Good Doctor

Good Doctor (2013)

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A man named Park Shi On is a doctor with autistic savant disorder who has the mentality of a 10-year-old. He overcomes bias and discrimination by society and workmates and becomes a pediatrician by utilizing his exceptional abilities that the illness brings.

  • Native title:

    굿 닥터
  • Also Known as:

    Green Scalpel ; Green Mass ; Geurin Meseu

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Oct 8, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Centered on a regular man set apart due to his extraordinary condition, Good Doctor is an emotionally rich tale of love and healing. High ratings mark its passing and, while I cannot dub it perfect, this drama has some sort of special spark. Definitely worth a look, whether you enjoy the leads or are just looking for a unique experience.

Despite billing itself as a medical drama which features a savant surgeon, read more Good Doctor evolved into quite a different animal. While it does feature bloody surgeries and a hospital atmosphere, this drama yearns to be an inspiring slice-of-life. Most patients serve as episodic cases and often provide the backdrop for the hospital staff to interact. Though the medical side was handled relatively well, it often felt gimmicky. Developments between the hospital staff seemed much more important to the writers. To their credit, character interaction is where this drama excels. The exchanges may elicit wide ranges of emotions from viewers, anything between sorrow and anger to warmth and joy.

Certain things did not work as intended. Hospital politics feature in most medical dramas, but they were boring and unnecessary in Good Doctor. A particular romantic red herring exists (as they always do), taking up a large chunk of episodes. When things are finally sorted, the "proper" progression initially feels jagged and too quick -- despite the pairing itself being very nice and even desirable. This phenomenon of sudden forward motion occurs also with the lead character, as he moves from extended developmental purgatory to huge successive change. Even these issues are somewhat forgivable though, due to the power and likability of the actors.

As you might have garnered, Good Doctor features an earnestly talented cast. Joo Won shines at the top as gentle-hearted savant Park Shi On. Everything about his performance, from the way he held his body to his speech, spoke of good research and execution. Prickly Kim Do Han is something of an internet sensation, lovingly dubbed Doctor Wook ("anger") by Korean netizens. Joo Sang Wook brings natural charisma to this role, believably building a man colored by both by hardness and secret warmth. Though she was handed a character with little back story, something about Moon Chae Won just clicks. Her Cha Yoon Seo might dole out less impact, but she serves her purpose well. All three have wonderful chemistry, in any combination. Of the supporting cast, nearly everyone involved with the hospital politic aspect of the plot felt wasted. This is especially true of Kim Min Seo, Na Young Hee, Chun Ho Jin (who always seemed thunderstruck).

Many musical tracks were great, especially instrumental pieces. Various themes adopt an ethereal quality and a nonsense language reminiscent of Yuki Kaijura; these are masterful. Unfortunately, traditional vocal pieces are far more numerous than expected. This led to many forgettable ballads; during a particular episode, they actually stuffed every single into the action -- and topped the final scene off with an entirely new song! Despite this slight overcrowding, most were at least decent. Standouts include "I Am In Love" (2BiC), "How Come You Don't Know?" (Kim Jong Kook), and late game offering "Love Medicine" (Joo Won).
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Oct 8, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
The beginning of the drama really ticked me off, because the characters were really jerks. I didn't know what to think when even the characters that I thought of as "good" guys were totally horrible to Park Shi On. However, that is what makes this drama great in the end. The character development is worth all the pain at the beginning. As the story progresses, there are reasons behind the characters actions. read more I'm not much for medical dramas, but this is so much more that. I didn't really think of it as just a medical drama. I thought it touched on something that is really important being the way people treat people with disabilities. Sometimes I think we forget that they are people with emotions just like everyone else. I have friends with children that are autistic and I hate the way some people treat them. I also love how Park Shi On helped the other characters heal and become better people.

Joo Won is a great actor. His portrayal of genius, autistic Park Shi On is really well done. I don't think that is an easy part for anyone. I have seen almost all of Moon Chae Won's dramas and I find her acting to be believable. She didn't fail to be believable as Dr. Cha. I was really ticked at her at some points in this drama and I think that is due to her great acting abilities. The other actors were also good in this including Joo Sang Wook and Kim Young Kang. I adore Ko Chang Seok as an actor. He is really good in all the dramas that I have seen him in. It was cute to see a cameo of Park Ki Woong in the last episode. Joo Won and he must be really good friends. Too cute.

The music is good and appropriate.

I might rewatch this in the future.

If you like an underdog story, then you can't beat this drama. I highly recommend it to everyone.
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Similar plots in the fact that both male leads have mental illnesses and are proving themselves to be more than just their limitations. The rest of the plot differs on the other hand. Good Doctor said about just that being a good and capable doctor despite mental and social "limitations" and Decoded is proving hat even though he can't at the beginning he will improve himself and show that he can be great if not better than those without his condition. I fell in love with both leads and these roles show just how great they are as actor
Recommended by MargaritaPeete
They both have a main lead who is not fit to be a doctor according to the people around him which is a MAJOR element in both dramas

plus they are both unique and just SIMPLY GREAT
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    StephStephieTeff 6 days ago

    Where can I watch this in HD?

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    JEf 9 days ago

    I had been putting off watching this drama as I thought it was just another 'ER' type of drama. I gave it a try after reading more reviews about it and I'm so glad I did. It's one of the best drama I've watched so far. Joo Won's acting is superb - I'm not surprised he got numerous awards for this drama. The issues that were dealt with in this drama were so realistic and beautifully acted out by the cast. Kudos to the writer as well!

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    foreverwitchy Oct 17, 2016 - edited

    so good, Joo Won is so talented!

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    SIMPLEFANVOY Sep 12, 2016

    My 2nd kdrama! Rewatching it over and over. Only MCW's drama that I love.

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    abracadabra Aug 23, 2016

    I'm deeply moved by this drama...

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    FiPancake Jul 6, 2016

    The amount of times i cried/teared up through out episode 1- 5 is amazing T^T

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    AnicsiRoscoe Jun 17, 2016 - edited

    Now, before you start the drama, let me tell you some things:
    If I had to describe the drama in a single word, it would be 'sincere'. Its sincerity is more apparent than in any other Korean drama I have seen so far, and this is what makes it unique in my opinion. There is nothing forced, nothing fake, nothing that makes you want to punch a wall because there is no point or reason for it. You watch 'Good Doctor', and you don't feel like you're sitting behind a screen, but you are there with all the characters, in the hospital ward or the operating room, breathing the same air as them. It is hard to express the emotions that this drama brought out in me, but there was laughter and tears, a lot of pain and even more happiness.

    I was aware that Joo Won is a fantastic actor by all the works I have seen, but this time he simply left me speechless. I had the pleasure to get to know some autistic people in my life, and the way he acts is simply phenomenal. His posture, his gestures, mimics, speech, even his GLANCE, Joo Won brought Park Shi On to life in a way that I hadn't thought possible. Even just for experiencing that, it would be worth a watch.

    But if you don't, you'd me missing out on so much more: The medical aspect is really important in this drama, and they did a fantastic job. Now, I have never studied medicine, but all the surgeries looked SO real, that I was seriously wondering sometimes if they were just operating on props (I know they did, but... man!). However, what makes this different from other medical dramas, is the fact that Shi On has to deal with a lot of obstacles and prejudice, and he approaches things differently because of his (dis)ability. Secondly, it is a pediatrician ward, so we get to see a lot of heartwearming and heartbreaking scenes with kids. I was skeptical, thinking actors that young would surely ruin the drama. Boy, was I proven wrong. The kids had some of the most authentic and touching acting I have ever seen. Some of the veteran actors in this industry could learn a thing or two of them. However, the adult main and supporting actors in this drama equally brought out the worth of this drama. Cha Yoon Suh and Kim Do Han are clearly needed for Shi On to become the person and doctor he dreams of.

    I see, this review is getting quite long, so I'll just get to the point: This drama is one of a kind and it should definitely not be missed. It is funny, touching, sincere and teaches valuable life lessons. There are no all-evil villains, but the reasoning of each of them becomes apparent. It teaches lessons about friendship, family and love. The only reason why I give this a 9 out of 10, is because near the end of the drama, I was lacking the little spark that was there during the beginning. I am not sure what it is, but there was a tiny little something missing, maybe about the romance, maybe about something else. But even so, it is one of the best I have seen and I hope it will get more recognition. 9/10

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      Sara 17 days ago

      Thanks I'm now going to start watching the drama thanks to you

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    RodJun828 Jan 14, 2016 - edited

    I just finished watching this drama, definitely one of the best. 10/10 for me. Alot of lessons about life and stuff.

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      ArvisJaggamar Jan 25, 2016

      Hooray! I have no idea why, but I feel like this one gets overlooked despite being very nearly perfect.

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    KMR Oct 7, 2015

    The first episodes are really heartbreaking. :'( The story is great. I also like how they showed he had feelings, just could not express them like others do, he still could find love and that's sweet, and he was the only one who could really touch wounded people, him they were so convinced to be more robot like.

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    ArvisJaggamar Aug 14, 2015 - edited

    I'm surprised there aren't a lot more comments here. This isn't my personal favorite drama (it's my second-favorite) but I think, objectively, it's probably the best one. The cinematography, scripts, and acting were all of a higher standard than every other drama I have watched. But strangely, it doesn't seem like too many of you Kdrama Addicts have seen it. Or, at least, seen it and feel the need to express yourselves about it.

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      GreenPaintedRose Aug 16, 2015

      Some comments got deleted... mine too... I also really liked the drama ;)

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    scarleT Jul 26, 2015

    I've noticed that in medical based Korean dramas with mental health/illness in it, the contentiousness in the series with "controversial" concepts might be revealing of cultural allegories in South Korea in terms of how persons with invisible/visible (dis)abilities are discriminated against. It actually astounds me that people would think that way, at least ignorantly about something like autism. It's so different for everyone and coping with it is also different. Something like "curing" sounds pathological. By that, I mean the overt medicalization and stigmatizations of bodies like Joo Wan's portrayal here is evident of the longggg way to go for persons with ANY form of socially constructed "inability" to be recognized as able in many ways, and not through a restrictive and belittling lens. I'm only a few episodes in, and granted there's tension in certain places, there's value in shows like these, and I hope it opens up the minds of others.

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    MarjieJavier Jun 21, 2015

    One of my favorites. So much lessons to get from here. Huhu. ❤️

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    crazy_drama_ghost Jun 16, 2015 - edited

    Will he become normal guy or will he be the same till the end? can anyone write a spoiler?

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    Blademan2 Jun 6, 2015 - edited

    Once again Moon Chae Won shone in this drama, I so look forward to watching her act. Had the writer not tried to sneak in a stupid triangle, this would have gotten a higher rating. As well I so didn't like Joo Sang Wook in this one.

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      AnicsiRoscoe Jun 17, 2016 - edited
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      Blademan2 Jun 21, 2016

      Had they not brought that triangle or the 2nd lead going after her, into the drama, I would have gave it a much higher rating, seriously, there is ABSOLUTELY no need to bring in such trash, it only cheapens the drama, at least for me it does. All it is, is selfishness.

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      AnicsiRoscoe Jun 22, 2016

      Haha, well, we can agree to disagree on this one ;)

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    Grace lander Apr 28, 2015

    I only liked the first 2 episode of this series. I thought it would get more interesting but it doesn't. Kinda disappointed.


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    South Korea
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    Aug 5, 2013 to Oct 8, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.4 (scored by 7,727 users)
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