August 2021 Korean Dramas + Where To Watch Them

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A wide array of interesting stories are set for August 2021 Korean Dramas!

From romance, action, thriller and period themes; the audience can pick their preferences in the well-represented genre of Korean dramas next month.

Seasoned and talented actors are also set to make their small screen returns. Moreover, much-awaited love pairings are also gearing up for the respective premieres of their latest works.

Below is a friendly watch guide featuring July 2021 Korean dramas and the presently streaming series.

Note that Hellokpop does not cover daily dramas, weekend family dramas and other dramas that we cannot watch on legit video streaming platforms.

Our team watches on iQiyi, Viu and Netflix.


Police University (KBS2) *New

  • Streaming Site: Viu | Premieres on Aug 9

Premiering on August 9, Police University follows the story of Yoo Dong Man (Cha Tae Hyun), a passionate detective-turned-professor whose life revolves around chasing criminals.

He will meet Kang Sun Ho (Jung Jin Young) a former hacker and is now his student who uses his intelligence in deciphering every case.

Despite clashing fiercely, veteran detective Yoo Dong Man and the 19-year old genius hacker Kang Sun Ho will affectionately work together and show cross-generational chemistry.

Racket Boys (SBS)

  • Streaming Site: Netflix *Finale Aug 02

Better not miss this youth drama on your radar because its smashing fun and friendship stories make this SBS series a winning drama treat.

You Are My Spring (tvN)

  • Streaming Site: Netflix

You Are My Spring is a healing romance drama that follows the unique story of several adults who are working on their emotional scars while healing through the process of building relationships.


The Road: Tragedy of One (tvN) *New

  • Streaming Site: iQiyi | Premieres on Aug 4

Set in a place where the top one percent of the upper class of South Korea are gathered, the series visualizes the scandal and tragedy that occurred in “Royal The Hill”. With a great sense of journalistic duty, Baek Soo-hyeon (Ji Jin-hee) portrays a trusted anchor who also has a hidden cold-blooded side.

Alongside him is his wife Seo Eun Soo (portrayed by Yoon Se-ah) who is ready to wage everything just to protect their family. Moreover, another broadcaster (Kim Hye-eun) in the News Bureau who is greedy becomes also involved in the tragedy. Suspense shall be expected as a tragic incident on a rainy night leads to another tragedy.


Check Out The Event (MBC) *New

  • Streaming Site: TBA | Premieres on Aug 14

Check Out The Event is a melodrama that tells the story of the separated couple Ha Song-yi (Bang Minah) and Park Do-gyeom (Kwon Hwa Woon) who win a “couple trip” event.

The couple who has already broken up pretends that they are still together and participate in the couple trip event in Jeju Island with other couples.

Lee Jin-hyuk, Nam Kyu-hee, Kim Young-sun, and Kim Hee-chang are also part of the cast as the other travel mates who will join in the couples’ trip to Jeju Island.

It is also a unique setting for a romance drama since it started at the end of the relationship of the two characters rather than the usual flirtation or starts of a budding romance that we see in most romantic stories.

Monthly Magazine Home (JTBC)

  • Streaming Site: iQiyi |

Presenting the world of career people working at a magazine company, this drama also gives ample lessons about the concept of saving and striving to buy a home.


On The Verge of Insanity (MBC)

  • Streaming Site: KOCOWA

Another workplace story not to miss, the series depicts various middle-aged office workers, who are all struggling to thrive and survive in a highly competitive workplace setting.

Thursday Only

Hospital Playlist 2 (tvN)

  • Streaming Site: Netflix

Back for more life and love prescriptions, our favorite doctor squad has delighted us with their signature quirks in the recent episodes so far. Be sure to be on board since our appointment is only once a week on Thursdays!

The Penthouse 3 (SBS)

  • Streaming Site: Viu | iQiyi

This hit melodrama is on its third season featuring the wealthy families of Hera Palace that will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Friday Only

D.P. (Netflix) *New

  • Streaming Site: Netflix | Premieres on Aug 27

D.P. is a Netflix original series that follows the story of army private Joon-ho, one of many soldiers serving in the Korean military, who suddenly ends up becoming a member of the “Deserter Pursuit” unit that tracks down military deserters and encounters the realities of confused young soldiers.

Based on a webtoon by Kim Bo-tong, it garnered over 10 million views for its realistic portrayal of the brutal violence and human rights violations committed in the military with the refreshing theme of Deserter Pursuit (D.P.), a military police unit in charge of arresting soldiers
who deserted their posts.

The series is expected to balance the tension and thrill of chasing down deserters from the perspective of “soldiers catching soldiers” with shedding light on the mental torment and growth of young people. Actors Jung Hae-in, Koo Kyo-hwan, and Kim Sung-kyun play members of D.P., while Son Seok-koo plays a military official that disapproves of them to represent the trouble-ridden daily life in the deserter arrest unit.

The Witch’s Diner | TVING |

  • Streaming Site: WeTV | Finale on Aug 6

TVING’s nearing magical series serves a soul-changing feast on July 16. 

Starring Song Ji Hyo, Nam Ji Hyun and Chae Jong Hyeop, the 8-episode series follows the story of a sorceress who serves magical dishes at a unique and risky cost. 

Saturday Only

Nevertheless (JTBC)

  • Streaming Site: Netflix

Another webtoon-adapted series, the bold storyline speaks about a hyperreal romance about a woman who likes a committed relationship. Finding herself enamored with a man who obviously just wants intimacy without emotional investment, will she defy her love rule?


Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (tvN) *New

  • Streaming Site: Netflix | Premieres on Aug 28

The rom-com tells the story of a pragmatic dentist and an unemployed man who meet in the beautiful seaside village. Attraction springs despite being complete opposites.

Shin Min Ah stars as Yoon Hye-jin who opens up a dental clinic in the seaside village of Gongjin. She’s got beauty and brains, but also a clumsy side to her. While being strict and a perfectionist, she’s got a warm heart deep inside.

Kim Seon Ho stars as Hong Du-sik who is technically unemployed but takes on odd jobs and helps everyone in the village. From delivering food to working at a convenience store, he’s a master of all trades. Smart and caring, he’s the hero of the village you can count on whenever you need assistance.

The Devil Judge

  • Streaming Site: iQiyi | Viu

Together with Kim Min Jung, Park Jinyoung, and Park Gyu Young; Ji Sung will be featured in a drama showcasing a live courtroom show in which the entire nation becomes a jury.

The new tvN drama The Devil Judge evidently highlights the concept of justice and will tackle cases in an interesting way. Something different from previous dramas set in the court of law.

Love ft Marriage and Divorce (TV Chosun)

  • Streaming Site: Netflix | *Finale on Aug 7

Back with more scandals and drama than before, three colleagues working on a radio show are each dealing with husbands who are having affairs.

Hong Cheon Gi (SBS) *New

  • Streaming Site: Viu | Premiere date TBA

Based on a novel of the same name, it tells the story of Hong Cheon Gi (Kim Yoo Jung), an artist with extraordinary aesthetic insight and skills who became the first female painter of the Dohwaseo (Korean Royal Academy of Painting).

During her stay in the palace, she gets embroiled in a love triangle with Ha Ram (Ahn Hyo Seop), an officer well-versed in astronomy and meteorology who lost his sight in a childhood accident, and the Grand Prince Anpyeong (Gong Myung) who is an art enthusiast.

Source: Netflix | iQiyi | Viu | kdramadiary