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Preview out for SBS’s Medical Top Team
by | September 20, 2013 | 91 Comments

The teaser is out for MBC’s new medical series Medical Top Team, starring Kwon Sang-woo, Jung Ryeo-won, and Joo Ji-hoon as elite doctors assembled to a special team to treat difficult cases. Think House, then, rather than the softer human drama of Good Doctor, which is doing quite well over in the Monday-Tuesday KBS slot these days.

That’s probably a good thing for this show to differentiate itself from the other one, although I do think that what makes Good Doctor a popular drama has little to do with its medical stories. I like the swift pace we get in this clip, with sharp professionals warning each other to pull their shit together to save the patient. (The coddling of Good Doctor warms the heart, but I have to admit I wouldn’t want anybody at that hospital treating me. Maybe Joo Sang-wook on a good day.) They’re all specialists in different fields, too, which means we’ve got a lot of alphas on this team. Heh. Should make for an interesting dynamic.

We’re only given vague character descriptions of the doctors in this cast (the nice one, the cold one, the perfectionist one), so I expect Medical Top Team will focus more on medical cases than, say, personal growth or relationship issues. I just hope that means no hospital board politics, please.

The drama premieres on October 2; it’s the Wednesday-Thursday drama replacing Two Weeks.

Via TV Report


91 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. apqaria

    oooh this looks really GOOOD !!!

  2. Monstermom

    Huh… That had a strangely strong action-vibe, like I wouldn’t be surprised if they were carrying guns under their med coats…

    • 2.1 jomo


      That’s how they bring in more business.

      • 2.1.1 kstalls

        Wow hahahaha
        Good plot twist

    • 2.2 reina

      hahahaha… I actually felt the same way…
      Especially with Jo JiHoon’s character, I thought He must have stashed a sniper somewhere and being the Doctor is the Cover for his mission… hahahaha

    • 2.3 Lisa-Loo-Loo

      Hahaha, that mental picture was awesome!!! Doctors by day, special forces by night.

  3. Lul

    He might have a lisp, but God, he’s hot πŸ™‚

  4. Fusionjack

    U got the title wrong, not sbs eventually

  5. Toto

    eeeep love the main girl,she was also in king of dramas and the guy from five fingers. really bad at names !!

    • 5.1 skelly

      Joo Ji Hoon. And he’s actually rockin that flat top.

      • 5.1.1 Rachel

        I know right. Totally looking forward to seeing him in this.

        • malika

          He is so hot!!!!! October 2 come fast please……

      • 5.1.2 Toto

        agree that look suits him πŸ˜€ he looks so sharp, and the character he plays has a totally different personality so can’t wait for how it works out πŸ˜€

    • 5.2 Ethalina

      She’s Jung Ryeowon. She’s really talented, isn’t she?

      What is with that picture of the surgeons spattered with blood though? It’s like they’re the ones involved in the accident. Maybe that’s what happened or maybe they hit the wrong blood stream and blood just spews out? idk

      • 5.2.1 Toto

        yes!! I agree she is talented πŸ˜€ but I have only watched one of her dramas though πŸ˜€ ..i know so much blood

        • Lisa-Loo-Loo

          You have to see her in the movie Castaway On the Moon. She is really good and the movie is hilarious.

    • 5.3 PlumWine

      I looked Jung Ryeo Won up after History of a Salaryman – I loved her character! Found out she was the girl I detested in My lovely Sam Soon. Boy was I shocked! I also liked her in King of Dramas, so I will check this out.

  6. True2U

    O.O!!!!!!!!!!! Yes!!! I can feel the epicness this drama will bring for me. Just here hoping we don’t have grown Adults bullying each other.

  7. Noelle

    K, very intense looking. So I’m guessing a case every day for every doc and in some cases a patient needing more than one specialist so that we see some interaction. So a House/Grey’s thing going on. Ya know I wonder when there will be a Scrubs like drama. If there is already one someone please tell me the name and where I can watch it cause that sounds like fun.

    • 7.1 KDR

      Definitely would be fun! Scrubs is the ONLY medical show I’ve liked as it’s the MOST realistic! lol..

  8. alisa

    That actress looks identical to Soo Ae but it`s not her right?

    • 8.1 Cynthia

      Do you mean Oh Yeon Seo? She looks adorable with that new shorter haircut.

  9. Sussie

    So far sounds good. Much more my taste than Good Doctor. I m liking the idea of mixing action- special/skilled team- romance. I like also the fact that it seems that the leading actress will be a equal to the guys… So far, i m in.

    PS: and of course, as a plus… I find the leading guy so appealing hahaha

    • 9.1 Lord Byron

      Yeah, I’ve been waiting for the Medical Top Team ever since two competing medical dramas were announced.

      I thought I was the only one who could not warm up to Good Doctor … Thank God I found you!

      Nor could I stomach either Master’s Sun or Empire of Gold.

      I cannot decide if it is the script or the actors’ delivery (or both) that leave me completely unmoved by these three dramas that are currently airing.

      • 9.1.1 eny

        really different with me, I’m really love good doctor, i like deep touching n inspiring drama n that drama is interesting since first episode.
        I like Empire of Gold too, the story is unpredictable n non typical drama. It takes me few episode to really like it.
        For master sun i enjoy it but not really love it like the other 2, it was funny n sometimes touching too
        Eventhough i really love good doctor I thought i will give this drama chance since the cast is good n i thought the basic story is different aside from medical side

        • marilyn

          i love joo sang wook that’s why i love to watch good doctor. but honestly, i admire the acting of joo won in that drama. but i’m also waiting for this drama to air because of joo ji hoon.

      • 9.1.2 bluesky

        “I thought I was the only one who could not warm up to Good Doctor” haha..me too…no matter how high their praises to JW and GD team but it still not enough to buy my heart..

        well, different people, different taste right..

        • eny

          i’m OK with different opinion too, just saying what i thought

    • 9.2 ilikemangos

      I actually prefer for these medical shows to strike a good balance. I wouldn’t consider good doctor to be the most fast paced medical show out there and judging from the trailer and synopsis of medical top team i wouldn’t expect too much focus on doctor-patient relationships or heart-warming relationships.
      Sometimes i wish Good Doctor didn’t “coddle” (as JB said) so much, but then i know watching medical top team i wouldn’t have as much feels. More of just excitement that sort of leaves my mind until the next week it airs.

      Either way, there has yet to be a medical show i’ve seen that truly gave me a good dose of all things i like in a show: comedy, romance, human, drama, and thrilling. (If anyone out there has a clue, let me know!)

  10. 10 li~~~

    Despite not being a rabid fan of anybody in this cast (although I’m warming up to Jung Ryeo-won more and more), I’m looking forward to MTT a lot. Maybe it’s because Good Doctor really rubs me the wrong way (I hope I’m not the only one who feels this way….), but I’m looking for a medical drama with grit, and this could fit the bill.

    And on a purely shallow note, Kwon Sang-woo hasn’t looked this good in years.

    • 10.1 Newbie

      Let me join your shallowness – he is smokin’ hot in these pics!

    • 10.2 MariD

      Watch “castaway in the moon” that would finish making you love her. She’s awesome.

      • 10.2.1 dramabliss

        Agree absolutely! Castaway on the Moon is a must-see.

  11. 11 mj

    Jjh and minho in one drama uggghh so much pretty

  12. 12 Dramafed1782

    Javabeans, isn’t Medical Top Team airing on MBC?

  13. 13 cherkell

    Watching Joo Ji-hoon strut his ΓΌber-manly self in the teaser just brought to mind one thing…

    ♬ Ah ah ah ah… stayin’ alive stayin’ alive… ♬


  14. 14 shopgirl

    I can barely recognize Joo Ji Hoon, or am the only one here?

  15. 15 λ©

    The writer of Brain! I don’t care for the cast but I like medical dramas and Brain is my favorite.

    • 15.1 jomo

      Me, too!

  16. 16 gogirl

    I bet Joo Ji Hoon is a neurosurgeon.

    • 16.1 ck1Oz

      Head of Internal Medicine actually.

  17. 17 ck1Oz

    2 things I noticed.

    First thank goodness one Korean Dr is finally wearing protective eye gear. Now let’s upgrade to a full face shield.

    Two- I like her shoes actually . Flats and good enough to go to work.I can’t believe I couldn’t stand her in MNIKSS and I’ve loved her last few dramas.

    • 17.1 anais

      ck1Oz, there’s a LOT of blood. A lot more than in Good Doctor.

      • 17.1.1 ck1Oz

        LOL is that you? Or rather who I think it is?

        Yeah lots and lots of blood. Sigh, I am used to it but just wanted to say if they keep spraying blood those patients need the massive transfusion packs we keep for multi trauma patients.

        • anais

          Yup, c’est moi.

          When I saw all that blood spraying onto their faces, I could only think of HIV. Presumably it’s a minimal risk to contract HIV through the eyes, but I am no expert.

  18. 18 maldita

    I love everyone in the cast except Minho (sorry, never been into him ever since SHINee freaking debuted.) Can’t wait to see this. My med student is always up for medical dramas because I like to criticize everything about them.

    And JFC Kwon Sangwoo and Joo Jihoon as doctors give me so much feels. UNF oppas UNF!

  19. 19 all4movies

    Other than Jung Ryeo-won, I’m not interested in the other actors at all.

    Probably will be a pass for me.

  20. 20 Angeliam

    No romance? That’s is okay since I can finish Brain without any problem even it has does not have much romance so i can watch this.

  21. 21 jomo

    Oooh flashy and spurty and rushing, oh my!

    Things happen quickly at this hospital.
    People talk and move fast. I like it. That means there will be lots of small quieter moments, too, when we get to see the characters fall apart, or help and comfort each other. Those were my fav scenes in Brain. You know like the “Tie” scene with SHK and Choi Jung Won. LOVED IT!

    It’s amazing they really convince us that they know what they are talking about and can actually cure folks.
    I love watching the out-takes when the actors keep falling over the medical jargon and shatter than illusion.

  22. 22 Quiet Thought

    Maybe Our Hosts can do a special discussion on “Worst Hospital in Korea.” This looks like the only one I’d go near even with a sucking chest wound. The doctors seem to be focused on treating sick people instead of politics.

  23. 23 Alicia

    TQ JB<

    The sypnosis:-

    "A drama about an elite medical team, a doctor team that draws only the best doctors from each area, fights to make miracles possible and trying to fare its way amidst a power struggle shaking up the hospital.

    However, the doctors start getting into conflicts with one another when LOVE enters the hospital mix.

    This drama will center around Paran Hospital's unpaid doctor Park Tae San, a skillful medical surgeon who has a warm heart but straightforward to a fault. "

    He is doing good deeds and working at a free medical office for those in need and is a cancer specialist of the team

    No matter what kdramas will still include romance in their scripts. Not like JDORAMA, (JAP).

    • 23.1 Anonymous

      Let’s hope this one pulls an Empire of Gold too. Plop in romance in the synopsis and then psych people out by having none of it in the show.

  24. 24 Schmazel

    Looking good people! Anyone noticed that super high heel in that picture of KSW walking like a boss? How do people walk in those?!

    • 24.1 Lucy

      logic answer, insted of looking up !

      he is shorter than the
      2nd lead Joo Ji Hoon.

      • 24.1.1 Schmazel

        I was referring to the woman’s high heel on the bottom right if the picture. It is soooo high. And pointy. My back hurts just by looking at it. πŸ˜€

        Of course, the shoe lifts that some of the men wear must also be uncomfortable! πŸ˜‰

        • Quiet Thought

          Korean women will never be liberated as long as they wear spike heels. They are actually a violation of safety regulations in a lot of places in the States.

  25. 25 park heerin

    good luck Medical Top Team!!!

  26. 26 Cee

    All those chaos will happen on the first episode? WOW. Are medical dramas always like this?

    MTT gives a different vibe from Good Doctor and I think I like it (except the blood part, how much blood am I going to see per episode </3)

  27. 27 Dakchigo

    Kwon Sang-woo and Minho have cool handwriting. That’s all. <3

  28. 28 Maricel

    Awww, Joo Ji Hoon looks so hot in here. Plus he can act, i like him in these kind of roles, like in the devil. He is good in comedy too, but when his roles are intense he is way better. This drama is going against Master Sun and Heirs uh-uh u.u … I hope they do well, but I want heirs to be a hit too… what a predicament!

    • 28.1 YY

      If JJH were the lead, I’d watch this like a shot.

      • 28.1.1 marilyn

        me too.

  29. 29 Millie

    If every doctor in Korea looks like the ones in each medical drama. I am willing to fly millions miles just to get a shot for a flu :)))

  30. 30 Ktichel17

    I’m not too crazy about all the cast but damn this looks good! And i’m such a sucker for medical dramas My Grey’s Anatomy obsession is too blame.

  31. 31 Tina

    MBC is using Joo Ji Hoon’s voice for the trailer.

    • 31.1 malika

      I can recognizing his voice, in the last part of trailer right???

      • 31.1.1 Tina

        You’re right babe !

  32. 32 mini

    I was rooting for this drama too since I love medical drama but after I know what Kwon Sang Woo commented on good doctor,I can’t help but disappointed with him.Even wary to watch this drama.

    Good doctor has it flaws,not prefect,they are not competing with this drama at all at the same timeslot but KSW has the guts to say this.

    “We can do much better than them.
    A drama is not drama if it is not over 30% ratings.”

    • 32.1 park heerin

      Lol it was just a comment that boast their morale. Netizens keep belittle MTT how it was a GD copycat. Although I know KSW gets overboard but it was a friendly battle. He even said Jowoon is a cool doctor.

    • 32.2 ilikemangos

      then we had no weekday dramas this year!

      I wouldn’t take his comment to heart — it’s just a bit of some healthy competition πŸ˜‰

    • 32.3 Zsa

      God that was a joke….being the second drama of the same genre can be stressful due to comparisons…so he was trying to lift some morale….anyway…he’s not stupid to say things like that seriously…this is no lee dae hee…

  33. 33 canxi

    OOOOOOH there will be hospital board politics! I’ve read that Alex’s character is vying for a high position in Hospital Land. But you know I haven’t seen a still of him and he wasn’t even in the trailer this might be a very minor plot, lol. Still!

    I look forward to this. Seems very fun, actually. I hope there is a nice balance between the cases and the people, though. I like to have both. Some laughs would be good, too. But hey! I’m not a greedy person, hahaaha.

  34. 34 greenpurplestar

    Hmm… Before watching this, I think viewers who are used to western medical dramas like ER, House & Grey’s should lower their expectations. For some reason, there was something lacking in the teaser (no, not the subs, lol).

    It would be nice to see Sandra Oh do a cameo in a drama like this, too bad she’s still busy with her final season on Grey’s.

    • 34.1 ilikemangos

      Can’t believe she’s leaving.
      There’s no meredith grey without christina yang.

    • 34.2 ck1Oz

      I actually like ER better than Grey’s Anatomy which is less medicine and more soapie.

      Korean medical dramas are okay. at least the romance and sex takes a back seat. I am here for the drama not for all the behind the scene emotional needs. That’s why House is great.

      I don’t know why they like making the doctors all flap and freak out in Korean medical dramas. No one carries on like a pork chop in real life. But the writers seems to to think more screaming and more panic means a better scene.

  35. 35 Mezzy

    you mean mbc ????? kekkekekek

  36. 36 bebeswtz

    “… sharp professionals warning each other to pull their shit together …”

    ^ Am I the only one that paused and had a good laugh at that?? lol I found that funny XD I know… I’m weird kekeke

  37. 37 fisi

    It sounds like the japanese drama ‘Last Hope’ to me

  38. 38 Jushi

    Jung Ryeo Won and Moon Chae Won are my current crack actresses. Good Doctor, is a bore, that I just couldn’t bring myself into watching it. Hopefully this one delivers.

    …I don’t know if GD is just lame or I’ve been experiencing KDrama exhaustion lately.

  39. 39 YY

    I am currently writing my own script: “Medical Topless Team”. It’ s about an elite team of doctors that fights to introduce a revolutionary but controversial technique – going topless – to shock patients into instant recovery.

    However, the doctors start getting distracted by their topless states leading to conflicts with one another…

    This drama will center around Primal Hospital’s unpaid doctor Park Im Hot, a skillful medical surgeon who has a warm heart but has reservations about going topless, unlike his younger rival, who has no qualms about going topless at
    all. “

    • 39.1 Quiet Thought

      Get back to me when they get into trouble for not having any female doctors on staff . . .

    • 39.2 Arhazivory

      Hmmm….i like it.

  40. 40 Aquila

    Those dark circles… Poor Joo Ji Hoon!!! But loving the chuseok messages! Can’t wait for this to start!!

    • 40.1 malika

      Do you know the English translation of massages he was written????

      • 40.1.1 Quiet Thought

        English translations are needed, yes.

  41. 41 Ivy

    The two different shirt collar are telling us about the
    character of the doctors.

  42. 42 Wendy

    I hope there will be less shoutings
    from what we are watching – good doctor –
    prof. doo han.

  43. 43 evanesam

    Amazing cast.. but too much blood lol! I was eager to watch good doctor but after 4 episodes I stopped watching it as I couldn’t stand the sight of blood –‘

  44. 44 kytam

    Must say they all look good and I like the funky hairstyle on the men. Let’s wait and see if they can act like real doctors do.

  45. 45 Msyawn

    KSW looking good! Reminds me of how he looked in My Tutor Friend.

  46. 46 Rianne

    Am I the only one who noticed that they put SBS in the title, but MBC in the content? I knew that this was going to air on MBC, but the title threw me off for a second. Typo I guess

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