Introverted Boss

Introverted Boss (2017)

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When a young, energetic employee joins a public relations firm with an introverted and severely misunderstood boss, she makes it her life’s mission to show the world who he really is.
Eun Hwan Ki is the boss at a PR company. He is really shy. So shy that even his employees don't know him that well. He prefers to hide in his office. Everyone thinks he is a cold, prickly, arrogant grouch. read moreThey call him the "Silent Monster".
Chae Ro Woon is a recent hire at the same company. She is energetic, bubbly, loves to be the center of attention and always has something to say. The exact opposite of her boss, who she seems to have an old grudge against. Her goal in life is: to expose the big boss man for who he really is and take her revenge.
The same company also employs Kang Woo Il, co-boss at the company. He, unlike his partner, is warm, sensitive and well-liked.
Eun Yi Soo is a chaebol heiress who has been engaged for three long years.
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  • Native title:

    내성적인 보스
  • Also Known as:

    Naeseongjeokin Boseu; Introvert Boss; Sensitive Boss; My Shy Boss;

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Mar 15, 2017
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Introverted Boss was a hard drama for me to like at first. This is one of those dramas that requires you to trust it will get better, and in my opinion it definitely did. Now that it's over, I can say that this is definitely a binge type drama, because if I had to wait days for the next episode I would have given up on this drama after episode 2. Halfway read more through I went from hating it to being totally invested. If you are unaware, like I was, that's because there was a major rewrite of the plot, and that strategy made all the difference. So about that plot...

I gave the story a decent score, only because I think the transformation was pretty impressive, but it was still imperfect in a lot of ways. My first problem with the story was that it didn't know whether it wanted to be a romantic comedy or a melodrama. The main plot revealed a very mysterious and serious backstory, then went into these weird slapstick comedy scenes that just didn't work together. One moment there is a revenge story brewing, then the next moment we are supposed to care about a CEO's anxiety issues, and the obviously planned romance between him and an obnoxious new hire. Add to that the fact that the CEO is too mysterious to be sympathetic, and The leading lady is the most annoying person on planet earth. The only thing that got me through in the beginning were the "Another Miss Oh" cameos, but I listened to viewers who said the story gets better after episode 5. In my opinion things don't start falling into place until episode 7, and that's when I knew I would probably become a fan.

The writers do a great job of justifying the previous bad episodes while completely changing the drama into something more enjoyable. Still, even with the fixes to make it better, the flaw is in how bad the story premise is in the first place. In order to like this drama you can't dwell on how unrealistic the major event of the story is, and instead you have to just go along with the characters on this journey. The characters, and their rewrites, are what made me become a fan.

I eventually adored Yeon Woo Jin as Hwan Ki. This is, in my opinion, his best role so far. Maybe it's the fact that I relate to his shy/socially anxious character a lot, and I thought they did a good job of showing what it's like in a neurotic anxiety filled brain. I was truly impressed by how believable he was, and relatable, and empathetic, and totally unlike the ways I've seen him before. Some people may think it's too exaggerated, but I don't. I also relate to being thought of as scary and intimidating while I'm just sitting and thinking about something to myself. When it comes to his character, I think they nailed it.

He is matched with Park Hye Soo, who's character I initially hated so much that in one scene she actually gets slapped, and I wanted to applaud. She was too pushy, too obnoxious, completely self involved, and not likable in the least. I'm sure the initial point was to create an opposites attract scenario, but they left her with no redeeming qualities, which made me think that the actress was just too young and out of his league. Eventually the rewrite calmed her down, made her more charming and less annoying, and that's when I realized that Hye Soo is really quite talented. I did end up liking them together, and rooting for them to succeed, in spite of the plot making that pretty hard to do. I started to actually see chemistry between them, and although they may not be among my favorite romance duos, I thought they worked well together. Many of their romantic scenes together made me smile, and there were no closed mouth lips barely touching kiss scenes either.

My favorite amongst the rest of the cast was the silent monster staff. Once we were able to get to know their stories the office scenes became fun to watch. Their characters are comedically over the top, but still felt real and relatable. I just get excited seeing Ye Ji Won in anything now, but Heo Jeong Min was hilarious too... And I just rewatched "Another Miss Oh". My next favorite is Jang Hee Jin as Hwan Ki's first love, who was refreshingly different from what's often expected from that kind of role, and made that aspect of the story more entertaining.

The problem with Yoon Park as Kang Woo Il and Gong Seung Yeon as Yi Soo is that even with the rewrites they were still stuck in a melodrama storyline that made no sense to me, so it was impossible for them to not come across as extremely overdramatic at times. They did their best, but I cringed when that storyline would reappear. Writers did make both characters sympathetic, and saved them from becoming 2 dimensional, but their actions remained unbelievable to me, so I just preferred when they were not a major part of the story. Then there's also Lee Kyu Han who plays the ultimate buzzkill. His backstory is eventually explained too, but he kinda just pops out of nowhere at seemingly random times in the story, making it seem like he was only created to be a problem.

If I ever watched this again it would be strictly for Yeon Woo Jin. I had a slight feeling of missing the cast when it was over, but really it's just his character that I am going to miss. I really related so much to him that I just may rewatch it someday... or maybe just clips.

About the music... There are 2 songs form the soundtrack that stood out to me, so in my opinion it was better than ok, but not much better.

Obviously I am biased against the melodramatic storyline, and more a fan of the shy boss rom com storyline, which I think saved this drama from being a major flop. Still, every aspect of the story is explained, and reexplained, and the writers seemed thorough about avoiding loose ends to the very end, which i appreciated. So yes, all questions get answered, even if the answers are hard to swallow. Also, even though some of the last episode seemed like filler, I loved the last moment, and thought it was a great way to end the story... a story who's major theme throughout is being able to express how you feel!

Overall I would recommend this drama for fans of unconventional rom coms with the warning that this story takes a loooooooooooong time to build. If you can sit through the first few episodes filled with annoying characters, misunderstandings, and over the top melodrama, you eventually get to a good story about becoming comfortable with who you are, your own style of being, and expressing how you feel, with a sweet but difficult love story as a bonus.
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Mar 15, 2017
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
When one is difficult in expressing oneself, what it would be like? Misunderstood? This drama focuses on that expect. Gives lesson in life that sometime all we need is a listener. The story is really good and it isn't that bad like others used to say. A kind of drama that would make you say.. Glad I did start it. It's cute, fun to watch, some drama scenes with plot-twist

The read more start was ok to me, some scenes were quite bothersome from few first ep but it did change you know! The story start to pick up from ep6 and it will get better and better.

bonus: It will take you back to Another Miss Oh feels if you ever did watched that drama. :)

Each character has its own story and struggles. That's what I like about it. How one's grow and conquered their fear/insecurity/depression/weakness. The characters was like I started from here and look at me now.

Hwan Gi: this guy is so easy to love, sweet, gentle, kind and considerate... xD every awkward moments with him is so cute. You'll find yourself cheering for him in every step of the way. He'll also make you proud, I am so confident about it!~ plus there's a bonus, look forward to his dance moves.

Chae Ro Woon: yeah this girl is not easy to like, she could get all the hate, annoying and bothersome well she did all those because she's in a revenge mode but her character will have some development just wait and see.

Ji Hye: this character would make curious and say why? No matter what's the decision she made/ the reason behind it no one should judge a person lowly.

Kang Woo: The guy I used to misunderstood about his relationship with Hwan Gi but I was wrong about him. He is the character I want to improve the most/open-up along with Yi-Soo

Yi Soo: I find her role pretty dull from the start but surprisingly there's more color into her.
Yun Jung: my fav character. You'll like her for sure with her straight forward/honest/mature personality.
Silent Monster Team:were all good. my fav from the group is Sun Bong.
Even it was short I love the bromance and the tandem of Kang Woo and Yi Soo.

Shout out to Gong Seung Yeon for portraying her role effectively, such a good actress, I was totally immersed with her, I cried. Also to Yoon Park unlike his usual role as someone who is calm, serious in here he was different and I like it. He gets drunk, shouts, play, a free kind of character, a new side of him that I didn't see in his other drama.
As to Yeo Woo Jin I love his role here the most compared to his other dramas
Park Hye Soo there are times that I see her like a kid but it's ok she manages to act well.

OST: I like the ost and music, thanks to it I always keep up with the phase of the story as to emotions, didn't get bored because of it.

Meter feels as to fangirl is sometimes up sometimes or just straight line. My excitement and overflowing feels disappeared along the way maybe because I start a new drama but despite that everytime I watch a new ep I still like it. A good romcom.

Recommendation: Oh yes to those who are into romcom you could enjoy this drama especially to the one who are shy/introverted/difficult expressing oneself I think you could relate over it.

Just don't overanalyze it like the others who use to complain with the title because they think the guy is isn't introverted at all instead with an anxiety
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The main characters are awkward human beings that suffer from social fobia or are just introverts.
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    EmpyreanConqueror 7 days ago

    School Holidays, YESSS ABOUT TO BINGE WATCH SOME DRAMAS I've been wanting to watch, wooot!!!

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    SecondLeadQueen 30 days ago - edited

    I watch this when it air now I am back because I am watching Protect the boss and It seem is almost the same thing. The son of the chairman who has a panic disorder, who can't present in front of people, he has a right hand helper who writes the speeches for him and well does the speeches because the boss can't do it. He has a secretary who does everything for him which is the lead girl. He even has a office where he hides. He is funny but shy. Maybe this one has a few changes but is almost the same. By any chance they didn't say this one is a remake of protect the boss I am wondering. Because than it would be like the writer copied the main plot. Is too much to not be a remake.

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    kyeas Aug 7, 2017

    start watching this kdrama on television but end up watching next episodes on internet.. i really love hwan ki's presentation scene and the employees of silent monster make video for their boss scene, those scenes touched my heart.. when watch the first episode i hope i can see hwan ki's transformation but until episode 16, he still has his introvert personality, this drama mybe can be better if hwan ki has bigger transformation at the end and show the process and steps on how he overcome his introvert personality, mybe those steps also can help viewers who has introvert personality to overcome their fear of people as well,.. btw enjoy watching supporting roles in this kdrama, they make this drama become more hilarious and enjoyable.

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    Lala_Chi Aug 7, 2017 - edited

    I want to watch this show because of Gong Seung Yeon,does it worth it?

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      hae-soo Aug 21, 2017

      in my opinion, yes it worths. Maybe the first episodes are not so good because of the female lead who is a bit annoying but after that is great

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    ELF4ever Jul 30, 2017 - edited

    i'm on ep 3 now but is this show worth continuing? i love the male lead but the female lead is getting on my nerves! does she get any better or will she always be a dumb pushy pain in the a**

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      SyN Jul 31, 2017
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      ELF4ever Jul 31, 2017

      thanks. i actually ended up finishing it and never really came to like the girl all that much. she got less irritating but not by much. tbh, i skipped through some scenes that i just couldnt stand. i only got through it because of hwan ki. he was the best part of the entire show!

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      SyN Jul 31, 2017

      hope i'll do the same later. i currently have it on hold, watching entirely different themes

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    8man Jul 29, 2017

    i thought this would be good. i always love inrtovert male lead, but this is shit till 8 episode. what a stupid female lead

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    930201_In Jul 5, 2017

    the male lead is the reason I am able to watch this series.. I love his acting skills~

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    KMR Jul 5, 2017

    Started this ep 5 to avoid being too annoyed by the female lead and I must say...this was NOT a good introduction to the 2n male lead lol...Can't leave a worst impression on a viewer ah ah ah ! What a sad and messy introductory episode for me.

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    Lyra Jul 5, 2017

    I really liked this drama. What really kept me interested was the humour, and his character development as an introvert from a shut in to a more socially confident person. I didn't mind the main girl's character too much, to be honest. She was annoying at some points, but not enough to make me stop watching. There was some character development, and though she was spoilt and whiny, she wasn't overbearingly so in my opinion, and i sort of like how she's not perfect. Normally the spoilt and clingy types really bother me, but she was more cute and understanding, i guess. Though for those who don't like childish MCs, i wouldn't recommend this to them.

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    Gabriela Jun 29, 2017 - edited
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    MagnusFaith Jun 28, 2017

    Oh god! The main girl is sooo annoying! I just can't...
    *puts into the drop list*

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    imhakunamatata0 Jun 26, 2017

    Best ending ever. I'm very happy and satisfied with how it ended

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    Koteuni Jun 25, 2017
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    Louela Jun 24, 2017 - edited

    I skipped some of the scenes but managed to finish it until the end. I almost dropped this at the first part but gave it a chance.I can somewhat relate to the male lead but some situations were unrealistic for me. :)

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    SimonaP Jun 23, 2017

    Dropped at episode 3.
    This drama was so promising looking. Being a major introvert myself I actually found the main guy sort of relateable and the plot looked like it would be a breath of fresh air. But then the writers had to go and ruin it all buy introducing this excuse of a main female character. My dear God I don't remember the last time I found the main girl so unbearable. She has 0 respect for other people's private space and is just so....pushy. So yeah thanks but no thanks.


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    South Korea
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    Jan 16, 2017 to Mar 14, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 10 min.


  • Score:

    7.9 (scored by 4,559 users)
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