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MBC Dramas, Leader of the Korean Wave Worldwide

MBC has been a haven for drama lovers, producing 730 hours of high quality dramas a year.
MBC drama series are also very popular in the international arena. Its trendy and fun drama series have led the Korean Wave
in all over Asia. MBC drama series are being exported to over 100 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.
In particular, Jewel in the Palace has recorded the highest viewer rating in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong,
and became very popular in 89 countries including Japan and Iran.
Since Jewel in the Palace and Jumong: Prince of the Legend (a hit with a viewer recording of over 50% in Korea),
Coffee Prince, Lee San: Wind of the Palace, The Great Queen Seondeok, 'The Greatest Love and Moon Embracing the Sun have followed the lead.

 
TOP 10
MBC KOREAN WAVE SERIES

Basis of Ranking (October 2013)

Basis of Ranking  
  • Youtube
    Views
  • No. of Countries
    Exported to
  • Sales
    Amt.
  • 1위  Jewel in the Palace (2003)
    Script : Kim Yeong-hyeon  Director : Lee Byeong-hun
    •  Exported to 89 countries. The hottest Korean Wave drama with 3 billion viewers.
    •  While the previous drama series remained popular only in Asia, there were fans of this drama in the Middle East (Iran, Saudi Arabia), Africa (Zimbabwe, Tanzania), South America and also Europe.
    Jewel in the Palace 
  • 2위  Dong Yi, Jewel in the Crown (2010)
    Script : Kim Yi-yeong  
    Director : Lee Byeong-hun, Kim Sang-hyeop
    Dong Yi 
  • 3위  The Great Queen Seondeok (2009)
    Script : Kim Yeong-hyeon, Park Sang-hyeon  Director : Park Hong-gyun, Kim Geun-hong
    The Great Queen Seondeok 
  • 4위  Coffee Prince (2007)
    Script : Lee Jeong-a, Jang Hyeon-ju  Director : Lee Yun-jeong
    Coffee Prince  
Top 5 Most Rated MBC Drama Series
Among a total of 1,739 drama series broadcasted
by MBC until 2012
Based on data by AGB Nielsen Media Research.
  1. What is Love?
    1991. 11. 23 - 1992. 5. 31
    Rating 59.5%
  2. Hur Jun
    1999. 11. 29 - 2000. 6. 27
    Rating 49.3%
  3. Son and Daughter
    1992. 10. 3 - 1993. 5. 9
    Rating 49.1%
  4. Jewel in the Palace
    2003. 9. 15 - 2004. 3. 23
    Rating 47.2%
  5. Eyes of Dawn
    1991. 10. 7 - 1992. 2. 6
    Rating 44.9%
First MBC
Dramas
MBC's Earliest Drama Productions
  •  Aired : August 9, 1969. 9:00pm
  •  Cast : Baek Il-seop, Park Gwan-su, Park Geun-hyeong, Kim Hye-ja, etc...
The Longest TV
Series in Korea
Country Diary
  •  Aired: 1,088 episodes in 22 years 2 months (266 months in total) from 1980.10.21~2002.12.29.

    13 Directors and 14 Writers

Country Diary 
Blockbuster
Drama Series
Years of UpheavalClick to watch the last episode of Years of Upheaval  
  •  1991.10.7. ~ 1992.2.6. 36 episodes
  •  Script : Song Ji-na Director : Kim Jong-hak (late)
  •  Cast: Choi Jae-seong, Chae Si-ra, Park Sang-won, Ko Hyun-jung
  •  A production budget amounting 7.2 billion won,with over20,000actors and staff
  •  Two years and four months of production period. All 36episodes were filmed overseas.
Eyes of Dawn 
60-Min Masterpieces
MBC Bestseller TheaterClick to watch the last episode of Swamp  
  •  MBC Bestseller Theater, 922 episodes
  •  Bestseller Theater, 258 episodes (1983.11.6~1985.7.9) TV movies produced based on popular novels
  •  Best Theater, 664 episodes (1991.8.4~2007.3.4)
  •  Single drama based on an original scenario
  •  MBC Best Theater Script Contest winners include today’s top scriptwriters such as Choi Wan-gyu, Noh Hui-gyeong and Lim Seong-hwan Swamp (episode 559), aired on November 21, 2003 became the first Korean drama to win the grand prize at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, which is one of the four largest international festivals for TV programs.
MBC 베스트셀러 극장 
Quality MBC
Historical Drama Series
  • 500 Years of Joseon Dynasty, the first drama on the history of the dynasty from the view of the palace
    Aired : 1983. 3. 31 ~ 1990. 12. 23
  • Hur Jun, a Popular Historical Drama
    Aired : 1999. 11. 29 ~ 2000. 6. 27
  • Jewel in the Palace, the First Korean Wave Drama Series
    Aired : 2003. 9. 15 ~ 2004. 3. 23
  • The Legendary Police Woman, the first fusion histrical drama that created the new term, ' The Legendary Police Woman Junky'
    Aired : 2003. 9. 15 - 2004. 3. 23
  • Prince of the Legend (2006), highlighting the new era and new character
    Aired : 2006
  • Legend
    Aired : 2007
  • The Great Queen Seondeok
    Aired : 2009
  • Moon Embracing the Sun (2012) , the fusion historical drama series that created a sensation.
    Aired : 2012
The First-Ever Political
TV Drama Series
  • The 1st Republic
    Aired : 1981. 4 ~ 1982. 2
  • The 2nd Republic
    Aired : 1989. 7 ~ 1990. 4
  • The 3rd Republic
    Aired : 1993. 2 ~ 1993. 8
  • The 4th Republic
    Aired : 1995. 10 ~ 1996. 1
  • The 5th Republic
    Aired : 2005. 4 ~ 2005. 9