Group Watch: Poll!

Thanks everyone, for your many suggestions, thoughts and contributions on the Group Watch brainstorm!

Lots of worthy titles were floated, and as promised, I sifted through all of them, and shortlisted the most popular titles for this poll. I also made the executive decision to add several wild cards into the mix, which you’ll see in a bit. 😉

There are a total of TEN CHOICES to choose from! Please vote wisely! 😁

Some considerations

Before diving into the contenders who made the shortlist, here are what I think are the main considerations to keep in mind, while making your choice:

1. Availability

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2. Commitment

I’ve broken down the commitment needed for each show below, so that you can easily tell at a glance, what kind of commitment each show would entail.

Contenders

Here are the shortlisted dramas in alphabetical order. The poll itself is at the end of the post. You may select up to FOUR options! But if you just want to vote for one, you can do that too. You may also revote, if you change your mind.

Poll goes till end of Monday, 7 February 2022, my time (GMT+8).

Autumn’s Concerto [Taiwan]

In the spirit of adding some retro flavor to the mix, and also, because Ele expressed that a Taiwanese show would be nice to have, I’m adding 2009 Taiwanese drama Autumn’s Concerto to the mix.

It’s a much loved classic for Taiwanese drama fans, much like how Coffee Prince is a much loved classic among kdrama fans. I haven’t seen this one myself, but have been curious to check it out, because it’s considered so iconic.

Plus, it’s actually quite hard to find good, subbed Taiwanese dramas on our various legal streaming platforms, so this feels quite serendipitous, that it’s available on both Netflix and Viki.

Romance: Yes.

Commitment: 34 episodes of 40 minutes each. 3 eps a week = 11 weeks.

Availability: Available on Netflix and Viki.

Healer

One of my all-time favorites. This one’s got romance, action, melodrama; a bit of something for everyone. Plus, y’all know I just can’t help swooning, every time Healer casually parkours off a building. 🤩 Review is here.

Romance: Yes.

Commitment: 20 episodes. 2 eps a week = 10 weeks.

Availability: Available for free on iQIYI and on Viu. Also available on Viki with Viki Pass, or for free on Kocowa.

Heard It Through The Grapevine

This one’s a request by Eda and Beez, who both love the show, and feel it would make for a great group watch discussion.

As I understand it, it’s a bit of a social satire / black comedy sort of thing, and is an underrated gem brought to us by PD Ahn Pan Seok, who also gave us the amazing Secret Love Affair. I’m actually pretty curious to see this one; it’s been on my list for years. Plus, Lee Joon and Go Ah Sung are both excellent actors, so that’s a definite plus.

Romance: Yes? Since it’s about a young couple?

Commitment: 30 episodes. 2 eps a week = 15 weeks.

Availability: Available on Viki with Viki Pass, and for free on Kocowa.

Just Between Lovers

This is JJ‘s suggestion. I found this very solid when I watched it (review is here), but had found it a little hard-going because of how Show leans into the traumatic flashbacks afflicting our leads.

However, with my recent newfound ability to tolerate tougher watches (like Sweet Home, D.P. and Hellbound), I thought I might be able to appreciate Show better, this time around. Also, it’s an excuse to have more Junho on my screen, so I’m not at all opposed to this as a group watch pick. 😁

Romance: Yes.

Commitment: 16 episodes. 2 eps a week = 8 weeks.

Availability: Available on Viki, and Netflix.

On The Verge Of Insanity

So many of you had good things to say about this in our year-end wrap-up series, that I thought I should include this as an option.

I think it’s rather underrated, in the sense that I didn’t hear a lot of people talking about it, when it aired. But those of you who’ve seen it, say it’s highly entertaining and amusing. I have to confess to being somewhat curious about this one.

Romance: No.

Commitment: 16 episodes. 2 eps a week = 8 weeks.

Availability: Available on Viki with Viki Pass, and for free on Kocowa.

Queen In-hyun’s Man

A suggestion by Beez, who describes it as an old-school, lighthearted classic. I did love this when I watched it, back when it aired in 2012. Yoo In Na is adorable in this, and Ji Hyun Woo is our really nice, decent, intelligent male lead, who time travels from Joseon, to meet his fated lady love.

Bonus factoid: Ji Hyun Woo fell for Yoo In Na for real, while filming this drama, and made a public love confession after the show wrapped, just before enlisting for military service. The buzz around this was HUGE. The two did date for a season, but ended up breaking up eventually, which is too bad. The point is, though, the smitten gazes that Ji Hyun Woo wears in this show, are real.

Romance: Yes.

Commitment: 16 episodes. 2 eps a week = 8 weeks.

Availability: Available on iQIYI and Amazon Prime.

Romance is a Bonus Book

This one’s a request by Shahz and JJ, who both loved this show, and therefore hope that we could all enjoy it together as a community.

I remember enjoying this one a great deal, when I watched it. Somehow, Show manages to be earthy yet whimsical at the same time, and Lee Na Young never looked so incandescent to my eyes. Review is here.

Romance: Yes.

Commitment: 16 episodes. 2 eps a week = 8 weeks.

Availability: Available on Netflix.

Signal

I’ve heard so many good things about this one, but never managed to get past episode 4, because I’d found the serial killing rather hard to watch. But, enough time has passed now, that I think I’d be up to give this another try.

Romance: No.

Commitment: 16 episodes. 2 eps a week = 8 weeks.

Availability: Available on iQIYI, Viki, WeTV and Netflix.

Stranger 2 / Secret Forest 2

A suggestion by Jonan23, that we continue our journey with Shi Mok and Yeo Jin, after having watched them in Season 1 together. Most drama fans agree that Season 2 is as solid as Season 1, though opinions are divided on which season is better.

Romance: No.

Commitment: 16 episodes. 2 eps per week = 8 weeks.

Availability: Available on Netflix.

The Princess’s Man

This one is Trent’s suggestion. Show is a pretty epic romance sageuk that I enjoyed very well, when I watched it (review is here). Since then, it’s been hard to find, but it’s now available on Viki and Kocowa, so this might be a good time to do a group watch of it, for those who’ve been curious to see this.

As I’ve shared in my recent Dear KFG post, I do have some struggle now, in terms of having male lead Park Shi Hoo on my screen. However, Moon Chae Won is fantastic in this, and it’s a very solid show, objectively speaking, which is why I thought I’d include it.

Romance: Yes.

Commitment: 24 episodes. 2 eps per week = 12 weeks.

Availability: Available on Viki with Viki Pass, and for free on Kocowa.

Poll

You may select up to FOUR options! But if you just want to vote for one, you can do that too!  You may also revote, if you change your mind.

Poll goes till end of Monday, 7 February 2022, my time (GMT+8).

What shall we watch next?
  • Healer 15%, 74 votes
    74 votes 15%
    74 votes - 15% of all votes
  • Heard It Through The Grapevine 13%, 62 votes
    62 votes 13%
    62 votes - 13% of all votes
  • Queen In-hyun's Man 12%, 56 votes
    56 votes 12%
    56 votes - 12% of all votes
  • Signal 11%, 55 votes
    55 votes 11%
    55 votes - 11% of all votes
  • Romance is a Bonus Book 10%, 50 votes
    50 votes 10%
    50 votes - 10% of all votes
  • Just Between Lovers 10%, 47 votes
    47 votes 10%
    47 votes - 10% of all votes
  • On The Verge Of Insanity 9%, 42 votes
    42 votes 9%
    42 votes - 9% of all votes
  • Autumn's Concerto [Taiwan] 8%, 40 votes
    40 votes 8%
    40 votes - 8% of all votes
  • Stranger 2 7%, 34 votes
    34 votes 7%
    34 votes - 7% of all votes
  • The Princess's Man 5%, 22 votes
    22 votes 5%
    22 votes - 5% of all votes
Total Votes: 482
Voters: 186
February 1, 2022 - February 8, 2022
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Elaine Phua
Elaine Phua
3 months ago

Oh wow, Healer has so many votes! I’m not really ready to rewatch it, very worried that on rewatch I will see flaws haha! After reading Leslie’s guest post I kinda regret not nominating Sungkyungkwan Scandal earlier… It has been on my to-watch list for a while!

I think my votes went to Queen In Hyun’s man, Romance is a Bonus Book, Autumn Concerto and Grapevine. But they’re not showing correctly, I definitely didn’t vote for Signal or Stranger 2 haha.

Elaine Phua
Elaine Phua
3 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Haha it is still wonky. But no worries about trying to fix it, that’s why I put my choices in my comment for posterity heh!

beez
3 months ago
Reply to  Elaine Phua

@Elaine Phua – after watching Healer so many times, I’ve lost count. It holds up. And everyone here can tell you that I’m Negative Nelly. I pick apart everything! Geez, I wish I could break that habit. I’d probably enjoy a lot more shows.

Elaine Phua
Elaine Phua
3 months ago
Reply to  beez

Great to know, thanks beez!

pika13
pika13
3 months ago

My vote goes to signal, stranger 2,
On the verge of insanity & Heard It Through The Grapevine. I already watch the first 2 kdrama but i would like to read your opinion about these two. The other 2 dramas i never watch it but i heard a lot of good review about them.

Thank u for hosting the group watch session. These session give me excuse to rewatch old time fav. It also motivates me to watch certain drama that never caught my interest before this.

manukajoe
manukajoe
3 months ago

Looks like I voted for the wrong ones! 🙂 I was pretty meh on Healer and the few eps of Bonus Book I watched didn’t greatly grab me either. Maybe Grapevine will get a spot 🙂

EllaSims
EllaSims
3 months ago

Rooting for Healer and Romance is a bonus book since I know you enjoyed both KFG. But equally looking forward to exploring the others in case the above doesn’t get chosen.

Medea
Medea
3 months ago

Queen Inhyun’s Man and Signal can also be found on YouTube btw.

eda harris
eda harris
3 months ago
Reply to  Medea

i hate watching youtube – the quality is the worst, some times.

Medea
Medea
3 months ago
Reply to  eda harris

These two are on a channel called Cereal that also has several other dramas (inc. Marriage Not Dating, Shut Up Flower Boy Band, Reply 1994, and many more) and the quality’s actually pretty good!

Medea
Medea
3 months ago
Reply to  Medea
eda harris
eda harris
3 months ago
Reply to  Medea

thank you, medea. yes, got cereal through youtube, but do not see here a “search” button. does it exist? how can i look up a drama that i am interested to watch, let’s say? do you know?

Medea
Medea
3 months ago
Reply to  eda harris

If you look to the lower left of the subscribe button (which is on the right side of the page) there should be a search button that you can use to search through the channel’s catalog of dramas.

eda harris
eda harris
3 months ago

kfangirl, something weird is already happening. i did not vote yet, but when i opened it appeared like i already voted. so i tried to revote, (to be able to actually vote for the first time) and it allowed me, by it did not change the number of votes that was there before. i wonder if anybody else is experiencing something like this?

eda harris
eda harris
3 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

thanks kfangurl, i looked it up again. i voted for healer, which seems to add one vote, but do not know whether it’s mine or somebody else voted. and grapevine did not change, although i did vote for it, it should have been changed.

eda harris
eda harris
3 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

i checked all votes now, and it appeared that i did not vote yet, since all drama choices were open. so i entered my choices, and after voting it said that healer and queen was closed. why? so i tried to revote, and that seemed to allow me to do it. i have no idea what’s going on.

eda harris
eda harris
3 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

now it looks ok. but with my “zero minus” knowledge of computers and stuff, i can not give you a definitive answer. it just looks ok, and my choices are highlighted correctly. whether it registered, i have no way to know. unless you want me to try to revote.
thank you for taking care of this issue, you are the best, always.

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
3 months ago

Fangurl – All of the above are good choices. I am so glad that you added Queen In Hyun’s Man to the list. What a classic! A fabulous story – thanks to Beez for her suggestion! Healer is also up there amongst the classics. I also voted for Grapevine as that has been sitting in my Viki Watch List forever.

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
3 months ago

I am certainly curious to see how the polling will turn out on this one. What a list to choose from 😊

Ele Nash
3 months ago

Ooh, good choices. many I’ve seen. Funnily enough, I just watched the first episode of Romance is a Bonus Book and LOVED it. I will halt my viewing in case it gets chosen. I’ll watch Autumn Concerto if it doesn’t get picked anyway so thank you for recommending it! xx

jaco_4950
jaco_4950
3 months ago

I think Healer would be a great one.

Natalia
Natalia
3 months ago

I’ve only watched Healer and Signal, and both are good. However, although I find it difficult to follow group watches (so far I only managed to do NIF and I am still watching My Mister…), this time around I voted for In the Verge of Insanity, based on the the friends’ here warm recommendations and for the Queen’s Man because I just love Yoo In Na.

JJ
JJ
3 months ago

@KFG – I really would love for a Group Watch of Healer since its is your favorite Show or One of your Favorite Shows. I think its only right 🙂

YAY! Thank you for putting in both Just Between Lovers AND Romance is a Bonus Book for me and Shahz!!!!

Gosh, I sure want On The Verge of Insanity to get so much more love!!! Shahz sang this one’s praises as did Sean 🙂

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
3 months ago
Reply to  JJ

JJ – Healer would get a lot of comments as it is so good.