8 Best KDramas Adapted From Non-Korean Novels And Shows


The 2020 series "The World of the Married" is a redo of "Doctor Foster." Protagonist Sun-woo discovers her friends and husband were deceiving her.

1. The World of the Married

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo" is a K-drama based on Tong Hua's Chinese novel "Bu Bu Jing Xin." It follows Ha-jin, who time-travels to the Goryeo era and gets caught up in a power struggle.

2. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

"The Great Seducer" is a K-drama loosely based on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." Chaebol heir plays a game to seduce a college student but ends up falling for her.

3. The Great Seducer

"Mr. Queen" is a K-drama based on Xian Chen's Chinese novel "Tai Zi Fei Sheng Zhi Ji." A chef gets stuck in the body of a Joseon queen, leading to chaos.

4. Mr. Queen

"The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" is a K-drama remake of the 2002 Japanese show "One Million Stars Falling from the Sky." A detective tries to protect his sister from a suspicious man.

5. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

Korean hit shows Boys Over Flowers was a manga adaptation of Hana Yori Dango by Yoko Kamio. Poor but bright Jan-Di enrols in an elite high school for the wealthy and falls in love with one of four rich boys.

6. Boys Over Flowers

Life on Mars is a remake of the UK series Life on Mars and was actually pretty well received. In this K-drama, detective Han Tae-joo time-travels to 1988 and must solve a murder to return to his present day as a data-driven investigator.

7. Life on Mars 

Entourage was created as a direct remake of HBO‘s iconic Entourage. A famous celebrity relies on three friends and his agency's boss as he navigates his career and personal life in this story.

8. Entourage

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