Complete List Of Upcoming & Ongoing Korean Dramas For 2021

A Great Selection Of Exciting Dramas In Store For The Coming Year Filled With Star-studded Casts. Which Ones Are Going On Your List?
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2020, one of the worst years of recent memory, is finally coming to a close. One bright spot has been the plethora of good Korean dramas that aired this year.

So let's turn our sights to the coming year and see what new K-dramas are in store for us.

Below are 20 Korean dramas scheduled for release in 2021. Which ones are on your list?


Network: KBS

Release Date: February 26, 2021
Delayed due to school violence issue with actor

Cast: Park Hye-Soo, Jaehyun (NCT), Bae Hyun-Sung

new kbs drama dear m will feature Park Hye-Soo, Jaehyun (NCT), Bae Hyun-Sung, and is scheduled to air in 2021

Building on the success of web-dramas like Love Playlist, KBS is preparing this new drama titled Dear M, hoping to capture a similar audience.

Bringing together Park Hye-Soo and NCT's Jaehyun, as well as other successful cast members, there's no shortage of familiar faces. 

The drama will focus on students navigating their life in University after a mysterious message on the campus bulletin sends the school reeling. 

지금, 헤어지는 중입니다

Network: SBS

Cast: Song Hye-kyo, Jang Ki-yong, Choi Hee-seo

Release Date: November 2021

Ha Young-eun (played by Song Hye-kyo) is a design team leader at a fashion company. She's trendy and beautiful with great sense of style.

Yoon Jae-guk (played by Jang Ki-yong) is a freelance fashion photographer who has the talent, intelligence and money and is always in demand.

The four main characters and their realistic love stories are expected to have viewers relate very well.


Network: Netflix Original Series

Cast: Han So-Hee, Park Hee-Soon, Ahn Bo-Hyun

new korean drama in 2021 titled undercover to air, cast include Han So-Hee, Park Hee-Soon, Ahn Bo-Hyun

These days, Netflix is putting a lot of effort into creating quality content to compete for control of the streaming marketplace.

One of its newest offerings is My Name, a drama filled with intrigue and suspense. The plot focuses on Han So-Hee and her character working as a mole in the police department working for a drug kingpin.

Filming is currently underway and doesn't have a set premiere date beyond a vague "2021" timeslot. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on this drama as its sure to be a hair-raising thriller.


Network: tvN

Cast: Jun Ji-Hyun, Ju Ji-Hoon, Sung Dong-Il, Oh Jung-Se

Release date: October 23, 2021

jiri mountain, a new korean drama featuring jun ji-hyun, ju ji-hoon, sung dong-il, oh jung-se will air in 2021

One thing to look forward to in this drama is the reunion of Jun Ji-Hyun and Ju Ji-Hoon, who first captured the screen in the amazingly popular drama, Kingdom.

This drama will tell the story of park rangers who work at Jiri Mountain National Park. One is a veteran and one is a hotshot rookie.

Although the plot is tried and true, the performances are sure to be spectacular. Maybe there will be some zombie crossover?

월간 집

Channel: JTBC

Release Date: June 16, 2021

Cast: Jung So-Min, Kim Ji-Suk

monthly house, a new kdrama coming out in 2021, features Jung So-Min, Kim Ji-Suk

The premise for this drama will bring attention to a fairly persistent issue in Korea these days: real estate and the difficulty of acquiring your own home.

Na Young-won (played by Jung So-Min) is the editor of a successful magazine. Even though she has worked for 10 years, she can't afford her own home and lives in a monthly rental.

She gets a new roommate named Yoo Ja-Sung (played by Kim Ji-Suk), who actually buys the home to increase his assets.

After living together for a short time, Young-Won gets motivated to move out and buy her own house.


Channel: JTBC

Cast: Jung Hae-In, Kim Ji-Soo (BLACKPINK), Kim Hye-Yoon, Jang Seung-Jo

Release date: December 2021

a new korean drama titled snowdrop will feature Jung Hae-In, Kim Ji-Soo (Blackpink), Kim Hye-Yoon, Jang Seung-Jo

Blinks can unite and show their support as BLACKPINK's Ji-Soo takes on a lead acting role in this new drama.

Beyond that, the writer, director, and other crucial crew members all worked together to make the smash hit, Sky Castle. There is no doubt that they can recreate that magic here. 

The drama is set in the past (1987) during a period of time when Korea was under dictatorial leadership. It takes place on a university campus and will focus on various love connections that evolve through the semester. 

날아올라라 나비

Channel: JTBC

Cast: Kim Hyang-Gi, Choi Daniel, Oh Yoon-Ah, Sim Eun-Woo

Release date: December 2021

fly high butterfly is a korean drama scheduled to air in 2021 with cast including Kim Hyang-Gi, Daniel Choi, Oh Yoon-Ah, Sim Eun-Woo

Fly High, Butterfly, revolves around the workers and patrons of a hair salon called Fly High.

The ensemble cast has already drawn attention, especially the return of Daniel Choi to the small screen. He has filled in some small bit roles on various dramas, but finally he is making his long-awaited return to stardom. 


Network: SBS

Cast: Kim You-Jung, Ahn Hyo-Seop, Gong Myung

Release date: August 2021

hong cheonki is a new sbs korean drama featuring Kim You-Jung, Ahn Hyo-Seop, Gong Myung

This drama is still very early in production. But it is already available knowledge that it will focus on the Joseon time period and center around the first female painter to be selected by the Royal Academy of Painting. 

Hong Cheon-Ki is the name of the painter and will be played by Kim You-Jung. She meets a blind scientist named Ha-Rim, set to be played by Ahn Hyo-Seop. They fall in love, naturally. 

고요의 바다

Network: Netflix Original Series

Cast: Bae Doo-Na, Gong Yoo, Lee Joon

a new netflix original series, korean drama titled the sea of tranquility, coming out in 2021, will feature Bae Doo-Na, Gong Yoo, Lee Joon

Sci-fi fans will rejoice for this drama. Set in the future when Earth is facing apocalyptic scarcity of food and water, a team of astronauts have to embark on a mission to the moon to retrieve a special package from an abandoned station. 

Still photos of new Netflix K-drama The Silent Sea

Among the many things to get excited about, the one that is piquing the most curiosity is Gong Yoo's return to the small screen. His previous outing was the very popular, "Guardian (Dokkaebi)."

학교 2021

Network: KBS

Scheduled To Air: November 2021 

Cast: Kim Yo-Han, Cho Yi-Hyun, Chu Young-Woo, Hwang Bo-Reum-Byul

august 2021, a new drama titled school 2021 will air. the main actor is kim yo-han

This popular drama anthology makes its return to the KBS timeslots. After yearly outing from 1999-2002, there was a decade long hiatus before a subsequent season was filmed.

Finally, a 2021 version is slated for production.

Very little is known so far as there have been serious casting issues involving contract disputes and time conflicts.

However, Kim Yo-Han has been confirmed to take on the lead role as a successful Tae-Kwon-Do athlete who recently entered high school. The lead female role to star opposite him has yet to be cast. 

지금 우리 학교는

Network: Netflix Original Series

Cast: Park Ji-hoo, Yoon Chan-young, Kim Ji-soo, Kim Byung-chul, Lee Kyu-hyung

Upcoming K-Dramas On Netflix In 2020-2021! Gong Yoo Returns To The Small Screen!Upcoming K-Dramas On Netflix In 2020-2021! Gong Yoo Returns To The Small Screen!

Adapted from a webtoon, All of Us Are Dead tells the story of a high school being ravaged by a zombie virus. 

In a school with nowhere to escape, how will the relationship between the students develop? How will they work together to survive? Who will live and who will die? 

All of Us Are Dead is one of the Netflix original dramas that we are especially curious about because it is the next zombie drama following the success of Kingdom.


Network: Netflix Original Series

Cast: Ji Chang-wook, Hwang In-yeop

Ji Chang-wook was the drama's first pick for the magician role while Hwang In-yeop, recently rising star of True Beauty, was offered the role of a goodie two shoes student who always does what adults tell him to do.

The two actors are still in talks to star in the drama. 

Yun Ai is a high school girl who lives with her young sister alone because their father is always running away from creditors and their mother left them.

One day she chases a 10,000-won bill (worth less than 10USD) and ends up in an abandoned amusement park. There, she runs into a magician who is rumoured to be crazy. Then, the magician asks Ai a question.

오징어 게임

Network: Netflix Original Series

Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo

Upcoming K-Dramas On Netflix In 2020-2021! Gong Yoo Returns To The Small Screen!

People who are struggling in life suddenly receive an invitation to a mysterious survival game. But what is the truth behind this game? And what will people gain and lose after participating?

The Netflix original drama Round Six is currently being filmed. How will the leads Lee Jung-jae and Park Hae-soo work together? We are excited to find out.


Network: OCN

Cast: Lee Ha-na, Song Seung-heon

Following 3 successful seasons with a great lineup of actors including Lee Jin-wook and Jang Hyuk, season 4 of Voice will star Song Seung-heon as the main character along with Lee Ha-na, who has led all the seasons.

A new director will shoot the drama while the plot will take place on the stunning island of Jeju-do. Voice is roughly planned for release for summer 2021.

Ongoing & Completed K-Dramas In 2021

KINGDOM: Ashin Of The North
킹덤 아신전

Network: Netflix Original Series

Cast: Jun Ji-hyun, Park Byung-eun

Release Date: July 23, 2021

Running Time: 93 minutes

We were all passionately waiting on season 3 of the zombie drama, and it's really exciting to hear that this spin-off has been released on Netflix.

The special episode is not as long and packed with stories as the previous two seasons at just 93 minutes long, but we get a closer look into Ashin and her perspective of the zombie-filled world.

Writer Kim Eun-hee says that Ashin is one of the most significant characters in the story and that she wanted to make special episodes to share the world of Ashin (played by Jun Ji-hyun).

So Not Worth It
내일 지구가 망해버렸으면 좋겠어

Network: Netflix

Starring: Park Se-wan, Shin Hyun-seung, Choi Young-jae, Minnie, Han Hyun-min

This sitcom takes place in an international dorm of a university in Seoul. The director Kwon Ik-joon is the one who produced classic sitcoms including Three Guys And Three Girls and the Nonstop series.

Korea is long overdue for a good sitcom and we're looking forward to this one!

슬기로운 의사생활

Network: tvN

Where To Watch: Netflix

Release Date: June 17, 2021

Cast: Cho Jung-Seok, Yoo Yeon-Seok, Jung Kyung-Ho, Kim Dae-Myung, Jeon Mi-Do

hospital playlist season 2 to air in 2021 starring Cho Jung-Seok, Yoo Yeon-Seok, Jung Kyung-Ho, Kim Dae-Myung, Jeon Mi-Do

One of the best dramas of 2020, Hospital Playlist was simultaneously popular on television and on Netflix. The final episode laid the groundwork for a stellar season two, which we're all happy to see come to fruition.

Production and filming have been taking place and will continue to take place throughout this winter, with the season premiere scheduled to come in the same time frame as season 1.

So keep an eye out next March to follow along with the gang as they continue their story. 


Network: tvN

Where To Watch: Netflix

Release Date: May 8, 2021

Cast: Lee Bo-young, Kim Seo-hyung, Lee Hyun-wook

poster of new korean drama 2021 Mine

Daughters-in-law of a large conglomerate family and their happiness are put to test when a maid and a tutor start working for the family.

The maid and the tutor as well as the wealthy family members all hold secrets which slowly begin to unfold.


Network: KBS

Release Date: May 7, 2021

Cast: Jung Ji-So, Lee Jun-Young, Park Ji-Yeon, Kang Chan-Hee, Yun Ho, Minseo, Lim Na-young & many more

Jung Ji-So, Lee Jun-Young, Park Ji-Yeon, Kang Chan-Hee, Yun Ho, Minseo, Lim Na-young & many more will be starring on new 2021 korean drama imitation

Imitation will feature a plot that revolves around idol groups and the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes.

We're used to seeing the finished product that appears on stage, but what people don't see is the struggle to get there in the first place.

It touches on many themes and topics popular in the kpop world, including bullying among idols, copying styles of other singers, and the countless dramatic events that unfold as rookie and seasoned idols compete for fame. 


Network: OCN, tvN

Release Date: April 30, 2021

Cast: Kim Ok-bin, Chae Seo-jin, Jang Dong-gun, Shin Ha-kyun

Strange smoke from a sinkhole turns people into human variants where they bleed black blood and hunt for human flesh.

The story shows survivors who fight together in the epidemic, one of whom did not turn into a human variant even though she inhaled the smoke.

무브 투 헤븐: 나는 유품정리사입니다

Network: Netflix

Release Date: May 14, 2021

Cast: Lee Je-hoon, Tang Jun-sang, Hong Seung-hee

A teenager with Asperger's syndrome and his uncle, who suddenly appears after the death of the teenager's father, continue to run the family business together as trauma cleansers.

They clear out the possessions of the deceased and the many stories and emotions of the dead are uncovered.

이 구역의 미친 x

Networks: Kakao, Netflix

Release Date: May 24, 2021

Cast: Jung Woo, Oh Yeon-seo

A man and a woman who are next-door neighbours happen to share a psychiatrist and find themselves keep crossing ways.

With personalities that are complete polar opposites, comic drama unfolds between the two.

오월의 청춘

Network: KBS

Release Date: May 3, 2021

Cast: Go Min-si, Lee Do-hyun, Keum Sae-rok

This retro human melodrama takes place in May 1980 where Hee-tae, a medical student, and Myeong-hee, a nurse, fatefully fall for each other amid a whirlwind of history.

어느 날 우리집 현관으로 멸망이 들어왔다

Network: tvN

Release Date: May 10, 2021

Cast: Park Bo-young, Seo In-guk, Lee Soo-hyuk, Kang Tae-oh

A web fiction editor decides to bet her life and love on an unexpected fate that intervenes in her ordinary life.


Network: JTBC

Release Date: April 23, 2021

Timeslot: Fridays & Saturdays

Cast: Ji Jin-hee, Kim Hyun-joo, Han Go-eun

A remake of the popular British tv series with the same title, the story shows Han Jeong-hyun (played by Ji Jin-hee), an agent at the National Intelligence Service, who has been hiding his identity for a long time, and a human rights lawyer (played by Kim Hyun-joo), who becomes the first chief of the Corruption Investigations unit.

Han Go-eun plays an agent named Go Yun-ju, who has been mentally and physically hurt while performing an undercover mission.


Network: JTBC

Release Date: February 19, 2021

Cast: Yeo Jin-goo, Shin Ha-kyun, Choi Dae-hoon

The story shows two policemen who chase the serial killer of a cold case from 20 years ago that resurfaced in a suburban town.

When the two policemen start working together, killings start happening again, causing the two to hold suspicions for each other.

미스 몬테크리스토

Network: KBS

Release Date: February 15, 2021

Timeslot: Monday to Friday

Cast: Lee So-yeon, Choi Yeo-jin

The friendship of three best friends from their teens completely gets demolished when two of them turn against one and plot for her death due to jealousy and greed.

The one who almost got killed her former best friends transforms into a relentless revenger and plans to punish them.

밥이 되어라

Network: MBC

Release Date: January 11, 2021

Timeslot: Monday to Friday

Cast: Kang Da-hyun, Jung Woo-yeon (Hyoyoung), Jae-hee, Kwon Hyuk

There stands a shabby restaurant that serves up humble meals by a train station in a small suburban town.

For more than 12 years, the regulars of the restaurant who are around the same age and the orphaned cook of the restaurant have formed a bond stronger than a family.

The drama shows a sense of warmth and reflects the daily lives of many Koreans who recharge with a hearty meal after a long day.

아모르 파티

Network: SBS

Release Date: April 12, 2021

Timeslot: Monday to Friday

Cast: Choi Jung-yoon, Bae Seul-ki, Kim Yeo-jin

The drama tells stories of women who mainly live with the title "mother".

The stories vary from a mother who sacrifices everything for her children to a mother who abandons her own child for her own success and happiness.

The drama halted shooting due to a staff member getting infected with COVID-19 on April 15, but the drama will air without any issues for the time being as all the other staff members and cast tested negative.


Network: SBS

Release Date: April 9, 2021

Timeslot: Fridays & Saturdays

Cast: Lee Je-hoon, Pyo Ye-jin, Esom

The drama's main topic in question is justice and how to define the word in the corrupt society we live in.

The story shows Dogi, a deluxe taxi driver, who fights and avenges on behalf of victims who have been treated unfairly.

Shocking True Stories Behind Drama Taxi Driver


Network: KBS2

Release Date: April 14, 2021

Timeslot: Wednesdays & Thursdays

Cast: Jang Na-ra, Jung Yong-hwa, Kang Hong-seok

Daebak Real Estate is run by an exorcist (played by Jang Na-ra) who cleans out haunted buildings where ghosts show up nad people have died in.

A con-artist (played by Jung Yong-hwa) uses ghosts as a way of making money. These two start working together to solve the mystery behind her mother's death from 2 decades ago.

오! 주인님!

Network: MBC

Release Date: March 24, 2021

Timeslot: Wednesdays & Thursdays

Cast: Lee Min-Ki, NaNa

new mbc drama 2021 titled oh! master! features Lee Min-Ki, NaNa

This drama seeks to capture a common theme in dramas: tell a romantic love story as well as deliver a comedic performance through clever writing. But it doesn't want to be just another typical Rom-Com.

The screenwriter, Jo Jin-Kuk, is hoping to strike gold with this drama. He has had success in the past, so let's see if he can deliver on both a romantic story with effectual comedy. 


The cast, Kim Myung-Min, Ryoo Hye-Young, Kim Beom, Lee Jung-Eun, of new jtbc korean drama, law school

Yang Jong-Hoon (played by Kim Myung-Min) is a former prosecutor who now teaches at a university as a law professor.

He is known for his harsh approach to teaching, which he sees as integral to cultivating successful candidates for the law field. But the entire university becomes enshrouded in a murder mystery in which everyone is a suspect.

The rest of the supporting cast are all well-known and successful actors and actresses that will no doubt make sure that, at least in the acting regard, this drama delivers quality to viewers.


Network: tvN

Cast: Park In-hwan, Song Kang, Hong Seung-hee

Navillera, adapted from the webtoon of the same name, is another Song Kang drama we can all look forward to!

The story tells the story of a 70-year-old man who is at the end of his life and a 23-year-old boy who has just begun to live his. Song Kang is determined to play the role of the ballet boy in Navillera.

LOVE ALARM - Season 2
좋아하면 울리는

Network: Netflix Original Series

Cast: Kim So-hyun, Jung Ga-ram, Song Kang

Upcoming K-Dramas On Netflix In 2020-2021! Gong Yoo Returns To The Small Screen!

The first season of Love Alarm was received overwhelmingly positive reviews when it aired on Netflix, but the ending left many fans with questions. To everyone’s delight, they confirmed a second season, and the filming has already wrapped up.  

Let this relaxing drama full of sweet romance bring some joy to your every day. 

선배, 그 립스틱 바르지 마요

Network: JTBC

Cast: Won Jin-A, Ro Woon, Lee Hyun-Wook, Lee Joo-Bin, Lee Gyu-Han

a new jtbc drama titled 'senior, don't put on that lipstick' will air in 2021 and feature Won Jin-A, Ro Woon, Lee Hyun-Wook, Lee Joo-Bin, Lee Gyu-Han

Yoon Song-A (played by Won Jin-A) works as a marketer for a cosmetic brand. Meanwhile, Chae Hyun-Seung (Ro-Woon) works with Yoon Song-A as a marketer. 

He becomes romantically interested in her, but she rebuffs him due to her conviction that she doesn't date younger men.

The drama has been adapted from a book of the same title, which is known to be quite heartwarming. 

루카: 더 비기닝

Network: tvN

Cast: Kim Rae-Won, Lee Da-Hee

a new tvn korean drama coming out in 2021 titled luca starring Kim Rae-Won, Lee Da-Hee

The tvN drama LUCA, which started filming this spring, finally wrapped filming in October and should be ready for premiere soon. The theme of this Korean drama is quite novel. 

Ji-O (Kim Rae-Won) is born with a special power and is being pursued by dark forces. Goo-Reum (Lee Da-Hee) is a detective who teams up with Ji-O.

Due to the sci-fi aspects of this drama, it will utilize a lot of CGI and feel more like movie-level production quality. 

달이 뜨는 강

Network: MBC

Cast: Kang Ha-neul, Kim So-Hyun, Kim Ji-Soo, Choi Yoo-Hwa, Lee Ji-Hoon

This drama is based on a classic folk tale about a man named On Dal.

The drama will focus on Pyong-Gang (played by Kim So-Hyun) who is a princess in Goguryeo raised as a soldier.

Kang Ha-neul, who starred in When The Camellia Blooms, will cameo as On Dal's father.


Network: JTBC, Netflix

Airtime: Wednesdays & Thursdays at 9pm

Cast: Park Shin-hye, Cho Seung-woo

Sisyphus: The Myth is a fantasy mystery drama that shows the journey of Han Tae-sul, a genius engineer who tries to uncover the existence of a hidden identity in our world, and Kang Seo-hae, a saviour who has traveled a long and danerous path for him.

It's a special drama produced to honour JTBC's 10th anniversary. We can't wait to see how good it's going to be!


Network: JTBC

Airtime: Fridays & Saturdays

Cast: Sin Ha-Gyun, Yeo Jin-gu, Choi Seung-Eun

a new korean drama titled monster will air in 2021 starring renowned actors like Sin Ha-Gyun, Yeo Jin-gu, Choi Seung-Eun

This Korean drama focuses on the interactions between an ordinary old policeman who is way past his prime and spends time doing tedious chores in the office, and the son of the new high-ranking official. They team up to catch a serial killer ravaging a small countryside town. 

What is it that makes such monsters? Are they formed by society or are they born that way? This drama explores these questions and more.

Monster is set to be released by JTBC in 2021.


Network: tvN, Netflix

Cast: Song Joong-Ki, Jeon Yeo-bin, TaecYeon

new korean drama titled vincenzo will star Song Joong-Ki, Jeon Yeo-bin, TaecYeon and air in 2021. It's a mafia drama

At age 8, Park Joo-Hyeong moves to Italy after being adopted and takes on the name Vincenzo Casano (Song Joong-Ki). He begins working for the mafia.

After fleeing to South Korea, he gets involved with a lawyer (Jeon Yeo-Bin) and he uses their relationship to start delivering his own brand of justice.

안녕? 나야!

Network: KBS, Netflix

Air time: Wednesdays & Thursdays

Cast: Kim Young-Kwang, Choi Gang-Hee

new kbs drama coming out in 2021 titled hello? it's me will feature Kim Young-Kwang, Choi Gang-Hee

This particular drama will include elements of time travel. Ban Ha-Ni (played by Choi Gang-Hee) is a 37 year old, timid office worker. She tries to melt into the background of most situations. 

But then she gets a visit from her 17-year-old self and is reminded of how free-spirited and outgoing she was.

It's a tale of self-discovery and evolution. 


Network: tvN

Release Date: March 3, 2021

Cast: Lee Seung-Gi, Lee Hee-Joon, Park Joo-Hyun

a new korean drama in 2021 titled mouse will star Lee Seung-Gi, Lee Hee-Joon, Park Joo-Hyun

If psychological issues could be screened for in the womb, how would that affect our ability to correct sociopathic behavior before it becomes an issue?

Would parents still want to give birth to a potentially dangerous person? Would we be able to intervene and alter the course of their development?

These questions are at the center of the drama Mouse, which tells the stories of police officers attempting to catch a murderer who has terrified the entire nation.

Hopefully, you've enjoyed learning about some upcoming dramas for 2021.

Which ones seem the most interesting to you? I have my eye on a few of them!

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