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Open Thread #670

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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I know that Covid-19 now hit South Korean entertainment.

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Here's the dramas that halted productions list that I found:
Men Are Men
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol
Startup
More Than Friends
Private Life
Run On

JTBC might moved into later date this year or 2021.

Even in local theater world: Jjamppong
https://www.soompi.com/article/1420371wpp/kim-won-hae-and-14-other-participants-of-theatrical-production-test-positive-for-covid-19

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More Than Friends, Private Life and Run On are from JTBC.

Startup is from TvN.

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A Christian Broadcast network had to shut down. And one of the big three public networks had to close one of its buildings but did not disrupt broadcast operations.
It does show the seriousness of the situation with cast and crew immediately stopping work, get tested and self quarantine for the incubation period of two weeks.
The cast and crew of the new Jurassic Park movie walked off the UK set this week because they were not satisfied by the health and safety procedures.

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Wait is this new? Like, their shutting dramas down again? *crosses fingers and prays Flower of Evil won't be affected*

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Yup, the Soompi article said that a couple of support actors who are in multiple shows tested positive, so just a couple of cases had a big effect as they wait and see if anyone else on the other crews got it, too. *crosses fingers* *buys Subway sandwich to appease Kdrama gods* this won't delay Flower of Evil. It's already excruciating to wait a week between the episodes!

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Literally!! I'm dying after this week's episodes!!

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I think this might be my first post on the OT ever. Apologies if this is too frequently asked a question, but I'm curious to hear from y'all - which shows have you successfully recommended to non-kdrama fans? For me, Stranger and CLOY were minor successes (in that they were appreciated and enjoyed), though neither made my friends kdrama converts.

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the drama that converted me and a couple of my friends was boys over flowers. now when i rewatch it, it's super crazy and over the top, but honestly it still holds such a precious place in my heart because it's what got me into dramaland !

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BOF was one of my first too! One of my friends and I tried to recruit a mutual friend through it recently and that ended up becoming a huge mess because of how crazy it is and now our friend's scared of K-dramas LOL

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LMAOOO i tried rewatching the whole series but geum jandi was just too annoying for me. but every now and then i'll rewatch scenes from episode 25 and the something happened to my heart mv (also the ost STILL slaps!!)

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For me, the OST is the only good thing about it LOL

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actually, while BOF got me into dramaland, reply 1988 (and '94 + '97) got me really invested into korean culture and history as a whole. because all the songs in that show are either old songs or remakes, i started listening to 80s/90s music by lee seung hwan, shin hae chul, lee moon see, deulgukhwa and seo taiji (etc...) i also did a bunch of research projects in school about the 1988 olympics, chun doo hwan, roh tae woo because these things were mentioned in the reply series and i wanted to find out more about them

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I like this R88 + music/OST approach - I love the music in R88, as also the music in HosPlay (lots of overlap), and I have been listening to a lot of 80s/90s music as well. What fun that you got to research on seoul'88! That would definitely have made all this more entertaining. If I were of school- or university-going age, I would totally have fit in some RoK-related content into my work (I snuck in some surreptitiously already. it wasn't met with success...)

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all my friends are so weirded out by me bc i keep talking abt how great korean 80s music is but it's the truth !! i made this documentary style video on the rise of the k-music industry in the 90s and it was my favorite project i've ever done

ps. i recommend listening to empty heart by lee seung hwan (it's my favorite song ever) you might recognize it from ep 18 of r88 (#secondleadsyndrome ๐Ÿ˜ญ)

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@sc325 Sung Shachi the docuvideo sounds so cool! I agree with you - 80s k-music was very very cool, I'm not sure I quite like most of what is Kpop today. But that's a separate debate altogether. Thank you for the reminder about Empty Heart. Since HosPlay aired, though, I have been tripping over 'At the Subway Station in front of the City Hall' by Zoo/ Dongmulwon - not their original version, though - I prefer some of the covers.

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@pickleddragon thank you ! the hospital playlist covers are so great. my favorite song from HosPlay is "oh what a shiny night" by crying nut-- while the original is nice, i love jo jung suk's voice !! i also really like "a chance encounter" originally by songgolmae (can't decide which version is better)

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I tried BOF early on in my explorations too, and was utterly horrified. I dropped it very quickly, but wasn't put off. I have *never* recommended it to anyone else.

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i think i was just too attached to lee min ho and his curly hair which is why i ignored all of the flaws in that show HAHA

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Gosh. No. That Mop! Haha.

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I tried to watch the Japanese version and was put off in first 15 minutes itself. And Korean version the poster put me off. (I know that I belong to a minority)

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Goblin for my sister and now she watched a lot of dramas. But otherwise I never really tried to convinced people around me to watch dramas.

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Iโ€™ve gotten a lot if people into kdramas through goblin.

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My argument was : You need to watch it before we're going to Quรฉbec!

Then, we both wanted to sleep in Goblin's Hotel :D

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Haha. That's a good excuse! Will keep it in mind for when Canada's on the cards.

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Oh that's quite good! I am generally wary of KES' work (plus the fantasy angle is not usually my cup of tea), as a result of which I have neither watched nor recommended this to anyone. I should try though.

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I would totally recommend staying at the Goblin hotel (Fairmont)!

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I tried my husband on Goblin and it really did not work....we have been stuck on episode 15 since March lol

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I have converted my cousins and sis-in-law into Kdrama fans thru Reply 1988! I never thought they would like it but Iโ€™m glad that they did.

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I thought R88 would be a good gateway drama too - my only concern would be that, despite having universal themes of family, friendship, etc., it is too Korea-centric for a newbie (and requires some investment and interest in learning about a new culture). Personally, I tagged this show as something for an intermediate or advanced newbie.

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r88 is my favorite drama ever but i wouldn't recommend it as a gateway one bc as you said you kinda need to know abt korea before and also the episode times are WAY too long for someone switching from standard us shows (20-45 min ep time) whereas the whole 88 series takes 32 hours to watch

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Yes to. all of this! Even while I was watching, it felt like I was watching 20 movies. I mean, I loved it - it's a great show - but not part of a starter kit, really, IMO.

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I agree! My cousins watched it with me thatโ€™s probably why they got thru it ๐Ÿ˜† Episodes were too long, I think it took us 3 weeks to finish it.

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Yeah I think as a gateway drama you need something with 1 hour episodes max (at least at the start of the show ๐Ÿ˜ˆ) because otherwise it feels like too much of a time commitment. For some reason it feels easier to watch two one hour episodes back to back than one 1.5 hour episode.

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@mrsz6 i mean for me personally i fell so in love w r88 that i somehow managed to binge 18 eps in a week ๐Ÿ˜… (would not recommend unless you want to destroy your sleep schedule) and i did this DURING MY SCHOOL YEAR (a terrible, terrible idea). in the end i'm happy i saw the show but i really don't know what possessed me to do that (it was probably my love for junghwan)

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Healer should be a good one. (My husband though was NOT converted๐Ÿ˜ญ.) But we are going to give Stranger a go one of these days.

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Healer is a no-brainer for what I like to call a 'masala' drama - it's got everything in it! I watched Stranger early in my own explorations, and was totally taken by it. As was my closest friend, who's now also following Stranger 2 (but she refuses to watch anything else unless it matches Stranger standards...)

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Haha, a 'masala' drama! I like that.

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"Masala films" is a word used for a brand of commercial films in India. :-D

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Exactly why I used it!

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A friend of mine who likes crime shows (like me) was converted with "Signal" and "Missing Noir M". I loved Stranger but I have yet to watch "Healer".

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I used to watch dramas at the kitchen table, eating breakfast - my Mum hated subtitles, but she was always too curious not to watch as well. The ones that she loved were Legend of the Blue Sea, I Hear Your Voice, Strongest Deliveryman, and Reply 1988.

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I have watched nor recommended any of these! (except R88). So she enjoyed these despite the subtitles? That's pretty cool. I should try these on some folks.

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I Hear Your Voice is one of my absolute favourites, so I recommend that one the most, but I think all of these are fun and good for newcomers.

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I loved Strongest Deliveryman!! I wish it had been more popular haha :)

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I was hooked from the first episode, Go Kyung-pyo is a gem and he was wonderful with Chae Soo-bin! I didn't like the second leads though, unlike most of the others watching at the time.

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The first two shows I watched were Korean Odyssey and I hear your voice. Made me check almost everything written by writers of both.

(It is said that while film is more of directors medium, serials are more of a writer's medium.)

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that's an interesting concept! I never thought of it that way. But you're right - I also end up looking for work by the writer rather than the director, whenever I like something.

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Bad Guys sort of converted my husbando into Kdramas. He has weird choices though! He is currently watching Rugal and Vagabond ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Hah I wouldn't touch Rugal or Vagabond with a bargepole, but Bad Guys seems the sort that I would recommend (and watch myself too)! Korea doesn't seem to do too many really good solid action dramas, I think, so for folks who like that genre, it has limited options.

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๐Ÿ˜‚ I tried to warn him but he said that he had stuck out watching animes with deplorable stories/endings before so heโ€™ll be fine. Thatโ€™s true, we have limited choices when it comes to action dramas in kdramaland. Maybe because they are hard and expensive to make.

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You should recommend Last to him! And the K2 as well, if he really doesn't care so much about the plot. The K2 is my go to for fantastic action scenes... and not much else.

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'Circle' was also quite good!

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Circle was not my first drama or even my second. In fact I'd watched quite a lot by that point. But Circle was the one that excited me so much that i went online looking to share the experience with people and - ended up here. But the one that really got me sucked in completely to the whole experience was of course INAR.

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Sorry to be late to the party, but you should have him try Special Affairs Team Ten. It's an older drama but it is one of the best Kdrama crime shows. It even has a 2nd season.

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The K2 is my favorite action drama so far. I don't think it gets enough love. Totally recommend it.

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I think Bad Guys is on par with Rugal or Vagabond although I know that a lot of people would take issue with that.

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Vagabond~~ I have good and bad memories with the drama. I would totally watch season 2 if they out Ki Tae Woong in focus. Hahaha cc: @yyishere @sicarius

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Oh no! A typo. *put not out ๐Ÿ˜…. I would totally watch if they put Ki Tae Woong in focus ๐Ÿ˜†

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I did wonder for a few seconds if th3 sun had risen 8n the west!

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I honestly enjoyed Vagabond. Right until the end when I had to throw my tv away in rage ๐Ÿ˜‚ I donโ€™t expect there to ever be a season 2 though itโ€™s clear they wanted to leave that as an option

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๐Ÿคฃ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿคฃ

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Is he a beanie yet? Depending on his sense of humor, he might enjoy the recap comments for Vagabond.

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I know I did. And someone liked one of mine recently and so I dove back in and got just as much enjoyment from them the second time.

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For me the first kdrama that started my kdrama fever was the prime minister and i. It was great up until ep 12. After that not so much. The kdrama i enjoyed was Familiar wife, Her private life, extracurricular, the guest, because this is my first life. Tonight i am rewatching clips of ryu deok hwan & lee elijah from miss hammurabi. They are the only reason i watch it with a lot off fast forward because they only get little scenes. But they are adorable, sweet, and mature.

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RDH and LE in Miss Hammurabi were definitely more fun than the lead pair! Thanks for the list of the others - I haven't tried introducing friends to any of these yet.

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I'm so old. And only just returning to kdrama-land. And also answering this from the other side, as the person recruited. I'd already seen one kdrama before a friend recommended Coffee Prince, which had come out a few years before. I loved it. Then Boys Over Flowers came out and I was sucked into that hot mess. (I actually rewatched it a couple years ago for the nostalgia over that hot mess.)

I've only recently come back into the fold. Mystic Pop-Up Bar was surprisingly great (there's a reason I was surprised and why I took a long hiatus). I've heard good things about Goblin so that's a planned watch now.

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Mystic Pop-Up Bar has been on my recommendation list too! I haven't watched it myself (because of a genre mind block), but I can imagine some folks would like it.

I could watch Coffee Prince only for Lee Sun Kyun, tbh. Hats off to you for voluntarily rewatching BoF, though!

And age is of no consequence in dramaland :D You knew that already, of course! ;)

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Like most kdramas, Mystic has its goofy/cringy moments, especially in the beginning, but it was a fun watch that also had some real depth to it. So it's light and substantial at once. Great if you're between "heavy" dramas.

Also, I loooove Lee Sun Kyun. He was certainly a major draw in Coffee Prince. At the time, I didn't realize that...gender-baiting, queer baiting?...was a thing, so playing with the idea of a same-sex relationship in -- what I perceived to be -- a conservative culture was super fresh. Also, Gong Yoo is super cute.

Yes, we are all ageless here! :)

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I don't think I've converted him yet, but Mr.SK got sucked into watching Train to Busan with me and then when I did a rewatch of Chicago Typewriter on the TV (Thanks, Netflix!), he got obsessed with the soundtrack. So now it's part of his regular playlist and I get to hear him butcher the words at times. It's entertaining. I think I'll be able to lure him into dramaland by just playing more dramas with awesome OSTs

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Ah that's good bait - use OSTs to lure people in. Personally, I thought My Ahjusshi and WFKBJ both had great soundtracks, but I would never ever recommend the first as a starter drama to anyone. The latter, maybe. Chicago Typewriter is also a good choice.

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how was my ahjusshi?? if u scroll down, i'm looking for a new drama to watch, but preferably not something dark right now

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'preferably not something dark right now' - MA will not meet your requirements because it starts off dark. :/ That said, it's an earth shatteringly beautiful drama, and probably unprecedented and unmatched in dramaland the world over.

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@pickleddragon ugh, i really want to watch it for iu and lee sunkyun but i'll wait for a bit (need to recover after sky castle)

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Yes, My Ahjussi is dark but also transcendentally beautiful and ultimately heartwarming. But it's a journey.

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My Ahjussi is still on my to be watched list, because of the darkness. I made it through Dear My Friends (so dehydrated at the end of each episode), but I feel as if DMF was still less dark than MA. I have this feeling that in 25 years, when I'm sitting in a nursing home looking for the next kdrama to watch, My Ahjussi will still be on my TBW list.

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@rareniva HugosHalmoni - MA is a journey, like @leetennant says. It's life affirming at turns around the end of it. You have to stay the course, that's all. And you will be suitably rewarded (and how) for it.

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Train to Busan is such a great movie! I'm generally not a fan of horror, but zombie movies are practically their own genre. This is one of the best.

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My husband watched and mostly enjoyed Strong Girl Bong Soon (not a fan of later episodes) ...he really liked one of the songs from the OST and now plays it on guitar ๐Ÿ˜„ Itโ€™s not a bad strategy for luring people into drama watching...although his attitude generally is more resigned than enthusiastic ๐Ÿ˜‚

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I've had no success in my immediate circle. Online I may have found a convert or two touting the film 'Parasite' as the mere tip of the Korean drama iceberg. Also I've had some success pushing My Mister.

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This is pretty much my case as well - no success in immediate circles :( which is why I asked, because I have no one IRL to spazz with. I dragged a group of friends for Parasite, refusing to meet them if they didn't accompany me. But I think it kind of fell flat with them. I returned suitably overwhelmed, though.

And - hah - your choice of My Mister is very interesting - as I mentioned one comment above, as much as I dearly love the show, it would be my last choice for a starter drama! Unless my chosen audience is a student of film, the performing arts, or literature or some such thing. That you had success with this is very cool - I'm very impressed.

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There are several K-drama podcasts out there, and most of them talk of starting their podcast because they had nobody else in their circle of friend to talk about K-dramas with. Though they seem to be winning over husbands and mothers. The three podcasts that I'm familiar with are:
'Dramas Over Flowers' (which has a Dramabeans connection)
'OH K-drama' (which even sells merch)
'K-drama My Eyes Out'.

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Thanks for the heads up on these. I have listened to DoF but not the others. I have not quite become a podcast convert, but I agree that it's a good alternate space in the absence of friends. I tried to get my father into kdramas with Stranger (and he's usually receptive to my recommendations) but surprisingly, he gave up very quickly. :/

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another drama podcast iโ€™ve been listening too is eric namโ€™s โ€œcommit or quitโ€ โ€” he does the show with his brothers and the occasional guest star !!

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i recently rewatched My Love From Another Star and i'd recommend this one to your (soon-to-become) kdrama convert friends...
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Ha! I suppose KSH in and as anything would keep folks hooked :D I will try!

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YFAS got me out of my long kdrama slump. And for this, I'm eternally grateful to Jeon Ji Hyun. ๐Ÿ˜‚

My friend who has avoided kdramas recently got hooked because of CLOY. She has since watched IOTNBO.

INAR is a good one to recommend for those into romcoms. (Though it has scenes that really made me cry.) If they are into slice of life dramas, Misaeng/Incomplete Life is also very nice and so is Reply 1988. For thrillers, Signal, Bad Guys, Circle, and Forest of Secret.

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Yes! This is very similar to what my current (working) recommendation list looks like too! :)

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My Love From Another Star- My gateway kdrama. I could almost feel my brain becoming re-wired.

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sawry, not sawry...
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For me it's always BRIDAL MASK they love it right away

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Ah! Gaksital - I have not watchedย this - should try and recommend (Viki doesn't grant access to this in my region though :( ).

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Reply 1988 was recommended by my son. It took my husband and I a while to give it a shot, but once we watched the first couple of episodes, we were hooked, and haven't looked back since. I have converted others into kdrama fans through Goblin.

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My sister has very similar tastes to me so it wasnโ€™t hard (and she did watch the occasional asian drama anyway) but I think Iโ€™ve fully converted her with My Girlfriend is a Gumiho. Weโ€™ve just started a marathon of all of LSGโ€™s dramas ๐Ÿ˜„ and sheโ€™s watching something else by herself as well.

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I envy you! :)

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Honestly I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve ever appreciated her more ๐Ÿ˜‚

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The Moon Embracing the Sun got me started with kdramas. However, I don't even try to convert other people so... Especially given this drama is a period piece.

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Yes, I'd imagine period pieces are not a good choice for starter dramas.

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I can't watch them even now. Again, when I say period I liked Chicago typewriter which in part was a period piece.

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My Love From Another Star was what got me... It's a good one! Then Master's Sun, and Pinocchio.

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Back when HBO was still trying to figure out how to present content I first stumbled upon their free-streaming of 'Dating Agency Cyrano' back in 2013. It had the benefit of being nothing like what I imagined an 'Asian drama' would be like. Now, I see that old series as EXACTLY what I imagine an 'Asian drama' would be like. :-)

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I really liked Dating Agency Cyrano, too, especially the dishy male lead. I think it was my first kdrama that had a smaller story within each episode (or 2 episodes). I liked the storytelling style, but it did have some flaws.
I totally get the quintessential 'Asian drama' quality of it: tsundere male lead (to the point of being pathological), love triangle, accidental (or not) skinship, second lead syndrome. I loved the cooking scenes between the female lead and the second male lead. His knife skills were sexy.

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Gosh I had to search for this - never even heard of this show!

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Darn, the series isn't on Viki. I must've watched it (a second time) back when Drama Fever was still kicking. It had a rather nice OST.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W314L11GYCE

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There's a certain site where you can find almost any Kdrama. But I don't if it's legal.
But DAC is there

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I just recommended Dear My Friends to my daughter. I haven't heard from her yet if she's watched any episodes. She's the only one of my kids who looked interested when I mentioned kdrama shows. My kids are wonderful and try really hard not to eye-roll when I talk about kdramas, but I don't think they understand what I get out of them. I don't think DMF is really a gateway drama, but I think it is closer to American TV shows, especially from streaming services, with lots of layers, deep exploration of characters and relationships, and that real-life feel. If she likes it, I'll next recommend Hospital Playlist, which I am currently watching and loving.

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Ahhh Hospital Playlist was so good!! I'm so excited for season 2^^

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I have a bunch of macho male friends who like stuff like The Shield and Breaking Bad, to whom I'd never mentioned K-drama. Recently I discovered that they had all seen Crash Landing On You on Netflix. I think covid has a lot to answer for.

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Yeah I have a friend who usually watches only crime dramas, and it's something we swap notes, but he recently admitted to going on an IU-watching spree after I recommended MA to him, and rewatched Hotel Del Luna many times over!

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I was made a kdrama convert after watching That Winter, The Wind Blows. And Reply 1998 solidified my position as an enthusiast.

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I've got several people hooked from You're Beautiful.
For fully converting people, that is them going on to watch kdramas of their own volition, that has probably worked the most successfully actually. I think it retains it's crack factor well even though I've never rewatched it.
I accidentally got one poor girl hooked by BOF and she stayed up all night watching it *why* *why did you do that, child* *what have I done*
As for others- I often tend to try and pick dramas based on the person rather than the drama per se, although I also have a core list/s of recc dramas for people who want a more general recommendation dump, no matter what stage of dramaland they are in. (I guess if you want to see that list let me know?)

I've successfully got my mother and sister to watch kdramas, but just the ones I give them or tell them of. They're not really the kind of people to go looking on their own anyway.
For my mother, I started with Page Turner, because it's short. That was imperative for breaking her in. She loved it.
(She also watched half of Are You Human Too? with me when it was airing- she actually finished it; I did not lol.)
Then I did Sassy Go Go and then finally Healer. She enjoyed both of them.
My sister also watched Sassy Go Go and also enjoyed it, so I guess from that consensus, SGG is also a go to success lol.

Then I have a friend who watched Suspicious Partner with me when it was airing for two weeks, but I don't know if she finished it, and another who SAID she would watch something but idk if she ever did lol.

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Oh and I got my sister and law to watch WLFKBJ. Idk I tend to just sit down and watch dramas and people join me, or I make them join me, or they just watch what they're given/told and it works...

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I wish people listened to me :D

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Argh. You're Beautiful did not work for me, so I can't bring myself to recommend it. :/ I pity the BoF child. I agree about picking dramas depending on who the person is - but I was curious to know if there was something that emerged as a universal recommendation, hence my original question.

Starting with shorts is not a bad idea! I am yet to watch Page Turner, but I can think of to.jenny as a recommendation. I would hesitate with recommending SGG, personally, unless the person is up for a school drama. Healer is always a winner.

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Lol! That's fair.
Ah the BOF Child will live. I guess it still has some of its crack factor to some. Weird but that's just how that story works apparently.
Has anything emerged yet? I haven't scrolled through all 90+ comments haha.
I was gonna share my more detailed recc list but it got a bit too complicated to explain the difference in categories plus certain dramas I'd only recc to certain kinds of people (or certain dramas were more of a "if you liked X you might like y), SO, if it helps your research, I just made a rough, could be subject to editing and is probably missing a few, Things I Would Recc To Everyone list from that. I'll put it at the end of the comment.

Sassy Go Go I pick because it has excellent character writing and themes, and those are strong and applicable no matter the setting.
I also feel like newbies are less likely to know if they're a school drama person or not if they haven't seen any dramas yet haha.
But again, I knew my sister and mum were both people who would like it, and both people who care more about character and theme than setting or plot.
So yeah I guess it comes back to who the person is haha.
And yeah shorts are good cos I find the length can be off putting for some people. Break them in slow haha.

List:
Healer
I Remember You
I Am Not a Robot
Reply 1997
Just Between Lovers
Shut Up Flower Boy Band
Sassy Go Go
You From Another Star
Lookout
(Shopping King Louis
Ex Girlfriend Club
Radiant Office)

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This is a useful list!! No consensus has emerged, though every drama in the comments above has been a gateway for more than one person. Most of your mentions do not appear in the comments thread above, so that is also interesting. R88 is recommended more than R97 (and I personally believe that 88 is the better show). YFAS and Healer got popular votes. And of course INAR has its votaries. For the rest, your list is new. Thank you :) I will use it well!!

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I haven't seen 88 so I can't recc it very well lol. (Also when I got into dramas 97 was the higher rated of the two which is interesting.)
No worries. Have fun!

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BoF isn't so bad if you know what you're getting yourself into. And also, if you ship Ga eul and Yi jung. They're the true OTP of BoF. Love them so much.

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"Because this is my first life".

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I've not converted anyone to Kdramas, but the two that converted me were the historical dramas, "A Jewel in the Palace," and "Jumong." They were really long dramas so I'd never recommend them, instead I'd recommend, "Page Turner," or "Splash Splash Love." Both are short dramas and both are excellent.

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..I am suuuper late to this party but gonna list my successful baits erm I mean suggestions @pickleddragon..
*Coffee Prince -- Mr. Pretty hair and Mr. Gorgeous voice aka my gateway drama
*My Girlfriend's a Gumiho-Shin Min A and Lee Seung Gi will do most of the convincing for ye
*Go Back Couple- the mother angle,always works.Also be ready for tears,a lot of it
*Because this s my first life-slice of life,Introspective romance,good for people going through a quarter life crisis
*Married not Dating - this is just a simple,fun rom-com but it has some interesting take about some traditionally antagonistic roles.the leads are a delight
*Fight My Way-There's MMA, there's Charing dreams, bestie to lovers..soo many angles to choose from
*Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo- Ah youths
*While you were sleeping- Suzy?
*Oh My Ghost-Jo Jung Seok โ™ฅ๏ธ Park Bo Young โ™ฅ๏ธ Kim Seul Gi
*Discovery of Romance- ok this one's yet to yield results,but I love this show and will continue to pedal it till eternity
*City Hunter-Allmost got my brother to watch half an episode. Swear it works on more cultured minds
*Hotel DelLuna- This one helped me hook one of my friends.They have gone on to each about Mystic Pop up bar which I am yet to look up
*Sungkyunkwan Scandal- It's fusion sageuk and has a not so complicated premise. Also Song Joong Ki
* Something About 1 Percent(2016)-If they like their dramas to be erm a bit regressive.Fire chemistry between the leads though

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Thanks for this! It's a good list. Interestingly, I have watched only 4 myself :p but your descriptors are good selling points for whoever wants to watch onwards!

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Happy to help :) I am taking away a few new ones from this thread myself!

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In general, I feel like Netflix making dramas available to the masses has allowed our community to not be regarded as "weird" anymore by family and friends and I feel grateful for that. Before that, I had gotten my older sister hooked on 'Shark' but she was not interested in watching other dramas. Now she calls me every week to talk about the latest she's watched on Netflix.

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Happy weekend Beanies and keep Beaning On!

I want to start by thanking all Beanies who left kind words on my last OT post, and also to all the other Beanies for simply allowing me that space to not feel okay. My friend has Hodgkin Lymphoma and needs chemotherapy for four months. My friend is prudently optimistic and so are all medical people around me, so I am a bit hopeful again.๐Ÿ™

There were more hopeful things this week. The web shop that wrongfully fined me for not paying my order on time back in June, finally relented and cancelled the fine. It would not have been possible without the help of our insurance and law firm partners, but it is better than just giving in to injustice and paying as I would have done in the past.๐Ÿ˜€

I also passed the two state exams I took in July, and am waiting for instructions to subscribe for the final interview rounds. I am fully aware that I am blessed to get further than I usually do in job rounds, in multiple job applications, in times of corona. However, everything job related is scheduled for September, weekends included, and I am anxious about how I am going to manage it all. Ever since I got fired last year, job hunting has become sort of a tiny trauma and my efforts have decreased as a result, while they were already below the expected amount of effort for an employment seeker.๐Ÿ“…๐Ÿ˜ฑ

September is also the month of all the yearly health check-ups and a new school year for my goddaughter, so I might even have to take the bus to escort her to school and back if my dad is not able to drive by then in between studying and appointments. His medication seems to help, but the hernia is a slow recovery and his cortisone infiltration is a month away.โฒ๏ธ

I should take my own advice from last week, look forward to D-month October and try to make the most from what is left of August!๐Ÿ˜ช

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@turtuallysarcastic My prayers and well wishes are with you friend. Congratulations on passing your exams! I know that you will be hired soon :) I wish your goddaughter all the best with this upcoming academic year.

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Thank you for your encouragement! My goddaughter is only in kindergarten, but going to school at her age is crucial to develop and grow well. :)

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Anytime :)

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I'm glad your friend's health is looking up! They seem like a strong person to maintain that positive outlook :) I'm also glad your dad's medication seems to be helping! Hopefully, everything goes well on that end, too.

Congrats on your exams!! I'm sure you'll do incredible in the final rounds! And, good luck to your goddaughter with school - this year is gonna be like no other in terms of everything haha

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My friend is a warrior ;) I hope the kindergarten stays open so that my goddaughter can grow well. Dad can sit up sometimes, so that is a good sign. Things are uncertain now, but I guess I'll have to wait and see. Thank you! :)

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There are some things where time can only tell and I sincerely hope everything ends up well <3

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YAY for your exams!!! sending you, your friend, and your dad a big hug rn. you got this @turtuallysarcastic <3

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Thank you for the hugs! Start preparing, I am pressing play on Reply 1988 next weekend ;)

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WOOOOO!! screaming with joy, happy watching :)

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forgot to ask, howโ€™s reply 1994 going?

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I finished it Friday evening ;) I loved everything except the whole husband hunt resolution ;)

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Wishing your friend a successful and easy as possible treatment path. Best of luck with the job search and with balancing your responsibilities. You've done well so far, so give yourself some kudos.

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Thank you for the good vibes! I will turn them into kudos to repel the chaos! ;)

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Good to hear such good news on many fronts! Keep the chin up, and it will all get even better-er soon :) my wishes with you, your family, goddaughter and friend!

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Thank you for your support! :)

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I hope you find ways to keep your spirits up. I have a coworker who had Hodgkin's Lymphoma a couple of years ago. His docs said it was the "best" kind of cancer, that is, the most curable. It's over 2 years later, and he's doing well.
My employer is offering us lots of wellness support, and they really stress meditation and mindfulness. I hope you can find some time to just be and pay attention to your body and feelings. I find that my yoga practice really helps me deal with stress and all the crap that's going on right now.

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Thank you for your reassuring words! My spirits dampen whenever chaos appears, so time and some order will bring me a lot of peace. And ranting here on Dramabeans! ;)

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๐Ÿ™ for your friend, and Hurrahs for you passing your exams!

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