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[2018 Year in Review] Editors’ Picks

As the Dramabeans team was voting on this year’s Editors’ Picks, I was eager to see which shows and actors would emerge victorious. There are as many opinions as there are shows in dramaland and it’s always a pleasant surprise to see which dramas emerge as favorites. Here are the dramas, actors, and characters that won the hearts of the Dramabeans staff this year.

 

2018 Editors’ Picks

 

BEST DRAMA

My Ajusshi

girlfriday: I can’t exactly describe watching My Ajusshi as a pleasurable experience, because it was so much more complex than that—an emotionally cathartic, deeply raw, sometimes painful journey through the darkest and loneliest moments of everyday life. It was a story about how tenuous human connection can be, and yet how a seemingly tenuous connection can alter the course of your life in profound ways. The simmering emotions underneath the carefully restrained performances were the highlight of the series, and in particular a surprise from IU, who kept me on her side despite playing a deeply troubled young woman who lashed out at others and herself at every turn. The whole time I was struck by how characters acted like real people—in all their embarrassing, unsexy, mundane glory—and the most important things were left unsaid, just like real life. Nothing about My Ajusshi was neat or satisfying in the way that dramas usually solve all problems and let us move on, but the beauty of the unspoken connection and bittersweet longing will linger with us that much longer, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Honorable Mentions
Hundred Million Stars From the Sky

 

BEST DIRECTING

My Ajusshi

odilettante: Kim Won-seok is no stranger to our end-of-year Editors’ Picks, we voted him Best Director in 2014 for Misaeng and again in 2016 for Signal. So it should be no surprise to see his name once more, this time for My Ajusshi. His unique skill as a director is stripping bare the mundane, yet at the same time elevating the boringly brutal (or brutally boring) everyday life. Characters embrace the silence—their subtle reactions to the world they inhabit is more than enough to reveal their true selves. Sometimes their world is bleak and full of despair, like Ji-an mutely trudging up a hill in the middle of the night, pushing her grandmother in a shopping cart. And sometimes their world is filled with small moments of wonder and joy, such as running just fast enough to catch the last subway train. Kim Won-seok expertly interweaves a mild sense of absurdity with harsh reality, causing the viewer to persistently search the shadows for the flicker of light and ray of hope, reassured that these are just fictional characters on a screen and not the manifestation of one’s own daily struggle to exist.

Honorable Mentions
Mr. Sunshine

 

BEST WRITING

Just Between Lovers

laica: I generally steer clear of melodramas, partly because real life is stressful enough, and a melo wouldn’t be a melo without conflict, angst, and sorrow. But there was something about Just Between Lovers that piqued my interest and I’m glad I gave the drama a chance. Writer Yoo Bo-ra upgraded the raw and riveting pathos we saw she was capable of in Secret to a nuanced, moving, painfully honest portrayal of the wages of trauma, the persistence of grief, and the difficulty of learning how to live again after a tragedy too earth-shattering to ever completely move on from. The writing balanced on an edge; it allowed leads Kang-doo and Moon-soo to express the entire range of complicated emotions that came from their crushing dual burdens of grief and survivor’s guilt, without feeling exploitative or overwrought. Yoo never milked a situation for dramatics at the expense of believability, or made her characters act contrary to their established natures. She did a brilliant job of showing us the baby steps, the setbacks, and the major breakthroughs that came along the way to recovery and love—making both the journey and the destination all the more poignant.

Honorable Mentions
My Ajusshi

 

BEST COMEDY

I’m Not a Robot

Helcat: I knew there was going to be something special about I’m Not a Robot from the moment our leads came winking onto our screens with their cheeky promos that promised a heightened, sparkling world of sci-fi romance. And the show definitely delivered oodles of comedy, from its ridiculous premise to its unabashed love for our cast of eccentric scientists and minor characters, with lashings of gag humor, screwball antics, and wit thrown on top. Our main duo sparked off each other, and Chae Soo-bin was wonderfully hilarious in all three of her personas, especially making me giggle every time Aji-3 slipped into “friend mode.” But what a revelation Yoo Seung-ho was, with Min-kyu’s aching vulnerability perfectly undercut by his naivety and goofiness. This show made me laugh every week, but it was a comedy that was used to balance against a deeply poignant story of connection and loneliness. The skilled hands behind the show made sure the jokes landed, because it was the perfect balm against the touches of melancholy pervading the character’s lives. The best comedy comes from a real place, though—and the smile never left my face as I was watching.

Honorable Mentions
Woohoo Waikiki

 

BEST ACTION/THRILLER DRAMA

Memories of the Alhambra

LollyPip: How often do action-thriller dramas manage to maintain a level of tension and edge-of-your-seat excitement consistently? Though great action-thrillers aren’t impossible to find, it’s difficult to maintain the anticipation and suspense necessary to keep the viewer’s attention. Memories of the Alhambra has not only faced this challenge, but at its halfway mark (at the time of this writing) the show still manages to crank up the excitement with each episode. Gorgeous foreign shooting locations and a high-tech game were integrated flawlessly in a novel plot that managed to bring a new angle to the action/thriller genre.

Hyun Bin has been in his element as calculating wealthy CEO turned beleaguered gamer Jin-woo, who started off as an arrogant man of privilege but has become a traumatized soldier who can never really return home. Park Shin-hye has added a human element to the plot line, both as a woman searching for her little brother and a budding love interest for Jin-woo. The drama has succeeded by making every virtual occurrence feel real—not only real for our hero caught in its trap, but also for us, the audience biting our nails hoping he’ll escape it.

Honorable Mentions
The Guest

 

BEST PERIOD DRAMA

Life on Mars

tipsymocha: In a year full of good (and some great) adaptations, Life on Mars was a standout. Guided by taut writing and a deft directorial hand that kept us wondering whether we were witnessing an extended dream of a comatose detective or whether said detective had actually been sent back in time, there was never a moment of doubt that Tae-joo was living the reality of his predicament. And part of his predicament was adjusting to the ’80s, which evoked a nostalgia for a simpler time, while also reminding me that I’m glad I didn’t live through it (oy, the casual misogyny). Although the format was a familiar one—a procedural with an overarching mystery—what remained with me beyond the series’ run was the heartwarming family that formed in this Korean town in 1988, in large part thanks to wonderful performances from the ensemble cast. This violent crimes detective unit, and the relationships that framed our main time-traveling detective’s development, was at the heart of this show, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Honorable Mentions
Mr. Sunshine

 

BEST ACTOR

Seo In-gook (Hundred Million Stars From the Sky)

Sunny: I’ve been an avid fan of Seo In-gook since he first stole my heart as the endearing (albeit crankypants) boy next door in Answer Me 1997. Since then, he has continued to dazzle my screen with one stunning performance after another, proving time and again how talented and versatile he truly is. He has a brilliant knack for breathing life into every character he portrays with a unique flair, and his most recent role in Hundred Million Stars From the Sky was no exception. Kim Moo-young was certainly one of the darkest roles Seo In-gook has tackled, but he rose to the challenge and made a despicable character so charming, there was no question why the heroine jumped ship from a sweet and caring puppy to a possible sociopath. Hundred Million Stars broke my heart into a hundred million pieces and the blame falls entirely on Seo In-gook’s shoulders for keeping me captivated by his poignant journey. While I’ll always love him best in his comedic roles, his portrayal as Kim Moo-young is definitely among my favorites.

Honorable Mentions
Yoo Seung-ho, I’m Not a Robot
Lee Seon-kyun, My Ajusshi

 

BEST ACTRESS

Kim Tae-ri (Mr. Sunshine)

SailorJumun: Mr. Sunshine impressed with its strong women characters, in particular Kim Tae-ri’s Go Ae-shin. She was a proud noblewoman, naive and sheltered but firm in her determination to be on the front lines of the resistance. The historical epic may have been Kim Tae-ri’s first drama series, but she’d already proven herself as a more than capable actress with her breakout role in the film The Handmaiden. She brought the same elegance and grit to the small screen, embodying a character that had to transform from sophisticated noblewoman by day to sharp shooter by night. But as the people around her would come to know, her true identity was that of a freedom fighter. Powerful, headstrong and wonderfully flawed, she was a fighter in every sense of the word. And she matured in the growing love for her country, as well as the love for her man. She was willing to let go of her own happiness to fight for love, for freedom, and for change, and Kim Tae-ri’s performance only illuminated the pain that comes with all of that. This woman defined bravery, shooting down every hardship that came her way for the sake of a better future.

Honorable Mentions

IU, My Ajusshi
Kim Nam-joo, Misty

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Park Sung-woong (Hundred Million Stars From the Sky)

missvictrix: A bold and daring drama like Hundred Million Stars From The Sky needs actors that can carry it, and Park Sung-woong did that for me as the heroine’s policeman older brother. At first their relationship seemed warm, playful, and devoted—only later did we learn how much more was going on under the surface. This is where Park Sung-woong really shone, his performance bringing out all the layers of a character who was weighed down by hidden guilt, accepted daily mockery as punishment for his wrongdoings, and who was hell-bent on keeping his little sister protected from the darkness in their past. While we might not agree with his methods (such as his sudden bursts of irrational violence) or fully grasp the depth of his desperation to keep the leads apart, there was no doubt about the intensity of his emotions. Park Sung-woong’s depiction of this highly intuitive man who saw his past coming full circle, and struggled to both prevent it and face it, was as human (and heartbreaking) as it gets.

Honorable Mentions
Yoo Yeon-seok, Mr. Sunshine

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kim Min-jung (Mr. Sunshine)

CandidClown: If there was ever a supporting actress who gave a performance worthy of a main lead, it would be Kim Min-jung in Mr. Sunshine. Playing the role of Hina, the owner of the Glory Hotel, she showed us the struggle of a Korean woman surviving on her own during the Japanese occupation. It was a precarious balancing act—she appeared to give up her Koreanness in order to line her pockets while serving the Japanese. But viewers came to know that Hina never forgot her roots. Strong, dignified, yet inherently flawed, Min-jung brought her character to life in a way that made us all feel every emotion as Hina struggled to balance both her patriotism and her heart, against what she was forced to do while surrounded by enemies. In an ensemble cast of epic proportions, Kim Min-jung managed to not only stand out but shine with her quiet strength and tragic love. From beginning to the end she gave an honest portrayal that revealed a whole new facet of this actress’ abilities.

Honorable Mentions
Na Moon-hee, Just Between Lovers

 

BEST ENSEMBLE

I’m Not a Robot

abirdword: Fungus Guy, Planet of the Apes, Pi recitation, Cheap Mouth, and maknae Beetle the robot—it might not sound like the dream team at first, but the Santa Maria crew of scientists quickly became Min-kyu and Jia’s ride-or-die unit in this fauxbot love story. Baek-gyun and his team proved that a barn full of engineers isn’t a bad thing to have around on your property, especially if the upkeep of your robot vacuum is important to you. And without the Santa Maria team, I imagine that Min-kyu would still be trying to make out with the throw pillows in his living room.

Not just there to serve as comic relief (though they added plenty to those moments too), Team Santa Maria embodied Min-kyu’s greatest fear—deception—and then became the balm he needed to repair his distrustful heart by sticking it out to repair the damage they’d done. Along with Jia, they dug their roots into Min-kyu’s heart and burrowed deeply, until Min-kyu had gained four senior siblings (who kept showing up for the great cooking). Together, this ensemble all learned what it means to be human, and how impactful their interactions can be.

Honorable Mentions
What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim
My Ajusshi

 

BEST ROMANCE

Just Between Lovers

chickachunga: Best Romance belongs to the two broken souls of Just Between Lovers, a melodrama that truly understood the depth of tragedy and how it weighs down on our lives in both delicate waves and excruciating surges. Won Jin-ah and Junho turned in equally compelling performances as two fated individuals who found healing through each other, slowly mending their jagged shards of trauma collectively and realizing that they’re capable of loving wholeheartedly and worthy of living fully. Their romance was sweet, touching, and tinged with a shade of melancholy that felt comforting and genuine.

One of many memorable lines from the drama include: “Just because someone cries louder doesn’t mean their pain is greater.” Kang-doo and Moon-soo lived their lives suffering in silence and solitude, but their compassionate love for each other awakened their capacity to accept the elusive joy they deserve and recognize that every step of progress is a milestone worth celebrating.

Honorable Mentions
I’m Not a Robot

 

BEST BROMANCE

Hwayugi

tccolb: Hwayugi was a love story between a monkey and a monk, but the relationship of monkey and ox, both friends and foes, was in many ways the winning odd couple of the story. Lee Seung-gi and Cha Seung-won have had sparkling chemistry in their previous works together, and Hwayugi took that dynamic and cranked it up to 11. Yes, they bickered. They were constantly trying to one-up each other through petty tricks and put a lot of effort in trying to thwart the other’s plans. This, of course, resulted in many hilarious scenes for the benefit of us viewers. Still, even though it sometimes got pushed to that last possible second, when it came down to it, each was also the first to defend the other’s life and honor. While their relationship was mostly played for comedy, it was also touching to see mutual love, respect, and trust in their complicated history together and the two are, quite literally, friends forever.

Honorable Mentions
My Secret Terrius

 

BEST GIRLFRIENDS

Beauty Inside

chocolatte: The friendship between Se-kye and Woo-mi in The Beauty Inside was, to me, the most memorable friendship in dramaland this year. Bound together by Se-kye’s shape-shifting condition and years of carefully navigating a life for Se-kye in the public eye, Se-kye and Woo-mi were true partners in almost everything they did—in work, in play, and in dealing with the trauma and after-effects of Se-kye’s transformations. The two (plus Eun-ho, their honorary girlfriend) knew each other inside and out; as friends who were closer than family, they could gripe and yell and get mad but then drop everything to be there for one other, no questions asked. In my mind, Woo-mi and Se-kye exemplified the premise of the show—seeing, accepting and loving someone, no matter what physical body they inhabit. With their fierce loyalty, trust and unconditional love for one another, their friendship set the bar high for best girlfriends everywhere.

Honorable Mentions
Your House Helper

 

BEST CHARACTER

Sohn Oh-gong (Lee Seung-gi, Hwayugi)

javabeans: Sometimes a character is noteworthy for being written as complex, layered, and interesting. Sometimes it’s because an actor breathes so much life into a role that it transcends the confines of its onscreen representation. And sometimes it’s because there is such lightning-in-a-bottle synergy between the role and the person playing it that the result is something unreproducible—unimaginable, even—with any other combination of actor and character. Hwayugi’s casting of Lee Seung-gi as the mischievous, all-powerful Monkey King felt perfect from the moment it was announced, and once the drama began I was delighted to find reality exceeding my expectations. I couldn’t fathom anyone more fitting to convey Sohn Oh-gong’s capricious nature and million different faces, from callous to charming to flippant to devil-may-care to murderous to grudgingly caring. Had the character lacked any of those crucial elements, the story wouldn’t have worked nearly as well and could have very well fallen flat (…much earlier than it eventually did, I mean. That ending!). That the monkey buzzcut somehow magically made Lee Seung-gi look both perfectly simian and inexplicably sexy was just icing on the cake—I didn’t understand how that worked, but some gifts aren’t meant to be questioned.

Honorable Mentions
Jo Jia/Aji-3 (Chae Soo-bin), I’m Not a Robot

 

BEST VILLAIN

Hyun Soo-ah (Jo Woo-ri, My ID is Gangnam Beauty)

tineybeanie: The primary antagonism of My ID Is Gangnam Beauty certainly came from manipulative It Girl Soo-ah, but she wasn’t a traditional villain, despite the cruel manipulations she enacted each episode that made me think she’d become the typical second lead we all love to hate. But her motivations were rooted in a deeply human characterization, and when the drama revealed how hard she strove to hide her deeply rooted insecurities and self-loathing, that broke my heart. The one person who was supposed to protect her no matter what (her mother) had left her, and she lived harboring feelings of abandonment and inferiority. The only emotional fulfillment she received came from the shallow adoration of people who didn’t know her, which fueled paranoia and jealousy when she saw our heroine, Mi-rae, as competition for that validation. In some ways her cruelty was a distorted form of protection, and I loved exploring that dimension in our “villain,” enough that I’d easily want to see her as the protagonist of a different drama.

Honorable Mentions
Emperor Lee Hyuk (Shin Sung-rok), An Empress’s Dignity

 

BEST UNREQUITED LOVELINE

Shin Hye-sun & Ahn Hyo-seop (Thirty but Seventeen)

Saya: Every so often, a show comes along with an impossible loveline, and you find yourself… shipping the unshippable. That’s the magic of shipping of it: Wanting it is delicious, and having it is wrong. But was there a purer, lovelier love than the love Chan (Ahn Hyo-seop) had for “ajumma” Shin Hye-sun? The 17-year-old was her first friend after she woke up from her years-long coma, and he opened his whole heart to her, taking her in without a moment’s hesitation, because that’s exactly who Chan was: pure feeling. Half her healing was thanks to his sunny sincerity, and he lived up to his motto of “Don’t think! Feel!” better than anyone else. His ability to let his feelings in was what let him grow and experience his own coming of age—even when it meant watching his first love fall in love with his uncle. Both Chan and Seo-ri were like little chicks, stumbling uncertainly out of their shells, who found each other while trying to find themselves. They cared for each other with ardent sweetness, but ultimately, their destinies forked (you can’t beat fate and childhood connection in dramaland). Luckily for us, as they gained maturity, they found other ways to love, and while it broke my heart, it also filled it with a teary-eyed happiness at how far our baby chicks came. I will always ship you. ❤️

Honorable Mentions
Lee Seon-kyun & IU & Jang Ki-yong, My Ajusshi

 
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i know its not related to the post but i just read that Lee Kwang Soo and Lee Sun Bin are dating lol.

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I know it’s not related to the post, did you know Kai & Jennie are dating? Lmao

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I thought worst villain would be Lee Wan-ik. Okay maybe his character died and didn't sin till the end lul

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If we're going with Mr. Sunshine, then Best (Worst) Villain would be Japan.

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The imperial family exactly.

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Shin Sung-rok's character in "Empress Dignity" is worse, LoL. He's clearly psychologically unstable. :)

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Yay! Life on Mars for Best Period Drama!

Yay! Park Sung Woong as best supporting actor eventhough i haven't watched 100mill stars, he was awesome as Dongchul in LoM ~ hehe

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And yay for emperor Hyuk as honorable mention for best villian. He is so crayyyyy.

Is it me, or the font in the comment section slanted? Heh

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Haha, not just you. We all seem to be slanted right now.

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Best Comedy turned the rest of the post to italics.

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Agree agree and agree again!!!

I gained immense respect for SIG (Hundred Million Stars) and SKJ (Are you human too?) as actors this year. I have seen SIG’s previous works but never have I been this impressed with his portrayal of the enigmatic Kim Moo Young. I will look forward to both his and SKJ’s future projects.

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I... surprisingly agreed with almost all of the winners for each category (but then again, if it was up to me, I'll probably fill everything up with My Ajusshi and its wonderful characters). Just a bit sad that Life isn't mentioned anywhere.

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Agreed. I’d have My Ajusshi for all other categories by a far margin - although I am very happy to see Life on Mars earn a place.

Disappointed that Life and Live don’t get any mention at all. But then DB has always been a site more for romcom

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Live is a solid contender for Best Ensemble. And personally, I'll at least put Life as honorable mention for Best Writing or Best Thriller category.

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No mention of Live at all? 🙁😔🤔😢😖🤬

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MY AJUSSHI for best actor too.

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I second this. Lee Seon Kyun was amazing as Ajusshi. Subtle yet so emotionally powerful.

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Another drama of his that I loved is "A Hard Day." It is one of my very favorite movies. It was the first thing I'd seen Seon Kyun in and after that I sought out everything he's appeared in. "My Mister," is my favorite TV drama to this point.

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This was my exact reaction too 😆 This is the first time (and I’ve been visiting DB for almost 10 years) I more or less agreed with all Editors’ Picks. My Ahjussi was undoubtedly the drama of the year but I agree with DB team that there were also other great performances and shows.

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2018 was a year full of amazing (and perhaps not so great) dramas!

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Comedy should've been Chief Kim! Ensemble too! Seung Ro was right, it aired too early to earn end-of-year awards...

Gah, there's no accounting for taste...

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Chief Kim won Best Comedy Honorable Mention in 2017.
http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/12/2017-year-in-review-editors-picks/

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"BEST CHARACTER

Sohn Oh-gong (Lee Seung-gi, Hwayugi)"
SAY WHAT NOW??????? Awwww thanks @javabeans!
Say what you will about the mess that drama was, he was probably my favourite character from this year too. If we're not counting the Pineapple. 😜

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My favorite character from this year was also from Hwayugi but Buja. I was so mad the priestess replaced Buja until the end.

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oHHH YEss Zombie girl was so good!!! I miss Zombie Buja *cries*

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I LOVED Buja!!! She was awesome! Her character was sickly sweet yet all I could think of was how likeable she was! And how I didn’t want her to rot away and die! I googled her immediately to find out why I haven’t seen her in the past!

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Aw man, I didn't watch his drama, but did Seo In Guk really outperform Lee Seon Kyun who was simply phenomenal in My Ajusshi? Or is this a case of trying to spread the love around?

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It's hard to compare acting ability unless both actors play the same role, or at least both role demand equally difficult challenge. Maybe it's the case of spread love, or maybe Seo In-guk is actually deserve it. But as a young actor SIG is really good. I always side-eyed idol or actor who started as singer/variety personality/other than being actor. This time I have to eat my words.

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I watched the beginning of that show and then dropped it, only to watch the last scene later. I like Sig, he is really great, but I also think he can't surpass Lee Seon Kyun, and possibly he wouldn't dare for Lee Seon Kyun is his senior, but anyways.
For me, it is also Lee Seon Kyun all the way. Like you said, he was phenomenal. His character is not even my type, but I feel in love with him anyways, so kind and caring! 😍😍😍😍

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DB has changed so much I can't even lol.

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Just my opinion, SIG for me has better performances than in this drama. He is not suit this kind of role.

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I feel the opposite. My favorite SIG roles so far are MooYoung and David Lee in Remember Me. I mean his rom com roles are great but it’s the cold enigmatic roles that pulled me entirely into another world where I forget who he (the actor) actually is.

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*Remember You 🤦🏻‍♀️

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We have preferences I guess... Maybe everyone just like the aura he bring from this character and how the writers writes his character. A pitiful casanova who have painful past.

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It's not even the writing because the my favorite scenes have almost no dialogue (in both drama). Park Sung Woong said he can convey a lot of emotions with very little words and expressions. I agree.

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I watched Hundred Million Stars. SIG is good as usual but he wasn't captivating (at least to me). I can't accept anyone else for Best Actor other than LSK. My Ajusshi wouldn't be that "amazing My Ajusshi" without LSK. His performance was phenomenal.

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Fandom power?

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Yeah, he did. Ziggy's performance was extraordinary. Say what you want about the rest of the drama - and opinions will vary -but Ziggy's acting was on a different level altogether. It was one of the most amazing performances I've ever seen.

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THIS!

The drama might have many nay- sayers and to each their own but Seo In-gook's acting was brilliant! I am not saying LSK doesn't equally deserve this but seriously guys, these are Editor Picks, not popularity contest! And what is "fandom power"!!! Didn't know we had that on DB!

Yes, My Ajhussi was a brilliant drama and LSK gave an awesome performance, but that doesn't mean Ziggy's performance was not great.

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I face palmed when there is a comment stating fandom power when this is obviously Editor Picks.

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I think the editors are like us with personal preferences and taste. I don't agree with all their picks but this isn't exactly like the annual awards show or say Baeksang. I see Editors Pick as more of what the recappers on DB like. Korean broadcasters' annual awards on the other hand is more like saying "thank you" and for Baeksang, I expect a little more objective judgement.

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I watched both My Ajusshi and One Hundred Million Stars from the Sky and enjoyed both. The power of the performance of Seo In Guk will stay with me for years to come. Lee Seon Kyun's character has already faded away. Seo In Guk is remarkable as an actor as he is able to transform himself into the character he is portraying. Most other actors play the role but Seo In Guk becomes it.

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The both are great actors but the character in Hundred Million... was more interesting for me. His evolution in his emotions was very big. In My Mister, the main character was pretty simple (it's not a default) and if the actor was great I found his performance less stunning than SIG.

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Isn’t it amazing to see an actor gives life to a “simple?” character and he does it in a way that many people from all around the world fall in love with him?
I absolutely adore SIG and Moo Young has been scratched on the wall of my heart and memory for the rest if my life but let’s be honest and admit we are usually attracted to sophisticate people even in real life. It’s natural. At least I am. So I think the real talent is making a simple and ordinary character into a memorable one.
SIG is right at the corner staring at me n saying why marinaaaa?😂
O, I do love you baby boy❤️.
Those eyes😍

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What I wanted to say it's that the palette of emotions was bigger for the character of SIG. The both actors acted very well but SIG showed more for me.

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I think SIG won since he was delivering remake character in which the established character was very well known and praised in the original (Takuya Kimura). it's always a challenge for every actors to play that kind of roles that can at least the same or surpass the original. and SIG really nailed it, proven from how Kim Moo Young version are somewhat same root with yet different from Ryo. so rather than merely copying, SIG succeeded deliver "the new" Ryo.
second, in characters pov. my ahjussi has depth in their character's story telling (and i believe without this park dong hoon character will not have the same impact as it is), but kim moo yong alone already is a difficult character to bring to screen even without his backstory. people stayed with my ahjussi for its story, but mainly million stars's viewers stayed because of KMY. that's why my ahjussi won the best drama while SIG won the best actor.

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What! Somebody beat out Shin Sungrok for best villian?!? She must be good/bad.

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PS - I think the closing 'em' tag after I'm Not A Robot is incorrect, so everything after that is in italics.

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Personally, I think Shin Sungrok has been a great villain before, but I'm more scared of the women in his drama right now. Soo-ah is definitely the most interesting 'villain' this year. Though, at the end, it was hard to even call her that.

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YAS, it’s here! I’ve been waiting for this. 100% agree with Kim Min-jung as Best Supporting Actress 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤️❤️❤️

As for Best Writing, I wouldn’t say Just Between Lovers’ was perfect, but it was better than that of other 2018 dramas I’ve seen... so I concur with the editors lol.

Pity that Dance Sport Girls didn’t make it to reviews ... I’ve been procrastinating on watching that one, but I’ve heard it’s pretty good. Gimme reasons to marathon it people! Also, Happy New Year!

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I'm surprised the editor picked Just Between Lovers for best writing. Everyone and their mothers know I love this drama to death, but I think episode 15 was weak. The drama would be better without Moon-soo trying to push Gang-doo away for whatever reason. But I haven't finished My Ahjussi (dropped it at episode 8, but I promise I will finish it) so overall maybe JBL is slightly better?
As Gang-doo and Moon-soo for best couple, they absolutely deserve it. I can't see any couple better than these two. They are compatible and honest to each other. I love their dynamic too. Gangdoo and Moon-soo is the first K-drama couple that I like both of them equally as individual and as couple.

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I feel I cannot judge too much, for I only watch 10 shows in the year, but the writing in JBL compared to My Ajusshi.... Dunno, but I would choose My Ajusshi (not because I am biased, by the way). I loved KBL as well, but My Ajusshi seemed simply better in regard to writing style and content.
In regard to the couple, yes... JBL had definitive the best pairing this year, there is no doubt about it.

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I love Just Between Lovers too and in any other year, it would have been a superb drama but it is not comparable to My Ajusshi in terms of writing.

Nonetheless, JBL does have the BEST COUPLE of the year.

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I haven't seen Just Between Lovers but for me there's only been two flawlessly-written dramas ever - Forest of Secrets and My Ahjussi. It's one of the few dramas that didn't have a weak episode or two in the back half.

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Dance Sports Girls has multidimensional young women and doesn't shy away from real life problems or emotions (teenaged emotions). It moves fast, it's engaging and it's full of heart.

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I liked JBL but won’t go so far as to beat writing. If it were me it would go to ‘Matrimonail Chaos’

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I’m watching Dance Sport Girls, up to Ep 5 and still like it. Yay Park Se-Wan ! Jang Dong-Yoon has a better role than his Min Ho character in A Poem A Day.

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Dance Sports Girls is good all the way through. I'm so happy Jang Dong Yoon was allowed to shine in this role.

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This one time I’m going to disregard my mother’s advice and be plain negative.
First, given the many liters of tears I cried for it, I am not a robot is not a comedy.
Second, if Kim Eun Sook is the style-over-substance writer (also of how-to-groom-a-child-bride fame), Song Jae Jung is the promises-more-than-she-can-deliver writer. MoA making the awards despite being half way through its run and the mess that it is just grates. Cheap thrills and fancy special effects do not a thriller make. Was there nothing else to pick? How about the tightly written and exceptionally executed Blue sun red moon?
I wish that at least here we recognize quality rather than popularity (or dimples).

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LOL very well said, Charlie!!!
I never watch thrillers, so I don't know, but you put it right.
And yes, I am not a robot makes us laugh only at the beginning, then we didn't laugh anymore.

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I do get an idea from the What we are watching posts that maybe even DB staff saw fewer shows this year than past years so yes perhaps a consensus is reached on shows everyone is watching. It is just a guess. But yes I guess even LOM is a better thriller than MotA or greatly loved on DB The Guest.

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@wapzy
It's not only the "What we are watching" posts. It's also how stale the awards categories feel the last couple of years.

I don't need a "Mane of glory" category every year. But I miss the interesting categories that came out of everyone @ DB being so invested in and seeing the trends in the year's dramas.

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I wonder if anyone regrets giving Memories of the Alhambra beans in the Bean Count. The Dramabeans staff gave it a whopping 13 beans only four episodes in. We really ought to wait until a drama finishes its run.

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If the DB rule is: You only earn a bean to give for each drama you finish. Then its only fair that you have to have finished a drama (all of it) to give it a bean.

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The DB rule for currently airing dramas is you earn a bean to give as long as you are up-to-date on the drama. So technically, you can finish four episodes, earn a bean, then subsequently drop the drama. All currently airing dramas including Red Moon, Blue Sun and SKY Castle ought to be cancelled out.

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@panshel
KDramas are great at the opening premise. The challenge has always been the ending.

- Changing to live shoot,
- Script changes in response to ratings, - - The Subway curse (PPL overload).
- Just getting scared of the issues the drama sets up and throwing it all away to sit within SKorean social conventions.

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Although I wouldn’t give MoA a best anything yet, I do agree it is getting better. I would spare it a few beans if it wraps up nicely.

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Yes to Blue Sun Red Moon 🙌 I would definitely pick that for Best Thriller with LoM as an Honourable Mention. So utterly captivating and suspenseful.

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I enjoyed Alhambra a lot, but I also agreed that Red Moon Blue Sun and Life on Mars are much better written thriller/action this year. And like what @panshel said, I think it's only right to judge a drama once it finished airing. Maybe next year, these kind of dramas that run for 2 years should be put on the list after they finished airing to make it fair. After all, it's not only once or twice we've been burned by a bad ending or disappointing second half.

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I'm not getting the "I'm Not A Robot" love at all. It was cute but, for me, forgettable. Chief Kim forevaaaaaah.

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Same here. I liked I'm not a robot, but didn't love it as much as most who rave about it, especially the second half.

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Isn't Chief Kim a 2017 drama?

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Yes, Chief Kim aired early 2017 from January 25, 2017 to March 30, 2017.

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REALLY! Whoa. I thought it was 2018. Still, Not A Robot was underwhelming.

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I watched both, but am just not on the "I'm Not a Robot" train or "Chief Kim" train.

In fact, after watching both "Chief Kim" and "Beautiful Gong Shim" I have decided not to watch any more dramas in which Namgoong Min is the lead, because his lead characters just seem too over the top to me.

It's a pity, because he actually does have acting ability and charm in spades, but his characterization in both roles were just too much for me. Am I alone in this?

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Why isn't "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim," mentioned anywhere?

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LOL @charlieblue17 CHARLIE you brought back memories of my youth with you opening sentence. My mother would say to us kids (way back in the day):

"If you don't have something nice to say, then don't say anything at all".

I think I know where you are coming from. I took a bit of a breather at the end of the year and have not been watching the current dramas (other than TWELVE NIGHTS) but I am a INAR fan. When the reveal was made that was anything but comedic. I don't think I have seen Yoo Seung-ho give such a raw, gut-wrenching performance.

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I grew up in a large family in the northeast USA (Boston). I think sayings like that were meant to be a way for siblings to learn to respect each other and keep peace in the house/family.

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I always think of Thumper.

https://youtu.be/nGt9jAkWie4

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Well said! I don't think a show which is half way through its run should be awarded :( Some shows turn out better or worse by their endings. Besides, imho, ending is important in defining a narrative.

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Love the My Ahjussi love. I have to say everything it hurts it then heals.
And it makes me happy they were the honorable mention for unrequited.

To me best villian was Jin Yong-Tae..."Brother." Or maybe Kim Moo-young ....or was he? I loved the not knowing for the first part of that drama.

This and the Beanie count remind me of how fun Hwayugi was at first. I didnt finish it but I enjoyed this ragtag family and the Monkey King did light up every scene.

Ok...no more stalling. I'm pressing play on the first ep of Just Between Lovers before I go to sleep.

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Just between lovers is a slow watch... you won't have this exciting cliffhangers every end of an episode, so I am not sure how will it work thought binging it. But I recommend you to keep watching, it will satisfy you in some other ways. It is very human, very touching and very deep.

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I'm currently binging it and have watched half the show in two days. It's definitely slower-paced, but the characters are really great and I'm invested in the main duo so much that I just can't stop watching!

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I approve of most of these choices. But, if Just Dance were included, it would rival INAR for Best Ensemble and we'd need to have a Breakout Performance category just for Park Se-wan. She might even be my Best Character. I have no idea whether that show will make it into the reviews next year or not, so I feel the need to express this now.

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Voting for Park Se Wan also... For me... The best character means the character who has the best build up and get the best of actor performances in their career. For my biased view, it means IU - Ajusshi and Shie Eun - Park Se Wan.

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I'm so glad Just Between Lovers got so many recognition here especially since at the broadcast time it didn't get as much attention from DB. So I was a little bit surprised tbh.

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Yes JBL winning so many categories made me so happy because it seemed like hardly any DB staff watched it. It deserves all of this.

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Just Between Lovers may not have been recapped, but it got a lot of attention from beanies. This post had 2,478 comments.
http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/11/bound-by-tragedy-healing-through-love-in-jtbcs-just-between-lovers/

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Yes, I was part of that thread. Hehehe....... But, I don't think any DB staff watched it as it aired, except mary.

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Yes, so the DB actually watched it! I remember when @azzo1 entry about our ice cream couple published, I went "oh finally you recognize this drama DB!". I didn't expect anything more than that.
Among 50 dramas I have completed in the last two years, JBL affected me the most. There was a time that I didn't feel like eating because I couldn't stop thinking about Gang-doo's fate 😄😄

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I listen to the JBL soundtrack last night and it made me miss them so much.

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I'm still using OST from Elaine as my ring tone 😄
I'm still attached with this drama, I can't let it go. I don't think there will be a drama like JBL for me for few years to come.

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Wow! I am surprised I agree with so few in this list. Well, at least My Ajusshi got Best Drama and Life On Mars for Best Period Drama.

The categories "I don't get it" - Best Actor and Best Actress. I like the Best Supporting ones better.

Seeing Memories of The Alhambra win in the Best Thriller made me snort and sad at the same time. It really could have been an awesome thriller. The first couple of episodes enthralled me. Now unsated , I need Hyun Bin in a good thriller, please?

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Same I'm not feeling the Best Actor and Best Actress categories. They both put on stellar performances but I felt like there were others more deserving. At the end of the day though, it's all based on subjective tastes so it's best to just share the love 💖

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Hundred Million Stars for Honourable Mention Best Drama??? Lol ok.
... I should just allow Ziggy his Best Actor Award and leave, shouldn't I...

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'Gorgeous foreign shooting locations and a high-tech game were integrated flawlessly in a novel plot that managed to bring a new angle to the action/thriller genre.'

I have a different opinion. I find the game and plot not integrated flawlessly, as i see so many plotholes and inconsistency in both game and plot.

The location is pretty but unfortunately it is also not utilized in the game. They fight at the train station, on the train and in a dungeon. The only time JW fought in the alley ways was when he was trying to level up in ep 1-2. We did not get to see the beauty of Alhambra at is fullest but this is not what the drama is mainly about, so i guess its ok.

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I only agree with the statement in the opening episode where Jin Woo fought with the warrior at the fountain.

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Since shows that are still on the air are getting so much attention, we will not be discussing them in 2019, right?

I mean, a few of these show are not even done yet.

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They had a rule, that made it possible for a few dramas not finished to be included in 2018.

So, no they will not be in 2019.

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I would like to see Memories of the Alhambra discussed again in 2019, esp if it gets a lot worse or better, would make for an interesting review lol

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But what if a drama in the 2018 list is ranked best but then goes downhill and then the ending is an absolute mess. Doesn't it make the best void? T_T

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@girlfriday said about My Ajusshi, "... and the most important things were left unsaid, just like real life. Nothing about My Ajusshi was neat or satisfying in the way that dramas usually solve all problems and let us move on, but the beauty of the unspoken connection and bittersweet longing will linger with us that much longer, and I wouldn’t have it any other way."

LOL! Could it be she belongs with the "shippers?"

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If I could put in a balance the data we have to prove what the shippers saw with what the non-shippers saw, and for instance the conclusion that will derive from their "date" at the end of the show, I think the shippers side will sink dramatically, i.e. their side would have more weight and for instance the shippers would win 🎉
Many logical non shippers have ended up being shippers, even reluctant shippers, but shippers as well, so there you go🙋

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As a lover of My Ajusshi, I honestly think any focus on ‘a romance or not’ is a miscast of attention and cheapens the greater tale this masterpiece entails. In this regard, @girlfriday’s “things left unsaid” sums it best. We don’t have to be a shipper or non-shipper to love this amazing drama.

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I know! I am a shipper, but I love the show for other reasons first. I am not even romantic!!
But anyways...

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I'm almost sobbing that all my favourite dramas and actor get the recognition they so deserve, despite no red carpet or legit award ceremonis, snif, snif,

My Ahjusshi is def the best drama in 2018 IMO, although Mr Sunshine have almost all the glories in the real world. Not saying MS is worse, I think as a whole package, it offers more to the viewers (great cinematography, heroic and patriotic moments, romance, etc), but the beauty of My Ahjusshi relies in its simplicity, raw emotions, and how close and relatable it seems to our daily life. No sugarcoating. And at the end of it, we viewers emerge with more than enough food for thoughts plus some extra warmth and restored belief in the goodness of people and rainbow after snowstorm..

Life on Mars, is another example of a drama that has human emotions and relationship as its core, and all of the time traveling shenanigans and mysteries are woven very neatly without ever forgetting the core; those elements enhance its significance and its message in the end.

I don't really follow the other dramas, mostly reading the recaps cos of time constraints, but I've read great reviews about Just Between Lovers, and I loove Junho since his 2pm days (which is still going till today and forever, a fan may hope!). Hence, even though I couldn't dutifully watch it (I can't watch him being tortured and crying), i read recaps, watch clips, reviews, etc, and by that, I wish him to get the recognition he deserves (btw I shed tears just by seeing his pic with Na Moon Hee, or him crying.)

All in all, congrats to all dramas above ^^

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If you don't watch JBL you are missing out a gem. Even if you know how it ends, watching it (living it) is different, it is the best. And yeah, of course it is sad, but I don't know how to explain it, you have to watch it yourself.... It is a great sadness that gives you hope at the end... you go and find out yourself😂😅😊😂😐

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JBL is worth almost every minute of it - and you do come out from the drama with a stronger belief in humanity (much like My Ajusshi). And I look at Junho differently after JBL in a positive way.

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Okay, javinne and PYC (Park Yoo Chun?) chingudeul, now you two make me soo tempted despite my fear of heartbreaking over Junho being in pain, so I think I'll give it a try once my schedule allow! Wish me luck!

That aside, I think this kind of drama, My Ahjusshi, Life on Mars, Because This Life is Our First, hmm...based on those fave of mine, I know now what my type of drama is! Yay, and no romcom, just realize that.

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Oh, not Park Yoo Chun please.

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LOL not rom com 🙅
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Since we are here, I have heard Live is similar to what we like, kind of a Melo/Human drama with lots to learn...... I need to watch it, although I am sure I will cry my heart out.

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Well, I was thinking Live would be the drama of the year - that is, before watching My Ajusshi....

Live is a slice of life drama following the rookies and veteran police of a local station. It was penned by Noh Hee-Kyung filled with heart and soul about the day-to-day ups and downs, with a good splash of feminism too. I love it to bits and go along with laughters and tears.

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-Love seeing "I'm not a Robot" on this list. It was one of the worst rated drama but I really enjoyed the drama from beginning to end judging by the fact that I marathoned the available episodes online when it aired. Love their chemistry as well and I immediately became a fan of both actors.
-Agree with Lee Hyuk as Best Villain but Min Yu Ra and Empress dowager should be in this as well.
-Instead of period drama, Life on Mars should also be in thriller/action category. It was pretty disturbing and edgy. I can't really categorized it as period drama because for me, everything was just a product of his imagination.

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I was actually sad when i scrolled down the list and saw LoM was not the Best/Action Thriller as i thought it was overlooked yet once again.

But it made the list as best period drama. I'll take that hahaha.

However, i do agree that LoM seems like a better fit in the action/thriller category too.

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Oh, I forgot "Mother"! How could I!

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@outofthisworld T__T It wasn't mentioned in the DB awards either despite it being critically acclaimed. Heo Yool would've gotten for Best Breakout Star Female but it seems that category is missing this year.

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I really wish someone had watched Miss Hammurabi this year, because some of these choices rang hollow for me. Best Ensemble, for example, I think should have been awarded to that drama - maybe even Best Writing too. But no-one watched it.

(If a great drama airs, and no-one watches it, is it actually great?)

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Many beanies watch Miss Hamumurabi. I don't watch it but I recall we even have rabbit session for it.
It's the editor pick, beanies counts probably will be better representative of what beanies watch this year.

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I did! It was different and quite an eye opener. I am not sure about it winning Best Writing because some parts didn't sit well with me but if MoTA can win Best Thriller, I suppose it's all very subjective. I can't comment on Just Between Lovers because I just couldn't get the show.

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I don't know, I thought the writing took a basic law drama and sent it to me places! I like how we never found anything out about the cases outside of court, so we were just as blind as the judges were. I like how it dealt with feminism in a way no other drama seems to have the guts to do so overtly. And I LOVED how starkly realistic it is, almost brutally so.

(I liked Just Between Lovers, but I never watched the last two episodes - it was one of those dramas that got away from me, and at the time I needed something light so it felt like a burden to try and finish it.)

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It's still the best drama in your heart and that's all that matter. :)
I haven't watched a lot of dramas this year because not much interest me. I'll give Miss Hammurabi a try!

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If you do, let me know what you think! ❤️

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Heyyy I just finished Miss Hammurabi! First of all, thank you for bringing up this drama. Honestly, just by the lead casting, I wouldn't have given this drama a chance. I mean, L can't act. Oh boy was I wrong. So so wrong. He's improved so much to the point that I didn't see L, only Bareun. Mr. Ahjusshi was the best drama of 2018 for me (considering writing, directing, and acting) but now I think it's this. Just wow. I want to meet the writer someday. He seems like he's a very wise man. Very well made drama. I love everything about it. Thank you!!

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*My Ahjusshi. Omg I'm losing my mind.

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Aw, yay, I'm so glad you liked it!
I know, right? It had everything going against it. Boring Law Drama + Bad Actors. But it was wonderful! Bold and thoughtful and heart-breaking and triumphant! I loved the fact that Miss Hammurabi always stayed grounded in realism. Like after that sexual harassment case was closed, and one of the girls was heading to her friends about how the law she on their side, only to narrowly escape a group of terrifying men later that evening. I think that's my favourite scene in the whole show.

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@frabbycrabsis Yes! I like that scene. It was a slap in the face after the victory at court. I also love how they give us the court perspective and show us how the judges as people deal with in in their lives outside the court. That whole consent thing that confused men at court was shown in such a simple and heartwarming way through Bowang-Doyeon couplw. It's so beautiful. ;A;

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I did! I did! Hahaha. I actually commented about Park Cha Oh-reum in another post ("I'm not a potted plant"--where Song So-eun of Your Honor was included). I said it there and I'll say it again: Miss Hammurabi is my fave 2018 drama. Idk why I've only seen a few people comment about it but it was definitely a great drama. And yes! The friendships formed there really warmed my heart. It was unexpected in the beginning but because of our heroine's ability to move (and change) people, she made a solid support system in the court and I think that's beautiful. Lee Elijah was good in that one. I respect that people have different taste in dramas and not everyone will appreciate what we consider 'great'. It's enough for me to know that somebody out there loves it too.

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I didn't start because I couldn't believe L and Go Ara could be good. Well, I was proven wrong and that's so satisfying! I love it when it happens.

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It was the perfect role for both actors.

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I loved it! I only got to pick it up last month, and I'm glad I did. None of the actors stick out horribly, the show boldly deals with sexual harassment and other issues, and it's probably the most realistic law drama I've had the pleasure of watching.

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Best Drama: Objectively good dramas My Ajusshi and Hundred Million Stars From the Sky, I just couldn't get into this year. I had to force myself to watch them. Whereas objectively bad dramas The Great Seducer and Fox Bride Star were such easy watches for me. I would literally save the episodes for the weekend to be able to savor them.

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Having watched most of the shows that got awarded I agree with a lot of it. Not sure how I feel about a currently airing show winning something (even though I’m really enjoying Memories of the Alhambra).

100 Million Stars from the Sky disappointed me greatly though, and while I think the actors did a decent enough job, they would not have been my picks for those categories.

My Ahjusshi could probably have taken a few more awards and I’d have been okay with that...think I’m due for a rewatch.

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I think i mostly disagree with pick best in every category except when involving My Ajusshi. and that's okay because I know I'm biased myself. Happy New Year all!

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I agree. My Ajusshi really should win Best Writing, Best Actor, Best Ensemble, and Best Unrequited Love and to see it get so many Honorable Mentions is proof that the DB team wished it could give this show the win in so many more categories. I don't think we have seen a drama dominates this strongly in recent years.

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I agree with almost all the picks. Although I would have given Lee Seon-kyun & IU best actor and actress award as well, but I understand My Ajusshi cannot take everything. There must be some balance.

Definitive the romance between Won Jin-ah and Junho was epic, profound and believable. They felt like real people dressed in normal clothing. And I like it when I can understand why this person is in love with this other, (or the other way around).
And Kim Min jung as supporting actress in Mr.Sunshine was a total pleasure to watch (just like her wardrobe). For me, actually, she was pretty much one of the main leads as well, and I loved her.
I would have give the best period drama to Mr. Sunshine as well, but I cannot compare properly for I did not watch life on mars.

Thank you, beanies, for these Editor's pick. It was a very nice read and wonderful summary of the year 2018. 😊

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Yay for Seo In-Gook as best actor (so well deserved!)
Yayy for Best Writing and Romance for Just Between Lovers
and yayyy Best Period Drama to Life On Mars (though it is my "best ensemble" show too)

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Same! LoM is my best ensemble but I'm glad it got featured as Best Period Drama though I thought it would've won Best Adaptation too (seems like the criteria is missing this year despite there being an overwhelming number of adaptations).

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Between 100m Stars, Mother and Life on Mars, and Matrimonial Chaos, 2018 was the year of the adaptation.
Mother = 100 % gold, they improved on the original, hard to do.

Matrimonial Chaos: Just didn’t get Cha Tae-Hyun, and Whee -Roo is a drunk 😖 Sad to see what they did to this show.🤬🙁🤬🤬

LOM: Tried to watch the original, meh🙁😕
Loved the cast.

100 M Stars: An improvement in the story and story telling, loved the cast. Probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t seen the original.

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I absolutely loved Mother and LoM . They were the definition of adaptions done superbly well. I didn't watch the original Matrimonial Chaos but adored the kdrama and the amazing characters potrayed with stunning performances. I haven't watched 100MFS but it's definitely on my list!

2018 was definitely the year of adaptations. From medicre ones like Suits to good ones like Mistress. Then there's the hundreds of webtoon adaptations like WWSK, Mama Fairy, Clean with Passion for now, House helper... Phew there are a lot.

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If I have to pick a current drama to win in anything, it would be Sky Castle.

I would nominate it for Honorable Mentions in Best Drama, Best Writing and Best Comedy. Han Seo Jin(Yum Jung Ah, Sky Castle) would also have crushed Soo-ah to a pulp for Best Villain.

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SKY Castle deserves to win Best Ensemble and Yum Jung Ah Best Actress. The real villain seems to be Kim Joo Young, not Han Seo Jin. I wouldn't classify SKY Castle as a comedy since only Professor Cha and Soo Han's family are comic relief.

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It's not eligible this year. Next year, you'll probably see it.

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Oh, what's the rule? Sky Castle has 20 eps and it hit midway on 22nd Dec. MoTA hit half way mark on 23rd Dec. So I guess that's not it?

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You're right. I just checked. Sky Castle started first. I thought it was the other way around.

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