The Top 23 Highest Rating Korean Dramas Of All Time

Edited by Knight Lite King on Apr 07, 2022

1. The World of the Married (2020)

Rating: 28.371%

TV Channel: JTBC

A revered medical doctor's seemingly perfect life is overturned when she discovers her husband's infidelity. In her pursuit to retaliate against his betrayal, a bitter back-and-forth ensues between the two as they both seek to exact revenge on the other. The World of the Married smashed TV ratings after its finale episode rated at 28.37%, breaking its own record of 24.44% which it had set just an episode prior.

Starring: Kim Hee Ae, Park Hae Joon, Han So Hee

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PHOTO BY WORLD OF THE MARRIED/JTBC

2. Sky Castle (2018)

Rating: 23.779%

TV Channel: JTBC

This satirical drama revolves around four housewives residing in the exclusive residential area of Sky Castle. Ruthlessly ambitious, the women will stop at nothing to get their children into Seoul National University.

Starring: Yeom Jung Ah, Lee Tae Ran, Yoon Se Ah, Oh Na Ra, Kim Seo Hyung

 
PHOTO BY SKY CASTLE/JTBC

3. Crash Landing on You (2019)

Rating: 21.683%

TV Channel: tvN

The lives of a South Korean heiress and a North Korean military officer collide when the former lands into North Korean territory after a paragliding accident.

Starring: Hyun Bin, Son Ye Jin, Seo Ji Hye, Kim Jung Hyun

 
PHOTO BY CRASH LANDING ON YOU/TVN

4. Reply 1988 (2015)

Rating: 18.803%

TV Channel: tvN

Five childhood friends who live in the same neighborhood of Ssangmundong rely on each other as they enter the peak of their turbulent teen years.

Starring: Hyeri, Park Bo Gum, Ryoon Joon Yeol, Go Kyung Pyo, Lee Dong Hwi

 
PHOTO BY REPLY 1988/TVN

5. Goblin (2016)

Rating: 18.680%

TV Channel: tvN

A romantic fantasy drama, the series follows the story of a 939-year-old Goblin, also known as the Protector of Souls, as he ends up falling for the girl destined to end his cursed immortal life.

Starring: Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun, Lee Dong Wook

 
PHOTO BY GOBLIN/TVN

6. Mr. Sunshine (2018)

Rating: 18.129%

TV Channel: tvN

A poor boy born into a house servant's family travels to the United States during the 1871 Shinmiyangyo incident. He soon grows up to become an American military officer who returns to his homeland and falls in love with an aristocrat's daughter, all while unveiling a sinister plot by foreign nationals to colonize Korea.

Starring: Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri

 
PHOTO BY MR SUNSHINE/TVN

7. Mr. Queen (2020)

Rating: 17.371%

TV Channel: tvN

In modern-day Seoul, prestigious chef Jang Bong-hwan of the President’s Blue House gets caught in a scuffle that leads him to fall off a building. When he wakes up, he realizes he’s traveled back to the Joseon period, and his soul is now inhabiting the body of Queen Kim So-yong. Unable to escape this odd situation, he sets out to learn more about the queen’s life but ends up getting caught in the Kingdom’s political drama.

Starring: Shin Hye Sun, Kim Jung Hyun

 
PHOTO BY MR. QUEEN/TVN

8. Itaewon Class (2020)

Rating: 16.548%

TV Channel: JTBC

Ex-con Park Saeroyi and his misfit group of employees work to turn their modest bar into the number one pub in Itaewon. Reaching their goal turns out to be an uphill battle as they deal with the ruthless CEO of Jangga Co., a.k.a. the man responsible for setting off a chain of events that landed Saeroyi in jail in the first place.

Starring: Park Seo JoonKim Da MiKwon Nara, Ahn Bo Hyun

 
PHOTO BY ITAEWON CLASS/JTBC

9.Vincenzo (2021)

Rating: 14.636%

TV Channel: tvN

Vincenzo Cassano, a South Korean-born Mafia lawyer in Italy, flees to his homeland after he finds himself caught in between two warring factions. Back in Seoul, he teams up with a spunky female lawyer to exact justice on evil criminals through any means possible.

Starring: Song Joong KiJeon Yeo Bin, Ok Taecyeon, Kwak Dong Yeon

 
PHOTO BY VINCENZO/TVN

10. 100 Days My Prince (2018)

Rating: 14.412%

TV Channel: tvN

Lee Yul, a crown prince suffering from amnesia, ends up in the care of Hong Shim, an intelligent but unmarried woman, and her father. Thinking of himself to be a commoner, he weds Hong Shim to save her from being punished by a law that he himself established as a prince.

Starring: Do Kyung Soo, Nam Ji Hyun, Kim Seon Ho

 
PHOTO BY 100 DAYS MY PRINCE/TVN

11. Hospital Playlist (2020)

Rating: 14.142%

TV Channel: tvN

Five doctors who've been friends since medical school go through the ups and downs of their job in Yulje Medical Center, all while sharing their love for music by forming a band.

Starring: Jo Jung Suk, Yoo Yeon Seok, Jeon Mi Do, Kim Dae Myung, Jung Kyoung Ho

 
PHOTO BY HOSPITAL PLAYLIST/TVN

12. Signal (2016)

Rating: 12.544%

TV Channel: tvN

When police lieutenant and criminal profiler Park Hae-Yeong gets hold of a special walkie talkie that can communicate with people from the past, he joins forces with a detective in 1989 to solve three decades of related murders.

Starring: Lee Je Hoon, Kim Hye Soo, Cho Jin Woong

 
PHOTO BY SIGNAL/TVN

13. The Lady in Dignity (2017)

Rating: 12.065%

TV Channel: JTBC

A wealthy woman living a luxurious life finds her daily routine tarnished when a mysterious stranger moves into her home as the caregiver to her ill father-in-law.

Starring: Kim Hee Sun, Kim Sun Ah

 
PHOTO BY THE LADY IN DIGNITY/JTBC

14. Hotel del Luna (2019)

Rating: 12.001%

TV Channel: tvN

Located in downtown Seoul, the peculiar Hotel del Luna has existed for several millennia catering to lost souls. It's CEO, Jang Man Wol, is cursed to run the establishment for all of eternity as punishment for a sin she can't remember. The only way to free herself from her penance is to find someone who's committed a crime far worse than hers. 

Starring: IU, Yeo Jin Goo

 
PHOTO BY HOTEL DEL LUNA/TVN

15. Reply 1994 (2013)

Rating: 11.509%

TV Channel: tvN

Alternating between 1994 and 2013, the series follows six university students all residing in one boarding house in Seoul, where they encounter the daughter of the house's owner, Sung Na-Jung. While experiencing various cultural Korean milestones together, including the emergence of the K-Pop boygroup Seo Taiji and Boys, and the Sampoong Department Store collapse, these seven strangers soon learn to treat each other like family.

Starring: Go Ara, Jung Woo, Yoo Yeon Seok, Kim Sung Kyun 

 
PHOTO BY REPLY 1994/TVN

16. Prison Playbook (2017)

Rating: 11.195%%

TV Channel: tvN

A star baseball player's bright future hits a dire snag when he's sentenced to one year in prison after defending his sister from sexual assault. Forced to adapt to a life behind bars, he gets reacquainted with a former baseball player and childhood friend, now turned prison guard.

Starring: Park Hae Soo, Jung Kyung Ho, Krystal, Jung Hae In

 
PHOTO BY PRISON PLAYBOOK/TVN

17. The Uncanny Counter (2021)

Rating: 10.999%

TV Channel: OCN

Disguised as employees at a noodle shop restaurant, four demon hunters visit earth to thwart evil spirits from attempting to attain eternal life.

Starring: Cho Byung Gyu, Yoo Joon Sang, Kim Se Jeong, Yeom Hye Ran

 
PHOTO BY THE UNCANNY COUNTER/OCN

18. The Crowned Clown (2019)

Rating: 10.851%%

TV Channel: tvN

To protect their king during a state of social unrest, the Joseon empire asks Ha Sun, a clown and the king's lookalike, to take his place in the palace. Anxious about being found out, Ha Sun struggles with his new role, especially when he finds himself falling for the beautiful Queen Yoo So-Woon.

Starring: Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Se Young 

 
PHOTO BY THE CROWNED CLOWN/TVN

19. My Kids Give Me a Headache (2012)

Rating: 10.715%

TV Channel: JTBC

A drama that follows a family of three generations, the story starts with eldest daughter Hee Jae whose secret pregnancy causes a storm within her tight-knit family once they find out about her nine month old belly.

Starring: Uhm Ji Won, Yoo Dong Geun, Kim Hae Sook

 
PHOTO BY CHILDLESS COMFORT/JTBC

20. Mine (2021)

Rating: 10.512%

TV Channel: tvN

This Korean drama follows two wealthy and ambitious women in a conglomerate family as they seek the meaning of true love and joy, all while toppling anyone who dares stand in their way.

Starring: Lee Bo YoungKim Seo Hyung

 
PHOTO BY MINE/TVN

21. Encounter (2018)

Rating: 10.329%

TV Channel: tvN

Opposites attract in Encounter when divorcee and hotel CEO Cha Soo Hyun, and the innocent and ordinary Kim Jin Hyuk, both searching for a fresh start, cross paths and fall in love during a trip to Cuba. 

Starring: Park Bo Gum, Song Hye Kyo, Jang Seung Jo

 
PHOTO BY ENCOUNTER/TVN

22. Hospital Playlist 2 (2021)

Rating: 10.071% (Currently ongoing) 

TVChannel: tvN

In yet another season of Hospital Playlist, the bond of five college friends turned doctors continue to be tested as they deal with life, death, and everything in between at their hospital.

Starring: Jo Jung Suk, Yoo Yeon Seok, Jeon Mi Do, Kim Dae Myung, Jung Kyoung Ho

 
PHOTO BY HOSPITAL PLAYLIST 2/TVN

23. Memories of the Alhambra (2018)

Rating: 10.025%

TV Channel: tvN

Yoo Jin Woo, a brilliant game developer, and the strong spirited CEO of an investment company has his competetive nature tested after his best friend betrays him. He subsequently travels to Granada, Spain after hearing about a groundbreaking AR game created by someone from the area. There he stays at a hostel and unwittingly entangles the owner, Jung Hee-joo, into a series of strange events.