Han River Police Season 1 Review – A funny, thrilling, action packed police drama

Season 1



Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2 -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 4 -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 5 -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 6 -|Review Score – 3.5/5


Han River Police is an action-packed comedy thriller that explores the compelling teamwork among members of the Han River Police force. The force is made up of a group of people with significant differences in age and personality, and they work together  as emergency responders among Seoul’s busiest tourist attraction and its surroundings. 

The plot of Han River Police mostly involves protecting the citizens by responding to emergency help requests and solving crimes occurring along Han River.

The storyline centres around the exploration of the dynamics among the teams’ dynamic personalities, corrupt politicians, dirty cops, and shady business people. The series takes on a unique approach to crime and police procedural drama, offering a new and refreshing outlook on the police genre due to its setting, well-rounded narrative, and captivating characters.

The banter among the characters is entertaining, and the exploration of past mysteries, adds complexities to their relationships. It also uniquely adds a gripping plot to the story, keeping viewers looking forward to the next episode.

In addition, the criminal plot is not overly complicated to take away from the series’ lightness, and the twists are not overly gruelling. Thus, Han River Police excels in maintaining an easy, captivating storyline for the viewers with some well-crafted action and crime plots for the police procedure script. 

Consequently, Han River Police is a regular police show whose greatest strength is the chemistry between the characters. The complexities of their different personalities bring depth to the plot. Sergeant Han Du-jin is hot-tempered and highly committed to justice. His patrol partner, Lee Cheon-seok, is a laid-back lieutenant who is more inclined to give in to others’ requests and take it easy on the job, especially about handling other crimes unrelated to saving citizens on Han River.

The third member of the team is Kim Ji-soo. A younger corporal who is keen on staying healthy and exercising. He is sociable and respectful of his older teammates. Corporal Do Na-hee’s bobbly but hardworking and sociable character brings a unique love romance perspective to the storyline.

Other support casts include the impatient, rude, brutal, and vulnerable Director Go Gi-seok, who would do anything to get his uncle’s approval. His uncle is the callous, corrupt, and phoney Chairman Hwang Man-dae, and he runs the Kyungjin River Cruise Company and is involved in fraudulent businesses.

Another significant character is Baek Chul, who seems apathetic, aloof, and uncaring, but in reality, he takes up so much responsibility upon himself in order to protect the people he cares about. There are also the owners of Han River Moonlight, including the kind-hearted and understanding Yoon Hyo-sun and the activist Park Dong-sik. 

Additionally, there is the ruthless and violent Hitter and the cold, aloof, but dangerous Doctor who helps Director Go with his villain plans. There are also support casts, including corrupt politicians who are essential to the storyline.

Consequently, corrupt, dirty cops, including Detective Lee Jung-chan and his partner Ko Hyung-min, add spice to the crime plot. Every support cast, and even the guest appearances, meshed perfectly with the plot line, with each having a significant role to play to bring the story together. 

Han River Police is an ideal balance of action, drama, comedy, and humour, wrapped in an easy police procedural plot, keeping the storyline from becoming too heavy.

The simplicity of the plot works well for the six episodes available, ensuring that the story progresses flawlessly without becoming rushed in the finale or unevenly paced in other episodes. The series is designed to offer viewers an engaging and multi-faceted watching experience.

It explores the dynamics of working as a team by meshing different personalities together to work in solving crimes and protecting the community along the Han River. 

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  • Verdict - 7.5/10

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