What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim Korean Drama Review

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim Korean Drama - Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim is a romantic comedy about the narcissistic vice president (Park Seo Joon) of a large corporation who learns his long time devoted secretary (Park Min Young) of nine years is going to quit her job.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim Korean Drama - Park Seo Joon

Park Seo Joon plays Lee Young Joon who is the vice president of his family’s company. He’s very narcissistic and doesn’t miss an opportunity to give himself some praise. Things are going along just fine for him until his world is completely turned upside down when his secretary decides to quit.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim Korean Drama - Park Min Young

Park Min Young is his devoted secretary Kim Mi So. She is amazing at her job and is always ready and waiting to meet Young Joon’s needs. That is until she decides she wants a change and gives him her resignation.

Now, I was mostly in this drama for Park Min Young, and let me tell you, she did not disappoint! She always makes her characters so endearing and relatable while also feeling very strong. I loved her ability to “handle” Young Joon. She was just amazing to watch on so many levels.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim Korean Drama - Park Seo Joon, Park Min Young, Lee Yoo Joon, Kim Jung Woon, Kim Ye Won, Hwang Bo Ra, Hwang Chan Sung, Pyo Ye Jin, Kang Ki Young, Kang Hong Suk

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim seems like it has been everyone’s favorite drama over the past few months. It brought in all kinds of nice ratings and was also a hit with international fans. The love for the drama was evident.

Now I didn’t fall head over heels for the drama like so many did, but I still liked it. It had a few issues for me, but overall I found it pretty enjoyable. First, onto what there is to love!

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim Korean Drama - Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young

Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young are quite a treat as a couple. Their pluses are many and include a wonderful rapport between the pair. Their snappy bickering was humorous as was their awkwardness in navigating the change in their relationship.

These two are also very nice to look at and have a sweet chemistry. Many will appreciate that they have pretty good communication skills with each other and some nice kisses to get excited about. The relationship between the main couple is definitely the backbone of the drama and the reason to watch.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim Korean Drama - Park Seo Joon

I think many people will also enjoy Young Joon’s character. At first, he seems like your typical arrogant rich chaebol, but he has some quirks that help with that. He is so narcissistic in an over the top way that makes him immediately humorous. And he’s actually got a pretty pleasant personality that is easy to warm up to. If you don’t like those typical jerk leads who need a lesson in learning how to behave, Young Joon is a great alternative.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim Korean Drama - Kang Ki Young What's Wrong With Secretary Kim Korean Drama - Hwang Bo Ra

There are some hilarious supporting characters. This is a drama where these characters add so much humor and don’t just feel like filler. You get to know these people at the office and enjoy their interactions, troubles, and romances.

My two favorites are easily Yoo Sik (Kang Ki Young) and Se Ra (Hwang Bo Ra). Kang Ki Young is always hilarious and enjoyable. And Hwang Bo Ra is an actress that I always wish I could see more of because she is so talented and funny. The faces she makes are absolutely priceless, and she was one of my favorite parts of the whole drama.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim Korean Drama - Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young

Onto the issues. Now I personally found the plot a little lacking in What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim. The focus at the beginning of the drama is mostly around Young Joon and Mi So’s changing relationship with just a few snippets of additional plot thrown in. It was fun, but I did find myself wanting to go a bit deeper.

Then we had a pretty interesting tonal shift around the middle of the drama. We have a little mystery to slowly peel back concerning Young Joon and Mi So’s childhoods. The plot thickens as we learn more back story and have some difficult issues for our characters to deal with. So that added a nice layer to the plot that I really appreciated.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim Korean Drama - Park Seo Joon What's Wrong With Secretary Kim Korean Drama - Park Min Young

I do still think the actual back story itself was a bit thin overall though. I wish we could have went much deeper and that it could have been spaced better throughout the drama. We ended up with very little in the beginning, a pretty decent middle, we had a huge info dump episode that wrapped things up, and then it felt like the last few episodes were mostly filler. This left me feeling pretty bored in that last quarter as all of the tension evaporated.

But for those who just like to see the main couple in plenty of cute scenes with some minor issues that get in the way each episode, this probably won’t be much of a problem. If you’re mostly in it for the romance, the relationship progression is solid, and the drama ties up everything in a lovely bow.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim Korean Drama - Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young

So despite the issues for me, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim was a mostly fun watch. It checks the right boxes for a solid romantic comedy. We have a lovely couple at the center of the story, a little something extra to add to the plot, and a nice cast of supporting characters. All in all, there’s a lot to enjoy, especially for romantic comedy fans.

My Rating: 7/10

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22 Responses to What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim Korean Drama Review

  1. D says:

    Thanks Kay. I was waiting for this review. I do agree that all of the PMY and PSJ interactions weren so awesome. Love PMY even more now.

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  2. raistlin0903 says:

    While I of course enjoyed reading your review, this isn’t a show that’s for me. I always like it that you give your honest opinion for it, especially for shows that are highly popular. But nope, pretty sure that I won’t be watching this one 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      Yeah, I agree. I don’t think this would be one you would love. There are so many other dramas out that you would enjoy so much more. Pretty sure you’re glad not to have to add it to the List though, hehe 😉

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  3. Timescout says:

    This feels like one of those “plot, what plot” shows tha rely heavily on The Cute but don’t really offer much more. I would have probably been bored stiff. 😅

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    • Kay says:

      Yes, the plot was definitely weak for me. It was a case where the main plot is mostly the relationship journey of the main couple. Which is fine and made for a mostly a cute drama, but I just tend to like stronger additional plot lines most of the time. There are exceptions of course, but those have to really win me over with other aspects. It was a cute drama, but I think you would have been bored too, hehe 😉


  4. This is a summer fluff plot that got me through the hot summer nights. The plot was okay for the first 12 episodes, but it was resolved rather quickly and went to a happier tone, which I enjoyed. It balanced out with the more serious tone shows. I would, however, like to see PSJ take on more serious roles. I think he has grown so much as an actor, that I think it’s time he start taking on tougher roles.

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    • Kay says:

      It was an easy fluffy drama. I think that’s why so many people loved it. We all definitely need a break from those heavier shows sometimes 🙂 I would enjoy seeing Park Seo Joon take on something more serious too. Maybe a melo or another historical would be nice 🙂


  5. Kate says:

    As usual, spot on and honest review! I thoroughly enjoyed this fluffy rom-com and was in the mood for cute and funny over more somber, deep, dark, serious, angst-y fare so this absolutely fit the bill! It’s just a matter of tempering expectations and your reviews always do such a great job of laying out the positives and negatives so someone knows what they’re in for 🙂

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    • Kay says:

      Agree, this is a perfect drama for the rom-com lover who wants something fun without a lot of angst. And thank you so much for saying that! I really appreciate it 🙂 That’s what I always try to do so that other drama fans can know what to expect and decide if a drama might be right for them. And I’m glad this drama was a fun one for you that you could just enjoy and be happy with 🙂

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  6. I just saw the first episode of this and I’m excited to continue with it. I was watching Goblin but my emotions broke me and I wanted some summer FLUFF so I turned to this. I was a little unsure of Park Min Young (because I really didn’t like her character in City Hunter), but already I like her performance in this. You’re exactly right–her character is strong in a quiet, feminine way, and she’s very likeable. Great review!!!

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    • Kay says:

      Oh I understand how you might want something lighter after a roller coaster like Goblin. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim should be a good fit for that. And yes, Park Min Young is amazing in this drama! And she stays amazing all the way through 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!

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  7. mariam says:

    This drama was super cute and very adorable but I agree with you, the plot had so much potential alas nothing was developed. The brother storyline was a lot of potential there but nothing came out for him. Fluffy and cute though for a light watch.

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    • Kay says:

      Yes, I think it had a lot of potential to develop the plot more. And I agree about the brothers storyline, that would have been wonderful to explore more and go deeper. But thankfully, it was cute and Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young were pretty wonderful together to make for an easy watch 🙂


  8. Great and detailed review as always Kay! This drama gave me tons of fun and it gave me a break from all of the serious kdramas and movies that I’ve watched. Oh have you seen the movie “Midnight Runners”?

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  10. Marjorie G. says:

    Yes, it was fun to watch, but it doesn’t really offer anything new. The two actors are very good looking, that’s all I can say.

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