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 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
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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