October is here and with this new season spent mostly in the confines of our homes, we have a new set of Korean dramas to keep us company. There could have been more to this list. However, due to filming changes as a result of certain staff and cast members who became compromised to COVID-19, there have been a number of series that are either put on hold or delayed. But, that’s no biggie since there’s still a bunch coming out this month!
Some of the dramas on this list may not have a concrete date of release, but there have not been any reports of any cancellations. Here are 8 dramas to watch out for.
1. Tale of the Nine-Tailed (October 7th)
This is an action fantasy series of a nine-tailed fox (Gumiho) who settled down in the city and meets a producer who chases after him.
Lee Yeon (Lee Dong Wook) is a gumiho who can transform into a human form. He goes about purging human spirits while wreaking havoc at the same time. He meets Nam Ji Ah (Jo Bo Ah), who is a television producer who will stop at nothing just to get good content. Interestingly enough, her new show is currently working on urban myths. Upon seeing Lee Yeon she finds him too good to be true. However, something about him doesn’t seem right for Ji Ah, to the point where she even considered that he’s not of this world.
Find out what happens when Ji Ah learns the truth about Lee Yeon and what happens when she crosses paths with his step-brother, Lee Rang (Kim Bum), who is reputed to be the most dangerous of all gumihos.
We’ve all come to love Shi Min Ah’s take on this mythical creature, now it’s time for us to see how this type of character fares with a male character. The Tale of the Nine-Tailed will air on October 7th at 10:30 p.m. on tvN to start a 16-episode series.
2. Search (October 17th)
This is a military mystery drama about a search party that had to face monstrous creatures as they try to learn about the truth behind a murder in the demilitarized zone (DMZ). The story highlights the bond forged between the members of the team in their struggle to escape the demilitarized zone together.
It starts when Yong Dong Jin (Jang Dong Yoon), a military dog handler who’s only a month away from his discharge date gets unexpectedly chosen as a member of a search party assigned to the DMZ. He is joined by Son Ye Rim (Krystal Jung), a lieutenant assigned as the special officer in charge of investigating incidents that occur in the DMZ. Kim Da Jung (Moon Jung Hee) also joins the search party, and she is a reservist working as a tour guide at the DMZ Memorial Hall. Song Min Kyu (Yoon Park) is an elite officer who was the first to volunteer to be the search party’s leader, and is always butting heads with Lee Joon Sung (Lee Hyun Wook) who is the deputy team leader.
If you’re down for DMZ-themed dramas just like this year’s hit, Crash Landing on You, catch this survival story as it premieres on October 17th on OCN at 9:30 p.m.
3. Startup (October 17th)
In need to come up with seed money to open her own business, Seo Dal Mi (Bae Suzy) drops out of a university and takes up part-time work. She has big dreams of creating the next big thing in Korea’s Silicon Valley, but she wants to make it on her own and become a self-made businesswoman despite being a chaebol heir.
Nam Do San (Nam Joo Hyuk), is the founder of Samsan Tech who is struggling to save his failing start-up. He is mistaken by Dal Mi as her first love, so he decides to play along in hopes of turning that misunderstanding into a reality. Romance blossoms between the two of them, and together, they become each other’s cheerleaders as they grow in their interests. Will things change if Dal Mi learns about the truth?
This drama tells an inspiring story of young people who are passionate in pursuing their dreams in the world of startup companies. It also boasts an impeccable lineup of actors and it will make its run on Netflix this October 17th!
4. Kairos (October 26th)
Seo Jin is a hardworking man who hustles hard to achieve success. His efforts made him the youngest executive of a construction company. He seemed to have the perfect life until disaster struck and he found himself desperate to find his kidnapped daughter. Meanwhile, a month in the past, a woman named Ae Ri is also on a search to find her missing mom. With both their misfortune the two were able to connect and work together to reverse the tragedies that happened in their lives.
Instead of going back in time to change the future, this fantasy thriller tells two different stories, in different time periods. The story pans out with the time difference of one month. Seo Jin and Ae Ri will be connected for a brief period in which intense events unfold.
On top of its fast-paced story, this drama is also top billed by other talented actors such as Ahn Bo Hyun, Nam Gyu Ri, and WINNER’s Kang Seung Yoon. Mark your calendars for October 26th as Kairos premiers on MBC at 9:30 p.m.
5. Penthouse (October 26th)
This follows the story of Oh Yoon Hee (Eugene), an overly ambitious woman who fought tooth and nail to reach her goal of finally getting her foot through the door of high society. For her, this means becoming the “queen bee” of the 100th floor penthouse in Gangnam. As the nouveau riche Yoon Hee finally reached that state of affluence, which is her definition of success, she was met with a cold reception from the women who already dominated the scene. At the top, Yoon Hee meets Sim Soo Ryeon (Lee Ji Ah) and Ha Yoon Cheol (Yoon Jong Hoon), who are wealthy socialites. In the process to find her place in her most coveted social circle, Yoon Hee finds herself turning into a monster.
Sources reported that Penthouse will close out 2020 for SBS and there are fearless forecasts claiming that it will do so in a big way! Are you willing to invest your Mondays and Tuesdays for this movement?
Penthouse is set to air after “How Do You Like Brahms?” concludes. It will premiere on SBS this October 26th at 9:00 p.m.
6. Get Revenge (October 2020)
This story is about two individuals who have been entangled in misfortune which pushed them to seek revenge on some very powerful individuals in society.
Kang Hae Ra (Kim Sa Rang), went from being a reporter to one of Korea’s hottest influencers after marrying a public figure. She has always been the head of her household from a young age who eventually became the role model for reports. However, she fell from grace after being embroiled in a scandal. Lucky for her, she finally found the chance to exact some vengeance. Joining her is Cha Min Joon (Yoon Hyun Min), who is a cold lawyer and boasts of an impressive winning streak. But, when a sinister plan threw his entire family into ruins, he devoted his energy and expertise in seeking revenge.
This mystery social revenge drama is set to air on TV Chosun this October, although there is no exact date set yet as of this writing. But, if you’re into The World of the Married (Also on Netflix), this gives similar feels, which is perfect for viewers who can tolerate a lot of antagonism, but is also hopeful for happy endings. We hope that this one satisfies!
7. The Spies Who Loved Me (October 2020)
This romantic comedy is about a woman who inadvertently gets involved in the heart-stopping world of espionage through her husband and ex-husband.
It follows the story of Kang Ah Reum (Yoo In Na), a wedding dress designer who just wished for a normal life but gets into trouble because of her two husbands. Her first beau, Jun Ji Hoon (Eric Mun), is an unpredictable agent who works for Interpol, while his current hubby, Derek Hyun (Im Joo Hwan) is a competitive corporate spy. Even though Derek loves Ah Reum dearly, he still hides his true self. Things get complicated when they cross paths with Ji Hoon. All three are actually hiding secrets that complicate their relationship. Ah Reum then finds herself wondering who is truly on her side.
The Spy Who Loved Me will take over MBC’s Wednesday and Thursday 9:30 p.m. time slot previously occupied by “When I Was Most Beautiful.”
8. Please Don’t Meet Him (October 2020)
At the centre of this drama is Seo Ji Sung (Song Ha Yoon), a software engineer of the AI smart home appliance development team. She wants to fall in love, but she’s also keen on steering clear from the wrong men. To make things easier for her, she develops an artificial intelligence (AI) program called Cho Sang Shin that can determine trashy humans. She also uses this to help people who are in difficult relationships. However, here comes Jung Kook Hee (Lee Jun Young), a firefighter with no social media presence and is the only person that Cho Sang Shin is unable to analyze.
This rom-com fantasy drama will air on MBC and MBC Every1 this October.
As we ease into the cold months, we are all looking forward to stories that will satiate our k-drama appetite. We hope that you are as excited to dive into all these new characters, find new gems in the coming month’s release, and enjoy the twists and turns of each story.