10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in January 2020

Touch Korean Drama - Joo Sang Wook and Kim Bo Ra

Somehow, it’s already 2020! And that means a whole new year of dramas are ahead! I hope you’re caught up with everything from last year because we have a new batch of dramas to start the year off right.

Let’s see what we have to look forward to in this January 2020 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 January 2020:

My Pick:

1. Touch

Touch Korean Drama - Joo Sang Wook and Kim Bo Ra

We’ve got what looks like a fun rom-com with Touch. I love Joo Sang Wook, and I think his pairing with Kim Bo Ra looks cute. Hopefully, we get plenty of humor, a good story, and a nice romance.

Touch is a romantic comedy that tells the story of an unemployed make-up artist (Joo Sang Wook) and a failed idol trainee (Kim Bo Ra) who fall in love and try to achieve their dreams again.

Touch is scheduled to premiere January 3 on Channel A.


2. The Game: Towards Zero

The Game: Towards Midnight - Taecyeon

The Game: Towards Zero is a mystery melodrama that tells the story of a man (Taecyeon) who has the ability to see when death is coming to people, but he meets a detective (Lee Yeon Hee) whose death he is unable to see.

The Game: Towards Zero is scheduled to premiere January 22 on MBC.

3. Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 Korean Drama - Han Seok Kyu

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 is about a talented doctor (Han Seok Kyu) who used to live as a recluse that mentors younger doctors (Ahn Hyo Seop and Lee Sung Kyung) by teaching them about life and love.

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 is scheduled to premiere January 6 on SBS.

4. Money Game

Money Game Korean Drama - Go Soo, Shim Eun Kyung, Lee Sung Min

Money Game is about a a group of employees at the Financial Services Commission who are trying to prevent a second IMF crisis from happening. Starring Go Soo, Shim Eun Kyung, & Lee Sung Min.

Money Game is scheduled to premiere January 15 on tvN.

5. Itaewon Class

Itaewon Class Korean Drama - Park Seo Joon

Itaewon Class is about a man (Park Seo Joon) who struggles as he opens a food business in Itaewon after the death of his father who headed up a large company in the food industry.

Itaweon Class is scheduled to premiere January 31 on JTBC.


6. Crash Landing On You

Crash Landing On You Korean Drama - Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin

Crash Landing On You and tells the story of a wealthy heiress (Son Ye Jin) that crash lands in North Korea while paragliding. She then meets a North Korean officer (Hyun Bin) who tries to help her by hiding her, and they eventually develop feelings for each other.

Crash Landing On You airs Saturday and Sunday on tvN.

7. Queen: Love and War

Selection - Girls' War Korean Drama - Jin Se Yeon

Queen: Love and War is about the women involved in an intense competition to become the queen. One of the women (Jin Se Yeon) only wants to become queen to discover the truth about her twin sister’s murder.

Queen: Love and War airs Saturday and Sunday on TV Chosun.

8. Black Dog

Black Dog Korean Drama - Seo Hyun Jin

Black Dog tells the story of teachers at a private school which includes a new temporary teacher (Seo Hyun Jin) who faces many challenges.

Black Dog airs airs Monday and Tuesday on tvN.

9. War of Prosecutors

War of Prosecutors Korean Drama - Lee Seon Kyun and Jung Ryeo WonWar of Prosecutors is based on a collection of essays and will show the real everyday lives of prosecutors. Jung Ryeo Won plays an elite prosecutor with Lee Seon Kyun an a public prosecutor who seems to have no ambition.

War of Prosecutors airs Monday and Tuesday on JTBC.

10. Stove League

Stove League Korean Drama - Nam Goong MinStove League is about a losing major league baseball team that has a new manager (Nam Goong Min) come in to help them.

Stove League airs Friday and Saturday on SBS.


Psychopath Diary

Psychopath Diary Korean Drama - Yoon Shi Yoon 2

Psychopath Diary is about a company man (Yoon Shi Yoon) who witnesses a murder by a serial killer but loses his memory after he gets in an accident. When he wakes up, he doesn’t remember who he is and finds the serial killer’s diary in his hands which leads him to believe he is the killer. The police officer (Jung In Sun) who caused his accident works with him to find the truth.

Psychopath Diary airs Wednesday and Thursday on tvN.

Love With Flaws

Love With Flaws Korean Drama - Ahn Jae Hyun and Oh Yeon Seo

Love With Flaws is a romantic comedy about a man (Ahn Jae Hyun) obsessed with looks and a woman (Oh Yeon Seo) that hates flower boys who work together to fight prejudice towards people with flaws.

Love With Flaws airs Wednesday and Thursday on MBC.

Never Twice

No Second Chance Korean Drama - Kwak Dong Yeon, Park Se Won, Oh Ji Ho, Ye Ji Won

Never Twice follows the story of a variety of long-term guests at the Paradise Inn.

Never Twice airs Saturday on MBC.

9.9 Billion Woman

9.9 Billion Woman Korean Drama - Jo Yeo Jung

9.9 Billion Woman is about a woman (Jo Yeo Jung) who suddenly receives 9.9 billion won and takes on the world that gets involved with a former cop (Kim Kang Woo) looking for the truth about how his younger sibling died.

9.9 Billion Woman airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.


Chocolate Korean Drama - Ha Ji Won

Chocolate follows the romance between a top chef (Ha Ji Won) and a neurosurgeon (Yoon Kye Sang) as they provide food at a hospice and heal from their pasts.

Chocolate airs Friday and Saturday on JTBC.

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

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

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12 Responses to 10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in January 2020

  1. MyKDramaticLife says:

    Happy New Year, Kay!
    And to all K-Drama lovers out there. 🙂

    So for this month, I have Itaewon Class and The Game (my pick) on my 2020 KDramatic List. 🙂

    And here’s hoping to also watch Romantic Doctor 2 (the first season was quite very good too).


    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

      Looks like you’re all set with your drama watch list for the new year. I may give The Game a look too. Hope you enjoy the others!


      • Naleeni says:

        I didn’t like the ending of 9.9 billion dollar woman. It was too rushed & lacked any sense to its final scenes. Just too logic defying! ):

        Liked by 1 person

        • Kay says:

          I’m watching 9.9 Billion Woman right now. I haven’t finished it yet (so no spoilers please 🙂 ), but I’m really enjoying it. Hopefully, I like the ending better than you did, hehe 😉


  2. D says:

    Happy New Year Kay!! My picks are Touch and Itaewon Class. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      Happy New Year D!

      Looks like solid picks 🙂 You’ll have to let me know how Itaewon Class goes. I love Park Seo Joon but am undecided on that one, so I’ll definitely be needing opinions on it 🙂


  3. Timescout says:

    Oh goody, apart from Stove League which I’m already watching and Black Dog which is on The List, I’m not interested in any of these. Finally a month with no new dramas to consider! Or so it seems, I haven’t checked the cdrama side of things yet. Fingers crossed! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      That always helps out the old watch list, hehe. This one wasn’t too bad for me too as I only have one for sure and then a couple I’ll keep an eye on. I’m still getting caught up from last year, so I need the breathing room! lol 🙂


  4. Snow Flower says:

    So many to choose from! I am thinking about starting Crash Landing. Black Dog has some of my favorite actresses. And Queen: love and War is a historical mystery….And what about some 2019 dramas that I did not get to see?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      Yep, always lots to choose from! I’ll be checking out Crash Landing and Queen: Love and War too. I have some time before those end though, so I’m trying to squeeze in some of the 2019 dramas I missed. It sure is hard to get them all in!


  5. Happy New Years! I’m currently watching Crash Landing on You, Love with Flaws, and Touch. I’m currently really loving Crash Landing on You I can’t wait for the next episodes. I’m looking forward to Itaewon Class Park Seo Joon is easily one of my favorite actors. I really love whenever you post these lists because each month there’s a lot of dramas I don’t know of but end up checking out because of you. Will definitely be doing the same this time and check out some of these other dramas!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      Happy New Year to you to Sahara! Looks like you have a good crop of dramas already going 🙂 I’ll definitely be checking out Crash Landing On You and Touch. Really looking forward to them.

      Yea! I’m so glad you find the list helpful 🙂 I know what you mean. There are soooo many dramas that it gets hard to keep track of them all. I hope you find some other good ones from the list.

      Oooooh! And I spy that little 7 by your name. I think you may just be getting ready for the big album next month just like me! 🙂 🙂 🙂


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