Jealousy Incarnate

Jealousy Incarnate (2016)

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Lee Hwa Shin (Jo Jung Suk) is a handsome anchor with notable journalistic talent, a well-to-do family and commendable education. He is also as fierce a competitor as one will find in the world of reporting, and goes after stories relentlessly. But as luck would have it, he also comes across another fierce competitor -- meteorologist Pyo Na Ri (Gong Hyo Jin). Pyo Na Ri doesn’t have the shining resume of her read moreanchor counterpart, went to a third-rate college and only has a temporary contract with the station. Although her dorky exterior hides an inner fire, Na Ri has worked extremely hard to get where she is, even doing odd jobs like lifting boxes. Both anchor and meteorologist now see each other as rivals in their race to becoming the station’s most valued employee. But what happens when the two rivals start to fall in love? The drama may be too much, even for a broadcasting station.

  • Native title:

    질투의 화신
  • Also Known as:

    Incarnation of Jealousy; Jilteoeui Hwashin; Incarnation of Envy; Envy Incarnate; Don't Dare to Dream;

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palak
55 people found this review helpful
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Nov 10, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
To me, Jealousy Incarnate is a messy drama. But it is messy in the most perfect sense possible. The kind of drama that reminds you about the joys of love, friendship, life and sorrow. I went looking for a typical Gong Hyo Jin romantic comedy drama that I crave once in a while. But this is so much more than a romantic comedy.

Of course, the romantic comedy elements are all there. read more The love triangle is killer. You will definitely have a second lead syndrome, even if it's only for a few fleeting seconds. But at the same time, you will never stop loving the male lead. The story also makes you laugh plenty. I haven't laughed like this while watching a drama in a long time. The writers didn't take even a minute for granted and the whole thing is an absolute joyride.

Another awesome thing about the story is how they covered a whole range of issues in a lighthearted and optimistic manner. We have the issues of male breast cancer, asexuality, live-in, two-timing, workforce rat-race, not-so-typical families explored beautifully in a way that only a Korean drama can pull off. The romance is top-notch. I love the chemistry between the two leads and between all characters in general. The comic timing is great.

Among the characters, I was absolutely invested in Hwa Shin's character. He is not perfect but the kind of growth the character showed from the very first episode all the way till the end, and the way Jo Jung Suk portrayed Hwa Shin's struggle in love and life, it was amazing. He absolutely killed it! I have watched everything Jo Jung Suk has starred in and this is my favorite of his works (so far). Gong Hyo Jin was her usual best. I love her in these naive roles that she plays. Both second leads were great. Jung Won was more perfect but Hwa Shin was more interesting.

Pal Gang's moms were hilarious and their interactions were something I always looked forward to. The company had an interesting setting. I loved Pinocchio and this time, it was nice to see a drama from an anchor's perspective instead of reporters. Pyo Na Ri's struggle to switch from a forecaster to an anchor was inspiring and something that was relate-able.

I am definitely rewatching this. Some scenes are so memorable and the chemistry is unforgettable. The music is great. My favorite song from the OST is "Yes! Love". I waited for it to release for a long time. Overall, it is going down as one of my favorites. And Jo Jung Suk has almost made it to my favorite actors list. Highly highly recommended for all kinds of moods!
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kingsqueen
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Nov 11, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I love Gong Hyo Jin, and the trailers for this show are what drew me to it. I like the two male leads as well, and this looked to be a fairly fun romance story.

The first half of this show, I was utterly in love with it. I re-watched episodes as I waited for new ones to air. But I made the fatal mistake of falling for the second male lead, read more knowing that the writers would break my heart and his. The show starts off by throwing a huge cast of characters at us, and their relations seem a little confusing at first. But, eventually, all is sorted, and we have ourselves with 3 main love triangles. Pyo Na Ri, who has been in a 3 year one-sided love with Lee Hwa Shin, and then meets and falls for his best friend and ultimate chaebol gentleman, Go Jung Won. This is our main triangle and love story. The others are played up at first but slowly get pushed to the background....just like our 2nd lead. I blame the writers for making Jung Won such a perfect catch (and Go Kyung Pyo for making Jung Won seriously swoony) that he was hard to get over. Whereas, in contrast Hwa Shin could be a perfect donkey's behind...yet somehow you couldn't hate him because he also showed that he cared about everyone in his life as well. He was definitely tortured by his own inner self.

The story had some serious moments that the writers cut with humorous moments, so the weightier matters didn't drag the show into melodrama territory. There were strong characters and great chemistry with ALL the cast members. The writers did a fantastic job with the casting, and it could not have been more perfect. Up until around episode 14, I was sure that this might be the best drama I had ever watched and I fully expected to see it on my list of favorites. But the writers started to make some missteps in the story from my point of view. And I know that the majority of viewers may disagree with me. I did not feel that way simply because my 2nd lead wasn't getting the girl. Hwa Shin was not a bad choice for Pyo Na Ri. They did have some great chemistry together and I could see where the Hwa Shin "shippers" could be all on board with him. But I wasn't as swayed as I could have been and the actions of the characters didn't seem honorable to me in that mid-point. It dampened my love for the show somewhat, and that never fully recovered. Jealousy Incarnate was still a good show and I looked forward to it every week. I think they wrapped up the story well and completely for our main couple. However, they left a lot of loose ends when they backburnered the side characters that were prominent in the first several episodes.

My favorite side characters may have been the doctor and her nurse. Nurse Oh stole every scene she was in, and the doctor was both funny and full of heart.
The music was great - seriously stand out. I'm not normally into the music so much, but there were several songs that I had to hunt down and play for my own enjoyment of them.

Please, do give this show a chance (and push through past the first couple of episodes if it's hard - it's worth it!). You'll have lots of laughter and emotions.
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Each drama has different storylines but they have a similar vibe to each other. They are both very funny and the main male lead in both dramas is Jo Jung Suk.
Recommended by AmynaA
both drama are in love triangle theme.
the girl is in trouble who to choose, and she decided to date the 2 guy.. then she realize who she loves most.
they're both familiar though Flower Boy Ramen Shop is full of men than Jealousy Incarnate and their type of work are different
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    BSapph 3 days ago
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    mish 7 days ago

    been almost three months since i watched this, still think about this all the time lmao

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    Sweety 15 days ago
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    LPA 18 days ago - edited

    I was really enjoying this drama up until about episode 15 and then it got so bogged down and slow that I almost dropped it. It seemed that there were a lot of short clips interjected with pieces of music that I had enjoyed in the beginning of the drama but they became really annoying with short clips that didn't seem to be going much of anywhere. The overall theme seem to pick back up about episode 21 and then I enjoyed it to the end. I really liked all the actors, especially Go Gyeong Pyo, (who I first saw (although in a different role) in the kdrama "Tomorrow's Cantabile"--so fun and hilarious with great music!) Even though I watch my favorite historical dramas with 50+ episodes, I feel that "Jealousy Incarnate" was just too long. They should have cut about seven episodes, but I still rated it an 8 out of 10 because the actors were good. Take care.

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    Annalisse 23 days ago - edited

    Second Lead Syndrome has claimed me again! Otherwise I might have rated this higher, but Lee Hwa Shin was such a jerk there was no way I could ship him with Pyo Na Ri. Other than that, this was a solid drama. Now I can't wait for Chicago Typewriter to air so I can (hopefully) see Go Gyeong Pyo in a happier ending :'-)

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      Sara 19 days ago

      but you have to admit he was a HOT jerk

      and Gyeong Pyo is also the second lead over there so I doubt he'll get something better though he suits being the first lead more than 'Ah In' he's so overrated

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      Annalisse 18 days ago

      Oh noooo. The struggle of being a drama fan ;-)

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    joyje 28 days ago

    It is certainly funny in certain episodes. Both Jo Jung Suk and Gong Hyo Jin make a good couple. Liked the bromance between Hwa Shin and Go Jeong Won too. Enjoyed the drama.

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    Lasharichards Mar 20, 2017 - edited

    I love this drama so much! The ending was hilarious! I recommend it to y'all who are wondering.
    Hwa shin charm is off the roof. 24 might seem like a lot for y'all, it was a lot for me too but the episodes go by so fast, that I didn't realize it was 24.

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    Kiseki Mar 19, 2017 - edited

    I have a love/hate relationship with this drama right now. Sometimes the characters and plot just drive me up the wall, I hate Hwa Shin sometimes but love him other times. Pyo Na Ri pisses me off royally, how can she not know which guy she wants to date and marry? I am not having a good time watching this because whenever the plot/charac aka Hwa Shin or Na Ri do something totally ridiculous it makes me want to drop this drama, but then another part of me want to see their happily ever after. It's taking me 5x longer than normal to finish this drama lol.

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      MPH 26 days ago

      I thought I'm the only one with that kind of feeling with this drama lol. but for me it's always Nari who ruined the mood :D
      I watched this live, you can imagine the frustration :)))))

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    iindu Mar 16, 2017

    Didn't expect to, but I absolutely loved this drama. The actors are phenomenal in their roles.. all of them. The leads have amazing chemistry and that goes for the bromance too.
    The best thing was probably that it showed jealousy and friendship in such a unique, beautiful way.. other than in a couple episodes in the latter half, it was always refreshing and fun to watch.

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    Silv_7 Mar 12, 2017
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    Fran Mar 11, 2017

    If there is Hyo Jin or Jung Suk on a project, I go to him with my eyes closed, so I was super anxious for Jealousy Incarnate and I did not disappoint myself at all! This drama is a mixture of wonderful cast, couple with 100% chemistry, characters and hilarious situations, all against a serious subject matter but treated lightly without appealing to the melodrama. Anyway, incredible story, what I will miss from Reporter Lee and Pyo Na Ri!

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    2013started Feb 22, 2017 - edited

    I wanted to really like it like most people (I would give this a 7), I just felt that 24 episodes were just too long, when I reached 15, 16, 17 - it was beginning to be a chore to watch because I just wanted to find out how they were gonna wrap it up. It was fun to watch but it was on the threshold for me of getting fed up with the couple...

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    mish Feb 16, 2017

    i keep coming back to this page, this drama completely captivated me lmao

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    Tsuyu Feb 12, 2017

    From start to finish... easily one of the best dramas of the year. I fell in love with Jung Suk in 'King 2 Hearts' as a support character and he really showed his prowess as the lead in this drama. An awesome cast, teamed with romance, humor, a believable love triangle, family issues... this series had it all and with a well-deserved ending. This one shoots to the top of my favs list.

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    Myao Feb 5, 2017

    I can't believe I am loving this drama! It's cute, funny and of course there is love triangle!! I can't stop watching it (on ep 14) My heart is rooting for Hwa Shin <3

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    24
  • Aired:

    Aug 24, 2016 to Nov 10, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.3 (scored by 4,055 users)
  • Ranked:

    #294
  • Popularity:

    #88

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