IMDb’s 17 Highest Rated Korean Dramas From 2020 To 2021

As of March 9, here are the Top 17 Korean dramas based on IMDb user ratings. These shows aired, ended, or premiered within 2020 to 2021.


1. Snowdrop (2021-2022) | 9.0%

Synopsis: Adapted from the handwritten notes of a man who escaped from a political prison camp in North Korea, Snowdrop is set against the backdrop of the 1987 Democracy Movement in South Korea.
Genre: Black comedy, Romance, Melodrama, Period
No. of episodes: 16
Starring: Jung Hae-in, Jisoo, Yoo In-na, Jang Seung-jo, Yoon Se-ah, Kim Hye-yoon, Jung Yoo-jin
Written by: Yoo Hyun-mi
Directed by: Jo Hyun-tak
Date: December 18, 2021 – January 31, 2022
Network: JTBC, Disney+


2. Mr. Queen (2020-2021) | 8.9%

Synopsis: A modern chef suddenly becomes trapped inside the body of a queen from the Joseon era, which causes chaos for everyone involved.
Based on: Go Princess Go by Xian Chen; Go Princess Go by Qin Shuang and Shang Menglu
Genre: Historical, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Body swap
No of episodes: 20
Starring: Shin Hye-sun, Kim Jung-hyun, Bae Jong-ok, Kim Tae-woo, Seol In-ah, and Na In-woo
Written by: Park Gye-ok and Choi Ah-il
Directed by: Yoon Sung-sik
Date: December 12, 2020 – February 14, 2021
Network: TVN


3. Crash Landing On You (2019-2020) | 8.8%

Synopsis: A paragliding mishap drops a South Korean heiress in North Korea – and into the life of an army officer, who decides he will help her hide.
Genre: Romantic comedy
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Kim Jung-hyun, Seo Ji-hye
Written by: Park Ji-eun
Directed by: Lee Jung-hyo
Date: December 14, 2019 – February 16, 2020
Network: TVN and Netflix


4. Hospital Playlist (2020-2021) | 8.8%

Synopsis: Friends since undergrad school, five doctors remain close and share a love for music while working at the same hospital.
Genre: Romance, Medical drama, Comedy, Slice of life
No of episodes: 12
Starring: Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Kim Dae-myung and Jeon Mi-do
Written by: Lee Woo-jung
Directed by: Shin Won-ho
Date: June 17 – September 16, 2021
Network: TVN and Netflix


5. It’s Okay To Not Be Okay (2020) | 8.8%

SynopsisA road to emotional healing opens up for an antisocial children’s book author and an employee in a psychiatric hospital.
GenreRomance, Comedy, Drama
No of episodes16
StarringKim Soo-hyun, Seo Yea-ji, Oh Jung-se, Park Gyu-young
Written by: Jo Yong
Directed byPark Shin-woo
DateJune 20 – August 9, 2020
NetworkTVN, Netflix


6. Flower Of Evil (2020) | 8.8%

Synopsis: Baek Hee Sung changes his identity and hides his past from his detective wife, until she discovers he has secrets while investigating a series of unexplained murders.
Genre: Melodrama, Suspense
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Lee Joon-gi, Moon Chae-won, Jang Hee-jin, Seo Hyun-woo
Written by: Yoo Jung-hee
Directed by: Kim Cheol-kyu
Date: July 29 to September 23, 2020
Network: TVN, Netflix, Viu, iQIYI, Viki


7. Mouse (2021) | 8.8%

Synopsis: Bareum is a novice police officer of Gudong Police office, taking care of all the town’s misbehaviors. One day, however, he teams up with a notorious detective Muchi to arrest a psychopathic criminal.
Genre: Thriller, Science fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Crime fiction
No of episodes: 20
Starring: Lee Seung-gi, Lee Hee-joon, Park Ju-hyun and Kyung Soo-jin
Written by: Choi Ran
Directed by: Choi Joon-bae and Kang Cheol-woo
Date: March 3 – May 20, 2021
Network: TVN


8. Navillera (2021) | 8.8%

Synopsis: A 70-year-old man with a dream and a 23-year-old man with a gift lift each other out of harsh realities and rise to the challenges of becoming ballet dancers.
Based on: Navillera by Hun and Ji-min
Genre: Drama, Slice of life
No. of episodes: 12
Starring: Park In-hwan, Song Kang, Na Moon-hee and Hong Seung-hee
Written by: Lee Eun-mi
Directed by: Han Dong-hwa
Date: March 22 – April 27, 2021
Network: tvN, Netflix


9. The Red Sleeve (2021-2022) | 8.7%

Synopsis: It tells the record of a royal court romance between the King of Joseon who believes his duty is to his country first above love, and a court lady who wants to protect the life she has chosen.
Based on: The Red Sleeve Cuff by Kang Mi-kang
Genre: Romance, Historical drama
No. of episodes: 17
Starring: Lee Jun-ho, Lee Se-young, and Kang Hoon
Written by: Jung Hae-ri
Directed by: Jung Ji-in and Song Yeon-hwa
Date: November 12, 2021 – January 1, 2022
Network: MBC, Viu


10. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021) | 8.6%

Synopsis: At a crossroads, a dentist moves to a seaside village where she meets a handyman intent on helping his neighbours.
Based on: 2014 Mr. Hong film by Kang Seok-beom and Shin Jung-goo
Genre: Romantic comedy, Slice of life
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Shin Min-a, Kim Seon-ho and Lee Sang-yi
Written by: Shin Ha-eun
Directed by: Yu Je-won
Date: August 28 – October 17, 2021
Network: TVN and Netflix


11. Vincenzo (2021) | 8.6%

Synopsis: During a visit to his motherland, a Korean-Italian mafia lawyer gives a conglomerate a taste of its own medicine with a side of justice.
Genre: Dark comedy, Crime, Drama
No of episodes: 20
Starring: Song Joong-ki, Jeon Yeo-been, Ok Taec-yeon, Kim Yeo-jin and Kwak Dong-yeon
Written by: Park Jae-bum
Directed by: Kim Hee-won
Date: February 20 – May 2, 2021
Network: TVN and Netflix


12. Move To Heaven (2021) | 8.6%

Synopsis: A young man with Asperger syndrome and his uncle work as trauma cleaners, clearing out the possessions of dead people, uncovering the stories they left behind and telling them to loved ones.
Based on: Things Left Behind by Kim Sae-byul
Genre: Drama
No of episodes: 10
Starring: Lee Je-hoon, Tang Joon-sang, Ji Jin-hee, Lee Jae-wook, and Hong Seung-hee
Written by: Yoon Ji-ryeon
Directed by: Kim Sung-ho
Date: May 14, 2021
Network: Netflix


13. Our Beloved Summer (2021-2022) | 8.6%

Synopsis: Years after filming a viral documentary in high school, two former lovers get pulled back in front of the camera and into each other’s lives.
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
No. of episodes: 16
Starring: Choi Woo-shik, Kim Da-mi, Kim Sung-cheol, Roh Jeong-eui
Written by: Lee Na-eun
Directed by: Kim Yoon-jin
Date: December 6, 2021 – January 2022
Network: SBS, Netflix


14. One Ordinary Day (2021) | 8.6%

Synopsis: A remake of the BBC drama “Criminal Justice” that delves into the criminal justice system through the story of two men surrounding a woman’s murder.
Based on: Criminal Justice by Peter Moffat
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Legal
No. of episodes: 8
Starring: Kim Soo-hyun, Cha Seung-won, and Kim Sung-kyuo
Written by: Kwon Soon-kyu
Directed by: Lee Myung-woo
Date: November 27, 2021 – present
Network: Coupang Play and Viu


15. Uncle (2021-2022) | 8.6%

Genre: Family, Comedy, Music, Drama
Synopsis: It is about an uncle who struggles to protect his nephew amid blatant discrimination.
Based on: Uncle by Oliver Refson and Lilah Vandenburgh
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Oh Jung-se, Jeon Hye-jin, Lee Kyung-hoon, Park Sun-young, Lee Sang-woo and Lee Si-won
Written by: Park Ji-sook
Directed by: Ji Young-soo
Original network: TV Chosun
Date: December 11, 2021 – January 30, 2022


16. Stranger (2017-2020) | 8.5%

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Synopsis: With the help of a gutsy female detective, a prosecutor who has lost the ability to feel empathy tackles a murder case amid political corruption.
No of episodes: 2 seasons, 16 episodes each
Starring: Cho Seung-woo, Bae Doona, Lee Joon-hyuk, Jeon Bae-soo
Written by: Lee Soo-yeon
Directed by: Ahn Gil-ho, Yoo Je-won, Park Hyun-suk
Original network: tvN, Netflix
Date: June 10, 2017 – October 4, 2020


17. The Devil Judge (2021) | 8.5%

Synopsis: In a dystopian version of South Korea, the government plans out a trial judge live show where all citizens are eligible to participate and judge. A heartless head trial judge, Kang Yo-han, is appointed to a chief judge.
Genre: Mystery, Legal drama
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Ji Sung, Kim Min-jung, Park Jin-young, Park Gyu-young
Written by: Moon Yoo-seok
Directed by: Choi Jung-gyu
Date: July 3 to August 22, 2021
Network: TVN, iQIYI

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