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
Top 10 favorite drama writers
by | February 3, 2017 | 172 Comments
javabeans: So, this seems like a pretty self-explanatory list. girlfriday: Our favorite writers? Yup. They write dramas. They’re our favorite. javabeans: I suppose the only criteria we had for this list, other than liking the dramas these people wrote, was that we skewed toward writers with a strong overall history of writing great dramas. Rather... More »


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Top 10 most virulent cases of Second Lead Syndrome
by | January 31, 2017 | 485 Comments
javabeans: Second leaaaaaaads! Where would we be without them? girlfriday: Happier, probably. javabeans: But also maybe more bored? Because c’mon, a well-placed second lead (and his unrequited love for the heroine) can provide a certain crackle to a juicy romance, even if sometimes that crackle often comes with big booming pain. girlfriday: I just mean... More »


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Name That Drama: Hero redemption and boob mishaps
by | January 30, 2017 | 39 Comments
  As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   First loves and money problems? Sounds like a classic K-drama Hi! I am so addicted to your website. I check it daily, especially for recaps, since I don’t have that much time to watch, being a... More »


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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
by | January 28, 2017 | 230 Comments
More new shows! Did any of this week’s premieres grab anyone’s attention and take over a coveted spot on the watch list? There’s still another week of premieres left to go, after which I’ll probably have to drop a few shows just to keep sane. But… how to choose? Stress! –girlfriday... More »


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Top 10 idol-actors in dramaland
by | January 27, 2017 | 396 Comments
javabeans: I’m a little scared to write this list. girlfriday: Because this is the list that will have people crying, “BUT YOU FORGOT MY OPPA!”? javabeans: Mostly because anything involving idol fandoms erupts into war, even when it’s a post about why they’re good. *braces for impact* girlfriday: Yup, landmines all. javabeans: But hey, like... More »


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Name That Drama: Movie edition
by | January 26, 2017 | 75 Comments
  As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   Name Those Two Korean Movies I remember two Korean movies, probably from the early 90s, and I’ve thought about it over many years trying to remember the titles. Since they’re older movies, I’m not sure if... More »


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Top 10 favorite drama girlfriends
by | January 24, 2017 | 149 Comments
javabeans: It seemed a natural progression to follow our favorite drama bromances with our favorite female friendships, since next to romance, it’s often the heartwarming depictions of friendships that suck us in and stir our emotions. girlfriday: Do they ever. Friendships and family relationships often make me cry more than romances do. javabeans: It’s too... More »


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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
by | January 21, 2017 | 106 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 | 218 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 | 92 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 »