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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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I give all 12 of my beans to Ghost Writer. That was my drama crack for 2017, hands down.

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My Drama Ranking 2017 from drama I've watched
1.Defendent.
2.Chief Kim.
3.Fight for My Way
4.Because This Is My First Life
5.Go Back Couple.
6.Circle.
7.Live Up to Your Name Dr Heo.
8.Strongest Deliveryman
9.Strong Woman Do Bong-soon
10.Revolutionary Love.
Notable Mentions:
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The Best Hit
Tunnel
Rebel
Tomorrow with you
While You Were Sleeping
Man to Man
Black

PS: Considering Goblin a 2016 drama.
Not watched Forest of Secrets and Chicago Typewriter yet.
I also like Two Cops and Mysterious Il-seung and waiting for "I am not a Robot".

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My 2017 drama that managed to get on the list:
1. Seven Days Queen
2. Chicago Typewriter
3. Goblin
4. Circle
5 (half remembered, bearable,maybe on list): Voice, While you were sleeping, Tunnel, Forest of secret, Defendent).
Many said BTLIOF is having good review/many fans too but I don't think my mind are ready to watch such genre/ drama yet.

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I didn't watch many dramas this year but still managed 14 of them from beginning to end, including Goblin which is late 2016.
My Top 5:
Forest of Secrets: 4 beans (pleeeaase, come back!)
Tunnel: 3 beans
Strong Woman DBS: 3 beans
Buamdong Revenge Club: 2 beans
Age of Youth S2: 2 beans
Honorable mentions, because no beans left!
School 2017: I love bad boys/softies
Goblin: I love Gong Yoo
Mad Dog: I love Yoo Ji Tae
Suspicious Partner: I love Ji Chang Wook/Nam Ji Hyun together
20th Century Boy & Girl: I love a no-brainer
Besides I dropped While you were sleeping and Revolutionary Love and speed-watched My Father is Strange.
Though BTLIOF had good reviews, I could not make myself watch it.
Last but not least, I love Kang unnie in any drama. She's my top bad ass of the year by!

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I repeat: I love Kang unnie in any drame. She's my top badass of the year by far :D She deserves an award for it!

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Ranking of dramas watched in its entirety:
The Package
Chicago Typewriter
Chief Kim
Circle
Defendent
Tunnel
Live Up to Your Name
Lingerie Girls Generation
Hospital Ship

Due to online popularity/buzz and/or rave reviews, I watched the below dramas but they just couldn't sustain my continued interest so were dropped early or half-way thru the series.
Goblin
Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon
Suspicious Partner
Forest of Secrets
Woman of Dignity
While You Were Sleeping

Right now watching and enjoying Argon at episode 5.

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I started many many dramas, lost interest, didn't get far and couldn't finish most, but finished and thoroughly enjoyed two: Forest of Secrets and Revolutionary Love. I would give my two beans to Revolutionary Love even though FoS was very good as well because I feel RL needs more fan love.

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I am not exactly disagreeing with what the charts are showing, its just that I am more into that escapist vibe (this year, last year...IDK). My friends have tried convincing me every now and then about some series which have also been rated great by others and /or recapped positively here. I'l take the above result as a reminder of the series I missed and give them a chance (read: Marathon) during down time.

Right now i am having a blast with Two Cops and Doubtful Victory and just enjoyed 20th Century B&G, Temp of Love plus Go Back Couple. :)

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Ugh I knew this year was a slump. Last year I watched 20 current dramas (and I think like 5 older dramas), and this year I only watched 15 dramas (with 1 older drama)...

I want to get out of this slump...

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I have completed 19 series this year and hope to shortly finish 2 more (Temperature of Love and Witch's Court-for my man YMH).
My 19 beans are awarded as follows:
Top two dramas:
Defendant: 6 beans
Forest of Secrets: 5 beans also kudos for a fantastic ost
Honorable mention with 1 bean each:
Voice
Tunnel
Whisper
Chicago Typewriter
Duel
Falsify
While You Were Sleeping
Mad Dog

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Today I completed Witch's Court. I award this one bean in Honorable mention to:
Strongest Deliveryman

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I finally completed Temperature of Love. In recognition of Yang Se-jong's performance in Duel I am awarding this bean as a second Honorable mention bean to Duel.

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19 for me. Hard to choose because if I finished it I liked it. I started almost all the dramas this year but for one reason or another they didn't keep me intrigued. So I'm dividing my beans amongst those dramas that I just couldn't wait till the following week.

My 19 dramas in order of preference:
1. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon ****
2. Seven Day Queen ****
3. Black ****
4. Go Back Spouses***
5. Rebel**
6. School 2017**
7. Fight My Way
8. Suspicious Partner
9. Because This Life is our First
10. Introverted Boss
11.Chief Kim
12. Witch's Court
13. Live Up to Your Name
14. Voice
15. While You Were Sleeping
On second thought I don't think I'd give a bean to the last 4:
16. Tomorrow with You
17. Goblin
18. Missing 9
19. Hwarang

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I just realized I don't think I FINISHED a 2017 drama this year lol!! :o Unless you count the fact that tomorrow night after work I plan on finishing the last ep of BTLIOF :D I just finished Age of Youth last week but that was from 2016..I love starting but I never finish?!
But I blame being a FT student and working PT and graduating this year :3 I'll def have more time next year!!!

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TOMORROW WITH YOU GOT LESSER BEANS THAN HWARANG, THE BEST HIT, TEMPERATURE OF LOVE, LIAR AND HIS LOVER!!! WHYY?!! HOW COMEEE

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28 shows started - finished 9...
Ouch.

This year my beans are only for 2 shows.
- Forest of Secrets *****
- BTIOFL ****

Normally I would spread thinner to pick up the next rung of dramas I really liked or thought had great moments. However, this year, I watch the ratings continue to fall to what would have been catastrophic levels only 2 years ago. Now, I’ve reached a point where I think the benchmark shows need to be rewarded.

As the industry gets tighter, production will only go to where the money is.

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Finished 65. Goblin is my fav. But I was happy about this year's drama offering. It is easier to count the ones I didn't like this year, like Manhole, Radiant office and Hwarang.

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Awh, it breaks my heart a little to see Throw Back Couple and Tomorrow With you getting so few beans.

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Where's headno2?

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Love the yearly been count!
This year, 34 beans:
Because this Life is Our First: 6 (Everything)
Circle: 5 (Summer Suspense when diversion most needed)
Forest of Secrets: 5 (More suspense)
Goblin: 3 (Music)
Age of Youth: 2 (Friends)
Chicago Typewriter: 2 (Maybe the Olden Days were not so great)
Father is Strange: 2 (Best Older Sister I Never Had)
My Gold Life: 2 (So crazy, yet so compelling...)
Mystery Queen: 2 (Ahjumma Detective!)
Rebel: 2 (The music, the friends... )
20th C. Boy & Girl: 1 (oh Anthony)
Lingerie Girls: 1 (Silly Young Love)
Strong Woman: 1 (If only we could all be so strong)

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With the influx of good dramas airing in May, I bit off more than I could chew and subsequently fell into a slump. I was simultaneously watching Ruler, Suspicious Partner, Circle, Fight My Way, and Lookout but have not managed to finish any of them. I have not dropped them, but not only do they not count as beans, I also can't give any of those dramas beans neither.

I have 11 beans.
Liar and His Lover... 4
While You Were Sleeping... 4
Tomorrow With You... 2
Chicago Typewriter... 1

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Message to past me: put all your chips on Prison Playbook!!

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