9 New Korean Dramas in July 2018

Bye bye olds dramas, welcome new ones! The second half of 2018 is finally here (the 1st half was fast!), giving us a whole new batch of dramas that will continue to entertain—in a perfect or hilarious way—our ever-insatiable Kdrama fanboy/girl souls. Nine prime time dramas will be premiering (most of them under the romance-romcom genre) this July, surpassing the highest no. of premieres to date since January 2018. Here are some basic details about them to guide you in selecting which dramas to watch as they air.

1. Your House Helper

Your House Helper Poster 1

Premiere Date: July 4, 2018

Network: KBS2

Time Slot: Wed & Thu at 22:00 KST

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Director: Jeon Woo-sung (previous works: Strongest Deliveryman, The Fugitive of Joseon)

Writer: Kim Ji-seon (n/a)

Starring: Ha Suk-jin & Bona

Synopsis: A man from a prominent family quits his job and suddenly starts to work as a house helper who fixes career women’s messy homes and messy lives. Can he tidy up their lives in more ways than one?

2. Mr. Sunshine

Premiere Date: July 7, 2018

Network: tvN

Time Slot: Sat & Sun at 21:00 KST

Genre: Historical, Romance

Director: Lee Eung-book (Goblin, Descendants of the Sun)

Writer: Kim Eun-sook (Goblin, Descendants of the Sun)

Starring: Lee Byung-hun & Kim Tae-ri

Synopsis: A Korean-born US Marine Officer returns back to his homeland after leaving it as a child during a US expedition to Korea. He then falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter and faces the challenge to save Korea from its enemies.

3. Let’s Eat 3 (Watch on VIKI)

Let's Eat 3 Poster 1

Premiere Date: July 16, 2018

Network: tvN

Time Slot: Mon & Tue at 21:30 KST

Genre: Romance

Director: Choi Gyu-sik (Drinking SoloLet’s Eat 2)

Writer: Im Soo-mi (Let’s Eat 2Let’s Eat)

Starring: Yoon Doo-joon & Baek Jin-hee

Synopsis: A man in his 30s has fallen into a slump in his career. A former college classmate helps him heal by eating together the food that he loved during his 20s. Then there’s this memory from when they were campus sweethearts that are relived.

4. Life

JTBC to air medical drama 'Life' beginning July 23

Premiere Date: July 23, 2018

Network: JTBC

Time Slot: Mon & Tue at 23:00 KST

Genre: Medical

Director: Hong Jong-chan (The Most Beautiful Goodbye In The WorldLive Up To Your Name)

Writer: Lee Soo-yeon (Secret Forest)

Starring: Lee Dong-wook, Cho Seung-woo, & Won Jin-ah

Synopsis: A chief director who oversees the operations at a large hospital’s emergency center is confronted by a medical specialist at the emergency center. A power struggle ensues—who will win?

5. Risky Romance

main cast of risky romance

Premiere Date: July 23, 2018*

Network: MBC

Time Slot: Mon & Tue at 22:00 KST

Genre: Medical, Romance

Director: Lee Chang-han (Crazy Romance, In Need of Romance)

Writer: Kim Nam-hee & Heo Seung-min

Starring: Ji Hyun-woo & Lee Si-young

Synopsis**: A neurosurgeon, who’s persistent in always winning, falls in love with an endocrinologist who is obsessed about hormones.

6. Thirty But Seventeen

main cast of thirty but seventeen
Photo Credit: Asianwiki

Premiere Date: July 23, 2018*

Network: SBS

Time Slot: Mon & Tue at 22:00 KST

Genre: Romance

Director: Jo Soo-won (Pinocchio, I Can Hear Your Voice)

Writer: Jo Sung-hee (She Was Pretty, High School King of Savvy)

Starring: Yang Se-jong & Shin Hye-sun

Synopsis: A woman fell into a coma when she was 17. 13 years later, she wakes up with the mental age of a 17-year-old. She meets a man who suffered from the same trauma she experienced and they fall in love.

7. Time (Watch on VIKI)

main cast of time

Premiere Date: July 25, 2018*

Network: MBC

Time Slot: Wed & Thu at 22:00 KST

Genre: Romance

Director: Jang Joon-ho (Bad Thief Good ThiefIron Lady Cha)

Writer: Choi Ho-chul (Mask, Secret Love)

Starring: Kim Jung-hyun & Seohyun

Synopsis***: The series tells the story of a man who spends the last hours of his life helping a woman he has wronged.

8. Dear Judge (Watch on VIKI)

main cast of dear judge

Premiere Date: July 25, 2018*

Network: SBS

Time Slot: Wed & Thu at 22:00 KST

Genre: Legal, Romance

Director: Boo Sung-chul (Our Gab-Soon, Mask)

Writer: Chun Sung-Il (The Package, The Slave Hunters)

Starring: Yoon Shi-yoon & Lee Yoo-young

Synopsis: A judge suddenly disappears, then his ex-convict identical twin takes over his position and pretends to be him. What will happen after then?

9. My ID is Gangnam Beauty

main cast of my id is gangnam beauty

Premiere Date: July 27, 2018

Network: JTBC

Time Slot: Fri & Sat at 23:00 KST

Genre: Romance

Director: Choi Sung-bum (Family, Two Outs in the Ninth Inning)

Writer: Choi Soo-young (Cunning Single Lady, Pure Love)

Starring: Lim Soo-hyang & Cha Eun-woo

Synopsis: A woman has had a new face thanks to plastic surgery. But a lot of people in college still bully her for her previous appearance—except for a guy who cares about what’s on the inside and likes her character.

*Actual premiere date has not yet been announced as of July 1, 2018. The series may premiere in August.

**More information for the synopsis is still lacking. This one is sourced from Asianwiki.

***More info regarding the plot haven’t been announced yet.


Me? Just an ordinary lad with an extraordinary (says this something called 'stereotype') habit of watching Korean dramas. It started with action-filled City Hunter and the rest, as they say, is history.