Top 20 Best SBS Korean Dramas Of All Time (Till 2021)

You know that kdramas are addicting. Once you start watching them, it becomes difficult to stop. You can watch most of them on Netflix, Viki & YouTube. These are the most popular platforms to watch dramas.

In South Korea, these dramas are aired on TV channels. Some of the popular channels that distribute Korean dramas are tvN, OCN, JTBC, KBS, SBS, MBC, etc. These channels show various dramas in a specific period.

In this article, you will get to know some of the popular kdramas aired on the SBS channel till 2021. It has given us some of the best dramas that are known worldwide & are recommended to watch.

Best SBS Korean Dramas

SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System) is a national South Korean television and radio network company, owned by the Taeyoung Construction. Most of the dramas can be watched on YouTube for free.

Sbs korean dramas

SBS is known for its popular Korean dramas that have received one of the highest viewership ratings ever. If you are looking for some of the best dramas aired on SBS, read this article.

1. The Heirs

Kim Tan is the heir to Empire Group who is in the U.S. He meets Cha Eun Sang who is searching for her older sister. He feels himself falling for her. They reunite at an exclusive high school attended by Korea’s uber-rich.

the heirs

Cast –

  • Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan
  • Park Shin Hye as Cha Eun Sang
  • Kim Woo Bin as Choi Yeong Do

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – YouTube

2. Suspicious Partner

Ji Wook is a perfect prosecutor. Bong Hee is a prosecutor trainee. She is assigned to work under Ji Wook. They work together on a mysterious case involving a sly psychopath murderer. As they’re working as a team, they develop affection between them.

Suspicious Partner

Cast –

  • Ji Chang Wook as Noh Ji Wook
  • Nam Ji Hyun as Eun Bong Hee
  • Choi Tae Joon as Ji Eun Hyuk
  • Kwon Na Ra as Cha Yoo Jung

No. Of Episodes – 40

Watch On – Netflix, Viki, YouTube

3. Doctors

Yoo Hye Jung was a tough bully in school with a prickly personality. However, she changes after meeting her mentor Hong Ji Hong who plays a key role in transforming her life from a helpless gangster to a compassionate doctor.

doctors

Cast –

  • Kim Rae Won as Hong Ji Hong
  • Park Shin Hye as Yoo Hye Jung
  • Yoon Kyun Sang as Jung Yoon Do
  • Lee Sung Kyung as Jin Seo Woo

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – YouTube

4. Dr. Romantic

Sa Bu was once a famous surgeon. But he suddenly gives it all up one day to work as a doctor in a small town. He now goes by the name Teacher Kim. He guides Dong Joo and Seo Jung to become great doctors by teaching them to fight against power and money for the sake of patients.

Dr. Romantic

Cast –

  • Han Seok Kyu as Teacher Kim
  • Yoo Yeon Seok as Kang Dong Joo
  • Seo Hyun Jin as Yoon Seo Jung
  • Choi Jin Ho as Do Yoon Wan

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Netflix, Viki, YouTube

5. Pinocchio

Choi In Ha becomes a broadcast journalist, especially when she suffers from a condition known as “Pinocchio syndrome” which makes her break out into hiccups whenever she lies. Her colleague reporters pursue justice as they try to discover themselves in the process.

Pinocchio

Cast

  • Lee Jong Suk as Choi Dal Po
  • Park Shin Hye as Choi In Ha
  • Kim Young Kwang as Seo Beom Jo
  • Lee Yoo Bi as Yoon Yoo Rae

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – YouTube

6. City Hunter

Lee Yoon Sung is a talented MIT graduate who works on the international communications team in the Blue House. He plans revenge on five politicians who caused his father’s death with his surrogate father Lee Jin Pyo and eventually becomes a “City Hunter”.

Read City Hunter Review

city hunter

Cast –

  • Lee Min Ho as Lee Yoon Sung
  • Park Min Young as Kim Na Na
  • Lee Joon Hyuk as Kim Young Joo
  • Kim Sang Joong as Lee Jin Pyo

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Viki

7. Defendant

Park Jung Woo is a prosecutor who has lost his memory and discovers that he is convicted on death row. He is now left with no option but to find the truth behind his condition and prove his innocence.

Defendant thriller korean dramas

Cast –

  • Ji Sung as Park Jung Woo
  • Uhm Ki Joon as Cha Sun Ho
  • Kwon Yu Ri as Seo Eun Hye
  • Oh Chang Seok as Kang Joon Hyuk

No. Of Episodes – 18

Watch On – Viki

8. The Fiery Priest

A catholic priest Kim Hae Il, a detective Koo Dae Young & a prosecutor Park Kyung Sun team up and work together to solve a murder case involving a senior Catholic priest. They also go against the officials to wipe out the corruption.

Read The Fiery Priest Review

the fiery priest

Cast –

  • Kim Nam Gil as Kim Hae Il
  • Kim Sung Kyun as Koo Dae Young
  • Lee Ha Nee as Park Kyung Sun
  • Ko Jun as Hwang Cheol Bum
  • Geum Sae Rok as Seo Seung Ah

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On Netflix, Viki, YouTube

9. Hot Stove League

The drama focuses on a baseball team that is at the bottom & preparing for an extraordinary season upon the arrival of their new general manager, and each episode will focus on a problem they have as they prepare to become a stronger team.

hot stove league

Cast –

  • Namgoong Min as Baek Seung Soo
  • Park Eun Bin as Lee Se Young
  • Cho Byeong Kyu as Han Jae Hee
  • Oh Jung Se as Kwon Gyung Min

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – YouTube

10. The King: Eternal Monarch

Set in two parallel worlds, the drama follows Emperor Lee Gon of the Kingdom of Corea, who discovers access to an alternate reality after crossing a mythical door where the Republic of Korea exists in the Kingdom’s stead.

The King: Eternal Monarch

Cast –

  • Lee Min Ho as Lee Gon
  • Kim Go Eun as Jung Tae Eul
  • Woo Do Hwan as Jo Young
  • Lee Jung Jin as Yi Rim

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

11. Lovers Of The Red Sky

Chun Gi, a female painter is picked as the first female painter of the Dohwaseo. One day, she meets Ha Ram, a blind officer at the Seowoongwan. She falls in love with him and she doesn’t care that he is blind. She keeps appearing in front of Ha Ram and he finds himself waiting for her.

Lovers of the red sky kdrama

Cast –

  • Kim Yoo Jung as Hong Chun Gi
  • Ahn Hyo Seop as Ha Ram
  • Gong Myung as Yi Yool
  • Kwak Shi Yang as Prince Soo Yang

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

12. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

When a total eclipse of the sun takes place, Ha Jin is transported back in time to the Goryeo Dynasty. She soon befriends several of the princes and meets the 4th Prince, Wang So. She finds herself caught up in palace politics and the rivalry among the princes as they fight for the throne.

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

Cast –

  • Lee Joon Gi as Wang So
  • IU as Go Ha Jin / Hae Soo
  • Kang Ha Neul as Wang Wook
  • Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Yo

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

13. My Love From The Star

Do Min Joon is an alien who landed on Earth 400 years ago. He has different abilities & a cute appearance. When he discovers that he has three months left on earth, he meets Cheon Song Yi, the biggest Hallyu star in South Korea.

My love from the star kdrama

Cast –

  • Kim Soo Hyun as Do Min Joon
  • Jun Ji Hyun as Cheon Song Yi
  • Park Hae Jin as Lee Hee Kyung
  • Yoo In Na as Yoo Se Mi

No. Of Episodes – 21

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

14. The Penthouse: War in Life

Penthouse tells the story of wealthy families living in Hera Palace and their children at Cheong-ah Arts School. Su Ryeon was born into wealth. She is now an elegant woman of the upper class. Seo Jin was born into a wealthy family. Yoon Hee comes from poor family background.

The Penthouse: war in life

Cast –

  • Lee Ji Ah as Shim Soo Ryun
  • Kim So Yeon as Cheon Seo Jin
  • Eugene as Oh Yon Hee

No. Of Episodes – 21

Watch On – Viki

15. Still 17

Seo Ri, a violin prodigy at 17 gets into an accident and falls into a coma waking up 13 years later. Mentally she is still only 17, while physically she is now 30. Woo Jin does not want to have a relationship due to trauma. They get involved & fall in love.

thirty but seventeen

Cast –

  • Shin Hae Sun as Woo Seo Ri
  • Yang Se Jong as Gong Woo Jin
  • Ahn Hyo Seop as Yoo Chan
  • Ye Ji Won as Jennifer

No. Of Episodes – 32

Watch On – YouTube

16. Taxi Driver

Do Gi is a taxi driver and works for a company which offers a “revenge-call” service to its clients. The company is a secret organization that avenges victims whom the law didn’t protect. If clients ask them to take revenge, Do Gi and his co-workers will perform the service.

taxi driver drama

Cast –

  • Lee Je Hoon as Kim Do Gi
  • Esom as Kang Ha Na
  • Kim Eui Sung as Jang Sung Chul
  • Pyo Ye Jin as Ahn Go Eun

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

17. Legend Of The Blue Sea

The series centers on the love story of Shim Chung, a mermaid, and Joon Jae, a witty con artist. Focusing on rebirth, fate, and unrequited love, their tale is shown with the parallel story of their Joseon-era incarnations, the mermaid, Se Hwa, and town head, Dam Leong.

Legend of the blue sea

Cast –

  • Lee Min Ho as Heo Joon Jae
  • Jun Ji Hyun as Shim Chung
  • Lee Hee Joon as Jo Nam Doo
  • Shin Won Ho as Tae Oh

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

18. Master’s Sun

Joong Won is the CEO of Kingdom, a conglomerate. He meets Gong Shil, who can ghosts. Their lives take a new turn as they work together to deal with the terror and sadness brought about by the spirits. And unknowingly, they fall in love with each other.

masters sun

Cast –

  • Gong Hyo Jin as Tae Gong Shil
  • So Ji Sub as Joo Joong Won
  • Seo In Guk as Kang Woo
  • Kim Yoo Ri as Tae Yi Ryung

No. Of Episodes – 17

Watch On – YouTube

19. Vagabond

Cha Dal Gun is a stuntman whose nephew dies in a plane crash. He comes to know that there is a huge scandal involving the government behind the plane crash & sets off to reveal the truth along with a NIS agent Go Hae Ri.

Read Vagabond Review

Vagabond thriller korean dramas

Cast –

  • Lee Seung Gi as Cha Dal Gun
  • Bae Suzy as Go Hae Ri
  • Shin Sung Rok as Gi Tae Ung

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

20. While You Were Sleeping

Jae Chan, a prosecutor, decides to interfere in the course of events and ends up saving the lives of Hong Joo and Woo Tak. When the three of them start having dreams about one another, they realize that their lives are now somehow connected.

While You Were Sleeping

Cast –

  • Bae Suzy as Nam Hong Ju
  • Lee Jong Suk as Jung Jae Chan
  • Jung Hae In as Han Woo Tak
  • Lee Sang Yeob as Lee Yu Beom

No. Of Episodes – 32

Watch On – Viki


Wrapping Up

These were the 20 dramas aired on the channel SBS till the year 2021. Looking at the list, it is true that SBS has given some of the best dramas from different genres to watch.

SBS is also airing good dramas in 2021 such as Now, We Are Breaking Up, Let Me Be Your Knight, Our Beloved Summer, etc. You can watch other dramas too aired on SBS.

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