what’s wrong with secretary Kim? | thoughts on TV

what's wrong with secretary kimWhat’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? (2018)
Country: South Korea
I watched it on Viki
Episodes: 16
Rating: ★★★★★ – a new favorite

The series revolves around the narcissistic Lee Young Joon, the vice president of a company run by his family. He is very self-absorbed and thinks highly of himself, so much that he barely acknowledges the people around him. Lee Young Joon has a capable and patient secretary in Kim Mi So who has remained by his side and worked diligently for 9 years without any romantic involvement. However, Mi So now want to set her life & focus on herself so when she decides to resign from her job, hilarious misunderstandings ensue. After 9 years of their strictly-workplace relationship, can it now develop in something more?

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I’m back with another ‘thoughts on TV’ post, which are my mini reviews on movies or TV shows. So far, they’ve mostly been K-drama reviews because a) I love them and have been watching more and more of them in the past year and b) they tend to only have one season which makes it easy to watch and review them. Today, I’m talking about a show I watched in January but was released in 2018, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? 

Let’s start with everything I liked about this show!

⭐️ the reason Mi So decided to quit her job. I know that seems like a weird thing to love about a show, but it’s the first thing that struck me about this series. The reason is revealed pretty early on, and it’s just so wholesome. I love that it’s not about her being in love with her boss, or any other romance-related reasons. She did what she had to do for the past decade, and now she’s doing what she wants to do.

⭐️ the ridiculous level of narcissism. Young Joon was so narcissistic it became hilarious. It’s absolutely ridiculous, and made me laugh out loud so often. He just couldn’t fathom she left for reasons that didn’t revolve around him. I mean, everything revolves around him, right?

⭐️ the chemistry between the leads. I loved this ship. Honestly, both Park Seo-joon and Park Min Young are incredibly attractive, and they seem to work well together. They didn’t seem uncomfortable with one another (as I’ve seen in other TV shows), and I found their fictional romance quite believable.

⭐️ the fact that they’ve known each other for so long before falling in love. Can I just say thank you for another drama that isn’t a I-just-met-you-but-love-you one? I do love watching shows with meet-cutes, but I have an intense appreciation for couples with backstories. Yes, their relationship was professional in this case, but you can’t work so closely together with someone for 9 years without getting to know the person.

⭐️ literally everything. Yes, you heard it right. I loved What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, and know it’ll end up on my favorite dramas list.


Have you watched this K-drama? What did you think of it? Do you have any recommendations for me? This was my first time seeing Park Seo-joon or Park Min Young as leads in a show, but I’ll definitely be watching some of their other dramas and movies since I really enjoyed their performance in this one. 

7 thoughts on “what’s wrong with secretary Kim? | thoughts on TV

  1. I’ve been hearing so many amazing things about this drama and have this on my list, but ever since I saw her on Healer, I’m really on the fence. I really don’t like her character there! I hear it’s super hilarious though so I’ll probably still give it a try. Great review Jolien!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this! I have been hesitating about watching the kdrama version ever since I stumbled upon a few months ago and fell in love with the manhwa version. Awesome review will have to put the Kdrama version on my list to watch. I’m also a huge fan of Park Min Young too so that’s a plus!

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