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Top K-Dramas to Look Forward to This Winter

By Rachael Lovette

Many of us spent most of our time at home last year, and luckily there were many great K-Dramas to keep us company. From It’s Okay to Not Be Okay to Start-Up – 2020 was an amazing emotional ride, and for some, it’s still not over. As we’re already almost two weeks into the new year, here are some of the K-Dramas we’ve been excited about.

True Beauty

Based upon the webtoon with the same name, True Beauty follows Lim Ju-Gyeong, a high school student who sustains a double life (school goddess by day, ugly duckling by night) in constant fear of being exposed. What happens when she falls for one classmate who’s seen her barefaced and the other who’s captivated by her upbeat personality?

How to Watch: Two new episodes weekly. Launched December 9th on Viki

Fun Fact: Lead actor Hwang In Yeob may look like the 18-year old school bad boy, but he’s actually 30 in real life!

She Would Never Know

Based on the 2017 web novel Senior Don’t Put on That Lipstick, She Would Never Know tells the story of a senior/junior relationship between coworkers at a cosmetics company.

How to Watch: Debuts on IQIYI on January 18th

Fun Fact: The off-screen friendship between lead actors was problematic during the filming of early episodes. Their characters are supposed to be cold and unattached towards one another, but their chemistry was obvious to the cast and crew.

Watch the trailer here.

Live On

Baek Ho Rang is aloof, a social media starlet, and the most popular girl in high school. But when someone starts terrorizing her by leaking her darkest secrets online, she is caught off-guard. Can she utilize her star status and friends to help find the culprit or keep her secret hidden forever?

How to Watch: Available now on Viki. The final episode airs on January 13th

Fun Fact: This drama is packed full of familiar faces in K-Pop, including VICTON’s Choi Byungchan, NU’EST’s Hwang Minhyun, and former Momoland member Yeonwoo.

The Uncanny Encounter

In the fictitious city of Jungjin, a group of demon-hunters called the Counters pose as workers in a noodle shop. Their vocation is to find and banish evil spirits that have escaped from the afterlife trying to gain immortality through the possession of evil human hosts (including criminals and murderers.)

How to Watch: Two new episodes weekly. Launched November 28th on Netflix

Fun Fact: Based on the webcomic Kyeongirowoon Somoon, this K-Drama is filmed in a live-action style.

L.U.C.A.: The Beginning

Ji Oh has a special power and a secret, but he doesn't know who he really is. Gu Reum is a detective looking for the truth behind her parents' disappearance. Together, they search for the answers to all the questions that surround them in this paranormal action series.

How to Watch: Debuts on February 1st on DramaCool

Fun Fact: Ji Chang Wook declined the offer for the main lead character.

Mr. Queen

Based on the original Chinese web drama Go Princess Go, the series follows a modern-day chef at the Blue House restaurant when his spirit suddenly finds its way into the body of Queen Kim So-Yong (Cheorin) in the Joseon period.

How to Watch: Two new episodes weekly. Launched on December 12th on Viki

Fun Fact: Following the airing of episode two, a controversy erupted as the series referred to Korea's national treasure, the Veritable Records of the Joseon Dynasty, as a "tabloid."

Please Don’t Date Him

Seo Ji-Sung works as a programmer for the AI home appliance development team. By chance, she develops an AI refrigerator that can identify bad men. With the AI refrigerator, she saves fellow women who have difficult romantic relationships with unworthy men.

How to Watch: Available now on Viki. Finale episode airs on January 12th

Fun Fact: The 10-year age gap between lead actress Song Ha Yoon and lead actor Lee Jun Young doesn’t affect their incredible on-screen chemistry.

Lovestruck in the City

Lovestruck in the City follows young people as they pursue romance and happiness while struggling to cope in a busy, competitive, urban environment.

How to Watch: Two new episodes weekly starting on December 22nd on Netflix

Fun Fact: The series is filmed like a reality show where the cast is “interviewed” about life, love, and sex.

Run On

Ki Seon-Gyeom is a former national sprinter turned sports agent. Oh Mi-Joo is an overworked interpreter and movie subtitle extraordinaire who lives to see her name in the end credits. After multiple weird encounters, Oh Mi-Joo falls for Ki Seon-Gyeom when she learns of the real reason he left the national team while translating an interview for Ki Seon-Gyeom’s so-called victim. Will this unlikely pair find love?

How to Watch: Two new episodes weekly. Launched on December 16th on Netflix

Fun Fact: Many K-Pop artists wrote original songs for the series, including Kim Si-Kei of Lovelyz, Joohoney of Monsta X, Solar of Mamamoo, and The Boyz.


Dear.M is a realistic romance drama that follows the changing relationships and budding romances between various characters in the midst of gossip about “M.” The mysterious “M” is an individual mentioned in an anonymous post in a Seoyeon University online community.

How to Watch: Debuts on February 15th on Viki

Fun Fact: Nothing says “Idol Drama” like a stacked cast of K-Pop idols, including Jung Jae Hyun of NCT, Lee Jin Hyuk of UP10TION, and Kwon Eun Bin of CLC.

Rachael Lovette is the Digital Director at Flower Bomb Media with a passion for everything K-Pop, fashion, model advocacy, and pop culture. Follow her on Instagram @kindofvoguish.

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