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 also one of the two official languages 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 South Korea and North Korea and 1,129 TV shows/series (between 1977 and 2019) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these TV shows/series were shot in South Korea (1,082). Popular genres for Korean TV shows/series are Drama (765), Comedy (397) and Romance / Love (140). Running Man (2010-), Busted! (2018-), Infinite Challenge (2005-2018), We Got Married (2008-2017) and Men on a Mission (2015-) are among the best known & most successful Korean TV shows/series.

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Running Man(2010-)

1h 25min per episode | Comedy, Reality-TV
4.1/5 (with 15 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!

Infinite Challenge(2005-2018)

1h 30min per episode | Reality-TV, Comedy
3.8/5 (with 4 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, ...

Men on a Mission(2015-)

1h 20min per episode | Reality-TV, Comedy
4.5/5 (with 3 votes)

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

Empress Ki(2013-2014)

1h per episode | Drama
3.4/5 (with 7 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.


| 1h per episode | Drama, Action & Adventure
4.6/5 (with 3 votes)

Stuntman Cha Dal-geon gets involved in a tragic airplane crash and ends up discovering a national corruption scandal in the process. Go Hae-ri, the oldest daughter of a deceased marine, decides to work for the National Intelligence Service as a secret ops agent in order to support her mom and younger siblings, although all she wanted to do is to become a civil servant.

With Lee Seung-gi, Bae Suzy, Shin Sung-rok


| 51min per episode | Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery
4.2/5 (with 32 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.

Hotel Del Luna(2019)

1h 10min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama
4.7/5 (with 2 votes)

The Hotel Del Luna, located in Seoul, is not like any other hotel: its client are all ghosts. Jang Man-Wol, stuck in the hotel for the past millennium, meets Koo Chan-Sung, the new manager.

Welcome to Waikiki(2018-)

1h per episode | Drama, Comedy
4.2/5 (with 4 votes)

Kang Dong-Goo dreams of becoming a movie director, but he is cynical due to bad luck. Cheon Joon-Ki wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become an actor, but he is now just a minor actor. Bong-Doo-Sik came to Seoul to become a scenario writer, but things have not been easy for him. These 3 men run the guest house Waikiki in Itaewon, South Korea. Their guest house is facing bankruptcy and then a mysterious baby and single mother appear at Waikiki.

With Kim Jung-hyun, Lee Yi-kyung, Son Seung-won, Jung In-sun, Go Won-hee, Lee Joo-woo, ...

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo(2016)

3.8/5 (with 14 votes)

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo is the remake of Chinese drama Bu Bu Jing Xin that stars IU as a woman who gets time-warped back to the Goryeo dynasty, and becomes involved with a very large family of princes, some of whom are vying for the throne, or her affections, or both.

Directed by Kim Kyu-tae


1h 25min per episode | Comedy, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 4 votes)

Suspense, surprises and fun abound in this Korean variety game show featuring big personalities and even bigger mysteries in every episode.


1h 30min per episode | Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.9/5 (with 27 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, ...


1h per episode | Crime
3.0/5 (with 9 votes)

Two detectives teamed up to catch a serial killer who murdered their family. Moo Jin Hyuk's life spiraled out of control after his wife was murdered. He starts to put himself together after he meets Kang Kwon Joo, US-graduated voice-profiler, who lost her police father to the same serial killer. They work together on the 112 (emergency telephone number) call center team.

With Jang Hyuk, Lee Ha-na, Kim Jae-wook, Yesung, Baek Sung-hyun, Son Eun-seo, ...
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The Bride of the Water God(2017)

1h 5min per episode | Drama
3.2/5 (with 7 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, ...

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo(2016-2017)

1h per episode | Comedy
4.6/5 (with 13 votes)

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

Descendants of the Sun(2016)

1h per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama
3.5/5 (with 22 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, ...

We Got Married(2008-2017)

1h 25min per episode | Reality-TV
1.8/5 (with 2 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.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon(2017)

1h per episode | Comedy, Action & Adventure, Drama
3.8/5 (with 19 votes)

She is no ordinary woman. Do Bong Soon is a woman who possesses Herculean strength. She can crush objects in her bare hands when she holds them too tightly. Although Bong Soon longs to be a dainty, elegant woman that men fall in love with, she can’t deny her superhuman strength. Her special attribute allows her to get a job as a bodyguard for Ahn Min Hyuk, the chaebol heir with eccentric tendencies who runs a gaming company. Bong Soon’s childhood friend In Gook Doo has had a secret crush on her since elementary school. How will he react when sparks begin to fly between Bong Soon and her crazy boss?

Directed by Lee Hyung-min

Super Wings!(2015-2019)

4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

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!

Chief of Staff(2019-)

1h per episode | Drama
3.9/5 (with 3 votes)

As a chief of staff in the National Assembly, Jang Tae-jun influences power behind the scenes while pursuing his own ambitions to rise to the top.


1h 5min per episode | Mystery, Drama
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The story of Sungwoon Department Store's team who works for VIP clients which constitute 1% of their customers. One day after a receiving a text message of her husband's infidelity from an anonymous source Na Jeong-seon begins to suspect her husband and her colleagues of having an affair. In her quest to discover the truth, she ends up revealing more than one secret that her colleagues are hiding.

Arthdal Chronicles(2019-)

1h 20min per episode | Drama
3.6/5 (with 8 votes)

In a mythical land called Arth, the inhabitants of the ancient city of Arthdal and its surrounding regions vie for power as they build a new society.

Suspicious Partner(2017)

35min per episode | Comedy, Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 11 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, ...

W: Two Worlds(2016)

4.1/5 (with 14 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


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, ...

The Legend of the Blue Sea(2016-2017)

1h per episode | Comedy, Drama
2.7/5 (with 20 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, ...

Sweet Revenge(2017-2018)

20min per episode | Drama, Comedy
4.9/5 (with 2 votes)

A teenager gets her hands on a note that enacts revenges on anyone whose name is written on it.

Boys Over Flowers(2009)

1h 5min per episode | Comedy, Drama
4.0/5 (with 20 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.

My Country: The New Age(2019-)

1h 10min per episode | Drama, Action & Adventure
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Set during the turbulent time of the fall of Goryeo and the founding of Joseon, two former friends face-off against one another over a woman and the future shape of the nation.

My Love From Another Star(2013-2014)

1h 5min per episode | Comedy, Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.3/5 (with 19 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, ...

Melting Me Softly(2019-)

1h 10min per episode | Mystery
4.7/5 (with 2 votes)

Ma Dong-chan and Go Mi-ran are both frozen during an experiment. They wake up 20 years later instead of 24 hours later and must keep their body temperature above 30°C in order to survive.

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