After the Squid Games’ breakthrough on the internet, people are inclined to watch popular South Korean dramas and movies. For the Korean dramas of summer 2022, we have some of the biggest projects on the internet and local TV. These shows include the most promising Korean dramas of 2023, including the highly anticipated Yumi’s Cell S2, Eve, and Why Her.
This post will look at some of the most popular South Korean dramas airing or are anticipated to be released in the summer. That said, here is a look at the most popular Korean Dramas of summer 2023. The list will be updated every week, so make sure you bookmark this page and never leave any updates we may post next week.
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Most popular Korean dramas of summer 2023
Eve has an emotional story with a powerful cast — Seo Yea-Ji, Park Byung-Eun, Yoo Sun, and Lee Sang-Yeob. It revolves around the concept of revenge where our lead protagonist, Lee La-El (Seo Yea-Ji), tries to return to the family responsible for her father’s death. While she was only a child, her father was conspired to be killed by some influential people in the country. Lee La-El then takes matters into her own hands and prepares for a war against the top dogs in the country. You can watch this drama on these websites for the rest of the plot.
- Director: Park Bong-Sub
- Writer: Yoon Young-Mi
- Network: tvN
- Episodes: 16
- Release Date: June 1 – July 21, 2022
- Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 22:30
The Sound Of Magic
The most anticipated drama features a stellar cast, Ji Chang-Wook, Choi Sung-Eun, and Hwang In-Yeop is called The Sound Of Magic. Yoon A-Yi (Choi Sung-Eun) is a hardworking high school student who works part-time jobs to support her family. Once an ordinary day in her life, she meets Magician Ri-Eul (Ji Chang-Wook) at an abandoned amusement park and her life changes after meeting with him because he shines as a bright star in her life.
About The Sound Of Magic
- Director: Kim Sung-Yoon
- Writer: Ha Il-Kwon (webcomic), Kim Min-Jung
- Network: Netflix
- Episodes: 6
- Release Date: May 6, 2022
Link: Eat, Love, Kill
Link: Eat, Love, Kill revolves around a 20-year-old case of a missing girl. Eun Gye-Hoon, the girl’s twin brother, becomes an adult and decides to open a restaurant where his twin sister disappeared. The drama seems to throw you into a downward spiral as complicated as this name is. In the midst of all the agony, Eun meets No Da-Hyun and starts to feel alive again. He shares his emotions with her, and a long bonding relationship begins. Of course, the drama still lingers on the loss of his sisters and is definitely worth watching.
About Link: Eat, Love, Kill
- Director: Hong Jong-Chan
- Writer: Kwon Ki-Young
- Network: tvN
- Episodes: 16
- Release Date: June 6 – July 26, 2022
- Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 22:30
It’s Beautiful Now
It’s Beautiful Now revolves around three brothers — Lee Soo-Jae (Seo Bum-June), Lee Hyun-Jae (Yoon Si-Yoon) and Lee Yoon-Jae (Oh Min-Suk). These brothers are reluctant to get into a relationship with women, not thinking about marriage. However, things turned around when their grandfather announced a scheme where the first brother who gets married will receive a new apartment. Now, who will get married first? Will it change their mundane lonely life? Well, there is only one way to find out.
About It’s Beautiful Now
- Director: Kim Sung-Geun
- Writer: Ha Myung-Hee
- Network: KBS2
- Episodes: 50
- Release Date: April 2, 2022 —
- Runtime: Saturday & Sunday 19:55
Bravo, My Life
Bravo, My Life is another rom-com with hints of a classic Korean story. The female protagonist is fed up with her life and meets a new man who changes how she sees things. However, that would be a lie to confine Bravo, My Life in the box. The story actually revolves around three main characters — a drama producer-director (PD), a frustrated actor who is yet to receive a big break, and an assistant director who is waiting for a turn to show her skills. The life of these three people tangles, and more characters create confusion like how slapstick comedy dramas do.
About Bravo, My Life
- Director: Park Heung-Sik
- Writer: Park Heung-Sik, Seo Jung-Min, Lee Sook-Yun
- Producer: Jin Hee-Moon, Bae Yong-Kuk, Moon Mi-Ho
- Cinematographer Choi Young-Taek
- Release Date: November 4, 2005
- Runtime: 96 Min
Hope or Dope – Season 2
Hope or Dope returns with a new season and picks up the story from season 1. The story now follows the events after five months where Kyung Da-Jun (Won Ji-an) struggles to find a way to survive in Seoul. She is still surrounded by drug addicts and people who Park In-Sun wronged; Kyung Da-Jun tries to escape the situation while bigger problems are on the way to disrupt her life again.
About Hope or Dope – Season 2
- Director: Jo Yong-Ik
- Writer: Jung Soo-Yoon
- Network: Seezn
- Episodes: 8
- Release Date: May 31, 2022
- Runtime: Tuesday
This one takes the concept of rural life and pushes it a bit farther. No, we’re not talking about Reply 1988 kind of rural life but all the cool things that happen on Jeju island. Our Blues follows the story of Lee Dong-Seok (Lee Byung-Hun) and his mundane life in a small village on Jeju island. Now, the classic trope comes into play, and our protagonist gets acquainted with Min Seon-A (Shin Min-A), and we all know how things will turn out from there — a perfect rural drama with a twist of romance.
About Our Blues
- Director: Kim Kyu-Tae
- Writer: No Hee-Kyung
- Network: tvN
- Episodes: 20
- Release Date: April 9 – June 12, 2022
- Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 21:10
The show revolves around the lawyer, Oh Soo-Jae (Seo Hyun-Jin), who aims to become the top lawyer at TK Law Firm. She works hard to achieve her goal, but after getting involved in a case, that turns her career upside down. She eventually got demoted at work and was forced to work as a professor at a law school. Oh Soo-Jae meets a young man named Gong Chan (Hwang In-Yeop), and instantly a new world of opportunities opens for her. Why Her? Looks super promising with a stellar cast like Seo Hyun-Jin, Park Ji-won and Hwang In-Yeop.
About Why Her?
- Director: Park Soo-Jin
- Writer: Kim Ji-Eun
- Network: SBS
- Episodes: 16
- Release Date: June 3 – July 23, 2022
- Runtime: Friday & Saturday 22:00-23:10
Cafe Minamdang revolves around a scam centre run by Nam Han-Jun (Seo In-Guk), who used to be a criminal profiler. He scams people out of their good money by using his sweet-talking skills, and in his endeavour to get rich, he meets new partners — Su-Cheol and Nam Hye-Jun. Amid all the scams, Nam Han-Jun (Seo In-Guk) meets with detective Han Jae-Hui (Oh Yeon-Seo) and a new relationship between a scammer and detective blooms.
About Cafe Minamdang
- Director: Ko Jae-Hyun
- Writer: Jung Jae-Han (novel), Park Hye-Jin
- Network: KBS2
- Release Date: June 27, 2022 —
- Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 21:30
Yumi’s Cells – Season 2
Yumi’s Cells has a new season, further exploring the relationship between Kim Yu-Mi (Kim Go-Eun) and her co-worker Bobby Yoo (Jin Young). The show will explore the two characters, especially Kim Yu-Mi, as she tries to find true love through her tiny blue-hooded cells that control her emotions, moods, and actions.
About Yumi’s Cells – Season 2
- Director: Lee Sang-Yeob, Joo Sang-Kyu
- Writer: Lee Dong-Gun (webcomic), Song Jae-Jung, Kim Kyung-Ran
- Network: TVING
- Release Date: June 10, 2022 —
- Runtime: Friday