My Roommate is a Gumiho is leaving our screens this week! That means there’ll be a significant gumiho-sized hole in your heart. Fear not, these 7 K-Dramas are just the thing to fill that void.
1. Tale of the Nine-Tailed
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑒-𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑥, 𝑜𝑟 𝑔𝑢𝑚𝑖ℎ𝑜, 𝐿𝑒𝑒 𝑌𝑒𝑜𝑛 (𝐿𝑒𝑒 𝐷𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑊𝑜𝑜𝑘), ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑏𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑠 𝑎 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑔𝑜. 𝑊ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑒 ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑦𝑠 𝑠𝑢𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑙 𝑏𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑, ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙 𝑔𝑜𝑎𝑙 𝑖𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒. 𝑇𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑑𝑢𝑐𝑒𝑟 𝑁𝑎𝑚 𝐽𝑖 𝐴ℎ (𝐽𝑜 𝐵𝑜 𝐴ℎ) 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑎 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑢𝑟𝑏𝑎𝑛 𝑚𝑦𝑡ℎ𝑠. 𝐼𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑡, ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑣𝑜𝑙𝑣𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑎 𝑐𝑎𝑟 𝑎𝑐𝑐𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑑, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑢𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝐿𝑒𝑒 𝑌𝑒𝑜𝑛 𝑚𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑏𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑑. 𝐿𝑒𝑒 𝑌𝑒𝑜𝑛’𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑓-𝑏𝑟𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟, 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑖𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑓-𝑔𝑢𝑚𝑖ℎ𝑜, ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑓-ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛, 𝐿𝑒𝑒 𝑅𝑎𝑛𝑔 (𝐾𝑖𝑚 𝐵𝑢𝑚), ℎ𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑙𝑙 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑠. 𝐻𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑠𝑒𝑠 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑤𝑖𝑠ℎ𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑘 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑎𝑦𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎 ℎ𝑒𝑓𝑡𝑦 𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑒.
Similarities: gumiho characters, human/non-human relationship
2. Kiss Goblin
𝐵𝑎𝑛 𝑆𝑜𝑜𝑘 (𝐵𝑎𝑒 𝐼𝑛 𝐻𝑦𝑢𝑘) 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 160-𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟-𝑜𝑙𝑑 𝑔𝑜𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑛 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛. 𝐻𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟, 𝑡𝑜 𝑑𝑜 𝑠𝑜, ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑘𝑖𝑠𝑠 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑠 10 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑠. 𝐻𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑦 ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒, 𝑠𝑜 𝑖𝑡 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑚𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑦 𝑡𝑎𝑠𝑘; ℎ𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟, 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 ℎ𝑒 𝑘𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑠 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑛𝑒, ℎ𝑒 𝑔𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑠 𝑎 𝑛𝑒𝑤 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑚𝑜𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛. 𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑠 ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑒𝑚𝑜𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠. 𝐻𝑒 𝑚𝑒𝑒𝑡𝑠 𝑎 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑔-𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑜𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑛𝑎𝑚𝑒𝑑 𝑂ℎ 𝑌𝑒𝑜𝑛 𝐴ℎ (𝐽𝑒𝑜𝑛 𝐻𝑦𝑒 𝑊𝑜𝑛), 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑎𝑐𝑘𝑠 ℎ𝑖𝑚 𝑎𝑓𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔 ℎ𝑖𝑚 𝑘𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟, 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑛 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑏𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑓𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑑. 𝐵𝑎𝑛 𝑆𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑐𝑎𝑛’𝑡 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑝 𝑓𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑂ℎ 𝑌𝑒𝑜𝑛 𝐴ℎ.
Similarities: both feature Bae In Hyuk, human/non-human relationship, cohabitation, college, sweet male leads, supernatural creature trying to become human
3. Doom at Your Service
𝑇𝑎𝑘 𝐷𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝐾𝑦𝑢𝑛𝑔 (𝑃𝑎𝑟𝑘 𝐵𝑜 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑔) ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑦. 𝐻𝑒𝑟 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑑 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑎𝑓𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑤𝑒𝑏 𝑛𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑙 𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑜𝑟 𝑓𝑜𝑟 6 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑠ℎ𝑒 𝑔𝑒𝑡𝑠 𝑑𝑖𝑎𝑔𝑛𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑏𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑐𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑟. 𝑆ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑒𝑒𝑡𝑠 𝑀𝑦𝑒𝑜𝑙 𝑀𝑎𝑛𝑔 (𝑆𝑒𝑜 𝐼𝑛 𝐺𝑢𝑘), 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑖𝑠 𝑑𝑜𝑜𝑚 𝑖𝑡𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑠 𝑛𝑒𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑛𝑜𝑟 𝑔𝑜𝑑. 𝐻𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑦𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑡 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑖𝑠ℎ𝑒𝑠, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒𝑠 𝑎 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ ℎ𝑖𝑚 𝑓𝑜𝑟 100 𝑑𝑎𝑦𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒 ℎ𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑠ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑠.
Similarities: cohabitation, a certain amount of days left to live, human/non-human relationship, female leads have problems only the male leads can fix,
4. Gu Family Book
Choi Kang Chi (Lee Seung Gi) is half-human and half-mythical-creature and was adopted by the lord of the Hundred Years Inn. He was the son of Gu Wol Ryung (Choi Jin Hyuk), the guardian spirit of Jiri Mountain, and the human Yoon Seo Hwa (Lee Yun Hee). Dam Yeo Wool (Bae Suzy) is a martial arts master and daughter of the leader of a secret organization. She was sent to the Hundred Years Inn to protect its lord, where she meets Kang Chi. They fall in love and are forced to save the world.
Similarities: gumihos/supernatural creatures, cohabitation, both begin in Joseon period, love triangle, human/non-human relationship
5. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
Cha Dae Woong (Lee Seung Gi) is a university student who dreams of becoming a famous actor. He is an orphan who now lives with his wealthy grandfather Cha Poong (Byun Hee Bong) and single aunt Cha Min Sook (Yoon Yoo Sun). However, Dae Woong and his grandfather always bicker because of Dae Woong’s careless spending and career choice. One day, Dae Woong visits a temple and accidentally sets free a gumiho (Shin Min Ah) who was trapped in a painting for 500 years. While running away, Dae Woong severely injures himself, but the gumiho saves him. In exchange, the gumiho asks him to help her become human.
Similarities: gumiho characters, gumiho wants to turn into a human but gives a human their marble, college, cohabitation
Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) was once a general in Goryeo’s military who died a tragic death. He is now immortal but is tired of living while everyone around him dies. For 900 years, Kim Shin searched for his bride, a mortal who can pull the sword out and end his life. One day, he meets Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun), an optimistic high school student who can see the dead and claims to be the Goblin’s bride. However, what appears to be an easy task, only gets complicated when the two fall in love.
Similarities: both begin in the Joseon period, female leads have a problem only the male leads can fix, human/non-human relationship
7. The Thousandth Man
A gumiho (Kang Ye Won)has devoured the livers from 999 men. She needs one more liver to become human, but the man (Lee Chun Hee) is in love with her.
Similarities: gumiho characters, supernatural creatures trying to turn human