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You can only pick one: Office romance

Welcome to our new feature! You can only pick one, and boy the pressure is on. The DB team will answer a new prompt in each post, and you’re invited to do the same in the comments. Ready to play?
 

You can only pick one: Office romance

 
missvictrix: This is hard, because I love office romances… but I think I’m picking Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick. Something about this romance just got to me — and it’s not only because it also had the noona romance vibes — there was just a special something in Ro-woon’s adoring gaze. There wasn’t a shred of a fraction of a chance that he would never not love our leading lady. Also, the drama used its cosmetics company backdrop to the fullest. And by that I mean they did everything they should have to bring out the squee: product testing in the office, late night prep for showcase events, last-minute fill in models (*ahem* Ro-woon), and the like. But most interesting to me, they also used the physical space of the office quite well, which is something I love to see in dramas — from the awkward conference room doorway, to the secret glances over their desk pod, to the stairwell where sunbae puts on her eponymous lipstick.

mistyisles: I’d have to pick Reach of Sincerity (a.k.a. Touch Your Heart). Not only is it (apparently) one of the only office romance K-dramas I’ve watched to completion, but it’s also just a K-drama that I really enjoyed in general. It’s sweet, cute, and heartfelt, with a fun ensemble cast and tons of chemistry to go around — plus the Sunny/Reaper reunion I’m still a bit amazed we actually got!

DaebakGrits: Office romance is one of my favorite K-drama sub-genres, so it’s really hard to only pick one! This is cruel! But, if I must, I’m going to say The Secret Life of My Secretary is my favorite. The leading couple is fun and cute, and as far as office romances go, there’s a heavy emphasis on the “office.” I like how the story plays on the boss-secretary dynamic by giving Min-ik a personal reason to rely on Gal-hee in much the same way he’s always relied on her professionally. Plus, this drama has the always delightful Veronica Parrrk-i-e-yo.

solstices: Considering I rarely watch romance dramas, much less office romances, my pool of options isn’t very big. So I guess I’ll go with the first one that comes to mind — Business Proposal, because I couldn’t stop laughing at the over-the-top office hijinks. I loved how unique the office setting was, since it’s not every day you get a peek into the life of a food researcher. Hari’s genuine enthusiasm for food was so endearing to watch, and it was sweet how Tae-moo gained respect for her by witnessing first-hand the sheer amount of passion and effort she pours into her work. Plus, Hari’s coworkers were absolutely hilarious! There was never a dull moment in the office scenes, and it elevated my enjoyment of the romance even more.

Unit: What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim! This is a typical boss/secretary love story that does a great job of balancing both the “rom” and the “com” aspects of the genre. There were no high stakes, or outright villains — it was just a simple office romance with electrifying chemistry between the leads. And while the drama revolved around them, for obvious reasons, I liked that the other team members at work – each of them colorful in their own way – also got their time in the spotlight. We were able to enjoy team bonding moments, relatable office drama, office gossip, office fashion inspiration, and of course, more romance. Because in the end, what’s better than one office couple? Three office couples!

Dramaddictally: Only one!? Now I understand why this game is so hard. After days of internal dilemma, I’ve settled on Sunbae, Don’t Put on that Lipstick. Ro-woon is a beautiful creature but in this role he’s so impossibly good-looking it doesn’t make sense. This drama might not qualify as a noona romance, but with the female sunbae/male hoobae dynamic it’s close enough for my happiness. There’s also something about the slow pace and wintery setting — I could sit around all day watching these two cuddle up in their fall coats and cozy sweaters. Add to all that the fun secrecy of office romances and it’s just too good.

alathe: Romance is a Bonus Book! If there’s one thing I love about office dramas, it’s the part where I get to revel in the fantasy of working in an entirely different world. As a dyed-in-the-wool literature nerd, Romance is a Bonus Book gets me where I live. This drama gives a stunning portrayal of a slow-growing intimacy between two people learning to see one another in a different light. We see Dan-yi and Eun-ho striving to fit together as housemates and colleagues, whilst dealing with the fact that Eun-ho is both Dan-yi’s junior — and boss. It’s a beautiful, believable slow-burn that unfolds with so much care. Plus? It all revolves around books! Dan-yi is hard-working and satisfyingly good at her job: she’s a marketing wizard who loves stories more than anything. I got just as much joy from watching her prove herself in publishing as I did from watching our protagonists work through their history together. That said? The main relationship is gold. There’s so much respect between our heroes, and so much delight in watching them figure out how to redefine their relationship. Love, in this drama, develops organically rather than all at once — it’s something you learn, together — and it’s all the more exciting for it.

 
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What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim. Still love this show!

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That's the one that jumped into my mind as soon as I saw the topic title! But I want to throw in one that hasn't been mentioned, yet, so I'll go with My Horrible Boss.

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Tough one!

Her Private Life!
I think it was one of those office romances where I found both leads to be competent and respectful. It was office romance done well. No power imbalance or things that made me uncomfortable. And boy, was the chemistry on 🔥!!

Honorary mention: Taiwanese drama ‘Office girls’.
It was such a slow burn romance and Roy and Alice sold it to me. It probably is dated now, but always has a place in my heart ❤️

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Office girls is one of my fave taiwanese dramas!

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I’ve actually just been rewatching Office Girls (not quite to the end) and it holds up remarkably well for the most part. I’ve been enjoying it.

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After posting the comment I went and watched two episodes 18/19 and it wasn’t bad at all. I loved how he struggled to express his feelings and asked her if she got it. Lol. And that house he made for her.

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I loved Office Girls too!

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Yes to both! Now I want to rewatch Office Girls....

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I FLOVE Roy and Alice but I didn't like Office Girls. I believe there's a scene where she's sitting in front of a glass wall (his office) and he's looking everywhere for---including looking out his office window and doesn't see her. I'll try again, though since all of y'all love it so much

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I have no recollection of this scene! I think you should give it another try 😅

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Her Private Life! Yes to the respect and the chemistry!

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Oh, Office Girls! I need to re-watch that. The romance definitely frustrated me to no end, because she hemmed and hawed over her feelings for him for so long, but the overall story was so incredibly consistent and charming in so many other ways. Not to mention, Roy Chiu is Roy Chiu, lol.

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I see what you are saying. But I was ok since it was consistent with her character. She was risk averse and very timid in her approach to life. So I could understand why she wAs so hesitant. Also, he didn’t give her a great first impression. He was a spoilt brat, nothing like her. To put your faith in him and take a chance takes time. That’s why this slow burn romance worked so great. It gave enough time for his character growth and time for us to be convinced that she was not a passing fancy.

And yea, Roy Chiu is 😍

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It's an easy one for once :p

I really liked She Would Never Know :
- They used very well the cosmetics settings and the office. It was a slice of life drama, so their work life felt like a real one. The coworkers were nice and I really liked the dynamic in the team.
- The couple : they both had their flaws. The ML was impatient and the FL couldn't invest herself at 100%. But they grew together and they really talked and listened each other. WJA and Rowoon had a great chemistry, so many swoony moments 😍
- This drama had the usual romantic tropes but it worked pretty well.
- The OST was great.

Otherwise, I liked :
- Radiant Office : the romantic part was small. Go Ah-seong was cute in this role.
- Gaus Electronics : it's not over yet but the main couple mixed the funny and sexy very well.
- Jealousy Incarnate : the couple was fire.

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Does Memorials/ Into the Ring count?

I don’t usually like office romance dramas because I find the workplace/corporate setting so boring to watch, still I consume a ton of them since I’m a sucker for anything with romance. That said, there is usually a power imbalance in this genre especially with the boss/ employee dynamics

The only one where I remember not having this was Where The Stars Land

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If Into the ring counts, I would choose that too.

If that does not count, then I'd say "Start-up" (but... I don't know if that counts either 😅).

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Does Suspicious Partner count? Because I was all in for that one.
I also really loved Kiss Sixth Sense for the most part.

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If you call it workplace romance, then Coffee Prince, obviously.

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Does Healer count? 🤣 They worked together in an office some of the time.

I have a soft spot for ridiculous office rom-coms with lots of silly comedy and parody elements like Business Proposal and Secretary Kim, but the more reality-based the story is, the less I enjoy it, and the more office romances I see, the less I like the whole genre. My favorite office love story is the bromance between Namgoong Min's Chief Kim and Junho's Seo Yul, and the subverted expectation of conventional romance is a strength of that show.

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My vote is for Chief Kim too!😁

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"Does Healer count" asdfghjkll what a question. But consider - she never liked Bong Soo as Bong Soo, (as per that epic rejection on the rooftop lol), and then after they get together as, you know, themselves, there wasn't much office-ing going on because they were busy fighting for their lives.

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No but that's what makes it so delicious! We’ve all seen this drama. He’s the naive rookie making google-eyes at his senior (except he's not). She's the hard-bitten veteran reporter taking her hoobae under her wing and protecting him (except she's not). It’s her completely self-confident, completely delusional misread of him, the situation, and her own abilities that makes the send-up of office romance so much fun. Also she shamelessly steals her coworkers' lunches which makes her my patron dramasaint forever.

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So what you're saying is, Healer is an office rom com subverted? Lmaoooo

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Well played and I will take it!!!

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Yes, Healer totally counts as a office-romance drama. They met first as his client, then his subject while working undercover, and the drama shows them working together in the future. It's his office was virtual or remote.

Also, I always interpreted it as her being into Bong Soo but she couldn't date him because she felt she was being disloyal to her crush. On the roof, Ji-An expresses interest in him but says she can't date Bong Soo because she's still waiting for "the guy" to show up. Also, at the cafe once Jeong Hoo discover the truth about Ji-An's birth mom, she totally leans into that hug and exhales before coming to herself. Finally, their interactions were all arranged by his secretary/business associate (i.e., the moving date).

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Healer is truly every genre. 🤣
Well argued.

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Without having to think at all:
What's wrong with Secretary Kim?

Last week I watched a large part of the series again.

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Jealousy Incarnate because of the pressures of the deadlines and nature of live recording, the in-house hierarchy petty feuds, the inner workings of the wardrobe sponsorship etc. The out of work issues in terms of the on location events, the male leads friendship and the health scare. Plus it was hysterically funny.

Honourable mentions to:
The Producers with the dynamic between the different teams, work pressure and the different elements of the work in the office, the studio and on location.
Shooting Stars as they had office element within the agency as well as the interaction with the actors, the other agencies, studios, the press and general public’s interactions with their clients. More than one relationship within and between the different elements of the work.

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I just started Shooting Stars in my attempt to find something light and fluffy and I’m enjoying it so far - glad to see your endorsement!☺️ I just wonder why they chose to use asterisks instead of the letter ‘o’ because every time I see the title, I read it as sh*tting stars in my own head before I have to correct myself!😑

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I think in the korean title - Byeolddongbyeol - they misspelled it on purpose - replacing the ddong character with one that sounds the same but means "poop". So it's a pun. So the asterisks sort of work! They meant that the PR folks are the people who end up cleaning up after the poop that their celebs leave behind.

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Thank you so much for this explanation!🤓

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I hope you enjoy it. I preferred Shooting Stars over Business Proposal even though BP got the memo on how to do a perfect rom com and didn't add random other genres. I did not connect with the second couple in BP at all and it went off on some random tangent at the end when they had the webtoon clearly show how to stay on script. Shooting stars had other genres thrown in but once they were wrapped up it went back to being laugh out loud funny.

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I’m preferring Shooting Stars over ABP so far! I loved AHS’s acting in Still 17, but I never fully bought his character in ABP. The weird way he swept his hair with his hand just looked odd and too caricature-y to me. It felt like a carbon copy of the ML from What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim, alas. So I’m really appreciating that Shooting Stars feels fresher to me.

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One?????
How do we measure this.
I'm with @daebakgrits here, and I think I'll go with
Secret Lyfe of My Secretary, because it was thematically consistent and good, surprisingly, despite the Fish Cult, or maybe because of the Fish Cult, we'll never know.

But if we measured by something like, I can only watch one ever again, then maybe A Business Proposal cos it's so cracky and I love the Archaeopteryx.
On the other hand Radiant Office is one of my comfort dramas and one of the few I have already seen twice so.
But for reasons of completing the challenge, and an all rounder, I'll stick with SLOMS.

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A Business Proposal was my second choice, too! I went back and forth over which one to choose for the same exact reasons, but ultimately I decided on Secret Life of My Secretary because it felt more like an office romance.

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*kindred spirits* *finger hearts* "because it felt more like an office romance" <<< yesss, thiss!!

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Very interesting to see *why* people picked the drama they did though.

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Gaus Electronics is doing a perfect job of a fav office romance. But considering everything I've seen, Her Private Life tops the list.

The coffee poisoning Sung Dukmi meted on Ryan Gold + plus her sincere worry that she might have committed murder was enough to set me up on the road to a budding romance. And yes, Her Private Life is one of the dramas where I truly was immersed in Park Min-young's romance arc and where she was the most comfortable( well, Go Kyung-pyo is doing a good job somewhere else(cough cough)).
Honorable Mentions in order of fav
Marriage Contract
Business Proposal
What's Wrong With Secretary Kim
Kiss Sixth Sense.

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The Red Sleeve. Because Royal Court is like an office, no?

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@elinor beat me to it with Chief Kim, but a close second and perhaps one that’s more fitting to this brief, is a show that has a special place in my heart. Can you guess what it is from my description?

It is not without its many flaws (a real jerk ML 🙄, for one), but I love the FL’s story. It’s not original, but the fact that she had so much promise as a child and didn’t immediately achieve her dreams due to life circumstances, worked hard to find her place and in the end got to do the work she loved - it still gets me.🥹

I also liked:
- having a strong female friendship in the mix (tested by the rom part of this com)
- having our prejudices against the more ‘shallow’ industries challenged via the FL’s growth and understanding
- having the work that goes on in the background to support those who ‘shine’ highlighted
- having the FL grow to be more confident in and true to herself

…I just can’t help but forgive its flaws for these reasons. The comedy is probably not to everyone’s tastes, but the scene where the FL is frantically looking for a lost puzzle piece still gets me, and the fact that the ML can’t hold his liquor at all…I laugh just thinking about it. It was probably the first Korean office romcom I watched, so everything was still fairly fresh for me for that reason too. Plus, there’s a sweet mum and dad in it! Ah. Good times.

So can you guess which one I’m talking about?🤓

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She was Pretty??

Gosh this sounds so familiar. Especially that puzzle piece.

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You got it in one @mayhemf! There’s something about her desperation when she talks to the cleaner, and how she describes the shape of the puzzle piece that makes me belly laugh for some reason. I’m not sure it’s actually funny to anyone but me.😅 Also, I’ll forever think of Choi Siwon as Jackson, even though it was his name for her.🤣

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Every time I think of that drama it’s him calling her ‘Jackson’ that comes to mind for me too. The other scene was the bosses disgust about the ‘panties’. I loved that drama as you said it was part of the era of the rude and shouty boss but their childhood connection and her ‘wife’ and family more than made up for it.

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To be fair to the boss, I’d be more than a little put off by someone wearing my underwear…and going on about it!😳😲🤣 Ah, I miss the days when all that humour felt fresh! Like the whole FL closing her eyes expecting a kiss and being teased for it thing. Now it feels overdone but I remember how new that felt at the time!😅

And I loved that she went back to her curly hair and makeup-free face at the end, and that their daughter looked the same! She was probably one of the first plucky-downtrodden-heroines-with-a-heart-of-gold FLs that I’d ever encountered, so I didn’t realise at the time how common that was either!😅

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Siwon was so extra lol. But he did give me a mild SLS after he cleaned up and toned down. Little did I know that first love and childhood connections trump
them all. Now I don’t get any SLS even for a moment. And yea, those days when everything was fresh and new.

I can’t seem to remember the underwear joke :) but I vividly remember the last scene in the park.

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@mayhemf Siwon’s character is super OTT and I didn’t get SLS either because whilst I found him funny as an audience member, a guy like that would absolutely drive me bonkers in real life. My heart did go out to him when he totalled his bike trying to get to her in the rain and then had to pick her up from a far flung bus stop whilst still injured, when she left him to run to Sung Joon just as Siwon asked for a hug, and then once more when he gave her a final hug outside the pojangmacha after he sacrifices his secret identity to save the magazine. (Goodness me I know this show in such detail!🤣😅 Can you tell this was my cosy watch?)

Hahah yes, the first love and childhood connection thing is like a trump card in dramaland, but actually for this show, I wasn’t too bothered by it because they had such a sweet relationship as kids, when even then, she helped him with his panic attacks during storms and liked him for who he was.😭

The underwear thing is when Siwon stays over to take care of Sung Joon because he’s sick, he ends up borrowing SJ’s boxers the next day, and then never stops going on about how nice and soft they are to SJ in public. There’s also something about their use of the word ‘panty’ that makes it that much funnier. 🩲🤣

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I have a short-term memory, so I was just going to pick Business Proposal until I remembered that I loved She Was Pretty. It had one of the crackiest office romances, created a She Was Pretty syndrome in Korea, Choi Si-won is always named as second lead syndrome, and "You Don't Know Me" by Soyou and Brother Su is one of my all-time favorite OSTs.

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What was the She Was Pretty syndrome in Korea?

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Like the SKY Castle syndrome, it was a hit in Korea both buzzworthy and ratings, and the cast all became popular.

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Ah I see! I didn’t realise it was such a big hit at the time! I thought I was in the minority for liking it so much!🤣

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Were you on Dramabeans at the time? The recaps got 300 comments.

She Was Pretty is the reason Park Seo-joon became a Hallyu star.

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@panshel I only jumped on the kdrama bandwagon in 2019/2020 or so, and didn’t discover DB until a bit after that so missed all the live-watching fun!

I grew to love PSJ as an actor because of his performance/character on Kill Me Heal Me, so I had no idea what SWP did for his (and others’) careers! Thanks for the background! Now I’m trying to recall what his friends said during the recent In the Soop: Friendcation about SWP. I think that PSJ felt very burdened during it? Is getting a huge romcom hit a key milestone for male actors in K-ent to be considered having ‘made it’?

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Choi Woo-shik said that Park Seo-joon felt very burdened during Hwarang because it was the drama after She Was Pretty, so he feared that it wouldn't live up to She Was Pretty's success. (Which it didn't.)

Not necessarily a romcom, but definitely a romance since Kim Soo-hyun and Park Bo-gum made it through sageuks.

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Ah, thank you, @panshel! I really appreciate learning more about the wider context as I still have such a limited view into this world.

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If it has to be a conventional rom-com, then it's a cross between Business Proposal and Romance is a Bonus Book. Those two have two lovelines. I love buy one, get one free deals. Also, I enjoyed how those workplaces seem overall pleasant to work at and does make me think "they're getting paid too little to deal with this crap" or "they're getting paid too much to do nothing"

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I mean doesn't* make me think...

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Both of these are my choices, too!

I love ABP because it’s so fun to watch. I love the passion in food both our leads have. Hari will do well anywhere she can dwell in her passion, and Tae-moo is also very devoted to his job. Their romance develops on the respect they have for each other professionally, too. If I have to pick one, it’s gonna be this.

However, I remember loving RIBB, too, but perhaps it’s due for a rewatch soon since I don’t remember its plot anymore.

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With @alathe and you on Romance is a Bonus Book which got me and a co-worker totally hooked on K-dramas. I still remember how saddened I was by the scene at the book recycling plant. However, Business Proposal certainly pulled a lot of first time watchers into the world of food research and wacky (tonkatsu slappy) tropes.

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Touch Your Heart comes top of mind. I love the fan service the drama brought for my Sunny and Grim Reaper. Also they were cute together.

Honorable Mentions:
Her Private Life, Gaus Electronics (not done yet but I love the show), and Whats Wrong with Sec Kim.

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Who remembers Jugglers with Choi Daniel and baek jin hee?! That was a really nice office drama and a perfect grumpy sunshine story.

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I remember this one and totally loved this. Choi Daniel was soo cute in some scenes.

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We all remember Jugglers and Daniel Choi for a different reason 😊.
#butt

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Oh yes!!! 🤩😍🤩

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To me it is a tie between BUSINESS PROPOSAL and SOONBAE DON'T PUT ON THAT LIPSTICK.

But there are so many wonderful alternatives even to those two.

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I love Romance is a bonus book too. What i love about RIABB is that Eunho does not intervene much with Dan Yi progress in the publishing house. He tried to help but does not intervene much with his senior decision regarding Dan Yi. Plus aside from second lead, they are the one who reveal their relationship on their own at the end.
drama is not too mushy or too serious. got some loopholes here and there but the main relationship ROCKS!! one of the best noona romance i see in the long time.

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My thoughts exactly- and it has beautiful quotes at the end of every episode!

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Between What’s wrong with secretary Kim, Business Proposal and Romance is a bonus book, although the romance/kiss scene between the two leads in Secretary Kim were wonderful, as a while, I have to choose Business Proposal. It was so OTT, Ha-ri is a sweet, loveable girl and I loved her comment about Kang Tae-moo looking like an archaeopteryx!

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Chief Kim... they got the best couple award, too... ^^

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JK I also just liked the mini romantic vibes between both male leads and our leading lady.

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Hyena

Honourable mentions:

Familiar Wife
Miss Hammurabi
You're all Surrounded
Falling for Innocence

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You’re All Surrounded is fun

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Secretary Kim all the way 🥰

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What's Wrong with Secretary Kim for sure.

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Aww. Too tough I can’t choose just one. *a sad face*

I have 3 that comes to mind. They came in this order:

1. A Business Proposal: For reasons I said in a response to one comment above.

2. Romance is a Bonus Book: I remember I liked it A LOT, but I don’t remember exactly why anymore. It might be that altogether, it was a very fun watch.

3. Sh**ting Stars: It was so much fun watching what happened in that office..

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This is too hard. I’ll give it to Her Private Life.

Honorable mentions (not in order):
- Touch Your Heart
- Secret Life of My Secretary
- What’s Wrong w Secretary Kim

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My favorites are Juggler and Secretary Kim 😁

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If I had to choose just one, it would probably be What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? I’d also put in a plug for two very different law office romances: Hyena and Extraordinary Attorney Woo.

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LT's PMO
Apart from Radiant Office, they're all awful.
Here endeth the PMO.

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Actually... I have an addendum to this PMO.
I notice that some people are mentioning Shooting Stars. I'm not sure that counts as an office romance but if it does (and bearing in mind I dropped that show), I'm willing to concede it. I got bored with the show but the romance itself was okay from memory.

Dang someone mentioned Hyena. Okay. Granted.

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I don't think Shooting Stars counts as an office romance either. Kim Young-dae's character was an actor; he didn't work in an office.

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I think it works for the couple of managers. But not for the main couple, the ML was a client not an employee. And when he was at the office, the result wasn't really good :p

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I don't think secondary or tertiary (since the lawyer and reporter were the secondary couple) couples count because they're not the same genre. Like in Business Proposal, the secondary couple is not an office romance because Seol In-ah didn't work in their company.

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The managers couple had zero chemistry and gave me secondhand embarrassment.

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Radiant Office! Omo, how can I forget of that wonderful show!

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For me is going to be also the "Secret life of my secretary". I simply love their dynamic, except the lies, of course...
but I keep a soft spot for Her private life and Romance is a bonus book.

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I'll go with an older show for this question. Jealousy Incarnate is still my number one romcom plus office romance, it also has great emphasis on the office front. Not to mention how delightful it was to watch a drama where it was unapologetically acknowledged from the beginning that it's going to explore a "two-timing" romance.

The friendship, the rivalry, the jealousy, and the romance is like a spectacular mix of fireworks. But then it also got a deep and meaningful exploration about career and family (the one you are born with, and the one you choose for yourself) and even health issues. Also, this one is still high up there when it comes to memorable proposal scene.

Ahh... I miss pure romcom like this one.

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Thank you for this!! I see so much criticism for this beloved show of mine that I sometimes want to take it home, put it in a drawer and let noone else see it!!

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My fav romcom too! Love, love Jealousy Incarnate to bits.

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Apart from being a great romcom, the cancer storyline is SO WELL DONE, I just love it so much.

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I'm still amazed that a romcom (that was quite heavy in the comedy dept) managed to explore that thoughtfully in such a slice-of-life manner despite all the drama and craziness that surrounded it. It's really one of a kind.

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@gadis EXACTLY!

And because I've found the place to pour my heart out, it just breaks my heart that Lee Hwashin so often tops the jerk male lead catagory for so many people. He is not a jerk. He doesn't even pretend to be a jerk. He is just blunt. And broken. And in dire need of a support system in time of extreme vulnerability.

Ok, I will go do the dishes now! 😅😂

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Given that I'm head over heels for Jo Jung-suk, and Lee Hwa-shin is one of his best characters to date, you certainly come to the right place to pour your heart out. I wholeheartedly agreed with your verdict. He can be so misunderstood.

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Why is Jealousy Incarnate a romcom masterpiece? It is that very rich texture of human relationships and depth of characters, with no judgement, that win me completely especially after a recent rewatch.

The main characters’ flaws and shortcomings laid bare in front of our eyes but we eventually can see through their strengths and dreams over the course of 24 episodes. One can easily dismiss JJS’s character as a jerk when he is not whereas GHJ’s character may appear to be a pushover when she is steely in pursuing her dream.

I think there are enough materials for it to be even longer, like fleshing out more fully the supporting characters who each can on her/his own be a drama in itself.

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@gadis @epyc2010 You two made my week!

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Logged in to add to the thumbs up to all the Jealousy Incarnate fans! Including me! See my avatar, ha. Still my all time fave Kdrama and the one that convinced me this genre can really tell stories. My only full rewatch is JI and J-Jdrama Why I Dress Up for Love which is another romcom done very well IMO (positive vibes, dogs, eye candy, and no serial killers subplot hooray!).

I love office romcom plots and my favorites include
-Radiant Office (wish I can rewatch! but where?)
-The Secret Life of My Secretary (time for a rewatch!)

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High School King Of Savvy! Lol

That's the first thing that came to my mind, probably because I've just recently watched Lee Hana's Three Bold Siblings.

Most of office romance dramas involved the boss and the secretary. I can't think of any that don't.

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Not necessarly the secretary, but yeah, it's usually the (rich) boss and the employee.

But there are some exception with sunbae-hoobae relationship like Jealousy Incarnate, She Would Never Know, Gaus Electronics, Sh**oting Stars (the managers couple), etc.

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@Kurama
Oh I see... I didn't watch the dramas you mentioned. Thanks for the info :)

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Anyone remember Baby faced beauty played by Jang Na-Ra . Kinda old drama, but I still remember this as one of the best office drama's because the drama really focused on what goes in fashion industry. I liked the romance in this drama with a good love triangle. This is the drama where I knew Choi Daniel and fell for his acting.

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This is one of my fav noona romance dramas! I don't like the bullying on Jang Nara's character though.

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I went through my list of finished dramas and realized I've only watched two office romances? TWO?! I need to get on it. I'll just take some notes on all the recs here...

That said, I think I need to go with Business Proposal. I just had such a great time watching this drama with it's swoony main romance, hilarious side characters, and tropey self-awareness. Few things get me more than a drama's own self-awareness, and this was just perfection.

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Secretary Kim probably wins this category for me, on the merit of the scenes with Yoo-Sik and Yeung-Joon. The romance was fun, kind of cheesy, but the two boys never failed to make me laugh.

Honorable mentions to Her Private Life and My Secret Romance. All of these are fluffy and funny, just like a rom com should be.

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Just one? Seriously? 🤣 as one of my favourite genres this is much too hard. In no particular order I'm giving three as it really depends on my mood:
A Business Proposal
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
Touch your Heart.

All have great leads with great chemistry and great supporting casts.

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I pick: Coffee Prince

Other favorites:
-Good Doctor
-Melo is my Nature
-Oh My Ghostess

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I think the principle of Office romances, it's not just the fact they are coworkers but they are working in an office.

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Ow :(

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So by that principle, does a police station count as an office? Or a bank? Hmmm... If so, that puts Familiar Wife in a very specific niche: bank romance! 😄

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They should make this coworkers romance, otherwise I have nothing 🤣🥺

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You didn't watch any of the listed ones by Beanies?

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If I could really stretch it, I'd pick Si-mok and Yeo-jin in Stranger as my favorite not exactly a couple coworkers. I mean, there is a prosecutors office.

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@technicat wow, that's a good pick. I like it. I vote for them 😆

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Bank I think, but medical or police drama are other kinds, even if there is romance.

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Medical yes definitely.
Police station also I can agree. It isn't that niche, and can be its own genre.

Then I'm omitting You're All Surrounded and keeping Familiar Wife.

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I don't like half of them, and the ones I do like don't feel like "my pick".
I think I'm gonna choose Gaus Electronics even tho it's still on air.

Jugglers and Radiant Office would be the honorable mentions. Maybe Jealousy Incarnate too, but I don't remember getting "office" romance vibes from the show. 🤔

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Ms. Temper and Nam Jung Gi is the first one that came to mind. I'll go on the principle that the first one that comes to mind must be the favorite.

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That's such an underrated show but also they weren't a couple.
I mean I think they were going to end up together, I choose to believe so. But they didn't in the show itself.
Gosh I'd forgotten that drama and it's so unexpectedly good.

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I'd have to rewatch to be sure, but I seem to remember there was low key but evident mutual interest, and she gave him the green light in the end (like, in the last minute of the last episode). In any case, although Secretary Kim was the first to jump to my mind, Ms. Temper is my winner for a series where the woman is not an underling.

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I'll be the outlier:

I loved WWW: Search. While the official romance was the least interesting part of the drama, I read the rest of the drama as basically a lesbian love triangle, with the office romance at the time of drama being between the lead and Lee Da Hee, both of whom had "broken up" with Song Ga Kyong.

That scene where the two of them go to destroy the car is pure gold.

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Secret Life of My Secretary! Although Gaus Electronics is quickly becoming a favorite.

Also, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon because I love the "Do Intern" aria.

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What’s wrong with secretary Kim! That’s one show done right in romcom!

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I've got to put in a dissenting vote on 'What's Wrong With Secretary Kim'. That was the MOST toxic relationship this side of "Falling in Love with Soon-jung/Falling for Innocence/Beating Again". Young-joon seduced his secretary in a bid to keep her from leaving his employ. The guy was a narcissist sociopath and would continue to make her life hell after the 'love' hormones eventually wore off.

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Jealousy Incarnate. That show had such a great mix of comedy, romance and slice of life.

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Her private life... It Felt So nice watching adults in a balanced relationship as the communicated as adults and dated like adults...

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Do Dang Ja Yeong and Choi Ban Seok in On The Verge of Insanity count? Because I loved them.

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Clogggggiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeee!

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I can’t think of an office romance, but i’ve also watched quite a number of those already mentioned 😂 the one that has stood the test of time is Coffee Prince of course!

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Mad Dog: Hari and Minjoon at Mad Dog’s office.

Life: I really like the implication of romance between Cho Seung Woo and Won Jin Ah’s characters.

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Well I guess its time to watch 'sunbae....' I've just reached the half way mark of the kings affection..and need a palate cleanser -more rowoon never hurts- before I return to my sageuk binge watching...(Watched rookie historian before it, and going to try mr queen after)

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The secret life of my secretary, WWWSK, and Business proposal. In that order. 🐟🐟🐟🐟🦕🦕🦕🦕

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