This past decade was full of discoveries about my own self. The ‘Reader Me’ found a new friend ‘Traveller Me’ in the early years of this decade. A few years later they befriended ‘Kdrama Lover’ within me. My three aspects (among many) had a gala time this past decade. 

This post is all about showcasing my third aspect – Kdrama Lover. It was during my second pregnancy when I started this whirlwind romance with Kdramas. And the love has been growing stronger since then. Initially, I started liking them for two main reasons:

  • Firstly, in comparison to many other series found across the globe, they are much shorter in length. Most of them are just 20 episodes long only.
  • Secondly, they have fresh and unique concepts compared to the emotional roller-coasters of saas-bahu politics found in the drama-series here. 

In no time, they had completely bewitched me. 

15 Must Watch Kdramas of this Decade

In the past decade, I have watched many Kdramas. Their popularity is increasing day by day and they are becoming one of the highest watched dramas globally.

The technology, the story, the pace, the cinematography of these Kdramas is at par with any good quality Hollywood movies. Numerable Kdrama-series are released every year, which are enjoyed by people worldwide.

In this post, 15 of my favourite Kdramas which can easily be categorised in Must Watch Kdramas of the Decade, have been listed. They are based completely on my personal opinion and liking.

If you are a Kdrama fan like me, you would surely like a few of them, if not all. Do tell me about your favourite Kdramas in the comment section which made into this list.

So, Here is a list of Must Watch Kdramas of this Decade.

Sungkyunwan Scandal(2010)

In the year 2010, this traditional drama with a fusion of Gender Bender theme was an international hit.

Park Min Young played the female protagonist who disguises herself as her brother to make ends meet for her family.

Through a series of twisted events, she ends up giving entrance exam of the prestigious University of Joseon Dynasty- Sungkyunwan.

The crux was that only male students can study in this institute. Thus starts the humourous peril of Kim-Yoon-Hee(Park Min Young) who comes across various odds as she lives a life of scholar student in disguise.

Secret Garden(2010)

Secret Garden is one of the most well-known Kdrama of all times. It will be a surprise if it is not in any Kdrama fan’s ‘Must Watch Kdramas of this Decade’ list.

This fictional romantic series with an element of fantasy still makes the hearts of the viewers flutter.

The series became hit due to its beautiful storyline, great actors and melodious OST.

Even the outrageous, sparkly tracksuit worn by Hyun Bin became a huge hit. Various scenes from this series are still remembered by the fans and have given birth to many memes and drama jokes.

The story revolves around the romantic track of a CEO of Departmental Store and a stuntwoman.

Their relationship takes a turn when they find their consciousness have switched bodies.

City Hunter(2011)

City Hunter- Must Watch Kdramas of this Decade

The thriller drama series featuring Lee-Min-Ho and Park-Min-Young as the main leads was a huge success.

The story was based on a famous Japanese manga with the same name.

Lee-Min-Ho played the role of Lee-Yoon-Sung who comes back to South Korea as an MIT graduate. He is seeking revenge for his father and his comrades.

His father was the only survivor of a secret army mission which went wrong due to the corrupt officials of their own country.

Yoon-Sung takes the role of City Hunter to expose and send those corrupt officials behind bars. 

With its taut storyline and action-packed scenes, this series became an instant hit.

School 2013(2012)

School 2013 deals with the life of students and teachers in school. Recommended

I loved this school-oriented drama series as it dealt with many issues faced by the students and teachers of the present generation.

Bullying, the pressure of joining private classes, school violence, disrespect towards teachers and the indiscipline among students in the school premises, were some of the prominent issues highlighted in this drama.

Also, the bromance between Kim-Woo-Bin and Lee-Jong-Suk is worth watching.

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One of the most entertaining dramas of the KdramaLand. It needs to be in The Must Watch Kdramas of this Decade

There are two Kdramas which are responsible for imprisoning me in this world of Kdramas (not that I am complaining). One of them is ‘Healer’.

This Romantic thriller series was like a wave which swept the international Kdrama fans with its charismatic cast and their acting.

Even the supporting actors were as powerful as the leads. Ji Chang Wook became a Hallyu star through this drama. 

Starring Park-Min-Young and Ji-Chang-Wook, this drama was about an incident, in 1992, which caused a group of five friends to fall apart.

After many years, three people from different backgrounds come together to unearth the real truth behind the incident.

Ji Chang Wook played the role of ‘Night Courier’ who went with the codename ‘Healer’

You Who Came From the Stars(2014)

This Must Watch Kdrama of the Decade raised the bar of Kdrama series to newer heights.

You Who Came From the Stars is the second drama which determined my captivity in the KdramaLand… and I am definite that I was not the only one.

The ‘Must Watch Kdramas of this Decade’ list is incomplete without this drama.

This Romantic Fantasy series involved an alien (Kim-Soo-Hyun) who landed on earth but missed his time to go back while saving a girl.

He has to wait for 400 years to go back to his planet and hence starts living among humans biding his time.

With three months remaining for him to go back, he comes across an actress(Jun-Ji-Hyun) as his neighbour. As things start to take their own course, he starts developing emotions which were unknown to him.

This Romantic Fantasy series was a breakthrough in many aspects. It is said that HD cameras were used for the first time for shooting in South Korea.

To up the game of showing supernatural effects, enhanced technological equipment was put to use. As a viewer, I could easily see the vast difference in the quality of the videos before this drama and after.

Not only the techniques were new, but the drama was also considered as a trend-setter for various accessories used in the drama.

Needless to say, the fashionable clothes worn in this drama revamped fashion in Asian countries.

Kill Me Heal Me(2015)

Actor Ji-Sung at its best in this Rom-Com

Ji Sung did an outstanding job when he portrayed the character of Cha-Do-Hyun in this Rom-Com series.

It is a story about a businessman who suffers from Dissociative Identity Order due to his traumatic childhood.

He wants to get control over his life and thus seeks help from Oh-Ri-Jin who is training to be a psychiatrist.

Ji Sung played seven facets of Cha-Do-Hyun which were so unique in their own way.

The alter-egos are so different from each other with unique personality traits and age differences between them.

All these identities came into existence due to incidents which affected Cha-Do-Hyun in his early life.

How Oh-Ri-Jin helps his alter-egos to resolve the issues and heal him to become whole is what makes this drama worth watching.

As an actor putting yourself in seven different personalities during the same time period is a difficult task but Ji Sung justified each one of them perfectly.

Ji Sung etched his name in the history of Kdramas while playing this character.

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Descendants of the Sun(2016)

Descendants of the Sun popularly known as DOTS- a complete package

Entered the year 2016 and KdramaLand was never the same again.

On the international front, this drama was one of the most-watched dramas of this year.

Though the storyline was a simple one, the treatment and the stupendous cast (Song-Joong-Ki, Song-Hye-Kyo, Jin-Goo) involved in this drama made it more popular.

It was a complete package of Comedy, Drama, Romance and Action.

W- Two Worlds(2016)

W- Two Worlds- One of the Must-Watch Kdrama of this decade which will blow your mind

The year of 2016 was indeed phenomenal for bringing so many dramas which were worthy to be in the ‘Must Watch Kdramas of this Decade’ list.

The year brought forth dramas with so many fresh concepts. W was one of them. The drama had to be a hit because of the uniqueness of the plot.

The story of the series revolves around Kang Chul(Lee-Jong-Suk) who won an Olympic Medal in the shooting category when he was 17.

His family is murdered after a few days of his return. Kang Chul is accused of this crime.

Although declared ‘Not Guilty’ Kang Chul’s life doesn’t remain the same anymore. Determined to find the real murderer he starts his life with a new focus.

Ten years later, he ends up as multi-billionaire who is the owner of a broadcasting station.

When he meets Oh-Yeon-Joo(Han-Hyo-Joo), his world starts to crumble. She tells him that his world is actually a webtoon being written by her father.

Thus begins a series of events to find the real culprit and save the loved ones.

Goblin (2016)

Among Top 3 Must Watch Kdramas of the Decade- Goblin

The year of 2016 ended up in a high note when ‘Guardian- The Lonely and Great God’ started airing.

With a stellar cast consisting of Gong-Yoo, Lee-Dong-Wook, Yoon-In-Na and Kim-Go-Eun; the drama series became immensely successful.

Everything about this series was amazing. The OST, the cast, the storyline, the cinematography and the acting- everything was a huge package which could have not gone wrong.

In the list of ‘Must Watch Kdramas of the Decade’, ‘Goblin’ can easily be in the top three positions.

The drama grasps you from the word Go and you just can’t have enough of it.

As if the series was not enough, the clippings of ‘Behind The Scene’ received immense viewership in various Social Media channels.

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Stranger (2017)

Season 2 coming on Netflix- Great Drama- Stranger- A Must-Watch Kdrama of the Decade

It is known as Forest of Secrets or Secret Forest in some countries.

Netflix purchased its rights at the same time when it was airing in South Korea.

The storyline of this series was a simple one where a prosecutor teams up with a detective to unearth a murder and the corrupted people involved.

But the way the plot was held by flawless acting from Cho-Seung-Woo and Bae-Doo-Na is something to be witnessed. The direction was amazing giving such a realistic touch to the whole drama. 

No Wonder the series was so lovingly cherished by international fans as well.

The happy news is that Netflix is currently airing the second season of this series. Do Watch It!!


Epic Sci-Fi Mystery Thriller- A Must Watch Kdrama of the Decade

This Sci-Fi mini-series may not have made into many lists of Must Watch Kdramas of the Decade but for me, the whole concept and presentation of the story were most fascinating.

The episodes of this mystery Sci-Fi were presented in two parts- First part showing happenings in the year 2017 and the second one showing the year 2037.

The story revolves around the lives of twin brothers who had witnessed the landing of a UFO in their childhood, along with their father.

The humanoid alien which came out of the spaceship had become a part of their family until their father discovered the alien technology brought along with her.

His father, a neuroscientist starts working with Byul(Gong-Seung-Yeon) the alien to adapt this technology for humans. After some time both of them go missing and the tragedy befalls on the twins. 

Comes present 2017 where both brothers have become distanced from each other. Kim-Woo-Jin is looking for his father.

While probing further, he gets entangled into the mystery behind a series of murders happening within his college.

On the other hand, Kim-Bum-Gyun is researching about aliens to find the missing alien Byul. Events happen and in the end, Kim-Woo-Jin goes missing. 

The year 2037 shows South Korea divided into two main districts- General District and Smart City.

On one side the General District is where crimes happen and there are diseases, poverty along with pollution; the Smart City claims to be the ideal city with no crimes, pollution-free and healthy.

A sequence of crimes leads the detective Kim-Joon-Hyuk into the Smart City where he discovers the mysterious truth behind the Smart City being crime-free.

It is a must-watch if you are a lover of Sci-Fi Mystery Thrillers.

Black (2017)

Black- known for best cliffhangers every episode

The Fantasy-Thriller Kdrama starring Song-Seung-Hoon and Go-Ara makes into my ‘Kdramas of this decade’ list because of the cliffhangers it gave at the end of each episode.

From the very first episode, it always ended on cliffhangers with either new twist or revelation.

Although I wasn’t satisfied with the ending of the whole series, nevertheless one cannot deny the level of suspense this series held throughout.

So much so that it is said that Netflix purchased the series within a week after it aired on OCN.

This Kdrama series is about a grim reaper who possess a body of the detective in order to find his missing partner.

In the course of events, he discovers about a murder which took place 20 years ago which leaves him baffled after the truth is revealed.

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Memories of Alhambra (2018)

Must Watch Kdrama of the Decade- Memories of Alhambra- based on Augmented Reality

One of the most impressive dramas of the year 2018 was Memories of Alhambra.

This was the first Kdrama which was based on the concept of AR(Augmented reality).

The freshness of the plot and the fabulous cast along with the cinematography made it one of the most spectacular Kdramas in history.

The creativity within the plot and twist of events will blow away your mind.

I came to know about Granada, the fort of Alhambra, and the classical guitar piece called ‘Memories of Alhambra’ for the first time through this drama.

They were so beautifully intricate in the whole storyline that one cannot help but admire the creativity of the people coming with such ideas.

Adding to this there was Hyun Bin as the main lead which is reason valid enough to make any Kdrama a hit.

The plot is all about a game of Augmented Reality which is developed around the stories related to Alhambra Palace.

Jung-Se-Joo, a game-developer approaches Yoo-Jin-Woo(Hyun Bin) for selling his game. He asks him to test the game and invites him to Granada.

Jin-Woo travels to Granada, Spain and meets Se-Joo’s sister Jung-Hee-Joo(Park-Shin-Hye) instead. Meanwhile, Se-Joo is nowhere to be found.

Jin-Woo finds that the mystery behind the disappearance of Se-Joo and the plot of the game is somehow connected.

Thus begins the race to find the missing developer as Jin-Woo starts solving the mysteries of the game. 

Hotel Del Luna(2019)

Hotel Del Luna - A fantays rom-com released in 2019

Hotel Del Luna will be remembered for IU (Lee-Ji-Eun). This brilliant actress and singer took the character of Man-Wol to such new heights that one could only be in awe with her performance.

The quirks of her personality with ‘I Don’t Care’ attitude hooks you in no time.

The Romantic Fantasy also happened to be one of the most-watched Kdrama Series of 2019. It is available on Netflix as well.

Jang-Man-Wol(Lee-Ji-Eun) is an immortal who has lived on this planet for millennia.

She is bound to Hotel del Luna because of the sins she committed in her past life.

Her hotel is not an ordinary one. Only the ghosts wandering on this earth can reside in it.

Koo-Chan-Sung (Yeo-Jin-Goo) has to work for Man-Wol due to an agreement when she had spared his father’s life on a condition that Chan-Sung will come to work for her after 20 years. 

Chan-Sung ends up being the manager of Hotel Del Luna. Slowly with his kind heart and warm personality, he starts bringing a change in Man-Wol’s cold-hearted personality.

Extra-Ordinary You (2019)

Highly Recommended Must Watch Kdrama of the Decade- Extra-Ordinary You

What would you do if you realise that you are actually living as a character of a comic book?

This was one of the opening lines of the narrative for the trailer for this series. I don’t think there will be anyone who does not feel curious after knowing that this is the theme of the whole plot. 

Based on a webtoon titled ‘July Found by Chance’ this series occurs in a prestigious academy.

Eun-Da-Oh is a student, who comes to realise that she isn’t a real person but a character in a comic book.

To her dismay, she is not even the main lead but just an Extra, having a heart-disease which may claim her life any time soon.

She refuses to accept this as her fate. Hence begins her journey to change her destiny other than what the writer has stored for. 

The beauty of this series was not only this unique concept but also the way it was presented.

There were only a few characters who were aware of themselves. This meant that they knew about the comic world.

So when it came to their role-play they had to just speak the lines written by the writer. When their role was over, they could do whatever they wanted in the ‘Shadow’ area.

Those who were oblivious never realised such a difference.

The difference between scenes of Role-Play and Shadow area was shown through a spotlight effect.

The time passed or skipped on the whim of the writer of the comic.

A particular Sound Effect was used to depict the passing of time. As a viewer, I really appreciate the director for presenting the whole series in such clarity.

One needs to definitely watch this drama to enjoy the unique concept it portrays.


This decade I explored the treasure trove of KdramaLand and found so many creatives to my liking. As a Kdrama fan, I look forward to being entertained with more unique concepts in the future as well.

What about you all? Are you also a Kdrama fan? Which Kdramas have made in your ‘Must Watch Kdramas of the Decade’?
Is there any drama that you wish to recommend?

Write all your opinions and thoughts in the comment section below.

Until then,
Written by Preeti

“This post is a part of ‘DECADE Blog Hop’ #DecadeHop organized by #RRxMM Rashi Roy and Manas Mukul. The Event is sponsored by Glo and co-sponsored by Beyond The Box, Wedding Clap, The Colaba Store and Sanity Daily in association with authors Piyusha Vir and Richa S Mukherjee”

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Jayshree · March 23, 2020 at 4:39 pm

You are doing a good job here girl! I freaking love korean dramas and their way of depicting variety of stories from every genre you can think of.

Even this list you put forward is good along with the description. It contains almost every drama I really enjoyed and Circle, Extraordinary You, Black, Memories of Alhambra, Kill Me Heal Me, School 2013, Hotel Del Luna… these are my favourites because of its unique plotline, beautiful storytelling, deep messages, amazing acting, mindblowing OSTs, amazing cinematography… and what not. These dramas must be the representatives of korean dramas although there are many more dramas like Crash Landing on You, Sky Castle, Signal, Smile has left your eyes, Radiant, Are you Human too? etc… the list is endless.

    Preeti · April 19, 2020 at 12:29 am

    M so so happy to read ur comment. Your choices are so similar to mine. Do read my latest post where I have enlisted 30+ romantic kdramas. Would love to read your opinion on that. Sorry to reply late

Parul · February 3, 2020 at 5:05 pm

Oops..!! I missed all these Kdramas. I really have to chase them now.

    Preeti · February 4, 2020 at 12:35 am

    Please do. Thank you for visiting 🙂

Srishti Rajeev · February 3, 2020 at 7:17 am

Have been hearing about Kdramas all the time from some friends and family. Now I know why? Your post has opened up more scope for binge watching 😉
Also the pic there helps in connecting with the write-up.
Different take on the decade!

    Preeti · February 3, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Thank you for appreciating. Your kind words mean a lot to me 🙂

    Rashi Roy · February 7, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Wow! That’s a very unique take on the theme. I haven’t watched any but your post makes me rethink. Maybe will pick up one right after the hop! Glad you decided to participate in this blog hop and shared this beautiful piece with us:)

Disha · February 2, 2020 at 11:43 pm

My friends have been watching Kdramas for sometime now, but I am yet to watch any. Your post have given me many options to choose.

    Preeti · February 3, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Oh Is it? I am so glad to hear that. Hope you enjoy the ones you choose to watch. Do connect over them later. Would love to hear ur feedback 🙂

mommytincture · February 2, 2020 at 10:28 pm

I am extremely wary of web series. I can’t bear to stop until i have reached the end. I havn’t seen a webseries in ages, or may be I have never seen one. I am not sure. But your list and description of KDrama series makes me want to watch atleast one of them. And if I were to do that I would chose ‘School 2013’

    Preeti · February 3, 2020 at 8:20 am

    I feel you. In the beginning, I was also incapable to stop myself if the series was really interesting..but slowly I have made myself understand that they are for our entertainment not for addiction 🙂
    It is nice to hear that you plan to watch them and the Kdrama picked by you is also a nice one. Hope you enjoy watching.

Maya Bhat · February 2, 2020 at 9:45 pm

I have heard lot of praises for korean dramas. This was much needed recommendations. I will book mark this post for my later referrence. 🤩

    Preeti · February 3, 2020 at 7:49 am

    Glad I could be of any help. Thanks for visiting.

nooranandchawla · February 2, 2020 at 2:20 pm

Ironically, I have never heard of Kdrama before, but just yesterday, I watched the Oscar-nominated KMovie “Parasite” and was floored with the creative writing and overall phenomenal talent! Reading your post has led me to believe that I’m missing out on a lot of good-quality TV. Going to start with the Netflix shows soon.

    Preeti · February 3, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Good-Quality TV series…This phrase is really apt for the Kdrama series I have seen so far. Hope you do enjoy them. Expecting to see reviews of the Kdramas on your IGTv shortly 🙂

Jyotirmoy Sarkar · February 2, 2020 at 1:46 pm

I have read your reviews earlier and searched for some of the movies.
This is list also awesome, thanks for the reviews…specially loved the 3rd, 9th, 13 and 15th one.

    Preeti · February 3, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Thank you so much for liking. Keep visiting 🙂

Priyal · February 2, 2020 at 1:46 pm

To be honest, I never heard about kdramas, I thought it was a typo by you, but after reading your post, I really want to see some collection of kdramas

    Preeti · February 3, 2020 at 7:57 am

    M so happy that I was able to change your outlook towards them. Keep visiting 🙂

Mahesh Sowani · February 2, 2020 at 5:37 am

Had heard a lot about korean dramas. But never watched one. Thanks for giving snapshot of the best korean dramas of the decade. Will try to watch them.

    Preeti · February 3, 2020 at 8:16 am

    That is so wonderful to hear. Glad I could be of help. Hope you enjoy them 🙂

Debidutta Mohanty · February 1, 2020 at 11:28 pm

Nice compilation of K dramas. Though I haven’t watched any until now after reading your post I am tempted to do so. Bookmarked for future reference.

    Preeti · February 2, 2020 at 3:43 am

    M so glad you liked them. Thanks for visiting

Varsh · February 1, 2020 at 11:16 pm

I might sound ignorant here but I had no idea about kdrams before reading your post. In fact I thought it was a typo! Going by how much you’ve raved about them I would like to see one for sure now.

    Preeti · February 2, 2020 at 3:45 am

    Yes Kdramas are becoming more popular now. It was just that my interest helped me discover them much before. M glad to see that my post has sparked an interest within you.

Shalzzz · February 1, 2020 at 11:03 pm

I used to watch Korean movies back in college days! Thanks for the recommendations. I’d definitely check them out.

    Preeti · February 2, 2020 at 1:07 am

    Oh that is so nice to hear. Do let me know what you think of them 🙂

Neha Sharma · February 1, 2020 at 9:15 pm

First thing I did after reading your post was bookmark it because now I’m surely going to watch some of these series. I started watching series on Netflix in the last few months but never gave a thought of watching kdramas. Your recommendations came just in time, I love binge watching shows on weekends. Loved it, thanks for sharing the list!

    Preeti · February 2, 2020 at 1:09 am

    That is so wonderful to hear. Let me know which series you have watched. it will be so good to connect with you over these dramas.thanks for visiting 🙂

MeeraMayaa · February 1, 2020 at 7:28 pm

I have always heard this from my cousins and somehow failed to add in my list. And your post has motivated me to watch .
This is a beginning…
Thanks Preeti

    Preeti · February 2, 2020 at 1:10 am

    M glad you liked them. Thanks for visiting 🙂

      MeeraMayaa · February 2, 2020 at 1:57 am


jayanthi6 · February 1, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Wow, I never Kdramas were so popular…I have heard of them through another acquaintance but never took them seriously…I will…now! 🙂
Warm wishes for a lovely decade!

    Preeti · February 2, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Oh yes, look for them whenever you have time. Most of them have really good content. thank you for visiting 🙂

shaandaarjenie · February 1, 2020 at 5:26 pm

So happy to know someone who loves Kdrama.

Considering decade, your love for Kdrama is amazing. Am new to it.
The list you gave looks so nice. I have read from others also many reviews of some of them.
Netflix has almost of it but as this dramas are old, so not watched.

Will watch the ones after 2015.

    Preeti · February 2, 2020 at 3:50 am

    It makes me more happy to find people having same amount of interest in them. And I agree with you after 2015 the KdramaLand became much more awesome. Nw when we have connected over these..we will surely be keeping in touch as we discuss our favourites. Thank you so much for visiting 🙂

shravmusings · February 1, 2020 at 5:07 pm

Thank you for introducing us to Korean dramas. Though you keep telling us now and then,this article gave me a complete insight into these dramas and I am now tempted to watch them

    Preeti · February 2, 2020 at 1:12 am

    Awww…That is so sweet to hear. Let me know when you do watch them :))

Anjali M Naik · February 1, 2020 at 12:57 pm

Nice comprehensive blog. You have wonderfully compiled the list of K dramas. I have heard a lot about them but never got a chance to watch them. But now I know which ones to watch. Thank you for this post. Bookmarked it for future reference !!!

    Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    M so glad that you liked it. thank you for visiting:)

Wandering Soul · February 1, 2020 at 12:36 pm

I loved reading this list and I am going to bookmark it to watch some of the shows later. I’ve only seen Two Worlds, that too only because of Lee Jong Suk. While I thought it was okay, I did enjoy watching him in it. My favourite K-Drama is not on the list, though. Romance is a Bonus Book – absolutely loved watching that. Do check it out sometime. Thank you for sharing this. Shall certainly check out the other shows on this list.

    Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Ah.. Two Worlds was really where Lee Jong Suk outdid himself. I missed Romance is a Bonus book because i had too much of romantic series at that time and was looking out for some thrillers but I have kept it in To Watch list for sure. M glad that you liked my post. Thanks

Prerna Wahi · February 1, 2020 at 12:33 pm

This is an interesting and unique post. I’m intrigued by some of the Kdramas you have listed and will surely check them out. Thanks for sharing this list!

    Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you for your kind words Prerna. Do check them out at your own pace 🙂

Namratha Varadharajan · February 1, 2020 at 10:37 am

Didn’t know kdrama was a thing until this post! I believe you have sold me on them though. I haven’t been watching any series after suits(I needed a break after the obsession) and I wasn’t finding anything that interesting. Which one would you recommend I start with?

    Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    I think you like series with more of mind games and less of physical involvement. Correct me if m wrong:)
    But I would surely suggest you Stranger. The acting is so natural and the drama gives such a real feel. It is on Netflix and was a hit internationally. This year they are bringing the second season as well.

      Namratha Varadharajan · February 1, 2020 at 5:10 pm

      Nice. I have Netflix. Will see it

        Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 11:16 pm

        sure. all the best

        Preeti · February 2, 2020 at 1:11 am

        Oh Great. All the best for the journey to KdramaLand 🙂

yossarian (@y0ssar1anl1ves) · February 1, 2020 at 6:53 am

Wow! I never knew that Kdramas were a thing! Despite the difference in language and culture, their popularity shows that they have universal appeal. As I dont watch any TV cant say that I will watch any of these but I found your synopsis of the plot very interesting! You may do movie reviews as well! Rohit Verma

    Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you so much Rohit. M glad that you liked it 🙂

Dr. Surbhi Prapanna · February 1, 2020 at 5:44 am

Honestly, I had not watched any of these Kdrama but after reading your post, I will look into more seriously. some of the plots sounds really interesting to me. I love the way, you had shared a comprehensive list with great detailing.

    Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    So Sweet of you to say that. thanks a lot for the appreciation. Do let me know if you want to delve into this world.

Archana · February 1, 2020 at 4:08 am

Interesting post, though I Haven’t watched any of the episodes of KDrama but I always in a quest of these episodic series, will surely check them out, thanks Preeti your highlights are going to hel me in finding the episodes.

Pashmeena Chowdhary · January 31, 2020 at 10:43 pm

Wow!! Such a well documented post.. I have not seen any of these but I remember watching a korean series but do not remember the name..It was good..You made me recall it as well as attract me towards the above drama series through your post.. Will try to watch them.
My best wishes to you for the coming decade..

    Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 2:29 am

    I am so glad that my post helped you recall few of your good memories. If you do start watching them, let me know. Thank you for visiting 🙂

Ruchi · January 31, 2020 at 10:13 pm

I never watch TV/ soaps so this is a non existent world for me. I liked how you explained your choice and why you liked each one of them.

    Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 2:33 am

    Thank you for appreciating my post. 🙂

vartikasdiary1 · January 31, 2020 at 9:50 pm

That’s an illustrative list of dramas, Preeti. Though Im a drama person but a few of these piqued my interest

    Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 2:35 am

    So glad that you liked them. 🙂

Zenobia Merchant · January 31, 2020 at 9:45 pm

Ah what a refreshing post. When I read K Dramas I was dreading that you are an ekta Kapoor fan😂 Honestly, I have never watched any Kdramas till date but ure post is so descriptive and detailed that I will surely check them now. Thanks for enlightening me.

    Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 2:38 am

    Ha ha ha… Actually I didnt know that Ekta Kapoor dramas were also known with the same name till yesterday. And to be honest, to escape from these Indian Kdramas only, I discovered this world of Korean dramas.
    Thank you for visiting. M really glad you did 🙂

lifewithmypenguin · January 31, 2020 at 8:55 pm

Aditiiiiiiiiiiii, my husband says how am absorbed in K-drama while watching and have influenced youngsters of the family. Now am going to make him read this post. You have shared most of my favorite dramas here. Thanks to internet for making them accessible.

    Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 2:48 am

    Yayyy Chingu!!! High Five to team Kdrama Lover.
    Even my husband is eyeing me whenever I am busy watching them (I don’t allow him to speak so he only roll his eyes at me ;P)
    On top of this, I introduced the K-pop world to my daughter and now it is only Korean songs and Korean dramas in our house. My darling hubby has no choice but to put up with all of us.
    M so happy that you share the same love. I really used to feel very lonely as none of my real or virtual friends shares my love towards the Kdramas. Oh, but how glad I am today to come across you. Through this post, I have met two people who share this common interest and I couldn’t be happier

    Do let me know any of your favourites which you wish to recommend to me. I would love to know more of them.
    Oh, by the way, I am Preeti :))

      lifewithmypenguin · February 1, 2020 at 2:51 am

      Faceslam moment, why the * I called you aditi especially when I know you over a year now….. Hi Preeti…

        Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 2:55 am

        Hey.. U awake.. U r so like me..Night Owl 😀 And it is okay..dont slam ur face. cheers 🙂

          lifewithmypenguin · February 1, 2020 at 2:57 am

          Was reading a book. Got involved in mystery and just now checking time.

Piya Gajbe · January 31, 2020 at 8:18 pm

I loved reading this post. One of my friends always told me about KDramas as she was a big fan of theirs. After reading such detailed post about them, I am surely going to give it a try.❤️

    Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 2:49 am

    Oh Wow! M so happy to hear that. Do let me know when you watch them. Would love to get connected over them. Thank you for visiting 🙂

Srivalli · January 31, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Wow! This is such a cool list! My friend is a an of Kdramas. I shared your post with her. She’s going to be delighted! 😀

    Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 2:51 am

    Thank you for appreciating. Pls do share with your friend. I will be happy to hear her feedback 🙂

Swarnali Nath · January 31, 2020 at 5:49 pm

One time I was a big fan of Korean songs and short films and videos, you reminded me. I liked one series named Can you hear my heart, and I was longing to see the name in your list. I really loved your detailed post, kudos to the research you have done. Best wishes.

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Wow! This is so good to hear. I too am a fan of Korean Music. I think I have missed the series you have mentioned but I am surely going to look for it. Thanks for your appreciation. So glad you stopped by

    Sivaranjini Anandan · January 31, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Wow! this is a splendid compilation and enjoyed it because I am a person who watch lot of drama series. 😀

      Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 2:53 am

      Oh wow really… M really glad to hear that my list was of any help to you. Thank you so much for visiting 🙂

Deepika Mishra · January 31, 2020 at 5:46 pm

First of all, congratulations to pick such a different topic. I am totally unaware of it because I watch tv with my selective favourite. You seem a big fan of Korean’s a pleasure to read about all 15. Thanks dear for such a different take on this topic.

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    I am so glad that you liked it. Thank you for visiting.

deepsreflections · January 31, 2020 at 5:19 pm

Hi I totally loved your post. I am a big fan of K dramas and have watched all on your list expect kill me heal me which I’ll be watching soon hopefully. And I am totally in love with Ji Chang Wook. I have his pic as my wall paper 😃. Loved your selection of dramas and how well you explained about each one of them.And what a wonderful and different topic to write about.
Lots of love.

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    You have brought tears in my eyes with the happiness of coming across a kdrama fan like you. I was so apprehensive about this topic and had fingers crossed thinking that even if I come across one person who is on the same boat as me… I would consider my post a success. And here I found you who has watched almost all of these. Babes, you do not know how happy you have made me today. Ji Chang Wook is a heartthrob totally!!! I love Hyun Bin also 🙂
    Do recommend me any of your favourites as well…

    Loads of love

      deepsreflections · January 31, 2020 at 6:51 pm

      Oh you should be calling me noona 😆
      I even have Viki app on my phone. I loved Legend of the blue Sea, bride of the water god, suspicious partner, uncontrollably fond …. Oh I won’t stop. So happy n excited to meet you here

        Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 3:01 am

        With Ji Chang Wook poster on your wall, U think I will be calling you Noona 😀 No way!!
        Even I have Viki App but right now m lapping up all the ones which I didnt see and are available on Netflix. I have watched all the ones you recommended except Uncontrollably Fond. M not a big fan of Suzy.
        We should totally make a watsapp grp. I just found that pragnya @lifewithmypenguin is also a Kdrama lover like us 😀
        What a day for me!!! i come across two people who r as crazy in love with Kdramas like me :DDD

Harjeet Kaur · January 31, 2020 at 5:12 pm

I feel so ancient after reading this post. I actually have no clue about Kdramas. Your post is so detailed, elaborate and informative but where can one access them?I dont watch TV but I do watch a bit of netflix and Prime.

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Please don’t ever say that you feel so ancient. Trust me, you are younger than many youngsters whom I know 🙂 As for these was just a matter of my interest. However, as for your query, there are plenty of Kdramas available on Netflix with English subtitles and audio as well. Many from my list are already there. Do search them and let me know if you watch any. Would love to discuss them with you and know about your point of view.

sundeepananthd · January 31, 2020 at 4:51 pm

I have always heard about these Kdramas, but never got the chance to watch them. Now that your post has hooked me to the plot of “Healer”, “Extra-Ordinary you” and “School,” I believe I am also trapped in the web.
Thank you for such an amazing description. You surely deserve an Applause.
— rightpurchasing

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    If you feel trapped, I would say- Mission Accomplished :DD
    Do let me know if you watch any of them. Will love to know your point of view on them. Thank you for visiting.

      sundeepananthd · January 31, 2020 at 10:30 pm

      Sure will. What source do you use to watch them ?

        Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 2:32 am

        Oh, there are plenty of options nowadays. Most of them you can find on Netflix with even English audio as well as subtitles. Then there is Rakuten Viki and Viu apps having all kinds of K-dramas to choose from with English subtitles. M excited to see whether you turn out to be a newbie kdrama fan by next month ;D

          sundeepananthd · February 1, 2020 at 7:26 am

          In that case, I’m gonna try out on Netflix today itself. Thank you 🙂

            Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 4:13 pm

            That’s great!!! happy watching

Ritu · January 31, 2020 at 4:14 pm

Quite a comprehensive post. I am not into K-Dramas but know a lot many who do. I would definitely be sharing the post with them. It is inspiring me to try them, some look interesting.

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    So sweet of you to say that you will look into them. Do share the list with your friends. Thank you for the kind words and appreciation 🙂

soniadogra · January 31, 2020 at 3:36 pm

Hi Preeti … I’m not a series/tv buff but what a post! Kudos to you for this compilation. It is superb. Really appreciate it and will definitely look out for at least one of these. Best wishes!

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you Sonia for your wishes. And I do understand… this is not something which interests everyone. However, this was one thing which I explored in the last decade, for the first time and I wanted to share it with the world as my take away from the decade which went by 🙂
    Thanks for visiting

Janaki · January 31, 2020 at 3:15 pm

Preeti, frankly I didn’t know something like this even existed. You have introduced something very new for me….so thanks. Nice, detailed post.i can feel the love from each of them.

Janaki (@beyond the familiar)

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Thank you, Janaki for appreciating. Glad you stopped by 🙂

Geethica · January 31, 2020 at 2:04 pm

Wow Preeti, this is such a detailed post. The information about each one of them helps to make a decision and enjoy. Wish you loads of luck in the new decade.

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Glad you liked it Geethica 🙂

Novemberschild (Romila) · January 31, 2020 at 1:54 pm

You seem to be a big TV lover especially of the Korean dreams.
I don’t watch TV and I have absolutely no idea about these serials but my sister in law is a huge fan and she watches them religiously, I will surely share your 15 must watch with her.

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you for the appreciation Romila 🙂

Monika · January 31, 2020 at 1:39 pm

This is something totally new to me . You seem to be a big fan of kdramas …..a very good list you provided . Thanks .

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you Monika for the appreciation 🙂

Jyoti Arora · January 31, 2020 at 1:15 pm

I am not at all a screen fan. But your post is making my mind to sit and watch atleast one. Keep watching and keep reviewing, atleast a person like me can know the names and story around it 😉😉😋😋
Good luck !!

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    I appreciate that even when it is not your area of interest, you have been kind to give a positive response. Heartfelt thanks to you.

Pr@Gun · January 31, 2020 at 12:10 pm

Now first I would seriously admit my ignorance of Kdrama as I thought its typical Kdrama of Indian television with which I have no fondness, but since this post was from you Preeti whom I know with such vast knowledge and intellect I was happy to get the surprise with such a great list you had shared and admit that few names actually made me google them so I can see them. School, Healer, Secret Garden, Circle, Stranger I’m very curious to see them after reading your brief intro.
Thanks for sharing this informative post.

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Wow… M floored with ur comment..😘 So sweet of you to appreciate it so much. And the ones which you googled are some of the very good ones..
    If you do watch any of these, let me know.. 😍

Shail Thosani · January 31, 2020 at 12:05 pm

Hey I have never before watched any Kdramas. However many of my friends do and often I feel like starting to watch one but never got to it. You have given a nice and summarised list of the best ones so I will start with one of them and hopefully love them the way you do.

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    That’s is so sweet of you to say. Maybe ur friends have watched some of these. Do let me know how it goes once you start watching ☺

Supriti · January 31, 2020 at 11:54 am

wow… u look like a big TV buff.. i remeber secret garden from my college days.. girls went all gaga about it.. u brought back some fond memories with your post.. keep writing..n keep sharing. 🙂

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Ha haha… Tv buff… M more like a weekend binge-watcher. With two school going kids… The weekend is the only time when I can really do whatever I like 😄😄
    And yes, secret garden was all about Hyun Bin… So if ur friends were gaga about it.. They weren’t wrong.. He is one fine actor to be all gaga about. One of his drama is airing currently and it’s soaring the TRP. Maybe ur friends have watched some of these drama series
    Thank you for visiting 😀

Meena · January 31, 2020 at 11:52 am

Oh! Wow! This is a refreshing new way to look at a decade look back. I have not seen any on the k dramas, but have heard of them. I will definitely try and watch your recommendations. I am now watching Turkish dramas. They are out of this world. Really gripping and entertaining.

I will recommend Fatmagul, Kara Para Ask. I am now watching Sefirin Kizi. If you notice the hero in all these three is the same! That is because, my daughter is a fan of the hero Engin Ackurek. (He is cute). I have heard of other Turkish dramas too that are quite popular. Will you try these?

Meena from

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    So glad you liked it. 😀😀
    And yes I have watched few Turkish dramas. I do not remember their names but I do agree that they are quite interesting. The only thing which didn’t settle with me was that the ones which I watched started becoming too long. I will surely watch out for the dramas you have recommended… M so happy to meet you- drama series lover 😍

      Meena · January 31, 2020 at 3:06 pm

      Yes, turkish dramas are really long. But they keep you hooked with their fast paced stories. There is never a dull moment.

        Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 6:21 pm

        Yup. true that. By the way, where can I watch the ones you recommended to me?

          Meena · January 31, 2020 at 6:25 pm

          Kara para ask is on youtube. Sefirin kizi is now airing in turkey. So it will be an episode a week. Fatmagul will be on

            Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 2:52 am

            Oh great… Will check them ASAP…Thanks for letting me know 🙂

Pooja Priyamvada · January 31, 2020 at 11:00 am

I know nothing about K dramas so this was new knowledge, a friend’s daughter is a huge fan, have forwarded the post to her.

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you for the appreciation💕

Arushi · January 31, 2020 at 10:25 am

I have never seen the Kdramas. Your post is lovely and it inspires me to start watching them. Thanks for introducing us to the dramas and listing out the options. Wishing you a great decade ahead

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Thank you Arushi for visiting and appreciating my post 😀

shivanisalil · January 31, 2020 at 10:10 am

This is interesting. I had thought of making a movie list on these lines.
I’m a huge TV/movie buff and have been eyeing k dramas for a while now considering their rising popularity.
Saving your list for reference though I coul only find a few on Netflix. Is there any other site to access too?
Loved your post. Keep updating the list for novices like me

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Netflix is purchasing most of them but there are various other sites and app which are totally about Asian dramas- includes taiwanese and Chinese too… But nevertheless kdramas are dominant there. RakutenViki and Viu apps are the ones where u can get many kdramas. Hope u watch few and let me know ur thoughts.. As for the movie list.. Do make it in reference with Netflix… I would love to read it. 😀😀

      Ujjwal Mishra · February 1, 2020 at 12:22 am

      My son has recently started following K-pop and when I told him about this blog he was more excited than me, we are surely going to watch some of these shows. Honestly I have never seen any korean shows ever.

        Preeti · February 1, 2020 at 2:28 am

        Ha Ha Ha, Ur son has good taste in Music. I am myself a K-pop fan and this makes me so happy. Thank you for visiting and let me know which shows you decide to watch 🙂

paviraman · January 31, 2020 at 9:45 am

ooh Kdramas! I have wanted to forever watch them. In fact back in 2012, I watched two episodes of Secret Garden, and really enjoyed how different they were. Of course, life happened and I forgot them. But thank you for this post- especially how you’ve ranked them! I am going to bookmark this page and make sure I watch at least a few of these.Maybe one day, we’ll have a jolly chat about our favorite ones!

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Thank you for your love. And as u said Life does happen but this decade I did get to spend time with myself and hence was able to find things which were to my liking.
    I hope you get the chance asap and then surely we will discuss out favorite ones.. That is a promise 😃

Priyanka Naik · January 31, 2020 at 7:56 am

A fascinating list of K-drama series. A friend of mine is a big fan of K-Pop and has been constantly egging me to start watching.
After reading your lisr, I think I am now going to give it a shot.
Thanks for the reccommendations. 🙂

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Oh wow! Kpop.. That’s a whole different world again😀 and how I would love to meet your friend as we would be having so much to discuss about 😄
    If you do start it… Let me know.
    Thank you for visiting

PALLAVI ACHARYA (@PALLAVIhello) · January 31, 2020 at 6:43 am

Your post has motivated me to watch out for some of these Kdramas! I had checked out a few in the past but because of the language barrier I quit watching. Going by your reviews, it seems they pack a punch! Thanks! Kudos! Pallavi Acharya

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Thanks Pallavi for stopping by. Now many kdramas are on Netflix. So if u have it you can surely enjoy them with English subtitles or narratives. Let me know how it goes😀

      Priyanka Naik · January 31, 2020 at 7:57 am

      A fascinating list of K-drama series. A friend of mine is a big fan of K-Pop and has been constantly egging me to start watching.
      After reading your lisr, I think I am now going to give it a shot.
      Thanks for the reccommendations. 🙂

      Radhika Acharya · January 31, 2020 at 8:49 am

      Wow Preeti. A completely different take on the bloghop. I’ve heard about Kdrama and its rising popularity but never tried watching any. Armed with your well covered list of the decade I just might give it a try soon!!

        Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 10:40 am

        Thanks Radhika for the appreciation. I thought of writing something I have enjoyed thoroughly this decade and this was one of the world I loved exploring. Whenever you try, do let me know.. It will be good to talk over them😀

hemasha · January 31, 2020 at 2:40 am

oh! yeh to completely out of syllabus sa ehsaas hua mujhe… I watch only comedy, romantic or inspiring films. The reason is because I like to get to the end in maximum 3 hrs.. I cant follow up things for weeks.

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Oh is it! 😀 I am more into long stories and the treatment given to them.. Even in my reading, I prefer stories which are published in series.. Well to each their own. Thank you for visiting

      hemasha · January 31, 2020 at 7:56 am

      Thank you for this positive approach. Love you dear. ❤

mahekg · January 31, 2020 at 1:25 am

I will share it with my friend she loves K dramas and would love this list, I wont be surprised if she would have watched most of these.

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Oh.. Great… Thank you for stopping by😀

anoushkasthoughts · January 31, 2020 at 12:11 am

truly a wonderful blog ! im in love with kdramas’ too ! it’s truly another world you go into. there are so many of them that i have watched and then there are a few i am gonna try since i missed them. i need to say you do have a wonderful taste. this is truly a list to be cherished 🌻💞

    Preeti · January 31, 2020 at 7:49 am

    So nice of you to say so. Do let me know your feedback if you watch any of these.. Would love to discuss on them. 😀

      sonamchamaria · February 1, 2020 at 11:34 pm

      I have never watched Kdramas but now I’m intrigued! Will def watch some and get back to you 🙂
      Thank you for nudging me!

        Preeti · February 2, 2020 at 3:42 am

        Oh wow, that is so wonderful to know. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

          Amrendra Sinha · February 3, 2020 at 3:15 pm

          Unique post. A different outlook expressed. Kudos

            Preeti · February 4, 2020 at 12:35 am

            Thank you 🙂

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