2017 Korean Drama Recommendations

After Goblin ended (cries, literally), I have been shopping for the next big thing. Introverted Boss is bogged down by an impossible heroine, Missing Nine is a mystery thriller with a sense of humor that is falling behind in ratings (cries at the injustice) while Saimdang is on everyone's radar because of Lee Young Ae.

I think it's safe to say that unlike last year's DOTS which came as an early present, we haven't found the next big thing but it is only January so there is plenty of time. 

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Bride of the Water God

Bride of the Water God kdrama recommendations
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Bride of the Water God / 하백의 신부 / Habaekui Sinbu
Episodes and Genre: 16 Fantasy Romance
Broadcast Period: July 3, 2017 tvN
Starring:
Shin Se Kyung as Yoon So Ah 
Nam Joo Hyuk as Ha Baek 
Im Ju Hwan as Shin Hoo Ye 
Krystal Jung as Moo Ra 
Gong Myung as Bi Ryum

Synopsis:
Ha Baek is a water god who is next in line to be king. In order to ascend to the throne, he has to collect three stones that can be found in the human realm. Surprised that his travel doesn't go as planned, the unabashedly overbearing water god finds Yoon So Ah, a psychiatrist who descends from a family that has served the gods for generations. 

The King Loves

The King Loves k-drama recommendation
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: The King Loves / 왕은 사랑한다 / Wangeun Saranghanda
Episodes and Genre: 40 Historical Romance
Broadcast Period: July 17, 2017 MBC
Starring:
Im Siwan as Wang Won 
Im Yoona as Eun San 
Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Rin

Synopsis:
A tragic romance during the Goryeo Dynasty revolves around a love triangle between the Crown Prince, his childhood friend Rin and a beautiful woman named San. 

Ruler: Master of the Mask

Ruler Master of the Mask K-drama
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Ruler: Master of the Mask / 군주 - 가면의 주인 / Gunju - Gamyeonui Juin
Episodes and Genre: 40 Historical Romance, Palace Politics
Broadcast Period: May 10, 2017 MBC
Starring:
Yoo Seung Ho as Crown Prince Lee Sun 
Kim So Hyun as Han Ga Eun 
L as Commoner Lee Sun 

Synopsis:
Crown Prince Lee Sun takes on a powerful organization that has monopoly over the supply of water. It is a dangerous battle that he has been fighting since before he was born and the reason for his complicated existence. Along the way, he meets an educated commoner who shares the same name as him and an idealistic woman who is no damsel in distress.

My Sassy Girl

My Sassy Girl Joo Won Oh Yeon Seo
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: My Sassy Girl / 엽기적인 그녀 / Yeopgijeogin Geunyeo
Episodes and Genre: 32 Historical Romance, Comedy
Broadcast Period: May 29, 2017 SBS
Starring:
Joo Won as Kyun Woo 
Oh Yeon Seo as Princess Hye Myung

Synopsis:
Kyun Woo is a young man who returns to Joseon after studying abroad, full of himself and used to being treated as a celebrity of sorts. One ordinary evening, he bumps into a drunken woman who just so happens to be a princess with a lot of sass. 

Man to Man

Man to Man k-drama



Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Man to Man / 맨투맨 / Maen tu Maen
Episodes and Genre: 16 Romance, Comedy, Action
Broadcast Period: Apr 21, 2017 JTBC
Starring:
Park Hae Jin as Kim Sul Woo 
Kim Min Jung as Cha Do Ha 
Park Sung Woong as Yeo Woon Gwang 
Yun Jung Hoon as Mo Seung Jae 
Chae Jung Ahn as Song Mi Eun 
Jung Man Shik as Lee Dong Hyun

Synopsis:
Kim Sul Woo is an international agent who becomes a bodyguard for top hallyu star Yeo Woon Gwang for the sake of a mission. Kim Sul Woo is a top spy unfazed by the most hellish situations while Yeo Woon Gwang is a self-absorbed and immature man who just wants to get rid of his new bodyguard. In between them is Woon Gwang's manager and number one fangirl Cha Do Ha.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

2017 strong woman do bong soon



Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon / 힘쎈여자 도봉순 / Himssenyeoja Do Bong Sun
Episodes and Genre: 16 Romance, Comedy
Broadcast Period: Feb 24, 2017 JTBC
Starring:
Park Bo Young as Do Bong Soon 
Park Hyung Shik as Ahn Min Hyuk 
Ji Soo as In Gook Doo

Synopsis:
Strong woman Do Bong Soon is determined to become feminine and demure for the sake of her long time crush Gook Doo. She becomes a bodyguard for an obnoxious chaebol named Ahn Min Hyuk and the three find themselves caught up in a crazy situation involving a mystery. 

Tomorrow With You

Tomorrow With You Kdrama



Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Tomorrow With You / 내일 그대와 / Naeil Geudaewa
Episodes and Genre: 16 Romance, Time Travel, Fantasy
Broadcast Period: Feb 3, 2017 tvN
Starring:
Shin Min Ah as Song Ma Rin 
Lee Je Hoon as Yoo So Joon

Synopsis:
Yoo So Joon is the CEO of a real estate company who has the ability to time travel via the subway. He comes across a bleak future for himself and decides to change his fate by marrying his wife. 

Defendant

Defendant Kdrama



Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Defendant / 피고인 / Pigoin
Episodes and Genre: 16 Legal, Mystery Thriller
Broadcast Period: Jan 23, 2017 SBS
Starring:
Ji Sung as Park Jung Woo 
Uhm Ki Joon as Cha Min Ho 
Kwon Yuri as Seo Eun Hye 

Synopsis:
Prosecutor Park Jung Woo wakes up one day to find that he is convicted of a crime he cannot remember committing and it sparks a suspenseful journey of one man desperately trying to uncover the truth.

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

Rebel Thief Who Stole the People



Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People / 역적: 백성을 훔친 도적
Episodes and Genre: 30 Historical
Broadcast Period: Jan 30, 2017 MBC
Starring:
Yoon Kyun Sang as Hong Gil Dong 
Chae Soo Bin as Song Ga Ryung 
Kim Ji Suk as Lee Young
Lee Ha Nui as Jang Nok Soo 
Kim Sang Joong as Hong Ah Mo Gae (Hong Gil Dong's Father)

Synopsis:
Hong Gil Dong is the son of a man of low birth who experiences the cruel injustices of his time and ultimately wages a war against the highest echelons of society.

Saimdang, the Herstory

Lee Young Ae in 2016 k-drama Saimdang, the Herstory



Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Saimdang, the Herstory / Saimdang, Light's Diary / 사임당, 빛의 일기
Episodes and Genre: 30 Historical Romance
Broadcast Period: Jan 26, 2017 SBS
Starring:
Lee Young Ae as Shin Saimdang 
Song Seung Hun as Lee Gyum

Synopsis:
Lee Young Ae plays a modern day teacher who discovers Shin Saimdang's diary and travels back in time to uncover pieces of her life. Song Seung Heon plays her love interest and a man of equal talent.

Chief Kim

Chief Kim



Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Good Manager / Chief Kim / Kim Gwajang / 김과장
Episodes and Genre: 16 Comedy, Office
Broadcast Period: Jan 25, 2017 KBS2
Starring:
Nam Goong Min as Kim Sung Ryong
Nam Sang Mi as Yoon Ha Kyung

Synopsis:
Kim Sung Ryong is an accountant who cooks the books for gangsters and hooligans, firmly believing that loopholes exist to be taken advantage of. However, his co-worker Yoon Ha Kyung inspires him to become a changed man and he pours everything he's got towards saving the company.  

Missing Nine

Missing Nine



Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Missing 9 / Missing Nine / 미씽나인 / Missingnain
Episodes and Genre: 20 Mystery Thriller
Broadcast Period: Jan 18, 2017 MBC
Starring:
Jung Kyung Ho as Seo Joon Oh
Baek Jin Hee as Ra Bong Hee 

Synopsis:
A private jet carrying nine members of Legend Entertainment crash lands onto a deserted island. After 120 days, Ra Bong Hee is found alive without any recollection of the incident. With the entire country desperate for answers, she is tasked with remembering a painful past, yet her memories may bring more danger than imagined. 

Introverted Boss 

Introverted Boss
Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Introverted Boss / Sensitive Boss / 내성적인 보스 / Haeseongjeokin Boseu
Episodes and Genre: 20 Romance, Comedy, Office
Broadcast Period: Jan 16, 2017 tvN
Starring:
Yeon Woo Jin as Eun Hwan Ki
Park Hye Soo as Chae Ro Woon
Yoon Park as Kang Woo Il

Synopsis:
Eun Hwan Ki is a man so painfully shy that it is disruptive to his life while Chae Ro Woon is is a bright and bubbly young actress driven by one purpose alone. The meeting of two polar opposites brings about crazy situations yet they are also tied together by a complicated past.  

Voice

Voice Jang Hyuk



Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Voice / 보이스 / Boiseu
Episodes and Genre: 16 Crime Thriller
Broadcast Period: Jan. 14, 2017 OCN
Starring:
Jang Hyuk as Moo Jin Hyuk 
Lee Ha Na as Kang Kwon Joo

Synopsis:
Detective Moo Jin Hyuk and Kang Kwon Joo are two people whose lives are turned upside down after their loved one is murdered by the same serial killer. Wanting justice, the two end up working together as part of the emergency response team.

Also check out the 2016 Korean drama and Chinese drama recommendations. 

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