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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manicmuse
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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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KarolineAskeroed
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Mar 21, 2017
  • Overall 6.5
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
This is a drama that I’ve had my eyes on for a while, when I first heard of it, I thought it would be something like Lucky romance, and in a way, it is. I was really surprised by the first scene in this drama though.

When I started this drama, I was expecting it to be a light romantic-comedy, but the first thing that happens in this drama, I think I read more can say this, is that someone kills themselves. I understood it after I kept watching it but I did not expect that.

As the story goes on I noticed myself finding it harder to watch, by the end of the drama I felt like I was forcing my way through it. I had already seen 14 episodes so I thought that there was no point in dropping the drama now with only 2 episodes left, but I’m dropping t halfway through episode 15, I just can’t seem to get through the last two episode. I don’t know if I started watching it with to high expectations or if it’s just not that good. One thing is for sure though. If someone asked me whether they should watch “Lucky romance” or “Introverted boss” I would 100% for sure say “Lucky romance”.

All in all, an okey drama, it's not bad but it wouldn't be the first drama i'd reccomend if someone asked me to reccomend a rom-com.
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They are both office romance dramas.

Leads do have some kind of a connection from the past in both dramas (even tho it's a different type of connection... hm... no spoilers~)

Both are light hearted and cute~

Female lead is that kind of cheerful, cute, a little annoying girl (I didn't like the female lead in Introverted boss but i liked the one in She was pretty)

The male leads... Well, they aren't really similar in any way i think but they still remind me of each other idk why XD
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There are many similarities. In short I think my shy boss is the light hearted and fluffy version of secret.

The female lead in secret reminds me of the male lead in shy boss. Without revealing too much they both made similar sacrifices.

The male lead in secret also reminds me of the female lead in shy boss where they both similarly fell in love with the other lead in the same way.

Sorry that it was really long and vague. I didn't want to spoil anything. But I both highly recommend both!
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    Tavi Mar 24, 2017 - edited

    I think I'm one of the few people that actually like the female lead haha!

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    SomyBee Mar 24, 2017 - edited

    What a waste! i can't stand the female lead she is so freaking annoying! DROPPED IT AFTER EPISODE 1

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      DianaCarvalho Mar 24, 2017

      They changed the pilot after episode 4, I think you shouldn't drop it yet :)

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      Sai Mar 25, 2017

      I hated the first few episodes but this drama does a 180 and ends up being really good. Don't reccomened dropping it

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      SomyBee 29 days ago - edited

      i'll give it a try after i finish my drama thank you guys!♥

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      SomyBee 29 days ago

      i'll give it a try after i finish my drama thank you guys!♥

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    OlzDive Mar 23, 2017

    I was too, hating this drama for the very first episodes, I was going to drop this series for not watching because i really pissed of on Ro Woon's character. She was really annoying, loud and ill-manners. I stopped to watch until I heard (aka:read) that this series made some changing here and there and voila, the writers and tvn sure giving us better dramas nowadays. I love to see some characters' development, the story was light yet they have conflicts that can be solved, no evil villain, only antagonist with reasonable background, I love to watch the stories unfold with fast pace and At the end, this drama gave me satisfying happy ending like 'Another Miss Oh' . I can rewatch this over amd over again, especially when their kiss scenes were good and not just a peck-on-the-lip kisses. Hee hee

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    moonziyan Mar 23, 2017

    The kdrama has one of the best character development... plus it has one of the corniest and giddiest ending in kdrama world.... oh that's a compliment ^_^

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    moonziyan Mar 23, 2017

    The kdrama has one of the best character development... plus it has one of the corniest and giddiest ending in kdrama world.... oh that's a compliment ^_^

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    Tatiane Mar 22, 2017 - edited

    I FUCKING LOVE IT! I NEVER SAW SUCH AMAZING KISSES LIKE ON THIS DORAMA! AMAZING COUPLE! Yeon Woo Jin I LOVE YOU!

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      PrettyCarEye 13 days ago

      In that case you probably need to watch more dramas.

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      Tatiane 13 days ago

      I watch a lot and that's my opinion about kisses. End of story.

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      PrettyCarEye 13 days ago

      Yeah, well, watch more ... and not these cheesy romcom ones if you want to see realistic kissing between adult people. You haven't seen a good kiss yet if you're going ballistic over these one. lol

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    RezaDaroudi Mar 21, 2017
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    RezaDaroudi Mar 21, 2017

    It was very beautiful, especially role-playing Park Hye Soo

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    dramaeli Mar 21, 2017

    such an interesting and fresh male lead, such a misscast female lead. overall i liked it, but i think it could have been much better

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    MrBanana Mar 21, 2017

    So I guess this drama is nothing special?

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    mokacheer Mar 21, 2017
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    Heenim382 Mar 21, 2017 - edited

    Most people didn't like the first 1-4 episodes but I actually liked those as well! Only problem I had was the last 2-3 episodes where I skipped a lot because it already felt complete. Otherwise a sweet drama, gave it an 8 :)

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      mokacheer Mar 21, 2017

      same, i stopped watching the drama because of like the beginning. it wasnt really my touch, but i gave it a try, finished it, and it was so worth it.

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    MysticLullaby Mar 20, 2017

    On episodes 6 and not sure why they had to change the plot apparently, I thought the first fews episodes were great.

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    NanaChin Mar 20, 2017 - edited

    Can anyone tell me how they handle the male leads' social anxiety? Do they really just say he's "introverted" or do they actually acknowledge it's a mental illness and treat it as such? Is he magically cured in the end or does he actually work on it? I watched the first episode and kinda had a bad feeling about it lol

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      Rebeca Mar 20, 2017 - edited

      i thought the same as you while I was watching the series I realize he wasn't introverted, he has social anxiety but they made people think he's just shy. The female lead help him to open up a bit but at the end he still has problems to speak in front of people

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      purplebass Mar 22, 2017 - edited
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Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

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

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    tvN
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 10 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    7.9 (scored by 3,018 users)
  • Ranked:

    #752
  • Popularity:

    #65

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