The year 2021 witnessed plenty of outstanding Korean dramas, ranging from supernatural to dystopian. Here’s a rundown of the most popular programmes this year.
The year 2021 is drawing to a close, and it has been a fantastic year for fans of Korean dramas. While the harsh and deadly Squid Game became a worldwide sensation, Kim Seon Ho and Shin Min-a won everyone’s hearts with the simple yet endearing Hometown Cha Cha Cha. It was also the year of Vincenzo, when Song Joong-ki made the decision to become a gangster with a golden heart.
The K-dramas that captured our hearts and created the most buzz in 2021 are listed here.
Squid Game, of course, had to be the first to be recognized, since even non-K-drama fans were aware of the Hallyu wave’s strength. The dystopian drama was brutal and violent, depicting individuals who have been pushed to the point of desperate due to debt. They are transferred to a distant island and offered a fresh start: play a few children’s games and make a fortune. They will, however, kill if they lose.
Lee Jung-ae portrayed Seong-gi hun, a man who is forced to participate in these risky sports. The show is the most-watched series on Netflix, and it is the most-watched programme in over 94 countries.
With the mafia drama Vincenzo, Song Joong-ki makes a return. He played the titular character, an eight-year-old boy who was adopted and transferred to Italy. He is a mafia member now that he is an adult. However, when things continue to spin out of control, he travels to South Korea, where he meets Cha-young, a lawyer (Jeon Yeo-bin).
The unusual couple falls in love and joins together to bring down a corrupt organisation. The show was well-received, and it went on to become the ninth highest-rated drama on Korean cable television.
Hometown Cha Cha Cha
Kim Seon-ho, fresh off the success of Start-Up, grabbed hearts once more as the lovable Hong Du-sik, a guy frantically attempting to move on from his damaged past. Yoon Hye-jin, who is realistic and clear-headed, is the woman he falls in love with (Shin Min-a).
The episode was praised by critics for being a pleasant, sweet show that followed all of the K-drama cliches of love and mush. The narrative was lauded, as was the connection between the key actors.
Fans were split on whether they liked or disliked this programme. Despite, starring Song Kang and Han So-Hee and departing from the traditional K-drama themes of cheesiness and heartbreaking romance, had a pretty sophisticated view on relationships, commitment, and intimacy – a topic that K-dramas seldom address.
The programme sparked great controversy among viewers as to whether it was fostering poison in relationships or simply digging into people’s very real anxieties. It was unique for a K-drama, yet it stands out among the episodes scheduled for 2021.
Hospital Playlist Season 2
The physicians returned, bringing with them their endearing friendships and tangled love lives. Viewers finally got answers to the questions they’d had since the Season 1 conclusion, and their favourite couples got the closure they’d been waiting for.
The show was well-received, and it is now one of the most popular Korean series on cable television.
Sisyphus: The Myth
Park Shin-Hye made his comeback to the small screen after a two-year absence, starring with Jo Seung-Woo. The plot centred on a brilliant engineer on a mission to learn the truth about his elder brother’s murder and a mystery woman who travels back in time to save the planet from harm.
If Han So-Hee played a lady frightened of love in Nevertheless, her revenge-driven image in My Name made audiences forget about it. She portrayed a lady seeking vengeance for the murder of her father, and eventually became an undercover detective.
My Roommate is a Gumiho
Do you want to experience some otherworldly romance? That’s plenty for K-dramas. Shin Woo-yeo (Jang Ki-yong), a lovely guy who is actually a 999-year-old fox, is the protagonist of the narrative (Gumiho, in Korean). He absorbs human energy in a bead in order to become totally human. As she swallows the bead, he has a life-changing meeting with Lee Dam, binding their destiny together.
The bead can only stay within a human for a year until Lee Dam dies and Shin is unable to become human. To remedy the dilemma, the two decide to live together.
Move To Heaven
The experiences of Geu-ru, a young man with Asperger’s syndrome, and Sang-gu, who finds himself as Geu-guardian, ru’s are chronicled in this uplifting storey. As “trauma cleaners,” a group of people who take away the last belongings of the deceased and find stories left behind, the two join hands.
They also have the responsibility of communicating the deceased’s storey to those who have been left behind, providing closure.