10 Highest Rated tvN Korean Dramas All K-Drama Fans Must Watch

tvN, a relatively new TV network of South Korea, is known to set the trend by presenting one of a kind shows. With the massive popularity of “Reply 1994” in 2013, the TV channel has become one of the top providers of Korean dramas.

tvN in not one of the major TV networks, which comprises KBS, MBC, SBS, and EBS. Nevertheless, the viewership is competitive with any of the major networks, with the top position among cable networks being solidified.

If you want to navigate through tvN’s trendsetting drama series, use the list below as a guide. We’ve sorted 10 tvN dramas by the audience measurements provided by Nielson Korea.


10. Familiar Wife

  • Highest Viewership: 8.2%
  • Air Dates: August 1, 2018 – September 20, 2018
  • Cast Members: Ji Sung, Han Ji-min, and more
  • Genre: Romantic Fantasy
  • Synopsis: A married couple goes back in time to make a decisive choice that changes their lives.


9. What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim

  • Highest Viewership: 8.7%
  • Air Dates: June 6, 2018 – July 26, 2018
  • Cast Members: Park Seo-jun, Park Min-young, Kang Ki-young, and more
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • Synopsis: A narcissistic vice president of a large corporation falls in love with his talented secretary in the course of stopping her from resigning.


8. Memories of the Alhambra

  • Highest Viewership: 9.9%
  • Air Dates: December 1, 2018 – January 20, 2019
  • Cast Members: Hyun Bin, Park Shin-hye, Chanyeol, and more
  • Genre: Romantic Fantasy / Suspense
  • Synopsis: An investor visits the creator of a popular augmented reality game to Granada, Spain, where he gets entangled in a mysterious incident with the game engineer’s sister.


7. Another Oh Hae-Young

  • Highest Viewership: 10%
  • Air Dates: May 2, 2016 – June 28, 2016
  • Cast Members: Moon Jung-hyuk, Seo Hyun-jin, Jeon Hye-bin, and more
  • Genre: Romance
  • Synopsis: Hae-young, who characterizes herself as a humble and common person, falls in love with Do-kyung, whose, heart was broken by a beautiful woman named Hae-young.


6. Prison Playbook

  • Highest Viewership: 11.2%
  • Air Dates: November 22, 2017 – January 18, 2018
  • Cast Members: Park Hae-soo, Jung Kyung-ho, and more
  • Genre: Black Comedy
  • Synopsis: A baseball star goes to prison as he is convicted of assault. The drama depicts his life behind bars, as well as those of people surrounding him.


5. Signal

  • Highest Viewership: 12.5%
  • Air Dates: January 22, 2016 – March 12, 2016
  • Cast Members: Kim Hye-soo, Cho Jin-woong, Lee Je-hoon, and more
  • Genre: Fantasy Thriller
  • Synopsis: Detectives in the present and from the past communicate through a mysterious walkie talkie to solve and prevent crimes.


4. 100 Days My Prince

  • Highest Viewership: 14.4%
  • Air Dates: September 10, 2018 – October 30, 2018
  • Cast Members: Do Kyung-soo, Nam Ji-hyun, and more
  • Genre: Historical Romantic Comedy
  • Synopsis: The Crown Prince of Joseon loses memories for 100 days and lives as a commoner as the husband of a strong, independent woman.


3. Mister Sunshine

  • Highest Viewership: 18.1%
  • Air Dates: July 7, 2018 – September 30, 2018
  • Cast Members: Kim Tae-ri, Lee Byung-hun, Kim Min-jung, Byun Yo-han, Yoo Yeon-seok, and more
  • Genre: Historical Romance
  • Synopsis: Set during the U.S. expedition to Korea in 1871, the drama centers on a young woman’s endeavor to protect her country from the colonizers and her romantic relationships.


2. Reply 1988

  • Highest Viewership: 18.8%
  • Air Dates: November 6, 2015 – January 16, 2016
  • Cast Members: Lee Hye-ri, Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo, Ryu Jun-yeol, Lee Dong-hwi, and more
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • Synopsis: Set in 1988, the drama follows the lives of five families in a neighborhood in Seoul, as well as relationships of five friends who grew up together.


1. Guardian: The Lonely and Great God

  • Highest Viewership: 20.5%
  • Air Dates: December 2, 2016 – January 21, 2017
  • Cast Members: Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-wook, Yoo In-na, Yook Sung-jae, and more
  • Genre: Romantic Fantasy
  • Synopsis: A goblin and protector of souls finds a human bride to end his immortal life.



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Park Min-Young Having First Fan Meeting Since Debut

Actress Park Min-young excitedly announced her first-ever fan meeting event.

Namu Actors

Park Min-young is having a fan meeting titled, “My Day,” on October 21. Fans are excitedly awaiting the event, especially because it took the actress 12 years to hold such an event.

Much beloved for her role in the recent drama “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?” Park Min-young is establishing her career as a talented actress who can play a wide range of roles.

Park Min-young has long been known for her love for the fans. For the upcoming fan meeting, too, the star is working on various events to pay back to her fans’ love and support.

“She couldn’t hide her excitement for the fan meeting,” said a source from her agency, Namu Actors. “She is working hard to present a memorable time to the fans who have been supporting her for a long time.”

Tickets to Park Min-young’s first fan meeting, “My Day,” will become available on September 27.


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Park Seo-joon Creates His Own Signature Beverage for Gong Cha Korea

Actor Park Seo-joon had a beautiful date with fans and created a new drink.

Gong Cha Park Seo-joon
Image source – International BNT

On May 9, cool actor Park Seo-joon held a fan sign event at a cultural complex in Yeoido to celebrate the launch of new seasonal items from Gong Cha. Park is the brand model for the Taiwan-style drink shop franchise.

For the event, Gong Cha built a miniature studio where Park created his own seasonal beverage. Perfect for the hot and humid summer, the actor made the “Mango Jewelry Milk Tea” and showed it off to fans.

Reportedly, Gong Cha designed the even to convey the brand’s philosophy of tolerance naturally. Further, it was also used to express the goal to continually innovate and introduce new products to consumers.

Meanwhile, Park is working on the upcoming “Why Secretary Kim” based on the webtoon of the same name. Additionally, 2PM Chansung and Pyo Ye-Jin will also appear in the new series.



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2PM Chansung Cast in Drama ‘Why Secretary Kim?’ With Park Seo-Joon

2PM member Hwang Chansung will meet viewers as part of the “Why Secretary Kim” drama cast.

Chansung Why Secretary Kim
Image source – OSEN News

According to OSEN News on April 10, Hwang Chansung confirmed his role in the upcoming tVN drama “Why Secretary Kim?”

“Why Secretary Kim?” is based on a popular webtoon series of the same name. The story’s main character is Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-joon) who has everything. He is wealthy, has good looks and talent but is very arrogance. More, he is the vice chairman of a large company. Hwang will take on the role of Go Gwi-nam, a worker at this company. Sometime in the story, Lee’s secretary Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young) leaves unexpectedly leading to Lee to find out why and get her back into his services.

Furthermore, the drama will be directed Park Joon-hwa, who has worked on ” Because This Is My First Life,” and “Let’s Eat.” tVN is aiming to begin broadcast sometime this June.

Meanwhile, Chansung has been in various dramas and films in the past, proving himself as a proficient actor. Last year, he made appearances in four different shows including SBS’s “Suspicious Partner,” and “Housewife Detective.”



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Lee Seo-Jin and Park Seo-Jun Earn Praise for their Good Looks on “Youn’s Kitchen”

Customers could not help but notice Lee Seo-jun and Park Seo-jun’s good looks on “Youn’s Kitchen 2.”

Seo-jun youn's kitchen
Image source – OSEN News

On the January 12 episode of “Youn’s Kitchen 2” Park Seo-jun and Lee Seo-jin impressed a couple dining in the restaurant with their good looks. The couple remarked that Lee Seo-jin was “quite good-looking” after he took their order. More, when the couple glanced behind them, they happened to catch a glimpse of Park Seo-jun. Impressed with his features, they remarked that he was also “very handsome.” Later, while waiting for their food and observing the staff members of “Youn’s Kitchen 2,” the two concluded that all Koreans seem to be beautiful.

The good looks of “Youn’s Kitchen” staff has not only stood out in the current season but the previous one as well. During the previous season of the show, which took place on Gilis Island, Indonesia, customers were equally impressed by Jung Yu-mi. Customers said that she was “really beautiful” and made the sweeping statement that “Korean women are pretty and sophisticated.”

Interestingly, shortly after the broadcast, a few netizens joked that the staff had unwittingly given foreigners an unexpected image of Koreans. Further, some netizens who felt they could not live up to these expectation wrote comments such as “I’m sorry,” “I lost my nationality,” and “I will do some self-reflection.”

“Youn’s Kitchen” is a reality program that documents the daily interaction of the staff and customer. More, the restaurant is located in a different country that where access to Korean food may not be available. As such, the concept of the show is based on the introduction of Korean food to locals through a small restaurant staffed by Korean celebrities. This season the staff of “Youn’s Kitchen” are located in Garachico, Spain.

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‘Youn’s Kitchen 2’ Breaks First Season’s Viewership Record

The second season of “Youn’s Kitchen” is off to a good start.

Youn's Kitchen 2
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According to Nielsen Korea, tvN’s “Youn’s Kitchen 2”, which first broadcast on January 5, recorded a 14.074 percent viewership nationwide. Furthermore, the viewing rate for households in the Seoul metropolitan area was as high as 16.388 percent.

The score for the second season’s premiere is more than double the viewership of season one of “Youn’s Kitchen,” which stood at 6.215 percent. In the second season actor Park Seo-jun joins the cast as a new part-time worker in the bibimbap restaurant. As such, he joins Youn Yuh-jung, Jung Yu-mi, and Lee Seo-jin in the eatery in Garachico, Spain. The show airs every Friday night at 9:50 p.m (KST).


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[Video] Park Seo-jun and Kang Ha-neul Suprise Fans While on Guerrilla Date

Park Seo-jun and Kang Ha-neul surprised fans in a mall on the August 14 episode of Entertainment Weekly. The two handsome men drew hundreds of fans with a few lucky ones getting the opportunity to participate in short quizzes about the two actors and their career.

In an interview with the host the two actors revealed that they had decided to not wear any make-up when they were filming and also had their hair cut on-camera because they did not want to glamorize the life of police academy students. However, they also mentioned that they were taken aback when they caught a glimpse of themselves after the haircut scene was filmed.

Park Seo-jun and Kang Ha-nuel starring in “Midnight Runners”, a comedy-action film where the two act as Korean National Police Academy students who embark on their own amateur investigation after witnessing a kidnapping that leads to various hilarious situations. The movie is currently screening in theaters.

The two played a number of fun games so make sure to check out the clip here!


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