10 Top Best Korean Dramas To Watch in 2021
If you are not familiar with Korean dramas, you are really missing out on A LOT!
Korean dramas aka K-dramas are known for their unique storylines, filming, and of course brilliant acting skills. No wonder there are so many fans of Kdramas worldwide.
The pandemic definitely was not welcomed, but while spending more time at home, more people have discovered how addictive K dramas are.
Iconic dramas in 2020 like Itaewon class, Crash landing on you, and Extracurricular have kept us all excited for 2021. This year, Kdramas are back with a bang.
So many big names in the Korean drama industry are making their comeback, and we can't wait to binge them all. Here are the top 10 most popular Korean dramas 2021.
1. Mr. Queen (철인왕후)
This tvn drama started airing last year in December and recently finished with 20 episodes on 14th Feb 2021. If you are looking for something light-hearted to watch then Mr Queen is the show for you.
It stars big names like Shin Hye-Sun and Kim Jung-Hyun. Think historical k-drama mixed with comedy plus body swap and add in time travel too. The story revolves around a successful man with a great job as president's head chef in the blue house. However, he then gets jobless and is questioned by the detectives.
The real story begins when he falls from his terrace in the swimming pool, and meets a weird lady there. Afterwhich, he wakes up to be brought back to the Joseon dynasty, and has become a woman. To add on further, he's not just an ordinary woman but someone who is about to marry the king and become the queen.
He struggles to fit in with the Joseon society and the strict rules of the court. To escape he also has to find a way to fill up the barren lake so he can jump and go back to where he came from.
Genre: Historical, comedy
2. True Beauty (여신강림)
Another tvn creation, this show also aired last year in December and finished its 16 episodes on 4th February. The show was remade from a LINE webtoon of the same name.
It became very popular due to its easy-going story, cute concept, and an accurate portrayal of teenage insecurities, complexes, and life. It also showcases the obsession of Korean society with beauty standards.
The story is about a girl Moon Ga Yoon who gets bullied badly in her school for the way she looks. After one really bad incident, she gets introduced to the makeup and quickly masters the craft of hiding her real face behind it.
Due to her parents' struggle, she is made to change school, and she is ecstatic about it. She decides to change her face with makeup and hide her real looks. Her life gets more interesting as two handsome boys start taking interest in her.
If you are a fan of Kdrmas, this is the epitome of it. It has the required cheesiness, fun elements, cute graphics, great cast, and random laughs spread throughout the episodes.
Genre: Teens, comedy
3. The Uncanny Counter (경이로운 소문)
The uncanny counter is an amazing show available on Netflix worldwide. It is also adapted from a webtoon called Amazing Rumor.
The cast portrays great acting skills and the story is very enjoyable. It is one of the first shows of the 2021, and it has already won so many hearts.
The story is about four people who each have a different and special ability. They call themselves as 'counters.' They are your usual workers at a noodle shop by the day and fight evil spirits who are trying to escape afterlife at night.
If you are looking for something fun and refreshing to watch, the uncanny counter is the one for you. On a side note, their iconic red tracksuit are also very refreshing and becoming more popular.
Genre: Fantasy, mystery, thriller
4. Sisyphus: The Myth (시지프스)
This JTBC drama is also released on Netflix. It stars Park Shin Hye, who is back on screens after staying two years away. Jo Seung-Woo is her co-star.
The story revolves around two people - the guy is a genius engineer as well as the co-founder of Quantum and Time. The company is internationally famous, but it is a secret that their stocks are fluctuating.
The guy seeks to look for the reason for his brother's death. Park plays an upper-class warrior who has imminent skills and she goes back in time with the guy to search for his brother.
Genre: Action, mystery, fantasy
5. Beyond Evil (괴물)
If you are a fan of psychological thrillers, then Beyond Evil is your cup of tea.
The story is about two fearless men who are behind a vicious serial killer. A former detective, Lee Dong Shik is demoted as a police officer to do regular work but he is summoned back after a series of murders. He and Han Joo-woo join forces to find this new killer but they constantly question themselves if the killer is one of them.
This psychological thriller is not only for psychology buffs. It'll help you to wind down on a weekend or after a tiring day at work. It has a great build up and story line.. The acting and execution is well on point as well.
Genre: Psychological thriller
6. Vincenzo (빈센조 빈센조)
Here is good news for all the Song Joong-ki fans; he is back with this series. If you are a sucker for mafia type shows then you will definitely love Vincenzo!
This tvn drama, also shown in Netflix, revolves around Song Joong-ki, an orphan who is adopted in Italy named Vincenzo Casano. He later becomes a mafia lawyer. But when conditions in Italy starts getting rough, he fled back to South Korea where he falls in love.
Many renowned celebrities can be found in this series like Ok Taecyeon from 2 PM, etc. Since the cast is popular in Korea as well as overseas, this show looks very promising.
The concept of a casino-lawyer is also very refreshing. And of course, we can totally trust the famous actor to make us go swooning with his good looks and great acting skills.
Genre: Black comedy, crime, romance
7. Snowdrop (설강화)
It is one of the most anticipated Korean dramas as Blackpink's Kim Ji-Soo will be making her drama debut!
Many other big names are also involved in the drama like Jung Hae-in, Kim Hye-Yoon, Jung Se-ah, Jung Yoo-jin, and Jang Seung-jo.
The story is set in 1987 against a nationwide democracy movement. The plot is about an intelligent university student and a girl who fall in love after he hides in her dorm.
Many kpop fans are waiting for this show because of Ji-soo's debut, but the story and other cast member looks great and promising too.
Genre: Romance, melodrama, politics
8. Run On (런 온)
For people who love romance Kdramas, Run On is a great show them. It has Im Si-wan and Shin Se Kyung, two popular names among Kdrama fans.
The story is about a famous sprinter who becomes a sports agent. He meets a girl who writes subtitles for movies. The girl thinks they are meant to be, so this drama is about their growing love and romance.
Genre: Romance, sports
9. Lovestruck in the City (도시남녀의 사랑법)
It is a show that's one of its kind, and it stars famous actors Ji Chang-Wook and Kim Ji-won.
The story is about six different people who tell their dating life details on camera interview style.
Ji Chang Wook's character is an architect, and he meets Kim Ji Won, who is a marketer and they fall in love. However, they fall apart for some reason (watch the show to know more!). The story of these two characters gets linked with the other characters as they are all friends.
Genre: Romance, life
10. Love Alarm 2 (좋아하면 울리는 시즌 2)
Ever since love alarm 1 was left on a cliff hanger, everyone has been waiting desperately for Love alarm 2.
This drama will air from 12 March onwards and it revolves around a mobile application called Jo-alarm version 2.0. This app allows one to know who likes you and who you will like, and brings along a series of romances and also issues.
We can't stop but think about how this new season will end. It will probably start with where it ended. Hopefully, in this season, we will get to see who Kim Jo-jo chooses to be with.
Love alarm was already quite popular when its first season aired. The concept was new and people loved it. The cast was well loved and everyone appreciated the acting and sets.
Even though the main characters were high-schoolers, their characters were shown quite mature and deep. With its new season on the go people have big expectations.
Genre: Fantasy, romance
Korean dramas are popular all around the world due to their unique storyline and good acting skills of the actors.
Most of the above dramas are manned by famous actors and celebrities with great concept.
Many of them are also streamed on Netflix so you should definitely watch all of them!
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