Now that 2022 has formally began, we have a look again on the previous yr and disclose our 10 best Korean dramas of 2021 for the HITC Hall-of-Fame!
Has there ever been a greater time to be partial to Korean dramas?
Not handiest is the worldwide fanbase for Korean content material rising at a fantastic price, however the manufacturing of particular person sequence may be being closely invested in.
Overall, all the business has skilled a meteoric upward push thru mainstream media in 2021, with Ok-dramas being extra available than ever throughout the likes of Netflix, Viki, Disney Plus and Apple TV.
However, as we transfer into the New Year, we have a look again at the most productive Korean presentations of 2021 in HITC’s inaugural Hall-of Fame selections!
Of route, it is a utterly subjective listing for what we expect the most productive Korean dramas of 2021 are and sadly, that signifies that your favorite display will not be featured right here.
However, something is certain, Korean dramas have skilled a enormous upward push throughout the mainstream media over the last 365 days, making it the most important yr for all the business so far.
For HITC, our Korean content material has additionally skilled an unbelievable upward push in each viewership and engagement in 2021. In specific for this listing, we needed to focus on the sequence that in point of fact grabbed our consideration; whether or not it’s over 12 weeks of a simulcast broadcast or a weekend of binging on Netflix!
This was once a reasonably glaring selection, and person who clearly had to be highlighted first…Squid Game.
Arguably the most important tv match of the yr, the dystopian match took the sector by means of typhoon when it premiered in September and would cross onto change into Netflix’s most-streamed sequence of all time.
Over 111 million families have watched the nine-episode cultural phenomenon, which remains to be rating in Netflix’s Top 10 listings for its 15th week!
The brutality of the kids’s video games, the hope and melancholy, the visuals and (slicing a bit deeper) the social observation on how other people behave for a big sufficient money incentive; will there ever be a chain fairly like Squid Game once more?
IMDB Score 8/10; MyDramaList Score 8.6/10; Streaming on Netflix.
Vincenzo was once some of the first Korean dramas to head viral in 2021 and it without a doubt merits to be in HITC’s Ok-drama Hall of Fame.
Superb writing, pacing and track have been all complementary to the only facet that made Vincenzo some of the standout presentations of the yr; the characters and solid.
Personally, we’re suffering to bear in mind a chain that featured a extra best possible solid than Vincenzo, with Song Joong-Ki and Jeon Yeo-Bin turning into the faces of Korean content material on Netflix in early 2021.
The sequence would finish the yr as strongly because it began, being named the Best Drama Series of 2021 on the coveted 26th Asian Television Awards.
IMDB Score 8.5/10; MyDramaList Score 9/10; Streaming on Netflix.
The first Korean sequence of 2021 that wasn’t simulcast or launched by means of Netflix on our listing, The Devil Judge was once an adrenaline-filled rollercoaster trip of feelings from celebrity to complete.
Whilst the display did not essentially have the ‘wow’ issue that both Squid Game or Vincenzo accomplished, the standard of persona construction and international construction is what units The Devil Judge aside.
In an international the place the general public can affect excessive court docket rulings, lovers watched with baited breath every week as the strain, scrutiny and danger from livestreaming more than a few high-profile trials persisted to upward push.
If this was once a chain that handed you by means of in 2021, The Devil Judge is a display that we will be able to’t suggest sufficient.
IMDB Score 8.4/10; MyDramaList Score 8.8/10; Streaming on Viki.
Everyone’s favorite crew of bestie-doctors returned for his or her 2d season in June and changed into Netflix’s largest Ok-drama of the Summer.
Perhaps it was once since the international remains to be in the middle of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Hospital Playlist season 2 was once extraordinarily emotional to observe.
Seeing our major characters must handle life-threatening emergencies day in and day trip changed into nearly a non-public combat to many lovers – if there may be ever a bunch of characters you sought after to have a contented finishing, Hospital Playlist was once it.
IMDB Score 8.8/10; MyDramaList Score 9.1/10; Streaming on Netflix.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the most productive teaser trailer for 2021 needed to cross Hellbound and fortunately, the total sequence met the ones exceptionally excessive expectancies from lovers.
The supernatural horror dragged customers kicking and screaming right into a hellish Seoul, with ‘sinners’ being actually brutally down into hell by means of shadowy monsters.
The sheer violence of those demonic decrees and demonstrations have been complimented by means of an intriguing human storyline. Whether we watched in horror on the rising New Truth cult or on the toddler decree, Hellbound was once a chain that may persist with us for a very long time.
IMDB Score 6.7/10; MyDramaList Score 7.6/10; Streaming on Netflix.
‘Our Beloved Summer’ in point of fact changed into some of the very best 2021/2022 Ok-dramas with its younger storytelling and the swoon-worthy solid’s convincing portrayal of Yeon Soo and Choi Ung.
The suave storytelling of ‘Our Beloved Summer’ serves as an advantage the place audience witness the sluggish transition of the tale from being a coming of age documentary to a heart-piercing love tale, the place two previous fanatics meet once more handiest to find that they in point of fact by no means left.
With ten episodes launched up to now, ‘Our Beloved Summer’ has won an 8.8 ranking on each My Drama List and IMDB.
‘One Ordinary Day’ as soon as once more presentations the various vary of probably the most well-liked and seriously praised actors of South Korea, Kim Soo Hyun.
After the worldwide good fortune and global Emmy nod of ‘It’s Okay Not To Be Okay,’ Kim Soo Hyun’s new venture ‘One Ordinary Day’ unveils a brand new facet of him, portraying the position of Kim Hyun-Soo, a school scholar whose existence utterly adjustments in a single day stemming from a string of unlucky incidents.
With the assistance of a robust solid, Cha Seung-Won enjoying the position of Shin Joong Han, Hyun Soo’s attorney, and extra, ‘One Ordinary Day’ is a must-watch.
‘One Ordinary Day’ is rated 8.5 each in IMDB and My Drama List. Watch the drama right here.
Happiness had set a excessive expectation for audience even sooner than its free up because it was once the comeback drama of Park Hyung Sik proper after his army discharge.
Starring ‘W Two Worlds’ actress Han Hyo Joo and Park Hyung Sik, ‘Happiness’ unravels an apocalyptic mystery the place Yoon Sae Bom (Han Hyo Joo) and Jung Yi Hyun (Park Hyung Sik) battle towards an unknown illness outbreak that has saved town in a chokehold.
Locked inside of an condominium complicated, ‘Happiness’ delivers a spine-chilling mystery filled with social observation and the delicate love tale of Yoon Sae Bom and Jung Yi Hyun, making it a transparent hit of 2021.
Happiness is rated 9/10 in My Drama List and eight.4 in IMDB.
Watch it right here.
Netflix and JTBC’s ‘Nevertheless‘ provides a tale of romance clear of the cliches and common trope of Ok-dramas. Song Kang as artwork scholar Park Jae-eon is the real embodiment of a campus heartthrob. Han Sohee as Nabi is the whole lot a Ok-drama lead girl dares to not be.
Nabi lets in herself to get tangled within the mysterious lifetime of Jae-eon and in any case, she turns into her personal salvation with brimming new self assurance.
What made ‘Nevertheless’ a robust contender of some of the very best Ok-dramas of 2021 is its truthful characters and a recent tale breaking moulds of proper and fallacious, only a few younger other people permitting themselves to dream and cherish love in any shape that they deem have compatibility.
‘Nevertheless’ is rated 7.3 in IMDB and seven.5 in My Drama List.
One of essentially the most valuable gemstones of 2021, ‘Youth Of May’ is a standout that depicts the candy love tale of Hee Tae (Lee Do Hyun) and Kim Myung Hee (Go Min Si) amidst the unrest of the Gwangju Uprising.
What makes ‘Youth Of May’ worthy of a place in the most productive Ok-dramas of 2021 listing is its dealing with of actual historic occasions with utmost sincerity and inventive intelligence.
‘Youth Of May’ is rated 8.6 in IMDB and eight.8 in My Drama List.
More honorary mentions to one of the most very best Ok-dramas of 2021 come with The King’s Affection, My Name, Doom At Your Service, and Navillera.
Written by means of Thomas Llewellyn and Arpita Adhya.
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