Top 10 Underrated Korean Dramas To Watch

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Hey guys!. In this post, I’ll be discussing a list of Top 10 Underrated Korean Dramas To Watch. While there may be hundreds of Korean dramas that have won our hearts, there are also those underrated shows that many viewers are sadly not exposed to. We all know those that are definitely worth watching, but what about those that have been swept under the rug just because they don't quite meet the publicity. If you're feeling a little adventurous to try out Korean dramas that may not be as popular as others but have amassed some loyal following because of their exceptional storytelling and the actors brilliant performances, then let's get into it as we round up the 10 underrated Korean dramas that you should definitely watch. So let’s get started.

10. The Game: Towards Zero (2020) 

A riveting mystery crime series that will weigh your judgments and sense of morality, this drama follows the story of a strong-willed detective who partners with a prophet in solving a serial murder case. Kim Tae Pyeong is a man who has the ability to see the moment of one's death just by looking into their eyes. He is recruited by detective Joon Young, played by Lee Yeon Hee, who also happens to be the only person whose death he cannot foresee. An action thriller drama that offers a gripping and well-narrated storyline, The Game: Towards Zero will be a great treat for those of you who are looking for some spine-chilling crime mystery series. 

9. Something in the Rain (2018)

An emotionally absorbing love tale that will leave you with life-affirming lessons about love and friendship, this next drama is a sure one that will captivate your hearts right off the bat. Something in the Rain centers on the life of a single woman in her mid-30s who seems to have a hard time finding her perfect match. Yoon Jin Ah, played by Son Ye Jin, works as a manager for a coffee franchise company who one days runs into his friend's younger brother. The two find themselves getting closer over lunch breaks at work, and eventually get caught in an against-all-odds love affair. Will our two main leads ever find their happy ending? A drama with tons of emotional lows and a few highs right from the very beginning, Something in the Rain is for all of those Kdrama fanatics who are needing a binge-worthy romantic story. 

8. Come and Hug Me (2018)

Another murder mystery drama with an excellent blend of romance and thrills, this next one will give you that spine-chilling vibe and keep you on your toes all throughout the series. Come and Hug Me follows the story of two young lovers who meet as teenagers and eventually fell in love. Choi Do Jin, played by Jang Ki Yong, is an experienced detective who is left with a lifetime of guilt as his serial killer father murders the parents of the girl he loves. He later reunites with Han Jae Yi, played by Jin Ki Joo, who suffers from PTSD because of the trauma she went through after losing her family. Both emotionally scarred, the two main leads try to heal from their wounds as they overcome the challenges brought about by their traumatic past. A heart wrenching story that will punch you in the gut episode after episode, this drama that is brimming with horror will definitely reel you in straightaway. 

7. Doctor John (2019)

Unlike any other medical Kdrama, this next series is the first ever Korean drama to touch on "death with dignity", otherwise known as euthanasia. If you're down for some squeals and nail-biting tension, then stick around as we give you an addicting and entertaining medical themed series. Doctor John follows the story of Cha Yo Han, played by Ji Sung, a talented anesthesiologist who spent a few years in prison for performing euthanasia on a dying patient. After serving time, he is hired by Hanse Medical Hospital where he meets Lee Se Young, a 2nd year resident he had previously met at the penitentiary. A drama that touches hearts with its thoughtful life lessons, Doctor John is a perfect binge-worthy Kdrama series that will keep you entertained just like any other romantic story. 

6. Another Miss Oh (2016)

A retrospective love tale that will draw you in and give you all sorts of feels, this next series will give you a glimpse of just the kind of love someone can offer after going through some heartbreak. Another Miss Oh is story that revolves around two women who are complete opposites and a man who has visions of the future. Park Do Kyung, played by Eric Mun, is a sound director in his 30s who meets a woman whose name is just exactly as his bride who disappeared on their wedding day. After sharing similar unfortunate experiences of being dumped before their weddings, the two get closer and eventually their lives get tangled together. Will the star-crossed lovers ever find their happy ending? A critically-acclaimed drama that ruled the chart with its high ratings, Another Miss Oh will give you just the kind of emotion you need if you're down for some story that's full of heart. 

5. Radio Romance (2018) 

Another binge-worthy drama that features a captivating tale about love, this next series will surely give you those intentional feel-good vibes without unnecessary plot twists. Radio Romance tells the story of an assistant writer who has always wanted to become a top-notch radio writer. Song Geu Rim, played by Kim So Hyun, lacks writing skills but was forced to work as an assistant program writer for five years for a radio show. When her only show is threatened to be cancelled, she tries to secure her place and decides to cast a top actor, played by Yoon Doo Joon, who is known to have a perfect life. A drama that sends out sporadic emotions all throughout the story, Radio Romance is a romantic treat that will definitely give you a relatable and heartwarming love tale. 

4. Suspicious Partner (2017)

A drama that promises a perfect blend of lighthearted romance and thriller, Suspicious Partner is a great watch you surely don't want to miss. This series revolves around the story of a fish out of water novice lawyer Eun Bong Hee, played by Nam Ji Hyun, who is falsely accused of murder and a prosecutor, played by Ji Chang Wook, who got demoted after risking his reputation to save Eun Bong Hee. As the two started working on criminal cases, things get complicated and both their careers and lives get entangled. Together, they try to catch the real culprit responsible for a series of murders and unravel the truth behind their complicated past. Definitely a light romantic drama that will keep you on your toes as it leans heavily on crime, Suspicious Partner will not disappoint with its amazing chemistry and well-thought-out storyline. 

3. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (2018)

If you feel like wanting to take a break from those rom-com dramas and get sucked in in an unconventional heartbreaking love story, then this next one might just give you want you need. A remake of a Japanese TV series, The Smile Has Left Your Eyes is a gripping mystery drama that follows the story of a dangerous murder suspect and a woman who ends up falling in love with him. Kim Moo Young, played by Seo In Guk, is a mysterious man who works as an assistant in a beer brewery. He later becomes a suspect when a woman's death turns out to be a murder. However, his life begins to change when he meets a kind and warm advertising assistant played by Yoo Jin Kang. Packed with so many intense scenes that will get you emotionally invested in no time, this drama surely promises a boatload of lies and secrets that will take you on a roller coaster ride. 

2. Memorist (2020)

Definitely one of the best crime thriller series out there, this next drama is a perfect treat for those who are down for some nerve-wracking, heart-stopping kind of series. Memorist follows the story of a police officer named Dong Baek, played by Yoo Seung Ho, who has the ability to scan and read people's memories just by touching them. When a string of murders happen, Dong Baek teams up with an elite criminal profiler Han Sun Mi in finding the real culprit behind the deaths. Although completely devoid of romance, Memorist is one you surely shouldn't miss as this mind-blowing drama will get you hooked with its slew of cliff-hangers and engrossing storyline. 

1. Chicago Typewriter (2017)

A well crafted story coupled with powerful performances from the cast is definitely a must-watch for all Kdrama fanatics out there. Brace yourself as this next one will definitely make it to the top of your drama watch list. Chicago Typewriter is a story about a renowned writer played by Yoo Ah In who is going through a writing slump. During this stressful period in his life, he meets Jeon Seol, a hardcore fan of his and Yoo Jin Oh, a mysterious ghost writer, who is incessant in helping him get through his writer's block. The fate of the three main characters are intertwined far more than they can ever imagine as their relationship spans back as far as the 1930's Japanese occupation of Korea. A well-written plot that's laced with elements of romance and betrayal, Chicago Typewriter will definitely pull you in right off the start. 

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