After looking back at TVN’s best k-drama, it’s about time to look at what MBC offered us this 2017. Upon looking at my recommended MBC series, I noticed I had listed a number of sageuk. I guess I already mentioned on this blog how much I love sageuks and it is no brainer that I have included a lot on this list.
BUT before we head on to the list, here are few notes.
This is a list of dramas aired and ended in 2017. Any drama that began in 2017 but will end in 2018 is not included.
I only listed those dramas I’ve seen fully (from episode 1 to final episode). There are dramas who have raving reviews, but I didn’t finish because one, it’s not for me, and two, it’s boring. Feel free to suggest your favorite drama
I’ll be sharing you my personal ratings and opinion so that you’ll know what to expect. Promise, NO SPOILERS.
The list is in no particular order because how dare I! 🙂
So the must-watch MBC K-dramas of 2017 listing begins here:
Rebel: Thief Who Stole The People 9/10
Episodes: 30 | Genre: Sageuk, Drama | Release Date: January 30 – May 16, 2017
“Hong Gil Dong (Yoon Kyun-Sang) is the son of servant, Hong Ah Mo Gae, which gives Gil Dong no legal standing in Joseon society. With no opportunities to do any legitimate work despite his brilliance, Gil Dong becomes the leader of a band of smugglers who steals from the rich to give to the poor. Gil Dong’s contemporary, Yi Yung, becomes the tyrannical King Yeonsangun (Kim Ji-Seok) who oppresses the lives of the common people. Gil Dong saves the life of Song Ga Ryeong (Chae Soo-Bin), who becomes a young widow after her husband is killed by the king. Ga Ryeong dreams of getting revenge against the king at all costs. The king’s faithful consort is Jang Nok Soo (Lee Ha-Nui), who secretly can’t forget her first love, Gil Dong.” – Wikipedia, Rebel
Dee Say: If you are just starting out with sageuks, I can say that this drama will be long for you. This can be a hit or miss for starters but I assure you this is worth watching. You will totally appreciate the struggle of Gil Dong who rose from rags to riches, playing the role of Robin Hood to the oppressed people of Joseon. It is a story about love and loyalty among Hong family. And FYI, this drama won Drama of the Year in recent concluded MBC Drama Awards.
Lookout/The Guardians 10/10
Episodes: 32 | Genre: Action, Thriller | Release Date: May 22 – July 11, 2017
“The Guardians tells the story of a group of people who team up to serve justice themselves after losing their loved ones to criminals. The group consists of a detective, prosecutor, hacker, and an extremely shy person. They want to give these criminals the punishment that they deserve, and take matters into their own hands as the corrupt justice system in South Korea fails to capture the culprits.” – Wikipedia, The Guardians
Dee Say: This series is EPIC! I’m literally at the edge of my seat while watching how the whole story developed. From the casting to OST, everything is perfect! This is one of the few dramas that will force you to click the next button to know what will happen next. I’m completely shocked by the unexpected ending. But eventually realized that this is the kind of ending that would wrap up everything! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
The King In Love 9/10
Episodes: 40 | Genre: Sageuk, Romance, Drama | Release Date: July 17 – September 19, 2017
“Set in the Goryeo dynasty, it tells the story of a young and ambitious monarch Won (Im Si-wan) with a desire to conquer, and two people who shape his destiny; childhood friend Lin (Hong Jong-hyun) and a beautiful woman named San (Im Yoon-ah).” – Wikipedia, The King In Love
Dee Say: I honestly having second thoughts in watching this drama because first, it is 40 episodes and second, I’m not a fan of Yoona’s acting. But since I love sageuk and I look forward to Siwan and Jong Hyun’s bromance, I gave this series a try. And I’m glad I did! I never imagined loving Yoona in this drama. I felt that this is the kind of dramas that suited her. I’m also happy and satisfied that my ship reigned in the end. P.S. It was only in the middle of series I found out that this drama is based on a novel.
Ruler: Master Mask 7/10
Episodes: 40 | Genre: Sageuk, Romance | Release Date: May 10 – July 13, 2017
“In the 1700’s, Crown Prince Lee Sun (Yoo Seung-Ho) fights against Pyunsoo-Hwe. Pyunsoo-Hwe is an organization that has accumulated power and wealth through privatizing water all over Joseon. Crown Prince Lee Sun becomes a hope for the people who suffer. Ga-Eun is the woman Crown Prince Lee Sun loves and she helps grow as a ruler.” – Asianwiki, Ruler
Dee Say: I was literally drawn with the synopsis of The Ruler! I was also thrilled to witness how will Seung Ho at L will portray their characters. But sadly, as the story progress, I felt lost and confused on where does the writer wants to bring the whole story. Though this has failed me in some way, I think this drama still deserves appreciation from the viewers. I ended falling in love with the antagonist’s character played by Yoon So-Hee. For me, she is the perfect queen who is willing to sacrifice everything to support the king.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo 10/10
Episodes: 16 | Genre: Romance, Comedy | Release Date: November 16, 2016 – January 11, 2017
“Kim Bok-Joo (Lee Sung-Kyung) is a promising collegiate female weightlifter. Her father runs a small chicken restaurant and her uncle wants to become an actor. She has a bright personality and strong sense of justice. Kim Bok-Joo and her friends on the female weightlifting team are not popular with the guys and they don’t have boyfriends. Meanwhile, Jung Joon-Hyung (Nam Joo-Hyuk) is a collegiate swimmer plagued with numerous false start disqualifications. He is 21-years-old and has a free spirit.” – Asianwiki, Weightlifting Fairy
Dee Say: “Do you like Messi?” Whether you like him or not, I assure you, you’ll still fall head over heels in this series. It is one of the best dramas to recommend to your friends who are just recently started watching K-dramas.
There more MBC-released dramas that have outstanding reviews that weren’t included on this list since I haven’t done watching them. But by far, I can say that abovementioned series are definitely 5 of their bests for 2017.
I’ve recently posted a list of TVN’s Best K-drama this 2017. Click this link to find out my recommendations. For now, annyeong 🙂