Hello, K-Drama fans! As we step into the new year, it’s time to take a peek at what the world of Korean dramas has to offer for us in 2024. In this blog post, we’ll be highlighting 33 upcoming dramas that are expected to be on the watchlist of many. So, without further ado, let’s explore the lineup and get a glimpse of the dramas that might just make it to your must-watch list.
Crown Prince Sajo Hyun and assassin girl Yeon Wol are two characters with opposite personalities. Yeon Wol is driven by revenge to kill the king, but ultimately finds herself falling in love with him. As their paths intertwine, they must confront Sajo Seung’s oppressive rule and their own inner demons. Through a heart-fluttering love story and fierce obsession, both characters must find their way as they face the harsh world of royalty.
Starring: Park Ji Hoon, Hong Ye Ji, Ji Woo
Choi Yi Jae is struggling with depression after losing his job and his savings to a scam. Unwilling to cope with the pressures of society, he attempts suicide. Death intervenes, challenging Choi Yi Jae to survive 13 additional lives, each of which is in danger of imminent death. If he succeeds, he will be rewarded with the chance to live out the lifetime of each life he saves. With his own life a bust, Choi Yi Jae must now decide if he can help save the lives of others.
On one fateful day, a 29-year-old man is trapped into the novel his ‘Sunbae’ (Senior) is writing. He is assigned the mission to make the 19-year-old student, Cha Yeon Woon, happy within 300 days or face death as his penalty. With a limited amount of time, he must complete the task while protecting his loved ones. Will he be able to fulfill his mission?
Starring: Lee Tae Vin, Cha Joo Wan, Oh Min Su
Kang Ji Won is married to Park Min Hwan, but their relationship is strained due to Min Hwan’s selfishness, his debt, and his demanding mother, all of which are exacerbated by Ji Won’s responsibility to be the primary breadwinner of the family and to handle all the household chores. When Ji Won is diagnosed with a terminal illness, she discovers her husband and her close friend, Jung Soo Min, having an affair. In a physical struggle, Ji Won dies at the hands of her husband. Unexpectedly, she wakes up 10 years in the past, when she was still dating Min Hwan. Hoping to rewrite her destiny, she strives to make Soo Min marry Min Hwan. Meanwhile, her colleague Yoo Ji Hyeok, who serves as a chief in the same department, begins to show his feelings for her and reveals a hidden secret.
Jian begins college when she is suddenly contacted by the police about her uncle’s death, which is being ruled a suicide. However, her uncle Jeong Jin Man, who had been her caretaker since the death of her parents, had never been suicidal before. Before she can process the situation, she is targeted by a group of assassins. As she is forced to take shelter in her uncle’s home, Jian must rely on the unusual training he gave her throughout her childhood in order to survive and uncover what is going on.
Prince Lee In is a member of the royal family. His older brother, King Lee Sun, holds a deep affection for him and trusts his loyalty. However, when Lee In is taken hostage by the Qing Dynasty, King Lee Sun views it as a betrayal and begins to despise his younger brother. The emotional pain is immense for Lee In. He then meets a mysterious baduk player, Kang Hee Soo, with whom he is captivated by. Fate results in him becoming king, and he is a strong but sad and weak person internally. Kang Hee Soo falls in love with Lee In but later approaches him as a spy in order to enact her revenge.
Starring: Jo Jung Suk, Shin Sae Kyeong, Lee Shin Young
Yeo Jeong Woo was a top student in his school days, studying at the best medical school in the country. He has since become a successful plastic surgeon and his life is going well until a mysterious medical accident pushes him to the brink. He meets Nam Ha Neul, his academic rival from his school days, at his lowest moment. Ha Neul is an anesthesiologist with a reputation as a genius, dedicating her life to work and study. Realizing her lack of satisfaction with her life, she sets out to make a change and meets Jeong Woo. The two comfort each other and fall in love.
8.Wuju Bakery (2024)
A small bakery reopens in an old town full of fond memories from the baker’s past. On the day of the grand opening, a spaceship suddenly crashes, destroying the bakery. The baker finds an alien in the wreckage and they set up a shared living arrangement. At the same time, other aliens, who had been hiding around the city, make their presence known.
Starring: Jeff Satur, Barcode Tinnasit Isarapongporn, Jun In Kyu
9.All of Us Are Dead Season 2 (2024)
A high school turns into ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak, trapping students who must fight to escape or risk becoming one of the infected. The once-familiar halls now echo with the desperate struggle for survival.
Starring: Park Ji Hu, Yoon Chan Young, Cho Yi Hyun
Failed and drowning in debt, chauffeur Seong Gi Hun gambles away money from his elderly mother, neglecting his family. Rock bottom arrives with an irresistible offer: a chance to win ₩45.6 billion in traditional Korean children’s games alongside 455 players, including childhood friend Cho Sang Woo. The seemingly innocent games take a deadly turn as the participants realize losing comes with fatal consequences, turning the high-stakes competition into a brutal fight for survival.
When the death of King Gogukcheon is announced, a fierce competition ensues among the tribes to crown a new king within 24 hours. Lady Woo rises to the challenge and becomes the first person in history to be crowned queen twice in a dramatic and action-packed NC-17 political melodrama.
Starring: Jeon Jong Seo, Kim Mu Yeol, Ji Chang Wook
Lee Tang is a college student who, during a part-time job in a convenience store one night, gets into an argument with a customer and unwittingly kills him. After suffering guilt and fear of murder, he discovers that his victim was a serial killer. Lee then realizes he has a supernatural ability to identify those who have done wrong in the past, and takes up the role of a dark hero by punishing these people. His actions attract the attention of a cold-blooded, charismatic and persistent detective, who begins to pursue him.
Baek Hyun Woo is the legal director of the prestigious Queens Group and a source of pride for the villagers of Yongduri. He meets Chaebol heiress Hong Hae In, known as the “queen” of Queens Group’s department stores. As they soon get married, they face a crisis that could potentially tear them apart. Nevertheless, their love story will be filled with joy, thrilling moments and humor as they strive to survive the obstacles and stay together.
Eun Soo Hyun, a psychology professor and author, has her life drastically altered when her son dies under unjust circumstances. Despite no legal punishment for the person responsible, Eun Soo Hyun decides to take matters into her own hands, driven by her pain and despair. Along the way, she helps others with similar suffering by investigating mysterious cases, ultimately finding solace for them all.
15.When the Stars Gossip (2024)
Kong Ryong and Eve Kim meet at a space station and quickly become romantically involved. Despite their differences and the obstacles they face, they form a connection and eventually fall in love. As they enjoy the time together, their relationship deepens and they become inseparable.
16.Chicken Nugget (2024)
Choi Sun Man and Go Baek Jung join forces after Choi Min Ah, Sun Man’s daughter, is mysteriously transformed into fried chicken. In order to turn her back to human, they must uncover the secrets of the mysterious machine responsible for her transformation. Along the way, they uncover dark secrets that will change their lives forever.
Starring: Ryu Seung Ryong, Ahn Jae Hong, Kim Nam Hee
17.Jeong Nyeon (2024)
Jeong Nyeon is a local girl with a talent for singing, but no money or education. Despite her difficult circumstances, she has a dream of joining a women’s traditional theater company and becoming a lead actor. She embarks on a long journey to pursue her dream. Along the way, she encounters many obstacles. She must learn the language, culture, and skills of the theater, and she must overcome a lack of resources and connections. Will she be able to succeed and make it big? Her story follows her journey to see if she can come out on top in the end.
18.Taereung Zombie Village (2024)
A zombie virus has caused a potential disaster of apocalyptic proportions. The virus spreads through the Taereung Athlete’s Village, where athletes are preparing for the Olympics. A group of young people must fight the virus and save the world from the zombie apocalypse.
Starring: Ok Taec Yeon
19.You Have Done Well (2024)
Ae Soon is a spirited young woman who dreams of becoming a poet despite her limited means. She is positive and unafraid to show her emotions. Gwan Shik, on the other hand, is a stoic and hardworking individual. He is unaccustomed to intimate relationships, but nonetheless has deep feelings for Ae Soon from the start and devotes himself to her.
20.Extraordinary Attorney Woo Season 2 (2024)
A powerful witch, Maleficent, places a curse on a newborn princess, Aurora, in revenge for the loss of her wings. To break the curse, Aurora must remain in the kingdom of her parents and never prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. Despite the best efforts of her fairy godmothers, Aurora meets a mysterious figure in the forest and pricks her finger on the spinning wheel, entering an eternal sleep. A prince from a distant kingdom is tasked with reviving the princess with true love’s kiss. He succeeds, and Aurora is awoken, ending the curse and uniting the two kingdoms.
21.Gyeongseong Creature Season 2 (2024)
Jang Tae Sang, a wealthy and respected figure in Bukchon, Gyeongseong, reevaluates his life when he becomes involved with Yoon Chae Ok, a todugun known for finding missing people. Yoon Chae Ok, with a tumultuous past traveling between Manchuria and Shanghai, possesses survival skills honed in adversity. Seeking her missing mother in Gyeongseong, she partners with Jang Tae Sang. Together, they uncover a grim reality while investigating mysterious missing person cases, altering the course of their lives.
22.The 8 Show (2024)
Eight people in need of money are invited to take part in a reality-variety show called Money Game. They must stay in a studio with concrete walls for 100 days, with all their expenses costing 1,000 times more than usual. If they are able to last the full duration, they will share a winning prize of 44.8 billion won.
Starring: Ryu Joon Yeol, Chun Woo Hee, Park Jung Min
23.The Good Man (2024)
Seok Cheol, the eldest son of a three-generation gangster family, experiences a tumultuous journey as he strives to protect his family, career, and romantic relationships. Along his journey, he faces joy and sorrow.
24.Sweet Home Season 3 (2024)
Cha Hyun-su, a troubled reclusive high school student, moves to a new apartment complex after the death of his family. He soon discovers that the building’s other tenants are all battling strange and dangerous monsters. Hyun-su and the other tenants must fight to survive and find a way to escape from the building.
Starring: Song Kang, Lee Jin Wook, Go Min Si
Jooshin High School is the most prestigious school in South Korea, established by the Jooshin Group. Admission is usually reserved for students who have been chosen at birth to attend, including Jeong Jae Yi, Kim Ri An, Yoon He Ra, and Lee Woo Jin. A new student, Kang Ha, is transferred to the school, possessing an innocent smile but hiding a secret. His presence sparks a shift in the competitive environment of Jooshin High School.
26.No Secret (2024)
Song Ki Baek, an announcer, meets On Woo Joo, a passionate entertainment writer. Through a series of life-changing events, they learn to look at the world in a different way and gain a better understanding of themselves and each other.
Starring: Go Kyung Pyo, Kang Han Na, Joo Jong Hyuk
27.I, a Gangster, Became a High Schooler (2024)
Deuk Pal then helps Se Kyung to stand up for himself, while also trying to fulfill his own dream of attending college by studying hard. As the two strike up a friendship, Deuk Pal realizes that he must also confront his own past and the consequences of his life as a gangster.
Starring: Yoon Chan Young, Bong Jae Hyun, Lee Seo Jin
28.Study Group (2024)
Yoon Ga Min forms a study group to help the students of Yusung Technical High School prepare for college entrance exams. Despite the students’ disinterest in studying, Yoon Ga Min motivates them to work hard. As the students’ grades improve, Yoon Ga Min’s friendships deepen and he finds the courage to face his own weaknesses. Ultimately, Yoon Ga Min and his study group’s hard work pay off and they enter the top university in the country.
Starring: Hwang Min Hyun, Han Ji Eun, Cha Woo Min
29.Loverly Runner (2024)
Ryu Seon Jae is a top star who has soared to fame since his debut. His glamorous lifestyle appears perfect, yet he is exhausted from the demands of the entertainment industry. Im Sol loves Ryu Seon Jae as a fan and finds comfort in his songs, which gave her courage as a child. When news of Ryu Seon Jae’s death surfaces, Im Sol is devastated. Suddenly, she finds herself 15 years in the past and must find a way to save the 19-year-old Ryu Seon Jae from his tragic fate.
Starring: Kim Hye Yoon, Byeon Woo Seok, Song Geon Hee
30.S Line (2024)
Han Ji Wook is a detective investigating a mysterious red line that appears above people’s heads, connecting them to those they have had sexual relations with. He is joined by Kyu Jin, a quirky high school teacher, and Hyun Hob, a high school student who has had the ability to see the red line since birth. Together, they strive to uncover the truth behind the mysterious red line.
31.Family by Choice (2024)
Three people, unrelated by blood, spend their teenage years together. Despite their differences, they rely on each other to cope with the emotional scars inflicted by their parents. After ten years, they reunite and explore the depth of familial love, romantic love, and friendship.
Starring: Hwang In Youp, Jung Chae Yeon, Bae Hyun Sung
32.Everything Will Come True (2024)
Ga Young finds a magical lamp containing a Genie who grants her three wishes. As the Genie is full of intense emotional excess, Ga Young, who lacks emotion, is forced to confront her own feelings as she uses her wishes.
33.Mom’s Friend’s Son (2024)
A woman attempts to restart her life after making a series of mistakes. She is reunited with her mother’s friend’s son, whom she has known since childhood and shared many experiences with. As the two reconnect, they find themselves drawn to each other and must navigate the complexities of a developing romantic relationship.