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15 K-Dramas Premieres To Watch Before This Year Ends!

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“Happiness”

Happiness

Cast: Han Hyo Joo, Park Hyung Sik, Jo Woo Jin, Lee Joon Hyuk, Park Joo Hee, Baek Hyun Jin, Park Hyung Soo, Bae Hae Sun, Cha Soon Bae, Park Hee Bon, Na Chul, Han Jun Woo, etc.

Premiere Date:  November 5

Broadcast Details:  Fridays and Saturdays at 10: 40 p.m. KST on tvN

“Happiness” is an apocalyptic thriller set in a high-rise apartment building stratified by social standing. The building is sealed off when a new infectious disease emerges in the city, and the drama will depict the residents’ fear, fierce psychological battles, and desperate struggle for survival within the closed-off building. Han Hyo Joo plays Yoon Sae Bom, a tactical agent in the Seoul Police Special Operations Unit, while Park Hyung Sik is Jung Yi Hyun, a detective who is her former high school classmate and has feelings for her. Check out a teaser here!

 

“Let Me Be Your Knight”

Let Me Be Your Knight

Cast: Jung In Sun, Lee Jun Young (U-KISS), Jang Dong Joo, JR (NU’EST), Yoon Ji Sung, Kim Dong Hyun (AB6IX), Seo Hye Won, Ha Young, Kwak Ja Hyung, Choi Hwan Yi, Lee Se Chang, Park Ji Won, etc.

Premiere Date:  November 7

Broadcast Details:  Sundays at 11: 05 p.m. KST on SBS

“Let Me Be Your Knight” is a romance drama about a popular idol band named LUNA and a woman pretending to be a doctor who unexpectedly winds up living at their dorm to treat a sleepwalking member. Lee Jun Young is LUNA’s leader Yoon Tae In, while Jang Dong Joo, JR, Yoon Ji Sung, and Kim Dong Hyun play fellow LUNA members. Jung In Sun stars as travel guide-turned-fraudulent physician In Yoon Joo, who ends up moving in with them under false pretenses.

“Secret Royal Inspector & Joy”

Secret Royal Inspector & Joy

Cast: Taecyeon (2PM), Kim Hye Yoon, Lee Jae Kyoon, Jung Bo Suk, Bae Jong Ok, Min Jin Woong, Park Kang Sub, Chae Won Bin, Lee Sang Hee, Jung Soon Won, Choi Tae Hwan, Kim Hyun Joon, Jo Hee Bong, Park Choong Sun, Cha Yup, etc.

Premiere Date:  November 8

Broadcast Details:  Mondays and Tuesdays at 10: 30 p.m. KST on tvN

“Secret Royal Inspector & Joy” is a historical comedy drama starring Taecyeon as Ra Yi Eon, a young gourmand who is appointed a secret royal inspector (a government official who travels undercover to local provinces to inspect them and uncover corruption) against his will. Kim Hye Yoon will play Kim Jo Yi, a divorced woman searching for happiness who winds up joining forces with him to investigate and battle corruption.

“IDOL: The Coup”

IDOL The Coup

Cast: Hani (EXID), Solbin (LABOUM), Han So Eun, Exy (WJSN), Green (REDSQUARE), Kwak Si Yang, Kim Min Kyu, Jo Joon Young, Hong Eun Ki, Baek Seo Hoo, Lee Eun Sang, etc.

Premiere Date:  November 8

Broadcast Details:  Mondays and Tuesdays at 11 p.m. KST on JTBC

“IDOL: The Coup” is a drama about idols who have failed to reach stardom and are struggling to let go of their unachieved dreams. Hani, Solbin, Han So Eun, Exy, and Green play members of the failing idol group Cotton Candy, while Kim Min Kyu, Jo Joon Young, Hong Eun Ki, Baek Seo Hoo, and Lee Eun Sang are members of the popular group Mars. Kwak Si Yang stars as Cha Jae Hyuk, the CEO of the agency that houses Cotton Candy and Mars.

 

“Melancholia”

Melancholia

Cast: Im Soo Jung, Lee Do Hyun, Jin Kyung, Choi Dae Hoon, Woo Da Vi, Jang Hyun Sung, Kim Ho Jin, Byun Jung Soo, Baek Ji Won, Oh Hye Won, Jang Gwang, Oh Kwang Rok, Kim Ji Young, etc.

Premiere Date:  November 10

Broadcast Details:  Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10: 30 p.m. KST on tvN

Set in a private school that is rife with corruption, “Melancholia” tells the story of a math teacher and a math prodigy who fight to overcome social conventions and prejudices together. Im Soo Jung plays Ji Yoon Soo, a passionate math teacher who is determined to show her students the joy of math and the beauty of equations. Lee Do Hyun is Baek Seung Yoo, a voluntary outsider who is a math prodigy that lost his passion for the subject at a young age.

“The Red Sleeve”

The Red Sleeve

Cast: Lee Junho (2PM), Lee Se Young, Kang Hoon, Lee Deok Hwa, Park Ji Young, Jang Hee Jin, Jang Hye Jin, Jo Hee Bong, Seo Hyo Rim, Kang Mal Geum, Oh Dae Hwan, Lee Min Ji, Ha Yul Ri, Lee Eun Saem, Moon Jung Dae, Kim Kang Min, Kwon Hyun Bin, etc.

Premiere Date:  November 12

Broadcast Details:  Fridays and Saturdays at 9: 50 p.m. KST on MBC

“The Red Sleeve” is a traditional historical drama about the imperial court romance between a court lady who wanted to protect the life she had chosen and an emperor who put the nation first before love. Lee Junho stars as Yi San, the direct descendant and eldest grandson of King Yeongjo (Lee Deok Hwa), who will later become King Jeongjo. Lee Se Young plays Seong Deok Im, a court lady who wants to make her own decisions about life instead of being one of the king’s many women.

“Now We Are Breaking Up”

Now We Are Breaking Up

Cast: Song Hye Kyo, Jang Ki Yong, Choi Hee Seo, Kim Joo Heon, Yoon Jung Hee, Park Hyo Joo, Yoon Na Moo, Ki Eun Se, Sehun (EXO), Joo Jin Mo, Cha Hwa Yeon, Nam Gi Ae, Choi Hong Il, Jang Hyuk Jin, Kim Bo Jung, Yura (Girl’s Day), etc.

Premiere Date:  November 12

Broadcast Details:  Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. KST on SBS

“Now We Are Breaking Up” is a romance drama that highlights the many different flavors of love and breakups. Song Hye Kyo plays Ha Young Eun, a manager of the design team at a fashion label who is also a trendy and intelligent realist. Jang Ki Yong plays Yoon Jae Guk, a wealthy and popular freelancer photographer who has both brains and looks. One day, Ha Young Eun meets Yoon Jae Guk and falls in love, beginning their passionate and emotional love story.

“Fly Again”

Fly Again

Cast: Hyungwon (MONSTA X), Kim Myung Ji, Tony Ahn, Park Eun Hye, Bae Hyun Joon, Kim Ha Jun, Woo Han Moe, Lee Seung Heon, Moon Jung Gi, Son Su Min, etc.

Premiere Date:  November 13

Broadcast Details:  Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m. KST on Kakao TV

“Fly Again” is a musical drama about students of the K-pop club Villains at Hanbit Art High School. Hyungwon plays Han Yo Han, a genius dancer who dreams of becoming an idol. Kim Myung Ji stars as On Ji Min, who has been focused on her studies her entire life until she discovers her true dream. Tony Ahn will take on the role of Yoo Min Hyuk, the teacher in charge of the club who draws out the passion within his students.

 

“School 2021”

School 2021

Cast: Kim Yo Han (WEi), Cho Yi Hyun, Chu Young Woo, Hwang Bo Reum Byeol, Kim Kang Min, Seo Hee Seon, Park In Hwan, Jeon Seok Ho, Kim Kyu Sun, Lee Ji Ha, Kim Min Sang, Jo Seung Yeon, Kim Soo Jin, Lee Sang Jun, Kim Nu Rim, Lee Ha Eun, etc.

Premiere Date:  November 17

Broadcast Details:  Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9: 30 p.m. KST on KBS2

“School 2021” is a drama about young adults who choose different paths instead of just preparing for college entrance exams. The drama will portray the dreams, friendships, excitement, and growth of the 18-year-old students standing in front of an uncertain future. Kim Yo Han plays Gong Ki Joon, who gave up his dream of Taekwondo due to an injury. Cho Yi Hyun is the ambitious Jin Ji Won, who is determined to achieve her dream of becoming a carpenter.

 

“Hellbound”

Hellbound

Cast: Yoo Ah In, Kim Hyun Joo, Park Jung Min, Won Jin Ah, Yang Ik Joon, Kim Do Yoon, Kim Shin Rook, Ryu Kyung Soo, Lee Re, etc.

Premiere Date:  November 19

Broadcast Details:  all episodes released simultaneously on Netflix

Helmed by “Train to Busan” director Yeon Sang Ho, “Hellbound” is set in a world where humans face a frightening supernatural phenomenon: emissaries from hell who appear on Earth without warning and condemn people to hell. Amidst the chaos caused by this terrifying new reality, an emerging religion led by Jung Jin Soo (Yoo Ah In) begins to gain popularity, while others desperately search for the truth behind this strange phenomenon.

 

“Shadow Beauty”

Shadow Beauty

Cast: Shim Dal Gi, Bomin (Golden Child), Lee Nagyung (fromis_9), Heo Jung Hee, Hongseok (PENTAGON), Baek Ji Hye, etc.

Premiere Date:  November 20

Broadcast Details:  Wednesdays at 8 p.m. KST on Kakao TV

Based on a popular webtoon, “False Beauty” tells the story of high school student Goo Ae Jin (Shim Dal Gi), who is a bullied loner at school. However, she leads a double life online as a social media star and influencer named Genie (Lee Nagyung), who is renowned for her flawless looks. Bomin stars as class president Kim Ho In who holds a secret within, while Hongseok plays idol trainee Lee Jin Sung, Goo Ae Jin’s only friend.

 

“2021 KBS Drama Special”

2021 KBS Drama Special

“Scenery of Pain” Cast: Ahn Nae Sang, Gil Hae Yeon, Baek Ji Won, Cha Soon Bae, Lee Shin Ki, etc.
“The Effect of a Finger Flick on a Breakup” Cast:
 Shin Ye Eun, Kang Tae Oh, Hong Kyung, Ha Yoon Kyung, etc.
“Siren” Cast:  Choi Jin Hyuk, Park Sung Yeon, Jo Dal Hwan, Ryu Tae Ho, Koo Ja Sung, etc.
“Be;twin” Cast:  Sung Yu Bin, Hong Su Zu, Kim Young Woong, Shin Joo Hyup, Kim Hyun Mok, etc.

Premiere Date:  November 5

Broadcast Details:  Fridays at 11: 25 p.m. KST on KBS2

For its annual Drama Special, KBS broadcasts a collection of short dramas that are one episode each. “2021 KBS Drama Special” features a total of 10 projects including four TV films that are 90 minutes each in addition to the usual short dramas. Two of the projects aired in October, and four more are airing in November.

“Scenery of Pain” is a thriller about chasing down the truth of a series of murders. “The Effect of a Finger Flick on a Breakup” is a realistic romance between a woman who wants to be loved and a man who doesn’t know how to express love. “Siren” is a sci-fi mystery thriller uncovering the shocking truth following the death of an employee at a virtual space. “Be;twin” is an intense romance drama featuring twin brothers who love the same woman.

 

“One Ordinary Day”

One Ordinary Day

Cast: Kim Soo Hyun, Cha Seung Won, Kim Sung Kyu, Lee Seol, Kim Hong Pa, Kim Shin Rok, Yang Kyung Won, etc.

Premiere Date: November 27

Broadcast Details: Saturdays on Coupang Play

A remake of BBC’s “Criminal Justice,” “One Ordinary Day” stars Kim Soo Hyun as Kim Hyun Soo, an ordinary college student whose life is turned upside down when he suddenly becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. Cha Seung Won plays Shin Joong Han, a third-rate lawyer who barely passed the bar exam and is the only person who reaches out to help Kim Hyun Soo – while never asking him about the truth of what happened that fateful night.

 

“Show Window: The Queen’s House”

Show Window The Queen’s House

Cast: Song Yoon Ah, Lee Sung Jae, Jun So Min, Chansung (2PM), Kim Jung Tae, Moon Seo Yeon, Oh Seung Eun, Kim Seung Soo, Moon Hee Kyung, Jung Jung Ah, Kim Hae In, Park Sang Hoon, etc.

Premiere Date:  November 29

Broadcast Details:  Mondays and Tuesdays at 10: 30 p.m. KST on Channel A

“Show Window: The Queen’s House” is a mystery romance drama about a woman who supports another woman’s affair without knowing that the affair is with her own husband. Song Yoon Ah stars as Han Sun Joo, the queen of her perfect family, while Lee Sung Jae plays her husband Shin Myung Seob. Jun So Min is Shin Myung Seob’s lover Yoon Mi Ra, and Chansung takes on the role of Han Sun Joo’s younger brother Han Jung Won.

 

Sponsor

Cast: Lee Ji Hoon, Han Chae Young, Ji Yi Soo, Koo Ja Sung, Kim Yoon Seo, etc.

Premiere Date:  November 29

Broadcast Details:  Mondays and Tuesdays at 10: 30 p.m. KST on IHQ

“Sponsor” is a romance thriller about the scandalous love affairs between two men and two women. Lee Ji Hoon plays photographer and magazine editor Lee Sun Woo, while Han Chae Young takes on the role of Han Chae Rin, CEO of a beauty products company. Ji Yi Soo is Park Da Som, a character who is newly married but lives in poverty, and Goo Ja Sung stars as Hyun Seung Hoon, who dedicated his life to soccer but had to quit due to an injury.

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