This table lists 70 tv series and 19 movies in Chinese, ordered by difficulty. Click the number in the words column to download flashcards compatible with Pleco.

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Hide and Seek★☆☆37812229218NetflixChina捉迷藏捉迷藏Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Cities of Last Things★☆☆48012287237NetflixTaiwan幸福城市幸福城市Drama, Sci-Fi, Crime
Secret★★★41212261248NetflixTaiwan不能说的秘密不能說的秘密Romance, Fantasy, Music
Til Death Do Us Apart★★☆87273289269NetflixTaiwan惊悚剧场驚悚劇場Thriller
On Children★★★223958282289NetflixTaiwan你的孩子不是你的孩子你的孩子不是你的孩子Drama, Sci-Fi, Family
A Little Thing Called First Love★★☆50013624207290NetflixChina初恋那件小事初戀那件小事Romance
A Sun★★★76412312291NetflixTaiwan阳光普照陽光普照Drama, Crime, Family
The Bad Kids★★★2074129229298iQIYIChina隐秘的角落隱秘的角落Drama, Crime, Suspense
A Land Imagined★☆☆53012336313NetflixSingapore幻土幻土Drama, Suspense
Rookies' Diary 2★★☆50302223215314YoutubeTaiwan新兵日记之特战英雄新兵日記之特戰英雄Comedy
Never Forget Then★★☆46264028167316YoutubeTaiwan这些年那些事這些年那些事Drama | missing episodes: 8, 27
Memory Love★★☆41701820211330NetflixTaiwan噗通噗通我爱你噗通噗通我愛你Drama, Romance
To the dearest Intruder★★☆35751517206330NetflixTaiwan致,第三者致,第三者Drama, Romance
Love @ Seventeen★★☆36151517217336NetflixTaiwan我和我的十七岁我和我的十七歲
Brides Married Here★★☆36071314250349YoutubeTaiwan新娘嫁到新娘嫁到Drama
Candy Online★★☆1627135325358NetflixTaiwan糖糖Online糖糖OnlineDrama
Attention, Love!★★☆36151517211359NetflixTaiwan稍息立正我爱你稍息立正我愛你Comedy, Romance
Way Back Into Love★★★47822223206364NetflixTaiwan爱回来愛回來Drama, Romance
The Ghost Bride★☆☆161565353368NetflixTaiwan彼岸之嫁彼岸之嫁Drama
Ice Fantasy★☆☆66426240167373NetflixChina幻城幻城Drama, Fantasy
Put Your Head on My Shoulder★★★38532415255374NetflixChina致我们暖暖的小时光致我們暖暖的小時光Drama, Romance
Nowhere Man★★☆208586365378NetflixTaiwan罪梦者罪夢者Crime, Suspense
My Dear Boy★★★50132022225379NetflixTaiwan我的男孩我的男孩Drama, Comedy, Romance
IUUI★★☆35581315240381YoutubeTaiwan我爱你爱你爱我我愛你愛你愛我Romance
Dear Ex★★★69512442385NetflixTaiwan谁先爱上他的誰先愛上他的Drama, Comedy, Same-Sex
The 9th Precinct★☆☆68712443391NetflixTaiwan第九分局第九分局Comedy, Action, Fantasy
Green Door★★☆174865366392NetflixTaiwan魂囚西门魂囚西門Suspense, Thriller
Decoded★☆☆57204128205394YoutubeChina解密解密Drama, Suspense
Lavender★★☆29391011276396NetflixTaiwan薰衣草薰衣草Drama, Romance
Déjà Vu★★☆45192225181397NetflixTaiwan回到爱以前回到愛以前Drama, Romance
Secrets in The Hot Spring★★☆73312423402NetflixTaiwan切小金家的旅馆切小金家的旅館Comedy, Horror
Age of Rebellion★★★45141518254405NetflixTaiwan翻墙的记忆翻牆的記憶Drama, Action, Romance
Animal World★★☆99112483414NetflixChina动物世界動物世界Drama, Action, Adventure
Prince of Tennis★★☆54754028196415NetflixChina奋斗吧,少年!奮鬥吧,少年!Romance
The Stolen Years★☆☆84512458423NetflixTaiwan被偷走的那五年被偷走的那五年Romance
Abula★★☆67904144153428YoutubeTaiwan阿不拉的三個女人阿不拉的三個女人Drama, Historical
The Outsiders★★★40712014282434NetflixTaiwan斗鱼鬥魚Romance
Scissor Seven★★★2012245384437NetflixChina刺客伍六七刺客伍六七Drama, Comedy, Action
See You in Time★★☆43711618243440NetflixTaiwan已读不回的恋人已讀不回的戀人
A Thousand Goodnights★★★59312023254444NetflixTaiwan一千个晚安一千個晚安Drama
Rookies' Diary★★★90514352174446YoutubeTaiwan新兵日记新兵日記Drama, War
Love, Timeless★★☆48281518276446NetflixTaiwan钟楼爱人鐘樓愛人Drama, Romance
The Perfect Match★★☆50952224215448NetflixTaiwan极品绝配極品絕配Drama, Comedy, Romance
King of Peking★★☆74811550449NetflixChina京城之王京城之王Drama, Comedy
First Kiss★☆☆48291618273452YoutubeTaiwan真爱配方真愛配方Drama
A Love So Beautiful★★☆45632417272452NetflixChina致我们单纯的小美好致我們單純的小美好Drama, Romance
Finding Mr. Right★★☆99012519455NetflixChina北京遇上西雅图北京遇上西雅圖Comedy, Romance
Meteor Garden★☆☆70984933212459NetflixChina流星花园流星花園Romance
Us and Them★☆☆93812482464NetflixChina后来的我们後來的我們Drama, Romance
Well-Intended Love★★☆47122015318468NetflixChina奈何 BOSS 要娶我奈何 BOSS 要娶我Romance
The Victims' Game★★★299789351468NetflixTaiwan谁是被害者誰是被害者Crime, Suspense
Justice Heroes★★☆1761623524372471YoutubeTaiwan廉政英雄廉政英雄Drama | missing episodes: 154, 227
The Bullet Vanishes★★☆80012469474NetflixChina消失的子弹消失的子彈Action, Suspense, Crime
Eternal Love★★☆75775840188482NetflixChina三生三世十里桃花三生三世十里桃花Drama, Romance, Fantasy
Our Shining Days★★☆88212548493NetflixChina闪光少女閃光少女Comedy, Music
I Hear You★★☆47562416306494NetflixChina最动听的事最動聽的事Drama, Romance
The King of Romance★★★51921720261497NetflixTaiwan如朕亲临如朕親臨Comedy, Romance
Marry Me, or Not?★★☆42061517244502NetflixTaiwan必娶女人必娶女人Drama, Romance
Hilda★★★2339135473502NetflixDubbed希尔达希爾達Animation, Fantasy, Adventure | simplified subtitles ≈ audio
Handsome Siblings★★☆74554430246508NetflixChina绝代双骄絕代雙驕Wuxia, Costume
Accidentally In Love★★☆45743014328514NetflixChina惹上冷殿下惹上冷殿下Romance
Take My Brother Away★★☆71283022326515NetflixChina快把我哥带走快把我哥帶走Comedy, Fantasy
Wait, My Youth★★☆42122413335520NetflixChina等等啊我的青春等等啊我的青春Drama, Romance
Somewhere Only We Know★★☆57652422267520NetflixChina独家记忆獨家記憶Drama
Jojo's World★★☆48351517282540NetflixTaiwan我和我的四个男人我和我的四個男人Drama, Romance
Unrequited Love★★☆43212411380543NetflixChina暗恋橘生淮南暗戀橘生淮南Drama, Romance
The Golden Era★★☆171913600543NetflixChina黄金时代黃金時代Drama, Biography, Romance
Love O2O★☆☆62483020308543NetflixChina微微一笑很倾城微微一笑很倾城Romance
Single Ladies Senior★☆☆57411517340546NetflixTaiwan高塔公主高塔公主Drama, Romance
The Borderline★★★43621712354548YoutubeDubbed警戒线警界線Drama, Crime
Day and Night★★★72433223318576NetflixChina白夜追凶白夜追兇Drama, Crime, Suspense
The Untamed★★★72705033219577NetflixChina陈情令陳情令Drama, Costume
Triad Princess★☆☆203364567580NetflixTaiwan极道千金極道千金Drama, Comedy, Romance
So Young★★☆142112657581NetflixChina致我们终将逝去的青春致我們終將逝去的青春Drama, Romance
The Princess Weiyoung★☆☆87475436240590NetflixChina锦绣未央錦繡未央Drama, Romance, Costume
Lion Pride★★☆58061619310590NetflixTaiwan狮子王强大獅子王強大Drama, Romance
The Legend of White Snake★★★81933625330593NetflixChina新白娘子传奇新白娘子傳奇Romance, Fantasy, Costume
The King's Avatar★★☆71714025290606NetflixChina全职高手全職高手Drama
Paranormal Mind★☆☆43571611383608YoutubeDubbed开脑儆探開腦儆探Crime | missing episode: 8
The Wandering Earth★★★128312654608NetflixChina流浪地球流浪地球Sci-Fi, Adventure, Disaster
Find Yourself★★☆82154128296622NetflixChina下一站是幸福下一站是幸福Drama, Romance
Yanxi Palace Princess Adventures★☆☆228764605626NetflixChina金枝玉叶金枝玉葉Drama, Romance, Costume
Hidden Faces★★☆50231813376626YoutubeDubbed三面形医三面形醫Drama
Cook Up a Storm★☆☆118212776653NetflixChina决战食神決戰食神Drama, Action
Perfect Wedding★★★78574429275657YoutubeChina大嫁风尚大嫁風尚Drama, Romance | missing episodes: 10, 20
The Rise of Phoenixes★★★106537049218662NetflixChina天盛长歌天盛長歌Romance, Costume
Empresses in the Palace★★★412869481672NetflixChina后宫甄嬛传後宮甄嬛傳Drama, Costume | Netflix version edited down to 6 episodes
Once Upon a Time in Lingjian Mountain★★☆86443723375742NetflixChina从前有座灵剑山從前有座靈劍山Drama, Action, Wuxia
Ashes of Love★★★113686339291780NetflixChina香蜜沉沉烬如霜香蜜沉沉燼如霜Romance, Fantasy, Costume

Tools

Pleco is a free dictionary app for Chinese, available for iOS and Android. Flashcard functionality is available as an in-app purchase.

Language Learning with Netflix is a free extension for Chrome. It provides several useful features for working with subtitles on Netflix.

Vocabulary Lists

The Basic 1k list covers the most common 1000 words used by more than 90% of all shows in the list. Those words cover around 75% of all content and are excluded from the individual vocabulary lists and statistics.

Click the link in the words column to get a vocabulary list which covers all the remaining words used in the corresponding show. The words in the list are in the order of appearance in the show, each word is only listed once at the time it first appears.

All words can be found in the free CC-CEDICT, which is also available in Pleco. The list format follows the Pleco convention. Both simplified and traditional characters are included, pinyin and definitions can be added by Pleco during the import.

Note: Since automatic word segmentation is not perfect, the lists might contain odd words and some words might be missing.

Word Metrics

Words

histogram of number of words

The total number of unique words that a show uses indicates how many words you have to learn in order to understand the whole show. This obviously also depends on how long the show is.

Words per hour (w/h) (w/h 4h)

words per hour over time

The number of new, unique words a show introduces per hour (w/h). Naturally, the number of new words is highest in the beginning of a show. For a better comparison of shows with different lengths use the (w/h 4h) metric which only considers the first four hours of each show.

histogram of number of words per hour histogram of number of words per hour in first 4h

Contact

In case you find any errors on the website or in the vocabulary lists feel free to contact me via email.

I'd be happy to add more shows to the list. If you have subtitles that you'd be willing to share please send me an email. The format would have to be a text based subtitle format, either in simplified or traditional, ideally both.