LOOK BACK: Inheritors

LOOK BACK: Inheritors

Inheritors (also known as The Heirs) is a K-drama series that stars Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin, and Choi Jin Hyuk. The first episode aired on SBS TV on October 2013.

‘The Heirs’ cast. Screengrab from ‘Inheritors’ title page on  Netflix

‘The Heirs’ cast. Screengrab from ‘Inheritors’ title page on Netflix

The Rundown

  • Inheritors or The Heirs is a K-drama series that depicts the lives of Korean teenage conglomerate inheritors who find themselves stuck in forbidden romances, controversies, gossips, and cultural pressures.

  • This Korean drama follows the stories of lead characters Kim Tan and Cha Eun Sang, who fight bravely for their love despite the stark difference in their socio-economic positions.

  • The Heirs ultimately poses this question: Among wealth, fame, and love, which shall you pick?

  • This K-drama has 20 episodes in total and had its first broadcast on SBS on October 2013.

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Inheritors or The Heirs

Images from SBS

Inheritors or The Heirs (상속자들) is an SBS K-drama series headlined by Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin, and Choi Jin Hyuk, who play the roles of Kim Tan, Cha Eun Sang, Choi Yeong Do, and Kim Won, respectively. The K-drama’s first episode aired on October 2013 and has 20 episodes in total. You can watch The Heirs episodes online via Netflix as of writing time.

The Heirs: Synopsis

Screengrab from  Netflix

Screengrab from Netflix

Here is the synopsis of The Heirs or Inheritors as extracted from the Korean drama’s Netflix official page:

After a chance encounter in LA, two teens from different social backgrounds reunite at an exclusive high school attended by Korea’s über rich.


The Heirs: Cast

Here are the actors that comprise the K-drama Inheritors:

Characters from Jeguk High School

  1. Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan, who is the heir to Jeguk Group

  2. Park Shin Hye as Cha Eun Sang, who is a student-in-need

  3. Kim Woo Bin as Choi Yeong Do, heir to Zeus Hotel

  4. Krystal Jung as Lee Bo Na, heir to Mega Entertainment

  5. Kim Ji Won as Yu Rachel, heir to RS International

  6. Kang Ha Neul as Lee Hyo Sin, son of a prosecutor

  7. Park Hyung Sik as Jo Myung Soo, son of a prominent lawyer

  8. Kang Min Hyuk as Yoon Chan Young, son of Jeguk Group Chief Secretary

  9. Jeon Soo Jin as Kang Ye Sol, daughter of a family who ‘owns a bottled water company’

Characters from Jeguk Group and Household

  1. Choi Jin Hyuk as Kim Won, first son of Jeguk Group

  2. Choi Won Young as Yoon Jae Ho, Jeguk Group Chief Secretary

  3. Kim Sung Ryung as Han Ki Ae, mother of Kim Tan

  4. Park Jun Geum as Jeong Sook, president of Jeguk Group Foundation

  5. Jung Dong Hwan as Kim Nam Yeon, Jeguk Group President

  6. Kim Mi Kyong as Park Hee Nam, mother of Cha Eun Sang

Other key characters from Inheritors K-drama series are fashion tycoon Yoon Soon Ha and hotelier Choi Dong Wook, who are played by Yoon Son Ha and Choi Jin Ho.

‘Inheritors’ Episode Highlights

Here are some of The Heirs or Inheritors episodes and scene highlights for you to see (or watch again!):

Watch The Heirs EP. 1

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Watch The Heirs EP. 3

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Watch The Heirs EP. 17

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Watch The Heirs EP. 19

Watch The Heirs EP. 20


Why You’ll Love ‘The Heirs’

  • The fictional Jeguk High School has a very interesting four-tier ‘social’ structure of its own.

  • Despite having many characters, the Korean drama The Heirs was able to stitch together mini-stories that revolve around choosing wealth, power, fame, and love.

  • Lee Min Ho and Kim Woo Bin’s characters’ bromance!

  • Park Hyung Sik was adorable.

  • Rekindle what it’s like to be 18 years old.


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Memorable Quote from The Heirs

Here’s a line from this K-drama that touched us!

What type of crown were you going to bear? Was it wealth, fame, or love?
— Kim Tan's teacher from LA

Inheritors or The Heirs OST

Our favorite track from the Korean drama The Heirs:

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