October is here, and we have a number of Korean dramas coming out this month! From adapted webtoons to thrillers, this month has it all.
Bae Suzy is back with a new drama, as well as the heartthrob Cha Eun-woo. So, mark your calendars with these 10 K-dramas to look forward to in October 2023.
Strong Woman Kang Nam Soon
The sequel to the popular 2017 K-drama Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, starring Park Bo-young and Park Hyung-Sik, Strong Woman Kang Nam Soon, is set to air on October 7. It’s a supernatural, action, and rom-com drama.
Starring Lee Yoo-mi, Byeon Woo-seok, and Ong Seung-wu, the drama centers around Kang Nam Soon, who, as a child, was lost in Mongolia. She finds her way to Gangnam, Seoul, and reunites with her mother and grandmother. Her whole family suddenly finds themselves involved in a dangerous case, and together, they set out to investigate.
Airs: October 7 (Saturday, Sunday)
Original Network: Netflix, jTBC and TVING
A Good Day To Be A Dog
Adapted from the webtoon by the same author of See You in My 19th Life. A Good Day To Be A Dog is a highly anticipated K-drama this year. Cha Eun-woo has previously been seen in many adapted webtoon K-dramas like My ID is Gangnam Beauty and True Beauty, both likable works of his.
Starring Park Gyu-young and Cha Eun-woo, the drama is a supernatural romance about two High School teachers where the female lead turns into a dog at midnight after being kissed by the male lead, who is ironically scared of dogs.
Airs: October 11 (Wednesday)
Original Network: MBC, Wavve
Park Eun Bin is known for her K-dramas like Extraordinary Attorney Woo Young-woo and Do You Like Brahms? , is back with a musical drama. Castaway Diva deals with a story set in a competitive music industry with themes of a slice of life and romance.
Also starring Kim Hyo Jin, Chae Jong Hyeop, and Cha Hak Yeon, the drama is about a woman who was left on an island for 15 years after a Middle School trip. After being rescued, ecstatic at a second chance at life, she starts learning music and hopes to become a musician.
Airs: October 28 (Saturday, Sunday)
Original Network: Netflix and tvN
Adapted from the webtoon The Girl From Downstairs, the K-drama stars Bae Suzy and Yang Se Jong. Doona is a romantic drama about a retired female idol who lives in a shared college apartment. Her lonely life takes a turn for the better when she befriends a college student who has just moved above her apartment.
Bae Suzy is popularly known for her roles in While You Were Sleeping, Dream High, and Start Up. Directed by Lee Jung-hyo of Crash Landing On You, Doona is one of the 10 K-dramas to look forward to in October 2023.
Airs: October 20 (Friday)
Original Network: Netflix
The Battle of Marriage
Also known as The Matchmakers, it is a historical comedy-romance starring Rowoon and Cho Yi-hyun in leading roles. Rowoon is K-pop band SF9, known for his roles in dramas like Extraordinary You and Destined With You.
Set in the Joseon era, two divorced people are working as a matchmaker, where they try to matchmake older single men and women. Sim Jun-woo, who was once a top scholar, was reduced to work as a matchmaker after his princess wife’s death, unable to take any government position. Jung Soon-deok is a widow who runs her matchmaking business under an alias.
Air: October 30 (Monday, Tuesday)
Original Network: KBS2 and Viki
The Perfect Deal
The Perfect Deal is an adaptation of the webtoon Deal. This thriller and crime drama stars Yoo Seung-ho, Kim Dong-hwi, and Yoo Soo-bin.
Three High School friends reunite after graduation in their 20s, but things are not going as well as they show. On impulse, two of the friends decide to kidnap the third one, the only son of a businessman, to solve their financial problem. The story soon takes a darker turn, one they didn’t expect.
Air: October 6 (Friday)
Original Network: Wavve
Also known as the Biography of a Villain is a crime, mystery, and thriller drama. It stars Shin Ha-kyun, known for his role in Beyond Evil; Kim Young-kwang, known for his role in Pinocchio; and Shin Jae-ha, known for his role in V.I.P, in leading roles.
This twisted drama follows a secretly sinister livelihood lawyer who hides behind a respectable persona. The drama takes a dark turn when he picks up a case of a gangster who doesn’t look like one at all.
Air: October 14 (Saturday, Sunday)
Original Network: Genie TV and ENA
The Moon That Rises In The Day
Also known as Moon in the Day, it is a reincarnation drama starring Kim Young-dae and Pyo Ye-jin. Kim Young-dae is popular for his roles in Extraordinary You and Shooting Star. Pyo Ye-jin is known for her role in Our Blooming Youth.
This romance and thriller drama shifts between Silla Dynasty and modern-day South Korea. Han Jun-ho, a celebrity who is saved by Kang Young-hwa after encountering a car accident. Kang Young-hwa is the reincarnation of Han Ri Ta from the Silla Dynasty, and Han Jun-ho is possessed by Do Ha, an elite noble from the Silla Dynasty, after the accident.
Air: October 25 (Wednesday, Thursday)
Original Network: Netflix, Viki and ENA
My Dearest Part 2
A sequel to the drama My Dearest, which aired in August 2023, My Dearest Part 2 follows the love story of Yu Gil Chae and Lee Jang Hyun. It stars Namkoong Min, popularly known for his roles in Beautiful Gong Shim and Good Manager.
The historical melodrama initially unfolds as a love quadruple but things take a dramatic turn in romance when a war breaks out. Fans of this drama have been awaiting this drama since its prequel came out.
Air: October 13 (Friday, Saturday)
Original Network: MBC, Viki
Perfect Marriage Revenge
Based on a Korean manhwa of the same name, Perfect Marriage Revenge stars Sung Hoon and Jung Yoo-min in leading roles. A revenge romance drama with supernatural elements of rebirth is perfect for a K-drama binge.
Han Yi-joo, an adopted daughter of a wealthy household, didn’t expect to find herself bearing her in-laws nagging and becoming a housewife. However, her optimism breaks down when she overhears her husband confessing to her young sister. Devastated, she runs out and gets into a traffic accident. Upon waking up, she discovers that she has traveled back a year in time, before her marriage, and determines to correct all the missteps she made.
Air: October 28 (Saturday, Sunday)
Original Network: MBN