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

Korean (South Korean: 한국어/韓國語, hangugeo; North Korean: 조선말/朝鮮말, chosŏnmal) is an East Asian language spoken by about 77 million people, mainly Korean, as of 2010. It is the official and national language of both 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 one of the Altaic languages or 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) form the Koreanic language family. The linguistic homeland of Korean is suggested to be somewhere in Manchuria. Modern Korean is written in Hangul, a system developed in the 15th century for that purpose. Originally it was written in Hanja, based on the Chinese characters. ()

Korean is spoken in People's Republic of China, South Korea and North Korea and 1,300 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 (1,257). Popular genres for Korean TV shows/series are Drama (897), Comedy (445) and Kids & Family (141). True Beauty (2020-2021), Love Alarm (2019-2021), Sweet Home (2020), Infinite Challenge (2005-2018) and Goblin (2016-2017) are among the best known & most successful Korean TV shows/series.


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True Beauty(2020-2021)

1h 15min per episode | Comedy, Drama
3.7/5 (with 17 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 Su-ho and Han Seo-jun.

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

Love Alarm(2019-2021)

50min per episode | Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.3/5 (with 654 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.

Sweet Home(2020)

TV-MA
| 52min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama
4.3/5 (with 240 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, ...

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, ...

Goblin(2016-2017)

1h 30min per episode | Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.4/5 (with 692 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?

Boys Over Flowers(2009)

1h 5min per episode | Comedy, Drama
4.2/5 (with 538 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.

Weekly Idol(2011-)

50min per episode | Talk-Show
3.3/5 (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.

20th Century Boy and Girl(2017)

35min per episode | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

The heartwarming romantic comedy is about the friendship and love lives of three single virgins born in 1983. Their romantic lives begin when the boy they liked in their youth shows up one day. They live in Oksu-dong in rundown apartments, and the warm human drama will be about neighborly affection, and the meaning of home, family, and friendship.

Running Man(2010-)

1h 25min per episode | Comedy, Reality-TV
4.2/5 (with 47 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!

Start-Up(2020)

TV-14
| 1h 12min per episode | Drama, Comedy
4.3/5 (with 14 votes)

Young entrepreneurs aspiring to launch virtual dreams into reality compete for success and love in the cutthroat world of Korea's high-tech industry.

Mr. Queen(2020-2021)

1h 12min per episode | Drama, Comedy, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.5/5 (with 49 votes)

In the present day, Jang Bong Hwan works as a chef at the President's Blue House. She has a free spirit, but her spirit somehow finds its way into the body of Queen Kim So Yong in the Joseon period. King Cheol Jong has secrets. He seems like a figurehead, who is gentle and easygoing. In fact, he hides his strong aspects. Queen Sunwon is the late King Sunjo’s wife. She wields the true power in the country and, thus, relegates King Cheol Jong as just a figurehead. Kim Jwa Geun is Queen Sunwon’s younger brother. He is extremely ambitious.

Men on a Mission(2015-)

1h 20min per episode | Reality-TV, Comedy
4.2/5 (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.

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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.

Jumong(2006-2007)

1h 20min per episode | War & Politics, Drama
4.3/5 (with 4 votes)

Jumong  examines the life of Jumong Taewang, founder of the kingdom of Goguryeo. Few details have been found in the historical record about Jumong, so much of the series is fictionalized. The fantastic elements surrounding the original Jumong legend have been replaced with events more grounded in reality.

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, ...

2 Days and 1 Night(2007-)

1h 30min per episode | Comedy, Reality-TV
3.6/5 (with 8 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

Here Comes Robo KDI-109!(2017)

14min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy

KDI-109, a male robot from the future, comes to live with Shin Ki Won's family. She is a girl who is studying in the philosophy department.

W: Two Worlds Apart(2016)

4.3/5 (with 189 votes)

Han Hyo-joo plays a surgeon whose father is a famous comic book creator. One day Dad goes missing and she rushes to his workshop to look for him, and instead finds a strange man bathed in blood. She gets kidnapped by the bloody man, which is where their story begins. The drama takes place in 2016 Seoul, but in different dimensions that exist in parallel with one another. It’s described as a suspense romance melodrama about “a man and a woman who are living in the same time, but different worlds.”

Directed by Jung Dae-yoon - With Lee Jong-seok, Han Hyo-joo

Good Doctor(2013)

1h per episode | Drama
4.2/5 (with 7 votes)

As a child, Park Shi On was sent to a specialized care center, where he discovered genius capacities for his autism. Coupled with an exceptional memory and keen spatial skills, the young savant eventually entered pediatric residency, where he developed into a promising surgeon. However, his mental and emotional development seems to have stopped at 10-years-old, which makes for incredible conflicts in and out of the O.R., especially with the hotheaded surgeon Kim Do Han. Despite warm hearted and fair colleagues like Cha Yoon Seo and Han Jin Wook , it’s a fierce and competitive adult world. One cannot simply tell Shi On to “grow up.”

SNL Korea(2011-)

1h 30min per episode | Comedy
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.

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.

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 238 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, ...

The Penthouse(2020-)

1h 10min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Kids & Family
4.0/5 (with 6 votes)

A woman puts everything on the line to achieve her goal of being able to move into a luxury penthouse in the Gangnam District. In the process, she gradually finds herself turning into a monster.

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!

100 Days My Prince(2018)

20min per episode | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 24 votes)

Lee Yool falls off a cliff and nearly dies in an attempted assassination. He loses his memory, and wanders for 100 days under a new name and personality. During this period, he meets Hong Sim, head of the first detective agency in Joseon.

With D.O., Nam Ji-hyun, Jo Seong-ha, Han So-hee, Jo Han-chul, Jung Ji-hoon, ...

Doctors(2016)

1h per episode | Drama
4.1/5 (with 71 votes)

When Hye-Jung was young, her life was difficult. She was good at fighting, but also studied well. Overcoming her tough situation, she is now a doctor.

Home Alone(2013-)

1h 20min per episode | Reality-TV
4.0/5 (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.

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, ...

Rude Miss Young Ae(2007-)

1h per episode | Comedy

The seventeenth season of the realistic drama about the thrills and sadness of working women in their 30s, centered around a single woman named Lee Young-ae.

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