Doctors (2016)

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Yoo Hye Jung was a tough bully in school with a prickly personality and always goes wayward. She had many scars from her childhood and through self-preservation, Hye Jung keeps her heart shut away from other people. However, she changes after meeting her mentor Hong Ji Hong who plays a key role in transforming her life from a helpless gangster to a compassionate doctor.

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    Yeoggangpae Hyejeong; 여깡패 혜정; Female Gangster Hye Jung; Doctor Crush; Dakteoseu;

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Sep 1, 2016
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 5.5
A person can get a pretty good idea of the many faces of this show by looking at its many titles. One title is "Female Gangster Hye Jung", which explains its lead female and the dramatic center of the first quarter of the drama. Elsewhere, the show is known as "Doctor Crush", a title that, while cringe-worthy, sells the central idea of medical professionals figuring out how to work a love life read more into their already busy and dramatic lives.

However, here on MDL, this drama officially goes by its best and most appropriate title "Doctors". If you're looking for a straightforward, romanticized show about what it really means to be a Doctor, this is the show. If you want lots of action, lots of drama, and lots of clichés, you're in the wrong place. While it starts very fast, this is ultimately a very dry, low-key show that bucks typical drama conventions in favor of telling a "more realistic" story. Does that make it less interesting than other popular dramas? Perhaps. But it doesn't make it valueless. There's a lot to like here.

You're not going to find a kdrama story quite like this one very easily. While it's a romance, they don't drag the will-they-or-won't-they all the way until end. While there's a love triangle, it's a very sharply angled isosceles: one of three arms of the triangle is really short and it's clear from the beginning that it has no chance. While it's a drama, it has no mustache-twirling villains, only complex characters that make serious mistakes and end up hurting others simply because they struggle to face the reality of their wrongdoing.

These things aren't necessarily going to work for everyone, but for this reviewer, they all combine into an enjoyable and, most of all, refreshing experience. The flip side of this is that often times the plot seems to lack teeth; it doesn't grab you and hold on, forcing your heart to come with it. While the first few episodes are action-packed and energetic, the show mellows out immensely toward the latter half, eventually getting to the point where the directing felt almost lazy. This show is largely a leisurely stroll, which can be very pleasant but simply is not the experience we're set up for in the first quarter.

The main romantic pairing quickly becomes the driving force of the show and remains such for the entire 20 episode run. However, it's not your typical kdrama relationship full of peaks and valleys and Noble Idiocy. It's clear the writers wanted to tell a more sensible and realistic romance story, for better or for worse. The combination of almost complete focus on this one relationship while simultaneously making that relationship feel very "normal" definitely results in an end product that lacks dramatic punch and hurts the secondary plot threads. Those secondary threads, however, are delivered with the same understated feeling as the main plot. If you want "larger than life" storytelling, you're not going to get it here at all.

On a random side note: at one point, about halfway through the story, we're teased with a possible side romance with one of the nurses, but that plotline goes literally nowhere and is completely dropped by the end of the show. This kind of sloppy handling of the material makes me wonder how much of the script was being rewritten during filming. It is possible, though, that it was simply a matter of a needed actor/actress suddenly becoming unavailable.

Definitely the strong point of the show and possibly the only reason it's as popular as it is. The four leads all do a great job. PSH is as good as ever, which is kind of surprising since she's never done a role quite like this one. You'd think she'd have some yips or letdowns for her first time branching out into a new character type, but nope. She's lovely and wonderful, and her portrayal (like most of this show) is especially strong in the early episodes.

Kim Rae Won, who plays the first male lead Hong Ji Hong, is one of the most charming actors I've yet to discover in kdrama. A great voice, interesting face, and lovely smile, he performs the first lead here perfectly. I can't imagine another actor playing this odd and unique role, a character who values self-control and communication above all. Imagine that, in a kdrama! Compared to the usual selfish and emotionally infantile male leads we often get in typical romances, the Hong Ji Hong character is a most welcome change.

Yoon Gyun Sang seems to be very popular, even if he perpetually looks like he's had an allergic reaction to something. Although I didn't like him much at all, at first, he won me over by the end. A good performance to go with yet another unusual character. if you ever wanted to know what it's like to be on the losing end of a love triangle IN REAL LIFE, his story is basically that. It's worth seeing.

Last but not least, we have Lee Sung Kyung. Although her character is the trope-iest one (mostly just your typical Mean Girl trope, but with a more sympathetic twist), it really doesn't matter too much because.... well, I'll be honest, Ms. Lee is ridiculously attractive. Seriously. She's surrounded by beautiful women and even among them she stands out. I'd love to see her in a role where she can smile more.

All that being said, the supporting cast here is strong enough on their own to make the show worth trying. My two Honorable Mentions for the Supporting Cast go to:
1. Baek Sung Hyun as Yeong Kook, who I dubbed "Dr. Glasses". He starts as a very odd and (somewhat) forgettable character, but when the writers found an interesting hook for his character, Sung Hyun took it and ran with it. Sung Hyun seems to be particularly skilled at delivering subtext with his eyes.
2. Of course, I have to mention my new crush (I get one almost every show), Pyo Ye Jin, who plays a character I affectionately referred to as "Nurse Cutie Pie". Although her role is very minor, her portrayal was stellar. You'll never tire of her smile. The writers gave one big scene to her character early on and, after she utterly blew it away with her adorableness, they wisely gave her at least one speaking scene in every episode after that. Ye Jin is 24 years young and would be great in a starring role in the future. I may soon watch my first ever Family drama because of her.

Strong but standard kdrama fare here. Lots and lots of vocal themes, so there won't be too much repeating. In fact, they re-use themes here at just the right pace; enough to get the songs in your head, but not so much that they start to annoy you. Special mention to the tracks "It's Love" and "No Way", which are the best of the best here. If music is a deciding factor for you, just listen to those two tracks to get a good sense of the quality of "Doctors" in this category.

Unfortunately, there's no getting around the fact that there is absolutely very little RWV here, especially the closer you get to the climax. While most kdramas try and build toward a climax that is exciting and satisfying that you want to see over and over, this one does the opposite. Early episodes are full of exciting character moments, culminating in perhaps the most rewatchable scene of the whole show involving a rooftop, a helicopter, and the best romantic character reunion ever.
However, toward the latter quarter of the show, almost every episode can be described thusly: "two or more characters chat about plot with each other, then someone gets a phone call, they answer it, then it cuts to another scene where there is more chat about plot, and then someone gets a phone call, they answer it, and they cut to a new scene where they chat about plot, and then YOU GUESSED IT, someone gets another freaking phone call and the cycle starts over."
All of that does not make for a high RWV score, as it's bad enough to sit through the first time.

Despite being better than most kdrama in many areas, this only gets a solid 8/10 from me, and no more. It has too many issues to justify anything higher, despite how strong it is in other areas. However, on the flip side of that, it's way too good to be lower than 7.5. If you're looking for a solid 2016 drama with a great cast that delivers lessons about communication, professionalism, and relationships, you won't go wrong here. Just don't expect the plot to blow you away.
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Aug 25, 2016
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.5
I actually enjoyed watching this drama and I was tuned in every week. The story wasn't that strong but the perspective of life was great. Dealing with people, relationships and stuff. A lot of that comes with certain feelings according to certain circumstances, such as love, hate, jealousy, anger and happiness. We can't always get what we want in life and sometimes we just have to accept things the way they are. read more You can try to change it but if it doesn't work out for the better then it wasn't meant to be.

I was reading comments on DF where everyone was saying how inappropriate the relationship was between PSH and KRW's character, having a student teacher relationship. They were still complaining about it even after the characters grew. I saw nothing wrong with it. It's not like they did anything out of line. Yes, they were really close, more close than a student and teacher would normally be. But so what? I shipped it so hard after they met again, because they seriously had great chemistry.

I'd say this drama could have been cut to 16 episodes but I still watched all 20 episodes without skipping anything. I enjoyed the drama more because of Kim Rae Won. The man is just so incredible. His character was cute and humble. Always smiling and it made me smile all the time. I absolutely love Shin Hye in this drama. I was sick of seeing her with the roles of being a damsel in distress because I knew she could do something even more amazing. It was refreshing to see her doing something new and awesome. It was great to see Ji Soo. He's such a hottie~ >w< I wanted to hug Kim Min Suk and just baby him. He's too precious. I liked his character a lot. He slayed his emotional scene. It was so strong that it made me cry along with him. Lee Sung Kyung is so pretty. I love her eyes. She's good at her job. At first I thought her character was a b*tch but she was just suffering inside with her own family problems as well as dealing with things from her past that affected her presently. Yoon Do's uncle, Lee Sun Ho was just too adorable.

I loved the music. Every song was a perfect setting for the mood. I actually found myself singing along to a few of those songs. ^^

I'd rewatch this again, mostly for Kim Rae Won, just so I can see his cute self smiling so brightly. ^^
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Both are about doctors who lernt this profession when thinking of understanding a medical error of the past and who are going to certains hospital when hoping to discover information. Both have romance aspect and difficulty between differents doctors and hospital director. It's seems like there is an interesting but complex plot for surgeons but the 2 dramas looks like they are nearly about the same type of stories. Maybe less about romance for surgeons and with a different type of surgery than in doctors.
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Both medical dramas. Both involves doctors who'd rather save lives rather than being a doctor just for the money. Similar plot.
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    jxsilicon9 Aug 24, 2016 - edited

    Do you think this is worse than The Heirs?

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      Yajuns Aug 25, 2016

      The Heirs is a mess but Doctors is not a godsend drama but its really good that you don't feel sour for ''wasting' time on it. I'd write it off as a solid 8/10 but maybe 7.5 if you focus hard on the flaws. People gave Park Shinhye so much bitter hate because of The Heirs but she did well in Doctors. Also some people don't seem to remember Pinocchio idk why because in my opinion, its the best drama out of the three.

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      BANNEDuser Aug 25, 2016

      Pinnochio and heirs were good. Heirs did ok as a youth / teen school drama.
      Pinnochio was pure excellence and entertainment . Yajuns said the exact truth . People like to hate on something that's loved by many. I get the expectations were high for this drama. But it did deliver up to 70% enjoyment and that's what matters

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      siisii Aug 25, 2016

      Pinocchio is on another level, it was a great drama with great acting and story.

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      Red Aug 25, 2016

      both are good

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      jxsilicon9 Aug 26, 2016

      Heirs was terrible. And the ending was even worse and made zero sense.

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    SaraXD Aug 24, 2016 - edited

    Finally, it's over haha. Now the korean audience can spread!!

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      elvirad Aug 25, 2016

      Haha, agree! Am glad it's over

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    JoyceC Aug 24, 2016

    Enjoyed this drama a lot!

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    SaiyanIslam Aug 24, 2016 - edited

    Goodbye stupid drama...

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      SaiyanIslam Aug 24, 2016

      "Stupid" is a very simple term and not used for showing immortality. This drama was too painful to watch till the end and if it wasn't for PSH, I would have dropped it. Most people hate this drama and calling it "stupid" or even "dumb" does not signify I am negative- I am just presenting my opinion. Whereas we got great dramas like Beautiful Mind getting slashed. *sigh*

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      BANNEDuser Aug 24, 2016 - edited

      Beautiful minds got slashed because it had a 3% ratings. Why do you blame this drama for another one getting slashed? I liked beautiful minds but It didn't make any ratings on Korean tv . And doctors had 20% ratings. So why would the company slash doctors who rank first...
      Of course I finished watching this for parkshinhye mostly but I admit I enjoyed many parts. Just because many people say bad things above about a drama doesn't mean it changes the fact that it's successful on tv. And paid stream sites.

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      Yajuns Aug 25, 2016 - edited

      At least state why to support your opinion or else it just comes off as hate. Or do you hate it because people overhyped it? lmao.

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    minam Aug 24, 2016 - edited

    i love psh but i just can't get through it... sigh... dropped :/

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    Kimtan1999 Aug 24, 2016

    amazing , really love this drama ,, It was a very impressive ♡☆♡

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    Bongsookie Aug 24, 2016 - edited

    I'm surprised I managed to complete this drama. I don't know when but it did get rather draggy halfway on wards and I found myself often bored....but saying that it is not that bad. There's a lot of life experiences which gets reflected through HJ and JH's narration which makes it rather realistic. I won't deny that this drama has heart that's why I didn't end up dropping it...but it is a rather dull drama by the end of it. I no longer felt the chemistry between the leads anymore towards the second half - maybe it's because they're like a married couple already and all the heart fluttering moments of first experiencing love has already gone past. Like I said, not a bad drama. Just on okay one that's watchable. 6.5/10

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    Cntrldfusion Aug 23, 2016 - edited

    I disagree that this drama got boring. I thought it was pretty good and well written considering there were very few of the normal drama cliches present. And the surgery scenes kept a good level of tension. I also felt it had a good representation of different social issues.

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      Destin Aug 24, 2016 - edited

      i guess you're not smart enough to understand.
      who are you to tell me what i should & shouldn't do? :L
      & you know what because everyone is different it is natural to think of another person as weird
      Also i wasn't criticizing a person, i was SCARCELY criticizing his opinion, unlike you, hypocrite.
      LOL you're still acting childish " by the way you type i can understand that your IQ is a single digit."
      & when you say "bye", why did you end up coming back? what's the point of saying "i won't bother", because i bet you do.

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      LizzyRayDrama Aug 24, 2016 - edited

      @ Destin & Arielle - chill guys it's just a drama... We watch enough of them. We don't need to create our own. Every opinion is just that - an opinion. We all use different factors to form opinions, but at the end of it all its just an opinion. So live and let live! Life is too short to bicker over a drama you ain't gettin' paid for!

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      Destin Aug 24, 2016

      i'm sure it's over already LOL

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      Cntrldfusion Aug 24, 2016

      i thought i just made a simple observation and i log back on and wow

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      Yajuns Aug 25, 2016

      You're ain't so smart either. Why waste your energy getting mad over someone's opinion? Do you expect them to change their mind when you confront them?

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    jxsilicon9 Aug 23, 2016 - edited

    Well I watched the first 6 episodes and dropped it and then watched the last episode. Checked out a few recaps. Yea, the show is boring and the ending is predictable. But it dodges a lot of that love triangle crap.Even though she had a weird harem.The boring plot and the writers trying to make up for it with a revenge plot that goes nowhere. And also everyone suddenly having tumors which was ridiculous unless they live on a lead/radiation dump.those problems take the rating down even further. I hope PSH has a better drama next time. I can't wait to see Lee Sung Kyung lead a drama.

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    siisii Aug 23, 2016

    I really just wanted this drama to end so badly so that I can finally move on. The only interesting thing in this drama was the first two episodes and I wanted to drop it since like episode 4 but I didn't *regrets*. This is the most overrated drama this year.

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    2013started Aug 23, 2016 - edited

    because it is PSH, i am very hesitant to watch it...

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      it was definitely her best work. her character is very out of the box (compared to her normal roles)

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      ELF4ever Aug 24, 2016

      I haven't finished watching it, but in terms of PSH's acting, I thought it was definitely better than her other roles. She usually plays a poor and sweet yet whiny and childish girl with no guts, but her role is completely different in this drama. She's bada** and sticks up for herself and doesn't always have to depend on someone else to accomplish something, plus she's a really good doctor. However, no matter how awesome her character is, the drama started to drag somewhere along the middle. If you want to give PSH's acting a look, then just watch like the first half of the drama.

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    Rahma Aug 23, 2016

    The first 6 episodes were fun to watch but then it got boring tbh but somehow i managed to finish it bc i just didn't really feel like dropping it. Also 20 episodes were too much.

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    jxsilicon9 Aug 23, 2016 - edited

    Park Shin Hye needs to get Lee Jong Suk agent.

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      arbios Aug 23, 2016

      now that were talking ,who's Lee Jong Suk agent lol?
      i hope all my favorite actors work with him

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      jxsilicon9 Aug 23, 2016

      YG Entertainment. He changed agencies this year and still killing it.

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    Destin Aug 23, 2016

    The quality of this drama is so bad, anybody that says otherwise is just being bias.
    Proof? read the hundreds of dislike comments for this drama provided by hundreds if not thousands of people xD

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    Saranghae89 Aug 23, 2016 - edited

    Well,at some point I just stopped being interested in this drama,but I kept watching out of curiosity.To be honest,I struggled to finish it lol It started out being interesting but then it became mundane.Even Kim Rae Won's lovely & very natural portrayal of his character couldn't save the series from its downfall..Also,Park Shin Hye's character wasn't likeable at all & I couldn't find anything special about her.I guess I shall blame that on the actress' acting?!The rest of the cast did a really good job though.A special mention to Lee Sung Kyung who really nailed her role.Her character's development was the most genuine one.All in all in my opinion,this drama didn't deserve its high ratings,let alone in comparison to the gem that Beautiful Mind was.


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    Jun 20, 2016 to Aug 23, 2016
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    Monday, Tuesday
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    60 min.


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    7.9 (scored by 8,447 users)
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