Doctor Slump

Doctor Slump

Old school rivals heal modern day burnout in this humorous K-drama

7.5

TV Show

South Korea
Korean
Comedy, Drama
2024
Kong Seong-ha, Park Hyung-sik, Park Shin-hye

TLDR

If only I had a cute high school nemesis to cure my burnout…

What it's about

Once rivals in school, brilliant go-getter doctors Yeo Jeong-woo and Nam Ha-neul reunite by chance at the lowest point of their medical careers.

The take

Even before the worldwide pandemic, the field of medicine isn’t anymore the straightforward profession it used to be. It’s still a respected position, that’s attached with a certain status, but the demands have risen for those with the title. Doctors don’t only have to be good at their jobs– there’s a certain push for doctors to be also good at publication, lectures, in-office politics, the business, and for some, social media influencing and politics– it’s no wonder that medical workers today are burned out. Doctor Slump explores these themes with the usual K-drama flair, but in doing so, becomes a refreshing and cathartic romance to watch.

What stands out

The show’s humor. With the show depending on two timelines, the heaviness of the present day feels lighter when the show depicts the silly ways they maintained their rivalry when they were younger. It doesn’t deny how hard things can get, but it does make it feel possible for them to get through… if only they just resolve their feelings. It’s a fun side to the rivals to lovers trope we all know and love.

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