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  • Drama: Crime Squad
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 16
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday
  • Network: KBS2
  • Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.
  • Rating: 15+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 855 users)
  • Ranked: #1691
  • Popularity: #1052
  • Members: 2,225

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7.4
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Ratings: 7.4/10 from 855 users
# of Members: 2,225
Reviews: 6 users
Ranked #1691
Popularity #1052
Members 855

Based on real-life cases, this Korean drama focuses on a group of detectives in the Seoul Gangnam Police Homicide Division. At the forefront of the team, it is the hotheaded detective Park Se Hyuk and the cold, commanding police chief, Jung Il Do. Se Hyuk's impulsive, act-first-think-later methods, instincts honed on the streets, and pesky habit of threatening resignation clashes with his superior Il Do's strict, by-the-book style. The two also sharea painful past, with Il Do being the detective on the case involving the death of Se Hyuk's daughter. Along with tenacious reporter Jo Min Joo and the rest of the homicide squad, they must now overcome their differences to solve crimes together.

  • Native title: 강력반
  • Also Known as: Homicide;Detectives in Trouble;Kangryukban;Gangryeokban;Kang Ryeok Ban
  • Genres: Action, Crime
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 16
  • Aired: Mar 7, 2011 - Apr 26, 2011
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday
  • Network: KBS2
  • Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.
  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 855 users)
  • Ranked: #1691
  • Popularity: #1052
  • Rating: 15+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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Reviews

boredandtwitchy
4 people found this review helpful
May 14, 2011
Overall 7.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
Crime Squad was my first foray into Korean cop dramas, and I've returned pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this show. Cliches abound here when it comes to the characters: main character with a sad past; cold, stoic police team leader; the plucky up-and-coming reporter, etc. However, the writers managed to flesh out these characters so that they moved beyond their archetypes to the point where one can't help but love them as people. Much credit should be given here to the actors for doing such a great job, especially Song Ji Hyo, who had many of my favorite moments in the show (and also my new favorite hair cut). My only complaint is how the writers handled the pacing of the story and the story arc itself. There are several cases solved in this drama, each of which take about two episodes to complete (as a quick aside, each case is interesting and seems to speak to the underbelly of life in Seoul). As these cases are being solved, we see problems beginning to arise within the Seoul police department, which come to a head in the final few episodes. I wish they had teased this underlying storyline out more as it proved to be the most interesting and the most important story of the show. Instead, everything was rushed into the last two episodes with whiplash revelations that seemed to have been pulled out of thin air. Despite this minor complaint, I found the ending of Crime Squad to be one of the most satisfying endings I've seen so far. Music-wise, the only OST track that stands out is the beautiful ballad by Insooni "작별". Even if you decide to skip this show, definitely check out this track! Overall, Crime Squad is a fun, interesting, and exciting show that I would recommend to those looking for a break from trendy rom-coms.

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MonikaB
4 people found this review helpful
Mar 25, 2012
Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
I came to this crime drama because it paired my favorite couple from JUMONG: Song Il-Gook & Song Ji-Hyo. I stayed because I enjoyed how the drama developed & how the detectives solved their cases. The supporting cast (especially Min-Joo's over the top office mates) all handled their roles well.

One of the pluses for me was seeing a softer side (& a smile) to my favorite perennial bad guy: Kim Gyu-Chul. The other plus was Insooni's contribution to the OST: loved her Farewell/Goodbye!

Overall, this was a very enjoyable drama & by the end, when the story's main issues were resolved, I was glad I watched it.

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