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
Why You Should Watch: Biscuit Teacher Star Candy
by | January 14, 2017 | 172 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 | 303 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 | 224 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 »


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Top 10 gateway dramas to hook your friends on
by | January 4, 2017 | 338 Comments
javabeans: Happy New Year, happy tenth anniversary, happy 2017, happy everything-that-will-be-better-than-2016! girlfriday: Yay, I’ve never been happier for a new year to start! I still can’t believe Dramabeans is old enough to be a tween! javabeans: Oh god, is it time for braces, backtalk, and bad attitudes? I’m still the boss of you! girlfriday: You... More »


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Spill the Beans: Irreplaceable family memories and cultural exchanges
by | January 3, 2017 | 19 Comments
To submit your story, email us your stories, and we’ll keep sharing them as long as you guys keep sending them in.   Dramas: Bringing Families Together! leleyleley shares her story: Hi Dramabeans, I’ve been an avid Korean drama fan since Boys Over Flowers aired in my country. Since then, I’ve been downloading dramas religiously,... More »


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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
by | December 31, 2016 | 58 Comments
It’s the last What We’re Watching of the year! This week was probably a trial of patience for those of you live-watching shows that got pre-empted for year-end awards ceremonies, though it was probably great if you’re a fan of year-end ceremonies. I like awards… but I always feel a little bereft when my dramas... More »


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2016 Year in Review, Part 7: Editors’ Picks
by | December 29, 2016 | 323 Comments
Another year has come and gone, and while I am more than happy to put 2016 behind us and look forward to greener pastures in 2017 (they’ll be greener, won’t they?), we can’t say goodbye to the year without looking back at the best of it (and the worst, in some cases) and giving the... More »