2021 K-dramas starring K-pop idols: The Devil Judge, Police University, Snowdrop, Blue Birthday, and more

2021 K-dramas starring K-pop idols: The Devil Judge, Police University, Snowdrop, Blue Birthday, and more

From K-pop groups like BTS and GOT7 to soloists like IU and Taeyeon, K-pop stars are idolized and respected by many due to the unimaginable hours spent training, recording, and putting out hit after hit. However, there are a specific group of K-pop idols that warrant special mention, and those are the ones who not only sing and dance, but also act.

As more and more K-pop idols venture into show business, we at Bandwagon have put together a list of ongoing and upcoming K-dramas that feature the stars we all know and love.

With heartwarming romance dramas and laugh-out-loud sitcoms, there's something below for every binge-watcher!

Police University

Starring: B1A4's Jinyoung, f(x)'s Krystal 

Airing: August 2021

Where to watch: Rakuten Viki, Viu

Synopsis: The series takes place in a police academy, where f(x)'s Krystal plays first-year student Oh Kanghee. B1A4's Jinyoung plays her fellow classmate and skilled hacker, Kang Seonho. Together with university professor Yoo Dongman, the trio embarks on an investigation together.

The Devil Judge 

Starring: GOT7's Jinyoung

Airing:  July 2021

Where to watch:  Viu

Synopsis: Court case trials take place on television in this intriguing dystopian series. Ji Sung plays merciless judge Kang Yohan, while Kim Minjung plays his rival, Jung Sunah. GOT7's Jinyoung is Kim Gaon, a novice judge who disagrees with Yohan's harsh ways. 

Blue Birthday

Starring: Red Velvet's Yeri and PENTAGON's Hongseok

Airing: July 2021

Where to watch: YouTube, Rakuten Viki, Naver TV

Synopsis: The romance web series tells the story of Oh Harin, played by Red Velvet's Yeri, who looks back on her time with her late ex-lover, Ji Seojun, played by PENTAGON's Hongseok. 10 years after Seojun's tragic death, Harin receives mysterious photos that were from her late first love. 


Starring: BLACKPINK's Jisoo 

Airing: End 2021

Where to watch: TBA

Synopsis: Snowdrop takes place during the political disruption of the 1987 Democracy Movement. BLACKPINK's Jisoo stars as a college student who finds a male graduate, played by Jung Hae In, covered in blood. She hides him in her room away from the government, and the pair slowly begin to fall in love with each other.

Dear M

Starring: CLC’s Eunbin, UP10TION’s Jinhyuk, NCT’s Jaehyun

Airing: TBA

Where to watch: Rakuten Viki

Synopsis: The drama revolves around four college students – Ma Jooah, Cha Minho, Seo Jimin, and Park Haneul. After an anonymous message is posted on Seoyeon University's community page, the four students embark on a search to find the mysterious "M". 

I’ll Become Your Night

Starring: U-KISS' Lee Junyoung, NU’EST's JR, AB61X's Donghyun, Yoon Ji Sung

Airing: TBA, scheduled for filming in late 2021

Where to watch: TBA

Synopsis: A member of the famous boyband LUNA is diagnosed with somnambulism, also known as sleepwalking. A female doctor played by Jung Hae In is then assigned to live with the band to ensure his safety. Little do they know that the doctor is not who they think she is.

The Secret Royal Inspector and Jo Yi

Starring: 2pm's Taecyeon 

Airing: November 2021

Where to watch: TBA

Synopsis: The Secret Royal Inspector and Jo Yi is a historical drama about a lazy secret agent, Ra Yi Eon, and Kim Jo Yi, a divorcee with strong beliefs. The duo works together to solve crimes and end up changing each others' lives for the better.


Starring: ATEEZ's Yunho, Seonghwa, Jongho, and San, SF9's Chani and Hwiyoung, U-KISS's Junyoung, T-ARA's Jiyeon, PRISTIN's Nayoung, Yuri, Junghoon, Minseo, Boys' Republic's Suwoong, g.o.d's Danny and Eunjin

Airing: May 2021

Where to watch: Rakuten Viki

Synopsis: Based on a webcomic, Imitation is a romance drama about artists in the K-pop industry. Jeong Jiso plays Lee Maha, a member of girl group Teaparty who enters a secret relationship with boyband Shax member Kwonryok, played by U-KISS's Junyoung. 

So Not Worth It

Starring: GOT7's Youngjae and (G)I-DLE's Minnie

Airing: June 2021

Where to watch: Netflix

Synopsis: Netflix's very first Korean sitcom stars Park Sewan, Shin Hyeonseung, GOT7's Youngjae, and (G)I-DLE's Minnie. The four play college students who come from different countries who meet in the university's dormitory.

So I Married An Anti-Fan

Starring: Girls' Generation's Sooyoung, 2PM's Chansung

Airing: June 2021

Where to watch: Rakuten Viki

Synopsis: Based on a 2010 novel, the series tells the story of Hoojoon, a famous singer, and a reporter Lee Geunyoung who's also his "anti-fan". The two later participate in a reality show, which requires both of them to live together for an extended period of time.