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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Jan 29, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
School dramas are definitely my favorite kind, but this one was special.
Mostly centered on the rise and fall of an unfixable friendship, it doesn't stretch out the same one plot for sixteen episodes risking to make it lame and repetitive. Different stories are told, just like different stories happen in one high school class. Each of these plots lead back to friendship in the end, but none of them is like read more the previous one, as they all touch a second different topic, reminding us we're never the only ones who suffer although not everyone has to face the same kind of hardship we're going through.
This drama is original, true, bitter, at times shocking, but also inspiring, hopeful and fun like the age of its protagonists.
I appreciate the complete absence of romance, not because i don't enjoy it but because it's a nice change in kdramas standards.
At times it seems ridiculous the ability this school has to find a reason to expell someone every other day, but nevertheless the screenplay keeps the suspence up until the very last minute.
And there's no reason to deny or hide it: the bromance will kill you over and over again.
This drama is a jewel.
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Jan 29, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
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  • Music 8.0
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Ok let me get started with one of he best dramas that HAS NO ROMANCE (I know shocked right especially for being a romance buff)! To all you people who love romance in everything and don't really know whether to watch this or not let me put your heart at ease.....:watch the dang thing or regret it! Lol not to be too harsh..... It is an amazing drama!
The acting was phenomenal, read more the characters were so well oriented with each other and the actors all seemed to be living the life of the character as they were on screen! I cried for all the right reasons watching this drama and I might even watch it again so that I can get that feeling! The bromance was so well developed that it maybe sometimes gave me this big goofy smile that I usually wear when I see the main couple interacting it's each other in other dramas! Haha! Nam Soon and heung soo are seriously he best ones in this drama! Also the teacher student relationships are really unique and also described perfectly!
The story it elf is a deal brake because all these school dramas that we love to watch no matter how much we dream they aren't really realistic, even though they dramafy everything in this drama this stuff happens at school everyday and we all know it! This school drama Is perfect and I know the some of you who don't want to go through a school drama are missing out on every thing you have ever wanted to watch.
All In all this drama is with every second and very tissue that you use! Even for those of us who like romance don't miss out on this show amazing actIng and an amazing storyline! I believe you people will savor evey second of it!!!!!
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    cirmosneko Feb 18, 2016

    I gave a shot to this drama,because the comments and the plot was so promising,but now I'm really dissapointed. All the caracters irritate me,they are so incompetent. I'm probably the only one with my opinion, but for now I dropped this serie.

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    tomanii Dec 13, 2015

    I think this one is going to air soon on KBS World

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    ThanLanggao Nov 30, 2015 - edited

    Where's the sub?

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    BaoziCactus Nov 6, 2015

    I don't get why no romance is a bad thing. I love romances but romance in everything is tiring. I need a break once in a while, and a drama like this that still has strong, emotional relationships without is a keeper. The boys' friendship, and the girls' made me so happy, especially since a lot of romance are so full of "rivalry" that there's little time for things like this. I love it.

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    Gabriela Oct 8, 2015

    It's the first time I watch a drama that doesn't have romance but instead it has bromance. I have to say that I took a lot of time to start watching this one, but when I started I didn't stop. It really gets you, the feels here are real. There's a lot of moments between these too boys where I almost cried. The story itself is good and the fact that the teacher always tries to help the students even the hopless ones is really nice, sometimes in our lives that's all we need, someone who doesn't give up on us and believes in us!
    Best school drama I've watcted so far.

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    ChihayaFuru Aug 27, 2015 - edited

    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 - edited

    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 - edited

    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 - edited

    in this drama there are NO romance -_-'

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      isuzusan May 31, 2015 - edited

      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 - edited

    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 - edited

    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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    South Korea
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    Dec 3, 2012 to Jan 28, 2013
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 9,266 users)
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