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2019 has already been a huge year for K-dramas, and there’s even more coming up in the next few months. If you’re a big Korean drama fan, we’re betting you’ve already seen the top shows for the year. But just in case you needed some new suggestions for your to-watch list, or a reminder of what’s been hot this year, here are the top rating dramas on Korean cable television this year so far!
We’ve only counted shows that started airing in 2019, rather than those that ended in 2019, so this list should be packed with fresh shows from this year!
1. Hotel del Luna
It’s the drama on everyone’s lips! IU plays a beautiful hotel manager cursed to live in Hotel del Luna for 1000 years, where all the clients are ghosts. She meets the new manager, played by Yeo Jin Goo, and as you can imagine, much drama and romance ensues.
2. The Crowned Clown
2019 has really been Yeo Jin Goo‘s year! This historical drama stars the actor playing two roles, as the king who replaces himself with a clown on the throne to avoid assassination.
Han Ji Min and Nam Joo Hyuk are the leads in this fantasy romance about a young woman who suddenly becomes 70-years-old and discovers she can manipulate time. She befriends a man who lives his life hopelessly after working hard to achieve his dream.
4. Arthdal Chronicles
A mythical action drama starring heavyweights Jang Dong Gun, Song Joong Ki and Kim Ji Won, this show is being aired in three parts across the year. The drama focuses on the inhabitants of an ancient city as they fight, fall in love and try to survive.
5. Romance Is a Bonus Book
Noona drama of the year! Lee Na Young is a single mother trying to get back into the workforce after her divorce, who faces endless discrimination from the world. She fudges her CV to get hired as an intern at the publishing company where her old friend (Lee Jong Suk) works as a senior editor. A heartwarming friends to lovers story that doesn’t shy away from social struggles, it’ll warm your heart!
A trio of talents make up this thriller drama. Han Suk Kyu, Seo Kang Joon and Kim Hyun Joo play three people whose lives were ruined by a tragic affair. They form an investigative team for the police to solve the crime and get justice.
A classic legal drama, Lee Jun Ho plays a young lawyer who entered the profession to clear his father’s name, who was wrongly accused of murder. It’s Jun Ho’s first drama since last year’s hit Wok of Love, and clearly he’s a lead that audiences love.
8. Designated Survivor: 60 Days
Based on the American series of the same name, it stars Ji Jin Hee as a politician who suddenly becomes acting president for 60 days after an explosion at the National Assembly building kills many high-ranking officials. He tries to find the culprits, and along the way rises up as a leader.
9. Beautiful World
A drama that showcases class struggles through the eyes of a family tragedy, the show focuses on a working class family seeking justice for their child who is seriously injured in an act of school violence, by the child of a wealthy family.
10. The Wind Blows
Kim Woo Sung plays a husband who divorces his wife, played by Kim Ha Neul, after learning he has Alzheimer’s disease, without telling her why. When they reunite after five years, she finds the true reason and so ensues the romance drama of choosing whether to overcome it and be together again.
Have you seen any of these shows yet?
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