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[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022

It’s that part of the 2022 Year in Review where we dive into the Beanie Awards! Which dramas and drama elements were the best, most, and greatest? Enjoy the polls below, and stay tuned for Part 2!

Polls will be open until December 31, 11:59PM.
[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022


[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022


[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022


[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022


[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022


[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022


[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022


[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022


[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022


[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022


[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022


[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022

[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022



[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022

[2022 Year in Review] Beanie Awards: Best of 2022

 
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Thank you for creating this! It was so much fun voting. I had to log in to do the voting because of the color pink you used! Love it. I hope this color can be the theme for next year Kdrama crops.

And Samantha and Rachel in the most chaotic female character category! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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'Samantha and Rachel' was a fun option.

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I canโ€™t picture how these two can be chaotic but I chose them anyway.

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The chaos is caused by their effect on men.

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Chef John had some succes in DB staff :p

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Can confirm. He won my heart over.

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Same here. He won my heart.

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I only can agree with you :p

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It's just so unexpected and well done too. I mean, I NEVER saw myself liking him. If you would have told me in ep 1 that he'd end up being one of my favorite characters, I would have thought you were joking.

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Originally I hate him then love .. your redemption accepted Chef John!

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Kang Ki-young for the win!!!!

Hehe had a lot of fun voting! Some questions were a bit tough and some I couldn't vote on at all. x]

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I was SO READY to vote for Good Job for best chemistry but then they had Park Yeon-u and Son Hwa-ryeong on there so, sorry, my vote goes to them. I gave Good Job best OTP though just because their chemistry was amazing, and I figured Business Proposal didn't need my vote there.

I also literally LOLed at the choices for "I didn't mean to fall in love with you". Amazing.

Sad that Mandu hasn't gotten more votes though! My husband and I were legit concerned about him for a lot of episodes and would ask "where's Mandu?"

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Disappointed not that many people have chosen the third instance of Chef John so far. Clearly superior.

Some of these were difficult! I appreciate the Samantha and Rachel answer for most chaotic female character, but tbh did not find them overly chaotic. Ha-ri seems to have things under control. But what about Kang Chae-ri from Love is for Suckers?

Bummed that Never Give Up was not nominated for anything (yet?). How about a "Most Underrated Drama" category in part 2?

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I went with the first one because it's from the scene that turned it all around, the moment he started to win our hearts! But the third choice is an excellent pick as well.

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Chef John #4 needs another photo to avoid twinning with Chef John #2. There were so many options.

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I did not even pick based on the photos! I just thought that everyone would go for the first one and wanted to give the others some love too. But now that I look again, I stand by my pink suit choice ;)

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Me too.

To be honest, I really liked the choice of meal he did. He didn't go for the meal to "impress the girl" (like homard or something like that) but the one that needed a lot of work to do. He took his time to cook a great meal he did all the way. I was happy that Ji-Wan was there to save it!

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I think #3 is from when he still was a jerk.

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It is! It's from his Kingdom of Love entrance.

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Ohh, no wonder the picture didn't give me a good vibe. ๐Ÿ˜…

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I like to think that he was actually a decent person all along, under his exterior jerk face. He was just extremely insecure in lots of ways, so he never got into a serious relationship or acted like he cared about anything. It wasn't until he met someone as genuine as Ji-won that he realized all of that stuff didn't matter as much. That his name and upbringing and his mom's food were all good enough. I'm not excusing his behavior, which was inescapably bad, but I think deep down he knew it was too, even at the time.

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My two takeaways from this are:
-Wow, none of the characters are loved this year dressed well! ๐Ÿ˜‚
Scruffy t-shirts were abundant.
-The John Jang situation is going to become legend around these parts in a few years. "Hey, remember that time the asshole ex-boyfriend in the first episode of the romcom actually got an extended role, winning everyone's heart including the sweetest lady in the drama??"

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John and Ji-wan are getting so much buzz around them that a lot of people are just watching the scenes of them on YouTube, as opposed to the actual drama. Which I support but also I feel like nothing will replicate watching his storyline unfold in "real time"!

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Ikrr! I'd absolutely loved the way park jae hoon actually showed up and looked soo cool when he rescued her in that situation! And the fact that chef john had absolutely THE BEST character growth and turn-around~~

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Daymmm now i feel like i have to watch it..*picks LIFS from abandoned watch list*

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I don't recommend ๐Ÿ˜‚

The John Jang/Ji-wan loveline was, for me, a consolation prize for finishing the whole show without losing my mind ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Honestly, I do think sitting through the entire drama is worth it just for them. The first few eps are actually good on their own, the leads are still charming and have great chemistry, and you get to see quite a bit of John. I think Ji-wan shows up in ep 3. The only episodes I skipped a lot of was eps 14 and 15 (both do have John and Ji-wan development, but it's very minimal). Ep 10 dragged a lot for me during the first half, too, but the second half is pretty entertaining and has a really cute John/Ji-wan scene (in fact, that scene in ep 10 is when I knew they were going to end up together).

The one thing I will warn people who watch just for John and Ji-wan is that their relationship development is very subtle and built up for most of the drama. They don't meaningfully interact until ep 9, but all of the groundwork is laid up until that point.

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I found a compilation on YT, iโ€™ll checknit out soon

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If you haven't watched the actual drama, be sure to watch the one with context! It includes a lot of that groundwork that I mentioned.

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Yes i saved that one. Did you make that @vienibenmio?

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Yes, I made two versions: the longer one with context, and the shorter one with just their scenes.

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This was fun, but also I have not watched enough of these dramas to participate in most categories!! :(((

..for example I was today years old when I found out that the couple in Today's Webtoon is an "OTP that could not be"!?! sad -.-

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Today's Webtoon's FL wasn't focused to find love but a new path after she quit judo. She shared more "moments" with her sunbaenim than her colleague...

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I didn't watch it because I didn't think there'd be a romance (I only watch stuff with romance in it) and now I'm glad for that decision. I just started Little Women and that has been bad enough (you can guess who got my vote for that category)

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Oh! Got it!! ^^

Obviously I don't know the story of the drama since I haven't watched it. I just thought the two leads were cute and assumed romance might be part of the plot too (because that's true for majority of kdramas)...clearly not, so if I'll ever watch it I'll be prepared! XD

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To be honest, I was thinking like you when I watched it. But the lack of romance didn't bother me because I understood that it wasn't the important part of her story :)

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Yeah, sure it wasn't part of her story! But they made it way too much a part of the main story to have it just disappear! (Sorry, @kurama, you got me going again.)

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@hacja It was a part of Goo Jun-Yeong's evolution, she helped him to open to people around him. But it didn't mean she had to accept his feelings when she had more important things to do first for her devolpment.

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@kurama Sorry to bother you on this one more time (this will be the last, I swear!) but I would have been totally fine if she refused him. (He wasn't that dynamic a ML in any case.) She didn't though--the writers just didn't want to think out what a refusal would look like, and so didn't show her response at all. Then at the end it seemed to suggest that he thought he still had a chance, so that the show didn't end on a sour note, I guess. But it ended on a sour note for me, obviously!

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@hacja I think the writer chose to let the door opened. The main point was her new career but in the future, she could consider it. But for me, the FL showed more interest for the other ML.

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Same. I haven't watched or finished most of the dramas mentioned here. I just keep thinking of the shows I watched. ๐Ÿ˜†
I guess I didn't pay attention to the big hits this year. I need to catch up.

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Huzzah for Chef John!!

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โ€œBest Reincarnated Heroโ€, best category ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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I love that Chef John was the only choice!!!

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At first, I thought it has some glitch in the vote system ๐Ÿ˜„

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I'm sad my favorites OTPs aren't an option for favorite OTPs (Gaus).
My favorite chaebol isn't an option either (Gaus).
And the best overall cast chemistry (imho) isn't an option either (Gaus).
... Maybe I'm just obsessed.๐Ÿ˜†

"Best use of sweat" LOL ๐Ÿ˜‚ I love Dramabeans staff.

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I agree with you on OTP, but no doubt the missing of Gaus as an option for "favorite chaebol" was the biggest oversight of all. I have a feeling that with the exception of @quirkycase, with her wonderful recaps of the show, the rest of the DB staff was part of the 99.7% of the kdrama viewing population that didn't have time to watch this show.

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IKR? He's the chaebol of the year.

Sometimes I feel like only 3 people watched Gaus and other times I feel like a lot of beanies mention it (more than I expected at least). ๐Ÿค”

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I prefer to think that only viewers of taste and discernment liked the show. (Joking, Dramabean commentators of taste and discernment who did not like the show. Also joking, because the writers of Gaus would make fun of the phrase "of taste and discernment."

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๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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@db-staff Y'all better (pretty please) include Gaus Electronics in some category!

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Pretty Please!! ๐Ÿฅบ

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A pretty big miss for the hanboks in Queenโ€™s Umbrella, they deserve a nomination.
Oh, and also the hanbok-wearing boss man in Sh**ting Stars ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Queen's Umbrella's hanbok's were the best <3 Loved all them. One of the best costume for this year's saeguk dramas.
Kim Hye soo's elegance even added further beautiful touch to those.

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Plus all the concubines, the hanbok just kept getting better and better. Gorgeous. I think Kim Hye Soo May have had 25 or 30 different colors even though her Queenโ€™s robes were basically the same design. What a challenge for the wardrobe Dept.

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Feel like not many people watched Glitch since it was an all at once drop on Netflix, but Bora (Nana) was robbed not even getting a nom for chaotic character, pure chaos demon

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She should be the only choice for that category, like Chef John.

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Iโ€™m only at the beginning of ep 2, but iโ€™m pretty sure youโ€™re right.

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The Good Detective 2 not under Best overall cast chemistry? :(

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I have watched too few shows from 2022, and half of them weren't in any category. Sad.

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These are great! I am pretty disappointed, though, that there is no category for "best kiss that came out of nowhere" category, so I'm creating one myself. Even though I know Good Job got nominated for best romantic chemistry, that kiss was incredible and given the jokey quality of the show it was incredible tender and passionate. I'd also have to nominate Extraordinary Attorney Woo, again, just for the surprise element after she'd run away a couple of times, and then finally Sh**ting Stars, because even though I really liked that rom-com overall, the chemistry between the OTP was a bit lacking-except for that first kiss!

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If it weren't for Love is for Suckers I would totally have given best chemistry to Good Job. That kiss and everything leading up to it was incredible. My next choice would have been Extraordinary Attorney Woo because that scene where Joon-ho walks right up to her (I am describing it poorly but hopefully you know which one I mean) lives rent-free in my head. Business Proposal they had great chemistry but I also think the writing and direction helped them out more than these other dramas.

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Best Overall Cast Chemistry โญ๏ธ Twenty Five, Twenty One โญ๏ธ

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I'm only here to cast a vote for Shin Sung Rok who didn't make it into any category ๐Ÿคฃ. Not surprising considering Doctor Lawyer was so-so hahaha. May SSR have a better drama in 2023 and make it into beanland year end vote ๐Ÿ˜†.

I can only cast a vote for best dressed character. Other than that, I have no votes ๐Ÿ˜…

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most dramas nominated I either didnt watch or dropped or didnt like. so I voted for probavble underdogs.

I do agree on the refigerator, I remembered the korean word thanks to the drama which I kept having trouble with before

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I just finished watching The Good Detective 2 and Shadow Detective, not to mentioned Through the Darkness. I really need to toss a coin for my favourite detectives question ๐Ÿ˜”.

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shame twenty-five, twenty-one didn't qualify for a lot of these bc despite the ending, it was the most romantic and squee-inducing drama for me this year.

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Lee dong wook ssi
BAD AND CRAZY is The best .

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Weird, can't view the polls on Firefox.

Anyway, best boss Kang Ki Young for sureeeee. Majority of the people agreed

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Fun Poll.

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So fun, perfectly able to picture each and every possibility for the best answer imo!

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I know that I've been in a major slump when I can't vote for most of these categories!

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YAY, love that you brought this back!! Man, those were fun! I'd have loved a "best overall," but I guess we kind of got that with the Bean Count. My biggest takeaways: Samantha and Rachel were utterly hilarious, and I really need to watch Alchemy of Souls!!

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This is so much fun! I say you missed a category - best kiss that should have happened but was somehow zoomed away from and left us scratching our headsโ€ฆthatโ€™s right, the long awaited smooch of our reincarnated Bossam Couple, Jung Il-Woo and Kwon Yuri. Their kiss was lovely but when the camera panned away, there was a much more intense sort of kiss happening in that chair, only seen in a blurred, retreating camera shot.

After all the missed kiss opportunities earlier, including during Bossam, I had hoped for a few follow up kisses, or hoped we would get back to see that swirly chair smoochโ€ฆahhh, will the reincarnation couple leave us always wanting more romance? Love their chemistry โค๏ธ.

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No b-romance? And why the choices are so limited?

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