August/September 2017 Drama List

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Save Me

  • Drama: Save Me (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Goohaejwoe
  • Hangul: 구해줘
  • Director: Kim Sung-Su
  • Writer: Jo Geum-San (webcomic), Jung Shin-Gyu, Jung Yi-Do
  • Network: OCN
  • Episodes:
  • Release Date: August 5, 2017 —
  • Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 22:20
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

4 young men, who don’t have jobs, face a woman in an alley. The woman says “save me.” The woman is involved with a cult religious group.


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Bong-Pil (Kim Jae-Joong) has been preparing for his civil servant exam for the past 3 years, but he is not enthusiastic about his studies. He becomes disappointed that his lifelong friend Soo-Jin (Uee) will soon get married. He has loved her in vain for the past 28 years. Bong-Pil then falls into a manhole and travels through time. He struggles to prevent Soo-Jin’s imminent wedding.

  • Drama: Manhole (English title) / Manhole: Wonderland’s Pil (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Maenhol-Isanghan Naraui Pil
  • Hangul: 맨홀-이상한 나라의 필
  • Director: Park Man-Young, Yoo Young-Eun
  • Writer: Lee Jae-Gon
  • Network: KBS2
  • Episodes: 16
  • Release Date: August 9 – September 28, 2017
  • Runtime: Weds. & Thurs. 22:00
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea


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Live Up To Your Name/Deserving of the Name

Heo Im is an oriental doctor, acknowledged as the best in acupuncture and moxibustion in Joseon. His success is blocked due to his low status.

One day, Heo Im travels though time and finds himself in present day Seoul. He meets Choi Yeon-Kyung. She is doctor firmly believing in only modern medicine.

  • Drama: Live Up To Your Name (English & literal title) / Deserving of the Name (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Myeongbulheojeon
  • Hangul: 명불허전
  • Director: Hong Jong-Chan
  • Writer: Kim Eun-Hee
  • Network: tvN
  • Episodes: 16
  • Release Date: August 12 – October 8, 2017
  • Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 21:00
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea


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Hospital Ship

Song Eun-Jae (Ha Ji-Won) is a capable surgeon at a large hospital in Seoul. She works very hard at her job and will become the youngest female chief surgeon there. Song Eun-Jae is burdened with responsibility over her mother and younger sibling. Her mother lives on an island with her aunt. Her mother sometimes sends patients to the hospital where Song Eun-Jae works, which brings trouble for her. One day, Song Eun-Jae’s mother, who frequently has indigestion problems, comes to the hospital. Her mother talks with Song Eun-Jae on the phone. Song Eun-Jae becomes upset, believing her mother has sent her another patient. Her mother goes back to the island without seeing Song Eun-Jae. Later, Song Eun-Jae receives a phone call from her aunt that her mother has collapsed. When Song Eun-Jae gets to the emergency room where her mother is at, she learns that her mother has passed away. Song Eun-Jae is devastated.

Meanwhile, Kwak Hyun (Kang Min-Hyuk) is a physician. He volunteers to work aboard a hospital ship as a public health doctor instead of serving in the military. He became a doctor due to his father. His father is a highly regarded physician and known as the “Korean Schweitzer,” but he has neglected his family. Kwak Hyun wants to become a good doctor, but not become like his father. He now works at the hospital ship with Kim Jae-Gul (Lee Seo-Won) who is an oriental doctor and others.

  • Drama: Hospital Ship (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Byungwonsun
  • Hangul: 병원선
  • Director: Park Jae-Bum
  • Writer: Yoon Sun-Joo
  • Network: MBC
  • Episodes: 40
  • Release Date: August 30 – November 2, 2017
  • Runtime: Wednesdays & Thursdays 22:00 (35 minutes each / 2 episodes per day)
  • Genre: Medical
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea


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Man Who Sets the Table

Lee Roo-Ri (Sooyoung) tries to get a job at big company, but she gives up. She doesn’t have a good relationship with her strict father. Lee Roo-Ri decides to travel to a foreign country to get away. There, she meets Jung Tae-Yang (On Joo-Wan) who goes by the YOLO motto. He wanders around the world and places priority on his happiness, but he also carries an emotional wound.

After she meets Jung Tae-Yang, Lee Roo-Ri has a turning point of her life.

  • Drama: Man Who Sets the Table (working & literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Babsang Charineun Namja
  • Hangul: 밥상 차리는 남자
  • Director: Joo Sung-Woo
  • Writer: Park Hyeon-Ju
  • Network: MBC
  • Episodes: 50
  • Release Date: September 2, 2017 – February 18, 2018
  • Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 20:45
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

My Golden Life

A woman has a chance for success, but falls into a bottomless pit of her life. She looks for ways to find happiness through her circumstance.

  • Drama: My Golden Life (English & literal title)
  • Revised romanization:Hwanggeumbit Nae Insaeng
  • Hangul: 황금빛 내 인생
  • Director: Kim Hyung-Suk
  • Writer: So Hyeon-Kyeong
  • Network: KBS2
  • Episodes: 50
  • Release Date: September 2, 2017 – February 18, 2018
  • Runtime: Saturdays & Sundays 19:55
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea


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Kim Baek-Jin (Kim Ju-Hyeok) is an anchor, reporter and leader of investigative reporting team “Argon.” He does not tolerate mistakes and relies only on facts.

Meanwhile, Lee Yeon-Hwa (Chun Woo-Hee) is a contract reporter. 6 months before her contract is to end, she is assigned to work at “Argon.” She struggles to get a permanent job there as a reporter. Working with Kim Baek-Jin, she receives strict training and grows as a reporter.

  • Drama: Argon
  • Revised romanization: Areugon
  • Hangul: 아르곤
  • Director: Lee Yoon-Jung
  • Writer: Jeon Young-Shin, Joo Won-Kyu, Shin Ha-Eun
  • Network: tvN
  • Episodes: 8
  • Release Date: September 4, 2017 —
  • Runtime: Mondays & Tuesdays 22:50
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea


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Final Life

Ryo Kawakubo (Shota Matsuda) is a detective on a special team. When he was a child, he lived through a difficult time. He lived in poverty and his mother’s negligence led to his younger sibling’s death. His mother went missing and he has been looking for her.

Song Shi-On (Tae Min) is a smart guy. He graduated from a top medical school in the United States. He happily spends time with his girlfriend, but an experiment on his brain causes him to lose his memory.

Ryo Kawakubo and Song Shi-On have nothing in common, but work together on a special team formed by a secret organization of police officers. They try to solve difficult cases.

  • Drama: Final Life
  • Romaji: Fainaru Raifu: Ashita, Kimi ga Kietemo
  • Japanese: ファイナルライフ-明日、君が消えても-
  • Director: Masatoshi Kurakata
  • Writer: Sumino Kawashima, Junichiro Taniguchi
  • Network: Amazon
  • Episodes: 12
  • Release Date: September 8 – November 24, 2017
  • Runtime: Fridays
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan


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Temperature of Love

Hyun-Soo (Seo Hyun-Jin) is an aspiring drama series writer. She uses “Jane” as her username and begins chatting with username “Chakhan Seupeu” (‘Good Soup’) online. “Chakhan Seupeu” is actually Jung-Sun (Yang Se-Jong). He dreams of becoming a French food chef. They meet in real life.

  • Drama: Temperature of Love (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Sarangui Ondo
  • Hangul: 사랑의 온도
  • Director: Nam Gun
  • Writer: Ha Myung-Hee (novel & screenplay)
  • Network: SBS
  • Episodes:
  • Release Date: September 18, 2017 —
  • Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 22:00
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

This is My Room

Tetsuro Kagiyama (Fuma Kikuchi) is a graduate student. He lives alone in a studio apartment. At his apartment, he attempts to solve problems like dust and maintenance of his air conditioner.

  • Drama: This Is My Room (literal title)
  • Romaji: Wagahai no Heya de Aru
  • Japanese: 吾輩の部屋である
  • Director:
  • Writer: Riki Taoka (manga) Yuko Kawabe
  • Network: NTV
  • Episodes:
  • Release Date: September 18, 2017 —
  • Runtime: Mondays 24:59-25:29
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan


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High school student Shi-Kyung (Kai) suddenly moves out to the countryside and transfers to a mysterious high school. Getting through unfamiliar experiences, he realizes the meaning of life and love.

  • Drama: Andante
  • Revised romanization: Andante
  • Hangul: 안단테
  • Director: Park Ki-Ho
  • Writer: Park Sun-Ja, Kwon Ki-Kyung
  • Network: KBS1
  • Episodes: 16
  • Release Date: September 24, 2017 —
  • Runtime: Sundays 10:00
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea


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While You Were Sleeping

A woman (Bae Suzy) can see accidents that take place in the future through her dreams. A prosecutor (Lee Jong-Suk) struggles to stop those dreams from becoming real.

  • Drama: While You Were Sleeping (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Dangshini Jamdeun Saie
  • Hangul: 당신이 잠든 사이에
  • Director: Oh Choong-Hwan
  • Writer: Park Hye-Ryun
  • Network: SBS
  • Episodes: 32
  • Release Date: September 27, 2017 —
  • Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 22:00 (35 minutes each / 2 episodes per day)
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea