Good Manager

Good Manager (Korean김과장; Hanja金科長; RRKimgwajang; lit. Chief Kim) is a South Korean television drama starring Namkoong Min, Nam Sang-mi, Lee Jun-ho and Jung Hye-sung. It aired on KBS2 from January 25 to March 30, 2017 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST) for 20 episodes.[1][2][3]

Good Manager
Chief Kim Poster.jpg
Promotional Poster
Also known asChief Kim
Created byKBS Drama Production
Written byPark Jae-bum
Directed by
  • Lee Jae-hoon
  • Choi Yoon-suk
Creative director(s)
  • Lee Seung-hoon
  • Choi Dong-sook
  • Hwang Dong-sub
  • Lee Sung-kyun
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes20
Executive producer(s)
  • Lee Eun-jin
  • Choi Jun-ho
Production location(s)Seoul & Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • Wi Chang-suk
  • Kim Pil-seung
  • Kim Mi-kyung
  • Lee Min-kyung
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60 mins
Production company(s)Logos Film
Original networkKBS2
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJanuary 25 (2017-01-25) –
March 30, 2017 (2017-03-30)
External links


Kim Sung-ryong, a Certified Public Accountant who becomes a middle manager at TQ Group company to embezzle a large sum of money ends up fighting for his employees' fundamental rights.[4]



Kim Sung-ryong used to be a small-time accountant from Gunsan, a small city in North Jeolla Province, working for a mobster. He was investigated every year for accounting fraud and tax evasion but is proven innocent every time. Then, he got accepted to TQ as the chief of Business Operations Department.
A strong and ethical woman. She is the assistant manager of TQ's Business Operations Department.
Seo Yul used to be an ace prosecutor until the chairman of the TQ group appointed him to be the Director for Finance.
Police officer in undercover as intern of the Accounting department who was hired as a spy by a prosecutor, Seo Yul's rival.


TQ Group Business Operation DepartmentEdit

People at TQ GroupEdit

People at Seoul Central District ProsecutorsEdit

  • Jung Mun-sung as Han Dong-hoon
  • Nam Sung-joon as Lee Suk-soo

People at GunsanEdit


  • Lee Sung-uk
  • Park Kwang-jae
  • Jeon Ye-seo
  • Nam Sang-baek
  • Choi Kyu-shik
  • Choi Jae-sub
  • Eom Ji-man
  • Jo Jae-won
  • Heo Sun-haeng
  • Lee Yoon-sang

Special appearancesEdit


Original soundtrackEdit

Good Manager
OST Album
Soundtrack album
LanguageKorean, English
LabelLOEN Entertainment, The Groove Company
ProducerHwang Dong-sub, Lee Sung-kyun (The Groove)

Part 1Edit

1."Must Be The Money"
  • Kim Sung-tae
  • Choi Hye-sun
2."Must Be The Money" (Inst.) 
  • Kim Sung-tae
  • Choi Hye-sun
Total length:06:28

Part 2Edit

1."How It Happens"Drew Ryan Scott
  • Drew Ryan Scott
  • Ping
After Romeo03:37
2."How It Happens" (Inst.) 
  • Drew Ryan Scott
  • Ping
Total length:07:14

Part 3Edit

1."Starlight Falling Night" (별빛이 쏟아지는 밤)Hwang Yong-juHwang Yong-juSong Yuvin MYTEEN03:29
2."Starlight Falling Night" (Inst.) Hwang Yong-ju 03:29
Total length:06:58

Part 4Edit

1."Will You Love Me"
  • Lee Shin-sung
  • ZigZag Note
  • ZigZag Note
  • Kim Young-sung
GB9, Kim So-hee04:14
2."Will You Love Me" (Inst.) 
  • ZigZag Note
  • Kim Young-sung
Total length:08:30

Part 5Edit

1."Roller Coaster" (롤러코스터)Kim Sung-tae
  • Kim Sung-tae
  • Lee Gun-woo
2."Roller Coaster" (Inst.) 
  • Kim Sung-tae
  • Lee Gun-woo
Total length:06:28

Part 6Edit

1."Dream" (꿈을 꾼다)
  • B.O.K
  • E-QLO
  • Seo Yeong-eun
  • B.O.K
  • E-QLO
Seo Yeong-eun04:44
2."Dream" (Inst.) 
  • B.O.K
  • E-QLO
Total length:09:28

Part 7Edit

1."Unbelievable"Lee Seung-woo
  • Lee Seung-woo
  • In Young-hun
  • Edison
2."Unbelievable" (Inst.) 
  • Lee Seung-woo
  • In Young-hun
  • Edison
Total length:07:22

Part 8Edit

1."That's Right" (그래)Kim Sung-tae
  • Lee Gun-woo
  • Kim Sung-tae
2."That's Right" (Inst.) 
  • Lee Gun-woo
  • Kim Sung-tae
Total length:07:10


Despite competing against big-budget drama Saimdang, Light's Diary in the same time slot and having no big-name stars, the drama managed to top ratings during its run and enjoyed explosive popularity.[11] It received positive reviews for its punchy and satirical lines on the corrupt corporate owners and the society, which resonated with the viewers; and the multifaceted performance of lead actor Namkoong Min, whose perfect amalgamation of character creation and acting saves “Good Manager” from what could have been an average office crime comedy.[12] Korea Times said that the drama "has the ability to tell uncomfortable stories (story of embezzlement cases, mass layoffs and other societal issues regarding fierce competition) in a witty way".[13]


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
TNmS[14] AGB Nielsen[15]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 January 25, 2017 6.6% (19th) 7.1% (19th) 7.8% (17th) 7.7% (15th)
2 January 26, 2017 6.3% (20th) 6.5% (18th) 7.2% (18th) 7.2% (15th)
3 February 1, 2017 11.7% (7th) 13.3% (4th) 12.8% (5th) 12.8% (5th)
4 February 2, 2017 11.5% (7th) 13.3% (4th) 13.8% (4th) 14.1% (4th)
5 February 8, 2017 13.2% (4th) 15.5% (4th) 15.5% (4th) 15.8% (4th)
6 February 9, 2017 12.1% (6th) 12.9% (4th) 16.7% (4th) 17.6% (3rd)
7 February 15, 2017 13.1% (4th) 15.0% (4th) 16.1% (4th) 16.3% (4th)
8 February 16, 2017 13.7% (4th) 15.6% (4th) 17.6% (4th) 17.3% (4th)
9 February 22, 2017 15.5% (4th) 16.2% (4th) 17.8% (3rd) 18.0% (3rd)
10 February 23, 2017 15.2% (4th) 15.6% (4th) 17.2% (4th) 17.3% (3rd)
11 March 1, 2017 15.6% (4th) 17.0% (3rd) 18.4% (3rd) 19.2% (3rd)
12 March 2, 2017 16.3% (4th) 17.8% (3rd) 18.4% (3rd) 18.5% (3rd)
13 March 8, 2017 15.3% (4th) 16.2% (4th) 16.8% (4th) 16.8% (4th)
14 March 9, 2017 14.3% (4th) 14.9% (4th) 17.1% (4th) 16.9% (3rd)
15 March 15, 2017 14.6% (4th) 16.1% (3rd) 18.4% (4th) 19.1% (3rd)
16 March 16, 2017 16.2% (4th) 18.1% (3rd) 17.1% (4th) 17.6% (3rd)
17 March 22, 2017 17.4% (4th) 19.7% (4th) 17.4% (4th) 17.5% (4th)
18 March 23, 2017 16.0% (4th) 17.3% (3rd) 17.0% (4th) 17.5% (3rd)
19 March 29, 2017 17.0% (4th) 18.6% (3rd) 16.9% (4th) 16.8% (4th)
20 March 30, 2017 18.0% (4th) 18.7% (3rd) 17.2% (4th) 17.8% (3rd)
Average 14.0% 15.3% 15.9% 16.1%

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Actor Namkoong Min Nominated
44th Korean Broadcasting Awards
Actor Award Won
10th Korea Drama Awards
Best Drama Good Manager Nominated
Best Production Director Lee Jang-soo Won
Best Screenplay Lee Eun-jin Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor Namkoong Min Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress Lee Il-hwa Won
Best Original Soundtrack DinDin (Must Be The Money) Won
1st The Seoul Awards
Best Actor Namkoong Min Nominated
2nd Asia Artist Awards
Best Artist Won
Best Celebrity Lee Jun-ho Won
31st KBS Drama Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actor Namkoong Min Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Lee Jun-ho Won
Namkoong Min Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Nam Sang-mi Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Dong Ha Nominated
Kim Won-hae Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Lee Il-hwa Won
Jung Hye-sung Won
Seo Jeong-yeon Nominated
Best New Actor Kim Seon-ho Nominated
Lee Jun-ho Nominated
Best New Actress Im Hwa-young Nominated
Netizen Award – Male Namkoong Min Nominated
Lee Jun-ho Nominated
Best Couple Award Namkoong Min & Nam Sang-mi Nominated
Namkoong Min & Lee Jun-ho Won
30th Korea Producer Awards
Best Drama Good Manager Won

International broadcastEdit

  • In Global, The Drama started airing on KBS World From 26 January (Korea Telecast Next Day) to March 31, 2017.
  • In Vietnam, the drama started airing on HTV2 from February 17 to March 30, 2017.[16]
  • In Hong Kong, the drama started airing on now Entertainment starting May 11 to June 7, 2017.[17]
  •   Philippines - the drama started airing on GMA News TV from October 30 to December 6, 2019 as The Good Manager.[18]
  • In India, the Drama will aired on StarPlus as Achchhe prabandhak pramukh kim and Star Vijay as Nalla mēlāḷar talaivar kim


It was announced on March 24, 2017 that KBS Media will publish a book titled "Chief Kim's Work Book" set to be released in April related to the drama that will contain great tips for work life. The book will feature the drama's best scenes, best lines, and all of the illustrated episode endings. The illustrations will be drawn by webtoon artist Yang Kyung-soo, who partnered with the drama to create the ending scenes for each episode. This project is the first collaboration between a drama and a webtoon.[19]


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