It’s been a while since I’ve done a ’10 reasons’ post. Tiff and I have been greatly enjoying this rom com, so much so that it was the main subject of our very first podcast. If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s called Weekend in Dramaland and the first episode is the two of us explaining, in great spoilery detail, what’s transpired in the first four episodes of What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim.
ONE. Billed as a rom com aka romantic comedy. If you like your dramas less melodramatic and more lighter, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim is a solid choice. Light, quirky, awkward and full of romantic goodness, the tones are all present.
TWO. Our leads are both inexperienced. Sure, Kim Mi So may have gone on a blind date or two, but she’s relationship inexperienced. The same can be said for Lee Young Joon. Dating wise, I like that this keeps them on a level playing field.
THREE. This is an office romance. Okay, yes, I can be selective when it comes to workplace romances. I’ve watched a fair bit of boss/secretary dramas, but I love the spin on it that What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim has provided. Nine years has brought our leads closer, especially in Young Joon’s case as he never established working/personal boundaries. He called on Secretary Kim night and day—regardless if it was working hours or not.
FOUR. There is a mystery threaded into the story. I don’t want to spill the beans on all the details, but I’ll say there’s an interesting childhood story woven into the plot. What makes it interesting are that these particular characters don’t remember many details during this period of their life.
FIVE. Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young are magical together. Their chemistry is on point and I find their character portrayals to be accurate, charming, and believable. It really feels like these two have worked together for nine years and formed a solid, platonic working relationship. I always feel the best foundation to any relationship is a great friendship. And while they are boss/employee, they’ve both been there for one another and showed that there’s more to their relationship than meets the eye.
SIX. A whole new level of narcissism. Lee Young Joon is a total and complete narcissist. Imagine his horror when a pimple dares to show up on his perfect face. He’s all about self-love and has some ridiculously hilarious moments. A truly one of a kind character brought to life with Park Seo Joon’s comedic timing and acting skills.
SEVEN. Filial duties. Kim Mi So really takes on the part as the filial daughter. Not only does she support and bail her father out of trouble, she has always provided financial support to her two younger siblings. What I’m really loving about What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim is that Mi So finally recognizes that it’s time to put herself and her needs first.
EIGHT. Rich, supportive parents. It’s always a plus in dramaland when you discover a family that is actually supportive and good to their children. I’m glad to see we don’t have the evil, villainous parents as a trope here. Lee Young Joon, and his older brother Lee Seon Yeon, actually have good parents.
NINE. You will find yourself grinning like an idiot… a lot. For the most part, this drama is a lot of fun. It’s uplifting, Mi So sticks it to Young Joon when he deserves it, and as our leads grow closer, you can’t help but smile. There are really some cute, fluffy moments between Mi So and Young Joon that just make you want to smile. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up or a less intense drama, this is a good choice. And I promise it’s not mindless fluff.
TEN. There are characters worth rooting for. In any drama, you need likable characters. Sure, our male lead is a huge narcissist, but the story does a good job at humanizing him. Secretary Kim, from my point of view, is very easy to like and root for as well. The sacrifices she’s made are really on par with her character.
And there you have it. 10 reasons you should be watching What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim. Stay tuned as a part 2 may pop up in the near future. We’re not quite to the halfway mark with this drama. At least, we won’t be until after Thursday’s episode airs. Either way, this drama is so much fun—like the amount of fun I had while watching Strong Woman Do Boong Soon.
Sometimes you just need a drama that makes you feel good and I think this is the perfect place to start. What do you think, fellow drama lovers? Are you enjoying What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?