Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)

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Kim Yun Hee is a smart, responsible young woman with an independent drive. Since her father passed away she has worked to support her family, but also managed to do well in her studies. When her younger brother's illness worsens and their family is in danger of being evicted from their house for lack of money. In her desperation to support him, Kim Yoon Hee decides to take the men's only national read moreexam under her younger brother's name and disguises herself as a boy. On the day of the exam, Kim Yun Hee meets Lee Seon Joon and becomes friends. Lee Seon Joon comes from a privileged background and also possesses good looks. He is also arrogant. They both pass the national exam and she has to share a room together with him at Sungkyunkwan University, while hiding her true nature. There, she becomes friends with the playboy Goo Yong Ha and rebellious Moon Jae Shin.

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May 30, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
What can I say? I loved this drama! It's, without a doubt, one of the best I've seen so far. It had me hooked from the very beginning, leaving little space for dull moments. Every time a plot twist was resolved, it only meant the beginning of another that would just keep as hooked as the one that just ended.

Some may say it's a mix of Coffee Prince, read more Hana Kimi and Boys Before Flowers. But to me, this falls short to the final product. Even if it uses familiar themes present in these other dramas, Sungkyunkwan Scandal's characters are different and the plot refreshing. It is too simple to describe it as a combination of the aforementioned stories, for its historical setting and character development make it stand on a whole different level. The interaction between students, the plots set about by powerful officials, the displays of affection and the wouldn't have been the same in a contemporary setting.

And, as a plus, for all us fangirls out there, the guys in this drama are so was a joy to watch so much eye candy on screen.
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Jul 19, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This was really an exceptional drama! It's one of the best I've seen so far. Although the whole girl pretending to be a boy thing is not new, the setting and situation is fresh. This gives it a very different style than all the dramas it has been compared to. The beginning is slightly confusing if you have no knowledge of Korean history, traditions or culture. But as you watch, you will read more understand. I like how there is friendship built and emphasized as the characters encounter little twists and obstacles.

The characters play well off each other as their chemistry is greate and the actors are all well suited for their parts. And honestly, the guys are very cute :P

One notable thing about this drama is it gives you room to imagine in details yourself. For example, they don't necessarily give the full backstory of the characters. Instead they hint at many parts and let you create your own story for them in your mind.
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Both historical drama with good blend of lightness and serious/sombre scenes. Has a main girl and many visually pretty/handsome guys. Overall it gives the same vibe but different plot.
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in both dramas, the main girl-lead passes the test to work in the palace. The male-leads both hate the girl-leads but fall in love with them slowly.
both have really good stories and lovely music.^^
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    myheartisomg 24 days ago

    Whyyy does Yoochun's face never move?? This would be such a good drama if he had more charisma and if there were less random college events that take a million years each to get through. Geol Oh and Yeo Rim 4eva.

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    Fatima 28 days ago

    Wow! it is a really good drama, and I like all the characters, they are all well built and well acted! also it has many elements I like: bromance, friendship, brotherhood, great second male lead T.T, deep conversations and ideas (about rights, freedom, women, education and stuff)

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    Saphiros Aug 1, 2017

    Episode 4 and loving it so far.. looking for more dramas like this one if anybody can suggest any pls ^^

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    Louise Mcdonald Jul 18, 2017

    The only drama I've seen (so far) where I've loved the ENTIRE cast

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    Antonin Jul 13, 2017

    Title is so hard to search for lol.

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    alecsandri14 Jul 2, 2017 - edited

    there is no romance...i mean really

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    ArvisJaggamar Jun 14, 2017 - edited


    I actually ended up really enjoying this one. PMY was as adorable and great as I expected. She has probably the most beautiful smile in the world. And I can see why Song Joong Ki became a big deal shortly after this.

    It was really nice to get through a saeguk that wasn't full of pointless killing and the bad guys constantly succeeding.


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    ArvisJaggamar Jun 8, 2017

    UPDATE: It's gotten a lot better. :P

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    ArvisJaggamar Jun 5, 2017

    So, I was coming into this looking for a wacky romcom set in the Joseon era. After 2 episodes, what I have instead is the same stupid garbage with the same stupid character archetypes I've gotten in every other saeguk I've seen.

    Does it get funny at some point?

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    mickey May 21, 2017 - edited
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    Jen May 18, 2017 - edited

    Yoo Ah in is a cutie. this drama was how he made his breakthrough right????

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    Chuu Feb 5, 2017
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    LPA Jan 27, 2017

    "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" is on my favorites list. I could watch this again--many times! I rated it 10 out of 10.

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    peacewon Oct 3, 2016

    Lee Won Jong is the fortune teller right? I mean I have looked high and low and I swear it looks like him.

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    moondust Sep 16, 2016

    This drama has such a very, special place in my heart. ❤ Yoo Ah In & Joongki are the real show stealers here.


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    South Korea
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    Aug 30, 2010 to Nov 2, 2010
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    1 hr. 2 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 12,509 users)
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