Black tells the story of a grim reaper who gets punished after falling in love with a death psychic human. He has taken over the body of a police officer and meets a woman whom he will work with to save people’s lives despite his duty as “protector of death.”


General Information

  • Status: COMPLETED
  • Drama Title: Black
  • Other Titles: N/A
  • Genre: Fantasy, Thriller, Romance
  • Director: Kim Hong-sun
  • Writer: Choi Ran
  • No. of Episodes: 18
  • Broadcast Period: October 14 to December 10, 2017
  • Time Slot: 22:20 Korean Standard Time, Sat & Sun
  • Runtime: 60 minutes
  • TV Network: OCN (cable)
  • Production Company(s): iWill Media
  • Preceded by: Save Me
  • Followed by: Bad Guys: City of Evil

Main Cast & Characters

Black Main Cast

Song Seung-hoon as Han Moo-gang/Black, a cold grim reaper who is inhabiting the body of detective Han Moo-gang. He doesn’t even flinch at the sight of a horrible crime scene or a dead body. Although an unsympathetic grim reaper who can’t understand human emotions, he falls in love with a mortal woman and gets punished as a result.

Go Ara as Kang Ha-ram, a woman who has the ability to see how people will die. She can see a shadow beside someone who is about to die, a bizarre and frightening ability she tries to avoid by wearing sunglasses.

Lee El as Yoon Soo-wan, a confident and skilled doctor who falls in love with Han Moo-gang

Kim Dong-joon as Oh Man-soo

Supporting Cast & Characters

(to be updated)


All values are expressed in percentage.
Episode No.Broadcast DateNielsen (Nationwide)Nielsen (Seoul)TNMS (Nationwide)
1October 14, 20172.1412.4162.0
2October 15, 20173.8764.1703.5
3October 21, 20173.9634.7152.7
4October 22, 20174.3185.0803.7
5October 28, 20173.5954.2292.9
6October 29, 20174.0874.7143.6
7November 4, 20173.8504.4273.0
8November 5, 20173.2473.7272.6
9November 11, 20172.9663.6362.3
10November 12, 20173.4094.2452.4
11November 18, 20172.5352.7952.1
12November 19, 20173.0743.6132.9
13November 25, 20172.5322.7072.4
14November 26, 20173.0383.2242.8
15December 2, 20172.4532.3952.0
16December 3, 20173.4703.8102.6
17December 9, 20173.0853.4032.2
18December 10, 20174.1814.1583.4

Official Posters

Original Soundtrack

(to be updated)

News & Developments



    Why didnt they show what happened to oh man soo or how he lived his life. Also Joonie’s first love and mom. Who is Haram’s late husband she talked about or she never actually married? What happened to the bad guys who should’ve been punished? Wadahek? Why is Grim reaper 444 (which I assume is joon) in moo gang’s body instead of his own? Punishment of nonexistence means Haram never met grim reaper 444, Joon or moo gang? Someone explain please? This drama really had it going untill came the ending. It was dissapointing because it seems rushed and I actually wouldn’t mind waiting a little longer for the drama to extend to ep 19 or 20 so that the story can be explained well especially what happened to everyone else besides Haram after grim reaper no. 444’s nonexistence punishment. ????

    • I agree. I love the show but there are so many questions that are unanswered. Like, why didn’t Ha ram see the shadow in Leo when he wasn’t wearing black. Unless he wore black underneath but it doesn’t seem like it. Also, When Ha ram went to go back to look at her boss’s dad in ep.8, it clearly shows that it was his dad but then later it shows that it wasn’t… there are a lot of mistakes after I rewatched it the second time around. Got me really confused!! I have so many questions that I wish could be answered. I do wonder if all the crimes just continued on after Joon was non-existent.

    • I think we’re meant to assume that her late husband was Man-Soo, although it was never exclusively stated. Maximum punishment meant Joon never existed. Moo-Gang still existed, but Ha-Ram wouldn’t encounter him without the existence of Joon. Sun-Young wouldn’t have encountered Ha-Ram either if Joon never existed. The majority of the characters were connected to Ha-Ram through Joon. Also, 444’s true body was Moo-Gang because the heart from his original body was transferred. Although, technically it would make more sense for 444 to be in Joon’s body because that was the body he was required to find in order to regain his memories.

      I agree, there were some flaws in this. Just one more episode would have really tied it up nicely… I think I might rewatch it and see what else I notice.

  • At the very end of the drama, when they were showing the bloopers, it said the drama was based on events that happened in real life. What events were they? I’m very curious.