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New k-dramas premiering in May 2024

The k-drama gods must have known we would need a plenty of options to fill the gaping hole left by Queen of Tears, and so they packed May to the brim with exciting releases.

May 1: Frankly Speaking

This comedic 12-episode drama revolves around a respected television presenter, Song Ki-baek (Go Kyung-pyo, Love in Contract), who suddenly loses his ability to self-censor after a freak electrocution accident, and On Woo-ju (Kang Han-na, Start-Up), a variety show writer who sees potential in turning this strange affliction into a popular show. Where to watch: Netflix

May 4: The Atypical Family

Superhero shows usually tell the tale of how they got their powers, but this atypical series takes on an unusual angle: A family with superpowers has lost their unique abilities due to modern-day problems. Can they rediscover the magic of their abilities with the help of a mysterious woman? Jang Ki-yong (My Roommate Is a Gumiho) stars as Bok Gwi-joo, who loses his ability to travel back in time after becoming afflicted with depression, and Chun Woo-hee (Unlocked) as the mysterious woman who can change their fate.

Where to watch: Netflix

May 11: The Midnight Romance at Hagwon

Prepare yourself for romantic thrills! This 16-episode series from tvN portrays a sweet yet secret romance between a school instructor (Jung Ryeo-won, Witch at Court) and her ex-student (Wi Ha-joon, The Worst of Evil) who is now a rookie colleague.

May 13: Crash

Crash follows a new chief of the Traffic Crime Investigation Team dealing with insurance fraud and more. It stars Lee Min-ki (Behind Your Touch) and Kwak Sun-young (Behind Every Star) among others, in what promises to be a fun 12-episode run.

Where to watch: Disney+

May 15: Uncle Samsik

The legendary Song Kang-ho (Parasite) graces the small screen for the first time in this period drama on Disney+. Set in the 1960s, the 16-episode series follows an elite graduate, Kim San (Byun Yo-han, Mr. Sunshine), and his relationship with the enigmatic Uncle Samsik.

Where to watch: Disney+

May 17: The 8 Show 

This Netflix original features eight people trapped in a mysterious and dangerous game show, where they face challenges that test their wits and will to survive. Key characters include Ryu Jun-yeol, Chun Woo-hee, and Park Jung-min, each bringing a unique dynamic to the intense competition.

Where to watch: Netflix

May 24: Connection 

Ji Sung (The Devil Judge) stars in this series as Jang Jae-kyeong, an ace detective in a drug squad who ends up being addicted to drugs. Behind the things happening to him is mysterious network of individuals who manipulate events behind the scenes in Korea, and the mysterious death of a friend 20 years ago.

May 24: Bitter Sweet Hell

This 12-episode black comedy from MBC stars Kim Hee-sun (Tomorrow) as South Korea's top family psychiatrist who is threatened by a blackmailer. She turns to her mother-in-law, played by Lee Hye-young (Kill Heel), a mystery writer, to protect their family. The story dives deep into the complicated relationships and dark undercurrents within a seemingly perfect household.

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