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The latest episode recaps, series reviews, drama wrap-ups, and first impressions for currently airing Korean TV dramas, as well as the good ol' classics.

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D-Day: Episode 19
by | November 23, 2015 | 19 Comments
In the aftermath of loss, Hye-sung proves his resilience as he faces more of Director Park’s ridiculous antics. It comes as no surprise that our persistent villain tries to get rid of Hye-sung yet again, but his efforts are curtailed this time. The return of electricity marks the return of sanity and honesty, which serves... More »

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D-Day: Episode 18
by | November 22, 2015 | 66 Comments
Do you hate sunshine, puppies, and happiness? Then this is the episode for you! Prepare your hankies, because there’s a lot of snot and tears to deal with as our heroes struggle with the pain of potentially losing someone near and dear. At least there’s only one more week left and then we (and everyone else... More »

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Answer Me 1988: Episode 6
by | November 21, 2015 | 276 Comments
With the first snow of the year comes the start of heady first love—confessions come spilling out left and right, leaving one small street in one small neighborhood littered with broken hearts and the anticipation of new romance. Someone will cry, someone will laugh, someone will be brave, and someone will be surprised… Tags: Answer... More »

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Running Man: Episode 273
by | November 21, 2015 | 24 Comments
Our cast is put up to a new kind of challenge this week: a live audience. Bringing laughs on stage week after week is no easy feat, but today’s guests are always prepared to use humor to make someone smile. This Laughter Battle will force our cast to learn the ins and out of comedy... More »

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Bubblegum: Episode 8
by | November 21, 2015 | 76 Comments
Ri-hwan lays his cards on the table about Haeng-ah, but good intentions are never enough, especially when his mom is driven by the fear of not just losing him, but losing herself. Keeping her secret becomes increasingly harder, and everyone around her struggles with the consequences of her prognosis. It’s a pretty uncheerful hour, and... More »

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Answer Me 1988: Episode 5
by | November 20, 2015 | 121 Comments
This one’s a heart-twister, but then again, aren’t they all? This season’s focus on family was a pretty spectacular move, because instead of yanking our chains about guessing at people’s future husbands, we’re instead completely engrossed in our characters’ present lives, and everyone and their mother—literally—gets a fully formed character with a backstory and a... More »

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Bubblegum: Episode 7
by | November 20, 2015 | 43 Comments
It’s a night out for all of our players, with nearly everyone discovering new things about themselves and their relationships. Some decisions are made, feelings declared, and relationships cemented as people stop dancing around their emotions and decide to act on them. The consequences of this night could be life-changing for everyone, but what’s life... More »

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Six Flying Dragons: Episode 14
by | November 20, 2015 | 139 Comments
Unconventional love and unconventional confessions go hand in hand this hour, but it’s never just about the two people in the relationship, is it? Rejection drives Bang-won to make some really daring choices that he still probably would’ve made anyway, Bang-ji finds himself stuck in the past, and Jung Do-jeon continues to have his hands... More »

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Village: Secret of Achiara: Episode 13
by | November 19, 2015 | 73 Comments
So-yoon persists in digging and digging, despite the fact that nearly the whole town is determined to stonewall her. She may not be the shrewdest investigator around (her tactics can be aggravatingly clumsy), but persistence does pay off, and anger fuels boldness. Watching her in action feels a little like throwing eggs to chip away... More »

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Oh My Venus: Episode 2
by | November 19, 2015 | 132 Comments
We learn a bit more about our leads in this hour, about their pasts and their present, and how our heroine isn’t the only one in an uncomfortable situation — our hero may need her as much as she needs him. But that doesn’t mean that forming an alliance will be easy — with two... More »

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Six Flying Dragons: Episode 13
by | November 19, 2015 | 83 Comments
Are you there, Bang-ji? It’s a little hard to tell, but maybe all the darkness is symbolic of the dark and turbulent times these characters are living in. Alternatively, it could be an unfortunate byproduct of shrouding so many characters in mystery and their dealings in secrecy, since daylight isn’t necessarily conducive to underground revolutions.... More »

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3 A for effort, C for execution.

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

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