10 Upcoming K-dramas In 2021 | From Romance to Horror Pick Your Favorites!


Fantasy and romance lovers are waiting eagerly for the much anticipated upcoming k-dramas in 2021 to release soon. Many Korean dramas were slated to release in 2020, but due to unavoidable circumstances, they were shifted to this year. Thankfully, the good news is that all the series will be releasing this year the way they are planned. 

Korean dramas have started to gain immense popularity in recent times because of their feel-good storylines and unique take on the romantic genre. K-dramas are nothing like the regular series streaming on Netflix. They have become a global phenomenon due to their influence on music, food, and Korean culture. When you have K-dramas like Nevertheless to stream, why would you spend your time watching a dull show? 

Trust me. I can understand how impatient Korean drama lovers can be when they have to wait for a new series to release. This year sounds like a much-awaited roller coaster ride for the soft romance and the drama lovers because there are plenty of Korean dramas lined up for release in the remaining months of 2021. Starting right from October 2021 with the much-hyped historical drama, A Reflection of You, here you will find a complete list of upcoming k-dramas in 2021 that you should add to your watchlist. 

Now, what are you waiting for, an invitation? Move ahead and start scrolling through the list so you can find and add your favorites to the list easily. 

10 Upcoming K-dramas In 2021 | Stream Epic Love And Romance On-Screen!

The next three months will be a treat for Korean drama lovers as series are slated for back-to-back release within a gap of few days between one another. Isn’t this exciting? We, Korean drama lovers, practically have to wait months for our favorite love stories and triangles to appear on the screen, and now is the time. 

May 2021 Korean Dramas
May 2021 Korean Dramas

#1 The King’s Affection| 연모

The King’s Affection is an upcoming historical drama TV series revolving around the story of twins born to the Crown Prince. The birth of twins is considered a sign of bad luck in the King’s Landing, so to avoid any evil omen, an order is sent to kill the daughter. Though the daughter is saved, she is sent far away to keep her protected. Years later, when her brother dies, she is brought back to replace him and hide the truth about his death. 

Releasing On: October 11, 2021

Starring: Park Eun-Bin, Rowoon, Nam Yoon-Su

Streaming Platform: Netflix 

#2 Reflection Of You | 너를 닮은 사람

The upcoming Korean drama Reflection of You will bring you the story of a poor woman who grows up to be a successful painter. After becoming a successful artist, Jeong Hee-joo now lives her life with a rich husband and two beautiful kids. To the outside world, she has everything that they would want. A loving family and a flourishing career but are they enough for Jeong? What is it that will make Jeong’s life complete and take her out of her loneliness? 

Releasing On: October 13, 2021

Starring: Go Hyun-Jung, Shin Hyun-Bin, Kim Sang-Ho, Choi Won-Young 

Streaming Platform: Netflix

#3 My Name| 마이네임

Korean drama My Name will follow the story of a young girl Yoon Ji-Woo trying to avenge her father’s brutal murder. With a unique storyline, Netflix is trying its best to gain complete control of the top position amongst streaming platforms. My Name is full of suspense and thrilling as the main character puts all her faith in a mafia crime boss who can help her with the revenge. 

Releasing On: October 15, 2021

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

Streaming Platform: Netflix

#4 Cliffhanger| 지리산


One of the best things about the upcoming K-drama Cliffhanger is the reunion of Jun Ji-Hyun and Ju Ji-Hoon, who were last seen together in the popular anime series Kingdom. The story is set on the mysterious and unexplored top of Mount Jiri, with the rangers of the Jirisan National Park trying their best to save the lives of the trekkers. Cliffhanger will focus on the story of the two main park rangers, one of which is a complete rookie and the other is a lost veteran. 

Releasing On: October 23, 2021 

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

Streaming Platform: tvN 

#5 Inspector Koo | 구경이

Inspector Koo | 구경이

Korean drama Inspector Koo revolves around the humorous life of an insurance investigator Koo Kyung-Yi, who loves solving a case for thrill rather than serving justice. A series of events and accidents later, the former cop comes across an accidental murder whose blame is put on an innocent college kid. Koo Kyung makes it the case of her life and swears to uncover the real killer’s identity. 

Releasing On: October 30, 2021

Starring: Lee Young-Ae, Kwak Sun-Young, Kim Hye-Jun

Streaming Platform: Netflix

#6 The Red Sleeve | 옷소매 붉은 끝동

#6 The Red Sleeve - 옷소매 붉은 끝동

The Red Sleeve unfolds a royal love story between the cron Prince Lee and the court lady Sung Deok-im. After becoming the King, Prince Lee decides to take the court lady as his wife, but she wants to live her life freely without the restrictions of being the King’s lady. How will Prince take this decision by the lady? Will it affect their love and cause drama between the two young lovers? 

Releasing On: November 5, 2021 

Starring: Lee Jun-Ho, Kang Hoon, Lee Se-Young 

Streaming Platform: MBC

#7 The Secret Royal Inspector And Joy| 어사와 조이 

#7 The Secret Royal Inspector And Joy - 어사와 조이 

Secret Royal Inspector is an upcoming historical comedy-drama series revolving around the life of a royal inspector and a woman who is in the middle of a divorce. Ra Yi Eon is a civil agent who loves his work but not more than the steamed dumplings, whereas Kim Jo is ahead of her time and is passionate about living her life while fulfilling all of her dreams. 

Releasing On: November 8, 2021

Starring: Ok Taec-Yeon, Kim Hye-Yoon

Streaming Platform: tvN

#8 Now We Are Breaking Up | 지금 헤어지는 중입니다

#8 Now We Are Breaking Up - 지금 헤어지는 중입니다

As the name suggests, the Korean drama Now We Are Breaking Up will focus on two young couples’ heartbreaks and love stories. Ha Young is the design team lead at a famous fashion company with a great sense of fashion, whereas Yoo Jae is a handsome fashion photographer who is always in demand. Let’s wait and see how the two will fall in love and have their fair share of heartbreaks.

Releasing On: November 12, 2021 

Starring: Jang Ki-Yong, Song Hye-Jyo, Choi Hee-Seo, Sehun 

Streaming Platform: SBS

#9 Hellbound | 지옥

Hellbound is an upcoming horror Korean drama releasing in November on popular streaming platform Netflix. The story revolves around a world filled with terrifying supernatural creatures who appear out of nowhere and take innocent people to hell. The purpose behind sending people to hell is to give rise to a religious group of people who believe in the path of divine, divine justice. 

Releasing On: November 19, 2021

Starring: Yoo Ah-In, Kim Hyun- Joo, Won Jin-A

Streaming Platform: Netflix 

#10 The Silent Sea| 고요의 바다

#10 The Silent Sea - 고요의 바다

The Silent Sea is an upcoming Korean drama set in the future with the planet suffering from the lack of water and food. A group of astronauts is assembled to retrieve a special package from an abandoned station on the moon. The viewers are looking forward to the return of Gong Yoo to the small screen after his last appearance in the drama series Guardian. 

Releasing On: December 201 (Date-TBA)

Starring: Gong Yoo, Lee Joon, Heo Sung-Tae, Bae Doona

Streaming Platform: Netflix 

Final Words 

So, Korean drama lovers, are you ready to explore the world of fantasies, romance, and drama once again with the upcoming Korean dramas releasing in 2021. The series mentioned above are highly anticipated and are expected to keep the viewers glued to their TV screens for a long time. 

Antra Koul
Antra Koul
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