New year, new dramas! 2018 is already here! How did that even happen? But that means it’s time to see what the new year has in store for us drama wise. Are you ready? Let’s see what we have to look forward to in this January 2018 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 January 2018:
1. Radio Romance
This drama sounds sweet and heartwarming and should have some moving stories. I look forward to seeing Kim So Hyun back on my screen as well as her pairing with Yoon Doo Joon.
Radio Romance is about a top radio DJ (Yoon Doo Joon) who can’t do anything without a script and the program’s writer (Kim So Hyun) who isn’t really that good at writing. It follows stories of healing through their radio show as they fall in love.
Radio Romance is scheduled to premiere January 29 on KBS.
PREMIERING IN JANUARY:
2. Longing Heart
Longing Heart is a fantasy romantic comedy about a man (Lee Jung Shin) who travels back in time to win the heart of his first love (Lee Yeol EUm) with the knowledge that she actually liked him back then. But much to his surprise, he ends up having to compete against his past self (Seo Ji Hoon) for her affections.
Longing Heart is scheduled to premiere January 8 on OCN.
Mother is a remake of the popular Japanese drama of the same name and is about a woman (Lee Bo Young) who kidnaps an abused little girl and becomes her mother.
Mother is scheduled to premiere January 24 on tvN.
Cross is about a man (Go Kyung Pyo) who becomes a doctor in order to get revenge by taking the lives of those responsible for his father’s death, but he slowly grows and learns the true meaning of being a doctor.
Cross is scheduled to premiere January 29 on tvN.
Return follows the story of a murder case with the suspect coming from the children of the elite class. Go Hyun Jung plays a lawyer who is the host of a legal TV show with Lee Jin Wook as a detective.
Return is scheduled to premiere January 17 on SBS.
CURRENTLY AIRING IN JANUARY:
Hwayugi is a romantic comedy horror loosely based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West about the journey of a monk and four others to atone for their sins. The drama moves the story to the modern day where the trouble making Monkey King (Lee Seung Gi) is exiled to the human world without his powers because of his corruption. He seeks to restore them with the help of a wealthy realtor (Oh Yeon Seo) descended from monks who can unseal them. The two then work to battle evil spirits together.
Hwayugi airs Saturday and Sunday on tvN.
7. Bad Guys 2: Age of Evil
Bad Buys 2: Age of Evil follows a group of prosecutors and criminals who team up to catch other criminals. Starring Joo Jin Mo, Park Joong Hoon, Kim Mu Yeol, Ji Soo, and Yang Ik Jun.
Bad Guys: Age of Evil airs Saturday and Sunday on OCN.
8. Just Between Lovers
Just Between Lovers is about a man (Junho) who loses everything when his father is killed in accident and he also severely injures his leg ending his dream of being a soccer player. Now deep in debt with little to live for, he then meets a woman (Won Jin Ah) who changes his life. The drama tells the stories of people who struggle but persevere in order to make something of themselves.
Just Between Lovers airs Monday and Tuesday on JTBC.
9. Black Knight
Black Knight is a fantasy romance that follows the dangerous fate of a man (Kim Rae Won)and a woman (Shin Se Kyung) over two hundred years.
Black Knight airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.
10. I’m Not a Robot
I’m Not a Robot is about a man (Yoo Seung Ho) that is allergic to humans and falls in love with a woman (Chae Soo Bin) who pretends to be a robot. The drama comes from the co-writer of Shine or Go Crazy and the PD of W-Two Worlds.
I’m Not a Robot airs Wednesday and Thursday on MBC.
AND SO YOU’RE UP TO DATE,
OTHER DRAMAS THAT WILL BE ENDING IN JANUARY:
Jugglers follows the romance of a cold manager (Daniel Choi) who prefers to do all of his own work and a secretary Baek Jin Hee) who is always ready to jump in and help when needed.
Jugglers airs Monday and Tuesday on KBS.
Two Cops is a supernatural romance about a moral and upright detective (Jo Jung Suk) who ends up having his body inhabited by the ghost of a con artist. As he deals with that, he works to solve cases and falls for a reporter (Hyeri).
Two Cops airs Monday and Tuesday on MBC.
Nothing to Lose
Nothing to Lose follows a hot tempered rookie judge (Park Eun Bin) whose brother is framed for murder and then the brother is murdered too. She works to bring the truth to light and get justice. Also starring Yeon Woo Jin as a dedicated judge.
Nothing to Lose airs Wednesday and Thursday on SBS.
Untouchable tells the story of the Jang family who has had power in their city for several generations and focuses on the battle for power between them. Starring Jin Goo and Kim Sung Kyun.
Untouchable airs Friday and Saturday on JTBC.
Smart Prison Living
Smart Prison Living is a lighthearted black comedy that tells the stories of the everyday lives of prison inmates. Starring Jung Kyung Ho and Park Hae Soo.
Smart Prison Living airs Wednesday and Thursday on tvN.
Doubtful Victory follows the story of a fake detective (Yoon Kyun Sang) who escapes from prison and joins an investigation unit. Also starring Jung Hye Sung as an investigator on the team.
Doubtful Victory airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.
What dramas are you enjoying or looking forward to in January?