Korean Drama Reactions & Reviews

Basically, here you'll find drama reviews that don't follow the episode-by-episode recap format. That includes series reviews, summaries, year-end reviews, polls, and editors' picks featuring the best and the worst dramas of the year.

Also: Name That Drama (identify dramas by the bits and pieces that readers remember), Kolorful Palette (drawings based on drama scenes by the talented Fanderay), and If You Like (recommendations based on drama genres or tropes).
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Drama Reactions & Reviews
Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
by | January 21, 2017 | 100 Comments
It’s just the beginning of all the new drama premieres in the new year, and already I’m wondering how I’ll keep up with watching all of them. I think I may need a chart. Tell us what new shows you’ve picked up and what’s worth a watch right this second, and what you’ve got on... More »


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Top 10 favorite drama bromances
by | January 18, 2017 | 211 Comments
javabeans: It seemed only natural to follow up our list of favorite couples with our list of favorite bromances, which are sometimes just as compelling as the love stories—er, I mean romantic love stories, since bromances are love stories of another kind. girlfriday: The best kind! Bromantic love is one of my favorite types of... More »


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Why You Should Watch: Can You Hear My Heart?
by | January 16, 2017 | 88 Comments
[Here’s our first reader-submitted edition for our Why You Should Watch feature, which is your chance to let people know about a drama you think is worth their attention, and advocate for why they should give it a try. We know we can’t cover every drama out there that’s ever been aired, but that’s why... More »


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Spill the Beans: Catching the Lee Min-ho virus and learning to heal
by | January 15, 2017 | 18 Comments
To submit your story, email us your stories, and we’ll keep sharing them as long as you guys keep sending them in.   K-drama gifts are my favorite—one time my friend gave me M&M’s printed with Taecyeon and Kim Jae-wook’s faces (from Who Are You). But Cozybooks sounds like she has the best friends and... More »


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Why You Should Watch: Biscuit Teacher Star Candy
by | January 14, 2017 | 170 Comments
Since the universe decided to be cruel and leave us hanging with no new episode of Goblin today, it seemed like a good day to go digging around in the old drama vault for a Gong Yoo marathon. Because you can never have enough Gong Yoo in your drama-watching life, I say. When we first... More »


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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
by | January 14, 2017 | 105 Comments
We’re winding down with a number of shows these days, which means we’ll soon be greeted with an influx of new titles. (The cycle, it never ends, it just goes on and on and onnnnn….) Are you glad to be sending off the ending shows, or sad to say goodbye? Or maybe one of those... More »


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Top 10 favorite drama OTPs (One True Pairings)
by | January 13, 2017 | 283 Comments
javabeans: Okay, I think we were being punished in this list for saying how easy the last one was (in picking our top 10 drama tropes), because damn if picking our top 10 dramaland couples wasn’t HARD. girlfriday: Yeah, Past Us really set us up to eat our own words. How can you even pick... More »


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Name That Drama: Fluffy puppies and extreme makjang
by | January 9, 2017 | 27 Comments
  As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   The “or something” is the most important part Well, there was this drama I watched, it’s about a family or something, and the drama is full of innuendos. I remember a scene where the boy from... More »


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Our Top 10 favorite K-drama tropes
by | January 8, 2017 | 222 Comments
javabeans: It was painful to pick only 10 dramas for the previous list of gateway dramas, but when we decided to write about tropes for this list, I found that it practically wrote itself. (The list, I mean! Not the entries, which were as arduous as ever!) girlfriday: Yeah this list was particularly fun, because... More »


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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
by | January 7, 2017 | 176 Comments
It’s a new year, although we haven’t been hit with any brand-new shows yet. (That’ll be for later this month—everybody brace yourselves for a sudden influx of material!) After last week’s year-end pre-emptions resulted in a paltry drama airing schedule, it was a bit of a relief to get a full slate this week, though... More »