Entertainer (2016)

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It’s about the assembling of a ragtag band (as in, musical group). The character Ji Sung is up for was once a manager at an agency handling the nation’s top singers, and is now the CEO of an agency repping the most pathetic rookies. Through various struggles and incidents, he’ll learn to become “a genuine manager,”.

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    Ddanddara; Tantara; The Entertainer;

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Jun 17, 2016
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I didn't expect coming into this drama getting as emotional as I did! From the teasers, I expected a light, comedic drama about forming a band, with a cute romance between Ji Sung and Hyeri. But instead I got an emotional roller-coaster of a drama that revealed the darker side of the Entertainment and Music industry. There were many heartfelt and heart-wrenching moments that actually brought me to tears. I took a read more break from the drama after the first two episodes because of how slowly they were paced, but I'm glad I decided to pick up the drama again :)

For me, the highlight of Entertainer was definitely the bromance between Seok Ho and the 4 boys of the Entertainer Band, especially with Ha Neul. I found it heartwarming to see all the obstacles they faced together in order to pursue their passion of music. The bond between Seok Ho and Ha Neul was very touching. By the end, it felt like the Entertainer Band was a family. I also enjoyed the different character arcs of the 4 members of the band, my favourite being Yeon Soo's (which was very heart-wrenching and emotional).
In general, I liked the realistic portrayal of the Entertainment industry that this drama showed, and the development of the characters throughout the drama- you could genuinely see the amount of growth all the characters went through.
What I disliked was the unnecessary love line between Seok Ho and Geu Rin. I felt little chemistry between their characters, but I blame the writing, not the actors or the age gap between them. Some of their scenes were quite cringey to watch, and I felt like their love line was forced and out of place. I don't really think that Geu Rin's character added anything to the storyline in general. The pacing of the drama was also a problem, but eventually it improved. I didn't mind the 2-episode extension much, and I think the storyline was wrapped up nicely.

The actors portrayed their roles very well, especially since there were a lot of emotional scenes in the drama (a looot of man tears). Ji Sung's acting never disappoints me, and I wasn't surprised when he completely embodied the character he played and brought it to life. I would like to see him in a more complex role in the future, though. I see a lot of acting potential in Kang Min Hyuk and he delivered the emotional scenes surprisingly well. Lee Tae Sun (Na Yeon Soo) is also an actor I will definitely be keeping an eye on. I can't believe this was his first drama role and he was one of my favourite characters.

I enjoyed the OST's in this drama, and the track I liked the most was A Love Before by Eunji. I wish we got to hear more tracks from the Entertainer Band, but I did like I See You and It's Okay To Cry.

I wouldn't say that I would watch this drama again, but I did enjoy watching Entertainer every week. It was a very emotional journey full of ups and downs. If you are looking for a drama that is full of heart and full of bromantic moments, this is the drama for you! You might want to bring tissues ;)
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Jun 16, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
Let me start with, that I really enjoyed this drama. This doesn't have much of a romance factor as it is very subtly done but the best thing about this is the bromance.

The main reason I watched this is because of Ji Sung. I've seen many of his works before to have realised that this guy is an amazing actor. I fell in love with his characters in the past and read more the way he executed them, that I literally cannot pass up anything that he comes in the future.

If you're a big Kpop fan then the cast will definitely be to your liking and in my opinion, they all did a good job in portraying their roles. The four boys together had great chemistry which made me wish that they were an actual band of their own. HyeRi does take some time to gel into her own character but she eventually does and it's a delight to see her.

The story is straightforward, failed manager guy decides to make a band and make them big. Obviously, many obstacles come in the way and this is all about the character development of all the characters and how they overcome these obstacles together. The boys as a band were great so was really sweet how they slowly open up to each other about their hidden secrets and how they support each other despite all the hard comings. The chemistry between Ji Sung and Kang MinHyuk was so cute because they had a genuine brother relationship that was so exciting to see.

Overall, I enjoyed myself thoroughly seeing the connection between all the characters and how they accept each other. I would definitely recommend to try this out as you'll definitely have a warm feeling inside whilst watching this!
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    Hani 51 minutes ago

    i dont know why but i simply enjoyed this drama. the bromance in this drama was really enjoyable

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    asal Jul 8, 2017

    I personaly love this drama more than some trending drama like strong woman or kim book jo ,but most of kdrama lovers love light romance the most

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    HMZ Feb 27, 2017 - edited

    should I start watching this drama

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      marys Mar 10, 2017

      there are better dramas to watch honestly

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      HMZ Mar 14, 2017

      any recommendations?

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      marys Mar 14, 2017

      it's hard to recommend anything since I don't know what you like but Ji Sung plays the main role also in Defendant(ongoing) so maybe check it out

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      LPA Apr 7, 2017

      "Defendant" was amazing. You should definitely watch it!

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      asal Jul 8, 2017

      Its late answer but if you are not addicted to romance part and you love music i recommend you to watch it..its heart warming drama full of bromance

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    ali Feb 14, 2017

    Why 7.9
    Drama is so fresh & good
    Very close to 1D zayn malik story

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    Sukkie Jan 13, 2017

    Omg didn´t know M.A.P6 was the Jackson band there... omg more and more thing I love come together TT__TT <3

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    Yuri Hana Dec 11, 2016

    Loved this drama! Initially watched just coz of Ji Sung but all the other characters got me attached too! The highlight of this drama was ofc the bromance but while this is an unpopular opinion, I have to say I enjoyed the subtle romance between Seok-ho and Geu-rin. Their romance was purely based on mutual respect and friendship, which is actually how most couples in real life start out. While I do enjoy some dramatic romances from time to time, Seok-ho and Geu-rin's was just light, subtle and fluffy, enough to fill my heart that craves a little romance even from a drama that doesn't focus on it.

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    Sukkie Dec 9, 2016

    I did not think I would love this drama so much.<3 I love the bromance very much. But i really don´t like the romance between Seok Ho and Geu Rin. Fortunately this drama wasn´t about the romance and i tried to ignore these parts. I didn´t like Geu Rins charakter at all.
    Mostly i liked Ji Sungs acting... really how is it possible he is such a good actor... especially the sad and desperate scenes.. oh my god Ji Sung woow. I thank you that i found you and your superior acting <3 But also Min Hyuks acting was fabolous.
    Especially in the end there were so many tears because of these two T_T.... the duett scene omo :´(

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    Dia Dec 2, 2016

    I loved the bromances, but still...I skipped all Geu Rin + Suk Ho parts

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    Meye Nov 20, 2016 - edited

    really???!! i hated this drama -_-

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      Sukkie Dec 10, 2016

      really??!! I loved this drama *-*

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    JorrynSerafina Oct 23, 2016

    딴따라 밴드 짱!! 하늘이 귀여워! ㅎㅎ~~ I love the live performance (episode 10) of upbeat mode... Such a pro ~~*I know it just an acting*...

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    Natalia Oct 20, 2016

    So good drama! Ji Sung like always amazing <3 and I don't get it, why people say it's boring... The plot is great! This show isn't about romance between Seok Ho and Green but about amazing bromance, friendship and being honest with others and yourself

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    alice Oct 13, 2016 - edited

    i didnt have any expectation for this drama since everybody says that its boring but i'm kinda surprised!!!! i was expecting pure bullshit but the plot is very cool, also the cast.
    dont be so harsh on entertainer, guys!!!

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    jinnborn Sep 16, 2016

    At first it was good,but after a few episodes,it became boring and I skiped a lot of scene.

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    Hani Sep 7, 2016 - edited

    This drama was so enjoyable.... First eps were not so good, abit boring and acting was not good too but i, m glad that i continue watching this. Drama really improved in script and acting by each eps... Full of beautiful and heartwarming shots... I think having the small romance part is one of the biggest positive point of this drama.. Having bromance is more attractive for me than romance.
    Jisung is always great but minhyuk's acting was so good too especially in last eps(his acting was not good in first eps but he improved alot by each ep)

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    Nxrsha Aug 11, 2016

    I am obviously jisung bias but even my bias cannot save this drama.


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    South Korea
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    Apr 20, 2016 to Jun 16, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 3,662 users)
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