What's Wrong with Secretary Kim

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What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
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Promotional poster
Also known asWhat's Wrong, Secretary Kim
김비서가 왜 그럴까
Revised RomanizationGimbiseoga Wae Geureolkka
GenreRomantic comedy
Based onWhy Secretary Kim
by Jung Kyung-yoon [ko]
Developed byStudio Dragon
Written byJung Eun-young
Directed byPark Joon-hwa
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes16
Executive producers
  • Jang Jeong-do
  • Moon Suk-hwan
  • Oh Kwang-hee
ProducerLee Young-ok
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time62–76 minutes
Production companyBon Factory Worldwide
Original networktvN
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 2.0
Original releaseJune 6 (2018-06-06) –
July 26, 2018 (2018-07-26)

What's Wrong with Secretary Kim (Korean김비서가 왜 그럴까) is a 2018 South Korean television series starring Park Seo-joon and Park Min-young. It is based on the novel of the same title by Jung Kyung-yoon which was first published in 2013, which was then serialized into a Webtoon comic by KakaoPage in 2015.[1] The series aired on tvN from June 6 to July 26, 2018, on Wednesdays and Thursdays for 16 episodes.[2][3][4]


Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-joon) is the vice-chairman of a major corporation. His world is shaken when, one day, his highly-capable secretary, Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young), announces that she will resign from her position after working for Lee Young-joon for nine years. Young-joon then decided to do whatever he can after talking to his best friend, who happens to be a board director in his company, to make sure Mi-so stays by his side.

Throughout the journey, Lee Young-joon plans plenty of things while Kim Mi-so decides to find the elusive man from a past traumatic experience that she was a part of when she was a young child. Kim Mi-so falls in love with Lee Young-joon as they heal each other of their past traumatic experiences.



Vice-chairman of Yumyung Group. He is handsome and capable, but his narcissism makes it difficult for Mi-so to work with him. He realized his feelings towards Mi-so after realizing that he might lose her. He can be jealous of Mi-so when she is with his brother or with someone other than him. At one point in his life, he suffered PTSD.
A highly skilled secretary who has worked with Young-joon for nine years. She soon reciprocates Young-joon's feelings after realizing that he was a part of her childhood.


Lee Young-joon's family
  • Lee Tae-hwan as Lee Sung-yeon / Morpheus[10]
    • Bae Gang-yoo as 11-year-old Lee Sung-yeon
Young-joon's older brother and a famous author. He has a crush on Mi-so.
Young-joon and Sung-yeon's father. Chairman of Yumyung Group.
Young-joon and Sung-yeon's mother.
Kim Mi-so's family
Mi-so's oldest sister who is a psychiatrist.
  • Heo Sun-mi as Kim Mal-hee[13]
Mi-so's second oldest sister who is a urologist.
Mi-so's father who is a rock musician.
Yumyung Group
President of Yumyung Group, the second-in-command after the vice-chairman. Young-joon's best friend back from university. He is Young-joon's confidant and provides him with much advice drawn from personal experience. He is still in love with his ex-wife.
A deputy in Yumyung Group who later transfers to Chi-in's group. He is known for his handsome looks, elite education, being a workaholic, and extreme frugality.
The rookie secretary to the vice-chairman, being groomed to replace Mi-so who has announced her resignation.
Yoo-sik's secretary who is clumsy and careless, often comparing unfavorably to Mi-so.
A section head in Chi-in's team, who initially coveted the open position of secretary to the vice-chairman, and initially had a crush on Gwi-nam.
A team leader in the vice-chairman's office, who frequently organizes after-work gatherings.
A member of Chi-in's team, who has a strict adherence to dieting.
A member of Chi-in's team, who is bespectacled and brags about his university education.[16]
A secretary and chauffeur to the vice-chairman, he is a man of few words. He ends up bailing out Se-ra several times.

Special appearances[edit]



Much of the visual styling of the series protagonists have referenced the comic version's cues, including clothing designs and reenacting the comic cover for the drama's promotional stills and images.[22]

The first script reading was held on April 10, 2018, at Studio Dragon in Sangam-dong, Seoul, South Korea.[23]

Maserati Korea provided the cars of Lee Young-joon, Lee Sung-yeon and Yumyong Group. The cars featured in the show include a Maserati Ghibli (driven by Yoo-sik),[24] a Maserati Levante (driven by Sung-yeon),[25] a Maserati GranCabrio (driven by Young-joon), and a Maserati Quattroporte (driven by Young-joon).[26][27]


The press conference for the drama was held on May 30, 2018, at the Times Square in Seoul with the attendance of the main cast and crew.[28][29][30]

Original soundtrack[edit]

What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
LabelBon Factory Worldwide, kakao M
ProducerMoon Seok-hwan, Oh Kwang-hee

Part 1[edit]

Released on June 14, 2018 (2018-06-14)
1."Love Virus"ZigZag Note, Kim Myeong-shinZigZag Note, Kim Myeong-shinKihyun (Monsta X), SeolA (Cosmic Girls)03:27
2."Love Virus (Inst.)" ZigZag Note, Kim Myeong-shin 03:27
Total length:06:54

Part 2[edit]

Released on June 20, 2018 (2018-06-20)
1."It's You"Good Choice, YodaKim Se-jin, MidnightJeong Se-woon03:39
2."It's You (Inst.)" Kim Se-jin, Midnight 03:39
Total length:07:18

Part 3[edit]

Released on June 21, 2018 (2018-06-21)
1."Wanna Be"ZigZag NoteZigZag NoteGFriend03:09
2."Wanna Be (Inst.)" ZigZag Note 03:09
Total length:06:18

Part 4[edit]

Released on June 27, 2018 (2018-06-27)
1."Just A Little Bit More" (조금만 더)ZigZag Note, Kim Young-sung, Good ChoiceZigZag Note, Kim Young-sungJinho (Pentagon), Rothy03:25
2."Just A Little Bit More (Inst.)" (조금만 더 (Inst.)) ZigZag Note, Kim Young-sung 03:25
Total length:06:50

Part 5[edit]

Released on June 28, 2018 (2018-06-28)
1."Because I Only See You" (그대만 보여서)Good Choice, Red SocksRed SocksKim Na-young03:40
2."Because I Only See You (Inst.)" (그대만 보여서 (Inst.)) Red Socks 03:40
Total length:07:20

Part 6[edit]

Released on July 4, 2018 (2018-07-04)
1."Why Am I Like This" (왜 이럴까)Moon Sung-nam, Im Joo-yeonMoon Sung-nam, Im Joo-yeonLee Da-yeon02:40
2."Why Am I Like This (Inst.)" (왜 이럴까 (Inst.)) Moon Sung-nam, Im Joo-yeon 02:40
Total length:05:20

Part 7[edit]

Released on July 5, 2018 (2018-07-05)
1."In The End" (토로)Kang Myeong-shin, ZigZag Note, Noh Eun-jongZigZag Note, Noh Eun-jongYun Ddan Ddan04:25
2."In The End (Inst.)" (토로 (Inst.)) ZigZag Note, Noh Eun-jong 04:25
Total length:08:50

Part 8[edit]

Released on July 12, 2018 (2018-07-12)
1."Words Being Said For The First Time" (처음 하는 말)Good ChoiceKim Se-jin, MidnightSong Yuvin (Myteen)03:56
2."Words Being Said For The First Time (Inst.)" (처음 하는 말 (Inst.)) Kim Se-jin, Midnight 03:56
Total length:07:52
Disc 2:
1."Secretary (Opening Theme)"Various Artists1:49
2."Alsong Big Band"Various Artists1:53
3."Art of Love"Various Artists3:02
4."Baby Elephant"Various Artists2:17
5."Big Bean"Various Artists2:28
6."Edge"Various Artists2:08
7."Funny Sunny"Various Artists1:26
8."Gaint Food"Various Artists1:43
9."Groove Company"Various Artists1:21
10."Kim Possible"Various Artists1:47
11."Lonely Boss"Various Artists1:59
12."Lovely Girl"Various Artists1:31
13."Loving You"Various Artists3:19
14."Mad Walk"Various Artists2:43
15."Man in Black"Various Artists2:43
16."New Recruit"Various Artists1:48
17."Nothing to Lose"Various Artists3:02
18."Old Story"Various Artists2:40
19."Pacific"Various Artists1:58
20."Squeeze"Various Artists1:29
21."Tambara"Various Artists1:46
22."Think Srtings"Various Artists3:04
23."Tempest"Various Artists2:36
24."Why Brass Mind"Various Artists3:32
25."Why Chomic Lim"Various Artists2:40
26."Why Slow Piano Mode"Various Artists3:21
Total length:58:05


What's Wrong with Secretary Kim : South Korea viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Media Research.[31]
Average TV viewership ratings
Ep. Original broadcast date Title Average audience share
Nielsen Korea[31] TNmS
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide
1 June 6, 2018 I Want to Pick Up My Life Now 5.757% 6.446% 6.3%
2 June 7, 2018 She Just Doesn't Want to Get Married 5.403% 5.529% 5.6%
3 June 13, 2018 Go on a Date 6.950% 8.252% 8.3%
4 June 14, 2018 I Come Back to Forgive You 6.379% 6.945% 6.3%
5 June 20, 2018 Ordinary Relationships 6.855% 7.500% 7.0%
6 June 21, 2018 What's Wrong with Vice Chairman Lee? 7.687% 8.554% 7.7%
7 June 27, 2018 Memories Should Stay Buried 7.281% 8.201% 8.5%
8 June 28, 2018 I Like You Too 8.120% 9.326% 8.3%
9 July 4, 2018 Let's Make it Official 7.767% 9.428% 8.8%
10 July 5, 2018 It Was You All Along 8.403% 9.545% 9.2%
11 July 11, 2018 Why Hold Back the Truth? 8.665% 10.565% 10.6%
12 July 12, 2018 I Don't Want to Waste Away Tonight 8.393% 10.052% 9.7%
13 July 18, 2018 Nothing Can Stop Us 7.673% 8.717% 8.7%
14 July 19, 2018 I Will Always Stay with You 8.100% 9.506% 9.2%
15 July 25, 2018 Wedding Bells 7.107% 7.725% 8.0%
16 July 26, 2018 What's Wrong with You, Kim Mi So? 8.602% 10.001% 9.8%
Average 7.446% 8.518% 8.3%
  • In the table above, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • This drama aired 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 11th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Park Seo-joon Nominated [32][33]
Excellence Award, Actor Hwang Chan-sung Won
Hallyu Star Award Won
Popular Character Award – Female Pyo Ye-jin Won
Best Original Soundtrack "Because I Only See You" (Kim Na-young) Nominated
6th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Park Seo-joon Won [34][35]
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Park Min-young Nominated
K-Star Award, Actor Park Seo-joon Nominated
K-Star Award, Actress Park Min-young Won
2019 14th Annual Soompi Awards Best Actress of the Year Park Min-young Won [36]
Best Actor of the Year Park Seo-joon Nominated
Best Couple Park Seo-joon and Park Min-young Nominated


  1. ^ When Lee Young-joon was 9 years old, at the time he was kidnapped, his name was Lee Sung-hyun. It was changed shortly after the kidnapping incident.
  2. ^ a b The character appears in a short crossover scene, alluding Director Park Joon-hwa's previous work Because This Is My First Life (2017) where the character originally appears.


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