25 Most Memorable TVN Kdramas To Get Lost In
TVN – or tvN – has solidified its position as a powerhouse in the world of Korean dramas, consistently delivering a wide range of compelling and addictive shows.
In this article, I’ll be listing 25 interesting TVN Kdramas that will absolutely keep you hooked to your screen.
From thought-provoking social commentaries to heartwarming tales of love and resilience, get ready to be swept away by these captivating narratives.
Here are 25 amazing tvN Kdramas that will keep you entertained for hours:
1. Mr. Sunshine
A young boy from a servant family embarks on a transformative journey to the United States during the 1871 Shinmiyangyo expedition, and now a U.S. marine officer, he returns to his homeland and encounters an enchanting aristocrat’s daughter, igniting a passionate love story.
However, amidst the blossoming romance, he uncovers a sinister conspiracy by foreign forces seeking to colonize Korea.
This exhilarating blend of history, romance, and intrigue will take you on a captivating adventure filled with love, patriotism, and the fight for independence.
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Arguably one of the most popular tvN Kdramas of all time, this drama follows Kim Shin, once an indomitable general in Goryeo’s military, who met a tragic end but now bears immortality, burdened by the weariness of outliving others.
For 900 years, he has sought his mortal bride capable of freeing him from his eternal existence. Enter Ji Eun Tak, a resilient high school student with the ability to see spirits, who has braved her own share of hardships.
Claiming to be the Goblin’s bride, tasked with ending his immortal life, their initially simple quest grows complex as their hearts intertwine in an unexpected love story.
If you want to sob (I know you want to), then pick this up. Gong Yoo was stunning in this Kdrama and the final episodes still make me bawl.
3. Crash Landing On You
In the aftermath of a paragliding mishap, South Korean heiress Yoon Se Ri finds herself unexpectedly landing in North Korea, where she crosses paths with the kind-hearted North Korean army officer, Ri Jung Hyuk.
Against the backdrop of their countries’ strained relations, a blossoming connection takes root between them. As they navigate the complexities of their circumstances, their hearts gradually intertwine, defying the boundaries that divide them.
This is another incredibly tvN drama that everybody should watch atleast once – yes, it’s that good. CLOY took the world by storm and it’s frankly one of the most romantic pieces out there.
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4. Hotel Del Luna
Nestled in the bustling heart of Seoul, an extraordinary hotel awaits, shrouded in mystery and secrets untold.
For millennia, Jang Man Wol has ruled over this enigmatic establishment as its CEO, bound by a divine power that saves her from spiraling into rage and self-destruction.
To break free, she must release her resentment and discover love’s healing power. As the hotel caters to its peculiar guests, fate takes an unexpected twist with the arrival of Goo Chan Sung.
Tasked with managing the hotel due to a long-standing pact, his financial prowess may just be the key to saving this extraordinary place and its cursed CEO.
Hwang Shi Mok, a prosecutor with an unparalleled intellect, harbors a secret—he underwent childhood brain surgery that stripped him of emotions.
Despite his isolated nature, Hwang is a beacon of integrity, resolute in his refusal to accept bribes like his corrupt counterparts. During an investigation into corruption, he stumbles upon a stabbing victim and crosses paths with Lieutenant Han Yeo Jin.
Together, they forge an alliance to uncover corruption within the prosecutors’ office and unravel the intricate web of a serial murder case. Join them on an enthralling journey as they fight for justice and expose the truth.
Prepare for a gripping tale that poses a compelling question: “What if psychopaths could be identified beforehand?” As a deranged serial killer strikes fear across the nation, chaos ensues.
And, in the midst of this turmoil, rookie police officer Jung Ba Reum courageously confronts the murderer. Though he survives the harrowing encounter, Jung Ba Reum’s life takes an unexpected turn, forever altering his existence.
Another deliriously addictive Kdrama that you’ve probably heard of if you haven’t watched it. Lee Seung Gi is one of those actors who’s born for thriller (hello?? Vagabond???), so just know that he bodied his role in this tvN Kdrama.
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7. Our Beloved Summer
Years after their high school documentary went viral, two former lovers find themselves reluctantly reunited on screen and in each other’s hearts.
Choi Woong, seemingly carefree and innocent, yearns for a meaningful connection, revealing his innermost thoughts.
Meanwhile, Kook Yeon Soo, once driven to be the top student, embraces her adult life with fierce determination, adapting to the challenges that come her way.
As their paths intertwine once more, prepare for a heartwarming and bittersweet journey of rediscovery and second chances in this delightful tale of love and growth.
As a child, Park Joo Hyeong found a new home in Italy through adoption. Now known as Vincenzo Cassano, he thrives as a consigliere for a Mafia family.
Amidst feuding factions, he journeys to South Korea and crosses paths with the fiercely determined lawyer, Hong Cha Young, known for her relentless pursuit of victory.
Returning to his homeland, Vincenzo takes on a powerful conglomerate, serving them a dose of their own medicine, all while delivering his unique brand of justice.
Vincenzo’s unique wit and fiierce determination to reshape the playing field with a refreshing twist of retribution was literally the icing on the cake (is this the right phrase?)
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9. My Mister
Park Dong Hoon, a middle-aged engineer, leads a troubled life. His two unemployed brothers rely on him, while his wife is having an affair with his boss and former college junior.
When Dong Hoon receives a bribe, he realizes his co-worker Lee Ji An witnessed the incident.
And as they navigate internal company rivalries and personal struggles, Dong Hoon remains oblivious to the plans against him.
In this gripping tale of loyalty and redemption, unexpected alliances form and lives intertwine.
10. Because This Is My First Life
Nam Se Hee is a content single man in his early 30s, burdened with a hefty mortgage despite owning a home. Enter Yoon Ji Ho, a single woman in her early 30s, yearning for the stability of homeownership amidst financial struggles.
As fate intertwines their paths, Yoon Ji Ho moves into Nam Se Hee’s house, sparking a unique journey as they become unexpected housemates.
This tvN Kdrama about fake dating and a cohabitation is one of the first Kdramas I watched on YouTube and trust me when I say it’s absolutely lush.
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11. The Good Wife
In this captivating Kdrama, a husband’s seemingly bright future as a successful prosecutor takes a sudden turn when he is arrested in a political scandal, and accused of corruption.
However, his wife, who had set aside her career as an attorney during their marriage, embarks on a remarkable journey of self-discovery.
After a hiatus of 13 years, she resumes her legal profession, delving into her long-lost identity and finding her true self.
12. Oh My Ghost
Bong Sun is a shy and self-conscious young woman struggling to find her place in the world. Possessed by the spirited ghost of a lustful virgin, her life takes an unexpected turn.
Previously lacking in self-confidence and close friends, Bong Sun endures a challenging job at a restaurant, where she faces constant criticism.
Meanwhile, Sun Woo, a talented and arrogant star chef, remains oblivious to Bong Sun’s existence, preoccupied with his own love life.
However, everything changes when Bong Sun undergoes a remarkable transformation, capturing Sun Woo’s attention and occupying his thoughts.
13. Live Up To Your Name
Heo Im is a highly skilled medical practitioner born into a concubine family during the Joseon era. Despite his remarkable abilities, his career stagnates due to his low social standing.
However, a twist of fate occurs when he accidentally time-travels to modern-day Seoul and encounters Yeon Gyung, a contemporary doctor.
Initially finding Heo Im peculiar, Yeon Gyung attempts to distance herself from him. Yet, their paths intertwine once more as they journey back to Joseon together.
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14. It’s Okay To Not Be Okay
In this enchanting tvN Kdrama, Moon Gang Tae is a compassionate community health worker at a psychiatric ward, blessed with an array of remarkable qualities.
He lives for his elder brother, Sang Tae, who is autistic and has seasonal flare-ups and this has made them change towns multiple times.
On the other hand, Ko Moon Young, a renowned writer of children’s literature, appears self-centered, arrogant, and impolite due to her antisocial personality disorder. Her past is shrouded in pain and she’s the sweetest softie inside.
When their paths intertwine, they defy fate as they embark on a journey of love, rediscovering their true selves and forging a deep connection that transcends their differences. If you’re in the mood for a Kdrama about found family, then I can’t recommend this more.
15. The Devil Judge
In a dystopian Korea, where chaos reigns and society teeters on the edge of collapse. Head Trial Judge Kang, known as the “Devil Judge,” shakes things up with his ruthless courtroom antics on a reality show, but this enigmatic Judge’s true motives remain shrouded in mystery.
Enter Jung Sun Ah, a fiercely ambitious director, and two childhood friends, Judge Kim Ga On and Officer Yoon Soo Hyun, seeking justice in this volatile world.
With everyone’s intentions remaining dubious, this thrilling battle of power and ideals unfolds in the most beautiful ways.
16. Little Women
As they become entangled in a gripping incident, they find themselves pitted against the wealthiest family in the nation.
Oh In Joo, the eldest sister, yearns to shield her family with wealth. Born into destitution, her sole aspiration is to live a life of abundance like others, until a life-altering event turns her world upside down.
In Kyung, the second sister, is an uncompromising news reporter, refusing to succumb to the power of money. When an unsolved case resurfaces, she embarks on a relentless pursuit of truth.
The youngest, In Hye, basks in the love of her dedicated sisters, who toil tirelessly for her sake. Despite their financial struggles, she unleashes her innate artistic talent at an elite art school, a world she’s never known.
Faced with the distressing reality of a student enduring abuse, Soo Jin, a compassionate schoolteacher deeply invested in avian studies, makes a life-altering decision.
Driven by her nurturing instincts, she embarks on an unconventional path, kidnapping the girl and stepping into the role of a caring substitute mother, determined to shield her from harm and provide the support she desperately needs.
With her sharp intellect and agility, Yoon Sae Bom, a skilled special agent, secures a spot in a prestigious apartment complex reserved for civil servants.
To gain entry, she pretends to marry her high school friend, Jung Yi Hyun, who happens to be a detective investigating a puzzling epidemic.
However, their lives take an unexpected turn when the head of the disease control task force, Han Tae Seok, orders a lockdown of the complex, leaving them trapped inside.
As quarantine reveals a hidden social hierarchy, the residents’ true colors emerge, showcasing both their noblest qualities and their darkest flaws.
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With his extraordinary power to delve into people’s memories through touch, Dong Baek is hailed as a global sensation—a charismatic and good-looking detective. His direct approach, however, often clashes with his colleagues.
On the other hand, Han Sun Mi, starting from a young age, has achieved remarkable feats, becoming a senior superintendent and a brilliant profiler.
With a hidden motivation, she has cracked cases that even someone with supernatural abilities couldn’t solve.
Now, these exceptional individuals face their greatest challenge—an unmatched serial killer with unimaginable skills.
20. The Crowned Clown
In a tumultuous Joseon plagued by unrest and power struggles, King Lee Hun’s life is in danger. To protect him, a clever plan is set in motion—bringing in Ha Sun, a talented clown who bears an uncanny resemblance to the king.
Ha Sun’s past is marked by tragedy, losing his parents to an epidemic and nearly succumbing to starvation. Saved by a group of clowns, he grows up among them, even playing the role of King Lee Hun in their performances.
Now, as Ha Sun assumes the king’s identity, he fears discovery within the palace walls while finding himself captivated by the enchanting Queen Yoo So Woon.
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21. The King Of Pigs
As childhood friends reunite, memories of their painful past resurface when they receive an unexpected message from a long-lost friend.
Kyung Min, still haunted by the trauma of school bullying, finds his emotions resurfacing due to a new case.
Meanwhile, Detective Jong Suk receives a cryptic message that dredges up memories of the school violence they endured. Determined to uncover the truth, he embarks on a quest to stop the mysterious killings.
Through their interconnected stories, this drama explores the origins of school violence and sheds light on the pervasive issue of bullying in today’s society.
22. Avengers Social Club
In this tvN Kdrama about revenge, three women, each with unique backgrounds, unite with a shared purpose of seeking revenge. There’s the determined fish store owner, the underestimated housewife, and the sheltered heiress.
Despite their differences, they form an unexpected alliance to pursue their individual vendettas. What begins as a partnership for retribution evolves into a powerful bond of friendship.
Together, they prove that strength and resilience can arise from the most unlikely of alliances.
23. Yumi’s Cells
Within the intricate network of cells that govern human existence, Kim Yoo Mi leads a seemingly ordinary life as a working woman. However, beneath her unassuming facade lies something extraordinary.
Following a painful breakup, Yoo Mi’s love cells have fallen into a deep slumber, leaving her trapped in the monotony of daily routines.
Just when all hope seems lost, Goo Woong, an emotionally challenged game developer, enters the picture.
As their paths intertwine, their love cells ignite, setting off a captivating journey. With their cells working overtime, Yoo Mi and Goo Woong inch closer together.
24. L.U.C.A.: The Beginning
Based on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, this bonkers Kdrama delves into the idea of a last universal common ancestor. Ji Oh, a reserved individual with hidden abilities and a mysterious background, finds himself pursued by enigmatic figures as he searches for his true identity.
Meanwhile, determined detective Gu Reum, who experienced the vanishing of her parents in childhood, relentlessly pursues the truth. When their paths intersect, Gu Reum’s life takes a transformative turn.
Together, they embark on a journey that unravels the secrets surrounding them and uncovers the deeper meaning of their existence.
If you ask me, this underrated Kdrama needs (no, really) to get into the mainstream. It’s so effortlessly brilliant and the male lead was superb – I can’t say I’ve been this satisfied with a sci-fi Kdrama in a long while.
25. Reply 1988
In the lively neighborhood of Ssangmundong, Seoul, five childhood friends navigate their teenage years, relying on each other for support and guidance.
Sung Deok Sun strives to be noticed amidst her challenging family situation and academic struggles.
Kim Jung Hwan’s unwavering passion for soccer remains steadfast, despite his newfound wealth.
Sung Sun Woo excels as a model student and devoted son. Ryu Dong Ryong may be a geek, but his wisdom in matters of love surpasses his academic setbacks.
Choi Taek, a prodigious baduk player, abandoned school to pursue a professional career. Together, they create unforgettable memories that shape their futures.
To round up, TVN is quite clearly a powerhouse in the world of Kdramas.
And, if you’ve been looking for a new Kdrama to add to your list, you can’t go wrong with any of the picks on this list.
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