Golden Time

Golden Time (2012)

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After spending two years teaching in the country, Lee Min Woo returns to a city hospital to complete his residency and face his own uncertainties about being a doctor. Free-spirited and goofy, he is jaded about his job and just wants it easy. He is then jolted out of apathy when a traumatic incident forces him to rethink why he wanted to be a doctor in the first place. The first-year resident read moreKang Jae In comes from a rich family that owns hospitals, but she just simply wants to be a doctor who can support herself and help others. Both Min Woo and Jae In work in ER under the guidance of Choi In Hyuk, a famously astute workaholic surgeon who puts his patients before himself.

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Mar 27, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
This drama is pretty good as a medical drama. All the medical dramas I've watched, I would say this drama is the most realistic one out of all of them, When I usually stumble upon a medical drama, there is only 1 table death or no deaths at all. Doctors there are magically powerful and can save everyone. Realistically that is not the case. This drama however, displays how doctor can't magically read more save everyone but they try their best through their trial and error. This drama also gives me the excitement of people trying to be saved. I do not suggest people watching this if you are looking for people to get together,kissing,or any lovey doves stuff. This is only for the sake of medical dramas. If you are starting to watch medical dramas. I suggest to watch to watch this drama first because it's the least gory out of all of them. I gave this drama a low rematch rating because i don't usually rewatch dramas unless it's really funny to rematch again.
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Sep 27, 2012
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
So I was super excited when Golden Time was announced because Im a fan of both leads, the people behind Pasta (director, music producer etc) were involved and they made it sound like it was going to be a different kind of medical drama…

Story: The first 2 episodes were amazingly exciting. I thought wow if this how the rest of the episodes are going to be im in for one awesome read more medical drama. Then as episode by episode passed, my interest in the show dwindled. By episode 15 I had had enough and my love for the actors was not enough to make me keep wasting any more hours on watching a boring drama. Really all your getting is medical case after medical case. I understand this is a medical drama but the writers could have done a better job with balancing personal story arcs of the main characters to make it more engaging. For example, the writers pimped this out as a medical romance. Even up to episode 15 there was zero romance, which I was really looking forward to. Really unless your completely obsessed with the medical field, you will find this drama completely boring. So don’t waste your time especially since the ending is nothing to brag about.

Acting/Cast: Lee Sun Gyun showed a different side that I haven’t seen before. He stepped up his game and I just find it so odd how he can play someone way younger than his actual age. He’s almost 40! Hwang Jung Eum was kind of the same as always but I like her acting style even though a lot of her characters feel the same. Lee Sung Min (King 2 Hearts) plays a major role in this one so I thought it was cool that he plays a very serious and brilliant surgeon because his character in Pasta was the total opposite. He is a wonderful actor! As for the supporting cast, noone really made their character stand out to me but you do see some famailiar faces (from Pasta).

Music: The indie band Every Single Day produced the OST (same as Pasta) so while it was good for the drama, its not something I wanted to listen outside of the show, which was a bit disappointing because I love the Pasta OST so much.

Rewatch: Couldn’t even finish it the first time so yeah that’s out of the question.

Overall Golden Time failed to keep me engaged so I wouldn’t recommend it unless you have the patience.
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They both have a similar atmosphere to this kind of medical dramas. It's all about learning and caring. If you liked one you're almost sure to like the other :D
Golden Time and Surgeons are on the same line for me...very realistic with great acting...actually Golden Time is a lot more detailed but Surgeons had a satisfying romance element...if you like one you should definitely check the other.
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    DreamingKoreanBallad Jul 21, 2017

    It's important to watch through the credits in the last episode as they do a short review on all the patients that came in and what they are doing now after recovering :)

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    KmjSsk Jul 2, 2017 - edited

    there needs to be a season 2 !!

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    DBSK Feb 14, 2016
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    NadyaReyS Dec 28, 2014

    Lee Sun Gyun - i love this guy !
    Watched him as a lovable musician (Coffee Prince) and attitude filled chef (Pasta). now its time to watch him a as a responsible doctor ;)

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    Tika Nov 2, 2014

    really good medical kdrama!!! I love there's no romance involved!the actors just amazing lee sungmin, lee sunkyun, hwang jung eum my faves

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    Ginger Mar 29, 2014

    One of the best & most realistic Medical dramas I've ever watched...great acting & interesting characters! I'm tearing now because it ended...I wish there was another season! <3

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    frost Mar 5, 2014

    like what other said a realistic medical drama, but i love it, love the cast and all of it, even the romance cuz they put it in the right place...

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    Meye Jan 25, 2014

    realistic, not much happy fantasy, very good actors, amazing OSTs, loved it, gave it a 10 :)

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    riribl Jan 8, 2014

    This drama is a good medical drama and feels pretty realistic

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    ROSE Oct 11, 2013

    if u watched Grey's anatomy u can't watch this, I skipped from 7 to 23 LOL

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    Smaggly Nov 4, 2012

    GOLDEN TIME FEELINGS ;_____; I really really liked this drama! The OST for it was spot on and lots of intense scenes.

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    Jormungand Sep 27, 2012

    One word i can say for this drama, "Boring".

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      KdramaQueen89 Oct 14, 2012

      Thank you! I agree 100%

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      arublossom Nov 14, 2012

      Not exactly sure what you were expecting out of a medical drama but I thought it was great!

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      wind Sep 7, 2013

      I think it was great too !!

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    DaeBi Sep 26, 2012

    After finishing Ep. 23 this felt more like the prelude to a longer story. I hope they'll make a second season! I was kinda hoping to see more romance, too ... nothing major, I liked that it focused more on character development than on smooches, but yeah ...

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    Waves Sep 25, 2012

    They should have ended the drama at ep 20 instead of extending it. The drama seemed to drag on without any development between the relationship of the two main characters. I didn't really like the ending either.

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    KdramaQueen89 Aug 17, 2012

    After 10 episodes all i can say is zzzz. Its the same as any other Medical drama...


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    South Korea
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    Jul 9, 2012 to Sep 25, 2012
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.3 (scored by 459 users)
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