The Wednesday Five: Favorite Dramas from 2021

Posted January 5, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

I’m a list person. I have a list for every single thing in my life from a to-do list, a list of books that I want to read, a running shopping list, and in the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing different k-entertainment lists that I’ve been keeping track of. You’ll be seeing my top 5 lists of stuff like my current celebrity crushes, my favorite k-drama female protagonists, my favorite k-drama male protagonists, my to-be-watched k-dramas, and you know, stuff like that.

This week’s Wednesday Five will feature my Favorite Dramas from 2021.

I should preface this post by explaining that I’ll be sharing my favorite dramas that I watched in 2021, not all of the dramas were released in 2021. So yeah, let’s get to it, shall we?

1. My Mister

Starring: IU, Lee Sun Kyun, Park Ho San, Song Sae Byuk, Lee Ji Ah
Year Released: 2018
Episodes: 16

I ugly cried my way through this entire show and my heart was torn again and again with each passing episode. There were times in the beginning where IU’s character drove me up the wall with how disconnected she was with those around her, and with life in general. Even though she drove me nuts and weirded me out at times, I never disliked her. I never not rooted for her to prevail in the end.

And right or wrong, even though her mister was married, I wanted her to somehow end up with him. I have never rooted for a divorce so bad in my life but I wanted Adjussi to end up with IU. I wanted her to get some happiness and just a break from her dark and dreary life but as much as I wanted all of that, I was still satisfied with the ending we got. This was such a great freaking show.

2. Racket Boys

Starring: Tang Jun Sang, Son Sang Yeon, Choi Hyun Wook, Kim Kang Hoon
Year Released: 2021
Episodes: 16

From beginning to end, this show was just one wholesome ass show. I enjoyed the racket boys squad (boys and girls), I enjoyed the people from the village, the parents and coaches, and I even really enjoyed the scenery.

I felt like each episode ended with a season finale vibe and every week I waited anxiously for the next episode. This was one of those shows that was just wholesome that it made you feel lighter for the rest of the day. The characters were charming as hell, the small town that they all lived in felt like one giant family, and the way that they showed up for those boys and the girls just warmed my heart right up. I loved this show so much.

3. The Uncanny Counter

Starring: Cho Byeong Kyu, Yoo Joon Sang, Kim Se Jeong, Yeon Hy Ran
Year Released: 2020
Episodes: 16

This damn show was fun from beginning to end. I loved the premise, the characters, and I really enjoyed seeing the main character grow into his own skin. The family ties that the team made between the four of them made me happy and seeing them fight the good fight through each episode was a lot of fun and the ending was rewarding as well. I hear that there’s a second season in the works and I’m definitely going to be watching it, even if the main girl doesn’t come back for it.

I highly recommend this show if you’re in the mood for something light, fun, but with lots of action and fighting.

4. Taxi Driver

Starring: Lee Je Hoon, Esom, Kim Eui Sung, Pyo Ye Jin, Jang Hyuk Jin, Bae Yoo Ram
Year Released: 2021
Episodes: 16

This show was another winner for me. The first half of this show was darker than the second half but it was also my favorite part of the season. Each case that the Rainbow Deluxe Taxi Service took on broke my heart but the team, led by Kim Do Ki (well, led by him out in the field I should say) put my heart back together every time. I really loved this cast of characters and though I think Esom’s character was supposed to be the love interest, for me, Kim Do Ki’s girl will always be Go Eun to me.

I liked this show so much and it took Lee Je Hoon to the top of my radar of k-drama actor crushes because holy cow, he was the bomb! I definitely recommend this show.

5. My Roommate is a Gumiho

Starring: Jang Ki Yong, Lee Hyeri, Kang Han Na, Kim Do Wan, Bae In Hyuk, Park Kyung Hye
Year Released: 2018
Episodes: 16

This show was such a damn delight, I couldn’t stand it. From beginning to end, through all of the ups of the show and the downs, I adored both Jang Ki Yong’s character as well as Lee Hyeri’s. Both of these actors did such a great job of bringing their characters to life and I was here for it all. The show was full on fantasy with a storyline that is pure fiction but I had a good ass time watching it anyway. There were things that drove me up the wall but for the most part?

Loved it, this was such a damn good show.

What were your top 5 k-dramas from last year? Old dramas that you watched for the first time or new dramas that dropped last year, share your favorites in the comments!

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2 responses to “The Wednesday Five: Favorite Dramas from 2021

  1. I don’t feel like I watched 5 k dramas last year! I think I watched Squid Game with everyone else and Run On, which I loved. Then there was Record of Youth which I had such high hopes for but by the end I was just watching in the hopes it would end better. I’m still a little annoyed at that because I did really enjoy the start of the show.

    • I know what you mean about Record of Youth. I loved the beginning but the longer it went on, the more bored I got with the show. They’re lucky Park Bo Gum is damn fine, I’d watch him in anything. Haha.

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