Popular South Korean TV dramas like Goblin and Strong Woman Do Bong Soon ruled entertainment news sites for most of the year, but there were several treasures on TV that Korean fans missed out on this year. From gorgeous stars to addictive story-lines, and even stunning wardrobes, it's hard to imagine what stopped the shows on this list from being hits in their homeland. Let's revisit some of the best underrated Korean TV dramas of 2017 now.

1. Saimdang: Lights Diary

History infuses reality in this riveting historical series. An art history professor puts her life on the line to learn everything she can about a mysterious painting and diary she found in a foreign country. You won't be able to stop watching this beautiful yet tragic love story that is a work of art. 

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Saimdang: Light's Diary (Herstory)

Starring Lee Young Ae and Song Seung Hun

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2. My Shy Boss

If you don't fall for Eun Hwan Ki by episode 5, you aren't human. The lovable boss warms hearts with his sweet charm and persistence to overcome his fear. Every viewer can also learn a valuable lesson about life and love as we see how the boss and several other characters deal with loss and rejection. 

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My Shy Boss

Starring Yeon Woo Jin and Park Hye Soo

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3. My Secret Romance

This series was filled with laughs, great music and intense PDA. It was literally one-of-kind by becoming the first romantic K-drama to premiere on OCN. The trailblazer still makes hearts race as we watch the modern love story of a spoiled heir and his commoner nutritionist. 

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My Secret Romance

Starring Sung Hoon and Song Ji Eun

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4. My Sassy Girl

Princess Hyemyeong has just enough sassiness and wit about her to hook viewers by episode one. The comedy in the early episodes are so laugh-out-loud funny you don't want it to end! However, the show calms down somewhat to illustrate the dramatic talent the stars possess. The big surprise is that the main couple aren't the only ones who find love in the end. 

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My Sassy Girl (2017)

Starring Joo Won and Oh Yeon Seo

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5. The Best Hit

A hilarious fantasy show transforms into a serious drama right in front of our very eyes. When a 90s singer lands in the present-day, he has no idea how closely related he is to the group of young people he begins living with. We watch him fall in love with one, while he forms a special bond with another. He also discovers the truth behind his disappearance decades ago.

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The Best Hit

Starring Yoon Si Yoon and Lee Se Young

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6. Lookout

Fighting for justice becomes the only reason a group of heartbroken civilians keep on living. If you enjoy a good crime show, this compelling series is for you. There is never a dull moment as you wait for the most dangerous criminal to finally pay for his sins. It is quite the tearjerker, too, so keep your box of tissues close.

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Lookout

Starring Lee Si Young and Kim Young Kwang

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7. Ruler: Master of the Mask

The heart-stopping action each week was exhilarating. Our gorgeous crown prince cheated death so many times he could be considered a new superhero. If you are still reluctant to try historicals, this series will turn lovers of all genres into diehard historical K-drama fans. Action, mystery, love and so much more are all rolled up into one magnificent show.

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Ruler: Master of the Mask

Starring Yoo Seung Ho and Kim So Hyun

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8. The Bride of the Water God

Do you crave a supernatural series with a happy ending? Well, the Water God was made for you. Romance and humor takes center stage as a doctor in debt crosses paths with her fated lover from another realm. You may shed a tear watching this one, but most of them will be tears of joy. 

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The Bride of the Water God (Habaek)

Starring Nam Joo Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung

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9. Fight My Way

Dong Man and Ae Ra show the world what happens when best friends cross the fine line between friendship and lovers. There is a whole new world waiting on the other side! This show gives us a great contrast of friends embarking on a new relationship alongside a couple who has been dating for a long time. Rom-com lovers will be marathoning this one over and over again.

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Fight My Way

Starring Park Seo Joon and Kim Ji Won

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10. Andante

If you are looking for a teen series that surpasses the rest, this show is for you. It's humanity at its finest! Andante goes beyond the walls of a typical school setting so viewers can see how precious life truly is. You'll never understand how to value each day until you learn the daily struggles within a hospice.  

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Andante

Starring Kim Jong In (Kai) and Lee Ye Hyun

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Which series will you be watching this weekend? 


Shelly M is an author and blogger. Follow her personal blog at BTSCelebs.com