2018 has plenty more dramas in store, with light-hearted romantic comedies to dark mystery thrillers and legal dramas, epic historical productions to sci-fi love stories, and everything in between.
Find out which 2018 spring and summer dramas could be your next new favorite!
Please note that titles and premiere dates may change.
“Suits” is a KBS 2TV remake of the popular American show of the same name. It centers around Choi Kang Seok (Jang Dong Gun), a legendary lawyer at a top law firm, and Go Yeon Woo (Park Hyung Sik), a genius with a photographic memory who’s hired by Choi Kang Seok as his associate even though he doesn’t have a college degree or a license to practice law.
“Suits” begins on April 25.
OCN’s “Mistress” is a mystery thriller based on the BBC show “Mistresses.” It follows the story of four women who are all harboring secrets, and shows what happens when they become swept up in a murder case.
The drama will premiere on April 28, and it will be available on Viki.
3. “Wok of Love”
Romantic comedy “Wok of Love” features a star chef (Junho) who makes the move from running a top hotel’s famous Chinese restaurant to taking the reigns of a small restaurant that’s at risk of being closed down. Jang Hyuk plays loan shark Doo Chil Sung, who recently got out of prison, and Jung Ryeo Won is taking the role of Dan Sae Woo, the daughter of a rich family who’s constantly craving Chinese food.
“Wok of Love” begins on May 7, and it will be available on Viki.
4. “You Drive Me Crazy”
This special two-episode romantic comedy drama features two longtime friends who end up sleeping together and have to figure out their relationship in the aftermath.
“You Drive Me Crazy” will air on May 7 and 8 on MBC, and will be available on Viki.
5. “Rich Man, Poor Woman“
This remake of the popular 2012 Japanese drama “Rich Man, Poor Woman” follows genius programmer and company CEO Lee Yoo Chan (Suho), who has a disorder that means he’s unable to recognize faces, and a woman named Kim Bo Ra (Ha Yeon Soo) who has an incredible memory and is looking for a job.
“Rich Man, Poor Woman,” will begin airing on May 9, and will be exclusively available on Viki.
6. “Lawless Lawyer”
tvN’s upcoming legal drama “Lawless Lawyer” stars Lee Joon Gi as Bong Sang Pil, a highly successful lawyer who’s a former gang member and is out to avenge his mother. He puts the power of his fists to good use when solving problems, and faces off against those at the top in the name of justice. Actress Seo Ye Ji also stars as hot-tempered and reckless lawyer Ha Jae Yi, who finds her beliefs shaken up once she meets Bong Sang Pil.
“Lawless Lawyer” premieres on May 12.
7. “Secret Mother”
“Secret Mother” is a mystery thriller about a friendship that forms when a mysterious surrogate mother enters the house of a woman who has been hiding a secret about her child’s death.
The drama will begin on May 12, and it will be available on Viki.
8. “Partners for Justice”
“Partners for Justice” tells the story of the investigative team that consists of prickly perfectionist forensic doctor Baek Bum (Jung Jae Young) and the bubbly yet clumsy rookie prosecutor Eun Sol (Jung Yoo Mi).
It will begin airing on May 14, and will be available on Viki.
9. “Come and Hug Me”
“Come and Hug Me” follows the reunion and romance of a police officer and an actress whose lives and relationship were deeply affected by a murder in the past.
It will premiere on May 16 on MBC, and will be available on Viki.
10. “Miss Hammurabi”
“Miss Hammurabi” is a courtroom drama that will tell the story of three judges who have totally different personalities, with the episodes tackling smaller cases that are relatable to viewers rather than major criminal cases.
The drama will begin on May 21 on JTBC, and is completely pre-produced.
11. “About Time”
Fantasy romance drama “About Time” features a woman named Choi Michaela (Lee Sung Kyung) who has the ability to see how long people have to live, and a man named Lee Do Ha (Lee Sang Yoon), who can stop time.
“About Time” will make its premiere on May 21 on tvN.
12. “The Undateables”
This romance drama features the tale of Hoon Nam (Namgoong Min), who’s a relationship expert but refuses to fall in love, and Jung Eum (Hwang Jung Eum), who dreams of love but gives up due to the difficulties of reality.
“The Undateables” will premiere on May 23, and will be available on Viki.
13. “Goodbye to Goodbye”
Starring: Jo Bo Ah, Lee Sung Jae, Chae Si Ra, U-KISS and UNB’s Jun, and more
This drama is based on a web novel of the same name, and it will follow the lives of an older woman and a younger woman who are nothing alike but become connected because of their similarly failing love lives.
“Goodbye to Goodbye” starts on May 26 on MBC, and will be available on Viki.
Investigative action drama “Sketch” follows ace detective Kang Dong Soo (Rain) who lost someone he loved, a female detective named Yoo Shi Hyun (Lee Sun Bin) with the ability to predictively sketch what’s going to occur in three days, and a sergeant named Kim Do Jin (Lee Dong Gun) who seeks vengence after losing his wife and unborn child.
The drama will air on JTBC in May.
15. “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?”
“What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?” follows the romance between arrogant Lee Young Joon (Park Seo Joon), who is the vice president of his family’s company, and his longtime assistant Kim Mi So (Park Min Young), who makes the decision to resign in order to find love and get married. They form a love triangle with Lee Sung Yeon (played by Lee Tae Hwan), who is Lee Young Joon’s older brother and a bestselling author.
The drama will begin airing on tvN in June.
16. “Are You Human Too?”
“Are You Human Too?” tells the story of what happens when a young heir to a large conglomerate (Seo Kang Joon) falls into a coma after an accident. His mother constructs an android to take his place and hires a bodyguard (Gong Seung Yeon) to protect it.
This drama has been produced entirely before its broadcast and been planned for over two years. It will be premiering on June 4 on KBS 2TV.
17. “Life on Mars”
A Korean adaptation of the popular British TV show “Life on Mars” will star Jung Kyung Ho as Han Tae Joo, a detective in the present day who’s trying to track down a serial killer but finds himself suddenly transported to 1988. He’s joined by actors Park Sung Woong and Go Ah Sung, who play two of Han Tae Joo’s colleagues at the police station he now works at in the past, as he tries to adapt to the very different ways that police work happened in the 1980s.
This OCN version of “Life on Mars” is directed by Lee Jung Hyo, who was behind tvN’s remake of “The Good Wife.” It will premiere in June.
18. “Your House Helper”
Starring: Go Won Hee, and more
“Your House Helper” tells the story of a handsome housekeeper who listens to the worries of his troubled clients and gives them advice. Actors including Lee Ji Hoon, Ha Seok Jin, and WJSN’s Bona are currently considering taking roles, while Go Won Hee has been confirmed.
The drama is an adaptation of a webtoon, and it will air this summer on KBS2 after “Suits” wraps up.
19. “Mr. Sunshine”
In this historical drama, a Korean man (Lee Byung Hun) returns to his homeland as an American soldier after having boarded a warship to the United States in 1871.
“Mr. Sunshine” is the third drama that writer Kim Eun Sook and director Lee Eung Bok have worked on together, following “Descendants of the Sun” and “Goblin.” It is due to premiere in July on tvN.
“Life” is a medical drama that shows the power struggles and human stories that take place within a university hospital. Lee Dong Wook plays an emergency room doctor, Cho Seung Woo is the chief director of the hospital, Won Jin Ah plays a pediatric specialist, and Moon So Ri is the head of neurosurgery.
It will premiere on JTBC in July.
21. “Today’s Detective”
Starring: TBA (Choi Daniel in talks)
“Today’s Detective” is a horror thriller drama about detective Lee Da Il and his assistant Jung Yeo Wool, who set out to solve the mystery surrounding the death of the detective’s younger sibling.
Choi Daniel is in talks to take the role of Lee Da Il. The drama will be premiering in August.
22. “Terius Behind Me”
Starring: So Ji Sub, and more
“Terius Behind Me” is a drama that combines romantic comedy and mystery as two neighbors (one being a NIS agent) searches to find out the truth about a conspiracy.
It will begin airing in September on MBC.
More to get excited about
There are many other much-anticipated dramas that are so far only slated for the second half of this year, without specific time periods or premiere dates yet!
A few of those titles include “Four Sons” starring Park Hae Jin and Nana, “Memories of the Alhambra” with Park Shin Hye and Hyun Bin, and “Hymn of Death” with Lee Jong Suk and Shin Hye Sun. Be sure to stay tuned for news about more upcoming dramas!
Which spring or summer 2018 drama are you looking forward to the most?