Lee Min Ho, History, and Super Doctors: 5 Must See Fall Dramas

If the summer drama lineup was a little lacking for you (or if you are like me and cannot find time to sleep) do not fear! Because fall has an equally buzzworthy set of shows premiering (don’t count on sleep anytime soon). From Lee Min Ho (sigh) to the promise of a Gakistal like rival (sigh) there is a whole lot to be excited for. So, tell summer and all of that nasty heat to take a hike- time to look at the fall lineup of dramas (and wait for Lee Min Ho. And make signs. And join Lee Min Ho’s fan club and…).  Cheers!

(Note- Fangirling will ensue here)

Medical Top Team

Medical Top Team (MBC)

Genre: Medical Drama

Starring: Kwon Sang Woo, Jung Ryeo Won, Ju Ji Hoon, Oh Yeon Seo, Minho

Premiers: October 2013

What it is about: A gifted team of doctors’ face the internal power struggles of a hospital, all while treating their patients with their unique expertise.

Why you should watch it: The writer of Brain and the PD of The Moon that Embraces the Sun. Jung Ryeo Won, who has been amazing in past roles (King of Dramas, Story of a Salary man). Ju Ji Hoon (remember, the prince from Goong) who is in the process of making a comeback post drug charges and military service.

 Future Choice

Future Choice (KBS)

Genre: Fantasy Romantic Comedy

Starring: Jung Yong Hwa (tentatively)

Premiers: October 2013

What it is about: A television writer meets her past self, which fortunately (or is that unfortunately) for her begins giving obvious directions on her (their?) current life. If dealing with her future self is not enough our heroine also begins to fall in love with her coworker, the broadcast station’s PD.

Why you should watch it: One half of the writing duo of King 2 Hearts and Beethoven Virus should be enough (K2H is one of my all-time favorites, the promise of a drama even half as good as this one gets my attention). As of today this is the show I know the least about- we only have a tentative casting of our hero and no word on our heroine. Regardless, I feel confident enough in the writer behind this story to believe that this is a must watch show.

 inspiring generation  2

Age of Feeling aka Inspiring Generation (KBS)

Genre: Action Melodrama

Starring: Kim Hyun-joong

Premiers: November 2013

What it is about: The story takes place in 1930’s Shanghai, China and focuses on young Korean expatriates as they live, love, and individually tackle the situation of Korean patriotism amidst their home country’s occupation by Japan.

Why you should watch it: Other than the potential history lesson this drama is based on a daily comic strip by Bang Hak-Ki published in Sports Seoul between 1985 and 1988. And, as we all know, comics are inherently awesome. Enough said. Oh, and Kim Hyun Joong is hot. And has not been in a drama in three years. And he is hot.

 answer me 1994

Answer Me 1994 (tvN)

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Starring: Go Ara, Yoo Yeon Seok, Jung Woo, Kim Sung Kyun

Premiers: October 2013

What it is about: Much like its predecessor Answer Me 1997, this show is a coming of age tale with a hefty sprinkling of nostalgia. Instead of the era of SES and H.O.T.  (as addressed by its predecessor) this entry in the Answer Me series goes back to the days of Seo Taiji and the Boys and the famous Korean Basketball League.

Why you should watch it: Answer Me 1997. Have you seen it? Watch it. And then watch this show.


The Heirs, The one trying to wear the crown withstands the weight (SBS)

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Starring: Everyone. Literally every available actor and actress that could plausibly pull off the role of a high school student.

Premiers: October 2013

What it is about: Rich high school students and their drama, gossip girl style.

Why you should watch it: Why wouldn’t you watch it (Other than the constant buzz…I kind of feel like this show has been in my face for months even though there is a little over two months until premier day). Over promotion and buzz aside this drama has a lot going for it- the writer of a Gentleman’s Dignity and Secret Garden penned this show and everyone who is anyone has a role. Park Shin Hye (Flower Boy Next Door), Lee Min Ho (Boys Over Flowers, City Hunter), Kim Woo Bin (School 2013), Kang Min Hyuk (CN Blue), Krystal (fX), Kang Ha Neul (Monstar), Hyungsik (Nine), and Choi Jin Hyuk (Papa Gu, Gu Family Book) star in this tale of rich kids and their inevitable foibles. Did I mention Lee Min Ho?

5 thoughts on “Lee Min Ho, History, and Super Doctors: 5 Must See Fall Dramas

  1. Thanks for this handy list! I’m having trouble coping with all the shows I wanna watch right now let alone in a couple months time. I’m in for Answer Me 1994, and the other basketball one, the one uninspiringly called, erm, Basketball. Ghosts, and basketball–that about sums up my drama watching from now onwards 🙂

    • I forgot entirely about the drama, as you put it, uninspiringly called Basketball. I think that show somehow become one with Reply 1994 in my brain. I will have to remember to check this one out. And as far as the ghosts go- yeah, that is my drama watching plan going forward. Ghosts must be the “time travel” aka popular plot setup of 2013.

  2. I think Heirs hired a few actors who *couldn’t* pass for high schoolers, too. (I’m talking about you, Mr. Lee Min Ho!) It’s one thing when a relatively unknown actor plays a character that’s lots younger, but LMH has been playing grownup roles for years.

    But that doesn’t mean I can’t wait watch him in it 😉

    • I feel the same way- Lee Min Ho as a high schooler was a few years ago, not now. Yet I somehow feel like I should still give him the benefit of the doubt…I mean…yeah, I am watching for Lee Min Ho 🙂

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