New k-dramas to watch in December 2022
Updated: Dec 16, 2022
It certainly is Christmas (or the year-end holidays) with k-dramaland gifting us with 20 TV series from a wide range of genres—crime thriller, melodrama, fantasy, romance, comedy, and boys’ love (BL)! This month, a Japanese filmmaker also makes his k-drama debut in Connect, two renowned writers make a comeback through The King of the Desert and The Glory, and a movie superstar returns to the small screen through Big Bet after more than two decades. Finally, four k-dramas resume with part 2 or return for a second season.
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Dec. 1: Recipe for Farewell
Respected actors Han Suk-kyu (Dr. Romantic) and Kim Seo-hyung (SKY Castle), star as a recently-divorced couple in this 12-episode Watcha Original series. Based on It May Be a Little Spicy Today, the memoir of writer Kang Chang-rae, Recipe for Farewell chronicles the final days of Da Jung (Kim Seo-hyung), who asks her ex-husband to cook for her everyday following her terminal cancer diagnosis. You’re going to want to have a box of tissues handy for this one.
Where to watch: Watcha/Viki (in select territories), Thursdays
Dec. 1: Oh! My Assistant
R-rated webtoon artist Seon-ho (Song Seung-hyun) hires Mu-yeong (Ko Chan-bin) to be his assistant, who turns out to be a fan of his work. Will the overqualified assistant help him with his art—and in other aspects of his life?
Where to watch: Viki, Thursdays and Fridays
Dec. 7: Connect
Renowned Japanese filmmaker Miike Takashi (Ichi the Killer) makes his first foray into k-drama. In this disturbing action thriller adapted from a webtoon, a man with self-healing powers (Jung Hae-in, D.P.) crosses paths with illegal organ traffickers. He ends up sharing an eyeball with (and the eyesight of) a vicious serial killer (Go Kyung-pyo, Love in Contract)—so the fight begins. Who will win in the end?
Where to watch: Disney+, Wednesdays
Dec. 7: Unlock My Boss
There’s a literal ghost in the machine and Park In-sung (Chae Jong-hyeop), a regular company employee, now needs to help the ghost find his murderer. This 12-episode ENA drama based on a webtoon about CEO Kim Sun-joo (Park Sung-woong), who finds himself murdered and mysteriously stuck in a phone as a ghost, also stars Seo Eun-su as his secretary. With a murder mystery and 10 billion won (USD 7.5 million) as reward money, this show will have plenty of excitement to go around.
Where to watch: Viki, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Dec. 9: The Forbidden Marriage
The king of Joseon Lee Heon (Kim Young-dae, Sh**ting Stars) has refused to find a second wife since his wife died seven years prior. That would all be well and good except for the fact that he has also forbidden his subjects to marry. Meanwhile, in order to get out of prison, commoner Ye So-rang (Park Ju-hyun, Extracurricular), claims that the spirit of the late queen resides in someone else in the palace. One lie turns into another, and before she knows it So-rang now has to act as though she is possessed by the late king’s wife. And now the king is curious. How will So-rang ever be able to get out of this one?
Where to watch: Prime Video/Viki, Fridays and Saturdays
Dec. 9: Work Later, Drink Now 2
Our favorite chaotically drunken female trio is back! Lee Sun-bin, Han Sun-hwa, and Jung Eun-ji reprise their roles as a tight-knit group of 30-something year old friends who love to unwind and share their sorrows after work over several gallons of alcohol. Based on a popular webtoon, the second season of this comedy series is bound to serve up more laughter, friendship, and love.
Read our review of Work Later, Drink Now Season 1 here.
Where to watch: Viu/TVING, Fridays
Dec. 9: Money Heist: Korea — Joint Economic Area Part 2
Back for six more episodes in the Korean adaptation of Money Heist, "The Professor" Yoo Ji-tae (Healer) and his gang of criminals played by Park Hae-soo (Squid Game), Jeon Jong-seo (The Call), Kim Ji-hoon (Flower of Evil), among others, attempt to rob and escape from the unified Korean mint.
Where to watch: Netflix, Friday (all episodes)
Dec. 10: Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow / Alchemy of Souls Part 2
Taking place three years after the controversial cliffhanger ending of Part 1, Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow, returns with more drama, politics, and of course, magic. Shaken by the unexpected turn of events, Daeho's young mages Jang Uk (Lee Jae-wook, Extraordinary You), Seo Yul (Hwang Min-hyun), Jin Cho-yeon (Arin), and Park Dang-gu (Yoo In-soo, All of Us Are Dead) return as darker versions of themselves. With Go Yoon-jung (Law School), seen mostly in flashbacks as the soul-shifter Naksu in part 1, stepping in as the female lead in this next chapter, will the Hong Sisters writing duo be able to deliver a satisfying conclusion to this epic historical fantasy series? We can't wait to find out.
Check out our review of Part 1 here.
Where to watch: Netflix, Saturdays and Sundays
Dec. 15: The Director Who Buys Me Dinner
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Adapted from a webtoon of the same name, Min Entertainment Director Yu Dam (Park Young-woon, The King in Love) seems to be the perfect man, except that he has been reincarnated many times and asks newbie Dong Baek (Park Jeong-woo) for a date. He even exclaims that if they don’t date, they die!
Where to watch: other sites, Thursdays
Dec 16: The King of the Desert
From writer Kim Bo-tong, he of D.P. and D.P. 2, comes another bleak k-drama about five people faced with difficult choices. Will everything go away with enough money, or are there things that money should not even buy? Yang Dong-geun (Yaksha: Ruthless Operations) and Jang Dong-yoon (The Tale of Nokdu) head the drama and may come up against a mysterious CEO played by Jin Goo (Descendants of the Sun).
Where to watch: Watcha, Fridays
Dec 16: Fanta G Spot
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The 10-episode mini-series stars Ahn Hee-yeon (How to Be Thirty), Bae Woo-hee (Business Proposal), Park Sun-ho (A Poem A Day), and Choi Kwang-rok (Green Mothers’ Club). A mature romance drama, it features women who want not only to do right but also feel right.
Where to watch: Coupang Play, Fridays
Dec. 17: Re