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The Best New Korean Dramas Of 2021

Updated September 17, 2021 27k votes 5.5k voters 126.7k views47 items

List RulesOnly shows that premiered in 2021.

Need more amazing K-dramas to binge-watch this weekend? Here are the best new Korean dramas of 2021, ranked by fans everywhere. This list includes a variety of different genres such as romantic comedies and fantasy series starring top Korean stars and popular K-pop idol actors and actresses. From the historical K-drama River Where the Moon Rises to the crime Korean drama Vincenzo, there are so many great 2021 shows to add to your watch list.

What are you favorite Korean dramas of 2021? Check out the best 2020 K-dramas for more recent shows. 

Vote up the best K-dramas of 2021, and add any new shows that are missing from the list.

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    Lovers of the Red Sky

    Kim Yoo-jung, Ahn Hyo-seop
    Lovers of the Red Sky (SBS TV, 2021) is a South Korean historical romance television series based on the novel of the same name written by Jung Eun-gwol. Set during the Joseon era, a female painter...  more
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    Police University

    Cha Tae-hyun, Jung Jin-young
    Police University (KBS2, 2021) is a South Korean crime television series. A professor at a National Police University campus joins forces with his students to investigate a case together....  more
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    Monthly Magazine Home

    Jung So-min, Kim Ji-seok
    Monthly Magazine Home (JTBC, 2021) is a South Korean romance television series. A magazine editor falls in love with the CEO of the magazine company, Monthly House, and develops an interest in real...  more
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    Hello, Me!

    Kim Young-kwang, Choi Kang-hee
    Hello, Me! (KBS2, 2021), also known as Hello? It's Me!, is a South Korean romantic comedy television series based on the 2011 novel Fantastic Girl by Kim Hye-jung. Miserable and unsuccessful, a...  more
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    You Are My Spring

    Seo Hyun-jin, Kim Dong-wook
    You Are My Spring (Netflix, 2021) is a South Korean fantasy romance television series. A hotel concierge and a psychiatrist with traumatic childhoods form a heartfelt bond when they become entangled...  more
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    Under Cover

    Ji Jin-hee, Kim Hyun-joo
    Under Cover (JTBC, 2021) is a South Korean crime television series, and a remake of the 2016 BBC television drama series of the same name. A female civil-rights lawyer begins to doubt her husband,...  more
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    Dark Hole

    Kim Ok-vin, Lee Joon-hyuk
    Dark Hole (OCN, 2021) is a South Korean sci-fi thriller television series. A group of survivors must fight for their lives against mutant humans who drank mysterious black smoke from a sinkhole....  more
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    L.U.C.A.: The Beginning

    Kim Rae-won, Lee Da-hee
    L.U.C.A.: The Beginning (tvN, 2021) is a South Korean crime television series. A man in possession of unearthly powers and fighting skills must learn the truth behind his mysterious identity and...  more
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    So Not Worth It

    Park Se-wan, Shin Hyun-seung
    So Not Worth It (Netflix, 2021) is a South Korean comedy television series. New friends, new loves and new experiences mix together inside a colorful college dormitory in Korea that's home to...  more
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    Times

    Lee Seo-jin, Lee Joo-young
    Times (OCN, 2021) is a South Korean fantasy crime television series. Two reporters who live in different timelines discover that they can contact each other through a phone call and start working...  more
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    Squid Game

    Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo
    Squid Game (Netflix, 2021) is a South Korean action thriller television series. Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children's games with deadly high stakes...  more
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    High-Class

    Cho Yeo-jeong, Kim Ji-soo
    High-Class (tvN, 2021), also known as High Class, is a South Korean mystery television series. Song Yeo-wool, a widow who has been falsely accused of her husband’s murder, goes on a dangerous path to...  more
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    The Veil

    Namkoong Min, Park Ha-sun
    The Veil (MBC TV, 2021) is a South Korean spy television series. In his endeavor to uncover the internal traitor that brought him to his downfall, a top National Intelligence Service (NIS) agent...  more
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    Yumi's Cells

    Kim Go-eun, Ahn Bo-hyun
    Yumi's Cells (tvN, 2021) is a South Korean romance television series based on the eponymous webtoon by Lee Dong-gun. Told from the perspective of the many brain cells in her head, an ordinary 30-year...  more
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    Joseon Exorcist

    Jang Dong-yoon, Park Sung-hoon
    Joseon Exorcist (SBS, 2021) is a South Korean historical fantasy television series. Set during the Joseon dynasty, King Taejong and his two sons must fight and exorcise evil spirits who came back to...  more
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    One the Woman

    Lee Hanee, Lee Sang-yoon
    One the Woman (SBS TV, 2021) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. After getting into a car accident, a corrupt prosecutor wakes up from a coma and finds herself switched with the...  more
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    Lost

    Jeon Do-yeon, Ryu Jun-yeol
    Lost (JTBC, 2021) is a South Korean drama television series. A forty-year-old woman who feels like she hasn't accomplished anything in life and a twenty-seven-year old man who's frightened of...  more
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    River Where the Moon Rises

    Kim So-hyun, Na In-woo
    River Where the Moon Rises (KBS2, 2021) is a South Korean historical romance television series based on the 2010 novel Princess Pyeonggang by Choi Sagyu. Born a princess and raised a soldier, Pyeong...  more
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    On the Verge of Insanity

    Jung Jae-young, Moon So-ri
    On the Verge of Insanity (MBC TV, 2021), also known as No One but a Madman, is a South Korean drama television series. Two middle-aged office workers struggle to survive in a turbulent workplace....  more
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    Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce)

    Sung Hoon, Lee Tae-gon
    Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) (TV Chosun, 2021), also known as Marriage Lyrics and Divorce Music, is a South Korean drama television series. Everything comes unraveling for three successful women...  more
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    Oh My Ladylord

    Lee Min-ki, Nana
    Oh My Ladylord (MBC, 2021), also known as Oh! Master, is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. A drama screenwriter who hates dating and a popular rom-com actress who has trouble with...  more
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    The Road: The Tragedy of One

    Ji Jin-hee, Yoon Se-ah
    The Road: The Tragedy of One (tvN, 2021) is a South Korean mystery television series based on the novel by Rintaro Norizuki. A terrible child kidnapping incident takes place in a mansion complex,...  more