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The Best New Korean Dramas Of 2021

List RulesOnly shows that premiered in 2021.

UPDATE: Check out the top K-dramas of 2022!

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 The King's Affection 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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  • Shin Min-a, Kim Seon-ho
    5,939
    427
    Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (tvN, 2021) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series and a remake of the 2004 South Korean film Mr. Handy, Mr. Hong. A big-city dentist opens up a practice in a  ...more
  • Han Hyo-joo, Park Hyung-sik
    691
    121
    Happiness (tvN, 2021) is a South Korean fantasy thriller television series. When a new infectious disease breaks out in the city, residents of an apartment building struggle to survive while stricken  ...more
  • Lee Jun-ho, Lee Se-young
    354
    84
    The Red Sleeve (MBC TV, 2021) is a South Korean historical romance television series based on the novel The Red Sleeve Cuff by Kang Mi-kang. A romance blossoms between the King of Joseon who believes  ...more
  • Song Joong-ki, Jeon Yeo-been
    5,180
    1,720
    Vincenzo (tvN, 2021) is a South Korean crime television series. Vincenzo, a mafia consigliere, comes to South Korea from Italy due to an intra-organizational conflict; and gets entangled with a  ...more
  • Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo
    1,520
    431
    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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  • Yoo Ah-in, Kim Hyun-joo
    293
    74
    Hellbound (Netflix, 2021) is a South Korean crime fantasy drama created by Yeon Sang-ho and Choi Gyu-seok based on a comic of the same name. Set in a fictional Earth where supernatural beings drag  ...more

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  • Ji Sung, Kim Min-jung
    933
    270
    The Devil Judge (tvN, 2021) is a South Korean mystery television series. Set in a dystopian version of modern-day South Korea, a judge turns a court into a reality show and punishes evil people  ...more
  • Kim Myung-min, Kim Bum
    1,496
    486
    Law School (JTBC, 2021) is a South Korean legal drama television series. A professor at a prestigious law school and his students get involved in an unprecedented case.  ...more
  • Lee Je-hoon, Tang Joon-sang
    1,783
    603
    Move to Heaven (Netflix, 2021) is a South Korean drama television series. A young man with Asperger syndrome and his uncle work as trauma cleaners, clearing out the possessions of dead people,  ...more
  • Shin Ha-kyun, Yeo Jin-goo
    1,216
    406
    Beyond Evil (JTBC, 2021) is a South Korean psychological thriller television series. Two fearless men go through extreme lengths and break the law in their pursuit of a returning serial killer.  ...more
  • Park Bo-young, Seo In-guk
    2,399
    874
    Doom at Your Service (tvN, 2021) is a South Korean fantasy romance television series. Tak Dong-kyung lives a fairly ordinary life until she stumbles into an unexpected fate and ends up signing a  ...more
  • Jung Hae-in, Koo Kyo-hwan
    570
    179
    D.P. (Netflix, 2021) is a South Korean military drama television series based on the webtoon D.P: Dog Days by Kim Bo-tong. A young private's assignment to capture army deserters reveals the painful  ...more
  • Lee Seung-gi, Lee Hee-joon
    1,890
    674
    Mouse (tvN, 2021) is a South Korean crime thriller television series. A rookie police officer's life changes when he survives an encounter with a psychopathic serial killer.  ...more
  • Jang Ki-yong, Lee Hye-ri
    2,110
    781
    My Roommate Is a Gumiho (tvN, 2021) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series based on the webtoon by Na. A male Gumiho who has lived for hundreds of years to become a human accidentally  ...more
  • Lee Je-hoon, Esom
    1,523
    567
    Taxi Driver (SBS TV, 2021), also known as Model Taxi, is a South Korean crime television series based on the webtoon The Deluxe Taxi by Carlos and Lee Jae-jin. A Korea Naval Academy graduate works as  ...more
  • Lee Do-hyun, Go Min-si
    1,187
    437
    Youth of May (KBS2, 2021) is a South Korean romance drama television series. A medical student and a nurse fall in love in the midst of the Gwangju Uprising in May 1980.  ...more
  • Choi Woo-shik, Kim Da-mi
    274
    91
    Our Beloved Summer (Netflix, 2021) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. Years after filming a viral documentary in high school, two bickering ex-lovers get pulled back in front of the  ...more
  • Oh Yeon-seo, Jung Woo
    460
    166
    Mad for Each Other (Netflix, 2021) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. Bothered to realize they are next-door neighbors and share a psychiatrist, a man and a woman find it's  ...more

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  • Lee Hanee, Lee Sang-yoon
    209
    71
    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
  • Han So-hee, Park Hee-soon
    673
    257
    My Name (Netflix, 2021) is a South Korean crime thriller television series. Following her father's murder, a revenge-driven woman puts her trust in a powerful crime boss — and enters the police force  ...more

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  • Kim Min-jae, Park Gyu-young
    506
    189
    Dali and Cocky Prince (KBS2, 2021), also known as Dali and Gamja-tang, is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. A romance blossoms between an ambitious young man from humble beginnings  ...more
  • Namkoong Min, Park Ha-sun
    184
    63
    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
  • Choi Tae-joon, Choi Soo-young
    1,054
    427
    So I Married The Anti-Fan (Naver TV, 2021) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series based on the 2010 novel of the same title by Kim Eun-jung. When a top entertainment star is forced to  ...more
  • Jung Il-woo, Kwon Yuri
    544
    209
    Bossam: Steal the Fate (MBN, 2021) is a South Korean historical drama television series. Ba Woo, who makes his living stealing widows for other men to remarry, finds his life taking an unexpected  ...more
  • Racket Boys (Netflix, 2021) is a South Korean sports drama television series. A city kid is brought to the countryside by his father's new coaching gig: reviving a ragtag middle school badminton team  ...more