Six Medical K-Drama Series To Watch And Anticipate In 2023

If you are a fan of medical dramas, here are six Korean series to watch and anticipate in 2023, listed in alphabetical order:


1. Brain Works

📷 KBS2

KBS2’s Brain Works (2023) is a brain science comic investigation drama about a neuroscientist who possesses a special brain and a detective who has an altruistic brain. They work together but fight each other as they solve a crime case that involves a rare brain disease. The 16-episode drama was written by Park Kyeong-seon, helmed by Lee Jin-seo, and played by Jung Yong-hwa, Cha Tae-hyun, Kwak Sun-young, and Ye Ji-won. It premiered on January 2, ended on February 28, and is available for binge-watching on Viu.


2. Daily Dose Of Sunshine

📷 Netflix

Daily Dose Of Sunshine (2023) is a Netflix original series that explores mental health and healing around patients and nurses at a psychiatric ward. It is based on the webtoon, “Morning Comes To The Mental Ward” by Iraha and the real-life experiences of a psychiatric nurse, with screenplay to be written by Kim Da-hee, Lee Nam-gyoo, and Oh Bo-hyeon. The medical-psychological, slice of life drama will be helmed by Lee Jae-gyoo and performed by Park Bo-young, Yeon Woo-jin, Jang Dong-yoon, and Lee Jung-eun. Netflix has confirmed its release this year.


3. Doctor Cha

JTBC’s Doctor Cha (2023) tells the story of a doctor who gives up her medical career to focus on her family as a full time housewife, only to find herself getting back on medical school as a resident student after 20 years, starring Uhm Jung-hwa and Kim Byung-chul. The medical drama is written by Jung Yeo-rang, helmed by Kim Dae-jin, and set to premiere on April 15. It will be available for international viewers on Viki.


4. Doctor Slump

📷 JTBC

JTBC’s Doctor Slump (2023) tells the story of two doctors who are in a slump, trying to resuscitate their lives after quitting their medical jobs, written by Baek Sun Woo and helmed by Oh Hyeon-jong. It will be Park Shin-hye’s drama comeback after getting married and she will portray a hardworking anesthesiologist who suffers from burnout syndrome. Park Hyung-sik will play a famous plastic surgeon whose medical career gets shaken after being embroiled in an accident. Actors Yoon Park and Kong Seong-ha will also join them and the medical drama is expected to be released this year.


5. Dr. Romantic 3

SBS’ Dr. Romantic (2023) is officially returning for its third season this year. The medical drama follows the stories of doctors working at a rundown hospital in the countryside, starring Han Suk-kyu, Ahn Hyo-seop, and Lee Sung-kyung. The screenplay is written by Kang Eun Kyung and Lim Hye Min, and helmed by Kang Bo-seung. It is set to be released in April and available to watch for international audiences on Disney+.


6. Poong, The Joseon Psychiatrist 2

tvN’s Poong, The Joseon Psychiatrist 2 (2023) is the follow-up story of the historical-medical drama about a genius physician for the royal family who faces expulsion from the palace after getting himself involved in a conspiracy. He meets an eccentric teacher and a widow in the mysterious and beautiful Gyesu Village, and is reborn as a true doctor who aims to heal people’s hearts, writing the prescription of happiness. It stars Kim Min-jae, Kim Hyang-gi, and Kim Sang-kyung. The two seasons are available for binge-watching on Viu.


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