11 Korean Drama(s) to Binge Watch in Colder Season –– November 2021
Baby, it sure is cold outside. November is almost here, and with the colder season comes sweater weather and cuddle months while watching a good Korean drama. You called, and your girl is here to provide.
Looking back, I must admit we have been filled with a wonderful and diverse installation of Kdramas throughout 2021. For someone who has been an avid Kdrama binger, it is very refreshing to see how much diversity and color Korean culture brings to the world stage. With only 2 months left to the year, I wonder what more interesting dramas that the Korean entertainment industry has in store for us. With that said, less talking more showing. So ready or not, here we go!
Genre : Romance, Youth, Melodrama
Starring : Kim Yo Han, Choo Young Woo, Jo Yi Hyun
Aired : November 17th, 2021 –– January 22nd, 2022
Episodes : 16
School 2021 is the story of students attending a specialized high school and seeking their ambitions, rather than going off to college. It will delve into how these students learn about love, friendship, true passions, and growing up in an intense environment.
Genre : Historical Romance, Melodrama
Starring : Lee Jun Ho, Lee Se Young, Kang Hoon
Aired : November 5th, 2021 –– December 25th, 2022
Episodes : 16
In Korea during the first half of the 1700s, Yi San is an aloof and perfection-loving young prince. His father’s killing haunts him, although it leaves him in the position to take the throne once his grandfather – the cruel and ruthless current king responsible for Yi San’s father’s death – dies. He has resolved to become a benevolent monarch who will reform the law when he eventually takes the throne, but the way his father was killed has scarred him emotionally.
At court, he meets a young woman named Sung Deok Im. Yi San falls in love with her and tries to convince her to become his official concubine. But Sung Deok Im is strong-willed and free-spirited. She is also intelligent enough to understand that becoming a royal consort to the future king is a prestigious role, but one that would restrict her freedom and likely bring her little in the way of joy. But Yi San’s love for Sung Deok Im is true, and she starts to understand that forming a union with him could ultimately benefit his troubled realm.
Genre : Romance, Comedy
Starring : Lee Joon Young, Jung In Sun, Kim Jong Hyun
Aired : November 7th, 2021 –– January 23rd, 2022
Episodes : 12
Let Me Be Your Knight (너의 밤이 되어줄게) is a story of romance and healing between Yoon Tae In who is an untouchable idol star musical genius who is suffering from somnambulism and the doctor who is secretly treating him.
Genre : Romance, Melodrama
Starring : Song Hye Kyo, Jang Ki Yong, Choi Hee Seo
Aired : November 12th, 2021 –– January 1st, 2022
Episodes : 16
Ha Young-Eun is the leader of a design team for a fashion company. She is a cold-hearted realist and she prioritizes stability first. She is smart, beautiful, self-disciplined, and sensitive to trends.
Yoon Jae-Kook on the other hand is a popular freelancer fashion photographer. He has everything from intelligence, wealth, to handsome appearance. Now, We’re Breaking Up (지금, 헤어지는 중입니다) tells the story of men and women falling in, and out of love.
Genre : Romance, Drama
Starring : Im Soo Jung, Lee Do Hyun, Choi Dae Hoon
Aired : November 3rd, 2021 –– December 23rd, 2022
Episodes : 16
A sexual scandal between a math teacher and a student in a prestigious high school ended in tragedy. 4 years later they meet again, now as adults, to reveal the corruption in school and to regain one’s reputation as a teacher.
Ji Yoon Soo is a high school math teacher with a bright smile and a positive impression of others. She is a hard-nosed and stubborn person who has to push ahead with the decisions she has made. She is a math geek who loves solving difficult problems and teaches students to purely love math.
Baek Seung Yoo is emotionless and has no light in his eyes. He used to be a math genius who appeared on a quiz program at the age of five and surprised the world by solving college-level math problems. He was admitted to MIT at the age of 10 but dropped out at the age of 12, and suddenly disappeared.
Genre : Action, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy
Starring : Park Hyung Shik, Han Hyo Joo, Jo Woo Jin
Aired : November 5th, 2021 –– December 11th, 2021
Episodes : 12
A new type of deadly virus spread throughout the city, and the apartment where has different social classes of people is sealed off. With the fear of the virus, and the conflicts of the different classes, the residents have to spend and survive in the new habitation.
Yoon Sae Bom is very quick on decision and judgement. She did not grow up in a good environment. She wants to live comfortably in the complicated world, but she righteous and can’t stand injustice.
Jung Yi Hyun is a police detective, who is mainly in charge of violent crimes. He used to be a baseball player, but had to quit due to a knee injury. He struggles to protect people from the danger in the apartment.
Han Tae Seok was an information agent while serving in the military, and after being discharged, he worked as an executive at a pharmaceutical company. He is the perfect person for a position dealing with infectious diseases.
Genre : Historical, Mystery, Comedy
Starring : Taecyeon, Kim Hye Yoon, Bae Jong Ok
Aired : November 8th, 2021 –– December 28th, 2021
Episodes : 16
A secret royal inspector works as an undercover official who inspects local provinces to expose corruption. He teams up with a lady who is searching for happiness by getting divorced from her current husband. The duo then go on a grand scheme to discover the truth and find corruption.
Ra Yi Eon wanted to open a dumpling store outside the capital. However, due to his cleverness, he passes the state examination and becomes an official in the Office of Special Advisors. There, he finds himself receiving secret orders to carry out missions as a secret inspector.
Kim Jo Yi is an unorthodox lady in the Joseon era who dislikes the notion of a woman suffering in silence during marriage and is wholeheartedly in support of a divorce. She is passionate and is always ahead of time.
Genre : Music, Drama
Starring : Hani, Kwak Shi Yang, Kim Min Gyu
Aired : November 8th, 2021 –– December 14th, 2021
Episodes : 12
Idol: The Coup (아이돌: 더 쿠데타) portrays the last story of “doomed idols” who need a single “success” in order to not “disband.” The story of young people who confidently let go of their dreams as they grow through their failures and take courageous steps towards their new goals.
Genre : Thriller, Mystery, Romance
Starring : Song Yoon Ah, Hwang Chan Sung, Jeon So Min
Aired : November 29th, 2021 –– January 18th, 2022
Episodes : 16
A mystery melodrama about a woman named Han Sun Joo who expresses support for another woman’s involvement in an affair, without knowing that the affair is with her husband. Han Sun Joo has everything from looks and intelligence to wealth. She is a great wife and mother, helping her husband with her exceptional skills and raising her son with her meticulous personality. However, due to an outside intrusion, a fissure begins to appear in the perfect family she’s created, and she dives into war in order to stop it.
Shin Myung Seop is Han Sun Joo’s husband. The male version of a modern Cinderella, Shin gradually climbs the ranks of his mother-in-law’s company, Lahen Group, following his marriage. Although he is devoted to his family, he brings about disaster when he starts to feel curious about a woman who isn’t his wife and eventually crosses a line he shouldn’t.
Yoon Mi Ra is the woman who shakes up Shin Myung Seop’s heart. With a beautiful face and charm that makes her stand out anywhere she goes, Yoon Mi Ra is a character who’s loyal to her desires. She begins to covet Han Sun Joo’s husband Shin Myung Seop, causing a fierce war of nerves to unfold.
Han Jung Won is Han Sun Joo’s younger brother. Optimistic and warm-hearted, Han Jung Won is someone who trusts and relies on his older sister Han Sun Joon more than anyone else. He believes that he can do anything if it’s for his sister, raising questions about how Han Jung Won’s love for his sister will shake up the story.
10. Hellbound (지옥)
Genre : Mystery, Horror, Supernatural
Starring : Yoo Ah In, Park Jung Min, Kim Hyun Joo
Aired : November 19th, 2021
Episodes : 6
People hear predictions on when they will die. When that time comes, a death angel appears in front of them and kills them. Jung Jin Soo is the head of the new religion Saejinrihwe. He speaks about the phenomenon when death angels from Hell come and state it’s a revelation from God.
Jung Jin Soo has intense charisma and a mysterious aspect. Bae Young Jae is a program director for a broadcasting station. He tries to dig out the truth about the religious group Saejinrihwe.
Min Hye Jin is a lawyer. She stands up against the group “Hwasalchok” (‘Arrowhead’), which consists of people who blindly follow Saejinrihwe.
Song So Hyun is Bae Young Jae’s wife. She collapses in emotional pain, which she can not deal with. Jin Kyung Hoon is a detective and investigates cases involving the appearance of angels of death.
Genre : Mystery, Crime, Drama
Starring : Kim Soo Hyun, Cha Seung Won, Lee Sul
Aired : November 27th, 2021 –– January 15th, 2022
Episodes : 8
A drama that explores the criminal justice system from an extremely popular perspective through the fierce story of two men surrounding the murder of a woman. Hyun Soo, an ordinary college student, suddenly becomes the primary suspect in a murder case. Shin Joong Han is the only lawyer willing to help Kim Hyun Soo. Having just barely passed law school, Shin Joong Han’s involvement in Kim Hyun Woo’s case eventually takes his unremarkable life to new heights.
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