The Suspicious Housekeeper

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The Suspicious Housekeeper
Suspicious Housekeeper-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for The Suspicious Housekeeper
Also known asThe Mysterious Housekeeper
The Mystery Housemaid
The Strange Housekeeper
GenreFamily drama
Black comedy
Created byKazuhiko Yukawa (original screenplay)
Written byBaek Woon-chul
Directed byKim Hyung-shik
StarringChoi Ji-woo
Lee Sung-jae
Wang Ji-hye
Kim So-hyun
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes20
Production
Location(s)Korea
Running timeMondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Broadcast
Original channelSeoul Broadcasting System
Original run23 September 2013 (2013-09-23)  – 26 November 2013 (2013-11-26)
Chronology
Preceded byEmpire of Gold
Followed byOne Warm Word
Related showsKaseifu no Mita
External links
Website
 
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The Suspicious Housekeeper
Suspicious Housekeeper-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for The Suspicious Housekeeper
Also known asThe Mysterious Housekeeper
The Mystery Housemaid
The Strange Housekeeper
GenreFamily drama
Black comedy
Created byKazuhiko Yukawa (original screenplay)
Written byBaek Woon-chul
Directed byKim Hyung-shik
StarringChoi Ji-woo
Lee Sung-jae
Wang Ji-hye
Kim So-hyun
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes20
Production
Location(s)Korea
Running timeMondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Broadcast
Original channelSeoul Broadcasting System
Original run23 September 2013 (2013-09-23)  – 26 November 2013 (2013-11-26)
Chronology
Preceded byEmpire of Gold
Followed byOne Warm Word
Related showsKaseifu no Mita
External links
Website

The Suspicious Housekeeper (Hangul: 수상한 가정부; RR: Susanghan Gajeongbu) is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Choi Ji-woo, Lee Sung-jae, Wang Ji-hye and Kim So-hyun. It aired on SBS from September 23 to November 26, 2013 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.[1]

It is a remake of Kaseifu no Mita (家政婦のミタ?, "I am Mita, Your Housekeeper"), a hit Japanese drama that aired on NTV in 2011.[2]

Cast[edit]

Plot[edit]

Park Bok-nyeo is a mysterious housekeeper who will do whatever is asked of her, even, so the rumor goes, if that means murder. Her latest stint involves caring for a recently widowed father, and his four troubled children, all of whom are grappling with the aftermath of their mother's sudden death. The stoic new arrival, who shows barely any trace of emotion, acts as a catalyst for the family members to understand each other better and reconcile their relationships.

Episode synopses[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Episode #Original broadcast dateAverage audience share
TNmS Ratings[7]AGB Nielsen[8]
NationwideSeoul National Capital AreaNationwideSeoul National Capital Area
123 September 20137.4%8.8%8.2%9.3%
224 September 20137.2%9.3%8.1%9.3%
330 September 20137.3%9.2%6.9%7.8%
41 October 20137.3%8.9%7.5%8.8%
57 October 20136.1%9.0%7.0%8.0%
68 October 20136.7%8.3%7.4%8.3%
714 October 20138.5%10.7%10.6%12.2%
815 October 201310.3%12.6%11.1%12.0%
921 October 20138.8%10.7%9.7%11.0%
1022 October 201310.2%11.9%10.5%12.4%
1128 October 20139.1%11.1%9.3%10.4%
1229 October 20135.9%8.3%8.0%9.0%
134 November 20137.2%9.2%9.3%10.4%
145 November 20138.8%9.8%10.3%11.7%
1511 November 20137.9%9.1%9.3%9.8%
1612 November 20138.5%8.8%9.4%10.6%
1718 November 20137.7%8.9%9.5%10.7%
1819 November 20138.0%9.3%9.0%10.2%
1925 November 20138.0%9.3%9.0%10.2%
2026 November 20139.6%10.5%10.3%11.7%
Average8.0%-9.0%10.2%

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResult
2013
SBS Drama Awards[9]
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama SpecialChoi Ji-wooNominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama SpecialLee Sung-jaeNominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama SpecialWang Ji-hyeNominated
New Star AwardKim So-hyunWon
2014
7th Korea Drama Awards
Top Excellence Award, ActressChoi Ji-wooNominated

Title controversy[edit]

On September 6, 2013, the Korean Women Workers Association and the National House Management Cooperative held a press conference in front of SBS and denounced the use of the word gajeongbu (which literally translates to "a house woman") in the title, saying it belittles housekeepers. They asked that the production change the title to gajeong-gwanlisa ("house manager"), while the National Institute of the Korean Language recommended using gasa-doumi ("housework helper"). An official from the network said that they are retaining the word gajeongbu because it is the Korean word equivalent for the Japanese source material's kaseifu. Instead, they compromised by refraining from using the controversial word in the script, and added a scene that explains what to call people who clean and cook at the homes of others, and what the appropriate title is for them.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oh, Jean (16 September 2013). "Choi Ji-woo to play modern-day Mary Poppins". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  2. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (20 August 2013). "Choi Ji-woo, Lee Sung-jae Mark a Beginning of New Drama". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  3. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (31 July 2013). "Choi Ji-woo to Play Housekeeper in Upcoming Drama". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  4. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (31 July 2013). "Choi Ji Woo Cast as Lead in Korean Version of Kaseifu no Mita". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  5. ^ "Choi Ji-woo to Play Housemaid in New Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  6. ^ Won, Ho-yeon (5 December 2013). "Suspicious role challenged Choi". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  7. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  8. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  9. ^ Lee, Cory (2 January 2014). "Lee Bo-young Grabs 1st Top Prize at the 2013 SBS Drama Awards". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  10. ^ "Dispute hits 'housekeeper' drama". The Korea Herald. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  11. ^ Lee, Sun-min (12 September 2013). "SBS refuses to budge over drama title controversy". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 

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