Top 5 Korean Dramas You Should Watch This 2018
Another year, another set of amazing Korean dramas you absolutely shouldn’t miss out on. This year’s roster is a variety of legal dramas, fantasy-romance series, and melodramas for every audience.
From the K-dramas we’re currently watching, here are our top 5 Korean dramas you should watch this 2018:
1. Why Secretary Kim (tvN)
Release: June 6
Why Secretary Kim stars two of Korea’s most sought-after stars, Park Seo Joon (Fight For My Way, Hwarang) and Park Min Young (Healer, Remember). Park Seo Joon plays Lee Young Joon, his family company’s arrogant vice president. It’s a real turn from the previous characters he’s been playing. Lee Young Joon, despite being very arrogant and overbearing, has an ever-loyal secretary named Kim Mi Soo (played by Park Min Young) who has been working for him for years. The story begins as Kim Mi Soo decides to quit her job.
2. About Time (tvN)
Release: May 21
There’s another fantasy drama up on the K-Drama world and it stars our favorite Weightlifting Fairy, Lee Sung Kyung this time as Choi Michaela in this newly released drama called About Time. Michaela has a special ability to see a person’s lifespan. This drama has a unique non-linear take on time that is established through their two characters, one seeing time and one with the ability to stop it. Lee Sung Kyung is joined in this Korean drama by Life is Beautiful‘s Lee Sang Yoon as Lee Do Ha.
3. Lawless Lawyer (tvN)
Release: May 12
Lawless Lawyer stars Lee Joon Gi (Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Criminal Minds) as Bong Sang Pil, a gangster-turned-lawyer, who seeks to avenge the death of his mother under from a corrupt judicial and political system. He is joined by Ha Jae Yi, played by Seo Ye Ji (Hwarang, Moorim School), another lawyer whose mother’s death is mysteriously tied to that of Bong Sang Pil’s.
This 2018 Korean drama is a little different from other legal dramas because it seems as though it dwells more on the comedic aspect, despite having a very serious and dark underlying story. It presents two sides of the ‘gang culture,’ one as a dangerous group of people headed by an undefeated superpower, and another as a group of people who resemble a family willing to do anything for each other.
4. Suits Korea (KBS2)
Release: April 25
Suits Korea is the Korean drama version of the popular U.S. TV series of the same name, kind of like what they did to Criminal Minds. This version stars Go Yeon Woo, played by Park Hyung Sik (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, Hwarang), a kid-genius with photographic memory, who is hired by Kang & Ham’s ace closer Choi Kang Seok (played by Jang Dong Goon) even if the younger does not have the license to practice law.
Go Yeon Woo helps Kang Seok with some of his cases, succeeding at first but fails to see deeper problems because of his emotional attachment to his clients and their situations. Yeon Woo is driven to keep working to pay for his grandmother’s hospital bills and to understand why a firm’s best lawyer decided to hire a ‘fake lawyer’ (as Yeon Woo usually refers to himself) as his associate.
5. My Mister (tvN)
Release: March 21
My Mister is one of the heavier Korean dramas for 2018 but it’s also one of the best for this year because of how the story would unfold every episode and how it will constantly just make you feel things. IU (Dream High, Scarlet Heart Ryeo) is also back in the Korean drama world as Lee Ji An, a woman in her 20’s bearing challenge after challenge as she cares for her grandmother. Her troubled situation intertwines her life with that of three brothers as they find ways to remedy each of their difficulties.
What’s more is that in this drama, Ji An’s grandmother has a hearing impairment so she continues to use sign language as she speaks to her. Moved by her character, IU also decided to donate 50 million won to the Korea Association of the Deaf.