The Best and Worst Korean Dramas of the Year

Posted 2017/11/05 2505 0

The list is made by 200 figures working in the Korean drama industry.

 

THE BEST

1. Secret Forest

The story revolves around a coolheaded prosecutor who lacks emotions and empathy, teams up with a passionate and warm-hearted female detective to uncover rampant corruption and the truth behind a serial murder case.

 

2. Woman of Dignity

The story of an elegant Cheongdam-dong woman named Woo Ah-jin, who relished a life of luxury by marrying a quasi-chaebol son, until Park Bok-ja walks into her life.

 

3. Goblin

Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is an immortal goblin who is also a protector of souls. He lives together with an amnesiac grim reaper (Lee Dong Wook) who is in charge of taking deceased souls. Together the two of them sees the dead off into the afterlife. Meanwhile, Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) is a high school student who despite her painful reality, remains optimistic. She ends up falling in love with the goblin. Kim Sun (Yoo In Na) is an owner of a chicken shop; a bright and attractive girl who is loved by all men.

 

4. Third-Rate My Way

Follow the story about young adults with third-rate specs just struggling to survive, and craving for success for the career they're low qualified. And the long time friendship blossoming into romance between two immature friends Ko Dong-man (Park Seo-joon) and Choi Ae-ra (Kim Ji-won) whose childish dynamic hasn't changed despite reaching adulthood.

 

5. Defendant

Park Jung-woo is a prosecutor at Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office. One day, he wakes up and finds himself a convict on death row. Suffering from temporary amnesia, Jung-woo has no idea what transpired to land him in prison. He struggles to recover his memory and clear his name.

 

THE WORST

1. Manhole

Bong Pil (Kim Jae Joong) has been preparing for his civil servant exam for the past 3 years, but he is not enthusiastic about his studies. He wanders around neighborhoods. He then travel with his five friends between the past and present through a manhole in order to stop a wedding scheduled a week later.

 

2. Saimdang: Light's Diary

 Korean art history lecturer (Lee Young-ae) discovers the diary of a historical figure, and unravels the secret of a mysterious portrait that helps her re-discover the extraordinary life of Shin Saimdang (also played by Lee), a renowned poet-artist in the Joseon era.

 

3. Hwarang

In the Kingdom of Silla, a group of elite youth known as Hwarang (literally "Flowering Knights") would wield great influence. These dashing, talented knights could outsmart and outfight anyone as they pushed for justice in Seorabeol, the capital city. One of them would become King Jin Heung of Silla and change the course of history.

 

4. The Bride of the Water God

This drama is about a female doctor, So Ah (Shin Se Kyung) who gets offered as a sacrifice to the water god Ha Baek (Nam Joo Hyuk), and becomes his slave.

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