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Arang and the Magistrate is a Korean historical drama about a young girl, Arang, who died under mysterious circumstances and who returns as a ghost to reveal the circumstances of her death. The story begins with a young nobleman, Kim Eun-oh, played by Lee Joon-gi, who arrives in the village of Miryang looking for his mother after hearing a rumor that she is staying there. Kim has the ability to see ghosts, but pretends he cannot because they annoy him by always asking for his help. He meets Arang, played by Shin Min-ah, a ghost who has no memory, but who wants to find out how and why she died. Arang approaches the magistrates of Miryang for their help, but three of them die of fright after seeing her. When Kim sees her, he notices that she is wearing a hairpin that he'd given his mother, and he believes that if he helps her it will assist him in finding his mother.

Things get complicated when Kim is tricked into becoming Miryang's magistrate, and then he and Arang learn that everything that is happening has been caused by the Jade Emperor, who is trying to capture a rogue Fairy of Heaven who eats human souls. The fairy, who is untouchable as long as she is in a human body, also happens to be the sister of Mu-young, the Grim Reaper. Arang, though a ghost, is full of mischief and beautiful, and Kim is in turn exasperated and captivated by her. He soon finds himself falling love with her.

Arang and the Magistrate is based on traditional Korean folklore. The series, first broadcast in August 2012, and is Lee Joon-gi's comeback to acting since his discharge from military service in February 2012. It is also Shin Min-ah's first historical drama, and her marks her return to television since 2010. The screenplay was written by Jung Yoon-jung and directed by Kim Sang-ho and Jung Dae-yoon. Its premier episode, aired by MBC on August 15, 2012, received over 13% audience share in South Korea, and the rights were sold to Japan for Won 200 million per episode (approximately US$183,000), which will net approximately Won 2 billion (US$1.8 million) for the entire series.

A production of Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) network, the 20 episodes plus one special introductory episode was produced by Yoo Hyun-jong and features music composed by Kim Hyeon-jong.

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Wednesday & Thursday 9:55 PM et/pt on MBC America
1 Season, 20 Episodes - Currently Airing
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Arang and the Magistrate Full Episode Guide

  • When the bell of truth doesn't ring, Arang and Eunoh realize that there is someone else responsible for Arang's death.

  • Eunoh is sent to prison and accused of treason by Lord Choi and his men. Arang approaches Muyeon and asks her what Eunoh's mother desired in exchange for her body.

  • Muyeon, suddenly remembers the memory of Arang’s murder. Muyeon demands for Arang's body in exchange for the magistrate's mother.

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