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
Five by five in 2015 [Year in Review, Part 3]
by | December 16, 2015 | 136 Comments
So it turns out that the only thing worse than being frazzled to capacity to write twenty reviews at year’s end is forcing a drama addict to choose ONLY FIVE shows to talk about. I’m pretty sure we knew this going in, and I even have vague recollections of saying things like, “Yes! The angst... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Giving 2015 a hand [Year in Review, Part 2]
by | December 14, 2015 | 227 Comments
As we’ve mentioned, we here at Dramabeans Central have been changing up our year-end review series, trying out new features and reworking others. It’s been an ongoing process looking for ways to make things fresher and better, and it felt like we were due for an update. Change is scary, but change is good! Aside... More »


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Name That Drama: Elevator kissing and cake with tears
by | December 13, 2015 | 79 Comments
  As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   More, please Hi! I watched this drama long back and only watched 3-4 episodes and I can’t remember the name or even the leads’ faces. I think the leads were neighbors. One scene I haven’t forgotten... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Bean Count [Year in Review, Part 1]
by | December 11, 2015 | 355 Comments
Welcome to The Bean Count, a new feature we’re trying out this year, which arose, if we’re being totally honest, out of a half-loopy brainstorming session of thinking up new, improved (?) ways to weigh in on the past year’s drama offerings. The Beanie Polls are all about you guys, and the Editors’ Picks are... More »


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2015 Beanie Awards: Vote for your favorite dramas of the year
by | December 7, 2015 | 586 Comments
Can you believe it’s December?! Where did my year gooooooo. On the upside, that means the 2015 Beanie Awards are here, and it’s your chance to weigh in on all your favorites (and less-than-favorites) of the year. We’ll also be kicking off our annual Year-End Review Extravaganza, which will be a little different this year... More »


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Spill the Beans: Family bonding and friend conversion
by | December 7, 2015 | 11 Comments
We have more addiction stories to share — thanks to everyone who has written in! I had thought we’d have run out by now, but nope, we are a firmly addicted crowd. Never change, all! To submit your story, email us your stories, and we’ll keep sharing them as long as you guys keep sending... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Name That Drama: Ramyun of revenge and rice cakes of death
by | November 24, 2015 | 78 Comments
  As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   Actors playing actors A few years ago my mother was watching this drama and I only got a few glimpses. Apparently there are two girls who want to be actresses. One had the help of her... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Spill the Beans: Mistaken names and life before internet dramas
by | November 15, 2015 | 57 Comments
Thanks to everyone who sent in addiction stories! To submit, email us your stories, and we’ll keep sharing them as long as you guys keep sending them in.   Jamie’s story made me laugh out loud. Those Korean names (and refusal to use names) can be tricky! I came to love K-dramas 2 years ago.... More »


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Thing vs. Thing: Image ruinations
by | November 11, 2015 | 95 Comments
javabeans: With She Was Pretty, Answer Me 1988, and the upcoming Oh My Venus in our collective consciousness at the moment, we’re reminded once again that dramaland loves its image ruinations. Or maybe it’s just that audiences love pretty people making themselves look uglier for the sake of drama. Not that they look actually ugly,... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Name That Drama: Sacrificing mothers and bad sisters
by | November 8, 2015 | 71 Comments
  As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   Now that’s motherly sacrifice So I watched this drama back around 1999-2001. It’s about this woman whose husband had a mistress, and this mistress gave birth the same day the wife gave birth to her son.... More »




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