This K-Drama Has Been on Netflix's Global Top 10 List for Weeks (& It's an Instant Mood Booster)

If you're in need of a reprieve between watching intense shows (or the unrelenting news), we recommend giving Business Proposal on Netflix a try. The popular series is based on a web novel and webtoon of the same name and had some of the highest ratings globally this year, according to Netflix's weekly charts. After finishing all 12 episodes recently, we can see why it was such a hit.

The Korean rom-com follows Shin Ha Ri (aka Kim Se-jeong, who eagled-eyed K-pop fans might recognize as a member of I.O.I and Gugudan). Ha Ri is a single woman who leads a relatively simple life working in the Food Development Team at GO Food, a large company like PepsiCo. or Nestlé. As a favor to her best friend, Ha Ri agrees to take her place at an arranged blind date with the goal of scaring off her potential suitor, Kang Tae Mu (played by the dapper Ahn Hyo Seop).

Ha Ri goes to embarrassing extremes to turn off Tae Mu (at one point, she starts cooing to her designer bag at the dinner table) only to find out that her date is actually the CEO of her company. Rather than get scared off, Tae Mu asks Ha Ri to pretend they're a couple in front of his grandfather, who is constantly pressuring him to get married. Unsurprisingly, they fall in love in the process.

Even though the plot is predictable, the chemistry between the two leads and the way the series fully leans into all of the tropes of the genre make it enjoyable to watch.

It's also worth noting that the supporting characters in Business Proposal are just as charming as the leads. Many fans of the series have reported developing a strong case of "second lead syndrome," thanks to Cha Sung Hoon, who is Kang Tae Moo's well-built Chief of Staff for GO Food and boyfriend to Ha Ri's best friend, Jin Young Seo, who you'll love just as much.

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All in all, Business Proposal is a breezy watch with a great cast and plenty of moments that will have you cackling at your screen one minute and swooning the next. It'll give you the serotonin boost you need to recharge after a long day, which is more than we can say about the Tinder Swindler.

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Jenny Jin

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...
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