10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in January 2022

Snowdrop Korean Drama - Jung Hae In

It’s time to ring in the new year with all new kdramas! 2022 is bringing us new dramas to enjoy, and hopefully, we’ll start the year off right. Let’s see what we have to look forward to in this January 2022 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 2022:

My Pick:

1. Tracer

Tracer Korean Drama - Im Siwan, Go Ah Sung, Son Hyun Joo, Park Yong Woo

Tracer looks like a fun drama with revenge, thrills, and a bit of humor. We also have a fantastic cast coming together to form this team.

Tracer is a revenge drama about a new team leader (Im Siwan) at the Seoul Regional Office’s Investigation Bureau and another courageous team member (Go Ah Sung).

Tracer is scheduled to premiere January 7 on wavve.

PREMIERING IN JANUARY:

2. Ghost Doctor

Ghost Doctor Korean Drama - Rain and Kim Bum

Ghost Doctor is a supernatural medical drama about two completely different doctors (Rain and Kim Bum) whose spirits and bodies end up combined.

Ghost Doctor is scheduled to premiere in January 3 on tvN.

3. Through the Darkness

Those Who Read Hearts of Evil Korean Drama - Kim Nam Gil

Through the Darkness is a crime thriller about South Korea’s first criminal profiler (Kim Nam Gil) and focuses on the people who chase serial killers.

Through the Darkness is scheduled to premiere January 14 on SBS.

CURRENTLY AIRING IN JANUARY:

4. Moonshine

When Flowers Bloom, I Think of the Moon Korean Drama - Yoo Seung Ho and Hyeri

Moonshine is set during the strongest prohibition law in Joeseon and centers around an inspector (Yoo Seung Ho) looking to restore the name of his family, a woman (Hyeri) making alcohol to pay back her debt, and a crown prince (Byeon Woo Seok) that frequently sneaks out of the palace for drinks.

Moonshine airs Monday and Tuesday on KBS.

5. Snowdrop

Snowdrop Korean Drama - Jung Hae In and Jisoo

Snowdrop is set in the 1980’s and is about a student Jisoo) at a women’s university who encounters an injured male student (Jung Hae In) in her dorm who is covered in blood and decides to tend to him and help him hide.

Snowdrop airs Saturday and Sunday on JTBC.

6. Bad and Crazy

Bad and Crazy Korean Drama - Lee Dong Wook and Wi Ha Joon

Bad and Crazy is about a materialistic police detective (Lee Dong Wook) who has another personality called “K” awaken in him which transforms him into a champion for justice that fights police corruption.

Bad and Crazy airs Friday and Saturday on OCN.

7. Bulgasal: Immortal Souls

Bulgasal Korean Drama - Lee Jin Wook

Bulgasal: Immortal Souls is about a woman (Kwon Nara) who has has been reincarnated multiple times over the last 600 years that remembers her past lives and an immortal creature (Lee Jin Wook) who used to be a human that lives off of the blood of humans and is seeking revenge on the woman who made him that way.

Bulgasal: Immortal Souls airs Saturday and Sunday on tvN.

8. The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won

Taejong Yi Bang Won Korean Drama - Joo Sang Wook

The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won follows Yi Bang Won (Joo Sang Wook) as he helps his father (Kim Young Chul) overthrow the Goryeo Dynasty and establish the Joseon Dynasty.

The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won airs Saturday and Sunday on KBS.

9. Artificial City

Artificial City Korean Drama - Soo Ae

Artificial City is a psychological thriller about the head of an art museum (Soo Ae) that is owned by a conglomerate who enters a marriage of convenience with the illegitimate son of the Sung Jin Group (Kim Kang Woo) and tries to make him the president.

Artificial City airs Wednesday and Thursday on JTBC.

10. The One and Only

Only One Person Korean Drama - Ahn Eun Jin, Joy, Kang Ye Won

The One and Only tells the story of a woman (Ahn Eun Jin) who is terminally ill that decides to kill just one bad person but she instead meets someone (Kim Kyung Nam) who becomes very important to her.

The One and Only airs Monday and Tuesday on JTBC.


AND SO YOU’RE UP TO DATE,
OTHER DRAMAS THAT WILL BE ENDING IN JANUARY:

Our Beloved Summer

Our Beloved Summer Korean Drama - Choi Woo Shik and Kim Da Mi

Our Beloved Summer is a romantic comedy about a couple (Choi Woo Shik and Kim Da Mi) that breaks up, but they are forced to come together again after an old documentary they filmed together in high school suddenly becomes popular.

Our Beloved Summer airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.

Show Window: The Queen’s House

Show Window: The Queen's House Korean Drama - Lee Sung Jae and Song Yoon Ah

Show Window: The Queen’s House is about a woman (Song Yoon Ah) who offers support to another woman (Jeon Seo Min) who is involved in an affair, but the affair turns out to be with her own husband (Lee Sung Jae).

Show Window: The Queen’s House airs Monday and Tuesday on Channel A.

Let Me Be Your Knight

Let Me Be in Your Knight Korean Drama - Lee Jun Young 2

Let Me Be Your Knight is a romance about a popular boy group who has a member (Lee Jun Young) suffering from sleepwalking. A woman (Jung In Sung) pretending to be a doctor is brought in to help and live in the groups dorm.

Let Me Be Your Knight airs Sunday on SBS.

The Red Sleeve Cuff

The Red Sleeve Cuff Korean Drama - Junho and Lee Se Young

The Red Sleeve Cuff is about a court lady (Lee Se Young) who develops a relationship with the Crown Prince (Junho) and eventually becomes a royal concubine.

The Red Sleeve Cuff airs Friday and Saturday on MBC.

Now, We Are Breaking Up

Now, We Are Breaking Up Korean Drama - Jang Ki Yong and Song Hye Kyo

Now, We Are Breaking Up follows the romance between leader of a fashion design team (Song Hye Kyo) who tries to benefit from her own work and a wealthy freelance photographer (Jang Ki Yong).

Now, We Are Breaking Up airs Friday and Saturday on SBS.

School 2021

School 2021 Korean Drama - Kim Yo Han, Jo Yi Hyun, Choi Woo Young, Hwang Bo Reum Byeul

School 2021 is the latest installment in the School series which focuses on the lives of students at a vocational school. Starring Kim Yo Han and Jo Yi Hyun.

School 2021 airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.


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!


For the latest dramas, check out the
May 2022 Drama Guide

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19 Responses to 10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in January 2022

  1. Snow Flower says:

    I am interested in Moonshine and Our Beloved Summer.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. D says:

    Thankfully, none of the Jan release ones interest me. From the earlier released ones though, I will be checking out Moonshine, Now We are Breaking Up and Our Beloved Summer.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Timescout says:

    Tracer would be my pick too. 🙂 I may also check out Our Beloved Summer from the earlier batch.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I want to like Ghost Doctor (because of Kim Bum) but can’t do medical shows, and the plot seems very vague. Bad and Crazy, and Through the Darkness seem right up my alley, though! (Why does Lee Dong Wook always play a psychopathic character? I’m sure he’s a lovely person in real life though, haha!)

    Liked by 2 people

    • Kay says:

      Yeah, I don’t do medical dramas either (unless it was like pure comedy in a medical setting with actually very little medical 😂 )

      Haha, yeah, Lee Dong Wook seems drawn to weird characters. But he’s so good at them! 😍

      Liked by 1 person

  5. tuckle says:

    Since 300K Korean Citizens spoke up against Moondrop, I am going to join them in not watching it. My Beloved Summer and Moonshine are definitely worth it. For an Oldie, I just watched School 2017 and it was delicious

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    • Kay says:

      Moonshine is high on my watch list, and My Beloved Summer looks good too. Ah, I haven’t got around to School 2017 yet, but it is on the giant list! hehe

      Like

  6. MyKDramaticLife says:

    This month, it’s pretty obvious my pick is Through the Darkness (Kim Nam Gil 😍)
    But I wanna ask, when will Island be released? Kim Nam Gil will star in that one too.

    Will keep my eyes on Ghost Doctor also.

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  7. phl1rxd says:

    Hi Kay – I did catch Now We Are Breaking Up and I barely made it through to the end, I may have fallen asleep several times during the watch and it made no difference to the story. On a positive note, Jang Ki Yong did a good job with his role. It just did not do it for me. I do hope others can enjoy it.

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    • Kay says:

      Sorry to hear your experience with Now We Are Breaking Up. I’ve heard similar from others, so you are not alone. It isn’t high on my watch list, but I may give it a look at some point. Like you said, hopefully others are enjoying it though.

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