Top 20 “High-Rated Chinese Dramas” of All Time

Douban, one of the largest and most influential rating platforms in China,  announced the “Top 20 High-Rated Chinese Dramas of All Time.” “The Untamed” starring Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo won the championship with 1.7 million ratings, and Zhang Ruoyun’s “Joy Of Life Season 1” ranked third.

The long-tail effect of these two dramas is beyond exception; it is still a hot topic among Chinese drama fans.

Surprisingly, There are 3 dramas on the list that aired this year. Among them, the “Mysterious Lotus Casebook” starring Cheng Yi and Zeng Shunxi performed exceptionally well. The show was not expected to be optimistic at first, but later it exceeded 604,000 ratings and received a high score of 8.5.

In recent years, there has been doubt or question regarding the credibility and accuracy of Douban ratings for Chinese Dramas.

However, many critics believe that numbers do not deceive; when a significant number of viewers rate a drama, we gain valuable insights into its overall performance and quality.

After all, only interested individuals will visit the platform and share their reviews. Recently, Douban released a list of the “Top 20 High-Rated Chinese Dramas,” allowing viewers to know which dramas have been the most popular over the years. Three dramas on the list have more than 1 million ratings.

The Untamed

Douban announced The Top 20 Chinese Dramas Popularity Ranking List: Zhang RuoYun's "Joy of Life, Cheng Yi's "Mysterious Lotus Casebook," and Xiao Zhan's "The Untamed" won the championship.
The Untamed

Leading the list is the global sensational “The Untamed 陳情令,” starring Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo, which has earned an impressive 1.75 million ratings on the platform.

This fantasy martial art captured the hearts of both domestic and international audiences, maintaining its reign at the top for four years and counting since its 2019 debut.

The drama follows the tale of two heroes, Lan Wang Ji (portrayed by Wang Yibo) and Wei Wuxian (portrayed by Xiao Zhan), as they navigate the intricacies of a chivalrous world filled with magic, friendship, and intrigue.

The Bad Kids

If someone is into the mystery, crime, and suspense genre, there are hardly any viewers who haven’t heard or watched this drama unless someone is new to the genre or Chinese Dramas.

Douban announced The Top 20 Chinese Dramas Popularity Ranking List: Zhang RuoYun's "Joy of Life, Cheng Yi's "Mysterious Lotus Casebook," and Xiao Zhan's "The Untamed" won the championship.

The Bad Kids 隱秘的角落 (2020)’ holds the second place on this list according to its DB score. The series makes you ponder and question human nature, existence, cruelty, lies, deception, and the hidden face beneath the one they present to the world.

The series is exceptionally well-crafted with high-quality delivery. The two actors, Qin Hao, and Zhang Songwen are indispensable. Their acting skills were widely discussed and praised achieving 1.13 million ratings on DB and becoming the second most popular TV drama on Douban of all time.

Joy Of Life Season 1

Douban announced The Top 20 Chinese Dramas Popularity Ranking List: Zhang RuoYun's "Joy of Life, Cheng Yi's "Mysterious Lotus Casebook," and Xiao Zhan's "The Untamed" won the championship.
Joy Of Life Season 1

In Third place, we have Zhang RouYun’s 2019 hit drama, Joy Of Life S1,’ a riveting historical drama filled with political intrigue and fantasy elements.

Masterfully portrayed by Zhang Ruoyun and other stellar casts, including Li Qin, Chen Dao Ming, Wu Gang, Cui Zhi Guang, and more.

The number of ratings of this series on the platform is 1.03 Million, one of the most highly rated costume Chinese TV series after ‘The Untamed’.

Fans of this drama once again rejoiced as the second season has wrapped up filming recently and is a highly anticipated drama to be aired in 2024.

Are you wondering what TV dramas have high ratings on Douban? Here’s a list of dramas with their respective ratings (announced on 2023/10/22).

TV DramasYearDB scoreNo. of Ratings
1.The Untamed 陳情令20197.71.76 million
2.THE BAD KIDS 隱秘的角落20208.81.13 million
3.Joy of Life 慶餘年20197.91.03 million
4.The Long Night 沉默的真相20209917,000
5The Knockout 狂飆20238.5893,000
6.Douluo Continent 斗罗大陆20216.4893,000
7.Reset 開端20227.9888,000
8.The Long Season 漫長的季節20239.4860,000
9.A Dream of Splendor 夢華錄20227.9859,000
10.Someday or One day 想見你20199.2808,000
11.Nirvana in Fire 琅琊榜20159.4801,000
12.Love Between Fairy and Devil 蒼蘭訣20228.1723,000
13.Legend of Concubine Zhen Huan 後宮甄嬛傳20119.4706,000
14.Day and Night 白夜追兇20178.9619,000
15.Mysterious Lotus Casebook 蓮花樓20238.5604,000
16.Word of Honor 山河令20218.5587,000
17.Immortal Samsara 沉香如屑20225.9578,000
18.My Own Swordsman 武林外傳20069.6564,000
19.Love Like The Galaxy 星漢燦爛20227.7561,000
20.The Story of Ming Lan 知否20187.9552,000

Top 3 High Rated Chinese Dramas in 2023

  • The KnockOut
  • The Long Season
  • Mysterious Lotus Casebook

This year, three TV series successfully entered the list: “The KnockOut,” a gripping gangster crime drama about corruption led by Zhang Yi and Zhang Songwen.

Douban announced The Top 20 Chinese Dramas Popularity Ranking List: Zhang RuoYun's "Joy of Life, Cheng Yi's "Mysterious Lotus Casebook," and Xiao Zhan's "The Untamed" won the championship.
The Knockout (left) & The Long Season (right)

The Long Season,” starring Qin Hao in a suspenseful Life crime drama, offers another thrilling viewing option.

And “Mysterious Lotus Casebook,” a costume detective wuxia drama starring Cheng Yi, Zheng Shunxi, and Xiao Shunyao. All three of these dramas have different themes.

Among them, “The Long Season” received the highest rating with a score of 9.4, and “Knockout” had the most ratings with over 893,000.

In the beginning, “Mysterious Lotus Casebook” was underestimated as the show is not a typical romance genre costume drama, but an individual mystery-solving detective drama.

Douban announced The Top 20 Chinese Dramas Popularity Ranking List: Zhang RuoYun's "Joy of Life, Cheng Yi's "Mysterious Lotus Casebook," and Xiao Zhan's "The Untamed" won the championship.
image source: Mysterious Lotus Casebook

However, once the drama was launched, it ended up becoming one of the dark horse series of 2023 exceeding everyone’s expectations with its high ratings and robust word of mouth, making it the most popular wuxia/martial arts drama of the year.

The drama successfully entered the Top 20 list with over 604,000 ratings. Initially, Its opening DB score was 8, but now it has risen to an impressive high score of 8.5.


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