Not sure what to binge next after Squid Game and Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha? Coming this month, there are many new K-Dramas to look forward to, many of them women-led or featuring our favorite K-Pop idols.
So, here are 9 new K-Dramas to watch for October 2021…
1. My Name
My Name is a highly anticipated K-Drama for Netflix, starring Nevertheless‘s Han So Hee and directed by Extracurricular director Kim Jin Min. After watching her father murdered, a young woman infiltrates the police force undercover while being a member of an organized crime ring, all to find the one responsible for her dad’s death.
This crime-action thriller will premiere on 15 and will air on Fridays with 8 episodes. It stars Nevertheless‘s Han So Hee, Beautiful World‘s Park Hee Soon,and Itaewon Class‘s Ahn Bo Hyun.
2. Inspector Koo
After her husband’s death, a former police officer becomes an insurance investigator and recluse. She enjoys solving cold cases not for justice but rather just for the thrill of it.
This crime-comedy will air on JTBC with 12 episodes, airing Saturdays and Sundays. It premieres on October 20 and stars Lee Young Ae and Kim Hye Joon.
Jinx or The Jinx’s Lover is a webtoon-based K-Drama for Kakao TV. This romance fantasy focuses on an unlucky male lead. Anytime he sneezes, things turn out exactly the opposite of how he hopes. Yet, he tests his luck further when he pursues an unrequited love.
Premiering October 6, there will be a total of ten episodes, airing Wednesdays and Saturdays on Kakao TV. It stars SF9‘s Chani and Cosmic Girls‘ Eunseo.
4. The All-Round Wife
The All-Round Wife or National Team Wife is about a working woman who hopes to improve her way of life by purchasing a house in Gangnam only to discover that happiness is about the people in the house rather than the house itself.
The drama reportedly has 120 episodes and will premiere on October 4. From then on, it will air every weekday on KBS1. It stars Han Da Gam, Shim Ji Ho, Han Sang Jin, and Kim Jae In.
5. The King’s Affection
Based on the Korean comic Yeonmo or Affection, The King’s Affection is a period romance drama for KBS2 and Netflix. A princess is originally planned to be killed due to being born a girl, but when her twin brother dies instead, she is spared for her to assume the identity of the crown prince. Things get more complicated after a charming tutor comes into her life.
Premiering on October 11, 20-episode series will air on Mondays and Tuesdays on Netflix and KBS2. It stars Park Eun Bin, SF9’s Rowoon, Nam Yoon Soo, VICTON‘s Byungchan, DIA‘s Jung Chaeyeon, and Bae Yoon Kyung.
6. Reflection of You
Women-fronted K-Drama Reflection of You is about a woman who suffered throughout her youth to achieve her goals to now seemingly live a happy life with a successful husband and their two kids. However, she is reminded of her past when she meets an art teacher.
This JTBC K-Drama will premiere on October 12 and can be watched on Netflix. It will have 16 episodes and will air Wednesdays and Thursdays. Dear My Friends‘ actress Go Hyun Jung returns after a two-year hiatus with Hospital Playlist‘s Shin Hyun Bin.
7. Work Later, Drink Now
Based on the webtoon Drunk City Maidens, the K-Drama’s literal title translates to City Girls Drinkers or Drinker City Women. It’s a fun story about three single women in their 30s who enjoy getting together to drink after they all get off of their very different jobs a broadcasting writer, yoga instructor, and YouTuber.
Work Later, Drink Now will release October 22, airing on TVING. It stars Lee Sun Bin, Han Sun Hwa, Jung Eun Ji, and Super Junior’s Choi Si Won.
Jirisan or Mount Jiri is another anticipated K-Drama for October. It’s a thriller and mystery drama about national park rangers who attempt to save lost people around Jiri Mountain National Park.
It will air on tvN and iQiYi with a total of 16 episodes, premiering on October 23. Lee Eun Bok, known for Sweet Home, Mr. Sunshine, and Descendants of the Sun, directors while Legend of the Blue Sea‘s Jun Ji Hyun (also known as Gianna Jun) stars with Joo Ji Hoon, Sung Dong Il, and Oh Jung Se.
9. Crime Puzzle
Crime Puzzle is another webtoon-based K-Drama and is a psychological thriller with romance. It focuses on ex-lovers, a criminal psychologist and detective, who meet again under unfortunate circumstances. The criminal psychologist goes to prison after killing an important politician. Meanwhile, the detective loses her father.
Crime Puzzle has yet to release teasers or a release date but is expected to come out this month on Olleh TV. It stars Yoon Kye Sang, Go Ah Sung, Yoon Gyung Ho, and Song Sun Mi.