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2013 Beanie Awards: Vote for your favorite dramas of the year
by | December 3, 2013 | 701 Comments

Here are your Beanie Awards! It’s December, which means our monkeys are madly typing away in the backroom to prepare our annual Year End Review Extravaganza, which we’ll be kicking off soon. But before we do that, here’s your chance to vote for your favorites of the year and see how it stacked up for you.

Here, you can refresh your memories about what you voted for in years past:

We’ll be rolling out our Year End Reviews in the coming days and weeks, so keep an eye out. If you’re curious about past years’ reviews, here’s a Year In Review tag for your convenient browsing purposes.

Happy voting!

 

FAVORITE DRAMA SERIES OF 2013

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



 

FAVORITE COMEDY

 

FAVORITE HISTORICAL DRAMA


 

FAVORITE FAMILY OR WEEKEND DRAMA

 

FAVORITE ACTION OR THRILLER DRAMA

 

FAVORITE MELODRAMA

 

FAVORITE LEAD COUPLE

 

FAVORITE SECONDARY (OR TERTIARY) COUPLE


 

FAVORITE BROMANCE

 

FAVORITE VILLAIN


 

BEST KISS

 

FAVORITE CHARACTER

 

FAVORITE ALTERNATE PAIRING (THE ONES THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN)

 

MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIP


 

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE


 

MOST DISAPPOINTING DRAMA



 

BIGGEST WASTE OF TALENT


 

OVERRATED DRAMA



 

UNDERRATED DRAMA


 

BEST ABS


 

BEST FRENEMIES


 

BEST DRAMA WITH PARANORMAL ELEMENTS

 

 

MOST GLORIOUS MANE OF GLORY

 

MOST SHAMEFUL MANE OF SHAME


 

BEST OVERLORD


 

LEAST TEAR-INDUCING FIRST-WORLD PROBLEMS



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701 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Faye

    Wow. Is it that time already? Where did the year go?

    Looking back on your list, some of these dramas seem like they aired much longer ago than they did. And I found some I need to watch. Thanks for these lists! Very helpful.

     (14)


    • 1.1 mandelbrotr

      I love this time of year. It helps know what I missed that is worth going back to see. I’m adding I Hear Your Voice to my list.

       (20)


      • 1.1.1 Faye

        I Hear Your Voice was a good one. I agree, this time of year helps with the list-making.

        So – are you Mandelbrot in the mathematical or culinary sense :)?

         (3)


        • 1.1.1.1 mandelbrotr

          Do you mean mandeline as the evil kitchen finger slicer? No! That was one too many trips to urgent care.

          It is Mandelbrot as in the Mandelbrot Set of pretty pretty fractals.

           (1)


      • 1.1.2 damai

        Agree.
        This year, IHYV totally win me. But I think Master’s sun win in everything.

         (11)


        • 1.1.2.1 Marie21

          it was a dilemna between IHYV and Master’s Sun and even The Heirs!! apparently, Master’s Sun is the winner in almost all the categories!!! :)

          yeah lol for the best mane of the year!!!^^

           (18)


          • 1.1.2.1.1 mother-may-I

            Best mane . . . pfft!! : )

             (8)


          • 1.1.2.1.2 funkydrama

            Please do not compare Heirs with 2 of the best dramas of this year. I super adore LMH but Heirs script and direction really really sucks. Sorry.

             (19)


          • 1.1.2.1.3 freakz

            IHYV was a good drama ! But Master’s sun leads win over for the chemistry. I just cant seem to see the chemistry between puppy and noona in IHYV. Story line was good though. A refreshing script. Master’s Sun wins as a whole to me. Heirs is not close to any of these 2..apart from their famous young stars! Heirs started off well….towards the last few, script was bad…cry cry cry..typical of korean drama…

             (10)


      • 1.1.3 soserious

        yes to this. this is how i knew i had to watch gaksital!

        this year i know i have to watch NINE.

         (4)


        • 1.1.3.1 a_diva

          yes! definitely watch NINE. it was so underrated.

          i guess i will be watching IHYV. i’ve heard everyone raving about it for a while now and just never got around to it. but i’m going to start it while i’m in a lull.

           (5)


          • 1.1.3.1.1 Joy

            You know what’s underrated? Incarnation of Money. I’m sad that it only shows up once on the polls even though it’s one of my favourite dramas :C

             (3)


        • 1.1.3.2 coffeenlucia

          Yes! watch Nine… it is soooo good… Lee Jin Wook *o*

           (4)


      • 1.1.4 MollyP

        You need to see I Hear Your Voice. It is a lovely drama despite some darker elements. And you will adore Lee Jong Seok. He will break your heart over and over again, but in a good way! I dropped so many dramas this year, like Gu Family Book (after the first few episodes I lost interest) but not this one. So far I am loving Answer Me 1994 too.

         (10)


    • 1.2 TS

      I know, right? And the fact that I can actually answer the questions here means I’ve spent a year watching dramas. Wow.

       (7)


      • 1.2.1 pogo

        yeah, I can’t believe I’ve watched dramas straight from January (School 2013, FBND) to December. It boggles the mind…

         (5)


    • 1.3 Jaeng

      Me,too,think the Same and Thanks again

       (0)


  2. jk

    Kind of scandalized that Can We Get Married and its cast are not on the list… But other than that, ready to vote and enjoying the funny text descriptions as usual!

     (0)


    • 2.1 Kelinci Biru

      Oh yeah, and they’re not in last year Beanie Awards too, they finished at 1 January 2013?

       (1)


      • 2.1.1 doubtfire

        It seems so long ago now, but it was an enjoyable watch. Ditto, Heartless City, which isn’t getting love in the polls, because it was a cable drama as well.

         (3)


        • 2.1.1.1 Rachel

          I know, I was surprised to see Heartless City rank so low in almost all the polls so far. I find that in many of these end-of-year voting exercises, it’s the shows in the fall that get the most votes, simply because they’re still fresh in people’s minds. I prefer to wait for the Editors’ Picks.

           (4)


          • 2.1.1.1.1 Lo

            Same here. I loved Monstar, which got great reviews, but it being a cable show starring an idol and a model, it didn’t really get a good start off. It was my favorite drama of the year. It even made my List of Best Dramas Ever, Necessitating A Rewatch Every Six Months.

             (3)


          • 2.1.1.1.2 ilikemangos

            I completely agree — every year the winners in each category are almost always the more recent ones for the same reason you’ve mentioned.
            Not to mention, it’s always the same ones that win (popular ones, not necessarily the greatest ones) because those are really the only ones majority of people have watched.
            Also, it’s not like people have all the time in the world to watch every k-drama out there, so i get that.

             (2)


        • 2.1.1.2 anastassia

          BEST DRAMA EVER and BEST CAST!

           (2)


    • 2.2 tortyserox

      BINGO. tat was the best drama of the year for me. +2

       (0)


    • 2.3 Betsy Hp

      Oh wow! I didn’t realize it wasn’t there. :( But yeah, definitely one of this year’s better dramas. Can We Get Married and Heartless City can maybe duke it out for best sleeper hit? ;)

       (2)


    • 2.4 a_diva

      i didn’t notice that, but you’re right– Can We Get Married was actually quite a good drama. one of the best of the year in fact (among the dramas i’ve watched at least). bummer that it wasn’t included.

       (0)


    • 2.5 Jyyjc

      Yeah I think Can We Get Married couldve been able to participate in quite a number of these categories, like the least tear-inducing first world problem in the case of the main couple. The tagline could be something like “We are two middle-class adults with stable careers of our own and no third party involved who love each other but have to break up because of our moms”. I would also put the moms in the overlord categories :p

       (4)


      • 2.5.1 Ennayra

        Wow, until you guys mentioned the plot, I forgot entirely that I even watched Can We Get Married. I think it’s a great drama too!

         (1)


  3. Newbie

    How come the best kiss EVER in any Kdrama (Heartless City) is not on the list?!?!

     (14)


    • 3.1 keets

      yesssssssssss

       (0)


    • 3.2 ss

      i know right! oooohhh, super nasty!

       (0)


    • 3.3 Belle

      My thoughts exactly!!

       (0)


    • 3.4 blnmom

      True. And Potato Star comes in 2nd, but also not on the list.

       (2)


      • 3.4.1 Marie21

        oh yes, it has to be the best kiss ever of this year!!! :)
        and I would have voted for “Reply 1997″ for the best kissing scenes ever of 2012 if I had had the chance!!! :)

         (3)


      • 3.4.2 panshel

        My little Yeo Jin Goo all grown up.

         (4)


    • 3.5 readlead

      I surprised too! Well, bet dramabeans havent watched Heeartless city yet?

      the kiss in cruel city is definitely the best kiss of the year for me!

       (3)


    • 3.6 Oxa

      Yes yes hundreds times yes!

       (0)


    • 3.7 ilikemangos

      haha seriously. that kiss trumps all other kisses.
      except, it wasn’t as emotionally charged as other drama kisses were atm.

       (0)


      • 3.7.1 Crazynoona

        ok, like the dirty mind that i am…i’m so gonna watch heartless city for those trump kisses you girls mentioned since for this year – none of those kisses in the dramas mentioned above (on the best kiss category) knock my socks off. While back in 2012 i got QIHM and even way before that i still fanning myself each time i remembers Cha Chi Soo’s kisses.

         (0)


    • 3.8 Windsun33

      Maybe not the best, but the funniest was the dog kiss from “Let’s Eat” just after the dog had lapped up the “stuff” on the floor… :D

       (1)


      • 3.8.1 dfwkimchi

        Yep! There were many ‘Eeeewwww’ moments in that first episode but the ‘dog kiss’ takes the cake! Good thing I watched it early in the morning before eating.

        Looking forward to more of the same this week!

         (0)


      • 3.8.2 DayDreamer

        Yay! Someone who’s watching that drama. I was so disappointed to find out that it would only be one episode per week. That’s gonna become annoying especially since this drama looks great.

        And yeah, that dog kiss was super nasty…it made me want to barf, lol.

         (1)


    • 3.9 damai

      I remember that!
      Oh, why I forget that. Jung Kyung-ho is just awesome. I don’t think he did like that on Smile, you.

       (0)


    • 3.10 Waiting

      How did I forget THAT of all things…need to be reminded, clearly!

       (0)


    • 3.11 Rachel

      Oh yeah you’re right. Steamiest kiss ever in a Korean drama.

       (1)


    • 3.12 rui.is.assez.hot

      Same thought! Heartless city best kiss!!

       (2)


    • 3.13 Perrie

      Yes x2

       (1)


    • 3.14 anastassia

      INDEED! It topped all

       (0)


    • 3.15 Arhazivory

      That kiss…still fresh in my mind…was hawt.

       (0)


    • 3.16 sogazelle

      I know!!!! I didn’t vote for best kiss because I was like: “where’s Heartless City kiss?” which is just like the BEST KISS IN KDRAMA history! Are you kidding me?????

       (4)


      • 3.16.1 damai

        Noooo, ^^ best kiss of the year I agree, but best kiss in K-Dramaland still hard to decide.
        I can’t forget what Kim Boong-do and Hee-jin did in Queen Inhyun’s man last year. The tip-toes kiss still win the heart. Anyway they did a lot and win a lot. ^^, have you watch it? You should try if you haven’t.

         (1)


    • 3.17 Trixie

      Where is this kiss? Heartless City was never on my radar. What makes it appealing?

       (0)


      • 3.17.1 Caitlyn

        The kiss happens a few episodes in; it’s a cable drama so they can actually have a proper make out scene, woot! Heartless City wasn’t on my radar either because I thought it was your typical gangster cop drama, lol. It’s not that at all. It’s all about the relationships between the characters, and the love and loyalty they feel towards each other. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking. It’s my pick for Best Drama of 2013, I definitely recommend it.

         (4)


    • 3.18 Beth

      omg, yes. And Potato Star, too.

       (0)


  4. Orion

    Why can’t I vote for ‘When A Man Loves’ as my favorite comedy? I had such laughs with the fail…

     (3)


    • 4.1 Tru2u

      Don’t get me started on that mess of a drama. I will forever dislike Mi Do character

       (0)


    • 4.2 sara

      Totally agree! I laughed my @ss at that mess!

      Come on, what’s wrong with melodrama turning to be a joke? Much better than rom-com (Mirae’s Choice) turning to be misery!

       (2)


    • 4.3 Windsun33

      Suicide inducing comedies don’t count.

       (0)


  5. fey

    LOL at the Most Glorious Mane of Glory category! I think I bust a gut laughing, you guys are the funniest!
    I’m hesitant to vote for Answer me 1994 still as the best drama this year because I don’t know who the husband is, and knowing the endgame will make or break this drama for me. So in the end I chose End Of The World, which everybody needs to see.

     (0)


    • 5.1 Waiting

      Agreed…as if there was EVER a doubt!

      JB and GF had me spit my tea on that one. In truth, this entire list was hilarious. I sort of wish they did a podcast coming up with it…I imagine some drinking went on and we are the happy recipients of the creative result!!

      …the description of Uhmforce’s poor mane alone was genius!!

       (2)


    • 5.2 jessa

      same here! But I totally agree. No one can compete with Choi Jin Hyuk’s mane of glory..It suits him better. I wish he will do a sageuk next to The Heirs. And please, make him the lead.. :-)

       (8)


      • 5.2.1 Waiting

        Jessa,

        I hope the kdrama gods hear you!

         (1)


    • 5.3 mysterious

      I loved the Most Glorious Mane of Glory category, too! “One mane to rule them all.” Haha! He really did have the best mane though, hands down.

       (6)


  6. kerstin

    Why only three favorite dramas? Why can’t it be five? That would be much much easier for me….
    What to do? I loved more than three

     (1)


  7. Sana96

    Yay! I always always wanted to vote! ^_^

     (0)


  8. magickaito

    Love the last category least tear-inducing first-world problems especially Bo-na’s: Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful. It’s perfect for her….

     (2)


    • 8.1 Cindy

      yeah lol. that is so kekekeke
      HEIRS’ Rachel: I don’t want your new money touching my old money……what does this even mean?
      MI-RAE’S CHOICE’s Se-joo: The love of my life will run away if she knows I’m rich….pfft…
      HEIRS’ Kim Tan: I don’t WANT to inherit my kingdom. Okay really?? is this even a problem?

       (2)


    • 8.2 mandelbrotr

      I like how Heirs dominates this category in choices.

       (2)


      • 8.2.1 nomad

        You mean as the most overrated, the most disappointing, and the wasted the most talent?

         (13)


        • 8.2.1.1 Heirslover

          WHAT THE HELL!!!!
          disappointing????
          It is a great drama with a LOT OF interesting characters,CLEVER & AMUSING one liners & dialogues!!
          A drama full of beautiful love scenes!!
          A drama with a deep message!!
          A drama with HEARTBREAKING & impressive sad crying scenes!!!
          A drama which has been SOLD 2 Japan with the HIGHEST PRICE!!!!
          Among 2013 K-dramas,The heirs,is the ONLY which has been sold with the highest price!!
          A drama which has had over 400,000,000 Chinese viewers!!!
          A drama written by QUEEN OF ROMANCE COMEDY,Kim Eun Sook

          A drama,with Charismatic Tan character,which made LMH gain over 10 million friends in FaceBook!!!
          10 million followers in weibo!!!!!
          Now you are saying disappointing??? what THE HELL!!!

           (1)


          • 8.2.1.1.1 pogo

            ….uh, yes, she’s saying it’s disappointing. Good job with the comprehension.

            (I love batshit Heirs fans)

             (21)


          • 8.2.1.1.2 nomad

            Did you NOT read the above polls’ result? Sheeshh..thanks Pogo, some Heirs fans are truly off the wall.

             (10)


          • 8.2.1.1.3 jomo

            400 Million Chinese viewers?
            As almost half a billion?

            Could that even be possible?

             (5)


          • 8.2.1.1.4 Arhazivory

            This is….sarcasm? I’m really not sure.

             (5)


          • 8.2.1.1.5 xxvxx

            delulu

             (3)


          • 8.2.1.1.6 zodd

            Don’t know to wherever laugh at Heirs fans or pity them. Eh, I’ll go with both.

             (16)


          • 8.2.1.1.7 kate

            I laughed to hard reading your post Heirslover.
            Don’t even get me started. I hate Heirs. I give it the title: WORST drama of the year. But, you’re entitled to think it’s the best drama if you want.

             (13)


          • 8.2.1.1.8 KDaddict

            @pogo, nomad, zodd,
            Heirs fans love that drama, you don’t.
            There must be times when You love a drama while others don’t.

            Why are they off the wall?
            Why call them “batshit”?
            Why “laugh at or pity them”?

            Why so mean?
            Why behave like those love Heirs are inferior human beings?

            And Beannies pride themselves on being civilized. You ought to be very proud of yourselves.

             (6)


          • 8.2.1.1.9 pogo

            @KDaddict – you do realise that the ‘batshit’ part refers not to their taste (allowances must be made), but to their reactions to literally any criticism of that drama, right? Especially as seen up there via Heirslover – if you can say, with a straight face, that that reaction is in any way polite or moderate, then we must not be reading the same comment.

            And yes, I am pretty proud of myself for getting salty on people who don’t seem to understand the concept of this thing called ‘differing opinions’. I don’t go postal and ALLCAPS on commenters who dislike the dramas I like, and I see no reason to handle those who do with kid gloves.

             (10)


          • 8.2.1.1.10 DarknessEyes

            hahaahaha it’s fine that you like it, that’s totally up to you, but don’t go batshit crazy on all the other sane people who realize it’s ridiculously boring.

             (5)


          • 8.2.1.1.11 Mmmhhh

            It’s just a vehicle to give the actors more fans and a bigger and wider distributions for their money making ventures eg CFs, spokesperson etc. overall the plot is thin and the character development next to non existent. But production values eg cinematography ,editing, continuation etc good. The soundtrack is a bit too obvious but the acting is good. All actors are doing the best with a thin script. – given the calibre of the writer and the director – and the media hype- I hoped for more and better.

             (5)


          • 8.2.1.1.12 saranghaelmh

            I love LMH as much as the next person…no really… I love the guy.. which is why I have to hate Heirs and forgive him for Heirs…
            lol @Pogo… The problem with Heirs is though it was a ratings hit, we were all waiting with bated breath for LMH’s performance.. Thanks to the writer who has proven she hates him, there wasn’t much :( …. I enjoyed the first few eps but after that. it went kaput..

             (7)


        • 8.2.1.2 Stuart

          For me, Mirae’s Choice beats Heirs in both most disappointing and wasted talent categories. It COMPLETELY wasted both LDG and YEH, and was actively awful, as opposed to Heirs, which hovered around meh most of the time.

           (8)


          • 8.2.1.2.1 Dody

            I don’t even wanna start! LGD and YEH! I really wanna them work together again! le sigh! wished this drama never happened!
            at least Heirs got OTP scenes :| , though I don’t care about Tan and ES and the comedy is not much but there is ROMANCE! god I wanna erase MHIYD from my memory!

            I dropped them anyway I couldn’t stand the last few episodes of MHIYD and I don’t know about the Heirs I just lost interest in it!

             (4)


          • 8.2.1.2.2 DarknessEyes

            That drama, I can’t even. It had such an interesting start, and everything went downhill from there….

             (1)


        • 8.2.1.3 KDaddict

          And yet, many comments on the latest Mirae’s Choice thread seem to indicate that it takes the cake in the “Most disappointing category”.

          Is it really necessary to call fans of certain dramas/actors ‘batshit’ if/when they speak up to defend their bias?

          LMH is obviously a very popular actor, and yet every time one of his dramas come up for discussion, there’d always be ppl who are very down on it. Invariably.

           (0)


          • 8.2.1.3.1 nomad

            Why did you even include me in calling them “bats hit”? I didn’t do that. Did I say I pity them? I didn’t do that. All I did was listing what Heirs was “most” on from the polls. Please see what I said before you just judge, won’t you? I think it was Heirslover that suddenly lunged and attacked me.

             (4)


          • 8.2.1.3.2 pogo

            I’d say it is necessary to call out the behaviour of people who seem incapable of tolerating any criticism of their bias. There are Heirs fans who can admit its flaws, and then there are those who cannot, and those people fully deserve to see a spade called a spade. If other drama fans can enjoy their dramas and not use the internet to yell at those who don’t, I don’t see why Heirs fans should be any different.

            Also, dramabeans isn’t a fansite for LMH or anyone else no matter how much they are loved here, and if the only response to (legitimate) criticism of Heirs is to hint at some kind of anti-fan conspiracy against the actor, I’d say the point is not only being missed, but given a very wide berth.

             (10)


    • 8.3 pogo

      lol I love how Heirs is dominating the Most Overrated category, but Bo-na and Chan-young have a (well-deserved) lead in the Best Secondary/Tertiary couple stakes.

      They are to Heirs what Yi-jung and Ga-eul were to Boys Over Flowers, only this time around the couple in question gets to be together.

       (7)


      • 8.3.1 saranghaelmh

        Once again I agree with you. I am a fan of LMH and will always be but sometimes we wish we could go over their scripts no..
        *praying he does CH season 2*

         (4)


  9. REE

    Man Of Glory AGREE!! daddy Gu.. I Love Him Sooo Mucch..

    My favorit Dramas : Gu Family, Master’s Sun, and Flower Next Door :)….

    Thanks Beanie.. always vote every year!

     (2)


  10. 10 kdwkyah

    OH NOOOOOO! How could I possibly pick between the bromances?!?!?!

     (3)


    • 10.1 pogo

      oh, that’s the easiest category! (hint: School 2013)

       (2)


      • 10.1.1 damai

        Even I vote for Nam-soon and Heung-soo, I can’t forget how bratty Hye-sung and Ga-yeon is. Totally confuse.

         (0)


      • 10.1.2 DayDreamer

        Hands down, School 2013. How can anyone not even immediately click that? ;) lol

         (3)


        • 10.1.2.1 nemisongbird

          Amen DayDreamer! Though when Kim Woo Bin and Lee Jung Suk appeared in the same category/ies I felt like I was betraying one of them by choosing the other!

           (4)


          • 10.1.2.1.1 DayDreamer

            I KNOW!!! Augh! In the end, I just picked Woo-bin because I like him a teensy tinsy tad bit more than Jong-seok, hehe.

             (0)


          • 10.1.2.1.2 pogo

            ahahahaha that’s the dramabeans poll equivalent of Sophie’s Choice.

            (especially in the Breakout Performance category, I had a teeny-weeny sad when I saw Lee Jong-seok nominated for IHYV while Woobie was up for School 2013, even though I ADORE IHYV a part of me was all ‘but they should be nominated TOGETHER for the same drama!’)

             (4)


  11. 11 moondust

    Enjoyed the descriptions! Haha. Can’t believe it’s December already!

     (1)


    • 11.1 Windsun33

      For at least a couple of those, the descriptions were better than the shows :D

       (5)


  12. 12 efflorescence

    Why isn’t Go Ara nominated for Breakout Performance? I would think she deserved it.

     (5)


    • 12.1 ean03

      I agree. She’s not really known as a good actress, but I think this role just made her.

       (0)


      • 12.1.1 verte

        ^

         (0)


      • 12.1.2 nomad

        yup!

         (0)


    • 12.2 ilikemangos

      Yes! seriously we shouldve just put every AM1994 cast member for breakout performance because they were all either unknowns or overlooked.
      If you think about, go ara, yoon yoo seok, and jung woo were all in the business for 10 years but never really recognized for their skill until recently.

       (4)


    • 12.3 pogo

      The Breakout Performance category is SO hard to vote for, because almost everyone in there (and I’ve seen most) delivered a spectacular performance, in some cases show-stealing ones.

      I was really torn between Lee Yubi for GFB (I thought she’d be standard forgettable second lead, but that girl made me cry even in a show I thoroughly detested), Lee Jong-seok for IHYV, Kim Woo-bin for School 2013 (though LJS should have been nominated for that drama too), Ha Yeon-soo and Oppa. Decisions, ugh…

       (1)


      • 12.3.1 Kiara

        Loved Kim Woo-bin but I had to give my vote to Lee Yoobi.

         (1)


        • 12.3.1.1 pogo

          It really was a true breakout, in the sense of ‘wow, I didn’t know she could DO that!’. Maybe not a star-making role since second lead female roles rarely are (industry politics), but she’s definitely made her mark as one to watch.

          And I hope she graduates to lead soon, she should take a leaf out of her Nice Guy costar Moon Chae-won’s book for that.

           (0)


        • 12.3.1.2 pogo

          And speaking of Woo-bin and Yubi, they’re great in their separate dramas but I absolutely loved them together in Vampire Idol.

           (3)


    • 12.4 javabeans

      We debated this, but Go Ara was pretty famous before Answer Me. The others had very little name recognition, while she was at star level for years. I do think it was a breakout of sorts, but not in a traditional “this made me famous” sense.

       (0)


    • 12.5 Hana

      Go Ara wasn’t known for her skill, yeah (or blunter terms, she was known as someone who sucked) but she’s had a number of lead roles and is known in name. People just know who Go Ara is – pretty, SM, etc. – and she appears on variety more often than the other two (or at least gets more news attention). So technically it’s not breakout in that she already was famous? It’s just the first popular drama where she’s recognized as good.

       (0)


      • 12.5.1 Kiara

        If there was a category for most improved actress I’d put her there.

         (1)


        • 12.5.1.1 Kiara

          She is like Park Si Yeon to me. She has been acting for almost 10yrs but finally improved in Nice Guy.

           (2)


    • 12.6 Niki

      Yeah….i was looking high and low for Go Ara in Breakout Performance. I thought….there’s her picture, but where’s her name nomination??

      Although JB made it slightly easier without Ara in the running so i can vote for Thrash Oppa. lol….

      But i’ll sure be conflicted when it comes to Best Actress at this year’s Beanie: Gong Hyo Jin or Go Ara? Oh yes, and Park Bo Young!

      Not to mention Best Actor: So Ji Sub , Jung Woo or Lee Jong Seok?

      It’s so obvious that i only like 3 dramas this year as compared to last years all-votes for QIHM.

       (0)


      • 12.6.1 Niki

        whoops! Sorry. It’s Lee Bo Young. I kept thinking about ‘Park Ji Sung’ and thought again…wait….it’s Ji Sung minus Park. lol……

         (0)


  13. 13 keets

    Minhyuk’s my fave character, and the kiss in ep 16 of Secret is worthy of a win.
    My fave alt couple would be kim nana and sun woo from Mostar.
    But I defs agree on the mane of glory. Only one biatch to rule them all, sexy gumiho daddy.

     (6)


    • 13.1 Penny

      Oh, I so agree about Kim Nana and Sun Woo. I’ve totally rewritten it in my head so that they end up together. Kim Nana is daebak!

       (1)


      • 13.1.1 Rossi

        This is the reality (drama verse) I want!

         (0)


      • 13.1.2 pogo

        Sun-woo/Nana <3 (especially after he nearly backed her into a wall in ep 8, that was hot)

         (1)


    • 13.2 kisa27

      So right the last kiss scene in Secret is best kiss this year, sad that its going by first kiss

       (3)


      • 13.2.1 Dody

        +1

         (0)


  14. 14 nam gil

    Only one thing Im sure about, that most glorious mane of glory goes to Choi Jin hyuk

     (1)


  15. 15 old soul

    How come Mi-rae’s Choice isn’t included in Most Disappointing Drama category?

     (7)


    • 15.1 june_rain

      agreed

       (0)


    • 15.2 suzi

      exactly !! very disappointing

       (0)


    • 15.3 Windsun33

      Because it might have been an auto-win, and that would be cheating.

       (2)


      • 15.3.1 Stuart

        I think the fact that in all likelihood 90% of those reading this post had EXACTLY the same question means you’re probably right – it was excluded to give other less awful dramas a chance of winning something.

         (1)


        • 15.3.1.1 the68monkey

          I guess I’m in the 10% that actually stuck with Mirae’s Choice and have enjoyed it. It’s flawed, yes, but it has heart. The relationship between Oppa and Future Mi-Rae is wonderful, as is the frenemy relationship between Oppa and Kim Shin.

          Biggest complaint would be how freakin’ long they waited to fix that red curly perm on Yoon Eun-hye! The hair, combined with what started as a frumpy look, had zero appeal for viewers of both genders.

           (3)


          • 15.3.1.1.1 Windsun33

            I think I am the only person in the entire universe that liked her hair :(

             (1)


          • 15.3.1.1.2 petmink

            I have stuck with Mirae’s choice too. I like it. It does not have the crack factor but I am enjoying it even though I am not rooting for a romantic pair. And I really enjoyed the unexpected Oppa/Kim Shin bromance the show sneaked in every now and then. They are so cute when they bicker.

             (2)


          • 15.3.1.1.3 danah

            I am assuming you didn’t watch the end right?

             (0)


          • 15.3.1.1.4 Quiet Thought

            I miss Mi-Rae’s perm terribly. It was the most distinctive hair-do I’ve seen in a drama all year. She was adorable in it. I expect a half-dozen series to feature that hair-do in 2014. Replacing that fright-wig look we’ve been seeing a lot of, in ‘Mandate of Heaven’ and ‘Answer Me 1997′ and ‘Basketball,’ among others.

             (2)


    • 15.4 ontokki

      Definitely agree. So disappointing, especially with how well it started out

       (0)


    • 15.5 m.d.n

      Because dramabeans wants Heirs to win the most overrated and dissapointing drama of the year..

       (1)


      • 15.5.1 panshel

        I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic…

         (0)


    • 15.6 najialuv88

      second that

       (0)


  16. 16 yuki95

    this year’s kdrama seems like 25% good to great dramas… while the remaining 75% are ranging from forgettable to dramas that should have been properly labeled with a warning – ‘waste of time to watch.’ seriously long list of kdramas but the only ones that can be recommended to others are only around 10? probably even less than that.

     (5)


  17. 17 Kelinci Biru

    Yay! Its hereeeeeee^^

    You girls rocks!

     (0)


  18. 18 Moonbean

    Thanks Javabeans. As creative as ever. I have to reread it anytime I need a laugh!

     (0)


  19. 19 Carole McDonnell

    you guys are sooo funny. I would’ve voted King’s Family most underrated but alas it didn’t even rate a mention. ;-)

     (1)


    • 19.1 Faye

      @Carole – Perhaps proving your point :).

       (0)


    • 19.2 javabeans

      King’s Family gets 30% ratings and is consistently winning its timeslot, so it doesn’t technically qualify for under-rated

       (4)


  20. 20 Pilta

    Pffffft
    “Who had the most glorious mane of glory?:
    GU FAMILY BOOK’s Choi Jin hyuk: One mane to rule them all” -LMAO NO COMPETITION!

     (2)


    • 20.1 pogo

      yeah, Darth Gumiho had a GLORIOUS mane. Too bad the genes didn’t get passed down to BabyHo…

       (6)


    • 20.2 DarknessEyes

      it’s true tho.
      no one else could compare

       (3)


    • 20.3 rheina07

      At first, I thought that the section is not fully loaded since there’s only ONE – choi jin hyuk in there.

      But yeah,

      no one can beat him! GOO PAPA HO ! <3

       (1)


  21. 21 Celery

    Why no Tae Gong Shil aka Gong Hyo Afkingwesome Jin in Favorite Character category? :OOOO

     (6)


    • 21.1 Celery

      Oh and Jang Hye Sung aka Lee Bo Young!

       (5)


      • 21.1.1 damai

        Totally agree. She’s rocking enough to be favorite character.

         (0)


    • 21.2 readlead

      yes yes yes! isnt she really awesome and so lovely, so cute, so naughty, so stubborn that we love jo joong won because we love her first right???

      why???

       (0)


      • 21.2.1 Celery

        @readlead:

        Hehe, oh how I heart you readlead and your fondness for GHJ. (popcherrypop here!)

         (0)


      • 21.2.2 pogo

        Exactly!

        (and come to me, fellow Gong Hyo-jin fangirl!)

         (0)


        • 21.2.2.1 Celery

          That makes the three of us, hehehe!

           (0)


    • 21.3 pogo

      I consider my vote for Joong-won to be inclusive of her as well, but it’s a shame she isn’t on the list as an official option (though maybe then it would split votes between the two of them?)

      Either way, they had a lock on my vote for Best Couple, NO contest.

       (1)


      • 21.3.1 Celery

        That’s what I did too, lolol. I would have picked TGS or HJS though if they were up there instead of their male counterparts because … man, they stole the show despite their lack of manly abs.

         (1)


        • 21.3.1.1 pogo

          yeah, I don’t want to play down So Ji-sub and Lee Jong-seok’s absolutely stellar performances (ok one is a newbie and the other a veteran but we got to see them both with new eyes thanks to IHYV and MS).

          But those performances would not have been possible without Lee Bo-young and Gong Hyo-jin anchoring their respective dramas, and never putting a foot wrong in their own performances. And Joong-won and Su-ha would not have been half as swoonworthy if their female leads weren’t as awesome and fully-realised as GHJ and LBY made them, because you need to see what they’re crazy about after all.

           (3)


          • 21.3.1.1.1 dpm

            mte imo these two dramas are remarkably noticeable for their well acted and well written female leads

             (3)


          • 21.3.1.1.2 Yammy

            well said, pogo, ditto!

            That’s why i’m wondering why Tae gongshil’s “I want to find my self first” is winning the 1st world problems section. Heirs, anyone?

             (1)


  22. 22 Grace

    LOL at Love is the moment for Heirs!!

     (2)


    • 22.1 Windsun33

      I actually woke up screaming that at 3 AM. If there was a most over-played song category, that would win 99%, which is why there is no such category I guess.

       (2)


      • 22.1.1 pogo

        ‘Love Is The Moment/More Pain/Whatever’ is to Heirs what ‘Almost Paaaradise’ was to Boys Over Flowers.

        Kim Eun-seok wanted to do BOF, well, it looks like she succeeded – mostly-spineless heroine, chemistry-free lead couple, annoying theme song, scene-stealing secondary characters and all.

         (9)


        • 22.1.1.1 the68monkey

          At least Lee Min-ho had some charisma in BOF, and as ridiculous as BOF was, it was compulsively watchable. Heirs? Meh.

           (5)


          • 22.1.1.1.1 GoldenDiva

            And the sad part is BoF is a zillon times better than Heirs and is it me or does PSH kiss JGS alot better than she does LMH ??????????? LOL 😄

             (4)


          • 22.1.1.1.2 the68monkey

            GoldenDiva — I think Jang Geun-suk is probably a more skilled kisser than Lee Min-ho. He knows how to do it right, as seen in Love Rain, Mary Stayed Out All Night, and now Pretty Man, in addition to You’re Beautiful, as you mentioned. :D

             (2)


          • 22.1.1.1.3 GoldenDiva

            Still looks like she had more fun kissin him tho then again who wouldn’t LOL

             (1)


          • 22.1.1.1.4 Julia the Berkshire Beanie

            “Jang Geun-suk is probably a more skilled kisser”

            Can I kiss them both and decide for myself?

             (10)


        • 22.1.1.2 Windsun33

          I actually think it is rather funny that so many us find the secondary characters more interesting than the leads.

           (4)


  23. 23 Shado

    Haha, reading some of those descriptions really got me laughing. Thankfully, no one is around to see that happen.
    Anyway, thanks for making an assignment chasing sleep-deprived student’s life a little brighter :D

     (0)


  24. 24 chane

    Yay, it’s here and I can finally participate fully, I’ve completed 12 2013 dramas this year and 6 on going :)

     (0)


    • 24.1 chane

      Done voting!!! Follow-up comment:

      You guys! You seriously killed it, laughed my ass off!

      The lols…
      HEARTLESS CITY: A gangster, a cop, and a drug lord walk into a bar…
      LEVEL 7 CIVIL SERVANT: Love means never having to tell someone your name.
      MEDICAL TOP TEAM’s Kwon Sang-woo: At least you have Yawang’s ratings to comfort you at night.
      MI-RAE’S CHOICE’s Yoon Eun-hye: Perma-shame

      And so much more….but those were the funniest to me.

      I wish Queen of Office was included, it was a very funny drama and it was really fun to watch. It was so hard voting for 3 best dramas because 2013 is kind of a disappointing year for me, can’t wait for your year end reviews :)

       (0)


      • 24.1.1 tebz10

        Damn that ajumma hair. Of all the bad hairdo’s on that list, where all are sageuks, Mirae’s wins hands-down. Although, the storyline was much better with her ajumma hair than when she got a makeover.

         (0)


      • 24.1.2 dfwkimchi

        Queen of Office missing from Comedy Category! Loved that drama! Was going to vote for it but cannot find it on the list.

         (1)


      • 24.1.3 jou-y

        oooohhh… my friends and I loved Misseukim and pama-mori ohjiho too. its kind of underrated for me but to think it plot-wisely… its just not an ordinary drama cliche. sort of human manga (i know its japanese adaptation). but its stress-free and fun.

        this time of year is my most anticipated time for the beanie comments (can’t forget last year’s gummie-bear-brain-tumor-infant)

        my lol moments–>
        GU FAMILY BOOK: I’m like the Hulk but with more pants
        UHM TAE WOONG: Goguryeo Nickelback.

        i wonder why jb love haitai so much. not to blame her. i would vote for him too without any cause.

         (0)


  25. 25 Mel

    HAHAHA. Thank you for the laugh.

    HEIRS’ Eun-sang: Boys like me too much. HAHA.
    SWORD AND FLOWER’s Uhmforce: Goguryeo Nickelback Jesus.. HAHAHAHAHAH

    and yes.. Most wasted talent 2012 – Joo Won in 7th grader civil servant. Gaksitaaaaal will never forgive you, but thank God for his wonderful performance in Good Doctor!

     (0)


    • 25.1 Mel

      oopsss.. 2013!

       (0)


  26. 26 Jennnnnnnyyy

    Just want to say that I wanted to vote for best bromance and best kiss for heartlless city but couldn’t find it!! Girls you really got to get on that!!!

     (4)


    • 26.1 rui.is.assez.hot

      Yeah, totally, Heartless city for best bromance! Shi hyun and Soo forever!!

       (1)


      • 26.1.1 kaleido

        totally agree… HC has best kiss, best bromance and OST if there such category…

         (1)


        • 26.1.1.1 rui.is.assez.hot

          That’s right! Heartless city had the BEST ost! There should be a category for that.

           (1)


          • 26.1.1.1.1 AnotherFan

            Definitely agree on the best OST in HC. That was probably the most memorable for me in a long time.

             (1)


        • 26.1.1.2 anastassia

          yes!!!

           (1)


          • 26.1.1.2.1 dramaloveeee

            Totally agree!!
            Best bromance and best kiss!
            And Heartless city had the BEST ost!

             (2)


      • 26.1.2 sogazelle

        yeahhhhhhh!!!!!

         (1)


    • 26.2 Beth

      You know, I was very surprised that show didn’t get recapped. I know that they pick the ones they want, and that’s fine and all, but sometimes I think the ball gets dropped on really good dramas in favor of crappy ones with big names, eye candy, etc.

       (2)


  27. 27 Grey

    My first time! Thank you for funny description on it. I just can’t stop laughing :))

     (0)


  28. 28 frillyobject

    So hard!!!!! I have my favourite 4 dramas I don’t know how to choose 3 from the 4! Master’s Sun, Nine, I hear Your voice and Answer Me 1994!!! How how how!!!! All 4 is best in it’s own way!!! Trauma~

     (1)


    • 28.1 barbara black fox

      I agree. Even with all the disappointing shows this past year, there were (for me) six that I can’t choose between. Hopefully others picked the 3 I ultimately left off.

       (0)


  29. 29 Ema

    I just died and came back again, laughing at the description for the worst mane of shame!! Thanx javabeans n girlfriday for the humours.
    You girls never failed to made my day, always 😘😘😘

     (0)


    • 29.1 Cindy

      Kim Bum-ya

       (0)


      • 29.1.1 GoldenDiva

        No no no no no no KB had the Best hair and I will 4vevr stick with tht (KB good Hair period) 😃😃😃😃😁😁😁😁😁😘😘😘😘😘😘😤😤😤😤😤😤

         (0)


  30. 30 guil

    I would have like you to talk more about empress ki, it’s one of the very very few dramas I’m able to watch without using the forward button. It’s a magnificent drama in all points of view: beautiful arts, awesome fights, really good performances by all the actors, interesting story and script, good pace, … I like it in each and every of its aspects and I don’t understand why nobody speaks about it.

     (2)


    • 30.1 doubtfire

      It really is a stellar drama, unfortunately, by next award season it will be forgotten :(

       (0)


      • 30.1.1 cherkell

        Ha. Not if *I* have anything to do with that!!! You guys are all going to be sick and tired of me touting EK’s wonderfulness throughout 2014! :P

         (0)


        • 30.1.1.1 ean03

          I’m totally on that ship. I think it’s a beautiful show so far. The scenes, the chemistry. Hoping for the best till the 50th episodes comes about.

           (0)


        • 30.1.1.2 TS

          I know, right? And the fact that I can actually answer the questions here means I’ve spent a year watching dramas. Wow.

           (0)


        • 30.1.1.3 guil

          i won’t ever get tired of that!! go on pleeeaaaase!!

           (0)


    • 30.2 Windsun33

      Empress Ki is better than most historical dramas, but for me it has a couple of issues keeping off the top of my list. 1. The girl playing the man parts are way too obvious that she is in fact, a girl.
      2. The over the top shyness-almost-aegyo moments when she avoids looking at the prince, when she has supposedly been a “man” for many years.

      #2 kind of ruined the ranger-Strider type image I had of her never losing her cools. I don’t like it when my heroines lose their cool :(

       (1)


      • 30.2.1 Bernadine Moore

        totally agree. Huge fail in every girl playing the boy part. But here especially when you consider both the length of time she has been doing this and the times…which would pretty much guarantee no privacy for her ever!

         (0)


      • 30.2.2 anonymous

        If HJW cannot portray the part of a good cross dresser or a man,whom among the current k-drama actresses can play the role better than her?.At least HJW does not mind having her face face dirty unlike the other actresses.

         (0)


        • 30.2.2.1 guil

          I agree, of all the cross dressing i ever saw, i think this one is the best even if it has its flaws.

           (0)


      • 30.2.3 atz

        Maybe it is 50 eps drama, currently it started lacking some speed… two or three eps ended with scenes that the Emperor said to HJH,’ You, you, you,,’ The actress has many fans but unlike other people say I find her expression is rather limited,,, with ‘ you , you , you,,,’ responds with her big surprised face. The drama must have spent fortune on the set and costume for sure.

         (0)


  31. 31 Uhnny

    It’s that time of the year already.

    :D

     (0)


  32. 32 Matcha Latte No 1

    Now I know why I love Answer Me 1994 so much. It has the most abs! LOL!

     (1)


  33. 33 Jolyn

    OMG
    fretting over Master’s Sun, 2 Weeks, School 2013 and I hear your voice!!!

    Thought Heirs would be up there in contention for my personal favourite but nooooo. Personality switches (overnight), repetitive ost (Looooove is the moment) and illogical human beings in general just lost me as a fan of the drama. Just chugging along and waiting for it to end.

     (2)


    • 33.1 Windsun33

      There should have been a “I can’t believe I actually watched the whole thing” category.

       (10)


      • 33.1.1 Rachel

        Oh my gosh you’re right!

         (0)


      • 33.1.2 Waiting

        Or a ” I hung in there like a trooper because I like the actors…poor things” category.

        Or a “Do over!” category.

         (3)


        • 33.1.2.1 Waiting

          Oh..

          We may need an “Aigoooooooo!” category, too.

           (3)


      • 33.1.3 Niki

        lol. I would vote that suggestion!

         (0)


  34. 34 Karen

    The first world problems are so funny! Thank you javabeans for the laughs. Can’t wait for your year-end reviews! :)

     (0)


  35. 35 ht

    I chose Answer 1994 as my favourite lead couple despite not knowing who will be the endgame because both male leads (and maybe Haitai too!) are special and awesome in their own ways. I love both guys so much (though I’m more of Team Oppa) I’m fine with whoever Najung chooses.

    Lol at Heirs topping most of the polls.

     (0)


    • 35.1 ilikemangos

      Actually i found Master’s Sun topping most of the polls — and heirs following behind.
      I got a huge laugh out of the descriptions alone, but finding out the winner for each category was a bore cause i could practically predict it midway. Masters sun, masters sun, heirs, masters sun, heirs.
      lol

       (1)


      • 35.1.1 Celery

        Here MS is topping more so than Heirs. Otherwise, I see Heirs topping most of the other online polls, save for one or two.

         (0)


    • 35.2 pogo

      I think the dedicated Heirs fangirls got here before the rest of us with some taste, but the only actual category it’s leading in as of now that requires you to like whatever’s onscreen is the Best Secondary Couple one.

      And come on, Chan-young and Bo-na deserve it. If only for serving as relief from the tedium of Mr. First World Problems and Ms. Tearful.

       (2)


      • 35.2.1 Windsun33

        Yeah, they have swamped some of the polls, which is sad in a way because I am sure that many/most of them hae never even seen most of the other shows.

        I actually like the secondary couple in Mi Rae best, but since that is still ongoing not sure who will actually BE that couple. I don’t think that makes sense.

        Oh well, I am still grieving over Brian’s death, for another couple of days so my mind is not right.

         (1)


      • 35.2.2 Niki

        Amen to Chan Young and Bo Na.

         (0)


  36. 36 come2noona

    Holy crap….”Butter knife and weed”…too funny!

     (0)


  37. 37 smileforme

    Ha that “past sense” for Knife and Flower made me laugh. Breakout performance was the most difficult to decide for me D:

    Anyone watching Your Neighbor’s Wife though? I’m really interested in that one, but I can’t find subs for it or even any trace that someone’s watching it.

     (0)


    • 37.1 Windsun33

      I don’t think anyone is subbing it, probably a licensing issue, since that is a pay TV channel. Heard that Viki is trying to get the license, but that was weeks ago and have heard nothing since.

       (0)


  38. 38 Dorotka

    Thank you for all the laugh you gave me!
    …especially your frenemies tags… and the best mane of glory…HAHAHA… :–)

     (0)


  39. 39 choa

    The Heirs-overpopulated
    Thats describes The Heirs

     (1)


  40. 40 missaisohee

    Choi Jin Hyuk and his glorious mane of glory !!

     (0)


  41. 41 Nanny

    I think Eunsang’s Mom and Tan’s Mom should have been there for the best frenemies instead of Young-Do and Tan

     (1)


    • 41.1 nomad

      Oh yeah! That would’ve been great too!

       (0)


    • 41.2 Windsun33

      Agreed – they are the high spot of that “other show”.

       (0)


  42. 42 nnnneil0929

    Your Top3 Favorite Dramas but I actually have 4 fav dramas. NINE, THE MASTERS SUN, IHYV and REPLY 1994. >.<

     (1)


    • 42.1 nomad

      I had a hard time choosing three too! My four are the same as yours.

       (0)


    • 42.2 May

      How do I vote? By clicking on the pictures? There are no names showing up so…

       (0)


    • 42.3 june_rain

      ooh it’s my top 4 too! niicee

       (0)


  43. 43 Sumee

    Best category..the mane of glory there is no compitition at all…lol

     (0)


    • 43.1 GoldenDiva

      Kim bum is competition seriously people 😒

       (0)


  44. 44 Didi

    Dramabeans make me love Decembers !!
    2013: a disappointing drama year to me (I seriously can only remember I hear your voice), but DB always deliver !
    I hope 2014 will give us some good sh**t, with romance, angst, romance, action, romance, humor, a few tears and a lot of romance !!

     (0)


    • 44.1 Windsun33

      I was not disappointed in 2013 – I was very disappointed in THIS season of 2013. The only show on my “must watch” list for this last quarter-year is “Don’t Give Up, Dodo”, which hardly anyone knows about because it is only on Viki.

      I think in season 2/3 we had sensory overload with some good ones and now feel let down by the current crop.

       (1)


  45. 45 LeAnE

    This just made my day. I couldn’t help lol. The best is the gu family book mane of glory. Maybe a new category for best stare or look.

     (0)


  46. 46 Emma

    I’m sad that nearly all the nominations in the ‘favourite character’ category are for male characters :/

     (5)


    • 46.1 Celery

      Me too :(

       (0)


      • 46.1.1 Windsun33

        I am declaring a gender bias issue with the poll makers and demand a recount.

         (2)


        • 46.1.1.1 damai

          Hahahaha, is that right, JB?

           (0)


    • 46.2 ilikemangos

      Im sad too :( but that just shows that k-dramaland needs better-written heroines. Ones that are fully fleshed out, 3D, and awesome. I try to look back but the ones that i can only see as being badass is ha ji won in empress ki, go ara in AM1994, Go Hyun Jung in Queen’s Classroom. There’s probably more that i’m forgetting but by large they always churn out male characters that somehow steal the show.

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      • 46.2.1 Celery

        But but I thought MS and IHYV female leads were much more interesting than their male counterparts AND other male leads in other series for that matter :(

        OH WELLS.

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        • 46.2.1.1 pogo

          I agree – both those shows had leads who were well-written and well-developed, which is definitely a departure from the kdrama norm.

          And while I felt Su-ha and Joong-won were fitting partners and romantic interests to those two ladies, there are several options on the list from other series who don’t hold a candle to them.

          In fact, no female lead character with a love interest is in the ‘favourite character’ poll at all. What’s up with that?

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          • 46.2.1.1.1 Celery

            And it absolutely sucks that they got relegated to the first world problems category :/

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          • 46.2.1.1.2 pogo

            @Celery – I’d have thought that drama that followed Master’s Sun in the timeslot would have a lock on First World Problems, but apparently not?

            Either way, if needing some self-searching and not basing your worth around what some guy (even a hot one who loves you) thinks of you is a first world problem, it’s one that more women should have.

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          • 46.2.1.1.3 Megumi

            although I agree that GHJ was awesome in her role as tae yang, SJS was totally interesting and charming as JJW especially in the last few episodes, he took a big risk taking that character because the character was not likable at all on paper. Full credit goes to him for making JJW lovable and pitiful esp when GHJ decided to leave, and considering he had not much experience in rom com I felt he little bit edged over GHJ. As for LBY, I think she already got awarded for her role in one or two drama awards so I don’t worry too much about her not being included in fan awards. I was more so impressed by her because she used to be criticized by the fans too much for being boring. I was very happy for her as both of her dramas this year became massive hits.

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        • 46.2.1.2 nomad

          You’re totally right!

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      • 46.2.2 Windsun33

        I think that this year that there WERE some better written heroines. In at least 3 dramas I thought the female lead was more interesting than the male. Probably too late to add that category to the poll though.

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      • 46.2.3 DDee

        Agreed! Sadness. My vote goes to the steely, fabulous Jin Sook from Heartless City.

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        • 46.2.3.1 Betsy Hp

          Seconded! :D Jin Sook was completely awesome.

          (I have to admit, I’m kind of disappointed that Dramabeans has shafted female actors. More confused than disappointed, honestly. It seems very unlike this site. Maybe it was a typo? There was supposed to be “best male” and “best female” and it got overlooked in the rush to post or something?)

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        • 46.2.3.2 jomo

          Yes, she was a great character who defied all stereotyping and predictability.

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        • 46.2.3.3 anastassia

          Jin Sook is my fav female character ever! Like i have watched more than 10 years of k drama.

          Even IHYV and MS can’t be a challenge to her. What a well written character and baddas and full of heart character. Played by a very talened actress.

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        • 46.2.3.4 pogo

          Jin-sook was the best, no contest. I loved her every bit as much as Baksa, and that is quite a lot of love.

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        • 46.2.3.5 Beth

          SO. THIS.

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        • 46.2.3.6 Emma

          Omg yes!!! I loved her to pieces. Definitely one of the best and multi-faceted characters this year. I think we should definitely get rid of the male leads from Heirs and replace them with some awesome ladies like Jin Sook :’).

          I can’t wait to see Kim Yoo Mi in jtbc’s Can We Love, she’s a promising actress.

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          • 46.2.3.6.1 fan

            Maybe that is why Oppa/JungWoo from reply 1994 fell for her. About his ideal type, he said ‘cool, confident, tall, and pretty’ in an interview (Obviously thinking her).

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    • 46.3 pogo

      I know, and the omission is a shame.

      I mean, why would you put effing Kim Tan (!!) as an option in the poll instead of Go Dok-mi, Jang Hye-sung and Tae Gong-shil? (FBND, IHYV and MS female leads). Because I agree that kdrama needs better-written female leads, but this was one of the years where many dramas really delivered on that front.

      And no, ‘he’s played by Lee Min-ho’ is not a valid answer.

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      • 46.3.1 damai

        Totally agree.

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    • 46.4 dpm

      I know I wanted to vote for Hye Sung. She made IHYV for me.

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      • 46.4.1 Celery

        Same here. I wouldn’t have watched and liked IHYV as much as I did if not for LBY/JHS :(

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      • 46.4.2 Betsy Hp

        Oh my gosh, Hye-sung! I adored her and her caustic nature. :) Without her to offset his sweetness, Soo-ha would have been a tiny bit too, too. (Together though — they’re perfect.) Plus, Lee Bo-young did an awesome job acting that role.

        Now that I think on it, choosing between IHYV’s Hye-sung and HC’s Jin-sook would have been quite the dilemma.

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    • 46.5 damai

      When I read that category I was wondering where is Hye-songie. She’s just rocking enough.

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    • 46.6 kk123

      agreed, I thought the same thing, I would have put Gong Shil as my favorite character.

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  47. 47 messi

    Lol Why Heirs is getting so many votes?

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    • 47.1 blegh!

      my thoughts exactly, the only category Heirs should win is overrated, worst drama. also chan-bona winning is legit as well.

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      • 47.1.1 Megumi

        Well I think there are too many Heirs fans who in their minds think that was the best drama of the year for them. I for one don’t mind that because my fav drama this year Master’s Sun is totally getting the love from majority of the fans. Only thing I’m disappointed about is Heartless City is getting less recognition. That drama was absolutely daebak!!

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  48. 48 koreandramalover / kay

    Javabeans! I DIED LAUGHING at the comments!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! ;)

    How DID you come up with such hilarious-beyond-words comments? Did you work with Girlfriday on them?

    Thank you so much for giving me such a great laugh-out-loud-till-I-cry time reading your hilariously witty and so spot-on comments!!!

    *Going back to reading and laughing*

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! ;)

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    • 48.1 javabeans

      Oh, there was definitely girlfriday work involved. Still dying a little over butter knife and weed.

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      • 48.1.1 koreandramalover / kay

        Hahaha!!! I knew it! ;)

        Both you and Girlfriday complement each other so much!!

        You are both out-of-this-world witty and humorous, but with subtle differences that make you special and unique in your own way.

        HAHAHAHA!! And YES!! I am ALSO still dying over *Butter knife and weed*!! At 3.53 am Singapore time at that!! hehehe!!!

        Your combined brilliance with words just blew me away!! ;)

        One such brilliance among so many :

        “LEVEL 7 CIVIL SERVANT: Maybe it should’ve been called 7th grade civil servant after all”

        HAHAHAHA!!! *wiping away tears of laughter*

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      • 48.1.2 Waiting

        I mentioned it above, but worth repeating…your collaboration sessions really need to be on a podcast – or just a recording. Too funny!

        Thank you SO much for all the wit and fun!

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  49. 49 Cat

    Reply 1994, I hear your Voice & Master’s Sun.

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  50. 50 garnet_yuna

    The least tear-inducing first world problem is really funny! Thank you Javabeans for making my night! :D

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