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9 New Korean Dramas Coming Out In May 2024 To Add To Your Watch List

Which K-drama are you most looking forward to watching?

New Korean Dramas Coming Out In May 2024 To Add To Your Watch List

Spring is about to wrap up but the K-drama scene is continuously blooming with new series to watch out for! This coming May 2024, we have a handful of Korean dramas starring our favorite stars in their super exciting roles, embracing different genres!

From the classic rom-coms to edgy thrillers – here are 9 upcoming K-dramas set to air this May 2024.

NEW K-DRAMAS TO WATCH IN MAY 2024

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Frankly Speaking (Go Kyung-Pyo, Kang Han-Na)

  • Release date: May 1, 2024
  • Runtime: Wednesday & Thursday, 20:50
  • Network: JTBC
  • Cast: Go Kyung-Pyo, Kang Han-Na
  • Where to watch: Netflix
Frankly Speaking (Go Kyung-Pyo, Kang Han-Na)

Let’s start with a K-Drama that’s fun and comedic to brighten up the mood! The plot tells the story of Song Ki-Baek (Go Kyung-Pyo), who is a polite 33-year-old TV announcer who experiences an incident that causes him to speak impulsively, risking his career. Then Woo Joo (Kang Han-Na) sees potential in his bluntness and invites him to appear on her show. Their professional collaboration became the biggest challenge and turning point in Ki-Baek’s life.

‘Frankly Speaking’ will air on JTBC every Wednesday and Thursday. It will take the slot of ‘Queen of Divorce’.

Read more: ‘Frankly Speaking’ Fashion Info

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The Atypical Family (Jang Ki-Yong, Chun Woo-Hee)

  • Release date: May 4, 2024
  • Runtime: Saturday & Sunday, 22:30
  • Network: JTBC
  • Cast: Jang Ki-Yong, Chun Woo-Hee
  • Where to watch: Netflix
The Atypical Family (Jang Ki-Yong, Chun Woo-Hee)

If you love fantasy dramas, then this is something you should look forward to! The plot revolves around the life of Bok Gwi-Joo (Jang Ki-Yong) and his family who have unique supernatural powers. However, he can only use his ability to time travel back to happy moments, without altering the past. Depression makes him lose his power, and his family’s struggles with modern issues like insomnia and bulimia weaken their abilities. When Do Da-Hae (Chun Woo-Hee) joins their lives, things start to change.

‘The Atypical Family’ will air on JTBC and will take over the slot of ‘Hide’.

Read more: ‘The Atypical Family’ Fashion Info

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The Midnight Romance in Hagwon (Jung Ryeo-Won, Wi Ha-Joon)

  • Release date: May 11, 2024
  • Runtime: Saturday & Sunday, 21:20
  • Network: tvN
  • Cast: Jung Ryeo-Won, Wi Ha-Joon
  • Where to watch:
The Midnight Romance in Hagwon (Jung Ryeo-Won, Wi Ha-Joon)

Here’s a K-Drama that delves into South Korea’s very competitive education scene. The story is about Seo Hye-Jin (Jung Ryeo-Won) who is a teacher in a top education district. She reached a point where she is questioning her career after 14 years. Her former student, Lee Joon-Ho (Wi Ha-Joon), who once earned her fame by getting into a top university, returns as a new instructor at the same institute. His reappearance makes Hye-Jin rethink her past dreams and future.

‘The Midnight Romance in Hagwon’ will air on tvN every Saturday and Sunday to take the slot of ‘Queen of Tears’.

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Crash (Lee Min-Ki, Kwak Sun-Young, Heo Seong-Tae, Lee Ho-Chul, Moonhee)

  • Release date: May 13, 2024
  • Runtime: Monday & Tuesday, 22:20
  • Network: ENA
  • Cast: Lee Min-Ki, Kwak Sun-Young, Heo Seong-Tae, Lee Ho-Chul, Moonhee
  • Where to watch: Disney+
Crash (Lee Min-Ki, Kwak Sun-Young, Heo Seong-Tae, Lee Ho-Chul, Moonhee)

Now we know action and crime K-dramas are simply one of the crowd favorites out there and this is exactly what ‘Crash’ brings to us this month!

The plot revolves around Cha Yeon-Ho (Lee Min-Ki), a math genius with top university credentials, who joins the Traffic Crime Investigation (TCI) team. This is where he uses his analytical skills to solve cases but can’t drive and struggles with social skills. The team includes Min So-Hee (Kwak Sun-Young), a martial arts expert, Jung Chae-Man (Heo Seong-Tae), a seasoned detective, Woo Dong-Ki (Lee Ho-Chul), a car specialist, and Eo Hyun-Kyung (Moonhee), a skilled fighter. Together, they tackle complex traffic crimes using their unique talents and teamwork.

‘Crash’ is set to be broadcast on ENA on Mondays and Tuesdays to take the slot of ‘The Midnight Studio’.

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Dare to Love Me (Lee Yoo-Young, Kim Myung-Soo)

  • Release date: May 13, 2024
  • Runtime: Monday & Tuesday, 22:10
  • Network: KBS2
  • Cast: Lee Yoo-Young, Kim Myung-Soo
  • Where to watch:
Dare to Love Me (Lee Yoo-Young, Kim Myung-Soo)

Don’t we just love dramas that are based on webtoons?! ‘Dare to Love Me’ tells the story of Kim Hong-Do (Lee Yoo-Young), a contract worker at a fashion company and she has grand dreams of becoming a global luxury brand designer. Despite being mistreated by her colleagues, she stays positive and determined. Shin Yoon-Bok (Kim Myung-Soo), from a traditional village, secretly dreams of being a webcomic writer. He runs away to Seoul, where he meets Kim Hong-Do.

‘Dare to Love Me’ is set to air on KBS2 every Monday and Tuesday taking the time slot of ‘Nothing Uncovered’.

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Uncle Samsik (Song Kang-Ho, Byun Yo-Han)

  • Release date: May 15, 2024
  • Runtime: 
  • Network: Disney+
  • Cast: Song Kang-Ho, Byun Yo-Han
  • Where to watch: Disney+
Uncle Samsik (Song Kang-Ho, Byun Yo-Han)

If you’re up for a deeply intense political drama, here’s something to add to your watch list. The plot is set in 1960s Korea where Kim San (Byun Yo-Han), a graduate of the Korean military academy and a U.S.-trained economist, returns home with ambitious dreams of industrializing the nation. His mission takes an unexpected turn when Samsik (Song Kang-Ho), a street-smart hustler, appears, offering support. Together, they navigate a complex landscape of friendship, ambition, and national transformation.

‘Uncle Samsik’ will stream on Disney+ starting May 10. To make things even more interesting, this is veteran actor Song Kang-Ho’s first ever K-Drama/series project after decades of acting on film!

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The 8 Show

  • Release date: May 17, 2024
  • Runtime: 
  • Network: Netflix
  • Cast: 
  • Where to watch: Netflix
The 8 Show

If you love the concept of the global hit ‘Squid Game’, then be ready to be on the edge of your seat! Eight contestants join a reality show, living in a concrete-walled studio for 100 days to win a 44.8 billion won prize. But every necessity—food, water, electricity—costs 1,000 times more than usual, with each expense deducted from the prize money. As tensions rise, survival instincts and moral choices collide in this high-stakes game.

‘The 8 Show’ will be streaming on Netflix on May 17, 2024.

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Bitter Sweet Hell (Kim Hee-Sun, Kim Nam-Hee, Lee Hye-Young)

  • Release date: May 24, 2024
  • Runtime: Friday & Saturday, 21:50
  • Network: MBC
  • Cast: Kim Hee-Sun, Kim Nam-Hee, Lee Hye-Young
  • Where to watch:
Bitter Sweet Hell (Kim Hee-Sun, Kim Nam-Hee, Lee Hye-Young)

Intense, dark, and mysterious – this drama is sure to set your eyes glued to your screen every week. It tells the story of celebrity psychologist No Young-Won’s (Kim Hee-Sun) whose glamorous life takes a dark turn when she’s drawn into a dangerous case. With her husband, Dr. Jae-Jin (Kim Nam-Hee), and their charismatic mystery-writer mother-in-law, Hong Sa-Gang (Lee Hye-Young), they must navigate threats and family conflicts to uncover the truth and protect those they love. Expect high stakes, family drama, and unexpected twists.

‘Bitter Sweet Hell’ is going to air on MBC every Friday and Saturday and will take the slot of ‘Chief Detective 1958’.

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Connection (Ji Sung, Jeon Mi-Do)

  • Release date: May 24, 2024
  • Runtime: Friday & Saturday, 22:00
  • Network: SBS
  • Cast: Ji Sung, Jeon Mi-Do
  • Where to watch:
Connection (Ji Sung, Jeon Mi-Do)

Detective Jang Jae-Kyeong (Ji Sung), a top investigator on the drug task force, avoids personal ties to stay sharp on the job. But when he’s forced into drug addiction and framed by a shadowy conspiracy linked to his past, he must rely on gutsy journalist Oh Yoon-Jin (Jeon Mi-Do) to uncover a 20-year web of corruption. As they dig deeper, the stakes rise, and the line between friend and foe blurs.

‘Connection’ will be broadcasted on SBS every Friday and Saturday to take the slot of ‘The Escape of the Seven: Resurrection’.

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Which K-Drama are you looking forward to the most? May 2024 is surely going to be a fun K-Drama ride!

Which K-Drama are you most excited about?
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