August 2013 Season: Top 5 Korean Dramas

With thirty-four dramas premiering this August, what to watch?  What promises the best writing, acting, entertainment value? We have to choose from seven dramas from KBS2—our favorite for writing quality–and seven more from MBC, featuring big stars. Two of the ten premiering shows from SBS made it to our top five list.

There is a lot to look forward to. We can only choose based on story, actors and past history of directors—and especially writers. Big stars don’t always equal great entertainment when the writing is soft.

So, here are F&B’s picks for top five prospects for a really worthwhile watch. For a full list of all premiering dramas, see the end of this feature. Do you agree? Tell us your picks in comments at the bottom of this story.


Good Doctor, starring the ratings prince Joo Won, is a Films & Books pick for top five drama for August 2013.

Good Doctor, starring the ratings prince Joo Won, is a Films & Books pick for top five drama for August 2013.

Good Doctor  굿닥터

This medical drama stars Joo Won as Park Shi On – a medical pediatrics genius who has the mentality of a 10-year-old. Having struggled all his life with a mental disability, he finds it hard to relate to other people but finds solace in his ability to execute complicated surgeries. He finds himself entangled in a love triangle between fellow doctors in the hospital where he works. Mix all these elements together and you have a much anticipated drama from Korea’s undisputed Prince of Ratings Joo Won.
Directed by Ki Min-Soo, Good Doctor will be shown on KBS2 on Mondays and Tuesdays from August 5 to October 8.

  • Directed by: Ki Min-Soo
  • Written by: Park Jae-Bun

View the trailer for Good Doctor, starring Joo Won as a genius pediatric doctor who is autistic:

Two Weeks  투윅스

Singer, actor, and overall heartthrob Lee Jon Ki plays Jang Tae San in this action-packed drama and romantic thriller that reminisces the storylines of Hollywood film The Fugitive and TV show 24. Jang Tae San is wrongfully accused of murder and runs from the law after discovering that he has a daughter who is dying of leukemia. The entire drama spans two weeks as Jang Tae San desperately struggles to save his daughter, all the while running from the law and a professional killer who’s out to assassinate him. Full of action and drama, Two Weeks will get you on the edge of your seats as it takes you on a roller coaster ride full of car chases and tear jerking scenes that will keep your heart racing.
Directed by Sun Hyung Suk and Choi Jung Kyu, Two Weeks will be shown on MBC, Wednesdays and Thursdays from August 7 to October 10.

  • Directed by: Son Hyung Suk, Choi Jung Kyu
  • Written by: So Hyeon-Kyeong

View the Trailer for Two Weeks:

Ruby’s Ring  루비의 반지

From the network that gives Korea the highest quality K-dramas, come Ruby’s Ring. It’s about two sisters, Luna, played by Lee So-yeon and Ruby, played by Lim Jeong-eun, whose faces and lives interchange after a car accident. What do you think will happen when they live each other’s lives? A whole lot of drama and betrayal ensues in this upcoming drama that makes you question the bond between sisters.
Directed by Jeon San, Ruby’s Ring will be shown on KBS2 from Mondays to Fridays beginning on August 19.

  • Directed by: Jeon San
  • Written by: Hwang Soon-Yeong

An action thrill ride awaits those who tune in to Two Weeks, a top five pick from Films & Books for August 2013.

An action thrill ride awaits those who tune in to Two Weeks, a top five pick from Films & Books for August 2013.

The Women’s Room  두 여자의 방

A hotel heiress loses everything and fights to get back the life she lost from the woman whom she thought was her friend. Starring Park Eun-hye as the envy of all women in the character of Min Kyeong-chal, watch her fall from grace as her transformation from heiress to maid makes for a gut wrenching drama that will make you wonder whether she’ll get back her room, her man, and family from Wang Bit-na’s character Eun Hee-Soo.
Directed by Lee Myeong-Woo , The Women’s Room will be shown on SBS from Mondays to Fridays beginning on August 5.

  • Directed by: Lee Myeong-Woo
  • Written by: Seol Kyeong-eun

Master’s Sun   주군의 태양

Award-winning actor So Ji Sub plays Joo Jong Won, a distant and ambitious CEO who only sees the value of people through money in this upcoming romantic drama from the network SBS. Watch him fall slowly and deeply in love with Taw Gong Sil, played by Gong Hyo Jin, his quirky assistant who suffers from insomnia after developing the ability to see ghosts after a traumatic accident. The Addams-family-esque setting makes for a drama that is tinged with horror, fantasy, and comedy – setting the dramatic backdrop of the classic love story of a cold man’s heart being melted by a simple girl.
Directed by Jin Hyuk, Master’s Sun will be shown on SBS, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting August 7.

  • Directed by: Jin Hyuk
  • Written by: Hong Mi Ran, Hong Jung Eun


Full List of Premiering Korean Dramas in August 2013


  • Good Doctor 굿닥터 2013-Aug-05 Joo Won, Joo Sang Wook, Moon Chae Won, Kwak Do Won, Kim Min Seo
  • Ruby’s Ring 루비의 반지 2013-Aug-19 Lee So Yeon, Im Jung Eun, Kim Suk Hoon, Park Kwang Hyun, Lee Hyun Woo
  • The Wang Family 왕가네 식구들 2013-Aug-31 Oh Man Suk, Oh Hyun Kyung, Lee Tae Ran, Lee Yoon Ji, Han Joo Wan
  • Secret (KBS2) 비밀 2013-Sep-11
  • Looking Forward to Romance 연애를 기대해 2013-Sep BoA, Choi Daniel, Im Si Wan, Kim Ji Won
  • The Future Choice 미래의 선택 2013-Oct
  • Age of Feeling 감격시대 2013-Nov
  • Two Weeks 투윅스 2013-Aug-07 Lee Jun Ki, Kim So Yeon, Song Jae Rim, Park Ha Sun
  • Hwatu 화투 2013-Oct Ha Ji Won
  • Medical Top Team 메디컬탑팀 2013-Oct Kwon Sang Woo, Jung Ryu Won, Joo Ji Hoon, Oh Yeon Seo
  • The Golden Rainbow 황금무지개 2013-Nov Kim Sang Jung, Kim Yoo Jung
  • One Litre of Tears 1리터의 눈물 2013
  • Her Majesty, the Queen 여왕폐하 2013
  • Unprecedented 파천황 2014


  • The Women’s Room 두 여자의 방 2013-Aug-05 Park Eun Hye, Wang Bit Na, Kang Ji Sub, Kang Kyung Joon
  • Master’s Sun 주군의 태양 2013-Aug-07 So Ji Sub, Gong Hyo Jin, Seo In Guk, Kim Yoo Ri
  • The Housekeeper 가정부 박복녀 2013-Sep-23
  • The One Trying to Wear the Crown, Withstand the Weight – The Heirs 왕관을 쓰려는자, 그무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들 2013-Oct Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin, Choi Jin Hyuk
  • Three Days 쓰리데이즈 2013-Oct
  • Yeolae 열애 2013-Oct
  • Kind Words 따뜻한 말 한마디 2013-Nov
  • The Woman Who Married Three Times 세 번 결혼하는 여자 2013-Nov Uhm Ji Won
  • Man From the Stars 별에서 온 남자 2013-Dec
  • Could We Love? 사랑해도 될까요 2013


  • The Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo Yong 귀신보는 형사 처용 2013-Oct-06 Oh Ji Ho
  • Doctor Frost 닥터 프로스트 2013


  • Basketball 빠스껫볼 2013-Sep Do Ji Han, Lee Elliya, Park Ye Eun, Kim Bo Mi
  • Answer Me 1994 응답하라 1994 2013-Sep Go Ah Ra, Yoo Yun Suk, Kim Sung Kyun, Jung Woo, Sung Dong Il, Lee Il Hwa
  • Potato-Shaped Sweet Potato Star 고구마처럼 생긴 감자별  2013-Sep Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Soon Jae, Ha Yun Soo


  • Her Legend 그녀의 신화 2013-Aug-05 Kim Jung Hoon, Choi Jung Won, Son Eun Seo
  • Can’t Take it Anymore 더 이상은 못 참아 2013-Aug Sun Woo Yong Nyeo, Baek Il Sub, Min Ji Young


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My name is Josephine Nolan. I am chief editor at Films & Books. I live in Canada. I am a fan of films and books. I am also addicted to Korean Dramas and Bollywood films. I spend most of my spare time with my family, but if I have a moment, you'll always find a book in my hands. Yes, I read ebooks too:)


  1. James

    My 5 Best Korean Drama Prospects for Late Season 2013 are slightly different:

    First a serious warning: if you have never seen a Korean Drama for a great many of us they are very, very addicting. So if this comment inspires you to explore any of the shows I am about to rave over and you become hooked, remember you knew the risks. The up side is that if you have a love for the best dramas there’s no country doing them better than Korea. Period.

    What follows is strictly my own subjective thoughts, opinions and ideas on the five best Korean Drama starting late Season 2013. I’m too excited. Enjoy!

    1. Two Weeks. Incredibly anticipating Two Weeks along with not only Koreans, but much of Asia do to the insanely popular actor, singer and overall heart throb Lee Jun Ki being in the lead role. Lee Jun Ki plays a man framed for murder and the plot follows his drive to clear his name over a two week period. It starts in August and is expected to dominate the ratings. Think 24 done Korean Drama style, but both cooler and better!

    2. Master’s Sun. Directed by the well regarded Jin Hyuk from City Hunter. Master’s Sun tells the story of a money hungry and obsessed CEO and his assistant who has the ability to see ghosts and spirits. Starring Gong Hyo Jin and Gong Hyo Jin who we can expect to see some seriously exciting love scenes from! Master’s Sun is getting plenty of attention in the Korean press and will likely have a ton of viewers. I know I’m watching!

    3. Who Are You. Okay, one of my sleeper choices for best dramas this year. Another supernaturally orientated Korean Drama involving one detective who is a skeptic working with a beautiful detective in tune with the “other world” after being in a coma. The plot has been revealed to eventually spin into a love triangle involving our two heroes and a ghost! God I love this type of thing. A guilty pleasure which starts in early August.

    4. Basketball. Kdrama revolving around a basketball players heroics set between the Japanese occupation and the division of Korea into North and South. Starring Do Ji-Han who has won critical acclaim for his role in The Incarnation of Money. Brilliant actor who will make Basketball a favorite especially among the ladies!

    5. Can’t Take It Anymore. Directed by Lee Min-cheol a nice change f dramatic pace the story taking place in and around a family experiencing an elder divorce. Expect Can’t Take It Anymore to be among the absolute best dramas in the Late 2013 Season.

    After reading my take on the five best Korean Drama starting in the late Season 2013 are you as thrilled as I am with what our new batch of Korean television holds? I hope so! It will certainly be an awesome years for anyone who adores the best dramas – especially from Korea. There were no shortage at all of shows to choose from in fact I’m already almost second guessing myself on my choices here there’s so much good stuff.
    Did I miss any of your personal faves? Please let me know I would love to here more!

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