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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    ManalAati Jun 3, 2017 - edited

    Did Yoon Park here give a Second lead sydrome here
    Please answer

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      Brook Jun 5, 2017

      the lead male is absolutely what you will prefer! seriously xD

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      ManalAati Jun 5, 2017

      oh thanks for the reply but I like Park Yoon no matter what if he liked the main female lead and I don't want to suffer from a SLS

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      Brook Jun 7, 2017

      oh really?? well that took me by surprise! :D i guess you must be a fan of the actor then~

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      ManalAati Jun 7, 2017

      Yeap he stole my heart in Age of youth and I'm searching any drama of him where he has a lead role ,so I won't watch this drama because I don't want him to have a one sided love

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      dearD4NI Jun 16, 2017 - edited

      you last commented 9 days ago so idk if you've changed your opinion but i'm gonna give my opinion anyway lol: he's not your typical second lead with a one sided love that pines and is hurt at the end of the drama. idk how to say this without giving too big of a spoiler, so i'll just say that he has a happy ending (:
      i personally wasn't fond of his character, there's this part of his personality that's a huge turn-off as a love interest, but you can still like a character without liking them as a love interest. i'd give it a try! he had a pretty sweet bromance with the main lead too.
      his role is definitely not what it was in age of youth, but yoon park did a really good job

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    airenLMH May 28, 2017

    I love this drama sooooo much. The lead couple is the the cutest couple in 2017! This drama should get a higher score actually.

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    MrBanana May 23, 2017

    Its an "OKAY"-ish drama, nothing too crazy. If you are super bored, why not give it a try.

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    soojungstrash May 18, 2017

    Miss my bae gong seung yeon so much

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    dancelfelizardo May 15, 2017

    Park Hye Soo <3

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    Patketina May 5, 2017 - edited

    I just can not understand these comments, this drama is like one of the cutest I've ever seen, and it's not just cute, it's one of the best
    It's so sad how underrated this drama is

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      Brook Jun 5, 2017

      I KNOW RIGHT??... i am so disappointed... but i bet those bad ratings and comments come from people who only watched the first few episodes.. i know, i will finish this when i got the time ^_^ it really tok a turn on episode 5 to the better! i remember that... since then, i not only loved the male lead, but i fell in love with the other characters and the storyline. ESPECIALLY the female lead!.. i didn't like her at all and thought " nah, not her. can't. stand. HER." <- buuuut, guess what, i was shipping them since episode 7 or something idk x) (too long ago, can't really remember^^ - i know this came out this year, but you know~ :'D)

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    guccigall May 2, 2017 - edited

    So, do I just skip to episode 6? Done with episode 1. Thanks

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      soojungstrash May 18, 2017

      nah. Never skip a drama. watch it on sites that use player that can watch in x2 speed or sth. at least you dont miss out. i personally hated ep 2 of this drama but the rest got a LOT BETTER

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    forever_shawol May 1, 2017

    First ep was bad. 2-3 ep was okay and from then on I honestly loved it so much
    especially around ep 7 it got me hooked

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    skye May 1, 2017

    this is the first time that a drama character relates to me so much, well except the whole ceo thing, such a cute and amazing drama!

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    SweetCakes Apr 24, 2017

    I've been holding out of this one because of the terrible pilot episode and the succeeding ones. It's 12 on the midnight, after I got tired of my games I gave this again a shot. And guess what, I'm still on episode 5 and I'm crying my eyes out. T_____T
    My eyes later will be like that of a panda. I hope I'll be hooked till the end. T____T

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    grimheaper Apr 22, 2017

    I don't suppose anyone knows what the background music is that plays in the first episode while Ji Hye jumps? I've been through the OST albums but not found it, please don't tell me that's the only song they've not included....

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    Dapz Apr 21, 2017 - edited

    plz any1 tell me where would i able to watch complete series in eng sub???

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      Dapz Apr 22, 2017

      thankyou so much!!

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    joyje Apr 21, 2017 - edited

    This drama is really slow in the beginning, have thought about dropping it but luckily i didn't cos half way through it started to pick up and was getting interesting each episode. Didn't like the lead female.

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      Brook Jun 5, 2017

      SAME!.. but since episode 5 everthing got better and better! :) it was so smooth how they handled the change in the storyline, it was so natural and not awkward at all~ everthing made sense. and the female lead and other annoying characters FINALLY were likable ^_^ (before ep 6 i only watched for the male lead, but that changed! :D)

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    Fk87 Apr 20, 2017

    1st 4 episode kind of meh..but then it's getting better..lead female character might be annoying for some but for me it's ok..TvN kind of expect in this types of romcom

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    sickofme Apr 18, 2017 - edited

    I really want to give this drama a try, cause you know... it's tvn after all! I watched like three episodes and it is so hard for me to continue this, cause firstly - it is boring as hell and secondly - characters are irritating me... Is this really worth suffering through those first few eps or should I just give up already?

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      Sai Apr 19, 2017

      I hated the first episodes. This drama does a 180 so if you think you can just suffer for a few more episodes you'll be rewared with a great drama. I'm glad I didn't drop it but I really wanted to at first <3

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      sickofme Apr 19, 2017

      okay then, I'll give it another try haha thanks


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    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 4,103 users)
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