The Korean drama world, popularly known as K-drama, is vast. Gone are the days when only American television shows were the most searched and watched. Today, Korean dramas and Asian dramas are loved by viewers worldwide. With the rise of OTT platforms, these Korean dramas are at the fingertips of the audience. This also brought a surge in the number of dramas produced. With these many numbers of dramas produced yearly, some underrated dramas go unnoticed. Especially old dramas, there are some old gems in the K-drama world which is worth watching. Here is the list of the top 10 underrated old Korean dramas that you must watch.
1. A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind, a South Korean drama released in 2016, is a mystery drama. This revolves around a genius neurosurgeon named Lee Young Oh, played by Jang Hyuk, who cannot feel empathy because of a condition. He is a pure genius who is a master at making quick and correct decisions in critical times. He then gets involved in a series of mysterious deaths taking place in the hospital. This is when he joins hands with a police officer named Gye Jin Sung, played by Park So Dam, to uncover the truth behind these mysterious deaths.
2. Come Back Mister
Come Back Mister is a comedy and fantasy drama released in 2016. The story of the drama revolves around two men named Kim Young Soo, played by Kim In Kwon, and Han Gi Tak, played by Kim Soo Ro. Both get killed after unfortunate events and Young Soo dies because of overwork and falls from the building, and the company rules it out as suicide, Gi Tak dies in a car accident when he is going to protect Song Yi Yeon, who was troubled by her ex-husband. They get a second chance in life to get things right by getting incarnated. Young Soo returns as Lee Hae Joon, and Gi Tak gets incarnated as Han Hong Nan.
3. The Missing
The Missing is a mystery thriller drama released in 2015. The plot of this drama revolves around the missing cold cases in South Korea. An FBI detective named Gil Soo Hyun, played by Kim Kang Woo, returned to Korea after a decade to work for a special task force that investigates cold, unsolved cases. He joins hands with an experienced detective named Oh Dae Young, played by Park Hee Soon, to examine these cases together.
4. Beating Again
Beating Again is a romantic comedy-drama released in 2015. The story of the drama revolves around a man named Kang Min Ho, played by Jung Kyung Ho, who is a ruthless and emotionless investment banker and wants to take revenge on his uncle for betraying his father. Unfortunately, he had a heart attack and had to get a heart transplant. After the surgery, his personality completely changed course as he became a warm-hearted person. The heart belonged to Dong Wook, the fiancé of Soon Jung, played by Kim So Yeon. So, as the story progressed, he fell in love with her.
5. Another Miss Oh
Another Miss Oh is a romantic comedy-drama released in 2016. The plot revolves around a man named Park Do Kyung, played by Eric Mun, whose to-be wife, Oh Hae Young, left on the wedding day. He then mistakenly ruins the marriage of another woman who coincidently has the same name as her, played by Seo Hyun Jin. The story progresses as they cross paths and gradually fall for each other.
6. Strongest Deliveryman
Strongest Deliveryman is a romantic and slice-of-life drama released in 2017. The drama tells the story of a man who is an optimistic deliveryman named Choi Kang Soo, played by Go Kyung Pyo, who wants to start his delivery app. He then meets Lee Dan Ah, played by Chae Soo Bin, who wants to make money to come out of her current situation. As the drama progresses, we witness Kang Soo’s journey to achieve success and love.
7. Just Between Lovers
Just Between Lovers is a romantic drama released in 2017. The story starts with a tragedy that killed 48 people crushing under a shopping mall building. A girl named Ha Moon Soo, played by Who Jin Ah, whose younger sister died in the tragedy but survived and now has to live with the trauma of the incident. Then she meets Lee Kang Do, played by Lee Jun Ho, who dreamed of playing soccer but unfortunately injured himself in the same tragedy. Both crossed paths when they had to work at the same construction site many years after the incident. As the story progresses, they try to move on from the past by coming to terms with it and finally finding peace.
8. Misaeng: Incomplete Life
Misaeng: Incomplete Life is a slice-of-life drama released in 2014. The story of the drama revolves around a man named Jang Geu Rae, played by Im Si Wan, who wanted to become a professional Budak player but failed to achieve his dreams. After failing, he joined a trading company as an intern through a recommendation. He faces hardships in fitting into the new corporate culture. The story shows the pressure on youngsters to become successful and the pressure they feel in the corporate culture.
9. Wok Of Love
Wok of Love is a romantic comedy-drama released in 2018. The story revolves around a man named Seo Poong, played by Lee Jun Ho, who is a brilliant chef who has mastered Chinese cuisine. He left a major five-star restaurant because of some mistreatment. He then opened a small Chinese restaurant in the ain of overtaking the popularity of the five-star restaurant. He then meets Dan Sae Woo, played by Jung Ryeo Won, whose family went bankrupt after her father was falsely accused. She then started to work with Seo Poong as an amateur chef to make ends meet. Both compete against the big player.
10. Arang And The Magistrate
Arang and the Magistrate is a romantic historical drama released in 2012. The drama’s story is about a magistrate named Ki Eun Ho, who has the supernatural power to see spirits and was searching for his mother who disappeared due to his mistake. He then meets a beautiful ghost named Arang, who was a pretty girl before dying. She was murdered and wanted to take revenge on her killers.