|Also known as||Romantic Doctor Kim|
|Written by||Kang Eun-kyung|
|Directed by||Yoo In-shik|
|Theme music composer||Jun Chang-yeob|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20 (+ 1 special)|
|Executive producer||Han Jung-hwan|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company||Samhwa Networks|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|First shown in||South Korea|
|Original release||November 7, 2016 –|
January 16, 2017
|Followed by||Dr. Romantic 2 (2020)|
Dr. Romantic (Korean: 낭만닥터 김사부; RR: Nangmandakteo Gimsabu; lit. Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim) is a 2016 South Korean television drama starring Han Suk-kyu as the title character with Yoo Yeon-seok and Seo Hyun-jin. It aired on SBS every Monday and Tuesday at 22:00 (KST) for 20 episodes from November 7, 2016 to January 16, 2017.
The series was a commercial hit and recorded over 20% in ratings. It received positive reviews for its plot and Han Suk-kyu's performance.
A story about Boo Yong-joo (Han Suk-kyu), a triple-board certified surgeon, who was once at the top of his field and used to work at Seoul's top medical center, Geosan University Hospital. After a traumatic incident, he disappears and changes his name to Kim Sa-bu. He begins working at a small hospital named Doldam, located in Gangwon Province. He guides Kang Dong-joo (Yoo Yeon-seok) and Yoon Seo-jeong (Seo Hyun-jin) to become great doctors by teaching them to fight against power and money for the sake of patients.
- Han Suk-kyu as Kim Sa-bu (Teacher Kim) / Boo Yong-joo
- His real name is Boo Yong-joo, but he uses the name Kim Sa-bu. He is the only surgeon in South Korea who achieved triple-board certified in general surgery, cardiac surgery and neurosurgery. After the death of his junior in Geosan University Hospital, he isolates himself and moves to Doldam Hospital to become the Chief Surgeon there.
- Intelligent and armed with excellent skills, he has strong desire to succeed, but is held back due to his poor family background. He gets transferred to Doldam Hospital after a failed surgery on a VIP, which was an opportunity for him to prove his skills.
- Seo Hyun-jin as Yoon Seo-jung
- Shin Yi-joon as young Yoon Seo-jung
- She has a strong desire to be recognized more than anyone. She gets swayed by Dong-joo's romantic confession and feels guilty after the death of her boyfriend. After the accident, she disappears from Geosan University Hospital and is rescued by Kim Sa-bu after injuring herself. She then becomes a doctor at Doldam Hospital.
People of Doldam Hospital
- Kim Hong-pa as Yeo Woon-young
- An Internal Medicine specialist and director of Doldam Hospital. A proud doctor but lost his motivation after the death of his wife.
- Jin Kyung as Oh Myung-sim
- Head nurse. A woman with strong sense of being able to stand still against Kim Sa-bu.
- Im Won-hee as Jang Gi-tae
- Manager of Doldam Hospital.
- Byun Woo-min as Nam Do-il
- A freelance anesthesiologist and owner of a restaurant.
- Kim Min-jae as Park Eun-tak
- A nurse at Doldam Hospital. He harbors a crush on Yeon-hwa.
- Seo Eun-soo as Woo Yeon-hwa
- A staff member who likes Dong-joo. Later, she comes back as a doctor at Doldam Hospital.
People of Geosan University Hospital
- Choi Jin-ho as Do Yoon-wan
- Director of Geosan University Hospital.
- Yang Se-jong as Do In-bum
- Yoon-wan's son. He went to the same college and was in the same class as Dong-joo. He wants to be acknowledged by his father and feels inferior to Dong-joo who has excellent skills without a good background. He also harbours a crush on Seo-jung.
- Jang Hyuk-jin as Song Hyun-cheol
- Chief of Surgery at Geosan University Hospital. He is from a poor family and has a strong desire for success.
- Joo Hyun as Chairman Shin
- Owner of Jungsun Casino and the hidden Chairman of Geosan Foundation.
- Yoon Na-moo as Jeong In-soo
- Kim Jeong-yeong as Dong-joo's mom
- Seo Young as Chairman Shin's assistant
- Kim Ji-eun as Yoon-wan's secretary
- Kim Bo-jung as a nurse
- Lee Kyu-ho as Mr. Goo
- Lee Chae-eun as a nurse
- Jin Ah-rin
- Lee Yong-ee as a mother of a patient (Ep. 3)
- Ri Min as a truck driver (Ep. 4)
- Lee Jin-kwon
- Ko Jin-ho
- Lee Cheol-min as Kang Seung-ho (Ep. 7-8)
- Lee Myung-haeng as a psychotherapist (Ep. 8-9)
- Shin Seung-hwan as a webtoon writer and patient at Doldam hospital (Ep. 9-10)
- Park Seung-tae as a patient (Ep. 10)
- Kim Joon-won as Inspector Choi
- Kim Dan-woo as Inspector Choi's daughter
- Shin Yeon-suk
- Lee Kang-uk as a patient and driver who caused a six-fold collision by drunk driving
- Lee Jae-wook
- Heo Joon-seok
- Kang Eui-sik as Park Joo-hyuk, the runaway soldier
- Han Kab-soo as Park Joo-hyuk's father
- Son Yeong-Soon as a patient's wife
- Park Yeong-soo as the general manager of the Disease Control Center Department
- Park Doo-shik as Soo-jung's boyfriend (Ep. 13-14)
- Lee Jin-kwon as Supporting
- Jo I-hyun as a patient
- Jeon Min-seo
- Jung Soo-hwan as a high school student
- Kim Se-joon as a paramedic transferring patients to Doldam Hospital
- Kim Min-sang as Reporter Oh Sung-jae (Ep. 16-17)
- Lee Jae-woo as Ahn woo-yeol (Ep. 16-17)
- Kim Ji-eun as President Do Yoon-wan's secretary
- Lee Jung-sung
- Tae In-ho as Dr. Moon Tae-hwa, Yoon Seo-jung's boyfriend. He died due to brain hemorrhage after a car accident. (Ep. 1, ep. 2)
- Moon Ji-in as a doctor and Yoon Seo-jung's friend (Ep. 1)
- Hwang Chan-sung as Young Gyun (Ep. 8,11-12)
- Kim Hye-eun as Shin Hyun-jung (Ep. 14-18)
- Kim Hye-soo as Dr. Lee Young-jo (Ep. 20-21 (prequel))
|Dr. Romantic OST Album|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Studio||CJ E&M Music Studios|
|Label||CJ E&M Music|
|1.||"Because It's you" (그대라서)||Lee Hyun||4:28|
|2.||"Because It's you" (Inst.)||4:28|
|1.||"Forever Love"||Haebin (Gugudan)||3:34|
|2.||"Forever Love" (Inst.)||3:34|
|1.||"In Place" (제자리)||Young Man||3:16|
|2.||"In Place" (Inst.)||3:16|
|1.||"Walking,Walking (New ver.)" (걷고, 걷고 (New Ver.))||Jeon In-kwon||5:12|
|2.||"Walking,Walking (New ver.)" (Inst.)||5:12|
|1.||"Today was better than yesterday" (오늘은 어제보다 괜찮았지)||Lee Seok-hoon||4:28|
|2.||"Today was better than yesterday" (Inst.)||4:28|
|1.||"Mellow (Drama ver.)"||Daybreak||3:34|
|2.||"Mellow (Drama ver.)" (Inst.)||3:34|
|1.||"Always Okay" (언제나 괜찮아)||Shin Yong-jae (4Men)||4:10|
|2.||"Always Okay" (Inst.)||4:10|
|1.||"Romantic Doctor" (Opening Title)||Various Artists||02:03|
|2.||"Western Humanism"||Various Artists||03:51|
|4.||"Rocking hotshot"||Various Artists||01:49|
|5.||"Fresh morning"||Various Artists||02:53|
|6.||"I am Not"||Various Artists||03:18|
|7.||"Doctor Blues"||Various Artists||02:51|
|8.||"Time of wrath"||Various Artists||02:26|
|9.||"Little more cheer up"||Various Artists||02:54|
|10.||"Tension Around"||Various Artists||02:14|
|11.||"I miss you"||Various Artists||03:05|
|12.||"Met you again"||Various Artists||02:01|
|13.||"Hope of hospital"||Various Artists||03:31|
|14.||"Doctor kim sa boo" (Ending Title)||Various Artists||02:08|
In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Ep.||Broadcast date||Title||Average audience share|
|1||November 7, 2016||How to Put an Elephant in a Refrigerator
(코끼리를 냉장고에 잡어넣는 법)
|9.5% (12th)||12.1% (5th)||9.5% (7th)||10.5% (6th)|
|2||November 8, 2016||The Last Days of Adrenaline Hypersecretion
(아드레날린 과다분비의 말로)
|8.7% (14th)||11.2% (5th)||10.8% (6th)||11.7% (5th)|
|3||November 14, 2016||Friday of 13 People
|12.5% (5th)||16.1% (4th)||12.4% (6th)||13.2% (4th)|
|4||November 15, 2016||Necessary and Sufficient Condition
|13.1% (5th)||16.8% (3rd)||13.8% (4th)||14.9% (4th)|
|5||November 21, 2016||Principle of Relative
|15.2% (4th)||18.2% (3rd)||16.5% (4th)||17.9% (2nd)|
|6||November 22, 2016||Motivation
|17.4% (4th)||20.6% (3rd)||18.9% (3rd)||20.3% (2nd)|
|7||November 28, 2016||Unstable Factor
|16.5% (4th)||20.3% (1st)||18.8% (2nd)||20.4% (1st)|
|8||November 29, 2016||The Manifestation of Humanism
|19.5% (2nd)||23.4% (1st)||21.7% (1st)||23.3% (1st)|
|9||December 5, 2016||The Boundary of Good
|18.8% (2nd)||22.8% (1st)||20.4% (2nd)||22.3% (1st)|
|10||December 6, 2016||Crush||20.9% (2nd)||24.5% (1st)||22.8% (1st)||24.7% (1st)|
|11||December 12, 2016||Psychological Entropy
|20.0% (2nd)||24.2% (1st)||21.6% (1st)||23.0% (1st)|
|12||December 13, 2016||The Boiling Point
|21.6% (2nd)||24.9% (1st)||23.8% (1st)||25.8% (1st)|
|13||December 19, 2016||The Art of Turmoil
|19.7% (2nd)||24.0% (1st)||22.6% (1st)||24.8% (1st)|
|14||December 20, 2016||Paragonimiasis Effect
|21.6% (2nd)||26.0% (1st)||22.9% (1st)||24.6% (1st)|
|15||December 27, 2016||The Cornered Stone Syndrome
|20.6% (2nd)||24.9% (1st)||23.7% (1st)||25.6% (1st)|
|16||January 2, 2017||Burden of Risk
|19.5% (3rd)||23.0% (1st)||22.1% (2nd)||23.2% (1st)|
|17||January 3, 2017||Moment of Truth||21.9% (2nd)||25.6% (1st)||25.1% (1st)||26.9% (1st)|
|18||January 9, 2017||"Whether You Want It or Not"
|23.4% (2nd)||27.7% (1st)||26.0% (1st)||27.9% (1st)|
|19||January 10, 2017||"Doctors and Righteous People"
|22.2% (2nd)||25.7% (1st)||26.7% (1st)||28.9% (1st)|
|20||January 16, 2017||The Law of Conservation of Romance
(낭만 보존의 법칙)
|24.7% (2nd)||28.4% (1st)||27.6% (1st)||29.0% (1st)|
|Special||January 17, 2017||Appendix, The Beginning of Everything
(Appendix 그 모든 것의 시작)
|23.1% (2nd)||27.4% (1st)||27.0% (1st)||28.7% (1st)|
Awards and nominations
|2016||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Han Suk-kyu||Won|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Genre & Fantasy Drama||Han Suk-kyu||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Genre Drama||Yoo Yeon-seok||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Genre Drama||Seo Hyun-jin||Won|
|Special Award, Actor in a Genre Drama||Im Won-hee||Nominated|
|Best Couple||Yoo Yeon-seok and Seo Hyun-jin||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Han Suk-kyu||Won|
|New Star Award||Kim Min-jae||Won|
|Idol Academy Award – Best Kiss||Yoo Yeon-seok and Seo Hyun-jin||Won|
|2017||Best Drama||Dr. Romantic||Nominated|||
|Best Director||Yoo In-sik||Won|
|Best Actor||Han Suk-kyu||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Kang Eun-kyung||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Kim Min-jae||Nominated|
|Grand Prize (Daesang)||Han Suk-kyu||Nominated|||
|Best Drama Series||Nominated|||
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