Dad and I can watch two TV channels together. One is National Geographic and the other is a good historical K-drama. Let’s take a look at the 7 most popular sageuks to date! The list is based on Nielsen’s television audience measurement ratings.

1 Jewel in the Palace

54 Total episodes | MBC | 2003

Starring Lee Young Ae and Ji Jin Hee

Jewel In the Palace is arguably the first successful historical feminist drama, retelling Jang Geum's rice-to-riches story during the Chosun Dynasty 500 years ago. Jewel is the real story of Jang Geum, a young girl who is the first woman to become the King's supreme royal physician in a male-dominated society. Behind her child-like eyes lies an ambitious working girl with a 21st century mindset. See how Jang Geum goes from being a virtually abandoned child to becoming the King's doctor. This unforgettable drama of epic proportions tells the touching and tear-jerking story of a true underdog.


Jewel in the Palace

Starring Lee Young Ae and Ji Jin Hee

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2 Jumong

81 Total episodes | MBC | 2006

Starring Song Il Kuk and Han Hye Jin

From the writers of All In and Damo comes the tale of a hero who is born into a troubled and fragmented country and rises to become a prince who will unite the land. Starring lauded actors Song Il Gook and Han Hye Jin, Jumong is one of Korea's most popular and well-made historical dramas.

3 Queen Seon Duk

62 Total episodes | MBC | 2009

Starring Lee Yo Won and Go Hyun Jung

Princess Duk Man is crowned the first Queen of Silla and the first female ruler in Korean history, when no male heirs can be found. The princess becomes known as Queen Seon Duk, a woman of extraordinary charm and wit who strives to keep her kingdom united in the turbulent era of the Three Kingdoms. Her greatest enemy is Mi Sil, a beautiful court woman who manipulated her way to a position of power second only to the queen herself. Queen Seon Dukis the riveting story of the struggles of an extraordinary woman and the story of how she came to be a famed and beloved queen.


Queen Seon Duk

Starring Lee Yo Won and Go Hyun Jung

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4 The Moon that Embraces the Sun

20 Total episodes | MBC | 2012

Starring Kim Soo Hyun and Han Ga In

Set in the Joseon dynasty, two brothers find themselves falling in love with a female shaman, who does not remember her noble past. Lee Hwon is the Crown Prince, but he finds the role a burden to bear. He would rather have his older, more talented brother Yang Myung play the role, but because Yang Myung is an illegitimate child he has no right to the crown. When Lee Hwon tries to escape the palace walls for a little adventure, he encounters Heo Yeon Woo, the intelligent daughter of a nobleman. It's love at first sight for him, but Lee Hwon is also set to marry another nobleman's daughter, Bo Kyung. Little does Hwon realize, but Yang Myung is also falling for Yeon Woo.


The Moon that Embraces the Sun

Starring Kim Soo Hyun and Han Ga In

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5 Chuno

24 Total episodes | KBS | 2010

Starring Jang Hyuk and Oh Ji Ho

Set during the Joseon dynasty, Chuno (Slave Hunter) focuses on Lee Dae Gil, a nobleman whose transformation from a kind lord to a ruthless slave hunter unfolds with unflinching clarity. Dae Gil is a man of high birth and he's expected to uphold the family line, but when he falls in love with his kind, beautiful slave, Un Nyun, tragedy strikes when his father discovers their secret. Ten years later, Dae Gil has become a fearsome slave hunter, renowned for his skill and ruthlessness, and bent on taking revenge for his parents' death. His desperate search for his lost love is the one bright spot in his life. When their paths finally intersect, Dae Gil must struggle to protect the woman he loves.

6 Yi San

77 Total episodes | MBC | 2007

Starring Lee Seo Jin and Han Ji Min

A stunning historical epic chronicling the life of one of Korea's greatest rulers, Yi San tells the story of King Jeongjo, or Yi San, the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty, who is revered in Korean history for his championing of democratic rights for the common man and for his bureaucratic reform.

7 Dong Yi

60 Total episodes | MBC | 2010

Starring Han Hyo Joo and Ji Jin Hee

The veteran director of classic Jewel In the Palace and wildly popular Yi San returns with another historical epic in this tale of a young commoner who rises to become the king's concubine and bear him the heir to the throne.

The latest on the list, The Moon that Embraces the Sun, came out five years ago. If you’re looking for a recent sageuk, check out Ruler: Master of the Mask. Yoo Seung Ho and Kim So Hyun’s chemistry is to die for. Here’s why we think Ruler: Mater of the Mask is the best sageuk of 2017.

In addition, My Sassy Girl, which pays homage to the homonymous classical romantic comedy film with a historical twist, is coming to DramaFever on May 29!

Which sageuk is your absolute favorite? Tell us below!

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Ruler: Master of the Mask

Starring Yoo Seung Ho and Kim So Hyun

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