List of the Best K-Dramas in 2021 That You Must Watch!

Run On

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Next on the list is Run On. Run On was written by Park Shi-hyun and directed by Park Shi-hyun. The cast of the drama includes Im Si-wan, Shin Se-kyun, Choi Soo-young, and Kang Tae-oh.

The story is a romance drama in which people from various worlds talk and connect in their respective languages and “run on” toward love. Oh Mi-joo is a young woman who is always straightforward about her feelings and is a foreign film translator with an ambitious young spirit. Meanwhile, Ki Seon-Gyeom is a leading athlete in track and field. Athletics was an unpopular sport before, but when Seon-gyeom’s face was plastered on top of it, tickets sold out. From the advertisement industry, he got an unprecedented love call.

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However, Ki Seon-gyeom was a former sprinter on the Korean national team. He was no longer involved in the sport because of an accident. After quitting the sport, Kim Seon-gyeom decided to open a sports office. Meanwhile, Mi-Joo is a translator for subtitles. She was delighted when she first got her name in after-film credits. One day, Mi-Joo bumped into Seon-gyeom accidentally. Since then, she thought that she was destined to be with Seon-gyeom.

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Run On aired on JTBC every Wednesday and Thursday at 21:00 KST from December 16, 2020, to February 4, 2021, with a total of 16 episodes. The drama was made available on Netflix and worldwide after it aired on television.

Watch the trailer of Run On here:


The Penthouse Ⅱ: War in life

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Next on the list is Penthouse 2. On September 29, 2020, the first-look teaser for Penthouse 1 was posted. Penthouse 2‘s teaser was launched on January 12, 2021. Penthouse is a South Korean drama with the genres suspense, crime, and revenge. It was written by Kim Soon-ok and directed by Joo Dong-min, Park Bo-ram, and Park Soo-jin. The drama stars Lee Ji-ah, Kim So-yeon, Eugene, Um Ki-joon, Yoon Jong-hoon, Shin Eun-kyung, Bong Tae-kyu, Park Eun-seok, Yoon Joo-hee, and Ha Do-kwon.

Penthouse 2 has a theme of “War in Life.” The drama tells about the unity and vengeance of women forced to be evil in order to defend their children. In the last season, Oh Yoon-hee was indulged in her greed and ambition as she tried to prove herself to be the queen of Penthouse. However, Yoon-hee was involved in a murder case and tried to cover up the incident. Yoon-hee also persecuted Joo Dan-tae to get rid of his wife.

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In Penthouse 2, Cheon Seo-jin and Joo Dan-tae are successfully tied up and prepare for their marriage after they successfully frame Oh Yoon-hee. However, their engagement party is interrupted by Oh Yoon-hee and Ha Yoon-cheol who has just come back from the United States. The story of Penthouse Season 2 is plotted around Joo Seok-Kyung’s mother, Shim Su-ryeon’s secrets, Oh Yoon-hee’s revenge, and Cheon Seo-jin’s downfall.

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Penthouse 2 aired on SBS every Friday and Saturday at 22:00-23:10 KST from February 19 to April 2, 2021. Penthouse 2 ranked 8th in the Top 50 Korean television series by nationwide audiences. The drama also ranked first in all-channel mini-series 13 times in a row since its first broadcast of season 2.

Watch the trailer of The Penthouse 2, the series of The Penthouse, here:

Hospital Playlist Season 2

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Last but not least, we have Hospital Playlist 2 on the list. Hospital Playlist 2 is scheduled to be broadcast on June 17, 2021, every Thursday at 21:00 KST on tvN. Hospital Playlist 1 was broadcasted from March 12 to May 28, 2020, and received great feedback from the audiences. The drama went on to become the tenth highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history as well as the most-watched series in South Korea on Netflix in 2020.

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Hospital Playlist is a slice-of-life drama about the chemistry of people who live and work every day in a hospital. It tells the story of five medical students who work as specialist doctors in the VIP ward at Yulje Medical Center. In 1999, they all enrolled in the same medical school.

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Hospital Playlist is written by Lee Woo-jung and directed by Shin Won-ho. The cast of this drama includes Jo Jung-suk as Lee Ik-joon, an assistant professor of general surgery, Yoo Yeon-seok as Ahn Jeong-won, an assistant professor of pediatric surgery, Jung Kyung-ho as Kim Jun-wan, an associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery, Kim Dae-myung as Yang Seok-hyeong, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Jeon Mi-do Chae Song-hwa, an associate professor of neurosurgery.

Watch the cast reading the script here:

Anyway, while waiting for Hospital Playlist 2 to be aired, catch up on Hospital Playlist‘s season 1 trailer here:


That’s all the brief details of Korean dramas which aired in late 2020 to 2021 that you can binge-watch during your spare time. Which drama are you going to watch first? The thriller one or the romantic one? Don’t forget to share and leave your thoughts in the comments below!