Here we are again, looking back on what Korean dramas the year 2021 gave us. It was another solid year filled with lots of wonderful dramas to choose from. There were several huge hits, some that even made their way outside of the kdrama niche. I missed several of the big ones, which I do hope to get in at some point, but I still enjoyed a nice variety of dramas and had a good kdrama year.

I always love connecting with all of you over our kdrama love too, and there were many great conversations had as we shared our love and frustration. Thank you for another wonderful year together!

Now, onto the list! This list includes all of the dramas that I watched which aired and concluded their runs in 2021. We are going to be counting down my favorite dramas from least to most favorite. There were quite a few more mediocre dramas for me this year, but there were also several that really shined. Full reviews are available for all of them.

As always, this is completely my opinion on these dramas, and it does not reflect Korean or international ratings or the popularity of any particular drama among fans. Be sure to hang around for the grand total of how many new and old dramas I watched at the end of the article πŸ™‚

18. So Not Worth It

So Not Worth It Korean Drama - Shin Hyun Seung, Park Se Wan, Han Hyun Min, Minnie, Choi Young Jae, Carson Allen, Terris Brown, Joakim

So Not Worth It is a sitcom that is a quick and easy watch with only 12 half hour episodes. This series is very light and is primarily a comedy as we see a group of international students get involved in a variety of crazy and troublesome situations that have humorous results. Most of the comedy wasn’t really to my tastes, but it did have moments that I found funny.

Since a good chunk of the humor wasn’t to my tastes, the situational nature of the show did make it feel draggy for me despite my like for the characters and the cute little romance. I think if you like the comedy style though, this could be a great and unique show for you because it has such a light and fun feel to it.
My Rating: 6/10 (So Not Worth It Review)

17. Scripting Your Destiny

I found Scripting Your Destiny to be an okay watch overall, but that’s about it. The pacing moves swiftly, and it has a pretty good little fantasy story that leans comedic but gets meatier towards the end. The production is decent, but some of the acting was a bit so-so though.

It’s a simple and quick watch. I think it’s well done for a web drama, but it wasn’t very engaging me for me. If you like light fantasy romance on the humorous side, this could be a good fit for you.
My Rating: 6/10 (Scripting Your Destiny Review)

16. Check Out the Event

Check Out the Event Korean Drama - Kwon Hwa Woon and Minah

Check Out the Event is a 4 episode romance drama that is pretty basic with a simple plot, but it is very easy to watch. We watch a couple who recently broke up have to pretend to be a couple again to go on a trip they won.

A pretty good chunk of the drama just involves our couple going around in circles with her asking why he broke up with her and him not really saying. We also get a bit of a love triangle as well as two other couples who have their own story.

It’s not all that engaging, and I didn’t really get invested in any of the characters, but I thought it managed to do well enough with its 4 episodes and tell a decent little story in that short amount of time.
My Rating: 6/10 (Check Out the Event Review)

15. Live On

Live On Korean Drama - Hwang Min Hyun and Jung Da Bin

Live On is a pretty straightforward high school drama with romance and a little mystery. I found it pretty basic and a bit slow, but at only 8 episodes, it was a quick watch. We get plenty of romance between several couples in the show as well as other relationships that are explored.

While it was a decent drama, I just never fully got into it. There was enough going on to keep the plot moving along though, and it was good to see some more difficult topics addressed. It can work for you if you just want something simple and fun with a decent story that wraps things up quite nicely.
My Rating: 6/10 (Live On Review)

14. River Where the Moon Rises

River Where the Moon Rises was a very average historical for me. The story was solid, but I didn’t find it particularly engaging. The production was also really good so everything felt that it was of good quality. The acting was great all around too, but I struggled to connect with the characters.

We do get plenty of palace intrigue and plotting from various baddies. This was fairly standard stuff that was straightforward. The politics increase as the drama progresses which really made things draggy for me, especially in the latter half of the drama.

River Where the Moon Rises also had to deal with a main actor switch in the middle of its run which didn’t help and was definitely felt, but I would consider it more of a minor issue. Not a bad watch overall, but not very memorable either.
My Rating: 6/10 (River Where the Moon Rises Review)

13. Lovestruck in the City

Lovestruck in the City Korean Drama - Ji Chan Wook and Kim Ji Won

Lovestruck in the City was a bit of mixed bag for me. It had some elements that I really loved and some that I didn’t care for it. I loved the main romance which was very engaging. Ji Chang Wook and Kim Ji Won were both great in their roles.

I didn’t particularly like the documentary/interview format that some of the show was done in and greatly favored the more traditional storytelling. I wasn’t too interested in the side couples either. Overall, Lovestruck in the City was a quick and easy watch though. Swoony moments, great chemistry between our leads, and an interesting story made it enjoyable.
My Rating: 6.5/10 (Lovestruck in the City Review)

12. Imitation

Imitation Korean Drama - Lee Jun Young and Jung Ji So

Imitation is a drama that is very easy to watch. I really liked the story of Ma Ha struggling in the industry and finally getting her chance while also having to navigate a relationship with a popular boy group member. I also found Ma Ha completely adorable!

The main couple with her and Ryeok was cute, but they didn’t get as much time together as I would have liked. They face a lot of obstacles both on individually and as a couple though, so their story was still entertaining. Imitation was a nice drama all around. It had a solid story with humor, mystery, romance, and friendship. It was a fun underdog series that was a solid watch.
My Rating: 7/10 (Imitation Review)

11. Yumi’s Cells

Yumi's Cells Korean Drama - Kim Go Eun

Yumi’s Cells is a very nice and cute drama. It focuses on our leading lady Yumi’s dating life and all of the issues that brings up. The story is told in a mostly light and humorous way that makes it nice to watch.

The unique thing about the drama is the depiction of Yumi’s brain cells. We see an animated world of the cells who live in a town in her brain. The depiction of many of the thought processes that happen was done in a clever way that felt very relatable.

I liked the main story and romance between Yumi and Woong a lot. While I didn’t love everything about the cells, they added an interesting layer to the story that was very unique. It’s a very nice series that manages to present a simple relationship story in an interesting way.
My Rating: 7/10 (Yumi’s Cells Review)

10. Run On

Run On Korean Drama - Im Siwan and Shin Se Kyung

Run On is a slice of life romance with a very pleasant feel to it. It mostly focuses on the characters and their personal journeys as well as their romantic relationships. There are a sprinkling of dramatics throughout, but nothing to crazy. We spend a lot of time going in depth with two separate couples a they learn about each other.

Run On was a pretty solid show. I thought the first half was great and kept me very engaged. The second half did slow down some though. While it was definitely noticeable, I still found found the drama quite pleasant during this time. This isn’t a drama that feels grand, but it goes in depth with its characters, provides nice relationship journeys, and explores a variety of themes. So overall, I was mostly pleased with Run On.
My Rating: 7/10 (Run On Review)

9. Mr. Queen

Mr. Queen Korean Drama - Kim Jung Hyun and Shin Hye Sun

Mr. Queen is a solid drama that is a lot of fun with plenty of laughs. It excelled with the humor with Shin Hye Sun shining in her role as the Queen. The romance wasn’t particularly swoony, but the relationship was a unique one for sure.

There is also a nice helping of palace intrigue to balance things out and propel the plot along. As is common with many historicals, it gets more serious as it progresses, but it does keep the humor too. The last third did lose some steam, and I didn’t love the ending, but overall, it was still an entertaining drama with a fresh spin on the typical relationship dynamics we usually see at play combined with a good story to flesh things out.
My Rating: 7/10 (Mr. Queen Review)

8. Navillera

Navillera Korean Drama - Park In Hwan and Song Kang

Navillera is such a heartfelt drama. It’s an inspirational story of two people at very different points in their lives that are pursuing their dreams. It’s also the kind of drama that requires tissues on hand for the many heartwarming as well as heart-wrenching moments.

The series is more thoughtful and contemplative with a slower pace. It takes its time to tell the story and makes sure to focus on the characters and what they are experiencing. Park In Hwan was exceptional here, and we got a great outing from Song Kang too.

Navillera is very moving. The underdog story was so inspiring with so much heart. It’s the kind of story that makes you want to go out and achieve your dreams, and that’s certainly the mark of a quality drama.
My Rating: 7.5/10 (Navillera Review)

7. Monthly Magazine Home

Monthly Magazine Home Korean Drama - Kim Ji Suk and Jung So Min

Monthly Magazine Home is a fun and pleasant drama. Honestly, it feels like a drama I have seen dozens of times before because of its classic feel and the arrogant rich CEO and the sweet, struggling employee, but it gets things right by delivering a good story with fun characters and heart. It’s the kind of drama that really grows on you as you watch and get attached to all of the characters.

Lots of humor keeps the show light and fun throughout along with a dash of angst combined with a thoughtful look at the characters and real estate problems to add more weight to the plot. The romance is very cute and entertaining. All in all, Monthly Magazine Home was full of heart and quite enjoyable.
My Rating: 7.5/10 (Monthly Magazine Home Review)

6. So I Married the Anti-Fan

So I Married the Anti-Fan Korean Drama - Choi Tae Joon and Sooyoung

We waited a long time for So I Married the Anti-Fan, and overall, I enjoyed the drama. It feels very much like a classic style romantic comedy in just about every way. We’ve got the rich male lead who is a complete jerk to our hardworking and nice female lead. Add in some fun cohabitation hijinks with a hefty serving of tropes and cliches, and there you have it.

The drama does have a solid story that moves nicely along with some romance and a bit more angst in the latter third. Nothing riveting, but mostly enjoyable. I personally enjoy this style of drama, so it all worked pretty well for me.
My Rating: 7.5/10 (So I Married the Anti-Fan Review)

5. My Roommate is a Gumiho

My Roommate is a Gumiho Korean Drama - Jang Ki Yong and Hyeri

The fantasy romantic comedy My Roommate is a Gumiho was a very solid and enjoyable drama. I liked that the fantasy element with the gumiho mythology that was nicely woven throughout the story. The drama is fairly light with plenty of humor.

Things get going right away with Jang Ki Yong and Hyeri with lots of nice interactions between them early on. They had a solid love story with the progression from misunderstandings, to interest, to love. And then they have several big obstacles they have to overcome in order to be together.

I didn’t really find My Roommate is a Gumiho gripping, but I enjoyed every episode. The drama had such a classic feel to it that was very pleasant and easy to watch. It’s perfect for those like me that like the fantasy romantic comedy genre and want a solid story with a nice romance.
My Rating: 7.5/10 (My Roommate is a Gumiho Review)

4. You Raise Me Up

You Raise Me Up is a drama that I thoroughly enjoyed! It was a breeze to watch with a slice of life quality that sprinkles humor in among some very serious topics. With only 8 episodes, the main story takes center stage without much filler and solid pacing.

We end up getting a very impactful story of one man’s many struggles with mental health along with his journey to overcome them. Yoon Shi Yoon was phenomenal, and gave a heart-wrenching and spectacular performance. We also get a cute romance on the side as Hani helps support his healing journey. And that journey was a moving one that left quite an impression.
My Rating: 8/10 (You Raise Me Up Review)

3. Hello, Me!

I’m so glad I ended up checking out Hello, Me!. This drama was so much fun! It’s lighthearted with so much comedy gold as well as a nice helping of heart. Count me as surprised! The drama has a bit more of a classic feel to it as well as a very zany and fun style of humor. I laughed so much!

The fantasy time travel aspect of a 17 year old meeting the 37 year old version of herself was very refreshing. It’s a lovely journey to see play out, and the drama is filled with wonderful positive messages about self love.

We also get a bit of romance, a plethora of wonderfully quirky supporting characters, and several other nice character and relationship explorations. Hello, Me! brought me a lot of joy and provided plenty of feels. I liked this drama more and more as it went, and it left me feeling very satisfied.
My Rating: 8.5/10 (Hello, Me! Review)

2. True Beauty

True Beauty is a drama that is just plain fun! It is breezy and entertaining as it swiftly moves the story along. It honestly doesn’t really do anything revolutionary as you’ll find a simple story with a hefty sprinkling of classic kdrama tropes, but it packages it all in such a fun and engaging way that just made it so easy to watch. We get romance, bromance, friendship, family, and stories of personal growth.

I really enjoyed True Beauty as a whole. It’s zany brand of humor provided plenty of laughs. There are some very heartfelt elements to the story that deliver emotion and tears. In the midst of the fun are also nice little moments of insight that add some depth to the drama. Laughs, fun, and heart make for a terrific watch.
My Rating: 8.5/10 (True Beauty Review)

And the #1 drama of 2021 is…

1. Sisyphus: The Myth

Sisyphus: The Myth was such a good time! I had so much fun with this drama. It’s a grand dystopian style story that mixes fantastic action and thrills with some heart and cheesiness. In order to enjoy it though, you really need to role with the punches and embrace it for what it is. There are logic stretches galore and tons of situations that aren’t really believable, but if you can embrace some of these things, Sisyphus: The Myth is a whole lot of fun.

I love a good sci-fi story, and Sisyphus: The Myth was that. It starts out with a lot of mystery and then slowly peels back the layers. The plot was very interesting, and it kept me engaged all the way through. It was also good to have solid characters and heart in order to anchor the story. We get a nice little romance amidst all of the action too. The acting was also wonderful all around.

By having that early understanding not to take this series too seriously, it really helped me to just enjoy all of the fun that it had to offer. It was easy to forgive the flaws because of everything the show does right. Sisyphus: The Myth was enjoyable in every way.
My Rating: 9/10 (Sisyphus: The Myth Review)

Other Dramas I Completed in 2021

As a year end review, here is a list of the older Korean dramas and dramas from other Asian countries that I completed this year.

Full reviews for each drama are available by clicking on the drama title. Here they are broken into categories depending on how much I liked them with each category listing the dramas alphabetically:


Someday or One Day

Someday or One Day Taiwanese Drama - Greg Hsu and Alice Ke

What Happened in Bali



Kairos Korean Drama - Shin Sung Rok and Lee Se Young

Zombie Detective


Backstreet Rookie

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol Korean Drama - Lee Jae Wook and Go Ara

The School Nurse Files

The School Nurse Files Korean Drama - Nam Joo Hyuk and Jung Yu Mi

That ends up being 18 new dramas and 7 other dramas for a grand total of 25 dramas! I still have a pretty full watch list though, and it’s certainly not going to be getting any shorter. As we wrap up 2021, we better get ready for all of the new dramas that will be coming our way in 2022!

How was 2021 for you?Β  What were your favorite dramas of the year?

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25 responses to “Best Korean Dramas of 2021”

  1. rahulraj097 Avatar

    Try Mouse (2021) , The light in your eyes (2019) . These are one of the best in recent years.
    When the weather is nice(2020) , Sweet home (2020) are enjoyable too

    1. Kay Avatar

      I definitely have Mouse on my watch list. I’ve heard so many good things about it πŸ™‚ The Light in Your Eyes too πŸ™‚

  2. Timescout Avatar

    From your list I’ve seen Imitation, Run On, Navilleira, Some Day or One Day and Zombie Detective. All of which I liked, some more than the others. Then there’s Nirvana in Fire and the rewatch of FoS. I’m pretty sure there are a few more but… I can’t remember. πŸ˜€ I know I’ve got gzillion dramas on the List of Doom, just no real incentive to tackle any of them in the near future.

    Work has been an absolute horror this year, so I’m always too tired to even think straight when I get home. On most days I’m too much of a “zombie” to watch anything that demands even a smidgen of brain power.

    1. Kay Avatar

      I think this year we actually had several we both enjoyed! Usually it’s only like one, lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’ve still got a massive List of Doom too! So many dramas I wanted to get in this year, but they’ll just have to wait.

      I hope your work situation improves soon so that you can enjoy your time off more. We should at least be able to relax and do what we want at home!

  3. Fred Avatar

    So the only 10 this year is a Taiwanese drama. Hehe. What a hard year this is.

    This is a bad year for me. I have had a hard time looking for a drama I can watch. I watched only five and finished three. I watched Someday or One Day, Lovestruck in the City, The King’s Affection, Mr Queen (dropped), and Run On (dropped). After months of being unable to watch anything, I finally got to finish one (The King’s Affection). Hopefully it is a sign that I will be able to watch more. *fingers crossed*

    1. Kay Avatar

      Haha, yeah, it’s the first year a kdrama didn’t get a 10 from me 😲 There were definitely more so-so dramas this year that fell in the 6 range, but still lots of great ones and some real gems.

      I’m sorry it wasn’t a great drama year for you πŸ™ We all go through slumps, some worse than others. I am glad you loved Someday or One Day like I did though. That drama was the highlight of the year for sure and encompasses all I love about dramas.

      I do have The King’s Affection on my watch list. It sounds promising if you liked it. I also hope it’s a gateway to more dramas for you. May 2022 bless you with lots of great dramas! ❀

      1. Fred Avatar

        The King’s Affection was a nice kdrama. I watched it because its premise is based on a secret identity – my favorite. I have been avoiding Sisyphus because of the plot holes but since it’s your No. 1 this year then I might check it out. I need a kdrama to watch before Snowdrop. Hehe. May your 2022 be filled with 10s, Kay. πŸ™‚

        1. Kay Avatar

          I’m a sucker for secret identity stories too, hehe. So The King’s Affection looks really appealing to me.

          Best of luck if you try Sisyphus.Just really make sure you’re in the right mood for Sisyphus since it really is a “just roll with the craziness” kind of drama. Lots of fun to be had, but it can’t be taken to seriously to enjoy it. And yes, I need my 2022 to be filled with lots of 10’s to make up for the shortage this year πŸ˜‚

  4. Hannah Avatar

    Please watch Doom at your Service, I really feel like that drama should be at the top of your list. It was so wonderful in every way. Also thank you for all the Kdrama reviews and suggestions!

    1. Kay Avatar

      Thank you for saying that! I’m really happy you enjoy the reviews πŸ™‚

      I definitely have Doom at Your Service on my watch list. It looks like a drama I would really like, and I’m a big fan of Seo In Guk. It’s great to hear that you enjoyed that one so much πŸ™‚

  5. D Avatar

    Hi Kay – it sure was another solid year for kdramas. Thank you to you as well for the conversations and the reviews. I always like reading your reviews and saved myself some hours for some dramas. Most of the year in my part of the world, we were in lockdown and as such that meant a lot of drama watching.  There were a number of dramas I enjoyed immensely. Out of your list I watched So Not Worth It, Lovestruck in the City, Imitation, Navillera, So I married the Anti-Fan, My Roommate is a Gumiho, You Raise Me Up, and True Beauty. It would be too long of a list to mention all but here are my top 10 from the most favorite to the least favorite – Hometown Cha Cha Cha, She Would Never Know, True Beauty, The King’s Affection, My Roommate is a Gumiho, Dali and the Cocky Prince, So I married the anti-fan, Imitation, and You raise me up. To be honest, I actually really enjoyed all these 10, and so it was hard for me to rank them. My least favorite is also the same as yours β€˜So not worth it’. 

    1. Kay Avatar

      Hi D! I’m glad that some of my reviews can help save you a bit of time in sifting through the dramas you watch. We all need help with that with so many dramas these days!

      We did get in quite a few of the same dramas this year. And you’re top 10 looks great! True Beauty, My Roommate is a Gumiho, So I Married the Anti-Fan, Imitation, and You Raise Me Up were all very enjoyable for me too. I also just started Dali and Cocky Prince, and so far, so good πŸ™‚

      I’ve loved chatting with you this year and hearing about what you’re watching. Here’s to great dramas in 2022 for both of us! πŸ™‚

      1. D Avatar

        Thanks Kay. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you are enjoying Dali so far. Would it interested to see your final thoughts. I hope you plan to check out The King’s Affection too as I loved that one as well.

        1. Kay Avatar

          I do have The King’s Affection on my list. It looks right up my alley πŸ™‚

  6. kfangurl Avatar

    It’s always so interesting to see your ranking of shows, particularly shows that I’ve also seen, because I think it really shows our different tastes in dramas.

    I haven’t done my own post yet (gosh, I really should start working on that soon! πŸ˜…), but I’m already super tickled because for me, Navillera’s very possibly my most favorite drama this year, while I dropped Monthly Magazine Home really quickly. And on your list, they’re ranked about the same. Oh wait, in fact, you actually liked MMH more than you liked Navillera! 😁

    I totally agree that it was a good drama year though!! πŸ˜ƒ

    1. Kay Avatar

      Oh yes, I too always love seeing yours and others drama rankings for the year since it really highlights how we can view some dramas so similarly while others completely different, hehe πŸ™‚

      Navillera was an excellent drama! See that’s one of those dramas that more objectively I would give like a 9 because it’s just so well done. It’s just not at all my preferred genre so personal tastes influence that. But even then, I really enjoyed it and particularly loved Park In Hwan who gave one of my favorite performances of the year.

      Haha, and then you’ve got Monthly Magazine Home which is in many ways completely opposite of Navillera and very old school and cliche which I enjoyed in a very different way. That one definitely takes some warming up though and gets better as it goes. Then there’s dramas like Someday or One Day which we both love to pieces. It’s always so fascinating 😊

      I know you’re year end post will be massive. You’ve been quite busy on the drama front this year. I look forward to seeing your list all in one place πŸ™‚

      1. kfangurl Avatar

        Aw thanks for looking forward to it! ❀️ I will work on it soonish – I still have a couple of weeks before the year actually ends! πŸ˜…

        1. Kay Avatar

          Haha, yes, you have to squeeze in all you can before the end of the year! πŸ˜‚

  7. Snow Flower Avatar
    Snow Flower

    Favorite dramas of 2021: Navillera, Move To Heaven, Bossam, Beyond Evil.

    1. Snow Flower Avatar
      Snow Flower

      Oops! Forgot to mention Youth Of May.

      1. Kay Avatar

        And that’s on my list too! πŸ™‚

    2. Kay Avatar

      Looks like a great set of dramas! I really enjoyed Navillera, and I have the other three on my watch list πŸ™‚

  8. […] In addition to this, don’t miss out on the big list of my favorite dramas of the year in my Best Korean Dramas of 2021 post, but now we will focus on some of my favorite performances and dramas in each genre. There […]

  9. MyKDramaticLife Avatar

    2021 is a year full of trials and stresses due to the pressures of this vast world. Inspite of that, I am still hopeful and positive that I am still able to binge watch my dramas. πŸ™

    So here is my 2021 kdrama+ journey. Enjoy the list! 😊

    Top 17 Dramas of 2021

    17. Lost (5.5/10)
    16. Check Out the Event (6/10)
    15. Doom at Your Service (6.5/10)
    14. Lovestruck in the City (6.5/10)
    13. Move to Heaven (6.5/10)
    12. Hellbound (7/10)
    11. Kingdom: Ashin of the North (7.5/10)
    10. Love Alarm 2 (7.5/10)
    9. The Witch’s Diner (7.5/10)
    8. Happiness (7.5/10)
    7. You Raise Me Up (8/10)
    6. Scripting Your Destiny (8/10)
    5. Hospital Playlist 2 (8/10) – still as awesome and heartfelt as season 1. Great to see some development on the Main Five’s lovelives.
    4. Mouse (8/10) – a little bit messy and confusing in the whole run, but definitely one of the most thrilling crime and mystery series, twist after twist, revelation after another. Plus, Lee Seung Gi’s performance is to die for, as always.
    3. D.P. (8/10) – a hidden gem one should watch. Am not entirely a sucker for action dramas, but DP is more than just action drama. It’s full of hearts and thought-provoking lessons.
    2. My Roommate is a Gumiho (8.5/10) – am a bias for Hyeri, hehehe. But of course, the show deserves the high score because of a lot of good things it offers, despite being simple. πŸ’›
    1. Squid Game (10/10) – If you haven’t watched it yet, then watch it now. You will know why I gave it my 10. 😍

    Other Older Dramas:

    Three Dads and One Mom (9)
    Lie After Lie (8.5)
    Hi Bye Mama (8)
    Love Alarm 1 (7)
    Touch Me If You Can (6.5)
    The Best Hit (6.5)
    Sweet Home (6)

    Other Non-KDramas (my first time watching non-Korean series, and they’re all worth it. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’›):

    Bad Genius: The Series (Thailand) (8.5)
    Alice in the Borderland (Japan) (8)
    A Love So Beautiful (China) (7)

    Favorite Re-watch:

    Eulachacha Waikiki 1
    Eulachacha Waikiki 2
    Another Oh Hae Young (3rd re-watch)

    Dropped Dramas:

    Jirisan (Mount Jiri) – dropped at ep. 2
    Law School – dropped at ep. 2

    Currently watching:

    β€’Work Later, Drink Now
    β€’Sea of Silence


    Best Actor:
    Winner: Lee Seung Gi (Mouse)
    Runners-Up: Jung Hae In (D.P.), Yoo Ah In (Hellbound)
    Special Mention: Yoon Shi Yoon (You Raise Me Up)

    Best Actress:
    Song Ji Hyo (The Witch’s Diner)
    Runners-Up: Lee Hyeri (My Roommate is a Gumiho), Han Hyo Joo (Happiness)

    Best Supporting Actor:
    Park Hae Soo (Squid Game)

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Winner: Kim Joo Ryoung (Squid Game)
    Runners-Up: Kang Han Na (My Roommate is a Gumiho), Bae Hae Sun (Happiness)

    Best New Actor:
    Wi Ha Joon (Squid Game)

    Best New Actress:
    Ho Yeon Jung (Squid Game)

    Best Villain:
    The Villain in Mouse 😁

    Best Couple:
    Winner: Park Hyung Shik and Han Hyo Joo (Happiness)
    Runner-Up: Jang Ki Yong and Lee Hyeri (My Roommate is a Gumiho)

    Best Original Story: Squid Game, Mouse

    Characters of the Year: All the Characters in Squid Game 😍

    Best Ensemble: Squid Game

    Scene Stealers of the Year:
    Heo Sung Tae, Kim Joo Ryoung (Squid Game)

    Second Lead Syndrome of the Year:
    Bae In Hyuk (My Roommate is a Gumiho)

    Best Bromance:
    Move to Heaven
    Runner-Up: D.P.

    Best Womance:
    Ho Yeon Jung, Lee Yoo Mi (Squid Game)

    Two-Star Awards:
    Kwon Hwa Woon (Check Out the Event, Mouse, plus bonus: 2020 drama Hi Bye Mama),
    Song Kang (Love Alarm 1/2, 2020 Sweet Home)

    Razzie Award:
    Doom at Your Service

    Late Discoveries!

    Best Girlmance: Hi Bye Mama
    Best Ensemble: Three Dads and One Mom
    Best Actress: Eugene (Three Dads and One Mom)
    Second Lead Syndrome: Song Kang (Love Alarm 1)

    That’s all for my 2021. πŸ˜€

    Here’s hoping for a better drama year next year. πŸ’›


    1. Kay Avatar

      You had a solid year indeed! Great top drama list, and we enjoyed several of the same dramas πŸ™‚ You Raise Me Up and My Roommate is a Gumiho are my favorites from your list.

      I see Squid Game got lots of love in the awards section. I too had certain dramas that really shined. Glad to see Lee Seung Gi there as best actor ❀

      I hope 2022 brings you as many wonderful kdramas as you can handle! 😊

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