2021 is here! It’s a new year for drama watching. While the new premieres are slim for the month, there are plenty of ongoing dramas to choose from too. Let’s see what we have to look forward to in this January 2021 edition of “Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching.”
This monthly series is meant to keep you updated on what’s happening in that amazing world of Korean dramas so that you don’t miss out on anything! Here are the kdramas you should keep an eye out for in January 2021:
1. She Would Never Know
She Would Never Know looks like a cute rom-com that has the potential to be a lot of fun with a noona romance at the center between Won Jin Ah and Rowoon.
She Would Never Know is an office romantic comedy set at a cosmetics company about the romance between a sunbae (Won Jin Ah) who is a brand marketer that has dreams of starting her own cosmetics brand and a hoobae (Rowoon) who is also a brand marketer.
She Would Never Know is scheduled to premiere in January 18 on JTBC.
PREMIERING IN JANUARY:
2. Marriage Lyrics and Divorce Music
Marriage Lyrics and Divorce Music is about three women in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s (Lee Ga Ryeong, Park Joo Mi, Jeon Soo Kyung) who face difficult times alongside their husbands.
Marriage Lyrics and Divorce Music is scheduled to premiere in January on TV Chosun.
CURRENTLY AIRING IN JANUARY:
3. Royal Secret Agent
Royal Secret Agent is about a secret royal inspector (L) during the Joseon Era whose job is to spend his nights among the regular people while hiding his identity and then report back to the king the problems they face.
Royal Secret Agent airs Monday and Tuesday on KBS.
4. Run On
Run On is about a national track and field athlete (Im Siwan) who is forced to retire after an accident that meets a foreign film translator (Shin Se Kyung) who always has to look back because she goes over the same scenes repeatedly.
Run On is scheduled airs Wednesday and Thursday on JTBC.
5. Mr. Queen
Mr. Queen is about a modern man who is transported back in time to the Joseon era where he inhabits the body of a queen (Shin Hye Sun) and gets involved with a secretive king (Kim Jung Hyun) who has a Jekyll and Hyde type personality.
Mr. Queen airs Saturday and Sunday on tvN.
6. Live On
Live On is about a popular high school student (Jung Da Bin) who finds out someone is trying to reveal a secret about her past so she joins her school’s broadcasting club and enlists the help of the perfectionist head of the club (Hwang Min Hyun) to find the culprit.
Live On airs Tuesday on JTBC.
7. True Beauty
True Beauty follows the romance between a woman (Moon Ga Young) who would never be caught without makeup on and the only man (Cha Eun Woo) who has seen her bare face.
True Beauty airs Wednesday and Thursday on tvN.
8. Lovestruck in the City
Lovestruck in the City is a realistic romance about the dating lives of young people including a passionate architect (Ji Chang Wook) and a freelance marketer (Kim Ji Won) posing as a free spirit in a new city.
Lovestruck in the City airs Tuesday and Friday on Kakao TV.
9. Please Don’t Date Him
Please Don’t Date Him tells the story of a an AI programmer (Song Ha Yoon) who wants to fall in love but avoid the wrong men, so she ends up creating an AI program that helps identify bad people. She then meets a firefighter (Jun) that her AI program is unable to analyze.
Please Don’t Date Him airs Tuesday on MBC.
Hush is an office drama focusing on the problems and struggles of newspaper reporters including a veteran reporter (Hwang Jung Min) and an intern reporter (Yoona) he mentors.
Hush airs Friday and Saturday on JTBC.
AND SO YOU’RE UP TO DATE,
OTHER DRAMAS THAT WILL BE ENDING IN JANUARY:
The Uncanny Counter
The Uncanny Counter is about a group of people (Jo Byung Gyu, Kim Se Jeong, Yu Jung Sang, Yum Hye Ran) with special abilities called Counter who disguise themselves as employees at a noodle restaurant, but they actually hunt evil spirits.
The Uncanny Counter airs Saturday and Sunday on OCN.
The Goddess of Revenge
The Goddess of Revenge is a about a reporter (Kim Sa Rang) who was a popular influence but lost everything after a false scandal and a successful lawyer (Yoon Hyun Min) whose family is ruined because of a scandal. The pair seek revenge on those who wronged them.
The Goddess of Revenge airs Saturday and Sunday on TV Chosun.
Awaken is a mystery romance drama about the connection between a mysterious incident that happened in a village 28 years ago and events happening in the present. A detective (Nam Goong Min) and a police officer (Seolhyun) team up to solve the case.
Awaken airs Monday and Tuesday on tvN.
The Penthouse is about a woman’s (Eugene) ambitious goal to rise into high society through the real estate business, and she will do anything to succeed, even if she becomes a monster along the way.
The Penthouse airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.
Delayed Justice is about a lawyer (Kwon Sang Woo) and a reporter (Jung Woo Sung) who fight for justice for people who are falsely accused.
Delayed Justice airs Friday and Saturday on SBS.
Cheat On Me, If You Can
Cheat On Me, If You Can is a comedy mystery drama about people doing bad things involving marriage, divorce, and affairs with the focus on a bestselling novelist (Jo Yeo Jung) and her husband (Go Joon) who is a divorce lawyer.
Cheat On Me If You Can airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.
What dramas are you looking forward to or enjoying in January?
Make sure to get caught up because there are more dramas coming your way in February!
For the latest dramas, check out the
January 2022 Drama Guide
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