With the ever-growing popularity of Korean dramas around the world, there’s always a new K-drama to watch whenever you feel like it. While these TV shows can span different genres, there’s no denying that nobody does all-out romance like K-dramas. Whether you’re looking for a tale of star-crossed lovers (Crash Landing On You) or a cheesy office romance (What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim), there’s something for everyone. One such romantic-comedy series that everyone is talking about these days is Business Proposal.
Based on a webtoon of the same name, the show follows Shin Ha-ri (Kim Sejeong) who shows up on a blind date in place of her best friend Jin Young-seo (Seol In-ah) as part of their scheme to scare away the prospective suitor. Their best laid plans go awry when Ha-ri discovers that the blind date is actually her company’s CEO and her boss Kang Tae-mu (Ahn Hyeo-seop). If you’ve seen even a single romantic comedy, then you know that love will blossom in the midst of chaos.
If you’re still on the fence about whether or not you should give in and watch the 12-episode long series on Netflix, here are a few reasons why you should give it a go…
No second-lead syndrome
K-dramas are notorious for creating second leads so attractive and well-written that you cannot help but root for the main lead to end up with them, instead of the actual other lead. This phenomenon is so common that it gained itself a name: The Second Lead Syndrome. While Business Proposal has an incredibly good looking and swoonworthy second lead in the form of Cha Sung-hoon (Kim Min-gyu), there is no love triangle between him and the main leads as he has a fleshed-out love story of his own.
Fast moving plot
The show is shorter than the usual 16-episode or 20-episode long series that we’re used to. This means that a lot of things happen very quickly to move the plot along without any filler episodes or moments. It makes it infinitely more easier to watch in a go without any meandering subplots that go nowhere ultimately.
Not afraid of making fun of itself
There are some common tropes that can be found in almost all romantic K-dramas. There will be the classic slo-mo shots, convoluted meet-cutes, a wealthy businessman who is not in touch with his emotions and/or suffers from a lasting childhood trauma, the blatant product placements, and the main couple often finding themselves tripping on perfectly flat surfaces to fall on each other’s faces, to name a few. While this series is not free of these tropes, it regularly makes fun of them by creating a show within the show and having characters mock the fake-show for being ridiculous for having these unrealistic tropes.
Friendship between the two female leads
If it’s not evident from the plot, Ha-ri and Young-seo’s friendship takes center-stage in the show. The two make for the most relatable pair of best friends as they unwind with too-much soju and then proceed to cry about how perfect the other is. They’re also there for each other through thick or thin, even when they have their own set of drama going on in their lives. Special mention to Young-seo’s relationship with Ha-ri’s parents because if your own parents don’t treat your best friend more like their daughter than you, then do you even have a best friend?
BTS’ Jungkook binge-watched the show
One of the show’s fans include BTS’ Jeon Jungkook, who revealed himself to be an avid K-drama watcher during one of his AMAs on Instagram. When the show’s director Park Seon-ho discovered that the youngest member of BTS has binge watched it all, he took to Instagram to express his gratitude and reveal that one of the writer is, in fact, an ARMY and was especially pleased with Jungkook’s mention of the show. The show’s writers and creators even decided to mention Jungkook in the show as a mark of their appreciation for the singer. So if you’re an ARMY, then you should especially watch the show to catch all the BTS references in the episodes.
All in all, Business Proposal is an easily watchable, light-hearted rom-com that you can watch if you want a break from hard-hitting, intense dramas or life in general.