Top 18 Best Korean Dramas Of 2017 Worth Watching

The year 2017 has given some of the best kdramas to us. These dramas have got great ratings from the audience & we got new actors. It is one of the best years of kdramas.

Kdramas are becoming more popular due to increased access to Korean content on platforms like Netflix, Viki, etc. The hallyu wave is also responsible for this. Korean dramas are addicting.

Dramas have great plot, acting, romance, comedy & suspense. They are quite good to watch with family too. If you are looking for some good Kdrama recommendation, read on.

Best Korean Dramas Of 2017

If you are looking to binge-watch some kdramas, 2017 has given us a lot of good dramas. Here are 18 of them you can watch to take a break from your daily life.

Korean dramas 2017

This list includes Korean dramas that have been watched by maximum viewers and have high ratings on IMDB & other drama sites. Most of them are available to watch on Netflix & Viki.

1. Prison Playbook

A captivating drama revolving around the lives of convicts behind bars, their families, and duty officers working in the correctional facilities. A superstar baseball pitcher, Kim Je Hyuk, is convicted of assault after he saves his sister & lands in prison.

prison playbook

Cast –

  • Park Hae Soo as Kim Je Hyuk
  • Jung Kyung Ho as Lee Joon Ho
  • Krystal Jung as Kim Ji Ho
  • Im Hwa Young as Kim Je Hee

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

2. Stranger

Hwang Shi Mok, a prosecutor finds him in a murder case. He meets Police Lieutenant Yeo Jin at a murder crime scene. They work together to wipe out corruption at the prosecutor’s office and solve a serial murder case.

Stranger thriller korean dramas

Cast –

  • Jo Seung Woo as Hwang Shi Mok
  • Bae Doo Na as Han Yeo Jin
  • Lee Joon Hyuk as Seo Dong Jae
  • Yoo Jae Myung as Lee Chang Joon

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

3. Defendant

Park Jung Woo is a prosecutor who has lost his memory and discovers that he is convicted on death row. He is now left with no option but to find the truth behind his condition and prove his innocence.

Defendant thriller korean dramas

Cast –

  • Ji Sung as Park Jung Woo
  • Uhm Ki Joon as Cha Sun Ho
  • Kwon Yu Ri as Seo Eun Hye
  • Oh Chang Seok as Kang Joon Hyuk

No. Of Episodes – 18

Watch On – Viki

4. Chicago Typewriter

The drama depicts three resistance fighters who lived during the 1930s Japanese occupation of Korea and are reincarnated into the present as a best-selling writer, a fan, and a ghostwriter. It is an epic story of friendship, comradeship, love, and betrayal.

chicago typewriter

Cast –

  • Yoo Ah In as Han Se Joo
  • Im Soo Jung as Jun Seol
  • Go Kyung Pyo as Yoo Jin Oh
  • Kwak Shi Yang as Baek Tae Min

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

5. While You Were Sleeping

Jae Chan, a prosecutor, decides to interfere in the course of events and ends up saving the lives of Hong Joo and Woo Tak. When the three of them start having dreams about one another, they realize that their lives are now somehow connected.

While You Were Sleeping

Cast –

  • Bae Suzy as Nam Hong Ju
  • Lee Jong Suk as Jung Jae Chan
  • Jung Hae In as Han Woo Tak
  • Lee Sang Yeob as Lee Yu Beom

No. Of Episodes – 32

Watch On – Viki

6. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Do Bong Soon is an unemployed girl who has superhuman powers. Later, she is hired by a CEO as his bodyguard. As they get closer, they find their relationship going farther than that of work. They also get involved with a killer.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Cast –

  • Park Bo Young as Do Bong Soon
  • Park Hyung Sik as Ahn Min Hyuk
  • Ji Soo as In Gook Doo

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

7. Tunnel

In 1986, Park Kwang Ho works as a detective. While working he passes through a time portal, which transports him to present-day Seoul. He meets a new partner Kim Sun Jae. They try to find out the serial killer.

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Tunnel thriller korean dramas

Cast –

  • Choi Jin Hyuk as Park Kwang Ho
  • Yoon Hyun Min as Kim Seon Jae
  • Lee Yoo Young as Shin Jae Yi

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

8. My Father is Strange

This drama is about a family that lives on the outskirts of Seoul. Han Soo is the father who lives with his wife & his three daughters and one son. One day, Joong Hee, an actor shows up and declares that he is the son of the family. He begins to live with them.

my father is strange

Cast –

  • Kim Yeong Cheol as Byun Han Soo
  • Kim Hae Sook as Na Young Shil
  • Ryu Soo Young as Cha Jung Hwan
  • Lee Joon as Ahn Joong Hee
  • Jung So Min as Byun Mi Young

No. Of Episodes – 52

Watch On – Netflix, Viki, YouTube

9. Go Back Couple

After coming to a breaking point in their relationship, a 38-years-old married couple wakes up to find themselves as 20-year-old university students when they met the first time. They decide to enjoy it and make different choices than they did the first time around.

go back couple

Cast –

  • Jang Na Ra as Ma Jin Joo
  • Son Ho Jun as Choi Ban Do
  • Heo Jung Min as Ahn Jae Woo
  • Han Bo Reum as Yoon Bo Reum

No. Of Episodes – 12

Watch On – Viki

10. Just Between Lovers

Three young people who each lost a loved one in the same building collapse attempt to navigate their relationships through the pain of the tragedy while helping to construct a replacement building. Together they move forward and find a new will to live and embrace the future.

Just Between Lovers

Cast –

  • Lee Jun Ho as Lee Kang Doo
  • Won Jin Ah as Ha Moon Soo
  • Lee Ki Woo as Seo Joo Won
  • Kang Han Na as Jung Yoo Jin

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

11. Save Me

Sang Mi and her family move to Muji Gun where they have no friends or relatives. There she meets four boys. When her family faces some trouble, the Spiritual Father of Goosunwon offers to help them. However, her family is slowly gets sucked into the pseudo-religious cult and the four boys try to save her.

Save Me

Cast –

  • Seo Ye Ji as Im Sang Mi
  • Ok Taec Yeon as Han Sang Hwan
  • Woo Do Hwan as Seok Dong Chul
  • Jo Sung Ha as Baek Jung Ki

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

12. Because This is My First Life

Nam Se Hee, an IT employee and socially awkward marries Yoon Ji Ho, a homeless writer by signing a contract of two years. Both agree to the terms and conditions of being just landlord and tenant. They plan to share the flat without any feelings involved.

Because this is my first life

Cast –

  • Jung So Min as Yoon Ji Ho
  • Lee Min Ki as Nam Se Hee
  • Esom as Woo Soo Ji
  • Park Byung Eun as Ma Sang Goo

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

13. Fight For My Way

Dong Man dreams to become a taekwondo athlete. Ae Ra aspires to become a television anchor. Joo Man and Seol Hee face a new threat to their relationship. Can they achieve their dreams despite having low qualifications?

Fight For My Way

Cast –

  • Park Seo Joon as Ko Dong Man
  • Kim Ji Won as Choi Ae Ra
  • Ahn Jae Hong as Kim Joo Man
  • Song Ha Yoon as Baek Seol Hee

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

14. Voice

Detective Moo Jin Hyuk after his wife’s death, works with professional voice profiler Kwon Joo, whose father is killed, to solve a different crime, chasing for the serial killer who is responsible for the deaths of their family members.

Voice thriller korean dramas

Cast –

  • Jang Hyuk as Moo Jin Hyeok
  • Lee Ha Na as Kang Kwon Joo
  • Baek Sung Hyun as Shim Dae Shik
  • Son Eun Seo as Park Eun Soo

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

15. I’m Not A Robot

Ji Ah receives a phone call from her ex-boyfriend who built a robot with the same physical appearance as hers, but an accident has broken it. He offers her money if she will go to a shareholder’s house and pretend to be a robot.

I am not a robot

Cast –

  • Yoo Seung Ho as Kim Min Kyu
  • Chae Soo Bin as Jo Ji Ah
  • Uhm Ki Joon as Hong Baek Gyun
  • Park Se Wan as Pi

No. Of Episodes – 32

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

16. Suspicious Partner

Ji Wook is a perfect prosecutor. Bong Hee is a prosecutor trainee. She is assigned to work under Ji Wook. They work together on a mysterious case involving a sly psychopath murderer. As they’re working as a team, they develop affection between them.

Suspicious Partner

Cast –

  • Ji Chang Wook as Noh Ji Wook
  • Nam Ji Hyun as Eun Bong Hee
  • Choi Tae Joon as Ji Eun Hyuk
  • Kwon Na Ra as Cha Yoo Jung

No. Of Episodes – 40

Watch On – Netflix, Viki, YouTube

17. A Korean Odyssey

In 2017, Son Oh Gong and Woo Ma Wang conflict with each other as they look for a true light in a dark world where evil thrives. Having made a contract with Seon Mi 25 years ago, entitling her to seek help whenever she calls him in exchange for letting him free, the two meet again in a fateful encounter.

a korean odyssey

Cast –

  • Lee Seung Gi as Son Oh Gong
  • Oh Yeon Seo as Jin Seon Mi
  • Cha Seung Won as Woo Ma Wang
  • Lee Hong Ki as Jeo Pal Kye

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

18. Black

A grim reaper is forced to track down his fugitive partner. In this process, a detective gets possessed by the grim reaper. She can see shadows of death. These two struggle to save the lives of people, breaking the rules of heaven.

Black drama

Cast –

  • Song Seung Heon as Moo Gang / Grim Reaper
  • Go Ah Ra as Kang Ha Ram
  • Lee El as Yoon Soo Wan
  • Kim Dong Jun as Oh Man Soo

No. Of Episodes – 18

Watch On – Netflix


Wrapping Up

These were the best Kdramas of 2017 you can watch to relieve yourself from stress. You can pick any of them, whatever genre – thriller, romance, suspense, fantasy, all are included in this list.

Almost all of them are available on Netflix & Viki. But some dramas are not available on Viki & if you don’t have a Netflix subscription, you can watch all the dramas on free streaming sites.

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