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[Drama Chat] The drama you love but everyone else hates

Like it or not, if you’re a drama fan, there’s definitely that one drama out there that you loved — you and no one else. Whether this drama is mocked, groaned over, or just flat-out ignored, it feels like you’re the only one that enjoyed it. Even if you wax poetic about how much you liked it, or give 99 reasons why your friend should watch it, they don’t. Or they do, and they revile it.

For me, that drama is Shark. I loved every minute of this ridiculous melo, and I’m not ashamed one bit. I have yet to meet anyone that liked it besides me — but that’s okay, because I enjoyed it enough for everyone.
 

What’s the one drama you love but everyone else hates?

 
Let the chatting begin!

Thanks to @laurensophie for the prompt.
 
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I like Gloria !! I have never met anyone who watched it

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I did! I don't remember very well the story but I still listen the OST from time to time. I watched it for Bae Doo-Na whom I have discovered in God of Study :)

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I watched it too! I remember liking the start but it lost a lot of potential along the way. I gave it 6/10 on mydramalist haha

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Watched it as well,remember liking the most of it!

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Login to just to comment and like. Hahaha. I also liked Gloria.

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Me too. I like Gloria and followed the 50-ep run religiously, haha. For weekenders like this, I take the mid-drama trough as a norm and didn’t mind the plot holes or drag that much because Bae doo-na and Seo Ji-suk is one good OTP and I love the second couple too.

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I like 2020-2021 Kdrama Hush. It was a story about a day-to-day basis in the newsroom. It was based on 2018 novel Silence Warning by Jung Jin-young and this office workplace drama starring Hwang Jung-min (who marked return to small-screen after 8 years) and Girls' Generation Yoona (Im Yoon-ah). It was one of my fave Kdramas that was rarely based on webtoon novel as an adaptation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hush_(TV_series)

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Capital Scandal is the one show that I loved that nobody else seems to have watched or liked. I'm guessing the odd mix of slapstick humor and very serious themes felt jarring to a lot of folks, and I would have preferred less cartoon-ish bad guys, but I found it to be one of the most nuanced looks at the daily moral decisions people are forced to make in a time of crisis that I've ever seen. I also loved the jazzy score and brightly colored vintage 20's/30's styling - it's not typical for an occupation drama but I felt it actually worked in this case. Also, Cha Song Joo is the most kick-ass awesome second FL ever.

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Capital Scandal is on my never-ending list of dramas I want to watch... one day...

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I love Capital Scandal! The second lead couple had me so invested in the story.

re: "one of the most nuanced looks at the daily moral decisions people are forced to make in a time of crisis" - I agree, they did a really good job in showing the impact of your environment and circumstances.

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I just recently re-watched this at the end of last year. Still enjoyed it and agree with the points above but the production style is admittedly pretty dated. Nevertheless, Han Ji-Min in her dewy (but still steely) youth remains a pleasure.

My choice would be one which appears to be appreciated here at DB but no where else: A Piece of Your Mind, which for me, is as thoughtful and beautifully rendered as scripted television is able to be.

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The second lead couple was awesome, and so complicated and interesting in ways that second leads rarely are.

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I wouldn’t say Capital Scandal fits in this category especially in the DB community because Javabean was a fan of it.

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I'm pretty certain she never finished watching it, at least from what I remember from end-of-the-year reviews (could be wrong though - it's been awhile since this one came out).

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Remember liking it a lot when i watched it

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Yess. I really like it alot.. it's a funny drama too and always in my rewatch list.

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I liked Capital Scandal! It fell into my 'fun to watch' box.

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Love ft Marriage and Divorce - A good number of beanies here don't even talk about it, so watching could be outta the question.

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I love to hate that one. It's so ridiculous but often the first thing I watch.

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The Hate Watch is actually fun- FOREST is a perfect example of a show that is good for that. I might actually get around to LOVE ft MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE when I find myself in a particularly snarky mood.

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I hated it so much I dropped it. Then the week season 3 aired I binged the dumped episodes. I just had to catch up. Ridiculous is the term for the show at the episode count it currently is though.

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This is one of the crazy good makjang dramas. It makes me feel slightly better about my self because everybody in the dramas was soooo bad. This is the psychological effect of watching makjang. Ha ha ha
But I still don't have the urge to watch 3rd season because I am feeling fatigue over romance affair themed dramas lately. Maybe sometimes in the future

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If you ever need a good laugh ... Season 3 is actually my favorite season despite the inferior recasts. The first two seasons made me angry, but now I find it hilarious.

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Was there any word on why 3 actors bailed out?

Like you, I find the replacements not up to par.

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They've been secretive with the info. It wasn't just a cast change, there was a director change as well. I don't know but it spells writer-PD relationship turned sour, and I believe it's bad.

Talking about thier not being up to par. I'd agree with Lee Tae-gon and Kim Bo-yeon's replacements. Sung Hoon's has actually being up to par, despite his minimal screentime, and even lesser script, you can see that he has sealed himself into the role. He's nailing his character on point. I'm waiting for when he receives more script. He happens to be the one I had a had time imprinting as Pan Sa hyeon, but he has made the most impressive performance to me.

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Sung Hoon was doing the Jane the Virgin remake, but I don't know about the other two. It was only supposed to be two seasons, so I don't know that changes in front or behind the camera necessarily mean any bts issues, but the writer's history certainly raises the possibility.

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Can’t even find it in IMDb!

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Not even a mention on IMDb for a makjang this ridiculous.

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The King: Eternal Monarch.
Was it good (no), did i absolutely love it (yes). Everything from the weak and inconsistent world building, the underdeveloped romance, the male lead who had the emotional range of a toothbrush. Its glaringly obviously flaws did nothing to diminish its entertainment value.

Also shout out to to Woo Do-hwan, who practically outshined everyone in it

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TK:EM crew! I had lots of fun watching this glorious mess. LMH, bless him, was clearly the weakest link in the cast, but everybody else was pretty good in making all the inconsistency more palatable. And Woo Dohwan is 💚

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I was going to answer the same show! 😅

I really like The King. It’s true I mocked it quite a lot for its blatant PPLs, but I really like it. The visuals are there, all the props, beautiful places and costumes, the songs, everything made a perfect fairy tale. I was willing to be immersed in it so I had no problem with everything. Perhaps what I like most about it is the songs and the esthetic aspect of the show.

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Woo Do Hwan was really good in it. I even liked Jung Eun Chae, she perfectly played her role. The plotline of the drama has many loopholes but I enjoyed it nevertheless 😅

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hmm, Woo Do-hwan, definitely a reason for me to give this one another shot

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I enjoyed it. The time travel, other dimension shenanigans were right up my alley. Yeong and Eun Sop and the twins… too cute!

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1. I think I don't get that annoyed about some finale, so I still love and would rewatch shows like 'Gu Family Book', 'Flower of Evil' and 'Black'. Especially FoE and Black, I really like those two finales. I think FoE writer chose that ending to give our ML peace. He really needed it, tbh.

And Black was depressing and dark since day one, the finale fits the story so well, I loved it even when it made me cry a river.

About GFB... I just didn't give it that much thought lol. Maybe if I rewatch the show one of these days I'll feel different, but when I say the show (years ago) I was okay with it.

2. Love Story in Harvard: I feel like the only people that have watched this show are me and my family.

3. Flower Boy Next Door: I've seen soooo many people hating on Enrique. I remember that a few years ago when I rewatched it the rating was really low and most of the timed comments where people saying Enrique was annoying.
There's also people that hates the finale for some reason.
This show is one of my favorites, I love it with all my heart.

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I was okay with the ending of GFB - it wasn’t what I would have chosen, maybe, but it definitely wasn’t as terrible as I was led to believe.

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Same.
I don't know how I'll feel after a rewatch, but for now the ending was okay and I really liked the show.

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Oooooooomg, I was just trying to remember the full name of Love Story in Harvard a few days ago, and trying to remember at what US college they actually shot it. I think a lot of people watched it at the time but you’re right, you never hear about it any more.

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Viki is adding old dramas to the website so I'm really hoping we'll get LSIH one day. ^^

I have no idea where where did they film it.

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Love Story in Harvard!!! Meee. I watched it too. I recommended that to my friends, and my mom. And, they watched 'till the end. I also forgot where they shot the drama, it wasn't in Harvard.

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LSIH fan reunion yay!
My family and I have rewatched this show a lot. I think my mom watched it like three times and I've watched it like four times already. My siblings have watched it at least once.

I even know the main song's lyrics by heart. 😂

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Yay!
Watched it in 2007 (if I remember it correctly).
I even went to the internet cafe, downloaded the song (the patience in me vs the internet connection), and played it relentlessly at home. Whoa, time flies!

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I think I watched it in 2011.
We were watching dramas starring the actors from Stairway to Heaven (our first drama), and then my dad found out about LSH and he downloaded the whole show. I remember that it took him days to download a single drama at that time, even finding them was hard since we needed subtitles in spanish.
He also downloaded the whole OST and played it all the time.

I still listen to two songs of the show. Hehe

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me too me too!

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I actually really liked the end of Flower Of Evil, and I don't remember the enging of Gu Family Book, but I remember I really liked it ! I also liked Flower Boy Next Door, thast when I fell in love with YSY !

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IKR? FBND is the perfect drama to fall in love with YSY.

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Love Story in Harvard! That was a watch from my 'now I realize I really am into Korean dramas, so let's go back to the classics'. It hit all the great tropes and was a great education to me.

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I loved Love Story in Harvard! Although to be honest, I wouldn't rewatch it anymore but I enjoyed it a lot.

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i enjoyed Black a lot - twist upon twist!

And I loved FBND though I did think Enrique was a bit too much especially when I had identified more with the introverted heroine.

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Gu Family Book - I couldn’t stomach the abuse experienced by KC’s mom and the daughter of the Park family.. so traumatising. But I still liked the drama. Suzy’s spunky FL!

Flower Boy Next Door - I luuuurrrved Enrique. “Ahjumma, Ahjumma, Ahjumma!!”

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Backstreet Rookie
I didn't love everything in the drama, but it captured my heart in the later episodes (Mom) and I think the family topic was great here. They also portrayed well a failing relationship of two nice people.
(And I think the leads were great here. Here I said it.)

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BACKSTREET ROOKIE was actually a great show which simply had one avoidable flaw. I loved it too. In fact, great many people actually loved it- it was one of the top shows on iQIYI for more than a year which is why Viki went ahead and picked it up. Because of the unnecessary flaw it was PC to 'hate it'. I strongly suspect that most of the haters never actually saw the show. Too bad for them- because it really is a great show about family and even the ethics of dating.

It is a prime example of the fact that Korean Drama writers could use a good editor. The unnecessary flaw could have been eliminated without harm to the actual story.

Both leads were fabulous, Kim Yoo-jung in particular gave a fabulous performance- as she always does. She is one of my very favorite actresses for a reason (and my wife has a real girl crush for her).

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Well said.
I also think that Ji Changwook had a very difficult character to portray... and he did very well.
And Mom... ❤

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One of the best Mom's ever.

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Glad you think anti Blackness and racism is on a flaw and it was PC to hate the show become it.

The way some of y'all love to tell on yourself on this site.

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I really liked this drama.

The family theme, the fact is not a shame to want a simple life without ambition. KJY was great as young adult who is alone with her responsabilities and JCW as a normal person :p

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BEST CHICKEN (MBN, 2019): The show only averaged a 1.0 rating. I also believe that the network cut the episode run down to 12 (thus having a compressed finale). I thought the show's young cast was good; the story was simple but relatable.

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I really liked that show, it was cute and funny. And I loveeeed the chicken song, it was hilarious.

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If "The World of the Married' (2020) is the artistic, highbrow and elevated makjang, then Penthouse (2021) is its loud trashy and uncouth cousin that doesn't get invited to family events.

Still i secretly enjoyed Penthouse and it's unapologetic trashiness, slightly more than it's classier cousin

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That is understandable- THE WORLD OF THE MARRIED was a re-make of a British show which itself was based upon the ancient Greek story of Medea. With such deep roots it could hardly avoid being classy.

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Yes! That show was hilarious.

Penthouse is the kind of makjang I enjoy. I don't like it when they try to make me cry or feel super bad for a character (like in Uncertain Family -I think that's the name, Tree of Heaven, etc). I like it when my makjangs go totally crazy about revenge and power and have ridiculous (but funny, not sad) plot twists (like Mine and Penthouse).

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I watched World of the Married purely because everyone I knew watched it. I didn't want to watch it at first because of its infidelity theme. True, I gave up Penthouse quite quickly. Now that you mentioned it, I gave it up because it was "trashy".

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Season 1 of penthouse was a masterpiece! It was so deliciously trashy and ridiculous! It made me cry, curse at my tv in anger… such a roller coaster but I regret nothing!!!!I loved how extra the actors were and how it seemed like the writer chose violence every single day they were working on this. It’s truly not a “good” drama but I was compelled to tune in every week. Unfortunately the quality of the drama went down with each subsequent season and by the end just wanted it to be over. But season 1 of penthouse will always have a special place in my heart

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For me, it's definitely "uncontrollably fond". I remembered when it aired very few beanies had any patience for it. But I actually quite enjoyed it until the end. The story was just very sad, but I just overall enjoyed watching it.

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My friend really loves this one, I think because it was the first drama she watched! We watched each others favorites and though I didn’t love it as much as she did, I still remember it fondly, lol.

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My bestie and I cried our eyes out together for UF and swore our love to UF till today. UF has very makjang plot but we were super invested in the characters and the OSTs just make us feel all the feelings. Definitely one of the more memorable Kdramas to me.

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Idol: the Coup was my most recent drama crack. I could see its flaws - some makjang-level over the top dramatics going on there, and the friendly ghosts cracked me up - but I loved it all the same. It's one if the few dramas which I didn't mind the 1'15 h long episodes, mostly because I liked all the kpop singing and dancing.
I also lapped up the entirety of Let me be your knight. I can't say I loved it, but I kept on coming back every week after each meh episode just to marvel a little bit longer at Lee Jun Young's occasional puppy smiles

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Idol: the Coup!!! Sooo many tropes and tedious makjang, but like you, I would rewatch it for the music and dance scenes. I honestly have no regrets watching this drama!

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OMG that's Kim Nam-gil and his awful moustache up there! Thank goodness he has become such an attractive ahjusshi in recent years.

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The World Within or The World That They Live In. The era before SHK goes melos. I always have soft spot for SHK because she is so pretty (botox or non botox), regardless what everyone say about her acting or the lack thereof. She is literally the one who turned me into K drama addict. And everybody loves Hyunbin. I like their relationship and their chemistry in that drama. She is so petty and childish. He is so gentlemanly and patient to her. Rare in K drama on that particular era.

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I really liked WWI and found it a very interesting look at the behind the scenes of SK television. The leads and second leads were good and my absolute favorite thing was the group of gossipy older actresses who knew every nook and cranny of the others’ personalities (including future Oscar winner Yoon Yeo Jung). They were hilarious.

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I watched it because I read it was controversial at its time. I thought it was average. SHK performance I thought was better than HB.

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I liked WWI but I did not care for the character of SHK. This show was so interesting for me because I got an idea about what goes on in drama production. Other than that, I forgot the details.

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I did watch that but the only detail I remember about it was that it was a slow burn romance. Am I right?

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It is or HB character is rather aloof about his feeling, not romantic type. Ahhhh this makes me want to watch it again to make sure..

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Ah, Shark... The issue with Shark, it's before Kim Na-Gil did Bad Guy, a drama that could have been great if the little sister had got the memo that everything was OK and didn't kill him (in the facts, he had to enlist). So, as first drama after his long absence, he chose a depressing one, again! I liked the actors and the OST from Boa, but I didn't need a second Bad Guy...

For me, I'm choosing Clean with Passion for Now. This drama could have been way better without the second lead and the last separation was useless and bad. But I really liked the couple, they were cute and funny. I was skeptical about the choice of the actors, there was a big difference of age, but KYJ and YKS had a great chemistry. And honestly, it's rare to see actors so confortable during the BTS for the kissing scenes. She was the boss and he was like a big Teddy Bear.

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Oh, another one, it's Something in the Rain. The couple was so great than I didn't care so much for the mother. I'm the rare one who loved the OST :p

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I think SITR was quite popular. It was just most people hated SYJ’s character choices and the Ending.

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I loved Something in the Rain, and unlike most, I really liked and empathized with the female lead. In my opinion, Jin-na's haters gave Jun Hae-in's character a pass because he was so cute, but I thought he made more poor choices and she had many realistic challenges to face and was doing the best she could. And, yes, I was ok with the OST also.

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Clean with Passion has made me felt the experience of living my fangirl life to the fullest, from being a casual fangirl, diligently posting a lot of edited pictures and videos on my fanacc, and joining secret groups. It's so much fun ! Maybe not here on dramabeans, but I remember meeting a lot of other fangirls on Instagram and YouTube especially on their bts vids

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Their BTS videos were really fun. They looked very confortable with each other.

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The Undateables had a decent number of flaws but I enjoyed it nonetheless. First time watching Hwang Jung-Eum and as always couldn't find fault with Namkoong Min's performance.

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I loved The Undateables! So many people are bothered by Hwang Jung-eum; I've never had a problem with her. She and Namkoong Min had an interesting chemistry and they seemed to feed off each other quite well. It showed a soft, cute side of NM that we haven't seen since, in my opinion. (On a side note, I love that Kim Kwang-kyu and Jung Young-joo are Shin Ha-ri's parents in Business Proposal lol)

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I was actually surprised by the number of people who disliked Hwang Jung-eum, I had thought her portrayal was solid. And yes, Namkoong Min is great with the soft/cute role that hopefully he'll come back to rom/com roles again.
(I love Kim Kwang-kyu and Jung Young-joo's reunion in ABP too :D)

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One of my absolute favorite dramas is Chinese costume drama Love By Hypnotic, I re-watch it once a year and absolutely adore the leads. And the evil prince. Swoon! I find the drama perfectly balanced in giddyness and silliness and the chemistry between the main leads is one of a kind.

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It isn't hated by many, in fact there are many beanies who like it too but it was rather ignored when it aired beacuse it ended up being not as good after 4 episodes. However, I still liked Tomorrow with You till the very end. I may not rewatch it but some shows are perfect for that time of your life. It was a very good live watch for me when I didn't want a happening drama but a laid back one. I really like the actors who showed some amazing chemistry, the contrasting filters for present and future timeline (I maintain that the show had some really good time traveling dynamics - even if it was too much to confuse people), the long one takes in each episode that I would look forward to, but especially the villain. For kdrama standard, this villain was extremely lukewarm (I was sad to find out JB and GF didn't care about him in a podcast), but for me he was a rather realistic depiction of how a normal man can steadily come to do evil deeds. He wasn't your kdramaesque stereotypical physcopath. In fact that was the actor's first drama so I didn't even guess he'd turn into a negative character. The steup of turning him into a villain started from the get go however, it wasn't sth grand rather a slow progression of how any of us can turn to evil as long as we make wrong choices of what we want in life. I haven't seen a villain like that again in dramaland and I want to. That said, I never feel like going back to TWY simply because it won't be the same. I enjoyed it because I watched it at that time. Now I many end up seeing several flaws that are hard to ignore (the ending for instance was meh). So even I have a mixed feelings on this one but at least I remember it from time to time because of the experience it delivered.

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I watched TWY, Dimples couple 💑, see through future handphone. The drama made me read The Time Traveler's Wife 😄 Bad book and just so so drama. But I forget who is the villain that you are talking about?

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Awww I miss this show. I love it! I still remember how I woupd watch it raw just because I didnt have the patience to wait for subs. That's how much I wanted to see it. Love the directorial choices in this drama. AND THE OST! Omg the OST, so on point! It had like three songs but I've never seen songs that completely embodied the show like these ones.

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The OST was perfect!

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YES!!! Oh my god, it’s so good to find other people who are just as in love with the OST as I am. I still listen to the songs regularly.

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I do too! I get flashbacks of the drama in my head whenever I listen to the songs. Every words hits so hard.

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I think Seo In Guk did one of the songs on that OST

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Yes, he did and it was beautiful!

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Awwwn, TWY! My cute couple. Lee Jee Hoon and Shin Min Ah were that cringey lovey-dovey couple that movies and dramas always poke fun of, but never cover them as the main focus, they are always on the side as comic relief that you roll your eyes at and cringe at their sappiness. It was refreshing watching them interact on the daily, go through all the universal communication issues that relationships experience.
And oh the pain. When they were fighting, especially after he sunk into deep depression when he realized every alternative realty ended with loosing her. He was mourning her already, when she was right in front of her. And he couldn’t tell her, so of course she was left heartbroken by his withdrawal. All the feeels🥺🥺❣️

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I absolutely loved Tomorrow With You. It’s got its flaws, but I find them so easy to overlook when the main couple is so wonderful. It’s also gorgeously directed and the soundtrack was beautiful. And I agree with everything you said about the main villain.

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I thought TWY also had a decent portrayal of a newly married couple--with all the problems that come with being newly married. The fantasy element just added to their problems.

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I didn't like the ending, but I enjoyed most of the drama and the Lee Je Hoon and Shin Mina had so much chemistry, I had to hold my breath sometimes. Like I didn't really get why and how the ML fell for the FL, but it didn't matter. What mattered was that she became his family and his love.

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For me, it's Cheese in the Trap. I have not yet met anyone who liked it, I've only seen incredily amounts of hate for it. I don't quite get why. I feel like the male lead Jung Yoo, is heavily misunderstood.

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For me, Cheese in the Trap was an example of a drama that I loved up until it went off the rails at the end - it felt like the writer/directer had no idea what to do with the dark, complicated relationship between the leads so they just tried to avoid it rather than addressing it head-on (and it sounded like there was serious behind-the-scenes drama going on as well). It's a shame, because I really wanted to see the show explore the ramifications of being attracted to someone who is deeply problematic in a lot of ways.

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Ah, Cheese in the Trap! The drama that taught me what heartbreak felt like. I kid you not, it was the most perfect drama I had eve watched while I was watching. I have NEVER related to a drama character more, than I did with Hong Seol. I had just entered uni and was struggling immensely. No money at home, depressed, not understanding and zoning outta classes and confused about this crazy new world I’ve just plunged into.
It also didn’t help that I was an oddly shy, introverted supposedly ‘bright’ student. I’d work hard, try and try, but it was like I was simply running in place. I never could catch up. I felt Hong Seol’s emotions sooo deeply, immersed myself completely into her weird, quirky and quietly chaotic world! Part escape, part breath of fresh air.

I also loved her relationship with Park Hae Jin’s character. I have always been curious if a ‘psychopath’ could attempt a normal relationship, and be functional. Yoo Jung could turn out to be just an incredibly emotionally-stunted individual or he could turn out to be a legit psycho. I honestly didn’t mind any which way, as long as the drama carried us continued to carry us carefully through that journey.

I LOVED that for once, the second lead was treated as a character with his life of his own, with his own demons and pain, and for once, he wasn’t made a perfect angel only to act as a fool to the flawed male lead, thereby increasing our SLS angst, LOL. He had genuine hurtful past with the male lead that had nothing to do with the female lead. It was great. Loved all the piano-playing. The sweet, sweet friendship he was developing with Hong Seol and her family.

So with all this, why the heartbreak? Well, you see, CITT was a huuuge freight train that was been balanced on very thin rails: it was Slice-of-life, Psycho-thriller, Romcom, Coming-of-age and campus drama. That’s a lot of genres! If it leaned a little towards one direction, was going to tip the whole thing over, sending it down a disastrous crash. And that’s exactly what happened, unfortunately, due to the BTS drama. I felt betrayed, like that perfect relationship you thought would be The One, then slowly but surely went wrong in all the ways it shouldn’t. The worse was that the heartbreak was mine alone to feel, nobody around me would understand why. Keep in mind I was depressed and my mind was slowly collapsing. I could only find (brief) solace on the Internet but it was never enough😔💔

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Typos!🤦🏾‍♀️ Je pardon🙏🏾
*foil, not ‘fool’
*ever
And all the other ones🙏🏾

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I actually really loved the first 2/3rds of CITT. It's just too bad that the off-screen drama seeped through the on-screen one. That drama could have been one of the greats of not for the character and plot compromise. 😔
Though I guess this is nothing compared to the rage that I felt for Do Do Sol's wtf ending. Or for Memories of Alhambra's wasted potential. 😅
I do still have most of CITT's OST on my Spotify playlists. Although listening to them makes me sigh and pine for the what-could-have-beens.

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Omo, I am not aware of BTS drama, now I've got some research to do... But like you said, the ending bits do ruin what was a good show until then. I didn't like how they pushed the second lead instead of exploring our main leads.

And agreed with Do Do Sol.... that ending... I'm... writers??? What did you take?

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I love Cheese in The Trap and still rewatching it until now. I refuse to believe that those ending happens.

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HA! I liked Cheese in the Trap also. The acting as great and fun to watch. It was not a show to take to seriously but to enjoy for what it was.

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Record of Youth. Everyone hated it and said Park Bo-gum and Park So-dam had no chemistry, but it was one of my favorite dramas of the year and they one of my favorite OTPs. I watched it when I was in a bad place, and it was really relatable how depressed their characters were and expressed it often. Their romance made my heart flutter because it's the kind of relationship I want -- friends-to-lovers, no drama, comfort person. It was my healing drama, and the OSTs by Wheein and Baekhyun still make me nostalgic.

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Typically, I can usually think of more the other way round... :P *ahem*

But, I guess maybe You're All Surrounded comes to mind?
Like it's not amazing, so I wouldn't really put it under dramas I love, but I didn't think it was worthy of the bad reputation it seemed to have prior to me watching it, and possibly still has (idk I haven't seen it discussed in years lol).
Just a pretty solid standard, kinda middle of the road, action cop drama. Dragged a little in the last quarter, but what’s new. Go Ara was tolerable and LSG was cute. “Entertaining and angst free” was the comment given to me by the person who recced it, and I think that's pretty accurate. There were no extremely annoying or OOC writing decisions that stood out for me anyway.

I guess what I call "Trash Loves" also come into this category somewhat, dramas that are trainwrecks and technical messes but I love; Kill It, Hwayugi, So I Married an Anti Fan, etc, but I don't really think of them in the same framework of "Dramas you [love] but everyone else hates", maybe cos I know other people also love them in all their trainwreck glory :P :P

Oh and I still think You're Beautiful is a perfect crack drama to get people hooked on Kdramas. I've used it several times with great success. No idea what general moving consensus is on that these days, and I don't really know what I would think of it if I rewatched it today; probably not with as much fondness as I did when I first watched it way back when, but that's the case with many dramas lol.

And there's probably some other drama hiding somewhere I've forgotten, but she'll do for now.

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I really enjoy You’re All Surrounded. It is definitely uneven and feels like they forgot a few storylines along the way but I would say it is at worst inoffensive, and is very funny in places (I find the bit at the start hilarious - if dark - where he’s being chased through the school by the murderer and she’s trying to apologize/innocently commentating where he is over the loudspeaker)

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I quite enjoyed it too when I watched! I seem to remember watching it amongst a bunch of other shows I hated, which made it quite refreshing in a lot of ways, haha.

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😂 always a good way to make things stand out.

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I actually agree on You're All Surrounded. I mean, yeah, it's mostly forgettable but that's because it's aggressively middle of the road. In fact I saw it on Netflix the other day and wished I hadn't seen it yet because that was the exact kind of drama I felt like watching - something that wasn't actually bad but that I was also not going to get invested in.

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Low investment but not bad sums it up just nicely.

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I watched You're Beautiful fairly early in my K-drama watching career (admittedly only about two years ago), and was decidedly meh about it. After the Dramas Over Flowers team covered it last year I decided to give it another go, and I was glad I did: I felt it was much better than I remembered.

Now I'm tempted to try So I Married the Anti-fan (I always read the title as 'So I Married Antifa' which is totally a drama I would watch) again. I almost started last year it but other things took precedence.

Agreed a thread on dramas everyone loved but I thought were terrible would be, um, productive.

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Oh that's so interesting that YB worked for you second time round! I mean, I don't think I could rewatch it myself, but I'm glad it's still working for people actually haha. I found it very cracky when I first watched it (now 7 ish years ago yelp!).

Anti Fan is... pure catharsis. It's rare for me to have truly no investment in what a show does or doesn't do, but that show could've done anything and I'd still look forward to it every week. So if you're looking for a pure cathartic so bad it's good watch, I cannot recommend it enough hahaha.

Productive is one word for it 🤭🤭🤭 Controversial maybe another...
Although I think at this point many people already know what my entries will be pffft.

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I just watched it for the first time maybe a month ago, it is SO cracky. I feel like if you’re not in the right mood for it though, it wouldn’t work at all.

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LOL at "So I Married Antifa"--I would totally watch that, too.

But back to "I Married the Anti-Fan"--objectively, I don't think it's a very good drama. The writing is often weak and cliched, and it's so predictable, but not really in the cracky way "Business Proposal" is. That said, I totally enjoyed the main couple. They have genuine chemistry that overshadows the tropey moments, and once they actually get together, their kisses and conversations are lovely.

The second couple is awful, though. So I'd recommend fast forwarding through their scenes.

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Oh, objectively, it's a terrible made drama. But that's why it's in my Trash Loves pile hahaha.

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Oh how I hated Anti-fan, let me count the ways...

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😂😂😂😂
Wait- Did you eventually end up watching it? When?! How'd I miss that! (Or am I just... not remembering?)

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I tried to watch it then wrote a review rant in lieu of finishing it.

https://mydramalist.com/profile/ChinguMode/review/193919

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Many people, myself included, consider YOUR'E BEAUTIFUL to be a true classic and one that has been loved by many.

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You’re Beautiful is a classic beloved by many veteran kdrama watchers, at least from my experience. I won’t pretend that I revisit it all the time, but when I do, I always have a blast. The sheer nostalgia factor overpowers all the parts that didn’t age well. Plus, that soundtrack is still one of the greatest of all time.

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I am comforted by many still finding it a beloved classic haha.

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I loved You're Beautiful! The OST was good. It suffered because it was airing in the same time than IRIS with big stars.

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I loved You're All Surrounded and have rewatched it many times. Actually gets better every time.

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I know plenty of people who love this drama, but it also gets more than it’s fair share of hating : Vagabond.

It’s a good drama! It’s fun, it’s twisty, it’s full of action sequences that look cool but would kill you in real life, Lee Seung gi is super hot….It’s not perfect, but will just dock it points for not having a proper ending, not commit it to a hate pile.

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But it's so much FUN to make FUN of, beffels 😂😂😂
Ah, The Invincible Cha Dal Geon. Classic.

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😂😂 I will allow him to be somewhat indestructible….but no more than James Bond or something 😅

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Well... considering the LATEST James Bond movie...👀👀👀 🤭

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I haven’t seen it!

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I didn't say anything then... :P

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@sicarius I googled because I’m too lazy to watch it and perhaps it was an unfortunate time to choose that comparison 😂😂😂😅

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Maybe I should go with John McClane instead 😅

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😂😂😂😂😂 no it was hilariously perfect timing hahaha, what are you talking about!

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I love Vagabond too! I love action-y movies a lot and love it when dramas try something different, so I had fun watching all the stunts they pulled off. The ending made me groan because the worst ending is no ending, but I still like it for all that it tried to do.

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The best brain surgery ever. I loved hating this one.

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The kdramas I loved and that I never hear people talk about are (or say anything overly positive about):

Awl
Missing M Noir
Two Weeks
38 Task Force
Jealousy Incarnated
This Week My Wife Will Have an Affair
Ex Girlfriends Club (until it got cancelled…)
The Good Wife
A Man’s Story (except the ending)
Falling For Innocence
Memory

Mind you, I have not watched any of these dramas since then; I might not like them anymore. I’m sure many have not aged well too.
However, there is one scene in Falling For Innocence that I find too hilarious and I can’t ever forget it. I might have rewatched that particular scene an unhealthy amount of times. That post-breakup overly dramatic freak out by Jung Kyungho’s character never gets old.

Additionally, Bad Guys is a drama that was well loved back in the day but seems to have been forgotten nowadays.

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Awl is really good!

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The problem with the very brilliant Awl isn't that anyone hates it, but that hardly anyone watched it.

Also: AHN NAE-SANG!!! <3<3<3

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This is true. I rarely see people who have seen it. A lot of ELF (Super Junior fans) must have seen it though. I actually only watched it because Yesung was in it but ended up being blown away by the show itself.

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I had no idea Yesung was an idol when I first watched Awl. He was really pretty convincing as an ordinary supermarket employee.

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@knewbie aww he did a really good job there! He did amazing in Voice too. I think a lot of people don't realize he's an idol when he acts. He sang an OST for Awl too!

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38 Task Force and Bad Guys rock! I think a lot of people liked them but they just don't mention them.

Jealousy Incarnated was soo funny! I don't know if other people liked it or not but I really enjoyed it.

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Two Weeks is still on my watch list!!! I'll get round to it one day.
It took me 5 years to get round to watching White Christmas, so you have to give me time with these things hahaha

38 Task Force is fun. The writer does the same thing with their character resolutions in more than one of their dramas (has a very similar resolution to My Fellow Citizens lol) but it was an easy binge, and also, Ziggy as a con man? Yes please ^-^ (Same writer as Bad Guys as well btw)

Ex Girlfriend Club!!!!! Idk who's not talking about it or saying not positive things about it cos I've only ever seen rather the opposite haha.
First of all, best frakking theme tune ever- So gosh darn catchy and the best way to end every episode- also got me into Jannabi and I can never be more thankful. Secondly, I found it very funny and a lot of fun, and therefore think it's kind of underrated and recommend it to people who just want fun crack. I did skim some of the later episodes, but I remember it being such a side splitting blast otherwise. Also, I adore Ryu Hwa Young in it. I like her in general but that was her debut role and when I think I first noticed her.

I could've sworn Jealousy Incarnate had a pretty avid following on here, but I've never personally seen it so someone else can follow up on that.
I haven't seen any of the rest, sorry, although I know of several of them!

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The Jannabi song is still my jam to this day.

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Haha same, still one of my favourite Jannabi songs too, and I love all of them~

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THIS WEEK MY WIFE IS HAVING AN AFFAIR was actually really good- and a much more honest look at infidelity than most shows.

JEALOUSY INCARNATED was also really good and enjoyed by many people.

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I think there are a lot of quirky, solid, interesting shows out there that weren't ever huge hits but deserve to be checked out (of the ones on your list, I'm especially partial to 38 Task Force, This Week My Wife will Have an Affair, and Memory). Other similar ones I'd add are Evasive Inquiry Agency, The Queen's Classroom (Korean version), Pied Piper, and A Beautiful World.

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I think A Beautiful World lost viewers because the subject matter is so sad. It was a mostly exquisite drama (I wasn't a fan of how the antagonist portion was handled). Fans of the actress who played the little sister in When the Weather is Fine should definitely try it.

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People loved Jealousy Incarnate, it is hard to believe that none of us talk about it any more. I wonder why that happened, it was wonderful.

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How to not love? How many FLs in a love triangle offered to live with the 2 guys in order to know her own feelings? And they said yes.

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Let's talk about it again then lol. Any rom com has yet to beat that in my list, it was laugh out loud funny.

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I always think Jealousy Incarnate is one of the best romcoms ever. A very refreshing script, eccentric OTP, gold side characters from those in the TV station to the intricate multi family lines and OG specialise and the nurse, and the wonderful OST.

Whenever I need a “lift me up”, these are my go-to clips:
- https://youtu.be/qE4ZC2iXLYs (I’m a forever fan of JJS for this)
- https://youtu.be/0r6gJKxms-s (what a delightful wedding)

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Those are hilarious, he is amazing!
My own favorite scene is Go Kyung Po tailoring a dress 🔥
https://youtu.be/FEdnNeeFANY

I simply HAVE to rewatch this show now!

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Strangely I think I love JI for completely different reasons from everybody else. To me it's not a romcom, it is a very touching, sensitive, and well made story about a cancer patient.

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I so agree. What I liked most about JI was the story of a man in the public eye trying to deal with and overcome breast cancer. Not only that but the thought that Na-Ri would not be offered a permanent position because she had had breast cancer, Jung-Won's mother (who admittedly was a cow), berating him for considering marrying Na-Ri when she had cancer, and Hwa-Shin's mother's telling him to not let his present girlfriend go because no-one else would marry him because he had cancer.
I am not from South Korea, so are these attitudes true.
My favourite scene is when Na-Ri proposes the three of them live together and then she goes out and asks the nurse for medicine, anticipating the headaches ahead. So funny.

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