Lots of Korean dramas set during the Joseon Era were released in 2022 and 2023, and are streaming on both Netflix and Rakuten Viki platforms. These two (2) K-dramas will not disappoint lovers of historical period TV series.
Crown Prince Lee Hwan is played by Park Hyung Sik; and
Lady Min Jae Yi is played by Jeon So Nee.
A crown prince who is cursed and a noble lady has been framed for the murder of her family. She enters the palace disguised as a eunuch and secures a position as the closest servant to the crown prince. He gives her the name Go Soon Dol. The crown prince knows her real identity, but everyone else knows her as Eunuch Go. Lady Min Jae Yi or rather Eunuch Go is very good at crime-solving. The crown prince believes he is being haunted by ghosts. She assures him that what he believes is a curse is nothing more than treacherous humans trying to deceive him with the end goal of removing him from the throne. Min Jae Yi will help the prince prove who was behind the curse; and the crown prince will, in turn, help her prove her innocence.
In the palace, the king's women are considered special is they can bear the king a son. Queen Im Hwa-Ryeong (played by Kim Hye-Soo) has been very fortunate. She gave birth to five (5) sons for the king. Her oldest son is the crown prince, but he is suffering from a life-threatening illness. He could die any day! If he were to die, who would take his place? Surely one of her other sons should succeed. Right?
Before Queen Im Hwa-Ryeong, there was another queen who was deposed. She also bore the king many sons. However, the king's mother poisoned her first son and had her remaining sons slaughtered like animals. She shared her experience with Queen Im Hwa-Ryeong and the retelling of her story was enough to cause Queen Im Hwa-Ryeong to go into full-blown “Mama Bear Mode”. Kill all of her sons? Not if she can help it! Her sons will not suffer the same fate as the sons of the deposed queen.
Imagine. One Mama Bear up against corrupt officials; the king’s ruthless concubines; and a cut-throat hateful mother-in-law, the Queen Dowager. She took all of them on.
Have fun watching!