Hold on to your hats, drama fans, because the list of new dramas for December is NOT going to be short. You’ll have plenty of your favorite actors and actresses to keep you company over the holidays, and some new faces to check out as well. Come see what will be hitting your screens in December!
(All plot summaries courtesy of MyDramaList.com)
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December 3, Viki, starring Bae Jin Young (CIX), Han Ye Ji, and Shin So Hyun (A Piece of Your Mind)
A romance drama about two female high school students who happen to share the same name. When they both transfer to a new school at the same time, hoping to use the opportunity to turn their lives around, they forge a secret contract to swap identities. Shin Yi Joon is the most popular student at his high school. Although he seems tough and aloof on the outside, Shin Yi Joon is actually a huge softie on the inside—and far from getting into fights with other students, he even has a hard time saying no to other people.
Our Beloved Summer
December 6, Netflix, starring Choi Woo Shik (Parasite) and Kim Da Mi (Itaewon Class)
A romance comedy that portrays the complicated feelings of a couple that breaks up saying, “It was an awful time with you, and let’s never meet again!” However, the documentary they filmed 10 years ago in high school suddenly gains popularity, and they’re forcibly brought together in front of the camera once more.
Choi Woong who appears to be an immature free spirit, but he brings out his sincerity when he finds something he wants in life for the first time.
Gook Yeon Soo whose greatest life goal was to place No. 1 during her school days. Now, she’s trying to become an adult while living life fiercely and adjusting to reality with a wound in her heart.
Kim Ji Woong is a documentary director who lives his life as an observer. Kim Ji Woong is a lonely figure who thinks that a documentary director who observes the world behind the camera somehow resembles him. He has maintained an omniscient perspective for most of his life but will start to change when he makes a documentary about Choi Woong and Gook Yeon Soo.
Top idol NJ is a famous celebrity with beautiful looks and amazing skills. After working fiercely as a star, she realizes that she is slowly becoming normal again and prepares to live her real life. She becomes interested in Choi Woong’s works and naturally grows curious about him.
December 8, starring Park Soo Ae (Sweet Stranger and Me) and Kim Kang Woo (Woman of 9.9 Billion)
Takes place against the backdrop of an art museum that belongs to Sung Jin Group, a major conglomerate that holds the reins of the political and financial worlds in South Korea. It is a psychological mystery thriller about the things that disappear when humans become greedy and ambitious for power.
Yoon Jae Hee is the head of the Sung Jin Cultural Foundation and in charge of operations at “Space Jin,” the art museum owned by Sung Jin Group. She is also the second daughter-in-law of the family that controls Sung Jin Group. Believing that poverty is corrosive to love and that a stable income leads to a steady life, she chose to throw away her long-time lover and entered into a marriage of convenience with Jung Joon Hyuk, an illegitimate son of Sung Jin Group. In order to make her husband the nation’s president, she teams up with the future Public Prosecutor General and goes to war against Sung Jin Group.
Jung Joon Hyuk is Yoon Jae Hee’s husband. Although he is a popular anchorman with his own fan club, he hides an inferiority complex over being labeled “the illegitimate son of Sung Jin Group” for his whole life. He laughs at both ambitious people and those who pretend to have no ambition even as he waits for the day when he can seize the reins of power.
Taejong Yi Bang Won
December 11, starring Joo Sang Wook (Touch)
A work that sheds new light on the figure of Lee Bang Won, a leader who took the lead in the founding of the nation.
December 11, Viki, starring Oh Jung Se (Jirisan) and Jeon Hye Jin (Search: WWW)
Joon Hyeok is an unpopular musician whose life has hit rock bottom. He had already broken off his relationship with his older sister, Joon Hee, when her son appeared before him. His nephew developed Obsessive–compulsive disorder after his mother divorced his stepfather. Joon Hyeok takes his nephew in and looks after him.
Joon Hee divorced her physically abusive husband after 12 years of marriage. She moved into an inexpensive apartment and now faces losing custody of her son to her ex-husband and his mother.
Hey Ryeong is a tenant at The Royal State, an expensive apartment complex, where she is the much-respected President of The Mothers’ Committee. Committee member Yoo Ra very much admires Hey Ryeong. Yoo Ra was raised by her widowed father Kyeong Il a man with a sweet and warm personality.
Bad and Crazy
December 17, iQIYI, starring Lee Dong Wook (Tale of the Nine Tailed) and Wi Ha Joon (Squid Game)
“Bad and Crazy” is a superhero drama about Soo Yeol who has lived his whole life as a materialistic police detective, but changes into a champion for justice and fights against police corruption when a hidden persona called “K” awakens inside him.
December 18, Disney+, starring Jung Hae In (Deserter Pursuit) and Kim Ji Soo (Blackpink)
In 1987, Im Soo Ho and Eun Young Ro are students at a prestigious university in Seoul. Im Soo Ho, who grew up in Germany, has a gentle charm but gives off an air of secrecy. Eun Young Ro, who is lively, lovable, and cheerful, fell in love with him at first sight at a social gathering. One day, Soo Ho suddenly rushes into a female dormitory covered in blood, and Eun Young Ro hides him and tends to his wounds despite facing danger under close surveillance.
Among those monitoring, Soo Ho and Young Ro must avoid Pi Seung Hee, the notoriously strict and imposing housemother of Young Ro’s dorm, and Kye Boon Ok, a phone operator at the dorm who had to forgo a college education due to her family’s financial circumstances.
Lee Kang Moo is the relentless head of Team 1 of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and always insists on doing everything by the book. By contrast, NIS agent Jang Han Na is impulsive, hot-tempered, and passionate about her job.
Kang Chung Ya is a beautiful and talented surgeon at a state-run hospital who can charm anyone in a split second. Although her skills in the operating room have earned her a solid reputation as a dependable surgeon, Dr. Kang is mysterious and appears to be hiding something.
Bulgasal: Immortal Souls
December 18, Netflix, starring Lee Jin Wook (Sweet Home) and Kwon Na Ra (Secret Royal Inspector)
A fantasy drama that revolves around two characters. The first is a woman who has gone through several reincarnations over the course of 600 years and remembers all of her past lives, and the second is a man who has lived for over 600 years as a bulgasal—a mythical creature that feeds off human blood and is cursed with immortality.
Dan Hwal used to be human 600 years ago. He turns into a bulgasal during the Joseon dynasty while working as a military official and completing a mission to erase the remnants of the previous dynasty.
Min Sang Un, who was once a bulgasal but is reincarnated as a human. After suffering the loss of her mother and twin sister at the hands of an unidentified murderer, Min Sang Un escapes with her younger sister Min Sa Ho and lives quietly in hiding. Although she works hard to conceal her name and identity, the appearance of a bulgasal alters her life of secrecy.
Ok Eul Tae, another bulgasal living in secrecy. He has enjoyed immorality for the past centuries and has accumulated immense wealth, which he uses to control politicians, businessmen, and the media. With his decadent beauty and overwhelming charisma, he has all the ingredients to be the most powerful figure in Korea.
Dan Sol is the daughter of a powerful family who ends up marrying Dan Hwal because of her father. She has something special that others cannot make sense of.
When Flowers Bloom, I Think of the Moon
December 20, starring Yoo Seung Ho (Memorist) and Lee Hye Ri (My Roommate is a Gumiho)
Set in the Joseon era during a period marked by the strictest prohibition laws illustrating that prohibition is no match for human desire.
Prohibition creates different challenges for these inhabitants: Inspector Nam Young from The Office of the Inspector-General who left his hometown to achieve fame in Hanyang and restore his family status; Kang Ro Seo, the aristocratic but impoverished woman who makes moonshine to reduce her debt from buying her mother’s medication and her brother’s books; Crown Prince Lee Pyo prone to scaling the palace walls in search of a tipple. This trio has a fateful encounter leading them to discover a hidden stash of alcohol. Revealing this secret could mean certain death.
The Silent Sea
December 24, Netflix, starring Gong Yoo (Squid Game) and Bae Doo Na (Kingdom)
Set in the future, when the planet suffers from a lack of water and food caused by desertification. Yoon Jae is a soldier for the space agency. He is selected for a team, including Ji An, to travel to the moon. A scientist who joins the mission to recover mysterious samples from an abandoned lunar space station, where an accident killed everyone including her sister.
December ?, starring Im Shi Won (Run On), Son Hyun Joo (The Good Detective)
A revenge drama set in the Seoul Regional Office’s Tax Division.
Hwang Dong Joo, the newly-appointed team manager for the Investigation Bureau, is handsome but has a sharp tongue. In Tae Joon has earned his way to the post of Commissioner through corrupt and illegal actions, all-the-while maintaining his cocky attitude.
Happy holidays to you, drama fans! What series will you be tuning in to? Let us know in the comments below.
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