30 TAIWANESE DRAMAS THAT ARE A MUST WATCH

A couple from A famous Taiwanese drama

For most of the people in the world, whenever a topic of Taiwan comes up it is mostly related to its issues with Mainland China. This I feel is not the best identity we’ve given to Taiwan. It is so much more than a disputed land. 

And what better way to know more about this beautiful place than watching its dramas to understand the beauty of its people and their culture. So in this post, I’ve curated a list of 20 Best Taiwanese Dramas created to date and on top of that I’ve added 10 Very Good Taiwanese Dramas as Honorary Mentions.

First, let me tell you how I compiled this list. I’ve considered 4 perimeters for choosing these Taiwanese Dramas-

  • My Opinion: Above all perimeters is my liking to the Taiwanese Dramas that have been added to the list.
  •  Ratings: Every single drama has got a high rating from every reputed site.
  • Public Opinion: Made sure that all the Taiwanese dramas added in this list are people’s favorites.
  • Rewatch worthy: Not exaggerating but I am damn sure that you’ll rewatch most of these dramas again.
Infographic describing the list of 20 highly rated Taiwanese Drama till 2020

I have briefly explained all 20 Taiwanese Drama mentioned in the above infographic. Continue reading till the end because I have added 10 honorary mentions that you might consider watching. So without further ado, let’s get started.

1. HIStory3: Trapped | 圈套

  • Logline: Tang Yi and Shao Fei are rivals because one is a gang leader and the other is a police officer. But will this rivalry lead to other feelings being born?
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Action, Thriller, LGBTQ
  • Cast: Jake Hsu, Chris Wu, Andu Bian, Kenny Chen

Before I tell you about this drama, there is something that you should know. HIStory drama series comprises a total of 3 seasons and all are LGBTQ stories. Every season has 2-3 different stories with a different cast and every single season is worth watching. 

‘HIStory3: Trapped’ revolves around two guys, Tang Yi and Shao Fei. Tang Yi is a leader of a gang/mob and Shao Fei is a Police officer. During investigating a case, some suspicions lead Shao Fei to Tang Yi and both get involved in each other’s lives. Over time this relationship evolves into something more than rivalry.

Even though I haven’t added ‘HIStory3: Make our Days Count‘ in this list, it is just as good as this drama. Make sure to check that out too.

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch ‘HIStory3: Trapped’ and all of its 20 episodes on Viki.

2. Autumn’s Concerto |下一站幸福 预告片

  • Logline: A tragedy makes Ren Guang Xi forget about the love of his life, Liang Mu Cheng. Six years have passed, will the couple be able to make up for the time lost?
  • Year: 2009
  • Genre: Romance, Drama
  • Cast: Ady An, Vanness Wu, Kang Ren Wu

This drama is very close to my heart. A love story that is tested by the unfortunate times and still prevails in the end. 

Ren Guang Xi is a rich guy with a very lonely life but then he meets Mu Cheng. She is poor but full of life. Soon they both fall in love, though fate has something else in store for them. Ren Guang Xi has to go through brain surgery due to which he losses his memory. Mu Cheng has leave Guang Xi despite being pregnant. Six years pass, will the couple be able to make up for the time lost?

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch ‘Autumn’s Concerto’ and all of its 34 episodes on Viki and Netflix.

3. HIStory2: Boundry Crossing | 边界过境

  • Logline: A story of four gay guys trying to find out what they really want from their lives.
  • Year: 2018
  • Genre: Friendship, Romance, LGBTQ
  • Cast: Fandy Fan, Zach Lu, Nick Yang, Patrick Shih

As I’ve explained above, every season of HIStory series has 2-3 different stories that are not at all linked with each other. That’s why you are seeing 2 different stories from the same drama series talking two spots in this list.

‘HIStory2: Boundry Crossing’ is kind of a coming of age story of four guys, where they are trying to figure themselves out and all things around them. The story revolves around two gay couples Xia Yu Hao and Qiu Zi Xuan, who at the start does not get along with each other but becomes closer slowly. And the other couple being Wang Zhen Wu and Wang Zhen Wen, who are step-brothers.

If you like this drama, you’ll also like another story from the same season called ‘HIStory2: Right or Wrong‘. Check that out too.

Where to watch HIStory2: Boundry Crossing?

You can watch all the 8 episodes of this Taiwanese drama on Viki.

4. MARS | 戰神

  • Logline: A story of two people overcoming their bad past and trying to find love and happiness in each other.
  • Year: 2004
  • Genre: Action, Suspense
  • Cast: Barbie Hsu, Vic Chou, Megan Lai

This Taiwanese drama is a testament to the fact that if a story is good people will appreciate it no matter how old it is.

The story revolves around Han Qi Luo, an extremely shy art student, and Chen Ling, a popular playboy. Both meet by coincidence and help each other later on, creating a connection. But both hide secretive wounds of past and they have to address and overcome it so that they can truly find love and happiness.

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch ‘MARS’ and all of its 21 episodes on YouTube.

5. Before we get married | 我們不能是朋友

  • Logline: A story of two people who are getting attracted to each other despite being already in healthy relationships.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Romance, Drama
  • Cast: Puff Kuo, Jasper Liu, Steven Sun

Inspired by a very famous novel of the same name created by Ayamei, ‘Before we get Married’ is a tense romantic drama show about love, friendship, and betrayal.

The story revolves around Zhou Wei Wei and Chu Ke Huan, both are in serious relationships with their respective partners. But trouble begins when they start having feelings for each other. Despite suppressing their emotions they can’t seem to control what their heart wants.

Where to watch Before we get married?

You can watch this drama and all of its 13 episodes on Viki.

Also see: 35 BEST CHINESE DRAMAS OF ALL TIMES

6. Just You | 就是要你愛上我

  • Logline: A love story between a strict Boss and his employee who wants to make him a kinder person.
  • Year: 2013
  • Genre: Rom-com
  • Cast: Puff Kuo, Aaron Yan, Dean Fujioka

If you have watched other Asian dramas then you know that office romance dramas are often very cliche and follow the same storyline. Although this drama also follows the same pattern, the cute moments in this show are awesome and make the drama worthy to watch.

Qi Yi is a strict Boss and he absolutely hates office romance. So the employees decide to task Cheng Liang Liang with the responsibility to convince Qi Yi to lift the anti-office-romance rule. But they both end up falling for each other.

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch ‘Just You’ and all of its 21 episodes on Viki and Netflix.

7. It started with a kiss | 恶作剧之吻

  • Logline: A story of a girl who decides to pursue her crush ever after being rejected by him.
  • Year: 2005
  • Genre: Rom-com
  • Cast: Ariel Lin, Joe Cheng, Jiro Wang

‘It started with a kiss’ is not only a classic Taiwanese drama but is famous around Asia, so much so that it has been remade in Thailand, Korea, and Japan. It has also a sequel called ‘They kissed Again‘ which is equally famous, so check that out too.

Xiang Qin is a cheerful girl who asked out Jiang Zhi Shu, the most intelligent guy in the school but he rejects her. To her surprise, she finds out that the new house she has moved into is Jiang Zhi Shu’s. Given the opportunity that both of them now live together, Xiang Qin decides to pursue Zhi Shu once again.

Where to watch ‘It started with a kiss’?

You can watch 20 episodes of this drama on YouTube and Amazon Prime Videos.

8. Fated to Love you | 운명처럼 널 사랑해

  • Logline: The first encounter of Xun Yi with Cun Xi results in Xun Yi getting pregnant. How far will these strangers go in saving their unborn child?
  • Year: 2008
  • Genre: Romance, Fantasy
  • Cast: Ethan Juan, Joe Chen, Bianca Bai

One of the oldest yet very successful drama on this list, Fated to love you, is a 24 episode TV drama that first aired in 2008 on Taiwan Television (TTV). Lately, the show was also adapted in Korean, Thai, and Filipino and was honored with many drama awards in respective languages too.

The drama is about an old-fashioned and shy office girl, Xin Yi and a rich self-reliant man Cun Xi. Both ran into tragic mix-ups of heartbreaks, drugs, and lust on a cruise ship resulting in Xin Yi getting pregnant with Cun Xi’s child. Soon Cun Xi’s grandmother becomes aware of this and wants both of them to get married. 

A compelling story cracked with numerous emotional and love scenes between the characters makes this drama attain its place in the top ten Taiwanese drama list.

Where to watch Fated to Love You?

You can find it on Netflix.

Also See: 35 BEST INDIAN WEB SERIES OF ALL-TIMES

9. Attention, Love | 稍息立正我愛你

  • Logline: Destiny draws two distinct personalities towards each other.
  • Year: 2017
  • Genre: Romance, Fantasy
  • Cast: Prince Chiu, Riley Wang, Joanne Tsend, Guo Shu Yao

A sweet and soft love story of two polar opposites who were destined to be together from birth. 

Li Zheng and Shao Xi lived together from birth since Li Zheng’s parents passed away at an early age. Their parents were best friends so Shao Xi parents didn’t hesitate to raise Li Zheng. Soon in high school Shao Xi started developing feelings for Li Zhengs but he is too stubborn to accept her love.

In a nutshell, it is a simple, light and predictable drama and a perfect example of a watch worthy show without any main substance.

Where to watch Attention Love?

You can watch all the 30 episodes of ‘Attention Love’ on Netflix and Viki.

10. Bromance | 愛上哥們

  • Logline: A gender bender drama about the life of Pi Ya Nuo who was raised as a boy her entire life.
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy
  • Cast: Megan Lai, Boron Chen, Bii, Katie Chen

Who asked for a bromance drama when you have a complete 18 episode Drama with the same name. Don’t confuse the name with the genre of this Taiwanese Drama.

The plot revolves around Pi Ya Nuo, a girl by birth, raised as a boy. Her life took a sharp turn when one day by chance she impresses an underworld don Du Zi Feng by saving him and her sister from getting caught. Du Zi Feng being unaware of her real identity declares her as a sworn brother.

The amazing storyline, skillful acting, and direction filled with comical and romantic scenes are enough reasons to add this to your Taiwanese drama watchlist today.

Where to watch Bromance?

Start watching today on Viki for free.

11. Behind Your Smile | 浮士德的微笑

  • Logline: A young man seeks revenge for the death of his father and everything he has lost ten years ago.
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Melodrama, Mystery
  • Cast: Marcus Chang, Eugeine Liu, Liao Lingyi

Zhao Yiting, the main lead in the story, has been living an awful life in loneliness and has turned himself into a cold and cunning person away from any attachments. His only motive to exist is to seek revenge from his father’s murderer Mr. Le Man and his wife. 

The drama is about how Zhao Yiting got involved with Le Man’s daughter and intentionally helped her to destroy her father at first but soon he realize his feelings for Xinyu’s started conflicting his intentions.

Though the creators try to project it as a Romantic Mystery Tai Drama it’s more spiced up with melodrama and less of mystery. All in all one of the best Taiwanese dramas to binge.

Where to watch Behind Your Smile?

Standard Quality episodes with subtitles available in 6 plus languages are available for free on Viki.

Also see: 25 MOST POPULAR JAPANESE DRAMAS EVER

12. Hello Again | 你有念大學嗎?

  • Logline: The story of two friends who met after 10 years.
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre:  Romance
  • Cast: Bruce He, Amber An, Sean Lee, Oceana Wu

Office romance and rich man poor girl love story are pretty common among Asian drama’ and Hello again beautifully fuses both of them in one.

As the title suggests it is about two people meeting again after 10 years. Although the interesting part is knowing where they left off. Before the university entrance exams, Chang Ke Ai and Yang Zi Hao made a bet that if they both got admission to the same university she will carry his schoolbag for an entire year but fate had other plans for them and they never met again.

The most delightful Taiwanese drama on this list I would say that will make you laugh, cry and leave you overwhelmed thinking of your loved ones.

Where to watch Hello Again?

Like most shows, this one is also available on Viki.

13. Murphy’s Law of Love | 莫非,这就是爱情

  • Logline: A girl cursed with Murphy’s Law finds it difficult to do anything good in life.
  • Year: 2015
  • Genre:  Romance, Comedy
  • Cast: Danson Tang, Ivelyn Li, Jolin Chien, Jenna Wang

Murphy’s Law of Love is a Taiwanese TV Drama broadcasted back in 2015 also known by the title Perhaps this is called love.

Murphy’s Law states that if something can go wrong it will go wrong.

The protagonist, Guan Xiao Tong who works as a Love Guru in the town, has been cursed with Murphy’s Law. Soon after her agency gets a reputed position in town she witnesses a divorce firm being opened at the other end of the street.

After a series of events The Murphy’s law comes into action and Xian Tong starts developing feelings for Ji Jia-Wei, the divorce firm owner.

Where to watch Murphy’s Law of Love?

Viki and Netflix

14. The Perfect Match | 極品絕配

  • Logline: The two chefs are in the race to prove their culinary talents.
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Cast: Bruce He, Amber An, Sean Lee, Oceana Wu

“The perfect match” a prominent Taiwanese drama is no doubt a perfect match of comedy and food. 

Huo Ting En is a world-famous chef who is specialized in multiple cuisines. On the contrary, another chef Wei Fen Qing is famous for providing the same dishes at a cheaper price. Ultimately, both of them fall for each other and a romantic love story sprouts out of the comedy. 

Nothing is better than the combo of comedy and food! Laugh while you savor the flavors.

Where to watch Perfect match?

Perfect Match can be streamed online on Viki with over 6 subtitles available.

Also see: 20 MOST POPULAR THAI DRAMAS EVER

15. Meteor Garden | 流星花园

  • Logline: A group of 4 rich college students is constantly bullying a poor teenage girl. 
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Cast: Bruce He, Amber An, Sean Lee, Oceana Wu

Based on the Japanese shōjo manga series Boys Over Flowers, the remarkable story of this drama has been adapted by Chinese, Japanese, South Korean as well as Indonesian television. 

A poor teenage girl Dong Shān Cài, enters a private college only meant for rich students where she offends the 4 boys who are the sons of the founding families of the college. She is a fierce girl and is not afraid of these rich brats, though they never leave any chance to make her life miserable and sufferable. The story takes a turn when one of them starts falling for her. What happens next is for you to watch!

Though there are many versions of the same story available, this one being the best adaptation of the manga. 

Where to watch Meteor garden?

You can watch Meteor Garden’ all 50 episodes on Netflix and Viu.

16. Devil Beside You | 惡魔在身邊

  • Logline: Things start to complicate for Qi Yue after her love confession goes wrong in school.
  • Year: 2005
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Cast: Mike He, Rainie Yang, Joyce Tsai

Based on Japanese mangaAkuma de Sourou’, Devil Beside You was the first free to air broadcasting drama on China Television(CTV).

Devil Beside You is a series of tragic events happening in the life of Qi Yue. right from the first episode things are against her. The drama sets in motion right after the love confession by Qi Yue goes wrong as she handed her love letter to the wrong person. It is like Murphy’s law applies to her too. 

It may be an old drama but the story and roleplay are good enough for it being your first Taiwanese drama binge.

Where to watch Devil Beside You?

English subtitled versions are available on Viki.

17. Angel ‘n’ Devil | 終極惡女

  • Logline: The war of high school girls with evil forces.
  • Year: 2015
  • Genre: Magic, Drama
  • Cast: Simon Lian, Teddy Chen, Sylvia

One of the best Taiwanese drama based on magic, superpowers, and demons. A group of high school girls finds them in a state of war against the evil forces. The situation becomes worse when one of them dies in mysterious circumstances. Their hunt for demon continues as dark and evil forces gain more strength.

 The Taiwanese drama is a funny adaption of horror and mysterious evil forces. The show will not disappoint you!

Where to watch Angel ‘n’ Devil?

This 26 episode comedy drama is available on Netflix.

18. Skip Beat! | 華麗的挑戰

  • Logline: A betrayal teaches Gong Xi important life lessons.
  • Year: 2011
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Cast: Ivy Chen, Siwon, Donghae

Skip Beat is a Taiwanese TV series based on a manga by the same name. It was a product of a joint production between Taiwan and Japan and the series summed up in 20 long episodes of 70 min each.

The story orbits around the life of a high school graduate Gong Xi, a passionate lover who gave up on her chance to qualify for university education so she could help her love Bu Po Shang succeed as a pop artist. In a matter of time, she realized that her efforts meant nothing to Bo Po Shang and was left cheated and heartbroken. Gong Xi didn’t let herself down and vowed to become a bigger pop star then Bu Po

Where to watch Skip Beat?

Initially aired on FTV main channel, Skip Beat is now available on Viki.

19. Marry Me, or Not? | 必娶女人

  • Logline: A girl who believes in true love and a guy who hates love, will their paths ever combine?
  • Year: 2015
  • Genre: Romance
  • Cast: Roy Chiu, Alice Ke, Joanne Tseng

A story where the main leads are poles apart and this distinct difference in their personality make their chemistry so enjoyable to watch.

Cai Huan Zhen is a successful woman who deeply believes in true love. Whereas He Meng doesn’t believe in love or happy marriages, as he is a divorce lawyer and has seen many relationships getting broken. Could a relationship ever succeed between these two?

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch all 15 episodes of ‘Marry Me, or Not?’ on Viki and Amazon Prime Videos.

20. Prince of wolf | 狼王子

  • Logline: A Taiwanese interpretation of Tarzan story.
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Rom-com
  • Cast:  Derek Chang, Amber An, Samuel Ku

I am sure most have us has seen a Tarzan movie or cartoon series. But it is always nice to see a new way of storytelling. Prince of Wolf is a very well made drama that you’ll totally enjoy.

When Du Zhe Ming was a boy, he got lost in while vacationing and was saved by wolves. He grew up with them and learned the wolf way of life. One day while roaming in the forest he came across Mi Mi, a female photographer who got lost. He gets attracted to her and decides to follow Mi Mi and go into the human world which is a totally different experience for him. 

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch all 18 episodes of ‘Prince of Wolf’ on Viki and YouTube.

Honorary Mentions:

1. In time with you |  我可能不會愛你

  • Logline: Two best friends make a bet about who’ll marry early and that they’ll never fall for each other. But the problem is, they can’t find anyone good.
  • Year: 2011
  • Genre: Romance
  • Cast: Ariel Lin, Chen Bo Lin, Jasper Liu

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch all 13 episodes of ‘In time with you’ on Viki.

2. Love, Now |  真愛趁現在

  • Logline: After being diagnosed with a fatal disease Yang Yi Ru, decides to go on a trip where she meets Lan Si De who asks her to marry him.
  • Year: 2012
  • Genre: Rom-com
  • Cast: Annie Chen, George Hu, Mandy Wei

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch all 72 episodes of ‘Love Now’ on Viki and Netflix.

3. Fabulous Boys | 原來是美男

  • Logline: The story revolves around a fictional boy band named A.N.JELL
  • Year: 2013
  • Genre: Music, Comedy
  • Cast: Jiro Wang, Lyan Su, Jacob Hwang

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch all 13 episodes of ‘Fabulous Boys’ on Viki and YouTube. 

4. Moon River | 明若曉溪

  • Logline: Ming Xiao Xi, a transfer student gets in a conflict with the most notorious kids of the school.
  • Year: 2015
  • Genre: Rom-com
  • Cast: Pets Tseng, Sam Lin, Evan Ma

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch all 30 episodes of ‘Moon River’ on Viki.

5. Drunken to Love you | 醉後決定愛上你

  • Logline: After being dumped by their partners on the same day, the other two get so drunk that they end up marrying each other.
  • Year: 2011
  • Genre: Rom-com
  • Cast: Rainie Yang, Joseph Chang, Tiffany Hsu

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch all 30 episodes of ‘Drunken to Love you’ on Viki.

6. When I see you Again | 他看她的第2眼

  • Logline: A love story between two people, where one is smart and sophisticated and other is a complete mess.
  • Year: 2015
  • Genre: Rom-com
  • Cast: Jasper Liu, Mendy Wei, Ivy Shao

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch all 32 episodes of ‘When I see you Again’ on Viki and Netflix.

7. Fall in love with me | 愛上兩個我

  • Logline: A successful advertising prodigy decides to hide his identity and starts working in a small advertising agency.
  • Year: 2014
  • Genre: Rom-com
  • Cast: Aaron Yan, Tia Li, Beatrice Fang

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch all 20 episodes of ‘Fall in love with me’ on Viki.

8. KO One | 終極一班 (终极一班)

  • Logline: A class specially designed for the delinquents and rejects of every highschool.
  • Year: 2005
  • Genre: Action, Comedy
  • Cast: Jiro Wang, Calvin Chen, Aaron Yan

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch all 21 episodes of ‘KO One’ on Viki and Netflix. Plus it has 2-3 more seasons which are rated more than the first one.

9. Easy fortune Happy life | 福氣又安康

  • Logline: To get the family inheritance, Yan Da Feng is forced to marry the girl of his grandfather’s choosing
  • Year: 2009
  • Genre: Rom-com
  • Cast: Blue Lan, Joe Chen, Roy Chiu

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch all 17 episodes of ‘Easy fortune Happy life’ on Viki.

10. Absolute Boyfriend | 絕對達令

  • Logline: A love story between a girl and a smart robot.
  • Year: 2012
  • Genre: Rom-com
  • Cast: Gu Hye Seon, Jiro Wang, Ken Hsieh

Where to watch this Taiwanese Drama?

You can watch all 13 episodes of ‘Absolute Boyfriend’ on Viki.

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