Best and Worst Kdramas in 2018 and 2019, Voted by Experts

Best and Worst Kdramas in 2018 and 2019, Voted by Experts

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These are the best and worst Korean dramas that aired in 2018 and 2019. The results were based on the criteria made by the experts who participated in the activity.

According to JoyNews24, these dramas were selected by experts who work at the broadcasting and entertainment companies. Professionals like film, content producers and reporters also participated in voting.

Without further ado, here are the best and worst Korean dramas that aired in 2018 and 2019:.


  • "Mr. Sunshine" (tvN)
  • "100 Days My Prince" (tvN)
  • "Misty" (JTBC)
  • "My Mister" (tvN)
  • "Live" (tvN)
  • What's Wrong with Secretary Kim (tvN)
  • The Guest (OCN)


  • "Hwayugi" (tvN)
  • "Return" (SBS)
  • "The Undateables" (SBS)
  • "Let's Eat 3" (tvN)
  • "Tempted" (MBC)

For the 2018 results, Kdramas produced by tvN and JTBC gained the most number of votes in the rankings. They are the cable channels consistent in the top 10.

Kim Tae Ri and Lee Byung Hun's "Mr. Sunshine" made it to the top without any negative comments from the participants. Most of them said that they were fully immersed in the characters portrayed by the lead stars Yoo Yeon Seok, Kim Min Jung, and Byun Yo Han. Apart from their passionate acting, the narrative of the drama also gave a big impact to the audience.

EXO D.O. Nam Ji Hyun, Kim Seon Ho, Han So Hee

(Photo : EXO Instagram | Management Soop | tvN | Han So Hee)
EXO D.O., Nam Ji Hyun, Kim Seon Ho, Han So Hee

EXO D.O.'s "100 Days My Prince" made it at the second spot for giving a variety of fun with a combination of fresh romance from the lead stars.

Other series "My Golden Life," "Still 17," "Bad Guys," "Miss Hammurabi," "Welcome to Waikiki" and more also voted as the best dramas of 2018.

Meanwhile, some series also disappointed the viewers. Some of the listed worst dramas were said to have problems within the production and failed to deliver the completeness of the project.

"Hwayugi" has a star-studded cast, namely Lee Seung Gi, Cha Seung Woo, Oh Yeon Seo, and more. However, as the drama proceeded, there were bad news surrounding the production which resulted in low ratings.

Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young in

(Photo : tvN)

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim

The reasons why "Return" and "Let's Eat 3" were voted as the worst dramas were due to the controversies linked to the actors.

In the case of "Tempted," starring Woo Do Hwan and Red Velvet's Joy, and "The Undateables" led by Nam Goong Min and Hwang Jeung Eum, the actors' talent was undervalued by some.


  • "Sky Castle" (JTBC)
  • "The Light In Your Eyes" (JTBC)
  • "Be Melodramatic "(JTBC)
  • "When the Camellia Blooms" (KBS2)
  • "Search WWW" (tvN)
  • "The Fiery Priest" (SBS)
  • "Hotel Del Luna" (tvN)


  • "Arthdal Chronicles" (tvN)
  • "Mr. Lawyer, Mr. Joe 2" (KBS2)
  • "Joseon Survival Period" (TV Chosun)
  • "Item" (MBC)
  • "Vagabond" (SBS)

2019 also offered an arraw of top-tier dramas. This era also received massive support from the international viewers because some of the series were already available in various online streaming platforms such as Netflix. Korean content continued to expand not just in Asia but also in America and Europe.

Sky Castle

(Photo : JTBC)

SKY Castle

JTBC's "Sky Castle," "The Light in Your Eyes," and "Be Melodramatic" occupied the top three spots. These dramas stood out as they gave a variety of genres that viewers loved.

Meanwhile, "When the Camellia Blooms," "Search WWW," "Fiery Priest," and "Hotel Del Luna" proved their prominence and made it to the list.

Aside from the exceptional concepts of these series that satisfied the audience, the casting was also perfect in which the actors and actresses gave justice to their respective characters.

Song Joong Ki - Arthdal Chronicles

(Photo : Korea Herald/ Netflix)


Even though "Arthdal Chronicles" had a stellar cast and big budgeted production, it failed to entertain the viewers due to the virtual world that the drama wanted to showcase.

On the other hand, other worst series included in the list experienced the same problems when it comes to the production and artists involved.

The Fiery Priest Cast

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Fiery Priest cast

There are different criteria used by the experts to determine the best and worst Korean dramas. It's not just about the plot but also includes the technicalities, production and cast relationships, controversies, and more.

Hence, all these dramas helped in promoting the Korean industry in different parts of the world.

Hotel del Luna

(Photo : tvN)

Hotel Del Luna