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
Kolorful Palette: Let the games begin [Liar Game]
by | November 30, 2014 | 30 Comments
I have to say, it comes as a massive relief to finally watch a drama that delivered everything I had hoped for and didn’t leave me resenting its squandered potential. I’ve been clamoring all year for a show with twists and turns that actually carry through to to the end, and my hunger has been... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Bridge to kingdom [King’s Face]
by | November 22, 2014 | 14 Comments
With all the new dramas lately it’s nice to see a sageuk hit the lineup, and it even stars Seo In-gook, who is sure to draw in a lot of fans who are usually inclined towards more modern fare. The first two episodes were very solid if a bit cliched, and I can see the... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Island sunset [Pinocchio]
by | November 16, 2014 | 39 Comments
Pinocchio is a drama I actually had my eye on (primarily due to the cast) and although it hasn’t exceeded my expectations just yet, it’s a fun show with likable characters and even some details here and there that I found pleasantly surprising. It has its cliches and flaws, but sometimes those are the dramas... More »

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Name That Drama: Black eyes and movie stars
by | November 15, 2014 | 58 Comments
  Can you name these dramas? As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   If ramu’s drama is what I think it is, it’s certainly worth watching! I have been struggling to find this drama ever since I saw a clip of it on TV.... More »

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Our love-hate relationship with drama remakes and adaptations
by | November 10, 2014 | 241 Comments
“They’re remaking another drama?” *Boo, hiss, wails.* I’m pretty sure that’s a familiar script for most of us who’ve been following dramaland for a while, and one that’s cropped up with particular frequency in recent months and years. Adaptations and remakes are nothing new—people will retell new versions of old stories until the end of... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Autumn concerto [Cantabile Tomorrow]
by | November 8, 2014 | 30 Comments
I’ve decided to rebel this week and resist the temptation to draw another new drama (even though there were several). The weather in my part of the world has been miserable lately, and Cantabile Tomorrow is the perfect kind of comfort food. Even when our characters are entrenched in the midst of drama it’s still... More »

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Name That Drama: Corpses, baby sacrifices, and a music video
by | November 2, 2014 | 54 Comments
  Can you name these dramas? As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   Yes, RC, it would bug me too if I couldn’t remember a scene like this: There isn’t much I remember about this drama, only that it was a sageuk and one... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Trucking along [Pride and Prejudice]
by | November 2, 2014 | 36 Comments
I’m starting to wonder if there will ever be a week where a new drama doesn’t premiere, but thankfully I love checking out new dramas, even if it does mean getting a little behind on pretty much every other drama that I’m watching. My biggest problem lately is that all the new shows have had... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Honestly great [Liar Game]
by | October 25, 2014 | 37 Comments
Another week, another manga turned J-drama turned K-drama. If this becomes a trend I don’t think I’ll be one to complain, especially if the quality stays this good. What’s not to love about a great story with some fresh twists, solid directing, and a well-chosen cast? Like Nodame Cantabile, I haven’t seen or read any... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Musical magic [Cantabile Tomorrow]
by | October 19, 2014 | 27 Comments
I tend to enjoy all musical dramas (even the terrible ones) but I get extra excited when they’re actually good, and Cantabile Tomorrow has been more than just good so far. I was a bit apprehensive going in, but all my fears have been alleviated. I realized I’m not watching because I feel any sense... More »

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Surplus Princess: Series review
by | October 13, 2014 | 112 Comments
Fantasy rom-com cable drama Surplus Princess just wrapped up its ten-episode run a few days ago, and I found myself quite looking forward to the finale. Not only because I needed to know who the end pairing would be—the show really kept that question alive right up to the finale—but because the drama ended up... More »