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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mysecretsoul
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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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purplenette
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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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I can feel that the stress medical level is the same. I really love how they mentioned the medical term with deep explanation. Even though i am not a person from medical field, these two dramas gave me so much fun despite of medical genre.
Recommended by min unnie
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
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    MrBanana 5 days ago - edited

    It's an excellent drama, but it could have been SLIGHTLY better. Considering the setting, they could have thrown in much more heartwarming moments and feels.

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    leila Jul 18, 2017

    so happy i watched this . it was really entertaining , joo won rocked this and also the content of the film was learning . the only issue i take was probAbly the fact that it had little romance

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    EBN Jul 3, 2017

    How amazing show ! love it ..
    Joo Won & MCW are so talented .
    a beautiful drama with a lot of feel ^_^

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    iambulletproof May 25, 2017

    after seing the trailer for the ABC version, strated right away. JooWon gave an amazing performance. what i like about this is that, he didnt started as exceptional surgeon, but rather it will take you to his journey on becoming one. love all the cast, especially the kids, they are just adorable. i do believe that the romance plot for the main lead were a little forced. the drama would have been ok with just a very little or no romance at all for the MC. the romance plot for secondary cast sure add enjoyment. i can say that medical and hospital politics drama were well balanced. if you enjoyed dramas with great character development, watch this. not only the MC but almost all the character were somewhat shows amazing development in their character. 9/10 for enjoyment (dont forget to get a box of kleenex before starting this)

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    zukuu May 22, 2017

    I just saw an ad on Youtube for the ABC remake... O.o No one told me about this!!! Maybe my mom will actually watch this version... lol.

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    Wednes May 22, 2017

    Fighting my urge to rewatch this now after I heard of the American remake of this... but I have a whole bunch of other dramas unfinished. Joo Won can slay me anytime <3

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    Mohammed May 2, 2017 - edited

    This is one of the best and unique dramas I've ever seen.It has great cast especially the leading actor and actress they have great chemistry together. There was also character development. The music was good and touching in some moments.I don't like romance in Korean drama and if I do I like moderate romance that doesn't ruin the show.However, this is the only drama that I wished that there was more romance because both loading actors are great and the writer made me crave more for romance. This is the only reason why I didn't rate it 10. But I gave it 9/10. I consider this show is the greatest medical drama I've ever watched and I hope they make like this show in the future.

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    StephStephieTeff Apr 22, 2017 - edited

    Where can I watch this in HD?

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    JEf Apr 18, 2017

    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 Apr 11, 2017

      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.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

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

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    KBS2
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

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  • Score:

    8.4 (scored by 8,147 users)
  • Ranked:

    #248
  • Popularity:

    #244

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