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These Are The 15 Best K-Dramas In The First Half Of 2021, According To Fans

Published on 25/06/2021
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Recently on the Korean entertainment website Kpopmap, a poll was created for fans to vote for what they believe to be the best K-Dramas from the first half of 2021. With 21 different shows to choose from, some of the votes were close, while others were ahead by a large margin! Here are the 15 best K-Dramas from the first half of this year, as chosen by fans of the genre.

15. Mouse

Release date: March 3 – May 19

Starring: Lee Seung Gi, Lee Hee Joon, Park Ju Hyun, and Kyung Soo Jin

Synopsis: Jung Ba-Reum is a rookie police officer, and an honest person that tries to pursue justice. In this drama, he faces a psychopath murderer that has the entire nation gripped in fear. After events in the show, his life is completely changed.

14. Law School

Release date: April 14 – June 9

Starring: Kim Myung MinKim BumRyu Hye Young, and Lee Jung Eun

Synopsis: Set in Hankuk University Law School, this drama follows students and professors at the law school who come across an unusual case.

13. Taxi Driver

Release date: April 9 – May 29

Starring: Lee Je HoonEsom, and Kim Eui Sung

Synopsis: Kim Do-Ki graduated from the Naval Academy and became a UDT Official. After his mother was murdered by a serial killer, however, he ends up working for Rainbow Taxi Company. But the company is not an ordinary one: They offer special “revenge-call” services, where clients ask them to take revenge and Kim Do-Ki and his co-workers perform the service.

12. Navillera

Release date: March 22 – April 27

Starring: Park In HwanSong KangNa Moon Hee and Hong Seung Hee

Synopsis: Sim Deok-Chool, a 70-year-old post office worker retiree, has had a lifelong dream of performing ballet. Unfortunately, due to various situations in his life, he had to put aside his dream of becoming a ballet dancer to work a normal job to support his family. Now, however, he makes the decision to pursue his dream again.

11. The Penthouse 2: War in Life

Release date: February 19 – April 2

Starring: Lee Ji-AhKim So-YeonEugene, Um Ki JoonYoon Jong Hoon, and Park Eun Seok

Synopsis: (SPOILER FOR SEASON 1) After successfully framing Oh Yoon-hee for murder, Cheon Seo-jin and Joo Dan-tae decided to get married. Their engagement party, however, gets interrupted by Oh Yoon-hee and Ha Yoon-cheol, who have just come back from the United States. As secrets unveil, the relationships among the people at Hera Palace are thrown into chaos, and another mysterious figure appears and confronts them.

10. Beyond Evil

Release date: February 19 – April 10

Starring: Shin Ha Kyun and Yeo Jin Goo

Synopsis: A serial murder case takes place in the small, peaceful city of detective Lee Dong-Sik, a once-capable detective that has been living a quiet life at the Manyang Police Substation. The case is the same serial murder case that took place 20 years ago and changed Lee Dong-Sik’s life. Working together with an elite new transfer detective, Han Joo-Won, the two detectives work to catch the killer. But Han Joo-Won has a secret.

9. Sell Your Haunted House

Release date: April 14 – June 9

Starring: Jang Na RaJung Yong HwaKang Hong Seok, and Ahn Gil Kang

Synopsis: Hong Ji-A is an exorcist who runs Daebak Real Estate. In her occupation, she rids real estate properties of evil spirits and then sells them. Oh In-Bum is a swindler, and he often uses ghosts in his schemes to make money. The two end up working together to solve a secret about the death of Hong Ji-A’s mother, who died 20 years ago.

8. Doom at Your Service

Release date: May 10 – June 29

Starring: Park Bo Young and Seo In Guk

Synopsis: Tak Dong-Kyung is an editor for a web novel company. Myul-Mang, a “middle manager” between God and humans, suddenly appears in her ordinary life. The editor ends up making a 100 day contract with Myul-Mang, at the risk of her life and her love.

7. Vincenzo

Release date: February 20 – May 2

Starring:  Song Joong KiJeon Yeo BeenOk Taec YeonKim Yeo Jin, and Kwak Dong Yeon

Synopsis: At 8 years old, Park Joo-Hyeong went to Italy after he was adopted. Now an adult with the name of Vincenzo Cassano, he is a lawyer working for the Mafia as an advisor. Due to a war between mafia groups, however, he flees to South Korea, where he gets involved with Lawyer Hong Cha-Young. Vincenzo falls in love with her, and also ends up achieving social justice in his own way.

6. Youth of May

Release date: May 3 – June 8

Starring: Lee Do HyunGo Min SiLee Sang Yi, and Keum Sae Rok

Synopsis: In May 1980, during the Gwangju Uprising, Hee-Tae and Myung-Hee fall in love. Hee-Tae is a medical student, who entered medical school at the top his class, while Myung-Hee has worked as a nurse for the past 3 years. Their love seems destined by fate in the chaotic and violent times of the uprising.

5. Mr. Queen

Release date: December 12, 2020 – February 14, 2021

Starring: Shin Hye Sun and Kim Jung Hyun

Synopsis: In the present day, Jang Bong-Hwan works as a chef at the President’s Blue House. However, his spirit somehow makes its way into the body of Queen Kim So-Yong in the Joseon Period. Because of this, he gets swept up in the intricate and complex relationships between various royals in the family.

4. True Beauty

Release date: December 9, 2020 – February 4, 2021

Starring: Moon Ga YoungCha Eun WooHwang In Youp, and Park Yoo Na

Synopsis: Im Ju-Kyung is a high school student who, since she was little, has been self-conscious about her looks. To hide her natural face from others, she always wears make-up, which she feels makes her pretty. The drama follows her relationship with two men: Lee Soo-Ho and Han Seo-Joon.

3. Run On

Release date: December 16, 2020 – February 4, 2021

Starring: Im Si WanShin Se KyungChoi Soo Young, and Kang Tae Oh

Synopsis: Ki Seon-Gyeom was a once-popular sprinter for the national team, but due to a case, he had to quit the sport. Meanwhile, Oh Mi-Joo writes subtitle translations for movies, and when she meets Ki Seon-Gyeom when he just quit being a sprinter, she feels that they were destined to meet.

2. River Where the Moon Rises

Release date: February 15 – April 20

Starring: Kim So Hyun, Na In WooLee Ji Hoon, and Choi Yu Hwa

Synopsis: This drama tells the love story between Pyong Gang, a princess of Goguryeo raised as a soldier with ambitions to become the King of Goguryeo, and a man named On Dal.

1. She Would Never Know

Release date: January 18 – March 9

Starring: Won Jin AhRowoonLee Hyun WookLee Joo Bin, and Lee Kyu Han

Synopsis: Yoon Song-A is a marketer for a cosmetic brand, which she enjoys doing, but she dreams of starting her own cosmetic brand. Chae Hyun-Seung works with Yoon Song-A as a marketer, and becomes attracted to her and tries to pursue her romantically. However, Yoon Song-A declines his advances, as she doesn’t see younger men as dating partners. The drama follows their junior/senior relationship.

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