10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in January 2016

Cheese in the Trap Korean Drama - Park Hae Jin

Here is the January edition of “Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching.”  This monthly series is meant to keep you updated on what’s happening in the world of Korean dramas so that you don’t miss out on anything!  January has a lot of new dramas premiering, so let’s get right to it!

Here are the kdramas you need to keep an eye out for in January 2016:

My Pick:

Cheese in the Trap

Cheese in the Trap Korean Drama - Park Hae Jin and Kim Go Eun

Cheese in the Trap has been highly anticpated by many fans of the webtoon it is based off of.  It looks like a nice mix between cute comedy and mystery.  I know I’m curious to find out the secrets that Park Hae Jin’s character is hiding.

Cheese in the Trap stars Park Hae Jin and Kim Go Eun and is based off of a popular webtoon which depicts the lives and romance of students on a college campus.  Also in the cast are Seo Kang Joon as the second male lead and Lee Sung Kyung as his older sister.  Park Min Ji and Nam Joo Hyuk will portray our heroine’s best friends.

Cheese in the Trap is scheduled to premiere January 4 on tvN.


Moorim School

Moorim School Korean Drama - Lee Hyun Woo

Moorim School is an action romance drama set in a special school that teaches martial arts and emphasizes honor, faith, communication, and sacrifice.  Lee Hyun Woo will play a member of a top singing group who becomes a student at the school after a sharp fall from popularity.  Seo Ye Ji will be our leading lady who is secretly attending the school while taking care of her father.  VIXX’s Hong Bin will play Lee Hyun Woo’s troublemaker roommate, and Jung Yoo Jin is set to play the school chancellor’s daughter.

Moorim School is scheduled to premiere January 11 on KBS2.

One More Happy Ending

One More Happy Ending Korean Drama - Jung Kyung Ho and Jang Na Ra

One More Happy Ending tells the story of a woman who runs a marriage consulting agency (Jang Na Ra) that helps divorced people who are looking to find love again.  Jung Kyung Ho will play a single dad who is a charming news reporter.  The drama will join our characters on a journey of love and healing.

One More Happy Ending is scheduled to premiere January 20 on MBC.

Madame Antoine

Madame Antoine Korean Drama - Sung Joon and Han Ye Seul

Madame Antoine tells the story of a fake fortune teller (Han Ye Seul) who  has the ability to read other people’s feelings and a top psychologist (Sung Joon) who is amazing at his job, but is insensitive to love.  The two will be involved in a “psychological game” with each other as they fall in love.

Madame Antoine is scheduled to premiere January 22 on JTBC.


Signal Korean Drama - Lee Je Hoon

Signal is a fantasy drama about a modern day group of detectives who communicate with detectives in the past using an old radio to solve crimes.  Lee Je Hoon will play a modern day profiler with Kim Hye Soo as a detective on his task force.  Jo Jin Woong will play a detective in the past.

Signal is scheduled to premiere on January 22 on tvN.

Neighborhood Hero

Neighborhood Hero Korean Drama - Park Shi Hoo

Neighborhood Hero tells the story of a former black-ops agent (Park Shi Hoo) who is now a bar owner.  After a spike in crime, he decides to step in and help out as a sort of night time vigilante.  Along the way, he brings in a young man (Lee Soo Hyuk) who has dreams of becoming a police officer, but is unable to pass the exam.

Neighborhood Hero is scheduled to premiere January 23 on OCN.



Remember Korean Drama - Yoo Seung Ho

Remember tells the story of an attorney named Seo Jin Woo (Yoo Seung Ho) who suffers from a condition called hyperthymesia which results in having an autobiographical memory where he can remember everything in extreme detail.  When his father is falsely accused of a crime and sentenced to death, he sets out to clear his name with the help of his childhood friend (Park Min Young).  But then Jin Woo’s excellent memory starts to fade, and it’s a race against time to help his father while he still can.

Remember airs Wednesday and Thursday on SBS.

Reply 1988

Reply 1988 Korean Drama - Park Bo Gum, Go Kyung Pyo, Hye Ri

Reply 1988 is the third installment in the popular Reply series.  It tells the story of five families who live on the same road in 1988.

Reply 1988 airs Friday and Saturday on tvN.

Sweet Savage Family

Sweet Savage Family Korean Drama

Sweet Family is based off of the popular Marrying the Mafia films and tells the story of a mob boss (Jung Jun Ho) leading a double life as the head of a crime organization and the caring leader of his family.  Moon Jung Hee portrays his wife, and Jung Woong In is our leading man’s main rival within the organization.

Sweet Savage Family airs Wednesday and Thursday on MBC.

Six Flying Dragons

Six Flying Dragons Korean Drama - Yoo Ah In

Six Flying Dragons is a historical about the people who were a part of the founding of the Joseon dynasty.  Yoo Ah In plays Prince Lee Bang Won and Shin Se Kyung portrays his love interest Boon Yi.  Kim Myung Min plays a character named Jung Do Jun who is at odds politically with Lee Bang Won.

Six Flying Dragons airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.

The sageuk Master of Trade: Inn 2015 is also still underway as well as the 50 episode melodrama Glamorous Temptation.

We have a lot of new dramas to choose from in January.  I like the looks of Cheese in the Trap and Moorim School.  Madam Antoine and One More Happy Ending look quite fun too.

Which dramas are you enjoying or looking forward to in January?

Make sure to get caught up because there are more interesting dramas coming your way in February!

For the latest dramas, check out the 
October 2016 Drama Guide 

The K2 Korean Drama - Ji Chang Wook

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11 Responses to 10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in January 2016

  1. Mitta says:

    I’ve got Signal bookmarked just because I’m a big fan of Misaeng and was so impressed with PD Kim Won Seok. Not too sure about the others. Will probably take a wait and see approach since I’m still following I Have a Lover (loving it) and leaving room for DotS.


    • Kay says:

      I’ve been eyeing I Have a Lover for awhile now. But it’s a longer one, and I spent most of December watching Empress Ki which is 51 eps. So I’m trying to get caught up on a few of the shorter ones right now. I may have a slot open up in the next month and I had been considering My Daughter Geum Sa Wol. I may have to throw I Have a Lover into the mix though. I’m impatiently waiting for Descendants of the Sun!


      • Mitta says:

        I know what you mean about the long dramas. As with any such dramas, there’s an abundance of negative angst. Plus, the premise of the cheating husband has divided the fans into 2 camps. So if that’s not your cup of tea, I’d suggest not wasting your time. KHJ’s stellar performance did it for me. And the chemistry between the KHJ/JJH is too good plus there’s enough positive angst to balance it out for me.🙂


  2. i am little bit dissapointed with “cheese on the trap “. only watched this drama because wanna see park hae jin. please come back mister is quite interesting..all the actress are pretty.
    and descendant of the sun is “must see” drama for this year are worth to watch

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    • Kay says:

      Descendants of the Sun is definitely the must see drama of the year. I highlight it and Come Back Ahjussi in my February Drama Post (under the Drama Guides category). Sorry you were disappointed with Cheese in the Trap. I know a lot of people were. Hopefully, you at least got some enjoyment out of seeing Park Hae Jin🙂


  3. Raquel Marcelo says:

    Descendant of the Sun is a must watch! Highly recommended. Im also dissappointed with cheese in the trap. One more happy ending is just another kdrama.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. mjm says:

    Let’s Fight Ghost is quite interesting😊😉. Must see. And can’t wait for the upcoming episodes.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. boateng says:

    I am very excited to watch all the korean dramas.I thank all the producers for the korean movies ,kasahapnida!!!

    Liked by 1 person

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