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9 Must-watch K-dramas to catch this July and August 2022

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By Phyll Wu

9 Must-watch K-dramas to catch this July and August 2022

With an influx of exciting K-dramas this year, fans are treated to a seemingly never-ending list of series to watch. But hey, no one’s complaining! From Dear X Who Doesn’t Love Me starring NCT’s Doyoung to a star-studded cast of Little Women, here are nine K-dramas lined up for July and August 2022 that you definitely don’t want to miss!

1. Big Mouth

When and where: 29 July 2022 on Disney+

Starring: Lee Jong-Suk, Lim Yoona, Kim Joo-Hun, Ok Ja-Yeon, Yang Kyung-Won, and Kwak Dong-Yeon

Genre: Action, crime, and noir

As one of Korea’s most incompetent and unsuccessful lawyers, Park Chang-Ho is plagued by a lifelong streak of misfortunes that will go from bad to worse after taking on a high-profile murder case involving powerful enemies. With his bad luck in play, Park soon finds himself accused of being the notorious conman, Big Mouse, leading him to be imprisoned with the murderers he had been investigating.

2. Carter

When and where: 5 August 2022 on Netflix

Starring: Joo Won and Kim Won-Jung

Genre: Action and adventure

Starring Joo Won as the title role, Carter follows an amnesiac agent who is thrown into a mysterious operation with a lethal bomb in his mouth and a voice in his ear while the CIA and North Korean coup are on his tail. With no memories of his past and identity, Carter is left with only one objective—fulfill his mission or his life is on the line.

3. Seoul Vibe

When and where: 26 August 2022 on Netflix

Starring: Yoo Ah-In, Go Kyung-Po, Lee Kyu-Hyung, Ong Seong-Wu, and Park Ju-Hyun

Genre: Action, racing, and crime

Paying homage to the ‘80s, Seoul Vibe revolves around the Sanggye-dong Supreme Team, a ragtag crew of drivers and mechanics who goes undercover to unravel the corruption behind a VIP’s slush fund in the days leading up to the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. The action-packed film will also feature classic vehicles from the ‘80s in an intense car chase on the streets of Seoul, delivered in a dynamic combo of stylish action, visuals, and music.

4. In the Soop: Friendcation

When and where: 22 July 2022 on Disney+

Starring: Park Seo-Joon, Peakboy, Choi Woo-Sik, Park Hyung-Sik, and Kim Tae-Hyung

Genre: Reality, slice of life, and travel

Hidden away from the world, In the Soop: Friendcation takes five of the biggest Korean celebrities on a well-earned relaxing trip to unwind and de-stress from the pressures of global fame. Starring Park Seo-Joon, Peakboy, Choi Woo-Sik, Park Hyung-Sik, and V from BTS, the series offers their fans a chance to catch their favourite idols indulging in their favourite pastime activities and away from the spotlight of stardom.

5. The Good Detective

When and where: 6 July 2022 on Netflix

Starring: Jang Seung-Jo, Lee Elijah, Soon Hyun-Joo, Ji Seung-Hyun, and Oh Jung-Se

Genre: Crime, drama, and detective

After receiving a missing report of a convicted murderer’s daughter, a veteran detective, Kang Do-Chang and a young hotshot, Oh Ji-Hyeok find evidence of wrongful conviction on the five-year-old murder case involving Kang as the arresting officer. The two opposites set out to reinvestigate the case in an attempt to catch the responsible killers and expose their ugly truths. With a promotion waiting for Kang, he finds himself in a compromising position should his errors be unveiled. Will he choose to save an innocent man? Or will he succumb to temptation?

6. Dear X Who Doesn’t Love Me

When and where: 14 July 2022 on Iqiyi

Starring: Han Ji-Hyo, Doyoung, and Kwon Ah-Reum

Genre: Romance, fantasy, and drama

Seo Hee-Soo is an average university student with dreams of becoming an accomplished lyricist. Having no experience with guys and a self-esteem so low it’s almost non-existent, she struggles to find a boyfriend—until she discovers a mysterious notebook that holds the power to make anyone fall in love with the writer for a month. Now with guys lined up for her—including her best friend, Jung Shi-Ho, played by NCT’s Doyoung—will Seo be able to juggle the complications of her suitors, all while keeping her magical secret?

7. Little Women


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When and where: 27 August 2022 on Netflix

Starring: Kim Go-Eun, Nam Ji-Hyun, Park Ji-Hu, and Wi Ha-Joon

Genre: Mystery and family

Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age novel, Little Women, has become a familiar story to many after numerous adaptations from live plays to award-winning films. For the first time ever, the beloved novel will see a K-drama adaptation in August 2022! Starring Goblin actress Kim Go-Eun, 100 Days My Prince actress Nam Ji-Hyun, All of Us Are Dead actress Park Ji-Hoo, and Squid Game actor Wi Ha-Joon, the series follows three poverty-stricken sisters and how they bravely face a major predicament involving the wealthiest family in the nation.

8. Today’s Webtoon

When and where: 29 July 2022 on Viu

Starring: Kim Se-Jeong, Nam Yoon-Su, Choi Daniel, Son Dong-Woon, and Nam Bo-Ra

Genre: Coming-of-age, romance, and comedy

After an injury led to the end of a promising career as a judo athlete, On Ma-Eum ventures into the world of webtoons as a new employee in Neon Webtoon’s editorial department. Through her struggles of adjusting in a new industry and connecting with her colleagues, the series highlights South Korea’s competitive webtoon industry and the entertaining dynamic between webtoon editors and their writers.

9. A Model Family

When and where: 12 August 2022 on Netflix

Starring: Jung Woo, Park Hee-soon, Yoon Jin-seo and Park Ji-yeon

Genre: Crime, thriller, and family

Best known for his role in the hit series, Reply 1994, Jung Woo stars in A Model Family as Dong-Ha, an ordinary man at the brink of bankruptcy and divorce. In hopes of solving his misfortunes, the story unfolds when he becomes embroiled in the dealings of a drug organisation after discovering a mysterious car loaded with money and drugs.

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