7th Grade Civil Servant

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7th Grade Civil Servant
7th Grade Civil Servant-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for 7th Grade Civil Servant
Also known as 'Level 7 Civil Servant
Class 7 Civil Servant'
Genre
Based on My Girlfriend Is an Agent
by Chun Sung-il
Written by Chun Sung-il
Directed by
  • Kim Sang-hyup
  • Oh Hyun-jong
Starring
Composer(s) Park Se-jun
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 20
Production
Executive producer(s) Park Hong-gyun
Producer(s) Kim Jung-hwan
Location(s)
Cinematography
  • Hong Sung-wook
  • Yoon Kwon-soo
Editor(s) Lee Taek-joo
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Appletree Pictures
  • Curtain Call Production
Release
Original network Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release January 23 (2013-01-23) – March 28, 2013 (2013-03-28)
Chronology
Related shows 22 Tango
External links
Website www.imbc.com/broad/tv/drama/7th/
7th Grade Civil Servant
Hangul 7급 공무원
Hanja 七級公務員
Revised Romanization 7geup Gongmu-won
McCune–Reischauer 7kŭp Kongmu-wŏn

7th Grade Civil Servant (Hangul7급 공무원; Hanja七級公務員; RR7geup Gongmuwon) is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Choi Kang-hee and Joo Won as rookie spies who trained together, and later become NIS agents who must hide their real identities from each other even as they fall in love.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

It aired on MBC from January 23 to March 28, 2013 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.[7]

The spy romantic comedy series is a remake of the 2009 film My Girlfriend Is an Agent.[8] Early working titles were Secret Agent War and The Secret Lovers.[9][10]

Plot[edit]

Love and espionage collide in this drama of the National Intelligence Service's rookie agents. Han Gil-ro (Joo Won) realizes his dream of becoming an international man of mystery, after a childhood spent poring over James Bond films. Kim Seo-won (Choi Kang-hee) spices things up as a goofy, yet determined agent, but it's not all 007 glamor. Both Gil-ro and Seo-won must learn what it takes to uphold their sworn duty, even at the sacrifice of their happiness — and lives.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings (%)[20] AGB Nielsen (%)[21]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 January 23, 2013 12.8% 15.6% 12.7% 14.6%
2 January 24, 2013 14.0% 16.0% 14.5% 16.9%
3 January 30, 2013 16.0% 18.1% 15.9% 18.1%
4 January 31, 2013 15.8% 18.8% 15.2% 17.2%
5 February 6, 2013 17.1% 20.1% 16.0% 17.7%
6 February 7, 2013 14.9% 16.8% 14.3% 16.0%
7 February 13, 2013 13.3% 14.0% 12.7% 13.3%
8 February 14, 2013 13.8% 15.1% 12.1% 13.2%
9 February 20, 2013 12.6% 12.9% 12.5% 13.8%
10 February 21, 2013 12.4% 13.1% 11.4% 12.5%
11 February 27, 2013 11.8% 13.2% 10.0% 10.7%
12 February 28, 2013 11.0% 11.8% 10.6% 11.8%
13 March 6, 2013 10.0% 10.6% 9.2% 10.8%
14 March 7, 2013 9.9% 11.3% 9.9% 10.8%
15 March 13, 2013 8.8% 9.3% 7.9% 8.8%
16 March 14, 2013 9.0% 8.8% 8.5% 9.1%
17 March 20, 2013 9.3% 10.9% 9.8% 10.9%
18 March 21, 2013 9.5% 10.8% 8.4% 9.0%
19 March 27, 2013 7.9% 8.4% 7.5% 7.7%
20 March 28, 2013 9.0% 9.4% 8.4% 8.6%
Average 12.0% 13.2% 11.4% 12.6%

Soundtrack[edit]

7th Grade Civil Servant:
Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released February 0, 2013 (2013-02-00)
Genre Pop, K-pop, soundtrack, R&B
Label Pony Canyon Korea
Part 1:
No. Title Artist Length
1. "너에게 가는 길" (My Way to You) 2PM Junho feat. Taecyeon 3:26
2. "너에게 가는 길 (inst.)" (My Way to You (inst.)) 2PM Junho feat. Taecyeon 3:26
Part 2:
No. Title Artist Length
3. "꽃이 핀다" (Flowers Bloom) Park Ji-hun of V.O.S 4:09
4. "Stranger" Big Baby Driver 2:35
5. "꽃이 핀다 (inst.)" (Flowers Bloom (inst.)) Park Ji-hun of V.O.S 4:09
6. "Stranger (inst.)" Big Baby Driver 2:35
Part 3:
No. Title Artist Length
7. "I'll Be There for You" Led Apple Hanbyul 4:14
8. "말하지 그랬어" (You Should've Told Me) SpinEL (스피넬) 4:51
9. "I'll Be There for You (inst.)" Led Apple Hanbyul 4:14
10. "말하지 그랬어 (inst.)" (You Should've Told Me (inst.)) SpinEL (스피넬) 4:51
Part 4:
No. Title Artist Length
8. "어떡해" (What to do) Melody Day  
9. "사랑할 줄 몰라서" (Don't know how to love) Ash Gray  
10. "어떡해 (inst.)" (What to do) Melody Day  
11. "사랑할 줄 몰라서 (inst.)" (Don't know how to love) Ash Gray  

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013
Baeksang Arts Awards
Most Popular Actor (TV) Hwang Chansung Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV) Choi Kang-hee Nominated
MBC Drama Awards[22]
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Choi Kang-hee Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Joo Won Won

International broadcast[edit]

  • Japan: Aired on KNTV beginning March 30, 2013.[23]
  • Indonesia: Aired on B-Channel.[citation needed]
  • Malaysia: Aired on TV9.
  • Thailand: Aired on workpointTV.
  • Philippines: Aired on Net 25 beginning February 3, 2014.
  • Singapore: Aired on VV Drama beginning June 20, 2015. Also aired on Mediacorp Channel U beginning April 9, 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ho, Stewart (November 20, 2012). "Joo Won, Choi Kang Hee, 2PM's Chansung and Others Hold First Reading for 7th Grade Civil Servant". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lee, Hye-jin (November 20, 2012). "Joo Won, 2PM Chansung Attend 1st Reading of New Drama". 10Asia. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Joo Won begins filming for 7th Level Civil Servant". Korea Star Daily via Yahoo!. November 28, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "7th Level Civil Servant releases stills of Choi Kang Hee meeting Joo Won for the first time". Korea Star Daily via Yahoo!. December 11, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ Ho, Stewart (December 13, 2012). "Joo Won, Choi Kang Hee Film Their First Scene for 7th Grade Civil Servant". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Choi Kang Hee gives Joo Won a beat down on Level 7 Civil Servant". Korea Star Daily via Yahoo!. January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ Kim, Hyun Rok (February 21, 2013). "My Girlfriend is an Agent records the second highest audience rating". Star News. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ Oh, Jean (February 3, 2013). "Feels like you've seen it before?: Box office hits like My Sassy Girl coming to the small screen". The Korea Herald. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (October 23, 2012). "Choi Kang-hee, Joo Won Readying for Battle of Love". 10Asia. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (May 26, 2012). "Lee Dong-gun to return to K-dramas". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ An, So-hyoun (January 22, 2013). "Choi Kang Hee Says She was Shocked by Joo Won′s Looks". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Actor Joo Won confirmed for MBC TV drama Secret Battle of Man and Woman". Korea Star Daily via Yahoo!. October 1, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Joo Won praises his Level 7 Civil Servant co-star Choi Kang Hee". Korea Star Daily via Yahoo!. January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ An, So-hyoun (January 22, 2013). "Joo Won and Choi Kang Hee Are Close Despite Age Gap". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ "JOO Won's Interview". MBC Global Media. February 15, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  16. ^ Ko, Hong-ju (April 10, 2013). "Joo Won Chooses Choi Kang Hee of 7th Grade Civil Servant as His Best Partner". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  17. ^ Ko, Hong-ju (April 21, 2013). "Interview: Joo Won Talks about His Three Years of Growth". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  18. ^ Ho, Stewart (October 31, 2012). "2PM Chansung Joins Joo Won, Choi Kang Hee for Story of a Secret Man, Woman". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  19. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (December 6, 2012). "2PM Chansung to Go Wild in New TV Series' Thailand Set". 10Asia. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  20. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  21. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Live Updates: Winners of the 2013 MBC Drama Awards". Soompi. December 30, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  23. ^ Lee, Sun-min (March 13, 2013). "MBC drama to air in Japan". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 

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