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[Drama chat] Your current top 10 dramas (2023 version)


Believe it or not, it has already been a year since we started chatting about and sharing lists of our top 10 dramas of all time.

Since we’re all fanatics here, it seems like a worthy practice to visit this list-making task annually and see what’s changed (or not changed). What new titles came along and claimed a spot on your list? Was there an older drama you watched that stole your heart (and booted off a title from your list)? Did your tastes and preferences change, causing one of last year’s favorites to drop to #11?

It’s time to reassess, readdress, and dive into your current top 10 dramas.
 

Share your (new) current top 10 drama list below!

 
Let the chatting begin!
 
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1. Through the Darkness & Forest of Secrets
2. Punch
3. Jejongwon and The Red Sleeve
4. Dear, My Friends
5. Hospital Playlist 1 and 2
6. Mr Sunshine
7. Princess Man
8. Queen For Seven Days
9. King 2 Hearts
10. Queen Maker

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Great list, Dear my friends is in my top 25.

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Oooh, my top ten dramas EVER will look very different from my top ten K-dramas, so I'll do K-dramas first.

I Can Hear Your Voice, because it changed everything - it changed how I view my own tastes, opened me up, wrecked me, put me back together again, and although it has fallen from my graces as rewatches exposed its flaws, it will always have a place here
Thirty But Seventeen, because it depicts a perfect world that washes me clean with every rewatch
Age of Youth 2, because it sees me
You're Beautiful, because it was my second K-drama and my actual first taste of what is special about Korean dramas, and caused a fiercely loyal love for Park Shin-hye that has never left me
Healer, because I've never seen a story about intergenerational trauma done to such pitch-perfect perfection, and these actors were born to play these characters
You From the Stars, because it did everything right at exactly the right time and I literally crave it every winter
Extraordinary You, because it made me fall in love with existential fiction and the meta of storytelling
Reply 1988, because it was the last drama I watched with my Mum, a masterpiece I will never be able to finish
Finally Shining Inheritance, because it's an amalgamation of everything I love about K-dramas, and stories in general

I had to cut out Go Back Couple and Live for this, which was beyond painful, but this feels right - my list is made up of the dramas that bring me the most comfort.

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Gaaaah, Cheese in the Trap and My Liberation Notes also just missed the cut, which hurts, and I'm sad that none of Seo Hyun-jin's dramas made it either - in a perfect world, all my favourite actresses would have made it

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I want to make a list for J-dramas too, because they're my first love (and if I did a combined list, it would mostly be these, which are backed by the power of nostalgia and that feels like an unfair advantage).

Hana Yori Dango, because it was the first and is now a core part of my personality
Gokusen, because it makes my heart soar
Unnatural, because it's one of the few dramas that touches the sharp and squishy parts of my brain at once
Shiranakute ii Koto, because it encapsulates the uniqueness of how J-dramas are written, with a kickass heroine to boot
Hana Nochi Hare, because it had no right being as amazing as it is and it's everything good about shoujo
Hana Kimi, because it's still the funniest drama ever and massively informed my sense of humour - and Nakatsu is still one of my favourite characters in all of fiction
Buzzer Beat, because it's the best romance drama ever made
Jimi ni Sugoi, because it took fansubbers over a year to finish it for good reason
Nijiiro Karute, because there's no other drama about sickness like this, that is compassionate and not manipulative, that made me feel LESS afraid
Last Cinderella, because Haruma Miura is one of a kind

Orange Days, Pride, NigeHaji, Shitsuren Chocolatier, MIU 404, and Yamato Nadeshiko are ones that didn't make it

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I love Jimi ni Sugoi and Last Cinderella. They're both so gooood.

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Ok i’ll have to look up all your j-dramas when I’m looking for something to watch!

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Loving this list with a backstory ❤️

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I’m glad you used that picture because that’s one of my new faves. My Top Ten list has not changed much but recent newcomers to the list are definitely CALL IT LOVE and pending the finale - don’t disappoint me!! - DR. CHA. Sorry to say that although there are many dramas I have enjoyed over the last couple of years, not many have touched my heart.

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Looking at last year’s list…I would say nothing has changed yet.

1. Someday or One Day (Taiwanese)
2. King2Hearts (Korean)
3. Stranger (Korean)
4. Reply 1997/1988 (Korean)
5. Mare (Japanese)
6. Hormones (Thai)
7. It’s Okay Not to be Okay (Korean)
8. 1 Litre of Tears (Japanese)
9. Just Between Lovers (Korean)
10. Hospital Playlist (Korean)

The only two dramas I watched in the last year that came close to making it onto the list were Little Women(Korean) and Extraordinary Attorney Woo(Korean).

So I’ll try to do top 10 Kdramas instead:

1. King2Hearts
2. Stranger (Forest of Secrets)
3. Reply 1997/1988
4. It’s Okay Not to be Okay
5. Just Between Lovers
6. Hospital Playlist
7. Vincenzo
8. Extraordinary Attorney Woo
9. Our Beloved Summer
10. Move to Heaven

Honorable Mentions:
Life
Little Women
Signal
Awl

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I have looked through your list and there are some proper back in the day dramas that have stayed in your top ten and shows how significantly they impacted especially those daily/weekender significant episode dramas. Thanks for sharing.

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Awww, for mentioning AWL 🙌🏽

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Wow, this was a new one on me but looking it up it’s based on a true event set during the turbulent era of the union strikes in South Korea.

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It was a very interesting show, plus the characters are really well written. Referencing drama recap epi 1,
https://www.dramabeans.com/2015/10/awl-episode-1/

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I haven’t been watching kdramas for long but so far my favorites:
1. Hospital playlist
2. Reply 1988
3. Startup
4. Hometown chachacha
5. Business proposal
6. Cinderella and the four knights
7. Doctor Cha
8. Abyss

I didn’t like the others so much, so there are only 8. Hopefully over the years the list will grow

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This type of post is a great way to find dramas to add to your watch list although some dramas on beanies lists are of their time. When we watch them now for the first time they don't make the criteria but watched at that point they really were classics.

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Yep @reply1988 I am making a note of peoples’ favorites here for when I decide to binge watch. I do like the classics, they remind me of a better time

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I cannot believe I forgot Divorce Attorney Shin.

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I think our tastes are quite similar. I haven't finished Reply 1988 because I got bored around ep5 (but I think it was more like the mood wasn't right) and Doctor Cha is too makjang-ish for me.

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This is really difficult because there are dramas that could be in this list (according to the grades I gave them or to how much I enjoyed watching them). Anyways, this is a list of some of my favorite k-dramas:

_ Prison Playbook.
_ Queen Seon Deok.
_ Flower Boy Next Door.
_ Misaeng.
_ Live up to your name.
_ Twenty-five twenty-one.
_ At a distance, spring is green.
_ Hospital Playlist.
_ The Nokdu Flower.
_ Start-up.

The only C-drama that could be in the list is Meet Yourself (but I have only watched two C-dramas so far).

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An excellent list 👏👏👏

It's a nice mix of shows I'm really fond of and objective masterpieces - what was your criteria for choosing these? I focused on ones I rewatch all the time

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These are dramas that I graded 10 (Prison Playbook) or 9'5 or 9. All of these are series that I enjoyed watching, which made me feel lots of different emotions, or left me with a "feel good" sensation, or I fell in love with some of the characters... or are dramas which I have thought a lot about, even months after finishing them.

But as I said, there are some other shows that I could have included too.
As a side note I have to say that I have been watching dramas only for a year and a half (and about a hundred dramas) and I have lots of series to watch yet :)

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Always others to include!

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Ooh. I forgot twenty five twenty one. That was so great too, thanks to Kim Tae Ri

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It's really nice to see people appreciate At a Distance, Spring is Green. It making your list amidst stiff competition means a lot.

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I loved At a Distance, Spring is Green too.

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Me three! It was a cute one

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The show certinaly made me a Park Ji-hoon believer, so it's good to see it in a place of honor for that alone.

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And I could have added Weak Hero Class 1 to my list too, because I graded it with 9 too.
Park Ji Hoon and the other main actors and the direction were great.

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Weak Hero was on my Top 20. Who knows, with time, it could crack the top 10!

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FBND got bumped, it would be my #11-

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That's why we should write a Top 15 list instead, I (as many other beanies) had to leave out some dramas that I really love.

Pd: I think that FBND will never be bumped from my Top 10. I'm very fond of it :)

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There is a good chance that MEET YOURSELF would make your list even if you had watched 20 C-dramas

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I think that the time when you watch a drama really affects whether you like it or not. But here are ten of my favorites:
- Age of Youth
- Smart Prison Living
- Six Flying Dragons
- Life on Mars
- Because this is Our First Life
- Arang and the Magistrate
- My Mister
- Sky Castle
- Just Between Lovers
- Alchemy of Souls

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I agree, having gone through the comments section to this post so many times, context really does make a difference to whether a year from now certain dramas will remain in the top ten. Great list.

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Truth! And then there are those dramas that I was never interested in until all of a sudden I wanted to try it out and was like: wow. This is hilarious. I'm looking at you, Vincenzo.

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Forest of Secrets (counting both seasons as one;
My Ahjusshi;
Misaeng;
A Piece of Your Mind;
Mother;
Hospital Playlist (both seasons);
Dong Yi;
Moonlight Drawn by Clouds;
Dae Jang Geum;
Jealousy Incarnate

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Wow I love three from your list as well. I did watch Mother when it aired. But it was too painful to watch and remember so I never rewatch it.

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In no particular order

Hospital Playlist 1&2
My Liberation Notes
Under The Queen's Umbrella
Her Private Life
Queen Seondeok
Call it Love?
Recipe for Farewell
Monthly Magazine Home
Bloody Heart
You Are My Spring

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Recipe for Farewell is a classic and I really wanted to include it and Birth care centre but I just couldn’t.

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I on the other hand could not include Birthcare Center. 10 will never be enough. If only multiple choices were allowed like in the award shows.

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1. Because This Life Is Our First
2. Reply 1988
3. It’s Okay To Not Be Okay
4. Move To Heaven
5. Doctor Romantic / Hospital Playlist (tie for medical drama)
6. My Liberation Notes
7. Our Beloved Summer
8. Kingdom
9. Prison Playbook / D.P. (tie for drama with prison setting)
10. Birthcare Center / Search: WWW (tie for women-led drama)

Please excuse my lowkey cheating. 🤭

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Loving the linking of dramas too close to call in their category❤️ what else could you do!

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I just finished Birthcare Center and it was hilarious. Not perfect, but really really fun.

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I've been reading and enjoying this site for a while, and this is my first post on Dramabeans. I just graduated with my PhD, and am enjoying my drama hobby before starting a new job in July. I watched my first drama in 2018, and got my mom into dramas a couple of years ago, so now it's a shared hobby! My current top ten dramas are:
1. Into the Ring/Memorials (I love the principled main leads, the unique cinematography, and that it's a true quirky rom-com while also being a political satire.)
2. Hello, Me! (I love the personal growth in confidence and self acceptance, and Kim Young Kwang as one of the sweetest chaebols ever.)
3. Thirty But Seventeen (watched while taking my 17 day comprehensive written exam last spring; so comforting and cathartic.)
4. The Best Hit (so heart-warming!)
5. Unlock My Boss (loved the relationships, and the nice and kind ML who positively influenced others.)
6. The Fiery Priest (so much fun, and such a wonderful cast of characters - every interaction was fascinating to watch.)
7. Bossam: Steal the Fate (Jung Il Woo & Kwon Yuri are magnetic. I listened to the instrumental OST on repeat while writing my dissertation.)
8. Pegasus Market (quirky, eccentric, warm, and utterly delightful.)
9. Moonshine (loved the ML's character and the cinematography style.)
10. The Tale of Nokdu (it has everything, including a great ending.)

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Also, I'm halfway through Call it Love, and if things continue the way they're going, it may make it to #10.

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What a nice list!
There are some dramas I loved (The best hit, Into the ring, and to a lesser extent Thirty but Seventeen and Unlock my boss), and others that I want to watch, as Bossam or Fiery Priest :)

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Thank you IsaGC! :) I hope you enjoy Bossam and Fiery Priest if you have the chance to try them!

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Thank you! I'll watch them, for sure. And welcome to Dramabeans :)

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Welcome and congrats on the Ph.D!

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Thank you!! :)

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Welcome and congratulations on your degree! And Happy Mothers Day (US) to your Mom, you are so lucky to be able to share kdrama with her.

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Thank you!! Yes, it's really special to get to share dramas with my mom :)

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Welcome to the comments section, a great list if you add Call it love what’s going to get dropped I had to do a top 11 when it was section on my own offsite list but will stick with 10 for the one on here.

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Thank you!! It is hard to keep it to ten... Call it Love will probably knock Tale of Nokdu out of the top ten...

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I LOVE your Thirty But Seventeen story! I watched it while it was airing, when I had horrible horrible horrible Tonsillitis. It's by far the illest I've ever seen - I couldn't eat, sleep, swallow, talk. It was the only thing I could focus for and the biggest possible comfort 🥺

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Thank you!!! Aww I like your story, too - it is such a comforting show!! I loved that the core of the story was about growing as an adult within a loving support network, and about chasing new dreams. It was just perfect for that moment for me!

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Huge congratulations! I discovered dramas in the wake of finishing my PhD and they helped so much with my recovery. I'm so glad to hear that you have a bit of time before starting your new job, and dramas seem like a great way to spend it!

Love your love for Unlock My Boss, I loved it too, and the ML remains one of the best MLs I've ever seen. There are so many on your list I now feel like I need to move higher on my to-be-watched list!

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Thank you so much!! That's so cool that you also enjoyed dramas during your PhD journey! Dramas have been a great hobby for me to cope with the stress of the PhD :) I love the great storytelling and the emotions. So many dramas were just the right thing at the right time to be comforting or cathartic!

Yay, I'm so glad you're also an Unlock My Boss fan!!! I absolutely agree about the ML. I loved how kind-hearted he was throughout, and the fact that his character growth was about growing in confidence and harnessing his kindness to positively change things around him. I could go on and on about what I enjoyed in Unlock My Boss!! :)

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I also love the OST of Bossam and listening to it on my nightly walks around the neighbourhood.
I’m halfway through Tale of Nokdu and enjoying it immensely 😊

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Yay!! I'm so glad to hear you also enjoy the Bossam soundtrack, and are liking Tale of Nokdu!!! :)

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Congrats on the PhD and welcome to the comments section!

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Thank you so much, Wonhwa!!

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Congrats on first comment! I like your list, especially Nokdu^^

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Thank you Cozybooks!! :)

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1. My Mister
2. Stranger
3. Secret Love Affair
4. Meet Yourself (Cdrama)
5. Someday One day (Taiwanese)
6. In time with you (Taiwanese)
7. Kingdom
8. Coffee Prince
9. Hospital playlist Season 1
10. Reply 1997

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Great list with the originals for dramas that have been franchised. Meet yourself had to be included👍🏾

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How could I forget Secret Love Affair from my list!! Definitely in my top 15 favorite k-dramas!

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I gave it serious consideration, but it was just edged out from my top-ten list. Definitely on the next tier of my favorites!

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I almost included Secret Love Affair. I did include Lost which had a similar vibe

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This was painful. I thought of fifteen right off the bat, then for every one I axed, I thought of two more, but here's my final list.

Coffee Prince
Forest of Secrets
Nice Guy
Thank You
Healer
God's Gift: 14 Days
Mother
Ruler of Your Own World
I'm Sorry I Love You
My Ahjusshi

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I know it feels so harsh that’s why top 25 would be my preference! Great list.

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Thanks! I feel bad for all the rom-coms I omitted. I need an additional list for those.

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As well as separate lists for favorite sageuks, sci-fi, fantasy, police dramas, etc,

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Oooh, Thank You! I've wanted to rewatched that drama for ages, but I've never felt ready to watch it again, it was so RAW and painful, but rewarding too

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My first drama with Jang Hyuk and Gong Hyo-Jin, I started looking for them in other dramas after that!

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I watched it during a binge of absolutely everything Gong hyo-jin's done back in, like, 2014 or something 😂

My first drama of hers was Biscuit Teacher Star Candy, and for Jang Hyuk it was Fated to Love You (which has one of my favourite first halfs - if the back half was as good, it would have easily made this list)

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Fated to Love You (which has one of my favourite first halfs - if the back half was as good, it would have easily made this list)

Same! I loved the first half and still think it should have ended at ep. 14 with Jang Na-ra's character accepting the SML's proposal. "Top Ten First Halves of Dramas" would be another list entirely.

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Gong Hyo-jin is also in my list with Ruler of Your Own World. Lee Bo-young and Lee Sun-kyun are also in their twice. If I was more strategic I'd try to get more of my favorite actors in there, but then it wouldn't quite be the same kind of list.

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@elinor Oh! I have a "Top Ten First Halves of Dramas" too!

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@elinor top ten first halves of dramas would be brilliant but I think it would definitely need to be top 25 as so many dramas didn’t make the cut because the endings sucked but I had loved them up to a point.

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Fated to Love You was my first encounter with both Jangs. I loved everything about it except for the Noble Idiocy, though it did set the stage for that hot kiss at the press conference!

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Jang Hyuk was also the person who made me an obsessive kdrama watcher as well. I'd seen a couple of others before that -- Coffee Prince, Time Between Dog and Wolf -- but I didn't much care for them. But then I watched Robber (2008) and was completely hooked on kdrama. Jang Hyuk is the best gigolo ever!

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Queen In-hyun's Man
You From Another Star
Girl K
School 2015
Bring It On, Ghost
Signal
Master's Sun
Splash Splash Love
My Mister
Misaeng

Order is approximate. The top 8 are all shows that I have rewatched at least once.

Runners up include: Mystic Pop-up Bar, Pegasus Market, Gaus Electronics...

If non-K shows are permitted, then Mash, Doctor Who, Buffy, Firefly, Hill Street Blues...

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Love your list, but think that you technically can add another drama because Splish splash love is really just a movie split into two episodes! Would say that is my favorite short drama though.

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Hospital Playlist - The main leads interactions and the patients’ stories
Prison Playbook - The cell crew and that everyone thought he was lacking in brains yet he had a proper understanding of the play, at all levels.
Reply 1988 - Just because….
Twenty Five, Twenty One - It’s the way this one made me feel
Be Melodramatic - so funny and yet so sad, I loved the Fab Four.
Yumi's Cells - The concept of the cell village, it was a joy to watch. Babi in real life was as gorgeous as I thought he would be.
Mr Queen - hysterically funny so I was able to cope with the palace politics.
Good Manager so much to love; the basement crew, the cleaner, the unspoken love that turned a cold hearted man into a bashful boy, Chief Kim’s interaction with the baddies. I laughed hysterically at least once every episode.
Jealousy Incarnate the friends’ battle on the beach
Salon de Nabi - new entry, well developed back stories for all the characters, great setting, sensitive issues handled well.

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Mr. Queen🤦🏽🤦🏽🤦🏽. Another classic that didn't make my cut but definitely is on the top of my chart.

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I have not watched many Chinese and Japanese Dramas so I could do a combination top ten

Meet yourself - Chinese A beautiful village setting and the best male lead across all three drama nations
Go Ahead - Chinese My favourite Chinese drama about family, with the best father figure
The Evolution of our love - Chinese I preferred it to Korean version I couldn’t watch the other versions as I remember too much of the story
Ten miles of Peach blossoms - My first Chinese fantasy, dealing with epic stories across thousands of years God’s fighting amongst themselves and living as humans at times.
Remembrance of things past - Chinese This covered some serious topics and had a great female friendship group of women
Silent - Japanese Shows the issues with identity and integration when transitioning between the hearing and deaf communities
First Love - Japanese The impact of a forced end to a beautiful first love following a dramatic event.
Why I dress up for love - Japanese Shows challenges of members of a house share during the time they live together.
Rational Life - Chinese A story about the challenges of making electric cars mainstream and the prejudices of relationships where the female is in her 30’s and the male is in his early 20’s.
Full time wife escapist - Japanese contract marriage exploring the division of labour

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Watched Meet Yourself & it made Yunan as a destination bucket list for when I have plenty of time to visit. Maybe in retirement!

First Love was lovely in terms of what we remember when someone has touched your heart or moved you but simply can't recall. The storytelling device of slowly revealing what people knew about the female lead vs what she experienced was classic!

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Yumi's cells was a great rom-com / slice of life. It is near my top too, specially Season 1.

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I loved Twenty-five, Twenty-one, and I'm happy to see it made so many people's lists, despite the bittersweet ending. Jealousy Incarnate was also amazing. I'll never forget the mammogram scene. One of the funniest scenes I've ever seen.

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1. Weightlifting Fairy
2. Healer
3. Coffee Prince
4. Reply 1988
5. Misaeng
6. Fight My Way
7. My Lovely Sam-Soon
8. Shut Up Flower Boy Band
9. Into the Ring
10. Search: WWW

Honorable Mentions:
City Hall, True Beauty, Dream High, Reply 1997

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Healer, Weightlifting fairy, Fight for my way are all in my top 25! Great list.

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7 and 8, yes!!

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I don't think I participated in that last year. But I definitely want to evaluate whether my list will remain the same next year:

1 - My ajhussi
2- Marriage not dating
3- Healer
4- Hospital playlist
5 - Jealousy incarnate
6 - Red Heart
7 - It's okay not to be okay
8 - Twenty-five Twenty-one
9 - Reply 88 and 97
10 - Another miss Oh

Honorable mentions
- You are my spring
- Hotel Del Luna
- Age of youth

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Great list. Marriage not dating and It’s Okay not to be Okay are definitely in the top 25. It’s Okay… was only bumped to 11 in the last few weeks.

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Mine changed this year from last:

Goblin
Forest of SecRets
Moonlight Drawn By Clouds
Circle
Coffee Prince
My Ahjussi
Call it Love
My Country
Mr. Sunshine
Bossam

White Christmas got knocked off for Call it Love

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A great list mine changed a bit from last year. Moonlight drawn by clouds definitely in the top 25.

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No not white Christmas!! I loved that drama haha

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Love seeing everyone top 10s! Some match mine and for the ones I haven't seen, many are on my list.

Started watching K Dramas in 2019 with BOF......right after finishing 2018 version of Meteor Garden. Dylan Wang was my first Drama crush but in BOF, Lee Min Ho was not my second, that went to Kim Hyun-joong….my first case of second lead syndrome.

Below in no order are my top 10.
1. Just Between Lovers aka Rain or shine
2. Call it Love
3. Mr. Sunshine
4. My Ajussi, aka My Mister
5. Coffee Prince
6. The Red Sleeve
7. Shut up Flower Boy Band
8. Fated to Love You
9. Secret Love Affair
10. Healer

HAVE to include some honourable mentions.
Fight for my Way
Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok-Joo
When the Weather Is Fine
Are you Human Too?
My Liberation Notes
Misaeng
Twenty Five, Twenty One

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Good to see you back in the comments section. A great selection and yes we really need an honourable mentions list!

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2018 Meteor Garden was my first-ever drama, thanks to the Netflix recommendation algorithm!!

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1.Mr Sunshine
2.Twenty Five Twenty One
3.Forest of Secrets
4.Reply 1988
5.Yumi's Cells
6.My Name
7.My Ahjussi
8.Chicago Typewriter
9.One Spring Night
10.Another Miss Oh

Honorable mentions:
Mother
Memorials

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Loved Chicago typewriter, great list.

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I didn’t have a full 10 last year because I was still too new to dramaland, and it’s changed a little – now I’m spoiled for choice! In alphabetical order, not ranking (which would be impossible):

• Alchemy of Souls, because it was such cracky, crazy fun and the best collective beanie watch
• Because This Life Is Our First for all the emotions of couplehood and Lee Min-ki’s second-best role – and that kiss.
• Beyond Evil for the mesmerizing, twisty plot and relationships, the atmospheric music, and most of all for the amazing pairing of Shin Ha-kyung and Yeo Jin-goo.
• Circle – did I say mesmerizing, twisty, and Jin-goo already?
• Extraordinary You for the meta-storytelling, gorgeous visuals, and fantastic young cast
• Healer for being Healer
• Just Between Lovers/Rain or Shine for the found family, heartbreak and recovery, perfect OST, and gritty/beautiful Busan
• My Liberation Notes for Lee Min-ki’s best role and its extraordinary writing and art direction
• Stove League for baseball, Park Eun-bin, Namgoong Min, the ensemble cast, and so much heart
• W - Two Worlds for the world-building, the layers of intricate clues and details, and Lee Jong-suk at his cockiest and coolest

Honorable mentions/tie for 10th:
• Chief Kim
• Crash Landing on You
• I’m Not a Robot
• Queen Inhyun’s Man/Queen and I

I’m in the middle of Stranger/Forest of Secrets right now; I completely expect this to break into the top 10.

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Greta list. Extraordinary You and Hot stove league definitely in my top 25. Now we are adding top first halves my list needs to be top 50!

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When you mentioned BTLIOF as Lee Min-ki’s second-best role, I was ready to reply to ask what could be the first-best. Then I immediately thought My Liberation Notes, and there it is at #8. I couldn’t agree more. His first and second best role and performance.

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So many favorites on this list here ahahaha

Circle
Just Between Lovers
Healer
Stove League
W
Chief Kim
Queen InHyun's Man
Forest of Secrets

When did you first enter beanieland? You've done a great job on watching some of the greats first if it was recently (last few years or so)

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December 2021. I give DB 95% of the credit for steering me toward the good stuff - every pre-2022 show on my list except Crash Landing (my gateway drama) was a beanie rec. I could happily rewatch all of the ones you listed any time, but there are so many more good dramas out there. Just reading this post has added about 20 to my watch list.

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Yay! A Circle fan! On my top 10 as well!

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CLOY remains in my top 10 simply because it was my gateway to Kdramas :)

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Fun fun! I know- posts like this are great places to find like minded viewers and add a few to the "to watch" list.

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1: Healer
2: I Am Not a Robot
3: Chicago Typewriter
4: Chief Kim
5: Reply 1997
6: Gaus Electronics
7: A Dream of Splendor
8: The Day of Becoming You
9: Fight For My Way
10: Melo Is My Nature

With honorary mentions to Vincenzo, Scripting Your Destiny and F4 Thailand.

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This is great so pleased to see Scripting your destiny in the honourable mentions

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I loved Melo is My Nature.

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I have an objective top 10 list, meaning show I thought amazing while watching, regardless of ever rewatching them or not, and a second list of top 10 shows I can rewatch and rewatch for ever.

The first list:

Nokdu Flower
Through The Darkness
Brain Works
W
Scent of a Woman
What's Up
Room no.9
Stove League
The Three Musketeers
Nine

And the second list, which all gets rewatched constantly:

Wild Romance
Accidental Couple
Train
Lookout
Wok of Love
Deserving of the Name
Chief Kim
Hyena
365 Days, Repeat the Year
Jealousy Incarnate

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Did I cheat? 😁😁

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Isn't cheating the point with lists like this? 😆

My frequent-rewatch and absolute-top-ten (or more) dramas lists would be different, too. And there are even a couple of scenes I rewatch from Nevertheless and Pretty Noona, which are otherwise on the short list of Dramas That Should Not Exist.

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I am now reminded of why I haven't seen Song Kang in any projects lately..

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I am now reminded that I haven't seen...

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Honourable mentions:

Special Labour Inspector Jo
Nobody Knows
Faith
Bubblegum

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Ohh, forgot about Nine. That was such a great drama!

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I like the idea of segregating. I might make my own “Great Dramas” and “Enjoyable Dramas” lists.

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It would be great to see everyone's "Most Fun Dramas Watched" - I feel like that's a different thing from "Best Dramas" and leaves room for those epically awful shows that were still highly entertaining.

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Yes, such a list would indeed differ quite a lot. ^^

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I TOTALLY do the same thing. My objective list would include things like Mother, Through the Darkness, Children of Nobody, Misaeng... all the ones I absolutely adored but haven't rewatched necessarily. But my list I posted (at least for now) were all the ones I've rewatched at least once haha

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I am loving this and can see my top 25 is heading to top 50. What would be an interesting read would be dramas nearly dropped in first episode but then went on to love.

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That's actually a pretty long list - there are a surprisingly large number of shows where I nearly bailed after the first episode but was grateful later that I continued watching (The Return of Iljimae and Mixed Up Investigation Agency come to mind).

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Ooooh that would be an interesting list. Or perhaps a list of dramas you didn't think you'd like and never watched... until you totally binged them months/years after they came out.

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I think that would be a list too. I was like that with Our beloved summer. I didn't want to watch someone moping for most of the drama (hence my dropping Bora) I usually like Choi Wooshik dramas, I loved him in Hogu’s love so I decided to try it months after it came off air and I am so glad I did.

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No particular order.

My Ahjussi
Queen Seondeok
Mr Queen
Heard It Through The Grapevine
Yoona’s Street
Go Back Couple
Let’s Eat
Reply 1997
Heartless City
Through The Darkness

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Great list, Go back couple and Let’s eat 3 are in the top 25 for me.

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Ah! I didn't dawn on me that Lets Eat could be included. Forget plot and character, just wonderful mukbang madness!

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I really like Heard It Through The Grapevine, and rewatched it earlier this year.

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These were the first 10 coming to my mind and me thinking absolutely.
(Of course very much my current mood dependent. 😁)

-On the Verge of Insanity
-Into the Ring
-Gaus Electronics
-Reply 1988
-Reset
-Five Enough
-When the Weather is Fine
-That Fool
-The Romance of Tiger and Rose
-My Name Is Kim Samsoon (because this is my Gateway Drama and will always be there 😊)

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Great list, On the verge of insanity, & When the weather is fine are definitely in my ever expanding top 25!

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I have like top 80, maybe even 100 😆
Choosing just 10 is difficult, so I leave it on the random choice of my current mood. 😁

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It’s true my top 50 leaves me most content as I don't feel like I am dismissing the dramas that got an 8 as mood wise they gave me what I wanted at the time. The main reason for watching K dramas is the way they make me feel. Sometimes, the only reason a drama got a lower mark is the the influence of the trends at the time, the noble idiocy that went on too long, the second female lead who was too much etc. A character dies for no reason…no, I can’t let it go, Unlock the boss🥺
Love all, play was a prime example the male lead’s family were toooooooo negative and took up too much air time. Adjusting for the unwanted elements and you have a really cute couple, with so many bonus couples and bromance.

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A character dieing for no reason is the reason Unlock the Boss isn't making the top 10 cut for me too. And then there's Trolley who went on the be something so jarring that I do not understand why it went that way.
They're clearly good pieces that were ready to knock off my standing list but they all did something that sent them off top 10.

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Shooting stars is the one that I am most gutted about as the revenge plot and dodgy housekeeper were the two elements that stopped that being my place of joy for the duration. I nearly dropped it one week but the weecap and comment section kept me going until we came out the other side. I was so glad I stayed but the frustration with unnecessary darkness in my joyful watches really takes the edge off.

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Agree! Kdramas are fabulous for bringing - wringing? - out emotions!! And, annoyances like that unnecessary TOT or a serial murderer in a rom com, and it will not join my top favorites list.

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Hurray for That Fool!!

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I feel like a coward. I wanted to include Gaus Electronics on my list but hesitated. I should have included it.

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I wanted to include Gaus, too, and it would have added variety to my list (a little heavy on the melo, light on comedy), but I just couldn't displace any of the others. I'm glad someone else listed it.

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Oh, I forgot about Reset! That drama should definitely been squeezed into my list. Having bad memory suchs when reminiscing about drama.

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I love reading everyone's favorite dramas. This discussion is a gem of "database", as some beanies don't use the Dramabeans favorite drama option (I use it to add the dramas I specially enjoyed, at least the ones which have their own page here).

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Not the 'best' or the 'greatest' but the ones I enjoyed watching most:
(in no particular order)

On The Verge of Insanity
Psychopath Diaries
Into The Ring
Sky Castle
Matrimonial Chaos
Do You Like Brahms?
My Ajusshi
Goblin
My Wife Is Having An Affair This Week
Misty

In a different mood I could write another ten that would included:
Secret Love Affair
A Wife's Credentials
The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
etc.

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I think the sparks joy approach means the range can be wider and held onto longer, and is my criteria. Are you a rewatcher? Great list.

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Psychopath Diary (9) and Into the ring (8'5) could be in my list too. It was difficult to pick only ten dramas.

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1. Goblin
2. Crash Landing On You
3. My Ahjussi
4. Mother
5. The Red Sleeve Cuff
6. It's Okay To Not Be Okay
7. Inspector Koo
8. Through The Darkness.
9. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
10. I'll Find You On A Beautiful Day

Honorable mentions- Gaus Electronics, Yumi Cells, Call it Love and Bad and Crazy.

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I was very sad when I realized I had to cut Mother from my top 10 because it was such an excellent show. And my introduction to Son Suk-koo. Was genuinely terrified of him until I watched BTS footage of him with the young (and great) Heo Yool. That's how convincing he was.

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Glad to see Inspector Koo here! It didn't make my top 10, but I thought about it.

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