If you are a fan of teen dramas, here are 9 Korean series to watch and anticipate in 2023, listed in alphabetical order:
1. All That We Loved
TVING’s All That We Loved (2023) depicts the teenage friendship and romance between three students at a high school. Two bestfriends, Go Yoo who is a charming basketball genius and Go Joon Hee who is a top student in the entire school, both fall in love with Han So Yeon, a female transfer student who has the beauty and brains but hides a secret, starring Sehun, Jo Joon-young, and Jang Yeo-bin. The screenplay is written by Kang Yoon, helmed by Kim Jin-sung, and expected to be released this year.
2. Delivery Man
Genie TV’s Delivery Man (2023) tells the story of a young taxi driver who runs a “ghost-only” taxi service and grants the last wishes of ghosts. He meets a young lady ghost who suffers from memory loss and together they find themselves in a crazy adventure, chasing down criminals and helping the deceased, starring Yoon Chan-young, Bang Minah, and Kim Min-seok. It premiered on March 1 and is available to watch on Viu.
3. Duty After School
TVING’s Duty After School (2023) is a Korean thriller series based on the webtoon by Ha Il-Kwon about highschool and university students across the country who are turned into platoons of soldiers in an actual war against unidentified creatures that appear in the sky. The screenplay is written by Yoon Soo and helmed by Sung Yong-il. It is set to premiere on March 31 and will be available for streaming on Viu.
4. Finland Papa
Finland Papa is a healing drama about people in need of emotional support who gather around a cafe named “Finland Papa”. It is managed by a faceless owner who falls in love with a woman in her twenties who works at the cafe, mending her own inner wounds, starring Kim Woo-seok and Kim Bora. Written by Won Young-jin and helmed by Park Soo-min, it is expected to be released this year.
Moving (2023) is a Disney+ original series based on a webtoon of the same name by Kang Full that revolves around teenagers who try to hide their superpowers from people and their parents who try to hide their painful past. The fantasy-action series is helmed by Park In-jae and expected to be released this year.
KBS2’s Oasis (2023) follows three young people who fight together for their dreams, friendship, and loves during the turbulent period in South Korea from 1980 to 1990, starring Jang Dong-yoon, Seol Inah, and Chu Young-woo. The screenplay is written by Jung Hyung-soo and helmed by Han Hee. It premiered on March 6 and is available for streaming on Viki.
7. Sparkling Watermelon
Sparkling Watermelon (2023) tells the story of a male student who suddenly time travels through a musical instrument and encounters a mysterious girl and the younger version of his father. Ryeoun, Choi Hyun-wook, Seol Inah, and Shin Eun-soo are in talks to lead the drama, which is written by Jin Soo Wan and helmed by Son Jung Hyun.
8. The Secret Romantic Guesthouse
SBS’ The Secret Romantic Guest House (2023) is a youthful sageuk-romance drama with a touch of mystery that takes place at a boarding house called Yihwawon or Guest Summer Place. It revolves around four youths, a lovely lady who runs the inn and three scholars who stay at the inn to prepare for the national exam. The boarders hold a secret and gather together in solving a mystery about a person who disappeared several years ago, starring Shin Ye-eun, Ryeoun, Kang Hoon, and Jung Gun-joo. It premiered on March 20, 2023 and is available to watch for international viewers on Viu.
9. You Have Done Well
You Have Done Well (2023) tells the adventure-filled life journey of two young people born on Jeju Island in the 1950s, featuring Ae-soon, an ambitious lady who is rebellious but full of positivity and Gwak-shin, an extremely diligent guy who is quiet but a silent warrior, starring Park Bogum and IU.