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
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 8 – | Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 9 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 10 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 11 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 12 – | Review Score – 4.5/5
After watching Grey’s Anatomy for 16 seasons, Hospital Playlist feels like a breath of fresh air by comparison. It brings a simplicity back to the medical drama genre, serving up an enjoyable story which manages not to feel overly dramatic while portraying a good amount of realism. The series focuses on the heartwarming dedication of our five surgeons and their different methods towards their patients, while we follow their lives and relationships unfold across the twelve episodes.
The story follows these five friends who met in college but maintained their tight-bond ever since. They are all very different but share the same passion for medicine and determination to cure their patients, which makes it easy to empathise with them. Lee Ik-Jun is a gastric surgeon, specializing in liver transplants and has a young son; Chae Song-Hwa is the female of the group and a very talented and busy brain surgeon.
Kim Jun-Wan is a heart surgeon who sometimes acts coldly towards his patients while Ahn Jeong-Won is a very caring paediatric surgeon, with alternate plans to become a priest. Rounding out the quintet is gentle Yang Seok-Hyeong who is a divorced obstetrician and cares deeply about his mother. The series follows these five as they start working in the same hospital, sharing their days together and interacting with the other doctors and students. They deal with many different medical cases while blowing off steam after work by rehearsing for their fun musical band.
Among the multitude of medical dramas out there Hospital Playlist definitely stands out thanks to its natural and touching story line. The way it interweaves our five doctors with their colleagues and their patients is really well-handled and partly the reason this Korean drama works as well as it does. While the first few episodes can be a little confusing with the high number of secondary characters introduced, it’s easy to get accustomed to who everyone is as they start interacting with our five main doctors.
The chemistry between the best friends is excellent too, as they portray their warm friendships with each other very naturally. There are plenty of fun moments between them during the runtime of the season and from their many meals together to those amusing rehearsals, their bond is ever-present. All five actors have done a great job here, giving believable performances as lifelong friends who have all chosen similar paths, which certainly hasn’t always been easy for them.
It’s worth mentioning the songs the five friends performed throughout the twelve episodes which were a fun and original addition over the weeks. In particular, “Me to You, You to Me” performed by the five actors themselves definitely stands out as it talks about the love and friendship these doctors have shared for the last five years.
It’s not all happiness and good vibes though, and there were some truly tense and harrowing moments during some of the medical cases. These never felt dragged out or unrealistic though and while some were quite heartbreaking, others were touching and heartwarming. It is through these extreme moments that we are able to see how each doctor deals with their patients and despite their wildly different methods, each retain their shared passion and dedication.
Hospital Playlist is lovely show and certainly one of the better medical series of 2020. The drama feels very natural and easy to watch thanks to the great chemistry shared by our five doctors and the interesting story lines given to them and their patients keep you tuning in each episode. It may take a while to get going but once it settles into its groove, Hospital Playlist kicks into high gear making it a great choice for anyone looking for a decent and enjoyable drama.
Published: 02 June 2020 at 11:45pm on TheReviewGeek.com
Verdict - 8/10