Old but Gold: Must Watch Dramas from the 2000s

Poll Start Date: 20 April 2022

This is a spin-off from "Old but Gold: Must Watch Dramas Aired in 2013 and Before" to discover more hidden gems from the 2000s (2001-2010). 

What are some older dramas that aired in the 2000s that you highly recommend and are must watch dramas that new viewers have been missing out on?
Recommend your "Old but Gold" dramas from the 2000s to fellow MDL users, so they don't miss a gem!

Note:

  1. Each user may list up to 5 dramas.
  2. Please only include dramas that are aired only in the 2000s (i.e. 2001-2010).
  3. There is a separate lists for dramas from the 1990s.
  4. Dramas that are not aired in the 2000s will be deleted from this list. 
  5. You may also include in the comments why an older drama is a must watch.
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  • Coffee Prince

    1. Coffee Prince

    Korean Drama - 2007, 17 episodes
    8.3
    4,384 points by 44 voters
    Choi Han Gyul is the grandson of chairwoman Bang of Dong-in Foods, a company that has a thriving coffee business. He has never had a job and does not care for responsibility. ...more
  • Secret Garden

    2. Secret Garden

    Korean Drama - 2010, 20 episodes
    8.2
    2,171 points by 22 voters
    The drama tells the story of Kim Joo Won, an arrogant and eccentric CEO who maintains the image of seeming perfection, and Gil Ra Im, a poor and humble stuntwoman whose beauty ...more
  • My Lovely Sam Soon

    3. My Lovely Sam Soon

    Korean Drama - 2005, 16 episodes
    7.9
    1,481 points by 15 voters
    Kim Sam Soon is a baker who has a talent for making pastries and cakes. On Christmas Eve, she catches her boyfriend, Min Hyun Woo, cheating on her and breaks up. On ...more
  • My Girl

    4. My Girl

    Korean Drama - 2005, 16 episodes
    7.8
    1,284 points by 13 voters
    When Gong Chan meets the lively and beautiful Yoo Rin, he finds out that she has connections to his missing cousin, whom his grandfather has been searching for. He asks Yoo Rin ...more
  • Jewel in the Palace

    5. Jewel in the Palace

    Korean Drama - 2003, 54 episodes
    8.7
    889 points by 9 voters
    About 500 years ago during the time of Chosun Dynasty, Korea boasted a rigidly hierarchical and male dominated social structure. Based on a true story about a legendary girl, Jang Geum, who ...more
  • 1 Litre no Namida

    6. 1 Litre no Namida

    Japanese Drama - 2005, 11 episodes
    9.0
    884 points by 9 voters
    15-year-old Ikeuchi Aya is an ordinary girl, the daughter of a family who works at a tofu shop, and a soon-to-be high schooler. However, odd things have been happening to Aya lately. ...more
  • Goong

    7. Goong

    Korean Drama - 2006, 24 episodes
    7.8
    789 points by 8 voters
    Feisty, bubbly, and no-nonsense, Chae Gyeong is an ordinary high school student. Until one day when she receives some unexpected news. Because of her grandfather's will, she must marry the unendurable Crown ...more
  • Mars

    8. Mars

    Taiwanese Drama - 2004, 13 episodes
    8.2
    787 points by 8 voters
    Han Qi Luo, an extremely shy art student went to the same college as Chen Ling, a popular play boy. By chance one day they met at a park when Chen Ling ...more
  • Nodame Cantabile

    9. Nodame Cantabile

    Japanese Drama - 2006, 11 episodes
    8.2
    691 points by 7 voters
    Megumi Noda or "Nodame" is a piano student at Momogaoka College of Music. An extremely talented pianist who wants to be a kindergarten teacher, she prefers playing by ear rather than reading ...more
  • Boys Over Flowers

    10. Boys Over Flowers

    Korean Drama - 2009, 25 episodes
    7.5
    688 points by 7 voters
    Geum Jan Di comes from a poor family who owns a dry-cleaning shop. One day, she visits Shinhwa High School, a prestigious school for the wealthy, and saves a student trying to ...more
  • Nagareboshi

    11. Nagareboshi

    Japanese Drama - 2010, 10 episodes
    7.9
    592 points by 6 voters
    Takenouchi plays an aquarium employee named Kengo, who seems ordinary at first glance but actually possesses a secret that he would sacrifice everything in order to protect. Meanwhile, Ueto plays Risa, a ...more
  • Full House

    12. Full House

    Korean Drama - 2004, 16 episodes
    7.7
    589 points by 6 voters
    Han Ji Eun, an aspiring scriptwriter, lives in a house called "Full House", built by her late father. One day, her two best friends trick her into believing she has won a ...more
  • Pride

    13. Pride

    Japanese Drama - 2004, 11 episodes
    8.3
    495 points by 5 voters
    Haru is the captain and star player of an ice hockey team, who is greatly respected by his teammates. For him, hockey is serious business that fully occupies his mind, while he ...more
  • Jumong

    14. Jumong

    Korean Drama - 2006, 81 episodes
    8.4
    494 points by 5 voters
    Jumong was the founder of Goguryeo in 37 BC. He was the son of General Hae Mo Su and Lady Yoo Hwa and was raised by King Geum Wa, who took him ...more
  • Sungkyunkwan Scandal

    15. Sungkyunkwan Scandal

    Korean Drama - 2010, 20 episodes
    8.2
    490 points by 5 voters
    Kim Yun Hee is a smart, responsible young woman with an independent drive. Since her father passed away, she has worked to support her family but has also managed to do well ...more
  • Hanazakari no Kimitachi e

    16. Hanazakari no Kimitachi e

    Japanese Drama - 2007, 12 episodes
    8.2
    490 points by 5 voters
    This hilarious comedy follows the chaos, troubles, and friendship at a boys' boarding school after a girl disguised as a boy joins. Ashiya Mizuki has just come back to Japan from California ...more
  • My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho

    17. My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho

    Korean Drama - 2010, 16 episodes
    8.0
    487 points by 5 voters
    Cha Dae Woong is a carefree university student who dreams of becoming a famous actor. He is an orphan whose wealthy grandfather Cha Poong and single aunt Cha Min Sook take care ...more
  • Queen Seon Deok

    18. Queen Seon Deok

    Korean Drama - 2009, 62 episodes
    8.5
    397 points by 4 voters
    The story of a beautiful queen, who has to give up her love to save the people. A biopic of Queen Seon Deok, who was born a princess and later became the ...more
  • Pasta

    19. Pasta

    Korean Drama - 2010, 20 episodes
    7.6
    392 points by 4 voters
    Seo Yoo Kyung endured the gruelling job of kitchen assistant at high-class restaurant La Sfera for three years in hopes of being promoted to chef. Things are looking up as she meets ...more
  • Alone in Love

    20. Alone in Love

    Korean Drama - 2006, 16 episodes
    7.6
    299 points by 3 voters
    Lee Dong Jin and Yoo Eun Ho got divorced 2 years ago, but somehow they keep meeting each other for some odd reason. Even after they've gotten a divorce, they keep meeting ...more
  • Lucifer

    21. Lucifer

    Korean Drama - 2007, 20 episodes
    7.9
    297 points by 3 voters
    When Homicide Detective Kang Oh Soo hit a dead end in his investigation of two seemly unrelated murders, except for the Tarot cards left behind at both crime scenes, he sought help ...more
  • Kimi wa Petto

    22. Kimi wa Petto

    Japanese Drama - 2003, 10 episodes
    7.7
    296 points by 3 voters
    In education, career, and appearance... Sumire is perfect, too perfect for even her boyfriend, who summarily dumps her. Also sexually harassed at work, Sumire takes matters into her own hands. Returning home ...more
  • Dong Yi

    23. Dong Yi

    Korean Drama - 2010, 60 episodes
    8.5
    295 points by 3 voters
    "Dong Yi" is a historical drama based on the life of Dong Yi later known as Choi Suk Bin. She worked in the royal palace as a lowly water maid. King Sok ...more
  • Kekkon Dekinai Otoko

    24. Kekkon Dekinai Otoko

    Japanese Drama - 2006, 12 episodes
    8.1
    295 points by 3 voters
    Shinsuke Kuwano, a successful architect at 40, enjoys living by himself. He doesn't like people but somehow is able to design wonderful houses for them. He has a routine of making himself ...more
  • Lovers in Paris

    25. Lovers in Paris

    Korean Drama - 2004, 20 episodes
    7.4
    293 points by 3 voters
    Tae Young lives in Paris and is working on a screenplay, she meets Gi Ju while working at a friend's stall and Soo Hyuk, when her bicycle breaks down. Soo Hyuk and ...more
  • The Great White Tower

    26. The Great White Tower

    Japanese Drama - 2003, 21 episodes
    8.4
    292 points by 3 voters
    A striking drama of the amazingly gifted surgeon Zaizen Goro, caught up by his desire for power and fame, and his contemporary physician Satomi Shuji, who selflessly continues a quest to save ...more
  • Mary Stayed Out All Night

    27. Mary Stayed Out All Night

    Korean Drama - 2010, 16 episodes
    7.1
    200 points by 2 voters
    Wi Mae Ri is the cheerful, pragmatic daughter of a failed businessman who had grown used to being constantly on the move to escape from debtors. She becomes fast friends with the ...more
  • Dal Ja's Spring

    28. Dal Ja's Spring

    Korean Drama - 2007, 22 episodes
    7.6
    200 points by 2 voters
    The drama aims to comically and candidly portray the reality and undying pursuit of the romance of a thirty-something single woman. It also highlights the life and work of women in their ...more
  • My Fair Lady

    29. My Fair Lady

    Korean Drama - 2009, 16 episodes
    7.2
    198 points by 2 voters
    Of the high-rolling top 'hot celebrities' of the wealthy upper class in Korea's high society, Kang Hye Na is the one desired by the men, feared and hated by the women. Being ...more
  • Ming Dynasty in 1566

    30. Ming Dynasty in 1566

    Chinese Drama - 2007, 46 episodes
    8.4
    197 points by 2 voters
    Based on the events in the reign of the Jiajing Emperor of the Ming dynasty.
  • Evasive Inquiry Agency

    31. Evasive Inquiry Agency

    Korean Drama - 2007, 16 episodes
    7.7
    197 points by 2 voters
    Moo Yeol, a taekwondo instructor, falls for Eun Jae at first sight when she comes to his agency and asks for help finding gold treasures. Hee Kyung is a tarot card master, ...more
  • Winter Sonata

    32. Winter Sonata

    Korean Drama - 2002, 20 episodes
    7.7
    196 points by 2 voters
    Joon Sang moves to a new high school in search of his biological father. Yu Jin and Sang Hyuk are close childhood friends, although Sang Hyuk wants to be more than a ...more
  • Demi Gods & Semi Devils

    33. Demi Gods & Semi Devils

    Chinese Drama - 2003, 40 episodes
    7.8
    195 points by 2 voters
    The epic centers around the Beggar Leader Qiao Feng, the Dali Prince Duan Yu and the Shaolin Monk Xu Zhu. Each of their stories is interweaved throughout the show and finally clash ...more
  • Stairway to Heaven

    34. Stairway to Heaven

    Korean Drama - 2003, 20 episodes
    7.9
    195 points by 2 voters
    The relationship of childhood sweethearts Cha Song Joo and Hang Jung Suh becomes complicated when Jung Suh's father remarries. Along with a new stepmother, Jung Suh also has a new introverted stepbrother, ...more
  • Damo

    35. Damo

    Korean Drama - 2003, 14 episodes
    7.7
    195 points by 2 voters
    This series and our heroine took place in the Joseon Dynasty. Chae Ok was separated from her brother when her father, a nobleman, was accused of treason. She managed to make her ...more
  • Save the Last Dance for Me

    36. Save the Last Dance for Me

    Korean Drama - 2004, 20 episodes
    7.7
    100 points by 1 voters
    Eun Soo is a pure but unsophisticated woman who runs a small resort inn with her father. Eun Soo is just an ordinary girl, but her life changes when she meets a ...more
  • Master of Study

    37. Master of Study

    Korean Drama - 2010, 16 episodes
    7.6
    100 points by 1 voters
    When scrappy and abrasive lawyer Kang Suk Ho is put in charge of the liquidating Byung Moon High School, he sees his own troubled past in the problematic students who live their ...more
  • Suika

    38. Suika

    Japanese Drama - 2003, 10 episodes
    7.9
    100 points by 1 voters
    34-year-old Motoko, an employee at a credit union, is stunned when she learns her best friend and co-worker, Mariko, has embezzled 300 million yen and disappeared. Motoko, still un-married, lives at home ...more
  • The Last Breakthrough

    39. The Last Breakthrough

    Hong Kong Drama - 2004, 30 episodes
    7.6
    100 points by 1 voters
    Dr. Albert Wong Fu Fun joins "Life Force", an international medical humanitarian organization, to carry out the unfulfilled wish of his deceased girlfriend, Ha Hiu Tung. He also set up "Lung Sing ...more
  • Ms. Kim's Million Dollar Quest

    40. Ms. Kim's Million Dollar Quest

    Korean Drama - 2004, 16 episodes
    7.2
    100 points by 1 voters
    On her wedding day, Kim Eun Jae is left standing at the altar by her groom, Yoo Young Hoon, for wealthy Suh Woo Kyung. Her wedding photographer, Park Moo Yeol, is a ...more
  • All In

    41. All In

    Korean Drama - 2003, 24 episodes
    7.6
    99 points by 1 voters
    As a kid, all Kim In Ha ever did was follow his uncle around and help him cheat in gambling. As a high school student, he hung out with his friends at ...more
  • Duelist

    42. Duelist

    Korean Movie - 2005
    7.5
    99 points by 1 voters
    In the late Joseon dynasty, counterfeits were circulating around. Detective Ahn of Left Security Station and a passionate newcomer, Nam Sun, try to trace the source of the counterfeiting. They chase the ...more
  • The Painter of the Wind

    43. The Painter of the Wind

    Korean Drama - 2008, 20 episodes
    7.9
    99 points by 1 voters
    Shin Yoon Bok is a talented painter who disguises herself as a boy to search for her father's murderer and meets a master painter who guides her into being a great painter. ...more
  • The Legend of the Condor Heroes

    44. The Legend of the Condor Heroes

    Chinese Drama - 2003, 42 episodes
    7.7
    99 points by 1 voters
    The story is set in the middle of Song Dynasty and at the beginning of the Nuzhen Invasion of China. Two dedicated Song Dynasty young men, Yang Tie Xin and Guo Xiao ...more
  • Couple or Trouble

    45. Couple or Trouble

    Korean Drama - 2006, 16 episodes
    7.5
    99 points by 1 voters
    Anna Jo is a rude, feisty, and audacious American-bred heiress who can never be satisfied. She returns to Korea only to continue being a controlling wife to her already cowardly husband, Billy ...more
  • Where the Legend Begins

    46. Where the Legend Begins

    Hong Kong Drama - 2002, 27 episodes
    7.5
    99 points by 1 voters
    Based on a legend, this is a series about dominance, love, and betrayal, as each fights for either power or love, while one seeks for only peace and acquaintance. A love rectangle ...more
  • That Fool

    47. That Fool

    Korean Drama - 2009, 16 episodes
    7.6
    99 points by 1 voters
    Goo Dong Baek is an honest and good-hearted postman. One day, he encounters Han Ji Soo, a top actress. However, an ordinary man gets no chance to show his feelings to this ...more
  • Ruler of Your Own World

    48. Ruler of Your Own World

    Korean Drama - 2002, 20 episodes
    7.6
    99 points by 1 voters
    Go Bok Su has had a difficult childhood and served time in prison for stealing. Jeon Kyung, a moody tomboy and a daughter of a rich family, plays the keyboard as a ...more
  • Powerful Opponents

    49. Powerful Opponents

    Korean Drama - 2008, 16 episodes
    7.1
    98 points by 1 voters
    Cha Young Jin is the first female to ever work as a bodyguard in the Presidential resident, Chungwadae. Young Jin and Yoo Gwang Pil work as bodyguards assigned to watch over the ...more
  • Memories of Matsuko

    50. Memories of Matsuko

    Japanese Movie - 2006
    8.2
    98 points by 1 voters
    Sho, a young teenager that lives by himself in Tokyo, receives a surprise visit from his father. His father is carrying a white box, then he explains to his son, contains the ...more
  • Temptation of Wife

    51. Temptation of Wife

    Korean Drama - 2008, 129 episodes
    7.6
    98 points by 1 voters
    Dreaming of studying in France, Goo Eun, who majored in make-up at university, is taken advantage of one night while drunk. Discovering that she was pregnant, she marries her assailant Jung Gyo ...more
  • Return of the Condor Heroes

    52. Return of the Condor Heroes

    Chinese Drama - 2006, 41 episodes
    8.0
    98 points by 1 voters
    The story concerns the adventures of Yang Guo, an orphaned boy in a mid-13th Century China. From his humble beginnings, the street wise Yang Guo gets passed around from one prestigious master ...more
  • My Lucky Star

    53. My Lucky Star

    Taiwanese Drama - 2007, 20 episodes
    7.7
    98 points by 1 voters
    Like the boy who cried wolf, Xia Zhi Xing had lied one too many times. So when she did tell the truth, nobody believed her except for the most unlikely person, Zhong ...more
  • Piano

    54. Piano

    Korean Drama - 2001, 16 episodes
    7.0
    98 points by 1 voters
    Han Eok Kwan is a gangster who, one day, discovers he has a hidden 10-year-old son named Jae Su. He meets Hae Lim and falls in love with her at first sight. ...more
  • Love Shuffle

    55. Love Shuffle

    Japanese Drama - 2009, 10 episodes
    8.0
    98 points by 1 voters
    Usami Kei is a salaryman who has risen in status due to his engagement with Mei, the wealthy daughter of his company's president. Shortly after she breaks off the engagement, a power ...more
  • Oh! Pil Seung And Bong Soon Young

    56. Oh! Pil Seung And Bong Soon Young

    Korean Drama - 2004, 16 episodes
    7.0
    97 points by 1 voters
    Oh Pil Seung is a free-spirited, but somewhat lazy regular joe who suddenly finds himself heir apparent to a top-level logistics company! With rivals and detractors simply waiting for him to foul ...more
  • Wedding Dress

    57. Wedding Dress

    Korean Movie - 2010
    8.3
    97 points by 1 voters
    Seo Go Eun, a widow who works as a wedding dress designer, discovers that she has gastric cancer. With declining health and limited time, Go Eun tries to do as much as ...more
  • Hwang Jin Yi

    58. Hwang Jin Yi

    Korean Drama - 2006, 24 episodes
    7.9
    97 points by 1 voters
    This story is about the life of Joseon dancer, musician and poet, Hwang Jin Yi, who seeks perfection in her art relentlessly and the hardship facing women due to their lowly social ...more
  • Densha Otoko

    59. Densha Otoko

    Japanese Drama - 2005, 11 episodes
    7.5
    97 points by 1 voters
    Aoyama Saori, working as an office lady at an MNC, gets into trouble with a drunkard on a train. She's saved by Yamada Tsuyoshi. As a form of appreciation, she sends him ...more
  • The Slave Hunters

    60. The Slave Hunters

    Korean Drama - 2010, 24 episodes
    8.0
    97 points by 1 voters
    Chuno follows the story of Lee Dae Gil, a man of high birth, whose family was ruined when Won Ki Yoon, a slave, burnt down his house and escaped with his sister, ...more
  • We Are Dating Now

    61. We Are Dating Now

    Korean Drama - 2002, 16 episodes
    6.9
    96 points by 1 voters
    Ho Jung is a cute, naive girl who often falls head over heals with the wrong guys. Both Ho Jung and Kyu In, her neighbor, are idealistic about love. They start off ...more
  • The Good, the Bad, the Weird

    62. The Good, the Bad, the Weird

    Korean Movie - 2008
    7.7
    96 points by 1 voters
    The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits. (Source: IMDb) ...more
  • Yi San

    63. Yi San

    Korean Drama - 2007, 77 episodes
    8.1
    96 points by 1 voters
    This drama details the life of King Jeong Jo, Joseon's 22nd monarch, who is remembered in Korean history as one of Korea's greatest kings, one who loved the people and reigned for ...more
  • H2: Kimi to Ita Hibi

    64. H2: Kimi to Ita Hibi

    Japanese Drama - 2005, 11 episodes
    7.5
    96 points by 1 voters
    Kunimi Hiro was an ace pitcher in junior high school, until he was diagnosed by a doctor as having a "glass elbow." He gave up baseball and joined Senkawa Senior High School's ...more

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