Poong the Joseon Psychiatrist is now accepting patients in new promos
With its premiere right around the corner, tvN’s Poong the Joseon Psychiatrist (previously Joseon Psychiatrist Yoo Se-poong) has released a new teaser and behind-the-scenes stills of our three main leads in action. Not only are these promos absolutely adorable, they give us a glimpse of the warmth and hilarity the drama promises as our three doctors work to treat the mental and physical health of their patients.
The teaser first introduces us to our titular lead Yoo Se-poong — played by Kim Min-jae (Dal-li and Gamjatang) — a brilliant acupuncture physician. While he formerly rode high serving the royal family and making the court ladies swoon, an unexpected accident leads to his dramatic fall from grace. He’s then sent to the Gye-su clinic for 11 days to treat patients there. This premise sets up his pivot into psychiatry, as he becomes someone who delivers warm prescriptions to the hurting and satisfying smacks to the bad.
Following Se-poong, we have our leading lady Seo Eun-woo — played by Kim Hyang-gi (Moment at Eighteen) — a widowed noblewoman who’s bound by societal expectations of piety after losing her husband. As she literally falls for Se-poong (he catches her at the edge of the cliff), she becomes determined to learn acupuncture herself and join him in helping patients find the root cause of their troubles.
Finally we have the last member of our motley crew, veteran physician and head of the clinic Kye Ji-han — played by Kim Sang-kyung (Racket Boys). While he is wild, eccentric, and fully capable of flying jump kicks, his quirky exterior hides a deeply passionate side, which we especially see in his behind-the-scenes stills with his daughter, Ip-pun (played by Kim Soo-ahn).
While the teaser itself is pretty scant on any scenes relating to treating mental health — focusing more on acupuncture — it does a pretty good job at establishing that our characters deeply care about the needs of their patients. I’m interested to see how this drama is going to integrate its psychiatric premise (it is in the name after all), but for now, I’m just sold on the warm found-family chemistry displayed by our trio.
Co-directed by PD Park Won-gook (Special Labor Inspector Jo) and PD Kang Hee-joo, Poong the Joseon Psychiatrist will premiere on August 1, airing in the Monday-Tuesday slot on tvN.