Whether you are an established binge watcher or want to give Korean dramas a try, these six dramas should be on your radar this summer.
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim
Starring Park Seo-joon and Park Min-young as the titular characters, the 16-episode series revolves around Lee Young-joon, a narcissistic vice-president of a large corporation, and his highly capable secretary, Kim Mi-so. After serving Lee for nine years, Kim decided to resign, and hilarious misunderstandings arise between the two when Lee tries to stop Kim – and their work relationship probably blossoming into something more. The drama is based on the web novel written by Jung Kyung-yoon.
Airing on tvN
Your House Helper
Having a housekeeper is great, having a charming one is a true blessing. The 16-episode drama features Kim Ji-woon (played by Ha Seok-jin), a businessman-turned-house helper who started doing housekeeping work for his clients (all women with one played by Cosmic Girls’ Bona) and helping them solve problems in their house and in life.
Starts airing: July 4 on KBS2
The 24-episode series, to air on Netflix, is produced by creators of Descendants of the Sun. Director Lee Eung-bok and screenwriter Kim Eun-sook teamed up for this drama, featuring the story of Korean US marine officer Eugene Choi (played by Lee Byung-hun) during the 19th-century US expedition to Korea. Choi ran away from his country as a boy to board an American warship. On his return, he falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter (played by Kim Tae-ri) while discovering a dark scheme to colonise his homeland.
Starts airing: July 7 on Netflix and tvN
Let’s Eat 3
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With K-pop star Yoon Doo-joon of Highlight reprising his role as Goo Dae-young in the new series, Let’s Eat 3 sticks to its popular food theme. Goo, who was a gourmand/insurance salesman in the two earlier series, tries to get his life together by sharing meals he loved in his twenties with his former college classmate Lee Ji-woo (starred by Baek Jin-hee), and both relive their past memories together.
Starts airing: July 16 on tvN
You may not want to miss this if you are a fan of Goblin and Stranger, both of which aired last year. Lee Dong-wook from Goblin and Cho Seung-woo from Stranger star in this series about the power struggles inside a hospital. It is written by Lee Soo-yeon, who also wrote Stranger. Lee Dong-wook is a warm-hearted doctor in the hospital’s emergency centre, while Cho is a cold and ambitious director who oversees the centre. If you are into the dark side of life at a hospital, this is for you.
Starts airing: July 23 on JTBC
Ready for more rushes of adrenaline? Crime thriller Voice returns for a second season with stories about emergency call operators who fight crime by using only what they heard through the speakers – like the sound of a dripping water tap mixed with victims’ fear-ridden breathing. This drama is not for the faint-hearted. Leading cast includes Lee Jin-wook and Lee Ha-na.
Starts airing: August 11 on OCN