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Return (TV series)

Return (Korean리턴; RRRiteon) is a 2018 South Korean television series. It aired on SBS from January 17 to March 22, 2018 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST) time slot for 34 episodes.[2][3]

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Promotional poster
Written byChoi Kyung-mi
Directed byJoo Dong-min
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes34[a]
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time35 minutes
Production company(s)The Story Works
DistributorSeoul Broadcasting System
Original networkSBS TV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJanuary 17 (2018-01-17) –
March 22, 2018 (2018-03-22)
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A body is found on the freeway, and the four suspects are South Korea's powerful elites. Choi Ja-hye, the most influential and famous female lawyer in the country, decides to take the case and defend Kang In-ho, per the request of her law school friend Geum Na-ra. However, In-ho was having an affair with the victim and was seen having an argument with her the day before the murder took place. As Ja-hye investigates the case with Dokgo Young, a detective with a dark past as a juvenile criminal, they realize that the case is not a simple murder but was born out of corruption and dark secrets among In-ho and his friends.



A lawyer who is now the host of a legal-themed TV show titled Return. She helps Na-Ra to solve In-ho's trial. She turns out to be the mastermind of Mi-jung's murder case as well as other sabotages against the socialites and Detective Dokgo.
A hot-tempered detective. He has a sharp analytical to follow the trail of a murder case. Throughout the series, he manages to solve the murder cases, but is unable to capture the socialites throughout the years for their wrongdoings.
A calm and successful CEO of an IT company, but turns to have shady behavior when he attempts to cover up a mistake he or Hak-Beom makes. He is currently being framed for murdering Ahn Hak-soo, a former police officer whom owns a karaoke bar. [5]. After Tae Seok's and Hak Bum's secret is revealed, he plans to silence anyone who gets in his way, especially Attorney Choi.
A professor in theology studies at Myungsung Foundation. He turns out to be an impulsive and abusive man who resorts to violence without thinking of its consequences. When things do not go on his ways, he tends to displace his anger onto other characters or bribe them with money in the show.
The chief director at Taeha Corporation. He was in a relationship with Mi-jung during their younger times. After marrying Na-ra, he had an adulterous affair with Mi-jung for one year and became the co-founder of Mi-jung's wine bar. When Mi-jung was found murdered, he was framed and put into prison. Despite being bribed by his wife, Na-ra, their marriage become more estrange and his attempts to save the marriage becomes futile due to his wife's discovery of his affair with Mi-jung. Throughout the series, he was the one whom knocked down a little girl when he was in high school. Unfortunately, he reluctantly followed Mi-jung's and the rest of his friends' suggestion to throw the girl into the sea.
In-ho's wife and a former lawyer who passed her bar examination. Mi-jung describes her as an innocent, devoted and beautiful wife of In-ho. After Mi-jung was murdered, she discovered In-ho's affair. Currently, she has an estranged relationship with In-ho.
A doctor and an associate with Tae-Seok, Hak-Beom and In-Ho. Due to regrets and guilt he has gone through, he succumbed into drug addiction for years to forget the incident as well as stresses in workplace. When he witnessed Mi-jung's death and became his friends' accomplices, he decided to turn himself to the police. However, he was nearly murdered by both Tae-Seok and Hak-Beom. Despite running away from his mistakes and his friends, Na Ra managed to convince him to turn himself to the police, together with the evidences he had in the USB.


A doctor at The Daemyung Hospital.
Attorney Choi's assistant attorney. She is a very observant and calm character. She helps both Choi and Na Ra to find Joon Hee in a hospital in Taein.
A detective working with Dokgo Young. He saved Jun-hee from car crash. He turns out to have an alliance with Ja-hye to expose Taek So and the rest of the socialites' corruptions.
A corrupted police, who used to be Detective Young's superior. He was the police-in-charge of the Sung Jung Mi's drowning case in 1999.
In-ho's and Na Ra's quiet and introverted daughter.

Special appearancesEdit

The victim of In-ho's case. She owned a wine bar, sponsored by In Ho. She had an affair with him for a year. After aborting his child, she planned to ruin In Ho's family by getting close to Na Ra.
  • Park Jun-gyu as Park Byung-ho
  • Shin Yoo-ram as a drug trafficker
  • Jung Han-hun as Seo Joon-hee's father
  • Kim Hyung-mok as Kim Byung-ki
A car salesperson, who was murdered by Tae Seok


The first script reading of the cast was held on November 15, 2017.[7][8]


On February 7, 2018, it was reported that there was a large dispute on set of the series on the 5th, between lead actress Go Hyun-jung and the series' director Joo Dong-min.[9] The following day, Go's agency officially announced that the actress would be leaving the team due to irreconcilable differences with the directing team concerning the production process.[10][11][12][13] The agency also denied the initial reports that her sudden departure was due to her physically assaulting director Joo; stating that "there was indeed a verbal conflict but reports of physical assault was nonsensical".[14][15] Meanwhile, viewers of the series flooded SBS website with comments blaming the producer for "abusing his power" and calling for director Joo to quit instead.[16][17]

Actress Park Jin-hee later replaced Go Hyun-jung for the role of Choi Ja-hye. She started filming on February 13 and first appeared on the sixteenth episode.[4]

Original soundtrackEdit

Part 1Edit

Released on January 24, 2018 (2018-01-24)
1."Return" (리턴)Ronny Chu3:45

Part 2Edit

Released on January 31, 2018 (2018-01-31)
2."Again"Jang Jae-in3:20

Part 3Edit

Released on February 28, 2018 (2018-02-28)
2."Black Sun" (검은 해)Se So Neon3:30


  • In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS[18] AGB Nielsen[19]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 January 17, 2018 6.6% (19th) 7.4% 6.7% (19th) 7.5% (11th)
2 7.8% (15th) 9.3% 8.5% (9th) 9.0% (6th)
3 January 18, 2018 7.0% (20th) 7.7% 7.8% (14th) 8.5% (9th)
4 7.9% (15th) 8.6% 9.0% (8th) 9.7% (5th)
5 January 24, 2018 9.1% (14th) 10.2% 11.0% (8th) 12.0% (5th)
6 10.5% (9th) 12.4% 14.1% (4th) 16.0% (3rd)
7 January 25, 2018 9.8% (11th) 10.9% 12.7% (6th) 13.6% (5th)
8 11.5% (8th) 12.7% 15.2% (3rd) 16.4% (3rd)
9 January 31, 2018 9.6% (11th) 10.9% 12.7% (5th) 14.0% (4th)
10 11.2% (8th) 12.8% 15.1% (3rd) 16.7% (3rd)
11 February 1, 2018 11.2% (10th) 12.8% 14.2% (4th) 15.8% (4th)
12 12.7% (8th) 14.4% 16.0% (3rd) 17.7% (2nd)
13 February 7, 2018 10.4% (11th) 12.2% 14.4% (5th) 16.2% (3rd)
14 12.6% (8th) 14.8% 17.4% (2nd) 19.6% (1st)
15 February 14, 2018[b] 11.5% (5th) 12.7% 12.8% (4th) 14.0% (4th)
16 15.7% (2nd) 16.9% 17.0% (2nd) 18.2% (1st)
17 February 22, 2018[c] 11.3% (9th) 12.5% 12.2% (5th) 13.6% (4th)
18 13.8% (3rd) 15.4% 16.5% (1st) 18.2% (1st)
19 February 28, 2018 10.7% (9th) 11.2% 11.5% (5th) 12.0% (5th)
20 13.5% (4th) 14.3% 15.2% (3rd) 16.0% (2nd)
21 March 1, 2018 11.8% (8th) 13.0% 13.6% (5th) 14.8% (3rd)
22 14.1% (4th) 15.5% 16.3% (2nd) 17.7% (2nd)
23 March 7, 2018 11.6% (7th) 12.8% 13.7% (5th) 14.9% (4th)
24 14.0% (4th) 15.7% 16.2% (3rd) 17.9% (2nd)
25 March 8, 2018 11.8% (8th) 13.5% 13.4% (5th) 15.1% (3rd)
26 13.7% (6th) 14.9% 16.2% (2nd) 17.4% (2nd)
27 March 14, 2018 10.4% (5th) 12.0% 12.1% (5th) 13.7% (4th)
28 12.2% (4th) 14.3% 14.7% (3rd) 16.7% (2nd)
29 March 15, 2018 11.2% (8th) 12.8% 13.0% (5th) 14.6% (3rd)
30 12.6% (6th) 14.5% 15.2% (2nd) 17.1% (2nd)
31 March 21, 2018 10.0% (14th) 11.6% 13.3% (5th) 14.9% (3rd)
32 11.8% (6th) 13.5% 16.1% (2nd) 17.8% (2nd)
33 March 22, 2018 12.7% (7th) 14.8% 14.6% (4th) 16.4% (3rd)
34 13.8% (5th) 15.6% 16.7% (2nd) 18.4% (1st)
Average 11.4% 12.8% 13.7% 15.1%

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actor Bong Tae-gyu Nominated [21]
2nd The Seoul Awards Nominated [22]
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama Lee Jin-wook Nominated [23]
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama Park Jin-hee Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama Park Ki-woong Nominated
Bong Tae-gyu Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama Jung Eun-chae Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Oh Dae-hwan Nominated
Best New Actor Yoon Jong-hoon Nominated
Best Character Won
Shin Sung-rok Won
Park Ki-woong Won
Bong Tae-gyu Won


  1. ^ Originally scheduled to air for 32 episodes, the series was extended by two episodes in lieu of three preempts.
  2. ^ Episodes 15 and 16 were put on hold due to the production incident and SBS instead aired a program on 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.[14][20]
  3. ^ No episodes were aired on February 21 as well due to the Olympics.


  1. ^ "Murder-mystery thriller 'Return' aims to show new 'genre drama'". Yonhap News. Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Shim, Min-hyun. "신성록, SBS '리턴' 주연급 출연 확정…"고현정과 호흡" [공식]". Naver (in Korean). My Daily. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Ko Hyun-jung, Lee Jin-wook to Star in New Crime TV Series". The Chosun Ilbo. Chosun Media. January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Park Jin-hee will replace Go Hyun-jung in SBS' troubled series 'Return'". Yonhap News. Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Shin Sung-rok to star in "Return" as the bad guy". Hancinema. Star Today. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Jung Eun-chae to star in "Return"". Hancinema. My Daily. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  7. ^ Kim, Jin-seok. [단독]고현정부터 이진욱까지 '리턴' 확정 "오늘 리딩". Naver (in Korean). Ilgan Sports. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  8. ^ Lee, A-young. 고현정·이진욱 안방 복귀작 '리턴', 대본리딩 현장 공개. Naver (in Korean). Xports News. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "Go Hyun-jung to drop out from SBS' 'Return' amid conflict with production team". Yonhap News. Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  10. ^ Kim, Bo-ra. "[공식입장] SBS 측 "'리턴' 고현정 하차한다..주연배우 교체 검토"". Naver (in Korean). OSEN. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Jeong, Won. [공식입장 전문] 고현정 측 "'리턴' 하차 한다…연출진과 거듭된 의견차이". Naver (in Korean). Xports News. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "Ko Hyun-jung Leaves "Return"". HanCinema. Nate. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  13. ^ Im, Eun-byel. "SBS drops Go Hyun-jung from 'Return'". Kpop Herald. Herald Corporation. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Shin, Dong-heun. "TV Series on Hold After Star Assaults Producer". The Chosun Ilbo. Chosun Media. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  15. ^ Statement:
  16. ^ Shin, Dong-heun. "Ko Hyun-jung Quits Hit TV Series Over Spat with Producer". The Chosun Ilbo. Chosun Media. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  17. ^ "Troubled TV series 'Return' tries to get back on track". Kpop Herald. Herald Corporation. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  18. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  19. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  20. ^ Park, Jin-young. 고현정 하차 '리턴', 오늘 결방…총체적 난국 어쩌나. Nate (in Korean). OSEN. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  21. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). April 6, 2018.
  22. ^ ‘제2회 더 서울어워즈’ 10월27일 개최, 드라마-영화 각 부문별 후보공개. iMBC (in Korean). September 28, 2018.
  23. ^ "[SBS 연기대상] 감우성·김선아, 공동 대상..베스트 커플상까지(종합)". News1 (in Korean). 1 January 2019.

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