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TV Shows & Series: Best TV Shows/Series in Korean(한국어)

Korean (North Korean: 조선말/朝鮮말, chosŏnmal; South Korean: 한국어/韓國語, hangugeo) is an East Asian language spoken by about 77 million people. It is the official and national language of both Koreas: North Korea and South Korea, with different standardized official forms used in each country. It is a recognised minority language in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture and Changbai Korean Autonomous County of Jilin Province, China. It is also spoken in parts of Sakhalin, Russia and Central Asia. Historical and modern linguists classify Korean as a language isolate; however, it does have a few extinct relatives, which together with Korean itself and the Jeju language (spoken in the Jeju Province and considered somewhat distinct) form the Koreanic language family. The linguistic homeland of Korean is suggested to be somewhere in Manchuria. ()

Korean is spoken in People's Republic of China, South Korea and North Korea and 1,269 TV shows/series (between 1977 and 2021) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these TV shows/series were shot in South Korea (1,231). Popular genres for Korean TV shows/series are Drama (877), Comedy (440) and Kids & Family (144). True Beauty (2020-), Infinite Challenge (2005-2018), Running Man (2010-), Law of the Jungle (2011-) and Goblin (2016-2017) are among the best known & most successful Korean TV shows/series.


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True Beauty(2020-)

1h 15min per episode | Comedy, Drama
3.9/5 (with 9 votes)

Lim Ju Kyung is a high school student. Since she was little, she has had a complex about her appearance. To hide her bare face, Ju Kyung always wears make-up. Her excellent make-up skills make her pretty and she hides her bare face in front of others. She gets involved with 2 men; Lee Soo Ho and Han Seo Jun.

With Moon Ga-young, Cha Eun-woo, Park Yoo-na

Infinite Challenge(2005-2018)

1h 30min per episode | Reality-TV, Comedy
3.8/5 (with 7 votes)

Infinite Challenge has been reported as the first "Real-Variety" show in Korean television history. The program is largely unscripted, and follows a similar format of challenge-based Reality Television programs, familiar to the audiences in the West, but the challenges are often silly, absurd, or impossible to achieve, so the program takes on the aspect of a satirical comedy variety show, rather than a more standard reality or contest program. In order to achieve its comedic purposes its 6 hosts and staff continuously proclaim, the elements of this show are the 3-Ds, Dirty, Dangerous, and Difficult.

Directed by Kim Tae-ho - With Park Myeong-su, Jeong Jun-ha, Yoo Jae-suk, Haha, Yang Se-hyung, Jo Se-ho, ...

Running Man(2010-)

1h 25min per episode | Comedy, Reality-TV
4.1/5 (with 33 votes)

These days, variety entertainment is gradually disappearing. It is one of Korea's representative variety entertainment shows that has been in charge of Sunday evenings for over 10 years. In this program, many stars and members play games and missions together. It is characterized by going around several places. In particular, this program focuses solely on laughter among the many fun elements of entertainment. Open your eyes! Big fun enters! Open your mouth! A big smile enters! Open your mind! Instructive lesson enters!

Law of the Jungle(2011-)

3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Law of the Jungle is a hybrid reality show combining elements of drama and documentary. The show is hosted by comedian Kim Byung Man, and each episode invites various celebrities from the various field. So far, many of idol stars and famous actors have appeared on the show. The show introduces viewers to exotic locations around the world where celebrities must work together in order to complete missions and survive. The cast celebrities travel to less habituated, natural places to survive on their own and experience life with local tribes and people. In each location, the guests are tasked to hunt and prepare their meals and also create shelter for the tribe. They sometimes confronted by many difficult challenges. Where will the tribe visit? And how will they survive on their own? Stay tuned to check out!

Goblin(2016-2017)

1h 30min per episode | Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.4/5 (with 661 votes)

Kim Shin is an immortal “goblin,” and has the rather honorable title of being the Protector of Souls. His roommate Wang Yeo also happens to have the equally lofty, if thoroughly opposing, title of Angel of Death, and he acts as the storied grim reaper that claims souls. However, both these devilishly handsome angels have a problem: Wang Yeo has amnesia and Kim Shin wants to end his own (immortal) life. Unfortunately for goblins, the only way to defeat immortality is to marry a human bride. For that purpose, Kim Shin decides to win over Ji Eun Tak an optimistic high school girl who he thinks will be the priestess that ends his cursed existence. Now, once responsible for protecting souls and watching them pass, Kim Shin now tries to send his own to the afterlife. But when a slightly complicated method of suicide starts turning into true love, will our immortal goblin begin to regret his decision--where acting on that very love ultimately means the end of his life?

Sweet Home(2020-)

TV-MA
| 52min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama
4.3/5 (with 191 votes)

Cha Hyun-Soo is a high school student. He is also a recluse and rarely leaves his room. He refuses to talk to his father, mother and younger sister. One day, his whole family, except for him, dies in a car accident. Cha Hyun-Soo is left all alone. He moves into a small apartment. At this time, a mysterious phenomenon of humans turning into monster occur all around the world. The residents of Cha Hyun-Soo's apartment building, including Pyeon Sang-Wook, fight against these monsters and try to survive.

Directed by Lee Eung-bok - With Song Kang, Lee Jin-wook, Lee Si-young, Park Gyu-young, Go Younjung, Lee Do-hyun, ...

We Got Married(2008-2018)

1h 25min per episode | Reality-TV
2.5/5 (with 4 votes)

We Got Married is a South Korean reality variety show, one segment of the Sunday Sunday Night program. First broadcast in 2008, the show pairs up Korean celebrities to show what life would be like if they were married. Each week, couples are assigned missions to complete, with candid interviews of the participants to reveal their thoughts and feelings.

Men on a Mission(2015-)

1h 20min per episode | Reality-TV, Comedy
4.1/5 (with 7 votes)

Male celebs play make-believe as high schoolers, welcoming star transfer students every week and engaging in battles of witty humor and slapstick.

Love Alarm(2019-)

50min per episode | Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.3/5 (with 397 votes)

Love Alarm is an app that tells you if someone within a 10-meter radius has a crush on you. It quickly becomes a social phenomenon. While everyone talks about it and uses it to test their love and popularity, Jojo is one of the few people who have yet to download the app. However, she soon faces a love triangle situation between Sun-oh whom she starts to have feelings for, and Hye-young, who has had a huge crush on her.

Nonstop(2000-2003)

25min per episode | Drama, Comedy
2.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Nonstop is a South Korean slice-of-life sitcom that broadcast its first season in 2000 on MBC. It continued with 5 more seasons. The series was popular for its cast of teen idols, many who debuted through the show..

With Lee Min-woo, Kim Young-jun, Yang Dong-geun, Jennifer Kim, I To-un, Lee Jae-eun, ...

Home Alone(2013-)

1h 20min per episode | Reality-TV
3.8/5 (with 3 votes)

It can be a badge of honor to be “single.” “I Live Alone” is a documentary-style South Korean reality series that follows the members of a self-formed club called Rainbow, which is comprised of celebrities who are single and live alone.

Weekly Idol(2011-)

50min per episode | Talk-Show
4.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Weekly Idol is back with all new hosts. Cho Sae Ho, Hwang Kwang Hee and Nam Chang Hee are sticking together as a new unit group for Weekly Idol, a.k.a CKN Trio, to turn the idol world upside down! Get ready for their hot debut! Cho Sae Ho transforms himself into an idol expert. The hottest entertainer in the show business is marching into the idol world after taking over variety shows and he's more than ready to dominate the show with his amazing look and talents. They say idols understand each other best! As soon as being discharged from military service, Hwang Kwang Hee is reenlisted in Weekly Idol as a senior and a mentor to cheer his fellow idol friends. And lastly, the hidden card of the trio, Nam Chang Hee joins Weekly Idol. With his irresistible charms and talents, Nam Chang Hee becomes the irreplaceable member of Weekly Idol and shows off his amazing chemistry with idols.

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2 Days and 1 Night(2007-)

1h 30min per episode | Comedy, Reality-TV
4.1/5 (with 7 votes)

2 Days & 1 Night is a South Korean reality-variety show with the motto "real wild road variety." Its main concept is to recommend various places of interest that viewers can visit in South Korea.

Directed by Na Young-seok - With Kim Jong-min

Boys Over Flowers(2009)

1h 5min per episode | Comedy, Drama
4.2/5 (with 510 votes)

A working class girl winds up at an exclusive prep school. Unassuming high school girl Jan Di stands up to -- and eventually falls for -- a spoiled rich kid who belongs to the school's most powerful clique.

The Return of Superman(2013-)

1h 40min per episode | Reality-TV
4.5/5 (with 4 votes)

An up-close look at celebrity dads who have to take care of their kids for the next 48 hours without any help. Will it be a dad-tastrophe, or can they finish their wives' to-do lists while having fun with their kids?

Radio Star(2015-)

1h 20min per episode | Talk-Show

€?Radio Star” is a South Korean music talk show where the guests and hosts talk openly and intimately about their lives, their pasts and their work. It is part of Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation's "Golden Fishery" programming block.

SNL Korea(2011-)

4.0/5 (with 2 votes)

Korea's version of the late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory cast members.

My ID is Gangnam Beauty(2018)

1h 5min per episode | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 12 votes)

This romantic comedy chronicles the life of Mirae, who has always believed that her life would be better if she were born more beautiful. After she goes under the knife, she comes out looking like the beautiful woman she has always dreamed of becoming. She feels ready to take on the world for the first time, and she falls madly in love with Seok, the perfect man. Except Seok hates people who get plastic surgery.

With Im Soo-hyang, Cha Eun-woo, Jo Woo-ri, Kwak Dong-yeon, Woo Hyun, Kim Sun-hwa, ...

My Strange Hero(2018-2019)

35min per episode | Comedy, Drama
3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

When Kang Bok-Soo was a high school student, he was falsely accused of committing violence and kicked out of school. This was caused by his first love Son Soo-Jung and a male student Oh Se-Ho. Kang Bok-Soo is a now an adult, but his life has not gone smoothly. To get revenge on Son Soo-Jung and Oh Se-Ho, he returns to the same high school as a student. The environment at the school has changed and Kang Bok-Soo gets involved in unexpected cases.

The King: Eternal Monarch(2020)

1h 12min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama
4.2/5 (with 218 votes)

When a gateway opens to a parallel universe in modern-day Korea, a king must step into another world in search of answers to a long-unanswered mystery.

Directed by Baek Sang-hoon - With Lee Min Ho, Kim Go-eun, Woo Do-hwan, Kim Kyung-nam, Jung Eun-chae, Lee Jeong-jin, ...

Dinning Together(2016-)

1h 20min per episode | Reality-TV
4.3/5 (with 1 vote)

As more and more people are getting used to eating dinner alone, Kang Ho-dong and Lee Kyung-kyu visit ordinary Korean families at dinner time and share their lives as they eat dinner together.

It's Okay to Not Be Okay(2020)

TV-MA
| 1h 15min per episode | Drama, Comedy
4.4/5 (with 282 votes)

Desperate to escape from his emotional baggage and the heavy responsibility he’s had all his life, a psychiatric ward worker begins to heal with help from the unexpected—a woman who writes fairy tales but doesn’t believe in them.

A Love to Kill(2005)

1h per episode | Drama
3.7/5 (with 3 votes)

The drama follows the top female celebrity Cha Eunsuk and the good-for-nothing fighter Kang Bokgu who are trapped in a fateful yet merciless grip of love.

Directed by Kim Kyu-tae - With Rain

Amazing Saturday - Music Bites(2018-)

1h 15min per episode | Comedy, Reality-TV
4.9/5 (with 2 votes)

A group of hungry celebrities listen to poppin’ tunes, from recent hits to all-time-favorites, to correctly dictate a part of the lyrics. The songs may sound familiar, but the part they must dictate are unclear to the naked ear, as the lyrics are slurred, muffled by strong beats, etc. If they get the lyrics right, they get to share exquisite regional dishes. But if they get them wrong, a professional eater gobbles it up instead.

Kingdom(2019-)

TV-MA
| 51min per episode | Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery
4.2/5 (with 201 votes)

In this zombie thriller set in Korea's medieval Joseon dynasty, a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak.

The Legend of the Blue Sea(2016)

3.3/5 (with 31 votes)

How can a mermaid from the Joseon era survive in modern-day Seoul? Shim Chung is a mermaid who finds herself transplanted to modern times. She is caught by Heo Joon Jae, a charming but cold con artist who is the doppelgänger for Kim Moon, the son of a nobleman from the Joseon Dynasty. But in the present time, Joon Jae works with Jo Nam Doo, a skilled conman who guides Joon Jae to become a genius scammer. But Joon Jae’s friend, Cha Shi Ah, who works as a researcher at KAIST, may be Chung’s only hope for surviving in her strange new world.

Directed by Jin Hyuk - With Jeon Ji-hyeon, Lee Min Ho, Kal So-won, Shin Eun-soo, Jeon Jin-seo, Park Jin-young, ...

Idol Room(2018-)

1h 30min per episode | Talk-Show
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Find out all about your favorite K-pop idol groups! Hosted by the “idol experts”, Jeong Hyeong-don and Defconn!

Class of Lies(2019)

1h 10min per episode | Crime
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Ki Moo-Hyeok, a lawyer with a high winning rate, only cares about money. Due to a murder case at a high school which he deals with, his reputation as a lawyer hits rock bottom. To regain his good name as a lawyer, he sneaks into the high school and work as a temporary teacher. He tries to reveal a secret which the students have, and gets involved with Teacher Ha So-Hyun, a P.E. teacher who loves her students. They then face the students'secret.

Su Baek-hyang, The King's Daughter(2013-2014)

TV-14
| 30min per episode | Drama
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

This is the story of Su Baek-hyang, born as the elder daughter of King Mu-ryeong but unable to retain her title of princess due to her ambitious younger sister, Sol-hui. Humble and hard-working, she was taught never to want or to desire beyond what she has, but the fate given to her is one that will affect not only her life and her family's lives, but the entire nation as she struggles to find her place in life and fight for love.

Princess Aurora(2013)

30min per episode | Comedy

Oh Ro-ra is a 25-year-old woman whose family owns Chunwang Foods, a large food conglomerate. Both of her parents are in their seventies and a 20-plus age difference exists between Ro-ra and her three other male siblings - Wang-sung, Geum-sung and Soo-sung. As the youngest child of a wealthy family, Ro-ra is charming, uber-confident and seemingly a spoiled material girl, but there's more to her than meets the eye. Unafraid to speak her mind, she intervenes to salvage her 50-year-old second brother's marriage by getting rid of his mistress who had lied about getting pregnant. One day, she falls head over heels for Hwang Ma-ma, an irritable novelist and perfectionist. But he has one flaw that could torpedo their relationship.

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