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53 K-dramas of 2020 that you should add to your must watch list

Year of 2020 is another year full of great Korean dramas to watch out! There are newly and fresh K-dramas which fans will be waiting for. There are various series that have already confirmed its airing this year, were already released, and others are now completed!

New dramas, meaning new oppa and new favorite Korean actresses to many fans for sure! Are you excited to see this great line up of dramas? Are you ready to face your eyebags again?

Here it is, the list of K-dramas of 2020 with other details and official posters.

Romantic Dr. Kim 2 (completed)

Photo from SBS
  • SBS;
  • January 6 to February 25;
  • Starring Han Suk Kyu, Lee Sung Kyung, and Ahn Hyo Seop;
  • It is a story which revolves around the lives of medical professionals. Han Suk Kyu will retain his original character as Doctor Kim.

The Game: Towards Zero (completed)

Photo from MBC
  • MBC;
  • January 22 to March 12;
  • Under PD Jang Jun Ho;
  • Written by Lee Ji Hyo;
  • Starring 2PM’s Ok Taecyeon; and
  • The Game is a mystery melodrama about a young man who foresee someone’s death and a detective who investigates a murder case.

Forest (completed)

  • KBS2;
  • January 29 to March 19; and
  • Starring Park Hae Jin and Jo Bo Ah.

Itaewon Class (completed)

  • JTBC;
  • January 31 to March 21;
  • Starring Park Seo Jun and Kim Da Mi; and
  • Tells the story of Park Saeroyi fighting his way towards his dream.

Tell Me What You Saw (completed)

Photo from OCN
  • OCN;
  • February 1 to March 22;
  • Starring Girl’s Generation’s Sooyoung and Jang Hyuk; and
  • It is about a temperamental genius profiler and serial killer who both believe that a detective with photographic memory is already dead.

Hi Bye, Mama!

Photo from tvN
  • tvN;
  • February 22 to April 19;
  • Starring Kim Tae Hee; and
  • Tells the story of a ghost who has been reincarnated for a 49-day project.

I’ll Go To You When The Weather is Nice (completed)

  • JTBC;
  • February 24 to April 21;
  • Written by Han Ga Ram;
  • Directed by Han Ji Seung;
  • Starring Seo Kang Jun and Park Min Young; and
  • The story focuses on the story of Mok Hae Won (portrayed by Min Young), an ordinary girl with a talent in playing the cello since she was young. With her past experiences, she became distant with the people around her especially with men and decided to lock her heart. Hae Won returns to the place where she lived as a child and eventually meets Im Eun Seop (portrayed by Kang Joon) who will give warmth to her frozen heart.

Memorist (completed)

Photo from tvN
  • tvN;
  • March 11 to April 30;
  • Starring Yoo Seung Ho and Lee Se Young; and
  • Actor Yoo Seung Ho will be playing the detective role having supernatural power; while Lee Se Young will portray a genius profiler.

Hospital Playlist (completed)

  • tvN;
  • March 12 to May 28;
  • Starring Cho Jung Seok; and
  • Follows the story of five friends who are all doctors, being together since they entered medical school.
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Kingdom 2 (completed)

  • Netflix;
  • March 13;
  • Starring Ju Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong and Bae Doona; and
  • Will tell the story of a crown prince fallen victim to a conspiracy, setting out on a journey to unveil the evil scheme and save his people from a strange plague that renders the infected immune to death and hungry for flesh.

A Piece of Your Mind (completed)

  • tvN;
  • March 23 to April 28;
  • Starring Jung Hae In and Chae Soo Bin; and
  • Will tell the story of an artificial intelligence (AI) programmer man; who believes that just a small fraction of a person’s heart is enough for him.

Meow, The Secret Boy (completed)

  • KBS2;
  • March 25 to April 30;
  • Starring INFINITE’s Kim Myungsoo and Shin Ye Eun; and
  • It is about a cat that turns into a man named Hong Jo, who always listens to Sol Ah’s confessions about life and her troubles. He then finds a way to help her feel better.

The World of the Married (completed)

Photo from JTBC
  • JTBC;
  • March 27 to May 16;
  • Kim Hee Ae;
  • It follows the story of Dr. Ji Sun Woo who finds out that her husband is having an affair, and discovers that all of their friends know about his betrayal all this time.

Rugal (completed)

Photo from OCN
  • OCN;
  • March 28 to May 27;
  • Starring Choi Jin Hyuk and Park Sung Woong; and
  • Will tell the story of an elite detective who become a shadow police officer who’s aim is to take down the criminal organization named Argos.

How to Buy a Friend (completed)

  • KBS2 TV;
  • April 6 to 14;
  • Starring Lee Sin Young, Sin Seung Ho, and Kim So Hye;
  • The story will revolves around the three different high school students.

The King: The Eternal Monarch (completed)

Photo from SBS
  • SBS;
  • Written by Kim Eun Suk;
  • April 17 to June 12;
  • Starring Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun; and
  • It is a fantasy romance between two people living two parallel worlds.

Mystic Pop-Up Bar (completed)

  • JTBC and Netflix;
  • May 20 to June 25;
  • Hwang Jung Eum, Yook Sungjae, and Choi Won Young; and
  • It  follows the story of a 500-year-old woman named Weol Ju (Hwang Jung Eum) who runs a mysterious drinking establishment with a young part timer. Kang Bae (Yook Sungjae) will be in help for her as he possesses special power that makes people talk about their deepest wounds and worries when they touch him. However, Weol Ju needs to meet her quota which is to help 10,000 troubled souls. For her to fulfill it, she will coordinate with Kang Bae along with Gui (Choi Won-young), Wol Ju’s assistant, as they jump into people’s dreams and try to resolve their worries. In which, that makes it a healing fantasy counseling drama.
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Team Bulldog: Off Duty Investigation (completed)

Photo from OCN
  • OCN;
  • May 23 to June 28;
  • Directed by Kang Hyo Jin;
  • Starring Cha Tae Hyun and Lee Sun Bin; and
  • About an investigator who teams up with a detective, crime show PD, CEO of a bar, and a funeral director to solve cases.

Oh My Baby (completed)

  • tvN;
  • May 13 to July 2; and
  • It is about a career-oriented woman who doesn’t want to be married but wanted to birth a child. It is a four-angle unusual romance of Jang Na Ra together with Go Joon, Park Byung Eun and Jung Gun Joo.

Dinner Mate (completed)

Photo from MBC
  • MBC;
  • May 25 to July 14;
  • Song Seung Heon and Seo Ji Hye; and
  • It is based on a popular webtoon of the same name written by Park SiIn. The story revolves around the love story of a man and a woman who have been experiencing painful heartbreaks. They develop romantic feelings for each other when they started to eat dinner together.

Backstreet Rookie (completed)

Photo from SBS
  • SBS;
  • June 19 to August 8;
  • Ji Chang Wook and Kim Yoo Jung; and
  • It tells the story of a convenience store manager played by Ji Chang Wook and his part-time employee portrayed by Kim Yoo Jung.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (completed)

Photo courtesy of Netflix
  • tvN;
  • June 20 to August 9;
  • Starring Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji; and
  • Shares the story of a man who is working in a psychiatric ward; then, a woman who is a well-known writer of children’s book but she has an antisocial personality disorder.

Train (completed)

Photo from OCN
  • OCN;
  • July 11 to August 17;
  • Yook Shi Yoon; and
  • Parallel universe mystery drama;
  • It talks about a single choice made by a murder on a night that splits the world into two parallel world.

Flower of Evil

Photo from tvN
  • tvN
  • July 29;
  • Lee Joon Gi and Moon Chae Won; and
  • It will tell the story of a man who changes his identity as he leaves his brutal past behind; along with his powerful detective wife who will digs his past.

When I Was The Prettiest

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  • Viu;
  • August 19;
  • Ji Soo, Im Soo Hyang, Ha Seok Jin, and Hwang Seung Eon; and
  • It tells the story of a love triangle of two brothers and a student art teacher.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol

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  • Netflix;
  • August 26;
  • Starring Go Ara and Lee Jae Wook; and
  • It is about a pianist named Gu Ra Ra who has financial problems. She asked for help from the mysterious man named Sunwoo Jun by borrowing his money. However, Ra Ra does not pay her debts like how she should be, instead she keeps on asking for Jun’s help that adds up to his annoyance. Still, it cannot be denied that Ra Ra is like a light to Jun’s life who cheers him up and help him see things in another perspective.
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Alice

Photo from SBS; plot summary from Viu
  • Viu;
  • August 28;
  • Starring Kim Hee Seon and Joo Won; and
  • In 2050, the construction of Alice (where time travelers who managed to traveler through time gather) is completed. That’s when a rumor on prophecy spreads stating that the time traveler will soon fade in history.

Do You Like Brahms?

Photo from SBS
  • August 31;
  • Starring Kim Min Jae and Park Eun Bin; and
  • It tells about dreams and love of classical music students who wander from the boundary between talent and reality to find their happiness.

Record of Youth

  • Netflix;
  • September 7;
  • Starring Park Bo Gum and Park So Dam;
  • It will tackle the story of young individuals on how they will achieve their dreams despite the hardships and struggles in life. 

18 Again

Photo from JTBC
  • September 7;
  • Starring Lee Do Hyun, Kim Ha Neul, and Yoon Sang Hyun;
  • It tells the story of a husband who goes back to his young self 18 years ago prior to his divorce.

The School Nurse Files

  • Netflix;
  • September 25;
  • Directed by Lee Kyung Mi;
  • Written by Jung Se Rang;
  • Starring Nam Joohyuk and Jung Yumi; and
  • Tells the story of a school nurse who has the ability to ward off ghosts. She who also performs exorcisms in an unusual way and comedic manner.

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  • Written by Noh Hee Kyung;
  • Starring Shin Min Ah, Nam Joo Hyuk, Lee Byung Hun, and Han Ji Min; and
  • It will tell a story of an international non-governmental organization.

Love Alarm 2 (tentative and might air on 2021)

  • Netflix;
  • Starring Kim So-hyun, Jung Ga-ram and Song Kang; and
  • Love Alarm is an app that tells you if someone within a 10-meter radius has a crush on you. It quickly becomes a social phenomenon. While everyone talks about it and uses it to test their love and popularity, Jojo is one of the few people who have yet to download the app. However, she soon faces a love triangle situation between Sun-oh whom she starts to have feelings for, and Hye-young, who has had a huge crush on her.

Moreover, there are also dramas from OCN and tvN which you should look forward to. However, these titles are still in process and cast members are not yet confirmed.

Others:

  • Channel A’s Life After Lie;
  • OCN’s Fifth Column;
  • OCN’s Island;
  • OCN’s Missing;
  • OCN’s Possession;
  • SBS’ Hyena;
  • KBS’ Oh! Samkwang Villa;
  • KBS’ Zombie Detective;
  • tvN’s When My Love Blooms;
  • tvN’s Queen Cheorin;
  • tvN’s Secret Forest 2;
  • JTBC’s We Were In Love;
  • JTBC’s Graceful Friends;
  • JTBC’s More Than Friends;
  • JTBC’s The Good Detective;
  • MBC’s United Effort to Accomplish One;
  • MBC’s Lonely Enough to Love;
  • MBC’s She Knows Everything;
  • MBC’s The Spy Who Loved Me; and
  • Run On.

Among these promising K-dramas to be premiered next year, which one are you most excited about? Why?

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