Group Watch: What shall we watch next?

Our Chuno group watch is almost over – gosh, time flies, doesn’t it?!? – and it’s been SO much fun doing this community watch! 🤩

We’ve had a smattering of comments around, (a) feeling sorry that we’re almost at the end of our group watch, &/or (b) what dramas we might want want to try next.

Which is why I thought I’d make this post, so that we can brainstorm together on what we might want to watch next! 😃

Some things to consider

1. Group watch benefits 

I realized that one of the cool things about having the Chuno group watch, is that even though Chuno aired 10 years ago, we still got to have that “live watch” experience. So we might want to take advantage of that, and pick older (ie, not currently airing) shows for our group watch, since currently airing shows have lots of discussion options in the drama blogosphere.

2. Balance?

I wonder if you guys would like to pick something lighter for our next group watch, since Chuno has been pretty intense? Of course, if you guys just like digging into meaty shows together, and prefer to watch lighter shows on your own, that totally works too. 😉

3. Availability

In picking a show, we do need to take into account availability, so that anyone who wants to join in, can join in. For example, I thought Winter Sonata might be a good option for a group watch, since it’s so iconic of early Hallyu, but I realize that it’s not easily available (Edit: I found it, and have added it to the list! But the point I was trying to illustrate still stands 😅).

We need to pick a show that people can access on legal platforms like Viki, Kocowa, OnDemandKorea, Viu or iQIYI, preferably without needing to pay additional membership fees. Of course, we also have the option of using Opera’s built-in VPN to access the shows, if we’re geo-restricted.

4. Schedule

I was thinking that since we’ve gotten used to having our Group Watch discussions on Wednesdays, it might be easier for everyone to remember, if we just keep to Wednesdays as a general rule. Of course, if you prefer to follow the show’s original airing day of the week (which is how we ended up on Wednesdays to begin with, since Chuno originally aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays), that works too.

5. How are we going to choose?

I will gather some of the most popular options from the comments in this post, and put them into a poll next Wednesday, which I’ll announce in a new post. After a week of voting, I’ll announce the winning show, and our first Open Thread can kick off a week after that. Does that make sense?

So, in summary:

Brainstorming: today until Tuesday, 16 February 2021.

Poll: 17 February until Tuesday, 23 February 2021.

Announcement: Wednesday, 24 February 2021.

First Open Thread for new show: Wednesday, 3 March 2021 (tentative, depending on whether you guys prefer a different day of the week!).

Some contenders

You can totally add more suggestions in the comments, but to kick things off, off the top of my head, here are a few dramas that I thought we might want to consider.

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho

So cute, but also so surprisingly heartfelt. Shin Min Ah is incandescent and adorable, and Lee Seung Gi is hapless and funny. 16 episodes, and available for free on iQIYI and Viu. Also available on Viki, if you have Viki Pass Plus, and on Kocowa, if you’re on a paid subscription.

Dr. Romantic

I’ve heard lots of good things, even from folks who say that they’re not into medical dramas as a general rule. 20 episodes, available for free on Kocowa, iQIYI and Viu. Also available on Viki, if you have Viki Pass Plus.

A Beautiful Mind

I’ve heard this is worth watching – plus it’s Jang Hyuk, whom you guys know I have a huge soft spot for. 🤩 14 episodes, available for free on OnDemandKorea. Also available on Viki, if you have Viki Pass Plus, and on Kocowa, if you’re on a paid subscription.

Seven Day Queen

I’ve heard that this is really well-written, and stays coherent and satisfying all the way to the end. 20 episodes, available for free on Viu and OnDemandKorea. Also available on Viki, if you have Viki Pass Plus.

You’re Beautiful

Fluffy and blithely irreverent and nonsensical, I found this a whale of a good time, back in the day. 16 episodes, available for free on iQIYI and Viu. Also available on Viki, if you have Viki Pass Plus.

While You Were Sleeping

I’ve heard that this one is solidly good and worth a look, and that the leads share a meaningful connection. 16 episodes, available for free on iQIYI and Viu. Also available on Viki, if you have Viki Pass Standard, and on Kocowa, if you’re on a paid subscription.

Mother

I’m told that this one is gripping and deeply meaningful. And that Lee Bo Young is fantastic. 16 episodes, available for free on Viu.

Dear My Friends

BE‘s been saying such good things about this one, that I wondered if we wanted to try this for a group watch. I’ve sampled a few episodes in the past, and it strikes me as a very well-acted, well-executed drama, with a rare cast of consummate veterans. 16 episodes. Unfortunately, I can’t find it on the various free legal streaming platforms, but it does look like it’s available on Netflix.

EDIT!

Winter Sonata

I found it, you guys! I found Winter Sonata, available for free on OnDemandKorea, so it is now an option for consideration. It’s the show that took the world by storm, and contributed a fair bit, in turning Hallyu into A Thing. All the appeal and the angst, of a classic kdrama. 20 episodes.

In Closing

Like I said, these are just some initial suggestions! Please feel free to add your ideas in the comments below, and we can figure out together, what to watch next as a community.

Looking forward to our next group watch, whatever we end up choosing! ❤️

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Elaine Phua
Elaine Phua
5 months ago

Another vote for Coffee Prince! It has been on my to-watch list. I also wouldn’t mind Dr. Romantic, NIF, Girlfriend is a Gumiho, Pinocchio! Just putting out items on my to-watch list, heh.

Girija Kalakrishnan
Girija Kalakrishnan
5 months ago

Mr.Queen is a drama that is fit for group watching ! Lots to discuss and comment about. However since it is new, I guess it can be done only much later because I don’t know whether it is available on many legal streaming platforms!

Geo
Geo
5 months ago

Hi KFG: I haven’t seen any of the shows you proposed and actually had only heard about one, My Girfriend is a Gumiho (through following Shin Min-a, I’m a big fan), so I’m game for any of your recommendations. I know I supported Nirvana in Fire in another comment but perhaps the Group Watch could be rotated to a modern show instead of another sageuk. Other criteria you could use are:

Date cut-off: say limit the viewing to older classics, eg only before 2016 so there wouldn’t be too many who would have seen the show recently. Personally, I don’t think I would want to re-watch a show I saw recently but I don’t know if that applies to others.

Availability: shows readily available for free would probably get a larger audience. I use Netflix mainly but though your blog and the advice of other followers, have learnt to use “alternative” sources but I’m not sure everyone would be comfortable with that.

Number of episodes: I think Chuno is okay at 24 episodes but Nirvana in Fire maybe too long, even at 3 episodes a week. Think 16 episode length is ideal as it allows for a quicker turnover and lessens potential for viewer fatigue which can arise for any number of reasons.

Just my suggestions. BTW, I’ve changed my name back to Geo from agent155, must be a mood thing.

Kay
Kay
5 months ago

Just because My Girlfriend is a Gumiho isn’t getting any love and probably doesn’t stand a chance, I’ll vote for it, lol 😂

I think everyone seems to be gravitating towards something meatier, which is definitely great for group discussions. Several have mentioned Money Flower which would be great for a group watch and to continue the Jang Hyuk love.

While You Were Sleeping is also a good watch that would probably be very approachable for most with enough meat for discussion. There are plenty of good suggestions here though 🙂

Kay
Kay
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

I always have to give it some love whenever I get the chance 😍 Quite a few dramas have been mentioned by many, so I’m sure you’ll put the options together in a good way 😊

Kay
Kay
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

I’ll look forward to it! 🙂

Shyama
Shyama
5 months ago
Reply to  Kay

😀add my vote to Gumiho!

deliaerre
deliaerre
5 months ago

i’m watching ‘Goong’ again because it’s available in europe for the first time.
despite some dusty things (fixed shots, long shots, etc.) it’s really a beautiful tale of a contract marriage that ends very believably in a true love. a transition from adolescence to adulthood’ movimg e poignant.
is.the.mother.of.all.contract marriage dramas? 😁
why don’t you set up a group watch? 😅😍

Ele Nash
5 months ago
Reply to  deliaerre

I haven’t seen Goong. I’m in Europe too. What are you watching it on?

deliaerre
deliaerre
5 months ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

on viki!

deliaerre
deliaerre
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

i vote for Money Flower or (in your listi) Winter Sonata!

Jina
Jina
5 months ago

I feel like this a great opportunity to seek out a show I would probably never watch on my own! So I suggest 7 Days Queen (though all the considerations are on my watch list more or less!)
I will say I recently just finished Dr. Romantic and it’s fantastic!! In my top 10 for sure (also the second season is same level good)

BE
BE
5 months ago

A final thought, I want you, K, to really want to do this. I want the show to have enough of that cracky element to it that it will engage us, and fairly early on–by the fifth or sixth episode at least. And even if it has a lightness to it, enough weight that it might inspire good conversations, even provoking differences of opinion. So far it seems, Nirvana on Fire is leading the pack, and I would be up for it. But a good (and cracky) contemporary piece with good actors and/or ensembles would just as easily hit the spot.

MC
MC
5 months ago

Oo lovely! I couldn’t get into Chuno then (was so spoilt by IHYV!) so I kinda dropped out… but I’m open to another group watch. Can’t guarantee that I can keep up due to life duties but I’ll try!! I love the idea of group watches.

My votes/ suggestions:
– Dear My Friends – used to work with seniors so it sounds great.. my type but heartbreaking!
– Dr Romantic – everyone has said such good things that I’m piqued
– Signal / Secret Forest – I’ve not watched either and they’re on my list. I hear great things about them and these dense shows are great for discussions!
– WYWS – I’m open to it! I do like me some Lee Jong Suk 😉
– NIF because I tried to watch it but I gave up cos I was so confused. Might help to have other people discuss it with me along the way to pick up the nuances!
– My Mister because I’m always ready to rewatch it anytime, love it so much…. hahaha (that you already know!)
– Money Flower cos you all say such great things about it!

BE
BE
5 months ago
Reply to  MC

I would like to reiterate, having seen both, my preference for Money Flower over A Beautiful Life, as a Jang Hyuk vehicle, but if you have not seen the latter K, then, sure, let’s go for it.

Drama Fan
5 months ago
Reply to  BE

I am ready for a Money Flower rewatch since I bought the DVDs and I want to test them out so I approve this message. But I also would love to revisit Beautiful Mind, and its a relatively easy watch? Its so short. OTOH maybe we can take a break from JH and come back to him later (his intensity its something that needs to be savored, not binged on, of course this is a very contradicting statement coming from me, the JH addict 🙈)

Ele Nash
5 months ago
Reply to  Drama Fan

Oh god, I’ve watched Money Flower twice but would watch it again in a heartbeat! One of my favourite shows ever. And not only because of Jang Hyuk – although, gah and flail, Jang Hyuk!! 😍 – but the whole unfolding story, all the acting, the soundtrack, the unpredictability of it all, is just so perfect.

Georgia Peach
5 months ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

Oh Boy, do I second what you’ve said❗️ That drama keeps moving up in my top ten dramas.

Ele Nash
5 months ago
Reply to  Georgia Peach

For some reason, WordPress won’t ever let me “like” comments but I’d like every single one which loves Money Flower, Chuno, Beautiful Mind, Thank You, Bad Papa… well just any with the best things to say about Jang Hyuk! I’m always torn which I like more: Money Flower or Chuno but I think while Lee Daegil as a character has the teeniest edge over Kang Pilju, the story of Money Flower and the exceptional acting just sways it for me overall. 😊

Georgia Peach
5 months ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

I’m so with you, Ele. I can’t ‘like’ either. 🥴.

learjet1
learjet1
5 months ago

I’m keen for a group watch of While You Were Sleeping. It’s been on my To Watch for a while. I like the writer although I have mixed feelings about the leads. I’m in the Southern Hemisphere and most of the others aren’t available here on Viki or Netflix.

manukajoe
5 months ago
Reply to  learjet1

Where are you? I’m in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Drama Fan
5 months ago

Oh and I propose Nirvana in Fire, Ive heard that drama is amazing but I feel its one that I’d prefer to watch in a group. Its long and Ive heard that its a bit complex.

agent155
agent155
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

I’d vote for Nirvana in Fire as well as I’ve heard so much about this show and how highly rated it is. I’d suggest 3-4 episodes per week, 3 episodes would be 2 hours. Sageuk is not everyone’s cup of tea so you might be able to do a dual watch with a modern, lighter show?

agent155
agent155
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Sorry, KFG, I overlooked the extra burden on you to provide notes for two shows. I think we just assume you’re so capable, you can handle anything in Kdramas!

Ele Nash
5 months ago
Reply to  Drama Fan

Yes, I think I’d like to watch Nirvana in Fire as a group watch. Maybe complex shows make for the best discussions?

I’m still in Chuno world right now and almost can’t bear to leave it (especially Daegil) behind 😑 but let’s see…

Not sure if anyone said Mr Sunshine? It’s the first kdrama I watched and got me into this whole, sparkling k-world 😁 I don’t think on that first watch I properly got the Joseon politics of that time. I only really remember the intense wow of Dong Mae 😍

But really, any show I’d be happy to watch with you guys 😊

BE
BE
5 months ago
Reply to  Ele Nash

To me, Mr. Sunshine is a phenomenal show with plenty of potential for discussions–plotting, acting from the five leads to the incredible support ensemble, the history, the visual production–but it seems to have two kinds of responses. I belong to that camp that thinks it is a marvel in every way, but others quite as many as those who loved it have found the pacing too plodding to stay involved, which is something to take into account, especially as this is KFG’s site, her contribution the great essential, and she belongs to the second camp.

Drama Fan
5 months ago
Reply to  BE

I agree 100% I LOVE Mr Sunshine but I know Kfangurl struggled with it and I think it is essential that she enjoys the experience of the group watch. I wouldn’t want her to just lend us the space to discuss but I actually, selfishly, want to read her notes on whichever drama we end up watching together 😊

Ele Nash
5 months ago
Reply to  Drama Fan

Oh ok, now you say it, I see Mr Sunshine has no review up. Agree we need kfangurl on board otherwise it’s pointless. 😊

Drama Fan
5 months ago

Im giving my vote to Beautiful Mind because I want you to watch it Kfangurl 😊 but I am willing to join this wonderful group of people you have here in any rewatch honestly. Your list sounds very appealing to me and I haven’t watched most of them so it would be a first for me. Yayyy! This is exciting!

Cathy
Cathy
5 months ago

I vote for Winter Sonata!

BE
BE
5 months ago

Of the ones mentioned here, I have seen three–Dear My Friends, Doctor Romantic, and A Beautiful Mind. Of the three, there really is far more to chew on in Dear My Friends, and certainly as an old I guy I would love giving all you Hyuksters and six pack abalone munchers a few sessions of my swooning over Yoon Yeo Jung, Kim Hye Ja, and Park Wan Sook–those old girls really rock it. It is heartbreaking over and over, and thus may not be everyone’s cuppa, but I do not believe one will ever get to see what a phenomenal actor Shin Goo (he played the benevolent engineering company chairman in My Mister) is in any other drama I can think of. And besides that there is for the younger fellas, goodness gracious, Go Hyun Jung. Not to be left out the women can ogle Jo In Sung, and dote over Lee Kwang Soo. The sections in Slovenia are eye candy as well.
I liked both Dr. Romantic and A Beautiful Mind but both are more melodrama than drama, and there are holes in each production’s game by contrast with Dear My Friends. However, we are talking about two giants:Han Seok Kyu in the former, Jang Hyuk in the latter, great ensemble in former, Park Bo Dam in the latter.

I think Secret Love Affair would have a lot going for it, not the least of which Yoo Ah In and Kim Hee Ae. And although I do not think it is quite in that class, there are enough complications in Stranger that it might be good for a group watch and commentary. With Jang Hyuk, I think Money Tree would probably be a good one. Everyone has probably seen it more than once, but certainly My Mister…

The problem with sageuks is that the really good ones are l-o-o-o-n-g! Not just 6 Flying Dragons, such a classic and central to Korean tale, but I thought Queen Seon Deok was spectacular, and Go Hyun Young puts in a phenomenal performance as the most magnetic villain I have ever seen in sageuk and Kim Nam Gil’s Bo Dam is considered an iconic sageuk antihero. But 50+ episodes, so keeping a number involved would be demanding in either. Deep Rooted Tree (Viki) would be a good one. Too bad Nokdu Flower is not available. It is simply spectacular and not too many people have seen it. One suggestion would be if everyone could figure out how to see both Masquerade, the Lee Byung Hun movie, and then watch The Crowned Clown, same story with variations as a series.

What made/ makes Chuno such a good group watch is its many complex points of interest, some of which prompting very different takes, some of which group participation really adds to the individual’s appreciation. So I hope whatever we stick with it will prompt good convos (and I do wish Snow Flower would make suggestions as she has seen so many) and KFG you might also consider suggesting something you would really go for rewatching as well).

Snow Flower
Snow Flower
5 months ago
Reply to  BE

@BE, another good sageuk is Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People. It has 30 episodes, so a little too long for a group watch. If Chuno is an epic tragedy, Rebel is a story a grandfather would tell his grandchildren, with the expected legendary embellishments. Kim Ji Suk (Wangson of Chuno fame) delivers an excellent portrayal of Mad Prince Yeonsang.
Queen for 7 Days is set in the same time period, but with more emphasis on romance with some politics.
For group watch, I was thinking one of the Reply shows, either 1988 or 1997.
I will look at my list of watched shows for more suggestions, but I will go with the flow. A light and fluffy drama can also spark interesting conversations.

BE
BE
5 months ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

@Snow Flower: Apparently there are two different sageuks about the protagonist of Rebel, one from I think 2008, and each seem to have their camps. Either or both are on my list when I am not heavily into something else. I just started Empress Ki, in my sageuk views, which at least seems entertaining, albeit already I can see some of the problems in it–rendering it a kind of B level Queen Seon Deok.

I loved 1988, such comfort food, but have been leery of the other Reply’s mostly because high school nostalgia is generally not my thing (I look back at my high school years as if I were another person and no small amount of embarrassment, and I loved 1988 in part because of the parents) and because reviews of the others have led me to believe I would be disappointed by contrast with 1988.

j3ffc
5 months ago
Reply to  BE

I am to my high school self as Huang Yu-Xuan is to Chen Yun-Ru in “Someday or One Day”.

BE
BE
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Thanks K. Viu is not available in the US, and I do not exactly get what a VPN is or how to use one. But that is okay. I will be in on anything, though I did try Nirvana and strangely got bogged down because I was so unused to the sound of spoken Chinese, which is strange as it is supposed to be more musical than Korean, a language I am quite fond of listening to even when I only understand a word here or there.

Which by the way, does anyone else notice how subtitles always name a character being referred to when in fact the person addresses that character as sunbae or oppa or unni or some other relationship word rather than actually addressing them by name in kdrama?

Trent
5 months ago
Reply to  BE

@BE Oh yes! That’s one of the earliest things I noticed when I started watching these… The subtitles are always “Mrs. Choi” this or “Mr. Li” that, when the dialogue is quite clearly saying “halmoni” or “haraboji” for example. I’m watching Prison Playbook right now, and the subtitles have the ladies calling the guys by name every time, but in the dialogue it’s just straight “oppa” every time! And every other show has pretty much been the same. I find it quite endearing, actually. It’s one of my favorite little things about watching these shows…

BE
BE
5 months ago
Reply to  Trent

I have to say as a fella, I always love the word “oppa” as it is used in these. Such an affectionate word.

j3ffc
5 months ago
Reply to  BE

I have noticed, indeed, and this practice in subtitling bothers me b/c (1) I am fascinated by the entire way that Korean language reflects personal relationships and (2) one often misses key clues from the practice. For example, I am watching “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” (AKA “It’s Okay to Split Infinitives”) now and there is a crucial relationship between the FL and another character where she always is subtitled as referring to him by name but is clearly saying “Oppa”, which, as I understand it anyway, is revealing something important about their relationship.

Nitpicking aside, I do understand that subtitling – and interpretation in general – is challenging and represents a compromise between practicality and perfection, so I try to be forgiving (especially when the subtitling is done by viewers and not paid professionals, as is the case with Viki). Many years ago I spent a little time in France and would occasionally go to see English films in the original language in theaters there, only to find that I might be the only person reacting to a joke, and then reading the subtitle to realize why.

manukajoe
5 months ago

I might try a group watch. I mainly use Netflix. Or other sites that let me download to USB. Dear My Friends and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho are both on my to watch list, but I could try a different one, depends what it was. Thanks!

missienelly
5 months ago

I missed Chuno but I might join if Dr. Romantic or A Beautiful Mind wins the poll!

dererlking
5 months ago

Hi there! Have been lurking for a while oops…thought I’d pitch in. Mother looks good – the child actress Heo Yool won a Baeksang under the Best New Actress category for her performance, so besides Lee Bo Young she’s definitely one to look out for. I’d also go with Seven Day Queen as a semi-PMY fan (also I have never watched a proper sageuk) but I know Chuno is also sageuk so….it’s really up to everyone else’s appetite. Will try to join the community watch if the schedule works out! Thanks for this initiative (:

Shyama
Shyama
5 months ago

For those of us who were not able to participate in the Chuno group watch, could you explain how it all works, when you announce the show? Btw, I love all your choices, most of them are on my to-be- watched list!

My2Girls
My2Girls
5 months ago

I was sorry that life had been to hectic to join the Chuno watch but I will try to make an effort This time. I love this list above – some of my classic favorites. Just recently caught up on your blog and I LOVED the list of shows you did not blog about – seriously though do you have a camera in my head? Can’t wait to see what you all choose.

merij1
merij1
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

We only gave Sam Soon a B grade. We wanted to like it more, but…

My2girls
My2girls
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Ah true. But I am willing to acknowledge that MNIKSS has many many flaws. It is just that as my gateway k-Drama it holds a special place in my heart. I did do a rewatch a few years back and was very liberal with the FF button.

Trent
5 months ago

The ones you list all sound like interesting possibilities, and several of them are already on my “potential watch” list, so that works out. Since I’m pretty new to this, almost anything is going to be a “first time watch” rather than a “rewatch” for me.

A few other possibilities that are on my list to watch and might be well-thought of enough to make the cut for at least consideration:

The Princess’s Man; Moon Embracing the Sun; Deep Rooted Tree.

Snow Flower
Snow Flower
5 months ago
Reply to  Trent

I have been meaning to give Moon Embracing the Sun a try! The other two are excellent!

Georgia Peach
5 months ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

That drama was my gateway drama❣️ Have watched it twice more and am still in love❤️😍❤️

Asperugo
Asperugo
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Deep Rooted Tree is available on SBS World’s official YouTube channel, at least here in Northern Europe. It’s probably blocked on some markets, where they offer paid services. They have added quite many shows there, like My Girlfriend is Gumiho, and continue to release old classics weekly.

BE
BE
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Isn’t DRT still available on Viki?

Snow Flower
Snow Flower
5 months ago

I am open to anything, from a classic drama to a recent one. I don’t mind a rewatch either. Since I am the one who wanted to rewatch Chuno (and beez suggested we do a group watch), I feel a little shy for making another suggestion. Everything on the list looks good to me!

Drama Fan
5 months ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

It was you? Yayyyy! Thank you so much! Having a Chuno group watch was like a dream to me. I always thought “I wish I had watched this drama when it aired” and one way or another, I got the experience ❤️

Snow Flower
Snow Flower
5 months ago
Reply to  Drama Fan

It all started back in early November when KFG posted a Chuno video and mentioned that the drama was back on Viki. I commented that it was time for a Chuno rewatch and beez asked me to watch it with her. And then KFG offered to open a thread for us and the rest is history. I have always wanted to watch Chuno with fellow Chunoholics, and, thanks to KFG and the wonderful community here, my wish has been granted!

Drama Fan
5 months ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

Amazing! I think that was Darla’s video! I think I shared that one with Kfangurl so I guess I contributed a little bit to the birth of this awesome idea woohoo!

Snow Flower
Snow Flower
5 months ago
Reply to  Drama Fan

Yay! Thank you!

Amy
Amy
5 months ago

If you happen to choose Dear My Friends, do prepare tissues. 😉 I love this drama – so meaningful especially now that CNY is just around the corner when it’s time for family and friends to get together. The way this drama explores the different types of relationships – sisterhood, parent-children, lovers, and of course friendship (!) – was such a wonderful experience. The cast was amazing, especially the veteran actors. To be able to watch them in one drama was just a delight (oh, plus the eye candies Jo In Sung and Daniel Henney 😉 )

happy group watch everyone 🙂

BE
BE
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

It does break your heart repeatedly, but more often than not, in a good way; saying this I am specifically thinking of a single scene in which one character’s son, feeling his mother’s difficulty, is so profoundly affectionate with her it is impossible to not be moved. But in the end, like the very best K dramas I can think of, while not shying away from the tragic, My Dear Friends turns the tragic into something heroic and elegaic. This combination of tragic/heroic/elegaic. all completely combined with an utter lack of cynicism and profound compassion for us sinners, not to mention the outstanding ensemble and their chemistry with one another, is why I believe Kdrama sets a standard for serial drama all over the world today. Whether we watch it together (as I just have watched it twice in the past month, for me it might be even a bit much one more time) or not, I cannot recommend My Dear Friends enough for anyone who like me is drawn to this kind of KDrama.

merij1
merij1
5 months ago

You left out this consideration: whether to watch something most of us haven’t seen yet vs. re-watching another classic.

I would think if most of us haven’t seen it yet, it’s either very new or probably not of the same caliber as the classics.

My wife and I have only re-watched two of our favorite shows thus far (Romance Is a Bonus Book and One Spring Night) but the experience was great. So I’d lean more in that direction for a group watch where we only take in a couple episodes each week in sync with others.

merij1
merij1
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Yes, classics, even though that means it would be a re-watch for many of us.

Healer? Coffee Prince? The problem with those two is that the people who loved them long ago have already watched twice. But shows of that quality.

Trent
5 months ago
Reply to  merij1

I loved Healer, the only reason I would vote against it for a rewatch now is that it’s just because of all the positive comments about it here that I just watched it for the first time a few weeks ago. So it might feel like too soon? Although it was pretty great, so maaaybe?

Similar reaction to the suggestion of Reply 1988 that someone made; I really liked it, but I only saw it a couple months ago, still might be too fresh… That’s just my individual response, though.

Coffee Prince, now… that’s definitely on my “future watch” list because of this site, so that would get no argument from me if it’s the one that got chosen.

merij1
merij1
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

For what it’s worth, we haven’t seen any of those. (Except Coffee Prince and Secret Love Affair, as you know.)

j3ffc
5 months ago

I’d be pleased to watch any of them, so I’ll sit out of the selection part (I would never have watched Chuno on my own, so part of the pleasure of this is being exposed to something I wouldn’t pick on my own). I like using the “time slot” I currently use for Chuno to do older dramas so that works great for me (as does opening the conversation on Wednesdays).

BTW, I find myself in the unusual position of finishing all three of my current dramas this weekend and totally reloading. So I’ll find balance in there somehow….

Sharra
Sharra
5 months ago

What a great idea! Happy to go with the consensus but maybe more inclined for Beautiful mind but only because of Jang Hyuk😍

Jiyuu
Jiyuu
5 months ago

I’m not sure if I can participate in a new group watch completely but I’d definitely give it a try. I haven’t watched any of the shows listed here (except for bits of Gumiho and Winter Sonata) but some are on my “next” list anyway so I’m game to any.

It’s nice that most on the list are shows that kfangurl hasn’t watched yet. And considering the group of people of watching Chuno, I think not all are romance/melodrama fans.

Other suggestions: I’ve heard good things and been wanting to watch Joseon X-Files and Bridal Mask but I can’t find them in legal sites. I’ve been curious about Joseon Gunman too (because it was on a tight ratings race with It’s Okay That’s Love and Fated to Love You).

Maybe Legend (Bae Yong Joon) and Faith (same director of Eyes of Dawn) also? Or classics like Dae Jang Geum and Jumong (although maybe they’re too long for a group watch, not unless it’s four episodes per week which might be too much for others).

Or Coffee Prince (since they released a recent special, it’s been on my mind).

Lamenteuse
5 months ago
Reply to  Jiyuu

If anyone has any clue how to watch Gaksital from a legitimate stream (from the US or with a VPN), please do share! That is a show I’d also like to group watch.

BE
BE
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

I did start watching it a while back on Youtube, but the production values were so poor I could not get into it.

Jiyuu
Jiyuu
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Faith is available on Viki US as “The Great Doctor.” Joseon X-Files is shown as Secret Investigation Record but I can’t figure out which region it’s available. Gunman in Joseon is available but not sure how many discussion points are there (or if anyone here will be interested).

Maybe two sets of group watch will be best? One light and fluffy romance, the other a heavier, meatier non-romance?

Alexandra
Alexandra
5 months ago

Dr. Romantic. It is very interesting and I would love to rewatch it.

reaper525
reaper525
5 months ago

Wow time really flies.
You guys really like to watch with company 😄
I hope you find a good drama that all of you will enjoy.

reaper525
reaper525
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

I do not plan to join, sorry
No matter what drama you decide on

reaper525
reaper525
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Thank you. I just don’t want to be part of discussions.
YES have a great one 👍🏻

monzyy95
monzyy95
5 months ago

Hi kfangurl!! I’m so glad you’re starting another group watch~ There’s nothing quite like talking about dramas in a community 🙂 Missed the Chuno group watch, so will definitely try to catch your next one.
I’m pleasantly surprised that you’re considering ‘While You Were Sleeping’, having read somewhere in your previous posts that its premise and the first few episodes didn’t work out for you. It’s one of my favourite shows – good writing, cast, and the fantasy theme isn’t too far fetched (tend to stay away from them cuz it needs to make sense to me heh). The OST is fantastic too!
I’m quite a sucker for rom-coms, but have taken interest in non-romance shows as of late. I’ve heard good things about ‘Dear My Friends’, so it’s piquing my interest quite a bit 🙂 It’s quite rare to have dramas focused on the older population!

monzyy95
monzyy95
5 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Ahh I did find some similarities between ‘I Hear Your Voice’ and WWYS (same writer, after all!!) but perhaps that didn’t bug me as much cuz I watched IHYV after WWYS 😛
Hey, just a thought – have you considered creating a telegram channel for your community watch series? It might be easier to have conversations/discussions! 😀