It’s officially June! I can’t begin to describe how I’ve been longing for this month to come. I think my desire for warm weather started about the same time that I came back from my honeymoon in Thailand and got a full taste of Korean winter – it’s cold yo! In Korea, June also signals the beginning of the end of the first semester of school. As a student that means a load of final research papers to write – and thus, a lot of work. Not looking forward to that part (though I’ve started, which is more than I can say for my undergrad). Lesson that I had to learn in my adult life – don’t procrastinate until the last minute. Start early so that you can procrastinate all along and intermingle your homework writing time with drama watching time! Yup, that sounds about right.

I’ve been watching and reviewing a lot of recent Korean dramas for TOAD – because they’re popular. But in my personal drama watching time lately I’ve been really into the Rich Guy/Poor Girl Cinderella concept. It’s quite the great escape from monotonous homework and frankly, sometimes the older dramas are better than the newer ones because they’re not trying so hard. Here’s 20 great Korean dramas that will make you want to leave behind your glass slipper.

20. Cheongdamdong Alice 청담동 앨리스 (2012)
Park Shi Hoo, Moon Geun Young, Han Jin Hee, Kim Seung Soo

19. Dong Yi 동이 (2010)
Han Hyo Joo, Jin Hee Ji, Bae Soo Bin, Lee So Yeon

18. Lover’s in Paris 파리의 연인 (2004)
Park Shin Yang, Kim Jung Eun, Lee Dong Gun

17. Flower Boy Next Door 이웃집 꽃미남 (2013)
Park Shin Hye, Yoon Shi Yoon

16. Mary Stayed Out All Night 매리는 외박중 (2010)
Jang Geun Suk, Moon Geun Young, Kim Jae Wook

15. Boys Over Flowers 꽃보다 남자 (2009)
Gu Hye Sun, Lee Min Ho, Kim Hyun Joong, Kim Bum

14. Rooftop Prince 옥탑방 왕세자 (2012)
Park Yuchun, Han Ji Min, Jeong Yu Mi, Lee Tae Sung

13. My Name is Kim Sam Soon 내 이름은 김삼순 (2005)
Hyun Bin, Kim Sun Ah, Daniel Henney, Jeong Ryeo Won

12. Oh! My Lady 오! 마이 레이디 (2010)
Chae Rim, Choi Si Won

11. My Princess 마이 프린세스 (2011)
Kim Tae Hee, Song Seung Heon, Park Ye Jin

10. Lee Soon Shin is the Best 최고다 이순신 (2013)
I U, Jo Jung Suk, Yoo In Na, Son Tae Young

9. My Girl 마이걸 (2005)
Lee Dong Wook, Lee Da Hae, Lee Joon Ki, Park Si Yeon

8. Flower Boy Ramyun Shop 꽃미남 라면가게 (2011)
Jung Il Woo, Lee Chung Ah, Lee Ki Woo

7. Lie to Me 내게 거짓말을 해봐 (2011)
Yoon Eun Hye, Kang Ji Hwan, Sung Joon, Hong Soo Hyun

6. First Shop of Coffee Prince 커피프린스 1호점 (2007)
Yoon Eun Hye, Gong Yoo, Lee Sun Kyun, Chae Jung An

5. When a Man’s in Love 남자가 사랑할 때 (2013)
Song Seung Heon, Shin Se Kyung, Chae Jung An, Yeon Woo Jin

4. Full House 풀하우스 (2004)
Song Hye Kyo, Rain, Han Eun Jeong, Jang Yong

3. Secret Garden 시크릿 가든 (2010)
Ha Ji Won, Hyun Bin, Yoon Sang Hyun, Kim Sa Rang

2. Shining Inheritance 찬란한 유산 (2009)
Han Hyo Joo, Bae Soo Bin, Moon Chae Won, Jung Suk Won

1. Goong 궁 (2006)
Yoon Eun Hye, Ju Ji Hoon, Kim Jeong Hoon, Ji Hyo Song

So those are my personal top 20. That’s not to say that there aren’t other dramas that could be included in here – and heck I’m half tempted to make a rich girl poor guy list – because I love it when dramas flip things on their heads. Any suggestions for that list? But if you’re looking for a drama to check out – here’s a few good ones that might be worth your time. Ugh back to paper writing! >.<

Happy Drama Watching!!

  • Arthea Emory

    So, like usual with your Top 5 videos I break out the pen and paper so I can build up my “To Be Watched” list. 3…there are only 3 dramas from this list of 20 that I haven’t seen. Don’t know whether that’s good or bad. LOVED the list! 18, 10, and 5 are already on my To be watched list. But thanks!

    • hallyuback

      Only 3 out of 20?!? That’s incredible. That’s some serious dramathoning right there.. ;D

      • Arthea Emory

        Meh…I do what I can. 116 down…so many more to go! (and i am keeping a list. both watched and to be watched)

      • Arthea Emory

        Only because I wanted to follow up. I’m up to 150 and after I’ve finished He Who Can’t Marry (151) I’ll start the Lovers trilogy. Then I will have watched all the series in this list. This is what happens when you are unemployed, find something that you love, and an easy way to access that joy. Thanks again for sharing in my joy!

        • hallyuback

          Well I’m glad to help you on your happiness quest! ^^

      • lulu lala

        I started Kdrama January 2014, 333 videos down, I can’t believe this,

  • eideil1677

    seen them all..but i think rooftop prince should be in top three with secret garden…and of course,…king 2 hearts!ha ji won-kickass north korean special forces-lee seung gi-boyish prince-king to be of s.korea!perfect couple awesome story goosebumpy ost and the best(more evil)villain in history of kdrama!!!

    • eideil1677

      oh!sorry!great work btw..i like your videos!:)

      • hallyuback


    • hallyuback

      I loved King2Hearts but the girl was the daughter of a major NK General. So I didn’t count her as poor – or it would have totally made it! ^w^

  • Karen Thompson

    I have seen all! ^_^

    • hallyuback

      whaa??? i’ve seen over half but..

  • janice

    How about playful kiss?

  • Grace Montemayor Terrado

    OmaymaymaymaymaymaymayGOSH !! This video is one of my favorite videos you’ve made WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. Plssss make more HAHAHA I enjoyed it so much HAHA. Thank you :)))

  • Kambria Sturgeon

    WOW! Is it sad to say I’ve pretty much watched all of those and more…LOL! But I love these kind of stories also. They are mostly the typical K-drama shows I watch but its nice to throw in some off the wall K-dramas that you can’t believe is actually one…LOL! I loved that the “The Nice Guy” was a a change of pace when I watched it and I almost didn’t watch it because it didn’t seem to fall into my K-drama category but I’m so glad I didn’t miss out. The same goes for some others that I finally watched and I’m glad I did. Right now my K-drama love is a show called “Heartless City” which is also outside of the box of the K-drama world and I <3 it! Love all your vids Steph and keep up the great work! Love ya!

    • Kambria Sturgeon

      Btw Steph…you do realize you used the wrong picture for “My Princess”? You used the one from “My Girl” instead…LOL! It’s all good because you used that picture for “My Girl” when it came up…LOL! Also, you’re hubby was so cute in this video…it was nice seeing the two of you together…I loved it! Did you finally watch “Secret Garden”…how did you like it???!!!

  • lulu lala

    Just finished #20. Cheongdamdong alice, it was good one thanks for suggesting, I really wanted to see the guy dumped for a second but then that would make the whole thing kinda sad ending,

  • Guest

    Apparently Kdrama is my hope,

  • Allice Black

    HELP!! I Need a good kdrama as good as “W” and “Unforgettably Fund” but i cant find one :(

    • KOreAnJGiRL


  • Nks nj

    New to k dramas. I watched boys over flowers from this list. Is there any drama that has some really sinister kind of personalities? Like in bbf n heirs?

  • drfanz2


    Does any one recall an Asian drama about a poor girl who is secret daughter of rich family. She is mistreated by another girl who is from that rich family. The girls do not know they are sisters. The poor girl is the secret daughter of a wealthy family and lives a poor life working in a mall/office. Her sister sabotages her work at the mall and in an office. The poor girl may work designing things. Also, there may be a guy who both girls fall in love with.

    I remember they work together at an office, but the girl is mistreated since she is poor. For example, others go to lunch and leave her at the office working by herself. She has friends at the mall and they prepare a set up for an opening, but it is sabotaged over night. The poor girl friends help her set up the mall opening, etc. only to be sabotaged. The poor girl’s friends help her get through life’s turmoils. The friends feel betrayed once she moves to live in with the rich family. I am not discarding that the characters could be of High School age. Her sister regrets mistreating her sister unknowingly towards the end. Also, one of them may have been adopted or they may have been switched at birth.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  • Marksian

    And The Heirs… I loved that :3

  • Sneha Vishnu Kumar

    I have seen more than 10 dramas .. my favorite dramas are playful kiss & boys over flowers & lie to me.. please help me to find the best once like to these above 3 dramas

  • Aircake

    Hello, yes I am very new to this K-Drama community, and I saw an ad on YouTube for one that wasn’t about the king(prince?) switching bodies with a villager girl and they had to experience each others lives and I think the girl (in the guy’s body) crushes on some guy in the court, but the guy(in the girls body) is falling in love with her. Does anyone know this one?? I didn’t write down the title(I hate myself I’ve been searching for like 2 hours) it’s not King Loves, bc that’s all I’ve been getting results for and it’s wrong. Sorry, I just really want to watch it.