Can’t get enough of Korean dramas? Here’s a list of shows to look out for in 2021.
by Michelle Lee /
July 22, 2021
2021 has shaped up to be brilliant year for a slew of exciting new Korean dramas. From those that are currently on air to new ones slated to be broadcasted later this year, here are the K-dramas you shouldn’t miss want to miss (watch this space for updates).
It’s a spin-off from season two of the popular Kingdom, which a mix of a period drama and a zombie thriller that is based on the webcomic series The Kingdom of the Gods.
The special episode offers a backstory about the mysterious character, Ashin (played by Gianna Jun), Joseon crown prince Lee Chang’s (Ju Ji-hoon) group encountered on their journey north to discover the origins of the infected. Netflix has already revealed two trailers of the highly anticipated episode, which reveals that vengeance on Ashin’s part is what’s been driving the zombie plague.
Kingdom: Ashin of the North is slated to premiere on July 23, 2021. Kingdom seasons one and two are available on Netflix.
What it’s about: iQiyi’s first original K-drama series and adapted from a popular online webtoon, My Roommate Is A Gumiho follows the love story of 22-year-old college student Lee Dam, played by Lee Hye-ri. She accidentally swallows the magical marble of Shin Yeo Woo (Jang Ki-yong), a 999-year-old gumiho — a nine-tailed fox spirit from Korean folklore.
She has to move in with him to figure out how to remove the marble from herself, or face death after a year. It’ll also ruin Woo-yeo’s chances of ever becoming a human. In the process, a romance develops between the two.
What it’s about: The 16-episode courtroom drama which just aired on July 3 is set in a dystopian version of present-day Korea, with a chaotic society.
It stars Ji Sung as head trial judge Kang Yo-han, who holds his trials as televised live shows and punishes the guilty ruthlessly and publicly, earning him the nickname of ‘Devil Judge’. As the show progresses, a rivalry starts between Kang and Jung Sun Ah (Kim Min-jung), the director of a corporate social responsibility foundation. Meanwhile, an assistant judge (Jin Young of boyband Got7) also begins to question his motives and embarks on a quest for true justice.
Available on iQiyi and Viu, with new episodes every Sun and Mon.
What it’s about: The wildly popular high society melodrama about three mothers and their secret desires to elevate their lives returns for its third season.
In this season, Su-ryeon (Lee Ji-ah) takes revenge on the residents of luxury apartment Hera Palace that wrecked her child’s life. Seo Jin (Kim So-yeon) may have cultivated a successful career as a classical singer, but her daughter seems to lack in so many things unlike her. Yoon-hee (Kim Yoo-jin) refuses to pass down poverty and devastation to her daughter and tries everything she can to move into the Penthouse. The three then join hands to take down the vicious Joo Dan-tae.
Available on Viu.
Sell Your Haunted House
What it’s about: Hong Ji-ah (Jang Na-ra) isn’t your average realtor – she also possesses the ability to exorcise spirits from haunted properties. Meanwhile pop-rock band CNBlue frontman Jung Yong-hwa plays Oh In-bum, a con artist who pretends to be an exorcist to swindle money.
While they team up to clear troubled properties infested with the paranormal, Ji-ah discovers that In-bum could be the key to unravelling the secret behind her mother’s death.