Korean dramas started as a niche favorite among Asian dramas fans, and since then have emerged to lead a major wave in international entertainment, offering diverse and captivating dramas within its genre. Many viewers often start with one particular drama, either by accident or by word of mouth, and become enamored with the compelling stories, fascinating stars, and high-quality productions. If you are new to K-dramas, or if you've been wondering about which one to start with, here is a list of 10 Korean dramas for your consideration. Tell us which K-dramas have been your favorites!

1. Boys Over Flowers

Meet the boys of the infamous F4 in this runaway mega-hit that continues to win fans around the world. The story about a gutsy poor girl taming a wealthy and aloof heir taps into a universally romantic theme, frequently becoming the first drama that entices fans into K-drama land.

The Korean adaptation of the famous Japanese manga, Hana Yori Dango, became an instant success and made stars out of the young cast, especially the leading couple Gu Hye Sun and Lee Min Ho.

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Boys Over Flowers

Starring Gu Hye Sun and Lee Min Ho (Heirs)

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2. Coffee Prince

This gender-bender romance has been popular ever since its premiere in 2007. A man falls in love with a woman who is mistaken for a man. After much self-reflection, the man confesses in one of the most touching and romantic scenes ever, when he says that he doesn't care who he (she) is, but he knows he loves that person.

Coffee Prince has since become a romantic classic, and its stars Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye saw their fame rise sky high after it initially aired.

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Coffee Prince

Starring Yoon Eun Hye and Lee Sun Gyun

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3. Goblin: The Lonely and Great God

Gong Yoo (Coffee Prince) returns in a triumphant comeback with a fantasy romance drama about a Goryeo warrior who is transformed into an immortal Goblin, condemned to roam the world until he finds the woman who is fated to eliminate his miserable existence. What happens when he falls in love?

This captivating tale was also the most popular drama on DramaFever in 2017.

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Goblin: The Lonely and Great God

Starring Gong Yoo and Kim Go Eun

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4. Jewel in the Palace

This successful historical drama is based on the real story of Jang Geum, a young girl who eventually became a Joseon King's supreme royal physician in a male-dominated society. Actress Lee Young Ae's acting career has also been forever elevated by starring as the unforgettable Jang Geum.

Also known as Dae Jang Geum, the influential drama is credited with starting the Korean Wave. It achieved over 50% ratings in South Korea and was extremely popular in many other countries around the world.

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Jewel in the Palace

Starring Lee Young Ae and Ji Jin Hee

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5. The Moon that Embraces the Sun

Set in the Joseon dynasty, the king meets a female shaman who resembles his fiancee who died when he was the young crown prince. Despite his resistance, he becomes irresistibly attracted to the mysterious woman who does not remember her own past. Is it possible that she is the fiancee who has come back to life? How could that be?

The 2012 fantasy historical drama reached over 42% in ratings and won multiple awards. Fans continue to follow the careers of the many rising young stars in the ensemble cast.

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The Moon that Embraces the Sun

Starring Kim Soo Hyun and Han Ga In

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6. Greatest Love

What happens when a fallen pop star meets the hottest actor in Korea?

This hilarious romantic drama gives a new twist to the Cinderella-themed tale when two people, who couldn't possibly meet nor like each other, actually fall in love. Cha Seung Won plays Dokko Jin, a hot and aloof actor who is tamed by Goo Ae Jung (Gong Hyo Jin), a singer who is down on her luck. Can true love endure the pressures of the entertainment world?

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Greatest Love

Starring Cha Seung Won and Gong Hyo Jin

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7. Kill Me, Heal Me

A man suffers from dissociative identity disorder, and unsurprisingly, his seven uniquely different personalities don't get along with each other. He enlists the help of a first-year medical resident to heal him by killing off each personality one by one. Which one will survive and find true love?

Ji Sung, and his leading lady Hwang Jung Eum stepped up to the challenge when the actors who were originally cast declined the offered roles. The replacements went on to win multiple acting and popularity awards for their stunning performances in the acclaimed drama. Ji Sung also won Best Actor at the 4th Annual DramaFever Awards.

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Kill Me, Heal Me

Starring Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum

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8. Descendants of the Sun

A special-forces soldier and a medical doctor believe they've found true love in each other, until they realize the differences in their jobs may cause a rift too big to cross. Almost a year later, a fateful reunion takes place in a foreign country when the soldier and the doctor end up on the same peacekeeping mission. Will romance blossom again?

This adventurous romantic drama will also go down in history as the drama where leading stars, Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Gyo turned their undeniable on-screen chemistry into real-life love. The couple married in October, 2017.

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Descendants of the Sun

Starring Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Gyo

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9. Good Doctor

This is the original Good Doctor that the American series of a similar title is remade from.

A talented doctor excels as a surgeon in pediatric care, despite his autism and abusive family background. However, in the competitive "adult" world where everyone is at least emotionally and mentally 20 years older than he is, he needs more than friendly colleagues to overcome bias. He will nevertheless achieve his goals and find romance as well.


10. I'm Not a Robot

A man has a rare and severe allergy to people. When he discovers an advanced robot that helps him overcome the allergy, he wants the robot to be with him forever. What he doesn't realize is that his favorite artificial being is actually a real woman in disguise. When they gradually fall in love, he is naturally dumbfounded by his feelings for a robot, while she doesn't know how to reveal the truth without repercussions.

This fascinating drama is a hit on DramaFever, and it stars popular young actors Yoo Seung Ho and Chae Soo Bin.

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I'm Not a Robot

Starring Yoo Seung Ho and Chae Soo Bin

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