20 korean dramas of 2020

Not so many spectators have been to mysterious Asia, but it invariably attracts Europeans with its beauty and exoticism. A list of the best Korean dramas will help you to touch Asian culture, which were filmed a lot even in a difficult year for cinema in 2020. Melodramas and comedies, detective stories, fantasy and thrillers – in the list of Korean TV shows there are representatives of genres for every taste!

True Beauty (2020)

After constantly browsing popular beauty blogs, the heroine of the series, a shy comic book fan , decides on a radical transformation. Having mastered the art of makeup, the high school student acquires an unprecedented attractiveness and receives the attention of two enviable handsome men at once. But is her popularity destined to live forever? How long can the main character pretend to be someone she really isn’t, and is it worth the effort?

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

Original title:
Yeosingangrim

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Moon Ga-young, Cha Eun-woo, Hwang In-yeop …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.1


The Story of the Nine-Tailed Fox (2020)

Among the melodramatic Korean TV series released in 2020, this new fantasy movie stands apart. An ordinary, at first glance, inhabitant of the metropolis became the object of hunting for television workers, which was the reason for his true identity. In fact, Lee Yong is a mythical creation of a gumiho, which is a nine-tailed fox. The deity hides in the form of a man when he leaves the mountains , and his exposure entails unpredictable events.

Original title:
Gumihodyeon

Genre:
Melodrama, fantasy

Actors:
Lee Dong-uk, Cho Bo-ah, Kim Bum…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.9


I’m Psycho But It’s Okay (2020)

The young guy, the central character of the series, gives his all to work in the psychiatric ward. He has personal reasons for this – his brother has autism, and the nurse wants to help both the closest person and everyone in need. Being immersed in his mission, he is completely unaware that very soon a new patient will fall on his head. A successful writer suffering from antisocial disorder will completely change the life of a hospital employee .

Original title:
Saikojiman gwaenchanha

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Kim Soo-hyun, So Ye-ji, Pak Kyu-young …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Itaewon class (2020)

This charming 2020 drama is about a group of young people trying to succeed in the South Korean capital. After the main character of the series is expelled from high school due to a terrible injustice, he does not intend to give up and give up. Rather, on the contrary, the guy decides to quickly start a career in the restaurant business and open his own business. Gathering like-minded people around him, he bravely sets off into adulthood.

Original title:
Itaewon keullasseu

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Park Seo-jun, Kim Da-mi, Kwon Na-ra …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:
16+


King: Eternal Monarch (2020)

In modern-day South Korea, a mysterious portal opens into the past, where the country is still ruled by Emperor Lee Gon. Having moved to modern Seoul, in order to avoid a dangerous distortion of historical events, a guest from the past seeks to close the portal. In this he is helped by a brave girl, detective Jung Tae Eul, with whom Lee Gon prevents the invasion of dangerous guests into the modern world.

Original title:
Deo king: yeongwonui gunju

Genre:
Melodrama, fantasy

Actors:
Lee Min-ho, Kim Go-eun, Do-hwan …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:
16+


Queen Chhorin (2020)

A captivating 2020 Korean drama about time travel, available with Russian voice acting, has received rave reviews from viewers who are fans of fantasy series. An ambitious chef leads a measured lifestyle, devoting himself to a career. Like a bolt from the blue, the chef is magically transported into the body of a Joseon queen. Involuntarily, he becomes involved in the world of intrigues around the throne in ancient Korea. An apolitical chef begins to participate in the struggle for the crown coveted by many.

Original title:
Cheorin wanghu

Genre:
Comedy, history, biography, fantasy

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

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.8


Sweet Home (2020)

Cha Hyun Soo is a true introvert suffering from depression. The death of his parents and younger sister aggravates the emotional state of the guy. After what happened, he has to move to a social apartment and learn to live on his own. This blow of fate knocks down a lonely young man, and now he is ready to take his own life. However, when suddenly the people around begin to turn into monsters spreading terror, the guy changes plans and undertakes to find out what’s wrong and how to fix the situation.

Original title:
Seuwiteuhom

Genre:
Horror, action, fantasy

Actors:
Song Gang, Lee Jin-uk, Lee Shi-young …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Penthouse (2020)

An interesting South Korean drama, released in 2020, tells the story of the community of an elite residential complex, consisting of 90 percent wealthy snobs. However, among the representatives of the upper class, a single mother escaped from the poor strata of society. The heroine brings up a gifted teenage daughter according to rules that are different from those of arrogant neighbors. Will mother and daughter have to give up principles in order to become their own in high society?

Original title:
Penteuhauseu

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Eugene, Kim So-young, Lee Ji-ah …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.2


Flower of Evil (2020)

During another investigation, Cha Ji Won unwittingly learns facts from her husband’s past that he has hidden from everyone, including his family. A young woman realizes that family life is an illusion, and her husband is a mystery to be solved. Is he really a loving father of a family? The truth that came out will entail unexpected consequences, but the girl turned out to be not a timid ten.

Original title:
Akui kkot

Genre:
Thriller, detective, melodrama, crime

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

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.7


Memorist (2020)

The hero of one of the best action dramas of 2020 produced in Korea is Dong Baek, who has the ability to read a person’s memories by touching him. The guy could get rich by opening a private psychic practice, but he serves as a simple detective in the police, surprising others. There is an explanation for this – Don Baek is stubbornly looking for his mother’s killer, suspecting that this is an elusive serial maniac , who again went on a terrible hunt.

Original title:
Memoriseuteu

Genre:
Detective, crime, fantasy, thriller

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

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.7


Part Time Salesman (2020)

Choi Dae Hyun used to work for a large Korean company, but recently quit his job and became the manager of a small store. Here, too, he is not very successful, trying to shift the responsibility to someone else. The appearance of the lively Jeon Saet Byul, accepted by the seller part-time, was a gift of fate for the hero. It seems that an active new employee never gets tired and does everything with pleasure. But for the girl, this work is also an escape from her problems.

Original title:
Pyeonuijeom saetbyeoli

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Chi Chan-uk, Kim Yoo-jeong, Han Sung-hwa …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.6


Startup (2020)

The heroes of the 2020 youth series dream of working in an analogue of the American Silicon Valley in South Korea – a paradise for startups and programmers . Young developers and aspiring investors see themselves as future Jobs, fearlessly taking on new grandiose projects. Here they expect victories and failures, cooperation and rivalry, but there is always a place and time for friendship and love.

Original title:
Seutateueop

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Bae Su-ji, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim Seon-ho …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:
12+


The World of the Married (2020)

Dr. Ji Sung Woo’s family idyll is under threat. An exemplary wife and mother begins to suspect her businessman husband of infidelity . This affects not only their relationship, but affects work. Relatives and patients do not recognize the always sweet and attentive Ji Sung Wu in a nervous and tense woman. Will the heroine be able to return love and peace of mind to the family, and at what cost?

Original Title :
Bubuui segye

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Kim Hee-e, Park Hae-jun, Park Sung-young…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.0


Optional (2020)

The action-packed Korean series with Russian voice acting is one of the high-rated dramas of 2020. High school student Chi Soo was an exemplary student with an impeccable reputation until it was time to prepare for university. Excessive ambition leads the guy to a crime that he commits in order to get money for the best tutor. Other students of the school are also involved in the criminal cycle, and the main suspect is a girl who is not at all involved in this case.

Original title:
Ingansuoep

Genre:
Drama, crime, thriller

Actors:
Kim Dong-hee, Park Choo-hyun, Jung Da-bin …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.7

Age limit:
16+


Bar on wheels (2020)

This intriguing fantasy Korean drama takes place in a bar on wheels that pops up out of nowhere at night. Visitors to the institution are not only living, but also already deceased people. Here they encounter amazing things and can count on the fulfillment of their most cherished desires. One day, an employee of a miracle bar meets a simple supermarket employee, which serves as an impetus for extraordinary events.

Original Title :
Ssanggappocha

Genre:
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Drama

Actors:
Hwang Jung-eum, Yuk Sung-jae, Choi Won-young…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.0


I fell in love with a hologram (2020)

The top Korean dramas of 2020 continue with the original story of a girl named Han So Yeon. The heroine suffers from a rare disease – the inability to remember and recognize the faces of other people. Due to illness, she almost never leaves the apartment, using the services of an assistant from the realm of fantasy – a Holo hologram that has the appearance of its creator Go Nan Do. Feelings develop between the young people, but Han Seo-young has to find out that the character of the developer is far from being as cute as that of his digital offspring.

Original title:
Na hollo geudae

Genre:
Melodrama, fantasy

Actors:
Ko Sung-hee, Yun Hyun-min, Choi Yo-jin …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
16+


Extraordinary Demon Hunter (2020)

To hide from the uninitiated the nature of their activities, employees of a secret organization of hunters for evil spirits work in the most ordinary noodle shop. Heroes with superpowers are engaged in quite earthly affairs – they cook food and reduce debits with credits. But in fact, under the guise of a profession of a baker or an accountant, psychics and healers are hiding, who can read minds and expose evil when needed.

Original title:
Gyeongiroun somun

Genre:
Detective, fantasy, comedy

Actors:
Cho Byung-gyu, Yu Jun-san, Kim Sae-jong…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:
16+


I will come to you if the weather is good (2020)

An excellent Korean series available in Russian is one of the best dramas of 2020. Hae Won is the owner of many talents, but the drama experienced in her teenage years killed something bright in her soul. While teaching painting at an art school, a girl clashes with one of her students, which costs her her job. To heal spiritual wounds, the heroine goes to her native province, where she gets a job in a bookstore of a former classmate who is not indifferent to her. Will the new page of life bring happiness to the heroine?

Original title:
Nalssiga joheumyeon chatagagesseoyo

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Park Min-young, Seo Gang-jun, Moon Jong-hee …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.9


Forest (2020)

Female surgeon Jung Yong-jae was suspended from work at a Seoul clinic and transferred to a provincial branch at the take-off of her career. Far from romantic, businessman Kang Sang Hyuk voluntarily left the capital’s office and took a job as a lifeguard in order to explore the prospects of selling the forest area from the inside. Miryong Forest became a meeting place for quite urban heroes of the film. Do they have a common future and will they achieve their goals?

Original title:
Poreseuteu

Genre:
Detective, romance, fantasy

Actors:
Park Hae-jin, Cho Bo-ah, Ryu Seung-su …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.4


Again 18 (2020)

The Korean adaptation of the American film 17 Again is a drama about a man in the midst of a midlife crisis. Hong Dae Young’s life is going downhill – he has problems with work and family. The wife’s career went uphill, and the relationship between the spouses is on the verge of divorce. The children do not respect their father, and he is nostalgic for the time when he was their age and the star of the school basketball team . Destiny gave Hong Dae Young a miraculous return to his 18-year-old body, but can the hero take the chance to make things right?

Original title:
18 eogein

Genre:
Romance, comedy, fantasy

Actors:
Kim Ha-neul, Yoon Sang-hyun, Lee Do-hyun…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.3


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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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