10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in October 2021

The King's Affection Korean Drama - Rowoon and Park Eun Bin

Fall is in full swing with the arrival of October, and that’s when we need those dramas to keep us company as the nights turn colder. Let’s see what we have to look forward to in this October 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 October 2021:

My Pick:

1. The King’s Affection

The King's Affection Korean Drama - Rowoon and Park Eun Bin

The King’s Affection is primed for romance and intrigue with a princess pretending to be a king. Park Eun Bin and Rowoon are looking fantastic here, and I’m excited to see their romance!

The King’s Affection is a historical about a forgotten king who was actually a woman (Park Eun Bin) who kept her identity and follows her romantic adventures in the palace with her teacher (Rowoon).

The King’s Affection is scheduled to premiere October 11 on KBS.


2. Jirisan

Cliffhanger Korean Drama - Joo Ji Hoon and Jun Ji Hyun

Jirisan is a mystery drama about the Mount Jiri National Park rangers which includes a top park ranger (Jun Ji Hyun) and her rookie partner (Joo Ji Hoon) as they rescue people and try to uncover a mystery.

Jirisan is scheduled to premiere October 23 on tvN.

3. Reflection of You

Person Similar to You Korean Drama - Go Hyun Jung and Shin Hyun Bin

Reflection of You is about a woman (Go Hyun Jung) who grew up poor but is now successful. Even then, she regrets what she feels is a meaningless life. Then she meets a young woman (Shin Hyun Bin) who is poor like she was yet she still shines despite her circumstances.

Reflection of You is scheduled to premiere October 13 on JTBC.

4. Inspector Koo

Inspector Koo Korean Drama - Lee Young Ae

Inspector Koo is a mystery comedy about an insurance investigator (Lee Young Ae) who goes up against a female university student serial killer (Kim Hye Joon).

Inspector Koo is scheduled to premiere October 30 on JTBC.

5. My Name

My Name Korean Drama - Han So Hee

My Name is about a woman (Han So Hee) out for revenge who is involved in an organized crime ring that goes undercover as a police officer.

My Name is scheduled to premiere October 15 on Netflix.

6. Chimaira

Chimera Korean Drama - Park Hae Soo

Chimaira follows a detective (Park Hae Soo), doctor (Lee Hee Joon), and profiler (Claudia Kim) as they try to solve a present day crime connected to a series of murders in 1984.

Chimaira is scheduled to premiere October 30 on OCN.

7. Work Later, Drink Now

Work Later, Drink Now Korean Drama - Lee Sun Bin, Jugn Eun Ji, Han Sun Hwa

Work Later, Drink Now is about a group of single friends in their 30’s including 3 women (Lee Sun Bin, Han Sun Hwa, Jung Eun Ji) and a man (Choi Siwon) who all like to get together and drink after work.

Work Later, Drink Now is scheduled to premiere October 22 on TVING.


8. Dali and Cocky Prince

Dal Li and Cocky Prince Korean Drama - Kim Min Jae and Park Gyu Young

Dali and Cocky Prince is about the unlikely romance between a resourceful man (Kim Min Jae) who lacks education that tries to takeover an art museum and the elite director of the museum (Park Gyu Young) who can’t take care of herself.

Dali and Cocky Prince airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.

9. One the Woman

One the Woman Korean Drama - Lee Sang Yoon and Honey Lee

One the Woman tells the story of a corrupt prosecutor (Honey Lee) who is in an accident, gets amnesia, and then wakes up living the life of a woman who looks just like her and is the daughter-in-law of a chaebol family.

One the Woman airs Friday and Saturday on SBS.

10. High Class

High Class Korean Drama - Jo Yeo Jung

High Class is a mystery suspense drama about a lawyer (Jo Yeo Jung) who is framed for the murder of her husband. She meets the influential mother (Kim Ji Soo) of a student at a prestigious school where her own son attends that her husband had an affair with.

High Class airs Monday and Tuesday on JTBC.


Lovers of the Red Sky

Hong Chun Gi Korean Drama - Ahn Hyo Seop and Kim Yoo Jung

Lovers of the Red Sky is a fantasy romance about the relationship between Joseon’s only female painter (Kim Yoo Jung) and a blind astrologer (Ahn Hyo Seop).

Lovers of the Red Sky airs Monday and Tuesday on SBS.

Yumi’s Cells

Yumi's Cells Korean Drama - Kim Go Eun

Yumi’s Cells is based on a webtoon about an ordinary office worker (Kim Go Eun) from the point of view of the brain cells in her mind who control everything about her.

Yumi’s Cells airs Friday and Saturday on tvN.

The Veil

The Veil Korean Drama - Nam Goong Min

The Veil is an action spy drama about a top NIS agent (Nam Goong Min) who suddenly disappears only to resurface one year later looking for revenge on those who betrayed him.

The Veil airs Friday and Saturday on MBC.

Police University

Police University Korean Drama - Jung Jin Young and Krystal

Police University is about a former computer hacker (Jung Jin Young) who becomes a student at a police academy and teams up with a professor (Cha Tae Hyun) and another student (Krystal) to solve a crime.

Police University airs Monday and Tuesday on KBS.

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha Korean Drama - Kim Sun Ho and Shin Min Ah

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha is a romantic about a mysterious man (Kim Sun Ho) who takes odd jobs around town and a dentist (Shin Min Ah) who opens a small town clinic.

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha airs Saturday and Sunday on tvN.


Human Disqualification Korean Drama - Ryu Jun Yeol and Jeon Mi Do

Lost is about a man (Ryu Jun Yeol) who fears he will never climb out of poverty and a woman (Jeon Do Yeon) who is a ghostwriter and feels lost in her life as they try to change their lives.

Lost airs Saturday and Sunday on JTBC.


Hometown Korean Drama - Han Ye Ri

Hometown is about a detective (Yoo Jae Myung) whose wife was killed in a terrorist attack that investigates a case possibly related to it in a small town and meets the younger sister (Han Ye Ri) of a man (Uhm Tae Goo) who was involved in the attack.

Hometown is scheduled to premiere September 22 on tvN.

What dramas are you looking forward to or enjoying in October?

Make sure to get caught up because there are more dramas coming your way in November!

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16 Responses to 10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in October 2021

  1. D says:

    Thanks for the update Kay. I’m looking forward to The King’s Affection and Jirisan as well. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      The King’s Affection looks really good to me. Just the kind of story I go for. Jirisan looks interesting too, particularly coming from Signal’s writer 🙂


  2. Jessy B. says:

    I started Dali and The Cocky Prince. It’s cute so far.. looking forward to The King’s Affection (I love period pieces!)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      Dali and Cocky Prince sounds like a fun one. Glad to hear it’s cute since I will probably eventually check it out. And yes to The King’s Affection! I too love period pieces, especially romances like this one 🙂


  3. Snow Flower says:

    The King’s Affection and Jirisan are on top of my October 2021 drama list. I am hearing good things about Dali and Cocky prince, so I may give it a try.
    Currently watching Hometown Cha Cha Cha, Lovers Of the Red Sky, and Move to Heaven.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      All three of those look promising to me too and they are on my watch list. Hometown Cha Cha Cha and Lovers of the Red Sky are on their too. Now to figure out when to watch all of these amazing dramas!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Timescout says:

    I’ll probably try out both Jirisan and The King’s Affection. I haven’t had any luck with sageuks for so long that I’ve almost given up on them. Dropped Red Sky after couple of episodes too as I lost interest. Actually, Cha Cha Cha ended up in the discard pile as well. Romance just ain’t my thing in most cases.

    I’m watching The Veil atm and it’s been much better than I expected. NGM delivers! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • Snow Flower says:

      I have been hearing good things about The Veil as well. Now that the weather is getting colder, it’s time for some serious fare. I will finish the light fluff first.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      Jirisan and The King’s Affection seem to be the popular picks. I’m interested in both. Luckily, I do well with sageuks, The King’s Affection looks right up my alley.

      I’ve heard good things about The Veil, so I’m glad you’re liking it. And I completely agree! Nam Goong Min always delivers! 🙂


  5. MyKDramaticLife says:

    So many good dramas coming our ways. 😊

    I’ll keep my eyes on The King’s Affection and Reflection of You (sounds a plot I’ll enjoy). Will have to see Chimera for my dear ahjussi Park Hae Soo (been an instant fan after his love-to-hate character in Squid Game). Work Later Drink Now sounds a fun one.
    And my pick for this October premiers is Jirisan, of course. 😍

    So many dramas, so very little time. 😔😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      I know! There really are a lot of promising dramas right now. My watch list is sooo full! 😂 The King’s Affection looks great to me. Jirisan too. Hopefully, you also enjoy Chimaira and Work Later, Drink Now 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  6. MyKDramaticLife says:

    I just want to insert, Kay.
    Do you have plan of watching LSG in Mouse? I think that drama is good, although I have mixed feelings about it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      I do plan to watch Mouse at some point (huge Lee Seung Gi fan here, hehe), but it will probably be a while since I’m mostly in the mood for light and fun dramas these days. It looks really good though, and I know Lee Seung Gi’s performance will be amazing!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. MyKDramaticLife says:

    That he does! Goodluck. 😊

    Liked by 2 people

  8. kdramachickblog says:

    I just tried posting below comment to this and got “Sorry, this comment cannot be posted” 😦 

    I’ve added The King’s Affection to the list. Already watching Dali and the Cocky Prince, Lovers of the Red Sky, Yumi’s Cells, and Hometown Cha Cha Cha and loving them all. Just started One the Woman and not yet sure I’ll stick with it although I think it’s a hit in S. Korea so I want to give it a bit more time before deciding. So many good dramas out there now 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      I’m sorry about that. It wasn’t in the spam folder this time, so I have no idea what the issue with WordPress is 😦

      I have all of your dramas except One the Woman on my list. You’re right, there really are sooo many good dramas out right now to choose from! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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