20 detective dramas with charismatic characters

South Korea has succeeded not only in the K-pop genre that has taken the world by storm. The detectives there also know a lot. South Korean detective stories are fundamentally different not only from European films, but even from Japanese or Chinese ones. The best dramas in the detective genre are remembered for their inventive plot, colorful characters, specific surroundings, and the whole season is always watched in one breath, like a full-length film.

Mouse (2021)

In the detective novelty of the movie, a newcomer comes to work in the police, inspired by the ideals of fairness and justice. The investigation of a series of murders committed by a ruthless psychopath will change the idealistic views of an inquisitive young man. While trying to find the villain, the hero has to face a revenge -ridden detective, a high school student who has achieved perfection in martial arts , and a mysterious director.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Mauseu

Actors:
Lee Seung-gi, Lee Hee-jun, Park Choo-hyun …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.7


Flower of Evil (2020)

The heroine of a new detective drama with thriller elements works in the police. The woman lives with her young son and her taciturn husband, who is engaged in the manufacture of metal products. The coldness and detachment of her husband lead the police officer to the idea that in fact the husband lives under a fictitious identity in order to hide terrible secrets from his past.

Original title:
Akui kkot

Actors:
Lee Jun-gi, Moon Chae-won, Jang Hee-jin…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.7


Alice (2020)

A police officer is tasked with investigating an important and responsible case. The intricate crime is replete with various mysteries and mysteries . In an attempt to compose a general picture of the case, the detective puts forward a wide variety of hypotheses. The best explanation for all the oddities is the existence of a place where the arrival point for aliens from the future is located.

Original title:
Aelliseu

Actors:
Kim Hee-sun, Choo Won, Kwak Shi-yan …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.2


Memorist (2020)

An interesting and highly rated drama about detectives and investigations , where an experienced detective has the ability to penetrate people’s memories through touch. The partner of the phenomenal investigator is not endowed with superpowers , but she is incredibly smart. Despite the unique features, even for such an extraordinary duo, catching a serial killer will be a very difficult and risky mission.

Original title:
Memoriseuteu

Actors:
Yoo Seung-ho, Lee Se-young, Cho Sung-ha …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.7


Kill (2019)

A famous reporter has been killed by a mysterious hitman. The girlfriend of the deceased journalist, who works in the police, intends to find the hired killer at any cost . The hitman is considered elusive and carries out the most risky assignments from influential international criminals. However, the purposeful girl is sure that she will be able to find a weak spot in the villain.

Original Title :
Kilit

Actors:
Chang Ki-young, Nana, No Jong-i…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.7


Tramp (2019)

The top Korean series in the detective genre continues with an excellent story with voice acting in Russian. The stuntman has mastered several martial arts and dreams of a movie star career. However, due to the tragic incident, the hero will take part in the investigation instead of filming. Together with an employee of the special services, the guy must find out who is behind the death of the taekwondo team.

Original title:
Baegabonde

Actors:
Lee Seung-gi, Bae Su-ji, Shin Sung-nok …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.2


Psychometric (2019)

An ordinary student has an amazing paranormal ability to penetrate a person’s memories through touch. Li An wants to use his phenomenal gift for the benefit of people, but does not know how to do it. A new classmate, hiding severe psychological trauma under her perfect appearance and positive attitude , will help the guy find a calling.

Original title:
Saikometeuri geunyeoseok

Actors:
Chinyoung, Shin E-eun, Kim Gwon…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.7


Come and hug me (2018)

The list of the best Korean series continues with a detective with an unusual love line. The romantic relationship of two teenagers was interrupted after the boy’s father brutally murdered the girl’s family. The couple’s paths parted, and love ended. The young man became a detective, and the girl an actress, but both were haunted by memories of the past. After many years, young people will meet again.

Original title:
Irawa anajwo

Actors:
Jang Gi-young, Chin Gi-ju, Ho Jun-ho …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.9


Sky Castle (2018 – 2019)

Families of respectable people – doctors and lawyers – live in a prestigious residential complex . While men earn money, wives take care of the house and children, trying to raise successful members of society from their offspring. An ominous incident will show that many unsolved mysteries are hidden under the imaginary well-being, and everyone has their own skeletons in the closet.

Original title:
SKY kaeseul

Actors:
Yeom Jung -ah, Lee Tae-ran, Yoon Sae-ah …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.7


Nowhere Girl (2018 – 2021)

A popular drama in the detective genre is worth watching for all lovers of interesting plots and famously twisted intrigue. The mysterious girl is transferred to different schools. In different places, in addition to studying, a mysterious person is masterfully exposing the villains. Neither bullies, nor rapists, nor other people with black thoughts will hide from the insight of a strange girl.

Original title:
Girl From Nowhere

Actors:
Chicha Amatayakul, Tris Ren, Naomi Amante…

Country:
Thailand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
18+


Tunnel (2017)

A detective investigating the terrible crimes of a serial killer managed to get on the trail of the attacker and even set off in pursuit. Having run into the tunnel, the detective made a jump in time for thirty years ahead. In the future, the maniac has not yet been caught, and the brutal murders are still going on. A police officer from the past will have to team up with colleagues from the future to stop the murderer.

Original title:
Teoneol

Actors:
Choi Jin-hyuk, Yun Hyun-min, Lee Yu-young …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.3

Age limit:
18+


Defendant (2017)

The popular Korean detective series has received many rave reviews from viewers. An experienced prosecutor became famous for his honesty and uncompromisingness. The guardian of the law sent a lot of intruders to jail, but one day the hero himself will end up in a prison cell . For the crimes committed, the former prosecutor faces execution, but due to memory lapses, the man does not even know what exactly he did.

Original title:
Pigoin

Actors:
Chi Sung, Om Gi-jun, Kwon Yu-ri …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:
16+


Criminal Minds (2017)

An Asian adaptation of the super popular American crime series. In a special department, there are profilers involved in the investigation of especially serious crimes. Experienced specialists strive to comprehend the perverted logic of the criminal and expose the bloody villains. If some just honestly do a difficult job, then for others, the search for villains becomes the meaning of life.

Original title:
Keurimineol maindeu

Actors:
Lee Jun-gi, Moon Chae-won, Song Hyun-ju…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.9


Signal (2016)

An excellent drama in the detective genre with Russian voice acting contains elements of fantasy. The policeman finds a strange walkie-talkie. A battered communication tool helps a law enforcement officer to connect with colleagues from the past. Detectives in the present and the past are united by the same problem – the search for a bloodthirsty serial killer. Police officers coordinate actions and try to stop the villain.

Original title:
Sigeuneol

Actors:
Lee Jae-hoon, Kim Hye-soo, Cho Jin-un …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.6

Age limit:
16+


I remember you (2015)

An interesting drama from South Korea about the investigation of mysterious murders. The protagonist has become a real forensic star and easily investigates even the most intricate atrocities, but a recognized expert will face an incredibly difficult task. All leads lead the talented consultant to a sinister event from early childhood, when his father and younger brother lost their lives.

Original title:
Neoreul gieokhae

Actors:
Seo In-guk, Jang Na-ra, Kim Jae-young …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.8


Pinocchio (2014 – 2015)

The main character suffers from a rare disease – Pinocchio’s syndrome. Any attempt to lie leads to severe hiccups. The girl decides to link her fate with journalism, deciding that the disease will not prevent her from becoming an honest reporter. In the editorial office, the young idealist will have to face the burnt sharks of the pen, building a career on endless lies and brilliant eloquence.

Original title:
Pinokio

Actors:
Lee Jong-suk, Park Shin-hye, Pyon Hee-bong …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:
16+


Heeler (2014 – 2015)

Bright talent, enviable determination and family ties helped the main character become a successful reporter. Even becoming a real star of journalism, the man retained the ability to compassion. Trying to correct the mistakes of his youth, the reporter finds an old friend – an employee of an entertainment publication, who decided to change her field of activity and went on the trail of an elusive criminal courier.

Original title:
Hilreo

Actors:
Chi Chan-uk, Yoo Ji-tae, Park Min-young …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.4

Age limit:
16+


You are surrounded (2014)

One of the best South Korean detective dramas starts with four new recruits joining the Seoul Police Station. Everyone has their own reasons for standing guard over the law: someone is attracted by money, someone by adrenaline, and someone hides personal motives. The life-worn curators are skeptical of recruits, but young crime fighters will prove that they are capable of much.

Original title:
Neohuideuleun powidwaetta

Actors:
Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won, Ko A-ra …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
18+


White Christmas (2011)

In an extraordinary drama, seven students from a closed school decided not to go home for the Christmas holidays. Each of the guys receives a letter with accusations, threats and curses. Schoolchildren try to find out who is behind sending scary messages and how real the ominous promises are. A teacher and a school psychiatrist are involved in a detective investigation.

Original Title :
Hwaiteu keuriseumaseu

Actors:
Kim Sang-kyung, Baek Sung-hyun, Isom…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.2


City Hunter (2011)

The protagonist of the detective comedy series studied martial arts from early childhood and reached the heights of skill. After learning shocking information about his own parents, the young man goes to Seoul. The fighter is looking for five people who completely changed his fate with their atrocities. In the process of searching, Lee Yoon-sung encounters a girl who is trying to earn money for herself and her father, who is in a coma.

Original title:
Siti heonteo

Actors:
Lee Min-ho, Park Min-young, Lee Jun-hyuk …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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