Twenty Of The Best Dramas Produced In Korean Throughout The Past Decade

The current development of K-dramas has been unprecedented. The Korean entertainment business has grown even more popular around the world in the past decade. A rise in K-

drama viewers and popularity, especially on social media, can be directly attributed to the proliferation of new venues for viewing. We have been given the gift of several very unforgettable K-dramas since 2012 that will remain in our hearts forever. We know it was tough to limit it down to just 20, but here are some of the top K-dramas of the past decade.Ch

My Love From The Star

This drama, “My Love From the Star,” swept across all of Asia. Kim Soo Hyun plays the cocky alien Do Min Joon in this drama, who develops feelings for the ostentatious and obnoxious actress Cheon Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun).

The inclusion of this series is mandatory in a compilation such as this. One of the largest Hallyu waves in Asia is often credited to “My Love From the Star.” Kim Soo Hyun shot to fame thanks to this series, and he has been one of the most in-demand actors ever since. It may have sounded inconsequential at first, but the tale of an actress who falls in love with an alien turned out to be truly epic in scale.

Incomplete Life

Jang Geu Rae, played by I’m Siwan, is a failed professional Go player who must now seek employment. Given that Geu Rae has spent his entire life devoted to the game of Go, he lacks any employment experience. He manages to land an internship at a trading company thanks to a combination of connections and good fortune, but soon discovers that he will need to make significant adaptations to the company culture in order to feel at home there.

The popular webtoon “Incomplete Life” inspired an emotional response from South Koreans because they could identify with the protagonist’s mundane 9-to-5 job. People were particularly captivated by I’m Si Wan, appearing in his first lead role in a Korean drama. Since he had a platform from which to demonstrate his innate skill, he quickly rose to fame.

Reply 1988

Ever since they were young, Sung Duk Sun (Hyeri) and Choi Taek (Park Bo Gum) have been inseparable companions. Since they spend so much time together and are so at ease in each other’s company, it’s no surprise that Choi Taek develops feelings for Duk Sun. What makes matters more complicated is that Jung Pal (Ryu Jun Yeol), a close friend of the two, also has emotions for Duk Sun.

The world went crazy over this show because everyone wanted to know who Duk Sun would ultimately choose. One of the largest love triangles in history allegedly occurred in “Reply 1988,” causing “Team Jung Pal” and “Team Taek” to become antagonistic toward one another. The show was an emotional roller coaster that kept the audience on the edge of their seats. The series’ focus on family is also exceptionally touching.

“Descendants of the Sun”

Song Hye Kyo plays Kang Mo Yeon to Song Joong Ki’s Yoo Shi Jin in “Descendants of the Sun.” A captain in the army, Yoo Shi Jin is completely smitten with Dr. Kang. Despite their differences, they plunge headfirst into a passionate romance. Both of them want to be together, but Mo Yeon has a hard time accepting the fact that Yoo Shi Jin’s job constantly puts his life in danger.

The international success of “Descendants of the Sun” is similar to that of “The Hunger Games.” It didn’t take long for the public to fall madly and deeply in love with both Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo. People couldn’t get enough of the story of an army captain who falls in love with a doctor. They became an actual couple not long after filming wrapped, so you know they had some serious chemistry. The show may have seemed excessive at times, but it won the hearts of a massive audience.


Unlike Kim Eun Sook’s previous work, this series does not have the same lighthearted tone. A goblin (Gong Yoo) and his bride (Joo Won) are the central couple in this drama (played by Kim Go Eun). Despite their best efforts, the couple’s rapid relationship is threatened by numerous supernatural and natural threats. The cliches of Korean dramas sound so foreign to this.

Parts of this series were filmed in Quebec, Canada, making it a popular destination for fans of Korean dramas. The show had a touching romance as well as a bromance that many would consider the best ever. The series includes quotable phrases that people still quote today, and the series’ steamy kiss scene is still drawing in viewers. It’s undeniably in the top tier of everything out there.


Lee Je Hoon, Kim Hye Soo, and Jo Jin Woong feature in “Signal,” a drama about a gang of police officers who discover they can use a radio to contact a time in the past. The plot of “Signal” was inspired by a notorious real-life incident that occurred in Korea.

“Signal,” a fantasy thriller, is widely regarded as among the best Korean dramas of all time. In South Korea, it was a smash hit, with viewership increasing by leaps and bounds throughout the course of the show’s run. Due to its massive popularity, it was televised across Asia to much acclaim. A high level of emotional investment in seeing this case kept viewers captivated and on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Love In The Moon Light

Hong Ra On (Kim Yoo Jung) is a eunuch to Crown Prince Lee Young (Jung Woo Sung) in “Love in the Moonlight” (Park Bo Gum). There is a female eunuch within Lee Young’s group, but he has no idea. When he sees Ra On, he feels an immediate pull for her, and soon he is willing to do anything to be with her.

A never-ending supply of butterflies resulted from Ra On and her prince Lee Young’s blossoming romance. Many viewers were won over by “Love in the Moonlight” because of the sweet and endearing glances the prince sent toward his eunuch and the touching score. This is one drama that can’t be ignored, as seen by the show’s high ratings and widespread popularity.

“Stranger” (“Forest of Secrets”)

Hwang Shi Mok (Cho Seung Woo) is the protagonist of the drama “Stranger.” He is a prosecutor with the unusual capacity to visualize specific details of a crime scene in his mind. He partners with the dedicated investigator Han Yeo Jin (Bae Doona) in their fight against crime.

There was even a sequel to “Stranger” made because of how well it did. As a whole, people were captivated by Hwang Shi Mok’s story and his approach to solving crimes. The tale flowed beautifully and kept viewers on the edge of their seats throughout. The narrative and production are so gripping that the only way to see the series is in one sitting.

My Mister

Lee Sun Gyun plays Park Dong Hoon and IU plays Lee Ji An in “My Mister.” Dong Hoon, a married man in his 40s, faces many pressures in his career and personal life. Ji An, a young woman, has been through a lot and has lost a lot of hope because of it. An odd friendship develops between the two after they meet at work and find they have a lot in common with one another.

The emotional impact that “My Mister” has had on Koreans and even international K-drama viewers are something that no one could have predicted. People’s admiration for the show and its clever writing didn’t end after it ended. Even though the novel started off gloomy and depressing, the author managed to leave the reader with a sense of optimism by the end. It worked out well because Park Hae Young was able to do it.

Mr. Sunshine

Set in the early 1900s, this historical epic features Lee Byung Hun as Eugene Choi and Kim Tae Ri as Go Ae Shin. In the story, Eugene and Ae Shin fall in love despite their vast differences. While Ae Shin is a member of the Joseon nobility, Eugene was born into servitude and eventually escaped to the United States, where he rose to the rank of Marine Corps captain.

The series’s high level of excitement can be directly attributed to the fierce persona of Go Ae Shin. When Lee Byung Hun, Byun Yo Han, and Yoo Yeon Seok join the cast, you’ll get to watch all of these talented actors in action together. The series left an impression on me that hasn’t faded, thanks in large part to the gorgeous visuals and touching romance between Eugene and Ae Shin.

Crash Landing On You

Hyun Bin plays the role of North Korean soldier Ri Jung Hyuk, while Son Ye Jin portrays his attractive and charismatic love interest Yoon Se Ri. After a bizarre paragliding mishap, Yoon Se Ri finds herself on North Korean territory, where she meets Ri Jung Hyuk. He decides to look after her until he can get her back to South Korea.

Countless more viewers from outside of Asia were introduced to K-dramas because of “Crash Landing on You.” Many individuals sought comfort in the story of Yoon Se Ri and Ri Jung Hyuk’s romance as the global pandemic unfolded. People found themselves rooting for the OTP and wishing they were part of the North Korean soldier team even though the premise seemed a little far-fetched. It’s a testament to the performers’ believable chemistry that their on-screen romance carried over into real life.

Beyond Evil

Yeo Jin Goo plays Han Joo Won, a police officer from Seoul who is relocated to a much smaller town. Twenty years ago, he set out to investigate a string of homicides that has baffled investigators. Lee Dong Sik, his partner, and a fellow officer is the prime suspect (Shin Ha Kyun).

The film “Beyond Evil” was nominated for three awards at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards, and it ended up taking home a total of seven. Having an actor of Shin Ha Kyun’s caliber at the helm of a talented ensemble cast was almost inevitable to guarantee the show’s success. The storytelling in “Beyond Evil” is masterful, drawing viewers deeper and deeper into the lives of the show’s protagonists and the mysteries surrounding them. Because of how much you want to know what happens, watching it is electrifying.

“Itaewon Class”

Park Sae Roy (Park Seo Joon) is a young man who has already been through a lot. His father was killed in a hit-and-run, he was kicked out of school, and he was given a three-year prison sentence. The most successful Korean restaurant company is owned by a single family, and they are responsible for all of this suffering. Sae Roy vows vengeance upon his enemies and opens a restaurant he dubs “Dan Bam” after his release from prison.

A lot of people ended up really liking this series because of its oddball cast of characters. Many people felt comfortable with how real and essential it was to be exposed to these persons and their struggles. Despite the presence of a love triangle and a romantic subplot, the series’ primary motivation was always to see Sae Roy obtain the payback he deserved and realize his goal of starting a restaurant. It was one of the best K-dramas ever since it used so many popular storytelling devices and had such a compelling plot.

“Hospital Playlist”

The five doctors in “Hospital Playlist” are played by Jo Jung Suk, Yoo Yeon Seok, Jung Kyung Ho, Kim Dae Myung, and Jeon Mi Do. These five people are all employees at Yulje Medical Center. The story follows them as they navigate their friendship, romance, and daily patients. Also, they play in a band together.

Inspiring as it was to see these doctors working together to save patients’ lives, it was especially nice to see them interacting as friends. It was comforting and soothing to see how much they relied on and supported one another. There was a second season because viewers couldn’t get enough of the characters’ relationships and the show’s musical selections. Both seasons were hugely popular, and we can only wish for a third to be produced in the future.

Squid Game

In “Squid Game,” the viral sensation that swept the globe, 456 contestants play a variety of kid-friendly games for the chance to win 45.6 billion won (about $40 million). This drama features Lee Jung Jae, Park Hae Soo, Jung Ho Yeon, and Wi Ha Jun as gamblers who will go to any lengths to claim the jackpot.

Like “The Walking Dead,” “Squid Game” became an international phenomenon. Hwang Dong Hyuk’s brilliant script helped make this drama one of Netflix’s most popular of all time because of its unique blend of mystery and suspense. Also, the cast was able to achieve global fame, which opened up other options on a global scale for them. Despite Hwang Dong Hyuk’s previous statements to the contrary, a second season of the hit show will be produced due to its overwhelming popularity.


“D.P.” is based on a webtoon that became popular, and it stars Jung Hae In as Ahn Jun Ho opposite Koo Kyo Hwan’s Han Ho Yeol. The pair serves on an elite military unit tasked with tracking down deserters.

Although only six episodes long, this show gave viewers a close glimpse at life in the South Korean military. Seeing the emotive and sympathetic perspective of how many troops deal with numerous challenges while in the army or even before being conscripted. With Goo Kyo Hwan and Jung Hae In in the starring roles, the series was bound for success thanks to the dynamic storytelling and acting they provided.

The World Of The Married

Kim Hee Ae’s character, Dr. Ji Sun Woo, is married to actor Lee Tae Oh (Park Hae Joon). They’ve been together for a while, had a son, and seem like a normal family until she finds out her husband is cheating on her. She has been the victim of multiple people’s deceit and betrayal, and as a result, she can no longer trust anyone. She exerts great effort in her pursuit of the truth and of vengeance against her husband.

One of the top-rated dramas in Korean cable television history, this dramatic makjang series managed to sweep all of South Korea in terms of ratings and buzz. Sun Woo’s vengeance on her cheating spouse Tae Oh was riveting to watch. Its popularity was demonstrated by the fact that various sentences from the episode became memes and animated graphic files. Multiple honors, including Best Director and Best Actress at the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards, attest to the show’s significance.

Hometown “Cha-Cha-Cha”

Yoon Hye Jin, portrayed by Shin Min Ah, is a dentist who leaves her employment in the city after having an argument with her boss. She moves to a tiny village in an attempt at a fresh start but quickly finds herself in over her head and in need of Hong Doo Shik (Kim Seon Ho). Doo Shik is a resident of the area who is not officially employed but keeps busy with a number of side gigs. He is very supportive as Hye Jin gets back on her feet and prepares to establish a medical practice in their hometown.

In “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha,” the residents gave a sense of familiarity and security to the show’s viewers. A lot of people felt a lot better afterward. To top it all off, there was the blossoming relationship between dimple couple Shin Min Ah and Kim Seon Ho, which brought us all the feels. Despite the perfection of the OTP, the show was about more than simply love. When times are bad, it’s important to have someone close by who you can lean on. As a result of talking about his experiences with trauma and his struggles with mental health, Doo Shik was able to begin healing.

“My Liberation Notes”

Son Suk Ku, Kim Ji Won, Lee Min Ki, and Lee El appear in the latest script by Park Hae Young. Three siblings are the series’ main characters as they go about their daily lives and try to find their niche in the world.

Since it was written by the same author as the classic “My Mister,” the public had high hopes for the more recent addition to the list, “My Liberation Notes.” Park Hae Young surprised us by achieving higher than expected ratings and catapulting Son Suk Ku to fame. Although the plot and character growth were compelling, it was the love story between Mr. Gu and Yeom Mi Jung (Kim Ji Won) that ultimately won over audiences.

The Red Sleeve 

The Red Sleeve is a novel-turned-historical-Korean-drama about a man named Yi San (Lee Junho) who falls in love with a woman named Seong Deok I’m (Jo Yoon-hee) (Lee Se Young). Despite their social and economic divides, the two become deeply romantic while also attempting to defend their country.

The emotional toll that Yi San and Deok I’m would take on the k-drama industry was completely unexpected. Some viewers may still be in mourning over their characters’ tragic love story, even though it’s been a while since the show finished. It’s more engaging and moving because it’s based on real occurrences. Lee Junho reportedly also enjoyed a meteoric climb to prominence and is being courted by a plethora of K-drama producers. I can’t wait to see what he does next.