If the last few weeks saw the end of many dramas, this week will welcome a slew of new shows that will surely keep you busy in the next days — making you figure out which shows are worth your precious time or lure you to try something different just for fun. The week starts with three dramas from KBS2, MBC, and tvN. One legal drama and 2 rom-coms, make your choice.
The first-ever legal drama of KBS2 this year has a weird title but at least it gives you the idea that it has something to do with the law. The central premise here is there’s an ace female prosecutor who’s known by his impressive knowledge of the law and has worked in various departments in the prosecutor’s office for the past seven days and then one day she gets assigned to lead a special team dealing with sexual cases against women and children. OK, that’s a serious and boring synopsis but don’t be discouraged. I think the very topic dealt by this show is interesting and sort of rare in Kdramaland, so I wonder how it’s gonna turn out and interweave the potential romance with the battle against the criminals. Jung Ryeo-won, whose last drama Bubblegum feels like ages ago, is playing the heroine named Ma Yi-deum and she’s paired up with rising actor Yoon Hyun-min (Tunnel) who is playing the rookie prosecutor, Yeo Jin-wook. He’s actually a psychiatrist but his love for the law far exceeds his passion for medicine and leads him to the prosecutor’s office where he, as a righteous and by-the-book prosecutor, will clash with the materialistic and fierce Ma Yi-deum.
Curious about the director and writer? The PD is someone named Kim Young-kyoon whose last miniseries is Marry Stayed Out All Night that aired seven years ago. Meanwhile, Jung Do-yoon of The Time We Were Not In Love is the screenwriter. Oh, it’s unlikely for someone to watch this show for the writer or director, so maybe the best motivation you can have to watch Witch’s Court is its unusual topic (not the common heroes-versus-the-corrupt drama) and possibly the leading stars, particularly Yoon Hyun-min.
20th Century Boy and Girl
Another weird title. Because the main characters aren’t boys and girls but are women and man in their mid-thirties who are still single and ready to mingle. Despite being at such a mature age though, they act like they haven’t grown up after all those years. Taking center stage in the story is the trio of girlfriends composed of an idol-turned-actress (Han Ye-seul), a diet-conscious flight attendant (Ryu Hyun-kyung), and a lawyer (Lee Sang-hee). The drama will focus on their friendship, their careers, and of course their love life. Speaking of love, Han Ye-seul (Madam Antoine) and Kim Ji-seok (Rebel: Thief Who Stole The People) are playing the main couple. They’ve known each other since childhood, grown to become the best of friends, but all of the sudden they’ve parted. However, they will reunite again during their thirties (I assume this is the reason behind her still-single civil status) when she’s as gorgeous as ever and he’s a successful businessman with an MBA degree from Harvard.
Reason to watch? The screenplay is handled by Lee Sun-hye, junior writer of Reply 1997/Answer Me 1997 which of course is an amazing show. That being said I think 20th Century Boy and Girl‘s gonna be part-romcom and part-slice-of-life, a combination that makes it worth checking out.
Because This Is My First Life
This one centers around two roommates who have signed a house rental agreement without seeing each other in person, so things are a bit complicated and hilarious when she finds out that her roommate is a man. The setup is pretty simple: the guy has a decent job and owns a house that he decides to share with a woman desperate to live on her own, and the rest, as they say, is history (I mean the romance). Lee Min-ki (Dalja’s Spring) is playing the guy, whose promise not to marry gets shaken up after falling in love with his housemate, played by Jung So-min (My Father Is Strange), who also swore that she’s not gonna date anyone considering her financial status.
Because This Is My First Life is helmed by Let’s Eat’s PD Park Joon-hwa and penned by Flower Boy Ramyun Shop’s writer Yoon Nan-joong. The series looks like a plain rom-com and nothing more but it will actually depict how the present generation view marriage, jobs, and other real-life concerns would-be adults will have to face sooner or later.