Here’s a list of medical K-dramas that will increase your will to live.
Even communications theorist Marshall McLuhan predicted the success of the medical drama genre as early as 1964.
“Thus the TV image, in fostering a passion for depth involvement in every aspect of experience, creates an obsession with bodily welfare. The sudden emergence of the TV medico and the hospital ward as a program to rival the western is perfectly natural. It would be possible to list a dozen untried kinds of programs that would prove immediately popular for the same reasons,” McLuhan wrote in Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man.
Combine the hospital setting with the endearing K-drama formula and you have an instant television success.
Here are medical K-dramas that proved popular among Hallyu fans over the years for their lasting appeal.
Descendants of the Sun
Synopsis: “Captain Yoo Shi-jin’s proactive nature lands him in a hospital, where he meets Dr. Kang Mo-yeon and falls in love. But problems arise when duty calls.”
The love story between the characters of Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki is one for the books. Watch, if only for the romantic plot.
Synopsis: “A recalcitrant, delinquent teen girl meets a compassionate teacher, who inspires her to alter her path and become a street-savvy neurosurgeon.”
Nevermind the once-in-a-lifetime love story. It’s the sparks we feel seeing an inspired Park Shin-hye evolve from a selfish ne’er-do-well to a compassionate doctor.
Synopsis: “An eccentric, triple board-certified virtuoso surgeon leaves a top job in Seoul and ends up at a provincial hospital, where he mentors young doctors.”
This character-driven series is well-thought-out, with writers clearly invested even in the different subplots. Viewers praised it for its storyline and moreso for its medical accuracy.
Synopsis: “The ghost of an arrogant surgeon with a golden touch possesses the body of a first-year resident, making him the most sought-after physician overnight.”
Rain and Kim Bum take bromance to the next level in this buddy medical K-drama.
Synopsis: “Every day is extraordinary for five doctors and their patients inside a hospital, where birth, death, and everything in between coexist.”
Leave it to the Reply series creators to make a slice-of-life medical K-drama without all the usual loud fanfare.
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