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
    • B

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.1

    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 2.8

    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 4.6

    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
    • D

      javabeans

    Average user rating 1.0

    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 4.1

    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 1.7

    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 4.3

    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 3.3

    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 2.9

    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 4.5

    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 2.4

    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
    • A-

      javabeans
    • A-

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.4

    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 2.3

    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
    • A-

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.2

    Gong Yoo as a bleeding heart high school cutie and Gong Hyo-jin as a badass teacher? Sold! This one has comedy, a nice episodic pace, and most importantly, a lot of heart. One of my all-time faves.

    - girlfriday
    • C-

      javabeans

    Average user rating 2.1

    At the core there’s an interesting take on a science-fiction vampirism-as-virus metaphor, but it’s sunk by sloppy writing and weak acting. Meh.

    - javabeans
    • A-

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.2

    Two lifelong best friends turn 30 and take steps toward becoming adults…by shacking up together and denying their growing attraction. Yeah, good luck with that. Cute, sexy, and fun.

    - girlfriday
    • B

      javabeans
    • B

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 3.5

    Such a hot mess, but a blast to watch. The fandom frenzy was sometimes more fun than the show itself.

    - javabeans

    It served up just the right amount of crack at every turn. By all accounts this should have been a disaster, but the sum of its parts is better than you’d think—you’ll be screaming at your screen while reaching for the next episode.

    - girlfriday
    • B+

      girlfriday

    Average user rating 4.0

    It’s the classic Candy Cinderella tale laced with just enough makjang elements to make it addictive. Nothing new, but a good family drama with a fresh-faced foursome in a compelling love square.

    - girlfriday