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The Heirs
The Inheritors poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as The Inheritors
Heritors
The One Trying to Wear the Crown, Bears the Crown – The Heirs
He Who Wishes To Wear the Crown, Endure Its Weight – The Heirs
One Who Wants to Wear the Crown, Bear the Crown – The Heirs
Those Who Want the Crown, Withstand the Weight of it – The Heirs
Genre Romance
Comedy
Drama
School
Written by Kim Eun-sook
Directed by Kang Shin-hyo
Starring Lee Min-ho
Park Shin-hye
Kim Woo-bin
Ending theme "I'm Saying" (말이야) by Lee Hong-gi
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 20
Production
Executive producer(s) Choi Moon-suk
Producer(s) Yoon Ha-rim
Location(s) South Korea
United States
Production company(s) Hwa & Dam Pictures
Release
Original network Seoul Broadcasting System
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 9 (2013-10-09) – December 12, 2013 (2013-12-12)
External links
Website
The Heirs
Hangul 왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들
Hanja 王冠을 쓰려는 者, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 相續者들
Revised Romanization Wang-gwaneul Sseuryeoneun Ja, Geu Mugereul Gyeondyeora – Sangsokjadeul
McCune–Reischauer Wang'gwanŭl Ssŭryŏnŭn Ja, Kŭ Mugerŭl Kyŏndyŏra – Sangsokjadŭl
Literally, "He Who Wishes to Wear the Crown, Endures Its Weight – The Heirs"[1]

The Heirs (왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들), also known as The Inheritors, is a South Korean television series starring Lee Min-ho, Park Shin-hye and Kim Woo-bin.[2] Written by Kim Eun-sook, the trendy drama is set in a high school populated by the privileged and uber-rich.[3] It aired on SBS from October 9 to December 12, 2013 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 for 20 episodes.[4]

This was the first Korean drama co-produced by American digital distribution platform DramaFever and Korean production company Hwa & Dam Pictures.[5]

Plot[edit]

The series follows a group of rich, privileged, and elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families' business empires. These wealthy students seem to have everything under control, except their love lives. Kim Tan (Lee Min-ho) is a handsome and wealthy heir to a large Korean conglomerate who is studying in the U.S.[6] Meanwhile, his brother Kim Won (Choi Jin-hyuk) tries to take control of the family business.[7] While in the States, Kim Tan meets Cha Eun-sang (Park Shin-hye).[8] But Kim Tan is engaged to Rachel Yoo (Kim Ji-won). Rachel's future stepbrother and Kim Tan's former best friend, Choi Young-do (Kim Woo-bin) (who also attends the same school as Kim Tan and Eun-sang) starts falling for Eun-sang as well. Troubles arise as the heirs realize the differences between money and the real world and they soon learn what love is.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Jeguk High School[edit]

Others[edit]

  • Choi Jin-hyuk as Kim Won (김원)[26]
  • Lim Ju-eun as Jeon Hyeon-joo (전현주)
  • Kim Mi-kyung as Park Hui-nam, Eun-sang's mother(박희남)
  • Kim Sung-ryung as Han Ki-ae, Kim Tan's mother(한기애)
  • Jung Dong-hwan as Kim Nam-yun, Kim Tan's father (김남윤)
  • Park Joon-geum as Jeong Ji-suk, Kim Tan and Kim Won's step-mother (정지숙)
  • Baek Seung-hyeon as Secretary Jung
  • Yoon Son-ha as Esther Lee, Rachel's mother(에스도 이)
  • Choi Won-young as Yoon Jae-ho, Chanhyuk's father (윤재호)
  • Choi Jin-ho as Choi Dong-uk, Young-do's father (최동욱)
  • Seo Yi-sook (서이숙) as Hyo-shin's mother
  • Jung Won-joong as Lee Chan-hyuk, Hyo-shin's father
  • Lee Yeon-kyung as Bo-na's mother
  • Ra Mi-ran as Myung-soo's mother
  • Choi Eun-kyung as Ye-sol's mother

Cameo appearances[edit]

  • Yoon Jin-seo as Cha Eun-seok (ep 1)
  • Kim Heechul as music program MC (ep 4)[27]
  • 2EYES as themselves (ep 4)
  • VIXX as themselves (ep 4)[28]
  • BTOB as themselves (ep 4)
  • Choi Ji-na as Yoo Kyung-ran (유경란), Young-do's mother (ep 14, 20)
  • Jung Joo-hee as announcer (ep 15–16)
  • Wang Ji-won as Yang Da-kyung, Kim Won's blind date (ep 17, 19–20)
  • Lee Hyun-jin as Lee Hyun-jin, Bo-na's older brother (ep 19)[29]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[30] AGB Nielsen[31]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 October 9, 2013 9.9% 12.0% 11.6% 13.1%
2 October 10, 2013 11.2% 13.4% 10.5% 11.8%
3 October 16, 2013 10.9% 13.9% 10.6% 11.8%
4 October 17, 2013 12.4% 15.2% 11.5% 12.7%
5 October 23, 2013 12.2% 15.6% 11.4% 12.8%
6 October 24, 2013 13.9% 17.9% 13.5% 14.8%
7 October 30, 2013 12.9% 16.2% 13.1% 13.1%
8 October 31, 2013 14.1% 17.6% 13.1% 14.1%
9 November 6, 2013 13.3% 16.6% 13.4% 15.3%
10 November 7, 2013 14.3% 17.9% 15.3% 17.2%
11 November 13, 2013 13.9% 17.1% 15.4% 16.8%
12 November 14, 2013 14.0% 17.8% 15.9% 17.5%
13 November 20, 2013 18.2% 22.1% 20.6% 22.7%
14 November 21, 2013 19.4% 23.4% 22.1% 24.6%
15 November 27, 2013 18.2% 22.7% 19.8% 21.0%
16 November 28, 2013 20.2% 23.8% 21.1% 23.2%
17 December 4, 2013 21.4% 27.6% 21.4% 23.4%
18 December 5, 2013 21.8% 27.3% 23.9% 26.5%
19 December 11, 2013 22.5% 28.5% 24.3% 27.0%
20 December 12, 2013 23.5% 27.9% 25.6% 28.6%
Average 15.9% 19.7% 16.7% 18.4%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013 18th Anhui TV Drama Awards[32][33] Popular Foreign Actress Park Shin-hye Won
Popular Foreign Actor Kim Woo-bin Won
Baidu Fei Dian ("The Hottest") Awards[34] Best Asian Actor Lee Min-ho Won
SBS Drama Awards[35] Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Park Shin-hye Won
Special Acting Award, Actress in a Drama Special Kim Sung-ryung Won
Top 10 Stars Lee Min-ho Won
Park Shin-hye Won
Kim Woo-bin Won
New Star Award Choi Jin-hyuk Won
Kang Min-hyuk Won
Kim Ji-won Won
Netizen Popularity Award Lee Min-ho Won
Kim Woo-bin Nominated
Park Shin-hye Nominated
Best Couple Award Lee Min-ho and Park Shin-hye Won
Best Dressed Lee Min-ho Won
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
Kim Woo-bin Nominated
Park Hyung-sik Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV) Park Shin-hye Won
Best OST MomentLee Changmin Nominated
2nd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Best Modern Drama The Heirs Won
Best Leading Actor Lee Min-ho Nominated
Outstanding Leading Actress Park Shin-hye Won
Best Supporting Actor Kim Woo-bin Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kim Ji-won Nominated
Outstanding Director Kang Shin-hyo Won
Outstanding Scriptwriter Kim Eun-sook Won
Outstanding Theme Song MomentLee Changmin Won
9th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Drama The Heirs Won
Outstanding Korean Actor Lee Min-ho Nominated
Outstanding Korean Actress Park Shin-hye Nominated
People's Choice Actor Lee Min-ho Nominated
Kim Woo-bin Nominated
People's Choice Actress Park Shin-hye Nominated
Outstanding Korean Drama OST I'm SayingLee Hong-gi Nominated
Only With My HeartLena Park Nominated
7th Korea Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Lee Min-ho Nominated
Best Production Director Kang Shin-hyo and Boo Sung-chul Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor Kim Woo-bin Nominated
Choi Jin-hyuk Nominated
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best Young Actor Kang Ha-neul Nominated
Best Young Actress Park Shin-hye Nominated
Best OST by a Male Artist I'm SayingLee Hong-gi Nominated
MomentLee Changmin Nominated
3rd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Lee Min-ho Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Kim Woo-bin Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Park Shin-hye Won

International broadcast[edit]

Due to its star-studded cast and writer Kim Eun-sook (who previously wrote Lovers in Paris, Secret Garden and A Gentleman's Dignity), international broadcasting rights were sold to 13 countries.[36] It had the highest selling price in Japan among all the 2013 Korean dramas.[37] And as of January 26, 2014, the series has garnered more than one billion views on Youku, China's biggest video streaming site.[38]

Remake[edit]

A 2014 Chinese television drama titled Billion Dollar Heir (亿万继承人) starring Yu Xiao Tong, Kan Qing Zi and Korean singer-actor Choi Siwon was originally reported to be a remake of The Heirs,[43][44] but this was later denied by Choi and director Li Shao Hong, citing the completely different story and characters.[45]

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