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20 Latest and Most Popular Korean Dramas in 2024

Written by Sera Serinda A

The Hallyu Wave, also known as the Korean Wave, has significantly impacted global entertainment, with K-Dramas playing a pivotal role. A segment of South Korea's entertainment sector is gradually gaining international acclaim, showcasing a variety of dramas that have captivated audiences worldwide.

Korean dramas aren't just about engaging storylines; they also demonstrate the complete dedication of the production teams, including the actors and artists. This commitment ensures the creation of high-quality dramas that garner appreciation and credit globally.

For fans of Korean dramas, staying updated on the latest releases is essential, right? Don't worry, Showpoiler has got you covered with the most recent Korean dramas you need to check out. Get ready for an exciting viewing experience!

1. Frankly Speaking

Year 2024
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Cast Go Kyung Pyo Kang Han Na Joo Jong Hyuk
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At 33, Song Ki Baek's life as a host seems perfect, even though he's still single. His excellent speaking skills have earned him respect.

But one day, he had an accident and got electrocuted. Thankfully, he survived, but the incident left him with a tendency to speak impulsively, which is a nightmare for his career.

However, this change caught the attention of On Woo Joo, a television show screenwriter. Woo Joo was intrigued by Ki Baek's new way of speaking and decided to cast him in one of her shows. Since then, they have grown close. Over time, both Ki Baek and Woo Joo help each other with their problems.

After the success of Nevertheless, directed by her and Kim Ga Ram, Jang Ji Yeon is now confident in directing her first drama, Frankly Speaking, by herself. This drama, which first aired on JTBC, marks her first collaboration with writer Choi Kyung.

Lovely Runner is a South Korean television series produced by CJ ENT, starring Byeon Woo Seok and Kim Hye Yoon. Based on Kim Bbang's novel The Best of Tomorrow, the story follows a girl's struggle to save her life.

Im Sol (Kim Hye Yoon) is a girl with many dreams, but an accident in her childhood shattered them. When she's struggling, she meets a top star, Ryu Sun Jae (Byeon Woo Seok), who reignites her spirit.

Not long after becoming a big fan, Im Sol is devastated when she hears that Ryu Sun Jae has been killed. In her grief, she suddenly wakes up in another time where she and Ryu Sun Jae are 15 years old and schoolmates. To save Sun Jae, Im Sol does everything she can to keep him safe and hold on to her newfound hope.


3. The Escape of the Seven: Resurrection

Year 2024
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Cast Uhm Ki Joon Hwang Jung Eum Lee Joon Lee Yoo Bi
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Directed by Oh Joon Hyuk and Oh Song Hee, The Escape of the Seven: Resurrection (2024) continues the story from the prequel series The Escape of the Seven: War of Survival (2023) with a new plot. This time, the story focuses on revenge against a major criminal mastermind.

Matthew Lee (Uhm Ki Joon) is a criminal who plans to kill Do Kyuk (Lee Joon), the heir to the Sungchan Group. To carry out his plan, Matthew hires several people to betray and kill Do Kyuk with promises of a wealthy life.

However, Matthew doesn't realize that Do Kyuk survives the assassination attempt. After recovering from a coma, Do Kyuk finds out that Matthew was behind the attempt on his life. Now, Do Kyuk is back and ready to take his revenge on Matthew!

4. Beauty and Mr. Romantic

Year 2024
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Cast Lim Soo Hyang Ji Hyun Woo
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Beauty and Mr. Romantic is a South Korean television series that aired on KBS2 in 2024. Directed by Hong Seok Goo, the series stars Im Soo Hyang alongside Ji Hyun Woo. It's about the life of a top actress who tries to overcome various challenges.

Park Do Ra (Im Soo Hyang) is a strong and intelligent woman. Growing up in poverty, she worked hard to become rich through her acting skills. Her efforts paid off, and she is now famous and wealthy. Unfortunately, her mother takes advantage of this by pushing Do Ra to work constantly.

When Do Ra wants to end her acting career and enjoy life, her mother creates many problems for her. During this difficult time, a novice drama producer, Go Pil Sung (Ji Hyun Woo), tries to help Do Ra get back on her feet. As they spend time together, their relationship grows closer, and they begin to have feelings for each other.

The main plot of this 12-episode Korean drama is about an asteroid expected to hit Earth in 200 days. This expected disaster has truly caused mass panic. The story is told from the perspectives of four main characters.

In Woongchun City, a teacher named Jin Se Kyung quits her job to help children at the town hall. The news of the asteroid drives her to give the children a sense of security and calm amidst the chaos.

Meanwhile, her boyfriend Ha Yoon Sang, who lives in the United States, rushes home to be with Se Kyung. At a church, Woo Sung Jae, an assistant pastor, steps in to lead after the head pastor leaves due to the asteroid news.

There's also Kang In A, a military unit commander, who leads her troops in providing relief in the city devastated by the asteroid's impact. In A and his troops tirelessly deliver food supplies, transport the injured, and keep the citizens safe.

In the thriller drama produced by Ace Factory, director Park Chul Hwan and screenwriter Lee Soo Yeon team up to tell the story of an investigation into a major company that engineered ready-to-eat meat.

BF, a large biotechnology company, starts dominating the market with their genetically modified meat, aiming to change the way humans have eaten for millions of years. This sparks a lot of debate among the public.

External parties begin researching the safety of this genetic engineering. They question the actions of BF Group's CEO, Yun Ja Yu (Han Hyo Joo), and a scientist named On San (Lee Mun Saeng). What did these investigators find in their probe into the biotechnology company?

7. Parasyte: The Grey

Year 2024
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Cast Jeon So Nee Koo Kyo Hwan Lee Jung Hyun
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If you are familiar with the anime Parasyte: The Maxim, you might find that this drama has a similar title. Yeon Sang Ho's Korean drama is a remake of the animated series adapted from the Kiseiju manga series. It's about an invasion of alien parasites that mysteriously fall to Earth.

These parasites take over human bodies and minds to control the planet. However, our main protagonist, Jung Soo In, is only infected by one parasite on her hand, leading her to coexist with it.

Besides Soo In, there's Seol Kang Woo, who is searching for his younger sister who disappeared because of the parasites. There's also Choi Jun Kyung, the leader of a team called 'The Grey,' formed to fight these parasites. She is determined to annihilate them after losing her husband to the aliens.

8. Love is Like a Cat

Year 2024
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Cast Mew Suppasit Jongcheveevat Choo Ji Min
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Fans of Boys Love (BL) series will be excited to hear about a new South Korean drama by Hanyang Production Company. This sweet BL story stars Thai actor Mew Suppasit Jongcheveevat and JM, a member of the boy band Just B.

Piuno (Mew Suppasit Jongcheveevat) is a global superstar. Along with his many fans, he also has haters who try to bring him down with dangerous, baseless rumors. To protect his reputation, Piuno decides to change his career and work in a different field.

To improve his image, Piuno starts working at a pet daycare, even though he doesn't like animals. To help him cope, he is paired with Dae Byeol (JM). Although their first meeting is chaotic, the two eventually become close and develop feelings for each other.

In 2017, a Welsh television series called Keeping Faith became a hit. In 2024, director Kim Dong Hwi and CJ ENM Studios created a Korean version called Hide, starring Lee Bo Young, Lee Moo Saeng, Lee Chung Ah, and Lee Min Jae.

The plot follows Na Moon Young (Lee Bo Young), who is happily married to Cha Sung Jae (Lee Moo Saeng). Their marriage is full of love, but one day, Cha Sung Jae suddenly disappears without a trace, leaving Moon Young confused and desperate.

She immediately seeks help from the authorities, but when the search seems slow, she decides to take matters into her own hands. As Moon Young investigates, she uncovers shocking information about her husband's big secret and meets a mysterious man who holds the key to Cha Sung Jae's disappearance.

Nothing Uncovered is a Naver web novel by New Lucky that has been adapted into a thriller series by directors Lee Hoo and Lee Hyun Kyung. The story centers on a reporter accused of murder and her efforts to clear her name.

The reporter, Seo Jung Won (Kim Ha Neul), is well-known in journalism and hosts a TV program that has delivered many exclusive stories. She's married to Seol Woo Jae (Jang Seung Jo), an heir from a wealthy family.

Their happy marriage turns into chaos when Woo Jae discovers his wife's affair. Shortly after Jung Won knows about the affair, Woo Jae's lover is found dead, and Jung Won becomes the prime murder suspect.

To prove her innocence, Jung Won teams up with a detective named Kim Tae Heon (Yeon Woo Jin) to uncover the truth behind the case.

11. Chicken Nugget

Year 2024
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Cast Ryu Seung Ryong Ahn Jae Hong Kim Yoo Jung
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Have you seen Kim Yoo Jung play all sorts of roles, from a wild girl to a royal princess? Well, get ready for something totally different. In this fantasy and mystery comedy drama, she's turning into a chicken nugget! Yes, you read that right – a chicken nugget!

Choi Min Ah (Kim Yoo Jung) is a girl who's living the dream life as the daughter of a wealthy business tycoon. But her life changes when she accidentally transforms into a chicken nugget after hopping into a mysterious machine.

Her dad, Choi Seon Man (Ryu Seung Ryong), and a hardworking intern, Go Baek Joong (Ahn Jae Hong), scramble to change Min Ah back to her human form. They need to crack the mystery of this magic machine.

Turns out, this machine is a special storage device that arrived by mistake – it was supposed to come the next day. Tired from delivering her dad's favorite spicy chicken, Min Ah decides to test the machine, and bam! She turns into chicken nuggets that taste just like the ones she was delivering!

12. Four Lords: The Destiny Changer

Year 2024
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Cast Seo Ji Hoon Chae Seo Jin
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This fantasy drama by director Park Sun Jae tells the story a fortune teller who seeks to unravel various mysteries. The show, "Four Lords: The Destiny Changer," primarily follows a clever clairvoyant named Geum Tae Yong, who teams up with Min So I, a psychic who helps solving cases for their clients.

One of their clients, Sol Eun Gyeom, is a chaebol daughter from the Cheonjin Group who faces family issues. During her fortune-telling session, Tae Yong discovers that Eun Gyeom is destined to suffer a terrible death. Tae Yong then becomes determined to perform a ritual to alter Eun Gyeom's fate.

Besides Eun Gyeom's situation, the series also showcases the collaboration between the fortune teller and the psychic as they tackle other clients' cases. However, despite the intriguing plot in almost every episode, the CGI used in the drama remains noticeably unrealistic.

13. The Midnight Studio

Year 2024
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Cast Joo Won Kwon Na Ra Yoo In Soo Eum Moon Suk
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The Midnight Studio is a South Korean TV series adapted from the novel of the same name by screenwriter Kim Yi Rang. It stars Joo Won, Kwon Na Ra, Yoo In Soo, and Eum Moon Suk, and follows the story of a photographer who captures images of ghosts at night.

The photographer, Seo Ki Joo (Joo Won), operates a small, long-standing photo studio. Unlike typical studios that photograph living people, Ki Joo's studio specializes in taking pictures of ghosts that visit his shop after dark.

Seo Ki Joo is helped by Go Sung Ho (Yoo In Soo) and Baek Nam Goo (Eum Moon Suk). During their unusual work, Ki Joo meets an ambitious lawyer, Han Bom (Kwon Na Ra). Together, they collaborate to solve various cases using the photographs Ki Joo captures of the ghosts.

After a three-year hiatus from the Korean drama world since "One Ordinary Day," Kim Soo Hyun returned to the spotlight in 2024 with another drama project. This time, he acted with Kim Ji Won as a married couple in the drama "Queen of Tears."

Baek Hyun Woo (Kim Soo Hyun) is a successful chief lawyer from a small village, who is married to Hong Hae In (Kim Ji Won), the daughter of the Queens Group conglomerate. Their seemingly perfect marriage faces challenges due to various crises and differences in social status.

Although they have been married for three years, Hyun Woo and Hae In face difficulties in their relationship. Nevertheless, they refuse to give up and strive to maintain their marriage.

Amidst the storms, their love remains alive. Hyun Woo and Hae In support each other and work together to find solutions. It may sound simple, but this drama discusses various household problems that will certainly relate to household problems nowadays.

Eun Soo Hyun's life as a successful writer and mother in her happy little family comes crashing down when she finds out her only son, Gun Woo, has been the victim of a hit-and-run by a man named Ji Woong.

Soo Hyun and her husband, Soon Ho, try their best to get justice, but Ji Woong gets off the hook. Overcome with grief and anger, Soo Hyun takes matters into her own hands and ends up killing Ji Woong. This leads to her getting a 10-year prison sentence.

Meanwhile, Soon Ho digs deeper to find out why Ji Woong escaped punishment. He discovers that Ji Woong was helped by a politician, Ki Joon. When Soon Ho was still a journalist, he had tried to expose Ki Joon's crimes before but failed, so he had to quit his job.

This drama takes us on Soo Hyun's journey as she tries to move on and help others who have been through similar tragedies. We also get pulled into the mystery of Gun Woo's death and other larger conspiracies.

16. Pyramid Game

Year 2024
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Cast Bona Jang Da A Ryu Da In Kang Na Eon
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When word got out that Jang Won Young's sister, Jang Da A, might join the cast of a drama, fans got really excited. And yes, she did end up taking a role in the TVING drama alongside other young actresses like Bona, Ryu Da In, and Kang Na Eon.

"Pyramid Game" is set in Baekyeon Girls High School in Seoul. It's about a game that happens once a month where students vote for the most popular among them. However, students who get an "F" grade in this popularity contest end up being bullied.

As a new student, Sung Soo Ji (Bona) thought her school would be normal. Her class, 2-5, seems peaceful but a bit odd. Things change when they join the Pyramid Game and Soo Ji sees her classmates' true colors.

After the game, Soo Ji doesn't get any votes, making her the next bullying target. Despite this, she bravely decides to try and put an end to this cruel game in her own way.

17. The Impossible Heir

Year 2024
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Cast Lee Jae Wook Lee Jun Young Hong Su Zu
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Han Tae Oh and Kang In Ha have been best friends since high school. In Ha always knew Tae Oh was smart even though he came from a poor family, unlike In Ha who was a rich businessman's son. When In Ha grew up and faced problems in his family business, aiming to lead Kang Oh Group, he immediately asked Tae Oh for help.

Tae Oh (Lee Jae Wook) also has his own struggles. His life changes when his father killed his mother, and he became a target of mockery in his community. This motivated Tae Oh to succeed. So when In Ha (Lee Jun Young) needed him, he didn't hesitate to join.

Together, Tae Oh and In Ha try to take the top position at Kang Oh's company. But their plans get complicated when a woman named Na Hye Won (Hong Su Zu) enters the scene.

This drama, "The Impossible Heir," has a similar feel to "Penthouse" and is Lee Jae Wook's first big drama of this kind. Directed by Min Yeon Hong, known for the hit series "Missing: The Other Side," we're eager to see what Lee Jae Wook will bring to this show.

18. Wedding Impossible

Year 2024
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Cast Jeon Jong Seo Kim Do Wan Moon Sang Min Bae Yoon Kyung
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"Wedding Impossible" could be a fun new show for fans who love Korean dramas because it has a really different story. It's about Na Ah Jeong, an extra actress, and two brothers, Lee Do Han and Lee Ji Han.

Ah Jeong is upset because, even though she's a good actress, she's not famous yet. She's even played a wife in her roles, but her own love life isn't going well.

One day, her friend Lee Do Han asks her for a big favor. He wants Ah Jeong to pretend to be his wife. Do Han needs to do this because his family is pressuring him to get married. Ah Jeong sees this a chance to practice her acting, so she agrees to help.

Do Han comes from the wealthy LJ Group family and has a secret: he's gay. This is why he can't really get married. But things aren't easy for him. His sister, Lee Ji Han, is giving him a hard time. She wants him to focus on taking over as the leader of LJ Group.

Jin Yi Soo comes from a rich family. He's fun-loving and a bit childlike, but he ends up in a surprising situation: he gets involved in a criminal case and the police recruit him. Yi Soo becomes a new police officer.

Using his money, connections, and smarts, Yi Soo starts catching criminals. He joins the Crime and Violence Team as a detective in the police department.

The team is led by the hardworking and experienced detective Lee Gang Hyun (Park Ji Hyun). At first, Gang Hyun doubts Yi Soo's commitment to the job. But as they work on cases together, she sees Yi Soo's skills. He even manages to change Gang Hyun's life.

This 16-episode drama is full of action, comedy, and romance. It follows Yi Soo and his team as they chase down criminals, especially when the bad guys are rich and powerful. It's a must-watch for fans of action-packed Korean dramas!

20. A Killer Paradox

Year 2024
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Cast Choi Woo Shik Son Seok Koo Lee Hee Joon
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"A Killer Paradox," featuring Choi Woo Sik as Lee Tang, starts with a startling incident. Lee Tang is a student working a part-time job wo accidentally kills a drunk man during a scuffle. He's terrified this accident could ruin his life. However, he finds out that the man he killed was actually a criminal killer, long sought by the police.

Lee Tang comes to realize that he possesses a unique ability to identify evil people who deserve to die. He then decides to take on the role of a "judge" for these criminals, unaware that he is slowly becoming a serial killer himself.

Lee Tang's actions don't go unnoticed. Detective Jang Nan Gam (Son Seok Koo) and former investigator Song Chon (Lee Hee Jun) are now on his trail.

The intriguing plot of "A Killer Paradox," written by Kim Da Min, is an adaptation of a popular webtoon by Kkomabi. Despite its seemingly dark theme, the film skillfully blends elements of thriller, crime, and black comedy.

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