Douluo Continent (2021)CCTV, Tencent Video
Having lost his mother at a very young age, Tang San grew up relying on his father just as much as his father relied upon him. Meticulous and mature for his age, with extraordinary talent and wit, he was sent to Nuoding Academy at the age of sixteen to begin pursuing his dream of becoming a great soul master. There, under the tutelage of Yu Xiao Gang, he befriends an orphan by the name of Xiao Wu, and together they begin the long and difficult journey of cultivation. As time passes, the two friends draw ever closer, eventually swearing to look out for each other as siblings for life.
As their power and connection grow, Yu Xiao Gang realizes they need more guidance than he can provide. Sending the pair to the Shrek Academy, Tang San and Xiao Wu join five other prodigies from various academies in their journey of cultivation. Strong in their power, the seven students become known throughout the land as the “Shrek Seven Devils”. With their fame ever-growing, the talents of the Seven are eventually noticed by a few very prominent nobles who invite them to continue their cultivation at the esteemed Tian Dou Royal Academy.
Not long after accepting the invitation, the Seven Devils find themselves caught up in an imperial struggle for power between the first and fourth princes. At the same time, Tang San uncovers a long-hidden secret about his mother’s death. Suddenly facing battles on many fronts, Tang San finds himself forced to fight, not only to protect those he loves but to bring honor to his sect, save his country, and complete his quest to become the greatest soul master of all time.
Dr. Brain (2021)Apple TV+
An emotional journey that follows a brain scientist who is obsessive about figuring out new technologies to access the consciousness and memories of the brain. His life goes sideways when his family falls victim to a mysterious accident, and he uses his skills to access memories from his wife’s brain to piece together the mystery of what actually happened to his family and why.
Fly, Again (2021)Daum Kakao TV, Viki
With dreams of becoming a celebrity constantly pushing him forward, Han Yo Han decides it’s time to make the transition from a genius dancer to an all-around talented idol. To better pursue his dreams, he transfers to Hanbit Art High School. Unfortunately, things for Yo Han don’t work out so well at his new school, especially not after an unfortunate accident steals his lifelong dreams.
Despite the accident, Yo Han is doing his best to search for a new way to make his dreams come true. Coincidentally, he finds himself frequently crossing paths with the members of the dance club, “Villains”. The more time he spends with the dance club, the more he begins to realize an entirely new world has opened up to him. As Yo Han begins to explore this exciting new world, he meets On Ji Min, an honor student who was born to be an idol. With her family constantly pushing her to do better and be the best, she has no idea how to do anything other than overachieving. However, things for both Ji Min and Yo Han change completely after their relationship takes an unexpected turn.
With new roads open before them, Yo Han and Ji Min begin to find the courage to dream new dreams. But will they be able to pursue those dreams when everyone and everything around them seems to be trying to hold them back?
Happiness (2021)TVING, tvN
Yoon Sae Bom is a special agent with quick wits and reflexes and another special quality. She earns the opportunity to move into a new apartment set aside for civil servants in a coveted apartment complex by pretending to marry high school friend Jung Yi Hyun. Yi Hyun is a detective investigating the spread of a mysterious disease. They are trapped in their apartment building when Han Tae Seok, head of the task force to control the spread of the disease, orders the complex to be sealed off from the rest of the city.
Quarantine and disease reveal a social caste system, bringing out the best and worst of the apartment residents.
Lhong Klin Chan – หลงกลิ่นจันทน์ (2021)channel 7
Wanrak, an investigator, gets transferred to her small hometown in order to investigate the homicide of Chankrapor who was murdered and buried underneath a Chan por tree.
There, she meets the forensics doctor of the area who, although he likes to question her intelligence, teams up with her in order to find the murderer. Joining them is Trichai, a handsome young lieutenant who’s always ready to help.
The catch of this case is that the deeper you search, the thicker the fog becomes.
Gao Bing Zhu is a notorious deputy marshal who sits on the bottom rung of society. Suspected of a crime, he must confirm his innocence. While investigating, he meets a young man named Baili Hong Yi, searching for the truth behind his father’s death. They team up to solve both mysteries.
A woman from a well-moneyed family with superior martial arts skills and intense survival instincts is on a mission of her own. She approaches Gao Bing Zhu to pry information out of him. Their annoying class differences create a mutual dislike for one another. Despite the tension, they soon find themselves joined at the hip. Their investigation unearths a shocking conspiracy. Once made public, it will likely destroy the entire city, leaving Luoyang with blood on his hands.
Police University – 경찰수업 (2021)KBS2
Hacking was the only way out of Kang Sun Ho’s miserable life ever since his parents passed away in an accident when he was just ten. He eventually puts his genius hacking skills into practice in an attempt to steal illegal gambling funds to pay for his adoptive father’s cancer surgery.
One day, Sun Ho bumps into a charismatic judo girl, Oh Kang Hee, and falls in love at first sight. Just to be with her, he sets a goal to get an acceptance letter from the same university as Kang Hee’s and eventually gets accepted. However, he does not expect a familiar face from his previous misdemeanor, Yoo Dong Man, to greet him as his professor.
At first, he’s not very pleased to see him again, but he gradually grows fond of Dong Man, the man of justice, to the point where he respects Dong Man’s philanthropic and brave nature as they continue to bicker with one another. Just like that, what started as love, at first sight, becomes Sun Ho’s life goal, a police officer.
Reflection of You (2021)jTBC, Netflix
The story of love, betrayal, corruption, and revenge that takes place within the life of a woman who briefly leaves behind her picture-perfect lifestyle to give in to her desires, and another woman who meets her during this period and loses the light of her life.
Jung Hee Joo had a tough time during her youthful days, but she is now a successful painter and essayist. Her husband, Ahn Hyun Sung, is the successor of a hospital, and together have two children. Her family life seems enviable, but Hee Joo feels like she spends her time meaninglessly, and at that time, she meets Gu Hae Won. She is a poor art teacher, much like Hee Joo in her younger days, but she is still shines and is full of life.
The King’s Affection – ราชันผู้งดงาม , 연모 (2021)KBS2, Netflix
The story is set during the Joseon Dynasty, at a time when twins were considered an ominous sign. As a result, when the Crown Princess Consort gives birth to twins, an order is sent to kill the daughter. To save her, she is secretly sent out of the palace.
A few years later, the twin daughter Dam Yi returns to the palace to work as a maid. When the male twin, Lee Hwi, loses his life through a case of mistaken identity, their mother, having recognised her daughter as court maid Dam Yi, persuades her to take Lee Hwi’s place. Although she distances herself from everybody, Dam Yi starts developing feelings for Jung Ji Woon, her original first love and later teacher who comes from a noble family.
Work Later, Drink Now – 술꾼도시여자들 (2021)TVING
Ahn So Hee, Han Ji Yeon, and Kang Ji Gu enjoy hanging out after work and drinking together. The three women are single and in their 30s. As for their jobs, So Hee works as a broadcasting writer, Ji Yeon as a yoga instructor, and Ji Gu as a YouTuber. Meanwhile, Kang Buk Gu works as a PD of the TV variety show. He hangs out with these three women.
Would You Like a Cup of Coffee (2021)Daum Kakao TV, Tencent Video
Park Seok is the owner of the successful Café 2Dae coffee shop, a small but much-loved establishment with a group of loyal customers. He works alone in the coffee shop, and has not taken on any staff, even though his solo efforts are starting to take their toll on him. One day, a young man named Kang Go Bi comes to the coffee shop and samples Park Seok’s coffee. He immediately develops an earnest passion for coffee and convinces Park Seok to take him on as a part-time worker at the coffee shop. But Kang Go Bi soon proves that he really wants the older man to become his mentor and to learn how to become a proficient barista in his own right. The duo eventually forms a close bond and learns no end of life lessons from one another – while also helping bring a little warmth into the lives of their many and various customers.
Young Lady and Gentleman – 신사와 아가씨 (2021)KBS2
Lee Young Kook is a widower with three children. He still hasn’t gotten over the death of his wife. He decides to hire Park Dan Dan as a live-in tutor for his kids, and he becomes attracted to her. Meanwhile, Park Dan Dan has a bright and positive personality despite her harsh situation.