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Drama Reactions & Reviews
Ojakkyo Brothers: An Introduction
by | December 31, 2011 | 127 Comments
One of the highest-rated shows of 2011 was actually one that we couldn’t include in the year-end reviews because of its length and that whole space-time continuum thing: the weekend family drama Ojakkyo Brothers, on KBS. I don’t normally pick up family dramas because I find it daunting to start a longer-running show. (I know,... More »


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Santa Strikes Back! [Year In Review, Part 6]
by | December 25, 2011 | 101 Comments
What the ever-lovin’ reindeer feculence? I get home from my overnight trans-earthian sleigh odyssey, settle back with my hard-earned fifths of whiskey to read up on what I’ve missed in dramaland, and find that they’ve finished the year-end reviews without me? This is an outrage! I know who’s getting their presents revoked this year! Goddamn... More »


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2011 Editors’ Picks [Year In Review, Part 5]
by | December 24, 2011 | 387 Comments
Part 5 is here! As in past years, we here at Dramabeans owe huge thanks to guest bloggers — thank you, kaedejun and Dahee Fanel! — for participating in the review series, as well as HeadsNo2 for contributing to our Picks. You guys are awesome and make this time of year extra-special, providing lots of... More »


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The DramaMeter: highly scientific and foolproof [Year in Review, Part 4]
by | December 21, 2011 | 181 Comments
  Wow, another year of dramas, come and gone. Where does the sanity go? I decided that for this year’s review, I would learn to be impartial and precise, and give systematic mathematical ratings for every show. Because numbers are fun. But then, I found that trying to rate a year’s worth of dramas was... More »


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Somewhere Over the K-Drama Rainbow [Year In Review, Part 3]
by | December 18, 2011 | 220 Comments
The other day, I sat down and thought long and hard about all of the various dramas that I’ve seen over the course of my life. I remembered secretly turning on the T.V. as a small child and pressing my nose against the glass, fascinated with the powerful, forbidden emotions at play somewhere inside that... More »


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The Good, The Bad, and The Hmmm… of 2011 [Year In Review, Part 2]
by | December 15, 2011 | 257 Comments
  First off, I have to deeply thank – and bow to – Javabeans and Girlfriday - it’s an honor to be included with the most respected K-drama writers for this year. Compared to these fine people, I am an utter noob. Speaking of being such a noob, I shall now complain: It’s so hard to... More »


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Measuring 2011 on the Sticky Scale [Year In Review, Part 1]
by | December 13, 2011 | 202 Comments
Time for another Year In Review series! How did a year pass by so quickly? I guess when you’re busy watching dramas, time flies. This is my fifth year (eek) doing this series, which means you basically know the drill by now. (You can refer to the year-ender tag to catch up on past posts.)... More »


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2011 Beanie Awards: Vote for your favorite dramas of the past year
by | December 7, 2011 | 455 Comments
It’s that time of year again: Polls, polls, polls! To keep up the Dramabeans year-end tradition, here we are with the Best, the Funniest, the Crackiest, and yes, also the Underwhelmingest dramas of the year. (To see how past years shook out, take a look at the 2007 Polls, 2009 Polls, and 2010 Polls. Yes,... More »


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The Princess’s Man: Series review
by | November 24, 2011 | 222 Comments
Epic, moving, suspenseful, and superbly paced. If I were limited to only a handful of words, that’s how I’d describe The Princess’s Man, KBS’s romantic melodrama and premium sageuk from earlier this summer. Then again, I’ve never been good with brevity and I do have an open-ended word count available, so let’s cut to the... More »


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The Script Doctor is in: Myung-wol the Spy
by | August 15, 2011 | 192 Comments
girlfriday: Wait is KBS really going to recast a different actress in the SAME role?? javabeans: That’s DUMB. I understand why they’d consider it, but it’s lame. girlfriday: It is so stupid. Arrrgh. Are they going to go with some crazy plastic surgery story, or are all the characters going to PRETEND that they don’t... More »


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Warrior Baek Dong-soo: First Impressions
by | July 5, 2011 | 85 Comments
Crap. It’s good. What to do? There just aren’t enough hours in a day for all these dramas! Fusion action historical drama Warrior Baek Dong-soo premiered on Monday to 10.1% ratings (with Baby-Faced Beauty in the lead at 14.2% and Ripley close behind at 12.9%). This was one we were keeping an eye on because... More »