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[2017 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Vote for your favorite dramas of the year!

The 2017 Beanie Awards are now open for business!

Our 2017 Year In Review series is underway, and the Beanie Awards are your chance to vote for your favorite dramas of the past year (and least favorite, in some cases), in various categories, and see how your choices stacked up against the rest of the fandom.

We’re running the polls all month and you can vote once a day until they close, so remember to come back on January 1 to see the final results!

If you’re curious to see how dramas of the past fared, here are all our previous Beanie Award polls:

 

FAVORITE DRAMA SERIES OF 2017


 

FAVORITE ACTION OR THRILLER DRAMA


 

MOST LAUGHS


 

MOST CRY-INDUCING


 

FAVORITE PERIOD DRAMA


 

FAVORITE LEAD COUPLE


 

FAVORITE SECONDARY COUPLE


 

FAVORITE CHARACTER


 

VILLAIN


 

FAVORITE BROMANCE


 

BEST GIRLFRIENDS


 

BEST KISS


 

MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL


 

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE


 

MOST DISAPPOINTING


 

MOST UNDERRATED


 

WORST KING


 

TIME-BENDING DEVICE


 

FIRST-WORLD PROBLEMS


 
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Somehow I feel its not fair to put Goblin here. Even though its end this year but its pretty much last year feeling.

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Also there is no Dong Ha - Suspicious Partner with break out performance.

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Yeah, he was amazing in it! And I also loved him in Chief Kim. His turn as the chaebol-brat-asshole-turned-good-person was so good!

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Seems like so many folks in that drama achieved success this year.

NamGoong Min: starred in a thriller miniseries.

Kim Won Hae: He's been in a lot of stuff, but iti seems like after Chief Kim, he's been on a drama streak, continuing with memorable characters.

Kim Sun Ho: continued onto 2nd lead roles in Strongest Deliveryman and Two Cops

Girl who played the undercover FBI: now the female lead in Mysterious Il-seung

Dong Ha: memorable villain in Suspicious Partner and now a second lead in Judge vs. Judge.

Lee Junho: Starring in a leading role in a miniseries this week.

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My bae junhoooooo

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yeah, I was looking to vote for him as well.

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I was also somewhat disappointed the there were no characters from Lookout in the Favourite characters category nor were Bomi and Kyungsoo from Lookout nominated in the Favourite Secondary Couple category.

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But it wasn't in last year's polls because it started in December. At this point last year only like 4 episodes had aired!

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n it broke 8% mark by then :P

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yeah I feel like if this was last year [or mid year lol], goblin would have won all the awards. :/ Especially that kiss vote. How can that rooftop kiss not top all the charts? Such an injustice. I think I even bawled my eyes out over that kiss. :(

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Hahaha I think it was obvious that Because This Life is Our First was my favourite drama this year.

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BTLIOF seems to be receiving lots of love.

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slice of life dramas are becoming rlly popular lately! I think it's because they're relatable

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I also had to go for it because they didn't list the fairy weightlifting kim bokjoo. Am I wrong? As far as I know it finished in January 2017... It should count. But anyway... BTLIOF was also pretty good, except for pointless separation.

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dramas that air later in the year always have an advantage

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Overall - Forest of Secrets, Radiant Office, Package, Revenge Club, Because this is our 1st.

Thriller - Forest of Secrets

Laughed - actually, Man to Man. Sure the whole thing didn't work but Woon-Gwang, Woon-Gwang and Sul-Woo, and Woon-Gwang and his little statues - just had me in giggles.

Fave Characters - back to Forest of Secrets. No Radiant Office in there, so Ma Yi-Deum for the 3rd.

Villain - Forest of Secrets. I know, there's a theme here, but Yoo Jae-Myung gave one of the standout performances of the year as a beautifully written character. Also, poll above - bit spoilerific?

Bromance - Man to Man/Radiant Office/Goblin

Breakout - Strongest Deliveryman's Kim Sun-Ho.

Underrated - Buamdong, The Package, Radiant Office.

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I love that we both have the same Overall list!!! Especially Radiant Office. I havenโ€™t watched The Package yet but I trust your judgment so Iโ€™m gonna watch it now.

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I honestly thought I wouldn't see a better kdrama than Radiant Office this year, so Forest of Secrets was a delightful surprise. Ki-Taek punching out Yong-Jae is probably still my most fun moment of the year though! I thought The Package was lovely. Just as ruminative as Because This, but with more poignancy.

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(Along with Kang-Ho totally getting a kick in, of course!)

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Yay another Radiant Office lover! Out of all the dramas, it feel a bit more realistic. That and BIMFL

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Yoo Jae-mun's character in Forest of Secret is the most memorable in 2017 (and will go down in kdrama history as one of the most memorable). His performance is also among the best this year together with his fellow FoS actors, Jo Seung-Woo and Bae Do-na.

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Absolutely ditto. I really hope he gets some fab roles out of it.

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Tough choice for me between Yoo Jae-mun and Bae Doona. They were my favorites.

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@PYC

You have to go sooooo far down FoS list of actors before you run out of memorable roles.

It's not just that this show had my 2 best characters of the year
- Yoo Jae-mun +
- Bae Doona

It was more than screen time...its what these actors did with it. Eg. Yoon Se-Ah is amazing, powerful and oozes that "just under the surface" energy.

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Totally agree. And there not a single weak performance in that drama.

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I'm rooting for all of them to do well in their career, especially the younger actors. The veteran actors from Chungmuro are pretty much stable.

-Shin Hye-sun is rocking it in "My Golden Life." Yay for hitting national drama status!
-Looking forward to "Grave Site" 2018 (the 3rd installment of "The Face Reader") with Jo Seung-woo and Yoo Jae-myung.
- I'm watching Lee Geung-young in "Argon." He also has a special appearance with Lee Joon-hyuk in "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" Coming out on Dec 20th.
It's hard to miss him in Chungmuro with 10 films in this year alone.
-Looking forward to "Drug King" with Bae Doona, Song Kang-ho and Jo Jung-suk. This is probably her biggest project coming out next year.
Then there is Netflix's "The Kingdom."
I watched Choi Byung-mo in " Warriors of the Dawn" and "The Merciless." I hope he'll have a bigger role in "Negotiation" with Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin.
Park Jin-woo is underused in dramaland :(.

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And to add to your commment: Lee Kyu-hyung is in Wise Prison Life/Prison Playbook, too! Not as big or as meaty of a role as FoS (so far), but I can only hope his star will continue to rise beyond supporting roles.

It's really too bad about Shin Hye-sun's co-star, otherwise I would have watched My Golden Life in a heartbeat lol...

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I'm waiting to marathon "Prison Life" and I've also heard good things about his character so I'm looking forward to watching him in this drama.
He is another stage actor and a few of his fellow musical actors were also playing supporting roles in "Forest of Secrets" like Choi Jae-Woong who worked with Jo Seung-woo before in the sageuk film "Sword with no Name."

Yes, it's hard to avoid Shin Hye-sun's co-star.
I've glossed through the drama to watch some of her scenes and she is doing great :).

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Radiant Office is criminally underrated in this poll. It was well-written, well-directed and the characters were so endearing. The little details in the show also make it so entertaining to watch even though there's a lot of office stuff and the romance was not the main plotline. It was not another Misaeng but it was certainly also thoughtful and touching. I guess it doesn't get a lot of votes because it was earlier in the year?

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Oh no, this comment was supposed to be somewhere else...

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Fits well here, though. :)

There are similarities to some similar themes in there, on the difficulties for part-timers and women, generally, in the workplace. And they weren't strategy geniuses, just hard workers.

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Radiant Office was one of my 2017 favorites.

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Gosh justice for #ThePackage . That's so underrated. There's also an article how shame this piece being so underrated due to prejudice towards the leads (previous works and idol actor image) but it turn out real good with perfect collaboration between all actors. This drama so different from usual kdrama. No such antagonist character at all. And the male lead vibe so different too. it's nothing like heir of rich comment snobbish rude or overly romantic or such . He just mere commoners but attractive in his own way.

The kiss scene deserved the justice

Best kiss scene happen in 2017 that I feel I need a shower. Both working well savoring and perfectly captured angle. HahAhA

https://youtu.be/VGKH4FMUT3o

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This is and will always be my favorite drama awards cause I take this seriously. Q

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I get stressed with Beanie Polls,every year but I love it

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A poll on some fictional characters living in a fictional world can never be taken seriously. Then it is hosted on polldaddy. Easy to manipulate. I said the same last year too.
Popularity polls are just face painted idols.

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Hardest one was breakout performance. In terms of acting, I was caught between JunHo and Sun Ho.

Most disappointing was a close second - simply because there were too many...

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EXACTLY!

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True. There is 3rd one with bromance.
Rest of it was pretty easy as almost none of the category and anything noteworthy.

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If you don't vote for Chicago Typewriter's kiss, then you're lying to your god, you're lying to your parents, you're lying to yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22byTfD4uUk
Highlights: "My beautiful chef boyfriend loves me unconditionally, but he refuses to burden me with his problems, so we canโ€™t be together", "I waited 900 years to find you, so I can wait another year till youโ€™re legal", "Because this is my first poll" <3

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I choose it without thinking twice, when i had to think for the other 3.

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same, I was actively searching for it on that list. curse you, Yoo Ah-In.

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I know. I don't love Chicago Typewriter as much as other beanies, but that kiss is very, very memorable.

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I remember watching this scene over and over until I fall asleep, way after I finished the series. The combination of that OST and and Hwi-young letting go of his glasses... just beautiful.

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when he's like 'fine ok fuck it' and pulled her close I wanted to die, but I was already gone when he made that confused-but-turned on face when she covered his mouth with her hand UGH!!! even if Chicago was the most popular drama of this year it would have been underrated.

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I agree about "even if Chicago was the most popular drama of this year it would have been underrated." That drama was a work of art and something I will never forget.

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I watched that scene so many times. I agree with you that there were other things that went into making the kiss beautiful beyond two beautiful people kissing passionately with each other. The music was perfect. I loved how some of the shots were framed by the tree leaves and the display of the Japanese clothing, so you get the feeling of being in an intimate space and the reminder of the oppression they were living under in those times. Se-joo had already flashed back earlier to this scene, but this time we were getting the fuller picture. Just so many feleings and layers.

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YES EXACTLY!
Yoo Ah In, I want to curse you for setting the bar too high yet wanna kiss you too. Damn you ๐Ÿ˜‚

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What i see in those scene. Damn that cinematography.... Please Kim Chul Kyu, please work again.

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crap, i forgot about that scene...

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True...but the rating says otherwise ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”
Perfect forceful kiss from YAI๐Ÿ˜

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Yes, that was a great kiss. But the one in My Introverted Boss in the shower was jaw dropping.

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https://youtu.be/VGKH4FMUT3o

This is some what hot too. U need a shower. It's lets you cool down a little since they put another scene in between their hot kiss scene but still the kiss scene the no 2 real time word search in Weibo ๐Ÿ˜‚ despite how underrated the drama but the kiss scene make a buzz. Even bts are wayy hotter. Hahhaha

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I really wish we could nominate comments for best of the year, lol.

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I feel like if I answered this again tomorrow, my answers would change haha.

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mine always do, mainly becuz i forget what i voted for the previous day -- which then makes it easy to spread my love around for all the dramas i loved! i hate having to pick just one, yet i have a hard time with picking 3...

since i can't make up my mind, i just vote on several days to that days' fancy (or memory served)...
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My takeaway from doing this poll:

There were too many good kisses this year! It was incredibly hard to pick 3!

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i love strong woman do bong soon. best drama. i untill now cannot forget this drama . i love it alot. best kdrama 2017. best couple2017 min min bong bong. best kiss min min.bong bong

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Okay, but why did we get Won and San, but no Rin and San? Rin...

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I was also disappointed not to see RinSan on the list!
In my heart, it is still RinSanForever <3

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I had the same reaction! The drama had some plot issues, but they were one of my favorite couples of the year.

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Me too!!! Obviously the real otp in both novel and drama is Rin and San... So sad they were not included in best couple... โ˜น๏ธโ˜น๏ธโ˜น๏ธ

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Same! I clicked on it and then realized what it said and immediately I I clicked it! Lol!

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โ€œUnclickedโ€ must not be a real word, which is why my autocorrect corrected it!

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I normally vote just once, but this year I will have to come a couple of times for the Favouritet Drama question as I need to spread my love more (there are just no clear 5 winners). Same for the Favourite Character. And why is there only 1 choice for the Best Girlfriends while for Bromance one can choose 3??? Now I will definitely have to come again... :-)

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I've been silent lurker for years at this site but registered today to support Black drama.
I know that it was not really popular among beanies because of first episodes (even though i luv first ones as well), so it was important for me to give my votes for it.
I am hoping for it to win the Best Thriller category, FOS & Voice are such strong concurrents.

Anyway, best 3 dramas for me in 2017 were definitely Black, Goblin & amazing Age of Youth 2 โ˜บ

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Gosh. Me too!!!!!! Registered just to suppprt black!! Where is SSH on the fav character?!

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I know, right? 444 was so controversial. Such a anti-hero in the beginning that came to love people, wishing he was the one as well :(

I am dying to discuss last episodes with everyone. Feeling both hurt & grateful because of this show.

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i registered to like your comment :p

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This is my first comment on Dramabeans for months because I have gone off k-drama almost completely. I didn't even bother checking out most of the 2017 crop, the few I did start I almost always dropped and I even let my subscription to DramaFever lapse. But along came Black and I feel myself getting sucked in again. I've started Untouchable, Prison Playbook, and Mysterious Il-seung and I'm excited for the next episodes with each of them. It's been a long time since that has happened.

Black is so good; the writing is superb and it has a wonderful cinematic quality with high production values. I think Song Seung-ho did a great job. I like him as an actor but only in certain parts. He's not believable as a romantic lead to me personally because he doesn't project any warmth on screen. He may be a big old snuggle bunny in real life but in romantic roles he's too cold as an actor. But as a death-personified grim reaper who prides himself on his cold indifference to human pain and suffering, he's perfect.

The one thing I would change is the casting of the leading lady. Go Ara has one expression for me, a sort of "where's the nearest bathroom" look but it's a minor criticism easily overlooked in an otherwise great drama well worth watching again.

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Song Seung-hun!! Not Song Seung-ho.

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Agree on your Song Seungโ€‘heon's not the romantic lead material but fantastic as a grim reaper. I feel no chemistry between him & Go Ara. Felt like there was even more spark between her & Kim Dong-jun instead. Also, Go Ara's acting, so true. Girl looks like she's been denied bathroom breaks. I even find myself looking at Lee El's beautiful natural acting even when Go Ara's saying her lines. Really not favouring Go Ara's 'I speak with a clenched teeth because I'm so mad' when acting out her looking angry roles. It's annoying after the 2nd time

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Omg sameee. I donโ€™t usually comment on polls because whatever I want to say, someone probably already did.

But just wanted to second you on Black. That drama was seriously aces. SSH killed it. The writer killed it. The entire ensemble cast killed it. The PD also killed it. I even loved the ending - thatโ€™s how fond I am of this drama. It started out so messily and came together so beautifully. Iโ€™m really thankful for such gems because it doesnโ€™t come so often.

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@ Lespoir48

Black was also the drama that had moments that made me laugh out loud. All that while chilling me to the bone.

SSH really pulled it out in the early episodes.

Thats a good drama

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i login just to upvote your comment 1000x. Black is the most underrated drama 2017. My favorite characters this year are Black, Ahn Min Hyuk and Se hee. As much as i love Se hee, i think BTLIOF is the most overrated drama this year.

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I thought I was the only one thinking that BTLIOF is kind of too popular. Just my humble opinion! I could not get invested into the main couple.

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I think Black has become one of my favourite dramas this year. SSH's acting is just amazing, I really hope he wins an award this year.

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Was about to express my saltiness about 444 not even being an option for favorite character, but then I saw this comment. Thank you! It kind of hurts that Black is so overlooked. And quite frankly Black made me laugh more than most of the dramas in the comedy category. SSH was amazing and the show was so well done from start to finish. Nobody on this list owns my heart quite as much as 444.

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+1
....."And quite frankly Black
made me laugh more than
most of the dramas in the
comedy category"....

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Black should have been on best character for sure. Also it had more laugh out loud moments than any of the comedies I watched. Short-legged grandpa on the fake tape anyone? I just laughed again thinking about it. Or what about tear-inducing - ep 17 and Black's scene with the real mom? I cried buckets.

I guess it just wasn't popular enough to make these lists, but still, if Goblin can make the period drama list, I'd like to see Black on the lists it did full justice to.

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I loved Goblin but it in my opinion it lacked conflict A LOT.
He wanted to die and at the same time he did not, but then we also had 444 whose story was just emotional.
Episodes 7&17 were really tragic but beautifully crafted as they showed us how ugly can people become because of greed.

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Black forced me to get involved and interact intellectually if I wanted to enjoy it - the pay-off was huge. I'd compare Black to a jolting alarm clock and Goblin to hitting the snooze button. Both have their benefits to a tired human!

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After that garbage ending, Black doesn't deserve any support really. I've never seen a drama with such a disastrous ending. And it's worse because the show was consistently solid and entertaining for 17 episodes, then threw everything out of the window in the final episode with a nonsensical ending which didn't even respect its own story.

And funnily enough, the only other drama that did something similar was this writer's other drama, God's Gift.

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ummmm... should I just stop watching then? *still traumatized by God's Gift's ending*

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I've only seen a handful of dramas this year. :(

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And I thought I would be voting alot of Goblin, guess Because This Life is Our First is taking over. My heart came to you !

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Cant wait for the results! I based some of my future must-watch for this poll. Ahaha!

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Did you purposely mention Heo Jun from Live Up To Your Name as contender for Favourite Character?
Heo Jun is just a supporting character... I seriously believe you got it mixed up cause Kim Nam Gil's character name is actually HEO IM and he is the main character.

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Ya. I think they made a blunder. It's supposed to be HEO IM though Heo Jun time traveled too.

Argghhh....it's sad to see how LUTYN not receiving much love though I expected the result since our community was so little but thankfully a very passionate one.

Thanks for your continuous love on LUTYN, friend.

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Thanks for pointing that out. (Heo Jun to Heo Im) Hope they correct this.

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Yey! It's corrected! :)

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Thanks for catching that. LUTYN has a permanent place in my heart. That acupuncture kiss doesn't hurt. *fans self*

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They didn't need a romantic backdrop to make it THAT HOT. Their chemistry is just... BEYOND expectations. Leaving me to anticipate for more. *fans self*

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Making me anticipate for more*

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Welcome. That's the littlest I can do to show my utmost โค๏ธ for this little underrated gem.

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Based off my first round of voting I realised the following:
1. Favourite Drama Series: I have a huge bias for romance dramas at the moment.
2. Favourite Action Thriller: I have yet to start
Circle and when I do and finish it, I would have only watched 3 dramas in this drama this category for the year.
3. Most Laughs: K-drama humour rarely ever gets me laughing, at least memorably so.
4. Most Cry-Inducing: The one drama that actually made me cry isn't there--Live Up To Your Name.
5. Favourite Period Drama: Period dramas are clearly not my thing. I've only watched 3 on that list and none of them where that good.
6. Favourite Lead Couple: Argh! If only they didn't F up Temperature of Love's good start, this would have been a runaway for me.
7. Favourite Secondary Couple: Su-ji and Sang-gu will most likely runaway with this. I mean, look at the competition.
8. Favourite Character: Can we get to pick up to 5? Please!? This will also be my first 'why isn't' statement. Why isn't Se-hee nominated in this category?
9. Villain: I'll come back to you soon.
10. Favourite Bromance: Was the power of the bromance really that weak this year?
11. Favourite Girlfriends: I guess the girlfriends took over the boyfriends this year. I wish we could have picked up to 2 at least because I'm really wanted to pick the Avengers ajummas as well.
12. Best Kiss: Yeah, my underdogs Temperature of Love and Tomorrow With You did it right in this department.
13. Most Dysfunctional: I'm surprised I'm finding it this hard to choose.
14. Best Break-Out: How can I possibly choose between Kim Jung-hyun and Yang Se-jong? Maybe because I haven't seen Tunnel yet. lol. Ah, and then there's Junho! Such stiff and worthy competition in this category.
15. Most Disappointing: Can I choose up to 10?
16. Most Underrated: I only need to pick 1. Tomorrow With You seriously deserved more love.
17. Worst King: Isn't the worst king by default every king?
18. Time Bending Device: Poor Heo-im. Everyone had it easier by comparison.
19. First World Problems: Yeah, they all could split this award in some ways.

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You clearly didnt watch Seven Day Queen! That was the best period drama.

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Yeah, I haven't. I might end up getting around to it eventually though given all the glowing reviews.

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For the life of, me, I can't understand why we can only pick one for Favorite Girlfriends. 2017 is the year of Girlfriends. It was difficult to pick only one.

Yes to tomorrow with you. Very underrated. So I voted for it as much as I could.

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re: girlfriends. I was surprised that we only got to pick one given that many beanies have echoed your sentiments regarding how many good ones there were this year.

re: Tomorrow With You. I think one of the reasons why it's underrated may be due to the fact that many beanies couldn't look past the whole time travel mechanic/issue and how that played into the plot. I appreciated the story for the bigger picture, a couple that had some serious issues but grew to love each other deeply over time. In that way it was very much a slice of life imo and a good one at that. Not to mention the making out scenes, the really good acting, the great tone, and quite good sound and cinematography. I really loved that drama.

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Ragarding TWY, many viewers couldn't accept that he duped her into the marriage while she thought its love. I honestly loved the drama, it has good plot, suspense, kiss scenes, second couple, bromance...

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"Most Cry-Inducing: The one drama that actually made me cry isn't there--Live Up To Your Name." I totally agree with you I also cried so much when Dr. Heo had to kneel and ask for forgiveness when he healed the slave's mom. This drama was definitely tear inducing.

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The only other drama that I can remember having a similar effect on me like that was MLSHR. Those dang sageuks. There a reasons why I avoid them like the plague.

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Most Cry-Inducing: When your favorite drama does not appear in the nominees for a category you expect them to be in

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100000x agree.

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Yes! I kept scrolling in disbelief and growing disappointment. Had no idea LUTYN wasn't widely watched. Was too busy enjoying myself in the LUTYN bubble.

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Agree. When I first watched LUTYN, I totally wasn't expecting myself to cry at all what's with Heo Im's antics tickled me so much in earlier episodes. But the last 2 episodes really broke my heart in a good satisfactory way. The scene where Yeon Kyung begged her grandad to let her join Heo Im in Joseon really sent me bawling. Above all, I cried because never have I felt an OTP that deserves so much happiness and happy ending more than these two. Applaud the great writing, directing and brilliant acting.

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Gahhhhh, just seeing Seven Day Queen on the list makes me weepy again. I think I know which one is my absolute fav this year.

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Agree, and the comment on the poll summed it all up: Ruled Joseon for a week, ruled your heart for life. :')

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Queen for Seven Days still the best 2017 drama for me and the best saguek drama ever :') I love everything about it, the storyline, casts โ™ก

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Looking at the initial poll results, I can see that there are a lot of DB lurkers, hee. Anyway, happy voting beanies! :)

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The poll should also have included Best PPL/Most Subtle PPL, Best Musical Score/Song, and Best Hair ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Best PPL - Doojoon screaming on a Segway, hands down

Best hair - Ddabong.

Worst hair - PSJ - Hwarang

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Another vote for the Segway PPL.

As for hair: have you not seen Yoo Ah In's hair as freedom fighter Seo Hwi-Young in Chicago Typewriter. It looked so real and sexy. I'm really impressed since Yoo Ah In still had his buzz cut, so was it a wig instead of extensions? No idea. But I'm still amazed by it.

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Hahaha, I forgot about worst hair! Thanks for reminding me ๐Ÿ˜‚ And yeah, Shilla hair does not suit PSJ, lol

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If we're talking about bad hair it'll be Park Seo-joon vs Park Seo-joon vs Park Seo-joon in Hwarang. They kept changing his hairstyle but none of it worked. T____T

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@mary : Hahaha, I die with your comment ๐Ÿ˜‚ Park Seo-joon's Hwarang wigs should be inducted in the Hall of Shame ๐Ÿ˜‚

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I started Btliof for him and was not disappointed!

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@sriracha

Music/sound +1 vote

Sadly, again this year this doesn't make the DB awards.

SO much amazing audio in dramas this year. I can't think of Goblin, BTIOFL, FoS, LGG, BRC without their sounds and OSTs.

For every actor we loved, their connection to us was influenced by the sound editing.

For every tear drenched scene, remove the sound and its empty.

For every Kiss, not only the sound but the realisation of when to fade sound out.

KDrama's format @ 1hour is built on silence and pauses in conversation....this means sound becomes a character.

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Very well said Tom! As a non-Korean, whenever I would play out my favorite KDrama scenes in my head, I would always remember the musical scoring associated with it.

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@sriracha

There are many this year that are so associated with the music. My head is just a giant sound track of Kdrama moments.
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The scene where the young Eun-Tak realises her mother is a ghost...

Han Seo-Jin had only about 10min of screen time and from a standing start - my heart was on the floor...

That scene so well cut to the OST. Thank you audio editor!

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For sound/OST. Goblin. I just bought the dvd set and they went back an edited a lot of the extraneous noise (I.e. the sqeaking ski lift) and itโ€™s SO GOOD!

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@Ally

Did you mean for theDVD of OST sound track or the DVD of the drama?

If they have re-mastered the sound in the episodes...Wow...

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The drama.

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@Ally

Thanks for the heads up...

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Yes I would not have loved Rebel like I did without that terrific triumphal song at the end of each episode, or Witch's Court with the same whenever she put one over on somebody.

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@Tom +1 on the importance of music AND silence. As someone who relies more on auditory than visual cues, it really makes a difference in my drama-watching experience.

I should perhaps distinguish between the music cues, instrumental score, and songs/OST. BTIOFL and Man to Man had great music cues, but I only remember the odd song. In contrast, Rebel, Thief Who Stole the People incorporated traditional music in the soundtrack and it was played by characters. I still remember and can sing the songs in my pseudo-Korean.

My top 3 OSTs:
1) Goblin: because I'm still listening to it a year later! And even learning piano covers.
2) Rebel: Honey Lee. Ahn Ye Eun.
3) Liar and His Lover: I really wanted Crude Play to be real.
**Special mention to The Best Hit, that gave me several uplifting songs when I needed it.

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@WishfulToki

I love both the OSTs + the sound editing in Kdrama. The OSTs are so infused with the emotion of the shows...the editing of the drama scenes to the music just pushes them right into our brains...

The fact that every show commissions new music before the shooting ...themed to the Drama's story... is one of KDramas most unique elements.

I am always amazed at the size of this pipeline...over 80 dramas a year producing new music (up to 8 songs each). It's really only other parallel is cinema.

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There were some amazing characters I had to choose over, more disappointing dramas than I had thought, many great couples I could not pick and some seriously swoony kisses I had to pass over for swoonier ones.
But why wasn't Chicago Typewriter in the underrated category because it's so criminally underrated that I can't even. And why was the Goblin's dilemma not tear inducing? I cried every time Gong Yoo was sad. Like every time.

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YES to Chicago Typewriter....I read that list twice to make sure I didn't over look it cause that was going to be my vote. I loved that drama to pieces.

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+100000 Gong Yooโ€™s pain. Every time. He tears out my heart.

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Here for Goblin's underpants which is strong yet smelly. Lmao ShinxGrim frenemy loveline wins for me!

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Answering this is honestly harder than all of my upcoming final exams this week.

And my answers will surely change because I still haven't finished some dramas this year. Ugh

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Yes, right now binge--watching so that I can give my honest review and votes

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Why is there no See Hee in the list of favorite characters?

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IKR!

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So unfair to have only one option for the second leads.
Love the year end polls, helps me review the year. Even though it was pretty lacklustre. There were underrated gems and many breakout performances. So I'm happy (pretty much)

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Lol, I love the descriptions for the options under some of these categories. Can't wait to see the results!

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Oh, lists are shorter this year. Seems like recently ended shows have some advantage cuz Iโ€™m genuinely surprised for best girlfriends and kiss category well maybe itโ€™s just me ^^

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yeah I really think that does help. Makes me wonder. I mean, I loved BTIOFL but I wonder if it was at the beginning of the year if it would be getting as many votes. I would think so, but you never know.

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Hmmm, I'm not so sure. Dramas that get super popular on DB tend to stay in the collective memory of the site for a long while. Healer aired around the cusp of 2015 and yet still dominated the 2015 Beanie Awards when it aired nearly a year earlier.

I know I'm biased since I really loved BTLIOF but I really don't think the numbers would be that different if it aired earlier in the year. Maybe a little bit, but not drastically.

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I think it probably would. Goblin started last December and finished in January and is still raking in a lot of votes. And there haven't really been similar dramas to BTIOFL this year either.

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It's been a while since I stuck around for year-in-reviews! The "captions" unsurprisingly get me ROFL

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I'm not too into the polls, but I can't resist the captions. They are really awesome! The proliferation of bad kings and poor little rich boys (first world problems indeed)...lol!

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I relish in reading every single line you guys write on these polls.

A lot of these I feel I can't properly vote in because I finished so few dramas this year, but oh well. I started enough of them to have a general idea, I think. :P

I agree! Stop making Yeo Jin-gu cry, dramaland!!! Or I'm gonna come and make YOU cry!!

Sad that Se-hee wasn't a choice for favorite character, though. But Ji-ho is a close second! And Su-ji! And Ssong!

But hold up! Why could I choose 3 bromances but only 1 girl gang? I mean, of course I voted for our Namhae girls, but I wanted to give Belle Epoque some love, too!

Also, I just read the words "This is how you kiss" and died all over again soooo...

Haven't even seen Bride of the Water God but "All the humans I love have to die, and all the gods are bitchy" made me laugh out loud.

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Oh, the fact that Ssong and Sung-min were listed under "lead couple" makes my shipper heart soar.

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I love how DB make them into official couple no matter how the writer has left us hanging by the end of season 2.

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Brideโ€™s โ€œTears of boredomโ€ and Manholeโ€™s โ€œMan, what a holeโ€ descriptions had me in stitches. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I honestly love the descriptions more that the voting.

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LOL. I enjoy the descriptions as much as the voting.

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Hi GB! *hugs*

Descriptions are hilarious! Lol

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No Alternate couples this year!!?๐Ÿ˜ข
However, voting is fuuunnnn!!
I'm nostalgic remembering my first poll last year!

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Ocean rescue kiss from ruler!
Because i think i'm the only one finished watching this drama, i'll tell you, this one is good. It's not a real kiss, but the way yoo seung ho pulled kim so hyun and how the scene was shoot were so good to the point i was blushing while watching ๐Ÿ˜†

https://youtu.be/ZbeXLJu6ZcI

But yeah, unfortunately, it's not enough to be awarded as the best kiss. Other drama kisses are better (lol who am i to compare those)

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Chicago Typewriter deserves more love! Can't believe it was sooo underrated. It was a masterpiece for me. One of the best dramas of 2017 imo.

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Watching Chicago Typewriter for the first time was one of those moments that I wish I could re live over and over...I am getting emotional just thinking about that drama. So well done, such an amazing story, such amazing characters.

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Chicago Typewriter... One of the best dramas EVER imho. I still get major feeeeellls when I think about it.

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Sometimes I get sad when I think about how I'll never be able to experience watching Chicago Typewriter and Circle for the first time ever again. Also, I never realized how many great bromances there were this year until I had to narrow it down to three.

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HELP!
I can't vote... did I miss something or what?
This is such a great event and *snif* i havent been able to participate... *snif*

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What's wrong? What happens when you try to vote?

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@mary the voting "box" to click doesn't appear, i was using firefox, but it's looking normal on chrome... so maybe it's a browser thing that's happening with me and @rukia

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OMG YOUR PROFILE PIC

:O I'm glad you got it to work in another browser! Mine doesn't show up if I'm using private mode in firefox, but it works in chrome's incognito. Weird. :(

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I'M IN LOVE WITH UR PROFILE PIC

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Shi Mok being cute! hahaha thanks

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Sorry not to reply sooner. I use firefox and don't use adblock for this site. I only see the title of the voting sections and none of the fun. After I gave up trying to vote on my computer, I figured I would try on my phone.... Success!
Thank you for asking and to everyone for the helpful comments.

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Try to use with different browser. Maybe the poll will appear after that.

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Poll won't work with adblock on.

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I'm logged in but when I come back to the page it shows the open poll - is it letting people vote more than once?

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If only taking my finals next week could be as fun as voting for all my favorite dramas! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I always love the year end voting!

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I don't get why Whisper is under Most Disappointing but not Most Underrated ;__; Punch is a very tough act to follow, indeed. Voted for Woman of Dignity there, at least.

Haven't seen any of the kisses lolol.

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I usually ff through the cringe inducing k drama kisses so I wouldn't know lol.

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LOL.

What was your drama of the year, Kiara? I voted AOY2 (it was basically my only choice, given how few shows I've finished haha).