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

The Korean language (South Korean: 한국어/韓國語 hanguk-eo; North Korean: 조선말/朝鮮말 chosŏn-mal) is an East Asian language spoken by about 77 million people. It is a member of the Koreanic language family and 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 North Korea, People's Republic of China and South Korea and 1,183 TV shows/series (between 1977 and 2020) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these TV shows/series were shot in South Korea (1,143). Popular genres for Korean TV shows/series are Drama (814), Comedy (404) and Romance / Love (139). Nonstop (2000-2003), Running Man (2010-), The King: Eternal Monarch (2020-), Goblin (2016-2017) and Hospital Playlist (2020-) are among the best known & most successful Korean TV shows/series.


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Nonstop(2000-2003)

25min per episode | Drama, Comedy
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

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, Lee Jae-eun, ...

Running Man(2010-)

1h 25min per episode | Comedy, Reality-TV
4.3/5 (with 22 votes)

A landmark representing Korea, how much do you know? Korea's representative landmark to let the running man know directly! The best performers of Korea gathered there! Solve the missions in various places and get out of there until the next morning through game! Through constant confrontation and urgent confrontation, we will reveal the hidden behind-the-scenes of Korean landmarks!

The King: Eternal Monarch(2020-)

1h 12min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama
4.4/5 (with 10 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.

Goblin(2016-2017)

1h 30min per episode | Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.3/5 (with 158 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?

With Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-wook, Yoo In-na, Yook Sungjae, Lee El, ...

Hospital Playlist(2020-)

1h 25min per episode | Drama
4.5/5 (with 3 votes)

Every day is extraordinary for five doctors and their patients inside a hospital, where birth, death and everything in between coexist.

Directed by Shin Won-ho - With Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Kim Dae-myung

Kingdom(2019-)

TV-MA
| 51min per episode | Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 106 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.

Super Wings!(2015-2019)

3.7/5 (with 2 votes)

An action-packed preschool series about an adorable jet plane named Jett who travels the world delivering packages to children. On every delivery, Jett encounters a new problem that the he and his friends the Super Wings must work together to solve!

We Got Married(2008-2018)

1h 25min per episode | Reality-TV
3.0/5 (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.

The World of the Married(2020)

1h 20min per episode | Kids & Family, Drama
3.6/5 (with 6 votes)

Ji Sun Woo is an associate director of a family clinic with a perfect life—a great career, married to a handsome, young-looking man, mother to an adoring son, and surrounded by seemingly caring friends. She couldn't be more content. Lee Tae Oh, her husband, is an aspiring movie director. However, when his temptation leads him to betray Sun Woo along with the people around her, she gets driven to revenge. The perilous twists-and-turns of a married couple's life unfolds.

Hi Bye, Mama!(2020)

1h 10min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy, Drama
4.0/5 (with 63 votes)

When the ghost of a woman gains a second chance at life for 49 days, she reappears in front of her remarried husband and young daughter.

Love in the Moonlight(2016)

3.6/5 (with 16 votes)

Hong Ra On, disguises herself as a man and counsels men on dating. Due to a love letter she wrote for a client, she meets Lee Young - future Crown Prince Hyomyeong. Hong Ra On is unaware that he is the Crown Prince and Lee Young is unaware that Hong Ra On is a woman. The Crown Prince becomes interested in Hong Ra On. His eunuchs become aware of this and attempt to get Hong Ra On to become one of them.

My Holo Love(2020)

57min per episode | Drama, Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.2/5 (with 114 votes)

Go Nan Do, the owner, and creator of an IT research company must hide his existence from the world after his involvement as a hacker in a major case ten years ago. Presumed dead, the only people who knew of his existence are his step-sister and his companies CEO. Han So Yeon, an assistant manager at a glasses company, keeps her distance from people, due to her inability to recognize people’s faces.

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Infinite Challenge(2005-2018)

1h 30min per episode | Reality-TV, Comedy
3.9/5 (with 5 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, ...

Extracurricular(2020-)

TV-MA
| 55min per episode | Drama
4.5/5 (with 4 votes)

Determined to escape a dead-end life, a gifted high school student turns to a world of serious crime to ensure he can pay for college.

Directed by Kim Jin-min - With Kim Dong-hee, Jung Da-bin, Park Ju-hyun, Nam Yoon-soo

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo(2016)

3.9/5 (with 16 votes)

When a total eclipse of the sun takes place, a 21st century woman, Go Ha Jin, is transported back in time to the Goryeo Dynasty of Korea. She wakes up in the body of 16-year-old Hae Soo, an aristocrat living with Lady Hae, her cousin who happens to be married to one of the sons of King Taejo. She soon befriends several of the princes, who find her carefree and exuberant attitude refreshing. Although she knows she should not get involved in palace intrigues over the succession to the throne, she inadvertently becomes a pawn in the struggle, as several of the Princes fall in love with her.

Directed by Kim Kyu-tae

Rugal(2020)

4.5/5 (with 2 votes)

A police detective who loses everything to a criminal organization seeks payback when he gains special abilities through biotechnology.

With Choi Jin-hyuk, Jo Dong-hyuk, Kim Min-sang, Park Sun-ho, Jung Hye-in, Jang In-sub, ...

Men on a Mission(2015-)

1h 20min per episode | Reality-TV, Comedy
4.5/5 (with 4 votes)

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

Law of the Jungle(2011-)

5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

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!

The Legend of the Blue Sea(2016)

2.9/5 (with 22 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, ...

The Bride of Habaek(2017)

1h 5min per episode | Drama
3.4/5 (with 9 votes)

Yoon So Ah is a pragmatic neuropsychiatrist who carries a tremendous financial burden to run her own practice. Her family has been tasked with serving Ha Baek, a reincarnated water god, for many generations, and So Ah is forced to do the same. Ha Baek starts to develop feelings for So Ah, but he has competition for her heart from Hoo Ye, the CEO of a resort company, who clashes with So Ah over a piece of land but then falls in love with her. Can a relationship between a mortal female and a god have a future?

With Nam Joo-Hyuk, Shin Se-kyeong, Lim Ju-hwan, Krystal, Gong Myoung, Song Won-geun, ...

My Love From Another Star(2013-2014)

4.4/5 (with 23 votes)

Do Min Joon is an otherworldly beauty, literally. After crash landing on Earth 400 years ago, Min Joon has diligently observed humans for centuries, ultimately coming to cynical conclusions. On top of being a super babe, Min Joon's got enhanced vision, hearing and agility — all the more reason to believe he's superior to everyone on Earth. That is, until he pursues the beautiful actress Cheon Song Yi for a romance out of this world.

Directed by Jang Tae-yoo - With Kim Soo-hyun, Jeon Ji-hyeon, Park Hae-jin, Yoo In-na, Ahn Jae-hyun, Shin Sung-rok, ...

Descendants of the Sun(2016)

1h per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama
3.6/5 (with 28 votes)

A drama about the love of people who get closer as they learn to be considerate of each other in desperate times and sacrifices made by people who throw themselves into natural disasters.

With Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo, Jin Goo, Kim Ji-won, Park Hoon, Choi Woong, ...

Suspicious Partner(2017)

35min per episode | Comedy, Crime, Drama
3.9/5 (with 15 votes)

Noh Ji Wook is a prosecutor in the Central District Prosecutors’ Office who ends up switching professions to a private attorney. He harbors a trauma stemming from an event in his childhood involving his parents and his first love. Eun Bong Hee, a Taekwondo athlete in her youth, is a prosecutor trainee who has become a murder suspect. Eun Bong Hee and Noh Ji Wook both find themselves being the focus of a killer.

With Ji Chang-uk, Nam Ji-hyun, Choi Tae-joon, Kwon Na-ra, Lee Deok-hwa, Nam Ki Ae, ...

Empress Ki(2013-2014)

1h per episode | Drama
3.5/5 (with 9 votes)

The story of the woman that would become Empress Ki, and her struggles as she worked her way through war, political conspiracies, and the imperial palace to become Empress of China. This Korean Drama re-imagines the historical figure as a fierce, independent woman who goes to extreme lengths to protect those she loves.

Crash Landing on You(2019-2020)

1h 25min per episode | Drama, Comedy
4.3/5 (with 12 votes)

A paragliding mishap drops a South Korean heiress in North Korea -- and into the life of an army officer, who decides he will help her hide.

Pinocchio(2014-2015)

TV-14
| 1h 5min per episode | Drama
4.1/5 (with 14 votes)

Amidst a sea of young news reporters competing for the next scoop, Choi In Ha finds herself in a tricky position, as she cannot tell a lie without a dead giveaway: breaking into a violent hiccup. Meanwhile, first-year reporter Choi Dal Po proves his remarkable memory and communication skills by downplaying his good looks with a dumpy veneer of bad hair and clothing. But in a world where hard facts rule, how far can you get by lying?

Directed by Jo Soo-won - With Park Shin-hye, Lee Jong-seok, Kim Young-kwang, Lee Pil-mo, Jin Kyeong, Kim Kwang-kyu, ...

Reply 1997(2012)

1h 5min per episode | Comedy
4.1/5 (with 10 votes)

Set in the 1990's, the drama centers around a female high school student Shi Won, who idolizes boyband H.O.T and her 5 high school friends in Busan. As the timeline moves back and forth between their past as 18-year-old high schoolers in 1997 and their present as 33-year-olds at their high school reunion dinner in 2012, where one couple will announce that they're getting married.

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo(2016-2017)

1h per episode | Comedy
4.5/5 (with 15 votes)

A spunky female weightlifter and free-spirited male swimmer meet on campus, only to find out their pasts may be intertwined.

Itaewon Class(2020)

3.9/5 (with 7 votes)

In a colorful Seoul neighborhood, an ex-con and his friends fight a mighty foe to make their ambitious dreams for their street bar a reality.

Cinderella and Four Knights(2016)

1h per episode | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
3.3/5 (with 10 votes)

Eun Ha-Won is a college student. She is a bright girl who wants to be a veterinarian, but at home she is lonely. She is isolated from her family members. Eun Ha-Won lives with father, step-mother and step-sister after her mother died in a car accident. One day, she helps a mysterious old man. The old man suggests to her to live in a mansion and pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Since than, she moves into the mansion and lives with three cousins Kang Ji-Woon, Kang Hyun-Min, Kang Seo-Woo and their bodyguard Lee Yoon-Sung.

With Park So-dam
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