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 | December 17, 2016 | 118 Comments
This has been the longest week ever. With our Year in Review series in full swing, it’s meant a lot of looking back and reminiscing on the past year of shows, so it’s almost a jolt to come back to the present and talk about what I saw this week. Which, thanks to said reviews,... More »


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Drama Reactions & Reviews
2016 Year in Review, Part 2: The doctor is in
by | December 14, 2016 | 154 Comments
Every December, I’m hit with a simultaneous feeling of anticipation and dread at dusting off our Year in Review series and taking a look back at the year as a whole. I always enjoy reading what everyone else has written, and the review-writing process is both fun and illuminating—sometimes you don’t realize you even feel... More »


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Name That Drama: Fake pregnancies and fake princesses
by | December 13, 2016 | 54 Comments
  As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   We all know that cancer’s only the beginning in dramaland I was wondering if anyone knows about this story. I read it somewhere on AsianWiki, but I can’t find the source. The drama’s male lead(?) was... More »


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2016 Year in Review, Part 1: The Bean Count
by | December 12, 2016 | 334 Comments
It’s Bean Count time! For those of you who missed its inaugural post last year, the Bean Count is a fun exercise for our staff, where we get to show our love for shows by giving them (imaginary, useless) beans, which we accrue by watching dramas. (Easiest game ever!) Each recapper earns a bean by... More »


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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
by | December 10, 2016 | 165 Comments
Happy weekend! Time for another check-in with the Dramabeans crew. Are fantasy romance dramas taking over your life too (and not just because of the ridiculous running times)? Or are your drama-watching feet firmly planted in reality? What’s it like there? Tell us how your week went, and what might become your next drama crush.... More »


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Spill the Beans: In the end, we’re one big drama fan-mily
by | December 6, 2016 | 14 Comments
To submit your story, email us your stories, and we’ll keep sharing them as long as you guys keep sending them in.   tesshan has a story to share about how So Ji-sub brought her into the magical world of K-drama (nobody tell her about his rap videos): My journey to K-drama land and Dramabeans... More »


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2016 Beanie Awards: Vote for your favorite dramas of the year
by | December 5, 2016 | 568 Comments
It’s that time of year again, to kick off the annual Dramabeans Year-End Extravaganza, filled with reviews, Editors’ Picks, the Bean Count, and more! First up are the Beanie Awards, where you get a chance to weigh in on your favorite (and not so favorite) offerings of Dramaland 2016. You can vote once a day... More »


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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
by | December 3, 2016 | 162 Comments
Holy cow, it’s December! When did that happen, and why wasn’t I informed? All this talk of first snow in dramaland should’ve been a dead giveaway, I suppose, but I’ve been in some serious denial about the end of the year approaching. Alas, time and dramas wait for no one! Tell us what you’re watching... More »


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Name That Drama: Good girls, bad guys, and a bait-and-switch
by | November 29, 2016 | 78 Comments
  As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   When I think of chaebol blind dates, I think of every drama ever, so good luck with this one, guys! Hi there! I would appreciate any help with finding this drama, since it keeps bothering me.... More »