My favorite Top 20 Korean Dramas and it’s Synopsis
I love to watch Drama’s and Series when I get free time. I am the biggest fan of Korean Drama’s. Here is my favorite top 20 drama’s so far I watched. I feel a few episodes are quite slow and resemble something else from the other drama at times. But the characters are always cheerful, especially girls. I sometimes re-watch some particular episodes when I feel down. It just makes me happy, cheerful, feel the love and life again.
Boys over Flowers
Episodes – 25
Casts – Lee Min-ho (Gu Jun-pyo), Kim Hyun-joong (Yoon Ji-hoo), Ku Hye-sun (Geum Jan-di), Kim Bum (So Yi-jung) and Kim Joon (Song Woo-bin)
This drama was telecasted in 2009. The story is about four rich boys called “F4” and one common girl in High School.
“Geum Jan-di” is an innocent and hardworking girl who accidentally joins “Super Rich” High school “Shinhwa High School” through Scholarship. She finds the people in that school are quite rich and they hardly know about commoners and their feelings. She gets stuck with the most notorious four boys called “F4”. “Gu Jun-pyo” the arrogant and heir of that school, “Yoon Ji-hoo” the quiet and grandson of the ex-president, “So Yi-jung” the charming and his family owns the country’s biggest art museum and expert in pottery. “Song Woo-bin” Playboy and his family run the country’s largest construction company. The story revolves around them and shows the compassion of love and soul mate.
Episodes – 20
Casts – Lee Min-ho (Yoon-sung) and Park Min-young (Kim Na-na)
This drama was telecasted in 2011. The story is about a boy who seeks revenge for his father and falling in love with a girl who was a bodyguard and they work together to seek their goals.
When South Korean president visits Burma in the 1980s the bomb was planted by North Korean agents explodes and some high ranking officials got killed in that accident. To strike back, five main South Korean high ranking officials plan an operation called “Operation Cleansweap” and send the best experts to North Korea to kill top officers over there. Two special security, bodyguards are sent with that troop. After the successful operation, the troops were killed while returning, one of the bodyguards survived and want to take revenge for his dead comrades. He kidnaps his fellow friend/ bodyguard’s son to take revenge on the responsible people. He names that child as “Yoon-sung” and raises that child in the “Golden Triangle”. He trains that boy in intensive combat. When the Boy enters in Blue House IT field of South Korea, He meets a bodyguard girl called “Kim Na-na”. She forced to take care of herself at an early age when her mother passed way in a road accident. She falls in love with Yoon-sung and finds his true identity and together fight for their goal.
Episodes – 17
Casts– Yoon Eun-hye (Go Eun-chan), Gong Yoo (Choi Han-kyul), Lee Sun-kyun (Choi Han-sung) and Chae Jung-an (Han Yoo-joo)
This drama was telecasted in 2007, the story is about a girl who is a tomboy and often mistaken to be a boy and fall in love with a man who is the heir of a big food company family.
“Go Eun-chan”, a cheerful and hardworking girl with a large appetite, she works for multiple jobs to support her family. With a short haircut and boy clothes, she resembles a boy and often mistaken. “Choi Han-kyul” is a grandson of big food companies. He doesn’t care about responsibility and played all the time with his friends. His grandmother gave him an ultimatum to prove his capability. He has to take over a rundown coffee shop. Meanwhile, he meets Go Eun-chan and misunderstood her as a boy and take her help to escape from his grandmother. Go Eun-chan acts as a boy since she needed a job. “Choi Han-sung” is a cousin for Choi Han-kyul and he owns a big music company and his first love “Han Yoo-joo” separates from him when she found another successful musician. The triangle love is formed between them and they have finely found their true identity and love after multiple hardships and gets united.
Descendants of the Sun
Episodes – 16
Casts – Song Joong-ki (Captain Yoo Si-jin / Big Boss), Song Hye-kyo (Doctor Kang Mo-yeon / Beauty), Jin Goo (Sergeant Seo Dae-young / Wolf), Kim Ji-won (Army doctor Yoon Myeong-ju)
This drama was telecasted in 2016, the story is about a military captain who falls in love with a doctor and couldn’t explain his true identity and work due to his responsibility. They get reunited with each other after multiple hardships they had to go through in between.
“Captain Yoo Si-jin” team leader of Special Forces in South Korea and soldier from a family with a military background. He is an easy-going and witty man. He meets a doctor “Kang Mo-yeon” who is an assertive woman, believes in connection and stands by her principles. In the beginning, the doctor gets misunderstood the captain as a thief and comes to know about him later. They started to like each other. “Sergeant Seo Dae-young”, a loyal Soldier, he has good knowledge in dealing with disasters and protects his comrades. He has a hard time expressing his feelings to his co-worker “Army doctor Yoon Myeong-ju”, she is the daughter of General Yoon, Commander of South Korean Special forces, and she is determined, does not hesitate to pursue her goals. After multiple hardships four of them units together again and happily ever after.
Episodes – 21
Casts – Song Ji-hyo (Oh Jin-hee), Choi Jin-hyuk (Oh Chang-min), Lee Pil-mo (Gook Cheon-soo), Clara (Han Ah-reum)
This drama was telecasted in 2014, the story is about a divorced couple whose feelings for each other are rekindled when they reunited years later as interns at the same hospital.
“Oh Jin-hee” a dietitian falls in love with a medical student “Oh Chang-min” and marry him, despite his family’s strong opposition in their early twenties. Oh Chang-min comes from a wealthy and doctor family. After their marriage, he has to give up his family’s financial support, studies for becoming a doctor and work as a salesman in pharma to support his family. Oh Jin-hee inferiority complex leads to fighting with her husband constantly and their marriage got broke. After a few years, they see each other at the hospital as an intern. “Gook Cheon-soo” is a resident doctor at the emergency room in the same hospital and he helps Oh Jin-hee to get better with the emergency practices. “Han Ah-reum” is an intern working on the same team with Oh Chang-min. She starts to like him. Where they had to work in the emergency room together for three months. Oh Jin-hee and Oh Chang-min’s feelings for each other get rekindled and they get reunited after a long time.
Episodes – 15
Casts – Park Shin-hye (Lee Gyu-won), Jung Yong-hwa (Lee Shin), Song Chang-eui (Kim Suk-hyun) and So Yi-hyun (Jung Yoon-soo).
This drama was telecasted in 2011, the story is about love, friendship, and dreams in the art college students.
“Lee Gyu-won”, a traditional Korean music student from a prestigious musical family. “Lee Shin”, Lead singer and guitarist of “The Stupid” group from the art school. He is known for his good looks and musical talent. He always perceived as cold and distant. Once Lee Gyu-won gets to see a Lee Shin’s performance and she gets captivated by him. “Kim Suk-hyun” is a famous Broadway director who handles a project in the same art school. “Jung Yoon-soo” is a famous ballerina and dance choreographer. She was in a relationship with Kim Suk-hyun and broke up with him for her further studies. Lee Gyu-won and Lee Shin spend more time together for a project and they began to fall for each other, in between Lee Shin, unfortunately, gets into an accident to save Lee Gyu-won and broke his wrist and he suffers a lot. When Lee Gyu-won becomes a big artist in Broadway and meets Lee Shin and he gets recovered and starts to play guitar again and they get together at the end.
I Hear your Voice
Episodes – 18
Casts – Lee Bo-young (Jang Hye-sung), Kim So-hyun (Young Hye-sung) and Lee Jong-suk (Park Soo-ha)
This drama was telecasted in 2013 and the story is about a thriller courtroom filled with romance and comedy, where public defender lawyers help a 19-year old boy to get justice for his father’s murder case.
“Jang Hye-sung”, she is a pragmatic and self-preserving woman who becomes a public defender lawyer after a hard childhood. “Young Hye-sung” is also a public defender lawyer and worked with Jang Hye-sung and solved many cases. He liked Jang Hye-sung and helped her to solve some cases and he starts to like her. Her life changes when she encounters a supernatural ability high school student “Park Soo-ha”. He gained his supernatural power of reading other minds after witnessing his father’s death. A High school girl, gave a strong testimony in court about his father’s accident as murder. But his father’s case got dismissed as an accidental case in the beginning. He searched for that girl from his childhood and finally found her to be a lawyer. He helps her to win her case with his supernatural ability. Soon or later they find each other and catch the real murder of his father and the reason behind the murder. They understand each other and solve that case after too many struggles.
Episodes – 24
Casts – Kim Hyun-joong (Shin Jung-tae), Im Soo-hyang (Deguchi Gaya) and Jin Se-yun (Yoon Ok-ryun)
This drama was telecasted in 2014. The story is about young fighter and his patriotism which revolves around love, friendship, and loyalty. The story plot was based on Korean Independent fighters in the 1930s and travels between Korea, China, and Japan.
“Shin Jung-tae” who has got natural skill in fighting and protect his fellowman from Japanese Invasion. He loses his father at the age of 15 when a Japanese soldier shoots him during their occupation in Shanghai. After his father’s death, He was taken and raised by “Yoon Ok-ryun” father. He learned to fight and become a big competitor for the best fighters. Yoon Ok-ryun started to like him the way he protects his younger sister. “Deguchi Gaya” stepdaughter of a high official of Japan. She is the best fighter and tries to capture Shanghai on behalf of her stepfather, Shin Jung-tae lands in china and get to know his father’s ability and the people who loved him, He started to fight against Deguchi Gaya and helped Shanghai people to get their country back and returns to his place with his love Yoon Ok-ryun.
Episodes – 20
Casts – Jang Geun-suk (Seo In-ha), Im Yoon-ah (Kim Yoon-hee), Kim Si-hoo (Lee Dong-wook) and Son Eun-seo (Baek Hye-jung)
This drama was telecasted in 2012, the story is about pure love in the 1970s and the present date. The couple from the 1970’s unfortunately never got to succeed with their love, but fate brought their kids together after 30 years.
“Seo In-ha” and “Kim Yoon-hee” are art students. The shy couple fell in love at first sight. The hesitant pair took real long time to express their feelings towards each other. But their fate puts them down different paths in the future. In-ha married to his former best friend, but he was never getting over with his first love when he meets Yoon-hee after 30 years, he tries to make up their life once again, but the twist came there. In-ha’s son and Yoon-hee’s daughter accidentally meet up. Unlike Yoon-hee, her daughter is a very cheerful and vivacious girl. Initially, In-ha’s son and Yoon-hee’s daughter had troubles and they argued for everything. Gradually they started to develop their feelings for each other. When they get to know their parent’s story. They decide to split up for them, but their parents gave up their lives and made their kids happy again.
Moment to Remember
Episodes – 26
Casts – Son Ye-jin (Kim Su-jin) and Jung Woo-sung (Choi Chul-soo)
This drama was telecasted in 2004, the story is about the couple, who fell in love with each other and they get married, after few months of a relationship, the girl suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. The relationship faces lots of burdens and they still maintain to survive.
“Kim Su-jin” is a young girl and works as a fashion designer, her boy-friend marries another woman and she gets depressed with her love life. When she bumps into a tall and handsome man “Choi Chul-soo”, he is a foreman on a construction site and he was studying to become an Architect. Su-jin’s father was owning that construction site and she gets to meet him often. They fell in love and married. The couple lived a happy life and they designed their dream house together. Later Su-jin started to show her forgetfulness and after diagnosis, they get to know it’s an Alzheimer’s disease. Nevertheless, they make a commitment to stay together. Despite his grief, Chul-soo remains by her side, even though she doesn’t remember him at times.
Episodes – 16
Casts – Lee Da-hee (Joo Yoo-rin), Lee Dong-wook (Seol Gong-chan) and Park Si-yeon (Kim Se-hyun)
This drama was telecasted in 2006, the story is about the two young people who started to like each other yet their fate put them in the same house as cousins and finally finds a way to get back together.
“Joo Yoo-rin” is a tour guide in charge of running small tours in “Jeju Island”, her father is a gambler. Yoo-rin tries to repay them even she had trouble in earning money, despite all debts, she was happy to be her father’s side. “Seol Gong-chan” is the Owner of the Hotel, which is one of the top hotels in Korea. His grandfather puts him in charge of finding his cousin who was lost long back. “Kim Se-hyun” is the best tennis player in the world and ex-girlfriend of Gong-chan. She gets back to Korea hoping to get back to him. Meanwhile, Gong-chan employs Yoo-rin to act as his cousin offering quite an amount of money where she couldn’t refuse due to her large debt. Now they are forced to live together in the same house as cousins. As time passes, the attraction between them grows and they forbid to like each other since they are cousins and finally they find a way to get back together.
My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
Episodes – 16
Casts – Lee Seung-gi (Cha Dae-woong), No Min-woo (Park Dong-joo) and Shin Min-ah (Gu Mi-ho)
This drama was telecasted in 2010. The story is about a Normal guy who was trying to become an action star, accidentally meets a girl who is happened to be a nine-tailed fox. Their fate puts them in a tough spot and the fox girl tries to become a human being with him and failed because of some reasons.
“Cha Dae-woong” is a normal student with the ambition of becoming an action star, One day he accidentally releases a nine-tailed girl fox (Gumiho) from the picture. From that day the fox girl “Gu Mi-ho” follows him in the human form and threatens him to buy meals for her. When Dae-woong tries to escape from the Mi-ho, He gets into an accident, the fox girl gives her bead and saves him. He had to keep her with him since he was surviving with the bead. Meanwhile, “Park Dong-joo” is a half-human and half supernatural being lives under a cover of a veterinarian. When he gets to know about Mi-ho, he tries to catch her and put back in the picture, He fails to do that since that Mi-ho was an incarnation of an ex-girlfriend. He warns her not to trust humans. Mi-ho tries to become a human to live with Dae-woong. But the fate turns vice-versa, when the bead changes completely into human either one of them must die. Dae-woong lives with the bead and Mi-ho was slowly dying until the found a way to survive with the bead.
My love from another Star
Episodes – 22
Casts – Kim Soo-Hyun (Do Min-Joon), Jun Ji-Hyun (Cheon Song-Yi) and Park Hae-jin (Lee Hee-Kyung)
This drama was telecasted in 2013. The story is about an alien who landed on earth in the “Joseon Dynasty” and happens to live around 400 years, fall in love with a top actress in a modern era.
“Do Min-Joon” is an alien and landed on Earth in Joseon Dynasty and he helps a girl who was about to fall off a cliff and he missed his chance to get back to his world and stranded on Earth for about 400 years. He has some supernatural powers unlike a human, He can transport from one place to another place, deep eyesight, sensitive hearing and never an aging body. He changes his identity every ten years since he was not aging. “Cheon Song-Yi”, a top actress and believes that every man wants her until she finds out her neighbor Do Min-Joon was not like other men, she starts to develop feelings for him. “Lee Hee-Kyung” is a childhood friend of Song-Yi, he likes her and hoping she would acknowledge him one day. Song-Yi met with an accident when she was in school and a mystery person saved her from that accident and she wanted to meet him one day. Meanwhile, Song-Yi finds out about Min-Joon’s true identity and also gets to know that the mystery person of childhood was Min-Joon. When Min-Joon accepted Song-Yi feelings, the fate stopped them being together, Min-Joon time came to an end and he was forced to leave earth.
Episodes – 20
Casts – Lee Jong-suk (Choi Dal-Po) and Park Shin-Hye (Choi In-ha)
This drama was telecasted in 2014. The story is about love, young reporters, truth & frustration, a man who hides his special talents for a reason and a woman who cannot lie due to Pinocchio Syndrome.
“Choi Dal-Po” father was a fireman, due to an accident, the misleading news report destroys his family. He hides his intelligence and lives with the family who rescued him. “Park Shin-Hye”, a girl who cannot lie due to Pinocchio Syndrome. Shin-Hye and Dal-po grow together with Shin-Hye’s grandfather. She chooses to become a Reporter hoping one day she could meet her Mom. Her mother was a reporter and who destroyed Dal-po family with wrong news. Dal-Po hides this from Shin-hye. Later, at work, Shin-hye identifies Dal-po’s real identity and felt bad about her mother and what she did to his family. She took a step forward and fight against her mother and get justice to Dal-po’s family.
Episodes – 16
Casts – Kim Hyun-Joong (Baek Seung-jo), Jung So-min (Oh Ha-ni) and Lee Tae-sung (Bong Joon-gu)
This drama was telecasted in 2010. The Story is about the cute romance that revolves around two high school students who fall in love with each other.
“Baek Seung-jo” is a smartest and most good looking kid in the school. He portrays himself as a very cold person and distant. “Oh Ha-ni” is an innocent girl and not very smart in the school. She has a crush on Seung-jo. When she proposed to him, He rejected her letter and he claimed that he hates Stupid Girl. Ha-ni’s house breaks down due to the earthquake. “Bong Joon-gu” is a classmate of Ha-ni and he liked Ha-ni from the first year. He tries to propose her and she always rejected him and convinced him to find another girl. Ha-ni’s father and Seung-jo’s father are long-time friends. So he let them in to stay for a few months until they recover their house. Ha-ni’s feelings continue to grow while staying at his home. Seung-jo’s mother helps Ha-ni and forces Seung-jo to marry her. After marriage Ha-ni tries to be responsible and attempt medical exams to become a nurse.
Episodes – 20
Casts – Choi Won-hong (Young Lee-gak), Han Ji-min (Park Ha) and Jeong Yu-mi (Hong Se-na)
This drama was telecasted in 2012. The story is about a Joseon Crown Prince, time travels to the future after his wife dies mysteriously and he encounters the similar faces in the modern era and finds out the reason behind his wife’s death.
“Park Ha” lives in the US, after her stepsister abandoned her in a truck when she was 9 years old. Park Ha returns back to Korea to find her family after 10 years. “Hong Se-na” is a step-sister of Park Ha and she works for the big shopping mall hoping to marry the heir of the mall. One day “Choi Won-hong” and his three friends land on Park Ha’s rooftop dressing like Joseon era people. At first Park Ha asks them to leave the house then she understands that they are really not from the current era. She helps them to find a job and feeds them. Won-hong finds Se-na looks very similar to his wife, he tries to approach her many times that leads to many events and finally he finds out his wife sister incarnation is Park-ha. The truth is revealed and the person who was dead in his era was not his wife, it was her sister and he returns back to Joseon Era.
Episodes – 14
Casts – Ha Ji-won (Gil Ra-im) and Hyun Bin (Kim Joo-won)
This drama was telecasted in 2011. The story revolves around a stunt woman who dedicated herself to becoming a big Hollywood stunt woman and the CEO of a department store, who fall in love with each other.
“Gil Ra-im” works as a stunt woman in action school. Outside, she portrays herself very tough, but inside she was very lonely. After her father’s death, she didn’t rely on anyone and she worked hard. “Kim Joo-won” is the CEO of big departmental Store, good looking and arrogant. Childhood trauma caused his defective memory and he was unable to take lifts. Joo-won meets Ra-im and find her very cool and captivated during an action scene. He constantly thinks about her and finally decides to pursue her. Ra-im avoiding him due to her condition. After a while Ra-im accepting Joo-won and fate makes them to switch their bodies after an accident.
Episodes – 20
Casts – Ji Chang-Wook (Seo Jung-hoo / Healer), Park Si-jin (Jung-hoo) and Choi Jung-hoo
This drama was telecasted in 2014. The story is about four people who ran an illegal broadcasting station and unfortunately, they split and two of them die in an accident, one of them survives and wanted to take revenge on the core person.
“Seo Jung-hoo” lives under the name of “Healer” and he possessed the best fighting skills and does the underground work for the big shots. “Choi Jung-hoo” is a good hacker, she helps the healer to get jobs and they both do together all the illegal jobs and earned lots of money. “Jung-hoo” is a reporter and she was aiming to become a good reporter and accidentally meets up with a healer when he was on a job. Later he gets to know about Jung-hoo and he tries to save her from those people.
Episodes – 20
Casts – Lee Min-ho (Kim Tan), Park Shin-Hye (Cha Eun-sang) and Kim Woo-bin (Choi Young-do)
This drama was telecasted in 2013 and the story is about the rich, privileged students groomed to take over their family business, overcoming difficulties, tossed between responsibility and love. Finally, choosing the right thing for them.
“Kim Tan” is a wealthy heir for large Korean Business family. He studied in the US and controlled by his brother, who tries to take over their family business. “Cha Eun-sang” is a down to earth girl, and works for part time jobs to look after her family. Her sister goes abroad to study and her mother works as a housekeeper in a wealthy family. “Choi Young-do” is the heir of Top most Hotel groups in Korea, He was a former best friend of Kim Tan. When Eun-sang goes to the US to see her sister, she meets Kim Tan over there. Eventually Kim Tan falls for Eun-sang. After Eun-sang returns to Korea, her mother lost her home and both of them stays at the place where her mother works as a house keeper. Later she gets to know it was Kim Tan’s home. Unfortunately, she ended up going to the same school where Kim Tan goes. She faces lots of difficulties and tossed between Kim Tan and Young-do. The triangle love spreads among them.
You are Beautiful
Episodes – 16
Casts – Jan Keun-suk (Hwang Tae-kyung), Park Shin-hye (Go Mi-nyeo), Jung Yong-Hwa (Kang Shin-woo) and Lee Hong-gi (Jeremy)
This drama was telecasted in 2009. The story is about a young girl, who unfortunately forced to impersonate her twin brother and join a musical band. She was bullied by everyone there and finally they find out she is not a boy. She falls in love with a lead singer and musician.
“Hwang Tae-kyung” is a lead vocalist and guitarist of the musical band. “Go Mi-nyeo” is a naïve girl who wants to become a nun and unfortunately forced to impersonate her twin brother and join the musical band. “Kang Shin-woo” is a rapper and keyboardist of the musical band, he is the one, who first discovers Mi-nyeo is a girl and he tries to protect her and hides her identity. “Jeremy” is a vocalist and drummer of the musical band. He begins to develop his feelings for Mi-nyeo and doubt his interest since she was a boy in his perception. Tae-kyung don’t like Mi-nyeo in the beginning and he gives a hard time to her. Later, when they together, he starts to develop his feelings for Mi-nyeo and he tends to show her, the soft corner.
Hope you all enjoy watching these dramas.