Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?

Genre: Friendship, Business, Comedy, Romance
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 16
Air-date:Jun 6, 2018 – Jul 26, 2018
Starring: Park Seo Joon as Lee Young Joon, Park Min Young as Kim Mi So

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 Kim Mi So who has remained by his side and worked diligently for 9 years without any romantic involvement. However, Mi So now wants 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?


I, like the actors of this show, need compensation for the time spent with this drama. Sorry to you all who said this was good because it is in fact not good in the least. I actually did read some of the webtoon (not enough to compare to the drama) and was slightly disappointed by the casting, but you know I still gave it a shot… Listen, I know I can be judgemental, but I gave this a fair chance. Now, I didn’t like what I had seen when I first tried to watch this drama back in 2018, BUT, I have always said that most media consumption boils down to the frame of mind when you start so I am always willing to go back. My co-podcaster for Soju Chronicles, decided she wanted to watch this drama after completing Her Private Life, since there are many comparisons and I thought, GREAT, perfect time for me to give this a go again and this time with someone so I have the endurance to persevere. If I was not watching with Nat, this would’ve been a drop at episode six.

The story here is very simple and uncomplicated. Mi So has done her due diligence working for a narcissistic boss and wants to leave the company and start dating and experiencing life or rather that is what I thought the story was. Instead we got some weird ass nonsensical kidnapping story with a childhood connection and unhealed trauma and a million other side couples and stories to deal with. I think that this drama just wanted to be a cute cliche romantic comedy but also wanted to tug at our heartstrings and you were just doing too much for too little. This drama can go onto any kdrama bingo and you will be hitting every one.. From the oppa calling cringe to the ‘don’t go’ cringe to the heartbeat thundering cringe.. Literally everything. Now, I am not some romcom hater, matter of fact they are my favorite genres of Kdrama tbh. However, the chemistry wasn’t giving all of that. Sorry not sorry. Kiss scenes were good, but actual connection was very mid imo.

I will say that Park Se Joon was definitely in his element here and was definitely the saving grace with his character, all things considered. I appreciated that he embodied the arrogance and also playfulness of this character and the times that I did laugh were because of him. Park Min Young on the other hand, idk momma said if you got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all… However, something should be said about the fact that someone like myself who is constantly complaining about when dramas focus on side characters, only showed a slight peak in interest during those scenes. Changsung was chef’s kiss! Also, the OST was boring and lame.

Squints… Well I think I can safely conclude that you are all liars and will hype up anything as long as there is a ‘spicy’ kiss scene because what the fuck was this really? No, seriously, what was this? I have been swindled, bamboozled. I want you all to get some decorum and taste because this was actually one of the most pointless dramas that I have watched in recent times. I hope that everyone who has compared this to Her Private Life’s pillow never gets cool. I hope that you always have a hangnail and that your lips are always dry. Do not recommend.

Story: 5/10
Acting: 8/10
Music: 6/10
Rewatch Value: 5/10
Overall: 6/10

Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

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