With voting for the 13th Annual Soompi Awards in full swing, it’s finally time to reflect on the best K-dramas of 2017. From the wittiest comedies to the most heartbreaking tragedies, these dramas blessed us with plenty of laughs, feels, and relatable moments throughout the year. In honor of the life lessons and inspiration that these dramas gave us, let’s take a look back at some of the standout quotes that stuck with us from 2017!
With their bromance and fish-out-of-water antics, the supernatural beings of “Goblin” gave us plenty to laugh at as they attempted to blend in as normal humans in the modern world. The drama is particularly effective in its quick transitions from these comedic scenes to poignant ones that pack a real emotional punch, reflecting on themes of life, death, and loss.
Watch the first episode of “Goblin” here:
The four leads of “Fight My Way” had us cheering them on as they struggled to fulfill their dreams in the face of adversity. Their story is easy to connect with for those who have experienced the hardships of pursuing dreams in a world that can be unforgiving, and we can take inspiration from their refusal to give up on their goals or settle for an easier path.
Start watching “Fight My Way”:
A thrilling, bone-chilling drama about a woman trapped in a religious cult, “Save Me” will make you think deeply about the darker side of human psychology. In the face of some pretty dire situations, the characters must try admirably to remain strong, as Han Sang Hwan (Taecyeon) and Suk Dong Cheol (Woo Do Hwan) remind each other throughout:
“The Best Hit”
When a ’90s K-pop idol (Yoon Shi Yoon) is transported into the future, he struggles hilariously to adjust to his new life in 2017. A refreshing and funny watch, “The Best Hit” is full of relatable and introspective moments that will make you think, but are always quickly followed up with comedic elements.
Navigating careers and relationships as a young adult is confusing and difficult, and the characters of “Because This Is My First Life” endeared themselves to viewers as they made their way through this tough phase of life. The drama is both relatable and reassuring, offering us a reminder that it’s okay in life to experiment, mess up, and be uncertain sometimes. Because after all:
Start watching “Because This Is My First Life”:
A crime drama with a time-travel twist, “Tunnel” is about a violent crimes detective (Choi Jin Hyuk) from the ’80s who chases a serial killer through a tunnel and finds himself, along with the killer, in the year 2017. Complete with lighthearted banter, suspenseful mystery, and contemplative moments, “Tunnel” has a little something for everyone!
Check out the first episode of “Tunnel” below:
“Age of Youth 2”
It’s easy to identify with the characters of “Age of Youth 2,” giving the drama a uniquely down-to-earth vibe. This drama is not afraid to get real as it follows five girls navigating through the ups and downs of their 20s, and is a reflective and heartwarming testament to the value of friendship when life gets tough.
It takes a special drama to capture viewers’ hearts for 52 episodes, but “Father Is Strange” managed to do just that. Focused on a family that lives on the outskirts of Seoul, the drama is charmingly familiar and relatable — but with a twist, when a young idol shows up and informs them that he is a son of the family.
Watch the first episode of “Father Is Strange” here:
“Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” was a hit not only for its unique female lead and laugh-out-loud comedy, but also for the refreshingly sweet relationship between Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young) and Ahn Min Hyuk (Park Hyung Sik). Their teasing and bickering gave way to a deeply affectionate romance as the drama unfolded, touching viewers with their mutual respect and devotion.
Watch “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” below:
Poignant and emotional, “Queen For 7 Days” follows the tragic romance between Lee Yeok (Yeon Woo Jin) and Shin Chae Kyung (Park Min Young) as they navigate palace politics in the Joseon dynasty. The pair gave us plenty of lessons in life and love as we laughed and cried with them, watching their relationship grow.
Watch “Queen for 7 Days” here:
One of the more unusual K-dramas of the year, “Circle” is a fast-paced sci-fi show with an intricate plot and creatively imaginative drama world. With multiple time lines, a South Korea that is split into two worlds, aliens, and more, this is a drama that will bend your mind and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Three strangers with the power to see the future in their dreams team up to try to stop bad events from happening, forming an adorable friendship that we couldn’t get enough of in 2017. “While You Were Sleeping” gives viewers plenty of action and suspense, but it also does a superb job of developing its many characters, endearing them all to us as they deal with their personal struggles to pass through tough times to happier days.
Start watching “While You Were Sleeping” below:
A prosecutor drama with a lighthearted feel, “Suspicious Partner” is full of entertainingly witty dialogue and charismatic characters. Despite their obvious chemistry, the main pair struggles to get their timing right in romance, with Noh Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) beginning to realize his feelings for Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) just as she has gotten over hers for him.
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The past comes back to life in “Chicago Typewriter,” when the characters’ present lives become increasingly influenced by their previous incarnations as rebels during the 1930s Japanese occupation of Korea. A well-arced drama that is loaded with intrigue and suspense, “Chicago Typewriter” effortlessly weaves these two timelines together, allowing us to watch the characters grow into themselves in the present as they confront the traumas of their past lives.
Check out “Chicago Typewriter” here:
“Chief Kim” gave us all the corporate comedy we could have hoped for in 2017, with outlandish situations and wacky characters that made for a deliciously outrageous drama. Complete with anti-heroes and corrupt corporations, the characters dance around the line between right and wrong to make for a refreshing and unique watch.
Start watching “Chief Kim”:
Hey Soompiers, what were your favorite K-drama quotes of 2017? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to vote in the 13th Annual Soompi Awards!
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hgordon stays up way too late on weeknights marathoning K-dramas and trying to keep up with the latest K-pop releases.