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[Drama Chat] Your current top 10 dramas (2024 version)

Back by popular request, it’s that time where we revisit our personal top ten drama list and share our favorites with the dramaverse. We started a thing when we did this in 2022 and then again in 2023.

And that’s the funny thing about favorites — they shift and evolve with us as we go through life, respond to different kinds of stories, and (of course) have to account for a year of new favorite dramas to add to the list. I know my top ten list is changing as I write (*cough* Lovely Runner*cough*). But the more it changes, the more it stays the same. I will always love stories with magical realism bits, with slice-of-life heart and characters (Like Flowers in Sand), and with a strong hero’s journey trajectory (Marry My Husband).

 

It’s time to reassess, readdress, and dive into your current top ten dramas. Share your (new) current list below!

 
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Excited to see everyone’s favorite dramas this year! I'm definitely part of this "popular request." :)

For any interested in following along, I’ll be tallying our collective Top 10s in this spreadsheet, where I’ve also tracked our Top 10 lists from 2023, 2022, and 2017. For the next month, I’ll add any lists that are posted here to that spreadsheet so we can see which dramas are our all-time favorites this year (and beyond!). :)

Full link for accessibility: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16VVIxMJx9h8RcT3A1w3g_0o7vLQ98j7k0P_RHz9jTKo/edit?usp=sharing

For now, I’ll be focusing on just tallying the dramas and getting them added to the 2024 tab (the main tab when you click the link). In the next few weeks, though, I’ll combine this year’s list with the past years to see which dramas emerge as the most popular dramas across the years. I’ll comment back here and on the Open Thread in one month, when the data is finalized and ready for perusal. :)

(In order to help this spreadsheet be representative of our favorite k dramas, I do have some inclusion criteria for eligible dramas/lists -- e.g., I won’t tally movies, non-Korean dramas, or lists that include far more than 10 dramas or are posted over a month from today. Those criteria are to make this data more statistically sound, but obviously this drama chat is just for fun, so don’t feel like you need to stick to that if you’d prefer to make this list your own way. If you have any questions about the inclusion criteria or my rationale for it, you can see the “Inclusion Criteria” note on the “All Years” tab of the spreadsheet. :))

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I am so glad you jumped in on this as I was thinking I had not seen you around for a while and didn't want you to miss this. I am excited to see how the 24 list compares to previous years.

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Same! Yes, it's been a bit of a whirlwind recently, but I couldn't miss our Top 10 Drama Chat. :)

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Wow, this is very kind of you, thanks! 💐

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Incredible! I love a spreadsheet and this is pro level. I’m guessing in real life you are an accountant or statistician.
This information is a dream come true. I’ll look forward to seeing your results. Thank you for posting. ( I’m new in the past year)

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Funnily enough, I'm actually an English teacher, but I like to think that in another life I would have been an accountant. For now, I'm just a woman who enjoys spreadsheets. :)

I'm always happy to find another Beanie who appreciates data like this! I've been consolidating some of our other Beanie-made resources into a shared Google folder, and the Beanie Polls spreadsheets have similar data. Something to look into if you want more access to Dramabeans data!

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Absolutely!! I did see that and will dive in

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Not sure if anyone will see this now, but I've had a few questions about how I handle multi-season dramas, so I wanted to explain how I handle this:

Most multi-season shows are listed as separate shows on the spreadsheet: This is due to the fact that a) people sometimes only list one season, and I need a way to represent that preference, and b) dramas often release in different years, so it's important to note that the 2022 poll couldn't be referring to Taxi Driver season 2 (for example). The only time I don't tally a show's seasons separately is if the Drama Chat responses always list the show as one season (e.g., so far, "My Dearest" has never been separated by season, so it's only one show on the list).

If no season is given, I tally all seasons: If you list a show without specifying it's seasons (e.g., "Forest of Secrets"), I'll put a tally in both seasons of the show. I'll generally just assume that is what was meant, but even if it wasn't, I'd prefer to side on overrepresentation rather than underrepresentation.

You are welcome to count multiple seasons as one show: While I list them separately, I don't consider listing multiple seasons as one show meaning you're breaking the "10 dramas" rule. I've factored in a buffer in number of shows that allows for these shows to be counted as one (particularly because most of us think of these shows as one show, not multiple separate entities).

If just one season of the show is in your top 10, specify the season. With that, if you would prefer only one season to be totaled (e.g., I love Alchemy of Souls season 1 but didn't like season 2), just make sure to list which season you're referring to.

Hope that clarifies a bit more! Let me know if you guys have any questions about this. :)

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I think this issue is so interesting! (You and I chatted about it below, but) I definitely count Alchemy of Souls and My Dearest as one single show, but seasons (generally separated by years in airing schedule) I count separately. This could be because I haven't yet watched Hospital Playlist or Forest of Secrets though, and I definitely don't fault people for counting them together! I've been counting Lord of the Rings as a single movie since I was in high school, so no shade from me, but I always find it interesting how people divide up stories like this. Beanies, do you normally do this on a case-by-case basis, or are there rules you use to distinguish what is a "single" show? I think if the second season of The Uncanny Counter had been better, I would be more likely to count it as a single show than I am 😅

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Thanks for adding this and it does make some good points as the dramas I listed as one series did air in different years so I will go back and confirm I meant both seasons.

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This is amazing!! Thank you for making this spreadsheet! I love this data.

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Thank you @kmromrell, TheOutsidejoke for taking this project on and giving us a month to submit our top ten lists. Like the average high schooler you will probably see my list in 29 days. Joking, hopefully sooner.

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Like the average high schooler you will probably see my list in 29 days

😂🤣
TheOutsideJoke is a teacher so I'm sure she'll understand 😁

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Although, with the end of the school year fast approaching, this maybe hits a little too close to home right now... 🤣

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Thanks for the spreadsheet. The results definitely show some recency bias with 10 of the top 15 being from 2020 on.

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Definitely -- and more than I think we saw in either the 2023 or 2022 lists. I wonder if that's because we have more new Beanies that have primarily watched newer dramas? Or if it's because there have been more convincing new dramas lately? I'm not sure, but it's an interesting pattern.

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Certainly the production value is much higher these days, but of course that's no guarantee of quality in writing/acting. My guess is that there's a fairly large number of Beanies who have largely seen newer shows and they are probably more likely to participate in these polls, too. Also, it seems to me that this generation of viewers only have the patience for about 16 episodes, so they're not likely to try the older shows with 50+ episodes. I don't have a problem with the recency bias--people are going to like what they like and what they've seen--except for the fact that great old shows will continue to be neglected/forgotten as the newer ones are more liked or voted up in polls like this. Maybe we need a separate reference list of oldies but goodies.

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Oh that would be great to have a separate list of top "older" shows. I only started watching kdramas a little over 5 years ago but was watching mostly older shows and not the currently airing ones.

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I have been watching a year and you’re correct about not wanting to dive into older large count shows. The longest I watched was Hotel King and it was way too long. I have so many shows to catch up on I can’t take the time on long shows. My favorite dramas are mostly 2017-2021

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I too love a good spreadsheet ;) As a consultant for mapping and data, a manager once gave me a messy dataset and asked me to "pam-ify it." I didn't know that my name could be a verb!
I'm looking forward to looking through the collected wisdom on the share drive. Thanks

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Thank you, @kmromrell 😚❤️ I'm excited to see the final results.

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Wow! This is so amazing. Spreadsheets are one of my love languages. Thanks for not only making this, but sharing it!

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Cool! I will look forward to that! What I have posted today are just thoughts, hoping to be discussed, because that's my favourite thing about DB.
But I will make a list at some point that unfairly excludes most of the too many dramas I have mentioned.

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Okay, this list isn’t necessarily my top 10 highest rated dramas on MyDramaList. Instead, I chose the dramas that I would be most excited to see rank high on other peoples’ lists -- the dramas that convinced me to root for them. :)

1. Healer: Forever and always. Cannot beat it.
2. Coffee Prince: My first Korean love. Will always hold a special place in my heart

And then in no particular order:
3. Hospital Playlist: Loved the lived-in cast of characters and their dynamics
4. Pinocchio: Great messaging, most well-utilized characters, great arcs
5. Twenty-five, Twenty-one: Caught me at just the right time to maximize impact.
6. It’s Okay to Not be Okay: I’m a sucker for an idiosyncratic female lead.
7. Fight for My Way: I’ve loved seeing this drama get more attention since Queen of Tears. So underrated!
8. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju: Perfectly captures the feeling of youth and young love.
9. Strong Girl Do Bong Soon: It’s just too adorable to not include.
10. Flower of Evil: This one actually ranks a bit under my other dramas in my normal ranking (mostly due to the cop-out ending), but it’s one I’ve been thinking about and coming back to more lately, and that staying power feels worthy of a #10 spot.

There were several other dramas that I want to root for but either a) they haven’t convinced me of their staying power yet, or b) I feel like it’s been too long since I last watched them to know if I would still love them as much now. So honorable mentions: Gaksital, Ojakgyo Brothers, Call it Love

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Ciao!
Happy sunday!
Before to post my favorites drama, I wanted to ask you if they should be only Korean or also Japanese/Chinese
Thanks!

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As far as I understand, only Kdramas count.

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Thanks 8-)

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Yes, generally Kdrama only for the tallies. That said, some people will make multiple lists and have a list for each country. Feel free to list your dramas however is fun to you. :)

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I'm not sure if counting both seasons as one is considered cheating, but I couldn't help it 😅.

My current top 10 of all time (in no specific order):

1. Healer
2. Signal
3. Stranger 1 & 2
4. Life
5. Watcher
6. Weightlifting fairy Kim Bok Joo
7. Taxi driver 1 & 2
8. Extraordinary Attorney Woo
9. Our blooming youth
10. See you in my 19th life

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I had the same problem as you because I don't know whether I can put Stranger 1 and 2 as well as Hospital Playlist 1 and 2.

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I see them as a franchise so I list without the numbers.

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Thanks

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Honorable mentions: Reply 1988, Still 17, My Liberation Notes, Call it love, Soundtrack#2, Knight Flower, Flex X Cop.

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I didn't know what to expect from "My Liberation Notes," but it became one of my favorites from 2022. Mindlessly following Son Suk-ku can be a good thing. 😂 This is also my favorite of Kim Ji-won.

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Yes it is my favourite of both Son Seokku and Kim Jiwon, and I wish Son Seokku would play this type of role more often.

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Hum how does this compare to last year? Was OBY on before? Having our CW has changed my top for sure

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If I remember correctly, half of my current list is different from last year, from 6 to 10 (I hadn't watched 7, 8 & 10 by then). SYIM19L would be on this list regardless, while I think it is 50:50 for OBY, and the CW with you guys gave me the final push. It's not that I don't love it as much, but if you look at my honorable mentions, you'll see I have some other shows I equally love as well, so it was a hard decision to refine a top 10. I would have cheated and list some shows in a tie 😁, but as TheOutsideJoke will be tallying this, I went for a definite list 💪🏻

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I finished OBY when it was live airing and gave it 2 beans out of my total 12 beans at the end of the year, but I didn't love it as much as on my second lone-watch, and it wasn't in my top 10 last year. 2023 list was up before SYIM19L started airing.

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Our Blooming Youth got two mentions last year. At least that's what I see in my handwritten notes.

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Oh maybe I should switch one of mine. I have definitely mentioned it though

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I don't think it's cheating. I know it's a K-drama thing that I love that they mostly only have one season. Nevertheless, having two seasons doesn't make it two k-dramas. It's just a rarer kind.

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Well, this is a happy coincidence since I announced recently that Lovely Runner has catapulted itself into my top 5 (and it’s only completed 10 episodes). I knew I would love it from the forest episode. So what fell off? Bossam…


1. Goblin
2. Lovely Runner
3. Forest of SecRets
4. Moonlight Drawn By Clouds (Love in the Moonlight)
5 .Circle
6. Coffee Prince
7. My Ahjussi
8. Call it Love
9. My Country
10. Mr. Sunshine

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First episode, not forest. 😂

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🤣🤣

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Although, Sungjae is a huge green forest.🌳 🥹

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I thought at first you meant only the "first episode" of Forest of Secrets 🤣 Srsly, I was confused for like 30 seconds...how can only the first episode of a (frankly) still very good drama be #3 on Ally's list??

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I am impressed you are calling it with Lovely runner still ongoing but it has been so consistent it does not feel like it is a risk.

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1. Stranger aka Forest of Secrets and Through the Darkness
2. The Red Sleeve
3. Punch
4. Jejongwon
5.Dear, My Friends
6. Hospital Playlist
7. Extraordinary Attorney Woo
8. Vincenzo
9. My Dearest
10. Reborn Rich

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Cheers for Through the Darkness and Reborn Rich 🥂. Not enough people put them on the list!

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I am love them for their histories, plots and acting.

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So happy to see Punch on a list!

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Thanks. I love everything about this drama.

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Yay, from a fellow PUNCH fan! I'm waiting patiently for " The Whirlwind," the return of one of my fave writers, Park Kyung-soo. I was disappointed that Han Suk-kyu turned down the lead role, but Sol Kyung Gu is a worthy replacement.

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It is sad that he turns ot down but.l he will be back as a profiler in Such A Close Traitor in the second half of 2024.

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That would have been his 3rd or 4th reunion with Kim Hee-ae. 😀

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"Dear, My friends: is one of my all times faves too, such a brilliant drama.

so is Punch, its the only drama where i feek Kim Rae-won has ever truly lived up to his potential as an actor.

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Dear, My Friends helped shed light into the world of the elderly and was a delight as it centered on older/veteran actors.

Punch remained as my favourite Kim Rae Won and put him as one of my most favourite Korean actors

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Have you watched What Star Did You Come From? That is where I first fell for him and his acting. He was so so so good. After that I checked his works and I was always baffled by his half-hearted acting. Until Punch came out and I fell for him, and his acting, again.

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In terms of quality his career peak with Punch everything before that was promising, everything afterwards has just been plain bad or mediocre.

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Yes, I watched Which Star Are You From and all his dramas (except for Luca). I started liking him in My Love Patzzi, then started loving him like crazy in Love Story in Harvard (my first legal drama), and then redoubled my love for him in Punch.

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Dear my friends is a really good drama hard to watch at times but covers some deep topics.

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I love that it doesn't shies away from these difficult topics but necessary for people to be aware of.

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The one thing that stand out to me is this; we really can't understand other unless we know the full story of their life.

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Yes....the writer did a good job in encouraging us to put ourselves in another person's shoes.

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"JEJONGWON"
It is such an underrated but well-done sageuk. It deserved to be remembered. Who would have known that butchers at the very lowest of Joseon's social class would be the celebrity chefs of today? Hanwoo beef - Korea's pride and joy!
Doctors were not a well-respected profession, but look at them today.

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It is one of favourite saeguks of all time as the drama was based on a true story of a butcher who rose to become a doctor. I am glad you love Jejongwon too, as very few people know and are able to understand this historical part in Korea, as it doesn't focus on kings or nobles, rather the most humble and lowest of part of the Joseon society.

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You had me doesn’t focus on kings or nobles started searching and can’t find full episodes only clips so disappointed as I wanted a sageuk that was about the every day person.

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This drama is a 2010 drama, thus it will not be easy to find on legal sites or OTTs.

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Yes, I realised it was a long shot so went to YouTube as the most realistic option.

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This one has been on my "plan-to-watch" list for awhile, but as far as I know it hasn't been available legally in the US since DramaFever disappeared. I'm kicking myself for not watching it earlier when I had the chance.

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Sorry to hear that. It is really an underrated but well-done sageuk, as @kiara puts it.
I am sure you will be a fan of this saeguk, @wonhwa. The story and all the characters (including the foreigners).

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@peiyeelai I'm hoping Kokowa will eventually add it - they've been putting up quite a few other shows from the same era recently. Fingers crossed!

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@wonhwa, I hope so too...as not many people know about this. Hopefully more people will get to watch this saeguk.

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DF disappeared with a few WITHS2-subbed oldies.

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Yes, Jejongwon deserves more love.

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I love this drama!

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Glad to know you love this drama.

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I have so many series to 'catch up on' (it hasn't even been two years since I discovered K-dramas) therefore, these are my favorite series, in no particular order, for now...

Crash landing on you
Healer
Extraordinary Attorney Woo
Hospital Playlist 1 & 2
Bulgasal
Goodbye Mr.Black
Ghost Doctor
Designated Survivor: 60 Days
May I help you
Crazy love

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Good to see the mix of genres in your list, here’s hoping that the as the years go by you will continue to find lots to love in K-dramaland.

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Absolutely
I discovered the world of K-drama thanks to CLOY, the only one on Netflix dubbed in Italian
Then it was the turn of Bulgasal and You are my spring
I subscribed to Viki and since then a world has opened up to me.
I generally choose a drama if the plot intrigues me, the genre usually doesn't matter, although exclusively romantic stories don't suit me.
Over time I started to know/recognize the actors, then look for their current-previous works
I often rely on your reviews, on the advice of other Beanies
And the lists on this post are really precious
I've already made a note of what to see in the next few weeks
I'm sorry I had to leave many titles out of my list...I propose to increase it to 20 faves 8-D

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I love this post for exactly the same reason we get to add new to us dramas for the watchlist.
I long ago decided I needed a top 50 and to divide into genres so I could still show love to my shows and not feel bad when they could not be included in the top 10. I also move the list around as needed as new dramas come in.

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It's always a hard choice. I made 2 lists, the first one is the dramas that I found were really good but I didn't rewatch (or only some parts), the second one is about the kdramas I rewatch a lot.

Not in a specific order :

1. On the Verge of Insanity
2. Through the Darkness
3. Racket Boys
4. Forest of Secrets 1 and 2
5. Recipe of Farewell
6. The Nokdu Flower
7. D.P. 1 and 2
8. Stove League

1. Extraordinary You
2. Goblin
3. Healer
4. A Piece of Your Mind
5. She Would Never Know
6. Heartless City
7. Destined with You
8. The Matchmakers
9. Suspicious Partner
10. Mr Sunshine

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I know the struggle!! Any preference one which list I use for tallying?

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Hum... The second one, the choice of the heart :p

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Ok, this is my list for this year (really just at this moment hahaha!). I struggled with it a bit, I’ll be honest. I guess it gets harder the more dramas you watch? I put them in the order that I finished them because I’m not confident about the rank.

1. Crash Landing on You - my gateway drama, the best ensemble cast, a love story to come back to over and over again.
2. My Ajusshi - two people slowly waking up and becoming human again, incredible performances, the voice I would eavesdrop on any day.
3. Live Up to Your Name - the thousand faces of Kim Nam-gil, off-the-charts chemistry, the most heartbreaking timeslip.
4. Alchemy of Souls - absolutely epic romance, high fantasy stakes, the most complex love polygon ever.
5. Through the Darkness - creepy in the best way, stellar acting, the best tone of any show about profilers I’ve ever seen.
6. Our Blooming Youth - my favorite crown prince, rewriting history for justice, hard conversations about trust and forgiveness.
7. The Uncanny Counter - the best coming-of-age story, cool action scenes, beautiful found family.
8. The Matchmakers - the best crafted drama, incredible side romances, gorgeous to look at
9. Like Flowers in Sand - adorable adorable ML, amazing friend group, my intro to a sport I didn’t expect to care about.
10. Doctor Slump - the healing romance I didn’t know I needed, PHS being PHS, no easy answers about complex relationships.

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I like your description of Doctor Slump very much.

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Midnight, I always feel so cool when you compliment my phrasing or agree with my drama opinions. Is it because you often have a unique drama perspective? I don't know, but thank you! I love reading your takes when we are in agreement but definitely also when they are opposite from mine! 💙💙

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Wow, such a compliment!! You're making me blush! Thank you!🩵🩵

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Glad to see The Uncanny Counter represented on a list! (Just FYI, I tallied votes for both seasons of both Uncanny Counter and Alchemy of Souls. Let me know if that's not what you were going for, though, and I can change it!)

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I count AoS as one drama because it was just split into two parts, both of which were intended from the beginning, and they weren't separated by much time (airing-wise). TUC and its sequel I think of as two separate dramas because it was a whole other season and was separated by a few years (and this entry is definitely referring only to the first season).

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That makes good sense! I'm never entirely sure how people intend their listed dramas to be interpreted, so I tend toward overrepresenting rather than underrepresenting. I'll update your "Uncanny Counter" response then. :)

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“ Alchemy of Souls - absolutely epic romance, high fantasy stakes, the most complex love polygon ever”
Your words especially epic and complex are perfect for this fantastic piece of fantasy drama!

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My current Top 10 K-Dramas in alphabetical order:

Alchemy of Souls
Call It Love
Crash Landing on You
Into the Ring
Like Flowers in Sand
Lost / Human Disqualification
Mr. Queen
Our Beloved Summer
Stove League
The Matchmakers

I wavered between "all-around faves" and "sentimental faves" and ended up with a mix of the two. Maybe because I'm feeling sentimental these days 😉

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It’s good to see two recent dramas make it in to your list they were both well loved on the site which I think adds to the enjoyment.

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I took two dramas off my list to accommodate them but I'm still feeling the sting! At a certain point, narrowing the list to 10 is nearly impossible 😮‍💨

It's Okay to Not Be Okay
Under the Queen's Umbrella

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We share four top-tens! High five!! 😁🙌 I still need to watch Mr. Queen...

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Don't delay. You won't regret it.

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@zindigo and @minniegupta1... *I started it after posting my comment* 😂 I thought, why not? Well, it's a blast so far!! (Middle of ep 2). I'll probably watch it in chunks on weekends since my live watch schedule is suddenly full, but yes - I totally see what all the hype is about 😊👍

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Yay! Do let us know how you like it.

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sooo much fun. I am excited for you. It only gets better

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I'm surprised it's only 4! 😉🙃
I really hope you like Mr. Queen!! Shin Hye-Sun really knocked it out of the park in this role.

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how can she be so good in every drama- and they are all so different. Defiantly my favorite female lead

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Lol me too 😂❤️ Mr. Queen is an absolute BLAST so far!!

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It's a blast right through to the end! I'm so glad you're enjoying it and looking forward to your WWW comments 😉

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I really struggled with whether Call it Love and Our Beloved Summer could still make it onto my top ten! Even without those we share four ☺️ It's so fun to see which of these I have in common with people!

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Cool!! We can be confident in each other's recommendations for other dramas to watch 😀

It's also fun to look at Beanie's lists here and realize that after getting to know them through their posts, I'm nodding my head and thinking "of course!" as I'm reading their lists.

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You and I need to do a CW group of Alchemy sometime. Not many in the top10

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I loved both seasons, but I get that it doesn't have as a broad appeal. Maybe a CW in the fall??!

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yes we will put it on the list!

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@jls943 might want to join our AOfS watch. She had high praise for it above

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Keep me posted for now! I’m not sure I’ll have time, but it’s one of my favs so I’d love to join if I can. But 30 episodes is a big commitment!

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In no specific order

Tell Me That You Love Me and Perfect Marriage Revenge made their way into my Top 10 and I'm sure Tell Me That You Love Me won't be knocked out for a very long time.

So...
Tell Me That You Love Me.
Perfect Marriage Revenge.
You Are My Spring.
My Liberation Notes.
Hospital Playlist 1&2.
Mr. Queen.
My Dearest 1&2.
Go Back Couple.
My Unfamiliar Family.
Life.

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So happy to see Go back couple in your list, I rewatched it last year when I was in serious pain and needed something to bring some joy. There was no evil or annoying second lead drama, no unnecessary tension outside of the couple trying to work things out. It was hysterically funny and so sweet.

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A year ago this was my first-ever Dramabeans post! 🥰 My top-ten list has changed quite a bit since last year, with the biggest contributions from 2023 dramas. 2023 was an awesome drama year for me - it now represents 40% of my top-ten, just beating out 2021 dramas (30%). So far for 2024, Lovely Runner is in the running for top-ten. Everything else remains to be seen!

1. The Matchmakers love is everywhere and is the beginning of everything
2. Into the Ring (2x) do all things with integrity not caring what others think
3. Call it Love the best revenge is healing, forgiveness, and love
4. Unlock My Boss (3x) treat everyone with kindness and believe the best in others
5. Like Flowers in Sand follow your strengths and live with integrity
6. Hello, Me! (2x) making peace with your past dreams for the future and loving yourself
7. Rainless Love in a Godless Land the power of dreams, hope, and faith
8. Thirty But Seventeen growing at your own pace during life's intermissions
9. Bossam: Steal the Fate epic love story across barriers
10. The Best Hit growing up and chasing dreams

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I think this top 10 is only for Korean shows, so you can take out Rainless love in a Godless Land and add another k-drama you love.

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Thanks Isa!

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Replacing Rainless Love (Taiwanese drama) with Pegasus Market (Kdrama) for the prompt!

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Noted and included!

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Thank you!! 😊

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Pegasus Market is a great replacement ☺️

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My k-drama list hasn't changed tons since last year, but I've been watching a lot more dramas from other Asian countries, so I'm going to cheat and do two lists, one for Korean shows and one for other Asian dramas:

Korean Top 10
1. Six Flying Dragons
2. The Devil
3. Queen Seondeok
4. Jumong
5. Stranger (both seasons)
6. Beyond Evil
7. Twinkling Watermelon
8. Giant
9. Liar Game
10. Healer

Other Asian shows
1. The Untamed
2. A Journey to Love
3. Someday or One Day
4. Love Between Fairy and Devil
5. Oh No, Here Comes Trouble!
6. Kieta Hatsukoi
7. The Imperial Coroner
8. A Dream of Splendor
9. Rainless Love in a Godless Land
10. Joy of Life (this could move up or down the list depending on what happens in parts 2 & 3)

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It is so nice to see Jumong, Queen Seondeok, Giant, Stranger and Six Flying Dragons on your list.

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Your list had some great older shows on it as well - you can tell who has been watching dramas for way too long by seeing how many shows from over a decade ago pop up.

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Fantastic list

Love the mentions of Lucifer, Giant and a A Dream of Splendour.

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You and I are going back to that era for our favorites. "Giant" brought back many great memories from those days.
Mondays and Tuesdays where the epic period dramas and sageuks compete.
Giant (MBC)- 44.9%
Jumong (MBC)- 51.9%
Queen Seon Deok (MBC) - 44.9%
I'm glad to see MBC returning to its roots, but so much has changed, and we'll not have those thrilling experiences again.
The weekends is the new Mon/Tues. Cable channels are doing much better in ratings, and the days of back-to-back epic sageuks are gone.

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I really do miss the old epic shows when both budgets and ratings were huge. They are what got me into k-drama, but I know they're tricky to make with today's economic limitations.

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Mydramalist but not in order
1-Mr sunshine
2-Reply 1988
3-Signal
4-Prison playbook
5_ heartstrings
6_ when the weather is fine
7- twinkling watermelon
8_ another miss oh
9- my ajjushi
10_ heartless city

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"Heartless City" Baksa lives!
I had the most fun time watching this show live with friends. Many of our K-drama bloggers, such as MrX, Thundie's Prattle, Dahae, The Problematic of the Unproblematic, etc., were still around, and most of them were watching, making it even more fun. https://dr-myri-blog.blogspot.com/2013/08/heartless-city-moojung-doshi-episode-20.html

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I am loving all the additional info you have shared related to the classic K-dramas on some of the veteran beanies lists, thank you.

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I'm afraid my Korean list has not changed a lot.

_ Prison Playbook (2017).
_ Flower Boy Next Door (2013).
_ Live up to your name (2017).
_ Queen Seon Deok (2009).
_ Misaeng (2014).
_ Twenty-five Twenty-one (2022).
_ The Nokdu Flower (2019).
_ Bossam (2021).
_ Twinkling Watermelon (2023).
_ When the weather is fine (2020).

It's been difficult because I could have included The Matchmakers and My Dearest too. 2023 was a good year.

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As @wonhwa I'm going to add my favorite non-Korean Asian shows.

_ Someday or One Day (Taiwan).
_ Fake it till you make it (China).
_ Legend of Shen Li (China).
_ Meet Yourself (China).
_ Reset (China).
_ When I fly towards you (China).
_ A Journey to love (China).
_ Shining for one thing (China).

Joy of Life and Will love in spring would complete the list, I'm sure, but I have not finished them yet.

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No jdramas? 🙂
(Based on these lists I think you could like Silent... or Bokura wa Kiseki de Dekiteiru... or Long Vacation...)

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I have only watched one j-drama so far (Tsuiraku JK to Haijin Kyoshi Season 1). I want to watch First love, Alice in Borderland, Silent and some others, but my list of K-dramas and C-dramas I want to watch is so long... 😅
I have been watching Asian dramas only since Winter 2021, so my list of "old shows" seems infinite.

I take note of your suggestions. Thank you! (Wow, Long Vacation was released in 1996, wasn't it?)

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