September is such a busy month for JTBC. With three dramas on the list, the network has its hands full. Meanwhile, streaming giant Netflix and major broadcast stations KBS2, MBC, SBS, tvN, and JTBC, have announced a production halt in light of the current pandemic that threatens the drama industry. Some series suspended filming while the rest have been rescheduled to a later premiere date. Regardless, some shows are still pushing to their scheduled September release. Below are eight new Korean dramas to watch this month.
September 4: Lies Of Lies (Fridays & Saturdays on Channel A)
- Genre: Suspense, Melodrama
- Main Cast: Lee Yoo-ri, Yeon Jung-hoon
- Predecessor: Eccentric! Chef Moon
Lies of Lies stars Lee Yoo-ri (My Father is Strange) as a mother who creates a web of lies to get close to her biological daughter. She is married to a chaebol heir and is accused of murdering her husband, which sent her to jail. In prison, she gives birth to a baby girl, which she sets out to get back upon her prison release. Actor Yeon Jung-hoon (Possessed) plays the male lead role as the adoptive father of her daughter. This new Korean drama is Channel A’s third Fri-Saturday drama this year, following Touch and Eccentric! Chef Moon.
September 7: Record Of Youth (Mondays & Tuesdays on tvN)
- Genre: Youth Drama, Romance
- Main Cast: Park Bo-gum, Park So-dam, Byun Woo-seok
- Predecessor: My Unfamiliar Family
The much-anticipated team-up of Park Bo-gum (Encounter) and Park So-dam (Cinderella and the Four Knights) is coming to K-dramaland. Together with Byun Woo-seok (Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency), the two are set to portray young people struggling to reach their dreams in the modeling industry. This new Korean drama is helmed by PD Ahn Gil-ho, who directed the award-winning series Stranger (2017) and Memories of the Alhambra (2018–2019). Also to be released on Netflix, Record of Youth marks Park So-dam’s return to dramas after her last role in Cinderella and the Four Knights in 2016. Her most recent popular project was the Oscar-winning film Parasite.
September 16: Private Lives (Wednesdays & Thursdays on JTBC)
- Genre: Crime, Comedy
- Main Cast: Go Kyung-pyo, Seohyun, Kim Hyo-jin, & Kim Young-min
- Predecessor: Was It Love?
In Private Lives, a group of swindlers stumbles upon a national secret, which leads them to use all their skills in fraud and deception and go up against a large corporation. Featuring Go Kyung-pyo (Cross), Girls’ Generation member Seohyun (The Time), Kim Hyo-jin (Strangers 6), and Kim Young-min (The World of the Married), the cast are set to give the audience a comical, fun-filled series where lawbreakers attempt to save the country. The new K-drama serves as Go Kyung-pyo’s comeback drama after his discharge from mandatory military service in January.
September 19: Homemade Love Story (Saturdays & Sundays on KBS2)
- Genre: Romance, Family, Drama
- Main Cast: Lee Jang-woo & Jin Ki-joo
- Predecessor: Once Again
Homemade Love Story follows the lives of people who gather at a house called Samkwang Villa where they begin to open up their hearts to each other. Two central characters with different family issues—one estranged from his own family and lives a life of isolation (played by Lee Jang-woo, Graceful Family) and the other longing to be free from her responsibilities as the eldest child to chase her goals (Jin Ki-joo, The Secret Life of My Secretary)—are destined to cross paths and change each other’s lives. The new K-drama aims to give a lesson that no matter how cruel the world gets, love will always bring people closer together and create happy memories.
September 21: Zombie Detective (Mondays & Tuesdays on KBS2)
- Genre: Horror, Comedy
- Main Cast: Choi Jin-hyuk & Park Joo-hyun
- Predecessor: Men Are Men
In Zombie Detective, a zombie, played by Choi Jin-hyuk (Rugal), mimics the movements and personalities of people around him to live among the humans. After moving into the city, he becomes a private detective and opens his own office, where a tenacious and optimistic writer, played by Park Joo-hyun (Extracurricular), then applies for a part-time position. Choi has had many serious roles in his past projects, so his character in this new series is a breath of fresh air. Meanwhile, Park is a rising actress who has only three series so far in her career but has proven herself capable in her roles.
September 21: 18 Again (Mondays & Tuesdays on JTBC)
- Genre: Comedy, Fantasy Romance
- Main Cast: Kim Ha-neul, Yoon Sang-hyun, Lee Do-hyun
- Predecessor: The Good Detective
Starring Kim Ha-neul (The Wind Blows), Yoon Sang-hyun (I Can Hear Your Voice), and Lee Do-hyun (Hotel Del Luna), 18 Again follows a middle-aged man and his seemingly broken marriage with a rookie announcer who wants to live her own life. One day, he unexpectedly finds himself inside the body of his 18-year old self (Lee).
This new Korean drama is a remake of the 2009 US film “17 Again” starring Zac Efron. Fans are anticipating this lead role of Lee Do-hyun, who made a great impression with his character in the 2019 fantasy series Hotel Del Luna. Meanwhile, this marks Yoon Sang-hyun’s comeback to the small screen after two years.
September 25: More Than Friends (Fridays & Saturdays on JTBC)
- Genre: Romance, Youth Drama
- Main Cast: Ong Seung-wu, Shin Ye-eun, & Kim Dong-jun
- Predecessor: Graceful Friends
Starring Ong Seong-wu (At Eighteen) and Shin Ye-eun (Meow, the Secret Boy), More Than Friends tells the story of two people with secret feelings towards each other who have stayed friends for ten years because of a misunderstanding. Also known as Number of Cases Friends Become Lovers, the new Korean drama will also be available on iQIYI.
September 25: The School Nurse Files (Netflix)
- Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
- Main Cast: Jung Yu-mi & Nam Joo-hyuk
- Predecessor: Extracurricular
Netflix has been producing original Korean series since 2019. Given the reputation of its previous dramas such as Kingdom and Love Alarm, its upcoming Korean dramas are all anticipated by many fans around the world, and The School Nurse Files is no exception. Jung Yu-mi (Live) and Nam Joo-hyuk (The Light in Your Eyes) play an odd duo as a school nurse who can see and fight supernatural beings and a literature teacher who can recharge her “power” to protect their school, respectively. The series is based on the novel “School Nurse Ahn Eun-young” by Chung Se-rang, who also served as the live adaptation scriptwriter. It is the sixth original Korean series made by Netflix.