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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Absent
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Jan 29, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Amazing.


This drama takes you on an emotional roller coaster. It is simply magnificent.

Plot: When I first stumbled upon this drama I thought that it was going to be fluffy and light but it wasn't. All most all episodes are filled with angst. They made my heart really heavy. I liked that it did not focus on romance (not including BROMANCE). This show made me laugh one moment and cry another. read more Cast: 10 out of 10. The teachers were incredible. The students were incredible even the desks were incredible . Im gonna keep an eye for Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin in the future. They made me go all mushy at the BROMANCE moments :)

Ending: Super neat. All the conflicts were neatly solved and pocketed away yet it left me a bit unsatisfied as there were question running through my head about the future. I wont go on because if I do I may ramble on and spoil it.


Rewatch: Definitely.
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TheJ
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Jan 28, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I didn't even start watching this drama until after the 15th episode had aired. In my experience, school dramas are virtually all the same, just with a different cast. This drama was, surprisingly, really good. It was a lot different than I was expecting. Where other school dramas are bright and fluffy (and seriously, do we ever actually see them go to school?), this one was a lot darker and more realistic. read more Where others focus more on the romantic relationship(s) between the three/four main characters, this show was all about the relationships between the whole class, teachers included.

One thing I can say about this show is that it was amazing at making me emotional. I don't cry often when watching dramas unless I'm really touched, but I found myself in tears often while watching this show. Future shows like this need to pay attention to this show. Hiring actors instead of idols makes a world of difference.

That being said, while I enjoyed most of this, there were some things that bugged me constantly. The one thing that never sat right with me about this show was how the class was portrayed. When you listen to K-Pop for a long time, one thing you notice a lot is that music videos about school get banned instantly the second someone thinks they see even a hint of violence. I'm not a fan of hypocrites, so to see a show aired where school violence is such a major event (even though I understand this is how schools are there), it's incredibly irritating.

Another thing that bugged me a lot was the way the writers went about making certain things happen. In order to make sure misunderstandings would occur, they'd always set it up in a way that was horrible to watch because it made absolutely no sense. Somebody would suddenly do something they would never do otherwise, and you just know that it's happening for the sole reason of making the misunderstanding seem true.

Now then, as much as I disliked all of that (and some other things that I feel are too small to be mentioned), I was absolutely in love with this cast. Their chemistry and the ways they interacted with each other were a joy to watch. I had absolutely no trouble believing any of it. It really helped that almost the entire cast was given a backstory of their own. When you give an actor a reason to act like they do, it lets you connect with them and that, in turn, makes their acting believable.

The music for this show was okay. I wasn't blown away by anything, but it wasn't horrible either.

If I were going to rewatch this, it would be in the distant future, and I'd be doing a lot of skipping. Especially the ending. The ending for this drama was, by far, one of the least satisfying endings I have ever seen. That alone almost had me giving this drama a score of 7 instead of the 8 I gave it.

Overall, the drama wasn't as mind-blowing as people were making it out to be. There were a lot of times during the first 2-4 episodes where I was seriously considering dropping it. If I had watched this as it was airing instead of waiting as long as I had to start it, I can almost guarantee that I wouldn't have finished.
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    Asma 16 days ago

    Beautiful drama, liked the friendship and bromance aspect, the ending was awesome.

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    This drama doesn`t have any story in it really and something I was like where is this drama going ....

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      jxsilicon9 Aug 15, 2014

      Its slice of life type genre.Just people doing average, every day things.

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    florazhang Jul 18, 2014

    I stopped at episode 10 a while ago should i continue watching?

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      ELFfreak Jul 24, 2014

      Yes, you should. But it's what I think. :)

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    Meye Jul 17, 2014

    Didn't like it until episode 8, then I was suddenly soo into it! and wow!! I LOVED the ending >>>> Spolier>>>> the last scene with Oh Jung Ho really made me tearful!! I guess he is my most favorite character in the whole drama.

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    vinylwords Jul 13, 2014

    omg! Episode 10 and tears of BOREDOM streaming down my face. I stopped watching "School 2013" for 2 days in order to watch the Japanese drama "Mother". When I was watching "Mother" I would pause for several minutes whenever I just thought I would die from the overwhelming sadness, but with "School 2013" I pause the drama every few minutes because I am either bored or annoyed. And I am seriously considering dropping it altogether.

    I wanted to watch "School 2013" because I really liked "God of Study", but "School" is very poorly written. One of the keys, IMHO, to a great drama is to achieve a balance between the main story line and several secondary story lines. I don't think they really even tried here. Too much focus on a slow-paced main story of a ruined friendship, but all other characters' stories remain undeveloped. Yes, we learn a few things about each character, but they never give them enough time and attention. If they had developed other characters and their stories a little more, it would have saved the drama from being so MONOTONE.

    I am guessing that there was a reason that the writers decided not to pursue romance in this drama, so I won't criticize them for that. But still, there are any number of possible love stories they could have developed with the characters. And I am in ep 10 and nothing! They just give slight suggestions of romantic tension and then never follow up on it. It's tiresome.

    Anyway, I am really sorry if anyone reading this is upset. I just thought I'd share my opinion.

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    zumzummara Jul 11, 2014

    i've just finished this drama and god i'm so glad that i watched it :) it's really amazing and that bromance literally killed me, it's so cute *______*
    if somebody is thinking about whether to watch it or not because there is no romance in it, then be sure to watch it because bromance of lee jong suk and kim woo bin is all you need, i swear to you :D

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    kittyflumpin Jun 7, 2014
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      vinylwords Jul 13, 2014

      I agree. If they wanted to focus on the story of the friendship between the two main characters, they could have made a minidrama. If they make a 16 episode drama they need to diversify with well-developed secondary story lines. And yeah, too... many... unnecessary... dramatic... pauses... every... other... second... ugh!!

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    Lyrical May 30, 2014

    Is there Romance too?

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      MyYume Jun 2, 2014

      Nope no romance in this one :P There's bormance tho

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    darkangel662008 Apr 19, 2014

    While watching this drama, I feel that I'm watching God of Study...

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      MyYume Jun 2, 2014

      God of study was more like, they wanted to get higher grades but in this drama they are hardly struggling for it. The students just get mad and complain at the teachers for not teaching them "right" instead of trying to rise their grades Lol But i enjoyed it anyway ;)

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      darkangel662008 Jun 2, 2014

      Hi! Actually when I made this comment I,m still on the first few episode and those episode really got God of Study feel fro me, but as the drama goes it shows me a different view. :)

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    Massrah Apr 1, 2014

    The only thing that kept me going was the bromance between Go Nam Soon ( Lee Jung Suk) and Park Heung So (Kim Woo Bin) & believe me people when I say its totally worth spending 16 hours just watching these two<3

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    KissMeNaNa Apr 1, 2014

    I just sat trough the first 2 epis and maaan it's sooo boring! I will prob watch epi 3 to give it another chance in hopes it get's better because I really like LJS but gosh the female teacher is so annoying!

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      kittyflumpin Apr 17, 2014

      You have read my mind-- I think she's pretty useless as a teacher and it's kinda ticking me off to watch. The only reason I'm finishing it is because I'm watching it with a friend who loves Lee Jong Suk and it's excellent background noise for drinking (just kidding... kind of).

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      justcallmejuvy Apr 23, 2014

      I totally felt the same way. The first episodes really bore the hell out of me. But give it a chance, the next episodes are really worth the watch. It started slow indeed but the mid and final episodes were superb. c:

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      kittyflumpin Apr 24, 2014

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      maboksan May 8, 2014

      god...and here I thought I'm the only who one found it boring...just 1 episode bore me to the core..

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      wavy3 May 26, 2014

      Gotta wait for Heung Soo to show up at least. :p Then the fun really begins.

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    Cleiton Mar 6, 2014

    i dont like!

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    kittyflumpin Feb 27, 2014

    Please tell me this picks up once Kim Woo Bin shows up. A friend and I have just started watching and man, the first 3 eps were... slooooooow. Then, FINALLY, Kim Woo Bin appears late in ep.03. It'll get significantly more interesting from here on out, right? Right?!

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      vamp97 Mar 16, 2014

      You bet it does
      Kim woo bin and lee Jong suk best bromance ever
      Plus the story picks up when he comes

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      kittyflumpin Mar 20, 2014

      Hmmm... we're on ep.06 and I'm not seein' it yet (we're only watching 1 ep/week because quite frankly I think we'd fall asleep if we watched 2 in a row). I suspect I'm gonna be one of those folks who just doesn't get what others see in this show. It happens. *shrug*

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      vamp97 Mar 21, 2014

      Oh well each to their own, I don't remember ep 6 well but I do know it does pick and you see some real emotional acting between the two leads near the end. However if you don't like, you don't like *shrugs*

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    Nana Feb 25, 2014

    I started to watch this and I really like it. I wanted to see this online but school 2013 on viki tv isn't available in my country v.v... well i'm searching for sites where I can download or even watch online this k-drama with good quality.
    Talkin about this again, i think that i'll get addicted.

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      Mo-chan Apr 25, 2014

      http://www.dramacool.com/drama-detail/school-2013

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      Nana Apr 27, 2014

      thank you ^^

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    wolfgirl9 Feb 18, 2014
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      vamp97 Mar 16, 2014
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      rationalbeings Apr 24, 2014
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      kittyflumpin Jun 7, 2014

      This, this, a thousand times this!

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

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

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    KBS2
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

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  • Score:

    8.4 (scored by 5,784 users)
  • Ranked:

    #152
  • Popularity:

    #41

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