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11 Korean Dramas With the Highest Ratings in 2021: Which Haven’t You Watched?

The usual suspects like Crash Landing on You and Itaewon Class are on the list, along with a few surprises.

 

While the entertainment industry in most parts of the world suffered from production issues and delays thanks to Covid-19, the K-drama machine seemed to continue churning, giving us hit after hit through 2020 and this year, which we’ve gladly embraced as we stayed home to ride out the pandemic.

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As a result, many of the dramas that were screened during this period enjoyed sky-high viewerships, especially as they made their way onto streaming platforms such as Netflix and Viu, and reached a hungry and appreciative audience worldwide. 

 

As TV ratings in Korea can differ vastly based on whether they premiere on a free channel (which has a naturally larger audience) or on cable (which you have to pay to watch), ratings for dramas usually focus on the ones on cable channels. A fantastic per-episode rating for a cable show is pegged at 28 per cent, and is currently the figure to beat. The numbers don’t take into account viewership on streaming sites and international audiences, otherwise the results may be a little different (maybe Crash Landing would have rated higher?).

 

Here’s a list of 11 top-rated K-dramas in 2020 and 2021. Of course, there are older ratings behemoths and K-drama evergreens that are essential watching, such as 2016’s Goblin (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God) and 2015’s classic, Reply 1988. See if your recent faves are on this list, and if you’re inspired to watch those you haven’t yet caught.

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The King: Eternal Monarch — 11.6 per cent

Some would consider this highly anticipated Lee Min-ho vehicle a flop, as it recorded a low of 5.2 per cent for one of its episodes in domestic TV ratings, and saw its ratings fall as the series progressed.

 

Nevertheless, Lee Min-ho’s comeback drama after completing his military service performed amazingly on Netflix, and was the most popular Korean drama series on Netflix in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and India.

 

Some blamed the lousy ratings in Korea on the convoluted fantasy sci-fi plot and the drama’s multiple in-your-face product placements, but personally, we think this drama was compelling and well worth our time spent in front of the TV screen.

 

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6 couples “love to disguise” biggest love in Korean movies: Park Seo Joon's hilarious kiss is still remembered

 

Korean films feature bromance couples with "nice armpits", Gong Yoo - Lee Dong Wook, Park Seo Joon - Ji Sung, Lee Min Ho - Woo Do Hwan, ... they are all irreplaceable.

 

Don't think that viewers only like the love line between a man and a woman, sometimes man-man couples are also enthusiastic about pushing the boat with a lot of viewers. If you are an actual Korean movie, then you are probably familiar with the six sweet bromance vapors on the Korean screen below.

 

5. Lee Gon (Lee Min Ho) - Jo Young (Woo Do Hwan)

 

King: Eternal Monarch (Immortal King) is a women's association called "love in disguise" where Lee Min Ho's movements - Woo Do Hwan are even more interested in the main character Kim Go Eun. In The King: Eternal Monarch, Lee Min Ho - Woo Do Hwan play the Emperor and the Guardians, although in two different positions they are actually closer together than brothers. Taking advantage of the duo's attractiveness, the film producer repeatedly entertained fans with a beautiful "hint tray" of the Hoang De - Kan Ve couple.

 

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On 5/4/2021 at 10:55 PM, syntyche said:

I like LMH's subtle expressions

I like his subtle expressions and funny faces too. I think he beats other actors with his subtle expressions and cute mannerisms.

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Netizens have just compiled a series of photos of male gods in the kitchen in popular Korean movies, who do you want to be the one to cook for you?

 

Not the scenes of showing off their muscular muscles or showing off their immense charisma, the scenes of Korean male gods that make women fall in love the most are when the oppa go to the kitchen to cook for their loved ones by themselves. Lee Min Ho, ... are all male gods who have been in the kitchen on screen.

 

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"King" Lee Min Ho

 

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What to watch this Mother’s Day weekend

 

Everyone, except moms, hogs the TV—watching their favorite shows all day long. But for this Mother’s Day weekend, here’s a list of shows you can watch all day long. Take your pick from fun family movies to watching late at night some K-drama and romantic shows when the kids are fast asleep. Check these out, and they’re all available on Netflix.

 

K-drama time
The King: Eternal Monarch

 

https://mb.com.ph/2021/05/07/what-to-watch-this-mothers-day-weekend/

 

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@CarolynH, yep, it's "The King" weekend!

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Top 10 Korean drams in 2020


Aulia Putri Pandamsari, Karyuvi Barton
09/05/2021

 

Quote from Conversation: The pandemic has made Korean dramas popular. Korean drama is an addition to a boring life and a lack of activity, because during a pandemic, people are forced to study more at home.

The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) conducted a survey among viewers of Korean playwrights in Indonesia during the pandemic. In a survey of 924 respondents between the ages of 14 and 69, LIPI found that 842 people watched Korean dramas during the pandemic. Among these 842 respondents, 73 are new viewers of Korean dramas.

Based on watch length, 41.3 percent of respondents watched Korean dramas more than six times a week. Before the pandemic, respondents spent about 2.7 hours a day watching. Meanwhile, during the pandemic, the average viewing time of Korean dramas rose to 4.6 hours per day ...

Here are the top 10 Korean dramas of 2020, recommended by Forbes and Tatler Asia. In addition to the high ratings from IMDb, the income generated by the actors is no less shocking.

 

King of the Eternal Monarch, 8.2 / 10 rating

 

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This drama is the field of Lee Min Ho's return from military service. The drama, which premiered on April 17, 2020, also starred Kim Go Eun and Woo Do Hwan. It tells about a parallel world, Min Ho plays the king of the Kingdom of Korea, and Go Eun plays the lieutenant of the Seoul police.

Flavored with humor, stories of betrayal and romance, this fantastic drama caught the attention of the public. Lee Min Ho is the sixth highest paid actor. For the episode, the creator of the drama has to pay Min Ho $ 84.

 

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Thanks for the fantastic watch party again chingus. I cannot wait for next week. So, putting up with SJ all this while was worth it for the last scene today. SJ, JY and LG were all super good in that. I can't get over "I am your King"!! Be my King as well, Pyeha! 

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It was a very nice rewatch with you all as usual. I love eps 8 so much esp the confession scene and when we knew KSJ was from Corea:biubiu:

see you again next week! 

 

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9 hours ago, Areumdaun said:

Thanks for the fantastic watch party again chingus. I cannot wait for next week. So, putting up with SJ all this while was worth it for the last scene today. SJ, JY and LG were all super good in that. I can't get over "I am your King"!! Be my King as well, Pyeha! 

That is my favorite line @Areumdaun

 

cr: KDrama Coxy

 

It's so fun reading all the comments at the watch party!

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10 hours ago, Areumdaun said:

Thanks for the fantastic watch party again chingus. I cannot wait for next week. So, putting up with SJ all this while was worth it for the last scene today. SJ, JY and LG were all super good in that. I can't get over "I am your King"!! Be my King as well, Pyeha! 


:doggie:  Handsome Lee Gon!  

Looking forward to coming weekend with you guys on NF TP  :wub:

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Actors to Idols, 9 Best Friends of Lee Min Ho in Real Life

 

Lee Min Ho celebrated 15 years of his debut in the Korean entertainment industry on Monday (10/5/2021). The actor who was born June 22, 1987 started his career through the drama Secret Campus in 2006. His name skyrocketed after becoming Gu Jun Pyo in the drama Boys Over Flowers (2009).

 

In the drama, he also met Kim Bum, who until now has become one of his best friends. Lee Min Ho is also known to be very close to Jung Il Woo. Lee Min Ho has been having good relationships with friends in real life of the same age, junior, and senior alike.

 

3. Meeting in the drama The King: Eternal Monarch, Lee Min Ho and Woo Do Hwan became very close. The main actor gave his support personally when Do Hwan was about to enlist 

 

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4. Lee Min Ho's closeness with the other cast of The King: Eternal Monarch is no less familiar. They took the time to hang out together after the drama was over 

 

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Those are Lee Min Ho's real-life friends. Their friendship is still preserved today. Happy 15th debut anniversary, Lee Min Ho!

 

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5 Best Lee Min Ho K-dramas, from The King: Eternal Monarch to The Heirs, here are the star's greatest hits

 

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South Korean actor Lee Min Ho is easily one of the biggest names in K-Dramas. Dubbed the "Hallyu" king for the role his dramas have played in bringing in international fans, Lee is celebrating his 15th anniversary since his debut this year. Lee played his first K-Drama main role in the 2006 EBS drama, "Secret Campus".The 33-year-old actor has since gone on to add more credits to his name, many of which became cult classics and international hits. When new viewers tune into Korean dramas, they are often recommended Lee's dramas, which almost form a rite of passage.

 

Lee's last drama was the hit show, "The King: Eternal Monarch". The actor is currently shooting for the adaptation of "Pachinko", which is Apple's first Korean drama. "Pachinko" will also star "The King: Eternal Monarch" co-star Jung Eun Chae, as well as Oscar winner for "Minari", Young Yuh Jung.Lee has many credits under his name, but some of his Korean dramas stand out more than others. Here are Lee Min Ho's five best dramas.

 

5 Best Lee Min Ho dramas

 

#1 - The King: Eternal Monarch

 

"The King: Eternal Monarch" was one of the biggest K-dramas of 2020. Also starring Kim Go-eun, Woo Do-Hwan, and Jung Eun-chae, the show cemented Lee's spot as an international Korean star.In the show, Lee plays Lee Gon, the emperor of Kingdom of Corea in an alternate universe. Lee's charisma brought out the royal character well and his chemistry with both Kim and Woo made for an enjoyable experience for viewers.

 

#2 - Legend of the Blue Sea

 

"Legend of the Blue Sea" brought Lee together with Jun Ji-Hyun, unarguably a power house in Korean dramas. Here, Lee played two roles, that of Heo Joon Jae, a con artist in the present, and Kim Dam-ryeong, an upper-class official in the Joseon era. With Jun in the female lead role, Lee's work in "Legend of the Blue Sea" added another drama to the list of dramas that did well internationally.

 

#3 - The Heirs

 

"The Heirs", also known as "Inheritors", brought Lee with other big young stars of the K-Drama industry, including Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin, Kim Ji Won, Choi Jin Hyuk, Park Hyung Sik, Krystal, Kang Ha Neul, and more.

 

Lee plays a spoilt chaebol heir who falls for the live-in housekeeper's daughter, who has a rivalry with his former best friend. The 2013 drama earned its cast plenty of awards and still continues to be one of the most-watched shows.

 

#4 - City Hunter

 

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"City Hunter" starred Lee, Park Min Young, Lee Joon Hyuk, and others, and was a 2011 drama based on a Japanese manga series of the same name. It was also one of the shows that paved the way for Lee's success in Europe and the United States, leading him to be recognized with awards as well as other honors.

 

#5 - Boys Over Flowers

 

"Boys Over Flowers" is Lee's first big drama that did well internationally. The 2009 high school drama also starred Goo Hye Sun, Kim Bum, Kim So Eun, and others, and was based on a Japanese manga series. While "Boys Over Flowers" is an important credit for Lee, the drama is ranked lower in this list due to its problematic depiction of abusive relationships.

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Portraits of 8 iconic grandmothers in Korean dramas, some have won Oscars

 

It's not easy to stay in the entertainment industry for a long time. Especially if you have to play the same character, like the figure of a grandmother in Korean dramas . In fact, sometimes the character of this grandmother is rarely highlighted because the audience is more focused on the main character.

However, this is where the veteran actresses who play grandmothers are great in every Korean drama. Decades of working with the same character have made them labeled an iconic figure by Korean drama fans.

In every Korean drama, you will definitely find one of these eight veteran actresses. It was so cool, that someone even won an Oscar. Who are they? Brilio.net has summarized it from various sources, Monday (10/5).

 

4. Kim Young-ok.

 

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In Korea Kim Young-ok is nicknamed 'Nation's Grandma'. Not without reason, she has been in the world of acting since 1957. She is even very good at making the characters he carries become very iconic.

You could say that most Korean drama lovers know her role. Some of the popular dramas that Kim Young-ok have starred in are The King: Eternal Monarch, etc.

 

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Check out these 5 Korean series on Netflix

 

Netflix has a lot of cool Korean series in its range. Today we list five of them.

 

Every now and then we watch the coolest series that Netflix has to offer. Today we list five K-Drama series for you.

 

The King Eternal Monarch : A modern-day Korean emperor passes through a mysterious gate into a parallel world where he bumps into a determined detective.

 

https://www.serietotaal.nl/nieuws/15900/check-deze-5-koreaanse-series-op-netflix

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Hooked to the world of Korean drama?

Picking some of recent favourites for our readers

 

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The King: Eternal Monarch

Number of episodes: 16

Streaming on: Netflix

 

Plot: This one is for those who enjoy a good multiverse story. The King: Eternal Monarch travels between two alternate realities of Korea — the fictional kingdom of Corea and Korea in its present day. Emperor Lee Gon (Lee-Min ho) of the Kingdom of Corea crosses over to the other world and pairs up with detective Jeong Tae-eul (Kim Go-eun) from present-day South Korea to solve the mystery behind his father’s assassination.

 

What works: Marks the comeback of Lee Min-ho to the screen after his long hiatus on account of military service. And boy, does he make it worth it! With a massive production, stellar cast and a lead pair that just can’t go wrong (Lee Min-ho and Kim Go-eun are our OTP), The King: Eternal Monarch goes one step further to provide the viewer with a challenging plot that puts two recurrent tropes together to yield one very confused but massively entertained fanbase. Now you know that when you mix “there’s a plot to kill the king” with “multiverse” you get an odd K-Drama that stands apart from the rest, and does so with style. The King: Eternal Monarch is fresh and fun, and keeps things interesting for its audience with its unpredictable plot twists. The reviews for this drama have been mixed, but if you don’t mind keeping up with a series, this one’s definitely for you!

 

https://www.telegraphindia.com/entertainment/hooked-to-the-world-of-korean-drama/cid/1815397

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7 hours ago, CarolynH said:

Say if you're excited for episodes 9 and 10 this weekend!

 

@CarolynHOf course we are looking forward to it! I love this drama and its characters.

 

King: Eternal Lord (Drama) Spoiler Comment / Discussion


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"The King: Eternal Monarch" is a Korean drama broadcast by Korean broadcaster SBS from April 17 to June 12, 2020. It was broadcast every Friday and Saturday from 22:00. This is a fantastic and romantic drama that takes place in two worlds, the Korean Empire and the Republic of Korea, and goes back in time to a parallel world. In addition, it is a re-work by popular Korean actor Lee Min Ho after serving in the military and a drama written by the Korean hit creator Kim Eun Suk. Actor Lee Min Ho played the Emperor of the Korean Empire, Lee Gong, and actress Kim Go Eun played the detective Jung Tae Wool from the Republic of Korea.

 

Overview

 

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The gates of a parallel world opened for Emperor Li Gong, whose father was killed in his youth, and he went to the world of the Republic of Korea. There I met a female detective, Jung Tae-ul, who helped me on the night of my childhood murder. But Theul knows nothing. Twenty-five years after the uprising, the two are attracted to each other as they approach the truth while pursuing rebel Li Lim who killed his father. The fantasy and love drama takes place in these two worlds.

 

This is a drama broadcast by Korean radio station SBS in 2020. There are 16 episodes in total. After the broadcast, you can watch it on Netflix.


Lee Min Ho played the main character, the Emperor of the Korean Empire. King: The Eternal Monarch is his first return from military service. Lee Min Ho has starred in many popular dramas such as the TV dramas Boys Above Flowers, Heirs, and Faith. And it was Kim Go Eun who played the heroine, female detective Jung Tae-woo from the Republic of Korea. He has starred in television dramas such as Cheese Trapped, Guardian: The Lonely Days You Gave.

 

Written by Kim Eun Suk, hit creator of Korean dramas, the topic has become a hot topic of discussion. So far, there are many works on the theme of love for Soshi, such as Secret Garden, Descendants of the Sun and Heirs, and the story of Cinderella's royal road attracts fans of the Korean drama. In addition, since he often draws male characters as a prince, he is also referred to as the "Prince Maker".

 

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