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Top 10 best K-Drama 2011

   1. Dream high

Title: 드림하이 / Dream High
Genre: School, drama, comedy, romance
Episodes: 16 + 1 Special
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2011-Jan-03 to 2011-March-01
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

Dream High tells the story of six students at Kirin Art High School who work to achieve their dreams of becoming music stars in the Korean music industry. Go Hye Mi is a student who had majored in classical music but has to give up her dream by entering Kirin Art High School to pay off her father’s debt. However, she needs to get two other students to also come to the school in order for her to enroll in the school conditionally. These two students are Song Sam Dong, who lives in the countryside, and Jin Guk, whom she accidentally meets while trying to escape from a loan shark. Yoon Baek Hee, formerly Hyemi’s sidekick, becomes her rival in school because Hye Mi betrays her during an audition to enter the school. 


Suzy as Go Hye Mi
Kim Soo Hyun as Song Sam Dong
Taecyeon as Jin Gook / Hyun Shi Hyuk
Ham Eun Jung as Yoon Baek Hee
Jang Woo Young as Jason
IU as Kim Pil Sook

2. City Hunter

Title: 시티헌터 / Sitihunteo / City Hunter
Chinese Title: 城市猎人
Genre: Action, suspense, romance
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2011-May-25 to 2011-July-28
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

‘City Hunter’ is an original script based on the world-famous novel by Japan’s Tsukasa Hojo. Since it became public that Korea would be the first remake of this story into a drama, ‘City Hunter’ has been receiving worldwide attention. ‘City Hunter’ has switched the setting from Tokyo 1980 to Seoul 2011, and according to the original story structure, the protagonist becomes a city hunter and his character develops while resolving gratifying cases.
The story takes place in Seoul, 2011. 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.”

Main Cast
Lee Min Ho as Lee Yoon Sung / John Lee
Park Min Young as Kim Na Na
Lee Joon Hyuk as Kim Young Joo

City Hunter Clique
Kim Sang Joong as Lee Jin Pyo / Steve Lee
Kim Sang Ho as Bae Shik Joong / Bae Man Deok
Jung Joon as Kim Sang Gook (Jin Pyo’s henchman)

The Blue House
Lee Seung Hyung as Song Young Duk
Baek Seung Hyun as Park Ho Shik
Yang Jin Sung (양진성) as Shin Eun Ah (bodyguard, Na Na’s friend)
Lee Kwang Soo as Go Ki Joon

Group of Five
Chun Ho Jin as Choi Eung Chan (President)
Choi Il Hwa as Kim Jong Shik (Myung Moon University’s president, Young Joo’s father)
Choi Sang Hoon as Seo Yong Hak (Minister of Defence)
Lee Hyo Jung as Lee Kyung Wan (senator)
Choi Jung Woo as Cheon Jae Man 
3. 49 Days

Title: 49 / 49 Il / 49 Days
Chinese Title : 49
Genre: Fantasy, romance
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2011-Mar-16 to 2011-May-19
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 

Shin Ji Hyun was enjoying absolute bliss as she was about to marry her fiancé, Kang Min Ho, but her perfect life is shattered when she gets into a car accident that leaves her in a coma. She is given a second chance at life by a reaper, but it comes with a condition: she has to find three people outside of her family who would cry genuine tears for her. In order to do this, she borrows the body of Yi Kyung, a part-time employee at a convenience store for 49 days. 

Lee Yo Won as Song Yi Kyung
Nam Gyu Ri as Shin Ji Hyun
Kim Yoo Bin as young Ji Hyun
Jo Hyun Jae as Han Kang
Bae Soo Bin as Kang Min Ho
Jung Il Woo as scheduler / Song Yi Soo
Seo Ji Hye as Shin In Jung

4. Lie To Me


Title: 내게 거짓말을 해봐 / Naege Geojitmaleul Haebwa / Lie to Me
Chinese Title : 骗我试试 / 對我說謊看
Also known as: Try Lying to Me
Previously known as: 달콤한 스캔들 / Sweet Scandal
Genre: Romance, comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2011-May-09 to 2011-June-28
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55 

Gong Ah Jung, a level 5 Ministry of Culture official, gets entangled in a web of lies when she mistakenly lies that she’s married to Hyun Ki Joon, a hotel manager from an affluent family. Their relationship is further complicated when Ki Joon’s ex-fiancée and a close friend of his brother’s, Oh Yoon Joo, reappears in his life. 

Yoon Eun Hye as Gong Ah Jung
Kang Ji Hwan as Hyun Ki Joon
Sung Joon as Hyun Sang Hee
Jo Yoon Hee as Oh Yoon Joo
Hong Soo Hyun as Yoo So Ran
Ryu Seung Soo as Chun Jae Bu

5. Heartstrings

Title: 내게 반했어 / Neon Naege Banhaesseo / You’ve Fallen for Me
Chinese Title: 為我著迷
Also Known as: Falling in Love / Heartstrings
Previously known as: 페스티벌 / Festival
Genre: Romance, music
Episodes: 15 + 1 Special
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2011-June-29 to 2011-Aug-18
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 

Lee Shin is a university student majoring in modern music. He is also the vocalist and guitarist of the band “The Stupid.” Shin is known for his good looks and strong passion for music, but in reality he is cold, lacks interest in anything unrelated to music and has neither dreams nor plans for the future. He initially likes Jung Yoon Soo, a dance professor at university, but this all changes when he meets Lee Kyu Won.
Lee Kyu Won is a bright and outgoing student who was born into a prestigious family and is majoring in traditional Korean instruments, especially the gayageum. Kyu Won’s grandfather, Lee Dong Gun, is one of the top 3 traditional musicians of his age and his biggest wish is to see his granddaughter become a traditional music prodigy. Trying to live up to her grandfather’s expectations, Kyu Won immerses herself in training and becomes a university student who knows nothing outside of her studies. As her friends are fans of “The Stupid”, she was forced to go to the band’s concert with them. There she saw Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him.

Jung Yong Hwa as Lee Shin
Park Shin Hye as Lee Kyu Won
Song Chang Ui as Kim Suk Hyun
So Yi Hyun as Jung Yoon Soo
Woo Ri as Han Hee Joo
Kang Min Hyuk as Yeo Joon
Lee Hyun Jin as Hyun Ki Young
Im Se Mi as Cha Bo Woon 

Title for Each Episode
Episode 1 : An Unexpected Meeting With You
Episode 2 : That is My World
Episode 3 : Champion
Episode 4 : Towards Tomorrow
Episode 5 : Confession
Episode 6 : With The Thought That It Must Be Forgotten
Episode 7 : Like This… Will Be Forgotten
Episode 8 : My Love, Cry Baby
Episode 9 : High Speed Romance
Episode 10 : Little By Little, Slowly Stepping Towards You
Episode 11 : That Place, That Time
Episode 12 : Don’t Cry
Episode 13 : Fly High
Episode 14 : Smile, You
Episode 15 : Let Your Dreams Soar 

6. My princess


Title: 마이 프린세스 / My Princess
Chinese Title : 我的公主
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2011-Jan-05 to 2011-Feb-24
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 

An ordinary college student, Lee Seol, finds out she’s a princess. The grandson of Daehan Group, Park Hae Young, is put in charge of educating Seol on proper etiquette. However, Hae Young is put in a precarious situation when he finds himself drawn to Seol, the girl who will take away his inheritance if the monarchy is restored. 

Song Seung Hun as Park Hae Young
Choi Won Hong as young Hae Young
Kim Tae Hee as Lee Seol
Jun Min Seo as young Seol
Park Ye Jin as Oh Yoon Joo
Ryu Soo Young as Nam Jung Woo
Lee Soon Jae as President Park Dong Jae

7. Paradise ranch

Title: 파라다이스 목장 / Paradise Ranch
Chinese Title : 天堂牧
Also Known as : Paradise Meadow / Paradise Farm
Genre: Romance, melodrama
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2011-Jan-24 to 2011-Mar-15
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 20:55 

Dong Joo and Da Ji were once desperately in love and married at 19 after struggling to convince their parents, but they had divorced after a mere six months. Six years later, they meet coincidentally at a horse auction in Australia and discover that their feelings for each other are still very much alive. 

Shim Chang Min as Han Dong Joo
Lee Yeon Hee as Lee Da Ji
Yoo Ha Na as Park Jin Young
Joo Sang Wook as Seo Yoon Ho

8. Midas

Title: 마이더스 / Midas
Chinese Title : 迈达斯 / 点金神手
Genre: Business, Romance
Episodes: 21
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2011-Feb-22 to 2011-May-03
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55 

The background of the drama is about life in the mergers & acquisitions, stock market and financial world, as well as the lives of chaebols.

Jang Hyuk as Kim Do Hyun
Kim Hee Ae as Yoo In Hye
Lee Min Jung as Lee Jung Yeon
No Min Woo as Yoo Myung Joon 

Do Hyun’s family
Lee Duk Hwa as Kim Tae Sung
Kim Sung Oh as Kim Do Chul (Do Hyun’s half-brother) 

In Hye’s family
Kim Sung Kyum as Yoo Pil Sang
Choi Jung Woo as Yoo Ki Joon (In Hye’s oldest brother)
Yoon Je Moon as Yoo Sung Joon (In Hye’s second brother)
Han Yoo Yi (한유이) as Yoo Mi Ran (In Hye’s little sister)

9. Protect the boss

Title: 보스를 지켜라 / Boseureul Jikyeora / Protect the Boss
Chinese Title: 护老板
Previously known as: 보스가 달라졌어요 The Boss Has Changed / 마지막 여비서 The Last Secretary
Genre: Romance, comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2011-Aug-03 to 2011-09-22
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 

No Eun Seol finally gets a job as a secretary at a law firm after struggling with unemployment, only to fall in love with her boss, Cha Ji Heon, the immature youngest son of a chaebol family.

Choi Kang Hee as No Eun Seol
Ji Sung as Cha Ji Heon
Hero Jaejoong as Cha Moo Won
Wang Ji Hye as Seo Na Yoon
Lee Hee Won (이희원) as Yang Ha Young
Park Young Kyu as Chairman Cha
Cha Hwa Yun as Shin Sook Hee
Kim Young Ok as Mrs. Song
Ha Jae Sook as Lee Myung Ran
Kim Hyung Bum as Secretary Kim

10. Can’t Live with Losing


Title: 지고는 못살아 / Jigoneun Motsala / Can’t Live With Losing
Chinese Title: 絕不認輸
Also Know as: Can’t Lose
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2011-Aug-24 to 2011-Oct-13
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Eun Jae and Hyung Woo are both highly competent lawyers who met and fell in love at first sight without knowing each other’s occupations, but are now in the midst of their divorce proceedings. Their relationship was initially sweet and loving, but their marriage slowly began to crack under their constant fights. 


Choi Ji Woo as Lee Eun Jae
Yoon Sang Hyun as Yun Hyung Woo
Kim Jung Tae as Go Ki Chan
Jo Mi Ryung as Kim Young Joo
Sung Dong Il as Jo Jung Goo
Park Won Sook as Yoo Jung Nan
Kim Ja Ok as Hong Geum Ji
Joo Jin Mo as Kang Woo Shik

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