Announced 5 Best K-Dramas In 2021 According Chosen By 200 Industry Insiders.
Recently, Joy News 24 opened a poll for 200 people in the entertainment industry, including the vote “5 Best K-Dramas In 2021”.
Accordingly these votes have not been cast by viewer ratings, but rather, take into account a variety of factors such as acting, cinematography, plot and writing, and more.
Out of the 70 K-Dramas launched in 2021 as of the end of October and here are the results:
1. “Hospital Playlist” Season 2 (tvN) – 35 votes
“Hospital Playlist” Season 2, which aired from June to September 2021, starred Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Kim Dae-myung and Jeon Mi-do.
Korean industry people voted it as the No. 1 best drama of 2021 (excluding OTT dramas) with 35 votes. “Hospital Playlist” Season 2 brought fun, laughter, healing and emotions to viewers who were exhausted from the aftermath of COVID-19 and achieved high ratings, according to Joy News 24.
“Hospital Playlist” Director Shin Won-ho said, “It was amazing that it was greatly loved despite the challenge of having a season system and organizing it once a week with a small story but I am truly grateful to have won the title of ‘Drama of the Year.’ Thank you to the viewers who gave me a lot of love for season 1 and season 2.”
The finale of “Hospital Playlist” Season 2 received a rating of 14.08 percent based on Nielsen Korea’s paid platforms nationwide to place 13th among the highest-rated Korean dramas on Korean cable TV history.
2. “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” (tvN) – 27 votes
“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha,” which ran from August to October 2021, starred Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho.
The drama ranked second place as best drama in 2021 with 27 votes. It is a healing romance drama about dentist Yoon Hye-jin (Shin Min-a) and jack of all trades Hong Du-sik (Kim Seon-ho) set in a sea village. It achieved its highest rating of 12.665 percent (Nielsen Korea) for its 16th and final episode. This was Kim Seon-ho’s follow up drama after last year’s “Start-Up.”
In another survey by Joy News 24, Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho were voted as the No. 1 best drama couple.
3. “Vincenzo” (tvN) – 22 votes
“Vincenzo” placed third in the survey with 22 votes. It starred Song Joong-ki, eon Yeo-bin, Ok Taec-yeon, Kim Yeo-jin, Kwak Dong-yeon and Jo Han-chul and aired from February to May 2021.
Song Joong-ki played the title role as Vincenzo Cassano, an Italian lawyer and adviser to a mafia organization, who was born in South Korea and adopted by an Italian family. He returns to South Korea after a conflict occurs in the organization.
The final episode of “Vincenzo” received a rating of 14.636 percent, its highest, to place 10th among highest-rated dramas in Korean cable TV history.
4. “Beyond Evil” (JTBC) – 21 votes
“Beyond Evil” (aka “Monster) received 21 votes to place fourth in the survey of the best dramas of 2021. It starred Shin Ha-kyun and Yeo Jin-goo. The JTBC drama ran from February to April 2021.
At the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards, held last May, “Beyond Evil” won best drama and best screenplay while Shin Ha-kyun took home the best actor award.
5. “Racket Boys” (SBS) – 20 votes
“Racket Boys,” which aired from May to August 2021 on SBS, grabbed fifth place in the survey with 20 votes. It starred Kim Sang-kyung, Oh Na-ra, Tang Joon-sang, Kim Kang-hoon and Lee Jae-in.