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[Drama Chat] What was the best drama of 2021?

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And now to our chat topic: what was the best drama of 2021? (Hint: There are no right answers.)

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I gave 5 beans in the beanie count in 2021 to Run on, Vincenzo and D.P., but I’m fully aware Vincenzo is an imperfect drama and Run On is not objectively the best drama, even if I love it so much I’m enjoying my rewatch even more than my first watch.

So I will stay with D.P. because acting, directing, and writing was solid. It has funny moments and terrifying ones. The balance was perfect, the anger, the hope, the fear.

I don’t know if a second season will be as good as the original drama, but I will be there to watch.

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Racket Boys hands down. No competition.

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Best drama of 2021 is "Move to heaven" for me. It was very well written and the performance from Tang Joon-sang was brilliant. All the other actors were phenomenal as well. I really wish there was a season 2. I liked "Mouse" as well, mainly because of the script. This writer is a very smart writer and I would love to see his writings in the future.
On the other hand I absolutely entertained by "Vincenzo". A complete mass entertainment. I never liked Song Joong-ki before in any dramas but he was perfectly casted. I was surprised how well Taecyeon performed as well.

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Btw the scriptwriter for Mouse is a woman named Choi Ran. She also wrote Iljimae with Lee Joon Ki and God's Gift: 14 Days with Jo Seung Woo and Lee Bo Young.

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That is awesome! She is a brilliant writer. It is so encouraging to see women script writers getting their area to shine. Girl power y'all!! ✊🙋🏻‍♀️

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That was the easiest question!

My best 2021 Kdrama goes to...

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Vincenzo!!!

This Kdrama can't stop laughing at this show since it was only a hilarious black comedy! I still totally missed our couple Vincenzo-Chayoung and even the lighter PPL too! That Italian settings was brilliantly fantastic with the beautiful, colorful places!

Honorable mention: Squid Game

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Vincenzo wa my most imperfect perfect drama. It was my happy pill for months and I didn’t care if it was consistent or not. I just loved it. Loved it. Loooooooooveeeeeeed it!!!!!

It made me happy!!!!!

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This is my pick for 2021! I watched it with my dad and he still talks about it, we share inside jokes about Vincenzo all the time that my other family doesn’t understand. The thing is, my dad doesn’t know English and he can’t really read well, so, even though I never thought I was going to do it, we watched it dubbed together. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that bad, in Spanish at least. And my dad was able to understand it fully, so I was happy. Vincenzo was full of action and plot, it was funny and memorable. I will definitely remember 2021 as the year of Vincenzo!

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Human Disqualification.period!!!

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Awwww, loves this one as well. I always love a drama in which nothing really heppens.

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a drama in which nothing really happened, life happened!
I still remember the way I used to feel good just by seeing them walking in streets. I just loved seeing bu-jung's father pushing that cart, I loved watching bu-jung walking on a sidewalk, Kang jae on his way to home, not doing anything, nothing happening, I donno if I'm making any sense right now, but I just loved it, and these are the scenes which randomly pops in my mind.

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As i was writing this, i remembered all the walk scenes in the dramas I've seen. Now I'm wondering should I make a whole post abt it and put on fan wall? Is it a good idea, favorite walks in kdramas? Whtdu say?

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That sounds really interesting, please do it!

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Nothing happened and everything happened.
I loved those kind of dramas.
Them walking, them looking at each other.
And above all, them learning to live and not just to survive.

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Now I really want to watch this one.

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Go for it! It won't disappoint!

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For 2021, my vote goes to Move to Heaven and Beyond Evil.

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Ahh beyond evil!! My 2nd best drama after Human Disqualification!🙂

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For me, I think it was actually Yumi's Cells (and this is coming from someone that doesn't even care for animated things). The drama was a simple slice-of-life story, but the storytelling layer provided by Yumi's cells was able to turn it all into magic and give a new perspective. It's so easy to get pulled into the details and troubles of life that sometimes we might not see the big picture — and watching Yumi's cells reacting to the moments in her life, and weaving her life's story, was just positively fabulous. For once I'm glad there's a season 2 coming.

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I also liked Yumi's Cells at first. But when I learned that Yumi didn't end up with Woong in the webtoon, i dropped it before Yumi even had the chance to break up with Woong. 😊
I enjoyed the animated cells though.

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Oh my gosh I did the same thing... I know it's terribly realistic for things not to work out between them, but I don't watch kdramas for the realism. I watch it for them for the solid romances, the serial killers and the melancholy healing dramas.

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I really liked it too. I found so interesting that for once the ML is not the definitive choice, it made it pretty real. ( I hope they won't change that.)

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Yep, for me too. It was so fresh and I was glad that they didn’t end up together because the cells made it clear they weren’t ready. Like the way it happens in real life. I dislike animation and knew I wouldn’t like Yumi because of that and, holy cow, look what happened 😊

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One of the things I really liked about Yumi's Cells is....I'm not sure how to put it......but the kindness (and humor) with which it viewed all our very human emotions, actions, and reactions.

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For me it was the zombie detective or mister queen. Both were really funny

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How come I never heard of zombie Detective. I have a thing for all detective or cops drama, so I rarely miss them. Should I give this one a try?

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Zombie Detective was 2020 I think - it’s very funny.

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yes it is. tho it came to Netflix last year so there was like a re-run.
it is indeed awesome, and I wish they made a part 2. Everyone routing for a zombie and cheering him on, it is like justice does exist.

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Intresting!!! Will try!

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In 2020 when it aired I didn’t want to give it a try because the premise was totally absurd. Then beanies kept taking about how much they liked it and I gave it a try. Best decision ever. It got one of my beanies and was such a fun ride. I hate zombies and avoid shows with zombies at all costs, but this one I enjoyed so, so much.

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The funny thing for me is with this sole exception, I've come to hate K-zombie productions as they have taken the lower road of "mindless undead horde that for some reason is unstoppable except for this one very ridiculously specific reason that could have ended the production X hours ago". No matter how it gets dressed up, a zombie horde is a zombie horde.

I was very happy that this show was both NOT that as well as well put together and allowed itself to be a bit funny zany too.

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Others have repped Vincenzo already, so I'm here to represent Mr. Queen. A sageuk that kicks ass forwards and backwards, has fantastic music (2NE1, Blackpink, Norazo!), and a stellar performance from everyone but especially Shin Hye-sun. What more do you need??

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Mr. Queen is my 4th favorite drama of 2021, mainly because I was thoroughly disappointed with the ending. It could have been so much more. I was really looking forward to the last episode and had so many arguments with my friends. First 3 being Move to heaven, Vincenzo and Mouse. Lee Seung Gi was a revelation in Mouse. He can really act in properly written script.

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Oh and since I can't edit my comment, I'll add it here - love the idea of a Drama Chat free-for-all. Gives us a chance to see different perspectives on a topic. Thanks DB!

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Mr. Queen would’ve been my first choice except the ending ruined it. Aaaaauuugghh!!

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I would give my vote to Mr Queen as well but the ending was a bit messy for me. Overall this is one of the banner dramas for 2021 for me.

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So hard to decide! I went back to have a look at my Bean count, and the dramas I gave the most Beans to were: DP, Yumi's Cells, Human Disqualification, Bossam, Hellbound and Move to Heaven.
I can't pick only one, I can only narrow it down to two dramas: DP and Yumi's Cells, because they were the most consistent and well paced throughout their whole run (it helps that both of them are shorter)

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Omo, almost forgot it because I watched it already in 2022. On the Verge of Insanity. Not the best 2021 drama, but a solid number 3?

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On The Verge of Insanity was a wonderful one. My one cross, Team Leader Han just having a brief moment of suffering after what he did. And a bad guy, the one who wanted to dump the blame on Da Jung, still kept on being in a good place.

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Agree! Team Leader Han was wonderfully despicable and deserved harsher punishment. But how come he was still so charming? He's one of my favourite weasels in Dramaland

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Woah that's it!!! Weasel family!!! Team Leader Han kept reminding me of someone I'd seen before. He and Seo Dong-Jae from Secret Forest can be brothers from another drama haha.

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Perhaps we should ask for a thread on the Great Weasels of Dramaland?

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I also forgot this one!! How could I? Never making dishwashers has been son compelling!

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I'm watching it slowly, but enjoying Bossam so much right now.

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I'm torn between Mr. Queen and Taxi Driver. Honorable mentions are DP, Move to Heaven. Obviously I'm a Lee Je Hoon fan.

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Would you mind elaborating on Taxi driver? I have it in my watch list, but kept it on hold as i heard some off comments, since it's on your best of 2021 I'm sure it must be for some good reason!

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I am a fan of lee je hoon, that's one. 😊 And the genre- action, revenge, its what i am really into. But its also dark and one of the most disgusting villains I've seen. I guess that's what got me.

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Well I've seen LJH in signal and move to heaven, he's a fairly good actor! And the genre is my go to one, so I think I'll try! I've heard it's slow in starting eps.

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My best drama goes to Hospital Playlist 2. It scores itself into the series I could never stop watching despite my drama slump in that month period. It was sort of a life documentary, living a life through the characters lens. Plus the couple that had me making hearts at my screen, ChuChu-Seokhyung.

Honorable mentions goes to Reflection of You, for a particular scene in Ep 1 which was propellant that kept me watching, then episode 12's loving yet on the verge of insanity confession + confrontation and; Monthly Magazine Home, for balancing the angst other dramas airing in that period brought. It was also, a must watch each week.

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I saw that reflection of you is written by the same author who wrote Just between lovers. So is it a good one?!

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Is RoY a good one, I'd say yes. If you liked Human Disqualification, then it is a good one.

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Reflection of you is a very good drama. I don't regret watching it at all. The acting, directing, writing and production is top notch.
Can I recommend it? Well, I could, but keep this in mind: it's an exhausting drama, and you will hate every single character. You won't even feel sympathy for the kids. It's not angst, it's just that every character is so mean, and has not a single good motivation, or is being punished for something. It's just exhausting. And the acting as I said, is just AMAZING. But it is a hard one. A very hard one.

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You captured it right, 'Exhausting'. It suck life from my face each hour I sat to watch it, which is why I'll be skeptical to recommend it.

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Exactly my feelings. I don't want to recommend it to anyone without warning how energy draining it can be.

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Alright alright. Then just tell me abt ending. After giving so much energy did you got a satisfactory result?

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It was. As I said it is a really good drama. Really good. And the ending is good.
The writing is really good, but don't expect anything like JBL. But it is really good.
I know my comments and jerrykuvira's seem like "don't watch this mess", but it's not a mess at all. The drama is damn good. But... exhausting...

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Ohkaye so on yours and jerrykuviras rec I'm gonna watch this!!! Saw the poster now, looks pretty artistic, one woman with bold black and other one with white fairy furl dress! I'm in!

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On The Verge Of Insanity and Mr. Queen.
The Red Sleeve was great and did great for MBC but OTVOI deserved MBC Best drama 2021 in my opinion.
There was no dull moment until the last scene of the final episode.
Great script, cast and acting.

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You are definitely right about On The Verge of Insanity sly at the MBC awards. I was hurt for them.

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Yeah totally.
I was super disappointed by that too.
MBC should have given the best script to OTVOI at least.

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I don't understand how The Red Sleeve won the best script. They had a novel, real historic characters and yet the script was the weakest between the acting and the directing.

OTVOI's writer made a great story about people building vacuums!

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I didn't understand it either.
OTVOI's writher should have received the best script.
RS wasn't writer's original story and yet, some unnecessary/hard to believe plot or characters like the secret society, the secret document behind the king, etc.
It's not fair at all to compared to OTVOI which was totally original.

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Wow! Who gives these awards, best script for RSC, don't tell me!😶

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The Red Sleeve had high ratings and OTVOI did not. That is the sole reason. MBC only had four dramas yet OTVOI was almost completely shut out.

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Yeah, sadly MBC/SBS/KBS awards are totally internal and local😭...

Baeksang might recognize OTVOI...? Maybe not.

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I hope they do but it didn't seem like OTVOI got much buzz in SK.

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Beyond Evil had around 4-6.5% ratings still clinched 3 coveted Baeksang awards.

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Woahh! How come I'm not aware of these things! Lazy me😌😅

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True!
And My Unfamiliar Family also got nominated (Ratings were around 3-4%) and Uhm Ji-Won got nominated for best actress for Birthcare Center (Ratings were around 3-4% also) .
So it's possible that OTVOI could get nominated for something but probably not.
There are so many good candidates in 2021.
(Squid Game will probably sweep the awards...)

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Dramas with lower ratings have gotten nominated for Baeksang's, but I only saw OTVOI on one end of the year critic's list. Something like Youth of May or Human Disqualification probably has a better shot as far as lower rated dramas go.

@ayalynn123 IDK D.P. was the critical darling in SK.

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@missh
Honestly Squid game was good but not that good, I mean, it seemed like just the world finally discovered K-drama and is catching up with us now lol.
It got nominated SAG and Golden Globes, so Baeksang can't really ignore that fact probably...?

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Perhaps because RSC was in the air when the awards came up. OTVOI was an underdog who used a very weak plot device to sell a very good story.

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Even if not OTVOI, any other drama could've made it, but RSC, Nah, no way! The script ruined the otherwise potential drama, how can....! I've ranted out so much at so many places, I better stop now and forget abt it, but just can't stop myself!

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Overall I agree that OTVOI was a better drama than TRS, but also TRS was a big production that was really well filmed.
But I will never forgive MBC for giving best writer to TRS when OTVOI is by far one of the best scripts I've seen in the last 5 years.

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Surely Vinenzo, but in terms of talking about the danger of vigilante justice, which is this year's theme, Law School is a very close second, and Inspector Koo is a very very close third.

I almost forget any other drama (even Squid Game) this year, thanks to Our Beloved Summer (If the question includes dramas not finished in 2021, this one will be my best; it may even get into the three greatest drama I watched so far on my list, beating Mr. Sunshine--only if it has a great ending).

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Such a soft spot for Inspector Koo, it was so entertaining and the characters so interesting and lively!

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Don't know if it was "the best" but my favorite was Inspector Koo. It was very unusual, in a good way!

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I'm torn between D.P, Move to Heaven, and Happiness. The first two were very hard to watch for me in contrast to Happiness. Nonetheless i enjoy all three

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Happiness! Forgot to mention it because it finished airing in 2022. Hyehyun and Saebom are the best OTP of the year, and the whole drama is super tight

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It's always nice to have reliable pair in a drama, you don't get that often. And Yihyun and Saebom definitely make it easier for me to like Happiness. Yes, i also love that the plot is super tight. They only tell you what's really important

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ah shoot me.
Happiness, but for me it is more a 2022 drama somehow.

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Actually it finished airing in December 2021. Some of us might start watching it this year so maybe we can mention Happiness again as 2022 best drama later?😁

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Human Disqualification and Made in Heaven were the two I equally loved. Each made me think, question, ache, reflect, laugh, regret, rejoice in my precious relationships and weep over those that I have lost or let go. Each also drew me into the world of its protagonists and kept me there despite acute pain and sorrow at times. Each imbued its worldview with its unique empathy and humanism. I cherish both and will do for a long time.

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The best drama of 2021? Hum...

Objectively, I choose D.P. It was short but very impactful : the story, the actors (main and supporting), the direction.

Subjectively, I'm the kind to rewatch dramas (wholly or small parts), so the one I rewatched the most in 2021 was definitely She Would Never Know. It was a great typical Kdrama : romance, great chemistry, good actors, nice places, great outfits (turtlenecks 😍), beautiful ost, good balance between seriousness and humor, some usual tropes but well used, no genius.

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Agree that She would never know is the most kdrama-ey of the best dramas of the year😂 I enjoyed it a lot too

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If I started to watch Kdrama it's because of their romance. I love other genres, but typical Kdramas are my weakness but when they're done well and not too much troopey. Years of Kdramas still made me more difficult to please :p

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Turtlenecks are my weak point! Then rowoon in it! though it was my first time watching him! (turtle neck definitely helped him to come into my good lists, lol) 😅

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To be honest, he looks good in everything (or nothing :p)

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😂😂😂

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Don't forget the coats! Their coat game is spot on

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There used to be a great site called "Famous People in Turtlenecks", but sadly it's not around anymore.

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oooo...I just checked the Wayback Machine, and there is still some bits you can see, but unfortunately not all the images/video are preserved there. If you go there, search for "famouspeopleinturtlenecks". I had forgotten it was a tumblr.

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I haven’t tried She Would Never Know but this does tempt me - except for the turtlenecks 😂 maybe it’s from living in a country that doesn’t get very cold most of the time but turtlenecks are just not an attractive look to me at all 😅

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It all depends on the person wearing them!

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That’s a good point 😂 Even then though, I’ve seen Gong Yoo (for example) in many a turtleneck and it’s more a case of managing to be good looking while wearing a turtleneck than being enhanced by it 😅

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Turtlenecks aren't my favorite either, though the show does have some wonderful outfits. But these turtlenecks make me smile.

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Turtlenecks are used to hide their … thin necks 😉

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Bossam, Sell your haunted house and Imitation were truest to the story they wanted to tell. Navillera could have given a bit more than posture. well, there are limits to a senior actor, I understand but I kind of wanted him to do just a little more.

I kind of went to the cinema so much I had no more time for dramas. I think I saw around 90 movies last year in the cinema

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Whimper. I sit here sighing over all the great films I will not be able to see on the big screen this winter (blasted omicron).

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Omicrap

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You've just made me realize that I haven't been to a cinema in nearly two years since the start of the pandemic!

I've adjusted so much to not going that even though the cinemas are open now I'm happy to wait until I ca.n just rent it on a streaming app and watch it with a group of mates or my family.

I do miss the vibe though, you can't match the excitement of a packed theatre when a big blockbuster is playing, it used to get me so pumped for what I was about to watch!

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Yes, watching Life of Brian in a packed cinema was great 🙂

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actually I love that theaters are very rarely paked, there has been around 16 times I was there all by myself, felt like a damn chaebol, haha. "This is my cinema. I bought the whole place. I an buy you, too!"
and sometimes there are few people, the biggest screening was Rocky Horror at Halloween, then all the brits in Tallinn gathered, dressed up, and competed for best cosplay.

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Yes to Sell your haunted house and Jang Nara being a kickass!!!

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can you kill me cause I forgot Happiness. crap.

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Vincenzo, Mr. Queen, Taxi Driver, Move to Heaven

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RUN ON RUNON RUNON....
Anyway, objectively speaking I don't know. In my head, it's between Mr Queen, Yumi's Cells and Red Sleeve (minus the court lady cult plotline execution) and I haven't watched Mad for Each Other, On the Verge of Insanity and Move to Heaven.
Also, Koi Desu: Yankee-kun to Hakujou Garu, the jdrama I accidentally stumbled upon. It was the sunshine I didn't know I need. Definitely carrying it forward with me along with Run On.

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+ Mad for Each Other (that was short and sweet and different)

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As a lover of films, especially those that allow me to experience another culture, I have a time-honored test of movies I call great. If a little snippet of a scene or line of dialogue pops into my head, days months or years later, that's my winner.
This year in Kdrama, the two I revisit mentally are Bossam and Run On . Neither are perfect but both have wormed their way into my brainscape as solid, true depictions of women trying to make their way through life with dignity.

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Oooh my favourites would have to be Human Disqualification, Move to Heaven, Run-On and D.P.

Honorable Mentions: Mad for Each Other, Yumi Cells, Vincenzo and Navillera :)

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Adding Inspector Koo because it was so recent I thought it was 2022 XD

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While I enjoyed a decent number of dramas, nothing made me want to go back and rewatch except RACKET BOYS. I don't think it was that anticipated and also the cast was mostly kids, most of whom I've never seen before. The only reason I started watching it was because it was readily available and I'm so glad that I did. It was such a blast to watch those kids bond together and become a team. All the kids were just too good. And Tang joon sang was a revelation! Loved loved loved it!!!! It's become my comfort show and I still rewatch it whenever I can. It was so refreshing to see a sports based show in school with very little politics and backstabbing or manipulative rivals. The focus was on badminton and the gang's friendship andand the show nailed it.

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It was definitely the cutest drama!

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I choose On the Verge of Insanity because it had it all: Tight writing, no pacing issues, good acting and directing.

Every other drama I could nitpick in some area. Move to Heaven and D.P. were very strong, but I thought Lee Je-hoon's acting and storyline was the weakest part of Move to Heaven and it was like D.P. switched genres in the last two episodes, losing a lot of the realism as characters just walked away from car crashes and violent altercations.

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"On the Verge of Insanity because it had it all: Tight writing, no pacing issues, good acting and directing"

This! Yes totally agree!

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Admittedly, I didn't watch a lot of the most critically acclaimed dramas of 2021 because they were heavy in traumatic feels and my real life already had enough of those, thank you very much. So, when I saw this question my first reaction answer was Vincenzo because it was a fun vigilante ride that understood you can't always redeem a vigilante just because he's charming and good looking, but you also don't need to kill him off. But you know what, I just finished Hello, Me! last week, and I think this one has my vote. Kudos to a drama that understood the real love story in this tale was FL's love for herself. And not only her, but everyone around her had a reckoning of their own with themselves and with their families, and it was just good. There were many points where the narrative could have easily slipped into the usual love triangle and/or corporate boringness tropefest, but it never let those shenanigans take over the main.

I started and wandered away from a lot of dramas in 2021, but I'm glad I turned back to Hello, Me!

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Hello, Me! 💚💚💚

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Hello, Me was unexpectedly good.

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I couldn’t take the first episode of Hello, Me because if all seemed too awful - does it get better?

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I lasted less than 20 minutes and I'm still wondering if I should try again because everyone raves about it.

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Same here. But you know, Choi Kang Hee 😬

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It gets so much better.

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The 4 episode rule worked for me here.

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Maybe I should try for longer. But four episodes is quite a long grind when there are so many other dramas calling me 😁

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Yes, yes it does.

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I thought the same thing about the first episode but stuck it out for Lee Re and ended up being surprised by how much it grew on me. It had me crying by the end!

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Same.

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A couple days ago I told someone the best 2021 drama for me was "On The Verge of Insanity". It kept me engaged and surprised through the entire run and gave the most satisfying finale of the year.

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A genre piece done to perfection was 'My Name'. An action revenge thriller that was all action, thrills and revenge. A 9 episode run meant we didn't get the usual K-drama mid-season filler. I ranked it 2 on my top three dramas of the year.

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The dramas that I consider perfect purely for how they made me feel:

My Roomate is a Gumiho - Perfection; this drama took me to kdrama basics and reminded me of why I fell in love with them.
Run On - Perfection; This one warms my ❤ and how I wish to have a relationship like our OTP
Taxi Driver - Perfect; I have a crush on LJH and he did not disappoint.
Mr Queen - Nearly Perfect - I could do without the last 30 or so mins of the drama's ending, other than that, it has some of my best LOL moments.

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Ahhhh!!! I forgot about My Roommate is a Gumihooo. I would've included it in my list just for that one conversation between our OTP in ep 4 (ig) where he quotes Love in the Times of Cholera. Sometimes you just want dramas to sweep you away and perfect book quotations placement do just that. That scene remains etched in my brain. Sigh. Now, I have to go over my favourite book passages again.

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I am another one voting for ON THE VERGE OF INSANITY. It was so original, with so much subtle humour and the greatest douchebag of all times, played by Lee sang-Yeob. He deserved his award. There were other outstanding dramas, so the choice was not that easy, such as DP, Red Sleeve Cuff, Move to Heaven, Beyond Evil. I hope 2022 is going to be as good as 2021 in dramas.

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Oh, I forgot Human Disqulaification.

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Move To Heaven, Navillera, Youth Of May. Honorable mention: Bossam, Beyond Evil.

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Wow. "Best" is... best in what way?

Best in a serious way, like best kdrama equivalent of "literature", might be D.P. or Youth of May. I liked both of those a lot, but...

Best entertainment (for me) was Vincenzo, with Inspector Koo a very close 2nd and the early parts of Mr. Queen and Zombie Detective also in the mix. Your mileage may vary.

Best performance Shin Hye-sun in Mr. Queen. Lee Re in Hello Me! was too good not to mention.

Best money-maker was probably Squid Games (?)

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I also think Squid Game was quite good and deserved the fame (but I'm yet to complete it)
Mr. Queen for acting, dialogue, concept and comedy!
Surprisingly good/ underrated gem- Secret Royal Inspector

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I agree with Secret Royal Inspector - from early 2021 with Kim Myung soo (and not Taecyeon end of the year),
And I don’t understand the underrating, except here maybe? …. The viewership went from 5% to 14% (steady growth) which is quite an outstanding achievement - only possible when Good :)
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Secret_Agent

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2021 was really a year of dramas I didn’t finish watching so my options are limited here. Vincenzo didn’t grab me and I haven’t finished it despite a couple of attempts. Maybe it’s just that Song Joong ki doesn’t do it for me? He looks like a mouse.

Speaking of mice (look at my expert segue lol) - I’m going to give best drama to Mouse. It was long (20 episodes + 2 spin-off episodes) but well plotted and kept your attention. There were some ridiculous elements 😅 but it was dished up to you in a way that made it seem feasible; for the most part the acting was great. It’s not for everyone for sure, but I enjoyed it a lot.

Honourable mentions to Run On, which I loved, and Mad For Each Other which was so nearly completely awesome but for the weird all over the place-ness of the end.

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🤣 a mouse! I actually snort/coughed when I read that, thanks for the laugh. Now I will see a mouse when I see SJK🐭

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I can never un-see it since it occurred to me 😂😎

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Yes, he does really resemble a mouse! 😂

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I must say that if i mute SJK , I see a woman … too much for me, I can’t watch him, it feels too weird…

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I can see that, too *nods*

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I've felt that way since watching him in Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

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I and my wife loved MAD FOR EACH OTHER even though it had its flaws.

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Same... I am surprised by how few dramas impressed me this year, it's kind of sad.

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The only drama I looked forward to with total joy was Dali and Gamjatang. The couple sizzled, the clothes were fantastic and the humor kept me laughing. My runners up are Run On and Vincenzo. Run On had a female second lead that rivaled Veronica Park (please send more drama land). Vincenzo was a morally corrupt fast paced adventure from beginning to end and cemented gold lighters as the new Subway.

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I’m here to support Mugy and Dali and Gamjatang! I liked Dali the most probably while I was watching it. It was my source of joy during those wary days.

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Did you try Hello, Me? They both have an old school drama feel with a modern twist (it takes longer to realize this with Hello, Me).

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No, I didn’t. I just can’t with the FL dressed in an orange octopus costume dancing in strange movements at the middle of a supermarket it was a nightmare to watch.

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🎶 I think you'd like it 🎶

It gets better with each episode.

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Are you trying to hypnotize me?

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I postponed starting Dali because of the FL… but when I started watching it, all episodes in a row, I fell in love with it, a drama on my to-watch-again list, because of the utter joy I had while watching it…an uplifting drama

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I liked Dali and Gamjatang while I was watching it but it hasn’t stayed with me in the same way that Run On has.

Omg the lighters! I feel like Vincenzo was the first but it felt like not-actually-smoking-but-looking-cool-with-lighters was everywhere last year. And sometimes actually smoking too.

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Another Veronica Park, I love it! I'm an enthusiastic fangirl for Sooyoung, and Seo Dan-ah was one of my top characters of 2021.

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I can't possibly choose only one.

Best ensemble: Vincenzo
Best couple: Run on
Best direction: Red Sleeve Cuff
And the drama that's most memorable to me is Hospital Playlist 2.

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I can’t name the best drama for me for last year tbh. It was a bleak year, and I don’t remember falling in love with any one of them. But these shows are among the faves.

- Dali and Gamjatang
- Nevertheless
- Sell Your Haunted House
- Nevillera
- Hospital Playlist 2

I didn’t like Run On at first. My panic mode sometimes kicked in when the ML was told to be “annoying” by the ones around him. I felt connected to him somehow. Anyway, the strange thing is that I felt like rewatching it so I started my rewatch yesterday. So far I’m enjoying it so much more than the first time watching. I guess everything is about timing and your mood.

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I think so much is about timing and mood, I never finished SYHH despite finding it fun because it just suddenly wasn’t the one I wanted to press play on.

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