Bring on the new premieres! We have a full list of new dramas premiering this month to keep us entertained as we are right in the middle of summer. Hopefully, that means you have some extra time to squeeze a few in. Let’s see what we have to look forward to in this July 2019 edition of “Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching.” This monthly series is meant to keep you updated on what’s happening in that amazing world of Korean dramas so that you don’t miss out on anything!
Here are the kdramas you should keep an eye out for in July 2019:
1. Hotel Del Luna
The Hong sisters are back with a new drama, and that frequently works out well for me as I usually really enjoy their shows. Then add in Yeo Jin Goo and IU as the stars, and I’m more than excited. I’m ready for this ghostly adventure!
Hotel Del Luna is a supernatural drama about a mysterious hotel filled with ghosts and the romance that blossoms between the hotel manager (Yeo Jin Goo) and a woman (IU) who is stuck running the hotel because of a curse.
Hotel Del Luna is scheduled to premiere July 13 on tvN.
PREMIERING IN JULY:
2. Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung
Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung is about 19th century women who faced prejudice for being writers of historical records. One historian (Shin Se Kyung) works to establish her place and meets a lonely prince (Cha Eun Woo) who lives a double life as a romance novelist.
Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung is scheduled to premiere July 17 on MBC.
3. Designated Survivor: 60 Days
Designated Survivor: 60 Days follows the story of the Minister of Environment (Ji Jin Hee) who is 12th in line of succession and must take over as president following a terror attack that takes out everyone ahead of him.
Designated Survivor: 60 Days is scheduled to premiere July 1 on tvN.
Justice is about a talented lawyer (Choi Jin Hyuk) who loses his family and then sets out for revenge by joining with a corrupt business man (Son Hyo Joo).
Justice is scheduled to premiere July 17 on KBS.
4. Moment of Eighteen
Moment of Eighteen is a coming of age drama that follows the stories of 18 year olds in high school including a lonely student (Ong Seung Woo) who transfers to a new school. Also starring Kim Hyang Gi and Shin Seung Ho.
Moment of Eighteen is scheduled to premiere July 22 on JTBC.
5. Mr. Temporary
Mr. Temporary tells the story of a murder at an elite high school where crimes frequently aren’t properly punished because the perpetrators are minors. A lawyer (Yoon Kyun Sang) who loses everything goes undercover as a teacher at the school to reveal the truth.
Mr. Temporary is scheduled to premiere July 17 on OCN.
6. Doctor John
Doctor John is about doctors (Ji Sung and Lee Se Young) who work in pain management as they try to discover the cause of their patients’ pain.
Doctor John is scheduled to premiere July 19 on SBS.
8. Melo is My Nature
Melo is My Nature is a romantic comedy that follows the work and love lives of three women (Chun Woo Hee, Jeon Yeo Bin, Han Ji Eun). Also starring Gong Myung and Ahn Jae Hong.
Melo is My Nature is scheduled to premiere July 26 on JTBC. (UPDATE: Premiere pushed to August 9)
Watcher is a thriller about three people (Han Suk Kyu, Seo Kang Joon, Kim Hyun Joo) whose lives were ruined after an accident that team up to bring to light corruption by the police and other powerful people.
Watcher scheduled to premiere July 12 on OCN.
10. Doctor Detective
Doctor Detective looks at the dark side of society and is about a chaebol heir (Lee Ki Woo) with no ambition who wants to win back his ex-wife (Park Jin Hee) who is an occupational medicine specialist.
Doctor Detective is scheduled to premiere July 17 on SBS.
(I will highlight these dramas in the coming months)
Love Affairs in the Afternoon
When the Devil Calls Your Name
AND SO YOU’RE UP TO DATE,
OTHER DRAMAS THAT WILL BE ENDING IN JULY:
Arthdal Chronicles (Pt. 1 & 2)
Arthdal Chronicles is an epic historical set in ancient times with a story that blends myth and history as a power struggle ensues during the founding of the nation of Gojoseon. Starring Song Joong Ki, Kim Ji Won, and Jang Dong Gun.
Arthdal Chronicles airs Saturday and Sunday on tvN.
Angel’s Last Mission: Love
Angel’s Last Mission: Love is a fantasy romance about a trouble-making angel (L) that helps a blind heiress (Shin Hye Sun) who lost her dream of being a ballerina to find love in order to return to heaven. The problem is he soon falls for her himself.
Angel’s Last Mission: Love airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.
Absolute Boyfriend is a remake of the Japanese manga and drama of the same name. It tells the story of a make-up artist (Minah) struggling with her love life who ends up with the perfect robot boyfriend (Yeo Jin Goo).
Absolute Boyfriend airs Wednesday and Thursday on SBS.
Perfume is a fantasy romantic comedy about a top fashion designer (Shin Sung Rok) who doesn’t have the courage to find love and a middle-aged woman (Go Won Hee) who finds a magic perfume that makes her look young so she becomes a model.
Perfume is airs Monday and Tuesday on KBS.
WWW follows the story of a competitive director (Im Soo Jung) of a web portal company and a man (Jang Ki Yong) who creates music for video games as they try to succeed in the workplace and have a relationship.
WWW is scheduled to air Wednesday and Thursday on tvN.
The Wind Blows
The Wind Blows is a melodrama about a man (Kam Woo Sung) who divorced his wife (Kim Ha Nuel) because of his Alzheimer’s Disease and she wanted to have children, but they reunite six year later.
The Wind Blows airs Monday and Tuesday on JTBC.
Different Dreams is a spy melodrama set during the Japanese occupation and tells the story of a surgeon (Lee Yo Won) who becomes a spy for the Korean government during the Pacific War and gets involved with a resistance fighter (Yoo Ji Tae).
Different Dreams airs Saturday on MBC.
One Spring Night
One Spring Night is about a couple (Jung Hae In and Han Ji Min) who begin to think about marriage which allows them to look back on their relationship and see it in a new light.
One Spring Night airs Wednesday and Thursday on MBC.
Nokdu Flower is set in 1894 during the Battle of Ugeumchi which was a peasant uprising and follows the story of two brothers who end up on opposite sides: one (Yoon Shi Yoon) is born of the father and his wife and the other (Jo Jung Suk) is born of the father and a slave. They also get involved with a peddler (Han Ye Ri) who runs a shop.
Nokdu Flower airs Friday and Saturday on SBS.
Aide focuses on people who control the world from behind the scenes and is about a political advisor (Lee Jung Jae) who is rising in power and a female politician (Shin Min Ah) who is attempting to break through the glass ceiling.
Aide airs Friday and Saturday on JTBC.
Partners for Justice 2
Partners for Justice 2 is about a forensic scientist (Jung Jae Young) and a rookie prosecutor (Jung Yu Mi) who work together to solve crimes.
Partners for Justice 2 airs Monday and Tuesday on MBC.
What dramas are you looking forward to or enjoying in July?
Make sure to get caught up because there are more dramas coming your way in August!
For the latest dramas, check out the
September 2019 Drama Guide
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