15 best dramas about time travel

It has been scientifically proven that time travel is impossible due to the many paradoxes and laws of physics, but, fortunately, there is a movie where everything is possible. And for fans of science fiction, there are no boring obstacles that prevent you from galloping in any direction – to the past or the future. Here is a selection of time travel dramas that includes funny comedies, romantic melodramas and historical fantasy.


Myth of Sisyphus (2021)

Talented engineer Han Tae-sul has achieved impressive results in the field of quantum physics. The guy went headlong into science after the death of his brother, but recently found out the real cause of his death. A family tragedy is directly linked to the coming changes, so Tae-sul embarks on a perilous journey through time to save the world. The scientist ‘s partner becomes Kang So-he, who arrived from the future and is fluent in martial arts .

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Original title:  
Sijipeuseu

Genre:  
Fiction, Action, Detective

Actors:  
Cho Seung-woo, Park Shin-hye, Kim Byung-chul …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:  
16+


Queen Chhorin (2020 – 2021)

The new historical drama in Russian dubbing is an original Korean series about time travel, which received a high rating almost immediately after the premiere. Jang Bong Hwan works as a chef at the Blue House and is happy with his own position, but one day the guy finds himself in a distant era. The cook falls during the reign of the Joseon Dynasty, and his soul is embodied in the body of the queen.

Original title:  
Cheorin wanghu

Genre:  
Comedy, biography

Actors:  
Shin Hye-sun, Kim Jong-hyun, Bae Jong-ok…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.8


Kairos (2020)

The list of the best fantasy series continues with a thriller drama where the main character is faced with an inexplicable phenomenon. Kim So-jin can only be envied, because everything is going well for him at work and in family life, but everything collapses after the kidnapping of his little daughter . The search does not bring results, and on the verge of despair, the man gets an amazing chance to make a call to the past.

Original title:
Kairoseu

Genre:
Thriller, fantasy, romance

Actors:
Shin Sung-nok, Lee Se-young, An Bo-hyun…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.0


Alice (2020)

The South Korean detective series got into the top dramas with a plot about time travel . Park Jin Gyum survived a terrible tragedy when his mother died due to the fault of an unknown person. The guy decides to become a policeman to find the killer, and accidentally learns about the existence of a time machine. The physicist Yun Tae Yi can reveal the secret of movement, but acquaintance with the scientist raises even more questions – a woman, like two drops of water, looks like the deceased mother of Jin Gyom.

Original title:  
Aelliseu

Genre:
Detective, fantasy, action

Actors:  
Kim Hee-son, Choo Won, Kwak Shi-yang…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.2


Earning a Name (2017)

Doctor Ho Yim dreams of recognition of his talent as a doctor, but during the reign of the Joseon Dynasty, only people of high birth could achieve respect. By chance, the doctor ends up in modern Seoul, where he meets the heart surgeon Chae Yong-gyong. In the 21st century, all people are equal, but Ho Yim has another problem. Medicine has made great strides forward, so non-traditional methods of treatment are recognized as ineffective.

Original title:
Myeongbulheojeon

Genre:
Genre

Actors:
Kim Nam-gil, Kim Ah-jun, Yoon Ju-san …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
16+


Song of my only love (2017)

Movie star Song Soo-jeong is cast as a princess in a period film where her husband is to be a poor man, On-dal. At the rehearsal, the arrogant actress makes a scandal and leaves the set in anger. Soo-jong decides to take a ride in the car to calm down, but ends up in the distant past. The main character of the drama about time travel meets the same On-dal, but he turns out not to be a noble peasant, but a clever swindler .

Original title:
Mai onri leobeusong

Genre:
Fantasy, melodrama

Actors:
Lee Jong-hyun, Kong Seung-young, Lee Jae-jin…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+


Two boots – a pair (2017)

A chance meeting between Pan-do and Jin-ju on campus became a fateful moment for the characters of the drama. However, over the years , the couple’s family relationship has been severely tested. Pan-do is increasingly late at work or drinking in the evenings with friends while Jin-ju is raising a child. The woman feels lonely , and another quarrel with her husband ends with a divorce decision . The morning after the scandal, the couple wakes up on the day they met, given a chance to fix everything, but want to change their choice.

Original title:
Gobaekbubu

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, fantasy

Actors:
Jang Na-ra, Son Ho-jun, Kim Byung-ok …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.2


Accidentally 18 (2017)

Kyung-hwi is a successful doctor who one day brings a patient after an unsuccessful suicide. The situation reminded the man of a difficult adolescence , when he himself, because of the attacks of others, wanted to commit suicide. A helping hand was extended by a classmate who, a few months later, laid hands on herself. The matured Kyung-hwi is suddenly transported to his 18 years old, when the girl was still alive, and decides to prevent the tragedy.

Original title:
Eojjeoda 18

Genre:
Melodrama, fantasy

Actors:
Minho, Lee Yu-bi, Kim Bo-mi …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.9


Tunnel (2017)

The time travel drama takes place in 1986, when a dangerous maniac is abusing the streets of the city. Detective Park Kwang-ho chases a suspect through a tunnel – and ends up in the future. In the yard of 2017, the criminal was never found, but murders with a similar style have recently resumed. Kwang-ho teams up with a criminal psychologist and a local police officer to catch a serial.

Original title:  
Teoneol

Genre:
Detective, fantasy, thriller

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

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:  
18+


Splashes of Love (2015)

Tan-bi worries about the upcoming math exam – and on the day of the test, everything turns against her. It is pouring rain outside, transport runs intermittently, and the high school student left her umbrella at home. In a moment of complete despair, Tan-bi makes a wish to disappear from this world forever, jumps into a puddle – and finds himself in the era of the Joseon Dynasty.

Original title:  
Pongdangpongdang love

Genre:  
Fantasy, melodrama, history

Actors:  
Kim Seul-gi, Yoon Doo-jun, Chin Gi-ju …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.8


Back in the Past: 9 Chances to Change Everything (2013)

In the life of TV presenter Pak San Woo, a hopelessly black streak has long been going on. His father died many years ago, his mother suffers from a personality disorder , and he himself was diagnosed with an inoperable form of cancer . The last straw is the news of the tragic death of his brother, and Sang Wu goes to Tibet for the body of a relative. In the mountains, the guy has the opportunity to travel to the past to correct the present, but the number of movements is limited.

Original title:
Nain: ahop beonui siganyeohaeng

Genre:
Fantasy, Romance

Actors:
Lee Jin-uk, Cho Yun-hee, Jung No-min…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.3

Age limit:
16+


Future Choice (2013)

32-year-old Mi-re is in a difficult life situation and she is unable to overcome unfavorable circumstances. The woman is still too young to give up on everything and submit to fate, and it’s too late to start everything from scratch. The unfortunate woman simply goes with the flow, until one day Mi-re from the future appears on the threshold. A wise woman helps herself correct fatal mistakes in order to improve her own life.

Original title:
Miraeui sntaek

Genre:
Melodrama, fantasy

Actors:
Yoon Eun-hye, Lee Dong-gon, Jung Yong-hwa …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.2


Queen Inhyeon’s Man (2012)

The plot of the South Korean series in Russian originates at the end of the 17th century, when a coup took place in the palace. The legitimate queen was overthrown, and the insidious concubine of the ruler ascended the throne. With the help of a talisman, court scholar Kim Bun-do is transported to present-day Seoul, where he meets the talented actress Choi Hee-jin. The girl is preparing for the role of Queen Inhyun in the series, and it is she who is destined to become the hope for saving the empire.

Original title:
Inhyeon wanghuui namja

Genre:
History, romance, fantasy

Actors:
Chi Hyun-woo, Yu In-na, Kim Jin-woo…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.9

Age limit:
16+


Dr. Chin’s Time Travel (2012)

Neurosurgeon Chin Hyuk continues the family dynasty, so he strives to be the best in his field. The man tries not to make mistakes, because doctors have at their disposal a variety of tools and equipment to save lives. One day, Chin Hyuk mysteriously finds himself in the middle of the 19th century, when surgery was just beginning to develop. The doctor has to adapt to the mores and laws of that time, and provide medical care to people without the use of modern technology.

Original title:  
Dakteo Jin

Genre:  
Drama, Fantasy

Actors:  
Song Seung-heon, Lee So-young, Kim Hye-ok…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.4


Faith (2012)

The heiress of the royal court is stricken with an unknown disease, and the captain of the guard, Choi Yong, goes in search of a healer. A man passes through a time portal that takes him to present-day Korea. At the clinic, Choi Yong meets surgeon Yoo Eun-soo and takes the woman with him. The warrior promises that the doctor will return to his own time once the princess is on the mend, but the portal suddenly closes.

Original title:  
Sineui

Genre:  
Fantasy, romance, history

Actors:  
Kim Hee-sun, Lee Min-ho, Park Sae-young …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:  
16+


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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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