5 Best Korean TV Shows of All Time!!

Marie Claire

Whether you wish to fall in love all over again or need a good cry, Korean TV Shows are the most promising ones. Just like anime series, Korean TV shows are so fascinating and overwhelming. Damn!! How can someone be so cute? Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young have all my heart, already. I would love to share my favorite list of best Korean TV shows with you all, to take your obsession to next level.

Korean drama popularly referred to as K-Drama has a worldwide popularity for its wide accessibility via different platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. You get to choose from various languages. Attracted by the fashion, culture, and styling of K-dramas, the Korean wave gained widespread popularity. Check out the list of best Korean TV shows that made the Korean Wave more influential.

The perfect puppy love story of Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young in “Healer” and the level of tears you’d shed watching “Reply 1988” is unmatched. Not just these two, there are plenty of Korean shows that you can watch. Some of the best Korean TV shows of all time are Mr. Sunshine, Stranger, Full House, Coffee Prince, and Boys Over Flowers.

What’s so special about these shows? What makes them the best Korean TV shows of all time? It’s the ratings and their worldwide popularity of course but I bet you can’t stop yourself from falling in love with the characters after watching these shows.

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5 Best Korean TV Shows of All Time

Here is the much-awaited list of the 5 best Korean TV shows of all time. Don’t wait just jump into the list and start watching.


Best Korean TV Shows of All Time; Mr.Sunshine
Source: The Drama Corner

Mr.Sunshine is a South Korean historical romance TV series. This series stars my favorite star cast Lee Byung-Hun, Kim Tae-Ri, Kim Min-jung, Byun Yo-hn, and Yoo Yeon-Seok. For those who are fond of real historic documentaries kinda series, this one is for you. Unlike other historical dramas, Mr.Sunshine includes some real historical happenings from Korean history. The story is from the late ’80s to early ’90s mainly focusing on Righteous Army.

Mr.Sunshine is the story about Joseon’s sovereignty (Joseon- a Korean Dynastic kingdom that lasted for over 5 centuries). Eugene Choi (played by Lee Byung-hun) was born a slave in Joseon who managed to escape to the United States after the Korean Expedition in 1871. He becomes a Mariner and returns to Joseon for a mission, where he meets Go Ae-shin (played by Kim Tae-Ri) and falls in love with her. It’s full of historical events, romance, and melodrama!!

No.of Seasons: 1

No.of Episodes: 24

Forest of Secrets – Stranger

Best Korean TV Shows of All Time; Forest of Secrets - Stranger
Source: Soompi

Stranger (adapted from the fantasy novel “Forest of Secrets”) is a South Korean Crime drama thriller TV series. This series got tremendous love and fan base both at the domestic and international level for its strong performances, heavy plot, and gripping episodes. At times where this series leaves you thrilled with its crime scenes, it can make you shed tears too for its emotional storyline. This is one of the best Korean TV shows of all time.

“Stranger” is the story of an exemplary Prosecutor, Hwang Si-Mok who suffered from hypersensitivity to certain sound frequencies. He goes through a surgery that made him lose his social skills including the sense of empathy. Hwang and Han Yeo-jin, a police Lieutenant, finds about the large corruption scheme taking place for years in Prosecutor’s Office and a Conglomerate. The suspense and drama feel so real that they can keep you engaged throughout.

No.of Seasons: 2

No.of Episodes: 32

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Full House

Best Korean TV Shows of All Time; Full House
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For those spotting a romantic comedy show on this list, Full House is for them. Full House is a South Korean romance drama TV series. This series made a great contribution in hying the popularity of Korean shows as it was a great success in Asia. Starring Song Hye-Kyo, Rain, Kim Sung-soo, and Han Eun-Jung this series takes you on a beautiful romantic ride.

With love comes jealousy and complications too. Full House is the story of an aspiring scriptwriter, Han Ji-Eun (Song Hye-Kyo) who lives in her familial hose called the ‘Full House’. She is fooled by her friends that she won a free vacation. As she goes out on the vacation she meets Lee Young-Jae(Rain), a famous actor.

They spend a good time together but never get along due to their contrasting nature. Only after they enter a contract marriage to make Lee Young’s girlfriend jealous do they come to know about being attracted to each other. Complicated, right? But it’s an amazing love story with comic scenes to make you love and laugh at the same time.

No.of Seasons: 1

No.of Episodes: 16

Coffee Prince

Best Korean TV Shows of All Time; Coffee Prince
Source: Forbes

Another popular romantic comedy series for all the love birds is Coffee Prince. The name sounds interesting, right? Well, so is the story. Coffee Prince is a South Korean TV series starring extremely talented cast Yoon Eun-Hye, Lee Sun-Kyun, Gong Yoo, and Chae Jung-an. This romantic drama hailed positive reviews both from critics and its fans. It’s a high-rated hit drama that won multiple awards.

Coffee Prince is a story about young people and their unlikely romantic stories. Eun-chan is a girl who dresses like a tomboy to get work. A young food mogul Han-Kyul was unaware of the sexuality of Eun-chan due to her tomboyish dressing sense. Later when he found out that Eun is a girl, he feels angry but later on they get both develop love chemistry.

No.of Seasons: 1

No.of Episodes: 17

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Boys Over Flowers

Best Korean TV Shows of All Time; Boys Over Flowers
Source: Film Daily

If you are given a choice would you choose boys over flowers? Boys over Flowers is a high school teenage drama. Every high school has a rich brat who is popular due to his royalty. Here also you’ll spot an F4 gang of rich kids led by a fearless rich boy Jun-Pyo Koo.

A poor girl, Geum Jan-Di (Hye-Seon Ku) who is optimistic even in the worst situations. Luckily she gets admission to a prestigious high school. There she comes across this popular F4 group of four handsome boys with whom she develops a love angel later on. With all four of them? Well, that’s a secret that you should find yourself watching this show. This is one of the most popular and best Korean TV shows of all time.

No.of Seasons: 1

No.of Episodes: 25

Frequently Asked Questions About K-Drama:

Which is the highest-rated K-Drama of all time?

Some of the most-watched and highest-rated K-Dramas are:
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon
Memories of the Alhambra
Reply 1994
The Lady in Dignity

Which are the most popular K dramas?

Moon Lovers
Crash Landing on You
Kill Me, Heal Me
Boys Over Flowers
Full House

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These are the five best Korean TV shows that are my all-time favorites. Not just the characters, not just the story but everything about them is lovable. Which are your favorite shows among these. Do tell us in the comment section below. 

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