The 27 Best K-dramas to Watch on Netflix 2021

This selection was updated on 03/20/2021.

Welcome to our March 2021 update to our picks of the best Korean Dramas currently on Netflix. Below, we’ll take you through our list of 27 hottest K-dramas that you should watch on Netflix. We’ve got romcoms, historicals, dramas, suspenses and more.

So without a further do, let’s Get Started.

Navillera (2021)

Genre: Friendship, Life, Drama, Family

Staring: Park In Hwan, Song Kang, Hong Seung Hee

What’s it about:

Navillera tells the story of a young man (Song Kang) and a 70 year old man (Park In Hwan) who become friends while pursuing their dreams of becoming ballerinas.

Love Alarm (Season 1 & Season 2)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Staring: Kim So-Hyun, Song Kang, Ga-ram Jung, Go Min-Si

What’s it about:

Love Alarm tells the story of young people who find love using the Joalarm mobile app, which informs users every time someone nearby has feelings for them.

Vincenzo

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance

Staring: Song Joong-Ki, Yeo-bin Jeon, Taecyeon, Duk-moon Choi

What’s it about:

“Vincenzo” follows a young man named Vincenzo Casano (Song Joong Ki) who grew up in Italy and became a cold-blooded strategist and lawyer for the mafia. He appears to be a kind person, but he can take revenge without hesitation. Vincenzo returns to South Korea after the outbreak of war in mafia circles, there he met an elite lawyer who are willing to do anything to win a case.

Hello, Me! (2021)

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Staring: Choi Kang-hee, Kim Young-kwang, Lee Re, Um Mun-suk, Kim You-mi, Ji Seung-hyun

What’s it about:

The drama “Hello? It’s Me!” Follows a 37-year-old woman named Bang Ha Ni (Choi Kang Hee). She is lonely and timid, works in a temporary position and is afraid that she could be fired at any time. One day, 17-year-old Bang Ha Ni from the past appears in front of her, but not at all like her present, intelligent and optimistic.

Sisyphus: The Myth (2021)

Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Staring: Cho Seung-woo, Park Shin-hye, Sung Dong-il, Tae In-ho, Chae Jong-hyeop, Jeong He-in

What’s it about:

Drama “Sisyphus: Myth” , tells the story of the brilliant engineer Khan Te Sule. He embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover the truth with his savior, an elite fighter named Kang So Hae.

Marriage Lyrics and Divorce Music (2021)

Genre: Drama

Staring: Lee Ga-Ryeong, Sung Hoon, No-min Jeon, Soo-kyeong Jeon

What’s it about:

“Drama Lyrics of Marriage and Music of Divorce” tells the stories of 3 people who are aged 30, 40 and 50. The drama will also address the problems of married couples who are trying to find true love.

A Love So Beautiful (2020)

Genre: Romance, Teen, Comedy

Staring: Kim Yo-han, So Joo-yeon, Yeo Hoi-hyun, Jeong Jin-hwan, Jo Hye-joo, Yun Seo-hyun

What’s it about:

The drama tells a love story between a cold, excellent student and a cheerful girl with a rather poor academic performance.17-year-old Cha Hong (Kim Yo Han) is a student at Cheon Ji Middle School. He appears to be cold, but in reality he has a warm heart. Meanwhile, Shin Seol Yi (Seo Joo Young) is a 17-year-old girl who has a crush on Cha Hong.

Lovestruck in the City (2020)

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Staring: Ji Chang-Wook, Kim Ji-Won, Han Ji-Eun, So Joo-Yeon

What’s it about:

A drama about a passionate architect who loses his heart to a free-spirited woman and sets out to reunite with her on the streets of Seoul.

Run On (2020)

Genre: Drama, Romance

Staring: Si-wan Yim, Se-Kyung Shin, Choi Sooyoung, Tae-oh Kang

What’s it about:

Ki Sung Kyum is a former member of the national athletics team, the son of a National Assembly representative and a top actor. He was forced to play sports, but he decides to follow his heart after a film translator steps into his life.

100 Days My Prince (2020)

Genre: Comedy, History, Romance

Staring: Kyung-soo Do, Ji-Hyun Nam, Sung-ha Jo, Han-chul Jo

What’s it about:

Crown Prince Joseon mysteriously disappears and returns to the palace after 100 days. What happens to him during this time?
An assassination attempt was made on Crown Prince Li Yul, as a result of which he fell off a cliff and lost his memory. He is forced to live as an ordinary man by the name of Won Duc and, in order to end a prolonged drought, finds himself bound by an unwanted marriage with Hon Sim, the oldest unmarried woman in the village.

The Uncanny Counter (2020)

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery

Staring: Byeong-gyu Jo, Se-Jeong Kim, Joon-Sang Yoo, Hye-ran Yeom

What’s it about:

Each of the evil spirit hunters from the group called “Counter” has their own special superpowers. The group works undercover at a noodle restaurant.

Start-Up (2020)

Genre: Drama

Staring: Suzy Bae, Joo-Hyuk Nam, Sun-ho Kim, Han-na Kang

What’s it about:

Drama “Startup” tells the story of So Dal Mi, who dreams of becoming the next Steve Jobs, so she opens her own start-up. With the help of her genius first love, an investor, and a business insider, her dream may be closer than she thinks.

Private Lives (2020)

Genre: Drama

Staring: Seohyun, Ko Kyung-pyo, Kim Hyo-jin, Kim Young-min, Tae Won-seok, Song Sun-mi

What’s it about:

Con artist Cha Joo Eun (Seo Hyun) unintentionally interferes in private affairs on a national scale and competes with large corporations. The girl learned various skills from her parents, who took the path of fraud for the sake of survival.

She is approached by the mysterious Lee Jong Hwan (Go Kyung Pyo), who pretends to be the head of the development group of a large company SL Electronics.

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (2020)

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Staring: Go Ara , Lee Jae‑wook

What’s it about:

The main character of the drama “DoDoSolSolLyaLyaSol”, the cheerful pianist Gu Ra Ra, never knew difficulties and hardships, since she was the daughter of wealthy parents. But one day her family loses everything due to bankruptcy. The girl is forced to move from the big city and comes to the piano academy in a small village. By coincidence, she meets Song Woo Joon, a mysterious guy with a strong character, who works part-time in various jobs. He is secretive and seems to have many secrets. How will their relationship develop in the future?

The School Nurse Files (2020)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Staring: Edward Hong, Dylan J. Locke, Teo Yoo

What’s it about:

A drama about the attractive and fearless school nurse Ahn Eun Young (Jung Yoo Mi), who has the unique ability to ward off evil spirits, but performs exorcism in an unconventional, comic manner. After getting a job in high school, she uncovers a dangerous conspiracy.

Record of Youth(2020)

Genre:  Romantic

Staring: Park Bo-gum, Park So-dam, Byeon Woo-seok, Ha Hee-ra, Shin Ae-ra, Han Jin-hee

What’s it about:

A drama about the Korean modeling world and up-and-coming young people who live in a modern world where birth status often determines the rest of their lives. They dream of unattainable luxury and experience what is characteristic of youth.

Was It Love?(2020)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Staring: Ji-Hyo Song, Ho Joon Son, Jong-ho Song, Ja-Sung Koo

What’s it about:

No Ae Jung is a single mother who has not dated the past 14 years, but four very different men appear in front of her. Who will the she choose? The homeroom teacher of his daughter, housemate and grandmother’s pet Oh Yeon Woo, the father of Ha Neul’s friend, a slightly intimidating investor in E Chung’s film, Goo Ba Do, the famous and smug writer Oh De Oh, or the famous, handsome and kind actor Ryu Jin?

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Staring: Jeong-eum Hwang, Sung-Jae Yook, Choi Wonyoung, Yoon Bak

What’s it about:

A mysterious bar on wheels opens only late at night in unusual places. Guests who accidentally wander into this mysterious place are faced with supernatural things.

Rugal (2020)

Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Staring: Choi Jin-Hyuk, Sung-woong Park, Dong-Hyuk Cho, Ji-wan Han

What’s it about:

Police officer Kang Ki Bum (Choi Jin Hyuk )’s attempt to destroy the national criminal organization Argos ends with the loss of his beloved wife, his own eyes, and his former lifestyle. He is accused of murder.

He is selected by NIS to become a member of the Rugal Special Team. Thanks to biotechnology, he receives two artificial eyeballs with unique abilities and goes on a mission to destroy the Argos criminal group, whose head is Hwang Duk Goo (Park Sung Woon).

Hospital Playlist (2020)

Genre: Medical drama, found family, comedy

Starring: Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Kim Dae-myung, and Jeon Mi-do

What’s it about:

“Wise Doctor Life” depicts the stories of doctors, nurses and patients at a hospital. Five doctors who graduated from same medical university remain close and work at the same hospital.

My Holo Love (2020)

Genre: Sci-fi, romance, drama

Starring: Yoon Hyun-min and Ko Sung-hee

What’s it about:

A romantic story about a single woman meeting “Holo”, the perfect hologram person who always stays by her side.

It’s Okay Not to Be Okay (2020)

Genre: Drama, romance

Starring: Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Yea-ji, and Oh Jung-se

What’s it about:

A man who denies his need for love, and a woman who does not know anything about love, challenge fate and get to know themselves in the process of developing a relationship.

Crash Landing On You (2020)

Genre: Romantic comedy, drama

Starring: Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Kim Jung-hyun, and Seo Ji-hye

What’s it about:

The drama follows Yoon Se Ri (Song Ye Jin), the heiress of a conglomerate in South Korea, who  made an emergency landing in North Korea because of a paragliding accident. There she meets Lee Jung Hyuk (Hyun Bin), an officer in the North Korean army, who tries to protect her and hide her. Soon, Lee Jong Hyuk falls in love with Yoon Se Ri.

Itaewon Class (2020)

Genre: Drama, family, life

Starring: Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Kwon Nara

What’s it about:

The story of former convict Park Seroi (Park Sojun), whose life was turned upside down after he was expelled from school. He lost his father to a bully classmate Jang Geunwon (Ahn Bohyun), the son of the CEO of a large corporation, Jang Daehee (Yoo Jaemyeon). Park Seroi opens his Dunban Bar and Restaurant in Itaewon. With his manager Cho Iso (Kim Dami) and employees, he is striving to achieve greater heights.

Kingdom (2019)

Genre: Horror, political drama, thriller, historical

Starring: Ju Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong, Bae Doo-na, Kim Sang-ho, Kim Sung-kyu, and Kim Hye-jun

What’s it about:

The dramais set during the Joseon Dynasty. The king is suffering from a serious illness. Soon, even the crown prince is not allowed into his chambers. Worried about the current situation, the hero tries to figure out what is happening. At this time, the country is covered by an unknown epidemic – people die and come back to life in the form of bloodthirsty monsters thirsty for human flesh. The crown prince must take decisive action before the country plunges into chaos.

Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung (2019)

Genre: Historical, romance, comedy, drama

Starring: Shin Se-kyung and Cha Eun-woo

What’s it about:

A story about a 19th century woman who was convicted of writing historical articles because of her gender. The drama will show the value of change in a society filled with unfair prejudices about gender and social status. In addition to the theme of surviving female historians in the palace, the drama will feature a romance between Prince Lee Rim and protagonist Goo Hae Ryung.

Familiar Wife (2018)

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Staring: Seong Ji, Ji-min Han, Seung-jo Jang, Han-na Kang

What’s it about:

Cha Joo Hyuk (Ji Sung) has been married to Seo Woo Jin (Han Ji Min) for 5 years. Seo Woo Jin constantly complains and blames her husband for everything. Joo Hyuk can’t stand all this and thinks about divorce, but after getting a chance to travel back in time, he returns and chooses his first love instead of Seo Woo Jin. How will his first love, Lee Hee Won, factor into his new life? And will it be possible to get his old life back?

 

And there you have it, the most popular Korean Dramas currenly on Netflix you should watch. What is on your “watch” list? Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

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