10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in May 2023

We have several new premieres to bring some romance, revenge, and fantasy to us this month. Let’s see what we have to look forward to in this May 2023 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 May 2023:

My Pick:

1. Tale of the Nine-Tailed 1938

Tale of the Nine-Tailed 1938 Korean Drama - Lee Dong Wook

I’m excited for a season 2 of this drama! I really enjoyed the first season and can’t wait to see Lee Dong Wook and Kim Bum back in action in a new setting!

Tale of the Nine-Tailed 1938 is about a gumiho (Lee Dong Wook) who handles problems between the living world and the underworld that gets transported back to the 1930’s where he must try to return to the present to reunite with his loved ones.

Tale of the Nine-Tailed 1938 is scheduled to premiere May 6 on tvN.


2. My Perfect Stranger

Run Into You Korean Drama - Kim Dong Wook and Jin Ki Joo

My Perfect Stranger is a time travel mystery about a reporter (Kim Dong Wook) trying to discover the truth behind several murders who travels to the past, and he eventually meets a time traveling woman (Jin Ki Joo) trying to prevent her parents from getting married.

My Perfect Stranger is scheduled to premiere May 1 on KBS.

3. Race

Race Korean Drama - Hong Jong Hyun and Lee Yeon Hee

Race is an office drama following the journey of growth of a woman (Lee Yeon Hee) making her own way in life alongside her co-workers at a PR agency which includes an office worker (Hong Jong Hyun) admired for his skills.

Race is scheduled to premiere May 10 on Disney+.

4. Delightfully Deceitful

Delightfully Deceitful Korean Drama - Kim Dong Wook and Chun Woo Hee

Delightfully Deceitful is a revenge drama that tells the story of a con artist (Chun Woo Hee) who lacks empathy and a lawyer (Kim Dong Wook) who has too much empathy which makes it hard for him to function.

Delightfully Deceitful is scheduled to premiere May 29 on tvN.

5. Black Knight

Black Knight Korean Drama - Kim Woo Bin

Black Knight is a dystopian story about a legendary delivery knight (Kim Woo Bin) in a world where everyone has to wear respirators and everything has to be delivered because pollution is so severe.

Black Knight is scheduled to premiere May 12 on Netflix.

6. Oh! Young Shim

Oh! Young Shim Korean Drama - Donghae and Song Ha Yoon

Oh! Young Shim is a romantic comedy about an entertainment PD (Song Ha Yoon) who unexpectedly reunites with someone from her childhood who is now the CEO of a startup company (Donghae) while filming a program.

Oh! Young Shim is scheduled to premiere May 10 on Genie TV.


7. Family

Family Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra

Family is a comedy spy drama about a skilled NIS agent (Jang Hyuk) who works undercover as an office worker unbeknownst to his loving wife (Jang Na Ra) who also has a secret.

Family airs Monday and Tuesday on tvN.

8. Bo Ra! Deborah

Bo Ra! Deborah Korean Drama - Yoo In Na

Bo Ra! Deborah is a romantic comedy about an amazing dating coach (Yoo In Na) who has challenges in her own relationships and a charming and prickly publishing planner (Yoon Hyun Min) who struggles with love.

Bo Ra! Deborah airs Wednesday and Thursday on ENA.

9. Dr. Romantic 3

Dr. Romantic 3 Korean Drama - Han Seok Kyu

Dr. Romantic 3 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.

Dr. Romantic 3 airs Friday and Saturday on SBS.

10. The Good Bad Mother

The Good Bad Mother Korean Drama - Lee Do Hyun and Ra Mi Ran

The Good Bad Mother is a heartwarming comedy about a woman (Ra Mi Ran) who became a “bad mom” in an effort to help her son and a prosecutor (Lee Do Hyun) who who suddenly loses his memory and begins to acts like a child.

The Good Bad Mother airs Wednesday and Thursday on JTBC.

Other Premieres & Ongoing Dramas
(These dramas will be highlighted in the coming months)

All That We Loved
Doctor Cha
Queen of the Mask


The Secret Romantic Guesthouse

Romantic Guest House Korean Drama - Shin Ye Eun, Ryeo Woon, Kang Hoon, Jung Gun Joo

The Secret Romantic Guesthouse is a mystery romance about a woman (Shin Ye Eun) who runs a boarding house where three students (Ryeo Woon, Kang Hoon, Jung Gun Joo) who are known as “flower scholars” that have some secrets are staying.

The Secret Romantic Guesthouse airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.

Stealer: The Treasure Keeper

Stealer: Seven Joseon Coins Korean Drama - Joo Won

Stealer: The Treasure Keeper is a comedy action drama about a civil servant of the Cultural Heritage Administration that ends up teaming up with a thief of cultural assets who goes by Skunk (Joo Won).

Stealer: The Treasure Keeper airs Wednesday and Thursday on tvN.

Joseon Attorney: A Morality

Joseon Attorney Korean Drama - Woo Do Hwan and Bona

Joseon Attorney: A Morality is about the greatest attorney (Woo Do Hwan) in Hanyang who starts out deceiving people and using them to his advantage, but he unintentionally becomes a hero and the voice of the people as he matures into a good attorney.

Joseon Attorney: A Morality airs Friday and Saturday on MBC.

Pale Moon

Paper Moon Korean Drama - Kim Seo Hyung

Pale Moon is a thriller about a well-off housewife (Kim Seo Hyung) who feels bored with her life so she gets a contract job as a bank employee. She then starts embezzling money from her VIP clients, and her life gets turned upside down.

Pale Moon airs Monday and Tuesday on ENA.

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

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

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9 responses to “10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in May 2023”

  1. Timescout Avatar

    Ah, none of these is truly “calling” for me. I look at the synopsis of most of them and go “nah, can’t be bothered”. 😀 The only one I might consider atm is ‘The Secret Romantic Guesthouse’ as it seems to be pretty decent affair going by the internets, but I’m waiting for it to finish airing to see how it lands it’s ending. ‘Tale of the Nine Tailed’, mmmm….. perhaps, at a pinch. Have to see how it shapes up. I was hoping ‘Family’ would make the cut but alas, it turned out to be a hard “nope”.

    What I’m really looking forward to check out is a cdrama – ‘The Ingenious One’. Annnnd I just started ‘Oh no! Here Comes Trouble’ (a tw drama). It’s weired in a good way and the first 2 epis were quite hilarous. It’s been a while since I watched a Taiwanese drama, so this was a nice surprise.

    1. Kay Avatar

      Haha, well, that makes for easy decisions 😂 I might check out The Secret Romantic Guesthouse too. I’ll also give Family a look as well as Tale of the Nine Tailed. I really liked season 1, so I’m curious to see how season 2 shapes up since they are going such a different route with it.

      You have a lot better luck with cdramas, so hopefully The Ingenious One goes well. Oooh, and a Taiwanese drama? I’ve only completed one of those. Hoping it stays good for you! 🙂

      1. Timescout Avatar

        I watched the first two episodes of The Ingenious One last night and it looks really promising. We’ll see how it shapes up going forward. 😉

        1. Kay Avatar

          Yay! I hope it stays good for the long haul 😄

  2. Kate Avatar

    I’ve added quite a few on to my watchlist but not sure many of them will survive the drop. Will at least give them a look 🙂

  3. Snow Flower Avatar
    Snow Flower

    I did not finish any dramas in April. I have started Lost and Under The Queen’s Umbrella.

    1. Kay Avatar

      Those two look interesting. I hope you enjoy them both!

  4. Inns Avatar

    Hi kay, thanks for good recap as always.
    For me my perfect stranger is good, its a decent watch til now. Plan to start watching dr cha but still 50/50, any thoughts on this?

    1. Kay Avatar

      Thanks you Inns 🙂 It’s great that you’re enjoying My Perfect Stanger. Hope that continues. Did you start Doctor Cha yet? I’ve heard mixed things about it. Of course, it’s super popular in South Korea. International fans seem kind of split. Some love it, some hate it. So it sounds like it’s just one of those that heavily depends on personal preference.

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