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10 IU Korean Dramas You Need To Watch (Now)

Are you a fan of IU?

Lee Ji Eun or popularly known as IU is our beloved South Korean K-Pop idol and Actress who’s gained popularity with her work.

Her career as a K-Pop idol is successful with many chart busters but her acting isn’t the one to be ignored with each drama IU’s star power is on a constant rise.

What are the Best K-Dramas Of IU?

IU Korean dramas

From musical “Dream High”, thriller “Persona to fantasy “Hotel Del Luna” she has it all, here are 10 Korean dramas of IU you need to watch.

So let’s get started.

10. Salamander Guru And The Gang (2012)

IU in Salamander and the gang
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Episodes: 10
  • Watch On: Youtube

The drama follows Min Hyuk who returns to Korea after 20 years to chase a guy named salamander a guy responsible for his dad’s death.

IU plays the role of Ji Eun who dreams to be a singer but due to her circumstances, she is committed to pickpocketing others. Sadly IU appears in only one episode but makes most of her time valuable.

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9. Dream High 2 (2012)

IU in Dream high 2
  • Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
  • Episodes: 16
  • Watch On: Netflix, VIKI

The drama is a sequel to the popular drama “Dream High”. In this season Kirin high school goes into bankruptcy and is taken by OZ entertainment. Many new rules were set up which require them to overwork and the students of these two institutions often clash with each other.

IU appears in the first episode of this drama as a tribute to its hit first season. Her role in this drama is short but a quick glimpse of her made IU fans love her more as it shows IU’s evolution from her previous season.

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8. You Are The Best! (2013)

IU in You are the best!
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy
  • Episodes: 50
  • Watch On: VIKI

Lee Ji Eun plays the role of Lee Soon Shin who falls in trouble father her father’s sudden death and her life changes after meeting with agency head Shin Joon Ho.

IU made her debut as the main female lead in this drama where she performs her best and for fans, this Korean drama is a must-watch as they get to see her initial career.


  • Best Couple Award- KBS Drama Awards (2013)
  • Best New Actress- KBS Drama Awards (2013)

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7. Bel Ami (2013)

IU in Bel ami
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy
  • Episodes: 16
  • Watch On: VIKI

IU plays the role of Kim Bo Tong who is in love with Dokgo Ma Te for 10 years and Dokgo Ma has already planned to date any of Korea’s top ten business women to become wealthy.

The drama plot is a little cliché but IU chasing her dream man is adorable to watch. The chemistry between Jang Geun Suk and IU is good and the only backlash of this K-drama is its plot.


Best New Actress- KBS Drama Awards (2013)

6. Persona (2019)

IU in Persona
  • Genre: Thriller, Drama
  • Episodes: 4
  • Watch On: Netflix

Persona is a four-part anthology series where each part is by a different director with separate stories.

IU plays four different characters in this drama showing her acting capabilities and receiving much praise from critics stating that she isn’t your typical rom-com actress.

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5. The Producers (2015)

IU in The producers
  • Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy
  • Episodes: 12
  • Watch On: Netflix, VIKI

People in the television industry are always a mystery to many and this K-drama tries to uncover that by showcasing the lives of people working in the TV industry.

IU plays the role of popular singer Cindy who has been in this industry for over 10 years and is cold-hearted due to past incidents and she never feels deep affection for other people.

Her playing the role of an idol isn’t something we get to see every day and sharing screen time with Kim Soo Hyun after the drama Dream High is dream come true for many mutual fans.

4. Dream High (2011)

IU in Dream high
  • Genre: Music, Romance, Drama
  • Episodes: 16
  • Watch On: Netflix, VIKI

The drama revolves around six students of Kirin high school who try to achieve their dream of becoming K-pop idols.

IU plays the role of Kim Pil Sook a timid girl who is often discouraged due to her appearance. While this drama is considered a fan’s favorite as it depicts some of the struggles IU faced in real life.

This drama marks the First Appearance of IU in Korean dramas and even though his drama has a star-studded cast, IU shines well and shows her talent to the Korean industry.

3. My Mister (2018)

IU in My mister
  • Genre:  Psychological, Drama
  • Episodes: 16
  • Watch On: Netflix, VIKI

IU plays the role of Ji Ahn who is struggling in life to support her grandmother while working as a part-timer. She has debt and is being chased by loan sharks.

With this drama, IU showcased her true acting potential as her scenes with Lee Syun Kyun received many praises from critics and also left the audience emotional.

This Korean drama is considered the reappearance of IU on screen after nearly one year’s break.

2. Hotel Del Luna (2019)

IU in Hotel del luna
  • Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Horror
  • Episodes: 16
  • Watch On: Netflix, VIKI

One of the best Korean dramas of 2019, The CGI in this drama is on another level compared to many K-dramas and with a fantasy romance plot, IU nailed her character.

IU plays the role of Jang Man Wol who’s the CEO of Hotel Del Luna after making an error in the past, she is stuck in this hotel without moving to the afterlife.

She made her fans laugh and cry at the same time in this drama and Lee Joon Gi’s cameo appearance with her in this K-drama is a hangover drink for the Moon Lovers drama fans.

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1. Moon Lover’s: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)

IU in Moon lover's scarlet heart ryeo
  • Genre: Fantasy, Historical
  • Episodes: 20
  • Watch On: Netflix, VIKI

If you didn’t watch this drama till now then you might be living under a rock. The drama is quick and won’t drill you with history lessons.

IU plays the character of Han Soo who is transported back to the Goryeo Era due to a total solar eclipse and finds herself in the house of the 8th prince. There she meets the 4th prince (Lee JoonGi) who is feared throughout the country and eventually falls for him.

Her chemistry with Lee Joon Gi is fantastic and unparalleled, this drama has a huge cast which is a bonus to Korean drama lovers.


  • Best Couple Award- Sbs Drama Awards 2016

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This ends our list of IU Korean Dramas that you need to watch. The above-mentioned Korean dramas are ranked according to average rating and popularity and overall are a decent watch.

Which IU dramas you haven’t watched till now let us know in the comment section below.