2017 has graced us with great dramas.
I was excited about many dramas airing in 2017 but I was also equally sad when some of them ended.
This is why today, I (jasmine) will be talking about 8 Korean dramas whom I just couldn’t get over.
Fight My Way
Not only one of 2017 most popular Korean dramas, but one of the best romantic comedies of 2017.
“Fight My Way” tells the story of the struggling youth while straying away from many classic kdrama clichés, such as the rude handsome, rich and smart boyfriend.
The drama doesn’t only focus on its two main characters but also creates a different world for its supporting characters played by Ahn Jae Hong and Song Ha Yoon.
Park Seo Joon takes on the dumb handsome struggling Ko Dong Man. He is nice and treats women well, but lacks self-confidence and is stuck in the past. He learns to move on, accept the past and fight for his dream.
He also realizes he has feelings his best friend Ae Ra played by Kim Ji Won.
Despite the fact that this was Kim Ji Won’s first lead role ever since her debut, she did pretty well.
I loved how well-rounded and realistic the characters were. I also liked that the cameos of this drama had an impact, instead of being just another celebrity cameo.
Choi Min Suk’s cameo was one of the most memorable cameos I’ve seen in a kdrama ever. I was taken back how good he was and the impact he had on the story.
When “Fight My Way” ended, I felt a void. It was a lot of fun tuning in to see those four characters each week. They made my Mondays and Tuesdays way better than I had expected them to be.
And to be honest I didn’t expect that I’d be this attached to the drama so much.
Another good KBS drama.
“Mad Dog” drew attention for being Woo Do Hwan next project.
The rising actor has caught many kdrama fans eyes with his appearance in OCN’s cult drama “Save Me.” Many fans anticipated his next drama comeback.
He chose an excellent script and came back with the Insurance Fraud drama “Mad Dog.”
The drama tells the story of Choi Kang Woo (Yoo Ji Tae), a former police and leader of Taeyang Insurance’s investigators team, he decides to go independent with the team members whom he can trust, after an airplane crash that took the life of his wife and son. He then meets Kim Min Joon (Woo Do Hwan), a genius former swindler whose brother was also a victim of the crash, thus begin their rivalry and cooperation.
The drama started off as the lowest rated drama in its timeslot but managed to gain fans and achieve higher ratings with each episode.
The drama plot was so interesting and intriguing. Woo Do Hwan bromance and rivalry with Yoo Ji Tae was one of the drama highlights.
I also didn’t expect that I’d be a fan of Woo Do Hwan and Hwayoung’s romance, but the two made a good couple. Their interactions throughout the drama course was also pleasant to see.
It was difficult to let go of “Mad Dog.” It had 16 memorable episodes and is in my opinion one of 2017’s best Korean dramas.
The drama has aired its last episode last week but I am still struggling to get over it.
I can’t wait to see Woo Do Hwan in a new project. It will be fun to witness how evolves as an actor in the coming years.
Go Back Couple
Let us all just admit it!
“Go Back Couple” was too short!
“Go Back Couple” tells the story of a struggling married couple with a daughter, the couple regret marrying each other at such a young and end up getting a divorce.
The drama then follows those two as they go back in time to the first time they met each other.
To be honest with you, I never expected that this drama was going to be this good when I first read the plot outline.
I was growing sick and tired of repetitive timeslip dramas, we’ve had a bunch of those in 2017. This drama was both different and refreshing.
The drama also focuses on the secondary characters, not only it two leads who played two married couples marvelously. Jang Nara and Son Ho Joon are one of my favorite 2017 on-screen couples.
I never expected that I’d ship them together so damn hard and I never expected that they’d actually make a good couple.
The two had good chemistry and synergy together. It felt like they had known each other for a long time and that they truly were a married couple.
I was also moved to tears by Jang Nara emotional scenes. The mother-daughter relationship is one of this drama’s highlights.
It will make you cry, laugh and cheer on its characters.
I was both happy and sad it was 12 episodes. I loved the drama but I didn’t want them to try to extend it to please audience. The drama did well in ratings, I was afraid there would be an extension.
I felt like 12 episodes were enough. Although I felt extremely empty on the weekends following its final episodes, I was satisfied by how everything ended. The drama was perfect in its own way and I had a lot of fun watching it.
I’d love to see Jang Nara and Son Ho Joon in another drama together, they suit each other well.
No Korean actress can make me cry as much as Jang Nara.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
“Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo” aired its last episode in mid-January this is why its on the list.
Many people were introduced to kdramas through this particular drama. The chemistry and the storyline of it made it one of the most memorable dramas ever.
I was having a lot of fun watching Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk interact together. The two had great chemistry and kept the show going for me and many other viewers.
Lee Sung Kyung actually gained weight to portray the role of an aspiring weightlifter, she challenged the sweet conventional typical female lead in Korean dramas.
The friendship between the three female characters was also pleasant and had an impact on the show. The three girls shared their love for weightlifting and food.
Wednesdays and Thursdays were a lot more tolerable because of this drama exitance and I honestly didn’t want to let go of it.
Ji Chang Wook drama ya’ll, is there anything more that needs to be said?
The cute Ji Chang Wook chose “Suspicious Partner” as his last drama project before his enlistment.
Fans, including me had doubts when we saw that he was paired with much younger actress Nam Ji Hyun, but our doubts were put to rest when we saw the drama.
I won’t say that “Suspicious Partner” had a killer storyline because that would be a lie. The drama did have some good moments here and there. The drama was satisfying and adorable.
A lot of moments in the drama really didn’t make any sense to me, like how Ji Chang Wook’ character was basically the police, investigator and prosecutor of all the cases.
The drama script wasn’t all around perfect and it certainly wasn’t one of Ji Chang Wook’s best performances but I still believe that it was an enjoyable fluffy drama.
The drama also introduced us to Dong Ha. An amazing rising actor that did so well opposite Ji Chang Wook.
I loved the characters of the drama, their on and off-screen chemistry. The two couples were pleasant and enjoyable.
If you’re a fan of Ji Chang Wook, then you must watch the drama.
I was so sad that I had to say goodbye to him for 2 years, this was one of the main reasons why I tuned in to the drama.
See you in 2019 oppa~
While You Were Asleep
One of SBS hit 2017 dramas had to be “While You Were Asleep.”
Lead by yours truly, Suzy and Lee Jong Suk. The drama was one of the most anticipated kdramas of 2017.
Two huge hallyu stars led the drama. What could go wrong?
The drama follows three main characters who foresee future events. Our three dragons try to stop bad things from happening.
I would go ahead and say that “While You Were Asleep” was one of 2017’s best scripts because that would be a lie. I had a couple of questions and notes about the script, but the drama itself is very enjoyable.
I felt bad and sad after it ended. And I honestly never expected to ship Suzy and Lee Jong Suk together so much while watching the drama.
The drama doesn’t tell a story of a rich kid and poor woman. It tells the story of a struggling prosecutor who tries his best to uncover the truth and achieve justice.
Suzy plays a strong independent and adorable female lead, her special bond with her on-screen mother made her even more likeable.
Suzy’s character, Hong Joo was one of my favortie 2017 kdrama female characters. I loved how she openly expresses herself without coming off aggressive or obsessive.
Hong Joo had a crush on Lee Jong Suk’s character, Jae chan, I liked that she didn’t feel that it was necessary to hide it from him. She was certain about her feelings towards him, which was refreshing to see.
I would also like to mention that I love love Jung Hae In in this drama. He was probably the best thing that came out of this drama.
I mean look at him, who wouldn’t fall in love with that big adorable smile?
Because This Is My First Life
“Because This Is My First Life” tells the story of two people who get married out of convenience, the female lead, Ji Ho played by Jung So Min marries because she needs a room in Seoul, while Lee Min Ki’s character, Se Hee marries her because of family pressure.
The two end up falling in love in the process.
The drama ended not too long ago. I still feel empty and I anticipate every Monday and Tuesday waiting for subs for the drama to be released.
I honestly didn’t expect that the drama would be so good, the chemistry between the two was also adorable.
The drama is not only about the two-main couple, it also tells the story of other two couples who are all very different and share a different bond with each other.
The drama addresses marriage, dating, sexual harassment in work place and many other issues. The drama was nothing short of perfection and is one of my favorite dramas of 2017.
The drama isn’t as cliché as you’d expect it to be, the entire 6 main characters are different and not similar to your staple repetitive kdrama characters we’re usually used to.
Many fans wanted the drama to be extended, they were rumors of that since the drama did so well in ratings. tvN decided not to extend the drama, I liked that, because I didn’t want the drama to be watered-down to please viewers compromising the plot in the process.
I really miss those awkward conversations between Lee Min Ki and Jung So Min characters.
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Rather than this being mostly about what dramas I had trouble moving on from, this one is for all kdrama fans out here.
“Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” is one of the cheesiest kdramas I had seen in a long time.
People fell in love with the cute park-park couple, which is by far the best thing that came out of this drama.
“Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” is one of the most successful JTBC dramas of all time, the drama broke ratings records and set their own.
The drama; although for a short while; became the highest rated drama in JTBC history, the record was later broken by another JTBC drama.
The drama is a romance drama that has a slight twist. There is a crazy man who kidnaps girls for an unknown reason.
Bong Soon is not your average kdrama girl, she is tiny but literally deadly. She has super powers that enables her to kick ass. She meets your typical rich handsome chaebol who instantly falls in love with her.
The drama was a huge hit among international community. I didn’t think it was anything special, but the bond between Park Bo Young and Park Hyung Sik certainly saved the drama. People just couldn’t get enough of those two together.
So this wraps up my own list of 8 kdramas I had trouble moving on from.
What drama did you have trouble letting go of in 2017? Is there any drama you’d like to add to this list?