Tis the season for talking about our drama years, and this year, well, we’ve got an unexpected bonus for everyone!
Basically, over on the Drama Exchange on Patreon, I saw that Shahz had floated a cool idea to the community: that everyone come up with their own year-end lists, to complement my annual Year-In-Review post (which will still publish as usual, in case you were wondering!). She even came up with a bunch of categories for everyone to work with, and everybody was pretty buzzed about it.
Some days later, it suddenly occurred to me one morning, that it might be fun to invite those who are keen, to turn their year-end lists into guest posts here on the blog. I asked the community, and got lots of positive responses! Those who couldn’t commit to writing a post, were enthusiastically supportive anyway, and basically, that’s why we’re here today.
This kick-off post is by Shahz, who volunteered to go first (yay Shahz!). Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be seeing 5 more posts (yay!) by mystery guest writers from the Patreon community – whose identities will be revealed when their posts go live. Thanks for doing this, you guys! 😘
Thanks to another brilliant idea by Shahz, we’ll cap everything off with a poll (which I will announce after everyone’s guest posts have gone live), to see which dramas you guys as a community give your stamp of approval to this year!
I hope you all enjoy!!! ❤️
Hi everyone. So I am Shahz and I am here to bring you my year in review for 2021.
So let’s starts with a little bit about me. I live in the North West of England and yes I am always cold!! I have quite a busy work and home life and K dramas are my R&R. I am also an avid Liverpool FC fan.
Flirtation, an affair and lifelong commitment
My K drama addiction started when the pandemic started and I needed to move away from my usual dark fare (Mindhunter type of stuff) to something lighter. I always say I thought my K drama viewing was a mild flirtation, which turned into a full blown affair – and now I am in lifelong commitment territory.
At the start of my flirtation I tried a few K dramas that Netflix thought I would like but couldn’t get past the first ten minutes. And then I came across Marriage Contract and googled a review and what should appear but KFG’s review. A few paragraphs in (I don’t read more than that because of spoilers) I remember thinking this reviewer is excellent and I will come back to this. And that is what I did time and again, working through the top rated shows on KFG’s Full List of shows.
My Patreon experience across different time zones and oceans….
On KFG’s 8th anniversary of blogging I joined Patreon as a small gesture of support on my part for all the hard work that KFG puts into content that she creates. I remember specifically thinking that I probably won’t make much use of the episode notes as I rarely watch anything current but I can go back and see the posts later. Well, how wrong was I?
My viewing experience completely changed. I moved onto shows that were being broadcast and enjoyed the insightful comments made not only by KFG but the other Patreon members as well (you know who you are!).
KFG recently introduced Drama Exchange zones (spoiler and non-spoiler sections) where members can discuss shows that they are watching or seek recommendations. And now you can find JJ and myself on there, every morning, noon and night despite our different time zones. I have to say it is probably one of my favourite parts of my Patreon experience. If you enjoy analysing dramas under the microscope, do come along and join the Patreon community.
Yes, we have Shows that some of us love and some of us dislike (Kings Affection). I am in in the dislike category in case you are wondering. Despite that you will find everyone hugely supportive, kind and thoughtful and your opinion will be valued. We also do our own watchalongs and – ahem – harass KFG when we find a show that we love (The Bond and Lost)! You can join here or let me know if you have any more questions on the experience and I will be happy to answer as I am sure others will.
So now onto my Top Ten shows this year!
🏆 1. The Bond 🏆
This show takes top spot this year. I watched this purely as I had been impressed with Bai Yu in Suddenly this Summer. My experience with C dramas up until then had been an uneven one but then The Bond came along and completely blew me out of the water.
The show is about 5 siblings who grow up in poverty losing their mother and are brought up by a feckless father. Sound like a misery fest doesn’t it? In fact the show is the complete opposite.
Whilst your heart breaks with the siblings and their troubles, you also celebrate in their everyday victories. Are there points that you want to cajole, shake and shout at them for some of their life choices? Absolutely. But do the actors make you want to hug, laugh and rejoice with them again? Absolutely yes.
Each of the siblings (well bar the youngest) gets equal billing. I don’t think I have ever seen a show do this so well. The show is also great at subtly showing societal changes within China, as the story progresses. Word of warning, the first episode is hard but get through that, and the show is so rewarding. On that note, I have never seen a better set of children actors in a show!
The show is a complete package. By the time the show is finished you will also share an unshakeable bond with the siblings.
Another reason the show will always hold a special space in my heart is that this is the first show that JJ and I bonded over! And how apt that the show is called The Bond.
KFG’s in the middle of episode notes on Patreon.
This show also sweeps quite a number of awards for me!
Best Actor: Bai Yu
Bai Yu’s wins this for many reasons. His portrayal of a young man to a man in his 30’s struggling with duty. Parenting at young age when he should be growing up. His befuddlement when dealing with his sister Simei (The Chaos Generator as per Merij). His nuanced acting showing a man who is aging slowly before us.
Most of all I love how Bai Yu is completely devoid of artifice. He wears ugly suits that befit his character and we only get a glimpse of his star quality when he wears a letter jacket borrowed from his friend.
Best Supporting actor: Zhan Wan Yi
This was really tough as this could have gone to any of the cast and I was torn between Liu Jun (Feckless father- watch the show you will know what I mean) to Zhang Wan Yi.
Zhan Wan Yi mesmerises in his role as Erqiang (Second brother). A man of few words but everything is etched on Zhan Wan Yi’s face. I constantly found myself searching his face to see how he felt, exactly, about a situation. And he is involved in one of the sweetest love stories I have ever seen.
Best Ensemble cast: So no surprise that Show wins this award from me. This is probably a good point, to mention Song Zu Er as Si Mei here. Yes, she is silly and wild but boy, that girl really knows how to love. Rachel Momo: a quiet performance as sensible but deeply traumatised San Li is beautiful to watch and she is also involved in another one of the best romances I have seen all year.
And special mention to Liu Jun, who will forever be known as Feckless Father. His portrayal of a selfish man who takes no responsibility in life should make you hate him but he never descends into one note or caricature as Liu Jun plays Feckless Father with a rough charm, and by the end of the show you deeply care what happens to him. I will let you decide if there is redemption for him.
Best Song: Life should always be in the Light – sung by Zhou Shen. Uplifting and empowering much like the show, with lines which include “Life should always be bright, and I will always be on your side,” it is much like the show. Zhou Shen brings so much love and passion to this song that I can’t think of The Bond without this song
I play this constantly on my Spotify list!
Here is the song on Youtube but it has minor spoilers, so beware!
Best OST: Spanish violins and end credit song which is also uplifting.
🏆 2. Lost 🏆
At number 2 it is Lost. I am not going to do the hard-sell for you on this show. You are either going to going to get it or you won’t. I see it as simple as that. Show deals with grief, suicide, depression, Alzheimer’s and extramarital affairs but ultimately still leaves you with hope.
Paulina over at Patreon described this show as a piece of art and I completely agree it is a masterpiece. KFG breaks the show down beautifully here.
So what is it about? It is about two people who struggle to connect with others, but more importantly, themselves. They are lost, and feel that they are barely clinging on, and are just going through the motions of life. On the surface they have nothing in common but meeting each other and finally meeting someone who listens and tries hard to understand, sparks them both into life. Isn’t this what everyone is looking for?
This show is demanding. It asks for your full and undivided attention; reveals are in throwaway ordinary conversation. Blink and you will miss them completely. I was transfixed by both leads. Ryu Jun Yeol with hair and a voice that would sail ships.
Jeon Do Yeon, articulating pain, loss and grief through her voiceovers. Our obsession knew no bounds over at Patreon when we systematically discussed this scene below.
Show also contains one of the most romantic gestures I have ever seen in the form of [MINOR SPOILER] “The Galaxy has arrived so I’m sending it to you” which became a motto of sorts for a few of us over Patreon. That simple sentence means so much more than any grand gesture. Keep your flowers, your diamond rings; a girl just wants the Galaxy. [END SPOILER]
Award: Underrated gem. I wish more people would see this.
🏆 3. Mr Queen 🏆
This show ended its broadcast in February 2021 so it makes this year’s list. Based on the original Chinese web drama Go Princess Go, the drama is about a man named Jang Bong-hwan from the modern age, being trapped in the body of Queen Cheorin in the Joseon era.
So I am going to be brutally honest here.
Did I hate the ending?? Yes. Did the show’s ending make me lose sleep? Yes. Was I angry at the show for being cowardly with the ending? Without a shadow of doubt. So why does this make it into my top 3?
Simply put, a glorious performance by Shin Hye Sun. I abandoned this show 3 times in the first few episodes because I couldn’t find the right lens but each time I went back because Shin Hye Sun kept calling. I went from not understanding the show to being completely enamoured with Choi Jin Hyuk’s deep intonation used for voiceovers and Shin Hye Sun’s masculine movements in comparison to her pretty, feminine and delicate features.
A huge draw for me was the OTP. Kim Jung Hyun is very much the straight man to Shin Hye Sun’s Queen but yet he shines as a male lead who seeks to understand his partner, despite being completely baffled by her behaviour, apologises when he is in the wrong and [MINOR SPOILER] even creates the Queen’s dictionary to understand the language used by his Queen. That is some dedication there! If the Galaxy (Lost) hadn’t arrived the Queen’s dictionary would have been the year’s best romantic gesture. [END SPOILER]
The show also is fantastic at layering. At first glance Mr Queen is silly and frivolous, but Show pays attention to details and does an excellent job in getting to grips with what drives both leads and many a time the show had me in hysterics. And did I mention Mr Queen prepares the most glorious of foods?
If you haven’t already give this show a try.
You can watch the leads’ chemistry here :
KFG talks about how we were cat fished but still awarded it a B++ as it had that much going for it.
Best Actress Award: Shin Hye Sun. I bow to your comedic timing. We are definitely not worthy.
🏆 4. Yumi’s Cells 🏆
So strap line for the show is “Take a peek inside Yumi’s mind and meet the brain cells controlling her personality!”
I only checked this out to satisfy my curiosity, expecting the animation to be poor and a bit of a ripoff of Inside Out, and expecting to drop this after 30 minutes. Well, I was completely wrong. I always thought of myself as someone who has a million thoughts happening at once. Well, it turns out that we are like this! Kim Go Eun is so relatable as the titular Yumi and Trent introduced us to the term fremdschamen (secondhand embarrassment).
Each episode I learned something new not only about how my mind works but also how I act in relationships, the ones I had or never quite had. If you haven’t checked it out already, do give it a go you might learn something.
KGF covered it on Patreon, and her review is here.
There is fun little quiz at Soompi which helps you work out what primary cell you are. I am apparently Rational cell, in case you are wondering!
However, there is only one Primary cell that steals the show at that is Naughty Saurus whom you can check out being unleashed here.
🏆 5. Youth of May 🏆
In the middle but by no way a middling show is Youth of May. A 12 episode show. Youth of May is set during the Gwangju Uprising, with Hwang Hee-Tae (Lee Do-hyun) and nurse Kim Myung-Hee (Go Min-si) as our leads. Oh Man-seok is terrifyingly chilling as Hwang Gi-nam, a man who will stop at nothing to keep his power.
To my shame I knew nothing about the Gwangju Uprising until I watched this show. Show does a brilliant job in capturing everyday people caught up in life-threatening circumstances through no fault of their own.
Did I know that the show was going to break my heart before I started the show? Well, I had a strong feeling that it would.
KFG wrote: “However, I am also here to vouch for the fact that for those who are courageous to invest their time – and their hearts – in this story, it is a worthwhile venture indeed.”
I could not agree more this show requires courage but it is oh-so-worthwhile. So, you know how I mentioned I like dark material? As hardened as I am, there are a couple of scenes that haunt me to this day. When the show ended I physically could not move for 20 minutes. That is how much it affected me.
KFG ended her review with: “Deeply stirring and bittersweet, with an undercurrent of hope and resilience.” And with that in mind I share below a sweet photo of the couple who will forever live in my heart.
🏆 6. On the Verge of Insanity 🏆
On the Verge of Insanity comes in at 6, with the dull synopsis of “it follows the story of middle-aged office workers struggling to survive in a turbulent workplace”. Sounds a bit like Misaeng doesn’t it? And why would I want to see a show that is going to pale into insignificance (yes I adored Misaeng)? This I probably would have swerved if Sean hadn’t spoken so winningly about it.
Well. Show’s nothing like Misaeng. This is middle aged people behaving badly and we have no innocent here. But the unholy trinity, as I liked to call them, had me in hysterics.
The Unholy trinity
1. Moon So-ri as Dang Ja-young is a workaholic head of HR team. Yes she is slippery but I Ioved watching her outwit her dull bosses who were only above her in station due to gender and nepotism.
2. Jung Jae-young is our male lead Choi Ban-seok, a developer who ends up on the HR team. He has this positive dad energy going on but cross him at your peril. And some of the best moments in the show happen when he is in the midst of a grudge.
3. Lee Sang-yeob as Han Se-kwon is glorious as the narcissistic, childlike Development Team Leader. He’s nemesis to male lead and ex-husband to female lead. I would brighten up each time he made an appearance, as I knew fun and trouble would ensue.
Show is slightly indulgent in its ending but the show teaches us through the leads, that you are never too old to make a fresh start. And most of all, the importance of work and life balance to all of us is dispensable.
🏆 7. Move to Heaven 🏆
Move to Heaven is my 7th pick. I dragged my feet with this because I knew this would be a difficult watch. At the heart of the story is our young male lead with Asperger syndrome, who works with an uncle he barely knows. They work as trauma cleaners, clearing out the possessions of dead people, while bringing to life their stories and supporting those left behind.
“Show takes the heavy, delicate topic of death, and gives it a warm, tender and hopeful sort of treatment which I personally find extremely soothing. It’s true that some of the cases are painful to watch, but Show always finds a way to bring a heartfelt, healing touch to each case, which makes the journey feel worthwhile.”
I don’t think I can say anything more than this, apart from the fact that Ji Jin Hee completely stole my heart in his role as an empathetic father to the male lead.
🏆 8. Hellbound 🏆
There is no Squid Game on my top ten, because as good as that was, this was infinitely more relatable. If you haven’t watched the show you will probably be thinking, “Shahz finds monsters that send individuals to hell as relatable?!”
It is hard to explain why without spoiling it for you, but what I will say is, the show, under the guise of horror, provides a thought-provoking commentary on the abuse of religion, and the power we have as humans, to make our own decisions around what justice means; basically, the importance of free will.
Word of warning: Show sets up the structure in the first 2 episodes and it wasn’t until episode 3 that Show grabbed my attention. I had this marked down as average and then I didn’t!
🏆 9. D.P. 🏆
D.P is at number 9. This was a toss-up between Navillera and D.P. and I opted for D.P. simply for the reason that I thought with Korea’s cancel culture, this was a brave choice to produce, direct and act in. Show is only 6 episodes and I was riveted through each episode.
A young private’s assignment to capture army deserters reveals the painful reality endured by enlistees during their compulsory calls of duty.
Military enlistment is often romanticised in K dramas but this show shines an honest light on the horrifying realities of bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, that these conscripts have to endure.
And we see all this through the empathetic eyes of Jung Hae-in as Private Ahn Joon-ho who is assigned to capture army deserters and is ably supported by street wise Koo Kyo-hwan as Corporal Han Ho-yul. In fact, I really enjoyed Koo Kyo- Hwan’s brand of humour.
KFG gave this an A+.
🏆 10. One the Woman 🏆
Last but not least, is One the Woman. There was so much hype around this show, I decided to follow it. After a very rough first episode I stuck with it and I am so glad I did. Make no mistake this is Lee Ha-nee’s show, and boy does she deliver. If Shin Hye-sun wasn’t in this list, Lee Ha-nee would have walked away with my Best Actress award.
So what’s the show premise? Are you ready? A corrupt prosecutor’s life changes completely after waking up from a coma, and suffering from amnesia caused by a car accident. She is mistaken for Kang Mi-na, a woman belonging to a chaebol family, who has disappeared.
Does this sound bonkers? Well, I can safely assure you the show is bonkers, but it’s so much fun. It never takes itself too seriously and neither should you. Buckle up for pure fun. Those who love Lee Sang-yoon maybe disappointed as he is woefully underused.
Razzie award – The show that promised so little but delivered so little
🍓 Doom at your Service 🍓
I has high hopes for this. Park Bo-young and Seo In-guk make a beautiful couple. The music and cinematography is good as well. Apparently 150 countries were
fooled persuaded into buying the rights to the show. So what’s not to like? Well, quite a bit actually. Unfortunately Show infantilised not only the main leads, but also to the second FL. It made my head and heart hurt. So I dropped it!
You can read KFGs dropped post here.
Shows that made my 2021
I spent a lot of my year abandoning dramas, or at least it feels that way! But shows that convinced me on my long term commitment were: Do you like Brahms, Flower of Evil, Misaeng, Reply 1988, 5 to 9 ( J drama) and You are Beautiful. If you haven’t watched You are Beautiful give it a go as it’s hilarious but oh-so-sweet, and Jang Keun Suk is enchanting.
Here is my favourite song.
And on that note Spotify tells me that I listened to it “What should I do” 193 time!
Special Mention: Long Night
One show that I did want to share you as I sign off, but was released in 2020 so didn’t make into my list, is Long Night. I will forever be grateful to phl1rxd for introducing this to us.
Show starts as whodunit or rather whydunnit? But the beating heart of the story is Bai Yu as Jiang Liang, a young Prosecutor who spends 10 years trying to get justice.
As a viewer you see Bai Yu’s character’s life, career, love life, reputation, and family all disappear in front of him, and for someone he barely knew. The show is also fast paced and the writing is tight. As a viewer, and his s friend Detective Zhu puts it, “I had to believe we would get justice.”
Hard as this story is to watch, I wanted to stand up and applaud Jiang Yang and his friends who pursued justice through no personal gain.
Show is only 12 episode and it looks like it is going to get a K drama remake. But please watch the original as I promise no matter how hardened you are (I don’t cry easily) you won’t be able to stop yourself from shedding tears for Jiang Liang, and send a prayer of thanks for good men like him who deserve so much better.
So that has been my year in review. And let me end with wishing you Merry Christmas and a happy new year. I hope next year brings health, wealth and dramas in abundance for you all.
Hi Bestie – Had to read your post again 🙂 We had such fun in 2021 with all the Shows especially The Bond and Lost 🙂
What a great post! I only hope I can do as well with mine later in the month. So many great shows! I’ve only seen 4 of your 2021 shows, but am checking out Mr. Queen since it is so high up your list. Who knows? Maybe it will end up on my list as well. I don’t watch a lot of Chinese shows because I’m trying to learn Korean and I have a harder time watching long series, but with all the hype for The Bond, I’m going to have to check that out.
Do let us know how you find Me Queen and The Bond! I am you like them as much as I did.
Finally had a chance to check your post out. Great insights and so well-written. Thanks for sharing.
Aw thank you so much!
I had half of your top 10 lined up already in my next-to-watch but your list helped add some more that I wouldn’t consider otherwise. I found Long Night on iQIYI but not The Bond (or maybe there’s an alternate title). Can you tell me where you watched it?
And yay! Wanted to squee and gush with you on You Are Beautiful. It is one of those shows that I didn’t expect much from since it’s old and I assumed I’ve watched all the good ones from the Hong Sisters already. The characters are written so well and are fully realized, I can picture out what they’ll do in a given situation. There’s a similar ongoing show now, 12 years after YAB that’s almost a copy of YAB (twins, band, living together hijinks) but without the charm and wit of YAB. The music and colors are vibrant though. I’m just on a YAB high and glad someone is too. ❤️❤️❤️
I am so glad you also enjoyed your YAB! It’s an oldie but do enjoyable.
The Bond is on Viki. Here is a link for you https://www.viki.com/tv/38085c-the-bond?utm_campaign=container_share&utm_source=unified&utm_medium=share_button_android&utm_term=38085c&utm_content=social-post.
Do pop back and let us know how you found it.
Hello, Shahz! Yay, I’m from southwest England! English kdrama fans unite 🙌
You’re definitely doing better than me at watching current shows. The only shows I’ve seen from this year are My Roommate is a Gumiho and Squid Game – neither of which made your list 😆 I will definitely check out some of these. I feel like I’m constantly playing kdrama catch up! It’s like my TBR pile. A teetering kdrama TBW pile 😊 xx
Yay Ele! English fans unite indeed!
Please do check out shows and let us know your thoughts! I never finished MRIAG I definitely need to go back!
Shahz – I really enjoyed your article and can’t wait for the rest of the mystery writers! I’ve not watched a lot of these shows but I’m glad to say I avoided Doom At Your Service, as much as I love Park Bo Young and Seo In Guk. I love how much you love Lost. I will get to it, I promise!! It’s high up on my list now (plus I do love Ryu Joon Yeol…)
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts MC on Lost!
This was delightful! Shahz – good job you! I enjoyed this immensely. Thanks to you two for turning me onto The Bond. What a great show. I would never have tried this if not for your Patreon threads. Once I started i simply could not stop and had to binge it. So glad you liked the Long Night. This year’s crop of Light On Series is not faring as well as 2020’s. Hellbound was more than a simple drama to me due to the messages. I am cracking up over the Mr. Queen kiss video. Great choice!
Aw thank you! The Drama exchange definitely fulfilled it’s title as we both got dramas we both loved out of it.
What a shame about the Light On series as I was planning to work my way through them. I have just finished Bad Kids which was riveting!
So I noticed that Shahzs’ article sometimes shows up on your “home” page and sometimes it is missing. Is that some kind of bug?
Hmm. That’s likely a cache issue. I’ve just cleared the server caches manually, could you check again, to see that it’s showing as it should, for you?
I just checked it doesn’t show up.
That’s strange.. Could you please try clearing your browser cache then? Sometimes it could be that. 😅
My browser is set to delete the cache and everything everytime I close it. But I just did it manuelly. But it is still not visible.
Oh dear. I’m not sure what else to do, really. I’ve just re-cleared the server caches, including for this post specifically. I’m really hoping that that clears it up! 😅
Didn’t work ^^
But this happened before. Lol I can deal with it :DDD
I was just saying maybe others have the same problem ^^
Dang. I was really hoping that it worked! 😭 And you’re
right, others might be having the same problem. So you’re saying that on the home page, in between my blogoversary post and the review for Yumi’s Cells, Shahz’s post just.. isn’t there? That’s so bizarre!
Yes exactly. It showed up once. So at first I thought you or shahz took it down to “fix” something (spelling mistakes, etc.). But it hasn’t shown up since.
Ok, you gave me an idea. I just took it down, and then re-published it, and then cleared the server caches for it – did it solve??? 🤞🏻😅
No it is not there 😂🤣
I have no clue what the issue might be.
@reaper – What Browser are you using?
Is that a question? Of course Firefox
@reaper – Yes, it was a question 🙂 I use Firefox as well and not having the same issue as you. Very odd.
Haha that was sarcasm of course it was a question. But everyone who doesn’t use firefox is just odd :DDD
@reaper – LOL! Ok. I thought maybe it was, but you never know :- )
Dang. Sorry, Reaper.. I don’t know what else to do, to try to solve this.. 😭😭
No problem I made a bookmark for myself. ^^
@Shahz – I fist pumped when I read The Bond is in your #1 slot. It’s a show that came to me quietly, then moved into and stayed at the top of my list for 36 episodes. Many of my favorites show up on your list, too, but I’ve added several others to my lengthening queue of what to watch. Thank you. Very nice job on your post! It was great fun to read (and listen to.) Well done, you.
Thank you Leslie! You are very kind. The Bond is definitely in my top ten dramas of a time!
Nice one Shahz 🙂
Tried to take the Yumis cell quiz but had to stop at the second questions. The dramas listed are either dramas I didn’t watch or didn’t like :DD
Hey Reaper, Do you know I was the same with that drama question so I went with the one I could tolerate rather than liked/loved!
Ah that is one way to do it 😀 I just got rational cell but to be fair I had anxiety cell first so I changed one answer :DDDD
Is Lost really worth it? I hear so many people say it is a flop….
Hey Reaper. A number of us loved it over at Patreon. I would say without a shadow of doubt it is worth your time but if you watch the first two episodes and don’t like it, don’t push on with it because it carries very much in that vein.I absolutely love it but I also understand why others wouldn’t as it has some difficult themes running throughout.
And yay another Rational Cell!
Oh it seems like Lost is on Netflix not Viki.
Too bad I canceled my Netflix acc.
@reaper – So glad you went back and took the cell quiz! Woo Hoo for Rational Cell.
Well, Shahz and I LOVED Lost so much. Its intense, slow, thought provoking and just beautiful. I am bummed to see you dont have access to it 🙁 I think we found it on IQIYI.
Thanks KFG for the opportunity and for adding the magic dust ,loved the banner and adoredthe awards that we would bestow🥰
Thank YOU, Shahz, for coming with with the brilliant idea for everyone to come up with their own year-end lists, and for making time to write this for us!! ❤️😘
That was very detailed and interesting, gave me a few different ideas for ones to watch over the christmas break. well done!
Thank you jaco_4950. I hope you like them as much as I did. And we look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Shaz, I have only watched Youth of May from your list (and it would certainly be on my list too) and Yumi’s cells (not finished yet though; and btw my cell is Love, go figure that). So your list gave me plenty of ideas what to watch next. Thank you!
Natalie. Wow I have to admit I wouldn’t have put you down as the Love Cell but maybe that is why you get bored with shows with love in as you have high standards?
I think you will really enjoy Long Night when you get to that one.
Well, I got married 3 times, so I guess that Love Cell must be somewhere in there – it just doesn’t have control over the remote!
@Shahz – I read your post 4 times!!! First time, I binged it, LOL! Second time, I tried to slow down! Third, I played your favorite song as I read the post. Fourth time, I savored every word and reminisced along the Journey. Well done, my friend! Well done! 🥰
Lets go watch The Bond again 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
Aw thank you my lovely 🥰. The journey was much more meaningful as you were on it with me.
@Shahz – 🥰
This year I composed 6 piano pieces inspired by kdramas. The inspiration for the latest one was Youth Of May.
I love how dramas inspire you, Snow Flower!! ..Might the next one be a piece inspired by Lost, perhaps..? 😉😁
@Snow Flower – I just love to hear you play. 💖
I posted my latest piece in the comment section of KFG’s review of Youth Of May.
@Snow Flower – heading over there now to listen. Thank you for letting me know and I love these! 💖
Awesome! A very worthy list! I’ve seen (or am watching) five of them. I know how much you guys loved The Bond and Lost, so the only question was which would take the top spot!
@Trent – Were you surprised by which one took the top spot for Shahz?
Not really, I would have been surprised if it wasn’t one of those two though.
@Trent – 🥰
I genuinely really struggled with top spot and I was actually going to go with Lost( sympathy vote) but when I weighed it up objectively and with my heart of course I realised it had to be The Bond as it swept so many awards!
@Shahz – Rational Cell had to step in for the final decision, eh? Great example of team between Rational Cell and Love Cell 🥰
An excellent end of the year review post! Now I really have to watch Lost…
@Snow Flower – Yes! Watch Lost. Its amazing. The music is beautiful. Well, I think the music is beautiful ❤️
Snowflower,I think you will really enjoy Lost. Do let us know your thoughts on the music
This was so great, there are a number of shows here I haven’t seen yet or am not brave enough to see (looking at you, Youth of May), but loved some others like Lost, Mr. Queen, Move to Heaven, D.P. and Hellbound!
@uyen – Same here, I am not brave enough to watch Youth of May, yet. Ill have to ask Shahz to rewatch with me 🙂 Lost is amazing. 🙂
I’m also in the not brave enough to watch Youth of May, yet. I really want to though, so I’ll get there. I just have to be in the mood for that kind of show or not know going in that it will have that bent and get sucker punched in the gut like with Swing Kids.
What a great post on the Patreon End of Year Awards 2021, Shahz! You have done your Top 10 justice, and then some. I certainly have watched half the shows on your list. I couldn’t get back into Mr Queen, but as for Shin Hye-sun and Lee Ha-nee (Honey Lee), it is a shame we have two knock out performances of such quality in the same year. Both were totally believable, and very funny, as their alteregos. I am still not sure which is the number 1 drama for me as yet, but it will be a close decision. As for my Razzie Award, there are more than a few contenders. Anyway, I think voting, when the time comes, is not going to be easy 😂🤣😂
@seankfletcher – I keep trying to start Mr. Queen and somehow never get there. Same with One the Woman even though Shahz kept talking about it! Looking forward to the Poll results!
@ Sean thank you so much for your kind words! I would love to see your list and definitely your Razzie Award when you settle on it.
Of these, I strongly endorse The Bond and On The Verge Of Insanity. Both are excellent shows.
Thanks so much for this, Shahz!
We just finished The Princess’ Man (from 2011). So deciding what to watch next is front and center. Based on what you wrote here and things you and JJ have said at Patreon, I’m pretty sure we’ll go with Lost.
@merij1 – YES! YES! YES! For Lost. Omo. Sooooo good. So so so good.
Lost is so beautiful. Meriwether Jennifer got me watching Rain or Shine I think that is another you will enjoy if you haven’t seen it already
@Shahz – AMAZING!!!! I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more, I clapped my hands in glee, I smiled, I laughed, I got teary eyed. I LOVE THIS !!!! Awesome!!!! Way to go Shahz 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
YAY!! SHAHZ!!! WAY TO GO!!!!