School 2013

School 2013 (2012)

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Seungri High School ranks as one of the worst of the 178 high schools in Seoul based on academic scores. Seungri High School is now busy preparing presentations for its new students. Class 2 is at the bottom of grade 2 at Seungri High. Nam Soon is elected class president for grade 2, thanks to the support of Jung Ho, who is a member of the school gang.
Se Chan is the read moretop Korean language teacher at a famous institute in Gangnam. In order to improve the student's scores at Seungri High School, the school hires Se Chan. When Se Chan appears at the school's opening presentation, Nam Soon becomes embarrassed.

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Jul 17, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 5.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I was reluctant to start watching this drama only because I, personally, am not a fan of school related dramas. However, after seeing a few hundred gifs of Park Heung Soo (Kim Woo Bin) & Go Nam Soon (Lee Jong Suk) together, and because they both happened to be two of my favorite actors, I decided to give it a try. After the first episode I was sincerely glad that I had. read more However, one of the only reasons that I finished the drama was the bromance, and man, the bromance is strong with this one. Granted the story line was actually pretty good, and every character played an important part in making this series what it was (an exploration into how people affect each other's lives and how important friendships are in shaping the lives of young adults and their futures).

The drama did drag on a bit through the second half, but it never lots it's original purpose and that's what kept me interested. Each character had their own story to tell, and each actor did an amazing job telling that story. Especially the two lead teachers, who had an amazing chemistry that had nothing to do with romance.

The lack of romance is definitely one of it's strengths. By not adding romance it allowed the drama to reach another level of friendship that isn't typically seen in this genre. Which brings me back to Heung Soo and Nam Soon, the two best reasons to watch this drama. Their bromance kept me going, making me laugh, cry, and throw a tantrum when things didn't go right. I can't remember ever seeing such an amazing friendship, and it's really what kept me coming back for more.

Overall, I can't find many reasons not to watch this drama (well maybe the ridiculous reasons they concoct to attempt to expel students ever other day). If you are reluctant to watch it as I was, don't be. It's a great watch, and definitely made me appreciate the friends I have.
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Jul 16, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
A realistic and well focused high school drama, School 2013 managed to engage me with it’s lead bromance.

In Short: The only k-drama I've seen that has not involved any central romance. I really liked the characters and the message in this drama, and I think the realism of it separates it from other high school dramas, which are often pure fluff.

Pros: A good focus on friendship and team work, likable read more lead characters and no unnecessary love triangles. The two lead students were infinitely cute together. Sharing blankets is for real men.

Cons: A bit hard to connect to the flashback events that supposedly happened during middle school, when the roles are played by 25 year old dudes.
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the film tackles most of the issue tackled in the drama and some of the famous scenes.
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Both dramas involves bullying, friendship and teachers struggeling. Side point, the school in "School 2013" is mentioned in "Who Are You School 2015."
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    ChihayaFuru Aug 27, 2015

    haisssttt .. its only episode 16 ?? done watching .. i want oh jung ho can graduate also in HS , not working because of his father ... haist I want to seee them graduate as well :D .. great story ,, no romance, its all about friendship, school , no romance :D

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    naccu Aug 10, 2015

    Are schools in South Korea really like that? And I thought my country's education system was messed up!

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    Lunacordelia Jul 24, 2015

    I adore this drama so much!! I just rewatched it, and I'd forgotten how amazing both the story and the characters are! Yes, there's no romance, but the dynamic between the characters and the acting makes it worth while and it just doesn't need love triangles. To those who watched the 1st episode and were bored, watch another 2 or 3, because it gets better and better as the show goes on and you'll get attached to the characters and the plot will make you laugh and cry!!!

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    Michelle Jul 20, 2015

    I hope that it's going to come a season 2 with the same actors

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    anly Jul 1, 2015

    It was really awesome...... i like woo bin frm tis was the first drama lee jung suk....... both friend ship was nice.....

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    pandaxgirl Jun 17, 2015

    the 2015 version is much better i think (: i dunno why, but after i watched the first episode of the 2013 version, i get super bored. like there's no romance and ya nothing is happening at all. school 2015 my favorite drama got me at the second ^^ <33

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      pandaxgirl Jun 18, 2015

      Didn't know that. Actually, I know Kim Woo Bin from The Heirs, and Lee Jong Suk - I Hear Your Voice (: But you should start Who are you: School 2015 right now :D Believe me,you gonna love it, totally. like I said, one of my fave dramas <33

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      Samurajka Jun 21, 2015

      I finished it in 3-day marathon. And my opinion is:
      2013 is more about students and they relationship with teachers and story is told from a boy's point of view. Slow-paced with a lot of focus on a psychological state of a person. It was very popular drama at that time, that it even got it's own special. Not to mention rising Won Bin and Jong Suk to stardom.
      2015 version is more about relationship between students and the problems they face told from the girl's point of view. Full of mystery and thrills. Although it's a pretty good drama and I like it, it kinda leaves a bad aftertaste... I don't know why exactly... :/

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      pandaxgirl Jun 21, 2015

      Tell me honesly :D were you for Tae Kwang or you were for Yi Ahn? :DD

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      Samurajka Jun 23, 2015

      I asked myself that question too, while watching. But I knew she was gonna choose Yi Ahn, it was kinda natural. Although I was hoping that Yi Ahn will end up with Eun Byul, and Tae Kwang with Eun Bi. :)
      But I think if it's real life, I would pick Tae Kwang. I kinda like guys with masks and secrets. xD And you? :)

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      pandaxgirl Jun 23, 2015

      Tae Kwang for sure. Thanks to this drama, I found Sung Jae oppa and he's my ultimate bias now :D :3 :)

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    Sani May 29, 2015

    in this drama there are NO romance -_-'

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      Isuzu May 31, 2015

      Because this drama is trying to base it off the struggles that Korean students go through. Romance has nothing to do with it. If you want some love, check out Who Are You: School 2015 or put up with the bromance between Jong Suk and Woo Bin. And plus, romance was never mentioned in the genres section, so why would you assume there is romance in this drama? Not every drama has romance in it, you know.

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      snuwyz Jun 3, 2015

      well the genre said Drama, Friendship, Life, School, Youth. So what do you expect?

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    chante May 21, 2015

    Still love this drama from episode 1 - 16. I would like to see a School 2013 Class Reunion. I wish I had connections cause it will definitely happen.

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    joyje May 14, 2015

    Liked the bromance especially Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin but the drama only got interesting the 2nd half. The first half was kinda boring. The drama was overrated.

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    EveryGrimmRose Apr 29, 2015

    Completely love the bromance

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    Cupcake Apr 5, 2015

    I watched the first episode and i really found it boring there is no story going on.. should I keep watching ??

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      LeeMeymon Apr 9, 2015

      I thought exactly the same but later Kim Woo Bin appears and everything is better^^

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      Cupcake Apr 12, 2015

      thanx , i'll give it a try ^.^

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    beloved89 Mar 30, 2015
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    SilentRevelation Mar 28, 2015

    I honestly don't know why I put this off for so long.. It's amazing so far!

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      Banana-chan May 3, 2015

      Same here. It was on my on-hold list for so long, cuz I didn't really like the first episode. But I kept watching after some time, and the magic happened :) AND I looove 2nd season: School 2015 for now! It's really interesting.

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    Darkbloom Feb 25, 2015

    Anyone else thought that the show went a little downhill after Heung Soo and Nam Soon made up? I liked Min Ki's storyline but episodes seemed dragged and a little boring.

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    heartbreaker17 Dec 27, 2014

    Relatable story.


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    South Korea
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    Dec 3, 2012 to Jan 28, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.4 (scored by 7,959 users)
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