May 2020 Korean Drama Releases: “Oh My Baby”, “Mystic Pop-Up Bar”, “Team Bulldog: Off-Duty Investigation” “Sweet Munchies” & More
Ruminative stories about life, love and career appear to be the dominant themes for May 2020 Korean Dramas!
Thus, healing stories are back based on the second wave of Spring 2020 Korean Dramas. A couple of pioneering Hallyu actor favorites are also gearing up for their small screen return.
Interestingly, three from the roster of May 2020 Korean dramas have eat-pray-love elements. Owing to how the narratives highlight moments of healing and love through food in restaurant settings.
Leaning to refreshing stories, other dramas in the roster take on contemplative messages about life. Additionally, two odd balls – a period and a crime drama – join in the fun!
Here is the roster of currently airing 2020 Korean dramas. Note that daily and weekly family-themed series are not included in Hellokpop’s drama coverage.
Born Again (KBS2 TV)
365: Repeat The Year (MBC)
Good Casting (SBS)
Find Me In Your Memory (MBC)
The King: Eternal Monarch (SBS)
Hospital Playlist – (tvN/Netflix) *Friday only
The World of the Married (jTBC)
Yoobyeolna! Chef Moon (Channel A)
When My Love Blooms (tvN)
Now, here are the latest stories to anticipate in May 2020 Korean Dramas.
- KBS2 TV | May 06
Putting a spotlight on a certain issue that is prevalent, yet a lot still left to be learned, Soul Mechanic aims to tell the stories of doctors who believe in the concept of “healing” rather than “treating” patients.
The cast includes Shin Ha Kyun, Jung So Min, Tae In Ho, Park Ye Jin, and Jo Min Kyung.
PD Yoo Hyun Ki (Matrimonial Chaos) is directing and writer Lee Hyang Hee (My Lawyer, Mr. Joe, War of Money) is taking on the scriptwriting duties.
Oh My Baby
- tvN | May 13
Jang Na Ra is back in a starring role in tvN’s upcoming romantic-comedy drama about a single and career-focused woman in her 30’s. In Oh My Baby, the actress plays the role of Jang Ha Ri, a 39-year-old single woman who put all her time and energy into her work.
Working in the parenting magazine – The Baby – only solidifies her decision to have a child of her own but plans to remain unmarried. Things will become more interesting and complicated when Jang Ha Ri’s life gets entangled with three men. Go Joon, Park Byung Eun and Jung Gun Joo take the roles of the male leads.
Along with director Nam Ki Hoon, who helmed profound series in various genres, Oh My Baby is gearing up for its anticipated broadcast. His notable works include Leverage, Voice 3, The Beauty Inside and Tunnel. Penning the script is writer Noh Sun Jae who worked on Mirror of the Witch.
Old School Intern
- MBC | May 20
Bringing in lots of laughter with its humorous office revenge story, Old School Intern stars Park Hae Jim and Kim Eung Soo.
It is a comedy office drama about reversal of position where the previous and also the worst boss of an employee becomes his subordinate. The drama draws inspiration from real-world office stories where people with old-school thinking try to inflict their thoughts on their co-workers and have a hard time adapting to the new changes.
Wind, Clouds and Rain
- TV Chosun | May 17
Layering elements of mythology and psychometry, the new historical series from TV Chosun threads on stories of king makers. They are gifted individuals in the age of scientific civilization who battle for the placement of the rightful King.
Park Shi Hoo plays Choi Chung Jung, one of Joseon’s greatest artists who turned to a humble fortune-teller after his rich family suffered a setback. Through his gift, he tries to change the fate of the nation and gave his life for the woman he loves.
Playing the female lead Lee Bong Ryeon is Ko Seung Hee. Her cryptic ability to see a person’s destiny is initially a blessing. However, it becomes a curse when itnwas driven by human desire.
Yoon Sang Ho of Different Dreams and Saimdang’s Light Diary fame takes on the directorial chair. The series is scheduled for 24 episodes every Sunday only via TV Chosun.
Mystic Pop-Up Bar
- jTBC | May 20
Classified as a mystery counseling series, Mystic Pop-Up Bar is based on a webtoon of the same name.
It is set in a mysterious food cart named Ssang Gab Pocha opens up only at night and offers its customers a place to drink, eat and to take a break from their problems. Everyone who visits the bar is equal and treated that way, even the owner.
The main cast consists of Hwang Jung Eum, who plays the owner Wol Joo; Yook Sung Jae, who will be playing Han Kang Bae, a part-timer; and Choi Won Young as Team Leader Gwi, the manager of the late night bar.
Directed by Jeon Chang Geun and screenplay written by Ha Yoon Ah, the drama is backed by Samhwa Networks.
Team Bulldog: Off-Duty Investigation
- OCN | May 23
Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation depicts the lives of five people who use their smarts and skills in arresting criminals.
Cha Tae Hyun plays an effective but unpopular detective, Jin Kang Ho who teams up with a passionate PD, Kang Moo Young (Lee Sun Bin). The team also includes a former criminal profiler, Tak Won (Ji Seung Hyun); a former member of the National Forensic Service, Lee Ban Seok (Jung Sang Hoon); and an ex-gangster cocktail bar owner, Teddy Jeong (Yoon Kyung Ho).
Leading the production for Team Bulldog: Off-Duty Investigation is Kang Hyo Jin whose film projects include Wondeful Nightmare and The Dude In Me. Penning the series is Lee Yoo Jin of The Missing fame.
Shall We Eat Dinner Together?
- MBC | May 25
Based on a webtoon of the same title, Shall We Eat Dinner Together? flows on the healing romance theme.
Song Seung Heon takes the role of a psychiatrist and a food critic. Meanwhile, Seo Ji Hye suits up as a planning team member of a web channel. Both their characters have experienced failed relationships. By sharing the love for finding great food, they will begin to trust romantic emotions again.
- jTBC | May 25
Directed by Song Ji Won, penned by Park Seung Hye; the 12-episode series revolves around a unique romance story set in the backdrop of a late-night restaurant. A healing chef, an entertainment show PD and a passionate fashion designer are set to move as characters in the story.
Jung Il Woo, Kang Ji Young and Lee Hak Joo are expected to create a romance drama flavor that will engross the viewers. The main actors immerse to their characters from appearance to personality, resulting to amazing synergy.
A heartwarming romance story to soothe a weary day, look forward to the heartwarming mood of Midnight Snack Couple. It will highlight healing through romance and hearty food.
- Jung Il Woo, Kang Ji Young & Lee Hak Joo To Draw Unique Love Triangle Story In “Midnight Snack Couple”
Photo & Video Credits: jTBC | KBS2 TV | OCN | tvN | TV Chosun | MBC
*Updated May 13: My Unfamiliar Family moved to June airing date