My Father is Strange

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My Father is Strange
Father is Strange poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Original title 아버지가 이상해
Created by KBS Drama Production (KBS 드라마 제작국)
Written by Park Kyung-soo
Directed by Lee Jae-sang
Creative director(s)
  • Jung Yeo-jin
  • Jung Kwang-shik
Composer(s) Gaemi (개미)
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 52
Executive producer(s)
  • Bae Kyung-soo
  • Teddy Hoon-tak Jung
  • Hwang Ki-yong
Producer(s) Cho Woong
Cinematography Lee Yoon-jung
Editor(s) Jung Hyun-kyung
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 65 min
Production company(s) iHQ
Distributor KBS
Original network KBS2
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original release March 4 (2017-03-04) – August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27)
External links

My Father is Strange[1] (Hangul아버지가 이상해; Hanja아버지가 異常해; RRAbeojiga Isanghae; lit. Father is Strange) is a 2017 South Korean television series starring Kim Yeong-cheol, Kim Hae-sook, Ryu Soo-young, Lee Yoo-ri, Lee Joon, Jung So-min, Ryu Hwa-young, and Ahn Hyo-seop. The series aired on KBS2 every Saturday and Sunday from 7:55 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. (KST). The TV series gained huge popularity and was extended by 2 episodes (original 50).[2]


About a family that lives on the outskirts of Seoul which consists of the father, his wife, their three daughters, and their one son. However, one day, a young man, who was a member of an idol group, shows up at the household claiming that he is the son of the family.



  • Kim Yeong-cheol as Byun Han-su/Lee Yoon-seok (60) — He is the owner of a Snack Bar and the father of the four kids. His identity was changed to Byun Han-soo after getting his identity switched with his best friend due to an accident. He was a former Judo player back in high school but ever since he was accused of a crime he didn’t do, he was forced to go to jail. After getting his identity switched, he was forced to keep his best friend’s name after his wife Young-shil got pregnant with Joon-young.
  • Kim Hae-sook as Na Young-sil (58) — The mother of the four kids and Lee Yoon-seok’s wife. She works along side with Yoon-seok at the Snack Bar while raising her four kids. She met Yoon-seok at a hospital while she was working as a nurse. She was the only one who stood beside Yoon-seok ever since he was released from jail since she was the only one who believed his story. She begs Yoon-seok to keep his name as Byun Han-soo after she got pregnant with Joon-young.
  • Ryu Soo-young as Cha Jeong-hwan (38)[3]— The only child of Cha Gyu-taek and Oh Bok-nyeo. Even though he works as a PD at KBC studios, his show is losing popularity and since it is losing popularity, they decide to cancel his show. He was in a relationship with Hye-young while they were in college but broke up after his mother forced Hye-young to break up with him which caused him to find out why. He eventually gets back together with Hye-young after sleeping together and they eventually get married.
  • Min Jin-woong as Byun Joon-young/Lee Joon-young (35) — He is a 9th Grade Civil Servant and Lee Yoon-seok and Na Young-shil's oldest son and 1st child. He has been taking and studying his Civil Servant exam for almost 5 years and he eventually passes the test his 5th year. He has been dating Kim Yoo-joo while studying for his exam but after getting her pregnant by accident, they decide to get married.
  • Lee Yoo-ri as Byeon Hye-yeong/Lee Hye-yeong (34)[4]—She is a lawyer and Lee Yoon-seok’s and Na Young-shil’s eldest daughter and 2nd child. She dated Cha Jung-hwan back in college but broke up after Jung-hwan’s mother forced her to break up with him. After sleeping with him from fighting, they decide to start dating again and they eventually get married. Her personality is known for acting pretty while she is working.
  • Jung So-min as Byeon Mi-yeong/Lee Mi-yeong (31) — She is Lee Yoon-seok and Na Young-shil’s 2nd daughter and the 3rd child of the family. She was a former Judo player but after injuring her shoulder, she became depressed which caused her to be overweight. After deciding to start her life again, she decides to lose weight and find a job. She eventually gets a job as an intern at Gabi Entertainment and later as Ahn Joong-hee’s manager. Although she gets a job at Gabi Entertainment, she is having a little trouble working there since a girl name Kim Yoo-joo who bullied her back in high school due to her weight, works there. After she finds out that Yoo-joo is dating and marrying her brother, she decides to accept her as her family since her brother loves her. She starts falling for Ahn Joong-hee which caused her to become like Joong-hee thinking that they are related.
  • Ryu Hwa-young as Byeon Ra-yeong/Lee Ra-yeong (27) — She is a yoga instructor and Lee Yoon-seok and Na Young-shil's youngest daughter and 4th child. She is always known for using her social media account constantly and is always the first one to find out her siblings’ dating secret. She meets Park Chul-soo when he gets a job as a soccer coach at the training center she works at. She at first thought he was gay after mistakening his twin brother as his boyfriend. She eventually starts to date him after he confesses to her.
  • Lee Joon as Ahn Joong-hee (36)[5][6]— He is an idol-singer turned actor at Gabi Entertainment and the real Byun Han-soo’s son. He lived in the U.S before he moved to Korea to become a singer. Although he is an actor, he can’t really act well which never gives him a chance to do a mini series. When he believed that Lee Yoon-seok is Byun Han-soo, it caused him to move into his house with his family to know what it’s like living with his “father.” He later starts to fall for Mi-young which made him start to believe that he is crazy. After he finds out that Lee Yoon-seok is not his father, he starts to have a hard time not forgiving him because he has fallen in love with Mi-young.
  • Ahn Hyo-seop as Park Chul-soo — A former soccer player and a soccer coach at the training center. He comes from a chaebol but after refusing to work at the family business, he decides to run away and cut all financial ties with them which caused him to sleep at the night duty room at the training center. He eventually dates Ra-young after confessing his feelings to her.


Byun's household[edit]

  • Lee Mi-do as Kim Yoo-joo — She is Gabi Entertainment Art Team Leader and Joon-young's wife after he got her pregnant. She bullied Mi-young back in high school because she was jealous how Mi-young’s father treated her. Yoo-joo’s mother left her which caused her father to get remarried.
  • Park Hye-sook as Kim Mal-boon — Na Young-shil and Na Young-shik's mother.
  • Lee Jun-hyeok as Na Young-shik — Na Young-shil's younger brother and Lee Bo-mi’s husband. His family was doing well with business until his business partner stole all his money and ran away which caused his family to be bankrupt. His former business partner later comes back and gives half the money back and uses that money to open a pizza parlor after winning a pizza contest with his wife.
  • Jang So-yeon as Lee Bo-mi — Na Young-shik's wife. She tries to make a living by selling homemade dish rags after her husband’s business went bankrupt. After winning a pizza contest with her husband and getting pregnant with twins, she eventually opens the pizza parlor with her family.
  • Jung Joon-won as Na Min-ha — Na Young-shik abd Lee Bo-mi’s son. He is a straight A student who is always the top of his class. He gets invited to be enrolled at a Science and Technology High School but chooses not to due to tuition. After meeting a pretty math teacher from a different high school, he decides to go there instead.

Cha Jung-hwan's family[edit]

  • Kang Seok-woo as Cha Kyoo-taek – Cha Jung-hwan's father and a retired journalist who never got a scope. Although he retired, he never cares for his wife Oh Bok-nyeo and only cares for his dog Chico.
  • Song Ok-sook as Oh Bok-nyeo – Cha Jung-hwan's mother and the owner of the building Lee Yoon-seok and his family lives in. She tries really hard to get her husband to pay attention to her no matter how hard she tries. She was really against the idea of Jung-hwan and Hye-young dating and she is against it more after getting into a fight with Na Young-shil.

People around Park Chul-soo[edit]

  • Song Won-suk as Park Young-hee — Park Chul-soo's brother
  • Lee Byung-joon as Park Hong-ik — Park Chul-soo's father


  • Jung Hee-tae as nehz Kang Woo-sung — Gabi Entertainment General Manager
  • Kang Da-bin as Jin Sung-joon — Popular actor
  • Sora Jung as Ahn Soo-jin — Joong-hee's mother
  • Nam Tae-bu as Nam Tae-bu — Ahn Joong-hee's manager
  • Choi Dae-sung as Deputy Director — Director of Jung-hwan's Broadcasting Station
  • Jung Soo-kyo as Jong-bum — Jung-hwan's junior PD
  • Kim Da-ye as Im Yeon-ji — Jung-hwan's junior PD
  • Yoon Young-min as Team leader Lee Se-jin — Gabi Entertainment Management Team Manager
  • Lee Chang as Ryoo Gyoon-sang — Director of the drama 'Oh My Boss'
  • Jo Hyun-jin as Team leader Lim Jung-yoon — Gabi Entertainment Art Team Leader
  • Jo Wang-ki as Joong-hee's acting teacher
  • Choi Dae-hoon as PD Lee
  • Park Seo-young as Mathematics teacher of Onjeong high school
  • Song Min-ji as Hye-young's friend
  • Choi Na-moo as Mi-young's high school alumnus
  • So Hee-jung as Yoo-joo's mother
  • Han Choon-il as Real estate owner
  • Park Seung-tae as deceased Han-soo's aunt
  • Jun Hyun-tae as Community center's chief
  • Hong Yi-joo as Community center's Yoga Instructor 1
  • Jun Hye-young as Community center's Yoga Instructor 2
  • Yoo Il-han as Community center's Yoga Instructor 3
  • Kim Bo-neui as Gabi Entertainment Art Team Staff
  • Lee Seung-joon as Reporter Kim Geun-soo
  • Sung Chan-ho as Senior corporate executive
  • Yeo Un-bok as Pizza House manager
  • Choi Young as Central Police Station detective
  • Jin Hyun-kwang as Attorney Lee Chan-soo
  • Lee Jae-Uk as Do Jung-tae
  • Son Dong-hwa as Lee Shi-hoon
  • Kim Jong-ho as Photographer
  • In Sung-ho
  • Son Joo-won
  • Jung Han-jin
  • Ham Jin-sung
  • Lee Hyun-joo
  • Lee Bong-ryun
  • Seo Kwang-jae
  • Lee Eun-sung
  • Kim Tae-rang
  • Min Joon-hyun
  • Lee Tae-gum
  • Gong Yoon-chan
  • Lee Seo-hwan
  • Park Min-jung
  • Kim Min-kyung
  • Choi In-sook
  • Kim Do-kyum

Special appearances[edit]

  • Kim Jung-young as Yoon-seok's mother
  • Jo Woo-jong as Love and Battlefield host
  • Kwon Jae-kwang as 2 Day 1 NightTogether Director
  • Kim Jung-ha
  • Seo Yoon-ah as Hyun-ji — Ahn Joong-hee's ex-girlfriend
  • Hak-jin as Yeon Tae-soo — Byun Ra-young's ex-boyfriend
  • Kim Chanmi as Drama Staff
  • Na-eun as Drama Staff
  • Uhm Ji-in
  • Sung Hyuk as Moon Ji-sang

Original soundtrack[edit]

My Father Is Strange OST
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released 2017
Genre K-pop, soundtrack
Language Korean, English
Label iHQ
Gazi Contents
LOEN Entertainment

OST Part 1[edit]

1."It's You" (그게 너라고)
  • Gaemi
  • Yoda
  • Kim Se-jin
  • Lohi
Na Yoon-kwon, Da-eun03:41
2."It's You" (Inst.) 
  • Kim Se-jin
  • Lohi
Total length:07:22

OST Part 2[edit]

1."Love Song"Gaemi
  • Gaemi
  • Heo Sung-jin
Nam Joo02:42
2."Love Song" (Inst.) 
  • Gaemi
  • Heo Sung-jin
Total length:05:24

OST Part 3[edit]

1."My Heart"Gaemi
  • Gaemi
  • Park Chan
  • Kim Se-jin
Kim Hyung-joong03:52
2."My Heart" (Inst.) 
  • Gaemi
  • Park Chan
  • Kim Se-jin
Total length:07:43

OST Part 4[edit]

1."Kongdak Kongdak (Acoustic Ver.)" (콩닥콩닥)Lee Chang-gunLee Chang-gunSugar Bubble Acoustic04:00
2."Kongdak Kongdak (Acoustic Ver.)" (Inst.) Lee Chang-gun 04:00
Total length:08:00


  • In this table, 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.
Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[7] AGB Nielsen[8]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 March 4, 2017 21.1% (1st) 19.4% (1st) 22.9% (1st) 22.7% (1st)
2 March 5, 2017 24.4% (1st) 23.3% (1st) 26.5% (1st) 25.7% (1st)
3 March 11, 2017 19.6% (1st) 18.8% (1st) 21.4% (1st) 20.7% (1st)
4 March 12, 2017 21.9% (1st) 21.1% (1st) 24.4% (1st) 24.5% (1st)
5 March 18, 2017 21.1% (1st) 20.7% (1st) 22.5% (1st) 21.4% (1st)
6 March 19, 2017 26.2% (1st) 23.5% (1st) 27.1% (1st) 26.3% (1st)
7 March 25, 2017 22.6% (1st) 21.0% (1st) 22.4% (1st) 21.6% (1st)
8 March 26, 2017 26.9% (1st) 25.1% (1st) 26.8% (1st) 25.6% (1st)
9 April 1, 2017 23.5% (1st) 19.8% (2nd) 21.9% (1st)
10 April 2, 2017 26.4% (1st) 24.6% (1st) 25.8% (1st) 25.5% (1st)
11 April 8, 2017 22.0% (1st) 19.6% (2nd) 22.3% (1st) 22.4% (1st)
12 April 9, 2017 25.5% (1st) 23.3% (1st) 26.8% (1st) 25.9% (1st)
13 April 15, 2017 22.9% (1st) 20.7% (1st) 22.8% (1st) 22.4% (1st)
14 April 16, 2017 27.6% (1st) 25.5% (1st) 28.0% (1st) 27.6% (1st)
15 April 22, 2017 24.7% (1st) 22.5% (1st) 23.0% (1st) 22.4% (1st)
16 April 23, 2017 24.4% (1st) 22.8% (1st) 23.5% (1st) 23.4% (1st)
17 April 29, 2017 23.1% (1st) 24.2% (1st) 23.9% (1st)
18 April 30, 2017 28.2% (1st) 26.5% (1st) 27.1% (1st) 26.7% (1st)
19 May 6, 2017 25.7% (1st) 25.1% (1st) 25.2% (1st) 24.4% (1st)
20 May 7, 2017 28.8% (1st) 27.1% (1st) 29.2% (1st) 28.4% (1st)
21 May 13, 2017 24.7% (1st) 25.3% (1st) 26.1% (1st) 25.6% (1st)
22 May 14, 2017 27.9% (1st) 27.7% (1st) 30.4% (1st) 29.2% (1st)
23 May 20, 2017 24.7% (1st) 22.6% (1st) 24.0% (1st) 23.0% (1st)
24 May 21, 2017 30.2% (1st) 28.6% (1st) 30.5% (1st) 29.3% (1st)
25 May 27, 2017 25.1% (1st) 23.5% (1st) 24.2% (1st) 23.8% (1st)
26 May 28, 2017 30.5% (1st) 29.7% (1st) 31.0% (1st) 31.1% (1st)
27 June 3, 2017 25.6% (1st) 24.1% (1st) 26.4% (1st) 25.1% (1st)
28 June 4, 2017 28.7% (1st) 27.6% (1st) 31.0% (1st) 30.7% (1st)
29 June 10, 2017 27.3% (1st) 25.6% (1st) 26.1% (1st) 25.1% (1st)
30 June 11, 2017 29.9% (1st) 27.9% (1st) 31.7% (1st) 30.9% (1st)
31 June 17, 2017 25.8% (1st) 23.6% (1st) 26.5% (1st) 25.2% (1st)
32 June 18, 2017 30.5% (1st) 28.1% (1st) 31.6% (1st) 31.1% (1st)
33 June 24, 2017 27.1% (1st) 25.1% (1st) 27.4% (1st) 27.5% (1st)
34 June 25, 2017 29.7% (1st) 28.6% (1st) 31.4% (1st) 31.2% (1st)
35 July 1, 2017 27.0% (1st) 25.1% (1st) 28.8% (1st) 28.7% (1st)
36 July 2, 2017 31.7% (1st) 29.8% (1st) 33.2% (1st) 33.0% (1st)
37 July 8, 2017 28.8% (1st) 26.7% (1st) 28.8% (1st) 28.8% (1st)
38 July 9, 2017 31.9% (1st) 29.7% (1st) 32.5% (1st) 32.4% (1st)
39 July 15, 2017 28.1% (1st) 26.3% (1st) 28.7% (1st) 29.0% (1st)
40 July 16, 2017 31.5% (1st) 29.7% (1st) 33.4% (1st) 33.1% (1st)
41 July 22, 2017 28.1% (1st) 25.3% (1st) 27.0% (1st) 26.9% (1st)
42 July 23, 2017 32.7% (1st) 30.2% (1st) 32.1% (1st) 32.3% (1st)
43 July 29, 2017 24.1% (1st) 27.8% (1st) 28.0% (1st) 28.2% (1st)
44 July 30, 2017 32.4% (1st) 28.4% (1st) 31.0% (1st) 31.2% (1st)
45 August 5, 2017 27.1% (1st) 23.8% (1st) 28.3% (1st) 28.4% (1st)
46 August 6, 2017 32.3% (1st) 28.8% (1st) 32.2% (1st) 32.4% (1st)
47 August 12, 2017 27.8% (1st) 24.4% (1st) 27.9% (1st) 27.2% (1st)
48 August 13, 2017 32.6% (1st) 30.3% (1st) 34.1% (1st) 34.4% (1st)
49 August 19, 2017 27.7% (1st) 25.2% (1st) 30.3% (1st) 30.1% (1st)
50 August 20, 2017 34.1% (1st) 31.2% (1st) 36.5% (1st) 36.3% (1st)
51 August 26, 2017 29.2% (1st) 25.6% (1st) 28.6% (1st) 28.2% (1st)
52 August 27, 2017 33.1% (1st) 30.3% (1st) 33.7% (1st) 33.3% (1st)
Average 27.2% 25.4% 27.8% 27.4%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
Brand of the Year Awards
Actress of the Year Lee Yoo-ri Won [citation needed]
10th Korea Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Kim Yeong-cheol Nominated [citation needed]
Excellence Award, Actor Min Jin-woong Won
1st The Seoul Awards
Best Supporting Actress Jung So-min Nominated [citation needed]
2017 Asia Artist Awards
Rookie Award Ahn Hyo-seop Won [citation needed]
31st KBS Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Kim Yeong-cheol Won [9][10][11][12][13]
Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Lee Yoo-ri Won
Kim Hae-sook Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Kim Yeong-cheol Nominated
Lee Joon Nominated
Ryu Soo-young Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Jung So-min Nominated
Kim Hae-sook Nominated
Lee Yoo-ri Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Lee Mi-do Nominated
Best New Actress Ryu Hwa-young Won
Best Young Actor Jung Joon-won Won
Netizen Award – Female Lee Yoo-ri Nominated
Jung So-min Nominated
Best Couple Award Ryu Soo-young & Lee Yoo-ri Won


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  8. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved June 20, 2016. 
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