10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in July 2018

Mr. Sunshine Korean Drama - Byun Yo Han

We have a big premiere to look forward to in July in the form of Mr. Sunshine, but there are tons of other premieres coming our way to give us  pretty nice variety of genres to choose from.  Let’s see what we have to look forward to in this July 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 July 2018:

My Pick:

1. Mr. Sunshine

Mr. Sunshine Korean Drama - Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Ri

Mr. Sunshine, the latest drama to come from writer Kim Eun Sook of hits such as Goblin and Descendants of the Sun, is finally making its way to our screens. The trailers have showcased gorgeous cinematography, action, drama, and romance all wrapped up in one epic story. I know I’m excited to check this one out!

Mr. Sunshine is set during the early 1900’s and is about the romance of a soldier (Lee Byung Hun) and an aristocrat’s daughter (Kim Tae Ri). It follows the story of the soldier who got on a U.S. military expedition as a child and grew up in America. As an adult, he then returns to Korea as a soldier during the final years of the Joseon era.

Mr. Sunshine is scheduled to premiere July 7 on tvN.


2. Your House Helper

Your House Helper Korean Drama - Ha Suk Jin

Your House Helper is based on a webtoon and is about a man (Ha Suk Jin) who gives up his good job at a company to become a housekeeper and help his clients with their problems.

Your House Helper is scheduled to premiere July 4 on KBS.

3. Time

Time Korean Drama - Kim Jung Hyun

Time is about a man (Kim Jung Hyun) facing death who decides to live his final days helping a woman (Seohyun) whose life he ruined. The drama comes from the writer of Mask and Secret and the PD of Hotel King.

Time is scheduled to premiere July 25 on MBC.

4. Life

Life Korean Drama - Lee Dong Wook and Jo Seung Woo

Life is about a power struggle in the emergency center of a hospital. Lee Dong Wook plays an emergency room doctor with Jo Seung Woo as a chief director at the hospital. The drama comes from the writer of the hit drama Secret Forest.

Life is scheduled to premiere July 23 on JTBC.

5. Thirty But Seventeen

Thirty But Seventeen (30 But 17) Korean Drama - Yang Se Jong and Shin Hye Sun

Thirty But Seventeen tells the story of a 17 year old girl (Shin Hye Sun) who gets in an accident and wakes up when she is 30 years old where she meets a man (Yang Se Jong) with a traumatic past who has lived in isolation.

Thirty But Seventeen is scheduled to premiere July 23 on SBS.

6. Let’s Eat 3

Let's Eat 3 Korean Drama - Yoon Doo Joon

Let’s Eat 3 focuses on relationships between neighbors and eating lots of food. Yoon Doo Joon will reprise his previous role while Baek Jin Hee will play his former college girlfriend.

Let’s Eat 3 is scheduled to premiere July 16 on tvN.

7. My ID is Gangnam Beauty

My ID is Gangnam Beauty Korean Drama - Cha Eun Woo and Lim Soo Hyang

My ID is Gangnam Beauty is based on a webtoon about a timid and unattractive girl (Lim Soo Hyang) who was bullied in high school. She eventually gets plastic surgery to look beautiful and begins attending college, but people are still cruel to her. A romance begins to blossom with another student (Cha Eun Woo) who doesn’t care about looks.

My ID is Gangnam Beauty is scheduled to premiere July 27 on JTBC.

8. Life and Death Romance

Life and Death Romance Korean Drama - Ji Hyun Woo and Lee Shi Young

Life and Death Romance follows the story of a surgeon (Ji Hyun Woo) and an endocrinologist (Lee Shi Young).

Life and Death Romance is scheduled to premiere July 23 on MBC.


9. Are You Human Too?

Are You Human Too Korean Drama - Seo Kang Joon

Are You Human Too? is about a robot (Seo Kang Joon) that is brought in to impersonate a chaebol heir who is in a coma during a corporate power struggle.

Are You Human Too? airs Monday and Tuesday on KBS.

10. Life on Mars

Life on Mars Korean Drama - Jung Kyung Ho and Park Sung Woong

Life on Mars is a crime drama about a detective (Jung Kyung Ho) who mysteriously travels back in time to the 1980’s. Jung Kyung Ho is the time traveling detective who prefers to use hard evidence when solving cases, Park Sung Woong is a detective who uses his instincts, and Go Ah Sung is an investigator.

Life on Mars airs Saturday and Sunday on OCN.


Handsome Guy and Jung Eum

Handsome Guy and Jung Eum Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min and Hwang Jung Eum

Handsome Guy and Jung Eum is a romantic comedy about a man (Nam Goong Min) who knows everything there is to know about love and a woman (Hwang Jung Eum) whose biggest dream is to get married. It comes from the writer of My Unfortunate Boyfriend.

Handsome Guy and Jung Eum airs Wednesday and Thursday on SBS.

Why Secretary Kim

Why Secretary Kim Korean Drama - Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young

Why Secretary Kim is a webtoon adaptation about the cold vice president (Park Seo Joon) of a large corporation and his excellent devoted secretary (Park Min Young) who is always ready to help.

Why Secretary Kim airs Wednesday and Thursday on tvN.

Greasy Melo

Greasy Melo Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk and Junho

Greasy Melo is set in a neighborhood Chinese restaurant that is run by a gangster (Jang Hyuk) recently released from prison. A star chef (Junho) ends up working at the run down restaurant, and a privileged chaebol heiress (Jung Ryeo Won) has a life changing experience after having a bowl of jajangmyun. The drama tells their stories of love and healing with a mixture of romance, action, and comedy.

Greasy Melo airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.

About Time

About Time Korean Drama - Lee Sang Yoon and Lee Sung Kyung

About Time is a fantasy romance about a musical actress (Lee Sung Kyung) with the ability to see how long a person will live and the man (Lee Sang Yoon) she falls in love with who somehow makes her own “life clock” stop moving forward.

About Time airs Monday and Tuesday on tvN.

Come Here and Hug Me

Come Here and Hug Me Korean Drama - Jang Ki Yong and Jin Ki Joo

Come Here and Hug Me follows the story of a man (Jang Ki Yong) whose serial killer father murdered the parents of the woman (Jin Ki Joo) he loved when they were young.

Come Here and Hug Me airs Wednesday and Thursday on MBC.

Miss Hammurabi

Miss Hammurabi Korean Drama - L, Go Ara, Sung Dong Il

Miss Hammurabi is a legal story focusing on a young woman (Go Ara) who is an enthusiastic rookie judge and a man (L) that is another judge who is a strict realist. The drama comes from the PD of The K2.

Miss Hammurabi airs Monday and Tuesday on JTBC.

Lawless Lawyer

Lawless Lawyer Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi, Seo Ye Ji, Choi Min Soo, Lee Hye Young

Lawless Lawyer is a legal action thriller about a gangster (Lee Joon Gi) turned lawyer who doesn’t mind using his fists or doing whatever is necessary to bring justice as he works to avenge his mother.

Lawless Lawyer airs Friday and Saturday on tvN.

Investigation Couple

Investigation Couple Korean Drama - Jung Jae Young and Jung Yu Mi

Investigation Couple is about a forensic scientist (Jung Jae Young) and a rookie prosecutor (Jung Yu Mi) who work together to solve crimes. It comes from the writer of Cinderella and the Four Knights.

Investigation Couple airs Monday and Tuesday on MBC.


Sketch Korean Drama - Rain

Sketch is an action crime romance drama about a top investigator (Rain) in the violent crimes department who is trying to catch his wife’s killer and a detective (Lee Sun Bin) with the ability to sketch what will happen in the future as they fight to change their futures.

Sketch airs Friday and Saturday on JTBC.

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

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24 Responses to 10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in July 2018

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    I have to say that I almost did not want to read this post, considering the backlot of dramas I still have to watch lol. But of course you know that I could not resist doing so anyway lol. Mr. Sunshine is the one I really want to see. Not only would that mean that I finally get to see an historical drama, but I’m also a big fan of Lee Byung Hun . My ID is Gagnam Beauty sounds pretty interesting as well. And then there is Sketch, which as it’s almost ending will also move up into my to watch list. (Not to mention Lawless Lawyer). Great list, and some cool things to look forward to 😊

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    • Kay says:

      Haha, yeah, every new guide is intimidating since it just seems grow The List! Mr. Sunshine would certainly work double duty for you by giving you a historical and Lee Byung Hun. Plus being from the same writer/duo of DOTS and Goblin, of which you liked both. So it has a lot of promise. I’m 6 eps into Lawless Lawyer and it’s great so far. I think it would be one you would find interesting. So definitely some good ones out there!

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      • raistlin0903 says:

        Well…I have been on my bingewatch today for Tunnel. Made it to Episode 13…think I have one more in me before calling it quits for today (I do have to work tomorrow lol). And just to not leave you in suspense: I love the show 😀
        I haven’t quite decided yet what to watch after this one, but Lawless Lawyer really does sound truly tempting to watch, although I’m also very curious about the second season of Bad Guys….heck..maybe I will just watch both lol 😂😂

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        • Kay says:

          Woohoo! Glad you’re loving Tunnel! I knew that would be a good way to spend your Sunday 🙂 Yeah, looks like you may have to save that final stretch though. Work is always getting in the way, lol.

          And I say a big yes to both Lawless Lawyer and Bad Guys! Lawless Lawyer has a great story and interesting characters portrayed by amazing actors. I’m really enjoying it. And of course, Bad Guys is dark and gritty, which we know is right up your alley. At least you have a couple good ones to choose from for your next kdrama watch 🙂

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  2. Timescout says:

    Despite of my earlier misgivings, I’m really liking ‘Life on Mars’. 🙂 That’s one adaptation done right, so far anyway. I’m also watching ‘Are You Human Too?’ but only for Robo Shin3, he’s just way too cute… and innocent. I don’t really care a whit about the plot or the other characters, heh. What can I say, Drama fills my mindelss fluff quotent atm. *g* I may take a look at ‘Miss Hammurabi’ too at some point but I’ve still got several older dramas to finish/check out, so we’ll see.

    Of the upcoming dramas I’m mostly interested in ‘Live’ as it’s by the writer of FoS. The only thing I feel iffy about is the premise – a hospital drama. Definitely not one of my faves as premises go.

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    • Kay says:

      Well a big yay to that! I’m glad to hear that the Life on Mars adaptation is doing things right, especially since the original meant so much to you 🙂 I’ve been hearing a lot of positives about Miss Hammurabi. I had mostly written it off since it’s another legal drama, but now I’ve been considering giving it a look. Although I haven’t really had much luck when doing that concerning legal dramas. When will I learn? lol.

      Being a medical drama is the main reason I plan to pass on Life. Although I expect to be tortured by lots of positive talk about that one too. And I’m big fan of Lee Dong Wook and I like what I’m seeing of his character in the trailers. So it’s really hard to pass on. I plan to hold strong though. We’ll see, hehe 🙂


      • D says:

        I checked out Miss Hammurabi because of all the rave. Although I enjoyed watching each episode, I really didn’t have the drive to continue watching it and so I have dropped it. I am not a big fan of legal dramas. In saying that I really liked the first episode of Lawless Lawyer though. Have to keep watching and see.

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        • Kay says:

          That’s mostly what I’m afraid of with Miss Hammurabi. Since I don’t really care for legal dramas, even the ones I find good still don’t usually pull me in. And I can tell Miss H is unlikely to be gripping, so I have hesitated to try it because of my track record with legal dramas.

          Lawless Lawyer is a bit different though since it’s more of a legal thriller. I still don’t love the legal stuff, but so much of the story is outside of the courtroom with a lot of exciting stuff going on. And Lee Joon Gi is definitely a big bonus for me too, hehe 😉


  3. D says:

    My pick is also Mr Sunshine with Life as my second choice. I don’t like medical dramas but I am a big fan of Lee Dong Wook and Jo Seung Woo so it’s hard to pass up this one. I might check out a few first episodes and see I go.

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    • Kay says:

      Yes, I’m so excited for Mr. Sunshine! I absolutely can’t wait to dig into that one 🙂 I’m also a big fan of Lee Dong Wook, so it makes me sad that Life is a medical drama. For now, I don’t plan to check it out, but I think it has a lot of potential to make everyone love it, so I expect to be tortured hearing about it, lol.


      • D says:

        Lol yes re Life. You never know. It may turn out so good you might just have to watch it after all.

        Just curious- what else are you watching other than lawless lawyer please?

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        • Kay says:

          Very true. That’s why even when I’m pretty sure I don’t plan to watch a drama I always keep tabs on it because it could fully catch my interest at any point.

          Besides Lawless Lawyer, I just finished Rich Man yesterday. I’m going to finish up Lawless Lawyer over the next few days and then probably start Greasy Melo. Are you watching any others?


          • D says:

            I will wait until you do the review for rich man before I pick it up. Currently watching are you human too and enjoying it. I think the idea of the story is clever and execution is very good. Not sure if that’s on your list.

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            • Kay says:

              Oh it’s most definitely on my list! I like robot stories and the idea of exploring what it means to be human. Plus, a bit of sci-fi, romance, and drama, it has the makings to be something I would really enjoy. Overall reception to it seems to be pretty good too. Glad you’re liking it. I really can’t wait to check it out!


              • D says:

                Yep I think you will really like it. In amongst all the legal and medical dramas this is a nice change. Only thing I regret is live watching it because the wait for the next episodes each week is painful. 😂

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                • Kay says:

                  That’s what I was thinking. Anytime I hear about something non legal or medical, I really perk up. And this one is particularly different, so that’s even better. Haha, yeah, that’s why I can’t handle live watching. I’ve regretted it multiple times before when I’ve done it, so I’ve gotten pretty good now at waiting. Though it’s still always tempting when a hit drama is airing and everyone is raving about it, lol


  4. Just when all my dramas are ending, and I think, when will there ever be another good drama like this one, and you put out this post of all these dramas that look so interesting. Guess I will just have to keep feeding my drama addiction. Most interesting is Mr. Sunshine, but IDK if I will like it it because I am not a superfan of historical dramas. We shall see….

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    • Kay says:

      July really is one of those crazy months full of new dramas and many look interesting. It certainly feeds that drama addiction, lol. I’m optimistic for Mr. Sunshine since I do really like historicals. It’s the writer’s first full historical, so I am interested to see how much of her usual style makes its way into it. It certainly looks epic and gorgeous though!

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  5. Goup Archery says:

    in the row to 10 dramas that I just watched “what’s wrong with secretary kim” xD

    Liked by 1 person

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