Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022) Korean Drama

tvN’s Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022) follows the highs and lows of young dreamers and young lovers set in the late 1990s. It stars Kim Tae-ri who works hard with determination to be the best fencer and Nam Joo-hyuk who overcomes life’s hardships to become a top reporter. 

Genre: Romantic, Drama, Coming of age
No. of episodes: 16
Writer: Kwon Do-eun
Director: Jung Ji-hyun
Network: tvN
Streaming platform: Netflix
Date: February 12 – April 3, 2022


Nielsen Korea: Nationwide TV Viewership Rating

RatingSouth Korean
viewers in millions
6.3%1.5371February 12
8.0%2.0652February 13
8.1%1.9993February 19
8.7%2.1654February 20
7.9%1.9885February 26
9.8%2.5096February 27
9.7%2.6207March 5
10.9%2.8578March 6
10.6%2.8709March 12
10.8%2.88710March 13
10.9%2.91911March 19
10.6%2.82812March 20
9.9%2.79613March 26
10.3%2.90514March 27
9.5%2.63915April 2
11.5%3.04716April 3
Source: Nielsen Korea

Good Data: Drama Buzzworthy Rankings

Kim Tae-riNam Joo-hyukBonaLee Joo-myung
February Week 19th
February Week 21st1st2nd
February Week 31st1st2nd7th
February Week 41st1st2nd7th
March Week 11st1st2nd3rd
March Week 21st2nd1st5th
March Week 31st2nd1st5th8th
March Week 41st2nd1st5th
March Week 51st2nd1st5th
Source: Good Data Korea

Netflix Worldwide: Non-English TV Rankings

Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022) reached Top 10 in TV in 33 countries, watched for a total of 171.6 million hours, and appeared in the global rankings of non-English TV for 10 consecutive weeks. It was most popular in Taiwan for 17 weeks.

Week2022RankViewing hours
1February 21-277th11,850,000
2Feb 28 – Mar 65th13,720,000
3March 7-135th17,110,000
4March 14-202nd21,040,000
5March 21-272nd24,150,000
6Mar 28 – Apr 32nd26,210,000
7April 4-103rd22,530,00p
8April 11-173rd14,080,000
9April 18-247th11,340,000
10Apr 25 – May 19th9,580,000
Source: Netflix Top 10


  • National Winner for Best Drama Series at the 2022 Asian Academy Creative Awards
  • Kim Tae-ri as Best Actress at the 2022 Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Kim Tae-ri as Most Popular Actress at the 2022 Baeksang Arts Awards

Official posters from tvN

Official trailer

Drama quotes here.