Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim

Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim (2016)

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Kim Sa Bu was once a famous surgeon at the peak of his career at a major hospital. But he suddenly gives it all up one day to live in seclusion and work as a neighborhood doctor in a small town. He now goes by “Teacher Kim” and refers to himself as the “Romantic Doctor”. Meanwhile, Kang Dong Joo became a doctor to make something of himself after growing up poor, and read morehe seeks out VIP patients to achieve the success that he desperately wants. Yoon Seo Jung is a passionate young surgeon who is haunted by a mistake from her past and tries to get over it. When Dong Joo and Seo Jung meet the quirky Teacher Kim, their lives and careers will never be the same again.

  • Native title:

    낭만닥터 김사부
  • Also Known as:

    Romantic Doctor Kim Sa Bu; Doctor Romantic

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  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim is a thought provoking and quirky drama that thrives off the strong character development and heart-pulling patient cases that are seamlessly interwoven with the main characters' own storylines.

I should say that I love medical dramas though. As an aspiring doctor, RDTK really made me think about the responsibilities of a doctor that extend past the operation room.
I began to watch RDTK because of Seo Hyun Jin read more but I stayed for Han Seok Kyu. Dr.Kim's complexity and romantic ideals of a character pulled me in, made me curious, and is essentially the anchor of the whole show.

What constitutes as a 'good' doctor? Essentially, the story revolves around that question that seems to have a simple answer; however, there's no real right or wrong answer and everyone has their own definition of a 'good' doctor. Philosophies and ideologies clash and it's just utterly fascinating to watch as morals are questioned and consciences are tested in the face of moral dilemmas.

Asides from the philosophical questions, hospital politics, and the emotional patient stories, the romance also holds its own in this already plot packed drama. The romance, while not at the forefront of the show, is a slow burn that keeps you wanting more, and when it finally happens, it is so satisfying. Gotta love the slow burns that are worth waiting for.

The whole cast of Doldam hospital seems like a big family. Side storylines are interesting, bromances are fun, and the verbal fights are satisfying.

Even if you don't like medical dramas, please don't pass up on this drama. RDTK is a a human drama, about human emotions, actions, and consequences. It poses interesting questions about society and humanity. I really enjoyed this unique drama that is honestly extremely different from other dramas I've watched before. If anything, at least give RDTK a try to see if it's up your alley!
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When I first saw the transferring to another hospital with a poor condition in D-Day I immediately remembered RDTK. Although it won't be the focus in D-Day, I can still see the resemblance especially how the lights get turned off in the hospital. The dramatic accidents are very similar to those in RDTK because they have a similar feel. D-Day is based on Disaster genre, so there is more of that there. And they both have light romance that develop slowly.
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Both are medical dramas with strong characters and a romance storyline to the side.
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    Simona 2 hours ago

    Just cried my heart out. The ending may have had some loose ends, but that didn't stop me from giving it a 10/10 because this drama taught me so much about me, my life and others around me. Teacher Kim really taught me to awaken the romantic in me, and even inspired me and pushed me to consider becoming an actual surgeon. I always sort of knew that I would study medicine, deep down in my heart, but now I am sure of it. Even if not a surgeon, I'll still push to help people in any way I can. What comes after in life is up to me; and me only.

    I love this drama so much. Please give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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    educto1 2 hours ago

    Ep 21 please. Sequel or prequel would be nicer too juseyo.

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    QianYingTan 4 hours ago

    anyone knw what is the name of the actress who acted as the secretary of director shin ?

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    Tothebeautifulme 8 hours ago - edited

    This drama is amazingly captivating. I watched it at the same time as Legend of the Blue Sea and Goblin but after the first couple of eps I put LOTBS and Goblin on-hold just so I could binge this

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    Valerie 8 hours ago - edited
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    Valerie 8 hours ago - edited

    I loved this drama so much! If it weren't for that ending, i would have given it a 10/10 rating instead of 9. I found quite a number of loose ends they haven't covered and several of my ships have yet to set sail. Ep 20 felt a bit rushed so I really, really hope that there will be a season 2 to tie everything up together nicely.

    For those wondering whether to watch this drama, you must definitely give it a try. It's definitely NOT a fluffy romance and neither is it a rom com so don't expect too much romance. It's the best medical drama I've ever seen with a really interesting plot that kept me intrigued till the very end. It wasn't really predictable either. But watch out for the ending! It's pretty open unless the prequel episode released soon will answer some of our questions.

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    Unnie25 10 hours ago

    Such a good drama. I did not want to watch it and my sister forced me. Thank God cause I would have hated to miss out on this. Is it really 20 episodes? I'm on episode 19 and there's no way it only has 1 episode left.

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    Ruyi 12 hours ago - edited

    I might start watching it, but the plot doesn't interest me... should I still watch it?

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      Tothebeautifulme 10 hours ago - edited

      I think you should still give it a try. At least watch the first episode then take a call. Before I started watching this all I knew about the drama was that it was a medical one and I thought it was going to be another 'Doctors' and overrated, however after giving it a try even the first episode hooked me in so much and its been like that ever since. Never been bored of this drama and it doesn't drag its story lines either

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    alexa 13 hours ago

    Absolutely incredible. Best medical drama I've watched to date

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    Kanga 13 hours ago

    I love this humanist drama and i don't want it to end...

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    Kdramerzzz 14 hours ago
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    Seoulsistersopi 15 hours ago

    I heard they extended the show because it was doing so well. It can't end like that on episode 20. I'll be disappointed.

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    Mikhal 16 hours ago
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    ines 18 hours ago
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    Banada6 18 hours ago - edited

    The only medical drama i really enjoyed watching it . I'll miss you :( best cast Totally recommended


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    South Korea
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    Nov 7, 2016 to Jan 16, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    8.6 (scored by 872 users)
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