The Fangirl’s End of Year Countdown – Favorite OTP (One True Pairing) of 2017

We are winding down on 2017.  Which of course means that we are also almost done with our End of Year reviews.  But it would not be a complete list if we didn’t discuss our favorite OTPs (One True Pairings) of the year.  So join us as we chat chemistry, romance, and cute couples!


Seven Day Queen was one of the best examples of a strong sageuk OTP that I have watched.  Neither of our leads felt less important than the other and they were just meant to be.  This couple gives me stomach butterflies and I highly recommend this drama.

I’m Not a Robot –  I know this one is not technically done yet.  But I am so in love with this OTP that I am counting it.  I have been waiting forever for Yoo Seung Ho to really click with one of his female co-stars.  Thankfully, he and Chae Boo Soon have oodles of chemistry and then some.


Father is Strange- The interesting part about Actor Ahn and Mi-young is watching them become closer as they get to know each other; she becomes more confidant and he heals from being deserted as a child. Their changing emotions pull us in, and for me it is the tough times with the delicious angst that make me root for them. We just want to see them happy together!

Chicago Typewriter- Present day Seol and Se-joo care about each other in a solid way; she always admired him, but he initially was being territorial and then grew fond. The strained part of their relationship mostly belonged to their past lives, but colors their present lives as they slowly remember. There is a different sort of love triangle that is crucial to the plot, with a ghost in the mix who really loves both of them.

Karie the Maknae:

I only have one, because obviously I need to sleep less and watch dramas more. Do  Bong Soon and CEO Ahn from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon get my vote, because he accepted her so completely for herself. It helps that they’re completely adorable as well, in spite of all the scary situations they found themselves in. And I loved how they handled life in the very last episode. (I’m being vague because I don’t want to spoil ANYTHING, but their life was just so CUTE.) 


I’m a second vote for Yoon Ji Ho and Nam Se Hee.  I’m so in love with Because This is My First Life I think this is really the only drama all year that I have been totally enamored with the OTP.  Not only is the cohabitation trope my favorite, but we have a female lead that isn’t a Candy character and I really like that.

My second choice is from Lookout.  I loved the pairing of Key and Kim Seul Gi.  While I can’t think of any pairing Kim Seul Gi has been a part of that I didn’t like, I was totally charmed by these two.  Key is a surprisingly good actor and he has a lot to offer in a drama.

Drama Geek:

Girls’ Generation 1979- There was something so real and nostalgic about Jung Hee & Dong Moon. Maybe it’s because I didn’t like my husband when I first met him, and was still nursing a crush on someone else. It could just be how there wasn’t a lot of fan fair when her heart shifted, it just did naturally. Or it was how adorkable Bae Dong Moon was. Whatever helped spark the magic for me, it was a sweet teenage love that I’ll remember fondly.

Go Back Couple-This couple wasn’t full of huge gestures or super swoony moments, but dang their relationship hit me in the gut so hard. I think because I’m about the characters’ age and have kids I could really put myself in their shoes and see how easy it is to lose your way as a couple. Relationships are a LOT of work. The thing I loved about this couple is that they might have been angry with each other, but it didn’t take much to open their eyes to their mistakes. You could tell they loved one another deeply, it was just buried under a lot of hurt. Maybe instead of couples counseling we should all get sent back in time to rekindle our relationships.

The Eternal Love- I have to give a shout out to the super swoony couple that crackled with chemistry. There story might have gone a little bonkers, but they couldn’t be in the same scene without tons of sizzle going on. And their characters were so fun to watch fall in love. Especially since they spent so much time in her bed chambers.

Kdrama Jen:

Because this is My First Life- This quirky couple stole my heart. They are so incredibly awkward and sweet. I love how their romance is as stilted and awkward as they are, but they are so spreadsheet perfect for one another. They even both love the same football team. They just fill my heart each time I see them together.


Fight My Way- The best friends who secretly love each other but may not realize it trope. It’s just pure gold. But when the best friends are played by Kim Ji Won and the smokin’ hot Park Seo Joon, excuse me while I uncurl my toes. These two totally sold the comfortable familiarity with an undercurrent of self-aware tension that brought me back to re-watch this drama more than once.

Running Man: The Traitor Couple- Kang Gary’s exit from our favorite variety show left a huge, heart-shaped hole. I think most of us never really believed the Monday Couple would get together, but it was still fun to watch them flirt. Who was going to be our weekly love-line fix, now? Enter Jung So Min, one of the new additions to the cast. She’s hilariously quirky and not to be trusted as far as the game is concerned. Hmmmm. Sounds like someone else we know. She and Lee Kwang Soo are made for each other (at least in variety world). They seem to be fighting the couple label at times, but I think it’s a little too late for that. Especially, when they share real life stories like how a drunk Kwang Soo was delivered to her house by a taxi driver because her number was the last one he had called. Our bumbling Giraffe woke up to find So Min’s father staring at him. Haha. Sounds like a scene from a drama I’d like to watch.

So many great couples and so little time to watch them all.  Be sure to let us know who your favorite OTPs of 2017 were in the comments and check later this week as we discuss our favorite dramas of 2017.

Til next time,

The Fangirls

4 thoughts on “The Fangirl’s End of Year Countdown – Favorite OTP (One True Pairing) of 2017

  1. among all the dramas that i’ve watched, i super love the OTP in Seven Days Queen and Live up to your Name. The 2 dramas made me shipped this 2 couples so much that i hope they are secretly dating in real life

  2. I have to agree with Karie the Maknae! Do Bong Soon and CEO Ahn were seriously the cutest couple to me. But that could also be because I haven’t finished watching some of the other dramas on this list LOL

    ~The Kimchi Korner~

  3. On curent dramas, I am in love with Jung So Min with Lee Joon and with Lee Minki. Perhaps because Jung So.Min did really well on both dramas. I love her character role playing isn’t too fancy and glamourous but nicely done and well presented. The Go Back couple is second. And Son Ho Jeon is dang good in here!😉

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