9 Underrated K-dramas you probably haven't seen
There are so many amazing K-dramas out there, but sometimes it seems like we talk about the same few dramas over and over again. I know I am definitely guilty of this! But there are a lot of other amazing dramas that often don't get enough credit in our Dramaland discussions.
Some of these dramas were fan favorites when they aired but have fallen to the wayside as other new dramas are released. Others never quite got the recognition or fan base I think they deserved. Hopefully you'll be able to find a drama you've never seen on this list and will fall in love like I did!
And if you have seen some (or even all) of the underrated dramas listed below, you are a drama watching superstar! Hopefully this article will bring back some good memories of watching these fantastic dramas.
So below, listed in no particular order, are 9 underrated K-dramas that definitely deserve more love!
1. City Hall
Cha Seung Won and Kim Sung Ah? What could be better? City Hall is a classic underdog story and delves into the world of local political office — which is surprisingly cutthroat and filled with scandal! I really enjoyed this drama all the way through and absolutely fell in love with Cha Seung Won and Kim Sung Ah. This one is definitely worth a watch!
Delightful Girl Choon Hyang was the Hong Sisters’ first drama and is highly underrated among all the Hong Sisters’ dramas and among dramas in general. The two main characters have fantastic chemistry, and the story is really well laid out! One thing to remember when watching Delightful Girl Choon Hyang is that it was made in 2005, so while the silly back and forth misunderstandings and now stereotypical high school drama may seem overdone and like every other drama out there, this drama predates the more recent similar dramas you’ve probably seen. This is truly a classic drama from when Korean dramas were really starting to come into their own and gain traction among viewers. If you have never seen it and decide to watch Delightful Girl Choon Hyang, try to do so with fresh eyes as if this is the first K-drama you’ve seen!
If you like love triangles and really cute kids, definitely check out Stars Falling From the Sky. This is an altogether enjoyable drama that is solid from beginning to end and has an amazing cast led by Choi Jung Won and Kim Ji Hoon. Just be sure to keep the tissue box close — this is definitely a tearjerker!
4. Fool’s Love
Fool’s Love was a great drama that came out at the same time as so many other fantastic dramas such as Healer and Kill Me, Heal Me. Therefore, Fool’s Love was overshadowed by these fan favorites and fell short in the ratings, failing to amass the large viewership that I think it deserved. Was is the best drama in the entire world? No. But it was a funny and heartwarming drama that deserved more that it got. If you haven’t seen it, definitely give it a try!
5. Love Rain
Maybe I’m just having some serious Jang Geun Suk withdrawal, but I recently rewatched Love Rain and found myself liking it even more the second time through! I don’t hear many people talking about Love Rain, and it seems like one of Jang Geun Suk’s overlooked performances. But I loved him in it. The show has some amazing cinematography and a great OST, although I will admit that the drama gets a little wrapped up in itself towards the end and drags on a bit. However, I still think it deserves some credit and more people should watch it.
6. 49 Days
49 Days is one of those dramas that so many people watched and LOVED but no one really talks about. 49 Days is an absolutely beautiful drama that hits you with all of the feels. It feels incredibly well thought out and even with an unexpected ending, it feels complete. This is a drama that feels more adult than many others like it and doesn’t rely on cheap drama stereotypes to make you like it (not that I don’t love drama stereotypes). I think this is a drama that is so satisfying and subtly amazing that people often forget about it.
This drama is definitely not for the faint of heart. But if you like intense melodramas that will keep you thinking long after the drama has ended, give A Love to Kill a try! It is from 2005, so it has become a bit dated, but the Rain eye candy definitely makes up for that! This is one of my favorite Rain roles because of the depth and difficulty of the character he portrays. He really proves himself as a fantastic actor.
Me Too, Flower! was a great heartwarming drama. While poor ratings caused this 2011 drama to end one episode early, I think cutting the drama down an episode actually saved the story and made me love it even more. Like so many dramas on this list, the second half of Me Too, Flower! was not the greatest, but instead of fizzling out, this drama had an amazing ending, which definitely made up for its shortcomings! Unlike a lot of dramas, I ended this one feeling satisfied and happy. My characters we’re all happy and there weren’t too many loose ends hanging around. I think this was a great underrated drama that was unfortunately overshadowed by some other great dramas that were airing at the same time.
9. Thank You
I would be remiss to not include Thank You on this list. This 2007 drama did very well in ratings and garnered much critical and popular praise for its sensitive portrayal of a young girl with HIV and her relationship with her family and friends. Jang Hyuk and Gong Hyo Jin do not disappoint, but Seo Shin Ae stole the show! It’s a really beautiful drama that new drama addicts should definitely watch!
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KD Bonbon loves dogs and enjoys listening to K-pop and watching Korean dramas in her spare time. Whenever she’s not working her 9-5 corporate job, she’s writing for DramaFever News.