Prison Playbook

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Prison Playbook
Wise Prison Life-poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known asSmart Prison Living
Hangul슬기로운 감빵생활
GenreBlack comedy[1]
Created byLee Woo-jung[1]
Written byJung Bo-hoon
Directed byShin Won-ho
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Executive producer(s)Park Sung-jae
Producer(s)Park Soo-woo
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)tvN
Original networktvN
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseNovember 22, 2017 (2017-11-22) –
January 18, 2018 (2018-01-18)
External links

Prison Playbook[2] (Korean슬기로운 감빵생활; RRSeulgiroun Gamppangsaenghwal; lit. Wise Prison Life) is a 2017 South Korean television series directed by Shin Won-ho and starring Park Hae-soo and Jung Kyung-ho. The series marks Park Hae-soo's first-ever lead role. It aired on tvN from November 22, 2017, to January 18, 2018, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:10 (KST) time slot for 16 episodes.[3][4]


A captivating drama revolving around the lives of convicts behind bars, their families and duty officers working in the correctional facilities. A superstar baseball pitcher, Kim Je-hyuk, is convicted of assault after he saves his sister from a sexual attack.



A superstar baseball player who turns into a convict overnight.
An elite prison guard and Je-hyuk's best friend.


People around Je-hyuk[edit]

A traditional Korean medicine student and Je-hyuk's girlfriend.
Je-hyuk's younger sister.
Joon-ho's younger brother who is a reporter and an avid fan of Je-hyuk.

Seobu Detention Center[edit]

A veteran prison guard chief who is quick and flexible when it comes to resolving incidents that takes place inside the prison.[5]
  • Jung Jae-sung as "Professor Myung"
  • Lee Ho-chul [ko] as Gal Dae-bong (aka "Good-for-nothing Low-life")

Seobu Penitentiary[edit]

A gang member who was sentenced to twenty five years' imprisonment because of murder.
An engineer who was sentenced of imprisonment for three years and six months because of gambling scam.
A repeat convict criminal who is unable to refrain from stealing.
A manager who was imprisoned because of embezzling ten billion won from his company.
A repeat offender for the wrongdoing of drugs.
  • Ahn Chang-hwan as Dong-ho (aka "Croney")
  • Jung Hae-in as Yoo Jeong-woo (aka "Captain Yoo")
A commanding officer who assaulted his teammate mercilessly, which led to the latter's death.
A man who frequently goes in and out of prison.
A fierce prison guard.


Special appearance[edit]


  • Prison Playbook is directed by Shin Won-ho, the award-winning director of Reply franchise and written by one of the franchise's junior writers, Jung Bo-hoon.[6][7]
  • The first script reading of the cast was held on July 17, 2017, at CJ E&M Center in Sangam-dong, Seoul.[8]
  • The filming wrapped up on January 16, 2018.[9]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Prison Playbook
Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
LanguageKorean, English
ProducerKim Han-jo (executive)

Part 1[edit]

1."OK"BewhyGray, DAX, BewhyBewhy03:12
2."OK" (Inst.) Gray, DAX, Bewhy 03:12
Total length:06:24

Part 2[edit]

1."The Door (Prod. By Zico)" (문)Mino, ZicoZico, PoptimeKang Seung-yoon, Mino (Winner)03:21
2."The Door (Prod. By Zico)" (Inst.) Zico, Poptime 03:21
Total length:06:42

Part 3[edit]

1."Like A Dream" (꿈만 같아)DGGDGGPark Bo-ram03:02
2."Like A Dream" (Inst.) DGG 03:02
Total length:06:04

Part 4[edit]

1."Bravo, My Life!"Jong-jin KimJong-jin KimEric Nam04:05
2."Bravo, My Life!" (Inst.) Jong-jin Kim 04:05
Total length:08:10

Part 5[edit]

1."Would Be Better" (좋았을걸)HeizeHeize, DAVIIHeize03:40
2."Would Be Better" (Inst.) Heize, DAVII 03:40
Total length:07:20

Part 6[edit]

1."Nostalgia (Prod. by Woogie)" (향수)Woo Won-jaeWoogieWoo Won-jae03:21
2."Nostalgia (Prod. by Woogie)" (Inst.) Woogie 03:21
Total length:06:42

Part 7[edit]

1."No Problem" (괜찮아)Shim Jae-hee, PrimeboiPrimeboiCNU, Baro (B1A4)03:33
2."No Problem" (Inst.) Primeboi 03:33
Total length:07:06

Part 8[edit]

1."That's The Way It Goes (ft. Kim Min-jae (REAL.BE))" (다이런거지뭐)DAVIIDAVIIDAVII03:49
2."That's The Way It Goes" (Inst.) DAVII 03:49
Total length:07:38

Part 9[edit]

1."Those Days (Without You)" (하루일과)Zion.TZion.T, Slom, PeejayZion.T03:05
2."Those Days (Without You)" (Inst.) Zion.T, Slom, Peejay 03:05
Total length:06:10

Part 10[edit]

1."How Strange" (희한하네)Rhythm PowerTopic Of ChanganRhythm Power03:23
2."How Strange" (Inst.) Topic Of Changan 03:23
Total length:06:46

Commercial performance[edit]

Chart performance
Title Year Peak Sales Remarks
"The Door" () 2017 Part 2
"Would Be Better" (좋았을걸) 22 Part 5
"Nostalgia" (향수) 93 Part 6
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[14] TNmS[15]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide
1 November 22, 2017 4.638% 4.816% 5.1%
2 November 23, 2017 5.381% 5.900% 5.1%
3 November 29, 2017 4.698% 5.336% 4.9%
4 November 30, 2017 5.468% 6.644% 5.3%
5 December 6, 2017 5.612% 6.518% 5.7%
6 December 7, 2017 5.847% 6.260% 6.2%
7 December 13, 2017 6.388% 6.942% 7.1%
8 December 14, 2017 6.774% 7.409% 7.0%
9 December 20, 2017 7.313% 8.376% 7.4%
10 December 21, 2017 7.910% 8.809% 7.7%
11 January 3, 2018 9.095% 10.139% 8.7%
12 January 4, 2018 9.393% 10.511% 9.6%
13 January 10, 2018 10.142% 11.077% 10.2%
14 January 11, 2018 10.615% 11.531% 11.3%
15 January 17, 2018 10.477% 11.620% 10.9%
16 January 18, 2018 11.195% 12.299% 10.9%
Average 7.559% 8.386% 7.6%
Special December 27, 2017 5.110% 5.658% 5.3%
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 22nd Asian Television Awards Best Drama Series Prison Playbook Nominated
12th Korean Cable TV Awards Best Drama Won [16]
54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Director Shin Won-ho Nominated [17][18]
Best Supporting Actor Park Ho-san Won
Best New Actor Park Hae-soo Nominated
Best Screenplay Jung Bo-hoon Nominated
Most Popular Actor Jung Hae-in Won
6th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Park Hae-soo Nominated [19]
Best Supporting Actor Park Ho-san Won
2nd The Seoul Awards Nominated [20]
Best New Actor Park Hae-soo Won


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  2. ^ Prison Playbook '응답하라' 슬기로운 감빵생활! 171122 EP.0. YouTube (in Korean). tvN Drama. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Kim, Jin-seok. "[단독]정경호·박해수, tvN '슬기로운 감빵생활' 주인공". Naver (in Korean). Ilgan Sports. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Baek, Sol-mi. "tvN '슬기로운 감빵생활', 슬기롭지 않은 대본 보안". Naver (in Korean). Sports DongA. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Choi, Hye Won (November 8, 2017). <슬기로운 감빵생활> 압도적인 24人 캐릭터포스터 공개! (in Korean). iMBC.
  6. ^ Moon, Wan-sik. "신원호PD "'감옥' 드라마 가을 첫선..'응답' 내년 이후"(일문일답)". Naver (in Korean). Star News. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Jo, Hyeon-joo. "신원호 PD "감옥 소재 신작, 페이소스 있는 블랙코미디" (인터뷰)". Tenasia (in Korean). Korea Entertainment Media. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  8. ^ Kim, Ji-ho. 크리스탈, '감빵생활' 합류…17일 대본리딩 완료. Naver (in Korean). Dispatch. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  9. ^ Kim, Yoon-ji. "어떻게 헤어져"…'슬기로운 감빵생활', 촬영 종료. Naver (in Korean). E Daily. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  10. ^ Gaon Digital Chart:
  11. ^ Cumulative sales for "The Door":
  12. ^ Cumulative sales for "Would Be Better":
  13. ^ Cumulative sales for "Nostalgia":
  14. ^ "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 June 1, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  15. ^ "TNMS 홈페이지에 오신 것을 환영합니다". TNmS (in Korean). Archived from the original on April 11, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  16. ^ "Winners Of The 2018 Korea Cable TV Awards". Soompi. 16 April 2018.
  17. ^ "[2018 백상예술대상 종합] tvN '비밀의 숲'·영화 '1987' 대상 영예+3·4관왕". Osen (in Korean). May 4, 2018.
  18. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). April 6, 2018.
  19. ^ "이병헌·손예진·아이유 APAN스타어워즈 노미네이트". Star News (in Korean). September 27, 2018.
  20. ^ ‘제2회 더 서울어워즈’ 10월27일 개최, 드라마-영화 각 부문별 후보공개. iMBC (in Korean). September 28, 2018.

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