Divorce Attorney Shin: Divorce Attorney Shin
April 14, 2023 4:20 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Driven by a personal tragedy, a pianist-turned-lawyer navigates the complex world of divorce — fighting for his clients to win by any means necessary.

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The Review Geek Season 1 ReviewA decent character drama let down by a mediocre plot: "Divorce Attorney Shin is a decent K-drama and defiantly refuses to be pigeonholed into a specific category. There are elements of romance but this is not a romantic drama; there’s thrilling moments, but it’s not a thriller; there’s a focus on law, but it’s not an outright law drama. So what is this show? That question is perhaps something that plagues much of Divorce Attorney Shin and subsequently becomes both its greatest strength and biggest Achille’s Heel. The lack of focus does work to shift the focus onto characters rather than plot, but at the same time, causes Shin to craft a rather lackluster overarching story which feels incredibly forgettable, especially when you’ve finished all the episodes and had a chance to reflect. ... Despite those gripes though, Divorce Attorney Shin does have some stand-out moments and there’s enough in this to make for an enjoyable watch. It’s certainly far from the best drama out there, and it’s unlikely to make waves in K-land in 2023. However, if you’re a sucker for a slice of life drama with strong friendships at its core, you should find enough to like here."

SCMP review - Despite the name, Divorce Attorney Shin is not really about divorce – it is about people facing adversity and coming through it, often by getting back together. As such the show was breezy, comfortable viewing, with several emotional and humorous highs along the way, but its heartfelt approach felt at times halfhearted

Zapzee Review: ‘Divorce Attorney Shin’ Portraying the Value of Family Through Divorce
posted by oh yeah! (4 comments total)
I enjoyed this drama overall, but I agree with the reviews that it's not particularly profound/memorable. (Also, I found the ending of the final case a little confusing/anti-climactic. I think I needed one more flashback showing the mother-in-law's perspective, I think something was lost in translation in the subtitles, so I kept expecting one more dramatic reveal in the courtroom.)
posted by oh yeah! at 4:36 PM on April 14

I enjoyed this, and looked forward to each week. I liked the bromance between Attorney Shin and his friends, and I liked that they avoided a romance arc in favor of friendships and found (or fought-for!) family.
posted by TwoStride at 4:08 PM on April 17

Yes, the bromance was good. I definitely liked this series better than writer Yoo Young Ah's female-friendship-trio series 'Thirty-Nine'.
posted by oh yeah! at 3:17 AM on April 18 [1 favorite]

Oh my, 39 was SUCH a disappointment. All the talent in the cast and then such aggravating plot decisions.
posted by TwoStride at 5:45 AM on April 18

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