Secret Love (South Korean TV series)

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Secret Love
Secret 2013-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Secret Love
Also known asSecret
Written byChoi Ho-chul
Yoo Bo-ra
Directed byLee Eung-bok
Baek Sang-hoon
StarringJi Sung
Hwang Jung-eum
Bae Soo-bin
Lee Da-hee
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Executive producer(s)Hwang Eui-kyung
Choi Kwan-yong
Hwang Chang-woo
Producer(s)Kim Jung-hyun
Park Woo-ram
Production location(s)Korea
Running time60 minutes on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s)Secret Love SPC
Content K
Original networkKorean Broadcasting System
Original release25 September (2013-09-25) – 14 November 2013 (2013-11-14)
Preceded byThe Blade and Petal
Followed byBel Ami
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Secret Love (Hangul비밀; RRBimil; lit. Secret) is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Hwang Jung-eum, Ji Sung, Bae Soo-bin and Lee Da-hee. It aired on KBS2 from September 25 to November 14, 2013, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.[1][2][3][4][5]


A rich "bad boy" falls in love with an innocent but tenacious woman who went to prison for her boyfriend's 'hit and run' murder. As the story unfolds, secrets begin to unravel.[6][7][8]


Main characters[edit]

She sacrifices her future by going to prison in place of her then-boyfriend, Do-hoon after he kills a woman in a hit-and-run accident. Refusing to give in to despair, she emerges from prison becoming a stronger woman who's determined to make a fresh start and live differently.
A second-generation chaebol who has everything but a good personality, he burns with revenge after the death of his girlfriend, who was killed in the hit and run accident. He later realises there is a whole different story to the original culprit, and falls in love with the seeming wrongest person to do so (Yoo-jung) as he realised her kindness in life.
Once a brilliant and righteous prosecutor, after his girlfriend went into prison instead of him, he transforms into an ambitious man, hungry for power.
She is engaged to Min-hyuk, and she has been buried in insecurity because of Min-hyuk's love to Ji-Hee (his deceased girlfriend), then to Yoo-jung as the story progresses.

Supporting characters[edit]


  • 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.
Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[11] AGB Nielsen[12]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 25 September 2013 4.7% (NR) 4.7% (NR) 5.3% (NR) 5.6% (NR)
2 26 September 2013 4.1% (NR) 4.3% (NR) 5.7% (NR) 5.9% (NR)
3 2 October 2013 6.2% (NR) 6.6% (NR) 7.2% (NR) 7.9% (19th)
4 3 October 2013 7.8% (18th) 9.1% (14th) 10.7% (11th) 12.7% (9th)
5 9 October 2013 10.6% (9th) 11.8% (7th) 12.4% (6th) 14.2% (4th)
6 10 October 2013 11.9% (9th) 13.1% (6th) 14.6% (3rd) 15.4% (3rd)
7 16 October 2013 12.4% (5th) 13.4% (5th) 15.1% (3rd) 16.2% (3rd)
8 17 October 2013 12.9% (6th) 14.6% (5th) 15.3% (3rd) 16.4% (3rd)
9 23 October 2013 13.0% (5th) 14.9% (4th) 15.3% (4th) 16.8% (3rd)
10 24 October 2013 13.8% (6th) 14.7% (6th) 16.3% (3rd) 18.4% (2nd)
11 30 October 2013 13.2% (6th) 15.9% (4th) 15.7% (3rd) 17.3% (3rd)
12 31 October 2013 14.6% (3rd) 17.2% (3rd) 16.7% (2nd) 18.8% (2nd)
13 6 November 2013 13.3% (5th) 15.5% (4th) 15.8% (4th) 16.9% (3rd)
14 7 November 2013 13.4% (6th) 15.6% (5th) 17.3% (3rd) 18.9% (2nd)
15 13 November 2013 13.3% (7th) 14.7% (5th) 17.4% (3rd) 18.6% (3rd)
16 14 November 2013 15.4% (4th) 18.0% (3rd) 18.9% (3rd) 20.6% (2nd)
Average 11.3% 12.8% 13.7% 15.0%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013 KBS Drama Awards[13] Top Excellence Award, Actor Ji Sung Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress Hwang Jung-eum Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Ji Sung Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Hwang Jung-eum Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Bae Soo-bin Won
Best Supporting Actress Lee Da-hee Won
Netizen Choice Award Hwang Jung-eum Won
Popularity Award Ji Sung Won
Bae Soo-bin Nominated
Hwang Jung-eum Nominated
Lee Da-hee Nominated
Best Couple Award Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-eum Won
Bae Soo-bin and Lee Da-hee Nominated
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Ji Sung Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV) Hwang Jung-eum Nominated
Best OST Tears Stole the Heart - Ailee Nominated
2nd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Outstanding Modern Drama Secret Love Won
7th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Hwang Jung-eum Nominated
3rd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Ji Sung Nominated

International broadcast[edit]


  1. ^ "Ji Sung plays a cold and cruel man who Hwang Jung-eum falls for!". KBS Global. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  2. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (12 August 2013). "Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum Attend Their First Script Reading for Secret". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  3. ^ Oh, Jean (11 September 2013). "Hwang Jung-eum ready for her close-up". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  4. ^ Lee, Cory (11 October 2013). "Secret Love Takes 1st Crown, The Inheritors and Medical Top Team Make Smooth Debut". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  5. ^ Lee, Cory (15 November 2013). "Secret Love Exits at the Top Places on TV Charts". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  6. ^ Lee, Eun-ah (6 August 2013). "Ji Sung, Hwang Jung-eum Cast in New Drama". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  7. ^ Lee, Sun-min (7 August 2013). "Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-eum team up in new drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  8. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (6 August 2013). "Ji Sung to Star in Secret with Hwang Jung Eum". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  9. ^ Lee, Sun-min (12 September 2013). "Ji Sung holds off wedding plans for drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
  10. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (7 August 2013). "Lee Da-hee to Join Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-eum's Drama". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  11. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-09-25.
  12. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-09-25.
  13. ^ Lee, Cory (2 January 2014). "Kim Hye-soo Reclaims Glory, Good Doctor, Secret Love Win Big at the 2013 KBS Drama Awards". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
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  15. ^ "Secret Love preems tonight on GMA 7". The Philippine Star. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  16. ^ "(KBS2 2013) ซ่อนรักซ่อนเร้น (Secret Love) ทาง true 4U ดิจิตอลทีวีช่อง 24 เริ่มศุกร์ 19 ธ.ค.นี้". 15 August 2015. Retrieved 2013-10-16. Thai: ภาษาไทย

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