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20 K-Dramas We Can’t Wait to Watch in 2021

K-dramas watch 2021

New year, new K-dramas! COVID-19 is disrupting the film and TV industry, but studios are working out the logistics to film safely so that we can watch new K-dramas in 2021. From romantic comedies, legal dramas to thrillers, there are over 50 Korean TV shows scheduled for 2021, including “Sisyphus: The Myth” (Cho Seung Woo, Park Shin Hye), “Devilish Judge” (Ji Sung, GOT7 Jinyoung) and “Mount Jiri” (Ju Ji Hoon, Jun Ji Hyun) to name a few. To celebrate the new year, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of K-dramas that air in 2021, including Netflix originals made in Korea, and where to watch them. This is probably the most comprehensive, detail and up-to-date list you’ll see. Here are all of the K-dramas to watch in 2021. Let the party begin!

Related: 10 K-Dramas to Watch on Netflix in 2021

K-dramas to watch in January, February & March 2021

Hello? It’s Me! (KBS)

In this 2021 Korean version of “13 Going on 30,” the 37-year-old protagonist (Choi Kang Hee) encounters her 17-year-old self (Lee Re), who inadvertently challenges her to face her true self. In this realistic romantic comedy, there’s no prince on horseback but a broke man (Kim Young Kwang). The series is based on novel “Fantastic Girl” by Kim Hye Jung.

Premiere date: January 27, 2021

Love Scene Number (MBC)

“Love Scene Number” is an eight-episode series that will tell four different stories (with two episodes each) about couples in their twenties and thirties. (Source: Soompi) Starring Kim Bo Ra, Shim Eun Woo and Han Joon Woo.

Premiere date: January 2021

Mouse (tvN)

A suspenseful story that will center around the key question, “What if we could sort out psychopaths in advance?” This drama is about a justice-seeking rookie police officer named Jung Ba Reum (Lee Seung Gi). The story follows Jung Ba Reum as he comes face to face with a crazed psychopath serial killer whose ruthless murders have thrown the entire nation into chaos. Then, after surviving his encounter with this psychopath, Jung Ba Reum’s life begins to change completely. (Source: Allkpop) Also starring actors Lee Hee Joon and Choi Jin Hyuk.

Premiere date: February 3, 2021

Monster/Freak (JTBC)

Actors Yeo Jin Goo and Shin Ha Kyun play fearless detectives determined to catch a serial killer. In the course of hunting down the murderer, they’re forced to question everyone involved in the case, including themselves.

Premiere date: February 5, 2021

Vincenzo (tvN)

Actor Song Joong Ki plays Vincenzo Casano, a Korean Italian man who was adopted at age 8 and now works as a consigliere, a Mafia lawyer. When the Mafia war ensues, he flees to South Korea where he falls in love with lawyer Hong Cha Young (Jeon Yeo Bin) hell bent on success. Also stars Ok Taecyeon.

Premiere date: February 20, 2021

Times (OCN)

A “time warping” political mystery drama that tells the story of Seo Jung In (Lee Joo Young), who becomes connected to reporter Lee Jin Woo (Lee Seo Jin) from five years in the past through a phone call. Seo Jung In discovers a dangerous truth as she tries to prevent the death of her father Seo Gi Tae, who is the president. (Source: Soompi)

Premiere date: February 20, 2021

Sisyphus: The Myth (JTBC)

K-dramas watch 2021

Genius engineer and entrepreneur Han Tae Sul (Cho Seung Woo) embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover the mysterious death of his brother, while mercenary Kang Seo Hae (Park Shin Hye) is determined to find and protect him.

Premiere date: February 2021

Deluxe Taxi (SBS)

Kim Do Ki (Lee Je Hoon) is a mysterious driver for the taxi company whose mother was murdered. Kang Ha Na (Esom) is a passionate attorney. Go Eun (Lee Na Eun) is an IT specialist, while others consider her a hacker. Along with Kim Do Ki, she works as part of Rainbow Taxi Company to solve people’s problems. (Source: Soompi)

Premiere date: March 2021

Oh! Master (MBC)

A drama screenwriter (Lee Min Ki) who hates being in a relationship winds up living with a romantic comedy actress (Nana). Throw in a hot heir (Kang Min Hyuk) who will give you a major second lead syndrome, and we have a romantic comedy K-drama.

Premiere date: March 2021

K-dramas to watch in April, May & June 2021

Hospital Playlist (tvN)

Season 2

A medical drama about long-lasting friendships, life and death starring Jo Jung Suk, Yoo Yeon Seok, Jung Kyung Ho, Kim Dae Myung, Jeon Mi Do and Shin Hyun Bin.

Premiere date: April 2020

Fall (tvN)

A romantic fantasy starring Seo In Guk, Park Bo Young and Lee Soo Hyuk, and written by screenwriter Im Meari of “Beauty Inside.” “Fall” is also known as “The One Day Destruction Entered the Front Door of My House,” the direct translation of the original title (어느 날 우리집 현관으로 멸망이 들어왔다).

Premiere date: May 2021

Devilish Judge (tvN)

K-dramas watch 2021

In “Devilish Judge,” actors Ji Sung and Park Jin Young (GOT7) play a star judge and a newly appointed judge respectively, who try to end each other’s career. This legal TV show is a work of Moon Yoo Seok, a judge-turned-screenwriter who’s written “Miss Hammurabi.”

Premiere date: June 2021

K-dramas to watch in July, August & September 2021

Undercover (JTBC)

K-dramas watch 2021

Ji Jin Hee plays intelligence agent Han Jung Hyun, and Kim Hyun Joo plays human rights lawyer Choi Yeon Soo in this love action drama based on the 2016 BBC series “Undercover.” The show is produced by Story TV of “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” and JTBC Studio of “The World of the Married” and “SKY Castle.”

Premiere date: first half of 2021

Law School (JTBC)

A campus mystery involving students and professors of a prestigious law school, starring Kim Myung Min, Kim Bum and Lee Jung Eun.

Premiere date: first half of 2021

Voice (OCN)

K-dramas watch 2021

Season 4

Actress Lee Ha Na will team up with actor Song Seung Heon in the fourth installment of the crime thriller, following her partnerships with actors Jang Hyuk (Season 1) and Lee Jin Wook (Seasons 2 and 3). The series will be shot in the beautiful Jeju Island. Check out our video coverage of Voice 2 press conference.

Premiere date: summer 2021

Mine (tvN)

A story of mystery and passion about the true identities and painful love of a group of ambitious, rich women. While they seem to have everything and live a glamorous life, the drama puts a spotlight on their unhappiness. (Source: Soompi) Starring Lee Bo Young and Ko So Young.

Premiere date: second half of 2021

K-dramas to watch in October, November & December 2021

Suriname (Netflix)

Great news for all of the Ha Jung Woo and Hwang Jung Min fans out there! We can watch these movie stars on the small screen in 2021. “Suriname” is Ha’s first TV series in 13 years, and Hwang’s first in eight years.

Based on the true story of a Korean man who becomes a drug lord in Suriname, the show will start filming in March or April 2021. The initial plan pre-Covid was to shoot in the Dominican Republic in 2020. With the onset of pandemic, the team had postponed its schedule indefinitely. According to the recent change of plans, they’ll shoot 80% of the show on film sets in Korea, and then shoot the rest in South East Asia.

“Surinam” will be the most expensive Korean TV show to produce, costing Netflix around 360,000 USD. “Mr. Sunshine (2018)” and “Arthdal Chronicles (2019)” were some of the most expensive K-dramas to date.

Netflix premiere date: undecided. Scheduled to shoot in March~April 2021.

K-dramas scheduled to premiere sometime in 2021

Mount Jiri (tvN)

Mount Jiri

Screenwriter Kim Eun Hee has reunited with her Netflix original “Kingdom” cast in this mystery TV show about hikers who climb Mt. Jiri. Chiri-san is the tallest mountain in mainland South Korea, and the second-tallest in South Korea after Jeju Island‘s Hallasan. Starring Ju Ji Hoon, Jun Ji Hyun, Sung Dong Il and Oh Jung Se, this action mystery will be produced by CJ ENM’s production company Studio Dragon and available for worldwide streaming through iQIYI.

Premiere date: undecided


BTS Netflix documentary Kdrama

A documentary about BTS, the biggest boy band in the world, starring Seo Ji Hoon and Seo Young Joo.

Premiere date: undecided (No network assigned yet)

LUCA (tvN)

LUCA, which stands for Last Universal Common Ancestor, a Charles Darwin’s proposition, is a story of a man with super powers (Kim Rae Won) and a woman traumatized by her parents’ disappearance (Lee Da Hee). Also stars actors Kim Mu Yeol and Oh Jung Se.

Premiere date: undecided

No Longer Human

Will tell the story of a 40-year-old ghostwriter (Jeon Do Yeon) who feels lost and like she has accomplished nothing and a 27-year-old man (Ryu Joon Yeol) who is scared that he will achieve nothing with his life. (Source: Soompi)

The show borrows its title from a 1948 Japanese novel by Osamu Dazai, the second-best selling novel ever in Japan.

Premiere date: undecided (No network assigned yet)

Love Alarm (Netflix)

Season 2

“Love Alarm” is about people who want to know their true heart in a society where people use an app to find out who likes them. To be precise, the app is telling people who like them within 10 meters around them. (Source: KpopMap) Based on the popular webtoon, this series stars Kim So Hyun, Song Kang and Jung Ga Ram.

Netflix premiere date: undecided

The Silent Sea (Netflix)

In the future, the natural resources on Earth have been pushed to the edge. Thanks to the desertification of the Earth’s surface, humanity struggles to acquire food and water. It’s up to a team from Korea’s space agency to travel to the Moon and retrieve a mysterious research sample from an abandoned research station. (Source: What’s on Netflix) Starring actors Gong Yoo, Bae Doona, Lee Joon, Heo Sung Tae and Lee Moo Saeng.

Netflix premiere date: undecided

I Know But (JTBC)

Na Bi (Han So Hee) doesn’t believe in love, but still wants a boyfriend. Jae Eon (Song Kang) doesn’t want to be in a relationship, but is a major flirt. Based on the popular webtoon.

Premiere date: undecided

My Roommate is a Nine-Tailed Fox (tvN, iQiyi)

College student Lee Dam (Hyeri) finds herself stranded on the street with her friend who’s drunk and broken-hearted. While struggling to get him home, she ends up in an unfortunate accident involving herself, her trashed friend Do Jae Jin (Kim Do Wan) and a giant, nine-tailed fox disguised as a man (Jang Ki Yong). She winds up swallowing the fox marble which, according to Korean folklore, contains the energy the fox’s been collecting for hundreds of years to become a man.

The fox suggests that she move in with him until he figures out how to get the fox marble out of her body, which she agrees to. The fox’s name, Shin Woo Yeo, is a wordplay of Yeo Woo, meaning a fox in Korean. Throw in Yang Hye Sun (Kang Han Na), a fox-turned-human who’s been Shin Woo Yeo’s friend for hundreds of years, and Gye Sun Woo (Bae In Hyuk), Lee Dam’s sunbae and a second male lead, and we have a fantasy romance. Based on a popular webtoon called “A Terrifying Cohabitation (간 떨어지는 동거)” (Literal translation).

Premiere date: undecided

Hong Chun Gi (SBS)

Hong Chun Gi (Kim Yoo Jung) is a Joseon’s only female painter in history. Having born blind but miraculously regained her sight, she develops a close affinity with blind astronomer Ha Ram (Ahn Hyo Seop). There’s also Prince An Pyeong (Gong Myung) who loves the arts and all things beautiful. Based on the titular historical novel by Jung Eun Gwol, who’s also written the original novels of dramas “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” and “Moon Embracing The Sun.”

Premiere date: undecided

Below are more K-dramas we’re excited to watch in 2021.

2021 K-dramas airing on KBS
  • “Imitation” starring Jung Ji So and Lee Joon Young
  • “Royal Secret Inspector” starring Kim Myung Soo (Infinite’s L) and Kwon Nara
  • “Dear M” starring NCT’s Jaehyun and Park Hye Soo
  • “Youth of May” starring Lee Do Hyun and Go Min Si
  • “Great Real Estate” starring Jang Na Ra and CNBLUE‘s Jung Yong Hwa
2021 K-dramas airing on MBC
2021 K-dramas airing on SBS
2021 K-dramas airing on tvN
2021 K-dramas airing on OCN
2021 K-dramas airing on JTBC
2021 K-dramas airing on Netflix
  • “Nemesis” starring Han So Hee, Park Hee Soon and Ahn Bo Hyun
  • “Move to Heaven” starring Lee Je Hoon and Tang Jun Sang
  • “Round Six” starring Lee Jung Jae and Park Hae Soo
  • “Hellbound” starring Yoo Ah In, Park Jung Min, Kim Hyun Joo and Won Jin Ah
  • “D.P Dog Day” starring Jung Hae In, Koo Kyo Hwan, Son Seok Koo, Kim Sung Kyun and Lee Jun Young
  • “All of Us Are Dead” starring Yoon Chan Young, Park Ji Hoo, Park Solomon and Lee Kyu Hyung
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Which K-dramas do you plan to watch in 2021? And which K-dramas are you most excited to watch in 2021? Please let us know down below!

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