10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in July 2017

Bride of the Water God 2017 Korean Drama - Nam Joo Hyuk

July is another huge premiere month for kdramas!  There are a plethora of choices available in all different genres, and I’m pretty excited about several of them! Let’s see what we have to look forward to in this July 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 July 2017:

My Pick:

1. Bride of the Water God 2017

Bride of the Water God Korean Drama - Nam Joo Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung

Bride of the Water God 2017 has been building a lot of anticipation leading up to its premiere. It has gorgeous cinematography, an intriguing fantasy romance story, and a beautiful cast. It has a lot of potential, and I for one am hoping it’s able to deliver!

Bride of the Water God 2017 is loosely based off of the popular manhwa about a village suffering from drought that offers young women as sacrifices to a water god. One of the sacrifices eventually becomes his bride.

The drama version moves the setting into modern day Seoul with Nam Joo Hyuk as the Water God and Shin Se Kyung as a neuropsychiatrist whose family has served him for generations.

Bride of the Water is scheduled to premiere July 3 on tvN.


2. The King Loves

The King Loves Korean Drama - Im Si Wan, Yoona, Hong Jong Hyun

The King Loves is about an ambitious and conflicted crown prince (Im Shi Wan) in the Goryeo era who is looking to conquer. He falls in love with the daughter (Yoona) of the richest man in the nation and ends up in a tragic love triangle with her and his close friend (Hong Jong Hyun).

The King Loves is scheduled to premiere July 17 on MBC.

3. Reunited Worlds

Reunited Worlds Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo

Reunited Worlds is about childhood friends that were born in the same year, but they have mysteriously aged differently with the woman (Lee Yeon Hee) being 31 and the man (Yeo Jin Goo) being 19. It comes from the writer of Girl Who Sees Smells and Beautiful Gong Shim.

Reunited Worlds is scheduled to premiere July 19 on SBS.

4. Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi and Moon Chae Won

Criminal Minds is a Korean remake of the American TV show of the same name. Starring Lee Joon Gi and Moon Chae Won, Criminal Minds is a crime drama about a team of FBI profilers.

Criminal Minds is scheduled to premiere July 26 on tvN.

5. School 2017

School 2017 Korean Drama - Kim Se Jung

School 2017 is part of the popular School series which focuses on high school students and issues they struggle with like grades and bullying. It stars Kim Se Jung as a smart and cheerful girl who ends up wrongly labeled as a delinquent, Kim Jung Hyun as the school bad boy, and Jang Dong Yoon as the golden boy who seems to have it all.

School 2017 is scheduled to premiere July 17 on KBS.

6. Man Who Dies to Live

Man Who Dies to Live Korean Drama - Choi Min Soo

Man Who Dies to Live is about a man (Choi Min Soo) who returns home after becoming a nobleman in Arabia and tries to repair his relationship with his daughter (Kang Ye Won) and son-in-law (Shin Sung Rok).

Man Who Dies to Live is scheduled to premiere July 19 on MBC.

7. Falsify

Falsify Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min

Falsify is about reporters and prosecutors looking to bring justice to the corrupt world where a reporter (Nam Goong Min) is looking for revenge on the people responsible for his brother’s death.

Falsify is scheduled to premiere July 24 on SBS.

8. Strongest Deliveryman

Strongest Deliveryman Korean Drama - Go Kyung Pyo and Chae Soo Bin

Strongest Deliveryman is the story of a poor jajungmyun deliveryman (Go Kyung Pyo) and follows his journey to succeed in his career and find love with a woman (Chae Soo Bin) who also delivers jajungmyun.

Strongest Deliveryman is scheduled to premiere Aug. 4 on KBS. (premiere pushed back from Jul. 28)


9. Woman of Dignity

Woman of Dignity Korean Drama - Kim Hee Sun and Kim Sun Ah

Woman of Dignity is about a wealthy woman (Kim Hee Sun) whose life falls apart after her father-in-law loses his money and her husband cheats on her and a mysterious woman (Kim Sun Ah) who causes trouble for her.

Woman of Dignity airs Friday and Saturday on JTBC.

10. Seven Day Queen

Seven Day Queen Korean Drama - Park Min Young

Seven Day Queen is a political romance about the love story between King Jungjong and the daughter of a powerful politician who became queen for just one week before being dethroned because of her father’s attempted political coup. She gets caught in a love triangle with him and his half brother King Yeonsangung.

Seven Day Queen airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.


Ruler: Master of the Mask

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

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 airs Wednesday and Thursday on MBC.

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 airs Wednesday and Thursday on SBS.

Fight for 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 airs Monday and Tuesday on KBS.


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 airs Monday and Tuesday on MBC.

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 airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.


Duel Korean Drama - Yong Se Jong

Duel is a suspense drama about a police detective (Jung Jae Young) who ends up pitted against a murderous human clone (Yang Se Jong) when his daughter is kidnapped.

Duel airs Saturday and Sunday on OCN.

The Best Hit

Best Hit Korean Drama - Yoon Shi Yoon and Hong Kyung Min

The Best Hit is a comedy variety drama following the lives of young adults in the music entertainment industry. Yoon Shi Yoon plays a 90’s pop star who time travels to 2017. Kim Min Jae plays a man secretly training to be a pop star.

The Best Hit airs Friday and Saturday on KBS.

Secret Forest

Secret Forest Korean Drama - Jo Seung Woo and Bae Doo Na

Secret Forest is about a cold prosecutor (Jo Seung Woo) who is unable to feel emotions whose hunt for a serial killer leads him to his own office that is filled with corruption. He teams up with a kind police detective (Bae Doo Na) to solve the case.

Secret Forest airs Saturday and Sunday on tvN.

Whew! That’s a lot of dramas! June gave us a little bit of a chance to catch up, but July has us back to drowning in new drama premieres. There’s just no time for rest in the life of a kdrama fan!

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

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

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21 Responses to 10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in July 2017

  1. Timescout says:

    Well, from the new batch the first two don’t interest me one iota. 😀 But the rest may possibly have something to offer, we’ll see how it goes.

    Now that ‘Circle’ has ended I’m only watching ‘The Best Hit’ and ‘Secret Forest’ (which is awesome!). ‘Fight My Way’ is on The List but it may take a while berfore I get to it. The List of Doom is as long as a famine year and never getting any shorter! XD

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    • Kay says:

      Well, that’s quite a few to choose from 🙂 I already miss Circle so much! I’m really looking forward to watching The Best Hit soon. I also plan to check out Fight for My Way, but I think it will be around the beginning of August before I get to that one since several other dramas have priority. But yes, the List just grows and grows and grows!!


  2. Lois says:

    I will be glad to watch the first movie

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  3. raistlin0903 says:

    So many good series..and pretty much none of them are available for me to watch. I’m seriously considering moving over to the States lol 😂 Seriously though, some great series to look forward to, especially criminal minds. I love the American version, so really wonder what the Korean’s take on it will be like 😀

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    • Kay says:

      The States is a good place to be for kdrama fans, lol. Hopefully, at least a few of them become available for you. There are so many interesting ones to look forward to!

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  4. gablesti1 says:


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  5. Park Min Ji says:

    Is A Man Who Dies To Live nice to watch?

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  6. Fight My Way is excellent, much better than I expected.

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  7. Even though I like the leads of My Sassy Girl I just couldn’t get into it. I watched it hoping it would get better but in the end I felt disappointed. I think it was clearly the writer’s inability to create a believable character in the Princess and thus I never felt her angst was real which also ended up making the male lead have the appropriate emotional connection. I’d love to hear other’s thoughts on this story, thanks.

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    • Kay says:

      I’m also planning to watch this one in the next few weeks as I too love both of the leads. I’ll definitely let you know what I think when I do 🙂


  8. thre3a says:

    I am a fan for genre Crime and Action!! I’ve watched ‘Lookout’ but did not finish it because the episode is too much than dramas that i usually watch, but i will. After read your list, ‘Secret Forest’ is closer to my style, so i will be watching that drama.

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    • Kay says:

      It’s a fun genre! I recently watched Lookout and thought it was decent. I plan to check out Secret Forest too, so hopefully it’s a good one 🙂


      • thre3a says:

        ikr!! I am watching Secret Forest. It is good, but i am just reached episode 4 now, so i can’t tell how good it is. It will be fun if we watching it at the same time … so let’s watch it together!! Btw i am sorry for my bad english, i am not that good, but it was great because you people can understand what i said.

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        • Kay says:

          Don’t worry, you’re English is fine and very understandable 🙂 I’m already watching a couple other dramas right now, so it will probably be at least a few weeks before I can get around to Secret Forest. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it, so I’m hoping it’s really good!


  9. thre3a says:

    Okay!! Thank You … Well, Happy Watching. Best regard from Indonesia.

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  10. KH says:

    Thanks for this list, I always find it hard to keep up to date with all the new dramas that are premiering. So far, I have watched Suspicious Partner and Fight For My way. Both were excellent.

    I always wait for a series to be complete before I start watching it, I just can’t cope with having to wait a week for another episode. 😀 In other words, I’m way behind on watching these, and being careful not to read any spoilers. So far, so good ! 🙂

    But still on my list to watch: Bride of the Water God, Criminal Minds and Strongest Delivery Man. Although Duel looks good also.

    Aaaah, too much to watch, too little time !!

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    • Kay says:

      You’re welcome 🙂 I loved Suspicious Partner so much! It was exactly the kind of drama I enjoy. I’m watching Fight for My Way right now which I think is cute, but a bit average.

      You’re viewing habits sound similar to mine! I hate waiting week to week so I rarely watch dramas live. I do like to be pretty caught up though, so I usually start a drama about a week before it ends so that I finish it with everyone else. Doing that has allowed me to not get too behind. But May was a huge month where I wanted to watch like all of the dramas that premiered so that put me a bit behind with a few of them (hence why I’m watching Fight for My Way now, lol), but I’m almost caught up.

      I’m watching Bride of the Water God next then probably Duel. Also plan on Criminal Minds and Strongest Deliveryman too. Yes, not near enough time to watch all of these dramas! 🙂


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