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[Drama Chat] Which drama is your happy place?

I definitely have more than one drama I would label my happy place, and each for a different reason, but the one that keeps jumping up and down shouting, “Pick me! Pick me!” is Eun-joo’s Room.

This little gem of a drama is not only hard to find (and harder to find subbed), but it’s a sort of hodgepodge of cute K-drama and DIY tutorial. Maybe that’s why it always stays at the top of my list. It’s far from remarkable or ground-breaking, but it’s very comforting. (I reviewed it a while ago here if you want to read more.)

Sweet and moving dramas, fun though they are, often leave an empty hey-that-ain’t-real-life feeling behind, but Eun-joo’s Room didn’t do that for me. Rather than make you dig through your emotions too deeply or ask questions that will keep you up at night, this drama offers the ultimate catharsis because it gives you something to take away (in addition to the cute story). It makes you want to do something.

Drawing from the growth of the heroine during the show, we also want to paint our wall, make a lampshade, or just invest our time and energy into creating something. So for me, this drama is a wonderful recipe of cute romance + ode to the joy of nesting + inspiration to make and do something real.

And now, before I chew your ear off even more…

 

Which drama is your happy place?

 
Let the chatting begin!
 
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I enjoyed watching Into the Ring/Memorials and that was served this Kdrama as my happy place. I cannot stop laughing at actor Park Sung-geun (and of course our leads Nana and Park Sung-hoon) and there were so many political antics. Also, I kept rewatching this fun Kdrama over and over again.

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This is so interesting to me! I would not have guessed that a drama about politics could be someone's happy place. (I have fairly strong opinions about politics and they're not always popular ones, so it's generally a source of more stress than healing for me).

Side note, I have only ever heard good things about this drama :)

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I'm torn between Sassy Go-Go, I Am Not a Robot and Reply 1997. The feel of these dramas are endlessly warm and comfy to me.

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I also love I am Not a Robot, it was such a fun watch :)

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I should really start I'm Not a Robot becaus the other two and especially reply 1997 is my go to drama!

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Hello, possibly drama soul mate!

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Chief Kim

Honestly how can you watch this and not fall in love with our small town crooked accountant from Gunsan and his sociopathic finance executive rival turned ally. The entire supporting cast is fantastic too.

Im willing to argue that this is Namgoong Min's best performance too

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EXACTLY! I came to say Chief Kim too!
Not to mention THE BEST love at first sight scene EVER!

I'm more than willing to accept your argument immediately. Though I'm rewatching Stove League and he is great in that too.

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I also just finished Stove League!! It's so fascinating to me how different NGM makes each character. He was soooo wacky in Chief Kim, but he's soooo stoic in Stove League, and he does evil well and revenge well... just a great actor all around.

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I watched this during the height of the covid epidemic and it was exactly what I was in the mood for. I never knew a show about accounting could be so delightful!

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I also came to say Chief Kim!

As much as I love romance, romance comes with so many emotional ups and downs and then when friends and families and love rivals stick their oars in, it's just too much.

Chief Kim is just so much fun and the jokes per minute is high. When you watch it again, you catch jokes and little bits of humor you missed the first time. And the bad guys never win for too long.

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YAS. I love Chief Kim! Haha I didn't think of that one because it feels like a more grown up comedy to me than my happy place would allow (it's the company politics angle, I know). But it's definitely high up there on the list for me.

PS what is the country he wants to go to? Finland? Sweden? Norway? At any rate, my husband and I just finished watching a nature series about Norway and the Nordic scandanavian areas... Now we want to go live there, too. It's GORGEOUS.

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Denmark :)

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Welcome to Waikiki (both seasons) :)

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REPLY 1988!

This drama will forever be in my heart.
I listen to Lee Juck's Don't worry my dear everyday.

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Me too !!
I so wished to be a part of Ssangmundong !!
No matter how many times I watch that drama, I'll make sure to avoid the last scene of the empty neighborhood though

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I agree this is the second drama that left a weird feeling looking at the emptiness after people have moved out after seeing it so well lived in for so many episodes.

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Exactly!
🥺🥺

I'm hoping we get another season.

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I always come back to this one, too! I have watched it so many times and it is always warm and insightful and funny. I feel like I actually know them all.

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Ho Gu's Love is the first drama that comes to my mind. That show makes me laugh and smile for 16 episodes straight. I've rewatched it A LOT. Such a gem.

Honorable mentions:
Sweden Laundry
FBND
Shopping Wang Louie
My Love Mix-Up
Oh My Ghostess
Fight For My Way
Still 17
Waikiki
Dae Jang Geum Is Watching
The Man Who Can't Get Married
The Best Hit (first half)
Five Children
Semantic Error

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But If I include dramas that made me cry more than laugh but still felt warm and made me happy I would say

Reply 88'
You Are My Spring'
Be My Dream Family
Mad For Each Other
Yu Mi's Cells
Please Don't Date Him
Find Me In Your Memory

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Yes... that's where I'd put Just Between Lovers, which would be my 100% choice except it really made me cry more than laugh. But it's so cozy still

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I loved Ho Gu’s Love too♥️

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Is it weird that mine are Forest of Secrets and Happiness?
I mean, i like the leads from both dramas so muchhhhh that i don't mind what the writers give to me, as long as they're alive (and in case of Happiness, together 🥰), i'm fine and happy!

An honorable mention will be Business Proposal. It's basically a happy go lucky drama

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Shi Mom's smile from Forest of Secrets is my happy pill !!

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Happiness, yes! And me thinking I was the only one... 💚

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Weightlifting fairy kim bok joo and Coffee prince.
I know it yet to complete but I think there is great possibility of the business proposal ending up on my list.

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When the weather is fine. It's not that it's a happy drama, I know, but it is my comfort drama and I find so much calm and peace. I turn to it again and again. I know how imperfect it is, but it's the safe place I always return to.

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I loved it but prefer to remember it as if the final 2 episodes didn't exist

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Want to know something? First time I rewatched I didn’t found the last two episodes so bad and unfitting as I found them when I was live watching the drama. I was really surprised that I liked them. I guess that when you live watch you are so immerse in the drama every little (ok, in this case big) thing that happens disappoints you, but when I rewatched I never got that feeling of emptiness I had when actually watched it for the first time.

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You may be right. But at the time my heart ached for Eunseob

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Mine too. Uri SKJ, uri EunSeoba.

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Wait a second. If nobody minds maybe getting a spoiler here, would someone mind telling me what happens at the end? It's been a long time since I watched it, and I remember getting swept up by a crime drama so I don't know that I ever finished it...

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@cozybooks, they went for the last hour separation trope. Drama still had a happy ending - and it's a beautiful drama, if anybody hasn't watched and is non the fence about watching it, I totally recommend it! -, but taking into account poor Eunseob's abandonment trauma, it felt particularly harsh 😭

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I have found this with a couple of other dramas, too. Not having to wait in between and not spending time dissecting every little thing can really help put things into a better perspective.

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I watched about one episode a week and still hated Hae-won for what she did to poor Eun-soeb. I hope my perspective is more forgiving on next re-watch but I wouldn't bet on it.

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The vibe in that drama is so perfect, though! It's not like super happy, but it is so calming.

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I loved the music to this one because it was such a perfect reflection of the mood especially the soundtrack to the group gathering to go to the book club and when the town got together for events.

The second couple love chase of the man who went to the top University but came home and was still in love with his first love and was always trying to act like he wasn’t bothered by her was really sweet.

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If I had to name a unique, out of left field, funny and absurd delight: PEGASUS MARKET.

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Sattu! 💕

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I have many in fact:

WELCOME TO WAIKIKI
1% OF SOMETHING
PEGASUS MARKET
FIVE CHILDREN
ONCE AGAIN
BE MY DREAM FAMILY
I’LL COME TO YOU WHEN THE WEATHER IS NICE
MAD FOR EACH OTHER
SHOPPING KING LOUIE
And, even though it has not yet completed,
BUSINESS PROPOSAL.

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I almost forgot to add FATHER IS STRANGE

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Business Proposal is the reason why I'm happy.

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Reply 1988, it told the story of an era in SK before I was born but as a Nigerian growing up in the early 2000s,it was an ode to my youth, I laughed,I cried and cheered and I missed times when life was simpler, when I get really tired/frustrated now,I just rewatch an episode and I can always count on it to make me smile again.

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I'm risking myself here of being bashed by some beanies for saying that one of my happiest places of drama is Monthly Magazine Home haha..I truly love it, it's my happy place, together with the previous drama of the team (Drinking Solo).
and I have figured out that my happiest place of drama mostly comes from food-centric story:
1. Let's Eat S1 (the OG of my happy place in drama, everytime I need some comfort this drama never fails to provide: yummiest food, most hillarious noraebang scene so lol, cute romance, so comforting to watch to bits)
2. Dae Jang Geum is Watching, looovee this to bits to, and I love the leads here, Yuri is both hillariously funny and endearing here)
3. Drinking Solo, Monthly Magazine Home, and yes Eunjo's Room, such happy places for me!

thanks for these comforts, kdramaland! love you!

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We all have our own reasons for liking what we like. It's what makes us unique. What a boring world this would be if we all liked the same things.

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Well said. This is something I have to remind myself of when I find myself wanting to justify my reasons for liking something.

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Lol Monthly Magazine Home... I watched the first few episodes of that^^ It was cute! I can't say it stood out super tons either way, but it was cute :)

PS I liked the first Let's Eat too^^

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Beyond being a favorite, a drama that is my happy place requires that I revisit and feel like I am with old friends. So, as always,
My Name is Kim Sam Soon
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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
You From Another Star
What is Wrong with Secretary Kim
❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Ooooh I feel like You From Another Star should really have been on my list too... it just never fails to make me happy. I should rewatch it again sometime (I've had a hard time lately finding really good dramas to watch)

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I did just watch a bit and it it perked me right up! Song Yi and her malapropisms never fail to crack me up.

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I have to say Business proposal given that I have already watched each episode twice while it's still airing

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Reading the theme, three dramas came in my mind. They are Racket Boys, Yumi's Cells, and Reply 1997.

Racket Boys is definitely the comfort drama I'm looking for right now. I loved every character especially the kids. Everytime I rewatch this, I feel like I'm in my teenager years once again that is just simply fun and lovely.

Yumi's Cells is another one which is much more an adult version of my comfort place which is quite near to my real life age. I just love how can I relate with Yumi and her cells. The cells are just so adorable to watch.

Reply 1997 is such a classic favorite of mine. I just recently rewatched this for the nth time and the magic is still there. The way this depicts my youth so much with the touch of reality of being a fangirl, it's definitely my pick for my ultimate happy place.

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Yumi's cells! Yumi realizing that there isn't a male lead in her story and learning to put herself first and learning how to have a fulfilling life as a single, *chef's kiss

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A truly memorable Happy Ending 🥰

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The latest drama to become my happy place was Happiness . Yes, it's a zombie drama. People find comfort where they find comfort, and I absolutely loved this one

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Lol I love Happiness. It's hard for me to find a drama that my husband wants to watch with me for more than a few episodes, but we were both invested in that one until the end. He wanted more/a second season, too :)

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Dramas that made me feel warm and fuzzy:
A piece of your mind
30 but 17
Hello: Me

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When I'm in need of sunny romance anf butterflies I watch the first episode of Devilish Joy.
Like a dream in Macao.

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I forgot about Devilish Joy! Yes, I like that one too.

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Extraordinary You!

Danoh's energy is the best to give you a little bit of punch, Haru is like a big but very cute puppy you want to cuddle and their romance is so lovely!

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Healer and Queen In-hyun's Man are the two I can watch over and over and never get tired of them. I've recently added What's Wrong with Secretary Kim and Her Private Life to the list.

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Queen In-Hyun's Man!! I wish that was still on viki...

Also, slightly off topic but wasn't Nine: Nine Time Travels written by the same writer? Goshdangit I watched most of that drama and was being torn apart by the OTP, so I put it on hold... and then it left Viki. And I have never seen the ending to this day. TT TT

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Not sure about Nine. I tend to wait until a drama finishes before starting it, because I've been burned too many times by dramas going off the rails. I seem to remember a general impression that I wouldn't like the ending, so I never watched it.

I have downloads of my favorites so I don't have to worry about sites shutting down or removing them :D

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A strong handful are the ones I return to over and over when I just need something comforting:
Healer
Extraordinary You
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Oh My Venus
Baumdong Revenge Club (if you can find it anywhere)
Dali and Gamjatang (is now on the list)
Hospital Playlist
Prison Playbook

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I rewatch Oh My Venus every year during Christmas season. I love it. I also watched Hospital Playlist 1 (and 2) for the first time this past November and December and can definitely see why it may earn a place on my list.

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I’m still so disappointed that I couldn’t see Buamdong ☹️
Given up hoping for it on Viki ☹️☹️

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I loved Prison Playbook--the actors, the OST, the plot, everything was fantastic. I hope the writer does another drama like this (They did a good job on PP and HP season 1)

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I’m rewatching Oh My Venus right now! It’s such a happy place drama.

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The first half of Fated to Love You. I just love Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara in this drama. The first time I watched this drama, I felt like I was watching a fairy tale.
Splish Splash Love - short, but so cute. I love Kim Seul-gi, and wish she was in more dramas.
My ID is Gangnam Beauty - I don't know why I like this drama so much, just like I don't know why I like the teen movies "She's All That" or "10 Things I Hate About You", but I do.
Mr. Queen - I like the early episodes where Jang Bong-hwan is trying to adjust to life in the palace. Did Shin Hye-sun win any awards for her work in this drama? She should have.
And last but not least, The Master's Sun and Oh My Venus, because almost anything with So Ji Sub is my happy place!

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DR. LAWYER starring So Ji-sub, also one of my favorite actors, starting airing one month ago. Unfortunately, neither Viki nor Netflix is carrying it. However, MY SECRET TERRIUS, which was very good, can be found on Viki.

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I did not know My Secret Terrius is on Viki! Thank you so much for letting me know. 👍🏼

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I LOVE the Master's Sun. Their banter and interaction always make me laught.
I was pleasanty surprised by the quality of My secret Terrius. I took it for a light drama, but the attention to details is one of a big production.

We seems to have similar taste, so in case it might interest you I enjoyed very much the witty dialogues and fun interactions in the cdramas I am the year you are the star and Legally romance.

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Thank you for the recommendation! Sadly, My Secret Terrius is not available in my region. 😔

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Oh my goodness have you seen the drama Ghost? I can't say it's a happy place, but I died every time Phantom of the Opera came on as the villain OST.

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Ghost was one of my most rewatched dramas for years! It truly has a unique aura.

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Gangnam Beauty was a happy and comforting watch for me too! I liked the everyday university life setting, and how it dealt with heavy issues surrounding self-image and beauty ideals with a light but nonetheless satisfying touch.

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Healer and What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?
Both shows have always managed to distract me from stress at work so far.

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@nefret, HEALER brought me into the world of kdramas in 2016 and I haven’t left so HEALER has to be my pick but CHIEF KIM/GOOD MANAGER (2017) (Viki US) has been on my “To Watch” list forever. Not only is Namgoong Min and Junho in the cast I just discovered that another favorite Dong Ha is also in the cast.

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Thanks for the tip. The series is already on my watchlist after it was mentioned here several times.

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I am also a Healer-induced dramafan :) though much later (2021).
Good manager is one drama in my currently-watching list, but i'm a bit tired of the manigances so it is in pause.

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HEALER (and JCW) have the knack of bringing people into this world.
Are you planning to take a look at JCW’s upcoming drama on Netflix THE SOUND OF
MAGIC?
Also thanks for expanding my vocabulary with: ‘manigances’ lol.

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I circumspectly waiting for The sound of magic. (I'm not an English native speaker and I appreciate the language level of the recap here ;) )
I appreciated K2 despite the plot holes, and many dramas later I have a better comprehension of its good rating (that I founded inflated when watching it at the beginning of my dramaland journey).
I laughed with Suspicious partners, after a few episodes to get along with Nam Ji Hyun.
I was not convinced by Lovestruck in the city (weeping wookie is not comfortable to watch).
I suffered through Melting me softly.
And I am not swayed by Ta Hawan in Emperess Ki...
JCW scripts picks are not, for me, on par with his abilities and presence.

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I have some:
- shopping king Louie
- Sassy go go
- 21Th century boy and girl
- Your house helper, even...
- I am not a robot
- WLFKBJ
- prison playbook

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This is off topic, but it makes me so happy when I puzzle over a drama acronym for a few seconds and then get it. MLFAS, SKL, LotBS, DotS, IONtBO, JBL, INaR and so many more haaaaa ^^

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It's also our private meta-language here in DB... don't know if people do it in other websites like soompi, maybe... But I learned it only here😂😂😂😂😂

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I love Sassy too. Although it leaves me scratching my head at the end on every rewatch 😄 but I keep going back to it.

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Despite its seemingly depressing moments, the drama actually offers a lot of hope: “Marriage Contract”

Honourable mentions:
“I’m Not a Robot”
“A Piece of Your Mind”

Actually, ALL of these seem to be depressing at some point, but I see the hope in it ♥️

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Marriage Contract was such a good drama. I loved the little girl, and the relationship between the ML and the little girl. The last few episodes get to me every time--it's just gets to me to watch him react as her disease progesses.

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💯 This drama solidified Uee as an actress for me, and I’d just wish that she’d return to do something more like this. This drama also shows that age doesn’t matter on the screen because I personally couldn’t see or feel the age gap between Uee and Lee Seo Jin

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I have a lot of favorite dramas, but I will probably return to Hometown Cha Cha Cha, for the dimples and small town characters when I need a pick me up.

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All time favorite comfort show is Oh My Venus, but I also lean on Reply 1997 and Coffee Prince. Those are the only ones I've rewatched so far, but there are several I wouldn't mind watching again and would add to the list if the second viewing goes over well enough.

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Reply series and Hospital Playlist. Recently i found Work Later Drink Now.

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Do You Like Brahms? - made me want to take up piano lessons again (did not)
Racket Boys - made me want to live in the countryside and play badminton again (did not)
HomeTown Chachacha - made me want to live by the sea (did visit my hometown last December , which is by the sea)
A Business Proposal - made me ... I don't know. .maybe I will define later, but for now, it just feels good to watch something light and fluffy, and sweet and ehermm (last 2 mins of ep 11).

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Some of my happy ending, tragedy-free or light favorites that I have watched more than once:
Coffee Prince, Romance is a Bonus Book, Because This is Our First Life, My Name is Kim Sam Soon, Waitlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, Touch Your Heart

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I define a drama as a happy place as a drama that I can always rewatch and feel the same feels, the same comfort, and which never fails to make me feel things. "Marriage, not dating" would be my absolute favorite. I have watched it more than twice and it still feels good whenever I watch it.
Honorable mentions to:
- "Healer" (I don't why, but there is this theme of justice being served throughout that makes me feel good)
- Reply 1988: I have not been able to get this feeling of comfort in any other dramas
- Oh Hae Young again: I have learned such an important lesson with this one about time and what we make of it, it is definitely one of my happy place!
- I am currently rewatching "temperature of love", and the first half is definitely one happy place, so warm and cozy (though I know I will get annoyed very soon)...

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Oooh that's a good definition. It makes things different for me, too, because it opens up a whole new can of genres.
Just Between Lovers
Prison Playbook
Forest of Secrets (Stranger) 1
Tunnel
Come and Hug Me

That's more what my list would look like :)

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I love Marriage, not Dating too. It has something... like an undercurrent... that grips me every time. I don't know how to describe it.

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Yes!! Exactly that!

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For me, it’s Confession. I really like Choi Do Hyun as a character, and I love the friendship and comradeship among Do Hyun, Yoo-ri, Madam and Detective.

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I haven't read many pro-Confession recommendations. I will give it a try. Thanks!

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Wow!! This is the first time I've seen such praise for Confession!! I love it sooo much!
I completely agree that all the friendships and comaradeships are done extremely well.
I'm so glad to find someone who loves Confession like I do!

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Bizarre, isn't it, that a crime and law drama is one's happy place. It is thanks to the way the main characters are written and portrayed. Whatever the genre, I love dramas with civilized, mature, upright, kind-hearted characters, like Confession.

My honorable mentions would include Healer and Thirty but seventeen.

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"Whatever the genre, I love dramas with civilized, mature, upright, kind-hearted characters, like Confession."

Exactly what I think.

"Bizarre, isn't it, that a crime and law drama is one's happy place"

There are some great examples of mature adults working well together in crime and law shows. Two Cops is one. The story isn't particularly great, but apart from the acting which is spectacular, I rewatch it for the people working at the police station. Dr. John is also another show with mature characters living their lives and being good at their jobs.

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Dr John isn't a crime show. Sorry if I caused a confusion. I just remembered it as a great example.

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Let me concur @claire2009, Healer’s. CONFESSION (2019) was a terrific drama. Junho, Yoo Jae-myung (always a plus when he plays a good guy) and the rest of the cast were wonderful. For those interested CONFESSION is available subbed at OnDemandKorea.

With WOK OF LOVE and THE RED SLEEVE I have seen 3 of Junho’s dramas and if I can say in all three he plays a somewhat similar character what I call: a guy wrapped uptight. He does it great but I am waiting for a drama or comedy where he just totally breaks out and goes 180 against the type of guy he has been playing. Maybe my answer is in CHIEF KIM. Another reason to get to it.

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Bong-soo, you definitely should see Chief Kim. It was through Chief Kim that I got to know Junho and fell in love with him. It was the first drama that made me care about a “villain” (I am not denying that Junho’s dashing appearance in Chief Kim played some part 😂 I always have a soft spot for guys who look stunning in suits, especilly ones with a piece of white handkerchief in chest pocket). But no more spoilers for you!!

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1. Be melo
2. Because this is my first life
3. Kim bok joooooo
4. What’s wrong with secretary kim
5. Hospital playlist season 1
6. Reply 1997
7. Coffee prince
8. My love from the star

(No. 6 to no.8 are my occasional but no.1 to no. 5 are all time, anytime and always pleasure haha)

Special mention - Not a drama but have recently found them. I found them when I seemed to need them the most: BTS!

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100% agree with your list, i rewatch those dramas too

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Borahae!!!

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Borahaeeee!!! 💜

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Mine is Splish Splash Love. It's just an easy watch, 2 episodes, you can do it in an evening when you don't want to watch anything, but kind of just want to unwind. It's adorable. And when I need a Doojoon fix. I think the ending was what made it for me though.

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I love Splish Splash Love! It feels like a perfect starter drama, to get people hooked (maybe gateway drama, but I don't want to scare them off^^)

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I love it, too! I only wish it were longer.

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There are so many great dramas, but there's definitely a handful that I always go back to ...

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Descendants of the Sun
Crash Landing on You
Itaewon Class
It's Okay to Not Be Okay
Something in the Rain/Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food

Newly inducted: Our Beloved Summer and Business Proposal

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Thirty But Seventeen has been my happy place for a long time, until Hospital Playlist came along. They're both my happy place now, along with Business Proposal. These three never fails to make me smile and laugh no matter how down I am.

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Oh the HP quartet!!!! also the Romantic Doctor team!!! I have a thing for medical dramas, I admit it.

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recently: a business proposal
im not sure what im going to do now my happy pill has ended

forever and always: i am not a robot
im not even going to explain this drama is my identity at this point

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Is it weird that right now my happy place in terms of drama is F4 Thailand . version of BoF?? I mean, I mostly watch K-dramas (in fact my very first one was Korean version of BoF back in 2009), but I have also watched (and liked) some Japanese (mostly Takeru Sato's) and the Thai started a long ago with one about vampires (also around 2009) but that was it. And now I am back (since F4 Thai appeared on my screen....and I suddenly discovered Bright, Win, Nani and Dew....but also Prim and Tontawan!!!....and the classic evil "Gu Jun Pyo" mom....love to hate her...!!) ---- anyway sorry for the "detour". I can think of more happy places of course... it's just F4 Thai has been my guilty pleasure the last 15 weeks, and now we0re approaching the FINALE...

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Also, probably the right answer should be the ones listed on muy profile here on dramabeans!!! they're here for a reason!! :) but most recent, VINCENZO (the whole thing, not just SJK or TY, or the great discovery Kwak Dong Yeon!!.....and that awesome OST for a viola player like me!!!) and DOOM AT YOUR SERVICE (almost anything with Seo In Guk I guess would do the trick haha) --- also sageuks like MY COUNTRY or GU FAMILY BOOK, to MOON LOVERS (still need a 2nd season!) --- and MYSTIC POP UB BAR or the UNCANNY COUNTERS (yeah I do like fantasy related). ps extra: a good story like MAD DOG and a sort of remake of a classic european like THE GREAT SEDUCER (yeah.... Woo Do Hwan) ;) and the list could go on....I guess.

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Here goes my list in no particular order. I've pretty much watched each of these dramas twice!
1. Shopping King Louie
2. Heirs
3. My Mister
4. Sky Castle
5. Welcome to Waikiki
6. Because this is my First Life
7. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
8. Reply 1988
9. Suspicious Partner
10. I Picked Up a Celebrity on the Street

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I'm assuming the qualifications to be a "happy place" drama are that 1. It has to make you happy
2. You think of it when you want to cheer up
3. The drama itself has a cute and fluffy vibe
4. I've seen it more than once (if it's really my happy place, I'll want to visit often)

This makes that a bit difficult for me. I LOVE cop shows. Give me a serial killer and I'm happy. But I can't say those would be my happy place dramas... I don't watch people murder each other and play psychological games when I want to cheer up. And I can't say they make me feel all fuzzy inside... and the vibe isn't really what I feel like a "happy place drama" is. So. What is my happy place drama then?

I decided on Come and Hug Me. Not only is that the first drama I thought of, but it also felt like a good marriage of my primary taste in dramas (the scary serial killers) and the fuzzy vibes. I could talk for ages about how much I love Namu, the ML. He's just so steadfast and single minded in his love for the FL. Also, I've seen it more than once--I tend to watch it when I feel down but want something that will still keep my interest. If that's not the perfect match, I don't know what is.

Honorable Mentions: Entertainer, Liar and His Lover, When the Camillia Blooms

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Crash Landing on You will always be my happy place.

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Coffee Prince and 2521.

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Episodes 15 and 16 of "Do You Like Brahms?" I love the way the angst is so painful, which makes the moment the two come together so sweet and gratifying. My heart aches, and then it explodes in happiness. I haven't re-watched this drama from the beginning--I honestly have never done that with any drama--but I've watched these two episodes at least 10 times.

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The ones I absolutely love, rewatch, and become my happy place:

Do You Like Brahms
Search: WWW
Be Melo
I Can Hear Your Voice
Into the Ring/Memorials
2521

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There are quiet a few names that pop when I read this.
1. Cinderella and the 4 knights
2. Yumi's cells
3. Welcome to Waikiki
4. My love from another star
5. Heartstrings

And finally "Shall we kiss first". This is one is not exactly pleasant but strangely it gives be positive vibes whenever I rewatch it. A kind of comfort whenever I am down.

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The dramas i watched several times:
-Coffee prince (It`s his sweetness, and love regardless of gender Gong Yoo bias)
-Goblin (Bromance, Epic romance, Again Gong Yoo bias)
-Some of Hong sisters dramas (You`re beautiful, My girlfriend is gumiho, Hotel Del Luna - Hong sisters are best at bringing extra ordinary romance with a pinch of hilariousness)
- Park Hye Ryun dramas (i can hear your voice, Pinocchio, While you were sleeping - This writer is good at writing romance with unusual aspect with thoughtfulness Lee Jong Suk bias)
- Ultimate Rom com queen Gong hyo jin (It`s okay that`s love, When the camillia blooms)

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Forgot to include Jealousy incarnate, kudos to Gong Hyo Jin

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I loved Eun Joo's Room too! But my recent happy pill would have to be Ab Business Proposal. I've already rewatched most episodes some 3, 4x? 🙈 but it still has me laughing and grinning ear to ear. 1st 3 quarters of 25-21 too, although it's the kind of happy pill that has a sobering effect, somewhat. 😅
And ah. Hospital Playlist too. What I would give to be a part of their squad.

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Hospital Playlist both seasons got me through the stress of the last couple of years. I used to love ER back in the day and this drama has all that is good about K dramas without ruining it with the annoying tropes or over use of multiple camera angles that have ruined some potentially great K dramas. The friendship group and the individual patient case studies made this outstanding.

Prison Playbook and Reply 1988 are also go to’s in this category.

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