Extraordinary Attorney Woo is a hugely successful tv series from South Korea. It follows a young woman on the autism spectrum who, when diagnosed as a child, turns out to be a genius, especially when it comes to the law.
Now 27 years old, Woo Young-woo (Park Eun-bin) has graduated from a prestigious law school and scored nearly perfect marks on the bar exam.
With her career looking bright, she goes to work at Hanbada Law Firm as a rookie attorney, where she works in a team headed up by Jung Myung-seok (Kang Ki-young).
But as you can imagine, being the first ASD attorney in Korea is not easy for Young-woo. With so many social situations and new people to contend with, she is often seen as a strange lawyer.
However, her knowledge of the law and ability to cut through the cases and find a solution make her exceptional at her job.
Over the course of 16 episodes in season 1, Young-woo learns to adapt to her surroundings, work on her social skills and become an invaluable member of her team at Hanbada.
Each episode focuses on a different case that challenges the team. Most start off with them and us thinking it will go one way; however, something comes up each time that gives Woo Young-woo an idea about to approach things differently.
And it's this thinking that usually wins the case. That isn't to say that lessons aren't learned along the way, or the show is just about various trials.
Extraordinary Attorney Woo has a lot more depth than that. Friendships are built, prejudices and challenges are overcome and Young-woo, with the help of her father learns to find her way in an unfamiliar world.
Extraordinary Attorney Woo Official Trailer
Is Extraordinary Attorney Woo Worth Watching?
Following Young-woo's life has been such a treat that I was almost sad when it ended. And it would seem that I am not alone in falling a little bit in love with Young-woo.
In Korea, the show has set the record for the highest ratings in ENA history and on Netflix was the most viewed non-English show globally for the weeks of July 4th and July 11th.
So what is it about Extraordinary Attorney Woo that makes it so good?
Firstly Park Eun-bin is incredible playing the lead character. There is a sensitivity to autism spectrum disorder which let the viewer into that world but with great positivity as opposed to pity.
Much like other shows that have characters on the spectrum such as The Good Doctor and ATypical, they quickly become less about Autism and more about the story line which is exactly what a well-written series should do.
Then, of course, there's the burgeoning friendship between Young-woo and potential love interest Lee Jun-ho which is a delight to watch unfold.
And a secondary story about Young woo's mother who abandoned her when she was born, leaving her father to raise her on his own.
There is great variety in the cases presented in each episode so you can easily go from a person suing over a wedding dress to a more serious claim of murder.
And yet, despite some more poignant moments, Extraordinary Attorney Woo is actually quite a fun drama with a few laugh out loud moments.
Overall, not only is Attorney Woo extraordinary but so too is the series.
Extraordinary Attorney Woo Release Date
As mentioned, Extraordinary Attorney Woo is a South Korean tv series that aired on ENA every Wednesday and Thursday from June to August 2022.
Netflix acquired the rights to distribute the show outside of Korea. It dropped on the streaming platform on June 29th 2022 with episodes being added weekly.
You can now watch all episodes of season 1 of the show on Netflix.
Extraordinary Attorney Woo Cast
Written by Moon Ji-won and Directed by Yoo In-shik, the show is executively produced by Lee Joo-ho and Lee Jeong-hwa alongside producers Lee Sang-baek, Kim Eun-soon and Kim Young-ha.
The cast absolutely shines in this series, and they are…
Park Eun-bin (The King's Affection) as Woo Young-woo, a new lawyer at the Hanbada Law Firm.
Kang Tae-oh as Lee Jun-ho, a member of the litigation team at Hanbada who takes a liking to Young-woo.
Kang Ki-young as Jung Myung-seok, a senior attorney and Woo Young-woo's mentor.
Jeon Bae-soo (All Of Us Are Dead) as Woo Gwang-ho, Young-woo's father.
Baek Ji-won as Han Seon-young, the CEO of Hanbada.
Jin Kyung as Tae Soo-mi, CEO of the competing Taesan Law Firm
Ha Yoon-kyung as Choi Su-yeon, Young-woo's law school classmate and kind colleague at Hanbada.
Joo Jong-hyuk as Kwon Min-woo, Young-woo's very competitive colleague at Hanbada.
Joo Hyun-young as Dong Geu-ra-mi, Woo Young-woo's best friend.
Im Sung-jae as Kim Min-shik, the owner of the bar where Dong Geu-ra-mi works.
This is a wonderful series A+. Sweet, we’ll-portrayed and endearing stories. Love you all.