The last month of 2021 is here, and it brings with it loads of new dramas! We’ll have to try our best to get in all the dramas we want before the end of the year. Let’s see what we have to look forward to in this December 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 December 2021:
1. When Flowers Bloom, I Think of the Moon
I’m so excited for a new historical starring Yoo Seung Ho! He’s fantastic in them, and I can’t wait to see his pairing with Hyeri. When Flowers Bloom, I Think of the Moon has an interesting setting and premise that will hopefully provide for an entertaining story!
When Flowers Bloom, I Think of the Moon is set during the strongest prohibition law in Joeseon and centers around an inspector (Yoo Seung Ho) looking to restore the name of his family, a woman (Hyeri) making alcohol to pay back her debt, and a crown prince (Byeon Woo Seok) that frequently sneaks out of the palace for drinks.
When Flowers Bloom, I Think of the Moon is scheduled to premiere December 20 on KBS.
PREMIERING IN DECEMBER:
Snowdrop is set in the 1980’s and is about a student Jisoo) at a women’s university who encounters an injured male student (Jung Hae In) in her dorm who is covered in blood and decides to tend to him and help him hide.
Snowdrop is scheduled to premiere December 18 on JTBC.
3. Bad and Crazy
Bad and Crazy is about a materialistic police detective (Lee Dong Wook) who has another personality called “K” awaken in him which transforms him into a champion for justice that fights police corruption.
Bad and Crazy is scheduled to premiere December 17 on OCN.
4. Bulgasal: Immortal Souls
Bulgasal: Immortal Souls is about a woman (Kwon Nara) who has has been reincarnated multiple times over the last 600 years that remembers her past lives and an immortal creature (Lee Jin Wook) who used to be a human that lives off of the blood of humans and is seeking revenge on the woman who made him that way.
Bulgasal: Immortal Souls is scheduled to premiere December 18 on tvN.
5. Taejong Ye Bang Won
Taejong Yi Bang Won follows Yi Bang Won (Joo Sang Wook) as he helps his father (Kim Young Chul) overthrow the Goryeo Dynasty and establish the Joseon Dynasty.
Taejong Yi Bang Won is set to premiere December 11 on KBS.
6. Artificial City
Artificial City is a psychological thriller about the head of an art museum (Soo Ae) that is owned by a conglomerate who enters a marriage of convenience with the illegitimate son of the Sung Jin Group (Kim Kang Woo) and tries to make him the president.
Artificial City is scheduled to premiere December 8 on JTBC.
7. Only One Person
Only One Person tells the story of a woman (Ahn Eun Jin) who is terminally ill that decides to kill just one bad person but she instead meets someone (Kim Kyung Nam) who becomes very important to her.
Only One Person is scheduled to premiere December 20 on JTBC.
CURRENTLY AIRING IN DECEMBER:
8. The Red Sleeve Cuff
The Red Sleeve Cuff is about a court lady (Lee Se Young) who develops a relationship with the Crown Prince (Junho) and eventually becomes a royal concubine.
The Red Sleeve Cuff airs Friday and Saturday on MBC.
9. Now, We Are Breaking Up
Now, We Are Breaking Up follows the romance between leader of a fashion design team (Song Hye Kyo) who tries to benefit from her own work and a wealthy freelance photographer (Jang Ki Yong).
Now, We Are Breaking Up airs Friday and Saturday on SBS.
10. School 2021
School 2021 is the latest installment in the School series which focuses on the lives of students at a vocational school. Starring Kim Yo Han and Jo Yi Hyun.
School 2021 airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.
Other Premieres & Ongoing Dramas
(These dramas will be highlighted in the coming months)
Let Me Be Your Knight
Our Beloved Summer
Show Window: The Queen’s House
The Silent Sea
AND SO YOU’RE UP TO DATE,
OTHER DRAMAS THAT WILL BE ENDING IN DECEMBER:
Secret Royal Inspector & Joy
Secret Royal Inspector & Joy is about about an intelligent man (Taecyeon) who just wants to open a dumpling store but ends being a secret royal inspector and a fiery divorced woman (Kim Hye Yoon) that go undercover to reveal corruption.
Secret Royal Inspector & Joy airs Monday and Tuesday on tvN.
Melancholia is about a scandal at a prestigious private high school involving a female teacher (Im Soo Jung) and a former male student (Lee Do Hyun) after they reunite years later.
Melancholia airs Wednesday and Thursday on tvN.
Happiness is a thriller about a world where infectious diseases run rampant and shows the social issues and class discrimination that happens is a sealed off high rise apartment complex when things take a turn for the worse after a severe new disease breaks out. Starring Park Hyung Shik and Han Hyo Joo.
Happiness airs Friday and Saturday on tvN.
Idol: The Coup
Idol: The Coup is about a group of doomed idols that need just one success so they can finally disband and move onto other things with the focus on a member of the failed girl group Cotton Candy (Hani), a member of a popular group (Kim Min Kyu), and the CEO of entertainment agency (Kwak Shi Yang).
Idol: The Coup airs Monday and Tuesday on JTBC.
The King’s Affection
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 airs Monday and Tuesday on KBS.
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 airs Saturday and Sunday on tvN.
Chimera 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.
Chimera airs Saturday and Sunday on OCN.
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 airs Saturday and Sunday on JTBC.
Work Later, Drink Now
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 airs Friday on TVING.
Crime Puzzle is a thriller that is based on a webtoon of the same name about a police academy professor (Yoon Kye Sang) who shocks everyone by confessing to murdering his girlfriend’s father. He is arrested, and his girlfriend (Go Ah Sung) who is a criminal profiler works to investigate the case as they enter into a mental game.
Crime Puzzle airs Friday on Olleh TV.
Reflection of You
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 airs Wednesday and Thursday on JTBC.
One Ordinary Day
One Ordinary Day is about a college student (Kim Soo Hyun) who becomes the main suspect in a murder case and a lawyer (Cha Seung Won) who barely passed the bar exam who steps in to help him.
One Ordinary Day airs Saturday on Coupang Play.
What dramas are you looking forward to or enjoying in December?
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These sageuks just keep coming! I am currently watching Red Sleeve and The King’s Affection. The Flower/Moon and Taejong both look promising.
Do you know where One Ordinary Day can be legally streamed in the US?
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They really do! I think they are making up for those couple of years recently where there were hardly any. So many to look forward to!
Sadly, One Ordinary Day hasn’t been picked up by any of the US streaming platforms 😦
What about Lost (Human Disqualification)?
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iQIYI has Lost 🙂
My pick is When Flowers Bloom I Think of the Moon (just wondering if they’ll change this long title soon. 😁). Will surely watch The Silent Sea. Will keep my eyes on Bad and Crazy and Snowdrop.
So many dramas, so very little time. 😔😀
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It looks like a good one! I’ve heard Moonshine starting to pop-up for the title, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the one that sticks, hehe. We definitely have too many dramas and not enough time!
Wow Kay – I am blown away by how scruffy Cha Seung-Won looks in One Ordinary Day. I may check this out,
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I thought that too when I saw the first trailer. A very interesting look and role for him for sure! 🙂