Cover Here are the biggest K-dramas to keep on your radar in 2022 (Photo: Netflix)

Want to know which K-dramas you should be tuning into next year? Read on to find out which titles deserve a spot in your to-watch list

This 2021 has been a big year for Korean dramas. We saw the metric rise of survival show, Squid Game, the thriller Hellbound and many more. And Korean dramas just show no sign of stopping—and it shouldn’t, given that more and more people are riding on the K-drama mania, thanks to its fresh storylines, great acting performances and thought-provoking themes.

Lucky for us, the 2022 line-up for K-dramas is already looking promising. From heart-fluttering romantic comedies to exciting thrillers, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy. Want to know which K-dramas are worth tuning into in 2022? Read on to find our picks.

Editor’s note: The information are based on those reported by networks, agencies and streaming sites or news reported by local media. Therefore, some casting news might not be confirmed yet and cast members might only been offered the role so far.

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1. Rookie Cops

Kang Daniel will be making his acting debut in this Disney+ original, Rookie. The drama will tell the story of love and challenges between young people in a police university.

Cast: Kang Daniel, Lee Shin-young, Chae Soo-bin Park Yoo-na, Kim Sang-ho

Release: January 26

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2. All of Us Are Dead

South Korea is trying its hand in another zombie flick following the successes of Train to Busan and Netflix’s very own, Kingdom. This 2022, Netflix is kickstarting the new year with an adaptation of the popular webtoon, All of Us Are Dead.

The upcoming horror drama will follow a group of high school students who become trapped inside the school when a zombie virus spreads through the populous.

Cast: Yoon Chan-young, Park Ji-hoo, Jo Yi-hyun, Park Solomon, Yoo In-soo

Release: January 28

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3. Forecasting Love and Weather

Rom-com queen, Park Min-young is teaming up with the ‘Son of Netflix’ Song Kang for this workplace drama. Weather People is about the work and romance of people who work at a weather forecast service.

Cast: Park Min-young, Song Kang, Yura, Yoon Park

Release: February 12

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4. Twenty-Five, Twenty-One

Twenty-Five, Twenty-One is about two people who meet when they are 22 and 18 and begin their love story four years later when they are 25 and 21. The drama will explore the joy of youth, growth and friendship.

Cast: Kim Tae-ri, Nam Joo-hyuk, WJSN’s Bona, Choi Hyun-wook, Lee Joo-myung

Release: February 12

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5. Grid

Seo Kang-joon returns to grace our screens on Disney+ after two years. Grid is about a mysterious being who initially saved mankind from a crisis. However, it suddenly reappears and helps a murderer. A government official and detective delve into the secrets to uncover the truth.

Cast: Seo Kang-joon, Kim Ah-joong, Lee Si-young

Release: February 16

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6. Business Proposal

Ahn Hyo-seop and Kim Se-jeong team up for this romantic comedy about an office employee who goes on a blind date with her company’s CEO in place of her friend. She must hide her real identity from him while working at the same company.

Cast: Ahn Hyo-seop, Kim Se-jong, Victon’s Byungchan

Release: February 21

7. Juvenile Justice

Powerhouse actress Kim Hye-soo will be putting on a judge’s robe for her upcoming drama, Juvenile Justice next year. Kim will be playing a newly appointed judge to the juvenile court who just also happens to hate, juvenile offenders. But her hatred is rooted in her past as she was a victim of a juvenile crime.

With her new role, she will face a lot of cases involving young delinquents which will open her eyes to what it means to truly be an adult.

Cast: Kim Hye-soo, Kim Mu-yeol, Lee Sung-min, Lee Jung-eun, Park Jong-hwan

Release: February 25

8. Why Oh Soo Jae?

Hwang In-yeop gets his due as the leading man in Why Oh Soo Jae? opposite romantic comedy star, Seo Hyun-jin. The story is about a woman who always makes the wrong choices in life. But it changes when she falls in love with a young man.

Cast: Hwang In-yeop, Seo Hyun-jin, Bae In-hyuk

Release: March 2022

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9. Link: Eat and Love to Kill

This fantasy drama follows Eun Gye-hoon (Yeo Jin-goo) and Noh Da-hyun (Moon Ga-young) who are linked to each other and experience the same emotional state.

When one of them cries of laughs, the other will feel the same.

Cast: Yeo Jin-goo, Moon Ga-young

Release: May 9

10. Eve

Following her departure from Island, Seo Ye-ji may be starring in Eve instead. The melodrama centres around a rich couple’s two trillion won divorce lawsuit that shocked the nation.

Cast: Seo Ye-ji, Park Byung-eun, Yoo Sun, Lee Sang-yeob

Release: May 18

11. Minamdang: Case Note

Led by Seo In-guk and Oh Yeon-seo, Minamdang: Case Note is a mystery-comedy that revolves around former profiler Nam Han-joon who becomes a male shaman. Later on, he crosses paths with violent crimes division’s team leader, Han Jae-hee.

Cast: Seo In-guk, Oh Yeon-seo, Kwak Si-yang, Kang Mina, Kwon Soo-hyun

Release: May 2022

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12. Island

Island made headlines when actress Seo Ye-ji dropped out following her scandal—talk of the town is the actress set to replace her. Fortunately, Lee Da-hee scoops in to take on the role of Won Mi-ho alongside Kim Nam-gil and Cha Eun-woo. The drama is adapted from the eponymous webtoon and follows Won Mi-ho, the only heiress to Daehan Group.

But selfish and spoiled, her father banishes her to Jeju Island as punishment. There, she starts working as a high school ethics teacher. Little does she know, evil lurks on the island. She starts to meet people and join forces in order to survive.

Cast: Kim Nam-gil, Lee Da-hee, Cha Eun-woo, Sung Joon

Release: First half of 2022

13. Insider

Kang Ha-neul will be gracing our screens in action-suspense drama, Insider. It will follow the life of Kim Yo-han, a judicial trainee whose life turns upside down while working undercover for an investigation.

Cast: Lee Yoo-young, Kang Na-neul, Kim Sang-ho

Release: First half of 2022

14. Dr. Lawyer

So Ji-sub makes a return to the small screen in Dr. Lawyer, a drama that tells the story of a genius medical surgeon. But he loses his license to practise after one of his surgeries was manipulated. He makes a return as a medical lawyer.

Cast: So Ji-sub, Shin Sung-rok, Im Soo-hyang

Release: First half of 2022

15. Red Single Heart

The year wouldn’t be complete without a saeguk (historical) drama and one of the most anticipated is Red Heart. It tells the story of Lee Tae, who becomes the king of Joseon and dreams of absolute monarchy.

Cast: Lee Joon, Kang Hana, Jang Hyuk

Release: First half of 2022

16. Money Heist: Korea - Joint Security Area

The hit Spanish show La Casa de Papel has recently just concluded after five seasons—now, South Korea will be helming an adaptation of the well-loved show.

Not much of the plot has been revealed at the moment but Netflix has unveiled the star-studded cast led by Yoo Ji-tae as the Professor and Jeon Jong-seo as Tokyo.

Cast: Yoo Ji-tae, Jeon Jong-seo, Park Hae-soo, Lee Won-jong, Kim Ji-hoon

Release: TBC

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17. Glitch

After impressing viewers in Vincenzo, rising actress Jeon Yeo-bin is returning to Netflix as Hong Ji-hyo for the drama, Glitch. She’s tracking down her missing boyfriend with the help of the members of the UFO club.

The highly-anticipated drama will be penned by writer Gin Han-sai who worked on Netflix’s Extracurricular.

Cast: Jeon Yeo-bin, Nana, Lee Dong-hwi, Ryu Kyung-soo

Release: TBC

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18. Little Women

Little Women will be the Korean adaptation of the 1868 eponymous novel by Louisa May Alcott. It will tell the story of three close sisters and how they face South Korea’s richest family.

Cast: Kim Go-eun, Nam Ji-hyun, Park Ji-hoo, Wi Ha-joon

Release: TBC

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19. Remarriage & Desires

This eight-episode Korean drama takes place at an exclusive matchmaking agency called Rex, which caters to the affluent in society.

The members here are all desperate to climb the social ladder by marrying into the ranks of the elite, particularly those listed under the Black tier—an elite group that consists of only 0.001 per cent of the population.

Cast: Kim Hee-soon, Lee Hyun-wook, Jung Eugene, Cha Ji-yeon, Park Hoon

Release: TBC

 

20. The Sound of Magic

The Sound of Magic revolves around Yoo Ah-yi, who’s making ends meet as she supports herself and her younger sister. Abandoned by her parents because of debt, Yoo balances her part-time job and studies and still manages to become a top student.

But all she wants is to grow up quickly so she can find a stable job. Desperate for change, Yoo reveals her dream to the magician, Lee Eul and her life being to change.

Cast: Ji Chang-wook, Choi Sung-eun, Hwang In-yeop, Nam Da-reum, Hong Seo-hee

Release: TBC

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21. The Accidental Narco

The Accidental Narco (previously known as Suriname) sees the return of some of South Korea’s biggest stars to the small screen including Ha Jung-woo and Hwang Jung-min. Squid Game’s Park Hae-soo and Hospital Playlist’s Yoo Yeon-seok are also set to star. The Korean drama is based on true events and takes place in South Korea where a drug lord has caught the attention of the National Intelligence Service.

To capture him, the intelligence service asks an entrepreneur for help as he’s seeking to expand his business in Suriname. But he, himself falls into the world of drug crime.

Cast: Ha Jung-woo, Hwang Jung-min, Park Hae-soo, Jo Woo-jin, Yeo Yeon-seok

Release: TBC

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22. Hunting Dogs

Based on the eponymous webtoon, Hunting Dogs will mark Woo Do-hwan’s comeback to the screen after finishing his military service.

He’ll be joined by Kim Sae-ron, Lee Sang-yi and Heo Joon-ho. The live-action adaptation follows three men who try to get out of debt and their fates become intertwined.

Cast: Woo Do-hwan, Kim Sae-ron, Lee Sang-yi, Heo Joon-ho

Release: TBC

23. The Chaebol’s Youngest Son

After the success of Vincenzo, Song Joong-ki is set to star in this revenge-driven drama. Based on the webtoon of the same name, the drama tells the story of a man who was framed for embezzlement by an affluent family that he’s served for over 10 years.

He was “killed” and is reborn as the youngest son of the family where he plans to enact revenge by taking over their company.

Cast: Song Joong-ki, Shin Hyun-bin

Release: TBC

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24. Tomorrow

Fresh off wrapping up the gender-bender K-drama, My King’s Affection, Rowoon is already starring in a new K-drama set for a January 2022 release. Titled Tomorrow, the series is about Choi Joon-wong, who’s been jobless for three years. Tired, he attempts to take his own life. Just as he was about to do it, he encounters someone else doing the same and convinces the person to stop but the two end up falling off the bridge together.

Choi ends up in a three-year coma and during this time, his soul becomes half alive and half dead. When he wakes up, he gets a job in crisis management where he takes care of people who are at a high risk of committing suicide.

Cast: Rowoon, Kim Hee-sun

Release: TBC

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25. Big Mouth

Big Mouth is the highly anticipated return of Lee Jong-suk to the small screen following his military service.

The noir drama is about a third-rate lawyer who becomes in charge of a murder case that turns him into a conman known as Big Mouth to catch the killer. He must expose a huge conspiracy among the affluent in society.

Cast: Lee Jong-suk, YoonA, Kwak Dong-yeon, Kim Joo-heon, Ok Ja-yeon, Yang Kyung-won

Release: TBC

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26. Monstrous

After his impressive performance in D.P. (which was just announced for a second season), Koo Kyo-hwan is helming the K-drama, Monstrous alongside Hospital Playlist’s Shin Hyun-bin, Vincenzo’s Kwak Dong-yeon and The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim’s Nam Da-reum.

Monstrous will follow the people who have been lured by a curse from a mysterious creature that shouldn’t have come into the world. A group of archaeologists led by Jung Ki-hoon and Lee Soo-jin will try to uncover the case as villagers get swept into the disaster.

Cast: Koo Kyo-hwan, Shin Hyun-bin, Kwak Dong-yeon, Nam Da-reum

Release: TBC

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27. If You Say Wish

This K-drama is inspired by a real organisation in the Netherlands that fulfils wishes for cancer patients. If You Say Wish will focus on the story of a young man who’s been pushed to his limits. He joins the organisation to help fulfil the last wishes of people and something in him changes too.

Cast: Ji Chang-wook, Sooyoung, Sung Dong-il

Release: TBC

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28. Military Prosecutor Doberman

After impressing viewers in Itaewon Class, My Name and Yumi’s Cells, Ah Bo-hyun is showcasing his versatility as a greedy military prosecutor in Military Prosecutor Doberman.

Do Bae-man is a military prosecutor who chose money over the law. But when Cha Woo-in (Jo Bo-ah), a fellow military prosecutor joins him, they work together to fight evil and become real prosecutors.

Cast: Ahn Bo-hyun, Jo Bo-ah, On Yeon-soo, Kim Young-min

Release: TBC

29. Beyond the Memory

Baeksang Arts Award Best Actor Shin Ha-kyun is leading this drama together with Han Ji-min. Beyond the Memory will take place in the 2040s where virtual reality has taken hold.

Following the death of his wife, the lead character lives in agony. One day, he receives a mail telling him how to reunite with his wife after abandoning his body.

Cast: Shin Ka-hyun, Han Ji-min, Lee Jung-eun, Jung Jin-young

Release: TBC

30. Our Blues

Our Blues will see the first project of the real-life couple, Kim Woo-bin and Shin Min-a. It also boasts such a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Lee Byung-hun, Han Ji-min, Cha Seung-won and more. This drama will look at the sweet, sour and bitter stories in Jeju Island throughout different stages of their life.

Cast: Lee Byung-hun, Shin Min-a, Kim Woo-bin, Han Ji-min, Lee Jung-eun, Cha Seung-won, Uhm Jong-hwa

Release: TBC

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This article was originally published on December 14, 2021 and was updated on January 14, 2022.

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