New Korean dramas 2021


For K-drama fans, the upcoming year will be full of treats thanks to a slew of new Korean dramas in 2021. Some of the Korean dramas originally scheduled to air in 2020 had their filming schedules interrupted to our dismay, but the good news is that we’ll finally get to watch these new Korean dramas in 2021.

To hype you up for next year, here are 34 new Korean dramas airing in 2021 that will keep you entertained as you go through a brand new year. 


1. Joseon Exorcist


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Joseon Exorcist
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Main cast:

  • Jang Dong-yoon as Prince Chungnyung
  • Park Sung-hoon as Prince Yangnyung
  • Kam Woo-sung as King Tae-jong
  • Kim Dong-jun as Byeo Ri
  • Jung Hye Sung
  • Lee Yoo Bi
  • Geum Sae Rok

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, Chungnyung (Jang Dong-yoon) and Yangnyung (Park Sung-hoon), as they confront evil spirits that target the royal family.

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

Korean title: 조선구마사
Genre: Action, historical, fantasy
Airs: Jan 2021


2. Blade of the Phantom Master


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Blade of the Phantom Master
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Main cast:

  • Kim Myung-soo as Sung Yi-gyeom
  • Kwon Na-ra as Hong Da-in
  • Lee Tae-hwan as Sung Yi-beom
  • Lee Yi-kyung as Park Chun-sam

Set in the Joseon era, Blade of the Phantom Master 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. Yi-gyeom carries out his new job with the help of Hong Da-in (Kwon Na-ra), a female inspector, and Park Chun-sam (Lee Yi-kyung), his talkative and affectionate servant.

Meanwhile, Sung Yi-beom (Lee Tae-hwan), Yi-gyeom’s younger stepbrother, is constantly jealous of his older brother’s privileges in the family.

Korean title: 암행어사
Genre: Historical, mystery, comedy
Airs: Feb 2021


3. Mouse


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Mouse
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Main cast:

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

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?

Viewers can anticipate an intense and emotional thriller written by Choi Ran, who was behind the hit thrillers God’s Gift: 14 Days (2014) and Black (2017).

Mouse will be Lee Seung-gi’s first small screen comeback since Vagabond (2019), while Park Joo-hyun is currently playing the female lead in the drama The Zombie Detective (2020).

Korean title: 마우스
Genre: Action, suspense, thriller
Airs: Feb 2021


4. Freak


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Main cast:

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

Freak 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 – including themselves.

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.

Korean title: 괴물
Genre: Thriller, psychological
Airs: Feb 2021


5. Oh! My Master


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Oh! My Master
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Main cast:

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

Oh! Master is a romantic comedy revolving around Han Bi-soo (Lee Min-ki), a drama screenwriter, and Oh Joo-in (Nana), an actress who acts in romantic-comedy dramas. 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.

CNBLUE fans can also look forward to seeing Kang Min-hyuk play Yoo Jin, the grandson of a chaebol family and the director of the biggest cosmetics company in Korea.

Korean title: 오! 주인님
Genre: Comedy, romance
Airs: Mar 2021


6. Dark Hole


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Main cast:

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

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.

Meanwhile, Yoo Tae-han (Lee Joon-hyuk), a former detective who lives in Muji City, joins Hwa-sun to save people from the terrible phenomenon. While the two go on the quest to find the horrible creature, they slowly find themselves turning into cruel monsters too.

Korean title: 다크홀
Genre: Thriller, mystery, sci-fi
Airs: Mar 2021 


7. Dear.M


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Dear.M
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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

Dear.M is based on the popular web-drama series Love Playlist and is co-produced by Playlist and Monster Union. The new drama, which is set to be released in early 2021, is centred on the search for the mysterious “M” in Seoyeon University.

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.

The supporting cast includes a long line of K-pop idols such as CLC’s Eun-bin, UP10TION’s Jin-hyuk, and NCT’s Jae-hyun, who will appear as students of Seoyeon University.

Korean title: 디어엠
Genre: Romance, school, drama
Airs: Early 2021


8. Red Cuff of the Sleeve


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Red Cuff of the Sleeve
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Main cast:

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

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.

Park Hye-soo was offered the role of the court lady-turned-queen, Sung Deok-im, while Kim Kyung-nam was offered the role of King Jeongjo, the eldest son next in line to the throne. Both actors are currently positively reviewing their offers.

Korean title: 옷소매 붉은 끝동
Genre: Historical, romance
Airs: Early 2021 


9. Voice 4


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Voice 4
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Main cast:

  • Lee Ha-na as Kang Kwon-joo

The 4th season of Voice is set to air in mid-2021. While Lee Ha-na has been cast in Voice 4 as Kang Kwon-joo again, the male lead has yet to be confirmed.

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.

The 4th season of Voice will take place on Jeju Island.

Korean title: 보이스 4
Genre: Thriller, mystery, psychological, crime
Airs: Mid 2021 


10. Imitation


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Imitation
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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

Imitation is based on a webtoon and revolves around the lives of idols in the entertainment industry. The drama will tell the story of various fictional idol teams – popular boy band “Shax”, rookie girl group “T-Party”, enthusiastic boy band “Sparkling”, and top female solo artist “Larima”.

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.

Korean title: 이미테이션
Genre: Comedy, romance, music
Airs: 1st half of 2021


11. Vincenzo


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Main cast:

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

Vincenzo is a romance-comedy about 2 lawyers – Park Joo-hyung (Song Joong-ki) and Hong Cha-young (Jun Yeo-bin).

Joo-hyung was adopted at the age of 8 and grew up in Italy. He becomes a lawyer – under the name of Vincenzo Casano – and works for the Mafia as a consigliere. However, when a war breaks out between mafia groups, he’s forced to flee 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.

Korean title: 빈센조
Genre: Comedy, romance, crime
Airs: 1st half of 2021 


12. Law School


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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

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.

The plot follows 2 first-year law students, Kang Sol (Ryu Hye-young) and Han Joon-hwi (Kim Bum), civil law professor Kim Eun-sook (Lee Jung-eun), and criminal law professor Yang Jong-hoon (Kim Myung-min) as they get embroiled in an unusual case. Their views of law and justice are challenged as they navigate through the case.

Ryu Hye-young, who is cast as Kang Sol, is known for her role as Sung Bo-ra in Reply 1988 (2015). Kim Bum, who plays Han Joon-hwi, is currently in the spotlight for his role as Lee Rang in Tale of the Nine-tailed (2020).

Korean title: 로스쿨
Genre: Law, drama
Airs: 1st half of 2021


13. Daebak Real Estate


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Daebak Real Estate
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Main cast:

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

Daebak Real Estate is a drama about real estate brokers who exorcise and chase out ghosts from buildings in which people have died. The 2 main characters, Hong Ji-ah and Oh In-beom, 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.

The cast is not confirmed yet, but Jang Na-ra was offered the role of Hong Ji-ah, an exorcist who’s also the boss of Daebak Real Estate. CNBLUE’s Jung Yong-hwa is in talks to play the male lead, Oh In-bum, a con artist who doesn’t believe in ghosts but uses them to make money.

If he takes on the role, it’ll be Jung Yong-hwa’s first drama in 3 years since The Package (2017).

Korean title: 대박부동산
Genre: Drama, supernatural
Airs: 1st half of 2021


14. Youth of May


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Main cast:

  • Go Min-shi as Kim Myung-hee
  • Lee Do-hyun as Hwang Hee-tae (TBC)

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 is a smart troublemaker who enters the Seoul National University College of Medicine as a top scorer despite his harsh family background.

Go Min-shi has been cast as Kim Myung-hee while Lee Do-hyun from 18 Again (2020) has been offered the role of Hwang Hee-tae.

Korean title: 오월의 청춘
Genre: Romance, drama
Airs: 1st half of 2021


15. River Where the Moon Rises


New Korean Dramas 2021 - River Where the Moon Rises
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Main cast:

  • Kim So-hyun as Princess Pyeonggang/Yeom Ga-jin
  • Ji Soo as On Dal
  • Kang Ha-neul as On Hyub

River Where the Moon Rises is a historical drama about the love story of Princess Pyeonggang (Kim So-hyun) and On Dal (Ji Soo).

On Dal lives with his protective mother, who warns him against venturing beyond the woods where his hut is. One day, curiosity kicks in and he decides to make his way to the market in the village, where he chances upon Princess Pyeong-gang.

Following their coincidental meeting, Princess Pyeong-gang visits his hut, stating that she wishes to live with him and will, in turn, teach him martial arts and how to read and write.

Korean title: 달이뜨는강
Genre: Historical, romance
Airs: 1st half of 2021


16. Hospital Playlist Season 2


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Hospital Playlist Season 2
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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

Hospital Playlist Season 1 (2020) was immensely popular due to its light-hearted depiction of the long-standing friendship between 5 doctors who work at the same hospital.

The medical drama’s popularity granted it a 2nd season, to be aired in the 1st half of 2021. Fans can expect to see the romance between Lee Ik-joon (Jo Jung-suk) and Chae Song-hwa (Jeon Mi-do) unfold in the 2nd season.

The 1st season is available on Netflix with English subtitles.

Korean title: 슬기로운 의사 생활 시즌 2
Genre: Friendship, comedy, medical
Airs: 1st half of 2021


17. Sunbae, Don’t Put On That Lipstick


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Sunbae, Don't Put On That Lipstick
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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

Sunbae, Don’t Put On That Lipstick is based on a popular 2017 web novel. It tells the love story between a sweet sunbae (senior) and a bold hoobae (junior) at a cosmetics company.

Won Jin-ah takes on the role of Yoon Song-ah, a professional brand marketer at a cosmetics company who dreams of having her own cosmetics brand. SF9’s Ro-woon will play Chae Hyun-seung, a good-looking marketer who is straightforward with his words.

The new 2021 Korean drama will see Ro-woon’s return to the small screen after his last role as Haru in the youth drama Extraordinary You (2019).

Korean title: 선배, 립스틱을 쓰지 마
Genre: Comedy, romance
Airs: 1st half of 2021


18. Undercover


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Undercover
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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

Undercover revolves around the relationship between Han Jung-hyun (Ji Jin-hee), an agent at the Agency for National Security Planning, and Choi Yeon-soo (Kim Hyun-joo), a human rights lawyer who fights for justice.

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.

Korean title: 언더커버
Genre: Thriller, crime, drama
Airs: 1st half of 2021


19. Fly High Butterfly


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Fly High Butterfly
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Main cast:

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

Fly High Butterfly is set in a hair salon called “Fly High, Butterfly” and it tells the life stories of its workers.

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).

The drama will capture the everyday routine of people who work in hair salons, as well as the personal growth that they go through.

Korean title: 날아올라라 나비
Genre: Slice of life, drama
Airs: 1st half of 2021


20. Devilish Judge


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Devilish Judge
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Main cast:

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

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.

The drama will follow the two men as they try to uncover each other’s identities to bring the other down.

The screenwriter of this new 2021 Korean drama is Moon Yoo-seok, who was also behind the popular law drama Miss Hammurabi (2018), which starred Kim Myung-soo and Go Ara.

Korean title: 악마판사
Genre: Mystery, law, drama
Airs: 1st half of 2021


21. Bossam – Stealing Fate


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Main cast:

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

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.

Korean title: 보쌈-운명을 훔치다
Genre: Historical, romance, drama
Airs: 1st half of 2021


22. Monthly House


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Monthly House
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Main cast:

  • Kim Ji-suk as Yoo Ja-sung
  • Jung So-min as Na Young-won

Monthly House is a romance-comedy about 2 individuals – Yoo Ja-sung (Kim Ji-suk), a rich man who is a CEO of a real estate investment company and a magazine company, and Na Young-won (Jung So-min), a magazine editor.

After Young-won meets Ja-sung, she decides to search for a house of her own and develops an interest in the real estate industry.

Jung So-min last starred in the heartwarming drama Soul Mechanic (2020), where she took on the role of Han Woo-joo, a musical star with a borderline personality disorder.

Korean title: 월간 집
Genre: Comedy, romance
Airs: 1st half of 2021


23. LUCA


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Main cast:

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

LUCA is short 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 plot focuses on Ji-oh (Kim Rae-won), a stoic man who has supernatural powers but does not know who he is. Meanwhile, 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.

Filming for the drama has been completed and it is set to air in the 1st half of 2021.

Korean title: 루카
Genre: Mystery, drama, sci-fi, supernatural
Airs: 1st half of 2021


24. Mount Jiri


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Mount Jiri
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Main cast:

  • Jun Ji-hyun as Seo Yi-kang
  • Ju Ji-hoon as Kang Hyun-jo
  • Sung Dong-il as Jo Dae-jin
  • Oh Jung-se as Jung Goo-young

Mount Jiri is a mystery-thriller about park rangers who work to rescue people on Mount Jiri.

Seo Yi-kang (Jun Ji-hyun) is a top ranger who knows everything about navigating Mount Jiri National Park. Her partner, Kang Hyun-jo (Joo Ji-hoon), is a military academy graduate and a new ranger.

Jung Goo-young (Oh Jung-se) is an extremely practical ranger while Jo Dae-jin (Sung Dong-il) is the responsible head of the Haedong Branch Office in Mount Jiri National Park.

The drama is written by screenwriter Kim Eun-hee, who also wrote Kingdom (2019), Signal (2016), and 3 Days (2014). The director is Lee Eung-bok, who directed hit dramas like Goblin (2016), Descendants of the Sun (2016), and Dream High (2011).

Korean title: 지리산
Genre: Thriller, mystery, drama
Airs: 2nd half of 2021


25. Moving


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Moving
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Main cast:

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

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, who also helmed World of the Married (2020).

Han Hyo-joo, Jo In-seong, and Cha Tae-hyun have received offers for the drama and are still in the process of confirming their appearance in the drama.

Korean title: 무빙
Genre: Mystery, drama
Airs: 2nd half of 2021


26. The Silent Sea


New Korean Dramas 2021 - The Silent Sea
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Main cast:

  • Gong Yoo as Yoon-jae
  • Bae Doo-na as Ji-an
  • Lee Joon as Tae-seok

The Silent Sea 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.

Korean title: 고요의 바다
Genre: Thriller, mystery, Horror, Sci-fi
Airs: 2021


27. D.P Dog Day


New Korean Dramas 2021 - D.P Dog Day
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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

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.

The drama is set to be released on Netflix in 2021.

Korean title: D.P 개의 날
Genre: Military, drama
Airs: 2021


28. Hong Chun Gi


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Hong Chun Gi
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Main cast:

  • Kim Yoo-jung as Hong Chun-gi
  • Ahn Hyo-seop as Ha Ram
  • Gong Myung as Prince Lee Yul (TBC)

Hong Chun Gi 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.

Korean title: 홍천기
Genre: Historical, romance, fantasy
Airs: 2021


29. Love Alarm Season 2


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Love Alarm Season 2
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Main cast:

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

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.

Production is expected to start in 2021.

Korean title: 좋아하면 울리는 시즌 2
Genre: Friendship, comedy, romance, school
Airs: 2021


30. Sisyphus: The Myth


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Sisyphus: The Myth
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Main cast:

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

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.

Both Park Shin-hye and Jo Seung-woo have previously appeared together in the movie The Lizard (2006).

Korean title: 시지프스: The Myth
Genre: Action, mystery, drama, sci-fi
Airs: 2021


31. YOUTH


New Korean Dramas 2021 - YOUTH
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Dispatch

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

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.

Rookie actors such as Seo Ji-hoon, Ahn Ji-ho, Jung Woo-jin, Noh Jong-hyun, Seo Young-joo, Jeon Jin-seo, and Kim Yoon-woo have been cast in the main roles.

Korean title: 유스
Genre: Friendship, music, youth
Airs: 2021


32. Snowdrop


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Snowdrop
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@jtbcdrama

Main cast:

  • Jung Hae-in as Im Soo-ho
  • Kim Ji-soo as Eun Young-cho
  • Kim Hye-yoon as Kye Boon-ok
  • Jang Seung-jo as Lee Kang-moo
  • Yoon Se-ah as Pi Seung-hee
  • Jung Yoo-jin as Jang Han-na

Snowdrop is set in 1987 Seoul and revolves around Im Soo-ho (Jung Hae-in), a student at a prestigious university, and Eun Young-cho (Kim Ji-soo), a cheerful student.

Young-cho falls in love with Soo-ho at first sight when she sees him at a social gathering. The two meet again when Soo-ho rushes into Young-cho’s female-only dormitory, wounded. Young-cho decides to nurse him back to health despite the danger of doing so.

The drama is based on the handwritten notes of a man who escaped from a political prison camp in North Korea and it will be directed by Jo Hyun-taek, who previously directed Sky Castle (2018).

Korean title: 설강화
Genre: Romance, melodrama
Airs: 2021


33. The Day Destruction Entered My Front Door


New Korean Dramas 2021 - The One Day Destruction Entered My Front Door
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Dispatch

Main cast:

  • Seo In-guk as Kim Sa-ram/Myeol Mang
  • Park Bo-young as Tak Dong-kyung
  • Lee Soo-hyuk

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.

Korean title: 어느 날 우리 집 현관으로 멸망이 들어왔다
Genre: Supernatural, drama
Airs: 2021


34. Like Butterfly


New Korean Dramas 2021 - Like Butterfly
Image credit:
Insight

Main cast:

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

Like Butterfly is a new 2021 Korean drama based on a webtoon. It tells the story of Shim Deok-chul (Park In-hwan), a 78-year-old man who decides to learn ballet at an old age, and Lee Chae-rok (Song Kang), a 23-year-old young man who does 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.

Korean title: 나빌레라
Genre: Friendship, drama
Airs: 2021


New Korean dramas in 2021


With so many new Korean dramas in 2021, you won’t have to worry about not getting your K-drama fix in the upcoming year. While waiting for these titles to be released, you can keep yourself occupied with these K-dramas released at the end of 2020.

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Cover image adapted from (clockwise from top-left): @netflixkr, @jtbcdrama, Kpopmap, and EN24