Best new South Korean TV Shows in 2021 & 2020 (Netflix, Prime, Hulu & TV List)


List of the latest South Korean TV series in 2021 on tv and the best South Korean TV series of 2020 & the 2010's. Top South Korean TV series to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+ & other Streaming services, out on DVD/Blu-ray or on tv right now.

New South Korean TV series in 2021

Top series up for release in 2021
  • Undercover

    CREATOR: Peter Moffat
    The National Security Planning Agency has been trying to keep the identity of agent Han Jeong-hyeon (Ji Jin-hee) a secret. At the same time, human rights lawyer Choi Yeon-soo (Kim Hyun-joo) finds herself as the new head of the justice agency. The two of them soon stumble onto a massive conspiracy of secrets and lies, debating just how to handle such case when the deck seems stacked against them both in this intense drama based on the BBC miniseries of the same name. Watch the trailer of Undercover

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2020, 2019, 2018 & the 2010's best rated South Korean TV series out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon Prime & Hulu).
  • Tell Me What You Saw

    CREATOR: Kim Hong-sun
    CAST: Jang Hyuk, Choi Soo-young & Jin Seo-yeon
    The Korean Suspense series "Tell Me What You Saw" tells the story of Oh Hyun Jae, a genius profiler for the police, and a detective with a photographic memory who are hunting for a serial killer in the streets of Korea. Watch the trailer of Tell Me What You Saw

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  • Itaewon Class

    CREATOR: Yoo Jae-myung
    CAST: Park Seo-jun, Kim Da-mi & Kwon Na-ra
    A restaurant is opened in Itaewon. But in order to achieve this dream, a group of friends, including an ex-prisoner have to face some tough competition. This Korean Netflix show is produced by Showbox. Watch the trailer of Itaewon Class

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  • Diary of a Prosecutor

    CREATOR: Park Yeon-seon
    CAST: Lee Sun-kyun, Jung Ryeo-won & Lee Sung-jae
    The daily lives of overworked prosecutors in the city of Jinyoung are filled with much drama. Lee Sun-woong (Lee Sun-kyun) serves as both the narrator of the story and a passionate prosecutor of Criminal Unit 2 with a wealthy background. Cha Myung-joo (Jung Ryeo-won) is seen as the more careless for choosing not to waste time on cases. Jo Min-ho (Lee Sung-jae) is one of the oldest prosecutors who is frustrated with his legal team. The series is based on an essay by Kim Woong. Watch the trailer of Diary of a Prosecutor

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  • Crash Landing on You

    CREATOR: Park Ji-eun
    CAST: Son Ye-jin, Hyun Bin & Seo Ji-hye
    Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye-jin), a South Korean heiress, and Ri Jeong-hyuk (Hyun Bin), a North Korean army officer form a star crossed romance. They meet each other when harsh winds force Yoon to crash land in North Korea. It is there that she meets Ri and he attempts to help her find her way back to South Korea. Along the way, however, a romance bloom that transcends country boundaries and differences in this popular Korean drama. Watch the trailer of Crash Landing on You

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  • Kingdom

    CREATOR: N/A
    CAST: Ju Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong & Bae Doo-na
    A South-Korean zombie show about A crown prince who is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak, and finds the undead. After Train to Busan, South... Watch the trailer of Kingdom

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  • Stove League

    CAST: Namkoong Min, Park Eun-bin & Park So-jin
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  • Radio Romance

    CREATOR: N/A
    CAST: Do-Kyu Ahn
    Song Geurim is a radio program writer who isn't exactly talented in writing. She's got the passion, initiative, and drive, but due to her lack of writing skills, she still remains an assistant writer.... Watch the trailer of Radio Romance

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 25th, 2021

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  • Longing Heart

    CREATOR: N/A
    CAST: Seo Ji-Hoon
    A South Korean Rom Com about a man who meets himself from 10 years ago, and decides to change the past with his first lover. Watch the trailer of Longing Heart

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    RELEASE DATE: January 25th, 2021

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  • Memories of the Alhambra

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    CAST: Hyun Bin, Park Shin-Hye & Park Chan-yeol
    This South Korean Netflix series is set in Granada Spain at the Alhambra Palace and it's about alternate realities and centers around an augmented reality game that distorts your perception of the world around you. Two Travelers meet there and find themselves in a remarkable situation. Watch the trailer of Memories of the Alhambra

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    RELEASE DATE: January 25th, 2021

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  • Mr. Sunshine

    CREATOR: Lee Eung Bok
    CAST: Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri & Yoo Yeon-seok
    "Mr. Sunshine" aka "Miseuteo Shunshain" is a South Korean Action drama set in the early 1900's. It is about a US Marine who falls in love with the daughter of a Korean Aristocrat. Watch the trailer of Mr. Sunshine

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    RELEASE DATE: January 25th, 2021

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  • Saimdang, the Herstory

    CREATOR: N/A
    CAST: Yeong-ae Lee, Seung-heon Song, Yoon Ah Oh, Da Hun Yun
    Through the discovery of the diary of Shin Saimdang, a historical Korean figure, a Korean art history unravels the mystery behind a famous painting.

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    RATING: 89/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 26th, 2017

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  • Pinocchio

    CREATOR: Park Hye-ryun
    CAST: Jong-Suk Lee, Shin-Hye Park, Hee-Bong Byun, Kyung Jin
    The first episode of Pinocchio starts with the introduction of the 'Pinocchio syndrome' through a girl that hiccups whenever she tells a lie. Then, an explosion in a factory leads to an extensive media coverage and then is sensationalized when a body appears to be missing. The show centers around the missing body (which is still full of life) and a mother and daughter, who unknowingly stumble across the missed person.

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    RATING: 83/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 12th, 2014

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  • Punch

    CREATOR: Park Kyung-soo
    CAST: Kim Yoon-seok, Yoo Ah-In, Su-Young Park, Jasmine
    A fairly complicated story about political powerplay in the Department of Justice in South Korea. A prosecutor who worked his way up as a chief of the anticorrupition investigation team, learns that he has a brain tumor and does not have a lot of time left. He chooses to clean his slate and does so by politically attacking a corrupt Public Prosecutor.

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    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 12th, 2014

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The ‘K-drama’ genre is popular worldwide and the shows to choose from is huge. In North-America, Netflix included some K-Drama shows in its selection and online streaming sites like Hulu and DramaFever attract a vast audience. In terms of quality drama however, a decent K-Drama show is hard to find. A couple of shows are worth a try, though. Below you’ll find the two best K-Drama shows of the recent past.


South Korean drama, or K-drama, dates back to the 1960’s, but the modern conception of the deurama format (12-24 episodes per show) started somewhere in the 90’s and does not have a lot in common with television series produced in the western parts of the world. Indeed, it is something else. Most shows are kitschy to say the least. The style is defined by colorful and soft images, questionable screenplay, corny comedy and a way of acting that resembles Western soap operas. The dramas are usually produced with one director and one writer, and are broadcasted on two consecutive nights three times a week. Needless to say, K-Drama differs from the American and European ways of making television. The genre is popular worldwide though and the amount to choose from is huge. In North-America, Netflix included some K-Drama shows in its selection and online streaming sites like Hulu and DramaFever attract a vast audience. In terms of quality drama however, a decent K-Drama show is hard to find. Most shows don’t come near the quality of Western shows. Mostly, the shows don’t even try. As mentioned before, K-Drama has it’s own standard and obviously does not try to rival with channels like HBO and AMC. A couple of shows are worth a try, though. They may not be as interesting as South-Korean cinema is, but it might a refreshing experience for those who are in search for something completely different.