As much as some dramas' success is mainly attributed to the popularity and talent brought by their main leads, dramas won't be able to function the way we know without their writers. These writers write the stories they portray, decide how the plot goes on, and provide the best lines that will invoke emotions depending on their depth.
They are the main reasons why plots can be enjoyable and desirable and why such tropes and so-called K-Drama cliches exist. They also become the ways to showcase genres that are either not that famous or put a twist on an overused trope. While doing their hard work behind the cameras, it is undeniable that writers can genuinely dictate the success of a drama, no matter who the actors and actresses are.
Sometimes, avid drama viewers make it a point to check the writer of the drama they loved the plot so they could check more of their works. Among much more "veteran" fans, they realize the writer's usual concept as it is frequent among writers to a concentrated genre among their works, some focusing on melodramas, some heavily invested in fantasy dramas.
In no particular order, here are some K-Drama scriptwriters and their most famous and successful shows to date.
Shows: Worlds Within (KBS2, 2008); Padam Padam (jTBC, 2011–2012); That Winter, the Wind Blows (SBS, 2013); It's Okay, That's Love (SBS, 2014); Dear My Friends (tvN, 2016); The Most Beautiful Goodbye (tvN, 2017); Live (tvN, 2018); Our Blues (tvN, 2022)
2. Lee Woo Jung
Shows: 2 Days & 1 Night (KBS2, 2007-2012); Qualifications of Men (KBS2, 2009-2013); Grandpas Over Flowers (tvN, 2013-2015); Sisters Over Flowers (tvN, 2013–2014); Youth Over Flowers (tvN, 2014-2016); Three Meals a Day (tvN, 2014-2015); New Journey to the West (tvN, 2015); Youn's Kitchen (tvN, 2017); Reply 1997 (tvN, 2012); Reply 1994 (tvN, 2013); Reply 1988 (tvN, 2015-2016); Prison Playbook (tvN, 2017-2018); Hospital Playlist Season 1 (tvN, 2020); Hospital Playlist Season 2 (tvN; 2021)
3. Kim Eun Sook
Shows: Lovers in Paris (SBS, 2004); Lovers in Prague (SBS, 2005); Lovers (SBS, 2006); On Air (SBS, 2008); Secret Garden (SBS, 2010); A Gentleman's Dignity (SBS, 2012); The Heirs (SBS, 2013); Descendants of the Sun (KBS2, 2016); Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (tvN, 2016-2017); Mr. Sunshine (tvN, 2018); The King: Eternal Monarch (SBS, 2020)
4. Kim Eun Hee
Shows: Phantom (SBS, 2012); Three Days (SBS, 2014); Signal (tvN, 2016); Kingdom (Netflix, 2019-present); Kingdom: Ashin of the North (Netflix, 2021); Jirisan (tvN, 2021)
Shows: Soonpong Clinic (SBS, 1998- 2000); High Kick! (MBC,2006-2007); Queen In Hyeon's Man (tvN, 2012); Nine: 9 Times Time Travel (tvN, 2013); W: Two Worlds Apart (MBC, 2016); Memories of the Alhambra (tvN, 2018); Yumi's Cells Season 1 (tvN-TVING, 2021); Yumi's Cells Season 2 (TVING, 2022)
Shows: My Tutor Friend (2003); Wild Romance (KBS2, 2012); Age of Youth Season 1 (jTBC, 2016); Age of Youth Season 2 (jTBC, 2017); Diary of a Prosecutor (jTBC, 2019)
Shows: Arang and the Magistrate (MBC, 2012); Monstar (MNET, 2013); Misaeng: Incomplete Life (tvN, 2014); Bride of the Water God (tvN, 2017); Idol: The Coup (jTBC, 2021)
Shows: KAIST (SBS, 1999-2000); Special of My Life (MBC, 2006); The Legend (MBC, 2007); The Chaser (SBS, 2012); Empire of Gold (SBS, 2013); Punch (SBS, 2014–2015); Whisper (SBS, 2017)
9. Song Ji Na
Shows: Eyes of Dawn (MBC, 1991–1992); Sandglass (SBS, 1995); KAIST (SBS, 1999–2000); The Legend (MBC, 2007); Faith (SBS, 2012); Healer (KBS2, 2014–2015); The King in Love (MBC, 2017)
10. Park Hye Run
Shows: Nonstop 5 (MBC, 2004-2005); Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung (SBS, 2007); Dream High (KBS2, 2011); I Can Hear Your Voice (SBS, 2013); Pinocchio (SBS, 2014-2015); Page Turner (KBS, 2016); While You Were Sleeping (SBS, 2017); Start-Up (tvN, 2020)
11. Park Ji Eun
Shows: Queen of Housewives (MBC, 2009); My Husband Got a Family (KBS2, 2012); My Love from the Star (SBS, 2013-2014); The Producers (KBS2, 2015); The Legend of the Blue Sea (SBS, 2016); Crash Landing on You (tvN, 2019-2020)
Shows: Sassy Girl Chun Hyang (KBS2, 2005); My Girl (SBS, 2005-2006); You're Beautiful (SBS, 2009); My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho (SBS, 2010); The Greatest Love (MBC, 2011); Master's Sun (SBS, 2013); Hwayugi: A Korean Odyssey (tvN, 2018); Hotel del Luna (tvN, 2019)
13. Lee Kyung Hee
Shows: I'm Sorry, I Love You (KBS2, 2004); A Love to Kill (KBS2, 2005); Thank You (MBC, 2007); Will It Snow for Christmas? (SBS, 2009–2010); The Innocent Man (KBS2, 2012); Wonderful Days (KBS2, 2014); Uncontrollably Fond (KBS2, 2016); Chocolate (JTBC, 2019)
14. Kim Young Hyun
Shows: Jewel in the Palace: Dae Jang Geum (MBC, 2003); Ballad of Seodong (SBS, 2005); H.I.T (MBC, 2007); Queen Seondeok (MBC, 2009); Royal Family (MBC, 2011); Deep Rooted Tree (SBS, 2011); Six Flying Dragons (SBS, 2015); Arthdal Chronicles (tvN, 2019)
15. Park Hae Young
Shows: Old Miss Diary; (KBS, 2004-2005); Living Among The Rich (jTBC, 2011-2012); Another Miss Oh (tvN, 2016); My Mister (tvN, 2018); My Liberation Notes (jTBC, 2022)
Here are only some of the known K-Drama writers who have made themselves known for their works and shows! Which among these writers do you like the most now that you see their roster of shows? Do you have another favorite writer you would suggest to other viewers?