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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

 

odilettante

Handsome Guy and Jung-eum: I started watching out of idle curiosity, and was pleasantly surprised by how engaging I found the first few eps. Not only did the show evoke a few genuine laughs, but I actually felt invested in the characters, which is something that doesn’t always happen in the first week of a drama. I’m not sure how long I’ll stick with it (just knowing my general track record with by-the-book rom-coms), but I’m happy to go along for the ride and enjoy the fun for now. Or at least until Hwang Jung-eum gets too shrieky.

 

chickachunga

My Ajusshi: I’m calling it now, and I’m calling it early again — I did this last year for Forest of Secrets so I have some confidence in my early picks — but My Ajusshi is the best drama of 2018. On paper, this drama is really nothing remarkable. In fact, I found myself struggling to sell this drama to my friends without revealing too much. “A man and a young woman…you know what? Just watch it. Trust,” is usually how I start and end my lousy spiel. But in all seriousness, this drama felt like a warm embrace and a soothing balm that recognized and assuaged the collective pain of humanity that lives within every human being. The writer, director, the director of photography, and the actors all depicted the drudgery of everyday life and the beauty of human connection so brilliantly. The final episode is a tearjerker, but by the end, I was smiling through my tears because the ending is a happy one, brimming with possibility for the central characters. I’m going to miss this ragtag cast dearly, everyone from sweetly dim eldest brother Sang-hoon to sassy barkeep Jung-hee. Don’t walk, RUN to your nearest screen and watch this beautiful gift of a drama.

 

TeriYaki

Miracle That We Met: Hyun-cheol has been in a sort of limbo for too long and it’s time for him to find a way to live his new life more comfortably. It’s still a mystery which family he is best suited for but it looks as if he’s more at home with his new family. His is an interesting predicament because he has memories of being married to both wives, which leads to the question, what defines who we are — our souls or our memories? As Hyun-cheol tries to figure that out, his past and present lives become even more impossibly tangled, which promises to leave us guessing until the end.

Greasy Melo: Wow. I gave this drama a look based solely on the cast and felt as if I fell into a rabbit hole. The first two episodes were like random scenes loosely tied together by the eccentric main leads, but after twelve episodes, it seems as if everything is finally falling into place. The trio at the center of Greasy Melo is magical and their antics both break my heart and make me laugh. I just love Jung Ryeo-won’s little girl voice and goofy smiles; she’s utterly beguiling and it’s no mystery why both Junho the beleaguered chef and Jang Hyuk the endearing gangster find themselves drawn to her. Throw in all of the delicious food scenes and I’m definitely onboard for this crazy ride.

My Husband Oh Jak-doo: After a string of disappointing finales, My Husband Oh Jak-doo delivered exactly what I wanted, a satisfying ending. Our country mouse and city mouse managed to blend their lives so that they could each realize their potential. UEE and Kim Kang-woo had great chemistry throughout as they breathed life into the romance between Seung-joo and Jak-doo. Jung Sang-hoon was a pleasant surprise as Eric, which was a terrific character for him to portray, and I’m going to miss his random English phrases and his pining gazes aimed at Seung-joo. I’ll also miss Jak-doo’s bickering grannies as well; they were a hoot in every one of their scenes. This drama was all about the transforming power of love and who doesn’t need a dose of that every now and then?

 

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About Time: The secondhand embarrassment from Episode 2 forced me to close my eyes through a few scenes, but I still like this a lot so far. It’s a pretty show and the time clock concept is subtly incorporated in a way that doesn’t distract from getting to know the characters. I like that the conflicts our two leads are facing aren’t concrete; they’re battling fear and time, and the show gives a decent amount of screen time to their internal struggles as well as all their quirky hijinks. I’m also totally into snobby music director Jo Jae-yoo.

 
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Come and Hug Me: It took a while for the current-day stuff to get up to speed. The kid stuff was good from the start except some of the transitions were a little jarring.

Investigative Couple: Gradually getting less silly. Still fun. Jung Yoo-Mi is the best I've seen her. I've seen her in a bunch of shows starting with Dong-Yi, and I swear she looks younger now than she did 8 years ago.

Lawless Lawyer: Trying too hard to be dramatic for dramatic's sake. Or the big star male lead is trying too hard to act like a big star. Reminds me of his mask dramatics in the first ep of Moon Lovers -- and I mean that in the worst possible way. After half of ep 1 I decided to move on -- just like Moon Lovers. Let me know if it gets better.

Mistress: 11 minutes of boredom and it was time to give Greasy Melo another try.

Greasy Melo: Oh well, at least it has Jung Ryeo-Won. And slightly less food porn after the first day. It's like Castaway on the Moon reunion month, with the female lead here and the male lead in Investigative Couple. That is not a bad thing.

Miss Hammurabi: Better than I expected. Ep 1 had a good wheelchair line and then a good clothing-related sight gag -- somebody's sense of humor matched mine. Then ep 2 tried to get all serious and profound and I felt like I was watching a different show.

About Time: I really liked the description of the premise, but the supernatural reason why the female lead has to be next to the rich (is there any other kind?) male lead has been done better. So far it seems like the mutant child of Master's Sun and any music/performer show. Meh. Sticking with it because I may need filler for the long weekend.

Handsome Guy / Undateables: I'm in it for the leads. And the long weekend. I'm immune to the complaints that Hwang Jung-Eum is too screechy because I first saw her in Golden Time where she wasn't any more screechy than the medical emergencies called for.

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i was worried about Lawless Lawyer and LJK's hardline melo take... maybe i won't watch.

regarding Miss Hammurabi -- it felt very preachy in the second ep...

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LL I agree with it wholeheartedly. I think our heroine needs a word as well: I don't find her cool, she could just file another re-appeal case, its already very serious if for a judge their verdict is overturned, and lost the trust of her client and her lawyer badge. There was no desperate need for violence or even talking to judge, he won't be able to change his ruling anyways even if he realized what he did.

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A lot are appreciating the heroine without going into the details of her foolish acts. Her fist talks more than her profession. There is a tinge of damsel-in-Danger too. Rest of it is done by hero having a long rooted connection with the heroine.
Her sharp fist and sharp tongue might attract you but after whole 2 weeks of promises you start to ask what is she provides on the table.

@spazmo Miss. Hammurabi can be good if they don't try to make Heroine some social justice warrior having priorities messed up.

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I moved on from that scene because it would otherwise be impossible to continue watching.

This is just a sign of bad writing or like it often happens, they do it to dramatize or get the point across that heroine is feisty.

I just like Seo Ye Ji so that's why I can look past all these flaws. I think she's cool because everyone is prancing around her and she is holding her own.

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It is true that the scene of JY socking it to the judge is rather over-the-top but it is there for a reason for that beyond dramatics. It says something about her hardcore attitude to justice and why BSP is able to trust her despite the fact that no one else in Gi Seong can be trusted.

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I will buy that reason because it's a drama after all.

In real life, if I am going to take down the powers that be, I'll choose a level headed person who can control herself. You can have a unbendable attitude towards justice and still keep your fist at bay.

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I buy it because it fits in with the general breezy nuttiness of the drama.

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About time is getting better for me. I wonder if it can cure my Post Drama Syndrome (thanks 7DQ).

PS. I know.. I know.. It's been ages ago.

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Still rewatching scenes of Ahjussi!!

I can only hope that there is another drama this year that is as good as Ahjussi was.

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This week I watched Suits, Sketches, The undateable (dropped), Sungkyunkwan Scandal and My Ahjussi.
My Ahjussi give the audience the most genuine potrayal of average ahjussis and I love the drama for it.
I haven't finished ohjakdoo, am still at episode 21.
I enjoy Sketches, Rain was okay, he's not bad in this drama.

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i just watched Sungkyunkwan Scandal recently, too! So quirky and fun!

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Yes it is! I'm actually glad that I watch it now, it works well with other dramas on my palate.

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You’re watching SKKS, yay! Enjoy the show! ^^

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Suits - Da-ham is still my girl crush. I'm one episode behind, so shhhh!

My Husband Oh Jak-doo - the ending was quiet and sweet. I was relieved that Seung-joo and Jak-doo both were able to continue doing what they loved best. Utlimately this was a sweet treat and my love for the Ajumma trio knows no end.

Marry Me Now? - the plot thickens...ever so slowly.

Wok of Love - This is my happy spot, the show I can't wait to watch...

Lawless Lawyer - I still have episode 4 to watch. I love how fast paced this is and I can't imagine where it will take us.
It's a bit like being in a fast car and just holding on: I trust the driver tho, so it's more interesting than scary...? Also the LL gang dance moves - pfft!!

Handsome Guy and Jung-eum - Weird and quirky and fun to watch.

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Come and Hug Me - I'm nearly ready to start this one. I am being drawn in by @rket593's amazing wall posts. Dang. ^^

MoonShine and Valentine - I'm also starting this. The beginning is pretty fun! Special thanks to @hades for pointing this one out!!

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I haven't finished Jak-doo yet but I'm glad you liked the ending. I was worried it sucked (or worse) the mountain ajummas became annoying so you changed your profile pic. :(

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No, I couldn't find it again...
This one is an old standby.
I love the ajhumma trio to pieces!!

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Wait, i was tagged? I did not get a notification :(.
Haha, I am glad you brought my advert for Come and Hug Me.
Now I have a reason to talk about it more:
***** Spoiler *****
Here are a FAQ's I saw a lot Come and Hug Me .
Question 1: Why do women marry a Serial killer and have kids?
Ans: (I did an answer also on @outofthisworld 's fanwall): Link: http://www.dramabeans.com/members/outofthisworld/activity/491914/
In short: Its hard to know a person really well and some people lie very well, I mean this serial killer even wrote a whole book of lies and he is an amazing story teller.
Actually the monologue scene in jail is very well done, and I take a line to appreciate the make up person for our serial killer in that scene. Well Done!
And about non-verbal signs: He has a very insane philosophy about humans and dogs and he really believes it so he should not show any very noticeable signs to begin with.

Question 2: Are Reporters like that?
Ans: Not every one, just like not every person is a serial killer not every reporter is like that but then there is something about this profession that should be kept in mind, if you are not ready to ask unpolite questions you will not get answers and media lives off it. Is there a need of moderation? I leave this question there. In case of a decent drama about Press which did ask a lot of hard questions but gave not many answers is Falsify of Namgoong Min.

Question 3: This drama is not very realistic, in the sense its hard to connect?
Ans: Yes, but it could very well be about lot of actors who were wrapped in #metoo movement and their kids and families. And If I may be allowed to compare it with My Ahjussi, the lead girl's character was also not very relatable but didn't we all love her.

Question 4: Can one be a Psychopath genetically?
Ans: Two things here: There is a difference between Psychopath and a criminal. Being a criminal is not genetic. Being a physcopath, in sufficient research.
I think the conversation between the reporter and DJ was very well done. There are many point of views one needs to look at the question from and what role circumstances play. I hope that drama will make more such points.

Question 5: Isn't our villain too happy in jail? He isn't suffering at all!
Ans: So this is based on a true incident of a serial killer who lived like a boss in jail in SK, you may want to have a look at @veeee 's site bah-doo and live recaps for this show (That is from where I learnt that its based on a true story). Wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kang_Ho-sun (korean version has more info as I have been told)
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I was planning to watch Come and Hug Me because the theme is interesting, until I read your comment about the serial-killer dad's job - dog meat butcher??
Is there any scene that shows violence to dog? I remember there was a scene in Oh My Ghostess where the possesed-cop beat a stray dog and it shows nothing but dog sounds but that scene bothers me for hours, a lot more than any other (human) murder scenes I have watched in all other crime dramas.

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I don't remember any scene that shows violence to dog or sounds except perhaps for the dog which was whimpering in the cage. I'm not going to spoil further for you. The drama hasn't got to the gory scenes. They don't even need to.

Just the idea of dog meat butcher already gives me the shivers. How can anyone?

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No there is not any scene of such violence other than a dog being captured. And i think we are going to be spared from such scenes its not an OCN drama

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Hello everyone!

Still feeling the hole that My Ajusshi left. 😭 But I’m trying not to compare the new fare to that masterpiece because otherwise I will never be satisfied!

So many dramas, I haven’t had time to try them all out! Here are the ones I have managed to check out.

About Time: I love Lee Sung-kyung and I love musicals, but this one is falling a bit flat for me. Still, I’ll check out this week and see if it picks up! I think the premise has a lot of potential. The cinematography is gorgeous, too! And Lee Sung-kyung’s eyessss!!!!!

Lawless Lawyer: This is SUCH a fun romp! It isn’t trying to be realistic and I like that about it. Hopefully this will finally be a Lee Jun-ki project I like. He and Seo Ye-ji have great chemistry and I love their banter so far. She is absolutely KILLING it and after this and Rescue Me I am officially a fan!

I’m also still making my way through Flower Boy Next Door, which is very enjoyable. I loved the first episode and don’t think the rest of the episodes have the same amount of whimsy, sadly, but it’s a fun watch with some nice, quiet, poignant moments.

I still intend on checking out Come Here and Hug Me. It will happen! Any other suggestions from the currently airing shows, Beanies? Not that I have the time...

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Lawless Lawyer is so much fun. After feeling all emotionally spent by "My Ajusshi", I was not expecting to have some good laugh thru LL. LJK does have great chemistry with SYJ and I love the face pace of the show. And I really love the lawless minions.

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More laugh please lawless lawyer. And more cheese. I need that. I'm emotionally drain after watching so many melo this year lolllll

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@chickachunga, thank you for summarizing so eloquently why My Ajusshi struck a chord with everyone who watched it. And everyone should watch it in the same way that everyone should watch The Schindler's List no matter how painful the movie experience is. And watching My Ajusshi is far from painful, but I suspect some are staying away because of a perceived bleakness that goes nowhere. I would go one step further than you and call this one of the best drama EVER made, period.

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Just finished: My Husband, Oh Jak-doo. I love those characters so, so much. I agree with @teriyaki -- it delivered exactly what I wanted. I did enjoy the first half of the show more than the second (I liked watching our couple getting to know each more than the problems with the documentary), but I loved this show as a whole.

Just finished: Switch, which, I maintain, got a lot better by the end. I love the casting -- Jang Geun-suk and Jung Woong-in, in particular. But also Han Ye-ri, Kwon Hwa-hoon (Bang Bang War!), Song Won-eok (Manager Kim), and Cha Yub (Investigator Go). I do wish they had developed the characters a little more. The side characters had so much potential -- the con team and the prosecutors' sidekicks were all so fun. I would have traded some of the early more minor cons/switches for more time getting to know these guys. And also Prosecutor Baek. I didn't feel like I knew him that much at all, but by the end I wished I had. But anyway, this show was more fun than I thought it'd be and all in all, I'm glad I stuck with it.

No on to: Handsome Guy and Jung-eum. Really liking it so far -- as long as the screeching doesn't get any worse. But honestly, I'm excited for this one.

And: About Time. I just started this -- haven't even finished Ep. 1 yet, but I love it so far. I love the combination of whimsicality and dryness. So far, so good.

Pretty Noona. Started it and loved it; just waiting for it to be a on a legit site before I keep going.

Holding out for: Greasy Melo. Waiting to binge this. Trying to not peek at all your awesome insights and comments. Also holding out for Suits.

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oh and how could i forget -- also watching Marry Me Now. I thought nothing could match Father is Strange, but so far, this is coming pretty close!

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If you have US Netflix, Pretty Noona is there. Just saw it was added last night. "Something in the Rain"

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Oh, c'mon, nobody is watching Lee Jun Ki Oppa? Lawless Laywer is fun people! Episode 1 was a bit all over the place, but then it became a slick, smooth ride. It's obvious they're going for a kind of mafia, film-noir vibe with some crazy humour, if that's a thing. The actors are determined to make this work. I love it. I'm so glad I tried it, because as a rule I avoid legal dramas 💘💘

The rest of my week was a string of aborted missions: Rich Man ugh, ugh why I am I still watching (ok, for Suho); Handsome Guy spare me the screeching, I just tried it for Namgoong Min, I don't even like the premise!; Secret of Three Kingdoms Hooray for Man in the Iron Mask, oh wait, scheming concubines again, do I need this? Nine:Nine Times Travel, I got through ep. 1, but really, terminal illness? 🤔🤔🤔

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Don't worry. I'm there for LL. We'll squee on the designated place as usual.

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I am watching but the late in english subbing probably kill the excitement. I am enjoying it so far. Fast pace and not typical court procedural drama which I really like.

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Late subtitles are the real villains of this show.

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kdrama fans are too spoiled and want everything on their plate within few minutes.
Just look at how much it takes to translate a japanese drama and many of the good ones never get any attention from foreign audience.

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I have no idea about Jdramas. Lawless Lawyer subtitles took a week to appear, which compared to Kdramas is slow. I watched it raw, no big deal.

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Haha by “iron mask” do you mean the boyish good look of Ma Tian-yu?

I dropped Nine the first time watching it, but boy, was I glad that I picked it up again! The drama definitely has its problems, but the ride was thrilling and enthralling nevertheless.

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Hehe, it was a reference to Man in the Iron Mask books and films (based on the final bit of Alexandre Dumas' Three Musketeers story), namely the "being switched with royal twin brother" situation.
Ma Tian-yu looks good, that is the most important thing of course.

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MTY is blessed with good look, but I am bored out of my mind by his self-righteousness. Sima’s scheming charm is proven to be much more interesting to me. But heck, not interesting enough for me to keep watching.....it is on hold for now.

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Oh dear... I only watched until ep. 3 and was hoping he'd be a good "fake" king. Sima is cool. *Sigh.* There are so many ongoing dramas and I can't find one that really interests me (except Lawless Lawyer). :(

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I like Nine:Nine Times Travel. The 1st half, that is. It's intense and gripping. But the 2nd half spins out of control..... And, I couldn't get myself to like the heroine.

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Suho and his weird but somehow still handsome pouty face?? Coz I can't figure if that is his default face or his acting... LOL.. 😂

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I have no idea what he's trying to do. He has a sort of "I'm trying to give my best smug" look, but it just looks like he's pouting all the time.

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Ahh... that's what he is trying to do. To act smug... LOL...
I honestly think he should do comedy coz he was funny in Rich Man's comedic scenes. I have to wait for more episodes to see if he is also good doing romantic scenes. Ha Yeon Soo is doing good as usual.. It's weird she has very few drama project. I only remember her other drama is Monstar..

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I could only handle one episode...

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Chalk me up as another enjoying Lawless Lawyer. It's a rip-roaring ride. LJG brings his A game to this and it utilizes all his skills as an actor and a martial arts guy.

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I actually liked the time travel in Nine:NTT. I liked the tension that built up each time he went back and changed stuff 20 years earlier that also changed something in his life in his present time, and how he only had half an hour to make the changes. The ending too, I thought was brave, quite logical in that universe and somewhat satisfyingly just.

Oh, I kind of liked that kiss at the end... you'll know the one when you see it! 😆

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Exactly! I am just having fun with Lawless Lawyer versus taking it so seriously! Lee Jun Ki and Seo ye ji's chemistry is awesome! I still have to watch the Undateables, which I will eventually get to!

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Nine is one of my favorite dramas ever. :D

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Come and Hug Me is the only show in the current batch that I am emotionally invested in and savour every episode. I am happy that the show is taking its time to reveal the childhood story because like everybody else, I love every minute when Nam Da-reum is on the screen. The last drama that I love the childhood story this much was Seven Day Queen.

To balance out CaHM’s serial murdery trauma, I am still watching Moonshine and Valentine for its wishfulfilling fluffy supernatural fun. The revealations of the reincarnations have been interesting and I hope to get more epic north vs. south foxy action soon.

Also, the only thing I hate more than Rich Man, Poor Woman is myself for watching it. Why does anyone like anybody in this show, and how do I love myself more so I would stop watching it?

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HAHA Rich Man is causing a lot of self-hate (see my comment #8 above). You should Love Yourself more. Or is this a case of Fake Love? Either way, we are dooooooomed!

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🎼 I became to not know who I even was
I try to talk to the mirror "who are you?"

Love yourself, Kimbap!

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Does watching dancing strappy shirts in Fake Love count as a form of Sling Therapy?

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Hopefully

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Lol. I keep looking at that show, bit really want to try the J drama version.

I have a group of friends and we read a lot of romance books. We have a mantra of , we like this (hero/heroine type, trope etc) but only in books. Only in books. Lol.

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Missing My Ajusshi

Miss Hammurabi – I’m not particularly interested in legal dramas or k-dramas new judge craze, but I was bored and decided to give this a try, and surprisingly I enjoyed it. I like slice-of-life workplace dramas that address social issues and have a side of romance so this is right up my alley.

Come and Hug Me – The younger actors have done a great job, but I was glad to see more of their present day counterparts. Jang Ki Yong is a standout.

Greasy Melo – Still weird but not as choppy and getting more and more interesting as the random characters gain identities and start coming together.

About Time – On the fence with this one. The show looks great. I like Lee Sung Kyung but am not a fan of the male lead.

Won’t be continuing Lawless Lawyer or Handsome Guy

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Hello!
Well, as for me I did try watching "Secret Mother" till episode 5. Eventually my interest to the show dwindled, so I put it on-hold. I think I will watch it after it finished airing. That's the thing with me is that my interest disappears more quickly when I watch a show weekly. I prefer watching the full package rather than just bits of it.

Now, I just finished watching "Avengers social club" and my goodness was that an endearing drama.
I have to say that after watching it, I've felt bittersweet due to personal reasons. See, my mother recently passed away and the way the main female characters loved their children, reminded me of her so much. I miss her, and I wish I could talk to her once more.

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* I meant dwindle down.

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And now I discovering that I wrote the episode "wrong" By that I mean technically it is a 40 episode drama (with approximately 30 minutes each episode). Which is why I made the mistake of writing episode 5 while in hour wise it is still 4. Sorry outofthisworld for the missunderstanding. That was not my intention.

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Where did you watch Secret Mother? I couldn't find subs after ep 4. Unless it just got updated.

So sorry to hear your loss.

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In Viki the first 8 episodes are subbed

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Glad you liked Avengers Social Club- it was alot of fun!
Mostly I wanted to reach out and tell you how sorry I am for your loss. My mom passed two years ago and there isn't a day that passes that I don't miss her. Take care of yourself. Grief is hard but you have to get through it.
Sending you many hugs.....

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Agree with @chikachunga

My Ajusshi is hands down the best drama this year and it rose top to become my all-time fave drama ❤️. My Ajusshi is a masterpiece so it's unfair to even compare other dramas against such high standard.

Still reeling that ajusshi ended but thank god for Lawless Lawyer. I love the dynamic of this show, especially it does not take itself too seriuously which is so much fun and full of thrill. And it's refreshing to watch Lee Jun Ki not playing a serious character, in fact skewed more towards his own real life fun loving character.

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Investigation couple- Still not liking both the leads. The FL is well...stupid. Sorry but even after knowing who the culprit is, you still went and met her? There are better ways, I think to collect evidence. Honestly, instead of sympathising, I felt angry. And what's all this talk about empathising with the victims? It's good in moderation, but too much and you lose your sense of judgement. She's still useful sometimes, but it's not enough. The ML is still rude. LYK is being wasted here IMO. I expected a much meatier role for him after waikiki. I'll give this show another week.
Miss Hammurabi- I liked how the FL gave a fitting reply to the sexist remark in the 1st episode, though I apologise if someone found it inappropriate. But then she's too idealistic! That helped with the closing case but she made so many mistakes before that! I hope she finds a proper balance. I can't connect with L yet. Though he's the protagonist and the narrator,it feels like he's an outsider and a third party in all this. But it has shown more of what happens before and after the proceedings on the bench, so I'm hopeful it'll be good.
Come and hug me- Are reporters really this nasty in real life or are they exaggerating? It's really annoying how much the victims as well as the perp's family members have to suffer in the aftermath, while he's still having a good time in prison.
But the flowers are beautiful, the younger versions and the leads are so pretty. Ahem, not at all a reason to watch. Nope.
the undateables- the story is predictable ,the leads are stereotypical, so many things to complain but....NGM!
Lawless lawyer- There's just the right amount of action and comedy to keep me hooked. I'm a little worried that the villains know our hero's identity, but I'm in for the ride.
Secret mother - Still so little revealed! So many confusing things. What happened that night?
Mistress - upto ep 6. Instead of answering, the show's creating more questions! But the twists and turns are amazing.
Sketch- Apart from the future predicting drawings, there's nothing really special that hasn't been done before. But it's only been one episode. We'll see.

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I’ve never seen reporters as insensitive and annoying as the ones in CHAHM. Isn’t it a part of their job to protect the identities of both the victim and the assailant’s family?

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I don't think it's a part of their job. But the least they can do is not go overboard all in the name of gossip and for publicity. They've just shown us a glimpse of that another reporter who's fighting on the father's behalf to let the book sell, but I already hate her. These reporters are only talking about his rights as a human . but what about the rights of his victims and family members? Don't they have sense?

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Come and Hug Me: The surprise of the year for me. Usually the child actors out shine the adults, but both Jin Ki Joo and Jang Ki Young are knocking it out of the park. Showing emotions without words is a difficult acting skill, but they both do it admirably. The story is moving along well and although the flashbacks are a little jarring, they aren't too repetitive. This is my top show after Greasy Melo so far.

Greasy Melo- I love every bit of this drama. The three leads are fantastic and just wonderful. I have no ship, but I see where it is headed and I'm not sure I agree, on the other hand I would feel the same way if it was the other way around, so there is that. Lol

About Time- it's cute. I actually kind of like the 2nd female lead, she knows who she is and what she wants. The cast is solid and it has some beautiful heartfelt moments, so cheers.

Lawless Lawyer- I am liking the drama. I like Lee Joon Gi and Seo Ye Ji. Its not great, but watchable. Joon Gi looks a little thin though, I want him to gain some weight.

Investigative Couple- also just a solid drama, nothing to write home about. Not a superman of the male leads unnecessary yelling, but I do enjoy the female lead. Very bubbly without the usual stupidity attached to it. I've never seen any of the actors in anything so I have nonpreconceived notions.

Secret Mother- I am super Song Yoo nah fan so I'm biased towards her. The drama is solid and I like her in it. Lol

Undateables- kind of unwatchable. I adore Hwang jung eum, but she is overacting, the gags aren't that funny and they make her stupid. I hate hate when they make female characters over the top and stupid. I will Gove it a couple more episodes because I like her, but idk man.

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Lee Jung-ki is definitelly too this. It is distracting, I keep worrying about him and want to see him eat.

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Me too. Every time he has food in front of him on the show, I want him to eat.

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Hanadan - waiting for 5th episode's translation. 7/10. Every Cinderella story has its own charm.
Asahinagu - 7.5/10 sports comedy. worth time pass. beautiful idol girls in action mode.

Wok of Love - 7/10 JANG Hyuk is carrying the show. Good time pass but does have too many frustrating characters and too much of filler.

Marry me Now? - slow and boring, meh acting and bad direction.
Real story starts from today onwards.

Lawless Lawyer - Stock story and characters. Nothing new, unique or even creative. Predictable storyline and cliche plots. Nothing much to writer about script except upgrade in 1 main character's personality ans that is OUR HEROINE. She's the real charm here. The buildup of hero's team and their nonsensical actions leads them to some evidences. Seriously, Script is the weakest point of the show.
Expected action scenes and typical music.
I saw some comments praising the heroine but i clearly disagree with those comments. Sure Heroine is the most credible one here but still you can't say she is righeous and the force of justice.
Stock villain characters give you manga villains vibes. Main female antagonist Judge is the one with that can scale up this show.
Entertainment and Fun? - yes
Good Banter and dialogues - yes
Something deep and worth applause - No.

Miss HAMMURABI - Good 1st week but it was hard to watch the modern feminism crap. Looked quite forcefully added into the episodes. 7/10. I'll try to tolerate it for 1 more week.

Waiting for Mr. Kim and Mars as well as trying 1st week of Sketch

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I watched one episode of Lawyer and I liked the chemistry between the main leads and how equal they feel... sadly, the main story doesn't interest me (I'm not a thriller person) and I stopped watching. Though... if it were a mix of Suits and Mystery Queen I would definitely watch Lee Junki and Seo Yeji bicker till the end 🙂

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Come and Hug Me First time I got spooked by a psycho killer in a kdrama. Heo Joon Ho is in his element here. He has that face and physique of a powerful madman. This is how you write and portray villains. The leads are new but Jang Ki Yong is the best thing in current dramas. I love Nam Joo Hyuk in WFKBJ but I doubt he can pull off this role the way JKY is doing. So far, JKY has shown that he can do different characters - romantic in Go Back Spouses, comedy in The Boy Next Door, villain in My Ajusshi and now the tormented hero in this drama. Writer is new so I am holding my breath that the writing stays strong. It has been very good so far.

Miss Hammurabi Planned not to watch this when I saw L's face on the posters. I am a kpop noob but I do know he's a idol actor. He was alright in Ruler because there were worse things than his acting in that drama. He is probably decent enough for run of mill teenage romcom but as a judge? Glad that I put my misgivings aside and watch this on recommendation by beanies.

Firstly, it's quite refreshing to see judges to actual work other than delivering ridiculous verdicts or accepting money under the table. Since this was adapted from a work by a real life judge, I suppose it's more realistic than most.

I enjoyed the humor. L changed my mind completely. He can act! He's so cute in here. Not the pretty, cool boy type of cute but he's probably the first genius who doesn't irk me. I love his thoughts.

Greasy Melo I had put this on hold last week. I love the Jang Hyuk and Jung Ryeo Won. Just need to get into it. I will probably pick it up again.

Lawless Lawyer I switched off my mind about the legal stuff because this show isn't even trying. It's much easier once you adopt this mindset. I find it harder when other logic gaps come up. For eg: Why would a brilliant woman like Judge Cha associate with a known Mafia Boss so openly? Maybe she does have a reason but it's suicidal.

Maybe because this was the first show I picked up after My Ajusshi, my nerves were jarred. It is kind of a deja vu - I watched Criminal Minds after Forest of Secrets ended and suffered similar effect.

I'll watch how the story develops and decide if I should continue. My focus is on the villains. I love Lee Hye Young in Mother but I got a feeling she is going to be wasted in here. Same goes with Choi Min Soo. This writer is lucky to have good actors play his villain characters but the writing is so one dimensional. Remember Nam Goong Min as the psychopathic chaebol? Brilliantly acted but still caricatures.

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Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed the first two episodes. It wasn't just L. I'm the type who can't watch for an actor, writing and direction are the most important.

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Thank you for this. I have just watched the first ep after reading your comment. It is much more enjoyable than the other drama about judges (what is it called? The one with Yeon Woo Jin as main actor), it is relatable, funny, and the flow is nice and clear. Really looking forward to watch more!

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He is in a tough spot, i think. He thinks he doesnt really belong anywhere, nor does he want to -because the world is such a horrible place. But the new office configuration is perfect: preciding judge who is loud and doesnt really bow to anyone but his wife, a partner who is a crazy crusader... I think, all along, he survived all courts dirty business and sneer because he is the best student, but you cant change the world alone, and hence he keeps his head down most of the time, and act as if he is invisible. With this new office config, with crusader partner and such boss, he might have his dream come true afterall in the end. It is much better than having corrupt judge as his boss/partner for sure!

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Oh my goodness, this was a perfect explanation!

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Kim Jin Min and the actor he choose are the highlight why LL is fun to watch. It's not bad at all after all.

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I know! I did not have any high hopes for Miss Hammurabi, but I was too curious to pass it up, and I think it is one of my fav dramas right now! With us hearing all his thoughts, it reminds so much of this one anime, OreGairu with the lead being so negative about the things around hi. But I love how L's character is with Go Ara, he is just a mess with her! And I love her character despite all her ideals. :D

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Noooooooooo!!!! Lawless Lawyer, please don't waste Lee Hye Young and Choi Min Soo! I'm only watching LL for those two (and the director Kim 'Marriage Contract' Jin Min). Anyway I've only seen the first episode, and I found myself laughing aloud at the way it started and just kept going at full throttle - the acting, the action, the story, the melodrama, the gangster stuff (Ahn Nae Sang's body double doing spins and high kicks!). But I did wonder how they were going to keep it up, and, even if they could, whether that would be a good thing, eg at the expense of character development. Fingers crossed.

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My Ajusshi: Finished it, one of the best shows I've ever watched. Spent the whole last episode crying my heart out.

Come and Hug Me: I like it alot, but Admittedly I wish the pace was sped up more.

About Time: I really was not expecting anything from this at all. I don't really watch fantasy dramas, but I randomly watched it and the show was pretty funny.

Heart Signal 2: I checked it out because it reminded me of Terrace House, and I'm happy I did. My new drug really.

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Greasy Melo Love is a many-splendored fusion of light and shadow, yellow noodles and brown sauce, the ridiculous and the tragic, the horse and the heiress. Buster says "Watch it".

Pretty Noona Still have the final episode to watch but I am one of the few that thinks this drama is very well written, if not a happy watch. Also, I have a mute button.

I did watch the final two episodes of My Husband last week but had forgotten until somebody mentioned it. Not a bad ending but this drama was a disappointment overall.

And that's it. I didn't pick up anything new so that gave me some time to catch up on my dramas. I watched Avengers Social Club and it was as good as everybody said it was. Highly recommend.

I was looking for a fun drama this weekend, one that wasn't necessarily the best but that people enjoyed anyway. I tried Flower Boy Ramen Shop and it was just awful. Like the worst parts of Biscuit Teacher and Boys Before Flowers mashed up in its own show. Just terrible. So I took @umbrellaman rec and started watching Moorim School . This is what I was wanting - it's kind of bad (some of the acting is just... no words) but I'm enjoying it a lot.

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This is what I was wanting - it's kind of bad (some of the acting is just... no words) but I'm enjoying it a lot.

@leetennant—I see the seeds of a delicious Dramabeans writing theme. How many ways can we explore kdramas along a continuum of badness?
-Shows that are so bad they're good?
-Comically miscast idols?
-Horrible secondary characters you want to throttle?
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Blood to Evergreen: The Continuum of ‘Bad’

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I sort of collect the really bad ones. So bad, you can't stop making jokes and re-writing them in your head... I must have an odd sense of humor. 😊

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The best thing about Moorim School is it seems to be written so Idol fans can write BL fan fiction without it actually being BL.

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But I totally want to see your Worst List.

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I am feeling guilty now because I really liked Moorim and hoped for more of the fantasy angle. XD
It's all a matter of preference, but I'd add Hwarang and The Time We Were Not in Love to my "Worst List."

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@wishfultoki I've heard that Hearing is 'bad' but didn't know it could be 'so bad it's good'.

I'm enjoying Moorim but then it's pretty well the Korean version of about 15 Canadian shows that I also liked. I seem to be a sucker for a mysterious school and a group of students with a secret.

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That's auto correct for you.
"Hearing is bad". #headdesk

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@leetennant I was such a sucker for high school fantasy/mystery (still am apparently)! I mean, I watched Avalon High and Wendy Wu back in the day... part of my dark past.
HAHA atocorrect plays tricks on us all. 'Hearing is bad' sounds like an interesting drama ;)

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Have you seen Black Hole High https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Days_at_Blake_Holsey_High

Parts of it are really bad (of course) but the overall plotline is actually really interesting.

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@leetennant Nope, I will consider falling down this black hole if I can't find a drama, thanks. I was supposed to be marathoning something this weekend but couldn't find anything bad-but-good like Moorim :'(

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I'm not watching any currently-aired dramas, still rather miffed by KBS World for not broadcasting Suits.

I'm on ep 25 of Switch, which imo is an average drama. The main draw for me is of course Jang Geun-suk, but he's just okay here.

I'm starting Tunnel on tvN Asia, and is looking forward to the next episode. It's not gripping me yet, though.

iKON TV which I religiously watch every Saturday night because it's so damn entertaining ! Tonight's ep 6 is the best yet. Really I love all the episodes so far. I like how the boys consistently go without makeup on camera, zits and all, giving more credibility to the "reality" concept.

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Oh hey fellow ikonic!! I'm so excited to find someone else who likes them too :-) I loved the last 2 episodes, Yunhyeong was so creative with his 3-meals-a-day idea, not to mention he's amazing at cooking, and the hypnotherapy which made me laugh and cry at the same time. Jinhwan's turn had so many plot twists but I was so touched at what he said at the end :") and where is Chanwoo's one? the best part is that it's available on YouTube so it's very accessible as well ^^

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..... and available with subs !

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Have dropped (or on hold) Suits and greasy Melo.
I was getting tired of seeing Poong going back to his first love when she is just a crappy person and just makes him hurt. Maybe I'll go back once he starts to improve?
As for suits, I stayed for park hung sik (and the OST is great), but I'm honestly tired of law dramas, and it just didn't keep me on board.

AAAAHH so many rom coms!

Handsome Guy and Jong-Eum: straight-forward rom com. Nothing revolutionary. I find jeung-eum over acts but I'm superficial and the chase and fights are my crack so I'm on board --- for now.

Rich Man: Why am i still watching this? The lead is downright abusive. Not quite- but yes, but no.

Come and Hug Me: finally! more present scenes. While I get everyone's pain, I find it just so surreal. Like I honestly get it, but I dont think *anyone* has ever lived anything so similar so I have a hard time relating 100%. but gosh, these leads are in for some pain. And props to the villain for giving me the creeps.

About Time: only first week, but maybe the best drama airing as for now (well that I'm watching). I buy the chemistry. And LSK nailed the desperation look. It sorta has the same premise/idea as Master's Sun. I'm interested to see how they tackle the leads anxiety. Hope this gets recapped.

In all, After the masterpiece that was My Ahjussi, all these dramas combined have yet to fill my void. I think it'll be along while till I'm fully enticed again. *sigh*

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I think after the masterpiece of My Mister, it'll be hard to find any current airing drama to fill its void for quite a while.
Do continue on Greasy Melo, Poong has definitely moved on. He's currently having starry eyes for Sae Woo. The trio are coming together now at ep12. Quite a treat to watch. Jealousy Incarnate was like that too. Took a while to come together at the start but really enjoyable once it gelled.
Have you tried You Drive Me Crazy short drama? Quite good watch of 4 episodes.

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Did “Suits” all but fall off the face of everyone’s radar (well, except for @kafiyah-bello ) ????? Oh no 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱

I’m bound to return to #Suits one day (maybe when my mind and heart aren’t so scattered with real life, and when all the episodes are out), and I have yet to watch episodes 16 of #APAD because I REFUSE TO LET THIS ONE GO OMG 💔💔💔💔💔 And real life is kind of being a bum right now and I can’t really concentrate on anything else, but being the drama addict that I (RE: ALL OF US) am, I still need something to watch to take my mind off things if just for a moment, so I’m currently watching C-Drama “Here To Heart” and I’m all caught up for the uncut version (WHY DOES CHINA BROADCASTING HAVE TO COMPLICATE THINGS BY PUSHING OUT 2 VERSIONS OF ALL THEIR DRAMAS!!??!? ..... I actually know the answer to that, even though it does nothing to mitigate my frustrations lol, so don’t answer that) 😂

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Greasy Melo and Suits are on top of my list this week. I tried others too, but end up reading webtoons instead.

Greasy Melo
The relationship between these three (and the people around them) starts to have more clarity. Highlight of this week (for me, at least) is when that arrogant boxer hotel boss got beat up in his own car inside a carwash by a gangster who is even ten times more polite than a pretty boy who works in a kitchen. The irony!
Love this drama to bits! And I wish we have this show 4 hours a week rather than 2.

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Our beautiful duo in suits, how I love thee! It takes a mountain of courage to do what Kang Seok is trying to do this week: making right the wrong. Btw, I wonder what Kang seok and his secretary do inside his chamber just before trial. So excited about next week!

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Come and Hug Me My current fav and is already gearing for the list of perfect dramas on the great dramas of 2018 (others there: Mother, My Ahjussi, Just between Lovers, Live).

Lawless Lawyer Well, its at best an average drama in the category of trying to be a kickass drama. Its so predictable that I get bored.
About Time It's a true life saving drama and I did write a cliche checklist for it already. It has all the Kdrama cliche, somebody should tell them its 2018.
Undateables I like it, I missed Namgoong Min. Story is usual but I like the comedy, probably I will watch it a bit longer.

Greasy Melo Jang Hyuk is love. Period.

Miracle that we met Its an interesting drama, if I ever find time to get to watch more episodes.

Pretty Noona I got a pretty stupid drama in the end, I wanted to see more on the plot of Sexual harassment, the couple supporting themselves through it, learning and growing up, talking about having children, having a family how to be better parents and better persons and I got a load of annoying mom and an even dumber heroine who was even better than her mother at pouring poison in others life and wanted to take every decision for her boyfriend and a paternalistic boyfriend who decides and does not explain and a huge physical attraction but not even basic friendship and a whole load of blame game. *OK i stop the rant*

Next dramas to check out:
Sketch
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Mistress dropped in first 5 min, the acting was bothering me a bit.

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Same here, same here... if I start to rant about the show, I will only get upset myself and I don't want that.

I still love Jung Hae in, though. I hope he gets a better (deeper) role, a better heroine, a better writer, a better selection of music and a better (or at least a decent) ending next time he is in a drama. 😉

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Yessssssss to all of this, ah I wish more dramas had better writers, it is after all the core of the drama. Alas we still have My Ahjusshi!!!

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Yes. I have the plan to repeat my Ajusshi, in order to savour it in a better way. I must recognize I fast forwarded parts with the brothers or Yura or even the monk, but I will watch it again from beginning to end. What a wonderful drama!!!
Even the Poem a day ended pretty decent, and the leads never turned apart. Why pretty noona had to be so washy washy??????😫😭😠
Anyway... there is My Ajusshi, you are right... I can relax because there is still hope, people doing it right. LOL

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You can watch come and hug me, it won't disappoint you even after My Ahjussi and i will ensure to give out a warning in case we encounter bad whether in this drama!!

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I will think about it... really thank you a lot for the suggestion, you are not the only one. Many have commented how this drama is up there with the same quality My Ajusshi had. On the other hand there is "Live", which I wanted to watch from the beginning, but didn't have time. 😐😐😐😐
Real life is also something that's taking over 😂. But yeah, one of these days I will watch these other two (or at least start watching), and let you know what I think...

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I'm still catching up with My Ahjusshi because I'm the slowest drama watcher ever 🐢 Between this and Mother tvn has really spoiled us with amazing dramas.

Also started About Time and Lawless Lawyer. There are things I like about both, but I'm not hooked yet.

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There are so many new ones I am not sure where to start. I know I can't watch them all at the moment. Plus, I have high hopes for What's Wrong with Secretary Kim which will be starting soon.

I do want to check out Lawless Lawyer this weekend.

Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms: On ep 11. Finally coming to interaction between the 2 leads. I know some do not like the blond god and red Fox's story, but think it is starting off cute.

Moonshine and Valentine: partway through ep 10. In a weird way reminds me of watching Evergreen. Just that it's ok and yet I can't stop watching to see what's next. I'm not sure I understand the lore completely and it just took a surprisingly dark turn. In the flashback to heal his sight did his dad feed him her liver??

School 2017: just watched ep 1. It's cute. Might be a nice long weekend mini binge.

I also still have the first eps of Behind Your Smile and Dear Sister ready to try.

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I love that Moonshine took gothic turn. He grew up waiting for the day to be married to her and without him knowing she was harvested to be his medicine. When he asked his father why they were even introduced if that was the purpose for the family raising her, his father said it was to teach him to never love a human? Damn, that is waaaayyyyy harsh, dad!!!!

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I was NOT expecting that, lol.
But I'll take it over a love triangle between the 2 foxes and the best friend.

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Mistress Love Love LOVE this! OCN usually has this incredible knack for suspense and mystery but I'm not always so eagerly on board. With Mistress, however, I am braving the rawness of the videos and fulfilling my crack allowance, then going on to read @veee 's recaps after which, I watched the subbed ep later on in the week. If that doesn't indicate how invested I am in Mistress, I don't know what will. The revelations are gripping, character backstories riveting and the haunting tone is perfection. Han Ga In seems like the weakest link so far in terms of emoting but her arc has me literally on the edge of my seat, antsy to know more! 💖

Ms Hammurabi I didn't go in with high expectations, but the first 2 eps clearly delivered. It's got this great slice-of-life humanistic touch towards the legal systems and I'm enjoying the ride (more so for the lack of angst so far). L and Go Ara are doing way better than expected and the 2nd ep managed to make me tear up. The drama is choosing to deal with so many relevant issues like harassment, single mother, mental disabilities, stigma etc and it's got this very homely feel to it. Now only if I'm able to channel Go Ara's payback towards annoying guys in the subway in real life. She does the "manspread" very well! It's so far a heartwarming legal drama. ✨

Lawless Lawyer It's such a crack drama with its over-the-top stunts but I'm loving it so far because there's such intense chemistry. I'm hyped up at every moment but that extended backstory scene made me wary. It was such a huge chunk of his past, all presented whilst gazing out of a window. 🙌

Lingerie Girls Generation 1979 The soundtrack is heavenly and adds to the sentimental, cozy ambiance of the drama. It's such a gloriously heartwarming drama that it's easy to root for the characters, who are going through political and social changes, and they're complicated love lives (Seriously, I had to draw a chart). 😻

Finished: Live Up To Your Name Stunning, incredible, brilliant. There's so much mutual respect, love, communication, understanding and compassion in this drama even when they're both worlds apart (literally). The character development was impressive and the medical aspect added to how cosmic their viewpoints towards equality, life and privilege were. 👏 Verdict: 2017 Gem!

Suits On hold, because my plate is full of legal dramas and whilst the sleekness is 🔥, GS is eyeroll worthy because of his lack of charisma and talent. Why is he even around? He doesn't work on any cases and is so petty.

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<Lingerie Girls Generation 1979: I identity with the chart-drawing. My sister caught me watching this and asked who likes who. I had to erase my LOTR Aragorn family tree and draw a chart on the kitchen whiteboard to explain.

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I am so excited that you liked Girl's Generation 1979, it is such an awesome gem that I am so glad I watched, it just easily became one of my ultimate fav dramas!

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GG1979 was impeccable. I don't know why I'd never heard of it last year. I could feel myself being transported so far back into history with all the character descriptions and music choices. Wish it was extended by 2 eps so that the father gets some payback and we see what happens to HaeJoo & Young Chul. This drama will go down as one of the most heart-felt ones centering around teenage years.

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Very true about all three dramas. I am just loving the poignant and awesome points that are brought up from Ms Hammurabi, I never thought I would end up loving Go Ara and L's characters so much!
To me, both Hammurabi and Lawless main leads have amazing chemistry with one another, and it just bounces off each other. Like the rapport between the two in Lawless and then the shyness between the two in Hammurabi. He is so adorable with her!
Honestly, GG1979 deserved way much more love than it did. It was too good, and I loved someone's explanation about the ending and why he only kissed her forehead, since it went along with the innocence of the time. I would have loved an extension too, just to see them grow old together. The mom totally should have left the dad, but I guess I see a little why she didn't...

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👏👏 " To me, both Hammurabi and Lawless main leads have amazing chemistry with one another, and it just bounces off each other"

I agree with everything! They're so adorable- Eg. When Go Ara was looking at a cheesecake and smiling and L thought she was hungry but in fact she was looking at a video for him- Squee, they're so cute together. And LL's main leads are crackling with intensity- such smouldering looks between them.
The forehead, eye, cheek kiss in GG79 was so poignant and sweet, I didn't mind that it wasn't a traditional kiss because you could feel their emotions and volatility in youth through the screen. It also makes sense since it was in the past and PDA wouldn't really have been prominent back then because of the different social norms. I think the mom didn't leave the dad because back then divorce was rare and very stigmatized (still is now). The husband should've gotten some retribution tho because even if he discriminated and unfairly treated his daugther and wife, it could be tied into the social attitudes back then. But his affair and lack of remorse (he only felt sorry once he was caught) was disgusting. Plus he drank to excess and only then apologized to his wife (ignoring the effects on his children). *sigh* I wish I could read the novel it's based on but there's probs no English translation.

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In Ms. Hammurabi, they are killing it. All the things he does for her and those little hidden smiles. And I love how she knows of a lot of things he does, but doesn't let on she knows... :D
There is too many scenes I watch on repeat with this show.
And yes on LL's main leads. They give the smouldering looks, giving us that more intense chemistry, but I was not expecting episode 6 events to have happened. That definitely surprised me. O.O
And yes the little kisses in GG79 made sense, and they were just so cute together, I was just squealing along with them.
But yeah that was the issue with the mom, she didn't leave because of norms, but it is definitely frustrating to see her stay. It makes me think of all those wives who stay with her husbands, more so because of society and for the kids...
Well, the father didn't even really care about Jung-Hee from the beginning so I guess it makes sense he didn't think about his kids when he started the affair with the "Aunt" of his kids!
I completely forgot there is the novel the drama is based on! That would be so awesome if there was some English translation out there...

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@illthinkofone I agree with everything you've said. I've yet to watch LL ep6 but judging from all the screenshots of their rapid romance I know what you're talking about! 😉

I only knew GG1979 was based on a novel because there was a DB article based on it otherwise I'm usually out of the loop 😂

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Oops! I hope I didn't spoil anything about LL.
But yes, I didn't even remember the article about GG1979 being a novel until you mentioned it. :D

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I am super stoked with every mentioning of "Live Up To Your Name". Really a gem of a drama. The romance between the OTP is also one of the best in K-dramas. Truly matured couple who wanted the best for each other.

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@delailash Yes! Their romance truly was one of the best: so respectful, loving and understanding (at first they both thought the other was uptight/uncaring but then when they realised how different their worlds were, they came to understand each other). They always listened to each other and communicated, instead of being noble idiots or letting the angst built up. Plus they're funny! 😂

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I'm not watching anything right now. (And I guess that's good because I have a bunch of exams very soon.) However, I would like to start a new drama and About Time seems interesting. I see that the reviews are about half positive half negative so I'm not sure if I should start it...

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If you want a rather lightweight drama, go for it. Or since you have exams, watch a drama you love and have already seen, so less stress.

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Man... I shouldn't have watch clips of Xiumin in It's Dangerous Outside the Blanket in the first place.. Coz I am now doomed!!

I watch Rich Man and couldn't stop watching it!! I feel the misery waiting for wednesday and thursday for new episodes!! 😭😭😭
To add the craziness... I am also binge watching 'Exo Next Door' and liking it.. Never in my life I would think that Chanyeol is so handsome. Oh.. And Moon Ga Yeung was adorable here..

I blamed Xiumin and his forever young cute face-boyish look for my doomed fate. I might enter the fandom soon.. Yikess... 😱😱

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Ow... And I have this urge of wanting to watch Busted (for Sehun oc.. and Park Minyeong), but unfortunately I don't have Netflix.. 😅😅

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I am not watching anything. After my Ajusshi ended my life seems empty😖.
I am still dreaming about this story in my mind... like day dreaming, you know???😉
And I feel I don't want to watch anything so that I don't ruin the memory of listening to LSK's voice in my head.

I wish I could know korean, so that I imagine him saying way more things.

But yeah, that was my week... fantasizing how these people are going to be happy like they promised they would be.

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@javinne, if you want to keep hearing LSK's voice in your head, go and watch his last drama This Week My Wife Will Have an Affair. They really milked his voice for all its worth there as he narrated everything in his head.

If you simply can't move on from My Ajusshi, head on over to the Soompi thread because people there have uncovered loads of hidden meaning in things planted by the director.

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Thanks a lot! My wife had an affair is on my list, and yes... I already discover soompi. What I don't know is how to give comments myself, ha ha... But read, I can! 👌

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You need to create an account, then you can post to your heart's content.

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Lawless Lawyer: It's got action + great chemistry between the leads + and Lee Joon Gi in a role that I actually enjoy (for reference, the last thing I liked him in was Arang and The Magistrate). Consider me sold. It's enjoyable so far but I fear it won't be as enjoyable once we get into the meat of the revenge plot. Until then however, I am content to watch LJG look handsome in suits, engage in some action, be charming, shoot heart eyes at Ha Jae Yi, brood into the distance, cry in the rain..., you know, the normal stuff a gangster turned lawyer would do once he decides to seek revenge.

P.S - I'm a Seo Ye Ji fan. She was so restrained and muted in Save Me. The definition of silk hiding steel. In Lawless Lawyer, I love how she's beauty and grace, and she'll kick you in the face. And even better, she's more than a match for LJG's charm offensive. You go girl! <3

Secret Mother: I'm enjoying the atmosphere of gloom and deceit but dang it, this drama better answer all the questions it raises. Otherwise there will be words. Yoon Jin makes my heart clench. It's clear she's just going through the motions on autopilot and there's no one for her to fall back on. Not even her husband, who seems all very nice (but whom I just don't trust). Poor bb Min Joon might be suffering the most though and I sincerely hope that Eun Young is the one to help them, bring them closer and they can do the same for her.

And oh yes, I'm not averse to Jung Wan literally showing up everywhere Yoon Jin is and kind of saving the day or saying cryptic things. And I really won't be complaining if we get a hint of a ust-filled, romantic storyline between them. I mean, things can't get more dramatic than protecting someone in the pouring rain, making promises and then having that person collapse in your arms.

Come and Hug Me : I'm already watching two airing dramas which is a lot for me because I'm the kind of drama sloth who can only watch one airing drama at a time, but dang it, I can feel the siren call of this one. I mean, who can resist angsty pining and Jang Yi Kong shooting longing heart eyes at Jin Ki Joo? I for certain cannot and will be watching over the weekend.

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Lawless Lawyer: It's a lot of fun and my kind of lawyer drama in that they are not actually in a courtroom that often. This PD does action so well. Also, the Sartori (sp?) accent adds flavor to the drama.

My Mister: I could nitpick a thing or two but when a drama gets 98.525% right, I'll just say: Well done, drama. Well done.

About Time: I'll give it a go. First two episodes were fine.

A Poem A Day: This did the romance better and Let's Drink did the ensemble characters better. Hey, writer, let's nix the overused love triangle next time.

C-dramas:

Siege in Fog: I ended up skipping through the last half of this 50ish episode drama so you wouldn't have to. There was probably a good 24 or so episode show but oh well. Waste of some solid chemistry.

Here to Heart: I'm currently skipping through 46 episodes of filler so you don't have to. Probably a good 20 episode drama here but oh well. Waste of seriously good chemistry but I'm finishing it for those leads. The lead actor should get a glasses CF immediately; he looks great in multiple styles.

Moonlight & Valentine or Love Knot: Hey, this one is 24 episodes and actually is getting better as time goes on and doesn't so far (12 episodes in) to be too much filler. Also solid chemistry. Crossing fingers.

I am jumping into The Good Witch (skip the mom-in-law/daughter-in-law stuff) when I'm in the mood. Also, My Husband OJD (skip the mom & son stuff). Both work for me as filler dramas when I'm in the mood.

T-drama wise I had started something about 1006 where the two meet in different times. Is anyone following this? I put it on hold and am interested in if it is holding up because I was interested in the concept. Love paranormal type stuff.

Will probably jump into Sketch in the next week for my love of Rain...and again with the paranormal. I would say my cup runneth over but they (paranormal k-dramas) often don't turn out well.

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I am jumping into The Good Witch (skip the mom-in-law/daughter-in-law stuff) when I'm in the mood. Also, My Husband OJD (skip the mom & son stuff).

This is a hilarious and essential lesson to learn about kdramas in general.

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Yeah, but even if you skip the mom in pretty noona, our leads lost their way 😒. Sadly, that lesson won't apply to all of our dramas out there.

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Secret Mother:

Overall it's an interesting drama with solid acting (so many good veteran actresses!). Song Yoon-Ah plays her character well, but I'm a little disappointed with her character so far, I think that's a writing problem here. Not enough layers, I guess she's just asked to play the worried mother going crazy, that's the disappointing part.
I'm liking the Song Yoon Ah-Song Jae Rim pairing lol. The chemistry is here, I mean, during their first meeting, they made it look like they had some kind of scandalous past together whereas they literally had nothing lol. Sadly it will be The K2 all over again. RIP my shipping heart.

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And Kim Soyeon is wonderful in that role. She perfectly fit the character. She has a sort of classy and dangerous feeling? most layered character so far.

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First impression on newly started dramas:
-over all Nothing new- mostly something we have seen already.
-Sung Dong-il (Hmmurabi) and Jung Woong-in(Goodbye to goodbye) are such hardworking actors.
-We have too many detective/prosecutor/lawyer shows (and shows with court scenes).
-They can't stop airing 80-90 min episode, can they?

Miss Hammurabi: It has Misaeng feel(That's good thing). Ryu Duk-hwan/information king reminded me of Byun Yo-han character (Love him). And another sassy secretary yay! L is doing ok, but Go ah-ra looks too tense.

About Time: Cliche story, but I enjoyed Lee Sung-kyung's singing. I loved her in the King of Masked singer- so talented.
Handsome Guy: It was fun watch. I like Choi Tae-Joon character. Funny when a policeman told the girl who tried to kill herself by diving into Han river to pay the fine "You disposed garbage in Han river illegally." lol

Goodbye to goodbye:Jung Woong-in!:) Another women centric melo -Is this trend for the weekend show now? (Most of) Men in this show are urgh!

Sketch: Loved it. Between Rain and LJK, I will have enough action scenes to enjoy. Another revenge story +familiar fantasy factor. Rain fighting! (My crush from Sangdoo, Let's go to school).

others:
Miracle That We Met:I feel sorry for the kids. Can't wait to see how it will end.
Greasy Melo:This is so weird and funny.

Suits: This is the show I pay the most attention when I watch. Love Yeon-woo working hard (with his heart), and Jang Dong-gun is just so impressive.

Come Here and Hug Me: It felt somewhat slow this week. Still good as wanna-be JBL.

Mistress:This is good thriller and I love it.
Lawless Attorney:Again- Predictable plot, but there are many characters/actors I love.

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"They can't stop airing 80-90 min episode, can they?"

This is the only thing that I miss about American TV -- each "hour" episode is actually around 40 minutes because of the commercials. For me with my hamster attention span, the tvN episode lengths are killing me.

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It’s funny because tvN shows back in the day had such nice episode lengths. Shut Up: Flower Boy Band and Flower Boy Next Door have 45min episodes, and most of Answer Me 1997’s were around 30-45.

Why did they change that?!?

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I blame Reply 1994. That's when it started.

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Having the misfortune to watch Ramen Shop, I’m super grateful for the episode lengths

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I was watching some Queen In-hyun's Man for old times sake the other day, and was genuinely shocked when I realised how short the episodes were! It's like tvN had slowly be experimenting, conditioning is for long episodes over time to improve our patience!

(Have I stumbled upon a conspiracy?)

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(Wow, I was very tired when I wrote this. Typos galore! XD)

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Greasy Melo: Pretty sure this drama is magical. It should have felt disjointed, but somehow it ended up being messy in the best and most interesting way possible. And the conversation! Have I said how in love I am with all the bizarrely made sense conversations?

My Husband Oh Jak-doo: I started this drama for adorable Seung-joo and Jak-doo and the trio grandmas, but eventually stayed because of Eric. For a drama with strong old school vibe, it has a very interesting second lead male with a complete, believable, and satisfying character growth. And Jung Sang-hoon played him perfectly.

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- I am currently obsessed with the drama Come and Hug Me <3
Jang Ki Yong in uniform is just *.* Awesome acting by child actors villain and leads. THANK YOU SUZY AND NAM JOO HYUK FOR REJECTING THIS!

- Greasy melo has ridiculous characters which makes it fun

-Undateables has ridiculous situations which makes it fun

-Miss Hummurabi is better than I expected. I like L's character.

-Lawless Lawyer the mother's mother from the K-drama Mother is bad here :O LJK please eat more!

- Mistress reminds me of Pretty Little Liars. I love stories about women and their friendships.

- About time watching for physics major Lee Sang Yoon from Master in the house :P So far it's an easy watch

- Heart Signal S2: Young Ju and Hyun Woo are finally as close as they can be. Gyu bin feels like a real second lead in a drama. And I think I am suffering from second lead syndrome lol. Jea Ho and Da Eun still going strong so I am happy for them. Dong Gyun finally is in the game again with the new girl's attention.

- Planning to check out My Ahjussi since I have heard endless praise in it. But I think I should AFTER Come and Hug me finishes since Jang Ki Yong plays a bad character in Ahjussi I think. Also Planning to check out Secret Mother when I get the time.

C-dramas:

-Here to heart dropped
-Untouchable lovers on hold at ep 40 since ages
-Secret of the 3 kingdoms on hold at ep 9
-Moonshine something something on track with the available subs. Drama is going good. Though I miss the male lead with his addicted partner LOL
-Cinderella chef on track with the available subs. A very light fluffy rom com. Didn't know the male lead actor was Thai.

-Planning to check out "The way were were" for the real life couple Tiffany Tang and Luo Jin. Also planning to check out pretty man and oh my emperor when I have time.

Taiwanese/Japanese:

Between (Taiwanese)- kinda boring. A drama I have seen a million times? Male leads are so hot though
Love Rerun (Japanese)- why oh why ryu san has to like the female lead now :(

So far Live and Mother have been my favorite K-dramas and I am happy the current cycle of K-dramas is good again since I dropped more than half of the dramas I started in the first half of 2018.

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Thank you Suzy !

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Currently, I'm only watching two airing shows. I'm planning to take on some more after I finish the ones I'm behind on.

Mistress: Ooh... I've only watched one episode, but the stylish and moody tone of the show is inviting. I'm more interested in the murder than the sex adventures of these women, but hey, you can't have everything.

Hana Nochi Hare: I really wish the C5 weren't as irrelevant as they are - to think, such forgettable characters are supposed to replace the iconic F4? I've warned up to Airi a little now that she isn't trying to be scary. How wide will one girl open her eyes before it's supposed to look threatening?

Grand Prince: @pakalanapikake, in particular, will be happy to hear that getting the Viki app on my phone was the kick in the pants I needed to catch up with this one. I've watched about seven episodes this week, so I only have two left! This show... So entertaining. Ryu Shi-gae is my new favourite character, I don't see why she wasn't the female lead. (I'm totally writing that fanfiction now).

You Who Forgot Poetry: At this point, the magic seems to have gone. I'm just finishing the show for the sake of the love I had for it before.

Anone: Slowly getting back up to speed. But seriously, when is Harika going to meet Hikoboshi-kun?? I'm getting impatient here!

Asahinagu: Big thanks to Catocat for introducing me to this film! It's like Chihayafuru, only without pointless romance! I loved the cast of quirky characters (good job to Tsukue-kun, getting a lead role) and the empowering growth of Asahi. My only hang up was that I often got confused during matches because I couldn't tell who was who under the masks. Also, isn't Eguchi Noriko awesome? She's everywhere right now!

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Yay for Grand Prince! I would totally read your Ru Shi Gae fanfic :)

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Let's be co-authors!! You know you want to! XD

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@frabbycrabsis,

Glad to hear you're again enjoying GRAND PRINCE. I've gotten bogged down in editing the final recap. And inundated with the new crop of dramas.

In many ways Ru Shi-gae would have made a great female lead. But then upstanding Hwi Daegun would have had to turn into a two-timing cad. Unless...

Doggone it! Now you and @wishfultoki have got me pondering DONG-GU DAEGUN fanfic of my own. It's already started pouring out. I'm doomed. ;-)

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SKETCH - Yes RAIN IS BACK. Im glad he is doing action drama this time and it's a fantasy crime drama which I really like. He is suited to do action dramas and even without romance he can pull it off.

The Miracle We Met - Only 4 episodes left and I have a feeling that Song Hyun Chul might die in the end too. I got a feeling that they gave him chance to come back to solve his problem and the other Song Hyun Chul"s problem. Like what the title said there's a possibility of him dying.

Go Back Spouses - Rewatching it for the 4th time hahaha I can't get over it. Maybe because I can relate to the drama and most of them happened in real life.

About time - Just starting. I like Lee Sang Yoon in Liar Game I hope they will do Season 2. No comment for this drama yet.

Greasy Melo - Of course Jang Hyuk is the best in RomCom drama :D

Undateables - I like Hwang Jeung Eum but it feels like her role from her previous dramas and now are all the same.

Lawless Lawyer - Lee Jun Ki's born to do action drama. I still like him as ILJIMAE though.

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Dramafever just uploaded the entire series "Pretty Noona who buys me food", except they've incongruously renamed it "Something in the rain". I looks like I'll have something to watch after Dramafever unlocks the last episode of 'My Mister' and 'A Poem a Day' (known by other names on this site)

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I realized the 2 shows I’m watching (it’s been awhile since I have desired to follow a new show week to week) have a theme to them. Underdog legal dramas. That being weird because I am in the medical field and have no interest in lawyer stuff really.

Suits: For PHS 😍 and his puppy antics.

Miss Hammurabi: I love L as an idol, as infinite was my first group. I have neither good nor bad opinions of his acting. Has he picked bad projects and I stopped watching most of his dramas, yes. But I digress. I started this in a whim because DF is on my TV and I thought I would try it out over dinner. I was shocked how much I liked it and am now anticipating next week. I think it as Go Ara’s storyline that got me. When she got yelled at for messing up at work it was so relatable to my experience now in medical school on rotations. You try you best and work your hardest and sometimes (ok a lot of times) still mess up and not get it right. It made me tear up cause yeah, to work so hard and not get it right is difficult when you want to achieve your dream. Then they brought in the case with the austistic kid and saying sorry and I was 😭😭😭. So yeah, please stay good Miss Hammurabi.

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