These Are The 10 Most Popular K-Dramas Airing Right Now

So many good dramas to start the year!

According to data collected on the most recent K-Drama ratings in South Korea, these 10 K-Dramas below are the most popular shows that are currently airing/just finished airing. This is specifically for the second week of January. Let’s see how this year is starting out!

10. Awaken

Do Jung Woo (Nam Goong Min), the leader of a special task force in the National Police Agency, investigates a series of mysterious murders with his team. His team includes hot-headed Officer Gong Hye Won (Kim Seol Hyun) and Jamie Layton (Lee Chung Ah), a detective from the FBI. They uncover clues that these crimes are somehow related to a tragic event that happened 28 years ago in a village called White Night.

9. Royal Secret Agent

Set in the Joseon dynasty, Sung Yi Gyum (Kim Myung Soo) works in the administrative and research department of the government. He is caught gambling and as punishment, he is re-assigned to a new position as a secret royal inspector sent to investigate the corrupt practices of public officers.

8. Homemade Love Story

Three families live at a boarding house called Samgwang Villa. Lee Soon Jung (Jeon In Hwa)’s family is pure, simple, and doesn’t have a lot of money. Woo Jung Ho (Jeong Bo Seok)’s family is rich but is far from peaceful. Kim Jung Won (Hwang Shin Hye)’s family looks perfect but is actually very rocky.

7. Delayed Justice

A high school graduate managed to pass the bar examination to be a public defender. A senior reporter and his passionate junior reporter team up with him to defend victims who are falsely accused.

6. Live On

Baek Ho Rang (Jung Da Bin) is the most popular girl in high school. Although she is famously aloof, she is also a star on social media. When a mysterious individual appears and seems to know all of Ho Rang’s deepest secrets, she is thrown off guard. Desperate for answers, she asks Go Eun Taek (Hwang Min Hyun), the head of the school’s broadcasting club, for help. However, in order to gain his help, she must become a regular club member.

5. A Man in a Veil

After a childhood accident, Lee Tae Poong (Kang Eun Tak) is stuck in the mind of his 7-year-old self. He’s caught between two twin sisters, warm-hearted Yoo Jung (Um Hyun Kyung), and Yoo Ra (Lee Chae Young) who uses Tae Poong for her own desires.

4. Run On

Ki Seon Gyeom (Im Shi Wan) is a sports agent who was a former sprinter on the national team that was forced to quit due to legal issues. Oh Mi Joo (Shin Se Kyung) writes translated subtitles for movies. Seon Gyeom had just quit sprinting when he met Mi Joo, who felt that destiny brought them together.

3. Mr. Queen


Jang Bong Hwan (Choi Jin Hyuk) is a chef that has risen up to finally get a job cooking for the country’s top politicians in the Blue House. One day he finds himself in the body of a young queen from Korea’s past, Kim Soyong (Shin Hye Sun). Her husband is King Cheoljong (Kim Jung Hyun) who has been taken advantage of by Queen Dowager Sunwon who is ruling in his name. Soyong soon becomes caught between lies, secrets, and struggles for power.

2. True Beauty

High school girl Lim Joo Gyung (Moon Ga Young) masters the art of makeup and rises to popularity because of her beauty. Lee Su Ho (Cha Eun Woo) is the only boy who has seen her without makeup. He has a dark past but is actually very caring. They grow together when they share each other’s secrets.

1. The Uncanny Counter

A group of four demon hunters called the Counters, come to Earth under the disguise of noodle restaurant employees to capture evil spirits that seek immortality.

Source: Kyongbuk