Extraordinary Attorney Woo Young Woo [K-Drama Eps 1-12]: Discussing Autism in Kdramas, The Beauty & Importance of Romance, Why Jun Ho likes Woo Young Woo so much & the Importance of Side Characters

53m | Aug 10, 2022

Are you obsessed with whales, kimbap and Jun Ho? This week we talk about the highly popular and heart warming series, Extraordinary Attorney Woo Young Woo. I chat about the drama's impact in helping audiences to understand the experiences of those who live with Autism, as well as the joy the series has bought with it's portrayal of healthy romances and dashing, empathetic male leads.

In this episode, let's chat about:

1. The plot of the drama, Extraordinary Attorney Woo Young Woo. We'll introduce the titular character, Woo Young Woo, and talk about the way she's been shaped. I also look at the actress, Park Eun Bin, who plays Woo Young Woo as well as Kang Tae Oh, who plays her love interest Jun Ho.

2. Depicting Autism in K-dramas. We talk about how Extraordinary Woo Young Woo sits within the K-drama literature in showing experiences of those on the Spectrum. We look at why this series is special, how it's helped to generate discussion and awareness about living with Autism as well as some of the points of debate when it comes to accuracy of portrayal etc.

3. The beauty & importance of romance in this series & the popularity of the male lead Jun Ho. Although this drama is predominently a legal drama, I talk about why the romance is so important in showing Woo Young Woo's growth. We also look at why Jun Ho is so popular - how he subverts some stereotypes and portrays postive traits as well as criticisms about him being too perfect without a backstory.

4. The function of side characters. The side characters have such a strong presence in this series. We look at what Myeong Seok, Min Woo, Su Yeon and Geurami's characters do in terms of supporting Woo Young Woo's journey.

Articles and Interviews:

Park Eun Bin chats about how she prepared to play Woo Young Woo

Positive & negative reactions to Extraordinary Attorney Woo Young Woo

American lawyer with autism weighs in on Extraordinary Attorney Woo Young Woo

Reactions from the community

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Other related dramas and films mentioned in this episode:

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-It's Okay to Not Be Okay [Korean Drama]

-The Good Doctor [Korean Drama]

-The Good Doctor [American TV series]

Other dramas mentioned in passing in this episode:

-Operation Proposal [Korean Drama]

-Hello my Twenties! [Korean Drama]

-The King's Affection [Korean Drama]

-Do You Like Brahms [Korean Drama]

-Hot Stove League [Korean Drama]

-Run On [Korean Drama]

-Doom at Your Service [Korean Drama]

-My First First Love [Korean Drama]

-Tale of Nokdu [Korean Drama]

-My Liberation Notes [Korean Drama]

-Doldolsolollalasol [Korean Drama]

-2521 [Korean Drama]

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