Best and Most Loved Korean Dramas of 2018

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Anneyeong Chingu!

So the year 2018 has almost ended and we have more great Korean Dramas coming our way in 2019.

It’s time to look back at all the great Korean Dramas that made our year 2018 pretty entertaining and filled it with emotions and laughter that Korean dramas always makes sure to do.

The following list has some best Korean dramas of 2018. Now these are not based on my perspective and these dramas are also not best because they have good kdrama ratings (Well Some do and some don’t). They are purely based on the fans opinion from all around the world. I went around asking in various groups and pages on various social networking websites about fans opinion for the best Korean drama of 2018 and these dramas were voted the most. So here I have created another 2018 list. Enjoy! 🙂

~The Bests Among Best According to Fans~

1. Are you Human too?

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“Are you human too?” is a story about a robot who was a duplicate of a chaebol heir who was in coma.
GENRE : Fantasy, Romance, Rom-Com

2. What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?

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“What’s wrong with secretary Kim” is a love story between the vice president (Park Seo Joon) of a big company and his secretary (Park Min Young). It is based on a popular webtoon.
GENRE : Rom-Com, Romance

3. My ID is Gangnam Beauty

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“My ID is Gangnam Beauty” story goes like this, Kang Mi-rae decides to get plastic surgery after being bullied because of her looks. However, at university, she is being teased as the “Gangnam plastic surgery monster.” The drama follows her story of recovering self-esteem as she gets to know Do Kyung-seok.
GENRE : Romance, Rom-Com

4. 100 Days My Prince

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“100 Days My Prince” is a story about a prince (D.O.) in Joseon era who loses his memory and ends up living the life of a common man for 100 days. A woman detective (Nam Ji Hyun) helps him to find his identity.
GENRE : Rom-com, Romance, Mystery, Historical

Also See: List of Historical Korean Dramas that aired in 2018

5. 30 But 17

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“30 But 17” also called “Still 17” story goes like this, Woo Seo-ri played by Shin Hye-sun was 17, she fell into a coma. Thirteen years later, she wakes up from her coma. Her mental age is still that of a 17-year-old, but she is now 30-years-old. Gong Woo-jin and Woo Seo-ri get involved with each other and fall in love.
GENRE : Rom-com, Romance

6. I’m Not A Robot

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“I’m Not A Robot” is a story about a man (Yoo Seung Ho) who falls in love with a girl (Chae Soo Bin) who pretends to be robot.
GENRE : Romance, Rom-com

7. The Beauty Inside

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The drama “The Beauty Inside” is a love story of an A-list actress Han Se-gye (Seo Hyun-jin) and Seo Do-jae (Lee Min-ki). Han Se-gye spends one week disguising herself every month while Seo Do-jae is man who suffers from a disease called prosopagnosia also called face blindness(Due to this disease a person is not able to recognize the face after a while).
GENRE : Rom-com, Romance

8. Terius Behind Me

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“Terius Behind Me” story goes like this, a woman named Go Ae-rin (Jung In-sun) loses her husband. Along with her neighbour Kim Bon (So Ji-sub), who was an NIS agent, they discover the truth behind her husband’s involvement in a huge conspiracy.
GENRE : Romance, Action, Crime, Rom-com

9. Korean Odyssey

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“Hwayugi” is a story about a Monkey King who is sent to earth to live with humans without magical powers as a punishment. Then he looks for a monk who can give his powers back and they both then fight the evil spirits together.
GENRE : Fantasy, Rom-com, Romance, Mystery

Also See: (53) List of Romantic Comedy and Romance Kdramas of 2018

10. Mr. Sunshine

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“Mr. Sunshine” is based on Joseon Era and focus on the romance of a soldier (Lee Byung Hun) and an aristocrat’s daughter (Kim Tae Ri).
GENRE : Romance, Action, Historical

11. Laughter in Waikiki

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“Laughter in Waikiki” is the story of three men who come to run a failing guesthouse called Waikiki. Complications spark when their guest house is visited by a single mother and her baby.
GENRE : Rom-Com, Comedy

12. Lawless Lawyer

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“Lawless Lawyer” tells the story of gangster (Lee Joon Gi) who turned into a lawyer. He became a lawyer to avenge his mother.
GENRE : Law, Crime, Romance, Action

~Other Best Kdramas According to Fans.~

13. Devilish Joy

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“Devilish Joy” is a strange but beautiful love story between a genius doctor who suffers from “Cinderella Memory Disorder”, he got this disease due to a car accident he got into while trying to help a woman and an actress who used to be popular, but somehow lost her popularity.
GENRE : Romance, Rom-Com

14. Radio Romance

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“Radio Romance” drama focuses on the romance between a radio writer Geu Rim (Kim So-hyun) and a top star Ji Soo-ho (Yoon Doo-joon) who is casted as the DJ in the show where Geu Rim works.
GENRE : Romance, Rom-com

15. Just Between Lovers

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“Just Between Lovers” follows the life of two individuals (Junho and Won Jin Ah) who help and learn with each other through various struggles of life.
GENRE : Romance, Rom-com

16. Miss Hummurabi

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“Miss Hammurabi” story revolves around the life of two judges one of them is young and passionate (Go Ara) while the other is a realist (Kim Myung-soo).
GENRE : Romance, Rom-com, Law

Also See: (27) List of Law, Crime, Mystery Related Korean Dramas of 2018

17. Come here and hug me

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“Come Here and Hug Me” tells the story of a man (Jang Ki Yong) whose father is a serial killer. His father kills the parents of the woman(Jin Ki Joo) he loves.
GENRE : Romance, Action, Crime

18. Time

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“Time” is a story about a man (Kim Jung Hyun) who is about to die in few days. In his last days of life he decides to help a woman (Seohyun) whose life he ruined before.
GENRE : Melodrama, Mystery

19. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

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“The Smile Has Left Your Eyes” is a mystery romance drama in which there are two individuals who have the similar scars, but one is referred to as a monster by the public’s eye while the other hides her trauma, falls into love.
GENRE : Romance, Mystery

20. Your Honor

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“Your Honor” is a story about two twin brothers (Yoon Shi Yoon). One of them is a respectable judge while the other is a criminal. The criminal takes in the seat of his brother as a judge when he disappears.
GENRE : Law, Crime, Action

21. The Ghost Detective

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“The Ghost Detective” story goes like this, detective Lee Da-il (Choi Daniel) catches ghosts. He is trying to solve the case of his assistant, Jung Yeo-wool’s (Park Eun-bin) younger sibling’s bizarre death. He keep running into a mysterious woman called Sunwoo Hye (Lee Ji-ah) at every crime scene.
GENRE : Horror, Mystery, Crime

22. Rich Man

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“Rich Man, Poor woman” tells the love story of a CEO (Suho) of a tech company who cannot recognize faces and a woman (Ha Yeon Soo) looking for a job at his company.
GENRE : Rom-com, Romance

23. The Great Seducer

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“Great Seducer” focuses on the love story of rich young people in their twenties. Kwon Shi-hyun makes a bet with his friends to seduce Eun Tae-hee, who does not believe in love anymore. However her thoughts changes after she meets Kwon Shi-hyun.
GENRE : Romance, Melodrama

24. Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food

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“Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food” or “Something In the Rain” drama explores the relationship of two people (Jung Hae In & Son Ye Jin). Their relationship gets stronger with time. They keep their relationship secret.
GENRE : Romance, Melodrama

25. Familiar Wife

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“Familiar wife” is a story about a man who was unhappy with his wife. Then a stranger gives him a coin which magically turns his life upside down. Now he is married to his first love and not his wife.
GENRE : Romance, Rom-com, Fantasy

26. Lovely Horribly

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“Lovely Horribly” is a story about Philip and Eul-soon who are bound by an unusual fate: one’s happiness always results in the other’s misfortune. The two start writing a drama together, and the events in the screenplay mysteriously begin occurring in real life.
GENRE : Horror, Mystery, Rom-Com, Romance

~Some Recent Kdramas that were loved by fans~

27. Where Stars Land

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“Where Stars Land” (Fox Bride Star) follows the lives of two employees (Lee Je Hoon and Chae Soo Bin) who works at Incheon International Airport in customer service department.
GENRE : Romance

28. Hymn of Death

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“Hymn of Death” is based on the true love story of Yun SimDeok and Kim WooJin. Yun SimDeok (Shin HyeSun ) is Korea’s first soprano and Kim WooJin (Lee Jong Suk) is a genius playwright. The drama will also focus on their musical works in the 1920’s.
GENRE : Romance, Melodrama

29. Fluttering Warning

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“Fluttering Warning” is a love story between a dermatologist named Cha Woo Hyun (Chun Jung Myung) and a famous actress named Yoon Yo Jung (Yoon Eun Hye). Despite being famous among women Cha Woo Hyun has no interest in dating anyone. On the other side Yoon Yo Jung stopped dating due to some rumors spread about her 15 years ago. For some reasons they both sign a contract between each other in which they would act as couple in front of others, but they end up falling for each other for real.
GENRE : Romance, Rom-Com

~Currently Ongoing Best Korean Dramas in 2018~

30. Fates and Furies

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“Fates and Furies” is a story about a smart and beautiful woman called Goo Hae-Ra (Lee Min-Jung) who lives a miserable life due to some financial problems in her family. In order to make her life better she tries to make the heir of a good company (Joo Sang-Wook) to fall in love with her.
GENRE : Romance, Melodrama

31. Memories of Alhambra

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“Memories of Alhambra” is a story of an investment company CEO Yoo Jin Woo and Jung Hee Joo who runs a hostel in Spain. Yoo Jin Woo (Hyun Bin In) is an adventurous and competitive person who is also talented in developing games.Jung Hee Joo (Park Shin Hye) was a classic guitarist once. She came to Spain after her parents death to further her studies, but took on several jobs there to sustain livelihood. When CEO Yoo Jin Woo visits Spain, he stays in the hostel run by Jung Hee Joo. There both of them get involved in a mysterious incident related to a video game.
GENRE : Fantasy, Romance, Rom-com, Mystery

32. My Strange Hero

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The story of “My Strange Hero” goes like this, Kang Bok-Soo (Yoo Seung-Ho) was kicked out of high school due to a trap set up by his first love Son Soo-Jung (Jo Bo-ah) and a male student Oh Se-Ho (Kwak Dong-yeon). On becoming adult Kang Bok-Soo decided to take revenge on both by taking admission in the same high school, but now the everything has changed in his school and he get’s involved into various cases.
GENRE : Rom-com, Romance, High School

33. Clean With Passion For Now

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“Clean With Passion” story is about a man called Jang Sun-Gyeol (Yoon Gyun-Sang) who has a disease called mysophobia (fear of germs) and a woman Gil O-Sol (Kim You-Jung) who is completely opposite to the disease. The drama will focus on their interactions and falling in love with each other.
GENRE : Romance, Rom-com

34. Encounter

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“Encounter” is a story of Cha Soo Hyun (Song Hye-Kyo) who is a daughter of a prominent politician and former daughter-in-law of a wealthy family. She was forced by her family to marry a wealthy man. Cha Soo Hyun was unhappy with her marriage which ultimately led to divorce. On the other hand Kim Jin Hyuk (Park Bo-Gum) is a freewheeling, ordinary young man who finds joy in the simplest things. Kim Jin Hyuk and Cha Soo Hyun who have nothing in common meets each other on a trip.
GENRE : Romance

35. The Last Empress

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“The Last Empress” or “Empress’s Dignity” is a story in which constitutional monarchy still exist in 2018 South Korea. A famous musical actress named Oh Ssu-Ni (Jang Na-Ra) marries Emperor Lee Hyuk (Shin Sung-Rok). There Oh Ssu-Ni didn’t like the way power is used in the palace to oppress the weak and she often goes against them. Then she meets Na Wang-Sik (Choi Jin-Hyuk) who is a bodyguard in the imperial family. However, Na Wang-Sik’s only reason to come to the palace is to take revenge for his mother’s death. Both Oh Ssu-Ni and Na Wang-Sik joins hands to bring the royal family down and end up falling in love with each other.
GENRE : Romance, Crime, Suspense, Mystery, Action

Don’t forget to see: 9 New Korean Dramas Coming in January 2019

So, the year wraps up now! with these amazing Kdramas. If you think some other drama should be included in the above list, then do tell me in comments.

Anneyeong ❤ 🙂

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6 comments on “Best and Most Loved Korean Dramas of 2018”

  1. Happy to Die and Sky Castle are hidden gems. I started out expecting these two dramas to have all the same old tropes but they are pretty amazing. The characters in both dramas are amazingly well done and the story lines are just very entertaining

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