Korean dramas made from stories of Japanese or Taiwanese dramas are quite common, for example currently on air “Rich Man” is a remake of a Japanese drama.
Korean remakes might offer different scenes and atmospheres from their original version. Korea also sells its drama overseas for remakes such as “Good Doctor” (2013) to the U.S., “Signal'” (2016) to Japan, “Princess Hours” (2006) to Thailand, etc.
Recently, there are some Korean dramas that are remakes of U.S. TV series. Interestingly, most of them were and are broadcasted on Korean cable channels that usually have fewer ratings. Maybe you have noticed some of them?
1- “Criminal Minds”
“Criminal Minds” the U.S. crime and mystery TV series is worldwide known. They started in 2005. In 2017, Korea did a remake with Lee JoonGi. It had around 3% of ratings in Korea (cable channel).
2- “Good Wife”
“Good Wife” is a U.S. legal and political TV series that started in 2009 and stopped in 2016. The Korean remake aired in 2016 with Jeon DoYeon and Yoo JiTae. It had approximately 6.2% of the ratings (cable channel).
From 2004 to 2011, “Entourage” was broadcasted in the U.S. It is pretty famous. tvN decided to cast Seo KangJoon as the lead male character of the remake but the drama disappointed many fans. It had around less than 1% of ratings.
From 2011, “Suits” TV series is broadcasted in the U.S. The channel KBS decided to go for the remake “Suits” and casted Park HyungSik. It is currently airing. It has around 8% of ratings.
The U.S. TV series “Mistresses” first aired in 2013. This mystery drama was remade in Korea. It is currently airing with Han GaIn and Shin HyunBin. It has around 1.2% of ratings (cable channel).
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