ratings
    • B+

      javabeans

    Average user rating 4.4

    A lovely, low-key remake. How refreshing to have a drama built entirely around the sweet, realistic development of a modern romance between two professional adults, while cutting out the aggravation, angst, and filler that often pad out a drama’s running time.

    - javabeans
    • B-

      javabeans

    Average user rating 4.2

    Okay, so nothing really happens. But it's sweet and feel-good, and the main romance is good-natured in a way that keeps you smiling, as long as you don't mind that there's no plot movement.

    - javabeans
    • B-

      javabeans
    • B

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.2

    Didn’t hate the ending, but it did make me think I’d given the drama way too much credit along the way. Decent effort at making a sentimental ghostly possession story, marred execution.

    - javabeans

    The writing carried the acting, but well enough for me to be swept along and care. Love the theme and tone, despite flaws in structure.

    - girlfriday
    • C

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 2.6

    A really compelling performance from Kim Myung-min as a high-powered amnesiac lawyer, but the story ultimately limps to the finish line.

    - girlfriday
    • C

      javabeans

    Average user rating 2.0

    Pro: Choi Ji-woo and Yoo Ji-tae’s acting and great chemistry. Con: Everything else (slow, repetitive, predictable).

    - javabeans
    • B+

      javabeans
    • B

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.7

    A sleeper hit. Low-key, slice-of-life, hint of dolor. The relationships that spring up between the five housemates are fresh, winsome, and complicated in a nicely satisfying way. I wish they’d given it more production value, because its visuals lagged behind the writing and acting.

    - javabeans

    Tonally off-kilter in an interesting way, and full of quirky characters who come together to form a really endearing friendship. A little too loosely plotted at times, but it left me wanting more.

    - girlfriday
    • A

      javabeans

    Average user rating 4.9

    It's rare for a K-drama sequel to live up to the charm of its original series, much less improve upon it, but I loved Age of Youth 2 even more than the first season. I found myself attached to all the characters and invested in their future successes, even despite the tinge of bittersweetness that comes with growing up and moving on.

    - javabeans
    • D

      javabeans

    Average user rating 2.5

    Hot guys. Cold plot.

    - javabeans
    • C+

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.0

    Gambling, intrigue, foreign locales—it was a blockbuster hit and people went crazy for Lee Byung-hyeon and Song Hye-kyo. It was almost swallowed by its own hype, but there’s a reason why every revenge/success/empire story tries to emulate this one.

    - girlfriday
    • B

      javabeans
    • B

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.2

    Tonally all over the place (dark, realistic, touch of absurd) but pulls together into an underdog story to root for. Kim Hee-sun is awesome as a kickass fake high schooler, and Ji-soo steals the show as a tough guy with marshmallow center.

    - javabeans

    I’d go back to high school for Ji-soo. Wait, is that not the moral of the story?

    - girlfriday
    • A-

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.8

    The focus on family and friendships and the sense of community in a bygone era makes this the most emotional and bittersweet of the Answer Me franchise. The concept isn’t as fresh the third time around, but the relationships will stick with you for a long, long time.

    - girlfriday
    • B

      javabeans
    • B+

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.2

    Lovely small moments of friendship and family, buried under a mountain of sluggish, self-indulgent meandering. A ruthless editor would have done wonders.

    - javabeans

    Wonderful characters stretched thin in an endless tug-of-war that loses sight of the big picture. Heartwarming and nostalgic, but also makes you tear your hair out.

    - girlfriday
    • A

      javabeans
    • A+

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.8

    Nostalgic, witty, and sweet. Captures the pounding fervor and emotional extremes of youth with humor and heart.

    - javabeans

    This drama ran away with my heart and soul, probably because it felt like the story of my life, set to the soundtrack of my youth. Sharply written, with affection.

    - girlfriday
    • A-

      javabeans
    • A-

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.3

    Creative universe built with a tightly plotted internal logic and a stirring romantic core. Quirky, dark, sweetly satisfying.

    - javabeans

    Love the supernatural ‘verse with its own elaborate mythology, engrossing mystery, and leads bursting with romantic chemistry. A faster plot would’ve done wonders.

    - girlfriday
    • C-

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 2.0

    You’d be surprised what two guys will do in the name of national security…over a girl. Starts out bloody and badass, but winds down into predictable and safe.

    - girlfriday
    • B-

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.1

    One of the earlier cohabitation dramas that fired off a trend. Cute chemistry from the leads and funny situations, although the workplace storylines drag the thing down.

    - girlfriday
    • B

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 3.4

    They’re siblings! They’re not! It’s the classic twisty melodrama, and one of the earlier ones that came before Winter Sonata (same PD) and made stars out of Song Seung-heon and Song Hye-kyo.

    - girlfriday
    • A

      javabeans

    Average user rating 4.8

    I know a drama about labor union disputes doesn’t sound sexy, but Awl makes it downright riveting. Fantastically directed to infuse even the most mundane moments with energy, with a career-defining performance by Ji Hyun-woo.

    - javabeans
    • B-

      javabeans

    Average user rating 3.1

    It’s a familiar workplace Candy story and the heroine’s rather meek for my post-Sam-soon tastes, but it does well with her career growth story and cute noona-romance.

    - javabeans
    • C-

      javabeans

    Average user rating 4.7

    Bursts out of the gate with peppy chemistry, then slows with tears and angst and The Dreaded Illness. Lost interest after episode 6.

    - javabeans
    • A

      javabeans

    Average user rating 4.7

    Love it. Heartwarming and hilarious as this motley mock family becomes a real one, without dipping into cheesiness. Kim Myung-min is a hoot.

    - javabeans
    • C+

      javabeans
    • D

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 2.5

    I can’t heap enough superlatives for the drama’s assured directing, gorgeous visual appeal, music, acting, overall ambiance. Story drove me nuts.

    - javabeans

    The ending killed whatever love I felt for all of the above.

    - girlfriday
    • D-

      javabeans
    • F

      HeadsNo2

    Average user rating 1.0

    Underdog sports story set in the Occupation, set up to culminate in historic unified Olympic team. If only we got there! Should’ve been more moving, more powerful, more sensical. Draggy plot, painfully green acting.

    - javabeans

    When you call for an episode cut because you’ve just run out of ideas and can’t even finish your own drama (!!), you’ve failed.

    - HeadsNo2
    • B

      javabeans

    Average user rating 3.8

    Adorable, feel-good weekend drama with a hilariously quirky lead couple. Namgoong Min is delightfully weird, Minah’s cutely offbeat. The “mystery” is overplayed and the chaebols are fairly one-note, but turn your brain off in those scenes and the show is breezy fun.

    - javabeans
    • B

      javabeans

    Average user rating 4.1

    I love these two actors and their chemistry together, although the story didn't have the magic of the film (and in fact descended into the predictable). It felt a bit like the sweet romance moments were constructed to be fanservice, which on one hand I can appreciate, but on the other hand would have preferred being supported by a little more narrative substance. A warm, easy watch.

    - javabeans
    • A

      javabeans

    Average user rating 4.8

    After a glut of cookie-cutter rom-coms, it was a breath of fresh air for this show to come along and deliver an introspective, well-written, well-developed romance with an enjoyable supporting cast to boot. Funny, delightful, and meaningful. (I still don't love the way the ending came about, but I'm choosing to squint and ignore it because the rest was so lovely.)

    - javabeans
    • B

      javabeans

    Average user rating 3.0

    It's a typical underdog story using an amateur orchestra as the backdrop, and as such it's fairly middling. But Kim Myung-min was so commanding and brilliantly entertaining as the stuck-up genius maestro that he turned this role into a cultural moment. Kang-mae forever!

    - javabeans
    • A-

      javabeans
    • A-

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.5

    Hilarious scenarios, memorable acting, and a string of the wackiest, yet oddly appropriate metaphors I’ve ever seen in a drama.

    - javabeans

    Pee-your-pants funny, killer cute, at times achingly romantic too. Hits that rom-com sweet spot.

    - girlfriday
    • D-

      javabeans
    • F

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 2.2

    Like getting to the bottom of a tasty meal and finding a half-eaten worm.

    - javabeans

    Promising setup with body swap hijinks and a great cast, but fails to deliver anything but plot hodgepodge. Akin to an emotional drive-by. Perhaps more violent.

    - girlfriday
    • C-

      javabeans

    Average user rating 3.0

    Starts with a refreshingly screwball sense of humor, fully embracing its silly nature, but gets bogged down with needless complications. Still, the leads have adorable chemistry.

    - javabeans