10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in July 2020

Backstreet Rookie Korean Drama - Kim Yoo Jung

The year is already halfway over! That’s pretty crazy. As we head into the second half of 2020, we still have a ton of new dramas coming our way though. Let’s see what we have to look forward to in this July 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 July 2020:

My Pick:

1. Flower of Evil

Flower of Evil Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi and Moon Chae Won

I’ve been impatiently waiting to have Lee Joon Gi back on my screen, and the time has finally come! Plus, he’s teamed up with the wonderful Moon Chae Won. I’m more than ready for an angsty suspense romance for this one!

Flower of Evil is a romance thriller about an emotionless psychopath (Lee Joon Gi) who changes his identity and tries to leave his dark past behind him that marries a homicide detective (Moon Chae Won) who is trying to uncover the truth.

Flower of Evil is scheduled to premiere July 29 on tvN.


2. Train

Train Korean Drama - Yoon Shi Yoon

Train is a sci-fi romance about about a detective (Yoon Shi Yoon) whose loved one is murdered by a serial killer, but he discovers a parallel world where she is still alive and works to protect her.

Train is scheduled to premiere July 11 on OCN.

3. To All the Guys Who Loved Me

Men are Men Korean Drama - Yoon Hyun Min, Hwang Jung Eum, Seo Ji Hoon

To All the Guys Who Loved Me is a romantic comedy about a woman (Hwang Jung Eum) who wants to stay single after being hurt in the past and a man (Yoon Hyun Min) who wants to change his relationship with her through love.

To All the Guys Who Loved Me is scheduled to premiere July 6 on KBS.

4. Into the Ring

The Ballot Korean Drama - Nana

Into the Ring is an office romantic comedy about a confident and determined woman (Nana) who handles civil complaints that falls in love with a by-the-books civil servant (Park Sung Hoon).

Into the Ring is scheduled to premiere July 1 on KBS.

5. Was it Love?

Did We Love? Korean Drama - Son Ho Jun, Song Jong Ho, Kim Min Joon, Koo Ja Sung

Was it Love? is about an unlucky movie producer (Song Ji Hyo) who is a single mother. Her life then gets shaken up after meeting four men (Son Ho Jun, Song Jong Ho, Kim Min Joon, Koo Ja Sung).

Was it Love? is scheduled to premiere July 8 on JTBC.

6. Graceful Friends

Graceful Friends Korean Drama - Yoo Joon Sang and Song Yoon Ah

Graceful Friends focuses on on a group of married couples whose peaceful lives are turned upside down after a murder. Starring Song Yoon Ah and Yoo Joon Sang

Graceful Friends is scheduled to premiere July 10 on JTBC.

7. The Good Detective

Exemplary Detective Korean Drama - Son Hyun Joo, Jang Seung Jo, Lee Elijah

The Good Detective is about two detectives (Son Hyun Joo and Jang Seung Jo) and a reporter (Lee Elijah) trying to expose the truth while others try to cover it up.

The Good Detective is scheduled to premiere July 6 on JTBC.


8. Backstreet Rookie

Backstreet Rookie Korean Drama - Ji Chang Wook and Kim Yoo Jung

Backstreet Rookie is set in a 24 hour convenience store and tells the story of a quirky part time worker (Kim Yoo Jung) and her clumsy manager (Ji Chang Wook).

Backstreet Rookie airs Friday and Saturday on SBS.

9. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Psycho But It's Okay Korean Drama - Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is a healing romance that tells the story of a health worker (Kim Soo Hyun) in the psychiatric ward whose fate becomes intertwined with a writer (Seo Ye Ji) with Antisocial Personality Disorder as they fall in love.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay airs Saturday and Sunday on tvN.

10. King Maker: The Change of Destiny

Wind and Cloud and Rain Korean Drama - Park Shi Hoo

King Maker: The Change of Destiny is about a talented face reader (Park Shi Hoo) who is trying to build up a new nation during a chaotic period in history with the help of a princess (Go Sung Hee) who can see the fate of people.

King Maker: The Change of Destiny airs Saturday and Sunday on TV Chosun.


My Unfamiliar Family

My Unfamiliar Family Korean Drama - Han Ye Ri and Choo Ja Hyun

My Unfamiliar Family follows the complex and changing relationships between friends who are more like family and family who are more like friends. Starring Han Ye Ri, Choo Ja Hyun, and Kim Ji Suk.

My Unfamiliar Family airs Monday and Tuesday on tvN.

Oh My Baby

Oh My Baby Korean Drama - Jang Na Ra, Go Joon, Park Byung Eun, Jung Gun Joo

Oh My Baby is a romantic comedy about a single magazine editor (Jang Na Ra) who wants to have a baby without getting married, so she sets her sights on three men (Go Joon, Park Byung Eun, Jung Gun Joo) as potential fathers.

Oh My Baby airs Wednesday and Thursday on tvN.

Dinner Mate

Shall We Eat Dinner Together Korean Drama - Song Seung Heon, Seo Ji Hye, Lee Ji Hoon, Son Na Eun

Dinner Mate follows the story of two people (Song Seung Heon and Seo Ji Hye) who grow closer and heal from past hurts over meeting for dinners together.

Dinner Mate 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!

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22 Responses to 10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in July 2020

  1. MyKDramaticLife says:

    Of course your pick is Flower of Evil.

    My pick too is Flower of Evil mainly for its very exciting plot.
    Surely be watching Train and Elegant Friends too.

    And if have superextra time, will check out Men Are Men (solely for Hwang Jung Eum) and Was It Love.


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    • Snow Flower says:

      My thoughts exactly!

      I like good thrillers, so I will keep my eye on the upcoming ones.
      Men are Men sounds good, too. I am happy that Yoon Hyun Min has another drama coming.

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    • Kay says:

      Of course it is! I’m excited for everything about that drama 🙂 Train was pulling up as a close second. Yoon Shi Yoon will have me actually watching an OCN drama for a change. Here’s hoping it’s not too gritty for me, hehe

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  2. Snow Flower says:

    I organized my list into categories. I am trying to introduce a method to my mad watching habits. So here are the categories:

    1. Currently airing dramas
    It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
    King Maker ( watched the first 3 episodes and liked it. Waiting for more episodes to accumulate)

    2. 2019 dramas or other recent dramas
    The Fiery Priest
    Queen: Love and War (possibly; waiting for your review)

    3. Older classics and Oppa vehicles I somehow missed
    The King 2 Hearts
    I Can Hear Your Voice
    Romance is a Bonus Book

    4. New dramas that look interesting
    Flower of Evil

    There quite a few thrillers among the upcoming dramas, so I will keep my attention on the word of mouth.

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    • Kay says:

      Haha, I think we all need a method to the craziness that is kdrama watching 🙂 I want to see Flower of Evil, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, and King Maker from your new list. The Fiery Priest is on the list. I’m watching Queen: Love and War right now am enjoying it. I needed a historical!

      Ah, you’ve got some great older ones one your list! I loved The King 2 Hearts. It’s a very unique drama and an interesting mix dramatic, fun, and weird. Also love I Hear Your Voice. Classic noona romance right there. It sounds like you’re set up pretty well for the upcoming month 🙂


  3. D says:

    This month my picks are:
    1. Was it Love?
    2. Men are Men (to all the guys who loved me)
    3. Flower of Evil

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    • Kay says:

      Looks like a nice group 🙂 I’ll definitely be watching Flower of Evil, Train, and To All Guys Who Loved Me. Possibly Was it Love? It’s a good selection to choose from 🙂


  4. Kate says:

    I’m mostly through Oh My Baby (and loving it so far), and added these to my list 🙂
    True Beauty
    To All Guys Who Loved Me
    Into the Ring
    Was it Love?
    Backstreet Rookie (I’m not hearing good things about this but JCW is usually a must watch for me)

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    • Kay says:

      So happy you’re still enjoying Oh My Baby so much 🙂

      Nice list too! I’m also planning to watch True Beauty, To All the Guys Who Loved Me, and Backstreet Rookie. Although I don’t think I can watch Backstreet Rookie on my TV, so that may deter me for a bit. I haven’t heard great things either, but hey, I’m one of the only ones who really liked me Melting Me Softly, lol 😂

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  5. MyKDramaticLife says:

    Hi Kay! Fyr. 😀

    My K-Dramatic First Impressions presents:
    (July 2020: July Found Bias)

    Oh My Baby
    Three guys and one girl? In a romcom with a female lead who wants to get pregnant but don’t want to get married. And Jang Na Ra at that? Sounds pretty interesting and very fun!
    And such a headache of who among the guys to ship Na Ra with.

    A drama that started as a horror thriller, with bits of medical. Just couldn’t resist my oppa Yeon Woo Jin. As the drama goes by, it’s shown its versatility to its viewer as it also introduced us to multiple genres – suspense, investigative, fantasy, and even romance, on top of its horror and medical.

    Eccentric! Chef Moon
    Cliché romcom with an amnesiac girl and a coldhearted bachelor. I purely wanted to watch this for dear Eric, but ended up liking its cliché so much! Thanks to Go Won Hee’s Waikiki comedic style and Eric Mun’s timeless charm, together with that adorable quirky little girl. 😍

    Mystic Pop-Up Bar
    An inventive fantasy drama that felt very ‘Hotel Del Luna’ on the fantasy side, but also very original in its plot development plus cute Hwang Jung Eum and cute Yook Seung Jae in it really made this drama extra fantastic, mystical, and extra cute too.

    Moon Embracing the Sun
    Talk about an all-packed child actors turned big stars, Moon Embracing the Sun is a historical fantasy drama that featured younger Kim So Hyun, Yeo Jin Goo, and Kim Yoo Jung. And an adult Kim Soo Hyun and Jung Il Woo in their early years.
    A phenomenal drama that you’d badly wanna see for these amazing casts. Now here’s me getting all excited to see it more!

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    • Kay says:

      Yay! Thanks for all of these first impressions. It always helps me to hear others opening opinions on dramas as I try to decide watch to watch next 🙂

      I’m a big fan of Jang Na Ra, so Oh My Baby is high up on the list. Mystic Pop-Up Bar is also a must for Hwang Jung Eum and the fun premise. Eccentric! Chef Moon sounds promising from what I’ve heard. I’ll definitely be skipping Priest though. That one takes my two least favorite genres and puts them together! haha Hope you like it though 🙂

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      • MyKDramaticLife says:

        Ikr Priest ain’t a drama for you – a medical plus a horror. Hahaha.
        I think you should try Eccentric. That one really needs more attention from people.
        It’s super cliché though, but very unique at the same time. (Haha sounds ironic but it’s what I felt)
        Mystic too is very very fun and comfortable to watch.

        And by the way why haven’t you see Moon Embracing yet? So odd that you skipped a historical drama. Is it not into your liking?

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        • Kay says:

          Yep, that’s a deadly combo for me, hehe 😂

          I do hope to eventually check out Eccentric, though I’m not sure how soon it will be since my watch list is so long. I definitely don’t mind cliche 🙂 Mystic Pop-Up Bar is going to be next up for me.

          I watched 8 episodes of Moon Embracing the Sun way back in 2014. It’s a rare popular historical that I didn’t click with. Absolutely loved the kid cast episodes but then really struggled to click with the adult cast (despite going on to really liking several of them in later dramas! hehe). It’s one I’ve thought about going back to from time to time though just to see if my feelings towards it will have changed.


          • Snow Flower says:

            Now that I am enjoying Kim Soo Hyun’s performance in It’s OK, I am thinking about adding some of his dramas to my watch list (in the Oppa category). I liked him in My Love from Another Star, although I think that drama truly showcased the female character. As for Moon Embracing, I read that the scenes from the childhood of the characters were more interesting, and that the story started meandering in the later episodes despite the excellent acting of KSH. So I am thinking about watching some of his scenes on youtube just to get my KSH fix. Everybody seems to agree that he is very good in crying scenes, so that’s what I will look for!

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            • Kay says:

              You should definitely check out some of Kim Soo Hyun’s other performances. I too really liked him in My Love from Another Star, though I agree that Jun Ji Hyun really takes center stage in that one. Not sure how well Dream High holds up with audiences these days, but Kim Soo Hyun was a ton of fun in that drama. I also liked him in Producer.

              Yeah, that was basically my experience with Moon Embracing the Sun. The kid episodes were so interesting and engaging (it was my first experience with the amazing Yeo Jin Goo too! hehe), and then the story just seemed to crawl once we had the time jump and the adult actors came on. It was too bad because I was liking what I was seeing of Kim Soo Hyun. And yes, he’s definitely got the crying down! I even checked some of his scenes on Youtube too 🙂


              • Snow Flower says:

                My favorite actor in crying scenes is Jang Hyuk. KSH is very impressive, too, and that’s saying a lot! I think I saw YJG in some of his roles as a child. The first time I saw him in an almost adult role was in Circle. I am just amazed at the acting talent South Korea produces.

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                • Kay says:

                  A big yes to Jang Hyuk and the crying scenes! He communicates an incredible amount of emotion just through his eyes and that takes his crying scenes to the next level. His talent is on another level as a whole 🙂

                  Yeo Jin Goo definitely had a lot of great child roles and he was excellent even then. He’s still quite young and really impresses me with his abilities. I agree, South Korea has really produced some truly amazing actors 🙂


          • MyKDramaticLife says:

            Good luck to Mystic! I have a satisfying feeling towards its ending, though I really hoped it could have more than just 12 episodes. 😦 And hopefully you’ll find time to check out Eccentric Chef Moon. 🙂

            Owww, so that was what happened to your Moon Embracing journey. Hahaha. We have a bit different feelings towards it though.

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            • Snow Flower says:

              I am desperate for a KSH fix while waiting for new episodes of It’s Okay. I probably will not watch The Moon Embracing, but Dream High looks very promising. But first I need to finish I Hear Your Voice.


            • Kay says:

              Thank you! It seems promising so far, and of course, I love Hwang Jung Eum 🙂 Haha, yeah, that happens sometimes. It’s always disappointing not to click with a well loved drama.


  6. There’s so much to watch! Maybe I’ll check out Flower of Evil, Into the Ring, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, and Dinner Mate. I’m so behind I’ve been watching variety shows more than dramas lately. I’ve only seen Fix You recently oops haha. I need to watch Mystic Pop-up Bar on Netflix as well! I was waiting for it to end so I wouldn’t have to wait.

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    • Kay says:

      There definitely is! It looks like you’ve got some good possibilities for dramas coming up. I understand getting behind. I’ve had trouble keeping up and am only getting in couple dramas a month. I’m a few episodes into Mystic Pop-Up Bar and am enjoying it. It’s pretty fun with nice helping of heart 🙂


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