The beautiful spring season has just passed, finishing a quarter half of the year already and in just a blink we are already halfway into the year 2021. Though the year didn’t go as well as we hoped for but certainly in these depressing and unprecedented times, to keep us all motivated and going, K-Dramas had our backs. We honestly couldn’t be more than thankful for that. From True Beauty to recently finished airing Vincenzo, this spring, we got a variety of enthralling storylines that kept us all stuck to our screens.
While the lockdown-driven solitary has shifted more eyes towards K-Dramas, thus raising its popularity, it seems like it’s not halting any time soon, especially when we are here with the list of most anticipated upcoming K-Dramas to accompany you this summer.
To start off the list, first, we have:
Hospital Playlist 2
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Cast: Jo Jung Suk, Yoo Yeon Seok, Jung Kyung Ho, Kim Dae Myung, Jeon Mi Do
Genre: Friendship, Romance, Comedy
Releasing: June 17, 2021
Watch at: Netflix, TVN
Our favorite doctors’ squad is back in the hospital and we cant’t wait to watch their goofy chemistry which gives us friendship goals all the time! Hospital Playlist had become one of the most successful K-Dramas of 2020 and had garnered lots of positive ratings and viewership, both domestically and internationally.
Driven by the continuation of its light-toned theme which gave comfort to the audience in the dreadful pandemic, Hospital Playlist 2 will continue the stories of five friends who in the previous season entered the same medical school, graduated together, and started working in the same hospital. This season, we can expect to see more aspects to their friendship and relations when it will face newer challenges.
At a Distance, Spring is Green
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Cast: Park Ji Hoon, Kang Min Ah, Bae In Hyuk
Genre: Youth, Friendship, Romance
Releasing: June 14, 2021
Watch at: Viki, KBS2
Synopsis: “At a Distance, Spring is Green” is a coming-of-age story about young people in their twenties and the problems they face in university. Nam Soo Hyun and Yeo Joon, two boys with contrasting personalities, unexpectedly become friends when they work on a project together.
The drama is centered around 1st-year student Yeo Joon. Even though Yeo Joon has an attractive appearance and comes from a wealthy background, he carries a hidden pain inside. His character is a puppy-dog freshman who takes a liking to a Sunbae (senior) and follows him around, leading to an unlikely friendship between two very different boys.
Adapted from the webtoon “Meolriseo Bomyun Pooreun Bom” by Ji Nyoong, the drama depicts the realistic worries and conflicts of University students in their 20’s.
Looking at the cast, we certainly can’t wait to watch the vibrant energy this drama will offer but until then let us take a look into the actor’s perspective of their characters and their experience shooting.
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The Penthouse 3: War in Life
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Cast: Kim So Yeon, Eugene, Lee Ji Ah
Genre: Family, Suspense, Thriller
Releasing: June 4, 2021
Watch at: Viki, SBS
Synopsis: “The Penthouse” drama plot revolves around the people living in Hera Palace, a luxury penthouse apartment with 100 floors. It focuses on their secrets, revenge, and all the things that they can do for the sake of their children. The Penthouse Season 3 will carry forward the story of season 2 with its serious and dark tones which revolve around crimes and murders triggered by jealousy, greed, revenge, and betrayal in a family.
On April 27, SBS announced few details about the upcoming third season of “The Penthouse: War in Life.” The first two seasons of the phenomenal drama aired 2 episodes weekly but for the third installment of the drama, the production decided to air only one episode every Friday. They didn’t reveal which member among the previous cast will reprise their role in the upcoming season but the third season will be directed by Joo Dong Min and written by Kim Soon Ok. In the previous reports, it was also revealed that actors On Joo Wan and Park Ho San will be joining the cast for the upcoming season and we can’t wait to see how they enhance the performance level of the show!
Voice 4: Judgment Hour
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Cast: Lee Ha Na, Song Seung Heon
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Crime & Mystery
Releasing: June 19, 2021
Watch at: Viki, TVN
Synopsis: The drama revolves around an emergency call center and the employees who attempt to fight crime using the limited information they get from the urgent calls they receive. Kang Kwon Joo is a life-saving voice profiler. Derek Jo, a unit leader at the LAPD who winds up collaborating with the Golden Time Team. A tough perfectionist who refuses to accept even the smallest mistake, Derek Jo will be a force to be reckoned with.
The drama will narrate the journey of employees from the Golden Time Task Force unit of the emergency 112 call center as they fight and solve the crimes. For this season, the unit will fight against a murderer who has the same hearing abilities as them.
“Voice 4: Time of Judgment” will be directed by Shin Yong Hwi who has previously worked on Bad Guys and The Great Show. The writer Ma Jin Won, who created the “Voice” series, will also be in charge of the script for this season. Moreover, this time Winner’s Kang Seung Yoon will be making a comeback in dramas by joining the cast of Voice 4. He will be playing the role of Han Woo Ju, a four-dimensional cyber agent.
The previous seasons of “The Voice” series have been promising in the plot, screenplay, and production they put out, which has kept the fans on their tippy-toes, in anticipation for the new term.
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Cast: Cha Tae Hyun, Jung Jin Young, Krystal
Genre: Comedy Romance, Youth
Releasing: July 26, 2021
Watch at: KBS2 (Not available on online streaming services)
Synopsis: “Police Class” is about a detective who catches criminals with all his might and a former hacker who uses his intelligence to solve everything.
Yoo Dong Man, played by Cha Tae Hyun, is a Police University professor who has 20 years of experience working in various divisions as a violent crimes’ detective and as a member of the cyber investigation team whereas Kang Sun Ho, played by Jung Jin Young, is a hacker who eventually becomes a first-year student at the Police University. The two meet at the Police University as a professor and student, and they cooperate to investigate a case together.
Now the title and the synopsis may trick the audience here by confusing it to be a serious drama with characters like “Police” and “Hacker” involved but apparently, the drama is footed in the lighter tones of romance, comedy, and youth! So, it will be interesting to watch how the directors and writers will serve the blend of these variances.
No One But a Madman
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Cast: Moon So Ri, Jung Jae Young, Lee Sang Yeob, Kim Ga Eun
Releasing: June 2, 2021
Watch at: MBC, (Not available on online streaming services).
Synopsis: Ban Seok, a calm and warm-hearted person with a good sense of humor who works as a developer in the consumer electronics division, starts to face the biggest crisis of his 22-year working career. To avoid being caught up in a wave of dismissals, he is transferred to the personnel department where he meets Ja Young, the leader of the personnel Department. A workaholic woman, Ja Young, who’s recently promoted to this position, wants to become the company’s first female executive. But when Ban Seok who is unfamiliar with the personnel department transfers to her department she doesn’t know what to do with him. However, her life starts to change slowly as she gets accustomed to working with him. Starring Moon So Ri and Jung Jae Young in the leads, this drama is set up in the work place.
Since there are no teasers available at the moment for this drama, let’s have a look at how the official script reading went for this upcoming show:
The Summer of 2021 just got a little cooler and cosier with the anticipation of these K-dramas. From a slice of life to a thriller, and from comedy to mystery, June 2021 promises a wonderful bunch of cool cast lineup and fresh storylines to keep the viewers occupied.