Top 40 Best New Upcoming and Latest Korean Dramas to Watch in 2021

In this article, we will give you some list of 40 new upcoming best korean dramas to watch in 2021 to fill your time while waiting for the lockdown is over and covid19 is gone.

Many of us love Korea because first introduce by Korean Dramas or Korean pop music, or Korean idol. Same here with me too, Korean dramas just bring me into a dreamy wonderland  in a perfect romantic setting. I think it’s almost everybody’s dream to live like korean dramas we watch.

What is the new upcoming Korean Dramas to watch in 2021?

Many of us might wondering what is next, what is the new upcoming korean drama worth watching in 2021, so I’ve been list 40 top new upcoming korean dramas you can choose to watch in 2021 to entertain you in this new year. I hope these list of korean drama will keep you entertained through this year of 2021.

1. Hospital Playlist season 2 슬기로운 의사 생활 시즌 2

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Hospital Playlist was one of the best dramas of 2020, always trending both on television and netflix. The final episode laid the groundwork for a stellar season two, which we’re all happy to see come to fruition. Production and filming have been taking place and will continue to take place throughout this winter, with the season premiere scheduled to come in the same time frame as season 1. 

Hospital Playlist season 1 was famous for it’s story about light-hearted depiction of the long-standing friendship between 5 doctors who work at the same hospital. The 1st season is available on Netflix with English subtitles.

Main cast:

  • Jo Jung-suk as Lee Ik-joon
  • Yoo Yeon-seok as Ahn Jeong-won
  • Kim Dae-myung as Yang Seok-hyung
  • Jung Kyung-ho as Kim Joon-wan
  • Jeon Mi-do as Chae Song-hwa

Genre: Friendship, comedy, medical

2. Royal Secret Agent 암행어사

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Royal Secret Agent is centred on Sung Yi-gyeom (Kim Myung-soo), a state examination top scorer who works in the administrative and research department of the government office.

One day, Yi-gyeom is caught gambling and as punishment, he is re-assigned to a new position as a secret royal inspector to investigate the corrupt practices of public officers. Meanwhile, Sung Yi-beom (Lee Tae-hwan), Yi-gyeom’s younger stepbrother, is constantly jealous of his older brother’s privileges in the family.

Main cast:

  • Kim Myung-soo as Sung Yi-gyum, Secret royal inspector
  • Kwon Nara as Hong Da-in, female police posing as a courtesan whose beauty is comparable to Hwang Jini. She becomes a member of Royal Secret Agent’s entourage.
  • Lee Yi-kyung as Park Chun-sam, Sung Yi-gyum’s servant.

Genre: Historical, Comedy drama, Detective

3. Undercover 언더커버

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One of its newest Netflix offerings is Undercover, a drama filled with intrigue and suspense. The plot focuses on Han Jung-hyun (Ji Jin-hee), an agent at the Agency for National Security Planning, and Choi Yeon-soo (Kim Hyun-joo). Her character working as a mole in the police department working for a drug kingpin.

Jung-hyun falls in love with Yeon-soo while executing a top-secret mission and eventually marries without revealing his true identity to her. However, his secret life slowly gets exposed when his wife takes on a new position as the head of the Senior Civil Servant Corruption Investigations Unit.

Main cast:

  • Ji Jin-hee as Han Jung-hyun
  • Kim Hyun-joo as Choi Yeon-soo
  • Yeon Woo-jin as Young Han Jung-hyun
  • Han Sun-hwa as Cho Yeon-soo

Genre: Thriller, crime, drama

4. She Would Never Know 선배, 립스틱을 쓰지 마

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She Would Never Know is based on a popular 2017 web novel called “Sunbae, Don’t Put On That Lipstick”. It tells the love story between a sweet sunbae (senior) and a bold hoobae (junior) at a cosmetics company.

The story line is about a professional brand marketer at a cosmetics company who dreams of having her own cosmetics brand. Ro-woon will play Chae Hyun-seung, a good-looking marketer who is straightforward with his words.

Main cast:

  • Ro-woon as Chae Hyun-seung
  • Won Jin-ah as Yoon Song-ah
  • Lee Hyun-wook as Lee Jae-shin
  • Lee Joo-bin as Lee Hyo-joo

Genre: Comedy, romance

5. Oh! master! 오! 주인님!

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Oh! Master! is a romantic comedy drama that focus on Han Bi-soo (Lee Min-ki), a drama screenwriter, and Oh Joo-in (Nana). While Bi-soo chooses to be single, the actress struggles to date. A sweet, light-hearted romance plays out when the two meet and end up living in the same house.

This drama seeks to capture a common theme in dramas: tell a romantic love story as well as deliver a comedic performance through clever writing.

Main cast:

  • Lee Min-ki as Han Bi-soo
  • Nana as Oh Joo-in
  • Kang Min-hyuk as Yoo Jin

Genre: Comedy, romance

6. L.U.C.A.: The Beginning 루카

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L.U.C.A.: The Beginning contains an acronym which stands for “last universal common ancestor” and the drama’s storyline is inspired by Charles Darwin’s proposition that all species of life descend from a common ancestor.

The storyline is about Ji-O (Kim Rae-Won) is born with a special power and is being pursued by dark forces. Goo-Reum (Lee Da-Hee) is a detective who teams up with Ji-O. Gu-reum (Lee Da-hee) is a detective whose parents disappeared when she was younger. As she tries to uncover the truth behind her parents’ disappearance, she comes across Ji-oh and her life starts to change.

Main cast:

  • Kim Rae-won as Ji-oh
  • Lee Da-hee as Gu-reum

Genre: Mystery, drama, sci-fi, supernatural

7. Beyond Evil 괴물

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Beyond Evil will tell the story of two fearless men on the pursuit of a returning serial killer.  As Lee Dong-sik (Shin Ha-kyun) and Han Joo-won (Yeo Jin-goo) unravel the mystery behind the murderer’s identity, they are forced to question all suspects even when they seem innocent.

The two work together to solve the 20-year-old case but soon learn about each other’s secrets and are caught in a mind game of discovering who the real “freak” is.

Main cast:

  • Yeo Jin-goo as Han Joo-won
  • Choi Sung-eun as Yoo Jae-yi
  • Shin Ha-kyun as Lee Dong-sik

Genre: Thriller, psychological

8. River Where The Moon Rises 달이뜨는강​


This drama is based on a classic folk tale about a man named “On Dal.” The drama will focus on Pyong-Gang (played by Kim So-Hyun) who is a princess in Goguryeo raised as a soldier. She dreams of being the king of Goguryeo.

Main cast: 

  • Kim So-hyun as Princess Pyeonggang / Uhm Ga-jin
  • Heo Jung-eun as young Princess Pyeonggang, A princess determined to be first Queen of Goguryeo.
  • Ji Soo as On Dal
  • Seo Dong-hyun as young On Dal, A peace-loving, pure man who goes against his principles in order to protect Princess Pyeonggang.
  • Lee Ji-hoon as Go Geon
  • Park Min-sang as young Go Geon, An elite general who was perfect in any way and longed to make Pyeonggang his.
  • Choi Yu-hwa as Hae Mo Yong, A woman who desired to take control of Gorguyeo and play with it as she wanted. She fell in love with Go Geon.

Genre: Historical

9. Beyond Evil / Monster 괴물

Lee Dong-Sik (Shin Ha-Kyun) was once a capable detective. He now works at the Manyang Police Substation in a small city and does all the tedious chores at the station. His life is quiet there. One day, Detective Han Joo-Won (Yeo Jin-Goo) is transferred to the same police substation. 

He is assigned to work as Lee Dong-Sik’s boss and also his partner. Han Joo-Won is an elite detective and comes from a distinguished background. His father has a good chance of becoming the next chief at the National Police Agency. Han Joo-Won also has a secret.

A serial murder case takes place in the small, peaceful city. The case is the same serial murder case that took place 20 years ago and changed Lee Dong-Sik’s life. The two detectives work to catch the killer.

Main cast: 

  • Shin Ha-Kyun – Lee Dong-Sik
  • Yeo Jin-Goo – Han Joo-Won
  • Choi Dae-Hoon – Park Jung-Je
  • Choi Sung-Eun – Yoo Jae-Yi
  • Cheon Ho-Jin – Nam Sang-Bae
  • Choi Jin-Ho – Han Ki-Hwan
  • Gil Hae-Yeon – Do Hae-Won
  • Kim Shin-Rok – Oh Ji-Hwa
  • Nam Yoon-Soo – Oh Ji-Hoon
  • Lee Kyu Hoi – Kang Jin-Mook
  • Park Ji-Hoon – Kwon Hyeok

Genre: Thriller, Psychological, Drama

10. Jiri mountain 지리산 / cliffhanger

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This drama will tell the story of park rangers who work at Jiri Mountain National Park. One is a veteran and one is a hotshot rookie.  Rangers work to save people at Jiri Mountain National Park.

Seo Yi-Gang (Gianna Jun) is the best ranger at Jiri Mountain National Park. She knows virtually everything about the area, including where to climb the mountain.

Kang Hyun-Jo (Ju Ji-Hoon) is a rookie ranger at Jiri Mountain National Park. He graduated from the military academy and was once an army captain. He has a secret that he can’t tell anyone about.

These two people become partners and they work to save people around Jiri Mountain National Park.

Main cast: 

  • Gianna Jun – Seo Yi-Gang
  • Ju Ji-Hoon – Kang Hyun-Jo
  • Sung Dong-Il – Jo Dae-Jin
  • Oh Jung-Se – Jung Goo-Young
  • Jo Han-Chul – Park Il-Hae
  • Jun Suk-Ho – Kim Woong-Soon
  • Lee Ga-Sub – Kim Sol
  • Go Min-Si – Lee Da-Won
  • Joo Min-Kyung – Lee Yang-Sun
  • Kim Young-Ok – Lee Moon-Ok

Genre: Thriller, Mystery , Drama

11. Times 타임즈


Times is a political-mystery drama about time travelling. The story is centred on Seo Jung-in (Lee Joo-young), who lives in the present, and Lee Jin-woo (Lee Seo-jin), who lives 5 years in the past. One day, the two are connected by a call and Jung-in discovers a conspiracy surrounding her father, Seo Ki-tae (Kim Yeong-cheol), who is the president.

Main cast:

  • Lee Seo-jin as Lee Jin-woo
  • Lee Joo-young as Seo Jung-in
  • Kim Yeong-cheol as Seo Ki-tae
  • Moon Jung-hee as Kim Young-joo

Genre: Political, mystery, fantasy

12. Vincenzo 빈센조

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Vincenzo is a romance-comedy about 2 lawyers – Park Joo-hyung (Song Joong-ki) and Hong Cha-young (Jun Yeo-bin). At age 8, Park Joo-Hyeong moves to Italy after being adopted and takes on the name Vincenzo Casano (Song Joong-Ki). He begins working for the mafia.

After fleeing to South Korea,  Joo-hyung meets Cha-young by chance and soon falls in love with her, putting the two lawyers into a budding romance amidst their pursuit of justice.

Main cast:

  • Song Joong-ki as Vincenzo Casano/Park Joo-hyung
  • Jun Yeo-bin as Hong Cha-young
  • Ok Taecyeon as Jang Jun-woo

Genre: Comedy, romance, crime

13. Sisyphus: The Myth 시지프스


Sisyphus: The Myth is a sci-fi mystery drama that tells the story of a genius engineer and a mysterious individual. The drama is directed by Jin Hyuk, who also directed popular dramas such as City Hunter (2011), Master’s Sun (2013), Doctor Stranger (2014), and Legend of the Blue Sea (2016).

It will be Park Shin-hye’s comeback drama after last starring in Memories of the Alhambra (2018) with Hyun Bin. She also recently starred in the movie #Alive (2020), which became one of the most streamed movies on Netflix.

Main cast:

  • Jo Seung-woo as Han Tae-sul
  • Park Shin-hye as Seo Hae
  • Sung Dong-il as President Park

Genre: Action, mystery, drama, sci-fi

14. DEAR M 디어엠


Dear.M is centred on the search for the mysterious “M” in Seoyeon University. Bringing together Park Hye-Soo and NCT’s Jaehyun, as well as other successful cast members, there’s no shortage of familiar faces.  The drama will focus on students navigating their life in University after a mysterious message on the campus bulletin sends the school reeling. 

The plot follows 4 students from different departments – Ma Joo-ah (Park Hye-soo), Cha Min-ho (Jung Jae-hyun), Seo Ji-min (Roh Jeong-eui), and Park Ha-neul (Bae Hyun-sung). In the search for “M”, the 4 of them navigate through university life, changing friendships, and budding romances. 

Main cast:

  • Park Hye-soo as Ma Joo-ah
  • Jung Jae-hyun as Cha Min-ho
  • Roh Jeong-eui as Seo Ji-min
  • Bae Hyun-sung as Park Ha-neul

Genre: Romance, school, drama

15. Monthly house 월간 집

The premise for this drama will bring attention to a fairly persistent issue in Korea these days: real estate and the difficulty of acquiring your own home.

Na Young-won (played by Jung So-Min) is the editor of a successful magazine. Even though she has worked for 10 years, she can’t afford her own home and lives in a monthly rental.

She gets a new roommate named Yoo Ja-Sung (played by Kim Ji-Suk), who actually buys the home to increase his assets. After living together for a short time, Young-Won gets motivated to move out and buy her own house.

Main cast:

  • Jung So-min. 정소민 Na Yeong-won. (나영원)
  • Kim Ji-suk. 김지석 Yoo Ja-seong. (유자성)
  • Jung Gun-joo. 정건주
  • Kim Won-hae. 김원해
  • Chae Jung-an. 채정안
  • Ahn Chang-hwan. 안창환

Genre: Romance, Comedy, drama

16. Mouse 마우스


Mouse is a suspense-filled drama that follows Jung Ba-reum (Lee Seung-gi), an upright rookie police officer whose life gets complicated when he meets a ruthless psychopathic serial killer. After surviving a dangerous encounter with the psychopath, he is driven to find out the truth behind psychopathic behaviours, together with his partner Ko Moo-chi (Lee Hee-joon).

The new Korean drama posits an interesting question – what if you could identify a psychopath before they are even born?

Main cast:

  • Lee Seung-gi as Jung Ba-reum
  • Park Joo-hyun as Oh Bong-yi
  • Lee Hee-joon as Ko Moo-chi

Genre: Action, suspense, thriller

17. snowdrop 설강화

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Blinks can unite and show their support as BLACKPINK’s Ji-Soo takes on a lead acting role in this new drama.

Beyond that, the writer, director, and other crucial crew members all worked together to make the smash hit, Sky Castle. There is no doubt that they can recreate that magic here. 

The drama is set in the past (1987) during a period of time when Korea was under dictatorial leadership. It takes place on a university campus and will focus on various love connections that evolve through the semester. 

Main cast:

  • Jung Hae-in as Im Soo-ho, a college student who was raised in Germany and hides a secret.
  • Kim Ji-soo as Eun Young-cho, a college student who falls in love with Soo-ho at first sight.
  • Jang Seung-jo as Lee Kang-moo, the chief of NIS’s team one who always follows the rules.
  • Yoon Se-ah as Pi Seung-hee, the housemother of Hosoo Women’s University Dormitory.
  • Kim Hye-yoon as Kye Boon-ok, a phone operator who could not go to college due to financial issues.
  • Jung Yoo-jin as Jang Han-na, an impulsive but passionate NIS agent.
  • Yoo In-na as Kang Chung-ya, a charismatic and skilled surgeon who works at a state-run hospital.

Genre: Historical, Romance, Drama

18. Hello? It's me! 안녕? 나야!

This particular drama will include elements of time travel. Ban Ha-Ni (played by Choi Gang-Hee) is a 37 year old, timid office worker. She tries to melt into the background of most situations. 

But then she gets a visit from her 17-year-old self and is reminded of how free-spirited and outgoing she was. It’s a tale of self-discovery and evolution. 

Main cast:

  • Choi Gang-Hee – Ban Ha-Ni.
  • Kim Young-Kwang – Han Yoo-Hyun.
  • Lee Re – Ban Ha-Ni (17 years old)
  • Eum Moon-Suk – An So-Ni.
  • Kim Yong-Rim – Lee Hong-Nyeon.
  • Yun Ju-Sang – Han Ji-Man.
  • Kim Yu-Mi – Oh Ji-Eun.
  • Ji Seung-Hyun – Yang Do-Yoon.

Genre: Fantasy, romance, comedy

19. Youth 유스

Youth is based on the BTS Universe created by Big Hit Entertainment, which mixes reality with fiction. The drama will follow the lives of the 7 BTS members from their schooling days till their official debut. Although the characters will bear the same names as BTS members, they will be portrayed with fictional narratives.

Main cast:

  • Seo Ji-hoon as Kim Seok-jin/Jin
  • Ahn Ji-ho as Jung Ho-seok/J-Hope
  • Jung Woo-jin as Kim Tae-hyung/V
  • Noh Jong-hyun as Min Yoon-gi/Suga
  • Seo Young-joo as Kim Nam-joon/RM
  • Jeon Jin-seo as Jeon Jung-guk/Jungkook
  • Kim Yoon-woo as Park Ji-min

Genre: Friendship, music, youth

20. Great Real Estate 대박부동산

Great Real Estate is a drama about real estate brokers who exorcise ghosts from buildings in which people have died. The 2 main characters, Hong Ji-ah (Jang Na-ra) and Oh In-beom (Jung Yong-hwa), meet each other in the course of work and end up working together to learn the secret behind Ji-ah’s mother’s death 20 years ago.

Jang Na-ra will play Hong Ji-ah, an exorcist who’s also the boss of Daebak Real Estate, while Jung Yong-hwa will play Oh In-bum, a con artist who doesn’t believe in ghosts but uses them to make money.

Main cast:

  • Jang Na-ra as Hong Ji-ah
  • Jung Yong-hwa as Oh In-beom

Genre: Drama, supernatural

21. Dark Hole 다크홀

Dark Hole is a sci-fi-thriller that tells the story of a monster who hides in a sinkhole in Muji City, consuming people’s souls. Lee Hwa-sun (Kim Ok-bin), a detective from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, receives a call from a woman in Muji City who had murdered her husband. Upon arriving in Muji City, she discovers a mysterious dark smoke that turns people into monsters when they inhale it.

Main cast:

  • Lee Joon-hyuk as Yoo Tae-han
  • Kim Ok-bin as Lee Hwa-sun

Genre: Thriller, mystery, sci-fi

22. Taxi Driver 모범택시

Taxi Driver is a Korean drama that was adapted from a webtoon. It tells the story of a mysterious taxi service that helps victims take revenge when the law fails them. Kim Do-gi (Lee Je-hoon), whose mother had been murdered, works as a mysterious driver for Rainbow Taxi Company alongside Go Eun (Lee Na-eun), an IT specialist. On the other hand, Kang Ha-na (Esom) is a passionate attorney who soon finds herself involved in the mysterious workings of the taxi company.

Main cast:

  • Lee Je-hoon as Kim Do-gi
  • Esom as Kang Ha-na
  • Lee Na-eun as Go Eun
  • Kim Eui-sang as Jang Sung-chul

Genre: Action, horror, crime

23. Red Cuff of the Sleeve 옷소매 붉은 끝동

Red Cuff of the Sleeve is based on a novel which tells the life story of Sung Deok-im, who rises from the position of a lowly court lady to become the highest-ranking queen. The drama will showcase the dramatic turn in Deok-im’s life, revealing her love story with King Jeongjo, and the trials and tribulations of taking on a role of power.

Main cast:

  • Kim Kyung-nam as King Jeongjo (TBC)
  • Park Hye-soo as Sung Deok-im (TBC)

Genre: Historical, romance

24. fly high, butterfly 날아올라라 나비

Fly High, Butterfly, revolves around the workers and patrons of a hair salon called Fly High. The ensemble cast has already drawn attention, especially the return of Daniel Choi to the small screen. He has filled in some small bit roles on various dramas, but finally he is making his long-awaited return to stardom. 

Gi-Bbeum (Kim Hyang-gi) is an assistant intern in her early 20s while Kwang-soo (Choi Daniel) is an enthusiastic hairstylist. Both of them work under the salon’s director, Michel (Oh Yoon-ah).

Main cast:

  • Choi Daniel as Kwang-soo
  • Kim Hyang-gi as Gi Bbeum
  • Oh Yoon-ah as Michel/Mi Sel

Genre: Slice of life, drama

25. My Name


My Name follows Yoon Ji woo (Han So hee), who seeks revenge for her father’s murder. She becomes part of a gang as she believes that it will help her find more clues about her father’s murder.

After Ji woo joins a gang, she ended up goes undercover as a police officer with the help of Moo Jin, the largest drugs dealer in south korea. As police officers, she is assigned to work with Pil-do (Ahn Bo Hyun), who is a detective in the Drug Investigation Unit.

Main cast:

  • Han So-hee as Yoon Ji-woo
  • Ahn Bo-hyun as Jeon Pil-do
  • Park Hee-soon as Choi Moo-jin

Genre: Action, Crime

26. Imitation 이미테이션

Imitation will feature a plot that revolves around idol groups and the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes. It touches on many themes and topics popular in the k-pop world, including bullying among idols, copying styles of other singers, and the countless dramatic events that unfold as rookie and seasoned idols compete for fame. 

The star-studded cast includes actual K-pop idols such as T-ara’s Park Ji-yeon, U-KISS’ Jun, SF9’s Chani and Hwiyoung, ATEEZ’s Jongho, Yunho, Seonghwa and San, PRISTIN’s Nayoung, solo artiste Minseo, and Boys’ Republic’s Suwoong.

Main cast:
  • Jeong Ji-so as Maha
  • Jun as Kwon-ryok
  • Park Ji-yeon as La Ri-ma
  • Chani as Eun-jo
  • Jung Yun-ho as Yu-jin

Genre: Comedy, romance, music

27. The Silent Sea 고요의 바다

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Sci-fi fans will rejoice for this drama. Set in the future when Earth is facing apocalyptic scarcity of food and water, a team of astronauts have to embark on a mission to the moon to retrieve a special package from an abandoned station. 

This is a mystery sci-fi thriller that follows the story of elite scientists who are on a mission to visit the moon to retrieve mysterious samples from an abandoned research station. The drama is based on the eponymous short film The Sea of Tranquility (2014), directed by Choi Hang-yong.

The drama is set in a future where the planet suffers from a lack of necessities, such as food and water, due to desertification. Yoon-jae (Gong Yoo) is a soldier assigned to the space agency while Ji-an (Bae Doo-na) is his teammate on the same lunar mission.

Main cast:

  • Bae Doo-Na – Song Ji-An.
  • Gong Yoo – Han Yoon-Jae.
  • Lee Joon – Ryu Tae-Seok.

Genre: Mystery, romance, drama

28. school 2021 학교 2021

The story of students attending a specialized high school and pursuing their own dreams rather than go off to college. It will delve into how these students learn about love, friendship, the things they like versus the things they’re good at, and growing up in an intense environment. Do Bin is a hardworking student who takes on work and school at the same time and achieves his dream job after learning about love and friendship.

Kim Yo-Han has been confirmed to take on the lead role as a successful Tae-Kwon-Do athlete who recently entered high school. The lead female role to star opposite him has yet to be cast. 

Main cast:
  • Kim YoHan as KimTae Jin

Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Youth, Drama

29. Like a Butterfly 나빌레라

Like a butterfly tells the growth story of a 70-year-old elderly man DeokChul who starts ballet and a 23-year-old ballet dancer ChaeRok who wanders in front of his dreams. The one whose life is ending and the one whose life is starting will build a friendship through ballet.

The drama showcases the beautiful friendship between the two, built through ballet, and expresses the importance of pursuing one’s dreams regardless of one’s age.

Main cast:

  • Song Kang as Lee Chae-rok
  • Park In-hwan as Shim Deok-chul
  • Na Moon-hee

Genre: Friendship, drama

30. Law school 로스쿨


Law School depicts the struggles of law school students and professors in South Korea’s top law school. This new 2021 Korean drama is the first Korean law drama to be focused on life in a law school.

Yang Jong-Hoon (played by Kim Myung-Min) is a former prosecutor who now teaches at a university as a law professor. He is known for his harsh approach to teaching, which he sees as integral to cultivating successful candidates for the law field. But the entire university becomes enshrouded in a murder mystery in which everyone is a suspect.


Main cast:

  • Kim Myung-min as Yang Jong-hoon
  • Ryu Hye-young as Kang Sol
  • Kim Bum as Han Joon-hwi
  • Lee Jung-eun as Kim Eun-sook

Genre: Law, drama

31. Youth of May 오월의 청춘

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Youth of May tells the love story of two young people who get involved in the Gwangju Uprising, which took place in the spring of 1980.

Kim Myung-hee (Go Min-shi) is a skilled but cold nurse who left home and now lives in Gwangju by herself. On the other hand, Hwang Hee-tae (Lee Do-hyun) is a smart troublemaker who enters the Seoul National University College of Medicine as a top scorer despite his harsh family background.

Main cast:

  • Go Min-shi as Kim Myung-hee
  • Lee Do-hyun as Hwang Hee-tae
  • Lee Sang-yi as Lee Soo-chan
  • Geum Sae-rok as Lee Soo-ryun

Genre: Romance, drama

32. Love Alarm Season 2 좋아하면 울리는 시즌 2​


The 1st season of Love Alarm (2019) attracted viewers with its unique concept of confessing through an app that sends a notification when there’s an admirer within a 10-metre radius. The 2nd season will develop the love triangle between Hwang Sun-oh (Song Kang), Kim Jo Jo (Kim So-hyun), and Lee Hye-young (Jung Ga-ram), who are now adults.

Main cast:

  • Song Kang as Hwang Sun-oh
  • Kim So-hyun as Kim Jo Jo
  • Jung Ga-ram as Lee Hye-young

Genre: Friendship, comedy, romance, school

33. Devilish Judge 악마판사

Devilish Judge is a drama about a judge, Kang Yo-han (Ji-sung), and Kim Ga-on (Park Jin-young), his associate who keeps his identity a mystery from everyone.

GOT7’s Park Jin-young plays Kim Ga-on, a jury member who lost his parents in a tragic incident when he was a child. With the support of his father’s friend, he studied hard to become a judge, landing him the position of an associate under Yo-han.

Main cast:

  • Ji-sung as Kang Yo-han
  • Park Jin-young as Kim Ga-on
  • Park Gyu-young as Yoon Soo-hyun

Genre: Mystery, law, drama

34. Bossam – Stealing Fate 보쌈-운명을 훔치다

Bossam – Stealing Fate, set in the reign of King Gwanghae during the Joseon dynasty, is centred on Ba-woo (Jung Il-woo), a matchmaker who helps widows find new husbands.

When Ba-woo was younger, he was framed for a crime and had to live his life in hiding and poverty. While working as a matchmaker, he accidentally kidnaps Princess Soo-kyung (Kwon Yu-ri), making their first encounter fairly unpleasant.

However, as the two spend time together, they fall in love and learn to share their struggles with each other. The drama will also touch on the oppression experienced by women and the poor.

Main cast:

  • Kwon Yu-ri as Princess Soo-kyung
  • Jung Il-woo as Ba-woo

Genre: Historical, romance, drama

35. Voice 4 보이스 4

The 4th season of Voice is set to air in mid-2021. Lee Ha-na takes on the role of Kang Kwan-joo in Voice 4 once again, while the male lead will be played by Song Seung-heon.

Kang Kwon-joo (Lee Ha-na) is a gifted policewoman who works at an emergency call centre. She solves crimes with her strong psycho-acoustic and voice profiling skills. Kwon-joo’s partner-in-crime for the 1st season was Moo Jin-hyuk (Jang Hyuk). and Do Kang-woo (Lee Jin-wook) in Season 2 and 3.

Main cast:

  • Lee Ha-na as Kang Kwon-joo
  • Song Seung-heon

Genre: Thriller, mystery, psychological, crime

36. The Day Destruction Entered My Front Door 어느 날 우리 집 현관으로 멸망이 들어왔다

The Day Destruction Entered My Front Door is centred on Kim Sa-ram (Seo In-guk). He is also known as “Myeol Mang”, which means “ruin” or “destruction” in Korean.

Sa-ram was born between the dark and the light, and his fate causes him to bring bad luck to the world. His existence alone brings misfortune to people’s lives and ruins them even when he doesn’t have any intention to do so.

One day, he meets Tak Dong-kyung (Park Bo-young), a web fiction editor with no goal in life. Both of their fates start to change as their lives get intertwined.

Main cast:

  • Seo In-guk as Kim Sa-ram/Myeol Mang
  • Park Bo-young as Tak Dong-kyung
  • Lee Soo-hyuk as Cha Joo-ik
  • Kang Tae-oh as Lee Hyun-gyu
  • Shin Do-hyun as Na Ji-na

Genre: Supernatural, drama

37. Moving 무빙

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Moving is based on a webtoon that tells the story of high school students and their parents, who each have their own secrets that others do not know about. It will be directed by Mo Wan-il.

Main cast:

  • Han Hyo-joo (TBC)
  • Jo In-sung (TBC)
  • Cha Tae-hyun (TBC)

Genre: Mystery, drama

38. Joseon Exorcist 조선구마사

Joseon Exorcist is an action-fantasy historical drama set in the Joseon dynasty. It tells the story of King Tae Jong (Kam Woo-sung) and his two sons, Chung Nyung (Jang Dong-yoon) and Yang Nyung (Park Sung-hoon), as they confront evil spirits that target the royal family.

Jang Dong-yoon is currently starring in Searchwhich is a mystery-thriller about a mysterious creature lurking in the DMZ.

Main cast:

  • Jang Dong-yoon as Prince Chung Nyung
  • Park Sung-hoon as Prince Yang Nyung
  • Kam Woo-sung as King Tae Jong
  • Kim Dong-jun as Byeo Ri
  • Jung Hye Sung as Mu Hwa
  • Lee Yoo Bi as Eo Ri
  • Geum Sae Rok as Hye Yum

Genre: Action, historical, fantasy

39. Red Sky 홍천기

Lovers of the Red Sky korean drama august 2021

Red Sky is based on a novel written by Jung Eun-gwol. She also wrote the original novels for Sungkyunkwan Scandal and The Moon Embracing the Sun, both of which have also been adapted into dramas.

The upcoming fantasy-romance drama is set in the Joseon era. It will follow Hong Chun-gi (Kim Yoo-jung), Joseon’s only female painter who possesses an excellent memory, and Ha Ram (Ahn Hyo-seop), an astrologer.

Kim Yoo-jung and Ahn Hyo-seop, who previously appeared on screen together in Clean with Passion for Now (2018), were confirmed to be part of the cast, while Gong Myung was offered the role of Prince Lee Yul, a playboy who unknowingly falls in love with Chun-gi.

Main cast:

  • Kim Yoo-jung as Hong Chun-gi
  • Ahn Hyo-seop as Ha Ram
  • Gong Myung as Lee Yul/Prince An Pyeong
  • Kwak Shi-yang as Prince Soo Yang

Genre: Historical, romance, fantasy

40. D.P Dog Day D.P 개의 날

D.P Dog Day is based on a popular webtoon that garnered over 10 million views. The drama will tell the story of Ahn Joon-ho (Jung Hae-in), a private who is tasked with locating and capturing military deserters.

Jung Hae-in, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim Sung-hyun, and Son Seok-koo have been cast as the main characters who will explore abuse and human rights issues in the military.

Main cast:

  • Jung Hae-in as Ahn Joon-ho
  • Koo Kyo-hwan as Han Ho-yul
  • Kim Sung-kyun as Park Bum-goo
  • Son Seok-koo as Im Ji-sub

Genre: Military, drama

These are all korean dramas you can watch in 2021, Which one you think is the best? Let us know in the comment sections below!

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