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Two dramas that I missed

Because who needs queues and I totally needed a week to recover from my vacation. Last week there were two new dramas, and while neither is my cup of tea, one of them might be yours. Have you started watching either?

Meloholic
10 episodes, OCN
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com

When Yoo Eun-ho touches someone, he can read that person’s mind. That power has made him suspicious of others since he can tell whenever they are lying, and that mistrust has spilled over into his romantic life. But Eun-ho is in for a surprise when he meets Han Ye-ri, a woman whose mind and words always match up—and who also happens to have two personalities.

Meloholic is based on the 2010­–2013 webtoon of the same name by 팀겟네임/Team Get-Name.

 

Money Flower
24 episodes, MBC
Saturday
Available on Viki.com

The rich have few moral limits when it comes to protecting the wealth they have hoarded, and others will do anything to rise to their ranks—or tear them down. Kang Pil-joo had a difficult childhood growing up in an orphanage, but as an adult he is the managing director of a corporate legal team. Na Mo-hyun lives a very different life as a middle school science teacher and environmental activist. Will Mo-hyun’s dreams of a fateful love be dashed by greed?

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One behind-the-scenes weekender for you

Don’t let the ridiculous episode count fool you–this one’s really only clocking in at sixty. (How long until you think broadcast rules can be changed so we don’t have to deal with this ridiculousness?) Will you be watching it?

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120 (mini) episodes, SBS
Saturday
Available on KOCOWA.com/Viki.com

Ha Do-na is an assistant PD and is frustrated by the fact that she is the only one of her peers still stuck at the assistant level, never having been able to take charge of a show of her own. To make matters worse, her mother’s unexpected return results in the end of her current relationship. While she tries to pick up the pieces of her heart, Do-na gets caught up in two other people’s lives: haughty PD Shin Dong-woo, and the seven-years-without-a-debut actor Kim Bum-woo. Meanwhile, veteran actress and chaebol wife Song Mi-ja finds her fantasy life crumbling to the point that she can’t even get minor roles.

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Couldn’t you have staggered your schedules a little?

I’m a little overwhelmed by just how many dramas are starting this week. There are a couple I have my eye on–Witch’s Court, Avengers Social Club, maybe Black–but we’ll see what I actually end up trying out. There are just so many to choose from. Have any of these caught your eye?

20th Century Boy and Girl
32 (mini) episodes, MBC
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com

Sa Jin-jin is a former idol who has since become an actress. She reconnects with her childhood friend, Gong Ji-won, now a successful businessman. At the age of thirty-five, Jin-jin and her two best girlfriends have to navigate their familial ties, friendships, and romantic relationships while sorting out what they want from this period of their lives.

 

 

Witch’s Court
16 episodes, KBS2
Monday/Tuesday
Available on KOCOWA.com and Viki.com

Prosecutor Ma Yi-deum has been in the courtroom for seven years, and she has built a reputation for playing dirty (and even illegally) in order to win the case. After an incident derails her career plans, she gets transferred to a special team that investigates sex crimes and crimes against children. Yi-deum quickly grows to hate Prosecutor Yeo Jin-wook, a rookie prosecutor also on the team, but the two of them have to figure out how to work together if they’re going to get convictions on their cases.

 

Mad Dog
16 episodes, KBS2
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on KOCOWA.com and Viki.com

Former detective Choi Kang-woo switched career paths to being a top investigator of insurance fraud scams, particularly among the upper class. He forms a team of specialists—the Mad Dog Team—who do everything in their power to investigate and expose fraudulent claims. Together with Jang Ha-ri, Kim Min-joon, and the rest of their team, Kang-woo sets out to ensure that the rich don’t abuse the system and the poor get the compensation they deserve.

Avengers Social Club
16 episodes, tvN
Wednesday/Thursday
Availability unknown

Kim Jung-hye, a naïve chaebol daughter, had an arranged married to benefit both her and her husband’s families. Even though she has tried to be a good wife, her life gets upended when she discovers that her husband has betrayed her. In order to get revenge, she forms the “Bok Ja Club” with two other women she meets: Hong Do-hee, a fish seller at a traditional market whose son has serious problems at school; and Lee Mi-sook, a housewife who is struggling in an abusive marriage to a university professor. The final member of the club is Lee Soo-kyum, the bastard son of Jung-hye’s husband.

 

The Package
12 episodes, jTBC
Friday/Saturday
Availability unknown

Yoon So-so lives and works in France as a travel guide. Her new assignment is a group of Korean tourists who have all signed up for a package tour: San Ma-roo, who has just been dumped by his girlfriend; Kim Kyung-jae, who is in a ten-year relationship; Han So-ran, who can’t decide if being single or getting married is best; Jung Yeon-sung, who booked the tour with a partner but refuses to disclose their relationship; and four other people round out unconventional the group. While a mysterious man begins to follow So-so, the group slowly becomes entangled in each other’s personal lives.

 

Go Back Couple
16 episodes, KBS2
Friday/Saturday
Available on KOCOWA.com and Viki.com

Ma Jin-joo and Choi Ban-do are both thirty-eight, married, and miserable together. While they were both in love when they married at a young age, over the eighteen years they’ve known each other, they’ve grown to hate each other. Jin-joo feels stuck as a housewife, and Ban-do struggles under the burden of providing for the household on his own. When they both travel back in time to their twenty-year-old, university-attending selves, they have the opportunity to do things differently and escape from their unhappy future. It’s up to them to decide if they should choose other paths—or try it all again.

 

Black
16 episodes, OCN
Saturday/Sunday
Availability unknown

A grim reaper called Black walks the world in the body of a police officer. While he is there, he meets Kang Ha-ram, a woman who can see the deaths of the people around her. The two of them form an unlikely team and break heaven’s rules to stop people from dying, and in the process, the two of them fall in love.

 

 

Revolutionary Love
16 episodes, tvN
Saturday/Sunday
Available on DramaFever.com

Even though Baek Joon graduated from a good university, she hasn’t been able to find a stable, full-time job. Her strict budget and part-time work means that she lives in a poor area while she continues to search for something better. Byun Hyuk is the last person who would be expected to move into her neighborhood as a somewhat naive and friendly third-generation chaebol son, but he ends up trying to live entirely on his own in a tiny studio apartment. Hyuk hides his background while he struggles to find work as a normal person, thanks to his lack of ordinary life experience.

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One dreaming couple for you

There are two new dramas out this week! Are you excited for either of them? I’ll definitely be checking out the second one.

Whoops, one of them got pushed back, likely due to the broadcaster strike. It’ll premier next week.

While You Were Sleeping
32 (mini) episodes, SBS
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on Viki.com

Nam Hong-joo, currently an unemployed journalist, is a fan of Jung Jae-chan, a famous prosecutor. Despite Jae-chan’s rookie status, he is quickly gaining attention both inside and out of the courtroom. Hong-joo spends her days with her mother and looking for a full-time job, but one night she begins having prophetic dreams about upcoming events. She ends up turning to Jae-chan for help in preventing these disasters, and he reluctantly begins helping her. Can the two of them prevent the awful future that Hong-joo sees?

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Two new dramas, plus one I missed

We’ve got a little bit of everything this week, though none of them really speak to my soul.  Are any of these on your to-watch list?

Temperature of Love
40 (mini) episodes, SBS
Monday/Tuesday
Available on DramaFever.com

Lee Hyun-soo has spent the last ten years as an assistant screenwriter, and she had been gaining recognition in her field. She goes by the username Jane online, and she strikes up an internet friendship with the username Good Soup. Their chatting turns into flirting, and Hyun-soo finds herself with a crush on Good Soup. Good Soup is really Ohn Jung-sun, a restaurant owner who often clashes with his distant mother. Things get complicated quickly when Hyun-soo’s friend, Ji Hong-ah, falls in love with Jung-sun, and Park Jung-woo, primary investor in Good Soup, falls for Hyun-soo. These four friends will have to sort out their romantic feelings and their friendships when Hyun-soo and Jung-sun meet face to face for the first time.

Temperature of Love is based on Ha Myung-hee’s 2013 novel, Good Soup Never Picks Up the Phone.

Andante
16 episodes, KBS1
Sunday
Available on DramaFever.com

High school student Lee Shi-kyung has earned his antisocial and computer nerd reputation. He’s far more interested in what’s going on in his neighborhood PC room than his family, so his life gets turned upside down when they suddenly move to the countryside. He and his younger sister, hot-tempered cosplay nerd Lee Shi-young, end up being sent to a really weird high school. There they meet Park Ga-ram, a top student who wants to become a doctor, and Kim Bom, a mysterious and shy girl. Shi-kyung will have to force himself out of his comfort zone in order to survive and thrive in this new place.

 

And the one I missed last week:

Borg Mom
8 episodes, MBC
Friday
Available on Viki.com

Seven years ago, Choi Go-bong’s wife died not long after giving birth to their son, Yool. Yool is now ready to begin his school year at a prestigious kindergarten, and because of this, Go-bong believes his son needs a mother. Since Go-bong is a leader in the artificial intelligence and robots fields, he decides to build Yool a mother. This “borg” mother clashes with the other mothers at the school and their obsessions with status and wealth.

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Time to head back to 1979

I feel like it has been ages since dramaland has given us a girl-focused coming-of-age story. Is this drama on your watchlist?

Girls’ Generation 1979
8 episodes, KBS 2
Monday/Tuesday
Available on KoCoWa.com/Viki.com

Daegu, 1979. High school student Lee Jung-hee has a one-sided crush on fellow student Son Jin, who works part-time at a pharmacy. Her life gets more complicated when a transfer student arrives at school. Park Hye-joo is from Seoul, and she instantly catches the attention of a lot of people, including Son Jin. As the school year goes by, Jung-hee and Hye-joo will need to figure out their budding friendship and what they both want out of life.

This coming-of-age drama is based on a 2009 novel Lingerie Girls’ Generation (란제리 소녀시대) by Kim Yong-hee.

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One investigative reporting team for you

This week we have one new drama that’s all about investigative journalism. It sounds interesting, especially since just eight episodes means that the corruption-go-round will be shorter than usual. Will any legal sites pick it up? Is it on your to-watch list?

Argon
8 episodes, tvN
Monday/Tuesday
Availability unknown

Lee Yeon-hwa is a contract reporter with just three months left to go at HBC when she gets assigned to the investigative reporting team behind the show Argon. The show’s team leader is Kim Baek-jin, an exacting man who is strict about uncovering the truth and demands perfection. Yeon-hwa wants to earn an official position as a reporter on the team, and she must endure Baek-jin’s strict training in order to gain the skills and experience necessary to be an asset to the team.

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One medical and one family drama coming up

We have two new dramas coming up this week. I’m probably going to skip both of them, but are either of them on your watch list?

Hospital Ship
40 (mini) episodes, MBC
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on DramaFever.com

After an incident cuts off Song Eun-jae’s opportunity to be a surgeon at a prestigious hospital, she takes her skills to a humanitarian project. The hospital ship is home to different doctors and medical staff, and their mission is to travel around to remote places and treat those who are out of range of more conventional medical care. Eun-jae is less than enthused with her (often stubborn) patients, but fellow doctor Kwak Hyun has a far better bedside manner than she does. Hyun’s father is the man who owns the hospital ship, and he works hard to connect with his patients. Meanwhile, Kim Jae-geol specializes in traditional medicine, much to the consternation of his father—and Eun-jae, who disdains the practice. The three doctors need to figure out how to get along and how to care for their patients as a team.

Man Who Sets the Table
50 episodes, MBC
Saturday/Sunday
Availability unknown

Lee Roo-ri has had enough. She has given up on getting a stable job at a large company, and her parents’ relationship is about to implode. On top of that, Roo-ri caught her boyfriend cheating on her. She decides to take a much-needed getaway to a foreign country, and while she’s there, she meets Jung Tae-yang. Tae-yang’s biggest priority is his own happiness, and he travels the world in search of it—and to help him cope with some problems of his own. After the two of them meet, Roo-ri’s life takes a sharp turn, and she and Tae-yang slowly change their bickering hostility into something more.

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Two twelve-episode dramas for you

Surprisingly, both new dramas this week have just twelve episodes. (My heart hopes that this is the start of a trend, because there is far less chance for meandering bloat with twelve episodes.) Will either of these make your watch list this week?

Single Wife
12 episodes, DramaX
Wednesday/Thursday
Availability unknown

Furniture designer Lee Ra-hee is preparing for the next stage of her life: marriage to a second-generation chaebol son, Hwang Jae-min. Jae-min, a former player, is finally ready to settle down with Ra-hee and work hard at his family’s furniture company. Shortly before the wedding, Ra-hee discovers that her first marriage to Lee Min-hong isn’t officially over. Min-hong never turned in the paperwork to finalize their divorce; he ended up in an accident instead. He also acquired amnesia and believes he’s still married to Ra-hee.

 

Age of Youth 2
12 episodes, jTBC
Friday/Saturday
Available on DramaFever.com (they’ve got a page for it, at least)

A year after the events of Age of Youth, the young women at Belle Epoque say goodbye to one housemate and welcome another. Yoon Jin-myung, recently returned from China, has finally found a job, and Jung Ye-eun is heading back to school after taking a much-needed break. Song Ji-won is still looking for a boyfriend, while Yoo Eun-jae is dealing with the emotional fallout of breaking up with her first love. They are all suspicious of their new housemate, Jo Eun, who may be hiding something from the rest of them.

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Two time-travel comedies this week

Of all the trends to come back in style, I hadn’t expected it to be time travel. Huh. Well, here’s hoping we end up with a better crop of good ones than we did back in 2012/2013. Also, what do I need to do to get more time-traveling ladies? Are either of these on your to-watch list?

Manhole: Feel So Good
16 episodes, KBS2
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on KOCOWA.com I’m assuming so even though they didn’t have a page for it when I wrote this post

Bong Pill has spent the last three years studying for the civil service exam without success. To make matters worse, his childhood friend (whom he has been secretly in love with all his life), Kang Soo-jin, is getting married in one week. With a little help from his friends—and a manhole that allows him to travel back and forth in time—Bong Pil is going to try to stop Soo-jin from falling in love with another man and getting married.

 

Deserving of the Name
16 episodes, tvN
Saturday/Sunday
Available on DramaFever.com (as Live Up to Your Name)

Cardiac surgery resident Choi Yeon-kyung is a firm believer in modern medicine. Her cold and logical outlook means she doesn’t put much faith in traditional medicine—or romance. Heo Im, an acupuncturist and practitioner of moxibustion, has been held back in the Joseon Era due to his status as the son of a concubine. He ends up traveling 400 years into the future, and Yeon-kyung is neither impressed by his medical practice nor his insistence that he’s a time traveler. Heo Im soon falls in love, despite their clashing personalities and views on medicine, and he decides he needs to prove his worth to Yeon-kyung.