The Worst Most disappointing kdramas of 2017

2018-02-24T13:57:42+00:00December 16th, 2017|Categories: Kdrama Buzz|Tags: , , , , |

2017 has had its share of good and bad dramas, and just like any year, some dramas were promoted to be the next big thing but ended up being a total disappointment.

The following Korean dramas have failed to capture my attention or spike my curiosity, this is merely a personal opinion video, some of you might agree and some might disagree.

Related: 15 Upcoming Korean Dramas In 2018 We Can’t Wait To See

Today, I (jazmine) will be talking about 2017 most disappointing worst kdramas.

Man to Man

Probably this year’s most disappointing kdrama.

“Man to Man” was one of the year’s most advertised Korean dramas. It had a stellar cast, a stellar production team behind it.

The drama was written by the screenwriter Kim Won-Suk, who has previously worked on the hit unforgettable 2016 drama Descendants of the Sun. This is why many fans including me were excited not only about the cast but about the people who worked behind it.

“Man to Man” told the story of an undercover agent who works for South Korea Kim Sul Woo (Park Hae Jin), and popular actor Yeo Woon Gwang (Park Sung Woong).

Kim Sul Woo goes undercover to work as the bodyguard of Yeo Woon Gwang who specializes in portraying villains, he has a purpose for becoming his bodyguard, he ends up forming great friendship with the actor and finds love as well.

The idea is just like every other Hollywood movie we’ve seen in the early 2000s, the plot was my major concern, it was disappointing, lacklustre, and very repetitive at times.

It felt like I had seen the drama in a movie format before, such plots work better with movies rather than dramas, there is only so much you can tell without falling back into stereotypes.

There is nothing wrong with each actor, they all portrayed their characters very well, the problem was with how the majority of them were written.

Park Hae Jin plays the uninteresting role of a secret agent, he’s like the Korean version of James Bond, he’s hot, clever and good at martial arts, sadly there isn’t anything remotely special about his character.

A lot of Kdrama fans were disappointed with the main female character choice. Kim Min Jung plays the role of Cha Do Ha, the assistant of the popular actor, who ends up falling in love with the secret agent.

A lot of fans hated her hair style and her acting, to be honest with you, I thought she portrayed the character well, but her romance with the main lead was my main problem.

In my opinion, the two didn’t feel like they were in love, I thought she had better chemistry with actor Park Sung Woong. Park Hae Jin plays a cold character and it sort of took a toll on their romance and chemistry, in a lot of scenes it felt like it was forced and difficult to believe.

A lot of fans couldn’t board the chemistry train between those two together, what could’ve been an important aspect that pushes the drama forward ended up hindering it further.

The drama cinematography is just breath-taking, the drama was shot so beautifully and it was obvious a lot of money was spent on it. Some of the drama scenes were filmed in Budapest, Hungary.

Each scene was shot beautifully and felt like it was straight out of an action movie, the problem is that its plot was not interesting enough.

Towards the 8th episode, I had to opt out, the drama was no longer interesting to me, I felt like I was watching the drama like it was my duty because I am a huge fan of Park Hae Jin.


According to Nielsen Korea, this drama was 2017 worst rated drama and the 3rd lowest rated Korean public channel drama of all time.

What went wrong with “Manhole”?

Kim Jaejoong’s comeback anticipated drama was the talk of the town until it premiered, a lot of people and fans were disappointed.

The drama starts off with a slow pace and pisses off many people, it pissed off me. Some thought the drama was written well while others thought that it was lacking.

“Manhole” tells the story of Bong Pil (Kim Jae Joong) who has been preparing for his civil servant exam for the past 3 years, but he is not enthusiastic about his studies.

He becomes disappointed that his lifelong friend Soo Jin (Uee) will soon get married. He has loved her in vain for the past 28 years. Bong Pil then falls into a manhole and travels through time. He struggles to prevent Soo Jin’s imminent wedding.

Aside from the drama ridiculous name, the characters were a bit frustrating and difficult to like, I found myself struggling to watch each episode. Kim Jaejoong’s character was very annoying and irresponsible, he was not likeable, not because he was lazy and had accomplished nothing in his life, but it was his whole attitude towards everything around him.

Uee’s character was also difficult to like, through the first couple of episodes, I found that the actors were rather overreacting than acting, a poor attempt to make viewers laugh, it felt comical in a sense.

I don’t know whether the writer was aiming for that or not, but it was disappointing nevertheless.

The drama plot had constantly inconsistent characters, and below average plotlines. The drama struggled with time-traveling theme, many fans including me thought that if the past or present or future was changed so should everything else be.

Even the greatest writers struggle with time-travel dramas and so did the writer behind “Manhole.” The drama resembles another kdrama by Yoo Seung Ho that basically had the same plot. Which made me a bit sceptical about whether I should tune in or not.

The drama could’ve also been cut short if Jaejoong’s character had the balls to just tell the woman he loved how much he loved her, I found that the plot original outline difficult to believe because its unrealistic, no one keeps loving the same person for 28 years straight while none of them do anything about it.

The actors honestly did the best they could with the drama script, its just that it was too disappointing, boring and frustrating at times.

Bride of the water God

My least favorite Nam Joo Hyuk’s performance of all times has to be his role in “Bride of the water God.”

“Bride of the water God” tells the story of romance that takes place between Ha Baek (Nam Joo Hyuk) and Psychiatrist So A (Shin Se Kyung).

When I saw Shin Se Kyung was confirmed for the cast I kinda gave up already.

Its not that she’s a bad actress but its that she just can’t form proper romance with her co-stars, and guess what! That was the case for this as well.

In my opinion, the drama is by far one of the year’s most disappointing kdramas. Its silly pathetic excuse of a plot and horrible CGI, along with horribly written characters made the show one of the year’s worst.

tvN promoted “Bride of The Water God” heavily as the drama that shall surpass Goblin but that didn’t go well.

The drama struggled with ratings and I could only imagine why! I had a difficult time watching the drama.

I was one of the people who were excited about the drama not because of Krystal or Nam Joo Hyuk but because of the writer.

Screenwriter Jung Yoon Jung worked on tvN’s Misaeng. That drama is one of the best Korean dramas of all time, the script is fascinating, Misaeng is a drama I’d recommend everyone I meet, its that good, you don’t even need to be a kdrama fan to enjoy and appreciate it.

Sadly, the main characters are so annoying and difficult to like or understand.

The character played by Shin Se Kyung is so irresponsible and annoying, I doubt she’d survive a day out in this crazy world, the one human main character in the drama is anything but a real human living in this world.

She is messy, irresponsible, forgetful and all over the place not to mention she’s one bad doctor and anyone treated by her will probably kill himself if he hasn’t already tried to do so. (One of them actually did!)

In the drama she screams all the time (due to various situations); she is always put in danger and in constant need to be saved by the hero of this drama. She cries all the time and is extremely rude, sometimes coming off as bipolar (I am not joking).

Shin Se Kyung tries hard and she’s cute but the lord know she is not the one to play this character. She plays a character that is very difficult to like or relate to.

Habaek is annoying, pretentious, cocky and very stupid as well. There is nothing charming about his character, he’s the magnification of every cliché and repetitive lead-male characteristic you’d want to avoid.

How on earth is he a god? And how on earth can he rule the gods one day?

He is supposedly 2800 years old, what I see is a 16-year-old cocky handsome delusional man who was spoiled all his short life. Nothing about his character even remotely indicates his age.

I watched about 9 episodes and I had to give up, it was becoming so hard to watch. The drama lags so many times and nothing big happens, you have to wait until the 10th episode to see some major events taking place. Waiting 8 episodes for that is too much!

The character of Bi Ryum is interesting and fun, he’s different from everyone in this entire drama. Gong Myung pulls off the character beautifully and overshadows Joo Hyuk.

Aside from the bad chemistry, Nam Joo Hyuk appeared to be struggling with the character. He isn’t fit to play the role of a God.

 Sensitive boss

Guess who ruined what could’ve been an interesting drama?

Yours truly, Park Hye Soo.

I rarely see non-idol actresses doing bad in kdramas, Park Hye Soo did appear on “Kpop Star” but she pursued an acting career, wrong move!

A lot of things led into making “Sensitive boss” the laughable drama it became.

It aired in early 2017, and fans were anticipating the drama because it was very different.

“Sensitive boss” tells the story of Eun Hwan Ki (Yeon Woo Jin), he is the CEO of a public relations company, but he is extremely shy. Due to his personality, even his employees do not know him well.

He gets himself in awkward situations, he’s clever and a nice man but very misunderstood, he meets a girl named Chae Ro Woon (Park Hye Soo), the girl believes he’s the man who made her sister kill herself, she ends up falling in love with him.

Yeon Woo Jin puts on an amazing performance, but the total turn-off for me was the performance of Park Hye Soo, she appeared to be too young and inexperienced to be leading a drama.

Aside from her presumably positive character, she was not very easy to like, she was awkward while acting, appeared to be falling under pressure, some scenes she was doing well while in other she appeared to be struggling.

Against actor Yeon Woo Jin she felt lacking, everyone around her knew what to do and how to act while she was ruining the mood for everybody.

If I feel that the director or the production responsible aren’t responsible enough to pick a proper good actress for the lead of a drama, what good can the drama be?

The little girl ruined it, I don’t hate her, in fact I feel sorry for her. Aside from that, the plot was messy at times, slow in the first couple of episodes but picked up through the middle.

The drama also failed to tackle psychological problems the ways fans and me had anticipated. What could’ve went down in history as one very different drama ended up being the shell of what it was supposed to turn out like…

It was kinda sad considering how everyone worked very hard and I assume so did Park Hye Soo, but with her… it just wasn’t enough!

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Oh boy! I am going to get a lot of hate for this one!

With all honesty “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” is the most overrated Korean drama of 2017, and one of the most overrated Korean dramas of ALL time.

Aside from the amazing chemistry between Park Hyung Sik and Park Bo Young, the drama plot is just baffling and not in a good way!

The thing that kept the show going for many was not its plot which was hella messy, but the actors playing them. Each character was so adorable and written to please the public and it did.

Park Hyung Sik and Park Bo Young are amazing together, I love them both individually and I love them even more together. Their chemistry was off the roof and it was clear to me that Park Hyung Sik has feelings for Park Bo Young, like literally.

Having said that, doesn’t make this a perfect drama not in any way or any form. In fact its far from that, far far away!

The only actor that kept the show going for me was the villain and he wasn’t written as well as I had wanted him to be. Considering this was mode-actor Jang Mi Kwan, he was the one who made this drama watchable.

The drama plotline is very cheesy and includes many useless poorly written characters, beginning with the annoying wanna-be CEO/Gangster Baek Tak.

He was a useless character along with his sidekick, written to provoke laughter.

Kim Won Hae does amazing in the drama; but how he suddenly became this gay boss who annoys the shit out of everyone; baffles me to this date.

Many characters felt 2D instead of 3D. the writer relied on giving fans as much as PDA as possible without focusing more on the killer in the drama, it felt like they added the killer just to spice things up so it wouldn’t become even cheesier.

Some scenes are only cringe-worthy and difficult to tune in to. I get it we have an excellent cast but a very stupid plot. The drama clearly didn’t need to be 16 episodes, with Bong Soon strength the villain could’ve been captured in the first couple of episodes easily, but the writer chooses to extend the plot for no apparent reason.

This drama can be fun to watch, you just need to shut your brain while watching and concentrate on the romance because its fun although at times very cheesy.

So this wraps up the list of my personal most disappointing-worst 2017 kdramas. Among the ones I watched I found those 5 to be the most annoying.

Do you guys agree or disagree with me? Which kdrama would you like to add to the list?

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  1. BongSoon December 27, 2017 10:26 am at 10:26 am - Reply

    It’s just your opinion that SWDBS was disappointing. It’s not based on concrete facts. It even had the highest viewership ratings in JTBC and has a lot of awards and nominations. Please don’t persuade or discourage the readers before they start watching the drama. Just state what you want to say and don’t spoil nor discourage. Please stop. Just because u didn’t like it doesn’t mean others shoild do the same.

    • Jazmine K December 27, 2017 9:38 pm at 9:38 pm - Reply

      Do you know whats disappointing? Your comment! This is the internet, I can express how I feel about what I watch. This is merely my opinion. Whether you dislike it or not you need to learn (when you eventually grow up) to listen to other people’s opinion, I never said you have to agree with me, I don’t want you to always agree with me, this blog was created to open space for people to share their honest unpopular opinions on kdrama and kpop.
      If you enjoyed the drama, I am happy for you! I don’t intend on spoiling any drama to anyone, when you read a title like that in the article and see SWDBS ignore that part and move on (if you intend on watching later), don’t blame me for not skipping a part because it discourages you or others.
      Don’t ask me to stop because I won’t, its my space and my thoughts, if you can’t handle opinions, don’t go on the internet, don’t visit this blog again, most likely you’ll feel offended often!

  2. ET January 4, 2018 4:13 pm at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Strong Woman was AWFUL!!! I got close to the end but i just couldn’t finish it. The characters were ridiculous and the story was sometimes so stupid. I was really disappointed when I heard it had been nominated for awards. Guess KDrama fans are still into mediocrity 🙁

    • Jazmine K January 4, 2018 6:00 pm at 6:00 pm - Reply

      I believe Park Bo Young and Park Hyung Sik sold the drama, without them I doubt people would have tuned in. No one expected them to look this good together!

  3. singlejingle January 4, 2018 5:14 pm at 5:14 pm - Reply

    we share the same view regarding SWDBS. i also think it’s over-rated. i haven’t even finished this drama. i have no hate on the actors and actresses. i just don’t like the plot.

    • Jazmine K January 4, 2018 6:00 pm at 6:00 pm - Reply

      Glad we do. Its overrated, the plot is my problem with it, I hope people understand that!

  4. Confyna January 5, 2018 6:44 am at 6:44 am - Reply

    I personally think that SWDBS had a perfect mix of everything, comedy, romance and thriller my kind of drama. But I respect your opinion, if we all agreed on the same things life would be boring.

    • Jazmine K January 5, 2018 1:14 pm at 1:14 pm - Reply

      Exactly, I respect your opinion as well, thank you for reading~ I am glad you enjoyed SWDBS!

  5. Khai January 10, 2018 4:42 pm at 4:42 pm - Reply

    I would like to thanks u for all your blog.
    It is nice to have people talk about what they feel
    so that people like me can at least relate too. Thanks.

    • Jazmine K January 10, 2018 6:18 pm at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for reading~ Thats the whole idea behind

  6. Hana January 12, 2018 6:41 pm at 6:41 pm - Reply

    I absolutely agreed with your opinion except for the SWDBS. For me, I loves SWDBS because Park Bo Young and Park Hyung Sik were in it! Their chemistry were awesome and it helps me to ignore all of the messy and unthinkable plot. Obviously with that kind of strength she could be easily captured the villian though. But because of actors and actresses in the drama, I’m fine with everything. And it’s nice to get to read your blog. Thank you!

  7. Hana January 12, 2018 6:43 pm at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I absolutely agreed with your opinion except for the SWDBS. For me, I loves SWDBS because Park Bo Young and Park Hyung Sik were in it! Their chemistry were awesome and it helps me to ignore all of the messy and unthinkable plot. Obviously with that kind of strength she could be easily captured the villian though. But because of actors and actresses in the drama, I’m fine with everything. And it’s nice to get to read your blog.

    • Jazmine K January 13, 2018 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for reading, I appreciate your opinion, I am glad you enjoyed SWDBS, its nice to enjoy a drama

  8. Sameeha January 14, 2018 2:30 pm at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Hye! It was nice reading this blog. I respect your point of view and in my view, Bride of Haebak’s actors did their part well to potray the character (I haven’t watched Manga but I felt as though writer wanted to potray god as what NJH did) & regarding SWDBS, it went good but didn’t keep me on my edge as other dramas kept me. I have the same view of Manhole because on reading the summary, I related it to YSH’s drama Operation proposal
    Other drama which made me opt out from watching is YSH’s Ruler: Master of the Mask not because of the acting but I felt plot was a bit obvious and might be because I don’t like friends turn rivals. Personally I am a great fan of YSH and loved his other dramas and his present drama is too good – I’m not a robot. Let me know what you feel but please refrain from hate comments. ☺

    • Jazmine K January 18, 2018 6:22 pm at 6:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you for reading~ I agree with you, I didn’t watch Ruler, I just couldn’t Kim So Hyun is too young and she was playing a role for someone way older than her age, it felt like a kid was trying to be an adult. I am not a robot is cute, but very predictable, anything YSH is cute but I love his melodramas more

  9. Sapna M January 18, 2018 11:43 am at 11:43 am - Reply

    I completely agree with all of your comments on all these above dramas. It amazed me how someone had exactly same feeling/opinion as mine. I commend your bravery to express your opinion so frankly because nowadays your comments get reported even if they are your own expression but mild criticism of the drama/or acting of their favorite stars. It happened with me when I criticized the acting of the male lead in Bride of Habek. So, keep up the good works and please ignore the hates!

    • Jazmine K January 18, 2018 6:19 pm at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for reading! I actually started this blog so I could freely express my opinion, you should check out my review of the bride of habaek, I got a lot of hate for that! Its sad that we can’t even express our opinions frankly on the web. Keep your eyes on my blog, I usually report the news and react to them and I also do recaps of dramas every once and a while~

  10. esme January 18, 2018 9:30 pm at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I didn’t get to finish watching strong women Do bong soon…lol

  11. Yana January 25, 2018 3:02 pm at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Can u give comment about wise prison life

    • Jazmine K January 25, 2018 5:46 pm at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Hi Yana, sadly I haven’t watched the drama yet, the subtitles came out too slowly and when it aired there were other dramas I was invested in. I intend on watching it~

      • Yana January 28, 2018 3:58 pm at 3:58 pm - Reply

        U must watch it i recommend for u

  12. Shyshuz January 26, 2018 2:48 pm at 2:48 pm - Reply

    I loved SWDBS. But i’ll have to say it had a lot of unnecessary parts such as the frequent confrontations between bong soon and the gangsters and the confrontations between the high schoolers and the gangsters. But aside from that the drama was fun to watch not only because of the amazing chemistry between park Bo young and park Young shik but all the other characters were superb in their roles. Overall it’s an amazing drama but it could have been shorter maybe 12 episodes.

    • Jazmine K January 26, 2018 3:55 pm at 3:55 pm - Reply

      I like your comment. the characters were great and the chemistry was also great. The problem was the plot and the unnecessary parts that nor added or subtracted from the plot, I guess this is why I could never really enjoy the drama because of the clutter!

  13. NaruBae January 28, 2018 2:08 am at 2:08 am - Reply

    Agree. SWDBS is overrated just like Heir. For me heir is the ultimate overrated KDrama of all time and it surprise me when people put them in a must watch list

  14. Kdramalover February 7, 2018 1:59 am at 1:59 am - Reply

    I don’t agree strong woman do bong song was awesome it had a good plot, actor’s and a good ost

  15. Amanda April 10, 2018 9:30 am at 9:30 am - Reply

    Strong Woman Do Bong Song was so awesome! I don’t agree with you. We must have completely different taste in dramas… Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I don’t think most people who watched it will agree with you at all

    • Jazmine K April 10, 2018 10:19 am at 10:19 am - Reply

      Thank you for reading. It really depends on your taste. After watching more than some 150 kdramas you kinda get the hang of it and can predict what will happen. The cast made the show work in my opinion and I understand why everyone would like it. I would have liked if I were younger.

  16. KpoppedByMyMicrowave May 11, 2018 3:48 am at 3:48 am - Reply

    SWDBS was good for the chemistry I have a thing for hyungsik (r u watching suits?) and I thought the physco kidnapping girls and injecting them with things was pushing it

    Oh and can we talk abt the way the bish cries during the bomb scene like i wanted to close my laptop and reflect

    But my fav character had to be mr oh lmao he was so funny to me and his crush on min hyuk lmao

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