The BEST MBC shows of all time

Every MBC show, ranked

We've compiled the average episode rating for every MBC show to compile this list of best shows!

Infinite Challenge
star
9.35
372 votes

#1 - Infinite Challenge

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.

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Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
star
9.14
182 votes

#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.

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Dong Yi
star
8.78
174 votes

#3 - 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.

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Jewel in the Palace
star
8.70
346 votes

#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".

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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo
star
8.69
1377 votes

#5 - 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.

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May Queen
star
8.67
107 votes

#6 - May Queen

Set in the local setting of Ulsan, this drama is a story of human triumph and success that the heroine Hae-ju achieves. Starting a life in utter poverty will make life depressing and leave a person with a lifetime disadvantage in some cases. Overcoming these obstacles, Hae-ju ultimately finds success. Burdened with the secret past of her parents, Hae-ju navigates treacherous waters to reach her goal.

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Angry Mom
star
8.66
300 votes

#7 - 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.

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Coffee Prince
star
8.64
1006 votes

#8 - 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...

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Kill Me, Heal Me
star
8.63
570 votes

#9 - 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?

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Miss Korea
star
8.58
57 votes

#10 - Miss Korea

This drama takes place in year 1997 and is about a failing cosmetics company that tries to turn a former high school beauty queen into Miss Korea. Oh Ji Young is the former high school beauty queen who has grown up to be nothing more an an elevator girl. Meanwhile, Kim Hyung Joon is an employee of the cosmetics company and will lead the efforts to turn Oh Ji Young into Miss Korea to save his company.

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Jumong
star
8.57
73 votes

#11 - Jumong

In 37 BC, a boy named Jumong is born in the small independent state of Buyeo, at a time when Korea is torn by the conflict between ancient kingdom Gojoseon and Han Chinese forces. The son of a rebel leader, Jumong is taken in by King Geum Wa and raised as his son. Coming of age in these chaotic circumstances, he soon finds himself an unlikely prince and is forced to compete with his brother and rival Dae So for the title of Crown Prince. On his way to fulfilling his destiny to become the first king and founder of Goguryeo, Jumong will have to choose between the love of two very different women—the wise, beautiful So Seo No and the innocent, charming servant girl Bu Yeong. Based on actual tales of Goguryeo's founder found in ancient Korean transcripts, this drama brings the legendary figure Jumong to life in rich, riveting detail.

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The Greatest Love
star
8.52
253 votes

#12 - 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.

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Empress Ki
star
8.50
243 votes

#13 - 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.

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Two Weeks
star
8.47
108 votes

#14 - 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.

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Me too, Flower
star
8.45
67 votes

#15 - 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.

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W (2016)
star
8.44
1490 votes

#16 - W (2016)

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?

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The King 2 Hearts
star
8.44
190 votes

#17 - 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.

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Queen Seon Duk
star
8.43
200 votes

#18 - 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.

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Can You Hear My Heart
star
8.42
91 votes

#19 - 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.

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Tomorrow (2022)
star
8.42
208 votes

#20 - Tomorrow (2022)

Made half-human and half-spirit by accident, a young man is employed by a company of grim reapers in the underworld to carry out special missions.

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Fated to Love You (KR)
star
8.42
498 votes

#21 - Fated to Love You (KR)

A chance encounter turns everything upside down for wealthy CEO Lee Gun and office worker Kim Mi Young, and they must deal with the consequences.

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Pasta
star
8.42
181 votes

#22 - 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.

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I Am Not a Robot
star
8.42
1021 votes

#23 - I Am Not a Robot

Kim Min Gyu has wealth and success, but lives an isolated life due to his allergy of people. He then meets and falls in love with a girl who is pretending to be a robot for her ex-boyfriend, a genius robots professor.

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Hotel King
star
8.41
150 votes

#24 - 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.

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My Lovely Sam-Soon
star
8.41
320 votes

#25 - 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.

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Couple of Fantasy
star
8.40
80 votes

#26 - Couple of Fantasy

This series is based on the 1987 American movie Overboard. Anna Jo (Han Ye Seul) is a rude, feisty, and audacious American-bred heiress who can never be satisfied. She returns to Korea only to continue being a controlling wife to her already cowardly husband, Billy Park (Kim Sung Min). When her yacht gets stuck for repairs, she hires local handyman Jang Chul Soo (Oh Ji Ho) to fix her shower, but when they have a heated spat over her dissatisfaction and non payment, she pushes him overboard and dunks his tools into the ocean right along with him. Later, after a quarrel with Billy that threatens to end their marriage, she herself gets drunkenly pitched overboard and falls victim to a bad case of amnesia.

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Splash Splash Love
star
8.39
284 votes

#27 - Splash Splash Love

Dan-Bi is a senior high school student. She has a special ability which allows her to transport to anywhere on rainy days. For her university entrance exam, Dan-Bi can't deal with the pressure and runs off to a playground. Without knowing why, she goes into a puddle and finds herself transported to the Joseon period. There, she meets Lee Do. He is a young King of the Joseon period. Lee Do is in a difficult situation due to droughts and the spread of an epidemic.

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Shopping King Louie
star
8.36
448 votes

#28 - 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?

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Time Between Dog and Wolf
star
8.35
146 votes

#29 - Time Between Dog and Wolf

After his mother is brutally murdered in front of him by the Thai criminal syndicate Cheongbang, Lee Soo Hyun (Lee Jun Ki) is adopted into NIS agent Kang Jung Ho’s family. Together with Kang Min Gi (Jung Kyung Ho), Jung Ho’s son, Soo Hyun becomes an NIS agent. When Soo Hyun met Suh Ji Woo (Nam Sang Mi) they were about twelve years old and has another fateful encounter with her 13 years later. Together they had promises for the future. One day, Soo Hyun leaves for an operation dealing with the Cheongbang, only to return in failure because of the resurfacing terrible childhood memories of when he was in Thailand. The chief of NIS agents, Jeong, proposes to the distraught Soo Hyun to infiltrate the Cheongbang. Through Chief Jeong’s proposition, Soo Hyun becomes an undercover NIS agent after staging his death. Hiding his past, Soo Hyun infiltrates the Cheongbang with revenge in mind, leaving Ji Woo behind. Under the pseudo-name of Kay, he passes through the backstreets of Bangkok. What Soo Hyun didn't know was Ji Woo is the daughter of the same villain, who killed his mother and father.

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The Red Sleeve
star
8.34
87 votes

#30 - The Red Sleeve

Sung Deok-Im is a court lady. She gets involved with Crown Prince Lee San and he falls in love with her. The crown prince eventually becomes King Jeongjo. He now desires Sung Deok-Im to become his concubine, but she refuses. Sung Deok-Im wants to live her life freely, something that will not be possible as a concubine. She also knows that life of a royal concubine does not generally bring about happiness. Yet, Sung Deok-Im becomes the concubine of King Jeongjo.

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9 End 2 Outs
star
8.33
74 votes

#31 - 9 End 2 Outs

The drama is about love of singles in their 30s. Hong Nan Hee is an ordinary worker at a publishing firm, she's a girl who always falls in and out of love since she was young until she realizes that an old classmate and her best friend, Byun Hyung Tae, has always been there for her. Hyung Tae may seem to be a good catch in the eyes of many women but he's only a cowardly boy to Nan Hee whom he grew up with. '9 End 2 Outs' is using the baseball theme to compare to the fates and lives of the people in love.

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Pride and Prejudice (2014)
star
8.32
124 votes

#32 - Pride and Prejudice (2014)

A legal drama about team of young and passionate prosecutors who banded together to fight against injustice and oppression that befall weak and poor people. Besides face many hardships from higher authority, they also learn to cooperate and adjust with the clash of different personalities and backgrounds.

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Triangle (2014)
star
8.31
60 votes

#33 - Triangle (2014)

When three brothers were very young, they lost their parents. The three brothers were then separated and lived apart for 20 years without knowing of each other. They then meet again unexpectedly and begin their relationship as brothers. Jang Dong-Soo (Lee Beom-Soo) is the oldest brother. He works as a detective. Jang Dong-Woo (Siwan) is the youngest brother. He was adopted by a rich family when he was a baby and became Yoon Yang-Ha. He is cynical and cold.

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Goong
star
8.30
87 votes

#34 - Goong

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

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Extra-ordinary You
star
8.22
327 votes

#35 - Extra-ordinary You

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

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The Moon that Embraces the Sun
star
8.22
402 votes

#36 - 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.

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Children of Nobody
star
8.21
37 votes

#37 - Children of Nobody

Cha Woo-Kyung works as a child counselor at a children’s center. Her life is perfect. She enjoys her job, she is married to a gentle, competent husband and she is pregnant with her second child. An accident changes Cha Woo-Kyung's life. She faces various incidents and digs up the truth. Meanwhile, Kang Ji-Hun works as a detective. He firmly believes criminals should be punished by the full extent of the law. He holds pain within himself from his past that he hides.

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Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung
star
8.20
187 votes

#38 - 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.

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Marriage Contract
star
8.17
158 votes

#39 - 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.

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She Was Pretty
star
8.15
1141 votes

#40 - 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?

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One Spring Night
star
8.15
186 votes

#41 - 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.

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The Scholar Who Walks the Night
star
8.14
178 votes

#42 - The Scholar Who Walks the Night

When Jo Yang-sun is driven out of house and home after her father is framed for a crime, she is forced to crossdress in order to make ends meet as a bookseller, where she meets Kim Sung-yeol, a handsome, but mysterious scholar who is actually a vampire. Meanwhile, an evil presence at the royal palace stops at nothing to keep the Crown Prince from claiming his rightful throne.

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One More Happy Ending
star
8.14
125 votes

#43 - 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?

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When a Man Falls in Love
star
8.13
117 votes

#44 - 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.

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Kairos
star
8.13
53 votes

#45 - Kairos

Kim Seo-Jin is a man who is driven only to achieve success in his life. Thanks to his efforts, he is the youngest executive at his company. His life is perfect, with his beautiful violinist wife Kang Hyun-Chae and a daughter. His wonderful life comes to a halt when his young daughter is kidnapped. He falls deep into despair. To change the past, when his daughter was kidnapped, he contacts Han Ae-Ri approximately one month in the past. Han Ae-Ri has busy days with her studies and working a part-time job to make enough money to pay for her sick mother's operation. One day, her mother suddenly goes missing. Han Ae-Ri falls into despair, when Kim Seo-Jin from the future contacts her.

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Partners for Justice
star
8.13
46 votes

#46 - Partners for Justice

Baek Beom has worked as a forensic doctor for 10 years. He has a bad personality, but he is excellent with his work. Baek Beom does not open his mind to other people. Eun Sol is a rookie prosecutor with a warm heart. She has a bright personality and she comes from wealth family background. The forensic doctor and prosecutor work together to solve case.

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Pucca
star
8.08
630 votes

#47 - 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.

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My Secret, Terrius
star
8.00
196 votes

#48 - 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.

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Arang and the Magistrate
star
7.91
129 votes

#49 - 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!

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Lucky Romance
star
7.91
154 votes

#50 - 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.

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