Office romance dramas are easily some of the most popular K-Dramas of all time. One of the most popular tropes within office romances is when the female lead is in a higher professional position than the male lead, regardless of their age. Here are 10 K-Dramas with the “female boss x male employee” theme that you will love!
“Encounter” tells the story of a young woman from an affluent family, Cha Soo-hyeon (played by Song Hye-kyo), who is also the CEO of a hotel, and her fated encounter with Kim Jin-hyeok (played by Park Bo-gum), who is later employed at her hotel. Their professional dynamic has quite an impact on their romantic relationship and frames the story in a significant way.
“Hotel Del Luna”
One of the most popular and beloved supernatural/fantasy dramas of all time, “Hotel Del Luna” revolves around the CEO of the eponymous hotel, Jang Man-wol (played by IU), and her very special manager Goo Chan-seong (played by Yeo Jin-goo). Man-wol leaves no stone unturned in imposing her position and its privileges on Chan-seong, which makes their relationship even more precious and playful and thereby, more entertaining.
“She Would Never Know”
The very premise of “She Would Never Know” is based around an accomplished woman, Yoon Song-ah (played by Won Jin-ah), who doesn’t consider younger men as potential romantic partners, and her junior coworker Chae Hyeon-seung (played by Rowoon), who is smitten by her. It is unbelievably wholesome to see these two grow more and more fond of one other until they just cannot get enough. Besides, their relationship is easily one of the more realistic and healthy ones among those we usually see in K-Dramas. “She Would Never Know” is a must-watch!
“Forecasting Love and Weather”
The upcoming K-Drama “Forecasting Love and Weather” perfectly fits the bill if you’re looking for an office romance with a female lead who is more experienced, professionally, than her male lead. Jin Ha-kyeong (to be played by Park Min-young), the general forecaster of the 2nd Division of Korea Meteorological Administration, is an expert in her field whereas Lee Si-woo (to be played by Song Kang), is a new member of her team. “Forecasting Love and Weather” premieres worldwide on Netflix on February 12, 2022, and needless to say, this drama is definitely worth the wait.
“A Witch’s Romance”
One of the best noona romances of all time, “A Witch’s Romance” will give you all the butterflies you could have asked for, especially with Uhm Jung-hwa‘s fatal charm as Ban Ji-yeon, an experienced reporter and Park Seo-joon‘s innocent playfulness as Yoon Dong-ha, her rookie assistant. From heart-fluttering romance to witty humour and touching melodrama, this drama has it all!
“Run On” features two leading romantic couples, each with their own unique quirks. The narrative between Seo Dan-ah (played by Choi Soo-young) and Lee Yeong-hwa (played by Kang Tae-oh) portrays two individuals who fall for each other during time spent together as professionals. Dan-ah is the CEO of a sports agency who is intrigued by Yeong-hwa’s art even though he is just a university student, thus marking a clear difference in their social positions. However, their love story is overwhelmingly adorable, which amplifies the swoon quota of the drama. If you haven’t watched “Run On” yet, you’re truly missing out.
“Start Up” is not your typical office romance. While there’s barely a professional hierarchy among the lead characters in “Start Up”, there is an elected CEO who leads the group. Nam Do-san (played by Nam Joo-hyuk), the founder of Samsan Tech, gives up the position to Seo Dal-mi (played by Bae Suzy), who is better suited to the job and their relationship grows on the basis of the mutual respect and understanding they develop while working together. From the first episode to the last, this drama will have you hooked.
While the “office romance” part of “Jirisan” is rather short-lived, it is nonetheless almost entirely built around a professional setting. Seo I-kang (played by Jun Ji-hyun) is the best of the best when it comes to rangers at the Jiri Mountain National Park. Kang Hyeon-jo (played by Ju Ji-hoon) is a rookie who is assigned to her team. One of the highlights of the drama is seeing their professional chemistry bloom into something more meaningful and precious and that alone is reason enough to watch “Jirisan”.
“Mother of Mine”
A touching family drama that is just as healing as chicken soup for the soul, “Mother of Mine” features a love line between Kang Mi-ri (played by Kim So-yeon), who is an experienced professional, and Han Tae-joo (played by Hong Jong-hyun), her direct junior clerk who is secretly a chaebol heir. The adorable push and pull of their relationship, owing both to their difference in age as well as positions creates the sweetest love story that will stick with you even after the drama is over. “Mother of Mine”
“Angel’s Last Mission: Love”
Starring Shin Hye-sun as Lee Yeon-seo, a hot-tempered ballerina who lost her eyesight in an accident, and Kim Myung-soo as Kim Dan, a mischievous angel who tends to cause trouble wherever he goes, “Angel’s Last Mission: Love” creates a work environment at home when the former appoints the latter as her in-house assistant. This drama has all the loveliness of an office romance minus the office, which gives the plot a refreshing twist. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that “Angel’s Last Mission: Love” is one of both Shin Hye-sun and Kim Myung-soo‘s finest works. This drama will inadvertently transform your perception of love and loss and remain unforgettable in essence, which is one of its biggest strengths. If you choose to watch just one drama from this list, I hope it is “Angel’s Last Mission: Love”.
By Ishani Sarkar