10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in May 2017

Suspicious Partner Korean Drama - Ji Chang Wook

Wow! May is absolutely jam packed with new dramas!  There are historicals, romantic comedies, action…just about everything you could want! So let’s check in on all of new and exciting stuff in this May 2017 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!

Here are the kdramas you need to keep an eye out for in May 2017:

My Pick:

1. Ruler: Master of the Mask

Ruler: Master of the Mask Korean Drama - Yoo Seung Ho and Kim So Hyun

I had a really hard time choosing ‘My Pick’ this month as there are just so many great dramas to choose from! But ultimately, I went with Ruler: Master of the Mask. Starring two of my favorite actors, Yoo Seung Ho and Kim So Hyun, I have no doubt they will deliver amazing and satisfying performances. The drama itself looks intense with a healthy dose of angsty melodramatic goodness. I’m more than ready to dive into this one!

Ruler: Master of the Mask is about a Joseon prince (Yoo Seung Ho) forced to hide his face with a mask who fights against injustice in society by going up against a shadow organization wanting to privatize the waters of Joseon. A woman (Kim So Hyun) is also out for revenge against the prince after her father is ordered to be executed because of him. Of course, things get complicated when she falls in love with him.

Ruler: Master of the Mask is scheduled to premiere May 10 on MBC.


2. Suspicious Partner (Be Careful of This Woman)

Suspicious Partner Korean Drama - Ji Chang Wook, Nam Ji Hyun, Choi Tae Joon, Nara

Suspicious Partner is a romantic comedy thriller about prosecutors dealing with an amnesiac killer coming after them. Ji Chang Wook is a talented prosecutor turned attorney who suffered trauma in his past while Nam Ji Hyun is a prosecutor trainee.

Suspicious Partner is scheduled to premiere May 10 on SBS.

3. Circle

Circle Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo and Kim Kang Woo

Circle is a sci-fi drama that focuses on two timelines, one in 2017 and one in 2037. The story begins in the present where people keep strict control of their emotions. Then aliens arrive on Earth, and the humans try to take advantage of them. Yeo Jin Goo is a college student in 2017 with Kim Kang Woo as a violent crimes detective in 2037.

Circle is scheduled to premiere May 22 on tvN.

4. Fight for My Way (Third-Rate My Way)

Third Rate My Way Korean Drama - Park Seo Joon and Kim Ji Won

Fight for My Way tells the story of two longtime friends stuck in the everyday grind of their jobs, but they dream of being more. Park Seo Joon plays a mixed martial arts fighter with Kim Ji Won as a worker at a department store who dreams of being a TV anchor.

Fight for My Way is scheduled to premiere May 22 on KBS.

5. Lookout

Lookout Korean Drama - Kim Young Kwang, Lee Shi Young, Kim Seul Gi, Key, Kim Tae Hoon

Lookout tells the story of a group of people who seek justice and fight crime after their lives were destroyed from losing loved ones. Kim Young Kwang plays a prosecutor looking for  revenge, and Lee Shi Young plays an ex-detective who is now part of a civilian lookout group.

Lookout is scheduled to premiere May 22 on MBC.

6. My Sassy Girl

My Sassy Girl Korean Drama - Joo Won and Oh Yeon Seo

My Sassy Girl is a sageuk remake of the classic movie of the same name about a quirky, troublemaker princess (Oh Yeon Seo) who gets involved with a city man (Joo Won).

My Sassy Girl is scheduled to premiere May 29 on SBS.

7. Seven Day Queen

Seven Day Queen Korean Drama - Yeon Woo Jin, Park Min Young, and Lee Dong Gun

Seven Day Queen is a political romance about the love story between King Jungjong (Yeon Woo Jin) and the daughter (Park Min Young) of a powerful politician who became queen for just one week before being dethroned because of her fathers attempted political coup. She gets caught in a love triangle with him and his half brother King Yeonsangung.

Seven Day Queen is scheduled to premiere May 31 on KBS.


8. Man to Man

Man to Man Korean Drama - Park Hae Jin

Man to Man tells the story of a mysterious and skilled bodyguard (Park Hae Jin) to a top star (Park Sung Woong) who has made a name for himself playing villainous characters. The star is well-loved by the public, but he is hiding a terrible secret.

Man to Man airs Friday and Saturday on JTBC.

9. My Secret Romance

My Secret Romance Korean Drama - Sung Hoon and Song Ji Eun

My Secret Romance is about a man and woman who have a one night stand and then meet again several years later working at the same company. Sung Hoon plays the cold chaebol with Song Ji Eun as a nutritionist. The drama comes from the producer of 1% of Anything.

My Secret Romance airs Monday and Tuesday on OCN.

10. Chicago Typewriter

Chicago Typewriter Korean Drama - Yoo Ah In, Im Soo Jung, Go Kyung Pyo

Chicago Typewriter follows the modern day story of a bestselling writer (Yoo Ah In), a ghostwriter (Go Kyung Pyo), and an anti-fan (Im Soo Jung) who are reincarnations of writers from the 1930’s during the Japanese occupation.

Chicago Typewriter airs Friday and Saturday on tvN.


Mystery Queen

Mystery Queen Korean Drama - Kwon Sang Woo and Choi Kang Hee 2

Mystery Queen is about a married woman (Choi Kang Hee) who loves mystery novels and dreams of becoming a cop that ends up working with a detective (Kwon Sang Woo) to solve cases.

Mystery Queen airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.

The Liar and His Lover

The Liar and His Lover Korean Drama - Lee Hyun Woo and Joy

The Liar and His Lover is about the romance between a genius sound producer (Lee Hyun Woo) living under a hidden identity and a high school girl (Joy) with a beautiful voice who falls for him at first sight.

The Liar and His Lover airs Monday and Tuesday on tvN.

Radiant Office

Radiant Office Korean Drama - Ha Suk Jin and Go Ah Sung

Radiant Office is a slice of life story about a marketing director (Ha Suk Jin) and a rookie (Go Ah Sung) working at a furniture company. After a failed suicide attempt by the rookie, she discovers she may be terminally ill and decides to live life to the fullest.

Radiant Office airs Wednesday and Thursday on MBC.


Tunnel Korean Drama - Choi Jin Hyuk

Tunnel is about a violent crimes detective from the past that travels through time to the present day. Choi Jin Hyuk plays a detective from the 1980’s who was trying to catch a killer when he time travels through a tunnel to present day Seoul. He partners with Yoon Hyun Min who has a sharp intellect and is very skilled at his job.

Tunnel airs Saturday and Sunday on OCN.


Whisper Korean Drama - Lee Sang Yoon and Lee Bo Young

Whisper is a suspense melodrama centered around cops and lawyers and a huge corruption scandal.  Lee Sang Yoon plays a smart and kind judge with Lee Bo Young as a police detective.

Whisper airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.

Saimdang Light’s Diary

Saimdang Light's Diary Herstory Korean Drama - Lee Young Ae

Saimdang Light’s Diary is about an art history lecturer (Lee Young Ae) who finds the diary of the famous historical figure Shim Saimdang and works to discover the secret behind a mysterious portrait.

Saimdang, Light’s Diary airs Wednesday and Thursday on SBS.

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People Korean Drama - Yoon Kyun Sang

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People is based on the classic Korean folktale about a man born of illegitimate birth who steals from the rich to give to the poor and becomes a revolutionary activist in Joseon. It stars Yoon Kyun Sang and Chae Soo Bin.

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People airs Monday and Tuesday on MBC.

Wow! That’s a whole lot of dramas! What do you do when you want to watch every single new premiere in one month? There’s simply far too much goodness to handle in May! I think I may just have to dedicate my life solely to kdramas for the foreseeable future. Wait, that’s pretty much what I already do!

Seriously, how are we going to get all of these awesome dramas in? Best of luck to you in making time to watch all of the dramas you want!

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

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

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24 Responses to 10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in May 2017

  1. kwenzqoatl says:

    It’s hard to pick because it is a very diverse line up. 🤔 I’m thinking and it seems like the only viable option is to give up on real life and watch them all. 🙂
    ok that is probably not a good idea. I think I will have to go with Circle, Fight for My way, and Chicago Typewriter. The good news is you can always go back and check the other ones eventually.

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    • Kay says:

      It really is a diverse line up this month. There’s a little something for everyone 🙂 And I agree. I’ve pretty much decided that the only option is to spend my life exclusively watching kdramas, hehe.

      But your picks are all good choices. Like I said, I want to watch almost all of them! And I’m definitely glad we have the ability to watch dramas later, but they still tend to pile up on the ever growing list 😛


    • lol we just need to find a way to get paid to watch dramas.

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  2. raistlin0903 says:

    Off topic: am finally getting close to the end of Goblin, expect a review for it next week 😀 On topic: as mentioned above there are some really diverse dramas here, but the three that stand out for me the most are Whisper, Tunnel and Circle. Unfortunately, none of them are available for my country, so I will have to wait a while to see them 😊

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  3. This is an abundant crop to choose from. Even though the plot seems a bit weird with the word amnesiac, JCW will have my fingers flying. Circle also looks good. Not sure about the historicals. I watch them more sparingly.
    I always look forward to your month preview posts. Thank you.

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    • Kay says:

      I’m really glad you enjoy them 🙂 Great choices! I think out of the new premieres my top three would be Ruler: Master of the Mask, Suspicious Partner, and Circle. Those have me super excited! But I’m also really looking forward to the other premieres. Plus I still have lots of the others to watch. Must get busy! lol

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  4. Noël says:

    I’m so overwhelmed! It’s gonna be so hard to pack them all into my schedule but for now I’m also picking Ruler: Master of the Mask as my top choice, followed by Circle and My Sassy Girl. If I can manage, I might squeeze a few others in as well!

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    • Kay says:

      It is overwhelming! I’m amazed at how many dramas there are that I’m looking forward. Since I want to see most of them, it’s a matter of prioritizing which ones to watch first. But even that’s hard! lol

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  5. junny says:

    Of the current crop, I’m only watching Whisper, Radiant Office and My Secret Romance. Dropped Chicago Typewriter.

    Circle is on my to-watch list.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      All good picks! I’m also enjoying Radiant Office right now and then will start The Liar and His Lover. Will probably follow up with Whisper and Tunnel. I’m so excited for Circle to though! There’s just a lot of interesting ones this month 🙂


  6. Lots of interesting upcoming dramas. I am intrigued by circle and suspicious partner will be a must watch for me.

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  7. Arlene N. Anduyo says:

    I am a korean drama addict. I like each story the character portrait as it just suited to them! I have a collection of several Korean dramas. I started collecting it four years ago but some of my collection was destroyed during super typhoon that struck in Leyte. But now i have a hundred collection of korean dramas. Before I scolded my Daughter watching it as we can’t understand their language, however, without knowing i’m now addicted to it. when they have a new release drama,I won’t hesitate to bought it.

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    • Kay says:

      Hello from another Korean drama addict! They really are amazing. Sounds like you have a great collection 🙂 Haha, isn’t it great how something like kdramas can really take us by surprise and next thing we know we are addicted! I’m always excited to check out the latest dramas too. And there are some really great ones going on right now 🙂


  8. lalala says:

    My Secret Romance ❤ damnit


  9. Saumya Rosario says:

    If life was like a k drama.

    Liked by 1 person

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