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
Thing vs. Thing: High school hell
by | June 23, 2015 | 208 Comments
javabeans: So, with two dramas recently airing that were set in high school (Who Are You—School 2015 and Angry Mom), dealt with gritty topics, and had secret identities in play, it makes you wonder… girlfriday: Which school had the worst bullies? Which teacher perpetrated the most morally egregious abuse of power? Which school had the... More »

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Ex-Girlfriend Club: Series review
by | June 14, 2015 | 113 Comments
Romantic-comedy series Ex-Girlfriend Club just wrapped this weekend on tvN, and despite being dealt a disappointing cutback that shortened the show by four episodes, the drama went out in much the manner of its run: sweet, understated, and feel-good. This was never a drama where Big Things happened, focusing more on everyday interactions and relationships,... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Name That Drama: A daughter-in-law contest and a witch doctor
by | June 9, 2015 | 82 Comments
  It’s Name That Drama again! As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   Competing for daughter-in-law rights: I saw this drama in 2010s. I just remember one scene but cannot remember the drama’s name. The main actor’s father puts on a competition for his... More »

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The Superman Age: Series review
by | June 8, 2015 | 11 Comments
Cable comedy The Superman Age wrapped its run a couple weeks ago, after a somewhat low-key outing on tvN, and is a show I enjoyed immensely, though not necessarily because of a great plot or catchy pacing or even sharp writing. It showed glimmers of those things and had an interesting story, sure, but to... More »

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Thing vs. Thing: Seojinnie vs. Chajumma
by | June 2, 2015 | 48 Comments
girlfriday: I can’t really imagine a context in which you’d compare Lee Seo-jin and Cha Seung-won as actors, since they’re such different types. But as variety personas on Na PD’s shows (Three Meals a Day), sometimes it feels like there’s a meta narrative of them competing against each other, even though they’ve never even been... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Jeju warmth [Warm and Cozy]
by | May 17, 2015 | 15 Comments
Ahhh…Jeju Island. I absolutely love it when dramas are filmed there. The background settings are always gorgeous and I absolutely love the light. What a perfect place for a drama called Warm and Cozy. At first this drama had me quite taken aback because it just didn’t feel Hong sisters-esque, and I was starting to... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Name That Drama: Emperors, neighbor crushes, and sailor uniforms
by | May 17, 2015 | 150 Comments
  It’s Name That Drama again! As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   I’m not TOTALLY sure this is a real question… Are you trolling me? You might be trolling me. But here it is anyway: This drama was a really really really really... More »

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Kolorful Palette: True colors [Girl Who Sees Smells]
by | May 9, 2015 | 12 Comments
Is this the week where a cliffhanger from Girl Who Sees Smells actually amounts to something? Or will Jae-hee simply continue to “catch” Cho-rim at the end of every single episode without really catching her? I wait with bated breath. Meanwhile, I’m rather enjoying Jae-hee’s nefarious antics and have been looking forward to drawing Namgoong... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Slaving away [Hwajeong]
by | May 3, 2015 | 13 Comments
Here’s another drawing from Hwajeong, and next week the kids will be all grown up as we transition into the main adult storyline. That’ll give us a chance to get an overall clear picture or whether or not it’ll be worth the ride. The looong ride. In the meantime I thought it would be worthwhile... More »

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Kolorful Palette: The senses that work [Girl Who Sees Smells]
by | April 26, 2015 | 27 Comments
Love is in the air! And murder…but mostly love (at least for this episode). I’m digging the vibe of Girl Who Sees Smells, which is a pleasant combo of mysteriousness and rom-commy goodness. What makes it really work is that it’s all so well balanced, and there’s not too much of one or the other... More »

How would you rate this episode?

5 Badass. Omg. Squee.

4 If you squint really hard, those plot holes look smaller.

3 A for effort, C for execution.

2 Is it too late to hire a script doctor? I volunteer as tribute.

1 I want my hour back!

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