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K-drama Premieres: August 2020

It’s a new month! And as you can see from the extremely biased header, there’s only one premiere that matters to us in August.

Shi-mok and Yeo-jin, get on my screen already!

1 | Don’t Let Go of Your Mind / 놓지마 정신줄


Aug 6, Thu, 10 eps, JTBC

Family sitcom  


Jung Sang-hoon, Lee Hyun-yi, Lee Jin-hyuk, Lee Soo-min, Viini


Based on the popular long-lived cartoon of the same name, this is a family sitcom featuring the friendly and pleasant daily life of a family walking a tightrope at the edge of sanity.

  1. I haven’t seen this format for a sitcom before—usually they’re short daily dramas, so it should be interesting to see how this type of story plays out in weekly one-hour episodes.

2 | Lonely Enough to Love / 연애는 귀찮지만 외로운 건 싫어!


Aug 11, Tue, 16 eps, MBC



Ji Hyun-woo, Kim So-eun


A story of young people residing at a share house. They want to date, but don’t want to be serious. They prefer being free, but they also don’t want to be lonely.

Cha Kang-woo is a single man in his 30s who works as a psychiatrist. He is full of curiosity about human beings. He’s attractive, but afraid of having romantic relationships due to trauma from his past. A woman appears in front of him and he begins to have feelings for her.

Lee Na-eun is a freelance copy editor. She is generous to good people, but she does not tolerate injustice. She hopes to become a novelist one day. Due to her situation, she hasn’t had a boyfriend in 4 years. She moves into the house and develops romantic feelings.

  1. Another unusual format: sixteen 35-minute episodes airing once a week.

  2. Screenwriter of Fated to Love You and Soulmate

3 | Forest of Secrets (Stranger) 2 / 비밀의 숲 2


Aug 15, Sat-Sun, 16 eps, tvN/Netflix

Mystery, thriller  


Jo Seung-woo, Bae Doona, Lee Joon-hyuk, Yoon Se-ah, Jeon Hye-jin



The prosecutor’s office and the police find themselves on opposing sides. The prosecutors, including elite prosecutor Woo Tae-ha, want discretionary power over investigations. Meanwhile, the police, including Choi Bit, try to get complete investigative authority that is independent of the prosecutor’s office.

Under this tense situation, Prosecutor Hwang Shi-mok and Detective Han Yeo-jin chase after the truth in a hidden case.

  1. Not only is the majority of this amazing cast returning, with the excellent addition of Jeon Hye-jin, writer Lee Soo-yeon is too! Directing is Park Hyun-suk (Just Dance, Uncontrollably Fond, The Princess’ Man)

  2. Okay but seriously I am so excited. I don’t normally squee over trailers for thrillers but I was basically jumping in excitement when I watched this one. If you haven’t seen season 1, watch it now because it is some of the best TV I have seen in any language.

4 | When I Was the Most Beautiful / 내가 가장 예뻤을 때


Aug 19, Wed-Thu, 32 eps, MBC



Im Soo-hyang, Ji Soo, Ha Suk-jin


Oh Ye-ji  is a ceramic artist with a pure heart and relentless optimism who refuses to give up no matter the situation. She dreams of finding ordinary happiness but in a cruel twist of fate gets caught in a love triangle with two brothers, Seo Hwan and Seo Jin.

Hwan, an architectural designer, is an innocent young man who falls in love with Ye-ji at first sight. His feelings put him at odds with his older brother Jin, but he can’t let go of his fateful first love. 

Jin is a race car driver and the leader of his rally team. He is cool and reserved on the outside but is ruthless in the pursuit of what he desires. When he meets Ye-ji for the first time at his father’s workshop, he instinctively feels attracted to her.

Carrie Jung, described as a femme fatale, is Jin’s ex-girlfriend and marketing partner. She is charismatic, but intensely jealous over her ex-lover and has a selfish and egoistic streak. She feels passionate love for Jin, whose rally team she used to sponsor, unable to let go of him even after they break up.

5 | Love Alarm 2 / 좋아하면 울리는 2


Aug 22, Sat, 8 eps, tvN/Netflix

Romantic comedy 


Kim So-hyun, Song Kang, Jung Ga-ram


A continuation of the webtoon-based drama about an app that can see crushes, this is the second season—or second half?—of the rom-com that aired its first eight episodes last August.

  1. All eight episodes will drop at once on Aug 22.

6 | Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol / 도도솔솔라라솔