10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in August 2018

Mr. Sunshine Korean Drama - Kim Tae Ri

August is bringing us romance and thrills for new premieres.  Each offers a little something different from the others, so hopefully one will fit your drama tastes. Let’s see what we have to look forward to in this August 2018 edition of  “Korea  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 August 2018:

My Pick:

1. Familiar Wife

Familiar Wife Korean Drama - Ji Sung and Han Ji Min

The amazingly talented Ji Sung is back with a new drama, and he’s paired with a great partner in Han Ji Min. I’m excited to see this time travel fantasy and am hoping for lots of humor coupled with plenty of emotion as the characters deal with the aftermath of altering time.

Familiar Wife is a fantasy romantic comedy about a man (Ji Sung) and wife (Han Ji Min) who end up living different lives after he travels back in time and changes things. The drama comes from the PD of Shopping King Louie and the writer of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Ju and Oh My Ghostess.

Familiar Wife is scheduled to premiere August 1 on tvN.


2. Voice 2

Voice 2 Korean Drama - Lee Jin Wook and Lee Ha Na

Voice 2 follows workers at a 112 emergency where a “Golden Time” team works to rescue crime victims in the golden window of time before they were likely to be killed. Starring Lee Jin Wook and Lee Ha Na.

Voice 2 is scheduled to premiere August 11 on OCN.

3. Lovely Horribly

Lovely Horribly Korean Drama - Park Shi Hoo and Song Ji Hyo

Lovely Horribly is a romance horror about a drama writer (Song Ji Hyo) whose scripts begin to happen in real life and a top star (Park Shi Hoo) whose traumatic past has caused him to be afraid of almost everything.

Lovely Horribly is scheduled to premiere August 13 on KBS.


4. Mr. Sunshine

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

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 airs Saturday and Sunday on tvN.

5. Your Honor

Your Honor Korean Drama - Yoon Shi Yoon

Your Honor is about twin brothers (Yoon Shi Yoon) who have led very different lives. One is a respected judge while the other is a repeat criminal. When the judge mysteriously disappears, the criminal has to step in to take his brother’s place.

Your Honor airs Wednesday and Thursday on SBS.

6. 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 airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.

7. Let’s Eat 3

Let's Eat 3 Korean Drama - Yoon Doo Joon

Let’s Eat 3 is third the season in a series which focuses on relationships between neighbors and eating lots of food. Starring Yoon Doo Joon and Baek Jin Hee.

Let’s Eat 3 airs Monday and Tuesday on tvN.

8. 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 airs Wednesday and Thursday on MBC.

9. 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 airs Monday and Tuesday on JTBC.

10. 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 in July on JTBC.


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.

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.

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 airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.

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!

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23 Responses to 10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in August 2018

  1. Timescout says:

    I’m still waiting for Life to get subbed, but if subs won’t materialise in due course I will watch it raw. ☺

    I’ve heard that ’30 but 17′ is very sweet, so I might check that out at some point. I’m watching enough fluff atm, don’t really need another drama like that on my roster.

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    • Kay says:

      Yeah, I think I heard Netflix picked up Life and that always majorly delays any subs. But hopefully that means they will eventually come your way. Hearing lots of good things about Thirty But Seventeen too. It looks really cute 🙂


      • marlene says:

        It’s really a cute drama, not sure if I will finished it though because every time I watch Yang See Jong drama I ended up not finishing it, not sure why, but I am hoping I’ll be finish to this one because I like the story already

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        • Kay says:

          I really hope it’s a good one all the way though. I didn’t watch Temperature of Love, but I heard it kind of petered out. But I really loved Yang Se Jong in Duel. He was amazing in it, and it was an intense story. I’m looking forward to seeing him in a romantic comedy though 🙂


  2. raistlin0903 says:

    So many good things heading our way again. I’m very glad that I will have 3 weeks off work in September, so I hope to really able to bingewatch quite a number of shows 😊😊

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  3. D says:

    My pick is also knowing wife but it’s not available for me here in my part of the world 😫


    • Kay says:

      Oh no! Since it’s on both DramaFever and Viki, I was hopeful most people would have access to it. Maybe it will become available later 😦


      • D says:

        Actually I just found out last night that it’s available for me via DramaFever. So excited. Also unlike others I’m excited when a show is available on Netflix coz that means I can watch it. Example – Life. Kay I wasn’t going to watch Life but because it’s available on Netflix I have to watch it. Lol! Is this one still off your list?

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        • Kay says:

          Yay! Glad to hear that! It’s always a shame when a drama you want to see isn’t available, so I’m glad it turns out this one is. Yeah, I don’t really mind either way when it comes to Netflix. I don’t really mind when they pick a drama up since I usually wait until it’s almost over to watch it anyways. But I totally understand the frustration for those who live watch if Netflix doesn’t release the episodes weekly. At least they are doing weekly releases for Mr. Sunshine.

          And yes, great news for you with Life! 🙂 As of now, it’s still off my list. Lee Dong Wook is the main draw for it for me, but the medical genre is such a big turn off. I rarely watch them and when I do I usually go for something that’s lighter with romance like Good Doctor. But I never say never, so there’s always the possibility I could check it out at some point 🙂


  4. snow says:

    Familiar Wife is on my plan list..and Life..

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  5. Ann says:

    Familiar Wife is also on the top of my list. It gives me Go Back Couple vibes (which I loved). I love these kinds of time travel dramas. Life On Mars is something Id love to watch next too but these days there’s too many dramas to watch but so little time. Im not complaining though, that’s a lot better than having so many dramas but none you’re really dying to watch. It’s really annoying to feel like there’s nothing good in any of the airing/recently aired dramas. And even more when theyve proven to be let downs so Im thankful for this phase.

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    • Kay says:

      Go Back Couple was amazing! And I am all about time travel dramas too! It’s a trope that I never tire of 🙂 So I definitely will watch Familiar Wife. I do hope to see Life on Mars at some point, but so far none of the big streaming sites have picked it up.

      I know what you mean. I watch a lot of dramas, but I never have enough time to watch all of the ones I want. But yes, I won’t complain about having too many dramas that I’m interested in. These last few months have produced some really good dramas, so I really hope that continues 🙂


  6. Oooo! I haven’t seen a lot of these! (there are always WAY TOO MANY K-Drama’s out in the world… I’ve actually been watching quite a few Chinese Dramas as they’re more accessible on Netflix now! Why they dropped Korean and went with more Chinese, I’ll never know!
    I’ll definitely have to check some of these out!! (I need to get out of the reverse harem trap I’ve fallen into… 😕)

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    • Kay says:

      Oh yes, there are sooooo many kdramas! It’s impossible to ever be remotely caught up, lol. Yeah, a few years ago, Netflix had quite a few kdramas, then they got rid of many, and then now they are slowly getting back into the kdrama game as they are actually picking up several currently airing dramas.

      Ah yes, it can be hard to get out of that reverse harem trap! It’s just too fun of a place to be, hehe. But there have been some amazing dramas over the last couple months, so hopefully you can check some of those out 🙂

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      • Well, if you like reverse harem, check out meteor garden! It’s a little fluffy, but it’s been enjoyable so far. Definitely not super dramatic, more like a sitcom. Lol! But, it’s been nice to turn off my brain and just enjoy some cute boys. 😉😂

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        • Kay says:

          I’ve been thinking about trying that one since it seems like everybody is really loving it these days 🙂 I’m a big fan of Boys Over Flowers, and I do like the set up in general. Thanks for the rec!

          Oh, and I just realized you were included in Raistlin’s post and that’s how you found your way here. He’s so sweet! Glad to meet you, and I will be checking out your blog too 🙂

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