Drama Ratings

 
Note: These are only series I’ve seen in their entirety. (I’ve seen a lot more series that I haven’t come around to finishing, whether it’s because I got bored, forgot, or couldn’t find the time. I haven’t “graded” those here.)

Also, I’ve separated ratings into how much I like something and how good I think it is objectively. Because there’s often a big difference. ;)

Because there’s nothing wrong with liking populist material. I just can’t quite bring myself to rate one, for instance, above something less “fun” but more substantial.

Javabeans‘s ratings in black. Girlfriday‘s ratings in blue.

K-DRAMA SERIES HOW MUCH I ENJOY IT vs. HOW I RATE IT (of 10)
49 Days (2011)
49일
Didn’t hate the ending, but it did make me think I’d given the drama way too much credit along the way. Decent effort at making a sentimental ghostly-possession story, mucky execution. (7 / 7) The writing carried the acting, but well enough for me to be swept along and care. Love the theme and tone, despite flaws in structure. (8 / 7) -GF
Air City (2007)
에어시티
Hot guys. Cold plot.
(5 / 5)
All In (2003)
올인
Gambling, intrigue, foreign locales—it was a blockbuster hit and people went crazy for Lee Byung-hyeon and Song Hye-kyo. It was almost swallowed by its own hype, but there’s a reason why every revenge/success/empire story tries to emulate this one. (6 / 7) –GF
Answer Me 1994 (2013)
응답하라 1994
Lovely small moments of friendship and family, buried under a mountain of sluggish, self-indulgent meandering. A ruthless editor would have done wonders. (6 / 7) Wonderful characters stretched thin in an endless tug-of-war that loses sight of the big picture. Heartwarming and nostalgic, but also makes you tear your hair out. (7 / 7) -GF
Answer Me 1997 (2012)
응답하라 1997
Nostalgic, witty, and sweet. Captures the pounding fervor and emotional extremes of youth with humor and heart. (9 / 9) This drama ran away with my heart and soul, probably because it felt like the story of my life, set to the soundtrack of my youth. Sharply written, with affection. (10 / 10) -GF
Arang and the Magistrate (2012)
아랑사또전
Creative universe built with a tightly plotted internal logic and a stirring romantic core. Quirky at times, dark at others, and sweetly satisfying. (9 / 8) Love the supernatural ‘verse with its own elaborate mythology, engrossing mystery, and leads bursting with romantic chemistry. A faster plot would’ve done wonders. (8 / 8) -GF
Athena: Goddess of War (2011)
아테나: 전쟁의 여신
You’d be surprised what two guys will do in the name of national security…over a girl. Starts out bloody and badass, but winds down into predictable and safe. (6 / 6) –GF
Attic Cat (2003)
옥탑방 고양이
One of the earlier cohabitation dramas that fired off a trend. Cute chemistry from the leads and funny situations, although the workplace storylines drag the thing down. (7 / 6) –GF
Baby-Faced Beauty (2011)
동안미녀
Plot and characters are familiar, and the heroine’s rather meek for my post-Sam-soon tastes, but it does the workplace setup and the cute noona-romance with a sweet, funny touch. (7 / 7)
Bad Couple (2007)
불량커플
Bursts out of the gate with peppy chemistry, then slows with tears and angst and The Dreaded Illness. Lost interest after episode 6. (6 / 5)
Bad Family (2006)
불량가족
Love it. Heart-warming and hilarious as this motley mock family becomes a real one, without dipping into cheesiness. Kim Myung-min is a hoot. (9 / 9)
Bad Guy (2010)
나쁜남자
I can’t heap enough superlatives for the drama’s assured directing, gorgeous visual appeal, music, acting, overall ambiance. Story drove me nuts. (7 / 7) The ending killed whatever love I felt for all of the above. (5 / 5) –GF
Best Love (2011), aka Greatest Love
최고의 사랑
Tight writing, hilarious scenarios, memorable acting, and a string of the wackiest, yet oddly appropriate metaphors I’ve ever seen in a drama. Feel-good and satisfying. (9 / 9) Pee-your-pants funny, killer cute, at times achingly romantic too. Hits that rom-com sweet spot. (9 / 8) -GF
Big (2012)
Like getting to the bottom of a tasty meal and finding a half-eaten worm. (6 / 4) Promising setup with body swap hijinks and a great cast, but fails to deliver anything but plot hodgepodge. Akin to an emotional drive-by. Perhaps more violent. (5 / 4) -GF
Biscuit Teacher Star Candy (2005)
건빵선생과 별사탕
Gong Yoo as a bleeding heart high school cutie and Gong Hyo-jin as a badass teacher? Sold! This one has comedy, a nice episodic pace, and most importantly, a lot of heart. One of my all-time faves. (10 / 8) –GF
Bottom of the 9th with 2 Outs (2007) aka 9 End, 2 Outs
9회말 2아웃
Two lifelong best friends turn 30 and take steps toward becoming adults…by shacking up together and denying their growing attraction. Yeah, good luck with that. Cute, sexy, and fun. (9 / 9) -GF
Boys Before Flowers
(2009)
꽃보다 남자
Such a hot mess, but a blast to watch. The fandom frenzy was sometimes more fun than the show itself. (8 / 5) It served up just the right amount of crack at every turn. By all accounts this should have been a disaster, but the sum of its parts is better than you’d think—you’ll be screaming at your screen while reaching for the next episode. (8 / 5) –GF
Brilliant Legacy (2009) aka Shining Inheritance
찬란한 유산
It’s the classic Candy Cinderella tale laced with just enough makjang elements to make it addictive. Nothing new, but a good family drama with a fresh-faced foursome in a compelling love square. (8 / 7) -GF
Can’t Lose (2011)
지고는 못살아
Cute and funny, proving that conflict can exist without crazies or baddies. Simple but sweet. (7 / 7) Cute earnest story about a couple whose marriage and divorce are just stops along the road to finding love. (7 / 7) -GF
The Chaser (2012)
추적자 The Chaser
A gripping political thriller with big ideas and a tense, well-woven plot. Worth a watch for the performances, though I wish the action was as good as the written material. (8 / 8) -GF
Chuno (2010) 추노 Visually breathtaking and characterized by sweeping grandeur, though a bit lacking in soul. (7 / 8)
Cinderella’s Sister
(2010)
신데렐라 언니
Marvelous start and stellar acting counter the heavy angst, but the frustrating plot slows to a near-crawl. (4 / 6) What began as a whimsical twist on a classic fairytale devolved into lots of soulful staring. Had enough plot for eight episodes, but at twenty, it stretched my patience thin, despite my love for the amazing cast. (7 / 6) –GF
City Hunter (2011)
시티헌터
It isn’t flawless, but it did everything I wanted it to and then some. Action, intrigue, humor, heart. (10 / 9) This show has ruined me. Now I want every drama to be as badass and heartfelt. Damn you, City Hunter! (10 / 10) -GF
Coffee House (2010)
커피프 하우스
Wacky, offbeat comedy with loose plotting and a light feel, though second half gets heavier. (7 / 7) Quirky characters and compelling main pairing, but it never hooked me completely. (7 / 6) –GF
Coffee Prince Store #1 (2007) 커피프린스1호점 Thoughtful rom-com hit that became a cornerstone for Hallyu. At times cheeky, at times poignant. Standout soundtrack. (9 / 9) Will forever be in love with Choi Han-gyul. The end. (10 / 10) –GF
Dal Ja’s Spring (2007)
달자의봄
Fresh and fun, with dashes of insight into modern (career-)womanhood, rife with Heroine’s romantic and professional foibles. Adorable main couple, great supporting cast, easy to zip through. (9 / 9)
Dating Agency Cyrano (2013)
연애조작단 시라노
Light on emotional heft, but angstless in a good way. Fun rapport between the agency family, breezy romance, and well-used cameos keep things zippy. (7 / 7) An example of a good movie adaption that’s light and quick on its feet, but it never really shot me in the heart. (6 / 7) -GF
Delightful Girl Chun Hyang (2005)
쾌걸춘향
High comedy factor with strong chemistry between the leads, playing teenagers forced to marry who fall in love later. Jae Hee is wonderful, and the directing is sharp. A sentimental favorite. (9 / 8)
Dr. Champ (2010)
닥터 챔프
Main pairing is cute beyond words, and the sports stories are surprisingly engaging. But the best thing about it? That camera. Made every shot moody, crisp, and stunning. (6 / 7) -GF
Dr. Jin (2012)
닥터진
This craptastic show is tons of fun to mock, with amazingly bad directing and laughable dissonance between intent and execution. And there’s no denying the idea itself was intriguing. But taken straight, as a drama? More pain than fun. (4 / 3)
Dream High (2011)
드림 하이
Adorable friendships, great handling of youthful foibles and the shark-infested showbiz waters. A showcase for its idol cast; if only they were better actors, it could’ve been even better. (9 / 8) A feel-good drama about chasing your dreams, full of sing-offs and dance-offs. Earnest in the best way. (9 / 7) –GF
Dream High 2 (2012)
드림 하이 2
Was it lazy, trying to ride Season 1′s coattails, or was it overambitious, trying to be everything and ending up with idol/dance-off/rivalry/romance hodgepodge? It tries both too hard and not enough. (5 / 4)
East of Eden (2008-9)
에덴의 동쪽
Epic, sweeping backstory that broke my heart. The adult storylines had great potential, but landed in a spin cycle of the same conflict for dozens and dozens of episodes. I watched with fervor but am still waiting for my refund for the hours I spent. (6 / 7) –GF
Emergency Couple (2014)
응급남녀
Touted as a divorced-lovers-reunite comedy, it’s awfully low on comedy. Slick and beautifully shot, but emotionally feels empty. (6 / 5) Not bad as a glossy medical drama; as a romance, the couple never convinced me they belonged together. Cute, but forgettable. (6 / 6) –GF
Empire of Gold (2013)
황금의 제국
An ever-shifting game of one-upmanship with three whip-smart characters who bring the world of dirty backdoor business deals to life. A fascinating look at how money corrupts, with memorable performances. (8 / 8) -GF
Exhibition of Fireworks (2006) 불꽃놀이 Started great with lots of comedy, went downhill with convoluted evildoers gumming up the works. Kang Ji-hwan is the only good thing here. (5 / 4)
Faith (2012)
신의
Absurd villains, repetitive conflicts, and a clumsy director bog down execution. At least the leads and their romantic connection hold up their end; the rest tends to plod along. (5 / 6) If there’s any show I wish could get a do-over, it’s this one. Only I wouldn’t sit through all the episodes again. (5 / 5) -GF
Fantasy Couple (2006)
aka Couple or Trouble
환상의커플
Flawed but enjoyable opposites-attract comedy. Its humor overdoes the slapstick, but the Hong sisters writers keep the plot moving. (7 / 7) I could never really get on this train, no matter how hard I tried. The humor lost me, and the chemistry never went past tepid. It didn’t help that I hated the main character. (4 / 4) –GF
Flower Boy Next Door (2013)
이웃집 꽃미남
Wistful, sweet, and thoughtful. The first half is pitch-perfect, balancing humor and insight; the second half drags. (7 / 8) A fun cast of quirky characters and a refreshing contemplative tone. Wish the plot hadn’t lost steam in the end. (7 / 7) -GF
Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (2011)
꽃미남 라면가게
Super cute camaraderie in the ramyun family. Jung Il-woo is a hoot. Plot spins its wheels a bit, but it’s sweet and funny. (8 / 8) Adorable spazztastic tale of young love, full of wit and heart. Cheeky in the best way. (9 / 8) -GF
Flowers For My Life (2007) aka I Came In Search of Flowers
꽃찾으러 왔단다
Criminally underrated. Witty with a touch of dark humor. Set in a funeral home, it gives lovely, quirky insights on life and death. (10 / 10)
Friends (2004)
프렌즈 / フレンズ
Joint collaboration between Korea and Japan. Pleasant, with gorgeous leads Won Bin and Fukada Kyoko, but unexceptional. (6 / 6)
Full House (2004)
풀하우스
One of the most popular cohabitation dramas out there—lots of bickering-as-courtship, cute couple moments. It’s overrated (plot becomes repetitive), but enjoyable. (7 / 6)
Gaksital (2012)
aka Bridal Mask
각시탈
Epic in the best of ways. This show has major stones, venturing dark and grim to fearless degrees. It’s not perfect—though its grand, stirring culmination more than makes up for earlier missteps. (9 / 9) It’s not often that dramas can be both wildly entertaining and deeply moving, but this is one fist-pumping gut-wrenching hero’s tale that does both and really well at that. (10 / 9) -GF
Gap-dong (2014)
갑동이
How I wish this serial-killer suspense mystery had more suspense and mystery. The slow pace and lack of surprise can be frustrating, but it offers an intensive psychological study of some damaged characters. (7 / 7)
Girl K (2011)
소녀K
At 3 episodes, this badass shoot-em-up revenge story tantalizes with hints of what a full drama could have done. Doesn’t have time to really get you in the heart, but sets up a great world. If this is the future of cable, I’m onboard. (8 / 8) BADASS. (8 / 8) -GF
God of Study (2010)
공부의 신
Cute stories for the kids, but I am no longer studying for my SATs, so the rest of it bored me to tears. (4 / 5) –GF
God’s Gift – 14 Days (2014)
신의선물 – 14일
Starts with a heart-pounding bang. Plot’s overly convoluted, but strong performances and speedy pace keep it exciting. What could go wrong? OH, THAT ENDING. (8 / 7) Clever, gripping mystery with sparkling performances from Lee Bo-young and Jo Seung-woo. Too bad the plot spun itself into a destructive tornado. (8 / 7) –GF
Gold Rainbow (2013-4)
황금무지개
Please don’t ask me why I spent forty hours watching this show. Then I’ll be forced to answer. Oh, who are we kidding; Jung Il-woo, it’s all your fault. I want my hours back. (6 / 4) –GF
Good Doctor (2013)
굿 닥터
The medical stories are laughably simple and the politics are tedious, but the growth and bonding amongst the hospital family makes for heartwarming human drama. (7 / 7)
Goong (2006)
aka Palace or Princess Hours
Beautifully executed but slow. Gorgeous rendering of fictional monarchy—if only the plot didn’t drag. (7 / 7) I loved the fusion-fairytale world and all the strangeness of an anachronistic set of values placed in modern society. Candy-coated, but all the sweeter for it. (8 / 8) –GF
Goong S (2007)
aka Palace S or Prince Hours
궁S
A reverse-Cinderella tale as an ordinary guy becomes a prince. Disappointing start and poor acting. Still, picked up toward end, inversely to its ratings. (5 / 5)
Gourmet (2008)
식객
Solid execution perhaps obscures a banal story, but Kim Rae-won makes this work. Predictable but enjoyable, like comfort food.
(8 / 7)
Green Rose (2005)
그린로즈
Who doesn’t love a Count of Monte Cristo revenge story? Dramatic thriller veers into over-the-top territory, but the underdog revenge plot can get addictive. Great romantic angst. (7 / 7)
Gu Family Book (2013)
구가의 서
Drama, I sentence you to 422 years of time out. Maybe I’ll like you better then… or maybe sucky endings last forever. (5 / 5) A whimsical spin on gumiho lore with a cute romance at the center. I had fun, but I also tore a lot of hair out. I’ll let you decide if the pain is worth it. (7 / 5) -GF
Haeundae Lovers (2012)
해운대 연인들
Cute chemistry, but the plot is completely insane. Both Kim Kang-woo and Jo Yeo-jung have been better in almost anything else they’ve done. (4 / 4) -GF
Heirs (2013)
상속자들
I know it’s popular… but why? A big tease, and then nobody got off. Rom-com drama blue balls. (6 / 5) Not funny enough to be fun, not weighty enough to bear its own crown of pain. Like one long angsty music video. (5 / 5) -GF
Hello! Miss (2007)
aka Hello Baby
헬로! 애기씨
Light and jokey, but not much emotional depth. Lee Da-hae can do (and has done) better. (5 / 5)
High Kick 3: Counterattack of the Short Legs (2011)
하이킥 3: 짧은 다리의 역습
Surprisingly well-drawn characters and relationships that mean something. Packs a lot of heart into those 20-minute episodes, and consistently, week after week. Slice of life and poignant. (8 / 8)
Hong Gil Dong (2008)
쾌도 홍길동
This fusion historical drama has action, comic gags, romance, political intrigue, betrayal—but lacks subtlety. The tone is uneven, but Kang Ji-hwan is wonderful. (7 / 7)
Hyang Dan Jeon (2007)
aka The Story of Hyang Dan, 향단전
Fun blending of folktales and modern humor in a fusion romantic comedy. Only two episodes, it’s a silly, Shrek-like goof.
(8 / 7)
I Am Legend (2010)
나는 전설이다
Started off so well, but suffered an identity crisis halfway through. (6 / 5) Why is a law drama masquerading as a rock ‘n’ roll drama? I have no idea. Got off to a great start, and I was humming the songs for weeks. But then it went nowhere…and really, really slowly at that. (5 / 5) -GF
I Do, I Do (2012)
아이두 아이두
Started with cuteness, chemistry, potential. Unfortunately, a slow place and business machinations nobody cares about drag it down. Nice overall character trajectories for our leads. (6 / 6) Lee Jang-woo is the only good thing about this show. (6 / 5) -GF
I Hear Your Voice (2013)
너의 목소리가 들려
Not a subtly crafted show, but compulsively watchable with an addictive pace. The legal stuff is unrealistic, but who’s watching this for the law? (7 / 8) The noona romance to end all noona romances. The cast of quirky characters is memorable, the show’s message heartfelt, and the couple rivals my favorites of all time. (9 / 9) -GF
I Miss You (2012-13)
보고싶다
A screaming, wailing, fucking mess. (3 / 4)
I Need Romance (2011)
로맨스가 필요해
A frank, stylish rom-com about friendship, love, sex, and dating that manages to be fun but not frivolous. (8 / 7) -GF
I Need Romance 2012 (2012)
로맨스가 필요해 2012
Fun, but didn’t manage to capture the magic of the first, both in the friendship department and in the romance department. (5 / 6) -GF
I Need Romance 3 (2014)
로맨스가 필요해 3
Sexy, feel-good romantic comedy with another relatable contemporary heroine, as the franchise promises. Not many noona romances are sizzling, but this one lights some sparks. (8 / 8) –GF
IRIS (2009)
아이리스
Some smoldering performances decorate this explosion-packed action series but the writing gets spotty. More style than substance, a fun ride with eye candy. (7 / 7) Been there, done that. But it’s definitely slick and fun, if you don’t care about gaping plot holes. (6 / 6) –GF
It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl (2010)
괜찮아 아빠딸
Okay, this show isn’t good. It’s got the potential to be, but is marred by poor acting and weird pacing—it’s like a highlight reel of a longer family drama. Yet, oddly, it draws you in with its good-naturedness and warmth. (7 / 4)
Jeon Woo-chi (2012-13)
전우치
A solid B-list drama. Strengths are its light comedy and the hero’s cute backup team. The villains and romance are its weaknesses. (7 / 7) Good for the laughs, not so much for the effects. Cha Tae-hyun is winning as always. (7 / 7) -GF
Joseon X-Files (2010) aka Secret Investigation Record
기찰비록
FANTASTIC. Quite possibly genius melding of historical record and sci-fi mystery. (10 / 10)
The King 2 Hearts (2012)
더킹 투하츠
A surprising series that hit all my drama sweet spots: idealistic, funny, epic, and sweetly romantic. It could do with better finesse in many areas, but has so much heart that it’s bursting at the seams. (9 / 9) -GF
King of Dramas (2012-13)
드라마의 제왕
Light, funny, and acted with commitment. But what really makes it stand out is the fact that henceforth, I will always see dramaland through the lens of this show’s world. Not a little accomplishment. (8 / 8) What Would Anthony Do? (8 / 7) -GF
King’s Family / Wang Family (2013-14)
왕가네 식구들
Ridiculous characters, beat-you-over-the-head simplistic with its outrageous conflicts. This is makjang in the most dumbed-down way, but there’s a silly entertainment factor that kicks in once you stop caring or taking anyone seriously. (6 / 4)
The Last Scandal of My Life (2008)
내 생애 마지막 스캔들
What happens when first loves reconnect 20 years later… when one’s an ajumma and the other’s a movie star lying about his age? Hilarious, touching, and well-acted. Never a dull moment. (9 / 8)
Let’s Eat
(2013-4)
식샤를 합시다
Part food commercial, part drama, it’s an experiment that has more than a few storytelling hiccups. But the friendship between neighbors is endearing, and the characters are memorable. (7 / 7) –GF
Level 7 Civil Servant (2013)
7급 공무원
I’d said that the funny, flirty spy-romance movie should be made into a drama. I take it back. Silly in the extreme, with no sense to speak of. How are these people functional adults, much less national agents? (3 / 3) This drama didn’t exist. I don’t know what she’s talking about. (3 / 4) -GF
Lie To Me (2011), 내게 거짓말을 해봐 It’s like Drama blew its budgetary wad on the stars and forgot to provide a story. Some randomly cute couple scenes, but mostly so boring. (4 / 3) Drama Cliché Soup, thrown together in the most unimaginative way possible. (3 / 4) -GF
Love & Marriage (2008)
연애결혼
Cute story between an uptight divorce attorney and bubbly matchmaker. It’s like a meal of dessert. Sweet filler, but speedy, flirty fun. (7 / 7)
Lovers (2006)
연인
Brisk start descends into weepy melodrama with birth secrets, family strife, and a Love That Cannot Be that’s more like a Love That Should Not Be. By the end I couldn’t stand it. Oh! The! Tragedy! (3 / 6)
Ma Boy (2012)
마보이
For being based on a big gimmick (pretty boy disguised as a girl star), this tween-targeted mini-drama displays surprising restraint with the gag—played more with sweetness than slapstick comedy. Doesn’t reinvent anything and the young cast is green, but there’s a nice simple story here. (7 / 7)
Man of Honor (2011)
영광의 재인
Cute players, but zero romantic chemistry, and the one-note story never goes anywhere interesting. (4 / 4) -GF
Mandate of Heaven (2013)
aka Joseon Fugitive Story
천명
A solid, heartwarming, well-paced fusion sageuk about a fugitive out to clear his name. Gorgeously filmed and packed with a bevy of awesome side characters who tend to outshine the hero and heroine. What it lacks in crack factor it makes up for with feel-good payoffs and consistency. (8 / 8)
Manny (2011)
매니
A cute premise and a light, episodic format keep this comedy watchable, but the romance angle is the least interesting. Why are the adults acting like kids? (6 / 6)
Mary Stayed Out All Night (2010)
매리는 외박중
Uber-boring. Worst drama I saw in 2010. (3 / 4) Not enough Cute in the world to cover up the crazy mess that is this drama. It sure does try though. And it fails. (4 / 3) -GF
Master’s Sun (2013)
주군의 태양
Smart use of ghost premise to drive the romance—a slow but steady burn, loaded with chemistry. Not quite crack-drama status, but satisfying and sweet. (9 / 8) A fantastic rom-com match-up in the leads. Everything else isn’t as sparkling as you want it to be, but there’s a lot to be said for a magnetic attraction. (8 / 8) –GF
Me Too, Flower! (2011)
나도, 꽃!
What a way to tank a promising series; watching its steady decline was a sad thing as the show lost focus on the characters we cared about. At first, it was unfairly underrated. By its end, deservedly so. But Yoon Shi-yoon is wonderful, despite being terribly miscast. (6 / 6)
Mi-rae’s Choice (2013)
미래의 선택
Agh, it could have been so sweet and interesting. Waffled around in indecision, and not even a cast of likable characters could perk up the cop-out of an ending. (6 / 5) W.T.F. (5 / 4) –GF
Miss Korea (2013-14)
미스코리아
Full of heart, despite a frivolous-sounding premise. Aimless heroine teams with desperate hero to become an underdog team worth rooting for. A sweet, if low-key, watch. (8 / 8) This drama caught me by surprise, but it had a breezy slice-of-life style that made it watchable, and a cast of characters that made it charming. (8 / 7) –GF
Miss Ripley (2011)
미스 리플리
Interesting character study of some unlikable personalities who draw you in with charged acting. Story loses its bite in the end, though. (7 / 7) Not nearly as dark as it sets out to be, but the swift pace makes it an easy-to-watch melodrama with engaging characters. (6 / 7) -GF
Mixed-up Investigative Agency (2007)
얼렁뚱땅 흥신소
Quirky, offbeat, extremely well-plotted. Strong acting, particularly by Yeh Ji-won. A comedy romp, treasure hunt, and mystery rolled into one. (9 / 9)
Monstar (2013)
몬스타
Had the makings to be really special, but fizzled in the end. Atmospheric with strong (though long) musical numbers. Too bad the dip at the end killed the already meandering pace. (8 / 7) Ultimately it didn’t live up to its potential, but it was a sweetly satisfying drama all the same, with good old fashioned teen angst and heart. (7 / 7) -GF
The Moon That Embraces the Sun (2012)
해를 품은 달
A straight-up juvenile romance, dressed up as a grown-up sageuk. The drama’s one-track mind keeps it from having depth or substance, but it’s easy to watch. (7 / 7) The conflict is laughably simple, but there’s a whole lot of pretty to keep you distracted for most of its run. (6 / 7) -GF
My Fair Lady (2009) aka Please Take Care of the Lady, 아가씨를 부탁해 Terribly written plot, even if the chemistry of the couple carries the drama. Skip. (4 / 4) What a waste of Yoon Eun-hye and Jung Il-woo. I felt zero chemistry between the leads, and the plot was so fluffy it evaporated. (4 / 3) –GF
My Girl
(2005-06)
마이걸
Fantastic fun, speedy pace. Super chemistry between the endearing lead couple. (9 / 8)
My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho (2010)
내 여자친구는 구미호
Super enjoyable, adorable chemistry, and great mix of the gumiho mythology with the rom-com bits. But somehow it’s only my No. 3 Hong sisters drama. (9 / 8) Show, you complete me. (10 / 10) -GF
My Love Patzzi (2002)
내 사랑 팥쥐
Short, cute drama with two too-perfect guys and a spunky heroine as an anti-Cinderella. Not very deep, but easy to watch. (7 / 6)
My Name Is Kim Sam Soon (2005)
내 이름은 김삼순
Poignant and funny, worth the hype. (9 / 9) This is the one to beat, in my heart of hearts. (10 / 10) –GF
My Princess (2011)
마이 프린세스
Who knew such a middling rom-com could be a turning point for Kim Tae-hee (and, to a lesser degree, Mr. Robot Hotness Song Seung-heon)? (7 / 6) Mediocre as far as rom-coms go, but the main pair is adorable and cheeky. (7 / 6) –GF
My Sweet Seoul (2008)
달콤한 나의 도시
Halfway between indie and trendy. Plotting is loose, but has a refreshing atmospheric feel and good directing. Unfortunately, I hate the main character. (6 / 8)
Myung-wol the Spy (2011)
스파이 명월
Could’ve been so wacky and hilarious, but changed its mind halfway through and tried for earnest angst. We got tedious moping instead. (5 / 5) What began as quirky absurdist humor ended up just plain absurd. (5 / 5) –GF
Nail Shop Paris (2013)
네일샵 파리스
A weird show, tonally—it’s a hodgepodge of crossdressing, flower boys, romantic comedy, melodrama, procedural, and paranormal. Anemic acting and strange writing make it a head-scratching experience. Song Jae-rim may be the only reason to watch this. (5 / 4)
A New Leaf (2014)
개과천선
(? / ?)
Nice Guy (2012) aka Innocent Man
세상 어디에도 없는 착한남자
Polished, suspenseful, addictively paced. Characters are whackadoo in the extreme, but intense and compelling. Not meant to be overthought; just go with the melo. (7 / 8) Dark and contemplative, with lead characters who are all fire and ice. Fun in a soapy way. (6 / 8) -GF
Nine: Nine Time Travels (2013)
나인: 아홉 번의 시간여행
The definite winner of the time-traveling genre, with a tightly written, complex (and yes, sometimes convoluted) plot that keeps you guessing. Intelligent and suspenseful. (9 / 9)
Oh! My Lady (2010)
오! 마이 레이디
Light and fluffy older-woman/younger-man, housekeeper-landlord romance. Choi Siwon’s charm carries the show. An easy, unchallenging watch. (6 / 6)
Ojakkyo Brothers (2011-2)
오작교 형제들
Cute, poignant relationships make you care about the characters, while the romance keeps you addicted. An example of family drama done right. (8 / 8) A funny, heartwarming drama about a family who gets turned upside-down when a stray little duckling waddles into their lives. (9 / 8) –GF
One Fine Day (2006)
어느 멋진 날
Akin to getting your eyes poked out. I watched for Gong Yoo, but even he could not save this train wreck of a drama that takes every cliché and makes it worse, if that’s even possible. (3 / 3) –GF
Only You (2005)
온리 유
Bleh. I can’t remember why I bothered. Han Chae-young is pretty, but Jo Hyun-jae is wasted. (4 / 3)
Oohlala Spouses (2012)
울랄라 부부
This marital body-swapper should have been uproariously funny. It had some amusing bits, but the couple was too aggravating to wish for reconciliation, thereby negating its entire point. (5 / 6)
Panda and Hedgehog (2012)
판다양과 고슴도치
A makjang dressed in cupcake clothing. Buy a cupcake and skip the drama. (3 / 3) -GF
Pasta (2010)
파스타
The couple is SO cute together, and individually very appealing. Yet there’s so very little plot. (6 / 6) Nothing happens. Ever. Although I would probably watch these two actors weave baskets for twenty hours, so… (6 / 5) –GF
Personal Taste (2010)
개인의취향
The jerky directing is the biggest flaw; the writing is engaging at parts but random in others. Lead couple is well-acted and have charming chemistry. (7 / 6) The untapped potential of this drama nearly kills me. But the main characters are fantastic and funny, and so damn cute. (8 / 6) –GF
Playful Kiss (2010)
장난스런 키스
Despite lack of conflict, the couple is sweet and Jung So-min lovable. But there’s so little story here. (6 / 6) It’s as undramatic as a drama can be, but the cute makes up for it…a little. Jung So-min carries it, although her character can be infuriating at times. (6 / 6) -GF
Poseidon (2011)
포세이돈
Choi Siwon and Lee Shi-young are an adorable matchup. Too bad this coast guard action thriller wants to be cooler than it is. (4 / 4)
Prime Minister and I (2013-14)
총리와 나
A warm, pleasant contract-marriage romance with cute rapport between the mismatched couple. A shame that the ending sputtered out so dully. (7 / 6) They make a sweet candy confection of a couple, but the drama played it so safe it never went anywhere remotely interesting. (6 / 6) –GF
The Princess’s Man (2011)
공주의 남자
Epic and stirring. Constant plot twists, tight political intrigue, and a strong Romeo and Juliet romance with stakes that actually feel life-and-death. (10 / 9)
Prosecutor Princess (2010)
검사 프린세스
Addictive and compelling tale of a modern Love That Cannot Be. The main couple is aces; the rest pales in comparison. It’ll make a Park Shi-hoo fan out of you, and you’ll thank me later. (8 / 7) -GF
Que Sera Sera (2007)
케세라세라
Took a few episodes to fall in love, but boy did I. Intense and unapologetic. Not for the casual watcher. Flawed but complex people drive this character drama. (9 / 9)
Queen In-hyun’s Man (2012)
인현왕후의 남자
Thrilling, romantic, adorable, and engrossing. One of the best of the time-traveler dramas. (9 / 9) Sweeps you up in the romance in a way that many dramas can’t achieve. Some glaring imperfections, but the tone is damn near perfect. (9 / 8) -GF
Queen of Reversals (2011)
역전의 여왕
A comfort-food workplace drama with a lot of heart. The heroine gets put through the wringer, but learns that there’s life after divorce, and maybe even love. (8 / 7) -GF
The Return of Iljimae (2009)
돌아온 일지매
Gorgeous. Poignant. Soundtrack and cinematography are exceptional. (10 / 10) Sweeping, romantic, poetic, and kickass too. I would watch this for a hundred episodes. And then watch it again. (10 / 10) –GF
Rooftop Prince (2012)
옥탑방 왕세자
Uproariously funny once the time-travelers land in Seoul. First and last episodes are an interesting sageuk story, though they feel out of step with the stuff in between. Adorable cast. (7 / 7) Cute, but the tone never hit the right spot for me. Wish it went all-out on the funny instead of spinning its wheels with the needless drama. (5 / 5) -GF
Runaway Plan B (2010)
aka Fugitive Plan B,
도망자 플랜비
Wastes a lot of time in the beginning with flashy action and goofy comedy, but once it settles down, there’s a compelling conflict here. Rain does a fabulous job juggling emotions, action, and humor. (8 / 7) Overly simplistic plot, but the humor and the performances carry it. (7 / 7) -GF
Scent of a Woman (2011)
여인의 향기
A drama about death that’s not really about death. The main trio’s stories edge out the aggravatingly meddly second leads. (8 / 8) Uplifting story about a death sentence spurring the heroine to begin living. Often bogged down by needless plot circles, but the good outweighs the bad. (7 / 8) –GF
School 2013 (2013)
학교 2013
The understated, slice-of-life storytelling packs a surprising emotional punch. (8 / 8) One of my favorite onscreen bromances of dramaland. A good example of youthful stories told in a meaty way, with substance and heart. (9 / 8) -GF
Secret (2013)
비밀
Addictively paced, the show churns out a steady diet of extreme behavior committed by people who are either morally reprehensible or dumb. Often simplistically melodramatic, it’s at least a soapy, entertaining watch. (7 / 7)
Secret Garden (2010)
시크릿 가든
Well-acted, sharp dialogue, great chemistry. Beautiful to look at, but it’s a lot of slick veneer. Alas, I found it hard to connect with emotionally. (7 / 8) Runs the gamut from hilarious to infuriating. Stellar performance by Hyun Bin, but I never managed to fall in love with the characters. (7 / 7) -GF
Shark (2013)
상어
Starts out as a dark, pensive revenge game, but peters out into a rather ordinary and almost pointless melodrama. Revenge should be sweeter than this. (5 / 6) -GF
Shut Up: Flower Boy Band (2012)
닥치고 꽃미남밴드
Pitch-perfect. It’s rockin’ with music and brotherhood, but most of all it’s about the heart-tugging process of finding yourself. (10 / 10) The best and worst of what it means to be young and lost, told with raw energy and a beautiful sense of realism. (9 / 9) -GF
Sly and Single Again (2014)
aka Cunning Single Lady,
앙큼한 돌싱녀
At times silly and overly simplistic with rather broad comedy, but the core of the show is sweet and heartwarming. The main couple (and actors) buoy the show. (7 / 7) Not a deep drama, but it shows what fun a rom-com can be when the actors commit to the comedy. (7 / 7) –GF
The Sons of Sol Pharmacy House (2009)
aka My Too Perfect Sons,
솔약국집아들들
Hilarious, heartwarming family comedy about a family with four sons who each find love, with some help (and interference) from their boisterous family.
(8 / 7)
Soulmate (2006)
소울메이트
Witty, trendy, funny. Fabulous soundtrack and surprisingly tight plotting. Skillful use of chronology and narrative. (10 / 9) Feels like indie cinema in the form of a drama. Edgy, while still capturing a bit of whimsy and romance. (9 / 9) –GF
Standby (2012)
스탠바이
Oh, how I wished this were better. So many actors I love playing characters I didn’t care about. Ha Suk-jin carried this sitcom for me, and for that alone it was worth watching. But only just. (6 / 5)
A Star’s Lover
(2008-09)
스타의 연인
Pro: Choi Ji-woo and Yoo Ji-tae’s acting and great chemistry. Con: Everything else (slow, repetitive, predictable). (5 / 6)
Story of a Man (2009)
aka The Slingshot
남자이야기
Intense, thrilling, smartly woven together. Great balance of light and dark. Hits on all three points of acting, directing, writing—and it’s FUN. (10 / 10)
Strongest Chil Woo (2008)
최강칠우
This is not a good drama, but thankfully its outrageousness (intentional and otherwise) keep it entertaining. Alas its hilarity doesn’t come as frequently as one would like. (6 / 6)
Summer Scent (2003)
여름향기
Probably my favorite of the Season Dramas, because it’s a) not about incest and b) more about the realistic moving on from first love into the present. Atmospheric, and actually uses the feeling of summer in a palpable way. (7 / 6) –GF
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)
성균관 스캔들
So cute and well-done. But, ran out of steam toward the end, curtailing the earlier addiction high. (8 / 8) Fantastic fusion sageuk world with gender-bendy shenanigans. Idealistic and addictive, but doesn’t deliver on all its setups. Makes up for it with bromance explosion of epic proportions. (9 / 8) -GF
Suspicious Housekeeper (2013)
수상한 가정부
A little mysterious, a little ominous, the drama turns out to be a heart-warming story of healing, growth, and bonding. Has some slowish moments, but refreshing in tone and message. (7 / 7)
Sweet 18 (2004)
낭랑18세
A breezy romance between a couple who marries first, then falls in love. Led by an adorable pairing (who became a real-life couple after this drama), the stakes are low and so are the dramatics, but the show keeps up a chipper tone as a sweet, innocent rom-com. (8 / 7)
Sword and Flower (2013)
aka Blade and Petal, 칼과 꽃
Overdirected and underwritten, with an ending that’ll make you want to throw your screen. The style actively works against substance. Often pretentious, sometimes insufferable. (3 / 4)
That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013)
그 겨울, 바람이 분다
Beautifully filmed, elegant schlock. Draws you in with its moody, almost dreamy melo touch, but the story it tells is nothing we haven’t seen in other (faux) incest-chaebol-takeover dramas. Disliked every character and the tiresome machinations. (5 / 7)
Thousand Day Promise (2011)
천일의 약속
Su Ae is commanding. Virtually no plot, just a grim progression of a disease with no hope at the end. Depressing and a little smug. (5 / 7) Compelling performances, but in the end you’re left wondering about the point of it all. (6 / 7) -GF
Three Days (2014)
쓰리 데이즈
As an earnest story about a president and his bodyguard, it succeeds. As a taut condensed-time thriller, it pretty much fails. Points for multifaceted characters, but I really wish the plot had been executed differently. (7 / 6) –GF
To the Beautiful You (2012)
아름다운 그대에게
I watched the whole thing and still don’t know why anyone did anything in this drama. It’s cute at times, but I’d trade that for story logic any day of the week. (3 / 3) -GF
Tree With Deep Roots (2011)
뿌리깊은 나무
Sharp writing, slick directing, stellar acting by Han Seok-kyu as Korea’s most famous king. Full of intrigue and thrills. (8 / 9)
Triple (2009)
트리플
Breezy and refreshing, but also slow. Tone feels like Coffee Prince, but lacks focus and direction. (6 / 5) What on earth was the point of this story? I still don’t know, and I watched every single episode. Seriously. Waste of a stellar adult cast. (4 / 3) –GF
Twelve Men in a Year (2012)
일년에 열두남자
A fresh concept and a fun way to explore singledom. But the execution leaves a lot to be desired, and the heroine always felt miscast. (6 / 5) -GF
Two Weeks (2013)
투윅스
Skillfully maintains compelling pace that tempers a breakneck fugitive plot with character development. Wonderful growth trajectory for the underdog hero. (8 / 8) A fugitive story with laser focus and a heartfelt redemption arc. It succeeds in making you feel like you’re along for the harrowing journey every step of the way. (8 / 8) –GF
Unemployed Romance (2013)
실업급여 로맨스
Took what could have been an endearing story of a couple’s reunion and told it upside-down and backwards. I like that it’s about an underdog hero and heroine, but it’s paced all wrong. (4 / 4) –GF
Unstoppable High Kick (2006-07)
거침없이 하이킥
Loosely plotted family sitcom featuring an adorable cast of future superstars. The problems are small, but the show’s heart is big. (8 / 7)
Vampire Idol (2012)
뱀파이어 아이돌
You don’t make a show about alien vampire idol trainees, then half-ass the camp factor. Props for taking all the best parts of a ridiculous concept and adding adorable relationships on top. Sweetly dim. (7 / 6) Messy and low-rent, but all the more endearing because of it. The cutest dose of zany this side of Vampiritus. (8 / 6) -GF
Vampire Prosecutor (2011)
뱀파이어 검사
Sexy and smart, this action-crime drama is more procedural than paranormal, but damn if the paranormal (Mr. Vampire Hotness) isn’t sizzling. (8 / 8) Slick procedural with a supernatural edge that leaves you chomping at the bit for more. (8 / 8) -GF
Vampire Prosecutor 2 (2012)
뱀파이어 검사 2
The crew is back, the dynamic is funnier, and the addition to the team is a welcome and heartwarming one. And yet, it doesn’t quite have the bite (or the punch or kick) of the first season. (7 / 8) Same vampire, less sizzle. (7 / 7) -GF
The Vineyard Man (2006)
포도밭 그사나이
Mildly amusing, but very ordinary. Oh Man-seok is great, Yoon Eun-hye is forgettable. If you’re a Yoon fan, skip it and see Coffee Prince instead. (5 / 6)
Warrior Baek Dong-soo (2011)
무사백동수
Breathtakingly badass and bromantic. Can get draggy at times. Just fast-forward to the fight scenes. (8 / 7) -GF
What’s Up, Fox (2006)
여우야 뭐하니
Good follow-up by writer of Samsoon. Go Hyun-jung is always a treat to watch, as is Chun Jung-myung. Not necessarily exciting, but humorous and witty. (8 / 8) So. Cute. (8 / 7) –GF
White Christmas (2011)
화이트 크리스마스
Hauntingly stark and beautifully shot. A compelling, psychologically tense character study with a flair for darkness that leaves you amazed, and a little scared. (9 / 9) -GF
Who Are You? (2008)
누구세요?
This drama is all heart. Surprisingly better than its silly start, it gets steadily better as you go along, and the body-swapping is both hilarious and meaningful. Yoon Kye-sang is a standout. (9 / 8)
Who Are You? (2013)
후아유
Watchable mix of mystery, paranormal, and procedural cases lightened up by intermittent comic beats. Neither as poignant nor as dark as I wanted it to be; lead couple lacks that spark. Decent showing, but leaves some of its potential unfulfilled. (7 / 7)
Will It Snow For Christmas? (2009-10)
크리스마스에 눈이 올까요?
First half of this romance melodrama is poignant, emotionally wracking, layered; second half gets too convoluted for comfort. Go Soo is marvelous. (8 / 7)
Wish Upon a Star (2010)
별을 따다줘
Pro: It’s unexpectedly charming. Con: Messy plot and weak secondary characters. Adorable kids and an appealing heroine keep it watchable. (8 / 6)
Witch Amusement (2007) aka Witch Yoo Hee

마녀유희

Endlessly mockable, but in the fun way. Pure eye candy, no nutrition. (6 / 3)
Witch’s Romance (2014)
마녀의 연애
This cute workplace noona-romance does nothing different in the rom-com genre, but it hits all the sweet spots and has sizzling couple chemistry. (8 / 7)
The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry (2010)
아직도 결혼하고 싶은 여자
Breezy, witty. Touching and fun depiction of modern friendships and romance. (9 / 8) If you’re ever having a bad day, watch this drama. Instant pick-me-up, and crackling chemistry to boot. (9 / 8) –GF
Wonderful Season (2014)
참 좋은 시절
(? / ?)
The World They Live In (2008) aka Worlds Within
그들이 사는 세상
True to the title, the world is the most compelling thing about this drama. It’s an inside look at drama producers and directors, and while I never loved any of the characters, I did find them fascinating. (6 / 8) –GF
You From Another Star (2013-14)
별에서 온 그대
With its winsome comedy, sizzling chemistry, and a zippy story, it’s not hard to see why this became the rom-com sensation of the year. It’s got some plot holes, but still is one of the best rom-coms to come around in a while. (9 / 9) Lightning in a bottle. A case where its astronomical popularity is well-deserved and then some. (9 / 9) –GF
You’re All Surrounded (2014)
너희들은 포위됐다
(? / ?)
You’re Beautiful (2009)
미남이시네요
Hilarious situations, fast-moving plot, memorable characters. Park Shin-hye is adorable (if dim), but it’s Jang Geun-seok who kills it. (9 / 8) I never knew I wanted to be a cross-dressing girl/boy in an idol band…until this drama. It takes crazy up a few notches, but in the best way possible. (9 / 9) –GF
You’re Here, You’re Here, You’re Really Here (2012)
왔어 왔어 제대로 왔어
As insipid as shows get. I cut it some slack for being on a fledgling cable station with a minuscule budget, but ultimately it flops. Winning leads in a dull world. (4 / 4)
You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin (2013)
최고다 이순신
Alternately adorable and aggravating; had all the parts of a cuter, funnier show yet failed to take advantage of its assets. Focused too much on the insufferables, not enough on the more enjoyable storylines. Not the worst family drama ever, but not the fun ride I wanted it to be. (6 / 5)
You’ve Fallen For Me (2011)
aka Heartstrings
넌 내게 반했어
Cute players, breezy, youthful vibe. But lacks anything resembling an interesting plot. (6 / 5) –GF

 

And for the old stuff…

Autumn Story (2000)
aka Autumn Fairy Tale
가을동화
They’re siblings! They’re not! It’s the classic twisty melodrama, and one of the earlier ones that came before Winter Sonata (same PD) and made stars out of Song Seung-hun and Song Hye-kyo. –GF
Feelings (1994)
느낌
One of the earliest trendy dramas boasting a hip, young, good-looking cast. Probably the first college campus drama. The drama that spawned my love of all things Lee Jung-jae. I blame you, Feelings. –GF
First Love (1996-7)
첫사랑
Choi Soo-jong and Bae Yong-joon as brothers in love with the same girl…their entire lives. It did solidify my early love of Bae Yong-joon as the tragic bad boy, although that image didn’t last very long as he went on to be the headliner of his own dramas. –GF
Forever Yours (1998)
세상끝까지
Watched this because it was the re-team of Kim Hee-sun and Ryu Shi-won, and was sorely disappointed by the overwrought melodramatic fare that never made use of their adorable chemistry (see: Propose, below). –GF
Hotelier (2001)
호텔리어
Bae Yong-joon and Song Yuna (also with Kim Seung-woo and Song Hye-kyo) in an early hit, about the ins and outs of the hotel business. A Cinderella story, of course, with a little wheeling and dealing thrown in. –GF
Icing (1996)
아이싱
A direct rip-off of The Last Match (see below), it tried to re-create its success with recycled cast and story. See Jang Dong-gun with Lee Seung-yeon back when they were trendy young things.
Jealousy (1992)
질투
THE original trendy drama starring still-famous Choi Jin Shil and Choi Su Jong. Funny and cute, see the drama that started the trend. Lightning in a bottle, I think. It was all about the lead couple and the cracktastic will-they-won’t-they. –GF
Last Match (1994)
마지막 승부
Superstar Jang Dong Gun in one of his earliest roles, featuring an extremely young and new Shim Eun Ha! Spawned the sports-drama trend. I loved this drama. To an embarrassing degree. –GF
Popcorn (2000)
팝콘
Oh, this was a bad drama. Mediocre acting and all the typical cliches—she’s dying, he cries a lot—but it’s old-school Song Seung-heon, before he hit his big break.
Propose (1997)
프로포즈
One of my favorite old-school dramas. A trendy romance that followed in the vein of Feelings, and highlighted the burgeoning love between two best friends, played by Kim Hee-sun and Ryu Shi-won when they were both adorably young. –GF
Sandglass (1995)
모래시계
One of the highest-rated dramas ever, and one of the most highly regarded. Stellar cast, stellar writing, this swept the nation and deals with some intense historical events, such as the Gwangju Massacre of 1980. Still probably one of the best, even by today’s standards. I still have a cassette tape of the soundtrack. –GF
Star in My Heart (1997)
별은 내가슴에
Early Hallyu hit and one of the first Cinderella-story dramas. Over-the-top by today’s standards, but who doesn’t love a rags-to-riches romance? Every girl in Korea wanted to be her. Yeah… –GF
Tomato (1999)
토마토
Another Kim Hee-sun vehicle, with a man and a woman as (gasp!) roommates. Sadly, it veered away from the cute and went towards the melodramatic as the series went on. –GF
Wedding Dress (1997-8)
웨딩드레스
Lee Seung-yun and Kim Hee-sun as sisters who both want to be married. I remember it as being wildly popular back in the day, probably because of the stars, as the story is family/romance, and nothing groundbreaking. –GF
Winter Sonata (2002)
겨울연가
The quintessential Hallyu hit, which skyrocketed Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo to mystifying heights. There’s amnesia, incest, switched identities, life-threatening illnesses, and a lot of crying. A whole lot. –GF
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1,142 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. 601 femmefatale

    I beg to differ about your comment on Secret Garden. But I respect your opinion. It’s just that, in my perspective, the characters are identifiable with. They’re both complex – not stereotyped characters. I love how it fuses realism and fantasy. :))

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    • 601.1 Dewik

      Agree with you 100%

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  2. 602 Brenda

    Thanks for the ratings !!
    I find that I’ve developed an unhealthy dependence on you and girlfriday for my next korean drama high =P

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  3. 603 jenn

    Just watched My Name is Kim Sam Soon on your recommendation and I thought it was good but would rate it more of an 8. The ending seemed rather flat to me, but it was still worth watching. I think Koreans must be too hard on themselves. I didn’t think that girl was fat at all. I really loved Boys over Flowers but that may just be because I’m such a fan of Lee Min ho. He was great in City Hunter too and I liked that one more because it had a really interesting plot plus I love to see him in action type dramas. Another good Kdrama that I recently watched is Tamra Island. It seemed kind of silly at first but now I’m a total fan of Im joo hwan. He and Lee min ho are the best korean male actors I’ve seen so far at really showing so much emotion in their eyes. These are the Kdramas I’ve seen so far. How much I enjoyed watching something is too interwoven in how I rate it to separate it out:
    City Hunter 9
    My name is Kim sam soon 8
    Boys over Flowers-9 (I loved so much about this drama but it just had way too many episodes!)
    Tamara island- 9
    Personal Taste- 9
    Secret Garden- 9
    My Princess- 7
    Lie to Me- 7
    Playful Kiss- 8(if I saw this one again, I wonder if I would rate it the same. It was the first Kdrama I ever watched so I will always remember it fondly.)
    My E.T.(have to admit that I only watched this for min ho which has a small part, but it was good)7
    Millionaire’s first Love-6( I’ll never rate anything great with a sad ending….just me and one reason I hate Nicholas Sparks)

    So I’m still searching for my perfect 10 Kdrama. It has to have a happy ending, good chemistry between the leads, and a decent plot with some action scenes, and I have to completely love the main characters and their acting abilities. I have to cry at least 2x during the movie and the ending has to be the climax..not the episode before. I don’t want it to end with the assumption they get married or live happily ever after. I want to see it. Haha….I’m so picky! Anyway, I guess secret garden came the closest to those criteria but I wasn’t completely in love with the stars so I couldn’t give it a 10. I’ll keep looking for my perfect 10 Kdrama.

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    • 603.1 pininci

      if you still didn’t watch i would recommend coffee prince :) my all time favourite. it has a very strong chemistry and a plot. i can relate to what you are saying, i think too that ending shouldn’t be with the climax and this is actually one more reason for me to love coffee prince. i think it perfectly suits your other descriptions too ;)
      greatest love was great too.

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      • 603.1.1 Krys

        i totally agree. coffee prince is my all-time favorite too :) i definitely recommend it

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  4. 604 starryeyed

    Waaaaah! How on earth did you hardcore rom-com fans miss ‘Protect the Boss’?? :’(

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    • 604.1 Jane

      they had other priorities

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  5. 605 myzoya

    First of all, THANK U so much for the list. Now I can spend my money more wisely in terms of buying the dvds ;)

    But, I was just wondering, how come you guys never rate or make any summary/recap/reviews on periodical dramas, such as Queen Seon Deok, Dong Yi, Jumong etc? I just finished Queen Seon Deok, and it was UBER FANTASTIC…it crawls up to my Top-10 list :-)

    Actually I was looking for the review/recap of Dong Yi & Jumong. And I don’t see it in this website. Since I trust UR opinion truthfully and since U guys have good taste :-) So, now I cannot trust any other reviews anymore *sigh*.

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  6. 606 Han Hee Seung

    Hi!
    I want to recommend u the Princess’ Man. Its amazing and well-made. Very sad and touching but Javabeans, Girlfriday watch it, u’ll love it, i’m sure :)

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  7. 607 JJ

    i’m looking for the princess’ man and you don’t have it here? yet you got the new ones like a thousand days’ promise? how come? just curious coz i just finished watching PM & it’s one awesome sageuk love story type of romeo & juliet, i just loved it!

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  8. 608 cooks

    Hey I found this overview about a new app on facebook called Star Index
    and i feel like sharing it with all you k-pop lovers!

    Star Index is a new beta service app launched on facebook.
    If you type Star Index on the facebook search bar you will see a page and the app.
    Once you install the app you get access to the star book, ranking,news, celebrity profiles, forums, etc.

    There is a search bar in the star book page/screen where you can look up celebrities by nationality,
    occupation,sex, and name to view their profiles. The profiles also contain news about that specific celebrity.

    There is also a Ranking page where you can vote/like and view the celebs weekly fan growth rate.

    The app is neatly organized, but does seem a bit empty probably because it’s a beta version.
    But I think once the app is updated and the forums are started up, Star Index, will become the
    biggest playground for all celebrity (+kpop!) fans to discuss/debate/etc .

    Check out the app yourself : http://apps.facebook.com/starindex

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  9. 609 fea

    Honestly, i have my own biases in rating korean dramas… (if i love the leads, definitely i have whole time watching all the episodes in one sitting) :D

    But believe it or not, i keep on checking your blogs (it really helped me a lot in picking) before i’ll decide what should be next in line…

    Thanks anyway! Love both your wits every now and then!

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  10. 610 RKE

    Hello, I am so glad to find a place that is full of k-drama lovers. I have just found this site and I love the ratings and the recaps and the fact that I am not alone.

    Have you watched Royal Family or Protect the Boss? I just recently watched both of them and loved them. I discovered Ji Sung and I think he is great!

    I am watching Princess’s Man on your recomendation and I love it. You guys are great!

    What about Deep Rooted Trees? Just started that and I really like it.

    Thanks for the hard work

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  11. 611 Violet88

    This is a good source of list for great K-Drama to be watched. I watched some of the listed dramas and totally agree with the review/rating. I am now hooked with Man of Honor/Glory Jane.. Wonder why this is not not been recapped since this is an awesome drama to me..

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  12. 612 lee dong wok

    MY girl….wow..its sooooooooooo nice….falling love :)

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  13. 613 koreanlover

    u totally forgot baker king…then its nothing…

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  14. 614 Rule

    I so agree with everyone here, I trust and enjoy your ratings and comments. Ko mapta. Im not korean but a die hard kdrama addict. I think there is hardly a drama I havent watched (of course ones with good reviews)

    I agree with pininci.. *coffee Prince* just adorable, im so in love with Choi Han Gyul. Funny Feel good and unForgetable.
    who ever didnt watch it just go for it.

    Myzoya please do watch Jumong, it is simply wonderful ( I liked it better than QSD, even though that was wonderful too )
    Dong Yi is endearing too, a very sweet love story.
    Yi San was good too.

    Does any one know where I can watch Dae jo Young, I saw 12 episodes and it disappeared. Cant seem to stream or download it any where. It was quite interesting too.

    Till next time

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  15. 615 Rule

    I started watching PM,(I love historicals) it did seem very nice, but sad and miserable dramas put me off. Although Park Shi Hoo is one of my fav actors, when I read part of the synopsis, I skiped it.
    We already have too much misery and stress to hurt our hearts even more.
    Im sorry!!

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  16. 616 Musings

    Just came here and saw that you did actually watch The Princess’ Man afterall and that made me an extremely happy girl :) So so so glad you liked it!

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  17. 617 hirmah

    hi..im also addicted with korean drama. i just found your site and then suddenly think to share my rated in my collection.
    1. 1% of Anything 5/10
    2. 18 vs 29 8/10
    3. 49 Days 8/10
    4. 9 End 2 Outs 7/10
    5. 90 Days, Falling in Love Days 5/10
    6. A Love to Kill 7/10
    7. A Man Called God 7/10
    8. A Man’s Story 7/10
    9. Air City 6/10
    10. All About Eve 7/10
    11. All In 6/10
    12. Assorted Gems 6/10
    13. Athena: Goddess of War 5/10
    14. Attic Cat 6/10
    15. Autumn Tale 7/10
    16. Baby-faced Beauty 8/10
    17. Bad Couple 7/10
    18. Bad Family 6/10
    19. Bad Guy 8/10
    20. Bad Love 7/10
    21. Ballad of Suh Dong 7/10
    22. Beautiful Days 6/10
    23. Beethoven Virus 5/10
    24. Boys Before Flowers 6/10 (i loved meteor garden more)
    25. Breathless 4/10
    26. Cain and Abel 7/10
    27. Call of the Country 8/10
    28. Can You Hear My Heart 8/10
    29. Chosun Police Season 3 5/10
    30. Chuno 6/10
    31. Cinderella Man 7/10
    32. Cinderella’s Sister 7/10
    33. City Hall 6/10
    34. City Hunter 7/10
    35. Coffee House 7/10
    36. Comrades 6/10
    37. Couple Or Trouble 8/10
    38. Crazy For You 8/10
    39. Creating Destiny 7/10
    40. Crime Squad 7/10
    41. Dae jang geum 7/10
    42. Dae Mul6/10
    43. Dal Ja’s Spring 8/10
    44. Damo 6/10
    45. Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang 10/10
    46. Dong Yi 10/10
    47. Dr. Champ 8/10
    48. Dream (SBS) 8/10
    49. Dream High 8/10
    50. Dream of 400 Years 9/10
    51. East of Eden 8/10
    52. Empress Chun Chu 6/10
    53. Evasive Inquiry Agency 6/10
    54. Exhibition of Firework 7/10
    55. Family’s Honor 8/10
    56. Fashion 70s 9/10
    57. Father’s House 6/10
    58. Flowers for My Life 6/10
    59. Freedom Fighter, Lee Hoe Young 5/10
    60. Friend, The Untold Story 7/10
    61. Fugitive: Plan B 7/10
    62. Full House 8/10
    63. Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung 8/10
    64. Giant 8/10
    65. God of Study 7/10
    66. Good Job, Good Job 7/10
    67. Goong 9/10
    68. Goong S 8/10
    69. Gourmet 9/10
    70. H.I.T 8/10
    71. Hanoi Bride 6/10
    72. Harvest Villa 5/10
    73. Hateful But Once Again 6/10
    74. He Who Can’t Marry 6/10
    75. Heading to the Ground 7/10
    76. Heartstrings8/10
    77. Hello My Teacher 8/10
    78. Hello! Miss 8/10
    79. Hero (MBC) 7/10
    80. Home Sweet Home 6/10
    81. Hong Gil Dong 8/10
    82. Hot Blood 6/10
    83. How To Meet A Perfect Neighbor 9/10
    84. Hwapyeong Princess’s Weight Loss 8/10
    85. I Am Legend 8/10
    86. I Believe in Love 7/10
    87. I Need Romance 7/10
    88. If In Love Like Them 6/10
    89. Iljimae 8/10
    90. I’m Sorry, I Love You 8/10
    91. In Soon is Pretty 7/10
    92. Invincible Lee Pyung Kang 7/10
    93. IRIS7/10
    94. It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl 8/10
    96. Jumong 10/10
    97. Jungle Fish 2 7/10
    98. Killer K 9/10
    99. Kim Soo Ro 7/10
    100. King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo 10/10
    101. Kingdom of the Winds 9/10
    102. Korea Secret Agency 7/10
    103. La Dolce Vita 6/10
    104. Lawyers of Korea 7/10
    105. Legend 9/10
    106. Let’s Go to School Sang Doo! 8/10
    107. Let’s Go To The Beach 7/10
    108. Lie to Me 8/10
    109. Lobbyist7/10
    110. Love Letter7/10
    111. Love Marriage7/10
    112. Love Story In Harvard7/10
    113. Lovers8/10
    114. Lovers in Paris7/10
    115. Lovers in Prague7/10
    116. Loving You a Thousand Times 7/10
    117. Mackerel Run8/10
    119. Manny 6/10
    120. Marrying a Millionaire 6/10
    121. Mary Stayed Out All Night 7/10
    122. Merchant Kim Man Deok 7/10
    123. Midas 7/10
    124. Mischievous Kiss 8/10
    125. Miss Ripley 8/10
    126. Money’s Warfare 7/10
    127. Ms. Kim’s Million Dollar Quest 7/10
    128. My Fair Lady 7/10
    129. My Girl 9/10
    130. My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox 8/10
    131. My Love By My Side 7/10
    132. My Love Patzzi 8/10
    133. My Name is Kim Sam Soon 8/10
    134. My Princess 8/10
    135. My Sweet Seoul 7/10
    136. Myung Wol the Spy 8/10
    137. New Heart 8/10
    138. New Tales of Gisaeng 9/10
    139. Nine Tailed Fox 6/10
    140. Noriko Goes to Seoul 6/10
    141. Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors 7/10
    142. Oh! My Lady8/10
    143. On Air 7/10
    144. Once Upon a Time in Saengchori 8/10
    145. One Fine Day 8/10
    146. Only You 8/10
    147. Over The Rainbow (drama) 8/10
    148. Paradise Ranch 9/10
    149. Partner 7/10
    150. Pasta 8/10
    151. Personal Preference 7/10
    152. Pianist 7/10
    153. Princess Lulu 6/10
    154. Prosecutor Princess 9/10
    155. Protect the Boss 8/10
    156. Que Sera Sera 7/10
    157. Queen of Housewives 7/10
    158. Queen of the Game 7/10
    159. Queen Seon Duk 9/10
    160. Really Really Like You 7/10
    161. Road Number One 7/10
    162. Robbers 7/10
    163. Rock Rock Rock 7/10
    164. Romance Town 8/10
    165. Royal Family 5/10
    166. Running Shirt 6/10
    167. Sad Love Song6/10
    168. Save The Last Dance For Me 7/10
    169. Scent of a Woman 8/10
    170. Sea God 7/10
    171. Secret Campus5/10
    172. Secret Garden 8/10
    173. Secret Investigation Record 7/10
    174. She Is Nineteen 8/10
    175. Shining Inheritance9/10
    176. Sign 8/10
    177. Smile Again 8/10
    178. Smile, You 6/10
    179. Snow In August 4/10
    180. Snow Queen 8/10
    181. Snow White 8/10
    182. Soul 9/10
    183. Soulmate 9/10
    184. Spring Days 8/10
    185. Spring Waltz 8/10
    186. Stained Glass 8/10
    187. Stairway To Heaven 9/10
    188. Stars Falling From the Sky 8/10
    189. Star’s Lovers 7/10
    190. Strike Love 6/10
    191. Style (Korean) 6/10
    192. Successful Story of a Bright Girl 9/10
    193. Summer Scent6/10
    194. Sungkyunkwan Scandal 7/10
    195. Super Rookie 6/10
    196. Surgeon Bong Dal Hee 9/10
    197. Swallow the Sun7/10
    198. Sweet 18 8/10
    199. Sweet Spy 8/10
    200. Take Care of the Young Lady 8/10
    201. Tamna the Island 9/10
    202. Tazza 7/10
    203. Temptation of an Angel 6/10
    204. Terroir 6/10
    205. Thank You 7/10
    206. That Fool 7/10
    207. The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince 8/10
    208. The Birth of the Rich 8/10
    209. The Devil 8/b10
    210. The Duo 7/10
    211. The Greatest Love 8/10
    212. The Gumiho’s Revenge 9/10
    213. The Influence 6/10
    214. The Painter of the Wind 7/10
    215. The Princess’ Man8/10
    216. The Queen Returns 7/10
    217. The Reputable Family7/10
    218. The Return of Iljimae 7/10
    219. The Scales of Providence 7/10
    221. The Snow Queen 7/10
    222. The Vineyard Man8/10
    223. The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry 6/10
    224. The World That They Live In7/10
    225. Thorn Birds 8/10
    226. Three Dads One Mom 6/10
    227. Time Between Dog and Wolf 8/10
    228. Tree of Heaven 6/10
    229. Triple6/10
    230. Twinkle Twinkle 8/10
    231. Warrior Baek Dong Soo 8/10
    232. Wedding 8/10
    233. What Happened In Bali 7/10
    234. What Star Did You Come From 9/10
    235. What’s Up Fox? 8/10
    236. When Its At Night 8/10
    237. White Christmas8/10
    238. Who Are You 8/10
    239. Why Did you Come To My House 8/10
    240. Will It Snow For Christmas? 8/10
    241. Winter Sonata 7/10
    242. Witch Yoo Hee 7/10
    243. Women Of The Sun 6/10
    244. Wonderful Life 7/10
    245. Yi San 7/10
    246. You Are My Destiny 7/10
    247. You’re Beautiful 9/10
    248. You’ve Fallen for Me 8/10
    249. Four sister 4/10
    250. Thirty thousand in search of my son 4/10

    i loved kdrama my goals i want collect & watch all korean drama start from years 2001.

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    • 617.1 noi

      that one heck list. xD

      haha. i’ll take your review as consideration to watch some dramas.

      really really thank yoooou~~~~~~~ <3

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    • 617.2 Rule

      I finished lawyers of korea and Ms Kims million dollar quest, I would rate them the same as you 7/10 for both.
      Thanks for the list I refer to it and watch the next drama.
      There are some I differ from you eg coffee prince 9/10 Sung Scandal 9/10 illjemae 9/10 9 end 2 outs 9/10, not much of a difference though.
      Please do rate the new ones of 2011 too

      Ahhh!! what should I watch next!!

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    • 617.3 Missy

      wow…I don’t think I have watched that much! :) I agree on some of your ratings. But I do like city hunter more that playful kiss. PK got a little tiring and Jung so min,her character was a little upseting but she was cute….I don’t really like Paradise Ranch even though I love Changmin <3 …I think the acting and facial expressions were a little weird. :( Do you agree…I love Shinning inheritance and Sungkyungwan scandal…i gave them both 9 but like objectively around 7/8. So are your objective and personal ratings the same??

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    • 617.4 Yubaya

      One word – WOW!!!!

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  18. 618 Rule

    Hirmah!!!
    Wow have you seen all these dramas?? im in awe.
    I love kdrama too and thought Ive watched pretty much all of them, but you take the cake.
    Thanks for the ratings, I agree with most of them. Where is Coffee Prince?? its one of my favorites.
    I only watch the happy ones, and skip the mirerable ones. Im not a fan of watching something to make me cry. It upsets me and I feel awful for days after.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    • 618.1 hirmah

      hi…..
      I am not choose but would prefer complicated & sad drama or suspense or sad ending like queen of seon deuk, bad guy,hon,soulmate,dong yi,etc

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  19. 619 Saadiah

    Wowwww Hirmah i really admire u. U really watched a lot of Korean drama. I wish I could finish as mush as I can. As I just become k-drama addict since last year

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    • 619.1 hirmah

      i watch kdrama since i 15 years old but only watch at tv. i start collect kdrama since i 20 yrs old (2006). in 5 years i buy dvds, download or change with others people. i got many collection kdrama & movie, jdrama & movie, anime & manga & comic, english series & movie.
      Actually this is my weird hobby colect and watched.

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  20. 620 Rule

    Hirman! nothing wierd about your hobby, these dramas are very addicting.
    well here we conflict a bit as Im the happy drama fan. But you know I loved QSD, it has everything. Also Bad Guy (I hated the ending though) it made a mess of a lovely drama.
    Dong Yi was good too.
    whats Hon

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  21. 621 Rule

    going to start Lawyers of Korea or Fashion 70, (you gave a 9) which is good for me.
    I like a drama (not necessirily a comedy) I like happy endings.

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    • 621.1 hirmah

      for me both is good drama but i like more fashion 70 its not only good drama but it give you a good lessons! s watch it! and enjoy! It was touching and intense and suspenseful. i hope read your comment about fashion 70 soon..

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  22. 622 Rule

    I ended up watching New Heart, its nice but a bit long. Im enjoying it a lot.
    will watch F70 next

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  23. 623 saadiah

    Hi hirmah…. i think nothing weird with ur hobby. I also start collecting k-drama now. i just bought once i found it. and now endup with quite a lot n haven’t watch it. i also collecting english drama

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  24. 624 anne

    awwww. no ratings for beethoven virus. you guys didn’t watch it?.

    just seeing the series now and i am on the 11th episode. peeked in here so i could get your opinion on the whole show. cause as for me i really like how the love story progresses, it’s like i didn’t see it coming and when it knocks…………..wow!

    anyway, just sharing thoughts! hehe

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    • 624.1 Rule

      I watched BV earlier, thought it was good. It doesnt have too much romance as it focuses more on music and attainment.

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      • 624.1.1 anne

        it doesn’t? awww!! for me it does. even though the love things doesn’t show much of a skinship but it is still a love that developed over time. a love that’s been waiting to be accepted and face with-out fear in “someday” time.

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  25. 625 Pops

    Hello everybody!!!!

    I was wondering if anyone could help me with some K-Drama suggestions? I am new (about 8 months) to this whole genre but bloody hell it has become such an addiction!! A really really GOOD addiction!!!

    Like heaps of the above comments I am totally into the happy endings!! I watched 49 days recently and I have still not recovered. It seriously nearly killed me!!!!!!!!!!!Blurg! Other than that I really loved everything about that drama.

    My first ever drama was Dream high which I love (Song Sam Dong!!) and I also loved Boys over flowers even though I do realise it was absolutely rediculous. Though my love for that could have had something to do with Lee Min Ho.

    I loved Coffee Prince, City Hunter, my girlfirend is a Gumiho, 49 days (minus the evil ending)

    I enjoyed Personal taste, Kim Sam Soon, Return of Iljimae and Playful Kiss,

    but I got well bored by Coffee house (what was the point?)

    I am watching My delightful girl Choon Hyung at the moment and just bought ‘Mary stayed out all night” and Girl K.

    Any suggestions (with happy endings)???

    I would appreciate your help so much!!!!!!!!!! :)

    Thank you!!!!!

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    • 625.1 Rule

      Dont let me start!!! there are so many.
      Try Full house,
      Procecutor Princess,
      my princess,
      my girl,
      Sungkyunkwan Scandal (its historic, but very cute)
      Heartstrings,
      Protect the boss,
      Your are beautiful,
      my girlfriend is a gumiho.
      enjoy!!
      Just watched New Heart, it was good too 7/10 type.
      Fashion 70, cant lose, you are alone next on my list

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      • 625.1.1 Pops

        Thanks heaps for the suggestions!!!! I will defo look into these!!

        I have heard great things about Sungkyunkwan scandal so maybe I’ll try that one next!!!! :)

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        • 625.1.1.1 Rule

          SS, yes its quite adorable, I forgot to mention
          shining inheritance
          goong (princess hours) the other is not too good
          biscuit teacher sugar candy ( the same guy in coffee prince)
          Baker king kim tak go
          who are you (kind of like 49 days but funnier)
          personal taste
          9 end 2 outs
          can you hear my heart ( its a drama and a bit intense but the ending is good, worth the time)
          Dr champ
          family honor ( a bit long but nice, has shi hoo)
          Lie to me ( started really good and funny but later became a bit draggy, but definately give it a try)
          Most Kdramas start really really great but then most get draggy in the end especially if they are too long. I prefer the 16episodes ones.
          Ive been at it since a year and now i cant find ones like before, Sigh!! Seen most of them that I thought were good.
          Ill tell you more as I remember them in time.
          I like all of these

          happy watching and let me know what you think1

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          • 625.1.1.1.1 Pops

            Ha!!! Thanks so much Rule!!!! I am going to print out your lists and start at it!!!! :)

            So you have been watching for a year? How did you find out about K-drama? All my friends think I am crazy so it is nice to visit dramabeans and see I am not along in my obsession!!

            Do you have a favourite? (I know hard question right!!)

            I havent even heard of a few that you mentioned above so that is exciting!! I will check them out!! Am watching Delightful girl choon H?yung right now which I am enjoying a lot! Though, lie you said, it starting to drag a little bit although nopt too badly at this point!! :)

            Thanks again! :)

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    • 625.2 rearwindow

      I know this is pretty late to respond to your post, but if you’re still reading…you NEED to watch Flower Boy Ramen Shop. Soooo good, so upbeat, but touching at the same time. It’s addicting and gripping without being angsty, and it’s feel-good but actually has substance, too. It took me a couple of episodes to get into it, but once I did, I was hooked.

      Secret Garden was super entertaining and the leads had AMAZING chemistry.

      City Hall was great, too. It definitely had some flawed characters but it had an incredibly hopeful, happy ending. The chemistry b/t the leads in this was great as well.

      I’m watching History of a Salaryman and I can’t vouch for the ending, but I’m loving it–very action packed and funny, with some great love triangles/squares/lines/what have you developing.

      My Girl was really good, and had truly likable male and female leads (no borderline abusive relationships in this show, nosiree!), but languished a bit too long in the drama/angst at the end for my tastes. Still a great show, though.

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      • 625.2.1 POPS

        Oh thanks Rearwindow!!! I have just seen this now!!!

        I have also seen recently Flower Boy Ramen shop and I also thought it was awesome!!! the only problem was that my English subs went a bit mental after only about 6 episodes…so I still watched the whole thing but couldn’t really understand all the conversations properly so it was less funny… :(
        actually I think I am going to need to try and find it with better subs and watch the whole thing again cos I was enjoying it so much!!!!

        I quite like Jang Il Woo and usually enjoy his dramas (not so much his character in Moon that embraces the sun though as he was such a complainer, asking his brother the King to give him Wol for his wife even though he knew for a fact that SHE DIDN’T LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so stupid of him…..gggrrr) ………anyway…..thanks for replying to my comment!!!!!! :)

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  26. 626 Rule

    Haha!!Pops!
    I didnt exactly find out about kdrama(like how good they were) I was browsing historic dramas and found Queen Seon Duk, which I watched and really loved it.(Its really really good but not a comedy and has sad parts, was in love with the queen really, really really cute when she was young, try it but sad ending as its history) I love historic drama too.
    After that I was hooked, like you everyone thinks Im quite crazy too, and make fun (in a good way :) ) but i dont care!! l love kdrama.
    DGCH is cute too.
    Fav…wow i have too many cant say. Jumong is one of them, QSD, Dong Yi, Yi san (others too) in historic. and yes! story of the first kings four gods.
    I have a soft spot for coffee prince ( I stopped watching coffee house after 3 ep, annoying)
    Personal Preference
    well Ill make a full list when i get the time with my ratings.
    TC

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    • 626.1 Pops

      Man, I WISH I had stopped watching Coffee House after episode three!!!

      I bought it off ebay because I thought I was buying Coffe Prince (which I had heard was great from Dramabeans) and I just thought the English language title translation had been done wrong…which it hadn’t….so I bought and watched Coffee House.

      I think its the only drama I have watched that I actually fully disliked.

      And I discovered Kdrama from following random utube links!!

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  27. 627 Maqluba

    I read the whole post then wanted to see what you guys’ “10″ dramas were so I hit *F and searched for all the “10″ and it stopped at Mary Stayed Out All Night and I almost threw up, then I realized it stopped at the 20″10″ that JB wrote as “the worst drama of 2010″ LMAO

    I love so many dramas and there are plenty that I re-watch, but the only one I have thoroughly enjoyed and have been completely satisfied with (from the funny to the sad to the angst to the writing/directing/narrative/etc) is Soulmate. I’m so glad I’m not alone:)
    thanks for all your hard work guys!

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    • 627.1 Pops

      Is Mary stayed out all night really that bad?

      How depressing!!!

      I just bought it (but haven’t started watching it yet) and I totally didn’t check the rating first. So nothing worth watching in it?

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      • 627.1.1 Rule

        Mary is not thaaaaat bad, its watchable, dont feel bad.
        its not great though.
        watch when you have no other to watch

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      • 627.1.2 Maqluba

        No MSOAN is not that bad…it has some funny comedy points and I did watch the whole thing so I wasn’t hating it, I just thought it could have been so much better then it was given the actors they used. They had skillful actors and a good idea of a story but they didn’t execute it as well as they could have, I think anyways.
        They funny could definitely been funnier and the angst definitely could have been more angst-y but they didn’t take it in either direction so it kinda felt like fluff, but not the good kind lol.
        There are tons of fans of MSOAN and tons of (anti-fans?) but there are also people like me who didn’t mind watching it but weren’t too effected by it either so you should give it a try and see where you fall:)

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    • 627.2 Rule

      I havent seen soulmate yet, i didnt make out what the synopsis was about, somehow didnt appeal to me, some say good some say ok so ive skipped it so far. does it have a good ending. Is it that good? how would you rate it compared to coffee prince!
      Pops why do you buy kdrama? you can stream all of them, and if you really like them then download them. no point in spending money on ones you dont like, right!!

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      • 627.2.1 Pops

        ha ha yes well that would make more sense Rule!!

        But I don’t have the net at home, only at work and I want to watch them on weekends!! ….and at night…. and all the time basically.

        It sucks though because the english subtitles always go crazy by the last two episodes at least and everyone starts saying really really strange things. Like really REALLY strange things!!!!!!

        Which might be funnier if it wasn’t so upsetting!!

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      • 627.2.2 Maqluba

        So Coffee Prince was one of my first kdramas I watched, and I remember loving it at the time but to be honest it’s not one I would watch all over again (mostly because of how long it was) but maybe in another year I’ll feel the need to re-watch.
        The editing of Soulmate plays around with timing in a way no other drama I’ve seen do before (and I’ve seen tons) and that was just the icing on the cake… The acting was good, the music was GREAT, and the comedy/angst hit the spots in all the right places and to me that makes it a “10″ drama. The whole plot really is just about couples getting together and the central theme is the idea of “soulmates” and whether they truly exist (the two main actors actually don’t believe in them to begin with).
        I’m not a good critic..it’s hard for me to hate a drama unless the acting is really bad or the story gets so slow that I have to drop it, so thats a little background on how I view things (if you click on my name it should take you to a list I made so you can compare your ratings with mine and see if we match enough for you to listen to my recommendation or just ignore me lol)
        Also its only 11 episodes (they split each 1 hr episode into 2 so thats why some places write 22 eps) so you can marathon it quick:) the ending made me want to shoot the writer but if I had to be honest it was the best ending they could have done to continue on with the idea of “soulmate”.. I don’t know how to explain it w/o spoiling it but you’ll see what I mean if you watch it lol
        I’d love to know what you think if you end up watching it:)

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        • 627.2.2.1 Rule

          ok will give it a try in the near future, have a lot on my list yet.
          But u know I hate drama that dont give you a definate ending or a sad one…:(
          now im watching an old drama someone said its nice so i ended up watching it, its called Ms kims million dollar quest.
          whats it like???…. well its quite a cliche, a mix of many dramas but its light and fun and acting is cute, so im going along with it. cant say id tell everyone to watch it but like if you have nothing else…..now that i started i have to finish it.

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  28. 628 Rule

    Has anybody seen “The servant”, plz comment and review if you have

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  29. 629 Cat78

    For me

    Cityhall 10/10

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  30. 630 Pops

    OK so in answer to some earlier conversation above (from agesand ages and ages ago..but anyway) ………. I just finished ‘Mary stayed out all night’ AND TOTALLY LOVEDIT!!!!!

    I mean it did sort of anti-climax at the end and yes the two dads were both silly and annoying, and the plot was quite totally crazy but to be honest I don’t watch K-Drama because I am looking for some hard hitting reality. Bring on the silly I say!!!

    I totally loved Mary and Mu Guyl!!! And their kiss in ep 8 was totally epic and way better than the ones where the guy just smooshes his lips against the girls while she just stands there with her eyes open doing nothing. Totally not romantic.

    Anyway…..I totally loved it….but maybe I am just weird ….

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  31. 631 Rule

    just finished watching me too flower, even though it had some flaws in the story, it was really cute.
    the actors keep you hooked as they are really endearing, the evil one annoys you 7/10

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  32. 632 Rule

    Just finished Tree with deep roots…..its a wow 9/10
    its quite gripping, liked it a lot.
    Im going to start Dae Jo Young, I started last year but it vanished after 12 episodes, now I checked and its back on youtube…. so looking forward.
    Saw a lot of saeguks, and loved most of them. Queen Seon duk, jumong yi san dong yi etc. Please suggest some excellent ones if u know of any.

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  33. 633 KimKas

    Hello dear recappers of dramabeans,

    First of all I’d like to thank you all for your huge efforts and time spent on recapping dramas for us. My gratitude towards you can only be understated.

    Question : you have recapped City Hall (with Kim Sun Ah and Cha Seung Won) but it’s not in the list. Perhaps it was forgotten ? Or if you intentionally left it out, then please ignore my remark :)

    I’ve only watched something like 12 dramas so far, for some I overall agree with your reviews, but I get the feelings that you’re really harsh for some of them. For instance : IRIS, in its genre, is the most well-accomplished drama to date. The ending doesn’t match the excellent work from the 15-16 previous episodes but nevertheless it remains an excellent drama for spy-action. I’d give it a 8-7.

    Athena, on the other hand is not worthy of 6-6, for not living up to its predecessor (IRIS) and most importantly : for so criminally wasting the talents of Cha Seung Won, Soo Ae and all. That drama could have been a monstrous hit if it had a decent script. I was left pretty disappointed overall.

    Greatest Love is, in my humble opinion, the best drama written by the Hong sisters to date. Just edges My Girlfriend is a Gumiho. You’re Beautiful is nice to watch but I don’t feel it to be as brilliant as their last two dramas. But I thoroughly enjoy watching Park Shin Hye, and the story is still pretty good.

    Thanks again, I love your work :)

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  34. 634 Lin

    Have you watch Iljimae ( lee Jun Ki)? if you’re haven’t, u should watch it, it’s a very good historical drama, like really good. XD

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  35. 635 leslie

    love your blog! I hope you add “Smile, You” in this post since I know you also like this drama. I’m sure people get discouraged by how long it is but its light and fun and exactly what some people would like. :)

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  36. 636 olsen

    my my

    I’ve read this post like ages ago when I first ‘discovered’ DB

    It never crossed my mind that it would be updated

    Thanx for the info guys :-*

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  37. 637 Jaykah

    Wow I never realised how many dramas I’ve watched until I was going through your list and realised I’ve seen majority of them. Too bad I’m not Korean so I always have to make sure they are subbed :(

    Does anyone know where to find the older dramas like Sandglass?? I didn’t get into dramas until Autumn in my Heart so behind on the others..

    Thanks so much for putting in the time and effort to rate these dramas!

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  38. 638 hirmah

    hi…here my new drama rated
    1. Whats Up i give 9/10 (still airing)
    2. vampire Prosecutor 8/10
    3. the musical 8/10
    4. ojakgyo brothers 8/10
    5. color of woman 8/10 (for epi 1-10 still wait for other epi)
    6. poseidon 7/10
    7. cant lose 7/10
    8. queen of reversal 8/10
    9. powerful opponent 8/10
    10. coma 6/10
    11. me too flower 7/10
    12. flower boy ramyun 7 n half /10
    13.bachelors vegetable store 7 n half/10
    i just finish download these below drama but still hold to watch. can anyone give rate for these drama
    1. a thousand days promise
    2. Brain
    3. Man of honor
    4. a thousand years of love
    5. phoenix
    6. say you love me/ tell you love me
    7. alone in love
    8.Ireland
    9. capital scandal
    10. fight
    11. my mom super mom
    12. rock rock rock

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    • 638.1 Rule

      Brain was good 8/10 (if you are into medical drama)
      alone in love 6/10 (was a nice story but very draggy)
      I downloaded man of honor too but havent seen it as the reviews were very poor for this drama
      I read the reviews for the musical were not too good so i didnt watch it…but you gave an 8…..was it good??
      i loved whats up (still have to see the last 2 epis)
      ojak bro was really good too…looking forward to the last 8 epis
      will start bachelor when it finishes airing

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      • 638.1.1 hirmah

        i loved the musical its nice drama just the ending its not very complete but still good drama..
        i loved medical drama, have you ever watch Surgeon Bong Dal Hee?this also medical drama really good and i give 9/10.
        i just finish watch
        1. alone in love 6/10
        2. fight 9/10 (good drama i love it good figther)
        3. rock3 5/10
        4.a thousand years of love 7/10
        5.unstoppable high kick 9/10 (still watch epi8 103/167)

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        • 638.1.1.1 Rule

          exactly my sentiments about the musical.
          Yes I saw Surgeon BDH, i loved it too. Brain is good too
          watching fermentation family….hmmm well i dont know what to comment, I think its so so, but i really like song il wok, so im attempting to watch it further, im on ep 6 now. May be it will get better as it progresses.
          ill check out flight as you praise it
          Unstoppable seems very attractive, im only scared of its longgggg length.

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          • 638.1.1.1.1 Rule

            is flight a movie?? with kim bum?
            Is it a sad movie??
            I dont want to feel depressed..let me know

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  39. 639 leah

    My Favorite kdrama is 49 days, 3 dads and 1 mom, my princess.

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  40. 640 hirmah

    hi… fight is a korean drama got 5 epi only..
    i just watch
    1. wild romance 9.5/10 (epi 14/16)
    2. shut up flower boy band 8/10 (epi 6/16)
    3.gloria 8.5/10 (epi25/50
    4. smile dong hae 8/10 (epi 141/159)

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    • 640.1 Rule

      just finished watching wild romance…really liked it, but it was more of suspence than rom comedy. still liked it, nice spicy chemistry between the main leads. loved the story of the second leads…cute. wish it had more of the wild romance than the suspence stuff though. 8/10
      Fermentation family!! did anyone watch it? I just finished it. It was a laid back calming type of story. Pace was a bit slow for my taste, still liked it 7/10
      by the way both had nice endings!!!

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  41. 641 Unspoken

    Hey guys, awesome list, but I was wondering how you’d rate What’s up? imo a series that sets itself on a whole other level compared to most korean dramas, loved it!

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    • 641.1 Rule

      yes i liked whats up but the extention was not needed.
      would rate it 7/10

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  42. 642 Jen

    Didn’t you guys watch Padam Padam?? What’s the score?

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    • 642.1 TechnoKeats

      yes, one of the best dramas of 2012. I’m happy it made it to the year end review.

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  43. 643 Rule

    Is anyone watching “Take Care of us Captain”, is it me or everyones opinion too!!
    it started out really good, then kept on going downhill till it gets super boring. there is no story at all…same repitation.But you are stuck as you have to finish to the end…very frustrating.
    I literally fast forwarded all episodes from midway to date..

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  44. 644 Missy

    I must say I like the idea you have both unbias and bias ratings. I also do that when I am giving comments and remarks about dramas I have watched to my friends. I think it’s very important to be objective and then add your personal view because it really makes a difference. Some individuals I know don’t do this, they are so bias. I mean at the end of the day of the day not everyone clicks to the plot or characters-everyone is different. So being objective is needed but don’t get me wrong personal is great as well. I makes you who you are. What do you think??

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    • 644.1 Rule

      You’re right Missy, one should be objective as well as give your personal opinion.
      I just comment what I think about the drama, and read others comments to match with mine or differ!!!
      I guess when mostly ppl like something its generally good!!
      Didnt watch Padam Padam, it might be good but I dont like heavy melodrama….like a lighter comedy type. I feel we already go through a lot of melodrama in life and want to makebelief in a fun happy world of drama!!
      objectively lots of ppl love to cry and enjoy!

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      • 644.1.1 missy

        hmm I guess but you should definitely watch it. I don’t like lots of sad dramas/movies as well but once I started I wanted to finish it. Overall it was good and personally I really like it. Most of the recent dramas now are really good. I can’t wait to see Rooftop Prince.

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  45. 645 Rule

    i am currently watching Color of Woman, (on ep 8) it seems nice but the girlfriend is ssssssssooooo frustratingly irritating. It might be a reason i should stop because it is uffff…..to much. she is vain shallow stupid selfish and egotistical. absolutly NOTHING likable about her, literally. she is a big BLOW to the word friendship.
    im going to give it another couple of epis if she remains the same, then this drama is not worth the heartburn

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  46. 646 Rule

    I read is someones review about this drama called “The man who cant get married” and started to watch it.
    It is really cute with nice humour and the prickly ol man is really cute, I love him. Hahahaha
    Im on the fifth ep will update you after I finish

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  47. 647 mollyP

    I actually find that I stop watching a lot of dramas if I just cant take it any more. Be it noble idiocy, annoying cast, or crap story-line. when first started watching a little over 3 years ago, Id watch everything. minute by minute. But now I skip so much because it gets on my nerves. The only drama I Have watched recently without skipping anything is Shut up flower boy band ( bloody good!), and before that flower by ramyun shop (absolutely fabulous!) and before that The Princesses man (NO. More. Tears). I mean start watching them properly, but then something happens and I cant watch it any more. Like recently I stopped watching colour of a woman (I love Jae Hee, I do, I promise). And I skipped huge chinks of Padam Padam although I loved it in the start. Sigh, I want to go back to the days where I watched dramas blindly, before my tastes became refined.

    So the point is please recommend some dramas that will capture me completely?

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    • 647.1 mollyP

      sorry about any grammatical errors, Im still not fully awake!

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    • 647.2 Rule

      Ah!! I understand you completely. Them mostly start slow then start getting addicting and suddenly start to drag after ep 10 or so, then you say get on with it already!!and you end up watching the last ep as you want to know what happened in the end!
      Well I enjoyed family honour and ojakgyo brothers although it was long, didnt skip much.
      I nearly pulled my hair in colour of woman and take care of us captain….that one is sooooooo draggy I fastforwarded from ep 12 onwards.
      Coffee Prince was one you can fall in love with.
      Sweet 18 and My girl are really cute too.
      I really dont know what type you like I suggested these as you like flower boys ones.

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  48. 648 mastille

    The Moon Embraces the Sun’s rating is way too high, first time I’ve seen a rating here I completely disagree with

    There wasn’t an interesting thing about the acting, directing, and definitely not the writing, the series was soooo dull despite some promising early episodes

    See Secret Garden and Personal Taste have ratings around there and while the plot and endings were questionable, they were addictive and the acting and chemistry added that ‘x-factor’ in

    But Moon had none of this. It looked pretty. But it didn’t look different from any other sageuk though so it doesn’t get extra points.

    I’d give it a 4/5 at most, BBF got high ratings too but at least it was a FUN mess while it lasted

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  49. 649 matz

    whew, i noticed in all the dramas that i’ve watched and those that you’ve rated, all those with a rating of 7 and above are the pretty good ones

    your rating is making me think twice of watching dream high 2, but i feel like i’m not going to have a closure of i wouldn’t watch it.

    gaaaaaaaaaaaah. all the internal conflict for dramas :))
    anyway, there are more dramas to come! no time for dilly dally!

    thanks for the ratings guys!!

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  50. 650 Jen

    WHOA, such a low rating for Moon/Sun???
    I haven’t watched it yet, but I’ve only heard good things about it! Mhmmm, definitely sceptical now since you guys have always been right about your ratings…

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