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[Drama chat] Episode previews: yea or nay?


I’ve been burned by episode previews one too many times, and one day it occurred to me that the previews were coloring my anticipation of the episode in a way that ruined all the fun.

Now, years later, episode previews have become the worst sort of spoilers to me, I think because of the visual impact they have. You can’t unsee them, so they’re even worse for spoiling expectations than a friend saying, “They finally kiss in this episode!”

While a verbal spoiler builds anticipation for me, the misleading cuts of the episode previews make everything — when I finally see it play out — feel anticlimactic.
 

Do you watch episode previews, or do you run from them screaming?

 
Let the chatting begin!
 
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Nay! No! Never! Ugh!

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On a more composed note, the why:

They are always misleading, like using an unrelated sentence someone say in passing in a way that feels like something important will come out of it... and then nothing.

They show the surprises and plot twists, I am supposed to be shocked when someone dies or a new gorgeous ceo walks in or the ml has a twin, why are you killing the surprise element now??

They show the kisses, when you show me the kiss you ruin the whole 60 minutes of build-up you are going to build, why would you do that???

They show next episode's CLIFF HANGER!! The whole point of a cliff hanger is making you excited for the NEXT episode! Why are you showing me that NOW??

I think it is obvious that I HATE previews. 😌

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I forgot to add, I really dislike that epilogues are arranged after previews.

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Yes sometimes the epilogues get missed because of this! It must be worse for you because you don't know where to end the fast forwarding

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Yep. I usually miss them until I accidentally see one. Then I have to go back and watch them one by one .

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Glad it’s not just me who does that!

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That happened to me also !

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oh, same. I never expect anything after a "next time on"

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Oh my god they do that! I don't even know. I probably missed out on so many epilogues :(

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I agree. Epilogues are terrible after the credits and previews because I do not want a spoiler or a trick after watching the episode. If I miss an epilogue, it is usually not repeated in the next episode so some material information is missing from my watch experience. A director does not need an epilogue, unless he/she is trying to cover up a past mistake.

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Exactly!

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I do watch previews. It prepares me for what to expect. But two movies burned me up with the previews - My Liberation Notes and the currently airing It's Beautiful Now. The previews are fraud since they save the juicy details/sequences shown in the preview for the very last scenes when it finally airs. What kind of torture is that?🤦😁. MLN was a worse culprit ^^ .

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I'm probably in the minority here but I love previews! I hate the feeling of cliffhangers and having to wait a week to find out what happens. The previews help give a general sense of where the story is going and that helps tide me over in the long, long week 😅. For shows I'm really enjoying if the episode doesn't show a preview, I actively search for it on YouTube or Twitter 😬.

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I love that you go looking if there isn’t one there☺️ I think sometimes they don't have them because its an episode cut in half.
I watch them and epilogues but if they are not there I accept it reluctantly, I never thought about actively looking.👀

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And if the previews on Youtube are only available without subtitles, then I read through all the comments so that I can find clues as to what was actually said.

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That’s so true on Instagram they showed the previews for shows without subtitles and it drove me mad

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Lol been there done that 🤝 Though thankfully my understanding of Korean has significantly improved by now.

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I bet learning the language because of these frustrations has been a great incentive for many a Korean language student. If I had the money I would definitely be doing classes now.☺️

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Oh wow thank you I am checking that out now.

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I understand a few words, so I know at least roughly what it's about. That is fortunately very helpful.

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I enrolled and I am learning the alphabet! Thank you so much for the recommendation.

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Glad it was helpful!

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😂 Same

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This is exactly why I prefer to binge! :) In fact the anticipation for a WHOLE WEEK when there's a really good cliffhangar can sometimes mess up my enjoyment of the ep when it finally drops since there's been so much buildup in my head!

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Very true! When I first started watching kdramas it was easy to binge because there were so many shows I hadn't seen. But now with so many good live shows, it's hard to hold on till all episodes are out. I find it easier to wait for C-dramas which have all episodes out within a month usually.

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I search for previews too, so definitely yes - I'm that person who reads reviews before deciding whether to watch a movie, and skip ahead in a book to check that the ending first 😆 Because I expect previews to be misleading, I don't take it as gospel, but they definitely scratch the itch after a cliffhanger.

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Kindred spirits (づ ̄ 3 ̄)づ

I do the same on all counts - books, movies, and dramas!

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Me, too--I do ALL of those! I don't understand Korean so I hate previews (and songs) without subtitles.

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I find that previews help me keep an interest as I know what I'm hanging in there for. I get a sense of anticipation. They also help prepare me if the plot is going somewhere I dislike or stop me from wasting my time if I can see the ML going near that damn ex-girlfriend again...
I find that if I end an episode without watching a preview, I'm more likely to 'meh' the show the following week and forget / postpone watching it.

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Agreed. It's like a sign that we don't care anymore about what happens in the drama.

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It depends on how much a series engages me and how much I get emotionally involved. If this is the case, I watch the previews to find the smallest hints of what might come in the next episodes. But I'm always aware that the previews might be misleading.
I can also discuss possible theories with others for hours.

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I like previews and epilogues and feel something is missing if they are not there. I look forward to seeing how the episode will play out in relation to what is seen on the preview.

On shows that like shock and awe they can’t help themselves showing it and this means I can prep for the episode to reduce the impact of seeing it in context.

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I am on the side of Yes for one simple reason that previews help me resolve my dilemma of continuing the series or dropping it! This is especially true when the premiere episodes are so-so and previews in this situation will help us assess the possible line of plot dramas will take. Yes, there is always a possibility of deception as mentioned by another beanie here, but most dramas wouldn't risk playing tricks in the initial episodes.

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That’s so true. I have walked away based on the preview for the next episode a few times now and I have not regretted it. It means I don't waste another hour checking out if something is worth continuing and I can use the time to select my replacement drama.

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Very good point. Sometimes the previews make me not want to watch a certain week's episodes and if the recaps confirm my fears, it's easy to drop the drama.

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I should learn how to drop dramas 😅

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Yes it frees you up the countless others and where there are recaps you can keep in the loop to know whether to drop back in at the end I watched the last episode of Woori to see if she got married to the person I suspected without watching it (yes I know big mistake and waste of my time) I was right about who she married though😐

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Same. 😂

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Except in the case of murders when we are searching the murderer (And if the story is well written, like in Agatha Christie), I don't really mind spoilers.

So I like to watch previews. It can me help with my impatience if I really like the drama, help me to choose to watch one drama before the others because the preview made me curious, or to drop a drama because the preview doesn't show hopes for the story.

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True about the exception of mysteries! If they drop a massive hint in the preview, it's a disaster. I also find previews give me more patience because I can see plot holes coming :D

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Totally agree! No previews for me!

Or better, I never watch previews for shows I'm really invested into, but I might watch for the ones I'm watching more casually, because I don't mind the false expectations aspect!

But generally it's a big NO, and it's always an even bigger NOPE when people don't spoiler tag the content of previews!! Such a pet peeve!

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I never watch previews, but have noticed on more than one occasion incl non k-drama shows that there can be extra scenes after credits that aren't shown anywhere else and really help fill in gaps. I tend to find those on rewatch! but it would be good to know which shows have them in advance so I can make sure to catcht them the first time around.

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Yes those are the epilogues, and it's a pet peeve of mine that they are put after the preview which I don't watch.

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they DO??? how many epilogues have i missed... dammit.

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Yep...

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I could hear how gutted you felt realising that there are so many dramas you would have better understood if only you knew. 🥺 Not all dramas have epilogues so don’t worry too much and just look out for them going forward☺️

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I missed some parts of It's Ok not to be Ok this way.
The drama should annonce when there are epilogues.

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VIKI often cuts off epilogues because they cut off the end of episodes before the credits roll, ugh!!!

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Yup, I had to go find all of the Suspicious Partner epilogues on You-Tube, with no subs. So frustrating! I fast-forward through previews to get to the epilogues if I know they exist.

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I never not watch previews and I actually actively go and look for them on twitter if they weren't shown at the end of the episode because they give me a sense of what to expect in the coming week. I just keep at the back of my mind that they can be misleading.

I always assumed everyone watches preview or doesn't actively avoid them until 2 or 3 weeks ago on dramabeans 😅

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I like being spoiled, so I generally like watching previews. Its also interesting trying to piece information together with cdrama previews that are provided 4+ episodes at a time.
They're also a good indicator when to maybe drop a show if the preview leaves me feeling -meh- vs excited.

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I even replay them in the middle of the week, while anticipating the next episodes.

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Do you do that with all dramas or only if things are quiet and you don't have a new episode for one of the other ones you are watching?

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I watch previews for all dramas that I see but yes replaying the previews happens when I'm really looking forward to the next episode but don't remember the details in the last one and the preview that well. So replaying the preview is for shows i really like and that show has my current attention. For instance, AOS is what I eagerly wait for these days so I may see its preview once again while waiting for the episode.

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I replay previews so much that I memorize the dialogue. Right-click Loop on YouTube. Especially previews that play a favorite OST as background music.

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NEVER!! i click away before they start the previews, and i stay away from comments until after i view the episode...

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It depends.
If the show is a thriller/crime/mystery, watching the preview is a big NO.

For romcoms it's fine, most of the time they mean nothing. Sometimes I forget the preview two seconds after watching it 😂

I also watch the previews when I'm in love with the show and I just don't want the episode to end.

While a verbal spoiler builds anticipation for me, the misleading cuts of the episode previews make everything — when I finally see it play out — feel anticlimactic.

That happens to me with trailers. All I need to know about new dramas is their genre, nothing more. Otherwise the fun is ruined.
If I read a spoiler I can just block it, but images are so damn hard to forget. I couldn't enter dramabeans when 25-21 was airing because there were so much gifs/images of the show.

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"That happens to me with trailers. All I need to know about new dramas is their genre, nothing more. Otherwise the fun is ruined."

EXACTLY!

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I love previews but am also a person whose favorite part of seeing a movie in a theater is usually the trailers 😂
I like kdrama previews because I get a few more minutes of the show I’m watching, which I’m usually sorry is over. Honestly I get a kick out of being misled about what’s going to happen and laugh the next week when I see how they misled me.

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Totally agree!
Love the preview, any snippet and stories in Insta and Youtube too. And reading lots of comment too 🤭

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Yea, only and only if they are going to prepare me for next week's heartbreak.......................

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No, no no! I skip them.

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I hate spoilers too, but previews are not spoilers. A spoiler is only a spoiler after the episode has aired. Until then, it's only a theory because nobody knows what will happen.

So I always watch previews where "They're finally going to kiss in this episode!" tides me over until next week or tomorrow.

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I can do without the previews. C drama opening credits sometimes have spoiler scenes , don’t look too close !

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Same with Taiwan dramas. I forward (and look the other way) to about 1:30-2:00 each time.

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Opening credits?? How?? Spoilers for the episode that is being aired or for later episodes?

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For the whole drama. In China, the dramas are completely produced before they release them. They have to be controled by the government. So, the opening credits shows scenes from the whole drama, it really sucks.

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I don't really mind cdrama opening credits spoilers, sometimes I even enjoy them, but I only ever watch them properly like once, because they're usually like a minute 30 long and I'm impatient pfft

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I think sometimes there are scenes in the opening that won't be in the drama... it's weirder.

I don't watch so many Cdramas and I skip the opening credits now.

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cdramas and their ... prolific... editing... lol

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@sicarius yeah, I think you are very kind by using the word "editing" :p

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Omg that is insane 😂😂

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Yup, basically one big preview for the entire series! I usually don't look too closely and fastforward through the opening credits since they're at least a minute and a half long. It's sort of safe watching them during the first few episodes because they're throwing like the main characters and 2 dozen supporting characters at you with scenes from across a 30-60 episode series, so you're like @[email protected] Just info overload that you can't process. It's when you start to get to know characters, that it becomes spoilery.

For me, partway through the series, I get curious, then I go and start watching the opening credits just to see who ends with whom and who lives and dies.

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Yes ! that is so aggravating !
There are these 1min30 2min of sort of opening credits at the beginning with one of the song and some image from the whole drama. And again at the end of the episode.
I usually fast-forward and I am thankful for the page "this is episode n°x".

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No. It's not so much that they contain spoilers - indeed, they usually try to mess with your head without actually showing anything important - it's more that the writers and PD have designed the show to be enjoyed in a certain way and previews mess that up. Like eating a bit of the dessert in the middle of the main course.

It does mean that I sometimes miss epilogues, indeed never know that they are there. (Months after watching it I found that Netflix cut most of the epilogues from My Love From the Star, I don't know why.)

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Nooooooo, they did? That’s a crime! They are an integral part of knowing those characters! ☹️

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I'm someone who is live-watching a drama (actually two) for the first time, and it definitely gives me a different perspective on them! Before, when all the episodes were available to me, they felt like a low-stakes optional thing to watch before I either went on to the next episode right away or the next day, and didn't really thrill me or bother me too much either way. With live-watching though, I can't seem to decide what I want to do! Maybe more drama watching will help me figure this out? (Obviously the answer is to watch more dramas!) So far, I haven't been able to resist watching the previews, and am equally happy when the scene plays out as I was lead to believe, or in the totally opposite way. So for now, I'll keep watching them, but I know that I'll likely get burned at some point.

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I love episode previews when I watched dramas live, it's a good way to sustain me through a week waiting for the next eps. Sometimes, I also enjoyed previews when I slow-binged dramas, because it's quite effective for keeping my interest firmly on the show despite not having a fixed schedule to finish it.

But I ran away from it screaming whenever I binged dramas properly. The misleading cuts are way too distracting, otherwise.

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I think when previews are done well, they do work to an advantage to get audiences excited about the next episode. So I don't mind it and I am always wary that can be misleading. The only preview that I hate is that when they end the episode with a cliffhanger (e.g. is he or she going to die?) and the previews are showing the character is alive and well. That is a major spoiler for me.

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Yes, but never trust them, lol.

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Well, SOMETIMES you can trust them, but *also* take everything with a grain of salt lmao.
So it's a both and situation hehe;

Sometimes you can figure out that they're showing you it in the wrong order on purpose due to costume changes and such, which means you can read between their lies haha.
And sometimes shows have stuff in the previews that NEVER airs!
And sometimes the previews are good for knowing that no, next week IS actually gonna be dumb and angsty, no matter how they frame the preview, so you should just skip or drop actually...

And, despite having a personal rule of "Never Trust the Previews!", I find myself missing them when things like Disney plus shows don't have them, lol.

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I like previews in those episodes where the cliffhanger is a Truck of Doom or the Knife of Doom. Specifically Strong Woman Do Bong Soon(2017) comes to mind. Those who have watched the drama will know 😛
We all waited for the preview

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I avoid previews and trailers because it's so easy to work out what's going to happen, no matter how manipulated they happen to be. I might as well have watched the whole thing already. They work like spoilers for me, not teasers. To enjoy a drama, I need to go in blind.

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I’m generally ok with previews especially with shows i enjoy, they sort of build up the anticipation. But the downside is like what everyone else says, when they turn out to be anticlimactic or not up to expectations. One time a preview absolutely ruined a show for me was when i watched Find me in Your Memory - dropped the last few episodes cause i did not like what i saw. I did eventually watched them like months later but drama ended in a mehh..

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I am definitely on team previews! Especially when debating with other fans! I never seen such detailed analysis over one second of screen time before, the investigative process of screenshot-ting (is that even a word?) the reflection of an actor’s eye and coming up with theories that honestly put drama writers to shame…..

Don’t underestimate kdrama fans y’all (or any media enthusiast tbh) . Previews are what tide us over till next week but more importantly start the inevitable fan wars, I for one stayed FAR I mean FAAAAAAAAR away from the Answer Me franchise previews and subsequent comment sections lol

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If I'm live-watching, previews help tide me over until the next airing. And especially if I think someone is in danger, I like seeing them alive in the preview. I'm the type of person to skip to the end of the book to see if a fave character survives.

If I'm binging, I skip previews, since many previews have scenes out of order or try to mislead the audience - those tricks get more noticeable and annoying if I'm seeing the actual thing right away.

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I treat the preview the same as spoilers: i try to avoid them.

But I like to see some extracts of a drama, so it is a reason for me to watch some current airing drama (because avoiding spoilers is too difficult).

Like ar said, in the first episodes I don't know who/what I see in the preview it's only later that they become spoilery.

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Prefer them. Especially for dramas where I am sitting on fence for watching every next episode!

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