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Destined friends and professional fans Saya, Anisa and Paroma yak—at length—about Korean dramas. Expect a healthy mix of subjective critique and objective fangirling.

Dramas Over Flowers Saya, Anisa, and Paroma

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 67 Ratings

Destined friends and professional fans Saya, Anisa and Paroma yak—at length—about Korean dramas. Expect a healthy mix of subjective critique and objective fangirling.

    Lovely Runner is a delightful genre mashup | Episodes 1-8 Review

    Lovely Runner is a delightful genre mashup | Episodes 1-8 Review

    Anisa and Paroma gush about the first half of currently airing time-travel romance K-drama Lovely Runner, which we are LOVING. The first 40 minutes are free of major spoilers!
    Tell us what you think of Lovely Runner in a voice note here:
    LINKS MENTIONED:
    Anisa's Queen of Tears first impressions review
    TIMESTAMP:
    00:40:27 Spoilers
    LEAVE US A REVIEW:
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    MORE EPISODES YOU'LL LIKE:
    Episode 162: Someday or One Day Review
    Episode 170: A long yak on Doctor Slump, Marry My Husband and Like Flowers in Sand
    NEWSLETTER:
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    PATRONS:
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    ❤︎ You can MAJORLY support us by leaving a review on your podcast app, or sharing the episode with friends! ❤︎
    SOCIAL:
    Follow us on Twitter @dramasoverflow and Instagram @dramasoverflowers_.
    Email us at dramasoverflowers@gmail.com.
    CREDITS:
    This episode was edited by Anisa.
    Music: "Dear My Ocean" (Instrumental) by Adelyn Paik and "Woke Up" by Cushy

    • 1 hr 30 min
    A Short History Of the K-Drama Industry Before Netflix

    A Short History Of the K-Drama Industry Before Netflix

    In this episode, we talk about how K-dramas became a highly profitable export long before the entry of streaming platforms in the mid 2010s. This is a story of a nation's economic crisis, the creation of a unique opportunity, and a two decade long struggle for air wave supremacy in East Asia.
    Leave us your thoughts in a voice note here:
    TIMELINE OF DRAMAS MENTIONED:
    1997 IMF crisis
    1997 What is love all about (NBC)
    2000 Autumn In My Heart (KBS)
    2002 Winter Sonata (KBS)
    2007 The Legend (MBC)
    2013 My Love From the Star (SBS)
    2016 Descendants of the Sun (KBS)
    2016 Signal (tvN)
    2016 Hwayugi (Korean Odyssey) (tvN)
    2016 THAAD missile crisis/China bans K-ent
    LINKS MENTIONED:
    CedarBough Saeji's twitter thread on why South Korean academics rarely contribute to international journals.
    Living document of sources here.
    LIGHT READING 😌:
    Korean Dramas Adopt Pre-Produced Format to Mixed Results (article)
    The Reason SBS Missed Out on "Descendants of the Sun" and "Signal" (article)
    Romantic blockbusters: the co-commissioning of Korean network-developed K-dramas as ‘Netflix originals’ (journal)
    TIMESTAMP:
    04:41 - How Kdramas came into existence
    11:18 - How dramas used to be made
    21:54 - Start of the digital age and entry of iQiyi
    27:40 - Dramas begin to get expensive
    31:32 - Watershed: Descendants of the Sun
    34:40 - China bans Korean entertainment over THAAD
    36:51 - Economics of terrestrial vs cable channels
    47:12 - Netflix knocks (cliffhanger)
    LEAVE US A REVIEW:
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    MORE EPISODES YOU'LL LIKE:
    Episode 170: A Long Yak on Doctor Slump, Marry My Husband, and Like Flowers In Sand
    NEWSLETTER:
    Join our email list for the monthly newsletter with podcast announcements and special episodes!
    PATRONS:
    SPECIAL THANK YOU to our beloved patrons for another year of helping us light the lanterns to sail our ship! Join it...

    • 51 min
    A Long Yak on Doctor Slump, Marry My Husband, and Like Flowers In Sand

    A Long Yak on Doctor Slump, Marry My Husband, and Like Flowers In Sand

    We are back with a long yak on three dramas we started 2024 with: Doctor Slump, Marry My Husband, and Like Flowers In Sand.
    This episode was recorded on 11th February. Our feelings on these dramas have stayed the same (with Doctor Slump getting special love for staying so reliably warm till the end).
    Leave us your thoughts in a voice note here:
    LINKS MENTIONED:
    Paroma's Doctor Slump post.
    Support Gaza through the Palestine Children's Relief Fund here.
    TIMESTAMP:
    00:01:50 - Doctor Slump
    00:45:57 - Like Flowers In Sand
    01:06:15 - Marry My Husband
    LEAVE US A REVIEW:
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    MORE EPISODES YOU'LL LIKE:
    Episode 166: Our last long yak
    Episode 165: Our spoiled yak on Perfect Marriage Revenge
    NEWSLETTER:
    Join our email list for the monthly newsletter with podcast announcements and special episodes!
    PATRONS:
    SPECIAL THANK YOU to our beloved patrons for another year of helping us light the lanterns to sail our ship! Join it here!
    ❤︎ You can MAJORLY support us by leaving a review on your podcast app, or sharing the episode with friends! ❤︎
    SOCIAL:
    Follow us on Twitter @dramasoverflow and Instagram @dramasoverflowers_.
    Email us at dramasoverflowers@gmail.com.
    CREDITS:
    This episode was edited by Paroma

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Past Lives is a gorgeous meditation on love and regret | Spoiled Yak

    Past Lives is a gorgeous meditation on love and regret | Spoiled Yak

    Awards season is the perfect time for us to share our review of Past Lives, our favorite film of last year. Saya, Anisa and our friend Yunah talk about why this movie's meditations on grief, love, diaspora and selfhood spoke to us so deeply. (We recorded this at the end of last year.)
    Leave us your thoughts in a voice note here:
    TIMESTAMPS:
    00:00 Overall thoughts
    20:39 Spoilers
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    MORE EPISODES YOU'LL LIKE:
    Episode 89: Our review of Minari, also with Yunah
    Episode 153: Crash Landing on You and the unbearable sadness of partition
    NEWSLETTER:
    Join our email list for the monthly newsletter with podcast announcements and special episodes!
    PATRONS:
    SPECIAL THANK YOU to our beloved patrons for another year of helping us light the lanterns to sail our ship! Join it here!
    ❤︎ You can MAJORLY support us by leaving a review on your podcast app, or sharing the episode with friends! ❤︎
    SOCIAL:
    Follow us on Twitter @dramasoverflow and Instagram @dramasoverflowers_.
    Email us at dramasoverflowers@gmail.com.
    CREDITS:
    This episode was edited by Anisa. Music: Pretty without You (Instrumental Version) by Vicky Vox

    • 1 hr 8 min
    2023 in Dramaland: Year-End Yak Part 2 (Goguma Awards)

    2023 in Dramaland: Year-End Yak Part 2 (Goguma Awards)

    The 5th Annual Goguma Awards have landed! Your votes have been tallied and the results range from unexpected to unsurprising, all of which we dissect with glee. Get your tea and biscuits, it's long!
    Leave us your thoughts in a voice note here:
    LINKS MENTIONED:
    Actor Jin: The Handsome Hotelier
    TIMESTAMP:
    00:00:00 - Introducing the Goguma Awards
    00:02:46 - The Classic Gogumas
    00:17:47 - Your Top 3 Dramas of 2023
    00:25:27 - The Wild Gogumas
    01:11:15 - Create Your Own: Listener Awards!
    01:49:36 - Patreon Roll Call of Love and Appreciation 💗
    01:55:08 - Love note to all our listeners 💕
    02:00:46 - Predictions for 2024
    LEAVE US A REVIEW:
    Apple podcasts | Spotify | Audible!
    MORE EPISODES YOU'LL LIKE:
    Episode 167: 2023 in Dramaland: Year-End Yak Part 1 (Trends + Our Year in Dramas)
    Episode 160: Six Years Of Podcasting About K-dramas! Opening your mailbag ✨
    NEWSLETTER:
    Join our email list for the monthly newsletter with podcast announcements and special episodes!
    PATRONS:
    SPECIAL THANK YOU to our beloved patrons for another year of helping us light the lanterns to sail our ship! Join it here!
    ❤︎ You can MAJORLY support us by leaving a review on your podcast app, or sharing the episode with friends! ❤︎
    SOCIAL:
    Follow us on Twitter @dramasoverflow and Instagram @dramasoverflowers_.
    Email us at dramasoverflowers@gmail.com.
    CREDITS:
    This episode was edited by Saya.
    Music: "Carry You Home" by Duplex Heart

    • 2 hr 10 min
    2023 in Dramaland: Year-End Yak Part 1 (Trends + Our Year in Dramas)

    2023 in Dramaland: Year-End Yak Part 1 (Trends + Our Year in Dramas)

    The Year-End Yak is here! Or Part 1 anyway, where we talk about what K-dramas did this year, and how we felt about them. Goguma Awards coming in Part 2!
    Leave us your thoughts in a voice note here:
    LINKS MENTIONED:
    Paroma's excellent 2023 Wrap for Film Companion
    Paroma's My Demon Halfway Review (Spoilers)
    K-drama Research Institute's video essay We Need to Talk About Netflix K-dramas
    Saya and Paroma's new BTS YouTube Channel
    Jae-Ha Kim's article Rest in Peace, Lee Sun-kyun
    TIMESTAMP:
    00:04:17 2023 K-drama trends
    00:50:07 Saya, Anisa and Paroma's personal year in dramas
    01:25:16 Notable podcast moments!
    1:37:06 And some heartbreak.
    LEAVE US A REVIEW:
    Apple podcasts | Spotify | Audible!
    MORE EPISODES YOU'LL LIKE:
    2022 in Dramaland: The Year-End Yak, Part 1 (Trends + Gogumas)
    Perfect Marriage Revenge Spoiler Review
    NEWSLETTER:
    Join our email list for the monthly newsletter with podcast announcements and special episodes!
    PATRONS:
    SPECIAL THANK YOU to our beloved patrons for another year of helping us light the lanterns to sail our ship! Join it here!
    ❤︎ You can MAJORLY support us by leaving a review on your podcast app, or sharing the episode with friends! ❤︎
    SOCIAL:
    Follow us on Twitter @dramasoverflow and Instagram @dramasoverflowers_.
    Email us at dramasoverflowers@gmail.com.
    CREDITS:
    This episode was edited by Anisa and Paroma.
    Music: "La Sortie Francaise" by Smartface and "Woke Up" by Cushy

    • 1 hr 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

SeriouslySnapeAlwaus ,

really enjoying 😊

I have really been enjoying this podcast, especially the analyses of all of the hosts. you can tell they care about the work and effort they put into this podcast.

Doc Watson’s Kay ,

Wonderful Podcast

This podcast got me through the pandemic. Their analyses are ALWAYS thought provoking and sometimes hilarious. I particularly love Paroma’s insights and wit! Saya is intelligent and loves darker fare while Anisa has knowledge of the Korean language. I also adore their BTS appreciation.

SouthernBaker ,

Always insightful, but sometimes hard to understand titles

Just listened to your 2023 review which is incredibly insightful but there were more than usual moments where you mentioned dramas where you said the title so quickly I couldn't understand it. When you recommend dramas in a throw-away manner, perhaps you could list the titles in the episode notes? Because I'm always interested in knowing what these older dramas are since I didn't start watching K dramas until 2021 & have gradually come to realize that the ones I prefer were all made in prior years. Thank you!

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