10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in August 2016

Scarlet Heart: Goryeo Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi

Here is the August 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!  August has five new premieres including a very highly anticipated drama that is definitely my pick for the month.

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

My Pick:

1. Scarlet Heart: Goryeo

Scarlet Heart: Goryeo Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi, IU, Nam Joo Hyuk, Ji Soo

The excitement is high for the upcoming sageuk Scarlet Heart: Goryeo. This big budget production is completely pre-produced and looks like it’s going to have some action, humor, angst, and romance.  Sounds good to me! I’m also ready to see Lee Joon Gi back on my screen as our dark and conflicted prince. And everyone is pretty excited to see this large cast of handsome princes that will be wooing our leading lady IU. I’m know I’m ready!

Scarlet Heart: Goryeo is a remake of the popular Chinese drama Scarlet Heart (Bu Bu Jin Xin) and tells the story of a modern day woman (IU) who travels back in time to the Goryeo era and gets romantically involved with several princes.

Scarlet Heart Goryeo is scheduled to premiere August 29 on SBS.


2. Moonlight Drawn By Clouds

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds Korean Drama - Park Bo Gum

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds tells the story of a prince (Park Bo Gum) who falls in love with his eunuch who is a girl (Kim Yoo Jung) disguised as a man that gives out love advice in the palace.

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds is scheduled to premiere August 22 on KBS.

3. Jealousy Incarnate

Jealousy Incarnate Korean Drama - Gong Hyo Jin

Jealousy Incarnate is a romantic comedy involving relationships at a broadcast news station.  Jo Jung Suk plays a macho star reporter with looks and brains with Gong Hyo Jin as a poor, temporary weather girl with a strong personality.  The two will face competition and jealousy on their journey to love.

Jealousy Incarnate is scheduled to premiere August 24 on SBS.

4. Cinderella and the Four Knights

Cinderella and the Four Knights Korean Drama - Jung Il Woo

Cinderella and the Four Knights is about a young woman (Park So Dam) who does a good deed and is given the opportunity to live at the mansion of a rich chaebol and make some money to go to college.  And  if that isn’t lucky enough, the chaebol’s three handsome grandsons (Jung Il Woo, Ahn Jae Hyun, & Lee Jung Shin) also live there as well a bodyguard (Choi Min) who is to look after her.

Cinderella and the Four Knights is scheduled to premiere August 12 on tvN.

5. Our Gab Soon

Our Gab Soon Korean Drama - Song Jae Rim and Kim Go Eun

Our Gab Soon will explore different relationships and families while dealing with traditional marriage, separation, divorce, and remarriage. Song Jae Rim plays a young man named Gab Dol whose family was poor as his widowed mother had to raise the kids alone.  She had hopes for Gab Dol’s future, but now he is unemployed and has failed the law exam multiple times. His long time girlfriend, Gab Soon (Kim So Eun), has been patiently waiting for 10 years for him to pass  so they can get married.

Our Gab Soon is scheduled to premiere August 27 on SBS.


6. W – Two Worlds

W Two Worlds Korean Drama - Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo 3

W – Two Worlds is a fantasy romance about a man (Lee Jong Suk) and woman (Han Hyo Joo) living in different parallel worlds that occupy the same space.  He’s a super chaebol, and she’s a surgeon.  Things become complicated when their lives become intertwined and they find themselves in unfamiliar places.

W – Two Worlds airs Wednesday and Thursday on MBC.

7. Uncontrollably Fond

Lightly Ardently Korean Drama - Kim Woo Bin and Suzy

Uncontrollably Fond is a romance melodrama about Joon Hyuk (Kim Woo Bin), a top star, and No Eul (Suzy), a documentary producer.  The two are horribly separated when they are younger and meet again after many years.  It comes from the screenwriter of Nice Guy, Thank You, and A Love to Kill.

Uncontrollably Fond airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.

8. Second to Last Love

Second to Last Love Korean Drama - Kim Hee Ae

Second to Last Love is based on a Japanese drama and tells the story of two people going through a second adolescence and romance.  Ji Jin Hee is a civil servant with Kim Hee Ae as a broadcast station’s chief producer.

Second to Last Love airs Saturday and Sunday on SBS.

9. Let’s Fight, Ghost

Let's Fight Ghost Korean Drama - Taecyeon and Kim So Hyun

Let’s Fight Ghost is based off of a webtoon about high school senior (Kim So Hyun) who spent her life studying, but died and is now a ghost.  She encounters a teen boy (Taecyeon) who is an exorcist and can see ghosts.  The two help other ghosts cross over to the afterlife as they fall in love with each other.

Let’s Fight, Ghost airs Monday and Tuesday on tvN.

10. Monster

Monster Korean Drama - Kang Ji Hwan

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.



Doctors Korean Drama - Kim Rae Won and Park Shin Hye

Doctors is about a tough young woman (Park Shine Hye) who was a bully in her past but with a little help is working to become a doctor.  Kim Rae Won will play a realistic and outgoing Chief of Neurosurgery who will be helping our troubled doctor.

Doctors airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.

Beautiful Mind

Beautiful Mind Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk

Beautiful Mind is about a super smart psychopath surgeon (Jang Hyuk) with a brain condition that leaves him emotionless.  When his patients mysteriously start dying, he begins to investigate and along the way, he learns to love. Also starring Park So Dam.

Beautiful Mind airs Monday and Tuesday on KBS.

Police Unit 38

Police Unit 38 Korean Drama - Ma Dong Suk, Seo In Guk and Sooyoung

Police Unit 38 comes from the writer of Bad Guys and tells the story of a special police task force that goes after tax evaders.  A group of cops and criminals will team up to catch the bad guys.  Starring Seo In Guk, Sooyoung, and Ma Dong Suk.

Police Unit 38 airs Friday and Saturday on OCN.


Wanted Korean Drama - Kim Ah Joong

Wanted is about a popular actress (Kim Ah Joong) who is forced to do “missions” on a live television show after her son is kidnapped in order to meet the kidnappers demands. She is helped by a violent crimes unit detective (Ji Hyun Woo) who is determined to solve the case and a TV producer (Uhm Tae Woong).

Wanted airs Wednesday and Thrusday on SBS.

The Good Wife

Good Wife Korean Drama - Jeon Do Yeon

The Good Wife tells the story of a stay-at-home mom (Jeon Do Yeon) whose prosecutor husband (Yoo Ti Jae) gets involved in a political scandal.  She then returns to work at a law firm to support her family and discovers herself along the way.

The Good Wife airs Friday and Saturday on tvN.

After the Show Ends

After the Show Ends Korean Drama

After the Show Ends is a mix of variety and drama about an office worker who is secretly a fighter at night. It will also focus on the real relationships between actors. It stars Ha Suk Jin and Yoon So Hee.

After the Show Ends airs Saturday on tvN.

Age of Youth

Age of Youth Korean Drama

Age of Youth is a 12 episode drama about the friendships and relationships of five college girls who live together. It stars Han Ye Ri, Han Seung Yeon, Ryu Hwa Young, Park Eun Bin, and Park Hye Soo.

Age of Youth airs Friday and Saturday on JTBC.

So August has a big premiere in Scarlet Heart: Goryeo, and I’m definitely excited for that one. I’m also looking forward to our other sageuk Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. I’ll be checking out the new romantic comedies of Jealousy Incarnate and Cinderella and the Four Knights too. And with all of the wonderful dramas that are currently airing or coming to an end, we kdrama fans seem to be swimming in dramas right now! I know I’m loving it!

What dramas are you enjoying or looking forward to in August?

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

For the latest dramas, check out the
September 2017 Drama Guide

Temperature of Love Korean Drama - Yong Se Jong and Seo Hyun Jin

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16 Responses to 10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in August 2016

  1. shamrockmom3 says:

    Where did you find subs for “After the Show Ends”? I am having no luck.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Oh, fun. I think–if I don’t just go back and watch what I missed last month–I’ll probably add Jealousy Incarnate to my list. I need to finish MotW before I start another historical, and I dunno if the others will draw me. We’ll see!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      Yes, wrap up Mirror of the Witch since we have two very different yet appealing historicals coming up fast this month. And you never know what else may catch your eye 🙂


  3. joybran2015 says:

    Too many dramas, not enough hours in the day. LOL Scarlet Heart: Goryeo is my pick for watching as it airs. Moonlight Drawn by Clouds is number two, but I’ll probably marathon it after it ends.

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    • Kay says:

      Yep, my list of dramas just from this year is still way too long, lol. The September selection isn’t peaking my interest much yet, so maybe that will give me a chance to do some catch up in the near future 🙂


  4. Mitta says:

    Too many possibilities… too little time. I’ll probably wait for them to run through before I jump in while I catch up with July’s. Looking forward to Jealousy Incarnate purely based on the credentials of the leads 🙂

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  5. Lots of interesting choices this month, but I too need to play catch up before moving on to the newer ones.

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  6. Faith says:

    Ahhh man! So many dramas to love!! Scarlet Heart: Ryeo is definitely #1 on my list! I’m also enjoying Cinderella and Four Knights right now and plan to watch Moonlight Jealousy Incarnate and W soon!! Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on the August dramas. 😀

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    • Kay says:

      Yes, so many! I’m planning to watch all of the ones you mentioned. Scarlet Heart and W are definitely at the top of the list and have me very excited 🙂


  7. violet goko says:

    yes they are the best I’ve seen most of them
    Korean dramas are the best especially Scarlet ryeo

    Liked by 1 person

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