The BEST MBC Shows

The top 50 shows on MBC

Infinite Challenge

#1 - Infinite Challenge

Infinite Challenge has been reported as the first "Real-Variety" show in Korean television history. The program is largely unscripted, and follows a similar format of challenge-based Reality Television programs, familiar to the audiences in the West, but the challenges are often silly, absurd, or impossible to achieve, so the program takes on the aspect of a satirical comedy variety show, rather than a more standard reality or contest program. In order to achieve its comedic purposes its 6 hosts and staff continuously proclaim, the elements of this show are the 3-Ds, Dirty, Dangerous, and Difficult.

star 9.39
369 votes
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Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

#2 - Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

Drama series depicts the life of Hong Gil-Dong who is the the first revolutionist and dissident activist in Joseon.

star 9.19
174 votes
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Angry Mom

#3 - Angry Mom

When Jo Gang-ja attended high school, she was notorious for fighting. She gave birth to her daughter Ah-ran in her late teens and became more responsible. Her daughter Ah-ran is now a high school student, but Ah-ran is bullied at school. Jo Gang-ja decides to go back to high school to protect her daughter. Jo Gang-ja becomes a high school student again.

star 9.10
210 votes
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Jewel in the Palace

#4 - Jewel in the Palace

About 500 years ago during the time of Chosun Dynasty, Korea boasted a rigidly hierarchical and male dominated social structure. Set in this period, "Jewel in the Palace" is based on a true story about a legendary girl named Jang-Geum who became the first woman to be the supreme royal physician of her times. Despite her poor condition as a low class girl in the male dominated society, Jang-Geum overcame a series of social discrimination and landed herself as a royal cook, later becoming the royal physician, then ultimately the physician in charge of the king. She was even given by the king the title "The Great Jang-Geum".

star 9.00
180 votes
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Kill Me, Heal Me

#5 - Kill Me, Heal Me

The human body is capable of all sorts of things to survive difficult situations. Cha Do-hyun is a third-generation business heir who developed dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) in the aftermath of several life-threatening traumatic events. He tries to regain control over his life with the help of Oh Ri-jin, a first-year psychiatric resident who helps him secretly. But Ri-jin’s twin brother, Oh Ri-on, is a writer who is determined to uncover the unscrupulous lives of the rich and starts following Do-hyun around. Can Do-hyun take control over his condition before one of his seven personalities takes control over him instead?

star 8.87
399 votes
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Dong Yi

#6 - Dong Yi

Set during the reign of King Sukjong in the Joseon dynasty, the story focuses on Dong Yi, a water maid who gains the trust of Queen Inhyeon and later the favour of the king when he is moved by her prayers for the health of the Queen during the court disputes caused by Jang Hee Bin. Dong Yi becomes a concubine with the rank of sook-bin and bears a son who will later become the 21st king of Joseon, Yeongjo.

star 8.79
162 votes
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Coffee Prince

#7 - Coffee Prince

Han-kyul is a smart young man who hates to be tied down to one career in his life. Abhorring the idea of joining the family business, he is ordered by his grandmother to manage a cafe. Unable to disobey his grandmother, he reluctantly takes over the responsibility of running a cafe and begins to immerse himself in the gourmet coffee business. One day, he meets Eun-chan, whom he mistakes as a boy, and learns the meaning of true love...

star 8.79
785 votes
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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo

#8 - Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo

This drama is inspired by the life of South Korean Olympic weightlifter gold-medalist Jang Mi-ran and it’s about college athletes who fighting for their dreams and finding love. Kim Bok-joo is a student in Hanwool College of Physical Education. She has shown strength like no other since she was a child as influenced by her former weightlifter father. She looks thoughtless at a first glance, but inside she’s as fragile as glass and has deep recognition. Jung Joon-hyung is Kim Bok-joo’s best friend. He is a born swimmer but ever since he was disqualified from his first international event, he suffers from ‘start trauma’. Along with Kim Bok-joo, he overcomes his troubles and finds his dream and love. Song Shi-ho is a rhythm gymnast who also attends Hanwool College of Physical Education. She started gymnastics since she was 5 and won the Asian Games at the age of 18. She’s always been the best since then but mental pressure caused her to break up with Jung Joon-hyung and regret it.

star 8.74
748 votes
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Me too, Flower

#9 - Me too, Flower

A tough female police officer who suffers from depression falls in love with a young multimillionaire whom she initially believed was a parking attendant. Instead of counting her lucky stars, she is taken aback by how rich he is. Officer Cha Bong-sun is a peculiar woman who defies the rigid social hierarchy and rails against it. And Seo Jae-hee, the millionaire boyfriend, is a peculiar man who falls in love with this quirky police officer. They fall passionately in love with each other. A crazy sort of love. A story about people, relationships and love.

star 8.71
62 votes
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The King 2 Hearts

#10 - The King 2 Hearts

This drama is set in modern day where South Korea is governed by a constitutional monarchy. North and South Korea have agreed to work as a team for The World Officer Championship. Crown Prince Lee Jae-Ha, the self-centered younger brother of the reigning monarch of South Korea, is tricked into joining the team. Meanwhile, North Korean communist agent and trained assassin Kim Hang-Ah agrees to represent her country. Soon, a false story leaks that Jae-Ha and Hang-Ah are engaged. Although the pair are attracted to each other, neither trusts the other. But when tragedy strikes the royal family, Jae-Ha is forced to take on new responsibilities with Hang-Ah at his side.

star 8.65
166 votes
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Two Weeks

#11 - Two Weeks

Jang Tae San is a man who has been living a meaningless life and never thinks toward his future. He is on the run after being falsely accused of murder. Furthermore, he discovers that he has a daughter who is now suffering from leukemia. The drama spans exactly two weeks, and tells about Tae San's desperate struggles to save his daughter.

star 8.61
89 votes
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The Moon that Embraces the Sun

#12 - The Moon that Embraces the Sun

This historical fiction drama tells the love story between the young King Lee-hwon and a female shaman, Yeon Woo. She is born to a rich and noble family, and is betrothed to the crown prince, becoming the crown princess. But after she loses her memory, she becomes a shaman. The drama is based on the novel written by Jung Eun-kwol.

star 8.60
226 votes
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The Greatest Love

#13 - The Greatest Love

Ae Jung is a female band member who is already over the hill. When she enters a variety show to pretend marriage with the top star Jin, she gets entangled in a love triangle along with her ex-bandmate Kang Se Ri. Yoon Pil Joo is a doctor of oriental medicine who has no interest in the entertainment industry but meets Ae Jung by chance and falls for her.

star 8.59
244 votes
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Can You Hear My Heart

#14 - Can You Hear My Heart

The love story of Cha Dong-joo, a man who's been rendered deaf after an accident but pretends he can hear, and Bong Woo-ri, a woman who's intelligent but pretends she's dim-witted to protect the dignity of her mentally handicapped father.

star 8.56
86 votes
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Pasta

#15 - Pasta

Seo Yoo Kyung started her career as a third ranked chef assistant restaurant, who eventually works her way up to become a chef. She has to deal with Choi Hyun Wook, who is the top chef at La Sfera Italian restaurant. He studied the culinary arts in Italy and started out as a chef assistant at a hotel in Sicily. Hyun Wook eventually worked his way up to become the most widely recognized Italian chef in Korea.

star 8.55
163 votes
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W

#16 - W

Is it possible to live in the same place at the same time but in a completely different dimension? Oh Yeon-joo is a second-year cardiothoracic resident doctor. Her father, a famous comic book creator, suddenly disappears one day and then Yeon-joo herself is kidnapped by a strange man covered in blood and taken to a different dimension. Kang Chul is a former Olympic gold medalist in shooting and self-made millionaire. How will his world intertwine with Yeon-joo’s other-dimension universe? Is Kang Chul the only person who can help Yeon-joo escape from a parallel universe?

star 8.53
828 votes
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Empress Ki

#17 - Empress Ki

This drama is about the loves and battles of Empress Ki (Ha Ji-won) from Goryeo who exercises her influence in the Yuan Dynasty.

star 8.53
195 votes
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I'm Not a Robot

#18 - I'm Not a Robot

Kim Min-kyu (Yoo Seung-ho) lives an isolated life due to a severe allergy to other people. He develops extreme rashes that rapidly spread throughout his body once he makes any form of skin contact. Jo Ji-ah (Chae Soo-bin) is a woman who is trying to make it in life by creating her own businesses. However, after an encounter with Min-kyu, she ends up pretending to be a robot in place of the supposed Aji 3 robot. The Aji 3 robot was developed by Ji-ah's ex-boyfriend, professor Hong Baek-kyun (Um Ki-joon) and his team. The robot was meant to be tested by genius Min-kyu, however an accident caused the robot's battery to malfunction. As Baek-kyun modeled the robot after Ji-ah, the team ends up recruiting her to take the place of Aji 3.

star 8.52
599 votes
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Hotel King

#19 - Hotel King

This drama portrays the story of a heiress, Ah Mo Ne (Lee Da Hae) who lives a sheltered life like a princess but a catastrophe pushes her to do all she can to protect her hotel. She and the general manager of the hotel, Cha Jae Wan (Lee Dong Wook) who appears cold on the outside but carries emotional baggage, fall in love. Cha Jae Wan and his mother were abandoned by his father. As an adult, he begins to work at a hotel and becomes an enemy to his father who abandoned him.

star 8.50
141 votes
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Fated to Love You (KR)

#20 - Fated to Love You (KR)

The hard working, kind and timid Kim Mi Young has little in the way of education, beauty or wealth, but all that changes after a fateful night of accidental passion with the spoiled, rich heir of a family company, Lee Gun. Her insignificant existence completely transforms when she finds out she is pregnant and must tie her life to his in a shot-gun wedding. The couple decides to make the best of a bad situation, but just when Lee Gun begins to show his growing affection for Kim Mi Young their life takes a wrong turn...

star 8.48
265 votes
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Marriage Contract

#21 - Marriage Contract

Kang Hye Soo is a single mom. Her husband dies in an accident and she raises her little daughter alone. Afterwards, She learns that she has brain tumor. She then signs a Marriage Contract with a rich man, Han Ji Hoon in order to find a guardian for her daughter.

star 8.44
128 votes
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Queen Seon Duk

#22 - Queen Seon Duk

King Jinpyeong did not have any sons to name as a successor to his throne. Thus he named his daughter, Princess Duk Man, to be his successor. The drama will be about the life of Princess Duk Man who was later known as Queen Seon Duk, the first Queen of Silla.

star 8.44
184 votes
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Shopping King Louie

#23 - Shopping King Louie

Kang Ji Sung is the only chaebol heir after his parents died in a tragic accident when he was a child. Raised by his overprotective grandmother, he lived as "Louie" in France, sheltered from life with no real friends. Louie tries to fill his emotional void by traveling all over the world and spending money without any care as to what he is buying. When Louie returns to Korea to the bustling city of Seoul, he gets into an accident and loses his memory. But Louie meets Go Bok Sil, a sweet young woman who came to the city from a rural town to try to make something of herself, and she takes him into her home. Cha Joong Won, a department director for Louie's grandmother, sees the young heir as a threat to his career while also falling for Bok Sil. Can Bok Sil help Louie return to his rightful place in life?

star 8.37
372 votes
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My Lovely Sam-Soon

#24 - My Lovely Sam-Soon

Kim Sam-soon is a baker who has a talent in making pastries and cakes. On Christmas Eve, she caught her boyfriend, Min Hyun-woo, cheating on her and breaks up. On that same night, she accidentally went into the men's restroom and met Hyun Jin-hun. By sheer coincidence, Jin-hun needs a baker for his restaurant Bon Appetit and Sam-soon is unemployed. Sam-soon is hired as the restaurant's chief baker and the two fight like a cat and dog.

star 8.33
166 votes
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One Spring Night

#25 - One Spring Night

One Spring Night is a story of two people whose uneventful lives become shaken by unexpected love, leading them to seek what their hearts truly desire, instead of being fixated on faith. Lee Jeong In is a librarian who knows how to appreciate the small things in life. Yu Ji Ho is a well-mannered pharmacist who tends not to hesitate when it comes to love.

star 8.28
99 votes
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Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung

#26 - Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung

Free spirit Goo Hae-ryung embarks on a new life as a scholar in the Joseon royal court after hearing about a government post for female historians.

star 8.25
99 votes
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One More Happy Ending

#27 - One More Happy Ending

What if true happiness comes only after you’ve gone around the block a few times? Han Mi Mo and Baek Da Jung were members of a former girl group known as Angels. They now run a remarriage consulting company that gives divorced people a second chance at love. Mi Mo is divorced while Da Jung is in a troubled marriage to a rich man. Former band mate Go Dong Mi is now an elementary school teacher while Hong Ae Ran works for an Internet shopping mall. When the four friends all become entangled with Song Soo Hyuk, an entertainment reporter and single father, and his friend, Goo Hae Joon, will they get a second chance at love?

star 8.23
111 votes
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When a Man Falls in Love

#28 - When a Man Falls in Love

Han Tae-Sang (Song Seung-Heon) is a former gangster, but now a successful business man. He has a cold-blooded decisiveness and incredible drive. This helped him to attain his current status, as he started with nothing. He then meets a younger woman named Seo Mi-Do (Shin Se-Kyung). Her personality reminds him of himself when he was that age. Han Tae-Sang begins to feel love for the first time in his life. Seo Mi-Do is full of ambition and she is also bright and lovely. Seo Mi-Do isn't afraid of anything, because she went through so many difficult times when growing up. A man named Lee Jae-Hee (Yeon Woo-Jin) then confronts Han Tae-Sang over Seo Mi-Do.

star 8.17
114 votes
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She Was Pretty

#29 - She Was Pretty

Ji Sung-joon has a crush on the most beautiful girl in town, Kim Hye-jin - the only problem is, he's unattractive and lacks self-esteem. As fate would have it, years later Sung-joon grows up to be not only successful, but extremely attractive. However, when he runs into his first love Hye-jin, she has become unattractive and poor. Can their love transcend the vanity they both associated with each other?

star 8.13
772 votes
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Extra-ordinary You

#30 - Extra-ordinary You

Authentic school romance drama where high school girl Dano resists the determined fate and makes love

star 8.06
132 votes
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My Secret, Terrius

#31 - My Secret, Terrius

A woman named Go Ae-Rin loses her husband. Along with her neighbour Kim Bon, who is a NIS agent, they discover the truth behind her husband's involvement in a huge conspiracy.

star 7.99
87 votes
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Lucky Romance

#32 - Lucky Romance

A romantic comedy about superstitious woman who tries to change her foretold fate by seducing a virgin and nerd guy. Bo Nui is a superstitious woman who relies too much in fortune-telling. One day she gets to know that if she doesn't sleep with a virgin man born in 1986 (year of tiger), she will die soon. She then meets an incredibly stingy guy Soo Ho. Bo Nui learns that he matches the conditions set forth by the fortune teller and sets out to seduce him. Unfortunately for her, Soo Ho is a nerd CEO of a game company who trusts only in logical and scientific things.

star 7.98
141 votes
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Pucca

#33 - Pucca

"Pucca" is a TV series based on a Flash animation series published by Vooz Character Systems. It follows the trails and exploits of a South Korean girl named Pucca who is insanely in love with a prideful ninja named Garu. Meanwhile, Garu and Pucca help their town of Sooga Village out when evil ninjas attack, as well as diffuse a lot of the absurd situations that frequently plague the town. This show could best be described as a cleaned-up version of South Park meets Looney Tunes meets Naruto. There is some very subtly hidden adult humor; but most of the adult jokes would not go noticed by small children, who are the primary audience.

star 7.97
299 votes
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Arang and the Magistrate

#34 - Arang and the Magistrate

Arang is an aggrieved ghost who happens to suffer from amnesia. She sets out on a journey to find her true identity but first she needs to find someone in the living world who can see her and help her. That person is Eun-oh. She makes a plea to Eun-oh to help her recover her memories. Eun-oh jokingly tells her that he would only help her if he becomes the district magistrate and so Arang cleverly finds a way to have him appointed as a magistrate overnight. This drama brings the supernatural romantic story of Arang, a ghost who seeks answers to her untimely death, and Eun-ho, a young district magistrate who abhors ghost!

star 7.97
119 votes
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Hospital Ship

#35 - Hospital Ship

A story of young doctors, who provide medical care to remote island residents via a hospital ship.

star 7.93
100 votes
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Gu Family Book

#36 - Gu Family Book

Drama series follows a male gumiho (fox with nine tails). Choi Kang-chi is half human and half animal. Although he's not human, he struggles to live the life of a human being.

star 7.93
180 votes
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My Princess

#37 - My Princess

Lee-sul (Kim Tae-Hee) is a woman who enters college later than other girls. Like her peers, they dream of one day becoming a princess, but for Lee-sul she actually becomes a real life princess ...

star 7.91
237 votes
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Missing You

#38 - Missing You

A story of romance involving a long-lost sweetheart who causes heartache and infinite sadness. There is no way for them to be together even for a fleeting moment. A story of how four young adults come to the realization that their feelings of longing are actually feelings of love.

star 7.85
181 votes
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Personal Taste

#39 - Personal Taste

Jeon Jin-ho is a straight guy who pretends to be gay in order to become a roommate to his female friend, Park Kae-in. His hobbies include organization and ironing, and he’s known for his stoic poker face. He’s a stickler for cleanliness, but he also has a talent for figuring out a women’s feelings. Kae-in is very trusting even though she has a habit of being betrayed. However that doesn't stop her from giving people the benefit of doubt and Jin-ho is no different. How will Kae-in react when she finds out that her gay roommate is not actually gay at all and that he has fallen for her?

star 7.85
817 votes
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Ruler: Master of the Mask

#40 - Ruler: Master of the Mask

What does a masked crown prince do when a secret organization tortures the people and rules the country from behind the scenes? He defies the odds and becomes the hero the people need.

star 7.84
103 votes
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Goong

#41 - Goong

Love, tradition, and politics collide when a spirited young art student is betrothed to the crown prince of South Korea.

star 7.82
214 votes
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Star of the Universe

#42 - Star of the Universe

Byul is a female grim reaper whose job is to guide dead souls to the afterworld. When she meets her favorite singer Woo Joo, who is expected to die soon, she decide to save him and discovers the light in her soul as well as the importance of relationships which is shown through this drama that transcends space and time.

star 7.82
64 votes
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I Do, I Do

#43 - I Do, I Do

A woman is the top shoe designer at a shoe company. The woman is called "Gold Miss," because she is in her mid-30's, single, and financially successful. One day, she mistakenly spends the night with a new employee and becomes pregnant.

star 7.81
72 votes
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Sly and Single Again

#44 - Sly and Single Again

Ae-ra (Lee Min-jung) is focused on her appearance as she believes it will lead her to a better life. She then meets Jung-woo (Joo Sang-wook) who studied engineering. They eventually get married, but they also get divorced. After their divorce, Ae-ra goes through difficult times. Unlike Ae-ra though, Jung-woo becomes a successful IT developer and very wealthy. Now, Ae-ra tries to seduce Jung-woo to marry her again.

star 7.75
129 votes
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Missing Nine

#45 - Missing Nine

What if you were stranded on a remote island? In "Missing 9 ", a group of celebrities gets stranded on an uninhabited island without knowing the reason behind the crash. The nine survivors have to find their own food, shelter and anything else they need through sheer work and ingenuity. After four months since the crash and as the whole nation wonders about their fate, the only survivor La Bong-hee suffers from amnesia. What happened to the rest of the survivors? Bong-hee slowly remembers fragments of her memory and fate of the other eight survivors gets untangled. Nine survivors, one dead body and one surviving witness.

star 7.72
166 votes
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Beethoven Virus

#46 - Beethoven Virus

Kang Gun-woo is an orchestra conductor in his 40's. He is an elite workaholic conductor who has a very bad reputation. He is known as someone who will do absolutely anything in order to create the very best music. However, due to his self-righteous and stubborn personality he thinks that only his thoughts are correct which makes him unable to form good relationships with those around him. He meets Du Ru-mi, a violinist, and a trumpet player who has the same name as him, and together they form a love triangle.

star 7.63
151 votes
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Playful Kiss

#47 - Playful Kiss

Based on the popular manga, Oh Ha-ni is a clumsy student who falls for the perfectionist, Baek Seung-jo. However, Seung-jo is indifferent towards her and rejects her love. When Ha-ni's house collapses, she and her father moves into his long-time friend's house. It turns out that Seung-jo is the friend's son and Ha-ni is given the opportunity to be near the guy she loves. Will she be able to move Seung-jo's heart?

star 7.57
537 votes
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Two Cops

#48 - Two Cops

His strong sense of justice is all that he has. Detective Cha Dong-tak is feared among criminals for showing no mercy. One day, his body is taken over by a con artist called Gong Soo-chang who is quite clever. Now Cha Dong-tak has to share his body with a criminal while fending off a grave threat. So they have to join forces to stay alive ...

star 7.46
41 votes
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Heartstrings

#49 - Heartstrings

Lee Shin is a university student majoring in modern music. He is also the vocalist and guitarist of the band "The Stupid." Shin is known for his good looks and strong passion for music, but in reality he is cold, lacks interest in anything unrelated to music and has neither dreams nor plans for the future. He initially likes Jung Yoon-soo, a dance professor at university, but this all changes when he meets Lee Kyu-won. Lee Kyu-won is a bright and outgoing student who was born into a prestigious family and is majoring in traditional Korean instruments, especially the gayageum. Kyu-won's grandfather, Lee Dong-gun, is one of the top 3 traditional musicians of his age and his biggest wish is to see his granddaughter become a traditional music prodigy. Trying to live up to her grandfather's expectations, Kyu-won immerses herself in training and becomes a university student who knows nothing outside of her studies. As her friends are fans of "The Stupid", she was forced to go to the band's concert with them. There she saw Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him.

star 7.45
315 votes
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Dr. Jin

#50 - Dr. Jin

Dr. Jin has themes of time-travel. Jin Hyuk (Song Seung Hun) is a genius neurosurgeon with a cold and severe attitude in his interactions with other people due to his personal pursuit of perfection. Through a mysterious power, Jin Hyuk finds himself transported back to year 1860 (Joseon Dynasty Period). He begins treating people there, but the lack of necessary implements and rudimentary medical knowledge of the period forces him to seek new ways to aid the sick. Through this challenging process, Jin Hyuk eventually becomes a genuine doctor.

star 7.34
141 votes
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