Here is the May 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! We have several new dramas to choose from premiering this month, so let’s get right to it.
Here are the kdramas you need to keep an eye out for in May 2016:
1. Lucky Romance
I’m thrilled to see Hwang Jung Eum back on my screen in this fun romantic comedy. She’s paired with Ryu Jun Yeol in what looks like will a be humorous clashing of personalities. The trailers are cute, and I can’t wait to see what this drama has in store.
Lucky Romance is based on a webtoon about a quirky, superstitious girl (Hwang Jung Eum) who is obsessed with making sure she is lucky in life. Then a fortune teller tells her she needs to sleep with a man with the tiger zodiac sign in order to ward off death. That man ends up being her boss (Ryu Jun Yeol) who is her complete opposite. He’s uptight, stingy, and scientific. Of course, the two don’t get along at all, which sets up the already comical scenario.
Lucky Romance is scheduled to premiere May 25 on MBC.
BEGINNING IN MAY:
2. Mirror of the Witch
Mirror of the Witch (also known as Witch Bogam) is a fantasy romance sageuk about the Joseon royal physician (Yoon Shi Yoon) known as the father of Eastern medicine. He becomes involved with a cursed princess (Kim Sae Ron) who has been turned into a witch.
Mirror of the Witch is scheduled to premiere May 13 on JTBC.
3. Oh Hae Young Again
Oh Hae Young Again is a mistaken identity romance drama about two women (Seo Hyun Jin and Jeon Hye Bin) with the same name who work at the same company and a man (Eric Mun) with the ability to see the future. Their lives get tangled up together when all they really want is to just get away from each other. Of course, love blossoms along the way.
Oh Hae Young Again is scheduled to premiere May 2 on tvN.
4. Dear My Friends
Dear My Friends tells multiple stories of people growing older and dealing with relationships. The drama comes from the writer of It’s Okay That’s Love and That Winter the Wind Blows. It stars a host of well known veteran actors including Go Hyun Jung, Yoon Yeo Jung, Joo Hyun, Kim Hye Ja, Na Mun Hee, Shin Gu, Go Du Shim, and Park Won Sook.
Dear My Friends is scheduled to premiere May 13 on tvN.
5. Beast’s Beauty
Beast’s Beauty is a romantic comedy that tells the story of a man (Nam Goong Min) who has a difficult life. He is a wrongly convicted ex-con turned human rights lawyer who also becomes a chaebol heir. The drama follows the relationships of two cousins and two sisters and comes from the writer of Rooftop Prince and Girl Who Sees Smells.
Beast’s Beauty is scheduled to premiere May 14 on SBS.
CURRENTLY AIRING IN MAY:
Daebak (Jackpot) tells the story of a prince (Jang Geun Suk) who is forced to live his life as a commoner, but becomes super skilled at a popular card game. He then goes head to head with the King (Yeo Jin Gu) in an ultimate bet to reclaim his throne.
Daebak airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.
Entertainer is about a manager (Ji Sung) who was once in charge of the top entertainment agency in Korea, but now represents rookies in his own small agency. As a group of rag-tag musicians is assembled, he learns what it really means to be a manager. Also starring Hyeri, Kang Min Hyuk, and Chae Jung Ahn.
Entertainer airs Wednesday and Thursday on SBS.
8. Master: God of Noodles
Master: God of Noodles is a revenge drama about a man (Chun Jung Myung) who becomes a master at making noodles in order to accomplish his revenge against the man who stole his life.
Master: God of Noodles airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.
Monster is the story of a man’s (Kang Ji Hwan) revenge as he seeks to show the reality of the rich elite during the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 that will take place over a 20 year period. Monster comes from the writer of Giant, Incarnation of Money, and Empress Ki.
Monster airs Monday and Tuesday on MBC.
10. Vampire Detective
Vampire Detective is about a private detective (Lee Joon) who is turned into a vampire and tries to investigate the mysterious circumstances that led to his situation.
Vampire Detective airs Sunday on OCN.
AND SO YOU’RE UP TO DATE,
DRAMAS THAT WILL BE ENDING IN MAY:
Goodbye Mr. Black
Goodbye Mr. Black is a revenge melodrama based on a popular manhwa that tells the story of a man (Lee Jin Wook) who is betrayed by his best friend and sets out for revenge. He assumes a new identity and fake marries a young woman (Moon Chae Won) who begins to soften his heart. The drama comes from the writer of I Miss You and Can You Hear My Heart.
Goodbye Mr. Black airs Wednesday and Thursday on MBC.
Mrs. Cop 2
Mrs. Cop 2 is about of an FBI trained detective named Go Yoon Jung (Kim Sung Ryung) who is brought in to lead the violent crimes unit and work on a case connected with her past.
Mrs. Cop 2 airs Saturday and Sunday on SBS.
Memory tells the story of a lawyer (Lee Sung Min) with Alzheimer’s Disease who puts his all into one last case before he loses his memory. Through it all, he finds out how much he loves his family and how important life is.
Memory airs Friday and Saturday on tvN.
Bad Tempered Grown Ups
Bad Tempered Grown Ups (also known as Ms. Temper and Nam Jung Gi) is a romantic comedy about a woman named Ok Da Jung (Lee Yo Won) whose has a terrible temper and a man named Nam Jung Gi (Yoon Sang Hyun) who is very timid.
Bad Tempered Grown Ups airs Friday and Saturday on JTBC.
Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho
Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho tells the story of a man (Park Shin Yang) at the beginning of a promising career as a prosecutor who ends up reporting internal corruption at his office. He loses his job and ends up having to start over by opening a small neighborhood practice. Kang So Ra will play a lawyer who works at a big law firm.
Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho airs Monday and Tuesday on KBS.
So there is plenty to choose from in the month of May! Romantic comedies, sageuks, fantasy sageuks, revenges dramas, cop dramas, long melodramas, and short melodramas. There’s a little something for everyone.
From the new premieres, Lucky Romance and Mirror of the Witch top my list. I will also be keeping an eye on Oh Hae Young Again and Beast’s Beauty.
Which dramas are you enjoying or looking forward to in May?
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‘Oh Hae Young Again’, definitely. How could I say ‘no’ to Eric in a romcom? XD The whole cast of ‘Dear My Friends’ is incredible, so I’m at least going to check it out. I may take a peek at ‘Beast’s Beauty’ too, despite of my Nam Goong Min aversion. Perhaps playing psychotic villains has made him less smarmy.
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Yeah, I like the May selection a lot. Oh Hae Young Again looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. And yes, that cast of Dear My Friends! So many of my favorite grandmas there. I really hope Beast’s Beauty gets some good subs quickly because I definitely want to check it out too 🙂
Haha, I’m so excited for May! (I’m excited for every month?) I think I’ll be trying to catch the first episodes of Dear My Friends and Mirror of the Witch (they’re on the same day, so… yeah, that’ll work out somehow).
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May really is looking good! But yeah, I’m also excited for every month when it comes to kdramas too 🙂 Mirror of the Witch looks gorgeous, and I really like the actors, so I’ll definitely be checking it out. I’ll probably give a look at most of the May dramas though, lol.