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Top 10 K-Dramas of 2018

Last updated on January 17, 2019

2018 proved to be another blockbuster year for South Korean dramas, which have built a huge following around the world. Before a new drama is broadcast, fans were already discussing about the stars and what to expect. Once a drama was on air, fans also continued to analyze the plots and discuss possible development among community discussion groups. From the many dramas that were broadcast in 2018, which K-dramas became the most popular? Check out the following list of dramas!

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The show: Mother

Watch on: Viki

Why we love it: Lee Bo Young plays a courageous teacher whose action in saving an abused child is considered illegal. Is she a mother or a criminal? The poignant story is a remake of a famous, namesake Japanese drama.

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The show: Life

Watch on: Netflix

Why we love it: The “Stranger (Secret Forest)” screenwriter Lee Soo Yeon and actor Cho Seung Woo reunite in this medical drama that asks us who the real bad guy is in a capitalistic, profit-driven top medical center. This show also stars Lee Dong Wook of “Goblin.”

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The show: My ID is Gangnam Beauty

Watch on: Viki or Amazon Prime

Why we love it: 2018 was a year of strong female characters, including Kang Mi Rae (Im Soo Hyang) of this college romance series. This series is as bite-sized as any other romantic comedies, but throws deep, insightful questions about Gangnam Beauty, or people who’s undergone plastic surgeries. We also loved seeding Astro’s Cha Eun Woo in this show.

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The show: Something in the Rain (Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food)

Watch on: Netflix

Why we love it: A 30-something woman (Son Ye Jin) meets her best friend’s younger brother (Jung Hae In) who has just returned from overseas after several years’ absence. Their relationship quickly turns romantic despite her misgivings.

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The show: What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim

Watch on: Viki

Why we love it: When a loyal secretary decides to leave, her boss finally wakes up to the fact that he can’t live without her. But is this love? This rom-com will fill your heart with romance and laughter.

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The show: Are You Human?

Watch on: Viki

Why we love it: A doppelganger android steps in when a wealthy businessman falls in a deep coma. The android turns out to be more caring and a better problem solver than his namesake human. Can he, like humans, fall in love too? We can tell you the fans definitely hell hard on Seo Kang Joon in his dual role.

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The show:  My Secret Terius (Terius Behind Me)

Watch on: Kocowa

Why we love it: A rogue secret agent (So Ji Sub) lives next door to a single mother with two children. When they first meet, they have no idea that her husband’s death would lead them to go on an unexpected adventure.

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The show: Still 17 (Thirty But Seventeen)

Watch on: Viki

Why we love it: Soulmates who are destined for each other seem to miss their chance to reunite time and again. When they accidentally reconnect after 13 years, will they finally realize their true love?

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The show: 100 Days My Prince

Watch on: Viki

Why we love it: It’s a historical romantic comedy that takes place in an unnamed Joseon kingdom, where a crown prince (Do Kyung Soo or D.O of EXO) loses memory after an assassination attempt and falls in love with a village woman (Nam Ji Hyun) who saves him.

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The show: Mr. Sunshine

Watch on: Netflix

Why we love it: Eugene Choi (Lee Byung Hun), who left his country as a young boy, returns as a United States Marine Corps general and falls in love with a noblewoman (Kim Tae Ri). This epic period drama is the latest of star screenwriter Kim Eun Sook and also stars actor Yoo Yeon Seok.

The dramas listed above are stellar examples of popular Korean dramas from 2018. By the end of the year, “Encounter” (Viki), “Memories of the Alhambra (Netflix)” and “The Last Empress (Viki)” emerged to win high ratings and favorable reviews. As they were still on air when 2019 arrived, we decided to highlight them here. It’s great to see K-dramas continue to expand into multiple genres, and the high-quality productions are winning more and more fans. Which of the 2018 K-dramas was your favorite and why? Please comment below!

This article was co-written with Nancy Z. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Published in Entertainment TV & Movies


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