Upcoming K-dramas For The Second Half Of 2020

The extra time spent indoors means more shows for the K-drama junkie to binge on. If you’re waiting for a new series to come your way after finishing The King: Eternal Monarch, or actively searching for more dramas to watch, here are 21 upcoming K-dramas set to be released in the second half of 2020.

1. Graceful Friends

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Rumoured to be the successor of record-breaking dramas such as Sky Castle (2018) and World of the Married (2020), Graceful Friends is about a group of friends who have known one another for 20 years. After a murder takes place, they suddenly find their lives in turmoil. 

Actors Bae Soo Bin, Yoon Jun Sang, Han Eun Jung, as well as Kim Hye Eun from Itaewon Class, make for a promising line-up, so stay seated as the K-drama pulls you in for a riveting ride.

Release date: 10 July 2020
Available on: OnDemandKorea, Viu

2. Chip In

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Chip In tells the tale of Yoo Bit Na, played by Kim Hye Joon from Kingdom on Netflix. As the daughter of a famous painter, Kim Hye Joon (Sky Castle’s Oh Na Ra), she finds herself getting dragged into an intense dispute over property rights.

Release date: 22 July 2020
Available on: Viu, Viki

3. Flower of Evil

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Flower of Evil is a thriller K-drama featuring veteran actor Lee Joon Gi as Baek Hee Sung. Actress Moon Chae Won plays his wife, Cha Ji Won.

Baek Hee Sung is a man whose past is dotted with crime, and he hides it all to marry Cha Ji Won. Cha Ji Won, however, is a detective, and takes on a case that makes her suspect her husband as the murderer.

Release date: 29 July 2020
Available on: Viu, Viki

4. Can’t Be Bothered to Date, But Don’t Want to Be Lonely

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Love is in the air in the upcoming K-drama, Can’t Be Bothered to Date, But Don’t Want to Be Lonely. As housemates, psychiatrist Cha Kang Woo (Ji Hyun Woo) and freelance editor Lee Na Eun (Kim So Eun) both want love, but don’t fancy commitment.

Release date: 11 August 2020
Available on: To be confirmed

5. Stranger 2

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Stranger 2 (aka Forest of Secrets 2) comes 3 years after its first season in 2017, which was highly raved about for being one of the best in the crime thriller genre. 

While the plot details for season 2 have not been specified, it’s expected to be a continuation of the previous series. The first season saw Cho Seung Wook as a cold prosecutor and Bae Doo Na as a warmhearted lieutenant, working together to solve a corruption case.

Release date: 15 August 2020
Available on: Netflix

6. SF8

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SF8 is a Korean sci-fi drama starring a number of popular actors including Kim Bo Ra from Sky Castle and K-pop idols Super Junior’s Choi Si Won and EXID’s Hani. The series will touch on themes such as virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. Be prepared to have your mind blown by one of the mostly highly anticipated upcoming K-dramas of 2020.

Release date: 17 August 2020
Available on: Viu

7. When I Was the Most Beautiful

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The classic love triangle is back and even better in When I Was The Most Beautiful, with 2 brothers vying for the same woman. Oh Ye Jin (Im Soo Hyang) is a ceramic artist who gets stuck between 2 brothers, architect Seo Hwan (Ji Soo) and race car driver Seo Jin (Ha Seok Jin).

Release date: 19 August 2020
Available on: Viu

8. Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol

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With so many upcoming K-dramas in 2020, Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol may be quite a handful to remember. But it’s a catchy title befitting the name of the main character Goo La La (Go Ara), a pianist who goes bankrupt. She falls in love with Sun Woo Joon (Lee Jae Wook), a mysterious guy who works part-time jobs to support himself.

Release date: 26 August 2020
Available on: Netflix

9. Alice

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Park Jin Kyum (Joo Won) is an emotionless detective who discovers a device called “Alice” that allows time travellers to arrive from the future. As he tries to fix the issues that arise due to the device, he meets Yoon Tae Yi (Kim Hee Sun), a genius physicist who died in the past.

Release date: 28 August 2020
Available on: Viu

10. Do You Like Brahms?

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Do You Like Brahms? follows a world-renowned pianist Park Joon Young (Kim Min Jae) and Chae Song Ah (Park Eun Bin), a violin major, as they navigate through life to achieve their dreams and find love.

Release date: 31 August 2020
Available on: Viki

11. Start-Up

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In Start-Up, romance blossoms between Nam Do San (Nam Joo Hyuk), a young and smart man who is trying to save his failing start-up, and Seo Dal Mi (Suzy), a chaebol heir (meaning the successor to a large business conglomerate) who is trying to be a self-made businesswoman.

Release date: August 2020
Available on: To be confirmed

12. Lies of Lies

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Lies of Lies follows Ji Eun Soo (Lee Yoo Ri) and her tragic story as she marries into a chaebol family and gets convicted for the murder of her husband when he dies. While in prison, she gives birth to her daughter, and tries to get her back after serving her time.

Release date: 4 September 2020
Available on: Viu

13. 18 Again

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18 Again might be a familiar watch for many, since it’s a K-drama remake of the American movie 17 Again (2009) starring Zac Efron. In 18 Again, 37-year-old Hong Dae Young (Yoon Sang Hyun) is on the verge of a divorce with his wife Jung Da Jung (Kim Ha Neul), and suddenly finds himself in the body of the 18-year-old Ko Woo Young (Lee Do Hyun) one day.

Release date: 7 September 2020
Available on: To be confirmed

14. Record of Youth

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Here’s a lighthearted youth drama all the millennials and Gen-Z kids will be able to relate to. Record of Youth is a story about youths trying to find their footing in the entertainment industry. Park Bo Gum will play a model who is trying to make his breakthrough as an actor. 

And if you remember the catchy Jessica jingle from the Parasite movie, you’ll be thrilled to know Park So Dam will also star in this drama, playing the role of a makeup artist.

Release date: 7 September 2020
Available on: Netflix

15. Tale of the Nine Tailed

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The gumiho (9-tailed fox) is a familiar favourite in Korean classic folklore. Tale of the Nine Tailed will feature actor Lee Dong Wook as the gumiho in this K-drama series. He will star alongside actress Jo Bo Ah, who will play a feisty producer seeking to find him for her TV show called “Finding Urban Legends”.

Release date: 15 September 2020
Available on: Viu

16. The Spy Who Loved Me

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The Spy Who Loved Me starts off strong with its intriguing premise. The K-drama is about a wedding dress designer Kang Ah Reum (Yoo In Na) who gets caught up in the world of spies thanks to her ex-husband Jeon Ji Hoon (Eric), a secret agent in the Interpol, and her current husband Derek Hyun (Lim Ju Hwan), an industrial spy.

Release date: 7 October 2020
Available on: To be confirmed

17. The Search

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For suckers of the cross-border setup between North and South Korea like the one in Crash Landing On You, here’s a DMZ-themed drama for you. The Search is a military thriller starring Krystal Jung and Jang Dong Yoon. The pair join forces to form a search party to discover the truth behind a murder along the DMZ.

Release date: 16 October 2020
Available on: To be confirmed

18. Birthcare Center

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Birthcare Centre is a story about Oh Hyun Jin (Uhm Ji Won), the youngest executive at her workplace but the oldest in a postnatal care centre, trying to navigate through motherhood along with other mums in the facility.

Release date: November 2020
Available on: Viki

19. Love Alarm 2

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Love Alarm 2 will proceed with the OG cast from season 1, so while the first season of Love Alarm may have left you hanging, you won’t have to wait much longer.

Kim Jo Jo (Kim So Hyun) is torn between 2 guys, Lee Hye Young (Jung Ga Ram) and Hwang Seon Oh (Song Kang), when the Love Alarm app tells her that both men are in love with her.

Release date: Q3 to Q4 2020, exact date to be confirmed
Available on: Netflix

20. Kairos

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Kairos is a romantic fantasy thriller in which the characters are able to communicate with each other despite living in different time periods. Kim Seo Jin’s (Shin Sung Rok) daughter gets kidnapped, and he attempts to change the past by calling Han Ae Ri (Lee Se Young), who is then living a month in the past. At the time Han Ae Ri receives the call from Kim Seo Jin in the future, her mother has just gone missing.

Ahn Bo Hyun, the antagonist from Itaewon Class will also be acting in the series as Seo Do Gyun.

Release date: Q3 to Q4 2020, exact date to be confirmed
Available on: To be confirmed

21. Extraordinary Rumor

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Based on a webtoon, Extraordinary Rumor is about a group of demon hunters called the Counters, who disguise themselves as employees of a noodle restaurant. Actor Jo Byeong Gyu from Sky Castle and K-pop idol Kim Se Jeong will star in the drama.

Release date: Q3 to Q4 2020, exact date to be confirmed
Available on: To be confirmed

Upcoming K-dramas In The Second Half Of 2020 Will Warm The Cockles Of Your Heart

Tide through the rest of 2020 with several upcoming K-dramas from this list, and watch this space for updates on where and when you can watch the series.

Also read:

Why Korean Dramas Like Crash Landing On You & Itaewon Class Might Be Making It Harder For You To Find Love

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