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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    930201_In 15 days ago

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

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    KMR 15 days ago

    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 16 days ago

    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 21 days ago - edited
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    MagnusFaith 22 days ago

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

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    imhakunamatata0 25 days ago

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

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    Koteuni 25 days ago
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    Louela 27 days ago - 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 28 days ago

    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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    Brownie Jun 11, 2017
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    Kiromenanz Jun 10, 2017
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    So I really like Gong Seung Yeon in Circle, is it worth watching this for her? Or is she just the witchy second female lead from hell, cuz if so nevermind.

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      ClaudiaKdramaFan Jun 10, 2017 - edited

      I didn't watch her in this one, I think they wasted her talent. Well overall I didn't feel drawn to watch the whole kdrama I only watched 2 or 3 episodes and dropped it. Go and watch her in My Only Love Song they released 20 episodes yesterday on Netflix, if not there is one site in their page where you can see it online. it's my fave kdrama so far for this year. Im loving her in Circle.

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      dearD4NI Jun 16, 2017

      her character is the sister of the main lead and she's not really a huge focus until later in the drama. however, and this is my personal opinion, i think her character was incredibly interesting and she did fantastic in the role.

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    Taurus-Silver Jun 7, 2017

    I hope they make more dramas about introverts in the future!

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    Brook Jun 5, 2017 - edited

    people. don't be fooled by the bad ratings! it's only so "bad" because in the beginning you'll basically hate everything about this drama other than the male lead! :'D but ATTENTION!! -> episode 5 will change the storyline. episode 6 will be better. episode 7 will be cute. episode 8 will be great! after that, it will be AMAZING! o_o :D~~ please watch it, if you want to be prooved wrong, when you say "i'll never like the femal lead." hehe~ (you will like her, even if everything's so frustrating before episode 5. there's only one person who i didn't like after everything changed. the second male lead! but that was intentional. xD you're supposed to be frustrated with him^^)
    conclusion: DON'T GIVE UP ON THIS ONE. I WANTED TO GIVE IT UP, BUT THE MALE LEAD WAS SO AWESOME THAT I COULDN'T AND I'M GLAD I DIDN'T :'DD why am i writing in capital letters >_>

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      Kiromenanz Jun 10, 2017

      thank you so much for saying that! I picked the show back up again because of your comment and OMG I am SO GLAD I DID! It started alright, then quickly became interesting, then very engaging and before I knew it it was over D:. I don't know what to do now, I already miss this show, it made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside. It's a gem and I'll definitely come back to it!

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      marisols12 29 days ago

      Well, Thnaks to you I also decided to give this one another chance, I'm so happy I did, it was great. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on it and convincing me to give it another chance. :)

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      Brook 25 days ago - edited

      thank you both!! wow i feel so honored :3 hehe~ so glad you picked it up again and liked it! <3

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      Koteuni 25 days ago

      Thank you. Because she is really annoying me, and seems very stupid. Lol. This has helped me choose to keep going with the drama. I will be starting episode 3 probably tomorrow as it is late here right now.

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      Brook 24 days ago - edited

      tell me how you like it, when you get to the 8th episode :) i bet you'll think a bit differently

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    Wednes Jun 4, 2017

    Casting Han Chaeah and Park Hyesoo as sisters was so witty. They could really pass as real siblings. If they ever need another sister, I think BlackPink's Jisoo is also a good addition.

    I kind of miss this drama. No, I miss boss' character. I would watch Yeon Woojin playing another introvert any day. It's really too bad that the writing wasn't planned out well here. The good points are so good and the bad points are also so bad. The main couple is cute though, and I understand their choice of character when they make her an extreme extrovert, but personally that was a major turn-off for me.


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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.


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    7.9 (scored by 4,025 users)
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