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: A mother’s determination [God’s Gift – 14 Days]
by | April 5, 2014 | 23 Comments
This week I finally jumped aboard the God’s Gift – 14 Days wagon, and I couldn’t be happier that I did. I’m only 4 episodes in (no spoilers please!) but it’s already exceeded all my expectations. When it comes to more serious dramas I tend to be a little makjang-wary, so I often don’t watch... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Name That Drama: Rooftop kisses and masks
by | April 5, 2014 | 72 Comments
  As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   Sounds like Taeryn watched her drama while in Korea, but it’s been a few years: I was hoping you could identify this drama for me. It’s been bugging me for years not knowing this drama. I’m... More »

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Kolorful Palette: It’s a bird…it’s a plane…[Sly and Single Again]
by | March 30, 2014 | 25 Comments
Episode 8 of Sly and Single Again kicked the chemistry up a notch, and it finally feels like our characters are progressing as understanding grows on all sides (as per usual, click the image for full size!). I admit to not understanding why Superman and Marilyn Monroe would be together (see ya Lois Lane!) but... More »

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Kolorful Palette: An affair with music [Secret Love Affair]
by | March 23, 2014 | 175 Comments
Another new week, another new drama! I can’t say that Secret Love Affair is going to be my preferred cup of tea, but I did genuinely enjoy the first two episodes, and they reminded me why I like Yoo Ah-in so much as an actor. For those who don’t know, Secret Love Affair is about... More »

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Let’s Eat: Series review
by | March 17, 2014 | 188 Comments
Cable network tvN’s fluffy foodie rom-com Let’s Eat* just wrapped this past week, so it seemed like a good time to weigh in on the series as a whole and hear everyone’s thoughts on the show. The 16-episode Thursday drama was one of the network’s recent experiments with one-episode-a-week scheduling, which did make it easy... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Shades of blue [Three Days]
by | March 16, 2014 | 36 Comments
In case you can’t tell, this is Tae-kyung from Three Days leaning against a tree, after his narrow escape from Team Leader Ham’s clutches. This felt like an important turning point, where it’s finally established where this drama is headed and what sort of story we can probably expect. So far it feels a little... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Stairway to heaven [I Need Romance 3]
by | March 9, 2014 | 38 Comments
I don’t know if it’s the soft lighting, the pastel colors, or the side-by-side sneakers, but this scene reminds me of one of those romantic greeting cards with little kids holding holding flowers and wearing over-sized clothing. Somehow that seems fitting for these two. They’ve decided to stop thinking like grown-ups and do what makes... More »

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Name That Drama: Handbags and bubbles
by | March 9, 2014 | 23 Comments
  As always, feel free to email us your requests for future Name That Dramas by using the contact form. Maybe the club name will trigger something in identifying Aodat’s movie: It’s a Korean movie and I just watched a few scenes. It’s about a group of people in a club called Golden Gate and... More »

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Name That Drama: Bungee-jumping and basketball
by | March 2, 2014 | 64 Comments
  As always, feel free to email us your requests for future Name That Dramas by using the contact form. Help Helen identify a recent drama she saw airing in Korea: I’ve recently moved to Korea and I’m enjoying the drama supply on TV, except I can’t speak much Korean yet and I cannot read... More »

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Kolorful Palette: Lead-up to love sickness [You From Another Star]
by | March 2, 2014 | 47 Comments
Sometimes the moment that leads up to a “big moment” is the one that resonates. I was tempted to draw the actual kiss for the sake of fan service [from Episode 19 of You From Another Star], but Song-yi’s confession felt more powerful and significant. This moment feels like a landmark for Song-yi’s growth as... More »

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King’s Family: An overview
by | February 23, 2014 | 83 Comments
KBS’s six-month-long weekend juggernaut of a drama King’s Family (also called Wang Family) just wrapped up its 50-episode run a week ago, and for some inexplicable reason I watched the whole thing. I even liked it sometimes! And because watching such a bizarrely entertaining show for no reason leaves me vaguely dissatisfied at having given... More »