Crime Squad

Crime Squad (2011)

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Based on real-life cases, this Korean drama focuses on a group of detectives in the Seoul Gangnam Police Homicide Division. At the forefront of the team is the hotheaded detective Park Se Hyuk and the cold, commanding police chief, Jung Il Do. Se Hyuk's impulsive, act-first-think-later methods, instincts honed on the streets, and pesky habit of threatening resignation clashes with his superior Il Do's strict, by-the-book style. The two also share a read morepainful past, with Il Do being the detective on the case involving the death of Se Hyuk's daughter. Along with tenacious reporter Jo Min Joo and the rest of the homicide squad, they must now overcome their differences to solve crimes together.

  • Native title:

    강력반
  • Also Known as:

    Homicide; Detectives in Trouble; Kangryukban

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boredandtwitchy
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May 14, 2011
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Crime Squad was my first foray into Korean cop dramas, and I've returned pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this show. Cliches abound here when it comes to the characters: main character with a sad past; cold, stoic police team leader; the plucky up-and-coming reporter, etc. However, the writers managed to flesh out these characters so that they moved beyond their archetypes to the point where one can't help but love read more them as people. Much credit should be given here to the actors for doing such a great job, especially Song Ji Hyo, who had many of my favorite moments in the show (and also my new favorite hair cut). My only complaint is how the writers handled the pacing of the story and the story arc itself. There are several cases solved in this drama, each of which take about two episodes to complete (as a quick aside, each case is interesting and seems to speak to the underbelly of life in Seoul). As these cases are being solved, we see problems beginning to arise within the Seoul police department, which come to a head in the final few episodes. I wish they had teased this underlying storyline out more as it proved to be the most interesting and the most important story of the show. Instead, everything was rushed into the last two episodes with whiplash revelations that seemed to have been pulled out of thin air. Despite this minor complaint, I found the ending of Crime Squad to be one of the most satisfying endings I've seen so far. Music-wise, the only OST track that stands out is the beautiful ballad by Insooni "작별". Even if you decide to skip this show, definitely check out this track! Overall, Crime Squad is a fun, interesting, and exciting show that I would recommend to those looking for a break from trendy rom-coms.
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MonikaB
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Mar 25, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I came to this crime drama because it paired my favorite couple from JUMONG: Song Il-Gook & Song Ji-Hyo. I stayed because I enjoyed how the drama developed & how the detectives solved their cases. The supporting cast (especially Min-Joo's over the top office mates) all handled their roles well.

One of the pluses for me was seeing a softer side (& a smile) to my favorite perennial bad guy: Kim Gyu-Chul. read more The other plus was Insooni's contribution to the OST: loved her Farewell/Goodbye!

Overall, this was a very enjoyable drama & by the end, when the story's main issues were resolved, I was glad I watched it.
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The perfect combination of crime/detective drama and comedy. Both series show funny characters that prefer to do their job their own unique way.
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Both dramas tells a story about a police team. In both dramas the male lead has a trauma. In both dramas there is a character who lost their child in an accident. In both dramas they are solving cases that binds together a big case. In both dramas the comedy is very similar and there are some same actors in these dramas.

These are very similar dramas that I recommend everyone should watch.
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    Fatima Jun 14, 2017

    So does it has brothers? I read he has a huyng, does he has a bid role in the story? Or do they have many scenes together? Please answer me because I am addicted to brothers :$ and thank you!

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    claudya87 Apr 18, 2017

    After the first ep I was hooked..Song Il Gook rarely disappoints with his series.

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    iambulletproof Feb 27, 2017

    i came back to this after putting it on hold for 6 mos. from where i left off around episode 3. i dont know if i missed something but i was waiting for the MC (SIG) to look for his father as the summary mentioned but nothing. also there there is nothing here about his detective brother... anyway it was a good show but still with same kdrama cliche like - child separated/looking for father, hoobae/sunbae relationship, corruption involving money, clash of son/daughter with parents. i can say that romance and police drama were balanced. 7/10

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    ladymay Jun 17, 2016

    really enjoyed this drama ♥♥ loved all the characters in this and loved seeing Song Ji Hyo & Song Il Gook in this together <3 ♥ their so perfect ♥

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    Yume Dec 31, 2015

    Nice! Song Il Gook and Song Ji Hyo in a same drama again :D

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    fanixx Sep 5, 2015 - edited

    since this is a crime drama, is there romance? and is it comedic?

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      Valeria Jan 23, 2016
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    Betty_Boop May 20, 2015

    This was on my on hold for a long time. Finally i will watch it. Thanks KBS world ;)

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    scarleT Mar 23, 2015
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    scarleT Mar 14, 2015 - edited

    *starts watching first episode* music and mood reminds me of You're All Surrounded... haha I definitely think I will enjoy this one. Here for Song Ji Hyo mainly, but Song Il Gook is daebak ❤
    Sung Ji Ru is in it though lol what a coincidence, he's a sunbae detective in You're All Surrounded as well.

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    xtinx78 Feb 26, 2014

    araso

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    ranimi Nov 2, 2013

    just okay...not the best crime/police drama around....

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    Weirdestone Aug 16, 2013

    Watching this cuz of Song Ji Hyo. :) And because of Running Man! <3

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    HAVA-RAVA Jul 24, 2013

    Finally I can watch this with good subs and good video quality since this started airing on KBS WORLD today. So I can watch it with my phone ??

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      Weirdestone Jul 30, 2013

      Ikr? Isn't that awesome? :D

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      HAVA-RAVA Jul 30, 2013

      Yeah it's amazing ~~ ^^ I love how it's super HD and all XD
      Only minus side is that the picture gets blurry/pixelates and stops at some points but it might be because of my internet connection...

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    Nisha May 26, 2013
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Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Mar 7, 2011 to Apr 26, 2011
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    KBS2
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

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  • Score:

    7.4 (scored by 845 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1623
  • Popularity:

    #1326

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