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New k-dramas to watch in July 2023

As the summer heat sets in, a new line-up of k-dramas provides the perfect excuse for us to stay indoors and binge away, especially with two highly anticipated sequels on Netflix: D.P. Season 2 and The Uncanny Counter: Counter Punch.


July 5: Shadow Detective 2

More than a year after the events of the first season, the veteran shadow detective Kim Taek-rok (Lee Sung-min, Reborn Rich) returns to investigate the mastermind behind the blackmailer 'Friend'. This time, his life is rocked by a mysterious explosion. As it did with the first season, we fully expect this eight-episode sequel to keep us on the edge of our seats.

Where to watch: Disney+

July 17: Not Others / Strangers

This 12-episode family comedy revolves around the life of Eun-mi (Jeon Hye-jin, Life) who became a single mother in high school and raised her daughter Jin-hee (Sooyoung, Run On) all by herself. Now in her 40s, Eun-mi lives with her 29-year-old daughter, constantly bickering yet sharing an unbreakable bond.

July 25: Dream (movie)

Written and directed by Lee Byeong-heon (Extreme Job, Ultimate Weapon Alice) this sports comedy-drama film features Park Seo-joon and IU (Lee Ji-eun) in the leading roles. The story follows Yoon Hong-dae (Park), a football player who faces disciplinary action and is tasked with coaching a national football team comprised of homeless individuals, who have never even held a ball, before for the Homeless World Cup. Lee Ji-eun plays Lee So-min, an aspiring director creating a documentary about the team.

July 26: Longing For You

Detective Oh (Na In-woo, River Where the Moon Rises) seeks revenge on a nefarious group in this rural-set action thriller. The 14-episode series, co-starring Kim Ji-eun (One Dollar Lawyer) promises intense confrontations and a deep dive into the power of familial love.

July 28: D.P. Season 2

Nothing has changed. And so the pursuit of military deserters continues in this six-episode follow-up to the hit action military series D.P. Starring Jung Hae-in (Something in the Rain), Koo Kyo-hwan (Peninsula), Kim Sung-kyun (Reply 1994), and Son Suk-ku (My Liberation Notes), the series continues its exploration of the harsh realities of military service in South Korea.

Where to watch: Netflix​

July 29: The Uncanny Counter Season 2: Counter Punch

This 12-episode sequel to the hit series returns with more action, mystery, and supernatural comedy. Noodle shop employees by day and demon hunters by night, the Counters — played by Jo Byung-gyu (Hot Stove League), Yoo Joon-sang (Life), Kim Se-Jeong (Business Proposal), and Yeom Hye-ran (When the Camellia Blooms) — use their special abilities to hunt malevolent spirits.

Where to watch: Netflix​

July 31: My Lovely Liar

In this 16-episode series, Mok Sol-hee (Kim So-hyun, Love Alarm) possesses the unique ability to detect lies. However, she views her skill as a curse, unable to trust anyone because of it. Her life takes a dramatic turn when she gets involved with a murder suspect (Hwang Min-hyun, Alchemy of Souls) who insists on his innocence.

Where to watch: Viu

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