105

[2020 Year in Review] Editors’ Picks

We’ve finally reached the end of a very unusual year both in dramaland and around the world. I always love seeing how the voting shakes out, and which shows left the deepest impressions. Some years, one vote was difference enough to crown a winner, but this time around there were very clear favorites among the staff in nearly every category. And now, onto the winners of the 2020 Editors’ Picks.

 

2020 Editors’ Picks

 

BEST DRAMA

Forest of Secrets 2

quirkycase: Given the acclaim of its first season, Forest of Secrets 2 had a lot to live up to–it didn’t disappoint. Once again, we got a tightly written, thoughtful, unconventional crime drama exploring corruption in a way that was complex without being convoluted or pretentious. Both the creative and technical elements of this drama were top-notch. Strong writing, acting, and directing led to a suspenseful and thought-provoking story about where the line between justice and injustice lies. Rather than focusing on a single case, we had multiple cases that seemed disparate at the start but came together masterfully by the drama’s end. This season had a wider scope than the first and took on systemic corruption in the justice system through the lens of the recent real-life fight between the police and prosecution over investigative authority. Alongside the return of fantastic characters like Shi-mok, Yeo-jin, and Dong-jae, we were introduced to several interesting and layered new characters on both sides of the fight. Despite all the corruption and power struggles, this drama strikes a hopeful tone. It reminds us that the exhausting fight for justice is worth it, even if the gains sometimes seem small.

Honorable Mentions
Crash Landing on You
Hospital Playlist

 

BEST DIRECTING

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

SailorJumun: A drama can just be a drama, but every now and then, a drama can be an art piece. The story of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay was already rich and engaging, but in the hands of director Park Shin-woo, the story was able to reach its highest potential. I was reeled in by the drama’s introduction, a stunningly dark stop-motion animation, and from then on, I was completely captured. The Grimm fairy tale style followed into the live-action, melding well with Park’s signature whimsy. Whether it was a classic fairy tale or one of Go Moon-young’s books, there was always a story that perfectly reflected the lives of our characters. There’s one scene that will forever stay with me, and that’s Kim Soo-hyun reading Zombie Kid and breaking down crying. The magic in fairy tales is not, in fact, the literal magic but the parallels to everyday life–and those parallels were always felt and appreciated.

Honorable Mentions
Kingdom 2
Memorials

 

BEST WRITING

Forest of Secrets 2

chickachunga: The distinction of best writing should come as no surprise to anyone who was knocked breathless by the first season of Forest of Secrets, the inaugural work by brilliant scribe Lee Soo-yeon. Her filmography isn’t lengthy, she has only three major TV credits to her name, but Forest of Secrets 2 was yet another showcase of her major writing chops. With Korea’s currently ongoing police vs. prosecution clash serving as the backdrop—and forefront, really—of season two, Lee weaved multiple intricate storylines, all completely engrossing, that interconnected in unexpected and satisfying ways. As viewers, the frustration of watching police officers and prosecutors in a sterile conference room, refusing to shift their ideologies even a smidge for the sake of amending relations and the larger justice system, was visceral. We felt the futility of government as we witnessed abject corruption nonchalantly perpetuated by the very people entrusted to maintain law and order. The despair we felt from the sorry state of humanity was too real, but so was our joy, anytime Shi-mok and Yeo-jin had a moment to themselves where they could simply just be without the line in the sand. Forest of Secrets 2 felt decidedly different from the first season, more of a simmering slow burn perhaps, but the writing remained whip-smart, bold, and as timely as ever.

Honorable Mentions
Nobody Knows
My Unfamiliar Family

 

BEST COMEDY

Hospital Playlist

selena: Are we even surprised that the latest production from the Answer Me series’ writer-producer duo brought as much laughter as it did tears? The heartwarming first season (there’s at least one more season currently in the works) follows five busy friends as they balance their personal lives with their professional ones. Naturally, we are introduced to those who work with them and grow attached to everyone from interns to the top of the chain. The highly emotional aspects are balanced out with humorous moments peppered in throughout each episode. Ik-joon especially was a riot to watch–Jo Jung-seok has so much natural charm and his comedic timing is just immaculate. The nature of his character is such a goofy one that you can tell he’s having a blast playing him. In contrast, Jung Kyung-ho’s Joon-wan is not meant to be outwardly funny, but his petty actions and subtle quips had me rolling on the floor. Magic happens when actors are able to comfortably throw in ad-libs, and Hospital Playlist was magical indeed.

Honorable Mentions
Memorials
Zombie Detective

 

BEST ACTION/THRILLER DRAMA

Extracurricular

chickachunga: I love checking out dramas by new, up-and-coming voices, and for that very reason, I was very excited to watch Extracurricular, the first drama written by Jin Han-sae. And I’m thrilled to say that I was thoroughly impressed by this dark and violent debut work. A thriller about a broke high school kid who anonymously mans a sex trafficking ring?! It sounds like nothing you’ve seen in dramaland before because it hadn’t been done before. The creative risks certainly paid off and there was no shortage of exhilarating chase scenes, bloody life-threatening altercations, high stakes drama, and expletive-hurling high-schoolers. Extracurricular was a wild adrenaline rush from start to finish with stellar performances, especially from Park Joo-hyun who played Gyu-ri with such aplomb. This was not your typical high school drama, and it really felt fresh with no holds barred. From the new writer, to the fresh-faced cast, and the sinister subject matter, Extracurricular really pushed the envelope and made for a nail-biting, riveting watch.

Honorable Mentions
A Couple’s World
Forest of Secrets 2

 

BEST FANTASY DRAMA

Hi Bye, Mama!

selena: Out of all the fantasy shows that populated dramaland this year, Hi Bye, Mama! was the most memorable for me. It told a tale of motherly love that transcends the physical limitations of the world. Leading lady Cha Yuri spends years watching her daughter grow up from the outside–as a ghost. She celebrates every milestone alone until one day, she’s granted a special opportunity to become human again for just 49 days. Yuri gets to bond with her daughter and reconnect with the people from her past. The relationships she re-builds are so strong that you can’t help but hope that somehow, a loophole can be found to allow Yuri more time on Earth. The world-building was done well, providing the story a great foundation to build off of. The rules pertaining to Yuri’s miracle were very clear from the get-go and the fantastical elements were kept simple, never overshadowing what the show was really about–processing grief. It was a beautiful show filled with emotionally mature characters. A lot of time was spent crying and laughing with Yuri and her loved ones, and my heart feels full knowing that she got a well-deserved second chance.

Honorable Mentions
Mystic Pop-up Bar
The School Nurse Files

 

BEST ACTOR

Park Seo-joon (Itaewon Class)

Sunny: Itaewon Class may have fizzled out into one of the more disappointing dramas of the year, but it was through no fault of leading man Park Seo-joon. Admittedly, I have a soft spot for underdog tales, but without the heartfelt portrayal of Park Sae-ro-yi grounding an otherwise over-the-top plot, I doubt the show would’ve been half as watchable. The unwavering moral compass and steadfast attachment to his first love could have easily made for an irritating character but Park Seo-joon managed to emphasize the quirky charm to Sae-ro-yi’s determination and drew the character in an endearing rather than foolhardy light. In a year when many of us needed a bright spot, Park Seo-joon was all that and more and while I could easily wax poetic about his talents for paragraphs more, your time would be better spent watching something starring Park Seo-joon.

Honorable Mentions
Kim Soo-hyun It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
Jo Seung-woo Forest of Secrets 2

 

BEST ACTRESS

Seo Ye-ji (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay)

SailorJumun: The character of Go Moon-young could have so easily been unlikeable, had she been portrayed by just any actress. Because, on paper, she was unlikeable–selfish, standoffish, and sometimes downright cruel. But with Seo Ye-ji in Moon-young’s bright red shoes, the character was unlikeable in the most fascinating way. You could see the “monster” that the people around her saw, while Seo Ye-ji’s portrayal promised something deeper. A hint of emotion in her eyes or a slight dip in her smile was enough to let us feel her pain. Enough to feel a history of misunderstanding and a desire for compassion. And she shouldered this heavy baggage, along with her big attitude and even bigger wardrobe, with such ease. I knew Seo Ye-ji was good, but after It’s Okay, I’m confident she could kill any role.

Honorable Mentions
Kim Hye-soo Hyena
Kim Seo-hyung Nobody Knows

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Oh Jung-se (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay)

Laica: I can’t think of a single character that made me cry more this year than Oh Jung-se as Moon Sang-tae. He doesn’t seem to be acting—he simply embodies Sang-tae’s ability to be at times cruelly honest, at times breathtakingly funny, and occasionally, heartbreakingly vulnerable. He manages to play an autistic character with realism, empathy and humor, never letting Sang-tae feel like a token or a stereotype—or worse, a caricature. Sang-tae is a brilliant, complex person with dreams and regrets, who feels deeply, even if he shows his emotions differently from others, and Oh Jung-se’s portrayal brings all those facets to vivid life. Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji may be the leads of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, but Oh Jung-se is the heart of the story. Without his tour de force performance, the central relationships between Sang-tae and Kang-tae, the two of them with Moon-young (and Mang-tae) wouldn’t have been nearly as moving. Give him all the awards.

Honorable Mentions
Choi Min-soo Extracurricular
Kim Bum Tale of the Nine Tailed

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Choo Ja-hyun (My Unfamiliar Family)

quirkycase: Two of the most memorable aspects of this gem of a drama are the complex women at its heart and the incredible performances of its cast. Amidst all of these great characterizations, Choo Ja-hyun’s Eun-joo is a standout. Eun-joo’s cold demeanor and stoicism might’ve made her a hard character to connect to were it not for Choo Ja-hyun’s wonderfully nuanced portrayal. She took a well-written, challenging character and breathed life into her, making her sympathetic and engaging. Like all characters in this drama, Eun-joo is deeply flawed but oh so real. She started out almost claustrophobically stifled, living a life that made her unhappy yet hiding her pain and vulnerability behind a mask of perfection. You couldn’t help but root for her to open up just a little to those around her and live freely. Thanks in large part to Choo Ja-hyun, prickly Eun-joo’s journey to finding peace and happiness within herself and her family was a joy to witness.

Honorable Mentions
Kim Hye-joon Kingdom 2
Kim Hye-sook Start-Up

 

BEST ENSEMBLE

Hospital Playlist

selena: The five BFFs of Hospital Playlist stormed in and stole everyone’s hearts, including mine. In between intense surgical procedures, these doctors bicker, fight over food, find love, deal with family drama, and create beautiful music together. From a social butterfly single father who misses the nightclub to a kind-hearted heir who dreams of becoming a priest, each character is so uniquely different that it’s difficult to believe that they’re friends. But despite their differences, or maybe because of them, that their bonds felt so authentic and Jo Jung-seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jeon Mi-do, and Kim Dae-myung had such a beautiful, natural chemistry (possibly because they reportedly grew close in real life as well).

The dynamic between the five friends is vastly different depending on who’s together in a given scene, which makes for a fun watch. I love that they’re so in tune with one another that they just know when something is off and are diligent in ensuring that everyone’s doing okay. Nobody goes through their lowest lows alone even if they try to hide it from the rest of the group. Fiercely loyal yet never afraid to tell it like it is, they’re the type of friend group that everyone needs in their life.

Honorable Mentions
Crash Landing on You
My Unfamiliar Family

 

BEST ROMANCE

Crash Landing on You

missvictrix: Of all our 2020 dramas, Crash Landing on You is the one I’m most likely to recommend to drama newbies—it’s such a well-rounded drama, with something for everyone. But the main reason I like to recommend it is because of the wonderful romance. This couple had something special, and it’s not only because they’re such great (dare I say legendary?) actors. Sohn Ye-jin and Hyun Bin were able to capture something in the love story of Se-ri and Captain Ri that was as magnetic as it was heart-warming.

The story of a prickly CEO from Seoul stranded in North Korea and befriending soldiers there was great on its own, but this setup also introduced new kinds of dramatic obstacles, the likes of which dramaland hadn’t seen before. But really, this romance worked so well because what it called up in our hearts was also universal. Two people met, came to understand each other, and fell deeply in love. The relationship between Se-ri and Captain Ri was rooted in trust, loyalty, keeping one’s word, and true selflessness, and their story proved that love truly can transcend any obstacles in its way.

Honorable Mentions
Memorials
Do You Like Brahms

 

BEST BROMANCE

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

dramallama: Kim Soo-hyun and Oh Jung-se poured their hearts into their roles as codependent brothers learning to confront the traumatic childhood loss of their mother, which they coped with by desperately holding onto each other. Both brothers feared abandonment, and any sign of distance triggered intense emotional responses of resentment and guilt. Their desperate need for each other kept their relationship airtight, with no room or trust for anyone to stand between them. Kim Soo-hyun’s Kang-tae, a caretaker practiced in sacrifice and restraint, was initially the protector of his autistic older brother, but as he learned to let go and to love, older brother Sang-tae made space, modeled healthy distance, and filled Kang-tae’s shoes as the protector of their little family. The painful process of confronting trauma and making space for their family to grow was very emotional but so gratifying. The brothers were the heartbeat of this show, and their heartbreaking bromance kindled a hope for happiness despite sorrow and loss.

Honorable Mentions
Hospital Playlist
Flower of Evil

 

BEST GIRLFRIENDS

Memorials

Laica: Nothing about Memorials is boring or cliched, and that’s true of Gu Se-ra and her besties, too. Like the show itself, their friendship is slightly left of center, and you can find them sniping at each other as often as the support each other. And that’s what makes their little group so relatable—no one can throw shade as expertly and brutally as friends you’ve known for a lifetime. They never back down from telling each other the truth, no matter how unpleasant but they always have each other’s backs, even in the most mortifying of situations. We can all only wish to have a bestie who would turn her bookstore into your office if you ill-advisedly ran for the local council, and by some miracle won. And never stopped pointing out your dumb mistakes. How else would Se-ra have survived the bureaucratic hell of local politics, if not for her girlfriends? These three are gold.

Honorable Mentions
Hi Bye, Mama!
My Unfamiliar Family

 

BEST CHARACTER

Han Ji-pyeong (Kim Sun-ho, Start-Up)

SailorJumun: Who said the first male lead could be the only one with a great backstory? Second leads can have them too, and Start-Up’s dimpled second lead Han Ji-pyeong had one of the best. After a chance meeting with a kind-hearted grandma and a life-changing letter scheme, Ji-pyeong found himself in one complicated love triangle. Never has the phrase “Why can’t it be me?” hit this hard, as he quite literally led the hero to the girl he would come to love. Of course, Ji-pyeong wasn’t just a sad puppy of a second lead. He was a lonely kid who wanted a family to play Go-Stop with. He was a stern mentor who didn’t understand the consequences of his words. And most importantly, he was a genuinely good friend–a friend who didn’t realize how loved he really was.

Honorable Mentions
Gu Se-ra (Nana), Memorials
Baek Hee-sung (Lee Jun-ki), Flower of Evil

 

BEST VILLAIN

Cho Hak-joo (Ryu Seung-ryong, Kingdom 2)

dramallama: A master strategist with an insatiable hunger for power, the ruthless Prime Minister Cho was the perfect villain to escalate the threat of the zombie outbreak. The Prince was no match for the experienced Prime Minister Cho, who knew how to politically manipulate and physically trap the Prince at every turn. Prime Minister Cho’s checkmate move forcing the Prince to kill his zombie-fied father with his own hands showcased his precise masterminding at its finest. Unfazed by the plague and the consequences of immorality, the minister leaned into his instincts for exploitation and decisively used humans as disposable zombies to pave his path to royalty. Ryu Seung-ryong played the nefarious prime minister with charisma and resolve, and his mere presence introduced a dark and dangerous energy to any scene. His sinister energy as Prime Minister Cho was matched only by Kim Hye-joon, who played his daughter

Honorable Mentions
Jang Dae-hee (Yoo Jae-myung), Itaewon Class
Baek Hee-sung (Kim Ji-hoon), Flower of Evil

 

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Record of Youth

dramallama: All the pieces were there–the high-profile cast, the esteemed director, an experienced writer–but the pieces never came together. Record of Youth was very promising and primed to be a success, but it fell short of all expectations. Besides the witty banter and Park Bo-gum meta-acting in different genres, the drama did not have many highlights to save it from mass disappointment. The story felt aimless, and the muddled tone in the storytelling exposed how the synergy among the themes of the show (youth? romance? family? Instagram?) were unclear to the writer. While I love both actors independently, the chemistry between Park Bo-gum and Park So-dam was just mediocre, and the story heavily focused on Park Bo-gum instead of balancing the story across the leads. The show wasted the immense talent of Park So-dam and dumped all their eggs in the Park Bo-gum basket, effectively creating a pre-army tribute to Park Bo-gum instead of a decent drama. I’m going to rewatch Answer Me 1988 and Parasite to remind myself that this drama was just a forgettable accident for our leads.

Honorable Mentions
Was it Love
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol

 

BEST LOVE TRIANGLE

Start-Up

missvictrix: Drama love triangles are complicated stuff—do we judge their greatness based on how conflicted we are, or how conflicted we’re not? Either way, Start-Up had one for the books. The strength of its love triangle was rooted mostly in the drama’s backstory, where we met a young girl (Suzy) and the secret pen pal whom she adored. As a young adult, she learns that the real author of the letters (Kim Sun-ho), and the play-acting version (Nam Joo-hyuk), are two very different men—and which one has her heart is much of what the drama explores. While the setup sounds like a typical love triangle, to me Start-Up actually played it a bit differently. Instead of seeing our heroine’s heart tugged between two equally worthy suitors, her heart only swung one way. Instead, it was us—the audience—that was the true party in the middle of this emotional triangle. We saw both heroes’ struggles, vulnerability, and yearning. Teams were formed, ships were set sail, and dramaland was pretty divided! But whether you left the drama sad or satisfied, we certainly experienced a love triangle all our own.

Honorable Mentions
Hi Bye, Mama!
The Spies Who Loved Me

 
RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

105

Required fields are marked *

I'm glad Forest of Secrets 2 is getting the love it deserves! The more I think about it, the more I realize that any problems I had with the show (which were very few already) were more to do with my expectation that it would be a carbon-copy of the first season. I re-watched parts of it a few days ago, and I got chills all over again.

7
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you DB staff for your picks! I wouldn't consider HOSPITAL PLAYLIST mainly a comedy, but it certainly deserves to be up on your list.

Let's see... for BEST MUSIC I'd choose I'LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY (if not HOSPITAL PLAYLIST again!). The instrumentals evoked winter, coffee, and friends gathering in a cozy bookshop.

9
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'll Find You also had one of my favorite ensemble casts.

6
reply

Required fields are marked *

I love HP and I'll Find You. I agree that the music for the latter is just that great; I love it so much.

5
reply

Required fields are marked *

I would pick HosPlay for best music over Weather! At least for me, like Reply 1988, HosPlay's OST was a peek into k-music of the 80s and 90s, which was all kinds of lovely. I have a few of the songs on regular loop now.

6
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes to the Weather as the best OST. Whether it's the songs or the music, it just gives you the warm and calmed feelings this drama gave me early this year.

5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Eighteen Again was my Best Fantasy Drama. I'm happy for Extracurricular's win.

Instead of seeing our heroine’s heart tugged between two equally worthy suitors, her heart only swung one way.

This applies to every love triangle except for Reply, and even then, it was only Reply 1988 where we didn't know whom she loved.

11
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hmm, I’d disagree with that comment about it applying in all relevant love triangles. For example, the same writer wrote Dream High and Hye-mi definitely swung between the two leads.

But just to be clear, I mean for triangles that actually incited huge debates etc. Not regular second lead guys never getting the girl situations. Those aren’t even “triangles” in my books so if that’s what you meant, then I definitely agree lol.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah! 18 Again was the best Fantasy Drama for me too! It was awesome. Lee Do Hyun deserves some recognition for nailing his character.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Agree with..

Best Character: Han Ji-pyeong
Biggest Disappointment: Record of Youth
Best Triangle: Start-up

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I 100% agree that ‘Record of Youth’ was s huge disappointment...to the point where I dropped it faster than a hot potato (https://youtu.be/qGwV8N5EmMA ). ‘Backstreet Rookie’ was another one...it felt like my intelligence was being insulted.

I’ll definitely have to watch “Forest of Secrets” 1 so I can properly watch S2!! I hope 2021 brings a better assortment of kdramas overall

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I truly know I love DB when I saw the winner of the Best Character section. I know I’m at the right place.

You all have my ❤️.

13
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Sun-ho screen time!

5
reply

Required fields are marked *

So glad to see Lee Jun-ki's character from Flower of Evil get an honorable mention for best character. I think a lot of viewers expected something different from that show than what we got. A lot of viewers thought the character was going to be a true sociopath, and were disappointed that he wasn't, but I thought it did a beautiful job of creating a traumatized person who'd been so invalidated and abused that they lived life in the shadow of a misdiagnosis and other people's misperceptions. As someone who has experienced something similar, I think it's so vitally important not to let any one trait or set of traits define you. Understanding the way your brain is wired is an important step in learning how to care for yourself, but you have to have a strong enough sense of self to realize that no single diagnosis can tell you who you are or whether you are capable of love. I found his journey to be so freeing in that sense. Just seeing him realizing that his feelings were valid, that his love for his family was valid, and that he didn't have to dismiss his feelings as inauthentic just because he was the one feeling them was so beautiful and so therapeutic. It's one of the few times I've seen that type of character arc portrayed well, and Lee Jun ki really did a beautiful job of it. Underrated, for sure, but still my favorite drama of the year.

10
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Mine too. I didn't go in with an expectation or influenced by the promos. Thus, no preconceived ideas about how the story should pan out. So really enjoyed the story as it was told.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree with everything you wrote. For me he was the Character of the Year. I would give runner up for Character of the Year to Go Moon-young from It's Okay. These are such detailed characters that I will remember for years.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I very much agree with your comment. Lee Jun-Ki's character was so well written, beautifully fleshed out, and real. His character addressed the stigma of "abnormal" behaviour in Korean society so well. While Han Ji-pyeong tugged at the heart strings and I generally liked his storyline, he didnt stand out for me as a character I will never forget. Although he started an all out shipping war of Team Jacob/Edward proportions, his character wasn't all that unique in Kdrama land. The cold harsh wealthy man with a traumatic past that causes him to hide his soft underbelly can describe many a Kdrama male lead. I think that he stood out because in a twist, he wasnt the male lead (the dimples don't hurt either). I'm happy for him, that the love triangle (that admittedly on existed in the minds of the viewers) has lead to his first starring role already.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agreed with so many of these. I also know it was tough picking between Nan and Seo Yeji, but ultimately It's Okay Not to be Okay won with an edge, no pun intended. Fabulous picks overall. You guys have also enticed me to watch extracurricular.

6
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

There is not even honourable mention for Kairos...really!!
*disappointed*

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm with you, always like the time-travel dramas (even though they don't actually travel in Kairos). LOL Enough with the sappy love triangles, give us more time-travel thrillers.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree!!! That should have been at least an honorable mention under fantasy. It was so well written. The writer didnt get lost in storyline or plot devices like so many time traveling dramas can do.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I logged in after a looong time just to comment on the love triangle of Start Up.

Spot on for that! I 100% agree that it wasn’t exactly a love triangle on screen because I never once thought the feelings wavered from one guy to the next. It was a love triangle only from a viewer’s perspective because of how well both male leads were written. So hats off to the writer for that.

Also, I quite agree with almost all the categories excluding best Actor/Actress. I’d pick someone else for those categories, but for all other sections, the picks are in line with mine!

Anyway it’s been a great drama year. Hoping next year proves just as great. Happy new year everyone!!

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

It was a love triangle only from a viewer’s perspective because of how well both male leads were written.

--- Yes! For me, it was being in denial that it will be Do-san... HJP was so likeable and with a great backstory... (and being the first one introduced) that it seemed unbelievable that he won't be chosen. But all signs pointed to Do-san. Most of HJPs major scenes were with Halmeoni.. and Do-san and Dal-mi spent more (screen) time together.

All's well that ends well.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm so happy that Forest of Secrets 2 got Best Drama and Best Writing. This is so well-deserved. The writing was absolutely flawless and in technical execution almost perfect as well.

I'm also really glad to see Extracurricular get the recognition it deserves as well. This was such a brilliant crime thriller; dark and subversive and disquieting. A Korean teen Breaking Bad that was unlike any kdrama I've seen before. I was starting to worry that it may have been overshadowed by other dramas since it aired.

I would like to give a shout out to Nobody Knows though. It's definitely a fantastic crime thriller and while it's not as perfectly plotted as Forest of Secrets not as slick as Extracurricular it's a strong runner up.

11
19
reply

Required fields are marked *

And now for my more controversial opinion... here we go...
It's coming...

I thought the OTP in Crash Landing on You had zero chemistry and would not rate it as a good OTP let alone a great one.

There we go. I hope this moment was not too painful for too many people.

12
18
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree on the OTP in CLOY. I don't understand how it became so popular despite poor chemistry, but it seems to have taken the world by storm.

If I had to vote for chemistry in a drama (not just between an OTP), I'd give all my votes to Kim So Hyung and her chemistry *with everybody* in NOBODY KNOWS.

10
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me too. Everything was there except the natural chemistry between the leads. I can’t put my finger on what made me feel this way, but the romance part felt forced for me.
It’s the most famous Kdrama this year according to a poll in my country though.

5
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

It got best romance in our poll too. I'm left wondering what people saw that I didn't.

5
reply

Required fields are marked *

Jshsgsgshshs they're dating jdhshs the irony.....

1
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah it's pretty ironic 😅 How come I couldn't feel any chemistry on screen? 🧐

2

I don't understand what this is supposed to mean. They're actors so their off screen relationship should have no impact on their performances or they wouldn't be very good at their craft. And onscreen chemistry doesn't have anything to do with whether they like each other or not in real life.

4

Well I think some of the best drama leads who had great chemistry somehow ended up actually dating irl. I know it doesn't automatically work the other way around but kinda just ironic how some people didn't feel any chemistry yet something real was actually sparking behind the scene lol

0

If they were dating during CLOY or thinking about it, it may have affected their performances because SYJ has said in the past she maintained a wall between her professional work and her private life.

0

Same. I watched for the side characters.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

The continued popularity of CLOY is based on the individual fan bases of the OTP. It was one of those shows that you had to totally suspend belief in the premise and tropes to just enjoy the ride. So many new k-drama viewers latched onto the ensemble cast to make it a cross-cultural hit.

I think there was an intentional muted chemistry based on how the actors viewed their characters navigating through their emotional landmines. It was mild in comparison to shows like SITR. Of all the mixed genres in the CLOY plot, fantasy adventure trumped romance.

2
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm going to mildly disagree. I'm not a devoted fan of either of the main actors. I just watched CLOY and thought it was very good.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is...such an interesting take. I actually reeled back a little in my seat reading this. My next reaction was, did we watch the same drama? How can this be an opinion (rhetorical of course, everyone comes with different perspectives)? But then I remembered that EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHERS fell in love with Secret Garden and I thought it was one of the dullest things I'd ever seen.

And now reading this back I'm laughing at myself.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

The romance in Crash Landing is my least fave aspect of the show as well. I'm disappointed that the couple ended up together. I thought it would be stronger story if they separated and longed for each other. It would be truthful and repectful to the pain reality of Korean separation.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

They're apparently dating irl.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Cynically, I think the chemistry was mostly from the pairing itself being the subject of rumors (and now reality!) off-screen, so viewers saw what they wanted to see maybe.

I thought the chemistry was fine, but the romance itself lacked the sort of urgency I would expect from the plot setup.

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree, the chemistry was lacking in CLOY. This is probably a reason why I dropped it at 2 final episodes (still need to finish it) -- I was frankly tired of all the side characters and NK/SK drama, which came to a point when I asked myself, what drama I was exactly watching at that point. I think it was due to couple of reasons:

1. Compared to writer's earlier works, the drama turned out to be pretty chaste. The boat kiss was pretty promising and the SK apartment sexual tension was there but that's about it. It was like a writer was being careful that not to offend anyone, maybe? Was there even a hint that characters had sex at some point in SK? Their relationship was boderline sibling-like.

2. The episodes were LONG! SUPER-LONG! This was the first drama I actually fast forwarded for the first time in my life. The side characters and political intrigue and action felt like a filler distracting from what could have been a tightly written love story.

3. I love Son Ye-Jin but the moments that stand out in my memory are of her perpetually suffering and crying and worrying about the Hyun Bin character. Literally, before my eyes is her face filled with tears whenever someone mentions CLOY. I wonder if that was an acting choice or or the director just tried filling those 2 hour long episodes with *something*. It overshadowed all the OTP funny and tender moments, the moments I can't recall right now anyway.

4. Oh how I love that writer. But were where her signature smart sexy "fighting" OTP dialogue? It's like all the fun was outsourced to the side characters, leaving our OTP in eternal suffering, and (what worse) all on their own!

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

My sentiments about CLOY exactly. Past the first few episodes I could not really believe in their oddly chaste, awkward and unhappy relationship. The news that they have been dating since the end of filming makes me wonder if they just didn't feel comfortable letting their real feelings influence their portrayals - but the writing didn't do the pair any favors, either.

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wait! What?! Hyun bin and the lead of Crash Landing are dating in real life?🤔

0

I've never been THIS happy for a year-end editor picks!!! All my fave drama mentioned, and honestly, look at Memorials peeking on the honorable mention section like almost in all category :(

What I just realized after reading this, is that both the Best female lead and supporting female are kinda alike, a ruthless, realistic, and somehow wounded characters brought wondefully to life by Seo Yeji and Choo Jahyun.

And "A hint of emotion in her eyes or a slight dip in her smile was enough to let us feel her pain" I've never nod in agreement harder thab when I read this sentence!
I think the same goes to Choo Jahyun, there's always the most minimally mover twitches in her face and expression that is easilly observed yet not even bring drastic change to her expression that is so wonderful to watch (and the SHOOK it brought me when she actually wholefully laughed in latter episodes of the series).

All in all I just LOVE all the comments on Forest of Secret, Extracurricular, It's okay Not to be Okay, My Unfamiliar Family, Hospital Playlist, even memorials! 💜 This was such a great drama year!

9
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hospital Playlist ✅
CLOY ✅
IOTNBO ✅
Start Up ✅
My Unfamiliar Family ✅
Itaewon Class ✅

I didn’t watch the other picks and not cared much about Start Up’s triangle after the initial phase (obvs NJH would get the girl as per drama rule) but i’m most surprised by the Best Actor. I love PSJ and he was great, prolly the only reason i stuck with IC was him but other dramas had more engaging performance and stories honestly.

Record of Youth wasting potentials, being a disappoinment and pre-army tribute to PBG is spot on!

For Best Girlfriends, other than MUF my pick is More Than Friends - even if the main leads had flaws I really enjoyed the secondary couples and the girls’s friendship was so lovely. They’ve been together since high school and fought and loved each other through all of it.

Hospital Playlist deserve Best Ensemble but i also have huge love for our NK Ducklings and Samsan Bros. How lucky that they graced my 2020 during the New Year, start of lockdown and year end - and made life much funnier while stuck at home.

Lastly to my Han Ji Pyeong (and Halmeoni) thank you for sending me down a KSH rabbit hole which i don’t foresee getting out from anytime soon ♥️

8
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

We can have the never-ending tea party in the KSH's rabbit hole! ☺️❤️💕😳

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Here, here! I love your picks. I think my favorite is Seon Ho as Ji-pyeong in Start Up and the ensuing love triangle! Suzy held her own too in this kdrama. I hope we see more of Park Seo Joon in 2021. Record of Youth wasn’t such a disappointment for me. A newbie asked me for the one favorite of this year and I said Hospital Playlist. Thanks for the excellent 2020 list, now onward! Happy New Year beanies!

5
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

i'm sad there was no mention of a piece of your mind or i'll find you on a beautiful day which were both thoughtful and poignant dramas but to each their own. Also find me in your memory was another underrated romance drama that was surprisingly more touching than i expected.

9
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Goodness i loved APOYM n even i forgot it for this piece 😬 It’s such an underrated drama and i was sad they were cut down to 12 episodes.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I loved both A Piece of Your Mind and I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day; both of them were well-acted, beautifully shot (especially APYM) and had well-written, thought-provoking scripts. I would say that I'll Find You deserved at least an honorable mention because of the way the entire town (and especially the book club) was represented; there was a very strong sense of place and how this place had shaped the characters because of how they interacted (or didn't) with one another.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you for salvaging the reputation of the very fine Forest of Secrets 2, which when I last checked the Beanie Poll, was taking a severe beating on all counts!

And I completely agree with the best writing special mentions too (besides FOS2), i.e., Nobody Knows and My Unfamiliar Family. These were all very high quality scripts, executed very well (barring some issues with NK, but those can be ignored really). These three are easily the most rewatchable dramas of the year, IMO, along with maybe Memorials.

I also like that we got a few dramas that I would classify as gateway dramas, Crash Landing on You and Startup. As cliched as these dramas are, they show that the kdramaverse is still capable of bringing newer audiences into its fold!

9
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Kim Soo Hyun was my favorite acting performance this year. Gang Tae was my favorite character overall.

Biggest Disappointment: Record of Youth (I agree)

Best Romance: IOTNBO!

After, IOTNBO my favorite Kdrama was School Nurse Files. School Nurse Files is highly underrated! I loved it so much! One of my favorite male leads. Nam Joo Hyuk has played two of my favorite characters of all time from Weightlifting Fairy and School Nurse Files.

And an early, happy new year guys! 2020 is finally over 😆

6
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

YES YES YES to KSH and IOTNBO!!!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think maybe the Best Character choice might be due to the recency effect. I hadnt thought about it until I saw your comment, I was thinking the male lead from flower of evil, but then I remembered Gang Tae's moments. 1. When he figured that his mother didnt have him just so he could take care of his brother. 2. That scene when his brother yells to everyone at the hospital "My brother tried to kill me!". That scene still wrings my little heart in my chest. So now I change my mind, can I choose both Gang Tae and Baek Hee-Sung to be my favorite character of the year?

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes! We always have more than one favorite in Kdrama-land - always!

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeh, but why didn't you pick any shows that were on Netflix! (eye roll)

1
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

What do you expect when every big show was on Netflix?

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Exactly! This is like saying "Yeh, why didn't you pick any shows that were on Korean broadcasters! (eye roll).

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I believe; It's ok, not to be ok, Crash Landing on You, Forest of Secrets 2, Hospital Playlist, Hi, Bye Mama, Itaewon Class and Start-Up are on Netflix. What have you been smoking anyway? If not, it is up to the editors' opinions, ANYWAY!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wow! I agree with so many picks, a lot of them are well deserved! But I feel The World of the Married and Flower of Evil should have been picked for acting and maybe even direction, and Sohn Ye-jin as well, she was just so fantastic in CLOY. I would've also given Mystic Pop-up Bar the ensemble cast honourable mention for the superb cast chemistry.

6
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

The Mystic Pop Up Bar trio had the best chemistry, I totally agree.
I would also have given them the best fantasy drama.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh yeah, Mystic Pop Up Bar, that deserves mention for its charm.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree with a lot of these choices, but that doesn't mean Nobody Knows wasn't robbed! 😂

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Totally agree about all the praise Forest of Secrets 2 and It's Okay not to be Okay received.
The only one I don't agree is about the best thriller drama, but I guess that's because I couldn't finish episode 1 of Extracurricular. I need to give this drama another chance. In my case it would be The good detective. I loved that show.
And the best fantasy drama, I would give it to Mystic Pop Up Bar. I did love the first part of Hi Bye Mama, but the ending was not up to the first part, imo.

5
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I may go on tangent here but Secret 2 is not quite good. I don't care about the show until episode 7 regarding Se9 Dong Jae, the pacing is slow and the payoff is not satisfying. Does everyone even care about police vs prosecutor? Too much talking and not much action .

Let's compare it with the honourable mention. In Nobody's Know who structured almost similar with Secret 2, each episode bring some new revelation and develop characters into this new relationship. In every episode we got the idea of what exactly are the villain and the main character looking for. The villain and the main character is quite in the same level almost all the time and the payback is satisfying.

Stranger 2 may have a grandeur scale and bigger conspiracy but I think it fail to connect in many levels. You still have no idea about Shimok and Yeo Jin family dynamic (if they ever have one), or actually deep dive into their connection with each case. It feels like an essay with good grammar but lack feeling.

Just my two cents.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, to all of the above. It's OK was a little standout gem, brilliant in its creativity, cinematography, fine detail, and symbolism. Extracurricular blew my mind, and that includes a shout out to Choi Min-soo. Hospital Playlist was so warm and real and fun and a little bit poignant. My heart is still aching for Kim Jon-wan. Start-up was so much fun because of the superb writing and clever dialogue. A big YES to your choices of actors and supporting actors - all amazing, making me believe in their worlds. And most of all, the sheer pleasure of Forest of Secrets 2 has me continuing to follow the ongoing real-life contest in the Korean newspapers with jaw-dropping disbelief. How is it that real life always goes so far beyond what we imagine?

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I actually scrolled all the way down...and no mention of Kairos. Sigh.

My own picks
Best drama of 2020: Kairos
Most cohesive writing+directing+acting: Kairos
Best character + development: Kim Seo Jin (Kairos)
Best partners: Kim Seo Jin + Han Aeri
Best friendship: Han Aeri + Gunwook + Soojung
Best villain: Kang Hyun Chae
Best ending a drama ever had: Kairos

Kairos is still underrated. It was amazing from start to finish, penned and directed by a rookie writer and rookie PD with amazing acting from lesser known actors...I expected maybe a mention will appear. But nope. Still overlooked.

11
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Well said, totally agree.... and so does MBC. Turns out their two time-travel dramas "Kairos" and "365: Repeat The Year" pretty much swept the 2020 MBC Drama Awards last night.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Love it @katakwasabi.
MBC are you watching? Hire Kairoskat ASAP!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I had no idea Kairos had a rookie writer and PD! I was absolutely convinced the entire team behind such an amazing show would be seasoned. Also, totally agree with Kang Hyun-chae being the best villain. She was downright cold-blooded, but her romance was so well written.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Happy that Extracurricular, Choo Ja-hyun and the girlfriends of Memorials got some love.

Kairos deserves love too. Most underrated drama of the year and there were several of them.

I wouldn't really consider Hospital Playlist a comedy though it had humorous moments.

Unpopular opinion, I know, but I watched both Forest of Secrets and Forest of Secrets 2 and for me, they were fine, but that's about it.

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

For me HOSPITAL PLAYLIST (which I loved) evolved into a romantic drama. Tbh that was a lot better than a drama around hospital politics.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Also I would add Yoon Shi-yoon’s TRAIN to KAIROS as an underarrated drama this year. I loved both of them.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

In general, Korean writers have a difficult time with science fiction. I agree that HI, BYE MAMA and MYSTIC POP UP BAR had the most consistent and fully developed world building. And both shows landed their endings without violating their foundational rules unlike shows like TALE OF THE NINE TALES.

If there was a category for "Best Emotional Rollercoaster" my nominees would include CHOCOLATE and HI BYE MAMA.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I’m all in for Chocolate. I dropped Mama around ep8 and almost forgot I’d ever watched it. 😅

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree with you on most of your choices. I thought FOS2 was terrific and deserved to win it's categories. And YES to Best Actress Seo Ye Ji for all the reasons mentioned.

For me Best Fantasy would be Missing: the Other Side because of how different it was, and how moving the story was. And Best Music would go to Hyena because the score was terrific, and never overpowered the scenes.

After reading this and the comments, I definitely want to watch Nobody Knows and Extracurricular. Thanks for another great year and Editors' Pick. When I first started my kdrama journey, I was so happy to stumble upon these articles, so that I had recommendations for good dramas.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh my! The excitement I feel going through this list and realizing that I agree with EVERY SINGLE editor's pick is immense! I kept silently screaming 'Yes!' throughout. I'm so glad to see that the same dramas, characters, and actors I would have awarded are on here. Despite 2020 being a dumpster fire, I feel this year provided some of the most solid dramas in terms of writing, acting and directing that I've seen in my drama watching years. Especially, when it comes to the themes that were explored (mental health, disability, national barriers, sex-work) and the nuance that was given to these themes. Rather than it being a well I guess this is the best of what we were given, the shows that did well, did REALLY well. They were standout for very clear and decisive reasons. Truly it makes me so excited for the continued progression of story-telling in K-dramas. I've fallen in love with this region's dramas all over again. Bless.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I usually enjoy reading this every year, but the ads, specifically the ad placement, make it unbearable.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Try an "ad blocker" (i.e. AdBlock Plus. etc.) for your browser. They work great, no or few ads,

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

For best directing, I prefer Memorials/Into the Ring. I loved the stories and drawings in It's Okay but the PD made a lot of efforts in the first episodes like the transition between the scenes for example that I didn't see anymore after. The direction in Memorial lasted until the end and really suited the story and our lovely main characters.

For the best ensemble, I really liked the simple teachers group in Black Dog.

For the love triangle, The Spies Who Loved Me was the best! The FL was married to the both guys and she loved the both of them. The guys were so funny together but still respected each other.

For the best romance, I was kinda disapointed in 2020. I don't know if I watched too many dramas and the usual kdrama-esque couples don't work on me anymore but I didn't have the same butterflies I usually have with the big romance like TKEM, CLOY, RoY, It's Okay etc. So I think My Unfamiliar Family (friends becoming a couple) and Memorials (they didn't have to go through the usual stages like separation, etc.) were the best couple.

5
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

great write ups! as i read these i realized i watched more great ones than i thought were not so great. for sure these 2020 dramas are what has kept me sane thru all the Covid craziness and isolation. which is weird for me, a homebody, to say. i think it is because of forced isolation. anyway, what a thoughtful year and masterful performances by the actors! bravo to them and to all involved with the stories! i have met new actors i have not known and grown to love them and love the ones i love even more! it has been a joy and a challenge to keep up and so happy for this site to help me and give me many opinions on dramas!

5
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I personally thought that The King Eternal Monarch was the biggest disappointment of 2020. BUT, I totally agree that Han Ji-pyeong was the best character.

3
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

The King Eternal Monarch gets the 360degree camera spin award. I think it's a requirement in LMH's contracts.

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

🤣🤣🤣

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree, I also found The King Eternal Monarch a major disappointment - with all that talent behind it, it was muddled and lackluster. I didn't even make it past the mid-point, and with Record of Youth I at least managed to fast-forward my way to the end.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

These picks are so great. Thank you DB staff! Now I have to watch Forest of Secrets S1 & S2 ☺️
Since I haven't seen FoS2, my best drama will be IOTNBO... I just love this drama to pieces ❤️ it deserves everything including best actor, best romance and best music...
Best Character- Han Ji Pyong
Yey to our good boy... You totally deserve it🥰

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm in complete agreement regarding actor Oh Jung-se in his supporting actor role in It's Okay to Not Be Okay. His portrayal of Moon Sang-tae was absolutely fantastic. In a production that had so many things that could have overshadowed an actor, he stood out and shined uniquely, all on his own. Truly memorable.

Thanks for this year's Editors' Picks! Have a great New Year everyone!

10
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Have a great year ahead @korfan!

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

@mmmmm Thank you! May you have a great year as well!

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is the second year in a row I have been pleasantly surprised with Best Actor pick.
(As a reminder the 2019 pick for Best Actor was Yeo Jin-goo for THE CROWNED CLOWN.)
I am so glad that Park Seo-joon’s performance in ITAEWON CLASS was not forgotten. IC’s last episode (16) aired on March 21, 2020 with a series high Nielsen rating of 16.548%. IC aired early in the year and might have been forgotten or overlooked. I think PSJ’s beautiful portrayal of Park Sae-ro-yi was memorable. IC was only the second shipping war I have hung around (APAD being the first) and you have to remember Sae-ro-yi was the object. Just take a look of PSJ above with that smile!

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

It has been a year blessed with many great dramas across different (and including new) genres.

I am therefore pleasantly surprised that I agree almost entirely with this editorial picks, apart from those I haven't watched. And, to be honest, the previous DB picks hinged upon heavily on Javabean's and Girlfriday's personal choice in that dramas outside their favorite genres got overlooked.

In particular, I'm especially happy at these:
* FoS 2 as Best Drama because IT IS - a master script, deft directing, all round strong acting without any weak link, and a superior sequel that is even more 'masterly' than the first one without losing the FoS spirit.
* Hospital Playlist as Best Comedy and Best Ensemble - it's easily the mass favorite and well justified. Personally, HP provided a bright spot and anticipation in a very challenging year. Drama has never been as healing.
* Choo Ja-Hyun as Best Supporting Actress - this is my first time watching her but what a deeply affecting performance. Hers is low-key acting that aligns perfectly with her character. Also, My Unfamiliar Family is also easily a strong Best Drama contender.
* Memorials / Into the Ring as Honorable Mention in so many categories and deservedly so.

One observation about CLOY, I enjoyed the watch but quickly put it behind my mind. But, lately as all year end polls / awards come along, I have the urge to rewatch and realize it meets the 'stick' rule. My verdict is that it is great 'fluff' which may sound lightweight but very hard to achieve.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yay for Nobody Knows, Memorials, and My Unfamiliar Family!!

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I just realized how many 2020 dramas I have not seen yet! Sigh.

Of the ones I have seen, I'm so glad to see Han Ji-pyeong of Start-Up get some love here. He was such a well-written character and I thought Kim Sun-Ho was so great in this part. I can't wait to see him in other things.

Also, thank you for saying all the things about the underwhelming Record of Youth I couldn't bring myself to say, lol.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

yooo!!
Your 'best romance' turns out to be the real romance! I genuinely happy for RiRi couple (or, BinJin? *heart*)

And, I think I should check FoS 2! Thanks for putting Mr. Dimple on your 'best character' category! He sure is.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Totally mystified by all of the love for Hi Bye Mama. I found the drama, scattered, frustrating, and not always well acted, and I wasn't alone. Were there really so few good dramas this year, that this certainly problematic show rose to the top? I even take issue with it as some sort of paean to mother love.. when the mother is desperate and grasping and the step-mother withdrawn and precise, I am just not getting the feels.

4
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Agreed. I think 2020 was just not a good year for dramas. Frustratingly small amount of tightly written comedies, and all this anguish and suffering of CLOY and Hi Bye was just simply not entertaining. I had hope that The King would save 2020 for me, but .......... well, no. Strange year with tons of strange romances and strange thrillers and super-strange fantasy worlds.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Totally mystified by Hi Bye, Mama! winning Honorable Mention in Best Love Triangle. Where was the love triangle in this drama?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

It was between the shaman, the baseball player, and the big oak tree at the daycare. You just had to understand the deep and meaningful subtext ;-)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't know what's going on with me. Either the luster of kdrama stopped its appeal on my brain (and its strong hold on my time) or 2020 was just simply not a good year for kdrama. What do you all guys think? Am I the only one who think so?

The only drama I didn't fast forward and watched fully in 2020 was It's Ok Not To Be OK.

Other than that:
Extracurricular - dropped at episode 1.
CLOY - dropped at episode 14.
Forest of Secrets 1 - dropped at episode 2.
Forest of Secrets 2 - dropped at episode 1.
The Nine-Tailed Fox - dropped at episode 6 ish.
Kingdom - dropped at episode 1.
Do Do Sol - dropped at episode 2.
Find Me In Your Memory - dropped at episode 1.
The Spies Who Loved me - dropped at episode 1.
Start-up - dropped at episode 6 ish.
Romantic Doctor - dropped at episode 1.
Hyena - dropped at episode 1.
The King: Eternal Monarch - dropped at episode 9 ish.
Backstreet Rookie - dropped at episode 1.
Record of Youth - dropped at 20 minutes.
When My Love Blooms - dropped at episode 8 ish.
I'll Find You - dropped at episode 9 ish.
Lies of Lies - dropped at episode 10 ish.
Chef Moon - dropped at 10 minutes.
My Holo Life - watched all episode at super fast forward.

Never watched but am craving to watch:
Mystic Bar
Nobody Knows
Do you like Brahms
Kairos
365
Memorials
My Unfamiliar Family
Hospital List

So far - so good - not dropping: Mr. Queen and Run On but I guess that's considered year 2021, in which case, yay for 2021!

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wow judging from how fast you drop dramas, usually after 1 or 2 episodes, you certainly have high standards :)

I can't really tell from your list what your taste in genre is but out of the ones you are craving to watch, I liked Do You Like Brahms, My Unfamiliar Family and Hospital Playlist.

May I recommend an older one called Argon? And also Once Again (2020) was a nice family drama too.

Hope you have better drama luck in 2021! :p

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Many of the dramas you dropped I did the same at around the same episodes. Have you tried flower of evil and kairos? I didnt end up dropping those.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yay! Hospital Playlist for best ensemble :) And yes, #binjin for best couple...did you all see the dating news? :)

Now I'm curious about Extracurricular and Memorials. I'm starting Forest of Secrets 2 because I really liked the first one but watching it at bedtime makes me doze off because of all the names. I'm so confused when they talk about different prosecutors from different offices! But since it won best drama here, I will persevere!

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Record of Youth is not as big of a disappointment as Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol! The ending is the most disappointing ending of drama history! I enjoyed most of the drama though.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

HJP getting best character is the greatest consolation from my start-up shipwreck.
Forest of secrets,memorials,my unfamiliar family,hospital playlist and start-up making the list = screaming yes at my drama choices last year

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This information is worth everyone's attention. How can I find out more?

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *