Despite the ongoing and extended pandemic, the Kdrama industry has flourished in 2021 giving us numerous amazing shows. From Squid games to D.P. To Hellbound there is an endless list. Let us count down a few of the most viewed Kdramas of 2021.
Most Viewed Kdramas of 2021
Air Date: September 17, 2021
Total Episodes: 9
The mega-hit thriller that took the world by storm in 2021, Squid Games was by far the most viewed Kdrama of 2021. A high stakes survival game where all participants are financially weak and this could be their only chance to be free from debts, rents, etc.
Being the final victor carries the irresistible prize of ₩45.6 billion prizes. Sounds too good for just having to play traditional Korean children’s games against 455 other players, But losing carries the price of death.
A star-studded cast with actors like Lee Jung Hae, Park Hae Soo, Jung Ho Yeon, Wi Ha Joon, Anupam Tripathi, Oh Young Soo made every episode impactful! A thrilling story about the exploitation of the poor, greed, and dishonesty combined with insane plot twists. All of this makes the Squid game one of the most viewed Kdramas of 2021.
Air Date: Nov 19, 2021
Total Episodes: 6
A horror, mystery drama based on a webtoon of the same name sent shivers down many watchers with its cruel scenes of punishing the sinners. Another Netflix series that made it to the most viewed Kdramas of 2021 thanks to its intriguing plot!
South Korea has many cults and this story revolves around a hypothetical one named The New Truth, which gains prominence when strange beings appear who issue decrees and condemn individuals to hell.
Explaining the philosophies regarding death and the humanistic approach to them, this Kdrama has a very deep yet dark plot. The fear in the eyes of the apparent “sinners” who do not wish to die versus the satisfaction & frenzy in the eyes of onlookers.
This show dives deep into the nature of humans both cunning & naive. Those who readily jump on any topic which is popular & badmouths others without thinking of their perspective. As well, those like the New truth take the opportunity to brainwash people and gain profits. A plot that makes you question human nature, deserves to be one of the most viewed Kdramas of 2021.
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Air Date: October 15, 2021
Total Episodes: 8
We follow a badass female lead caught up in a web of gangsters, selling of drugs, police, corruption, detectives, and an unending list of lies. Not a plot that hasn’t been done before but its exceptional casting & acting made My Name one of the most viewed Kdramas of 2021.
Yoon Ji Woo played by Han So Hee is blinded by her desire for revenge against her father’s killer. She joins hands with a gang boss who was supposedly his friend. Following this she is made to enter the police as an undercover agent.
Unbeknownst to her, there are lies and malicious intentions all around her. The ones she trusts turn out to be the real criminals and she doesn’t realize it till it’s too late. Unfortunately for her enemies they only made her more motivated to kill.
And a cat and mouse chase ensue, ending up with the killing of the wrongdoers. Finally, she can rest in peace having successfully completed what she set out to do. A perfect crime action drama that was very much loved & thus became the most viewed Kdramas of 2021.
Air Date: December 12, 2020 – February 14, 2021
Total Episodes: 20
A story of a man whose sent back in time as a woman. That too not just an ordinary woman but in the body of the young queen, Kim So Yong. While Queen Kim So Yong’s husband is the reigning monarch, King Cheol Jong, he is so in name only.
Not only does she have to adjust to a new era but also to the foxes around her trying to use her for their own gains. An enjoyable and hilarious ride making it into the most viewed Kdramas of 2021.
Shin Hye Sun & Kim Jung Hyun were absolutely marvelous in their roles. One moment viewers almost died laughing, the next they couldn’t stop swooning over their impeccable chemistry!
Air Date: Feb 20, 2021 – May 2, 2021
Total Episodes: 20
Who wouldn’t fall for the hottest Italian/Korean Mafia consigliere? Vincenzo follows him as he flees to South Korea, where he becomes connected with lawyer Hong Cha Young since mafia groups are at odds. She’s the kind of lawyer who will go to any length to win a case.
There he gets embroiled in a case where a conglomerate is trying to kick tenants out of their houses by force. There he decides to work for justice and aid the residents. The swag of Song Joong Ki, the comedic timing of Jeon Yeo Beon, the darkness of Taecyeon, and that makes Vincenzo an instant hit. No wonder it is one of the most viewed Kdramas of 2021.
Hometown Cha Cha Cha
Air Date: Aug 28, 2021 – Oct 17, 2021
Total Episodes: 16
Mr perfect dimples, Kim Seon Ho & the stunning Shin Min Ah come together for the sweetest Kdrama of 2021! Hye Jin, a dentist, is a beautiful and intelligent woman. She appears to have a perfect life, but her plans are unraveling owing to a sliver of righteousness in her heart.
After overcoming numerous obstacles, she travels to Gongjin, a seaside town, where she meets Hong Doo Shik. There begins a tale of laughter, sweetness & a beautiful couple. This drama shows how to live life while enjoying it thoroughly therefore it’s no wonder it made it to the most viewed Kdramas of 2021.
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Air Date: Oct 23, 2021 – Dec 12, 2021
Total Episodes: 16
Following the hard and tiring lives of Forest Rangers protecting and patrolling Mount Jiri in South Korea. From forest fires to floods to mysterious deaths these rangers have their hands full at all times.
Actors Ji-Hyun, Ji Hoon & Jung Se showed the determination and ordeals faced by these brave rangers during their trials. This drama had hints of a thriller mystery entwined with action & fantasy.
A refreshing and engaging story with lovely soundtracks. It would have been shocking if Jirisan was not mentioned as one of the most viewed Kdramas of 2021.
Air Date: Jun 19, 2021 – Aug 21, 2021
Total Episodes: 10
Mature sexual content, smexy kisses flirty leads playboys, and a somewhat toxic relationship? If you don’t mind any of the above in addition to the eye-candy cast then this is for you!
Jae Eon who flirts but doesn’t want to put effort & date meets Na Bi who doesn’t believe in showing emotions & love due to bitter experiences meet. And from there they end up forcing the other to change the decisions they never wished to! So do they end up happily ever after or lead to a devastating breakup? Watch Nevertheless, to find out what made it one of the most viewed Kdramas of 2021.