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Forget Black Mirror and Stranger Things; nothing can beat the heart-thumping criminal chase, juicy love triangles and heart-warming scenes that Hong Kong TVB dramas entail.

Whether you’re already a TVB fan who’s planning to reminisce some of the classic shows, or you’re just looking for something new to watch alone, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best TVB dramas of all time — categorised according to their genre.

What are the best TVB dramas to watch?

Crime and investigation drama
1. Line Walker 使徒行者
2. Forensic Heroes 法政先鋒
3. Witness to a Prosecution 洗冤錄

Family feuds
4. Moonlight Resonance 溏心風暴之家好月圓
5. Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄

Legal dramas
6. Ghetto Justice 怒火街頭
7. Legal Mavericks 踩過界
8. Will Power

Business dramas
9. The Greed of Man 大時代
10. Brother’s Keeper 巨輪
11. Two Steps From Heaven 幕后玩家

Mystery and paranormal drama
12. Queen of News
13. Ghost of Relativity 鬼同你OT
14. The Exorcist’s Meter 降魔的
15. Our Unwinding Ethos 十二傳說

Palace period dramas
16. Beyond the Realm of Conscience 攻心計
17. King Maker 造王者

Romance and comedy
18. Can’t Buy Me Love 公主嫁到
19. Married But Available 我瞞結婚了
20. Al Cappuccino 反黑路人甲

Action and fighting shows
21. Gloves Come Off 拳王
22. A Fist Within Four Walls 城寨英雄
23. Flying Tigers 飛虎

Slice-of-life comfort shows
24. A Kindred Spirit 真情
25. Come Home Love 愛·回家
26. Who Wants A Baby? BB來了

Crime and investigation TVB dramas

1. Line Walker 使徒行者 (2014)

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Perhaps the best crime series TVB has produced, Line Walker takes undercover police films to the next level.

After the death of a colleague, Cheuk Hoi (played by Michael Miu) was tasked to relocate and protect his orphaned undercover police.

Together with Sit Ka Keung (played by Raymond Lam), Ting Siu Ka (played by Charmaine Seah) and the others, they unravel more secrets, such as the mysterious cause of his colleague’s death and the presence of a dirty cop in the police force. 

Following the success of the first Line Walker, this series subsequently launched two sequels in the coming years.

2. Forensic heroes 法政先鋒 (2006)

Forensic Heroes stands as an iconic TVB series, revered not only within Hong Kong but also acclaimed beyond its borders.

Experience the unraveling of unsolvable crimes through ingenious deduction and forensic science, as the Forensic Science Division complements the efforts of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). This captivating crime and investigation drama is a must-watch for fans of the genre.

It is selected as one of the top ten classic TVB dramas, with the sequels Forensic Heroes 2,3,4 and 5 released over the next 20 years.

3. Witness To A Prosecution 洗冤錄

Taking place in the Qing Dynasty, the story centres around the protagonist Song Chi (played by Bobby Au Yeung), a nighttime keeper who was framed for murder. Fortunately, he was cleared of his name by a coroner, and decided to study the art of forensic science under him.

Soon, Song Chi became Sung Yik’s (played by Frankie Lam) personal forensic medical doctor. Together, they solve many mysterious cases as Song Chi continues developing his skills as a coroner.

Witness To A Prosecution was met with positive reviews and also yielded Bobby Au Yeung the “Best Actor’ award in 2000. A sequel was later released in 2003.

More crime and investigation dramas from TVB here.

Best family feud drama on TVB

4. Moonlight Resonance 溏心風暴之家好月圓 (2008)

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Moonlight Resonance features a family feud over shares and ownership of the famous bakery — Moonlight Bakery.

Originally owned by Kam Tai Jo (played by Ha Yu) and Chung Siew Hor (played by Louis Lee), the bakery was later split between the Kam family and Chung family after Kam was caught having an affair.

Later, the bakery under the Kam family progresses successfully while the Chung family’s one remains a modest neighborhood bakery.

One of TVB’s highest viewership that is acclaimed for its intense plot and excellent performances, the moving storyline revolves around human nature, family bonds and the love of the two families.

5. Rosy Business 巾幗梟雄 (2009)

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Rosy Business depicts the clash amongst family members for the inheritance of the family rice shop, Hong Fung Nin during the Qing Dynasty.

The story revolves around the life of Hong Po Kei (played by Sheren Tang), who marries into the Chiang family as the fourth wife. After the death of the Chiang head, she eventually takes over the family business, despite opposition by several members of the family, and guides the ambitious coolie Chai Kau (played byWayne Lai) to climb up the social ladder.

Best legal dramas from TVB

6. Ghetto Justice 怒火街頭 (2011)

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Law Lik Ah (played by Kevin Cheng) used to be a lawyer who practices law for fame and glory, until a certain life-changing incident. Since then, he devoted his life to helping the underprivileged, earning himself the title “Ghetto Lawyer”.

On the other hand, Wong Si Fu (played by Myolie Wu), who used to look up to him, despises him for that. She continues her ways of climbing to the top to abandon her grass roots beginning. However, she begins to acknowledge the fact that the law is favoured towards the upper echelon.

This TVB legal drama reflects the sad truth of justice in reality, by drawing attention to the prejudice and favoritism in our legal system.  

7. Legal Mavericks 踩過界 (2017)

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After losing his eyesight in an accident, Hope Man (played by Vincent Wong) persevered and worked hard to become a lawyer, eventually earning the title ‘Blind Legal Night’ in the legal industry.

Just like Marvel’s Daredevil, being blind enhanced his other senses. Together with Gogo (played by Owen Cheung), his flatmate and private detective, and Deanie (played by Sisley Choi), his female legal executive with mob connections, these three musketeers challenges criminals to uphold justice.

8. Will Power 法外風雲 (2013)

Will Power starts with a heated battle between renowned barristers Wilson Yu (played by Wayne Lai) and Morris Lee (played by Moses Chan).

Wilson would stop at nothing to win the case which almost cost him his life. Ever since, he gained an insight and changed his attitude towards legal cases. Meanwhile. Morris continued down his path. A twist of fate causes them to reunite in court years later where they would unfold a bigger conspiracy, which their decision as a lawyer would cost someone’s life.

This TVB legal drama also stars Fala Chen, Christine Ng and Jason Chan.

More TVB legal drama here.

Business dramas

9. Queen of News 新聞女王 (2023)

The plot of this highly-acclaimed TVB series, which won multiple awards in 2023, revolves around the fiercely competitive 6:30pm news segment.

Seasoned anchors Man Wai Sum (played by Charmaine Seah) and Leung Ging-yan (played by Kenneth Ma) are lead rival factions within the news department. Both aim for the top position. However, amidst this rivalry, a new disruptive force emerges and rises through the ranks.

The sudden opening for the prime-time female anchor sets off a chain of dramatic events.

10. The Greed of Man 大時代 (1992)

After losing their family’s entire fortune due to a failed investment in the Hong Kong stock exchange, an investment financier compels his sons to take their own lives before ultimately doing the same himself.

This TVB series from the 90s features now-famous Hong Kong movie stars such as Adam Cheng and Lau Cheng Wan.

11. Two Steps From Heaven 幕后玩家 (2016)

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Two Steps from Heaven is a modern-day drama pivoted around the Public Relations (PR) industry.

Starring Bosco Wong, Edwin Siu and Louis Cheung, the bosses of the PR company, The Rainmakers, as well as Priscilla Wong, who later proves that she’s not as simple as she seems, this series aims to underscore moral dilemmas in our capitalistic, dog-eat-dog society.

12. Brother’s Keeper 巨輪 (2013)

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Revolving around the rise of Koi Kei Bakery, this series tells a story of the moral life struggles of two half-brothers during the late and post-colonial periods of Hong Kong and Macau.

It touches on the hardship faced by those who were caught up in the rapid socio-economic and political changes, reflected in Lo Wai Son’s (played by Edwin Siu) multiple failures in starting his peanut candy business. Furthermore, historical events, such as the 1991 Goldsmith Robberies and 1998 Hong Kong Financial Crisis, are utilised as plot devices to drive the changing fates of the brothers and their families. 

Mystery and paranormal TVB shows

13. Ghost of Relativity 鬼同你OT (2015)

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With its cantonese name literally meaning ‘ghost working overtime with you’, Ghost of Relativity is a romantic comedy with a supernatural setting.

Gin (played by Nancy Wu), Michael’s (played by Moses Chan) co-worker has always had feelings for him but is too proud to make the first move. Before she has the chance to do so, she unfortunately dies in an accident, with her spirit transferred to May’s (played by Kristal Tin) cellphone. Being the only person who can see her, Gin uses May to pursue Michael.

14. The Exorcist’s Meter 降魔的 (2017)

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Taxi driver Ma Kuei (played by Kenneth Ma) lives an honest and simple life after losing his parents at a young age.

His life takes a sharp turn after urinating at the side of a public highway. In the process, he releases the stone spirit, Shek Gam Dong (played by Hubert Wu). Later, he develops supernatural abilities under the guidance of the spirit, which he uses to conjure demons who have hurt his friends.

15. Our Unwinding Ethos 十二傳說 (2019)

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Don’t be fooled by the name of the series. While it does revolve around mythological stories anchored in Hong Kong, Our Unwinding Ethos is in fact a criminal mystery drama.

The story starts with Poon Duo Lai (played by Rosina Lam), professor of Folkloristics, who tries to search for her teacher who has been missing for seven years.

A fateful encounter between her and journalist Foo Zi Bok (played by Edwin Siu), who coincidentally, is the son of the missing teacher, sparks a series of investigations of murders that are portrayed as paranormal activities. Its unpredictable plot and mind boggling explanation has earned it a spot on this list. 

Palace period dramas

16. Beyond the Realm of Conscience 攻心計 (2009)

Taking place during the later period of the Tang dynasty, ‘Beyond the Realm of Conscience’ narrates the journey of palace maid Lau Sam-ho (played by Charmaine Seah).

The story starts with her innocent encounters in the Imperial Household Bureau before being untangled in a series of betrayals. The title of the series translates to “Plots in the Palace,” cleverly playing on the phrase 攻心計, which roughly denotes “schemes targeting and attacking the heart,” reflecting the intricate betrayals and intrigues unfolding within the palace.

17. King Maker 造王者 (2012)

In the tumultuous period of the Song dynasty, the power-hungry first prince Kwai Sing (played by by Pierre Ngo) and his ambitious brother, the second prince Kwai Wo (played by Lai Lok-yi), engage in a fierce rivalry for the throne.

Advising each prince are Yu Jing (portrayed by Wayne Lai) and Tung Chiu (played by Kent Cheng), trusted allies with a longstanding mentor-friend relationship.

Both parties scheme relentless to secure the throne for their prince. However, they soon discover they are not the only malevolent forces at play, as numerous other adversaries emerge, each more sinister than the last.

Light-hearted romance and comedies

18. Can’t Buy Me Love 公主嫁到 (2010)

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Set during the Tang Dynasty, the story revolves around the marriage of Princess Chiu Yeung (played by Charmaine Seah).

She was so bratty that no prince wants to marry. Hence, the royal family made plans to marry her off to Tibet. This is where Kam Tuo Lok (played by Moses Chan), second son of gold-manufacturing family business, comes in. In order for the princess to stay in China and for Kam to save his family’s business, they unwillingly agree to their marriage.

This romantic comedy showcases the bickering between the couple and how they eventually overcome their obstacles. 

19. Married But Available 我瞞結婚了 (2017)

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This is a romantic comedy between Au Yeung Chi Chung and Chu Ming Ming (played by Tony Hung and Priscilla Wong respectively).

The newly-weds learn that their direct bosses are business rivals. Hence, they decide to keep their marriage a secret. With their relationship hidden, the protagonists find themselves on a rocky path as their hearts sway from various courtship.

Reflecting the abundance of hidden marriages in Hong Kong, the series displays the hardships the couple have to tide through with a pinch of humor and romance.

20. Al Cappuccino 反黑路人甲 (2020)

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What do you get when you cross an undercover cop drama with a comedy?

All Cappuccino follows the story of an aspiring actor Cheung Sai Lun (played by Vincent Wong) who was mistakenly given the identity of the heir of Hong Kong’s largest triad group. He was hired by the Hong Kong Police Force to take up the role of the successor of the triad group after the mysterious death of the triad boss to aid in solving the murder.

The best TVB Drama of 2020, Al Cappuccino won a total of six awards in the 2020 TVB Anniversary Awards Presentation.

Action & fighting TVB series

21. Gloves Come Off 拳王 (2012)

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Muay Thai expert Tong Shap Yat (played by Kevin Cheng) quit the martial arts scene after accidentally taking someone’s life in a black market fight. Eventually, he ends up as a security personnel at a sporting goods company.

He meets But Ka Shing (played by Raymond Wong), who applied to his gym as the assistant manager, who has a strong muay thai dream.

Influenced by his burning passion, Tong decides to return to the scene as But’s training coach. However, due to jealousy of But’s rising fame, Tong’s senior decides to meddle, which puts a strain on their coach-disciple relationship.

Through multiple exchange of punches in the ring, they come to desire to find out who really is the ‘King of the Ring’.

22. A Fist Within Four Walls 城寨英雄 (2016)

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Staged in 1945, A Fist Within Four Walls takes place in the triad-ridden Kowloon Walled City, a lawless zone swarming with vice.

Chor Au Kuen (played by Ruco Chan) returns to his hometown to find his sister after they were separated from an unfortunate incident. His father was accused of murder of the head of the Duen family and was executed.

As he looks for his sister, he meets the first son of the Duen family, Duen Ying Fung (played by Benjamin Yuen) and Tiu Lan (played by Nancy Wu) and becomes attached to the city.

The plot revolves around him protecting the walled city against evildoers and unfolding the truth behind his parents’ death along the way.

This emotional and exciting martial arts drama is the highest-rated TVB drama in 2016.

23. Flying Tigers 飛虎 (2018)

Elites of the Hong Kong Police Force, The Flying Tigers specialises in counter-terrorism, hostage rescue and high-risk crimes. This series of bravery and camaraderie centers around the Flying Tigers opposing high-threat criminal organizations. So steel yourself for adrenaline pumping action scenes

The franchise produced the following series: Tiger Cubs (2012), Tiger Cubs II (2014), Flying Tiger (2018) and Flying Tiger II (2019).

Slice-of-life comfort shows on TVB

24. A Kindred Spirit 真情 (1995)

A Kindred Spirit holds a significant place in Hong Kong television history as one of the longest-running drama series, spanning a total of 1,128 episodes.

The storyline revolves around a family that runs a barbecue pork (char siu) restaurant in Happy Valley, Hong Kong, and explores their everyday lives and experiences.

25. Come Home Love 愛·回家 (2012)

With 500 episodes, this slice-of-life sit-com soon became every Hong Kong resident’s comfort show during dinner. It depicts the differences in experiences and values among the three generations lead to misunderstandings of all sorts — a relatable scenario in many families in Hong Kong.

Ma Fu (played by Lau Tan), a retired Correctional Services officer, moves in with his sons after retirement. However, he unknowingly treats his family members like prisoners. For Ma Chong (portrayed by Lai Lok Yi), his youngest son, home feels no different from a prison.

Meanwhile, Ma Keung (played by Tsui Wing), Fu’s second son, and his wife Lo Lai Sheung (portrayed by Lam Yi Kei), not only have to navigate the conflicts between Fu and Chong but also raise the two children left behind by Keung’s elder brother.

In the end, what can bridge the gap among the members of this seemingly harmonious family?

26. Who Wants A Baby? BB來了 (2018)

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An unexpected pregnancy disrupts the plan of the married couple Elvis Yip and Ellen Tong (played by Chris Lai and Ali Lee respectively).

Because of the baby’s arrival, Elvis has to steer away from his nightly pastimes while Ellen makes a career change. Besides that, they also start seeing changes in their lifestyles.

This series reflects common obstacles faced by mothers in Asian societies, including high expectations of their children and conflicting opinions between the mother and her mother-in-law.

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