10 upcoming k dramas in september 2021

10 Upcoming K-Dramas in September 2021

We’re definitely inching closer to the end of the year and the new releases just keeps on coming! Have you found amazing selections in the past months? Well, September sure has a lot to offer as well. See if something piques your interest in these 10 new K-dramas airing next month!



Release Date: September 4, 2021 

Runtime: Saturday and Sunday

Network: JTBC, iQiYi

Cast: Jeon Do Yeon, Ryu Joon Yeol

Episodes: 16

This melodrama tells the story of ordinary people who have hustled all their lives to achieve their dreams, only to realize that nothing really happens. Jeon Do Yeon stars as Boo Jung, a ghostwriter in her mid-40s who’s at a crossroads in her life feeling like she hasn’t achieved anything that sparks joy in her life. On the other hand, Ryu Jun Yeol plays the role of Kang Jae, a man who runs a company where employees do whatever roles their clients request. Even though he’s been working very hard all his life, Kang Jae is filled with anxiety and fear that he would never amount to anything he can be proud of.

Ryu Jun Yeol gained attention through the series ‘Reply 1988’. He also appeared in several popular dramas such as ‘Hit-And-Run Squad’, ‘Little Forest’, and ‘A Taxi Driver’. Meanwhile, Jeon Do Yeon is an award-winning actress who starred in projects like ‘Secret Sunshine, ‘Beast Clawing at Straws’, and ‘The Good Wife’.

Lost is JTBC’s 10th Anniversary Special Drama Project and it will air on September 4th replacing the 10:30 PM timeslot previously occupied by Nevertheless. 

High Class

high class

Release Date: September 6, 2021

Runtime: Monday and Tuesday

Network: tvN

Cast: Cho Yeo Jeong, Kim Ji Soo, Park Se Jin, Kim Young Jae, Gong Hyun Joo

Episodes: 16

High Class is a mystery-suspense-thriller series about the lies, dirty secrets, and hypocrisies behind the picture-perfect lives of South Korea’s richest women. The story revolves around a secluded and elite international school for the rich.

The tvN drama stars award-winning “Parasite” actress Cho Yeo Jeong who will plays a former lawyer named Seo Yeo Ul. She is struggling with life having lost everything after she was framed for her husband’s murder.

“Hwarang” actress Kim Ji Soo plays the role of Nam Ji Seon, a woman who is known for her power and wealth. She is also the queen bee among the mothers at the international school. Meanwhile, Gong Hyun Joo will play a former top-rating actress named Cha Do Yeong who is the personification of dissatisfaction and greed. She is a person who is thirsty for attention from someone else.

“High Class” is directed by Choi Byung Gil, the man behind dramas like “East of Eden”, “Angry Mom” and “Missing 9” Choi Byung Gil.

It will air on tvN on September 6 at 10:30 P.M. KST on tvN.

The Veil

the veil

Release Date: September 17, 2021 

Runtime: Friday and Saturday

Network: MBC TV

Cast: Namkoong Min, Park Ha Sun, Kim Ji Eun

Episodes: 12 

A Korean style spy investigation drama about a top National Intelligence Service (NIS) agent named Han Ji Hyuk. He is an elite field agent who was admired by his peers. He was assigned to a case involving a crime syndicate, but he gets trapped during the operation. 

After a year, he returns from the hell where he was brutally tortured. After his return, he gets warned about people surrounding him because someone within his circle is actually the culprit behind his ordeal. This pushed Ji Hyuk to go through hell and high water to find the traitor who was behind this. 

Who is the traitor and what does he want with Han Ji Hyuk is what forms the story of the show.

Both MBC and Wavve, Korea’s leading online streaming platform, dropped a cool 15 billion won to fund this project. It also serves as MBC’s 60th anniversary special drama. 

This drama won the 2018 MBC Drama Screenplay Contest by writer Park Seok-ho. Finally, it’s making a small screen debut on September 17 at 10 P.M. KST. 

Squid Game 

squid game

Release Date: September 17, 2021

Runtime: Friday

Network: Netflix

Cast: Lee Jung Jae, Park Hae Soo

Episodes: 8

Squid Game, also known as Round Six is an action-adventure series, created and distributed by Netflix. The title actually references a popular children’s game in Korea which is similar to a game of tag, but it uses a squid-shaped board.

In this story, 456 people are invited to the ‘Squid Game’ for a cash prize of ₩45.6 billion (around $40 million).

The ‘players’ who are chosen to join this game are considered failures in life. Other than just an innocent game, here is more to this ‘Squid Game’ than meets the eye. Childish challenges turns out to be a deadly survival tournament. Just like the Hunger Games, the challenges they go through everyday ends up killing off until the players until one final player is left.

Who will be the last player standing and who are the people running the Squid Game? That’s what you have to find out as the drama airs its first episode on Netflix on September 17. 

Yumi’s Cells 

yumis cells

Release Date: September 17, 2021

Runtime: Friday and Saturday

Network: tvN

Cast: Kim Go Eun, Ahn Bo Hyun, Lee Yu Bi, Park Ji Hyun

Episodes: 14 

“Yumi’s Cells” is a cell-based psychological romance drama based on a hit webtoon of the same name. It narrates the story of an ordinary office worker named Yumi, told from the perspective of the brain cells controlling her thoughts, feelings, and actions. Kim Go Eun stars as Yumi, while Ahn Bo Hyun as Goo Woong. 

Yumi is your average woman, but you’ll get to know her more through the point of view of her brain cells.Having recently suffered a painful breakup, Yumi’s love cells have fallen into a deep coma. While the surrounding cells work hard to revive their fallen compatriots, Yu Mi spends her days stuck in the daily grind. 

Stuck mending her broken heart and no romantic prospects in sight, Yu Mi’s love cells might have been in serious trouble had it not been for the sudden appearance of Goo Woong. He is an emotionally stunted game developer who has no idea how to express his true feelings. But, after meeting Yumi, he finds himself wanting to try. It seems that his own love cells are unexpectedly sparking Yumi’s back to life as things between them start to get interesting

Will the efforts of this small collection of cells really be enough to bring two hearts together forever?

Yumi’s Cells will air on tvN, TVING, IQiyi, and Rakuten Viki at 10:50 P.M. KST. 

One the Woman

Release Date: September 17, 2021

Runtime: Friday and Saturday

Network: SBS TV 

Cast: Lee Sang Yoon, Lee Ha Nee, Lee Won Geun

Episodes: 16

Jo Yeon Joo (Lee Ha Nee), is a rouge prosecutor who gets into a car accident. When she wakes up from a coma, her life turned upside down when she is swapped with Kang Mi Na, the youngest daughter of a chaebol. She is also a daughter-in-law of BK Group who has a striking resemblance to Yeon Joo. 

Meanwhile, Han Seung-wook (Lee Sang Yoon) is a chaebol, who’s still hung up on his first love. He has left Korea in an attempt to escape some family drama, but his return revealed the truth behind his father’s sordid death. When he meets his first love, Jo Yeon Joo, by chance and he decides that he doesn’t want to lose her again.

Catch all the excitement as One the Woman airs on SBS TV on September 17th at 10:00 P.M. KST. 



Release Date: September 22, 2021

Runtime: Wednesday and Thursday

Network: tvN

Cast: Yeo Jae Myung, Um Tae Goo, Han Ye Ri

Episodes: 6

Set in a small rural town in the late 90s where a tape recorder containing a mysterious serial murder is discovered. Choi Hyung-In (Yoo Jae-Myung) was the detective assigned to the case. He lost his wife 10 years ago during a terrorist attack. After getting this particular assignment, he realized that it may have a connection to the terrorist group responsible for his wife’s death. He then begins to seek justice and revenge.

Hometown takes over the timeslot previously held by “The Road: The Tragedy of One” as it airs on September 22 at 10:30 P.M. KST. 

A Gentleman and a Young Lady

a gentleman and a young lady

Release Date: September 25, 2021

Runtime: Saturday and Sunday

Network: KBS2 

Cast: Ji Hyun Woo, Lee Se Hee 

Episodes: 50 

A Gentleman and a Young Lady will be KBS2’s weekend drama offer for September. It’s the story of Lee Yong-gook (Ji Hyun Woo), a widower who still mourns the death of his wife. But, he never lets his pain come in between the happiness of his three kids. So, he tries to keep it together.

For the well-being of his children, Young Guk hires a live-in tutor, Park Dan Dan (Lee Se Hee). She is a woman with an outgoing and bubbly personality even though she’s not in the best circumstances. 

As the two slowly gets to know each other, they start to catch feelings along the way.

At a whopping 50 episodes, it offers a lot of story than the normal K-drama. So, gear up for a long ride. If you’re up for it, this drama will air its first episode on September 25th at 7:00 P.M. KST. 

National Team Wife 

national team wife

Release Date: September 20,2021

Runtime: Daily 

Network: KBS

Cast: Han Da Gam, Han Sang Jin, Shin Seung Hwan, Shim Ji Ho, Shin Hyun Tak

Episodes: 120

If you are looking for a family drama that you can follow everyday, National Wife should be on your list. 

It revolves around Seo Cho-hee (Han Da Gam), who struggles to raise their standard of life. She though that a house in Gangnam would do already cut it, only to realize that happiness is not about the house, but the loving people living in the house who care for each other. 

Dali and Cocky Prince

dali and cocky prince

Release Date: September 22, 2021

Runtime: Wednesday and Thursday

Network: KBS2

Cast: Kim Min Jae, Park Gyu Young

Episodes: 16

This rom-com is about a parvenu who goes through life using his street smarts, and the daughter of a prestigious family who’s on a mission to save a collapsed art museum. 

Jin Moo Ha (Kim Min Jae) is the director of Dondon F&B, a company which started out as a small gamja-tang (spicy pork back bone stew) restaurant that has grown into a global food service company with more than 400 franchise stores. Even though Moo Ha never excelles in school, his hardwork pushed him to become a CEO of his own company. 

Kim Dal Ri (Park Gyu Young) is the only child of an elite family. She is fluent in seven languages and has a good personality. However, she lacks the skill in doing household chores like cooking. 

Things will be interesting as the paths of these two people meet. Originally slated to premiere in November, Dali and Cocky Prince will air much earlier on September 22 at 9:30 P.M. KST. 

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OppaJon is a founder and writer of Dramakicks. His favorite genres are medical, law, crime, fantasy, historical, thrillers and romantic comedies – wait that’s basically everything, except outright horror.
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