Last year, streaming giant Netflix invested $500 million in Korean content. The investment resulted in many shows and movies that undoubtedly entertained us. While a new year promises tons of K-dramas for us to tune into, it’s worth listing the shows that made 2021 more memorable and bearable.  

Here are five K-dramas that dominated the streaming platform in 2021!

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Netflix started 2021 with a bang. Vincenzo was Song Joong-ki’s return to the small screen after his hit Descendants of the Sun. In it, he plays a Korean-Italian mafia lawyer who gets involved with a corrupt pharmaceutical company. 

Hospital Playlist Season 2 

Hospital Playlist follows a group of friends as they navigate life together. If the first season was the comforting balm we needed in 2020, its second season gave us the much needed happy ending for all characters involved. 


Last year was a good year for Song Kang and Han So Hee, and Nevertheless is proof of that. The story follows two college students with two very different viewpoints about love. This romance drama was just the distraction we needed in 2021.

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Squid Game 

Squid Game is one of Netflix’s most watched shows. It was even Netflix’s most-watched show for a time until Arcane beat it in November. An action-packed survival show, Squid Game has its characters playing all kinds of different games for a cash price. Unbeknownst to them, the stakes are deadly. 

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha 

Released in the latter half of the year, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha was the healing drama of 2021. With its wholesome romance between a big-city dentist and a charming jack-of-all-trades, and a small seaside village setting, this drama was the perfect escape for those of us stuck at home. 

What was your favorite 2021 K-drama? 

Art Daniella Sison

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