|Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung|
|Revised Romanization||Sin-ipsagwan Gu Hae-ryeong|
|Created by||Sohn Hyung-suk|
|Written by||Kim Ho-soo|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20 [note 1]|
|Running time||35 minutes [note 1]|
|Production company||Chorokbaem Media|
|Distributor|| MBC |
|Original network||MBC TV|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||July 17 –|
September 26, 2019
Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung (Korean : 신입사관 구해령) is a 2019 South Korean television series starring Shin Se-kyung, in the title role as a free-spirited female historian, and Cha Eun-woo, as a prince working underground as a romance novelist. It is also a fictionalisation of part of the story of the Veritable Records of the Joseon Dynasty and their right to be considered a true history.
The series aired on MBC's Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:00 KST time slot from July 17 to September 26, 2019, with Netflix carrying the series internationally. 
The scenario intertwines two storylines. One of them occurs in a "nowadays" placed in the early 19th century [lower-alpha 1] of Joseon. The other occurred twenty years before (white horse year, 1810 [lower-alpha 2] ). The first one is treated lightly, in the Sungkyunkwan Scandal vein, with caricatures [lower-alpha 3] , jokes, gimmicks, students fights, etc. The second one, only depicted by short flash-backs, is about the unjust situation of the rank and file people [lower-alpha 4] , and the brutal suppression of anyone who dares to object.
In the Joseon Dynasty, women were objectified and undervalued. But free-spirited lady Goo Hae-ryung is brave enough to follow her own view of life. Still single at 26 years old, she focuses on studying and gaining knowledge, and in defending those who are wronged and abused.
Meanwhile, the young and handsome 20-year-old Prince Dowon has been living his life alone at the Nokseodang 綠嶼堂 (green island pavilion). Isolated inside the Huwon Garden [lower-alpha 5] , he has to stay away from the royal Court and finds comfort by writing hangul romance novels. Published under the pen name Maehwa 梅花 (plum blossom), these novels become famous all over Hanyang, especially to women readers.
The two main characters meet, and this first meeting sparks a war of preferences. But politics disturb the romance. Suddenly, Korean books and European translations are banned, confiscated and burned. All the beard bearing red robes at court are infuriated that "so many noble ladies ran away to find the love of their life after reading Maehwa's books" [lower-alpha 6] . But this is only a "just cause". The real target is "The Story of Hodam", a book about events that occurred twenty years earlier.
In their frenzy to search and destroy every single copy of this book, the king and councilor Min Ik-pyeong go so far as ask for the recruitment of female historians, with the intent of planting spies in each chamber of the Royal Palace. As a result, four female apprentices (Goo Hae-ryung among them) are selected and added to the existing eight recorders. They became part of the everyday collection of pieces 사책 that will be compiled into the Veritable Records of the Joseon Dynasty. Many gender stereotypes surface, only to be derided... and overcome. The twelve historians become embroiled in disputes with the Court, asserting their right under law to record all conversations between the royal family and courtiers, and even go on strike against the king. [lower-alpha 7]
A smallpox epidemic will be the event that reconnects the two storylines. On the one hand, members of the court speculate on traditional remedies, and even attempt to kill the Prince by sending him to the infested provinces. On the other hand, Dowon organizes the state answer, seizing and distributing food while applying the 牛痘種書, 瑛眼 (vaccination treaty, by Yeongan) that was provided by the mysterious Moh-wa. Hae-ryung remembers being vaccinated by her father in the past and convinces the Prince to prove the method by being the first patient to be inoculated.
A set of flash-backs disseminated all across the episodes describes the events of "twenty years ago". The former King, Yi Gyeom, Prince Huiyeong, styled Hodam, founded Seoraewon, together with Seo Mun-jik, styled Yeongan. The later was the dean, while Hodam was one of the teachers. The leading team was completed by Barthelemy Dominique, a medicine teacher, who was sent by the Paris Foreign Missions Society. As a result, Seoraewon was a school of Western studies aimed at educating people regardless of social class or gender. The Seoraewon name 曙來院 itself has the meaning of "Where Dawn Arrives".
This is where Moh-wa learned vaccination and surgery.
A conservative reaction ensued, led by Min Ik-pyeong. A forged letter of the King, allegedly saying "send more priests, and turn Joseon into a Catholic country" [lower-alpha 9] served as "just cause" for a massacre. Among the rare escapees were Dowon, the newborn son of Hodam and the 6 year-old Hae-ryung, the daughter of Yeongan.
The series ends three years after "nowadays". Min Ik-pyeong and his proxy king are gone and Seoraewon is reinstated. Prince Yi Jin is in charge of the throne. Dowon can live in leisure outside of the Palace, wandering across the world, while Hae-ryung becomes a full-ranked member of the Yemungwan. Prince Yi Rim (Dowon) and Hae-ryung are still in a relationship but not married. They find time to travel together.
(Goo Hae-ryung). "Even if you slash my throat, our brushes will not stop writing. If I die, another historian will take my place; if you kill that historian, another will take their place. Even if you kill every historian in this land, and take away all the paper and brushes, you won't be able to stop us. From mouth to mouth, teacher to student, elder to child, history will be told. That is the power of truth." [lower-alpha 10]
In the Netflix release, the following three characters are put forward in the opening sequence of each episode:
The drama's entire 13 billion won budget was financed by Netflix.  Yeolhwajeong Pavilion—located in Ganggol Village, Deungnyang-myeon, Boseong County—is one of the filming locations of the series.  
|Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung OST Special Album|
| Soundtrack album by |
|1.||"Fall in Luv"||Henry||03:38|
|2.||"Fall in Luv" (Inst.)||03:38|
|1.||"My Dream"||Yoon Mi-rae||03:54|
|2.||"My Dream" (Inst.)||03:54|
|1.||"Come" (어서와)||Lee Seok-hoon (SG Wannabe)||04:02|
|1.||"You Are My Love" (처음부터 내 사랑)||Lucia||03:58|
|2.||"You Are My Love" (Inst.)||03:58|
|1.||"Forever" (영원토록)||Park Soo-jin||03:01|
|1.||"Please Remember" (기억해줘요)||Cha Eun-woo (Astro)||03:33|
|2.||"Please Remember" (Inst.)||03:33|
|1.||"Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" (Opening Title)||Kim Ji-eun||1:20|
|4.||"On a Dazzling Day"||Lee Sa-ya||2:31|
|5.||"Be a Flower"||Park Jong-mi||4:02|
|6.||"Hanbang Romance"||Na Won-hye||2:01|
|7.||"My Dear"||Park Jong-mi||2:48|
|9.||"History on Records"||Lee Sa-ya||1:43|
|10.||"A Moonlit"||Im Na-rae||2:50|
|12.||"Behind Story"||Yoon Yoo-jin||2:31|
|14.||"Four Notes"||Im Na-rae||2:18|
|15.||"Dawn of War"||Supersound||2:45|
|18.||"Swaying Lanterns"||Kim Ji-eun||3:35|
|20.||"The Secret place in your heart"||Dacapo||3:50|
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|AGB Nielsen |
|1||July 17, 2019||4.0% (NR)||—|
|2||6.0% (14th)||6.7% (9th)|
|3||July 18, 2019||3.7%(NR)||—|
|4||5.0% (18th)||5.1% (19th)|
|5||July 24, 2019||4.5% (NR)||—|
|6||6.4% (14th)||6.4% (12th)|
|7||July 25, 2019||5.6% (17th)||5.8% (13th)|
|8||6.8% (11th)||7.3% (10th)|
|9||July 31, 2019||4.4% (NR)||—|
|11||August 1, 2019||4.7% (18th)||5.1% (17th)|
|12||6.9% (8th)||7.2% (6th)|
|13||August 7, 2019||5.1% (19th)||5.2% (19th)|
|14||6.8% (13th)||7.0% (10th)|
|15||August 8, 2019||4.7% (19th)||4.9% (17th)|
|16||6.4% (12th)||6.5% (9th)|
|17||August 14, 2019||4.1% (NR)||—|
|18||6.2% (12th)||6.8% (9th)|
|19||August 15, 2019||4.2% (NR)||—|
|20||6.5% (11th)||6.4% (10th)|
|21||August 21, 2019||4.3% (NR)||—|
|22||6.2% (12th)||6.3% (11th)|
|23||August 22, 2019||4.9% (20th)||5.2% (17th)|
|25||August 28, 2019||3.8% (NR)||—|
|26||5.9% (14th)||6.1% (9th)|
|27||August 29, 2019||4.4% (NR)||4.8%(19th)|
|28||6.9% (8th)||7.4% (7th)|
|29||September 4, 2019||3.7%(NR)||—|
|30||5.5% (16th)||5.5% (17th)|
|31||September 5, 2019||4.0% (NR)||—|
|32||5.4% (16th)||5.6% (15th)|
|33||September 18, 2019||4.0% (NR)||—|
|34||6.0% (14th)||6.0% (13th)|
|35||September 19, 2019||3.8% (NR)||—|
|36||5.0% (17th)||5.2% (14th)|
|37||September 25, 2019||4.0% (NR)||—|
|38||6.2% (13th)||6.2% (11th)|
|39||September 26, 2019||4.5% (NR)||4.7% (19th)|
|40||6.6% (10th)||6.6% (10th)|
|Average||5.3%||— [note 2]|
|2019||MBC Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Shin Se-kyung||Nominated|| |
|Drama of the Year||Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama||Shin Se-kyung||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama||Cha Eun-woo||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama||Park Ji-hyun||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Cast in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama||Lee Ji-hoon||Won|
|Best Couple Award||Cha Eun-woo and Shin Se-kyung||Won|
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