I have updated this list to include dramas I have watched until 2016. This post will include the list of dramas and links to drama description to Koreandrama.org and compilation of my ratings (still unfinished) for the dramas on the list. To get a better description, I made other posts for ratings and dramas descriptions including my comments about some dramas and divide it by the year of drama released. I posted Korean Drama 2016 already, check it out.
The rating of the dramas I posted is based on my own perspective. I’m not being influenced by the popularity of the dramas. If I think the drama is good, then I’ll give high rating, and vice versa. So it might be different for some of you.
I plan to update this list again annually, next after 2017 is over. If you have any suggestion or anything you want to say or ask about some dramas, you can write to me in the comment section.
I have watched tons of Korean Dramas. It is my oasis, when all around you see desert, watching Korean Dramas is like the spot of water to fill my thirst and replenish myself.
First Korean Drama that I watched was Endless Love a.k.a. Autumn in My Heart on 1 July 2002. Until now, there are around 362 Korean dramas I have watched.
Here on, I will uncover them all by year they were first released in South Korea, not in the time I watched them. They are arranged in alphabetical order.
Not all of the Korean dramas I watch are good, some I found boring and I left it unfinished.
So to differentiate them, I gave it a star symbol,
from 1 star (the worst) up to 10 stars (the best).
Of course it is solely based on my opinion and some people might think differently, because watching Korean Dramas is up to taste, mood, and even time.
Some dramas will have a direct link to website that host them, you can click here to watch the drama. While the pictures and description of the dramas, I got from various sites such as Asianwiki, Dramawiki, Wikipedia, etc. I will add my comment when I feel like it. I’ve been wanting to make this kind of post but I’m just too lazy that I just made a list years before.
Without further ado, here is the 2016 released Korean Dramas that I have watched.
Check the other list by year: 2016 – 2015 – 2014 – 2013 – 2012 – 2011 – 2010 – 2009 – 2008 – 2007 – 2006 – 2005 – 2004 – 2003 – 2002 – 2001 – 2000
38 Task Force
My Ratings : (6 stars)
Other title : Squad 38 / Police Unit 38 / 38 Revenue Collection Unit
Genre: Crime, comedy
Broadcast network: OCN
Broadcast period: 2016-Jun-17 to 2016-Aug-06
Air time: Friday & Saturday 23:00
The task force chief of Seoul City Hall and a con man work together to collect taxes from those who avoid paying large amounts.
Other title: Oh Hae Young Again / Another Miss Oh / Misunderstood
Genre: Romance, comedy, supernatural
Episodes: 18 + 2 Special Episodes
Broadcast network: tvN
Broadcast period: 2016-May-02 to 2016-Jul-05
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 23:00
Oh Hae-Young (Seo Hyun-Jin) is dumped by Han Tae-Jin (Lee Jae-Yoon) on the day before their wedding. She is unable to tell the truth about what happened and lies to others about what happened. She works as an assistant manager for a company’s restaurant division. She pretends that nothing happened.
Meanwhile, Park Do-Kyung (Eric) is a popular sound engineer. One year ago, he was supposed to marry Oh Hae-Young (Jeon Hye-Bin), but she did not appear at their wedding. He became desperate. Later, he hears from his friend Lee Jin-Sang (Kim Ji-Suk) that Oh Hae-Young is about to marry Han Tae-Jin. Park Do-Kyung gets drunk and places her fiancé in a difficult predicament. Park Do-Kyung is unaware that the fiancé is about to marry another woman named Oh Hae-Young. The fiancé is soon imprisoned and right before his imprisonment he lies to Oh Hae-Young. He tells her that he does not love her anymore, but he also vows to take revenge on Park Do-Kyung. For his part, Park Do-Kyung soon has visions of a woman he has never met. He soon realizes the woman is another Oh Hae-Young.
At first, when I started watching this drama, I was expecting that it will be just another romantic comedy, well it turns out to be more than that. The story is a refreshing idea and it was delivered perfectly by all the casts. I begin to invest a lot of my emotion into this drama and all the characters in this drama (not just the main) at some point of their time bring something that I can relate with. How they handle on certain issue put me in the spot to face it as my own issue as well. Moments and moments of realization came to me and made me think, “Ah, should I handle it like them.” I was having a hard time when I watched this drama and this drama comforted me as if when the characters solved their issues, I was solving mine as well. So just like Misaeng (tvN drama – 2014), for me, this drama taught me a lot about life as well, in a non-serious manner, through comedic and heartfelt situation. And it’s the first time after a long while that I like all the soundtracks in a drama, singing them in various moments, one after the other, have them on my playlist for some time, and reminiscence about the scene in the drama where the soundtrack played in the background.
Baek Hee Has Returned
My Ratings : (5 stars)
Other title: Becky’s Back
Genre: Family, melodrama, comedy, romance
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2016-Jun-06 to 2016-Jun-14
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 22:00
Shin Ok-hee, a frequent runaway and borderline delinquent, reluctantly relocates with her parents to their hometown of Seomwoldo, an island in the middle of nowhere. Her mother Yang Baek-hee (Becky) had left her hometown, eighteen year previously, as an unwed mother and under a cloud of scandal, in Seomwoldo Ok-hee discovers that she has more in common with her mother than she knew, and encounters three men all of whom believe themselves to be her biological father. In her attempts to discover her parentage Ok-hee unlocks secrets that allow lives and loves to heal.
Other title: Dear Fair Lady Kong Shim / Beast’s Beauty / Beauty of the Beast / The Emptiness of the Beast
Genre: Romance, comedy, family, supernatural
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2016-May-14 to 2016-Jul-17
Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:55
Gong Shim was born as a 2nd daughter to a family that always prioritizes their 1st daughter Gong Mi, due to her being a successful and beautiful lawyer. As a result, Gong Shim grows into a prickly and skeptical woman with inferiority complex. One day she meets Dan Tae, a quirky public defender with mysterious past. Dan Tae rents a rooftop apartment which formerly belonged to Gong Shim.
It tells the story of a world-renowned but unsympathetic neurosurgeon and his involvement with the mysterious deaths in the hospital he works in. Lee Yeongo is an elite neurosurgeon. He may win recognition from the patients but when he is alone, he feels empty deep in the mind. There is no compassion or emotion for him. He works at Hyeonseong Hospital, which is the best national hospital with the most advanced medical techniques. Although it is obvious that it is the safest place to be in the country, something mysterious is happening inside the hospital. What is the truth? Who is the criminal?
It’s a well written drama, it was too bad that it’s not in the favor of the ratings due to the competition with other drama. It was slightly weird few episodes at first, and the female main character seems annoying but it change for the better after 4 episodes and I was thankful I didn’t leave this drama to witness the improvement. This drama is cut short due to the low ratings while on the other hand me and some other people who are fans to this drama actually hoping that they will continue this drama much longer. I like medical drama, but without a good writing, it might appear as a lousy medical drama, which I saw on few other dramas. But this drama is not lousy, all the medical term and performance are enriching, more so when they are equipped with the background stories from the patient side as well. We get to see and feel the interaction between doctors and patients evolve. One thing I point out is that this drama give spotlight to other supporting casts as well, which could also be a downside since some characters could not get proper story (Hyun Suk Joo, Kim Min Jae) since so many others are sharing the spotlight. Well, on other note, the main character Lee Young Oh himself is an enough reason to like this drama. His struggle with emotion(less) moments and his branding as a psychopath while all the while the other functioning human beings are actually much more psychopathic than him.
Cheese in The Trap
My Ratings : (8 stars)
Genre: Melodrama, romance, comedy
Broadcast network: tvN
Broadcast period: 2016-Jan-04 to 2016-Feb-23
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 23:00
Hong Seol’s life is filled with work and study, and her diligent attitude is often taken advantage of by others. Yoo Jung was similar in the past, but has developed an exacting system of give-and-take to protect himself. Behind his solicitous smile lies a cold mind that demands payment for any mistakes it notes. When he wants to start dating Seol, she finds herself caught in a tangle of problems as the consequences of his past and present actions come to light.
Eun Ha-won (Park So-dam) is a high school student who dreams to be a teacher, but she needs money for her education. One day, she meets the Chairperson of the Kang enterprise who offers her the chance to live in his house with his three grandsons, under some conditions.
At the Sky House, she meets Kang Ji-woon (Jung Il-woo), a soft hearted but lonely and wild-child rebel, Kang Hyun-min (Ahn Jae-hyun), a playboy plutocrat who does whatever he wants, Kang Seo-woo (Lee Jung-shin), a top singer-songwriter who is gentle and kind to Ha-won, and finally Lee Yoon-sung (Choi Min), the Chairman’s secretary and their bodyguard.
Lee Hae-Joon (Rain) is a perfect man with good looking appearance. He works as a section chief in the women’s apparel section at a department store. His body is actually possessed by the spirit of Kim Young-Soo (Kim In-Kwon) who was worked to death.
Yoo Hye Jung was a tough bully in school with a prickly personality and always goes wayward. She had many scars from her childhood and through self-preservation, Hye Jung keeps her heart shut away from other people. However, she changes after meeting her mentor Hong Ji Hong who plays a key role in transforming her life from a helpless gangster to a compassionate doctor.
Kim Rae Won as teacher (27) / doctor Hong Ji Hong (40) (Professor, Neurosurgery)
Shin Suk-ho (Ji Sung) is a successful manager who works for KTOP entertainment, one of the largest entertainment companies in South Korea. After deciding to become independent and trying to develop his own company, Mango Entertainment, he suddenly faces many hardships and loses everything he has and goes to prison. After release, while he is trying to find a way back to life, he finds a talented high school student, Jo Ha-neul (Kang Min-hyuk) and decides to turn him into a famous singer. But he realizes that Ha-neul is an ex-convict and was accused for sexual abuse by his friend, Lee Ji-Young (Yoon Seo).
Shin Seok-ho starts a new journey with Ha-neul, forms the group ‘Entertainer Band’ (Ddandara band/ 딴다라 벤드), and tries to put things in their right place with the help of band members, his loyal friends and Jung Geu-rin (Lee Hye-ri), Ha-neul’s hard-working sister.
Cha Ji-Won (Lee Jin-Wook) is a UDT officer of the Navy Special Operations Force. He is positive and has personal charm, but he falls into a desperate situation due to a friend’s betrayal. He goes through numerous life or death situations. Cha Ji-Won then enters into a fake marriage with Swan (Moon Chae-Won) to hide his identity. Through the bright persona of Swan, Cha Ji-Won falls in love and regains his trust of others.
Dae-Gil and King Yeongjo enter a match. Dae-Gil bets his life and King Yeongjo bets the entire Kingdom of Joseon on the outcome.
Dae-Gil is the best gambler in the Joseon era. He holds deep resentment inside, but is also cool on the exterior. King Yeongjo is a man who never lower his head without a convincing reason. Meanwhile, Dam-Seo exists solely to take revenge upon king.
Park Bong-pal (Ok Taec-yeon) has grown up with ability to see ghosts and uses this ability to work as an exorcist, banishing ghosts, but only weak ones, in order to make enough money to take away his ability to see ghosts. Called to a haunted school he encounters Kim Hyun-ji (Kim So-hyun) a feisty middle high-school student who, because of a traffic accident, became a wandering spirit the day before her college entrance exams. The two accidentally kiss and Hyun-ji discovers that Bong-pal holds the secret as to why she is a spirit. In order to be freed from endlessly wandering the earth as a ghost and to ascend to the next life, Hyun-ji convinces Bong-pal to allow her to live with him and the two become ghost fighting partners.
The drama centers on the romantic and comedic interactions between Shim Bo-nui, a woman who has blind faith in superstitions and fortune-tellings, with Je Soo-ho, CEO of a Game developer company who is a scientific and logical man. Shim Bo-nui is a 26-year-old, attractive woman, who can learn quickly. On the other hand, she is blindly superstitious. She always follows the fortune-tellings of shaman Goo Shin, because she is told she was born unlucky. The shaman tells her that in order to save her sister Bo-ra, she has to sleep with a man born in the year of the Tiger. She meets Je Soo-ho and coincidentally he was born a Tiger.
Go Hye-Rim (Han Ye-Seul) is a famous fortune-teller. She is known as “Madame Antoine” and insists that she is spiritually connected to Marie Antoinette, but that part is a lie. She is able to see through people’s stories due to her intelligence and keen sense. She dreams of having love in a romantic film.
Go Hye-Rim then takes part in a psychological test project conducted by psychotherapist Choi Soo-Hyun (Sung Joon). His goal is to prove that true love does not exist. Coincidentally, the name for his psychological treatment center is Madame Antoine.
When Moo-Myung was young, he had an once-in-a-lifetime event. His family was killed by a person who took the identity and the noodles making skill of his father, Kim Gil-do. After managed to survive the incident, Moo-Myung walked into orphanage by himself. To take revenge, he attempts to become a God of Noodles.
Queen Shim (Jang Hee-jin), is a royal queen in the palace who, is unable to have a child, seeks the help of a shaman named Hong-joo (Yum Jung-ah) to give birth to a prince. Hong-joo told Queen Shim to deceive a young shaman named Hae-ran (Jung In-seon (ko)) who possessed special abilities enabling her to sleep with the king so she can become pregnant. Hong-joo then uses black magic to transfer the fetus to the Queen and plans to kill Hae-ran. Unfortunately, Hae-Ran finds out everything and curses the Queen’s baby before dying. Queen Shim later gives birth to twins, Crown Prince Soonhwae (Yeo Hoe-hyun) and princess Yeon-Hee (Kim Sae-ron), but had to abandon the princess due to the curse. With the help of Shaman Choi Hyun-seo (Lee Sung-jae), Yeon-hee grows up as a beautiful young girl, but she is forced to remain isolated and away from everyone, living in a house surrounded by talismans. Poong-yeon (Kwak Si-yang), Hyun-seo’s son, has had a crush on her since he was young. A young scholar named Heo Jun (Yoon Shi-yoon) is the son of a slave. A chance encounter between Yeon-hee and Heo Jun ties their fate as they began a journey together to lift the princess’ curse.
In his youth, Lee Guk-cheol lost his wealthy family and his inheritance to his greedy uncle, Byun Il-jae. He lost everything and descended to the lowest echelons of society, from spoiled rich heir to lowly beggar almost overnight. However, an opportunity arises whereby he is able to obtain a new identity – Kang Ki-tan, allowing him to take back what is rightfully his and enact vengeance on those responsible for ruining his life. However, in his quest for revenge, he meets opposition in the form of Do Gun-woo, the illegitimate son of a chaebol chairman, and Oh Soo-yeon, a young woman who seem suspiciously similar to someone he developed feelings for in his youth.
Yoon Shi-Woo (Lee Hyun-woo) is the leader of the South Korean idol group ‘Mobius’, and he also happens to be an orphan with hardly any recollection of his past or true identity. His rise in popularity and fame made him become arrogant and prickly in nature, but he has a serious problem: he is suffering from painful hearing loss that doctors have not been able to pinpoint or cure. The only possible hope comes from a female fan named Hwang Sun-ah (Jung Yoo-jin) who told him to go to Moorim Institute and have Dean Hwang, her father, heal him. Considering him more trouble than he is worth, Shi-woo’s CEO tries to get rid of him by framing him in a scandal with a female rookie idol. As the public starts to hate him, he decides to come to Moorim Institute in the end in hopes that he would be cured.
Wang Chi-Ang (Lee Hong-bin) is the son of Wang Hao, the president of China’s largest enterprise groups in Shanghai. Spoiled and selfish, he acts like he owns the world, yet hides his own wounds: he is an illegitimate son who was born from a Korean mother. Chi-ang’s father also wants him to go to Moorim Institute, but Chi-ang refuses to go until he meets Shim Soon-deok (Seo Ye-ji), a sweet, confident young woman who works hard at several jobs to care for her blind father. Completely enchanted by her, he agrees to his father’s wishes when he discovers that she secretly attends Moorim Institute without letting her father know.
Marketing Department Manager, Nam Jung-gi (Yoon Sang-hyun) is so nice that his colleagues call him “Father Theresa” and “Walking UNICEF”. There is nothing that can ruffle Jung-gi’s feathers but his coworker, Ok Da-jung (Lee Yo-won), who is so nasty tempered she’s been nicknamed “Fire Da-jung”, and isn’t impressed with Jung-gi’s affable nature. In fact, his goodness seems to bring out the worst in her, fanning the flames of her fury at everything and everyone. Will Ok Da-jung finally push Nam Jung-gi over the edge and ignite his anger, or will he eventually be the one to cool hers?
Former secret agent Baek Shi Yoon (Park Shi Hoo) is a well-trained human weapon. Hiding his past, he buys the bar “Neighborhood” and runs it as the owner. He gets close to the Neighborhood regulars at his bar and he sympathizes with their pain. He then meets a young man, Choi Chan Gyu (Lee Soo Hyuk) who works as a temporary employee. Choi Chan Gyu wants to become a police officer. Baek Shi Yoon trains him as a secret agent and they fight together against evil.
Jo Deul Ho (Park Shin-yang) who once had a bright future ahead of him as a star prosecutor, and was the son-in-law to the head of the largest law firm in their country. But when he witnesses corruption in the prosecutor’s office and reports it, he loses everything. He tries to rebuild his life and turn his small and pathetic neighborhood law office into a second chance to become a lawyer who protects people and protects the law, and grows as a person in the process.
Han Mi-Mo now works as a rep for a remarriage consulting business. She is also divorced. Her former bandmate Baek Da-Jung is also a rep at the same company. She married a rich man, but her marriage is on the rocks. Go Dong-Mi is now an elementary school teacher. She is single and feels lonely. Hong Ae-Ran is a representative for an internet shopping mall. The women are still friends.
Song Soo-Hyuk (Jung Kyoung-Ho) is a reporter and a single father. He has a friend, Goo Hae-Joon (Kwon Yool), who is a doctor and single. Song Soo-Hyuk and Goo Hae-Joon become involved with the women.
Yoo-Seul (Kim So-Hyun) is a student of an art high school. She is a talented pianist and who won various contests, but she is driven by her mother. Yoo-Seul’s mother wanted to become a pianist when she was younger. One day, Yoo-Seul has an accident. Yoo-Seul may never play the piano again because of the accident. With the help of her friend Cha-Sik and Yoo-Seul’s rival Jin-Mok, Yoo-Seul begins to live a new life.
A walkie-talkie in the present somehow picks up signals from a detective in the past, Lee Jae Han (Jo Jin Woong). Police profiler Park Hae Young (Lee Je Hoon) finds this walkie-talkie and uses it to help solve cold cases. Detective Cha Soo Hyun (Kim Hye Soo), who was once a rookie at Lee Jae Han’s station, leads the cold-case team. Thanks to Park Hae Young (and Lee Jae Han), the team solves infamous cold cases. But communicating with the past has consequences.
This story tells of doctors stationed in the fictional war zone of Urk (Uruk), and follows the love story that develops between a surgeon (Kang Mo-yeon) and a special forces officer (Yoo Shi-jin), both elite in their respective fields. The story will track both their personal and professional struggles while exploring issues about the value of life.
Song Joong Ki as Captain Yoo Shi Jin of the Alpha Team (aka Big Boss)
Shin Joon-young (Kim Woo-bin) and No Eul (Bae Suzy) were a couple who were separated during their teenage years due to an ill-fated relationship, but later meet each other in life. Shin Joon-young is now a top actor-singer while No Eul is a documentary producer.
No Eul had a tough childhood; her father died in a hit-and-run prompting No Eul to quit school and make a living for her and her brother. Shin Joon-young, on the other hand, had his life planned out for him. His mother wanted him to become a prosecutor; to follow the footsteps of his estranged father, but an awful incident caused him to quit law school and become a singer-actor. The two reunite when No Eul is tasked to film Shin Joon-young’s documentary. Joon-young initially gives No Eul a miserable time before finally agreeing to do the documentary and even plans to win her heart back.
Yoon San (Lee Joon) works as a private detective with his friend Yong Goo-Hyung (Oh Jung-se). One day, Yoon San is turned into a vampire. He remains a private detective who solves cases for his clients all the while uncovering the secrets from his past.
Cardiothoracic surgeon Oh Yeon-joo’s (Han Hyo-joo) father mysteriously went missing while writing the last chapter of his webtoon “W”. Yeon-joo goes to his office and is shocked to see a scene of the dying Kang Chul (Lee Jong-suk), the main character of W, on her father’s computer. While reading a note left behind by her father, a hand from the monitor pulled her in. She finds herself on the rooftop of a building next to a bleeding man. She manages to save him and realizes that the person she saved was Kang Chul, the main character of her father’s manhwa.
The story evolves on how Kang Chul find the meaning of his life through his relationship with Yeon Joo and his struggle to face the villains of the manhwa.
To be continued… 41 dramas so far. There are some dramas just finished airing a few months before that I haven’t added the descriptions yet, only the rating. 2016 is already over and I will add 6 more Korean dramas that I have watched to this list. Come back later.
credits: picture is not mine, all rights to the original owner: dramafever, asianwiki, and some descriptions are combination from various sites, dramawiki, asianwiki, and wikipedia.