The month of February will see Kim Tae-hee and Kim Hye-soo—who last played a TV lead role in Yong-pal (2015) and Signal (2016), respectively—make their comeback with roles that are so different from the previous ones they had. PD Shin Won-ho, the award-winning director of Reply 1988 and Prison Playbook, is also back with a new series bearing his signature directorial style, this time in the hospital setting. Netflix, meanwhile, is proud to release its fourth Korean original series. Scroll down the page to know more about the 7 new Korean dramas that will premiere in February 2020.
Note: The premiere date is confirmed unless otherwise stated.
February 1: TELL ME WHAT YOU SAW (Saturdays & Sundays on OCN)
- Genre: Crime Thriller
- Main Cast: Jang Hyuk & Sooyoung
- Predecessor: The Lies Within
Jang Hyuk (My Country) is back in OCN’s latest crime thriller Tell Me What You Saw, in which he plays a former criminal profiler who has become a recluse after her fiance is killed. When he learns that the man responsible for her demise strikes again, he teams up with a rookie detective, played by Sooyoung (Man Who Sets the Table), to catch the killer. There’s nothing new with this premise and giving Sooyoung’s character a photographic memory only makes it more clichéd. But we know that Jang Hyuk gives an excellent performance in every drama he’s in, so let’s hope his presence and the writing department would still make this show one of the best this year.
February 7: MY HOLO LOVE (Netflix)
- Genre: Romantic Comedy, Sci-fi
- Main Cast: Yoon Hyun-min & Go Sung-hee
Previously called Me Alone And You, My Holo Love is Netflix’s fourth original Korean drama, following Kingdom, My First First Love, and Love Alarm. It follows the story of a woman, played by Go Sung-hee (Suits), who gets caught up in a likely love triangle with an artificial intelligence-powered hologram called Holo and its creator, both played by Yoon Hyun-min (Mama Fairy And The Woodcutter). This premise is quite interesting since a love story of a woman and a hologram she can’t even touch is unheard of in K-dramaland. The series comes from the PD of Familiar Wife and screenwriter of Psychopath Diary.
February 10: THE CURSED (Mondays & Tuesdays on tvN)
- Genre: Occult Thriller
- Main Cast: Uhm Ji-won, Jung Ji-so, & Sung Dong-il
- Predecessor: Black Dog
I can’t believe tvN is giving us an occult thriller in the romantic month of February but I won’t complain, especially because The Cursed is written by Yeon Sang-ho, the movie director of the hit 2016 zombie thriller film Train To Busan. The series stars Uhm Ji-won (Spring Turns To Spring) as a reporter who’s investigating a case involving Forest, one of the biggest IT companies in South Korea whose chairman is played by Sung Dong-il (Trap). Her mission takes a sinister turn when she discovers a strange Forest-affiliated firm that offers spiritual consulting services and meets a teenager, portrayed by Jung Ji-so (W-Two Worlds), who possesses supernatural abilities.
February 21: HYENA (Fridays & Saturdays on SBS)
- Genre: Legal Drama
- Main Cast: Kim Hye-soo & Ju Ji-hoon
- Predecessor: Stove League
When I first heard about Hyena, Song Hye-kyo was in talks to play the female protagonist. I like her, but I’m glad Kim Hye-soo eventually got the role because it seems more suitable for her and she stuns in her overall appearance in the poster above. Ju Ji-hoon (Item) is playing the male lead opposite her, and both are taking on the roles of two charismatic lawyers who never hesitate to cross the boundary between right and wrong to win their cases. Hyena is Kim Hye-soo’s first drama in almost four years since the award-winning series Signal.
February 22: HI, BYE MAMA! (Saturdays & Sundays on tvN)
- Genre: Fantasy Drama
- Main Cast: Kim Tae-hee & Lee Kyu-hyung
- Predecessor: Crash Landing On You
Hi, Bye Mama! marks the return of Kim Tae-hee to the small screen after almost five years. She was last seen playing an heiress in the 2015 medical series Yong-pal, and now she’s back playing a mother who has died but refuses to leave the human world because of her desire to watch over her family. Fortunately, she’s given 49 days to be with her husband and daughter again and it seems like she needs to complete a mission during this period for her to stay in her human form forever. Her husband is played by Lee Kyu-hyung (Doctor John), who’s taking on his first-ever lead role in a prime-time series.
February 24: When the Weather is Fine (Mondays & Tuesdays on JTBC)
- Genre: Romance
- Main Cast: Seo Kang-joon & Park Min-young
- Predecessor: Diary Of A Prosecutor
If the Weather Is Good, I’ll Find You is a perfect romance drama for the last month of winter. It stars Park Min-young (Her Private Life) as a musician who moves back to her hometown and reunites with her high school classmate, played by Seo Kang-joon (Watcher), who now runs a small bookstore in the town. Her heartbreak and his monotonous life start to go away when they reconnect and fall in love with each other. Described as a “healing” romance story, this new Korean drama is based on a popular novel of the same title by Lee Do-woo.
February: WISE DOCTOR LIFE (Fridays on tvN)
- Genre: Medical Drama, Slice of Life
- Main Cast: Jo Jung-suk, Kim Dae-myung, Jung Kyung-ho, Yoo Yeon-seol, & Jeon Mi-do
- Predecessor: Pegasus Market
(Premiere date unconfirmed) The series I’m most excited about this February is Wise Doctor Life, which is the latest work of the creators of the Reply series. It stars Jo Jung-suk (Nokdu Flower), Kim Dae-myung (The Sound Of Your Heart), Jung Kyung-ho (When The Devil Calls Your Name), Yoo Yeon-seok (Mr. Sunshine), and Jeon Mi-do (Mother) as five long-time friends who studied at the same medical school in 1999 and now work together in one hospital.
Wise Doctor Life sets itself apart from other medical series by focusing on the everyday stories of hospital employees and patients. PD Shin Won-ho made it clear that it is NOT a drama that is “incredibly thrilling or has a dramatic plot” (you would understand what he meant when you’ve watched any of the Reply series or Prison Playbook)—and that what makes me look forward more to its premiere. Interestingly, tvN will be broadcasting the series every Friday, which is not a major time slot for tvN dramas. I don’t think I can handle watching just one episode per week of this show.