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[2020 Year in Review] Part 1: The Bean Count

Well, Beanies? We made it through 2020! *confetti* This means, of course, that it’s time for the annual Bean Count — you know, the drama tally that you’ve had at the back of your mind all year.

For those new to our year-end series, the Bean Count is our no-context and super fun way of sharing which dramas we watched, and what we thought of them. You get one bean for each show you finished, and then you pull from your total bean count and give them back to the shows you liked/loved/still can’t get over. There’s no right or wrong answer here, just some math (the good kind) and painstaking dissemination of imaginary beans.

Please join our bean count with your own bean-giving in the comments below!

Here’s a quick review before you get going:

1. To get your total beans, count one for each 2020 show you watched in its entirety (no cheating!). For currently airing shows, you also get one bean if you’re up-to-date on them.
2. Add up your beans and redistribute them between your finished/current shows, using whatever reason makes sense to you. Because dramaland has a reason all its own.

 
Check out the results of the minion bean-ing in the charts below. You can sort the shows by number of beans or airing date. Or click/tap on our minion names at the bottom of the table to see how we split our beans individually. If for some reason you can’t view the charts, there’s a copy of the table here and the pie here.

And without further ado, happy bean-ing!

 
NOTE: This year’s list of shows includes dramas that aired after November 27 last year until November 27 this year. We’ll add a list of the shows at the bottom of the post. If we missed some, feel free to count them in your list.

 

Bean Chart
Chocolate7
9.9 Billion Won Woman1
Stove League4
Crash Landing on You15
Diary of a Prosecutor2
Black Dog5
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 21
Forest1
Itaewon Class7
The Cursed1
Hyena8
Hi Bye, Mama!5
I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day2
Nobody Knows2
Hospital Playlist16
Kingdom 29
365: One Year Against Destiny2
A Piece of Your Mind4
A Couple's World3
How to Buy a Friend1
The King: Eternal Monarch1
Extracurricular8
Oh My Baby2
Mystic Pop-up Bar6
Will You Have Dinner With Me?1
My Unfamiliar Family15
It's Okay to Not Be Okay14
Memorials5
Graceful Friends3
United Effort to Accomplish One Thing2
Flower of Evil3
Forest of Secrets 215
When I Was the Most Beautiful2
Do You Like Brahms5
Zombie Detective3
Eighteen Again4
The School Nurse Files4
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol2
Tale of the Nine Tailed1
Start-Up15
The Spies Who Loved Me3
Kairos1
Birthcare Center1
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Twelve beans this year:

Unfamiliar Family ****
Hospital Playlist ***
StartUp ***
Crash Landing on You *
It's OK not to Be OK *
Honorable Mention:
Oh My Baby (Go Joon)

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I didn't watch many this year. (I read a lot of recaps here though) I'm waiting for all the December shows. Can't wait for them to start. Anyway, 10 beans.

CLOY - 0
Do you like Brahms? - 3
Find Me in Your Memories - 1
Stove League - 2
Hyena - 2
Kingdom 2 - 2
Forest of Secret 2 - 0
Itaewon - 0
My Halo Love - 0
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 - 0

CLOY and Itaewon definitely gave out a lot of meme worth scenes, iconic hairstyles/styles. Perfect for theme parties.
I was surprised by how much I liked Stove League. Because of this show, I was so invested in baseball.
I wanted to like Forest of Secret this second season because I love the first season, but it wasn't as good.
Do You Like Brahms makes me feel a whole lot... lol.

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Well only 10 beans for me although I have never dropped as many shows as I did in the last year and I think that's because I had never started so many. I think I'm just going to give each of the shows I have watched one bean (minus Itaewon Class although I didn't hate it) since I only finished the ones that I love plus Memorial cause I only skipped the last episode for some random reason but loved the show altogether:
- Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2
- Hyena
- A Piece of Your Mind
- Hospital Playlist
- Mystic Pop-up Bar
- My Unfamiliar Family (was tempted to give this one two beans)
- Flower of Evil
- Start-Up
- The Spies Who Loved Me
- Memorial

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25 beans, I dropped a lot of dramas this year.

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I accumulated eight beans. I bestow them as follows: 4 for Hyena, 3 for Flower of Evil, and one for Zombie Detective.

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7 beans! :O
3 to 18 again
2 to It's Okay Not to be Okay
2 to Mystic popup bar

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In this year of unending strife, I leaned hard on love stories, fantasy and costume dramas for some respite from the news I can’t seem to stop consuming. I earned eight beans:

Crash Landing on You 🍠(dimples, OST, Switzerland, ducklings)
My Holo Love
Hyena 🍠(Kim Hye Soo getting her cake and eating it too)
Mystic Pop-Up Bar 🍠🍠(best chosen family, world-building, overall cast)
Dinner Mate 🍠🍠(best BST, Song Seung Heon possibly crushing hard over Seo Ji Hye IRL)
Flower of Evil 🍠(Lee Joon Gi’s emotional range)
The School Nurse Files 🍠(fresh and weird, best OST)
My Dangerous Wife

Paused shows from this year I hope to finish soon:
Into the Ring
Stranger 2
Zombie Detective

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Bean Count I have 21 bean

Its Okay NTBO 4
Crash Landing on You 4
Start Up 4
Couples World 2
I'll Find you on a Beautiful Day 3
Do you Like Brahms 2
Will you Have Dinner with Me 1
Stove League 1

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Yay! The yearly bean count is here! I'll add my beans in soon. I'll do a kdrama and cdrama bean count 😆

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Kdrama Beans : 7

I watched hardly any kdramas this year because I've mostly been watching cdramas, but there were a couple really good dramas out there!

Kingdom 2 🍆🍆🍆
Memorials
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol
It's Okay to Not Be Okay 🍆
Start-Up
Tale of the Nine Tailed 🍆🍆
I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day 🍆

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Cdrama Beans : 28

I've been in a huge cdrama kick this year. I think after 10 years of kdramas I was ready for something a bit different. I also included Taiwanese dramas (I only watched 2 but they were good ones).

Ancient Detective 🍆🍆🍆🍆
And the Winner is Love
Dance of the Phoenix
Dating in the Kitchen
Dr. Cutie
Eternal Love of Dream 🍆🍆🍆🍆
Everyone want to Meet You
Fake Princess
Find Yourself 🍆🍆
Girlfriend
Go Ahead 🍆🍆
I've Fallen For You 🍆
Light On Series: The Bad Kids 🍆
Love a Lifetime
Love and Redemption 🍆🍆🍆🍆
Love in Time
Love of Thousand Years
Maiden Holmes 🍆
Mr. Fox and Miss Rose
My Girl
My Love, Enlighten Me 🍆
Skate Into Love 🍆
The Heiress
The Romance of Tiger and Rose 🍆🍆
The Sleepless Princess
Way Back Into Love
Someday or One Day (Taiwanese) 🍆🍆🍆
Lost Romance (Taiwanese) 🍆🍆

Ancient Detective, Eternal Love of Dream and Love and Redemption were my 3 favorite dramas of the year, for all countries 😍 I am a sucker for well written and produced Xianxia dramas.

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Omg I felt the same way. I started watching c-drama only this year and it definitely overtook my k-drama addict for the being. Going to look through your list for what to watch next.

P.S. Someday or One Day was so good..

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Very late but wow I relate to the surge in cdramas so much. I'm in my 8/9th year of drama watching and I went from 25/7/3 for korean/chinese/japanese dramas in 2017 (according to some random tumblr post I found...thanks past me) to 14/16/5 this year plus I'm definitely 15+ hours into multiple other cdramas. I think covid has definitely made me crave cute/sweet dramas and I haven't found the korean ones to be what I want (minus memorials which I loved)

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16 beans this year for fully watched shows...but some I loved a lot!
My Unfamiliar Family: 4 beans
Great acting, great suspense, emotionally honest intensity!

Crash Landing on You: 4 beans
Great unifying story across borders, interesting plot, side characters mattered and were real, great acting.

VIP: 4 beans. Very intense, cathartic, so well acted!

A Piece of Your Mind: 2 beans
Close up dissection of the subtlety of emotion, chance encounters, and our choices. Intriguing, thought=provoking.

Never Twice: 2 beans. I loved the characters and the virtue of their actions, and the rewards for the wronged.

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This year I had the most time to watch dramas, and to my surprise, I only watched 3 full dramas! I dropped many.

My 3 beans come from Hyena, Itaewon Class and Unfamiliar Family, and I give ALL THREE to...🥁 Hyena!🍾🎉

I love Kim Hye Soo! And in the process of watching this drama, I became a fan of Ju Ji-hoon.

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I have only like 6-8 (?) beans this year, maybe less - I can't remember lols. But I know for sure I am piling all of them beans onto Forest of Secrets 2 with all my hopes for a 3rd season. *sending good vibes to kdramaland's overseer*

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So, 9 beans this year. (Did I miss seeing PBG/PSD’s Record of Youth on the bean count?) During COvid, I was actually busier than usual, reading everything I could about a novel virus we know next to nothing about, then trying to right a sinking ship—still not sure how that’s possible right now. (All I want for Christmas is my Covid19 vaccine!) I also watched the BL Korean drama, Where your eyes linger, so 1/4 a bean? And two Chinese dramas. So a very productive year for me all in all. I can’t say I watched “Where My love blooms” even though I was in the room while my husband devoured it. Jin Young couldn’t get me to stay through the latter parts. Oh, and I think I finished a couple old ones too: Healer, for sure. Maybe another.

Splitting my 9:
RDTK2: 1
Hospital playlist: 2
It’s okay: 1
Brahms: 1
Record of youth: 1
Take of the nine tailed: 2

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@ally-le Take care of yourself. Stay on land and don't get on that sinking ship!!!

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2020 Bean Count (according to my own rules)
🔷 = 1 full bean 🔸= 1/2 bean

K-dramas that aired in 2020 (3)

I Will Find You When the Weather is Nice
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay 🔷🔸
Do You Like Brahms? 🔷🔸

All full-length (8+ ep) dramas I watched in 2020 (9)

Just Between Lovers 🔷🔷
White Christmas 🔷
Thirty But Seventeen 🔷🔸
I Will Find You When the Weather is Nice 🔸
Go Back Spouses 🔷🔸
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay 🔷
Do You Like Brahms? 🔷
Put Your Head on My Shoulder (C-drama)
In Time With You/I Don’t Love You Yet (J-drama)🔸

Mini dramas (7)

Everything and Nothing 🔸
Two Lights: Relumino (short film) 🔷🔷🔷🔸
Mute
Everyday Loves
If We Were a Season 🔸
Wednesday 3:30 PM
Timing 🔷🔷🔸

All full-length dramas + mini dramas (16)

Just Between Lovers 🔷🔷🔷
White Christmas 🔷🔸
Thirty But Seventeen 🔷🔷🔸
I Will Find You When the Weather is Nice 🔸
Go Back Spouses 🔷🔷🔸
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay 🔷🔸
Do You Like Brahms? 🔷🔸
Put Your Head on My Shoulder (C-drama)
In Time With You/I Don’t Love You Yet (J-drama) 🔸
Everything and Nothing
Two Lights: Relumino (short film) 🔷🔷
Mute
Everyday Loves
If We Were a Season
Wednesday 3:30 PM
Timing 🔸

Unfinished/On-hold (3)

When My Love Blooms 6/16 🔸
Flower of Evil 12/16 🔷
When We Were Young 2018 (C-drama) 16/24 🔷🔸

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Notes

–I finished JBL in December 2019 after the bean count came out, so it makes this year’s list. It ranks high amongst my all-time favorites.

–White Christmas was an really interesting watch, but I have a qualm or two with the last episode.

–Thirty But Seventeen and Go Back Spouses are such warm, fuzzy, feel-good dramas.

–I totally loved When the Weather is Nice with its quiet atmosphere and mountain village setting, but it burned me pretty badly in the last quarter.

–It’s Okay to Not Be Okay and Do You Like Brahms were crack dramas in their first halves, but a bit disappointing in their second halves. Still enjoyable overall.

–Put Your Head on My Shoulder was cute but ultimately too fluffy for my taste. More substance, please.

–Two Lights: Relumino is such a lovely little short film focusing on the lives of those with vision impairments. Time for a rewatch.

–When My Love Blooms gets half a bean for the past storyline. I may just fast-forward to these scenes if I pick it up again.

–I lost my momentum with Flower of Evil after catching wind of an unfortunate sounding plot point in the final episode. However, I enjoyed (for the most part) what I did see. I liked seeing a marriage relationship as the focus, and Lee Joon Gi’s character was fascinating.

–Will definitely be finishing When We Were Young 2018. Heart-warming school drama with Reply series feels.

Conclusion

My favorite things I watched this year were:

Just Between Lovers
Thirty But Seventeen
Go Back Spouses
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
Do You Like Brahms
White Christmas
Two Lights: Relumino

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I really want to rewatch Two Lights: Relumino again, I remember the first time I watched it, it was so good

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Yay! for Just Between Lovers, one of my all time favourites!!

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I loved this years dramas so much! I have 31 beans!

1. chocolate 💜
2. crash landing on you 💜💜
3. romantic doctor teacher 2 💜💜
4. never twice
5. kingdom 2
6. itaewon class
7. my holo love
8. if the weather is good, i’ll find you 💜💜
9. half of a half 💜💜
10. the world of the married
11. extracurricular
12. the king: eternal monarch
13. mystic pop-up bar 💜💜
14. the most beautiful moment in life
15. hospital playlist 💜
16. oh my baby
17. it’s okay to not be okay 💜💜💜
18. train
19. the ballot 💜💜💜
20. flower of evil 💜💜
21. the school nurse files 💜
22. secret forest 2 💜💜
23. forest
24. find me in your memory 💜💜
25. do you like brahms? 💜💜
26. youth records
27. private lives
28. tale of the nine tailed fox 💜
29. start-up 💜💜
30. eighteen again 💜
31. love revolution

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I thought I watched plenty of dramas until I actually counted and realized I only finished 8. I rarely finish dramas I don't like so everyone gets 1 bean except Brahms which I think lost its bean as the story wimped out and the extra bean goes to Mystic Pop Up Bar for surprising me in so many ways and for only having 12 episodes when that's all you need. The runner up was Flower of Evil for giving LJG something worthwhile to do and for making a female character be smart and tough without turning into a stereotype.

Others which kept their bean were Kingdom II, Crash Landing on You (still don't like the weird ending), It's OK Not To Be OK, Tale of the 9 Tailed, Forest of Secrets 2 (barely - the more time goes by, the more I meh I get on this show). I feel like I watched a drama with 3 female spies but I can't remember the name. The extra bean will now officially go to Flower of Evil.

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15 beans for me! So...

🍭🍭🍭🍭🍭 It's Okay. Yes, the plot with the mother almost killed it, but it made me think and feel and ponder and reflect so much, and I'm richer for it.
🍭🍭🍭🍭 Start Up. Halmoni was simply the most beautiful character I met this year.
🍭🍭 Mystic. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. But the friendship was so precious!
🍭🍭 Crash Landing. For all the supporting characters. I cared about Every Single One, but especially the ducklings. A brilliantly imagined world.
🍭 Do You Like Brahms. Story had flaws, but our two leads sizzled. Loved the discussions we had!
🍭 The King. For Woo Do-hwan who brought so much joy to the screen as Eun-seop. The minute he appeared, I would start smiling. What a star!

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I watched 26 kdramas but only earned 4 beans 😅 (which will be a potato since I can't find a bean on my phone)
I'll Find You When the Weather is Nice: 🥔
Backstreet Rookie: 🥔
Do You Like Brahms: 🥔
Tale of the Nine Tailed: 🥔

I know I know. It's not all that exciting when it's a beanie a show but they all had favorite elements. Weather was the one that was overall good including the OTP and story. Backstreet Rookie had the best OTP, although everything else was bad. Brahms had my favorite world and TONT had the best ensemble.

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If I only include those dramas that I watched from beginning to end, I have a grand total of 5 beans, distributed as follows:

CRASH LANDING ON YOU 🍎🍎
I'LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY 🍎
MY HOLO LOVE
THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH
HOSPITAL PLAYLIST 🍎🍎

I feel really sorry for PSYCHOPATH DIARY. It was included in last year's bean count even though only 6 episodes had aired, and it's not included in this year's count because it started on November 20th 2019. So I'm giving it my imaginary half-beans from DINNER MATES, WAS IT LOVE?, DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS? and ALICE (all of which I dropped or finished by skipping episodes). 🍎🍎

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18 beans and many regrets -

Memorials/Into The Ring 🍚🍚🍚🍚🍚🍚🍚🍚
Start Up 🖥🖥🖥🖥🖥🖥🖥 (we really need a dimple emoji)
Diary Of A Prosecutor ⚖️
Hospital Playlist 👩🏻‍⚕️
I'll Go To You When The Weather Is Nice ❄️

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Yay for the dimple emoji!

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I agree too. It seems that Hyun Bin was the reason to watch CLOY for a lot of people here too. The emoji wouldn't be wasted.

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Oh dang, i watched 42 dramas this year! Some I admit, did dropped.

1. 9.9 Billion Won Woman - No beans
2. Crash Landing on You - 1 bean
3. Touch - Dropped
4. Forest - No
5. Itaewon Class - 1 bean
6. My Holo Love - No
7. Hi Bye, Mama! - 1 bean
8. I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day - 1
9. Memorist - 1
10. Hospital Playlist - 5
11. Find Me in Your Memory - 1
12. 365: One Year Against Destiny - 2
13. A Piece of Your Mind - Nope
14. Welcome - Nope
15. A Couple’s World - 4 beans
16. Rugal - Dropped
17. The King: Eternal Monarch - Nope
18. Good Casting - 0.5 bean
19. Oh My Baby - Nope
20. Old School Intern - Dropped
21.Mystic Pop-up Bar - 3 beans
22. Will You Have Dinner With Me? - 1 bean
23. Backstreet Rookie - Dropped
24. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay - 3 beans
25. Memorials - 4 beans
26. Men Are Men - No
27.United Effort to Accomplish One Thing - 1 bean
28. Flower of Evil - 1 bean cuz of the acting
29. Forest of Secrets 2 - 3 beans
30. When I Was the Most Beautiful - 0.5 bean
31. Alice - 0.5 bean
32. Do You Like Brahms - 2 bean
33. Record of Youth - 1 bean
34. Eighteen Again - 2 bean
35. More Than Friends - dropped
36. The School Nurse Files - Sorry not my cup of tea but loved the actors here
37. Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol - 1 bean
38. Private Lives - No
39. Tale of the Nine Tailed - No but loved the actors
40. Search - No but hurray for Jang Dong Yoon
41. Start-Up - 3 bean if they did more with Han Ji Pyeong then would've been more
42. The Spies Who Loved Me - only watched 4 episodes so far so I can't tell

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I have a whole 22 beans and I’m still collecting more but I don’t know how to distribute them yet😃
I could bet I watched more than 22 shows this year... #Pretend to think about that 🤔

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I have completed 5 shows

A piece of your mind, more than friends , memorist , do you like Brahms, unfamiliar family

I will give

A piece of your mind - 3 beans
Do you like brahms - 1 bean ( for first 6 epis )
Unfamiliar family - 1bean ( for being so amazing)

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I would've given Do You Like Brahms? 1 bean for the first 4 episodes. I never forgave Song-ah for dismissing Joon-young's unhappiness and never apologizing to him even after she found out he was not a child prodigy. At least his "Violinist Chae Song-ah-nim" was his apology. Then I wasn't a fan of Song-ah's confession because Joon-young wasn't ready for a relationship.

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Here are my Beans- thanks to COVID I had more beans than in a typical year but, at the same time we really had some very good shows.

START-UP- 2
STOVE LEAGUE- 1
I'LL SEE YOU WHEN THE WEATHER IS NICE- 2
BACKSTREET ROOKIE- 1
DO YOU LOVE BRAHMS?- 3
MY UNFAMILIAR FAMILY- 2
TALE OF THE NINE TAILED-2
HOSPITAL PLAYLIST- 1

Honorable mention to SCHOOL NURSE FILES, there were just not enough beans.....

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And another Honorable Mention to INTO THE RING, which has the distinction of being one of the few shows where VIKI's title for the show was an improvement over the original.

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I have 21 beans to allocate among the dramas I watched and yes, I gritted my teeth and continue watching Startup for that one bean

Stove League 🥜+1/2
Money Game 🥜🥜
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim2 🥜
The Game Toward Zero
Never Twice
Kingdom2 🥜🥜
Nobody Knows 🥜🥜
365 Repeat The Year 🥜
Memorist
Find Me On Your Memory 1/2🥜
Secret Forest 2 🥜🥜
Missing: The Other Side 🥜
The School Nurse File 🥜
Flower Of Evil 🥜
The Good Detective 🥜+1/2
18 Again 🥜
Search 🥜
It’s Ok To Be Not Ok 🥜
The World Of Married 1/2🥜
Kairos 🥜
Start up

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wait.. I just realized I forgot to include Brahms and Tale of nine tailed in my completed list
so I guess I have 2 beans to spare... 🤭🤭

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I have 9 beans:

When I Was the Most Beautiful (4 beans)
My Holo Love
Selection: The War Between Women (1)
When the Weather is Nice
Find Me in your Memory
365: Repeat the Year (2)
Tale of the Nine Tailed
Chip In (1)
The Spies Who Loved Me (1)

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12 beans...

Crash Landing On You - 1(for Hyun Bin)
Flower of Evil - 1
Mystic Pop-up Bar - 1
Start-up - 1 (only because of dimples)
Hospital Playlist - 2 (never thought I'd love a medical drama this much)
It's Okay To Not Be Okay - 6 (my heart belongs to troublemaker trio❤️)

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Pandemic=lockdown=So much spare time=16 beans collected!!

And this is only the dramas that aired in 2020, I watched a bazillion old dramas as well! Wow.

I doubt I'll ever watch these many dramas ever again!

Black Dog 🌟🌟

Diary of a prosecutor

Stove League

Itaewon Class

Never Twice 🌟(0.5 star/bean) (soley for the OTP)

Hi Bye Mama

I'll go to u when the weather is nice🌟🌟

365: Repeat the year🌟🌟

Hospital Playlist 🌟🌟

Dinner Mate🌟(0.5 star/bean) (soley for the OTP)

Unfamiliar Family 🌟🌟

It's ok to not be ok

Memorials/Into the Ring🌟 (the OTP🧡)

The Good Detective 🌟🌟

Forest of Secrets s2🌟🌟

Search

Dropped :

Graceful friends (at ep 3)

Crash landing on you (at ep 10)

More than friends (at ep 7/8?)

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Wouldn't it be helpful for PD's and Writers if we had an Unbean Count? Everyone has 5 beans and can vote for the WORST dramas of the year, with the provision that you must have watched at least 50% of it? If you only watched the first two episodes, it doesn't count? AND you have to say WHY you didn't like it, in no more than 10 words! What does anyone think?

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@leetennant does an anti-bean count every year! Sounds like that’s what you need.

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Couple's World because of the stellar acting I give 3 beans.
Chocolate was a very sad story especially considering the patients in the hospital who are all terminal. I also really enjoyed the slow burn of their love. The two cousins slowly becoming friends was the icing on this cake , 3 beans
Kingdom was non stop shocks and great action so 3 beans too.
Will you have dinner with me was a relaxing romantic drama. 2 beans
Unfortunately I have not seen anything else on the list.

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First time I am participating so I am excited. What an emotional rollercoaster this year has been and kdramas have helped me cope with the daily grind.  I think I watched more dramas this year compared to the previous years (especially if will count the rewatched shows). I have 22 beans in all based on the completed and up-to-date 2020 dramas on the list below.

COMPLETED Dramas
Diary of a Prosecutor
Crash Landing On You
Hot Stove League
Tell Me What You Saw
Kingdom S2
Hospital Playlist
Will You Have Dinner With Me
Its Okay to Not be Okay
My Unfamiliar Family
Flower of Evil
Forest of Secrets S2
The School Nurse Files
Missing The Other Side
Record of Youth
Mystic Pop Up Bar
Search
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol
Private Lives
Tale of the Nine Tailed
Start Up

**Up To Date**
The Spies Who Loved Me
The Uncanny Counter

I am distributing the beans to the dramas below depending on much I liked the drama overall.

Mystic Pop Up Bar🥑🥑🥑
Flower of Evil🥑🥑🥑
Forest of Secrets S2🥑🥑🥑
Start Up🥑🥑
Kingdom S2🥑🥑
Hospital Playlist🥑🥑
My Unfamiliar Family🥑🥑
The School Nurse Files🥑
Will You Have Dinner With Me🥑
Tale of the Nine Tailed🥑
Crash Landing On You🥑
Hot Stove League 🥑

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I just realized that I only watched 8 dramas this year so only 8 beans to be given away 😅 This is probably due to the fact that the kids are at home 24/7 and not in school 😅 Anywho, these are my bean/heart spread for this year:

1. Crash Landing On You
2. Hi, Bye Mama - ❤️️❤️️❤️️ beans
Reason: I love all the characters in this gem of a drama 😍 Felt bad for not knowing anything about Lee Kyu-Hyung prior to this as he is super talented that's for sure
3. Hospital Playlist
4. Oh My Baby
5. Mystic Pop Up Bar
6. It's Okay To Not Be Okay - ❤️️❤️️ beans
Reason: Kim Soo-Hyun and Seo Ye-Ji nailed this plus, super great acting from Oh Jung Se 💜
7. Forest of Secrets 2 - ❤️️❤️️ beans
Reason: I gave 2 beans just because I totally love the chemistry between the 2 main leads, Cho Seung-Woo and Bae Doo-Na. I wanted to give 3 beans but in my opinion, season 1 storyline was definitely more interesting than season 2 so 2 beans it is then.
8. Start-Up - ❤️️ bean
Reason: Kim Seon-Ho 😍 I only knew of his existence after reading the recap of You Drive Me Crazy in dramabeans back in August and the rest is history. Totally love his portrayal of Han Ji Pyeong and the only reason I actually finished watching this is because of the chemistry between Ji Pyeong and Halmoni 😍 Plus, the casting of Nam Da-Reum as the younger version of Kim Seon-Ho is totally spot-on.

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The first bean count for me and I seem to have watched more dramas than I realized. 46 beans to give.

First 4 beans each for the dramas with a real wow factor:
Crash landing on you
Extracurricular
Woman of 9.9 billion won

The very good ones next with 3 beans each
Romantic Doctor Kim 2
I will find you on a beautiful day
Graceful Friends
Flower of Evil

2 beans each for the dramas I really enjoyed and would not have wanted to miss:
Stove League
Hospital Playlist
Will you have Dinner with me
Memorials
Lies of Lies
Eighteen again
Search
Start Up
Birthcare Center (it made me laugh sooo much!)

1 bean each for the other shows that were really good (script and acting):
Hyena
United effort to accomplish things
Do you like Brahms
The spies who loved me.

I am hoping for many more good dramas next year!!!

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Wow, seriously 😮
I think that’s the highest count I’ve ever seen!

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Is that good or bad?

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Ah, but only you can be the judge of that! 😁

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Only 7 finished new k-dramas in 2020. That is the lowest number for me in 5 years... Is it me or the dramas offered this year?

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I have 6 beans
2 for Forest of Secrets
2 for Nobody Knows
1 Stove League
1 Oh My Baby

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These dramas really stood out from the rest in 2020
Crash Landing on You 💗💗💗: Wow. Hyun Bin should always wear a uniform or a turtleneck.
Start-Up 💗💗💗: I found it all together likeable. Adorkable is my style.
Hospital Playlist 💗💗💗: Script, cast, production were everything was excellent. The only ding is learning that Ahn Chi-hong won't be returning.
A Piece of Your Mind 💗💗💗: I only wish we'd gotten those other 4 episodes. This was just what I needed this spring during lockdown.
These dramas surprised me with how much I enjoyed them
Extracurricular 💗💗: I didn't expect to get so swept up in this one, but it was excellent. Worth binging way past my bedtime!
365: One Year Against Destiny 💗💗: What a surprise! I really liked the leads and the twisty plot. It was the drama I didn't know I needed.
My Unfamiliar Family 💗💗: A bright spot in my year. The acting and story were so well done. But can I be honest and say that I actually had a little bit of SLS with this one?
Find Me in Your Memory 💗: This put Moon Ga-young on my radar. I really want to see more from her.
These dramas were so strong at the beginning and so fun to discuss on DB, but just didn't sustain it until the end...
Flower of Evil 💗💗: A wild, sexy ride! Loved the leads, but not the nutjob.
Do You Like Brahms? 💗💗: I haven't liked an OTP this much in a long time. I just wish the melancholy would have lifted a bit sooner.
Dramas I enjoyed watching but were not more or less than expected
Record of Youth💗: I just can't hate Park Bo Gum and thought the early flirty/dating stuff felt so true to life.
I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day 💗: not my favorite Park Min Young role, but overall just so enjoyable.
The King 💗: Big and bold and spotty at times. I'm not sad that I watched it, if only for that neck kiss.
Forest of Secrets 2 💗: Overall not as strong as season 1, but still fantastic! Love our leads and every second the were on screen together was magic.

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Oh no! It's Okay to Not Be Okay wasn't on the list, so I forgot to include it! Well, I watched it so I'll give it at least one bean, although it probably deserves more. Well done show!

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Even though I learned to drop dramas if I was not hooked early, I still managed to finish 19. My list does reflect a very strong FL performance bias. In order from best to worst (* for beans):

1. Chocolate (* * * *): The best quiet, healer of the year.
2. Stove League (* * *): Well written and acted unique, sports theme drama.
3. Hi Bye, Mama (* * *): A proper end to a wonderful story.
4. Mystic Pop Up Bar (* *): My HDL hangover drew me into this one.
5. Crash Landing on You (*): First drama where I totally erased expectations, illogic of premise and plot to just watched it for entertainment value.
6. Birthcare Center (*): Nearly dropped after Ep 2, but binged through the rest to find well written ensemble characters with some dark humor.
7. Lies of Lies (*): Despite some procedural flaws, the story was fully developed and landed its ending.
8. How to Buy A Friend (*): This one was like finding a $20 bill in an old pair of pants. Simple and well done.
9. 9.9 Billion Won Woman (*): It has influenced all the twisty "steal the money" dramas that followed it.
10. Love is Beautiful, Life is Wonderful (*): I do not care for chaebol stalker plots, but this weekender had a fine cast performance.
11. Once Again (*): Another weekender with a fine cast performance.
12. Memorials: Quirky and fun after a slow start but I thought the ending was weak and OTP relationship not clearly resolved.
13. My Dangerous Wife: It started off great but burned through the main story line too fast to become a stolen money chaser with a very weak ending.
14. Tale of the Nine Tails: If it ended with Episode 15 it would have ranked higher, but the last episode and its nonsense resolutions ruined it. And the main OTP was the weakest part of the show.
15. Oh My Baby: The lack of adoption options for a single woman gave the show a circular push-pull OTP story that was not special.
16. Was It Love?: Reverse harem story, but SJH character was not given the independence and strength that writer kept telling us. The secondary characters, especially the gangster and bar owner, were great.
17. Men are Men: The FL falling for the CEO stalker, including brainwashing attempt, failed me.
18. Meow: The premise was weak, the story was weaker. I stuck it out to see if ANYTHING interesting would happen. It did not.
19. Fix You (Soul Repairer): Worst drama I saw this year. The nonstop malpractice of the doctor and patient relationship was cringe worthy.

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Cheers to another Chocolate lover 🍫, and yes Ha Ji-won rocks the role.

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Do you like Brahms ❤️❤️❤️
A piece of your mind ❤️
Oh my baby ❤️
Will you have dinner with me
Extracurricular ❤️
My holo love
Beautiful love, wonderful life ❤️
Unfamiliar family ❤️
Private lives
Love revolution ❤️❤️

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Actually looking back, Dinner was really fun🥺, and the OSTs were on replay all week ‘till Monday came around and they matched the theme of the drama SO well.
So Oh My baby has to share it’s heart with Dinner. 🙏🏼😔😂

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14 beans! That's about right as I usually complete a dozen dramas or so per year. Would have loved to add Hyena and Memorials, but I haven't started them yet, though I probably will have completed them by the end of year.
*⭐= beans
*Actual rating= (in parenthesis)
*My Top 5 are italics.

Stove League (3/5)
Crash Landing on You ⭐⭐ (4/5)
Black Dog (3.5/5)
I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day⭐ (4/5)
No One Knows⭐ (4/5)
Hospital Playlist⭐⭐ (5/5)
Kingdom 2 (3/5)
A Piece of Your Mind (2.5/5)
A Couple’s World⭐ (3/5)
The King: Eternal Monarch (no rating, awful)
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay ⭐⭐⭐ (4.5/5)
Forest of Secrets 2⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)
The School Nurse Files⭐ (4/5)
Tale of the Nine Tailed (3/5 for LDW's face lmao)

Well it was kind of hard to rate them will only 14 beans, so I gave beans to the shows I enjoyed most, with 3 beans being the maximum.
I have to say, even though 2020 was a disastrous, traumatic year, it was a pretty damn good drama year (for me). More than ever, dramas really gave me comfort and a place to escape to 💖

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I experienced a very long hiatus from dramaland and Dramabeans and I tried several times to return.. I guess real life just got in the way (in a good way!), but I think it's about time I start to come back :) Nevertheless, I still managed to finish 8 dramas this year, and I am extremely proud of each and every one of them!

Hi Bye, Mama! 🌱🌱
I shed a bucket of tears for this one.. I love dramas that make me cry and cry :')

Kingdom 2
My Unfamiliar Family
Mystic Pop Up Bar 🌱
My heart is still warm thinking about our wonderful characters in this drama.

It's Okay to Not Be Okay 🌱🌱
So preeetttyyy!! And it was amazing to see Kim Soo-hyun back and better than ever.

Eighteen Again 🌱🌱🌱
This was an absolute gem and I am a huge fan of my new favorite rookie actor, Lee Do-hyun.

Couple's World
Hyena

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*waves* welcome back! 😁

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*waves back* thanks! I recently just finished Oh Hae Young Again (unfortunately not 2020), but I'm cautiously optimistic that I can get back on it :)

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I just finished Chicago Typewriter, also not 2020 darn it 🤨 no Bean for me!

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Upvote for the CT comment. I hope you liked it! Also, I watched more non-2020 shows this year... which resulted in very few 2020 beans.

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I never can participate in this holiday segment because I only finish dramas I like LOL. So each one gets a bean and it’s no fun. This year I surprisingly finished more dramas than the past couple years! And I have one extra bean because Vagabond was horrible and I have no clue how I made it through. Lee Seung Gi you can make a girl who drops almost every drama these days keep going even if she’s bitter about it.
Crash Landing on You - 1
Hospital Playlist - 2
Kingdom - 1
Start-up - 1

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Lee Seung-gi rocks! :-)

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I'm giving wolves instead of beans. I had 37 to distribute.
Here they are:
1. Kairos 🐺
2. The Spies who Loved Me 🐺
3. Start Up 🐺 🐺 🐺
4. Tail of the Nine Tailed 🐺
5. Forest of Secrets 2 🐺 🐺 🐺 🐺
6. Flower of Evil 🐺
7. Graceful Friends 🐺 🐺
8. Backstreet Rookie 🐺
9. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay 🐺 🐺 🐺 🐺
10. My Unfamiliar Family 🐺 🐺
11. Mystic Pop-Up Bar 🐺 🐺
12. A Piece of Your Mind 🐺 🐺
13. Hospital Playlist 🐺
14. I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day 🐺
15. The Good Detective 🐺 🐺 🐺
16. Hyena 🐺
17. Tell Me What You Saw 🐺
18. Stove League 🐺 🐺
19. Diary of a Prosecutor 🐺 🐺 🐺
20. Crash Landing on You 🐺

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Kairos is simply the best drama thriller this year!

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Yessss. Ep 11 was 🤯. If it keeps the pace till the end, it will be the best kdrama thriller for me 😆.

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I just watched Ep 11. Show keeps blowing me away in a good way.

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My Beans: 16 total beans, 15 half completed beans

Hospital Playlist 0000 )
Flower of Evil 000 ) )
Mystic Pop-Up Bar 00 )
Kairos 0 )
Chocolate 00 )
Model Detective 0 )
Tale of the Nine Tailed 0 )
Train 0 )
Nobody Knows 0 )
Memorist )
Zombie Detective )
365: One Year Against Destiny )

My Half Beans:
Forest of Secrets 2 )
I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day )

All My 2020 Dramas:
Crash Landing on You - completed
Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim 2 - incompleted
Money Game - incompleted
The Game: Towards Zero - incompleted
Forest - incompleted
Itaewon Class - incompleted
I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day - incompleted
No One Knows - completed
Memorist - completed
Hospital Playlist - completed
365: One Year Against Destiny - completed
Rugal - completed
Eternal Monarch - incompleted
Born Again - incompleted
Mystic Popup Bar - completed
Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation - completed
It's Ok Not to Be Ok - incompleted
Model Detective - completed
Graceful Friends - incompleted
Train - completed
United Effort to Accomplish One Thing - incompleted
Flower of Evil - completed
Forest of Secrets 2 - incompleted
Alice - incompleted
Missing: the Other side - completed
Lies of Lies - completed
Zombie Detective - completed
Tale of the Nine Tailed - completed
Kairos - completed

And the Dramas I Want to Watch/Finish:
Forest of Secrets 2 (got too busy, I need to watch these episodes carefully, not while doing HW)
Private Lives
The School Nurse Files
Start Up
...basically, all the Netflix dramas I wanted to watch but haven't gotten to lately.

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Hmmm... I've been obsessing about beans this whole year & I don't think I'm satisfied with the narrow criteria. So I've tried to keep the spirit, but *My Beans, My Rules*.

If Netflix kdramas count towards beans count, then so should web-kdramas from other OTT platforms. Clearly tv broadcast isn't a restriction. Why should the big boys have all the fun? 🙃😉

Since drama specials don't seem to count per db custom, I've left out the super short webdramas from this.

Without further ado, here are my 34 beans (I include weekenders too.)
1. A Piece Of Your Mind - 8.5/10 🍿🍿🍿🍿
2. LAND - weather - 6.5/10🍿
3. Find me in your memory - 6/10
4. Hospital Playlist - 9/10 🍿🍿🍿🍿
5. Itaewon Class - 7/10
6. Crash Landing On You - 6/10
7. Chocolate - 6.5/10 (half bean ➡ 🌗 )
8. My Holo Love - 5/10
9. RDTK2 - 6/10
10. Born Again - 4.5/10
11. When My Love Blooms - 8/10
12. The King Eternal Monarch - 4/10
13. Dinner Mate - 8/10🍿
14. Mystic Pop Up Bar - 9/10🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
15. My Unfamiliar Family - 9/10🍿🍿🍿🍿
16. It's Okay To Not Be Okay - 7.375/10🍿
17. Was It Love - 6/10
18. The School Nurse Files - 7.5/10 [half bean 🌗]
19. Do You Like Brahms - 7/10 - 🍿
20. Record Of Youth - 8/10 - 🍿🍿
21. Extracurricular - 9/10 🍿
22. Tale of the nine tailed - 8/10 🍿🍿
23. Private Lives - 7/10
24. Live On - 8/10
25. Men are Men - 5/10
26. Twenty twenty - 7.5/10
27. Pop Out Boy - 7/10
28. XX - 8.5/10🍿🍿🍿
29. Romance Talking - 7.5/10
30. Ending Again - 8/10
31. Beautiful Love Wonderful Life - 6/10
32. Best Mistake S2 - 8.5/10,
33. Flower Of Evil - 8.5/10🍿🍿
34. Chip In - 8.5/10 🍿

In an ideal world, if other language dramas on mdl counted , then I'd give my bean love to some cdramas & jdramas over a few of the kdramas, because while those kdramas were promising in the beginning, these other language dramas were fabulous right from beginning till the end.

Therefore in another world I'd have 50 beans ; & out of those I'd give some to 'Someday Or One Day' , 'Raise De Wa Chanto Shimasu' , 'Find Yourself' & 'The Bad Kids' .

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I... only have one kbean, and it wasn't even that great. I could have gotten more but i didn't finish them in order to keep a good memory (cough under a mask... Do Do Sol... cough).
I had a few moon cakes, natto or edamame -- if you prefer -- beans (Adachi 💕! ), and even a Thai bean. But i fell off the kbean diet 😢...

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If 2019 was "The Year of the Sageuk", then 2020 was certainly "The Year of Crime and Mystery" in kdramaland. I loved the quantity and quality of crime and mystery this year. Well done writers-nim!

This year I have 24 beans to award and given the circumstances we are living under all my dramas will receive a bean. With one exception I enjoyed them all. Yes some were better than others but I am not excluding anyone this year. The exception I enjoyed through episode 8 and that was of course DO DO. (I did watch all 16 episodes.) I have 12 beans for crime/mystery and 12 beans for 'others".
Since crime/mystery is my favorite genre it is first up.
1 bean is awarded each to:
THE GAME: TOWARDS ZERO, NOBODY KNOWS, 365: REPEAT THE YEAR, TEAM BULLDOG: OFF-DUTY INVESTIGATION, THE GOOD DETECTIVE, TRAIN, FLOWER OF EVIL, FOREST OF SECRETS 2, MISSING: THE OTHER SIDE, ZOMBIE DETECTIVE, SEARCH and KAIROS.

In the "others" category 1 bean is awarded each to:
QUEEN: LOVE & WAR, ITAEWON CLASS, ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM 2, WHEN THE WEATHER IS FINE, HOSPITAL PLAYLIST, KINGDOM 2, THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH, KING MAKER: THE CHANGE OF DESTINY, INTO THE RING, DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS?, MYSTIC POP UP BAR and DO DO.

Looking forward to the end of this year and on to 2021 according to my research there is the possibility of up to 7 sageuks on the horizon. I can't wait!

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@marcusnyc20 Hi5! I love mysteries too, however unlike you I only watched 5 of that genre in Kdrama this year. I actually suddenly returned to British TV and binged on Christie's Poirot and Marple, etc. They are nice for tickling the brain cells but not so good in letting viewers in on the fun of figuring out the mystery. I should take a leaf from you and try the other shows you listed in this genre.

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Hi @growingbeautifully its been awhile. Great hearing from you. I saw your bean count post and we have some dramas in common. Rather than the descriptive 'crime/mystery' I probably should have gone with 'cops/crime/mystery'.
I can highly recommend 2 of my 'cops' shows from 2020:
NOBODY KNOWS (Kim Seo-hyung gave a career performance as Det. Cha Yeong-jin; and
THE GOOD DETECTIVE (Son Hyun-joo and Jang Seung-jo were wonderful as older/younger partners on the police. It was so good I would love to see a TGD2.)

I am really enjoying KAIROS. It is a real mystery in the FLOWER OF EVIL mode. I have started Namgoong Min's AWAKEN (of course). Lol I may have to go back and rewatch the first 2 episodes before going on to episode 3. I probably missed a bunch of clues!
Also I will be watching Ji Chang Wook's upcoming LOVESTRUCK IN THE CITY on Netflix (USA). What about you?

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Hey @marcusnyc20
I'm really enjoying Kairos too. One of the best time flip-flop shows ever. The logic and coherence never goes out of whack.

I really liked Flower of Evil as well. Followed it closely and watched it twice over episode by episode.

I've started Uncanny Counters which is also good and looks to be full of heart and warmth. Just the kind of action packed (and at times violent!) supernatural show I don't mind to have near Christmas! LOL.

Then I'm going to finish The Spies Who Loved Me, which has been a more than decent series in the espionage-mystery genre. I'm hoping that the original married couple do manage to make it back together.

I have less time now to chat and watch new shows, so I may just keep to a few and see how it goes.

Happy Drama Watching!

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I only saw 4 K-Dramas this year! Super sad.

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay
Do You Like Brahms
18 Again 💘💘💘 ( for ripping my heart out... in a very good way... from start to finish! 😭😭 What a beautiful moving drama)
Start Up 💘 (for making me super happy with its finale. I felt really good seeing it ended)

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You forgot Eternal Monarch famy~~~ how could you forget~ i'm questioning your minoz status ahahahaha

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What’s that. 🙃

Again, One or two or three or four bad dramas do not define Lee Min Ho.

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Record of Youth was my favorite. I don't see it up there, but it gets all my beans.

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How many beans? I noticed it was missing too, but gave it a bean!

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Record of Youth was such a healing drama for me. I'm so happy it got high ratings.

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