‘year in review’


Drama Reactions & Reviews
2010 Beanie Awards: Vote for your favorite dramas of the year
by | December 9, 2010 | 682 Comments
It’s December, and you know what that means around these parts: Time to reflect on the past year and see how the dramas stacked up! And boy, were there a lot of them. As in previous years, I am planning a multi-part series (with special guest bloggers, natch!) to wrap up the year, which we’re... More »


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2009 Editors’ Picks [Year In Review, Part 6]
by | December 31, 2009 | 110 Comments
Here we are! The last of the year-end review series. This post is something new, but I thought it would be an interesting experiment. Although each of us reviewers has our personal favorites, which we outlined in our personal reviews, it’s a different thing to move past preference and try to be objective in a... More »


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Finding Hidden Gems And Lumps of Coal in 2009 [Year In Review, Part 5]
by | December 30, 2009 | 123 Comments
First, I’d like to start by thanking Sarah for inviting me to be a guest reviewer. I must admit that I was, at first, a bit daunted (okay, scared ****less would be more precise), but how else could I begin to pay a little back to those who have given me so much? I’m neither... More »


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All Told, A Pretty Fun Year [Year In Review, Part 4]
by | December 29, 2009 | 142 Comments
After a pretty meh 2008, I was ready for the drama landscape to fire back up with 2009. And while there were a number of misses and disappointments — isn’t there always? — I was pretty satisfied with the dramas I watched in 2009. I still don’t think there were as many top offerings as,... More »


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A Newbie Reviews 2009 [Year In Review, Part 3]
by | December 29, 2009 | 155 Comments
My pick for Drama of the Year: City Hall. I’ll start of with an admission.  When javabeans asked me to give my thoughts on 2009, I was pretty excited, and agreed without much thought.  After all, 2009 was the best year of k-drama watching I’ve ever had.  But then it hit me: 2009 was also the... More »


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The Good, The Bad, The Middling [Year In Review, Part 2]
by | December 28, 2009 | 147 Comments
(I’m very pleased to introduce guest review #2, which comes to you courtesy of thunderbolt. Tune back in tomorrow for more! —javabeans) Have you watched The Good, The Bad, The Weird? If you haven’t and the movie is available for rent in a store near you, pick it up and invite a few friends over.... More »


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Duds and Delights of 2009 [Year In Review, Part 1]
by | December 28, 2009 | 247 Comments
(Just to clarify, this is the first of four guest reviews and is written by Dahee Fanel, whose insights you can read regularly on her own blog, Dahee’s Plastic Castle. I hope you’ll enjoy reading the guest reviews and get as much as I do out of their diverse opinions. Thanks all, especially Dahee! —javabeans)... More »


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Intro to Dramabeans’ six-part year-end review
by | December 28, 2009 | 16 Comments
It’s that time of year again! Time for the year-end extravaganza summing up the highlights and lowlights in the world of Korean dramas over the past twelve months. In previous years, I’ve asked guest bloggers to help me wrap up the year, and they’ve come through beautifully. This time we’ve got a particularly robust lineup... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
How was 2009 for you?
by | December 6, 2009 | 410 Comments
With the year coming to an end, that means it’s time to take stock of the past twelve months (well, eleven really) in kdramas. The broadcast stations will be holding their awards ceremonies at the end of the month, and I’m working on my wrap-up of 2009’s offerings — as are some very talented (and... More »


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Finding Merit in the Mediocre [Year in Review, Part 4]
by | December 31, 2008 | 75 Comments
2007 was a rich year for drama-land. There was something for everyone, whether your tastes ran toward dark thrillers (Devil), intense dramas (White Tower), heart-warmers (Thank You), off-the-wall eccentrics (Mixed-up Investigative Agency), trendy fare (Coffee Prince), romantic comedies (Dal Ja’s Spring), and so on. 2008, on the other hand… not so much. Every drama has... More »


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Dahee Fanel’s 2008 Review [Year in Review, Part 3]
by | December 30, 2008 | 60 Comments
The K-drama world rolled into 2008 still riding the high that was 2007, a year in which a startling number of quality dramas were made, and enjoyed. Maybe it rolled in too fast. It ended up getting smothered by the waves of its previous success. In fact, you could say that it even got hit... More »