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The Queen of Office
The Queen of Office
(Hangul: 직장의 신; RR: Jikjang-ui Sin; lit. God of the Workplace) is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Kim Hye-soo, Oh Ji-ho, Jung Yu-mi, Lee Hee-joon, Jeon Hye-bin, and Jo Kwon. It aired on KBS2
from April 1 to May 21, 2013 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 22:00 for 16 episodes.[1] Kim later won the Daesang (or "Grand Prize"), the highest honor at the 2013 KBS Drama Awards.[2] Based on the 2007 Japanese drama Pride of the Temp (ハケンの品格, Haken no Hinkaku), the comedy/drama series uses the modern Korean workplace culture as a backdrop and revolves around charismatic perfect employee Miss Kim, who's good at everything that even her bosses are a little afraid of her. But her life is shrouded in mystery and she always disappears after her three-month temp contract is up.[3][4][5] The early working title was Come Back, Miss Kim (Hangul: 돌아와요 미스김; RR: Dorawayo Miseugim).[6][7]


1 Cast

1.1 Main characters 1.2 Supporting characters 1.3 Cameos

2 Ratings 3 Awards and nominations 4 International broadcast 5 References 6 External links

Cast[edit] Main characters[edit]

Kim Hye-soo
Kim Hye-soo
as Miss Kim[8] Always wearing a neutral-colored business suit and with her hair firmly in place, Miss Kim is a non-regular worker. She holds 124 skill certifications in all sorts of fields, executes work with perfection, and speaks a bunch of languages including Russian. She traverses the jungle of office buildings and suddenly disappears after her three-month work contract ends. Her very name inspires awe in her colleagues, and even her superiors are afraid of her. Miss Kim goes to work at 9 a.m., and leaves at 6 p.m., unwilling to spend a microsecond more. She refuses to do work outside of her job description, never misses her lunch break, and the company wouldn't dare ask her to come in on weekends. Miss Kim says that if the company doesn't approve of her actions, it should hire three more regular employees since she does three people's work in a limited period of time. Her life outside work is shrouded in mystery: No one knows her first name, her age, or her background. Miss Kim's confidence about her ability, and also the frustration from her contract situation, allows her to be protective about her private life and blatantly reject after-work drinking sessions and other oppressive traditions of the macho corporate culture. She avoids all personal interactions, and instead chooses to live her life in her own way.

Oh Ji-ho
Oh Ji-ho
as Jang Gyu-jik Jang Gyu-jik works in the upper management of Y-Jang Food Company (his name is a pun on jung gyu-jik, the Korean phrase for permanent employee). He finished his MBA in the United States, then returned to Korea. Upbeat and energetic and armed with professionalism and good work ethics, Gyu-jik is strongly devoted to his company, and puts everything on the line for his work. But he treats temps dismissively, thinking they only exist to assist regular employees with menial chores. Hot-headed and with a rather childish mentality, Gyu-jik keeps attempting to humiliate Miss Kim, but he is frequently stymied by her unexpected reactions. Gyu-jik and Miss Kim engage in numerous conflicts and confrontations, but gradually feelings of respect and love grow between them, two seemingly incompatible people.

Jung Yu-mi as Jung Joo-ri Jung Joo-ri has failed countless job interviews because she came from a third-rate university and has a less-than-stellar resume. Thus, she gets hired at Y-Jang Food Company only as a temp. She tries her hardest at everything but keeps making mistakes, and she lapses into saturi (or regional/rural dialect) during stressful moments. Joo-ri has a crush on her boss Jang Gyu-jik.

Lee Hee-joon
Lee Hee-joon
as Mu Jeong-han He entered the company at the same time as his friend and colleague, Jang Gyu-jik. But as Gyu-jik moved up the ranks, Jeong-han kept getting left behind. Jeong-han is cold and serious (his name literally means "heartless" in Korean), and different from Gyu-jik in every way, from attitude, nature, to personal values.

Jeon Hye-bin
Jeon Hye-bin
as Geum Bit-na Geum Bit-na (her name means "shines like gold") was hired at the same time as Jung Joo-ri. But unlike Joo-ri, she has all the right qualifications and a first-rate education, and gets hired as a regular employee. She also happens to be the ex-girlfriend of Jang Gyu-jik.

Jo Kwon
Jo Kwon
as Kye Kyung-woo[9] A very polite and upright new hire.

Supporting characters[edit]

Marketing and Sales Division

Kim Eung-soo as Hwang Gab-deuk Lee Ji-hoon as Gu Young-shik Na Seung-ho as Shin Min-goo Lee Mi-do as Park Bong-hee Song Ji-in as Oh Ji-rang Lee So-yoon as Yeon Na-ra Kim Gi-cheon as Go Jung-do

Product Development Division

Kim Na-woon
Kim Na-woon
as Yeo Jang-mi Kim Ki-yeon as Hong Min-ah Chae Ji-won as the youngest staff member

BAR Machu Picchu

Kim Bo-mi as Jo Ho-boon Lee Hyun-jae as Julisesa

Dispatch's Quality Job Manager

Oh Yong as Ahn Jong-chul

Y-Jang employees

Park Jin-wook as Ahn Tae-soo Lee In-chul as Park Bon-jwa Min Sung-ok as Maeng In-sa

Home Mart

Kim Kwang-kyu as manager Han Kim Hae-gon as mart director

Super Home Shopping

Go Soo-hee as Choi Da-sung Lee Jun-hyeok as Han Jung-soo

Dae Han Bank

Lee Deok-hee as Jin Mi-ja Kang Shin-chul as Won Joo-hwan Kim Jong-gu as Geum Bae-jib

Ong Ja Yeom

Kwon Sung-deok as Ong Ah-jib Han Seung-hyun as Ong So-shin Lee Ah-ra as daughter in-law

Extended cast

Kim Mi-kyung
Kim Mi-kyung
as Kim Sook-ja, Jung Joo-ri's mother Tatina as Sara Siva Oh Chang-hoon as Park Seung-oh Gong Sang-ah as Son Bo-ra Choi In-kyung as Kang Dong-hee


Yang Sang-gook as car wash part-timer 1 (ep 1) Kim Ki-yeol as car wash part-timer 2 (ep 1) Heo Kyung-hwan
Heo Kyung-hwan
as Chinese restaurant deliveryman (ep 1) Kim Joon-hyun as construction worker (ep 1) Kim Gi-ri as bouncer (ep 1) Jung Il-woo
Jung Il-woo
as Cha Chi-soo, Chasung Group soy sauce model (ep 3) Kim Byung-man
Kim Byung-man
as seasoned raw crab master (ep 3) Jung Won-joong as Jang Dae-han Myung Gye-nam as owner of Mother's Hand Restaurant


Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share

TNmS Ratings[10] AGB Nielsen[11]

Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area

1 1 April 2013 9.4% 9.8% 8.2% 8.9%

2 2 April 2013 9.3% 9.9% 8.6% 9.0%

3 8 April 2013 10.6% 11.8% 12.3% 12.1%

4 9 April 2013 12.2% 13.5% 12.1% 12.1%

5 15 April 2013 12.0% 12.6% 13.4% 12.5%

6 16 April 2013 13.3% 13.4% 14.2% 14.6%

7 22 April 2013 13.6% 14.9% 14.0% 14.1%

8 23 April 2013 13.2% 14.6% 14.6% 13.9%

9 29 April 2013 12.6% 13.5% 13.5% 13.2%

10 30 April 2013 13.3% 14.3% 14.5% 14.8%

11 6 May 2013 12.2% 12.8% 13.6% 13.8%

12 7 May 2013 12.8% 13.4% 14.0% 13.9%

13 13 May 2013 11.6% 11.9% 13.1% 13.8%

14 14 May 2013 11.8% 13.0% 12.8% 13.2%

15 20 May 2013 11.8% 12.8% 14.4% 16.2%

16 21 May 2013 12.8% 13.6% 14.2% 14.9%

Average 12.0% 12.9% 13.0% 13.2%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result


7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards

20's Drama Star - Male Oh Ji-ho Nominated

20's Drama Star - Female Kim Hye-soo Nominated

6th Korea Drama Awards

Grand Prize (Daesang) Kim Hye-soo Nominated

Best Drama Queen of the Office Nominated

Best Production Director Jeon Chang-geun Nominated

Excellence Award, Actor Kim Kwang-kyu Nominated

2nd APAN Star Awards

Top Excellence Award, Actress Kim Hye-soo Nominated

21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards

Grand Prize (Daesang) in Drama Kim Hye-soo Won

Excellence Award, Actor in Drama Oh Ji-ho Won

KBS Drama Awards

Grand Prize (Daesang) Kim Hye-soo Won

Top Excellence Award, Actor Oh Ji-ho Nominated

Top Excellence Award, Actress Kim Hye-soo Nominated

Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Oh Ji-ho Won

Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Kim Hye-soo Nominated

Jung Yu-mi Nominated

Best Supporting Actor Lee Hee-joon Nominated

Best Couple Award Oh Ji-ho
Oh Ji-ho
and Kim Hye-soo Won


47th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival

Platinum Remi Award for Comedy TV Series Queen of the Office Won

50th Baeksang Arts Awards

Best Actress (TV) Kim Hye-soo Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

It aired in Japan on cable channel KNTV from April 1 to May 21, 2013.[12] It aired in Thailand on Workpoint TV from December 16, 2015 to January 16, 2016 on Tuesdays to Saturdays at 04:00-5:00 a.m.[13]


^ Choi, Eun-hwa (28 February 2013). "Kim Hye Soo Joins First Script Reading for God of the Workplace". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-03-30.  ^ Lee, Cory (2 January 2014). " Kim Hye-soo
Kim Hye-soo
Reclaims Glory, Good Doctor, Secret Love Win Big at the 2013 KBS Drama Awards". TenAsia. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-05.  ^ Baek, Byung-yeul (19 April 2013). "Grueling office life being satirized". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-04-20.  ^ Lee, Sun-min (3 April 2013). "KBS viewers love sassy office worker". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-04-05.  ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (16 January 2015). "Weekender: Office theme prevails on TV". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2015-01-17.  ^ Park, Eun-jee (26 February 2013). " Kim Hye-soo
Kim Hye-soo
to play career woman". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-30.  ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (26 February 2013). "Kim Hye Soo and Oh Ji Ho to Attempt to Revive KBS Dramas with Come Back Miss Kim". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-03-30.  ^ "Kim Hye-soo's Latest Soap 'a Microcosm of Society'". The Chosun Ilbo. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-01.  ^ Lee, Hye-ji (22 May 2013). "Jo Kwon: Being in The Queen of Office was the Best Thing This Year". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-05-26.  ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on November 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-01.  ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-01.  ^ http://www.kntv.co.jp/prog/detail/?p=26751 ^ "เรื่องย่อละคร Queen of Office ควีน ออฟ ออฟฟิศ". truelife (in Thai). 2015-12-20. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 

External links[edit]

Official website (in Korean) The Queen of Office
The Queen of Office
at KBS World

The Queen of Office
The Queen of Office
at HanCinema The Queen of Office
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on IMDb

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