The Heirs follows a group of privileged, elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families’ business empires.
- Drama: The Heirs / The Inheritors
- Revised romanization: Wangkwoneul Sseuryeoneunja, Keumugyeruel Kyeondyeora – Sangsokjadeul
- Hangul: 왕관을 쓰려는자, 그무게를 견뎌라-상속자들
- Director: Kang Shin-Hyo, Boo Sung-Chul
- Writer: Kim Eun-Sook
- Network: SBS
- Episodes: 20
- Release Date: October 9 – December 12, 2013
- Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 21:55
- Genre: Romance
“The Heirs” depicts the friendships, rivalries and love lives of young, rich heirs led by Kim Tan (Lee Min-Ho) and a girl named Cha Eun-Sang (Park Shin-Hye). Unlike the others, Cha Eun-Sang is considered ordinary and comes from a poor background.
18-year-old Cha Eun-Sang lives with her mother who is mute. Her mother works as a housekeeper and Eun-Sang also works part-time jobs to help out. One day, Eun-Sang’s older sister (Yoon Jin-Seo) calls from the U.S. and informs them that she will marry. Eun-Sang’s mother then asks Eun-Sang to send her older sister some money from her savings account. Eun-Sang isn’t happy with her situation and decides to go to the U.S. herself to see if she can start a better life with her sister.
When Eun-Sang arrives in California she is in for a shock. Her older sister lives in a filthy home with a deadbeat boyfriend who seems violent. Her sister is also not getting married or going to school and works full-time as a waitress. When Eun-Sang finally tracks down her sister working at a beach front restaurant, she takes the money Eun-Sang brought for her wedding and leaves without even saying goodbye. Eun-Sang’s dreams of starting a better life in America quickly vanishes and she crumbles to the ground in tears.
Kim Tan now feels nothing but emptiness after Eun-Sang’s departure. He decides to go back to Korea even though his older stepbrother Won (Choi Jin-Hyuk) strongly opposes his return. When Kim Tan gets back to his luxurious mansion like home, he sees someone briefly that resembles Eun-Sang. Kim Tan goes to his mother Ki-Ae (Kim Sung-Ryoung) and asks about the unfamiliar, but familiar girl that he briefly saw. His mother tells him that the girl is their housekeeper’s daughter and her name is Cha Eun-Sang. She’s also staying in their home.
- The Heirs Torrent Files takes over the Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 time slot previously occupied by “The Master’s Sun” and followed by “My Love From the Star” in December, 2013.