7th Grade Civil Servant

7th Grade Civil Servant (Korean7급 공무원; Hanja七級 公務員; RR7geup Gongmuwon; MR7kŭp Kongmuwŏn) is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Choi Kang-hee and Joo Won as rookie spies who trained together, and later become NIS agents who must hide their real identities from each other even as they fall in love.[1][2][3][4][5][6] It aired on MBC from January 23 to March 28, 2013, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST) for 20 episodes.[7]

7th Grade Civil Servant
7th Grade Civil Servant-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for 7th Grade Civil Servant
Also known asLevel 7 Civil Servant
Class 7 Civil Servant
Hangul7급 공무원
Hanja七級 公務員
Revised Romanization7geup Gongmuwon
McCune–Reischauer7kŭp Kongmuwŏn
Genre
Based onMy Girlfriend Is an Agent
by Chun Sung-il
Written byChun Sung-il
Directed by
  • Kim Sang-hyup
  • Oh Hyun-jong
Starring
ComposerPark Se-jun
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producerPark Hong-gyun
ProducerKim Jung-hwan
Production locations
Cinematography
  • Hong Sung-wook
  • Yoon Kwon-soo
EditorLee Taek-joo
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
  • Appletree Pictures
  • Curtain Call Production
Release
Original networkMBC TV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 23 (2013-01-23) –
March 28, 2013 (2013-03-28)
Chronology
Related showsMy Girlfriend Is An Agent (2009)
External links
Website

The series is a remake of the 2009 film My Girlfriend Is An Agent.[8] Early working titles were "Secret Agent War" and "The Secret Lovers".[9][10]

PlotEdit

Love and espionage collide in this drama of the National Intelligence Service's rookie agents. Han Gil-ro (Joo Won) realizes his dream of becoming an international man of mystery, after a childhood spent poring over James Bond films. Kim Seo-won (Choi Kang-hee) spices things up as a goofy, yet determined agent, but it's not all 007 glamor. Both Gil-ro and Seo-won must learn what it takes to uphold their sworn duty, even at the sacrifice of their happiness — and lives.

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings (%)[20] AGB Nielsen (%)[21]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 January 23, 2013 12.8% 15.6% 12.7% 14.6%
2 January 24, 2013 14.0% 16.0% 14.5% 16.9%
3 January 30, 2013 16.0% 18.1% 15.9% 18.1%
4 January 31, 2013 15.8% 18.8% 15.2% 17.2%
5 February 6, 2013 17.1% 20.1% 16.0% 17.7%
6 February 7, 2013 14.9% 16.8% 14.3% 16.0%
7 February 13, 2013 13.3% 14.0% 12.7% 13.3%
8 February 14, 2013 13.8% 15.1% 12.1% 13.2%
9 February 20, 2013 12.6% 12.9% 12.5% 13.8%
10 February 21, 2013 12.4% 13.1% 11.4% 12.5%
11 February 27, 2013 11.8% 13.2% 10.0% 10.7%
12 February 28, 2013 11.0% 11.8% 10.6% 11.8%
13 March 6, 2013 10.0% 10.6% 9.2% 10.8%
14 March 7, 2013 9.9% 11.3% 9.9% 10.8%
15 March 13, 2013 8.8% 9.3% 7.9% 8.8%
16 March 14, 2013 9.0% 8.8% 8.5% 9.1%
17 March 20, 2013 9.3% 10.9% 9.8% 10.9%
18 March 21, 2013 9.5% 10.8% 8.4% 9.0%
19 March 27, 2013 7.9% 8.4% 7.5% 7.7%
20 March 28, 2013 9.0% 9.4% 8.4% 8.6%
Average 12.0% 13.2% 11.4% 12.6%

Original soundtrackEdit

7th Grade Civil Servant OST
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedMarch 6, 2013 (2013-03-06)
GenrePop, K-pop, soundtrack, R&B
LabelPony Canyon Korea

Part 1Edit

Released on January 23, 2013 (2013-01-23)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."너에게 가는 길" (My Way to You)2PM Junho feat. Taecyeon3:25
2."너에게 가는 길" (Inst.)2PM Junho feat. Taecyeon3:25
Total length:6:50

Part 2Edit

Released on February 6, 2013 (2013-02-06)
No.TitleArtistLength
3."꽃이 핀다" (Flowers Bloom)Park Ji-hun of V.O.S4:09
4."Stranger"Big Baby Driver2:34
5."꽃이 핀다" (Inst.)Park Ji-hun of V.O.S4:09
6."Stranger" (Inst.)Big Baby Driver2:34
Total length:13:26

Part 3Edit

Released on February 14, 2013 (2013-02-14)
No.TitleArtistLength
7."I'll Be There for You"Led Apple Hanbyul4:14
8."말하지 그랬어" (You Should've Told Me)SpinEL (스피넬)4:50
9."I'll Be There for You" (Inst.)Led Apple Hanbyul4:14
10."말하지 그랬어" (Inst.)SpinEL (스피넬)4:50
Total length:18:08

Part 4Edit

Released on February 20, 2013 (2013-02-20)
No.TitleArtistLength
8."어떡해" (What To Do?)Melody Day3:48
9."사랑할 줄 몰라서" (Don't Know How to Love)Ash Gray2:52
10."어떡해" (Inst.)Melody Day3:48
11."사랑할 줄 몰라서" (Inst.)Ash Gray2:52
Total length:13:20

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013
Baeksang Arts Awards
Most Popular Actor (TV) Hwang Chansung Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV) Choi Kang-hee Nominated
MBC Drama Awards[22]
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Choi Kang-hee Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Joo Won Won

International broadcastEdit

  • Japan: Aired on KNTV beginning March 30, 2013.[23]
  • Indonesia: Aired on B-Channel.[citation needed]
  • Malaysia: Aired on TV9.
  • Thailand: Aired on workpointTV.
  • Philippines: Aired on Net 25 beginning February 3, 2014.
  • Singapore: Aired on VV Drama beginning June 20, 2015. Also aired on Mediacorp Channel U beginning April 9, 2016.

ReferencesEdit

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  17. ^ Ko, Hong-ju (April 21, 2013). "Interview: Joo Won Talks about His Three Years of Growth". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  18. ^ Ho, Stewart (October 31, 2012). "2PM Chansung Joins Joo Won, Choi Kang Hee for Story of a Secret Man, Woman". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
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  21. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". Nielsen Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
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