Various new K-dramas this Year!
Here’s what to anticipate in 2022:
“Our Beloved Summer”
Choi Woo Shik, Kim Da Mi, Kim Sung Cheol, Noh Jung Ui, Park Jin Joo, Jo Bok Rae, Ahn Dong Gu, Jeon Hye Won, Park Won Sang, Seo Jeong Yeon, Cha Mi Kyung, Heo Joon Suk, Lee Seung Woo, Park Yeon Woo, Yoon Sang Jung, etc.
Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 p.m. KST on SBS
“Our Beloved Summer” is a romantic comedy about Choi Woong (Choi Woo Shik) and Guk Yeon Soo (Kim Da Mi), former high school sweethearts who planned on never seeing each other again after breaking up on a bad note. 10 years later, the documentary they filmed in high school suddenly gains popularity, and they’re forced to be in front of the camera together once more. Check out a teaser here!
“User Not Found”
Shin So Hyun, Bae Jin Young (CIX), Han Ye Ji, Ahn Se Min, Jung Hyun Ji, Kim Na Young, Yoo Hye Jin, Lee Jong Hyuk, Lee Seung Gyu, etc.
Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. KST
“User Not Found” is a drama about two female transfer students who share the same name and form a secret pact to swap identities in order to start afresh at their new school. The drama stars Shin So Hyun and Han Ye Ji, who play the two female students both named Yoo Min Jae. CIX’s Bae Jin Young plays popular student Shin Yi Joon, Ahn Se Min plays Shin Hye Joon, and Jung Hyun Ji plays Han Ji Wan.
“2021 KBS Drama Special”
“The Palace” Cast: Kim Sae Ron, Jung Da Eun, Seo Eun Young, etc.
“Atonement” Cast: So Ju Yeon, Jung Yi Seo, Jo In, etc.
“Oddinary” Cast: Kwak Sun Young, Choi Dae Hoon, Kim Na Yeon, etc.
“Abyss” Cast: Moon Geun Young, Jo Han Sun, Kang Sang Jun, Lee Jin Hee, etc.
Broadcast Details: Fridays at 11: 25 p.m. KST on KBS2
For its annual Drama Special, KBS broadcasts a collection of short dramas that are one episode each. “2021 KBS Drama Special” features a total of 10 projects including four TV films that are 90 minutes each in addition to the usual short dramas. Two of the projects aired in October, four aired in November, and the final four are airing in December.
“The Palace” is about a court lady who has to oust the crown princess in order to remain in the palace. “Atonement” is a thriller about three friends, who have all been victims of sex crimes, that reunite after 12 years to take revenge. “Oddinary” tells the story of an ordinary woman who is an icon of bad luck and gets diagnosed with panic disorder. “Abyss” follows a woman taking care of her alcoholic husband who also becomes alcoholic.
Soo Ae, Kim Kang Woo, Kim Mi Sook, Lee Yi Dam, Lee Hak Joo, Kim Joo Ryoung, Lee Choong Joo, Kim Young Jae, Kim Ji Hyun, Song Young Chang, Lee Seo An, Jung Hee Tae, Seo Woo Jin, Jung Hae Kyun, Baek Ji Won, Seo Jae Hee, Nam Gi Ae, etc.
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10: 30 p.m. KST on JTBC
“Artificial City” is a mystery thriller set against the backdrop of an art museum that belongs to Sung Jin Group, a major conglomerate that holds the reins of the political and financial spheres of South Korea. The drama is about the greed and ambitions of women who strive to reach the highest position in the nation. Soo Ae plays the group’s second daughter-in-law Yoon Jae Hee, who is set on making her husband Jung Joon Hyuk (Kim Kang Woo) the president.
“A DeadbEAT’s Meal”
Ha Seok Jin, Go Won Hee, Im Hyeon Joo, Go Woo Jin, Lee Sang Jin, etc.
Fridays at 6 p.m. KST on YouTube
“A DeadbEAT’s Meal” is based on a webtoon about an unemployed man named Kim Jae Ho and his three meals, which he can still eat well even after a breakup. Ha Seok Jin plays the involutarily jobless Kim Jae Ho, who has been looking for a job for two years following five years of studying for civil service exams. Go Won Hee is the voluntarily jobless Yeo Eun Ho, while Im Hyeon Joo is Seo Soo Jung, who breaks up with her boyfriend Kim Jae Ho due to his inattentiveness.
Oh Jung Se, Jeon Hye Jin, Park Sun Young, Lee Sang Woo, Lee Si Won, Hwang Woo Seul Hye, Jang Hui Ryoung, Lee Kyung Hoon, etc.
Saturdays and Sundays at 9 p.m. KST on TV Chosun
Based on a BBC sitcom, “Uncle” is a comedy-drama about Wang Joon Hyuk (Oh Jung Se), an unemployed loser who has not given up on his dream of becoming a musician. He cut ties with his sister Joon Hee (Jeon Hye Jin) years ago, but when she gets divorced to get out of an abusive relationship, she sends her son to Joon hyuk, and he ends up in charge of his young nephew who struggles with anxiety and OCD.
“Taejong Yi Bang Won”
Joo Sang Wook, Kim Young Chul, Park Jin Hee, Ye Ji Won, Ye Soo Jung, Uhm Hyo Sup, Kim Myung Soo, Hong Kyung In, Jo Soon Chang, Sun Dong Hyuk, Tae Hang Ho, Lee Kwang Ki, Choi Jong Hwan, Kim Bup Rae, Kim Kyu Chul, etc.
Saturdays and Sundays at 9: 40 p.m. KST on KBS1
“Taejong Yi Bang Won” is a traditional sageuk created with a large budget and cast, a long-running storyline, and depictions of real historical events and figures. The drama depicts the events that led to the fall of the Goryeo Dynasty and the establishment of the Joseon Dynasty. Joo Sang Wook plays King Taejong, born as Yi Bang Won, who helps his father overthrow the Goryeo Dynasty and establish the Joseon Dynasty.
Eunjung (T-ara), Kim Jin Yeop, Son Sung Yoon, Jang Se Hyun, Hwang Shin Hye, Yoon Da Hoon, Shim Hye Jin, Yoo Tae Woong, etc.
Weekdays at 7: 50 p.m. KST on KBS2
“Love Twist” follows three families whose lives get turned upside down due to some lies. The drama is filled with comedy, romance, familial love, and more as the characters grow to learn about the meaning of family and love. Eunjung plays Oh So Ri, the bold CEO of an online shopping mall, while Kim Jin Yeop is Park Ha Ru, who quits his job as a developer and works on creating the shopping mall with So Ri.
“The World of My 17” Season 2
Choi Ye Na, Yoo Seon Ho, Lee Won Jung, Jihan (Weeekly), Han Chae Kyung, Hwang Bo Reum Byeol, Kwon Hyun Bin, etc.
Broadcast Details: Wednesdays on V LIVE
The second season of “The World of My 17” tells the story of what happens when 18-year-old Oh Na Ri (Choi Ye Na) falls in love for the first time. The drama is about high schoolers experiencing first love, dreams, and friendship and features relatable episodes starring Na Ri and her friends. Check out a teaser here!
Shin Hyun Seung, Lee Soo Min, Nam Kyu Hee, etc.
Friday and Sunday at 10 a.m. KST on Kakao TV
Based on a webtoon, “Pumpkin Time” is a fantasy drama about Kang Tae Joo (Shin Hyun Seung) and Shin Hae Won, two boys who were best friends when they were young. However, they are separated when Tae Joo moves to the United States to pursue his dream of baseball. When Tae Joo returns to Korea and finds Hae Won, he discovers that Hae Won is now a girl.
“Bad and Crazy”
Lee Dong Wook, Wi Ha Joon, Han Ji Eun, Cha Hak Yeon (VIXX), Sung Ji Ru, Kim Dae Gon, Lee Seung Heon, Won Hyun Joon, etc.
Fridays and Saturdays at 10: 40 p.m. KST on tvN
Directed by Yoo Sun Dong and written by Kim Sae Bom, who previously joined forces for the hit OCN drama “The Uncanny Counter,” “Bad and Crazy” is a new redemption drama about the chaotic events that unfold when two unlikely heroes come together. Lee Dong Wook will star as the capable “bad guy” Ryu Soo Yeol, while Wi Ha Joon will star as “crazy guy” K, a vigilante who is exceedingly passionate about justice.
Lee Jin Wook, Kwon Nara, Lee Joon, Gong Seung Yeon, Jung Jin Young, Park Myung Shin, Kim Woo Seok, Han Dong Kyu, etc.
Saturdays and Sundays at 9 p.m. KST on tvN
“Bulgasal” is a fantasy drama about a woman who has experienced many reincarnations over the past 600 years while remembering all her past lives and a man who is immortal and has lived for over 600 years as a bulgasal, a mythical creature that feeds on human blood. Lee Jin Wook stars as the bulgasal Dan Hwal, and Kwon Nara plays Min Sang Woon, the woman who keeps getting reincarnated. Lee Joon is Ok Eul Tae, a refreshing and energetic person with a good personality, whereas Gong Seung Yeon stars as Dan Sol, Dan Hwal’s wife 600 years ago. Check out a teaser here!
Jung Hae In, Jisoo (BLACKPINK), Yoo In Na, Jang Seung Jo, Yoon Se Ah, Kim Hye Yoon, Jung Yoo Jin, Heo Joon Ho, Park Sung Woong, Kim Jung Nan, Jung Hye Young, Baek Ji Won, Lee Hwa Ryong, Kim Min Kyu, Jang In Seob, Jung Shin Hye, etc.
Saturdays and Sundays at 10: 30 p.m. KST on JTBC
“Snowdrop,” helmed by the director and writer of “SKY Castle,” is set in Seoul in 1987. The drama tells the love story of Su Ho (Jung Hae In), a student at a prestigious university who suddenly rushes into a women’s university dorm covered in blood one day, and Young Ro (Jisoo), a student at the women’s university who hides him and takes care of his wounds even while facing danger under close surveillance.
Yoo Seung Ho, Hyeri (Girl’s Day), Byun Woo Seok, Kang Mina, Choi Won Young, Jang Gwang, Im Won Hee, Bae Yoo Ram, Kim Ki Bang, Seo Ye Hwa, Park Ah In, Moon You Kang, Kim Min Ho, Jung Young Joo, Jung Sung Il, etc.
Mondays and Tuesdays at 9: 30 p.m. KST on KBS2
“Moonshine” is a drama set in the Joseon era, during the time when prohibition laws were at their strongest. The series will tell the love story of Kang Ro Seo (Hyeri), a struggling aristocrat who starts illegally making alcohol in order to support her family, and Joseon’s greatest inspector Nam Young (Yoo Seung Ho), who is known for living a very principled life.
“The One and Only”
Ahn Eun Jin, Kim Kyung Nam, Kang Ye Won, Joy (Red Velvet), Go Doo Shim, Jang Hyun Sung, Lee Bong Ryun, Do Sang Woo, Jang In Seob, Lee Soo Mi, Bora, Jang Seo Won, Kim Jung Hwan, Kim Byung Choon, Choi Young Woo, Ahn Chang Hwan, etc.
Mondays and Tuesdays at 11 p.m. KST on JTBC
“The One and Only” is an emotional romance drama about three terminally ill women who meet at a hospice. They decide they want to take down one bad guy before they go – but in their attempt to take down just one person, they wind up meeting the most valuable person of their lives. Ahn Eun Jin plays Pyo In Sook, a stubborn and insensitive woman who is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Kang Ye Won is Kang Se Yeon, a housewife between life and death, while Joy is Sung Mi Do, a famous influencer who doesn’t have long to live.
“Tinted With You”
Jun (A.C.E), Yoo Hyun Woo, Kim Tae Jung, etc.
Thursdays at 12 p.m. KST
“Tinted With You” is about a modern-day high school student named Eun Ho (Jun) who loves art. One day, he is unexpectedly drawn back into the past and meets the deposed Crown Prince Lee Heon (Yoo Hyun Woo), who has been forced into exile by his older brother. The two then begin to form a close and romantic bond, but Eun Ho begins to realize that he may be Lee Heon’s only chance of survival.
“The Silent Sea”
Cast: Bae Doona, Gong Yoo, Lee Joon, Kim Sun Young, Lee Moo Saeng, Lee Sung Wook, etc.
Premiere Date: December 24
Broadcast Details: all episodes released simultaneously on Netflix
“The Silent Sea” is set on Earth in 2075, which has been desertified and drained of its natural resources. A special team is tasked with a secret mission on the abandoned research station on the moon, which is referred to as “the silent sea.” Bae Doona stars as space biologist Song Ji Ahn, Gong Yoo is the team leader Han Yoon Jae, and Lee Joon plays senior engineer Ryu Tae Seok.
“Love & Wish”
Youngjae (GOT7), Choi Ye Bin, Yoo Jae Sang, etc.
Friday and Saturday on Kakao TV
“Love & Wish” is about 17-year-old Son Da Eun (Choi Ye Bin) who dreams of finding true love. When her family moves to Seoul, they move in next door to a handsome high schooler named Kim Seung Hyu (Youngjae). She discovers that they are actually classmates and thinks they are fated to be. However, as she gets to know him better, she realizes that he is hiding a dark past.
“Her Bucket List”
Na In Woo, Kim So Hye, Sejun (VICTON), etc.
All released simultaneously on Kakao TV
“Her Bucket List” stars Kim So Hye as Cha Ra Ri, whose boyfriend unexpectedly passes away. After he passes away, she discovers their bucket list that they wrote together and sets out to cross off every item on the list. While doing so, she crosses paths with Kang Han Sol (Na In Woo), an idol trainee with stage fright. They start completing the bucket list together and realize that they are developing feelings for each other.
“Best Mistake 3”
Lee Eun Jae, Kang Yul, Park E Hyun, Yoon Jun Won, Choi Chan Yi, Lee Jung Joon, Joo Hyun Young, Keum Dong Hyun (EPEX), Wonpil (DAY6), Kang Hye Won, Hyunsuk (CIX), Nana (woo!ah!), etc.
Broadcast Details: TBA
The third installment of the “Best Mistake” series, the upcoming drama will follow protagonists Kim Yeon Doo (Lee Eun Jae) and Ji Hyun Ho (Kang Yul) as they leave high school behind and enter college. The new season also introduces Do Ye Seok (Wonpil), his ex-girlfriend Jin Se Hee (Kang Hye Won), Kim Dae Young (Hyunsuk), and Yoon Ah Ra (Nana).