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 23, 2016
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Doctors was a show that had a very promising beginning. It showed us a different side of Park Shin Hye (PSH). We begin by seeing Dr. Hye Jung, PSH's character, single-handedly take down multiple gangsters with her martial arts skills. Boy was that a red herring. Kind of like the introduction that I just wrote. Unfortunately as the series goes on this strong physical side of Dr. Hye Jung disappears. Instead we read more learn how PSH's character was able to grow mentally. We learn how she grew mentally by seeing all of the ordeals that she went through in her past, before she became a doctor. These first few episodes were probably the best part of the drama. As this was where most if not all of the character development happened. We see more of the main character's daily life as a doctor as we proceed to the middle and end parts of the drama. This is a medical drama after all! The problem with the middle and ending part of the show is that it has very little plot. Either that or it had very little meaningful plot that viewers could enjoy. Please keep reading if you'd like a better understand of why I feel this way about Doctors.

Story: [6.5/10]


The story in this drama was probably its' weakest part. The story simply lacked meaningful events. Most other medical dramas had something that made it special. Whether it be a genius doctor or a doctor with a disability etc. Doctors had none of that. I could probably just watch episodes 1-7 and 19-20 and still get the main gist of the drama. The other problem I had with the show was that a lot of the doctors seemed very playful. Personally I was not fond of the fact that the director/writer of this drama deciding to go on this route. Many medical dramas opt to go the serious route and have serious doctors. It makes sense because doctors and constantly stressed and constantly handling life and death situations. Of course that's just my own personal opinion.


On the flip side, a bunch of playful doctors gives this drama a much more light-hearted feeling. Some of these Korean (medical) dramas can get very depressing at times with all of the people dying. Doctors will perk you right up. Another thing that I enjoyed about this series was that there was a strong character who did not bend to the will of others. Dr. Hye Jung used all of these negative events from her past to make herself stronger. For the most part, she did not let past events bother her. One part that really struck a chord with me was when she took responsibility for a mistake that she and several other doctors made. She did not just only take full responsibility for her actions. She also stood up for herself and made sure that the villains of the drama did not win bully her around. I would have probably gave the story a lower score (5 or 6) if the writer's had not included a strong main character like Dr. Hye Jung.

TLDR: Weak Plot, but strong main character.

Acting/Cast [8/10]

No one's acting really stood out to me. None of the acting was overly bad or overly good. I'm just a big fan of PSH. I've been a big fan of ever since I saw her in Stairway to Heaven xD. Also, this is kind of off topic, but I did not feel the chemistry between the two main characters. Although I probably feel this way because of the whole teacher-student relationship.

Music: [8/10]

The music was okay. I like to focus my reviews on the story because I feel that the story is the main reason why someone may want to watch a certain series. An 8 for me means that the acting and music was ABOVE AVERAGE, but not perfect.

Overall: [7/10]

Overall this drama lacks a strong plot. This is not the drama for you if you're hoping for a complex plot. I suggest watching Beautiful Mind (a plot-filled medical drama that aired at the same time) for that. I personally continued watching this show because it was a light-hearted show that helped cheer up my day.
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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 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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    jxsilicon9 Aug 23, 2016 - edited

    So did Hye Jung ever make up with her family? And what did Seo Woo do that got her suspended?

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      HwangEunByul Aug 24, 2016
      Reveal Spoiler »
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      jxsilicon9 Aug 24, 2016

      I'm glad they went with a somewhat more realistic ending. I hate how some dramas everyone forgives each other at the end after trying to take revenge.

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      HwangEunByul Aug 24, 2016

      i also agree with u at that point... typical endings ... i like the realistic ending too...

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      jxsilicon9 Aug 26, 2016

      Were there any Soo Chul flashbacks?

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    Maya Aug 23, 2016

    I'm very disappointed... First 5 or 6 episodes were so good and then....nothing...! :(

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    YmsKmjKn Aug 23, 2016

    the only reason i waited for this drama to air every mon and tues is cuz of rae won oppa lol <3 XD if it wasnt for him.. i dont think ill watch this drama at all

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    PaboSaeki Aug 23, 2016 - edited

    W - Two Worlds is already way better than this. In terms of plot, chemistry, acting and writing, GO WATCH W - TWO WORLDS ! ya wasting your time on this one

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      Kimtan1999 Aug 23, 2016

      Doctors and w ,, both of them have their own events .. No need to absurd comparisons

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      Bongsookie Aug 24, 2016

      While I definitely agree with you that W is much better....I think it shouldn't be compared to this drama. They're both completely different dramas and it does come down to matter of taste for certain dramas.

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    Soroor Aug 23, 2016

    that's very nice drama
    love it! :)

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    SpicedSugah Aug 23, 2016 - edited

    Although I usually like PSH's dramas (except Heirs), this one is really boring. I even forgot it's still airing.

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      Bongsookie Aug 24, 2016

      I agree. I stuck to the end watching this for the cast. I often find myself falling asleep... it's one of those dramas that you don't want to drop but you desperately want it to end already. There's hardly any plot at all. I'm left with feeling nothing about this drama (I.e. not satisfied or satisfied). I still rated it a 7 though because the first half was good.

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    kim blanco Aug 23, 2016

    I don't know if I like the story but one thing is for sure I love watching this because of PSH. She is really something. I can't take off my eyes watching her. Even though it's boring for many, I guess we are all have different taste and opinion so its okay if you guys dont find it worth watching. Gosh! I love this drama becauseof psh, and the chemistry of her and krw was acceptable for me and for some.

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    kim blanco Aug 23, 2016

    I don't know if I like the story but one thing is for sure I love watching this because of PSH. She is really something. I can't take off my eyes watching her. Even though it's boring for many, I guess we are all have different taste and opinion so its okay if you guys dont find it worth watching. Gosh! I love this drama becauseof psh, and the chemistry of her and krw was acceptable for me and for some.


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    South Korea
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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 7,605 users)
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