03/11/20

Top 15 List of Best Korean Drama 2017 Ranked Review (2020)

What better way to remember these best Korean Drama 2017 than to binge-watch all of them, right? 

2017 was a fantastic year for Korean dramas. With so many awesome stories to enjoy, we cannot help but reminisce all those precious K-drama series that graced our screen in 2017.

So, whether you are looking for a tear jerking, melodrama, action-packed thriller or maybe romantic comedy type of dramas, Korean drama surely has something to offer.

We have compiled a list of Best Korean Drama 2017 that will surely bring back all those golden memories we have in 2017. 

Checklist of Best Korean Drama 2017 Updated [2020]

1. Live Up To Your Name 2017

Live Up To Your Name 2017, Best Korean Drama 2017

Korean drama Live Up To Your Name tells the story of an oriental doctor named Heo Im.

He has an impressive medical skills and is widely acknowledged for his exceptional skills in acupuncture as well as moxibustion techniques in the Joseon era.

However, Heo Im is eager to move to a higher position in the government he works in because of his low status background in life. 

One day, Heo Im finds himself travelling through time to the present day Korea. There, he meets a more modern doctor who strongly believes in modern medicine named Choi Yeon-Kyung. 

Doctor Choi Yeon-Kyung thinks that Heo Im is a bit weird so she tries to get rid of him. Instead, the two find themselves travelling back to Joseon dynasty together. This will be the start of the two skilled doctors journey of fate, career, politics and love. 

Live Up To Your Name aired on tvN on August until October 2017 and this Dramas is one of the Best Korean drama 2017. 

2. The Bride of Habaek 2017

The Bride of Habaek 2017

Best Korean drama 2017 isn’t complete without The Bride of Habeak. It tells the love story between mortals and gods. Water god named Habeak visits the human earth to find at least three precious stones so that he can now claim his throne as water god.

To do this, he needs to find his supposed to be servant and also his destined bride, a mortal named So-Ah.

So-ah’s family has a legacy to serve Habeak and she needs to continue doing so. So-ah, on the other hand, does not believe in gods and thinks that Habeak is just having a delusion.

As the story progresses, Habeak ends up falling in love with So-ah. However, Hoo Ye, a mortal and company CEO also falls in love with So-ah. 

Enters Moo Ra, another goddess who has feelings for Habeak and Bi Ryum, a wind god who has feelings towards Moo Ra. Can these mortals and gods find love despite their complicated life status?

The Bride of Habeak aired from July to August 2017 on tvN.

3. A Korean Odyssey 2017

A Korean Odyssey 2017

Hwayugi :A Korean Odyssey is one of the best Korean drama 2017 that made its mark on its viewers.

It follows the story of two gods named Son Oh-Gong (played by Lee Seung-gi) and Ma-wang (played by Cha Seung-won), who have friend-enemy relationship with each other. 

The two are in search for a true light in a strange dark world where evil thrives. Eventually, Son Oh-gong is destined to protect Seon-mi (Oh Yeon-seo), a female mortal whom he had met when she was just a little girl.

Several years ago, Son Oh-gong and Seon-mi made a contract that Seon-mi can call Son Oh-gong anytime for help as exchange for letting Son Oh-gong free.

After a number of years, the two finally meet on a fateful encounter and find themselves falling in love with each other. Can a mortal and a strange god be able to fight for their love? 

A Korean Odyssey is based and adapted from a Chinese novel entitled “Journey to the West”.

The drama reinterprets the novel and added a romantic-fantasy twist to it, making it more appealing to the audience. The drama aired from December 2017 to March 2018 on tvN. 

4. My Golden Life 2017

My Golden Life 2017

My Golden Life stars Park Si-hoo as Choi Do-kyung and Shin Hye-sun as Seo Ji-an. Choi Do-kyung is the eldest grandson of a rich family.

He takes pride in his work but still managed to put his feet on the ground despite all the privilege he has in life.

Seo Ji-an, on the other hand, grew up rich but when the time came when their company went bankrupt, she was forced to work in Choi Do-kyung’s company. The two fall in love with each other and things get more complicated. 

Little did Seo Ji-an know that she is the lost granddaughter of Haesung group. Aside from this, Seo Ji-an is also the lost sister of the man she loves, Choi Do-kyung. 

5. Strong Girl Bong Soon 2017

Strong Girl Bong Soon 2017

Strong Gil Bong Soon took the K-drama fans by storm and became one of the best korean drama 2017.

The story is all about a girl born with superhuman strength that allows her to get a job as a lady guard to a heir and a company CEO.

Do Bong-soon (played by Park Bo-young) dreams of creating a video game and making herself the main character.

She tries to become a more feminine, pure and delicate woman because of her huge crush on Guk-doo (played by Ji Soo), a police officer. 

Because of her amazing superhuman capabilities, Do Bong-soon lands a job as a lady guard and security to an heir named Ahn Min-hyuk (played by Park Hyung-sik). Ahn Min-hyuk also happens to be the CEO of a gaming company. 

When a series of kidnapping cases happen around the Dobong-dong district, Do Bong-soon is now determined and very eager to catch who the real culprit is and she will do everything she can to protect her boss.

Eventually, Min-hyuk and Bong-soon find love on each other. But will they love to survive despite the problems that arise in their district? 

Strong Gil Bong Soon aired from February to April 2017 on JTBC. It became a huge hit and became one of the best Korean drama 2017 as well as the highest rated Korean drama in cable television history. 

6. Mad Dog Korean Drama (2017)

Mad Dog Korean Drama (2017)

The drama Mad Dog is about an ex-detective who leads his team that attempts to reveal the truth behind an insurance fraud case. The protagonist is Choi Kang-woo (played by Yoo Ji-tae).

He used to work as a police officer. When an airplane crash took his wife and son’s life, he decided to work as a veteran insurance investigator instead.

He will meet a former swindler named Kim Min-joon (played by Woo Do-hwan).

His brother is also a victim of the airplane crash. The two will begin to rival and cooperate at the same time while trying to reveal the truth about insurance fraud schemes. 

Along with Yoo Ji-tae and Woo Do-hwan, some of the casts include Jo Jae-yoon as the role of Park Soon-jung and Kim Hye-sung as Ohn Nu-ri.

Jo jae-soon plays the role of an ex-thug with criminal records and now works as an insurance investigator. Kim Hye-sung plays the role as an anti-social computer genius.

This Best Korean Drama 2017 Namely “Mad Dog” aired from October to November 2017 on KST with a total of 16 episodes.

7. Voice Korean Drama (2017)

Voice Korean Drama (2017)

The drama Voice tells the story of a famous detective named Moo Jin Hyuk (played by Jang Hyuk).

He used to work as an investigator, however, his wife’s sudden death led him to develop guilt and since then, his life spiraled down. 

His guilt over his wife’ death not being able to protect her made him decide to secretly look for his wife’s killer.

To do this, he works with a professional voice profiler or as an emergency 112 call center named Kang Kwon Joo (played by Lee Ha-na).

As the story progresses, the two find themselves working over a series of crime, including a brutal murder case that killed Kang Kwon-joo’s father.

Moo Jin-hyuk and Kang Kwon-Joo now try to solve cases together and chase after the killers to take their loved ones’ lives. 

The drama Voice became so popular that it even had a second and third season which was broadcasted in 2019. The first season aired on OCN from January to March 2017. 

8. Introverted Boss 2017

Introverted Boss 2017

The drama Introverted Boss or also known as My Shy Boss is about a company heir and CEO with an extremely shy-type personality.

Eun Hwan-ki (played by Yeon Woo-jin) is the chief executive officer of a company involving Public Relations.

He is secretly termed and called by his employees as the “secret monster” because of his personality.

At first glance, Eun Hwan-ki tends to be a lot more prickly and cold, but in reality he is just extremely shy and timid that’s why he avoids his people by hiding out most of his day in his penthouse.

He also covers himself in all black and always wears a hood to cover his face. Because of this, even all of the company employees do not know how to approach him while working. 

On the other hand, Chae Ro-woon (played by Park Hye-soo) is a lot more energetic plus outgoing rookie employee who gains a lot of recognition and praise for her great work at the company.

Having met her shy and introverted boss, Chae Ro-woon has a secret plan to reveal his boss’ true personality. 

Aside from the two main characters, other casts of Introverted Boss includes Gong Seung-yeon as well as Yoon Park. Gong Seung-yeon plays the role of Eun Yi-soo, Eun Hwan-ki’s sister with an introverted personality.

She develops mental illness after her father abused her not only verbally but also emotionally.

Yoon Park plays the role of Kang Woo-il. He is also a more sensitive co-CEO of a public relations company. He is also Hwan-ki’s best friend and Eun Yi-soo’s fiance.

Introverted Boss aired from January until March 2017 on tvN with a total of 16 episodes. 

9. Fight for My Way 2017

Fight for My Way 2017

This drama entitled Fight for My Way follows the crucial and extremely hard life story of two individuals living an underdog life full of big dreams and thrives to find success in their chosen career.

The main characters in this drama are Ko Dong-man (played by Park Seo-joon) and Choi Ae-ra (played by Kim Ji-won). The character of Kim Ji-won grew up to be good at playing the sport of taekwondo.

However, because of trying to make ends meet for his family, he now only works as a mere contract employee. One day he decides to go after a UFC title.

On the other hand, Choi Ae-ra already gave up and surrendered her dream to become a great and popular newscaster. She now works in a typical department store as an officer in the information desk. 

The two find friendship in each other and eventually blossoms into an even more serious and intimate relationship. Will the two be able to reach for their dreams and continue to love each other despite the things they need to achieve? 

Fight for My Way aired from May until July 2017 on KBS2 with a total of 16 episodes.

The drama became one of the best Korean dramas 2017 and was praised for its realistic pot and awesome performance by its actors. 

10. Suspicious Partner 2017

Suspicious Partner 2017

The drama follows the story of Noh Ji-wook (played by Ji Chang-wook) and Eun Bong-hee (played by Nam Ji-hyun). Noh Ji-hyun is a prosecutor while Eun Bong-hee trains as a prosecutor.

The two work together to solve a mysterious case involving a psychopath killer. As the story progresses, the two find themselves attracted to each other and how deeply they are connected by each other’s past. 

Aside from the actors Ji Chang-wook and Nam Ji-hyun, other cats of the drama Suspicious Partner include Choi Tae-joon and Kwon Na-ra.

Choi Tae-joon plays the role of Ji Eun-hyuk, used to be Ji-wook’s best friend and an attorney with a complicated family relationship because of harsh treatment during his adolescent years. Kwon Na-ra plays the role of Eun-hyuk, Noh Ji-wook’s ex-lover.

Suspicious Partner aired from May until July 2017 on SBS with a total of 40 episodes. 

11. My Secret Romance 2017

My Secret Romance 2017

This drama entitled My Secret Romance is considered as among the best Korean drama 2017 which was produced by Kang Chul-woo.

It tells the story of an heir named Cha Jin-wook (played by Sung Hoon) and an ex-K-pop member named Lee Yoo-mi (played by Song Ji-eun).

Cha Jin Wook lives a carefree life and plans to only pursue a short term love affair.

Cha  Jin-wook, on the other hand, never really had at least one boyfriend before. The two ended up on a one night stand and got separated the day after. 

Things got more complicated when the two met some few years later after their one-night stand.

Cha Jin Wook finds that he develops feelings for Lee Yoo-mi. After meeting her, the used to be playboy Jin Wook now becomes a more responsible man who runs his entire family business.

Can their love conquer all? Will it be the death of Jin Wook’s old playboy habit and be able to love the shy girl Lee Yoo-mi?

The drama My Secret Romance drama also includes Kim Jae-young and Jung Da-sol. Kim Jae-young plays the character of Jung Hyun-tae, a travel writer who owns a book cafe.

He is also Yoo-mi’s best friend and has a huge yet secret crush on Yoo-mi. Jung Da-sol on the other hand plays the role of Joo Hye-ri, a beautiful news reporter who has a huge crush on Cha Jin-wook. 

My Secret Romance aired from May until July 2017 on SBS with a total of 40 episodes. It became a huge success by beating its top competitors, making it among the list of best Korean drama 2017. 

12. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo 2017

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo 2017

This 2017 drama entitled Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo was a huge success not only in South Korea but also in other Asian countries especially in the Philippines.

It tells the story of a group of college athletes who fights for their dreams while thriving to experience and find love in the process allowing them to grow and be a mature person in every step of the way. 

The main characters name is Kim Bok-joo (played by Lee Sung-kyung). She is a talented weightlifter with an extremely ambitious and outgoing personality.

She grew up and inspired by her father who was a former heavy weightlifter and inspired to do the same thing.

Despite her outgoing and brawny type of personality outside, she still feels shy and awkward around boys in her school. 

Bok-joo then meets Jung Joon-hyung (played by Nam Joo-hyuk). He is Kim Bok-joo’s elementary friend but the two no longer recognize and remember each other because of their age.

Jung Joon-hyung, on the other hand, is a talented swimmer who suffers trauma caused by his relatives. At first, Jung Joon-hyung enjoys teasing Kim Bok-joo, but later realizes he is falling in love with the weightlifter. 

Other casts of the series Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo includes Lee Jae-yoon who plays the role of Jung Jae-yi and Kyung Soo-jin who plays the role of Song Shi-ho.

The first is Joon-hyung’s cousin while the latter is Kim Bok Joo’s roommate and Joon Hyung’s ex-girlfriend. 

The drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo is inspired by the real life of Jang Mi-ran, an Olympic gold medalist. The drama aired from November 2016 until January 2017 on MBC with a total of 16 episodes.

13. Strongest Deliveryman 2017

Strongest Deliveryman 2017

This drama is about the life story of two Chinese restaurant delivery workers who struggles to survive in their everyday life as a delivery worker.

The main characters are Choi Kang-soo (played by Go Kyung-pyo) and Lee Dan-ah (played by Chae Soo-bin).

The two keep their dreams alive despite knowing the fact that they live a harsh reality. Choi Kang-soo dreams of becoming the owner of the delivery company he works in while Lee Dan-ah dreams of changing her life status from poor to a rich woman.

Will the two be able to achieve what they aspire to become? Will they learn this the hard way while trying not to fall in the trap of falling in love? 

Strongest Deliveryman aired from August until September 2017 on KBS2 with a total of 16 episodes.

14. Duel Korean Drama 2017

Duel Korean Drama (2017)

The drama Duel is about the story of a crime squad chief named Jang Deuk-cheon (played by Jung Jae-young).

He is a kind and loving father to his daughter. But when his daughter is kidnapped, Jang Deuk Cheon does everything he can to find and trace who kidnapped her daughter and bring her back.

To do this, he starts to chase down his daughter’s kidnapping suspect using only one clue he has: Two same-faced men at the crime scene. Eventually, a battle will take place between human clones.

Will Jang Deuk Cheon end up finding his daughter and find out what the two same-faced men really want? 

Aside from the main character, other casts in the drama Duel include Kim Jung-eun who plays the role of Choi Jo-hye, Yang Se-jong as Lee Sung-joon and Seon Eun-soo who plays the character of Ryu Mi-rae.

Other characters include Lee Na-yoon, Yoon kyun-ho, Choi Woong, Lee Ye-eun and Lee Sung-wook.

Duel aired from on OCN from June to July 2017 with a total of 16 episodes. 

15. My Only Love Song 2017

My Only Love Song 2017

My Only Love Song is a fantasy drama that premiered June 2017 on Netflix.

The story is about an arrogant pop star named Sang Soo-jung (played by Gong Seun-yun) who believes that anything can be achieved if you have high status and lots of money.

One day, she finds herself travelling back in time in the Goryeo era and meets On Sal (played by Lee Jong-hyun). On Sal also loves money, but he gives it to the poor and needy.

How will these two end up falling in love with each other? Can the pop star be able to travel back to her time? Will their love for money give them what they really want in life? 

From exciting plot twists to relationship goals, 2017 has kept Korean drama fans excited.

So, have you decided which best Korean drama 2017 to binge-watch first? We also listed Best Korean drama of 2019 Let us know by writing them in the comment box below!

Where to watch these Best Korean dramas 2017?

With different platforms available online, K-drama fans can now watch their favorite series as much as they want. Websites such as Viki, Netflix, Hulu and Viu they offers free and paid viewing for these dramas.

Which Among These Drama Received Lots of Awards and Recognition?

Because of its great plot and awesome performance by its actors, the drama My Only Love Song received lots of good comments and reviews from drama critics. 

Who among these Korean celebrities gained an award for their performance in the drama?

My Golden Life lead star Seo Eun Soo received the 2018 Korean Drama Awards as Best New Actress for her amazing performance in the drama.