Most Popular Fan Favorite Korean Drama of The 2010s Decade (Part II)

Most Popular Fan Favorite Korean Drama of The 2010s Decade (Part II)

 

When I wrote the part one of this post––Best and Most Popular Korean Drama of The 2010s Decade (Part I)––I seriously didn’t expect to go down the rabbit hole of memories and nostalgia like it did. But what do you know, as the list goes on, more and more of those “old but gold” Korean dramas that I thought I’d forgotten popping back into my mind.

So with that in mind, I have decided to split into 3 parts, the first part being all the kdramas from the year 2000–2010, and in part 2, which is this post, we will be taking a look at the popular fan favorite Korean dramas from 2011–2015, and in part 3 will be the rest of the Korean dramas from 2016-2019.

 

fan favorite kdrama 2010 decade

 

 

 

fan favorite kdrama 2010 decade

 

1. Scent of A Woman (여인의 향기)

 

Genre : Romance, Melodrama

Starring : Kim Sun-a, Lee Dong-wook, Um Ki-joon

Aired : July 23, 2011 –– September 11, 2011

Episodes : 16

 

BLURB : 

 

A romantic drama about a non-married, low ranking office worker who is given numbered days to live.
Lee Yeon Jae is given the grim prognosis that she only has a short time left to live, so she decides to quit her job at a travel agency and live her life to the fullest.

 

 

fan favorite kdrama 2010 decade

 

2. The Princess’ Man (공주의 남자)

 

Genre : Historical Romance, Action, Political 

Starring : Park Si-hoo, Moon Chae-won, Kim Yeong-cheol

Aired : July 20, 2011 –– October 6, 2011

Episodes : 24

 

BLURB : 

 

Princess Se Ryung is the headstrong and forward-thinking daughter to Grand Prince Su Yang, who is determined to be King. She falls in love with the son of his mortal enemy, and their romance gets caught in the crossfire of her father’s quest for the throne.

 

 

fan favorite kdrama 2010 decade

 

3. Dream High (드림하이)

 

Genre : Romance, Friendship, Musical, Coming of Age 

Starring : Bae Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun, IU

Aired : January 3, 2011 –– February 28, 2011

Episodes : 16

 

BLURB : 

 

Dream High tells the story of six students at Kirin Art High School who work to achieve their dreams of becoming music stars in the Korean music industry. Go Hye Mi is a student who had majored in classical music but has to give up her dream by entering Kirin Art High School to pay off her father’s debt.

However, she needs to get two other students to also come to the school in order for her to enroll in the school conditionally. These two students are Song Sam Dong, who lives in the countryside, and Jin Guk, whom she accidentally meets while trying to escape from a loan shark. Yoon Baek Hee, formerly Hyemi’s sidekick, becomes her rival in school because Hye Mi betrays her during an audition to enter the school.

 

 

fan favorite kdrama 2010 decade

 

4. City Hunter (시티헌터)

 

Genre : Romance, Action,  Suspense, Mystery 

Starring : Lee Min-ho, Park Min-young, Lee Joon-hyuk

Aired : May 25, 2011 –– July 28, 2011

Episodes : 20

 

BLURB : 

 

Lee Yoon-Sung (Lee Min-Ho) works at the Blue House for the National Communication Network Team. He graduated from M.I.T. in the U.S. and possesses elite skills as an I.T. engineer. At the Blue House, Yoon-Sung meets Kim Na-Na (Park Min-Young), who works as a bodyguard there. The two people fall for each other even though Yoon-Sung was warned not to fall in love. An elaborate plan for revenge is his ultimate mission….

 

*apologies for the bad quality of this trailer. I wasn’t able to find any that’s better than this.*

 

fan favorite kdrama 2010 decade

 

5. 49 Days (49일)

 

Genre : Romance, Melodrama, Tragedy, Fantasy 

Starring : Lee Yo-won, Nam Gyu-ri, Jo Hyun-jae

Aired : March 16, 2011 –– May 19, 2011

Episodes : 20

 

BLURB : 

 

A young woman named Ji Hyun was enjoying absolute bliss as she was about to be married with her fiance, but her perfect life is shattered in a car accident that left her in a coma. She is given a second chance at life by a reaper, but it comes with a condition: she has to find three people outside of her family who would cry genuine tears for her. In order to do this, she borrows the body of Yi Kyung, a part-time employee at a convenience store.

 

 

fan favorite kdrama 2010 decade

 

6. Reply 1997 (응답하라 1997)

 

Genre : Romance, Comedy, Youth, Friendship 

Starring : Jung Eun-ji, Seo In-guk, Hoya

Aired : July 24, 2012 –– September 18, 2012

Episodes : 16

 

BLURB : 

 

Set in the 1990’s, the drama centers around a female high school student Shi Won, who idolizes boyband H.O.T and her 5 high school friends in Busan. As the timeline moves back and forth between their past as 18-year-old high schoolers in 1997 and their present as 33-year-olds at their high school reunion dinner in 2012, where one couple will announce that they’re getting married.

 

 

popular korean drama 2010 decade

 

7. Arang and the Magistrate (아랑사또전)

 

Genre : Historical, Comedy, Mystery, Romance 

Starring : Lee Joon-gi, Shin Min-ah, Yeon Woo-jin

Aired : August 15, 2012 –– October 18, 2012

Episodes : 20

 

BLURB : 

 

Arang and the Magistrate tells the story of a cynical and not so friendly government official named Eun Oh who wanders the whole nation to look for his mother who disappeared because of his mistake. Eun Oh has the ability of seeing ghosts, so he’s used to be bothered by many kind of ghosts. As a result he isn’t afraid of ghosts anymore.

Then Eun On meets a virgin ghost named Arang. Before she became a ghost, Arang was a beautiful girl who was murdered. Arang asks Eun Oh to seek vengeance for her death and Eun Oh tries to appease her request.

 

 

popular korean drama 2010 decade

 

8. The Moon that Embraces The Sun (해를 품은 달)

 

Genre : Historical Romance, Fantasy, Political 

Starring : Kim Soo-hyun, Han Ga-in, Jung Il-woo

Aired : January 4, 2012 –– March 15, 2012

Episodes : 20

 

BLURB : 

 

Thirteen-year-old Heo Yeon Woo, the daughter of a high-ranking official, accompanies her mother to the royal palace to attend her brother, Heo Yeom’s civil service examination congratulatory ceremony. By chance, she comes across Crown Prince Lee Hwon. They fall in love and Yeon Woo is chosen as the Crown Princess of Joseon.

Before they can marry, however, the Dowager Queen secretly orders her death, in order to install Yoon Bo Gyeong, the daughter of a family clan, as Crown Princess, thus securing more power for herself. She orders head shaman to cast a spell on Yeon Woo to stricken her with an unknown sickness. After dying, Yeon Woo is resurrected from her grave, but loses her memories. All believe her to be dead, including the Crown Prince Lee Hwon, who refuses to love another. Eight years later, Yeon Woo returns as a shaman named Wol (meaning moon). Meanwhile the young king begins to investigate the death of his love after seeing the grown up Wol. But he is fighting against time, because the queen’s powerful political clan wants him removed from power.

 

 

popular korean drama 2010 decade

 

9. My Love From the Stars (별에서 온 그대)

 

Genre : Romance, Melodrama, Supernatural, Comedy 

Starring : Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun, Park Hae-jin

Aired : December 18, 2013 –– February 27, 2014

Episodes : 21

 

BLURB : 

 

Do Min Joon is an alien who landed on Earth 400 years ago during the Joseon Dynasty period. He possesses a near perfect appearance and enhanced physical abilities involving his vision, hearing and speed. Later, he discovers that he has three months left on Earth. And that is when he meets Cheon Song Yi, the biggest Hallyu star in Korea.

 

 

popular korean drama 2010 decade

 

10. Gu Family Book (구가의 서)

 

Genre : Historical Romance, Fantasy, Martial Arts 

Starring : Lee Seung-gi, Bae Suzy, Sung Joon

Aired : April 8, 2013 –– June 25, 2013

Episodes : 24

 

BLURB : 

 

Choi Kang Chi, born as a half-human-half-mythical-creature, goes through struggles in order to live more like a human than anyone else despite not being able to become human. He is the son of Gu Wol Ryung, the guardian spirit of Jiri Mountain, and Yoon Seo Hwa, an ordinary human. Choi Kang Chi later was raised by adopted family. He grows up as an outspoken character who’s full of curiosity and one day, he realizes that he’s a half-human-half-beast through a certain incident and starts living his second life. While going through the struggles, he met Dam Yeo Wool who is a master of martial arts and archery at a young age and then, they both fall in love with each other.

 

 

popular korean drama 2010 decade

 

11. That Winter the Wind Blows (그 겨울, 바람이 분다)

 

Genre : Romance, Melodrama

Starring : Jo In-sung, Song Hye-kyo, Kim Bum

Aired : February 13, 2013 –– April 4, 2013

Episodes : 16

 

BLURB : 

 

Oh Seo, who was abandoned by his mother as a child and was raised by Park Jin Sung’s family, is a notorious gambler in Cheongdam neighborhood. He is heartbroken and doesn’t care about anybody following the death of his first love.

One day, his friend, who has the same name, dies unexpectedly and Seo is thrown in prison. A year later, Seo meets lawyer Jang Sung, who came looking for the deceased Oh Seo, the heir of PL Group. Seo uses this opportunity to con the last remaining heir of the PL Group, Oh Young, to pay his debt when gangster Jo Moo Cheol gives him 3 months to pay or he dies. However, Seo starts falling in love with the blind Oh Young, while pretending to be her deceased brother who was separated from her after their parent’s divorce.

 

 

popular korean drama 2010 decade

 

12. I Can Hear Your Voice (너의 목소리가 들려)

 

Genre : Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Supernatural 

Starring : Lee Bo-young, Lee Jong-suk, Yoon Sang-hyun

Aired : June 5, 2013 –– August 1, 2013

Episodes : 18

 

BLURB : 

 

Jang Hye Sung, a bold, sassy, thick-faced, comical, and a materialistic public defender who becomes a lawyer after overcoming poverty and painful memories from her childhood, comes to realization about society and justice after meeting Park Soo Ha, a 19-year-old boy who reads other people’s thoughts and

Cha Kwan Woo, an innocent lawyer who lives a disciplined life. Jang Hye Sung is actually Soo Ha’s first love after she gave a decisive testimony on his father’s murder case 10 years ago and Soo Ha promised to protect her from the killer’s threats. Meanwhile, Cha Kwan Woo is Jang Hye Sung’s fellow lawyer, a cheerful and an idealistic former cop even though his character is a bit slow, he is nice and pleasant with a firm idea of his principles and justice. Together they will team up to find the justice in the courtroom and solve the toughest cases with less than 1% chance of winning.

 

 

popular korean drama 2010 decade

 

13. Good Doctor (굿 닥터)

 

Genre : Romance, Drama, Medical 

Starring : Joo Won, Moon Chae-won, Joo Sang-wook

Aired : August 5, 2013 –– October 8, 2013

Episodes : 20

 

BLURB : 

 

A man named Park Shi On is a doctor with autistic savant disorder who has the mentality of a 10-year-old. He overcomes bias and discrimination by society and workmates and becomes a pediatrician by utilizing his exceptional abilities that the illness brings.

 

 

popular korean drama 2010 decade

 

14. Master’s Sun ( 주군의 태양)

 

Genre : Romance, Horror, Comedy 

Starring : Seo In Guk, So Ji-sub, Gong Hyo-jin

Aired : August 7, 2013 –– October 3, 2013

Episodes : 17

 

BLURB : 

 

Joo Joong Won is the stingy and greedy CEO of Kingdom, a conglomerate that includes a major department store and hotel. He meets the gloomy Tae Gong Shil, who started seeing ghosts after an accident. Their lives take a new turn as they work together to deal with the terror and sadness brought about by the spirits, while delving into a kidnapping incident in Joong Won’s past. And unknowingly, they fell in love with each other.

 

 

popular korean drama 2010 decade

 

15. Healer (힐러)

 

Genre : Action, Mystery, Suspense, Drama 

Starring : Ji Chang-wook, Park Min-young, Yoo Ji-tae

Aired : December 8, 2014 –– February 10, 2015

Episodes : 20

 

BLURB : 

 

Seo Jung Hoo is a special kind of night courier, known only as “Healer”. For the right price and with the help of a genius hacker, he gets his clients whatever they want, as long as it doesn’t involve murder. His latest job leads him to a second-rate tabloid writer, Chae Young Shin and the successful reporter, Kim Moon Ho. He begins to uncover the mystery of a shared past with the two reporters, putting them all in danger.

 

 

popular korean drama decade

 

16. Kill Me, Heal Me ( 킬미, 힐미)

 

Genre : Romance, Psychological, Medical, Melodrama 

Starring : Ji Sung, Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon

Aired : January 7, 2015 –– March 12, 2015

Episodes : 20

 

BLURB : 

 

After a traumatic experience in his childhood, Cha Do Hyeon, a third-generation billionaire, suffers memory lapses and his personality then scattered into seven different identities. Wanting to regain control over his life he asks Oh Ri Jin, a first-year psychiatric resident, to try to help him secretly, but she eventually falls in love with one of his personalities. Meanwhile, Ri Jin’s twin brother, Oh Ri On, is a famous mystery novelist who investigates Do Hyeon and his family.

 

 

popular korean drama decade

 

17. Oh My Ghostess! ( 오 나의 귀신님)

 

Genre : Romance, Comedy, Supernatural 

Starring : Park Bo-young, Jo Jung-suk, Kim Seul-gi

Aired : July 3, 2015 –– August 22, 2015

Episodes : 16

 

BLURB : 

 

Bong Sun, a timid young woman, is possessed by the ghost of a lustful virgin. She has zero self-confidence, and because of her extreme shyness, she doesn’t have any close friends. At the restaurant where she works as an assistant, she’s not particularly good at anything, and mostly just gets yelled at a lot. Her grandmother was a shaman so from a young age she’s been able to occasionally see ghosts, though it’s not until she meets the lascivious ghost that she gets possessed totally.

Sun Woo is a conceited star chef who’s overflowing with confidence in his food and his skills. Bong Sun harbours a secret crush on him, though he doesn’t take much notice of her for two reasons: because he’s always surrounded by women and because he’s hung up on an old flame. But then one day, Bong Sun starts acting differently, shedding her mousy personality, and ends up constantly on Sun Woo’s mind.

 

 

 

 

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