7 romantic K-dramas about doctors' passionate personal lives
The sizzling hot romance between Park Shin Hye and Kim Rae Won in Doctor Crush reminds us that doctors have another life beyond their white coats and Hippocratic oath. Here are 7 captivating dramas about doctors whose lives are filled with passion and intrigue.
1. Blood - a tense mystery thriller about vampire doctors in the hospital. (There should be a travel alert to stay away from this hospital, but the drama is fascinating.)
Human doctor Gu Hye Sun falls in love with vampire doctor Ahn Jae Hyun, and together they will battle Ji Jin Hee, a powerful vampire who is in charge of the hospital, while searching for a cure to the vampire virus. This drama is also famous for its two leading stars falling in love in real life and getting married.
2. Doctor Stranger - a suspenseful drama about a genius doctor who is secretly from North Korea.
The drama stars Lee Jong Suk as the doctor living under disguise while searching for Jin Se Yun, his long-lost love who may or may not have survived being chased by North Korean agents. Park Hae Jin is his rival in the hospital with his own revenge plans. Will love or the desire for revenge win?
3. Emergency Couple - a must-see romance comedy where the hospital is truly a place for love's second chance.
Choi Jin Hyuk and Song Ji Hyo star as a couple who divorced when they were young medical students, and would meet again as new colleagues in a hospital. Enjoy their tumultuous and hilarious journey as they challenge each other to find love again.
4. Yong Pal - a romance drama with plenty of corporate intrigue, revenge, and destined love.
It stars Joo Won as a doctor who moonlights for gangsters on the side, and Kim Tae Hee as the mysterious heiress who is trapped in a coma and lingering between life and death in a hospital's secret VIP suite. How will the two meet and fall in love against all odds?
Heartthrob Joo Won was a doctor in training in another acclaimed drama before Yong Pal.
5. Good Doctor - an inspirational medical drama about a young man who overcomes bias and excels as a surgeon in pediatric care, despite his autism and abusive family background.
Joo Won gives an award-winning performance as the talented doctor who is an autistic savant, and Moon Chae Won plays the doctor who befriends and falls in love with him. Joo Sang Wook plays Joo Won's superior and mentor. (The drama is so good that it is being remade into an American version.)
6. Descendants of the Sun - a romcom smash hit that deftly combines romance in the hospital setting with military action and foreign locales.
A military man meets a beautiful doctor in the hospital and is instantly attracted to her. Will she fall for him too? Fate has a special plan. The popular drama's phenomenal success has afflicted quite a few fans with "DOTS fever." These fans probably wouldn't mind visiting the hospital just to see Dr. Song Hye Gyo in action, and perhaps glimpse her beau Song Joong Ki.
Now we come to the current hot favorite. Does anyone not know about our new #1 crush?
7. Doctor Crush - a sizzling romance drama about doctors whose personal and professional lives intersect from the past to the present.
Park Shin Hye plays a high school delinquent who was inspired by her teacher Kim Rae Won to become a doctor. Her tough personality helps her face difficulties and overcome obstacles in life. When she meets her teacher as a colleague in the hospital many years later, will they become equal partners in love and life?
In the second season, which is being released on DramaFever tomorrow, neurosurgeon Cheung Yat Kin (Kenneth Ma) marries fellow doctor Fan Tze Yu (Tavia Yeung) and the two are happily living together, expecting their first child. However, when Tze Yu is diagnosed with a tumor, her pregnancy becomes medically unsafe and, much to her dismay, Yat Kin doesn’t want her to go through with childbirth. This causes a dangerous rift between the two, one that love alone can’t bridge. And before the once-happy couple can focus on their marital problems, Yat Kin also has to contend with pathology specialist Lok Man Sang (famed Hong Kong heartthrob Lawrence Ng), a new arrival to the hospital who simply cannot go without disagreeing with our lead, and who also gets involved with Heung Chin Yi (Miss Hong Kong Pageant runner up Tracy Chu), an internal medicine doctor nearly 20 years his junior with her own heartbreak to deal with. Between an unwanted power struggle, the slow disintegration of their marriage, and the small matter of saving lives, Yat Kin and Tze Yu have to figure out how to bring their flat-lining marriage—and love—back to the operating table.
The popularity of Doctor Crush reminds us that the hospital is full of a unique cast of characters. Some of these doctors are lovable and can serve as role models. Others pursue power and wealth to the point of losing their conscience. Stories about these interesting characters make compelling and fascinating dramas, not to mention helping us learn some new medical terms.
Which of these stellar medical doctor dramas have you watched? Is there another drama that you'd add to the list? Which one is your favorite so far?
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