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6 Popular K-Dramas That were All Aired in 2016

  • 25 Mar

2016 was a great year for K-drama fans, supplying more great shows than anyone expected.

These 6 dramas from 2016 are still fan-favorites today.

Descendants of the Sun

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Airing from February to April in 2016, 'Descendants of the Sun' follows the love story of a military captain and a doctor who have to understand each others' perspectives in order to make it work. The drama has won over 40 awards, including the television Grand Prize at the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards, and was named the Most Popular Show of the year by the Korea Broadcasting Advertisement Corporation. 

Moonlight Drawn by Clouds

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Also known as 'Love in the Moonlight,' this historical drama is a coming-of-age story about Crown Prince Lee Yeong and his relationship with Hong Raon who disguises herself as a male to protect her family. The drama won Best Drama Series at the 22nd Asian Television Awards and the 2 main actors won Popularity Awards at the 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards. The drama was so influential that the term 'Moonlight Syndrome' was coined.

Reply 1988

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'Reply 1988' is the 3rd installment in the 'Reply' series and follows a group of 5 friends who all live in the same neighborhood, documenting their lives beginning in the year 1988. The series is ranked as the 4th highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history and won 19 awards in 2016.

Guardian: The Lonely and Great God

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This drama is also known by the title 'Goblin' and is still ranked as the 5th highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history as of 2020. The drama follows Kim Shin, an immortal goblin, as he realizes the deep connections he holds with people who recently came into his life. The drama won many awards and became a huge influence on Korean pop culture.

Another Miss Oh

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Also called 'Another Oh Haeyoung,' this drama is about a man named Dokyung who becomes close with someone who has the same name as his ex-fiancee. The series had the record for highest audience rating during its airtime and was so popular that 2 additional episodes and 2 specials were added to extend its run time.


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'Signal' is the 11th highest-rated K-drama and impressed both fans and critics. The plot focuses on a cold case profiler living in 2015 that can communicate through a walkie-talkie with a detective living in 1989. The 2 help each other to solve past cases and prevent new ones from happening in the first place. The series won many awards in 2016 and 2017 and has also inspired adaptations in Japan and China.

Have you watched any of these dramas?

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