KDramas (in Order)

Below are all the KDramas I’ve finished watching—in the order I finished watching them. (Click here to see them grouped by rating.)

  1. Secret Garden = 시크릿가든 (秘密花園). The spirits of a guy and a girl end up in each other’s body. 20 episodes. NetFlix.
  2. Heartstrings = 넌 내게 반했어. Music students in a performing arts college. 15 episodes. NetFlix.
  3. My Princess = 마이 프린세스. College student learns she is princess, being the direct descendant of the Joseon Dynasty’s last emperor.  NetFlix.
  4. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho = 내 여자친구는 구미호 (我的女友是九尾狐). Gumihos are nine-tailed girls/foxes. NetFlix.
  5. Rooftop Prince = 옥탑방 왕세자. Joseon era prince suddenly appears in a modern women’s rooftop apartment. 20 episodes. DramaFever and Hulu.
  6. Faith = 신의 (信義). 1300’s Korea warrior travels to 21st century looking for a physician. 24 episodes. DramaFever and Hulu plus.
  7. City Hunter = 시티헌터. 28 years after some South Korean special forces are murdered, a story of revenge and intrigue. 24 episodes. NetFlix.
  8. Sungkyunkwan Scandal = 성균관 스캔들 (成均館 스캔들). Joseon-era girl dresses up like a boy to attend Sungkyunkwan University. 20 episodes. DramaFever.
  9. Arang and the Magistrate = 아랑사또전 (阿娘使道傳). A nobleman can see dead people.
  10. Prosecutor Princess = 검사 프린세스. KDrama version of “Legally Blonde.” DramaFever.
  11. Boys over Flowers = 꽃보다 남자 (꽃보다男子).
    A poor (but smart) girl attends a prestigious high school for rich kids. 25 episodes.
  12. Lie to Me = 내게 거짓말을 해봐. A single woman gets a rich bachelor to lie that he’s married to her. DramaFever.
  13. City Hall = 시티홀. A city hall secretary runs for mayor and wins. 20 episodes. DramaFever.
  14. Coffee Prince = 커피프린스. 17 episodes. DramaFever. A 24-year-old girl poses as a boy to be employed at an all-male coffee shop.
  15. Greatest Love = 최고의 사랑. Movie star Dokko Jin says he loves a girl … and tries to prove it.
  16. 49 Days = 49일. Following death, spirits have 49 days to clear up unfinished business before moving to the next life. 20 episodes.
  17. Playful Kiss = 장난스런 키스. Two teen-agers pretend to be in love. They get married. Terrible acting and boring story.
  18. You’re Beautiful = 미남이시네요. A nun joins a rock band, pretending to be a boy. 16 episodes. DramaFever and NetFlix.
  19. Flower Boy Ramen Shop = 꽃미남 라면가게. A rich kid falls for his student teacher. 16 45-minute episodes.
  20. Personal Taste = 개인의 취향. A straight guy pretends to be gay to rent a room from a famous architect’s daughter. DramaFever.
  21. I Miss You = 보고싶다. Daughter of murderer is bullied at school, protected by boy who likes her. Paths cross later in life. 21 episodes. DramaFever.
  22. Queen In-hyun’s Man = 인현왕후의 남자. A contemporary of the Joseon era Queen In-hyun travels through time to the filming of a movie about Queen In-hyun. Viki.com.
  23. Take Care of the Young Lady a.k.a. My Fair Lady = 아가씨를 부탁해. Father of a rich heiress hires a gangster to control his daughter.
  24. Full House = 풀하우스. When a girl goes on vacation, “friends” sell her house.
  25. My Name Is Kim Sam-soon = 내 이름은 김삼순. 29-year-old Kim Sam-soon has lead a mediocre life. No college, no apartment, no car, no boyfriend.
  26. A Gentleman’s Dignity = 신사의 품격.
    Four “gentlemen” and four “ladies.” (Only one gentleman
    really was a gentleman.) 21 episodes. DramaFever.
  27. I Hear Your Voice = 너의 목소리가 들려. A childhood accident leaves a boy (now a grown teenager) able to hear the thoughts of others. 18 episodes
  28. School 2013 = 학교 2013. Student (and faculty) life at one of Seoul’s worst high schools. 17 episodes.
  29. The Master’s Sun = 주군의 태양. A girl is haunted by the ghosts she sees. Ghosts vanish when the company president touches her. 17 episodes. DramaFever.
  30. Heirs = 왕관을 쓰려는자, 그무게를 견뎌라-상속자들. A bunch of rich kids attend a high school for rich kids. 20 episodes. DramaFever
  31. King 2 Hearts = 더킹 투하츠. Modern (fictional) king of South Korea loves a girl from North Korea. 20 episodes.
  32. Nine: Nine Time Travels = 나인: 아홉 번의 시간여행. Nine magical incense sticks allow a man to travel back in time exactly 20 years earlier. Unexpected ending.
  33. Last Scandal of My Life = 내 생애 마지막 스캔들. Middle-aged divorcee finds job on movie set where the star is her first love. DramaFever.
  34. The Prime Minister and I = 총리와 나. Girl pretends (?) to marry a candidate for Korea’s prime minister.
  35. Bad Family = 불량가족. Some unrelated misfits pretend to be a family to a young girl whose parents have died in a car accident. DramaFire.
  36. Who Are You? (2008) = 누구세요. Similar to 49 Days (above), a person who died has 49 days to clear up affairs before departing. A father “borrows” another’s body (while that person sleeps), trying to make amends to his daughter. DramaFever.
  37. You from a Star (aka My Love from the Star) = 별에서 온 그대. An alien marooned on earth 400 years ago falls in love with a modern Korean actress. 21 episodes.
  38. The Moon Embracing the Sun = 해를 품은 달. Historical drama about love between a fictional Joseon-era king and and a female shaman.
  39. Protect the Boss = 보스를 지켜라. A woman finally lands a job as a secretary at a large company, then falls in love with the boss. 18 episodes. Viki.
  40. Scent of a Woman = 여인의 향기. A woman gets cancer and goes through her bucket list. Viki.
  41. Dalja’s Spring = 달자의 봄. 33-year-old career girl meets younger disillusioned former attorney. DramaFever.
  42. The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry = 아직도 결혼하고 싶은 여자. Two female friends in their thirties look for love. A third friend has already given up. DramaFever.
  43. Secret Love Affair = 밀회. A 20-year-old piano prodigy Lee Sun-jae (of lower class background) falls in love with his 40-year-old piano teacher.
  44. Lovers in Prague = 프라하의 연인. Two guys and two girls meet in Prague, then all return to Korea. They finally live happily ever after. 18 episodes.
  45. Three Days = 쓰리 데이즈. President of South Korea ends up missing while on vacation. Secret service has three days to bring him back to the Blue House.
  46. Doctor Stranger = 닥터 이방인. A South Korean child is tricked into going to North Korea with his father, a famous doctor. The child grows up to be an incredible heart surgeon. Back in South Korea, he is part of a soap opera in a hospital.
  47. Sly and Single Again = 앙큼한 돌싱녀. A wife divorces a nerd who goes on to lead a wildly successful high-tech company. The struggling former wife comes to work for the company. The CEO has never remarried.
  48. King of High School = 고교처세왕. A high school hockey champion fills in for his big
    brother as a director of a large corporation.
  49. Reply 1997 = 응답하라 1997. At a recent high school reunion, former students reflect on their lives since 1997. Viki.com
  50. Marriage, Not Dating = 연애 말고 결혼. A faked engagement goes on and off, around and around … and around … and around. The two finally marry.
  51. Pasta = 파스타. After studying cooking in Italy, a new head chef at the Spera restaurant in Seoul turns the cooking staff upside down.
  52. My Secret Hotel = 마이 시끄릿 호텔. Murder and marriages that last less than three months, one-sided love and love triangles resolve in the last two minutes of the final episode (episode 20).
  53. Surplus Princess (The Mermaid) = 잉여공주. A mermaid has 100 days to find someone who loves her 100%. Although the kdrama’s unpopularity in Korea caused the networks to truncate it at 10 episodes, the writers/producers did a superb job of ending the series. Bravo! (Almost 5 stars!)
  54. The Three Musketeers = 삼총사 (First Season). Three musketeers (one of them the crown prince in Joseon, none of whom carried muskets) and a fourth dude (who also didn’t have a musket) spend 12 episodes trying to mimic Alexander Dumas’ novel.
  55. Blade Man = 아이언맨. [The Hangul title is “Ironman”]. A young man with superpowers (including blades that appear when he is angry) falls in love with a young woman who tames the blades. They fly away together.
  56. When a Man Loves = 남자가 사랑할 때.. Abandoned by his mother, a man becomes a gagster for a loan shark, then falls in love with the daughter of the family owing money. He becomes CEO of a large company. Intricate plot. Gets better after episode 10, improving to the very last (20th) episode.
  57. Misaeng = 미생. Except for Jason Bourne-style scenes in Jordan in the first and last episode, this series takes place in an office building in Seoul. It tells about a temporary employee with only a GED in an office where the rest have ccollege degrees.
  58. Iris = 아이리스. Jason Bourne-like throughout, all 20 episodes were fast moving. Warning: Be prepared for a tragic ending at the end of episode 20. (Well, Shakespeare wrote a few plays with tragic endings …)
  59. Bride of the Century =  백년의 신부. Two girls look exactly alike. Only one of them will be the bride of the century for the eligible bachelor of a wealthy Korean family.
  60. Pinocchio =피노키오. A female reporter (“Pinocchio”) hiccups if she tells lies. Her mother (also a reporter) has ruined people’s lives by lying in her news reports. The Pinnochio falls for a reporter whose family was ruined by the Pinnochio’s mother.. Finished 16 Jan 2015.
  61. Ghost (Phantom) = 유령. Two hackers join the police academy. One joins the police force, the other doesn’t. An explosion burns one of them; the other’s face is badly burned and plastic surgeons make his face look like his friends. They root out criminals. Extremely tight plot … to the last second of epislde 20. Finished 2 Feg 2015.
  62. King’s Face =  왕의 얼굴. Historical drama with a plot based on “face reading.” Has a little bit of everything: a king with concubines. The crown prince’s love is a “companion” to the king. Episodes 18-22 were the most interesting. (23 episodes total).
  63. Healer = 힐러. A “night courier” known as Healer finds a girl friend, his girl friend’s father’s killer, his own father’s killer, his teacher’s killer, and a corruption ring, with the help of an Ajumma and others. Easily one of my favorite KDramas … ever. Finished episode 20 2/11/2015.
  64. Kill Me, Heal Me = 킬미, 힐미. Two childhood best friends (a boy and a girl) are abused. The boy copes by developing seven different personalities. The two meet up years later. The girl–now a psychiatrist–helps heal the person that she discovers is her childhood friend. Never drags; superb ending. The acting is unparalleled! Watched episode 20 3/13/2015.
  65. Punch = 펀치. A (fictional, I hope) series about corruption among prosecutors at the highest levels of government in South Korean. It seems like everyone was corrupt. (Well, except for 2-3 of the main characters. In the end, the bad guys got what they deserved. (Thank goodness!) Watched final (19th) episode 3/20/2015.
  66. Two Outs in the Ninth Inning = 9회말 2아웃. A guy and a girl have been friends since they were born. Now they are 30 and still single. They finally decide they love each other at the end. (So why does the girl say she won’t marry him? The writers blew the ending big time; hence 4 stars instead of 5 …) Superb acting. Finished 4/6/2015.
  67. Let’s Eat = 식샤를 합시다. 16 happy go lucky (mostly) episodes about eating, featuring a four-some from a law office, one of whom lives next-door to an insurance salesman and a newly arrived younger woman whose father is in prison. Oh, there is also a delivery boy from Busan.
  68. What’s Up! = 왓츠업. A pickpocket hoodlum steals a scooter and causes a man to die in a traffic accident. The hoodlum enters a musical theater university and falls for the man’s daughter. An alcoholic professor, a masked singer-idol. Ended with few issues resolved.
  69. Falling in Love with Soon Jung = 순정에 반하다. Cutthroat investor is recipient of heart transplant from the fiancé of Soon Jung. With the new heart, the annoying investor becomes likable and falls in love with Soon Jung. Satisfying ending.
  70. Warm and Cozy = 맨도롱 또똣 aka Jeju Island Gatsby = 제주도 개츠비. Two “outsiders” from the mainland of Korea (Seoul, IIRC) try to fit in among the locals of Jeju Island. They fall in love (again?). Lots of dialect, as witnessed by frequent Hangul subtitles beneath the English subtitles.
  71. My Girl = 마이 걸. A young single woman picks tangerines that grow on a seldom occupied estate owned by a rich young single man. He catches her. Learning that she can speak Japanese and Chinese (besides Korean), he hires her to interpret from some Chinese tourists staying at his hotel. Ends happily.
  72. I Remember You (aka Hello Monster) = 너를 기억해. Psycopath(s), killers, murders (lots of them) and detectives. I could tell as it neared the 16th episode that there was no way that it could resolve. I was right. (Actually, it could have had more stars if they had written an ending.)
  73. Oh My Ghostess = 오 나의 귀신님. About ghosts, being possessed (in a positive light), cooking, etc. Superb writing, directing, acting (by the total spectrum of actors). Possibly my favorite of all time?
  74. Heard It through the Grapevine = 풍문으로 들었소. Son of the rich head of a corrupt law firm marries the daughter of a working family. Had moments reminiscent of the British “Upstairs Downstairs.” Wonderful music, but the plot died out towards the end of the 30 episodes.
  75. Twenty Again = 두번째 스무살. At age 18 a girl began a 20-year unhappy marriage. They she discovered her first love (whom she had known before her marriage). 16 episodes. WARNING: Episode 15 is particularly annoying. It ruined the series for me. I couldn’t take episode 16 seriously as a result.
  76. Miss Granny = 수상한 그녀. Rare Korean movie (single episode) that I didn’t turn off during first 10 minutes.
  77. King of Dramas aka Lord of Dramas = 드라마의 제왕. 18 episodes, not one of them dull. Leads are both talented actors. Anthony Kim is the King–he’ll do anything for a successful drama (and does do it)! A budding writer makes it big in her first drama. Satisfying ending.
  78. Dr. Champ = 닥터챔프. When a new M.D. becomes a whistle blower, she ends up as a doctor for athletes at Korea’s national training center. Started out slowly; had its moments towards the end.
  79. Miss Korea = 미스코리아. When they graduated from high school they were in love. He went on to college; she was an elevator girl. Struggling with a startup company, he rediscovers his girl friend of 10 years earlier gets her to compete in the 1997 Miss Korea competition. 20 episodes (worth the episodes).
  80. Plus Nine Boys, Or Age Ending in Nine Boys =아홉수 소년. Three sons, aged 9, 19, and 29, live with their widowed mother and her younger brother, age 39. All five males were looking for girls. Satisfying (and believable ending). 14 episodes.
  81. The Pirates = 해적: 바다로 간 산적.. Second Korean movie I have let play to the end–but only because I was asleep through the last half. Not sure what it was about.
  82. Couple or Trouble or Couple Fantasy = 환상의 커플. A nasty hotel heiress returns to her husband in Korea. He talks of a divorce. She loses her memory and is rescued by a blue-collar worker. 16 episodes.
  83. Splash Splash Love = 퐁당퐁당 LOVE. Two episodes. High school girl steps in a puddle and transports back to King Sejong in the Joseon Era. Teaches him math, Hanagula, etc.
  84. Imaginary Cat = 상상고양이. Eight short (or 16 even shorter) episodes. An aspiring webtoon author lives with his cat and works part-time in a bookstore. A possible future girlfriend also likes the cat.
  85. She Was Pretty = 그녀는 예뻤다.About the creators of The Most magazine. The second male lead (TEN) stole the show. I felt sorry for him. (I”ll look for him in future KDramas.)
  86. I Am Sam =  아이 엠 샘. Sam is a high school teacher. In the real world he would go to jail for being a live-in tutor of a cute female student. … But he didn’t go to jail, and there was no hanky-panky. The ending was very successful.
  87. Signal = 시그널. A story of three detectives communicating in different time lines. Very powerful, skillful writing. Well done. Could have had a bit better resolution at the end.
  88. Baby Faced Beauty = 동안미녀. A 34-year-old woman gets a job using her 27-year-old sister’s name. Falls in love with a 27-year-old guy.
  89. Page Turner = 페이지 터너. Two pianists–a boy and a girl–compete … and turn pages for each other. A high jumper helps them resolve their differences.
  90. Please Come Back, Mister = 돌아와요 아저씨. Two men and return in others’ bodies. Great ending!
  91. He Who Can’t Marry = 결혼 못하는 남자. An 40-year-old loner who is an architect and a 40-year-old female physician try to fall in love for 16 episodes. Finally–at the end of the 16th episode–it seems like they MIGHT have married? Actually, the architect is a mentally ill jerk. Any marriage would be short-lived. Finished 24 Apr 2016.
  92. Ms. Temper & Nam Jung Gi = 욱씨남정기. Reminiscent of Misaeng but with a better ending. Takes place in the office of a small company trying to make it big.
  93. Drama World = 드라마월드.Outsiders (not of the “Drama World”) step inside the fantasy of a KDrama series. The last 2 or more (of 10) episldes were definitely 5 stars. But the last two episodes can’t make up for hos much I disliked the first episodes.
  94. Oh! My Lady = 오! 마이 레이디. A divorced Ahjumma convinces a rock singer to be in a musical.
  95. Bong Soon: A Cyborg in Love = 사랑하면 죽는 여자 봉순이. 12 short episodes about a female cyborg and the team that programmed her. The team leader gets Alzheimers.
  96. Shining Inheritance = 찬란한 유산 aka Brilliant Legacy. A father “dies,” splitting up his family and leaving a daughter and autistic son to fend for themselves. Intrigue and fortune follow.
  97.  Another Oh Hae-young = 또! 오해영. Park Do-kyung is a Foley (motion picture) sound professional who becomes involved with two women named Oh Hae-young. The first half of the series had great chemistry and was headed for 5 or 6 stars. Then it was extended from 16 to 18 episodes, and they added far too much filler. Also it became too “honeymoon-before-marriage” for my taste. It crashed and burned at the end.
  98. Squad 38 = 38사기동대 (aka Task Force 38). Some con artists con rich tax evaders out of their tax money. Great at first; not quite as good toward the end.
  99. Thumping Spike = 두근두근 스파이.  After a wildly popular volleyball star injures her foot (ankle?), she decides to coach the last-place high school volleyball team. The team wins first place. 20 “web drama” (i.e. short) episodes on DramaFever.
  100. Let’s Fight Ghost = 싸우자 귀신아.  A college student guy can see ghosts, both weird and not so weird. Interesting plot. Not for kids. 16 episodes on Dramafever. (Episode 15 was the best.)
  101. W = 더블유. A surgeon from the real world saves the life of her future husband who lives in the webtoon world. Watched last episode on Viki 14 Sep 2016.
  102. Six Flying Dragons = 육룡이 나르샤. Before watching this I vowed never to watch a KDrama of more than 20 episodes. Hearing great recommendations about this, however, I decided to watch a few episodes. There wasn’t a single boring episode. It’s a historical drama about Korea in the late 1300’s as it was transforming to Joseon. Finished 1 Oct 2016.
  103. Another Parting = 어떤 안녕. YouTube Video of 5 10-minute episodes. An alien has 24 hours to learn why humans cry.
  104. Go Ho’s Starry Night = 고호의 별이 빛나는 밤에. 20 15-minute episodes about 5 guys that like the same girl in a Korean advertising office. Finished 7 Nov 2016.
  105. Jealousy Incarnate = 질투의 화신. An SBS news anchor and a weather announcer are part of several love triangles in a very tight plot (not a single “filler” episode among all 24). Superb acting, writing and directing.  Watched last episode 10 Nov 2016 on DramaFever
  106. Shopping King Louie = 쇼핑왕 루이. At first looked like maybe a 5? Then downhill from there (especially the last 8 episodes). A Chaebol son loses his memory.  He’s a great shopper. Finished 11 Nov 2016. On Viki
  107. The K2 = 더 케이투. Great acting by many actors, including the star of Healer. Great ending. Slow middle. High action adventure. Finished 3 December 2016. DramaFever.
  108. 1% of Something = 1%의 어떤것.  This 2016 remake of an earlier Kdrama is much better than the earlier one. A young school teacher saves the aging CEO of a large company. The CEO wants his grandson to follow in his footsteps, but he isn’t married. He lines up his grandson with the school teacher. Finished 9 Dec 2016. DramaFever.
  109. The Beauty Inside = 뷰티 인사이드 (motion picture). Starting at age 18, a man wakes up in a different body every time he sleeps. Fascinating. Watched 12/16/2016 on NetFlix.
  110. Tree with Deep Roots = 뿌리깊은 나무. Fictional account of the invention of the Korean writing system (Hangul) during the reign of King Sejong (who died in 1450). The events of this Kdrama followed the events of Three Flying Dragons. Watched last (24th) episode  22 Dec 2016.
  111. Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim = 낭만닥터 김사부.  Forced to leave a Seoul hospital years earlier, a skilled surgeon winds up in a rural hospital. Riveting except for the last (20th) episode–or so I thought until I noticed an extra episode the following day. The 21st episode clinched 5 stars. Finished 17 Jan 2017.
  112. Goblin: The Lonely and Great God = 쓸쓸하고 찬란하神-도깨비. A great mythology, great characters (and actors), wide range of emotions, and superb ending. A goblin, grim reapers, ghosts. Watched last (16th) episode 1/21/2017 on DramaFever.
  113. Tomorrow with You = 내일 그대와. A train wreck leads to marriage between a girl and a time travelling guy. They are fated to die together on a specific day in the future. Will it happen? (No spoilers, sorry). Watched last episode 25 Mar 2017.
  114. Train to Busan = 부산행. Korean Movie about zombies. Watched on Netflix 31 Mar 2017.
  115. Chief Kim = 김과장. A gang money manager decides to work for a corrupt corporation with the goal of cheating them out of some money and going to live in Denmark. Things change for the better, however.