Below is the full list of 2021 Korean dramas (2021 kdramas). This includes all the 2021 kdramas airing on public and private channels as well as Netflix.
- The list will be updated periodically to include all the recent 2021 kdramas, the titles and air dates might change depending on each kdrama production circumstances.
- To keep up with each 2021 kdrama further updates, please search the blog using the kdrama name or visit this link.
- Currently, most 2021 kdramas haven’t set an exact air date, thus, the list is titled ‘kdramas airing in the first half of 2021.’ As more 2021 kdramas get added, the listing will change to reflect each monthly kdramas release.
January 2021 Korean dramas list
1Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick [aka. She Would Never Know]
Plot Summary: Yoon Song-A (Won Jin A) works as a marketer for a cosmetic brand who works hard at her job and she enjoys it a lot. Her dream is to start her own cosmetic brand. She works with marketer Chae Hyun-Seung (Ro Woon), he becomes attracted to her and wants to start dating her, however, she denies his advances because she doesn’t view younger guys as dating partners.
Main Cast: Won Jin A, Ro Woon, Lee Hyun Wook, Lee Joo Bin and more
Air Date: January 18, 2021
2Love (Ft. Marriage And Divorce)
Plot Summary: Three women suddenly face misfortune in their lives. It follows the lives of these three women with the main topic being divorce.
Main Cast: Sung Hoon, Lee Tae Gon, Park Joo Mi, and more
Channel: TV CHOSUN
Air Date: January 23, 2021
unspecified, first half of 2021
3Kingdom 2: Ashin of the North [a sidequel]
Plot Summary: it will focus on Jun Ji Hyun’s character who appeared in the last minutes of “Kingdom” season 2. It will be only one episode focusing on her character Ashin. and in addition to her story, the episode will detail the origin story of the resurrection plant.
Main Cast: Jun Ji Hyun, Park Byung Eun
Plot Summary: its a drama about people who hear a prediction about their owns deaths, when their time comes a death angel appears and take their lives.
Main Cast: Yoo Ah In, Park Jung Min, Kim Hyun Joo, Won Jin Ah, and Yang Ik Jun.
5The Silent Sea
Plot Summary: it is set in the future where desertification leaves the earth with shortage of food and water. A special team composed of the main cast is set to retrieve a mysterious sample abandoned on a research station in the moon.
Main Cast: Gong Yoo, Bae Doo Na and Lee Joon.
6“River Where the Moon Rises”
Plot Summary: retells the love story between Pyeonggang and On Dal, who are characters in a classic Goguryeo folktale. Pyeonggang, also known as Yeom Ga Jin, is an ambitious woman who dreams of becoming the first female to lead Goguryeo, and she uses On Dal’s feelings for her to achieve her goals.
Main Cast: Kim So Hyun, JiSoo, Lee Ji Hoon, Choi Yoo Hwa and more
7“Times” (literal title)
Plot Summary: it will be a time-wrapping political mystery about Seo Jung In (Lee Joo Young), who becomes connected to a reporter called 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 (Kim Young Chul), who is the president.
Main Cast: Lee Seo Jin, Lee Joo Young, Kim Young Chul, and Moon Jung Hee.
Air Date:February 2021.
8“Hong Chun Gi”
Plot Summary: is a historical fantasy romance drama set in the Joseon era and will be based on the novel of the same title, the novel is written by Jung Eun Gwol whose novels were adapated into successful dramas such as “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” and “The Moon Embracing the Sun”
Main Cast: Kwak Si Yang, Kim Yoo Jung, Gong Myung and Ahn Hyo Seop
9“One Day Destruction Came Through My Front Door” (literal translation)
Plot Summary: a fantasy drama about a man who is known as ‘destruction,’ everything he touches vanishes; it’s also about a woman who puts her life on the line to avoid her fate. Park Bo Young will play Tak Dong Kyung, an average editor at a web novel publisher, she lives a normal life until she stumbles upon a strange fate, she puts her life and love on the line. Seo In Guk is taking on the role of the character known as “ruin” or “destruction”, he makes a contract with Tak Dong Kyung. When an unexpected character gets caught up in his fate, he decides to put his love and compassion on the line to save her.
Main Cast: Park Bo Young, Seo In Guk, Lee Soo Hyuk, Kang Tae Oh, and Shin Do Hyun
10Hello? It’s Me! (literal title)
Plot Summary: Ban Ha Ni (played by Choi Gang Hee) is a 37-years-old single woman who holds a temporary position at work which makes her nervous that she might get fired. She is timid. One day the 17-year old version of herself shows up to her, she is totally different from her, she is bright and optimistic.
Cast: Choi Gang Hee, Eum Moon Suk, Kim Yu Mi, Kim Young Kwang
Air Date: January, 2021
11Hospital Playlist Season 2
Plot Summary: set around the lives of the doctors friends who all graduated from the same university and work at the same hospital
Cast: Jo Jung Suk, Yoo Yeon Seok, Jung Kyung Ho, Kim Dae Myung and Jeon Mi Do.
Plot Summary: tells the story of Kim Do Ki (played by Lee Je-Hoon) who graduated from the Naval Academy and became an UDT (underwater demolition team) Official. After his mother was murdered by a serial killer, his life forever changed. He is now a deluxe taxi driver who works for Rainbow Taxi Company. The company he works for is a special company that offers ‘revenge-call.’ if asked to do it, the company will perform the service.
Cast: Lee Je Hoon, Esom, Kim Eui Sung, and APRIL’s Naeun
Plot Summary: a fantasy-action sageuk (Korean historical drama) that takes place after the establishment of the Joseon dynasty. it will tell the story of the undead who came back to life after being killed by the royal family.
Cast: Jang Dong Yoon, Park Sung Hoon, and Kam Woo Sung
14A Person Similar to You (literal title)!
Plot Summary: it will tell the story of a woman who is devoted to her desires and another woman who loses the light of her due to the other one. The drama will unfold around the affair, betrayal, corruption, and revenge that follows their meeting.
Cast: Go Hyun Jung
15Navillera (literal title)
Plot Summary: based on the webtoon of the same title, its about Duk Chool, a man who starts ballet at the age of 70 and the 23-year-old ballerino Chae Rok who gets lost while chasing his dreams. The drama tells the story of growth that people who pursue their dreams go through.
Cast: Park In Hwan, Song Kang, Na Moon Hee, and Hong Seung Hee
16Crazy Person in the Area (literal title)
Plot Summary: tells the story of detective who works in the violent crimes division of the Gangnam Police Station. He believes he’s doing well until his life takes a sudden turn and he becomes unable to hold in his anger about anything. It also tells the story of an ordinary woman who has an ordinary life but due to ‘something,’ her life breaks down. her delusions make everyone around her angry.
Cast: Oh Yeon Seo And Jung Woo
Channel: KakaoTV original drama
17Voice season 4
Plot Summary: the fourth installment of the OCN drama and focuses on an emergency call center and the employees who do their best with the limited information they’re provided with.
Cast: unknown yet
18Penthouse Season 2
Plot Summary: Set around the luxury Penthouse Apartment with 100 floors where drama happens. It will be the second season of the show, so not many more details available on the plot direction.
Cast: Lee Ji Ah, Kim So Yeon, Eugene
Plot Summary: it will tell the story of students who attend a specialized high school and pursue their own dreams instead of going off to college. the drama talks about how the students learn love, friendship and the things they like versus the things they’re good at, and how to grow up in an intense environment.
Cast: Kim Yo Han
20Fly High, Butterfly (literal title)
Plot Summary: Set in a saloon called Fly High, Butterfly, the story follows people who work there.
Cast: Kim Hyang Gi, Daniel Choi, Oh Yoon Ah, Sim Eun Woo
Plot Summary: an Italian lawyer and Mafia consigliere Vincenzo Cassano, who moves back to Korea after a conflict with his organization members. In Korea, he gets involved with a tough lawyer Hong Cha Young. Together they work on bringing down villains using methods that could be considered unlawful.
Cast: Kim Hyang Gi, Daniel Choi, Oh Yoon Ah, Sim Eun Woo
Plot Summary: “Snowdrop” plot centers around the love story of a man named Im Soo Ho (to be played by Jung Hae In) who jumps into a women’s dormitory in 1987 covered in blood one day, a female student named Eun Young Cho (Jisoo) hides and heals him.
Cast: Jung Hae In, BLACKPINK Jisoo, Jang Seung Jo, Yoon Se Ah, Kim Hye Yoon and Jung Yoo Jin.
Plot Summary:: A best thriller drama series screenwriter Han Bi-Soo (Lee Min Ki) who’s never been in a relationship meets a popular actress Oh Joo-In (Nana) who appears mostly in rom-coms but isn’t good at her own romantic life. The two live under the same roof.
Cast: Lee Min-Ki, Nana
Plot Summary: The story of park rangers who rescue people at Mount Jiri. Jun Ji Hyun will play Seo Yi Kang, the top ranger who knows her way around Mount Jiri National Park. Joo Ji Hoon will play the character of Kang Hyun Jo, a military academy graduate with a deep secret; he joins as a new ranger and becomes Seo Yi Kang’s partner.
Cast: Jun Ji Hyun, Ju Ji Hoon, Sung Dong-Il , Oh Jung Se , Jo Han Chul, Jun Suk Ho
March 2021 Kdramas List
25All of Us Are Dead
Plot Summary: A group of high school students get trapped inside their school when a zombie virus outbreak happens. They attempt to avoid becoming zombies and escape their schools.
Cast: Yoon Chan Young, Kim Hyun Woo
Plot Summary: A solider who is quiet and calm but inflexible (Jung Hae-In) meets a sergeant (Kim Sung Kyun) who notices his shortcomings, he transfers him to the D.P. (Deserter Pursuit) team. Their mission is to catch deserters. There the soldier meets Corporal Han Ho Yeol (Koo Gyo-Hwan), he begins to give the soldier the investigative know-how, but he annoys him sometimes.
Cast: Jung Hae In ,Koo Gyo Hwan ,Kim Sung Kyun ,Son Seok Koo , Lee Jun Young
Plot Summary: A professor at a prestigious law school and his students get involved in an unprecedented case.
Cast: Kim Myung Min, Ryoo Hye Young, Kim Bum, Lee Jung Eun
Plot Summary:: A group of students begin to search for ‘M’ who wrote a post on the community board of Seoyeon University’s website. The content of the post turns the university upside down.
Cast: Park Hye Soo, Jaehyun , Kim Sae Ron, Bae Hyun Sung
Plot Summary: unknown yet
Cast: Sung Hoon, Lee Tae Kon
Plot Summary: A detective named Lee Dong-Sik (Shin Ha Kyun) used to be capable but now works at the Manyang Police Substation in a small city and does the most boring job there. His life is quiet there. One day, a new detective called 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 partner, he’s an elite detective from a prestigious background, his father has a good chance of becoming the next chief at the National Police Agency, but he has a secret. A serial murder case shocks the small city and is similar to something that occurred 20 years ago and was the reason why Lee Dong-Sik changed. The two detectives team up to catch the killer.
Cast: Shin Ha Kyun, Yeo Jin Goo
Plot Summary:A rookie police officer Jung Ba-Reum (Lee Seung Gi) who works at a police substation, he is honest and tries to maintain justice, he comes faces to face with a psychopath murderer who sends fear down everyone’s spines, the murderer changes his life.
Cast: Lee Seung Gi
Plot Summary: Han Jung-Hyun (Ji Jin Hee) is an agent of the NIS (National Intelligence Service) who works on a secret mission for the NIS, while working on his mission, he meets Choi Yeon-Soo (Kim Hyun Joo). Using his alias, he falls for her and eventually they get married. Choi Yeon-Soo works as a civil-rights lawyer who is always pursuing the truth, she gets nominated for the Chief of the Civil Servant Corruption Investigation Unit. Her husband’s true identity becomes involved in an uncontrollable situation due to her nomination.
Cast: Ji Jin Hee, Kim Hyun Joo, Heo Jun Ho, Jeong Man Sik, Han Go Eun, Kwon Hae Hyo
33Undercover (working title)
Plot Summary: A woman named Yoon Ji Woo’s (Han So Hee) whose father dies suddenly, she wants to avenge his death and find out who’s behind it. She works for a drug crime group Dongcheonpa. Choi Moo-Jin (Park Hee Soon) is the boss of the drug gang, he helps her uncover the reason behind her father’s death.Yoon Ji Woo joins the police department to become a mole for the drug group, she gets assigned to work in the drug investigation unit in the police department where she meets her partner Detective Jeon Pil-Do (Ahn Bo Hyun).
Cast: Han So Hee, Park Hee Soon, Ahn Bo Hyun, Kim Sang Ho, Lee Hak Joo
34Love Alarm Season 2
Plot Summary: The popular kdrama is based on a webtoon of the same title, it’s a romance drama set in a world where people find love through an application that alert users when someone within a 10-meter radius has feelings for them. Set to continue where season 1 left.
Cast: Kim So Hyun, Song Kang, and Hye Yeong
Plot Summary: follows seven boys on their journey of growing up. Although these characters will have the same names as BTS members, they will have fictional narratives with various stories that will be told through metaphors and symbolism.
Cast: Seo Ji Hoon, Noh Jong Hyun, Ahn Ji Ho, Seo Young Joo, Kim Yoon Woo, Jung Woo Jin, and Jeon Jin Seo
Which one of these 2021 kdramas are you most excited for?