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[Drama Chat] Drama highs and lows of 2024 (so far)

For some reason the year is half over, so it’s always a good time to sit back and think about the drama year thus far. So far, I’d say it’s been full of some great dramas, some pleasant surprises — and few things that fell utterly flat too. Still, I can say that I’ve been enjoying dramaland so much more than I did in 2023.

Some highlights and lowlights for me so far: we started off the drama year with the I-didn’t-know-I-needed-you drama Marry My Husband, which is still one of my favorites of the year. We had some surprise hits (Flex x Cop, Knight Flower, Crash), as well as some dramas that hurt to watch, if only because they could have been so much better. (Yes, I’m looking at you The Impossible Heir.) We also had some mega K-drama history made with a ~little drama~ called Queen of Tears. Aaaand we have quite a few big titles to anticipate in the second half of the year.

All that being said, the standout moments for me so far are my hidden gem dramas: Like Flowers in Sand, and Lovely Runner. Whether you two got the full attention and accolades you deserved or not (eh), you’ll always be the ones I hold dear, rewatch, and force on unsuspecting friends.

What’s your take on dramas in 2024 so far? Any big surprises? Letdowns? Favorite things that happened?

 
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Atypical Family was defo also an atypical drama if only they had put those girls together instead of forcing a guy on her
but it had a whole different vibe to any other dramas.
Flex x Cop was a lot deeper and had more heart than I expected. it was a team that had my money on them.

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Flex has all my ❤️❤️❤️

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2024 has been good, especially The Atypical Family and Doctor Slump, but none of this year's dramas have made my favorites of all time.

The lows are the same lows every year -- serial killers (Lovely Runner, Miss Night and Day) and dramas going south in the second half (A Good Day to Be a Dog, Lovely Runner).

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Your lows are my lows. Do you need a hug😄🩵😄

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*group hug* 🤗

I loved Lovely Runner for the first 10 episodes, but the ending was disappointing for me because it took away the two characteristics that made Sun-jae's character Sun-jae -- having an unrequited love for 15 years and being an idol. Likewise, it took away my favorite characteristic of Tae-sung's -- dating Sol. On top of the serial killer, Sol's noble idiocy, Sol's brother and best friend (who ought to have been killed by the serial killer), I just fell out of love with it. The show didn't need a serial killer or 16 episodes. However, I wasn't bothered by the characters being superficial or not having character development like some people were. It's fluff, so I wasn't expecting it to be deep.

A Good Day to Be a Dog: I blame Lee Hyun-woo for ruining my drama even though it's not his fault, it's the writing's fault, but this show was my happy pill until the last 5 episodes which focused on the tiger mountain god and their past lives. I hated this storyline and his character, and it's gross how they paired a teacher with a high school student. The one episode per week schedule and preemptions were a detriment to the show, but I binged it, so I wasn't as affected other than avoiding spoilers.

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I would have liked LR but the FL part annoyed me so much. Not the actress but the way it was written. I hated how she was always going away from him
I dropped Dog after the first episode

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The FL was annoying. Because of her noble idiocy, she only had herself to blame for everything bad that happened. Also, I never got over a 34-year-old dating a high school student, which is as gross as the teacher-student relationship in The Dog Show.

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Good
Connection, Uncle Samsik, Crash, Tell Me You Love Me, Knight Flower, Chief Detective 1958

Surprisingly good
Blood Free, Missing Crown Prince, Sweet Mobster

Bad
Captivating the King, The Impossible Heir

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I see a lot on here I still want to watch. Glad to see positive vibes on them

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Thank you. Which ones do you plan to watch?

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The absolute highlights:
- Parasyte: The Grey
- Marry My Husband
- Pyramid Game
- Crash

The absolute low:
- Hierarchy

There have been some disappointments, but outside of Hierarchy, nothing has disappointed me so much to the point I almost regret watching it, so I'd say it's been a good year so far.

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Biggest surprise: TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME. A well acted and written drama that really hit the mark on interpersonal communication, difficulties in relationships, disabilities and introspection.

Biggest letdown(s): The sink hole demise of the classic weekender. LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE was beyond terrible if that will be the bottom of this genre's fall.

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Oh you're right about Tell me that you love me! My mind left it in last year. 😉

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I haven't watched many 2024 shows yet, but what does stand out for me is Uncle Samsik. That's TV on another level, with outstanding cast and a historical backdrop that's so interesting from our point of view (for the people then those must have been devastating times).
For me the biggest letdown so far has been - sorry - Lovely Runner. I know it is the highlight of many around here but for me, I couldn't make it past mid-second episode. Maybe sometime later (but by browsing through the recaps of later eps I doubt that).

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I’m in your LR corner🩵

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The Highs:
Wonderful world
Chief detective 1958
Deaths Game
Knight Flower
Crash

The lows:
Almost everything else for various reasons, mostly bad writing.

Overhyped/Overrated but still entertaining:
Marry My Husband
Queen of tears
Lovely Runner

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Lovely runner wasn’t hyped at all prior to it starting—it even had a call to boycott it after the first episode. And no product placements. Which is why it’s amazingly charming.

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The boycott was just by Shinee's fans, it wasn't like Joseon Exorcist.

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I think it was triggering for many kpop fans in general. I’m glad it didn’t go the way of Joseon Exorcist.

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Not so much to be honest.

Kim Jonghyun was born a 8 April and the show debuted a 8 April too. Only his fans were concerned about it when it was just TVN that aired a drama after the last one...

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For me, 2024 is disapointing for now.

Flex X Cop was the only drama that kept its promise of being fun with great characters' development.

There were Kdramas with a very good start but lost me in the middle like Lovely Runner or Wedding Impossible.

Like Flowers in Sand was good but sadly the writer waited to long to reunited the old friends and I didn't specially liked how they handled the ML's career.

I liked Queen of Tears mainly for the leads and I was disapointing by the lack of skinship in their couple.

Pyramid Game was an interesting drama and I liked the lack of male characters. But again, bullying + rich people is not my favorite theme.

My favorite drama is surprisly a Cdrama with Will Love in Spring.

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Team Flex🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻💜💜💜

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This is a controversial choice but a drama high for me was High School Return of a Gangster. I really enjoyed that show as I was watching it and it made me curious about the trio of young actors. I learned the actor who was in Twinkling Watermelon is an idol and he can speak english fluently (also the show once again made me lose faith in subtitles because he said one word in english and it was subbed a different word even though the gist is the same). This was the main bully's first role and I just thought he has such (comedic) potential in him that it made me wanna see him be in other projects. As for the main actor, I had a new appreciation for him after previously seeing him in All of Us are Dead. He did such a good job playing this role.

Another high would be Knight Flower. I was so into that show that I was watching unsubbed videos just to see what would happen in the newest episodes. I liked the comedy and action and I liked the way the romance was portrayed; it was adorable, crushy vibes even though it was older characters & actors which is new to me. Plus as someone who isn't much into romance, this hit the right balance for me. Ahh, I really enjoyed his show. (I'm not sure it came out in 2024 but this was the only other project that came to mind after High School Return).

Drama lows? Hmm, I think Miss Night and Day is becoming this. I didn't have any expectations (or at least I don't think I did) but I thought the premise was fun and the show would be funny and so far, it's not delivering on the funny for me. The only reason I'm still watching is for the reveals of people discovering her secret and Lee Jung Eun but ugh, I'm just not into this.

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Yes, Knight Flower came out in January, I think. I'm yet to finish it but I really like Honey Lee.

You've convinced me to give High School Return of a Gangster a try.

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If you have any thoughts, feelings, or opinions about High School Return please make sure to post it on the hangout cause I'm curious about your thoughts on it.

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I will do that 🥰

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Sadly, no Kdrama thus far has been able to reach the bar that's been set by Will Love in Spring.

Atypical Family and Flex x Cop have been my favourites Korean shows so far.

Tell Me That You Love Me, too was really good... Though I'd have loved a better ending, but I'll take it as a nod to the Japanese original.
I had super high hopes that Midnight Romance in Hagwon would recreate that magic, but it's been not as gripping as I expected with the romance itself a distant second to the politics... Maybe a fault of the English title giving false expectations, from just "Graduate". Still have to watch the last 4 eps tho, so fingers crossed it'll end well.

And I don't even want to speak about my massive QoT disappointment... It had so much potential, got totally derailed by the writer's power trip.

Crash turned out meh.

The others were all watchable, but unmemorable for me- Marry My Husband, Wedding Impossible, Knight Flower, Sand Flower etc. Unmotivated to watch anything of the others that have just done, or currently showing. Blah.

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Team Flex🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻💜💜💜

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I'm currently watching Will Love in Spring 😍 It's quite something.

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Highlights💙
My Lovely Runner
Doctor Slump
Connection
Pleasant Surprises🎉
Flex X Cop
Knight Flower
Crash
Disappointments😭
Wedding Impossible
The Impossible Heir
Captivating The King
Didn't expect much so I don't really care😂
Queen of Divorce
Dare to love me

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Overrated
Queen of Tears

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Like Flowers In Sand, Lovely Runner, and The Atypical Family were the highs of the first half of 2024 for me.
The Queen of Tears is not really a bad drama, but it could have been so much better. It gets a low mark from me.

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This year has not been generally great. Many disappointments, many drops, and stretches of slumps. Too many serial killers, too much shiny dramas that had no substance, too much stupid drinking in lieu of real story or character development, lots of pretty faces that aren’t showing much emotion or good acting.

BEST and HAS STAYED AT THE TOP

LIKE FLOWERS IN SAND The show stayed with me because completely embodied acting of Jang Dong Yoon as Baek Du, and the development of depth of other relationships besides the OTP. The phenomenal acting of the supporting actors, especially Choi Moo Sung and Jang Young Nam, also made this show stay at the top.

SHOGUN. Amazing acting, beautiful cinemotography and complex story telling.

LOVED, LOVED WHILE WATCHING, BUT SOMEHOW HAS FALLEN SINCE

LOVELY RUNNER I really, really loved this show while watching it. However, since it ended, it has slipped in my affections. I think it has some to do my reaction to the hype, but also, I think since the story was primarily about the OTP with little or no development of many of the other characters or relationships or even their individual passions beyond each other, the lasting impact of the show has lessen. Maybe my reaction to the show was like an initial infatuation—it was pretty intense at the time, but without more to sustain it, it fades. But all in all, no regrets and a fond memory.

. SURPRISES
MY SWEET MOBSTER Great mature actors bringing the comedy and the heart. If this keeps going, it will be a favorite.

DREAMING OF A FREAKING FAIRY TALE With only 10 short episodes and no expectations, this turned out to be a nice little treat that was nothing more, but nothing less.

i> ATYPICAL FAMILY I had a lot of problems, mainly the neglect of a child, with the first episode. However, I kept with the show til the end. It wasn’t perfect, but it kept getting better in a way I still don’t fully understand. Ina ended up being the heart of the show even if she wasn’t the main character because I rooted for her from the beginning (even if was just to get out the neglectful house) and rooted for her til the end.

. MEDIOCRE WHEN IT COULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH BETTER
DR. SLUMP. Too much aegyo took over when the slump part had been really good. Also, the medicine practiced by the doctors and received by the doctors was bad.

WEDDING IMPOSSIBLE Ugh. It had the potential to be so much better, but it used a gay character to propel the plot and then did nothing else with him than speak about him and lecture him about how he should not run away from his problems without giving him much agency or story. And the OTP just fizzled out as if their only spark was from fighting.

BAD AND MADE ME MAD ENOUGH TO DROP
IMPOSSIBLE HEIR This is what happens when a story with lots of plot has no logic or heart and some painfully bad acting.

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Had exactly the same reaction to Lovely Runner, much as I enjoyed it at the time.

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SHOGUN was an excellent series.
It proved that a foreign language show with subtitles can work on American television.

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2024 is a dichotomy for me. I think I pretty much enjoyed everything I watched, but only a few things really were surprises. I love a time travel, Sci-fi fantasy and this year definitely satisfied that craving.

The most surprising was Lovely Runner for me. I knew after the first episode I would love this little underrated show and I was wholly right. However, how the actors’ popularity went off the charts was not expected at all, and with all their fan meets, they are still capitalizing on that.

I thought I would like Doctor Slump more. It was just fine.

I enjoyed High School Gangster, even with all its problematic themes and premise.

Marry My husband and Queen of Tears were both overrated for me, but I did like watching both for lost of their runs.

Atypical family was quite nice though. I think the hype equaled its execution.

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I agree with you about Atypical Family. It was unique and well done.

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I’m watching this now. On episode 4. So far loving how unique it is. Really well written

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I'm glad you are enjoying it! The best show this year, imo.
And from the fourth episode it even gets better.

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I was just reflecting on my bean list that it's going to be hard to divide beans, as I only finish dramas I reasonably like, and then what show do I steal its bean to give to Lovely Runner? It makes me think I should go back and watch the last few episodes of shows I've dropped, but four hours is a lot of my life to give to a show I don't like for a bean.

I have an unusually high amount of romcoms on my list so far this year. It's been a great year for chemistry between leads, so even if the shows had problems, the couples kept me watching.
They at least deserve their own bean: Queen of Tears, Doctor Slump.
I need to find more beans for: My Sweet Mobster, Freaking Fairy Tale, Lovely Runner, Like Flowers in Sand (is that last year or this year?)
Also procedures have done well: Crash and Flex x Cop
Personally, I have a soft spot for Shop for Killers, and I'm really enjoying Connection.
Beans I could pull: Death's Game, and then I feel bad for the incredible cast who acted so well, despite the frustrating overarching theme on suicide. I also feel torn about Wedding Impossible, the one rom-com where the awful ending outshone the OTP.
But, this is a problem I don't mind having!

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Lots of Honesty going on here so here it goes
Love me when it’s over😍😍😍

The Best: Flex X Cop- best ML, best cast, best music, great story. This would get all my beans SO FAR! Fun to see a lot of love in this prompt room for this show. Team Flex🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻💜💜💜

The Good
My Demon ended Jan 20
My Man is Cupid Ended Jan 19
Like Flowers In Sand Ended Jan 31
Love Song for Illusion

The Bad
Doctor Slump
Lovely Runner

The Ugly
Chicken Nugget

One thing to note: I don’t watch live so I still have a lot of your favorites to watch. Thanks to this great prompt, I have a good list to choose from.

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Flex X was truly fantastic. It deserves all the love.

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My biggest drama high is Tell Me That You Love Me. It is taking my best drama of the year award when the beanie ratings comes up in December.

Coming close to it is Captivating the King. I wasn't exactly a fan of Jo Jung-seok. I had only seen him in Hospital Playlist and I thought he was too over the place there. He was everywhere and it had me wondering whether and how he ever got any work done. But here, in Sejak, I was charmed by his aura. Gosh! This man exudes excellence and is the reason Captivating the King capitulated to my drama highs.

Also Uncle Samsik. I have no words for this one except it is the first kdrama piece I'm watching with its setting in the 50's and 60's. I generally avoided them but this one did a good job.

Drama lows: Nothing Uncovered. I can start writing a whole lot of things about this that made it sink down the drain but I'll just say I liked it when it was investigating and just that.

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I also really enjoyed two on your list Uncle Samsik and Tell me that you love me. There have been some very well acted and shot dramas this year.

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I found Tell Me That You Love Me remarkable too. Definitely top favourite of the year.

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Tabong's experience in kdramaland 2024 (first half).

1. Favorite thing that happened:
Like Flowers in Sand.

Honorable mentions:
Tell Me That You Love Me
Love For Love's Sake
Long Time No Sex
Unpredictable Family
Midnight Stress in Hagwon
The Woman Who Plays (for now)

2. Letdowns (aka. regret not dropping them):
Welcome to Sam Dal-ri
Lovely Runner
Wedding Impossible

3. Neutral:
Park's Story
Queen of Tears
Frankly Speaking

4. Dramas that I probably should've watched/finished but lost the timing to and now I know they're going to be stuck on my watchlist for a decade or so:

Knight Flower
Wonderful World
Crash
Flex X Cop

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I *need* to watch Like Flowers in Sand. It's on my list. Mostly for the title but hopefully it pleases me too.

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It's a lovely drama. I hope you enjoy it.

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2. Letdowns
I dropped Welcome to Samdal-ri. I didn't like any of the characters and could see it was becoming a hate-watch, which brings me to...

I hate-watched Wedding Impossible to the end. Even if I do regret it, at least now I know what bad actors Jeon Jong-seo (in romances) and Moon Sang-min (in everything) are.

I was never going to drop Lovely Runner because by Ep 11, I was only watching it for Tae-sung anyway, so ignored the OTP's repetitive romance.

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You were very smart about Sam Dal-ri. I was not.

I finished WI because I binged most of it while doing work.
Oh, and nice to know I'm not the only one that didn't like the couple. JJS' character was cool at the behind tho.

Same. But the fact that I only liked Tae Seong should've been my signal to run away.

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The WI couple had no romantic chemistry, and Jeon Jong-seo and Moon Sang-min were miscast. On top of the gay best friend plot device and the mother murder mystery, the whole show was a mess.

I totally get that it's never worth it to watch a drama just for "oppa," but besides Tae-sung's awesomeness, I really enjoyed all of his and Sol's interactions. They had so much chemistry together, and she was less annoying when she was with him. Less whiny.

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I love how it all started because the ML was trying to seduce his brother's fiance, but somehow they made it the brother's fault for not wanting to come out in gays-have-no-rights-Korea. And the mom, was a another lazy plot device.
Like you said, a total mess.

I think that during the second half of the show JJS looked worse here than in Burning, and that movie was supposed to be depressing. She looked so sad in the romantic scenes. Maybe it's just me, but I always felt like she was about to cry.
And MSM, Idk. I didn't like his character, so I didn't care much about him.

I get you, Tae was awesome! and his scenes with Sol are probably the only moments were she feels like "her" (or like a real person in general). She doesn't have the "safe the world" mentality or survivor guilt on when she's with him. They had the best dynamic.

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go and finish flex Cop. they are worth it

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I need to find the right timing to watch it. 🥺

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Thanks for the prompt @missvictrix

Unexpected joys
Crash - I didn’t even know there was an action comedy genre turns out I loved this genre as a kid and still do
Uncle Samsik - who knew politics could be so interesting
High school return of a gangster - fantasy comedy one of my favourites
Dreaming of a freaking fairytale - an actual rom com and done well

Enjoyed a lot but had elements that irritated a little
Dr Slump - excessive drinking with prescription meds and characters that I wish didn’t need to be there having too much air time
Lovely runner - characters that didn’t need to be there having too much air time
Tell me that you love me - characters that I wish didn’t need to there
Queen of tears - characters that I wish didn’t need to be there having too much air time

Enjoyed but had elements that irritated a lot
Welcome to Samdalri excessive drinking by the sisters and characters that I wish didn’t need to there
My sweet mobster loving but already has characters that I wish didn’t need to there having too much air time

Started so well then…
Wedding impossible
Queen of divorce
Frankly speaking

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Characters that don't need to be there getting too much air time.
This sounds like real life, no? 😅

I struggled with Welcome to Samdalri partly because that excessive drinking. It had si h promise. I was hoping for something like Hometown Cha Cha but also different. Alas, that was not to be.

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As of end June only LTNS and Crash have stayed as worth spending the time to watch. Th rest of 2024 dramas have been dropped at an alarming rate including hyped ones like Dr.Slump and QoT which pardon the pun, slumped pretty badly in the later portion. Started Ms.Night and Day with no expectations and though comparisons to Behind your Touch are inevitable, still watching it. Not sure how it would be wind up after the first six episodes

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I'm not sure I had high expectations for the year. I was SO looking forward to QOT but that was a bit of a disappointment for me storywise. The acting was great and the cinematography stunning but...but...something was missing (don't come for me, beanies, I know I'm in the minority in this opinion! 😍)

I was pleasantly surprised by Marry My Husband. Every single episode was bringing it. 🔥 And after all that personal drama for Park Min Young, I was very happy this show was a success.

My stand outs so far:
A Shop For Killers 9/10
Branding in Seongsu 7/10
Flex X Cop 8/10
Tell Me That You Love Me 8/10
Blood Free 9/10
MY SWEET MOBSTER 10/10 💗🦞

Special mention:
Crash

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My favorite dramas in this first half of 2024 have been
Atypical Family, Knight Flower and Death's Game. I never got bored while watching them. They have good script, good acting, production...
I had a good time with Wedding Impossible too, and now I'm having fun with Sweet Mobster.

The mini drama Under the Gun was a nice surprise.

I didn't love Lovely Runner as much as other beanies, probably because I couldn't connect with the main couple, but the OST was great and there were some good comedy moments.

Shows I think could have been better (but I didn't drop): Frankly Speaking, Parasyte the Grey, Love song for illusion (so many good songs, btw), My Happy Ending, Park's Marriage Contract, Sweet Home 2, Captivating the King...

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The Great
None

The Good
Doctor Slump
Freaking Fairytale
Knight Flower
Parasyte The Grey

The Fair
Lovely Runner
Captivating The King (just for JJS)
Marry My Husband
Like Flowers In The Sand

Bad

Queen of Divorce
Queen of Tears
Miss Night and Day
Wedding Impossible

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My favorite so far :❤️
Doctor Slump

The dramas I enjoyed :🩷
Lovely runner until episode 10
Pyramid game
Marry my husband until episode 11

Dramas I disliked:
Queen of tears
Frankly speaking
A killer paradox
Wedding impossible
Branding in seongsu
Fr**aking Fairytale

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Lovely runner until episode 10
Marry my husband until episode 11

Agree. Lovely Runner episode 11 was filler, and BoA's character ruined Marry My Husband.

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Yep she became such a 1D vilian which took away the importance of sumins character. LR yes filler and running in circles.

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@Skiee you have had a wide range of watch this year ❤. I forgot to add Killer's Paradox in my dislike list as well. I love Choi Woo Shik and could not for the life of me understand what made an actor like him pick that script.

I am trying to find some time to watch A shop for killers.

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Thank you I'm trying everything. 🩷
And for the love of god I couldn't watch killer paradox, from the trailer it looked interesting🤦‍♀️..I love him too but this one threw me off...But I think his movie with boyoung will pull me back in. A shop for killers is on my list too❣️

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This is what I loved so far this year:

1. A SHOP FOR KILLERS - Lee Dong-Wook surprised me in this Wolf & Lone Cub type action-thriller. My friends had been pushing me (while I dug my heels in) in front of the Lee Dong-Wook Oppa Truck for ages and this is what finally tipped the scales for him HAHA!
2. LIKE FLOWERS IN SAND - I was reluctant because I'm not a wrestling fan but loveable Baek-Do solidified Jang Dong-Yoon as my leading K-Drama Oppa
3. CRASH - I adore this one so much because the cast brought their A Game and it made me laugh. The only drama I've always looked forward to watching every week.
4. LOVELY RUNNER - It was the sort of fluffy confection-like rom-com I love (except for the killer part).
5. BLOOD FREE - It's thought-provoking and a highly engrossing watch.. except that they really didn't nail the ending.

These were the "misses" for me this year so far:

1. FLEX X COP - I just couldn't get past Ahn Bo-Hyun to enjoy this. He really irritates me.
2. ATYPICAL FAMILY - Dropped after a couple of episodes as life is too short for a depressing drama.

I wanted to watch quite a few dramas like MARRY MY HUSBAND and KNIGHT FLOWER but none of the streamers I subscribe to carry them.

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I love how candid you are haha!

Flex Cop was same for me, I could not get past ABH, but 19th life CW changed that for me, so hoping to give Flex Cop another try.

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highs for me: Atypical Family , The 8 Show, Dreaming of a Freaking Fairytale.

I enjoy Miss Night & Day, despite the obvious ageism because, unfortunately, we have a driven character who came back to solve an old (and still active) murder case paired with a 50-year-old cleaning lady who has no experience of working in the prosecution. I'd have preferred if they focused on her inexperience rather than her age, but at the same point, it wasn't completely unrealistic (and that's probably why we were so fast to scream red flag). Ultimately, the ML doesn't need to be a green flag for me to enjoy the story, and I'm not lying, I'm loving that murder trope because, for once, it is meaningful in the life of a prosecutor. (rather than in the life of a maths tutor or the life of a composer, like we've seen recently)
Granted, this may affect the love story, but I don't think it's entirely fair to ask him to be a green flag when he's been flanked without his knowledge by a cleaning lady as replacement for an office assistant... I'd been fuming too (but I wouldn't necessarily focus on her age) Yet, we've seen him being respectful with her when she was as a cleaning lady. His problem is not necessarily her age, as far as I can see; it's having had something whom he judged incompetent replaced by someone who is even worse, as in completely untrained and inexperienced. It's been mentioned before that he doesn't like to work with others, specifically because they don't have the same work ethic and brains— which was his problem with the first office assistant. Do I wish he would tell her openly? Yes, but honestly, it feels a little easy to scream ageism when they forcibly gave the guy someone who has zero training or knowledge to assist him. I don't mind the script going there and being unfair because it's more realistic that way.

Was Like Flowers in the Sand 2024? It's also a high.

I feel Marry My Husband ranks in the neutral dramas. It was bearable but not that good that it deserves all the praises... I dropped out of boredom... Was it satisfying? I don't know... Is it satisfying to watch someone having so little self-respect that they need to first go through terminal cancer + murder to finally realise they were an easy target? Did she become a bad-ass in her second time alive? Not sure... She worked extra hard to surround herself with absolute jerks the first time around and then spends all of her second life cutting ties with said jerks while Prince Charming is supporting her (because apparently he feel in love with her grey mouse abused self in the first life.... sure, nothing is more appealing that a woman who lets herself being used to the point of death...) I had the same problem with this one that I had with Perfect Marriage Revenge. I just could not bring myself to care for the instant glow-up girl and her I'll-do-anything-for-you-because-this-is-my-purpose-in-the-plot...

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Oh gosh, how easy it would have been for the writers to have the male lead complain about the cleaning lady’s inexperience in being an officer assistant, a very fair complaint. But when he only complains about her age and not her inexperience, well, that’s why the Beanies are calling what the show chose to highlight. The point was his ageism (and her ability to show him otherwise).

I think how quickly Beanies are dismissing this discrimination is a sign of how acceptable ageism remains in society. Let’s see. If the cleaning lady had been inexperienced and black but the male lead *only* chose to complain about her unsuitability because she’s black, would it be as easy to say, pfft, you’re screaming racism so easily when we really know it’s about her inexperience. I don’t know.

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Now, don't make me say things I haven't said. I specifically said it was realistic, and that I could see plenty of logical reasons why he didn't want her in his team but that I would prefer if he hadn't chosen the excuse of her age.

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Yes, I heard that. And I heard more. But I will stop lest we be accused of screaming again.

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I like that the show is choosing to depict a very realistic representation of bias and workplace discrimination.

I don't like being attacked for it. Especially as someone who's been at the receiving end of discrimination for the best part of 10 years to the point where disappearing forever felt like the only way out.

I like that discrimination here is shown very differently from high school bullies. it's not in her face. It's two people ganging up against her while a third person intentionally puts her there with no support in place. So, yes, I like how they intentionally depict, not only a ML who isn't a green flag, but an entire system where people are just people. They are flawed and crappy and there's no hero to come and rescue her.

I don't like how Beanies are screaming ageism mindlessly when this is precisely the point the show is making. (She can get a job more easily because she's older, but she can't get any respect in that job because she's older.)

All things considered, today, I like DB a little less. Maybe a lot less. Screw that. I just don't like it anymore.

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There will always be multiple views on DB, and there will be a debate on those. But starting by labeling those who hold different opinions as "screaming" or "mindless" probably will not lead to a good debate.

The ageist bullying is very real and hard. But this show isn't a real discussion of ageism in the workplace. In real life, Ms Day would have quit or been fired as you say, no one to rescue her. Here, she has her magical abilities to save the day, and we will just move on past what would be incredibly damaging to anyone in real life. Plus, now it seems we might have to root for a romance without much explanation, reflection or making amends for the ageist bullying.

I'm sorry you were bullied, but consider, so are many others. (I chose the racist workplace discrimination example for a reason.) And indeed, there may be older workers for whom this this denial or minimizing will be incredibly hurtful.

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The ageist bullying took me promptly out of the story, specifically because they have not made any attempts to address the issue or call him out on it (unless they did in the recent episodes which I have not watched). It was just hurtful and made me wonder about the actual character of the ML and think about how many other biases he might be harbouring. I am used to watching most K-drama MLs treating older people with respect, so this was so out of the left field that it has left a bad taste.

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I have been sort of burned by so many 2023 dramas that I have only started 4 from 2024 (unless Death's game counts. If that the case, then that's my favorite. This drama is a showcase of genres and good performances).

I have dropped the Impossible Heir quickly for the lack of story and cohesion.
I should have dropped A killer paradox when it stopped to be funny with creative destruction of the murder proofs.

I only on ep 6 of Connection, but it is on the top and will probably stays. The conspiration is not something new, but the characters are adults.

I'm quite late in my Lovely runner watching, and though they are/can be very cute FL is infuriating. Also several hysterical side characters and several bathroom jokes... these will count as important malus in the note. Why does he love her (so much) ??

Thank you for this prompt that made me realize that I need to stay away from dramas with immature characters. I'm off to update my watchlist.

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This prompt is showing that Lovely Runner is not everyone's favorite, as it seemed some weeks ago.
Reading it, I see several beanies didn't like it so much.

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It is a very cute drama, and it can be inebriating. But after some time the sugar-high falls. I knew it before starting the drama. I'm still watching it because it's a duo watch. But I need something meatier on the side.

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It's been a very strange experience for me. I loved it during the live watch, so much so that I rewatched the first few episodes. Then it started sidetracking. Then it went off the rail some more. When it ended, I was still on board, but as the days passed, it kept dropping down my list. I still love the idea of it, the cute candy floss couple, and some of the scenes. But a show has to have genuine humour and believable romance for me to go back, and that is why this failed eventually, because the romance didn't stay epic in the end. I wasn't as taken in by the OSTs either.

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However, it's in 14 Top 10 lists in DB (even before its ending) this year. I wonder what will be the result next year.

I think I didn't like it so much because I had already watched the chinese Shining for one thing or the Taiwanese Someday or One Day, which are much deeper shows with similar plots.

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The humour is not working on me.
The OST starts to be repetitive (though not at the One spring night level where it made me suspend-drop the drama).
What is bothering me is the childish FL behaviour. She is supposed to be the more mature of the couple, but in fact he is the most mature. Unless he is also a time traveller a la A time called you ?

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My favourites (highs) so far:

1. Chicken Nugget
2. LTNS
3. Atypical Family
4. Dr Slump
5. Lovely Runner

After what @goyangi said, it did remind me that while I thoroughly enjoyed LOVEY RUNNER I wanted more from the ending. When Sol fell in love or at least became interested in Sun-jae, it was at the lowest point in her ḻife. The loss of mobility felt like the loss of her freedom and while Sun-jae couldn’t understand being in her situation he could understand and identify with those dark thoughts, because he himself felt them. His life and dream was all about swimming, he trained day and night and yet after putting in all that hard work he couldn’t swim anymore. It’s a confronting realisation and I’m sure he had his moments where everything felt pointless. It’s why I think his words reached Sol, because he felt them too…

So if that was how their love story started, how their fates were tied, the ending doesn’t sit well with me. It eradicates Sol’s disability and also Sun-jae’s mental health. And I’d rather the drama portrayed their love story from the first timeline, it would’ve been more meaningful and true to life. If there was only one change to make, it would be for Sol to get into Sun-jae’s car from the first episode

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THE LOWS

The Worst:
Dare to Love You, I dropped this and I’m thankful I did, if I even think about this drama, I go into full rage mode 🤬

The Forgettable:
Frankly Speaking, honestly in a few years I’ll probably forget I even watched this…

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So if that was how their love story started, how their fates were tied, the ending doesn’t sit well with me. It eradicates Sol’s disability and also Sun-jae’s mental health.

Bingo. I think you caught the nerve. Also the fact it erased the entire developmental aspect of their story.

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You're on point with LOVELY RUNNER, I think I was drawn to it because I thought there's deeper story to tell, even if they took disability out of the window it was ok. But sunjeas depression and the accident everything were not that deep and numerous going back and forth took the essence. Even if we enjoy endless fluffy scenes for a while, a deeper development of their love story was needed .

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Absolutely. You explained this so well! While I loved this show, I would have been over the moon had they finished with a continuation of the first timeline with Sol getting into Sun Jae's car. She was a bright spark, determined and joyful in her power wheelchair, and I was so ready to see her succeed in her career and love life! But in Kdrama style they had to heal her. Sun Jae as well, how powerful had they explored his mental health struggles and found a way for him to work through them himself with her support. Removing these two important events ought to have have erased some of why they felt so much for each other. Kdramas need drastic improvement with disability representation. Thanks for the tag @linarrick

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I know I’m late to the party, but at least I’m showing up!

Starting with the bad first:
Queen of Divorce - I’m still ticked off that Kang Ki Young’s shot at a leading man role was butchered like this.
The Midnight Romance in Hagwon - I hate to say it, I had high hopes for this one, but I just can’t seem to get into these introspective dramas and am unable to connect emotionally with the characters.
Captivating the King - Aside from Jo Jung Suk’s outstanding performance this one fell flat

And now for the highs:
Marry My Husband - I wasn’t even sure I wanted to watch this and had very low expectations. It turns out this is my kind of crazy and has some of my favorite antagonists in recent memory
Flex X Cop - Loved the buddy/team aspect of it and the vulnerability of Ahn Bo Hyun’s character tugged at my heart strings
Lovely Runner - the bubble gum sweetness and adorable cute-nessI sorely needed
Shop for Killers - If you are going for graphic violence, this is the way to do it well. I stayed on the edge of my seat the whole time.

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Good:
Doctor Slump
Flex x cop

Could have been better:
Welcome to Samdari
Good Day to be a Dog

Undecided:
Lovely Runner
Knight Flower

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I still love Lovely Runner, but yes, the serial killer plot wasn't needed and yes, I love the way this special plotline ended (Truck of Doom for the win!). And, also yes, I hate it when the FL goes dumb. It's not cute, it's daft.
I have high hopes for My Sweet Mobster.

Disappointed:
Queen of Tears brought me Diddi Hallervorden (famous German comedian, yes, they do exist) in a K-Drama, which was something I didn't have on my Bingo card for this year, but it dropped sharply after the first half and was a waste of a great cast.
Welcome to Samdal-ri wasted it's awesome cast (Healer and Ajhumma together again!), too much conflict and too much crying.
My Demon started good but lost the plot and everything else by episode 8 or even earlier.
Marry my Husband was fun.
Marriage Impossible should have been good, but wasn't, probably the writing team fell asleep during episode 4 or 5.
A Good Day to be a Dog had such a quirky premise but sank into a deep depression for some reason.
Parks Marriage Contract was also a letdown. Why did she treat her Joseon-husband like something she stepped into?
Couldn't really get into Midnight Romance in Hagwon.

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I love your handle.

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Oh, thank you!

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I love your descriptions of Wedding impossible and the dog show. With Wedding impossible I agree, it started so well and then it was like they had temps covering while the main writing team were being held hostage somewhere. A good day to be a dog was really funny when the nephew was involved but when mountain god got the spotlight everything else was cast into darkness, I was so upset as that was my happy place.

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The dramas this year so far has been varied. But I have not found any solid favorites. There were promising dramas but did not end well for me like Queen of Tears. The writer dropped the ball towards the end.
I did like a handful like Knight Flower, Shop for Killers, Parasyte, Crash and Dreaming of A Freaking Fairy Tale. Connection still has a couple of episodes to go so it will depend on how the drama will be resolved.

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