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[2017 Year in Review] Part 1: The Bean Count

It’s Bean Count time! The Bean Count is our completely unscientific and gut-based exercise where Team Dramabeans gets to show our love for dramas by giving them (imaginary, useless) beans, which we accrue by watching dramas. Each person earns a bean by watching a show in its entirety, and then may bestow their accrued beans on whatever shows they wish.

We’ll be putting out our Year in Review series throughout the month of December, so stay tuned for future posts! Shows that get counted in this year’s reviews include those that started in late 2016 and were left out of last year’s reviews (such as The Lonely Shining Goblin), as well as shows that began before this December that will air the majority of their runs before the end of the year. Dramas that premiered this month will be included in next year’s series.

(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! The only rules are that you must have watched every available episode of the show, and that the show falls within the date parameters defined. Go forth and count, Beanies!

Bean Chart
Goblin27
Solomon's Perjury4
Hwarang3
Voice3
Defendant3
Chief Kim2
Saimdang, Light's Diary3
Rebel2
Tomorrow With You2
Super Family2
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon11
Father Is Strange6
Radiant Office2
Liar and His Lover8
Tunnel10
Mystery Queen4
Chicago Typewriter9
Individualist Ji-young3
Suspicious Partner1
Circle23
Fight My Way7
Lookout2
Seven Day Queen25
The Best Hit5
Duel1
Forest of Secrets25
Woman of Dignity2
School 20177
The King Loves7
Rescue Me14
Live Up to Your Name12
Age of Youth 218
Hospital Ship1
Argon4
Temperature of Love4
While You Were Sleeping8
Because This Life Is Our First34
Witch's Court3
20th Century Boy and Girl1
Mad Dog1
Buamdong Revenge Club4
Go Back Spouses4
The Package5
Black4
Two Cops2
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7 out of a potential of 25 beans, i actually can't believe i haven't finished so many things, i have commitment issues methinks...but here goes:
TUNNEL:🍬🍬🍬
FOREST OF SECRETS:🍬🍬🍬
SCHOOL 2017:🍬

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Mad dog only got one (β•―Π·β•°) That makes me a little sad, but I'm happy Because This Is Our First Life got so high. I'm still currently suffering the list of both my Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday/Thursday drama in one go. Post drama withdrawal syndrome is real.

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Will count my beans tomorrow when I'm not sleep deprived.

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Ooh i watched 14 dramas this year! Not bad for a newbie like myself.
I dropped just one drama this year and three more ( Circle, Mad dog and Go back spouses ) are on hold.

Goblin🍭🍭🍭🍭
Tunnel 🍭🍭🍭🍭
BTLIOF 🍭🍭🍭
LAHL 🍭🍭
Defendant 🍭

If I had more, I would give 3 more to Defendant and 1 to Missing 9

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Oh how did I forget While You Were Sleeping! I'll give three beans to that if I had more❀

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I just realized I dropped a lot of these dramas... or I took a break and never went back to watching them. I think I finished about three of these >_<. Lol but it felt like I watched and finished so many!!

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i know forest of secrets is good but i did not expect that it would have the same bean count with seven day queen... i should probably start watching it now...

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As soon as December hits I can’t wait for Year in Review!

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It's that time of year again...! Time flies so fast! Also, PRETTY BEAN COUNTER GRAPHICS!

I watched more dramas than I remembered, and dropped a bunch halfway through. The stand out shows I loved this year were: Goblin (3 beans), Chief Kim (2 beans), Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (1 bean), Chicago Typewriter (3 beans), Circle (3 beans), and Because This Life Is Our First (3 beans). I watched more shows, obviously, but didn't feel like they were in the same caliber as these shows I awarded beans to.

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34 beans! Wow! I put all my *uncounted* beans in this basket too ^^

Wait.

Forest of Secret, AOY 2, Tunnel, Circle, and King Loves may get the remain on the bottom of the basket. But all is love!

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I opened this post and scrolled down just to see how many beans Because this is my first life had. And then, 34!
Wow.. I'm glad so many people liked this drama :D

Now, I'm really looking forward to catching up to all the other highly recommended dramas. I'm an extremely impatient person and thus cannot follow on-air dramas and usually wait for them to either complete 3/4th or completely.
Once hectic December ends, I'm gonna start my binge-watch according to DramaBeans Year-end Review like I always do. ^~^

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2017 was a bad slump and I didn't finish most shows so I only have 11 beans.

Chicago Typewriter ***** (5)
for Seo Hwi Young's wig (and for being awesome of course).

Because This Life if Our First ***** (5)
for the whiplash emotional ride. And Nam Se Hee.

School 2017 + (1/2 bean)
for Tae-swoon's arm veins.

Age of Youth 2 + (1/2 bean)
for the girls (especially Jo Eun).

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I only have six beans, but I'll happily split them between Chicago Typewriter and Forest of Secrets, the two shows that really grabbed me this year. I am thoroughly enjoying BTLIOF right now as well, so I may want to through some bean love towards it too once I finish it.

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wow, lots of beans on rescue me. quite unexpected since it had poor # of comments during its run her in DB. woo do hwan magnet haha

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I have a measly 9 beans. I wished I watched some bad dramas just to have some more ammunition to give to the good ones:
Because This Life Is Our First +++
Seven Day Queen +++
Lingerie Girls Generation ++
Chief Kim +

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So which shows did I watch?
1. Goblin
2. While you were sleeping

I just got 2 beans now😣

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even BTLIOF beats Goblin! daebak!!!

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and 20 beanies! wow...

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I only manage to finish 4 dramas this year! :/

Because This is My First Life and Circle brought my obsession back to Korean dramas. So I will give 2 beanies to each of them.

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Only 3 beans! Because This Life Is Our First, Seven Day Queen, Circle

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So this year I finished every episodes of these drama,
1.Fight my way 🍬
2.Tomorrow with you
3. Whisper 🍬 🍬
4. Goblin 🍬 🍬
5. Defendant 🍬
6. Legend of the Blue sea 🍬 🍬
7. Secret Forest
8. Tunnel
9.Go back Spouse 🍬 🍬
10.Because this life is our first 🍬 🍬 🍬
11. Black
12. While You were sleeping 🍬
13. Live up to your name
14. Chief Kim
15. Strong woman Do Bong Soon 🍬

This is hard! I wish I have more 🍬

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Where are HeadsNo2 and Gummimochi ? I have a sad 😞.

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I'm sad too!!! I miss their writing styles and recaps! My favorite writer, HeadsNo2, come back please!

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My beans to
1. Goblin
2. Hwarang
3. The King Loves
4. Black

Those 4 dramas are my crack.. I used to be a silent reader in DB, but boy those dramas, especially TKL, brought my other crazy side... LOL

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I haven't watched Because this life is our first as well..Guess with it being the highest in the bean poll to date. I should check it out..

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Finished seven on that list. I’ve been watching C and or J dramas to make up for it.

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I realize dramas I watched year to year haven't changed much. I watched and finished around 13-15 shows each year (not counting the shows I drop in the first episodes). So here I am, having 14 beans to share for:
1. Forest of Secrets: 4
2. Goblin: 2
3. While You Were Sleeping: 1
4. Seven Day Queen: 1
5. 20th Century Boy & Girl: 1 (I actually enjoy it way more than the bean I could give and don't understand why such show is disliked by DB writers. Personally I could relate to the show and I love the slice-of-life approach that seems realistic to portray friends, families and loved ones.)
6. Temperature of Love: 1
7. School 2017: 1
8. Mystery Queen: 1
9. Suspicious Partner: 1
10. Tomorrow With You: 1

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Spent a lot of time watching past dramas and re-watching some favs, so I only have 5 beans. I'm just gonna have to go all Oprah on my shows and give each of them a bean because I liked them all lol!

Chicago Typewriter gets the first bean and is my overall favorite of this year's shows (and in my top 5 too)
WYWS gets a bean because it was so heartwarming and because Batman Cop and Robin
SWDBS gets one for the cutest otp Bong-Bong and Min-Min
Suspicious Partner gets a bean for it's adorable and hilarious first half
Strongest Deliveryman gets a bean for cuteness and the ridiculous and adorable second lead couple

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How can I place bean votessss for QUEEN FOR SEVEN DAYS??.... next is the The Package..

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QUEEN FOR SEVEN DAYS: a very very very beautiful love story, very uplifting mood from start to finish.... 10 beans....
THE PACKAGE.. since I love to travel, and I love the stories of each travellers... 6 beans.....
FIGHT MY WAY & CHIEF KIM.... very very entertaining.... 5 beans....
GO BACK COUPLE: very entertaining as well..... 5 beans...
the end....

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Because this is our first life – so sweet and poetic! Loved it!!!! β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯
Black – Wow... intense! β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯
Bride of the Water God – strange, but nice β™₯
Chicago Typewriter – I loooved the idea. And cast! β™₯β™₯β™₯
Circle – loved it! β™₯β™₯β™₯
Criminal Minds – on hold
Forest of Secrets – Loved it! β™₯β™₯β™₯
Goblin – Wonderful cinematography! Mr. Director of photography...U rock! β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯
Hwarang – eye candy bar!
Introverted Boss – mmm....
Live Up to Your Name – cute! β™₯β™₯
Lookout – action, action!
Mad Dog – Woo Do Hwan-Yoo Ji Tae...awesome chemistryβ™₯β™₯β™₯
Man to man – any sequel? Prequel? Spin-off? β™₯β™₯β™₯
Manhole – dropped it...sorry
Mystery Queen – lovely! β™₯β™₯β™₯
Rescue Me – Wow! One of the best! β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯
Reunited Worlds – I have no idea if I finished it or not...
Revolutionary Love – crazy, sweet and crazy
Saimdang, Light's Diary – I saw just 2 eps...probably on hold
School 2017 – the sweetest couple in the School series!! β™₯β™₯β™₯
Smart Prison Living – That’s something! β™₯β™₯β™₯
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon – another sweet couple!
Suspicious Partner – 3 words: Ji Chang Wook!
Tomorrow with you – on hold. Lee je hoon.... I’ll be back!
Tunnel – Loved it!! β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯
Voice – on hold ...still.
While You Were Sleeping – Jung Hae In!
Star of the Universe – cute!

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I am so excited for the Year in Review! I've only watched a handful of 2017 dramas. I wonder how many I can cram in before the end of the year.

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It feels really weird that one of my top dramas got the most beans in 2017: BTLIOF, of course. Last year I don't think my favourite dramas got even a pity bean. But yeah, BTIOFL is fresh on everyone's minds so it naturally gets more awards (too fresh on mine, as the ending put a damper on my enthusiasm).

So... I have 15 beans! For what I considered a mediocre year, I've live-watched more dramas than ever before. Giving all my love to TKL, Chief Kim, Rebel, Chicago Typewriter and BTLIOF ep. 1-12:

Goblin
Hwarang
Chief Kim ***
Rebel Thief Who Stole the People ***
The Liar and His Lover
Man To Man
My Only Love Song
The Best Hit
Seven Day Queen
School 2017
The King Loves ****
Chicago Typewriter ****
Hospital Ship
Buamdong Revenge Club
Because This Life is Our First *

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Ah.... Reading the lists just reminds me how little dramas I watched this year. *blames life*

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Aw, I have a humble list of completed ones this year. I didn't venture out of romcom/slice-of-life either. I gotta try getting out of my comfort zone next year. For now I'll get into the festive mood and give out--wait, what? no candy cane emoji?!--oh well. There goes my Glen Coco reference.
Next best thing I guess.

Goblin πŸͺ
Here's the milk: Killer soundtrack, impressive production budget, Gong Yoo.

Liar and his Lover πŸͺ
The warm milk: Lee. Hyun. Woo. I just love that guy. Finally have a drama to seriously and proudly push on friends to make them get why I love him so much. Also fell in love with Joy and the Crude Play boys 😭 The whole thing is just precious.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon πŸͺ
That whole milk: Fun.

School 2017 πŸͺ
The tall, sexy glass of milk: Tae Swooooon. Also, Sejeong (the reason I checked out Produce 101 and fell down, down, down the Kpop rabbit hole this year).

Fight My Way πŸͺ
The organic milk: I finally love Park Seo-joon in something. Choi Ae-ra was so much fun too. They were so good together.

Suspicious Partner πŸͺ
The yummy dairy: JiJi (Wookie and Ji Hyunie) is now one of my all-time favorite couples, and it doesn't matter if I'm talking about their characters in the show or the actors in real life. They've got mad chemistry either way. I truly loved the ensemble cast here too. Unforgettable villain.

Father is Strange πŸͺ
The good-for-your-bones drink: I'm beyond satisfied I got to live-watch a family drama this year, and it turned out to be an awesome one too.

Because This Life Is Our First πŸͺ
The rich and creamy milk: Where has Lee Min-ki been all my life T_T
I've seen him once before on Shut Up! FBB, but wow I'm so attached to this actor now. I'm starting to binge-watch his older movies, and maybe his dramas next. This drama came out of nowhere for me. I really liked the premise and teasers we got, plus I'd just watched Jung So-min in FIS. I just didn't expect to love it so much right off the bat, and fall even harder as episodes went on. Much has been said about the closing week, but I really do love it as a whole. I just dug the tone, the kind of comedy it had, the chemistry (oof my heart), and the themes. I'll always look back on it fondly, and it's now one of the special ones in my heart.

These were all imperfect dramas in different ways, but I loved them all the same. I was very happy to have watched them live, and I enjoyed the torture of waiting each week.

In addition, this year I also watched in one go (no particular order):
-Reply 1988 (worth all those long episodes IMO)
-I Remember You (major feels, just a great show period)
(I missed Bogummy terribly this year)
-Healer (Hot damn, that was an awesome ride)
-What Happens To My Family (My first family drama, and loved so many things about it. I would gladly re-watch it in the coming years)
-Cheese In The Trap (loved a couple things, and a bit angry at others)
-The K2 (unexpectedly watchable, but...

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-The K2 (unexpectedly watchable, but once was enough)
-Oh My Venus (I don't know why but I needed fluff. Can't say I was satisfied though)
-Shut up! Flower Boy Band (I'm trash for this show. It made me wish Sing Street--one of my most favourite movies of last year, heck of all time--was more like this show, so that's saying something)
-Splish Splash Love (how do you spell perfect?)

So yeah, I enjoyed this year a lot. I hope to watch more dramas next year and have more fun here on DB of course. As always, thanks to the lovely beanies and people behind this wonderful site! 2018 bring it on.

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Ooh ooh I almost forgot. I watched
Descendants of the Sun and You From Another Star this year too!

I loved DoTS for the disaster episodes, but couldn't quite love the couples (very weird, I know)

You From Another Star, I loved from start to finish. It's one drama I can't start to dislike no matter how popular it got. It deserves all the love.

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I'm obsessed with Lee Min Ki now too. When he smiles (which was like twice in Because This is Our First Life) I die!

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Lol Lee Min Ki nailed it. That smile when he was wearing a shade on the bus is soooo precious. Love it

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I only finished 6:
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (could not stand the slapsticky humor and the homophobia)
Radiant Office ❀
Fight My Way (cute but too lighthearted)
The King Loves ❀ (Si Won!)
Age of Youth 2 ❀ ❀
Because This Is Our First Life ❀ ❀ (This show was so close to perfection!)

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Watched with Delight
Goblin xxxx
Because This Life Is Our First xxx
Buamdong Revenge Club xx
Circle xx
Forest of Secrets xx
Chicago Typewriter xx
Age of Youth 2 xx
Reunited Worlds xx
Strongest Deliveryman x
20th Century Boy and Girl x

Honorable Mentions should get some beans if there were more
Go Back Spouses
The Package
Solomon's Perjury
Suspicious Partner
The King Loves
While You Were Sleeping
Tunnel
Man to Man
Individualist Ji-young
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon
Fight My Way

Dropped
Mystery Queen
Temperature of Love
Mad Dog
Black
Revolutionary Love
The Best Hit
Bride of the Water God

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I just started watching K-dramas this year, so I only have 4 beans from 2017. I give stars:
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim ** (special mention, not in list!)
Chief Kim **
because they got me addicted to k-dramas! =D

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this year is year of legal drama , a lot of detective,prosecutors drama :D

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As always, shocked by how many dramas I watched during 2017 (and my bean count only includes those 2017 drama that I watched and finished). My 34 beans are allocated as follows:

- General and I (Chinese drama) - 10
- 3 Lives 3 Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (Chinese drama) - 10
- The King in Love - 4
- Go Back Couple - 3
- Because This Is My First Live - 3
- School 2017 – 1
- Strong Woman Do Bong Soon - 1
- Age of Youth 2 - 1
- Father is Strange - 1

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As expected, I only have 15 beans. That's a very low number compared to last year (roughly 30 counting both Korean and Japanese dramas), but I took a lot of time off this year. Therefore, it becomes relatively easy to allocate the beans:

Goblin - 3
Chief Kim - 1
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon - 1
Seven Day Queen - 2
The Best Hit - 1
While You Were Sleeping - 2
Because This Life Is Our First - 3
Go Back Spouses - 2

Looking at the list, I'm such a hopeless romantic, not allowing any other type of drama to climb to the top positions LMAO

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I can't find Head 2 name. Is she on the break?

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This chart makes me happy.

BTLIOF came in at the end and knocked all our socks off!

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I'm so happy that Live Up To Your Name is in the top 10! Definitely my favourite this year, along with Individualist Ji-young!

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I watched BTLIOF, Goblin, Live Up To Your Name, Liar and His Lover, Fight My Way, Solomon’s Perjury, Go Back Spouses, and Individualist Ji-young = 8 beans!

Live Up to Your Name - 5
Goblin - 2
Individualist Ji-young - 1

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Did HeadsNo2 not participate?

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Out of 67 in total for 2017 dramas, I have only watched 14 dramas, 8 became my personal favorite, 6 others were forgettable. I dropped 11 dramas in the middle of watching it because I realized that I didn't even care about the story or the character or whatever was going on in that drama

Here's my bean count

Favorited :
Rebel ⭐ ⭐⭐
Circle ⭐
Mystery Queen ⭐
The Best Hit ⭐
Age of Youth S2 ⭐⭐
Live Up to Your Name ⭐⭐
Buamdong Revenge Club ⭐⭐
Mysterious Il Seung ⭐⭐

Forgettable :
Goblin
Hwarang
Introverted Boss
Radiant Office
Bride of the Water God
Criminal Minds

(Still in) To-watch list :
Forest of Secret
Lingerie Girls Generation
While You Were Sleeping
Smart Prison Living

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So far this year I watched a total of 15 Dramas from Beginning to End, Dropped 18 of them either at the beginning or middle of their run and have 6 still left in my "To Watch List" all from 2017. If this isn't consider an Addiction, I really don't know what is?

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In the spirit Of the review season, I'm game. Although it has been a slump year yet managed 9 beans

BTIOFL- ###
Circle - ##
Goblin - ##
Strong Woman DBS- #
Tunnel - /
Voice - /

Don't ask me why. It's been a slump, even with this number. But RL. It's largely the lead woman's role and partly feel good. Great storytelling. Great production.

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Because This Life is Our First - Love, love, love my favorite for this year. Next is the Seven Day Queen - Love it too.

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yup, tons of kdramas watched this year..... but since this is for 2017 year end review.... here's mine..

QUEEN FOR SEVEN DAYS ********** (is 10 the maximum we could give?.. if not, then, I will give that superior maximum, lol)...

THE PACKAGE... ***** 7
FIGHT MY WAY & CHIEF KIM... ******5
GO BACK COUPLE *****5

Hwarang on the honorable mention..

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Voice is only 0.91??? Really??

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