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Five drama recommendations… for the winter blues

While Beanies are scattered across the globe and living in many different climates and seasons right now, the winter blues are still a thing for a lot of us. To tide us over until things warm up, here’s our five picks for dramas to watch while the wind is whistling outside.



Flower Boy Next Door (2013)

 
There is no other drama that screams winter to me more than Flower Boy Next Door. It wasn’t perfect, and yes I still have second lead syndrome all these years later, but boy did it keep me company through a freezing cold winter when it aired in January and February of 2013. Our heroine is played by Park Shin-hye — she’s a shut-in-hermit-editor living in a teeny tiny apartment. It’s a freezing cold winter in Seoul, money is tight, and she regularly wears down vests and/or parkas in her apartment, sleeps with a hot water bottle, and more. She might be a traumatized shut-in, but she’s not afraid to look out her window into the world around her (thanks to some handy toy binoculars), and when her peeping is caught by her neighbor, a whole chain of events is set into motion.

Outside of loving our intimidated, skittish, and bundled up heroine, this drama also gave me everything I wanted in terms of found family feels — by way of the little apartment building where she lives. As she gets to know her neighbors, and is pulled out again into life by them, she’s able to start a new season.

Grab your favorite puffer coat and enjoy this drama — I’m not shy about saying it’s my favorite performance of Park Shin-hye, and it’s also responsible for my continuing post-it obsession, and an unbreakable love for Kim Ji-hoon.
@missvictrix

 


Pinocchio (2014)

 
It’s completely accidental that my second winter blues rec is also a Park Shin-hye drama. Does this girl just like to shoot dramas in the cold and then take the summers off? Either way, Pinocchio is the other drama that pops into my mind when I think about huge parkas, udon shops, dramatic scarves, falling snow, visible breath — basically the gifts that dramaland gives to remind you of the good things about winter’s cold and icy blast.

It’s funny, too, that while I enjoyed the plot of this show with its rookie reporters and family drama (and trauma), it’s the tone of it that’s stuck with me the longest. And that’s the winter setting — perfectly matched by the gumption of the rookie reporters fighting their personal demons, work challenges, and ice patches alike, all to achieve their dreams and earn that happy ending. –@missvictrix

 


Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju (2016)

 
Winter makes me nostalgic for my childhood, when a “snow day” actually meant school closures and homemade snow cream. That carefree innocence — and awkwardness, because I was hella awkward — reminds me of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju. It’s a drama full of varsity jackets, Messi, swag, and energetic young adults who sneak up to the dorm roof and freeze their butts off while they share a bottle of soju and gossip about boys.

Although the leading couple starts out as frenemies, they’re playful from start to finish. Spring may reign supreme as the season of love and new romances, but Weightlifting Fairy proves that kisses in the snow are just as romantic as kisses beneath falling cherry blossoms. Other perks to winter romances: sharing puffy jackets, holding hands inside coat pockets, and a boyfriend who will bring you extra clothes when you and your friends are protesting outside in the freezing cold. If you’re looking for a drama that hits you in the warm and fuzzies like the first sip of hot cocoa, then look no further. –@daebakgrits

 


Find Me In Your Memory (2020)

 
Find Me In Your Memory is like waking up to a heavy snowfall. On the surface, it’s a quiet and serene romance that moves at a leisurely pace, but like the bitter wind and swirling snowflakes that precede the calm and beauty of the morning after a snowstorm, this drama has a dark and violent story arc. This is exactly the kind of romance I like to cozy up to on a cold winter night — I’ll take a melodrama with my 5 o’clock sunsets, please and thank you!

The story centers around a man (played by Kim Dong-wook) with hyperthymesia who can’t forget — literally — every detail of the snowy night his first love was murdered in front of him. Snow is heavily associated with his sadness, and even when he starts to develop feelings for a new woman, the first snowfall triggers memories so vivid and painful that he pulls away from his present to wallow in his past. But his new leading lady is like a ray of sunshine that melts the snow away, and I loved watching her slowly thaw the ice block around his heart. –@daebakgrits

 


A Piece of Your Mind (2020)

 
Outside of anything winter (or even weather) related, this is hands-down in my top ten favorites list. My brain doesn’t strictly categorize it as a winter drama, though it does have its fair share of wool coats and visible breath. There are a few things that qualify it as a winter blues rec, though. One is quite literal, and that the backstory that haunts our hero is set during a dangerous blizzard while he lived in Norway; the visuals are quite impactful, from the snow to the heavy tone of these scenes.

The second reason this is my winter rec is because it’s very much about winter dissolving into spring. Sometimes literally, but mostly figuratively — it’s a drama about trauma and healing, and what better way to get that across than with the gentle warmth of spring? All three of our main characters have major traumas in their lives. Some are older and deeper; others are fresh and raw. But amidst all the pain and grief we witness in this drama, it’s beautiful to watch as the characters push their way through (with the help of others, and even other’s mere voices).

Introspective, dreamy, and unique, this drama didn’t disappoint me for a moment, and it’s one of the few dramas I would reach for again. –@missvictrix

 
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I have to admit I scrolled quickly down the list to see which ones you selected before actually reading the post, and my first thought was a quibble you ended up preempting -- a Piece of Your Mind is good for ANY season, during eclipses, or even the suspension of time...

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I got second lead syndrome so bad with Flower Boy Next Door I actually couldn’t finish it 😅 - although I can’t remember if it was that I liked second lead or just didn’t like main lead. Either way when I worked out who was getting the girl it was all over.

But I’d agree on the next two! Last two I will have to save up for our winter (currently a million degrees here) to try out.

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Aw, I'm so happy to see some of my all-time favourites here: FLOWER BOY NEXT DOOR and A PIECE OF YOUR MIND. 🥰

I'LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY (also known as WHEN THE WEATHER IS FINE) is also a perfect winter watch. I loved the Reading club that met in the bookstore. It warmed the heart to see these people of all ages reading aloud as they sat by the fire, with a hot drink in hand. I may have had issues with the final episodes, but it was grand to have a drama not set in Seoul for a change.

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I agree about "I'll Find You." I watched that during the first part of the COVID lockdowns and although it was March, it was still cold and rainy in my part of the world, and I found this drama to be so cozy and romantic. I fell in love with the town and the people almost as much as I fell in love with the lead couple, and even though the last episode is problematic, I still have very fond memories of this drama and associate with winter.

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Toki, over the years you have given me some great recommendations including FLOWER BOY NEXT DOOR which I loved. Base on a recent recommendation by you I added Jung Hae-in’s A PIECE OF YOUR MIND to my watchlist on Viki. I will be watching during the Olympics hiatus. So other than WYWS I have not seen his romantic dramas. I loved the physical JHI in D.P and PRISON PLAYBOOK.
Any ideas on why A PIECE OF YOUR MIND did so poorly in the ratings resulting in a four episode cut? I know being a tvN production ratings might tend to be lower than the terrestrial networks but I just wondering what happened here.

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Also I totally agree with you about WEATHER. Wonderful drama although not my favorite Seo Kang-joon drama which would be WATCHER.

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I loved both Weather and Watcher, and these cemented my fandom for Seo Kang-joon. He is such a great actor. In both dramas he said so much without saying anything in words.

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@marcusnyc20 I didn't watch A PIECE OF YOUR MIND when it aired so I'm not sure... it's not a typical drama so it may have lost viewers after a certain twist in Ep. 2 (I'm trying not to spoil it for you!) Maybe people expected it to be a rom-com, which it is not. @leetennant might know more.

Also, I think at the time most beanies were watching other dramas like MEOW, THE SECRET BOY or 365: REPEAT THE YEAR. THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH made it's grand entrance in April so that was some stiff competition for APOYM.

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I watched, APOYM and MTSBY, but skipped the other ones you mentioned. I think I'm a connoisseur of dramas that are off the beaten path.

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I took a look at the Ratings Report for April 6-12, 2020 which covered APOYM’s episodes 5 &6. It aired on Mondays and Tuesdays. The three other M/T dramas airing that week were as mentioned MBC’s 365: REPEAT THE YEAR, SBS’s NOBODY KNOWS, and JTBC’s I’LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY aka WEATHER.
At the time I was watching the other three dramas and NOBODY KNOWS (one of my favorites of 2020) had by far the best ratings of 9.2% and 9.7%.
It was also at that time that the episode cut was announced going from 16 to 12 episodes.
My source:
https://www.dramabeans.com/2020/04/drama-viewership-ratings-for-the-week-of-april-6-12-2020/

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It is absolutely sweltering where I am but I'm keeping these shows bookmarked for when the cool change starts :) I've watched the first 3 but I have no quibbles about a rewatch!

I also don't know if this is wintery enough but Just Between Lovers warms me through and through <3

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An ice storm followed by a foot of snow will start here in a few hours so I will think if you in the heat to feel better as I hunker down!

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Good luck with the weather!

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Thanks, we got the ice but only a few inches of snow. They say another 4-8” tonight but, you know … fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice …

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I've been rewatching When the Weather Is Fine lately because it's the exact perfect time of year to watch it. I know some people had issues with the back half of the show, but I still love to have it on as a comforting watch in the depths of winter.

My Ajusshi is another show that I love to watch around this time of year. The decision to set and air that show in late winter/early spring was so perfect!

I feel like dramas are representative of the seasons they shoot in in a way that American shows aren't, probably because K-dramas shoot outside more and because so many American shows are shot and set in southern California, where there aren't really four seasons. It's one of the things that I love about dramaland!

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Ohhh My Ahjussi for SURE! The winter setting for this show was perfect.

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For some reason seeing you reminded me that another drama I associate with winter is Dal Ja’s Spring! From Christmas to New Year’s to Valentine’s Day, they go through all the holidays (until spring, of course), and there are so many lovely snowy scenes!

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i couldnt let that typo live but YES i remember them freezing waiting for a bus that never came

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As soon as i read the title, i'm thinking of Pinocchio and i'm glad it's here.

God, Pinocchio. I have so many memories with it. I found the drama completely accidental after being away from kdrama world (k-ent in general) for few years.
i had no idea what the drama was about and the leads Lee Jongsuk & Park Shinhye. I decided to watch the drama cos of the tone, the udon they ate that seemed delicious, the loving family... and a lot of snow they showed in the drama.
Back then i was still a silly kid who watched the drama quietly in midnight when i was supposed to be sleeping or studying.
It's a lovely and warm drama.
This drama made me become a fan of both of them.

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Those Norway snowstorm scenes in "Piece of Your Mind" were so lovely. I remember burrowing under a throw blanket while watching. That drama has some weird quirks--the idea that covertly recording your ex's voice so you can have a simulated conversation with her and that long leather coat being the most memorable--but it was lovely to watch in cold weather.

I also watched "Crash Landing" during winter, and although that one doesn't strictly take place in cold weather, I remember really loving the scene when Captain Ri comes to find Seri in the mountains. They then end up hiding out in an abandoned school around a wood fire. He has a fever and it's snowing--so really, all the drama cliches are there, and I just ate them all up.

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Oh, Kim Bok Ju . . . the coats! The beautiful coats, and so many of them! I’m sure that show is why I bought a shocking pink boiled wool jacket which I hope to wear for many more years.

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ah i loved this list except a Piece of ur mind.. i hvnt finished it rest i love each n every drama so so so much.... Find me in ur memories n Kim Bok Joo my favs..
but my another fav Winter drama would be That Winter, The Wind Blows.
its always my fav one ... i just loved that.
oh now i think i should go and give it a rewatch.. its been ages I watched it.

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I barely finished Flower Boy Next Door. I watch it for the romance between Kim Seul-gi and Ko Gyung Pyo.

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Interesting-- is it a prerequisite that the characters be experiencing winter during the drama? Regardless, my personal list is...

Just Between Lovers (2017): this is one of my all time favorite dramas, period. I consider it an understated gem, where themes of survivor's guilt and PTSD are thoughtfully discussed, along with the long-lasting effects of losing a loved one.

Chocolate (2019): Ooooh the feeels. The viiibe. After the initial shock of going through a literal roller-coaster for the first three episodes, this show settled for me into a very cozy, melancholy vibe. Cooking, terminal illnesses and star-crossed lovers... perfect for winter, in my opinion.

White Christmas (2011): This is the oldest drama on my list, and the only one clearly not a love story. However, I still love the backdrop of the snow and the thrilling mystery run amuck in the school.

One Spring Night (2019): Although I'm not normally a fan of audultery as a drama theme, I'm a sucker for slow, melancholy dramas. They just feel perfect to cozy up with a warm mug of hot chocolate, and if I'm not feeling totally sunny myself I can at least enjoy the low-key mood I'm in.

My Love From Another Star (2013): This drama is the most lighthearted of the ones on this list, and it's also a nostaligic drama for me. My Love from Another Star was the first Kdrama I ever watched to completion. It was a fantastic ride, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It has aged well, in my opinion, and I can't believe it came out almost 10 years ago now.

Haha writing about all these dramas has made me want to go rewatch them now lol. Once I finish my crime fighting serial killer kick, maybe I'll revisit a few of these.

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Yay for Chocolate lover!

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Chocolate was a very good show. It had the right pace, food porn and melo resolutions.

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One Spring Night - I loved the way the relationship between Jung Hae-in and Han Ji-Min was slowly but surely spun out. But are we talking about the same drama? No adultery involved.

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White Christmas holds a special place in my heart as well.

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OSN? Adultery? Maybe I missed it.

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re: adultery in OSN. I could have been more precise with my words, sorry :) She's not married but her boyfriend does want to get engaged, and she doesn't sleep with the pharmecist until after she's broken up with her boyfriend... but still they both know they're interested in the other and decide to meet up and be 'friends' while she's dating the other guy, but the tension between them is definitely romantic. I don't know what else to describe it as, when it's nothing definite but it doesn't quite feel right.

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I am not the first to mention that the absolutely perfect winter weather watch is I'LL COME TO YOU WHEN THE WEATHER IS NICE. But I want to express my reasons why this is so.

First, it was so well done with all of its actors, even the minor ones, giving their best. Who will ever forget the character of Hwi?

Second, Winter is itself a sort of character in this story but, as the title suggests, its theme expresses better times to come. In a sense this is a story of travelling from the cold into warmth.

The themes of the story were supported by great direction, cinematography and even sound effects: I have been in a forest on a cold winter night and the show actually captured that sound perfectly. This drama was nothing less than a work of art- and that is rare.

This is not a criticism of the choices offered by DB staff, because all of them are good, but rather a suggestion that WEATHER should have been included on this list.

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So well stated. Also, the OST fit the mood perfectly. Park Min Young and Seo Kang Joon had great chemistry.

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Yup, it's the "winterest" of all winter dramas for me. You are right that winter wasn't just a setting here but a character to itself. The general mood of the drama stood in contrast with the cold of winter. And show didn't scrimp on stunning landscapes!

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I love winter dramas for the beautiful coats and scarves. I always associate Goblin with winter, and even though While You Were Sleeping has a change of seasons, the pivotal dream sequence takes place in winter.

I need more Jung Hae-in in my life, so I'm going to start A Piece of Your Mind.

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In fact, one of the most poignant and moving scenes in GOBLIN could not possibly be more wintery: His punishment completed the Goblin refuses to abandon his love and move on from being a goblin. To do this he must go where God is not and so we see him trudging endlessly on over a desolate, endless snowfield. Then, in an extraordinary moment of grace we see a butterfly flying over him- God has come for him and is granting his request. It is cinematic magic at its best.

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That scene was just perfect.

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I really liked the winter scenes from, "Legend of the Blue Sea." I think I've watched that drama 4 times.

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From this list, A Piece of Your Mind is my favourite! I didn't really assiocate the other to the winter more to their plot.

For Winter dramas, I will add I'll Come To You When The Weather Is Nice. It's perfect for Winter and cozy moments. The fact the story took place outside Seoul made the story slower and quiet. The book club with the stove on gave so beautiful scenes.

Healer was a good drama, I think it will be good to watch in Winter.

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I just did a Healer rewatch and I can confirm its definitely a good winter drama. Something about healer is just so nostalgic which makes it feel warm.

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The past story with their parents and friends really had this nostalic feel.

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I wholeheartedly agree with everything you've said about A Piece Of Your Mind. Just finished it, and am still in withdrawal (Oh how I'd do anything for that 4 more episodes *sobs*)

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I'm so happy to see the A Piece Of Your Mind recommendation! I really don't have the words to describe the way this drama tackled pain, comfort and healing, except that by the end of each episode my heart always felt a few sizes bigger and a few degrees warmer.

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10000000% agree on A piece of your mind. It still makes me sad it was cut short. The level of intimacy in this drama is unparalleled in kdrama land. JHI and CSB were pitch perfect.

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I have yet to watch any of this except for Weightlifting Fairy which I adore.

The one that comes to mind for me as a winter watch is Goblin. I watched it after it aired and can just remember being under a pile of blankets and completely immersed into its world.
At the first bite of cold in the air I have the urge to turn on the soundtrack.

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The only one on this list that I've watched is Flower Boy Next Door. I cannot believe that it aired in 2013! Time flies.

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Thank you for a wonderful drama list, and thank you for taking into account my suggestion @dbstaff; this is a kind of post that made me want to comment and read other Beanies', and other lurkers', recs.

I'm living in a place where people hardly ever experienced winter season. But talking about cold weather, there are some dramas that came to mind.

1. When the Weather is Fine: I won't repeat other Beanies' comments. This drama takes place in winter. With its characters and stories, it brings inner peace to me whenever I watch it. It's a drama that has a soothing effect on you, and it helps reduce your anxiety. Highly recommended if you are stressed or need something that is warm and cozy.

2. Chocolate. Chocolate is a melancholic but heartwarming drama. It's like drinking a warm cup of hot chocolate: the bitter and sweet taste linger in your mouth for some time. I know that there are many deaths in the show, but given that the story revolves around lives in a hospice, that thing should be expected. The most important thing is the lessons we learn from the show, and that despite many sadness and unfairness one might encounter in life, there is always hope for better days. PLUS, you get to see Ha Ji-won magical peaceful and serene, almost magical, cooking scenes.

3. Healer. This is THE CLASSIC, period. I rewatched it some month ago, and I couldn't believe how great it was even for rewatching. It was heartwarming in the best way. Everything was on-point, be it directing, casting, acting, music, etc. There was NO FILLER at all imo. It was a really well-written, well-made show that deserves the title of being one of the classics of all time.

4. INAR. Strange, isn't it? I know many Beans love I Am Not A Robot, but it took me years to start to feel that perhaps this might be a good time to watch it for the first time. I started and finished this one within a span of 3-4 days, which to me, was a great achievement. It is a perfect watch for anytime of the year if I'm being honest.. There might seem not much is going in in each ep, but I feel like MANY THINGS are actually going on. There are many topics that worth being discussed, and above all, the show has a lot of heart. It's even better that it came in a form of something light and easy to digest. I call this combination the best combination.

5. Hospital Playlist 1 (and perhaps 2 as well). HP 1 is a classic for me. It has EVERYTHING. I just can't explain this in words, but for me HP will always make one of my top 10 of the faves of all time. PD-nim... will it really be impossible to make more eps??? *inserts a sad face*

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I'm glad to see someone mentioned IANAR. I think it's perfect for Fall/Winter with all the cozy sweaters and the heartwarming story!

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I'm re-watching INAR right now, in the dead of winter here...after shovelings off 2 feet of snow, lol. INAR and You From The Star are always on my winter re-watch list. I see a lot of beanies praise A Piece Of Your Mind -- I think I'll give a chance once again, I remember I found the first episode too slow and incomprehensible.

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inar best show! i didnt want to push my inar agenda too much because i wanted to emphasize apoym which gets less love but YES its a great wintery drama with the BEST sweaters and the best hedgehog metaphor i just always feel bad watching jia as aji3 in her dress :(

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Oh, we all push INAR agenda whenever we have a chance, no worries, lol. It's a great winter show with stylish leather jackets and variety of coats no average person has a closet or money for and ridiculously fuzzy sweaters with sleeves practically dragging on the floor. It's indeed perfect. (And yeah, I had a thousand thoughts of Chae Soo-Bin "must be cold as frozen hell" while watching it.)

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The yellow sweaters have stolen my heart. i now own 3 yellow sweaters and i still havent found the perfect one yet.

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Thank you @db-staff
I always appreciate recommendations - especially for certain moods / seasons. More more!! ^^

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Part of it was that it was a popular show (and got some people through the early pandemic lock downs) and part of it fans trying to keep the fantasy alive, but after 2 years CLOY is still a top 10 show on streaming platforms in Asia (Japan and Korea especially). The winter scenes in NK were especially tough with most of the cast and crew getting sick because of the winter conditions. But the fairy tale lesson is that even in a harsh condition, people can survive.

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I love this idea of dramas around a certain theme! I've seen the first three dramas already and will have to check out the last two.

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I liked all of those dramas except Piece of Your Mind (I know, I know. Beanies loved it, but I just didn't) and Find Me in Your Memory. When the Weather is Fine is definitely my winter drama. I also associate Healer and Just Between Lovers with winter.

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I did not last past the first episode of Piece of Your Mind, I too did not get it. I'm going to give it a try, because of beanies' praise but I rarely go past episode 4 if the show does not hook me in.

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With A piece of mind, the first episode is weird and kind of creepy, but once you get past it, it is a beautiful look at love through hugs.

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i agree with what others have said before me, the first (two) episodes are not representative for the entire show.

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What a lovely post, DB staff; thank you! I'm thoroughly enjoying all of the Beanie comments and have added several to my (very long, ha) to-watch/rewatch list.

Currently rewatching Healer (all hail the power of great music; the first notes of the instrumental OST launched me straight into Squee Territory) with a foot of snow outside. What a perfect example of a great drama.

Ditto to everyone who mentioned I'll Go To You When The Weather Is Fine, Just Between Lovers, and One Spring Night.

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I have two moods regarding my dramas in winters:
1. I want to delve in the sadness and live it vicariously through my screen while my pillow is wet with tears every episode.
2. I want a show that's like a warm cup of coffee when it's too cold.

For the first I guess the likes of Just between lovers and My Ajusshi seem fit. These two will make you cry but they will also heal so that you're not left well, cold.
For the latter, there are shows like Weightlifting Fairy, Run On and also the recent Our Beloved Summer (can't vouch for this one completely because I left it midway). They will fill your heart with warmth when everything else is gloomy and dark.
I'll give an honorary mention to a best of both worlds T-drama: Yong jiu grocery store. It is not based in winters but that's when I completed it and the timing couldn't be better. This show wrecks you, heals you and also provides warmth. All in one and done beautifully.

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YONGJIU GROCERY STORE is one of my favorite shows. It is a gem.

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I recently watched Healer again and it's a perfect drama to watch in the winter.It has something to satisfy everyone and I think it would be distracting enough from real life!

Just before that, I had finished watching Just between lovers. Again, its a beautiful drama and I think it really captures just how difficult life is, how hard it is to endure and how much we need that brief respite with our loved ones or in our safe space!
Similarly I would put A piece of your mind and to some extent My Ahjussi in that category.

The other dramas I find myself gravitating towards are the shows I watched when I first got into Asian dramas! The classics like You're beautiful, Dream High, Goong, My Girl, Delightful girl choon hyang and my taiwan dramas.

Last year, I watched Run on and Hello Me, I felt comforted watching the characters overcome their struggles and choose to practice self care and love themselves!

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DELIGHTFUL GIRL CHOON HYANG does not get the attention it deserves.

Rumor has it that there will be a re-make of GOONG.

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Delightful Girl Choon Hyang was a such a rollercoaster of emotion, I love it! Yes, I heard about this! I watched the Thai remake, it wasn't the best in terms of acting.
Instead of a remake, I would like S2 with the same cast or about their children maybe? It just feels like such a shame to start this story from the beginning again, the fire and the Yul character were so boring.

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Maybe Goong can be a remake with tighter storyline or updated themes. 1% of Anything remade was fantastic (i didn’t watch the original but i loved the new version).

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Goong was and is a classic but definitely less than perfect- I would hope that it would be better the second time around.

I have seen both 1% OF ANYTHING and also the remake (1% of something). Both were really good, but I actually liked the re-make better- which for me is unusual.
In both cases our reluctant Cinderella is a strong person in her own right. One of the things I love about the story is that it is the Chaebol Grandfather who has handpicked her but for a perfectly sound reason- he knows well that the constant friction between himself and his grandson is not due to the differences between them but rather to their being far too much alike. That being the case what his grandson obviously needs is a girl just like Grandma- and when he finds one he takes action on the general theory that all he has to do is make sure they spend time together and the rest is inevitable. And, of course, he was absolutely right.

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I love Weightlifting Fairy and Find Me in Your Memory. I haven't seen the other two, A Piece of Your Mind and Pinocchio. I have watched an episode or two of Flower Boy Next Door but never got around to finish it. Thanks for the recommendation. May start with either of the PSH starrer first and will look for it in the usual sites.

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"Tomorrow With You," is a Kdrama I could watch during winter, year after year after year. And I think I've watched it just about that many times.

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I love TWY so much! Our dimply couples!❤️❣️

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I’ve watched all five and loved some more than others but if you can only choose one to watch, go with A Piece of Your Mind. Hang in there with the first two episodes, it’ll be worth it I promise!

If you need 16 hours of fluffy happiness to pull through the blues, go with our fairy Bok Ju *swaagg*

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I was initially hesitant to watch A Piece of Your Mind because I had the impression it had mostly negative reviews here on DB; then knowing about the 4 episodes cut reinforced that idea. I'm glad I was actually mistaken (I think I confused it with a different drama) and gave it a go in the end! It was such a nice, warm, soft and beautiful watch, I loved it! <3

Actually I'd just finished Snowdrop, I wasn't particularly impressed by it, or really invested in the story, but the last couple of episodes did break me a little (it's mostly Jung Haein's fault uhu), so I needed a pick-me-up and APOYM ended up being perfect on that front, exactly the type of healing drama I needed! ^^

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Same here. I needed more Jung Hae-in to recover from the grief of Snowdrop so I tried A Piece of Your Mind. I dropped it after the first episode back when it first aired because I just didn't get it. This time I pushed through; I'm on episode 11 and loving it.

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Speaking of winter, as one coming from a region that's only either wet or dry, I'm especially intrigued by first-snow romantic scenes in K-dramas. I'm proud to say I've experienced my first winter in Korea, and it was the first snow of the season, too. I made sure to look around, and yes, people did get excited!

For dramas with winter in a supporting role, my memorable ones were When the Weather is Fine, Jirisan, and Goblin--mostly for the stunning landscapes.

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@christine-telesforo
For me the interesting thing is the climate that is not shown. Their hot, humid, rainy season is almost invisible in SKdrama land. How does a 1/4 of the year not exist. How has such an intense condition have no thematic concepts or symbolism. You have to hand it to the Japanese, they really own their rainy season. I can not imagine Kurosawa without the overwhelming rain.

For the topics, that drama version of winter is as foreign as the language and is as full of outsider misconceptions as the SK cultural constructs.

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Although it’s set in winter, I associate Flower Boy Next Door with summer. I binge watched it during a heatwave as a way to distract myself from the heat.

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FBND is the first kdrama that I found actually healing and I would totally recommend it for the 4 seasons of the year. I love the whole list, but FBND is my favorite from it.

I'm happy to see Find Me In Your Memory here since I haven't seen anyone actually talking about it. FMIYM is a really nice drama to watch during winter season, same with A Piece of Your Mind. ^^

I don't know why but WFKBJ gives me summer vibes (FBND too now that I think about it), it has such a strong/high energy, it's so funny and light... When I think of winter I think of melodramas, maybe that's way I though of 'Love Affairs in the Afternoon' (even when it was set in summer/spring), 'Come and Hug Me' and 'When My Love Blooms'.

Makjangs that are all about winter: Tree of Heaven, Sad Love Story, Cinderella Sister, Stairway ot Heaven, Winter Sonata.

Shows that don't have romance as the central plot but are nice for the winter season: Live, My Ahjussi, Stars Falling From the Sky, Black, Nobody Knows, Children of Nobody.

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The recommendations that I have below are probably too old for any beanies to watch - which at the same time also reveal my age lol

1) Winter Sonata - the season is literally mentioned in it's title! And one of the older classics that Hallyu has ever produced...

2) The Winter The Wind Blows - another one with the name of the season in it's title. Starring Song Hye Gyo as well.

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