Daily Dose of Sunshine Season 2: Hit medical K-Drama is unlikely to be renewed by Netflix

By Louie Fecou
Published: November 11, 2023 (Last updated: February 28, 2024)
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Daily Dose of Sunshine Season 2
Daily Dose of Sunshine Season 1 | Image via Netflix

The medical K-drama Daily Dose of Sunshine is a bittersweet comedy-drama from South Korea that has already gained a sizeable audience and a positive critical reception. While this would ordinarily make us hopeful for Season 2, the reality of the situation makes a renewal seem a lot less likely, for various reasons.

While Netflix prioritizes raw viewership over basically everything else, there are nonetheless other factors to consider, some of which may matter here and ultimately inform the decision about whether we’ll see more of the show.

Has Daily Dose of Sunshine been renewed for Season 2?

At the time of writing, Daily Dose of Sunshine has not been renewed for Season 2. There has been no hint that there will be further seasons of the show.

Of course, there is always a chance that a second season will be revealed, but there are a couple of clues that suggest that this series was a one-and-done.

According to Netflix Top 10, Daily Dose of Sunshine has found an audience in South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, reaching the weekly top ten, but it has yet to catch fire in other territories such as the US and the UK.

Narratively speaking, it has to be said that the first season of the show does tie its plot lines up, resolving the story and reaching a natural conclusion. That always makes us think that the show was only ever meant to run for a single season.

If a second season was green-lit, it would seem contrived to throw the characters back into dramatic situations that they had strived so hard to battle in the first season, just to provide more content. So if we are honest, it makes sense that the stories have been resolved satisfyingly, and the show ended optimistically.

Dramatically speaking, there is no reason for a second season featuring the characters to appear.

How have audiences reacted to Daily Dose of Sunshine?

There have been a lot of positive reviews of the show, and many have cited how heart-breaking some of the stories in the season were, with others stating that exploring mental illness in a K-drama like this was brave and inspired.

Decider urges you to stream the show, and NME declared the show to be “an earnest, destigmatizing portrayal of mental health”.

Reviews on IMDb also call the show “the best series of the year” and a “must-watch”, and the South China Morning Post rated the show at an above-average 3.5 stars out of five.

So far so good for the show’s reviews.

Who created Daily Dose of Sunshine?

The series was directed by Lee Jae Gyoo and was written by Lee Nam Gyu and Kim Da Hee. The director was also behind popular Netflix horror show All of Us Are Dead, which has received the go-ahead for a second season.

However, originally the show was a Kakao webtoon of the same name, that was based on the real-life experiences of a nurse called Lee Ra-ha. The series follows the story of an empathetic and sympathetic nurse in the Department of Psychiatry at Myungshin University Hospital, who has various encounters with the patients in her care, but who is also battling with her own issues.

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