A new month is right around the corner and it is packed full of new dramas premiering! So if you are trapped at home (which everyone should be at this point) then do not despair because there is a drama for everyone on this list.
Whether you are looking for a romantic fantasies (The King the Eternal Monarch & Born Again), high school kids in need of some money (How to Buy a Friend & Human Class), a strong female lead (Good Casting), a grownup love story full of second chances (When My Love Blooms), or a wacky investigation agency (Team Bulldog Off Duty Investigation) there is a genre here for you!
THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH
Premiering after Hyena wraps, The King: Eternal Monarch is one of the most looked forward to drama of the year. Starring Lee Min-ho in his first role out of military service and Kim Go-eun in her first drama since Goblin, The King: Eternal Monarch is a fantasy-romance that focuses on dual realities/parallel universes. One universe is set in the Joseon dynasty and the other is set in modern day Korea.
So if you are looking for a fantasy romance to sink yourself into (and who isn’t?) then this show might be the one for you. Plus we will get to see a Kingly Lee Min-ho in period garb put into a weird modern world – um, I am all for that! The King: Eternal Monarch premieres sometime in April and will air on Friday & Saturdays at 22:00 KST. It will be followed by the drama Convenience Store Saet Byeol.
If you are looking for a strong female lead drama set in cyber security then Good Casting is the show for you! Good Casting stars Choi Gang-hee as a legendary NIS black agent who gets demoted to a lowly cyber security team operative after a botched case. But, as luck will have it, she is selected to go undercover at one of Koreas largest companies.
Her goal is to suss out intellectual property theft and hopefully regain her lost professional dignity. In a bonus, this show is airing on SBS which is putting out hit after hit recently (Hyena, VIP, Fiery Priest), so it should be good! Good Casting will premiere sometime in April. It will air Mondays & Tuesdays at 22:00 KST on SBS.
WHEN MY LOVE BLOOMS
I gotta say, I love the grownup love stories blossoming on tv recently. First we had Crash Landing on You ignite the world on fire, then Hyena came to throw some gasoline on it, and now we have When My Love Blooms which appears to be the melo stick keeping the blaze going.
When My Love Blooms the story of two people in their 40s. One is a ruthless business man (Yoo Ji-tae) who is a fragment of his former student activist self. Now he leads the life of a person who pursues wealth and power. When he was in his 20s he had a first love in college (Lee Bo-young). He meets his first love again in his 40s who I’m sure will make him re-question everything. When My Love Blooms is set to premier April 18th on tvN and will air Saturdays & Sundays at 21:00 KST.
TEAM BULLDOG OFF DUTY INVESTIGATION
If we go based on posters alone, Team Bulldog Off Duty Investigation appears to be a comedy set in the detective world. Team Bulldog Off Duty Investigation stars Chae Tae-hyun and Lee Sun-bin as detectives who work on a tv show to catch criminals. Lee Sun-bin is the detective who stars in the TV show to catch criminals that the police could not. Tae-hyun plays a detective who no other detective gets along with, so he ends up working with Lee Sun-bin on unsolved cases.
This sounds great, but we all know that Kdramas like to routinely pair insanely brutal investigations with levity, so this show could be one of those and I don’t want to tune in for a comedy and get Special Victim’s Unit instead. So, I am interested, but side-eyeing it. Team Bulldog Off Duty Investigation will premier April 4th. It will air Saturdays & Sundays at 22:50 KST on OCN.
HOW TO BUY A FRIEND
Based on a webcomic, How to Buy a Friend is the shortest drama on the list at only 4 episodes that air over two weeks. I don’t really get a grasp on this show from just reading the premise, but it appears to be the story of 4 high school kids that have a friendship contract? In this drama, one of the guys asks another guy to borrow around $300 from them. In return for this money, the lender starts to hang out with the lendee after school. But that money was supposed to be used for his private after school education so I’m sure there will be some consequences? I don’t know.
I think I need to watch a trailer to get a better grasp of this show. But as it stands it appears to be more like a 4 part movie of high school kids in Seoul with lots of time on their hands. How to Buy a Friend premieres April 6. It will air Monday and Tuesday at 22:00 KST on KBS2.
Born Again is all about reincarnation and tells the story of three people, one woman and two men (Jin Se-yun, Jang Ki-yong, and Lee Soo-hyuk), who interact in the 1980s and are reincarnated to the 2020s. They share a fate that connects them together which probably involves a love story (I mean, naturally, right?).
It sounds interesting and I definitely am intrigued by the trailers released, but honestly I will be tuning in for Jang Ki-yong and Jang Ki-yong alone. Born Again premieres April 20th and will air Mondays & Tuesdays at 22:00 on KBS2.
The only 100% Netflix Original on this list! In this drama a high school kid (Kim Dong-hee) makes a bad decision to pay for his college tuition. Somehow this leads to a crime or perhaps the decision was a crime to begin with? It is not all together clear. And to make matters worse, he accidentally or on purpose pulls two other students (Jang Da-bin and Park Joo-hyun) into it.
This drama is directed by the same person who directed Lawless Lawyer, so I expect a lot of style in this show. Human Class is a Netflix Original that will premiere all of its episodes on April 29th on Netflix.