What's Wrong with Secretary Kim

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]

What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
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Promotional poster
Also known asWhat's Wrong, Secretary Kim
Hangul김비서가 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)


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 appearancesEdit



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 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
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
AGB Nielsen[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%
  • 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 nominationsEdit

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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