After an emotional start to the week with the finale of Netflix’s Crash Landing on You setting a new record for the highest viewership rating in tvN history, the question on everyone’s mind is – what do I watch this weekend, now that CLOY is over? Here’s our K-drama weekend guide with something for every mood – all available the same day they’re broadcast in Korea #fomo.
Mood: I miss the down-to-earth realness of a series like Reply 19xx
Hospital Playlist, avail from 12 March, new episodes every Friday
Hospital Playlist explores the chemistry among five friends who have stayed close with each other since they attended medical school together 20 years ago. They can practically read each other’s mind just by looking into their eyes. The day-to-day lives of the people living, dying and just passing through the hospital where they all work is a microcosm of the world beyond.
The cast includes Jeon Mi-do as Song-hwa, the de-facto spiritual leader of the quintet; Kim Dae-myeong as Seok-hyeon, a reclusive loner; Cho Jung-seok as Ik-jun, a self-proclaimed ‘inside operator’ who is both socially and academically-inclined; Chong Kyung-ho as Jun-wan, an outstanding surgeon but is a miserable person; and last but not least, Yoo Yeon-seok as Jeong-won is always polite and caring at work, but in private he is a rather edgy character.
Mood: Give more more of that trademark K-drama fantastical romance
Hi Bye, Mama!, avail from 22 February, new episodes every Saturday and Sunday
Starring Kim Tae-hee and Lee Kyoo-hyung, Hi Bye, Mama! tells the story of a ghost of a woman who gains a second chance at life for only 49 days who reappears in front of her remarried husband and young daughter.
Mood: Give me some underdogs to root for
Itaewon Class, now streaming, new episodes every Friday and Saturday
In a colourful Seoul neighbourhood, Park Seo-joon stars as Park Saeroyi, an ex-con and high school dropout who is part of a group of youths, held together by their mutual stubbornness and bravado, start a “cool” revolt against an irrational world. Their story unfolds in Itaewon, a small neighborhood centered around a single street that seems to be a compact version of the entire world. Itaewon Class is the start-up legend of those in search of freedom, each one with his or her own unique set of values.
Mood: After all the romance, I need something fierce and competitive
Hyena, avail from 21 February, new episodes every Saturday and Sunday
Starring Korean badass Kim Hye-soo and heartthrob Ju Ji-hoon, Hyena features two rival lawyers with high-class clientele who tear each other apart anything that stands in the way of their ambitions to survive in a dog-eat-dog world.