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
Spill the Beans: Cultural insights and the not-so-good old days of drama watching
by | February 11, 2016 | 15 Comments
Social obligations? Puh-leez. Drama addiction always wins. To submit your story, email us your stories, and we’ll keep sharing them as long as you guys keep sending them in.   Mekko is Hallyu personified—it all starts with dramas, then the food, then the culture. Who can blame her for choosing a major that enables her... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Name That Drama: Cheating husbands and spoiled chaebols
by | February 5, 2016 | 60 Comments
  As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   Movie edition, part one Hi, about five or six years ago, I was on a family vacation to Seoul. While movie surfing on the plane, curiosity got the better of me and I watched this movie,... More »

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Spill the Beans: Susceptible family members and questionable moral choices
by | January 30, 2016 | 17 Comments
The addiction never stops—thanks to everyone who sent a story in. The greatest thing about dramas is their ability to bring people together, isn’t it? To submit your story, email us your stories, and we’ll keep sharing them as long as you guys keep sending them in.   Jang Geun-seok was a gateway drug for... More »

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Dramabeans Top 10: Korean dramas about enemies-to-lovers romances
by | January 22, 2016 | 108 Comments
girlfriday: We promised more Dramabeans Top 10s and now we’re back! Year-end shenanigans kept us busy for a while there, but it’s a brand new year and there are many more dramas to be watched! javabeans: Our last Top 10 focused on friends who became lovers, so what better counterpart than ye olde dramaland favorite,... More »

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Spill the Beans: A sleepover tiff and a chance at healing
by | January 2, 2016 | 31 Comments
And the addiction stories continue to pour in — thanks to everyone who sent in one! To submit, email us your stories, and we’ll keep sharing them as long as you guys keep sending them in.   If you replace one addiction for another, can you still consider the first one cured? Nina has experience... More »

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2015 Editors’ Picks [Year in Review, Part 11]
by | December 28, 2015 | 329 Comments
We’re finally here, at the end of another Year in Review series! We warned you it’d be long this time, but hopefully you all made it through with us. We promise this is the last one! (At least till next year. Which is, eek, almost this year.) As ever, the process of selecting our picks... More »

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Sweet heroes and fierce heroines [Year in Review, Part 10]
by | December 27, 2015 | 150 Comments
Looking back, 2015 has been a really generous year for me in dramaland. Thanks to the overlords’ wicked sense of humor (or maybe just a belated sense of self-preservation…), the five-drama limit posed an interesting predicament. I found I didn’t want to expend my words or energy on the middling-to-mediocre shows, or indeed, the half-good-half-bad... More »

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Drama tasting notes [Year in Review, Part 9]
by | December 25, 2015 | 74 Comments
Like everyone else, it was a struggle narrowing down my selection to just five dramas. I thought it would be easy, since 2015 left me mostly disappointed when it came to dramas, so there were only a handful of dramas I really cared about to begin with. But I also had to go through the... More »

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Santa goes Zen [Year in Review, Part 8]
by | December 24, 2015 | 97 Comments
Another year, another Christmas Eve delivery completed! Not gonna lie, recent years haven’t been the rosiest for Old Saint Nick, but this year, I decided to do something about it. If by something I mean nothing, in that the doctor ordered me to take some time off the elf toy assembly line and get some... More »

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For the responsible addict [Year in Review, Part 7]
by | December 23, 2015 | 72 Comments
Wowie, it’s the end of 2015, and another eventful year of dramas has come to an end. I always enjoy awards and reviews season, since it puts the whole year in perspective and gives me a couple more dramas to put on my list. I’m making a list and not checking it twice, since I’ll... More »