The February version of the Hallyu Wave is upon us, and some of our favorite faces are coming back to the small screen! Whether you’re looking for romance or home shopping competition or a military prosecutor, we have it ALL. Come see what you’ll be adding to your watch list this month!
(All descriptions courtesy of MyDramaList.com.)
February 2, starring Kim Ha Neul (18 Again), Lee Hye Young (Lawless Lawyer), Kim Sung Ryung (Going to the Blue House Like This)
Set within the competitive power struggles of TV home shopping hosts, three hosts compete against each other with intense desires to achieve success and gain fame in the industry field. Woo Hyun works as the host of home shopping show. Her record as a shopping show host is neither good or bad. She aspires to become the top shopping show host, but she experiences a fall into a bottomless pit. This leads her to change. Ki Mo Lan is the vice-president of UNI Home Shopping. She started her career as a regular employee and worked her way up to her executive position. Her success story is legendary to other people. She doesn’t allow mistakes and she doesn’t show what she thinks, but she has charisma. Bae Ok Sun is a top host at UNI Home Shopping. She was born into a high class family. She is generous to others and she is respected by employees at her company, but what she really thinks is veiled.
February 7, Netflix, starring Kim Se Jeong (The Uncanny Counter), Ahn Hyo Seop (Lovers of the Red Sky)
Shin Ha Ri is a single woman and works for a company. She has a male friend, who she has had a crush on for a long time, but she learns he has a girlfriend. Shin Ha Ri feels sad and decides to meet her friend Jin Young Seo, who is a daughter of a chaebol family. Jin Young Seo then asks Shin Ha-Ri to take her place on a blind date and even offers some money for her time. Shin Ha Ri accepts her friend’s offer. She goes out on the blind date as Jin Young Seo, while having the intention to get rejected by her date. When she sees her blind date, Shin Ha Ri is dumbfounded. Her blind date is Kang Tae Mu. He is the CEO of the company where she works.
Kang Tae Mu is the CEO of a company that his grandfather founded. One day, his grandfather informed him of an upcoming blind date that he set up for him. Kang Tae Mu is a workaholic and he is annoyed that his grandfather sets up blind dates for him. He decides to marry the next woman whom he meets on a blind date, so he won’t be disturbed from his work anymore. That woman is Shin Ha Ri, but pretending to be Jin Young Seo.
On the following day, Shin Ha Ri receives a phone call from Kang Tae Mu. He asks her to marry him.
First Love for the Third Time
February 11, starring Jin Gun, Jeon Chang Ha
The drama tells the story of Yeon Seok, a popular web novelist who remembers his past, and while living his third life, he meets his first love, Ha Yeon, who in this life reincarnated as a 25 year old man who is the editor in charge of Sinb Books.
Forecasting Love and Weather
February 12, Netflix, starring Park Min Young (Her Private Life), Song Kang (Nevertheless)
About the work and love lives of people who work at the Korea Meteorological Administration, Korea’s national weather forecast service.
Jin Ha Kyung is an intelligent and highly organized individual who does everything by the book and is fastidious about keeping her personal and professional lives separate. Due to her cold demeanor, she has few friends at work and has become an “outsider by choice.”
Lee Shi Woo, a free spirit who is always thinking outside the box. Although he can appear clumsy, he boasts an impressive IQ of 150 and is able to achieve anything once he sets his mind to it. However, in spite of his intelligence and abilities, all he cares about is the weather.
Han Ki Joon is a handsome and quick-witted character with a silver tongue. Using his formidable powers of persuasion, Han Ki Joon eventually gets scouted by the spokesperson’s office after struggling in the early days of his career at the service. However, because he has lived his entire life as a model student, he has a hard time dealing with failure.
Chae Yoo Jin is a daily weather reporter. Although she went into her job with lofty dreams of breaking news, exciting scoops, and on-site reports, Chae Yoo Jin was ultimately assigned to the “weather and lifestyle team.” While she was initially disappointed by the assignment, she eventually comes to grow fond of her job.
February 12, Netflix, starring Nam Joo Hyuk (Start Up), Kim Tae Ri (Space Sweepers)
The story is set in 1998 and tells the stories of youth who find new direction and growth after having their dreams taken away. Two people first meet when they are 22 and 18 years old and fall in love years later when they turn 25 and 21.
Na Hee Do is a member of her high school fencing team. Due to the South Korean financial crisis, the high school fencing team gets disbanded. Getting through all the difficulties, she becomes a member of the sabre fencing national team.
The South Korean financial crisis also causes Baek Yi Jin’s father’s business to go bankrupt. This leads to a life change for Baek Yi Jin, from living the life of a wealthy person to a poor person. While studying, he works part-time jobs like delivering newspapers. Later, he becomes a sports reporter for a broadcasting network.
February 14, iQIYI, starring Kim Jae Wook (Her Private Life), Krystal Jung (Police University)
The crazy romance drama is about a man who pretends to have amnesia when he is told he will be murdered and a woman who pretends to be his fiancée when she is told she doesn’t have much time to live. Noh Go Jin is the CEO of GOTOP and the top math instructor in the country. Lee Shin Ah is Noh Go Jin’s secretary with zero presence. She is at the top of the company when it comes to sincerity and responsibility, but she is so quiet, introverted, and hopeless at bragging that she seems non-existent.
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February 16, starring Park Seo Ham (Dating Class), Park Jae Chan (Youtuber Class)
Computer science major Chu Sang Woo is the epitome of an inflexible and strict rule-abiding person. While working on a liberal arts group project with freeloaders who don’t put in any effort, Sang Woo reasonably decides to remove their names from the final presentation.
But he didn’t imagine how involved he would become with the person whose study-abroad plans were messed up because of that project. The involved person: the campus star who everyone knows, Department of Design’s Jang Jae Young. He has everything from skills, looks, family background and good relationships except for 1 big problem: Chu Sang Woo.
What happens when an engineer and an artist whose personalities are like oil and water have to work together? Jang Jae Young is like a semantic error in the perfect world of Chu Sang Woo. Will Sang Woo be able to debug this?
February 16, starring Seo Kang Joon (Watcher), Kim Ah Joong (Live Up to Your Name), Kim Mu Yeol (Bad Guys: City of Evil)
In 1997, a mysterious ghost saved humankind and then disappeared. It reappears again 24 years later and helps a serial killer escape. Kim Sae Ha, Jung Sae Byeok and Song Eo Jin pursue the ghost for different reasons.
February 16, Netflix, starring Son Ye Jin (Crash Landing on You), Jeon Mi Do (Hospital Playlist), Kim Ji Hyun (Artificial City)
“39” is about three friends who met in their second year of high school and are now on the verge of turning 40. The drama will tell the beautiful and emotional everyday stories of three 39-year-old woman who encounter unforeseen circumstances.
Cha Mi Jo is the head dermatologist of a clinic in Gangnam. She is a warm character who grew up in a wealthy environment with a caring family and everything she could wish for.
Jung Chan Young dreamed of becoming an actress but ended up becoming an acting teacher instead. Although her way of speaking may seem blunt and harsh, the sincerity in her words makes her a character impossible to hate.
Jang Joo Hee is a department store cosmetics manager. Due to her timid personality, she has yet to really experience a romantic relationship.
I Haven’t Done My Best Yet
February 18, starring Park Hae Joon (The World of the Married), Kim Do Wan (My Roommate is a Gumiho)
Nam Geum Pil is a man in his 40’s and he lives with his father and daughter. Out of the blue, he decides to quit his job. He receives criticism from his family, but he doesn’t care. He freeloads from his friend when he wants to drink alcohol. Meanwhile, Nam Geum Pil becomes aware of a male neighbor who looks like an unemployed man, but he actually makes a lot of money as a webcomic writer. Nam Geum Pil then decides to become a comic writer.
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February 21, starring Kim Hyang Gi (Moment at 18), Choi Daniel (The Ghost Detective)
Fangirl’s Note: The start date for this drama has moved THREE TIMES and there still isn’t a trailer available, so I’m not sure if it’ll be airing on the above date.
Set at Fly High, Butterfly hair salon and follows the workers there.
Gi Bbeum is in her early 20’s and works at Fly High, Butterfly as an assistant intern. She works with three other assistant interns: Moo Yeol, Teacher Woo, and Soo Ri. Gi Bbeum works hard, but she has a hard time dealing with customers.
Gwang Soo is a hairstylist at Fly High Butterfly. He is enthusiastic at his job and he works with hair salon director Michel and hairstylist Jen.
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February 23, starring Lee Ji Hoon (River Where the Moon Rises), Han Chae Young (Chong Er’s Preach)
A romance thriller between four men and women running like a runaway locomotive toward different desires, including success, revenge, children and love.
Lee Sun Woo, is a photographer and editor in a magazine. He keeps a burning ambition and heartfelt desire for revenge hidden behind his warm exterior. Han Chae Rin is the CEO of a cosmetics company. She is greedy and ambitious despite her success. Park Da Som is a rising actress. She does anything for success. At the same time, she struggles to protect her son who has a rare disease. She’s internally struggling between motherhood and success, and despite her cold exterior, she truly loves her ill son. Hyun Seung Hoon, Park Da Som’s husband, is an aspiring model. His life goals are: overcome poverty and failures. He dreams of succeeding in life.
(No promotional materials available at this time.)
Military Prosecutor Do Bae Man
February 28, starring Ahn Bo Hyun (Yumi’s Cells), Jo Bo Ah (Tale of the Nine-Tailed)
Do Bae Man became a military prosecutor to find success and wealth. His job is just a means for him to find success and he looks forward to quitting his job as a military prosecutor.
Cha Woo In comes from a wealthy chaebol family and she works as a rookie military prosecutor. She is confident and does not fear powerful people. She has excellent investigation skills for someone her age. Cha Woo In also became a military prosecutor to seek revenge.
Do Bae Man and Cha Woo In begin to work together as they break down evils in the military. During this time, Do Bae Man grows into a real military prosecutor.
Let us know, drama fans — what will YOU be watching?
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