Hospital Playlist

  • 28 Mar - 03 Apr, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly

Expect nothing but smart humour and winsome storytelling from this K-Drama!

The Korean medical drama Hospital Playlist recently released on Netflix. Two friends are in the house of the male friend’s mom. When a light fixture goes out, a maintenance man tries to fix it but gets a shock. The female friend helps him stay alive, and the other one goes in the ambulance with him. Both are doctors. We’re introduced to five friends who have known each other for over 20 years, since their first days of medical school. Jeong-won (Yoo Yeon-Seok) is a pediatrician at KWMC, along with Kim Jun-wan (Jung Kyoung-Ho); both are very dedicated to their jobs. Chae Song-hwa (Jeon Mi-Do), a neurosurgeon at YLJE Medical Center, is the most sensible of the group. Yang Seok-heyong (Kim Dae-Myung), the guy who moved back in with his mother, is an OB-GYN, and Lee Ik-Jun (Cho Jung-Seok) is a surgeon. We’re introduced to them in various ways and the chemistry between the five main actors is pretty good. Aside from that, the show does strike the right balance between the high drama and the light comedy, like in a sequence where Jeong-won despairs over losing a long-term patient with his brother, as the brother consumes a pile of noodles in a chicken joint. The brother says “Just wait another year,” and we flash back multiple times to the same table and Jeong-won saying yet again that he’s done being a doctor. Somehow, that comedic moment worked just fine with the tragic moment that occurred just minutes prior. The series knows just what buttons to push to keep you sedated and wanting for more to discover based on its first outing.