What's Wrong with Secretary Kim

What's Wrong with Secretary Kim? (Korean김비서가 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 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]

What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known asWhy Secretary Kim
Hangul김비서가 왜 그럴까
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 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 time62-76 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

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


The plot 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. Young-joon will do whatever he can to make sure Mi-so stays by his side.



  • Park Seo-joon as Lee Young-joon / Lee Sung-hyun ( Ivan Lee in the Philippines) [5][6]
    • Moon Woo-jin as 9-year-old Lee Young-joon[7]
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 realized his feelings towards Mi-so after realizing that he might lose her. He owns two Maseratis.
  • Park Min-young as Kim Mi-so (Mariel Kim in the Philippines) [8][9]
    • Kim Ji-yoo as 5-year-old Kim Mi-so
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 FamilyEdit

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 FamilyEdit

  • 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 GroupEdit

Director of Yumyeon Group. Young-joon's best friend. He is Young-joon's confidante and provides him with much advice drawn from personal experience. He is still in love with his ex-wife.
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. She is intended to replace Mi-so when she resigns. In some parts of the show, she is seen working alongside Mi-so.
Yoo-sik's secretary, who has a clumsy personality.


  • 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)
  • 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 appearancesEdit

  • 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)
  • Gil Hae-yeon as woman at reserved parking space (Ep. 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.[citation needed]

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.[24][25][26]

Original soundtrackEdit

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

Part 1Edit

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 2Edit

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 3Edit

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 4Edit

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 5Edit

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 6Edit

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 7Edit

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 8Edit

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


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

Ep. Original broadcast date Title Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[27] 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%
  • 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 nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 11th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Park Seo-joon Nominated [28][29]
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 [30][31]
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 [32]
Best Actor of the Year Park Seo-joon Nominated
Best Couple Park Seo-joon and Park Min-young Nominated

International broadcastEdit

Country Network(s)/Station(s) Series premiere Title
  South Korea tvN (original) June 6, 2018 - July 26, 2018 (tvN水木連續劇) 김비서가 왜 그럴까
  Sri Lanka The drama is available to stream on-demand on Iflix with Sinhalese and English subtitles. During its original run (June 7, 2018 - July 27, 2018), 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
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 8, 9, 11, 12, 12:20 - 16:10 (3 episodes), August 10, 12:20 - 17:35 (4 episodes)) What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
  Philippines ABS-CBN.[35] The drama is available to stream on-demand on Iflix and Viu with subtitles. (September 24, 2018 – November 9, 2018 - (Every Monday to Friday at 22:00)) What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?
Asianovela Channel (March 18, 2019 – April 25, 2019 - (Every Monday to Friday at 09:00 with replays at 14:00 and 19:00 including Weekend at 15:00 – 17:00))
  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 Trans TV with Indonesian subtitles. January 28, 2019 - February 15, 2019 (Every Monday - Friday at 18.00 - 19.30.)
  Chile ETC with Spanish subtitles. May 27, 2019 – present (Every Monday - Friday at 22:00 - 23:00.) ¿Qué le ocurre a la secretaria Kim?

Bangladesh - iflix with English subtitles and Bengali dubbed exclusively.


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