Korean dramas airing in October 2022

It seems like only yesterday that the erstwhile list of dramas airing in September was created, but October has creeped up on us in the blink of an eye. As we’re nearing the final lap of 2022, we’re increasingly susceptible to burnout and fatigue. So we’ve compiled a list of 8 upcoming Korean dramas in October 2022 that you can watch while taking a breather.

1. Cheer Up

Korean dramas October 2022 - Cheer Up
Image credit: @sbsdrama.official

Main Cast:

  • Han Ji-hyun as Do Hae-yi
  • Bae In-hyuk as Park Jung-woo

Besides financial stability, there’s nothing Do Hae-yi lacks. She has a good character, and possesses the capability to excel in whatever she puts her mind to.

While thinking of ways to alleviate the financial burden of her family, she decides to join the cheering squad in her university. 

Although Hae-yi is in it for the money, she learns so much more about love and friendship than she’d have ever imagined. 

Catch the teaser here:

[스페셜 티저] 뜨겁게 펄떡이던, 가장 찬란한 계절의 이야기 '치얼업' l 10/3(월) 첫 방송 #치얼업 #Cheerup #SBSdrama
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[스페셜 티저] 뜨겁게 펄떡이던, 가장 찬란한 계절의 이야기 '치얼업' l 10/3(월) 첫 방송 #치얼업 #Cheerup #SBSdrama

Video credit: SBS Drama

Korean title: 치얼업
Genre: Romance, comedy, youth
Airs on: 3rd October 2022

2. Love That Will Freeze To Death

Korean dramas October 2022 - Love That Will Freeze to Death
Image credit: ENA

Main Cast:

  • Choi Si-won as Park Jae-hoon
  • Lee Da-hee as Goo Yeo-reum

If you enjoy the friends-to-lovers trope in K-dramas, Love That Will Freeze To Death might just be your new obsession. This rom-com follows 2 inseparable best friends Park Jae-hoon and Goo Yeo-reum.  

Goo Yeo-reum is a competent and ambitious woman who has utmost dedication to her job as a producer for variety shows.

However, her career is not all plain sailing as she has to deal with variety shows being rejected and cancelled. Despite feeling discouraged, she sets her mind to pour every ounce of her energy into the upcoming project, a dating reality show titled Kingdom of Love. 

Being a friend of steadfast loyalty, Jae-hoon lends a helping hand by participating in the show. Jae-hoon no longer believes in finding “the one” until he catches feelings for his friend of 20 years, Yeo-reum.

Don’t miss out on the teaser here:

Video credit: ENA PICK 이엔에이 픽!

Korean title: 얼어죽을 연애 따위
Genre: Romance, comedy
Airs on: 5th October 2022

3. Bad Prosecutor

Korean dramas October 2022 - Bad Prosecutor
Image credit: @kbsdrama

Main Cast:

  • Doh Kyung-soo as Jin Jung
  • Lee Se-hee as Shin Ah-ra
  • Ha Joon as Oh Do-hwan
  • Joo Bo-young as Baek Eun-ji

Starring EXO’s D.O., Bad Prosecutor is a legal drama that tackles multifaceted issues such as corruption, and abuse of power.

Jin Jung is a prosecutor who seeks revenge and justice, but he’s notorious for making use of unconventional methods to achieve his goal.

As he sees how merciless the affluent and powerful can be, he becomes privy to the dark and ugly side of human nature. 

Watch the teaser here:

[티저] 까짓 거 미친 짓 한 번 해보자! 역대급 불량 검사의 습격! 10월 5일 수요일 오후 9시 50분 첫 방송⭐️ [진검승부] | KBS 방송
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[티저] 까짓 거 미친 짓 한 번 해보자! 역대급 불량 검사의 습격! 10월 5일 수요일 오후 9시 50분 첫 방송⭐️ [진검승부] | KBS 방송

Video credit: KBS 한국방송

Korean title: 진검승부
Genre: Law, revenge
Airs on: 5th October 2022

4. Glitch 

Korean dramas October 2022 - Glitch
Image credit: Netflix 

Main Cast:

  • Jeon Yeo-been as Hong Ji-hyo
  • Nana as Heo Bo-ra
  • Lee Dong-hwi as Ma Hyung-woo

The writer of the crime adolescence Netflix series Extracurricular is back with another collaboration with the global streaming service.

Glitch follows protagonists Hong Ji-hyo and Heo Bo-ra who come together for a sole yet significant purpose: to find Ji-hyo’s soon-to-be husband who went missing without a trace. 

Bo-ra is a YouTuber and Twitch streamer, whereas Ji-hyo has a stable career thanks to the help of her reputable and rich family. She taps on Bo-ra’s influence over the Internet generation in hopes of finding her boyfriend in one piece.

Little do they know that the journey they’re about to embark on is packed with undivulged secrets and unforeseen circumstances. 

Check out the teaser here:

글리치 | 공식 티저 예고편 | 넷플릭스
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글리치 | 공식 티저 예고편 | 넷플릭스

Video credit: Netflix Korea 넷플릭스 코리아

Korean title: 글리치
Genre: Sci-fi, mystery, thriller, comedy
Airs on: 7th October 2022

5. Yonder

Korean dramas October 2022 - Yonder
Image credit: @tving.official

Main Cast:

  • Shin Ha-kyun as Jae-hyun
  • Han Ji-min as Yi-hu
  • Jung Jin-young as Doctor K
  • Lee Jung-eun as Siren 

If you could live in a world where immortality exists, would you take the chance? 

Yonder is set in the 2040s, and it revolves around our two protagonists: Jae-hyun and Yi-hu.

Jae-hyun’s life is completely shattered after he loses his loving wife, Yi-hu, to cancer. Following her death, he lives in excruciating pain and suffering. He dwells on the past, and finds no hope in moving on – until he receives an email from Yi-hu that can either make or break his future.

Yi-hu reveals that she belongs to an unknown world called Yonder. She tells Jae-hyun about Yonder where people are immortal beings, and invites him to visit.

Although the plot of Yonder spans only 6 episodes, it is indubitably thought-provoking, and you’ll be kept up all night with questions pertaining to life and death.

Watch the teaser here:

[욘더] 사랑하는 사람을 만날 수 있는 마지막 공간, 욘더ㅣ티저 예고
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[욘더] 사랑하는 사람을 만날 수 있는 마지막 공간, 욘더ㅣ티저 예고

Video credit: TVING

Korean title: 욘더
Genre: Melodrama, sci-fi
Airs on: 14th October 2022

6. The Queen’s Umbrella

Korean dramas October 2022 - The Queen's Umbrella
Image credit: @tvn_drama

Main Cast:

  • Kim Hye-soo as Queen Im Hwa-ryeong
  • Kim Hae-sook as Queen Dowager
  • Choi Won-young as King Lee-ho
  • Kim Eui-sung as Hwang Won-hyeong

The Queen’s Umbrella depicts a royal family who struggles with raising the princes into future leaders. 

Im Hwa-ryeong’s daily life is a challenge. Not only does she have to shoulder the responsibilities as the Queen, but she also has to nurture and educate her 3 princes who are next in line for the throne.

Day in, day out, the princes create a ruckus in the royal palace with no intention to learn and grow. How will the Queen groom them into fine leaders of the next generation?

Catch the teaser here:

[3차 티저] 조선 상위 0.1% 왕실 교육 전쟁 발발! 궁중 사모들의 치열한 교육 전쟁 시작! #슈룹 EP.0
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[3차 티저] 조선 상위 0.1% 왕실 교육 전쟁 발발! 궁중 사모들의 치열한 교육 전쟁 시작! #슈룹 EP.0

Video credit: tvN drama

Korean title: 슈룹
Genre: Historical, black comedy
Airs on: 15th October 2022

7. May I Help You?

Korean dramas October 2022 - May I Help You?
Image credit: @mbcdrama_now

Main Cast:

  • Hyeri as Baek Dong-ju
  • Lee Jun-young as Kim Jib-sa

As the title indicates, May I Help You? focuses on Baek Dong-ju, a funeral director, providing a unique type of service. What her clients seek is out of the ordinary – they wish to talk to the deceased. 

Dong-ju has the ability to communicate with the dead. As more people become privy to her gift, they seek her help with one purpose in mind: to talk to their late family member, friend or lover, for one last time. 

She does everything she can to assist her clients with the help of Kim Jib-sa, an ordinary employee of a company who specialises in running errands in their clients’ stead such as buying groceries. 

Korean title: 일당백집사
Genre: Fantasy, romance
Airs on: 19th October 2022

8. Curtain Call 

Korean dramas October 2022 - Curtain Call
Image credit: @kbsdrama

Main Cast:

  • Go Doo-shim as Geum Soon
  • Kang Ha-neul as Yoo Jae-heon
  • Ha Ji-won as Park Se-yeon
  • Sung Dong-il as Jung Sang-cheol

Curtain Call follows a North Korean defector and a South Korean theatre actor who share a special bond. 

Geum Soon was born in North Korea, but she defected to South Korea in hopes of a better life. As a result, she can no longer see her family.

During her time in South Korea, Geum Soon sets up a hotel chain from the ground up. She still hopes to reunite with her family, and she works day and night to make that happen.

Yoo Jae-heon is a theatre actor with a bright and bubbly personality. Out of the blue, he’s asked to take on the role of Geum Soon’s grandson, and his life changes in the most unexpected way as he also meets Park Se-yeon, who is the granddaughter of Geum Soon. 

With her days numbered due to old age but a dream to achieve, Geum Soon forges a bond like no other with her make-believe grandson.

Korean title: 커튼콜: 나무는 서서 죽는다
Genre: Family, mystery
Airs on: 31st October 2022

Korean dramas that will hype you up for October 2022

With a variety of genres ranging from sci-fi melodrama to rom-com fantasy, there’s bound to be a series or two that will keep you up all night. If the drama of your choice has yet to premiere, there’s no need to be at a loss. Instead, check out the list of K-dramas that aired in September

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Cover image adapted from: @tving.official, ENA and @tvn_drama

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