They say finding a good drama in K-Dramaland is like looking for a needle in a haystack. With a surprising amount of dramas being released every year, it’s hard to keep track of those that have been rated well, and have a sound plot.
To be entirely host, a good plot, a good cast and a good OST are what I look for in the perfect drama. But the combination is so hard to find! So I’ve compiled a list of my favorite medical dramas (more drama genres coming soon), discussing just why you should watch it.
The story revolves around Park Hoon who is captured and grows up with his father in North Korea. He is trained to become a genius doctor and even though Park Hoon lands a job in the best hospital in South Korea, he is treated as a foreigner when his identity is revealed. To find his North Korean first love, Song Jae Hee, he will do anything to make money.
This drama, starring Lee Jong Suk and Jin Se-Yeon, is an emotional roller coaster and a complete mind-blower. The medical mastery that LJS shows in this drama is definitely not real. Nobody can be that good. But I do have to accept that he definitely raised my expectation of doctors after this drama, probably not for the best.
It’s got a killer story line and plot twists, you’ll never expect. Also, who doesn’t love a north-south Korea trope? It’s the oldest trick in the book and it’s amazing because it still works.
The drama shows the romance between a warrior from ancient times and a female doctor from the modern times, their love transcending time and space. Yoo Eun Soo is a 33yr old plastic surgeon in the year 2012. Her dream is to one-day open her own practice. Choi Young kidnaps her and takes her back to his time, the Goryeo era, to help save the dying queen. Their love story spans centuries and puts age old beliefs to test.
This drama is an interesting combination of a medical and a historical drama. I’m pretty sure it’ll make a comeback in the “Historical Drama Favourites” series but for now – let’s focus on it’s medical drama aspect. Oriental medicine has always been lost within the throngs of western modern medicine. This drama drags a western medicine practitioner into times where only oriental would have survived. It is interesting to watch Eun Soo battle her need for sterilizing equipment and using plastic gloves and adjusting to using herbs and unmentioned extracts. What I love most about this drama is probably the fact that she does not fit herself into the Goryeo woman’s position and holds her own next to the warriors.
Did I mention, Choi Young is played by Lee Min Ho?
KILL ME, HEAL ME
A romantic comedy between a third-generation billionaire with dissociative identity disorder and a first-year psychiatrist resident who treats him secretly. After a traumatic experience, Cha Do Hyun suffers memory lapses and his personality gets fractured into several people. A resident doctor Oh Ri Jin, a beautiful and innocent woman, is hired to treat him in secret because she is the only one who is accepted by all of his personalities.
Psychological Medical dramas are very close to my heart and I tend to judge them a bit too harshly. But this drama, is something I warmed up to eventually. A note of warning – if you aim to be a psychiatrist or psychologist you have to learn to forgive Oh Ri Jin eventually.
The two characters come together with interesting chemistry and the fact that the male lead is Ji Sun only adds to the beauty of it. Ji Sung managed to depict all of his personalities with such caliber, it was a great sight to watch, and each one was different from the rest.
But my favorite part of this entire drama was definitely it’s well-placed OST. Sound mixing is an integral part of dramas because it tells us how we should feel, and when. The OST sung by Jang Jae In was a beautiful combination with Hwang Jung Eum and Ji Sung’s acting.
IT’S OKAY, THAT’S LOVE
Jang Jae-Yeol is a mystery writer and radio DJ. He suffers from a obsession. Ji Hae-Soo is going through her first year fellowship in psychiatry at a University Hospital. She chose psychiatry because she doesn’t want to perform surgeries. After she meets Jang Jae-Yeol, her life goes through big changes.
This drama has been on the famous side of things for two very simple reasons –
- D.O of EXO acts in this drama
- and he sings the OST
Both of which are very good standalone reasons, but there is more to this drama. The cast, first of all, are brilliant.Zo In Sung and Kong Hyo Jin, both, have made a huge name for themselves for being amazing in romantic comedies. A good chemistry between two actors is easy to build. But amazing chemistry that makes you want to ship them to the ends of the world and personally plan their marriage? Not that easy.
The pure human emotion that’s packed in this drama is dangerous, and definitely will make you cry. Another psychological medical drama, I have to accept this one does better for itself compared to ‘Kill Me Heal Me’.
When Hye Jung was young, she was a troubled child and her life was difficult. She was good at fighting, and was left behind by her father. Overcoming her tough situations, with the help of her grandmother and a high-school teacher who believed in her, she decides to become a doctor.
This currently airing drama has Park Shin Hye and Kim Rae Won and it’s unbelievable how great they are together. With a 15 year age gap, it’s hard to convince a majority of the population that these two characters are in love.
Not to mention, this drama had a teacher-student love trope that is not very easy to digest. Teacher later on becomes the senior colleague of this student at a hospital they work together, and that is what finally triggers their romance.
Weird? I know. Totally. Out of this world.
But you should watch this drama only for Park Shin Hye and her portrayal of her character who is a troubled teen growing up, but receives so much love and adoration from her grandmother. She sets her life straight and decides to become a doctor, only for her grandmother, and ends up in the same hospital as her high-school teacher who had loved her very much.
That’s it for now. Though this list was very short, I’m sure it’ll be a good start for you next drama search. We are all a bit sad that Doctors will be ending soon, but atleast you’ll have more medical dramas to look forward to!