The 32 Highest-Rated Korean Dramas Of 2022

Updated: September 8, 2022

From family drama to royal court romance to psychological-thriller to workplace blind date, here are 32 of the most watched TV series in South Korea in 2022:

TV ratings are based on nationwide viewership data from Nielsen Korea.

38.2% Young Lady And Gentleman (2021-2022), KBS2

Genre: Family, Romance, Comedy
Synopsis: A widower hires a live-in tutor for his three children and finds himself falling for her.
No. of episodes: 52
Starring: Ji Hyun-woo, Lee Se-hee and Cha Hwa-yeon
Written by: Kim Sa-kyung
Directed by: Shin Chang-seok
Date: September 25, 2021 – March 27, 2022
Network: KBS2

28.9% It’s Beautiful Now (2022), KBS2

Genre: Romance, Family, Drama
Synopsis: It depicts the reality of the current generation that are reluctant to get married and have family.
No. of episodes: 50
Starring: Yoon Shi-yoon, Bae Da-bin, Oh Min-suk
Written by: Ha Myeong-hee
Directed by: Kim Seong-geun
Network: KBS2
Date: April 2 – September 18, 2022

19.9% Bravo My Life (2022), KBS1

Genre: Family, Romantic-comedy
Synopsis: A single mother who chooses to be her nephew’s mother and her struggles during the course of life.
No. of episodes: 120
Starring: Nam Sang-ji, Yang Byung-yeol, Lee Si-gang, Cha Min-ji
Written by: Gu Ji-won
Directed by: Seong Jun-hae
Network: KBS1
Date: April 11, 2022 to present

19.5% All Around Wife (2021-2022), KBS1

Genre: Family, Melodrama
Synopsis: A husband and wife who endeavour to raise their standard of life through a house in Gangnam. In the end they get the realisation that it is the people who live in the house that bring happiness and not the house they live in.
No. of episodes: 122
Starring: Han Da-gam, Han Sang-jin, Shin Seung-hwan, Shim Ji-ho
Written by: Kim Ji-wan
Directed by: Choi Ji-young
Network: KBS1
Date: October 4, 2021 – April 8, 2022

17.8% Gold Mask (2022), KBS2

Genre: Melodrama, Revenge, Family
Synopsis: It is about a tragedy occurs for three women, caused by greed and desire.
No. of episodes: 100
Starring: Cha Ye-ryun, Na Young-hee, Lee Hwi-hyang.
Written by: Kim Min-joo
Directed by: Eo Soo-sun
Network: KBS2
Date: May 23, 2022 to present

17.5% Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022), ENA

Genre: Legal
Synopsis: The story of Woo Young-woo, a lawyer with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), working at a large law firm. She has a high IQ of 164, outstanding memory, and a creative way of thinking, however she has low EQ and poor social skills. Despite that she is the smartest lawyer in South Korea with ASD.
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Park Eun-bin, Kang Tae-oh
Written by: Moon Ji-won
Directed by: Yoo In-shik
Network: ENA
Date: June 29 – August 18, 2022

17.4% The Red Sleeve (2021-2022), MBC

Genre: Romance, Historical drama
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
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

16.2% Love Twist (2021-2022), KBS2

Genre: Melodrama, Family drama
Synopsis: It tells the story of a family whose love and life are totally twisted because of a lie. 
No. of episodes: 103
Starring: Hahm Eun-jung, Kim Jin-yeop, and Son Seong-yoon
Written by: Lee Eun-joo
Directed by: Kim Won-yong
Date: December 13, 2021 – May 20, 2022
Network: KBS2

14.5% Our Blues (2022), tvN

Genre: Drama, Slice of life
Synopsis: The series revolves around the sweet and bitter life of people standing at the end, climax, or beginning of life, and depicts their stories in an omnibus format against the backdrop of Jeju Island.
No. of episodes: 20
Starring: Lee Byung-hun, Shin Min-a, Cha Seung-won, Han Ji-min, Kim Woo-bin
Written by: Noh Hee-kyung
Directed by: Kim Kyu-tae
Network: tvN
Date: April 9 – June 12, 2022

12.0% Again My Life (2022), SBS

Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Synopsis: It is about a young prosecutor who gets killed while trying to take down a powerful crime boss, but is given a chance to start a new life for justice.
Based on: a web novel, Again My Life, by Lee Hae-nal
No. of episodes: 16
Starring: Lee Joon-gi, Lee Geung-young and Kim Ji-eun
Written by: J, Kim Yul
Directed by: Han Chul-soo, Kim Yong-min
Network: SBS
Date: April 8 – May 28, 2022

12.0% Big Mouth (2022), MBC

Genre: Noir, Legal, Crime
Synopsis: It tells the story of an underperforming lawyer who gets caught up in a murder case. In order to survive and protect his family, he digs into a huge conspiracy among the privileged upper classes.
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Lee Jong-suk, Im Yoo-nah
Written by: Kim Ha-ram
Directed by: Oh Chung-hwan
Network: MBC
Date: July 29 – September 17, 2022

11.7% The King Of Tears, Lee Bang-won (2021-2022), KBS1

Genre: Historical, Action, Political thriller
Synopsis: The series depicts the story of Yi Bang-won, the third king of Joseon, from a new perspective.
No of episodes: 32
Starring: Joo Sang-wook, Park Jin-hee, Kim Young-chul
Written by: Lee Jung-woo
Directed by: Kim Hyung-il, Shim Jae-hyun
Network: KBS1
Date: December 11, 2021 – May 1, 2022

11.6% A Business Proposal (2022), SBS

Genre: Romantic, Comedy
Synopsis: A woman goes on a blind date in her friend’s place only to find that her date is the CEO of the company where she works.
Based on: a webtoon The Office Blind Date by HaeHwa
No. of episodes: 12
Starring: Ahn Hyo-seop, Kim Se-jeong, Kim Min-kyu and Seol In-ah
Written by: Han Sul-hee, Hong Bo-hee
Directed by: Park Sun-ho
Network: SBS
Date: February 21 – April 5, 2022

11.5% Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022), tvN

Genre: Romantic, Drama, Coming of age
Synopsis: The series depicts the romantic life of five characters from 1998 to 2021. 
No. of episodes: 16
Starring: Kim Tae-ri, Nam Joo-hyuk, Bona and Lee Joo-myung
Written by: Kwon Do-eun
Directed by: Jung Ji-hyun
Network: tvN
Date: February 12 – April 3, 2022

10.7% Why Her? (2022), SBS

Genre: Mystery, Legal, Romance, Melodrama
Synopsis: It is about a cold-hearted lawyer and a law school student falling in love. 
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Seo Hyun-jin, Hwang In-youp, Huh Joon-ho, and Bae In-hyuk
Written by: Kim Ji-eun
Directed by: Park Soo-jin
Network: SBS
Date: June 3 – July 23, 2022

10.3% Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) Season 3 (2022), TV Chosun

Genre: Melodrama
Synopsis: The series tells the story of three married couples, each in their 30s, 40s and 50s.
No of episodes: 16 (Season 3)
Starring: Sung Hoon, Lee Tae-gon, Park Joo-mi, Lee Ga-ryeong, Lee Min-young, Jeon Soo-kyeong and Jeon No-min
Written by: Phoebe
Directed by: Oh Sang-won, Choi Young-su
Network: TV Chosun
Date: February 26 – May 1, 2022

10.0% Military Prosecutor Doberman (2022), tvN

Genre: Legal drama, Military fiction
Synopsis: It tells the story of Do Bae-man who became a military prosecutor for money and fame, however he looks forward to his retirement day, and Cha Woo-in, who was born into a chaebol family and became a military prosecutor for revenge.
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Ahn Bo-hyun and Jo Bo-ah
Written by: Yoon Hyun-mo
Directed by: Jin Chang-gyu
Network: tvN
Date: February 28 – April 26, 2022

9.3% Uncle (2021-2022), TV Chosun

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
Network: TV Chosun
Date: December 11, 2021 – January 30, 2022

9.2% Alchemy Of Souls (2022), tvN

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Historical
Synopsis: It depicts the stories of young magicians dealing with heaven and earth.
No of episodes: 20
Starring: Lee Jae-wook, Jung So-min, Hwang Min-hyun, Arin, Yoo In-soo, Go Yoon-jung
Written by: Hong Jung-eun and Hong Mi-ran
Directed by: Kim Seong-yoon
Network: tvN
Date: June 18 – August 28, 2022

9.0% Tracer (2022), MBC

Genre: Mystery, Drama
Synopsis: The series revolves around the people working at the National Tax Service.
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Im Si-wan, Go Ah-sung, Son Hyun-joo and Park Yong-woo
Written by: Kim Hyun-jung
Directed by: Lee Seung-young
Network: MBC
Date: January 7 – March 25, 2022

8.9% Bloody Heart, KBS2

Genre: Historical, Romance
Synopsis: It is a fictional historical drama about the story of King Seonjong who ascends to the throne due to a rebellion, and Lee Tae who becomes the King after him.
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Lee Joon, Kang Han-na and Jang Hyuk
Written by: Park Pil-joo
Directed by: Yoo Young-eun
Network: KBS2
Date: May 2 – June 21, 2022

8.3% Through The Darkness (2022), SBS

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Psychologocal
Synopsis: It is about a criminal profiler who struggles to read the minds of serial killers.
Based on: Those Who Read the Minds of Evil by Kwon Il-yong and Ko Na-mu
No of episodes: 12
Starring: Kim Nam-gil, Jin Seon-kyu, Kim Sojin
Written by: Seol Yi-na
Directed by: Park Bo-ram
Network: SBS
Date: January 14 – March 12, 2022

8.1% Thirty-Nine (2022), JTBC

Genre: Romantic, Drama
Synopsis: This series revolves around the life, friendship, romance and love of three friends, who are about to turn 40 years old.
No. of episodes: 12
Starring: Son Ye-jin, Jeon Mi-do and Kim Ji-hyun
Written by: Yoo Yeong-ah
Directed by: Kim Sang-ho
Original network: JTBC
Date: February 16 – March 31, 2022

7.9% Ghost Doctor (2022), tvN

Genre: Fantasy, Medical drama
Synopsis: A ghost medical drama about two doctors, who are completely opposite each other in terms of background, skills, and temperament, merging into one person.
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Rain, Uee, Kim Bum, and Son Na-eun
Written by: Kim Sun-soo
Directed by: Boo Seong-cheol
Network: tvN, Viu
Date: January 3 – February 22, 2022

7.8% Forecasting Love And Weather (2022), JTBC

Genre: Romantic, Drama
Synopsis: This series depicts the cheerful love story of people working in Korea Meteorological Administration who break, fall and rise up again, and their everyday life together in the office. 
No. of episodes: 16
Starring: Park Min-young, Song Kang, Yoon Park and Yura
Written by: Seon Yeong
Directed by: Cha Young-hoon
Network: JTBC
Date: February 12 – April 3, 2022

7.7% Little Women (2022), tvN

Genre: Family, Mystery
Synopsis: Three poor sisters bravely face Korea’s richest family.
Based on: the 1868 novel, Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
No of episodes: 12
Cast: Kim Go-eun, Nam Ji-hyun, Park Ji-hoo, Wi Ha-joon
Writer: Chung Seo-kyung
Director: Kim Hee-won
Network: tvN
Date: September 3, 2022 to present

7.6% Tomorrow (2022), MBC

Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Synopsis: The series depicts the grim reapers who guided the dead to save the people who want to die.
Based on: a webtoon, Tomorrow by Llama
No. of episodes: 16
Starring: Kim Hee-sun, Rowoon, Lee Soo-hyuk, Yoon Ji-on
Written by: Park Ran-i, Park Ja-kyung, Kim Yu-jin
Directed by: Kim Tae-yoon, Sung Chi-wook
Network: MBC
Date: April 1 – May 21, 2022

7.5% The Secret House, MBC

Genre: Revenge, Romance, Melodrama
Synopsis: A revenge story in which a dirt spoon lawyer chasing the traces of his missing mother walks into the secret surrounding him to fight the world
No. of episodes: 120
Starring: Seo Ha-jun, Lee Young-eun, Kim Jung-heon
Written by: Won Yeong-ok
Directed by: Lee Min-soo
Network: MBC
Date: April 11, 2022 to present

7.2% Doctor Lawyer, MBC

Genre: Medical, Crime, Legal
Synopsis: It tells a story about a genius surgeon who became a lawyer specializing in medical litigation and a prosecutor in charge of medical crimes who lost her only family and lover due to that operation.
No of episodes: 16
Starring: So Ji-sub, Im Soo-hyang, Shin Sung-rok, and Lee Joo-bin
Written by: Jang Hong-cheol
Directed by: Lee Yong-seok
Network: MBC
Date: June 3, 2022

7.1% The Law Cafe, KBS2

Genre: Legal, Romance
Synopsis: The love story of a former prosecutor who is known as “monster genius” and a beautiful lawyer with a four-dimensional personality.
Based on: Love According to the Law by Noh Seung-ah
No of episodes: 16
Cast: Lee Seung-gi and Lee Se-young
Writer: Im Ji-eun
Director: Lee Eun-jin
Network: KBS2
Date: September 5, 2022 to present

6.9% The Good Detective 2, JTBC

Genre: Crime
Synopsis: Set in Incheon, South Korea, the drama tells stories of those who try to hide ugly truths and those who uncover the truths.
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Son Hyun-joo, Jang Seung-jo, Kim Hyo-jin, Jung Moon-sung
Written by: Choi Jin-won
Directed by: Jo Nam-gook
Network: JTBC
Date: July 30, 2022

6.7% My Liberation Notes, JTBC

Genre: Drama, Mystery
Synopsis: It tells the story of three siblings and a secretive stranger who want to escape from their dead-end life.
No. of episodes: 16
Starring: Lee Min-ki, Kim Ji-won, Son Seok-koo, and Lee El
Written by: Park Hae-young
Directed by: Kim Seok-yoon
Network: JTBC
Date: April 9 to May 29, 2022