We have some amazing k-dramas to get excited about in June & July! We’ve got romantic comedies, thrillers, legal, historical, melodramas, slice of life, medical, and more. Here are a list of popular ongoing and upcoming Korean dramas we recommend you to check out.
PREMIERING IN JUNE & JULY:
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
Moon Kang Tae (Kim Soo Hyeon) is a public health worker who works at a psychiatric ward. He lives on 1.8 million won a month. He takes care of his elder brother who has autism. Moon Kang Tae has a whole range of excellent qualities, ranging from body and appearance to intelligence, patience, quick reaction and willpower.
Gu Moo Young (Seo Ye Jin) is a popular children’s book author. She suffers from antisocial personality disorder and has been isolating herself from people since she was young.
The drama is about a man who denies love, and a woman who does not know anything about love, challenge fate, fall in love and discovers themselves in the process.
Also known as: Psycho But It’s Okay
One day, Choi Dae Hyun runs into a group of high school girls who look like troublemakers. One of named Jung Saet Byeol asked him to buy cigarettes from a convenience store. Choi Dae Hyun buys the cigarettes for them and Jung Saet Byeol gets his cellphone number, but he never gets a call from her.
4 years later, Dae Hyun quits his job from a large company and runs a convenience store. He is looking for a night shift worker.
Jung Saet Byeol comes to his store and she soon starts to work there. She is no more a troublemaker but a university student who is guided by her strong morals.
Based on the webtoon of the same name.
Also known as: Convenience Store Saet Byul
The School Nurse Files
The School Nurse Files is about a school nurse An Eun Young (Jeong Yoo Mi), who has the special ability to eradicate ghosts but performs exorcism in an unconventional, comical manner. A mysterious thing takes place at the school and An Eun Young tries to be a good teacher teacher and eradicates the bad ghosts.
Hong In Pyo (Nam Joo Hyuk) is a traditional Korean teacher who is very trapped and walks with obvious limp due to a car accident. He is an influential figure who begins to work in the school founded by his grandfather.
Flower of Evil
The drama is about a psychopath who changes his identity to hide his dark past, and his detective wife, who tries to find out the truth after learning about the deception.
Baek Hee Sung (Lee Joon Ki) is a metal craftsman. Thanks to his workshop, he makes enough money to provide for his wife and daughter and show his dedication as an exemplary husband and father. Hee Sung is a family man who is good both in housekeeping and in raising a child. He is not greedy and is content with what he already has. However, But this perfect exterior hides some very dark secrets. Secrets he would rather his detective wife, Cha Ji Won, never learns.
Cha Ji Won (Moon Jae Won) is a detective at the violent crime department. Although her tiny height and baby facial expressions may raise questions about whether she can cope with violent crimes, but when she finds herself in dangerous situations, her curiosity excites her more than fear. The excitement that she receives from solving crimes gives her great satisfaction from her work.
Comic Book Boy Girl (2020)
Chun Nam Wook is the protagonist of a romantic manhwa who leaves the two-dimensional world and appears in front of Han Sun Nyeo, a high school student. In the Manhwa, the main character is also called Son Nyo, and looks like her. The girl’s school life begins to change when Nam Wook begins to live with her under one roof in her world.
Adapted from the webtoon series, ‘Comic Book Boy Girl’.
The story of a man who lost his loved one to the fault of a serial killer. In order to reveal the truth, he moves between two parallel worlds.
So Do Won is a fearless detective who becomes the leader of a violent crime investigation team at an early age. Mysteriously able to move between parallel worlds, Do Won now lives in both worlds as a man who must pay for the sins of his father, and a man who lives a hard life because of those sins in the other.
Did We Love? (2020)
Noh Ae Jung (Song Ji Hyo) is a movie producer and single working mom. For the past 14 years she has been focusing on her career and her daughter Ha Nyl (Om Jae Young). When four men appear in her life, she suddenly finds herself embarking on an unexpected second chapter of her story.
Also known as: Was It Love
Crime drama that is about two determined people who want to get to the bottom of the truth and a certain few that is trying to hide it.
Also Known as: The Good Detective, A Model Detective
Elegant Friends (2020)
The drama revolves around several couples in their 40s living in a modern city. An Gong Chola (Yoo Joon Sang) and Nam Jong Hae (Song Yoon Ah) enjoy a peaceful life until a murder case takes place. Since then, their ordinary life has ended.
Also known as: Graceful Friends
The Man is That Man
“The Man is That Man” is a rom-com about a woman who decides to be single after getting hurt from past relationships and a man who wants to change his relationship with this woman through love.
Also known as: That Guy Is That Guy
Miss Lee Knows
MBC’s new drama’Miss Lee Knows’ is a drama that deals with human desires and uncovers truths through mysterious events. Kang Seong-yeon plays the role of Lee Gung-bok, a real estate agent that works with an apartment complex which is about to go under reconstruction. Jo Han-seon plays the role of a veteran detective.
The King: Eternal Monarch
This is a fantasy drama about love and crime that transcends space and time. There are two universes, one of them is the present day South Korea – while the other one is historical South Korea ruled by a King. Both these worlds are interconnected by a door that if misused can bring destruction to all. To avoid for such an event from happening, the King from the Empire and a detective from the present time join hands to avert such a crisis.
Oh My Baby (2020)
Aged 39, Jang Ha Ri is the ultimate workaholic. She hasn’t even had a boyfriend in the past decade, long ago decided to forget about looking for love, and instead has thrown her energy into her career. However, as she works as a senior reporter for a parenting magazine named “The Baby,” she is constantly reminded of the one thing she wants most in life – to have a baby of her own. She decides to cut to the chase and try for a baby but wants to skip one key stage – and resolves not to marry. But as she turns her mind to single parenthood, she suddenly realizes that she is surrounded by admirers: freelance photographer Han Yi Sang, super-smart pediatrician Yoon Jae Young, and the office newbie, the doting Choi Kang Eu Ddeum.
Kingmaker: The Change of Destiny
Set in the late Joseon period, drama series follows face reader (physiognomist) Choi Chun Joong as he tries to build up an ideal nation.
Choi Chun Joong is Joseon’s greatest fortune teller and physiognomist. He is a hero of the turbulent times, and he is the king of Joseon’s people. Choi Chun Joong possesses the great ambition of building a new nation after overturning Joseon, which has been ruined by the men in power.
With handsome looks, Choi Chun Joong is a sophisticated man who excels in the arts including martial arts, gambling, singing, and dancing. He is also a romantic who puts everything in the line for the woman he loves. With a way with words and a brilliant mind for politics, he’ll create a miracle, making Yi Ha Eung the most powerful man in Joseon, Yi Ha Eung’s son Lee Jae Hwang into a King, and Min Ja Young, a girl from the streets, into Joseon’s empress.
Adapted from the novel “Baramgwa Gooreumgwa Bi” by Lee Byung Joo (published from 1977 to 1987 in newspapers The Chosun Ilbo). Story features a mixture of fictional characters and real historical characters.
When My Love Blooms
Classic Romantic telling a story of love who mature couple meet after a long long time. Han Jae Hyun is a relative of the JS company. He was into politics when he used to be in college. He believed in simplistic aspects of life as he started becoming materialism came over him. Meanwhile, Yoon Ji Soo comes from a humble family and she is struggling to make ends meet in her life after her parents accident.
This drama is about a young woman going through a rough breakup with a longtime boyfriend she’s still in love with, and a young man who’s a serial dater and kind of tired of relationships.
Park Jin Sung runs an odd little late-night restaurant where customers only choose which drinks they want and their appetizers are chosen by Park, who customizes the dishes to match their drinks. His goal is to provide diners with warmth and comfort through delicious food and excellent customer service. Seeing customers enjoy their food also gives him a great measure of happiness. At the urging of one of his regular customers, Park becomes the host of a new variety show called Midnight Snack Couple, which shoots him to popularity and fame.
Regular customer Kim Ah Jin is a passionate PD. She usually has a smile on her face and always looks on the bright side. Her optimism is only matched by her love of food and drinking. After working hard as a crew member in production teams for many years, she finally gets her break as a PD when she convinces Park Jin Sung to become the host of her TV show.
Kang Tae Wan is a successful fashion designer. He hosts his own fashion TV program and comes to know Park Jin Sung and Kim Ah Jin when he’s brought onto the Midnight Snack Couple variety show as a stylist for Park. As the three work together, they eventually become involved in atypical love triangle.
Mystic Pop-Up Bar
Ssanggab Cart Bar opens only at night on the rooftop of a building. Wol Joo runs the mysterious food cart. Customers who visit Ssanggab Cart Bar consist of normal people and the dead. While drinking alcohol and eating dishes with Wol Joo, the customers of Ssanggab Cart Bar talk about themselves and try to heal their internal wounds.
Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation
Jin Kang Ho is an enthusiastic and effective detective. He tries to catch criminals by any means necessary. He also doesn’t get along with other detectives. Kang Moo Young is an enthusiastic PD of a TV investigative program. The program tries to catch criminals that the police could not. Kang Moo Young is upright, but she will take risks to reveal the truth. Jin Kang Ho and Kang Moo Young unexpectedly meet and they begin to cooperate on unsolved cases.
Born again is a love triangle that has a detective and his love interest and a serial killer who loves the detective’s love interest. 32 years have passed since these three individuals passed away. They make a return as they reincarnate themselves into interesting characters. Each of them take following avatars; prosecutor, bone archaeologist and a medical student.
Fix You (2020)
” Soul Mechanic” tells the stories of psychiatrists who help their patients heal from emotional wounds and find happiness. Through various stories, the drama aims to ask, “Where does happiness come from?” and share a heartwarming message of comfort with viewers.
Intriguing Thriller drama that focuses on the lives of female spies. One such talented spy hired by National Intelligence Service is working undercover at an office job. The mission is to collect secrets in a corrupt corporation.Im Ye Eun is a street smart single mother who struggles to crack the government exam to be selected as spy for the government. Her dream is to land the job but it becomes a balance act for her as she needs to manager her career as well as her child simultaneously.
And there you have it, the Korean dramas heading your way this summer. What is on your watch list? Let us know in the comments below.