Dramabeans is an English language website that features in-depth reviews and analysis of Korean dramas, and also serves as a fan forum for those programs featured. It also features Korean entertainment news on such topics such as preproduction and casting.

Type of site
Recap and discussion site for Korean dramas and films
Available inEnglish
Launched2007 (2007)
Current statusActive


Dramabeans began as a blog by Korean American "Sarah",[1] better known by her online pen name of "javabeans" in 2007 as a site to recap and debate Korean dramas. As the popularity of the blog increased she registered the domain name. In 2010 Dramabeans reader "Jen", better known as "girlfriday", became a second regular reviewer-contributor to the site,[2] and the two were able to make the site their full-time job.

Methodology and impactEdit

The core of the site is an archive of recaps of each episode of selected dramas, with comments serving as a forum on the episode reviewed. Most new miniseries from the big three (KBS, MBC and SBS) will receive a recap of the first episode,[3] with those which the recappers find most interested in having every episode in its 16 to 24-episode run being reviewed, longer dramas are not covered. Both javabeans and girlfriday are professional writers and deconstruct each episode as both writers and as ethnic Koreans with an understanding of the Korean entertainment industry, Korean story telling tropes, and mores and customs. The popularity of Dramabeans has paralleled the growing popularity of Korean dramas as part of the Korean Wave in the West, serving as a primer to Korean mores, culture and attitudes to Western audiences.[2]

The site also features articles regarding casting and preproduction of upcoming dramas, and behind-the-scenes news of airing dramas.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Awarding body Result Ref.
2014 DARI Awards Special Award Korea Creative Content Agency, Korea Cultural Center-Los Angeles Won [4]


Year Title Authors Publisher ISBN
2013 Why Do Dramas Do That? javabeans, girlfriday Dimension Four LLC ISBN 978-0-9860598-0-3


  1. ^ Hong, Tae (29 August 2014). "Dramabeans: Guardians of the K-drama Galaxy". The Korea Times. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b Woo, Michelle (24 November 2014). "Dramabeans Duo Spills the Beans on K-Dramas". KoreAm. KoreAm. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  3. ^ Bong, Betty (10 January 2013). "The Gurus of Korean Drama: Interview with Javabeans and Girlfriday of Dramabeans". Asia Pacific Arts. University of Southern California. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  4. ^ "DramaFever CEO chosen as Person of the Year by DARI Awards". The Korea Times. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2015.

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