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2016 Year in Review, Part 1: The Bean Count

It’s Bean Count time! For those of you who missed its inaugural post last year, the Bean Count is a fun exercise for our staff, where we get to show our love for shows by giving them (imaginary, useless) beans, which we accrue by watching dramas. (Easiest game ever!) Each recapper earns a bean by watching a show in its entirety (or being current on a drama that’s ongoing), and then each person is free to bestow the beans on whatever shows they wish.

The Beanie Award Polls were for all of you to weigh in on your favorites of the year, and we’ll be putting out reviews from Team Dramabeans soon as part of our usual Year in Review series. Shows that get counted in this year’s reviews include those that started in late 2015 that got left out of last year’s reviews (such as Remember—Son’s War) and those that began before December and will have aired more than half of their broadcasts by the end of this year (Weightlifting Fairy, Legend of the Blue Sea). Shows that premiered this month, such as Goblin, will be included in next year’s series.

This year we are extra grateful to mary, our resident technical wizard, who turned our simple chart from last year into an interactive tool, which is clickable by recapper name and sortable by bean totals and by chronological order of show’s premiere. It’s pretty awesome! (If for whatever reason you can’t see the charts, here are unclickable versions: Beans and Pie.)

Feel free to play along and give out your imaginary beans as well! The only rules are that you must have watched every available episode of the show, and that it falls within the date parameters defined. Go forth and count, Beanies!

Bean Chart
Remember—Son's War1
Cheese in the Trap6
One More Happy Ending2
Signal45
Five Kids2
Descended From the Sun15
Come Back, Ajusshi4
Marriage Contract8
Memory2
Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-ki5
Master–God of Noodle1
Oh Hae-young Again31
Dear My Friends21
Mirror of the Witch8
Beautiful Gong Shim3
Police Unit 3812
Beautiful Mind12
The Good Wife7
Bring It On, Ghost2
W–Two Worlds25
Age of Youth21
Jealousy Incarnate26
Moonlight Drawn By Clouds21
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo3
Fantastic2
Drinking Solo2
On the Way to the Airport2
Shopping King Louis10
The K23
Woman With a Suitcase2
1% of Anything5
The Man Living in Our House2
This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair17
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim3
Legend of the Blue Sea15
Weightlifting Fairy14
Oh My Geum-bi1
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Now I really have to watch Signal.

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Same here! It has been in my must watch list for atleast a month now, but i didn't have time for it earlier. But now i'm going to have to make time for it.

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It is SOOO GOOD ! I just watched it last week after dramabeans 2016 drama poll, seeing so many beanies loving it, I could not resist even if it is not the kind of drama I would go for usually. I watched over may be 200 dramas in my life, and this one, just top them all.
SIgnal is really one of a kind. A masterpiece.

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I did the same.. I had in my list but the poll reminded me that I haven't watched one of the alleged best dramas of this year, so last week, I did a marathon.

It was really one of a kind, entertaining all the way through! Definitely recommend for anyone who didn't watch yet.

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Funny how many of us did this! I wonder if the online ratings for the week skyrocketed! Haha

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Sleep is over rated...

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I guess me too! I jjust nvr thought of it as a genre that I would like, but seeing those 45 beans up there, I definitely have to make time to watch it.

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I also plan on watching Signal later during this month. this year I only finished two dramas, most of the ones i try to watch I dropped them.

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Yes, you have to. I watched it with my flatmate who hadn't watched a kdrama in her life. She's now a convert who watches more kdramas than me, although i think i raised her standards too high by starting with signal.

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You have to watch Signal! Otherwise, you are missing out big time!

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That was my thought as well, exams are done in a few days. Sounds like a plan for what I'm going to do after.

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i just rewatched it this past week. IT'S SOOOO GOOOOD.

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Wish i could say the same about so many kdramas, but for a few kdrama fans like me, it's really hard to watch them as soon as they aired. The only possible way to watch a k-show is through a blu-ray disc and it takes forever for it to be released. So for me, the only way to keep up is by reading recaps and considering what i read about "Signal" i found it very interesting and recomendable. It's a must-watch drama.

Too BAD............

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Even I will have to watch that show now.It feels to be too good

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It's been on my watch list for almost a year...i think it's about time I tune in

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So glad to find out that JI got second highest beans because when it aired I thought hardly any of the recappers were watching it besides gf.

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3rd highest. My bad.

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but the 2nd place goes to OHYA..

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Pls ignore my post, dear Wapz.

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JI is actually the 3rd. 2nd is Another Oh Hae Young. Personally, I feel JI is so much better. I wouldn't even count it as a romcom cos it's more of a melo.

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Can I say I'm rather surprise and very happy with it?

Because I thought it got lukewarm reception in db. I'm glad it's not as lukewarm as I thought.

Perhaps it's a hint that it might win a category or at least got an honourable mention in 2016 Editors' Picks (If there will be one this year)? Fingers crossed.

Anyway, congratulation all shows.

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Sorry. * .. get an honourable .. .

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Yeah, I'm actually so surprised and happy right now. I was hoping it would make it in the Top 5. But I never expected it to get 3rd place, especially looking at the Beanie Poll and all those What We're Watching posts. The only explanation is that, during the latter half of the show, not a lot of recappers watching it posted in that segment. I'm looking much more forward to the individual Top 5 reviews now. I honestly was starting to think it would only make it into GF's, but that may not be the case :)

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same! I loved the show, and tbh it's MY favorite drama of the year cuz it just hit all the right notes for me. and it bummed me out that it seemed like DB and other drama fan hubs were often lukewarm at BEST about it. glad to see that's not entirely true! I feel like thanking all the recappers who gave a bean to JI. is that weird? I just enjoyed the drama so much.

I never saw Signal (it's not my sort of genre but i might watch it one day) but I did see OHYA and i thought it was a good drama but not great and definitely not one I'll ever go back to. but i'm not mad it got rated so high. when it was firing on all cylinders it was really good stuff (but i agree with julie it was more a human drama/melo with spots of humor than a romcom)

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@Tai, I agree with everything you just said about JI and OHYA. I had the same feeling with OHYA. Thought I was the only one. Haha and no that is not weird.

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So much love for JI on the chart? Wait, I am on dramabeans right? *Looks over to the address bar* Why, yes indeed I am! ?
Wow!! This is awesome. As everybody here said I thought too that the response from db was lukewarm for that show when it was airing. (Except for girlfriday. Thank you for loving the show gf!) But now I am elated to see them give it some well-deserved love. Oh, I think my heart is going to explode with all the happiness..?

Thank you to all DB staff who gave a part of their precious beans to JI. This is indeed a lovely surprise. Sarangheyo ! (*Bring to your mind the picture of a radiant Eun-Tak saying it to the Goblin at the end of ep 1. That’s how I am saying it to you guys.) Sarangheyo!! ❤??

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Actually I'm surprised it got so many beans. I mean, from What We are Watching section, it seemed like only GF talked about it till the end. I thought the other recappers dropped it in the middle when the love triangle got really messy (though personally I love all those messiness). So I'm happy and a little hopeful that maybe it will win something in Editor's Pick this year.

*Crossing fingers

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I kinda thought Moonlight Drawn by Clouds would be second, everyone practically raved about it all through its run.

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"Moonlight Drawn By Clouds was cute and well acted but I just couldn’t get totally into it until the end"

Really? I had the opposite problem, haha. I surprised myself so much by how much I got into MDBC during episodes 1-14. Then, right when the show started to falter in its last 4 episodes, JI came into my heart and completely took over so that, by the time MDBC ended, I didn't really miss it all that much. Funnily enough, the beginnings of MDBC and JI had that same effect on W towards the end. JI was the only show (out of these) to come out unscathed, with none coming along to steal away my attention.

(Btw, I thought your comment was implying that you started to get into MDBC more towards the end of its run. But I just realized that you might have meant you never got into at all. Still, I already wrote my comment so I'm posting it anyway, lol.)

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I loved MDBC and followed it until it's end here in DB. A lot did like and enjoy it. MDBC was a good drama (well-acted and well-executed), but it's not amazing. I think it's 5th rank is right where it should be. It did have a great community that followed it until the end here in DB hence the tons of comments in episode recaps. I think the rave you read had something to do with the YeongOn OTP and the actors because Bogum and Yoojung did so well in it. As for the drama itself, it was good but nothing stellar.

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Oh and also I think the love for Moonlight is more reflected in the Beanie Award polls. This Bean Count is limited to the DB staff, while the polls are for the beanies and which dramas they liked/loved. :)

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yeah i figured it'd beat out JI too (and others) and tbh I didnt get the hype with MDBC? like no shade, everyone has their own taste. but i was more bored than not and dropped it by the third week (i think ep 5 or so). So I'm glad again to be wrong.

off topic a bit, but this was kinda of a sad year for sageuks in general if u dont count Six Flying Dragons (which started in 2015). tho my friends who saw Flower in Prison seemed to like it just fine. i never got around to it myself.
meanwhile Moon Lovers was a MESS and i found MDBC a tad bland. here's hoping all those sageuks premiering in January can make up for the year prior.

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I tried to stay with Flower in Prison, but the pace was killing me and I didn't have a lot of free time this year. I like a lot of the actors in it, though, so it's on my list of shows I want to try to finish after we close and then move into our new-old house.

SFD was included with last years' awards, but I see your point about sageuk representation.

For Moon Lovers, the whole various versions was a mess, and it only added to other bits of ugh decisions the drama dealt with as it was. Still, it was worth it to me to hunt down the variations and sit through them all even if my Korean is still baby level at best.

I dropped Moonlight when it was revealed he knew she was a she before the kiss. That just killed the momentum and gravity for me--waiting to reveal it the episode after made me feel like the PDs were all "Haha, it's ok, he knew she was a she," which left a bad taste in my mouth.

It's a shame that Book of Corrections didn't get much mention. It definitely isn't a fluffier romantic fusion which many seem to like (*cough* Moonlight), but I have been enjoying it as I've had time to watch it.

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I think MDBC was one of those "in the moment" kind of dramas where you get swept up while watching it but doesn't really stay with you later on or you start seeing it's weaknesses months later.

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You said it @aigoo! Yes, I was completely swept up while watching MDBC, and thought the OTP were the cutest I've seen, but yeah...upon looking back, it wasn't anything that stayed with me.

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Another yay for Jealousy Incarnate!

I am one of those that haven't move on from JI train, in fact I am currently rewatching this after finishing King 2 Hearts, Oh My Ghostess (rerun), Time Renegade, and My Love My Bride.

I too was underwhelmed by the lukewarm response from DB recapers but glad to see that I was wrong! This show is really a hoot and JJS is a rare gem.

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I also haven't moved on from the JI train. Last week's episodes of Legend of the Blue Sea did not help either.

I'm planning to sit through you're the best lee soon shin (despite warnings given by some dB viewers). I am mad for JJS. He's pretty much killed my brain cells I'd watch anything with him.

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I don't know and i don't care if it's second or third, as long as it is not above those positions(2-3) it's fine with me because its actor "Jo Jung Suk" already qualified to my top five kpop favorite stars. How about that?

Way to go

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This is too cute to handle! Awesome job ?

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It really looks COOL this year!! Good job making it this attractive guys..specially Marry.

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Yep ! BRAVO Mary !!!!

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You're a friggin' geeeeenius, mary! RIm would be SO proud of you ?

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First and foremost, like, uwoow, an interactive infographic about kdrama? This must've taken some serious effort *clap hands*

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Secondly, after playing with the chart for a while plus going to 2016 reflection thru drama list, my measly 9 beans will be divided equally for Pied Piper, Marriage Contract, Bring It On, Ghost & Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-Ki, with the extra odd bean for the last. After all is said and done, those drama with the lingering good memory got them beans.
There are dramas that I was devotedly crushing on (to the extent of watching raw at 1 a.m) but went to the "huh" territory in the middle or the end and made me mad, like Lucky Romance, OHY, and MOTW; there are dramas where my interest just petered out for some reason, like on Squad 38 & JI, but all in all, have no regrets for those that I've watched!
Well, maybe except if there's a chance to change MOTW's ending tho...

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I'm disappointed to see 'Oh Hae-young Again' getting so many beans than Age of Youth, Dear My Friends or W-Two Worlds though, as while the start was good, it had a big drop in narrative quality and character development....just my personal opinion though :)

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I personally agree with you, but that opinion too applies to W-Two Worlds for me, because the back got a bit messy when rules kept on being bent and everything became more complicated, but that's also a personal opinion. Personally I also prefer age of youth and dear my friends.

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W-Two Worlds was conceptually the most interesting drama out this year, but it had an even steeper fall in the plot/character department in its second half than OHYA.

Still a good drama, but that was more down to the acting (Lee Jong-seok and Kim Eui-sung) than anything else.

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W, Another Oh Hae Young, and even Moonlight Drawn by Clouds all had fantastic moments, but I had serious problems with the way they ended. Cheese in the Trap seemed universally panned for its ending, but I would argue the other three I just mentioned were equally bad. W totally wasted its fun concept by focusing on the arbitrary mechanics of the two worlds, contradicting itself, and then making it all about the romance, which was never well developed to begin with. Oh Hae Young was funny and fresh until the heroine became a desperate, lovelorn fool over a guy with the personality of a rock. Moonlight Drawn by Clouds was endearing and engaging until the lighthearted banter turned into drawn-out angst and history was completely jettisoned in favor of a trite, unrealistic ending. However, I can understand why the shows received so many beans, and I enjoyed them for the most part. I am glad Signal, Jealousy Incarnate, Dear My Friends, and Age of Youth were popular. I think Police Unit 38 and The Good Wife were among best series this year, as well, though I guess they weren’t as popular.

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Yes, I'm with you on the latter parts of W, OHY and MDBC. W in particular. Whatever its faults, Cheese in the Trap was so much fresher than all three and the only one I would re-watch among these if only for the brilliant OST.

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it's probably the hype that raised my expectations for the drama, but I never found it as an amazing drama even from the start. I shipped the female lead with her ex boyfriend so much and I don't like her pushy attitude or whatever you call it. She has problems that are not even problems HAHA I liked her parents though~

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The revenge to the point that somebody's life got ruined turned me off with the drama OHY. I don't think i will like the guy no matter what the explanation in the end. The mere fact that they did it leave a bad taste to me.

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I think the second half is such a let down because there is many gimmick scene, But ovealll it's a solid drama and the narrative is still on point, it's just many gimmick scene that favour our OTP scene that it's suffer to develop the narrative smoother. And Eric performance is such a letdown and ruin the whole 2nd half, because the scond half is supposed to focus more on his character and his conflict. but acting wise he is not deliver BIG time. imagine Park Do Kyung is played by Im Joo Hwan for example!

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As much as I love Eric (he was so good in Discovery of Romance!) I kind of have to agree. For me it was partially his performance and partially his character I just couldn't connect with. Seo Hyun Jin just completely stole the show.

Im Joo Hwan really deserves better roles.

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Oh please. Eric did awesome job that I could not imagine anyone beside him as Park Do Kyung who gave superb chemistry with Oh Hae Young plus play such a less charming character of lead male ever in korean drama. Eric turns park Do Kyung to someone has more attractive using his own persona objectively.

Park Do Kyung is stiff-emotionless character. What you want him supposed to do?

Praise your favorite as you want but don't putting down other actors.

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I don't think Eric's acting as a let down in the 2nd half. It's how the character going back & forth with his own internal fight that makes his character frustrated. Same with the Hyunjin over doing the temper tantrum part. All in all, OHYA is still enjoyable. Would be better if there weren't the 2 episodes extension.

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the 2nd half was supposed to focus on Dokyung but character wise, he's still a reserved & conflicted man. His character wasn't meant to become drastically different than the 1st half. The writer made Dokyung submissive to Tae Jin to pay back his mistake. Acting wise, it stays consistent with how his character supposed to be.

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It's funny when you put the fall of the 2nd half on Eric's shoulders when his character & acting stays the same as from the start. Where was the letdown from his acting in the 2nd half? As others pointed out, even though the 2nd half gave more focus on Dokyung, but his character doesn't get big makeover to make him show more emotions than the 1st half. You might be frustrated with the internal struggle of a man thinking he'll die soon so should he love her without hesitation and if he should tell her he'll die soon or keep it so she won't be burden with the worriness. As with most Rom-Com dramas, these noble idiocy is frustrating. And with the 2-episode extensions it's a letdown in the 2nd half, not his acting. Putting down someone to praise your favorite actor/actress is meaningless.

Im Joo Hwan would be better if he were Park Dokuyng? Wishful thinking, but how about the drama might not have the same chemistry as it did^^? And from the PD & lead actress's accounts, Eric also gave some good ideas during OHYA filming.

It's not perfect story wiswe, but OHYA is still an interesting drama. Love the cinamatography, the casts' chemistry & bonding.

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Same here! I did not like OHYA. I couldn't just emotionally connect with lead actress. But loved AoY and Dear my friend. I think these two are underrated dramas of this year.

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I agree age of youth, dear my friends, and underrated my wife is having an affair is better than oh hae young. heck my personal fav uncontrollably fond is not even given a mention. lol
but i think oh hae yung again deserve a praise though it's for me over appreciated.

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Why because your favorite drama got less beans? XD. Everyone has their own taste so please respect them.

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I am not surprised by the popularity of OHA. But I personally couldn't stand the female lead's tantrums, to the point that it left me an unpleasant memory of the drama.

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I did enjoy the drama but I'm not surprised to see it up there but personally the drama started strong but towards the end, I felt let down with the female lead's behaviors and the fantasy aspect of it.

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Agreed. I could not stand her tantrums. No matter how hard I tried to understand her, I just didn't get her...and I got angry instead lol. The story was interesting though, so I'm still hoping I can pick it up later.

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I am actually more surprised that my top 3 dramas this year are the same as the bean charts (maybe JI as #2 and OHY as #3 but I love both) because these 2 dramas def didn't make the top 3 favorite dramas in last week's votes.

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Same here! I'd probably put Age of Youth at #3, and move OHY to #4, but still super satisfied with the top 3 dramas. As long as Signal and JI are there and Age of Youth is in the "Top Five" (lol, since three are tied for 5th).

Now just recognize both Jo Jung-suk and Jo Jin-woong for Best Actor at the Editors' Picks, and all my dreams will be realized!

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Yeah but how many DB staff saw AoY and DMF to the end? I only watched AoY and thought it was good stuff but I never saw DMF (and wont cuz i dont like crying lol). and i feel like that always influences polls like this either for staff or just fans. a drama can be the best out there but if no one saw it no one will vote for it you know? Plus AoY could be really heavy at times, and if you're counting enjoyment as a criteria than yeah AoY would rate lower cuz it was /good/ writing but not always a pleasant watch. often very hard for me cuz of how real the girls' issues were.

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Javabeans liked Scarlet heart more than Louis and Beautiful mind? Whyyyy?
Huh.The bean count really tells it to you as it is

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Answer: Lee Jun Ki

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why do people think Beautiful Mind was that good? it wasnt that good lol. ML was ridic but it was p entertaining at least. and nice to look at. just not very good by the end. (or arguably by the middle haha....leaving out the outlier of ep 11 ofc) Louie was very cute and I liked it but I alrdy forgot about most of it haha. It's not the sort of drama that sticks with you imo. ML sadly will stick with me if only because of how insane the fandom on tumblr was over it. I still can't escape from it. I had to unfollow people. lol

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excuse me but beautiful mind really is 'that good'. thanks

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I was more expecting the bean for ML from Girlfriday, not Javabeans.

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simple because a whole bunch of young guys

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ah, but there´s a twist. you got conned. you only thought you were giving beans to different dramas, but Police Unit 38 took them all. Your beans have been fully paid.

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I love this comment so much

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PU38 just grew its own beans and took them all, no need to wait for any of us to give it to them ;)

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Haha...
Good one, redfox.

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I'm giving all my beans to you lmao. If PU38 was conning me, I'd happily be conned xD

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38 Task Force had so many Beanscoins that it donated most of them to other shows.

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that´s highly likely.

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Omg you made me cry tears of laughter. How I miss PU38! That was a lovely little show. It'll always have a place in my heart :)

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You know what Police Unit 38 did after receiving so many beans right??? It threw them over the roof top of a high rise so that the other shows got some too! :D
But the main question is - did Signal go back in time and steal some of those beans before Jung Do was able to throw them??

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and not only these beans. The team got carried away and also took all the Beans of Wisdom and dropped them from a highrise. Smart move, I say.

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Ooh and the beans of wisdom helped bring some much needed sense to people all over the world! And with wisdom, they brought laughter and giggles. And then, all was well with the world.
The End

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Oh, lol you two. You're completing each other..

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I just read "and that was the end of the world."

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@redfox Exactly opposite of what I was going for!
@Gaeina Lee :)

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You only THINK Police Unit 38 took them all. Actually, they packaged them in boxes, hauled them up to the top floor of a high rise, and dumped them all into down town Seoul. (Where citizens happily caught them and are munching on the sticky sweet goo-ness as I write this.)

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Rats. I wished I'd read ObsessedMuch's comment BEFORE I posted mine.

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All great minds you see ;D

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*stands under that highrise*

drat, I didn´t bring my beanbrella.

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Here... here..
I'd bring a basket huge enough to catch the showering beans and share some to Louis and Boksil.

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Now that's what I would have loved.. but I love how many beanies are giving their beans to Louis and Bok Shil.. they really were cute enough to be showered with beans ?????

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This is nice. I swear I could interpret this all day. Its so interesting to see how many beans each of you gave a show. So happy Signal got the most beans. Gumimochi gave ten of her beans to signal. Thats love right there. One beans to signal, one to age of youth, and the last to the good wife.

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Before I saw the chart, I was thinking: "gotta give some precious beans to Signal in case people forgot about it."

And then comes gummimochi with her 10 beans. LOL That's more than all my beans put together!

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Hahaha

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I keep rereading to see, am I missing it? How were beans alloted? Does each DB staffer have a certain allotment of beans or was it a rating system like you guys gave it 4 out of 5 beans?

I'll try reading the header one more time...

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Ok in the first paragraph, sorry I'm just really tired. Instead of accruing beans while I watch dramas, I'm just accruing sleep debt. :(

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All my beans go to Moonlight. And I'd like to think I have thousands of them.

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"Signal" was really THE BEST drama ever.

But since it aired right at the beginning of the year it set the bar way too high for every other show.

It also goes to show how a truly good drama can't be forgotten.
I mean, there are dramas I watched LAST MONTH and I already forgot completely. They didn't leave a trace in my mind. And then there's Signal, which aired almost a year ago and it left such a deep impression.

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"It also goes to show how a truly good drama can’t be forgotten. I mean, there are dramas I watched LAST MONTH and I already forgot completely. They didn’t leave a trace in my mind. And then there’s Signal, which aired almost a year ago and it left such a deep impression."

+100000000000000000... ?

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I have ten beans to give (lowest number of shows I've actually finished in a year since 2012, oop) and here's how they go:

3-Beaners

Age of Youth - (led to ugly crying)
Police Unit 38 - (for being thoroughly conned, and also for bucking kdrama lead conventions and actually just going with two male leads)

2-Beaners]

Oh Hae-young Again - for Seo Hyun-jin
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo - faulty but still shredded my heart even as it made me want to tear my own hair out..... Lee Jun-ki deserves it.

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Woah... Bean Count the upgraded version. Gotta give it to DB for making drama-watching experience into something veeerrryyy special. Haha..

Let's see...
I only have 13 beans this year (short drama like Page Turner and Becky's Back included), so I'll give it to my 3 precious and crack shows.

Jealousy Incarnate: 0000000
Signal: 000
Marriage Contract: 000

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We have the exact same same fav shows! yay! although i would have given more to signal

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Signal is one of the best dramas this year, although I'm a little sad that another one of my favorite dramas "Memory" isn't getting enough attention. That drama leaves viewers a huge punch in the gut, making you cry and at the same time afraid of the reality that such an illness exists.

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finally!! someone said it.

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Have you watched Memory as well? That show isn't getting the attention it really deserves. I hope people would give it a chance.

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Ikr. I'm quite surprised that no one is talking about it.

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chickachunga is crazy about it. She made me watch it too! I liked the acting and the directing and the story, I just didn't love the lead lawyer as a character. He did some stuff that frustrated me so much. But I appreciated his journey.

If I graded the show objectively, it would have scored high points, but there's no criteria for giving beans. And since I had so few of them (8), I just gave it to shows I loved.

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So cool and pretty. Reminds me of Bertie Botts Every Flavored Beans. hehe!

It's truly interesting to see the differences in taste for kdramas.

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This is such a fun! :--)
I think the biggest surprise for me is how Romantic Dr got only 3 beans while Legend got 15... my personal preference would be the opposite ;--)

Though perhaps even more shocking is the realisation that despite having baby twins and suffering from lack of sleep and total exhaustion I still managed to watch a lot of dramas :--)))))

PS And Signal deserves all that love.

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Ah pretty bad I didn't watch Signal and PU38 till the end, I can't count them as beans...
Well here's my watchlist this year (completed dramas):
1. Descendants of The Sun
2. Oh Hae Young Again
3. W-Two Worlds
4. Uncontrollably Fond
5. Come Back Ahjussi
6. Legend of The Blue Sea
7. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart: Ryeo
8. Mirror of The Witch
9. Ms Temper and Nam Jung Ki
10. The K2
11. Cheese In The Trap
12. Page Turner (does it count?)
13. Night Light
14. Entertainer
15. Madame Antoine

So I have 15 beans.. and if I could I would distribute those beans as such:
DOTS - 1
MLSHR - 1
Entertainer - 1
W - 2
OHYA - 2
MOTW - 2
CBA - 2
The K2 - 2
Ms Temper - 2

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Aww, I know cheese In the Trap didn't have the best end episodes but the first 14 or so were so good that it's been one of my fave dramas of the year even with the ending. Sad to see it only get six beans OTL.

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i think we are the only one who appreciate CITT and find it's not a failure drama, not even close. it has some flaws, but the majority opinion exageratethe it so much.

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I loved it too! But i agree that the first 14 episodes were the best

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My 40 beans go to: Signal, Age of Youth, Dear My Friends, The Good Wife.

Honorable mentions: Drinking Solo (but only the Students, Jinyi/Jinwoong couple), This Week My Wife Will Have and Affair (minus Yoonki), Jealousy Incarnate (it made me laugh every ep &JJS:)

ps. mary is a genius. that is all.

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Can I get to 40 by Dec. 31?

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Girlfriday gives signal only two beans. Whyy?

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*I mean Javabeans.

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She probably knew the rest of them were going to give it a lot so she put more towards other shows. They mentioned last year when they started this that it's not just about which dramas you enjoyed most but also taking into account how many beans you think the others would give a show.

For example, JB gave This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair 5 of her beans, but that doesn't necessarily mean she thinks it is more than twice as good as Signal. She just may have been worried that Wife wouldn't get much love and knew Signal was safe. ;)

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Oh! Was a bit shocked to see that javabeans gave so few of her beans to Signal. I guess this explains it.

I remembered how girlfriday gave most of her beans to Reply 1988 last year but this year, there's none like that. I also think that there are a lot of dramas worth the watch this year. It's a good thing that the love is spread throughout.

Thank you dramabeans for always making our Kdrama experience lovelier. ❤︎

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Yes, it could be her way of highlighting a very underrated show. I mean, how many recappers or DB readers even watched This Week My Wife to the end? Probably very few, yet those recappers who watched it seem to love it enough that this show somehow ends up pretty high on the total bean counts list. This why I love this rating system.

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Wow! Wonderful job mary!!! Thanks DB. Love the interactive sorting and the clear bean count when we click on each of the DB staff. And it's so pretty too!!!

I have only 10 beans this year:
Signal - 3
PU38 - 2
DOTS - 2
OHYA - 1
Marriage Contract - 1
1% - 1

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Signal is winning the votes as well, runner up is W-2 worlds.
I expected moonlover or moonlight were the favourites based on high number of comments but now I realised number of comments here does not equate popularity.

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It's possible to be more passionately into a drama that you don't think is the best of the year but still find plenty to say about, than a drama that wins unanimous praise but may not be as interesting to discuss.

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I could not finish moonlover or moonlight, I didn't get the hype and why they were so popular, I thought something wrong with me but it turned out I was not alone?. I love W despite many people loathed the ending, I liked it a lot!

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@anon - I finish moonlight, but I didn't really enjoy the story. It felt lackluster, without any real plot. However, I have to say that Park Bo Gum did a great job in it. I didn't watch Moon lovers, just read recaps. Haha.

But I wholeheartedly agree with your statement. While I initially despise W's ending, I have come to understand that it wasn't as terrible as I thought. In a way, certain things made sense and most importantly, the leads got their "happy ending"... It could have ended up in a black hole and I'm certainly glad it didn't. =) W is still one of the more innovative dramas this year.

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Yeah, I think the Bean Count is supposed to be more indicative of how much you love a show, rather than of how good you think it is objectively. I'm actually still surprised MDBC didn't do better since many seemed pretty passionate about it.

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By that logic, Moon Lovers and Moonlight definitely would be the best dramas this year.. But as you said the number of comments doesn't equate quality.
I'm the very few people who can't finish Moonlight, but I enjoy Moon Lovers and some people probably are the opposite of me. That's fine.. We're united by dramas anyway so it doesn't matter if your preferences are different as long as we can continue our healthy, positive way of discussions here.

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that's exactly it. W may have been pretty flawed by the end but I had endless things to say about it. and it was easily the most high concept and narrative-ly ambitious drama of the whole year. that's worth commenting on imo. it's too bad it faltered so much by the end, i still enjoyed it and finished it but it def didnt uphold its earlier quality but hey we cant all be Signal can we? lol

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I think comment's number doesn't make the drama to be the top list,
I really like MDBC but not a lot of people comment and most of the comment is about how satisfying it is, I don't think the comment for MDBC is that high,

Still MDBC is one of saeguk I would recommended for people who is not familiar with it and have a hard time with saeguk politic genre + their long format,

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Wow! What a revelation! Finally, we got to know which Kdrama was most "critically-acclaimed" after all. My super favorite Kdrama, W (4th in ranking and just one bean behind JI), got a much higher number of beans compared to DOTS which got quite a high rating from the viewing public in Korea. Yay, for this! So HAPPY!

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still find DOTS is better than W. at least the acting is way better. what's wrong with Han Hyo Jo? she is so bad

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are rewatches included in the count? I rewatched 5 dramas this year haha

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nvm only dramas shown this year are included in the count. I have 17 beans!!!

W–Two Worlds ﹆﹆
Jealousy Incarnate ﹆﹆
Signal ﹆﹆
Age of Youth ﹆﹆
Police Unit 38 ﹆﹆
The Good Wife ﹆﹆
Bring It On, Ghost ﹆
Shopping King Louis ﹆
Drinking Solo ﹆
Descended From the Sun ﹆
Come Back, Ajusshi ﹆

other watched dramas:
The K2
Fantastic
Moonlight Drawn By Clouds
Beautiful Mind
Oh Hae-young Again
Remember—Son's War

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oh shoot not included in dramabean's list are the ff dramas so my total number of beans should have been 22!!

W–Two Worlds ﹆﹆﹆
Jealousy Incarnate ﹆﹆﹆
Signal ﹆﹆
Age of Youth ﹆﹆
Police Unit 38 ﹆﹆
The Good Wife ﹆﹆
Bring It On, Ghost ﹆
Shopping King Louis ﹆
Drinking Solo ﹆
Descended From the Sun ﹆
Come Back, Ajusshi ﹆
Page Turner ﹆
Moonlight Drawn By Clouds ﹆
Oh Hae-young Again ﹆

dramas without beans
The K2
Fantastic
Beautiful Mind
Remember—Son's War
Doctors
Entertainer
Lucky Romance
Uncontrollably Fond

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There were lots of shows in the internal list but we don't put 0 beans in the chart. Otherwise it'd be too long >__< Here are all the shows in the list. If it's in the list, it means at least one of the staff watched. It's still possible that there's a 2016 show not in this list because none of DB staff finished it. Remember—Son's War Cheese in the Trap Moorim School One More Happy Ending Madam Antoine Signal Neighborhood Hero Five Kids Descended From the Sun Come Back, Ajusshi Marriage Contract Mrs. Cop 2 Pied Piper Goodbye Mr. Black Memory Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-ki Vampire Detective Neighborhood Lawyer Jackpot Monster Entertainer Master–God of Noodle Flower in Prison Oh Hae-young Again Dear My Friends Mirror of the Witch Beautiful Gong Shim Lucky Romance Police Unit 38 Doctors Beautiful Mind Wanted Uncontrollably Fond The Good Wife Bring It On, Ghost W–Two Worlds Age of Youth Cinderella and the Four Knights Jealousy Incarnate Moonlight Drawn By Clouds Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo Fantastic Drinking Solo On the Way to the Airport Shopping King Louis The K2 Woman With a Suitcase 1% of Anything The Man Living in Our House This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Entourage Legend of the Blue Sea Weightlifting Fairy Laurel Tree Tailors Oh My Geum-bi Second to Last Love Blow Breeze All's Well WIth a Happy Home Yes, That's How It Is Jang Young-shil

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Oops the line breaks won't show up...

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Awesome job Mary!!

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Oh, yeah, Madame Antoine. Is it possible to give negative beans?

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Good job Mary! I watched all on this list except Second to Last Love(just a few more eps to go) All's Well WIth a Happy Home Yes, That's How It Is. And watched many more -old dramas, C- and J- dramas- all about 100 this year. This year was great- I loved too many and agree with DB bean votes in general but I also loved Piped piper (and short one like Baek Hee has returned and Page turner).

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1- W
2. Signal

My ultimate dramas of the year. I don't have beans to counts lmao!

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the two best dramas honestly, you have impeccable taste!

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I really want to watch Age of Youth, but I hate watching completed drama lately.

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It's only 12 episodes! So it requires a bit less time than most completed dramas :)

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I only watched the first episode since months ago and didn't have enough courage to watch the rest. But I'm getting curious coz people keep telling me to watch it

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I'm just over here very happy to see MWIHAATW getting some love ! lol. *it even beat out DOTS*

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This is the prettiest jellybean pie I have ever seen! :D

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So I only have 11 beans, but I think this will do...

Signal: 6
W: 3
WFKBJ: 2

Hihi. This was fun few months. No more additional dramas for me until May 2017. :D #boardexams

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I have 10 beans to share, my picks would be :

Signal 000
1 % of something 000
OHYA 00
Age of Youth 00

Yeayy for Signal getting much love, it makes the waiting for Lee Je Hoon to be back on screen next month extra special <3<3

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Here are my beans. I've completed 22 dramas this past year (I'm shocked to be honest. In between work and obligations... like how lol)
1 Cheese in the Trap
2 Signal
3 Descended From the Sun
4 Marriage Contract
5 Oh Hae-young Again
6 Mirror of the Witch
7 Beautiful Gong Shim
8 Police Unit 38
9 Beautiful Mind
10 The Good Wife
11 Bring It On, Ghost
12 W–Two Worlds
13 Age of Youth
14 Jealousy Incarnate
15 Moonlight Drawn By Clouds
16 Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
17 Drinking Solo
18 Shopping King Louis
19 The K2
20 1% of Anything
21 Doctors

I'm gonna count Page Turner. I can't not count it. That was a precious drama.

And to distribute...
Signal - 3
PU38 - 3
OHYA - 3
W - 3
The K2 - 2
1% of Anything - 2
Jealousy Incarnate - 2
Age of Youth - 2
Moonlight Drawn by Clouds - 2

Ok that was hard. 2016 gave us a lot of great dramas. I can't wait for next year for another wonderful drama year. I hope. *cross fingers*

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I forgot to add Lucky Romance and Uncontrollably Fond. So that should be 24. Here's the final distribution:

Signal – 3
PU38 – 3
OHYA – 3
W – 3
1% of Anything – 3
Jealousy Incarnate – 3
The K2 - 2
Age of Youth – 2
Moonlight Drawn by Clouds – 2

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????....wow you had a lot of time!!

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Lol not really. It's a matter of lack of social life and lack of sleep to be honest.

No, seriously. Work is too much so I de-stress by watching dramas. It really helps. Specially, since some of my workmates also watch dramas like me. We talk about dramas in between work. Hee

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Wow love your list- and you really watched ALOT

Here's mine- and boy did i sacrifice alot of slp to squeeze these in

1. Age of Youth
2. Another Miss Oh
3. Beautiful Gong Shim
4. Bring It On, Ghost
5. Descendants of the Sun
6. Fantastic
7. Lucky Romance
8. Marriage Contract
9. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
10. Shopping King Louis
11. Something About 1 Percent
12. W Two Worlds

Short/ Drama Special/Web-drama
13. Page Turner
14. Go Ho's Starry Night
15. Thumping Spike 2

Currently watching
1. Weightlifting Fairy
2. Legend of Blue Sea

And my bean distribution
Age of Youth - 2
Another Miss Oh - 2
Bring It On, Ghost - 2
Descendants of the Sun - 1
Fantastic - 2
Shopping King Louis - 2
Something About 1 % - 4
W Two Worlds - 3
Go Ho's Starry Night - 3
Weightlifting Fairy - 3

Weightlifting fairy is still airing but if it goes the way i hope for and maintains the 'heart' itsa bean count will go up

Looking back there's sth about Go ho's story that i really like and very memorable

There's a few dramas that i havent watch enough episodes so cant give any beans yet:
K2
Moonlight drawn by Clouds
Jealousy Incarnate

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i forgot my beans for Page Turner- 2
(could have been more if only Ji Soo gets So hyun)

So total beans given - 26?

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My math was wrong. I had 9 beans but only gave away 8...

T_______T

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Awww..Your bean was stolen!!! :(

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:O Yang Jung-do probably stole it. He can keep it.

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And then probably grow it himself till he has too many beans to count.

He can give those to other underrated shows out there. ;-)

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yeah, he did. he gave it to an orphan child whose father is unjustly in prison to plant and grow into a magic bean stalk. The child went up and lost his memory though.

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Haha, creating a complex online interactive bean chart -- no problem. Counting to 9 -- needs work.

Thanks, mary, for all your awesome contributions to DB this year! I nominate you for Minion of the Year. ???

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