If you are interested in shows that delve into the world of power, corruption, justice, and revenge with a box full of intense storylines and captivating performances from top-notch actors, then below are the top 10 Korean dramas about corruption.
Stranger is a South Korean crime thriller drama starring Cho Seung-woo, Bae Doona, and Shin Hye-sun. It has two seasons. It was released in 2017. It has 16 episodes. The story is about a prosecutor who has joined hands with a police lieutenant to uncover the true identity of a serial killer, but the twist is he, as a child, lost the ability to feel empathy toward others.
2. The Guardians
The Guardians is a South Korean action drama starring Lee Si-young, Kim Seul-gi, Shin Dong-wook, Kim Young-kwang, and Park Solomon. It has 32 episodes. It was released in 2017. It has one season. The story is about a group of four: a detective, a hacker, a prosecutor, and an insomniac. The four decided to take revenge on all those killers who killed their loved ones and do justice to them, which the law failed to do.
Vagabond is a South Korean thriller drama starring Lee Seung-gi and Bae Suzy. It has one season. It was released in 2019. It has six episodes. This story is about a stuntman who unfortunately got involved in a tragic airplane crash, but he also discovered a national corruption scandal in between this incident.
Signal is a South Korean thriller drama starring Lee Je-hoon, Kim Hye-soo, and Cho Jin-woong. It has one season. It was released in 2016. It has 16 episodes. This story has two different settings. It is about a 21st-century criminal who, with the help of a device, contacts a detective in 1989. Together, they both started plotting to unravel the mysteries of the past so that they could live in a better future.
5. City hunter
City Hunter is a South Korean television drama based on a manga starring Lee Min-ho and Park Min-young. It has one season. It was released in 2011. It has 20 episodes. This is a story about a talented, intelligent, witty young man. He decides to take revenge for his father’s killer, but in his journey to find justice, he unravels the corruption and scandals going on.
Melancholia is a South Korean television series starring Im Soo-jung, Lee Do-hyun, Jang Hyun-sang, and Jin Kyung. It has one season. It was released in 2021. It has 16 episodes. It tells a story about the scandals and corruption inside the private universities of Gangnam.
Watcher is a South Korean thriller drama starring Seo Kang-joon, Han Suk-kyu, and Kim Hyun-joo. It has one season. It was released in 2019. It has 16 episodes. It is a story about three people from an internal corruption investigation who, after ten years and a half, decided to find out the painful truth about the murder that happened 15 years ago, which left a big scar on their life.
8. The Cursed
The Cursed is a South Korean mystery drama starring Sung Dong-il, Jung Ji-so, Uhm Ji-won, and Jo Min Su. It was released in 2020. It has one season. It has 12 episodes. It is a story about a social reporter who fights against the evil behind an IT conglomerate. While fighting against evil, he meets a teenage girl who is possessed by a spirit and has some special abilities. Together, they both start a journey against corruption and fight for justice.
9. The Trial Judge
The Trial Judge is a South Korean television series starring Ji Sung, Jinyoung, and Kim Min-jung. It has one season. It was released in 2021. It has 16 episodes. The story is set in a dystopian world in South Korea where people have hatred towards their leaders, and all live in chaos. In this world, the three judges unite and try to bring peace and justice.
10. Law School
Law School is a South Korean television series starring Lee Jung-eun, Myung-min, Ryu Hye-young, and Kim Bum. It was released in 2021. It has one season. It has 16 episodes. It is a story about an incident that happened in a law school, after which the students, with the help of their professor, got into a fight to find out the truth behind the incident.