What's Wrong with Secretary Kim

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What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known asWhy Secretary Kim
Hangul김비서가 왜 그럴까
GenreRomance 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 language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Executive producer(s)
  • Jang Jeong-do
  • Moon Suk-hwan
  • Oh Kwang-hee
Producer(s)Lee Young-ok
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60-70 minutes
Production company(s)Bon Factory Worldwide
Original networktvN
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJune 6 (2018-06-06) –
July 26, 2018 (2018-07-26)
External links
Production website

What's Wrong with Secretary Kim? (Hangul김비서가 왜 그럴까; RRKimbiseoga wae geureolkka) 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 [ko] which was first published in 2013, which was then serialized into a comic in 2015 via KakaoPage.[1] The series aired on tvN from June 6 to July 26, 2018, on Wednesdays and Thursdays for 16 episodes.[2][3][4]

It is one of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history.

The drama is the most search Korean language drama of 2018 on Google(Google's #1 trending TV show) in South Korea and #3 in Taiwan.


Revolves around the ambitious Vice Chairman of a major corporation, Lee Young-joon, and his highly capable secretary, Kim Mi-so. Misunderstandings arise when she announces that she will resign from her position, after working for Lee Young-joon for nine years.



President and Vice Chairman of Yumyeong Group. He is handsome and capable, but his narcissism makes it difficult for Mi-so to work with him.He later on develops strong feelings towards Mi-so after realizing that he might lose her.
A highly skilled and beautiful 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[edit]

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 Yumyeon Group.
Young-joon and Sung-yeon's mother.

Kim Mi-so's Family[edit]

  • Baek Eun-hye as Kim Pil-nam, Mi-so's oldest sister
  • Heo Sun-mi as Kim Mal-hee, Mi-so's second oldest sister[13]
  • Jo Deok-hyun as Kim Young-man, Mi-so's father

Yumyeon Group[edit]

Director of Yumyeon Group. Young-joon's best friend. Provides Young-joon with much advice.
Employee of Yumyeon Group. He is known for his handsome looks, elite education, being a workaholic, and extreme frugality.
A rookie secretary under Mi-so.
Yoo-sik's secretary, who has a clumsy personality.
  • Hwang Bo-ra as Bong Se-ra[15]
  • Lee Yoo-joon as Jung Chi-in[16]
  • Lee Jung-min as Lee Young-ok[16]
  • Kim Jung-woon as Park Joon-hwan[16]
  • Kang Hong-suk as Yang Cheol[16]
  • Bae Hyun-sung as Intern Staff


  • Hong Ji-yoon as Oh Ji-ran[17]
  • Choi Na-mu as woman at the Spanish Embassy party (Ep. 1)
  • Shin Joo-yeon as Kim Mi-so's friend (Ep. 1)
  • Kim Hyun-joo as woman who Lee Sung-yeon gave a hat to at airplane (Ep. 3)
  • Lee Do-yeon as a reporter who interviewed Morpheus (Ep. 4)
  • Lee Chang as center director of the Art Center (Ep. 4)
  • Jung Soo-young as agency staff (Ep. 9)
  • Choi Hyun-woo as Magician (Ep. 10)

Special appearance[edit]

  • Park Byung-eun as Park Byung-eun, the man who Kim Mi-so met in a blind date (Ep. 3)[18]
  • Seo Hyo-rim as Choi Seo-jin, Park Yoo-sik's ex-wife (Ep. 9, 11, 12 & 16)[19]
  • Lee Min-ki as young Mi-so's father (Ep. 10)[20]
  • Jung So-min as young Mi-so's mother (Ep. 10)[20]
  • Son Sung-yoon as kidnapper (Ep. 11 & 12)
  • Jung Yu-mi as Jung Yu-mi, a friend of Lee Young-joon (Ep. 14)[21]
  • Lee Byung-joon as wedding dress' designer (Ep. 16)


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] The drama will be produced by Bon Factory.[24]

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.[25][26][27]

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


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

Ep. Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[28] TNmS
Nationwide Seoul
1 June 6, 2018 5.757% 6.446% 6.3%
2 June 7, 2018 5.403% 5.529% 5.6%
3 June 13, 2018 6.950% 8.252% 8.3%
4 June 14, 2018 6.379% 6.945% 6.3%
5 June 20, 2018 6.855% 7.500% 7.0%
6 June 21, 2018 7.687% 8.554% 7.7%
7 June 27, 2018 7.281% 8.201% 8.5%
8 June 28, 2018 8.120% 9.326% 8.3%
9 July 4, 2018 7.767% 9.428% 8.8%
10 July 5, 2018 8.403% 9.545% 9.2%
11 July 11, 2018 8.665% 10.565% 10.6%
12 July 12, 2018 8.393% 10.052% 9.7%
13 July 18, 2018 7.673% 8.717% 8.7%
14 July 19, 2018 8.100% 9.506% 9.2%
15 July 25, 2018 7.107% 7.725% 8.0%
16 July 26, 2018 8.602% 10.001% 9.8%
Average 7.446% 8.518% 8.3%
  • 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 11th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Park Seo-joon Nominated [29][30]
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 [31][32]
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

International broadcast[edit]

Country Network(s)/Station(s) Series premiere Title
South Korea South Korea TVN June 6, 2018 - July 26, 2018 (tvN水木連續劇) 김비서가 왜 그럴까
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka The drama is available to stream on-demand on Iflix with Sinhalese and English subtitles. During its original run, each episode of the drama was available to stream 24 hours after its original South Korean broadcast with Sinhalese and English subtitles.[33] What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
Malaysia Malaysia
Singapore Singapore
Indonesia Indonesia
TVN Asia in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia with subtitles.[34] June 7, 2018 - July 27, 2018 (Thursday, Friday 21:50 - 23:05 (UTC+8), August 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 12:20 - 16:10 (3 episodes), August 10th, 12:20 - 17:35 (4 episodes)) What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
Philippines Philippines ABS-CBN.[35] The drama is available to stream on-demand on Iflix with subtitles. (September 24, 2018 – November 9, 2018 - (Every Monday to Friday at 22:00)) What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
Thailand Thailand PPTV HD 36 September 5, 2018 - October 25, 2018 (Every Wednesday and Thursday at 20.15 - 21.15.) รักมั้ยนะ เลขาคิม (What's Wrong with Secretary Kim)
Indonesia Indonesia Trans TV with Indonesian subtitles. January 28, 2019 - February 15, 2019 (Every Monday - Friday at 18.00 - 19.30.)


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