Here is my list of the best Korean dramas that I've watched and enjoyed this 2019.\n\n\n\nI don't have a definite genre or artist that I look for right now, but these drama series were fun to watch.\n\n\n\nYou'll usually know this if you look forward to watching the next episode and not just the end or conclusion.\n\n\n\nBy the way, there may be spoilers in some of my comments on these series. If you don\u2019t like spoilers, you may just want to just browse the list of the Korean drama titles.\n\n\n\n1. Legal High\n\n\n\nLegal High aired from February 2019 to March 2019 for 16 episodes. It starred Jin Goo.\n\n\n\nIt only garnered an average of 2.50% for nationwide audience share according to Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nAlthough it's audience share is quite low, this is one of the Korean drama shows that I've really enjoyed watching.\n\n\n\nThis show was based on a Japanese series that had 2 seasons. I hope the Korean drama version will also have its 2nd season.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n2. Doctor John\n\n\n\nThis series aired from July 2019 to September 2019 for 32 episodes. It starred Lee Se-young and Ji Sung.\n\n\n\nThe show averaged 8.3% for nationwide audience share according to Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nI like watching some medical dramas and since Ji Sung is a lead on this show, I became interested to watch it. I first saw Ji Sung on Kill Me, Heal Me which I also enjoyed.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n3. Doctor Prisoner\n\n\n\nThis Korean drama aired from March 2019 to May 2019 for 32 episodes. It starred Namkoong Min.\n\n\n\nDoctor Prisoner averaged 13.23% for nationwide audience share according to Wikipedia. I guess you can call this drama series a success considering a lot on my list are below 10%.\n\n\n\nNamkoong Min is one of the Korean actors that I like watching whether he is the protagonist or the antagonist of the show.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n4. Abyss\n\n\n\nThe series aired from May 2019 to June 2019 for 16 episodes. It stars Park Bo-young and Ahn Hyo-seop.\n\n\n\nIt just has an average of 2.66% nationwide audience share according to Wikipedia. I thought it would be much higher.\n\n\n\nI checked this series out for Park Bo-young. I first saw her on Strong Girl Bong-soon.\n\n\n\nIt's another romantic-comedy genre but twisted with crime and fantasy which makes it a little more interesting than the usual.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n5. My Fellow Citizens!\n\n\n\nMy Fellow Citizens! aired from April 2019 to May 2019 for 36 episodes. It starred Choi Si-won and Lee Yoo-young.\n\n\n\nThis Korean drama received an average of 6.2% nationwide audience share.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n6. Partners for Justice Season 2\n\n\n\nPartners for Justice 2nd season aired from June 2019 to July 2019. It starred Jung Jae-young and Jeong Yu-mi.\n\n\n\nI liked watching their 1st season and as soon as the first episode of season 2, I can't get enough of it, and I looked forward to the next episodes.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n7. Hotel del Luna\n\n\n\nHotel del Luna aired from July 2019 to September 2019 for 16 episodes. It starred Lee Ji-eun (IU) and Yeo Jin-goo.\n\n\n\nThis K-drama series averaged 8.86% for nationwide audience share according to Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nThe plot is something new to me and made me watch all the episodes. I like IU so it\u2019s a plus for me. PO is a good addition to almost any show, either drama or variety.\n\n\n\nHowever, I don\u2019t like hanging endings. I felt the same way as the end of Memories of the Alhambra.\n\n\n\nFor me, it feels like it\u2019s not a definite happy ending. I watch these shows to feel good so I prefer happy endings.\n\n\n\nI still enjoyed it though. By the way, you should watch the final episode until the last minutes. You may find something that is a treat for you.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n8. The Crowned Clown\n\n\n\nThe Crowned Clown aired from January 2019 to March 2019 for 16 episodes. It starred Lee Se-young and Yeo Jin-goo.\n\n\n\nIt got an average of 8.41% for nationwide audience share.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n9. Touch Your Heart\n\n\n\nTouch Your Heart aired from February 2019 to March 2019 for 16 episodes. It starred Yoo In-na and Lee Dong-wook.\n\n\n\nIt received only an average of 3.96% nationwide audience share based on Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nFor a romantic-comedy, I really like this one. Maybe because of the lead actors? I'm not sure.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n10. Angel's Last Mission: Love\n\n\n\nThis Korean drama series aired from May 2019 to July 2019 for 32 episodes. It averaged 7.3% nationwide audience share according to Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nIt stars Shin Hye-sun and Kim Myung-soo aka L from Infinite (K-Pop boy group).\n\n\n\nAn angel falling in love with a human interested me so I kept on watching the episodes. I didn't even realize that it was already about to finish.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n11. Romance Is a Bonus Book\n\n\n\nRomance Is a Bonus Book aired from January 2019 to March 2019 for 16 episodes. It starred Lee Jong-suk and Lee Na-young.\n\n\n\nThe Korean drama managed to get a nationwide audience share of 5.15%.\n\n\n\nJust like Namkoong Min, Lee Jong-suk is one of the Korean actors that I look out for every time there is a Korean drama that he's involved with.\n\n\n\nI don't usually watch melodrama genres but this made me watch all the episodes.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n12. One Spring Night\n\n\n\nOne Spring Night aired from May 2019 to July 2019 for 32 episodes. It starred Han Ji-min and Jung Hae-in.\n\n\n\nAccording to Wikipedia, this K-drama has an average of 6.37% nationwide audience share.\n\n\n\nI don\u2019t really go for just plain romance and drama genres but I enjoyed watching this. How the actors react to situations and the emotions they portrayed seemed to be very real to me.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n13. Graceful Family\n\n\n\nGraceful family aired from August 2019 to October 2019 for 16 episodes. It starred Im Soo-hyang and Lee Jang-woo.\n\n\n\nThis Korean Drama was only able to get an average of 4.92% for nationwide audience share but its last episode managed to get 8.47%. It started poorly but gradually increased in viewers.\n\n\n\nI like Im Soo-hyang and the characters she plays. Her character here is amazingly cool for me. For some reason, she reminds me of Ha Ji-won from Secret Garden. I see them equally charismatic.\n\n\n\nI also like the soundtracks whenever there are awesome scenes.\n\n\n\nI will definitely recommend Graceful Family as one of the better Korean dramas this 2019.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n14. Vagabond\n\n\n\nVagabond aired from September 2019 to November 2019 for 16 episodes.\n\n\n\nThe show starred Lee Seung-gi and Bae Suzy.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nVagabond received a nationwide viewership average of 9.3% according to AGB Nielsen.\n\n\n\nI liked this K-drama because it\u2019s filled with action and mystery and because Lee Seung-gi is starring in it. I think he\u2019s really good at action shows. Maybe have him star in a military genre show?\n\n\n\nHaving Bae Suzy is a bonus but I don\u2019t think there\u2019s that much connection with them. Their off-show interviews seem to be awkward when they\u2019re paired together.\n\n\n\nYou should still enjoy Vagabond. This makes my cut as one of the Korean-drama shows from 2019 that I\u2019ll recommend.\n\n\n\n15. Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung\n\n\n\nRookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung aired from July 2019 to September 2019 for 40 episodes on MBC TV.\n\n\n\nThe show starred Shin Se-kyung and Cha Eun-woo.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nRookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung received an average of 5.3% for its nationwide viewership rating according to AGB Nielsen.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s an enjoyable lighthearted historic Korean drama. I like the sweet interactions between the 2 main leads in this show.\n\n\n\nOut of topic, don\u2019t you think Shin Se-kyung looks like EXID\u2019S Solji?\n\n\n\nIn any case, I would still recommend this show to K-drama lovers out there who like lighthearted and happy-ending shows like me.\n\n\n\n16. The Tale of Nokdu\n\n\n\nThe Tale of Nokdu originally aired from September 2019 to November 2019 for 32 episodes on KBS2.\n\n\n\nIt starred Kim So-hyun and Jang Dong-yoon.\n\n\n\nThe K-drama was listed under the genre of historical and romantic comedy.\n\n\n\nThe Tale of Nokdu was able to get an average of 6.2% for its national audience share according to AGB Nielsen.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nI like this Korean drama. It\u2019s a romantic-comedy drama that ends up as a feel-good happy ending show.\n\n\n\nI\u2019m also a fan of both So-hyun and Dong-yoon. I think they are both on the top 10 list of good-looking young Korean actors in drama shows for male and female categories.\n\n\n\nThis makes the show visually appealing to me.\n\n\n\nIt also has a good fair amount of action scenes which I enjoyed.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s not enough to make me binge-watch the series but I still looked forward to watching the next episode.\n\n\n\nI would recommend The Tale of Nokdu even to non-K-drama viewers.\n\n\n\n17. Extraordinary You\n\n\n\nExtraordinary You is a 2019 Korean drama that aired from October 2019 to November 2019 for 32 episodes on MBC TV.\n\n\n\nIt starred Kim Hye-yoon and SF9\u2019s Rowoon.\n\n\n\nThe K-drama is listed under the fantasy and romance genres.\n\n\n\nExtraordinary You received an average of 3.2% for its nationwide audience share according to AGB Nielsen.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAt first, I thought I won\u2019t be able to go through all the episodes of Extraordinary You because it\u2019s a little confusing at the start.\n\n\n\nBut when the plot was revealed, it became quite interesting and new to me. As soon as I get past the 2nd or 3rd episodes, I was then now looking forward to the next episodes.\n\n\n\nNot enough to binge-watch the whole series for a day or two though.\n\n\n\nKime Hye-yoon was very cutesy in this K-drama show but just like how Yoo In-na does it, it\u2019s not annoying at all for me.\n\n\n\nI\u2019m a fan of Kim Hye-yoon not because of the drama shows she was on but because of the Korean variety shows she was in.\n\n\n\nWell, she does act well too.\n\n\n\nI recommend watching Extraordinary You if you haven\u2019t yet.\n\n\n\n18. Haechi\n\n\n\nHaechi is a Korean drama that initially aired from February 2019 to April 2019 for 24 episodes on SBS TV.\n\n\n\nThe show starred Go Ara and Jung Il-woo.\n\n\n\nThe K-drama is listed as adventure and historical.\n\n\n\nHaechi managed to get an average of 6.8% for its nationwide audience share according to AGB Nielsen.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nI like the story of the Haechi and as you may know, I like happy endings.\n\n\n\nI\u2019m also a fan of Go Ara that\u2019s why I started watching Haechi.\n\n\n\nAs for my excitement rating in watching this K-drama, I\u2019ll have to say that it\u2019s worth binge-watching.\n\n\n\nAlthough I ended up watching just 1 episode a day, I still was very much interested and looking forward to the next episodes.\n\n\n\nIf you\u2019re looking for Korean dramas from 2019, you should watch Haechi.\n\n\n\n19. Chocolate\n\n\n\nChocolate is a Korean Drama that first aired from November 2019 to January 2020 for 16 episodes on JTBC.\n\n\n\nThe stars and main leads in this K-drama are Ha Ji-won and Yoon Kye-sang.\n\n\n\nThe show will probably fall under the genres of melodrama and romance.\n\n\n\nChocolate was able to receive an average of 4.157% for its nationwide average audience share according to AGB Nielsen.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nI enjoyed watching Chocolate. It gives me the same vibes as Something In The Rain.\n\n\n\nI also like Ha Ji-won. I first saw here on Secret Garden and The King 2 Hearts.\n\n\n\nAlthough she's good in the drama Chocolate, I still prefer her in chic and cool female roles.\n\n\n\nIf you need a light-hearted Korean Drama on your list, you should add Chocolate.\n\n\n\n20. Crash Landing on You\n\n\n\nCrash Landing On You is also titled as Emergency Love Ending and Love's Crash Landing.\n\n\n\nIt first aired from December 2019 to February 2020 for 16 episodes on tvN.\n\n\n\nThe Korean drama starred Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin.\n\n\n\nCrash Landing on You is a romantic drama.\n\n\n\nIt managed to successfully receive a nationwide audience share of 12.15% according to AGB Nielsen.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nI really enjoyed watching this 2019 K-drama, enough to binge-watch the whole series.\n\n\n\nI'm also a fan of Son Ye-jin who I first saw in Something in the Rain which I also enjoyed.\n\n\n\nI think that she's really good at romantic-comedy Korean dramas.\n\n\n\nFrom now on, I'll start keeping ratings in the shows I watch.\n\n\n\nFor Crash Landing On You, I'll give this 5 stars out of 5 stars.\n\n\n\nWhy was it given 5 stars? It's because:\n\n\n\nI looked forward to the next episode.I can binge-watch the whole series.I highly recommend the K-drama.I think that it has a high re-watch value.And yes, I'll also add Son Ye-jin as a reason for the 5 stars.\n\n\n\n21. Love With Flaws\n\n\n\nLove with Flaws is a Korean drama from 2019 that's also called People with Flaws.\n\n\n\nThis K-drama initially aired from November 2019 to January 2020 for 32 episodes on MBC.\n\n\n\nThe stars and main leads on this show are Oh Yeon-seo and Ahn Jae-hyun.\n\n\n\nLove with Flaws is listed as a romantic drama.\n\n\n\nAccording to AGB Nielsen, this Korean drama was able to get 2.7% on average for its nationwide audience share.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAt first, I was ready to give up on this Korean drama and I wasn't really interested in it much.\n\n\n\nBut when I got to episode 3, it seemed that the series has become easier to watch and more interesting.\n\n\n\nThis leads me to finish the whole series.\n\n\n\nSome cute moments between the 2 lead stars may have saved this show for me.\n\n\n\nI would give this K-drama a 3 of 5 stars rating.\n\n\n\nIf you're running out of K-dramas on your list, think about adding Love With Flaws.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n22. Hot Stove League\n\n\n\nAlternative Titles: Stove LeagueGenre: Drama, Melodrama, SportsNumber of Episodes: 16Original Network: SBS TVOriginal Air Dates: December 2019 to February 2020Lead Stars: Namkoong Min, Park Eun-binAGB Nielsen Average Nationwide Viewership Rating: 12.5%Favorite Hot Stove League Character: Baek Seung-sooMy Score: 5 of 5\n\n\n\nPROs:\n\n\n\nNamkoong Min is in this 2019 Korean drama. He\u2019s one of the male Korean drama actors I look forward to watching.It\u2019s a sports-themed Kdrama.I find Park Eun-bin cute here.\n\n\n\nCONs:\n\n\n\nThere were only a few game scenes. It\u2019s probably because the Hot Stove League focused on the management of a sports team at a given time.\n\n\n\nMore on Hot Stove League\n\n\n\nHot Stove League is one of my must-watch Korean dramas from 2019.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s highly probable that it won\u2019t be to a liking of most since it\u2019s not a romantic Kdrama and is in the sports niche.\n\n\n\nBut it still did an amazing 12.5% rating so a lot must\u2019ve watched it already.\n\n\n\nAs expected of Namkoong Min, I think he played the character really well. I think that it\u2019s my first time watching Park Eun-bin but I like her character here.\n\n\n\nHot Stove League is a 5 of 5 for me because I really enjoyed watching it. It\u2019s even enough to make me binge-watch the entire series.\n\n\n\nSo if it\u2019s your first time hearing about this Korean drama, you should check it out and watch it.\n\n\n\nI think that Love with Flaws is still worth watching.\n\n\n\nMy Honorable Mentions\n\n\n\nThese are the Korean dramas from 2019 that I still watched but didn't enjoy as much as the ones I've listed above.\n\n\n\nMelting Me Softly\n\n\n\nMelting Me Softly or Melt Me aired from September 2019 to November 2019 for 16 episodes on tvN.\n\n\n\nThis Korean drama starred Ji Chang-wook and Won Jin-ah.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMelt Me received an average of only 2.5% for its nationwide audience share according to AGB Nielsen.\n\n\n\nI\u2019m a bit disappointed with the ratings because I both like the lead stars in this K-drama but I wasn\u2019t surprised about it.\n\n\n\nThe first couple of episodes didn\u2019t really interest me much nor made me look forward to the next episode. In my opinion, there isn\u2019t much depth in the plot or the story unless you\u2019ll also look at the life lessons you can learn from this show.\n\n\n\nWhat salvaged this Korean drama and made it watchable for me is the chemistry between the 2 lead actors.\n\n\n\nI probably just watched the whole series because of Ji Chang-wook and Won Jin-ah. I hope they both get better projects story-wise.\n\n\n\nMelting Me Softly didn\u2019t make my best list for K-drama shows in 2019 but if you\u2019ve already watched the ones I recommended, you might as well add this to your list.\n\n\n\nLevel Up\n\n\n\nLevel Up aired from July 2019 to August 2019 for 12 episodes. It starred Han Bo-reum and Sung Hoon.\n\n\n\nI watched this Korean drama because I was interested in both the stars I mentioned. I first saw them on different Korean variety shows.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe Secret Life of My Secretary\n\n\n\nThe Secret Life of My Secretary aired from May 2019 to June 2019 for 32 episodes. It starred Jin Ki-joo and Kim Young-kwang.\n\n\n\nIt got an average of 3.3% for nationwide audience share.\n\n\n\nI do not know the actors but I watched it still the same. There's nothing really special about this Korean drama in my opinion but strangely, I watched all the episodes. So I'm adding this to my honorable mentions.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nClass of Lies\n\n\n\nClass of Lies aired from July 2019 to September 2019 for 16 episodes. The K-drama starred Keum Sae-rok and Yoon Kyun-sang.\n\n\n\nAccording to Wikipedia, Class of Lies only garnered an average of 3.30% nationwide audience share.\n\n\n\nThe mystery of the show and how it all unfolded got me hooked to watch the next episodes. It's not the best but it still made me want to watch the whole series.\n\n\n\nSome spoiler here. I just don't like how the main lead character suddenly contemplates that he's the reason for the deaths of the students near the end of the series.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMy Absolute Boyfriend\n\n\n\nThis series lasted for 36 episodes but was scheduled for 40 episodes, I think. It was said that it's cut short because of poor ratings. According to Wikipedia, this show just averaged 2.5% in AGB Nielsen.\n\n\n\nThe show aired from May 2019 to July 2019.\n\n\n\nIt starred Bang Min-ah and Yeo Jin-goo. I watched this series because of Bang Min-ah. I first saw her with Namkoong Min in Beautiful Gong Shim.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSpecial Labor Inspector Jo\n\n\n\nSpecial Labor Inspector Jo aired from April 2019 to May 2019 for 32 episodes. It starred Park Se-young and Kim Dong-wook.\n\n\n\nIt averaged 6.5% for nationwide audience share according to Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nI like action-comedy shows and this is one of them. But the action scenes were not as to what I'm hoping for but the show does have Park Se-young.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHer Private Life\n\n\n\nHer Private Life aired from April 2019 to May 2019. It has 16 episodes. It starred Park Min-young and Kim Jae-wook.\n\n\n\nThe show only got 2.66% for nationwide audience share according to Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nI only watched this because of Park Min-young which I first saw on What's Wrong with Secretary Kim. What's Wrong with Secretary Kim is one of my top Korean drama recommendations.\n\n\n\nI feel like Her Private Life is a little rip-off from What's Wrong with Secretary Kim that makes it less enjoyable to watch. This may also be the reason for its low audience share ratings.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nYou may ask why the shows like Encounter are not on my list. This is because Korean drama shows like this started in 2018 and just continued to 2019.\n\n\n\nI first started watching Korean variety shows, in particular, Knowing Brothers. I then became interested in checking out who the guests were. And if they starred in a drama or a member of a K-pop group, I'll check it out.\n\n\n\nYou may have noticed that most on my list are from the genres action, comedy, and romance. I also enjoy watching dramas but I prefer light-hearted ones.\n\n\n\nFrom there, I started watching Korean dramas. As much as I like watching these, I still prefer Anime. If you're wondering which anime shows I like, you can check my post of the best anime shows for 2019 here.