K-dramas that shows office romances

1. Business Proposal

Business Proposal follows a capable Kang Tae-moo, the CEO of Go Food, who decides to go on a pre-arranged blind date to appease his overbearing grandfather. While there, he meets his employee Shin Ha-ri, who shows up in place of her best friend, hoping to be rejected. Things don’t go according to plan when Tae-moo proposes to her to avoid further similar dates. As she works to hide her identity around her boss, she finds herself in several entertaining situations.

2. Suspicious Partner

A popular legal drama, Suspicious Partner, follows the life of prosecutor Noh Ji-Wook and his trainee Eun Bong-hee who work together to solve a murder. Entangled in the case as a suspect, the latter relies on the former’s experience to clear her name. Along the way, they grapple with corrupt officials, near-death experiences, and their blossoming feelings for each other. Besides, in true K-drama fashion, there’s plenty of hilarious banter and comedic misunderstandings.

3. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?

Wildly popular and often hailed as the gateway K-drama for most people around the globe – What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? takes a look at a perfectionist, complex, and conceited Lee Young-joon, who’s the vice chairman of a multinational corporation. The capable and intelligent Kim Mi-so, his secretary is right by his side. Together, the two make an efficient team, but things change when the latter decides to quit her job to pursue personal interests.

4. Start Up

This series looks into the life of visionary Seo Dal-mi, who dreams of being Korea’s Steve Jobs by climbing her way to the top of an AI firm without a college degree. With her first love, programmer Nam Do-san by her side, she navigates all the challenges that come with launching a startup. Also, in the spotlight? Investor Han Ji-pyeong. You’ll come across a host of pitches, investor hunting, networking, and conversations around money.

5. Her Private Life

Park MinYoung’s chic, power pantsuits are reason alone to watch this K-drama, but the dreamy will-they-won’t-they romance that underlines her character Sung Duk-mi’s relationship with her demanding boss Kim Jae-wook is a good second. The only catch? She’s secretly a K-pop fanatic. Nevertheless, the series features hilarious instances of pretend-dating, quirky dialogues, and dreamy dates.

6. Forecasting Love And The Weather

Another popular K-drama that aired simultaneously as Business Proposal Forecasting Love And The Weather gives viewers an insight into the office of a national weather service. In the spotlight are capable and rule-abiding Jin Ha-kyung, the recently-appointed director, and Lee Shi-woo, an intelligent reporter who doesn’t always follow the norm. As they navigate both the weather and their relationship, you’ll find yourself crying, laughing, and rooting for the two.

7. My Secret Romance

In a hilarious series of events, Lee Yoo-mi meets Cha Jin-wook at a wedding and spends the night with him, only to, years later, discover that she’s been hired to be his nutritionist. While he tries to woo her, you’ll notice instances of wealth differences, misunderstandings, and sweet confessions. Not to mention, there are enough cliches to shame the cheesiest romantic shows.

8. Strong Girl Do Bong Soon

This beloved K-drama shows Do Bong-soon, a gifted woman with superhuman strength and dreams of starring in her own video game. Enter MinHyuk, a gaming company CEO who needs a bodyguard. When the latter hires the former, a series of hilarious events ensue. This includes fist fights, petty misunderstandings, pole dancing, gang wars, and office romance.

9. Hotel De Luna

A popular K-series that explores supernatural themes, Hotel De Luna – located in downtown Seoul – is a particular establishment that serves the dead. The space is also visible to souls, ghosts, and humans at certain specific times of the year. Moody CEO Jang Man-wol is cursed to run the place to make up for sins she committed in the past yet can no longer remember. Also, in the picture, straight-arrow Goo Chang-sung has to join her over a messy deal.

10. My Shy Boss

As the name suggests, this series follows an introverted CEO of a public relations company who crosses paths with a cheery new employee. While the former finds it hard to be around people, the latter is bursting with energy for social obligations. What follows is a classic ‘opposites attract’ trope, complete with humorous dialogues and dreamy confessions. Although this series is quite popular, it’s pretty divisive.

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