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Cheon Ji Hun is a lawyer with unusual flair. His hair has a stylish perm. His retainer is only 1,000 won despite being one of the most skilled lawyers around. He argues against the most expensive lawyers and their rich clients intent on flouting the law. Since graduating from the Judicial Research and Training Institute, Baek Ma Ri has been the Prosecutor’s Assistant. Confident and self-assured, she is also a lawyer with her grandfather Baek Hyun Mu's renowned Baek Law Firm. Ma Ri’s life has been going smoothly, but her life changes when she meets Cheon Ji Hun. (Source: Asian Wiki) Edit Translation

  • English
  • ภาษาไทย
  • Українська
  • Čeština
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Sep 23, 2022 - Nov 11, 2022
  • Aired On: Friday, Saturday
  • Original Network: SBS
  • Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.
  • Score: 8.5 (scored by 8,041 users)
  • Ranked: #604
  • Popularity: #833
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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48 people found this review helpful
Nov 13, 2022
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
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Writing this review is like writing an obituary.

The Show showed great promise in its infancy. Adolescent was a blast and overflowing with energy and potentials.
We went on wild rides with some interesting and engaging characters. It was lawyering without the law. Creative writing at its whimsical best. We get hints of a dark backstory but that only served to whet our appetite.

The Show matures with a 2 episodes arc of flashbacks which tells the origin story. It was bittersweet and hard hitting. It is meant to set up the last third of the Show for an impactful finale.

It was a mystery at the time why the tone and writing of the storyline changes drastically after the flashbacks. I know the phase “lost the plot” is cliché but I can’t think of any other way to describe the next few episodes. The Show dialled up the slapstick at the cost of narrative logic. It is fun to watch for a while, but it leaves me scratching my head.

I then started to hear about the Show being cut down from 14 to 12 episodes even though it was rating through the roof. However, any talk of a second season was quashed. News of cancelled screening and weird substitutions began to flood the news feeds. To say the fans are confused and upset is an understatement. Then came the rumours that the writer-nim has a fallout with the production company and there were chattering about shenanigans regarding multiple rewrites and rejections. It sort of fits in with what is happening but it is cold comfort. One suggestion is the writer-nim objected to the overuse of PPL and changes to the original plot for mass appeal. I'd agree that the PPL goes way beyond the bottles of water in the fridge trick. It was literally baked into the script. We have the leads ordering take-outs and then leisurely eating and commenting on the meal. It is totally egregious.

The next couple of eps felt rudderless. There are signs of life here and there. There are important revelations, and the plot moves along. At the same time, some subplots also disappeared even though you can sense why the writer-nim included them in the first place. They were discarded unceremoniously. By this stage, the Show was on life support. Ep.11 was a filler with little substance. It took 60mins to do what should have taken 10. This is a sad waste of screen time when you consider it is the penultimate episode.

By the time the finale arrives, I watched it with trepidation. Of course, we wanted a good and satisfying finish, but we also know the clock is ticking.

The final episode is rushed, there is no other way to say it. Everything that needs to happen, happened. It feels heavily scripted rather than clever and nuanced. It is like watching a checklist being ticked off. It got the job done but the Show deserved better. The “epilogue” on the island is unnecessary and out of place.

In terms of acting, the ML was outstanding. The first 2/3 of the Show really showcased his talents. He has great presence and comedic timing but when needed, he can bring on the feels too. His acting in the titular role is what hooked us. It is disappointing that it becomes more like a caricature towards the end.

I feel sorry for the FL. She was not given a fair go with her role. She has the visuals and is a competent actor in her own right but she is always Robbin to his Batman. There was a hint of attraction between the leads at one stage, but it is nixed after the flashback episodes. The SML was a complete waste of a role. There is a hint of a decent subplot in the beginning but it went nowhere and feels superfluous in the end.

It is a real shame that the Show declined in such a way. It shows all the signs of a smash hit in the making but has been brought low for some nefarious reasons. If it was delivered in full and as intended, it could have been an easy 9. RIP.
Rewatch is fairly pointless. Peace out.

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20 people found this review helpful
Nov 12, 2022
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 8.0

Well written plot with well versed actors

Before going into the story if you want to know about watching it i recommend it strongly for ppl who love court dramas with unique way of winning
With out of box ideas not just fighting with "truth always prevails " plot
Actors played their part really well and namkoong min really is versatile i loved every part of his acting
Story will make u hooked in ep1 it started as a comedy and ep12 ended with a comedy note but because of particular 2 ep and actors chemistry you may find yourself you can't laugh like before becoz you know what that smile on ML meant for
Story has good comedy, little action, bromance,lots of thinking,and a heart wrenching pain for 3ep atleast
Music plays a major role in that particular 2ep and helps with the story

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  • Drama: One Dollar Lawyer
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Sep 23, 2022 - Nov 11, 2022
  • Aired On: Friday, Saturday
  • Original Network: SBS
  • Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older


  • Score: 8.5 (scored by 8,041 users)
  • Ranked: #604
  • Popularity: #833
  • Watchers: 19,008

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