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
Dramabeans Top 10: Korean dramas about enemies-to-lovers romances
by | January 22, 2016 | 107 Comments
girlfriday: We promised more Dramabeans Top 10s and now we’re back! Year-end shenanigans kept us busy for a while there, but it’s a brand new year and there are many more dramas to be watched! javabeans: Our last Top 10 focused on friends who became lovers, so what better counterpart than ye olde dramaland favorite,... More »


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Spill the Beans: A sleepover tiff and a chance at healing
by | January 2, 2016 | 31 Comments
And the addiction stories continue to pour in — thanks to everyone who sent in one! To submit, email us your stories, and we’ll keep sharing them as long as you guys keep sending them in.   If you replace one addiction for another, can you still consider the first one cured? Nina has experience... More »


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2015 Editors’ Picks [Year in Review, Part 11]
by | December 28, 2015 | 329 Comments
We’re finally here, at the end of another Year in Review series! We warned you it’d be long this time, but hopefully you all made it through with us. We promise this is the last one! (At least till next year. Which is, eek, almost this year.) As ever, the process of selecting our picks... More »


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Sweet heroes and fierce heroines [Year in Review, Part 10]
by | December 27, 2015 | 150 Comments
Looking back, 2015 has been a really generous year for me in dramaland. Thanks to the overlords’ wicked sense of humor (or maybe just a belated sense of self-preservation…), the five-drama limit posed an interesting predicament. I found I didn’t want to expend my words or energy on the middling-to-mediocre shows, or indeed, the half-good-half-bad... More »


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Drama tasting notes [Year in Review, Part 9]
by | December 25, 2015 | 74 Comments
Like everyone else, it was a struggle narrowing down my selection to just five dramas. I thought it would be easy, since 2015 left me mostly disappointed when it came to dramas, so there were only a handful of dramas I really cared about to begin with. But I also had to go through the... More »


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Santa goes Zen [Year in Review, Part 8]
by | December 24, 2015 | 97 Comments
Another year, another Christmas Eve delivery completed! Not gonna lie, recent years haven’t been the rosiest for Old Saint Nick, but this year, I decided to do something about it. If by something I mean nothing, in that the doctor ordered me to take some time off the elf toy assembly line and get some... More »


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For the responsible addict [Year in Review, Part 7]
by | December 23, 2015 | 72 Comments
Wowie, it’s the end of 2015, and another eventful year of dramas has come to an end. I always enjoy awards and reviews season, since it puts the whole year in perspective and gives me a couple more dramas to put on my list. I’m making a list and not checking it twice, since I’ll... More »


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A sweet year of dramas [Year in Review, Part 6]
by | December 21, 2015 | 144 Comments
It was no easy task, trying to choose only five dramas out of an entire year of wonderful stories to write about in my year-end review. In the end, I decided to go with five shows that gave the viewers something a little different than we originally expected — dramas that seemed to be one... More »


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The fifth wheel in dramaland [Year in Review, Part 5]
by | December 20, 2015 | 75 Comments
My math must be off this year because somehow, choosing five dramas turned out to be an immeasurably more difficult task than previous years. If we’re going by numbers alone, there should’ve been less stress involved, but then it hit me: a truncated list meant I had to be selective with my choices. This would... More »


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The five stages of grief [Year in Review, Part 4]
by | December 19, 2015 | 106 Comments
I’m pretty sure I went through all five stages of grief when faced with the incredibly daunting task of summing up the year in just five dramas, because that seemed like way too much responsibility to take on. In retrospect, it shouldn’t have been so frightening when I’d made top five lists in past reviews,... More »




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