Good-Looking Doctors, Ahn Hyo Seop, Lee Sung Kyung, And More: What To Watch After “Dr. Romantic 2”
There’s a reason why “Dr. Romantic 2” was breaking records and dominating the Monday-Tuesday K-drama nights. The script, the intensity, and the justice that the series produces bring such an element of satisfaction that is hard to find in K-dramas these days. With this said, if you’re itching to watch some other K-dramas after having finished “Dr. Romantic 2,” here’s a few other recommendations to add to your list.
The very handsome male lead, Ahn Hyo Seop
If this is your first time seeing Ahn Hyo Seop on the small screen, prepare to be visually appeased. Although he’s been around in the entertainment industry in various forms, such as being a trainee under JYP Entertainment, being a model, and an actor, he’s just started starring in K-drama roles recently, but he’s making quite the impression!
Here are a few great K-dramas to watch if you haven’t seen him in any previous works:
“Queen of the Ring”
“Queen of the Ring” is a web drama that was part of the “Three Color Fantasy” series. It was the first starring role for Ahn Hyo Seop, and although the series is very short – only three episodes in length, it’s perfectly sweet and romantic!
Ahn Hyo Seop stars as Se Gun, a handsome college student who happens to fall in love with Nan Hee (Kim Seul Gi), another student whom he thinks is his ideal girl. What he doesn’t know is that she isn’t what she seems, as she holds some magical ring that hides her true identity.
You don’t want to miss this one, mainly because Ahn Hyo Seop’s visuals are total perfection and you’ll absolutely love seeing him turn from a cold-hearted jerk into a super sweet boyfriend. It’s also the perfect drama to watch if you’re having a bad day – it’s so light-hearted and relatable!
“Abyss” is a tvN drama starring Ahn Hyo Seop as Cha Min and Park Bo Young as Go Se Yeon. Min and Se Yeon get into separate accidents and are reincarnated into different bodies. The two work together to figure out how they were able to reincarnate and also delve into the reason for Se Yeon’s death.
Why yes, yes you do.
The best part about “Abyss” (besides seeing the very handsome Ahn Hyo Seop), is getting to see the chemistry between Ahn Hyo Seop and Park Bo Young. Their flirtatious lines and lovey-dovey scenes are so unbelievably cute! It’s safe to say that Ahn Hyo Seop can pull off chemistry with any actress he co-stars with.
Any video of Ahn Hyo Seop showcasing his trainee skills!
Seeing videos of Ahn Hyo Seop showcasing his talents that were developed from his trainee days gives us life. He can dance, sing, act, and he’s got the looks, which is why we should all watch these videos.
Here’s an adorable video of him singing beautifully with Lee Sung Kyung:
Here he is with Kim Seul Gi, doing a bit of a dance:
And another one of him playing the guitar, because of course he’s also gifted with skills to play musical instruments (he also plays the piano):
Girl-crush, Lee Sung Kyung
Lee Sung Kyung is a girl’s girl. She’s fashionable, pretty, and so talented, which is why she’s so easy to love! Ever since her very impressionable first appearance as the troubled high school student Oh So Nyeo in “It’s Okay, That’s Love,” she’s been effortlessly winning hearts. She’s got total charm.
“It’s Okay, That’s Love”
In “It’s Okay, That’s Love,” Lee Sung Kyung plays So Nyeo, a high school student who causes a lot of trouble and uses the affections of Park Soo Kwang (Lee Kwang Soo) to get money and materialistic things. Little does she know that his feelings for her are the very thing that makes her realize that she should change her lifestyle.
If you’re an Lee Sung Kyung fan, this drama is an obvious one to watch. As a K-drama debut role, acting alongside the likes of Gong Hyo Jin, Jo In Sung, and Sung Dong Il, there is a lot of pressure to deliver, but she definitely held her own!
Watch Lee Sung Kyung in “It’s Okay, That’s Love”:
“Cheese in the Trap” is a tvN series that was based on the very popular webtoon written by Soon Ggi. It stars Park Hae Jin as Yoo Jung and Kim Go Eun as Hong Seol. Yoo Jung is a misunderstood college student who also happens to be a chaebol. He ends up falling in love with Seol, but because of Baek In Ha (Lee Sung Kyung) and Baek In Ho (Seo Kang Joon), he’s having a hard time maintaining a relationship with her. Now ensues all the drama.
This series doesn’t show Lee Sung Kyung in the greatest light, but it definitely showcases her acting skills. If you can make people loathe the character of Baek In Ha as much as many people did, then you’re doing an amazing job acting! Lee Sung Kyung is so not like the character, which makes it that much more impressive to watch. You’ll dislike her character and attitude but will also be able to sympathize with the baggage she’s had to carry her entire life. To be able to portray this depth of character is not easy, but Lee Sung Kyung does it so well!
Check out “Cheese in the Trap” here:
“About Time” is about a girl named Choi Michaela, who has the unfortunate ability to see how much time a person has left to live their life. Unable to see how much time she has herself, she meets Lee Do Ha (Lee Sang Yoon), a chaebol who cares a lot about his own life and assets. It isn’t until he truly falls in love with Michaela that he’s able to put down his guard and love whole-heartedly. They both come to realize that time spent together is more important than anything in the world.
I loved this series. Although it didn’t do too well in terms of ratings, the story is unique and the love between Michaela and Do Ha is very real and evident. The desperation and passion in which the two characters love each other despite their odds were so sad to see. It was also amazing to watch Lee Sung Kyung’s first role in a more melodramatic K-drama and she was so good!
Start watching the first episode of “About Time” here:
The hustle and bustle of the medical world
The K-drama world is no stranger to medical-themed settings and storylines. There’s something about seeing the hustle and bustle of the hospital and seeing people get sick and miraculously heal that is healing to our souls. Here’s a few of the many that might just tickle your fancy if you’re into medical K-dramas!
“Good Doctor” tells the story about a man named Park Shi On, played by Joo Won, a character who is autistic. He becomes a surgeon despite this, and although he’s faced with other doctors who question his abilities, he tends to always be right. Similarly to the “Dr. Romantic” series, there are several stories that involve patients and specific health concerns that Shi On is able to figure out.
“Good Doctor” was such a success in Korea that the United States even bought the rights to the series and made a version of it that is going on to its third season. The character of Shi On is such a unique one and no one can really deny that he’s a genius. People doubt his abilities as a doctor and surgeon, but he always ends up being right. You’ll find yourself rooting for Shi On and will absolutely fall in love with his charm!
Watch “Good Doctor” now:
“Doctors” is about a young girl named Yoo Hye Jung (Park Shin Hye) who, against all odds, becomes a doctor. When she starts working at the hospital, she bumps into her old high school teacher, Hong Ji Hong (Kim Rae Won), who is also a doctor at the same hospital. The two must overcome obstacles in order to come to terms with their feelings for each other.
The best part about this series is that the medical part of it is exciting, but the love story between Hye Jung and Ji Hong is just as exciting. You’ll be completely invested in their relationship and the romantic moments are totally unforgettable. Prepare to have your heart go through a rollercoaster of emotions!
Catch the first episode of “Doctors”:
The veteran, Han Suk Kyu
I can guarantee that Han Suk Kyu will deliver flawless acting skills in whatever role he’s in. It’s one of the main reasons for the success of the “Dr. Romantic” series. It’s also hard not to love the passionate and determined Dr. Kim, who does what’s right no matter what.
“Christmas in August”
One of the most popular movies that Han Suk Kyu has ever starred in is “Christmas in August.” It’s really hard to get through this movie without bawling your eyes out, so prepare your hearts!
The movie involves an owner of a photo shop by the name of Jung Won (Han Suk Kyu) who meets a parking attendant by the name of Da Rim (Shim Eun Ha). Just when Jung Won and Da Rim are about to hit it off romantically, Jung Won finds out that he’s dying of cancer.
This movie will tug at your heartstrings and make you appreciate all the family and friends in your life. It was a hit movie at the time and people couldn’t help but fall in love with the charm and great acting skills of Han Suk Kyu. There’s a reason why he’s a legend and why he captivates the screen every time he’s on it!
If you’re a fan of Han Suk Kyu, OCN’s “Watcher” is a definite must-watch. He plays a character by the name of Do Chi Kwang, a smart and very successful detective who is pretty flawless when it comes to catching criminals and cracking cases. Do Chi Kwang is very intriguing and you’ll get to understand the pains that his character has had to go through as an officer. Much like his character in “Dr. Romantic,” Do Chi Kwang is stubborn but just, and although he can come off as being cold, he’s got a soft spot for those who are oppressed and treated poorly.
You’ll love the fact that this series will have you on the edge of your seat. His fantastic acting skills are also met with the likes of Kim Hyun Joo, who is also a veteran actress. There’s really not a boring moment in this series!
Catch the first episode of “Watcher”:
Happy drama watching, everyone!
Hey Soompiers, which of these K-dramas or movies is next on your list? Let me know in the comments below!
binahearts is a Soompi writer whose ultimate biases are Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG. She is also the author of “K-POP A To Z: The Definitive K-Pop Encyclopedia.” Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!
Currently watching: “Itaewon Class” and “I’ll Go To You When The Weather Is Nice”
All-time favorite dramas: “Secret Garden,” “Goblin,” “Because This Is My First Life,” “Star In My Heart”
Looking forward to: Won Bin‘s return to the small screen