Best KDrama of 2017: SBS Part 1

Best KDrama of 2017: SBS Part 1

The Legend of the Blue Sea home – SBS. Now that we’re done listing TVN’s and MBC’s best K-dramas, it’s time to take a peek at SBS’ offers. 

Comparing my list for SBS and other stations, SBS wins when it comes to numbers of K-dramas that won my heart.  Since it is expected that I’ll be listing more than 5 dramas, I decided to divide this into 2 parts. This post is the Part 1 for SBS Best K-dramas in 2017. For the second part, check this link.

Please bear with me and read until the end. I have a good mix of series from different genres that will surely cater your taste.


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 SBS K-dramas of 2017 (Part 1) listing begins here: 

Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim 10/10

Episodes: 20 + 1 Special Episode | Genre: Medical, Romance | Release Date: November 7, 2016 – January 17, 2017

“Boo Yong-Joo was a famous surgeon with the nickname of “Hand of God.” He suddenly disappeared and nobody knew exactly why. Boo Young-Joo is now as Teacher Kim and he calls himself the Romantic Doctor. He enjoys his life in seclusion.Kang Dong-Joo became a doctor to win somebody over and Yoon Seo-Jung becomes a doctor to be recognized by somebody. After they meet Teacher Kim, they learn about life values and comfort from love.” – Asianwiki, Romantic Doctor

Dee Say: There was a time in my K-fan life I got obsessed with medical dramas. I have seen many, but among those dramas, this series is my ultimate favorite. I love how this drama has a great balance of science, comedy, and romance. According to an article, hospitals in South Korea are impressed how close to reality this drama is. They even sent a food truck to the set -WOW! The chemistry of Yoo Yeon-seok and Seo Hyun-jin melted my heart and the feelings still linger up until now! No wonder they won both the Best Couple and Best Kiss award in 24th SBS Drama Awards.


Defendant 10/10

Episodes: 18 | Genre: Legal Drama | Release Date: January 23 – March 21, 2017

“Park Jung-Woo is a prosecutor at Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office. One day, he wakes up and finds himself in locked up at the police station. He has temporary amnesia. Park Jung-Woo is falsely accused and is sentenced to death. He must struggle to prove his innocence.” – Asianwiki, Defendant

Dee Say: Jisung and Um Ki Joon in one drama? Bomb! This drama doesn’t need any explanation why it is considered as one of the best dramas in 2017. You just need to watch it and experience a thrilling ride. P.S. It will shatter your heart.


Saimdang Light’s Diary 10/10

Episodes: 28 | Genre: Sageuk, Fantasy, Romance | Release Date: January 26 – May 4, 2017

“A Korean art history lecturer (Lee Young-ae) discovers the diary of a historical figure, and unravels the secret of a mysterious portrait that helps her re-discover the extraordinary life of Shin Saimdang (also played by Lee), a renowned poet-artist in the Joseon era.” – Wikipedia, Saimdang

Dee Say: I guess it’s given that I listed Saimdang as one of the best dramas in 2017. Aside from being a sageuk (that I totally love), it has a good story and the castings are superb! It is sad that they need to cut it short because of the poor ratings – that I totally don’t understand. A story about love, sacrifices, and dreams.


Reunited Worlds 8/10

Episodes: 40/20 | Genre: Fantasy, Romance | Release Date: July 19 – September 21, 2017

“Hae Sung (Yeo Jin-goo) is a senior high school student. On Hae Sung’s birthday, his girlfriend Jung Won (Lee Yeon-hee) prepares a surprise party for him at his house. To keep him away from the house while they prepare, Jung Won asks Hae Sung to go to their school and retrieve her wallet. There, Hae Sung walks into a shocking scene. While trying to get help, Hae Sung is hit by a car and dies. 12 years later, Hae Sung wakes up at the roof of his school building and he meets Jung Won again. Although Jung Won and Hae Sung were born in the same year, the two childhood friends end up being 12 years apart because they have aged at different places (worlds) for some strange reason.” – Wikipedia, Reunited Worlds

Dee Say: Every time I see Jin Goo on screen (in this drama), I can’t help but cry. This is a beautiful story despite some unnecessary scenes.  This may not be the best drama for other viewers, but for me, it still deserves the chance to share a story.


That’s the end of SBS’ best k-drama of 2017 Part 1. Check this link to find out the rest of the K-dramas SBS offered in the year 2017. You can also read my previous blog posts about TVN’s and MBC’s best K-dramas. For now, Annyeong!

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