Best of 2012: K-drama Wrap-up

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The best of the best in 2012

Despite repeated dire warnings to myself about watching currently airing K-drama, I watched many in my second year of viewing these shows. I think I can say I managed to watch more shows I enjoyed than ones I didn’t.

Last year I watched shows mostly based on recommendations from others; this year I ventured out to find more on my own and managed to watch 21 shows. I even completed a re-watch of City Hunter and A Gentleman’s Dignity.

Favorites aired in 2012

  • A Gentleman’s Dignity
  • Love Rain
  • Wild Romance
  • Ms. Panda and Mr. Hedgehog
  • Shut Up Flower Boy Band (Shut Up and Let’s Go)
  • To the Beautiful You
  • Answer Me 1997

The Worst

For me this year’s two worst wastes of viewing time were Big and Flower Boy Ramen Shop. I hate saying that because I definitely enjoyed seeing Gong Yoo after his two-year military service, but Big was a big mess. It did have a lovely soundtrack.

Best of the best

The best of the best for 2012? A Gentleman’s Dignity. This is one I won’t tire of re-watching like I rewatch Kill Bill, Gladiator and LOST.  It’s also one I would recommend to others—even those who don’t usually watch K-dramas. You can watch it on Hulu, Viki or Drama Fever.

All shows I watched in 2012

  1. Secret Garden
  2. Full House
  3. My Lovely Sam Soon
  4. Wild Romance
  5. Protect the Boss
  6. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
  7. You’re Beautiful
  8. Love Rain
  9. The King 2 Hearts
  10. Heartstrings
  11. Marry Me Mary (Mary Stayed Out All Night)
  12. Scent of a Woman
  13. Shut Up Flower Boy Band (Shut Up and Let’s Go)
  14. Big
  15. A Gentleman’s Dignity
  16. I Need Romance
  17. To the Beautiful You
  18. Panda and Hedgehog
  19. Answer Me 1997
  20. Attic Cat
  21. Flower Boy Ramen Shop

And then there were the nine shows I started but for various reasons didn’t finish. And Full House 2. I wrote about how I wouldn’t watch it because of the awful hair. Well I relented a bit (when the hair improved). I watched from episode 21 until the end. But admittedly I fast forwarded through some parts so I can’t quite put it on my completed list.

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