Dr. Romantic

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Dr. Romantic
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Poster.jpg
Also known asRomantic Doctor Kim
Romantic Doctor
Doctor Romantic
Written byKang Eun-kyung
Directed byYoo In-shik
StarringHan Suk-kyu
Yoo Yeon-seok
Seo Hyun-jin
Theme music composerJun Chang-yeob
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (+ 1 special)
Executive producerHan Jung-hwan
ProducerPark Hyun-ji
CinematographyLee Gil-bok
Song Yo-hoon
EditorsJo In-hyung
Lim Ho-cheol
Running time60 minutes
Production companySamhwa Networks
Original networkSBS
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
First shown inSouth Korea
Original releaseNovember 7, 2016 (2016-11-07) –
January 16, 2017 (2017-01-16)
Followed byDr. Romantic 2 (2020)
External links

Dr. Romantic[1] (Korean낭만닥터 김사부; RRNangmandakteo 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.[2][3][4][5]

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.[6]

The second season of the drama aired on SBS from January 6, 2020 to February 25, 2020.[7]


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.[8][9]



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[edit]

An Internal Medicine specialist and director of Doldam Hospital. A proud doctor but lost his motivation after the death of his wife.
Head nurse. A woman with strong sense of being able to stand still against Kim Sa-bu.
Manager of Doldam Hospital.
A freelance anesthesiologist and owner of a restaurant.
A nurse at Doldam Hospital. He harbors a crush on Yeon-hwa.
A staff member who likes Dong-joo. Later, she comes back as a doctor at Doldam Hospital.

People of Geosan University Hospital[edit]

Director of Geosan University Hospital.
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.
Chief of Surgery at Geosan University Hospital. He is from a poor family and has a strong desire for success.
Owner of Jungsun Casino and the hidden Chairman of Geosan Foundation.


  • 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

Special appearances[edit]


First script reading took place September 13, 2016 at SBS Ilsan Production Studios in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.[8][12] Filming started on September 23.[13]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Dr. Romantic OST Album
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
StudioCJ E&M Music Studios
LanguageKorean, English
LabelCJ E&M Music
Samhwa Networks
ProducerJun Chang-yeob

Part 1[edit]

Released on November 22, 2016 (2016-11-22)
1."Because It's you" (그대라서)Lee Hyun4:28
2."Because It's you" (Inst.) 4:28
Total length:8:24

Part 2[edit]

Released on November 30, 2016 (2016-11-30)
1."Forever Love"Haebin (Gugudan)3:34
2."Forever Love" (Inst.) 3:34
Total length:7:36

Part 3[edit]

Released on December 14, 2016 (2016-12-14)
1."In Place" (제자리)Young Man3:16
2."In Place" (Inst.) 3:16
Total length:6:22

Part 4[edit]

Released on December 28, 2016 (2016-12-28)
1."Walking,Walking (New ver.)" (걷고, 걷고 (New Ver.))Jeon In-kwon5:12
2."Walking,Walking (New ver.)" (Inst.) 5:12
Total length:10:24

Part 5[edit]

Released on January 3, 2017 (2017-01-03)
1."Today was better than yesterday" (오늘은 어제보다 괜찮았지)Lee Seok-hoon4:28
2."Today was better than yesterday" (Inst.) 4:28
Total length:8:46

Part 6[edit]

Released on January 4, 2017 (2017-01-04)
1."Mellow (Drama ver.)"Daybreak3:34
2."Mellow (Drama ver.)" (Inst.) 3:34
Total length:7:38

Part 7[edit]

Released on January 10, 2017 (2017-01-10)
1."Always Okay" (언제나 괜찮아)Shin Yong-jae (4Men)4:10
2."Always Okay" (Inst.) 4:10
Total length:8:20
Disc 2
1."Romantic Doctor" (Opening Title)Various Artists02:03
2."Western Humanism"Various Artists03:51
3."Lie"Various Artists04:16
4."Rocking hotshot"Various Artists01:49
5."Fresh morning"Various Artists02:53
6."I am Not"Various Artists03:18
7."Doctor Blues"Various Artists02:51
8."Time of wrath"Various Artists02:26
9."Little more cheer up"Various Artists02:54
10."Tension Around"Various Artists02:14
11."I miss you"Various Artists03:05
12."Met you again"Various Artists02:01
13."Hope of hospital"Various Artists03:31
14."Doctor kim sa boo" (Ending Title)Various Artists02:08

Charted songs[edit]

Chart Performance
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Remarks
"It's Always Okay"
(Shin Yong-jae (4men))
Part 7


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
TNmS[15] AGB Nielsen[16]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
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
(13人의 금요일)
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
(상대적 원칙주의)
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
(불안 요소)
16.5% (4th) 20.3% (1st) 18.8% (2nd) 20.4% (1st)
8 November 29, 2016 The Manifestation of Humanism
(효머니즘의 발로)
19.5% (2nd) 23.4% (1st) 21.7% (1st) 23.3% (1st)
9 December 5, 2016 The Boundary of Good
(선의 경계)
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
(심리적 엔트로피)
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
(소동의 미학)
19.7% (2nd) 24.0% (1st) 22.6% (1st) 24.8% (1st)
14 December 20, 2016 Paragonimiasis Effect
(파라고니미아시스 효과)
21.6% (2nd) 26.0% (1st) 22.9% (1st) 24.6% (1st)
15 December 27, 2016 The Cornered Stone Syndrome
(모난돌 증후군)
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"
(원하든 원하지않든)
23.4% (2nd) 27.7% (1st) 26.0% (1st) 27.9% (1st)
19 January 10, 2017 "Doctors and Righteous People"
(의인과 의인)
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)
Average 18.4% 22.0% 20.4% 21.9%
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)

Note: Episode 15 didn't air as scheduled (Monday, December 26) due to SBS Gayo Daejeon.[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
24th SBS Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Han Suk-kyu Won [18][19]
Seo Hyun-jin Nominated
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
Jin Kyung Nominated
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
Seo Hyun-jin Won
New Star Award Kim Min-jae Won
Idol Academy Award – Best Kiss Yoo Yeon-seok and Seo Hyun-jin Won
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Drama Dr. Romantic Nominated [20][21]
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
10th Korea Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Han Suk-kyu Nominated [22]
ABU Prizes
Dr. Romantic Won [23]
22nd Asian Television Awards
Best Drama Series Nominated [24]


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