PICK: New Korean Dramas to Watch in April 2023

Edited by Hong Hyun Jung
Translated by Yu Jin Kim

Decoy part 2 (4/7)

Jang Keun Suk’s Decoy is set to return with Part 2. The crime thriller series aims to reveal the truth behind old unsolved cases by investigating equally brutal current cases that occur eight years after the death of a notorious fraudster. The intriguing plot, which reminds us of the true story of con artist Jo Hee Pal, Jang Keun Suk’s impressive acting transformation, and Heo Sung Tae’s remarkable performance are what made Part 1 so popular. Viewers are eagerly anticipating whether the upcoming part will reveal the mysteries left unanswered from Part 1.

Pale Moon (4/10)

Pale Moon is a drama based on a novel by Mitsuyo Kakuta of the same name. The novel was previously adapted into a drama and a movie. The story is about a bank employee who embezzles money from a VIP customer, only to find her life turned upside down. Kim Seo Hyung, who played a terminal cancer patient in Recipe For Farewell, will play the role of Yoo Yi Hwa, who seeks to find true happiness by breaking free from her suffocating life.

Stealer: The Treasure Keeper (4/12)

Joo Won, who wowed viewers with his impressive action scenes in Carter, is back with a new comic action movie. Stealer: The Treasure Keeper follows the story of Skunk, a cultural heritage thief who operates in secrecy, and Team Karma, an unofficial cultural heritage retrieval team, as they take on those whom the law cannot hold accountable. Joo Won, known for his previous roles as dark characters, is catching attention by taking on a lighter character this time. He plays a character with a double life, juggling between being a troublesome civil servant at the Cultural Heritage Administration and a professional thief.

Bora! Deborah (4/12)

Romantic comedy queen Yoo In Na is set to charm viewers once again as a professional love coach in her new drama. Bora! Deborah follows the story of a love coach named Deborah and a publishing planner named Soo Hyuk as they work together to create a book about romance. Despite being a love guru who has mastered every aspect of romance, Deborah fails to foresee the obstacles in her own love life. Fans are curious to see if Yoo In Na can make a comeback with this new drama, especially after her previous projects received poor ratings following Guardian: The Lonely and Great God.

Queenmaker (4/14)

As Netflix’s popularity continues to soar this year, Queenmaker starring Kim Hee Ae and Moon So Ri, is gearing up to be the next big hit. The show revolves around Hwang Do Hee (played by Kim Hee Ae), a highly skilled female publicity expert known for shaping public perception, and Oh Seung Sook (played by Moon So Ri), a human rights lawyer who has dedicated her life to fighting for justice. The story follows Do Hee as she helps Seung Sook become the next mayor of Seoul. It’s worth noting that the upcoming political drama is unique in that it stars two actresses in leading roles instead of actors.

Doctor Cha (4/15)

Doctor Cha tells the story of Cha Jung Sook, who becomes a first-year resident after being a housewife for 20 years. Um Jung Hwa will play Cha Jung Sook, who boldly returns to her career as a doctor, leaving behind her life as a housewife. Kim Byung Chul, who is well-known for his role in the drama SKY Castle, will play the character Seo In Ho, Cha Jung Sook’s husband. Seo In Ho is a chief surgeon at a university hospital who is both strict and unrelenting. This story of a woman navigating her way back to her career and pursuing her dreams is expected to tug at the heartstrings of viewers.

Family (4/17)

Jang Nara and Jang Hyuk will reunite after 9 years for their fourth project, titled Family. Their previous collaborations include Successful Story of a Bright Girl, You Are My Destiny, and 2014 Drama Festival – Old Goodbye. Jang Hyuk will play a National Intelligence Agent who poses as an ordinary businessman, while Jang Nara will portray his wife, who aspires to have a perfect family. Fans are eagerly anticipating the duo’s on-screen chemistry and the potential success of the drama.

The Good Bad Mother (4/26)

Lee Do Hyun, who starred in The Glory, is returning with a new family drama called The Good Bad Mother. The story follows Young Soon, a mother who becomes a “bad mother” to her son Kang Ho when he suddenly reverts back to a young child. Ra Mi Ran and Lee Do Hyun will play the mother and the son, respectively, with Beyond Evil producer Shim Na Yeon directing the series. Viewers are excited to see the chemistry between the two actors, who have received excellent reviews for their teamwork in their previous projects.

Dr. Romantic Season 3
Dr. Romantic season 3
Credit: SBS, Disney Plus

Dr. Romantic is returning with its third season, featuring Han Suk Kyu, Ahn Hyo Seop, and Lee Sung Kyung, reprising their roles from previous seasons. The upcoming series takes place in the rundown local hospital named Doldam. The first two seasons were a hit with audiences, earning an impressive nationwide average rating of 27 percent. Fans are eagerly waiting to see what changes will happen to Kim Sa Bu and Doldam Hospital three years after Season 2, which ended with the hospital separating from its main headquarter and establishing its own medical foundation.


Edited Hong Hyun Jung: I am a K-content guide who publishes various articles for people to enjoy Korean movies and dramas deeper and richer. I’ll introduce you to the works that you can laugh, cry and sympathize with.

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