I’m not surprised to see this K-drama on the list but am surprised to not see another K-drama as well join. It’s December so the Best Of lists are starting to come out. The Gray Lady herself The New York Times is off to an early start and for the Best International TV Shows of 2021 list one K-drama got the nod. It’s Netflix army drama D.P. (Deserter Pursuit) with Jung Hae In and Koo Kyo Hwan, both men got such a huge boost from it. For Jung Hae In it was getting back in the netizens good graces after an early breakout and an awards show faux pas stumble. For Koo Kyo Hwan it cemented him as being one of the most versatile and intense actors of his generation after multiple supporting roles that were acclaimed in Peninsula, Ashin: Kingdom of the North, and Escape from Mogadishu. I thought Squid Game would be on this list since it’s well reviewed with the US critics and of course was way more popular than D.P. But I love that a less trendy drama was recognized solely for the quality to which D.P. basically got uniform raves. Congrats to the cast and crew for this recognition.