Bad Papa

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Bad Papa
Bad Papa-poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Original title 배드파파
Created by Son Hyung-suk
Written by Kim Sung-min
Directed by Jin Chang-gyu
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 32
Executive producer(s)
  • Kathy Jung-ah Kim
  • Kwon Yong-han
Running time 35 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Hoga Entertainment
  • Signal Pictures[a]
Distributor MBC
Original network MBC TV
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original release October 1, 2018 (2018-10-01)
External links

Bad Papa (Hangul배드파파) is a South Korean television series starring Jang Hyuk, Son Yeo-eun and Shin Eun-soo. This TV series is about the struggles of a father who chooses to become a bad person in order to be a good dad. It airs on MBC every Monday and Tuesday at 22:00 (KST) time slot from October 1st 2018 . [1]


Ji-cheol is an incompetent husband and dad. He was detective who got suspended for allegedly taking a bribe. He can’t come up with their living expenses, let alone the rent. On top of that, his daughter gets into trouble and he has to come up with the settlement money. Cornered, Ji-cheol makes a dangerous decision. Having been a boxing champion in the past, he decides to participate in an illegal boxing match and take the prize money. [2]



  • Jang Hyuk as Yoo Ji-cheol, Fallen father and fighter (43 years old)[3]
Ji-cheol used to be an undefeated boxing champion in his 20s. He fell in love with Sun-joo at first sight, proposed to her in 3 days, and together they had a beautiful daughter named Young-sun. He was a national hero, beloved husband and respected father. However, during the 13th defense match against Min-woo, which was called the game of the century, he lost helplessly, which seemed weird, and the whole world criticized him. He lost money, reputation and the happiness of his family all at once. 11 years later, he suddenly gets an opportunity to make a comeback.
  • Son Yeo-eun as Choi Sun-joo, Ji-cheol's wife, an erotic novelist and massage chair salesperson (37 years old)[4]
She met Ji-cheol, a top sports star, when she just graduated high school. Ji-cheol proposes to her, leaving Min-woo, who has had a crush on her for 3 years without even the chance. She marries Ji-cheol and has a daughter named Young-sun. Life with a national hero is luxurious. However, 11 years later, her national hero husband is gone and she is only left with a hopeless manby her side.
Young-sun had a happy life as a rising ballerina. However, the year Young-sun turned 6, her dad’s reputation plummeted for match fixing and everything changed. 17-year-old Young-sun doesn't study, dance and isn’t enthusiastic about anything. However, there is one thing she is secretly passionate about. She uploads videos on Youtube that are very popular. Although she quit ballet, she couldn’t do anything about her love for dancing. She posts videos under the identity “Cat Mask”.
  • Ha Joon as Lee Min-woo, MMA champion, sports superstar (37 years old)[6]
He is currently number one in MMA middleweight rankings and very popular for his fighting skills. He is enjoying the golden age of his life. However, his family was poor as he was growing up, he was weak and had many scars. Sun-joo is the girl next door that was always by his side and helped him dream of becoming a boxer. He had a crush on her, but didn’t even dream of telling her and ended up letting her marry Ji-cheol, the top sport superstar during that time.
  • Kim Jae-kyung as Cha Ji-woo, Daughter of Dr. Cha, Ji-cheol’s former partner, a regional investigation unit detective (32 years old)[7]
She joined the team much later than Ji-cheol, but became the youngest female lieutenant and Ji-cheol’s superior through several special promotions. Although everyone else looks down on Ji-cheol, Ji-woo likes him and is on his side. Not even she understands why, but she favors Ji-cheol. After Ji-cheol quits his job as a cop in shame, Ji-woo stumbles upon a mysterious case.


Regional Investigation Unit[edit]

  • Kim Byung-choon as Park Min-sik (47 years old)[8]
Inspector of police investigation unit.
  • Kim Wook as Lee Hyun-soo (35 years old)[9]
Detective, colleague of Ji-woo.

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts promoter who scouted Ji-cheol
3rd class martial arts coach, Ji-cheol's fan.
  • Lee Joon-hyuk as Kim Pil-doo (39 years old)
Chief of illegal gambling fighting ring
  • Jung Ik-han as Kim Jong-doo (32 years old)
Pil-doo's brother
  • Jang Eul-soo as Sang Chul [11]
An underground martial arts fighter.

Shingu Pharmaceutical[edit]

Research professor, Ji-woo's father (60 years old)
CEO of Shingu Pharmaceutical (27 years old)
  • Shin Woo-geum as Kim Dae-sung
Researcher and PhD assistant (33 years old)

Young-sun's high school[edit]

A rich student who considers Young-sun as her rival.
  • Cho Yi-hyun as Kim Se-jung (17 years old)
Good friend of Young-sun.
  • Im Sun-woo as Wang Hye-ji (17 years old)
Good friend of Young-sun.
  • Lee Eun-sam as Lee Seul-ki (17 years old) [14]
Good friend of Young-sun.


  • Yoon Bong-gil as Park Ji-hoon (35 years old)
Min-woo's business partner
  • Choi Yoon-ra as Choi Sun-young (33 years old)
Sun-joo's sister
  • Joo Jin-mo as Director Jang (60 years old)
Ji-cheol's former promoter and current owner of small boxing ring
Friend of Ji-cheol.

Original soundtrack[edit]

OST Part 1 (released 2018-10-08)[edit]

1."Don't Remember"Ha Dong-kyun03:49
2."Don't Remember" (Inst.) 03:49

OST Part 2 (released 2018-10-15)[edit]

1."Golden Goat"Oh Hyuk03:43
2."Golden Goat" (Inst.) 03:43

OST Part 3 (released 2018-10-23)[edit]

1."기다려줘 Please wait for me"Shin Jae04:23
2."기다려줘 Please wait for me" (Inst.) 04:23


  • In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • NR denotes that the drama did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date.
  • N/A denotes that the rating is not known.
Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS[19] AGB Nielsen[20]
Nationwide Nationwide Seoul
1 October 1, 2018 3.7% 3.1% (NR) N/A
2 4.3% 3.7% (NR)
3 October 2, 2018 N/A 3.4% (NR)
4 4.0% (NR)
5 October 8, 2018 2.4% (NR)
6 3.5% (NR)
7 October 9, 2018 3.6% 2.8% (NR)
8 3.5% 3.2% (NR)
9 October 15, 2018 2.2% 2.6% (NR)
10 2.6% 2.7% (NR)
11 2.3% 3.1% (NR)
12 2.5% 3.3% (NR)
13 October 22, 2018 2.4% (NR)
14 2.7% (NR)
15 October 29, 2018
17 October 30, 2018
19 November 5, 2018
21 November 6, 2018
23 November 12, 2018
25 November 13, 2018
27 November 19, 2018
29 November 20, 2018
31 November 26, 2018
Average % % %
  • 4 Episodes aired back-to-back on October 15.
  • No episodes will air on October 16 due to the broadcast of a baseball game.

International Broadcast[edit]

  • Bad Papa airs in Taiwan on KKTV from 2nd October 2018.
  • Bad Papa airs in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong on Oh!K TV Asia from 2nd October 2018.
  • Bad Papa airs in USA on Kocowa TV from 2nd October 2018.


  1. ^ A joint venture of Signal Entertainment Group and Gemini Investment (ko)


  1. ^ "Bad Papa official English webpage". MBC.
  2. ^ "[단독] 장혁, MBC '배드파파' 주인공…이종격투기 선수 된다". Xports News (in Korean). May 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "[공식입장] 장혁, '배드파파' 출연 확정…이종격투기 선수 변신". Sports Donga (in Korean). June 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "손여은, '배드파파' 주연 캐스팅…장혁 아내 된다". Xports News (in Korean). June 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "[공식입장] 신은수, MBC '배드파파' 주연 낙점...장혁 딸 변신". Osen (in Korean). July 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "[공식] 하준, MBC '배드파파' 출연 확정…첫 주연작 기대 UP". Sports Chosun (in Korean). July 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Kim Jae-kyung cast in 'Bad Papa'". Kpop Herald. June 18, 2018.
  8. ^ "Kim Byung-choon Joins "Bad Papa" as Chief Inspector and Lonesome Dad". Hancinema. June 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "김욱, MBC '배드파파' 출연 확정…김재경과 파트너 호흡". Herald Corporation (in Korean). July 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "이다윗, '배드파파' 출연 확정…장혁과 호흡(공식)". MK News (in Korean). June 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "[공식] 장의수, '배드파파' 출연 확정 "영광이다. 최선을 다할 것"". Sports Donga (in Korean). June 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "[단독] 박지빈, 5년만에 안방 복귀..'배드파파'로 군제대 후 완벽 성인연기". Osen (in Korean). July 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "씨엘씨 권은빈, MBC '배드파파' 캐스팅…데뷔 첫 연기도전[공식]". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). June 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "배우 이은샘, MBC 드라마 '배드파파' 케스팅". Sports Khan (in Korean). June 29, 2018.
  15. ^ ""이번엔 배우다" 개그맨 정성호, MBC 드라마 '배드파파'로 연기자 변신". The Fact News (in Korean). July 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "[공식입장] 홍인, MBC '배드파파' 합류 확정..장혁과 호흡". Osen (in Korean). July 30, 2018.
  17. ^ "신예 백은경, MBC '배드파파' 캐스팅…9월 방송". TenAsia (in Korean). August 6, 2018.
  18. ^ "김승현, '배드파파' 출연…장혁과 친구 호흡". Sports Donga (in Korean). August 22, 2018.
  19. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings at Naver". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  20. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved May 9, 2018.

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