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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15 days ago
  • 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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94loveKdrama
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15 days ago
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Story:
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. :)


Characters:
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.

Actor/Actress
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.

Overall:
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 attack.lol.
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Make a Recommendation More recs (6)Recommendations

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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    94loveKdrama Feb 28, 2017 - edited

    This drama is so refereshing like come on in almost romcom I've seen it's always the girl who is the center of the story struggling with everything but this time it's different it focuses on the guy. I love how he took every step to be on where he is now. Finally he is more free and breaking out Truly proud of him.

    Plus this drama is so good into building characters, not just the main leads but EVERY CHARACTER struggles and grow. There's two more I've been waiting and I hope it will happen soooon^^

    This drama also shares a great lesson as to person. A listener who would understand. ❤

    ps: Hwan Gi is sooooo sexy especially on ep11! ❤ Damn!

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      SnowGirl Feb 28, 2017

      I agree with you,on everything SO MUCH <3

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      94loveKdrama Feb 28, 2017

      Omoooo! Omoooo! So happy to fangirl with youuuu! I'm so high because of this drama! XD

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      SnowGirl Feb 28, 2017

      Saaaaameee <3

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    94loveKdrama Feb 28, 2017 - edited

    Kyaaaaaa! Omoooo!! Omoooooo! Omoooo! I am superly in love with this drama!!!! Totally worth Watching especially if your into romcom!!!

    Best episode so far.

    I cried, I laugh and fell in love with!❤❤❤ Soooooo many feels!!! Someone just fangirl with me! Asdfghjkl!!!!

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      SnowGirl Feb 28, 2017

      Yep :( Do you plan on trying Do Bong Soon? I am WFKBJ level obessed with it lol

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      94loveKdrama Feb 28, 2017 - edited

      I will chinguuuuu! After I'm done with Hwarang. What's your nxt plan? I'll join you! *Wink*

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      SnowGirl Feb 28, 2017

      I am planning to finish Hwarang after my exams are done ;) My next plan is the drama on TvN after Introverted Boss--Liar and his Lover <3 I hope you check it out with me too ^^

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      94loveKdrama Feb 28, 2017

      Oki chinguuuuu! Gotta add it up on my list. *Wink*❤

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      SnowGirl Feb 28, 2017

      Yay! ^-^

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    FiPancake Feb 28, 2017 - edited

    Omg i just started watching and Chae Ro Woon is... just wow.. Annoying off the bat -.- Does she get any better .. like less rude ._.

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      SnowGirl Feb 28, 2017

      I second that!

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      94loveKdrama Feb 28, 2017

      *whisper* binge watch it. And let us know how you feel about it after catching up with us :)

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      FiPancake Feb 28, 2017

      Guys i'm only on ep 3 and Hwan Gi is just so adorbs! I can't eveeeennnnnnn <3

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      SnowGirl Feb 28, 2017

      He gets so much more adorbs later <3 You can totally anticipate it ^-^

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      94loveKdrama 30 days ago

      Hwan Gi is life ❤ ahahahha :D

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    ohhe-buk Feb 28, 2017 - edited

    Why does it seem like I'm the only one who's like getting physical pains trying to make it through episode 6........ How exactly will this get any better?

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      ohhe-buk 30 days ago

      it's taken me a whole month to get from ep 6 to 7 so i think u will have to wait about a year for me to get back to you with that

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      94loveKdrama 30 days ago

      lol. I never said I'd wait for you.

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      ohhe-buk 29 days ago

      Were u not the one who said to watch until EP 11 and say it again lmao

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      94loveKdrama 29 days ago - edited

      You could say it to me but I won't wait. See my point? Lmao. "Say it again to my face" and "waiting" are far too different by means. Do I still have to elaborate to you. *Facepalm* No I'll stop from here and go fun yourself. Bye!~ lol

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      ohhe-buk 29 days ago

      You told me to give you my secondary opinion after episode 11 and I just told u that it wouldn't be happening any time soon lmao why do u have such a huge stick up ur ass?
      If you're not actually interested in my opinion then you could've told me in which way this shit will get better instead of giving me attitude and putting me off from watching this any further even more. If a drama has immature fans like this then I'm not expecting anything more from the drama itself.

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    Brook Feb 28, 2017 - edited

    OMG OMG OMG EPISODE 11 WAS SO... OMG JUST SO BEAUTIFUL! WAAAH~~! *_* <3 okay sorry for the captions *cough*.... but i am so in love, who knew that this series would improve THIS much! what a flawless episode. (the feelings are still fresh, i apologize^^)

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    Nope Feb 27, 2017 - edited
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    BubblyQuinn Feb 27, 2017

    Damn, can't wait for the next episode *.*

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    Shannon K Fleming Feb 27, 2017

    WOW I have no words...I am watching every episode twice! 11 was deliciously good... the preview for 12... omo!

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    kingsqueen Feb 27, 2017

    After watching the preview for episode 12, I am anxious for tomorrow night! (Rawr!)

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    naydesu Feb 27, 2017
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    dearD4NI Feb 27, 2017

    YALL EPISODE ELEVEN WAS THE BEST SO FAR THAT ENDING ♥♥♥

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    ines Feb 27, 2017

    Ep 11 is so heartwarming!! I'm loving this drama more and more... The characters keep growing on me!

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    rachso Feb 27, 2017 - edited

    why 7.7 its really good

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      Shannon K Fleming Feb 27, 2017

      It is...however the first 4 episodes were not received well, so some of the ratings reflect those who did reviews early on.

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    ftiheart17 Feb 27, 2017

    my heart feels so warm after ep 11 <3

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    Mica Feb 27, 2017 - edited

    this drama deserves 8.0 ++

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      SnowGirl Feb 27, 2017

      its such a shame that some people who did not like the beginning dropped it early and the rating remained low. Honestly,till EP 4,I thought it was pretty right for it to have 7.5 rating but now IMO,it deserves more 'cause the everyone worked hard to remake it with a new script and all and it actually is so much better now <3

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 2,418 users)
  • Ranked:

    #727
  • Popularity:

    #81

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