spread about the titular hiking trail, she partners up with ex-military lieutenant and rookie ranger Kang Hyun-jo to investigate. Hyun-jo, who is new to his position, takes on the arduous work after a traumatic incident on a mountain of his own.

26. Mine (2021)

Rating: 10.512 percent

Television Channel: tvN

This Korean drama depicts two affluent and ambitious ladies from a multinational family as they search for the meaning of genuine love and joy while destroying anybody who stands in their way.

27. Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) 3 (2022)

Rating: 10.395 percent

Television Channel: TV Chosun

The third season of the makjang multi-series Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) picks up just where season two left off, with three surprise marriages. It also introduces two new characters, as lead actors Kang Shin Hyo and Ji Young San replace Sung Hoon and Lee Tae Gon in the drama.

28. Show Window: The Queen's House (2022)

Rating: 10.335 percent

Television Channel: Channel A

Han Sun-Joo is born into a wealthy family, but her idyllic life is shattered when her seemingly loving husband has an affair with her best friend, Yoon Mi-ra. Sun-Joo, initially oblivious to Mi-desire Ra's for the man, encourages her, oblivious to the fact that it will lead to the ruin of her own family.

29. Encounter (2018)

Rating: 10.329 percent

Television Channel: tvN

In Encounter, opposites attract when divorced hotel CEO Cha Soo Hyun and the innocent and ordinary Kim Jin Hyuk, both looking for a fresh start, meet and fall in love on a trip to Cuba.

30. Military Prosecutor Doberman (2022)

Rating: 10.081 percent

Television Channel: tvN

Do Bae-man becomes a military prosecutor in search of money and fame, but he is uninterested in his work and fantasizes about retiring one day. Meanwhile, Cha Woo-in, the sole daughter of a chaebol family, seeks retribution by applying for the same job. Despite working for very opposite objectives, the two team up in the military to aid each other in combat evil.

31. Memories of the Alhambra (2018)

Rating: 10.025 percent

Television Channel: tvN

After his best buddy betrays him, Yoo Jin Woo, a great game creator and the fiery CEO of an investment firm, finds his competitive nature put to the test. After hearing of a groundbreaking AR game produced by someone from the area, he heads to Granada, Spain. He sleeps at a hostel there and unknowingly becomes entangled in a sequence of odd incidents with the proprietor, Jung Hee-Joo.

32. Another Oh Hae-young (2016)

Rating: 9.991 percent

Television Channel: tvN

This 16-episode fantasy rom-com, also known as Another Miss Oh, features a long game of mistaken identity. Oh, Hae Young and Oh Hae Young are two women who are constantly causing confusion in their different occupations and relationships because they are always enmeshed in one other's lives.

33. Bossam: Steal the Fate (2021)

Rating: 9.759 percent

Television Channel: MBN

In this film set during the Joseon period, Ba Woo, an elusive felon, gets money by performing Bossam, an archaic ritual in which he kidnaps widows and remarries them to other men. His life is turned upside down when he accidentally kidnaps Princess Hwa In, the king's daughter, while on one of his tasks.

34. The Light in Your Eyes (2019)

Rating: 9.731 percent

Television Channel: JTBC

When Kim Hye Ja discovers a watch that allows her to travel across time, she unintentionally transforms into a 78-year-old woman. Thus begins her convoluted love affair with Lee Joon Ha, a young want-to-be reporter who has decided to live a sedentary lifestyle rather than squander his time.

35. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017)

Rating: 9.668 percent

Television Channel: JTBC

The CEO of a gaming corporation recruits Bong Soon, a small lady endowed with magical power, to be his bodyguard in the face of an unknown menace. He is smitten with her at first sight, but he is up against competition for her affections because she has her sights set on a childhood acquaintance who is now a police officer.

36. Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) (2021)

Rating: 9.656 percent

Television Channel: TV Chosun

Three accomplished ladies who work on a radio show are the focus of this K-drama. When twists and turns begin to trouble their happy marriages, their seemingly perfect lives begin to disintegrate.

37. Stranger 2 (2020)

Rating: 9.408 percent

Television Channel: tvN

The second season of Stranger, a sequel to the crime drama Stranger, sees tensions between the prosecutor's office and the police force rise as the latter demands discretionary power over fresh case investigations. The cops, on the other hand, are fiercely opposed to the idea and are battling for complete investigation authority.

38. Uncle (2022)

Rating: 9.329 percent

Television Channel: TV Chosun

Wang Joon-hyuk, a down-on-his-luck singer, is left with looking after his nephew, who has developed both an anxiety illness and OCD after his sister divorces her violent husband and goes away to keep a low profile.

39. Lawless Lawyer (2018)

Rating: 8.937 percent

Television Channel: tvN

Bong Sang Pil, a former criminal, decides to become a lawyer in order to bring his mother's terrible death to justice. In doing so, he turns a crew of loan sharks into a law company, and they quickly learn how to win their cases by cleverly skirting around legal loopholes.

40. Record of Youth (2020)

Rating: 8.740 percent

Two childhood pals who have turned models try their hand at acting and meet up with a young makeup artist. In a world where dreams are a luxury few can afford, the three persist in pursuing their goals, relying on their talent and desire to get them there.

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