Protect the Boss

Protect the Boss (2011)

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No Eun Seol finally gets a job as a secretary at a law firm after struggling with unemployment, only to have her boss, Cha Ji Heon, the immature youngest son of a chaebol family, fall in love with her.

  • Native title:

    보스를 지켜라
  • Also Known as:

    Boseureul Jikyeora; The Boss Has Changed; The Last Secretary

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64 people found this review helpful
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Oct 4, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Well, I have to say that I give Protect the Boss a solid 9. I wanted to give it a 10 because the acting was wonderful and for about 85% of the time, I enjoyed this drama very much. Sad to say, as usual, the extension killed the momentum and slowed things down during the last third of the drama's run.

I find more fault with the whole "Drama Producing Machine" rather read more than with the writers, actors or director. I think if this show would have been able to stay on course and end at 16 episodes it would have been beyond great. The extra filler did it no favors. Having said all that...

This drama had such a different and fresh feel to it! Yes, it was quirky and had clichés but there was also a charming departure in the way they used those clichés. It seemed the familiar drama tropes were thrown in for fun here and there but not used as a fall back due to lack of writing skills. The relationships were written differently. All across the board; whether it be the family dynamics [which was particularly refreshing and endearing], how the love square was treated throughout and of course the main couple's budding love. There were a lot of genuinely funny moments. And again, the romance was portrayed slightly off from the normal..."Couple meets, don't like each other, they fight, there is sexual tension, love, trouble, noble idiocy, true love!" trajectory that most dramas follow.

A standout part of the plot for me: The friendship of the three women. I am speaking of how this drama decided to take a different tact with the female second lead, Na Yoon. They curled her into the already established friendship of the Myung Ran and Eun Seol and made her a part of them. And oddly, comically and rightly..she fit! It was charming. Rather than turn her into a clingy, clueless one dimensional bitch, they gave her character development. She had her own endearing quirks and she ended up being one of my favorites to watch. Show, I heart you for her! Thank you.

Don't let those few slower episodes in the latter half turn you off. This Drama has a lot of wonderful moments, great plot, story momentum, refreshing writing and acting to recommend it. Funny, Quirky, Sweet! Check it out!
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Mar 19, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I began watching this drama back in 2012, yet I never finished it for some reason and so I decided to complete it a few days ago. I am glad I did.

When it comes to story, it's nothing new, but it's done in a proper way. The romance flows so naturally that at one point I stopped to think, 'Okay, when did that happen?', because it was realistic to that extent read more of making me fully aware of it, without overreacting the scenes and adding unnecessary angst into the cart.

The acting is superb, I can't point out any person from the crew that failed to bring the game. I also grew to love Wang Ji Hye in this drama, because she made her character so cute and likable that I'm painstakingly relieved she wasn't yet another generic second female lead.

Music was interesting, it didn't disturb the scenes, although it didn't make much of an impact either.

Now, I'd like to make note of the shortcomings... such as lack of thrill to the episodes, since there wasn't enough happening for the viewer to be enthralled with the plot, so it was a tiny bit too contained for me. Not saying that it's bad, it's a change for this drama type, but it could've been a bit more exciting to watch. With that being said, it also made the drama a bit longer than it should've been, 2-3 episodes less maybe?

I highly recommend it.
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These dramas both explore the uncommon drama territory of social-phobic chaebols who have a bossy, fiery team member that tests their boundaries as well as a competitive, ambitious male frenemy in their company. Similar plot devices and characters, yet differing execution so you can watch both without experiencing to much deja vu.
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It has a boss who needs protection from society, cameras and attention. Rom coms and have similar vibes.
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    GiKnoth May 14, 2017

    I'm glad I finally watched this drama. So many reasons why I liked it so much!
    "Protect the Boss" is great in many aspects:
    - Ji Sung.He is one of my favorites so I may sound biased saying he was awesome in this. Anyway, I truly think his performance combined with CKH's was outstanding in this comedy.
    - The female lead is strong physically and psychologically and you really love her form the beginning. Even though she falls in love she doesn't let a man treat her like a possession or diminish her value as an independent woman.Choi Kang Hee's performance was really good. It was my first time watching her and it's definitely not the last. She's great.
    - HILARIOUS scenes
    - I loved the way couples interacted because there were lots of down to earth dialogues. Not everything was solved with sweet words, hugs, etc.
    - The supporting roles are not boring at all so you just enjoy all the scenes.
    - Awesome bromance.There's no way you won't enjoy it.
    - The antagonists are absolutely adorable. This is probably what I liked the most... For instance, I hadn't watched a drama in which the female antagonist was so lovable! Wang Ji Hye's character is super funny and the relationship between her and Choi Kang Hee is simply gold. Kim Jae Joong's characters is also perfect. Actually, the development of the second leads's personalities is a really important part of the story.

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    SaeedKhan Mar 12, 2017

    WOW A korean drama in which there are no evil bitches and everyone is hilarious
    Loved this

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    iambulletproof Jul 20, 2016 - edited

    if youre looking for a feel good drama, this is for you. no one dies and no one tries to kill someone here lol. just love :) i love how it ends. no unnecessary sub stories/plot. there were actually times that i rooted for the 2nd male lead but then he eventually find he's own happiness. its just a happy satisfying drama for me :) love love love it!

    The thing that made me fall in love with this drama is that i love all the character that i actually didnt mind who ends up with who. if you're fed up with drama that revolves around betrayal, revenge and endless plot to kill one another, give this one a try :) a solid 10/10 for me :)

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    sakura Jul 10, 2016

    The first drama were I didn't hate the second female lead, and i totally loved the dad and those lift scenes: )

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    tattylovestofly Apr 2, 2016

    Omo. A strong female lead who can stick up for herself, and a second female lead who knows when to give up and not be a complete sore loser? Beaut <3
    We need more female characters like these.

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    ooooooooooo Mar 27, 2016

    so underrated, l don't know why?
    i really liked it ❤❤❤❤❤❤ ^_^

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    MerryMerino Mar 26, 2016

    Let's be honest, Ji Sung is wonderful, but you're not here for his story. The main story is a little... hard to believe. The secondary characters are where it's at. The minute you stop caring about the main storyline and investing into the other characters and their lives it's so much more entertaining. I couldn't believe how much I loved Seo Na Yoon. Yes, she can be annoying, but heavens does she grow on you.

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    irish Jan 3, 2016
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    khjfan01 Jan 3, 2016

    I changed my mind again.. this drama is good.. the only aspect i don't like is how persistent Ji Heon is.. He's so cute but he can be so annoying! Ah I have such conflicting emotions.. I just can't dislike this character.. if only he wasn't so clingy.. My fav is Cha Moo Won, I love them all tho! Even the second female lead! This drama kinda makes me mad but it makes me smile I just can't dislike it!

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    Tina Jan 2, 2016

    I wanted to drop this after first 4 episodes,because there was too much comedy but I kept watching because of my love for Ji Sung:))...I liked the last episodes better because JH kinda grew up,It was a good drama but I don't recommend it to anyone,I think there are better dramas out there...
    and the female lead's voice really annoyed me...:/

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    khjfan01 Dec 31, 2015

    I changed my mind.. this drama was sooo good but i don't like where it's headed. I really don't want Eun Seol to end up with Ji Heon but i just know that's gonna happen! At first I thought Ji Heon was cute and funny, but now I think he's annoying and way too childish. It's just not cute. I hate the "stalker logic" where if u basically cling on to someone n force ur feelings on them they'll eventually reciprocate. That's wats happening now and i just hate it ugh nooooooo! The best most ideal ending would be if she chose no one and ended up being really great friends with all of them, why doesn't this happen in kdramas?!

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    khjfan01 Dec 29, 2015

    This drama must really suck in the second half if the rating is anything lower than an 9! 8.5 maybe, but 7.8?? Come on ppl! This drama is awesome so far, i can't see how it could take a complete turn! So cute funny entertaining!! Awww I love the characters!!!! I love this drama.. i can't stop smiling!!

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    sobu Nov 11, 2015 - edited
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    Nancy Oct 13, 2015

    Very entertaining! Loved the main leads!

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    KMR Oct 11, 2015 - edited
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  • Country:

    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Aug 3, 2011 to Sep 29, 2011
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


  • Score:

    7.8 (scored by 10,851 users)
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