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Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung

Title: 신입사관 구해령 / Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung
Genre: Romance, Historical
Episodes: 40
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2019-July-17 to 2019-Sep-26
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:00 (2 episodes back-to-back)


The story takes place at the beginning of the 19th century. Goo Hae Ryung (Shin Se Kyung) is an intern to become a palace historian. However, it was not acceptable for women to write historical records on that time. She takes one step at a time to create her own destiny in Joseon, where the Confucius ideas are deeply rooted. She wants to fulfill her duties as a historian and prove to the world that everyone is equal. Along with the fight of the female palace historians, the drama will tell her romance with prince Lee Rim (Cha Eun Woo) who has a secret of his own.


Main Cast

Shin Se Kyung as Goo Hae Ryung
Cha Eun Woo as Lee Rim
Park Ki Woong as Lee Jin
Lee Ji Hoon as Min Woo Won

People Around The Sea

Jung Hwan as Goo Jae Kyung
Yang Jo Ah as the mystery of the sea.
Lee Kwan Hoon as Kak Shwe

Royal and Coordination

Kim Min Sang as Lee Tae
Choi Duk Moon as Min Ik Pyung
Kim Yeo Jin as Queen Im

Private Institution

Heo Jung Do as Yang Si Haeng
Kang Hoon as Hyun Kyung Mook
Nam Tae Woo as Son Kil Seung
Yoon Jung Sub as Hwang Jung Gun
Ji Gun Woo as Sung Seo Kwon
Oh Hee Jun as Ahn Hong Ik
Lee Jung Ha as Kim Chi Kok


Park Ji Hyun as Song Sa Hee
Lee Ye Rim as Oh In Im
Jang Yoo Bin as Heo Ah Ran


Jeon Ik Ryung as Mo Hwa
Sung Ji Roo as Heo Sam Bo
Ryu Tae Ho as Minister Song
Kim Yong Woon as Gwi Jae
Kim Kwi Sun as Third State Councillor


Seo Young Joo as Lee Seung Hoon
Fabien as Dominique/Jean Baptiste Barthélemy
Kim Myung Soo as So Baek Sun
Yoon Jong Hoon as Lee Gyum
Kim Hyun Soo as So Young Hwa

Production Credits

Production Company: Chorokbaem Media
Director: Kang Il Soo, Han Hyun Hee
Screenwriter: Kim Ho Soo


2019 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Actress (Wed-Thurs Drama) – Shin Se Kyung (Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung)
2019 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Actor (Wed-Thurs Drama) – Cha Eun Woo (Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung)
2019 MBC Drama Awards: Best Supporting Actor/Actress (Wed-Thurs Drama) – Lee Ji Hoon (Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung)
2019 MBC Drama Awards: Best Couple Award – Cha Eun Woo and Shin Se Kyung (Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung)

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2019-07-17 1 5.0 - 4.0 -
2019-07-17 2 6.4 - 6.0 (14th) 6.7 (9th)
2019-07-18 3 4.4 - 3.7 -
2019-07-18 4 5.1 - 5.0 (18th) 5.1 (19th)
2019-07-24 5 - - 4.5 -
2019-07-24 6 - - 6.4 (14th) 6.4 (12th)
2019-07-25 7 5.4 - 5.6 (17th) 5.8 (13th)
2019-07-25 8 6.7 - 6.8 (11th) 7.3 (10th)
2019-07-31 9 - - 4.4 -
2019-07-31 10 - - 7.3 (7th) 7.6 (8th)
2019-08-01 11 - - 4.7 (18th) 5.1 (17th)
2019-08-01 12 - - 6.9 (8th) 7.2 (6th)
2019-08-07 13 - - 5.1 (19th) 5.2 (19th)
2019-08-07 14 6.4 - 6.8 (13th) 7.0 (10th)
2019-08-08 15 - - 4.7 (19th) 4.9 (17th)
2019-08-08 16 - - 6.4 (12th) 6.5 (9th)
2019-08-14 17 - - 4.1 -
2019-08-14 18 5.9 - 6.2 (12th) 6.8 (9th)
2019-08-15 19 5.8 - 4.2 -
2019-08-15 20 7.2 - 6.5 (11th) 6.4 (10th)
2019-08-21 21 - - 4.3 -
2019-08-21 22 5.9 - 6.2 (12th) 6.3 (11th)
2019-08-22 23 - - 4.9 (20th) 5.2 (17th)
2019-08-22 24 6.5 - 7.1 (9th) 7.6 (8th)
2019-08-28 25 - - 3.8 -
2019-08-28 26 6.0 - 5.9 (14th) 6.1 (9th)
2019-08-29 27 4.6 - 4.4 4.8 (19th)
2019-08-29 28 6.0 - 6.9 (8th) 7.4 (7th)
2019-09-04 29 - - 3.7 -
2019-09-04 30 6.0 - 5.5 (16th) 5.5 (17th)
2019-09-05 31 - - 4.0 -
2019-09-05 32 6.2 - 5.4 (16th) 5.6 (15th)
2019-09-11 x Chuseok Holiday    
2019-09-11 x Chuseok Holiday    
2019-09-12 x Chuseok Holiday    
2019-09-12 x Chuseok Holiday    
2019-09-18 33 4.1 - 4.0 -
2019-09-18 34 6.0 - 6.0 (14th) 6.0 (13th)
2019-09-19 35 - - 3.8 -
2019-09-19 36 5.7 - 5.0 (17th) 5.2 (14th)
2019-09-25 37 - - 4.0 -
2019-09-25 38 5.9 - 6.2 (13th) 6.2 (11th)
2019-09-26 39 - - - 4.7 (19th)
2019-09-26 40 - - 6.6 (10th) 6.6 (10th)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea


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  1. 1 : tigerb Says:

    @Admin: it’s Confucius, not Confusion (see above).

  2. 2 : Armiora Says:

    I’m going to try and watch this for Cha Eun Woo. Let’s hope Shin Se Kyung’s acting has improved…

  3. 3 : Fighting SSK Says:

    Watching for shin se kyung 🙂 I’m always looking forward to your dramas. I seriously hope those internet bullies keep their cruel and mean comments to themselves and if they don’t I hope they meet mean people like themselves in real life who put them down every step of their life. Fighting SSK

  4. 4 : Sara Says:

    Im so excited for this drama and looking forward for a new historical for Shin Se Kyung. She is truly one of the few Korean actress who looks amazing in historical.

  5. 5 : N Says:

    Can’t waaaaait! I’m watching this because of Cha Eun Woo! 😀

  6. 6 : Cleiton Silva de Moura Says:

    Always supporting Shin Se Kyung, she is good and this drama will be nice.

  7. 7 : Bukola Says:

    Can’t wait

  8. 8 : Marlexis Says:

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  9. 9 : Kay Says:

    I’m really looking forward to this drama. Shin Se Kyung and Cha Eun Woo look beautiful together!

  10. 10 : Neno Says:

    Can’t wait for Shin Se Kyung new historical. I love her in historical. She was the best face for these traditional Korean customs. No other actress can compete with that.

  11. 11 : Namshin3 Says:

    Shin Se Kyung is an excellent actress. that’s why she gets the best leading men. love these two leads.

  12. 12 : Fado Revere Says:

    I get so annoyed when English translators use the word “skies” as substitute for the word “heavens”. Why don’t the use the correct word. One might think these translators are living in a Orwellian virtual reality.

  13. 13 : Tess king Says:

    @admin..There are two Jung Hwan in the character listed , I guess the other one should be Jung chan since I saw him already in the first episode ..

  14. 14 : Diane Says:

    This drama is not being shown in Redlands, California. Instead MBC is showing Radiant Office!!!!

    I was looking for to Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung!!! It’s a nice change from present to historical kdramas!!!

    I didn’t even get to see the end of One Spring Night. Just got to see 16 episodes. It was taken off the air.

  15. 15 : Drama Fan Says:

    @ Diane —

    Same thing is happening here in the Chicago area as I mentioned to you on the One Spring Night sight.

    On top of that, when Blessing Of the Sea finished, they are now airing Special Labor Inspector Jo which just finished airing May 28. I thought that was a great drama, loved the story and cast, but who wants to see all these re-runs???

    If they are going to show re-runs why don’t they show some dramas from 10 years ago that maybe people have not seen???

    Wonder what is going on with MBC. It is going down hill as far as I am concerned. I am not happy about this at all.

    Wonder how many people are watching Everybody Say Kungdari that is airing around 8:00 a.m. Monday – Friday???? I have not seen any of it.

    I don’t have time to watch all these shows on the computer.

  16. 16 : Sarasa Says:

    @Diane and @ Drama fan, I’m not sure if u have Netflix, but it’s being aired on Netflix. I watch it there. However, I do watch many other dramas at kissasian and dramafever. U can check both sites to watch the newest dramas for free.

  17. 17 : Paoare Says:

    Dramafever has been taken down!

  18. 18 : Laurent Says:

    I dont think i will continue watching this drama,, i think its too boring both the character or the storyline, not much progress…

  19. 19 : Sirena Says:

    I love this drama so much. I can’t wait for next week to see what coming next. Seriously, it’s an amazing drama. Simple yet deep. It presents very important issues that even relevant to our life’s today in a funny way, yet tell us something in issues related to class classifications and rich vers poos, lack of appreciation for women even when they put more effort than men in work place etc…. I personally love Goo Hae Ryun. She is my favorite heroine in kdrama. She is intelligent and strong but not in your face strong. She is not afraid to take risk and make mistakes and handle the consequences of her actions. That’s to me an amazing example of a woman that should be in Kdrama- not the normal silly dismal in distress crying type of girl. I hope they make a second season of the drama. I like to see female characters like that. Too bad the drama is kinda of considered average in Korea. It’s an amazing work that we won’t see like again very soon.

  20. 20 : PS Says:

    Check the wikipedia. There will be 40 episodes hurray. Just watched the latest episode , my mind was like dude this can’t be the ending and guess what its not. Hurrayyyy❤❤❤

  21. 21 : Alexander Says:

    Just the ost “my dream” will make u just love the drama♥️♥️

  22. 22 : hermannie Says:

    why are there no episodes for Sept 18 and 19?

  23. 23 : Sirena Says:

    @ hermannie, it’s a korean holiday. They r not airing most dramas this week.

  24. 24 : KDramaMama Says:

    @Diana, @DramaFan, I believe @Sarasa is right about Netflix, BUT it’s because its being shown on Netflix that MBC America CAN’T show it at the same time until Netflix finishes it’s showing. They have some sort of exclusive showing rights here. Bad for over-the-air viewers, good for Netflix subscribers. Expect to see these dramas OTA in the future, sometimes, maybe. Kinda sucks, but money talks……

  25. 25 : Drama Fan Says:

    @KDramaMama — thank you so much for the info on Netflix. This is the first time this has happened where I live, so could not figure out what happened.

    But “One Spring Night” aired for eight (four) episodes on Wednesday and Thursday nights at 10:30 p.m., then out of the blue they changed it and started airing “Radiant Office.” Diane mentioned they did the same thing in CA. Is One Spring Night airing on Netflix also??? I don’t know why they stopped airing it in mid-stream.

    Now that Radiant Office finished they are airing “Ruler: Master of the Mask.”

    If they have to show re-runs I would rather see some older ones instead of dramas that have recently aired.

  26. 26 : KDramaMama Says:

    @DramaFan Yes Netflix also is showing One Spring Night. In CA it aired on MBC America for one week WITHOUT subtitles and then was pulled. BTW, you can see what KDramas Netflix is showing by browsing netflix.com.

  27. 27 : hermannie Says:

    Thank you for the information.

  28. 28 : tigerb Says:

    this series is getting interesting, not just a humdrum romance between a prince and a historian, two people learning the fate of their fathers because of a life changing beginning those gentlemen were introducing to the country but hated by the king and his vassals who stuck that was old and familiar. this is the first historical drama i watched that featured about the catholics during the joseon era, those who feared for their lives because of their faith and equality and who no longer adhered to confucius doctrines, and thus were killed. today i learned that korea has the most christian catholic martyrs in asia (a catholic feast to honor them sept. 20) and the fourth in the world. isn’t that something?

  29. 29 : Sarasara Says:

    @tigerb, waw thanks for the info. This was on topic I really wanted to expand my knowledge about. I’m planing to read more about it. I also thought it was very interesting that the drama featured the Catholics in Korea.
    I actually loved how this drama was able to be lighthearted and romantic while disgusting many important issues that is even applicable to our world today such as gender and class discrimination and other important issues regarding censorship. It’s an amazing drama and the writer really deserves an award for writing an amazing drama like this. Also, the actors are perfect choice for their role. Everyone of them compliments each other and had great chemistry with each other. It’s rare to find the whole team of actors as good as they r in this drama

  30. 30 : Jessica Mcclements Says:

    So will there be another Rookie historian? I really enjoyed this here in the USA. This was an unbelievable cast if actors and actress, they complimented each other so well. I really wanted the twist of yi rim and goo making a flower child. The only thing i wish was different was him becoming king and her majesty accepting goo as his queen. The girl was willing to have her throat slashed to protect him. Bit any way. .. Simply amazing. And i wish America had this type of history and cinematography.

  31. 31 : tigerb Says:

    @Sarasara #29: you enjoyed the series as much as i did. i like dramas in period settings because the stories are not as common as contemporary ones, also they give a bit of history, some factual. at first, i did not expect much except for the slight romance but the series ended up quite well. see you in other drama pages in this web site!

  32. 32 : Silverswan Says:

    Not too bad for this Historical Drama. At least a Happy Ending kind instead of those old fashioned rules

  33. 33 : Jezabel Says:

    I am amazed I finished watching this drama…It was cute at times, but quite bland and it dragged on and on…It got more interesting towards the end, but even that felt like too little, too late…I’ve just started watching Seven Day Queen (which for some stupid reason I avoided until now) and got drawn in straight away! Now, that’s how you do a proper historical Kdrama!

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