October is such an exciting month for Korean drama fans! We are in for a big treat of highly anticipated premieres, including Go Ara’s Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol, Go Kyung-pyo’s Private Lives, and Bae Suzy and Nam Joo-hyuk’s Start-Up. The good (or bad, depending on your location) thing is, these three shows release their latest episodes on Netflix as soon as the telecast is completed in Korea. Read on to see the full list of the nine new Korean dramas in October.
October 5: My Dangerous Wife (Mondays & Tuesdays on MBN)
This new Korean drama follows a woman (Kim Jung-eun, Duel) who suddenly finds herself involved in a mysterious kidnapping case. The thriller highlights the different aspects of marriage, narrating both sides of the husband’s (Choi Won-young, Mystic Pop-up Bar) and wife’s perspective. A remake of the 2016 Japanese TV series of the same name, My Dangerous Wife is the first-ever drama to air every Monday and Tuesday on cable channel MBN. It is the latest work of Lee Hyeong-min, the director behind Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.
October 7: Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (Wednesdays & Thursdays on KBS2)
From the writer of My Secret, Terius, musical romance drama Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol tells the story of a mischievous and bubbly pianist (Go Ara, Haechi) who moves to a small village after going bankrupt. There, she enrolls in a piano academy and meets a free-spirited but mysterious guy (Lee Jae-wook, When the Weather Is Fine). This show, which is released on Netflix every week, is the second music-themed Korean drama to premiere this year, following Do You Like Brahms?.
October 7: Private Lives (Wednesdays & Thursdays on JTBC)
Private Lives marks Go Kyung-pyo‘s (Cross) first drama after his discharge from military duties last January. He and Girls’ Generation member Seohyun (The Time) form a group of swindlers who discover a secret that forces them to use their skills to bring down a large corporation. Like its predecessor Was it Love, this new Korean drama is also available for streaming worldwide on Netflix.
October 7: Tale of the Nine Tailed (Wednesdays & Thursdays on tvN)
The highly-anticipated series of Lee Dong-wook (Strangers From Hell) is finally airing this October! And fans can see him on the screen together with Kim Bum (Mrs. Cop 2) and Jo Bo-ah (Forest). The fantasy romance series follows a modern-day gumiho or nine-tailed fox (Lee) who has settled into the city to cleanse the human world of dangerous creatures. His activities catch the attention of a TV producer (Jo) of shows about supernatural beings. The series is helmed by the director of The Heirs.
October 17: Search (Saturdays & Sundays on OCN)
The terrifying premise of this military-themed OCN series sets it apart from other new Korean dramas in October. The story centers on a search troop assigned to investigate the mysterious disappearances and murders in the demilitarized zone (DMZ). Search stars Jang Dong-yoon (The Tale of Nokdu) and Krystal Jung (The Player) as a military dog handler and an elite army officer, respectively.
October 17: Start-Up (Saturdays and Sundays on tvN)
Start-Up is the much-anticipated collaboration between Bae Suzy (Vagabond) and Nam Joo-hyuk, who was previously seen in the Korean Netflix original series The School Nurse Files. The two take on the roles of young entrepreneurs struggling to build a successful business. The project also reunites Suzy with PD Oh Choong-hwan and writer Park Hye-run, who worked with her in the 2017 drama While You Were Sleeping. Oh and Park are best known for the successful series My Love From the Star and I Can Hear Your Voice, respectively. Considering that they’re teaming up with two of the most famous Korean names in the industry, the expectations are sky-high for Start-Up. This one is also streaming on Netflix.
October 21: The Spies Who Loved Me (Wednesdays & Thursdays on MBC)
Lee Dong-wook’s previous co-star Yoo In-na (Touch Your Heart) also has a new Korean drama this month—The Spies Who Loved Me. The drama’s title refers to the two men involved in Yoo’s character’s life in the story. An ex-wife of an Interpol agent (Eric Mun, Eccentric! Chef Moon), she is currently married to an industrial spy (Im Joo-hwan, The Game: Towards Zero) who disguises himself as a diplomat.
October 26: Kairos (Mondays & Tuesdays on MBC)
Kairos is an Ancient Greek word that means the right time to do a particular action. That’s a perfect title for this new Korean drama because time is a crucial factor that can help the main protagonists save the people they love. Shin Sung-rok (Vagabond) portrays a successful father who contacts someone in the past to save his kidnapped daughter. That person (Lee Se-young, Memorist) also needs help, as her mother has gone missing.
October 26: Penthouse (Mondays & Tuesdays on SBS)
Competing with Kairos on the Monday-Tuesday slot is Penthouse, about three ambitious women who will do anything in the name of success. Played by Lee Ji-ah (The Ghost Detective), Kim So-yeon (Mother of Mine), Eugene (All About My Mom), these women fight for dominance over each other in a 100-floor penthouse. The suspenseful drama is a reunion project of the PD-writer team who gave us The Last Empress.