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2012 Beanie Awards: Vote for your favorite dramas of the year

Can you believe it’s December already? I know the awards shows have started to come ’round again, but it always feels like This Time Of Year always sneaks up on me — as in, the time when we take a look back at the best, the worst, the weirdest, and the most surprising dramas of the past year.

Our so-called Beanie Awards have been a tradition on this site pretty much since the beginning, and you can take a look into the wayback machine to see the state of years past. Here’s the 2007 Polls, 2009 Polls, 2010 Polls, and 2011 Polls.

You know what else this means: We’ll be rolling out our annual Year End Review Extravaganza in the coming days and weeks as well! Keep an eye out for our reviews, and if you’re curious at past installments, here’s a Year In Review tag for your convenient browsing purposes.

On to the voting!

 

FAVORITE DRAMA SERIES OF 2012

Limit your votes to your TOP 3 picks for the year.

 

FAVORITE COMEDIC DRAMA

 

FAVORITE HISTORICAL DRAMA

 

FAVORITE FAMILY DRAMA

 

FAVORITE ACTION OR THRILLER SERIES

 

FAVORITE MELODRAMA

 

FAVORITE LEAD ROMANTIC PAIRING

 

FAVORITE BROMANCE

 

BEST VILLAIN

 

BEST KISS

 

MOST WTF DRAMA

 

FAVORITE CHARACTER

 

FAVORITE ALTERNATE PAIRING

 

MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIP

 

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE

 

MOST DISAPPOINTING DRAMA

 

BIGGEST WASTE OF TALENT

 

OVERRATED DRAMA

 

UNDERRATED DRAMA

 

MOST GLORIOUS MANE OF GLORY

 

MANE OF SHAME

 

BEST KING

 

BEST TIME TRAVEL MECHANISM

 

MOST PERSISTENT FIRST LOVE

 

BEST NONHUMAN CHARACTER

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Looking forward to the results :)

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It would have liked one more poll: hottest bodyguard/minion/"younger brother"/subaltern

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Oh what a year. Thank you so much JB, GF, HeadsNo2,gummimochi,kaedejun etc for all the recaps and articles on K-drama. <333333333333333333333.
Looking forward to 2013.

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I'll have to vote next year. Only seen one full 2012 drama in Nice guy so can't make a qualified vote.

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Awww its this time of year, and for the first time I have watched the majority of dramas listed!!! (Yay going on my second year of drama watching and first year of simulcast watching).

So honestly there were a lot of favorites this year, and watching with everyone versus maronthoning heigtened the experience. Though to a degree sometimes I think its easy to be swayed by fandom and recapper comments.

My favorite drama's are Probably - Queen InHyun's man, Nice Guy, and Gaskital
2 melos and 1 rom com, which is very suprising since I have typically shied away from melos. (Actually those are the only two melos that I finished this year).

Queen InHyun's man remains a pretty perfect drama to me. It should definetley win for best kiss - (Tip toe kiss!!!!) I also really liked their elev [Read more]

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''My actual favorite bromance was in Panda and the Hedgehog. It also contained a pretty fantastic sister brother combo and granpa-grandson – mance! ''
I almost forgot about Panda and the Hedgehog. I love those three combos too.

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YAY!

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I see a better variety of winners in each category this year...I remeber that not being the case the last three years
What a year this has been! But I had loads of fun...my only complaint..we really didn;t get that many good rom-coms did we?.....I can't decide if this is because of a shift in dramasphere or my tastes....Since last year I've been leaning away from rom-coms in general despite that being my favorite genre when I started watching dramas

Did anyone else want to pick every candidate for the best breakout category?

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I content with the results from this year. Last yr was totally a Lee Min Ho bias...City hunter being the best drama and LMH the best actor??? I still smh in disbelief

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I'm a bit sad that King of Dramas is here but Can we get married which aired 12 episodes already isn't.

It is turning one of my favorites together with QIHM, SUFBB and K2K.

Funny thing : SJ is in CWGM and SUFBB lol

I think the most epic romance was QIHM and K2H.

Epic bromance: K2K and SUFBB

Epic kiss: QIHM

Epic chemistry: QIHM, K2H and NG

Epic Villain: I have to say Shunji was really a villain I loved to hate.

Disappointment of the year: BIG

Overrated dramas: Moon Sun and faith (it was a good drama but people are overrating it because of LMH).

I really liked Arang.

And I really iked Answer me 1997, Nice guy but they didn't move my heart.... like QIHM, K2H and SUFBB did.

I can't even choose between QIHM and SUFBB, but k2k come close.

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it was a year of some awesome bromances. where are the sistancves? why are all the women so bitchy to each other? um, ok, Eun Soo and Noguk were friendly, but not a share all secrets always BFF friendly. who else? the shaman and Arang? accidental- or against the will friendly.

the only time I have really seen a really awesome female best friend is Personal Preference. it is quite sad, boys all have their bros girls only have evil stepmothers and stepsisters.

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I agree! Good relationships between women are few and far between in k-dramas. I want some more wo-mance!

I think that Eun Soo and Noguk had a pretty close relationship if you take social status and time period into consideration. But besides that, there wasn't much else.

Who else is soooooooo dead tired of the "evil" second female lead? Gah, how many women are actually like that in real life?

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There are quite a few great female friendships in "Dalja's Spring" and "Protect the Boss," which partly might explain why I like those two dramas a lot.

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Watch K2H to find sisterly love! Hang Ah and Jaeshin! Awesome!

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The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry has nice friendships.

This year, K2H didn't have any antagonistic relationships.

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I love these polls. I always look forward to reading the tag lines.

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Sorry for double post.... But I just wanna add that I hope Santa will be paying a visit again this year and giving us his take on 2013 dramas...for me that was seriously the most fun review last year

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also, how funny is it that two halves of the same OTP are each others biggest competition for the worst hair...I mean how on earth does one choose between NMW and HJE in FH2

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IKR!! I had to vote NMW 1st, clear my browser, then voted HJE!! I don't know which sucked more I swear.

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IT'S SO HARD TO PICK JUST ONE

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i'm loving the descriptions gf.. they're fun and creative.. i miss commenting on db.. it's been a while now...

These are my biased favorites of the year --- Arang and the Magistrate and The King 2 hearts... mostly because they are the only once i watched until the end and loved to death (mostly due to my love for SMA and LSG... blame it to MGIAG! also HJW from SG)... i'm so happy both shows are doing so well in the polls

as for most recommended here as i noticed are Answer me 1997 which i would be watching via cable (currently showing in our country).. I hope not to miss Gaksital (Joo Won is growing on me via 1N2D), and Queen In Hyun's Man too...

and can somebody if I Miss you is something I have to skip or watch?! i badly need a YEH fix and i'm soooo interested in seeing Yoo Seu [Read more]

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Hey girl, I Miss You is going to be quite hard to watch but as of episode 6 (2 episodes into YEH entering the picture as an adult) it's pretty good, and also it's YEH as you've never seen her before.

I repeat, though: the event that separates our OTP as children is HIGHLY traumatic, so if you want to skip episode 3, I wouldn't be against that.

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Thanks for the heads up! If it's a new YEH then i'm in it. Dont worry about being traumatic, i think i have been immuned to that kind (thanks to kdramas lol). But most definitely this will mean im the only one to enjoy this drama. I appreciate ur info

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This was so freakin' hilarious. I haven't seen enough dramas this year to be able to vote properly (but I voted for some categories anyway), but I mostly went through the post just to see the color commentary. SO FUNNY! That's what I love about these year-end things so much.

I especially enjoyed the Bromance category and the Favorite Lead Pairing with the dig at the time-travel pairings. Awesome!

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First time voting! Such fun!

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umm....I have, like, a question.
Horse ....kiss.....when did Kang To kiss the horse??? ...
Or was it forced.

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gaksitaaaaaaaaal!

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And the worst mane of hair goes to...gasp! no s**t Sherlock! have you seen half the comments on FH2 recaps?

I guess 'The Chaser' is only for a select few cuz u'll be tearing ur hair out and reaching for a machete to get rid of some characters!

And of cuz whenever QIHM is an option...landslide victory! Congrats to the playerest player of them all!

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Seriously, so many underrated dramas this year. I would pick most of them simultaniously. So hard to decide.

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Dear Lee Minho

What are you doing to me?! I’m trying to legitimately vote for Dramabeans Beanie awards but yet wether I thought any other drama was better than Faith or not, my heart is voting Faith anyways!

Like seriously Faith wasn't even really that good at all, If I wasn't so bias to you I would have stopped watching by episode 8.

xC

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it is not a bias. he was really an asset to that ...ummm.... rather plastic drama. his acting was so good you might actually get the impression the whole drama is good. he kinda fools you and distracts you.

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yes the drama was not that good but I really lurve Choi Young daejang..Lee Min Ho was really rocking this role, the woodalchi was so cute, King Gongnim was so confuse, scared and lost I want to be be his side and Queen Noguk was so awesome.
Overall what won me over to Faith was those awesome people and their interaction that making me want to root for them.

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the directing sucked but Choi Young was a well written and interesting character and Lee Minho was great in that role. Actually all of the actors were good. The directing/fight scenes/ special effects were lacking.

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static camera. no dynamics in the fight scenes. student film style.

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Voted for all categories except Family Drama! Not that easy to decide after all....but the ones that stay in my mind long after it has ended are just a few like Answer 1997! And definitely Jung Il Woo was not utilised properly in The Moon The Embraces the Sun...

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I had so much fun voting! Thanks!

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Almost the end of 2012. I didnt watch enough drama this year...but thank you all Dramabeans, you make my day with your funny comments!!
Now know what to catch up in my spare time...

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the Bromance category was hard for me to decide. So many epic bromances this year. Just thinking about them makes me want to rewatch the dramas.

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Choosing one is the problem. There are so many that I needed at least two votes for. Equally as horrifyingly bad and some as wonderfully good.

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alternately giggling at the descriptions and wanting to cry because I CAN ONLY VOTE FOR ONE in so many cases ;~;

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Man I'm really trying to hold my laughter at some of the drama's descriptions since I'm at class but... can't... take... anymore... you girls never fail to crack me up!

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Wow, this is so cool...awards on the site!! (*is a newcomer to this sort of stuff*)

Loved the descriptions; I had a good laugh from it.

I could only vote amongst the dramas I watched so my opinions are probably very skewed, heh.

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OMG! Horsitaaallll is on the list!

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MOON/SUN: Twenty episodes so a king can get some?
Lollll. I laughed so hard!!

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Am watching Cheongdamdong Alice now and totally loving it. What a great drama!

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Cannot stop laughing at the descriptions and comments for the candidates in every category. =)))

It's a pretty cute way of looking back at the dramas of the year in all but five minutes, though. Can't wait to see the results. :P

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I think Wild Romance should be on the list for best drama. The title isn't fitting but the story was nice and different. The stalker Ajumah story was weird and touching at the same time. Also our dumbo duo was entertaining throughout. You don't find such combination in most dramas.

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I also enjoyed this drama (title matter aside) although it's probably not in the best drama category for me. But it was refreshingly different and FUNNY and touching at the same time. I liked both the main couple and the secondary pair. Also really appreciated the ambiance - had that suspense thriller kind of feel weaving through the love triangle/story. And what can I say, it I LOVE Lee Dong Wook so that did it for me :-)

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Yes! Had forgotten how much that drama touched me. Really, some of my strongest sobs *sniff* were during this drama. And I really love tomboyish female leads.

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I actually watched enough to vote without feeling guilty! :D See, if you set goals and really, really work at it, dreams do come true! ;)

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- My fave drama is Gaksitaaal!!! I watched quite a lot drama this year but always lost interest halfway, the story become boring, recycle plot, predictable ending etcetc you know the drill. So far the only drama that have a satisfying ending for me was Gaksital. Great ending, the writer not afraid to go all the way, even breaking up the otp in the process. Props to them.

- And don't get me started with how many drama with lackluster ending, like let's say...BIG-disappointment, the most recent one was Nice Guy, everything is sets perfectly, until the last episode, it was like the writer already sets on something for the ending but back out the last minute for the lack of GUTS...cue MCW/SJK fans wants their happily ever after so they resort to last minute ridiculous plot.

- My fave cha [Read more]

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The ending for NG might be a bit disappointing, more so because it felt rushed, but as far as the direction of the plot: it fitted very well.

Just as how Eun Gi puts it: "Memories are distorted..." Nothing is how it always seems.

The ending wasn't ridiculous. The execution was lacking. But the ending wasn't ridiculous because it was "happy". If that is your sole reason then you weren't paying enough attention to the story.

:)

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Nice Guy and Answer Me 1997 are really overrated. I really liked Nice Guy until about episode 8 or... well I forgot when, but had to force myself to watch the rest.

And 1997, I agree with you. Nothing special.

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I love the puns. You guys are awesome.

There are so many dramas I haven't watched/finished! AHHHHHHHH

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Dramabeans, thanks for this! The year-end stuff on your site has got to be the best thing (or at least one of the best things) of the whole K-drama watching and adds so such to the experience.
Love your site!!

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anything with Shin Min Ah

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I love that Maru is leading for Best Character. He is one messed up mofo, and that's awesome. I think there's something so fascinating about the idea of him even if in practice not everything delivered fully. On first glance he's a very tried and true trope of melodrama, the "bad" guy who becomes marshmallowized through the power of love, but whether or not the writer intended it this way, there's a persistent, immutable streak of wrongness in how he views love and the world that was so, so delicious to watch. He loves through obsession, possession, though the latter doesn't seem so obvious at first because he marks his love through sacrifice rather than apparent aggression, but both things are in the same vein. Even in the end he hasn't quite learned how to love as equals, though Eun [Read more]

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Amazing post! I wish that he wins for Best Character as well...Maru is definitely a very interesting one.

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You should see Rain crying in A Love to Kill too.

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@137, saehee: i love your analysis about kang maru. One thing I really saw, actually maru naturally is a nice guy, but not so much as a good guy??? Haha he is not nice to people because he realyy doesn't want to attached to people and depend on him. We has saw him he actually regret for makes JH depends on him too much. He learned that and me thinks that's one of the reason he tried to refuse EK who are amnesiac. But the 2nd time he doesn't want to repeat the same mistakes and this time he help EK but he helped her until he can stand up for her own feet, so when he left her, he can be independent, and not repeat the same mistakes like he did to Jae Hee.
For me, Nice Guy is about a guy, who are trying to fix his own mistakes from the past, before he actually start his journey and start a [Read more]

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Nice analysis.

And you hit home a point.

Maru is a "complete character" because he's not just the classic hero who defies the odds and come out the victor. He is a layered character, and surprisingly he just happened to be LUCKY towards the end. He did not achieve epiphany and suddenly got saved. He chose to live and thus he was able to live, he knew his actions and its consequences all along. This is even best seen towards the finale: his natural instinct of possessive protection, until the end, was still there. So yes, he was still flawed. But flawed guys can be happy too. Nice Guys do get their happy endings, no one is perpetually unlucky, everyone can get that stroke of luck too. Maru's life story is all about his damn luck, but ultimately one good break (hardly a break because h [Read more]

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Tremendous insight, thanks.

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omgomogmg i have to go to school now but i'll be back. ust hear to comment on the fact that horsital is up there HAHAHA.

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K just voted. LOL Omg the captions for the romantic lead couples.

I wish Can we get married was up there but oh well. And it was so hard to choose whose talent was most wasted. They all were!

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Hmm... you know Kdrama land has not been too interesting when you've only watched 2 of the dramas listed from start to finish (King of Dramas hasn't finished yet).

I do feel that the majority of people here seem to only watch the trendy dramas with their favourite actors. Anyone into historical dramas?

I can't believe that there were more votes for Jung Il Woo in most underused actor than Lee Beom Soo! Is that because people don't know who Lee Beom Soo is, or is it because he's an ajusshi? Someone, please explain this truly odd phenomena to me!

I'm hoping next year will bring some truly character-driven dramas similar to King of Dramas. We can always hope that the networks are considering only the best and interesting stories...

p.s. I think this may be my longest post on db.

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It has been a pretty terrible year for Sageuks. You had Faith, Dr. Jin and Moon/Sun which were all crap. Queen Insoo is said to be pretty great, but there are just no subtitles available.

Just look at the list, DB even had to put Gaksital with historical dramas and my head just bursts when seeing Faith listed, even if it is technically right.

And I find it quite ironic, that they put Jung Il Woo under wasted talent, as the man has no talent at all.

But I stopped caring a long time ago, this site is just getting worse with every freaking year.

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sorry you feel that way. I understand how you feel. I sometimes feel that way about other sites when i see their polls. its like wtf?? DR. Jin is best drama of the year?? lool.. but I think the polls on DRAMABEANS is quite accurate and a little less "Idol" biased than other websites.

I'm not a huge fan of Jung Il Woo but I wudn't say he is talentless (especially not when my sister is around). Considering that he's been a lead before then took 2nd lead in METS is what makes it a waste of talent.

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Then why come here?????

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For Best Nonhuman Character I would like to nominate The Refrigerator from May Queen. Followed by Mario, also from May Queen.

If you've seen the show you know exactly what I'm talking about.

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Lmaoooo!!! they advertised the crap out that refrigerator.The 2nd best nonhuman character in May Queen would be the Floor that woman keeps falling on. lol

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PFFT.

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Wow, Nice Guy is my favourite drama of the year.... I don't like melodramas but I've been crazy for NG. ^_^ Also Love Rain is full of emotions, kisses and very romantic scenes, but Queen In Hyun's man is my overratted drama.

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HAHAHA omg.. i thought i was going to keel over and die from laughing at the descriptions. you guys are the best

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I think the clear winners will be Answer Me 1997, Queen In Hyun's Man, Gakistal, King 2 Hearts & Nice Guy [Well they're my choices along with Rooftop Prince].
I have to say this year was actually quite good with the variety of different dramas and quality. The only major let down for me this year was BIG [It pains me still to this day thinking about that show - GONG YOO !! *tears*.]

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Hahahaha best description ever:

"Nice Guy: We get it. You're angry"

BAHAHAHAHA

Voting was so hard because there were so many dramas tht I just loooooved. I just need Gaksital and Reply 1997 to win something and I'll be happy.

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K2H. REPLY 1997. GAKSITAAL. are the best 3 dramas for me this year. I really want to vote Lee Jae Ha for my favorite character, but he isn't one of the nomination of fave characters :(

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I voted K2h, Gaksital and A Gentleman's dignity as best drama.

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wham, 2012 just delivered so many dramas to my taste compared to previous years.

my favorites (i can't possibly choose 3):
Answer Me 1997 (year favorite)
History of the Salaryman
King 2 Hearts
Shut Up Flower Boy Band
What's Up
Gaksital
Nice Guy
Queen In Hyun's Man

I notice I didn't start out watching any of these dramas for any actor/actress (with exception of Yoo Inna from variety and Song Joong Ki), though I left loving these casts.

I need to watch the Chaser :)

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the villain in History Of The Salaryman?
Baddest female villain ever!

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omg its december? I need to catch up on some dramas!

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Ahh, another year gone so fast???!!!! I'm pretty sure I've only watched less than ten dramas from this year. My top three are Gaksital, History of the Salaryman, and the King 2 Hearts. Am finally watching Queen In-hyun's Man and currently enjoying King of Dramas, so depending on how those go, my top three might just change.

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BIGGEST WASTE OF TALENT:

Jae Hee.

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