January 2023 | Korean Drama Full List

Here’s a complete guide to 8 new Korean drama series that will premiere in January 2023:

JANUARY 2 | Brain Works (KBS2)

Genre: Investigation, Comedy
Synopsis: A neuroscientist who possesses a special brain and a detective who has an altruistic brain work together but fight each other as they solve a crime case that involves a rare brain disease.
No of episodes: 16
Cast: Jung Yong-hwa, Cha Tae-hyun, Kwak Sun-young, Ye Ji-won
Writer: Park Kyeong-seon
Director: Lee Jin-seo
Network: KBS2
Streaming platform: Viu
Date: January 2, 2023

Trailer and more updates here.

JANUARY 6 | Payback (SBS)

Genre: Legal, Thriller, Revenge
Also known as: Law Money, The Law, Beopjjeon
Synopsis: The stories of people who refuse to remain silent in the face of unjust authorities and risk everything by fighting against a money (jjeon) cartel that has conspired with the law (beop).
No. of episodes: TBA
Cast: Lee Sun-kyun, Moon Chae-won, Kang Yoo-seok, Park Hoon
Written by: Kim Won-seok
Directed by: Lee Won-tae
Network: SBS
Streaming platform: Amazon Prime Video
Date: January 6, 2023

Trailer and more updates here.

JANUARY 7 | Agency (JTBC)

Genre: Office, Drama
Also known as: Advertising Agency, Ad Agency
Synopsis: An office drama about a woman from a poor family without the best academic background who becomes the first female executive at a major advertising agency resulted from her hardwork and passion for success.
No of episodes: TBA
Cast: Lee Bo-young, Jo Sung-ha, Son Na-eun, Han Joon-woo, Jeon Hye-jin
Writer: Song Soo-han
Director: Lee Chang-min
Network: JTBC
Streaming platform: Viki
Date: January 7, 2023

Trailer and more updates here.

JANUARY 11 | Poong, The Joseon Psychiatrist 2 (tvN)

Genre: Historical, Medical, Romance, Comedy
Synopsis: A genius physician for the royal family faces expulsion from the royal court after getting himself involved in a conspiracy, meets an eccentric teacher and a widow in the mysterious and beautiful Gyesu Village. He is reborn as a true doctor who aims to heal people’s hearts, writing the prescription of happiness.
Based on: the novel, Joseon Psychiatrist YooSe-poong by Lee Eun-so that won the Excellence Award in the 2016 Korea Story Contest
No of episodes: 12 (Season 1); 10 (Season 2)
Cast: Kim Min-jae, Kim Hyang-gi, Kim Sang-kyung
Writers: Park Seul-gi, Choi Min-ho, Lee Bom
Director: Park Won-guk
Network: tvN
Streaming platform: Viu
Date: August 1 to September 6, 2022 (Season 1); January 11, 2023 (Season 2)

Trailer and more updates here.

JANUARY 14 | Crash Course In Romance (tvN)

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Melodrama
Also known as: Ilta Scandal; One Shot Scandal
Synopsis: The bittersweet scandal between the female boss of a side dish shop who stands firm in life and a popular male instructor who is genius but indifferent around people.
No of episodes: TBA
Cast: Jeon Do-yeon, Jung Kyung-ho
Writer: Yang Hee-seung
Director: Yoo Jae-won
Network: tvN
Streaming platform: Netflix
Date: January 14, 2023

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JANUARY 18 | Can We Be Strangers? (ENA)

Genre: Drama, Legal
Also known as: Can I Be Someone Else?
Synopsis: An ex-married couple who are both lawyers find themselves working together as colleagues dealing with cases related to divorce and relationships.
No of episodes: 12
Cast: Kang So-ra, Jang Seung-jo
Writer: Park Jin-ri
Director: Kim Yang-hee
Network: ENA, Genie TV
Streaming platform: TBA
Date: January 18, 2023

Trailer and more updates here.

JANUARY 27 | Kokdu: Season Of Deity (MBC)

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Medical
Also known as: Kkokdu’s Gye Jeol, Season of Kkokdu
Synopsis: A death god or cursed grim reaper becomes a visiting doctor through a human and meets a female doctor who has mysterious abilities.
No of episodes: 16
Cast: Kim Jung-hyun, Im Soo-hyang 
Writers: Kang Yi-heon, Heo Jun-woo
Directors: Baek Soo-chan, Kim Ji-hoon
Network: MBC
Streaming platform: Viu, Viki, iQIYI
Date: January 27, 2023

Trailer and more updates here.

JANUARY 27 | The Bait (Coupang Play)

Genre: Crime, Thriller
Also known as: Chronicles Of Crime
Synopsis: A lawyer-turned-detective digs into the truth of unsolved cases in the past through crime events taking place in the present.
No of episodes: 12
Cast: Jang Geun-suk, Heo Sung-tae, Lee Elijah  Lee Sung Wook, Lee Seung Joon, Park Myung Hoon, Oh Yeon Ah, Lee Won Jong
Writer: Kim Jin-wook
Director: Kim Hong-sun
Network: Coupang Play
Streaming platform: TBA
Date: January 27, 2023

Trailer and more updates here.