As we finally come to the end of such a tumultuous year locked up in our homes, we still have something to look forward to to satisfy our Kdrama appetite. If you are up to sign-up for a weekly commitment of dramas, here are some of the storylines to spice up your December!
1. True Beauty
Im Joo Kyung (Moon Ga Young) is optimistic about a lot of things—except for her appearance. She never goes out in public without a face full of makeup. Thanks to video tutorials she found online, her makeup skills have improved immensely. This also made her one of the prettiest girls in class. However, she secretly lives in fear that her schoolmates might discover what she truly looks behind all that makeup.
But there is one person who has seen her sans any lick of makeup, and that is Lee Su Ho (Cha Eun Woo). Also a popular student in school, he excels both in academics and sports, which makes him a popular student in school. But, just like Joo Kyung, he also keeps some secrets which pushes him to evade any undue attention. Caught in a similar struggle, the two are drawn to each other as they learn more about each other’s secrets.
This drama has been one of the most awaited webtoon adaptations based on the long-running series titled “Goddess Advent.” Penned by Yaongyi, this webtoon has gained worldwide popularity which is why many are curious if the live version can live up to the hype.
So, check it out yourself as True Beauty approaches its airing date on tvN on December 2nd at 9:50 P.M. KST.
2. Cheat On Me, If You Can
This comedy-mystery thriller follows the relationship between a married couple who got themselves into all sorts of trouble. Kang Yeo Joo (Cho Yeo Jeong) is a best-selling author who obsesses about different ways to kill people. She is happily married to a divorce lawyer named Han Woo Sung (Go Joon), who made a promise to her in writing which states that, “If you cheat, you die.”
Unfortunately, their marriage is rocked by suspicions of cheating. In a recent trailer, it shows the couple trying to snap a selfie when a message from an unknown sender popped into Woo Sung’s phone telling him she misses him.
Go Mi Rae (Yeonwoo) is a college student whose deceptive innocent look belies her complicated personality. Rumor has it that her character will be involved in a love affair similar to Han So Hee’s infamous role in The World of the Married.
Find out the strange stipulations could do to their marriage now. If you are curious how this would pan out, Cheat On Me, If You Can is set to premiere on December 2nd on KBS2 at 8:30 P.M. KST. This drama will take the place of “Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol.”
This upcoming drama tells the struggles of a group of newspaper journalists as they go through the usual challenges to their work. It stars Im Yoo Yoona as Lee Ji Soo, who is an idealistic intern who finds herself conflicted when she has to choose between what is right and what is pragmatic in her pursuit of justice while fulfilling her duties.
Han Joon Hyeo (Hwang Jung Min) is an experienced reporter who became a mentor and a true inspiration to Ji Soo as she aspires to be a “real journalist”. He has always been upright, but later found his ideals challenged by personal issues. While he does so well at work, his struggle is at home as a husband and a father.
Lee Seung Woo will play intern reporter Hong Gyu Tae who appears kind and affectionate toward everyone, but he plans to stir trouble.
Hush is based on the novel “Chimmookjoouibo” or “Silence Warning” by Jung Jin Young. This JTBC drama is set to premiere on December 11th at 10 P.M KST.
4. Run On
This sports-themed romantic drama tells the story of Gi Sun Gyeom (Im Si Wan), who was a promising sprinter who ended up on the sidelines working as a sports agent due to an unfortunate incident. He meets Oh Mi Joo (Shin Se Kyung), an optimistic subtitle translator who believed that they were destined to meet.
Meanwhile, Seo Dan A (Sooyoung) is the CEO of a sports agency and is also the only child of a man who runs the Seomyung Group. As a woman in a “man’s world,” she is pushed back on the list of potential successors in her own father’s company. However, she works hard to earn the position she longs to fill, and what she believed should be rightfully hers. But things are in for an interesting turn when Lee Young Hwa (Kang Tae Oh) enters her life.
Although production experienced setbacks due to a COVID-19 scare while filming last August, things are back on track as the premiere date is finally set for December 16th at 9:30 P.M KST which will take over Private Lives.
5. Secret Royal Inspector
A secret royal inspector was a real government position during the Joseon Dynasty, specially appointed by the King.
Sung Yi Kyum (Kim Myung Soo) is an ordinary busuchan (a public official) in the Hongmungwan, which is the office of Special Advisors. He started out to be promising and exceptionally talented after getting the highest score on his government exam. But due to unknown reasons, he now lives a regular life as a public official. With no grand ambitions in mind, Yi Kyum likes to live only for the moment. However, this carefree lifestyle led him to trouble when he was caught for gambling. As punishment, he must become a secret royal inspector who goes undercover to reveal corruption, solve people’s problems, and ultimately bring justice.
Even though this new job was not to his liking, Yi Kyum finds growth as a person as he works with his team to catch and punish lawbreakers. Witness Myung Soo as he transforms into the royal inspector on December 21st on KBS at 8:30 P.M. KST.
6. No Touch Princess
This historical drama starts in the moderan age with chef Jang Bong Hwan of the President’s Blue House. He wakes up one day in the body of Queen Kim Cheorin (Shin Hye Sun) of the Joseon period. She is also known as Queen Dowager Myeongsun- who was a Queen consort of Korea by marriage to Cheoljong of Joseon.
King Cheoljong (Kim Jung Hyun) is an easygoing person who hides a different side to him. Soon enough Queen Cheorin eventually caught up with the King’s tightly sealed and protected secrets. In this new journey, Cheorin also meets Queen Sunwon (Bae Jong Ok), who is the late King Sunjo’s wife. She is the one who wields true power in the country and has relegated King Cheoljong to a figurehead. Kim Jwa Geun (Kim Tae Woo) is Queen Sunwon’s ambitious younger brother.
This was originally set for release last November, but even with that slight delay, the show is finally getting the green light! You can now follow Queen Cheorin as she wades through all the chaos that ensued in the kingdom. This drama is finally scheduled to air on tvN on December 12th at 9:00 P.M. KST.
7. Marriage Lyrics, Divorce Composition
The drama follows the stories of three charming female protagonists in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, and their different struggles with married life.
In his thirties, Pan Sa Hyun (Sung Hoon) is a lawyer who is married to Boo Hye Ryung (Lee Ga Ryeong), a radio DJ who once worked as a news announcer. It has been since years since they tied the knot, but they still remained childless.
A couple in their forties are Shin Yu Shin (Lee Tae Gon) a director of a neuropsychiatric hospital, and Sa Pi Young (Park Joo Mi) who is a radio producer. She dreams of raising a perfect family by balancing her time between work, child-rearing, and organizing house chores.
Meanwhile, in their golden years, Lee Si Eun (Jeon Soo Kyung) is a radio program writer who had been juggling work and housekeeping for three decades. On top of that she has always been supportive of her husband, Park Hae Ryun (Jeon No Min), who works as a professor.
While production is in full swing and there has been much buzz online that it will come out in December, there is no exact date yet as to when it will air. We just have to wait for developing news in what remains of 2020!
8. A Love So Beautiful
A remake based on the Chinese romance series of the same title, this drama tells about the seemingly unrequited love of a 17-year-old hopeless romantic named Shin Sol Yi (So Joo Yeon). This clumsy and cheerful high school student has been nursing a crush on her next-door neighbor, Cha Heon (Yohan), a.k.a Mr Perfect. His good looks and impressive academic ranking made him a campus celebrity, but he likes to keep to himself.
When a transfer student named Woo Dae Sung (Yeo Hoe Hyun) starts to pursue Sol Yi, Cha Heon also starts to reciprocate her feelings.
With a whopping 3.7 billion viewership in its initial airing in China in 2017, can this Korean remake live up to its predecessor? This 24-part series is optimized for mobile viewing and it will be released on a new streaming platform by KakaoM and Kakao. There is no exact date as of the moment, but it is aimed to be released before the year ends!
As of this writing that sums up the series for this year. While there are many dramas that have been delayed due to health protocols, we hope that things will be looking up this 2021! Sure enough, just as we are graced with several memorable works since January, we can hope for more great shows to binge next year, and we’re here to give you all the deets!